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Achilles.
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Achilles.

By GAY (Mr.[John]).

An Opera. As it is Perform’d at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. Written by the late Mr. Gay. With the Musick prefix’d to each Song. London: Printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court, near Lincoln’s-Inn-Fields, 1733. Price One Shilling and Six Pence. Cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half-title present; two leaves integral advertisements at end, dated ‘February 28, 1733’, last page blank; pp.[viii]+68+[iii]+[i]; A4, B - E8, F4; stabbed and sewn through as issued; tipped into old, perhaps contemporary, blue wrappers, cut flush. Wrappers a trifle chipped and frayed; early signature on upper fore-corner of half-title; very slight staining to half-title and final page, possibly from contact with the wrappers; light embrowning to a couple of gatherings towards the end; second advertisement leaf with three small holes either caused by silverfish or an original paper flaw, and affecting one letter of text; otherwise a very nice copy. The probable first issue, priced on the half-title and title pages. There is another issue that doesn’t have the price. Gay’s last ballad-opera, written some five years after he originated the genre, and containing fifty-four songs. NCBEL, 2:498; not in the extensive Rothschild collection in either issue; Wise, Ashley Library, II, p.143, listing the priced issue. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$287.02

The Conscious Lovers.
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The Conscious Lovers.

By STEELE (Sir Richard).

A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane, By His Majesty’s Servants. Written by Sir Richard Steele. London: Printed for J. Tonson at Shakespeare’s Head over- Against Katharine-Street in the Strand, 1723. Demy 8vo (watermark uninterpretable); half-title apparently not called for; pp.[xvi]+86+[ii (Epilogue)]; disbound, otherwise fine. ESTC identifies seven different settings of the text, differentiated by variant press figures. In the present copy p.11 has the press figure ‘4’, p.16 ‘2’, p.47 ‘6’, and p.48. ‘2’. Early marginal corrections have been made neatly in ink om pp.59 (‘rather’ for ‘ather’, l.29) and 83 (‘then’ for ‘than’, l.5). NCBEL, 2:191 All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$107.63

Grove-Hill, A Descriptive Poem, With An ode to Mithra, By the Author of Indian Antiquities.
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Grove-Hill, A Descriptive Poem, With An ode to Mithra, By the Author of Indian Antiquities.

By [MAURICE (Thomas)].

[Vignette] The Engravings on Wood by J. Anderson, from Drawings by G. Samuel. London: Printed by T. Bensley, For John and Arthur Arch, Gracechurch-street, And J. Wright, Piccadilly, 1799. Demy 4to format, watermarked ‘1794 / J. Whatman’; half-title present; fine vignette title-page; fifteen inserted plates on plate-paper; binder’s blank at end; pp.[viii]+76; [-], A2, B - I, K4, L2; modern brown boards, brown lettering-piece ruled and down-lettered gilt; marbled edges. Pale pinkish offsetting onto plate-paper (possibly the result of a chemical reaction of the printer’s ink with the paper), and offsetting also from one or two of the plates; a very little light dusting, passim, and two pages stained at inner margins, suggesting dye from the original marker; nonetheless a crisp and virtually fine copy. Beautifully printed by Bensley on thick hand-made paper, and with excellent sharp impressions of the fine engravings. ESTC, T085697 All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$322.89

The Protestants Apologie For the Roman Church.
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The Protestants Apologie For the Roman Church.

By [ANDERTON (JAMES).].

