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ANTIQUARIAN

 

Mr. Porny
French master at Eton College

The Elements of Heraldry,
Containing
The Definition, Origin and Historical Account of that ancient, useful and entertaining Science
The divers Sorts of Coats-of-arms in use; with their essential and integral Parts displayed separately
The several Marks whereby Bearers of the same Coat-of-arms are distinguished from each other.
The different Kinds of Tinctures, Charges, and Ornaments used for Coats-of-arms.
The Laws of Heraldry; practical Directions for Marshalling Coats-of-arms,
and the Order of Precedence.
The Hatchments so clearly described, that the Branch and Title,
the Deceased was of, may be readily known.
Embellished
With several fine Cuts, and twenty-four Copper-Plates, containing above five hundred different examples of Escutcheons, Arms, &c. And interspersed with the natural History, and allegorical Signification of the several Species of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Vegetables, &c. comprised in this treatise
To Which is Annexed,
A Dictionary of the Technical Terms made use of in Heraldry

Second, and Greatly Enlarged, Edition
Publisher:T. Carnan and F. Newbery, Junior, 1777, third edition, corrected. Bound in contemporary leather with titles in gilt on a red spine label.
The book is in good condition with losses to the head and foot of the spine leather, corners bumped with loss to the leather, both hinges cracked, the front hinge with repair. Occasional light foxing spots, mainly clean, tightly bound. The bookplate of Maitland J Burnett is on the front endpaper. He was a philatelist, regarded as one of the founding fathers of philately, and editor of the Philatelic Record from 1879 for seven years.
Illustrated with a frontispiece and 24 engravings, as called for.
21cm, 8.25 inches, tall, xxiv, 272 pages, plus a 70-page Dictionary of Technical Terms.

£125

 

George Colman, David Garrick and others

Four Plays

As Performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
The Clandestine Marriage
The Earl of Warwick
The Minor
The Double Mistake


This is a book of four plays bound in half leather over marbled boards with red leather title label on the spine.  The book is in good plus condition, with a rubbed but sound binding.  Occasional scattered foxing, occasional marks and toning to pages, mainly at the beginning and end of the plays where they would have been least protected in paper covers. There is one owner inscription dated 1767 'Ann Robinson's', and her name appears on the first page of The Double Mistake. These plays would have originally been sold in paper covers separately, at the price of one shilling and sixpence each and this lady would have had them bound together.
The contents are: The Clandestine Marriage by George Colman and David Garrick, printed for T. Becket et al, 1766, third edition. half title, title, advertisement, prologue written by Mr. Garrick, Dramatis Personae, 90 pages; The Earl of Warwick, a Tragedy, no author credited, but with an epilogue written by David Garrick, printed for T Davies et al 1766 third edition. Title page, Advertisement, Prologue (written by George Colman) Dramatis Personae, 71 pages, Epilogue written by David Garrick; The Minor, a Comedy, Printed and Sold by J. Coote et al, 1761, fifth edition. Frontispiece,iv, 90 pages; The Double Mistake, A Comedy, printed for J. Almon et al 1766, second edition, corrected, edition. Title page, prologue, 78 pages, 2 page epilogue.
21cm, 8.25 inches tall, plays individually paginated as above.

£80

 


 

William Berry

An Introduction to Heraldry

Containing the Rudiments of the Science in General and Other Necessary Particulars Connected with the Subject

Publisher: T. Egerton, 1810, first edition.  Bound in half brown leather over marbled boards. Good plus condition, with new spine leather, with the original gilt titles laid on, corners bumped, some marks and scuffs to the original marbled paper on the boards.  One owner name in pencil on the front free endpaper 'E. Sabin, Wardington', and a small area of worming to the lower corner running from the endpapers to page 14, diminishing as it goes.  The plates bound in at the end of the book have a light water stain, and occasional light foxing.  The text block has an occasional light mark, and a couple of instances of a small marginal mark in pencil, otherwise clean and bright and tightly bound.
The book is illustrated with a folding table 'Paradigm of the Tinctures', and 12 engraved plates, as called for.
22 cm, 8.7 inches, tall, 158 pages, plus plates.

£95

 



Sir David Brewster

The History of Free Masonry

Drawn From Authentic Sources of Information;
With an Account Of The
Grand Lodge of Scotland,
From its Institution in 1763, to the Present Time,
Compiled from the Records;
And an Appendix of Original Papers

Publisher: Alexander Lawrie, 1804, first edition.  Bound in half leather over marbled boards. Good plus condition, with a new spine and the original title label laid on. Marbled paper scuffed, board edges rubbed, board corners bumped and worn. One owner name on the front endpaper, and another on the title page. Some pages lightly age-toned, occasional light foxing and other isolated marks, some light pencil marks, tightly bound and mainly clean.
A very interesting early history of freemasonry from its origins, claimed to be in ancient Egypt, to the early 19th century, followed by a detailed History of the Grand Lodge in Scotland. An uncommon book.
21.5cm, 8.5 inches, tall, xx,  pages 1-340 (actually 342 pages, as page numbers 146 and 147 occur twice through printer's error. The pages are misnumbered, not duplicated.)

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Jonathan Swift

The Tale of a Tub

Written
For the Universal Improvement of Mankind
to Which is Added
An Account of a Battle
Between the Ancient and Modern Books
In St. James's Library

 
Publisher: Thomas Tegg, 1811, first edition thus. Bound in later half leather by Bayntun with titles in gilt on a red spine label, and decorations in gilt on the spine, marbled boards, all edges gilt.
The book is in very good condition, with a little rubbing to the binding, one bookplate on the front endpaper, and signs of removal of another on the back endpaper. The plates are all present and in very good condition; the frontispiece is slightly toned and lightly spotted and the other plates have a few isolated spots, but are mainly clean (see photos). The text block is tightly bound and, except for a very occasional light spot, is clean and bright.
A very attractive copy of Swift's masterly satire.
Octavo, 19.7cm tall (7.75 inches), 322 pages.

£200

 

Aristotle's Compleat Masterpiece

In Three Parts;
Displaying the Secrets of Nature in the Generation Of Man
Regularly digested into Chapters and Sections,
rendering it far more useful and easy than any yet extant.
To which is added,
A Treasure of Health; Or, The Family Physician
Being Choice and Approved Remedies for all the several Distempers incident to Human Bodies.
 

Printed for the Booksellers, 1753, stated 25th edition. Bound in full leather. Bound together with The Experienc'd Midwife stated eleventh edition,, Aristotle's Book of Problems Printed for and sold by J.W.J.K.D.M.A.B.E.M.R.R.T.L.B.M. and A.W. stated 25th edition, and Aristotle's Last Legacy Printed for R. Ware, C. Hitch, J. Hodges, C. Crowder and H. Woodcote, 1755. These books comprise a comprehensive manual of sex education, sexual health and midwifery, with some general health and 'wisdom' added, which was in its time one of the few resources for this kind of information.  The attribution of authorship to Aristotle is spurious, and the work is often attributed to William Salmon, and in this volume the Experienc'd Midwife is said to have been 'made into English by W---- S----- M.D.',  but it seems likely that it was the work of several anonymous authors.
The book is in good condition, rebacked in leather, with new endpapers, repairs to the frontispiece and to the title page of Aristotle's Book of Problems, with a tiny loss of text on the verso, and the following four leaves have very small loss to their fore-edges.  The folding plate also has two repaired closed tears, and creasing.  There are marks here and there throughout and occasional darkened pages, but the book is mostly clean, and there are some creases and turned corners. Three leaves are lacking, the index to the Experienc'd Midwife, and the frontispiece for the Book of Problems (which would have been identical with that for the Last Legacy). One leaf is torn, lacking almost half of the pages 151 and 152 of the Experienc'd Midwife. Tightly bound.
Illustrated with plates (one folding) and woodcuts within the text, all present except for the above stated frontispiece.

Duodecimo, 15 cm, 6 inches, tall, the different works paginated seperately as follows: 144 pages ; 164 pages ; 152 pages; 4 pages introduction, 111 pages.

£320

 

Agustin De Iturbide

A Statement Of some Of The Principal Events In The Life Of
Agustin De Iturbide


Written by Himself
with A Preface by the Translator, and an
Appendix of Documents

 
Publisher: John Murray, 1824, first edition. Bound in half dark brown leather with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine.  Marbled paper boards, attractive purple and white endpapers.  Top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed.  The book is in overall very good condition, with light bumping to the leather and board corners, and fading to the marbled paper on the boards.  The top board is very slightly warped. Internally there is a light scatter of foxing to the title page, and an occasional instance elsewhere in the book. Otherwise bright and clean, and tightly bound.
Octavos, 21.5 cm tall (8.5 inches). Volume One: 10 page Dedication, 11 page Preface, Agustin de Iturbide was instrumental in the Mexican War of Independence, and was briefly Emperor of Mexico, before being forced to abdicate.  He left for Europe in 1822, first to Italy, then to England, where he published his 'Statement' in 1824. Returning to Mexico later that year, he was arrested and executed.  The long preface by the translator sets the memoir in context, and the appendix of documents is also extremely interesting and useful to the historian.
This is a rare first edition.
Octavo, 23 cm, 9 inches, tall, xxiii, 157 pages, complete.

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Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

El Ingenioso Hidalgo
Don Quixote De La Mancha

Nueva Edicion Corregida Por El Rdo. Don Felipe Fernandez, A.M.
Natural De Xerez de la Frontera,
Y Fundador De La Real Sociedad Economica
De Los Amigos Del Pairs
De Dicha Cuidad.

