The first illustrated book on Oxford...........

Oxonia Illustrata - 1675 - [LOGGAN David] 1635-1700? VG+, 1st ed, 5 eng leaves + 40 stunning plates, as called for. In contemporary boxed calf, elaborate gilt tooling. Spine, raised bands, gilt tooling & titles, some loss at edges. Internally, 4 engraved preliminary leaves (ie Title leaf, Dedication leaf, Privilege leaf, Spectator leaf), plus the Engraved Index leaf to the rear, with 40 plates (39 double leaf, 1 triple leaf & includes 3 plates with 2 views each), red marbled endpapers, a.e.g., short old paper repair to 1 leaf along print line, last leaf chipped at bottom corner, book plate to fpd (DG Humphreys), a few chips to edges, some light offsetting to text leaves. But a Very Good + copy of an uncommon book!. (305*441 mm) 'The Oxonia Illustrata was evidently intended as a companion to Wood's History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford, published in 1674, for the table of contents gives, opposite each plate, a reference to the page of that work where the history of the building represented is to be found; and the two books were given together by the university to distinguished visitors.' (DNB). Madan 3035; RIBA II:1914; Wing L-2838. Loggan, artist and engraver whose meticulously detailed views were the first accurate representation of all the buildings and gardens of the university, and they have been an invaluable quarry for historians, antiquaries, and topographers ever since. See ODNB.

The Authors most desirable book?

Scenes of Clerical Life ELIOT George 1819-1880 [ie EVANS Mary Anne later CROSS] VG, 1st ed, 1858, in the original clot. 2 Vols, maroon embossed cloth by Edmonds & Remnants, light wear along front edges, corners bumped. Spines, faded slightly, frayed along edges, some loss. Internally, Vol 1, 1858, half title, [6], [3], 4-366 pp. Vol 2, 1858, half title, [6], [1], 2-381 pp. Bookplates to fpds (Alfred Gilbey), ink ownership signature to feps (Mrs WP Goode), maroon endpapers, small bookbinder label to ep of V1, occasional light spotting & edge browning, short margin crease to V1, X5/X5. 1050 copies printed 5 January 1858, then later a further 650 copies printed for subscription. Housed in a modern up-and-over half maroon morocco over marbled boards, gilt tooling & titles.(Folios, 124*199 & 124*200 mm). (Sadleir 818. Wolff 2062. Baker & Ross A3.2B). These 3 stories were published, serially in Blackwoods Magazine between January & October 1857, anonymously. She earned £443 as a result, & the stories were widely praised. They were then published in book form in 1858. She appears to have earned £45,343 by the time of her death! Story Titles are: The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton. Mr Gilfil's Love-Story. and Janet's Repentance.

THE best Colour Plate book EVER produced.........??

The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia. ROBERTS David 1796-1864. CROLY The Rev. George 1780-1860 3 vols, 1st eds, 1842-43-49. Complete, 1 map, + 124 hand coloured tinted lithographs. In contemporary half red morocco over red morocco cloth, some gilt tooling. Spines, relaid, decorative gilt tooling & titles. Internally. Vol 1, 1842, portrait frontis, engraved titlepage, [8], [1], 2-30 pp, 44 pls (including 1 B&W portrait, the remainder tinted lithographs, hand coloured). Vol 2, 1843, 43 pls (hand coloured lithographs). Vol 3, 1849, 37 pls, + 1 map (B&W). A.e.g., green marbled endpapers, small stamp to recto of each Vols ep (H.E.H. Duplicate - probably Henry Edwards Huntington - February 27, 1850 – May 23, 1927 - he was an American railroad magnate & collector of art & rare books). Corner repairs to V1 & 2, 7 plates remounted, 2 new inner cloth joints, occasional light spotting. The red morocco cloth to vols 1 & 3, have been expertly replaced (c20C). (Elephant folio, 447*612 mm). (Abbey Travel 385/272. Tooley 401/2). Waldemar Januszczak wrote in a review in the Guardian in 1986. 'His pictures are determined to take your breath away. The artist tries every pictorial trick in the book, from the dramatically plunging perspective to the lonely ruin on a hill' and is 'unusually good for a British painter at sampling the dark, sumptuous … interiors of Catholic cathedrals' (ODNB)

A Superb copy of Ackermann's - The Microcosm of London; Or, London in Miniature.

1808-1810. Near fine, 1st ed, early issue, 3 vols, complete 104 hand coloured plates, half titles & engraved dedication leaves. In half brown morocco over purple cloth by Zaehnsdorf, gilt tooling, corners rubbed. Spines, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling & titles. Internally, red marbled endpapers, binders stamp to verso fep, each Vol with its half title, woodcut tp & engraved dedication leaf, a.e.g. Vol 1, [1], (ii-iv), [3], 4-231 pp, 32 hand coloured aquatints. V2, [3], (iv-vi), [2], [1], 2-239 pp, 32 coloured pls. V3, [3], (iv) only, [2], [1], 2-280 pp, [6] index & errata, 40 coloured pls. Plates dated 1808/1809 & 1 1810, some watermarked J Whatman 1808 or W Balston 1809. Text leaves watermarked L&D 1807/1808 or Whatman 1806/07. Engraved dedication trimmed at foot shaving imprint, occasional offsetting. Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London. A lovely copy, clean, wide margins, London as it was. (Folio, 268*324 mm). (Abbey Scenery 212, Tooley 7,). Architecture by Pugin & the Manners & Customs by Rowlandson (Lowndes 1543). Originally issued in 26 monthly parts, each with 4 plates. 1000 sets are said to have been issued (parts), but probably increased when the bound later impressions are included to near 5,000.

