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

[DANCER (John).]. The Comparison Of Plato and Aristotle. With the Opinions Of the Fathers on their Doctrine. And some Christian Reflections. Together with Judgement on Alexander & Cæsar As also on Seneca, Plutarch, And Petronius. Translated from the French. London, Printed by T.R. and N.T. for Dor- Man Newman, at the Kings [sic] Arms in the Poultrey, and Jonathan Edwin, at the Three Roses in Ludgate Street, 1673. Pott 8vo; half-title not called for; cancel main title leaf pasted onto a stub; imprimatur leaf and separate title-page to the Judgement, these both dated 1672 (the latter reading: Judgment [sic] On Alexander And Cæsar; And also on Seneca, Plutarch, and Petronius. Translated out of the French. London, Printed by A. Maxwell, for Jonathan Edwin at the sign of the three Roses In Ludgate-street, 1672.); pp.[xxiv (unpaged)]+214+78; A8, a4, B - I, K - O8, P3; E7; this edition almost certainly issued without the blank or advertisement leaf P4; a coincidence of watermarks between the cancel title-leaf and E5 in the second work suggests that a blank E8 was utilised to print the cancel title; recent full natural calf, unlettered. Extreme margins of cancel title very slightly embrowned and frayed; otherwise a fine copy.

Both works are translated from the French the first of René Rapin, the second of Charles de Saint-Évremond. CBEL, II, p.29, listing the two works separately. WING, R260. The Epistle Dedicatory is signed at the end, in type, by John Dancer in the character of translator. A very readable book, Dancer having a forthright and virile style: "Never were men more eager for Philosophy then now a days, nor ever fewer true philosophers. They imagine a chance hit in Chimistry, or the knowledge of some figures in Geometry sufficient to start up a philosopher; but they are deceived. Philosophy is something more excellent; and 'tis neither the smoak of an Alembick, nor the windings of a pair of compasses, can form a philosopher...."

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DONNE (John). [Greek title:] BIATHANATOS. A Declaration Of that Paradoxe, or Thesis, That Self-homicide is not so naturally Sin, That It may never be otherwise. Wherein, The Nature, and the extent of all those Lawes, Which seem to be violated by this Act, Are diligently surveyed. Written by John Donne, who afterwards received Orders from the Church of England, and dyed Deane, of St. Pauls, London. Published by Authority. London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his Shop at the Princes Armes in St Pauls Churchyard, 1648. Pott 4to; half-title not called for, but lacking the blank, A1, as usual; cancel title printed in black and red within a border of type-ornaments, mounted on a stub; imprimatur (dated 1644) at end of text; ¶2 - 4, A (Italic), A - I, K - T, V, X - Z, Aa - Dd4, Ee2 (v. note); pp.[iii - xvi (not paginated)]+1 - 192+191 - 218; contemporary full mottled calf, sides tooled with double twin-ruled frame, floral corner ornaments and stylised four-floretted central ornament, edges ruled gilt, spine, rebacked to match, with six gilt-ruled compartments, five tooled with florets, gilt, the sixth enclosing a lettering-piece of darker brown, date in smaller compartment at tail; brown burnished edges; marbled end-papers, strengthened at the gutters with later (probably Victorian) marbled paper. Small, pale marks on blank fore-margins of ¶3 and 4; rust-mark (apparently caused by a pin trapped between C3 and C4) affecting extreme inner margins of C2 - D2; single small ink-spot on D3v obscuring two letters, but with no loss of sense; small brown stain (an inch by a quarter inch, probably an old ink smudge) on centre of E2, but not obscuring the text, and small ink smudge on blank lower margin of E3r; inked symbol just touching the ruled border of F4; two pale fox-spots on X2, lightly offset onto X3r; small hole in blank margin of Cc2 due to an original paper flaw; light marking, mostly to margins, of Cc4v, Dd1r, Dd4v, and Ee1r, which since they match in shape and position on the outside edges of three sheets, must have occurred prior to binding; three small, pale, fox-spots on Ee2; apart from these minor faults, an excellent, clean, copy with good margins.

