English and Continental Books
ANDREWS, Eusebius. The Last Speech of Col. Eusebius Andrews, sometimes a lawyer of Lincolns-Inne, at the time of his execution on the scaffold at Tower-Hill, Thursdau the 22 of August, 1650. London: Printed by John Clowes, 1650. 4to, later 1/4 calf, marbled boards. Pp. 5, (1). Front hinge tender; very good. $950.
2. (Anthropology - Venezuela.) ANDRÉ, Eugene. The Caura, November 1900 - July 1901. Np, nd [Trinidad:Mirror Office, 1902]. Cover title. Portfolio, 16 x 12 inches, containing 29 loose photographic plates, complete. Moderate wear to binding, ties lacking, some narrow chipping and other marginal wear to plates; a very good set. SOLD
3. (Architecture - English.] Architectural Notes on the Churches and Other Medieval Buildings of Suffolk. Oxford and London: John Henry and Jas. Parker, 1855. 8vo, original printed wrappers. Pp. ; 27 plates, incl. 1 folding. Wear to the spine, a very good, mostly unopened copy. $125.
4. (Broadside - English.) A Correct List of the Members of the Last House of Commons, distinguished according to their Votes in certain late public Questions, in which the Rights and Liberties of the People were essentially concerned. London: for J. Almon and Debrett, 1780. Double folio broadside, 32 x 21 1/2 inches, untrimmed. Folded, worn and separated along folds, with occasional loss of letters. $325.
5. BURNS, Robert. Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnny, A Poem. Illustrated by Thomas Landseer. London: Marsh and Moiller, 1830.
6. [Byron, George Gordon Noel, Lord; Samuel Rogers]. Lara, A Tale; Jacqueline, A Tale. London: for J. Murray, 1814. 12mo, original drab boards, rebacked. Pp. 128, uncut; half-title. $145.
First edition, with the 4 pp. of ads. A fine, uncut copy.
7. CASTIGLIONE, Baldassar. Il Courtegiano, or The Courtier. Written by Baldassar Castiglione. And a new version of the same into English. Together with several of his celebrated pieces, as well Latin as Italian, both in prose and verse. To which is prefix'd, the Life of the Author. By A. P. Castiglione, of the same family. London: Printed by W. Bowyer, for the editor, 1727. Large 4to, early marbled boards. Pp. [lvii], 508, uncut. Engraved frontispiece portrait. Boards rubbed, most of leather spine wanting, but cords mostly strong and intact; occasional light stains. Withal, a fresh uncut copy. $375.
First edition of A. P. Castiglione's handsome English translation, executed while he was teaching Italian under the patronage of King George, to whom the edition is dedicated. The text is in double columns, the original in italics parallel to the translation in Roman, decorated with intricate head and tail pieces, and preceded by a fine cartouche portrait engraved by Vertue after Raphael. Lowndes, p. 386; NCBEL II, 1543.
8. CIBBER, Colley. A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope, inquiring into the motive that might induce him in his satyrical works, to be so frequently fond of Mr. Cibber's name. Pp. 66. London: W. Lewis, 1752. [with] The Life and Prophecies of Robert Nixon, commonly called The Cheshire Prophet. The Third edition. London: for Mess. Fielding and Walker, [1780? ]. Pp. 28. Wanting half-titles. 8vo (in 4's) contemp half-calf and marbled boards, raised bands, ruled in gilt, red morocco label. $1,200.
9 (Cobbett.) Engraved satirical twopence note, 1810. 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, untrimmed. Fine. $375.
Rare piece of pro-Cobbett mock currency, stating "I promise to pay Messrs. Cambridgeshire, Ryecastle & Co. or bearer on demand twopence when Englishmen's grievances be recompensed, when foreigners are banished from our land, & Willm. Cobbett cease to expound Briton's cause...(signed) S. Innocence." In the upper left is a parody of the anti-slavery kneeling slave insignia, bearing the motto "A day, an hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity of bondage", signed "Layton, sc. 9 Oxford St." In the lower left, "Entd. Patric (sic) Falagon".
10. COOPER, John Gilbert . The Tomb of Shakespear. A poetical vision. London: for R. and J. Dodsley, 1755. 4to, disbound. Pp. 12. Fore-edge cropped close, otherwise nice clean copy. $1,650.
