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Camden's Britannia, Newly Translated into English: with large additions and improvements
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Camden's Britannia, Newly Translated into English: with large additions and improvements

By William Camden, Edmund Gibson

London : Printed by F Collins, for A Swalle; and A & F Churchil; published by Edmund Gibson, 1695 A good copy of the 2nd edition in English, and the first Gibson edition of Camden's Britannia. In contemporary full leather binding with frontispiece, 50 maps by Robert Morden, 8 full page plates of coins, and 1 further full page plate. William Camden is said to be the first English topographer and the first issues of his work in latin (first edition with maps 1607) caused land disputes because the maps showed details of enclosures. This copy is in contemporary panelled calf with a new matching spine with 5 raised bands and red title label. It is in very good clean condition with expert repair to corners and new endpapers. The contents are complete and generally clean with the odd mark or stain. Classed as good overall because 3 of the maps and a few text pages have been added in from another 1695 source and the 3 maps have had some later hand colouring, and a number of maps have had repair. Contents: frontispiece; title; dedication; preface with adverts on final page; life of Camden; Camden's preface; ad lectorem; catalogue; Antonine itinerary; chapters; text in double columns with 8 pp of coins and 2 fold out maps - pp i-cxcv. Half title with blank to verso; text in double columns with 44 county maps, 1 map of England, 1 full page of engravings and engravings in the text eg of Stonehenge pp 1-875. Half title; text with 3 maps pp 883-1116; Annals of Ireland 18 pp finis; index 24 pp; appendix 2 pp finis. The frontispiece has loss to the gutter and has been relaid; there is a paper hole approx 2 cm x 1 cm at p 182 with small loss of text; pp 309-316 and the final 10 pp of index plus the appendix have a smaller bottom margin; p 806 has some loss to the bottom margin; there is a little worming in the gutter around p 902; and the appendix has paper repair. Of the maps: Cornwall has a repaired tear; Hampshire has some repair and loss at the gutter; Chester and Herefordshire have minor repair; Middlesex, North Yorkshire and Cumberland have some hand colouring; Kent has been relaid with some loss; Norfolk has lost the right hand margin; West Yorkshire has repair; North Wales has repair. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$2940.30

The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;
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The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;

By William Drummond

London : The Fabian, 1681 A poor to fair copy of this scarce work by William Drummond of Hawthornden. Drummond was a Scottish poet and it is said that this work emerged from his researches into his family history. The binding is in serious need of repair and it lacks the frontispiece, original title and the 5 further plates. The binding is contemporary full calf with blind ruled lines to boards. The front board is detached and the back board is loose. The spine has loss to top and bottom and both boards have damage to a corner. Internally, the front free endpaper has been used to provide an old hand-written copy of the title page, which is missing, along with the frontispiece. Contents: Preface to Reader by Mr Hall of Greys Inn 1680; blank; text split into reigns pp 1-350; Memorials of State pp 351-369; Familiar Epistles pp 370-400; A Cypresse Grove pp 401-436 Finis. Contents are generally clean with the occasional mark. Text pages have light toning to edges. The top corner of B2 is missing without loss of text; the bottom corner tip of p101 is missing; there is occasional scholarly pencil annotation and the rear endpaper is creased. A good reading copy.

$133.65

A Description Of the Isles of Orkney; To which is added, An Essay concerning Thule of the Ancients
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A Description Of the Isles of Orkney; To which is added, An Essay concerning Thule of the Ancients

By James Wallace, Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: John Reid, 1693 A fair copy of the 1st edition of James Wallace's account of Orkney, published after his death by his son. James Wallace (1642-1688) was a Minister, initially at Ladykirk and then at Kirkwall and his account of Orkney is one of the earliest published. The Essay on Thule, which has a separate title page, is credited to Sir Robert Sibbald. This copy is in a later full leather binding with elaborate gilt decoration to the spine and decoration to board edges. It is complete but with wear to edges and corners and is splitting at the front spine joint. The endpapers are marbled and have 'Reference Library' stamped on the fep. Contents: initial blank; title with ink signature to top corner; dedication 2pp; To the Reader 3pp; folding map; text pp 1-89 with folding plate; title to Thule; folding plate; text pp 3-36; table of the map and plates 2pp; contents 2pp; Finis. There is some staining, for example on the title page, and the paper is toned. The map has a couple of small repaired tears to the edge and the plates have crinkling to edges with light nibbling.

