SUMMER FAIR HIGHLIGHT Collectable Books

The following books will be among Tom and Sue Biro’s stock at the Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair, they trade as Collectable Books, and can be found at Stand Number 89:

gulliveraGulliver, Lemuel.  [Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745.] Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.  In Four Parts.  By Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships.  [Gulliver’s Travels]. London:  Printed for Benj  Motte, at the Middle Temple-Gate in Fleet-street.  M, DCC, XXVI.  1726 Two volumes.  Teerink No. 291 variant B, published in December 1726 in the first year of publication.  Octavo, 192x105mm.  In the original brown panelled calf binding with decorative blind ruled borders and corner pieces.  Spines, sometime re-capped, with five raised bands, gilt outlined; red and green lettering pieces with title and volume number.  Engraved frontispiece portrait plus six plates in all, as called for.  Vol. I: A-K8, L3, M-X8, Y1, plus two maps; gift inscription on front paste-down ‘Peter Joyce gulliverbCary | with love from his | father & mother | Dec. 9. ’46’, (Peter Joyce Cary [1918-94], son of (Arthur) Joyce Lunel Cary and Gertrude Margaret Ogilvie was Chief of the Cabinet Office in the late 1950s); slight sepia ink-marking on the front free end-paper; portrait frontispiece in the second state, as required; armorial ownership stamp of ‘Thos. Wyse’ with the motto ‘Sapere Aude’ on the verso of the frontispiece and at the foot of the title-page, overlapping imprint but not obscuring it; another ownership gullivercinscription, ‘Francis Edwards’, manuscript near head of title.  Vol. II: A3, B-K8, L5, M-Aa8, plus three maps and one plate of language symbols.  Pages slightly tanned and with light marks of usage.  An exceptionally good set of this early edition, from the first year of publication.  Crisp clean and tight.Ref: 13716  £5,400.00

 

frontCalendar, Calendrier, Almanach. Etrennes Mignonnes Pour l’An de N. Seigneur MDCC. LXIX.  Depuis le commencement du monde, 5718.  Depuis le Deluge, 4040.  Depuis l’Incarnation, 1769.  Depuis la Mort & Resurrection de N. Sauv. J.C., 1736.   Depuis la Correction Gregorienne, 187. A Liege, Chez J. Dessain, Imprimeur-Libraire, a la Bible d’or, vis-à-vis du Palais.  Avec Privilege de S.A.  1769 A fine embroidered binding with deep, rich border of white- and yellow-metal threadwork surrounding a hand-painted panel with flowers, fruit and a butterfly on both covers.  Now housed in a protective oyster case.  The illustration on the front cover has the words ‘Mes yeux a toutes mon coeur a une’ at the head;  the illustration on the backback cover has the words ‘Je cherche les belles’ above the illustration.   92x50mm.   This little volume contains a combination of Saints’ days for the year; birth dates of the royalty and principal nobility of Europe; foreign exchange rates for  the year, followed by a large section of numismatic information with engravings of the coinage;  a table of ‘Prieres de XL Heures dans l’Eglise Cathedrale’.   Crisp and clean. A beautiful little binding, in very good condition.  Ref: 14586  £1,500.00

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