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[ANSTEY, Christopher, 1724-1805] : THE NEW BATH GUIDE : OR, MEMOIRS OF THE B---R---D [BLUNDERHEAD] FAMILY. IN A SERIES OF POETICAL EPISTLES.

[ANSTEY, Christopher, 1724-1805] : THE NEW BATH GUIDE : OR, MEMOIRS OF THE B---R---D [BLUNDERHEAD] FAMILY. IN A SERIES OF POETICAL EPISTLES.

London : sold by J. Dodsley; J. Wilson & J. Fell; J. Almon and others, 1766. First edition : the first issue (without the later insertion of an epilogue, etc). The original appearance of the celebrated and immensely popular satirical verses of Christopher Anstey – “So much wit, so much humour, fun, and poetry, so much originality, never met together before” (Walpole). The old Etonian Anstey’s ridicule and parody of the freaks of fashion had the same kind of immediate success as his contemporary Laurence Sterne. He later moved to Bath, where he lived for the last thirty years of his life. The book was endlessly reprinted in smaller format editions, but never again in the spacious quarto of the first edition.
Post 4to (262 x 207mm). 104pp. Bound in a stylish recent quarter red morocco, ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; cloth sides; first and last leaves lightly tanned; unobtrusive repaired two-inch split or tear to title-page; a little spotting and a few faint creases, but a very good and well-margined copy.

£250

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BOSWELL, James, 1740-1795 : BOSWELL’S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

BOSWELL, James, 1740-1795 : BOSWELL’S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

London : Archibald Constable, 1906. A standard set of “what remains the most famous biography in any language, one of Western literature’s most germinal achievements: unprecedented in its time in its depth of research and its extensive use of private correspondence and recorded conversation” (Gordon Turnbull in ODNB). Boswell on Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), first published in 1791, and here edited by Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), retaining all the prefatory matter of the earliest editions.
Six volumes. Foolscap 8vo (170 x 104mm). Frontispieces. Bound in a most attractive near contemporary half polished calf, banded and prettily gilt, by John Ramage (1836-1911) & Co.; contrasting labels; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; very lightly rubbed, but a very good clean and sound set.

£500

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[BURNEY, Fanny (Frances), 1752-1840] : CAMILLA: OR, A PICTURE OF YOUTH.

[BURNEY, Fanny (Frances), 1752-1840] : CAMILLA: OR, A PICTURE OF YOUTH.

London : for T. Payne; and T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1796. First edition. One of the most popular and influential novels of its time – the tale of Camilla Tyrold and her sisters, their cousin the beautiful Indiana Lynmere, and their suitors – love and marriage, darkness and light, intrigue, contretemps and mistake. The book also has probably the most distinguished list of subscribers ever to grace a novel – featuring not least the twenty-year-old Miss J. Austen of Steventon – Jane Austen, much influenced by Fanny Burney (Madame d’Arblay), specifically referring to “Camilla” in “Northanger Abbey” as one of those works “in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”. Also on the subscription list, besides a broad swathe of the aristocracy, were Edmund Burke, Sir Joseph Banks, James Beattie, George Canning, Maria Edgeworth, Warren Hastings, Richard Heber, Edmond Malone, Hannah More, Hester Piozzi, Anne Radcliffe, and Humphrey Repton.
Five volumes. Post 12mo (180 x 102mm). xlviii,390,[ii]; [iv],432; [iv],468; [iv],432; [iv],556pp. Bound in a very pleasant contemporary full sprinkled calf gilt; contrasting red and green labels; some minor external wear, rubbing, faint cracking and slight scuffing; endleaves lightly tanned; some occasional browning and mild spotting; a few minor signs of age and use; small inkstain at the end, but overall a very good and attractive set.

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CHAPONE, Hester, 1727-1801 : MISCELLANIES IN PROSE AND VERSE.

CHAPONE, Hester (Hester Mulso), 1727-1801 : MISCELLANIES IN PROSE AND VERSE.

