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BABYLON THE GREAT: A DISSECTION AND DEMONSTRATION OF MEN AND THINGS IN THE BRITISH CAPITAL (2 VOLUMES)
Written by Robert Mudie.
Stock no. 1820501
Published by Charles Knight. 1st 1825. Good condition.
A book about London, 'in its confusion of tongues, of people, and of employments, it is Babylon; and in all its attributes it is "Babylon the Great."' A two volume set. Leather spine and corners, marbled paper boards. Raised bands and gilt title label to spines. Boards scuffed and worn at edges. Volume II is cracked to outside front spine edge with slight loss of leather to top. Contemporary inscription in ink to front endpapers. Volume II has insect damage to gutter edge of prelims. Scattered foxing and age marks throughout.
Or, the Rambles and Adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and his cousin, The Hon. Tom. Dashall, through the Metropolis; Exhibiting a living picture of fashionable characters, manners and amusements in High and Low Life by An Amateur. Leather spine and corners, marbled paper boards. Vol 1: hand coloured frontispiece, title page and 17 plates plus Tom and Bob catching a Charley napping. Vol 2: hand coloured frontispiece, title page and 11 plates plus St Georges Day presentation. One of the better imitations of the hugely popular 'Life in London' by Pierce Egan, portraying with accuracy 17th century London society, scenes and buildings. Leather spine & corners, title label with gilt title to spine, marbled paper boards. First Edition, later printing e.g. contains 'A word to the wise' in vol II. Covers heavily scuffed and worn at edges. Slight loss to title blocks. Leather missing from one front corner. Joints cracked. Title pages have been swapped by the binder i.e. volume one contains title page for volume two and vice versa. All plates present. Text block browned. Contents browned and foxed. Plates nice and bright with browning and foxing mainly to margins.
THE TOUR OF DOCTOR SYNTAX THROUGH LONDON, OR THE PLEASURES AND MISERIES OF THE METROPOLIS.
Written by Doctor Syntax.
Stock no. 1820498
Published by J. Johnston. 1st 1820. Good condition.
A poem. Leather spine & corners, marbled paper boards. Gilt title and tooling decorations to spine. Marbled text block. 19 hand-coloured plates plus title page. Boards rubbed and worn at edges. Marbling to text block fading. Front hinge cracked. Contents grubby. All plates are present, nice and bright but margins browned.
Comprising the rambles, sprees, and amours, of Dick Wildfire, of Corinthian celebrity, and his Bang-up companion, Squire Jenkins and Captain O'Shuffleton; with the whimsical adventures of the Halibut family; including sketches of variety of other eccentric characters in the French Metropolis. Full calf binding, raised bands to spine and gilt tooling, gilt title in title block. Marbled endpapers. 21 hand coloured plates representing scenes from real life, 22 wood engravings to text. All edges gilt. Front board DETACHED. Spine rubbed. Boards a little scratched but still bright. Free front endpaper part detached from bottom. All plates present and bright, foxing to margins of plates, browning to tissue guards. Contents are tight.
7 b/w plates plus illustrated title page. 'Intended for the profit an amusement of my German countrymen'. English edition by Otto Wenckstern. Re-bound in new tan cloth with gilt title block to spine. New endpapers which are crinkled. Front hinge not glued but tight. A few scattered foxspots to contents.
Top half of boards red floral cloth and gilt title to spine, lower half is dull brown. Green floral endpapers. Boards stained and title faded. Top edge of spine frayed. Spine cocked. Joints cracked. Hinges pulled. A few margin marks.
A lecture which attracted much public attention in the newspapers exciting "surprise and suspicion that in this, the most healthy of all large towns, as judged from the death rate returns, there should even be a question of degeneration". Small format. Beige card wraps with dark brown outer layer. 61 pages. Outer wraps darkened and in two halves with some loss. Inner wraps clean and sound. Some pencil annotion in margins. Pages lightly browned.
The American Mr. Hazelford voyages across the Atlantic to "inform himself of the real progress of England in the grand improvements of the age". Author is Jeffrey Taylor although no author named. Small format. Dark green cloth, gilt title and decoration to spine. Frontis and illustrated title page plus 4 other b/w plates. 182 pages plus booklist. Rebacked with original spine covering laid down. New endpapers. Corners bumped and worn. Covers slightly marked. Foxing to frontis and title page. Some foxing to contents, mainly to margins. Pages lightly browned. A few corner tips creased.
ADVENTURES OF A YORKSHIRE FARMER AND HIS SCAPEGRACE NEVVY
Written by Timothy Goorkrodger.
Stock no. 2133863
Published by F.M. Fetherston. Circa 1885. Good condition.
The adventures of a Yorkshire farmer in London. Brown cloth spine, green boards. Text in dialect. 144 pages. Boards worn at edges with loss of paper covering at corners. Lower corner tip lost from rear cover. Tear to gutter between index and first page. Spine has a couple of black marks. Pages browned.
Burgundy textured cloth, red leather title label to spine. Label states volume II but this book is complete in itself. 112 b/w steel engravings. 408 pages. Spine faded to brown. Top of title label worn. Front cover starting to part from spine at top but binding still strong. Hinge between frontis and title page pulled. Pages lightly browned. Foxspots throughout.
A visitor's guide to the capital. Small format. Dark blue boards, gilt title to front cover. 8 b/w plates each with two engraved views. 208 pages plus booklist. Spine and corners slightly bumped and rubbed. Spine slightly faded. Faint name and date to rear endpaper. Foxing to endpapers and prelims. Plates lightly browned. Some light foxing to contents else clean.
TALLIS'S ILLUSTRATED LONDON IN COMMEMORATION OF THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF ALL NATIONS IN 1851 VOLUME II
Written by William Gaspey.
Stock no. 2133860
Published by John Tallis & Company. Circa 1851. Almost very good condition.
Forming a Complete Guide to the British Metropolis and its Environs. Text of Tallis's Illustrated London Volume II but bound in two separate volumes. Also bound in is the title and contents pages of Volume I. Modern red cloth with gilt title to spines. Retaining original gilt decorated cloth on front and rear covers of both volumes. 75 b/w plates comprising steel engravings of 109 views, including three folding plates. 304 text pages in total. A very few spots to original covers. Foxing throughout and text pages browned. Tape repairs to edges of two folding plates, a couple of text pages and one other plate. Overall reasonable condition for age.