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Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold - Prize Binding From Exeter School

Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold – Prize Binding From Exeter School

Arnold, Matthew Full blue calf binding with gilt Exeter School emblem to upper board, gilt design to boards' edges, five raised bands to the spine, each with gilt decoration, extensive gilt design and red title label with gilt lettering to each band. Gilt dentelles to boards' edges and blind dentelles to inner boards, marbled endpapers and outer page edges. A smart binding with slight sunning to the spine and boards' edges as seen in photos, very light surface scratches to the boards and light surface scuffing to base of rear board, otherwise in very good condition. With tissue guard frontispiece of the author, the book is internally clean, with a touch of toning to the endpapers and free endpapers. Exeter School blank prize plate to front endboard. xii, 510pp. Although remembered now for his elegantly argued critical essays, Matthew Arnold, born in Laleham, Middlesex, on December 24, 1822, began his career as a poet, winning early recognition as a student at the Rugby School where his father, Thomas Arnold, had earned national acclaim as a strict and innovative headmaster. Arnold also studied at Balliol College, Oxford University. In 1844, after completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford, he returned to Rugby as a teacher of classics. After marrying in 1851, Arnold began work as a government school inspector, a grueling position which nonetheless afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout England and the Continent.
Bacon's Essays - Essays and Apothegms of Francis Lord Bacon - Fine Relfe Brothers Prize Binding

Bacon’s Essays – Essays and Apothegms of Francis Lord Bacon – Fine Relfe Brothers Prize Binding

Edited with an Introduction by John Buchan C1890/1900's. Full red calf binding with bright gilt emblem from St. Clair School - Tunbridge Wells to upper board, blind tooling to the edge of both boards, five raised bands to the spine, each band with blind tooling to both sides, green leather title label with gilt lettering and gilt design to five of the bands. Marbled endpapers and outer edges. 'Relfe Brothers Limited London' stamp to verso of front endpaper, also with previous owner's inscription: Phyllis Silcock, German Prize, Junior Cambridge - C.E D Vickery, Xmas 1910 to the same page. A smart and tactile binding with light marks to the boards, rubbing to the corners and slight fading to the spine, otherwise in very good condition. Internally clean with crisp and bright pages. xxxiii, 244pp. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a scholar, wit, lawyer and statesman and wrote widely on politics, philosophy and science. In his Essays, his most famous work, he considers a diverse range of subjects, such as death and marriage, ambition and atheism, in prose that is vibrant and rich in Renaissance learning. John Buchan, (1875-1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian, biographer and editor. Born in Perth, Scotland, Buchan was admitted to the University of Glasgow in 1892 to study classics and during his first year at university he edited the works of Francis Bacon, to which he wrote a lengthy Introduction, his first appearance in print, that was first published in 1894.
Historical Sketches of the Town of Leicester

Historical Sketches of the Town of Leicester, Massachusetts, During the First Century of its Settlement and Brief Sketch of the History of Leicester Academy – Part I – Two Volumes in One

Washburn, Emory Brown cloth covers with extensive embossed ruling and design to both boards, blind ruling and gilt lettering to the spine. Tissue guard frontispiece and portraits. A very good copy with an interesting provenance, with a "Relic of the house of Capt. Daniel Denny, erected by him, on Denny Hill, Leicester Mass., in 1718; and taken down in 1855" (I think a wooden piece of the house in a sealed envelope); also a gift/presentation copy from Jos. A. Denny to John W. Denny dated July, 18, 1874. The Denny Family was one of the first settlers in Leicester and were intimately associate with the development of the town. Fold out "Map of the East Precint or Settlers Part of Leicester, as first laid from 1714 to 1717 - With subsequent divisions compiled from the Original Survey in the Proprietors Records by Jos. A. Denny, 1860". A few light marks to the boards as seen in photos with rubbing/light scuffing to corners and tips of the spine. Internally clean with some age toning to pages, browning to title page, fading to edges of endpapers, light foxing and small edge tear to map, a couple of pages with light marks and one page with loss to fore edge, not affecting the text. With all that mentioned, a firm and solid copy. Christmas Card addressed to Mr. Denny also present. 467pp, 158pp.
The Complete Works of John Keats in Five Volumes - Fine Vellum Set

The Complete Works of John Keats in Five Volumes – Fine Vellum Set

John Keats, Edited by H. Buxton Forman First Edition Thus: 1900-1901. A beautiful set of full vellum bindings with four floral gilt design to each board, red leather title label to the spines, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, rough page edges and original silk page markers still present but detached. In lovely condition with slight toning to the vellum, light marks to the boards - mainly rear boards of volumes IV and V - and some dulling to gilt lettering and top edges but overall well preserved with sharp corners and bright gilt designs. Decorative title page, with red & black lettering in the Art Nouveau style initialed by the artist A.W.S. Mild foxing to endpapers, first & last few pages and outer edges, a few corner creases and sporadic light foxing throughout the volumes with some toning to pages otherwise a clean, bright and unique set. When purchased I was informed the set came from the family library of Maxwell Laurie (publisher's brother, Thomas Werner Laurie) and his wife Marjorie (daughter of the Governor of Burma, Sir Herbert Thirkell White) but the volumes have no signatures or bookplates. Volume I - Poems published in 1817 - Endymion (Dec 1st 1900); Volume II - Lamia, Isabella, Ec. Posthumous Poems to 1818 (Jan 1st 1901); Volume III - Posthumous Poems 1812-1820 - Essays & Notes (Feb 1st 1901); Volume IV - Letters 1814 to January 1819 (Mar 1st 1901); Volume V - Letters 1819 and 1820 (Apr 1st 1901).