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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File A: Antiquarian General Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ADDISON [(John)]. The Works Of Anacreon, Translated into English verse; With Notes Explanatory and Poetical, To which are added the Odes, Fragments, and Epigrams of Sappho. With the Original Greek plac'd Opposite to the Translation. By Mr. Addison. London: Printed for John Watts at the Printing-Office In Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1735. F'cap 12mo; half-title not called for; copper-engraved portrait frontispiece, and one plate, both printed upon text-paper; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[xxiv (unpaginated), including the frontispiece]+[280 (including plate)]; [A] - I, K - M12, N4, O2; contemporary full sheep, spine with four raised bands, ruled and tooled blind on sides, gilt on edges; burnished sprinkled edges. Leather somewhat cracking over joints, slightly chipped at extreme head and tail of spine, and peeled a little on the front cover; neat notes in ink and pencil on front end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

CBEL, II, p.759. Loosely laid in at the end is a cutting from the "Times" of June 10th 1916, giving the text of a newly-found poem by Sappho, together with a translation of it.

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ANONYMOUS. Ivdicivm Synodi na- Tionalis re- Formatarvm eccle- Siarvm Belgicarvm, Habitæ Dordrechti, Anno 1618. & 1619. Cvi etiam interfvervnt plvri- Mi insignes Theologi Reformatarum Ecclesiarum Ma- gnæ Brittaniæ, Palatinatus Electoralis, Hassiæ, Helue- Tiæ, Correspondentiæ Wedderauicæ, Gene- Vensis, Bremensis, & Em- Danæ, De Qvinqve doctrinæ Capitibus in Ecclesiis Belgicis Controuersis. Promulgatum VI. Maij.M.DC.XIX. Prostat Francofvrti sumptibus Hvlsianis, 1619. F'cap 16mo in half-sheets; woodcut initials and headpieces to the several chapters; final blank present; A - F8; pp.93+[iii]; later drab wrappers. Light uniform embrowning throughout and small light damp-stains affecting a few corners; insignificant ink note on upper corner of title-page; otherwise a nice copy loosely inserted into a modern pamphlet binder.

The judgments of the Synod of Dort. Provenance: woodcut bookplate of Fritz Mauthner, Freiburg on inside front wrapper; inserted leaf of notes in the hand of Donne scholar Dr. I.A. Shapiro. Shapiro notes that when Donne was at the Hague with Doncaster in December 1619, he was given one of the gold medals struck to commemorate the Assembly, which he bequeathed to Dr. Henry King. In this copy the following leaves have been misnumbered: p.33, 37; p.41, 40; p.42, 18; p.43, 34; p.45, 55; p.51, 52; p.60, 12; p.71, 72; and p.83, 38.

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ANTHOLOGY. Poems By the Earl of Roscomon. To which is added, an Essay on Poetry, By the Earl of Mulgrave, now Duke of Buckingham. Together with Poems By Mr. Richard Duke. London: Printed for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's [sic] Head over-against Katharine-street [sic] in The Strand. 1717. Half-title not called for; pp.[xx (unpaged)]+536; A8, a2, B - I, K - U, X - Z, Aa - Ii, Kk - Ll8, Mm4; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, lettering-piece ruled and lettered gilt. Front joint cracked, but firm on the cords, back joint slightly cracking; calf slightly worn or chipped at corners; otherwise a nice, large, copy: with the small ex libris shelf-label of Loxwood House on the front paste-down.

The prefatory matter to the verse ‘Essay on Translated Verse' by Roscommon includes a commendatory poem in Latin and English by Dryden. The prose ‘Remarks on Horace's Art of Poetry' by the Duke of Buckingham is printed in double column. In this copy the ‘9' in the page number ‘79' is very much raised, p.275 is mis-numbered 175, p.393 is mis-numbered 363, p.431 is mis-numbered 401, p.495 is mis-numbered 465, and p.506, l.2 has the reading ‘undistinguish'd' for ‘unextinguish'd'. CBEL, II, p.285

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ANTHOLOGY. Raccolto d'alcvne piacevoli rime. In Parma. Per gli Heredi Seth Viotto, 1582. Sm.12mo; Nothing called for before title-page; title-page with headpiece of type ornaments, and large oval heraldic wood-cut above imprint; type-ornament tailpieces and small woodcut initials throughout; pp.[xii]+262; ¶6, A - I, K - L12; contemporary limp vellum, yapped edges, lacking the ties, hand-lettered on spine; apparently made up without free end-papers. Lacking K12 [?blank]; title-page a little dusty, and title-leaf slightly chipped at blank fore-margins, with two short tears almost invisibly repaired on verso; similar repair to margin of A9; small hole in blank inner margin of L8 due to an original paper flaw; very light damp-staining to lower fore-corners throughout, barely touching the text; otherwise a nice copy.

