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A Letter to a Gentleman from his friend in Orkney

By Rev. Thomas Hepburn

Edinburgh: William Brown, 1885 A very good copy of the limited edition, reprinted in 1885 from the original edition of 1760 by William Brown. 110 copies were produced of which 100 were for sale, and this is numbered 83 with William Brown's initials. This edition has a preface which gives the historical context to the letter. It was apparently written at the request of an anonymous individual (who edited and published the letter in 1760) to ascertain the background to a lawsuit brought against the Earl of Morton by his vassals. Rev Hepburn was the Minister of Birsay and therefore considered well placed to give a picture of local life and the causes of poverty in the area. This copy is in a probably original cloth binding with paper label to spine. The binding is sound and clean with wear to the top and bottom of the spine, corners and edges. Contents with title page to limited edition; note 5pp; title page 1760; advertisement by the Editor; letter; appendix; finis. Contents in very good to near fine clean condition. Stitching visible between pp 16/17 but the book is sound.

$143.96

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.

$1295.64

Letters from High Latitudes; being some account of a voyage in 1856 in the schooner yacht 'Foam', to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen

By Earl of Dufferin

London: John Murray , 1879 A good copy of the 7th edition in the original decorative cloth binding with black and white frontispiece and numerous illustrations throughout. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is slightly darkened and there is wear to the top and bottom of the spine, together with edges and corners. Internally, the original endpapers are present - the front endpapers with a slight split beginning to appear at the joint. The contents are complete and in good to very good condition. There are some small edge tears - mostly to the top margin affecting the half title, frontispiece, title page and dedication. These have been repaired with archival paper tape. There is small loss to the side margin of page 31 where the book has been poorly opened - the text is not affected. Some top page corners have been turned over at some point. 32 pp publisher's catalogue dated September 1880 at the rear.

$172.75

Odal Rights and Feudal Wrongs: A Memorial for Orkney
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Odal Rights and Feudal Wrongs: A Memorial for Orkney

By David Balfour

Edinburgh, 1860 A good copy of the extremely scarce 1st edition of Col David Balfour's work on the history of Orkney. Col Balfour was born on Shapinsay and inherited the family estate there in 1846, commissioning the building of Balfour Castle. He was one of the key movers in the reorganisation of land use in the mid 1800's - replacing the narrow field strips by larger square fields better-suited for profitable farming. The central thesis of 'Odal Rights' is that Orkney, with its Scandinavian links, had the capacity to be a major trading centre, but that Scottish rule brought over-taxation and dependency. This copy is in contemporary full cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding has wear at the corners and edges, and particularly at the top of the spine, where there is some splitting and fraying. A previous owner has tipped a section of Peace's Orkney and Shetland Almanac Companion, with a biographical note on Col Balfour, to the front pastedown. The contents with title page, text, appendix and glossary of unusual words, are complete and clean. The stitching is visible in a couple of places but the book is sound.

$287.92

Hungarisch - Turkische Chronick
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Hungarisch - Turkische Chronick

Nurnberg: Berlag Leonhard Loschge , 1687 An extremely scarce set of accounts of the Great Turkish War between the Holy League of European Powers and the Ottoman Empire. Very little detail is available on this work. In contemporary full vellum binding with decorative title; rubricated title and 26 plates, of which 15 are folding. The vellum binding has stamped initials and a date to the front board and inked titles to the spine. It is a little grubby, but is sound and in good condition. The front pastedown could be an old envelope with a pasted bookplate coat of arms across and some pencil marks. Contents: decorative title; rubricated title; text 800 pp plus index 12pp and final blank. Text with decorative headpieces and initial capitals. The paper is brown-toned and there is occasional staining but overall contents are in good condition. A previous owner has done some ink underlining (brown ink, occasionally light green ink - both pale) - generally of people's names. 7 of the folding plates have had some repair with archival tape - there is minimal loss of content - and the larger folding plates protrude slightly so the edges are more fragile and browned. There is a small repaired hole in the bottom margin of p736. There is a mispagination: 668-969-670.

$2519.30

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.

$719.80

The History of the Orkney Islands: in which is comprehended an Account of their Present as well as Their Ancient State; together with the advantages they possess for several branches of industry, and the means by which they may be improved.
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The History of the Orkney Islands: in which is comprehended an Account of their Present as well as Their Ancient State; together with the advantages they possess for several branches of industry, and the means by which they may be improved.

