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

RHODES (William Barnes). Bombastes furioso: A Burlesque Tragic Opera. By William Barnes Rhodes. With designs By George Cruikshank. London: Thomas Rodd, Great Newport Street; and T. Griffiths, Wellington Street, Strand, 1830. Sm.f’cap 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for (v. note); title-page with woodcut vignette; six full-page woodcuts in text, not backed and included in the pagination; final blank (v. note); pp.[3]-[36]+[1-2]; publisher’s very fine-diaper puce cloth with applied back, cut flush, not blocked or lettered. Small restoration to cloth of spine; slight cracking to front end-papers; some light dusting and a couple of small marks in text, but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The first authorised edition, and the first appearance of Cruikshank’s illustrations. The second leaf is here signed B3, but the final blank, which is certainly of text-paper, is not part of the last gathering, and appears to be the missing B1, folded back. In this copy the title originally read BOMBASTICrather than BOMBASTES the last two characters having been corrected by over-printing. Cohn, 692; NCBEL, 3:1137. The volume is unusual in cloth, most copies having been issued in wrappers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROCHON DE CHABANNES ([Marc Antoine Jacques]). Le jaloux, Comédie En cinq Actes et en Vers libres; Par M. Rochon de Chabannes: Représentée, pour la première fois, sur le Théâtre De la Nation, le 11 mars 1784, & le 16 du Même mois, á la cour. Prix 30 sols. A Paris, Chez la veuve Duchesne, Libraire, rue St-Jacques; & autres Libraires qui vendent des Nouveautés, 1785. Avec Approbation, & Privilége du Roi. Extra cr.8vo format; half-title not called for; two entry Errata at end of text; pp.[viii]+[120]; *4, A — G8, H4; modern plain grey wrappers. Some creasing of corners and light dusting, and a couple of insignificant marginal tears, but a very good copy, nonetheless of a scarce play.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Four copies on COPAC, but all of them nineteenth century. This first edition is scarce.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROUSSEAU (J[ean]. J[acques].). Lettres Écrites de la Montagne. Par J.J. Rousseau. Premiere [sic] [Seconde] partie. A Amsterdam, Chez Marc Michel Rey, 1764. Two parts bound in one volume, apparently as issued, extra cr.8vo format, not watermarked, gathered in eights and sixes; three blanks apparently of text-paper precede first title-page, the first pasted to the end-paper, two blanks of different paper at end; nothing called for before either title-page; title-pages with copper-engraved vignette (wreathe and motto); leaf bearing on recto publisher’s ‘Advertisement Du libraire’, six-line Errata, and note to the binder concerning the cancels, blank but for catch-word on verso, bound in before start of text; integral blank at end of first part; publisher’s integral Catalogue, one leaf, at end of second part; pp.[x (not paginated)]+334+[ii]; [ii]+226+[ii]; [ ]1, *4, A -I, K — T, V, X8; [ ]1, A, B8, C4, D — G6, H, I, K — P8, Q6; contemporary polished mottled calf, applied spine richly tooled gilt in compartments, red and olive lettering-pieces; a.e. burnished red; marbled end-papers; green silk marker. Unobtrusive old repair to calf of joints, now slightly cracking; booksellers description pasted to verso of front blank; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £550.00

US $742.50


In this copy, as always with the first printing, p.214 is incorrectly numbered ‘114’, and B2, E7, I4, and L4 are cancels, on slightly different paper. Leaf *4, the ‘Advertisement du Libraire’, here present, is often lacking. A 12mo edition was published slightly later. Forced to flee France following the official condemnation of Émile, Rousseau sought refuge in Neuchâtel under the protection of the King of Prussia. The Council of Geneva soon took a hostile stand after Rousseau published a reply to an attack by the Archbishop of Paris, the ‘Lettre á M. de Beaumont’ (1763). Rousseau in response renounced his citizenship, and then published the present work bitterly attacking the Council and consitution of Geneva: a direct response to Tronchin’s ‘Lettres Écrites de la Campagne’. In 1765 he left Neuchâtel for England at the invitation of the philosopher, David Hume.Dufour, 232: “edition originale in 8vo"; Tchemerzine, Vol. 10, p.50; Quérade, VIII, p.193; Jammes, 772.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROUSSEAU (J[ean]. J[acques].). Letters On the Elements Of Botany. Addressed to a lady. By the celebrated J.J. Rousseau. Translated into English, With notes, And Twenty-four additional letters, Fully explaining the system of Linnæus. By Thomas Martyn, B.D. Professor of Botany In the University of Cambridge. London: Printed for B. White and Son, At Horace’s Head, Fleet-street, 1785. Demy 8vo format, not watermarked; half-title not called for; seventeen entry Errata on a4v; inserted folding leaf ‘To face the blank page 114’, and bearing ‘The Outlines of Linnæus’s System of Vegetables’; Index of the English Names of Plants, Index of the Latin Names, [list of the] Natural Tribes, or Orders of Plants..., and Index of Terms, casually explained in the course of this Work, at end, not paginated; pp.[xxiv]+503+[i (blank)]+[28]; A8, a4, B-I, K-U, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Ll8, Mm2. BOUND WITH: [MARTYN (Thomas). Thirty-eight plates with explanations; intended to illustrate Linnæus’s System of Vegetables, and particularly adapted to the Letters on the Elements of Botany. By Thomas Martyn, B.D F.R.S. Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge. London: Printed for B. White and Son, At Horace’s Head, Fleet-street, 1788.] Demy 8vo format, the text-leaves not watermarked; bound up without the prelims. and leaf of publisher’s advertisements; thirty-eight hand-coloured plates drawn and engraved by F.P. Nodder, all but the last with tissue guards, and each accompanied by a printed key-leaf (sometimes with blank verso), the last serving for two plates; pp.[vi+[2 (advertisements)], not here present]+72; [a4 (not present)], A-D8. Two volumes bound in one, the plates and key-leaves distributed to their intended (and marked) positions throughout the text; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on sides and with guinea-roll to edges, neatly re-backed with matching calf, spine with five raised bands edged by double gilt rules, tooled with floral ornaments in compartments, green lettering-piece; the original marbled end-papers preserved. Some wear and slight chipping to old calf at corners and edges; some very light foxing to text; but a generally nice copy nonetheless of a scarce book.

GB £850.00

US $1,147.50


"On various dates between 1771 and 1773, [Rousseau] drafted eight long letters on botanical themes to Madame Madeleine-Catherine de Lessert, to whom he had warmed after an earlier meeting in Lyons, and who wished to excite her four-year-old daughter’s natural curiosity by encouraging her to take an interest in plants. These letters, followed over the next four years by sixteen others on similar themes to various correspondents, were to excite the interest of Thomas Martyn, a professor of botany at Cambridge who held his chair for sixty-three years and for at least part of that time used his own translation of them in his courses” (Wokler, p.111). Rousseau’s letters originally made their appearance at Geneva in 1782 under the title ‘Lettres Elémentaires sur la Botanique á Madame de L***’ in the second volume of the ‘Mélanges’ forming part of the posthumous ‘Collection complète des Oeuvres de J.J. Rousseau’. The present marks the first appearance of these ‘Lettres’ in English, and the first appearance also of Martyn’s ‘continuation’ of them, in which he imitated the style and manner of the originals. This popularization of Linnaeus went through many editions, reaching an eighth in 1815. It consists of a preface and introduction by Martyn, eight letters by Rousseau and twenty-four further letters by Martyn. The plates, which appeared separately and are dated ‘1 May 1788’, are very often lacking. For the ‘Letters’: ESTC, T136469; NCBEL, II: 1530 (not listing the plates until the fourth edition of 1794); Henrey, 1281; Soulsby, 701; for the plates: ESTC, T69543; Henrey, 1030; Soulsby, 592. COPAC lists only the British Library, Cambridge, Leicester, Leeds, Wellcome Library, and Natural History Museum copies of the first edition of the ‘Letters’, and the Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Wellcome Library, Natural History Museum, and Royal Botanic Gardens copies of the plates. There is no list of plates, but they are here bound in between pp.26-7, 30-1, 42-3, 46-7, 62-3, 64-5, 122-3, 128-9, 154-5, 160-1, 168-9, 200-1, 236-7, 252-3, 262-3, 272-3, 290-1, 296-7, 300-1, 310-1, 330-1, 344-5, 360-1, 376-7, 382-3, 396-7, 404-5, 406-7 (two plates), 426-7, 452-3, 456-7, 466-7, 470-1, 490-1, 494-5, 498-9, and 500-1.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROWE (N[icholas]., Esq.). The Royal convert. A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Queen’s Theatre in the Hay-Market. By Her Majesty’s Sworn Servants. Written by N. Rowe, Esq; Laudatur & Alget. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, 1708. Sm.4to; half-title present; pp.[xii]+56; [ — ]2, A — H4; modern wrappers. Some light embrowning; a few signature marks and catchwords lightly cropped; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


