A Collection of Novels and Tales of the Fairies.
Written by that Celebrated Wit of France, the Countess d’Anois. In three volumes. Vol. I [-III]. The Fifth Edition. Translated from the best Edition of the Original French, by several Hands.
London, J. Brotherton [&c.], 1766.
Fifth Edition. Three volumes, 12mo, (162 x 92 mm), pp. ix, [iii] advertisements, 288; [ii], -275,  advertisements; [ii], -239,  advertisements, marginal damp-staining in the second and third volumes, in contemporary tree calf, triple gilt filet to covers with corner floral tooling, joints rubbed but sound, spines elaborately gilt in compartments with red and black labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with the later pencil ownership inscription of W.K. Leslie.
An attractive copy of a scarce English edition of the complete fairy tales by Madame d’Aulnoy. First published in 1697 as Contes des Fées, with… (more)
An attractive copy of a scarce English edition of the complete fairy tales by Madame d’Aulnoy. First published in 1697 as Contes des Fées, with another volume appearing in 1698 under the title Les Contes nouveau, she wrote some thirty stories in all, some of which, like ‘L’Oiseau bleu’ and ‘Le Chatte blanche’ have become classics. Numerous editions of her works have been published since with varying degrees of completeness. All eighteenth century editions in French and English (as of course the original late seventeenth century French editions) are now pretty scarce and as they were well read, they are seldom found in good condition. Despite a few minor scuffs, this is a handsome copy in contemporary tree calf.
'Comment concilier l'aventureuse existence de cette virago sans scrupules', asks René Herval, 'avec le délicieux talent de l'auteur des Contes de Fées … car il est indéniable que le même esprit qui médita la perte du baron d'Aulnoy a créé une oeuvre qui l'emporte même sur celle de Perrault' (qv. Dictionnaire des Lettres Françaises XVII, pp. 86-87).
There were a number of early editions of the English text of Aulnoy’s Contes des fées, which was first published in English in 1721 (ESTC lists NLW, Bodleian, Harvard, Miami and Clark). Editions followed in 1722 (Bodleian, Penn); 1728 (BL, Worcester Oxford, Newberry, Illinois, Michigan, Penn, Yale and National Library of Australia); 1737 (Edinburgh University, NLW, Harvard and New York University); 1749 (Cleveland Public, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA and Clark); 1749 (Princeton, Alberta, UCLA).
ESTC t82647, at BL, Cambridge, Louisiana State, Newberry and UCLA only.More details Price: £2,750.00
A Dictionary of the English Language:
In which the Words are deduced from their Originals, Explained in their Different Meanings, and Authorized by the Names of the Writers in whose Works they are found. Abstracted from the Folio Edition, by the Author Samuel Johnson, A.M. To which is prefixed, A Grammar of the English Language. In two volumes. Vol. I [-II]. The Third Edition, corrected.
London, A Millar &c., 1766.
Third Octavo Edition. Two volumes, 8vo (210 x 125 mm), pp. [xxxiv], ; [ii], , printed in double column throughout, some browning, in contemporary full calf, spines simply gilt, front joint of the first volume cracked along the upper four compartments, otherwise spines beginning to crack, head- and tail-caps chipped, extremities bumped, remnant tape repair along front gutter of the first volume, top corner of the first title-page and the second endpaper clipped, red morocco labels on spines lettered in gilt, various twentieth century cuttings inserted.
The third edition of the 1756 abridgement, in two volumes octavo. This is an honest copy, in a nice unrestored eighteenth century binding, but it… (more)
The third edition of the 1756 abridgement, in two volumes octavo. This is an honest copy, in a nice unrestored eighteenth century binding, but it has clearly been much loved and used and is consequently worn and fairly fragile.
Courtney & Nichol Smith p. 62; ESTC n8653.
A Guide to Eternity:
Extracted out of the Writings of the Holy Fathers, and Ancient Philosophers. Written originally in Latine, by John Bona: and now done into English, by Roger L’Estrange Esq; the Second Edition.
London, Henry Brome, 1680.
Second Edition in English. 12mo (133 x 67 mm), pp. [xii], 188, , advertisements, preliminary leaves including additional engraved title-page; engraved frontispiece and pp. [xlvi], 108, , 126,  advertisements, the frontispiece to the second work shaved close to the image (but not touching it) but with loss to some of the caption below the image, in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled edges, with the Hayhurst bookplate.
