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[JOHANN SCAPULA].
"Appendix ad Lexicon Graeco-Latinum, a Joanne Scapula constructum, et ad alia Lexica Graeca, e Codice Manuscripto, olim Askeviano, in lucem nunc primum vindicata."
"[Printed by] J. Nichols [for] George Leigh and John Sotheby, 1789" "8vo., First [?and Sole] Edition, on laid paper, some very mild age-staining; late eighteenth century full calf, neatly rebacked in calf to style, original leather label gilt preserved, red edges, a remarkably fresh, crisp copy. With the engraved armorial bookplate of a town museum and the donor's original signed presentation slip on front paste-down. Scapula's 'Lexicon' was first published by Henri Stephanus in 1557. This Appendix is dedicated to Anthony Askew (1722-1774), founder of the Bibliotheca Askeviana, and an eminent Classical scholar educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge and at Leiden. He became MD in 1750 and was appointed physician to St. Bartholomew's and Christ's hospitals, and registrar of the College of Physicians. Himself the author of a manuscript volume of Greek inscriptions, his outstanding library was sold by Baker & Leigh in 1775. See Quaritch (DEBC, p. 323). 'Askew's house was crowded with books up to the garrets. The collection was chiefly Classical, and it was its possessor's aim to have every edition of a Greek author' ([Sale catalogue of the] Bibliotheca Askeviana. Sive Catalogus Librorum Rarissimorum, Baker & Leigh, 1775). The sale of his library lasted twenty days and realised a total of 3,993 0s 6d; the principal purchasers were Dr. Hunter, Mr. Cracherode, the British Museum, and the kings of England and of France. Askew's manuscripts (presumably including those pertinent to the present work) were catalogued separately; their sale took place in 1785. The sale catalogue indicates that an appendix to Scapula's Lexicon was edited by Dr. Chas Burney in 1789 so it is likely that the present work is the title referred to. Charles Burney (1757-1817), classical scholar, was the son of Charles Burney the musician and musicologist. Since Burney the younger published numerous tracts and papers relating to Greek literature he could well be the author, but we have been unable to verify this attribution from any other source. Extremely scarce."
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Book number: 7210
GBP 165.00 [Appr.: EURO 191.75 US$ 214.15 | JP 23214]
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Keywords: "literature, classics, greek literature, scapula, burney, askew, askeviana, bibliography"

 
(ARISTOTLE). [A.C. BRADLEY]
"[Aristotle's Conception of the State by A. . Bradley] [extracted from] ABBOTT (E), ed. Hellenica. A Collection of Essays on Greek Poetry, Philosophy, History and Religion."
"Rivington's, 1880" "8vo., extract wire-stitched in card wrappers lettered by hand in blue, a very good, bright, clean copy. Bradley's essay on 'Aristotle's Conception of the State' comprised pp. 181-243. The extract retains the title-page of the work as a whole."
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Book number: 12223
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 23.25 US$ 25.96 | JP 2814]
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Keywords: "literature, classics, classical literature, greek, aristotle, bradley, hellenica"

 
[ANON].
Ballads and Songs Loyal to the Hanoverian Succession (1703-1761). Introduction by John J. McAleer. [Facsimile reissue]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS
"William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles CA, 1962" "8vo., First Edition thus; original buff wrappers printed in black, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Augustan Reprint Society, Publication No. 96. This facsimile is a high-quality photographic reprint of the copy in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Very scarce."
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Book number: 19420
GBP 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 46.5 US$ 51.92 | JP 5628]
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Keywords: "literature, hanover, hanoverian succession, ballads, augustan reprint society, clark memorial library"

 
[LAURENCE STERNE]
The Beauties of Sterne: with Some Account of his Life [Walker's British Classics]. WITH PRICED SERIES CATALOGUE
"J. Walker, 1819" "12mo., First Edition thus, a little dust- and age-soiling; contemporary brown cloth, covers mildly age-worn and soiled else a good, clean copy. With 4pp publisher's advertisement at end. This advertisement is valuable in that it gives a priced catalogue of the first collection of titles published in Walker's notable series. Based on the principles and format of Elzevir's Continental editions, Walker's 'British Classics' aimed 'to form a complete library of standard English literature...Embracing at once the two important objects - Correctness of Text and Beauty of Printing'. Individual volumes are increasingly difficult to find."