Publisher: Lackington, Allen & Co., et al, London, 1808. Four volumes 12mo, bound in full contemporary leather, with a portrait frontispiece engraving in volume one. The condition of these volumes is good, with worn bindings showing hinge and spine cracking, and some losses to the leather, corners bumped and worn. All boards still firmly attached, rear hinge of volume one reinforced with Japanese tissue paper. Only one red leather spine title label remains. Volume three lacks the index of titles for the volume (which are bound in at the back of each volume) and the rear free endpaper, thought the text is complete, and Volume one has some amusing schoolboy doodles on the rear endpapers, in pencil and quite faint, along with a few words of vocabulary. The pages of all the volumes have runs where they are lightly age-toned, which predominate, and others where they are clean and bright. There are also very occasional instances of light scattered foxing. All text blocks are tightly bound, with no loose pages.
This is a very nice, uncommon edition of Don Quixote, in Spanish.
Four volumes 12mo, 14 cm, 5.5 inches, tall. Vol. I, liii, 305 pages; Vol. II, 388 pages; Vol. III, 348 pages; 391 pages, plus 5 unpaginated pages of index.

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The History and Antiquities of Winchester.

Setting Forth Its
Original Constitution, Government, Manufactories, Trade, Commerce and Navigation; Its Several Wards, Parishes, Precincts, Districts, Churches, Religious and Charitable Foundations, And Other Public Edifices:
Together with the
Charters, Laws, Customs, Rights, Liberties, and Privileges of that Antient City.
Illustrated with a Variety of Plates.
In Two Volumes

Publisher: Winton, Printed and Sold by J. Wilkes, et al, 1773, first edition. Two volumes bound in full leather, both re-spined in leather. A frontispiece in each volume with 11 further plates (three of which are folding plates), as called for. The volumes are in good condition with rubbed boards and corners, with some darkening of the edges of the endpapers and first blanks of both volumes, some light foxing here and there throughout, some offsetting, but mainly clean. With the heraldic bookplate of George Lawrence on the endpaper of the first volume.
The author alleges that the city of Winchester was founded 2,664 years before the publication of this book in 1773, and, while I am not sure that it is possible to be so precise, Winchester is certainly a very old city, predating the Romans in Britain . These are two very interesting volumes. Famously the place where Jane Austen died and is buried (decades after this book was published), Winchester holds in its cathedral the bones of many kings of the land, including King Cnute (Canute). The first volume of this book gives a very detailed description of the cathedral, among other historical buildings.
Octavo volumes, 18cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume I, frontispiece, title page, x, Directions for placing the cuts, 237 pages: Volume II, frontispiece, title page, errata page, 299 pages but there is an error in pagination in this volume, common to all first editions of this work, in that the pagination jumps from 264 to 269, the book is, however, complete.

£200



Valentin Maria Llanos y Gutierrez

Sandoval; Or, The Freemason

A Spanish Tale

Publisher: Henry Colburn, 1826, first edition. Bound in half leather over marbled paper covered boards, Marbled endpapers, with the heraldic bookplate of John Lockwood in each volume, and his signature on the verso of each flyleaf. The books as in very good condition, with cracked hinges, but all still firmly attached, and the top board of volume one having been reattached. Some small losses to the head anf foot of the spines. Internally there are occasional instances of light foxing and marks, but the books are mainly clean and bright, and are tight in their bindings.
The author, Valentin Maria Llanos y Gutierrez (1795–1885), was the husband of Fanny Keats, having met her brother in Rome, and after Keats’ death coming to London, where he met both Fanny Brawne and Keats’ youngest sister Fanny. A good account of the author can be found here, on a listing of the only other first edition we can find for sale, which is an association copy from the library of George Keats, John Keats’ brother. Our copy has not been in such company, but it is still a rare set.
Octavos, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, Volume I, viii, 345 pages; Volume II, 422 pages, Volume III, 450 pages.

£350

 


Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent;
An Hibernian Tale.
Taken From Facts
And From
The Manners of the Irish Squires
Before the Year 1782.

Publisher: J Johnson, 1800, the second edition, published in the same year as the first. Bound in the original brown leather with titles in gilt on a res leather spine label. The book is in Good plus condition, with a bumped binding, having a repaired front hinge and some small repairs to the board edges and corners. There is a small amount of loss to the leather at the head and foot of the spine. Internally, there is one owner name from 1844 on the front free endpaper and occasional light marks throughout, but mainly clean.
‘Castle Rackrent, a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, is often regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first Anglo-Irish novel, the first Big House novel and the first saga novel.’ (Source: Wikipedia) The novel has an added glossary at the end of the book for English readers.
An uncommon early edition.
Octavo, 18.7cm, 7.5 inches, tall, xvi, 214 pages.

£140

 

Abbé Charles Batteaux

Les Beaux Arts
Réduits
A Un Même Principe.

Publisher: Chez Saillant & Nyon, and Veuve Desaint, 1763, Paris. Bound in full contemporary mottled calf with gilt decorations to the spine. Marbled endpapers, all edges red. Good condition binding with some rubbing to the leather, loss to the foot of the spine, lacking the spine label. Internally very good, one owner name on the title page, otherwise tightly bound and clean and bright. With engraved vignette on the title page and engraved decorative end pieces for each chapter.
This book is probably the first to define the fine arts, and is a very influential text in the field of aesthetics.
Small octavo, 17 cm, 6.75 inches, tall, 384 pages, complete.

£100

 

 

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Sancti Bernardi
Abbatis Primi Clarae-Vallensis

Opera Omni
In Two Volumes

Publisher: Thomae Moette, Paris, 1690. 2 folio sized volumes, bound in full contemporary leather, with titles and decorations in gilt on the spines, which have five raised bands. The leather of the bindings is worn, hinges partly cracked, the front hinge of Volume II being completely cracked, but the boards are still firmly attached, with no broken strings. The board corners are bumped and softened, and there are losses to the leather. Internally the books are in very good condition, with occasional toned pages, and occasional isolated marks, but mainly clean. Each volume has the bookplate of College Royal de S. Louis à Metz, and bears the inscription ‘Cette édition est la seule consultée par les savantes’. Each title page has the stamp of the Ecole Sainte Geneviève. There are no further markings. Volume II lacks the half title and the front free endpaper is detached. Some engraved vignettes and headers. Text in Latin.
Two still very handsome volumes containing all of the works of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a very important figure in the 12th century church, and the first Cistercian monk to be placed on the calendar of saints.
Folio volumes, 39.5 cm, 15.5 inches, tall. Vol. I, 52pp prelims, 1574 columns (The books are numbered in columns, not pages, two columns per page), cxviii columns, 51pp (indices). Vol. II, 2pp prelims, 1356 columns, 34pp indices.

£350


 

L’Art De Vérifier les Dates
Des Faits Historiques,
Des Chartes, Des Chroniques
Et Autres
Anciens Monumens,
Depuis la Naissance de Notre-Seigneur
Par Le Moyen
D’Une Table Chronologique,


Ou l’on trouve les Olympiades, Les années de Jesus-Christ, les Eres d’Alexandrie & de Constantinople, de l’Ere des Séleucides, l’Ere Césaréenne d’Antioche, de l’Ere d’Espagen, l’Ere des Martyrs, de l’Hégire; les Indictions, le Cycle Pascal, les Cycles Solaire et Lunaire, le Terme Pascal, les Paques de chaque annee & les Epactes.
Avec
Deux Calendrier Perpétuels, la Chronologie Historique
Des Conciles, des Papes, des quatre Patriarches d’Orient, des Empereurs Romains, Grecs; des Califes, des Rois de Parthes, des Perses, des Huns, des Vandales, des Goths, des Lombards, des Bulgares, de Jérusalem, de Chypre, des Princes d’Antioch, des Comtes de Tripoli, des Sultans d’Iconium, d’Alep, de Damas; des Empereurs Ottomans, des Schahs de Perses, des Grands-Maîtres de Malte, du Temple, de l’Ordre Teutonique; des Empereurs Francios, Allemands; des six Electeurs Laïques de l’Empire; des Rois de Hongrie, de pologne, de Danemarck, de Suede; des Czars de Russie; des Rois de France, des grands Vassaux de cette Couronne; des Rois d’Anglterrs, d’Ecosse, d’Espagne, de Portugal, des Souverains d’Italie, &c.

Publisher: G. Desprez, 1770, second, revised, corrected and augmented edition. First published in1750. Folio. Bound in half dark brown leather over thick boards covered with red cloth, with a vellum reinforcing strip along the bottom edge of both boards. This is a strong library binding, done in 1948. The bookplate of the Public Record Office Library is on the front pastedown endpaper. On the spine, along with the title, is a library location “Round Room” in gilt. On the first blank page is an inscription ‘Presented to the Literary Search Room by M.S. Guiseppi, 1921’, and on the half title is a stamp reading ‘Bibliothek Militaire’. There are no further library markings. Top edges gilt.
This is a wonderful volume, giving dates for a whole range of historical events as listed in the extensive title. There is a chronological table and two perpetual calendars, table of historical eclipses of the sun, chronologies of kings, popes, emperors, Shahs of Persia, Sultans, Masters of the Temple, the Teutonic Order and the Knights of Malta, Doges of Venice, and much more.
Illustrated with an allegorical vignette, and with decorative head-pieces.
The book is in very good condition, the binding having a little rubbing to the leather. The pages of the book are clean, and the whole is tightly bound. Text in French.
Folio, 38cm, 15 inches, tall, half title, title, 4 page dedication ‘Au Roi’, xx, xxxvii, 934 pages, plus one page of instructions to the binder.
The book weighs in at 4.8kg (more when packed).

