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

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[DEFOE (Daniel)]. The Life, Adventures, And Pyracies, Of the Famous Captain Singleton: Containing an Account of his Being set on Shore in the Island of Madagascar, his Settlement there, with a De- Scription of the Place and Inhabitants: Of his Passage from thence, in a Paraguay, to the Main Land of Africa, with an Account of the Customs and Manners of the People: His Great Deliverances from the barbarous Na- Tives and wild Beasts: Of his meeting with An Englishman, a Citizen of London, among the Indians, the great Riches he acquired, and his Voyage Home to England: As also Captain Singleton's Return to Sea, with an Account of His many Adventures and Pyracies with the Famous Captain Avery and others. London: Printed for J. Brotherton, at the Black Bull In Cornhill, J. Graves in St. James's Street, A Dodd, at The Peacock without Temple bar, and T. Warner, at the Black Boy in Pater-Noster-Row, 1720. Half-title not called for; [A]1, B-I, K-U, X-Z8, Aa4; pp.[ii]+1-224; 209-344; contemporary panelled calf, recently rebacked with natural calf, spine with five raised bands, darker brown lettering piece. Unobtrusive contemporary ownership inscription on top fore-margin of title-page; S4 with short tear in lower margins not touching text, hole in R1 due probably to an original paper fault affecting one letter; some very light embrowning throughout and some corners creased; nonetheless, a very good copy.

Moore, 435, failing to note the reduplication of pp.209-224, which occurs in all copies; McBurney, 112; CBEL, II, p.507; this title not in Rothschild. Published, according to Moore, on the 4th June, 1720.

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[DEFOE (Daniel).]. Memoirs Of a Cavalier: Or a Military Journal Of The Wars in Germany, And The Wars in England; From the Year 1632, to the Year 1648. Written Threescore Years ago by an English Gentleman, who served, first in the Army of Gustavus Adolphus, the glorious King of Sweden, till his Death; and after that, in the Royal Ar- my of King Charles the First, from the Begin- Ning of the Rebellion, to the End of that War. London: Printed for A. Bell at the Cross Keys in Cornhill, J. Osborn at the Oxford Arms in Lombard Street, W. Taylor at the Ship and Swan, and T. Warner At the Black Boy in Pater-Noster-Row, N.D. [1720].Post 8vo; half-title not called for; A4, B-I, K-U, X-Y8, Z1; pp.[viii (last page blank)]+338; later half black calf ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, dark red lettering piece, marbled boards; a.e. sprinkled. Slight general wear to covers, and label a trifle chipped, not affecting lettering; unobtrusive early inscription on title-page, and minute chip to blank lower margin; extensive very light foxing or browning of first and last few leaves; a few small marks passim; the text, however, in general nice.

Printed on two paper stocks, one of which appears to be naturally slightly toned. This copy once in the possession of ‘Forbes MacLean Chevers / Surgeon R. Navy / and late Surgeon of H.M. Ship Victory' as he has inscribed on the front end-paper. Moore, 434; Esdaile, p.208; McBurney, 113; CBEL, II, p.507; not in the extensive Rothschild listings. An important title, and by no means common.

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[DEFOE (Daniel).]. The Four Years Voyages Of Capt. George Roberts; Being a Series of Uncommon events, Which befell him In a Voyage to the Islands of the Canaries, Cape de Verde, and Barbaboes, from whence he was bound To the Coast of Guiney. The Manner of his being taken by Three Pyrate Ships, Commanded by Low, Russell, and Spriggs, who, after hav- Ing plundered him, and detained him 10 Days, put him Aboard his own sloop, without Provisions, Water, &c. And with only two Boys, one of Eighteen, and the other Of Eight Years of Age. The Hardships he endur'd for above 20 Days, 'till he arriv'd At the Island of St. Nicholas, from whence he was blown Off to Sea (before he could get any Sustenance) without His Boat and biggest Boy, whom he had sent ashore; and After Four Days of Difficulty and Distress, was Ship- Wreck'd on the Unfrequented Island of St. John, where, After he had remained near two Years, he built a Vessel To bring himself off. With a particular and curious Description and Draught of The Cape de Verde Islands; their Roads, Anchoring Places, Nature and Production of the Soils; The Kindness and Hospitality of the Natives to Strangers, their Religion, Manners, Customs, and Superstitions, &c. Together with Observations on the Mineral Waters, Metals, and Salts, and of the Nitre with which some of these Islands abound. Written by himself, And interspers'd with many Pleasant and Profitable Remarks, very instru- Ctive for all those who use this Trade, or who may have the Misfortune To meet with any of the like Distresses either by Pyracy or Shipwreck. Adorn'd with several Copper Plates. London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, at the Red Lyon, in Pater-Noster-Row, and J. Osborn, at the Ship, at St. Saviour's Dock-Head, near Horsely-Down, 1726.Post 8vo; half-title not called for, the title being a single inset and the following leaf signed ‘A2'; large folding engraved map frontispiece and four engraved plates; woodcut headpieces to dedication and pp.1 and 386 of text, tailpiece to p.385, type ornament at foot of final leaf; final leaf, ‘Hh', a single inset on paper identical with the prelims., and almost certainly printed conjugate with them; A3, B-I, K-U, X-Z, Aa-Ff8, Gg4, Hh1; pp.[vi (unnumbered)]+458; contemporary full panelled calf, tooled blind on sides, excellently rebacked with matching calf, applied spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt in compartments, black lettering-piece, burnished edges; original end-papers. Some very light foxing or embrowning passim, nowhere significant; neat early inscription at head of title-page; small original paper fault in leaf [O6] (pp.203-4), affecting one or two letters on either side of the leaf; otherwise an excellent copy with good margins.

