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IMPORTANT SECOND APPEARANCE OF SHAKESPEARE’S COLLECTED POEMS, 1709, IN BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING

SHAKESPEARE, William. A Collection of Poems. London, 1709.

Scarce first issue of the second appearance of a collection of Shakespeare's poems, preceded only by the very rare 1640 edition; this is the first collection to include "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece," omitted in the 1640 edition. Splendidly bound by Riviere & Son in a Cosway binding with watercolor miniature portrait of Shakespeare—after the Droeshout portrait of 1622—inset into front cover, as well as a depiction of Venus and Adonis inset into the rear cover, both finely hand-painted on ivory by Miss C.B. Currie, one of the inventors of this style of binding, and protected by glass. $25,000.

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“A SPLENDID WORK… ORNAMENTED WITH FINE ENGRAVINGS”

(BIBLE). Holy Bible. London, 1800. Six volumes. Magnificently illustrated first edition of the Macklin Bible, handsomely bound by C. Kalthoeber of London in six massive volumes and illustrated with 70 splendid full-page copper-engraved plates after Artaud, Cosway, Fuseli, Reynolds, Stothard, Westall and other noted artists, and over 100 additional vignette head- and tailpieces. $15,000.

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SPLENDID COLLECTION OF SIX EXQUISITE COSWAY-STYLE PORTRAITS

BINDING. Collection of six Cosway-style portraits. Bath, 1940.

Wonderful collection of six Cosway-style portraits of literary luminaries: Wordsworth, Whittier, Longfellow, Burns, Bacon, and Ruskin, housed in handsome matching morocco cases. $5800.

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ORIGINAL CURRIE & STONEHOUSE COSWAY BINDING WITH HAND-PAINTED MINIATURE OF ALFRED TENNYSON

TENNYSON, Alfred. A Selection from the Works. London, 1865. Limited edition of Alfred Tennyson’s selected poetry in an exquisite Cosway signed binding, with a beautiful miniature painting of Alfred Tennyson executed on ivory by Miss Currie, number 811 of the Cosway Bindings invented by J.H. Stonehouse, signed on the limitation page by both Currie and Stonehouse, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son. $4000.

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EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY OF
WILLIAMS’ LATER QUEENS OF THE FRENCH STAGE,IN STRIKING COSWAY-STYLE BINDINGS

WILLIAMS, H. Noel. Later Queens of the French Stage. London and New York, 1906. Expanded to two volumes.

First edition, extra-illustrated with numerous portraits of French actresses and the men in their lives, in masterful Cosway-style bindings, with miniatures of Sophie Arnould and Madame Dugazon set into the front covers. $3200.

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