£320

 

Rev. John Brown

The Self-Interpreting Bible

Containing the Old and New Testaments;
To which are Annexed An Extensive Introduction:
Marginal References and Illustrations;
An Exact Summary of the Several Books;
A Paraphrase On the Most Obscure or Important Parts;
An Analysis of the Contents of each Chapter, Explanatory Notes,
Evangelical Reflections, &c., &c.

Publisher: T. Webster, Bungay, 1810, a new edition. Two quarto volumes bound in contemporary full leather.
These volumes are in good condition, with wear to the leather, chipped title labels, especially on volume two, and a cracked hinge on volume two, now stabilized. Internally, volume one lacks the ffep, and has some marking to the frontispiece and beginning pages. Two plates in this volume have been detached and are now tipped in, but show wear and creasing. Occasional pages and plates have repaired closed tears. The books are, however, mainly clean and bright.
On the verso of the portrait frontispiece are a few lines of family genealogy from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the ink from these shows through on the recto. There is also an interesting inscription on the rear free endpaper ‘Mr David Allen Came to Reside In part of My House March ye 9th 1833 to pay 2s6d per Week- Wm Fowler’. Quite a high rent for the time!
The books are illustrated with numerous plates, many of which are of scenes of daily life in Biblical times as well as illustrations of the stories of the Bible.
Quarto sized volumes, 28cm, 11 inches, tall, 8.5cm, 3.5 inches, thick. These volumes are unpaginated with many hundreds of pages, but they appear to be complete, except for two leaves in volume two, between Acts chapter 17 and chapter 19.
The books weigh a little over 7kg, and so overseas postage is high. A cheaper postage is available if the volumes are sent in separate packages for destinations outside Europe. (Unavailable for Canada as both volumes exceed the 2kg limit.)

£300



Buonaparte, sa Famille et sa Cour.

Anecdotes secrètes sur quelques personages qui ont marqué au commencement du dix-neuvième siècle.
Par un Chambellan Forcé a L’Étre.

Publisher: Ménard et Desenne, Fils, Libraires, 1816, first edition. Two volumes bound with recent brown cloth spines, and original marbled boards. Edges speckled blue.
These volumes contain a large number of ‘secret’ stories about Napoleon Buonaparte, his family and his court, by ‘a chamberlain’, and it is quite a rare work.
The books are in very good condition, rebacked as stated, corners bumped and the marbled paper rubbed. Tightly bound and clean and bright throughout but for a few very small isolated spots. The heraldic bookplate of George Wilbraham is on both endpapers. Wilbraham (1779-1852) was a Whig Member of Parliament. His biography can be found here.
Text in French.
Octavos, 20cm, 8 inches, tall, Vol. 1, xviii, 378 pages; Vol. 2, 362 pages.

£350


 

Joseph Fiévée

La Dot de Suzette

Ou Histoire de Mme. de Senneterre
Raconté par elle-même


Publisher: Chez Maradan, Paris, an sixième (1798), first edition.
Bound with:
Marie Jeanne Riccoboni
Lettres de Milady Juliette Catesby,
A Milady Henriette Campley, Son Amie
Published Amsterdam, aux depens de la Compagnie, 1759, Nouvelle edition, reprinted in the same year as the first edition.
Both of these books were best sellers of their time. La Dot de Suzette (Suzette’s Dowry) is a novel of the changing times in which the author lived, written while he was in hiding during the Directoire (he was imprisoned under the Reign of Terror). Fievee is a most interesting figure, journalist and writer, but also a spy, and he lived in an openly gay relationship with Theodore Leclerq. They are buried in the same tomb at Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Lettres de Milady Juliette Catesby is a romance about a jilted woman, who discovers the true reason for her abandonment, and it ends with the reuniting of the lovers. The book is a French novel ostensibly set in England, and it was quite quickly translated into English, where is sold very well also.
The two books are bound together in a half leather binding over green marbled paper boards,
The first title has an engraved frontispiece. There is some repaired damage to the half title and the title pages, and an early owner has inscribed the name of the author on the title page. On the top of the first page of the preface an owner name is inscribed. There are marks to pages here and there, and one page has lost a small triangle of its lower corner. Six leaves have repaired closed tears with some small losses to the bottom edges (no text loss). There are a very few other nicks to pages, and some marks here and there, but mainly clean.
12mo, 16cm (6.5inches) tall, xii, 233 pages.
The second title has a title page in red and black. One leaf has a triangle torn from the lower front, without loss of text. There are occasional marks to pages, and some leaves have age-toning.
12mo, 16cm (6.5inches) tall, 174 pages.
The condition of the book is overall good to very good, tightly bound with no missing pages. Two very interesting 18th century novels. Text is in French.

£110


 

William Paley

Horae Paulinae

Or, The Truth Of the Scripture History of St Paul Evinced by A Comparison
Of The Epistles Which Bear His Name
WithThe Acts of the Apostles
And With One Another

Publisher: R. Faulder, 1803, third edition. Bound in full leather, rebacked, preserving the original boards, with a paper spine label.
The book is in very good condition, rebacked as stated, with an heraldic bookplate on the front endpapers and one owner name on the free endpaper. There are a few isolated marks, and an occasional scatter of foxing to pages, but the book is mainly clean. Also included is a sheet of handwritten text contemporary with the book.
Octavo, 21.5cm (8.5 inches) tall, 426 pages plus 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements, complete.

£75

 

John Caspar Lavater

Essays in Physiognomy
Designed to Promote the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind

Publisher: John Murray, H. Hunter, T. Holloway, Vol. II, 1792, and John Stockdale, Vol. III part II, 1810. Two large quarto volumes.
This famous work, with its great number of fine engraved plates, was published in this form in three volumes, generally bound as five volumes, of which these two volumes are a part. Volume II is bound in contemporary speckled calf, rebacked in dark brown leather, with marbled endpapers. It may be the first 1789 edition rather than the second 1792 edition, but the title page was slightly misprinted, and the date is not therefore present. It is a very fine volume, with many beautiful engravings, both as full-page plates and within the text, all, even the smallest, with tissue guards. The volume contains many illustrations of human physiognomy, of emotions and character, also a long section on animals with many fine engravings, and a long section on Silhouettes.
This volume is in very good condition, with occasional scatters of foxing. There are a few plates with foxing, but most of the engravings are clean and in very good condition. Though it is entitled Volume II, I believe it is part I of that volume.
Volume III part II is ex-University of London Library, with a bookplate, and three small library stamps on the prelims, and no others. It has a library binding of green cloth, with marbled edges. There is no full title page, so the publication date, and publisher inferred, is taken from that printed on the spine. This volume contains many engravings of parts of the human body, and a great many portraits of the famous, including George Washington. The plates in this volume are not tissue-guarded.
This volume has a scuff with fraying to the front hinge, but the binding is sound and not loosened. There is some light scattered foxing and occasional light marks, but the book is mainly clean, and is in very good condition.
This publication of Lavater’s Essays had Henry Fuseli overseeing the engraving of the illustrations, and some were by William Blake, though those are not present in these two volumes. These engravings are mainly by or under the direction of Thomas Holloway, with one after Fuseli, and some others by various hands.
These are very handsome volumes, a joy to look at, and since they are a disparate part set are offered here at a very good price. Together they weigh about 6kg, so overseas shipping costs would be very high, but you are welcome to enquire.
Both volumes are quarto, 35cm, 14 inches, tall. Volume II, xii, 238 pages, plus plates; Volume II part II, 4 pages contents, pages 253 to 437, plus plates, plus 8 pages contents of the full work, plus 3 pages of Directions to the binder.

£260



Daniel Defoe


The Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

With Twenty-Two Engravings and a Life of the Author by the Rev. H. Stebbing. A.M.

Publisher: J. E. Dove, 1832. Bound in brown moiré cloth, rebacked in brown cloth with the original paper title label laid on and new endpapers. Untrimmed edges.
This is an uncommon edition of Robinson Crusoe, illustrated with an engraved title page and twenty-one other engraved plates. This is a complete edition, unabridged and containing The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. The plates, as with many books of this era, are more or less browned, and there is scattered foxing throughout the book, more so on those pages in contact with the plates. The book is well bound still and certainly sturdy enough to read, and is in very good condition.
Small octavo, 17 cm, 6.75 inches, tall, 502 pages, complete.

