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

MILTON (John). Ioannis MiltonI [sic] Angli Pro popvlo anglicano Defensio, Contra Clvdii anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem Regiam. Londini, Typis Dv Gardianis, Anno Domini 1651. Sm.12mo; half-title not called for; woodcut device on title-page; four binder's blanks precede title-page; two integral blanks followed by four binder's blanks at end; pp.283+[v]; A - I, K - M12; publisher's full vellum-covered boards, yapped fore-edges, titled in ink on spine in a contemporary hand. Vellum a little darkened, and the front paste-down a little damp-stained; otherwise a fine copy.

Shawcross, 108; Wing, M2168C; Madan, 7: published before March 25th, 1650/1. The imprint is a forgery, the volume being in fact published by Louis Elzevir. Willems, 1134: the earlier of the two Elzevir editions.

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MILTON (John). Joannis Miltoni Angli; Artis Logicæ Plenior Institutio, Ad Petri Rami Methodum concinnata, Adjecta est Praxis Annalytica & Petri Rami vita. Libris duobus. Londini, Impensis Spencer Hickman, So- Cietatis Regalis Typographi, ad Insigne Rosoein Cæmeterio, D. Pauli. 1672. Imp.32mo in twelves; blank leaf, here lacking, precdes integral engraved portrait frontispiece, on copper; leaf of Typographi Errata follows Præfatio; upper border of type ornaments and large wood-engraved initial at start of each book; pp.[2 (lacking)]+[xviii, unpaged)]+228; A?10, B - I, K12, L6; disbound and tipped into paper wrappers. Portrait laid down; contemporary ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; title and preface leaves re-cornered, without loss of text; paper flaws in blank lower margin of D11, upper margin of E6, and fore-margin of I5; chip to blank lower corner of H2, not approaching text; otherwise a very nice, clean copy with good margins.

According to Shawcross A11 is signed B2; A12 is unsigned and used as B2; and stubs are sometimes visible: they are not here. Shawcross, 310; Wing, M2093; CBEL, I, p.467. In this copy every second opening of gathering E is mispaged: 74-75 being paged 76-77; 78-79, 80-81; 82-83, 84-85; 86-87, 88-89; 90-91, 92-93; and 94-95, 96-97; in addition p.48 is paged 46, p.98 is paged 68, and p.228 is paged 223. Shawcross says: "frequent errors in pagination".

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MILTON (John). Letters Of State, Written by Mr. John Milton, To most of the Sovereign Princes and Republicks of Europe. From the Year 1649. Till The Year 1659. To which is added, An Account of his Life. Together with several of his Poems; And a Catalogue of his Works, never before Printed. London: Printed in the Year, 1694. Sm.12mo; half-title not called for; pp.[6]+xlviii+[6 (unpaginated)]+336; A1, a12, b6, A2 - 12, B - I, K - P12; contemporary full calf, spine with four raised bands, lettered gilt. Calf very dried out, cracking at joints, and with old repair; gilt barely visible; lacking B9 and 10, and P6 and 7 (pp.17 - 20, and 323 - 6), these leaves supplied in facsimile; light contemporary signature on title-page crossing word ‘of'; some very light dampstaining and dusting in text, and a few blank upper margins wormed; small hole in upper margin of H1 affecting part of two letters; short tear to blank upper margin of P1, due to an original paper flaw; small rubbed patch on P5v with loss of one word and parts of three others; the text, however, in general nice.

