London: Henry Colburn by his successors Hurst and Blackett, 1854. Hardcover. A New Edition. This is a lovely set of Frances Burney's diaries and letters, written from her early 20s and continuing almost until her death. Frances Burney (1752-1840), also known as Fanny Burney and later Madame d'Arblay, was a popular English satirical novelist, diarist and playwright. The first of her four novels, Evelina (1778), had the best success and remains best regarded. Her charming diaries and letters display her skill as a writer and are almost novelisitic, capturing conversations and offering much commentary on people and places of her time. Bound in three quarter reddish-brown leather with red cloth boards. With raised spine bands with titling and ornaments to compartments. The spines are sunned and there is light wear to spine and cover edges. Hinges somewhat tender. Top edges gilt. Interior pages are clean. With a facsimile fold-out letter in Volume I and frontispiece portraits in the other volumes. Very good condition. Size: 4.5 x 7 inches. Volume I: 378 pages; Volume II: 368 pages; Volume III: 381 pages; Volume IV: 356 pages; Volume V: 376 pages; Volume VI: 322 pages; Volume VII: 318 pages including general index. LIT/101921. Very Good.
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Boston: Daniel B. Updike at the Merrymount Press, 1904. A first edition of a scarce and lovely book. From the colophon:"Here ends the life of the divine Michelagnolo Buonarroti, written in Italian by Ascanio Condivi, and first printed at Rome, on XVI July , MDLIII, by Antonio Blado, printer to the Camera, and now done into English by Herbert P. Horne, and newly printed at Boston in the United States of America, at the Merrymount Press, by Daniel Berkeley Updike, I September, MCMIII, with the types and ornaments designed for him by the translator." In original paper grey boards. Wear to spine and torn along rear cover. Soiling and rubbing. still a nice copy of a fragile book with interior pages in very good condition. With bookplate of author William Greenough Wendell. Small octavo. x, 85 pages. PRI/042921. Very Good.
New South Wales: Benevolent Society of New South Wales, 1963. Hardcover. Alfred (Alf) Conlon was an important and controversial figure in Australia during World War II. He was the head of the Australian Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs and was an influential figure in the Pacific region after the war through the Australian School of Pacific Administration, which grew out of the directorate. He also helped to found the National Union of Australian University Students, obtained a medical degree and practiced psychiatry before his untimely death from cardiovasular disease. This memorial contains tributes from 36 of his colleagues. Size: Octavo. In black paper wrappers with gilt title to front wrapper and to spine. Binding in near-new condition. Interior pages are bright and clean. Owner signature to front free end paper. AUS/042921. Very Good.