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FIRST EDITION 1609, 8vo, approximately 160 x 100 mm, 6¼ x 4 inches, illustrated title page, woodcut headpieces and some decorated initials, text printed within ruled border throughout, pages: (viii), 1-174, (8), 1-87, (3), in addition to the general title page there are 4 separate dated title pages and pagination restarts with the Paraphrase upon the Song of Songs, register is continuous throughout, last 3 pages are blank except for ruled border. Bound in contemporary full limp vellum, faded ink title to spine, remains of ties at fore-edges. Vellum darkened and discoloured, stained on upper hinge, small brown stain and a couple of light scratches to lower cover, 3 tiny holes to upper hinge of spine, small piece missing from corner of front endpaper, neatly repaired, small neat repair to top edge of title page, on blank side, 2 lower margins have paper fault neatly repaired, not affecting text, small neat ink initials on endpaper, a little faint spotting to title page, very small patch of worming in inner margin throughout, not affecting text, 2 pages slightly dusty (one blank), last free endpaper crinkled at outer edge,otherwise contents clean and bright, binding tight and firm. A very good copy. Joseph Hall (1574 1656), eminent prelate and author, was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and became bishop of Exeter, (1627 41), and of Norwich, (1641 47). The rise of Puritanism involved him in serious church difficulties, and his vigorous defence of the episcopacy against its attackers resulted in his imprisonment in 1641 on charges of high treason. He was eventually released, but he lived the remainder of his life in poverty. Hall's most notable work, his verse satires, modelled after the Roman satirist Juvenal, appeared in two parts: Virgidemiarum or Toothless Satires (1597) and Biting Satires (1598). He also wrote prose satires, poems, meditations, and autobiographical tracts. Our work was written and published early in his career. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.Read more

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A New Catalogue of Vulgar Errors Stephen Fovargue

The first edition of this scarce and only work by Stephen Fovargue. Complete with half-title and errata page. Fovargue penned this work as a supplement to Sir Thomas Browne's 'Pseudodoxia Epidemica'. 'Pseudodoxia Epidemica', otherwise known as 'Vulgar Errors' refuted common errors and superstitions of the seventeenth century. Browne's work was first issued in 1646 and went through five subsequent editions. For this work Browne adhered to the Baconian method of empirical observation of nature. It was regarded as a valuable source of information and therefore could commonly be found in the seventeenth century home. This work was written as a continuation to Pseudodoxia Epidemica. Fovargue references Browne to the preface and said that he read a part of Dr Brown's 'Vulgar Errors'. Fovargue outlines that this work 'will not contain many philosophical terms; we shall rather avoid such a step as would hinder a great Part of our Readers from understanding us'. ESTC no. T2165. Collated, complete. A fascinating work, which discusses many 18th century preconceptions or ideas such as that the Heron makes a hole in the bottom of its nest for its feet to hand, or that the tone of a violin is to be brought out by laying on like a blacksmith. Condition: In a half calf binding. Externally, very smart. Extremities and joints are lightly rubbed. Occasional light handling marks to boards. Front hinge is slightly strained but firm. Rear hinge is slightly strained but firm. Half-title page and the title page are detached but present. Ink inscription next to 'For the Author': 'Steph Fovargue'. Internally, firmly bound. Puncture marks present from previous binding. Pages are bright with just the odd spots. Overall Condition: GoodRead more

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The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: in...

Volumes I-XV bound in four. 8vo. Later tan quarter sheep over marbled boards, spines with raised bands, twin gilt lettered red labels. 586 (of 588) finely engraved plates, all but one with excellent contemporary handcolouring plus an additional handcoloured plate from a different source bound in adjacent to no. 57, each plate with a leaf of descriptive letterpress text (several leaves in a few instances), one plate folding and the others full page, the two missing plates illustrating the "Three-Coloured" and "Red-Blue" Ixias (nos 381 and 410), 8 plates trimmed to the outline of the image and mounted on a different paper, another plate with just the margins trimmed and remounted. Some light rubbing and fading to the bindings, with very much the odd exception, a lovely clean set. A famed botanist, Curtis' other notable published work was his "Flora Londonensis", a record of the flowers native to the metropolis and its environs. Published between 1777 and 1798, the "Flora's" importance cannot be understated, however it was not a commercial success. It has been suggested that this was partly due to the price, the irregularity with which the parts were issued and the narrow geographical scope of the work. On the other hand, his "Botanical Magazine" was successful, being much more accessible in terms of size, price and range of subjects. The plates, though smaller than those of the "Flora", are no less beautiful and were principally designed by two of the great botanical illustrators - James Sowerby (volumes I-IV) and Sydenham Edwards, with a handful of plates drawn by Francis Sansom who also engraved them all. The handcolouring of the plates is also testament to the quality of the work and was executed by William Graves. Although the first volume has a title page dated 1793 the plates were issued in parts from 1787 onwards and all bear imprints as such. The magazine has enjoyed an astonishingly long print run, being published to this day by the Royal Horticultural Society. Dunthorne, pp. 47-8. Henrey, II, pp. 302-7.Read more

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