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Last Updated December 5, 2016


1. Alcock, R.C. THE ALPHABETS OF THE BRITISH LINE ENGRAVED STAMPS. Bristol, England: Harvey Barton & Son Ltd. , 1936. 80 pages. Some discoloration and slight soiling to the light grey cloth binding. Corners are slightly bumped. The binding is tight. There are 45 fold-out plates protected by tissue guards. All plates are present and in very good condition. A rare and important British philatelic book. This one just does not show up very often. $250.00

2. An American & George Rose. A Letter on the Genius and Dispositions of the French Government, Including a View of the Taxation of the French Empire. Bound together with "Observations Respecting the Public Expenditure, & the Influence of the Crown", by George Rose. 1810. Philadelphia & London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810. This is a leather bound volume containing three separate publication bound together. The first two are listed in the title. The George Rose publication is a second edition published in London in 1810. The third item is "Speech, of the Rt. Hon. William Windham, in the House of Commons, May the 26th, 1809, on Mr. Curwen's Bill, For Better Security Independence and Purity of Parliament, by Preventing the Procuring or Obtaining of Seats by Corrupt Practices". Bound in brown half leather, with leather spine and corners with marbled paper boards. There is wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Some discoloration to the covers and the corners are bumped and rubbed through. The text block is sound and the pages are clean and tightly bound. $150.00

3. De Silva, R.K. 19TH CENTURY NEWSPAPER ENGRAVINGS OF CEYLON-SRI LANKA.  Accompanied by Original Texts With Notes and Comments. London: Serendib Publications, 1998. 404 pages. Very good in very good dust jacket. Jacket has just a hint of wear at the bottom of the spine. Timited to 1,500 copies, of which 500 copies are numbered. This is #373 of the numbered edition. A rare and beautiful book. With hundreds of illustrations. $198.00

4. Gardner, Julian. The Tomb and the Tiara: Curial Tomb Sculpture in Rome and Avignon in the Later Middle Ages. Oxford University Press, 1992. 320 pages. Large black cloth covers are in very good condition. The dust jacket has very little wear. There is a small label removal scar at the bottom of the back panel on the bar code. A rare and important title.  $265.00

5. Home, Henry, Lord Kaims. Six Sketches on the History of Man: Containing The Progress of Men as Individuals. I-Diversity of Men & of Languages; II-Of Food & Population; III-Of Property; IV-Origin & Progress of Commerce; V-Origin & Progress of Arts; VI-Progress of the Female Sex. Philadelphia: Sold by R. Bell and R. Aitken, 1776. 262 pages. 1776 Philadelphia printing. Bound in the original brown leather. The binding shows heavy wear, including rubbing and scuffing to all board edges and the edges of the spine. The leather spine title labels is missing. The front and back joints are split, with the covers being held by older library hinge reinforcement tape. Corners are rubbed through and bumped. Some small chips to the leather at the edges of the spine. The text block is tight and square and the pages are complete. There is browning and foxing scattered throughout the text, heavier in places. The text contains an appendix entitled "Concerning Propagation of Animals, and Care of Their Offspring". A wonderful historical imprint, published the same year as the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The publisher, R. Bell, has a list of additional titles for sale at the end of the book. The final text page is a full-page advertisement for a book advertises as just printed and published, entitled "American Independence, the Interest and Glory of Great Britain. $650.00

6. Mercier, M. New Picture of Paris. Two volume set. Translated from the French. London: H.D. Symonds, 1800. 1800 edition. Two volume set. Both volumes bound in the original brown full leather bindings. There is wear to the spine edges and corners, with a couple of small chips to the edges of the spine and the corners worn through. A few rubbed spots to the covers. The bindings are remarkably preserved. The text blocks are tight and the pages are clean. Light foxing only. $300.00

7. Moore, Arthur. Compendium of the Irish Poor Law: Containing the Acts for the Relief of the Destitute Poor in Ireland And Abstracts of Various Statutes Connected Therewith. Including the Evicted Poor Protection and Vagrant Acts... Dublin, Ireland: Alexander Thom, 1850. 968 pages. Full brown leather binding. The corners are slightly bumped. The top of the spine has a very small amount of chipping, barely noticeable. A few discolored spots to the bottom of the spine. The hinges are tight and the text block is sound, with pages tight and clean. Overall a beautiful edition of this rare and early historical publication. $450.00