The variant with the rules on the half-title 108mm apart and the ‘L’ of ‘London’ in the title-page imprint above the ‘Ja’ of ‘Jacob’. Another issue has the rules 117mm apart and the ‘L’ of ‘London’ above the ‘o’ of ‘Jacob’. There is no known precedence. Dedicated to Lord Halifax. First acted November 25th 1707. The second edition, of 1714, was revised. Stratman, 5391; NCBEL, 2: 780. University of London and Leeds copies only on COPAC.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SAVAGE (Richard, Esq.). The Works Of Richard Savage, Esq., Son of The Earl Rivers. With an account of the Life and writings of the author, By Samuel Johnson, LL.D. In two volumes. London: Printed for T. Evans in the Strand, 1775. 2 Vols., cr.8vo (so watermarked); half-titles present; each title-page with vignette engraved on copper by Isaac Taylor after H. Gravelot; 3pp Contents, not paginated, followed by two-entry Errata relating to volume one, at end of volume two; pp.[8 (not paginated)]+cxvi+185 (p.4 paged iv)+[2 (not paginated)]+[i (blank)]; [iv]+271 (pp.4 — 6 paged iv — vi)+[i (blank)]+[4]; [ — ], *a2, a — g8, h2,A — I, K — L8, M6; [ — ]2, A — I, K — R8, S2; contemporary (probably publisher’s) full sprinkled polished calf, applied back, red lettering-piece tooled gilt, gilt-tooled edges to boards; pale-yellow burnished edges; binder’s blanks at front and back. Insignificant hair-line cracking to calf of back joint in Volume I; a little light scattered foxing and spotting to text; one or two leaves at the beginning and end of each volume lightly stained in margins from the turn-overs of the calf; otherwise, and in general effect, an excellent copy.

GB £420.00

US $567.00


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his 1964 ‘Greensleeves’ bookplate on the front paste-down, and his light pencilled notes on the end-papers. This first printing is uncommon. The first collected edition. Johnson’s life was originally published separately in 1744. Courtney and Nichol Smith, pp.16 — 17 refer and record that the text here differs from the original only by the alteration of ‘Mr. Page’ to ‘Sir Francis Page’ and the addition of two sentences on the ‘charge of very serious ingratitude’ which one of Orator Henley’s advertisements had caused Pope to convey to Savage, when he had been six months in prison in 1743. In the present copy in volume one on c2 the ‘H’ of ‘THE’ running title is defective; the signature mark ‘C’ is apparently a ‘G’ overprinted with a ‘C’ by hand; in volume two p.100 is mis-paged 122 and pp.123 — 128 are mispaged 223 — 228.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SCOTT (Mr. [Thomas]). The Mock-Marriage. A Comedy, Acted At the Theatre in Dorset- Garden, By His Majesty’s Servants. Written by Mr. Scott. London, Printed for H. Rhodes, in Fleet-street; J. Harris, in the Poultry; and S. Briscoe, in Russel-street, the Corner of Charles=street [sic], Covent-Garden, 1696. Advertisement. She Ventures, and He Wins: A New Comedy. Written by A Young Lady. F’cap 8vo (so watermarked); half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+60; A — H4, I2; modern wrappers. Cropped close at a couple of fore-margins, with loss of half a dozen or so letters, and at lower margins with loss of all or part of five or six lines, together with somewhat more signatures and catchwords; lightly embrowned or dusty throughout, and with a few insignificant stains; nonetheless, an acceptable copy of a very scarce play.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Scott, who was secretary to the Earl of Roxburgh, published only two plays, this being the first. It was first acted in September, 1695. British Library and Leeds copies only on COPAC. NCBEL, 2: 772; Wing, S.2089 A
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SHENSTONE (William, Esq.). The Works In Verse and Prose, Of William Shenstone, Esq; [sic] Most of which were never before printed. In two volumes, With decorations. London [:] Printed for R. and J. Dodsley in Pall-mall, 1764. 2 Vols., demy 8vo (but watermarked merely ‘E A H’); half-titles not called for; copper engraved frontispiece and vignette title in each volume, five engraved vignettes in text in volume one, large folding plate and one vignette in volume two; pp.viii (not including vignette title)+345+[i (blank)]+[vi (Contents, not paginated)]; [iv (not including vignette title)]+239+248 — 392 (v. note); A4, B — I, K — U, X — Z8; A2, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Bb8; publisher’s marbled boards, later rebacked with sheep, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Boards somewhat rubbed; small hole to N7 in volume 1 affecting part of one letter of text, and short tears to blank fore-margin of N3, repaired without the use of tissue, and Q7; L4 and S3 in volume two torn across and repaired without tissue; some light dusting and staining, mostly to large fore- and lower- margins, and a little light foxing; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his 1964 ‘Greensleeves’ bookplate on the front pastedown of volume one. Uncommon in uncut state. The Rothschild Catalogue lists only a rebound copy of the second edition. Tinker Library, 1911; Williams, pp.60 — 3. Besides Shenstone’s Works are included ‘The Leasowes’ by R. Dodsley and Verses to Mr. Shenstone by Lady Luxborough, Dodsley, Woodhouse, J. Cunningham, etc., these occupying pp.331 — 392 of volume two. The apparent lacuna after p.239 in volume two is correct: not only is 248 on the verso of 239, but it is the last page of gathering Q, 249 being the first of gathering R, and has evidently been re-paged to disguise an error in calculation between two type-setters. The catchwords follow on. In this copy, in volume two, E4, F3, F4, H3, H4, K4, M3, M4, Y2, and Aa4 are not signed, whilst K3 is signed 3K: state or issue significance, if any, not determined. Edited by Robert Dodsley, who died in the year of publication.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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); integral Errata leaf with four entries at end; A4, a2, B — I, K — O4, P2; pp.[xii (unpaginated)]+106+[ii]; contemporary full stippled calf, recently re-cornered and rebacked with natural calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled blind, lettered on in gilt. Original end-papers and binder’s blanks present but unobtrusively strengthened at gutters with matching paper; two insignificant marginal tears to title-page, and one small mark or scuff towards inner margin; original paper-flaw affecting outer fore-margin of C2 with some thinning, and minute lack; otherwise a very nice, clean copy.

GB £410.00

US $553.50


Presentation copy, inscribed on the front end-paper in the hand of the recipient: “I. Nixon / ex dono autoris” [sic]. Nixon’s name has also been added in the same hand and rather faded ink at the end of the first of the two prefatory poems, which as it appears in print is unattributed. (As the Rothschild catalogue remarks “The second of the two poems addressed to the Author is signed ‘J. Lacy’".) In this copy three of the four Errata noted at the end have been corrected in lead pencil in the text in a different hand (possibly that of Somervile himself), together with two others not included in the Errata: ‘not’ in l.227 of Book I. altered to ‘nor’ and ‘aud’ in l.264 to ‘and’. (The first of these looks certainly authorial, since ‘not’ would just have been a possible reading). To the errata detailed above, we can add three others, plus one typographical flaw: p.[ii], l.13 of the Preface reads ‘(asI’ instead of ‘(as I’ [in another copy seen this had been corrected in the type], p.[v], l.20 ‘Wen’ for ‘Men’ [here faintly corrected in ink by hand; corrected likewise in the comparison copy] and l.9 of Book I. begins with a lower-case ‘p’ instead of a capital one [so also in the comparison copy]; in l.242 of Book III. the ‘l’ of ‘slow’ has almost wholly failed to print [not so in the comparison copy]. The present copy, as might perhaps be expected if it were presented to the author of one of the prefatory poems, shows signs of having been bound ‘hot from the press’, before the print had properly been allowed to dry: there is offsetting throughout — in a couple of cases (B4 to C1, and I1 to H4) of a diagonal nature that suggests the print was still wet enough to transfer at a touch as it was being folded and stacked. Interestingly, offsetting as visible as any of the rest occurs between the title-page and the facing original binder’s blank, suggesting that the frontispiece could never have been included in this copy. This would be logical in an early or advance copy, printing of copperplate(s) being usually the last part of the printing to be completed. (There are many well-documented instances of books in France in the eighteenth century being issued with and without the plates, those without showing invariably the earlier states of text, whilst as late as 1844 the first issue of the Chapman & Hall edition of ‘The Wandering Jew’ was made without the plates, these being advertised later as a separate volume.) Rothschild, 1932; Hayward, 158; Foxon, S.562; NCBEL, 2: 568: none of them noting possible issue points.
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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; pp.[4 (not paginated)]+vii+[i (blank)]+64; a4, b2, B — I4; contemporary full panelled calf, tooled blind and black on sides, spine with five raised bands, not lettered; sprinkled edges. Small split to calf at head of both joints, but no obvious weakness; black tooling patchily faded; small chip to blank lower forecorner of B4; otherwise virtually a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £420.00