Two scarce English translations of Italian devotional works, bound together in an attractive seventeenth century binding. Giovanni Bona was a Cistercian cardinal from Northern Italy… (more)
Two scarce English translations of Italian devotional works, bound together in an attractive seventeenth century binding. Giovanni Bona was a Cistercian cardinal from Northern Italy known for his scholarship and simple manner of life. The first work in this volume is his Manuductio ad coelum, first published in 1658 and first translated into English in 1672. It has often been compared to Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, on account of the simplicity of the style in which the doctrine is explained. It was a hugely popular work, seeing a dozen editions by the end of the century and being translated into Italian, French, German, Armenian and Spanish as well as English. The second work in the volume is a translation of Bona’s Principia et documenta vitae Christianae, a comparable work which focuses on the principles of Christian conduct. The translation is usually ascribed to Luke Beaulieu.
The first work has an additional title-page, engraved, ‘Manuductio ad coelum, or a guide to eternity’, by Frederick Hendrick van Hove (1629?-1698). The second work has an engraved frontispiece depicting Christ during his passion, also by F. H. van Hove.
Guide to Eternity: Wing B3545; ESTC r23243, at BL, CUL, Bodleian, King’s Lynn; Harvard, Huntington, Union Theological, Illinois and Yale.
Precepts: Wing B3553; ESTC r17339, at BL, CUL, Downside, Bodliean and Sion College; Columbia, Folger, Huntington, Union Theological, Clark, Illinois and Yale.More details Price: £1,200.00
A Journal during a Residence in France,
from the beginning of August, to the middle of December, 1792. To which is added, an Account of the most Remarkable Events that happened at Paris from that time to the Death of the late King of France. By John Moore, D.D. In two volumes. Vol. I [-II].
London, Robinson, 1793.
First Edition. Two volumes, 8vo (208 x 120 mm), pp. [iv], 502; [ii], 617, ,  explanation of the map, with a folding engraved, hand-coloured map at the start of Vol. II, some browning in text, in modern quarter green leather over green marbled boards, spine ruled and numbered in gilt with paler green morocco label lettered in gilt.
First edition, in a modern binding, of this popular eye-witness account of the French revolution by the Scottish physician John Moore. After taking his medical… (more)
First edition, in a modern binding, of this popular eye-witness account of the French revolution by the Scottish physician John Moore. After taking his medical degree in Glasgow, Moore served with the army in the Seven Years War. In 1792, he joined the household of the British Ambassador in Paris and it was from there that he witnessed some of the principal horrors of the revolution. His measured account of historical events quickly became a trusted source among historians and was much cited, among others, by Carlyle. It was popular immediately on publication and there were numerous editions in England, Ireland and America. With a hand-coloured folding map of General Dumourier’s campaign on the Meuse in 1792, with a leaf explaining the map bound after the text.
ESTC t144189.More details Price: £200.00
A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, at Easter, A.D. 1697. By Henry Maundrell, M.A.
Also, a Journal from Grand Cairo to Mount Sinai, and Back Again. Translated from a Manuscript written by the Prefetto of Egypt, by the Right Rev. Robert Clayton, Lord Bishop of Clogher.
London, White, 1810.
8vo (205 x 120 mm), folding engraved frontispiece and pp. xi, [i], 282, with 15 further plates, nine of which are folding (double sized), small tear p. 181 just into text but with no loss, occasional offsetting from the plates, in contemporary free-style tree calf, a little tired, flat spine simply ruled, black morocco label lettered in gilt, joints cracking
, worn at extremities.
A reprint of two important travel accounts from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. Henry Maundrell’s work was first published at Oxford in 1703… (more)
A reprint of two important travel accounts from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. Henry Maundrell’s work was first published at Oxford in 1703 and tells of a voyage undertaken from Aleppo to Jerusalem through Gallilee in the late 1690s. Clayton’s travelogue is an account of a pilgrimage of Italian missionaries to Mount Sinai and was first published in 1753. The first work is extensively illustrated with numerous double-page engravings.More details Price: £120.00
A Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople.
In a Series of Letters from the Right Honourable Elizabeth Lady Craven, to his Serene Highness the Margrave of Brandebourg, Anspach, and Bareith. Written in the Year MDCCLXXXVI.
London, G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1789.
