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Observations on Hamlet

PLUMPTRE, James

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First Edition, Presentation from the Author PLUMPTRE, James. [SHAKESPEARE, William]. Observations on Hamlet; and on the motives which most probably induced Shakespeare to fix upon the story of Amleth, from the Danish chronicle of Saxo Grammaticus, for the plot of that tragedy: being an attempt to prove that he designed it as an indirect censure on Mary Queen of Scots. Cambridge: Printed by J. Burges, 1796. [with] An Appendix To Observations On Hamlet; being an attempt to prove that Shakspeare designed that tragedy as an indirect censure on Mary Queen of Scots. Containing I Some Observations on Dramas, which professedly allude to the Occurrences and Characters of the times in which they were written, and an Answer to Objections brought against the Hypothesis. II. Some farther Arguments in support of it. And III. An Answer to the Objections brought against Dr. WarburtonĂ­s Hypothesis respecting an Allusion to Mary Queen or Scots in the celebrated Passage in the Midsummer NightĂ­s Dream. Cambridge: Pri ... Read more

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Observations on the Topography of the Plain of Troy RENNELL, James. Observations on the Topography of the Plain of Troy. And on the Principal Objects Within, and Around It Described, Or Alluded To, In the Iliad. That the System of M. De Chevalier, so long upheld, is founded on a most ERRONEOUS TYPOGRAPHY. And also, that the Two Sources, denominated the Warm, and the Cold, Spring, on which his System materially rests, Do Not Present Any Contrast; but are Exactly Alike, In Point of Tempature; that is, Cold. With a map. In Which the Topgraphy Set Forth by M.. De Chevalier, is contrated with the several Statements of Three other Travellers in the Troad. Also, a Sketch of the Western Part of the Region of Mount Ida... London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. , 1814. First edition. Quarto. [i-v] vi-xxii, [1, blank], 156, [fold-out map] pp. (Measures 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches). Full black morocco., gilt-stamped spine with five raised bands. All edges gilt. Previous owner's bookplate. The slightest of wear to spine ex ... Read more

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Second Edition of West's Translation WEST, Gilbert, [translator]. PINDAR. Odes of Pindar. With several other Pieces in Prose and Verse, Translated from the Greek. To which is added a Dissertation on the Olympick Games. By Gilbert West, Esq. LL. D. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1753. Second edition of West's translation. Two small octavo volumes (6 11/16 x 4 1/16 inches; 169 x 104 mm). [4], xxiii, [1, contents], [1]-284; [4], 320 pp. With engraved frontispiece portrait in volume one. In addition to Pindar's ĂŹA Dissertation on the Olympick GamesĂŽand the ĂŹOdes of PindarĂŽ this work includes translations of Horace, Euripides, Lucian, and other classical poets. Including The Fourth Odes of the Fourth Book of Horace, Iphigenia in Tauris. A Tragedy. Translated from the Greek of Euripides, The Triumphs of the Gout. Translated from the Greek of Lucian, Translations from the Argonauticks of Apollonius Rhodius, The Hymn of Cleanthes, and Menexenus. A Dialogue of Plate. 19th century (?) full polished tan ... Read more

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First Edition of West's Translation WEST, Gilbert, [translator]. PINDAR. Odes of Pindar. With several other Pieces in Prose and Verse, Translated from the Greek. To which is prefixed a Dissertation on the Olympick Games. By Gilbert West, Esq. LL. D. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1749. First edition of West's translation. Quarto (10 1/16 x 8 3/16 inches; 255 x 207 mm). [6], [22], ccvi, [1, errata], [1, contents], 315, [1, blank], [2, ads] pp. Contemporary full speckled calf, rebacked to style. With original red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Spine stamped in gilt. Title printed in red and black. Edges speckled in red. Outer front hinge cracked and loose, but holding. Outer back hinge cracked but firm. Head and tale of the spine chipped. Very good. In addition to Pindar's ĂŹA Dissertation on the Olympick GamesĂŽand the ĂŹOdes of PindarĂŽ this work includes translations of Horace, Euripides, Lucian, and other classical poets. Including The Fourth Odes of the Fourth Book of Horace, Iphigen ... Read more

