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  • [Armstrong, John]: The Art of Preserving Health

    [Armstrong, John]: The Art of Preserving Health

    Stock No. 1180BS

    The Art of Preserving Health: A Poem: London, A. Millar, 1744: “[Price Four Shillings sewed.]” below date.  The first edition, 4º (253 x 186 mm.), speckled edges, bound in a modern quarter calf binding, raised bands, unlettered spine, marbled boards.  The main interest of this copy is the carefully-written name “Henry Thrale” on the title-page.  This is clearly not Henry Thrale’s signature, but appears to be the handwriting of Hester Thrale, showing the slant, flourishes, and straight separate bar across the “H” that she was using during the time she was married to Henry, i.e. between 1763 and 1781.  Certain passages have also been marked apparently by a different and more careless hand.  Mrs Thrale’s concern, (which may have been as much commercial as it was affectionate), for her husband’s health, and in particular for his neglect of it, is well-documented.  The ill-health he suffered in his final years was largely the result of his gluttony and his refusal to heed his physicians’ advice to moderate his consumption.  So this volume might have been a particularly suitable gift, and some of the highlighted passages appear appropriate to Thrale’s condition.  Dr Armstrong had a medical practice in London and was part of the Boswell/Johnson circle.

  • [Bidpar]: The Fables of Pilpay

    [Bidpar]: The Fables of Pilpay

    Stock No. 1142BS

    The Fables of Pilpay.  Revised edition. With illustrations.  London, Frederick Warne & Co.  No date but c. 1886.  8º (206 x 150 mm.), pp. 274.  Fine vignetted wood engraved head-pieces throughout, also small decorative tail-pieces.  Publisher’s deluxe binding of quarter tan calf over cloth boards, spine and upper board gilt, top edges gilt.  Black endpapers.  A few minor scuffs to spine, otherwise about fine, internally perfectly clean and fresh.

    These largely animal fables have their origins in the Panchatantra, first set down in Sanskrit a couple of centuries before the birth of Christ, and in modern times usually  appearing under the title of The Fables of Bidpar.  The wood engravings are of very fine quality, and seem to be the work of the self-taught Scottish-American engraver Alexander Anderson (1775-1870).




  • [Borrow, George]: Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Juisprudence

    [Borrow, George]: Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Juisprudence

    Stock No. 1207BS

    London, Knight & Lacey.  Six volumes, 8º (197 x 115 mm.), 1825.  First edition.  Pp.Vol. I: xiii, [1], 550, 9 plates, one of which folding; vol. II: v, [1], 574 (last page misnumbered 140), 7 plates; vol. III: vi, 572, 3 plates; vol. IV: v, [1], 600, 5 plates of which 1 folding; vol. V: vi, 684, 4 plates; vol. VI: vii, [1], 576, viii, 6 plates of which 2 folding.  Bound in modern half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, original labels retained, marbled endpapers, contemporary green edges.  A crisp, fine set.

  • [Gillray, James]: [“The Suppressed Plates”]

    [Gillray, James]: [“The Suppressed Plates”]

    Stock No. 1244 BS

    [London, Henry Bohn, 1851].  Folio (635 x 490 mm.), 45 plates on 23 unnumbered sheets, printed by Charles Whiting, no title-page as issued.  Half morocco on marbled boards, marbled endpapers, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments, library bookplate on front pastedown but no other markings, the first plate with a little light foxing, the others quite clean and fresh.  Extremities of binding scuffed and rubbed, binding solid, some loss of marbled paper on lower board.  A very good copy.