US $567.00


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his 1964 ‘Greensleeves’ bookplate on the front pastedown together with the early armorial bookplate of William Holder. In this copy on p.ii the ‘t’ at the start of l.8 has dropped, and l.10 has the reading ‘Glentleman’ for ‘Gentleman’ (both as in all copies seen). A burlesque on Milton, dedicated to William Hogarth. Foxon, S.571; Rothschild, 1933; NCBEL, 2: 568.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SUCKLING (Sir John). A Coppy Of A letter Fovnd in the Privy lodge- Ings at White- Hall. [No place, no publisher] Printed in the yeare, 1641. Pott 4to; lacking [A]1 (probably blank); pp.[iii — iv]+11+[i (blank)]; A — B4; binder’s blank at end; modern light drab wrappers. A little very light foxing to large fore-margins; number to first page slightly shaved; list of names (dated ‘23 May 1658’) written in ink on blank final page; two small chips to blank margins of last leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £290.00

US $391.50


Wing, S6123; not in CBEL; Cambridge copy only in COPAC.
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SUCKLING (Sir John). Fragmenta Avrea. A Collection of all The Incomparable peeces Written By Sir John Svckling And published by a Friend to Perpetuate his memory. Printed by his owne copies. London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be Sold at his Shop at the sign of the Princes Armes in S. Pauls [sic] Church-yard. 1648. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; integral engraved frontispiece by W[illiam]. Marshall; separate titles to each of the seven parts; pp.[viii (including frontispiece, unpaged)]+119+[i (blank)]+[vi (unpaged)]+82+64+[iv]+52; A4, [2]A — [2]C8, [-]1, [2]D, [2]E6, [2]F — [2]G8, [2]H4, [3]A — [3]E8, [3]F4, [4]A — [4]D8, [5]A — [5]C8, [5]D4; contemporary sheep ruled blind on sides, ruled and tooled blind on spine. Old restorations to sheep at corners and fore-edges; end-papers renewed with period paper, preserving the original front free end-paper, a large hole in this made good with matching paper; chip from blank corner of [3]B3, and [4]D2, and paper flaws in blank margin of [3]D3; one or two small stains passim, but in general a very nice copy.

GB £720.00

US $972.00


Second edition, but a page for page reprint of the first edition published two years earlier, except that the portrait is here printed on text-paper so that there is no call for an initial blank. This edition appears, if anything, to be the scarcer of the two. A popular volume that tended to be read to bits, and is in consequence seldom found in nice state. The preserved front end-paper bears the inscription: ‘Liber Gualteri Wafordi’ in a contemporary hand. Includes ‘Poems’, ‘Letters To divers Eminent Personages Written on Several Occasions’ (partly in double column), ‘An Account of Religion by Reason. A Discourse upon Occasion Presented to the Earl of Dorset’, two versions of ‘Aglaura’, the one ‘Presented at the Private House in Blackfriars, by his Majesties [sic] Servants’ and the other ‘Presented At the Court, by His Majesties [sic] Servants’, ‘The Goblins. A Comedy’, and ‘Brennoralt. A Tragedy.’ Wing, 6127; CBEL, I, p.456.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SWIFT (Deane) and SWIFT (Jonathan). An Essay Upon the Life, Writings, and Character, Of Dr. Jonathan Swift. Interspersed with some occasional Animadversions Upon the Remarks of a late critical Author, And upon the Observations of an anonymous Writer on those Remarks. By Deane Swift, Esq; [sic] To which is added, That Sketch of Dr. Swift’s Life, written by the Doctor himself, which was lately presented By the Author of this Essay to the University Of Dublin. London, Printed for Charles Bathurst, at the Cross-Keys, Opposite St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleetstreet [sic]. 1755. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; Errata leaf at end; pp.[vi (unpaged)]+375+[i (publisher’s advertisements)]+53 (last page Errata)+[i (blank)]; [A]3, B — I, K — U, X -Z, Aa8, Bb4; [2]A — [2]C8, [2]D3; original blue-grey paper covered boards, cream paper spine, label; a.e. uncut. Recently re-backed with period paper in imitation of the original, and with new end-papers of period paper; original boards a little scuffed and marked; Q7 and 8, and R1, 2, 3, and 4 show some foxing to blank lower margins; S4 and S5 slit from the lower margins into text (v. note) this being repaired without the use of tissue and without loss of text; flaw in blank lower margin of 2A6; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £650.00

US $877.50


The first state of text, with S4 and S5 slit for cancellation, but not cancelled, l.18 on p.263 reading ‘Dean WINTER’ in upper and lower case instead of ‘DEAN WINTER’ all in upper case. This is sufficient to distinguish the cancels, but there are other differences: the catchwords on pp.263, 264, and 265 reading respectively here ‘extreamly’, ‘VANESSA’S’, and ‘the’ rather than ‘have’, ‘HERSED’, and ‘gion’, the text being also differently arranged, the first prose paragraph on p.265 being moved in the cancel and run on after ‘concubine’ at the foot of p.263 and top of p.264. CBEL, II, p.581; Rothschild, 1989; Teerink-Scouten, 1345; ESTC, T148532: none of these noting the cancels. With the initial blank not present in the rebound Rothschild copy, but without the two added leaves of trade (R. Thyer) advertisements present there. Coincidences of the chainlines combined with faint off-printing suggest that the Errata leaf, though numbered as p.53 of the second part, was actually printed as A2 of the first part (the prelims. having, as usual, been printed last), the present A2 and A3 being actually A3 and A4, and together with the four leaves of gathering Bb completing a full sheet, whilst gathering D of the second part was printed as a separate quarter sheet. In this copy F3 is signed E3; p.19 is paged 16; p159, 195; p.209, 181; p.212, 184; p.213, 177; p.216, 180; p.217, 189; p.226, 227; p.274, 275 and p.275, 274 the first letter of the first three lines on p.164 is raised above the line: all this as in every copy we have seen. The page number to p.93 is here perfect, however, suggesting perhaps an early state, as in some other copies seen it has been badly battered. The first biography of Swift, written by Deane Swift, the father of Theophilus and the cousin of Jonathan. It treats in especial of the great satirist’s relations to his contemporaries. Included in the text are unpublished letters from Dr. Swift, and a good deal of material by others of his circle, (among this a poem by ‘Stella’). The front blank bears the contemporary inscription ‘D: N: 1755 — Read’

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SWIFT (Jonathan, D.D. D.S.P.D.). The History Of the Four last years Of the Queen. By the late Jonathan Swift, D.D. D.S.P.D. Published from the Last Manuscript Copy, Corrected and Enlarged by the Author’s OWN Hand. London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1758. Demy 8vo, not watermarked; half-title not called for; pp.xvi+392; A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Bb8, Cc4; publisher’s plain quarter sheep, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Sheep of spine chipped at head and tail and with neat, old, repairs; marbled paper covering to back board lacking, that to front board chipped, and faded to grey; back free end-paper lacking; two openings with slight spotting, but text virtually fine.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Scarce in original state; and despite the faults of the binding, a sound and serviceable copy. NCBEL, 2: 1065; Rothschild, 2187, recording Edward Gibbon’s copy, which, like the present one has Z3 correctly signed, whilst Aa3 is signed Aa4. Rothschild records two other variants, in one Z3 is signed Z2, but Aa4 is correctly signed, whilst in the other both leaves are correctly signed. Swift wrote this History in 1713, with the intention of publishing at once, but was advised against it, and revised it at intervals thereafter. Bolingbroke claimed to have dissuaded him from publication in 1727, and Oxford, the son of the Lord Treasurer of Queen Anne’s reign, delayed it in 1737. It is here first published, some thirteen years after Swift’s death.
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THOMSON (James). The Castle Of Indolence: An Allegorical Poem. Written in Imitation of Spenser. By James Thomson. London: Printed for A. Millar, over against Catherine-street, In the Strand, 1748. Cr.4to; half-title not called for; author’s Advertisement leaf with ‘Explanation of the obsolete Words used in this Poem’ on verso, at end; first leaf of text a cancel, as always; A1, B — I, K — L4, [M]2; pp.[ii]+81+[i (blank)]+[ii]; recent full panelled calf, sides with small gilt dentelle border enclosing a gilt rule, the panel outlined by dentelles enclosing a repeating floral band, and with floral corner ornaments, all blind, the spine with a long green lettering-piece, down-lettered, set between matching panels outlined with double and single gilt rules, each panel elaborately tooled blind with small repeating floral ornaments; sprinkled edges; sympathetic cream laid end-papers. A little very light foxing; short tear to inner margin of first few leaves associated with original stab-holes; hole in blank lower margin of last two leaves (which were printed at that point conjugate), due certainly to some form of production error; otherwise, and in general effect, a virtually fine copy.