11. The Devil's Progress. A Poem. By the editor of the 'Court Journal.' The illustrations designed by R. Seymour, and engraved by Evans and Welch. Second edition. London: Lupton Relfe, 1830. 12mo, printed wrappers. Pp. 4, 67 + 4 pp ads. 4 plates. Minor wear and stains, a very good copy. $85.
Second edition, with four prefatory pages not in the first edition. One of a number of parodies and imitations elicited by the publication of Southey and Coleridge's The Devil's Walk (1830). Wise Bib. of S. T. Coleridge, 72.iii.
13. (Early English Novel - Cats.) Grimalkin, or, The Rebel-Cat: A Novell. Representing the unwearied attempts of the beasts of his faction against sovereignty and succession since the death of Lyons in the Tower. London: Printed for the author, 1681. Folio, removed. Pp. 13. Title dusty, and lightly browned throughout; a very good copy. SOLD
14. (English verse.) The Art of Preserving. A Poem. Humbly inscribed to the Confectioner in Chief of the B---t---sh C--v--l--y. London: for Joseph Burd, 1759. Folio, cropped and disbound. Pp. 12. $400.
15. (Forestry and Water Laws - France.) GALLON, de. Conference de l'Ordonnance de Louis XIV, du mois d'Aout 1669, sur le fait des Eaux et Forets...contenant les Loix Forestieres de France. Nouvelle edition. Paris: Bernard Brunet, 1752. 2vols. Thick 4to, full early mottled calf, morocco labels, raised bands, gilt compartments. $1250.
16. FROUDE, James Anthony. The Nemesis of Faith. London: John Chapman, 1849. 8vo, original cloth. Pp. 227 + ads dated January 1849. Trifle rubbed; a wood engraved portrait of Froude is pasted in at the rear. A very nice copy. $385.
First edition of this tortured narrative of self-examination and religious doubt. Infamous in its day, the novel was suppressed and in one instance burned in public. A scarce title; Wolff noted that his copy was the only one ever offered to him.
17. [GARRICK, David]. May-Day: or, The Musical Gipsy. A musical farce, of one act. To which is added, the Theatrical Candidates. A musical prelude. London: for T. Becket, 1775. 4to, removed. Pp. [vi], 40. Wanting half-title. Final leaf dusty; very good. $150.
18. GILPIN, William. An Essay Upon Prints. Containing remarks upon the principles of picturesque beauty, the different kinds of prints, and the characters of the most noted masters. London: for j. Robson, 1768. 12mo, modern half-calf, marbled boards, morocco label. Pp. iv, 5, 249, . Moderatedly browned, sm. piece chipped from upper margin of title; a very good, nicely bound copy. $275.
19. (Gold Mining - Brazil.) [De Berckem, Francis.]. A Letter to the Shareholders of the Imperial Brazilian Mining Association. London: Printed by C. W. Dix, 1831. 8vo, later wrappers. Pp. 37. Title dusty, very good. $525.
20. GWILT, Joseph. A Treatise on the Equilibrium of Arches. London: Priestley and Weale, 1826. 8vo, original boards (most of backstrip lacking). Pp. xxi, 104, uncut. 5 folding plates. $145.
Second edition, "with many important additions and corrections." A presentation copy, inscribed on the title page. The folding frontispiece is Gwilt's prize winning design for the new London Bridge, which was never executed.
21. (Gypsy.) FINCH, Margaret, The Original Norwood Gipsy.or, The Fortune-Teller's Sure Guide. By ..., Queen of the Gipsies of Norwood. Derby: Thomas Richardson, (c. 1840). 12mo, original printed wrappers, stitched. Pp. 24. Folding colored frontis. Minor marginal wear, near fine. $400.
22. HAZARD, Thomas Robinson. An Appeal to the People of Rhode Island, in Behalf of the Constitution and the Laws. Np [Providence:] 1857. 8vo, original marbled boards, cloth spine. Pp.162, . Sm folded litho facsimile tipped in. Near fine. $125.
23. [HILL, "Sir" John.]. The Actor: Or, A Treatise on the Art of Playing. A new work, written by the author of the former, and adapted to the present state of the theatres. Containing impartial observations on the performance, manner, perfections and defects of Mr. Garrick, Mrs. Cibber, Mr. Barry...in their several capital parts. London: for R. Griffiths, 1755. 12mo, early full calf, gilt. Pp. 284,  + 2 ll. ads. Hinges just starting, top of spine chipped, a fine copy within. $375.
