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1. 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.

First edition. A grimly detailed account of the executionof the Royalist Andrews, who was involved in a plot to seize the Isle of Ely in the event of the failure of the Commonwealth. Wing A3117. 

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

Very scarce suite of photo plates from André's expedition on the Caura River in Venezuela. as described in his book A Naturalist in the Guianas (London 1904). The majority of the plates show scenes of village life of the Waiomgomo people, as well as river views, and group shots of participants. The series begins and ends with portraits of André, from the beginning and end of his journey, a stark studyin contrast of the robust scholar and emaciated and aged survivor. OCLC locates 3 copies of the portfolio, and 2 copies of an accompanying text volume, The Caura: A Narrative of a Journey up the Caura River, bearing the Trinidad imprint as above.

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. [102]; 27 plates, incl. 1 folding. Wear to the spine, a very good, mostly unopened copy. $125.

Part VII of the Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England series, published by the Archeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. A valuable illustrated guide, mostly the contributions of architects William Caveler and T. M. Rickman.

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.

Large anti-royalist broadside which lists votes on 6 questions such as payment of the King's debts, abolishing the Board of Trade, and decreasing the Crown's influence. Each member is listed by name, together with his voting record, and his ties to royalty, if any. The list is followed by an anonymous address "To the Electors of Great-Britain", anti-corruption in theme, with mention of the expense of the American war.

5. 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.

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.

First edition of Cibber's famous letter, defending himself from Pope's ill treatment in the recently published fourth book of the Dunciad. NCBEL 2, 778. Together with a rare printing of prophecies by Nixon the Prophet, a plough boy who lived by this account in the 15th century, by others in the 17th. Surviving in folk tradition and manuscript, the prophecies were first printed in 1714, with various treatments appearing well into the 19th century. The present edition has a new historical preface, and takes pains to distinguish itself from John Oldmixon's version, whichaccounts for the majority of previous printings. A checklist of the various editions appeared in Notes and Queries (4th s., xi, March 1, 1873), and it does not include this title in any 18th century edition. The ESTC records only two copies (NLS and Liverpool) of this edition, and no others of this title. Nice copies in a contemp. binding.

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 cleancopy. $1,650.

First edition. A fanciful reverie, incorporating elements of King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth, and in the end a tribute to Shakespeare's humane influence. A rare poem, by an adversarial poet and critic, admired and slighted by Johnson. ESTC locates copies at British, Cambridge and Birmingham Libraries in the UK; Folger, Huntington, Princeton and U of I in US.

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. $1,600.

First edition. A satire on the attempts of the Duke of Monmouth and the Earl of Shaftesbury to alter the succession. Beyond that, of interest for the anonymous author's concluding discussion of the beast fable and its useful applications, and a long and knowing appreciation of cats and their behavior: "It is a creature of greatest Thought and Reflection, and evermore so intent upon its sport and prey, as its busie imagination figures to it self Rats and Mice, where ever there are Chairs and Hangings, sharpening and whetting its claws perpetually against them, in Meditation and Conceit, perhaps of the next Rat it is to encounter." Wing G2026; NCBEL 2, 979; Letellier, The English Novel, 1660-1700, p. 309.

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.

First edition. A rare satire on the failures of command of the British cavalry by Sackville and Granby at the Battle of Minden. Though cropped and folded for probable inclusion in an 8vo nonce volume, this copy is nonetheless complete. Not in Foxon; NSTC locates 4 copies, BL only in UK; Houghton, NYPL and Univ of Cincinnati in US.

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. 

Important body of French conservation laws, with much on hunting and fishing. Some marginal staining to titles; a fine, fresh set.

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.

First edition. Two short musicals, Garrick's last original productions at the Theatre Royal, from which he retired the following year.

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, [12]. Moderatedly browned, sm. piece chipped from upper margin of title; a very good, nicely bound copy. $275.

First edition of a classic early treatise on the subject. Gilpin is remembered as the foremost theoritician of the picturesque movement that dominated landscape architecture and the arts. BLC; Halkett & Laing. 

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.

Sole edition, unrecorded. A defense by De Berckem against accusations of deceit, obstruction and mismanagement of the company's affairs at the gold mines at Gongo Soco, including a long file of various testimonials and depositions. Not on OCLC, not in Sabin, Kress, or BLC. 

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.

Interesting provincial chapbook guide for reading cards, tea leaves, fingernails, physiognomy, etc. The book originated in the early part of the century, under the title The Little Gipsey Girl or Universal Fortune Teller. All editions are scarce. With a handsome folding frontispice of the gypsy queen performing a reading, vividly colored. BLC; NUC , 3 copies (ICN, MH, CtY).

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, [2]. Sm folded litho facsimile tipped in. Near fine. $125.

A typically confrontational attack on the state's Supreme Court, its unchecked powers and ill-defined jurisdiction, by the energetic reformer and spiritualist (see DAB). Sabin 31109.

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, [20] + 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.

Issued for "Three stores in the City of Sydney, built of stone and brick and slated adjoining on one side the stores (now erecting) of Mr. Blockame, and on the other side the new stores belonging to Mr. A. Moses. in equal proportions.

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.

First edition of Ireland's confession of the Shakespearian forgeries. 

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.

"Second edition." A rare collection of local-themed light verse on fishing and cycling, character sketches, music hall tributes, and a Kipling parody. The cover illustration shows a jester reading the book in front of Cork's Church of St. Anne and the ads are for local businesses. This is the only edition recorded on OCLC, in a single copy at the National Library of Ireland. Not in NSTC.