Edited by Erasmus Viotto, and dedicated to Giulio Pallavicino of Genoa, which explains the Genoese bias in the selection. Poets represented include Cesare Caporali, Scipione Metelli, Paulo Pansa, Alessandro Paci, Allessandro Spinola, Aurelio Orsi, Cristoforo Zabata, Torquato Tasso (a sonnet beginning ‘Tolse Barbara gente il pregio á Romana...'), Gio. Batista Strozzi, d'Incerto, Oberto Foglietta, Speron Speroni, Pietro Contestabile, Nicolo de gli Angioli, Perotto Caparro, Marcello Nicosante, Mutio, and Alessandro Farra.

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BALZAC ([Jean-Louis Guez, Seigneur de]). The Prince. Written in French By Mounsier [sic] du Balzac. Now Translated into English. London, Printed for M. Meighen, and G. Bedell, and are to be sold at Their shop at the Middle-Temple Gate, 1648. F'cap.12mo (apparently so watermarked); half-title not called for; integral blank before title-page, blank at end probably not integral; thirty-six entry Errata with imprimatur dated Decemb.13.1647 on verso follows last page of text; pp.[82 (not paginated)]+159+163 - 326+[ii]; A - I, K - Q12, R11; ruled blind on sides and spine, gilt on spine, blocked and embossed blind on sides with baronial arms. Front end-papers amateurishly renewed with period paper, and back free end-paper lacking; bound up without gathering O (pp.235 - 258); blank lower fore-corner torn from leaf A6; short marginal tear to fore-edge of G4; small blank top forecorner chipped from L8 and L9; otherwise a very nice copy.

Apart from the end-papers, very clean and fresh and in a sound original binding, it is evident that the missing gathering was never included in this set of sheets - which is something of a tragedy given that the book is apparently rare. Only the Oxford copy noted on COPAC. The collation here agrees with that, except that the Oxford copy does not have the initial blank. The French original was published in 1631. The translator's dedication (to ‘Colonell Gervas Holles') is signed H.G. Wing, B.615

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BEAUMARCHAIS (M. [Pierre Augustin Caron] de). La Folle journee, Ou Le mariage de Figaro, Comedie En cinq actes, en prose. Representee pour la premiere fois, par les Comediens Francais ordinaires du Roi, le mardi 27 avril 1784. [Kehl:] De l'imprimerie de la societe litteraire- Typographique; Et se trouve a Paris, Chez Ruault, libraire, au Palais-Royal, pres Le theatre, no 216, 1785.Sm.demy 8vo; half-title with list of provincial publishers and ‘avis de l'editeur' on verso; Errata leaf (with eleven entries) inserted at end; pp.[lii]+199+[i (Approbations)]+[ii]; a - c8, d2, A - I, K - M8, N4, [O1 (Errata)]; original pink glazed wrappers, lettered by hand on front wrapper and up spine; a.e. uncut; issued without free end-papers. Most of backstrip lacking; two inch tear in front wrapper, shorter corresponding tear in fore-margin of half-title leaf, not touching text; numerous lesser faults more or less confined to the large margins; a very little dusting and marking in text; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce in the original state.

Cordier, 129: the second (and better) of the editions authorised by Beaumarchais, small format variant, first issue: preceded by an incomplete and very corrupt piracy printed at Amsterdam, and by the authorised edition, also ‘Chez Ruault', printed in Paris in the same year. Cordier 129 n. refers to copies of this Kehl edition a). without plates, as here (listed from a single sales record); b). with the five plates by Lienard inserted before the text; and c). with the plates properly distributed throughout. In addition, some bound copies are known that have additional plates. In a copy of ‘Estelle' by Florian (A Paris, De l'imprimerie de monsieur. Chez Debure aine,rue Serpente, Hotel Ferrand, no.6; Bailly, rue de Saint-Honore, Barriere des Sergens, 1788. Lge. post 8vo in half-sheets) there is a publisher's note to the effect that the plates intended to adorn the volume (and in fact advertised as being present) are not yet ready, but will appear separately in about six months. It would appear that the present edition of ‘Le mariage' may equally have been rushed into print (possibly to combat the piracies) before the plates were ready, that the first issues (a).) were without the plates, and that they were subsequently added b). as a section to copies already sewn, and c). to unsewn copies in their proper place.

