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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ADDISON [(John)]. The Works Of Anacreon, Translated into English verse; With Notes Explanatory and Poetical, To which are added the Odes, Fragments, and Epigrams of Sappho. With the Original Greek plac’d Opposite to the Translation. By Mr. Addison. London: Printed for John Watts at the Printing-Office In Wild-Court near Lincoln’s-Inn Fields, 1735. F’cap 12mo; half-title not called for; copper-engraved portrait frontispiece, and one plate, both printed upon text-paper; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[xxiv (unpaginated), including the frontispiece]+[280 (including plate)]; [A] — I, K — M12, N4, O2; contemporary full sheep, spine with four raised bands, ruled and tooled blind on sides, gilt on edges; burnished sprinkled edges. Leather somewhat cracking over joints, slightly chipped at extreme head and tail of spine, and peeled a little on the front cover; neat notes in ink and pencil on front end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


CBEL, II, p.759. Loosely laid in at the end is a cutting from the “Times” of June 10th 1916, giving the text of a newly-found poem by Sappho, together with a translation of it.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AKENSIDE (Mark).]. The Pleasures Of Imagination. 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.

GB £25.00

US $33.75


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’.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

AKENSIDE (Mark). The Poems Of Mark Akenside, M.D. London, Printed by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols: And sold by J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall. 1772. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.xii+402; a4, b2, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Cc8, Dd1; contemporary full natural calf, lettering-piece. Front board detached and front end-paper lacking; back joint cracked, but board holding on the cords; lacking the lettering-piece; contemporary ink notes on back end-paper; pin-head ink-spotting to fore-margin of F4, and upper margin of U4 and U5, not touching text; small stain on blank lower margin of final leaf; a couple of small corners turned; text otherwise very nice. A large copy with good margins.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


The first collected edition, 8vo issue, of a poet well thought of in his time, and highly praised by Pope. There was also a 4to edition, with a portrait. CBEL, II, p.350; Williams, p.96; Rothschild, 28. In this copy p.179 is paged ‘79’ and p.401, ‘40’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[ANSTEY (Christopher).]. The New Bath guide: Or, Memoirs of the B---R---D family. In a Series of Poetical epistles. Sold by J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall; J. Wilson & J. Fell, in Pater-noster-Row; And J. Almon, in Piccadilly, London; W. Frederick, at Bath; W. Jackson, At Oxford; T. Fletcher & F. Hodson, at Cambridge; W. Smith, at Dublin; And the Booksellers of Bristol, York, and Edinburgh, 1766. Extra cr.4to in half-sheets (watermarked with large ‘Crown L V G’: 260 x 200mm); pp.130; [A] — I, K — Q, R*, R — T, V, X — Z, Aa — Ii2, Kk1; twentieth century half olive green polished calf, marbled sides, calf tooled blind on sides with decorative rules, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt, very dark green lettering-piece; red and yellow head- and tail- bands; sympathetic toned laid end-papers and binder’s blanks. Slight fading to leather of spine; margins of title-page very slightly darkened by dye from an earlier calf binding; very slight, light, foxing to some five or six leaves; otherwise a very nice copy, with large margins.

GB £380.00

US $513.00


A famous work, much reprinted with additions and alterations, but this first edition is scarce. The volume was issued originally stabbed, in grey paper wrappers, traces of which are still present here at the extreme inner margin of the title-page. In this copy pp.105 — 130, containing the ‘Epilogue to the New Bath Guide’, are present, which is often not the case, and it may characterise a second state of issue. With the second edition a further nine pages were added, and the Epilogue retitled ‘Epilogue to the Second Edition’. The author’s first volume in English, preceded only by a translation into Latin of ‘Gray’s Elegy’ published at Cambridge in 1762. In the present copy gathering Dd is without a signature mark. The final leaf is a singleton and may have been printed ‘two-up’, though it is possible that a blank or advertisement leaf is lacking. (The British Library copy, however, agrees with the present one). Not in Rothschild; NCBEL, 2:638.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. A Collection Of Poems By Several hands. 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.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


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.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Miscellanies. 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.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


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.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Miscellany Poems And Translations By Oxford Hands. London, Printed for Anthony Stephens, Bookseller near The Theatre in Oxford, 1685. F’cap 8vo, watermarked, in half-sheets; nothing called for before title-page; integral leaf publisher’s advertisements at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+205+[i (blank)]+[ii]; A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Dd4; contemporary sprinkled panelled calf, tooled blind on sides, recently plainly rebacked with applied back, the calf raised over the cords, the original lettering piece and end-papers preserved. Boards worn at corners and rubbed a little at edges; lettering-piece chipped with loss of one letter; name of 1829 owner torn from upper-fore-corner of front end-paper; a little light spotting and dusting here and there in text; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £800.00

US $1,080.00


The front end-paper bears the ownership signature ‘J Mitford’ and the date 1806. A scarce volume, with a two-page introduction by the publisher, includingpoems and verse translations by H. Hody, Thomas Brown (v. NCBEL, 2: 1044-6), ‘Mr. C.S. of Wad. Coll.’, ‘J.G.’, ‘H.W.’, J[ohn]. Glanvil (v. NCBEL, 2: 475), and some that are anonymous. The main contributor, however, and possibly the inspirer of the collection, is ‘F[rancis]. Willis Fellow of New Coll. Oxon’.NCBEL, 2: 335; Case, ‘English Poetical Miscellanies’, 178; Wing, M2232; ESTC, R24393; COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Leeds, and Sheffield only: a couple of them apparently incomplete.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Musical Repository: A Collection Of favourite Scotch, English, and Irish Songs, Set to music. Glasgow: Printed by Alex. Adam, For A. Carrick, booksellers, Saltmarket, 1799. F’cap 16mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; wood-engraved vignette at end of Contents, followed by wood-engraved fly-title with text on verso; music printed from type throughout; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.278+2; A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Mm4; contemporary full sheep, spine ruled gilt, black lettering-piece with guinea-roll rules, gilt; a.e. stained green, fore-edges mainly trimmed. Front joint cracking, minute chip to leather of headband, and sheep worn over one corner; light dusting throughout and one or two small stains, but a very good copy, near-nice considering the nature of the book.

GB £440.00

US $594.00


All the contents are anonymous, but the volume includes a good number of songs by Burns, several with titles that vary from those given in Egerer, presumably from different sources, and possibly with variant texts. ‘Coming thro’ the Rye’ for example, which according to Egerer 8e first appeared in Vol.V. of the ‘Scots Musical Museum’ 1n 1796, is here entitled ‘Gin a Body meet a Body’; the ‘Lament of Mary Queen of Scots on the Approach of Spring’ first published in volume two of the 1793 ‘Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect’ (Egerer, 25), appears here as ‘Qheen Mary’s Lament’. Other songs, such as ‘My Heart is a-breaking, Dear Titty’, which Egerer records as first appearing in Vol.II, Set 3 of ‘Original Scottish Airs’ in 1799 (Egerer, 25c) may in fact have been first collected in the present work. This volume is not recorded by Egerer, and would very possibly repay some study. A second edition appeared in Edinburgh in 1803, which, though from a different setting of text, was a line-for-line reprint of this volume up to p.278, but with an added Appendix of songs occupying pp.279 — 90, including a further variant of one of the Burns songs here (and there identified as such). ESTCN10248
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[ANTHOLOGY]. Recueil De L’académie Des Belles-lettres, Sciences et arts De Marseille, Pour l’Année 1774. A Marseille, De l’Imprimerie d’Antoine Favet, Imprimeur du Roi, 1774. Cr.8vo format in half-sheets; half-title not called for; second title follows that quoted above (v. note); pp.viij+[16 (‘Liste de Mrs. les Académiciens de Marseille’ and ‘Table’, misbound: according to itself, this section should come at the end)]+56+52+65+[i (blank)]+[ii]; old (?original) cream paper wrappers over white card, titled in ink on upper wrapper, later marbled over-wrappers tipped on, all cut flush. Over-wrappers rather worn; small stain to blank upper fore-corner of last two leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The second title-page reads the same as the first up to the end of the title, then adds: Contenant l’Eloge de la Fontaine par M. de Chamfort, qui a remporté le prix; deux Autres Eloges qui ont eu l’Accessit; & une Ode Sur le même sujet par M. François de Neufchateau, Associé de l’Académie. A Marseille, De l’Imprimerie d’Antoine Favet, Imprimeur Du Roi, de l’Académie, & Libraire. Et se vend Chez Jean Mossy, Imprimeur du Roi, De la Marine, & Libraire, au Parc. M. DCC. LXXIV. Avec Approbation & Privilége du Roi. The second Éloge is here attributed in ms. on the upper margin of the first page to ‘Mr. dela -’ the rest being unfortunately trimmed away!
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Sean Dana; le Oisian, Orran, Ulann, &c.: Ancient poems Of Ossian, Orran, Ullin, &c. Collected in the Western Highlands and Isles; Being the Originals of the Translations some time ago Published in the Gaelic Antiquities. By John Smith, D.D., Minister of the Gospel at Campbelton. Edinburgh: Printed for Charles Elliot; and for C. Elliot, T. Kay, and Co. No 332. Opposite Somerset-House, Strand, London, 1787. Pp.[iv]+174. Margins of first two leaves a little frayed; some foxing, but in general a very good copy. Bound with: [JACKSON (Robert, M.D.). A Systematic View Of the Formation, Discipline, and Economy of Armies. John Stockdale, London, 1804.] Pp.ix — xxxi+[i (blank)+347+[i (printer’s imprint); erratum listed on p. [x]. Lacking the first gathering (i.e., all before the last leaf of the Table of Contents). Small chip to blank upper margin of Sean dana title-page, and contemporary signature; some foxing, mostly to margins and first few leaves; but otherwise in general nice. Two volumes bound in one, the first small folio, the second quarto; old half-calf, badly worn, and lacking the backstrip.

GB £145.00

US $195.75


The first work is ESTC 098764. COPAC lists only the British Library, National Library of Scotland, National Linrary of Wales, Edinburgh, Bristol, and Manchester copies, though an 8vo edition was published later the same year. Of the second work COPAC lists only the British Library, L.S.E., Manchester, Trinity College Dublin, and Wellcome Library copies.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BACON] (Francis, Lord Verulam). The Historie Of the Reigne of King Henry The Seventh. Written by the Right Hon: Francis Lo: Virulam, Viscount S. Alban. Whereunto is now added a very vsefull And necessary Table. London printed by I.H. and R.Y. and Are to be sold by Philemon Stephens And Christopher Meredith, At the Signe of the Golden Lyon in Pauls-Church- Yard, 1629. Demy 4to; half-title not called for; fine wood-engraved title-page (a cancel, pasted on a stub), head- and tail- pieces, and two large historiated initial letters; pp.[iv (unpaged)]+248+[x (unpaged)]; [A]3, B — I, K — T, V, X — Z, Aa — Ii4, Kk5; eighteenth century full watered calf, spine with six raised bands, tooled with Grecian urn ornament in compartments, lettering-piece; burnished edges; marbled end-papers, two binder’s blanks at front and back. Calf somewhat chipped on sides and at extreme head and tail of spine, and with several scuffs; calf split over joints, and in need of rebacking; insignificant hole in title-page due to an original paper fault, another in Kk1; a few unobtrusive marginal notes etc., probably in the hand of T.D. Whitaker of St. John’s College Cambridge whose 1776 signature appears on one of the front binder’s blanks; in general internally very clean and fresh.

GB £1,300.00

US $1,755.00


Gibson, 118: a re-issue of the sheets of the second edition of 1628 (Gibson 117) with a cancel title-page. In this edition the ten page ‘Index Alphabeticall, directing to the most obserueable passages in the foregoing Historie’ is first added. The book was originally published in 1622, that edition occurring in two states (Gibson 116 and 116b). Nothing is lacking from this copy, the 1628/9 edition having been issued without a frontispiece, whilst the single inset leaf Kk2 was printed as part of the preliminary gathering, completing that sheet. Page 208 is here misnumbered 218. “A valuable work, giving a clear and animated narrative of the reign, and characterising Henry with great skill. The style is in harmony with the matter — vigorous and flowing but naturally with less of the quaintness and richness suitable to more thoughtful and original writings.” — Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th edn.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BASKERVILLE PRINTING]. Select fables Of Esop [sic] And other fabulists. In three books. Birmingham, Printed by John Baskerville, for R. and J. Dodsley in Pall mall [sic], 1761. Price bound Five Shillings. Post 8vo format, not watermarked; fine engraved frontispiece, fifteen inserted plates, vignette on title-page, three head-pieces, and three tail-pieces to the chapters, all on copper, the last signed by C. Grignion after S.Wale, the rest not signed; pp.[2]+[iv]+vii+vii (bis) — xxxix+xli — lxxviii+130+[ii (not paginated)]+132 — 175+177 — 204+[28 (Index, not paginated)]; A7, b — e8, f3, B — I, K — P8, Q4; publisher’s full polished natural calf, ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, red lettering piece, edges burnished brown; brown silk marker. Joints broken; some staining from turnovers of the calf to binder’s blanks, lightly visible on margins of frontispiece, title-page, and last three leaves of Index; slight offsetting from frontispiece; a couple of light fox-spots on plates; small hole in blank upper margin of G2; staining to extreme inner margins of one opening from marker; in general effect, however, an excellent copy, still in its original dress.

GB £420.00

US $567.00


Includes ‘The Life of Esop’ translated from the French of Mons. de Meziriac, ‘An Essay on Fable’ by Robert Dodsley, two groupings of fables by ancient and modern mythologists and a section of original fables. Gaskell 14: he first Baskerville edition of Aesop and the first of Baskerville’s books to be illustrated. The discontinuities in pagination are correct: the catchwords carry over and there is nothing lacking from the signatures. The binding is that normally seen.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BECKINGHAM (C.).]. Christus Patiens: Or, the Sufferings Of Christ. An Heroic poem. In Two Books. Made English from the Latin Original of Rapin. London: Printed for E. Curll in Fleetstreet. [sic] C. Rivington In St. Paul’s Church-Yard, J. Brotherton in Cornhill, and W. Lewis in Covent Garden. 1720. (Price 1s. 6d.). Half-title or blank lacking at start; frontispiece in facsimile; M3 excised, leaving a stub, and here also supplied in facsilile (v. note); [A]3 (?ex 4), b, B — I, K — N4; pp.[xiv (not paginated)]+[1]-95+[i (blank)]; modern cream paper wrappers, white label printed in black on front wrapper. Insignificant pen trials on A3; one or two minor spots passim, but a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


The first appearance of this poem in English. The translator’s name appears at the end of the Dedication. The loss of the frontispiece is a probable accident of ageing, but M3, which includes references to adultery and fleshly lusts, has been deliberately excised, presumably by a Bowdleriser. CBEL, II, p.434 and 796.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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

GB £60.00

US $81.00


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.

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BOSWELL (James). The Life Of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending An account of his studies And numerous works, In chronological order; And various original pieces of his composition, Never before published: The whole exhibiting a view of literature and Literary men in Great-Britain, for near Half a century, during which he flourished. In three volumes. The second edition, revised and augmented. By James Boswell, Esq. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, For Charles Dilly, in the Poultry, 1793. 3 Vols., lge.post 8vo; half-titles not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece by J. Baker after Sir Joshua Reynolds in volume one; folding facsimile in volumes two and three; pp.[ii]+xviii+*xxxvi+603+[i (blank)]; [ii]+634; [ii]+711+[i (blank)]+[xvii]-xxxix+[i (blank)]; A1, a7, [2]a2, *a — *b8, *c2, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Pp8, Qq6; [A]1, B — I, K — U, X — Zz, Aa — Ii, Kk — Qq8, Rr1, Ss8, Tt4; [A]1, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Yy8, Zz4, b8, c4; Contemporary half-calf, marbled sides, red and black lettering-pieces. In need of re-backing: the back board and part of spine lacking in volume one, calf split or splitting and slightly chipped in other volumes; early ownership inscription on each title-page; some light pencilled notes and reference marks passim, apparently contemporary (one note adding biographical information about Mr. Harris who is mentioned on p.489 in volume two); two or three small marginal chips, and some half-dozen or so tears passim, three or four of them touching the text, but without loss; text in general clean, but slight dusting and a few small marks here and there, mostly in margins. An excellent working copy.