First edition second issue with a cancel Moseley title-page printed in red and black and dated 1648 tipped in instead of the original undated all black title-page which gave the publisher as John Dawson. The book published posthumously was licensed for printing by Donne's son in 1644 but not issued until 1646 or 1647. Bound up without the conjugate pair of leaves signed *1 and *2 containing the list of ‘Authors cited in the Book' which seem to have been added as an afterthought. This copy in a contemporary binding although rebacked seems not to have been resewn and it can be stated with fair certainty that they have never been present here. Gathering A begins with a page numbered ‘1' which is actually p.9 of The Contents and these continue to the end of gathering B the printer having apparently allowed eight pages for prelims. in addition probably to two further leaves for title and dedication which were to be printed conjugate with the two leaves of gathering Ee completing that sheet. When the copy for the Contents arrived however it required twelve full leaves necessitating gathering A (Italic) to precede gathering A and this was inserted without cancelling or altering the page numbers which had already apparently been set up in the formes. The title and the dedicatory Epistle moreover required three leaves rather than the two allowed and instead of being printed conjugate with gathering Ee they were printed on a separate sheet the first leaf of which was left blank. It would still have been possible at this point to have printed the list of authors on the blank leaf of the new first gathering by setting it in smaller type as was done in the second edition of 1700 and it could have been so arranged in the forme that it would follow The Epistle Dedicatory as it in fact did there. Since this was not done it seems likely that this gathering had been printed before the inclusion of the list of authors (which really exists for the sake of its closing note) had been contemplated and that a decision was taken at some late point in the printing to utilise for this purpose the two blank leaves. (That the list of authors was printed conjugate with gathering Ee is certain from the fact that some copies are known in which it is found folded between Ee1 and Ee2). Whether this was done at the start of the print run of the final gathering cannot be certainly stated and it is possible that the earliest copies printed may have been without these leaves. In the present copy gathering ‘S' is a cancel with the corrected text as in every copy known but one (in the Library of Congress). The first of Donne's controversial writings ‘Biathanatos' was written probably in 1608 and circulated in ms. amongst his friends though he had a somewhat equivocal attitude to it "because it is on a misinterpretable subject" as he wrote to to Sir Robert Karre and was unwilling either to see it printed or destroyed. With the armorial bookplate on the front paste-down of Alexander Henderson the (presumably later) armorial bookplate on the front end-paper of Charles W.G. Howard recording it as the gift of The Rt. Hon. Sir David Dundas Knt. of Ochtertyre (dated 1777) and the ownership signature of twentieth century Donne scholar I.A. Shapiro who has added a brief pencilled note of the Wing reference to the verso of the front end-paper. Loosely laid in is a leaf of bibliographical notes in his hand. Keynes 48; Wing D.1859

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DONNE (John). [Greek title:] BIATHAN[ATOS]: A Declaration Of that Paradox, or Thesis, That Self-Homicide is not so Naturally Sin, That It may never be Otherwise. Wherein, The Nature, and the Extent of all Those Laws, which seem to be Violated By this Act, are Diligently Surveyed. Written by John Donne; Who afterwards Received Orders from the Church of England; and Died Dean of St. Paul's, London. London: Printed in the Year, 1700. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; final blank; a, A - I, K - N8, O4; pp.[xxxii (not paginated)]+VIII+190+[ii]; contemporary full sprinkled panelled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled blind, lettering-piece. Joints split; corner torn from title-leaf with loss of four letters as indicated above; discoloured patch and small hole to blank inner margin of leaves E5 and F4, both apparently due to impurities in the paper, as is also the occasional scattered fox-spot; insignificant stain to top margin of leaf F8; otherwise a nice, clean, copy with good margins.

The second edition of a work written, probably, in 1608, which first saw publication posthumously in an undated edition licensed for printing by his son in 1644, but not issued until 1646 or 1647, and re-issued in 1648 with a cancel title-page so dated. The present printing, which does not bear the name either of a printer or a publisher, appears to be quite scarce. The earliest of Donne's controversial writings, which he circulated in ms. amongst his friends though he had a somewhat equivocal attitude to it "because it is on a misinterpretable subject", as he wrote to to Sir Robert Karre, and was unwilling either to see it printed or destroyed. Keynes, 49; Wing, D.1860