£135





 

James Carmichael Smyth

Instructions and Standing Orders
For the Royal Engineer Department
Serving with The Army upon the Continent

Printed by J. Smith, Paris, 1815, first edition. Bound in its original blue paper-covered boards.
This is an extremely rare book, published in the year of the Battle of Waterloo.
The book begins with a Memorandum ‘Colonel Carmichael Smyth has availed himself of the present leisure, to have the different Orders and Regulations that have from time to time been issued for the guidance of the Engineer Department with this Army, carefully reconsidered. They are now brought into one point of view, and re-issued with such additions and alterations as experience has shewn to be necessary. Each Officer will be furnished with a Copy; and it is hoped that, by carefully adhering to the spirit of the Orders, whatever duties may be required of the Corps will continue to be performed with that promptitude so essential in all military matters, and at the same time with as much regularity as circumstances will admit.
Head-Quarters, Paris, August 8, 1815.’
The book is illustrated with many charts showing how records should be kept, including one folding chart entitled Return of the Pontoon Train Attached to the Army under the Orders of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, etc., etc., etc., Commanded by _____ Royal Engineers.
There is also a section detailing the equipping of a pontoon train and how to calculate its requirements.
A most interesting book, illustrating the origins of the modern professional army. Rare, none listed in Copac, one only in the National Archive at Kew.
The book is in very good condition. The backstrip is torn with a piece missing from the foot, corners bumped. Internally some brief notes on the front endpapers, very occasional light marks, otherwise crisp and clean. The blank page before the title page has been cut out, leaving a stub with the remains of an inscription. The book is tightly bound with no loose pages.
Small octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 67 pages, plus 26 blank pages for notes, unused, complete.

£750

 

The Cries of London

As They are daily exhibited in the Streets;
With An Epigram In Verse, Adapted To Each,
Embellished with sixty-two elegant Cuts.
To Which is added,
A Description of the Metropolis In Verse

Printed for F. Newbery, at the Corner of St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1771. First edition. Bound in the original Dutch floral paper-covered boards, later oversewn with grey paper.
This is the very rare first edition of Newbery’s Cries of London, of which I can find no other copy, only references to there being no known copy. It is a small chap book with woodcuts of the various trades people with their cry, each facing a verse about them, mostly uncomplimentary. At the end of the book there is a description of London in verse, followed by A Song on the City of London. These are followed by six pages of Books printed by F. Newbery.
The book is in good condition, having some defects. The backstrip of the Dutch floral paper covered binding is missing, and the whole has been covered in grey paper sewn to the boards. The small text block is shaken and has had the first two leaves sewn back in, leaving them misaligned. Five leaves are missing, comprising pages 23 to 28, 93, 94, 123 and 124.
The book has 57 woodcuts of the original 62.
Scattered foxing and occasional handling marks throughout, though many pages are mainly clean. One leaf (pages 61-62) has a small hole, but no text or image is missing. On the rear free endpaper is inscribed Elizth Harrison Her Book March 5 1775. The edges of the pages are slightly softened, and there are some turned corners.
So, a defective copy, but apparently the only one left in existence.
12mo, 10cm (4 inches) tall, pagination: title, blank, i-v, 6-22, 29-92, 95-122, 125-133, plus 6 unnumbered pages of the publisher’s catalogue. Photos available on request
.
£2500


James Harrington
Gerard Langbaine

A Defence of the Rights and Privileges
of the University of Oxford

Containing
I. The Humble Petition of the Maior, Aldermen, Bayliffs and commonalitie of the City of Oxon. April 6 1649
II. July 24 1649. The Answer of the Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Oxford: To the Petition, Articles of Grievance, and Reasons of the City of Oxon.
III. The Case of the University of Oxford; Shewing, That the City is not concern’d to oppose the Confirmation of their Charters by Parliament. Presented to the Honourable House of Commons on Friday Jan. 24 1689/90

Oxford, Printed at the Theater, 1690. Stab sewn in brown paper wraps with the title written in an 18th century hand. Edges uncut.
The author of part II is Gerard Langbaine, and the author of part III is James Harrington.
The overall title page is present only as a fragment and though the first two parts are dated 1649 in the text, they were undoubtedly printed at the same time as the last part, for which the title page is present, since all three parts have consecutive page numbers.
The overall condition of the broadside is good, with the front cover detached, and losses and marks to the three leaves of the Preface, but with no loss of text. The rest of the text block has an occasional isolated mark, and some creasing to the lower corners of the fore-edge, and the last two leaves have each a short closed tear. The text is complete and clearly readable.
A very interesting piece of the history of the University of Oxford, rare outside a library collection.
21 cm, 8.25 inches, tall, vi, 54 pages, complete.

£250

 

Alain-René Lesage

Le Diable Boiteux

Publisher: Chez Jean Nourse, London, 1778, two volumes in one. Bound in the original full leather, 12mo.
This is a very nice edition of Le Diable Boiteux (The Devil on Two sticks), a comic novel by Alain-Rene Lesage, illustrated with 12 engraved plates. This edition also contains Les Entretiens Serieux et Comiques des Cheminées de Madrid and Les Bequilles Du Dit Diable.
The book is in very good condition, lacking the spine label, leather rubbed and the front hinge partly cracked, but internally the text block is nice and clean and tightly bound.
12mo, 12.6cm tall (5 inches), 6 pages prelims, 399 pages, 22 page index, 3 pages Books Printed for J. Nourse. Complete.

£125



John Allen


Synopsis Medicinae;
Or a Summary View of the Whole Practice of Physick;


Being the sentiments of the most Celebrated Authors in all Ages relating to Diseases, Their Causes and Cures;
With most Cases in Surgery and Midwifery.
To which are also added, Some Observations very rare and uncommon; and A Curious Treatise on all sorts of Poisons.
Being Reviewed and Enlarged With Various Cases, Histories and Cures in this Volume

Printed for Robert Davis, Piccadilly, 1756, first edition. Bound in full contemporary brown leather.
This is Volume III of the English translation of the Synopsis Medicinae, and it was published separately and much later than the first two volumes. The translation in by Benjamin Allen, son of John Allen, and done from the original Latin manuscript. Subjects are; Of Fevers; Of Inflamatory (sic) Diseases; Affections of the Head &c.; Diseases of the Breast; Of Old Age; Diseases of the Heart; Diseases of the Abdomen; Diseases of the Urinary Passages; Of various Dropsies; Of the Scurvy; Of the Gout; Venereal Diseases; Diseases of the Eyes; Of the Teeth &c.; the Itch; Of Mercurials; of a Spina Ventosa; Touching for the Evil; Of Cancers; Of Ruptures; Various Diseases; Diseases of Women; Diseases of Infants; Of Buggs (sic); Of Poisons (Opium); Appendix on the case of a cataleptic woman.
The book is in very good condition, leather rubbed, bumped at the head and foot of the spine with some small loss, corners bumped. One 18th century owner’s name on the ffep, another name in a childish hand on the final blank page, occasional light marks, mainly clean and bright. Tightly bound.
Octavo, 20 cm, 8 inches, tall, 276 pages plus errata page.

£150



The London Gazette Extraordinary
Wednesday, August 28, 1793

Printed by Edward Johnston in Warwick-Lane, 1793. One sheet, printed both sides. 32 cm tall by 21cm wide (12.5 by 8.25 inches)
This is a single leaf ‘Extraordinary’ (or, Extra, Extra, read all about it!), a printed supplementary to the London Gazette to report on breaking news. This Extraordinary was printed to publish a dispatch from Sir James Murray Adjutant General to the Forces under the Command of his Royal Highness the Duke of York. The dispatch reports on an action at the beginning of the Siege of Dunkirk, and includes a return of the Killed, Wounded and Missing of the British and Hessian Troops in the Action of the 24th August 1793. The return of the Austrian killed and wounded was not received at this time.
This is the first day of the siege, which was part of the Flanders Campaign of the French Revolutionary Wars, which preceded the Napoleonic Wars. Troops under the command of Prince Frederick, Duke of York were British, Hanoverian, Austrian and Hessian.
This Extraordinary is in fair condition with four lost corners, a tear part way across the old central fold, which has resulted in a small amount of lost text on the front of the sheet, and writing back and front in the blanks at the bottom of the sheet, in a hand contemporary with the publication. There is also some discolouration along the old folds.
This is a very rare survival, an item meant to last no more than a day or two, but which is now almost 222 years old.

SOLD

 

Thomas Boston

Human Nature in its Fourfold State

Of Primitive Integrity, Entire Depravation, Begun Recovery and Consummate Happiness or Misery
Substituting in
The Parents of Mankind in Paradise, The Unregenerate, The Regenerate, All Mankind in the future State.
In Several Practical Discourses
By Mr. Thomas Boston, late Minister of the Gospel at Etterick
Ninth Edition, carefully read by the Author’s own Copy; Wherein the Errors of former Editions are corrected.

Printed by Hamilton, Balfour and Neill, Edinburgh, for William Gray junior, at the foot of Peebles Wynd, 1752. Bound in contemporary full leather with five raised bands to the spine, and the remains of metal clasps in the board fore edges.

A famous work of Scottish Calvinist practical theology, taking the reader through the spiritual stages of man’s evolution from the original state of grace in the Garden of Eden through to ultimate salvation, with practical advice on how to achieve it. Did Boston originate the phrase ‘born again’? Perhaps, since he advises the reader how to become born again.
Very 18th century, but vigorous and readable.

The book is in very good condition, with rubbing to the boards, bumped and worn corners, but firmly bound and with no cracking to the leather. There are occasional light marks throughout the book, but it is mainly clean. Some page corners are turned, and there is a little damage to the title page due to adhesion in the gutter, and resulting in a slight loss of test ‘wh’ from wherein. There are one or two small nicks from page edges, not resulting in ay text loss. The book is enhanced by a charming ownership inscription from 1753 on the front free endpaper.

Octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, viii prelims, 8 pages of contents, 408 pages, complete.

