Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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The first Picaresque Novel


ALEMAN (Matheo). The Rogue: Or The [so volume one; volume two reads: second Part of the] life Of Gvzman de Alfarache. Written in Spanish By Matheo Aleman, Seruant to his Catholike Maiestie, and Borne in Sevill. [Woodcut device.] London, Printed [volume two: by G.E.] for Edward Blount [volume two: Blovnt], 1622.2 Vols. bound in one, as issued, f'cap folio in sixes; half-titles not called for; blank leaf Gg6 (pp.[83-4] in volume two) present; *, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z6, aa2; **8, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vv, Xx-Fff6, Ggg5; pp.[xxiv]+267+[i (blank)]; [xvi]+357+[i (blank)]; recent full calf, lettered gilt on spine. First title leaf unobtrusively mounted; last leaf of volume two partly remargined; a little light dusting and light staining of a few lower corners; neat initials of early owner on first title-page, and his very neat, decorative, signature in the ruled upper margin of *2; small pen trials in blank margins of three leaves; three or four leaves with minor chips to corners or blank margins, due probably to original paper faults; otherwise a nice copy, with large margins.£850.00First edition in English, first issue, of a novel originally published in Spanish at Madrid, the two parts appearing separately in 1599 and 1602. This English translation, which was by James Mabbe, fellow of Magdalen College, was re-issued in 1623, copies being known with either, and also both, of the title-pages so dated. Copies with both title-pages - and particularly that to the second part - dated 1622, as here, are rather scarce. No copy of this issue has appeared at auction since 1982. An important and influential low-life novel which, apart from its enormous popularity all over Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, finds a place in literary history as the first example of a picaresque novel. Among the commendatory verses addressed to the translator are some by Ben Jonson. STC, 288; O'Dell, p.93; Esdaille, p.8; CBEL, I, p.343 and 809. In this copy leaf R1 is without the signature mark, in which it agrees with the British Library copies of both the first and second issues; on Ss1 recto, the ‘5' in the page number ‘205', however, appears only as a hyphen: in both the British Library copies it is complete. The fact that the final gathering of the second volume has only five leaves might suggest the absence of a terminal advertisement leaf or blank, but none is present in the British library copies either, and it is possible that the odd leaf was in fact printed as a singleton.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANDREWS (John, LL.D). Remarks On the French and English Ladies, In a Series of Letters; Interspersed With various anecdotes, And Additional matter, Arising from the subject. London: Printed for T. Longman, and G. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, 1783.Med.8vo; A2, B-I, K-U, X-Z8, Aa4; [iv]+360; original grey paper-covered boards, buff paper spine; a.e. uncut. Paper of spine a little chipped and cracked at joints; a little very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

An essay on the manners, sensibility, and acquirements of French women, with some comparative remarks relating to those of Portugal, Italy, Holland, Sweden, etc., and particularly England, enlivened by illustrative short stories and anecdotes: the fictional matter occupying roughly one third of the whole book. At least four of the half-dozen or so short-stories would have been considered in some degree indecent a few years later, but they are presented here with a broadminded simplicity that is neither salacious nor judgemental, and has in fact a liberating intent. In this copy leaves H4, I3, I4, K4, M4, P4, S3, S4, and T3 are unsigned; Q3 is signed Q2, whilst X3 is signed X4 and X4, X3, the page numbers and sense, however, being correct. Not in Block; nor Summers (though the longest of the short stories might well entitle it to an entry).

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ANONYMOUS. The Devil turn'd Hermit: Or the Adventures Of Astaroth Banish'd from Hell. A Satirical Romance Exposing, With great Variety of Humour, in a Series Of Conversations between that Demon and The Author, The scandalous Frauds, lewd Amours, and devout Moc- Kery of the Monks and Nuns; the Intrigues of Courts; The Ambition, Avarice, and Cruelty of Ministers; the Insincerity, Luxury, Prostitution, and Ingratitude of Many private Characters; with other capital Vices of The present Age. Founded chiefly upon real Facts, and interspersed with The Portraits and secret History of most of the conside- Rable Persons that lived in Europe within these thirty Years past. Translated from the Original French. [Vol. II.] London: Printed for T. Waller, in the Temple-Cloysters, 1742.12mo; half-title apparently not called for (the seven leaves of the last gathering, ‘M', together with the title-leaf, and the four leaves of the preliminary gathering, ‘A', making up one full sheet); [ ]1, A4, B - I, K, L12, M7; pp.x+254; contemporary full calf, unlettered. Calf worn, front board detached; very small corner chipped from upper margin of the title-page; a scattering of small ink symbols in margins in a contemporary hand; otherwise a nice copy.

Though "Volume II" and containing Books IV to VI, more properly called Second Series, since it was published independently and was not, according to The Author's Preface, written by the author of the first volume. (The first volume had appeared under a different imprint in the preceding year). A determined effort has been made by some former owner of the present copy to erase all signs of its claim to odd volume status - from the title-page, the heading of the Contents, and the heading of the first page of text (‘Book IV'). Though claiming, like the first volume, which was in fact the work of Pierre Lambert de Saumery, to be translated from the French and to have been first published in that language in Holland, the present volume is clearly of entirely English origin, making satirical reference to contemporary personages and events. An attempt has been made by the publisher of this second volume to make it match the first, and the title-page reproduces that of the first volume both in general appearance and in point of text, excepting only that the first has the reading ‘on real' in line nineteen instead of ‘upon real', as here, that after ‘Original French' the first adds the words ‘of Mr / de M***' where this says ‘Vol. II.'. The imprint is also, of course, entirely different, that to the first volume reading: London: Printed and Sold by J. Hodges, at the Looking Glass, over Against St Magnus's Church, London-Bridge; J. Ro- Binson, in Ludgate-Street J. Wilcox In the Strand; and J. Brindley, in New Bond-Street, 1741.' Not in Rothschild or CBEL; the first volume only in NUC and Block.

