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Catalogue: Books About Venice

Books About Venice

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, Fleet Street, 1822. First Edition. 16 Mo.. Pp. iv, 206. Magnificently bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in green levant morocco with both upper and lower covers gilt-stamped and tooled, double-ruled border surrounding a gilt-tooled frame with flower motif in the four corners each punctuated with a tiny red leather onlay, this encloses an ornate gilt circular motif of three poppies, theirs leaves being red leather onlays. 5 raised bands, ornate gilt in the compartments with the flower motif and red leather onlay, gilt-stamped leather spine label, maroon endpapers, inner dentelles, top edge gilt. Lacks the half-title and advertisement leaf, tiny bit of wear to the head and heel of spine, otherwise a very good copy with a very handsome, elegant binding.
Price: $4250.00 USD
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A Treatise of Human Nature: Being An Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning Into Moral Subjects. Vol. I: Of the Understanding; Vol. II: Of the Passions; Vol. III: With an Appendix ... Of Morals.
London: Vols. I & II: John Noon, at the White-Hart, 1739. Vol. III: Thomas Longman, at the Ship, 1740, . First Edition, complete with the rare third volume, uniformly bound in contemporary sprinkled calf, bordered with double fillets in gilt. Skilfully re-backed, 5 raised bands with gilt fleuron in the compartments, laid down are the 19th-century double morocco spine labels. Octavo (19.3 cm x 12 cm), pp. Vol. I: [ii] - blank, title-page, [ii] - Advertisement, [iii] - Contents, [i] - Errata of Vol. I & II, 475, [1] - Publisher's Advert. With P1 cancelled and without the additional advertisements as usual.; Vol. II: [ii] - blank, title-page, [ii] - Contents, 318. M4v with the six-line footnote, and without the 4 publisher's adverts, as usual.; [ii] - blank, title-page, [ii] - Advertisement, [iii] - Contents, [i ] - Errata (A4v 14-lines), 310, F6v with four lines added at the end of the first paragraph. A remarkably clean and fresh copy throughout. Covers very lightly worn with a bit of wear to the corners and edges, 18th-century ink notes on the second initial blank in Vol. III, one line pointing out "Adam Smith anticipated." Preserved in a fine, sturdy, book-like clamshell box with 5 gilt-ruled faux raised bands on a black leather spine, covers and edges in dark grey cloth, colour reproduction of Hume's portrait by Allan Ramsay, mounted to cover of box. Hume's first major work which 'sums up a century of speculation on knowledge and of theological discussion' (Printing and the Mind of Man). The Treatise, begun when Hume was just 23 years old, is now regarded as one of the most important works in the history of Western Philosophy. Volumes I and II appeared at the end of January 1739, but the immediate reception was one of indifference. Discontented with Noon's conditions of sale for the first two volumes, Hume went to a different publisher, Thomas Longman, for the third volume which was published November 5, 1740. The Author's Advertisement states, "... tho' this be a third volume of the Treatise of Human Nature, yet 'tis in some measure independent of the other two, and requires not that the reader shou'd enter into all the abstract reasoning’s contain'd in them. I am hopeful it may be understood by ordinary readers, ..." The first two volumes contain the vast metaphysical structure of Hume's work, whereas the third volume, on morals, contains more detailed observations of human behaviour. Due to the circumstances of publication, it is rare to find all three volumes together, and uniformly bound.
Price: $177000.00 USD
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Celtic Fairy Tales. Illustrated By John D. Batten.
London: David Nutt, 1892. Elegant binding by Kelliegram Binding, in green morocco with gilt filigree designs to both upper and lower covers, 5 raised bands with gilt filigree designs in the compartments, gilt-stamped matching green morocco spine label, wide inside dentelles with gilt filigree designs, gold moire doublures to both pastedowns and free endpapers, all edges bright gilt, ribbon bookmark Original, laminated green cloth cover and spine strip bound-in at rear. Pp. [xv], 267, [1] - publisher's adverts. Title-page in black & red with vignette, 8 full-page illustrations with tissue guards, 28 text illustrations, many head-pieces and initial letters. Except for a very slight splitting of the leather covering the front hinge, this is a fine, handsome copy from the London binding firm of Kelly & Sons. A most desirable copy.
