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Florence Dalla Stamperia Piatti 1817 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
POETRY; 18th Century; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B/ W portrait; 4to 11" - 13" tall; [4], 235 pages; Collection of twelve lengthy satires in octave verses of Count Angelo D'Elci [Florence, 1754-Vienna, 1824], a noted book collector who donated significant holdings [including priceless old prints], before his death to the Medicean Laurentian Library. In speckled calf leather boards with elaborate gilt leather spine. Scattered light foxing, contents generally clean and VG. Graphic of title page also available. 28332 
Price: 89.25 USD
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THE FUDGER FUDGED; OR, THE DEVIL AND T * * * Y M * * * E, "editor Of The New Whig Guide" (Attributed To Lord Palmerston)
2 THE FUDGER FUDGED; OR, THE DEVIL AND T * * * Y M * * * E "editor Of The New Whig Guide" (Attributed To Lord Palmerston)
London William Wright 1819 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
DEVIL; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 62, [2] pages; THE FUDGER FUDGED; OR, THE DEVIL AND T * * * Y M * * * E. Bound in quarter blue cloth with paper-covered boards, an anonymous satire on the author Thomas Moore. Text is in English and French. The work is illustrated with title page in red and black with title vignette of the Devil. The volume shows external age/wear, with water markings to boards. Binding is cracked at title page. Hinges have been repaired. Previous owner's bookplate and signature appear on front endpaper. Pencil annotations are present on preliminary page facing title page. Strip of paper containing book dealer's advertisement for this book appears at bottom of same preliminary page. The book measures approximately 4 1/2" x 7 1/4" . Provenance- armorial bookplate of Albert Rowe Merrill , a noted book collector. 29990 
Price: 84.55 USD
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William Pickering 1851 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 171 pages; The Reign Of Avarice: An allegorical Satire in Four Cantos. Pickering, 1851. Lightly worn, spine label toned, lacking ffep. One copy found in British national Library. None in Library of Congress. Scarce. 22749 
Price: 187.95 USD
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