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  • VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778).
    THACKER, Christopher (1931-2018), translator.
    Candide, or Optimism, Translated from the German of Doctor Ralph,* with the additions which were found in the Doctor’s pocket, when he died at Minden in the year of grace 1759 and now newly Translated by Doctor Christopher Thacker and Illustrated by Angela Barrett. * ‘with the additions... 1759’ was added in 1761. Marlborough, Libanus Press, 1996.

    First Edition of this Translation. Folio (350 x 245 mm), pp. [vi], [7]-129, [1], [1], with 14 engraved plates in the text, decorative title-page with ‘Or’ printed in gold, decorative headpieces to each chapter, printed in parallel text throughout,occasional cartoon tail-pieces, limited edition statement on final leaf, ‘This is Copy No:’, ‘102’ added in manuscript, in vellum-backed white Fabriano Roma hand-made paper covered boards bound by Brian Settle of Smith Settle, Otley, front board lettered in blue ink ‘Candide, or Optimism’, inside brown typographical border, spine lettered in gilt, with gilt edges.

    Copy No. 102 of this limited edition of Christopher Thacker’s new translation of Voltaire’s Candide, elegantly published by Thacker’s great friend, Michael Mitchell, at the… (more)

    Copy No. 102 of this limited edition of Christopher Thacker’s new translation of Voltaire’s Candide, elegantly published by Thacker’s great friend, Michael Mitchell, at the Libanus Press.

    Thacker’s new translation is printed in parallel text with Voltaire’s original text: ‘A folio production using a dual text: the original 18th-century French of Voltaire and a new English translation by Christopher Thacker, Voltaire scholar and writer on gardens and the 18th century’. The stunning illustrations are by Angela Barrett and comprise a suite of 14 pen and ink drawings. With an introduction by Thacker and ‘a full set of original sources revised for the modern reader’.

    This is a limited edition of 125 copies, 100 standard copies and 25 special copies, set in 14pt Monotype Fournier, printed letterpress on 180gms Lana Royal rag paper. This is copy no. 102. This copy is offered with five double sheets of offprints: the title-page (otherwise blank), p. 16 with facing plate (verso blank), two plates (one recto, one verso, otherwise blank) and two sheets of Chapter Five, pp. 22-23, one with plain lettering for ‘Chapter Five’, in the headpiece, and one with gold lettering.

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  • Early edition not in ESTC
    Caroline de Lichtfield. by MONTOLIEU, Jeanne Isabelle Pauline Polier de Bottens, dame de Croussaz, baronne de (1751-1832).
    MONTOLIEU, Jeanne Isabelle Pauline Polier de Bottens, dame de Croussaz, baronne de (1751-1832).
    Caroline de Lichtfield. Par Madame de ***. Publié par le Traducteur de Werther. Tome Premier [-Second]. Londres, Buisson, 1786.

    Second Edition; First edition under this title. Two volumes, 12mo (170 x 100mm), pp. [iv], [5]-292; [iv], [5]-257, with half-titles, a lovely copy in contemporary tree-calf, flat spines gilt in compartments with palm trees, red morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with the pictorial bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst in the first volume.

    A handsome copy of the true second edition of his hugely popular and influential novel. First published in Lausanne, ‘aux dépens de l’auteur et chez… (more)

    A handsome copy of the true second edition of his hugely popular and influential novel. First published in Lausanne, ‘aux dépens de l’auteur et chez François La-Combe’, 1786, as simply ‘Caroline’, this is the first edition to use the full title under which the novel was subsequently printed and known. Buisson published two more editions in 1786, one designated ‘seconde édition’ (ESTC t136845) which has title-page vignettes of a landscape with trees (volume I) and buildings and a parley of instruments (volume II) and one designated ‘nouvelle édition, avec des corrections considérables’ (ESTC t136846) with title-page vignettes of an a flower (volume I) and two horsemen and a dog (volume II). The present edition, which was probably printed in Paris, is not the same as ESTC n42696, with its fruit basket title-page ornament and probable manuscript asterisks, but both title pages have the same small vignette, of a garlanded cherub on fronds and the asterisks on the title-page are printed. The translator of Werther, as mentioned on the title-page, is Jacques Georges Deyverdun.

    Countless editions were published, in French and English: ESTC lists eight editions of the French text published under British imprints. Most of these imprints are false but they do include some piracies which would be genuine London printings using spurious Paris printers’ names. MMF list 16 editions of the French text between 1786 and 1828. Thomas Holcroft translated the novel into English and his version was treated with critical acclaim. Samuel Babcock in the Monthly Review wrote: ‘In this beautiful and interesting novel, the lights and shades of character are blended with great ingenuity: and in every part of it we discover the hand of an elegant and skilful artist. With wonderful energy and address, the Authoress unfolds the secret springs and complex movements of the human heart; and so forcibly are the different feelings that agitate the soul, delineated by her magic pencil, that they strongly awaken the sympathy of the reader, and interest him in the distress of the story’ (March 1787, pp. 265-266, see Raven & co., 1786:34).

    Not in ESTC; see MMF 86.52; see Cioranescu 47072-47076.

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  • Cicero spun to the utmost - an attempt to improve Denham
    CATHERALL, Samuel (1661?-1723?).
    Cato Major. A Poem. Upon the Model of Tully’s Essay of Old Age. In Four Books. By Samuel Catherall, M.A. Fellow of Oriel College, in Oxford, and Prebendary of Wells. London, Roberts, 1725.