A cheap copy for the reasons given. The leaves supplied in facsimile contain portions of the second and third letters from the Parliament and Commonwealth of England to John IV of Portugal, portions of the first and fourth letters from Richard Cromwell to Charles Gustavus of Sweden, and the whole of the second and third letters to the same. The bibliography, the important account of his life (from which most of our knowledge of Milton's domestic circumstances is derived), and the four poems (addressed to Cromwell, Fairfax, Vane, and Skinner - the third of these being reprinted from the 1662 volume ‘The Life and Death of Sir Henry Vane, Kt.', the rest being here first printed) - are complete. The life and bibliography are by his nephew, Edward Phillips, who also seems to have edited the volume. In this copy the following errata have been observed: p.viii, ll.17 and 18, letters lacking after ‘Merchants' and ‘stile' (the last ‘e' being half present); p.xvi, l.3, ‘ftrfi' for ‘first'; p.xxvi, l.16, ‘L-Grand' for ‘le-Grand'; p.xxxv, l.6, ‘Six Verses' (there are in fact ten); p.xxxviii, l.26, ‘the' for ‘The'; p.xxxix, l.16, ‘ert' for ‘ter' at start of line; p.xi, l.24, ‘wellwi-shers' for ‘well-wishers'; signature ‘H2' is marked ‘G2'; and p.115 numbered ‘116'. Wing, M.2126; Grolier, 621; Shawcross, 367, noting the error ‘Six Verses' on p.xxxviii as characterising an early state of text. It was later corrected.

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PLUTARCH (of Cheronea). Plutarchi Cheronei Graecorum Ro- Manorúmq; illustrium Vitæ, è Græco in La- Tinum ver- Sæ. Tomus Secundus. Ludguni, Apud hæredes Iacobi Giunta, 1552. Med.32mo in quarter sheets; nothing called for before title; large woodcut device on title; woodcut initial letters throughout; blank precedes start of text; pp.[xcvi (unpaginated)]+1047+[i (blank)]; A - F, Aa - Li, Kk - Tt, Vv, Xx - Zz, AA - II, KK - TT, VV, XX - ZZ, AAa - IIi, KKk - SSs8, TTt6; contemporary full sheep, spine with four raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt, with floral ornament in compartments, red lettering-piece; edges burnished brown. Sheep a trifle rubbed, and split a little at head of front joint; small hole in blank lower margin of D5 due to an original paper flaw, blank lower fore-corner chipped from VV6, insignificant single worm-hole to blank lower margins of gathering KKk, three or four small scattered marks over all, light dampstaining to a few leaves of Index and extreme lower margins of last gathering; otherwise a nice copy.

Printed at Lyons in Italic letter throughout, by a cadet branch of the Giunti or Junta family who began printing at Venice about 1482.

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ROBINSON (Mrs. M[ary, ‘Perdita'].). Poems By Mrs. M. Robinson. London: Printed by J. Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. 1791. (Price One Guinea in Boards.) Cr.8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; mezzotint portrait frontispiece by T. Burke after Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. [sic]; 16pp. Subscribers list precedes start of text; fifteen line Errata leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.xxiv+223+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [A], [b (so signed in pencil on last page)], [c (subscribers list, concluded)], B - [I], K - U, X - Z, Aa - Ff4, [-]1; black Victorian full crushed Levant morocco, elaborately ruled gilt on sides, edges of boards, and spine, lettered gilt on spine, gilt inner dentelles; a.e.g.; oil-marbled end-papers. Old restoration to front joint (scarcely noticeable), back joint cracked, but firm; very slight general wear to covers; plate very lightly foxed; text fine.

Mrs. Mary Robinson (1758 - 1800, née Darby), known as ‘Perdita', was a well-known actress on the London stage who published several volumes of verse between 1775 and 1800. She became mistress of Prinny, and the list of Subscribers here consequently reads like a roll-call of the British peerage, beginning with all the princes of the blood. The Subscribers list and the Errata leaf are printed on a whiter paper than the rest of the book. Gathering ‘I' bears no signature mark. NCBEL, 2: 680. A continuation of the present collection, ‘Poems, Volume the Second' was to appear in 1793.