The First Welsh History! that also includes mention of the Welsh Discovery of America and King Arthur

VG+, 1st ed, 1584. In contemporary calf, tips refurbished. Re-spined, to style, raised bands, blind tooling, gilt titles to red morocco label. Internally, title within woodcut ornamental borders (tiny hole), [16], [22], [2] blanks, 401 pp, [1] errata, [11] table, [1] printers limitation, partly black letter, illustrated throughout with 74 woodcut portraits, wood cut frames for coats of arms, initials, headers & tail pieces within text, lacks the final blank (but has an earlier one not called for), some very occasional light marginal damp staining & some marking, ink stamp at title base. Numerous contemporary ink notes & underlinings in a 17c hand to margins purportedly by Thomas Baker (1656-1740, antiquarian), new (old) endpapers, text block edges yellowed, book plate to fpd (Fox-Pointe). (sm4to, 140*185 mm). (ESTC S121940. STC 4606. Sabin 40914. Anderson 334). A Description of Cambria (p 1-22), is a revision, by Humphrey Llwyd, of a work by Sir John Price. The title continues: A part of the most famous Yland of Brytaine, written in the Brytish language above two hundreth yeares past: This work was the first to attribute the original discovery of America to the Welsh in the 12th C and contains two very early references to King Arthur, including a description of the discovery of the bones of the King and his Queen. LLWYD (LHUYD), physician and antiquary. PRICE (or PRYS), notary public, the king's principal registrar in causes ecclesiastical, and secretary of the Council in Wales and the Marches. POWEL, cleric and historian; See NLW WBO for the above.

THE best colour plate book EVER issued?

Six Coloured Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, with a plate of the Coaches, Machines. &c. BURY TT Mr. [Thomas Talbot] 1811-1877. VG+ 1831, 7 pls, 1st ed. Uncommon. In the original buff stitched slightly frayed printed wrappers. Internal, title leaf, 7 plates (hand coloured aquatints, all dated Feb 1831), edges untrimmed, light dust soiling to a few margins, adverts to internal covers & rear verso, housed in a cloth chemise in custom titled slipcase. (296*359 mm). (Abbey Life 400-for later. Tooley 121-one of the rarest of English colour plate books). Bury was an outstanding architectural designer, and engaged with Pugin, in designing the details of the Houses of Parliament - Abbey.

The first English County History!

A Perambulation of Kent: VG, 1st ed, 1576, 1 map. In early 19c diced russia, gilt edge tooling. Re-spined, gilt tooling & titles, raised bands. Complete with the engraved map of the Heptarchy (by Richard Lyne), and the extra leaf (H") which lists the Kentish writers, this is the variant S1244785 which omits Middleton's name to the colophon, contemporary ownership name to tp (Fuller?), map trimmed at base, text mainly in black letter with some Anglo-Saxon characters, gilt tooling to board edges & turn ins, a.e.g., 2 faint spots to upper board. Very clean and tight. (Folio, 138*181 mm). (ESTC S2124785. Huth 814/5. Brackman-Anglo Saxon England p136). Editions published in 1576 (ours), 1596 & 1656. [1], 2-58, 58-59, 59-435 pp, numerous pagination errors (22 - contact Madoc Books for list), but complete. Title continues: conteining the description, hystorie, and customes of that shyre. Collected and written (for the most part) in the yeare. 1570. by William Lambard of Lincolnes Inne Gent. and nowe increased by the addition of some things which the authour him selfe hath obserued since that time. Lambarde, antiquary and lawyer had an unparalleled reputation for learning, piety, civic virtue, and trustworthiness. See ODNB.

SPENSER's - The Shepheards Calendar: Together With The Other Works of England's Arch-Poet,

