PART III - Pickering, Whittingham & the Chiswick Press
175 BERANGER. Songs... translated by the Author of the 'Exile of Idria' &c. [J.G.H. Bourne.] With a sketch of the life... William Pickering, 1837. £30
FIRST EDITION, pp.xxiv,163 + advert. leaf; a very good uncut & partly unopened copy in original cloth, paper label (rubbed). 'One of the best examples of books of the later period...[with] characteristic Pickering title-page, simple and well-designed.' Keynes pp.29 & 53.
176 COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Friend: A series of essays. [Fourth edition: with the Author's last corrections and an appendix and a synoptical table...by Henry Nelson Coleridge. In three volumes]. William Pickering, 1850. £185
3 vol., pp.xxii,270; (4)250; (4)329; a very nice set in near-contemporary full polished tan calf, backstrips elaborately gilt in six compartments, double green morocco labels; ownership signatures of Louisa Gall [?] Boyce.
177 COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works. [In three volumes.] William Pickering, 1840. £185
3vol., pp.xiv,288; vi,338; (4)331; a very nice set in near-contemporary full polished tan calf, backstrips extra gilt in six compartments, double crimson & tan morocco labels, inner gilt borders, all edges gilt, by Bickers & Son, Leicester Sqr. London. Pickering's standard edition which includes the plays, uniform with, though not part of, the Aldine Poets.
178 CRABBE, George. An Outline of a System of Natural Theology. William Pickering, 1840. £45
FIRST EDITION, pp.xvi,(2)448 including corrigenda leaf; a good uncut copy in original cloth, paper label, neatly rebacked retaining original backstrip; contemporary bookplate of Henry Codman Potter, (born Schenectady, May 1835) who became Bishop of New York. The author was vicar of Bredfield, Suffolk, best known for his biography of his father the poet. A scarce book, not noticed by Keynes. Pickering had published more extensively on the Church's battle against the rise of science-led agnosticism with the Bridgewater Treatises.
179 DALLAWAY, Harriet. A Manual of Heraldry for Amateurs. William Pickering, 1828. £75
FIRST EDITION, pp.viii,169; extra pictorial title & wood-engraved illustrations throughout; a good copy in contemporary calf, neatly rebacked retaining old gilt backstrip, morocco label; bookplates of Philip Sperling and Bernard Warrington. Printed by Bentley on thick paper, possibly as few as 100 copies were issued with Pickering's title-page. Keynes p.62; Porter Coll. 200.
180 DE VERE, Aubrey. Mary Tudor an historical drama. The lamentation of Ireland and other poems. William Pickering, 1847. £85
FIRST EDITION, pp.viii,456; contemporary half blue morocco, marbled sides & edges, by Winstanley; 19thC. ownership signature of 'A. Wakefield 18/9/71' at head of title, pencilled synopsis of the plot on fly-leaves & note on dramatis personae page but a good copy of a scarce book. Keynes records De Vere's Song of Faith, 1842, but not this work.
181 EVELYN, John. The life of Mrs Godolphin. Now first published and edited by Samuel Lord Bishop of Oxford... William Pickering, 1847. £40
FIRST EDITION, pp.xviii, 266; engraved frontispiece marked along top margin but a good uncut copy in lightly marked original brown cloth, paper label browned & rubbed, hinges a little worn but sound; ownership signature of 'M.A. Pleasance Ward June - 1847'. An important text which became a best-seller for Pickering. Attractively printed in old-face type within double ruled border with woodcut initials & headpieces. Keynes p.65.
182 [FITZGERALD, Edward.] Euphranor. A dialogue on youth. William Pickering, 1851. £135
FIRST EDITION, pp.(2)81 + errata; original green blind-stamped cloth, lettered in gold; differential fading & slight wear at head of backstrip but a good copy of this scarce book; inscribed to 'W.E. Rickman from Mrs Lefroy J. Schele[?] March 1857'. FitzGerald's first original work in which his 'idiosyncracy is reflected at its highest ' - Prideaux 1. Printed by Childs of Bungay at the author's expense. Pickering was effectively little more than his agent. Keynes p.66.
183 FRENCH, George Russell. The Ancestry of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and of His Royal Highness Prince Albert. Comprised in thirty-two tables, with biographical memoirs and heraldic notices. William Pickering, 1841. £85
FIRST EDITION, 500 copies printed, pp.xviii,411; original blue blind-stamped cloth with royal monogram & Aldine anchor blocked in gold; a little wear at head of backstrip but a good copy, ex libris Bernard Warrington. Printed by Whittingham with many type ornament decorations. A scarce book, Library of Congress copy only in NUC; not listed by Keynes; P&C 708/144; Porter Coll. 282.