GB £590.00

US $796.50


Rothschild, 468; Pottle, 81: “The text of the second edition...deserves a close study. Although we believe that the third represents the form in which Boswell would ultimately have re-arranged this supplementary material, we can never be sure of it, for this edition was the last actually published in his lifetime. There were also many pleasant and characteristic sentences introduced in this edition which naturally dropped out when the text was shaken together by Malone.” (Pottle). Pp. *xxiv and *xxv in volume one are mis-numbered *xxv and *xxvi; pp. 177 — 209 in volume two are mis-numbered 187 — 219, 444 is mis-numbered 445, whilst p.533 is correct; and in volume three p.86 is numbered 98, p.290 is mis-numbered 291, p.127 is unnumbered, and pp.219 and 315 appear as 21 and 31 (the 5 here being added in ink), whilst pp.408 and 459 are correctly printed; the inserted leaf of ‘Additional corrections’ following *c2 in volume one is not here present: all as with the early issued Rothschild copy. The present copy, however has been made up without the additional gatherings ‘b’ and ‘c’ (totalling twelve leaves). It is also without the final blank present in the Rothschild copy (but not recorded by Pottle) in volume three. The afterthoughts and additional material which caused the irregularities in volumes one and two are fully discussed by Pottle.
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[BRANT (Sebastian) and BARCLAY (Alexander)]. [Stultifera nauis, qua omnium mortalium narratur stultitia, admodum vtilis & necessaria ab omnibus ad suam salutem perlegenda, è Latino sermone in nostrum vulgarem versa, & iam diligenter impressa. An. Do. 1570. The ship of fooles, wherin is shewed the folly of all states, with diuers other workes adioyned vnto the same, very profitable and fruitfull for all men. Translated out of Latin into Englishe by Alexander Barclay priest. [on colophon:] Imprinted at London : In Paules Church-yarde by Iohn Cavvood printer to the Queenes maiestie.] F’cap (so watermarked) folio, 271 x 180mm, in sixes; nothing called for before title-page (which is here lacking); colophon leaf at end (lacking); large woodcut historiated initial on p.1, one small historiated initial, and one hundred and six large woodcut illustrations (ex one hundred and sixteen, including eight that are included three times and one twice) in the text; ff.[11 ex 12 (not foliated)]+259-11+[3 (Index, Latin followed by English, not foliated, last page blank)]+[40 ex 42 (not foliated, last page blank)]+[16 ex 24 (not foliated)]; ¶ 5 ex 6, ¶¶, A — C6, D 5 ex 6, E — H 6, I 5 ex 6, K — L6, M4 ex 6, N -T6, U4 ex 6, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Qq6, Rr4 ex 6, Tt — Uv6, Xx4; A — B6, C4 ex 6, D — G6; A — B6, C — D 2 ex 6; original limp vellum, end-papers of printer’s waste (v.note). Vellum cockled, dusty, and slightly torn or chipped at head and tail of spine; lacking in all twenty-two leaves ex 340 (v. note); last two gatherings bound in reversed order; strip cut from margin of N2 (possibly to remove a side-note); lower fore-corner torn from S6, with loss to small portion of marginal type-ornament; marginal tears and small chip to Bb2, with loss of four or five letters of side-note; two small holes in Ff4, with loss of three letters of text, and insignificant damage to illustration; light smudging (probably a fault during printing) to fore-margin of Kk6, touching but not obscuring two of the side-notes; small chip to extreme blank lower-margin Ll3 and Ll4; chips and small tears to blank fore-margin Nn1 unobtrusively repaired with matching period paper and without loss to either text or side-notes; light damp-staining to Oo1; trimming error to Pp4 leaving flap of extra paper at lower fore-corner (and corner folded in), showing leaf was originally 18mm longer and wider; marginal pen trials to Tt6v (with offsetting), and third A6r; small light stain blank lower margin second E2 — 4 and third B5 — 6; last three leaves dusty, and C3 — 4 frayed at lower fore-margins with loss of about ten letters of text on versos; some extreme blank corners turned or worn; in general, however, a clean, sound copy of a very scarce book, distinctly so to-day in its original dress.

GB £5,400.00

US $7,290.00


For all practical purposes the earliest purchasable text in English of ‘The Ship of Fools’, preceded only by an edition of the same translation published by Pynson late in 1509, and a translation by Henry Watson published by Wynkyn de Worde earlier the same year, both of which are now very rare. The main text is a rather loose rendering of ‘Das Narrenschiff’, a satirical poem by the humanist poet Sebastian Brant (1458 — 1521), published originally in German in 1494, but based not upon Brant’s original but on a Latin version by Jacob Locher, first published in 1497 and here included as a parallel text (printed in Roman type, the English text being in Gothic), with hints from the version in French by Pierre Rivière dating from the same year, and also from a version in Dutch. The Barclay text is supplemented not only by side-notes, but also by interpolations in verse, by Barclay, for the most part identified as such by sub-titles. The woodcuts in the present edition are from the same blocks that were used by Pynson in the original edition of Barclay’s translation, and were cut after the Parisian copies made for the 1497 French translation. The Parisian blocks in their turn were imitations of the woodcuts used in the original German edition (Basel, 1494), which used to be ascribed to Dürer, though are now considered to have been the work of the Master of the Bergman Printing House. ‘Das Narrenschiff’, in which each of the one hundred and eleven fools contained in the ship embody some vice or other human imperfection, was one of the most popular books of its time. Added in this edition are two extra related and interesting texts: ‘The Mirrour of good Maners. Conteining the foure Cardinal Vertues, compiled in Latin by Dominike Mancin, and translated into English by Alexander Barclay priest, and Monke of Ely. At the desire of the righte worshipfull sir [sic] Giles Alington Knight.’ [ff.(1)-(42): (STC 17243, the second edition of a translation of ‘De quattuor virtutibus’ first published c.1518), and ‘Certayne egloges Of Alexander Barclay Priest, Whereof the first three conteyne the miseryes Of Courtiers and Courtes of all princes in generall, Gathered out of a booke named in Latin, Miseriæ Cvrialium, compiled By Eneas Siluius [PICCOLOMINI, i.e., Pope Pius II] Poet and Oratour.’ [ff.(1)-(24): (a reprint of STC 1384/5)]. The limp vellum wrappers of this volume could never have been intended as a permanent binding. It must have been expected that the purchaser of so expensive a thing as a thick folio volume would have it properly bound in leather over boards (conceivably of oak). At the time this volume was published, printers were still usually their own publishers, and it is a reasonable assumption, therefore, that the book was bound as we now see it for, or by, Cawood — for as McKerrow notes “many of the early printers were also binders” (Introduction to Bibliography, 1928, p.121). Limp vellum wrappers represented a cheap way of protecting the text until a purchaser were found. If this is the case, the printer’s waste used for the end-papers is not without interest, since it consists of two preliminary leaves from a folio Great Bible, and Cawood himself, who died in 1572, printed editions of the Great Bible in 1568 and 1569 — just one year before the present volume. The end-papers, however, are not from Cawood’s Great Bibles, but apparently from the seventh edition of the Great Bible, printed in 1541 by Richard Grafton, the leaves concerned being headed alternately ‘The Prologue’ and ‘To the Reader’ and being identifiable as to their origin by the existence at the end of the Prologue beneath the words ‘God save the King’ of two pairs of large initials, in each case ‘H’ and ‘R’, the first pair decorated and an inch high, the lower pair some two and a half inches high and of very elaborate design, and also by the signature mark, which is a Maltese cross. Between the upper pair of initials is what appears to be an ownership inscription in an early (court) hand, now largely illegible. The question arises, if the volume were so dressed for Cawood, how he came to be using a 1541 Great Bible as waste-paper in 1570? — and it is an interesting speculation that he may earlier have been using it as printer’s copy. The missing leaves are ¶1 (title); D1, I5, Q6, Cc2 and Cc5, Ff2, Oo6 (Fols.9, 53, 96, 152, 155, 170, and 222 in ‘Stultifera Navis’); the second C3 and C4 (‘Mirror of Good Manners’); C and D 1, 2, 5, and 6 in the (third and fourth ‘Eclogue’). In this copy the following errors of foliation have been noted: 31 marked 13, 99: 96, 150: 156, 191: 188, 200: 100, and 201: 205. STC (2nd ed.) 3546; Pforzheimer, 41; ESTC S107135.

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BROWNE ([Sir] Thomas). Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into Very many received Tenents, And commonly presumed Truths. By Thomas Browne Dr. of Physick. London, Printed by T.H. for Edward Dod, and are To be sold in Ivie Lane, 1646. F’cap folio (so watermarked); license leaf present, but without the final blank; text printed within line border throughout; large historiated initial on A3, woodcut initials elsewhere, and head-pieces of type ornaments; pp.[xx (not paginated)]+386; a6, b, A — T, V, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Tt, Vv, Xx — Zz, Aaa4, Bbb5 (ex 6); nineteenth century polished calf ruled gilt, tooled blind, at borders, gilt tooled edges, neatly re-backed with matching calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spines, red lettering-piece; matching oil-marbled edges and end-papers, the end-papers strengthened with linen at the gutters. Small split in a1 (not touching printed area) unobtrusively strengthened, and small hole in blank upper margin of a2 neatly almost invisibly repaired with matching paper (both being original paper flaws); small hole in T3 due to an original paper flaw, with loss of one letter on each side of the leaf; quarter inch chip to extreme blank lower margin of F3; otherwise an excellent, clean, copy with good margins.

GB £1,920.00

US $2,592.00


Wing, B5159; Grolier 107; Wellcome II, p.253; Keynes [73B]; NCBEL, I, 2230. There is an alternative 1646 imprint [73A] with the printer’s name in full and with no address, which Keynes reports as ‘less usual’ and ‘likely to be the earlier’. The rest of the title-page was printed from the same setting, ‘so the change was probably made while the book was in the press.’ The present copy has the wrong catchword on A6v (‘THE’ instead of ‘A’) and p.317 misnumbered 217, apparently as always. The first edition of Browne’s most famous and substantial work in which he applies his brilliant scientific mind to a wealth of common misconceptions, at the same time providing a fascinating account of popular superstition and tradition. The book, which came to be known as Browne’s ‘Vulgar Errors’, was the result of many years of experimental investigation, and, written in an extravagant style described by Johnson in his Life as “a tissue of many languages; a mixture of heterogeneous words, brought together from distant regions, with terms appropriated to one art, and drawn by violence into the sevice of another", it also provides for the modern reader an “inexhaustible store of entertainment” — (D.N.B.). Browne’s complaint against the science of the day was that it turned its back on nature and relied on tradition. ‘Intellectual acquisition’, he wrote in his introductory address To the Reader, ‘is but a reminiscential evocation, and new impressions but the colouring of old stamps which stood pale in the soul before.’ He addressed his accusations of ‘vulgar error’, not to the ignorant, but ‘the knowing and leading part of Learning’ with the hope that he might awaken an intellectual conscience in them.

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BROWNE ([Sir] Thomas). Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into Very many Received Tenents, And commonly Presumed Truths. By Thomas Browne Dr of Physick. The Second Edition, Corrected and much Enlarged by the Author. Together With some Marginall Observations, and a Table Alphabeticall at the end. London, Printed by A. Miller, for Edw. Dod and Nath. Ekins, at the Gunne in Ivie Lane. 1650. F’cap folio in fours; half-title not called for; imprimatur on verso of last leaf of Contents; Errata at end of Table Alphabetical; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+329+[x (not paginated)]+[i (blank); A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx4, Yy2; contemporary full calf, ruled blind on sides, spine with six raised bands, ruled blind, dark brown lettering-piece with gilt rules. Old, barely noticeable restorations to calf at head and tail of spine; joints cracked, but firm on the cords; paste-downs a little chipped at edges; early signature obliterated on upper margin of title; small hole in blank fore-margin of B2, blank upper margin of O2, and also U2, all due to original paper flaws; light marginal damp-stain to E4, Aa4, and gathering Y; short tear to lower margin of Cc1, not approaching ruled border, another to lower margin of Ff4, just touching rules (this apparently an original paper flaw), and another to extreme inner margin of Qq1, not approaching the borders; strip torn from blank fore-margin of Rr2, not approaching border; blank lower fore-corner torn from Nn4, not approaching borders; nonetheless an excellent clean, large, copy.

GB £1,140.00

US $1,539.00


A copy with a distinguished provenance of three major collections, the front end-paper bearing a pencilled presentation inscription dated 1929 from Richard Jennings (whose library, sold at Sotheby’s in 1952, was said by John Carter [T.L.S., March 31st, 1966] to have “left its mark on the technique of book-collecting by setting, to all who saw the books, a standard of condition so fastidious that his successors have despaired of living up to it") to John Hayward (whose own collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 1956), and with the subsequent book-plate (designed by Rockwell Kent) and pencilled note of Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. on the front paste-down. A couple of related clippings are laid in. The second edition, revised and expanded from the first edition of 1646, and with the side-notes and index added. Keynes, 74; Wing, B5160; CBEL, I, 2230. Described by Wilkin in 1835 and Keynes in 1968 as “the handsomest as to typography” of any edition of this title, as Keynes also notes: “the second edition of 1650 . . . besides being better printed and produced, is considerably less common than its predecessor.” (v. Keynes, pp.56 and 51). In this copy, p.266 is paged 271, and p.271 is paged 266 as recorded by Keynes.
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BROWNE ([Sir] Thomas). Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into Very many Received Tenents, And commonly Presumed Truths. By Thomas Browne Dr of Physick. The Second Edition, Corrected and much Enlarged by the Author. Together With some Marginall Observations, and a Table Alphabeticall at the end. London, Printed by A. Miller, for Edw. Dod and Nath. Ekins, at the Gunne in Ivie Lane. 1650. F’cap folio in fours; half-title not called for; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+329+[x (not paginated)]+[i (blank); A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx4, Yy2; contemporary full calf, ruled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt. Re-backed preserving remains of original spine; calf worn at one corner, and surface of back board a little rubbed; marginal embrowning and short tear to blank fore-margin of title leaf, two ownership inscriptions on upper margin, and single small ink blot, affecting one letter of title, but not obscuring it; hole in blank upper fore-corner of D3 due to an original paper flaw; two small chips to blank margin of E3; slight worming to large lower margins of gatherings I, K, L, and M; light stain to inner margin of Ll2; light dampstaining to a few margins passim, and a couple of scattered spots; short tear to upper margin of Pp1, not approaching border; small hole to blank upper margin of Qq2, due to an original paper flaw; otherwise, and in general effect, an excellent, clean copy, with good margins.

GB £480.00

US $648.00


From the library of Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr, with his small bookplate designed by Rockwell Kent inside the front cover. The second edition, revised and expanded from the first edition of 1646, and with the side-notes and index added. Keynes, 74; Wing, B5160; CBEL, I, 2230. Described by Wilkin in 1835 and Keynes in 1968 as “the handsomest as to typography” of any edition of this title, as Keynes also notes: “the second edition of 1650 . . . besides being better printed and produced, is considerably less common than its predecessor.” (v. Keynes, pp.56 and 51). In this copy, p.266 is paged 271, and p.271 is paged 266 as recorded by Keynes; Qq2 and Qq3, by an error of the binder have been bound in in reverse order.
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BROWN[E] ([Sir] Thomas). Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into very many Received Tenents, And Commonly Presumed Truths. Whereunto is Added Religio Medici: And A Discourse of the Sepulchral Urnes Lately found in Norfolk. Together with the Garden of Cyrus. Or the Quincuncial Lozenge, or Net-work Plantations of The Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, Mystically Considered. With Sundry Observations. By Thomas Brown [sic] Doctour of Physick. The Last Edition, Corrected and Enlarged by the Authour. Together With some Marginal Observations, and a Table Alpha- Betical at the End. London, Printed for Nath. Ekins, at the Gun in Pauls Church-yard. 1659. Pott folio, in fours; half-title not called for; cancel general title; separate title to shorter works; one copper-engraved plate, and one small engraving in text; Y1v, Dd2v, Hh4v, Pp4v; D3v, blank; pp.[xii (unpaginated)]+326+[x (Table, unpaginated)]+[iv (title and author’s preface to Religio Medici, etc., unpaginated)]+2+7 — 64 (printed in double column and to a larger measure); [-]1, A5, C — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx4; A — H4; contemporary full-calf, blind-tooled border on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt, red lettering-piece; a.e. red. Anciently rebacked, with the old spine laid on, and preserving the old free-end-papers; a little light damp-staining and slight browning passim, and a few small marks; small chip to upper fore-corner of first A1, not approaching ruled border; small original paper fault and trimming error affecting blank top fore-corner and lower margin of first G2; original trimming faults affecting three or four other scattered leaves, with consequent extra lengths of paper attached; small hole in first M2 affecting two letters of text; small hole in Rr2 just touching one letter, due to an original paper flaw; closed tear and small hole in title to shorter works, not affecting text, due to an original paper flaw, and shorter works trimmed close at lower- and fore- margins, with loss of some catchwords, and the odd letter of the side-notes to the dedication and first leaf of text of ‘Hydriotaphia’ — severe on the latter, which is frayed a little at the fore-margins and has apparently been re-inserted; H3 and 4 also frayed a little at fore-margins, but without loss.

