DescriptionCollection of Eight Nineteenth Century Books. Reynell Coates, editor: Leaflets of Memory; An Annual for 1846 (Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co., 1846), first edition, 306 pages, full calf with gilt lettering and decoration, gilt edges, 8vo (6.75" x 9.5"), no dust jacket. Boards soiled, and foxing mostly around plates. The binding is tight.
Alaric A. Watts: The Literary Souvenir; or, Cabinet of Poetry and Romance (London: Hurst, Robinson and Co., 1825), 393 pages, half-leather with marbled boards and edges, 8vo (4.75" x 7.5"), includes 3 pages of facsimiles of "Autographs of the Living Poets" plus 10 engravings, and also includes "Firouz-Abdel; a Tale of the Upas Tree" by David Lyndsay (Mary Diana Dods). This copy is good, with foxing on and near plates, general edge wear, and rubbed boards. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown.
[No Author]: Young Lady's Book (London: Vizetelly, Branston, & Co., nd), 505 pages, half-leather with gilt lettering on spine and marbled endpapers and edges, 16mo (4.25" x 6.5"). This copy is very good, with the lower front corner rubbed, some staining to the leather, and foxing, which is largely limited to full-page plates. Missing title page. An attractive volume
[No Editor]: The Snow Flake: a Christmas, New Year, and Birthday Gift (New York: Leavitt and Allen, 1855), 263 pages, original leather boards with gilt decorative stamping and taped spine, all edges gilt, 12mo (5" x 7.25"). Includes Mary Shelley's "The Sisters of Albano". The book is good, with noticeable rubbing to the edges, and the textblock is tight but foxed and stained. Front hinge separated.
Dorothy Wellesley, editor: The Annual: Being a Selection from the Forget-Me-Nots Keepsakes and other Annuals of the Nineteenth Century (London: Cobden-Sanderson, nd), 296 pages, aqua paper boards with black lettering and decoration, 16mo (4.25" x 6.5"). There is a .5" tear at front and back edges of spine head, and the spine itself appears a bit sunned. Still, the textblock and boards are bright and clean.
S.C. Hall, editor: The Book of Gems: The Modern Poets and Artists of Great Britain (London: Henry G. Bohn, 1845), 304 pages (followed by 4 pages of facsimile signatures, including Percy B Shelley, Byron and Leigh Hunt), full green leather with gilt lettering and decorative stamping, all edges gilt, 8vo (5.5" x 8.5"). This copy is very good, with the spine and boards sunned, light rubbing to the head of the spine, and some foxing to the textblock. 1846 ownership writing on front pastedown.
[No Editor]: Friendship's Offering: a Christmas, New Year, and Birthday Gift (Boston: Phillips and Sampson, 1847), 316 pages, red leather with gilt lettering on spine and decorative blind stamping on the boards, all edges gilt, 12mo (5" x 7.5"). Includes Mary Shelley's poem "Stanzas". The boards and edges are noticeably rubbed . Hinges starting. Most of red covering on spine loose, with a .75" piece missing from the tail of the spine, and smaller piece from the head of the spine. Textblock is tight, but mostly foxed.
[No Editor]: The English Annual (London: Edward Churton, 1836), 376 pages, full leather with gilt lettering and decoration on spine and boards, all edges gilt, 8vo (5.5" x 8.25"). Includes Mary Shelley's "The Pole". The book is about very good, with the edges of spine and boards rubbed, foxing from the front free endpaper to the title page and some plates. Plate in back lightly stained, otherwise the textblock is tight, bright and clean. A fascinating collection for ant Shelley collector. From the Betty Bennett Collection.
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