Deuided into three seuerall Tractes. Whereof The first { Concerneth the Antiquity & Continuance of the Ro- Man Church & Religion, euer since the Apostles [sic] ti mes. [sic] The second { 1. That the Protestants Religion was not so much as In being, at, or before Luthers [sic] first appearing. { 2. That the Marks of the true Church are apperteyning To the Roman, and wholly wanting to the seuerall Churches, begun by Luther & Caluin. The third { That Catholics are no lesse loyall, and dutifull to Their Soueraigne, than Protestants. All which is vndertaken, & proued by testimonies of the learned Protestants themselues. With A Conclusion to the reuerend Iudges, and other the grauve And learned Sages of the law. By Iohn Brereley Priest. Deut.32.Vers.31. For their God is not as our God, euen our enemies being iudges. And I will set the Ægyptians against the Ægyptians: so euery one shall fight Against his brother. Esay 19.Vers.2. Permissu Superiorum. [St Omer, English College Press,] Anno M.DC.VIII. [1608]. Pott 4to format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; first gathering, ¶, a cancel; title-page, ‘Authors [sic] Advertisement to Him That shall answere this Treatise’ on verso of title and the three following leaves, followed by ‘A table Of the contents Of the several tracts, Chapters, and sections Conteyned in this Booke’, 6pp., ‘A Catalogve of Certaine Fathers: And the yeares in which they liued’, 2pp., A table of Certaine protestant Wryters, and their Particvlar vvritings: Whose folio, or page (for more ready, and certaine direction) Are speciallie alleadged in the subsequent Discourse: And Of their seuerall Editions or yeare of print...’, 9pp., ‘To the reader’, 1p., Preface, pp.1 - 56, dedication ‘To The Kinges Most excellent Maiesty, 4pp., The First tract, pp.57 - 262, [blank (pp.263 -264)], ‘The Second tract’ pp.265 - 639, [blank page (not included in numbering)], ‘The third Tract’, pp.640 - 711, [blank (p.712)], ‘The Conclvsion To The ivdges And covnsell Of England’, pp.[713] - 751; ‘An Alphabeticall Table or index Directing the Reader to the Principall matters conteyned In this Booke’, 25pp., ‘Fovre several Catalogves Of the Forraine Protestants adverse VVritinges one against other’, 4pp., ‘A second Catalogve Of bookes pvblished By the Calvinists, Against The Lutherans’, 4pp., ‘A third Catalogve Of bookes pvblished By the Lvtherans Against The Caluinistes’. 5pp., ‘A fovrth Catalogve Of the protestants Many bookes And vvritinges In generall...’ 10¼pp., ‘The avthors [sic] Aduertisment to the Reader’, 1¼pp. ‘A Table of certaine Additions, omissions, and other Errours escaped in the Printing’ 8pp., ‘Certaine omissions Which being longer Then to be corrected by the Readers [sic] pen, are heere placed Togeather, that the Reader may yet at his pleasure di- Scerne how, and where they are to come in, by way Of reading. And in reprinting of this Treatise They may be inserted in their Proper places’, 10pp., ‘An Addition of certaine Errovrs and omissions Besides the former’, 4pp.; ¶4, *3, **4, ***2 A - G4, H6, I, K - T, V, X - Ii, KK - Tt, Vu, XX - Iii, Kkk - Ttt, Vvv, Xxx - Iiii, Kkkk - Tttt, Vuuu4, Xxxx6, Yyyy - Iiiii, Kkkkk, Lllll4; later full calf to style, applied spine, elaborately tooled blind on sides, spine with raised bands, tooled blind, lettered gilt; a.e. burnished brown; oil-marbled end-papers. Front board rubbed at edges, and detached, back board lacking, spine very chipped and rubbed, but sewing tight and sound; title-page and last two leaves dusty; light damp-staining to Tttt3 onwards; occasional fingering of corners; last two leaves chipped at head and restored with old paper bearing notes (v. below); 575 errata, and close to 100 additions and omitted notes, some running to upwards of two hundred words, corrected or added in text, in ink, in a small, neat, contemporary hand (v. note), those in the extreme margins insignificantly cropped; slip of old paper tipped onto penultimate leaf, bearing an additional note, written into the text, but not noted in the printed ‘Additions’, etc.; small cinder hole to blank inner margin of Fff4; small hole in Xxx1 due to an original paper flaw, with loss of part of two words; worming to blank inner margins from Ttt4 to Ffff2, not touching text and for the most part barely visible; in general, however a very nice, crisp copy. An important text, vastly expanded from the original printing of 1604 published in Douay, probably by J. Mogur, which, according to the British Library listing, had only 191pp. There were three issues of the 1608 printing, successively expanded, this, with the first gathering a cancel, and the added leaves 5L3 and 5L4 at the end, being the last and most complete. Further editions were published in 1610, 1615, 1623, and 1624, the last two posthumous, the author having died in 1618. Remarkable for its balance, detail, and a scholarly intent unusual in the period, as also for the several exhaustive bibliographical checklists it contains, it was reprinted as recently as 1970, 1971, and 2013. In the present copy the brief errata have been corrected throughout, including those noted in the last two supplementary leaves, whilst the longer additions and omissions have been added where possible in their place (such as the 222 word addition written on the blank verso of 2K4), and otherwise cross-referenced to the printed sections at the end. The printed alterations run only to p.733, but the notes added in ms. to 5L4v carry the corrections through to p.740, whilst the slip pasted onto 5L2v adds an addition not recorded in the printed text, though corrected in ms. in its place, and there are notes added in ms. to p.747 and to 5D3r that are not otherwise recorded at all. Nor are some other additions, including a ms. index to the sections, that are added to the title-page. All are in the same hand. This, together with the fact that the corrections of errata have been so exhaustive - extending even to minor matters of style, as ‘grounded not only’ for ‘not grounded only’ at l.9, p.24, a correction that surely a common reader would not have bothered to make on so densely printed a text - suggest that this is in fact an author’s copy, prepared when the book was being printed to enable the preparation of the added leaves of errata, and used by him, probably, as a printer’s copy for the editions either of 1610 or 1615. The nature of some of the thumb-marks in some lower corners are in fact suggestive of a printing shop, whilst the author himself in his ‘Advertisment’ on 5I2r indicates that the errors and additions “being heere exactly gathered by the Author himself,” the reader may “expect in the next Edition, or reprinting of this Treatise, such errours and Omissions as haue now escaped, to be corrected, and inserted into their proper places.” That this is a printer’s copy is supported further by the nature of some of the ms. notes, one at the foot of p.39, for instance, running: “read what is to be here inserted at the end of this booke on yt besyde of the first leaf of Omissions etc. there place yt under Pag.39”. The title-page bears an ownership inscription which we have not been able to decipher, written, apparently, in another hand, but which at any rate does not say ‘Anderton’. It may have been added by an early owner, or have been that of the printer or typesetter. The work has sometimes been attributed to James Anderton’s younger brother, Lawrence, who eventually became a Jesuit, but this is now known not to have been the case. He may have had some part in it, however, for on I5v the author states: “I must needes acknowledge, that a good part of this labour was the collections of a Worshipfull and reuerend Priest, gathered together some few yeares before he entered into holy Orders”. In this copy, probably as always, p.146 is mis-numbered ‘246’, and p.360 ‘560’, 2I2 is mis-signed ‘3’; 2M1 has the catchword ‘48’ instead of ‘49’; and gathering 4X is foliated, not paginated, without breaking the numbering, pagination being resumed with gathering 4Y. STC 3604.5; STC (2nd edition), 3605; ESTC S233; Alison & Rogers, Catholic Books, 133; the Americas are mentioned on p.521, but it is not in Sabin; COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, York Minster, and Hereford Cathedral only. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$4563.23

The triumphs of King Iames the First, of Great Brittaine, France, and Ireland, King; Defender of the Faith.