$1069.20

A Late Voyage to St. Kilda, The Remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland, with A History of the Island, Natural, Moral, and Topographical. Wherein is an Account of their Customs, Religion, Fish, Fowl, &c. As also a Relation of a late Imposter there pretended to be sent by St John Baptist
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A Late Voyage to St. Kilda, The Remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland, with A History of the Island, Natural, Moral, and Topographical. Wherein is an Account of their Customs, Religion, Fish, Fowl, &c. As also a Relation of a late Imposter there pretended to be sent by St John Baptist

By Martin Martin

London: Printed for D Brown and T Goodwin, 1698 A good copy of the scarce 1st Edition of Martin Martin's account of his visit to St Kilda in 1697. Martin Martin lived on Skye and was a gaelic speaker. He decided to visit and study the western isles of Scotland to record both the land and its culture and natural history - eventually publishing his findings as 'A description of the Western Isles of Scotland'. This copy is in a newer quarter calf binding with blind tooled lines and gilt titles and date to spine, and marbled boards. It has some light scuffing and wear but is in very good condition. The endpapers are new and have the decorative bookplate of Paul M Stephens, Inchmartine, to the front pastedown. Contents: half title (with loss to bottom corner); title; dedication 2pp; preface 4pp; contents 4pp; folding map of St Kilda; text pp 1-133 with folding plate of birds; Account of one Roderick pp 135-158 finis - with printers list bound in between pp 156 and 157. The paper is fairly rough with some staining and a paper flaw at p147/8 not affecting the text. There is some pencil lining and scholarly annotation.

$1603.80

Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris
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Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris

By Johannes Jonstonus [Jon Jonston or John Johnston]

Francofurti ad Moenum: Math. Merian, 1650 A scarce 1st edition copy of Quadrupeds, the first of 6 works on the natural world by Jon Jonston with decorative title and 80 full page plates of quadrupeds. Jonston (1603-1675) was of scottish heritage, born in Poland. He studied in Scotland and in Leiden, becoming an MD and was well regarded as a doctor. His work on the natural world was designed to be an encyclopaedia of known species. The first 4 books were produced between 1650 and 1653, and then reprinted in 1657, with 2 further volumes in 1665. Quadrupeds is illustrated by Mattheus Merian and the plates show a mix of recognisable animals eg lions together with mythical beasts eg unicorns. This copy is in a new full calf binding with gilt lines and title label to spine and a panelled design to the boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers. Contents: engraved title; dedication p3; Preface pp 4-7; text with 80 plates arranged in 4 books pp 8-213; title and text on Hyaena Odorifera pp 214-232; syllabus [index] 3pp; finis; index 1p. Text with decorative head and tailpieces and initial capitals. There is occasional light staining and marking and the top margin is closely cropped to the top edge of the titles in some places. Plates are bound out of numerical order but follow the text. The title has an old paper repair to verso; plate XLIII has lost the bottom corner tip; and there is small paper repair to the bottom margin of plate LI. There is a small round library stamp to the base of p231.

$2338.88

England's Improvement Reviv'd: Digested into six boooks.
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England's Improvement Reviv'd: Digested into six boooks.

By John Smith

The Savoy: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for the Author, 1670 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has raised bands to spine and a newer title label. It has had some repair in the past but is splitting at the front joint and has general wear. particularly to corners. There is the bookplate of Sir Roger Twisden, 2nd Baronet of Bradbourne in Kent, to the front pastedown. He was MP for Rochester in 1689-90. There is also the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian to the verso of the title page, together with his signed pencil note to the front pastedown. Contents: title page dated 1670; dedication 1p; Report of John Evelyn and letter from a member of the Royal Society 1p; To the Reader 3pp; Errata; Contents 3pp; Table 2pp; text in 6 books; final blank. Contents clean and in very good condition - top margin can be closely trimmed. Some text is mispaginated - 160-141...148-169. The page corner is missing at p245 but text is not affected; and the rear pastedown is part missing and with some ink scribbling. A nice crisp copy of a scarce work.