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DRYDEN (John). The History Of the League. Written in French By Monsieur Maimbourg. Translated into English According to His Majesty's Command. By Mr. Dryden. London, Printed by M. Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge's-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleetstreet. [sic] 1684. Half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece; pp.[lx (unpaged)]+1 - 524+731-966+49+[i (blank)]+[xlii (unpaged)]; A, a, b8, c6, B - I, K - T, V, X - Z, Aa - Ii, Kk8, Ll4, Mm2, Aaa - Iii, Kkk - Uuu8, Xxx4; old calf, ruled blind on sides. Calf of sides slightly chipped, and that of spine missing; lacking the frontispiece and Xxx3,4 (last two leaves of the table); title-page dusty; lower margins damp-stained throughout and showing slight evidence of old mildew here and there, significantly so on last few leaves of Table, which are frayed at lower margins in consequence; lower third of last few pages dampstained; one or two marginal marks passim, and brown stain affecting (but not obscuring) text on two leaves; two or three small worm-holes in lower margins through about half the volume, touching a couple of signatures and part of one catch-word, but otherwise not affecting text; blank lower corner of Gg3 chipped and hole in blank fore-margin of Hh5; early ink notes on three or four margins, etc. As a working copy

A translation of Jesuit historian Louis Maimbourg's (1610-1686) Historie de la Ligue. The forty-nine page Postscript added by Dryden to the volume includes his interesting defence of the Divine Right of Kings. Wing M.292; Macdonald, 132; Pforzheimer 328: "The break in signatures and pagination is evidently the result of division of copy between two compositors as may be seen by the variation in typography." (Pforzheimer). Despite possible appearances to the contrary, a good working copy with large margins, capable of much improvement.

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ETHEREGE (Sir George). The Works Of Sir George Etherege: Containing His Plays And Poems. London, Printed for H.H. And Sold by J. Tonson, Within Grays-Inn Gate, next Grays-Inn Lane; and T. Bennet, at the Half-Moon in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1704. Post 8vo format, watermarked only with a maker's mark (‘LS' over device within a ruled circle); half-title not called for; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+288; [A]4, B - I, K - T8; contemporary panelled calf, plainly but neatly re-backed and recornered with matching calf, green lettering-piece. Inner hinges neatly strengthened with matching paper; some light marking or fingering to text; minute corner of title-page chipped and small chip to extreme blank lower margin of B1; short tear to lower margin of H2; original paper flaw (thinning) to lower corner of I1, coinciding with the watermark, and leaving two small holes; small chip to blank lower margin of M2; small hole (original paper flaw) to N5 with loss of one letter of text; a very good copy, over all, near-nice.

From the library of Archdeacon Francis Wrangham, the noted nineteenth century scholar, bibliophile, collector, and friend of Wordsworth and Leigh Hunt: bearing on the upper margin of the title-page his small, neat, signature. The title-page bears also the name of an earlier owner, T: Wickham, in a rather faded ink. This has been neatly crossed through. The first collected edition of Etherege's works, and printed upon thick paper of an excelent quality. ‘The Comical Revenge' here has a divisional title-page, the other plays separate title-pages, all dated 1703, as always. All are included in the pagination. P.78 in this copy is misnumbered ‘87'. ESTC T138423; NCBEL, 2: 741.

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FARQUHAR (George). The Works Of the late Ingenious Mr. George Farquhar: Containing all his Poems, Letters, Essays and Comedies, Publish'd in his Life-time. In Two Volumes. The Fifth Edition. London: Printed, for J. Knapton, R. Smith, G. Strahan, And B. Lintot, 1721. 2 Vols., sm.12mo; 3pp. integral advertisements follow the section of Poems, Letters, and Essays in volume one, with a further 4pp. at end of volume two; pp.[ii]+101+[iii (Lintot advertisements)]+94+[x]+156+[ii (Epilogue to ‘Sir Harry Wildair')]; [xii]+72+[xii]+82+[x]+88+[vi]+87+[i (Epilogue to ‘The Beaux Strategem')]+[iv (Lintot advertisements)]; [-]1, A - D12, E4, A - I, K 12, L11; [-1 (probably L12), M - U, X - Z, Aa - Cc12, Dd6; contemporary full natural calf, tooled blind on sides, spine with four raised bands, tooled gilt, brown lettering- and numbering- piece. Re-backed; slight wear to calf of sides; light browning and foxing throughout volume one, affecting a few leaves also in volume two; short tear to Q1, without loss. A very good, sound, copy, nonetheless of an early collected edition.