GB £260.00

US $351.00


The leaf lacking from the collation was conjugate with the final leaf of text, and contained the cancel leaf, B1; the title was printed conjugate with the Advertisement (v. Chapman, ‘Cancels’, pp.16-17). Originally issued stabbed and sewn through, and here finely bound in sympathetic period style by Penine Binding of Halifax. “Thomson had been an ardent admirer of Spenser from his youth, and it is noteworthy that in this noble specimen of art he has left the combined result of his earliest inspiration and his mature taste.” — DNB. CBEL, II, p.306; this title not in Rothschild.
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VALLERIOLAE (Francisci). Francisci Valleriolae Doctoris Medici Observationum Medicinalium lib.vj. Denuo editi, & emendatiores quam Antea inlucem emißi: In quibus multorum grauissimorum morborum historiæ, Eorundem causæ, symptomata atque euentus, tum Etiam curationes miro, vtili & compendioso Ordine describuntur. Adi&ctlig;tis duobus Indicibus, quorum priorem Obseruationum ipsi operi Præfiximus: posteriorem rerum & verborum ad finem Remisimus ad faciliorem studiosorum vsum. [M.D.C.V. Apud Franciscum Fabrum Lugdun], 1605. Pott 8vo (and apparently so watermarked); half-title not called for; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+399+[xxix (not paginated)]; *, a — i, k — t, v, x — a, Aa — Cc8, Dd6; wood-engraved decorated initials throughout, wood-engraved head-pieces and some tailpieces to the chapters; side-notes throughout; old, but not contemporary, stippled paper-covered boards, with hand-written paper label; sprinkled edges. Title-page laid down and lower half lacking, but supplied in good pen facsimile; foxing and embrowning throughout, mostly fairly light; a good copy with large margins, nonetheless.

GB £450.00

US $607.50


An updated edition of a work published originally in 1573, and apparently rare in any printing: WorldCat locates only one copy of the 1573 edition, in Lyons, and none of this; no copy on COPAC. From the library of Docteur Cordes, with his ownership stamp, dated ‘22 Sept. 89’ on the facsimile portion of the title-page.

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VANBRUGH (Sir John). Plays Written by Sir John Vanbrugh. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. Containing The Relapse; or Virtue in Danger. The Provok’d Wife. Esop, in Two Parts. Vol. II. Containing The Confederacy. The False Friend. The Mistake. A Journey to London. The Provok’d Husband. London: Printed for J. Tonson, and J. Watts; and For J. Darby, A Bettesworth, and F. Clay; in Trust for Richard, James, and Bethel Wellington [so volume one; volume two reads: Printed for J. Tonson and M. Wellington], 1730. F’cap 12mo format, not watermarked; half-title present in volume one, none called for in volume two; each play with separate prelims., not numbered, but included in the pagination; wood-engraved head- and tail- pieces and some large decorated initials passim; two leaves integral advertisements at end of volume one, the second blank on verso; pp.[iv]+303+[i (blank)]+[3]+[i]; 388; [A]2, B — I12, K10, L — O12; A — I, K — Q12, R2; contemporary full mottled calf, ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, lettering-piece, numbered on, edges of boards tooled blind; a.e. burnished brown. Slight cracking to calf over joints and one lettering-piece lacking; internally fine.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Though preceded by a collective edition published in 1719, the present edition includes for the first time both Vanbrugh’s original text of ‘A Journey to London’, left unfinished at his death in 1726, and Colley Cibber’s expansion of it, here printed as ‘The Provok’d Husband’. Cibber’s introduction to the latter, dated ‘Theatre Royal, Jan. 27, 1727/8, gives details of the ending intended by Vanbrugh, that was different from his own. Cibber’s version was first acted at Drury Lane Theatre on the 10th January, 1728. The variation in imprint between the two volumes is correct, and occurs in all copies. ESTC T042459; NCBEL, 2: 749.
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V[ERSTEGAN]. R[ichard]. A Restitvtion Of Decayed intelligence: In antiquities. Concerning the most noble and renovv- Med [sic] English nation. By the studie and trauaile of R.V. Dedicated vnto the Kings most excellent Maiestie. Printed at Antvverp by Robert Bruney, 1605. And to be sold at London in Paules-Churchyeard, By Iohn Norton and Iohn Bill. Sm 4to; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; copper-engraved vignette of the Tower of Babel on title-page, and eleven copper-engravings in the text; wood-cut initial letters and tail-pieces; pp.[24]+338+[ii (engraving, blank on verso)]+[11]+[i (blank)]; later full natural calf, applied back, five bands raised over the cords, red lettering-piece, sides elaborately tooled blind, with borders and center ornaments, in period style; end-papers of old paper. Tissued repair to small hole in front paste-down; title-page a little foxed and dusty and with neat eighteenth-century inscription in upper fore-corner; some very light foxing and embrowning; otherwise a nice copy with good margins.

GB £880.00

US $1,188.00


The first and best edition, later printings, of which there were many, having fewer and/or worse illustrations. An interesting work on the origins of the British nation, tracing the early invasions of Great Britain and the formation of its language, with particular reference to Anglo-Saxon (including a glossary), etymologies of Anglo-Saxon proper names, titles of honour, offices, terms of contempt, etc., and digressions which include the first appearance of the story of the Pied Piper in English, and a discussion of English werewolves. “A seminal work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship” — ODNB. Verstegan, earlier Rowlands, an English antiquary of Dutch descent, and a Catholic, fell foul of Elizabeth I over the treatment of Catholics in England and was imprisoned for a time following the publication of his ‘Theatrum Crudelitatum Hæreticorum’ in 1587. He later went to live in Antwerp, where he resumed his ancestral name and established himself as a printer and engraver. The present work, which is dedicated to King James I, appears to have been an attempt to rehabilitate himself with the English King. STC 21361; Alison & Rogers, 846; Lowndes, p.2764; Alston III, 123; NCBEL, 1: 921
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V[OLTAIRE (François-Marie Arouet] de). Histoire De Charles XII. Roi de Suede. Par Mr. [sic] de V***. Seconde Edition, révüë [sic] & corrigée Par l’Auteur. A Basle Chez Christophe Revis, 1732. Post 8vo format; engraved portrait frontispiece on copper; blank at end; pp.x+157+[i (blank)]; 150+[ii]; A — I, K8, L4; A — I8, K4; contemporary full calf, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, lettering-piece. Slight chipping to calf at head of spine with small associated split at top of front joint; lettering-piece lacking; one or two insignificant ink-spots and pen marks internally, more or less confined to margins; short tears to blank lower margins of A7, A8, and K3 of first sequence; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


The second sequence of signatures is marked ‘Tome II’.
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VOLTAIRE ([François-Marie Arouet] de). A Defence Of My Uncle. Translated from the French of M. de Voltaire. London, Printed for S. Bladon, in Pater-Noster-Row, 1768. Lge.post 8vo (not watermarked); half-title not present; pp.[2]+[viii]+172; [ — ]1, A4, B — I, K — L8, M4; recent quarter calf, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, plainly ruled and tooled gilt, red lettering-piece; edges burnished brown, period end-papers. Marginal ink correction to first leaf of author’s Advertisement; a couple of leaves with small fox-spots; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


The very scarce first edition in English of a work originally published in French, at Geneva, in 1767: a reply to Pierre Henri Larcher’s ‘Supplément á la Philosophie de l’histoire’ in which Voltaire defends l’Abbai Barzine’s ‘Philosophie de l’Histoire’ published in 1765. A curious work, full of black humour and sarcasm. NCBEL, 2:101; this title not in Rothschild.
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VOLTAIRE ([François-Marie Arouet de]). Memoirs Of the Life Of Voltaire. Written by himself. Translated from the French. London: Printed for G. Robinson, No 25, Pater-noster-row, 1784. Post 8vo format, not watermarked; half-title present; pp.[iv]+ii+225+[i (blank)]; [A]3, B — I, K — O8, P9; contemporary full sheep, spine with five raised bands. Sheep slightly cracking over joints and peeling a little on back board; lettering-piece probably lacking; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