    First Edition. 8vo, (193 x 119mm), pp. xvi, 88, with an engraved frontispiece included in the pagination (as in Foxon), the first and last few leaves a little dusty, in contemporary gilt and blind ruled calf, spine ruled, considerably worn and with the joints split but holding on the cords, head and tail-cap missing, the surface of the boards worn, extremities bumped, with the ownership inscription of ‘Jno. Aspinall’ on the title page, an early catalogue annotation on the front free endpaper and the recent booklabel of Jim Edwards.

    A scarce versification of one of Cicero’s most famous essays, printed by Samuel Richardson. The author, fellow of Oriel College and a canon of Wells… (more)

    A scarce versification of one of Cicero’s most famous essays, printed by Samuel Richardson. The author, fellow of Oriel College and a canon of Wells Cathedral, explains in his preface that he was inspired by Denham’s earlier translation of the same text: ‘About three years ago, lighting on Sir John Denham’s translation of that celebrated piece (Tully’s book De Senectute) and, not without some wonder and pity, seeing that great genius fall so much below the spirit of the Roman orator, in his English metre; I was so vain, as to think a kind of paraphrase of the same essay, would succeed easier and better: and therefore, at my leisure hours, when severer studies became tedious, I undertook to build a poem (if it is worthy to be call’d so) on Tully’s most exquisite model; taking special care to follow his exalted sentiments, as closely as I could, and not presuming to add much of my own, unless where I am fond of spinning out a Ciceronian thought to the utmost’.

    ESTC t128149; Foxon C72.

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  • heroine finds true love after smallpox
    Chit-Chat: Or Natural Characters; by COLLET, John, attributed.
    COLLET, John, attributed.
    Chit-Chat: Or Natural Characters; And the Manners of Real Life, represented in a Series of interesting Adventures. Dublin, Henry Saunders, 1755.

    First Dublin Edition. Two volumes in one, 12mo (170 x 100 mm), pp. [ii], 222, including a final page of advertisements, woodcut vignettes on title-pages, initials and head-pieces, bound in contemporary plain calf, a little worn at extremities, contemporary ownership inscription of Isabella Monck on the title-page, woodcut titles, initials and head-pieces.

    Charlotte Byersley is nineteen when the novel opens and has just lost her mother. She has been brought up quietly by her parents and although… (more)

    Charlotte Byersley is nineteen when the novel opens and has just lost her mother. She has been brought up quietly by her parents and although she has had a reasonable education, she knows little of the ways of hte world. Her father, anxious to supply her with a woman’s care, naturally chooses very badly and finds her a companion in the giddy and superficial Miss Arabella Seward, whose ‘outward behaviour was polish’d, specious and insincere’ and who had ‘no other aim but to secure a rich husband’. Shortly after Arabella’s arrival, Charlotte meets the son of her father’s friend, young Welford, recently down from Cambridge but the course of true love does not, of course, run smoothly. All is resolved in time, however, after a series of adventures involving them and many other characters. One unusual incident is that the heroine develops smallpox, is extremely ill with the disease but recovers fully except for the loss of her complexion. This she mourns greatly on her recovery as she assumes that with her lost looks, she has also lost all hopes of being loved by Welford. Abandoned in her illness by the worldly Arabella, Charlotte finds a new confidante and nurse in Mrs Bootle, who persuades her to believe that Welford ‘had too much good sense to place his affection meerly on a set of features, or fine complexion’ (p. 111).
    ‘To say the best of this performance, it contains nothing indecent or offensive to the chaste and modest ear; but, at the same time, it must be confessed, the reader of taste will here find nothing to excite and keep up his curiosity, engage his attention, or interest his heart. The author has involved about half a dozen couple of insipids, in certain uninteresting adventures and difficulities, out of which they are extricated at last; -- and all is conducted in the modern way, without energy, humour, or spirit’ (The Monthly Review, XII, April 1755, p. 388).
    Despite this review, this is an interesting novel which addresses issues of female education, parenting and the importance of female appearance. This is a scarce Dublin reprint which is designated as, and printed in, two ‘volumes’ and four parts, but with continuous pagination and register and bound in one volume. The first volume concludes on p. 107, ‘The End of the Second Book’, there is a separate title-page to ‘Vol. II’ and then the story continues with ‘Book the Third’ on p. 111. The novel concludes on p. 221 with ‘The End of the Fourth and Last Book’ and there is a final page of bookseller’s advertisements on p. 222. First published by Dodsley earlier in the same year (ESTC t70728, at BL, CUL, Bodleian, Duke, Huntington, Indiana, Chicago, Penn and Yale), this is often listed as anonymous but has been attributed to John Collet, an attribution followed by James Raven and based on that of the British Library copy.

    ESTC n44248, at BL, Newberry and Yale only.

    See Block p. 40; Raven 307.

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  • AUTON, Jean d’ (1466?-1528).
    ‘JACOB, Paul L., Bibliophile’, ie LACROIX, Paul (1805-1884), editor.
    Chroniques de Jean d'Auton, publiées pour la première fois en entier, d’après les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque du Roi, avec une notice et des notes, par Paul. L. Jacob, Bibliophile. Tome Premier [-Quatrième]. Paris, Silvestre, 1834.