By [MARCELLINE (GEORGE).].

Published vpon his Maiesties aduertisement to all the kings, princes, and potentates of Christendome, and confirmed by the wonderfull workes of God, declared in his life. Deuoted, dedicated, and consecrated to the most excellent Prince Henry Prince of Wales. [London,] Printed at Brittaines Bursse, [by William Jaggard] for Iohn Budge, and are there to be solde, 1610. F’cap 4to, so watermarked; wood-engraved coat of arms within border of type ornaments on C2v; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+95+[i (blank)]; A2, B - I, K - O4, P2; later quarter dark red morocco-faced roan, lighter red sand-grain cloth sides; light buff end-papers. Small worm-track to leather on front cover; inserted leaf carrying an old pen facsimile precedes title-page; most of title page lacking and the remains laid down on leaf of period paper; staining to large lower fore-corners throughout; gatherings N and O recornered, and one leaf also with repair to chipped margin, with some loss to marginal rules, but none to text; O1 and O2 reinserted on stubs, O1 with small restorations to paper and loss in all of about a dozen scattered words, O2 laid down on an inserted leaf, and with large chip to lower fore-corner and fore-margin, and with loss to rules and to all or part of four words. A poor copy of a very scarce title, but a good working copy nonetheless. Entered in the Stationers’ Register by the printer, William Jaggard, on 11th June, 1610. ESTC, S111857; STC (2nd Edition), 17309, recording two copies only in the U.S.A; COPAC records the British Library, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, York Minster, Birmingham, Durham, Edinburgh, and Leeds copies. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$401.82

Opus Merlini Cocaii Poetæ Mantvani Macaronicorum.

By COCCAIUS (Merlinius [pseudonym of Teofilo Folengo, 1496-1544]).

Totum in pristinam formam per me Magistrum Ac- Quarium Lodolam optime redactum, in his infra no- Tatis titulis diuisum. ZANITONELLA, quæ de amore Tonelli erga Zani- Nam tractat. Quæ constat ex tredecim Sonolegijs, septem Ecclogis, & vna Strambottolegia. PHANTASIAE Macaronicon, diuisum in vigintiquin- Que Macaronicis, tractans de gestis magnanimi, & pruden- Tissimi Baldi. MOSCHAEAE [sic] Facetus liber in tribus partibus diuisus, & Tractans de cruento certamine Muscarum & Formicarum. LIBELLVS Epistolarum, & Epigrammatum, ad varias per- Sonas directarum. [Woodcut device with legend ‘SCIENTIA IMMVTABILIS’]. Venetijs, apud Beuilacquam. 1613. Pott 12mo format (watermarked ‘B b’ and something uninterpretable between that may perhaps be a pot); text and wood-engraved illustration on verso of title-page (repeated on C11); twenty-five other wood-engraved illustrations in the text; decorated initial letters and tailpieces throughout; pp.541+[i (blank)]+[vi (Tabvla (not paginated)]+[i (Registrvm and publisher’s imprint)]+[iii (blank)]; A - I, K - T, V, X - Z12; old full dark brown polished sheep, elaborately tooled blind on sides, spine with four bands raised over the cords, tooled blind, lettered directly, gilt; later end-papers laid over the old paste-downs the seventeenth or eighteenth printed pattern of which shows faintly through. Two pinprick-size wormholes to leather of joins only noticed because the later end-papers are wormed at gutters, as are the first few leaves of text, unobtrusively, at extreme inner margins; title-leaf strengthened at long edges and lightly dusty; insignificant damp-staining to a few leaves; otherwise a nice copy, very prettily bound. First published in 1517 in seventeen books, and expanded in 1521 to twenty-five, this is at least the sixth printing of the expanded edition. It is based on the one published in Venice in 1581, but the wood-engravings differ from their originals in detail and must have been re-cut. The device on the title-page is that of Lazarus Zetzner of Strasbourg, who is generally reckoned, therefore, to have been the printer of the volume. Macaronic poetry, was developed from the comic Latin verse form by the introduction of vernacular words with appropriate but absurd Latin endings, and the application by Folengo of Latin rules of form and syntax to the Italian language popularised it for a time within that country. ‘Opus Merlini Cocaii’ is a kind of fantasy, relating the adventures of a fictitious hero named Baldo, who suffers imprisonment; battles with local authorities, pirates, shepherds, witches, and demons; and takes a journey to the underworld. Throughout his adventures Baldo is accompanied by various companions, among them a giant, a centaur, a magician, and his best friend Cingar, a trickster. It is best remembered now for providing a model for Rabelais to whom it appealed by its, at times, gross, mockery of the clergy. In this copy p.85 is mis-paged ‘83’, p.365 is mis-paged ‘395’, and p.339 is mis-paged ‘739’. Brunet, II, pp.1318-9. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$322.89

Bombastes furioso: A Burlesque Tragic Opera.

By RHODES (William Barnes).