The publication of these Memoirs caused official outrage in Europe. Several attempts were made to suppress the French edition, and at least seven booksellers were imprisoned for selling it. ESTC T001128; NCBEL 2:1538. British Library, National Library of Scotland, and Oxford copies only on COPAC.
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WALLER (Edmund). The Works Of Edmund Waller Esqr. In verse and prose Published by Mr. Fenton. London, Printed for I. Tonson in ye Strand, 1729. Roy.4to; portrait frontispiece after G. Kneller, engraved title-page, and portrait from a bust of the dedicatee, Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley, by M. Rysbrake, precede dedication, two other engraved plates, thirteen fine engraved head-pieces, tailpieces, and large historiated initial letters in the text, all, where signed, engraved by G. Vertue; pp.[xvi (not paginated, and excluding the engraved title-leaf)]+450+xci+[i (seven entry Errata)]; A, a, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Zz, Aaa — Lll4, [Mmm]1, Nnn — Uuu, Xxx — Zzz4, Aaaa2; contemporary full calf ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, red lettering-piece; brown burnished edges. Front joint cracked, but holding on the cords, back board detached; eighteenth century ownership inscription on upper margin of dedication; a little very light dusting and spotting, more or less confined to Contents leaves; two (sometimes three) small single worm-holes running through blank inner margins of much of the volume, more evident on gatherings Cc — Gg where they coalesce with others into a single hole; generally, however, a very nice copy, though in need of re-jointing.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


First collective edition, including the terminal essay, ‘Observations on Some of Mr. Waller’s Poems,’ here first printed. WITHER TO PRIOR III, 941: “This edition, while it is the first edited, is also the most sumptuous ever published...Waller’s letters are added for the first time, and the various prefaces to the earlier editions are reprinted. Finally, the information given in the notes is so full and accurate that little has been left to the research or correction of later editors".
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WALPOLE (Horace). Historic doubts On the Life and reign Of King Richard the Third. By Mr. Horace Walpole. London: Printed for J. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, 1768. Cr.4to; half-title not called for; Addition leaf at end with 5 line Errata and Directions to the Book-Binder on verso; engraved portrait frontispiece and one plate; a, b, B — I, K — S4; pp.xv+[i (blank)]+134+[ii]; [?]publisher’s plain quarter sheep, marbled boards, cut flush. Slight chipping to sheep at head and tail of spine, and external joints a little cracking, but without weakness; slight wear to paper covering of boards at corners; end-papers renewed, probably about 1860; text virtually fine.

GB £300.00

US $405.00


Walpole’s beautifully written and celebrated defence of Richard, which began his rehabilitation. Walpole was no historian: nevertheless, this volume is not without importance as marking the point at which history in England began to show self-consciousness, an awareness that ‘history is written by the victors’ and records should therefore be viewed with scepticism. The first edition consisted of 1,250 copies, and sold out so quickly that another quarto printing was called for almost at once. The present cheap but serviceable binding is almost certainly the book’s original dress, and suggests the way in which copies were rushed into the shops. It was intended to be replaced with a more substantial binding by the purchaser. Not in Rothschild; CBEL, II, p.838
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[WALPOLE (Horace).]. Walpoliana. Vol.I [II]. London, Printed for R. Phillips, 71 St. Paul’s Church Yard, By T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, N.D [1799]. 2 Vols., f’cap 16mo format in half-sheets, watermark generally indecipherable, but bearing the date ‘1797’ in volume one and 1798 in volume two; half-titles and letterpress titles not called for; engraved title-page on plate paper in each volume, that to volume one bearing a vignette portrait of Walpole, that to volume two a view of Strawberry Hill; Preface, Biographical Sketch with four entry Errata to both volumes at end, publisher’s integral advertisement leaf, and large folding engraved facsimile of handwriting of Gray and Walpole, dated ‘Octr.1.1799’, precede start of text in volume one; Index at end of volume two; pp.l (excluding title leaf)+[ii]+140; 180+[xii (ex xxiii), Index, not paginated); a — c8, d2, B — I8, K4, L2; B — I, K — N8, [O[6]; contemporary (probably publisher’s) full sprinkled calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, brown burnished edges, black lettering-piece. Some cracking to calf at joints, and calf generally a trifle rubbed; one lettering-piece a little chipped with loss of last letter of title; bound up without the last six leaves of the Index; inside back cover and last five leaves of Index a little wormed at lower margin; short tear to one fold of the facsimile, and one small blank fore-corner lacking; otherwise a nice copy: offered cheaply because of the defective Index.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The book is usually seen in a binding closely resembling the present one, which leads us to believe it a publisher’s style. The last six leaves of the Index have certainly never been present in this copy, and were evidently omitted by the binder in error. Edited by John Pinkerton, who had become acquainted with Walpole after he published ‘An Essay on Medals’ in 1784, and, according to the Preface, he was entrusted by Walpole with the publication of this ‘table-talk’, a miscellany of anecdotes, remarks, letters, etc., “a mere transcript of literary chit-chat, sent to the press in the original careless and unstudied expression.""Several specimens of this miscellany” were first printed serially in the ‘Monthly Magazine’ between March 1798 and May 1799. They here make their first appearance in book form, with additions, and the work is “now published complete” for the first time. Volume two includes a checklist of the Books printed atStrawberry Hill, with the numbers printed, etc., “copied in Mr. Walpole’s presence". Hazen, ‘Walpole’, 62; ESTC T139132; NCBEL, 2: 1766
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WALTON (Izaak). The Life Of Dr. Sanderson, Late Bishop of Lincoln. Written by Izaak Walton. To which is added, Some short Tracts or Cases of Conscience, written by the Said Bishop. London, Printed for Richard Marriott [by Samuel Roycroft], 1678. Post 8vo; leaf A1 (engraved portrait) lacking; imprimatur on A8r; leaf bearing author’s Postscript on recto, blank on verso, follows Life, this being followed by two letters to Walton (from Dr. [Thomas] Pierce, and the Bishop of Lincoln) giving further information about Sanderson; nine entry Errata leaf, blank on verso, at end of first work; pp.[238 (unpaginated, ex 240)]+[ii (secondary title)]+1 — 45+[i (blank)]+[ii (secondary title)]+47 — 167 (including further secondary title)+[i (blank)]+[xiv (secondary title, Solemn League and Covenant, and secondary oath)]+169 — 253+[i (blank)]+[ii (secondary title)]+255 — 276; A2 — 8, a — i, k — o; A — I, K — S8, T4; contemporary full calf, spine with four raised bands, ruled gilt on spine, blind rules and corner ornaments on sides, later paper label, lettered by hand; burnished edges. Joints cracked, but boards firm on the cords; vertical crack in calf of spine, calf chipped at extremities of spine, and worn on edges of corners; first few leaves a little thumbed and marked; some light dusting elsewhere, and one or two small stains; small paper fault in blank lower margin of K4; tear in lower margin of M1, not touching text; extensive pen trials on blank R8v and S1v, and blank portions of R8r, T3v, and T4v; strip torn from blank lower margin of T3; a very good copy only.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Without the initial blank, A2. The five secondary title-pages read: ‘Bishop Sanderson’s Judgment Concerning Submission to Usurpers’; ‘Pax Ecclesiæ. By the Right reverend Father in God Robert Sanderson, Late Lord Bishop of Lincoln’; ‘Bishop Sanderson’s Judgment In one View For the Settlement Of the Church’; ‘Reasons Of the present Judgment Of the University of Oxford, Concerning The { Solemn League and Covenant { Negative Oath { Ordinances concerning Disci- Pline and Worship. Approved by general consent in a Full Convocation, June1. 1647. And presented to Con- Sideration’; ‘A Sermon Of Richard Hooker Author of those Learned books Of Ecclesiastical Politie, Found in the study of the late Learned Bishop Andrews.’: each ending with the imprint as on the main title. A variant of the first secondary title-page has ‘printed by for [sic] Richard Marriott’. N3 in this copy is signed B3; the third secondary title has a raised full-stop after ‘Church’. Wing W.667; ESRC R2886; CBEL, I, p.831.
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WYCHERLEY (W.). Miscellany Poems: As Satyrs, epistles, Love-verses, songs, sonnets, &c. By W. Wycherley, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for C. Brome, J. Taylor, and B. Tooke; at the Gun at the West-End of St. Paul’s, the Ship in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, and at the Middle-Temple Gate, Fleet- Street, 1704. F’cap folio, watermarked BS/L in a ruled circle; fine mezzotint portrait frontispiece of the author when aged 28, by I. Smith after P. Lely (subscribed ‘Quantum mutatus ab illo’!); nothing else called for before title-leaf; pp.[xlvi]+[2 (seventeen-entry Errata, verso blank)]+438; a — i, k — m2, A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Uu, Xx — Zz, Aaa — Iii4; contemporary full sprinkled panelled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, gilt on edges, spine tooled gilt, black lettering-piece; sprinkled burnished edges. Indifferently, but strongly, re-backed with remains of original spine laid on, later lettering-piece and free end-papers, but most of the original paste-downs preserved; small hole in blank fore-margin of A4, small piece lacking from blank upper margin of G1, small hole to blank inner margin of Kk1, small defect to blank lower margin of Ggg3, all original paper flaws; small chip to blank lower margin of Dd2 due to a trimming fault; short tear to blank lower margin of Tt4, which possibly occured during printing; otherwise internally very fine and crisp.