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ANONYMOUS. The Fair Hibernian. [In two volumes. Vol. I.] London: Printed by John Crowder, For G.G. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster-Row, 1789. 12mo; nothing present before title-page; [A]?1, B - I, K8, L9; pp.[ii]+234; publisher's plain quarter calf, grey boards; a.e. uncut. Calf chipped, boards worn at two corners, paper covering very darkened and defective; all references to volume numbers erased by some former owner - from title-page and final leaf of text; some marginal staining, and some light dusting throughout. An odd volume in poor condition, but rare, and in the original state as issued.

Probably lacking a blank and half-title at front. Summers, p.314; Block, p.71, recording a single bookseller's copy only; CBEL, III, p.549, locating only the second edition of [1790].

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. Genuine and Impartial Memoirs Of Elizabeth Canning, Containing A complete History of that unfortunate Girl, From her Birth to the Present Time, and Particularly every remarkable Occurrence from The Day of her Absence, January 1, 1753, to the Day of her receiving Sentence, May 30, 1754. In which is included, The whole Tenor of the Evidence given against, And for her, on her late extraordinary Trial. With some Observations On the Behaviour of the Court, and the Conduct of the Jury. Also Free and Candid Remarks On Sir Crisp Gascoyne's Address. London: Printed for G. Woodfall at Charing-Cross, 1754. 12mo; half-title not called for; final page blank; pp.vi+293+[i]; A3, B - I, K - N12, O3; publisher's half-vellum, grey paper-covered sides, lettered on the spine in ink ‘E / C' between two rules; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed. Vellum a little marked, and paper of back cover chipped over vellum corners; short tear to blank fore-margin of B9, B10 and B11, with unobtrusive old repair to each; minute hole in N10, due apparently to an original paper fault, barely touching one letter on either side of the leaf; a little scattered light foxing and marking; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy. Very scarce.

Despite the unpromising title a very readable epistolary novel in the manner of Richardson (whose ‘Pamela' is mentioned in the text) and an essay in detective fiction precursive in its method of Edgar Allen Poe's ‘The Mystery of Mary Roget' - taking as its subject-matter and structural principle the events surrounding the (temporary) disappearance of an eighteen year old girl Elizabeth Canning and the subsequent investigations which culminated: first in the trial of a notorious bawd Mother Wells and a gypsy Mary Squires for robbing and imprisoning her at the former's house in Enfield Wash (an area which seems not greatly to have changed its character in the last quarter millenium or so!); and subsequently in the trial and conviction of the girl herself for perjury. The persona writing the letters claims to have visited the alleged scene of the imprisonment - and other places involved in the development of the story - and also to have interviewed witnesses; but the main part of the novel is concerned with the development and analysis of the evidence in real time as it came to be presented through the medium of the pamphlet and newspaper war that surrounded the trials the statements depositions etc. of the principals and witnesses or at the Court hearings themselves. Most of the documents referred to are presented either in footnotes or in the body of the text (including full transcripts of the two ‘Informations' given before Henry Fielding and witnessed by him in his capacity of magistrate which are referred to but not transcribed in his own pamphlet on the Canning affair). Besides its interest as a novel and the fact that it is possibly the earliest example in fiction of an analytical method applied to a series of criminous events it offers the fullest contemporary presentation of the circumstances surrounding these two celebrated trials and presents a very credible argument for its conclusions. Anonymous as it is it was advertised at the time as having been compiled by a society in Charge of Canning's case - a statement which should not be taken as meaning her defence. Not in Block Hubin or Summers; Raven 267; British Library Wellcome Cambridge and Leeds copies only on COPAC. The lettering on the spine of this copy which is large and bold resembles that of the stylised hand-written capitals seen on placards in English street-markets to this day and was presumably put there to distinguish this title from that of volumes similarly bound in the publisher's stock.

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[ANONYMOUS. Louisa Fermor. c.1780]. 12mo; pp.[iv (?ex viii)]+244; [A2, (?ex4,)]+B - I12, K, K**6, L12, M2; Victorian cloth; bound up without title and half-title leaves, but complete as to text. Two corners chipped, not affecting text; one or two pages slightly dusty, but in general a nice copy. Very rare.

We can trace no record of this elegantly written epistolary novel. Preceding the text is a four page Advertisement, not written by the author but signed T.M. This makes clear that the novel was published anonymously, was written by a lady, and is her first novel.

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ANONYMOUS. Memoirs Of the Shakespear's-Head [sic] In Covent-Garden: In which are introduced Many entertaining Adventures, And several Remarkable Characters. By the Ghost of Shakespear. [sic] In Two Volumes. London: Printed for, and Sold by, F. Noble, at his Cir- Culating Library in King-street, Covent-Garden, And J. Noble, at his Circulating Library in St. Martin's-Court, near Leicester-Square, 1755. 12mo; half-title not present, probably not called for, in volume one; Dedication leaf, and single inset leaf signed ‘A' and headed Characters in this Work, with two entry Errata on verso, follow title leaf; final page F. and J. Noble advertisements; half-title present in volume two, 23pp. Contents to both volumes, included in the pagination, followed by page of F. and J. Noble advertisements, at end; pp.[vi]+235+[i]; [iv]+215+[i]; [ - ]2, A1, B - I, K12, L10; [A]2, B - I, K12; early, possibly original, full sprinkled natural calf, spine elaborately tooled gilt, black lettering-piece, green numbering-piece, gilt-tooled on edges, small crest, gilt, on centre of each board; binder's blank apparently of text-paper at front and back; green silk marker. Slight wear to calf of spines, one numbering-piece lacking, one slightly chipped, two small scratches to one front cover, external joints cracking but all cords and end-papers sound; two openings lightly stained from contact with the markers; small light stain at head of Advertisement page in volume one, stain to lower fore-margin of E4, with shadowing-through and offsetting to facing page, faint mark on lower margin of G1, and minute hole to margin of C2 and centre of C3 (not touching text), both probably original paper flaws; K3 (pp.197 - 8) possibly at some point re-inserted; small spot to extreme inner margins of B12 and C1 - 4 in volume two; the text otherwise in excellent, clean, state.