First Edition. 4to (270 x 200 mm), pp. [viii], 327, , with the half-title, large folding engraved map as frontispiece and six further engraved plates, title-page and dedication leaf fairly heavily browned, text otherwise clean and plates fresh, in contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, front board detached, a little worn and dusty, spine worn with head and tail-cap chipped, red morocco label lettered in gilt, with a contemporary heraldic bookplate.
One of the great female travelogues of the eighteenth century, by the feisty Lady Craven, dramatist, writer, traveller and socialite, said to have been the… (more)
One of the great female travelogues of the eighteenth century, by the feisty Lady Craven, dramatist, writer, traveller and socialite, said to have been the first woman ever to have descended into the Grotto of Antiparos which is strikingly illustrated on one of the engraved plates. This vivid account of her travels through France, Austria, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Greece are presented in a series of letters to her future husband, the Margrave of Anspach. While in Constantinople, she stayed with the author and collector Choiseul-Gouffier and recounts details of her stay there: ‘the Comte de Choiseul’s collectoin is, perhaps, the only thing in the world of the kind, and he means, when he returns to Paris, to have all the ruins and temples executed in plaster of Paris, or some materials which will copy the marble, in small models; to be place in galleries upon tables’ (Letter XLVI). Her account is also particularly interesting for her commentary as to the behaviour and dress of the women in the different places she visits.
With a large folding map and six delightful plates depicting the source of the River Kaarasou in the Crimea, a Turkish boat, a Turkish burial ground, the Grotto of the Antiparos, Siphanto and the Convent of Panacrado from the Bay of Gabrio. This copy has a detached front cover.
ESTC t134670; Cox I pp. 197-198; see Wayward Women, pp. 87-88.
A Letter from a Gentleman in the West of England
to his Friend in London.
Folio broadside, (370 x 245 mm), pp. 2, printed on both sides, with central fold largely cut through but holding at the edges, dated in manuscript on the verso ‘March ye 13th 1753’.
A scarce broadside written in response to ‘An act for the encouraging industry in the kingdom, by removing certain disabilities and restraints contained in several… (more)
A scarce broadside written in response to ‘An act for the encouraging industry in the kingdom, by removing certain disabilities and restraints contained in several former Acts’. The author laments the decline of trade in his West Country town, which he blames on the restrictive practices of the corporation and the apprenticeship rules of the various trades. He argues strongly for the abolition of privileges of corporations, companies, apprenticeships whose restrictions do such harm to local communities.
‘The Effect of the Statute of Queen Elizabeth, which forbids all Persons to employ themselves in various Trades, who have not been Apprentices to them, is plainly this; that none learn any of those Trades, but Boys; and that none exercise them during their Lives, but such as chanced to begin with them. Now... particular Trades usually depend on such a variety of Circumstances, both in our own and foreign Nations, that it is scarce possible for them to continue many Years without Increase or Decrease. And whenever there is either a larger or less Demand, than has been usual, for any kind of Manufacture; that Manufacture must, under this Regulation, either want Hands, or be over-burdened with them. But it is equally detrimental to the Nation, that there should be Work without Workmen, or Workmen without Work’.
ESTC n54414, listing Birmingham, BL, Exeter, Columbia, Harvard and Huntington.
Kress 5369; Higgs 713.More details Price: £175.00
A Miscellany of Poems,
Consisting of Original Poems, Translations, Pastorals in the Cumberland Dialect, Familiar Epistles, Fables, Songs, and Epigrams. By the late Revered Josiah Relph of Sebergham, Cumberland. With a Preface and a Glossary.
Glasgow, Robert Foulis for Mr. Thomlinson, 1747.
First Edition. 8vo, (250 x 120mm), pp. [xlix], 157, a few slightly browned pages and worming towards the end, touching some letters of the glossary and contents, but without serious loss, in the original sheep, single gilt fillet to covers, spine with raised bands, ruled in gilt, red morocco label lettered in gilt, joints cracked but firm and corners slightly worn.
The first appearance of the collected poems of Josiah Relph, including his poems in the Cumberland dialect. The collection was posthumously published and was edited… (more)
The first appearance of the collected poems of Josiah Relph, including his poems in the Cumberland dialect. The collection was posthumously published and was edited by Thomas Sanderson, who supplied the biography of Relph in the preface (pp. viii-xvi). A lengthy glossary is also included as well as a contents leaf at the end. With a long list of over 30 pages of subscribers, including a final page listing ‘Names of Subscribers come to hand since printing the above List’.
