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West Country imprints.- Gompertz (J.) Devon, A Poem, presentation

West Country imprints.- Gompertz (J.) Devon, A Poem, presentation inscription "from the author" to half-title, errata slip, nineteenth century calf, gilt, a little rubbed, Teighnmouth, 1825 § Watkins (Charles Frederick) Sacred Poems, half title, original printed boards, a little rubbed and scuffed, London and Salisbury, 1829 § [Smith (Charles Lesingham)] Poems, Original and Translated, presentation inscription "with the author's regards" to front free endpaper, original cloth, spine faded, spine ends and corners a little bumped, Cheltenham, 1839 § Manley (Richard) The Poetical Remains of Richard Manley, half-title, original cloth, spine chipped, Southmolton, 183; and 2 others, printed in Salisbury and Devonport, 8vo (6) ⁂ All scarce, the last 2 especially so with only 2 copies each (BL and Oxford) listed on COPAC, West Country imprints.- Gompertz (J.), Devon, A Poem, presentation inscription "from the author", to half-title, errata slip, nineteenth century calf, gilt, a little rubbed, Teighnmouth, 1825 § Watkins (Charles Frederick) Sacred Poems, half title, original printed boards, a little rubbed and scuffed, London and Salisbury, 1829 § [Smith (Charles Lesingham)] Poems, Original and Translated, presentation inscription "with the author's regards", to front free endpaper, original cloth, spine faded, spine ends and corners a little bumped, Cheltenham, 1839 § Manley (Richard) The Poetical Remains of Richard Manley, half-title, original cloth, spine chipped, Southmolton, 183; and 2 others, printed in Salisbury and Devonport, 8vo, (6), ⁂ All scarce, the last 2 especially so with only 2 copies each (BL and Oxford) listed on COPACRead more

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Quinziano Stoa (Giovanni Francesco) De Syllabarum quantitae epographiae

Quinziano Stoa (Giovanni Francesco) De Syllabarum quantitae epographiae sex, collation: A-B8, C6, A-Q8, R10; [22], cxxxviii ff., woodcut portrait of the author on title, decorated initials, early ink annotations, worming to first 16 leaves, affecting text, contemporary boards alla rustica, fragments of re-used manuscript or printed leaves to pastedowns, spine worn and defective, numerous wormholes to covers, 4to (200 x 155mm.), Venice, Guglielmo de Monteferrato, June 1519. ⁂ Rare early edition of this popular Latin grammar by Giovanni Francesco Conti (1484-1557), which first appeared in Pavia in 1511. The author, better known under his humanistic name, Quinziano Stoa, was a disciple of the grammarian Giovanni Britannico, and taught Rhetoric and Greek at the University of Pavia. The title-page bears a fine woodcut depicting the author writing at his desk. Provenance: early ownership 'Ad usum Innocentij Phollij liberalitate Rudolphi Rici eius avunculi'. Literature: EDIT 16 CNCE 37659, Quinziano Stoa (Giovanni Francesco), De Syllabarum quantitae epographiae sex, , collation: A-B, 8, , C, 6, , A-Q, , R, 10, ; [22], cxxxviii ff., woodcut portrait of the author on title, decorated initials, early ink annotations, worming to first 16 leaves, affecting text, contemporary boards alla rustica, fragments of re-used manuscript or printed leaves to pastedowns, spine worn and defective, numerous wormholes to covers, 4to (200 x 155mm.), Venice, Guglielmo de Monteferrato, June 1519. ⁂ Rare early edition of this popular Latin grammar by Giovanni Francesco Conti (1484-1557), which first appeared in Pavia in 1511. The author, better known under his humanistic name, Quinziano Stoa, was a disciple of the grammarian Giovanni Britannico, and taught Rhetoric and Greek at the University of Pavia. The title-page bears a fine woodcut depicting the author writing at his desk. Provenance: early ownership 'Ad usum Innocentij Phollij liberalitate Rudolphi Rici eius avunculi'. Literature: EDIT 16 CNCE 37659Read more

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Hunt (Leigh) The Descent of Liberty, A Mask, first edition, 1815;