8. Murray, Hugh. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALL NATIONS:  COMPRISING A COMPLETE PHYSICAL, STATISTICAL, CIVIL AND POLITICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD. Volumes 1 and 2 complete. San Francisco: Henry Bill for Francis Dewing, 1863. Two volume set complete. Both volumes are bound in full black leather with red leather labels on the spine. The spine edges show wear. There are a few scuffs to the leather on the spine. Corners are rubbed through and slightly bumped. The bindings are tight and the pages are clean. The large multi-fold color illustration of the Battle of Solferino has some long repaired tears. Illustrated with hand-colored plates throughout. A beautiful set. $75.00

9. Petrie, W.M. Flinders-et al (Grolier Society). The Book Of History: A History Of All Nations From The Earliest Times to the Present. Complete set of 18 volumes. New York: Grolier Society, 1921. Complete set of 18 volumes in beautiful 3/4 marbled green leather bindings. All volumes are in the original leather bindings. Slight shelf wear to the spine edges and corners. A few corners are slightly rubbed through. Volume 9 has a wrinkled strip to the cloth across the front cover from the cloth coming unglued where it attaches to the leather. I reglued the strip with archival glue. This is a minor flaw. The hinges are all tight and the pages are clean and tightly bound. A beautiful set and a wonderful historical reference work. With 44 beautiful full-color plates and hundreds upon hundreds of black-and-white illustrations and maps throughout the set. $300.00

10. Robertson, William. An Historical Disquisition Concerning the Knowledge Which the Ancients Had of India. Dublin, Ireland: A. Strahan, And T. Cadell, 1791. 349 pages. 1791 edition. Bound in the original full dark brown mottled leather binding, with gold-decorated panels on the spine and gold ruled edges on the front and back covers. There is light wear only to the binding, some rubbing to the bottom corners. The hinges are tight and the text block is clean, with only light scattered foxing. Includes the two folding maps. This copy has been preserved beautifully and is in near very good condition. $250.00

11. Smith, Adam. An Inquiry Into The Nature and Cause of the Wealth of Nations. Set of 3 volumes complete. London: A.Strahan and T.Cadell in the Strand, 1793. 1793 seventh edition complete in three volumes. Original Brown leather bindings. There is wear and rubbing to the edges of the covers, with corners slightly worn through and slightly bumped. Usual rubbed and slightly discolored spots to the leather covers, with a few small soiled spots. The spines show wear and rubbing to the edges and some darkening and scuffs. A few small spots where the surface leather has peeled from the spine, but not serious. Red leather title labels. The title label for volume 1 is partially chipped away at the top, affecting the first three letters of the word Wealth on the title. The small round black leather volume number label on volume 3 is missing and is partially chipped away on volume 1. The text blocks and hinges are sound and tight. The pages are clean, with only occasional light foxing, mostly to the margins. One leaf in volume 2 appears to have been damaged by the printer. It is crumpled and creased in the middle, but still complete and intact. A beautiful set of this incomparable classic, which essentially gave rise to the field of political economy. $1250.00

12. Smith, George A.-editor. Illustrated History of Rome. From the Founding of the City by Romulus, 753 B.C., To the Capture of Constantinople by the Turks, 1456 A.D. Set of 2 volumes. Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1884. Two volume set. Bound in deluxe olive-green leather, with leather spine and corners and beautiful marble paper over the remainder of the boards. There is also beautiful marbled paper paste-downs and endsheets. All page edges are gold-edged. This set is in near very good condition, with only minor wear to the edges of the boards in a few places. There is a small spot to the top of the front joint on volume I wear the leather has started to split, but is not corner pulled away. Volume 1 also has a scratch mark in the middle of the front board, about 6 inches long and very thin, barely visible. The text blocks are tight and pages are clean and tightly bound. An extraordinarily well-preserved set. With 52 full-page steel-engraved illustrations of Roman leaders and other prominent Romans. There are also hundreds of woodcut illustrations throughout the two volumes. With 52 full-page steel-engraved illustrations of Roman leaders and other prominent Romans. There are also hundreds of woodcut illustrations throughout the two volumes. $750.00

13. Spears, John R. THE GOLD DIGGINGS OF CAPE HORN A STUDY OF LIFE IN TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND PATAGONIA. New  York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1895. 319 pages. Front hinge just starting, but holding. Some wear and rubbing to spine and corners. Binding tight and pages clean. $65.00

14. Trollope, Mrs. A Visit to Italy. In two volumes. Richard Bently, 1842. 1842 printing complete in two volumes. Original 3/4 dark green leather bindings with marbled paper over board covers and marbled pastedowns and endpapers. This set has been preserved remarkably, and shows only the slightest of wear to the spine edges and corners. The hinges are tight and the text blocks are square, with clean pages. A few pages near the end of each book have scattered foxing, but the vast majority of pages are clean and white with no foxing. It is unusual to have a set from this time period rated as very good condition, but that is what this set warrants. $250.00

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