GB £610.00

US $823.50


A copy with an interesting provenance, the front paste-down bearing the small Latin book-label of Victorian critic and essayist Charles Whibley, and the later bookplate of the distinguished collector Frederick Baldwin Adams (designed by Rockwell Kent). The first collected edition of Browne’s works, produced in consequence of a war between Ekins and his former partner, Dod, and consisting of Ekins 1658 edition of the ‘Pseudodoxia’ containing “further alterations and additions by the author” (v. Keynes, p.56), with the addition of other works printed specially for inclusion in this 1659 re-issue. The separate title-page to the shorter works here reads: Religio Medici: Whereunto is added A Discourse of the Sepulchrall Urnes, Lately found in Norfolk. Together with the Garden Of Cyrus., [sic] Or the Quincunciall Lozenge, or Net-work Plantations of The Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, Mystically Considered. With Sundry Observations. By Thomas Brown [sic] Doctour of Physick. Printed for the Good of the Commonwealth. No printer, no publisher, no date. ‘Hydriotaphia’ and ‘The Garden of Cyrus’ were first published the preceding year, and this appears to represent only the third printing. Keynes, 77 (also listing the shorter works separately as 7 and 95); Wing B5163; NCBEL, I, 2230, not listing this issue as a whole, but listing the 1658 printing of ‘Pseudodoxia Epidemica’, and printings of the shorter works. In this copy the ‘t’ of the first ‘with’ on the first title-page has printed so faintly as to be virtually lacking, and appears also to be of the wrong fount; the page number to p.124 is lacking, whilst in that to p.242 the second ‘2’ is printed upside-down; the drop-head on p.197 reads ‘TH EFIFTH’ for ‘THE FIFTH’ (none of the above being noted by Keynes); in the shorter works the page number ‘65’ appears insead of that to both p.59 and p.63 as Keynes records. In the present copy the 1658 title-page to the ‘Pseudodoxia’ has been excised: Keynes records it as present following the general title.
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BROWNE (Sir Thomas, Kt. M.D.). Posthumous Works Of the Learned Sir Thomas Browne, Kt. M.D. Late of Norwich: Printed from his Original Manuscripts. Viz. I. Repertorium: Or, The Antiquities Of the Catherdral Church of Norwich. II. An Account of some Urnes, &c. found At Brampton in Norfolk, Anno 1667. III. Letters between Sir William Dugdale and Sir Tho. Browne. IV. Miscellanies. To which is prefix’d his Life. There is also added, Antiquitates Capellæ D. Johannis Evangelistæ; hodie Scholæ Regiæ Norwicensis Authore Johanne Burton, A.M. ejiusdem Ludimagistro. Illustrated with Prospects, Portraitures, Draughts of Tombs, Monuments, &c. London: Printed for E. Curll, at the Dial and Bible; and R. Gosling at the Mitre in Fleetstreet, 1712. Price 6s. Post 8vo in half-sheets (not watermarked); half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece on copper by M.V. dr Gucht, and twenty-two plates (four large folding), by H. Hulbergh (where signed); four entry Errata to the Antiquities of Norwich at foot of last leaf; pp.[4]+xl+74+[iv (index)]+3 — 8+16+56+64; [ — ]2, a — e4, A1, B — I, K4, L, A3, [A] (sic)4, B3, a — g4, A — H4; twentieth century full natural calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt in compartments after a period model (the central ornaments being a little irregularly placed); grey laid end-papers. Unobtrusive ink annotations in an early hand on many leaves, including fists, translations of Latin inscriptions, etc.; small hole in blank lower margin of B1 and and following plate; lower fold of second plate neatly strengthened on verso at inner margin; short tear in K2 unobtrusively repaired with tissue; some light dusting passim; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

GB £720.00

US $972.00


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his Zennor bookplate on the front pastedown, together with his pencilled notes. A brief ink note on the pastedown, also in his hand, records that the volume was rebound in 1975 and that he was not charged — presumably because the tooling was apprentice work. It is not, however, so bad as to be out of place on a book of this date! Copies with all plates present, such as the present one, are scarce. The discontinuity in pagination after p.74 is apparently correct, the following leaf being signed ‘A’, and the collation as given making an exact number of half-sheets. In this copy d2 (p.27 of 5th part) is signed c2, C2 (p.19 of 6th part) is signed D2, and E2 is signed D2. Keynes, 156; NCBEL, I, 2230
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[BURKE (Edmund).]. 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. 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.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


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.
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[BURKE (Edmund).]. Thoughts On the Prospect Of a Regicide Peace, In a series of Letters. 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.

GB £230.00

US $310.50


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’.
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BURKE (The Right Hon. Edmund). Two letters Addressed to A member Of The present parliament, On the proposals for Peace With the Regicide directory Of France. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1796. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; half-title (bearing the words ‘Sixth Edition’ and ‘Price 3s. 6d.’); pp.[iv]+188; [A]2, B — I, K — U, X — Aa4, Bb2; Victorian black moiré horizontally fine-ribbed boards, crudely rebacked with some horizontally fine-ribbed red and gold plastic material, hand-written paper label; top-edges rough-trimmed. Free end-papers lacking; an unlovely binding; first two leaves dusty, and owner’s name written on title-page; in general a nice copy internally.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


First authorised edition, second impression, first issue, first state: p.‘(158)’ appearing as ‘(158’ and p.‘(160)’ as ‘160)’, as in the first impression. This impression contains revisions in gathering I, here first printed. Todd, 66g. Originally issued stabbed, probably in plain blue wrappers.
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BURKE (Edmmund). A Letter From the Rt. Honourable Edmund Burke To His Grace the Duke of Portland, On the Conduct of the Minority in Parliament. Containing Fifty-four articles of impeachment Against The Rt. Hon. C.J. Fox. From the original copy, in the possession of The noble duke. London: Printed for the editor, and sold by J. Owen, no.168, Piccadilly, 1797. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; half-title (bearing the words ‘Price 2s. 6d.’ and ‘Entered at stationers’ Hall’); integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+94+[ii]; [A]2, B — F4, G2, H — I, K — N,4, O2; Victorian black moiré horizontally fine-ribbed boards, crudely rebacked with some horizontally fine-ribbed red and gold plastic material, hand-written paper label; top-edges rough-trimmed. Free end-papers lacking; an unlovely binding; in general a nice copy internally.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


The first, and unauthorised, appearance of a letter re-issued in an authorised edition later the same year as the first part of ‘Two Letters on the conduct of our Domestic Parties’, the ‘Letter concerning Lord Fitzwilliam’ forming the second part. The present copy, however, is not the original, but one of the counterfeits of Owen’s unauthorised edition, being printed on white wove paper watermarked with the initials ‘PB’ below an indistinct design: it corresponds to Todd, 67g. The present letter was written in 1793. Originally issued stabbed, probably in plain blue wrappers. In this copy the comma after ‘168’ on the title-page is so much raised that it appears almost as a closing inverted comma; gathering ‘L’ is without a signature mark: neither of these faults being noted by Todd.
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BYROM (John). Miscellaneous Poems, By John Byrom, M.A. F.R.S. Sometime Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, And Inventor of The Universal English Short-Hand. In Two volumes. Manchester: Printed by J. Harrop, 1773. 2 Vols., post.8vo (some copies are watermarked, but v. note); fine headpiece to each volume engraved on copper by J. Hall after J. Legard; half-titles with Errata on verso (5 entries in volume one, three in volume two); pp.[4]+vi+352; [4]+vi+353+[i (blank); nineteenth century brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, paper spine labels printed in red and black; a.e. burnished red; end-papers faced deep yellow. Cloth a little worn at extremities of spine and labels dusty; facsimile prelims in each volume on paper dated 1814 (v. note); otherwise a fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Copy on superfine paper, watermarked with a Strasbourg bend rather than a post-horn as with the ordinary copies. The facsimiles are mysterious: a further collected edition of Byrom’s poems was published in 1814 with a Leeds imprint, and we can only think that some sets of sheets of the original edition had remained unbound, but without prelims., and that somebody (perhaps the original printer, Harrop) had taken the opportunity to work them off, supplying them with new prelims. that were facsimiles of the originals. The binding does not look like a binder’s cloth. We would guess that it dates from about the 1840s or 1850s, and it is not impossible, given that the book had survived already for some forty years at least before the prelims. were produced, and had then to compete with a later edition, that it represents an original, albeit rather late, publisher’s binding batch. Printed some ten years after the author’s death, among much entertaining verse, these volumes include the first appearance of the names ‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’ (in an “Epigram on the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini") and the well-known Protestant hymn “Christians Awake". The volume numbers appear only on the half-titles. ESTC, T227682 (variant); Foxon, p.101; NCBEL, 2: 1655.

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[CHAMPION (Pierre).]. Vie Du vénérable Dom Jean De Palafox, Evêque d’Angélopolis, & ensuite Evéque d’Osme, Dédiée A sa majeté catholique. A Cologne; & se trouve á Paris, Chez Nyon, Libraire, quai des Augustins, á l’Occasion, 1767. Extra cr.8vo format (watermark uninterpretable, but it looks like CAUVILLE and a bunch of grapes); portrait frontispiece engraved by Louis le Grand and three plates after H. Gravelot, on copper; half-title not called for; pp.xlviij+576; *2, a — d, A — I, K — S8, T, V4, X — Ii, Kk — OO8; contemporary full French stippled calf, ruled blind on sides, spine with five bands raised over the cords, tooled elaborately gilt in compartments, natural lettering-piece, a.e. stippled; marbled end-papers. Calf splitting a little over the joints, but firm on the cords, and showing slight wear at corners; blanks and last three leaves discoloured at margins from the turn-ins of the leather; a very little spotting elsewhere; small piece chipped from blank lower magin of C1; original paper flaw affecting blank lower margin of Y2; otherwise an excellent, large copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Juan de Palafox y Mendoza was a diplomat and cleric. The second part here includes his correspondence with Pope Innocent X. An alternative attribution of the book is to l’abbé Dinouart. In this copy Giv is mis-signed Giij and LLiv is mis-signed LLvi. COPAC records copies at Oxford and Cambridge only.
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CHAPONE (Mrs. [Hester]). Miscellanies In Prose and Verse, By Mrs. Chapone, Author of Letters on the improvement Of the mind. London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, in the Poultry; And J. Walter, Charing-Cross, 1775. F’cap 8vo format (watermark uninterpretable); bound up without the half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iii] — xii+178+[ii]; A5 (ex 6), B — I, K — M8, N2; contemporary watered calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, contrasting label; marbled end-papers. Quarter inch chip to calf at head of spine, and external joints cracked, but holding firmly on the cords and end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


A prominent bluestocking, this was Hester Chapone’s second book of only three published in her lifetime. It includes three essays: ‘On Affectation and Simplicity’; ‘On Conversation’; and ‘On Enthusiasm, and Indifference in Religion’; the novella: ‘The Story of Fidelia’ which had earlier appeared as a serial in Hawkesworth’s ‘Adventurer’ (77-8-9); and fifteen poems, the earliest of which dated from 1749, and the best known of which, ‘To Stella’, Samuel Johnson had quoted in his Dictionary in 1755 to illustrate his definition of ‘quatrain’. The volume includes one poem not by Chapone: a sonnet by Thomas Edwards, one of the chief enthusiasts for the revival of that form, who had done much to promote it in his 1750 work ‘The Canons of Criticism’. Tinker, 621; ESTC, T67074; NCBEL, 2: 1598; not in Rothschild.

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CHESTERFIELD ([Philip Dormer Stanhope, Fourth] Earl of). Characters Of Eminent personages Of his own time, Written by the late Earl of Chesterfield; And Never before published. Printed for William Flexney, Holborn, 1777. F’cap 16mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+54; [-]1, A — F4, G3; recent half-calf, uplettered on spine in gilt, Cockerell paper sides. Small chip to blank fore-margin of one leaf, and two or three faint scattered fox-spots; probably washed, but nonetheless a near-fine copy.

GB £300.00

US $405.00


The true first edition. A so-called ‘Second Edition’ appeared in the same year, from the same publisher, and also a reprint published by Davies and Cadell. Pen-portraits of seven of Chesterfield’s contemporaries: George I., Queen Caroline, Sir Robert Walpole, Pulteney, Lord Hardwicke, Fox, and the elder Pitt, , together with five extracts from letters concerning Voltaire and others (written in French). ESTC, T30442; Gulick, 155; Rothschild, 597 (describing it as an 8vo in half-sheets); NCBEL, 2: 1586.
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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Conference. A Poem. By C. Churchill. London: Printed for G. Kearsly, opposite St. Martin’s Church, Ludgate-Street; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; W. Flexney, near Gray’s-Inn-Gate, Holborn; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1763. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]’ at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; final page blank; pp.[iv]+19+[i]; [A] — F2; modern plain grey boards. Slight dusting to half-title; original paper flaw (thinning) to blank lower margin of E1; very slight foxing, and minute, barely visible strengthening to thinned patch at inner margin of F2; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £150.00

US $202.50


This first edition has a slightly different text from that of the second edition printed the next year. ESTC, T1702; NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.
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COCCAIUS (Merlinius [pseudonym of Teofilo Folengo, 1496-1544]). Opus Merlini Cocaii Poetæ Mantvani Macaronicorum. 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.

GB £225.00

US $303.75


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.

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COLLINS (William). The Poetical works Of Mr. William Collins. With Memoirs of the Author; And Observations On His Genuis and Writings. London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. Dehondt, at Tully’s Head, near Surry [sic] Street in the Strand, 1765. F’cap 16mo in eights (so watermarked); half-title not called for; integral leaf advertisements of ‘Books written by Mr. Langhorne’ at end, but lacking the conjugate blank which should follow it; pp.[iv]+i — 184+[ii (exiv)]; [-]2, A — I, K — L8, M5 (ex 6); contemporary full natural calf, ruled gilt on sides, spine with four raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt. Recently re-backed; boards a little worn at corners; a very few scattered fox-spots passim, but the text in general nice.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


The first separate collected edition of the works and the first edition with Langhorne’s ‘Memoirs’. Collins’s poems were first collected two years earlier in Vols.XI and XII of ‘The Poetical Calendar’ under the editorship of F. Fawkes and W. Woty, that assembly including one spurious poem. CBEL, II, p.336; not in Rothschild, which lists only a later, Scottish, printing. The present edition was much reprinted — and also pirated in the year of its first appearance.
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COWPER (William). Poems By William Cowper, Of the Inner Temple, Esq. [A quotation from Virgil followed by a verse translation of it, and a prose passage from Caraccioli.] London: Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul’s Church Yard, 1782. Extra cr.8vo (watermarked with crown decorated with fleurs-de-lys); half-title not called for; Newton’s ‘Preface’, known in only a handful of copies, omitted as usual; E6 included twice (the cancellandum and the cancellans both being present — v. note); I6 a cancel as almost always (v. note); nine entry Errata on last page (in ten lines); pp.[iv]+367+[i]; [-]2, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa8; green crushed Levant morocco, by Rivière, t.e.g., others uncut, spine lettered and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, triple-ruled frame, gilt, to sides, edges ruled with double-rule gilt, very elaborately gilt-tooled doublures; end-papers faced crimson; binder’s blanks at front and back, of paper that resembles the text-paper. Leather of spine mellowed a trifle, and upper joint very slightly rubbed at head; front end-papers very slightly cracking; a couple of insignificant fox-spots in text, and light dusting to a few of the larger uncut edges; nonetheless, a virtually fine copy, finely bound.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


Though without Newton’s ‘Preface’, or the original text on I6 (both of which are rarely found, the latter, at least, having been cancelled within three days of first printing and before more than a few advance copies had been made up) this copy does have the nine entry Errata, omits the lines on p.103, present in some copies, beginning “Hast thou omitted with a blind fond trust", and has the original text on E6 at ll.3/4 ("With memorandum book for ev’ry town, / Aud [sic] ev’ry post,") all of which are said to be characteristic of earliness of issue. In this case, of course, the replacement text on E6 ("With memorandum book to minute down / The sev’ral posts,") is also present: and it is possible to state that the the corrected text is the latter rather than the former — a point which has sometimes been in dispute — since the lower edge of the cancel has been trimmed despite that leaf being shorter than the average of the gathering, the rest of the leaves having their lower-edges as well as their fore-edges uncut. Hinged in between the front binder’s blanks is a four page extract, in ms., from Wright’s ‘Life of William Cowper’ (London, 1892, pp.272 — 4) recording the cancelled text on I6 (ll.390 — 413 of ‘Expostulation’: originally condemnatory of the practices of Roman Catholics), and the history of its cancellation, and also that of another omitted passage. In the present copy on p.39 the catchword has the letter ‘d’ dropped below the line, sig. C2 is incorrectly signed G2, and, as usual, pp.162 and 343 are misnumbered respectively 161 and 344. Cowper’s first collection of poems. Hayward, 191, and Wise, Ashley Library, I, p.262, both recording copies with the Preface present, and not mentioning the cancels; Rothschild, 681, recording a copy in the original boards and with both cancels — which was a fraction smaller than the present copy, despite the upper margins having here been trimmed for gilding; NCBEL, II: 596; ESTC, T14895; Norma Russell, 68; Sawyer & Darton, pp.23 — 5.
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[COWPER (William).]. The Power of Grace illustrated. In Six letters From a Minister of the Reformed Church To John Newton, Rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, London. Translated from the Original Latin By William Cowper, Of the Inner Temple, Esq. Edinburgh: Printed by Hugh Inglis; For Campbell and Wallace, booksellers and Stationers, 1792.
F’cap 16mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; final page publisher’s advertisements; pp.195+[i]; [A] — I, K — U, X — Z, 2A4, 2B2; contemporary full calf ruled gilt on sides, tooled gilt on spine, lettering-piece; burnished edges. Slight general wear to covers and lettering-piece lacking; two or three scattered fox-spots or small marks; minute contemporary signature on upper margin of title-page and caligraphic bookplate dated 29th Aug. 1797 on verso of front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.