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Book number: 13569
GBP 44.00 [Appr.: EURO 51.25 US$ 57.11 | JP 6190]
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[J. LEMPRIERE]
"Bibliotheca Classica; or, a Classical Dictionary, containing all the Names in antient Authors. [With] Tables of Coins, Weights and Measures in Use among the Greeks and Romans. AN INSPIRATION TO KEATS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FAUX-VELLUM"
"Reading, Printed for T. Cadell, 1788" "8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, neat eighteenth-century signature on title, some light age-staining (mainly marginal); firmly bound in nineteenth-century faux-vellum BY MYERS OF READING, sides with double frame border in gilt and red, back with five flat bands ruled in gilt, second compartment lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, uncut, last few leaves of Tables chipped and dog-eared (but without material loss), lower margins of same leaves lightly damp-marked in blank margins, very neatly recased else a well-preserved crisp, clean copy. With the errata leaf at end. With the nineteenth-century engraved armorial bookplate of Sir James R Andrew Clark, and the binder's ticket, on front paste-down. Since it was bound by Myers it may well have been sold in the town of publication. 'Lempriere's Classical Dictionary is the first of a new kind of manual: the rendering of a body of knowledge not easily accessible in any other form into a system of alphabetical articles for the use of those who lack the time or the learning to seek out the sources; the 'Oxford Companion' series is a distinguished descendant'. (Printing & the Mind of Man). Lempriere (c.1765-1824) was born in Jersey and remained a schoolmaster most of his life. QUITE APART FROM ITS INTRINSIC UTILITY, HIS DICTIONARY ACHIEVED IMMORTALITY SINCE IT PROVED AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO KEATS. Extremely scarce. PMM 376."
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Book number: 21779
GBP 1975.00 [Appr.: EURO 2294.75 US$ 2563.31 | JP 277866]
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[CHARLOTTE M. YONGE]
A Book of Worthies gathered from the Old Histories and now written anew. IN ATTRACTIVE PERIOD BINDING
"Macmillan, 1869" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with engraved title-vignette (original tissue guard present), neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper verso; handsomely bound in contemporary green half calf, sides in green pebble-grain cloth, back with five raised bands ruled in gilt, second compartment lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled and tooled in gilt, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. The worthies comprise Joshua, David, Hector, Aristides, Nehemiah, Xenophon, Epaminondas, Alexander, Marcus Curius Dentatus, Cleomenes, Scipio Africanus, Judas Maccabaeus and Julius Caesar. A lovely copy."
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Book number: 19985
GBP 60.00 [Appr.: EURO 69.75 US$ 77.87 | JP 8441]
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[FANNY BURNEY [MADAME D'ARBLAY]
"Camilla: Or, A Picture of Youth. By the Author of Evelina, Cecilia, etc. DELIGHTFUL SET IN CONTEMPORARY CALF"
"Joseph Thomas, Finch Lane, 1840" 3 vols. 16mo. with 2 engraved title-vignettes; strongly bound in contemporary half calf marbled boards tooled in blind backs with four raised bands tooled in gilt second compartments with red leather label ruled lettered and numbered in gilt red sprinkled VERY SCARCE. NCBEL II 971.
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Book number: 27556
GBP 310.00 [Appr.: EURO 360.25 US$ 402.34 | JP 43614]
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[CAIS JULIUS CAESAR].
"Les Commentaires de Cesar, de la Traduction de N. Perrot, Sieur d'Ablancourt. Edition Nouvelle, Reveue & Corrigee. [Text in French throughout]. REMARKABLY CRISP, CLEAN COPY"
"Pierre Mortier, Amsterdam, 1708" "12mo., on laid paper, text in French, with engraved frontispiece, title in red and black, engraved title-vignette, and a folding engraved plate, endpapers mildly age-stained; handsomely bound in contemporary panelled calf, sides with double frame border stopped at corners by large tulips, the whole enclosing a decorative frame border all in blind, very neatly rebacked in calf to style, backstrip with five raised bands, second compartment with leather label ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled in gilt and tooled in blind with a floral spray, speckled edges, a remarkably crisp, clean copy. The folding plate depicts Caesar's bridge across the Rhine near Cologne. C7 (pp. 71-72) is neatly repaired with some loss of text (approximately 7 lines) on recto and verso. The work comprises the author's extended dedication, preface, and address to the reader. These preliminaries conclude with 'Remarques sur la Carte de l'ancienne Gaule' by Samson d'Abbeville (geographer-royal). The Commentaries themselves are followed by extensive notes cross-referred to the translation and a detailed index. A 4pp publisher's catalogue is bound in at rear. Nic[h]olas Perrot d'Ablancourt (1606-1664) was a gifted translator of the Classics, whose work encompasses versions of Caesar, Cicero, Lucien, Tacitus and Xenophon among others. He was well regarded by Louis XIV who awarded him a generous pension but refused to make him his historiographer because he was a Protestant. His skill was praised by both Chapelin ('son genie est sublime') and Voltaire, who called him 'an elegant translator'. He was elected to the Academie Francaise succeeding Paul Hay du Chastelet, and was himself followed by Roger de Bussy-Rabutin. Pierre Mortier (1661-1711) probably trained in Paris before relocating to Amsterdam in the late seventeenth century. His publications cover a wide field and include French and English works as well as those in Dutch. After his death his widow continued the business until their son Cornelis was able to take over. In 1721 Cornelis entered a partnership with his brother-in-law Johannes Covens to form Covens and Mortier, a publishing house of considerable standing which lasted until the mid-nineteenth century."
