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3906 Abbot Hedelin. THE WHOLE ART OF THE STAGE. L: 1684 1st edition in English. Rebound in full calf. Interior good with some stains to lower margins of final leaves. SOLD

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18374 Oliver Goldsmith. THE GRECIAN HISTORY From the Earliest State to the Death of Alexander the Great. L: 1774 1st ed. Two volumes. Bound in a full brown calf binding of the 18th century. A very good set. SOLD

The sequel to Goldsmith's immensely popular ROMAN HISTORY. As with most sequels this work did not sell as well and is today scarce.

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9924 THE SPORTSMAN'S DICTIONARY; or The Gentleman's Companion. L: 1785 3rd ed. 4to. 16 engraved b/w plates. Bound in modern half calf and marbled boards. A fine copy. SOLD

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11090 "A Person of Quality". THE GENTLEMAN FARRIER. L: 1732 1st ed. 137p + index. Bound in full contemporary paneled calf. A very good copy. SOLD

A RARE WORK ON HORSES AND DOGS. This work is primarily concerned with horses but also treats hunting dogs and contains the first mention in any English-language book of the pointer. The anonymous author concerns himself with the care and management of the animals and their diseases and bases his work on Capt. Burdon and Gervais Markham.

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10475 George Turbervile. THE BOOK OF FAULCONRIE OR HAWKING. L: 1575 1st ed. LACKS title page; lower portion Aiv repaired; corner of p. 213 missing. The true first edition with two portraits of Queen Elizabeth (later printings replaced the Queen with James Stuart). Bound with: THE NOBLE ART OF VENERIE OR HUNTING. L: 1575 1st ed. Hand-colored title-page (lower portion defective); lacks p. 247 and two leaves of music at end. Bound in full 19th-century calf. Spine a bit rubbed; a.e.g; pages trimmed; very old marginal notes and a few stains. SOLD

THE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ON FALCONRY AND HAWKING. A defective copy but still one of the rarest and most important sporting books.

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11115 William Blane. CYNEGETICA OR ESSAYS ON SPORTING. L: 1788 1st ed. Rebacked with modern leather spine using original marbled boards. A fine copy. SOLD

Includes sections on rabbit hunting and tiger hunting in India.

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8470 THE SPORTSMAN'S ANNUAL. L: 1836 1st ed. Folio. With 12 engraved plates. Bound with leather spine and boards. A good copy. $1250

Rare work on dogs; not listed in Schwerdt. Contains 12 engraved portraits of dogs' heads by Edwin Landseer, A. Cooper, and Charles Hancock.

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11943 Sir John Mandeville. THE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE. NY: 1928. #86 of 150 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. Signed by illustrator Valenti Angelo. Bound with leather spine and wooden boards. A touch of shelf wear to lower corners and spine ends else a fine copy. SOLD

One of only 150 numbered copies printed. Most copies of this book are usually found rather worn because of the book's somewhat fragile nature. This copy has the bookplate of prominent American book collector Bayard Kilgour.

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18364 Alfred Lord Tennyson; edited by Francis Palgrave. LYRICAL POEMS BY TENNYSON. L: Macmillan 1885. 270p. IN A SUMPTUOUS FULL NIGER MOROCCO LEATHER BINDING BY BOWES AND BOWES. A splendid copy bound in full leather in the late 19th century. Ornately decorated in blind and gilt; all edges gilt. A fine copy. SOLD

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10568 George Jesse. RESEARCHES INTO THE HISTORY OF THE BRITISH DOG. L: 1866 1st ed. Two vols. Over 800pp; engraved plates. Bound in 3/4 leather and marbled boards; marbled endpapers; t.e.g. Some old stains to the inner bottom corners of the pages in Vol. I. Binding clean and tight. A very good set overall. SOLD

An attractive copy.

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10486 THE SPORTSMAN'S DICTIONARY. L: 1735 1st ed. Two vols. With 25 copper-engraved folding plates. 8vo. Bound in full 18th century calf. Joints a tad weak else a very good set. SOLD

A very rare sporting work. Covers hawking, hunting, shooting etc.

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3929 Jonas Hanway. AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH TRADE OVER THE CASPIAN SEA. L: 1753 1st ed. Three vols. 4to. 17 plates & 9 folding maps. Bound in full brown calf. Rebacked with new leather spines. SOLD

Contains much information on the author's lengthy travels in Persia.

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18382 Marguerite Kirmse. DOGS IN THE FIELD. NY: Derrydale Press 1st ed. #402 of 685 copies published. This copy is without the seperate suite of extra plates. Illustrated by Kirmse. Red cloth and boards; some spotting to covers. A very good copy overall. SOLD

WITH AN ORIGINAL SIGNED FRONTISPIECE BY KIRMSE. The illustration of a mother dog and her puppies is signed by Kirmse at the foot of the plate.

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18381 Edmund Dulac. EDMUND DULAC'S PICTURE BOOK FOR THE RED CROSS. L: Hodder & Stoughton (1915) 1st ed. 20 tipped-in plates. A fine copy in a good dustjacket; the jacket has some chipping at the spine ends. SOLD

Collection of fairy tales illustrated by Dulac and sold to benefit the Red Cross during the First World War.

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18380 P.S. Pallas. TRAVELS THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE IN THE YEARS 1793 AND 1794. L: 1812 2nd ed. Two volumes. WITH 52 HAND-COLORED PLATES. Two large oversize volumes bound in full brown leather. Marbled edges. A very good set with the coloring on the plates clean and fresh. SOLD

A superb illustrated record of Russia in the late 18th century.

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18365 William Wordsworth. THE POETICAL WORKS OF WILLIAM WORDSWORTH. L: 1836-1842. Seven volumes. Bound in full green leather. Ornately decorated in gilt with floral designs on front and back covers. Spines slightly age-darkened. A very good set overall of one of the classic poets. $1250

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18367 Monsieur Le Gentil. NOUVEAU VOYAGE AU TOUR DU MONDE. Amsterdam: 1731. Three volumes. Bound in full brown calf. Marbled endpapers and edges. An attractive example of an 18th-century French binding. A near fine set. SOLD

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18368 Robert Burns. THE POEMS OF BURNS & THE SONGS OF BURNS. L: John Sharpe 1824. Two volumes. Bound in full dark green leather by the Bayntun Bindery. Spines and covers ornately decorated in gilt. Touch of rubbing to extremities. A very good copy. $375

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18363 G.P.R. James. HEIDELBERG: A Romance. L: 1846 1st ed. Three volumes. Bound in half brown leather and marbled boards. Light foxing on endpapers else a fine set. Spine decorated in gilt; marbled edges. SOLD

Finely bound copy of this popular 19th-century Victorian triple-decker.

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10138 A Gentleman of Philadelphia County (aka Dr. Jesse Kester). THE AMERICAN SHOOTER'S MANUAL. Phil: 1827 1st ed. 2nd issue with 6p of ads. Bound in full brown calf. With 2 of 3 plates; LACKS one plate which is supplied in facsimile. SOLD

A RARE AND IMPORTANT BOOK ON SHOOTING. This is the second sporting book ever published in America and the first comprehensive work ever written on field shooting. A rare work which is highly desirable even though it lacks one illustration.

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