    First Edition. Four volumes, 8vo (220 x 135 mm), pp. [ii], xvi, 575; [ii], 412; [3]-358; [ii], 391, some foxing and spotting in text, in contemporary full calf, triple gilt fillet to spines with internal blind fillets, plain spines lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled edges, contemporary heraldic bookplates.

    A masterpiece of antiquarian scholarship, this is the first complete publication of the works of the monk, poet and chronicler, Jean d’Auton, taken from the… (more)

    A masterpiece of antiquarian scholarship, this is the first complete publication of the works of the monk, poet and chronicler, Jean d’Auton, taken from the manuscripts in the Bibliothèque du Roi and accompanied by a prefatory essay and notes by the great bibliophile, Paul Lacroix.

    OCLC lists no copies outside France or Germany.

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  • scarce provincial novel in unusual format
    Clerimont, by BRISCOE, C.W.
    BRISCOE, C.W.
    Clerimont, or, Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Mr. B******. (Written by Himself.) Interspersed with Original Anecdotes of Living Characters. Liverpool, Charles Wosencroft, 1786.

    First Edition. 8vo in fours (208 x 120 mm), pp. vi, [7]-351, in contemporary sheep, front joint weak, some general wear to binding, red morocco label lettered in gilt.

    Scarce only edition of this provincially printed novel charting the life and adventures of a feckless but charming rogue. Printed in Liverpool, in an unusual… (more)

    Scarce only edition of this provincially printed novel charting the life and adventures of a feckless but charming rogue. Printed in Liverpool, in an unusual format for a novel, it tantalisingly combines an arch style with the possibility that its claims to being a factual account - that old turkey - might in this case actually be true. Whatever the answer to that tricky question, the romps and romantic escapades of the hero make for a very good read as we follow him through Manchester, Dublin and Liverpool to London.
    With a humorous dedication ‘To his most Potent, Puissant, High and Mighty Serene Highness, The Lord Oblivion’ which begins, ‘Voracious Sir, Without leave, I presume to dedicate the following labors of my pen to you, not like a number of my contemporary brethren, whose works involuntarily fall to your share; no, revered sir, I step out of the common tract of writers, who pretend to consign their works to immortal fame, which, only mistaking, are in reallity [sic] meant for you; but as a benefit, if conferred with an ill grace, loses much of its intrinsic value, so these, my lucubrations, [as no doubt all revolving time will give them into your possession] will come with a much better appearance, presented to you, thus freely, from myself’.

    ESTC t68953, at BL, Liverpool, Bodleian and Yale only; OCLC adds Chapel Hill.

    Garside, Raven & Schöwerling 1786:19; Block p. 27.

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  • ‘les premiers mémoires d’un écrivain vivant’ (Magnan)
    VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778).
    WAGNIERE, Jean-Louis (1739-1802 ).
    Commentaire Historique sur les Oeuvres de l’Auteur de l’Henriade, &c. Avec les Piéces originales & les preuves. Basle, Héritiers de Paul Duker, 1776.

    First Edition. 8vo, (193 x 115mm), pp. iv, 282, in contemporary mottled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments, yellow and red morocco labels lettered in gilt.

    An important source for information on Voltaire’s life, the Commentaire Historique was published when Voltaire was eighty-two. Written in the third person, it was dictated… (more)

    An important source for information on Voltaire’s life, the Commentaire Historique was published when Voltaire was eighty-two. Written in the third person, it was dictated by Voltaire to his secretary, Jean-Louis Wagnière. It is the first autobiography of an author to be published in his lifetime: ‘Jamais encore on n’avait vu une “histoire d’auteur” écrite par l’auteur lui même, et publiée de son vivant’ (André Magnan, Dictionnaire Voltaire, p. 293). Some fifteen years earlier, Voltaire had left unfinished his Mémoires which contained a brief sketch of the main events of his life, but these were not published until 1784.
    Unlike Rousseau, Voltaire is very sketchy on his early life. No mention is made of his time in the Bastille or of his exile and there is only a little information on his stay in Prussia. The main focus of the book is on the last twenty years spent at Ferney and on his stand as the herald of human rights. His actions during the Calas and La Barre affairs are well documented as are his various stands against intolerance, superstition and injustice, such as abusive clerical taxation and the selling of state functions. He claims to have abandoned the power and influence derived from acquaintance with the Royal Court in favour of the power of public opinion. He makes a very interesting case for the militant intellectual as a counter-power to the establishment.
    The letters which form the second part of this work are of particular significance. Chosen by Voltaire, and in some cases printed with the replies, they include correspondence to and from Linguet, Horace Walpole, Hamilton, Chesterfield and Caylus.

    Cioranescu 64527; BN Voltaire Catalogue 4350.

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  • Confessions in Elysium; by WIELAND, Christian Martin (1733-1813).ELRINGTON, John Battersby, translator.
    WIELAND, Christian Martin (1733-1813).
    ELRINGTON, John Battersby, translator.
    Confessions in Elysium; or the Adventures of a Platonic Philosopher; taken from the German of C.M. Wieland; by John Battersby Elrington, Esq. Vol. I [-III]. London, Minerva Press, Lane, Newman & Co., 1804.