By George Barry

Edinburgh, London: Archibald Constable and Company; Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, 1805 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary half leather binding, with 11 plates and folding map. George Barry (1748-1805) was Minister of Shapinsay. He took a prominent role in teaching, and was given superintendence of the Orkney schools belonging to the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge. When the book was first published it attracted very favourable reviews for its scholarship. It drew on the then unpublished manuscripts of George Low particularly for its account of the fauna of Orkney - and was criticised by Low's editor for not giving Low credit for the work. This copy has a half leather binding with slightly raised bands to the spine and gilt compartments. The binding has been rebacked at some point, and the binder has chosen not to colour match the leather. The cloth is faded and lightly marked with some fraying to board edges. Overall the binding is sound. Endpapers are marbled with the bookplate of 'Mitchell of Westshore and Berry NB' [Scalloway] to the front pastedown, and the bookplate of James William Mitchell 1878 to the fep. Contents: initial blanks; frontispiece; title page; dedication to Lord Dundas; contents; folding map; text pp 1-392 with 10 further plates; appendix - 493; index - 509; directions for plates; adverts 2pp. The contents are generally clean. The pages are untrimmed and the paper is soft so the edges are fragile and sometimes spotty and brown-toned. There is occasional light staining in margins and there is a little worming: top margin pp 122-9, pp 202-210; gutter p 209. The map is complete with a repaired tear to the attachment (which was repaired with sellotape, now removed). There is some loss to the bottom corner and margin of p 337.

$417.48

A View of the Ancient and Present State of the Zetland Islands; including their Civil, Political, and Natural History; Antiquities; and an account of their Agriculture, Fisheries, Commerce, and the state of Society and Manners
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A View of the Ancient and Present State of the Zetland Islands; including their Civil, Political, and Natural History; Antiquities; and an account of their Agriculture, Fisheries, Commerce, and the state of Society and Manners

By Arthur Edmondston

Edinburgh, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme; John Ballantyne and Co, 1809 A fair to good 2 volume set in contemporary full leather bindings, with frontispiece map of the Shetland Islands. Arthur Edmondston (1776-1841) was a physician. He was born in Lerwick and returned to practice there. This was his major written work, drawing on his knowledge of the islands and using comparisons with Barry's slightly earlier work on Orkney. He provides considerable detail on land use, tenure and associated rents and fees. This copy is in full leather with title labels and gilt lines to the spines. The bindings are clean, but with wear particularly to the spine joints, where there is some splitting, and to the corners and edges. The spines are lightly scuffed. Both volumes have the bookplate of John M Slater, 22 Bridge Street, Kirkwall to the front pastedown. It is likely that this is the John Slater who was Provost between 1925 and 1940. Vol I: blank; frontispiece map; title page; preface and contents (i-xiv); text 1-337; notes 339-364. Vol II: title page; contents listing (vii); text 1-327; notes 329-345; 2 blanks. The endpapers, initial leaves and title pages all have some spotting/browning. The map in Vol I is also browned. Otherwise the contents are very clean and in very good condition. There is occasional spotting and a small edge tear to the bottom margin of p 311 in Vol I.

$561.44

Every Man his own Physician; The Young Wife's Guide; An Essay upon Nursing
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Every Man his own Physician; The Young Wife's Guide; An Essay upon Nursing

By John Theobald, William Cadogan

London: W Griffin, R Withy; and G Kearsley, 1764 An interesting set of 3 self-help 'medical' works bound with contemporary notes and remedies. The condition of the individual works varies but the set has been newly rebound in half leather with marbled boards - the spine with raised bands and title label. The binding is in fine condition. The first work is the 4th improved edition of John Theobald's Every Man his own Physician, 1764. It is complete in 50pp with appendix. The paper is brown-toned and the title page has a rough outer edge with repair to the gutter. The text has decorative head and tailpieces and initial capitals. There is mispagination - 40-35-42 but no loss of text. The second work, with half title and title page, is 'The Young Wife's Guide' 1st edition 1764. This is complete with 2 pages of introduction and 49 pp of text. There are a number of edge tears and gutter repairs, and a lot of staining. There is a blank between pp 48 and 49. Contains some horrendous 'remedies' for childhood ailments. The 3rd work is 'An Essay upon Nursing, and the Management of Children, from their Birth to Three Years of Age' with separate title page dated 1750. This is by William Cadogan. This is complete in 38pp but the paper is extremely fragile and extensive old repairs in the gutter have not helped. Page 7/8 has been torn and a section is missing. There is some loss of text at the top of the gutter pp 21/22. It makes interesting reading, particularly because William Cadogan has a very argumentative and dogmatic style on every subject relating to babies. There are 25pp of handwritten notes added after work 3, and pasted cuttings to the front blank and end blank with further notes. These are detailed notes on ailments and remedies. An interesting collection.