Curiously made up. The general title as quoted above in volume one is an addition not called for by the collation, and was probably intended as a cancel. It is followed by a second title-page reading ‘The Comedies Of Mr. George Farquhar. Vol. I. Containing I. Love and a Bottle. II. Constant Couple: Or, A Trip to the Jubilee. III. Sir Harry Wildair. The Fifth Edition. London: Printed for J. Knapton, R. Smith, G. Strahan, and Bernard Lintot, N.D.' This is followed as A2 by Farquhar's Dedication, the Preface to the collection of Poems, Letters, and Essays that follows, this collection being succeeded by three pages of Lintot's advertisements, and the first play. All the sections are separately paginated (except that ‘Sir Harry Wildair' follows on from ‘The Constant Couple'), though the signatures run throughout, those to the second volume following on from the first. The second volume does not have the general title-page present in the first, but an addition not called for by the collation, reading as the second title-page of the first volume, except that the plays listed are ‘I. Inconstant, Or, The Way to win Him. II. Twin-Rivals. III. Recruiting-Officer. IV. Beaux-Strategem.' and the edition number is given as ‘The Fourth' rather than ‘The Fifth', and the date ‘1721' follows the publisher's names. It may well have been printed as L12. The individual title-pages to the plays are also dated 1721. NCBEL, 2: 753 lists a fifth edition of the Comedies as published in 1721, but no edition of the Works as published at that date, the fourth edition being listed as 1718 and the fifth edition as 1728. It is clear from the present copy that a fifth edition of the Works was published in 1721, and was made up of the fifth edition of the Comedies with the addition of the separately printed section of the Poems, Letters, and Essays. NCBEL is also in error in stating that editions both of the Comedies and the Works prior to 1736 "were made up from various editions of the separate plays with a general title-page". This in appearance is the case because of the separate pagination, but it is clear from the signatures that, as regards the plays, the two volumes were here printed as a unit. In this copy the first A3 is mis-signed B3, and F3 and F4 are mis-signed E3 and E4.

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FIELDING (Henry). The Intriguing Chambermaid. A Comedy Of Two acts. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. Taken from the French of Regnard, By Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1734. (Price One Shilling.) Extra cr.8vo format, not watermarked, in half-sheets; half title not called for; music printed in text throughout; pp.[xii (not paginated)]+40; A4, a2, B - F4; Victorian dark blue quarter crushed morocco ruled, and up-lettered, gilt, on spine; oil-marbled sides. Very nice copy.

Long noted as one of the scarcest of Fielding's plays, COPAC records only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, and Leeds copies. Adapted from ‘Le retour imprévu' by Jean François Regnard, and first produced on the 15th January 1734. ESTC T89905; NCBEL 2: 928; Cross, III, pp.297-8; Ashley Library, II, p.112; Rothschild, 839.

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FIELDING (Henry). Don Quixote In England. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the New Theatre in the Hay-Market. By Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1734. (Price One Shilling and Six Pence.) Extra cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half title not called for; music printed in text throughout; pp.[xvi (not paginated)]+64; A - E8; natural full polished calf by Root & Son, ruled and with small floral corner ornaments, gilt, on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, red and green lettering-pieces, guinea-roll edges to boards, inner gilt dentelles; a.e.g.; marbled end-papers. Slight scratching and rubbing to calf; light foxing and marginal embrowning to text; a nice copy, nonetheless.

Includes fifteen songs with their music. One of the scarcest of Fielding's plays, COPAC records only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and Glasgow copies. Rehearsed for production at Drury Lane, an intention that was abandoned for technical reasons, it in fact came first to be produced at the Haymarket on the 4th April 1734. In this copy the ‘4' of the page number on the final leaf is lacking, having failed to print. ESTC T89867; NCBEL 2: 928; Cross, III, p.298; Ashley Library, II, p.112; this title not in Rothschild.

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FIELDING (Henry). The Journal Of a Voyage to Lisbon, By the late Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1755. F'cap 12mo (so watermarked); half-title present; small woodcut vignette on title-page, and headpieces, initials, and ornaments in text; pp.[4]+iv+240+193-228; [A]4, B - I, K - M12, N6; early full sprinkled calf, sides with double ruled frame with small floral corner ornaments, and extra double ruled ‘margin' towards spine, all gilt; spine with five bands raised over the cords, ruled and tooled gilt and with small gilt ornament in compartments, red lettering-piece; a.e. stained yellow; marbled end-papers. Slight rubbing to calf over joints; a few faint spots and marks in text, but a nice copy.