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BEMBO (Pietro). Il Primo Volvme Delle lettere Di M. Pietro Bembo. A sommi pontefici A Cardinali & ad altri nobili Signori & Persone Ecclesiastici Scritte. Di Nvovo rivedvto & stampato. Con la gionta della Vita del Bembo. In Vinegia, Appresso Girolamo Scotto. 1562. 12mo; woodcut device on title; historiated initial at start of life and each of the twelve books; printed throughout in a fine italic face; final blank; ff.[iv]+[ii (Tavola, unfoliated)]+209+[i]; +vj, A - I, K - Rxij, Svj; eighteenth century full calf, ruled gilt on sides and spine and with ducal armorial device (unidentified) in the centre of each board. Leather rubbed on spine and worn a little at extreme head and tail; joints cracked, but holding on the cords; some half-dozen leaves leaves with small damp-stains, and four leaves (two in the first, two in the last gathering: both half-sheets) with an original paper or printing fault resulting in a darkened horizontal line line across the centre; otherwise a very nice copy.

First published in 4to "Per Valerio Dorico et Luigi fratelli, ad instantia di M.C. Gualteruzzi: Roma, 1548", the year after Bembo's death, the present edition would appear to be the fifth, though the first in 12mo. (the other three being 8vo.). Three further volumes were issued in this and the following year. Bembo was a purist classical scholar and a noted Latin stylist who played an important part in the resuscitation of classical Latin and Greek under Pope Leo X, for whom (together with fellow scholar Giacomo Sadaleto) he acted as Apostolic Secretary. After about 1513 Bembo forsook Latin and turned both his pen and his influence to the development of Italian, the language of the present letters. He is remembered for a certain quirkiness (in his apostolic letters, for example, he referred to God as ‘deii immortali', an expression that he preferred because the word ‘Deus' was not sanctioned by the works of Cicero; whilst he refused to read the Vulgate for fear of contaminating his style!); also by the fortuitous attachment of his name to the Aldine type designed by Francesco Griffo, which was used for the first time to print his own first book, ‘De ref="LIST1.HTM" target="Starttna', in 1495.

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BOOK CATALOGUE. [Cover title:] [A] Catalog[ue] Of a Large and Curious Collection of B[ooks] In which is included The Fine Italian Libra[ry] Of the late Mr. Pheringe Amongst which are the following, viz. [double column list of folios, 34 lines] And many others equally good, which will be sold, at the Prices printed in The Catalogue, for Ready Money, this Day, July 1780, and continue on Sale till all are sold, By Thomas Payne and Son, Booksellers, Next the Mews Gate, in Castle Street, St. Martin's. Catalogues to be had (Price 6d) at [list of booksellers from whom the Catalogue is obtainable, and offer to buy any library or parcel of books]. Demy 8vo, in fours, stabbed through and sewn; issued without half-title or wrappers; pp.iv+144. Title chipped with slight loss of text, dusty, and laid down; Index leaf lacking about a fifth of its area, from the fore-margin, with some loss of text and corresponding dusty area to following first leaf of Catalogue; slight dusting or staining to blank lower fore-corners of next three or four leaves, and light dusting to last page; otherwise a nice, clean copy.



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BOOK CATALOGUE. [Cover title:] A Catalogue Of several Libraries, Containing a curious Collection of near Forty thousand volumes, In all Languages and Faculties; Amongst which are the following, viz. [Thos. Pa]yne and Son, [Bookse]llers, [?---] Street, St. Martin's [List of booksellers from whom the Catalogue is obtainable, and offer to buy any library or parcel of books] c.1780. Demy 8vo, in fours, stabbed through and sewn; issued without half-title or wrappers; pp.[iv]+230+52. Piece chipped from upper margin of prelims. and first seventeen leaves, not touching text; first seven leaves defective at lower inner corner, title-page lacking text as shown, plus part of first column of list of books given as examples, Index lacking about one third of text, first two leaves lacking about eighteen words per page, next leaf a dozen or so, the next leaf two, plus parts of two dates and two item numbers; title-page, one opening, and last page dusty; otherwise nice.

5,066 items, classified by subject and format.