$172.75

A Voyage round the World, In His Majesty's ship The Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In which is Contained, A faithful Account of several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. seen on the Voyage:
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A Voyage round the World, In His Majesty's ship The Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In which is Contained, A faithful Account of several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. seen on the Voyage:

London: J Newbery, F Newbery, 1767 A fair copy of the 1st edition of Commodore Byron's circumnavigation of the globe. With black and white frontispiece and 2 further plates. The title page states that it was written 'by an Officer on Board the said Ship' This was originally thought to have been Byron himself, but it is more recently being assigned to Charles Clerke, who was a Mid-Shipman on the voyage - and later sailed with James Cook. Byron was asked to explore the S Atlantic, in the hope of finding a base for British interests, but this was kept secret to avoid conflict with Spanish authorities who controlled the S American mainland. He crossed the Atlantic in winter 1764. The account provoked considerable interest, particularly because of its desciption of a giant people in Patagonia. The book describes a meeting in which Commodore Byron wanted to hand out 'trinkets - 'The method he made use of to facilitate the distribution of them, was by making the Indians sit down on the ground, that he might put the strings of beads, &c. round their necks, and such was their extraordinary size, that in this situation they were almost as high as the Commodore when standing.' This copy is bound with the original marbled boards and a new spine with gilt-lined raised bands and title label. There is scuffing and wear to the boards but the binding is clean and sound. Internally the original endpapers are present with repair. Contents: frontispiece (repaired with some loss); title page with ink signature to top (some browning and loss to side edge); preface 2pp (similar browning and side edge loss); text pp 1-181 with decorative headpiece and initial capital and 2 plates; Appendix with errata pp 181-186; Finis; advertisement 2pp (damage to bottom corner. Overall the contents are in very good clean condition, with light toning to paper and the occasional mark.

$1367.62

Voyages and Descriptions. Vol II. In Three Parts, viz. 1. A Supplement of the Voyage round the World....2. Two Voyages to Campeachy; ...3. A Discourse of Trade-Winds, Breezes, Storms, Seasons of the Year, Tides and Currents...
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Voyages and Descriptions. Vol II. In Three Parts, viz. 1. A Supplement of the Voyage round the World....2. Two Voyages to Campeachy; ...3. A Discourse of Trade-Winds, Breezes, Storms, Seasons of the Year, Tides and Currents...

By Captain William Dampier

London: James Knapton, 1699 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary speckled calf binding with 4 folding maps. William Dampier was a well-known sailor/buccaneer in the late 1600's. He documented his travels carefully and extensively - noting down what he saw, for example natural history, navigational issues, peoples, and trade. His published works were very popular because he wrote well and clearly. This is the second of his works, published 2 years after the first, and stands alone - covering two supplementary accounts of his voyages and a detailed section on trade winds, currents, weather and tides to aid future navigation. This copy is in a contemporary speckled calf binding with raised bands to spine blind-stamped decoration to boards. It has some wear and loss to the top and bottom of the spine and wear to the front spine joint. Internally there is no pastedown to the front and the ties are visible. The fep has some marking. Contents: initial blank; title page; dedication 2pp; Preface 3pp; Contents 1p; folding map; Part 1pp 1-184 finis; fold map; Part II 1-132 finis; half title; 2 folding maps; Part III 1-112 finis; General Index 76pp; errata; books by James Knapton 3pp. The contents are very clean with the occasional light mark. There is an ink mark to the foredge; loss to the bottom corner of p 67 in part 1 - no text affected; and a small repaired edge tear to the side margin of p63 in Part III. There is some mispagination: Pt I - 129-126-127-132; 137-134-135-140; 141-138-139-144. Pt III - 88-98-90. The text is continuous. A nice copy of an important work.

$1151.68

An Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China, undertaken by Order of the King of Great Britain; Including The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; ....
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An Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China, undertaken by Order of the King of Great Britain; Including The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; ....