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Oedipus

DRYDEN, John

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DRYDEN, John. Oedipus. A Tragedy As it is Acted at His Royal Highness the Duke's Theatre. London: Printed for Richard Bentley in Russel-Street in Covent-Garden, 1692. Fourth edition. Octavo (8 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches; 210 x 155 mm). [6], 71, [1, epilogue] pp. Modern quarter red morocco over red cloth, gilt-stamped on spine. Lacking final blank. New endpapers. Very good. HBS 64649. $300

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Oeuvres

RABELAIS, FranÁois

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The Nouvelle Edition of the Works of Rabelais RABELAIS, FranÁois. Oeuvres de Maitre FranÁois Rabelais, avec des Remarques Historiques et Critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Amsterdam: Jean Frederic Bernard, 1741. Nouvelle edition. Three quarto volumes (9 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 238 x 190 mm). [2, blank] [10, 4 of which are ads], [i]-xxxvi, [1]-526, [4, blank]; [2, blank], [6], xxxiv, [3]-383, [2, blank]; [8], [2, ads], [8. letter], 1-144, 147-218, [1]-150, [35, table], [3, blank] pp. Each volume with half-title. Volume I and II with engraved half-titles and volume II with engraved frontispiece. An additional seventeen engraved plates, four of which are folding. Three of the folding plates are engravings of Rabelais' residence and the other is a folding map. Numerous other engraved initials, chapter titles and vignettes. Contemporary tan polished calf. Triple gilt fillet borders. Edges and turn-ins tooled in gilt. Spines with red and brown morocco spine labels lettered in gilt. Spines stamped in gilt. All edg ... Read more

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Oeuvres choisies

CONDILLAC, Etienne Bonnot de

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The Compact Edition of Condillacís Works CONDILLAC, [Etienne Bonnot de]. Oeuvres choisies. Tome premier. Grammaire. Art díÈcrire. Dissertation sur líharmonie du style. [Tome second. Art de raisonner. Art de penser. Logique, ou premiers dÈvelopemens de líart de penser. TraitÈ des animaux]. Paris: 1796. Two quarto volumes. [6], 539, [1, blank]; [4], 559, [1, blank] pp. Nine folding engraved plates of diagrams. Contemporary mottled calf. Spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with brown and black morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges decoratively tooled in gilt, edges stained red, marbled endpapers. Small hole (paper flaw) in 492 (pp. 387/388) in Volume I, just touching a few letters, a few minor marginal paper flaws, not affecting text. Occasional minor browning and spotting in Volume II. Early ink annotations on front flyleaf of Volume I. An excellent copy. ÏCondillac [1714-1780] entered into intellectual life at just the juncture when...French thought was, with some little ... Read more

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Officia M.T.C.

CICERO, Marcus Tullius

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With 103 Woodcut Illustrations, Including One of the Earliest Illustrations of a Conjurer CICERO, Marcus Tullius. Officia M.T.C. Ein Buch, So Marcus Tullius Cicero der Rˆmer, zu seynem Sune Marco, Von den tugentsamen ‰mptern, und zugehˆrungen, eynes wol und rechtlebenden Menschen, in Latein geschriben, Welchs auffbegere, Herren Johansen von Schwartzenbergs [et]c. verteutschet, Und volgens, Durch ine in zyerlicher Hochte¸tsch gebracht, Mit vil Figuren, unnd Te¸tschen Reymen, gemeynem nutz zu gut, in Druck gegeben worden. [Augsburg: Gedruckt...durch Heynrichen Stayner, 7 December ] 1531. Third edition of the first German translation of De officiis, which was first published by Heinrich Steiner 16 February 1531. Folio (11 3/16 x 17 13/16 inches; 284 x 198 mm.). [8], XCI leaves. Lacking the final blank as commonly found. Large woodcut on title of Julius Caesar enthroned and surrounded by eight counsellors, with Cicero shown writing in the background (repeated on G2 verso), large woodcut portrait of ... Read more

