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  • Livy (Titus Livius Patavinus), ed. Nathaniel Forster: Appendix Liviana

    Livy (Titus Livius Patavinus), ed. Nathaniel Forster: Appendix Liviana

    Stock No. 1067BS

    Appendix Liviana; Continens, I. Selectas Codicum MSS. et Editionum antiquarum Lectiones, præcipuas Variorum Emendationes, et Supplementa Lacunarum in iis T. Livii, qui supersunt libris. II. I. Freinshemii Supplementorum Libros X. in locum Decadis secundæ Livianæ deperditæ.  In usum Juventutis Academica.  Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1746.  12º (168 x 92 mm.), pp. (4), 119, 312.  Contemporary full tan calf prize binding of Trinity College Dublin, with gilt stamps on upper and lower covers, raised bands, red leather lettering-piece, sprinkled edges.  Prize label on front pastedown.  A very good, clean copy and an early usage of the prize stamp which first appeared on the binding of the Dublin University press Plato of 1838.

  • Maitland, William: The History of London

    Maitland, William: The History of London

    Stock No. 1036BS

    The History of London From its Foundation to the Present Time .. By William Maitland, F.R.S. and Others.  By the King’s Authority, London, 1756.   Two volumes; (the second edition).  In this copy, volume II has a variant title-page entitled “Volume I.” and dated 1754.  Such a title-page is listed in ESTC, and was presumably printed concurrently with the early parts issued at the end of 1753 and through 1754.  Thus the title-page to volume I reads: “Printed for T. Osborne and J. Shipton, in Gray’s-Inn; And J. Hodges, near London-Bridge.  MDCCLVI.” whilst that of volume II reads: “Printed for R. Baldwin, at the Rose, in Pater-noster-Row.  MDCCLIV.”  Full contemporary mottled calf, sprinkled edges, double lettering-pieces (upper ones renewed), joints cracked but firm.  40 x 25 cms.  Pp. viii, 3-712, [4]: [iv], 713-1391, [6].

    This copy contains a total of 121 unnumbered and 1 numbered plate.  Of the plates listed by Adams, numbers 40 and 59 are wanting, but the interior of St. Stephen, Walbrook, numbered 123, which normally only appears in the third (1760) edition (see Adams p. 96), is included.  A few of the plates have been bound out of sequence, usually in a place appropriate to the subject, or, as in the case of the St. Paul’s plate, as a feature.

    Internally the books are largely in fine condition.  Here and there there is a little very light browning or foxing to the text, but the plates are clean and fresh throughout.  The folding plates are all in excellent condition; the large folding plate of Westminster Bridge is the only one to show any damage, and this is minor: a split to the lower end of one vertical fold, and a short tear and some creasing where the fold-up meets the bound edge, but there is no loss.  There is a little creasing to the endpapers at the beginning of Volume II, and in Volume I the top right-hand corner of the first free endpaper has been excised.  There is an owner’s stamp on the front free endpapers dated 1774.

    *Bernard Adams, London Illustrated 1604-1851, Library Association, 1983, No. 38


  • Milton, John: Defensio Contra Claudii Anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem Regiam

    Milton, John: Defensio Contra Claudii Anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem Regiam

    Stock No. 1256BS

    London, Typis Du Gardianis, 1652.  12º (128 x 72 mm.), pp. 192.  Contemporary binding, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments, lettering-piece, marbled endpapers, speckled edges.  The binding worn at joints and corners, and lower board cracked, but quite firm. Internally very good and clean, inscriptions to front free endpapers.

    Written as a reply to Salmasius’s Defensio Regia.

  • Milton, John: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regain’d, etc.

    Milton, John: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regain’d, etc.

    Stock No. 1021BS

    A New Edition, With Notes of various Authors, By Thomas Newton, D.D.  London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand.  Three volumes, uniform large 4º.  Paradise Lost in two volumes, first Newton edition, 1749; Paradise Regain’d (with Samson Agonistes and Poems upon Several Occasions) in one volume, first Newton edition, 1752. The three volumes are complete with the three portraits of Milton by George Vertue and the seventeen plates by Francis Hayman.

    Paradise Lost, volume I: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 21 by George Vertue dated 1747; title-page; dedication of [8]pp.; preface of [8]pp.; i-lxi, Life of Milton; poems by Barrow, Marvel, & a note on the verse, in [5]pp.; 1-16, Addison’s Critique;  List of Subscribers in [12]pp.; pp. 1 – 459, Paradise Lost, Books 1 – 6, with a plate by Francis Hayman preceding each Book.

