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  • Euclid: Elements

    Euclid: Elements

    Stock No. 1092BS

    Euclidis Elementorum, Libri XV, breviter demonstrati, Opera J.S. Barrow etc.  London, J. Redmayne for J. Williams, 1678.  Small 8º (147 x 88 mm.): [xiv], 401, followed by Barrow’s lecture on Archimedes, with its own title-page, Lectio Reverendi et Doctissimi Viri D. Isaaci Barrow Beatæ Memoriæ, same imprint, 1678, pp. 22.  Bound in full 20C. plain calf, lettered direct, early red edges.  Diagrams within text and decorated capitals throughout.  A very clean and crisp example.

    Isaac Barrow (1630-1677), scholar, theologian. mathematician, philosopher, and traveller, tutor of Isaac Newton, was appointed Regius Professor at Cambridge in 1660, the same year the first English edition of this work was published.  One of his sayings may be quoted:  “He who loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, or an effectual comforter”.


  • Goldsmith, Oliver: Poetical Works, ed. J. Aikin

    Goldsmith, Oliver: Poetical Works, ed. J. Aikin

    Stock No. 1235BS

    London, Cadell and Davies et al., 1796.  8º (185 x 100 mm.), pp. xlii, 149.  New edition.  Full contemporary calf decorated in gilt, morocco lettering-piece, marbled endpapers, speckled edges.  Copper engravings.  Half-title present, with gift inscription dated 1800.  Five copper engravings.  A little insect damage to binding on upper joint and at tail of spine, otherwise a very good copy.

  • Guicciardini, Francesco: Compendio della Storia di M. Francesco Guicciardini

    Guicciardini, Francesco: Compendio della Storia di M. Francesco Guicciardini

    Stock No. 1192BS

    Florence, Massi e Landi, nd. (c. 1640).  Nuovamente Ristampato.  4º (213 x 155 mm.), pp. [x], 147.  Contemporary vellum, spine compartment lettered direct in gilt.  An précis of Guicciardini’s history edited by Manilio Plantedio.  A very good clean copy in a well-preserved binding.

  • Guthrie, William:  Geographical Grammar

    Guthrie, William: Geographical Grammar

    Stock No. 1019BS

    A New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Kingdoms of the World… by William Guthrie, Esq.  The Astronomical Part by James Ferguson, F.R.S.  Illustrated with a Correct Sert of Maps Engraved from the Most Recent Observations and Draughts of Geographical Travellers.  The Fifteenth Edition, Corrected and Considerably Enlarged.  London, Printed for Charles Dilly, etc. 1795.  Large 8º (219 x 134 mm.), pp. xii, [iv], 971.  22 folding maps and 1 plate as called for.  In excellent clean state, the maps all complete, undamaged and unfoxed, in a fine modern blue half-morocco binding, raised bands, red lettering-piece, marbled boards and endpapers.

    A good example of a late 18C. gazetteer, Guthrie’s being one of the most detailed and popular of these publications.  In an unusually fine state of preservation, and scarce thus.

  • Hale, Sir Matthew: The History of the Common Law of England [and] The Analysis of the Law…

    Hale, Sir Matthew: The History of the Common Law of England [and] The Analysis of the Law…

    Stock No. 1005BS

    1739, 8° (196 x 120mm).  [London], printed by E. & R. Nutt for Thomas Waller.  Preliminary leaf of publisher’s other publications, title-page, [iii](contents), 1-261, [xi](table); preliminary leaf of publisher’s other publications, title-page, [xii](preface & contents), 1-148, [xxvi](table).

    Two works in one volume as published, third (and best early) editions of both, first published in 1719.  This was the first history of the common law, written by one of the great common-lawyers, and is one of his most important works.

    An extremely clean and crisp copy, a few contemporary notes in Greek on free front endpaper, original sprinkled edges, rebound in a good modern half calf binding, morocco lettering-pieces.


  • Henry Earl of Clarendon: State Letters

    Henry Earl of Clarendon: State Letters

    Stock No. 1108BC

    The State Letters of Henry Earl of Clarendon Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during the Reign of K. James the Second and His Lordship’s Diary for the years 1687, 1688, 1689, 1nd 1690.  From the Originals in the Possession of Richard Powney, Esq.  With an Appendix from Archbishop Sancroft’s Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library.  Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, 1763.  J. Stephens, etc.  Two Volumes, 4º (274 x 205 mm.), pp. xxxvi, 476; 337, [20 – index].  Contemporary mottled calf, gilt roll border with corner motifs, board edges with gilt rolls, rebacked in plain calf, raised bands ruled in blind, original ornate red morocco lettering-pieces preserved, marbled edges and endpapers, corners and inner hinges neatly repaired.  Bookplates of John Wilder.  Internally fine and clean, an excellent set.

