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Francis Lord Verulam, Viscount S. Alban [Sir Francis Bacon]:
The Historie of Life and Death. With Observations Naturall and Experimentall for the Prolonging of Life.

London: Printed by I. Okes, for Humphrey Mosley, 1638. First edition. [xiv]*, 323pp +[blank]. The imprimatur leaf has small repairs to its slightly frayed edges, and an 1826 ownership name in sepia to the back of it has bled through to the front. No other marks. Pages in very good order, tanned at the edges. 12mo, c.14.3x8.8cms, in the early or original blind-ruled brown calf boards, with a new blind-ruled brown calf spine with off-white endpapers. A very nice and complete copy. *[The unpaginated prelims consist of (ii) imprimatur, (iii) engraved title, (v) title, (vii-xi) Mosley's dedication, (xii-xiv) To the Living and Posterity/ to the Reader. i, iv, & vi are blanks.] Very Good.

Price: £820.00


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Thomae Bartholini Casp. F.
Anatomia ex Caspari Bartholini Parentis Institutionibus, Omniumque Recentiorum & propriis Observationibus, Tertium ad sanguinis Circulationem Reformata Cum Iconibus novis accuratissimis.

Lugdunum Batavorum (Leiden): Apud Franciscum Hackium, 1651. First edition. [xiv], 576, [13]; with additional engraved title, a portrait, and 74 anatomical plates (all called for), of which 6 are folding. Latin text. Professional tissue repairs to top edges of first five leaves, and to some of the foldout plates. Superb plates, and contents overall very good, with minor toning or soiling to the margins, and, in some cases, a small tide stain. In recent quarter calf, spine titled and ruled in gilt, with marbled boards with corners of vellum. A beautiful copy. Very Good+.

Price: £980.00


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Sieur Amelot de la Houssaie, Secretary to the French Ambassador at Venice:
The History of the Government of Venice. Wherein the Policies, Councils, Magistrates, and Laws of that State are fully related; and the use of the Balloting Box exactly described. [Histoire du Gouvernement de Venise]

London: Printed by H.C. for John Starkey, 1677. First English edition. [xvi], 325pp. With facsimile replacing missing original title page. Pages faintly tanned, but otherwise clean and unmarked, with wear to tips at some page corners. Small hole to margin of final page. 8vo, in recent half binding of Victorian brown cloth with marbled boards, spine title gilt on black label. Spare (red) label laid in. Very Good.

Price: £180.00


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[ Vanel, Claude:]
The Royal Mistresses of France, or, The Secret History of the Amours of all the French Kings, from Pharamond the First Monarch, Anno 418. to this present Time. [Made English from the French original, Les Galanteries des rois de France.] Second part titled: Inteagues of the Court of France Under the Reign of Henry III.

London: printed for Henry Rhodes at the Star, the corner of Bride-lane in Fleet-street; and John Harris at the Harrow in the Poultry, 1695. First edition. (iv), 228, 260pp. Contents very good, with some toning to the paper, and some soiling to title. Octavo, 6.4 x 4 ins, in mid 20thC full tan calf gilt by Brentano's Paris, with silk bookmark and marbled endpapers, all edges bright gilt. Boards double ruled in gilt with gilt rolled edges and dentelles, spine with five raised bands, compartments with stamped title and floral decorations in gilt. Bright, with two small scuffs to upper board, and darkish spots to lower board. A torrent of antique tattle, in very good condition: uncommon, and finely bound. VG+.

Price: £420.00


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Caleb Trenchfield:
A Cap of Gray Hairs for a Green Head: or, the Father's Counsel to his Son, an Apprentice in London. Containing wholesome Instructions for the Management of a Man's whole Life. With Additions of Precepts to each Chapter.

London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, 1710. The Fifth Edition. [viii], 149, [iii]. The pages murmur with foxing throughout. An early owner has dallied with their pen on page 1 of the text and the facing blank. Small 8vo (7''x 4.5"), in a recent binding of quarter calf with marbled boards, the spine ruled in gilt with raised bands and red and black labels lettered in gilt. Much very deliberate counsel. "The Courting of Ladies is a pleasant (indeed) and gentile Divertisement; so I call it; for he is Mad that makes it his business, or thinks it worth his while, to set a seal upon a bubble; yet I must tell you, it is accompanied with not a few, nor small Inconveniencies: for you can hardly be Fantastick enough in your attire, to suit their Fancy; nor your Discouse Vain enough to fit their Humour: For though some few of them will Philosophize, the generality of them are so futile, that you have little cause to wonder the Poets imagin'd Venus concreta spuma." Etc. Lovely little book. Contents G+, binding Fine.