By Sir George Staunton

London: John Stockdale, 1797 A good copy of the abridged version of Earl Macartney's embassy to China - a fascinating account of China and the efforts of the Embassy to improve trade relations. There is a lengthy advertisement inside in which John Stockdale, the publisher, extols the virtues of his publication as compared with the much more expensive original work (followed by a flyer for 'The effusions of the Heart: poems by Miss Stockdale' soon to be published'). This copy is complete with frontispiece; decorative vignette title page; letterpress title; 2 folding maps; and 21 further plates in 475pp of text; errata 1p; directions to binder 1p; publisher's list 3pp. Around 9 of the plates and the vignette title have been wholly or part hand-coloured in a reasonably professional manner, although it seems unlikely that this is how they were issued. The paper is fairly toned with some darker areas eg verso of frontispiece. Page edges have some grubbiness. Vertical paper cuts have been repaired at pp 185, 187 and 307 (no loss of text); and there is a small margin tear at the bottom of p 367. The plates have loose and damaged tissue guards. The binding is recent - having a cloth spine with gilt titles and marbled boards.

$287.92

Narrative of the Chinese Embassy to the Khan of the Tourgouth Tartars, in the years 1712, 13, 14, & 15; by the Chinese Ambassador, and published, by the Emperor's Authority, at Pekin.

By George Thomas Staunton [trans]; Tulisen

London: John Murray , 1821 A very good copy in new half leather binding with large folding map, coloured in outline. Written by Tulisen, the Chinese Envoy, and translated by Sir George Thomas Staunton. The binding is in near fine condition, with gilt lines and titles to spine and marbled boards. New endpapers. Internally: large folding map; title page; preface; contents; chronological index; narrative pp 1-223; half title - Appendix; 4 appendices pp 227-330; The End. The map is complete and clean with some repair. There a couple of repaired paper edge tears and a brown mark in the bottom margin of p165. Light spotting to title page. Contents in very good clean condition.

$1727.52

A Journey over Land, from the Gulf of Honduras to the Great South-Sea. Performed by John Cockburn and Five other Englishmen... A Brief Discourse of some Things best worth Noteinge in the Travells of Nicholas Withington
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A Journey over Land, from the Gulf of Honduras to the Great South-Sea. Performed by John Cockburn and Five other Englishmen... A Brief Discourse of some Things best worth Noteinge in the Travells of Nicholas Withington

By John Cockburn

London: C Rivington, 1735 A fair copy of the 1st edition in contemporary binding. Classed as 'fair' because it lacks the map. An important work because of the account of central America, one of the few recorded by an outsider. Cockburn, Thomas Rounce, Richard Banister, John Holland, Thomas Robinson, and John Ballman, found themselves 'naked and wounded', stranded on the shore at Porto-Cavalo after being taken by Spanish 'Guarda-Costa'. They made their way inland and trailled around 2,400 miles across Central America to Panama. The account was a best-seller, although initially regarded as a fake because of the level of danger and privation it portrayed. The panelled calf binding has been repaired to reinforce the corners and edges, and provide a new spine with raised bands and title label. It is in very good condition. Internally the endpapers have been repaired - there is some loss to the top corner of the fep. Contents: title page (faint signature to top and staining to verso); preface iii-viii; text pp 1-259 (occasional staining eg bottom margin p57/8; mispagination - 106-170-108; small edge tear bottom margin p 159); 'A short account of what befel Mr Rounce pp 260-264; title page for Travells of Nicholas Withington; text pp 267-341; Letters pp 342-349; Finis; publisher's list 3pp. With decorative head and tailpieces. Contents generally clean, in good condition overall.

$1151.68

A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Years 1690 and 1691. Being A full Description of the Isles of Maldives, Cocos, Andamants, and the Isle of Ascension; and all the Forts and Garrisons now in possession of the French, wiht an Account of the Customs, Manners, and Habits of the Indians. To which is added, A New Description of the Canary Islands...
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A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Years 1690 and 1691. Being A full Description of the Isles of Maldives, Cocos, Andamants, and the Isle of Ascension; and all the Forts and Garrisons now in possession of the French, wiht an Account of the Customs, Manners, and Habits of the Indians. To which is added, A New Description of the Canary Islands...