    First Edition, Minerva Press (Second) Issue. Three volumes, 12mo (170x 96 mm), pp. viii, xvi, 200; [iv], 223; [iv], 228, upper corner of I B2 torn away (wear creased along fold), not touching text, rectangular tear from half title of volume III, with loss but not touching text, in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spines ruled and numbered in gilt, red morocco labels lettered in gilt, surace wear to front joint of volume I, otherwise the bindings slightly tight and the spines a little bright and probably touched up, with the contemporary heraldic bookplate of John Congreve in each volume.

    A scarce translation of a philosophical novel by Wieland, Geheime Geschichte des Philosophen Peregrinus Proteus, first published in Leipzig in 1790-91. Wieland adapts the classical… (more)

    A scarce translation of a philosophical novel by Wieland, Geheime Geschichte des Philosophen Peregrinus Proteus, first published in Leipzig in 1790-91. Wieland adapts the classical Greek setting by placing it within a quasi dream sequence - the narrator has the ability to listen to the souls the dead - where he is able to examine the life and spiritual development of the hero, the Cynic philosophier, Peregrine Proteus as he looks back on his life after his famous public suicide. The narrator recounts a conversation between Peregrinus and Lucian which takes place in Elysium. The novel owes much to Wieland’s earlier Geschichte des Agathon, 1767, which is celebrated as the first Bildungsroman or coming of age novel.
    ‘The original author treads with unequal, and sometimes unsteady, steps, in the track of the abbé Barthelemi, and attempts to describe Grecian manners and Grecian systems. The ancient veil, however, imperfectly covers modern ideas; and, though a part is antique, modern decorations often expose the fallacy. The confessions, as the title imports, are in Elysium. Peregrine Proteus (not the son of Neptune) meets Lucian in Elysium, and recounts a series of adventures, scarcely probably, with descriptions neither antique, appropriate, nor always decent. In short, the English reader would have lost little had the Confessions retained their original Teutonic garb. The Agathon of Wieland is again introduced: he should have been condemned to everlasting oblivion’ (Critical Review, November 1804, pp. 359-360).
    With a dedication to Prince William Frederick of Glocester [sic], signed I.B. Elrington and a note to the subscribers, signed ‘The Translator’, although no subscribers list is known. A four page preface, ‘To the World’, printed in italics, is signed ‘I.B.E.’ and dated London, March 1st 1804. This scarce translation was first published by Bell; this is a remainder issue published by the Minerva Press, with new half-titles and title-pages. An earlier translation of Wieland’s novel, by William Tooke, was published under the title Private History of Peregrinus Proteus the Philosopher, London, Joseph Johnson, 1796.

    Blakey, The Minerva Press, p. 211; Garside, Raven & Schöwerling 1804:71.

    Both issues of this novel are very scarce. OCLC lists the Bell issue at Cambridge and London University only and this Minerva Press issue at Yale, New York Society Library and Penn only.

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  • VERNES, Jacob, (1728-1791).
    Confidence Philosophique. Londres, ie. Geneva, 1771.

    First Edition. 8vo (212 x 145 mm), pp. [viii], 381, [1], uncut throughout and partly unopened, in the original blue wrappers, some light browning, considerably worn to extremities and spine but cords holding and part of the spine preserved, an unsophisticated copy with generous margins, with a colour postcard bookmark dated 1822, without free endpapers, printer’s waste used for the pastedowns, with a section of reverse calligraphy on the front pastedown.

    The scarce first edition of this anti-enlightenment novel by the Geneva pastor Jacob Vernes, friend and correspondent of Rousseau and Voltaire. Vernes was a frequent… (more)

    The scarce first edition of this anti-enlightenment novel by the Geneva pastor Jacob Vernes, friend and correspondent of Rousseau and Voltaire. Vernes was a frequent visitor to Ferney and Voltaire welcomed Vernes’ unorthodox approach to religion. Despite their friendship, however, this epistolary novel is a direct attack on Voltaire and the philosophes. The novel emphasises the shallowness of enlightenment ideas and the moral duplicity of their exponents. The anti-hero is a Parisian philosopher, brimming with charm and enlightenment, who takes as a student a pious married woman. Systematically he persuades her of the errors of her Christian faith and as she replaces it with his philosophy, she abandons all the principles of her life that had been grounded in it. Finally, she abandons her family and friends, becomes his lover and gives herself up to a life of dissipation and gambling.
    Vernes’ novel struck a chord: it became a best-seller in France, where it saw five pre-Revolutionary editions and was also very popular in England, where at least three editions were published, and the Netherlands. MMF notes that several of the later editions that claim to be ‘augmentées’, have almost nothing new in them but have had the order of the letters rearranged. Clever trick.

    OCLC records a number of copies in France, and BL, NLS, Leeds, Texas, Princeton, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware and UCLA.

    MMF 71.42.

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  • BRICAIRE DE LA DIXMERIE, Nicolas, (1731-1791).
    Contes Philosophiques et Moraux. Par M. de la Dixmerie. Tome Premier [- Second]. Londres & Paris, Duchesne, 1765.

    First Edition. Two volumes, 12mo, (165 x 90 mm), engraved frontispiece, by Danzel after Larrieu, to the 1st volume and pp. [xx], 360; [iv], 360, frequently misnumbered, in contemporary marbled calf, spines with raised bands gilt in compartments, red and brown morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges.