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Book number: 8574
GBP 146.00 [Appr.: EURO 169.75 US$ 189.49 | JP 20541]
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[THOMAS TRYON].
"A Discourse of the Causes, Nature and Cure of Phrensie, Madness or Distraction from A Treatise of Dreams & Visions (1689). Introduction by Michael V. DePorte. [Facsimile reissue]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS"
"William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles CA, 1973" "8vo., First Edition thus; original buff wrappers printed in black, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Augustan Reprint Society, Publication No. 160. This facsimile is a high-quality photographic reprint of the copy in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Very scarce."
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Book number: 19431
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[GEORGE FARQUHAR ET AL.].
Eighteenth Century Comedy. Edited with an Introduction by W. . Taylor. The World's Classics.
"Oxford University Press, [1929]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition thus; original series binding of green cloth, gilt back, green top, red silk marker, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chafed at headband and browned at fold-ins. Includes The Beaux Stratagem, The Conscious Lovers, The Beggar's Opera, The Tragedy of Tragedies, She Stoops to Conquer. Scarce in this condition. World's Classics 292."
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Book number: 15612
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[EDWARD ARBER].
An English Garner. [Ingatherings from our History and Literature. COMPLETE SET OF THE BEST EDITION]
"Constable, 1903" "12 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus and Best Edition, on laid paper, some endpapers mildly browned; original series binding of dark blue cloth, gilt backs, gilt tops (save Beazley), uncut, a very good, bright, firm set. Ten volumes have a uniform pictorial personal bookplate on front paste-down, two volumes have the fine armorial bookplate of the Signet Library [Edinburgh].This valuable compilation of tracts, poetry, prose and other contemporary documents was first assembled under the editorship of Edward Arber and published in eight volumes between 1877 and 1896. Here the entire collection is reissued in greatly expanded form, rearranged and reclassified under the general editorship of Thomas Seccombe. There is much new material and the series as a whole benefits from fresh critical apparatus from some of the finest scholars of the day. The collection comprises: Aitken (G.A). Later Stuart Tracts (1903); Beazley (C.R). Voyages and Travels mainly during the 16th and 17th Centuries (2 vols) (1903); Bullen (A.H). Shorter Elizabethan Poems (1903); Bullen (A.H). Some Longer Elizabethan Poems (1903); Collins (J.C). Critical Essays and Literary Fragments (1903); Firth (C.H). Stuart Tracts 1603-1693 (1903); Lang (A). Social England Illustrated. A Collection of XVIIth Century Tracts (1903); Lee (S). Elizabethan Sonnets, newly arranged and indexed (2 vols; 1904); Pollard (A.F). Tudor Tracts 1532-1588 (1903); Pollard (A.W). Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse (1903). Scarce as a set, especially in this condition."
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Book number: 12194
GBP 380.00 [Appr.: EURO 441.5 US$ 493.19 | JP 53463]
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[CATHERINE MARSH].
"English Hearts and English Hands; or, The Railway and the Trenches. Thirty-Eighth Thousand. [Preface by Frederick Chalmers]. BRIGHT, CLEAN COPY"
"James Nisbet, 1870" "Sm. 8vo., Thirty-Eighth Thousand, with a frontispiece and plates; some light age-soiling, neat contemporary inscription on frontispiece recto; original red cloth, upper board with blind frame border enclosing gilt vignette, gilt back, neatly recased with new endpapers to style, a very good, bright, firm copy. With 2pp publisher's catalogue at end. Marsh's collection of topical homilies had its inception in 1853, when she went among the large contingent of railway navvies assembled in Beckenham and environs to rebuild the Crystal Place at Sydenham following the Great Exhibition of 1851. A number of the later pieces refer to the Crimean War and other contemporary events. Chalmers was sometime Rector of Beckenham. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION."
