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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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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.
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Price: 180.00


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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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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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Tully, Richard: [letters of Miss Tully to her brother-in-law Richard]:
Narrative of a Ten Years' Residence at Tripoli in Africa: from the Original Correspondence in the Possession of the Family of the late Richard Tully, Esq., the British consul. Comprising authentic memoirs and anecdotes of the reigning Bashaw, his family, and other persons of distinction. Also, an account of the Domestic Manners of the Moors, Arabs, and Turks.

London: printed for Henry Colburn, 1817. Second edition. xiii, (ii), 376pp, with 7 hand-coloured aquatints and a foldout map. Some browning to endpapers, and a little soiling to the borders of some plates and to the adjacent pages: the text and the attractive plates are otherwise very clean. The map has a few false folds, some wear to top edge where it once protruded, and a little soiling. The Preface warns that the book 'contains, we believe, the only exact account which has ever been made publicly known of the private manners and conduct of this African Despot, and it details such scenes and events, it gives such sketches of human weakness and vice, the effects of ambition, avarice, envy, and intrigue, as will seem scarcely credible to the mind of an European.' Quarto, with sprinkled edges, firm in contemporary half calf, spine ruled and titled in gilt, with slightly scuffed and chipped marbled boards. Very nice copy. Very Good.
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Price: 985.00


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[Alphonse de Beauchamp]:
The Life of Ali Pacha, of Janina, Vizier of Epirus, surnamed Aslan, or the Lion: from various authentic documents. [A translation of A. de Beauchamp's "Vie d'Ali Pacha" with additions.]

London: Lupton Relfe, 1822. First edition. vii,(1), 320pp, with a portrait frontis (no other illustrations called for). Lacks half-title. Text clean, paper slightly toned; but foxing, soiling and staining to frontis, and offsetting and soiling to title page. 19thC marbling to all edges. In new green Victorian cloth, spine ruled in gilt and with a black lettering piece. [From the Preface: 'The editor ... has taken as his groundwork for the present Memoir, M. Beauchamp's French work, Vie d'Ali Pacha, which he has considerably enlarged by the occasional introduction of interesting passages from the works of some of those who have visited the late Tyrant of Epirus'.] Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 380.00


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Louis XVIII, His Most Christian Majesty, King of France and Navarre :
Narrative of a Journey to Brussels and Coblentz 1791.

London: Henry Colburn, 1823. First English edition. Starts with the title page (the copies held at Edinburgh and Glasgow are described as having a portrait). (iii-)vi, 125pp. Slightly cockled. Title page stained and spotted, staining to some other margins. Final leaf foxed. Uncut edges soiled. In new binding of quarter buckram with grey paper-covered boards, ruled in black, with ruled and printed cream label on front. contents G-, binding new.

Price: 32.00


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[Thomas de Quincey]:
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Third edition. iv, 206, +[6] adverts. The title page has been laid down on a new sheet, as the inner margin was damaged. Pages very good, slightly cockled, with occasional minor soiling or spotting, and there is an inner margin stain from former sellotape at p.10-11. 18x11cms, in a new binding of grey paper-covered boards with a cream cloth spine, ruled and labelled to the upper board. A neat and fresh copy. Very Good.

Price: 115.00


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The Terrific Record; and Chronicle of Remarkable and Interesting Events, &c. [No.1 through to No. 49, bound.]

London: W. Winn, later William Cross, later E. Steill, 1849 - 1850. 784pp, preceded by two full-page illustrations. A 16-page weekly compendium of sensational and supposedly true tales, the front page of each issue carrying a vivid woodcut illustration and a list of contents. The first issue being dated February 10th 1849, the (undated) last issue or so would have been 1850: appearing thus to correspond to the copy at Oxford, and likely constituting the complete run. Paper a little friable, with occasional small chips, and some tears repaired with archival tissue. Contents good, with some tanning, foxing, and soiling thoughout, and a stain at 590-591 where a fragment of the original leather spine was laid in. In a recent quarter binding of russet buckram with yellow cloth boards, spine titled in gilt. [While the most characteristic titles are the lurid: 'Dreadful Sufferings of Three Officers among Savages', 'Horrible Punishment of Russian Pirates', 'Shocking Death of Mr Wombwell by an Elephant', there is plenty of other material, including accounts of foreign customs, travellers' hardships, family troubles, tales from history, and the behaviour of fearful creatures.] Contents VG, binding fine.

