Edinburgh, William Blackwood, 1853-1880 (ninth edition, one a later reprint), and 1864-1878 (eighth and ninth thousands). With the later pictorial bookplate of 'Bernard G. Brett, Mahon, Toorak' in each volume. This set does not contain the companion atlas (oblong large octavo).
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London, David Mallet, 1754 (first collected octavo edition). Each volume contains the armorial bookplate of A.R. Downer, Sir Alexander 'Alick' Russell Downer (1910-1981), politician and diplomat. He was the Minister for Immigration under Menzies from 1958, and the Australian High Commissioner in London from 1963 to 1972. Henry St John...
London, Macmillan, 1881. With the early ownership signature of James Richard Fowler (1865-1939), of the Adelaide-based wholesale grocery dynasty, inscribed 'St John's College, Cambridge' in each volume. With numerous colour maps.
London, John Murray, respectively 1854 (seventh edition), 1856 (eleventh edition), and 1854 (fourth edition). A handsome set of the principal works of Henry Hallam in nine volumes, with the armorial bookplates of Sir Alexander 'Alick' Russell Downer KBE (1910-1981) and Sergius Henry d'Avigdor in each volume.
London, printed for G. and W. Nichol [and numerous others], 1816 (first thus). Loosly inserted is an early receipt 'Bought of S.& J. Ridge ... Newark', dated 1829.
London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, 1864. Ex libris Sir John and Sir Alick Downer; each volume bears Sir Alick's armorial bookplate on each front pastedown, and the plain bookplate of 'J.W. Downer' overlaying the bookplate in the first volume.
London, John Murray, 1868 (second edition) (first two volumes) and 1867 (first edition) (last two volumes).
London, John Murray, 1875. With the ownership signature of James Richard Fowler (1865-1939), of the Adelaide-based wholesale grocery dynasty; the pencilling is his.
London, Bickers and Son (and others), 1875 (new edition).
London, Privately Printed for Subscribers Only by Chas. J. Sawyer Ltd., 1924. Number 240 of 1500 sets. Read on only if you need enlightenment: 'Somadeva, (flourished 1070), Kashmiri Brahman of the Saiva sect and Sanskrit writer who preserved much of India's ancient folklore in the form of a series of...
London, Bell, 1923/ 1904 (a reissue in eight volumes of the publisher's much-reprinted ten-volume edition first published in 1893-99).
London, Bradbury, Agnew and Co., [undated later editions, circa 1890s]. Each volume bears the impressive armorial bookplate of English banker Frank Cyril Tiarks (1874-1952), sometime director of the Bank of England (1912-1945) and High Sheriff of Kent (1927). [6 items].
London, John Murray, 1867 (translated from the third German edition of 1865 by Walter C. Perry). With the bookplate of the Collegiate School of St Peter, Stow Memorial Library, noting that the book was presented by Elizabeth E. Labatt, in memory of her brothers (C.B., S.B., and J.B. Labatt). A......
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), fourth Earl of Orford, English author, letter-writer, politician, collector, architectural innovator ... but 'above all, a wit, a virtuoso, and a man of quality' (Dictionary of National Biography).