  • [Lee, Sarah Bowdich]: Taxidermy: or, the Art of Collecting, Preparing, and Mounting Objects of Natural History for the Use of Museums and Travellers

    [Lee, Sarah Bowdich]: Taxidermy: or, the Art of Collecting, Preparing, and Mounting Objects of Natural History for the Use of Museums and Travellers

    Stock No. 1170BS

    London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, fifth edition, 1835.  Author not stated.  Small 8º (165 x 100 mm.), pp. 182, five plates (one as frontispiece and four at end), publisher’s catalogue (pp.16) dated October 1838.  Publisher’s green bubble-grain cloth, spine lettered and blocked in gilt, yellow endpapers, bookseller’s ticket (John Stacy, Norwich) on paste-down, Ownership signature of (Reverend) Thomas Burney with date 1839 and his printed card (?) on front free endpaper.  A few insignificant foxing spots to plates, otherwise a fine, clean copy.

    An important book on the subject first published in 1820 and republished several times.  The author, Sarah Bowdich (née Wallis), (1791-1856), had married the naturalist Thomas Edward Bowdich in 1813.  He died during their travels in Africa in 1824.  Two years later she married Robert Lee after which she sometimes wrote under the name Mrs. Robert Lee.


  • [Stothert, James Augustine]: Footsteps of Spirits

    [Stothert, James Augustine]: Footsteps of Spirits

    Stock No. 1071BS

    Footsteps of Spirits, A Collection of Upwards of Seventy Well-Authenticated Stories of Dreams, Impressions, Sounds, and Appearances. Burns and Oates, London nd but probably 1859 (first edition).  8º (170 x 105 mm.), pp. 132,  contemporary quarter roan (?) over blue pebble-grain cloth, morocco lettering-piece, brown endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.  The Burns & Oates publication appears to be the first; there was a later edition published by Burns & Lambert.   Boards rather marked, wear to tail of spine, one or two pages carelessly cut, a good solid generally clean copy of scarce book; Copac cites four copies in the U.K.

  • [various authors], ed. Vicesimus Knox et al: Elegant Extracts

    [various authors], ed. Vicesimus Knox et al: Elegant Extracts

    Stock No. 1046BS

    Elegant Extracts: Being a Copious Selection of Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Passages, from the Most Eminent Prose Writers/from the Most Eminent British Poets/Elegant Epistles: Being a Copious Selection of Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Letters, from the Most Eminent Epistolary Writers.  London, John Sharpe and Hector McLean, nd (but c. 1810), additional engraved title-page to each part (most volumes containing two parts).  Small 4º (125 x 80 mm.).  Thirteen volumes only (of eighteen).  This edition of this famous series was published in eighteen volumes, six of poetry, six of prose, and six of letters.  The present collection lacks five volumes, three of verse, one of prose and one of letters.  The volumes are distinguished by early 19C. morocco bindings of outstanding quality and condition, raised bands, spines gilt and lettered direct, upper and lower covers with multiple gilt fillets and blindstamping, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt, grey endpapers; apart from a few minor faults and slight wear to some corners, in fine condition.  Bookplates of David P. Thompson.

    Vicesimus Knox (1752-1821), essayist and minister, headmaster of Tonbridge School, author of Essays Moral and Literary (1778) and Winter Evenings; or, Lucubrations of Life and Letters (1788); something of a controversial figure for his support for women’s rights and his pacifism.

  • [Wade, John]: A Treatise on the Police and Crimes of the Metropolis

    [Wade, John]: A Treatise on the Police and Crimes of the Metropolis

    Stock No. 1243BS

    London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1829 (sole edition).  8º (230 x 135 mm.), pp. xx, 389, [2] (publisher’s catalogue), untrimmed in publisher’s boards, paper spine and label.  Boards and spine a little worn but binding firm.  A little light foxing to endpapers but internally quite clean.  Scarce.

  • 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.

  • A Book for the Sea-Side

    A Book for the Sea-Side

    Stock No. 1113BS

    London, The Religious Tract Society, no date but 1852.  Small 8º (163 x 100 mm.), pp. viii, 275, 4 (publisher’s catalogue).  On original publisher’s salmon cloth, patterned and decorated in blind and gilt, yellow endpapers, all edges gilt.  Tissue-guarded frontispiece and delightful wood-engraved vignettes in text.  Spine slightly faded but otherwise a very fine copy, and scarce thus.  Ownership inscription dated 1853 on pastedown.