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US $432.00


Letters from Helperus Ritzema van Lier that appear in many ways precursive of Mark Rutherford’s Autobiography and Deliverance. Includes a thirteen page Preface by Newton dated June 5, 1792 at the end of which he says: “I have subjoined, by way of Appendix, some extracts from a letter which I have received, since the others were sent to the press."This Appendix, in smaller type, occupies pp.189 — 195. This edition not in the British Library On-line Catalogue which lists only a London printing of the same date published by J. Johnson, which collates pp.179, 8vo; CBEL, II, p.342, listing one printing only, not assigned. This is certainly the first Scottish printing, and may either precede or be simultaneous with the London one. At any rate, it ran to a second printing in the following year, which the London one did not. All printings are now scarce. ESTCT173884, the first of the editions listed.
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[CRABBE (George)]. The Library. A Poem. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, 1781. (Price 2s.). Demy 4to; half-title not called for; final leaf blank; pp.34+[ii]; A — D4, E2; modern white wrappers with printed label to front wrapper. First and last page a little dusty; minute defect to upper forcecorner of title-page, but no loss; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £280.00

US $378.00


Originally issued stabbed and sewn through, the sewing here concealed beneath the wrappers. Bareham & Gatrell, A3, this copy presumably from the early part of the print-run: with the exception of a raised final ‘l’ in the catchword to p.31 it exhibits none of the shifted or disintegrating type noted as occurring widely in this printing. The printing consisted of probably fewer than 250 copies.

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CRABBE (George).The Village: A Poem. In two books. By The Revd. George Crabbe, Chaplain to His Grace the Duke of Rutland, &c.. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-mall, 1783. Demy 4to; half-title and final blank lacking; pp.[iii — iv]+38; A1 ex 2, B — F4; brown hammered wrappers, probably early twentieth century with title, etc. written in ink on front wrapper. Minute chip to upper fore-corner of front wrapper, title-page, and first leaf of text; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Originally issued stabbed and sewn through. This copy has been resewn, not using the original stab-holes. Bareham & Gatrell, A5. The first published edition possibly preceded by a suppressed volume containing this and other poems of which no copy is known. Courtney and Nichol Smith, pp.185-6, record that ll.15 — 18, and 20 were written by Dr. Johnson, who also, according to Boswell, revised the whole poem. Chapman & Hazen, p.161; Hayward, 195.

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CRABBE (George).The Newspaper: A Poem. By The Reverend George Crabbe, Chaplain to His Grace the Duke of Rutland. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, 1785. (Price 2 s.). Demy 4to; half-title not called for; final leaf integral advertisements, verso blank; pp.[viii]+29+[i (blank)]+[ii]; A — E4; modern white wrappers with printed label to front wrapper. First and last page a little dusty; signature of early owner, slightly cropped, on extreme upper margin of title-page; short tear to fore-margin of advertisement leaf; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £285.00

US $384.75


Originally issued stabbed and sewn through. This copy has been resewn, not using the original stab-holes, which are slightly enlarged. Bareham & Gatrell, A6; Tinker, 785

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[CUMBERLAND (Richard, the younger).] The West Indian: A Comedy. As it is Performed at the Theatre Royal In Drury Lane. By the Author of the Brothers. London: Printed for W. Griffin, at Garrick’s Head, In Catherine-Street, Strand, 1771. Lge post 8vo in half-sheets; half-title bearing price 1s. 6d.; leaf bearing Epilogue ‘Written by D.G. Esq.’ at end; pp.[viii]+102+[ii]; disbound, but originally issued stabbed in plain wrappers. Light dusting of half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £65.00

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CBEL, II, p.453
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D’AVENANT (Sir William). Gondibert: An heroick Poem, Written by Sr William D’Avenant. London, Printed by Tho. Newcomb for John Holden, and are to Be sold at his Shop at the sign of the Anchor in the Nevv-Exchange, 1651. Cr.4to; text-paper binder’s blank at front and back; integral blank precedes title-page, another follows last leaf of text; woodcut device on title, others at end of each book; pp.[iv]+88 (Author’s Preface and Thomas Hobbes’ Answer to the Preface)+[iv (not paginated, including prefatory poems by Ed[mund]. Waller and Ab[raham]. Cowley)]+344+[vi (author’s Postscript)]+[ii]; A — I, K — T, V, X — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Iii, Kkk4; original full sheep ruled blind on sides and spine, parchment spine-label lettered in ink; made up without paste-downs. Several insignificant worm-holes in leather, chiefly on back board and at the extremities of spine, not extending to the underlying boards, and some rubbing and chipping to label; recto of front blank dusty, slightly chipped at lower corner, with a number of ink-smudges and pen trials, and original owner’s name (obliterated by a smudge); barely visible damp-staining to a handful of extreme fore-margins; small blank corner chipped from M1; N1 — 3 slightly frayed at extreme top- and fore-margins, with slight dust-marking to same areas, suggesting re-insertion (the need of which is easy to explain, three of the four leaves in this gathering being cancels: v.note below); small original paper flaws affecting extreme blank fore-margin of O3 and blank extreme upper margin of Bb1; small hole in blank lower margin of Gg4; small chip from blank lower fore-corner of Kkk3; overall, the faults being all trivial ones, a beautiful, fresh, crisp, copy in its original dress.

GB £1,910.00

US $2,578.50


An interesting copy, with an unrecorded cancel (leaf N1) and two unrecorded corrections on one page. Dedicated to Thomas Hobbes, and based upon his æsthetic theories, the poem is historically important for the controversies it provoked, besides being still, in small doses, a very readable poem. The lengthy Preface deals with the art and nature of poetry, as does Hobbes’ nineteen page reply. As in all known copies, the text here has corrections and emendations, which are now generally acknowledged to be in the author’s hand. Davenant (a noted writer of Court masques who was probably Shakespeare’s godson, though reputedly his illegitimate son, and who succeeded Jonson as Poet Laureate) was in prison in the Tower when the poem was published — and, indeed, when the latter parts of it were written, and had ample time to correct the sets of sheets. An 8vo edition was issued later the same year, set from a corrected copy of the quarto; and also a folio. The number of emendations varies between copies, some of the gatherings having been altered in the press, but those in the present copy total forty: Preface, p.3, l.23, read ‘censurers’ for ‘censures’; p.21, l.1, ‘unprofitable’ for ‘profitable’; p.24, l.14, ‘Proem’ for ‘Poem’; p.31, last line, ‘post-’ for ‘boast-’; p.32, l.13, ‘implys’ for ‘inplys’; p.40, l.13, ‘weare’ for ‘ware’, and l.20, ‘Counsels of Lay-men; and the newest’ for ‘Counsels of the Lay-men; and newest’; p.63, l.10, delete first ‘the’; text of poem, p.5, s.19, l.2, ‘eye’ for ‘ey’; p.10, s.43, l.1, ‘sung’ for ‘song’; p.13, s.57, l.2, ‘Armies are, for ‘Armies; are’; p.33, s.77, l.4, ‘n’er’ for ‘neer’; p.66, s1, l.3, ‘wept’ for ‘weep’d’; p.69, s.14, l.3, ‘(voke:’ for ‘(voke’; p.71, s.25, l.2, ‘in-large’ for ‘in large’; p.108, s.35, l.2, ‘Priests’ for ‘Priest’; p.138, s.3, l.2, ‘her’ for ‘his’; p.152, s.7, l.3, ‘grow’ for ‘grew’; p.174, s.46, l.1, ‘Tomes’ for ‘Tombs’; p.181, s.7, l.1, ‘neither’ for ‘never’; p.194, catchword ‘This’ for ‘By’; p.195, s.76, l.4, ‘Comment’ for ‘Commet’; p.209, s.53, l.3, ‘want’ for ‘want,’ and ‘excesse,’ for ‘success;’; p.210, s.58, l.2, ‘false’ for ‘fase’; p.214, s.81, l.4, ‘Whom’ for ‘When’; p.228, s.53, l.4, ‘make’ for ‘may’; p.230, s.67, l.3, ‘harm’d’ for ‘arm’d’; p.233, s.78, l.3, ‘worth,’ for ‘worth’; p.238, s.2, l.1, ‘her’ for ‘their’; p.243, s.30, l.2, ‘kinde’ for ‘kinde,’ and l.4, ‘forward’ for ‘foward’; p.252, s.73, l.2, ‘Traytors’ for ‘Tyrants’; p.285, s.36, l.2, ‘Grates’ for ‘Gates’; p.294, s.11, l.4, ‘would’ for ‘could’, s.12, l.1, ‘Breed’ for ‘bred’; p.298, s.28, l.4, ‘Votaries’ for ‘Victories’; p.302, s.51, l.3, ‘falsh-hood’ for ‘falsh hood’; p.328, s.2, l.4, ‘path’ for ‘ph,at’; Postscript, p.[ii], l.4, ‘till’ for ‘to’. In text, p.1, Argument, l.1, ‘Ariberts’ has here been corrected to ‘Aribert’s’, and l.5, the comma has been added after ‘forth’ in the impression; so also that after ‘Lombards’ s.1, l.1 and ‘long’ in l.2; p.150, s.66, l.4, ‘To’ has similarly been corrected to ‘No’; p.228, s.53, l.4, ‘place’ to ‘peace’; p.246, s.45, l.4, ‘cruest’ to ‘cruell’. All of the manuscript alterations detailed above are noted in D.H. Woodward’s article in ‘The Library’, Ser.5, Vol.XX, 1965, pp.298 — 309, except for the changes in punctuation at p.209, s.53, l.3, where he notes only the alteration of the word. Woodward notes that leaves N2 and N4 are sometimes cancels, and they are so in this copy (s.9, l.1, on N2r having the reading ‘Male’ instead of ‘male’, l.2, ‘Bed’ instead of ‘bed’, etc., whilst s.15, l.4, on N2v has the reading ‘Till . . . sicknes,’ instead of ‘Til . . . sickness,’; and s.31, l.2, on N4r reading ‘Storms’ not ‘storms’, l.3. ‘Fate’ not ‘fate’, whilst s.34, l.1, on N4v reads ‘steddy’ rather than ‘stedy’), but N1 appears here also to be a cancel, having the corrected text printed on p.1 in the Argument and s.1 of the poem as noted above: this being something apparently not previously recorded. Of the variant states of text noted by Woodward, gathering Hh is in the second state (of three), with the diagnostic readings ‘swords’ at Hh3v, s.65, l.3, rather than the first state ‘sword’ or the third state ‘Sword’ and at Hh4r, s.2, l.1 ‘Court attendans’ rather than the first state ‘Courtt attendans’ or the third state ‘Court Attendants’, the other variants throughout conforming to the second state: Qq is in the first state (with the readings on Qq1 ‘treat,’ at s.53, l.3 instead of ‘treat’, and ‘World,’ at s.53, l.3 instead of ‘World’; on Qq2, s.68, l.1, ‘bow;’ not ‘bow:’; on Qq3, s.77, l.4, ‘midst,’ not ‘midst’; and on Qq4 s.89 ‘Florist’ in Roman type rather than Italic: Rr is in the first state, a comma being present after ‘soon’ at Rr1v, s.4, l.1; reading ‘Beedles’ rather than ‘Needles’ at Rr2r, s.8, l.3; ‘fed’ rather than ‘feed’ at Rr3v, s.24, l.3.; and ‘stck’ instead of ‘sick’ at Rr4, s.30, l.1: Ss is in the second state with the reading on Ss1, s.39, l.4 ‘seem,’ rather than ‘seem’, and on Ss2v, s.53, l.4, ‘peace’ rather than ‘place’: Uu is in the second state, with the page numbers to pp.242, 243, 246, and 247 reading as they should instead of 234, 235, 238, and 239 respectively, as in the first state, and with the reading ‘cruell’ instead of ‘creust’ at Uu3v, s.45, l.4, as noted above: Hhh is in the second state, reading ‘Croud’ rather than ‘Croud;’ at Hhh1r, s.8, l.3; ‘Valor,’ rather than ‘Valor!’ at Hhh2r, s.13, l.1; ‘ere’ rather than ‘e’re’ at Hhh3, s.28, l.2; and ‘Ere’ rather than ‘E’re’ at Hhh4r, s.37, l.1; the incorrect signature mark Ggg3 for Hhh3 appears here as in all recorded copies. Additionally signature Gg3 is here marked G3, as sometimes; and p.103 is correctly numbered (which it is not in one copy that Woodward records). Wing, D324; Grolier, 245; Hayward, 103; Pforzheimer, 252; Macdonald & Hargreaves, Thomas Hobbes, 39; CBEL, I, p.453.
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[DRYDEN (John). Tyrannick Love, Or, The Royal martyr: A Tragedy: As it is acted by His Majesties Servants at the Theatre Royal. London: Printed for H. Herringman, at the sign of the Blew Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange, 1670.]. F’cap 4to (so watermarked); pp.[10 (lacking)]+1 — 66+[ii (last page blank)]; [ — ]2(lacking), A4 (lacking), B — I4, K2; disbound. Lacking all before p.1, but the text of the play is complete and the Epilogue is present; first leaf somewhat frayed and chipped, with loss of part of eight letters and about seven words; somewhat dusty throughout, and with a few short tears. A reasonable working copy, nonetheless.

GB £33.00

US $44.55


The first issue, later copies having F3 cancelled and replaced with two leaves, repeating pp.39 — 40. Later printings are differently paginated. Dryden’s eighth play, first performed at the Theatre Royal on 24th June, 1669. Wing, D2393; NCBEL, 2: 442. British Library, Edinburgh, and Leeds copies only on COPAC.
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DRYDEN (John). The History Of the League. Written in French By Monsieur Maimbourg. Translated into English According to His Majesty’s Command. By Mr. Dryden. London, Printed by M. Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleetstreet. [sic] 1684. Half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece by M. Burghers; pp.[lx (unpaged)]+1 — 524+731-966+49+[i (blank)]+[xlii (unpaged)]; A, a, b8, c6, B — I, K — T, V, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk8, Ll4, Mm2, Aaa — Iii, Kkk — Uuu8, Xxx4; old calf, ruled blind on sides; early paper labels hand-written in ink. Calf worn at head and tail of spine, splitting a little at head of back joint, and front joint renewed; labels embrowned to near invisibility against the calf, and the lower one somewhat chipped; light dusting or embrowning more or less throughout; a little scattered light foxing; insignificant damp-stain to some extreme lower-margins (less that a quarter of an inch height maximum); old carbon-stamp of early owner’s name on lower margin of title-page; neat early ink note on fore-margin of first page of dedication; brief pen-trial and small pale ink smear on lower margin of ‘a1’; tear to lower- and fore- margins of ‘Q8’, not touching text (apparently caused during printing); small chip to blank fore-margin of ‘Hhh2’, not approaching text; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


A translation of Jesuit historian Louis Maimbourg’s (1610-1686) Historie de la Ligue. The forty-nine page Postscript added by Dryden to the volume includes his interesting defence of the Divine Right of Kings. CBEL, II, p.270; Wing M.292; Macdonald, 132; Pforzheimer 328: “The break in signatures and pagination is evidently the result of division of copy between two compositors as may be seen by the variation in typography.” (Pforzheimer).
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DRYDEN ([John)]. Cleomenes, The Spartan Heroe. A tragedy, As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal. Written by Mr. Dryden. To which is prefixt The Life of Cleomenes. London, Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s-Head in Chancery- Lane near Fleet-Street. 1692. Where Compleat Sets of Mr. Dryden’s Works, in Four Volumes, are to be Sold. The Plays being put in the Order they were Written. F’cap 4to, printed on thin paper of poor quality; half-title not called for; A, a, *B, *C (first leaf mis-signed C), d4, e2, B — I, K4; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+28 (Life)+1 — 72; modern drab paper wrappers. Small holes in A1 and lower margin of A2 due to original paper flaws, with no loss of text; small blank corner chipped from lower margin of e2, and chip to blank inner margin of K4; small, light, dampstain to upper fore-corners throughout; a few headlines very slightly cropped, but good fore- and lower- margins; early ms. notes in margins of A4v, a3r, and e1r, slightly shaved by the binder; in general a very nice copy of a cheaply produced book.