An apparently rare novel not in Block; ESTC and COPAC list only the British Library and National Library of Scotland copies the collations of which agree with ours. Taking its method overtly from ‘The Devil upon Two Sticks' by Le Sage the author uses the Ghost of Shakespear as a link between a series of short stories concerned with prostitution sharping highway-robbery etc. giving what is probably a fair conspectus of raffish London at that date. The ‘Shakespear's-Head' to which the Ghost of Shakespear has been assigned the post of guardian in expiation of his youthful sins is a tavern used as a place of assignation by the better class of Ladies of the Town who there meet the nobility - and anyone else who has money. The several stories of its frequenters are here recounted in a very readable prose. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in addition to the two recorded by the printer: in volume one p.134 l.18 full-stop instead of comma after ‘door'; p.138 l.4 ‘Srightly' for ‘Sprightly'; and in volume two p.9 l.7 ‘you' for ‘You'; p.127 l.4 ‘and' has failed to print after ‘bed'; p.158 l.5 risen space before ‘gentleman'; p.176 l.11 ‘Legend' for ‘Legion'; and p.178 l.11 ‘Friends' for ‘Friend'. ESTC T074665

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. Moral amusement; Or, A selection of tales, Histories, And Interesting Anecdotes; Intended to Amuse and instruct Young minds. London: Printed for Vernor and Hood, No. 31, Poultry, And E. Newbery, St. Paul's Church-yard, 1798.12mo, in half-sheets; half-title not called for; publisher's advertisements on verso of last leaf; [A]2, B-I, K-P6, Q2; pp.iv+175+[i]; publisher's quarter sage green parchment, marbled sides; pale grey end-papers. Parchment restored at front joint; marbled paper virtually lacking on back board, very rubbed and chipped on front board; the word ‘Books' written neatly in ink on blank area of advertisement leaf; otherwise internally a very nice copy of a rare book.

Not in Halkett & Laing, or Osborne; Block, p.166, recording only the British Library copy of an edition dated a year later than this one, with a frontispiece mentioned on the title-page, and not here called for. Block records the initial of the second publisher as ‘F' not ‘E', which is presumably an error present on the reprint or else a transcription error on the part either of the British Library Cataloguer or Block. Tales set in various foreign parts, for the most part Eastern.

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ANONYMOUS. The Plot in a Dream: Or, the Discoverer In Masquerade. In A Succinct Discourse and Narrative of The late and present Designs of the Papists against the King and Go- Vernment. Illustrated with Copper Plates. By Philopatris. Fictæ Religioni ficta decent. London, Printed by T. Snowden for John Hancock and Enoch Prosser, and are to be sold at their Shops at the Three Bibles next Popes-Head Alley over against the Royal Exchange In Cornhil, and at the Rose and Crown in Swedengs Alley at the East end of the Royal Exchange in Cornhil, 1681.Pott 12mo; half-title not called for; large folding copper-engraved frontispiece; three copper-engraved plates; [A]6, B-I, K-M12, N11; pp.[xii]+285+[i (blank)]; contemporary full sheep, hand-written paper spine label. Leather chipped at head of spine and over one corner; other corners slightly worn; frontispiece frayed at fore-margin with slight loss, and neatly remargined; small hole in K12, due apparently to a mishap in the printing; very small single worm-hole through blank lower margins of last half of the book; light dampstaining of top inner margins of one gathering; pen trials on back of frontispiece and blank verso of last leaf; last leaf with some light marking or staining; otherwise a nice copy.

Wing, P2598; not in new Halket & Laing, or Esdaile. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.115, 150, and 279, and are here so bound in. Includes commendatory verses ‘To the Ingenious Dreamer', signed ‘T.D.' The collation would appear to call for one further leaf at the end, and a blank or advertisement leaf may there be lacking. A novel concerned with the events of the Popish Plot, told under the guise of a dream. A second edition, under a different imprint, appeared in the following year.

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ANONYMOUS. The Princess Cloria: Or, The Royal Romance. In Five Parts. Imbellished with divers Political Notions, And singular Remarks of Modern Transactions. Containing The Story of most part of Europe, For many Years last past. Written by a Person of Honour. London, Printed by Ralph Wood, and are to be sold by William Brooke, at the Black Swan-Inne-yard in Holborn, 1661.F'cap folio gathered in fours; engraved frontispiece; [ ]1, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vu, Xx-Zz, Aaa-Iii, Kkk-Uuu, Xxx-Zzz, Aaaa-Hhhh4, Iiii3; pp.[x]+614+[ii]; dark red Victorian half morocco, cloth sides. Leather slightly worn at head and tail of spine, over joints, and on corners; frontispiece and title leaf laid down; old ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; blank small corner of six leaves (B2, E3, Aa2, Tt3, Vu3, and Zz) chipped, without loss of text; six leaves affected by a single fox-spot; three inch tear to leaf Fff4 neatly repaired with tissue, all text remaining visible; tissued repair to blank margin of A1 and B1, not approaching text; neat contemporary marginal ink notes on G3r, M1r, X4r, Kk4r and v, Ll2r, Nn2v, Bbb1r, Ccc2r, Ccc3v, and Eee2v (v. note infra), some of these a trifle cropped; otherwise a very nice, clean copy, with good margins. Rare.

First complete edition, first issue, later copies having a cancel title-leaf bearing a different publisher's name, and the date 1665: being the first (and only edition) of Parts III, IV, and V, and a reprint of Parts I and II. These latter were first published in f'cap 8vo as: Cloria And Narcissus [Cloria And Narcissus Continued]. A Delightfull and New Romance, Imbellished with divers Politicall Notions, and singular Remarks of Moderne Transactions. Written By an Honourable person. London, Printed by S.G. and are to be sold by Anth. Williamson at the Queens Armes In St. Pauls Church-yard, neer The West end, 1653 [1654]. In the present copy, as in the British Library copy, pp.235, 236, 237, and 238 are all headed Part II instead of Part III; gathering P is signed O, this being here, as often, corrected in ms. Not in new Halkett & Laing, though sometimes attributed to Sir Percy Herbert; Esdaile, p.189; Wing, P3492, listing only three copies in Great Britain (British Library, Bodleian, and Trinity College Dublin), and four in the U.S.A. (Huntington, Newberry, University of Illinois, and Yale); NUC lists two, the Newberry and Yale copies only. As is implied by the title-page, the work recounts in disguised form a good deal of the gossip of the courts of Europe for some years prior to its publication, and the ms. notes in the present copy relate the various stories to the actual countries involved. The author's chief concern is with events in England, however, and, according to the preface, the Royalist tone of the book is the reason for the delay in publication of the last three parts.