By William Barnes Rhodes. With designs By George Cruikshank. London: Thomas Rodd, Great Newport Street; and T. Griffiths, Wellington Street, Strand, 1830. Sm.f’cap 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for (v. note); title-page with woodcut vignette; six full-page woodcuts in text, not backed and included in the pagination; final blank (v. note); pp.[3]-[36]+[1-2]; publisher’s very fine-diaper puce cloth with applied back, cut flush, not blocked or lettered. Small restoration to cloth of spine; slight cracking to front end-papers; some light dusting and a couple of small marks in text, but a nice copy, nonetheless. The first authorised edition, and the first appearance of Cruikshank’s illustrations. The second leaf is here signed B3, but the final blank, which is certainly of text-paper, is not part of the last gathering, and appears to be the missing B1, folded back. In this copy the title originally read BOMBASTICrather than BOMBASTES the last two characters having been corrected by over-printing. Cohn, 692; NCBEL, 3:1137. The volume is unusual in cloth, most copies having been issued in wrappers. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$57.40

Letters, On the Spirit of Patriotism: On the Idea of a Patriot King: And On the State of Parties, At the Accession of King George the First.
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Letters, On the Spirit of Patriotism: On the Idea of a Patriot King: And On the State of Parties, At the Accession of King George the First.

By [BOLINGBROKE (Henry St. John, Viscount)].

London: Printed for A. Millar, opposite to Catharine- Street, in the Strand, 1750. F’cap 8vo format, but with the chain-lines running horizontally and no visible watermark; press figures are here present; half-title not called for; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[i]-vii+[i]+9-199+300-338 [pp.200-238 having been misnumbered]+[ii]; A4, B-I, K-P8, Q4; contemporary (probably publisher’s) full polished calf, spine with five bands raised over the cords, gilt rules, red lettering-piece; a.e. burnished brown. Calf slightly scratched, and rubbed a trifle at edges; end-papers and first and last leaf lightly marked from the turn-ins of the calf; a few neat, unobtrusive, contemporary marginalia in ink and pencil (v. note); otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy. The second printing of the authorised text, and a different setting entirely from the first, which collated [i]+v-xi+[i]+9-251, the present edition being apparently by far the scarcer. To recommend himself to Frederick, prince of Wales, Bolingbroke entrusted to Alexander Pope his unpublished manuscript of three works: ‘The patriot king’ dated December 1738; an essay previously written upon the ‘Spirit of patriotism’ and afterwards addressed to Lord Lyttelton; and a paper on ‘The state of parties at the accesssion of George I.’ According to the introductory ‘Advertisement’, written anonymously by David Mallet, Pope was supposed to show them to a handful of named people, but not to publish them generally. Instead he had 1,500 copies of ‘The patriot king’ run off and left with the printer until further instructed, intending them to be published, presumably, after Bolingbroke’s death, which did not happen until 1751. Pope himself died in 1744, after which the printer apparently contacted Bolingbroke and placed the sheets in his hands, when, apart from one set, kept for himself, he destroyed them. A handful of copies had been abstracted by Pope, however, and one of these fell into the hands of a magazine that began publishing garbled extracts. Bolingbroke, who had never considered the mss. to have been finally finished in any case, decided to revise them and have them published in a form that he approved. The criticism of Pope that was contained in Mallet’s introduction led to a controversy, Warburton publishing a defence of Pope. The longest of the contemporary ink notes in this copy appears at the end of the Advertisement and reads: “This Charge of Lord Bolingbroke agt. Mr. Pope is urged in a very malignant Manner” and notes that Pope is “defended in Miscellanies No.14.” The others identify contemporary references. The front paste-down bears the engraved armorial bookplate of the Rev. Gervas Powell L.L.B. pasted over an earlier bookplate, apparently of the same family origin, whilst the free end-paper bears a twentieth century bookplate designed by Sally Gee, recording the volume’s residence in the ‘Tregaer Collection’ of G.C.H. & D.U.V. Phillips. STC T26233; Sabin, 75238. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$86.10

Francisci Valleriolae Doctoris Medici Observationum Medicinalium lib.vj.
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Francisci Valleriolae Doctoris Medici Observationum Medicinalium lib.vj.

By VALLERIOLAE (Francisci).

Denuo editi, & emendatiores quam Antea inlucem emißi: In quibus multorum grauissimorum morborum historiæ, Eorundem causæ, symptomata atque euentus, tum Etiam curationes miro, vtili & compendioso Ordine describuntur. Adi&ctlig;tis duobus Indicibus, quorum priorem Obseruationum ipsi operi Præfiximus: posteriorem rerum & verborum ad finem Remisimus ad faciliorem studiosorum vsum. [M.D.C.V. Apud Franciscum Fabrum Lugdun], 1605. Pott 8vo (and apparently so watermarked); half-title not called for; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+399+[xxix (not paginated)]; *, a - i, k - t, v, x - a, Aa - Cc8, Dd6; wood-engraved decorated initials throughout, wood-engraved head-pieces and some tailpieces to the chapters; side-notes throughout; old, but not contemporary, stippled paper-covered boards, with hand-written paper label; sprinkled edges. Title-page laid down and lower half lacking, but supplied in good pen facsimile; foxing and embrowning throughout, mostly fairly light; a good copy with large margins, nonetheless. An updated edition of a work published originally in 1573, and apparently rare in any printing: WorldCat locates only one copy of the 1573 edition, in Lyons, and none of this; no copy on COPAC. From the library of Docteur Cordes, with his ownership stamp, dated ‘22 Sept. 89’ on the facsimile portion of the title-page. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$629.41

The Pleasures Of Imagination.
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The Pleasures Of Imagination.