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Officina Bodoni:

OFFICINA BODONI

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The Officina Bodoni [OFFICINA BODONI]. The Officina Bodoni: The Operation of a Hand-Press during the First Six Year Years of Its Work. Paris and New York: Editiones Officinae Bodoni at the Sign of the Pegasus, 1929. First English edition. One of 500 numbered copies (a German edition of 350 copies and an Italian edition of 200 copies was also issued). Folio (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches). 79, [1], [2, colophon] pp. Complete with twelve Masereel woodcuts elucidating the printing process, twelve illustrations and tipped in specimens, two pages of Officina Bodoni printer's marks printed in red black and blue and a five page list of Officina Bodoni book printed in the first six years of its existence. Publishers cream linen with gilt spine lettering and a gilt printer's device on the front board. Original printed dust jacket with a small sticker removal to front cover and small tape reinforcement to the inside of jacket at bottom of spine. Previous owner's signature on front paste down. The usual offsetting ... Read more

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Old Curiosity Shop

DICKENS, Charles

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First Separate Edition in Original Cloth DICKENS, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop. A Tale. London: Chapman and Hall, 1841. First separate edition. Octavo. [4], [1]-306, [1]-223, [1, publisher's imprint] pp. (228 Leaves). Page 2 is numbered 2-38, page 47 is numbered 47-79, as per Smith. With eighty-three black and white textual engravings by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Brown. In original olive green fine-diaper cloth, (secondary binding). Boards and spine stamped in blind. Spine lettered in gilt. With previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Head and tail of the spine lightly frayed, and spine sunned, extremities rubbed, some gluing to front outer hinge, some soiling spots on front cover, p. 41-44 is loose. Overall a good copy. This is the first time The Old Curiosity Shop was published as a separate volume. It was also published in volumes I and II of Master Humphry's Clock. " This separate issue of The Old Curiosity Shop was created from portions of Master Humphry's Clock, which a ... Read more

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First Edition in Original Cloth of Darwin's Work on Orchids With Pre-Publication Advertisements DARWIN, Charles. On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids. Are Fertilised by Insects, and on the Good Effects of Intercrossing. With Illustrations. London: John Murray, 1862. First edition. Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 inches; 195 x 125 mm). vi, 365, [1, colophon], [32, publisher's advertisements] pp. With 33 woodcuts in the text and one woodcut folding plate. With publisher's 32 page advertisements dated December 1861. These advertisements being dated before publication indicate that this is a very early copy. Original full maroon cloth. Covers stamped and ruled in blind. Front board with gilt central device of an orchid. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Brown coated endpapers. Spine with some sunning. Some very minor foxing, mainly to preliminaries. Small old bookseller's label on front free endpaper. Overall a near fine copy. "Darwin was adept at flanking movements in order to get a ... Read more

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Only a Fiddler

ANDERSEN, Hans Christian

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First Edition in English of Hans Andersen's "Only a Fiddler" ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Only a Fiddler. Translated from the Danish. London: H. G. Clarke and Co. , 1845. First edition in English. (Originally published in Danish in 1837). Two twelvemo volumes. (Measures 125 x 85 mm.) [1, half-title], [v], 208, 16, catalog; [1, half-title], [v], 180, [12, catalog], pp. Publisher's original gift binding bound in full dark brown morocco, elaborately gilt-stamped on covers and spines. (Adds list cost of Only a Fiddler for 5s. for cloth and 9s. for morocco). Half titles in red, blue, green and gold. All edges gilt. Previous owner's signatures on front free endpaper of vol. 1. A fine set. Only a Fiddler is a romantic tale and may be semi autobiographical, the character Christian most likely representing Hans himself. His love interest is a Jewish girl named Naomi. Unlike most fairy tales, this one does not end up with a happy ending. Naomi and Christian never end up together, sharing only the feeling of ... Read more