Price: £145.00


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J.S. [John Strype]:
The History of the Life and Acts of the Most Reverend Father in God, Edmund Grindal, the First Bishop of London, and the Second Archbishop of York and Canterbury successively, in the Reign of Q. Elizabeth. In Two Books (bound as one, with consecutive pagination).

London: John Wyat and John Hartley, 1710. First edition. [ii], xviii, 314pp, 108 (Appendix of original MSS), [v] (Table & errata): with engraved portrait frontispiece, and title page printed in red and black. Modern endpapers with transferred slightly damaged armorial bookplate (Shirley of Shirley). Pages slightly cockled and with generally unobtrusive light toning or pale foxing throughout: contents otherwise clean and unmarked. Tall quarto, 13 x 8ins, in a somewhat plain 20thC binding of maroon half morocco and pale orange cloth: spine with five raised bands ruled in gilt, and gilt title on red lettering piece. Contents very good, binding near fine.
[Heavy Item]

Price: £180.00


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Nicholas Clagett, D.D., Archdeacon of Sudbury:
Truth Defended, and Boldness in Error Rebuk'd: or, a Vindication of those Christian Commentators, Who have expounded some Prophecies of the Messias not to be meant Only of Him. Being a Confutation of part of Mr. Whiston's book, entituled, The Accomplishment of Scripture-Prophecies; Wherein he pretends to Disprove all Duplicity of Sense in Prophecy. [half title:] Mr. Archdeacon Clagett's Confutation of Mr. Whiston, on the Accomplishment of Scripture-prophecies, &c.

London: Printed for W.Rogers... and J Pemberton, 1710. First edition. [4], xxvi, [2], lxxv, [1], 324. Upper corner of front free endpaper is clipped: unaffected by this is a 1770 gift inscription in Latin. Neatly written in an early hand are also a note beside Clagett's name on the title page, a small note on p268, and a couple of sums on the back pastedown. Faint tide mark to the title, dedication and to a few leaves of the preface, otherwise pages very clean and fresh. Octavo, in the original boards, re-covered in recent full calf with five raised bands ruled in gilt, with a red lettering piece. Exceptional copy of a scarce book. Near Fine.

Price: £260.00


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Barwick, Peter, translated by Hilkiah Bedford:
The Life of the Reverend Dr. John Barwick, D.D. Sometime fellow of St. John's College in Cambridge; And immediately after the Restoration successively Dean of Durham, and St.Paul's. Written in Latin by his brother, Dr. Peter Barwick.... Translated into English by the Editor of the Latin Life. With some notes to illustrate the History, and a brief Account of the Author. To which is added, an Appendix of Letters from King Charles I. in his Confinement, and King Charles II and the Earl of Clarendon in their Exile. And other Papers relating to the History of that Time. Published from the Originals in St. John's College Library.

London: Printed by J. Bettenham, 1724. First English Edition. Ex-library copy in recent fine binding. (24), 552, (40), plus the 2 frontis portraits. Frontis and title slightly browned, upper corner of title patched, with library stamps at its base, and more stamps on the verso. Small stamps also on the backs of the two portraits, and one or two in the text. Contents otherwise very clean. 22.5 x 13.5cms, all edges red. In recent tan half calf with delicately marbled boards: spine with 5 raised bands ruled in gilt, and red lettering-piece. A very attractive copy (with the possible added interest of the library stamps). VG+.

Price: £320.00


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Henry Wilson: corrected and improv'd by Charles Leadbetter:
Leybourn's Dialling Improv'd. [Leybourn's Dialling Improved]: or, the whole art perform'd, I. Geometrically:.. II. Arithmetically:.. Also, How to describe all necessary Furniture for Sundials... With: Reflective Dialling... To which is now added, Instrumental Dialling: by the Lines of Hours... likewise Mechanick Dialling... Concluding with Tables...

London: printed by H.Parker for A.Bettesworth, 1728. Third edition. xii, 276pp, with the 12 folding plates, all in good order, a few with minor repairs. [Stub torn away at p80/81 unexplained as plates all present.] Head- and tail-piece decorations. Pages slightly toned but otherwise clean. With an armorial bookplate lifting over an earlier bookplate on the pastedown, and a bookseller's blindstamp to the corner of the front free endpaper ('S.J.Chew, Cheap Book Establishment') next to an early owner's neat pencilled notes. Small marks to endpapers offset from sellotape formerly retaining a jacket. 12mo, 16 x 10 cms, in early worn leather boards with a late 20thC calf spine ruled in blind and titled gilt on a green label. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: £400.00


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The Builder's Dictionary: or Gentleman and Architect's Companion. [Volume I only] Explaining not only the terms of art in all the several parts of architecture, but also containing the theory and practice of the various branches thereof, requisite to be known by Masons, Carpenters, Joiners, Bricklayers, Plaisterers, Painters, Glaziers, Smiths, Turners, Carvers, Statuaries, Plumbers, & c.