184 LESTER, Rev. John W. Orations. William Pickering, 1851. £55
FIRST EDITION, sm.8vo., pp.viii,115(7)adverts.; a good copy in slightly marked original blue cloth, decorated in blind & gold, by Bone & Son; inscribed 'Mary Dowell with Mrs Read's kind wishes. November 25th 1864.' A scarce volume of devotional meditations by Lester, a prolific writer on religious topics. Not recorded by Keynes; no copy in NUC.
185 MARSDEN, Rev. John Howard. Eight Discourses preached before the University of Cambridge in 1844... William Pickering, 1845. £55
FIRST EDITION, 250 copies printed; pp.viii,148 + 20pp. Pickering catalogue; uncut & largely unopened in original blue cloth, a little worn but sound, lacking paper label. Not recorded by Keynes.
186 MASKELL, Rev. William. An Enquiry into the Doctrine of the Church of England upon absolution. William Pickering, 1849. £65
FIRST EDITION, 500 copies printed; pp.xii,299; a good uncut copy in original cloth, paper label (browned); differentially faded with slight wear to extremities, but a sound copy of a scarce book. The only copy we have seen (though now in our possession for the second time). Keynes 78.
187 METHUEN, Henry H. Poems. William Pickering, 1843. £65
FIRST EDITION, pp.viii,134; well printed by Whittingham with type ornament headpieces; uncut in original green cloth & paper label (browned & chipped); Lord Aldenham's bookplate & inscription at head of title: 'Henry H. Gibbs, 11 Bedford Square 1845'. Only the second copy we have handled in forty years of this uncommon collection which was the author's first work. He subsequently published, Life in the Wilderness, or Wanderings in South Africa. Not recorded by Keynes, nor P&C 708, nor Porter Coll.
188 MONTAGU, J.A. A Guide to the study of Heraldry. William Pickering, 1840. £45
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.(4)76; wood-engraved title border and woodcuts in text, as issued without the frontispiece as usually found; spotting on first & final leaves, otherwise a good uncut copy in original green cloth, remains of paper label; front free endpaper neatly removed.
189 MOTT, John Thomas. The last days of Francis the First and other poems. William Pickering, 1843. £45
FIRST EDITION, pp.(4)147; occasional slight spotting but a good copy, uncut in original cloth (faded), paper label rubbed & chipped. Scarce - not recorded by Keynes.
190 NICOLAS, Nicholas Harris. Observations on the State of Historical Literature, and on The Society of Antiquaries... [bound with] Refutation of Mr. Palgrave's Remarks in reply to 'Observations on the State of Historical Literature.' With Additional facts relative to the Record Commission and Record Offices. William Pickering, 1831. £165
FIRST EDITIONS of both works; pp.x(2)advert.212; iv198(2)xxiv; errata slip inserted after advert. leaf in first work; good copies in contemporary half tan calf, morocco labels; upper hinge neatly renewed; book label of journalist & editor, Ian Jack. Elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 1824, Nicolas' efforts to reform its constitution were blocked by other members. His 'Observations...' attacked the Record Commission and the cost of the works it produced provoking Palgrave's defence which is answered here in a campaign which led to the establishment of a select committee to inquire into the Public Records in 1836. 'A very sprightly exchange... commended to all connoisseurs of controversial literature.' A.N.L. Munby. Scarce items, not recorded by Keynes; the Chiswick Press ledgers record the printing of 500 copies of the original work and 750 of the Refutation. Porter 470, 472.
191 PICKERING, William. Books published by William Pickering. [c1848] £25
Pp.8; disbound; drop-head title; most attractive list in large old-face types with wood-engraved headpiece & initial; begins 'Sermons by Henry Edward Manning'; ends 'Chaucer's Romaunt of the Rose...'; mainly theology, history & literature.
192 PRAYER BOOK. The Book of Common Prayer. Printed by Whitchurch March 1549. Commonly called The First Book of Edward VI. [Now reprinted in facsimile by Charles Whittingham, Chiswick, for] William Pickering, 1844 £240
350 copies printed, folio; woodcut title border, initials & decorations by Mary Byfield after J.A. Montagu; printed by Whittingham in black & red on Pouncey's laid paper; a very nice copy in contemporary full brown panelled morocco over heavy boards, blind-decorated with double rules, corner pieces & central device in 16thC style, backstrip lettered in gold, all edges gilt; head of backstrip a little rubbed, short split in upper hinge but board firmly held on the cords; circular blind-embossed ownership stamp of A.J.V. Radford. Published at 18 guineas, only 136 sets of the six folio prayer books had been sold by the time of Pickering's bankruptcy sales of 1854. Generally considered one of the finest specimens of 19thC printing before Kelmscott, Warren draws comparison with illuminated manuscripts: 'among the most beautiful specimens of typography that have appeared since the invention of printing.' Warren p.164; Keynes pp.32, 85-6.