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BOOK CATALOGUE. [Cover title:] A Catalogue Of a Large and Valuable Collection of French and Italian Books Amongst which are the following. . . . Including also several New French Books lately Imported. Which are now selling, this present April, 1785, (for Ready Money Only) and will continue on Sale until the Whole are disposed of. By Luke White, No.86 Dame-street, Corner of Crampton-court; Where Catalogues may be had gratis and the full Value For Libraries and Parcels of Books. Dublin: Printed for Luke White, 1785. Lge.post 8vo in fours, stabbed through and sewn; bound at the spine with marbled paper; issued without half-title or wrappers; pp.[ii]+38. Upper margin of title and first six leaves defective, with loss of part of one letter on title-page, part of two letters of drop-head on p.[1], headline and all or part of three lines of text on pp.2-6, and two or three words each on pp.7-8, blank corners only of remaining two leaves; also blank lower corners of title and first three leaves; title-page, last page, and a couple of corners, dusty; otherwise internally nice. Scarce.

Over nine hundred items, followed by six and a third pages of ‘Books Printed for Luke White', a page and a third of ‘Books lately imported', and a third of a page of ‘Pamphlets lately published'.

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BURNS (Robert). Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect. The third edition. Printed for A. Strahan; T. Cadell in the Strand; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1787. Demy 8vo; half-title, Dedication leaves, Contents leaf, subscribers' list, and Glossary present, as called for; mezzotint frontispiece; pp.xlviii+372; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on spine, red spine label. Front hinge cracked, but front cover sound on the cords; front end-papers rather marked and dusty, and with two small chips; a little foxing, and some generally light dusting and marking; over all, a good copy.

The first London edition, preceded by the Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions. With the misprint ‘stinking' present on p.267. Egerer, 5.

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BURNS (Robert). Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect. In two volumes. The second edition considerably enlarged. Edinburgh: Printed for T. Cadell, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh, 1793. 2 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not present; mezzotint portrait frontispiece in volume one by I. Beugo after A. Nasmyth, and integral blank at end; pp.[iii]-xi+[i (blank)]+237+[iii]; [iii-iv]+283+[i (blank)]; contemporary half natural calf, marbled boards, parchment corners, black spine labels. All boards detached, and in need of re-backing; marbled paper a little chipped on sides; contemporary bookplate of Worcester Library on each front pastedown; a very little light dusting and spotting passim; slight thinning of paper at inner margin of G7 in volume one, due to an original paper fault; similar thinning to blank outer margin of title-page in volume two almost invisibly strengthened with matching period tissue, small hole in outer margin of B10, short crack in paper in middle of C6, and E3, and outer margin of M3, all apparently original paper faults; short tear at gutter of one leaf mended almost invisibly with matching period tissue; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

Egerer, 25. The Second Edinburgh edition, preceded by the rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786 (240pp., including a Preface, forty-four poems, and a Glossary), the first Edinburgh edition of 1787 (368pp., dropping the Preface but substituting a ‘Dedication to the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt', and adding twenty-two new pieces), and the first London edition (a reprint of the first Edinburgh edition, with the same contents). The present Second [Edinburgh] Edition, and the first in two volumes, adds a further twenty new pieces. It was the final expanded edition to appear in Burns' life-time, and in our experience it is a good deal scarcer than either the first Edinburgh or the first London edition.

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[CHATTERTON (Thomas)]. Poems, Supposed to have been written at Bristol, By Thomas Rowley, and others, In the fifteenth century; The greatest part now first published from the most Authentic copies, with an engraved specimen of one of the mss. To which are added A preface, An introductory account of the Several pieces, And A glossary. London: Printed for T. Payne and Son, At the Mews-Gate, 1777. Demy.8vo (not watermarked); half-title not called for; c4 a cancel as usual, but its conjugate, c1, is lacking and was probably omitted by mistake when the cancel was made, this having probably been done whilst the book was still in quires; one engraved plate, by I. Strutt; Glossary and twenty-five entry Errata at end; pp.xxvii+[i (blank)]+307+[i (blank)]; [a]2, b6, c4, B - I, K - U8, X2; recent light grey-green buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Lacking leaf c1 (pp.xxi - xxii); light old carbon library-stamp of the Canterbury Philosophical and Literary Institute on title-page; a little very light foxing, more or less confined to first and last few leaves; otherwise a nice copy. A cheap copy for the reason given.

The second issue, with the cancel c4, reading "The Reader is desired to observe, that the notes at the bottom of the several pages, throughout the following part of this book, are all copied from MSS. in the hand-writing of Thomas Chatterton." but omitting the final clause "and were probably composed by him" which occurs in the first issue. The missing leaf is from the editorial ‘Introductory Account of the Several Pieces contained in this Volume'. Warren, 2; Rothschild, 589, listing the first issue; Hayward, 188.

