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“PERHAPS THE BEST-PRODUCED SHAKESPEARE EDITION OF THE 18TH CENTURY”

SHAKESPEARE. The Works of Shakespear. Oxford, 1770-71. Six volumes.

Expanded second edition of Hanmer's famous illustrated set of Shakespeare, with 36 full-page copper-engravings (one for each play) by Hubert Gravelot after Francis Hayman, along with frontispiece portrait after Chandos, and two plates of the Westminster and Stratford monuments. Considered by many to be superior to the 1744 first edition which was issued in a small printing. $15,000.

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“THE SUNSHINE OF PURE IMAGINATION”

PERRAULT, Charles (DESANDRE, Jules-Marie, illustrator). Les Contes de Perrault. Paris, circa 1855.

Very rare mid-19th-century French illustrated edition of "the basis for the modern canon of fairy tales," with engraved frontispiece and 11 engraved plates by Lefrancq after Desandré, numerous in-text wood-engraved vignettes, and wood-engraved borders on every page. This is copy number 5 of only ten copies on Vergé paper, with two states of the full-page engravings, one of each a mounted proof before letters on Chine. $8800.

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"CHARACTERIZED BY ROMANTIC FEELING": WITH 18 BEAUTIFUL HAND-COLORED AQUATINT FOLIO PLATES

(ENGLAND) (WALES) LOUTHERBOURG, P.J. de. The Romantic and Picturesque Scenery of England and Wales. London, 1805.

First edition of this splendid picturesque tour of the countryside of England and Wales, with 18 beautifully hand-colored aquatint folio plates. $8200.

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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE OF MYTHICAL LORE FOR ALL WRITERS SINCE OVID’S TIME”

(SANDYS, George) (CLEYN, Francis) OVID. Ovid's Metamorphosis Englished. Oxford, 1632.

Second folio and the first revised and illustrated edition of George Sandys’ famous verse translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with engraved title page, frontispiece portrait and 15 full-page copperplates by Francis Cleyn, very handsomely bound. $8000.

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“IF EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LANGUAGE SHOULD PERISH, IT WOULD ALONE SUFFICE…”

BIBLE. Holy Bible. Oxford, 1786. Two volumes.

Impressive 1786 Oxford quarto edition of the magisterial King James Bible, illustrated with six folding maps of “sacred geography” (including an elaborate plan of Jersusalem) and 266 fine engravings by John Sturt “from designs of the greatest masters,” in beautiful contemporary morocco. $7200.

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ONE OF ONLY 525 COPIES ILLUSTRATED AND SIGNED BY RACKHAM

ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales. London, 1932.

Signed limited first edition of this classic fairy tale collection, number 496 of only 525 copies signed by Rackham, illustrated with 12 full-page color plates and 59 delightful in-text line cuts by him. $5400.

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DOYLE'S CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND, WITH 81 VIVID COLOR WOOD-ENGRAVINGS AFTER HIS DRAWINGS—THIS COPY LAVISHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH OVER 450 ENGRAVINGS

DOYLE, James E. (EVANS, Edmund, engraver). A Chronicle of England. London, 1864. One volume expanded to two.

First edition of Doyle's popular history, with 81 intricate in-text color wood-engravings by Edmund Evans, "the greatest wood-engraver of the Victorian era," after Doyle's original drawings. This copy expanded to two volumes by the inclusion of more than 450 engravings, many also colored, depicting dramatic historical scenes, royal portraits, and costume of the times. Handsomely bound by Smith. $4800.

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“HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS”

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett (LEESON, Adelaide Hanscom, illustrator) . Sonnets from the Portuguese. New York, 1923.

Lovely illustrated edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous love poems, with 18 tipped-in color plates by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson and numerous decorative black-and-white textual illustrations throughout, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt with mounted color illustrations inside each cover. $3500.

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ONE OF 460 COPIES SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

(RACKHAM, Arthur) IBSEN, Henrik. Peer Gynt. London, 1936.

Deluxe signed limited edition of Ibsen’s classic dramatic poem, number 275 of 460 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham (of which only 450 were for sale), with 12 vibrant color plates by Rackham. $2500.

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“PLAYFULLY CAPRICIOUS”

LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Tales And Novels. London, circa 1889. Two volumes.

Limited illustrated edition, one of an unknown limitation, of La Fontaine’s ribald retellings of comic Italian tales, featuring 123 hand-colored engravings (85 by Charles Eisen). Handsomely bound by Root & Son. $2000.

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“AGAIN, I SAY—GO NOT TO THE TOWER. DANGER LURKS THEREIN”

AINSWORTH, William Harrison. Tower of London. London, 1840.

First edition in book form of Ainsworth’s novel of Lady Jane Grey, with 40 etchings on steel and 58 wood engravings by George Cruikshank—“one of the most productive and individualistic of English illustrators” (Hodnett, 114), handsomely bound. $950.

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