GB £1,210.00

US $1,633.50


The first issue, without the correction slip reading ‘The End’ pasted over the words ‘The End of the First Volume’ on Iii4v (plans to publish a further volume having evidently been abandoned after a slow initial sale). Apparently a large paper copy, measuring 12 3/4” x 8” after trimming, and with considerable margins even to the portrait (described by Pforzheimer as “the most famous of literary mezzotints"), which, when found at all, is frequently cut into by the binder. Pforzheimer, 1101; Foxon, p.907; Wither to Prior, 1085; Hayward, 138; Lowndes, IV, 3005.
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WYCHERLEY (William). The Works Of the Ingenious Mr. William Wycherley, Collected into One Volume: Containing Plain-Dealer, Gentleman-Dancing- Master, Country-Wife, Love in a Wood. London: Printed for Richard Wellington, at the Dolphin And Crown in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1713. [Publisher’s advertisement at tail-edge:] [Fist] The Works of Mr. Nathaniel Lee in Two Volumes, Price 14s. Post 8vo format (not watermarked); advertisement leaf before title-page not here present; separate title-page and other prelims. to each play, those to the last play, only, included in the pagination; pp.[xiv (ex xvi), not paginated]+130+[vi]+131 — 236+244 [sic]+[v]+245 — 435+[i]; [ — ]1 (ex 2), A I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ee8, Ff2; later half sprinkled calf, tooled blind on sides, spine with raised bands, ruled gilt, brown lettering-piece; matching oil-marbled sides and end-papers; a.e. burnished light yellow-green. Some light foxing and a few small marks and stains; a few blank extreme fore-margins slightly gauged (N5 — 8, and R5 — S4); small hole in L1, apparently due to a paper flaw, with loss in all of part of some three letters; small hole to blank upper fore-corner of O1; three or four headlines cropped rather close, two of them with slight loss; otherwise a nice copy, the very pleasant binding in fine state.

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The first collected edition. The separate title-pages to the several plays bear the imprint of Richard Wellington and the date 1712. A variant issue bears on the general title-page the imprint of ‘Benj. Tooke’, rather than Wellington, but it is probably secondary since the separate title-pages have the Wellington imprint as here. The discontinuity in pagination occurs in all copies. The lower margins in this copy are only lightly trimmed, and several apparent holes and chips, etc., visible at the extreme tail of the leaves are attributable to the deckle-edges of the paper. ESTC N25972
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[YOUNG (Arthur).]. The Farmer’s tour Through the East of England. Being The Register of a Journey through various Counties Of this Kingdom, to enquire into the State Of Agriculture, &c. Containing, [double column:] I. The particular Methods of Cultivating the Soil. II. The Conduct of live Stock, And the Modern System of Breeding. III. The State of Population, the Poor, Labour, Provisions, &c. IV. The Rental and Value of / The Soil, and its Division into Farms, with various Circum- Stances attending on their Size And State. V. The Minutes of above five hundred original Experiments, Communicated by several of The Nobility, Gentry, &c. [Single column:] With Other Subjects that tend to explain the present state of English Husbandry. By the Author of the Farmer’s Letters, and the Tours through the North and South of England. In four volumes. London: Printed for W. Strahan; W. Nicoll, No. 51 St. Paul’s Church-Yard; B. Collins, at Salisbury; And J. Balfour, at Edinburgh, 1771. 4 Vols., demy 8vo; half title present in volume one, none called for in other volumes; twenty-eight engraved plates (sixteen folding) and one large folding table; pp.xlviii+495+[i (blank)]; [iv]+560; [iv]+483+[i (blank); [iv]+523+[i (blank)]; later Holland boards, paper spine labels; a.e. uncut. Slight bruising to corners of some boards; one plate torn and neatly repaired with tissue on verso; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £650.00

US $877.50


There is no list of the plates, which are numbered ‘I’ — ‘XXVIII’ plus ‘Appendix’, the last plate to volume two being numbered ‘XXIX. & XX.’ the numbering having evidently been miscalculated. With the exception of this last, which bears no page number but is bound in to face p.556, they are marked to face pp.170, 258, 315, and 329 in volume one; 121, 142, 246, 499, 500, 502, 511, 515, 517, 518, 521, and 528 (twice), in volume two; 60, 83, 143, 174, 244, 295, and 482 in volume three; 46, and 480 in volume four: and are here so bound in. The large folding table is marked ‘To front p.404, Vol.I’, and is also here so placed. Though Young’s name does not appear on the title-pages, the work did not appear anonymously as he in fact signed the dedication. In this copy, p.523 in volume four is misnumbered ‘52’ (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined). CBEL, II, p.957, giving the date, in error, as 1770-1771: Young speaks in his Preface of ‘this journey, performed last year (1770)’, and the dedication is dated ‘May 1, 1771’, which seems to make clear that it was not published until the latter year. A seminal work on farming and rural economics, enormously detailed, and of great historical importance. Einaudi, 6092; Kress, 6833; Perkins, 1979; Rothamsted, p.162; Goldsmiths, 10726; Higgs, 5151; Gazley, pp.65ff.
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YOUNG (E[dward]., LL.B.). Busiris, King of Egypt. A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal In Drury-lane. By His Majesty’s Servants. By E. Young, LL.B. London: Printed for J. Tonson, at Shakespeare’s-Head Over-against Katharine-street in the Strand, 1719. (Price 1s. 6d.). Disbound and lacking the half-title; pp.[iii — xv]+70+[ii (Epilogue)]; A7 (ex 8), B — E8, F4. Light damp-staining of some extreme fore-margins and a very little insignificant foxing; unobtrusive contemporary ink note on blank fore-margin of E4 and a small slip cut from blank fore-margin of E8 to remove another; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

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An early Young title, and his first published attempt at drama. NCBEL, II, 493; May, Henry Pettit Collection catalogue, B21, this copy like that having the correct pagination on C5v and C5r (the other Collection copy, B20, has pagination errors).
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[YOUNG (Edward).]. The Universal passion. Satire I [II; III; IV; The last]. To His Grace the Duke of Dorset [[Part II not dedicated]; To the Right Honourable Mr. Doddington; To the Right Honourable Sir Spencer Compton; To the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole]. London: Printed for J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, 1725 [so first four Parts, Part The last: 1726]. F’cap folio (not watermarked); title-page ornament, headpiece and historiated initial letter to each Part, and tailpiece to first four Parts; half-title present to each Part, that to Part II being a single inset, as is also the final leaf; integral blank at end of Part IV; [A] — E2; [ — ]1, [A] — D2, E1; [A] — E2; [A] — E2; [A] — D2; pp.[iv]+15+[i (blank)]; [ii]+17+[i (blank)]; [iv]+15+[i (blank)]; [iv]+14+[ii]; [iv]+12; contemporary marbled boards, applied sheep shelf-back uplettered on spine within plain- and guinea- ruled box: ‘UNIVERSAL / PASSION’. Sheep of spine about half chipped away; marbled paper covering to boards slightly rubbed in places and chipped a trifle at corners; some damp-staining to paste-downs; early signature ‘Grimston’ on first half-title and Young’s name added in another early hand; very slight damp-staining to a few extreme inner gutters and verso of one title leaf; otherwise a remarkably fine, unpressed, copy of a fragile book (v. note).