$1617.17

De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae
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De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

By Johannes Goedartius, M Lister

London: S Smith, 1685 A very good copy of Goedart's work on insect metamorphosis, edited by M Lister, who added an appendix. First edition in this form. Johannes Goedart set up, observed and documented a series of experiments which demonstrated that caterpillars, pupae and butterflies were not different animals, but forms of the same animal. His works were first available in translated form in 1662/7. M Lister edited Goedart's work for the Royal Society and added an appendix on marine life. This copy has been rebound with cloth spine with title label, and marbled boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers. Contents: title page 1685; lectori 5pp; 1 plate; text pp 1-356 with 13 plates; title page Appendices.. 1685; introduction 2pp; text pp 1-45 with 7 plates; finis. Overall in very good clean condition. There is a small ink mark to the top of p51; small paper flaw p80; slight crease to the top of plate @p134; plate @p206 has been bound in upside down; small tear to bottom margin p243.

$1069.20

Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia & Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus, & Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....
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Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia & Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus, & Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....

By Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: Jacobi Kniblo, Josuae Solingensis & Johannes Colmarii, 1684 A good copy of this scarce work, in later full cloth binding with 22 illustrations on 20 plates. Robert Sibbald (1641-1722) was born in Fife and qualified as a physician after study in Leiden and Paris. He was appointed as the first Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University and became Geographer Royal in 1682. He had a particular interest in creating frameworks for proper study - the proper institutions and evidence base. This work 'The Illustrated Essay of the Natural History of Scotland' is a systematic review of the natural resources of Scotland - from the weather to geography, geology, plant and animal life - including disease and local cures. This copy has a sound but worn rebacked cloth binding with gilt titles and date to spine. There is an ink signature of I Strachan to the fep, which is not original, and some ink letters and numbers to the initial blank, which is. Contents with title page; dedication 2pp; contents framework 1p; approvals; and text laid out in 3 main sections with separate title pages and pagination; followed by an Appendix; further text and errata and the plates bound at the rear. Sections: title page 1683; poem 1p; diploma 2pp; text pp 1-15; half title; 4pp diploma 2pp; praefatio 3pp text pp 1-47; finis. blank text 49-102; finis partis primae; index 6pp. Title page 1684; dedication 2pp; index 2pp; texxt pp 1-56; catalogus plantarum pp 57-62; text pp 63-114; finis partis secundae; index 6pp; title page 1684; dedication 2pp; index 2pp; text pp 1-35; finis; appendix pp 36-7; index 4pp; half title; index 1p; text 41-56; index 2pp; plate list 1p; errata 1p; finis; plates. Contents are in very good clean condition. There is occasional light staining in the margins - mostly the top margin; very occasionally at the side. There are some very small ink lines in a blank area on one page; and one mispagination - 3rd part - 11-10-11-14 - with continuous text. There is an ink signature of Eben Vetch 1706 on the main title page.

$1202.85

An Account of the Islands of Orkney. To which is Added, an Essay concerning the Thule of the Ancients
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An Account of the Islands of Orkney. To which is Added, an Essay concerning the Thule of the Ancients

By James Wallace

London: Jacob Tonson, 1700 A good copy of what is probably the earliest published account of the Orkney Islands, in contemporary full leather binding with folding map and plate. The work was originally written by James Wallace (1642-1688) who was a Minister - initially in Ladykirk and then Kirkwall. The manuscript, complete with his drawings, was prepared for publication after his death by one of his sons - also James - who was a botanist. It was published in 1693 under the title of 'A description of the Isles of Orkney', and included an essay on Thule credited to Sir Robert Sibbald. This account was published by James 7 years later, under his own name (and claiming the title of FRS - although he did not hold it). It is largely the same as the previous work, but it adds a section on plants and shells. It was dedicated to the Earl of Dorset and mentions neither his father, nor Sir Robert Sibbald. So this book, although the first to be called 'An Account' is largely a 2nd edition of the work. This copy is in a contemporary full leather binding with raised bands to the spine and the remains of a title label. There is wear to spine joints which are showing signs of splitting at the top and bottom. It is generally clean with the usual light scuffing and edge-wear. Internally the front free endpaper is partly attached to the pastedown and lacks a piece of the top corner. Contents: initial blank; title page; dedication to the Earl of Dorset 3pp; Contents 4pp; corrections 1p; fold out map; text pp 1-147 with folding plate; Essay on Thule pp 148-182; Finis. The contents are very clean and in very good condition. The map has a small hole at the side edge and has lost the bottom corner of the margin.