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Book number: 24177
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T. R
An Essay concerning Critical and Curious Learning (1698). Introduction by Curt A Zimansky. [Facsimile reissue]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS
"William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles CA, 1965" "8vo., First Edition thus; original buff wrappers printed in black, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Augustan Reprint Society, Publication No. 113. This facsimile is a high-quality photographic reprint of the copy in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Very scarce."
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Book number: 19449
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[ANON].
Essays on the Theatre from Eighteenth-Century Periodicals. Introduction by John Loftis. [Facsimile reissue]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS
"William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles CA, 1960" "8vo., First Edition thus; original buff wrappers printed in black, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Augustan Reprint Society, Publication No. 85-86. This facsimile is a high-quality photographic reprint of the copy in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Very scarce."
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Book number: 19438
GBP 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 46.5 US$ 51.92 | JP 5628]
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Keywords: "literature, theatre, eighteenth century, eighteenth century theatre, augustan reprint society, clark memorial library"

 
[RICHARD JEFFERIES]
The Gamekeeper at Home. Sketches of Natural History and Rural Life.
"Smith Elder & Co., 1878" "8vo., First Edition, bound without half-title, some mild occasional spotting; original pictorial cloth blocked in gilt and blind, uncut, joints lightly rubbed, corners lightly bruised else a very good, bright copy. Miller & Matthews, B8.1"
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Book number: 4928
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[WILLIAM RIDER].
"An Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Living Authors of Great-Britain (1762). Introduction by O. . Brack, Jr. [Facsimile reissue]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS"
"William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles CA, 1974" "8vo., First Edition thus; original buff wrappers printed in black, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Augustan Reprint Society, Publication No. 163. This facsimile is a high-quality photographic reprint of the copy in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Very scarce."
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Book number: 19419
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 14 US$ 15.57 | JP 1688]
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[SAMUEL RICHARDSON]
"The History of Sir Charles Grandison. In a Series of Letters published from the Originals, by the Author of Pamela and Clarissa. FIRST EDITION IN CONTEMPORARY MOTTLED CALF"
"Printed for S. Richardson; and sold by C. Hitch and L. Hawes, in Pater-Noster Row [and several others], 1764" "7 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, small neat contemporary signature on front free endpapers; most attractively bound in contemporary full mottled calf, backs with five raised bands, second compartments with leather labels lettered and ruled in gilt, third compartments lettered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments tooled and ruled in gilt, sprinkled red fore-edges, backstrips mildly age-scuffed (but all gilt wholly legible) and chipped at some heads and tails, some corners lightly bruised, some joints cracked (but all bindings entirely sound) else a very good, crisp, clean set. The following points apply: vol. I wants front free endpaper, leather label chipped by half; vol. IV complete with publisher's advertisement leaf at end; vol.VI wants front free endpaper; single worm hole in lower blank margin from title to B9; vol. VII title bears the additional wording 'To which is added, an Historical and Characteristical Index. As also, a Brief History, authenticated by Original Letters, of the Treatment which the Editor has met with from certain Booksellers and Printers in Dublin. Including Observations on Mr. Faulkner's Defence of himself, published in his Irish News-Paper of Nov. 3 1753'. A most attractive copy, ideal as a gift or for presentation. SCARCE IN THE FIRST EDITION. Rothschild 1752; sale I, 32; II, 261."
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Book number: 9462
GBP 1550.00 [Appr.: EURO 1801 US$ 2011.71 | JP 218072]
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[SAMUEL BUTLER].
"Hudibras, in Three Parts, written in the Time of the late Wars: corrected and amended. With large Annotations and a Preface by Zachary Grey. SCARCE IRISH PIRATE?"