Price: 240.00


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[Briffault, Frederic T.:]
Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte: His Life, Captivity and Escape from the Fortress of Ham.

London: Thomas Cautley Newby, 1852. First printing with this title. xi, 388pp, with a frontis portrait, two plates, one folding plan, and 3 folding facsimile letters. Originally published in 1846 as The Prisoner of Ham. The last 50pp consist of notes. The first few pages have some soiling, the portrait is stained, and the two unremarkable plates are rather grey, but the contents are otherwise clean. A handwritten family tree on a large folded sheet has been accommodated in a pocket inside the back cover, and the same early owner's extensive notes on the original rear free endpaper have been bound in. Also laid in is a twist of silken baby hair, which seems likely to have the same provenance. The book was discovered disbound, with the bottom margins up to p.4 nibbled away (with no loss of text): the pages have been professionally restored, and the book is newly bound in dark brown half calf with marbled boards, gilt ruled spine with a black lettering-piece. Scarce VG.

Price: 480.00


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Utterton, Frances Anne: edited by her brother, the Rev J.S.Utterton:
Biographical Sketches of Twenty Three Great Emperors, Kings, and Conquerors. Condensed from European and Asiatic History. For Juvenile Readers.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman's and Roberts, 1859. First edition. 248pp, 24pp catalogue: illustrated with engraved head-pieces and five protected sepia lithographs. Some pages uncut. Neat 1859 gift inscription on half-title. Contents clean and fresh. Wonderful matt maroon end papers. In original binding of pebble grain black cloth, ruled and decorated in blind, spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Faint sunning to spine and both ends a little compressed. Firm, clean and bright. Near Fine.

Price: 70.00


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William Anderson:
The Scottish Nation; or the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland. [Complete in three volumes].

Edinburgh: A. Fullarton & Co., 1863. First edition. viii, 4, 752pp; [ii], 4, 752pp; [ii], 4, 736pp: each volume with engraved portraits, woodcuts in the text, and engraved tables of titular genealogies, printed in black and red and showing family crests. Contents very clean, though with some tanning at the portraits, and with foxing to the prelims and final pages. Each volume with the 1863 ownership name of Charles Neil to the first blank leaf and the armorial bookplate of John Whiting to the pastedown. Neil's blindstamp to head of title pages: also, in Vol.I, his name. Quarto, all edges marbled, in attractive early 20thC bindings of half morocco with marbled boards, ruled and titled in gilt, bright, clean and firm. A very nice set. VG+.
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Price: 325.00


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Rev Edward Parry:
Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry, Kt.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Eighth Edition. xvi, 365pp, +32 adverts (dated 1864), and with the guarded frontis portrait and the map of the North West Passage, outlined in colour. Contents very clean. Original brown endpapers with 1867 gift inscription to the ffep. In the original binding of navy cloth patterned in blind: gilt spine title rather dulled and faint marks to boards. All firm, spine ends and joints professionally refurbished. A very good sound copy. Very Good.

Price: 60.00


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Joseph Foster:
Pedigrees of Yorkshire Families: complete in two volumes: 1: West Riding; 2: North and East Riding. Authenticated by the members of each family.

London: W. Wilfred Head, 1874. First edition. Vol I: [xvi], followed by more than 130 pedigrees, most in the form of large foldout sheets, each with their arms, and in four cases with the coat of arms also reproduced finely on a separate page (no colour). The Calverly pedigree is present only in facsimile, laid in; the Howard pedigrees fit in a pocket inside the back cover. Foldouts in very good clean order: some inner corners are bent at the tip, and a few are darkened at the edge where this has been exposed. A very few bear a previous owner's unobtrusive notes or marks. With the original yellow endpapers, reinforced at the hinges, and with the armorial bookplate of George Dixon, the first owner. /// Vol II: [xii], followed by more than 90 pedigrees, most in the form of large foldout sheets, each with their arms, and in three cases with the coat of arms also reproduced finely on a separate page (no colour). The Favell and Willoughby pedigrees appear to be lacking, and the Cholmeley, Constable and Strangewayes pedigrees are present only in facsimile, laid in. The Constable has a faint stain from sellotape formerly used to join two sheets. The Rudston-Read pedigree is supplemented by an extensive 1968 addendum in pencil on a separate sheet, laid in. /// Large quarto, in the original bindings of green cloth over bevelled boards, titled in gilt. Refurbished, clean and firm, gilt a little dull. A very nice set. Very Good+.
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Price: 725.00