$668.25

Memoir's for a Natural History of Animals. Containing the Anatomical Descriptions Of Several Creatures Directed by The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris
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Memoir's for a Natural History of Animals. Containing the Anatomical Descriptions Of Several Creatures Directed by The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris

By Charles Perrault; Alexander Pitfeild [translator]

London: Printed by Joseph Streater, for sale by T Basset, J Robinson, B Aylmer, Joh Southby And W Canning, 1688 A very good copy of this important work on comparative anatomy with engraved title; rubricated title and 30 plates. The original publication had 2 separate parts, both complete in themselves - the second section 'The Measure of the Earth' translated by Richard Waller, is not present. Alexander Pitfeild undertook to translate this work, originally led by Charles Perrault for the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris. Animals, mostly from the royal menageries at Vincennes and Versailles, were supplied to the Royal Academy, for detailed study and dissection. The first publication including 13 species, appeared in 1671 with a second volume 5 years later. The publications had very short print runs and were very expensive being elephant folio with detailed art work mainly by Sebastien Leclerc. There was a growing desire to learn about natural history and the nature of animals and copies of Perrault's work were almost impossible to obtain. Pitfeild's translation was much needed and it became the only work published on comparative anatomy in England between 1660 and 1700. Richard Waller undertook the illustrations, copying Leclerc but reducing the size, taking care to keep the drawings in proportion. The second part, missing here, was undertaken not because it was linked in any way, but because it was important and of interest to the Royal Society. Copies of Pitfeild's translation are extremely scarce. This copy is in a new binding with cloth spine with title label and paper-covered boards. Contents: engraved title page; rubricated title page; permission for printing by the Royal Society (with 2 ink reference numbers at the top); dedication; To The Reader 2pp; preface 9pp; text pp 1- 267 with 30 plates (p 1 with small stamp to bottom margin; a few light ink spots to bottom side margins pp 48 & 49; small repaired edge tear bottom p141; alphabetical table of animal names with errata 2pp; index of anatomical matters 11pp; finis. Contents in very good clean condition. There is some staining which is mostly to the top outer page corners and varies in intensity. Occasional light marking elsewhere. Please enquire if you would like to see more images.

$1470.15

The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;
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The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;

By William Drummond

London : The Fabian, 1681 A very good copy of this scarce historical work by William Drummond of Hawthornden. Drummond was a Scottish poet and it is said that this work emerged from his researches into his family history. In full leather binding with newer spine and probably contemporary boards. The spine has raised bands and red title label and the binding is in very good clean condition with the usual handling wear to the boards. Contents: frontispiece portrait of Drummond; title page; Preface to Reader by Mr Hall of Greys Inn 1680; blank; text split into reigns with 5 further plates pp 1-350; Memorials of State pp 351-369; Familiar Epistles pp 370-400; A Cypresse Grove pp 401-436 Finis. There is some repair to the frontispiece bottom gutter; loss of the bottom corner tip p419 with no impact on text; the occasional page corner crease; some light paper toning and the occasional light mark. A very good copy.

$494.51

Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem
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Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem

By George Buchanan

Utrecht: Petrum Elzevirium, 1668 A good early edition of this important work on Scottish history, first published in 1582. George Buchanan was a renowned 16th century scholar who, among many other appointments, tutored both the young Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. This is the first history of Scotland written by a Scot and is notable, particularly for the accounts from his own lifetime. It is in Latin - a language that he was so at ease with that he has been called the greatest writer in Latin of the 16th century. This copy is in a possibly contemporary full leather binding with raised bands, blind-stamped designs and title label to spine. The binding is worn, particularly at the spine joints, top and bottom of the spine, corners and edges. There is a bookplate of George Govan Esq to the front pastedown and possibly contemporary scholarly notes to the reverse of the fep and the initial blank. With title page in red and black; introductions and page of dedications 68pp; history pp 1-750; index 38pp; final blank. There is tape over the front endpaper joint and paper repair to the top of the fep and the verso of the title page. The top margin is quite closely trimmed in places; there is very minor worm damage to the side margin of pp 156-166; and a paper flaw to the side margin of pp 487-96. Contents are very clean; paper has light toning.

$253.94

Elementorum Euclidis Libri XV. Breviter ac succincte demonstrati Opera & Studio ..[with] Euclidis Data Succincte demonstrata, Una cum Emendationibus & Additionibus Ad Elementa Euclidis,..
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Elementorum Euclidis Libri XV. Breviter ac succincte demonstrati Opera & Studio ..[with] Euclidis Data Succincte demonstrata, Una cum Emendationibus & Additionibus Ad Elementa Euclidis,..