£195

 

Horace, and Thomas Creech (Translator)

The Odes, Satyrs and Epistles of Horace, done into English by Mr. Creech

J. Tonson, 1720, the fifth edition. Contemporary full calf with five raised bands on the spine and blind-stamped decorations on the front and back covers. Hinges cracked, but firmly attached, corners bumped, small areas of loss to head and foot of spine. Heraldic bookplate on front pastedown, owner signature and small ownership label pasted onto ffep. No other inscriptions. Portrait frontispiece of Thomas Creech. Some pages lightly browned, overall very good condition.
352 pp. 16mo—6 inches tall    
 
£150

 

 

Anders Sparrman

Voyage au Cap De Bonne-Espérance,
Et
Autour Du Monde
Avec Le Capitaine Cook;


Et Principalement
Dans Le Pays Des Hottentots Et Des Caffres.
Par André Sparrman, Docteur en Médecine, de l’Academie des Sciences, et Directeur du Cabinet royal d’Histoire naturelle de Stockholm
Avec Cartes, Figures et Planches en taille-douce
Traduit par M. Le Tourneur

Publisher: Chex Buisson, Paris, 1787. Three volumes octavo, bound in full calf with five raised bands and decorations to the spines. Titles in gilt on spine labels, all edges red, ribbon bookmarks, first edition in French, published simultaneously with an edition in quarto, by the same publisher.
Anders Sparrman, a Swede, was residing in South Africa when the Resolution and Adventurer put in in 1772, and he was invited to join the expedition as a naturalist. The account of his voyage with Captain Cook forms part of the first volume. The rest of the account is of his own travels in Africa, of the people and especially the wildlife. Volume one is illustrated with a large folding map, and three foldout plates at the back of the book, volume two has seven plates, three folding, and volume three has six plates.
The books are in very good condition. The bindings have minor worm damage on the back boards, but this does not go into the text blocks. The large folding map has one closed tear and a small hole, which does not include any printed matter. It has also been mis-folded. The rest of the books are clean and bright. A lovely set.
Octavos, 20cm, 8 inches, tall. Volume one, xxxii, 388 pages, volume two, 366 pages, volume three, 363 pages.

£800

 

Missale Romanum
Ex Decreto Sacrosancti
Concilii Tridentini restitutum,
S.PII V. Pontificus Maximi
Jussu Editum,
Clementis VIII. & Urbani VIII
Auctoritate recognitum,
In Quo
Missae Novissimae Sanctorum
accuratè sunt dispositae.

Publisher: Ex. Typographia Balleoniana, Venetiis (Venice), 1757. Recently rebound in full red leather with gilt titles and decorations on the spine, and gilt decorations on both boards. Marbled endpapers. Text in Latin.
A very handsome quarto sized Missal, with an engraved title page and three other full-page engravings, all signed Orsolini. Also several engraved endpieces. Rubricated throughout, with decorated initial letters, each with a tiny cityscape behind the letter. Printed music in red and black. Pages are close cropped with some loss to headings. Also bound in are various other items dated 1774 to 1806. The last of these consists of two handwritten pages, so neatly done as to be easily mistaken for printed, entitled “Missae Sanctorum, celebrandae in alquibus Locis’ and dated 1806. Also loosely included is a sheet of paper handwritten in an 18th century hand what appears to be a prayer in Latin.
Very good condition, with old repairs to 8 leaves, one being repaired with cloth tape, and occasional marks to pages. Tightly bound.
Quarto, 31 cm, 12.25 inches, tall, xxxv prelims, 458 pages, pages numbered i to c, (1 to 100), plus 26 pages of additional material.

£395

 

Choice Emblems,
Natural, Historical, Fabulous, Moral and Divine;

For the Improvement and Pastime of Youth:
Displaying the
Beauties and Morals of the Ancient Fabulists:
The Whole calculated to convey the
Golden Lessons of Instruction
Under a new and more delightful Dress.
For the Use of Schools.
Written for the Amusement of a Young Nobleman

Publisher: E. Newbery, London,1793, printed by J. Chapman. The seventh edition. Bound in later full calf with raised bands and gilt decorations to the spine, and titled in gilt on a red leather spine label.
The book is in very good condition, with a piece torn from the top of the frontispiece, taking a small sliver of the image, and with an old repair in matching paper. The verso of the frontispiece has an ownership name, partially removed by the torn piece, and there are some numbers written on the final blank page. Apart from some faint spots and marks and light tanning of the page edges, the book is otherwise clean. There is some bumping to the page corners, and the binding has some surface scratches to the back board. Tightly bound in a nice binding.
Each emblem is illustrated in a woodcut.
12mo, 16cm tall (6.5 inches), xxiv, 192 pages.

£150

 

L’Abbé De Vertot

Histoire Des Chevaliers Hospitaliers
De S. Jean De Jerusalem,

Appellés Depuis Chevaliers De Rhodes,
Et Aujourd’hui Chevaliers De Malthe.
Par Monsieur l’Abbé De Vertot
Nouvelle Edition Augmentée des Statuts de l’Ordre,
 & des Noms des Chevaliers.
 

Publisher: A Paris, Chez Prault pere, 1761.  History of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, afterwards known as the Knights of Rhodes, and today as the Knights of Malta.  New edition, augmented with the statutes of the Order, and names of the Knights.  Six volumes, complete.
This is an uncommon edition of the history of the Knights of St John.  Six volumes 12mo (17.3cm tall) bound in full leather with red leather spine labels and gilt decorations to the spines.  All edges red, marbled endpapers, ribbon bookmarks.
The volumes are in very good condition with some wear to the bindings. Five of twelve spine labels are missing, all volumes have rubbing to the spines and small losses at the head and foot of the spines.  Volume Two has the front hinge cracked, Volume Four has a 2cm crack to the bottom of the rear hinge and Volume Six has a 5cm crack to the top of the front hinge, with a small area of loss to the spine.  All volumes remain tightly bound.  The pages have a very occasional isolated spot, but are mainly clean and bright.
The Knights of St John were an order, like the Knights Templar, founded to care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land, and which later rose to be an influential political and military order.
Vol. 1, 608 pages, Vol. 2, 502 pages, Vol. 3, 564 pages, Vol. 4, 540 pages, Vol. 5, 514 pages, Vol. 6, 480 pages.  Text in French.

£400

Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus; Ad Lectiones Probatiores Diligenter Emendatus, et Interpunctione Nova Saepius Illustratus. Editio Altera.   Robertus et Andreas Foulis

Glasguae: In Aedibus Academicis Excudenbant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, Academiae Typograph, 1750.
Full contemporary calf, five raised bands to spine, gilt decorations. Good condition. Front hinge cracked, board still firmly attached, binding rubbed and bumped, small losses to head and foot of spine. Two armorial bookplates on front pastedown, ffep and half-title missing, otherwise complete. 248pp. Pages clean and bright. Text in Latin
16mo -over 5¾" -6¾" tall                                                                                                                            

£100



William Robertson

An Historical Disquisition
Concerning The Knowledge which the Ancients had of
India

And the Progress of Trade with that Country
Prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope.
With an Appendix Containing
Observations on the Civil Policy – the Laws and Judicial Proceedings – the Arts – the Sciences – and Religious Institutions, of the Indians.

Printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell in the Strand, and E Balfour at Edinburgh, 1791, first edition. Bound in contemporary brown moiré cloth with titles in gilt on a black leather spine label. Two folding maps.
The book is in very good condition, with some wear tot he cloth and corners bumped. There is scattered foxing throughout, largely confined to the page borders and heaviest on the title page. Most pages have only a few spots, being otherwise clean and bright. The maps both have foxing and some offsetting, and the first map has been mounted onto a sheet of newspaper, dating from December 20th 1877, interesting in itself for the many period advertisements, quite a lot of which are Christmas related, including one for a performance of A Christmas Carol.
This book deals with what was known about India from the earliest records in European history, from Herodotus for example, up to the discovery by the Portuguese of the passage via the Cape of Good Hope.
Quarto, 28cm tall, 11 inches, xii, 364 pages, plus 11 page index, errata page.

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John Parry

A Selection of Welsh Melodies
With
Symphonies and Accompaniments

Publisher: J. Power. Undated, 2 volumes uniformly bound. In this printing, number one is a new edition and was printed after number two, which is a first edition. Parry had already published the first series of these melodies, and this printing of it is revised, with ‘poetry expressly written for it by Mrs. Hemans’ (quoted from Parry’s Advertisement in the second number). Both volumes are bound in the publisher’s blue paper-covered boards with titles and decorations in black on top and bottom boards.
The volumes have identical title pages with an engraved vignette of a harp leaning against a tree and ‘2nd Number’ erroneously present on the title page for the later printed 1st number (struck though and corrected in pencil). Volume 1 (remember this is the later printed volume) has an extra engraved title page for The War Song of Owain Glydwr, which is usually bound in before the song, but is here bound in after the engraved title page. The title page engraving is dated 1821, and the Glyndwr title is dated 1822, but the paper has an 1825 watermark. This appears to be usual and the watermark gives a better idea of the publication date.
In Volume 2 (which was the first published), the title page engraving is dated 1821 as before, but the paper watermark is 1820, so the publication date is likely to coincide with the title page date.
The volumes are folio sized 38.5 cm tall (15.25 inches) and are both in very good condition. They are bumped around the boards edges and corners with some light marks to the boards, and some chips to the paper covered spines. The spines have handwritten titles, and there is one owner name on each top board. Inside, there is a little light scattered foxing to the engraved title pages, but the pages engraved with music or printed with lyrics are clean and bright. The final page of volume one has a closed tear to the inside corner, without loss.
Both volumes have 64 pages of music, with volume one also having 2 engraved title pages, one page index, one page advertisement, while volume two has one advertisement page, one engraved title page and one contents page.
Scarce volumes, with lyrics in English, and some Welsh.