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CHAUCER (Geffrey). [The Workes Of Geffrey Chau- cer, newly printed with divers ad- dicions, whiche were never in printe before; With the siege and Destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled By Jhon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly Dooeth appere. (Large woodcut coat of arms bearing above the escutcheon the date:) 1560. (On panel below the escutcheon:) Vertue florisheth in Chaucer still, Though Death of hym, hath wrought his will.] [On colophon: Imprinted at Lon- Don, by Jhon Kyngston for Jhon Wight, dwelling in Poules Churchyarde. Anno.1561]. F'cap.folio, gathered variously, printed in black-letter throughout, in double column, fifty-five lines to the page (plus running titles); wood-engraved armorial title-page as above, and emblematic fly-titles to The Canterbury Tales and The Romaunt of the Rose (without date, publisher, or printer, the extensive wood-cut frame re-used from ‘The Union of the Houses of Lancaster and York' by John Halle, published in 1550); wood-cut head-piece to ‘The Knightes Tale' (the illustration flanked by two wood-cut pillars re-used from the quarto edition of the 1537 Coverdale Bible); colophon on final page of text followed by large wood-cut tail ornament; [floret]4, A - I6, K4, L - U, Aa - Il, Kk - Pp, Q (bis) - T (bis)6, U (bis), X8, Y, Z, Aaa - Iii, Kkk - Ttt6, Uvv8; ff.[10 unfoliated]+[i]-ccxxxij+ ccxxxij [sic!]+ ccxxxij [sic!!]+ ccxxxiij - ccxxxv+ [seven leaves variously mis-foliated, ending ccxlj (for ccxlij)]+ CCxlj [sic] - cccxxxvij+ cccxl - cccxliiij+ [one leaf foliated cccxxxix!]+ cccxlviij - ccclxxviij (despite the oddities of the pagination the catchwords and signatures are continuous throughout); early (probably seventeenth century) full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled blind on sides, tooled blind at head and tail of spine and on top- and lower- edges of boards. Re-backed, with the original somewhat worn backstrip laid on; lacking all before C1 (f.vii) and after Rrr3 (f.ccclv [the end of Chaucer's works]), also E3 and E4 (ff.xxi, xxii), Ll1 - Ll6 (ff.Clxxv - Clxxx), and Hhh3 and Hhh4 (ff.ccxcvii, ccxcviii), all the missing leaves being supplied in facsimile; insignificant chips to blank lower corners of Ee5, Oo2, and Qqq3, small chips to upper forecorners of Pp4 and Nnn1, with loss to part of folio number; small hole in Lll3, due to an original paper flaw, affecting part of catchword; light damp-stain to lower fore-corner of Ff6; small, light, marks on two or three other leaves; in general, however, a very clean, crisp, copy of a scarce edition.

The first collected edition of Chaucer's works was printed in three parts in 1526 by Pynson and was very incomplete; it was superseded by a much fuller edition edited by William Thynne which first published in 1532 was reprinted in undated editions in 1540 or 1542 (the former date being claimed in an early ms. addition in the British Library copy the latter being given by CBEL I p.211) and again either in 1545 1546 1550 or 1551 (depending which authority you follow) the last of these editions being distinguished in point of text principally by the fact of ‘The Ploughman's Tale' (a non-Chaucerian piece of Lollardy) being placed within the actual text of ‘The Canterbury Tales' immediately preceeding ‘The Parson's Tale'. The present edition represents a further re-printing of that with the addition of a section of poems edited by John Stow - this being his first published work - yet further enlarging the canon to the extent of some nineteen poems here first printed from manuscript sources. The two engraved fly-titles which are identical except for the names of the poems they introduce and more appropriate to The Romaunt than to The Canterbury Tales are used here as a not inappropriate compliment to the recently (1558) acceded Queen Elizabeth: they depict a rose tree in the form of a genealogical table of the Tudor dynasty with vignette portraits of all the persons shown. Henry VIII appears at the top of the tree with Henry VII and Elisabeth below him. The inclusion in the present copy of a folio numbered ccxxxii no fewer than three times is correct: there is no reduplication of text and the same thing occurs in the British Library copies; so also does the curious dropping of the lower case letters between Pp and Aaa. In addition to the systematic mis-foliations noticed above leaf Gg1 (f.Cli) is misnumbered Cxli; Gg6 (f.Clvi) Cxlvi; Nn6 (f.Cxcij) Ccxij; T[t]2 (f.CCxxiv) CCxxv; X[x]2 (f.ccxxxvi) ccxlij; X[x]3 (f.ccxxxvij) ccxliij; X[x]4 (f.ccxxxviij) ccxlvi; X[x]5 (f.ccxxxix) ccxliii; X[x]6 (f.ccxl) ccxliiij; X[x]7 (f.ccxli) ccxlvi; X[x]8 (f.ccxlij) ccxli; Y[y]1 (f.ccxliij) ccxli; Ddd3 (f.cclxxiij) cclxxvi; Fff1 (f.cclxxxiij) cclxxxi; Fff2 (f.cclxxxiiij) cclxxxiii; Kkk3 (f.cccix) cccviij; Kkk4 (f.cccx) cccix; Lll3 (f.cccxv) cccxvj; Lll4 (f.cccxvi) cccxvij; Ppp2 (f.cccxxxviij) ccclx; Qqq1 (f.cccxlv) cccxxxix; Qqq2 (f.cccxlvj) cccxlviij; Sss4 (f.ccclxij) ccclxiij; Uvv7 (f.ccclxxvij) ccclxvij. The number 100 is variously represented by a capital or lower-case ‘c' apparently distinguishing different compositors. STC 5076