By [AKENSIDE (Mark).].

A Poem In three books, By Mark Akinside [sic], M.D. London: Printed for E. Dodsley at Tully’s Head in Pall-Mall, 1744. Post 8vo, not watermarked; bound up without the half-title and the terminal leaf which was either blank or carried integral advertisements (v. note); vignette title-page printed in black and red; tail-piece ornaments to Books two and three; pp.[iii]-142; A7 ex 8, B-H8, I7 ex 8; later full sealskin, stippled edges, ruled gilt on sides, spine uplettered gilt; end-papers printed with pattern in shades of brown. Slight splitting to sealskin at tail of front joint; owner’s name removed from title-page, leaving some thinning; ink inscription at head of title-page; otherwise very nice. The vignette is by L.P. Boitard. NCBEL 2:637; Foxon, A142: the fourth (second 8vo) edition; published in the same year as the first edition, which was in 4to. The third and fourth issues are most readily distinguished by the half-title, which declared the printing status, or the final leaf, which was blank in the third printing but carried advertisements in the fourth, but both are here absent. The third edition, however, carries the press figure ‘2’ on p.64; in the fourth edition, as here, it is absent. The 8vo edition was revised: there are 21 alterations of the wording, and 126 changes in all (v. Dix, Poetical Works of Mark Akenside (1996), p.44). In this copy an erroneous ink correction has been made to l.573: ‘untemper’d’ being mis-corrected to ‘untempted’. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$35.87

Miscellanies.
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Miscellanies.

By ANTHOLOGY.

The Last volume. London: Printed for Benjamin Motte, at The Middle-Temple-Gate, Fleetstreet, 1733. 12mo;wood-engraved head- and tail- pieces and decorated initial letters passim; pp.[1] - 22; 25 - 333+[iii (Contents)]; A11, B - I, K - O12; contemporary full natural calf, anciently rebacked preserving the orininal end-papers, spine with blind rules outlining the cords, sides ruled gilt, edges tooled blind. Some chipping and darkening to calf of sides, and some wear to corners; front end-papers strengthened at gutter with matching paper; internally fine. Apparently the first 12mo edition, an 8vo edition having appeared in 1727. As in the second 8vo edition, dated 1728, the Preface from ‘The First Volume’ has been inserted in this volume after the title page, leading to the gap in pagination, which is correct and occurs in all copies, the missing leaf having been a blank excised before binding. In this copy G4 is signed ‘F4’ and H3 ‘H4’. Includes the verse epistle ‘Mary Gulliver to Lemuel Gulliver’, ‘The Lamentation of Glumdalclitch for the loss of Grildrig’ ‘A Tale of Chaucer’, etc., by Pope, several poems ‘To Stella’, ‘Cadenus and Vanessa’, ‘Baucis and Philemon’, etc. by Swift, and one or two poems each by Gay, Arbuthnot, and others. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$93.28

Memoires Secrets De m.
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Memoires Secrets De m.

By [LE-BRET (Alexis Jean) attrib.]

le comte De Bussy Rabutin, Contenant Sa vie publique & privée, ses avantures Galantes, ses expéditions Militaires, Les intrigues de la Cour, & les événe- Mens les plus intéressans de l’Europe, depuis l’année 1617, jusqu’en l’année 1667. Tome premier [deuxiéme [sic]]. A Amsterdam, Chez Gosse Junior. 1768. Avec approbation. [On verso of titles:] Et se trouve á Paris Chez Durand, neveu. Saillant. Delalain. Hansy, le jeune. Et Panckoucke. 2 Vols., complete, 12mo; half-titles apparently not called for; final blank in volume two; pp.[vi]+430; [ii]+373+[iii (blank)]; [-]1, a2, A-I, K-R12, S11; [-]1, A-I, K-P12, Q8; publishers’ half-calf, board sides, tooled and lettered gilt on spine; sprinkled edges. Covers worn but sound; large old library stamps on verso of each title, light one on first and last leaf of each volume; lacking leaves A6 and A7 in volume one; otherwise a nice copy. This first printing is apparently scarce, most copies being dated 1769. In this copy p.3, l.20 has the reading ‘1718’ for ‘1618’, and Liv and Oiv in volume two are signed ‘Lvi’ and ‘Ovi’ respectively. A cheap copy for the reason given. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$30.13

Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne] la comtesse de).

By LA FAYETTE (Madame [Marie

Memoires De la Cour de France. Pour les Années 1688 & 1689. Par Madame La Comtesse De La Fayette. A Amsterdam, Chez Jean-Frederic Bernard, 1731. 12mo; half-title not called for; fine frontispiece engraved on copper; title-page printed in red and black, and with copper-engraved vignette; wood-engraved head-pieces, initial letters, and tail-pieces; three blanks at end, the last pasted to the end-paper; pp.234+[vi]; A - I, K12;contemporary (probably publisher’s) natural calf, raised over cords on spine, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, lettering-piece, ruled blind on sides; a.e. burnished scarlet; marbled end-papers; green silk marker. Calf slightly chipped at head of spine, rubbed a little on sides, and cracked over front joint, but firm on the cords; gatherings F and G are on a different paper stock, and lightly embrowned; otherwise internally a fine copy. The first, and posthumous, publication of these memoirs. Mme. de la Fayette, best remembered as the author of ‘La Princesse de Clèves’, had died in 1693. We have supposed that the binding is a publisher’s one because of the pasting-down of the final blank onto the marbled paper of the end-papers; the front end-paper is pasted onto a blank of a different paper stock, which is conjugate with a flyleaf. Quérard, Vol.4, p.390; Tchemerzine, VI, 360. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$229.61

Philosophicall Poems, By Henry More: Master of Arts, and Fellow of Christs Colledge In Cambridge.