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ROBINSON (Mrs. M[ary, ‘Perdita'].). Poems By Mrs. M. Robinson. London: Printed by J. Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. 1791. (Price One Guinea in Boards.) Cr.8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; mezzotint portrait frontispiece by T. Burke after Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. [sic]; 16pp. Subscribers list precedes start of text; fifteen line Errata leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.xxiv+223+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [A], [b, c (subscribers list, not signed, but in another copy we handled ‘b' was signed in pencil)], B - [I], K - U, X - Z, Aa - Ff4, [-]1; contemporary full sprinkled calf, elaborately tooled gilt on spine, lettering-piece. Small tear to head of front joint, and lettering-piece lacking; very slight silver-fish damage at top edge of back board; small marginal damp-stain and light foxing to portrait; small light stain (?tea) to [c]2 recto, H3 verso and H4 recto; text otherwise fine.

Mrs. Mary Robinson (1758 - 1800, née Darby), known as ‘Perdita', was a well-known actress on the London stage who published several volumes of verse between 1775 and 1800. She became mistress of Prinny, and the list of Subscribers here consequently reads like a roll-call of the British peerage, beginning with all the princes of the blood. Gathering ‘I' bears no signature mark. NCBEL, 2: 680. A continuation of the present collection, ‘Poems, Volume the Second' was to appear in 1793.

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ROBINSON (Mary [‘Perdita']). Lyrical tales, By Mrs. Mary Robinson. London: Printed for T.N. Longman and G. Rees, Paternoster-row, By Biggs and Co. [i.e., Biggs and Cottle] Bristol, 1800. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for, but lacking the leaf of advertisements at end; four entry Errata on verso of Contents; pp.[iv]+218; [ ]2, A - O8, P1 ex 2; contemporary full mottled calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, lettering-piece. Spine rubbed with loss of most of gilt, and front board detached; a very little faint foxing or dusting; a very nice copy internally, nonetheless.

Mrs. Mary Robinson (1758 - 1800, née Darby), known as ‘Perdita', was a well-known actress on the London stage who published several volumes of verse between 1775 and 1800, the present volume being her last. NCBEL, 2: 680; Oxford, V. & A., and British Library copies only on COPAC (the British Library copy being furnished with a portrait present neither in the others, nor here).

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ROMEI (Count Annibale). The Courtiers Academie: Comprehending seuen seuerall Dayes discourses: wherein be dis- Cussed, seuen noble and important ar- Guments, worthy by all Gentlemen To be perused. 1 Of Beautie. 2 Of Humane Loue. 3 Of Honour. 4 Of Combate and single fight. 5 Of Nobilitie. 6 Of Riches. 7 Of precedence of Letters or Armes Originally written in Italian by Count Haniball Romei, a Gentleman of Ferrara, and tran- Slated into English by I. K. L'occhio Linceo, hál intendimento cieco [device of small crowned Tudor rose] Printed by Valentine Sims, no place, N.D. [1598]. Pott 4to; nothing called for before title-page; title within border of type-ornaments; woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces of type-ornaments, and historiated initials to the chapters throughout; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+295+[i (blank)]; A - I, K - T, V, X, Y, Aa - Ii, Kk - Qq4; late nineteenth century half dark blue crushed morocco, oil-marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt; marbled end-papers. Leather a trifle rubbed at lower corners; title written on fore-margins in early hand; extreme fore- and lower- margins of title leaf, and one extreme corner expertly restored; title rather dusty; light staining to margins of some leaves; a few blank corners creased; two very small burn holes in M4, one affecting portions of two words on either side of the paper, but without loss of sense, the other touching only the blank fore-margin; small hole in blank fore-margin of F3, larger ones in blank lower fore-corners of Ll4 and Mm4, and blank lower margin of Oo3, all due to original paper flaws; otherwise an excellent large copy, with good margins. Rare.

Translated by John Keper: mainly prose but interspersed with verse. Originally issued stabbed and sewn through. A fine binding by Zaehnsdorf showing minimal wear. With the 1856 ownership inscription of the Earl of Westmoreland on an inset leaf together with another bearing his large woodcut device after a fine caligraphic original and the 1894 book-plate on the front paste-down of H.W. Fincham designed by John Williams. In this copy the page numbers to pp.131 and 132 are badly battered that to p.139 slightly so; pp.218 219 222 and 223 are mis-numbered respectively 226 227 230 and 231. New S.T.C. 21311 giving five locations only for Great Britain.