£900


Wyllyam Salesbury

A Dictionary in Englyshe & Welshe

Moche necessary to all suche Welshemen as wil spedly learne the englyshe tongue thought unto the kynges majestie very mete to be sette forthe to the use of his graces subjectes in Wales: whereunto is prefixed a little treatise of the englyshe pronunciation of the letters

Publisher: The Cymmrodorian Society, 1877, printed by Whiteman & Bass, facsimile reprint of 1547 edition. Bound in brown pebbled cloth over bevelled boards with titles in gilt on the top board.
A lovely thing this, a Welsh-English dictionary from the 16th century intended to teach English to the Welsh. It begins with a dedication to Henry VIII in English, followed by two introductions in Welsh, these preliminaries all printed in black letter, Gothic script. The dictionary follows, with four columns on each page, two in Welsh (printed in black letter) and two in English. The 16th century English is sometimes a little obscure to the modern eye, but read it out loud and it often becomes clear. I cannot speak for the 16th century Welsh as (to my regret) I have only a small knowledge of that musical language.
This book is in very good condition, with some light marking to the cloth, some bumping and fraying to the spine ends, and a few light marks inside. The book is tight in its binding and is generally clean and bright, with many pages unopened. Note in pencil on the title page.
Small quarto, 29 cm tall (11.5 inches). Unpaginated, but 164 pages. Originally published in four parts in wraps.

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An Account of the Battle of Waterloo

Comprising the
British, French, Prussian and Spanish Official Details;
A Variety of interesting Letters from Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Privates, who were present in that Memorable engagement;
A number of striking Anecdotes relative to the Battle
And
An Appendix
Containing the British Official Returns of the Killed, Wounded, and Missing, on the 16th, 17th and 18th of June.
Illustrated by
A Coloured Sketch of the Ground on which the Battle was fought, and the Positions of the different Armies.

Printed by W. Falconer, Glasgow, 1815, first edition. Rebound in brown buckram with titles in gilt on the spine, untrimmed page edges.
This is a hot off the presses account of the Battle of Waterloo, both from official and personal accounts. The battle was fought in mid June 1815, and there is an ownership inscription on the contents page of this book dated July 1815. The frontispiece is a folding hand-coloured map of the battlefield with the disposition of the various armies, by R. Scott, ‘Taken on the spot after the action of 18th June 1815’.
This is a very rare book, two later editions being listed on Copac, no first editions.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is 20th century and is in good order. The text block has handling marks and spots throughout, an owner name on the title page and on the contents page. The folding map has some old repairs and three short closed tears, no losses.
20cm tall, 184 pages.

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Six Plays
By and attributed to William Shakespeare


Publisher: J. Tonson, 1734. These plays were published separately, and are here bound together in full contemporary leather, rebacked with the original spine label laid on. All first separate editions.
At the time of the publication of these plays, Tonson was in dispute with R. Walker, who had begun to publish editions of Shakespeare’s plays, which he claimed were based on the original prompt books. At the end of The Merry Wives of Windsor there is an Advertisement reviling Walker and casting doubt on the accuracy of his texts.
The plays collected here are; The Life and Death of Thomas, Lord Cromwell (attributed to Shakespeare on the grounds of the author’s initials, W.S., but no longer accepted); The Tempest; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; Julius Caesar; The Life and Death of Richard III with the Landing of the Earl of Richmond and the Battle of Bosworth Field.
The book commences with the engraved frontispiece and title page of Thomas, Lord Cromwell followed immediately by ‘Some account of the Life of William Shakespear’ which lacks all before A3, though the engraved portrait of Shakespeare is present, and the first page is visible in offset form on the back of the title page of Thomas, Lord Cromwell. Included is a short newspaper article on the mistaken attribution of this play, loosely laid in. There are engraved frontispieces also for The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Richard III, and title pages for each of the plays. Some engraved tailpieces and portrait vignettes of Shakespeare on each title page, except that of Hamlet.
The book is in very good condition, rebacked as stated, with bumped corners and a slightly uneven text block. There is a little light scattered foxing here and there, and two inked over owner names on the verso of the Thomas Cromwell frontispiece. Otherwise the book is clean, and apart from the loss to the Life, all pages are present.
12mo: Thomas Lord Cromwell, frontis, title page, full page engraved portrait of Shakespeare, 19 pages ‘Life of Shakespear’, Dramatis Personae, pages 1-45; The Tempest, frontis, pages 1-60 including title page and Dramatis Personae; The Merry Wives of Windsor, pages 1-70 including title page and Dramatis Personae, blank, advertisement (see above); Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, title page, Dramatis Personae, pages 5 to 107, (but the play is complete); Julius Caesar, frontis, pages 1-72 including title page and Dramatis Personae; Life and Death of Richard III, frontis, pages 1-96, including title page and Dramatis Personae.
A rare collection of these first separate issues of these plays.

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Moliere

Les Oeuvres de Monsieur de Molière.
Nouvelle édition,
 
Revûë, corrigée & augmentée, d’une Nouvelle Vie de L’Auteur,  & de La Princesse d’Elide, toute en vers, telle qu’elle se jouë à présent, imprimée pour la première fois.  Enrichie de Figures en Taille-douce.

Publisher: Pierre Husson, 1725, A La Haye.  This is a very handsome set four volumes, complete, 12mo.  Bound in a contemporary sprinkled calf binding with gilt titles and decorations to the spines, all spine labels intact.  Illustrated with a portrait of Moliere, a frontispiece and 31 engravings.  
The volumes are in excellent condition, with only a few minor faults.  There is some bumping to the heads of the spines and the corners.  Volume 4 has some minor water stains to the last twelve leaves, mainly confined to the lower front corner.  There are occasional light marks in the volumes, but the pages are mainly clean and bright.  Altogether a beautiful set of a very rare edition.  
 
£400

 

 

The Book of Common Prayer

Printed by Robert Barker
and by the Assignes of John Bill, 1639
Bound With
Psalterion tou David kata tous Hebdomikanta
(Psalter of David)
London, ex Officina R. Danielis
And
Tes Kaines Diathekes Hapanta
Novi Testamenta
Libri Omnes
Ex Officina R. Danielis, 1652
And
The Whole Book of Psalms;
Collected into English Meeter, by Thomas Sternhold,
John Hopkins and others
London, Printed by A.M. for the company of stationers, 1653

Four books bound as one in a full contemporary leather binding with gilt decorations, marbled endpapers. The Psalter of David and the New Testament are in Greek, while the Book of Common Prayer and the Whole Book of Psalms are in English. 12mo, 15cm tall, each book printed in two columns.
The leather binding is worn with losses to the head and foot of the spine and bumped corners and is in good condition. The front free endpaper is partly detached, and there is one fragment of a bookplate adhering to the pastedown. The text block has some slightly toned pages and occasional light marks, and is in very good condition.
There are engraved title pages for the Book of Common Prayer and the Psalter of David, plain text title pages for the New Testament and decorative engraved border for the title page of the Whole Book of Psalms.
The Barker Book of Common Prayer is uncommon in this format, and the two titles in Greek, the Psalterion and the New Testament, are very rare indeed.
A lovely sacred book of a size meant to be carried and consulted everywhere.
12mo, 15cm tall; Book of Common Prayer, unpaginated, 62 pages including title page; Psalterion, title leaf, 134 pages; Novi Testamenta, title leaf, 525 pages; Whole Book of Psalms, Title page, table, 84 pages, plus 8 further pages which are unpaginated and include the Creed and A Form of Prayer to be used in Private Houses Morning and Evening.

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Harriet Martineau

Society in America

Publisher: Saunders and Otley, London, 1837, second edition.  Bound in publisher’s cloth spines with paper covered boards with titles on paper spine labels.  Three volumes, complete.
Harriet Martineau travelled in America during the years 1834 to 1836, and she presents her impressions and observations in these three volumes.  These are very lively and highly readable volumes.  Ms Martineau was a notable anti-slavery campaigner and she travelled in the Southern states, making note of all she saw, and reporting back at length on these matters.  There is a great deal of treasure to be found in these volumes in the company of an intelligent and observant woman.
The volumes are in very good condition, with the spine labels darkened  and slightly chipped, corners bumped, and very occasional light isolated marks, and a mark on the lower part of the spine of Volume III,but otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings.
Octavos, 20.5 cm tall, Vol. I, xix, 364 pages, Vol. II, 369 pages, plus 1 leaf of publisher’s advertisements, which is creased, Vol III, 365 pages plus 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements.

£300

 

The Rev. James Stanier Clarke and
John McArthur

The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson,K.B.
From
His Lordship’s Manuscripts.

(Abridged from the Quarto Edition.)

Publisher: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1810. Bound in later half dark brown leather over brown cloth boards with gilt lines on the boards and spine and titles in gilt on two leather spine labels. Marbled endpapers, with the bookplate of Robert Denison on the front pastedown.
A handsomely rebound copy of this vivid biography of Admiral Nelson, which prints many of his letters and takes its accounts mainly firsthand from Nelson’s own writings. This is the second edition, the first having been published in a two-volume quarto format in 1809.
Very good condition, with repaired tears tot he title page, and very occasional isolated foxing spots throughout. Mainly clean, tightly bound.
Octavo, 22cm tall, xi, 702 pages.