First edition of an important book. Hill entirely reworked his earlier translation of de Saint-Albine's La Comedien(1747) into this expanded overview of the state of English acting, producing what has been called the first English book to describe the principle of the intuitive identification of an actor with his role. An attractive copy. Lowe 3717; CBEL II, 739.
24. (Insurance - Australia.) The Liverpool and London Fire and Life Insurance Company, Sydney, Australia. Printed Insurance Policy, May 18th, 1854. Broadside, 18 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches, untrimmed. Ornamental title with elaborate insignia. Folded, name and address of policy holder, crossed out. Very good condition. $85.
25. IRELAND, William Henry. An Authentic Account of the Shaksperean Manuscripts, &c. London: for J. Debrett, 1796. 8vo, removed. Pp. 43. Title repaired, marginal tears, occasional foxing. $325.
26. (Irish verse - Cork.) Anon. The Shandon Ballads. Cork: Published for the author at the Eagle works, 1896. 12mo, removed, prserving the orig. stiff paper illustrated wrappers. Pp. 56 + ad leaf. $65.
27. (Landseer, Thomas.) BURNS, Robert. Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnny, A Poem. Illustrated by Thomas Landseer. London: Marsh and Moiller, 1830. 12mo, original printed wrappers. Pp. 16 + leaf of ads. 5 enrgaved plates. Moderate soiling, a very good copy. $125.
28. MADAN, Martin. Thelyphthora; or, A Treasise on Female Ruin, in its causes, effects, consequences, prevention and remedy; considered on the basis of the divine law: Under the following heads, viz. marriage, whoredom and fornication, adultery, polygamy, divorce; with many other incidental matters. London: J. Dodsley, 1780-81. 3 vols, 8vo, 19th c. 3/4 morocco, marbled boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, Pp. xxiv, 412;[iv], 382, (18); [iv], 402, (10). A.e.g. Bindings moderately rubbed, older ownership stamp on interior leaf; a very good, sound set. $750.
30. (Modern mysticism.) SHARPE, William, M.D. Circulars Dealing in Part With the Ascent of Man Through Aspiration. Aided and guided by experience and the compulsion of circumstance as regards both the individual and the community as a whole, on the long road of human evolution. Keighley: Printed for the author by Messrs. Wadsworth & Co., The Rydal Press, nd [1916.] 12mo, printed self wrappers. Pp. 55, uncut. Wrappers chipped at edges, sm library release stamp. $60.
Sole edition, initialled presentation copy, with a small photo of the author tipped in. A privately printed sampling of mystical essays and poems, according to a ms. note to be "forwarded to Literati, Artists and Savants", by a retired military physician who spent much time in India and Canada and settled in Belfast. Sharpe has annotated this copy with numerous ms. notations in pencil and ink, perhaps typical as the copy in BLC is similarly described.
31. MONTAGU, Elizabeth. An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear. Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With some remarks upon the misrepresentation of Mons. de Voltaire. The second edition. London: J. & H. Hughs, 1770. $285.
32. (Music.) EASTCOTT, Richard. Sketches of the Origin, Progress and Effects of Music, With an Account of the Ancient Bards and Minstrels. Bath: S. Hazard, 1793. 8vo, contemp. mottled calf, morocco label, spine and boards ruled in gilt. Top of spine worn, front hinge split but secure, clean and tight within. Engraved armorial bookplate of Garbett Watsham, Knill Court. $375.
33. PESSARD, Gustave. Nouveau Dictionnaire Historique de Paris. Paris: Eugène Rey, 1904. Thick royal 8v, 3/4 morocco. Pp. xvi, 1693; half titles. With original printed wrappers bound in. Minor scuffing at extremities; a fine copy. $200.
Exhaustive dictionary of Parisian streets and place names, in a sturdy and attractive binding. Very scarce.
34. PHILIPS, John. The Splendid Shilling: in Imitation of Milton. Dublin: Printed by James Hoey and George Faulkner at the Pamphlet Shop, 1728. 8vo, removed. Pp. 7, (1). Trimmed close at bottom, affecting catchwords. $250.
35. POPE, Alexander. Of the Characters of Women: An Epistle to a Lady. By Mr. Pope. London: J. Wright, for Lawton Gilliver, 1735. folio, disbound. Pp. 16, (1). Wanting half-title, but with the final leaf of ads. Title dusty but a nice copy. $500.
36. [POPE, Alexander and Jonathan Swift.]. Bounce To Fop. An Heroick Epistle from a Dog at Twickenham to a Dog at Court. By Dr. S---t. Dublin, Printed, London:: Reprinted for T.Cooper, 1736. Folio, disbound. Pp. 11, (1, blank); wanting the half-title. Lightly browned and dusty, several marginal tears. $1,200.