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From the library of Ralph Edward Gathorne-Hardy, with his armorial bookplate pasted over his earlier signature on the front paste-down. The final blank to Part IV is often lacking, whilst the half-title to Part II is definitely scarce. Faint stab-holes in each part show that they were originally put up stabbed and sewn through, but the present very cheap contemporary binding, not calculated to last well — particularly on a book of these dimensions — has the air of being a publisher’s tacking together of left-over parts: presumably in 1726 or early 1727. Despite the inclusion of ‘Part The last’, the series was expanded in 1727 and 1728 by the addition of two satires ‘On Women’ denominated ‘V.’ and ‘VI.’, and the whole were collected in the “corrected and alter’d” second edition published in 8vo in that year under the more explicit title ‘Love of Fame, the Universal Passion, in seven characteristical Satires’. Foxon notes that there are two folio printings of the first two satires: in the first, satire one (Foxon, Y122) being characterised by the presence of press figures on pp.2, 8, and 14, as here, whilst the other (Foxon, Y124) has the press figure ‘4’ on p.11, but none elsewhere; and in the second satire, one (Foxon, Y125) has the press figure ‘4’ on p.14, again as here, whilst the other (Foxon, Y127) is entirely without press figures. A variant of Y122 and a variant of Y125 (as indeed of the subsequent Satires) are printed on fine paper characterised by the presence of a fleur-de-lys watermark, the other issues having no watermark. James E. May, Studies in Bibliography, 37 (1984), pp.181 — 7, argues convincingly from typographical evidence for a reversal of Foxon’s printing sequence in both cases. The third Satire in the present copy has the “usual hand-written corrections to line 16 of page 14", marking the transposition of two words, as noted by May, ‘Bibliography of the Henry Petit Edward Young Collection’, entry B32, and essay (op. cit.), n.13. CBEL, II, p.291; Foxon, Y122, Y125, Y128, Y130, and Y132; May, Henry Petit Collection, B27 (giving a garbled note on the two issues), B30 (copy lacking the half-title), B32 (copy lacking the half-title), B33 & B34 (both lacking the final blank: by a mis-print, these are recorded as ‘Satire V’ instead of ‘IV’), and B35; Rothschild, 2612, listing only the first 8vo edition, which was extensively revised.
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A set of the original quarto issues of Young’s ‘Night-Thoughts’.


[YOUNG (Edward).]. [The Complaint: Or, Night-Thoughts On Life, death, & immortality. Night the first. Humbly inscrib’d To the Right Honourable Arthur Onslow, Esq; Speaker of the House of Commons. The Second [i.e., first quarto] edition. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall-mall, 1742 (Price One Shilling.)]. Demy 4to; half-title not called for; separate title leaf to Night the First either discarded by the binder or, more probably, suppressed by the publisher (v. note) in favour of the (cancel) general title (v. Night the Seventh), which is here followed as intended by the single leaf Preface (v. Night the Fourth), both single insets, as also is D1 (the original A1 being the title and D4 an advertisement leaf (blank on verso), here discarded); [ — ]1, [--]1, A3 ex 4, B — C4, D3 ex 4; pp.[ii]+ii+[3] — 30. BOUND WITH: Night the Second. On Time, Death, Friendship. Humbly inscrib’d To the Right Honourable The Earl of Wilmington. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall-Mall, and T. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, 1742. Demy 4to; bound up without the half-title (which carried the price ‘One Shilling’ at the foot); [A]3 ex 4, B — E4, F2; pp.[iii] — 44. BOUND WITH: Night the Third. Narcissa. Humbly Inscrib’d to her Grace The Duchess of P------. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall-Mall, and T. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, 1742. Demy 4to; bound up without the half-title (which carried the price ‘One Shilling’ at the foot), but also lacking the final leaf of text, which appears to have been discarded in error along with its conjugate, the terminal blank; A3 ex 4, B — D4, E2 lacking; [iii] — 32 (ex 34 + [ii]) .BOUND WITH: [The Complaint: Or, Night-Thoughts On Life, death, & immortality. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall-mall; And sold by M. Cooper, in Pater-noster-Row, 1743. (Price One Shilling and Sixpence.)] [Fly-title:] Night the Fourth. The Christian Triumph. Containing Our only Cure for the Fear Of Death, And Proper Sentiments of Heart on that Inestimable Blessing. Humbly inscribed to the Honourable Mr. York. Demy 4to; half-title not called for; bound up without the general title (v. note); single leaf Preface moved, as intended, to front of volume, this and the original title forming gathering ‘A’; fly-title precedes start of text, serving as title-page; [A]1 ex 2, [B] — G4; pp.[ii (ex iv)]+47+[i (Dodsley’s Proposal for an edition of Elizabethan plays)]. BOUND WITH: The Complaint. Or, Night-Thoughts On Life, death, & immortality. Night the fifth. London: Printed for R. Dodsley at Tully’s-Head in Pall-Mall, and Sold by M. Cooper at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, 1743. [Fly-title:] Night the fifth. The Relapse. Humbly inscrib’d To the Right Honourable The Earl of Litchfield. Demy 4to; lacking the integral engraved frontispiece; title followed by fly-title with fifteen entry errata on verso headed Advertisement; last two leaves a separate half-sheet, here printed on slightly smaller paper; A3 ex 4, B — G4, H2; pp.[3] — 60. BOUND WITH: Night the Sixth. The Infidel Reclaim’d. In two parts. Containing, The Nature, Proof, and Importance Of Immortality. Part the first. Where, among other things, Glory, and Riches, Are particularly consider’d. Humbly Inscrib’d to the Right Honourable Henry Pelham, First Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, and Chancellor of the Exchequer. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall-mall [sic], 1744. Demy 4to; bound up without the half-title (which carried the price ‘One Shilling’ at the foot), and the terminal integral advertisement leaf (advertising Dodsley’s Collection of Old Plays in ten volumes, plus two supplementary ones); [A]3 ex 4, B — F4, G1 ex 2; pp.[2 (lacking)]+v+[i (blank)]+42+[ii (lacking)]. BOUND WITH: The Complaint. Or, Night-Thoughts On Life, Death, and Immortality. London: Printed for G. Hawkins, at Milton’s Head, between the Two Temple-Gates, Fleet-street [sic], near Temple-Bar. And Sold by M. Cooper, at the Globe, in Pater-noster Row [sic], 1744. [Fly-title:] Night the Seventh. Being the Second part Of the Infidel Reclaimed. Containing The Nature, Proof, and Importance, Of Immortality. Demy 4to; the title has been bound up at the front of the volume, cancelling the title to Night the Fourth which is usually found there and bears Dodsley’s name [v. note]; the fly-title is followed by three pages of Preface and a page of Contents; leaf B2 on slightly smaller paper (v. note); [A], B — I, K4; pp.[viii]+72. BOUND WITH: The Complaint. Or Night-Thoughts On Life, Death, and Immortality. Night the Eighth. Virtue’s Apology: Or, The Man of the World Answer’d. In which are Considered [sic], The Love of This Life; The Ambition and Pleasure, with the Wit and Wisdom of the World. London: Printed for G. Hawkins, at Milton’s Head, between the Two Temple- Gates, Fleet-street [sic], near Temple-Bar. And Sold by M. Cooper, at the Globe, in Pater-noster Row [sic], 1745. Demy 4to; half- or fly- title not called for; [A]1, B — I4, K3; pp.[ii]+70. BOUND WITH: The Consolation. Containing, among Other Things, I. A Moral Survey of the Nocturnal Heavens. II. A Night-Address to the Deity. To which are Annex’d Some Thoughts, Occasioned by the Present Juncture: Humbly Inscribed [sic] To His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, One of His Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State. London: Printed for G. Hawkins, at Milton’s Head [sic], between the Two Temple- Gates, Fleet-street [sic], near Temple-Bar. And Sold by M. Cooper, at the Globe, in Pater-noster Row [sic], 1745 [i.e., 1746]. Demy 4to; printed Note recording erratum on verso of title; half- or fly- title not called for; bound up without the Annex’d Thoughts (a poem printed in italics concerned with political issues of the day) and with a leaf of plain paper pasted over the verso of the final leaf on which it starts; A1, B — I, K — Q4 (R — S4 lacking); pp.[ii]+119+[i (blanked out: ex 146)]. Early nineteenth century full natural calf, ruled and tooled gilt borders to sides, spine fairly elaborately tooled gilt, black lettering-piece, edges burnished brown; marbled end-papers. Calf a little stained, worn slightly at corners, and cracked over joints, but end-papers and cords sound; a little scattered light foxing internally, more or less confined to margins of Dodsley sections, and last few leaves; a few symbols in text and related neat ink notes on lower margins in a contemporary hand, and unnoted errata corrected in ink in final part (v. note); leaf B3 in part two slightly frayed and dusty at fore-margin; old repair to short tear in (lightly trimmed) fore-margin of F3 in part six, without loss of text; otherwise, and in general a nice copy.