    The scarce first edition of a collection of short stories and moral tales by this prolific journalist and writer of fiction across multiple genres. He… (more)

    The scarce first edition of a collection of short stories and moral tales by this prolific journalist and writer of fiction across multiple genres. He began his career by collaborating with La Place at the Observateur littéraire from where he was poached by the Mercure in January 1762 in order to supply the place previously held by Marmontel and provide them with short stories: ‘pour la partie des contes dont il a le privilège exclusif, ou du moins en chef’. The majority of the contes included in these volumes were previously published in the Mercure. The selection includes his ‘L’Oracle journalier’, ‘Le Huron réformateur’ and ‘Azakia, anecdote Huronne’, as well as oriental tales, magical stories, moral and historical tales, with settings from Canada to Greece and Persia to the Pyrenees and stories telling of kings and financiers, lovers and philosophers.

    An interesting preface, which gives background detail and information on many of the contes, begins by poking fun at ‘le grand mot de philosophie’ as chosen by him for his title: ‘ce mot est devenu comme le passe-port banal de tous les Ouvrages de ce tems. Essais, Pensées, Réflexions, Amusemens, Bagatelles, &c. tout est philosophique, ou promet de l’être. Pourquoi des Contes ne jouiroient-ils pas au moins de ce dernier privilége?’ He also explains that, while the tales may have previously been published, he is here gathering them together and publishing them under his own name. The preface concludes by comparing the conte as a literary form with the architecture of Versailles versus the Château de Marly: ‘Dans le premier Palais tout est grand, mais on risque de se trouver soi-même petit. Dans le second, tout est plus à notre portée; notre existence nous est plus sensible. On se perd dans l’un, on se retrouve dans l’autre’ (I, xx).

    One of his earlier works, Bricaire de la Dixmerie went on to write a number of utopias and imaginary voyages such as Le Sauvage de Taiti aux Francçais, avec un envoi au philosophe ami des Sauvages, Londres & Paris, 1770 and L’IÎe taciturne et L’iîe enjouée, ou Voyage du génie Alaciel dans ces deux îles, in Garnier’s Voyages imaginaires, 1787-1798. He was also involved in the production of the Bibliothèque Universelle des Romans.

    ESTC t165438, listing Cambridge, Brotherton, Berlin, Corvey, Wisconsin-Madison and Clark.

    Cioranescu 13879; MMF 65.17

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  • Courte Description des Quadrupèdes. by HOOFT, Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik (1779-1872).
    HOOFT, Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik (1779-1872).
    Courte Description des Quadrupèdes. 1843

    Manuscript in Ink. 4to (280 x 220 mm), pp. [ii], [14], written in a neat hand in brown ink within single ink ruled border, an elaborate pen and ink wash drawing to the title-page, 11 further ink drawings of animals framed in yellow borders within brown and black ink rules, some of the inked borders bleeding through the paper, 9 of the 11 drawings tipped in, each picture labelled and accompanied by text written in a neat hand, some light browning throughout and occasional marks, in the original decorative wrappers, spine chipped, edges dog-eared.

    A delightful illustrated essay on quadrupeds by the fifteen year old Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik Hooft, who later entered politics and served as burgomaster of the… (more)

    A delightful illustrated essay on quadrupeds by the fifteen year old Gerrit Lodewijk Hendrik Hooft, who later entered politics and served as burgomaster of the Hague from 1843 to 1858. In a brief preface, Hooft sets out his reasoning for undertaking this project: that of all the qualities of the many animals in creation - such as the eyesight of an eagle able to spot a lamb from way up high - only man has a soul and has the ability to study and understand them in order to praise God for their creation. The realisation of this ‘agreeable duty’ has led him to decide to spend his leisure hours putting together this project in the hopes that it will bring pleasure to his parents:
    ‘Convaincu de ce devoir agréable, j’ai intention d’employer mes heures de loisir a faire une courte description des proprietés particulieres des quadrupedes; en y ajoutant les animaux mêmes dessinés en encre de Chine. -- Je ne doute que mes chers Parents n’applaudissent à ce dessein et c’est dans cette douce esprance que je me dis avec respect leur obeissant fils, G.L.H. Hooft’.
    The manuscript is charmingly illustrated and shows Hooft to have been an accomplished artist for his age: there are eleven pen and ink drawings of quadrupeds in a variety of landscape settings. The animals included are mostly domestic animals: bulls, cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, rams, goats (does and bucks), angora goats, pigs and wild boar. In each case, the most notable characteristics of the animal are given below the drawing. The illustrations are simply but strikingly framed with a yellow wash between single ruled lines. The title page is illustrated in a different style, with a monument bearing the date, 1794, and an inscription from Genesis: ‘Dieu vit tout ce qu’il avait fait, et voilà il était très bon’; the monument is topped with an urn and is set in a landscape filled with domestic and exotic animals, including a lion in the foreground. Facing the title-page is an 8 line stanza of a poem, beginning ‘Arrêtez-vous mes yeux! contemplez les merveilles de ce Dieu’.

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  • CAREY, William Paulet (1759-1839).
    Critical Description of the Procession of Chaucer’s Pilgrims to Canterbury, painted by Thomas Stothard, Esq. R.A. Respectfully addressed, by permission, to John Leigh Philips, Esq. By William Carey. 1808.

    First Edition. 12mo, (153 x 93mm), pp. 77, [3] advertisements; in contemporary tree calf, plain flat spine with remnants of gilt ruling, extremities slightly worn.