"Printed by A. Reilly, on Cork-Hill, for Robert Owen in Skinner-Row, and William Brien in Dame-Street, Dublin, 1744" "2 vols., 8vo., with a wood-engraved portrait frontispiece and 16 fine wood-engraved plates (5 folding), some light and inoffensive age-staining, small neat signature on front free endpapers; attractively bound in late eighteenth century calf, backs with five raised bands, second and fourth compartments with (respectively) red and green leather labels lettered, numbered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments ruled in gilt, covers mildly age-worn (a larger scuff on each upper board), joints lightly rubbed else an unusually well-preserved, firm copy. With the fine nineteenth century engraved armorial bookplate of John Birney on front paste-downs (one bookplate defaced). With the full index in each volume (14pp and 18pp respectively), and 8pp list of subscribers, and separate single leaf of additional subscribers (often missing) at end of first volume. The first edition with Grey's extensive notes and splendid plates engraved by Mynde after Hogarth. The frontispiece is engraved by Vertue after Soest. The present copy is almost certainly an Irish pirated version of Bentham's Cambridge edition of the same year. The list of subscribers includes several Irish booksellers who presumably resold the Cambridge edition. A clean copy with particularly sharp impressions of the plates. See NCBEL II, p.437"
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Book number: 20148
GBP 438.00 [Appr.: EURO 509 US$ 568.47 | JP 61623]
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[SAMUEL BUTLER]
"Hudibras. [In Three Parts, complete]. Written in the Time of the Late Wars. Corrected and Amended, with Several Additions and Annotations. [With 'The Author's Life']. FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE 'LIFE'"
"[First Part] Printed by E.P. for Geo. Sawbridge, in Little-Britain, 1704" "3 parts in 1 vol., 8vo., some moderate age-staining throughout, neat eighteenth-century inscriptions (some dated) on endpapers, front free endpaper expertly mounted, small contemporary signature on title of first part; contemporary panelled calf elaborately tooled in blind, back with four raised bands, uncut, first compartment replaced in calf to style, joints rubbed, lower outer corner frayed, a good, sound copy in a sympathetically restored contemporary binding. Contains the First Part [with 'The Author's Life'], Printed by E.P. for Geo. Sawbridge in Little-Britain, 1704; the Second Part [with 'An Heroical Epistle of Hudibras to Sidrophel', first added in 1678], Printed for R. Chiswel, G. Sawbridge, R. Wellington, and G. Wells, 1704; the Third and Last Part, Printed for Thomas Horne, at the South Entrance of the Royal Exchange, MDCCIV.Early collected edition of all three parts. In keeping with the so-called 'collected editions' of this period, each part retains its individual title and pagination; the first dition with continuous pagination did not appear until 1710. The Author's Life', ascribed by Oldys to Sir James Astrey, APPEARS HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME (the writer professes to supplement and correct the notice given in Wood's 'Athenae Oxonienses'.)CBEL, II: 260; Greco's Catalogue of the Severance Collection (Chapel Hill), 18."
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Book number: 6962
GBP 176.00 [Appr.: EURO 204.5 US$ 228.43 | JP 24762]
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[THOMAS A. KEMPIS].
De L'Imitation de Jesus-Christ. Traduction nouvelle. Dediee a Madame La Duchesse de Bourgogne. Troisieme Edition [text in French throughout].
"Jean-Baptiste Coignard, Paris, 1706" "8vo., with a fine woodcut frontispiece, woodcut title-vignette, and 4 fine woodcut head-pieces in the text (one prefacing each book of the work), frontispiece and title very lightly age-stained; handsomely bound in full calf, back with five raised bands, second compartment with leather label lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled and tooled in blind with a floral spray, new endpapers to style, speckled fore-edges, a bright, crisp copy. Third edition of the prose translation by Francois Mace (1640?-1721), first published in 1698 with a second edition the following year.The frontispiece is unsigned. BnF attributes the headpieces of Books I, II and possibly III to Jean Mariette (1660-1742). The work is prefaced by the unsigned dedication to the Duchess de Bourgogne [Marie-Adelaide de Savoie], contents of the four books, Approbation de Monsieur Coursier, Theologal de Paris, and Approbation de Monsieur Pillot, Docteur de Sorbonne & grand Penitencier de Tournay. The work is completed by litanies de Jesus-Christ, de Saint-Sacrement, de la Vierge, oraisons.Two of the four spirited head-pieces are captioned in Latin; p.161 is misprinted 147.Jean-Baptiste Coignard was printer to the King and to the Academie Francaise.Very scarce."
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Book number: 8065
GBP 386.00 [Appr.: EURO 448.5 US$ 500.98 | JP 54307]
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[L-A. CARACCIOLI]
Le Langage de la Raison. Par l'Auteur de la Jouissance de soi-meme.