By Claude-Michel Pouchot de Chantassin, Joseph-Jacques Le Maire

London: Daniel Dring, 1696 A good copy of an extremely scarce english translation of two early voyage accounts with 1 (of 2) folding maps, and 5 plates.' A New Voyage to the E Indies' by Pouchot de Chantassin was first published in Paris in 1692.'The Voyages of the Sieur Le Maire, to the Canary-Islands, Cape Verde, Senegal, and Gambia' by Joseph-Jacques Le Maire, was first published in 1695. Le Maire's work is particularly interesting because of information it provides on W Africa in the 1600's, including the extent of European interaction and the slave trade. This copy is in a fairly new full leather binding with raised bands and gilt titles to the spine. The binding is in near fine condition. New endpapers and initial and final blanks have been added. Contents: title page; author's preface 2pp; E Indies pp 1-187; Finis (map of E Indies lacking); folding map of 'The Canarie or Fortunate Isles'; text pp 1-128 with 5 plates and sections on the rivers Zamenee, St Domingo and Geva; Finis. Overall very clean, with light toning to paper. There is a small ink mark to the side margin of the title page through to p4; a small repaired margin tear at p 37/8 of E Indies section; and a little light underling at the beginning of the Canary Islands section. A very scarce work.

$2879.20

An HIstorical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan. Giving an Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners....
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An HIstorical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan. Giving an Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners....

By George Psalmanaazaar

London: Dan Brown, 1704 A fair copy of the 1st edition of this famous hoax, with 12 of 16 plates, one folding. Bound in newer quarter leather with marbled boards, and raised bands, blind-stamped designs, and title label to spine. Classed as 'fair' because it lacks 4 plates and there is some staining and occasional worming to margins. 'George Psalmanaazar' was born in France around 1679, and created false identities to enable him to travel more safely and cheaply across Europe. His first 'Irish' identity was too easily discoverable as there were many Irish people in Europe, so he moved to Japanese, and then finally Formosan. He was clearly highly intelligent and fluent with language because he managed to create an entire persona of a 'Formosan heathen', kidnapped by Jesuits, and then finally converted and redeemed by a Scottish priest in 1702. He travelled with the priest to London where he became a 'must have' guest at dinner tables - speaking gibberish and eating raw meat (Formosans apparently only ate meat raw). He was so successful that he made his account of Formosa into a book (writing apparently took around 2 months) and it sold out almost immediately it was published. He made up language (creating a new alphabet), customs, appearance, and history - borrowing from a range of sources including accounts of the Aztecs. Many challenged his authenticity, but his quick wits (and general prejudice against Jesuits and the Catholic Church) kept him afloat - even when challenged by Royal Society members. He eventually revealed the hoax, but had a later career as a writer, and was respected by many - including Samuel Johnson. Book contents: title page; dedication 5pp; preface pp i-xiv; errata 1p; An Account of the Travels pp 1-144; A Description of the Isle of Formosa pp 145-327 with 12 plates (lacking plates 9,10, 11, 12); Appendix pp 128 (!) - 131; Finis; contents 5pp; Finis. The binding is in near fine condition. Contents have some staining at times - generally at the bottom margin but on occasion affecting the bottom half of pages, including plates 14, 15 and 16. It does not affect the readability of the text. There is some worm damage to margins - bottom margin pp 210-231; bottom edge pp 252-264; top edge 276-278. There is some mispagination: 84-95-86; 178-177-178; 190-691-192. Contents otherwise clean with the occasional mark.

$467.87

Patriarcha: or the Natural Power of Kings.[bound with] The Free-holders Grand Inquest, Touching Our Sovereign Lord the King And His Parliament. To which are added Observations upon Forms of Government. Together with Directions for Obedience to Governours in Dangerous and Doubtful Times. and...
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Patriarcha: or the Natural Power of Kings.[bound with] The Free-holders Grand Inquest, Touching Our Sovereign Lord the King And His Parliament. To which are added Observations upon Forms of Government. Together with Directions for Obedience to Governours in Dangerous and Doubtful Times. and...

By Robert Filmer

London: Walter Davis Book-binder, 1680 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Robert Filmer's important political work on government. Robert Filmer (c1588-1653) was a political theorist and is best known for Patriarcha which was probably begun in 1620, but was not published until after his death. His thesis on the right of kings, initially well-regarded, was taken apart by John Locke and came in for considerable criticism. It is now seen as an important work, which set the framework for debate on forms of government. This copy has been newly rebound in half leather with marbled boards and with title label to spine. New endpapers have been added and the frontispiece, which was missing, added in facsimile. Contents: title page; copy of a letter by Peter Heylyn 5pp; contents list 5pp; errata 1p; text pp 1-141 Finis. (There is mispagination - 101-111; 126-128-128-129 but the text is continuous.); blanks 2; title page 'The Free-holders Grand Inquest 1679; author's preface 7pp; title pages - 'Reflection concerning the original of government' 1679, 'The Anarchy of a limited or mixed monarchy' 1679, and 'An Advertisement to the Jury-Men of England touching witches' 1679; the argument 1p; The free-holders grand inquest pp 1-88; half title 'Observations upon Aristotle's Politiques..; preface 10pp; text pp 1-76; half title 'Observations concerning the original..' ; preface 5pp; text pp 1-72; half title - 'The Anarchy of a limited...'; preface 4pp; text pp 257-312; the end; half title 'an advertisement to the jury...'; text 4pp; Difference between English and Hebrew Witches pp 313-346; finis. There is a mispagination - 318-320-320 but text is continuous; and a paper flaw hole in the bottom margin of p 343. Contents are in very good clean condition with light toning to paper. A scarce work.