The first published edition, which appeared in February 1755. Two editions, one drastically altered from the original, probably by John, Henry Fielding's blind half-brother, were printed in January 1755. The unedited version, which was printed first, was suppressed in favour of the edited text, but was eventually issued in December 1755 in response to a demand promoted by the Lisbon earthquake of November (v. Cross III, pp.84-8). Fielding had left for Lisbon with his wife in June of 1754, hoping to improve his health in a warmer climate, but had died there in October 1754 after a two month stay. "The incidents of his voyage are detailed with great humor and with undiminished interest in life. Mr. Austin Dobson rightly says that [the Journal] is one ‘of the most unfeigned and touching little tracts in our own or any other literature.'" - DNB. M4r - N6v consist of the fly-title and text of "A Fragment of a Comment on L. Bolinbroke's Essays'. ESTC T131333; NCBEL, 2: 931; Cross III, p.326; Rothschild, 857

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GAY (John). Fables. By the late Mr. Gay. Volume the Second. London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton, in Ludgate-Street; And T. Cox, under the Royal-Exchange, 1738. Extra cr.8vo; half-title apparently not called for; copperplate frontispiece and fifteen plates by G. Scobin after H.Gravelot; pp.[]2, a2, B - I, K8, L4, L2; pp.[viii]+155+[i (blank)]; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, numbered ‘2' in compartment. External joints cracked, and some wear to corners of boards; internally, some very light dampstaining of corners, and a little scattered dusting or foxing; small hole in lower margin of F8, due apparently to a printing fault; in general, however, a nice copy.

Apparently a good deal scarcer than the first volume, which was a 4to volume, published in 1727, by J. Tonson and J. Watts. The present volume was published posthumously, Gay having died in 1732, the text being communicated to the present publishers by his literary executor, the Duke of Queensberry. The publisher states in his Advertisement that they "were finished by Mr. Gay, and intended for the Press, a short time before his Death". The first collective edition of both volumes was not published until 1750. CBEL, II, p.293; Rothschild, 927. A large paper issue was also published. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.1, 9, 17, 25, 37, 47, 59, 67, 89, 97, 105, 115, 127, 137, and 145.

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GRAY (Thomas). Poems By Mr. Gray. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, 1768. Half-title present; Contents leaf followed by integral blank at end; pp.[iv]+[120]+[i]+[iii]; A2, B - H8, I4, K2; contemporary full polished calf, spine with five raised bands, natural calf lettering-piece ruled and tooled gilt, other compartments ruled gilt with large central daisy ornament and small cicular ornament in each corner, boards tooled gilt on edges; sprinkled burnished edges; binder's blank at front and back. Half-title and final blank with some marginal staining from the calf, offset very lightly onto each facing page; otherwise a fine copy.

From the library of Eric Quayle, with his 1965 ‘Greensleeves' bookplate and neat pencilled note on the front paste-down. First collective edition, copy on thick paper. Three poems: ‘The Fatal Sisters', ‘The Descent of Odin', and ‘The Triumphs of Owen', are here first printed. Northup, 52; Stokes, p.53; Rothschild, 1071. The total printing was only 750 copies, but there were also Glasgow and Dublin printings in the same year.

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GREEN (Matthew). The Spleen. An Epistle Inscribed to his particular Friend Mr. C[uthbert].J[ackson]. By the late Mr. Matthew Green, Of the Custom-house, London. London; [sic] Printed: [sic] And sold by A. Dodd, without Temple-Bar; And at all the Pamphlet-Shops in Town, 1737. (Price One Shilling). Post 8vo format (watermarked ‘G.M. [/] T'); half-title not called for; nine entry Corrigenda tipped onto verso of A2; final blank; pp.iv+46+[ii]; A2, B - D8; Victorian half green morocco, ruled, tooled, and up-lettered gilt on spine, matching oil-marbled sides and end-papers; three binder's blanks at front, six at end. Morocco just a trifle rubbed; title-page and verso of final blank a little dusty (v. note), and numerous light pencil-marks in text (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