By MORE (Henry [The Platonist]).

[Woodcut device of Cambridge University]. Cambridge, Printed by Roger Daniel, Printer to the University, 1647. F’cap 8vo; eight secondary title leaves; wood-cut initials and headpieces, passim; woodcut diagrams in text of Notes; thirty-six entry Errata leaf at end, blank on verso; A4, B - I, K - T, V, X - Z, Aa - Hh8; pp.[xxviii (not paginated)]+1 - 37+ 36 - [72 (blank)]+[vi (not paginated)]+73 - 218+[viii (not paginated)]+219 - [254 (blank)]+[iv (not paginated)]+255 - 298+[ii (not paginated)]+299 - 436+[ii (not paginated)]; Victorian half dark red morocco-faced roan, oil-marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled blind, tooled gilt in compartments, dark red lettering-piece; a.e. burnished scarlet; light brown end-papers. Leather very slightly rubbed at extremities of spine and extreme tip of upper fore-corner; unobtrusive ownership inscription, dated May 11th 1655, on title-pages; another, somewhat messy, early ownership inscription on the blank A4v; faint pen trial at foot of B5r; old ink initials (possibly a pen trial) on blank fore-margin of O6r; two small carbon ownership stamps on blank fore-margin of I5r, with some offsetting onto the facing leaf; small light ink-smudge on blank fore-margin of Z5r; early ownership inscription on blank lower margin of Errata page, the blank verso of which has several messy pen trials and ownership inscriptions (v. note); several of the errata corrected unobtrusively in ink or pencil, and ink notes in the margins of pp.75, and 354, all in the same minute, neat, hand (v. note); single light fox-spot on Z6 - 8; small hole in blank fore-margin of C7; small piece lacking from blank fore-margin of G2 (possibly a trimming fault); piece lacking from blank lower margins of O4 and O5 at gutter, apparently an original paper fault; otherwise an excellent copy, with good margins. Apart from that of James Haddridge on the title-page, all the ownership inscriptions within the volume (and probably the pen trials as well) are by members of the Thorne family of Tiverton in Devon. The front paste-down bears the ownership inscription of Samuel Gee, dated September 1871 (for whom the book was possibly rebound), and the ink corrections and notes in the text, as well as a brief chronology of More’s life written on the front end-paper, appear to be in his hand. The front paste-down bears also the twentieth century ownership inscription of the seventeenth-century literature scholar I.A. Shapiro, who has added to the verso of the front end-paper a note that ‘Jas, Haddridge, the first owner to sign the title-page, had just gone up to Cambridge in 1655 as a sizar.’ Hayward, English Poetry, 94; Wing, M.2670, erroneously describing this volume as a ‘second edition’ - having presumably noticed the prominent drop-head worded ‘To the reader, Upon this Second Edition’ which follows the title-page of ‘A Platonick Song of the Soul’, the first poem in the volume, and not realised that the wording referred only to that poem. As is made clear in the Author’s address to the reader, even that poem has been so heavily revised and extended as to be virtually a new work, whilst most of the shorter poems are entirely new. ‘A Platonick Song of the Soul’ was first published in 1642 under the title ‘Platonica’, the title in the present edition being the original sub-title. CHEL says of it: “Taken as a whole, More’s poem is entitled to the praise of being a highly ingenious series of arguments, adorned by the fancy and clothed in poetic diction, in support of his several theories. When compared with the ‘Psyche’ of Joseph Beaumont, which appeared in the following year, it must be pronounced altogether superior” whilst Bush remarks: “More’s sympathy for the occult is a liability in a serious philosopher. But the quality of his mind and the direction of his thought are in a way independent of his particular ideas, whether fanciful or respectable... [He] perceived the end of life to be not in the ‘Knowledge of things’ but in the merging of his will with the Divine.” All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$2909.69

Letters On the Elements Of Botany.

By ROUSSEAU (J[ean]. J[acques].).

