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  • Milton, John; Todd, Henry John (ed.): The Poetical Works

    Milton, John; Todd, Henry John (ed.): The Poetical Works

    Stock No. 1166BS

    The Poetical Works of John Milton.  With Notes of Various Authors; and with Some Account of the Life and Writings of Milton, etc.  Four volumes, 8º (217 x 130 mm.), London, Rivingtons etc., fifth edition, 1852, pp. xxviii, 523; 589; xxiii, 431; viii, 560.  Steel engraved portrait frontispiece after Faithorne in first volume.  Prize bindings of contemporary full tan calf, by White, 70 Piccadilly, with prize label of St. Paul’s School dated 1854 in each volume.  Bindings with triple gilt fillets and floral cornerpieces to covers, gilt bust on upper covers and arms of St. Paul’s School on lower, raised bands richly gilt in compartments with red and green morocco lettering-pieces, inner dentelles gilt, marbled edges and endpapers.  Joints a little rubbed, otherwise a fine set, internally clean and crisp.

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  • Bracken, Henry: Farriery Improv’d: or, a Compleat Treatise upon the Art of Farriery

    Bracken, Henry: Farriery Improv’d: or, a Compleat Treatise upon the Art of Farriery

    Stock No. 1119BS

    Second edition, two volumes, London, volume I for J. Clarke ande J. Shuckburgh, 1739, volume II for J. Hodges, 1740.  8º (163 x 96 mm.), pp. viii, [ii - contents leaf], 363, [35 - index]; xvi, 298, [19 - index, 3 - Hodges' catalogue].  Volume II bound in contemporary full calf, raised bands between gilt rules, numbered only in third compartment, double gilt fillet borders to sides, speckled edges.  Volume I bound in modern full calf to match, new plain endpapers.  Volume I retains the original stitching and ropes, but since it was originally sewn upside-down, i.e. with the largest compartment at the head instead of the foot, the textblock is upside-down in the binding.  There are a few very minor marginal stains towards the beginning of volume I, otherwise both volumes are internally clean and unfoxed.  The contemporary binding is in very good condition, quite sound and complete except for two small areas of missing leather on the lower board.  First published in 1738, the early editions of this popular work are scarce, and the two volumes of the second edition rarely found together.

    Henry Bracken, M.D. (1697-1764), was a Lancaster doctor and surgeon who studied under Herman Boerhaave.  He was Mayor of Lancaster in 1747/8 and 1757/8.  He adopted a simple approach to medicine, and his love of horses and horseracing led him to publish a number of works on the care of the horse, of which the present one was the most popular and successful.  He was praised by John Lawrence in his A Philosophical and Practical Treatise on Horses, and on the Moral Duties of Man towards the Brute Creation (1796) as the foremost writer on veterinary medicine.

     

    £250.00
  • Heister, Laurence: A General System of Surgery

    Heister, Laurence: A General System of Surgery

    Stock No. 1075BS

    A General System of Surgery.  In Three Parts.  Containing the Doctrine and Management I. Of Wounds, Fractures, Luxations, Tumours, and Ulcers, of all Kinds.  II. Of the several Operations performed on all Parts of the Body.  III. Of the several Bandages applied in all Operations and Disorders.  The Whole illustrated with Thirty Eight Copper-Plates … etc.  Translated into English from the Latin of Dr. Laurence Heister.  The Fifth Edition.  London, for W. Innys and J. Richardson etc., 1753.  4º (250 x 200 mm.).  Two parts in one volume, pp. xvi, 476; 338, [10].  38 folding copper-engraved plates as called for. Two small unobtrusive library stamps on verso of free endpaper and of title-page, a few tiny marginal worm-holes, but a very clean fresh copy, the plates in excellent state, of a book difficult to find in good condition, bound in modern quarter calf over cloth, raised bands.

    The Chirurgie was first published in 1718, and was the most important, comprehensive and influential book on surgery published in the eighteenth century.

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  • Shakespeare, William: The Complete Works

    Shakespeare, William: The Complete Works

    Stock No. 1082BS

    London, Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford, 1930.  8º (181 x 128 mm.), pp. viii, 1352.  Publisher’s full turquoise morocco, all edges gilt, spine decorated in blind and gilt, marbled endpapers.  A very good to fine example of the scarce de luxe binding.