‘Relph’s poetical works were published posthumously in 1747 and 1798. A wider, national circulation of a few of his poems was achieved by their inclusion in Thomas West’s A Guide to the Lakes, 1784, which was read by Wordsworth, Southey, and early nineteenth century poets. Similarly, in the twentieth century, his dialect poetry is included in anthologies of Lakeland verse, such as those of the poet Norman Nicholson (The Lake District: an anthology, 1977). Relph’s best verses are in the dialect of his native county; they are on pastoral subjects, with classical allusions’ (ODNB).
ESTC t109779.More details Price: £800.00
A Narrative of the extraordinary Adventures,
and Sufferings by Shipwreck & Imprisonment, of Donald Campbell, Esq. of Barbreck: with the Singular Humours of his Tartar Guide, Hassan Artaz; comprising the Occurrences of Four Years and Five Days, in an Overland Journey to India. The Third Edition. Faithfully abstracted from Capt. Campbell’s ‘Letters to his Son’.
London, Vernor and Hood, 1798.
‘Third’ Edition. 12mo, (175 x 95 mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. xi, [i], 276, text browned in part and with scattered foxing and small stains, in modern plain red cloth, marbled endpapers.
A scarce edition, sadly rebound, of this entertaining autobiographical account of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell’s adventures, travels across Europe and the Middle East, his shipwreck… (more)
A scarce edition, sadly rebound, of this entertaining autobiographical account of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell’s adventures, travels across Europe and the Middle East, his shipwreck off the coast of India, his imprisonment by Hyder Ali and the death of his fellow traveller, Mr Hall, in prison. This is a reading copy of a highly readable narrative.
ESTC t144868, listing BL, NLS and Alberta only.More details Price: £100.00
A Philosophical Analysis
and Illustration of some of Shakespeare’s Remarkable Characters. By W. Richardson, Esq. Professor of Humanity in the University of Glasgow. The Third Edition, Corrected.
London, Murray, 1784.
‘Third Edition, Corrected: a reissue of the ‘New Edition Corrected’, London 1780, with a cancel title-page; First Edition. Two volumes, 8vo, Philosophical Analysis: pp. 207, ; Essays on Shakespeare’s Dramatic Characters: , vi, , 4-170, , with half-title, two final advertisement leaves, an errata slip pasted to the foot of p. 170, the title-page in the state with a hyphen in ‘Fleet-Street’ in the imprint; the two works uniformly bound in contemporary calf, flat spines ruled in gilt with red and black morocco labels, lettered and numbered in gilt, with the bookplate of the Marquess of Headfort in each volume.
A very attractive pair of critical texts on Shakespeare’s characters, uniformly bound (numbered as volumes one and two) and in very fresh condition, from the… (more)
A very attractive pair of critical texts on Shakespeare’s characters, uniformly bound (numbered as volumes one and two) and in very fresh condition, from the library of the Marquess of Headfort.
ESTC t136698; t136684.More details Price: £800.00
A Philosophical Enquiry
into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. With an Introductory Discourse concerning Taste; and several other additions. By Edmund Burke, Esq. A New Edition.
London, Vernor and Hood, 1798.
New Edition. 8vo (220 x 135 mm), engraved portrait frontispiece and pp. xvi, 342, frontispiece and title-page rather stained, uncut throughout, in the original boards, front board and first gathering detached, lower board only holding by one cord, boards stained, binding rubbed.
A once lovely uncut copy: internally a pleasure to read but externally rather damaged. (more)
A once lovely uncut copy: internally a pleasure to read but externally rather damaged.
ESTC t42260.More details Price: £50.00
A Poetical Dictionary;
or, the Beauties of the English Poets, Alphabetically Displayed. Containing the most Celebrated Passages in the following Authors, viz. Shakespear, Johnson, Dryden, Lee, Otway, Beaumont, Fletcher, Lansdowne, Butler, Southerne, Addison, Pope, Gay, Garth, Rowe, Young, Thompson, Mallet, Armstrong, Francis, Warton, Whitehead, Mason, Gray, Akenside, Smart, &c. In four volumes. Vol. I [-IV].
London, Newberry &c., 1761.
First Edition. Four volumes, 12mo, (172 x 98mm), pp. xii, 288; [ii], 244; [ii], 276; [ii], 252, small marginal tear to the title of volume three, without loss, in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, flat spines simply ruled and numbered in gilt with black morocco labels lettered in gilt, with a library stamp marked ‘T.K.S.’ on the title-pages, partly obscuring the lettering, and with the booklabel of Old Sleningford Hall pasted on each title-page, partially or completely obscuring the ‘A’ of the title.