From the library of Edmund Gosse, with his pencilled signature on the first binder's blank and his bookplate, designed in June 1883 by E. A. Abbey, on the front paste-down, the front free end-paper bearing the subsequent bookplate of Lord Esher. The text contains about fifty ticks, score lines, and other light marginal marks recording Gosse's appreciation of particular felicities. Green's best-known work, describing in witty octosyllabics the pursuits and pleasures of a rural life as the best remedy for the spleen - which in his day signified a state of boredom and melancholy. It was published shortly after the author's death at the age of forty-one, with a brief introductory Preface supplied by the M.P. and poet Richard Glover, to whom he had left his manuscripts, and attracted the admiration both of Gray and Pope. Three further editions were published in the same year, and another in 1738. This first edition was issued stabbed and sewn through, the title-page and final blank serving for the wrappers (which explains their slight dustiness). Foxon, G.283; Hayward, 159; Rothschild, 1083; NCBEL, 2: 550.

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Printed by BENJAMIN FRANKLINHALL (David). A Mite Into the Treasury; Or, Some serious Remarks on the solemn and indispensable [sic] Duty of duly attending Assemblies For divine Worship, incumbent upon all Persons Come to Years of Understanding (especially the Professors of Truth) whilst favoured with Health, Strength and Liberty; together with some due Animadversions upon the Neglect thereof; as Also a Word of Consolation to such sincere hearted Friends, as are rendered incapable of personally Attending them, by reason of Old Age, some Bodily Disorder, or Confinement, &c. To which is subjoined, An Epistle to Friends of Knaresborough Monthly-Meeting. By David Hall. London Printed: Philadelphia, Re-printed by B. Franklin, And D. Hall. 1758. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.x+53+[i]; quarter twentieth-century Levant morocco, art-printed sides; matching slip-case. Title-page defective and remargined at head and foot with loss of the words ‘A', ‘into the', most of the word ‘mite', the ‘s' and parts of the ‘a' and ‘u' of ‘treasury' parts of the words ‘Philadelphia' and ‘Reprinted' and ‘D. Hall'; all leaves expertly remargined at tail-edges, with loss of a few letters of text on most leaves, but penultimate leaf of text more seriously defective, with loss in all of about forty-eight words of the author's postscript, and lacking the last leaf altogether with a further seven lines of the postscript, the printed signature ‘D. Hall' and the word ‘Finis'; photostats are however present, loosely laid in, of the title-page, and pp.51, 52, 53, (and, incidentally, 50) of a perfect copy, thus enabling the whole book to be read; light dampstaining affects most lower margins, and more generally about the last dozen leaves.



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HYLL (Thomas). The profitable Art of Gardening, now the third time set forth: to which is added muche necessarie matter, and a number of secretes, with the Physicke helps belonging to eache Hearbe, and that easily prepared. To this is annexed two proper treatises, the one entitled, The maruellous gouernement, propertie, and benefite of the Bees, with the rare secretes of the home and waxe. And the other: the yearely coniectures meete for Husbandmen to know: Englished by Thomas Hyll Londoner. Wherevnto is newly added a treatise of the Art of graffing and planting of trees. Imprinted at London, by Henry Bynneman. Anno. 1579. Sm.4to; title within border of type-ornaments; black-letter; historiated woodcut initials; four wood-engraved illustrations in text (one full page); pp.[viii]+152; Victorian purple half-calf, morocco cloth sides; Leaf M1 (pp.81-2) lacking; inner margin of title and one other leaf tissued, without loss of text; fore-margin of two leaves chipped, with very slight loss to one large wood-engraving; extreme margins of two leaves slightly frayed, not approaching text; two leaves cropped close, one with slight loss on the final line; neat contemporary inscription on title-page, and marginal notes in ms. throughout; title dusty; one or two small stains passim, but the text in general in nice state.

Includes only the first work mentioned in the title, those "annexed" or "added" having been issued as a second volume with its own title-page, separately paginated (pp.[viii]+92), and with the signatures running from Aa1 afresh. The 1579 edition of the ‘Art of Gardening' appears to be an exact reprint of the 1572 edition. The author speaks here in the Preface of the "treatise of the Art of graffing and planting" as one of a number of works that are not yet printed. STC 13494; Henrey, 198.

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[JOHNSON (Samuel)]. A Journey To the Western islands Of Scotland. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand, 1775. Med.8vo.; half-title not called for; tweve-line Errata leaf bound in after title leaf; pp.[ii]+[ii]+384; [A]1, [-]1, B - I, K - U, X - Bb8; contemporary full sheep, red lettering-piece ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt; burnished sprinkled edges. Sheep cracked at joints, but sound on the cords; some foxing of last half-dozen leaves, and light foxing of a couple o gatherings elsewhere; otherwise internally a nice copy, with large margins.