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Author. A Poem. By C. Churchill. London: Printed for W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; G. Kearsly, opposite St. Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1763. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; final page blank; pp.[iv]+19+[i]; [A] - F2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Conference. A Poem. By C. Churchill. The second edition. London: Printed for G. Kearsly, opposite St. Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; final page blank; pp.[iv]+19+[i]; [A] - F2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

This second edition has a slightly different text from that of the first edition of the previous year: p.8, l.16 reads ‘serves' rather than ‘serve'; p.9, l.11, reads ‘bands' not ‘bands,'; p.15, l.6, reads ‘made large amends' not ‘made a large amends'; p.16, l.2, reads ‘or' not ‘nor', l.4, ‘wrapt' not ‘warpt' (erroneously), and l.21, ‘set' not ‘sent'. NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Duellist. A Poem. In Three books. By C. Churchill. The second edition. London: Printed for G. Kearsly, opposite St. Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; pp.[iv]+48; [A] - N2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

This second edition has a different collation from that of the first edition of the same year as described by Rothschild, that having a further two unsigned leaves at end, the second blank. The text of the present edition may have been revised. NCBEL, 2:593; Rothschild, 623, recording the first edition only.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). Gotham. A Poem. Book I. By C. Churchill. London: Printed for the author, And Sold by W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; G. Kearsly, Opposite St. Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; pp.[iv]+24; [A] - G2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). Gotham. A Poem. Book II. By C. Churchill. London: Printed for the author, And Sold by G. Kearsly, opposite St. Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; C. Henderson, At the Royal-Exchange; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; J. Gardiner, In Charles-Street, Westminster; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; pp.[iv]+32; [A] - I2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). Gotham. A Poem. Book III. By [in the author's hand:] C. Churchill. London: Printed for the author, And Sold by J. Almon, in Piccadilly; J. Coote, in Pater- Noster-row [sic]; W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holbourn [sic]; C. Henderson, At the Royal Exchange [sic]; J. Gardiner, in Parliament-Street, Westminster; and C. Moran, under the Great Piazza, Covent Garden, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; pp.[iv]+31+[i (advertisement)]; [A] - I2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Candidate. A Poem. By C. Churchill. London: Printed for the author, And Sold byW. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; G. Kearsly, Opposite St Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; J. Almon, in Piccadilly; and A. [sic] Moran, under the Piazzas, Covent-Garden, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; final blank; pp.[iv]+38+[ii]; [A] - I, K - L2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Farewell. A Poem. By C. Churchill. London: Printed for the author, And Sold byW. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; G. Kearsly, Opposite St Martin's Church, Ludgate-Street; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; J. Gardiner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; J. Almon, in Piccadilly; and C. Moran, under the Piazzas, Covent-Garden, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; pp.[iv]+24; [A] - G2; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C[harles].). The Times. A Poem. By [in the author's hand:] C. Churchill. London: Printed for the author; And Sold by J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; J. Almon, in Piccadilly; W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; C. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Gardiner, in Parliament-Street, Westminster; and C. Moran, under the Great Piazza, Covent Garden, 1764. Demy 4to in half-sheets, not watermarked; half-title, with ‘[Price Half a Crown.]' at foot, and title-leaf precede start of text; advertisement at foot of final leaf of text; pp.[iv]+32+29 - 33+[i (blank)]; [A] - I2, [ - ]1; modern plain grey boards. Nice copy.