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Seven Almanacs for the Year 1806

Printed for the Company of Stationers, and sold by George Greenhill, Treasurer to the Company, various printers, all 1806 first editions. Bound in contemporary red morocco with gilt decorations on the spine and boards, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Bound in at each title page are thin paper strips which protrude from the fore-edge, upon which is printed an abbreviated version of the title of each almanac.
The almanacs are: The Gentleman’s Diary, or the Mathematical Repository (Containing many useful and entertaining Particulars peculiarly adapted to the ingenious Gentlemen engaged in the delightful Study and Practice of the Mathematicks);
The Ladies’ Diary or Woman’s Almanac (Containing New Improvements in Arts and Sciences, and many entertaining Particulars Designed for the use and diversion of the Fair Sex) – this includes mathematical problems;
Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore, containing weather observations for previous years throughout the year, tide tables, lunar and other astronomical data, astrological observations on the four quarters of the year, a chronology of Remarkable Events since 1066, and an article with engravings concerning the partial eclipse of the sun due that year;
Merlinus Liberatus, by John Partridge, containing similar astronomical tables, including a table of the Rising , Southing and Setting of the Pleiades or Seven Stars for every 5th Day in the Year, of excellent use to find the Hour of the Night, A chronology from the creation of the Earth (3760 BC) up to 1752 AD, details of the coming eclipse, and much astrological detail;
Old Poor Robin, Written by Poor Robin, Knight of the Burnt-Island and Well wisher to the Mathematicks , which appears to be a satire on the phenomenon of the Almanac, containing all you might find in other almanacs, but in ludicrous form (weather for July: No Snow this month and Very Little Frost) , there are poems, humorous, and the diverting and unheard-of Story of the Courtship and Marriage of Youn Squire Beetle;
Speculum Anni; Or, Season on the Seasons by Henry Season, containg the usual tables, much astronomical data, including the Moon’s Southing, and The Georgian or New Planet, showing the position of Uranus throughout the year, and various other tables, also engravings of the eclipse;
The Coelestial Atlas by Robert White, primarily astronomical, with tables of the Heliocentick and Geocentrick Places of the Planets, The Eclipses of the Luminaries, and other remarkable Phenomena that will happen this year. Carefully computed from the genuine tables of Dr. Edmund Halley etc.
The book is in very good condition, with rubbing to the spine and bumping to the boards, the gilt decorations remaining bright. The gilt edges are a trifle dust darkened on the top edges, but otherwise bright. The title pages are all printed in black and red, and each bears an almanac duty. There is one small pencil drawing, possibly of planetary orbits, on the final blank page, otherwise clean and bright and tightly bound.
A wealth of information astronomical and meteorological, and otherwise, and a rare collection of such almanacs.

£350




Treaty of Navigation and Commerce
Between
His Brittanick Majesty
And
The Emperor of Russia

Signed at St Petersburgh the 10th/21st Day of February 1797

Publisher: Edward Johnston, London, 1797. Disbound, showing the stab marks for the original thread binding and lacking the sugar paper wraps. The publication is in very good condition, with pages slightly age-toned about the edges and some small chips to the edges. One short closed tear to the title page.
The text is printed in two columns, one in French and one in English. This is a treaty agreed during the Napoleonic Wars, between George III and The Russian Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great. The Treaty confirms friendly relations between the two nations and ensures freedom of passage and good treatment for the citizens of the two nations within each other’s borders, with certain caveats, such as Article XI: ‘All Cannons, Mortars, Fire Arms, Pistols, Bombs, Grenades, Balls, Bullets, Muskets, Flints, Matches, Powder, Saltpetre, Sulphur, Cuirasses, Pikes, Swords, Belts, Cartouch Boxes, Saddles and Bridles, beyond the Quantity which may be necessary for the use of the Ship, or beyond that which each Man serving on Board the Vessel, or Passenger shall have, shall be deemed Warlike Provisions or Ammunition, and if any are found, they shall be confiscated, according to the Laws, as contraband or prohibited Effects; but neither the Ships, Passengers, nor other Merchandize found at the same time, shall be detained, or prevented from continuing their Voyage.’
The treaty was signed for the Russians by Alexander Count of Besborodko, Prince Alexander of Kourakin and Peter of Soimonow, and for the British by Charles Whitworth.
An uncommon publication.
22cm tall by17.5 cm wide, 26 pages plus one blank leaf.

£145



Treaty of Defensive Alliance
Between
His Brittanick Majesty
And
The Empress of Russia

Signed at St Petersburgh the 18th of February 1795

Publisher: Edward Johnston, London, 1797. Stab bound with the original green thread still present, lacking the sugar paper wraps. The publication is in good condition, with marks to the title page, and the lower fore-edge corners of most leaves missing, not affecting the text. Slight chips to the fore-edge of the final leaf s very few light isolated spots to pages. Mainly clean
The text is printed in two columns, one in French and one in English. This is a treaty agreed during the Napoleonic Wars, between George III and Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. The Treaty outlines the conditions of an alliance to ensure that the two nations shall ‘maintain themselves reciprocally in the undisturbed Possession of their Dominions, Rights, Commerce and Prerogatives’ and lists the amount of men and arms each shall send the other in case of their being attacked by a third party, in this case, the French under Napoleon.
The treaty was signed for the Russians by Alexander Count of Besborodko, Count Jean D’Osterman and Arkadi de Morcoff, and for the British by Charles Whitworth.
An uncommon publication.
22cm tall by17.5 cm wide, 16 pages.

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The Scotch Itinerary

Containing the Roads Through Scotland, on a
New Plan With Copious Observations
For the Entertainment of Travellers
Second Edition, Corrected, Improved and Enlarged
With
Two Complete Indexes,
And An Appendix
Illustrated by Maps, Of Scotland, and of Islay and Jura

Printed for James and Andrew Duncan, Glasgow, 1808. Full tree calf, rebacked in brown leather with five raised bands. Tall slender octavo, 20.5cm tall by 9cm wide.
The two folding maps are present and in good condition. They have scattered foxing and some short tears along the folds, most of which have been carefully repaired. The rest of the text block is exceptionally bright and clean.
This copy of the Scotch Itinerary has been bound interleaved with many blank pages for the traveller to make their own notes (none of them have been used). This at least doubles the thickness of the book, and is quite unusual. An uncommon book.
Pagination; title, dedication, 2pp advertisement, 4pp index, 3pp alphabetical index of places 1p explanation of marks and contractions, 147 pages, pages 1-27 appendix. The 147 pages of the main body of the text are numbered the same on each pair of facing pages, on the left being the details of the roads, and on the right the observations, with the exception of the final page which gives the contents of the Appendix.

£150

 


Thomas Ellwood

Davideis
The Life of David, King of Israel:

A Sacred Poem In Five Books

Printed and Sold by the Assigns of J. Sowle, in White-Hart-Court in Gracious-Street, 1712, first edition. Full original dark brown leather binding with blind stamped decorations on both boards.
Thomas Ellwood was a Quaker, who was John Milton’s friend and secretary during the last years of his life, and Milton’s work undoubtedly influenced Ellwood’s own. He was also an influential figure in the Quaker movement, being a close friend of both George Fox and William Penn, and he was arrested and imprisoned on a number of occasions because he was a Quaker.
This is a rare first edition of this work in good condition. The binding has repairs to the head and foot of the spine and the board edges and corners, and new endpapers. These repairs are reversible and were carried out to preserve the original binding.
The text block has two owner names on the first and second blank pages, and on the final blank page there is another name and a few ink squiggles. All of the pages have lightly browned edges, there are occasional light marks, and a very few pencil marks in the text. The final seven pages of the text, and the publisher’s catalogue have browning along the lower edges. Otherwise the book is clean and tightly bound.
Octavo, 19.5cm tall, xiv, 310 pages, plus 4-page publisher’s catalogue.

£250




William Hutton

Courts of Requests:
Their Nature, Utility, and Powers Described
With
A Variety of Cases,
Determined in that of Birmingham

Printed by Pearson and Rollason, Birmingham, 1787, first edition. Bound in full tree calf with titles on a red morocco spine label.

This book contains an account of the Court of Requests, its nature, powers and practice, and of ninety-nine cases heard there. It sounds dry, but in fact is written with great observation of character and humour, in its small disputes giving a detailed picture of eighteenth century life in Birmingham. I can do no better than quote the introduction to case XIII, ‘The Second-Hand Wife’.
‘Every thing is great, or small, by comparison. As this is a little Court, I can treat the reader with only little matters. The man who deals in pounds will see shillings as trifles; but one shilling is a serious thing with him who has but two. Diminutive as this Court appears, it often grasps a sum equal to the whole fortune of a suitor. If then it seems little to the great, it is really great to the little; and yet, when I have seen, in a superior court, a judge in tremendous scarlet, nineteen counsellors, who may be deemed explatives in society, watching, like birds of prey, to feed on the carcase of contention; a jury with twelve serious faces, and a crowded court amply officered, all attentively employed in a twelve-penny cause, which I thought was rated at twice its value, I have considered this grand court, with its superb furniture, as completely little as that I describe. The higher the characters who condescend to play at push-pin, the more ludicrous the act; the greater the number of people employed about—nothing, the more they excite risibility.’
The cases presented each have a descriptive title. A few examples are; A Quarter too late; The Sturdy Club; Match a Knave; The oppressed Suitor; The fleeting Journeyman; The Servant and his two Masters; The Hundred Pound Note; Counterfeit Money; Bad is the Best; The Rafflers; The Coat and many Owners; The Stumbling Wife; He blows up a dreadful Flame, it scorches others, but burns Himself; and many others.
A wonderful portrait of life in all its many tatters.
William Hutton was a Friend of Joseph Priestley, and he was Birmingham’s first historian. He walked the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall (as well as walking there and back again), which had not been done before in modern times. He sat in judgment in the Court of Requests for nineteen years. He is commemorated with a Blue Plaque on Waterstone’s Bookshop on High Street.
The book is in good plus condition, with the top board repaired at the hinge, loss to the head of the spine, and two injuries to the leather on the top board having also been repaired. Inside there are occasional light marks, and a few pages have scattered foxing, though most are clean. There is one owner inscription on the first blank page.
Octavo, 22cm tall, with the half-title, xvi, 430 pages.