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SHERIDAN (Richard Brinsley). [Engraved title:] The Critic Or A Tragedy Rehearsed A Dramatic Piece In three Acts As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. By; [sic] Richard Brinsley Sheridan Esqr. London, Printed for T. Becket, Adelphi, Strand, 1781. Demy 8vo; engraved title-page; half-title and terminal advertisement leaf not present, letterpress title not called for; pp.[vi (not including engraved title, ex viii)]+98; Aw3 (ex 4, A4 being the half-title), B - G8, H1 (ex 2; later full polished calf lettered black on spine; a.e. burnished red; grey end-papers; two binder's blanks at front and back. Very slight rubbing to spine; a couple of small spots to margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

The book was reprinted several times using the same title-page over a period of more than a decade, and it is usually said that without the half-title (which in the absence of the printed title bore the edition statement) it is impossible to tell the first printing from the later ones. This is not so: not only was there some resetting (resulting in typographical differences in gathering ‘B' in the second printing, whilst it was entirely reset for the third, and also variants involving the capitalisation of the catchword ‘SNEER' on p.9) but the press figures vary between printings. The present copy appears to belong to the third impression, having the catchword ‘SNEER' printed entirely in capitals, and having press figures as follows: p.2 - ‘3', p.3 - ‘1', p.20 - ‘3', p.34 - ‘3', p.52 - ‘3', p.62 - ‘6', p.84 - ‘3', and p.94 - ‘2', and is of the variant without a press figure on p.72. V. W.B. Todd, ‘The Book Collector', 1956, Vol.5, No.2, pp.172 - 3; I.A. Williams, p.222; Nicoll, III, p.306; Rothschild, 1846. ESTCN34739. The play was first performed on the 30th October, 1779. The Prologue (pp.[iii - iv]) is by Richard Fitzpatrick.

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SMART (Christopher). The Poems, [so volume one; volume two has no comma] Of the late Christopher Smart, M.A. Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Consisting of His prize poems, odes, sonnets, and fables, Latin and English translations; Together with Many original compositions, Not included in the Quarto Edition. To which is prefixed, An Account of his Life and Writings, Never before Published. In two volumes. Reading: Printed and sold by Smart and Cowslade; and Sold by F. Power and Co. No. 65, St. Paul's Church-Yard, London, 1791. 2 Vols., f'cap 8vo; half-titles not called for; mezzotint portrait frontispiece in volume one; integral blank precedes title-page in volume two; 4pp. Power advertisements at end of volume two; pp.xliii+[i (blank)]+230; [viii]+251+[i (blank)]+[iv]; a - b8, c4, d2, B - I, K - O8; [ - ]4, A - I, K - Q8; contemporary full stippled calf, plainly rebacked; sprinkled burnished edges. Calf worn at corners, and old reback very slightly chipped at head and tail of spine in volume one; binder's blanks foxed, and some marginal foxing to portrait; otherwise internally a very nice copy. Scarce.

The Esher copy, with the Esher library bookplate in each volume. The reference to the ‘Quarto Edition' is apparently to the volume ‘Poems by Mr. Smart' published in 1763 and containing four poems. It has little to do with the present publication and the reference back to it seems merely to have been intended to prevent potential purchasers from thinking that this was a reprint of that. CBEL, II, p.338; this title not in Rothschild. In the present copy of volume one p.204 is misnumbered ‘04', and leaf P4 is unsigned; in volume two leaf N4 is mis-signed ‘N3', whilst in each of gatherings L, M, O, and P the fourth leaf has been left unsigned.