NCBEL, 2:593; this title not in Rothschild.

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CHURCHILL (C.). Poems. By C. Churchill. Containing The Rosciad. The Apology. Night. The Prophecy of Famine. / An Epistle to William Hogarth. And The Ghost, in Four books. [Added in ms., apparently in the author's hand:] The Conference, The Author, The Duellist, Gotham in 3 books, The Candidate, The Farewell and The Times. London: Printed for the author By Dryden Leach; And sold by W. Flexney, at Gray's-Inn Gate, Holborn; G. Kearsly, Ludgate- Street; T. Henderson, at the Royal-Exchange; J. Coote, in Pater-noster-Row; J. Gardner, in Charles-Street, Westminster; J. Almon, in Piccadilly; and E. Broughton, at Oxford, 1763. Demy 4to, not watermarked, variously in half- and full- sheets; half-title precedes general title-page, blank at end of volume as originally planned, and fly-title to each poem; half-title to each additional poem; advertisement at foot of last leaf of text of ‘The Times' (v. note); pp.[iv]+369+[iii (blank)]; [iv]+19+[i (blank)]; [iv]+19+[i (blank)]; [iv]+48; [iv]+24; [iv]+32; [iv]+31+[i (advertisements)]; [iv]+38+[ii (blank)]; [iv]+24; 32+29 - 33+[i (blank)]; [A]2, B - I, K - U, X - Z, Aa - Ii, Kk - Zz, Aaa4, Bbb2; [A], B - F2; [A], B - F2;[A], B - I, K - N2; [A], B - G2; [A], B - I2; [A], B - I2;[A], B - I, K - L2; [A], B - G2; [A], B - I2, [ - ]1; contemporary (perhaps publisher's) full natural calf, double gilt-ruled borders to sides, spine raised over cords, ruled gilt, red lettering-piece ruled and tooled gilt; edges burnished brown. Slight wear to corners of boards, and small chip to lower fore-corner of front board; very slight cracking to front joint, but no obvious weakness, and very slight wear to calf at extreme head and tail of spine; neat later inscription on upper margin of general title; gatherings M and N of ‘The Duellist' misbound in reverse order; otherwise, and in general effect, an excellent copy in the original state.

Signed by the author on the title-pages of ‘Gotham, Book III' and ‘The Times' and with the addition to the general title-page recorded above apparently in his hand, this copy appears to have been made up for issue in its present form by the author in his capacity of publisher. Laurence Sterne, with the issuance of volume five of ‘Tristram Shandy' in 1762 had begun the experiment of signing his books, apparently as a guard against piracy, but whereas he signed them in sheets, and therefore signed the whole edition at the head of the first leaf of text (that being the first sheet printed and hence available for signing), Churchill, in adopting the practice for Book III of ‘Gotham' and for ‘The Times', left a space on the title-page for his signature in place of his printed name, and seems to have signed them only as they were sold. He died suddenly, on the 4th November 1764, the year in which these two poems were printed, and the majority of copies in consequence remained unsigned: COPAC records four copies of ‘Gotham, Book III', none of which are signed, whilst of the eight copies of ‘The Times' that it records, five, possibly six, are without the signature, and only the Edinburgh and University of London copies are recorded as possessing it. The advertisement at the end of the last leaf of text of ‘The Times' records the first collective edition of ‘Rosciad', ‘Apology', ‘Night', ‘Prophecy of Famine', ‘Epistle to Hogarth', and ‘Ghost', which forms the first half of the present volume, as available "Price Thirteen Shillings, in Sheets", and the other works up to the ‘Farewell' as available separately "Price each, Two Shillings and Sixpence.' As noted above, the inscription on the general title-page appears to suggest that this copy was specially made up as a collective edition complete to the date of issue, and it in fact includes everything that was to appear in the author's life-time. The second collective volume published posthumously in 1765 added ‘Independence' and ‘The Journey: a fragment' to the canon, whilst a further piece ‘The Dedication. Health to Gloster' appears to have been set in type, but then suppressed. In the present collection, ‘The Conference' and ‘The Duellist' are present in the second printing, the remainder of the additional works being in the correct first printings. This second edition of ‘The Conference' is practically a line-for-line reprint of the first (though from a different setting of type), but it includes some half dozen or so minor revisions to the text (and one misprint). The second edition of ‘The Duellist' differs in collation from the first, the latter having an additional leaf of text and a final blank (v. Rothschild, 623), and may also have been revised. All the added poems have the price on the half-title page, this being one of the points that distinguishes them from copies printed later to form part of the 1765 volume. NCBEL, 2:593; Rothschild, 621 and 622 (large paper copies of the collective edition), and 623 (recording the first edition of ‘The Duellist'). "Any poet who wrote so much so quickly . . . was bound to write badly at times . . . but he maintained a surprising control over the heroic couplet, his favourite medium. Although he owed a great deal to Pope and Dryden, there is in his verse a clear development towards a very individual style. This was more diffuse than that of either of his Augustan masters. By using repeated parallel syntactic structures and complex periodic sentences with numerous parentheses and digressions, he gave his poetry an entirely different rhythm, using the tight self-contained units of Augustan couplet technique to play against this larger movement. . . . It is unfortunate that his preeminence was so complete. There was no other contemporary satirist to present a worthy challenge and so compel Churchill to explore the full extent of his genius." - Dr. A.W. Bower in ‘Webster's New World Companion to English and American Literature'.