"Bassompierre, Liege, 1763" "8vo., on laid paper, with decorative title, small neat contemporary signature on half-title, some negligible marginal age-staining on a few leaves; contemporary full speckled calf, back with five raised bands, second compartment with red leather label lettered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments framed and tooled in gilt to a floral design, marbled endpapers, red edges, upper hinge cracked (but binding entirely sound), two small worm-holes at tail of backstrip, a crisp, clean copy. Complete with half-title; wanting one blank preliminary.Louis-Antoine Caraccioli (1723-1803) was a prolific writer of poetry, history, fiction and biography. Born in Paris, he served as colonel to Augustus III, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, and so travelled widely throughout Europe. Despite close ties to both Louis XV and Louis XVI he managed to survive the Revolution, though eventually he died in penury. The broad thematic range of his works makes him interesting to scholars of manners and many other subjects. He is best known among bibliophiles for two publications printed with coloured inks: Le livre de quatre couleurs (1757) and Le livre la mode (1759) But the full list of his works is much longer ('trop fcond' complains the ungenerous Nouvelle Biographie Gnrale), and many of them are of interest. The present work was first published in Paris by Nyon earlier in the same year. It remained popular throughout the eighteenth century and was translated into English as 'The Language of Reason' in 1802. This edition, the first non-French issue, is scarce."
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Book number: 8583
GBP 134.00 [Appr.: EURO 155.75 US$ 173.92 | JP 18853]
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[JONATHAN SWIFT].
"A Letter from a Clergyman to his Friend, with an Account of the Travels of Captain Lemuel Gulliver (1726). Introduction by Martin Kallich. [Facsimile reissue]. NEAR FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS"
"William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles CA, 1970" "8vo., First Edition thus; original buff wrappers printed in black, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Augustan Reprint Society, Publication No. 143. This facsimile is a high-quality photographic reprint of the copy in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Very scarce."
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Book number: 24393
GBP 28.00 [Appr.: EURO 32.75 US$ 36.34 | JP 3939]
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[WILLIAM TEMPLE ET AL.].
"Letters written by Sir W. Temple and other Ministers of State, both at Home and Abroad. Containing an Account of the most important Transactions that pass'd in Christendom from 1665 to 1672. NICE COPY IN UNRESTORED PERIOD BINDING"
"Printed for J. Tonson, at Gray's Inn Gate in Gray's Inn Lane; and A. and J. Churchil, at the Black Swan in Pater-Noster Row, and R. Simpson, at the Harp in S. Paul's Church-yard, 1700" "2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece engraved on wood by Robert White after Lely, some moderate foxing throughout; attractively bound in early eighteenth-century panelled tree calf tooled in blind, backs gilt extra with five raised bands, compartments tooled to a floral design, leather labels gilt, sprinkled edges, joints of first volume worn and cracked (but binding entirely sound), corners of first volume lightly bruised, a very good, crisp copy with broad untrimmed margins. With a fine engraved armorial bookplate. The work, considered to be Swift's first publication, is dedicated to William III. A third volume, 'Letters to the King, the Prince of Orange' was published in 1703, but the present work is complete in itself. CBEL II, p.570; Teerink 469; Wing, T641."
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Book number: 5946
GBP 235.00 [Appr.: EURO 273.25 US$ 305 | JP 33062]
Catalogue: Literature
Keywords: "literature, english literature, politics, swift, temple, wing"

 
(S.S. KOTELIANSKY). [ANTON CHEKHOV].
The Life and Letters of Anton Tchekhov. Translated and edited by S.S. Koteliansky and Philip Tomlinson.
"Cassell, [1925]" "8vo., First Edition, with portrait frontispiece and 10 plates, some light spotting; original nay cloth, upper board and backstrip with printed paper labels, uncut, backstrip faded, joints moderately rubbed else a good, firm copy of a scarce work. SCARCE"
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Book number: 25534
GBP 48.00 [Appr.: EURO 56 US$ 62.3 | JP 6753]
Catalogue: Literature
Keywords: "literature, drama, plays, chekov, tchekhov, kotelianksy, bloomsbury"

 
[M.S. CUMMINS].
"Mabel Vaughan. Edited, by Arrangement with the Author, by Mrs. Gaskell. [Preface by Mrs. Gaskell]."
"W. Nicholson, n.d. [c.1890]" "8vo., wanting rear free endpaper; cloth, upper board lettered in gilt and blocked in black, gilt back, bevelled edges, page edges very lightly browning else a remarkably bright, clean copy. With 7pp publisher's catalogue (unopened) bound in at end. First published in the US in 1857."
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Book number: 9388
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 14 US$ 15.57 | JP 1688]
Catalogue: Literature
Keywords: "literature, us literature, novels, maria cummins"

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