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[STERNE (Laurence, A.M. Prebendary of York, and Vicar of Sutton on the Forest, and of Stillington near York). The Sermons Of Mr. Yorick. Vol. I [II]. London: [a raised full-stop in second volume] Printed for R. and J. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, N.D. [1760]. Pott 8vo format (with a large and complicated watermark that we have failed to interpret); half-titles probably not called for, but with a secondary title-page in each volume giving Sterne's name and offices as above, that to volume one following the Subscribers list and bearing the volume number, that to volume two following the first title-page and not bearing a volume number; engraved portrait frontispiece in volume one; fly-title to each sermon, mostly included in the pagination and some with text on verso; pp.[iii] - xi+[i (blank)]+[24 (Subscribers list, not paginated)]+[iv (second title-page and fly-title to Sermon I)+23+[i (blank)]+[i (fly-title to Sermon II)]+24 - 176; [iv]+238; [ - ]1, A4, a8, b4, [ - ]2, B8, C9, D - I, K - M8,; [ - ]2, B - I, K - P8, Q7; contemporary full sprinkled polished calf, spine with four bands raised over cords, ruled gilt on sides and spine, numbered but not lettered on spine; a.e. burnished brown. Slight scratching or rubbing to calf, and joints a little cracking, but firm on the cords; end-papers stained from turnovers of the calf; portrait torn across, slightly chipped at fore-edges and one corner, and laid onto the front end-paper in volume one; two neat contemporary ms. notes on lower margins (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

The original issue of the Sermons, complete, and the correct first printing: without a date on the title-page. The issue with the press-mark ‘4' on a8r in volume one (some copies have nothing), and on H7r (some copies have a ‘3'), and with the ‘h' lacking and the ‘t' faint in the catchword ‘what' on K4r (some copies have the ‘h' slightly battered and the ‘t' a trifle faint); and with a raised full-stop after LONDON on the title-page to volume two instead of a colon, p.127 misnumbered ‘271' (in some copies it is correct), and the number to p.203 improperly spaced ‘2 03' (in some copies it is perfect). The single inset leaf, C6, in volume one was originally misbound in this copy before C1. A neat ms. note on the lower margin of B8v directs the reader forward a page, and another on C5r directs him ‘back 6 leaves' to where there is now a tiny stub, the leaf having been moved by some subsequent owner to its correct place. A further five volumes were issued by other publishers between 1766 and 1769. Cross, pp.600 - 1; NCBEL, 2: 950; not in Rothschild.

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THOMSON (Mr. [James]). The Tragedy Of Sophonisba. Acted at the Theatre-royal In Drury-lane By His Majesty's Servants. By Mr. Thomson. London: Printed for A. Millar, at Buchanan's Head, Over-against St. Clement's Church in the Strand, 1730. Post 8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; leaf A2 a cancel; Epilogue By a Friend, Nuptial Song, intended to have been Inserted in the Fourth Act with three line Errata at end precede final of page publisher's advertisements; pp.[viii]+[75]+[ii]+[ii]+[i]; [A] - I, K, L4; old drab wrappers. Some staining of a few leaves, but a nice copy.

Originally issued stabbed. The Prologue is by Alexander Pope. CBEL, II, p.306; Rothschild, 2424. There was an 8vo, a 4to, and a second 8vo printing of this title, more or less simultaneously, and mixed sets of sheets of the two 8vo printings are frequently found, whilst the first 8vo printing, as Rothschild remarks, appears to have been begun earlier but finished later than the 4to printing. The present copy appears to provide a variant of the first 8vo printing, the cancel leaf, A2, being characteristic of the 4to printing but apparently unrecorded in the 8vo printings, the first of which usually has the uncorrected text, and the second the corrected text, integral. The three line Errata is characteristic of the first 8vo printing.

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WALLER (Sir William). Vindication Of the Character and conduct Of Sir William Waller, Knight; Commander in Chief of the Parliament forces in the west: Explanatory of his Conduct in taking up Arms against King Charles the First. (Written by himself.) And now First Published from the Original Manuscript, With an Introduction by the editor. Embellished with Portraits of Sir William Waller, And of J. Lenthall, Esq. Speaker of Cromwell's Parliament. London: Printed for J. Debrett, opposite Burlington- House, Piccadilly, 1793. Demy 8vo; copperplate portrait of Waller by T. Milton after R. Walker bound in before half-title; that of Wm. Lenthal by Thornthwaite after J. Cooper bound in to face p.191; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+xii+[13]-14+[ii (Errata and Directions to the Binder)]+326+[xiv (unpaged)]+[iv (unpaged)]; [A]2, b, B - I, K - U, X - Y, [Z]8, [-]4; contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards. Rebacked with natural glazed fine linen, ruled and neatly hand-lettered black on spine. The rebacking is neat, but not in keeping; otherwise a very nice copy.