By Isaac Barrow

Osnabrugi [Osnabruck]: Johan.Georg.Schwanderum, 1676 A fair copy of an early edition of Isaac Barrow's classic translation of Euclid's work. Isaac Barrow (1630-1677) was a mathematician, classical scholar and theologian. He is principally known for his work on tangents and Calculus. He was one of Isaac Newton's teachers. This translation of Euclid from the Greek to Latin was his first work. The full leather binding is falling apart: the front board is detached; half the spine is present but detached; and the back board is still attached. Contents: blank; title page; preliminaries 6pp; text with numerous diagrams pp 1-376; half title Euclidis Data 1675; note; text pp 379-424; finis. The front endpaper and the initial blank have been joined by some tape and some sellotape. Apart from that, the contents are in very good clean condition. There is a signature of Walter Stephen to the top of the fep and also to the side of the title page, and a further note in the same hand on p29. There is a very small worm track on pp 353-369 and 399-411. A leather repair would produce a very nice volume.

$307.40

Voyage d'Espagne, Contenant entre plusieurs particularitez de ce Royaume, Trois Discours Politiques sur les affaires du Protecteur d'Angleterre, la Reine de Suede, & du Duc de Lorraine.
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Voyage d'Espagne, Contenant entre plusieurs particularitez de ce Royaume, Trois Discours Politiques sur les affaires du Protecteur d'Angleterre, la Reine de Suede, & du Duc de Lorraine.

By Antoine de Brunel

Cologne: Pierre Marteau, 1666 A good to very good copy in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has gilt decorated raised bands to spine and red title label. it has had repair - relaying the contemporary spine. There is wear to the board corners but the binding is in very good sound condition. Contents: newer endpapers; title page dated 1666; Table de Chapitres10pp; Text with decorative headpiece pp 1-360; Half title - Relation de l'estat & gouvernement d'Espagne 1666; text pp 1-118; table du Contenu en cette relation 2pp; Relation de Madrid 24 pp; Fin. Contents very clean and bright. Small ink annotation in margin p 3 of Madrid section.

$294.03

Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.
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Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.

By Thomas Moffet

Londini: Ex officina typographica Thom. Cotes, 1634 A fair copy of the first printing of Insectorum Theatrum, classed as 'fair' because the title page and final plate page are in facsimile. The title page is that of the 3rd issue with a single printer named, but the book itself is 1st issue with page numbering at p 48 corrected in manuscript. This work was the first book on entomology to be published in Britain, and, although credited largely to Thomas Moffet (1553-1604), began as part of Conrad Gesner's researches in the mid 1500's. Thomas Penny and Caspar Wolf continued the work after Gesner's death, and Moffet, who was a neighbour and friend of Penny's, rescued the manuscript after Penny's death. It was finally published after Moffet's death by Theodore Mayerne (cf Lisney - Bibliography of British Lepidoptera). This copy has contemporary boards, rebacked with a newer spine and title label. The binding is in very good clean condition: there is wear to the boards but the corners have been repaired. Newer endpapers have been provided and there is a bookplate of Paul Sokoloff, and a smaller plate of Basil Harley to the front pastedown. The facsmile title page is 3rd issue and has some staining. Contents: title page; dedication 10pp; index 1p; Preface 4pp; authorities 3pp finis; full page plate of beehive; text pp 1-175; blank; second book preface 1p; table 1p; text pp 179-326 Finis; 2 leaves of figures - 2nd leaf in facsimile. With decorative headpieces, tailpieces, initial capitals and engravings throughout. There are several pagination errors but the text is continuous: p 48 corrected by hand; 128-130; 149-134-151; 157-166-159; 169-174-171; 285-296. The contents have general brown toning and there is some old annotation. The paper is particularly fragile at the edges of early leaves, where there is some light staining, and there is a little paper repair to the preface, and to p 41 and 46. A scarce and important work.