Price: $4000.00 USD
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The Essays of Elia. With an Introduction By Augustine Birrell and Illustrations By Charles E. Brock [AND] The Last Essays of Elia [with Intro and Illustrations By Same]
London / New York: J.M. Dent & Co. / Charles Scribner's Sons, January, 1902. Fourth Edition. 2 volumes in 1. Bound by Cedric Chivers of Bath, in his striking, hand-painted "Vellucent" binding. Full vellum painted a very pale green, bevelled covers and spine illustrated with clover designs, gilt lettered and outlined, all edges bright gilt, pale green marbled endpapers with gilt-ruled turn-ins, rear turn-in signed "Cedric Chivers, Bath". 18 cm x 10.5 cm, pp. xxii, 294; xi, 254. Profusely illustrated throughout by Brock. Each book with its own two-colour title-page and frontispiece. Ink signature dated April 1905 to front blank, else a magnificent specimen of a Chiver's Vellucent binding kept in wonderful condition by being housed in, what is now, a lightly soiled beige cloth slipcase. The spine of the felt-lined slipcase having a square "push panel" to assist in easily extricating the book.
Price: $2850.00 USD
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Ivanhoe: A Romance (3 Volumes). PLUS Rebecca, The Jewess. A Tale.
Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. First Edition, First Issue. Octavo, 3 volumes, in original publisher's boards and green cloth spine, printed paper spine labels (possibly the additional labels usually supplied at the rear?), half-titles in each volume, advertisement page in vol. 1, 3-page publisher's adverts (undated) at rear of vol. 3, untrimmed. Boards worn and rubbed, corners rounded, spines faded, bit of cracking to the hinges though still sound, lacking 4-page adverts at beginning of vol. 1, ink signature of G.R.P. Jarvis in each volume. Uncommon in the original boards with all half-titles present. INCLUDED is a Rare pamphlet entitled Rebecca the Jewess. Founded on the Romance of Ivanhoe. London: Beilby & Knotts, Birmingham; J. & C. Evans, London; Henry Mozley, Derby; and Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh. Watermarked 1819, hand-coloured woodcut frontispiece and title-page vignette, pp. 33, illustrated paper covers. All housed in a custom made cloth, clamshell box made by Riviere & Son. Very good with gilt-stamp back strip.
Price: $8000.00 USD
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Collected Poems 1934-1952.
London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1952. SIGNED, LIMITED, FIRST EDITION. ISBN: . Edition limited to only 65 copies, this copy being #28 and signed by Thomas in ink. Pp. xiv, 178. Bound in publisher's navy blue morocco with gilt-stamped spine titles. Minor tanning around edges of pastedowns as usual, with a bit of offsetting to free endpapers, otherwise a very good to near fine copy.
Price: $9000.00 USD
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God's Man: a Novel in Woodcuts.
New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, May, 1930. Limited Edition. Tall octavo, largely unopened, with slipcase. "Of this Special Edition, 409 copies (of which 376 are for sale) were printed from the woodblocks for Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith in May, 1930. By the Aldus Printers and bound by the J.F. Tapley Company. Each copy is Signed by the Author. This copy is Number 12" and Signed. First published in November 1929 to robust sales. The first Wordless Novel printed in America and precursor of the Graphic Novel. Unpaginated, with 139 woodcut illustrations printed one-side only. Black cloth with small mounted illustration, paper spine label, black endpapers; top edge gilt, others uncut. Fine copy housed in a slightly scuffed black card slipcase with black felt lining, otherwise very good.
Price: $2250.00 USD
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Leaves of Grass; with Sands at Seventy, and A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads.
[Camden, New Jersey]: N.p. [Privately Published?] Printed By Ferguson Bros. Philadelphia, 1889. Autographed, Special Edition. 12 Mo.. . Signed and Inscribed. One of only 300 copies printed to celebrate "finishing my 70th year", and boldly signed by Whitman under the blurb on the title-page. There is also an ink inscription on the front blank "Dr. L.D. Morse / from his friend / R.M. Bucke / London, Ont. / 12 April 1899". Richard Maurice Bucke (1837-1902) was a prominent Canadian psychiatrist who became one of Whitman's most devoted friends and Whitman's first biographer. However he is better known for his magnum opus "Cosmic Consciousness" in which he describes his own experiences and those of contemporaries (primarily Whitman). He was also one of Whitman's literary executors. Pp. 404 +18. With mounted albumen photo of Whitman as frontispiece and 5 other portraits of the author throughout. Original gilt-lettered limp black morocco, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Light foxing to two plates, nicks to the upper cover tips, otherwise a very good plus copy. Housed in a fine custom clamshell case of black cloth with a gilt-stamped black calf spine, faux raised bands, and two gilt-stamped maroon leather spine labels. Very handsome copy with a wonderful association.
Price: $7000.00 USD
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