    First edition of this account of Stothard’s paintings of Chaucer’s Canterbury pilgrims by the eccentric critic and art dealer William Carey, brother of the Philadelphia… (more)

    First edition of this account of Stothard’s paintings of Chaucer’s Canterbury pilgrims by the eccentric critic and art dealer William Carey, brother of the Philadelphia bookseller Mathew Carey. The project of a picture of Chaucer’s pilgrims had first been suggested by William Blake, but the publisher Robert Cromek was put off by the severity of Blake’s style and commissioned Stothard instead. ‘It is but justice to note’, writes Carey in defence of Cromek, ‘that we are indebted to Mr. Cromek for the first intention of employing Mr. Stothard to paint the picture of the Procession of Chaucer’s Pilgrims. The same spirit conceived the idea of employing that extraordinary artist, Blake, to compose his grand designs for Blair’s Grave’ (footnote, pp. 10-11). Three pages of advertisements follow the work, including a page and a half dedicated to Blake’s illustrations of Blair: ‘A few copies remain unsold, printed on a large elephant quarto paper, with Proof Impressions of the plates on French paper’.

    Bentley, Blake Books, 1338.

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  • FILLASSIER, Jean-Jacques (1745-1799).
    Culture de la Grosse Asperge, dite de Holland, la plus précoce, la plus hâtive, la plus fécond & la plus durable que l’on connoisse. Traité qui présente les moyens de la cultiver avec succès, en toutes sortes de terres. Par M. Fillassier, des Académies d’Arras, de Lyon, de Marseille, & Corespondant de celle de Toulouse. Nouvelle Edition. Amsterdam, Méquignon, 1784.

    Second Edition. 12mo, pp. iv, 149, [2] table of contents,
    paper fault p. 67/68, touching the text,
    in contemporary half sheep over marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt, wanting the label.

    A comprehensive treatise on asparagus cultivation by Jean-Jacques Fillassier, educator, moralist and admirer of his Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His few works enjoyed considerable success: his first… (more)

    A comprehensive treatise on asparagus cultivation by Jean-Jacques Fillassier, educator, moralist and admirer of his Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His few works enjoyed considerable success: his first work Eraste ou l’Ami de la jeunesse, 1773, was reprinted several times and well into the nineteenth century; he also wrote a popular Dictionnaire historique d’éducation, 1771 and a Dictionnaire du jardinier français, 1789. He ran a tree-nursery at Clamart and was a member of several academies. It is interesting that he puts in a puff for the nursery in the Avis to the present work. Stating how hard it is to find asparagus without having it travel a long way, Fillassier advertises his own asparagus plants available for sale at Clamart sou Meudon, near Paris, at the price of 15 livres per thousand.
    First published in 1779, this was a very influential work and was published in numerous editions as late as 1815. A detailed study of all aspects of asparagus, Fillassier discusses its origins and nature and the history of its cultivation as well as giving detailed advice on suitable terrain, preparation of the asparagus beds and the care to be taken in its planting, in the first three years after planting and subsequently in the harvesting and cutting of the asparagus. The final chapter of the main text deals with the uses and properties of asparagus. This is followed by a question and answer section on various agricultural aspects, which concludes the work. The author includes detailed footnotes and quotations from other authors throughout.
    Despite its evident popularity, this work is now scarce in any edition. This edition is probably the most common, although OCLC lists only four copies in America (at UC San Diego, Hagley Museum, National Agricultural Library, Rutgers), and three copies in France.

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  • STAEL, Anne-Louise-Germaine de (176601817).
    De l'Allemagne. Paris & London, H. Nicolle, 1813.

    Three volumes, 8vo, I: pp. [xxi], [3], 360, lacking first blank; II: pp. [4], 399, [1]; III: pp. [4], 416, very occasional, slight marginal spotting, bound in contemporary polished calf, triple gilt ruled, bordered with roll of fleurons in blind, raised bands, spine gilt and gilt-lettered, all edges gilt, joints a bit worn or cracked towards foot of spine, with the nineteenth century bookplate of J.W. with motto ‘Patientia vinces’.

    An elegantly bound copy of this controversial political and philosophical work, which contributed to making Mme de Staël persona non grata with the French authorities.… (more)

    An elegantly bound copy of this controversial political and philosophical work, which contributed to making Mme de Staël persona non grata with the French authorities. First published in 1810 in France, it did not escape Imperial censorship; all copies were seized from the printer Henri Nicolle, and destroyed and there are only five known copies extant. This edition of 1813, published in London, was a pirated edition, which came out during Mme de Staël’s exile in England. The essay discusses the geography, sociology, literature, philosophy and religion in Germany, with implicit and explicit comparisons to the current state of France.

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  • ROQUEFORT-FLAMÉLICOURT, Jean-Baptiste-Bonaventure de (1777-1834).
    De l’état de la poésie françoise dans les XIIe et XIIIe siècles, mémoire qui a remporté le prix dans le concours proposé en 1810, par la classe d'histoire et de littérature ancienne de l'Institut de France. Paris, Fournier, 1815.

    First Edition. 8vo, pp. [xii] 480, unopened and uncut, edges a little dusty, minimal spotting to first and last few leaves, bound in contemporary turquoise marbled paper, publisher’s paper label to spine, with couple of tiny marginal tears.