London: A. Bettesworth and C.Hitch; also S. Austen: 1734. First edition. Nice copy of odd volume in new cloth missing a plate. [496pp] unpaginated. With a frontis, illustrations in the text, and 14 (of 15) foldout plates. 1803 ownership name on verso of frontis, and subsequently that of his nephew, an RIBA. Contents otherwise clean and in very good order. Newly cased in brown cloth, spine gilt ruled, titled and dated with red and black lettering pieces. With the commendatory note by Hawksmoor and others, and the 8-page Preface. Takes the alphabet up to HY, with an 11-page supplement. VG+.

Price: £350.00


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William Ayre:
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Alexander Pope, Esq; Faithfully Collected from Authentic Authors, Original Manuscripts, and the Testimonies of many Persons of Credit and Honour: with Critical Observations. [In Two Volumes]

London: for the Author, 1745. First edition. xii, 340, [16]; [vi], 389, [13]; illustrated with 'heads of divers illustrious persons', and each book with an index. Contents in very good order, with minimal toning of paper. In contemporary bindings of full calf, boards ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, with new labels and recent Japanese tissue repairs to joints and ends. A very nicely refurbished set. Very Good+.

Price: £420.00


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[John Fry]:
The Impostor Detected and Convicted: or, The Principles and Practices of the Author of a Pamphlet lately published, on the Spirit of Patriotism, &c. set forth in a clear light; In a letter to a Member of Parliament in Town from his friend in the country.

London: printed for John Barnes at the London Gazette, 1749. Presumed first and only edition. [ii] (title page), (9-)50pp. Pamphlet. A response to Bolingbroke's Letters on the Spirit of Patriotism. The text starts at p.9, and there are no signs of prelims having been removed. One-inch chip from corner of title page. Pages otherwise good, sewing (which may be later) firm, 19.5x12.5cms, tipped into later plain olive paper covers, bearing the ownership name W.Rolleston in tiny handwriting. Extremely scarce. G+.

Price: £120.00


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[Francois-Vincent Toussaint]:
Manners: Translated from the French of Les Moeurs: wherein the principles of Morality of Social Duties, viz. Piety, Wisdom, Prudence, Fortitude, Justice,Temperance, Love, Friendship, Humanity, &c. &c. &c. are described in all their branches; the obligations of them shewn to consist in our Nature; and the enlargement of them strongly enforced.

London: W. Johnston, 1749. First edition. xlvi, 211, [ix] index. Paper slightly yellowed, pages otherwise very good with a little faint foxing. Heraldic crest to pastedown, and the ownership name of Thos Davison, Ferry Hill, to the head of the title page. [In 1754, Davison founded 'Mr Davison's Hospital' '- for six unmarried women, to be daughters and widows of burgesses' in Newcastle: who knows but that this book may have stirred him to such an act?] 12mo, 17x10cms, edges sprinkled, in contemporary binding of full calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and decorated gilt, rubbed, with a new label. Boards ruled gilt, a little crazed and marked. Firm, joints refurbished with Japanese tissue. A nice copy. VG+.

Price: £225.00


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A Country Gentleman [Gervase Markham]:
The Country Gentleman's Companion. Vol II.

London: Printed for the Author, and sold by T.Trye, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn...: 1753. First edition. Vol II only. (iv), 172pp, followed by (63pp) index to both volumes. Much on hounds, hawking, angling, fighting-cocks and gardening in this volume. Faintly-pencilled 1847 ownership name on half-title, and later one in ink to the front pastedown. Contents clean, with a few foxing spots at the beginning of the book, and a couple of tiny wormholes towards the end. 12mo, 16.9x10cms, in contemporary full calf with raised bands, boards ruled in gilt, with the patina and rubbing from use, professionally refurbished. Good firm copy. VG.

Price: £140.00


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A Country Gentleman [Gervase Markham]:
The Country Gentleman's Companion. Complete in 2 vols.

