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ROSSETTI, Dante G. ALIGHIERI, Dante. DANTE & HIS CIRCLE: With Italian poets Preceding Him. (1100-1300). A Collection of Lyrics, Edited, and Translated in the Original Metres, by Dante G. Rossetti. Revised and Rearranged Edition. London: Ellis and White. 1874.
First edition with this title; originally released in 1861 with the title 'The Early Italian Poets'. Octavo, orig. green cloth ruled in gilt. 470 pp.. The first state, printed on thick paper and with the ads at rear. Light vertical scratches along spine panel, but otherwise nice bright copy. Seller 67397
Price: $525.00 US

SISMONDI, J.C.L. Sismonde De. HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE LITERATURE OF THE SOUTH OF EUROPE. Translated from the Original Italian, Notes, by Thomas Roscoe, Esq. In 4 Volumes. London: Henry Colburn & Co. 1823.
First English edition. Octavo, 4 vo. bound in half calf, spines titled in gilt within ornamental borders, top edges gilt. Comprehensive study of the history of the Romance languages, troubadors, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian languages. Slight foxing, bindings scuffed at the edges but overall a fine set in attractive period bindings. Seller 67397
Price: $395.00 US

Very good original hardcover edition with no dust jacket; Nautical design on book boards. Some scuffing and fraying on spine. Slight ripple on front book board. Dark endpapers, wwner’s inscription "Robert Edgerton." Nine illustrations including frontispiece. All tissue guards in place. Some minor foxing throughout. No pages missing, 84 pages including last page. Gilt edged pages. Original binding from 1876 US edition. Macmillon, Illustrator Henry Holliday. Seller ID: 4651 8vo; 84 pages. Seller 87358 Price $950.00 US

BATES, Henry Walter: The Naturalist on the River Amazon, second ed. London: J Murray Publisher, 1864
8vo. pp.xii, 466 + map. Original woodcut illustrations accompany text. Typical period green publisher’s cloth, gilt, slight fraying on spine. Owner's stamp from Petroleum Library of Venezuela with stamps on verso of enclosed maps, small shelf mark at base of the spine. Seller 67397
Price: $295.00 US

BUNYAN, John. The Pilgrim's Progress; New York, Limited Ed. Club, dated 1941. 214 pages, bound in green cloth with spine label. Includes 29 illustrations by Wm. Blake. Intro by Geoffrey Keynes. Introduction describes Blake's contribution. This is the first edition to include his illustrations. Spine worn and frayed top and bottom, some fading, but a good copy with rich associations. Seller 87358 Price $195.00 US

DENISON, Arthur B. (writer and artist). DINOTOPIA: Being an Account of Certain Minor Incidents of Travel Within Chandara, (1869-71).
Nineteenth century journal. Cover stamped with footprint-like letters and dinosaur motif. Novelty binding. Brass corner plates, chain with five links, antique lock, botanical & ornithological specimens and hand-drawn maps (heavily worn and creased) pressed in back pages. Mild foxing and water damage throughout. Original manuscript, 2 vo. in single binding, 320 pp. in contemporary leather over marbled boards. Spine initialed in gilt within ruled borders, top edges torn. Triple parallel incisions in lower front panel. Bookplate from collection of Antoine d’Abbadie, donated to Academie des Sciences Collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale. Seller: ID 4459. SOLD

LEAR, Edward: Journal of a Landscape Painter In Corsica. Published in London by Robert J. Bush, 1870
8vo. First ed. pp. xvi, 272. Includes 40 wood engravings and assorted text illustrations in the style of Lear. Detailed map of Corsica. Publisher’s cloth brown with some scuffing along margins, Bookplate and inscription on endpapers dated 1874. Seller 87358 Price $790.00 US