    Paradise Lost, volume II: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 62 by George Vertue dated 1747; title-page; pp. 1 – 444, Paradise Lost, Books 7 – 12, with a plate by Francis Hayman preceding each Book, and the Appendix; Index pp. [132].

    Paradise Regain’d: frontispiece portrait of Milton at the age of 42 by George Vertue dated 1751; title-page; Preface and Table of Contents in [6]pp.; pp. 1 – 690, Paradise Regain’d, followed by Samson Agonistes, Poems on Several Occasions, Sonnets, Psalms, and Latin Poems; Index of [2]pp.  This volume also contains five plates by Francis Hayman as called for.

    Three volumes about 287 x 225 mm., uniformly bound in contemporary full mottled calf with gilt borders, all edges gilt, superbly rebacked in modern calf of a matching colour with double green morocco lettering-pieces, all corners expertly repaired, retaining original marbled endpapers with inner hinges strengthened with cloth.  Eighteenth century bookplate of George Drummond (Lord Provost of Edinburgh) in each volume.

    This edition of Milton is important for its scholarly notes by Newton, (1704-82, biblical scholar, Bishop of Bristol and Dean of St. Paul’s), but also for the plates by Francis  Hayman (1708-66), a prominent figure in eighteenth century artistic circles, and with Reynolds one of the founder members of the Society of Artists.

    It is rare to find a uniform set of these three volumes, the Newton editions of the two works having been published a few years apart.  All three volumes are printed  in large type on thick, high-quality paper.  This is a particularly pleasing example, the leaves being large and the edges heavily gilt.  There is a little browning here and there, more frequently opposite the plates, but overall it is a clean and fresh example.  The rebacking and restoration of the corners has been executed to the highest standards.


  • Milton, John: The Poetical Works of John Milton with a life of the author by William Hayley

    Milton, John: The Poetical Works of John Milton with a life of the author by William Hayley

    Stock No. 1285BS

    London, John and Josiah Boydell, and George Nicol, printed by W. Bulmer and Co.  Three volumes, sole edition, 1794, 1795, 1797.  A very large untrimmed copy in boards, 2º, 44 x 33 cms.  Pp. cxxxiii, 213, 10 plates; 286, 10 plates; 300, [3](list of contents), 12 plates.  Half-titles present in all volumes.  This copy has suffered some water damage, which necessitates describing each volume in detail.  Volume I:  The outsides of the boards are water-stained – a tide-mark extending about a quarter of the way up the cover from the foot –  but this is superficial and internally the pastedowns are quite unaffected. It contains Hayley’s Life, with its three portrait plates engraved by the eccentric William Gardiner, and the large plate of Milton and his Daughters engraved by Benjamin Smith after Romney.  The portraits all have water-staining in the lower corners, but well away from the images.  The Romney has a slightly larger corner water-stain which encroaches on the image.   All four plates have their original tissue-guards.  (In fact, thirty-one of the thirty-two plates retain their original tissue-guards, which has prevented any offsetting. The rest of the first volume contains the beginning of Paradise Lost, which is accompanied by six more plates after Richard Westall.   Of these plates, one is quite unaffected by damp, two have small water stains in one corner, one has a slightly larger stain, but still well clear of the image, and the other two have wider stains at the foot but again neither touching the engraved area. See the illustrations for samples.  As for the text, There is some slight cockling to the lower edge of the last few leaves, but otherwise the pages are in a quite clean, unfoxed and fresh state.  Tipped or bound in opposite page 200 is a pen and ink drawing entitled “Water Engine at Balgony Castle in the Garden/ Dec. 8. 1799.” (See illustration)   Volume II:  The covers of this volume have similar staining to the first but again this is superficial and the pastedowns are unaffected.  There are ten plates after Westall, all affected by water-staining to an extent of between one quarter and one third of their area, mainly confined to the lower margins and usually not touching the images.  The pages of text are occasionally cockled but not stained or foxed.  Volume III:  This contains Samson Agonistes, Comus, and the minor poems, and twelve plates after Westall, all of which are water-stained again to between one quarter and one third of their area, again often not touching the image.  In this volume four leaves are also stained to a similar extent, and there is a very little light spotting here and there, but otherwise the leaves of text are again quite clean.  The bindings of all three volumes are very solid and firm.  Volumes I and II are in the original publisher’s paper-covered boards, with a matching rebacking.  Volume III has been rebound in matching paper-covered boards.  These repairs have the appearance of being nineteenth or early twentieth century. The spine labels are faded, and there are a few bumped or worn corners.  Shipping will be at cost and subject to calculation.