    £80.00
  • [Fryer, Edward]: The Works of James Barry, Esq. Historical Painter

    [Fryer, Edward]: The Works of James Barry, Esq. Historical Painter

    Stock No. 1150BS

    2 volumes, 4º (about 280 x 220mm.), London, T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1809.  Sole edition.  Vol. I: portrait frontispiece, pp. vii, 11 plates, 558.  Vol II: frontispiece, 3 plates (the final one folding), pp. 670 + index & corrigenda.  Complete and untrimmed in the original publisher’s grey boards, unlabelled (lettered in ms. to spines).  Foxing and staining to many of the plates, but the text quite clean.  The bindings quite solid but wear to outer joints and head of spine of Vol. II missing.  A good unsophisticated set of an important study, scarce in commerce.  Both volumes signed on title-pages by Sir John Hay (1755-1830)

    “Reflecting changing perceptions about the status of artists, publications devoted to their lives and works were appearing with greater frequency in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  This large two-volume edition is one of the more impressive memorials.  The editor was Dr. Edward Fryer, a physician, who, though a generation younger than Barry, had been a close friend in his later years.  All four of the artist’s books are reprinted, and included as well are his lectures and essays that he had intended for publication.  Introducing the whole is a biography by Fryer, which, structured around the artist’s correspondence, supplies a indispensable factual basis for subsequent studies of Barry’s works.”  (William L. Pressly, James Barry; the Artist as Hero, Tate Gallery, 1983)

    £750.00
  • “Cardanus Rider”: Rider’s British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1746

    “Cardanus Rider”: Rider’s British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1746

    Stock No. 1219BS

    London, R. Nutt, 1746.  12º (130 x 77mm.), pp. [47](partly interleaved with blanks), [4], 186.  Bound in contemporary full sheep, raised bands ruled in gilt, covers with double gilt rules, speckled edges.  A couple of brief contemporary ink notes on blanks.  A very good copy.

     

     

    £180.00
  • “Sylvanus Urban” [Edward Cave]: The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle , Volume VIII (1738)

    “Sylvanus Urban” [Edward Cave]: The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle , Volume VIII (1738)

    Stock No. 1171BS

    London, Edward Cave.  8º (206 x 125 mm.), pp. [2], 699, [1], [18 (index)].  The 1738 volume, the first to which Johnson contributed in the form of preface, Parliamentary reports, and verse, in a fine modern half calf binding with morocco lettering-pieces, plain endpapers, original speckled edges to textblock.  Contents clean and in very good state.

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  • “Sylvanus Urban”: The Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol. XXVII, 1757

    “Sylvanus Urban”: The Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol. XXVII, 1757

    Stock No. 1172BS

    London, D. Henry and R. Cave.  8º (202 x 127 mm.), pp. [2], 608, [18 (index)].  Original half calf on marbled boards, morocco lettering-pieces, plain edges, bookplate of William Strong.  Lacking most plates but with three maps present:  Corsica, French Coast about Rochfort, Upper Saxony.  Binding worn, hinges cracked but solid, internally clean.

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  • (various): Natural History Rambles: Mountain and Moor, Lakes and Rivers, The Lane and Field, Underground, The Sea-Shore, Woodlands, Ponds and Ditches, In Search of Minerals

    (various): Natural History Rambles: Mountain and Moor, Lakes and Rivers, The Lane and Field, Underground, The Sea-Shore, Woodlands, Ponds and Ditches, In Search of Minerals

    Stock No.  1255BS

    London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1879/1880. 8º (165 x 105 mm).  Set of eight volumes, as follows: Mountain and Moor, 1879, J.E. Taylor, pp. pp 256, 4; Lakes and Rivers, C.O.G. Napier, 1879, pp. 247, 8; The Lane and Field, 1879, J.G. Wood, pp. 246, 4; Underground, 1879, J.E. Taylor, pp. 256, 4; The Sea-Shore, 1879, P.M. Duncan, pp. 256, 4; Woodlands, 1879, M.C. Cooke, pp. 288, 4; Ponds and Ditches, 1880, M.C. Cooke, pp. 254 [2]; In Search of Minerals, 1880, D.T. Ansted, pp. 282, 4.  Publisher’s decorative cloth stamped in gilt and black, black endpapers.  The entire set in good clean state, good to very good condition.   Sold as a set of this series.

    £200.00
  • 1837 Scene del Cholera di Napoli

    1837 Scene del Cholera di Napoli

    Stock No. 1252BC

    Naples, Tipografia de Marco, 1837, probably sole edition..  8º (163 x 97 mm.), pp. 141.  Bound with I Centoventi Giorni del 1837, Naples, Federico Perretti, 1837, pp. 141, and Un Fiore alla Virtũ Sventurata, Naples, Stamperia dell’Iride, 1837, pp. 54.  Contemporary half green leather over marbled boards, spine lettered direct, speckled edges, plain endpapers, half-title.  Scarce – two copes in US institutions, not recording subsidiary works.

    £180.00
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