One of Defoe's scarcest fictions in any edition and an exciting narrative in which the author attempted to capitalise on the success of Robinson Crusoe published some seven years earlier. Only one copy is recorded at auction in either England or the U.S.A. since 1969. Moore 483; Esdaile p.203; McBurney 192; CBEL II p.508; Sabin 71888; this title not in Rothschild. The plates are bound in to face pp.166 and 438 with a facing pair of plates between pp.422 and 423. Published according to Moore on the 15th July 1726. The Dedication is signed July 11th.

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Reincarnation Fantasy, and a fantastic Imaginary Voyage.


FIELDING (Henry). [General title-page present in volume one only:] Miscellanies, By Henry Fielding Esq; [sic] In Three Volumes. London: Printed for the Author: And sold by A. Millar, opposite to Catharine-Street, in the Strand, 1743. 3 Vols., extra cr.8vo format (apparently watermarked with a fleur-de-lys); half-titles not called for; general and volume title, List of Subscrebers [sic], and author's Preface precede fly-title to first piece in volume one; volume title only to other volumes, as called for (v. note); pp.[2]+[ii]+[22 (not paginated)]+[xxxvii (mis-paginated [i]-xxxii, xxxi, xxviii, xxix, xxvi, xxvii)]+[i (blank)]+354 (p.255 being mis-paged 154); [ii]+420+[ii (Epilogue, not paginated)]; [x (not paginated)]+421+[i (blank)]; A8, a5, b-c8, d3, 2A8, B-I, K-U, X-Y8, Z1; [A]1, B-I, K-U, X-Z, Aa-Dd8, Ee3; [A]1, a4, B-I, K-U, X-Z, Aa-Dd8, Ee3; contemporary full sprinkled calf, ruled gilt on sides, rebacked in matching style, applied spines with five bands raised over the cords, preserving the old brown lettering-pieces and the end-papers; edges burnished brown. Slight wear to calf over some corners, and one with minute chip to calf (not board); small damp-stain affecting some lower fore-corners in volume two (generally only 3 or 4mm, but at worst 6 by about 25mm); margins of end-papers and one or two leaves at front and back in each volume lightly stained from the turnovers of the calf; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine, crisp, copy.

The first issue: with the subscribers list present and the titles of volumes one and three not cancels. The book was first issued simultaneously in two formats extra cr.8vo as here and on large paper in roy.8vo 343 copies of the cr.8vo issue being subscribed for and 200 copies in roy.8vo these totals including advance orders from booksellers. Once the subscribers copies had been delivered - and presumably after a decent interval - Millar provided the remaining sheets with cancel title-pages denominating them ‘Second Edition' (only for some reason adding these to volumes one and three) and re-issued them without the subscribers list at a reduced price. The specific title to volume one reads: ‘Miscellanies By Henry Fielding Esq; [sic] Vol. I.' That to volume two reads: ‘Miscellanies By Henry Fielding Esq; [sic]] Vol. II. A Journey from this World to the Next &c.' That to volume three reads: ‘Miscellanies. The Life Of Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great. Vol. III. By Henry Fielding Esq; [sic]'. The imprint on the specific title-pages to volumes one and two is the same as that on the general title-page. That to volume three reads ‘London Printed for the Author; and sold by A. Mil- Lar opposite to Catharine-street in the Strand.' All are dated 1743. Besides the lengthy Preface volume one includes some early poems by Fielding (all he had preserved) essays ‘On Conversation' ‘On the Knowledge of the Characters of Men' ‘On Nothing' etc. ‘A Dialogue between Alexander the Great and Diogenes the Cynic' and some other minor pieces; but the first 250pp. of volume two are occupied by a reincarnation fantasy ‘A Journey from this World to the Next'; whilst the whole of the third volume is occupied by ‘The Life of Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great' both of the last mentioned works as well as a large part of the rest being here first printed. This first edition of ‘Jonathan Wild' includes a number of passages suppressed in the considerably revised second edition of 1754 including the fantastic imaginary voyage involuntarily undertaken by Mrs. Heartfree. NCBEL 2: 926; ESTC N11032; Rothschild 845 giving a collation identical to that of the present copy but for the roy.8vo issue; Cross III 308-9; Bleiler (1948) p.115 listing only the ‘Journey from this World to the Next' in an edition dated 1798.

