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  • Buckler, John Chessell:  Views of the Cathedral Churches

    Buckler, John Chessell: Views of the Cathedral Churches

    Stock No. 1026BS

    Views of the Cathedral Churches of England and Wales with Descriptions, by John Chessell Bucker;  London, John Nichols and Son, 1822.  Large folio, 337 x 260 mm.  Contemporary marbled boards, skillfully rebacked and recornered in calf, inner hinges strengthened with cloth, raised bands, double lettering-pieces.  Unpaginated, 32 fine guarded etched plates by the author, who was the son of the artist and architect John Buckler.  A good copy of this scarce collection of large architectural etchings, impressive, spare and accurate.  Generally clean, though are few instances of minor foxing and the last plate (the second view of York Minster) more generally foxed.


  • Butler, Samuel: Hudibras, illustrated by William Hogarth

    Butler, Samuel: Hudibras, illustrated by William Hogarth

    Stock No.1016BS

    Hudibras.  In Three Parts.  Written in the Time of the Late Wars.  Corrected and Amended with Additions.  London, Printed by T.W. for D. Browne, etc. 1726.  12º (145 x 90 mm.), pp. xiv, 424, [21](index).     18C. mottled calf ruled in gilt, floral motifs in corners of panels, neatly rebacked in plain matching calf, raised bands, old lettering-piece retained.  Endpapers renewed using 18C. marbled paper.  Yellow edges.  Portrait frontispiece of Butler by Hogarth, and sixteen copper plates engraved by Hogarth, four of which are folding, as called for.  Two of the four plates neatly laid down, one with small area of loss in upper margin well away from engraved area.  The text block trimmed for the early binding, resulting in a few headlines being slightly shaved.  Light uniform browning but no foxing.  Overall an excellent copy of a book rarely found complete, let alone in this condition.  All the plates are good impressions and very clean.  The binding has been well restored and the volume is tight and square.

    The importance of this book lies in the seventeen small plates (Paulson 5-21), which represent some of Hogarth’s earliest work, and one of his very earliest attempts at book illustration.  Though said to be designed by him, they were in fact based on an anonymous set of illustrations to a 1710 edition of Hudibras.  Though this book is dated 1726 (it was published in April of that year), it is now accepted that Hogarth engraved the plates around 1720 or 1721, when he was 23 or 24, long before he worked on the large independent series of Hudibras plates also published in 1726.


  • Butler, Samuel: Hudibras, Zachary Grey edition

    Butler, Samuel: Hudibras, Zachary Grey edition

    Stock No. 1004BS

    Full title: Hudibras, in Three Parts, Written in the Time of the Late Wars: Corrected and Amended.  With Large Annotations and a Preface by Zachary Grey, LL.D.

    2 volumes, 8º (20 x 12cms), 1744.  Cambridge, printed by J. Bentham for W. Innys, etc. Pp. Vol. I: xxxvi, [list of subscribers], 424, [index]; Vol. II: 442, [index & errata].  Plates:  Vol. I: frontispiece portrait of Butler engraved by George Vertue, 9 copper etchings/engravings by James Mynde after William Hogarth, 4 of which are folding:  Vol. II:  7 copper etchings/engravings by James Mynde after William Hogarth, 1 of which is folding.

    Hudibras, originally published in three parts in 1663, 1664 and 1678, a mock-heroic poem, is a satire on the English Civil War, largely ridiculing the religious fervour and behaviour of the  Puritans and allied factions.  The conception of its main protagonists, Sir Hudibras (the name is taken from one of the knights in Spenser’s Faerie Queen) and his squire Ralpho, owes something to Don Quixote.  Many of the characters were based on real individuals known to Butler.  It is written in terse, dense, witty couplets, and its popularity and influence on the course and tone of English literature was considerable.

    Samuel Butler (1612 – 1680) was the son of a Worcestershire farmer.  In his youth he was clerk to several Puritan justices, caricatures of whom probably appear in Hudibras.  During the Civil War his sympathies were with the Royalists, and at the Restoration he became secretary to the Lord President of Wales.  Despite the huge popularity of Hudibras, he died in poverty.

    Hogarth’s designs for Hudibras were originally published as large independent prints engraved by himself in 1726.  They represented his first major successful published work.  And in the same year a set of small engravings also executed by the artist were published as book illustrations.  For the Zachary Grey edition these small illustrations were enlarged and re-engraved by James Mynde, who also made some slight modifications in the designs.  Mynde’s technical and artistic merit is unquestionable, and is equalled by the quality of the printing, which is invariably excellent.