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ANONYMOUS. The Princesse Cloria: Or, the Royal Romance. In Five Parts. Imbellished with divers Political Notions, And singular Remarks of Modern Transactions. Containing The Story of most part of Europe, For many Years last past. Written by a Person o[f Honour]. The [Second Edition.] London: Printed for [Edward Man at the sign of the Swan in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1665.]F'cap folio gathered in fours; engraved frontispiece; cancel title-leaf; [ ]1, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vu, Xx-Zz, Aaa-Iii, Kkk-Uuu, Xxx-Zzz, Aaaa-Hhhh4, Iiii3; pp.[x]+614+[ii]; recent half brown sheep, hammered green board sides, spine ruled blind, black label tooled and lettered gilt; end-papers renewed, but old free end-papers preserved (v. note). Lower corner of title-page torn away with loss of about sixteen words, as detailed above; frontispiece supplied in sympathetic facsimile on matching period paper; leaves Nn1, Pp3, Pp4, Qq2, Qq4, Rr1, Vv4, Aaa1, Aaa2, Ddd4, Ggg2, Ppp3, Uuu3, Iiii2 repaired with loss in total of about eight letters of text; first and last few leaves lightly foxed, and two or three small scattered fox-spots passim; small blank corner torn from one leaf; pen trials on blank fore-margin of two leaves; otherwise a very nice, clean copy, with good margins. Rare.

First complete edition, second issue, with a cancel title-page denominating this the ‘Second Edition', and a new publisher's name and date, the work having been first issued dated 1661, and under the imprint of William Brooke: being the first (and only edition) of Parts III, IV, and V., a reprint of Parts I and II. These latter were first published in f'cap 8vo as: Cloria And Narcissus [Cloria And Narcissus Continued]. A Delightfull and New Romance, Imbellished with divers Politicall Notions, and singular Remarks of Moderne Transactions. Written By an Honourable person. London, Printed by S.G. and are to be sold by Anth. Williamson at the Queens Armes In St. Pauls Church-yard, neer The West end, 1653 [1654]. In the present copy, as in all copies of both issues examined, pp.235, 236, 237, and 238 are all headed Part II instead of Part III; whilst gathering P is signed O, this being here, as often, corrected in ms. Not in new Halkett & Laing, though sometimes attributed to Sir Percy Herbert; Esdaile, p.189; Wing, P3493, listing the British Library, Bodleian, and Trinity College Cambridge copies in Great Britain; the William A. Clark Library, Illinois (Urbana), Virginia, and Yale copies in the U.S.A. As is implied by the title-page, the work recounts in disguised form a good deal of the gossip of the courts of Europe for some years prior to its publication. The author's chief concern is with events in England, however, and, according to the preface, the Royalist tone of the book is the reason for the delay in publication of the last three parts. This copy once belonged to Horace Walpole, and bears his engraved armorial bookplate on the preserved front end-paper. The preserved back end-paper bears a ten-line manuscript index, and Ff3r, Ff4r and v, and Ss3r (pp.221, 223, 224, and 317), bear marginal notes, showing evidence of close reading, all of them in pencil.

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ANONYMOUS. Tales of imagination; On Moral and interesting subjects: Containing, The druid. The mandarin. The highlanders. / The hottentot. The Swiss miner. The Venetian. In two volumes. Vol. II. [only] Printed at the Logographic Press; And sold by J. Walter No.169, Piccadilly, 1790.12mo; half-title present (giving the price as six shillings); [ ]2, A-I12, K6, L4(?); pp.[iv]+236; publisher's half red roan, marbled sides, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. burnished brown. Roan slightly worn at extremities of spine, and corners; two small chips and a short tear in margins of last leaf, not approaching text, repaired with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Complete in itself, though only the last three of the tales mentioned on the title-page are found in this volume. An apparently unrecorded title, at least not in Halkett & Laing, Block, Summers, the British Library Catalogue, or NUC.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

With Hand-coloured IllustrationsANTHOLOGY. The Death of Abel In Five Books Attempted From the German Of Mr. Gessner. London, Published Jany. 7th 1797 by T. Heptinstall, Fleet Street. [Including also (fly-title):] New idyls, By S. Gessner. With A letter to M. Fuslin, On Landscape painting; And The two friends of Bourbon, A moral tale by M. Diderot. Med.8vo in half-sheets; hand-coloured mezzotint frontispiece and vignette title by Blackberd after Stothard preceed Author's Preface; other prelims. apparently not called for; six hand-coloured mezzotint plates, also by Blackberd after Stothard; wood-cut tail-pieces throughout, some hand-coloured; pp.[xii (excluding prelims.)]+275+[i (blank)]; a, B - I, K - U, X - II, KK - NN4; disbound, but sewing sound; Victorian oil-marbled free-end-papers; a.e. yellow. End-papers a little chipped; a little light scattered foxing; some marginal embrowning to plates; otherwise and in general effect, a nice copy.

‘The Death of Abel' is the translation by Mary Collyer first published in 1761; the remaining contents are the translation by W. Hooper, first published in 1776: this being apparently the first combined edition. NCBEL, 2: 1509 and CBEL, p.778 (under Diderot), but not listing this printing under Gessner, though an edition of the Hooper part is recorded under 1798, and ones of the Collyer part under 1796 and 1799 (‘20th edition'); ESTC, T99064. Finely printed by C. Whittingham, a fact recorded only at the end of The Translator's Preface. The Translator's Preface consists of two leaves signed ‘b', which form the central section of gathering ‘X', where they are here mis-bound instead of being transferred to the end of the prelims. of ‘The Death of Abel' for which position they are paginated. The hand-colouring is of such exquisite delicacy throughout, that the eye tends to accept it at first glance without conscious notice. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in here to face pp.[1], [21], [55], [83], 167, and 232, the publication date of the imprints varying from January to May.

