This is the edition of the complete works of William Hogarth produced by James Heath in 1822.
The second edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare illustrated by the great Arthur Rackham. It contains 40 colour plates and 34 line drawings and is considered one of his masterpieces.
Cervantes Don Quixote Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London. (illustrated by Gustave Doré),1867 Cloth binding, gold lettering Published in quarto format by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London around 1867, this is the second edition Don Quixote, the first in a single volume. The 9.5 pound monster has approximately 750 pages and contains 370 illustrations. Doré [...]
This once very popular little book, set in a modern type, is by the Spanish baroque dramatist and historian, Antonio de Solis y Ribadeneyra
This impressively bound and well illustrated volume was a standard physiology textbook in its day, written by William B. Carpenter (1813-1885), a professor of physiology, with a strong commitment to scientific reason.
A classic piece of high Victoriana in design, the book features the work of Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) , a Scottish poet mainly remembered for his sentimental poetry.The work of Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) is presented as an additional text, and includes his famous The Deserted Village.
This book has a self-consciously Arts & Crafts feel about it, with its binding of quartered cloth over parchment, rounded spine, red page edges and very nice proportions. This copy is inscribed as a gift from W.W. Asquith, elder brother of HH Asquith, Liberal prime minister of the UK from 1908 to 1916
Albert Dupaigne Les Montagnes Mame et Fils, Tours, 1877 (3rd edition) Binding: 17 x 25 x 4 cm. Embossed red demi-shagreen, banding and gilt tooling on spine, gilded page edges, fully illustrated and seven colour maps. The beautiful maps were drawn by E. Dumas-Vorzet, a leading cartographer in nineteenth-century France, and engraved by Erhard, while [...]
Perhaps better known as English as She Is Spoke, or, A Jest in Sober Earnest, because it seems that Carolino’s knowledge of English was limited to what he could learn from a French-English dictionary, and the book was soon celebrated as a ‘a greater contribution to humor than linguistics’.
The Child’s Companion and Juvenile Instructor was established by the Religious Tract Society (founded in 1799) as a journal of ‘true stories for young Protestants’. Fun was not on the agenda.
An unusual edition of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is in a landscape format, produced as an ‘art book’ in 1844, with 22 illustrations by Henry Courtney Selous