$1871.10

The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603
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The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603

By Sir Thomas Overbury ['Coppied by Sir Tho: Overbvry']

At the Sun over against St Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet: Printed by William Wilson, for Abel Roper, 1648 A fair copy of an extremely scarce work. Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) is best known for the scandal surrounding his death by poisoning in the Tower, and the trial that followed it some 2 years later. He studied Law in 1598, was knighted in 1608 and was known as a writer and poet. His account of the arraignment and trial of Raleigh is assumed to be written as an eye-witness. Raleigh was tried in 1603 and convicted of treason. His sentence of death was commuted to imprisonment and he was later briefly released, before being imprisoned and retried in 1618. This trial reinstated his death sentence, albeit by less gruesome means. The book contains Overbury's account of the first trial; an account of the second trial (no author named); and Raleigh's letters to the King and to his wife before his death. The binding is more recent full panelled calf with title label to spine, matching a contemporary design. There is a bookplate of Col William Allen Potter to the front pastedown. Col Potter was a High Sherriff of Nottinghamshire and President of the Thoroton Society. Newer endpapers and 2 initial and final blanks have been added. Contents: title page; blank, text with decorative headpiece and initial capital pp 1-25; proceedings against Sir Walter R 1618 pp 26-34; Letter to the King pp 35/6; Letter to his Wife 37/8; Finis. The binding is in fine condition. The contents are fragile: the paper is very browned at points and the side margins have been reinforced, probably when the book was rebound. It has also been trimmed at both top and bottom. P 7 has a couple of small holes next to the side margin and P 9 is particularly browned. Small parts of text are affected but the text can be read. Please ask for more images if you want to further assess condition. Size 13.5cm wide; 17.9cm high.

$4276.80

Londinopolis; An Historicall Discourse or Perlustration Of the City of London, The Imperial Chamber, and chief Emporium of Great Britain: whereunto Is added another of the City of Westminster, With The Courts of Justice, Antiquities, and new Buildings thereunto belonging. [With] Map of London by Rutger Hermannides
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Londinopolis; An Historicall Discourse or Perlustration Of the City of London, The Imperial Chamber, and chief Emporium of Great Britain: whereunto Is added another of the City of Westminster, With The Courts of Justice, Antiquities, and new Buildings thereunto belonging. [With] Map of London by Rutger Hermannides

By Jam Howel [James Howell]

London : J Streater, for Henry Twiford, George Sawbridge, Thomas Dring, and John Place, 1657 A very good copy of Londinopolis by James Howell, with additional loose map of London by Rutger Hermannides, probably removed from a copy of Magna Britannia. James Howell, (c1594-1666) navigated his way with some difficulty through the changing allegiances of the English Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration, spending 8 years in prison between 1643 and 1650. He attempted various court positions, becoming Royal Historiographer to Charles II in 1660, but made most of his living from writing. Londinopolis describes the main landmarks and areas of London with outlines of their history. Lowell is frank that he has 'fetched' most of his materials from others and it is considered that much of the content comes from Stow. This copy of Londinopolis is in a later 1800's full leather binding by H Woodburn.This has a delicate blind tooled border of leaves to the boards; raised bands, blind tooled designs and title label to spine. It is showing some wear to the front hinge and edges and has a small scuff but is otherwise in very good clean condition. There is an ink signature 'Stouthall' to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents: initial blank; frontispiece by Abraham Bosso; title page in red and black inks; blank; poem in latin and english; dedication to the 'Renowned City of London' 2pp; Some Advertisements to the Reader 2pp; The Chiefest Materials 2pp; doublepage panoramic view of London by Holler; text pp 1-407 with decorative initial capitals; blank; index 6+pp; Catalogue of Mr Howell's works 1p; more works 1p; blank with pasted note by Stouthall. It is likely that this is Wing variant H3091. There are numerous pagination errors, but no loss of text eg p 85 to 84, to 95; 123 to 128; 128 to 311The title page has part of a signature at the top suggesting that the page edges were trimmed down when it was rebound. There is some marking to the bottom of the Advertisements, and to the top of p 399, but the contents are generally very clean. The paper is lightly toned. The loose map, which measures 26.5 x 13.5 cm is similarly toned but clean.

$1470.15

The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with the Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar, unto the Raigne of King James, of famous Memorie.
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The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with the Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar, unto the Raigne of King James, of famous Memorie.