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Onze Vader

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Considered the Smallest Books in the World at the Time of Printing [MINIATURE BOOKS]. Het Onze Vader. [The Lord's Prayer] Mainz: The Gutenberg Museum, 1952. (5 x 5 mm). 16 pp. Contains the Lord's Prayer in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish. Full black morocco. Ruled in gilt. Gilt cross on front cover. Housed in a lucite case with magnifying glass. About fine. "Described on publication as the smallest book in the world, produced as a fund-raiser for the reconstruction of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz" HBS 65577. $400

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Opera

HORACE

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The First Illustrated Edition of Horace HORACE. Opera cum quibusdam annotationibus [of Jacob Locher]. Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Gr¸ninger (misspelled G¸rninger), 12 March 1498. First illustrated edition of Horace and the first edition printed in Germany. Edited by the poet Jacob Locher, called Philomusus (1471-1528). It is also the first edition based on German manuscript sources, one of which was a ninth-century codex from the monastery of Lorsch. Folio (11 11/16 x 8 5/16 inches; 297 x 210 mm.). 220 leaves ([6], CCVII, [1, blank], [6] leaves). Gothic and roman types. Three columns. Seventy-four lines of commentary on either side of text. With 168 woodcut illustrations from 101 blocks by the Terence Master, put together in various combinations, including some repeats. Capital spaces with guide letters. Initials supplied in red and blue. Woodcut printerís device (Davies 168) on verso of fol. CCVII. Eighteenth-century paste paper over pasteboard. Spine lettered in manuscript. A few leaves slight ... Read more

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Opera

HORACE

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Bentley's Renowned 1711 Horace: HORACE. BENTLEY, Richard [editor]. Q. Horatius Flaccus, ex recensione & cum notis atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii.Cambridge: [University Press], 1711. Two quarto volumes (9 x 7 3/8 inches; 230 x 188 mm.). [28], 310; [4], 460 pp. Complete with added engraved title-page dated 1708 and half-title. Engraved printer's device on title-pages. Contemporary full paneled calf, double-fillet borders rolled in blind, triple-fillet center compartment rolled in blind with blind floral stamps at corners, spines tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt red morocco lettering piece, gilt board edges, all edges sprinkled red. Very occasional light spotting. Faint moisture stains to outer top and fore-edges of volume I, most visible on last two signatures. Boards with some edgewear, three of four headcaps perished, joints starting but boards still holding tight. Some spotting to boards. Frontispiece slightly darkened. Overall a very attractive, notably clean and br ... Read more

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The Last Edition to Appear During Lipsius's Life LIPSIUS, Justus. Opera Omnia Quae Ad Criticam Proprie Spectant:. tam noviter ab ipso aucta, correcta, digesta. Quorum Omnium Index & Ordo post Praefationem. Antwerp: ex officina Plantiniana, apud Joannem Moretum , 1600. A collected edition of essays by Belgian classical scholar Lipsius. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 inches; 260 x 175 mm). [8], 645, [20, index], [5], pp. Text in Latin. This edition of 1600 was "The last edition which appeared in Lipsius's life time." (Ebert, 22149). Full contemporary vellum. Yapp edges. Remnants of ties. Contemporary ink on spine. Vellum is bit soiled and torn on front and back. Occasional underlining throughout. Without front and rear pastedowns. Some toning and worming throughout, mainly marginal. A Overall a very good copy. Works contained in this volume: Variarum Lectionum Libri tres. Antiquarum Lectionum Libri quinque Epistolicarum Quaestionum Libri quinque Electorum Libri duo In Valer. Maximum Notae Animadversi ... Read more