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First quarto edition of Night the First (which originally appeared in folio earlier the same year, with no indication that it was to be continued: i.e., it was not designated ‘Night the First’), first edition of the rest. The first quarto edition of Night the First is distinguished by the presence of line numbers not present in later printings or later Nights. The general title as here present was that issued with Night the Seventh, being printed when Hawkins took over the sponsorship of the work from Dodsley, and the printing was taken over by Samuel Richardson — the change of printer attested by the change of typography, etc. for that and the later parts, which all bear Hawkins’ name (Sale, 323, 332, and 333). The title-page to Night the First is likely to have been suppressed in part for the same reason: there would otherwise have been a clash of imprints within the first three leaves — though it is noticeable that the missing titles and fly-titles here are all those on which prices were printed. Night the First is the issue with press figure ‘1’ on pp.4, 15, and 18, and ‘2’ on pp. 12, 20, and 26, with ‘First’ in the drop-head to p.[3] in large and small caps., and the head-piece centred by a bowl of fruit (Foxon, Y26), rather than the issue with the press-figure ‘1’ on p.14 (and no others), with ‘First’ in the drop-head all in large caps. (as in all other declared printings examined through till at least the fifth), and with the head-piece centred by a wheat-sheaf (Foxon, Y25). Night the Third exhibits the first state of leaf A4r, with the misprint ‘merry’ for ‘mazy’ (Foxon, Y36). (There are two further states of this leaf, one with the corrected text on a cancel, and the other with it integral). The Preface, which is here bound in, as intended, at the front of the volume, but which was issued as A2 of Part the Fourth, is here the uncommon variant in which the type-ornaments at the head and end of the text are centred on a face (Foxon Y44). Foxon does not note other differences, for instance that the ‘C’ in the drop-head ‘Preface’ is complete, and there is no comma present after ‘Reader’ in l.4 on p.ii features which lead us to suspect this of being an early state. In all other copies seen by us the ‘C’ has been broken and somewhat battered at the top edge, and the comma has been present (as it is in all later printings), whilst the head ornament has been centred on a wheatsheaf and the tail ornament on a basket of fruit (Foxon, Y43). Evidence of chain-lines seems to confirm that this Preface leaf is not a cancel. We have not examined the text of the present Night the Fourth as a whole for other variants, though it does have the misprint ‘stars’ for ‘starts’ at l.17 on p.5 that Foxon notes as found in most copies of either state. Night the Fifth exhibits the second state of A3v, as usual, with the Errata present — a few copies being known that have this page blank. Night the Sixth has the reading ‘formidale’ at l.7 on p.41, but this has been so in all copies examined; it exhibits, however, the revised state of this leaf, with the first three lines correctly ordered and the catchword reading ‘And,’ rather than ‘Whose’ as in the uncorrected state. In Night the Seventh, leaf B2 may have been added from another copy, or else may conceivably have been a cancel: it is on slightly smaller paper, has all edges trimmed, and bears the press numeral ‘6’ on verso — it’s only occurrence in this part (‘1’ occurs on pp.28, 38, and 56; ‘2’ on p.50; ‘3’ on pp.16 and (in one copy examined only, British Library 642. k. 4) 30; ‘4’ on p.22; and ‘5’ on pp.46 and 70). The Consolation has on the verso of the title leaf a note listing an erratum on p.13. It concludes: “There are other errors of less consequence which the Reader, if he pleases, may correct with his pen"! As Foxon notes, however, these corrections were made in ms. before the book was issued, and are usually found on pp.12 (‘Descended’ for ‘Descendeth’), 75 (comma inserted after ‘universal’), 129, 131, and 144 (not present in this copy). In addition, the present copy has a comma added in the same hand after ‘them’ in l.13 on p.96, a correction made to the ‘o’ of ‘God’ in l.1, p.102 (originally, perhaps, an ‘x’), whilst the erratum noted for p.13 has been corrected in the same hand as the footnotes added to the earlier parts. In this copy the title-page is of the variant in which the word ‘Address’ appears in Roman face (large and small caps.) rather than italics; and Q4 is a cancel on paper with slightly wider chain lines. It is not remarked by Foxon (who speculates thus, erroneously, of Night the Fifth), but the title to Night the Seventh is clearly a general title intended for use in a second volume by purchasers who have bound together the first four parts already, using the general title and Preface supplied with Night the Fourth, and like that, it is followed by a Preface intended to be transferred likewise to the start of the new volume. The removal of all the price-bearing leaves from the present copy (together with such distractions as a blank and two leaves of advertisements), and the use of the second general title at the start of the volume (the first admittedly had a price at the foot — but cancellation slips in such circumstances are not unheard-of!) may possibly suggest that the present copy was originally made up for sale as a volume, possibly by Hawkins/Young, more probably by Mary Cooper, at a time when she was no longer acting for Dodsley in the publication, using left over parts. (The objection that most parts had been reprinted at least once by 1744 would have validity only if it could be shown that the stock of first impression sheets had been entirely exhausted before each part was re-impressed: more probably, new parts were simply piled on top of a residue of the old, leaving the old ones to be used up last.) We would hypothesise, if this were the case, that the binding disintegrated somewhere about 1800 with loss of at least the frontispiece, and, probably, some leaves at the end of the final part, and that the rest, if this were so, were then discarded, leaving the volume containing only the complete Nine Nights. The other possible explanation that the frontispiece was lost together with the prelims. appears to us less likely in view of the fact that the first Preface is here present, and would have been bound in, conjugate with the original general title, before one of the other leaves that has been lost, and it would also fail to explain the systematic suppression of every leaf that bears a price. It is to be noted, however, that the work was reprinted without the additional poem, and that this also might provide an explanation of its omission here. CBEL. II, p.291; Foxon, Y26, Y32, Y36, Y44, Y47, Y49, Y50, Y52, Y54; May, ‘Henry Pettit Collection’ Bibliography, B64-5, B70-4, (Night the Third, first state not in collection), B88-9, B90-4, B95-8, B100-4, B105-9, B110-4.
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[YOUNG (Edward).]. The Centaur Not Fabulous. In Five Letters to a Friend, On The Life in Vogue. London: Printed for A. Millar in the Strand; And R. and J. Dodsley in Pallmall. [sic] 1755. Post 8vo format (watermark present, but indecipherable); half-title not called for, but lacking the final blank; inserted engraved frontispiece; nine entry Errata on verso of title leaf; pp.[2 (title leaf)]+xvi+[ii (fly-title to first letter)]+378; [A]1, B8, [-]1, C — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Bb8, Cc4, Dd1 ex 2; later mottled half-calf, natural lettering-piece, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands. Old tape-mark to blank recto of frontispiece at extreme gutter; ink addition to first line on p.131 (v.note); a little scattered very light foxing; a nice large copy otherwise, with good margins in a sound and seviceable, but unlovely, binding.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


A fine prose work by the author of the celebrated ‘Night Thoughts’, ably reflecting his not inconsiderable skills, despite his then advancing years. Preacher, poet, dramatist, and satirist, Young was known to (and disliked by) Pope, Fielding, and Swift. The cause of their dislike was Young’s constant and extravagant praise to would-be patrons, his toadying often taking the form of odes. His abilities were admitted, nonetheless, even by his critics. Dr. Johnson noted that, with all his defects, he was a man of genius and a poet. He is particularly remembered for his gift for epigram, whilst as a poet he had a very remarkable influence especially outside of England. “Klopstock wrote a poem upon his death, and he was considered by other German writers to be superior to Milton.” — DNB. The present work is a diatribe against the constant pursuit of pleasure. In his dedication to an anonymous lady Young explains his title: “The Men of Pleasure, the licentious, and profligate, are the subject of these letters; and in such, as in the fabled Centaur, the Brute runs away with the Man: therefore I call them Centaurs. And farther, I call them Centaurs not fabulous, because by their scarce half-human conduct, and character, that enigmatical, and purely ideal figure of the Antients, is not unriddled only, but realized.” ESTC, T113256; Rothschild, 2621; Straus, pp.354-5; May, Henry Pettit Collection Bibliography, B190. In this copy, as in that described by May, B3 is a single inset leaf, B9 is apparently not a cancel, though in some copies it is found tipped in on a stub, and B8 (bearing press-mark ‘7’) is also apparently integral, which in some copies it appears not to be. Rothschild does not note the peculiarities of gathering ‘B’, but does note that N1 and N2, R1 and R2, and U1 are cancels and that N2 and R2 are unsigned. All of these cancels are here present, as they were also in the May copy, and tipped onto stubs. R2, though not signed, bears the press-mark ‘2’. The volume was printed by Young’s friend, Samuel Richardson, and May notes that the ms. addition to p.131 was requested by Young in a letter dated 22 January 1755, whilst the cancellation of N1 and N2 is referred to in a letter dated 26 January. The book was published in early March.

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