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ANTHOLOGY. Memoirs Of the Court of England. In Two Parts. By the Countess of Dunois, Author of the ingenious and di- Verting Letters of The Lady's Tra- Vels into Spain. Writ during her Residence in that Court. Now made English. To which is added, The Lady's Pacquet of Letters, Taken from her by a French Privateer In her Passage to Holland. Suppos'd to Be Written by several Men of Quality. Brought over from St. Malo's by an English Officer at the last Exchange Of Prisoners. London: Printed, and Sold by B. Bragg at the Raven In Pater Noster Row, 1707.Post 8vo; half-title not called for; fly-title to second part of first work, and to second work, included in the pagination; [A]4, B-I, K-O, Aa-Ii, Kk-Qq8, Rr4; pp.[viii]+1-220; [351]-616; contemporary panelled calf, tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, red label lettered gilt. Joints cracked, but firm; pen trials on front paste-down; very small early ownership inscription on title; larger one on upper margin of dedication leaf; some gatherings foxed or embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

The first work is by Marie Catherine Jumelle de Berneville de la Motte, Countess d'Aulnoy (or Aunoy); the second by Mary Manley. First edition in English of the first work (McBurney, 28); first edition of the second work (McBurney, 26). In this copy leaves L2 and L4 are mis-signed K2 and K4. The pagination given by McBurney omits the fly-titles - and it should also be noted that McBurney gives the wrong reference under 26 (27 instead of 28).

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ANTHOLOGY. The Pilgrim, Or the Stranger in his own Country. Containing A regular Series of Historical Novels di- Gested into Four Books, Written originally in Spanish, By the Celebrated Lopez de Vega Carpio. Also Diana, A Pastoral Romance in Four Books, By George de Montemajor, with its Con- Tinuation in Three Books, By Gaspar Gil- Polo, From the Spanish Original. Translated for D. Farmer, at the King's-Arms in St. Paul's-Church-Yard, and George Anderson, at Gay's-Head between the Temple-Gates in Fleet Street, 1738. 12mo; half-title not called for; copperplate frontispiece; title-page printed in red and black; separate title leaf to the second work, included in the pagination; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xii (paginated [2]+[i]-ix, xii)+285+[iii]; old white paper, folded over at fore-edges, other edges yapped, lettered on spine in ink. Paper a little worn at head of spine, chipped slightly at tail; short tear in frontispiece; two leaves chipped in margins without loss of text; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Not in Block. At least the third English version of the first work; apparently the second published English translation of the second, the first, by B. Yong, having appeared in 1598 (a translation by Thomas Wilson of 1596 seeming not to have been published until 1920). Diana is best remembered for the inclusion in the second book of the ‘Story of the Shepherdess Felismena', a major source for Shakespeare's ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona'. Both works are here abridged.

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BARCLAY [John]. Barclay His Argenis: Or, The loves of Poliarchvs and Argenis: Faithfully translated out of Latine into English, By Kingesmill Long, Gent. London: Printed by G.P. for Henry Seile, and are to be sold At his Shop at the Tygers head in Saint Pauls Church- Yard, 1625.Pott folio in fours; large historiated woodcut initials passim; A3, B-I, K-T, V, X-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vv, Xx-Ddd4, Eee6; pp.[vi]+404; contemporary full panelled calf, ruled and tooled blind, lettered with owner's initials, ‘I B', gilt, on sides, spine with five raised bands, red lettering-piece. Recently re-backed, with new lettering-piece; leaf of thin contemporary paper bearing ms. poem (40ll.) anciently laid on to verso of title-leaf and partly obscured by tissue at a later date; two or three early pen trials and neat ms. notes on title-page, and small neat name of original owner effectively obliterated with scribbles; another early owner's name scratched through on B1; A2 neatly remargined, without loss, some marginal repairs passim not affecting text, and one or two small stains, one on Rr4 resulting in loss of about thirty letters of text (but sense recoverable); long strip torn from fore-margin of Ccc1 affecting one or more words at the ends of some twenty-two lines with loss in all of about a hundred letters each side of the leaf, and some loss of sense; a little very light damp-staining here and there; small hole in blank lower margin of Kk1, Nn4, Rr3, another in blank inner margin of Eee2 affecting two letters, all due to original paper flaws; small chip from blank fore-corner of K1; chip in blank lower-margin of Q1; another from S3 due to a trimming fault; in general however a nice copy.

The first edition in English of a work published originally in Latin at Paris in 1621. STC 1392; CBEL, I, p.329; O'Dell, p.96. At least forty editions had appeared by 1693, whilst it was published in an abridged translation by John Jacob in Dublin in 1734, and in an anonymous translation by Clara Reeve in London in 1772 under the title ‘The Phoenix, or the history of Polyarchus and Argenis' (Block, p.14). According to STC and O'Dell the G.P. of the title-page is G. Purslow; an early owner of this volume, however, has written on the title-page in ink the names ‘Kincesmill Longe, Henery Seile' [sic], and ‘George Pye'. The verses were translated by T. May.

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[BECKFORD (William).]. An Arabian tale, From An unpublished manuscript. With Notes Critical and explanatory. A new edition. Printed for W. Clarke, New Bond Street, 1809.Half-title not called for; cancel title-page; lacking final blank; A4, B-I, K-U, X8, Y7 [ex 8]; pp.[viii]+334; contemporary full diced calf, gilt, the spine elaborately tooled gilt; marbled end-papers. Leather of spine worn and a little chipped at head and tail; ink-marks on one binder's blank; short tear in upper margin of I5, another in lower margin of I8, in both cases without loss and without touching text; a little foxing or marking, mostly very light; in general a nice copy.