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[Opera] quÊ extant

CAESAR, Gaius Julius

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"The most sumptuous classical work which this country has produced": The Magnificent Tonson Caesar, Complete with Eighty-Seven Full-Page Engravings CAESAR, Gaius Julius. C. Julii CÊsaris quÊ extant. AccuratissimË cum libris editis & MSS optimis collata, recognita & correcta. Accesserunt annotationes Samuelis Clarke S.T.P. Item indices locorum, rerumque & verborum utilissimÊ. Tabulis ∆neis ornata. London: Sumptibus & Typis Jacobi Tonson, 1712. Large folio (18 5/8 x 11 9/16 inches; 473 x 290 mm.). [6], 560 pp. Complete with eighty-seven engraved plates and maps, sixty-two of which are double-page or folding, including added engraved title by C. Huyberts after R. V. Audenaerde, engraved portrait of the dedicatee, John Duke of Marlborough, by G. Vertue after G. Kneller, and engraved portrait of Caesar by J. de Leeuw. Thirty-one engraved head- and tail-piece vignettes and seventeen engraved historiated initials. With the double-page plate of the bison, usually lacking. Contemporary red straight-g ... Read more

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"The Only Early Work Covering the Phase of British History to Which Arthur is Commonly Assigned" (The Arthurian Encyclopedia) GILDAS. Opus Novum Gildae Britannus Monachus. cui sapientis cognomentum est inditum, de calamitate excidio, et conquestu Britanniae... [Antwerp: C. Ruremond, 1525 (?)]. First edition. This work has usually been, and often continues to be, attributed to the printer Pynson in London in 1525; Dennis Rhodes in his 1979 article in The Library (IV, 1979, pp. 355-360) attempts to identify different title-pages, and considers the title at hand to be that printed by Ruremond circa 1525-27. Text is edited by Polydore Vergilius and R. Ridley. Octavo. Nineteenth century morocco, gilt. A few leaves closely shaved affecting an occasional letter. A very good copy of a rare and important work. Gildas (516? - 570? [Annales Cambriae put his death at 572]), probably a monk, was an important early British historian who became known as Saint Gildas the Wise. He attended the school in Wales f ... Read more

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Thick-Paper Copy, Inscribed by Adams ADAMS, John Quincy. Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier De Lafayette. Delivered at the Request of Both Houses of the United States, Before Them, in the House of Representatives at Washington. On the 31st of December, 1834 Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1835. First edition, thick-paper copy. Inscribed by Adams on an inserted slip in front of title-page, as usual. Signed "Ebenezer Jackson/ from/ John Quincy Adams" Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 216 x 134 mm). [1]-94, [2, blank] pp. Contemporary full straight-grain navy blue morocco, handsomely rebacked to style. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Boards ruled in gilt. Blue drab endpapers, original plain wrappers bound in. Pages a bit toned. Inner hinges repaired. Previous owners ink signature and address label on front free endpapers. Same owner's blind embossed notary stamp on signature sheet and page 49. Overall very good. It is commonly known that at the time of the original publication of thi ... Read more

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Ordre naturel et essentiel des sociÈtÈs politiques

LE MERCIER DE LA RIVIÂťRE, Pierre Paul

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An Important and Representative Physiocratic Work [LE MERCIER DE LA RIVI»RE, Pierre Paul]. LíOrdre naturel et essentiel des sociÈtÈs politiques. London: Chez Jean Nourse, Libraire; & se trouvÈ ‡ Paris, Chez Desaint, Libraire, 1767. First quarto edition, published in the same year as the first (twelvemo) edition. (Measures 10 x 7 3/4 inches). [6], [viii], 511pp, [1,blank]. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine elaborately gilt-stamped with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers, all edges red. Previous owner's old ink notes on front free endpaper. Housed in a custom quarter brown morocco clamshell, gilt-stamped. One of the most important French economic texts of the period, representative of physiocratic views and concepts. This work brought about the attack by Mably in his Doutes proposÈs aux philosophes Èconomistes sur líordre naturel et essentiel des sociÈtÈs politiques (1768). Higgs, Bibliography of Economics, 3980. Goldsmithsí 10270. Higgs 3980. Kress 6475 (quarto edition). M ... Read more

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