    The first edition of this thorough study of French poetry from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, written by the important philologist Jean-Baptiste-Bonaventure de Roquefort. In… (more)

    The first edition of this thorough study of French poetry from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, written by the important philologist Jean-Baptiste-Bonaventure de Roquefort. In 1816, this essay, which analyses poetic metre as well as the cultural role of medieval French poets, was awarded a prize by the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres.

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  • BACULARD D'ARNAUD, François-Thomas-Marie (1718-1750)._DORAT, Claude-Joseph (1734-1780), also attributed to.
    Délassemens de l’Homme Sensible, ou Anecdotes Diverses, par M. d’Arnaud. Seconde Edition. Première Année. Tome Premier [-Sixième]. Première [-Douxième] Partie. Paris, Buisson, 1786.

    Second Edition; Mixed Set. Six volumes, 12mo (165 x 94 mm), pp. [vi], 440, [1], [3]; [iv], 448, [2]; [iv], 442, [2]; [iv], 450, [2]; [vi], 440, [4]; [vi], [9]-453, [1], [5]; with half-titles ‘Œuvres de M. d’Arnaud’, in contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt in compartments, red morocco labels lettered in gilt and second red numbering pieces with gilt circle left empty for the volume number but apparently never filled in, some wear to extremiities but an attractive set.

    An incomplete set of Baculard d’Arnaud’s Délassemens, a liquid format novel comprising short stories and anecdotes. This set contains the whole of the ‘First Day’… (more)

    An incomplete set of Baculard d’Arnaud’s Délassemens, a liquid format novel comprising short stories and anecdotes. This set contains the whole of the ‘First Day’ (the first six volumes) which was the first to appear and was published separately in 1783-1784. This set, where the first volume alone is designated ‘Seconde Edition’ (see below), collates as the first edition but is dated 1786; it was clearly meant to include both First and Second Days, but in this set only contains the first three volumes of the Seconde Année (parts 1-VI), wanting the final three volumes (parts VII-XII); each volume has a half-title ‘Œuvres de M. d’Arnaud’ which details the title and year.

    See MMF 83:14 (penultimate edition mentioned on p. 256 ‘BN possède un exemplaire du t. 1, 440p - as ours); 86:19.

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  • MABLY, Gabriel Bonnot de, abbé de (1709-1785).
    Des Principes des Négociations, pour servir d’Introduction au droit public de l’Europe, fondé sur les traités. Par M. l’Abbé de Mably. ‘A La Haye’, ie Paris, 1757.

    First Edition. 12mo, (163 x 92 mm) pp. viii, 278, initial blank removed, in contemporary mottled calf, extremities a little worn, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges, from the library of Claude Lebédel.

    An important work by the celebrated economist, intended as an introduction to a much earlier work, his Droit publique de l’Europe which was published in… (more)

    An important work by the celebrated economist, intended as an introduction to a much earlier work, his Droit publique de l’Europe which was published in 1746. ‘His Principes des negociations... was a courageous attack on the foreign policies of the European powers, and a plea for more rational and honest methods, not only for the sake of justice and humanity, but because they are actually profitable’ (Whitfield, Ernest, Gabriel Bonnot De Mably, New York, 1969). In this work he discusses the principles of international trade, modern warfare and the role of ambassadors and diplomacy. Chapter XVII, ‘Des traités de commerce. Digression sur le luxe’, contains a discussion of the theories of David Hume.
    An enormously popular writer in his day, Mably is now hailed variously as communist, republican and utopian. ‘Here also is the beginning of the French School of Utopian Communism properly so called’, says George Catlin, emphasising the importance of Mably’s exposition of the doctrine of equality (see George Catlin, A History of Political Philosophers, London, 1950), while Johnson Wright stakes out new ground for Mably as a republican: ‘Mably should be seen as neither a proto-socialist nor a reactionary thinker, but as a republican - a classical republican, in fact, whose writing represents a later Gallic contribution to the political tradition founded by Machiavelli and Harrington. He is not only interesting as the personification of the revolutionary spirit and as a level-headed reformer, but because he formulated principles which have since been either accepted or re-discovered’ (Wright, History of Political Thought, Volume 13, Number 3, 1992, pp. 391-415).

    Cioranescu 41170; Tchemerzine VII, 265.

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  • LADVOCAT, Jean-Baptiste (1709-1765), VOSGIEN, M., pseud.
    Dictionnaire géographique portatif: ou Description de tous les royaumes, provinces, villes, patriarchats, évéchés, duchés, comtés, marquisats, villes impériales et anséatiques, ports, forteresses, citadelles, et autres lieux considérables des quatre parties du monde... Traduit de l’Anglois sur la troisième Edition de Laurent Echard, avec les additions & les corrections considérables, par Monsieur Vosgien, Chanoine de Vaucouleurs. Nouvelle Edition, revue, augmentée & corrigée. Paris, Didot, 1749.

    New Edition. 8vo (170 x 105 mm), pp. xiii, [iii], 600, tear across margin of pp. 125-6, just into text with slight loss, with the half-title, some staining in text, in contemporary mottled calf, some light wear to extremities, spine gilt in compartments, brown morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges, with the Llanarch bookplate and a printed booklabel ‘This Book to be returned to its place’.