  • Mottley, John: The History of the Life of Peter I.  Emperor of Russia.  In Three Volumes.

    Mottley, John: The History of the Life of Peter I. Emperor of Russia. In Three Volumes.

    Stock No. 1001BS

    London, J. Read, 1739, first edition.  3 volumes, 8°, pp. [22], 350; [6], 354, [30]; [6], 409, [23].  Copper engravings as follows:  Vol. I: frontispiece portrait + 2 folding maps and 2 folding plates; Vol. II: frontispiece portrait; Vol. III: 1 folding map and 7 plates, 5 of which folding: (complete).  Contemporary calf soundly rebacked in modern calf with morocco lettering-pieces.  Marbled edges and endpapers.

    An early and detailed study of the life of Peter the Great, published only fourteen years after his death.  John Mottley (1692-1750) was also a dramatist, and the author of Joe Miller’s Jests, published in the same year as this life.  Nevertheless, the Life is a dense and scholarly piece of work.

    The book was printed by William Bowyer, according to whose records there were printed 1,450 ordinary copies and 50 large paper copies on thick paper.  This is one of the large paper copies, the height of the leaves being 226mm.  There is some offsetting from both type and plates, but otherwise all volumes are in fine, clean, fresh state.




  • Perkins, Benjamin Douglas: Experiments with the Metallic Tractors

    Perkins, Benjamin Douglas: Experiments with the Metallic Tractors

    Stock No. 1204BS

    London, for Luke Hansard & J. Johnson, 1799.  8º (222 x 135 mm.), pp. xxiv, 355, [4].  Untrimmed in original blue publisher’s boards, neatly rebacked with blue paper, printed label to spine.  The “tractors”, two small metal rods of steel and brass, were invented by Elisha Perkins, an American quack, who claimed they could be used to cure a variety of illnesses by application to the affected part.  Elisha died in 1799 and his son Benjamin, the author of this promotional work, introduced the tractors to London.  A very fresh copy of a scarce book.  Gillray’s print originally published in 1801 is also available; this is the Bohn edition of c. 1851.  Please enquire.

  • Pluche, Nöel-Antoine: Concorde de la Géogrpahie des Différens Ages

    Pluche, Nöel-Antoine: Concorde de la Géogrpahie des Différens Ages

    Stock No. 1068BS

    Paris, Frères Estienne, 1765.  12º (168 x 94 mm.), contemporary French mottled calf, spine with raised bands richly gilt, red morocco lettering-piece, marbled endpapers, red edges.  Engraved portrait and 13 folding maps.  One gathering very slightly raised but quite firm.  An excellent fine copy, the pages clean and crisp.

  • Pomfret, John & Rowe, Nicholas: Works

    Pomfret, John & Rowe, Nicholas: Works

    Stock No. 1048BS

    The Poetical Works of John Pomfret, With the Life of the Author.  Cooke’s Edition .. Embellished with Superb Engravings.  Printed for C. Cooke. [bound with] The Poetical Works of Nicholas Rowe, With the Life of the Author.  Cooke’s Edition .. Embellished with Superb Engravings.  London.  Printed for C. Cooke.  Nd but plates dated 1797..  A volume from the notable and large series of pocket editions published by Charles Cooke in the last decade of the eighteenth century.  12º (147 x 85 mm.), pp. 108, 138, iv.  Publisher’s full tree calf, spine gilt with red morocco lettering-pieces, yellow edges, board edges with gilt rolls.  Copper engravings including plates after [Richard] Courbold and [Thomas] Kirk, and several decorative vignettes.  (Thomas Kirk was an important artist whose career was cut short by tuberculosis at the age of 32, in the year this book was published.)  A very-well preserved copy, internally clean and fresh, the binding with only minor wear, upper joint cracked but firm.

    A fine example of an eighteenth century publisher’s binding; (see Stuart Bennett, Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles, 1660-1800, pp. 62/3).  The series included many volumes in similar bindings, but they rarely survive in really good condition.

  • Popham, Edward: Selecta Poemata Anglorum Latina

    Popham, Edward: Selecta Poemata Anglorum Latina

    Stock No. 1293BS

    London, J. Dodsley, 1779.  Second edition, revised.  8º (199 x 130 mm.), pp. xvi, 584.  Copper-engraved frontispiece by Grignion.  Bookplate of J.H. Ainsworth.  Nineteenth century half tan calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, speckled edges.  Wear to head and tail of spine and to a lesser extent to corners, lacking lettering-piece, binding firm, internally clean and unfoxed.  Scarce in commerce.