Hunt (Leigh) The Descent of Liberty, A Mask, 2 parts in 1 vol., first edition, half-titles, Sadleir and Nowell-Smith copy with book labels to pastedown, original boards with printed paper label to spine, spine splitting along upper joint, 1815; Foliage; or Poems Original and Translated, first edition, Bradley Martin copy with bookplate to pastedown, original boards with printed paper label to spine, 1818; The Months, half-title, scattered spotting, nineteenth century half morocco, gilt, 1821; Juvenilia; or a Collection of Poems: Written between the ages of twelve and sixteen, second edition, engraved folding frontispiece, half-title, late nineteenth century half morocco, spine faded, 1801; and 2 others by Hunt, 8vo (6), Hunt (Leigh), The Descent of Liberty, A Mask, , 2 parts in 1 vol., first edition, , half-titles, , Sadleir and Nowell-Smith copy with book labels to pastedown, original boards with printed paper label to spine, spine splitting along upper joint, 1815; Foliage; or Poems Original and Translated, first edition, Bradley Martin copy with bookplate to pastedown, original boards with printed paper label to spine, 1818; The Months, half-title, scattered spotting, nineteenth century half morocco, gilt, 1821; Juvenilia; or a Collection of Poems: Written between the ages of twelve and sixteen, second edition, engraved folding frontispiece, half-title, late nineteenth century half morocco, spine faded, 1801; and 2 others by Hunt, 8vo, (6)Read more

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Owen (Robert) A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Formation of

Owen (Robert) A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Formation of the Human Character Preparatory to the development of a plan for gradually amerliorating the condition of Mankind, second edition, preliminaries, stained, spotted, original boards, remains of original paper label to spine, spine ends split, stained, corners worn, rubbed, [Goldsmiths' 21679; Kress B6768; cf. PMM 271], 8vo, 1816. ⁂ Owen lays down the principles which had guided his 'Lanark Experiment' in which he had greatly improved the living and working conditions of the workers at his New Lanark cotton mills. Owen's central thesis was that man's character was made not by him but by circumstances beyond his control and that the formation of upright responsible citizens would result from individuals being placed under proper physical, moral and social influences from the earliest age. Provenance: 'Wm. Furmage, London Tavern, Poole', landlord of said tavern c.1839-c.1855 (ink inscription to upper board). Owen (Robert), A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Formation of the Human Character Preparatory to the development of a plan for gradually amerliorating the condition of Mankind, , second edition, preliminaries, stained, spotted, original boards, remains of original paper label to spine, spine ends split, stained, corners worn, rubbed, [Goldsmiths' 21679; Kress B6768; cf. PMM 271], 8vo, , 1816. ⁂ Owen lays down the principles which had guided his 'Lanark Experiment' in which he had greatly improved the living and working conditions of the workers at his New Lanark cotton mills. Owen's central thesis was that man's character was made not by him but by circumstances beyond his control and that the formation of upright responsible citizens would result from individuals being placed under proper physical, moral and social influences from the earliest age. Provenance: 'Wm. Furmage, London Tavern, Poole', landlord of said tavern c.1839-c.1855 (ink inscription to upper board)Read more

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Indian Mutiny &Massacre at Cawnpore.-William Jonah Shepherd (civil