An attractive copy of Samuel Derrick’s selection of English poetry, arranged according to subject, from ‘Abbey’ to ‘Zimri’, through ‘Folly’, ‘Genius’, ‘Gentlewoman’ (and, later, ‘Woman’),… (more)
An attractive copy of Samuel Derrick’s selection of English poetry, arranged according to subject, from ‘Abbey’ to ‘Zimri’, through ‘Folly’, ‘Genius’, ‘Gentlewoman’ (and, later, ‘Woman’), ‘Kensington Garden’, ‘Marriage’ and ‘Pleasure’. Derrick was an actor turned writer from Dublin whose most interesting works include a translation of Cyrano de Bergerac’s A Voyage to the Moon, 1753 and an edition of Dryden’s works published in 1760. After the failure of his acting career he continued to work closely with the theatre, making various verse and prose contributions and publishing a successful commentary, The dramatic censor; being remarks upon the conduct, characters, and catastrophe of our most celebrated plays, London 1752. On first arriving in London, he made the acquaintance of Boswell, who later regretted his earlier friendship with ‘this creature... a little blackguard pimping dog’ (Boswell’s London Journal, ed. Potten, 1950, p. 228). Johnson, when asked who was the finer poet, Derrick or Christopher Smart, famously replied, ‘Sir, there is no settling the point of precedency between a louse and a flea’ (Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. Hill and Powell, 1934, IV, 192 - 193).
In the preface, Derrick argues that as English boasts the greatest poetry of any modern language, it is an injustice to the nation to neglect it and he believes that the lack of this sort of anthology proves that it has been neglected. He allows that some similar works have been published, for example Byshe’s Art of Poetry, but these have tended to concentrate on translations from the classics: ‘but these are not the perfections of Dryden and Pope: it is Homer and Virgil we compliment in our admiration; the only merits of our great countrymen that occur, are classical knowledge, and talents for smooth versification. It is in their original works, their imitations of nature, and not of men, that we must look for that excellence in our most celebrated writers, which reflects honour upon the nation, and helps to exemplify its literary character’ (p. ix-x).
‘The various topics in these volumes are arranged in alphabetical order; so that they may be easily found, and the authors name is affixed to each. Here the man of knowledge and erudition will find an index to refresh his memory; the preceptor proper themes to exercise and enrich the mind of his pupil; and knowledge, supported by ornament, will be insensibly conveyed to the young gentleman’s heart, who shall reap instruction from the amusement... The editor hopes the work may be also an agreeable present to the ladies, many of whom boast a more refined taste than the generality of the other sex’ (p. x - xi).
ESTC t42700; Roscoe A412.More details Price: £500.00
A Residence in France,
during the Years 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795; described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners. Prepared for the Press by John Gifford... In two volumes. Second Edition. Vol. I [-II].
London, Longman, 1797.
Second Edition. Two volumes, 8vo (216 x 120 mm), pp. [ii], xxxvi, 456; [ii], 476, tear through top margin of I 341, with loss of two letters of running title, in slightly later half calf over pale marbled boards, joints cracking, spines damaged and rather unattractive, lively blue marbled endpapers, with the contemporary ownership inscription of James Williams on the second title-page.
A popular eye-witness account of 1790s France, sometimes erroneously attributed to Helen Maria Williams but now thought to be the work of (Rachel) Charlotte Biggs,… (more)
A popular eye-witness account of 1790s France, sometimes erroneously attributed to Helen Maria Williams but now thought to be the work of (Rachel) Charlotte Biggs, née Williams. With all these Williams attributions, it is tempting to think that this is a family owned copy, with the contemporary inscription of James Williams. There is also a school of thought that attributes the work to the so-called editor, John Richards Green, who changed his name to John Gifford at the age of 23. A political writer, active Tory and ardent monarchist, Gifford was involved at this time in writing a number of histories of France and the French Revolution. Whatever the truth of the authorship, the subject matter, the epistolary nature of the composition and the attribution to an ‘English Lady’ are clearly influenced by Helen Maria Williams’ series of Letters written in France, the first of which was published in 1790: the author and publisher of the present work were also quite possibly trying to benefit from the reflected marketing.