GB £280.00

US $378.00


The issue with p.72 correctly numbered. Originally issued stabbed and sewn through. The author’s last tragedy and penultimate play, of which approximately half the last act was written by Thomas Southerne, at Dryden’s request, because he was ill. Initially denied a licence by the Lord Chamberlain, the play was eventually passed for performance unaltered, and first acted at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in April 1692. The ‘Life’ was translated from Plutarch by Thomas Creech. Wing, D2254; Macdonald, 92; Pforzheimer, 321; NCBEL, 2: 447.
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DRYDEN ([John]). Fables Ancient and Modern; Translated into Verse, from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, and Chaucer: With Original poems. By Mr. Dryden. [Quotation from Virgil]. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at Shakespeare’s Head Over-against Katherine-street in the Strand, 1713. Cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; frontispiece after P.L. Vergne, engraved on copper; title leaf, Dedication, Preface, and dedication to ‘Palamon and Arcite’ precede start of text; Table leaf at end; pp.[xlviii (not paginated)]+550+[ii]; A, a — b, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Mm8, Nn4; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five bands raised over cords, lettering-piece; edges burnished brown. Calf of spine slightly chipped at extremities, lacking lettering-piece, and with vertical crack; front board detached; slight cropping to tail-edge of frontispiece, removing the engraver’s name, and also to a2 with loss of part of last line on recto (an over-long page); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


The first 8vo edition, preceded by a 4to edition published in 1700. In this copy leaves A4, D2, D3, E2, E3, F4, H4, I4, M3, O2, P2, S3, S4, T3, T4, U2, U3, X3, X4, Z3, Z4, Aa3, Aa4, Bb3, Bb4, Dd4, Ff2, Gg3, Gg4, Hh3, Kk3, Mm3, and Mm4 are without signature marks; p.309 is mis-paged ‘209’; p.504, ‘304’; and p.529, ‘429. Apparently a good deal scarcer than the less convenient 4to edition, as well as having a complete Table, which that did not. Dryden’s celebrated Preface, written in fine prose, contains an excellent appreciation of Chaucer as well as attacks on Milbourne and Sir Richard Blackmore, and a reply to Jeremy Collier’s attack on the stage.V. & A. copy only on COPAC. MacDonald, 376; NCBEL, 2: 447.
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DYER (John). Poems. By John Dyer, L.L.B. Viz. I. Grongar Hill. II. The Ruins of Rome. III. The Fleece, in Four Books. London: Printed by John Hughs, For Messrs. R. and J. Dodsley, in Pallmall [sic], 1761. F’cap 8vo (apparently so watermarked); nothing called for before title-page; three plates engraved on copper, by B. Green, on text-paper and included in both the signatures and pagination; pp.50+[i (fly-title to Book I. of ‘The Fleece’)]+51 — 188; A — C8, D9, E — I, K — L8, M6; Victorian full purple calf, ruled gilt and blind, tooled blind, on sides, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, brown lettering-piece; a.e. burnished brown. Slight fading to calf and lettering-piece chipped without loss to lettered area; a few small scattered marks and fox-spots in text; a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


The first collective edition, published some four years after the author’s death. Includes a brief, unsigned, biographical notice of the author. Dyer was born in Carmarthenshire, and educated at Westminster school. He studied painting in Italy with the intention of becoming a painter, but gave this up and was persuaded by friends to enter the church. His poetry recommended him to the notice of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke, who presented him successively to the rectories of Belchford and Kerkby in Lincolnshire, as did Sir John Heathcote to that of Coningsby, where he died late in 1757, of tuberculosis. He was one of the earliest poets to tackle the scenery of picturesque ruins and melancholic states. ‘Grongar Hill’ is considered one of the most celebrated landscape poems of the century, whilst ‘The Fleece’ is “one of the more successful and original didactic descriptive poems of the period. This celebration of the wool trade, the climax of many earlier treatments of English commerce in verse, has recently been called ‘in many ways the greatest patriotic poem in the language’” [Intro to Gregg International Edition]. The extra leaf in signature D is the result of the fly-title to Book I. of ‘The Fleece’ having been omitted by the printer who was evidently confused by the succession of this in his copy to another fly-title, that to the whole poem. Since he printed it for insertion as a single inset bearing on its recto the signature mark ‘D2’, there are two leaves so designated in that gathering. It was also, of course, omitted from the pagination.

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FALCONER (Will.). The Shipwreck, A poem, By Will. Falconer. London: Printed for J. Wren and W. Hodges, 1785. Post 8vo format, not watermarked (but probably in fact a 16mo in half-sheets, the chain-lines running horizontally); half-title not called for; pp.91+[i (blank)]; A — E8, F4, G2; original sugar-paper boards, rebacked, probably in the early 19th century with brown linen. Linen chipped on spine; front end-papers damp-stained and paste-down a trifle chipped; early ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page, and pen-trials at a couple of other openings, not touching text; small chip to blank fore-margin of one leaf, apparently due to an original paper flaw; otherwise text nice.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Copiously provided with notes relating to technical aspects of sailing-ships. The last three pages of text here are occupied by a second poem: ‘Occasional Elegy’. The poem, first published in 1762 and enlarged in 1764, was based on the author’s own experience as second mate aboard a merchant ship which was wrecked on a voyage from Alexandria to Venice. Only three of the crew survived. DNB gives the following assessment of the poem’s significance: “Falconer’s ‘Shipwreck’ resembles most of the didactic poems of the time, and is marked by the conventionality common to them all. But it deserves a rather exceptional position from the obvious fidelity with which he has painted from nature; and though his use of technical nautical terms is pushed even to ostentation, the effect of using the language of real life is often excellent, and is in marked contrast to the commonplaces of classical imitation which make other passages vapid and uninteresting.” ESTC T76147; NCBEL, 2: 655, not listing this edition; Aberdeen, Birmingham, and British Library copies only on COPAC. Cadell, who published the original, issued a ‘sixth edition’ also in 1785, which is a good deal more common, though all the early editions are now scarce.
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FELTHAM (Owen). Resolves. Divine, morall, Politicall. By Ovv. Feltham. A Second Edition of the First Centvrie. London: Printed for Henry Seile, at the Tygers [sic] Head, In St. Pauls [sic] Church-yard. 1628. BOUND WITH: [FELTHAM (Owen).]. Resolves Or, Excogitations. A Second Centvrie. London: Printed for Henry Seile, at the Tygers [sic] Head, In St. Pauls [sic] Church-yard. 1628. Two works in one volume, as issued, sq.8vo; half-titles not called for; separate title-page to each work; nine line Errata and author’s note on verso of *4 (last leaf of Table); author’s prayer leaf at end of second work; pp.[iv (unpaged)]+93+[i (blank)]; [x (unpaged)]+294+[ii]; A2 (first leaf unsigned, second signed A3), B — G8; *4 (first leaf signed *, second A2, third *3), H, I, K — T, V, X — Z, Aa, Bb8, Cc4; publisher’s full limp vellum, neatly up-lettered on spine in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Resolves’; vellum ties. Vellum dusty, and a little stained and cockled; end-papers lacking, ties mainly so; the first three leaves of the first volume neatly remargined with matching contemporary paper; piece torn from head of R6 with loss in total of about seventy words; the ‘author’s prayer’ leaf at the end of the second work, which is not called for in the Table of Contents, is dusty, and somewhat fragile at the blank lower margin; insignificant worming to extreme blank upper inner margins of a few leaves; last few leaves slightly dampstained, and two or three other leaves affected similarly in the margins; a little light contemporary ink scoring, and subject headings added lightly in ink to the first few sections of the first work (the second work has printed headings); in general, however, a nice copy, the text for the most part near-fine.

GB £350.00

US $472.50


Second edition of the First Centurie, which was first published c.1623, when Feltham was only eighteen; first edition of the far more substantial Second Centurie. The work consists of a series of moral essays making great use in their expression of the conceit. An oddly made-up book, the author’s note ‘To the Readers’, apparently intended to follow the title leaf of the First Centurie, and signed A2, being printed as part of the preliminary gathering, signed *, of the Second Centurie (and here so bound in), whilst the title leaf to the Second Centurie is printed as G8, the final leaf of the last gathering of the First Centurie. There are peculiarities of pagination also in the second work, pp.197-8 being numbered 192-3, whilst pp.202-3 are numbered 196-7, pp.229-30 and 234-5 are numbered 228-9 and 232-3, and 292 is numbered 229; in the Table of Contents p.292 is given erroneously as 299; leaf Bb[1] is here signed B, whilst G1 is not signed. CBEL, I, p.725; STC 10756 and 10757
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FIELDING ([Henry]). The Temple beau. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre in Goodman’s-Fields. Written by Mr. Fielding. London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincolns-Inn Fields, 1730. (Price 1s. 6d.) Extra cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half title not called for; publisher’s advertisements on verso of title-page and verso of last leaf of text; pp.[iv (not paginated)]+80+[iii (not paginated)]+[1 (advertisements)]; A2, B — F8, G2; recent dark brown quarter morocco ruled blind on sides, ruled gilt, up-lettered and with small tooled ornament, gilt, on spine; marbled sides. Very nice copy.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


Copy on ordinary paper, the paper not watermarked as in the fine paper edition, and the price printed after the imprint. Fielding’s second play and third book, a comedy which was turned down by Drury Lane and placed with a new East End theatre, where it ran for nine performances from January 26th 1730. The Prologue is by Fielding’s friend — and the companion of Benjamin Franklin — the American James Ralph, who at the time was introducing the young Fielding to the ways of Grub Street. See Cross, vol. 1, chapter 3. The advertisements are dated variously Nov.12, 1729 ["This day was published..."], January 16, 1729 ["In a few days will be published...] (both on the verso of title-page), and Feb.2 1729 ["Just published..."] (at end). The evident re-use here of old advertisements without a change of text should serve as a warning to anybody attempting to use such inserts as an evidence of issue date! ESTC T49927; NCBEL 2: 927; Cross III, p.290; Ashley Library, II, p.110; this title not in Rothschild.
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FIELDING (Henry, Esq.). The Modern husband. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal In Drury-Lane. By His Majesty’s Servants. Written by Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for J.Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln’s-Inn Fields, 1732. (Price 1s. 6d.). Extra cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+[81]+[ii (not paginated)]+[v]; A4, B — F8, G4; later marbled wrappers, cut flush; white end-papers; the original front binder’s blanks preseved. Prelims. and final leaf of advertisements lightly embrowned, and some slight embrowning elsewhere; short closed tear to title-page, associated with the ends of the two rules enclosing the author’s name, and evidently a printing fault; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


First state of text throughout: in signature B the last line of text on p. 8 ending ‘you see’ rather than ‘Road!’, and the headpiece to p. 13 containing a music book rather than a sun; whilst in signatures C-F p.32, l.24 ends ‘Vigour’ rather than ‘Fondness’; p.46, l.23 reads ‘any thing’ rather than ‘any fruit’; p.53, l.30 ends ‘Lord’ rather than ‘Glass’; and p.79, l.18 ends ‘Turn’ rather than ‘obedient’. First produced at Drury Lane on the 14th February 1732. NCBEL, 2: 927; Cross III, pp.294-5; Ashley Library, II, p.111; this title not in Rothschild.
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FIELDING (Henry, Esq.). The Modern husband. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal In Drury-Lane. By His Majesty’s Servants. Written by Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for J.Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln’s-Inn Fields, 1732. (Price 1s. 6d.). Extra cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+[81]+[ii (not paginated)]+[v]; A4, B — F8, G4; quarter cream paper, old drab paper sides, cut flush; white end-papers. Tissued repair to spine; prelims. and final leaf of advertisements lightly embrowned; slight spotting to C6 (looks llike old glue); otherwise a fine copy.

GB £150.00

US $202.50


Fielding’s most ambitious play, involving rather frank treatment of such subjects as sex and money; the responses of modern critics have been mixed. Probable third state of signature B, with the last line of text on p. 8 ending ‘Road!’ rather than ‘you see’, as in the first state, and the headpiece to p.13 containing a sun rather than a music book (in the second state it still contains a music book). There are also two states of signatures C-F; this copy exhibits the second state, with the following readings: p.32, l.24 ends ‘Fondness’ rather than ‘Vigour’; p.46, l.23 reads ‘any Fruit’ rather than ‘any thing’; p.53, l.30 ends ‘Glass’ rather than ‘Lord’; p.79, l.18 ends ‘obedient’ rather than ‘Turn’, most of the above indicating revisions and transpositions in the text. First produced at Drury Lane on the 14th February 1732. NCBEL, 2: 927; Cross III, pp.294-5; Ashley Library, II, p.111; this title not in Rothschild.
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FIELDING (Henry, Esq.). The miser. A comedy. Taken from Plautus and Moliere. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, by His Majesty’s Servants. By Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln’s-Inn Fields, 1733. Post 8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; 3pp. publisher’s advertisements between the Epilogue and Dramatis Personæ pages; final leaf trade advertisements; pp.[12 (not paginated)]+87+[1 (advertisements)]; twentieth century red half crushed morocco, red cloth sides, ruled blind on sides, spine with two raised bands, uplettered gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Title-page and final advertisement page dusty; a couple of headlines clipped; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


From the library of Mary, Viscountess Eccles, and her husband Donald Hyde, with the Donald and Mary Hyde bookplate on the front pastedown. The most successful of all Fielding’s regular comedies, adapted from Molière’s ‘L’Avare’, which is itself based on the ‘Aulularia’ of Plautus. With a prologue “by a friend,” and an epilogue by Colley Cibber. The three pages of advertisements are in two places dated March 12, 1733. Two of them are devoted to the new collected edition of Molière’s plays, with which Fielding may have himself been involved; and the notice includes a list of English plays indebted to Molière. ESTC N4473; NCBEL, 2: 928; Cross, III, p.297; Ashley Library, II, pp.111-2; this title not in Rothschild.
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FIELDING (Henry). An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c. With some Proposals for Remedying this Growing Evil. In which The Present Reigning Vices are impartially Exposed; and the Laws that relate to the Provision for the Poor, and to the punish- Ment of Felons are largely and freely ex- Amined. By Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] Barrister at Law, and One of His Majesty’s Justices Of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, and for The City and Liberty of Westminster. London: Printed for A. Millar, opposite to Katharine-Street, In the Strand, 1751. (Price 2 s. 6 d.). Post 8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; four-entry Errata at foot of p.127; advertisement headed ‘To the Public’ (for what was later called the ‘Universal-Register-Office’) on verso of last leaf; pp.xv+127+[i]; A — I8; old polished sprinkled calf ruled gilt on sides after the manner of a panelled calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt, green lettering-pieces, edges of boards heavilt tooled gilt, gilt tooled inner dentelles. Almost invisibly rebacked with matching calf, the original spine laid on, the old end-papers preserved; small scuffed patch to back board (possibly silver-fish damage); small original paper flaws to leaves C6 (with loss of one letter), and G7 (without loss); small pale mark to extreme inner margin of title-page; nonetheless a virtually fine copy.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


Originally issued stabbed. One of several works dealing with social vices and legal questions written by Fielding, this “admirable treatise", as it was described by Horace Walpole, was published while the author was principal justice of the Bow Street Police Court, and was appreciatively reviewed as early as February 1751 in ‘The British Magazine’. A second and considerably expanded edition, which is a good deal commoner today, was published later the same year. The work is dedicated to Lord Hardwicke, then lord chancellor. Included are discussions of robbery, drunkenness, gaming, poor laws, the punishment of receivers of stolen goods, vagabonds and vagrancy laws, apprehending felons, difficulties attending prosecutions, the trial and conviction of felons, etc. The great concern over excessive gin-drinking — mirrored in Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane’ — led to the passage of the restrictive Gin Act later that year. In this copy the catchword to p.55 reads ‘o’ instead of ‘of’. ESTC T89870; NCBEL 2: 930; Cross III, pp.320-1; Goldsmiths’ 8657; Kress 5112; Sweet & Maxwell I.362.31; this title not in the Ashley Library Catalogue or Rothschild. COPAC lists only eight locations for this first printing.
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GAY (John). Poems On Several occasions. By Mr. John Gay. Volume the First [Second]. [Epigraph, on first title-page only; woodcut ornament on second]. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at Shakespeare’s-Head in the Strand, and Bernard Lintot, between the Temple- Gates in Fleetstreet [sic], 1720. Demy 4to (watermarked on the prelims. only); half-titles not called for (v.note); etched illustrated title-page by artist and architect W[illiam]. Kent faces letterpress title-page to volume one; two inserted plates engraved on copper, not signed; both letterpress titles printed in red and black; six entry Errata on verso of Contents of the First Volume; wood-engraved head- and tail- pieces passim; pp.[x (not paginated)]+546+[iv (the title and Contents of the second volume, inserted between pp.268 and [269])]; [A]1, a4 (so signed at foot of third leaf), B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Ll4, Mm6 (the central two leaves being inserted as is shown by variations in the inking and the catchword running on from M2 to M5, and almost certainly printed conjugate with gathering ‘A’), Nn — Uu, Xx — Zz, Aaa — Iii, Kkk — Uuu, Xxx — Zzz4, Aaaa1 (almost certainly printed conjugate with gathering ‘A’, completing the sheet); contemporary full sprinkled calf, spine with five raised bands, lettered and tooled gilt in compartments. Unfortunately the victim of an amateur repairer who has stregthened the corners and edges of the spine with some patterned black substance that might be leather, but probably isn’t, producing a strong but very ugly result; he has also been responsible for some crude regluing, which unfortunately led to adhesion of the inner margins at five openings, in two cases slight, in three others extensive; the resulting holes have all now been restored with matching period paper, and are not too obtrusive, but in one instance one letter of text has had to be restored in pen facsimile; light marginal embrowning and foxing to prelims. and last five leaves, and the usual offsetting passim that is more or less always found with this title, the leaves not having been given time enough to dry before being stacked by the printer; small blank corners lacking to S3 and Nn1; an excellent working copy with large margins, that could probably be more if the binding were professionally attended to, but offered cheaply for the reasons given.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


This title not in Rothschild; Wise, Ashley, II, p.136. Wise calls (incorrectly) for twelve pages of prelims. to volume one. He does not mention the plates, and probably includes the engraved title in his pagination. It is to be noted, however, that the letterpress title to volume one, the prelims. to volume two inserted between pp.268 and [269], and the final leaf, signed Aaaa, make up a full sheet, and were almost certainly printed conjugate. The engravings will have been printed separately, as usual. The present copy seems to be unusual in having all three of the engravings present. The Wise copy appears to have had not more than the engraved title-page to volume one, and most other copies we have seen offered have had only that plate and one other. The plates here are correctly bound in to face pp.[65] and 426, and illustrate ‘The Shepherd’s Week’ and ‘Dione’, the first so captioned, the second showing her name inscribed upon her tomb.
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GAY (John). Plays Written by Mr. John Gay, Viz. The captives, A tragedy. The beggar’s opera. Polly, or the Second Part of the Beggar’s opera. Achilles, An opera. The distress’d wife, A comedy. The rehearsal at Gotham, A farce. To which is prefixed an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author. London: Printed for W. Strahan, T. Lowndes, T. Caslon, W. Griffin, W. Nicoll, S. Bladon, and G. Kearsley, 1772. 12mo, not watermarked; half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece, integral, precedes title-page; text-paper end-papers and blank at front and back (those at the back unopened); pp.[vi (end-papers)]+359+[i (blank)]+[vi (end-papers)]; [-]3, A — I, K — P12, [-]3; publisher’s natural quarter sheep, spine with five raised bands, gilt rules, lettering-piece, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Sheep chipped a little at head and tail of spine, and slightly rubbed; lettering-piece lacking; front board detached; some rubbing to marbled paper, and corners of boards a little worn; engraved armorial bookplate of Byam Martin Davies on front paste-down; neat early ownership signature (Jane Williams) on first leaf of first play, and light carbon stamp of the same on blank verso of last leaf of text, otherwise text virtually fine.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


Reprinting the edition of 1760, this is the second collective edition of Gay’s plays, scarce in its original state, as here. Like the first, it omits ‘The Mohocks’, ‘The Wife of Bath’, ‘The what d’ye call it’, ‘Three Hours after Marriage’, ‘Dione’, and ‘Actis and Galatea’. NCBEL, 2: 497.
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GOLDSMITH (Mr. [Oliver]). Essays. By Mr. Goldsmith. Collecta revirescunt. London: Printed for W. Griffin, in Fetter-Lane. 1765. F’cap 12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+[ii (Preface)]+187+[i (blank)]; A2, B — I, K — Q6, R4; contemporary full natural polished calf, spine with five raised bands, lettering-piece. Insignificant cracking of front joint and slight wear to calf at head of spine; small spot on lower margin of title leaf due to an original paper flaw; small hole in lower margin of C3 and N2, two holes in fore-margin of P2, one in Q3, a small hole in centre of P3 affecting part of one letter of text, another in N2 with loss of all or part of thirteen letters, all due to original paper flaws, those in P2 with associated short tears affecting in total nine words where the weakened edge of the sheet has adhered to the type, the holes now minutely strengthened with matching paper and the tears mended without tissue or loss of text; light dampstaining of two fore-margins; otherwise, and in general effect a nice copy.

