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Literature Sets & Bindings Fore-Edge Paintings

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

397 lots

December 19, 1996

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

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Lot 1: A'BECKETT, GILBERT ABBOTT

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Description: A Comic History of England. 2 volumes. * A Comic History of Rome. 30 hand-colored plates by John Leech; numerous illustrations. Together, 3 volumes. 8vo, 3/4 morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, spines slightly discolored, joints rubbed; slipcase. FIRST EDITIONS IN BOOK FORM London, 1847-48;[1852].

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Lot 2: ADDISON, JOSEPH; STEELE, RICHARD

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Description: et al. The Spectator. 8 volumes. 8vo, contemporary calf gilt, spines darkened and brittle, chipped at heads, joints cracked or starting. London: S.Buckley and J. Tonson, 1712-15 First collected edition (except second edition of Volume 2).

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Lot 3: AINSWORTH, W.H

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Description: The Tower of London. 40 plates by George Cruikshank. 8vo, black niger with gilt spine in 6 compartments, lightly rubbed; moderately foxed throughout, sometimes affecting plates. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. London, 1840.

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Lot 4: ALDRICH, THOMAS BAILEY

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Description: The Story of a Bad Boy. Frontispiece, illustrations. 12mo, later 3/4 morocco gilt, extremities worn; hinges cracked; ex-library, with small inked stamp on contents leaf and bookplate. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Boston, 1870.

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Lot 5: ALKEN, HENRY

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Description: Illustrations to Popular Songs. 42 (of 43) hand-colored soft-ground etched plates, with margins tinted. Oblong folio, contemporary 1/2 black morocco, recased; endpapers renewed; lacks plate 9 ("What beau was armed completer"). Tooley 37 (1822 edition). London 1825.

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