Indian Mutiny &Massacre at Cawnpore.-William Jonah Shepherd (civil servant) A Brief Account of the Outbreak at Cawnpore and the disasters which resulted therefrom to the Christian Community of the Station [&] Correspondence relative to the circumstance under which I resigned my appointment in the Commissariat Department, autograph manuscripts signed on titles and initialled in the text, first mentioned title and 59pp., second mentioned title and 31pp. & an ALs from ?J. Mathew tipped-in, bound in reverse, manuscript on blue paper, part of front free endpaper cut away, some ff. excised, some ff. working loose, some others with a few corner stains, 2 pencil drawings used as illustrations in the printed work, "The Battered Barracks" & "The Exterior of the house in which the massacre of the women & children took place", both inscribed: "copied by J Bennett, Calcutta, from a sketch taken at Cawnpore by Lieut. CW Crump in Augst. 1857", original half calf, manuscript label on upper cover, binding worn, covers with surface wear, corners and edges bumped and worn, lacks head of spine, chipped at tail, sm. 4to, 1857; and a defective copy of the printed work, "A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore", lacks title and other pp., signed presentation copy from the author to his son, dated 1886 at end, 8vo (2). ⁂ An eye witness account of one of the bloodiest episodes of the Indian Mutiny. "The native spies were first put to the sword, and after them the Gentlemen... and shot, thereafter the poor females were ordered to come out, but neither threats, nor persuasions, could induce them to do so... The troopers therefore brought musquets, and after firing a great many shots from the doors, windows &c rushed in, with swords and bayonets. Some of the helpless creatures in their agony fell down at the feet of their murderers, and begged them, in the most pitiful manner, to spare their lives, but to no purpose... in the midst of the most dreadful shrieks and crys of the victims. There were between 140 & 150 souls, including children... next morning it was found, on opening the doors, that some 10 or 15 females with a few of the children had managed to escape... by... hiding under the murdered bodies... a fresh order was therefore sent to murder these also; but the survivors... rushed out into the Compound, and seeing a well there, threw themselves into it... ." William Jonah Shepherd (1825-91), served in the army commissariat at the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny, and was one of the very few survivors of the siege of Cawnpore. As he was of mixed race, he volunteered to act as a spy and to open negotiations with Nana Sahib, the commander of the rebel forces at Cawnpore. Disguised as a native cook Shepherd was captured soon after leaving the entrenchment. He was tried and imprisoned for a term of three years with hard labour and shackled in irons. During this time he lost his entire family, "consisting of wife and a daughter [my infant daughter having died from a musquet shot in the head...] two nieces... a sister and her infant son, a brother... and two old ladies". He "was released by the European Troops on the morning of the 17th [July 1857]." Nana Sahib (1824-59), born as Dhondu Pant; Indian Peshwa of Maratha empire; led the rebellion in Cawnpore (Kanpur) during the 1857 uprising. Indian Mutiny &, Massacre at Cawnpore.-, William Jonah Shepherd (, civil servant, ), A Brief Account of the Outbreak at Cawnpore and the disasters which resulted therefrom to the Christian Community of the Station [&] Correspondence relative to the circumstance under which I resigned my appointment in the Commissariat Department, autograph manuscripts signed on titles, and initialled in the text, , first mentioned title and 59pp., second mentioned title and 31pp. & an ALs from ?J. Mathew tipped-in, bound in reverse, manuscript on blue paper, part of front free endpaper cut away, some ff. excised, some ff. working loose, some others with a few corner stains, 2 pencil drawings used as illustrations in the printed work, "The Battered Barracks" & "The Exterior of the house in which the massacre of the women & children took place", both inscribed: "copied by J Bennett, Calcutta, from a sketch taken at Cawnpore by Lieut. CW Crump in Augst. 1857", original half calf, manuscript label on upper cover, binding worn, covers with surface wear, corners and edges bumped and worn, lacks head of spine, chipped at tail, sm. 4to, 1857; and a defective copy of the printed work, "A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore", lacks title and other pp., signed presentation copy from the author to his son, dated 1886 at end, 8vo, (2). ⁂, An eye witness account of one of the bloodiest episodes of the Indian Mutiny. "The native spies were first put to the sword, and after them the Gentlemen... and shot, thereafter the poor females were ordered to come out, but neither threats, nor persuasions, could induce them to do so... The troopers therefore brought musquets, and after firing a great many shots from the doors, windows &c rushed in, with swords and bayonets. Some of the helpless creatures in their agony fell down at the feet of their murderers, and begged them, in the most pitiful manner, to spare their lives, but to no purpose... in the midst of the most dreadful shrieks and crys of the victims. There were between 140 & 150 souls, including children... next morning it was found, on opening the doors, that some 10 or 15 females with a few of the children had managed to escape... by... hiding under the murdered bodies... a fresh order was therefore sent to murder these also; but the survivors... rushed out into the Compound, and seeing a well there, threw themselves into it... .", William Jonah Shepherd (1825-91), served in the army commissariat at the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny, and was one of the very few survivors of the siege of Cawnpore. As he was of mixed race, he volunteered to act as a spy and to open negotiations with Nana Sahib, the commander of the rebel forces at Cawnpore. Disguised as a native cook Shepherd was captured soon after leaving the entrenchment. He was tried and imprisoned for a term of three years with hard labour and shackled in irons. During this time he lost his entire family, "consisting of wife and a daughter [my infant daughter having died from a musquet shot in the head...] two nieces... a sister and her infant son, a brother... and two old ladies". He "was released by the European Troops on the morning of the 17th [July 1857].", Nana Sahib (1824-59), born as Dhondu Pant; Indian Peshwa of Maratha empire; led the rebellion in Cawnpore (Kanpur) during the 1857 uprisingRead more

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Landor (Walter Savage) Dry Sticks, Fagoted, first edition, signed