VG+, 1611, the First Collected edition, Second Issue?. In modern Riviere brown full morocco, some blind tooling, gilt arabesque centerpieces, worn along edges. Spine, raised bands, gilt tooling & titles, worn along edges. Internally, (Faerie Queen 1611), [4], 185, [1], (The Second Part 1612), [2], 189-363, [1] (16012). [2], (The Shepheards Calender 1611), [10], 56. [2], (Mother Hubberds Tale 1613), [4], 5-16. (Colin Clouts, ND), 26. (Prothalamion, 1611), [4]. (Amoretti, 1611), 16. (Epithalamion, 1611), 6. (Foure Hymnes, 1611), 16. (Daphnaida, 1611), 10. (Complaints, 1611), 11, [1]. (The Teares, 1611, 11, [1]. (Virgils Gnat, ND), 9, [1]. (Ruines of Rome, ND), 6. (The Fate of The Butterfly, 1611), 9, [1]. Visions, ND), 8. (A lette, ND), 4 (1589). (A Vision, ND), 10. Possibly printed in 1615?. Each part with a large woodcut header and tail, cuts to each canto header and calendar month. A.E.G., Welsh armorial bookplate to fpd, new endpapers, crease to ffep, couple of tiny edge nicks. A lovely copy. (ESTC S123122. STC 23084. Pforzheimer 973). Signatures: [4], 363 pp, [1]. [2], [10], 56, [2]. [4], 5-16. [26]. [4]. [16]. [6], [16]. [10]. [12]. [28]. [32].

Huge Inventory Sale!!

We are significantly reducing prices on most of our Welsh History, Topography and other titles. They will sell quickly on the internet, so its probably advisable to come to the shop soonest.... The Sale will not last too long.... We will then be focusing on more general, but rarer titles.

To the docks anyone!

A very nice copy of CF Williams - Six Views in the Neighbourhood of Port Madoc. In the paper covers with the 6 plates loose as issued. Uncommon!

A Stunning Copy!

Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis. DALI Salvador 1904-1989. Fine, 1967. 105 offset colour lithograh plates. 1 of the 199 Magni Luxus copies, complete with the publishers signed vellum limitation sheet & the stamped & numbered gold cast of the artists hand with support & leather pouch. 5 volumes of the publishers green crushed full morocco, t.e.g. Spines, raised bands enclosing coloured inlaid floral designs, gilt titles on red labels. Internally, gilt inner dentelles, moire silk endpapers, 105 offset colour lithograph plates, after watercolour drawings by Salvador Dali, each with a Japanese paper tissue guard bearing a printed biblical quotation, text block edges uncut. Each volume encased in its green morocco and moire silk slipcase, small marks to cases. Stunning to say the least! Title continues: Sixti V pont. max. iussu recognita et Clementis VIII auctoritate edita. Dr Giuseppe Albaretto arranged to have the bible published by the Rizzoli press with himself as the editor. The typeface was derived from type designed by Aldus Manutius, cut and cast especially for this Bible. 99 "ad personam" copies were printed, each on hand-made, pure rag paper, interspersed with illuminated drawings and bound in green Morocco leather; the binding itself is embellished with gold with mosaic-like gold ornamentation on the spine. Each unique copy contains at least one of the original pictures by Salvador Dali´. 199 copies of the "magnus luxus" edition, numbered I to CXCIX, were printed on hand-made, pure rag paper, interspersed with illuminated drawings and bound in green aluta leather; the binding is also embellished with gold with mosaic-like gold ornamentation on the spine. 1499 copies of the "luxus" edition, numbered 1 to 1499, were printed on special wood-pulp paper with the Dali´ watermark, interspersed with illuminated drawings and bound in natural-colored goatskin, embellished with gold. This is a copy magnus luxus edition.

Welsh Pedigrees

The best Welsh Pedigree Book printed! We have two good copies of JE GRIFFITH's, 1914, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families with their collateral branches in Denbighshire, Merioneth and other parts......... THE corner-stone to any Welsh collection and very scarce! Don't let then get away from you!

The best new Private Press in the UK?

The newest and most exciting private press in Wales, The Gwydir Press, has launched its first publication Pwll Prince of Dyved. A mediaeval tale of the Mabinogion. The Gwydir Press produces fine, limited edition books using traditional letterpress methods. All books are typeset by hand and are illustrated using original print-block techniques. They are printed on a nineteenth century Franklin plated press and are bound by hand, using traditional fine-binding methods. The Press is located in the historic, Tudor surroundings of Gwydir Castle in North Wales. The Castle has early associations with printing, literature and the bardic tradition. ‘Pwyll, Prince of Dyved’ is the presses first book and has been limited to just 140 copies, making it a highly-collectable book from a new press in Wales. It contains eight linocut illustrations by Peter Welford, each book signed and numbered by the artist. The book has been hand bound in quarter green Goatskin, with boards in a rusty coloured French waxed paper, with accompanying slip case by Judy Corbett. Printed at the Press, on Maganani Mould paper by Kenneth Burnley. [Pwyll being one of the four branches of the Mabinogi (“Stories of Boyhood Deed”) which was translated and published in 1849 by Lady Charlotte Guest [1812-1895]. This Gwydir Press publication is a copy of that translation].

David Williams - The History of Monmouthshire

Finally! Have now available one of the hard to find coloured variants of William's - History of Monmouthshire. Printed in 1796 by H. Baldwin in London. Engraved by John Gardnor, who was the Vicar of Battersea, and engraved by Gardnor and a Mr Hill. This has 36 coloured aquatint's, as called for, and the map frontis. 168 copies were produced of which only 32 of them were coloured - and some of them were listed as stained. This copy has the interesting ownership signature of one of the subscribers. A real beauty of genuine rarity!