‘I am every day more confirmed in the opinion I communicated to you on my arrival’, the text begins, ‘that the first ardour of the revolution is abated. - The bridal days are indeed past,and I think I perceive something like indifference approaching. Perhaps the French themselves are not sensible of this change; but I who have been absent two years, and have made as it were a sudden transition from enthusiasm to coldness, without passing through the intermediate gradations, am forcibly struck with it. When I was here in 1790, parties could be scarcely said to exist - the popular triumph was too complete and too recent for intolerance and persecution, and the Noblesse and Clergy either submitted in silence, or appeared to rejoice in their own defeat. In fact, it was the confusion of a decisive conquest - the victors and the vanquished were mingled together; and the one had not leisure to exercise cruelty, nor the other to meditate revenge. Politics had not yet divided society; nor the weakness and pride of the great, with the malice and insolence of the litte, thinned the public places. The politics of the women went no farther than a few couplets in praise of liberty, and the patriotism of the men was confined to an habit de garde nationale, the device of a button, or a nocturnal revel, which they called mounting guard’.
ESTC t72016, listing a handful of copies in the UK and New York Historical Society, Delaware, Iowa and Minnesota.
A Tour through Sicily and Malta.
In a Series of Letters to William Beckford, Esq. of Somerly in Suffolk; from P. Brydone, F.R.S. A New Edition.
London, T. Cadell, 1806.
New Edition. 8vo (206 x 128 mm), engraved folding map as frontispiece and pp. xii, 389, scattered foxing becoming quite pronounced in some gatherings, in contemporary mottled calf, spine worn and chipped at head and foot, wanting the label, front joint cracking.
A popular travel account first published in 1773. After leaving St. Andrews University, Brydone went abroad as a tutor and travelling companion to William Beckford… (more)
A popular travel account first published in 1773. After leaving St. Andrews University, Brydone went abroad as a tutor and travelling companion to William Beckford of Somerley, cousin of the more famous Wiliam Beckford, and two other gentlemen. The present journal is the record of his visit to the islands of Sicily and Malta. It captured the public imagination and was extraordinarily popular, running to numerous editions well into the nineteenth century.
See Cox I, 142.More details Price: £80.00
A Voyage round the World
in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. by George Anson, Esq; commander in chief of a squadron of His Majesty’s ships, sent upon an expedition to the South-Seas. Compiled from papers and other materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, an published under his direction. By Richard Walter, M. A. Chaplain of his Majesty’s Ship the Centurion, in that Expedition. The Fourth Edition. With Charts of the Southern Part of South America, of Part of the Pacific Ocean, and of the Track of the Centurion round the World.
London, John and Paul Knapton, 1748.
Fourth Edition. 8vo (202 x 118 mm), folding engraved map (torn along join but without loss) as frontispiece and pp. [xxiv], 548, with two further large folding maps accompanying the text, the first of these also torn along the fold, into the engraving but with no loss, some browning in the text which has clearly been much read, in contemporary plain calf, triple gilt fillet to covers, spine ruled in compartments, hideous leather repair stuck over the upper part of the spine, central part of lower spine still cracking but held in place by the sledgehammer repair above, joints sound, a little wear at extremities, with the contemporary heraldic bookplate of W.T.R Powell, the ownership inscription of ‘Richard Garrett His Book 1781’ on the front endpaper and the inscription ‘Philipps D.D. 1748’ on the title-page.
Apart from an atrocious attempt to repair the spine, this is a good, working copy in a solid early eighteenth century binding with signs of… (more)
Apart from an atrocious attempt to repair the spine, this is a good, working copy in a solid early eighteenth century binding with signs of early provenance and complete with the three large folding charts. This is the official account of Anson’s voyage, prepared by Benjamin Robins from the journals compiled by the chaplain, Richard Walter. A masterpiece of descriptive travel writing, it was probably the most popular book of maritime adventure published in the eighteenth century. First published in quarto earlier in 1748, ESTC notes: ‘William Bowyer printed 2000 copies of eight sheets 8vo for Knapton for this work in 1748, presumably for one of the three editions (or printings, or issues); it cannot be determined which’.
ESTC t59233; see Sabin 1625; Cox I, p. 49.
A Winter in London;
or, Sketches of Fashion: a Novel, in three volumes. By T.S. Surr. Vol. I [-III]. Third Edition.
London, Richard Phillips, 1806.