First edition, first issue, with twelve lines of errata, cancels at D8 and U4 present, the latter with the page number incorrectly printed as ‘226' instead of ‘296'. Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.122; Chapman & Hazen, p.151.

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[JOHNSON (Samuel)]. A Journey To the Western islands Of Scotland. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand, 1775. Med.8vo.; half-title not called for; six-line Errata leaf bound in after title leaf; pp.[ii]+[ii]+384; [A]1, [-]1, B - I, K - U, X - Bb8; contemporary full sheep, red lettering-piece ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt; burnished sprinkled edges. Sheep cracked at joints, but sound on the cords, front end-papers strengthened with paper at an early date; early armorial bookplate of Jonathan Hayter and his faint name-stamp and written shelfmark at extreme upper margin of title; insignificant chip to blank fore-margin of E6; some foxing of last half-dozen leaves, and light foxing of a couple o gatherings elsewhere; otherwise internally a nice copy, with large margins.

Agrees with the presentation copy recorded by Rothschild in having the cancels at D8 and U4 present, the latter with the page number correctly printed as ‘296' instead of being misnumbered ‘226' as in his other copy; in the present copy also, p.65 is mis-paged 63, and p.176 has a badly battered ‘1'. Rothschild, 1257; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.122; Chapman & Hazen, p.151.

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[JOHNSON (Samuel)]. A Journey To the Western islands Of Scotland. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand, 1775. Med.8vo.; half-title not called for; six-line Errata leaf bound in after title leaf; pp.[ii]+[ii]+384; [A]1, [-]1, B - I, K - U, X - Bb8; contemporary full polished calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine; lettering-piece lacking; a.e. yellow. Calf of spine rubbed and worn and both boards detached; some dampstaining and dust-marking passim, and a little foxing; tear to lower margin of E3 and Bb6, not approaching text; blank lower fore-corner of U2 chipped; last leaf badly torn, and repaired without use of tissue or loss of text. As a reading copy.

In this copy D8 and U4 do not appear to be cancels, but have the corrected text, and the latter has the page number correctly printed as ‘296' instead of being misnumbered ‘226' as in some copies; in the present copy also, p.65 is correctly numbered instead of being mis-paged 63, but p.176 has a badly battered ‘1'. Rothschild, 1257; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.122; Chapman & Hazen, p.151.

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MARTIN (Benjamin). Miscellaneous Correspondence, Containing a Variety of Subjects, Relative to Natural and Civil History, Geography, Mathematics, Poetry, Memoirs of Monthly Oc- Currences, Catalogues of new Books, &c. Vol.I. For the Year 1755 and 1756. By Benjamin Martin. London: Printed and sold by W. Owen, Temple Bar, and by the Author, at his House in Fleet-street, 1759. Extra cr.8vo in fours and twos (each number containing twenty pages); half-title probably not called for; seven engraved plates (one large folding), numerous wood-engraved diagrams and illustrations, and wood-engraved music, in text; pp.[i]+458; contemporary half-calf, glazed boards. Binding broken and front board lacking; free-end-papers lacking; title leaf and first page of text dusty; title leaf frayed at blank margins, but complete; pp.105-8 bound in upside down; one or two gatherings loose; pp.115-6, 131-2, 185-92, 293-6, 309-12 lacking; the plate to face p.302 present only as a stub; pp.409 - 428 dampstained; two small marginal chips; otherwise the text in general very clean and fresh. As a binding copy.

The first of four volumes of a scarce monthly periodical, the title-pages being issued apparently with the last number, the present volume containing the numbers from January, 1755 to December, 1756. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.114, 161 (two plates), 261, 302, 346, and 409 (the large folding plate). All the plates are of scientific subjects - mostly microscopic enlargements. Besides the subjects listed on the title-page, the volume includes at least one short story, some antiquarian and natural history, daily meteorological readings taken at Temple Bar, lists of ships, exchange rates, daily stock prices, etc. Particularly interesting are the monthly lists of new books published, which establish not merely the year but the exact month of publication of the titles listed. Not listed in CBEL; miscatalogued in BLC as a book.

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