Landor (Walter Savage) Dry Sticks, Fagoted, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to Esther Hare with autograph corrections to c.50pp., half-title, bookplate and book label, original cloth, covers and spine detached, rubbed and browned, preserved in folding chemise and custom morocco-backed slip-case, 8vo, 1858. ⁂ An excellent presentation copy with extensive autograph corrections to the text. The corrections which range from minor typographical alterations to the removal of entire poems (and the addition of new verses to others) seem to be in preparation for a new edition of the work which never transpired. Esther Hare (1814-64), wife of Julius Hare, writer, instrumental in persuading John Taylor to publish Landor's Imaginary Conversations. Landor (Walter Savage), Dry Sticks, Fagoted, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to Esther Hare with autograph corrections to c.50pp, ., half-title, bookplate and book label, original cloth, covers and spine detached, rubbed and browned, preserved in folding chemise and custom morocco-backed slip-case, 8vo, 1858. ⁂ An excellent presentation copy with extensive autograph corrections to the text. The corrections which range from minor typographical alterations to the removal of entire poems (and the addition of new verses to others) seem to be in preparation for a new edition of the work which never transpired. Esther Hare (1814-64), wife of Julius Hare, writer, instrumental in persuading John Taylor to publish Landor's, Imaginary Conversations,Read more