GB £480.00

US $648.00


I.A. Williams, p.136; Temple Scott, p.156; this printing not in Rothschild who had only the supposed second edition. There were two printings in this year, the other on better paper, gathered in twelves, and with a portrait not called for here, the present edition being that ‘in poorer format’ regarded by Temple Scott as the true first. Rothschild’s suggestion that the present edition might have been produced by Griffin as ‘a cheap edition to meet popular demand’ is unlikely in view of its far greater scarcity. His second suggestion carries perhaps more weight: it might conceivably have been a piracy. The back end-paper in this copy bears the early ownership inscription of James Thom; the front end-paper the 1820 ownership inscription of Thomas M Crealt, Ayr.
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GOLDSMITH (Oliver, M.B.). The Poetical And Dramatic works Of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B. Now first collected. With an account of the life and Writings of the author. In two volumes. London: Printed by N. Goldney, For messieurs Rivington, T. Carnan and F. Newbery, In St. Paul’s Church-yard; T. Lowndes and G. Kearsley, in Fleet-street; T. Cadell and T. Evans in the Strand, 1780. 2 Vols., post 8vo (not watermarked); engraved frontispiece on copper by G. Cook (publication date Jany. 5th 1780); fly-titles to each of the sections included in the pagination; integral advertisement at end of volume one; pp.viii+lxiv+120+[ii]; x+271+[i (blank)]; contemporary full polished calf, applied back with elaborate gilt tooling, red lettering-piece and black numbering-piece, tooled gilt, gilt-tooled edges to boards; a.e. burnished grey. Some slight cracking to leather of joints, minute chipping to calf at extreme head and tail of spines; some marginal staining to first and last pages in each volume from the turnovers of the calf; gathering B in volume two rather foxed as almost always, with offsetting onto facing leaves; a very little scattered light foxing elsewhere; otherwise and in general a nice copy.

GB £380.00

US $513.00


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his 1964 ‘Greensleeves’ bookplate on the front end-paper of volume one, and his brief initialled pencilled notes on the front paste-down of both volumes. The first English edition, preceded by a collected edition printed in Dublin in 1777 under the title ‘Poems and Plays’, and preceding the London reprint of that title also published in 1780. In this copy, in volume two the last line on p.219 has the ‘o’ and ‘k’ of ‘to keep’ battered (state or issue significance undetermined). NCBEL, II, 1193.
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GRAY (Mr. [Thomas]).The Poems Of Mr. Gray. To which are prefixed Memoirs Of his Life and Writings By W. Mason, M.A. York: Printed by A.Ward; and sold by J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, London; and J. Todd, Stonegate, York, 1775. Demy 4to format; two parts in one volume, as issued; fine engraved portrait frontispiece by James Basire after a posthumous drawing done from memory by W. Mason and B. Wilson; half-title not called for; fly-title to the Memoirs, and leaf bearing eight entry Errata follow title-page, this followed by the Memoirs, and the Contents of the Memoirs; a fly-title to the Poems beginning the pagination of the second part, this followed by the poems, a fly-title to Imitations, Variations, And Additional Notes, the text of this, and the Contents of the Poems on verso of last leaf; text-paper blank at end, almost certainly integral (v. note); pp.[vi]+416; 111+[i]; [ — ]3, A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Zz, Aaa — Fff4; a — i, k — o4, [p]1; original blue-grey paper covered boards, white paper spine lettered by hand in ink; text-paper end-papers. Paper covering of boards worn a little at corners; paper covering of spine cracked over front joint and with several small associated chips, this made good with a strip of matching paper laid under; light foxing to portrait, and slight offsetting of print onto title-page; a very few leaves slightly spotted or dust-marked; tear to blank margin of P2, Z3, and Ll4, in no case approaching text; small original paper flaw to Errata leaf, again not approaching text; in general a very nice copy. Scarce in the original boards.

GB £300.00

US $405.00


The fragmentary poems, ‘Ode on the Pleasure arising from Vicissitude’, ‘Agrippina, a Tragedy’, and the ‘Ethical Essay’ are here first printed. The volume also includes ‘Epitaph on Richard West’, ‘Epitaph on Sir William Williams’, an ode, several Latin poems, the journal of a tour, and many letters (being the first of Gray’s letters to be published). In some copies the Errata leaf is placed at the end, where it appears conjugate with the text-paper blank, and it is probable that both formed part of the same half-sheet as the title and first fly-title (the latter being conjugate with the title leaf). It seems possible that the remaining half sheet of the preliminary gathering supplied the end-papers. Northup, 13; Gaskell, 16; Rothschild, later edition, 1066; Tinker, later edition, 1168; NCBEL, 2: 577; ESTC, T107045.
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[GREVILLE] (Fulke, Lord Brooke). Certaine Learned And Elegant Works Of the Right Honourable Fulke Lord Brooke, Written in his Youth, and familiar Exercise with Sir Philip Sidney. The seuerall Names of which Workes the Following page doth declare. London, Printed by E[lizabeth]. P[urslowe]. for Henry Seyle, and are to Be sold at his shop at the signe of the Tygers Head in St. Paules Church-yard, 1633. Pott folio in fours (so watermarked: v. note); gatherings a — c (pp. 1-22 [?plus prelims.]) cancelled as in all copies; cancel title-page, a single inset leaf (v. note); final blank (conjugate with Rr1); pp.[ii]+23 — 82+1 — 35+38 [on verso of 35!] — 298; [-]1, d — i, k4, l2, D — I, K — T, V, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Qq4, Rr6; twentieth century green polished calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; cream laid end-papers, the old front end-paper preserved (v.note). Slight mottled fading to calf; small old ink-stain affecting top quarter inch (maximum) of part of blank upper margin of first few leaves, and similar depth spot on fore-margin of two other leaves, with small overspill onto a few adjacent edges; small old shelf-mark on blank lower margin of title-page and final page of text, and related library ‘duplicate’ stamp on blank lower margin of verso of title-page and blank fore-margin of first leaf of text, ink ownership inscription on blank extreme inner margin of same leaf, all these relating the the Advocates Library, Edinburgh; ownership inscription between rules at upper margin of first leaf of text (v.note), and ms. notes added to the dramatis personæ page of ‘Mustapha’, recording the relationship of the characters; insignificant tear in paper just below margin of G3 almost certainly a fault from printing, and without loss of text; small hole in blank lower-margin of L3 and blank fore-margin of Qq2, both original paper flaws; several leaves and conjugate pairs of leaves embrowned (v. note); in general, nonetheless, a nice copy.

GB £2,160.00

US $2,916.00


From the Advocates Library, with their shelf-marks, ownership inscription, and Duplicate stamps dating from c.1818, together with the ownership inscription of the noted book collector and friend of Sir Walter Scott, reading: ‘James Maidment Advocate 1818’ at the head of the first leaf of text; subsequently in the library of book collector and bibliographer Eric Quayle, whose Zennor bookplate is on the front pastedown together with some pencilled notes, there and on the facing end-paper, in his hand. Laid onto the preserved front end-paper is a slip bearing Fulke Greville’s signature, and an (original) example of his armorial bookplate, together with an old inked note recording the fact, and a couple of quotations from Charles Lamb relating to Fulke Greville. Born in 1554, and a friend of Sir Philip Sidney, with whom he attended Shrewsbury School, Greville represented Warwick in Parliament, held various minor posts, was Treasurer of the Navy from 1598 to 1604, and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1614 to 1622. He received a knighthood in 1603 and a peerage in 1621. In 1628, a few days after the murder of Buckingham, he was stabbed by a servant (for whom he had provided an annuity) and died some weeks later. As Douglas Bush remarks (‘English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660’, O.U.P., 1962, pp. 97-100): “Greville seeks to recall men from sinful ‘pride of minde’ to humility and obedience, to re-establish the sovereignty of religion, reason and order in the individual soul and in society.” His “normal utterance is of a massive realistic plainness fitted for the sober and penetrating thought that is his main concern. Greville, a public man and a thinker, grappled with the problems of sovereignty, resistance, natural and positive law.... Having the realistic toughness of a courtier and statesman, and a starkly Calvinistic conviction of human depravity, he is too experienced, philosophical, and sceptical to rest in either cynical expediency or humanistic idealism (though he has his Stoic supports and is, in his world, a kind of modern Seneca). The contradictions Greville sees in the nature and destiny of man are unresolvable"- a fact reflected in his most famous lines, from the Chorus Sacerdotum of ‘Mustapha’ (p.159 in the present volume): “Oh wearisome Condition of Humanity! / Borne under one Law, to another bound: / Vainely begot, and yet forbidden vanity; / Created sicke, commanded to be sound: / What meaneth Nature by these diverse Lawes? / Passion and reason, selfe-division cause".In Bush’s expressive phrase, Greville is a “disillusioned fundamentalist". More than this, however, he is a very real poet, noted especially for his lyric poetry, his lyrics being, in the words of F.E. Schelling:"remarkable in their frequent grace of fancy, uncommon wit, originality, and real music of expression.” Replete as it is with oddities, this volume is a difficult book to catalogue. In the present copy, in addition to the discontinuities of pagination noted above, pp.134 and 135 are misnumbered 136 and 137; p.209 is misnumbered 206; 215, 115; 242, 244; 247, 245; 251, 241; 254, 248; 264, 164; and 280, 290. The collation given above is correct for all known copies, and the missing leaves are assumed to have contained the ‘Treatie on Religion’, which it may not at that moment have been safe to publish, but how many leaves were represented by gatherings a to c is a matter of doubt, particularly in view of the fact that the second alphabet starts with D not A. (That this coincides with the start of a new sequence of numbering at ‘1’ does not wholly forbid us to rule out further suppressions, either of introductory material or separately numbered work). There is room, however, in the lower-case sequence alone, assuming each gathering to have no more than the usual four leaves, for the 22 missing pages plus two others: which we might, in the absence of other evidence, hypothesise to have been the original title-page, with the Contents on its verso, as here. That the present title-page was not that originally planned is evidenced by the fact that the ‘Names’ of the ‘Workes’ included on its verso calls for nothing before the ‘Treatie of Humane Learning’ which starts on p.23, and the presence in this copy of the final blank, which might have been used to print this leaf, suggests that the suppression of the text of the first twenty-two pages was not decided upon until the printing of the whole had been completed, and in that case the title-page here must be a cancel. Further, there is a problem with the paper, which is printed on at least three (possibly four) different stocks, and may suggest the presence of further cancels. The blank has the very clear watermark of an ornate drinking ‘pot’, and it and its conjugate are slightly thicker than the average of the volume. The watermark of the paper used for the generality of the text is badly impressed, and though it may very probably be a ‘pot’ it could just conceivably be a fools-cap. Both of these paper stocks tend to retain a creamy whiteness. The third paper stock has a much larger watermark, a simpler, pot-bellied, ‘pot’, but is very inferior to the others in quality and tends very decidedly to embrown (although not to become brittle). It occurs spasmodically through the volume, always in conjugate pairs of leaves. It (or it and another) is here present as f2 and f3, E2 and E3, K2 and K3, R2 and R3, Ee1 and Ee4, Ff1 and Ff4, Ii2 and Ii3, Kk2 and Kk3, Mm2 and Mm3. STC 12361; Grolier Langland to Wither, 26; Pforzheimer 437; Hayward 68; Block, Key Books, p.57; NCBEL, I, 1057. Apart from ‘Mustapha’ (1609), much of the contents of the present volume is here first published.
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HERBERT (Edward, Lord of Cherbury). The Life Of Edward Lord Herbert Of Cherbury, Written by himself. Strawberry Hill: Printed in the Year 1764. Cr.4to (so watermarked) in half-sheets; half-title not called for; leaf of blank text-paper, not integral, and large folding engraved frontispiece by Ant. Walker after Ja. Oliver, precede title-page with large engraved vignette of Strawberry Hill; binder’s blank at end; pp.[x (not paginated)]+171+[i (blank)]; [ — ]1, a — b, A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu2; contemporary mottled calf, anciently re-backed with sheep, spine with five bands raised over cords, with double gilt rules either side, and black lettering-piece; brown burnished edges; marbled end-papers; green silk marker. Sheep of spine a little worn at head and tail, and cracking a little over joints; sides somewhat pitted, and corners worn a little; small brown spot on inner margin of S2, otherwise internally a fine copy.

GB £540.00

US $729.00


Presentation copy from Henry Arthur Herbert, Earl of Powis, to his cousin the third Earl of Aylesford, the verso of the front end-paper bearing a note to this effect in the recipient’s hand, together with the bookplate of the fourth Earl (‘designed, engraved, and printed by himself’). Loosely laid in is a holograph letter dated 24th July 1970 from the then Earl, to a Mr. Jones, identifying the hand-writing of the third Earl, commenting on the book-plate, and giving (not wholly accurate) details of the book’s subsequent provenance. The ‘Life’ of his ancestor, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1583 — 1648), was printed by permission of Lord Powis, from whom Walpole borrowed it, half of the two hundred copies printed to be distributed by each. In a letter to Montagu dated 16 July 1764 (‘Letters’, ed. Toynbee, VI, p.88) Walpole told the story of how he persuaded Lord Powis to give his permission. He had found it at Lady Hertford’s, to whom Lady Powis had lent it. He took it up and threw it down again as the dullest thing he had ever seen, but afterward was persuaded to take it home with him. Lady Waldegrave, his niece, was there, in mourning, and [Thomas] Gray also. The poet and Walpole read it to amuse her. They could not get on for laughing and screaming. Afterward Lord Powis was besought by Walpole to let him have the manuscript to print. Lord Powis, sensible of the extravagance of the narrative, refused. Walpole insisted, Lord Powis persisted. ‘I sat down,’ Walpole concludes, ‘and wrote a flattering dedication to Lord Powis which I knew he would swallow: he did, and gave up his ancestor.’The book as originally designed was to have, in addition to the folding plate, a folding engraved pedigree, but Powis objected to this on the grounds of inaccuracy, and may be presumed to have removed it from all the copies he distributed. Walpole appears either to have distributed some copies before news of the objection was received or forgotten to remove it from copies that were issued later; a few he attempted to correct in ms.; but from most of his also the pedigree was removed. The presence or absence of the pedigree is therefore a question of state rather than issue, except perhaps as regards some or all of the Walpole copies. Hazen, ‘Strawberry Hill’, B11; Hazen ‘Walpole’, 50; Rothschild, 2489, listing a copy with the pedigree, but no early provenance.
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[JACKSON (William, of Exeter).]. Thirty Letters On Various subjects. In two volumes. London: Printed for T. Cadell, and T. Evans, in the Strand; And B. Thorn and Son, in Exeter, 1783. 2 Vols., pott 8vo (watermarked); half-titles apparently not called for; pp.vi+124; iv+[5] — 120; [A3], B — H8, I6; [A2], B — H8, I2; contemporary half-calf, marbled sides, dark red lettering piece up-lettered ‘JACKSON’S LETTERS’. Calf cracked at joints, and a little chipped at head of spines; marbled sides very slightly rubbed and dusty; internally fine. Scarce.