By John Speed

Popes-head Pallace, at the signe of the White Horse: George Humble, 1632 A very good copy of the 3rd edition, 'revised, enlarged, and newly corrected, with sundry descents of the Saxons Kings, Their Marriages and Armes.'This work continued Speed's 'Theatre of Great Britaine' - and the contents listing refers to the first 4 books which were part of the Theatre, although this work (books 5 - 10) is complete in itself. With frontispiece of John Speed by S Savery (frequently absent) numerous woodcut illustrations and tables, and head and tailpiece decorations. In contemporary full leather binding which has been rebacked and repaired to preserve the spine and boards. The spine has raised bands and gilt panels, and a title label; the boards are plain with ruled lines to edges. There is some scuffing and wear but the binding is in very good sound condition. Internally there is a heraldic bookplate to the front pastedown which looks to date from when the book was repaired. The endpapers also date from that time. Contents: frontispiece; title page; dedication 1p; contents 5pp; citations 4pp; Proeme 7pp; text 1-1042; catalogue 1043-1086 - with pagination on recto only; text 1087-1237; summary conclusion 4pp; index 80pp; finis; blank; endpapers. The frontispiece has a repaired tear and a little loss to the side margin; title page some repair at the corner; numerous pagination errors eg p379/80 is bound after 381/2, 102-followed by 113 but text continuous; occasional small corner or margin loss with no loss of text; occasional light stains or marks - the only point at which there is any obscuration of text is on p925 where 2 words are affected. Overall a very clean copy with good quality paper.

$1603.80

Tractatus de Corde, Item De Motu & Colore Sanguinis, & Chyli in com Transitu.
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Tractatus de Corde, Item De Motu & Colore Sanguinis, & Chyli in com Transitu.

By Richardo Lower MD [Richard Lower]

Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Danielem Elsevirium, 1671 A very good copy of the '3rd and Final' edition of Richard Lower's major treatise on the working of the heart and lungs. Richard Lower (1631-1691) was the first person to perform a blood transfusion, reporting in 1666 that blood had been successfully transferred between 2 dogs. Shortly afterwards he carried out an experiment to transfuse some blood from a sheep to a man - with some hopes that the gentleness of the lamb would be carried in the blood. He counted Thomas Willis (founder of the Royal Society) and Robert Hooke as close associates and was a follower of William Harvey. Tractatus de Corde (roughly translated as Treatment of the Heart) was his most important work, detailing his experimental surgery and findings. This copy, in contemporary full leather binding, formed part of the Selbourne Library - acquired by the late Hugh Selbourne - and has the Selbourne Library stamp to the verso of the title page, and the bottom margin of p 51. The binding, with raised bands and title label is worn (particularly at the joints and edges) but sound. Page edges lightly marbled. Internally, there is a signature of Charles Singer to the fep and the remains of some pencil notes. Contents: 2 blanks; title page with Selbourne stamp to verso; dedication 8pp; List of Chapters 6pp; text (with decorative headpiece and initial capital on p1) 237 pp; finis; blank; 6 folding plates; 2 final blanks. The contents are in very good clean condition. The plates would benefit from being refolded, but, apart from a little offsetting, are in very good clean condition.

$3341.25

Memoirs and Observations Topographical, Physical, Mathematical, Mechanical, Natural, Civil and Ecclesiastical. Made in  late Journey Through the Empire of China, And Published in several Letters
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Memoirs and Observations Topographical, Physical, Mathematical, Mechanical, Natural, Civil and Ecclesiastical. Made in late Journey Through the Empire of China, And Published in several Letters

By Louis le Comte, Jesuit

London : Benjamin Tooke, 1699 A fair copy of the 3rd edition of this scarce work, first published in French in 1696. With frontispiece, folding map, 2 folding plates, 1 single page plate, a folding table and an illustration in the text. Louis le Comte was Jesuit mathematician, sent to China as part of a Jesuit mission at the behest of Louis XIV. He mainly worked in Shansi, and, after his recall to Paris, published an account of his experience in the form of 8 letters. The work provoked controversy and debate about Chinese Rites. This copy has been rebound by Bath Municipal Reference Library. The cloth binding has gilt titles, date and reference numbers to the spine. It is in very good condition. The endpapers have a Bath reference library bookplate to the fep with reference numbers to the top. There are no other library markings. The endpaper joints have been reinforced. Contents: frontispiece, title page, introduction to english translation 14pp, author's preface 4pp, folding map, text and plates pp 1-517 (illustration in text at page 349), errata, blank and index 10 pp. The paper is very browned throughout. P 15 lacks the tip of the bottom corner; there is an ink mark at the page edge of p 110; there is a small hole in p 255 with loss of a few letters; an ink mark at the bottom of p 351; and a small repaired edge tear at p 497.

$1176.12

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