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231 232 231. RICHARDS, Paul. mosses. Penguin. 1950. £70


Small 8vo. Publisher’s decorative paper-covered boards and wrapper; pp. 40, 16 colour plates after Joannes hedwig; spine of wrapper a little sunned, otherwise very good.


First edition. A very attractive volume in the King Penguin series.


232. RIVERS-MOORE, Marion (author and illustrator). Farmer Baker. London; John Murray. 1948.


£128


Landscape 8vo. original pictorial boards; pp. [32]; with lithographic illustrations in alternate full colour and monochrome, including many fine double-page spreads; a little mild toning to upper cover otherwise an exceptionally clean copy with the price of 3/6 unclipped from front free endpaper; apparently issued without a dustwrapper.


First edition. An attractively designed volume, with the text in verse, describing the entire process of bread production from growing the wheat to baking the loaves.


233. ROBINSON, W. HEATH (illustrator). Elsie Smeaton MUNRO (author). Topsy-Turvy Tales. London; John Lane The Bodley Head Limited. 1923.


£368


Large square 8vo. original blue pictorial cloth decorated in orange and black to spine and upper cover; pp. [xii] + 177 + [iii]; with frontispiece and 5 other full colour plates together with 16 full-page, and 20 smaller, line drawings; externally fresh and near fine; internally also very good with minor speckling and dusting to edges of book block and slight foxing to prelims and endleaves with the occasional internal spot; scarce.


First edition. 233


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234. ROCHESTER, John Wilmot, Earl of The Works of the Earls of Rochester, Roscomon, and Dorset; The Dukes of Devonshire, Buckinghamshire &c. With memoirs of their Lives. London. Printed in the year MDCCXXXi. 1731.


£2,500


12mo., 2 volumes bound as one, handsomely bound by Roger de coverly & Sons in full black straight grained morocco, boards tooled with a wide border composed of small tools, including a variety of flowers, enclosing a pointed panel formed of small tools. Spine divided into 6 panels, lettered in one, the others with flower tools on a dotted background, the turn-ins gilt tooled with sprigs, all edges gilt. Pp. lxxii + 168, xxii + 228, portrait frontispieces to both volumes and 5 engraved plates (one folding), woodcut head and tail pieces. Slight rubbing to extremities, otherwise a very good crisp copy in an attractive binding.


Early edition of the collected works. From the library of the Earl of Rosebery with his leather booklabel on the front pastedown.


The binding design on the boards is very similar to one in magg’s Brothers Bookbinding in the British isles catalogue 1212 (Part 2 no. 251) “The design of the binding is copied from an Edinburgh Bible of 1715 bound by Roger Payne in blue goatskin and subsequently illustrated in Historic and Artistic Bookbindings from the Library of Robert Hoe (vol ii no. 135). Payne’s original bill states “outside Finished in the Richest and most elegant Taste. Richer and more Exact than any book that i ever bound…” De coverly’s tools were clearly cut to imitate those used by Payne.


Roger de coverly was born in 1831, and at the age of 14 was apprenticed to Zaehnsdorf. From c. 1852 until 1863 he worked for J. & J. Leighton, and then set up his own workshop near Leicester Square. in 1870 he moved to 6 St martin’s court, and began taking in work from the publisher Ellis. This led to orders from morris and cobden Sanderson, who served a year’s apprenticeship with De coverly in 1883-84. At this time the staff consisted of De coverly’s two sons and two male assistants, and their declared aim was “to work excellently rather than cheaply”


Samuel Johnson famously described Rochester as having “blazed out his youth and health in lavish voluptuousness” and he is remembered as leading member of charles


ii’s court wits. The oxford companion to English Literature comments “he wrote more frankly about sex than anyone in English before the 20th century and is one of the most witty poets in the language”.


This edition was featured in a An online Exhibit of Erotica held at mount holyoke college which illustrated the plate of The Disappointment which depicts a bare breasted woman fleeing her impotent lover.


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