GB £260.00

US $351.00


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his initialled pencilled notes on the front end-papers and the contemporary bookplate of the Rev. T. Trevenen (1758 — 1816) on each pastedown. Errata at pp.13, l.13 and 15 (‘as’ for ‘so’ and ‘so’ for ‘as’), 22, l.1 (‘supposed’ for ‘imagined’), and 96, l.16 (‘these’ for ‘this’) in volume one, and at pp.26, l.6 (‘another’ for ‘a’), and 66, l.7 (‘in’ for ‘on’) in volume two have been corrected in manuscript, as usual. A very interesting, perceptive, and, as Quayle remarks, well-written series of essays, on language, music, literature (in particular two excellent essays on Francis Quarles), painting, handwriting, the solar system, etc., by a man who was better known as a composer and painter than as a writer. But perhaps the most interesting of the essays is that “On Self Production,” which deals with the theory of the origin of species through spontaneous generation, a theory later extensively propounded by Lamarck and not effectively rebutted until Darwin. Jackson suggests that “the whole world was originally covered with water to a depth of about three miles,” and that the only way the differentiation of species can be explained as the water receded is by “self-production. . . that a vegetable or animal does in many instances first exist by a different principle than that upon which the species is afterwards continued.” Jackson’s eclectic learning was much admired in his day, as were his considerable musical compositions.
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JOHNSON (Samuel). Irene: A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal In Drury-lane. By Mr. Samuel Johnson, London: Printed for R. Dodsley at Tully’s-head Pall-mall; And sold by M. Cooper in Pater-noster-Row, 1749. Cr.8vo (so watermarked); bound up without the half-title or the terminal leaf of advertisements; pp.[iii]-[viii]+86; Victorian full cream binder’s cloth lettered gilt on spine. Cloth a little dusty and with a couple of small marks; fore-margin of title-page with two unobtrusive repairs to verso; a little, probably contemporary, ink-scoring to fourteen pages, mostly very slight; gathering F lightly embrowned; a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £420.00

US $567.00


Courtney and Nicol Smith, p.24; Rothschild, 1231; Fleeman, 49.21/1a. Fleeman notes no ‘distribution pattern’, but this copy has a semi-colon present after ‘Pall-mall’ on the title-page, has no catchword present on either p.25 or p.60, has the correct reading ‘SCENE’ for the catchword on both pp.14 and 23, and has the correct reading ‘Aspasia’ not ‘ASP SIA’ IN L.1 OF P.77. Johnson’s only play and the first book to bear his name on the title-page. It was for the most part written between 1726 and 1737, and was first performed on 6th February, 1749 in consequence of Garrick’s offer to stage it when he took over as actor-manager at Drury Lane. The play lasted for only nine performances, and was never revived, but it was not a financial disaster for Johnson, who received nearly £200 from the performance and a further £100 from Dodsley for the right to publish it.
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JOHNSON (Samuel, LL.D.). Debates In Parliament. By Samuel Johnson, LL.D. In two volumes. Vol. I [II]. London: Printed for John Stockdale, Opposite Burlington-house, Piccadilly, 1787. 2 Vols., demy 8vo format (watermark ‘J H’ but not otherwise determinable); half-titles not called for; title leaf, Preface, List of fictitious Terms used by Cave to disguise the real Names..., List of fictitious Characters used by Cave to disguise the Places..., List of fictitious Characters used by Cave to disguise the names of Things..., Contents, and References to the Speakers, precede start of text in volume one, title-leaf and Contents with References to the Speakers on verso precede start of text in volume two; pp.[iii] (v. note) — [xx]+394; [iv]+516; A8-1, [ — ]2, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Bb8, Cc5; [A]2, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk8, Ll2; contemporary watered calf, re-backed and re-cornered with natural calf, ruled blind on spine, light brown burnished edges. Old calf worn a little at some edges and a little marked and scratched in places; some foxing or embrowning to end-papers, and two or three leaves at front or back very lightly foxed by contact with the end-papers; hand-written ownership inscription of Christ’s Hospital Library on each front paste-down, together with light ‘cancelled’ stamp (but no other library markings); small chip to blank fore-edge of one leaf, apparently an original paper flaw, and very small chip to one blank top margin and one blank fore-margin; otherwise, and in general, a very nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £450.00

US $607.50


Courtney and Nichol Smith, pp.5 — 6, and p.162: the first collective edition of semi-fictional Debates originally published anonymously in Edward Cave’s periodical, ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’, between November 19th 1740 and February 23rd 1742/3, here edited by George Chalmers. Johnson in fact was inside the House of Commons only once, and usually nothing was communicated to him but the names of the several speakers and the part which they had taken in the debate, but sometimes scanty notes were furnished by persons employed to attend. Often the speeches were written “from no materials at all — the mere coinage of his imagination", three columns of the Magazine in an hour being no uncommon effort. Consequently the speeches do not have any historical value — and when Johnson discovered that one of the Debates was translated into French, German, and Spanish (Gent. Mag., xiii.59) as authentic, he discontinued his part in the undertaking. He owned that he had taken care that the ‘Whig Dogs’ should not have the best of it. As published in the magazine, Cave, for reasons of prudence, substituted obviously fictitious names for those that Johnson wrote. In the present collective edition the ‘real’ names are restored, though a series of tables relating them to the fictitious ones is included. As Courtney and Nichol Smith record, the book was published simultaneously in two forms: separately as an independant two volume work; and with two additional general title-leaves for the benefit of those who wished to add it as volumes xii and xiii to the set of Johnson’s Works published by J. Buckland, J. Rivington and Sons, et al. in the same year. The ‘missing’ A1 and Cc6 in volume one, were these alternative title-leaves, and are not called for in this issue. NCBEL, 2: 1132; this title not in the Rothschild Library Catalogue.
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JONSON (Ben). The Workes Of Beniamin Jonson. London, Printed by W. Stansby, and are To be Sould by Rich: Meighen, Ano D. 1616. Pott fo. format, not watermarked; lacking the initial blank; engraved title-page signed ‘Guliel9 (i.e., mus) Hole fecit’; secondary titles to the various plays, etc., those to ‘Cynthia’s Revels’ and ‘The Poetaster’ with elaborate woodcut border (McKerrow and Ferguson, 224); pp.[xex xii]+1015+[i (blank)]; ¶5 ex6, A — I, K — T, V, X — Ii, Kk — Tt, Vu, Xx — Iii, Kkk — Ttt, Vuu, Xxx — Iiii, Kkkk — Pppp6, Qqqq4; Victorian half black calf, dark green patterned-sand-grain cloth sides. Front joint neatly repaired and calf on sides a little rubbed or peeling; first four leaves remargined at fore-margins with period paper, without loss to printed areas, and first two leaves with unobtrusive tear at inner margin repaired without use of tissue; old carbon library stamp on upper margin of title-page affecting 45 x 20mm (maximum) of printed area; another on upper margin of A3 affecting only the rules enclosing the page number; insignificant pen trials and small smudges to margins of C3 and C4, and to Llll2; short tear to blank inner margin of Hh4 at top, apparently due to a paper flaw; minute hole in blank fore-margin of Ee2, Iii3, and Oo6, blank lower margin of Qqq2, and larger ones to blank upper margin of Xx5, and Fff1, all apparently original paper flaws; Pp1 and Pp6 lightly foxed in fore-margins; short tear to fore-margin of Ddd1 repaired without use of tissue; small piece lacking from extreme blank lower margin of A6, C1, Q3, R5, T5, Hh3, Ddd6, Eee5, Lll2, Aaaa1, and Llll3, for the most part probably original paper flaws; long paper flaw touching two letters on Kkk6; small chip to blank lower margin of Qqq4 and Iiii3, apparently both original trimming faults; small, light stain to Qqqq6 and Rrrr1, touching but not obscuring a total of five letters of text, and slight soiling to lower margins of Ddd5 and Nnn5r; some light marginal embrowning, and a little very light damp-staining more or less confined to bottom 8mm x 60mm or less of lower fore-corners of some leaves; final (blank) page dusty; nonetheless, except for the remargined leaves, an unusually nice copy.

GB £7,500.00

US $10,125.00


A large copy, measuring 285mm, which given that it has been rebound, and therefore presumably twice trimmed at head and tail, may suggest that it belongs to the large paper issue. It is at any rate larger than the Eccles copy (282mm), which was on ordinary paper but in a contemporary binding. The second state of the general title-page, the imprint reading ‘Printed by W. Stansby, and are To be Sould by Rich: Meighen, Ano D. 1616’ rather than the ‘Imprinted at London: By Will Stansby, anno Domini 1616’ of the first state or the ‘London: printed by William Stansby, ano D. 1616’ of the third state (v. ‘The Library’, ser.6, 8:152-6). Each of the separate plays or divisions of the volume, with the exception of ‘The forest’ and the later ‘Entertainments’, which have only headings, is provided with a special title-page. The title-page for ‘Euery Man ovt Of his Hvmovr’ exists in three forms: I. Within ornamental border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by W. Stansby for I. Smithwicke. 1616’; II. Without border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by William Stansby for Iohn Smithwicke. M.DC.XVI’; and III. Without border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by William Stansby’. In preparing this third title-page, leaf [G1], leaves G2, G5, and G6 were also reprinted: p.[75] was misnumbered 81, and the dedication subscription was changed from “By your true Honorer” to “By your honourer", etc. The title-page for ‘Cynthias Revels’ exists in two forms: I. Within ornamental border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by W. Stansby. 1616; and II. Without border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by William Stansby. M.DC.XVI’. The title-page for the Poëtaster exists in three forms: I. Within ornamental border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by W. Stansby, for M. Lownes. 1616’; II. Without border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by William Stansby, for Matthew Lownes. M.DC.XVI’; and III. Without border and with imprint: ‘London, Printed by William Stansby. M.DC.XVI’. In the present copy, the title-page to ‘Euery Man ovt Of his Hvmovr’ is of the second variant: plain with imprint ‘London, Printed by William Stansby For Iohn Smithwicke’ and with G2, G5, and G6, exhibiting the first state of text (p.[75] not numbered, the dedication subscription reading “By your true Honorer", etc.); whilst those to ‘Cynthias Revels’ and ‘Poëtaster’ are both of the first variant, having woodcut borders with the imprints as given above. Variants also exist of the last gathering, final speeches in ‘The golden age restored’ here running: Astraea — Pallas — Qvire rather than Pallas — Astrea — Qvire as in some copies. In this copy pp.241-2 and 251-2 (X1 and X6) appear out of sequence having been wrongly imposed and the pages reversed in the forme; Z6v (p.276) has the running title ‘Cynthias Reuells’ instead of ‘Poetaster’; Eee3 is mis-signed Ee 3, and Lll3, Kkk3; pp.6, 7, 34, and 713 are respectively misnumbered 4, 5, 43, and 317 as usual; p.999 is here correctly numbered: it is sometimes reported numbered as ‘9999’. Some copies are found with a frontispiece portrait of Jonson engraved by Robert Vaughan, but these have been added: it was made for the edition of the Works published in 1640. “Jonson began the preparation of this definitive edition in 1612. He used the quarto texts wherever available but scrupulously and systematically revised them, cutting out many marginal notes, altering the spelling, typography, and punctuation in accordance with a consistent if somewhat pedantic plan and introducing considerable editorial matter. The result is that this folio edition may be regarded as authoritative” (Pforzheimer). The wide margins and typographical features show the importance which Jonson attached to the details of the production of this edition. Contents: Euery Man in His Hvmovr: A Comoedie (first performed in 1598 by the Lord Chamberlain’s men, its list of ‘principall comoedians’ headed by ‘Will. Shakespeare’); Euery Man ovt Of his Hvmovr: A Comicall Satyre; Cynthias Revels, Or The Fountayne of selfe-Loue. A Comicall Satyre; Poëtaster, Or His Arraignement. A Comicall Satyre; Seianvs His Fall. A Tragoedie; Volpone, Or The foxe. A Comoedie; Epicoene, Or The silent Woman; The Alchemist. A Comoedie; Catiline His Conspiracy. A Tragoedie; Epigrammes; The forrest; Part of the Kings Entertainment In passing to His Coronation; A Panegyre, On The happie Entrance of Iames, Ovr soveraigne, To His first high Session of Parliament In this his Kingdome, the 19. of March, 1603; Entertaynments (with section title: ‘A Particular Entertainment...’); Masqves At Covrt. First edition of one of the two great folio collections of Elizabethan and early Jacobean plays, a direct fore-runner of the Shakespeare folios. At the time Jonson was much derided for the presumption of the title, since the folio collection of Workes of James I were published in the same year. Pollard & Redgrave (second edition), 14752; Greg, III, pp.1070-3; Pforzheimer, 559; H.L. Ford, ‘Collation of the Ben Jonson Folios’; Grolier, 17; NCBEL, I: 1655.
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JONSON (Ben). Bartholomew Fayre: A comedie, Acted in the Yeare, 1614. By the Lady Elizabeths Servants. And then dedicated to King Iames, of Most Blessed Memorie; By the Author, Beniamin Iohnson [sic]. London, Printed by I.B[eale]. for Robert Allot, and are To be sold at the signe of the Beare, in Pauls Church-yard, 1631. Sm.f’cap folio, in fours; text printed within ruled borders, with side-notes; wood-cut head-pieces and large historiated initials; without the blank [A]1, the first leaf being the title-leaf; pp.[iii — xii (not paginated)]+88; A5, B — I, K — M4; early, possibly contemporary, diced calf, later re-backed, with red lettering-piece and plain end-papers. Old calf a trifle scratched, and very slightly worn at corners; spine a little rubbed at head, with slight wear to extreme edge of lettering-piece; blank lower-margin of title-page (but not the verso) a little embrowned (apparently by contact with the turnovers of the calf); A5 with two short marginal tears not approaching the borders, and a trifle dusty on verso; blank lower fore-corner lacking to leaf F4; minute, barely visible, restorations to extreme lower fore-corner of last two leaves; otherwise a nice, unpressed, copy.

GB £1,440.00

US $1,944.00


This copy is printed on thick paper. Three of Ben Jonson’s plays were first printed in 1631: ‘Bartholomew Fayre’, ‘The Divell is an Asse’ and ‘The Staple of Newes’. The original intention seems to have been to issue them together, as was done in fact in 1640 (with the addition of a general title-page giving ‘The Staple of Newes’ as the second title rather than the third), and this is supported to some extent by both the signatures and pagination. In the collective edition the signatures run-on continuously throughout ‘Bartholomew Fayre’ and ‘The Divell is an Asse’, and, with the omission of gathering ‘Z’, into ‘The Staple of Newes’, where the alphabet recommences as ‘Aa’. After the third gathering of the last, however, the reduplicative letter is dropped, so that the gathering expected to be signed ‘Dd’ is in fact signed merely ‘D’, and this arrangement is then continued to the end. A similar uncertainty afflicts the numbering, for whereas p.88 of ‘Bartholomew Fayre’ is followed, after a two-page gap, by ‘The Divell is an Asse’, which continues the numbering from p.[91] — 170, ‘The Staple of Newes’ is separately paginated throughout. The editor was Jonson himself, who presumably regarded the production as a second volume of his Works, following on from that of 1616, but it looks as though part way through the printing of these plays it struck somebody, probably Allot, that it would be sensible to have the option of issuing them separately as well as in collective form, and they were then somewhat hastily redesigned. It is a curiosity that no general title-page for the 1631 collective issue appears ever to have been provided, though they are usually found in collective form. In this copy pp.12 and 13 are misnumbered 6 and 3, and p.31 is misnumbered 13, as always. Pollard & Redgrave, 14753.5 refer but do not record a separate issue of ‘Bartholmew Fayre’; NCBEL, I: 1658

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LA FAYETTE (Madame [Marie Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne] la comtesse de). 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.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


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.
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[LA SALLE (M. [le Marquis de])]. L’oncle Et Les tantes, Comédie En trois actes, en vers. Par M. le M..... de la S..... [woodcut of mandoline and bladder] A Paris, Chez Valleyre, l’aŒné, Imprimeur-Libraire, rue de la vieille Bouclerie. Brunet, Libraire, Place de la Comédie Italienne, 1786. Tall cr.8vo format [watermark device uninterpretable, but ‘1780’]; half-title not ccalled for; Approbation (dated ‘21 Septembre 1785’) at foot of final page of text; pp.[viii]+67+[i (blank)]; a4, A — D8, E2; modern drab paper wrappers. Some dusting and marginal embrowning, but a very good copy, nonetheless, of a scarce play.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


In this copy p.39 is mis-paged ‘29’. COPAC records the Manchester copy only.
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[LE-BRET (Alexis Jean) attrib.] Memoires Secrets De m. 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.

GB £21.00

US $28.35


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.