First edition, second issue, of a work originally published in 1786 but then suppressed. Chapman & Hodgkin, 3(ii): "This edition is composed of sheets of the original edition with a new title-page, bearing on the verso, ‘S. Goswell, Printer, Little Queen Street, London.' One can only assume that, failing satisfaction from Henley, Thomas Wildman, Beckford's solicitor, attacked Johnson the publisher, and at least secured for his client the balance of the original edition." This balance may have been a small one, for today the second issue appears to be a good deal scarcer than the first. In the present decade eight copies of the first issue have appeared at auction; of the second, only one. A classic of fantasy literature. Bleiler, p.18.

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BEHN (Mrs. [Aphra]). [The Novels. Vol.II. Printed and Sold by J. Walthoe over-against the Royal-Exchange in Cornhill, 1718]. General title-page excised; separate title to each work; a, B-I, K-U, X-Hh8; pp.[viii]+[x]+114+1-21+[i (blank)]+[137]-479+[ii (blank)]; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, dated 1726, advertising this title: ‘The Novels, 2 vols. 12mo. --- Plays, 4 vols. 12mo.'; contemporary panelled calf. Sides detached, bookplate cut from front end-paper; scattered light foxing, but text in general nice.

[Containing: 1.] The Theory or system Of Several New Inhabited Worlds, Lately Discover'd and Pleasantly Describ'd: In Five Nights Conversation With Madam the Marchioness of *** Written in French by the Famous Mons. Fontanelle. Made English by Mrs. Behn. [2.] An Essay On Translated Prose. [3.] The History Of Oracles, And the Cheats Of the Pagan Priests. Written in Latin by Dr. Van-Dale. Made English by Mrs. Behn. [4.] The Dumb Virgin: Or, the Force of Imagination. A Novel. Written by Mrs. Behn. [5]. The Unfortunate Happy Lady: A True History. By Mrs. A Behn. [6.] The Wandering Beauty; Or, the Lucky Fair One. By Mrs. A. Behn. [7.] The Unhappy Mistake; Or, the Impious Vow Punish'd. By Mrs. A. Behn. [Each:] Printed in the Year 1718. A later issue, as is shown by the advertisements. This edition not in Esdaile, who lists editions in one volume dated 1696 (2), 1697, 1700 ‘With large Additions', 1705 ‘Corrected', 1718 ‘The Sixth Edition, Printed by J.D. for M. Wellington', 1722 ‘Intire in Two Volumes', and 1735: none, however, are from this publisher. In this copy leaf I3 lacks the signature mark.

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[BENNET (Mrs. [Agnes Maria].).]. Anna; Or Memoirs Of a Welch heiress. Interspersed with Anecdotes Of a Nabob. In four volumes. London: Printed for William Lane, Leadenhall Street, 1785.4 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; four line Errata leaf at end of volume one, conjugate with last leaf of text; Errata leaf follows title leaf in other volumes (five lines in volume two; nine lines in volume three; two lines in volume four), in each case printed conjugate with title; stub of excised leaf present between pp.262 and 263 in volume three; A6, B-I, K-L12, M2; [ ]2, B-I, K-M12; [ ]2, B-I, K-L12, M11 (plus a stub), N4; [ ]2, B-I, K-M12, N8; pp.xii+242+[ii]; [iv]+264; [iv]+270; [iv]+280; a.e. lightly trimmed. [?]Original boards early rebacked with sheep titled in ink; original binder's blanks pasted down (over old circulating library labels at front), and the boards later recovered somewhat crudely with marbled paper: the binding rubbed, but strong; Errata leaf to volume one pasted down onto back board, but recoverable; the errata neatly corrected throughout in ink; some dusting and marking throughout; numerous small tears and chips without loss; strips torn from some dozen or so margins, without loss; lower corner torn from leaf C5 in volume four, with loss of all or part of some six words; a worn copy, but complete as issued. As a reading copy.

Not in Rothschild or Tinker; Summers, pp.10 and 234, recording that three further editions had been published by 1788; Block, p.19; CBEL, III, p.388. The British Library has only a defective copy, recently rebound, and lacking the title leaf to volume one. It collates as ours, but does not exhibit the stub after M11 in volume three: that, and the preceding leaf have, however, been restored, so that the original state is now impossible to ascertain. The first of Mrs. Bennett's six novels, published by Lane under his own name before he adopted the style ‘The Minerva Press'. Mrs. Bennett is best known today for both the present novel and for the 1797 Minerva Press title, ‘The Beggar Girl and Her Benefactors'. In this copy, leaf K4 in volume one is mis-signed K5.

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[BERINGTON (Simon).]. The Adventures Of Sigr. Gaudentio di Lucca. Being The Substance of his Examination before the Fa- Thers of the Inquisition at Bologna in Italy; Giving an Account of an Unknown country In the midst of the Deserts of Africa, The Origine and Antiquity of the People, their Religion, Customs, Polity, and Laws. Copied from The original Manuscript in St. Mark's Library at Venice. With Critical Notes of the learned Signor Rhedi, Sometime Keeper of the said Library. To which is prefixed, A letter of the Secretary of the Inquisition, shewing The Reasons of Signor Gaudentio's being appre- Hended, and the Manner of it. The second edition. Faithfully Translated from the Italian. London, Printed for W. Innys in Pater-noster Row, and R. Manby and H.S. Cox on Ludgate Hill. And sold by M. Cooper in Pater-noster Row, 1748.Post 8vo; half-title not called for; a-b8, c2, B-I, K-T8, U2; pp.xii+291+[i (blank)]; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, lettering piece; burnished edges; tan-faced end-papers printed with pattern in gilt. Gilt dulled on spine, leather a little worn and chipped at spine ends, corners, and over joints, these last being also cracked but firm on the cords; two early ownership inscriptions on upper margin of title-page; a very little foxing and dusting passim, and large piece torn from blank lower-margin of last leaf, this with old restoration and no loss of text; in general, nonetheless, a nice copy.