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COLERIDGE (S[amuel].T[aylor].). Poems On Various subjects, By S.T. Coleridge, Late of Jesus College, Cambridge. [and Charles Lamb]. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinsons [sic], and J. Cottle, Bookseller, Bristol, 1796. F'cap 8vo, not watermarked; half-title slightly trimmed and misbound after title; Errata leaf and integral advertisement leaf at end, both blank on verso; pp.xvi+188+[iv]; A - I, K - N8; Victorian green crushed morocco, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five bands raised over cords, lettered and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, ruled gilt on edges, elaborately tooled inner dentelles, oil-marbled end-papers; t.e.g., others uncut. Leather rubbed on points of joints; top margin of title-page slightly thinned by removal of inscription, and with two short tears, the whole expertly repaired; minute snag to one fore-margin repaired with binder's tissue (4 x 3mm); some neat, small, very light pencilled notes in text (v. note); a little scattered very light foxing or spotting; otherwise a nice copy.

From the celebrated Rowfant Library of Frederick Locker (later Locker-Lampson) the Victorian author of ‘London Lyrics' and other notable vers de société [v. NCBEL 3:534 Miles V pp.49 - 64; Swinburne ‘Studies in Prose and Poetry'] for whom it was very possibly bound since the binding conforms to a style which he affected in other volumes that we have seen - the binding in this case being signed by B[asil]. M[ontague]. Pickering who was not a binder but a bookseller and publisher. The front paste-down bears Locker's early wood-engraved book-plate together with the small leather book-label of Robert Hoe (a founder member of the Grolier Club and the man to whom Locker's friend Austin Dobson dedicated the 1895 American printing of his study ‘William Hogarth') and the free end-paper two similar but probably later ones. The ten scattered pencilled notes apparently in Locker's hand relate for the most part either to questions of authorship or record variant readings. Of ‘Effusion VII' on p.51 for example which is signed ‘C.L.' he notes: "This sonnet is marked with Coleridge's initials S.T.C. in the Morning Chronicle for Dec 29 1794." Four of the poems are signed ‘C.L.' for Charles Lamb and one ‘Sara' for Sara Coleridge. Coleridge's first published volume of poetry and apart from the first act of ‘The Fall of Robespierre' 1794 in which he collaborated with Southey and some prose tracts his first book. Printed in Bristol. NCBEL 3:215; Ashley I p.196; Hayward 206.

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CONGREVE (Mr. [William]). The Mourning Muse Of Alexis. A Pastoral. Lamenting the Death of our late Gracious Queen Mary Of ever Blessed Memory. By Mr. Congreve. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge's Head, Near the Inner-Temple Gate in Fleetstreet [sic], 1695. Pott folio (not watermarked); half-title not called for; title with mourning border; pp.[ii]+10; A - C2; early twentieth century half crushed dark green morocco, tooled and up-lettered gilt on spine within gilt-ruled box; matching marbled sides and end-papers; a.e. uncut. Slight rubbing to leather over joints; light dusting to some upper margins; single fox-spot on title-page resulting from a paper flaw; one or two other very light fox-spots or small marks in text; nonetheless a near-fine copy of a very scarce ephemeral item, rare in uncut state.

With the small engraved book-label of the poet Frederick Locker (later Locker-Lampson) on the front paste-down and the later bookplate of Winston Henry Hagen. Rebound by the Club Bindery. Wing C5859; Pforzheimer 207; Grolier 191; Hayward 136A.

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