Third Edition. Three volumes in one, 12mo (170 x 97 mm), pp. vii, [i], 272; [ii], 276; [ii], 264; tear on II, 263, with loss of a few letters, some supplied in manuscript, burn hole through first two leaves of the final volume, touching three letters of the title and three words of the text, with some loss, corner of III, 95 torn with loss of page number, several other small tears, not touching text, ownership inscription excised from the first title but that of Henrietta Ross present on the titles of both other volumes, errors in the text corrected throughout, in pencil, some browning to text, in contemporary calf, worn, lower joint cracked, head and foot of spine chipped, extremities rubbed.
Pretty much a working copy of this popular and often-reprinted novel, but one that, interestingly, has been marked up throughout, with close attention to spelling… (more)
Pretty much a working copy of this popular and often-reprinted novel, but one that, interestingly, has been marked up throughout, with close attention to spelling and printing errors. This is one of eight editions published in the same year as the novel’s first appearance and it is quite possible that this is a copy marked up by the printer.
Famously, one of the characters in this novel - a rather desperate figure addicted to gambling - was said to be based on Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. She was said to have been so horrified when she learnt this that it was a contributory factor to her early death on 30th March 1806. That in turn, no doubt, helped sales and explains the multiple editions following so quickly on one another. French and German editions also followed as well as an American printing, in Baltimore, in 1808.
Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1806: 64.More details Price: £140.00
Abregé De La Vie Des Peintres,
Avec des reflexions sur leurs Ouvrages, et un Traité du Peintre Parfait, de la connoissance des Desseins, & de l’utilité desa Estampes.
1699, Charles de Sercy, Paris.
FIRST EDITION. 12mo (165 x 105 mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. [xx], 540, in contemporary calf, front joint cracked, head and foot of spine chipped, general wear to extremities, spine gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers, with the contemporary ownership inscription of A. Franian on the title-page.
First edition of this popular pocket-sized guide to the most celebrated painters, including brief biographical portraits as well as a critical discussion of their major… (more)
First edition of this popular pocket-sized guide to the most celebrated painters, including brief biographical portraits as well as a critical discussion of their major works. Piles himself was a painter and engraver as well as a diplomat, having acquired his extensive knowledge of art and contemporary painters during his time as tutor and secretary to Michel Amelot de Gournay, who he followed during his appointments as French Ambassador in Venice, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain. He also used his connections in the art world - he travelled extensively as a buyer for Louis XIV - as a cover for confidential political missions. The present work was written during his three year imprisonment in the Netherlands in the 1690s, after he was captured as a French secret agent. It was an extremely successful work which ran to numerous editions. Among his many accomplishments and achievements, Piles is remembered for having coined the term ‘clair-obscur’, or Chiaroscuro.
Cioranescu XVIIe 54955.
Adventures of Musul:
or the Three Gifts; with other Tales.
London, J. Bonsor for Vernor and Hood and E. Newbery, 1800.
FIRST EDITION. 18mo (134 x 78 mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. , 175,  advertisements, in the original green vellum-backed marbled boards, printed paper label on spine, a little worn and dusty, bookplate sometime removed from front pastedown, child’s scribbles and pencil sketch of a horse, pencil sketch of a face on the rear endpaper.
A scarce collection of moral tales for children set on the ‘ornamented farm’ of Mr Byron, in ‘a romantic valley’ in Lancashire, near the magnificent… (more)
A scarce collection of moral tales for children set on the ‘ornamented farm’ of Mr Byron, in ‘a romantic valley’ in Lancashire, near the magnificent Lake Windermere. Once a year, Mr Mereworth, a curate and an old friend of Mr Byron, comes to visit, to the delight of Byron’s children who remember his many stories with great fondness. Mr. Mereworth, a keen educator, alerts them to the value of the story ‘which was intended to impress upon the minds of those who heard it, many salutary lessons; which would remind them of the uncertainty of all human prospects, and of the facility with which the greatest advantages may be lost’. The main part of the book tells the story of Musul, third son of a wealthy grandee of Persia, who inherited nothing from his father but a ring, a gem and a cloak: the story shows how, after much suffering, his use of these gifts and his virtuous choices bring him happiness. After several other tales and verses - including a humorous short story, ‘The Prince that had a long nose’ - a final section, ‘The Lessons of Adversity’, reinforces the moral purpose of Kendall’s tales and includes a number of anthropomorphic stories about animals, birds and plants.