London : for E. & C. Dilly; and J. Walter, 1775. First edition. A collection of various pieces from Hester Chapone – Richardson’s “little spitfire” – including her much-admired essays “On Affectation and Simplicity” and “On Conversation”, the novella “The Story of Fidelia”, and a selection of poems.
Foolscap 8vo (162 x 96mm). (xii),178pp. Bound, without half-title or final advertisement leaf, in a contemporary calf, now neatly rebacked, retaining the original title-label; endpapers replaced; a little browned and thumbed; two leaves a little soft at centre and slightly torn, one with a small hole and the loss of a few letters; names partially erased from title-page; a reasonable and modestly-priced copy.

£100

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CHAPONE, Hester, 1727-1801 : THE WORKS OF MRS. CHAPONE, ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG LADY.

CHAPONE, Hester, 1727-1801 : THE WORKS OF MRS. CHAPONE, ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG LADY.

London : for J. Warlters [sic], 1793. An attractive early collected edition of Hester Chapone – Richardson’s “little spitfire” – including all three works published in her lifetime: “Letters on the Improvement of the Mind” (1773); “Miscellanies in Prose and Verse” (1775) and “A Letter to a New-Married Lady” (1777). “Chapone’s name from the 1770s until the mid-nineteenth century was a byword for the female intellectual moralist” (ODNB).
Foolscap 8vo (159 x 90mm). [4],(viii),(182),[ii],116[but 118]pp. Bound in a neat recent quarter morocco; red label; some gatherings on the blue-tinted paper sometimes found in the publications of this period, but a very good, clean and crisp copy.

£100

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JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON’S TABLE-TALK: CONTAINING APHORISMS ON LITERATURE, LIFE, AND MANNERS; WITH ANECDOTES OF DISTINGUISHED PERSONS: SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM MR. BOSWELL’S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON’S TABLE-TALK: CONTAINING APHORISMS ON LITERATURE, LIFE, AND MANNERS; WITH ANECDOTES OF DISTINGUISHED PERSONS: SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM MR. BOSWELL’S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

London : for C. Dilly, 1798. First edition. “No, Sir; we had talk enough, but no conversation ...” – the essential Johnson distilled (with Boswell’s entire approbation). Johnson on conversation, wine, marriage, children, education, conduct, manners, London, trade, travelling, life, death, religion, politics, and much else.
Demy 8vo (213 x 130mm). [iv],446,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart modern sprinkled calf, richly gilt in period style; marbled endpapers; some spotting, mainly to outer leaves; a few minor marks, but a very good copy.

£400

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MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de, 1689-1755 : THE PERSIAN LETTERS OF CHARLES DE SECONDAT MONTESQUIEU ... NOW FIRST COMPLETELY TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH WITH NOTES AND MEMOIR BY JOHN DAVIDSON ...

MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de, 1689-1755 : THE PERSIAN LETTERS OF CHARLES DE SECONDAT MONTESQUIEU ... NOW FIRST COMPLETELY TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH WITH NOTES AND MEMOIR BY JOHN DAVIDSON ...

Philadelphia : Printed only for Subscribers by George Barrie, [ca.1896]. First American edition, limited to 1,000 numbered copies on hand-made paper, of this elegant rendition of Montesquieu’s famous satire on French and European civilisation, viewed through the prism of two fictional Persian travellers. The forthright and unafraid iconoclasm of the apostle of freedom, once “extolled to the clouds ... as the man of genius who had rediscovered the title-deeds of the human race”. First published in 1721 and translated into English the following year, but here in its first complete translation, as privately printed in England in 1892. Translated, with an introduction and biography, by the poet John Davidson (1857-1909), and graced with the delightful illustrations of the curious hermit artist Charles Édouard de Beaumont (1821-1888), etched by Émile Boilvin (1845-1899). Published in George Barrie’s impressive “Bibliophilist’s Library” series.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (224 x 149mm). [6],xlviii,(204); [6],vi,(236)pp. Portrait frontispiece and eight etched plates – each plate with a tissue guard and a duplicate etching printed in bistre. Index. Bound in a handsome contemporary half red morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; some very minor rubbing and wear to corners; mild tanning to opening leaves, but a very good set. With the nautical bookplate of George G. Stevenson in each volume.

£250

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SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley (Richard Brinsley Butler), 1751-1816 : THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.

SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley (Richard Brinsley Butler), 1751-1816 : THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.

London : William Tegg & Co., 1851. An attractively bound collected edition of Sheridan, with a perceptive biographical and critical introduction by Leigh Hunt (1784-1859). Includes “The Rivals”, “St. Patrick's Day”, “The Duenna”, “A Trip to Scarborough”, “The School for Scandal”, “The Camp”, “The Critic” and “Pizarro”. First published in this form in 1841.
Medium 8vo (223 x 151mm). (xvi),(154)pp. Bound, without half-title and advertisement leaves, in a pleasant contemporary half calf, richly gilt; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a little rubbed and very slightly worn; mild spotting of binder's blanks, but internally clean and sound. Contemporary ownership inscription of Charles Woodbridge (1830-1924), a well-to-do Uxbridge solicitor.

£50

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SHILLITO, Charles, 1758-1794 : THE COUNTRY BOOK-CLUB : A POEM.

SHILLITO, Charles, 1758-1794 : THE COUNTRY BOOK-CLUB : A POEM.

[Boston] : G. K. Hall & Co., 1964. A facsimile of the original 1788 edition, issued as a Christmas gift by the bookselling firm. With a note on the author. “Books, that were worthy of superior praise, Unlike the flimsey works of modern days ...”. Loosely inserted is a card signed by G. K. Hall.
Post 4to (28cm). (40)pp. Title-page illustration by Thomas Rowlandson. Original stapled wrappers; a little bruised; faint mark on upper wrapper; staples rusting, but a good copy.

£20

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STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.

STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.

London : for J. Dodsley, J. Johnson, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, T. Cadell, J. Murray [and others], 1793. A handsome early collected edition of Sterne, comprising “Tristram Shandy”, “A Sentimental Journey”, three volumes of sermons and two of letters, as well as “A Fragment in the Manner of Rabelais” and “The History of a Watch-Coat”, together with his own memoir of his life and family.
Ten volumes. Crown 8vo (175 x 112mm). Engraved portraits of both Sterne and his daughter Lydia, his daughter shown sitting beside the Nollekens bust of her father, engraved by James Caldwall from a painting by Benjamin West. Plates. Marbled leaf. Bound in a most attractive contemporary tree calf, prettily gilt and with contrasting red and green labels; lemon edges; some minor rubbing, a few slight marks and minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good and clean set with an attractive provenance. From the library of Fasque Castle, with the Fasque bookplates and ownership inscriptions, dated Liverpool 1798, of (Sir) John Gladstone (1764-1851). Gladstone was the father of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) and this set would have formed part of the household furniture among which the four-times prime minister grew up. For more on Fasque Castle, see my Bookhunter on Safari blog-post of 10th May 2012.

£750

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YOUNG, Edward, 1683-1765 : THE COMPLAINT: OR, NIGHT THOUGHTS ON LIFE, DEATH, AND IMMORTALITY, BY THE LATE DR. YOUNG: TO WHICH ARE ADDED THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AND A PARAPHRASE ON PART OF THE BOOK OF JOB.

YOUNG, Edward, 1683-1765 : THE COMPLAINT: OR, NIGHT THOUGHTS ON LIFE, DEATH, AND IMMORTALITY, BY THE LATE DR. YOUNG: TO WHICH ARE ADDED THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AND A PARAPHRASE ON PART OF THE BOOK OF JOB.

London : for C. Elliot & T. Kay; Ogilvie & Spears, etc. 1789. A pleasant eighteenth-century edition of Young’s most celebrated work – the nine nights of poetic meditation originally published between 1742 and 1745. The much-reprinted original source of “Procrastination is the thief of time”, etc. – a work regarded by Boswell as “the grandest and richest poetry that human genius has ever produced”.
Post 12mo (178 x 103mm). x,290pp. Contemporary full calf, now neatly rebacked in morocco; red label; fresh endpapers; a few very minor marks and small creases, but a very good copy. Manuscript inscriptions trace the copy’s ownership passing to Jane from Lucy Chalmers in 1810, and to Lucy Ellen Mayne from her mother in 1885.

£100

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