Addressed to a lady. By the celebrated J.J. Rousseau. Translated into English, With notes, And Twenty-four additional letters, Fully explaining the system of Linnæus. By Thomas Martyn, B.D. Professor of Botany In the University of Cambridge. London: Printed for B. White and Son, At Horace’s Head, Fleet-street, 1785. Demy 8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; seventeen entry Errata on a4v; inserted folding leaf ‘To face the blank page 114’, and bearing ‘The Outlines of Linnæus’s System of Vegetables’; Index of the English Names of Plants, Index of the Latin Names, [list of the] Natural Tribes, or Orders of Plants..., and Index of Terms, casually explained in the course of this Work, at end, not paginated; pp.[xxiv]+503+[i (blank)]+[28]; A8, a4, B-I, K-U, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Ll8, Mm2. BOUND WITH: [MARTYN (Thomas). Thirty-eight plates with explanations; intended to illustrate Linnæus’s System of Vegetables, and particularly adapted to the Letters on the Elements of Botany. By Thomas Martyn, B.D F.R.S. Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge. London: Printed for B. White and Son, At Horace’s Head, Fleet-street, 1788.] Demy 8vo format, the text-leaves not watermarked; bound up without the prelims. and leaf of publisher’s advertisements; thirty-eight hand-coloured plates drawn and engraved by F.P. Nodder, all but the last with tissue guards, and each accompanied by a printed key-leaf (sometimes with blank verso), the last serving for two plates; pp.[vi+[2 (advertisements)], not here present]+72; [a4 (not present)], A-D8. Two volumes bound in one, the plates and key-leaves distributed to their intended (and marked) positions throughout the text; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on sides and with guinea-roll to edges, neatly re-backed with matching calf, spine with five raised bands edged by double gilt rules, tooled with floral ornaments in compartments, green lettering-piece; the original marbled end-papers preserved. Some wear and slight chipping to old calf at corners and edges; some very light foxing to text; but a generally nice copy nonetheless of a scarce book. ”On various dates between 1771 and 1773, [Rousseau] drafted eight long letters on botanical themes to Madame Madeleine-Catherine de Lessert, to whom he had warmed after an earlier meeting in Lyons, and who wished to excite her four-year-old daughter’s natural curiosity by encouraging her to take an interest in plants. These letters, followed over the next four years by sixteen others on similar themes to various correspondents, were to excite the interest of Thomas Martyn, a professor of botany at Cambridge who held his chair for sixty-three years and for at least part of that time used his own translation of them in his courses” (Wokler, p.111). Rousseau’s letters originally made their appearance at Geneva in 1782 under the title ‘Lettres Elémentaires sur la Botanique á Madame de L***’ in the second volume of the ‘Mélanges’ forming part of the posthumous ‘Collection complète des Oeuvres de J.J. Rousseau’. The present marks the first appearance of these ‘Lettres’ in English, and the first appearance also of Martyn’s ‘continuation’ of them, in which he imitated the style and manner of the originals. This popularization of Linnaeus went through many editions, reaching an eighth in 1815. It consists of a preface and introduction by Martyn, eight letters by Rousseau and twenty-four further letters by Martyn. The plates, which appeared separately and are dated ‘1 May 1788’, are very often lacking. For the ‘Letters’: ESTC, T136469; NCBEL, II: 1530 (not listing the plates until the fourth edition of 1794); Henrey, 1281; Soulsby, 701; for the plates: ESTC, T69543; Henrey, 1030; Soulsby, 592. COPAC lists only the British Library, Cambridge, Leicester, Leeds, Wellcome Library, and Natural History Museum copies of the first edition of the ‘Letters’, and the Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Wellcome Library, Natural History Museum, and Royal Botanic Gardens copies of the plates. There is no list of plates, but they are here bound in between pp.26-7, 30-1, 42-3, 46-7, 62-3, 64-5, 122-3, 128-9, 154-5, 160-1, 168-9, 200-1, 236-7, 252-3, 262-3, 272-3, 290-1, 296-7, 300-1, 310-1, 330-1, 344-5, 360-1, 376-7, 382-3, 396-7, 404-5, 406-7 (two plates), 426-7, 452-3, 456-7, 466-7, 470-1, 490-1, 494-5, 498-9, and 500-1. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$1162.81

An Appeal From The new To The old whigs, In consequence of some late Discussions in parliament, Relative to the Reflections on the French Revolution.

By [BURKE (Edmund).].

The third edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-mall, 1791. Demy 8vo; half-title (with ‘Price 3s.’ at foot); pp.[iv]+143+[i (blank)]; [A]2, B - I, K8; Victorian black moiré horizontally fine-ribbed boards, crudely rebacked with some horizontally fine-ribbed red and gold plastic material, hand-written paper label. Free end-papers lacking; an unlovely binding; two leaves trimmed rather close at fore-margin with loss of a couple of letters of the side-notes; otherwise a nice copy internally. According to an authorial note on the verso of the title leaf, itself here first printed, this Edition is corrected and revised: and it is in fact, in total, four pages longer than the first edition, which appeared earlier the same year. Originally issued stabbed, probably in plain blue wrappers. Todd, 56c. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$129.15

A Collection Of Poems By Several hands.

By ANTHOLOGY.

London: Printed for G. Pearch, No.12, Cheapside, 1770. Bound without half-title; copperplate vignette on title-page, another as headpiece to first leaf of text (this last signed ‘Isaac Taylor del. et sculpt.’); 4pp Index at end; A7 (ex8), B - I, K - U8, X4; pp.[3] - 323+[i (blank)]+[iv]; contemporary full calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt in compartments, red lettering-piece; sprinkled edges; binder’s blank at front and back. Silver-fish damage to fore-margin of front board, small chip to extreme lower corner of back board, and calf cracking over lower half of front joint; small hole in blank lower margin of A3 due to an original paper flaw; otherwise a very nice copy. Issued separately, but the fourth volume of the series: a fact noted only in the signature mark on on the first leaf of each gathering. The series itself was intended as a continuation of Dodsley’s ‘Miscellany’ Pasted to the front end-paper is a hand-written school prize label dated 1775. Contributors include Dr. Marriott (seven poems); Mr. Jerningham; James Scott, M.A., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Thomas Edwards (eight poems); the Duke of Dorset (two); Villiers, Duke of Buckingham; Mr. Beatie (three, including ‘The Triumph of Melancholy’); Mrs. Brooke (two); Robert Lloyd (three); Mr. Hammond (three); Dr. Lowth, Lord Bishop of Oxford; T--- S---, M.D. [?Smollett] (two); Mr. Richardson of Queen’s College, Oxon.; Dr. Goldsmith (‘The Hermit’); Dr. J. Langhorne (seven); John Harrington (‘A Sonnet made on Isabella Markhame...’ from a Ms. dated 1564); John Duncombe, M.A. (two); Dr. Cotton (two); Dr. Dodd (‘The African Prince, now in England, to Zara, at his Father’s Court’ (written in 1749), with the reply, and two others); Mr. Wodhull (‘The Equality of Mankind’);Mr. Gerrard (four); Christopher Smart, M.A. (four); etc., etc. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$143.51

A Defence Of My Uncle.