    Intended as an alphabetical listing of all places of interest, this is an abridged version of Bruzen de La Martinière’s Dictionnaire géographique, in turn based… (more)

    Intended as an alphabetical listing of all places of interest, this is an abridged version of Bruzen de La Martinière’s Dictionnaire géographique, in turn based on Laurence Echard’s successful geographical dictionary. ‘On ne comptoit point donner si-tôt une nouvelle Edition de cet Ouvrage; mais le prompt débit de la premiere, & les desirs de ceux qui n’ont pu en profiter, l’ont rendue presque nécessaire. A peine les Exemplaires qui en ont été tirés jusqu’ici, suffisent-ils pour le faire connoître. On ose assurer néanmoins que cette nouvelle Edition est beaucoup plus exacte que la premiere’ (Avis pour cette nouvelle Edition, p. ix).

    Cioranescu 35569 (1749, first edition).

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  • KNIGHT, Ellis Cornelia (1757-1837).
    Dinarbas; A Tale: being a continuation of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. The Fourth Edition. London, Cadell, 1800.

    Fourth Edition. 12mo (169 x 105 mm), pp. xii, 309, [1], [1] advertisements, in contemporary calf, rather worn, both joints weakened, chipped at extremities, spine gilt in compartments, black morocco label lettered in gilt.

    Fourth edition of Cornelia Ellis Knight's famous continuation of Johnson's Rasselas where the happy ending wanting in the original work is contrived. In the introduction,… (more)

    Fourth edition of Cornelia Ellis Knight's famous continuation of Johnson's Rasselas where the happy ending wanting in the original work is contrived. In the introduction, after a brief resumé of Johnson's novel, Knight cites Hawkins' Life of Johnson as her inspiration, where Hawkins states that Johnson 'had an intention of marrying his hero, and placing him in a state of permanent felicity'. What results, though it is well-construced, with a neat plot and convincing characterisation, is precisely the kind of romantic tale that Dr. Johnson disliked.

    'It is no slight undertaking to pursue the steps of Johnson, and to endeavour to complete what he has left unfinished. A writer, greatly superior to the common rank, engaging in such a task, under so many disadvantages, could scarcely expect to succeed: it is no little credit to our author, that he has succeeded so well... It is a continuation which Johnson could not have disapproved, and which he probably would not have been ashamed to own' (Critical Review, n.s. 3: 116 (September 1791), quoted in Raven & Forster).

    Sent to a school run by a Swiss pastor, Knight early received an excellent education in continental languages and literature. Through her mother, who was a close friend of Sir Joshua Reynolds, she became acquainted with Samuel Johnson and his circle. On her father's death, she and her mother moved to Italy, where they became intimate with Sir William and Lady Hamilton. It was there that Knight's verses on Nelson's victories earned her the nickname of 'Nelson's laureate'.

    ESTC t66940; see Courtney & Nichol Smith p 94; Raven & Forster 1790: 51.

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  • GUIBERT, Jacques Antoine Hippolyte, comte de (1743-1790).
    Discours sur l'État Actuel de la Politique et de la Science Militaire, en Europe. Avec le plan d’un ouvrage intitulé: La France politique & militaire. Geneva, 1773.

    12mo, (167 x 92 mm), pp. x, 179, in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges, pink silk marker, from the library of Claude Lebédel.

    A scarce separate edition of Guibert’s celebrated treatise on the art of war, first published as part of his Essai général de tactique, précédé d’un… (more)

    A scarce separate edition of Guibert’s celebrated treatise on the art of war, first published as part of his Essai général de tactique, précédé d’un discours sur l’état actuel de la politique et de la science militaire en Europe, avec le plan d’un ouvrage intitulé La France politique et militaire, Londres, 1772.
    Guibert’s controversial works on military tactics, despite being initially condemned by the French government, eventually led to many reforms in the French army. He is regarded as one of the leading military tacticians of the pre-revolutionary era and his influence extended within Europe to Frederick II and Napoleon and outside Europe, through von Steuben, to the generals of the American Revolution. Guibert’s works were widely read at the time in France and abroad, and a number of foreign translations were published including those into English, German and even Persian.
    ‘Of this work [Essai général de tactique] it may be said that it was the best essay on war produced by a soldier during a period in which tactics were discussed even in the salon and military literature was more abundant than at any time up to 1871’ (Encyclopædia Britanicca, 1911).
    In addition to his military career and his works on tactics and the art of war, the Comte de Guibert was also a member of the Académie française, published journals of his travels in France and Switzerland, wrote a tragedy, Le Connétable de Bourbon, 1775 and had a love affair with Julie de Lespinasse, whose love letters to him were later published.
    ‘L'oeuvre de Guibert est neuve en son temps par sa visée totaliste articulée autour de la relation fondamentale entre politique et guerre. Guibert a du cependant courir au plus pressé et rédiger l'Essai. On y trouve une distinction entre deux parties de l'art de la guerre pressentie par d'autres en ce siècle des lumières. Guibert parle de tactique élémentaire et de grande tactique. Dans la défense du système de guerre moderne, il nommera celle-ci la stratégie ou tactique des armées. La redécouverte du concept de stratégie à la fin du XVIIIe siècle tient à une nécessité sémantique. L'articulation des armées fait naître des possibilités nouvelles, à un échelon supérieur par rapport à la tactique des armées-blocs’ (L'Art de la guerre de Machiavel à Clausewitz, 89).

    Quérard, La France Littéraire, III, p. 518; Cioranescu 33011 (Geneva 1773, pp. vii, 163).

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