    This edition is notable for the high quality of production.  In all about 1,500 copies were printed by James Bettenham on very high quality paper, and the variation of type and characters required by Grey’s extensive notes required a high standard of accuracy and care, further evidenced by the short list of errata.  Probably thanks to the paper, the clarity of the printing of type and plates is exceptional.


    The present copy is in fine condition, and the leaves, apart from the occasional minor spot, clean and fresh.  It has been bound in modern full tan chieftan leather with raised bands and matching lettering pieces, the inner dentelles being decorated in blind.  The marbled endpapers match the original marbled edges, and a few extra endpapers of 1820 Whatman stock have been inserted.


  • Camden, William: Britannia. Sive Florentissimorum Regnorum Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, etc.

    Camden, William: Britannia. Sive Florentissimorum Regnorum Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, etc.

    Stock No. 1257BS

    London, George Bishop, 1600.  4º (190 x 140 mm.), pp.: engraved title, dedication, printed title, [ix], 831 (Gg1, pp. 451/2, replaced with a blank), [25] (indeces), 30.  Contemporary calf, modern rebacking and recornering retaining original endpapers.  Red edges.  Paper and bookplate pasted to front pastedown, inscription of front free endpaper, occasional neat and faint old underlining or annotation to text.  Complete with seven plates of coins, three maps (two folding), and engravings in text, including that of Stonehenge.  Clean and unfoxed throughout.

  • Camden, William: Gough, Richard [ed.]: Britannia

    Camden, William: Gough, Richard [ed.]: Britannia

    Stock No. 1035BS

    Britannia: or, a Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Islands Adjacent; from the Earliest Antiquity.  By William Camden.  Translated from the Edition Published by the Author in MDCVII.  Enlarged by the Latest Discoveries, By Richard Gough, F.A. & R.SS.  In Three Volumes.  Illustrated with Maps, and Other Copper-Plates.  London: Printed by John Nichols, For T. Payne and Son.  1789.  Three Volumes, large folio (43 x 25 cms.).  Vol. I: viii, [2], xxii, [4], cxlix, 351, [39](Index, Plates and Maps list, Corrections and Additions).  Vol. II: [4], 598, [41](Index, Plates and Maps list, Corrections and Additions).  Vol. III: [4], 760, [52](Index, Additions and Corrections, Maps and Plates list).  The plates and maps are as follows: Vol. I: portrait frontispiece, 22 full-page plates, 1 autograph plate in letterpress, 19 maps; Vol. II: 25 full-page plates, 21 maps, unlisted folding pedigree of Oliver Cromwell; Vol. III: 49 full-page plates, 1 plate in leterpress, 17 maps.  Several of the plates and most of the maps are folding.  The total count is therefore:  portrait + 98 plates (of which 2 letterpress) + 57 maps + folding pedigree; the complete complement of illustrations present, in accordance with the lists.

    Binding: full contemporary diced Russia, boards bordered with Greek key and floral rolls, dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, yellow edges; rebacked in modern matching calf retaining old morocco lettering-pieces, corners repaired, inner hinges reinforced with cloth.  A high-quality restoration which has yielded an attractive and very strongly-bound set.   Overall the internal condition of the books is very good; the pages are generally clean though there is some intermittent foxing or offsetting.  In general this is light an inoffensive, but there are a few leaves which are more seriously affected, mainly maps.  Photographs of a representative sample of the maps are attached to this description: apart from a few examples, the maps are in the condition of those of Suffolk or Lincolnshire;  but a very few are quite heavily foxed, Devon and Dorset being the worst examples.

    William Camden (1551-1623) first published his Britannia, a geographical, historical and antiquarian study of the British Isles, in Latin in 1586.  His final edition appeared in 1607, and in 1610 the first English translation (by Philemon Holland) was published.  Subsequently the Britannia ran through a number of translations, revisions and enlargements, the present (1789) edition by the scholar and antiquary Richard Gough (1735-1809) being considered the fullest and most scholarly.


