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Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines.....
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Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines.....

By Thermodo Torffaeo [Thormodus Torfaeus]

Havniae: Literis Justini Hog, Universit, 1697 A very good copy of the 1st edition in recent full calf binding. Thormodus Torfaeus (1636-1719) was educated at the University in Copenhagen, and became Royal Antiquary of Iceland and Royal Historian of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway. This was his second work, published in 1697, and concerns the activity of the Vikings in Orkney - particularly the material of the Orkneyinga Saga. The binding is in near fine condition and has raised bands and gilt titles to spine. The endpapers are recent and marbled, with an old bookplate of J A Maconochie to the front pastedown, and a newer bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson (a noted Orcadian) to the fep. 2 new blanks have been added front and rear. Contents: original blank with latin note to top; rubricated title page with printer's device (small paper repair to verso); note of authority; dedication 5pp; Praefatio ad Lectorum 7pp; verses 2pp; Libri I pp 1-155 (some ink notes - generally dates in margins, some ink marks p 55, and ink blot bottom margin p 117); blank; Libri II pp 157-190; Exemple Contract Matrimon pp 191-205; Libri III pp 207-228; index 10pp; old blank. Text with decorative headpieces, tailpieces and initial capitals for each section. Contents with light toning and occasional mottling, but in good condition.

$5451.20

The Ancient and Present State of Orkney, particularly the Capital Borough of Kirkwall. To which are added, the petty tyrants; or, grinders of the poor. The characteristic new year's gift, or Lawrie's Elections ....
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The Ancient and Present State of Orkney, particularly the Capital Borough of Kirkwall. To which are added, the petty tyrants; or, grinders of the poor. The characteristic new year's gift, or Lawrie's Elections ....

By George Eunson

Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed for the Author, 1788 A good copy of the scarce 1st edition. Written as a protest - the author's preface states 'the design of publishing....is rather to make more clearly known the hardships and unconstitutional government of this Burgh'. Eunson has an interesting history: some accounts state that he was a smuggler who turned 'gamekeeper' being made an Officer of Excise by an influential patron. His zeal made him enemies who then had him arrested and locked up. The book is said to be his revenge and he does not hold back - accusing the nobility of rigging elections in favour of their cronies; and that the legal profession were involved in smuggling. This copy is in a half leather binding with raised bands and title label to spine and marbled boards. It is in good clean condition with some wear to the front spine joint and general rubbing and wear to corners and edges. There is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown and a pencilled signature to the fep. Contents: blank; title page; dedication; general preface 4pp; and text to p127 - which includes some poetry (eg 'Petty Tyrants, or Grinders of the Poor'); finis. The title page has some paper repair; there are a couple of small repaired edge tears at pp 30 and 82; the corner tip of p99 is missing; there is small loss to the bottom of p109; and light worming notice from p102 with very slight loss of text.

$681.40

The Description of the Isles of Orknay and Zetland. With Mapps of them, done from the accurat Observation of the most Learned who lived in these isles
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The Description of the Isles of Orknay and Zetland. With Mapps of them, done from the accurat Observation of the most Learned who lived in these isles

By Robert Monteith, Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: Printed by Mr Andrew Symson; published by SRS MD, 1711 An extremely rare 1st edition copy with contemporary maps of Orkney and Shetland. The work is in 2 parts: the first being a description of Orkney 'From the MS of Robert Monteith Laird of Eglisha & Gairsa, dated Kirkwall Sept 24 1633'; and the second being a description of the Isles of Shetland. It is assumed that Robert Monteith authored both, with Sir Robert Sibbald subsequently collating and publishing the manuscript, adding the 2 maps. The first section is relatively brief while the second section includes much more detail on livestock, plants, farming, fishing and general ways of life. There are also references in the text dated 1652 and 1669, which suggest that Sibbald added his own words to a greater or lesser extent. This volume is in a newer half leather binding with leather title and date labels to spine and front board. There is some scuffing to the surface of the corners and the boards. It is clean and sound. Internally there is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to front and rear pastedowns. Contents: title page dated 1711 with a couple of pencil notes at the top; large folding map of Orkney (small tape repair to a fold edge); Orkney text pp 1-4; map of Zetland; Shetland text pp 1-42, small red ink star in top corner p10 and large black ink blot top outer corner p37 slightly affecting one word; finis. Contents generally very clean with varying degrees of toning to the paper.