First published, according to CBEL, II, p.540, in 1735; Esdaile, p.163, and McBurney, 323, however, say 1737. CBEL and Esdaile on the one hand and McBurney on the other give differing versions of the title-page, the CBEL/Esdaile version adding at the end "Faithfully translated from the Italian by E.T., Gent.", this sentence not being present in any form in the McBurney transcription. Both versions, however, differ considerably from that given above, the McBurney title-page reading: "The Memoirs of Sigr. Gaudentio di Lucca. Taken from his Confession and Examination before the Fathers of the Inquisition at Bologna in Italy. Making a Discovery of an unknown Country in the Midst of the vast Deserts of Africa, as Ancient, Populous, and Civilised as the Chinese. With an Account of their Antiquity, Origine, Religion, Customs, Polity, &c. and the Manner how they got first over these vast Deserts. Interspers'd with several most surprizing and curious Incidents. Copied from the original Manuscript kept in St. Mark's Library at Venice: With Critical Notes of the Learned Signor Rhedi, late Library-Keeper of the said Library. To which is prefix'd, a Letter of the Secretary of the Inquisition, to the same Signor Rhedi, giving an Account of the Manner and Causes of his being seized." McBurney describes the first edition as ‘(Printed for T. Cooper). 335pp. 8vo'. The differences in title-page and pagination between the two editions suggest to our mind that this second edition may have been revised. Lost race: imaginary travels suggested by Defoe and Swift, and not a translation. At least eight editions had appeared by 1800, and the novel was still being reprinted as late as 1827. A translation into French was made by T.S. Guelette. In the present copy the following errata have been noted: p.30, 4ll. from foot, redundant ‘they' at start of line; p.35, last line: ‘man' for ‘men'; p.48, l.13, ‘swarm' for ‘swam'; p.50, l.27, ‘puffed' for ‘pulled'; p.82, l.13, ‘alhough' for ‘although'; p.150, last line, ‘prelate' for ‘palate'; p.188, l.21, ‘an' for ‘a'; and p.229, signature ‘Q5' for ‘Q3', most of the above being noted neatly in ink by an early reader.

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[BURNEY (Frances, Mme. d'Arblay)]. Camilla: Or, A picture of youth. By the author of Evelina and Cecilia. In five volumes. Printed for T. Payne, at the Mews-Gate; and T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies (Successors To Mr. Cadell) in the Strand, 1796.5 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; integral publisher's advertisement leaf present at end of volume one; A, a, B-I, K-R12, S4; [A]2, B-I, K-T12; [A]2, B-I, K-U12, X6; [A]2, B-I, K-T12; [A]2, B-I, K-AA12, BB2; pp.xlviii (title, dedication, author's Advertisement, Subscribers, and Contents leaves)+390+[ii]; [iv]+432; [iv]+468; [iv]+432; [iv]+556; recent quarter pale green linen, grey boards, paper labels; a.e. uncut. First and last leaves a little marked and dusty in each volume, with minor chipping or abrasion of corners, and a few small corners turned; half of one gathering in volume five with rather close fore-margins, due to an original printing fault; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued originally in blue-grey paper wrappers - which explains the minor wear to corners on the outer leaves. A not uncommon title, but complete and uncut copies, such as this, are now quite scarce. NCBEL, 2: 971; CBEL, II, p.527; ESTC, T114705; Block, p.53 (under D'Arblay); Rothschild, 550, agreeing with it in all respects, including the size (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in.). The list of Subscribers includes "Miss J. Austen, Steventon".

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[BUSSY-RABUTIN (Roger de)]. [Engraved title:] Histoire Amoureuse Des Gaules. No publisher, no place, no date. [?Elzevir, Holland, c.1670].Roy.32mo in quarter sheets; Engraved title-page signed ‘Bus.Inv. Rabut.exe:'; other prelims. apparently not called for; historiated initials to first paragraph of each book of the ‘Histoire', to the separate Histoires and to the ‘Copie D'une lettre escrite Au duc de Saint Aignan, Par le Comte de Bussy Du 12. Novembre 1665' which follows it (but not to the ‘Maximes D'amour Du mesme Auteur' which is also included); fly-title to the ‘Copie...', none called for to other parts; pp.244 (excluding engraved title)+12; A - I, K12, L2, A [bis]6; contemporary full calf, ruled borders to sides, with tooled ornaments at corners, spine with five raised bands, elaborately ruled and tooled gilt on bands and in compartments; marbled end-papers. Slight wear to calf of spine and two corners, and external joints cracking; light embrowning throughout and some slight foxing here and there; nonetheless, a very good copy.

A rare satirical novel of which there were several early impressions, sometimes attributed to Elzevir. This edition, without printer, place, or date, is described in detail by Brunet, I, p.394 as ‘plus belle et plus complète' than other editions, and as the fifth entry under this title in the catalogue of éditions Elzéviriennes in volume IV, p.644. The work caused some problems for its author when it first appeared: in the "Lettre" subjoined to the present edition, he declares that it was written purely for his own amusement during a period of illness, but that a ms. copy was stolen from him and circulated at Court, where it caused a scandal that displeased the King and resulted in him being sent to the Bastille . . In the present edition the persons of the story are given their actual names in the text, so that the ‘key' which accompanied some other printings is unnecessary.

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[COLLIER (John).]. The Miscellaneous Works Of Tim Bobbin, Esq; Containing his View of the Lancashire Dialect; With large Additions and Improvements. Also his Poem of the Flying Dragon And the Man of Heaton. Together with his Whimsical Amusements In Prose and Verse. Some of which never before Published. The whole Embellished with Eleven Copper Plates. Printed for the Author, and Mr. Haslingden, Bookseller, in Manchester, 1775. And Sold by the following Booksellers in London; W. Goldsmith, Pater-Noster-Row, L. Davis, and W. Cater, Holborn; T. Payne, next the Mews Gate, in Castle-Street, St. Martins; B. White, And J. Pridden, Fleet-Street; S. Leacroft, Charing-Cross; W. Otridge, in the Strand; and J. Robson, New-Bond-Street.12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece dated May 1773, and five plates; inserted leaf of Errata (113 entries) follows title-page; A1 [ ]1, A2-I, K-R6; pp.[ii]+[2]+[iii] - xiv+[15] - 69+[i (blank)]+[40 (Glossary, not paginated; last six leaves, gathering ‘I', misbound after gathering ‘K')]+[iii (not paginated]+[114] - 203+[i (blank)]; contemporary half natural calf, marbled boards, spine tooled and lettered gilt, black lettering piece. Corners worn, back free end-paper lacking, and back joint cracked but holding on one cord and by last leaf of text which is tipped at gutter onto the paste-down; leaves B1 and B2 lacking; B5 and B6 and one plate frayed a little at fore-margins; gathering K mis-bound before I; offsetting from all plates; text otherwise excellent. As a working copy.

