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London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858. Hardcover. From "The Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages" series. Ex-libris with library book plate to front paste down. Very good in maroon cloth black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Wear to exterior includes rubbing to boards, bumping to corners and spine ends and some rippling to the cloth on the spine. Light damp stain to front board. Presentation slip tipped in at front. Interior is clean and bright. Index, 186 pages. English Monarchy. ENGMON20/062699. Very Good.
New York: George H. Doran Company, (1926). Hardcover. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET. 8vo. Very good+ in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends. Very light browning to front and rear free end pages. Else is pristine with color frontispiece. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor foxing, soiling and edgewear to dust jacket which is in a protective plastic sleeve. Index, 314 pages. ENGMON/011018. Very Good+ / Very Good.
London: J. Dodsley, 1785. Quite scarce. This is a dense and comprehensive listing of the men holding each of the peerages of England, Scotland, and Ireland at the time of publication, along with a history of their lineage. In addition to detailed information about the peers and their families, there are 86 pages showing the coats of arms for each peerage. Supplemented with an index and directory. Bound in later burgundy three quarter leather with red cloth covers and gilt title reading simply "Heraldry" to spine. Signs of handling but nice. Interior pages have occasional foxing, spotting, and offsetting but generally clean and legible. Page edges are untrimmed. Library stamp for Frederick College on title page but no other signs of ex-library. Very good condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 428 pages. ENGHIS/030821.
London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1805. Hardcover. Hannah More (1745-1833) was a well-known English religious writer, poet, and playwright. She wrote this interesting work to offer her views on the education of the young Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817), the only child of the George IV and heir to the British throne. Her untimely death following the birth of her stillborn son ultimately paved the way for Victoria to become queen in 1837. Bound in contemporary leather with gilt rulings and gilt ornament and title label to spine. Leather is chipped, abraded, and bumped. Gilt is worn and faded. Some foxing to pastedowns and free front endpapers. Interior pages are in very good condition with light browning to text. Ownership signature dated 1844 to front pastedowns. Small octavo volumes. Volume I: 330 pages plus 6 pages of ads; Volume II: 403 pages. ENGHIST/031622. Very Good.
London: John Camden Hotten, 1869. Hardcover. Very good in modern green leatherette boards with gilt title to spine. Light wear to edges of boards. Marbled endpages with previous owner's bookplate. The interior is foxed and stained. Antiquated signature of previous owner on title page. A few signatures are loose. The facsimilie manuscript is unpaginated; 21 pages of notes; 32 pages of annotations with index. ENGMON/010813. Very Good.
Paris: Boussod, Valadon & C, 1893. Hardcover. A sumptuous book recounting the life of Mary Stuart, also known as Mary, Queen of Scots. The author John Skelton writes a sympathetic biography of Mary Stuart's life, loves, conspiracies, and ultimate death by the order of Queen Elizabeth I. The book is extensively illustrated with text engravings and full page engravings, each with a tissue guard that gives the name of the illustration. There is a beautiful frontispiece with a color facsimile of a miniature portrait of Mary, now in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor. There is light foxing throughout that does not affect the engraved images. "Donation by Elizabeth Daniel" written in ink on front pastedown. In a beautiful signed binding by Durvant Thivet done in black leather with gilt title and ornaments to spine compartments and Mary Stuart's insignia on front and rear covers. Some wear to binding along spine edges and corners. The book's original paper wrappers are bound in. Very good condition. Measures 10 x 13 inches. 207 pages. SCOT/122820. Very Good.
Penngrove, CA: Spell & Bind Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 7 of 15 copies. Tiana Krähn is an accomplished book artist who makes small edition, hand-bound, letterpress printed poetry and story books under the name Spell & Bind Press. She writes about her work: "For me, hand setting type is a meditation. There is intention behind each letter, each word, each sentence. I believe that words, like spells cast into the world, should be carefully chosen. As I work I have pause to examine my motives. Poems and stories open portals in and out of other realms. Printing on a letterpress machine is such a physical process, and as the weight of the words sink deep within the page, I am always struck by the permanence of this action, and the beauty of marks that make meaning out of chaos and ink. The binding of books is yet another ritual I relish. It is work full of metaphor where each stitch is a scaffold in the building of a physical home to our thoughts and feelings, resulting in an intimate object to be kept close or to be shared. That is the magic of it all." Matriarch commemorates two great women who held positions of power within the complicated systems that both honored and enslaved them in their particular roles. One of the two women is the Queen Elizabeth II. The other is the book artist's great-grandmother, Alice Watson Ford. They were mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers with an immeasurable influence. One a monarch, the other a Jamaican woman, and dedicated queen to her small community, the two women were similarly employed. This book references complex feelings and experiences due to Jamaica once being a colony of Great Britain, an influence which remains ever present. Krahn writes that when creating this book about holding her great grandmother in reverence, Queen Elizabeth died. She decided it made sense to hold them up together, to explore their roles and to commemorate them with a carefully considered comparison of two women in positions of power, beloved, and not forgotten. This handsome work is a triptych bound by Mark Summers of Namnavoe Book Binders in hand dyed dark brown Fair Goat Skiver and tooled with 23 carat gold leaf. The title and floral ornament on the cover and the spine has the initial M and press name all in gold leaf. The covers open to reveal interior frames that hold original intaglio prints depicting images of the two queens. The center between the two frames has a pocket in which sits a sewn single signature booklet that has been letterpress printed on white vintage WH Hodgkinson paper. With a burlap sleeve holding the book closed with an image of the British flag. Accompanied by a single sheet with the book artist's background on creating this book. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 6 inches, Unpaginated. ARTB/052423. Fine.
London: Printed for G. Bedel and T. Collins, 1654. Hardcover. The second part is titled: Scrinia Sacra; Secrets of Empire, in Letters of illustrious persons. A Supplement of the Cabala. in which business of the same quality and grandeur is contained: with many famous passages of the late reigns of K. Henry 8, Q. Elizabeth, K. James, adn K. Charls. The name Cabala comes from the last initials of ministers to Charles II. In modern brown buckram binding with red leather title label and black leather year label to spine. The cloth is split along both hinges; however, the boards remain attached. The top three inches of the spine cloth including a portion of the title label has been reattached; however, the split is still visible. Minor rubbing and soiling to binding. Clean interior overall with occasional spots of foxing, soiling, and smudge marks. Several pages have large areas of penned lines and dots over the text; however, text remains legible. Pagination: , 347, ; , 355 (i.e. 255), . Lacks ads after the second volume. Each volume has a separate index following the work. MON/072022. Very Good.