192 PRAYER BOOK. The Book of Common Prayer. Printed by Whitchurch 1552. Commonly called The Second Book of Edward VI. [Now reprinted in facsimile by Charles Whittingham, Chiswick, for] William Pickering, 1844 £240
350 copies printed, folio; woodcut title border, initials & decorations by Mary Byfield after J.A. Montagu; printed by Whittingham in black & red on Pouncey's laid paper; a very nice copy in contemporary full brown panelled morocco over heavy boards, blind-decorated with double rules, corner pieces & central device in 16thC style, backstrip lettered in gold, all edges gilt; short split in upper hinge but board firmly held on the cords; circular blind-embossed ownership stamp of A.J.V. Radford. See note on previous item.
194 PRAYER BOOK. The Book of Common Prayer. [with The Psalms of David.] as Revised and Settled at the Savoy Conference Anno 1662. 14 Charles II. Reprinted from the Sealed Book in the Tower of London. [Now reprinted in facsimile by Charles Whittingham, Chiswick, for] William Pickering, 1844 £280
350 copies printed, folio; woodcut title border, initials & decorations by Mary Byfield after J.A. Montagu, copper-engraved title; printed by Whittingham in black & red on Pouncey's laid paper; a very nice copy in contemporary full brown panelled morocco over heavy boards, blind-decorated with double rules, corner pieces & central device in 16thC style, backstrip lettered in gold, all edges gilt; short split at head of upper hinge but a very nice copy of the most substantial volume of the set; circular blind-embossed ownership stamp of A.J.V. Radford. See note on previous item.
195 RATHBONE, Hannah Mary.] So much of the Diary of Lady Willoughby as relates to her Domestic History, & to the Eventful Period of the Reign of Charles the First. [Printed by C. Whittingham, Chiswick, for] Longman, Brown, Green & Longman, 1845 £45
Pp.(4)220; wood-engraved initials & headpieces; a good uncut copy of this celebrated Civil War fiction in which Caslon's revival of Jenson's 'Old-faced Roman' type was first used throughout; contemporary half brown roan, ruled & lettered in gold, marbled sides & edges; early ownership signature of Catherine Yonge. Printing & the Mind of Man 148; VBD 12; VBP 36.
196 SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poems. [Edited with a memoir by Alexander Dyce.] William Pickering, 1832 £30
First Aldine edition, pp.(4)xc,288; engraved portrait (browned & off-set on title); a good copy in original blue linen, paper label (browned); re-backed retaining original backstrip. Keynes p.48.
197 SURREY, Henry Howard Earl. The Poems. William Pickering, 1831. £22
FIRST ALDINE EDITION, pp.lxxx,188 + 8pp. Pickering list dated March, 1831; engraved portrait frontispiece. Edited with a life by Nicholas Harris Nicolas; a good uncut copy in original blue cloth, paper label browned & rubbed, sides differentially faded but sound; ex libris H.F. Brett Brett-Smith, Corpus Christi College Oxford.
198 TAYLOR, Jeremy. The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying. W. Pickering, 1845. £65
Pp.xxiv,262; monumental title border; title & half-title in red & black; a very good copy in contemporary diced calf, gilt, morocco label, all edges gilt; extremities rubbed, upper hinge reinforced. Inscribed on fly-leaf 'For my dear George with [overwritten] from his affectionate Father Richard Bentley. May 1847.' George Bentley had joined his father's eminent firm of publishers in 1845 but did not become an active partner until the 1850s. Keynes p.91*. RICHARD BENTLEY TO HIS SON GEORGE
199 WARBURTON, R.E.E. Hunting Songs and Ballads. William Pickering, 1846. £85
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.viii,152 + list of subscribers including Sir Thomas Arbuthnot of The Crescent, Salford, whose copy this was; pictorial wood-engraved title & illustrations in text; ornamental head-pieces & initials after Stothard, printed by Whittingham. A good uncut copy in original green roan-backed crimson boards, roxburghe-style; sides & edges rubbed but sound. The subscribers accounted for 200 copies & the large paper format would suggest an edition not much larger. Warburton's collection was several times revised & reprinted, an 8th.ed appearing in 1887. Keynes p.95. SUBSCRIBER'S COPY
200 [WRIGHT, Thomas. Editor.] Songs and Carols. Printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection in the British Museum. William Pickering, 1836. £110
150 copies printed by Whittingham in Caslon black letter; 12mo., (135 x 120mm), pp.ix(55); woodcut initial & tail-pieces; a good uncut copy in original roan-backed crimson boards, roxburghe-style; a little rubbed, upper board with slight differential fading. A most attractive production. Keynes p.96*.