Very scarce. BLC records no edition earlier than 1806, whilst NUC records ten copies bearing the same date as the present copy, but with a title page reading ‘other his Whimsical' rather than ‘with his Whimsical' and calling for ten plates instead of the present eleven. Mainly prose (dialogues, epistles, etc.) and glossary, but including one longish poem, ‘The Blackbird', and a number of short poems. ‘The Battle of the Man of Heaton and the Flying Dragon', mentioned on the title-page, is not in fact here present, though the text (apart from leaves B1 and B2) is complete as issued and ends with the word ‘FINIS' at the foot of p.203. The main part of the volume, ‘A View of the Lancashire Dialect, by way of a Dialogue between Tummus o' Williams and Margits o' Roalphs, and Meary o' Dicks o' Tummas o' Peggys' was first published in 1746 (v. CBEL, II, p.927). The Glossary of Lancashire Words and Phrases is here expanded by "About 800 Words more than were in any of the five former impressions", and several of the minor pieces are here first published. None of the new material is affected by the two lost leaves, which occur at the end of the author's prologue and the start of the 1746 dialogue named above. Because of the offsetting from the plates it is possible to state definitively that the five further plates called for on the title-page have never been present in this copy. A further curiosity of the bibliography is that yet another edition was published the same year, with the same pagination and imprint, but without either version of the general title present in all of the copies referred to above, the title-page reading instead: A View of the Lancashire Dialect; By way of a dialogue ... containing the Adventures and Misfortunes of a Lancashire Clown. Embellished with seven copper plates; one of which is a strong likeness of the author Tim Bobbin." In fact it contained eight plates - (v. Ken Spelman Rare Books Catalogue 55, item 189), and ‘The Battle of the Flying Dragon and the Man of Heaton' was added at the end, with its own title and half-title leaves, and separately paginated viii+[1]+10 - 33+[i], adding one further engraved plate to the total. The conclusion must be that the publishers printed several versions of the title-page, and made up the book with various combinations of plates and the separately paginated addition. The present copy was no doubt meant to have the Spellman title-page, and the Spelman copy something resembling our one, but some lack of care seems to have occurred in binding. There is no list of illustrations, but those present are bound in here to face pp.17, 45, 48, [114], and 153 (this last giving Tim Bobbin as the author and engraver). Not in Block; this title not in CBEL.

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[CUMBERLAND (Richard).]. Arundel. By the author of The Observer. Vol.I [II]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry, 1789.2 Vols., 12mo, bound in one; half-titles probably not called for; collates [ ]1, B-I, K-N12, O4; [ ]1, B-I, K-N12, O6; pp.[ii]+296; [ii]+300; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on spine, red label ruled and tooled gilt; a.e. burnished yellow. Expertly re-backed, with the original back-strip laid on; end-papers and lower-edges a little foxed; slight spotting or foxing of some half-dozen or so leaves passim, mostly of extreme margins; otherwise, and in general, a very nice copy.

Apparently scarce: no copy having appeared at auction in at least the last twenty years. CBEL, II, p.454; Block, p.50. The two gatherings ‘O', together with the two title-leaves, complete a full sheet. There is thus no allowance for half-titles, and they are almost certainly not called for. The work is not wholly anonymous, being signed ‘R.C.' in the guise of ‘Editor' at end of text.

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[DEFOE (Daniel).]. The Consolidator: Or, Memoirs Of Sundry Transactions From the World in the Moon. Translated from the Lunar Language, By the Author of The True-born English Man. London: Printed, and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg At the Blue Ball in Ave-mary-lane, 1705.Post 8vo; binder's blank before half-title; publisher's advertisements on lower half of last page; A2, B-I, K-U, X-Z8, Aa4; pp.[iv]+360; contemporary panelled, calf, sprinkled in inner and outer panels, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, lettering-piece, edges tooled gilt. Lettering-piece lacking, and insignificant chip (3mm maximum) to calf at head of spine; seven line inscription on front end-paper obliterated in an early hand; name of early owner (P. Warner) on front end-paper and upper margin of title-page; back end-paper lacking; blank piece torn from outer fore-margin of D8; small hole in blank lower fore-margin of I1, due to an original paper flaw; gatherings A, H, N, and Q to the end showing some very light embrowning, but much less than usual (v. note); otherwise an excellent copy, with good margins.

Printed on three different paper stocks: the first, white, being used for gatherings B, C, E, F, G, I, L, and O; the second, cream toned, for gatherings D, K, and P; the third, a thinner paper that tends to develop a species of mottled embrowning, for gathering [A] (the half-title and title), and for gatherings H, N, and Q to the end. In the present copy this third paper stock is far less seriously darkened than is usual, and its colouring here suggests that it may in fact have been a slightly toned paper to begin with, for it is only even barely mottled on a handful of leaves (H1, H8, N8, Q1, and Q8). A larger copy, also, than most that we have seen. Moore, 93; Wright, 68; NCBEL, 2: 887; CBEL, III, p.499; ESTC, 4166; Esdaile, p.202; Rothschild, 737, noting that "though ‘this prose satire contains the first hints of many of the ideas which Swift afterwards embodied in Gulliver' (Lowndes, art. Defoe) there is no positive evidence that Swift ever read or possessed a copy of ‘The Consolidator'." According to Esdaile the work was ‘Reprinted with additions' later the same year.

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