£365




Joseph Strutt


Horda Angel Cynnan:

Or A Compleat View
of the
Manners, Customs, Arms, Habits, &c.
of the
Inhabitants of England,
From the Arrival of the Saxons,
Till the Reign of Henry the Eighth
With
A Short Account of the Britons
During the Government of the Romans.

Volumes I & II: Sold by Benjamin White, 1775; Volume III: Printed for Walter Shropshire, 1776. Three Volumes, complete, bound as one in a later quarter leather binding with terracotta cloth boards. Five raised bands to the spine, gilt titles. Quarto sized, 28cm tall.
158 marvellous sepia tinted plates depicting kings, knights, everyday life, architecture, religion and more.
The book is in very good condition with occasional light foxing and isolated marks. One plate has extensive ink marks and another has small ink additions. One further plate has lost a corner, just taking out a corner of the frame of the image. The rest of the plates are mainly clean, with occasional foxing. One text page has lost a piece from its fore-edge, but no text is lost.
A wonderful book, filled with fascinating imagery.
Volume I, iv,112 pages, plates I to LXVII, Volume II 129 pages plus 3 pages index, plates I to LX, Volume III, 192 pages, plates I to XXX.

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Memoires Concernant Christine Reine De Suede, Pour Servir D'Eclaircissement a L'Histoire De Son Regne et Principalement De Sa Vie Privee, et Aux Evenemens De L'Histoire De Son Tems Civile et Literaire: Suivis D Deux Ouvrages De Cette Savante Princesse

Four volumes in full-leather bindings, with gilt edgings to boards and gilt titles and decorations on spines, five raised bands on spines. Volumes 1 &2, 1751, published by Pierre Mortier, Volumes 3 & 4, published by Jean Schreuder & Pierre Mortier le Jeune, 1759 & 1760. Volume 3 contains a hand-coloured fold out map. The condition of the books is generally very good, though the front hinges are cracked, and the front board of volume 1 is detached, the spines have some wear and some small areas of loss. The pages are clean and bright, except for some minor water staining in volume 3 and very occasional scattered light foxing. These are very handsome volumes, in beautiful bindings which need a little attention.

4to-over 9¾" -12" tall 

£555


 

 


Théatre de P. Corneille

Avec les Commentaires de Voltaire

Publisher: Bossange, Masson et Besson, Paris, 1797, nouvelle edition, new edition.  Twelve volumes bound in mottled calf, expertly rebacked with titles on red leather spine labels and heavily decorated gilt decorations on the spines, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled.

These volumes have been repaired at some expense (not recently), having suffered from damp.  The new spines are beautifully decorated and the whole set looks splendid on the shelf.  The volumes all have some damp staining to the pages, but apart from this they are clean and bright.  The heraldic bookplate of Kingsdown is pasted to each front endpaper.  Some of the boards have a certain amount of staining but have been very nicely blended with the new spines.

The set is in very good condition, all tightly bound and illustrated with 35 engraved plates as called for. Text in French.
Octavos, 22.5 cm tall, Vol. 1, 408 pages; Vol. 2, 421 pages; Vol. 3, 464 pages; Vol. 4, 478 pages; Vol. 5, 470 pages; Vol. 6, 431 pages; Vol. 7, 405 pages; Vol. 8, 381 pages; Vol. 9, 428 pages; Vol. 10, 345 pages; Vol. 11, 387 pages; Vol. 12, 388 pages.

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Pliny the Younger

Lettres de Pline Le Jeune, 2 volumes

Adrian Moetjens, A La Haye, 1702. Third edition. Both volumes contemporary calf with five raised bands and gilt decorations on spine. Hinges starting, but firmly attached. Small losses to head and foot of spines, gilt decorations rubbed and worn. Small ownership stamp on ffeps, no other inscriptions, pages clean and bright. 4 page section of volume 2 loose.
Vol 1, 335pp, vol 2, 430pp, text in French.
16mo—6 ¼ inches tall

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Cooke's Illustrations to the British Theatre  

Publisher: Charles Cooke, undated, c. 1821.  The plates in the book are dated between 1816 and 1821, with most having printing dates of 1816, 17, and 18.

Contains engraved illustrations of scenes from: Distrest mother -- She Stoops to Conquer -- Provoked Wife -- All in the Wrong -- Constant Couple -- Inconstant -- Alzira -- Love in a Village -- Country Girl -- Tancred and Sigismunda -- Grecian Daughter -- She Would & She Would Not -- Cato -- West Indian -- Gamester -- Venice Preserved -- Chances -- Recruiting Officer -- Clandestine Marriage -- Love for love -- Lionel & Clarissa -- Gamesters -- Bold Stroke for a Wife -- Orphan -- Way to Keep Him -- Mourning Bride -- Provoked Husband -- Zara -- Way of the World -- Oroonoko -- The Brothers -- Confederacy -- Tender Husband -- Jane Shore -- Isabella -- Miser -- Conscious lovers -- The Wonder -- School for Wives -- Maid of the Mill  -- George Barnwell -- Every Man in His Humour -- Beaux Stratagem -- Fair Penitent -- Busy Body -- Mistake -- Minor -- Rule a Wife and Have a Wife -- Douglas -- Careless Husband -- Suspicious Husband -- Jealous Wife -- Tamerlane.  53 of 55 plates (plates for Comus and Beggar’s Opera are missing).
This is a very rare publication, intended to accompany Bell’s British Theatre.  The plates are very finely illustrated, each scene with its own decorative border.  The engraving for Every Man in his Humour is from a painting by Fuseli, and that for Cato was engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi.

The book is in very good condition, bound in full black leather with blindstamped decorations on the spine.  The leather is rubbed along the hinges and bumped at the corners.  The endpapers are split along the hinges, but the book is still tightly bound.  There are some light marks and very occasional light spots of foxing, but the plates are generally clean and bright.  Each plate is preceded by a blank page.  The book stands 21.5 cm tall.

£350 

                     

Gradus Ad Parnassum;
Sive Novus Synonymorum, Epithetorum, Versum Ac Phrasium Poeticarum,
Thesaurus
Ab Uno è Societate Jesu 

Publisher: H. Baldwin for the Society of Stationers, 1794.  Bound in full tan calf with titles in gilt on a red spine label, which is a little chipped.  The book is in very good condition, clean and bright and tight in its binding, with a little bumping to the head and foot of the spine leather, and to the corners, and an heraldic bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper.  
Ascribed to Paul Aler (this edition appears to have been adapted by Thomas Morell), and based on an earlier work by another (Uno è Societate Jesu).  This is a thesaurus of synonyms, rhymes, epithets and poetic phrases.  Text in Latin.

Octavo, 20.5cm tall, iv, 667 pages. 

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Eliza Smith

The Compleat Housewife
Or
Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion

Publisher: J. Pemberton, 1728, the second edition.  Bound in modern full tan leather. 

This book was first published in 1727, and is very rare in any early edition.  It is filled with recipes for savoury dishes, cakes, marmalades, jellies, puddings, wines etc., and also for salves, ointments, cures for various diseases, and so on.  There are six engraved folding plates as called for.  These plates are in very good condition, except for some turned over corners and a little distress along the fore-edges.  The final page of the index is darkened and has damaged edges, which have been repaired; the previous page has a small hole with tiny loss of text, and two very short repaired tears.  There are marks to pages, signs of use, and some scatters of light foxing, but on the whole it is reasonably clean for a cookery book of this vintage.  If you would like any further photographs, please ask.  The book is in very good condition.

Octavo, 20.5cm tall, title page, preface, Bills of Fare, 16 pages unpaginated, 318 pages, 2 pages publisher?s advertisements, 6 folding plates, Index i-xv.    

£900

Pietro Giovanni Capriata

A History of the Wars in Italy from the Year 1613 to the Year 1634

Dell'historia di Pietro Giovanni Capriata :libri dodici ne' quali si contengono tutti i mouimenti d'arme successi in Italia dal 1613 fino al 1634. 

Publisher: Philippo Gamonet, Geneva, 1639.  First published in 1638.  This is a rare early edition of Capriata's book, in good condition.   
The book is bound in full leather with five raised bands on the spine, lacking the title label.  Corners bumped. The hinges are cracked for 1.5 cm top and bottom of the front hinge, and bottom of the back hinge, but the cracks are stable, and the boards are firmly attached.  The text block is tightly bound, and clean, except for some light browning and occasional light marks.  There is a small amount of marginal worm damage, which has led to the loss of the top corners of four leaves, without loss of text.  
1205 pages, plus a 34-page index. Text in Italian.                                                                                       

£350