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Sydney H. Shadbolt:
The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880, compiled from official and private sources. Complete in two volumes: Historical Division, and Biographical Division.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Riviington, 1882. First edition. [vi], 352pp, with the six maps (one folding) and a frontis portrait photograph of General Roberts; [40], 274pp: the biographies preceded by 140 oval woodburytype portrait photographs mounted on 10 page-openings. Contents of both volumes very clean, a few pages having slight spotting to the edges. In the Historical volume, the edge of the frontis has been made good, and the single-page maps have some foxing to the edges; and in the Biographical volume there is a lightly-pencilled military ownership name to the half-title, and some foxing at the first text page. Large quarto, all edges gilt, in the original bindings of green cloth over bevelled boards, titled in gilt, rebacked in the mid-20thC: bright, with minor marks. A firm and very handsome set. Very Good+.
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Price: 1,400.00


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National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland:
The Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Baltimore: Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1899. First edition. 163pp. Contents very clean, with a few light pencil marginalia. In the original slightly soiled binding of cream pebble cloth with the Society's circular insignia in gilt to the upper board. The gilt is rubbed, the corners are eroded, and the spine ends have been professionally refurbished. A very good firm copy. VG.

Price: 60.00


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Jeanie Lang, with pictures by F.M.B. Blaikie:
The Story of Robert the Bruce. (The Children's Heroes Series.)

London: T.C & E.C. Jack, n.d. (1906). Presumed first edition. viii, 120pp, with a map and 8 colour plates. Front free endpaper missing. Some browning to half title, final page, and some edges. Contents otherwise very good, plates fresh. 5.9 x 4.7 ins, in the original binding of blue cloth ruled and titled in black, with pictorial onlay. Spine ends puckered and scuffed. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 35.00


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G.W. Stamper: [ghosted by Dornford Yates].
What I Know. Reminiscences of Five Years' Personal Attendance upon His Late Majesty King Edward the Seventh.

London: Mills & Boon, 1913. First edition. viii, 364, + [4], 32 adverts: with a guarded tinted portrait drawing of the King as frontis. Pencilled note to front free endpaper: 'Given to me by Stamper - Dec 1913' followed by initials, probably 'ML'. Some quite obtrusive foxing to the first 20 pages, splash marks to p62-3 and p72-3, and some foxing to page edges throughout. In the original binding of navy cloth ruled and titled in gilt: front bright, joints rubbed, spine slightly dulled, crimped at the head and nicked at the foot. Very good firm copy. [In 1905 the author was abruptly taken into the King's service as his motor expert and engineer, in which capacity he accompanied him much of the time till his death. Stuffed with small anecdotes, and much discussion of cars and driving. It surprised me to learn that it was then considered normal for 'mischievous children' to throw stones at passing cars - even royal ones. Dornford Yates' first book.] Very Good.

Price: 62.00


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Strachey, Ray:
A Quaker Grandmother: Hannah Whitall Smith.

New York, etc: Fleming H. Revell Company, 'copyright 1914'. First or early edition. 144pp, with a guarded photo frontis. A coloured illustration of an old cottage neatly fixed on front pastedown with a carefully written gift inscription: contents otherwise very fresh and clean. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In the original binding of quarter green cloth with mottled grey boards, titled in gilt to front and spine: with a couple of tiny marks to spine, and ends crimped: firm and clean, gilt bright, corners good: a very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: 75.00


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Edited by A. Lindsay Kelly:
Kelly's Directory of Essex, 1926.

London: Kelly Directories Ltd, [1925?]. Original printing. 26 adverts, xx, 1075p: complete with the coloured map, with a minor professional repair. Advertisement endpapers rubbed: contents otherwise very good. Edges sprinkled. Quarto, In the original binding of red cloth, ruled in blind, with advertisements in black to the boards, and titled in gilt to boards and spine. Boards bright and firm, spine slightly dulled and puckered, with a small repair to head. Very nice copy. VG+.
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Price: 100.00


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