By VOLTAIRE ([François-Marie Arouet] de).

Translated from the French of M. de Voltaire. London, Printed for S. Bladon, in Pater-Noster-Row, 1768. Lge.post 8vo (not watermarked); half-title not present; pp.[2]+[viii]+172; [ - ]1, A4, B - I, K - L8, M4; recent quarter calf, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, plainly ruled and tooled gilt, red lettering-piece; edges burnished brown, period end-papers. Marginal ink correction to first leaf of author’s Advertisement; a couple of leaves with small fox-spots; otherwise a fine copy. The very scarce first edition in English of a work originally published in French, at Geneva, in 1767: a reply to Pierre Henri Larcher’s ‘Supplément á la Philosophie de l’histoire’ in which Voltaire defends l’Abbai Barzine’s ‘Philosophie de l’Histoire’ published in 1765. A curious work, full of black humour and sarcasm. NCBEL, 2:101; this title not in Rothschild. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$344.42

Walpoliana.

By [WALPOLE (Horace).].

Vol.I [II]. London, Printed for R. Phillips, 71 St. Paul’s Church Yard, By T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, N.D [1799]. 2 Vols., f’cap 16mo format in half-sheets, watermark generally indecipherable, but bearing the date ‘1797’ in volume one and 1798 in volume two; half-titles and letterpress titles not called for; engraved title-page on plate paper in each volume, that to volume one bearing a vignette portrait of Walpole, that to volume two a view of Strawberry Hill; Preface, Biographical Sketch with four entry Errata to both volumes at end, publisher’s integral advertisement leaf, and large folding engraved facsimile of handwriting of Gray and Walpole, dated ‘Octr.1.1799’, precede start of text in volume one; Index at end of volume two; pp.l (excluding title leaf)+[ii]+140; 180+[xii (ex xxiii), Index, not paginated); a - c8, d2, B - I8, K4, L2; B - I, K - N8, [O[6]; contemporary (probably publisher’s) full sprinkled calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, brown burnished edges, black lettering-piece. Some cracking to calf at joints, and calf generally a trifle rubbed; one lettering-piece a little chipped with loss of last letter of title; bound up without the last six leaves of the Index; inside back cover and last five leaves of Index a little wormed at lower margin; short tear to one fold of the facsimile, and one small blank fore-corner lacking; otherwise a nice copy: offered cheaply because of the defective Index. The book is usually seen in a binding closely resembling the present one, which leads us to believe it a publisher’s style. The last six leaves of the Index have certainly never been present in this copy, and were evidently omitted by the binder in error. Edited by John Pinkerton, who had become acquainted with Walpole after he published ‘An Essay on Medals’ in 1784, and, according to the Preface, he was entrusted by Walpole with the publication of this ‘table-talk’, a miscellany of anecdotes, remarks, letters, etc., “a mere transcript of literary chit-chat, sent to the press in the original careless and unstudied expression.””Several specimens of this miscellany” were first printed serially in the ‘Monthly Magazine’ between March 1798 and May 1799. They here make their first appearance in book form, with additions, and the work is “now published complete” for the first time. Volume two includes a checklist of the Books printed atStrawberry Hill, with the numbers printed, etc., “copied in Mr. Walpole’s presence”. Hazen, ‘Walpole’, 62; ESTC T139132; NCBEL, 2: 1766 All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$93.28

Thoughts On the Prospect Of a Regicide Peace, In a series of Letters.

By [BURKE (Edmund).].

London, Printed for J. Owen, No. 168, Piccadilly, 1796. Demy 8vo in half sheets; half-title not present; Publisher’s Appeal leaves (pp.[I]-IV) on thicker paper), followed by a stub conjugate with the title leaf; pp.[ii]+IV+131+[i (blank)]; A1 (?ex2), a2, B - I, K - R4, S2; modern half-calf, marbled boards, uplettered gilt on spine. Fine copy. Originally issued stabbed and sewn through, stab-holes being faintly visible at the inner margins throughout. The first of eleven editions in this year, and technically a piracy, though Burke placed the ms. in Owen’s hands, and then spent three months in correcting and re-correcting it before quarreling with the publisher and trying to withdraw it. Owen tells the story with much circumstantial detail and naming of witnesses in his inserted ‘Appeal To the Candour and Justice of the Nation’ (which may have replaced an authorial dedication leaf represented by the stub). The dispute arose out of the circumstances surrounding the publication of another pamphlet, ‘A Letter from the Right Honourable Edmund Burke to a Noble Lord, on the Attacks made upon him and his Pension in the House of Lords’, published for Burke by Owen earlier in the same year. Todd, 66a; this title not in Rothschild. In this copy the closing parenthesis is lacking after the page number of p.5, and leaf R2 is mis-signed ‘R’. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$330.07

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