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[MALLET (David).]. Amyntor And Theodora: Or, The Hermit. A poem In Three cantos. London: Printed for Paul Vaillant, in the Strand, 1747. Cr.4to format (but not watermarked), printed on thick paper; half-title lacking; fly-title present to each canto; [-]1 ex 2, A — I, K — M4, N2; pp.[2 (ex 4)]+viii+92. A nice copy. BOUND WITH: SOMERVILE (William). Hobbinol, Or the Rural games. A Burlesque poem, In Blank Verse. By William Somervile Esq; [sic] London: Printed for J. Stagg, in Westminster-Hall, 1740. Cr.4to, (so watermarked); nothing called for before title-page; a4, b2, B — I4; pp.[4 (not paginated)]+vii+[i (blank)]+64. A nice copy. BOUND WITH: SOMERVILE (William). The Chace. A Poem. By William Somervile, Esq; [sic] London, Printed for G. Hawkins, and sold by T. Cooper at thr Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, 1735. Cr.4to (so watermarked); half-title not called for; copper-engraved frontispiece by Scotin after Gravelot not present in this copy (v. note); lacking the integral four entry Errata leaf end; A4, a2, B — I, K — O4, P1 ex 2; pp.[xii (unpaginated)]+106. Tear to upper inner margin of A2, another to final leaf, and K4 badly opened with loss of a sliver of blank upper margin; otherwise in general nice. Three works in one volume; contemporary plain quarter calf, marbled boards, spine raised over cords; contemporary manuscript general title-page bound in before title-page of ‘Amyntor and Theodora’, and intercalated blank after it. Leather split over joints, but boards firm on the cords; corners worn, boards rubbed.

GB £850.00

US $1,147.50


Though published anonymously, ‘Amyntor and Theodora’ is here signed by Mallet (D. Mallet and a flourish), in ink, at the end of the Dedication. Foxon, M44; ESTC, T21858; NCBEL, 2: 557; this title not in Rothschild. In ‘Hobbinol’, on p.ii the ‘t’ at the start of l.8 has dropped, and l.10 has the reading ‘Glentleman’ for ‘Gentleman’, as in all copies we have seen. A burlesque on Milton, dedicated to William Hogarth. Foxon, S.571; Rothschild, 1933; NCBEL, 2: 568; ESTC, T036572. In ‘The Chace’, p.[ii], l.13 of the Preface reads correctly ‘(as I’ (in some copies it reads ‘(asI’); p.[v], l.20 has ‘Wen’ for ‘Men’, apparently as always (here corrected in ink, by hand, as usual) and l.9 of Book I. begins with a lower-case ‘p’ instead of a capital one, apparently as always; in l.242 of Book III. the ‘l’ of ‘slow’ is perfect (in some copies it has almost wholly failed to print). Rothschild, 1932; Hayward, 158; Foxon, S.562; NCBEL, 2: 568: none of them noting possible issue points.
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[MARCELLINE (GEORGE).]. The triumphs of King Iames the First, of Great Brittaine, France, and Ireland, King; Defender of the Faith. 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.

GB £280.00

US $378.00


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.

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MILTON (John). Joannis MiltonI Angli Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio Secunda. Contra infamem libellum anonymum cui titulus, Regii sanguinis clamor ad Coelum adversus parri- Cidas Anglicanos. Londini, Typis Neucomianis, 1654. Pott 8vo format (watermark uninterpretable); nothing called for before title; twelve entry Errata on verso of last leaf; pp.[ii]+173+[i]; [-]1, A — I, K8, L7; old full natural calf, sides ruled and with small corner ornaments, gilt, spine with five bands raised over the cords, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, brown and green lettering-pieces, edges ruled gilt, elaborate inner gilt dentelles; a.e.g. Rebacked almost invisibly, the original spine laid on, and the end-papers sympathetically replaced; a few very short marginal tears and some barely detectable repairs to upper fore-margins, but with slight loss to parts of one or other numeral of some page numbers; light pencil notes on pp.83 and 151; a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £480.00

US $648.00


From the library of Viscount Birkenhead, with his armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. The correct first printing, with the verso of the title-page blank, with 173pp. of text, and with PRO and LONDINI on the title-page in Roman face, not italics. Shawcross, 185. In this copy p.76 is misnumbered 79 (this not noted by Shawcross). In our experience this second Defensio is a good deal scarcer than the first.
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MILTON (John). Literæ Pseudo-Senatüs Anglicani, Cromwellii, Reliquorumque Perduellium Nomine ac jussu con- Scriptæ A Joanne Miltono. [Pierced metal device threaded with ribbons holding dependant fruit (not a ‘basket’).] Impressæ Anno 1676. Roy.32mo in twelves; two binder’s blanks precede title-page; half-title not called for; three integral blanks followed by two binder’s blanks at end; pp.[iv]+234+[vi]; [ * ]2 [sic], A — I, K12; old full parchment (v. note), early oil-marbled end-papers. Front free end-paper lacking; bookseller’s catalogue entries (from 1841, 1905, and 1912) laid onto front blank; original paper flaw to margin of G3, with slight loss, but not touching text; A8, 10, and 11 embrowned at fore-margin on one side of the leaf only, evidently from an original production fault; the number to page 105 is lightly shaved; otherwise a fine copy in a very pretty binding.

GB £740.00

US $999.00


According to a ms. note on the front blank, “bound in a fragment from a 13th century service book containing part of ‘chapters 18 — 20 of 2nd book of Kings’". It is rubricated on the front cover and the spine. The end-papers look to be late 18th or early 19th century, which dates the binding. In this copy leaf E4 is wrongly signed E2. CBEL, I, p.468; Shawcross, 321, first printing, but apparently a variant, differently signed, and with a different type-ornament: the copy recorded by Shawcross having the second leaf signed ‘pi’ instead of with an asterisk, and with a ‘basket of fruit’ as type-ornament instead of the be-ribboned curiosity present here. The copy recorded by Shawcross also lacked the last two integral blanks.
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MONTAIGNE (Michel de). Essays Of Michael [sic] Seigneur de Montaigne. In three books. With Marginal Notes and Quotations of the Cited Authors. [In volume one only: And an Account of the Author’s Life.] Now rendred [sic] into English By Charles Cotton, Esq;. [sic, but full-stop present only in volume one] The First [Second; Third] Volume. London, Printed for T. Basset at the George in Fleet- Street, and M. Gilliflower and W. Hensman [volume two: ,] In Westminster-Hall, [volume two: .] 1685 [1686; 1685]. Cr.8vo (apparently so watermarked); half-titles not called for; fine portrait frontispiece, engraved on copper, in volume one (none called for in other volumes); thirty-four entry Errata on a2v in volume one; pp.[xx]+307, 316 — 638; [iv]+173, 173 — 687, 686 — 725+[i (blank)]; [[iv]]+573+[i (blank)]; A8, a2, B — I, K — T, V8, X4, Z — Ii, Kk — Ss8; A2, B -I, K — U, X — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Zz8, Aaa4; [A2], B — I, K — T, V, X — Ii, Kk — Nn8, Oo7; Victorian half rose calf, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, dark red morocco-cloth sides; sprinkled edges. Lacking the two preliminary leaves to volume three (title and Contents); portrait strengthened on back with old paper; running title and page number of Kk3v cropped off in volume one, due to a printing alignment error; small chip to blank lower fore-corner of N1 in volume two, and small chip to upper margin of Hh1 just touching running title, both apparently due to original paper flaws, one or two side-notes a trifle cropped, and light damp-staining to last few leaves; small hole to upper margin of D4 in volume three just touching the page number, due again to an original paper flaw; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £420.00

US $567.00


Originally published in French at Bordeaux in two volumes in 1580, volume three being added with the Paris edition of 1588, this is the second translation into English: preceded by the 1603 edition of John Florio. The last book that Cotton saw through the press, and his major achievement, it immediately supplanted the earlier translation. NCBEL, 2: 95 and 438. In the present copy in volume one pp.562 and 563 are misnumbered 546 and 547; pp.566 and 567 are misnumbered 550 and 155; pp.570 and 571, 554 and 555; and pp.674 and 575, 558 and 559; in volume two pp.33 and 40 lack the page numbers; p.58 is misnumbered 85; pp.174 and 175 are misnumbered 173 and 174; and p.310 is misnumbered 301; in the page number to p.227, the first two numerals are upside-down; in volume three, p.167 is misnumbered 147; and p.429 is misnumbered 329; leaf C3 is signed C5. The discontinuity between pp.307 and 316 in volume one occurs in all copies and does not denote a lack: they fall on the recto and verso of one leaf, and the catch-words and sense both follow on. The collation suggests the lack of a blank, Oo8, at the end of volume three.
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MORE (Henry [The Platonist]). Philosophicall Poems, By Henry More: Master of Arts, and Fellow of Christs Colledge In Cambridge. [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.

GB £2,160.00

US $2,916.00


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.”
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MURPHY (Arthur). The Citizen. A Farce. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. By Arthur Murphy, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for G. Kearsly, in Ludgate Street. 1763. (Price One Shilling.) Post 8vo in half-sheets, stabbed through and sewn; half-title apparently not called for; [A]2, B — F4; pp.[iv]+40; slight foxing of first and last two leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


CBEL, II, p.478
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PHILIPS (Mr. [Ambrose]). Pastorals, By Mr. Philips. London: Printed and Sold by H. Hills, in Blackfryars, Near the Water-side, 1710. (Price Two-pence.). Crown 8vo; nothing called for before title-page; pp.24; A8, B4; later full scarlet morocco, ruled blind on sides and spine, up-lettered gilt on spine, red marbled end-papers. Leather of spine rubbed; Peter Eaton’s ‘Duke of Hollandia’ bookplate on front paste-down obscuring an earlier library bookplate; unobtrusive ‘withdrawn’ stamp at tail of title-page; first two leaves strengthened at gutter, the tissue covering but not obscuring one or two letters at ends of line on A1v (the Preface); small hole in blank lower margin of title-page, and A8 slightly chipped at blank fore-margin and lower fore-corner; a little embrowning or dusting passim, more or less confined to margins; an adequate reading copy, nonetheless, of a scarce title.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


Philips’ first original volume, but unauthorised: ‘Pastorals’ one to four having appeared in Fenton’s ‘Oxford and Cambridge Miscellany’ of 1706, and been reprinted, with the addition of the further two, together with Pope’s ‘Pastorals’ (Pope’s first publication) in the ‘Sixth Part’ of the ‘Dryden-Tonson’ Miscellany of 1709. Henry Hills, despite having been printer by appointment to Cromwell, Charles II, James II, and (together with Thomas Newcomb) to Queen Anne, was notorious for his piracies. The watermark here is a crowned ‘R’. Hayward, 144; Foxon, p.215; NCBEL, 2: 562.
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POPE (Alexander). One thousand Seven Hundred And Thirty eight. A Dialogue Something like Horace. By Mr. Pope. London: Printed for T. Cooper at the Globe in Pater- Noster-row. Price (ONE SHILLING.), N.D. [1738]. F’cap folio, not watermarked; half-title present; leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end, verso blank; pp.[iv]+10+[ii]. BOUND WITH: POPE (Alexander). One thousand Seven hundred And Thirty eight. Dialogue II. By Mr. Pope. London: Printed for R. Dodsley at Tully’s Head in Pall- Mall, 1738. (Price One Shilling.) F’cap folio, not watermarked; half-title not called for; pp.16. 2 Vols, bound together; recent quarter calf, ruled gilt on spine, blind on sides, spine with red lettering-piece, green boards stippled in dark green; t.e.brown, lower-edges uncut; laid end-papers. Small wax-spot on upper margin of half-title, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £550.00

US $742.50


A large copy (14 x 8 3/4 inches). The first work is in the earliest state, with the price on the title-page all in upper case, and the signature mark ‘D’ under the word ‘her’; the second work is of the correct first printing, signed in twos, but has the corrected state of text with the reading ‘Tools’ rather than ‘Fools’ in the last line on p.10 — a correction that was made early in the print run. Griffith, 484 A, and 494 B; Foxon, pp.932 and 938; Rothschild, 1642 and 1643; ESTC, T5719 and T5724. “In these poems many are praised, and many are reproached. His political partiality was too plainly shewn; he forgot the prudence with which he passed, in his earlier years, uninjured and unoffending through much more violent conflicts of faction.” — Johnson, ‘Lives of the Poets’.

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[PRIOR (Matthew)]. Poems On Several occasions. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson at Shakespeare’s-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and John Barber upon Lambeth-Hill, 1718. Royal folio, paper watermarked with a fleur-de-lys on shield; fine engraved frontispiece and vignette on title-page by B. Baron after L. Cheron; numerous fine head- and tail- pieces and historiated initials passim, engraved on both copper and wood; pp.[xl (excluding the frontispiece)]+506+[6]; [ — ]2, A4, b — c2, d1, e — i, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Zz, Aaa — Iii, Kkk — Uuu, Xxx — Zzz, Aaaa — Iiii, Kkkk — Uuuu, Xxxx — Zzzz, Aaaaa — Iiiii, Kkkkk — Uuuuu, Xxxxx — Zzzzz, Aaaaaa — Iiiiii, Kkkkkk — Oooooo2; contemporary full natural calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with seven bands raised over the cords, lettering-piece tooled with olive-branch and sun motif and foot, within triple-ruled border, in second compartment. Calf split over the joints, and end-papers cracked, but sound upon the very substantial cords; some edge-wear to boards and slight chipping to calf in two or three places and extremities of spine; a little very light foxing or dusting internally, mostly confined to the margins; back of frontispiece toned, and gathering Ffff; short tear to blank lower margin of Aa2; small original paper flaw to blank upper margin of Eeee2; otherwise, and in effect, a very nice, clean, copy, still in its original dress.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


First folio edition, following the piracies of 1707 and 1716, and the authorised editions of 1709, 1711, 1713 and 1717. It prints for the first time his long poems ‘Alma, or the Progress of the Mind’ and ‘Solomon’, as well as reprinting the poems in the earlier volumes with the same general title, here revised and re-ordered. Three of the poems (‘An Ode Humbly Inscrib’d to the Queen’, ‘Alma’, and ‘Soloman’) are supplied with their own secondary title-pages and prelims. (all of which are included in the pagination). One of the high spots of early eighteenth century book production. After Prior’s release from political custody in 1716, having been held for more than a year, he planned this subscriber’s edition of his poems to restore his finances. He took careful pains over it and made great demands (he was disappointed at not being able to produce the run on vellum!); the result was this enormous, elegantly printed, volume. It was a resounding success, and some stories have him raising 4000 guineas from subscriptions: enough to keep him in comfort for the rest of his life. The book was printed variously on ordinary paper, on fine paper, and on very fine paper, this last being denoted by the fleur-de-lys on shield watermark, present here. A few copies were also printed on large paper. Foxon: 6641; Ebert: 17934; Ashley Library: 5238 (copy on very fine paper, as here, with the fleur-de-lys and shield watermark); ESTC T75639; CBEL II, p. 289; NCBEL, 2: 489.
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PRIOR (Matthew). The Poetical works Of Matthew Prior: Now first collected, With explanatory notes, And Memoirs of the author, In two volumes. Volume the first [second]. London: Printed for W. Strahan, T. Payne, J. Rivington And sons, J. Dodsley, T. Lowndes, T. Cadell, T. Caslon, J. Nichols, and T. Evans in the Strand, 1779. 2 Vols., post 8vo; half-titles not called for; copperplate frontispiece by J.K. Sherwin after J. Mortimer precedes title-page in volume one; stipple engraved portrait headpiece to Life; last leaf of first gathering in volume one and title-leaf to volume two both single insets; pp.[iii] — xvi+xxviii+420; [ii]+xvi+287+[i (Errata to both volumes); a2 — 8, A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ee8; [a]1, A — I, K — T8; contemporary full watered calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, lettering piece; fore-edges mainly trimmed, others fully so. Both volumes in need of re-backing and re-cornering, the joints to volume one broken, those to volume two cracked and holding on the cords, but the sewing to both sound; text clean and crisp.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


As indicated by the collation given above, the title-leaf to volume two was printed as a1 of volume one, and there is nothing lacking. Gatherings ‘A’ and ‘B’ in volume one are here erroneously signed ‘a’ and ‘b’, leaving two gatherings signed ‘a’. Edited by the publisher T. Evans, who also wrote the Life, and dedicated by him to Richard Brinsley Sheridan. CBEL, II, p.279
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[REYNOLDS (Sir Joshua)]. Seven Discourses Delivered in the Royal Academy By the President. London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, Bookseller And Printer to the Royal Academy, 1778. Demy 8vo; half-title and integral advertisement leaf at end not bound in; pp.6ex 8+iv+5 — 326; [A]3 ex 4, B — X8, Y3 ex 4; contemporary quarter calf, marbled sides, sprinkled edges, spine divided into six compartments by rules (a guinea-rule between two plain rules, repeated), gilt, red lettering-piece. Some cracking to calf of upper joint; otherwise a very nice, large, copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


The first collected edition. A further eight discourses were published individually between 1779 and 1791, but not collected until 1842. The present series had appeared separately between 1769 and 1777. Rothschild, 1740.
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REYNOLDS (Frederick). Laugh when you can: A comedy, In five acts. As performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent-garden. London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, No.39 Paternoster-row, 1799. (Price 2s.). Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); stabbed through and sewn into light brown thick paper wrappers, lettered on front wrapper in ink in a contemporary hand; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


CBEL, II, p.482
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