Wednesday, April 19, 2017

G. Davis Rare Books, Roswell, Georgia – Greg Davis

Pierce Egan. LIFE IN LONDON... London : 1821.(10" H X 6 3/4"). FIRST EDITION with 36 fine hand colored plates by I.R. & George Cruikshank. Bound in full green morocco, red silk doublures, red silk end leaves, top edge gilt, by CHAMBOLLE-DURU. One of the first English books using Social satire. FINE.

L. Goldsmith. THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CABINET OF BONAPARTE; INCLUDING HIS PRIVATE LIFE, CHARACTER, DOMESTIC ADMINISTRATION, AND HIS CONDUCT TO FOREIGN POWERS:... London: 1810. (8 5/8" H x 5 3/4" W). Bound in half dark green Morocco, marbled boards, spine gilt extra with Napoleonic devices. Marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. EUGENE FIELD'S COPY, with BOOKPLATE and manuscript note on last blank page, "This book is from the library of my father, Eugene Field. Eugene Field II. Sept 1 - 1924" VERY FINE & CHOICE COPY housed in green silk chemise & quarter Morocco etui.

Jean Froissart. (1337-1410). CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN AND THE ADJOINING COUNTRIES... TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH... WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AN ESSAY AND A CRITICISM. London: 1849. 2 volumes Tall & Thick 8vo, (9 7/8" H x 7 1/2" W, set Length 5".). Finely bound by J. WRIGHT in Full Red Morocco Gilt Extra, with medieval devices and panel built  in guilt on upper and lower covers. Spines gilt extra with same devices. Marbled endpapers, All edges gilt. This copy with ca. 116 line cuts in the text. Inserted are 74 Full Page colored facsimiles of of pages from Froissart and other manuscripts in The Bibliotheque Royale, Paris, and The British Museum. The facsimiles were done by Chromolithography. VERY FINE COPY.

Philip Gilbert Hamerton. THE LIFE OF J.M.W. TURNER, R.A. With nine illustrations etched by A. Brunet-Debaines. London: 1879. (7 1/2" H x 5 3/8" W). Full olive green straight grained Morocco by ZAEHNSDORF. Large crest in gilt to upper and lower covers, spine gilt with thistle and horse devices. Gilt decorated tan/green moire silk doublures and endleaves. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. FINE.

THACKERAY, William Makepeace. VANITY FAIR. A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO. London: 1848. 8vo. (8 3/4" X 5 3/4"). FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE IN A COSWAY STYLE BINDING signed BAYNTUN (RIVIERE). Engraved Title-Page, 38 engraved plates & numerous woodcuts in text by the author. FIRST ISSUE with the following points: 1) suppressed woodcut of the "MARQUIS OF STEYNE", p. 336. 2) Heading on page one in "RUSTIC". 3) "MR. PITT" for "SIR PITT", p. 453.
MINIATURE PORTRAIT ON IVORY OF THACKERAY UNDER GLASS IN UPPER COVER.  Full citron Morocco. Elaborate leather strap-work onlays on upper & lower covers. Spine with same strap-work & gilt extra. Doublures & end-leaves of light green moire silk. Wide citron Morocco Dentelles with gilt tooling to doublures.

A VERY FINE COPY. Text & plates especially clean. Most first editions from the 19th century (Dickens, Thackeray, Scott, etc... ) are prone to foxing and other condition problems. The binding in near mint condition. In drop-back cloth box.
Retail $4500

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