$1158.38

Notice of Runic Inscriptions discovered during recent Excavations in the Orkneys
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Notice of Runic Inscriptions discovered during recent Excavations in the Orkneys

By James Farrer

Edinburgh: Printed for private circulation, 1862 An extremely scarce original copy of James Farrer's account of his work on the excavation of Maes-Howe in Stenness, Orkney, together with a few other barrows. James Farrer (1812-1879) was MP for Durham and an enthusiastic member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He 'opened' the mound in July 1861, at which time it had a conical shape, and removed the contents. Sadly, and typically of the time, there was no systematic analysis and recording. Farrer discovered a number of runic inscriptions inside the tomb and this work has images of them with translations. The binding has a gilt design (copied from the runic inscriptions in the Howe) to the front board and gilt titles to spine. Contents: colour printed frontispiece with tissue-guard; title page; contents list; preface; text with 5 plates - 2 double size and one colour printed; appendix; readings of the inscriptions with 7 further plates - one double size. The binding has been expertly rebacked retaining the original spine and endpapers. There is some wear to corners and slight marking on the top inner corner of the front board. There is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown. There is a small stain to the top edge in the gutter area that affects the frontispiece and is visible at some points later in the work. Contents generally clean with occasional spotting and some offsetting from the plates. The paper is lightly toned and there a couple of small repaired edge tears.

$681.40

An Essay on the Navy, or England's Advantage and Safety, prov'd Dependant on a Formidable and well-Disciplined Navy; and the Encrease and Encouragement of Seamen
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An Essay on the Navy, or England's Advantage and Safety, prov'd Dependant on a Formidable and well-Disciplined Navy; and the Encrease and Encouragement of Seamen

By Johb Dennis

London: Printed for the Author and sold by John Nutt, 1702 A good copy of the first edition of this scarce work in newer full leather binding. John Dennis (1657-1734) is best known as a dramatist and poet, who was, until his later years, well-regarded as a leading wit and critic. This copy is in a newer binding, with gilt titles to spine, by A W Lumsden of Edinburgh. There is bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown. A loose bookseller's catalogue indicates that Robertson probably obtained the work in marbled paper wraps and commissioned the binding. The wraps have been retained. Contents: rubricated title page dated 1702; dedication 2pp; introduction and text 54pp with large folding table; finis. The top margin has been very closely cropped so some page numbers are missing, but all the text is present. There is some scholarly ink annotation at pp 11,28,31,32,38 - some of which involves crossings out. There is some expert paper repair - including to the table which has been laid on paper to preserve it.

$749.54

A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland-Firth & Caithness, Wherein, After a short Journal of the Author's Voyage thither, These Northern Places are first more Generally Described...
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A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland-Firth & Caithness, Wherein, After a short Journal of the Author's Voyage thither, These Northern Places are first more Generally Described...

By John Brand

Edinburgh: George Mosman, 1701 A good to very good copy of the scarce 1st Edition of John Brand's account of Orkney and Shetland at the start of the eighteenth century. John Brand was a Minister and was appointed to join a delegation to the Northern Isles in 1700/01. As a Minister he had a particular interest in religious affairs, but the book contains rare accounts of the population, land use, occupation and social life. The book is in a later full calf 1800's binding with gilt lines, date and title label to spine. There is wear to the joints and to the top and bottom of the spine, but it is sound and clean. There is some corner wear. Internally there is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown. Contents: later endpapers; title page with printer's device and 3 light ink signatures; dedication 6pp; preface to Reader 3pp; Contents 1p; text pp 1-159; Appendix 4pp; Finis. The paper is brown-toned but the contents are generally very clean. In rebinding, the binder has reduced the size of the gutter to accommodate the different stitching style required by a flat 1800's spine. There is loss to the corner tip at p 13; a small mark in the outer margin of pp 95/6; and a small repaired tear to the bottom of the last page of the Appendix. Small ink signature of verso of final leaf.