37. POTOT de Missery. Discours sur l'Excellence du Vin, Contes et Autre Anecdotes, faisant suite aux insomnies. Dijon: Carion, 1829. 8vo, printed wraps. Pp. 108. $175.
A bedside anthology of poetical tales which includes the title prose essay of 13 pp., on the virtues of wine as the source of poetry and music, a consolation to old age and melancholy, etc. The author concludes with the observation that "vous ne trouverez jamais un temps plus favorable pour approvissioner vos caveaux de ces bon vins de Nuits, de Beaune, de Volnay et de Meursault." The title identifies the author as a notary connected with the academy at Dijon. Scarce, not in Simon or Fritsch collection.
38. ROSCOMMON, Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of. Horace's Art of Poetry. Made English by the Right Honorable The Earl of Roscommon. London: for Henry Herringman, 1684. 4to, disbound. Pp. 32. Lightly browned, a nice copy. SOLD
39. SEWARD, Anna. Louisa, A Poetical Novel, in Four Epistles. By Miss Seward. Lichfield: Printed and sold by J. Jackson, 1784. 4to, disbound. Pp. 95; wanting the half title. A very good copy. $250.
40. SHAIRP, John Campbell. The Wants of the Scottish Universities and Some of the Remedies. Edinburgh: Thomas Constable, 1856. 8vo, removed. Pp. 48. Outer leaves a little foxed. $75.
First edition, a presentation copy, inscribed "The Rev, R. B. Major from T. C. Shairp" (inscription slightly trimmed). Though Shairp was 37 when this was published, it is among his first publications, a challenge to the universities to raise admission standards and institute entrance exams.
THE FIRST ENGLISH COMIC MONOLOGUE
41. [STEVENS, George Alexander]. The Celebrated Lecture on Heads; which has been exhibited upwards of one hundred successive nights, to crowded audiences, and met with the most universal applause. [London]: for J. Pridden, . Folio, stitched, uncut. Pp. 9, (1). Folding engraved frontis. Creased at center, with a light stain at inner margin. A very good copy. $1,500.
42. [STEVENSON, John Hall]. Two Lyric Epistles: One to my Cousin Shandy, on his coming to town; And the other To the grown gentlewomen, the Misses of ****. London: for R. & J. Dodsley, 1760. 4to, stitched. Pp. 23; wanting the half-title. Light running stain to lower right, a good, untrimmed copy. $500.
43. (Travel-Russia and Italy.) KOHL, Johan Georg, Panorama of St. Petersburg. London: Simms and M'Intyre, 1852. bound with: Lewald, Fanny. The Italian Sketch-Book. London: Simms and M'Intyre, 1852. 2 vols in 1. 8vo, early 3/4 crimson russia, marbled boards. Pp. 224; 224. Extremities rubbed, very good and sound. $85.
44. Voltaire, F. M. A. de. Lord Chesterfield's Ears, A True Story. Translated from the French of M. de Voltaire. London: Printed for the Joint Stock Book Company, and published by R. Carlile, 1826. 8vo, later marbled boards, gilt morocco label. Pp. 28 $275.
45. [WAKELIN J., attrib. author.]. Wonderful Relations, and Views Beyond Death: Being a serious inquiry concerning the state, subsistence, and operations of the Soul, or Spirit of Man, immediately after it hath left the body. London: Printed by H. Trapp...sold by J. Wakelin , nd [178-]. 12mo, contemp. blue waste paper wraps. Pp. 31, (1, adv.) Engr. frontis. Lightly browned, a fine copy. SOLD
46. WEBB, Daniel. Remarks on the Beauties of Poetry. London: for R. & J. Dodsley, 1762. 12mo, early full calf gilt, raised bands, gilt compartments; later label. Pp. 123; half-title. Top of spine a little worn, front hinge just beginning to crack; a very good copy, fine within. $350.
47. WHITEHEAD, Paul. Manners: A Satire. London: for R. Dodsley, 1739. Folio, removed. Pp. 17, (1). $450
48. WITHER, George. Mr. George Withers Revived: or, His Prophesie of our present Calamity, and (except we repent) future misery. Written by him in the year 1628. [London: 1680]. Folio, caption title. Removed. Pp. 4. Dusty, with a light stain, formerly folded; very good. $850.