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.

First edition. A famous treatise on the social benefits of polygamy, which causd a great outcry, and petirions were raised to suppress it. Brigham Young owned a copy of the set.. The third volume was published separately. BLC; NSTC.

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.

8vo, 18th c. full calf. Pp. [ii], 288. Binding worn but intact, label and extremities of spine chipped; very good within. Engraved armorial bookplate "Boullier"; old pencil notation "From Gibbon's Lib'y." Second edition, by the bluestocking associate of Johnson, Reynolds, Burke and Walpole, and one of the most erudite women of her time.

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.

First edition. The historical aspects largely derivative of Burney and others, Eastcott's book is usually cited for its argument against fugal treatment of church choral music, a notion which took hold in America. The volume is also notable as having James Boswell among its subscribers; he is omitted from the official list, but the error corrected in the errata.

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.

First Dublin edition of an oft-printed poem, first published separately in 1705. The verso of the final leaf contains interesting ads for Hoey and Faulkner's well-known Pamphlet-Shop where "Curious gentlemen may be accomodated with Several Pamphlets and Poems, lately published in London, but never reprinted in Dublin, nor to be had but at said shop." Foxon P250. ESTC locates copies at BL, Huntington, U of I, and UT. 

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.

First edition, the issue without the misprint in the title. Foxon P917.

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.

First edition. Bounce was Pope's Great Dane; Fop belonged to Mrs. Howard. While authorship of the poem has been debated, "it is generally agreed that the original idea was Swift's, but that the writing is largely by Pope." - Foxon B326. The imprint is facetious, and the subsequent Dublin edition was in fact a reprint. A moderately worn copy of a very scarce title. Teerinck 996 

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. $325.

Second edition; first published in 1680. A founding work of England's Augustan Age. Includes Edmund Waller's introductory poem "Of this translation, and of the use of poetry." Wing H2769. 

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.

Second edition. An exercise in hybrid form by the Swan of Lichfield; she considered this her best work. Despite her introductory tease that "This poem has little chance to be popular," it went through four editions the first year. NCBEL 2,682.

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, [1765]. 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.

"Fifth edition." An early folio edition from the first year of publication of an oft-printed comic staple of 18th century theater, generally cited as the first English comic monologue. Stevens was an actor and author of a libertine bent, who scored a huge success with this parody of an academic lecture on physiognomy, propped with fifty-one papier mache heads. He played it throughout his career, touring England, Ireland and America, and it was widely imitated and reprinted into the 19th century. The imposing frontispiece, dated September 25, 1765 in the plate, recreates Steven's presentation for posterity, showing him before his collection of exemplary heads. Of this edition, ESTC locates the BL copy only, stating in error "first published... in 1764," but failing to record any such edition, and indeed none exists with that date. A total of four of these folio editions printed in double columns were issued by Pridden, two undated, including the present "fifth" edition, which may well be the first such, and two from 1766. All are rare.

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.

First edition. John Hall-Stevenson entertained a coterie of rakes, wits and eccentrics at his Skelton Castle, among them Laurence Sterne, who made frequent use of its library. Published shortly after the appearance of Tristram Shandy, the first of these coarse macaronics is addressed to Sternes' title character and is signed "Antony Shandy," by which name Sterne came to address his friend, upon whom he had based one of the characters in the novel. The second poem is a bawdy satire on courtship, seduction and marriage. Tristram Shandy spawned an industry of favorable, unfavorable and imitative responses, of which the present work is the first. ESTC; NCBEL 2, 685. 

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.

Both translated from the German, part of the "Book Case" publishing series. Kohl was considered one of the best travel writers of his time. His trenchant account of St. Petersburg and Russian daily life was first published in 1841. Ewald ws a popular novelist and travel writer, her account of Italy first appeared in 1847.

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.

A translation of Les Oreilles du Compte de Chesterfield et le Chapelain Goudman, one of Voltaire's Contes Philosphiques, in which happiness comes down to healthy bowels and unfettered sexual gratification. Logically published by the radical free-love libertarian Robert Carlile and scarce. OCLC locates copies at Harvard, NYPL, UCLA, Huntington; NSTC adds LC and BL. 

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

Second edition, unrecorded. A rare chap book collection of proofs of the soul after death, including accounts of apparitions, dream visitations, murderers exposed by their victims, etc. The NSTC and OCLC record two other editions with varying titles from 1784 and 1787, the latter a stated fourth edition, each recorded by a single copy in the UK. Neither source record the present edition, which contains a preface in which the editor states that because of the general reception since its first publication, he is reprinting it with additions. A nice copy, in wrappers made up from a printed prospectus for an unspecified folio history of England. 

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.

First edition. Webb resided at Bath, and was the author of several works of criticism. The present work is a dialogue on versification, using Pope, Milton and most extensively Shakespeare for example.

47. WHITEHEAD, Paul. Manners: A Satire. London: for R. Dodsley, 1739. Folio, removed. Pp. 17, (1). $450

First edition, second impression. An anti-Walpole satire, for publishing which Dodsley was placed in custody by the House of Lords. Foxon W418. A nice copy, with the half-title 

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.

A very scarce printing. Wither's cautionary prophecy, an excerpt from his plague-inspired Britain's Remembrancer (1628), was popular and occasionally revived, as here, in corrupt and tumultuous times. NSTC, with copies at NLS, Bodleian and Rylands; Folger, Newberry and UChicago. Wing W3172B (not in old Wing).

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