A late primary text on the English Civil War. In this copy, pp.321 - 6 are misnumbered ‘121 - 6'

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WALTON (Izaak). The Lives Of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert. Written by Izaak Walton. To which are added some Letters written by Mr. George Herbert, at his being in Cam- Bridge: with others to his Mother, the Lady Magdalen Herbert, written by John Donne, afterwards Dean of St. Pauls. [sic] London, Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Richard Marriott. Sold by most booksellers. 1670. Post 8vo; four engraved portraits on copper; twenty-nine entry Errata on verso of last leaf of the Epistle to the Reader; pp.[xii (unpaged)]+88+79+[i (blank)]+56+77-140+104; A6, B - F8, G4, A4, B - E8, F4, A4, B - H8, A - F8, G4; old half-calf, marbled boards; with the small circular copper-engraved ticket of ‘W. Spreat, Bookseller, Stationer, & Music Seller, 264 Fore St., Exeter' on the front paste-down. The boards detached, and worn at corners, and the spine lacking, but the sewing sound; lacking the portraits of Wotton, Hooker, and Herbert; slight staining to two or three extreme inner margins, not touching the text; three small holes, due to an original paper flaw, in E4 of the Life of Wotton with loss of three letters of text and portions of eight more; similar paper flaws in F6 of the Life of Hooker, but without loss, and in E5 of the Life of Herbert with loss of part of five letters; paper flaws affecting blank margins of B3 and F6 in the Life of Hooker, the former with an old tissued repair; in general the text very nice and clean, and with good margins. An excellent working copy.

Wing W.671; CBEL, I, p.831. The first collected edition. Includes an Epistle Dedicatory and an Epistle to the Reader by Walton, here first published, as well as new commendatory verses bySamuel Woodford. The first three lives, originally published separately in 1658, 1651, and 1665, are here expanded and revised, whilst the Life of Herbert with the Donne and Herbert letters was first published separately in the same year, and presumably makes use of the same sheets. In the initial gathering the first leaf, being the title leaf, is unsigned. The following two leaves are signed A3 and A4, but this would appear to be correct, the printer having assumed a normal eight leaf gathering. In the Life of Wotton the second leaf is signed in error ‘B2', the following leaf being correctly signed ‘A3', though as part of a four-leaf gathering it is a surprize to find it signed at all, and it appears that the printer again assumed eight leaves. The discontinuity of pagination between pp.56 and 77 in the Life of Hooker is not reflected in the signatures, and is so in all copies, there being no break in the catchwords or the sense, but p.111 in this copy is numbered ‘11', whilst p.129 is here correctly numbered, though the type is badly battered. Each of the Lives was intended to be fronted by a portrait. That of Donne alone is here present, and faces p.9: since the sewing is sound and there is no sign of loss, the others were evidently omitted by the binder.

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WARTON (Thomas). Poems By Thomas Warton. The third edition, Corrected. London. Printed for T. Becket, in the Adelphi, 1779. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+97+[i (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; limp modern marbled wrappers (apparently in imitation of the original wrappers the turnovers of which are still sewn in after the first and before the last gathering), paper label on front cover; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

The third edition of a book published originally in 1777, newly revised, and with the addition of a further poem (author's Advertisement). Published in early March. CBEL, II, p.384, erroneously recording this edition as only ‘corrected'.