Edward Augustus Kendall was a key figure in changing the way animals were represented in children’s fiction, moving away from the allegorical towards the naturalistic, giving the animals themselves a voice. Other well known writers such as Dorothy Kilner, Anna Laetitia Barbauld and Sarah Trimmer also made important contributions to this change in taste, but it was Kendall who was the principal pioneer, developing new techniques of narrative form to present the thought processes of animals. His Keeper’s Travels in Search of his Master, Crested Wren and Burford Cottage and its Robin Red Breast are seen as important predecessors of The Water Babies and The Wind in the Willows. Kendall is also remembered as a philanthropist and social campaigner, author of the important topographical dictionary, Travels through the Northern Parts of the United States, 1809 and of The English Boy at the Cape, one of the first novels to be set in South Africa.
ESTC t133645, at BL, NLS, Morgan and Toronto only.
Roscoe J203.More details Price: £2,800.00
or The Triumph of the Graces. Exemplified In the Real Life and Fortunes of a Young Lady of Distinction.
Second Dublin Edition. 12mo (160 x 100 mm), pp. [iii]-viii, -213,  advertisements, portrait vignette on title, in contemporary calf, rather worn, extremities rubbed, headcap chipped, spine ruled in gilt with red morocco label lettered in gilt.
A scarce Dublin reprint of this English translation by Sarah Scott of La Place’s novel, La Laideur Aimable, et les Dangers de la Beauté, first… (more)
A scarce Dublin reprint of this English translation by Sarah Scott of La Place’s novel, La Laideur Aimable, et les Dangers de la Beauté, first published under a false ‘Londres’ imprint in 1752. There were two distinct issues of the original French novel, the first published with the subtitle ‘Histoire Véritable’ (ESTC t130379, at BL, Taylorian, Clark and Gdansk) and the second bearing the slightly altered title with the clause ‘Piéce trouvée dans les Papiers de Mlle *** Auteur de la Cécile’. Presumably this latter clause was deemed to help sales on the back of his other novel, Mémoires de Cécile (Cioranescu 36937), also published in 1752, perhaps after the first appearance of this less successful work. Sarah Scott’s reworking of the title is particularly interesting as she turns the negative into a positive and leaves out altogether the phrase ‘the dangers of beauty’, but that she leaves in the - presumably fictitious - claim to verisimilitude as being the ‘real life and fortunes of a young lady of distinction’, not quite the same as finding the story in the papers of Mademoiselle ***, but tending to the same illusion.
It would be interesting to compare nuances of translation as the female translator handles the tricky subject of female ugliness in the eighteenth century as described by a male writer: very much an unfashionable idea and perhaps one reason the novel itself does not seem to have been very popular in either language. This English translation - with the ‘Dedication to those Ladies who are ignominiously distinguished under the Denomination of Ugly’ - was first published in 1754 and was for some time was taken for an original work by Sarah Scott.
ESTC t164831 lists National Library of Ireland only; OCLC adds Oakland University.More details Price: £1,400.00
Ainsi finissent les Grandes Passions;
ou les Dernières Amours du Chevalier de... Première [-Seconde] Partie.
Paris, Poinçot, 1788.
First Edition, Second Issue. Two volumes, 12mp (180 x 105 mm), pp. [iv], 5-240; [iv], -247, II F1 torn at base with loss to margin, not touching text, uncut throughout in the original drab wrappers, paper labels and small paper shelf mark labels, lettered and numbered in ink, a little worn but a nice, unsophisticated copy.
A lovely, unsophisticated copy of this scarce sentimental novel, first published in 1788 and apparently reissued here with a new title-page (as suggested by MMF… (more)
A lovely, unsophisticated copy of this scarce sentimental novel, first published in 1788 and apparently reissued here with a new title-page (as suggested by MMF but I have not compared copies). Set in Paris and provincial France, this epistolary novel explores the connections, romantic and otherwise, between Madame Eugénie de V. and the Chevalier de..., demonstrating the importance of the purity of passion (not ‘l’amour héroïque’ but ‘l’amour avec toutes ces foiblesses’) and the call for a return to nature.
With a longish preface on love and fiction: ‘Enfin, quoique ce Livre soit un Livre d’amour, nous le croyons cependant très-moral...si toutefois on peut appeller Roman un Livre où il n’y a point d’aventures, où l’action est bien moins dans les incidens que dans les images, où les sentimens abondent, où tout est en réflexions & en développemens’.
See MMF 8754bis; Gay I, 39.