    Henry (1638-1709) was the eldest son of Edward Hyde, First Earl of Clarendon, author of The History of the Rebellion.  He divided his time between state and personal affairs.  He was twice imprisoned in the Tower.

  • Hervey, James: Godvruchtige Bespiegelingen over den Nacht, den Starrenhemel en den Winter

    Hervey, James: Godvruchtige Bespiegelingen over den Nacht, den Starrenhemel en den Winter

    Stock No. 1202BS

    Amsterdam, Pieter Meijer, 1765.  The third edition of this Dutch translation of Hervey’s influential Meditations, etc.  8º (203 x 128 mm.), pp. viii, [8], 328, [4].  Contemporary half vellum over paper-covered boards, ms. title to spine, plain endpapers, speckled edges.  Copper-engraved frontispiece and seven other equally fine plates  numbered IX to XV (complete as published).  Occasional light browning but generally a fresh, well-bound copy.

  • Holbein, Hans, engraved by Chrétien de Mechel: Le Triomphe de la Mort

    Holbein, Hans, engraved by Chrétien de Mechel: Le Triomphe de la Mort

    Stock No. 1123BS

    Oeuvre de Jean Holbein ou Recueil de Gravures d’Après ses Plus Beaux Ouvrages, accompagnés d’Explications Historiques et Critiques et de la Vie de ce Fameux Peintre par Chrétien de Mechel, Graveur de S. A. S. Monseigneur l’Electeur Palatin, et Membres de Diverses Académies.  Première Partie, Le Triomphe de la Mort.  A Basle chez l’Auteur, 1780.  Dedication to George III.  This work contains Mechel’s interpretation of the ‘Dance of Death’, and is the first part of a four part work of Holbein’s designs.  Folio (364 x 286 mm.), pp. 12, [2], plus 14 plates.  The first 12 plates contain 46 copper engravings or etchings of the familiar scenes together with two others engraved after Holbein’s drawing of a decorated dagger sheath.  The last two plates are unconnected with the Dance of Death, and show Federico Zucchero’s copies of Holbein’s originals entitled The Triumph of Riches and The Triumph of Poverty.  Bound in early 19C. half roan (?) over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, the original wrappers bound in.  Bookplates of John Proctor Anderdon of Farley Hall, Berks.  The binding is worn but still quite solid.  Internally the text is uniformly lightly browned, the plates white but with occasional light foxing, mostly marginal.  The tissue-guards have been removed.  There is a short closed tear (no loss) in the edge of the title-page, which also lacks its top right-hand corner.  There is a small library stamp on the verso of the title-page.  There are barely visible library blind-stamps on the bottom right-hand corners of four of the plates, well away from the engraved area.

    Chrétien de Mechel (1737-1817) was an engraver, art connoisseur, and printseller in Basle, Holbein’s home town.  He was offered drawings purporting to be Holbein’s originals of the series which he refused, but later borrowed them to engrave these plates.  However, it is now established that these drawings were not by Holbein, but Peter Rubens.  The engravings of the dagger sheath, on the other hand, were taken from original drawings by Holbein in Mechel’s possession.

  • Josephus: Opera Omnia Graece et Latine, Cum Notis & Nova Versione, Joannis Hudsoni, Sigebertus Havercampus

    Josephus: Opera Omnia Graece et Latine, Cum Notis & Nova Versione, Joannis Hudsoni, Sigebertus Havercampus

    Stock No. 1125BC

    Havercamp’s Josephus, 2 volumes, R. & G. Wetsten, etc., Amsterdam, Leiden & Utrecht, 1726.  Folio (400 x 253 mm.), pp. 982, 481 + index.  Engraved frontispiece in volume I, two other plates, folding table in volume II, double column Greek/Latin text.  First Havercamp edition.  Contemporary full vellum, blind panels and lozenges on sides, black morocco lettering-pieces between raised bands, red speckled edges.  Pale browning to text in parts.  A fine and imposing set.

    Nicolai Nonnen’s copy with his signature on the tile page and the date 1726.  Nonnen (1701-1772) was a theologian who published several works including his Dissertatio theologica exhibens observationes quasdam de daemoniacis etc.

  • Limborch, Philip a (Chandler, Samuel, translator) : The History of the Inquisition

    Limborch, Philip a (Chandler, Samuel, translator) : The History of the Inquisition

    Stock No. 1191BS

    London, J. Gray, 1731.  4º (252 x 190 mm.), two volumes bound as one.  Pp. x (prelims., dedication), xvi (second dedication, catalogue, preface, contents), xi-xxii (second preface, list of subscribers), 125 (introduction), 260 (first volume), 319 (second volume); both title-pages and half-title present.  Five single-page plates and three folding plates, head- and tail-pieces.  First English edition.  Contemporary calf with a fine modern rebacking, raised bands, inner hinges strengthened with 18C. paper.  Internally very clean and crisp, plates and text unfoxed.