$1703.50

A Voyage to Shetland, the Orkneys, and the Western Isles of Scotland. Giving an Account of the Laws, Customs ...
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A Voyage to Shetland, the Orkneys, and the Western Isles of Scotland. Giving an Account of the Laws, Customs ...

London: C.Corbet, 1751 A good copy of the scarce 1st edition in newer full leather binding. The anonymous author describes his travels through the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland. Some interesting details on the herring trade and, what are to our eyes, credulous accounts of apparitions and second-sight. The full leather binding is in near fine condition with gilt titles and date to front board and spine. New endpapers and initial and final blanks have been added. There is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson to the front pastedown. He was a noted business man and active in many community organisations in northern Scotland and Orkney. Internally the book is complete and clean. Contents with title page, 'to the Reader 2pp, text 71pp, finis. The title page has had a professional repair to the side and there are some small repaired edge tears at pp 29, 31 and 33. There is a small hole and mark in the side margin at p 56. The pages are brown-toned with the occasional spot.

$953.96

The Cronicles of Scotland
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The Cronicles of Scotland

By Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie

Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Company; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814 A good to very good copy, combining Vols I and II in one, in full leather binding with armorial bookplate of James D Marwick to the front pastedown. James Marwick was born in Kirkwall and was Town Clerk of Glasgow for 31 years, maintaining his Orkney links throughout. The Cronicles, according to John Graham Dalyell, who wrote the Preface, are taken from a number of manuscripts of different dates. He states that authorship was assigned to Robert Lindsay but without clear proof. The binding has been rebacked to provide a newer spine with raised bands and red title label. The contemporary panelled-style boards are in good condition with some scuffing and wear at edges and corners. Contents with initial blank; half title; title to vol I; preface iii-v; notice vii-viii; introduction ix-xxxi; text pp 1-282; publisher's ads 6pp; half title; title page Vol II; note 1p; text pp 282-618; addenda 619-626; index 627-639. Overall the contents are in very good clean condition. There is the odd mark and more noticeable spotting on pp 113 and 163. A nice copy.

$190.79

A Treatise on the Situation, Manners, and Inhabitants of Germany; and the Life of Agricola; by C Cornelius Tacitus: translated into English by John Aiken
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A Treatise on the Situation, Manners, and Inhabitants of Germany; and the Life of Agricola; by C Cornelius Tacitus: translated into English by John Aiken

By C Cornelius Tacitus, John Aiken [translator]

Warrington: Printed by W Eyres, for J. Johnson, 1777 A fair copy of John Aiken's translation of Tacitus' works on Germany and the life of Agricola. 'Germany' is the first edition and 'Agricola' was reprinted as a second edition and issued with it. This copy has been rebound probably around 20 years ago in a full leather binding with tan leather to spine and green leather to boards in a quarter leather style. The spine has raised bands with gilt lining and a title label. The binding is very clean but with a small area of surface loss to the back board. The endpapers were replaced at the same time and the fep does not open out fully. Contents with fold-out map of Germany; title page; dedication; preface; additions; text pp 1-129; half title to Agricola; text pp 143-255; index. The contents are clean, but with recurrent staining to the bottom fifth of the gutter with affects the inner corner of text and is visible on page edges when the book is closed. The index is incomplete - lacking pages from 'O' onwards. Scarce.

$122.65

A Letter to a Gentleman from his friend in Orkney
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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.

$136.28

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.

$1226.52

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

$163.54

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.

$272.56

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.

$2384.90

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.

$681.40

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.

$395.21

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.

$531.49

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.

$163.54

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.

$1294.66

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.

$272.56

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