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PYNE, WILLIAM HENRY. The History of the Royal Residences. 100 hand-colored aquatint plates. 3 volumes. 4to, 334x270 mm, contemporary diced russia gilt with concentric foliate and Greek-key borders on covers, rebacked retaining darkened original backstrips, joints cracked or starting, navy silk doublures and endleaves; scattered insignificant marginal foxing on text leaves, plates clean. London, 1819

Shakespeare, William POEMS: WRITTEN BY WIL. SHAKE-SPEARE. GENT. LONDON: PRINTED BY THO. COTES, AND ARE TO BE SOLD BY JOHN BENSON, DWELLING IN ST. DUNSTANS CHURCH-YARD, 1640 Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 USD

1776 British Bible (left) and Prayer Book (right) at the Royal Collection, UK - From the curators' comments: "This Bible, along with a Prayer Book, was bound in tortoiseshell, with gold inlay and gilt spine-hinges and clasps. The simpler decoration on the Prayer Book, and variations in the shape of the coronets, suggest that the bindings were not executed by the same binder at the same time."

E. J. Harvey Darton. Tales of the Canterbury Pilgrims. London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 1906. Irish-born artist Hugh Thomson's cover design is a fabulous introduction to Chaucer's characters

Ferrarius, Johannes A WOORKE OF IOANNES FERRARIUS MONTANUS, TOUCHYNGE THE GOOD ORDERYNGE OF A COMMON WEALE: WHEREIN ASWELL MAGISTRATES, AS PRIVATE PERSONES, BEE PUT IN REMEMBRAUNCE OF THEIR DUETIES … ACCORDING TO THE GODLIE INSTITUTIONS AND SOUNDE DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIANITIE. ENGLISHED BY WILLIAM BAUANDE. LONDON: JHON KINGSTON FOR JHON WIGHT, DWELLYNG IN POULES CHURCHYARDE, 1559 Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD

Great example of Victorian binding. The Crystal Palace by John from the Great Exhibition Collection, which features the publisher’s original blue cloth binding, with gold edgings and extensive gilt decoration

Ricketts (Charles) A Defence of the Revival of Printing [limited to 260 copies, of which this is one of 10 on vellum], wood-engraved ornamental border, illustration, ornamental initials, and press device by Charles Ricketts, green morocco gilt to a geometric design by Charles Ricketts, decorated with miniature roundels and circles, and acorn tools at intersections