  • Chamberlain, Henry: A New and Compleat History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster

    Chamberlain, Henry: A New and Compleat History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster

    Stock No. 1296BS

    London, J. Cooke, no date but 1770/1.  Folio (345 x 214 mm.), pp. 682, [10].  With 63 full-page plates, 47 of which bear multiple (between 2 and 6) images, 1 full-page map and 1 vignette head-piece.  Lacking the large folding map of London but extra-illustrated with 30 other engravings, mostly eighteenth century, and one lithograph, 3 of which are folding, and a further 11 eighteenth century folding maps, mostly ward plans by Benjamin Cole.  The extra-illustrations are often trimmed to the borders or image and some are laid down.  The volume with early yellow edges and in a fine binding of two-tone paneled calf, panels with gilt corner pieces, rules and fleurons, dentelles gilt, spine gilt with raised bands and morocco lettering-pieces, probably early twentieth century, skilfully rebacked and recornered preserving spine.  Inner hinges strengthened with linen.  Small bookplate on pastedown.  A very fine, clean, crisp copy in a solid and attractive binding.

  • Cicero, Marcus Tullis: Librorum Philosophicorum

    Cicero, Marcus Tullis: Librorum Philosophicorum

    Stock No. 1139BS

    M. Tul. Ciceronis [Librorum] Philosophicorum volumen secundum.  Post postremam Naugerianam & Victorianam correctionem.  Emendatum a’ Ioan. Sturmio.  [list of contents]  Cum Indice locupletissimo.  Ioan Bonere, Strasbourg, 1541.  The second volume only of this work, lacking the title-page, and thus beginning with the preface.  8º (171 x 105 mm.), pp. [ix], 3 blanks, 214, [27 – index].  Bound in contemporary alum tawed pigskin, sometime recased with new pastedowns of old paper, tooled in blind with panels of Biblical scenes around central decorative panels, upper cover with initials “H.Z.I” and date 1558 in central panel.  Library stamp on first leaf.  A good clean example of an early initialled and dated binding.


  • Clarendon, Edward Hyde, Earl of: The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England

    Clarendon, Edward Hyde, Earl of: The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England

    Stock No. 1095BC

    Oxford, at the Theater, 1707.  Three volumes in six parts, each part bound separately, 8º (197 x 122 mm.), contemporary speckled panelled calf, rebacked in similar leather, corners neatly restored, raised bands, lettered direct, inner hingles relined, speckled edges.  Half-titles present (at beginning of each volume, i.e. at part I, III, and V), portrait opposite title-page of each part (total of six).  Two signatures on flyleaf of volume 1 – Thomas Winstanley dated 1735 and another Thomas Winstanley in a different hand.  A few marginal annotations and occasional underlining in the hand of the first-mentioned throughout volume 1, and his signature repeated in volume 2 along with a 20C. one and a few old pen trials.  Clean and unfoxed throughout.

  • Darwin, Erasmus: The Botanic Garden

    Darwin, Erasmus: The Botanic Garden

    Stock No. 1159BS

    The Botanic Garden.  A Poem, in Two Parts.  Part I. containing The Economy of Vegetation.  Part II. The Loves of the Plants.  London, J. Johnson.  Two volumes bound as one, the third edition of Part I, 1795, with the fourth edition of Part II, 1794.  4º (279 x 210 mm.), pp. xx, 218, 124 [2]: viii, 200, [1].  Part I with a total of eleven plates (one folding) including frontispiece, being the ten listed plates (including the six plates engraved by Blake, i.e. the four Portland Vase plates, the Fertilization of Egypt, and Tornado) and the unlisted plate of Wedgwood’s  “Am I not a Man and a Brother” anti-slavery medallion.  Part II with all ten listed plates, including the frontispiece. In addition, an engraved vignette on p.viii.  Contemporary speckled calf, neatly rebacked and recornered, endpapers renewed.  Minor offsetting from, and foxing to, some plates, water-staining to upper margin of frontispiece to Part II,  but most plates and text quite clean, a very good copy.  Scarce by virtue of its full complement of plates, including Tornado, (which did not appear in either the first or second edition).

  • Dryden, John: The Fables of John Dryden

    Dryden, John: The Fables of John Dryden

    Stock No. 1127BC

    The Fables of John Dryden, Ornamented with Engravings from the Pencil of the Right Hon. Lady Diana Beauclerc.  London.  Printed by T. Bensley for J. Edwards, 1797.  Folio (380 x 255 mm.), pp. xviii, 241, 9 stipple-engraved plates and 15 head- or tail-pieces by Bartolozzi and others.  Bound without half-title in roughly contemporary half calf over marbled boards (scuffed), 20C rebacking, raised bands between gilt rules, lettered direct, corners expertly repaired, inner hinges reinforced with cloth.  Internally clean, very faint tanning to a few pages/edges, light unobtrusive spotting to a couple of plates.  A very good copy.