London: Printed for the Author, and sold by T.Trye, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn...: 1753. First edition. [viii], (13-) 239; (iv), 172pp, followed by the 63-page index to both volumes. Contents in very clean, fresh order. 12mo, 17x10cms, in modern bindings of full tan calf, boards ruled in blind, spine with raised bands, decorated in blind and titled in gilt with red labels, all very bright. Small scuffs just below centre of upper board of Vol I, bindings otherwise as new. An exceptionally fresh set. Near Fine.

Price: £395.00


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'A Person of Quality' [Sarah Scott:]
A Journey through Every Stage of Life, Described in a Variety of Interesting Scenes, Drawn from Real Characters. By a Person of Quality.

London: for A. Miller, 1754. First edition. viii, 274; iv, 264. Pages slightly toned, with soiling to a few openings of Vol II. Vol I early ownership name to head of title, and bottom edges of B1-B2 cropped, almost catching the text. Vol II, corner torn off bottom of C2 (catching the text but losing none), and short closed tear to final leaf. 12mo, 16 x 10 cms, edges tinted, in new fine bindings of dark brown full calf with five raised bands, ruled and titled gilt, with plum labels. A beautiful set. Very Good+, in Fine bindings.

Price: £2,750.00


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Bourdet, Chirurgien Dentiste de la Reine:
Soins Faciles pour la Proprete de la Bouche et pour la Conservation des Dents.

Paris: chez Jean-Thomas Hérissant, 1759. First edition. (2) (blank), [ii], 132pp (incl 131-2: Table des Chapitres); (iv) (Approbation, Privilege du Roi); (4) (blanks). Text clean, blank leaves a little foxed. Original marbled endpapers. Two apparently early bookplates to front pastedown; pencilled name on first blank. Red edges. 12.5 x 6.3 cms in contemporary marbled calf with gilt borders, spine blocked with tulip-like floral design in gilt. Joints tender. Boards firm, gilt clear and bright. Some scuffing, and leading upper corner shaved. An attractive copy, with a little fragility. VG.

Price: £280.00


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[first title: Warton, T., edited by]: [second title: Shakespeare, editor variously identified as Sir Henry Dudley, Lady Mary Dudley, Elizabeth Berkeley Craven, or Cutts Barton]:
The Oxford Sausage: or, Select Poetical Pieces, Written by the Most Celebrated Wits of the University of Oxford. Adorned with Cuts, Engraved in a New Taste, and Designed by the Best Masters. [BOUND WITH: The Modern Characters from Shakespear alphabetically arranged.]

London: for J. Fletcher and Co [second title: E. Johnson], 1764 [second title: 1778]. First editions. viii, (9-) 203pp. pp i-iv have a small inner corner stains, and title page has 'Edited by T. Warton' in an early hand. Contents otherwise very fresh and clean; and, what is more, the wit still sparkles. [SECOND TITLE: (ii), 90pp. Passages extracted from the works of Shakespeare and applied to contemporary figures: title and final page slightly soiled, pages otherwise clean]. Small 8vo, 6.5 x 4ins, in contemporary marbled boards with new quarter calf spine with red lettering-piece titled and ruled in gilt. Edges of boards slightly scuffed. ESTC T99833. Very Good.

Price: £350.00


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de Vignole, Jacques Barozzio:
Livre Nouveau ou Regles des Cinq Ordres d'Architecture. Nouvellement revu, corrige et augmente par Monsieur B.*** Architecte du Roy. Avec plusieurs morceaux de Michel-Ange, Vitruve, Mansard, et autres Celebres Architectes tant Anciens que Modernes.

Paris: ches Petit, 1767. Consisting of 106 plates (numbered 1-104, with two extra numberings), of which 9 are folding, and including the engraved title and Avis au Lecteur. Two pages slightly toned, small tide stain to a few corners, and two bottom corners repaired. Slight soiling and minor foxing to title and the last four plates, very little elsewhere. Plates otherwise very fresh and bright. 43 x 28 cms, in restored binding of contemporary tree calf, spine decorated in gilt and in blind, with five raised bands and a later black label. Beautiful copy. Very Good+.
[EXTRA Heavy Item]

Price: £1,450.00


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Mr Yorick [Laurence Sterne]:
A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. [2 vols in 1]

London: T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1768. Second edition. (ii), 203; (ii), 208. With early and later ownership names on front free endpaper, and 20thC bookplate on pastedown. Small mark to verso of first title page and facing p.1. Contents otherwise very clean, and with the engraved plate at p.38 of Vol II. Edges sprinkled. Small octavo, in contemporary quarter calf with 4 raised bands, refurbished with Japanese tissue, and with the original two labels, firm in the original worn marbled boards. Very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: £350.00


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