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WATTS (I[saac]., D.D.). Divine Songs Attempted in Easy language For the use of Children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J.F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; T. Field; and C. Dilly, 1785. Pott 12mo in half sheets, printed throughout on faintly green-toned paper; integral leaf of publisher's advertisements at end; pp.xii+58+[ii]; publisher's full natural canvas. Lacking the free end-papers and half-title; small chip to fore-margin of title leaf, not affecting text; first three leaves lightly washed pale green, evidently by a child wishing to deepen the stock colour; small light stain at one opening; two leaves with insignificant pen-trials; a little light dusting passim; given the age and nature of the book, however, an excellent copy.

Reprint of a work first published in 1715. One of the most influential children's books of the 18th and 19th centuries, many times reprinted well into the present century. Eighteenth century editions are now becoming hard to find - especially so in their original state.

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WHITE (Rev. Gilbert, M.A.). A Naturalist's calendar, With Observations in various branches Of Natural history; Extracted from the papers Of the late Rev. Gilbert White, M.A. Of Selborne, Hampshire, Senior fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. Never before published. London: Printed for B. and J. White, Horace's Head, Fleet Street, 1795. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; one hand-coloured engraved plate by J.F. Miller after Elmer; final page advertisements; pp.170+[v (Contents)]+[i]; contemporary tree calf, spine ruled gilt and with red lettering-piece, uplettered gilt; burnished edges. Calf cracked over joints, but sound on the cords, and slightly peeled on spine; some offsetting of the plate onto the title-page, and some adherence with loss of all or part of some sixteen scattered letters (most of them still faintly visible); otherwise internally a fine copy.

Martin, pp.98-9; CBEL, II, p.841. The plate inserted as frontispiece was intended to face p.65. Edited by J. Aiken, the work consists of notes taken by White between the completion of ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne' in the middle of 1787 (it was published in 1789) down to his death in 1793, supplemented by a few earlier ones not used in the ‘Natural History' but thought of interest by the editor. The title-page has now been protected from the text by a loosely laid in leaf of tissue.

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WOTTON (Sir Henry). Reliquiæ Wottonianæ: Or, a Collection Of Lives, Letters, Poems; With Characters Of Sundry Personages: And other Incomparable Pieces of Language and Art. Also Additional Letters to several Persons, not before Printed. By the Curious Pencil of the Ever Memorable Sir Henry Wotton Kt. Late Provost of Eaton [sic] Colledge [sic]. The Third Edition, with large Additions. London, Printed by T. Roycroft, for R. Marriott, F. Tyton, T. Collins, and J. Ford, 1672. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; integral engraved portrait frontispiece after W. Dolle; three other engraved portraits in text; final blank; pp.[lxxxviii (unpaged, including the frontispiece)]+[1] - 79+76 - 412+411 - 582+[ii (unpaged)]; A, b - e8, f4, C - I, K - T, V - Z, Aa - Ii, Kk - Qq8; old full natural calf, recently re-backed and with recent, sympathetic, end-papers, spine with four raised bands, black lettering piece ruled and lettered gilt; sprinkled burnished edges. Some spotting and peeling of old calf, now arrested; insignificant worming of some extreme inner margins, and more visible worming of lower margins towards the end, touching two or three catchwords, but not affecting text; paper flaws in blank fore-margin of Z7, others in blank lower margins of N1 and O2; corners torn from final blank; otherwise a very nice, clean copy.

From the library of John Gloag, with his bookplate on the front paste-down. A few pencilled notes on the front end-paper and a very little light marginal scoring in the text are presumably in his hand. The third edition of a book first published in 1651, and reprinted with additions and corrections in 1654. In the present edition, besides the additions to Wotton's letters, which here occupy pp.275 - 582, the volume includes an Epistle Dedicatory and an Advertisement to the Reader, by Izaac Walton, both here first printed, whilst the third edition of Walton's Life which forms the bulk of the prefatory matter has some slight additions and alterations. The portraits form pp.112, 160, and 204. In this copy, apart from the discontinuities of pagination noted above, pp.76 - 77 are paged 72 - 73; pp.80 - 81, 76 - 77; and H4 is signed A4. CBEL, I, pp.426 (not noting the additions, and 831 (Walton).

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