$2663.26

The History and Antiquities of the Exchequer of the Kings of England, In Two Periods: To wit, From the Norman Conquest, to the End of the Reign of K.John; and From the End of the Reign of K.John to the End of the Reign of K Edward II: Taken from Records....
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The History and Antiquities of the Exchequer of the Kings of England, In Two Periods: To wit, From the Norman Conquest, to the End of the Reign of K.John; and From the End of the Reign of K.John to the End of the Reign of K Edward II: Taken from Records....

By Thomas Madox

Bishops-Head in St Pauls Church-yard. London: Printed by John Matthews; and Sold by Robert Knaplock, 1711 A very good copy of the first edition in contemporary full-leather panelled calf binding. Thomas Madox, 1666-1727, was a historian and legal antiquary. He held the position of Historiographer Royal from 1708 until his death and was known for his discussion and publication of medieval legal documents. This work is in English but with 2 sections in Latin with separate title pages at the rear: 'Antiquus Dialogus de Scaccario' 1711, and 'Disceptatio Epistolaris de Magno Rotulo Scaccarij..'1711. These sections are credited to Richard FitzNeal (or Fitz-Nigell), 1130-1198. He was Henry II's Treasurer, and wrote the 'Dialogus' at Henry's request - setting out what was involved in Treasury work - an early manual. The binding has raised bands to spine and a handwritten title label in red and black. There is some splitting of the leather at the spine joints - at the top of the front joint and towards the bottom of the rear joint, but the binding is complete and the book is currently sound. The boards are clean with wear and leather loss at the corners. Internally there is the remains of an old ownership stamp to the fpd and a signature across the title page. Contents: initial blank; title page; dedications pp i-xviii; subscriber's list 2pp; text 752 pp - with engraving at p383; title page Antiquus Dialogus...; text 59 pp; title page Disceptio... (with further engraving in text)18 pp; table of contents 5 pp; explanations of abbreviations; blank. The contents are in very good clean condition, with the very occasional light stain or mark. The whole with decorative head and tailpieces and initial capitals. An important work.

$978.93

England Under Queen Anne. Blenheim
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England Under Queen Anne. Blenheim

By George Macaulay Trevelyan

London New York Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co, 1930 A very good copy of an early reissue (first published September 1930, this copy October 1930) in half leather binding with marbled boards and endpapers. With frontispiece map, 3 full page maps; 2 folding black and white maps; and 2 folding colour maps. The binding is in very good clean condition. The spine is browned and there is light wear. Contents very good; light scuffing to text on p81. There is some spotting to preliminary pages and final pages, but text and maps very clean. A nice copy

$43.19

Dictionnaire Topographique et Historique de L'Ancien Paris (avent l'annexion) Indiquant la situation, l'origine et l'etymologie des rues...
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Dictionnaire Topographique et Historique de L'Ancien Paris (avent l'annexion) Indiquant la situation, l'origine et l'etymologie des rues...

By Frederic Lock

Paris: Librarie de l'Hachette et Cie A fair copy in contemporary quarter leather binding with large folding coloured map bound at the rear. This copy is undated but is probably mid to late 1800's. Early copies are very scarce and it has not been possible to compare with others for completeness. The page-numbered text is complete; the title page states 'Avec une Notice Historique sur Paris et un Plan' and both these are present, but there are 5 page stubs at 2 points - 2 look like ties to existing content, but there may have been un-numbered illustrations removed. The binding has gilt titles and lines to spine. It is sound but scuffed with a lot of wear to edges. Marbled endpapers. Contents: half title; title page; Notice Historique i-lix; Guide Alphabetique pp 1-457; Errata 1p; Liste des Personnages 4pp; large colour folding map. The original green silk page marker is present. P 282 has a ragged top margin; there is a paper flaw to the side edge of p 337; and some light foxing to p 355. There are cut ends between pp 432 and 433. The map is complete with some repaired tears.

$28.79

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