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Kircher (Athanasius) Prodromus Coptus sive Aegyptiacus, first edition
Kircher (Athanasius) Prodromus Coptus sive Aegyptiacus, first edition, first issue, with the dedicatee's (Francesco Barberini) coat-of-arms on title, woodcut illustrations in the text, slightly browned, contemporary limp vellum, ink title on spine, [Merrill, 3; Caillet II, 5790; Brunet III, 668; Graesse IV, p.22; Sommervogel IV, 1047.3], 4to, Rome, Congregatio de propaganda fide, 1636. ⁂ A very good copy of the first Coptic grammar ever published. In 1629 the French scientist and book collector Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc received a group of Coptic manuscripts from his collaborator Teofilo Minuti on his return from travels in the Middle East. Coptic was still an unknown language at the time and Peiresc asked Kircher to help him decipher the texts. A few years later Kircher published the Prodromus, which according to many scholars represents the manifesto of Egyptology. Kircher (Athanasius), Prodromus Coptus sive Aegyptiacus, first edition, first issue, with the dedicatee's (Francesco Barberini) coat-of-arms on title, woodcut illustrations in the text, slightly browned, contemporary limp vellum, ink title on spine, [Merrill, 3; Caillet II, 5790; Brunet III, 668; Graesse IV, p.22; Sommervogel IV, 1047.3], 4to, Rome, Congregatio de propaganda fide, 1636. ⁂, A very good copy of the first Coptic grammar ever published, . In 1629 the French scientist and book collector Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc received a group of Coptic manuscripts from his collaborator Teofilo Minuti on his return from travels in the Middle East. Coptic was still an unknown language at the time and Peiresc asked Kircher to help him decipher the texts. A few years later Kircher published the Prodromus, which according to many scholars represents the manifesto of Egyptology Forum Auctions
Panofsky (Erwin) Albrecht Dürer, 1943 & others, prints & drawings (13)
Panofsky (Erwin) Albrecht Dürer, 2 vol., ex-library with unobtrusive perforated stamp at foot of titles, Princeton, 1943 § Hind (A.M.) Wenceslaus Hollar, some spotting, 1922, illustrations, original cloth, the second with frayed dust-jacket loosely inserted; and 10 others on old master prints and drawings, 4to (13), Panofsky (Erwin), Albrecht Dürer, , 2 vol, ., ex-library with unobtrusive perforated stamp at foot of titles, Princeton, 1943 § Hind (A.M.) Wenceslaus Hollar, some spotting, 1922, , illustrations, original cloth, the second with frayed dust-jacket loosely inserted, ; and 10 others on old master prints and drawings, 4to, (13) Forum Auctions
Livius (Titus) Ex XIIII T. Livius Decadibus Prima Tertia Quarta, 1521.
Livius (Titus) Ex XIIII T. Livius Decadibus Prima Tertia Quarta, 5 parts in 1, numerous woodcut printers devices, including to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., that on title with a little hand-colouring, initial spaces with guide-letter, ink stamp to foot of title, first title soiled, occasional staining and spotting elsewhere, contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, metal clasps, joints splitting, but holding firm, soiled and rubbed, [Adams L1323; Renouard, Alde, 89:6; EDIT 16 CNCE 37644], folio, [Venice], [In the house of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [January 1521, October 1520, November 1520, December 1520, February 1521]. ⁂ elle est fort rare (Renouard). Livius (Titus) Ex XIIII T. Livius Decadibus Prima Tertia Quarta, 5 parts in 1, numerous woodcut printer, s devices, including to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., that on title with a little hand-colouring, initial spaces with guide-letter, ink stamp to foot of title, first title soiled, occasional staining and spotting elsewhere, contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, metal clasps, joints splitting, but holding firm, soiled and rubbed, [Adams L1323; Renouard, Alde, 89:6; EDIT 16 CNCE 37644], folio, [Venice], [In the house of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [January 1521, October 1520, November 1520, December 1520, February 1521]. ⁂, elle est fort rare, (Renouard) Forum Auctions
Hertel (Jacob) Vetustissimorum et sapientiss. Comicorum quinquaginta
Hertel (Jacob, editor) Vetustissimorum et sapientiss. Comicorum quinquaginta, edited by Jacob Hartlein, woodcut decorative initials, early ink marginalia and inter-linear notes, marginal water-staining, occasional spotting, 17th century calf, gilt (later), split to leather of spine, spine ends and corners neatly repaired, g.e., [Adams P1693], 8vo, Basel, [Johann Oporinus], 1560. ⁂ Rare second edition of these 'sentences'. Hertel (Jacob, editor, ), Vetustissimorum et sapientiss. Comicorum quinquaginta, , edited by Jacob Hartlein, woodcut decorative initials, early ink marginalia and inter-linear notes, marginal water-staining, occasional spotting, 17th century calf, gilt (later), split to leather of spine, spine ends and corners neatly repaired, g.e., [Adams P1693], 8vo, Basel, [Johann Oporinus], 1560. ⁂ Rare second edition of these 'sentences' Forum Auctions
Bury (Richard de, Bishop of Durham) Philobiblon, 1483.
Bury (Richard de, Bishop of Durham) Philobiblon, 40 ff., the last blank, 31 lines, Gothic type, first initial supplied in brown ink, others in red, some initial spaces unfilled, early ink marginalia, fingerposts and underlining, small marginal repair to verso of first f., wormholes within text and to margins, more frequent at start and diminishing in number throughout, water-stained at head and foot, occasional spotting or finger-marking, new endpapers and pastedowns, contemporary pigskin-backed wooden boards, metal clasps, wormholes, repair to head of spine, [BMC II, 502; Goff R-192; HC 4150], small 4to, Speyer, Johann and Conrad Hist, [after 13 January, 1483]. ⁂ The rare second edition of this classic treatise on bibliophily. It is considered the earliest work to treat in depth book collecting, the care and preservation of books and librarianship. De Bury highlighted the deplorable state of English libraries and championed the need to provide the necessary materials to advance learning. To this end he planned to found a library at Oxford, in which his own books would form the nucleus of the collection. Sadly, he died in great poverty on 14th April, 1435 and his books were probably sent to the Benedictine Durham College, Oxford and thereafter divided between Duke Humphrey of Gloucesters library (now a constituent part of the Bodleian), Balliol College, Oxford and the Welsh antiquarian George Owen. Typographically of note is that this is the only book printed by the Hist brothers to provide their names in full and to use this particular type. This edition is rare at auction, with the last copy selling in 1995, lacking two leaves. The present copy last sold in May, 1984 for 74,000 Deutschmarks (c.$26,000). Bury (Richard de, Bishop of Durham, ) Philobiblon, 40 ff., the last blank, 31 lines, Gothic type, first initial supplied in brown ink, others in red, some initial spaces unfilled, early ink marginalia, fingerposts and underlining, small marginal repair to verso of first f., wormholes within text and to margins, more frequent at start and diminishing in number throughout, water-stained at head and foot, occasional spotting or finger-marking, new endpapers and pastedowns, contemporary pigskin-backed wooden boards, metal clasps, wormholes, repair to head of spine, [BMC II, 502; Goff R-192; HC 4150], small 4to, Speyer, Johann and Conrad Hist, [after 13 January, 1483]. ⁂ The rare second edition of this classic treatise on bibliophily. It is considered the earliest work to treat in depth book collecting, the care and preservation of books and librarianship, . De Bury highlighted the deplorable state of English libraries and championed the need to provide the necessary materials to advance learning. To this end he planned to found a library at Oxford, in which his own books would form the nucleus of the collection. Sadly, he died in great poverty on 14, th, April, 1435 and his books were probably sent to the Benedictine Durham College, Oxford and thereafter divided between Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, s library (now a constituent part of the Bodleian), Balliol College, Oxford and the Welsh antiquarian George Owen. Typographically of note is that this is the only book printed by the Hist brothers to provide their names in full and to use this particular type. This edition is rare at auction, with the last copy selling in 1995, lacking two leaves. The present copy last sold in May, 1984 for 74,000 Deutschmarks (c.$26,000) Forum Auctions

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