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FIELDING (Henry, Esq). The History Of Tom Jones, A Foundling. In six volumes [Vol.II; Vol.III; Vol.IV; Vol.V; Vol.VI]. Printed for A. Millar, over-against Catharine-street in the Strand, 1749.6 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; integral blank at end of volumes one and three; contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt, red spine label, sprinkled edges. One board detached; some cracking of three joints; slight general wear to spines; a little light marginal staining of end-papers and one or two facing leaves from the turnover of the calf; otherwise a very nice copy.

The final blanks here present in volumes one and three are often lacking. The bibliography of this title is somewhat complex, since the book was corrected and to some extent revised by Fielding whilst it was passing through the press, cancels being provided initially for at least eleven leaves: B9 and B10 in Vol.I; B4 and B5 in Vol.II; H8, H9, H10, M3, and Q11 in Vol.III; B1 in Vol.IV; and N8 in Vol.V. Additionally, in the corrected issue of Vol.I the errata, being redundant, were suppressed, and the Contents to Vols.V and VI repaged to spill over onto the now blank leaf c8. The cancel to Vol.IV is seldom found, the correction to this leaf having apparently been made very early in the print run. In theory, however, it would be possible for an entire spectrum of issues to exist ranging from copies at one extreme having the errata in volume one, no cancels, and the uncorrected text throughout, to, at the other extreme, copies having neither cancels nor errata, and the corrected text throughout. The present copy has Vols.I, II, IV, and V in the final (cancellatum) state, with the corrected text integral; Vol.III has the corrected text integral for H8, H9, and H10, but, interestingly enough, since it would seem to shed some light on the order in which corrections were carried out, cancels for leaves M3 and Q11; Vol. VI agrees with the Rothschild copies in having B5 unsigned. V. Wilbur Cross ‘History of Henry Fielding, 1918, for a discussion of the process of revision; also Gerard E. Jensen, ‘Proposals for a Definitive Edition of Fielding's Tom Jones', Library, 4th Ser., XVIII, 1928, p.314. CBEL, II, p.518; Block, p.74; Rothschild, 850 and 851.

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FIELDING (Henry). The Life Of Mr. Jonathan Wild The great. A new edition With considerable Corrections and Additions. By Henry Fielding, Esq; [sic] London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1754. F'cap 12mo, so watermarked; integral leaf of publisher's advertisements follows Contents; pp.[4]+vi+[2]+263+[i (blank)]; A6, B - I, K - M12; Victotian polished speckled calf, by Rivière, ruled and tooled with small round corner ornaments, gilt, on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt on bands, elaborately tooled gilt on spine, red lettering-piece, gilt-ruled edges, gilt-tooled inner dentelles; a.e.g., oil-marbled end-papers. Slight wear to calf at head of spine, and calf cracked over front joint; minute triangular nick to fore-margin of title-page (2mm or less to a side), small, light, stain to inner margins of L6 and L7; otherwise a fine copy.

Though denominated ‘New Edition' on the title-page, this is in fact both the first separate edition and the first revised edition, and it gives Fielding's final text: he died shortly after it was published. The original had appeared in the third volume of Fielding's ‘Miscellanies' in 1743 where it was intended as an attack on the Whig administration of Sir Robert Walpole. Both of the original editions are now scarce, COPAC recording only the Cardiff, Durham, Oxford, and British Library copies of this edition, and the Cambridge copy of a variant issue with the author's name mis-spelled ‘Feilding' on the title-page. A fictional biography of the ‘thief-taker general' (and controller of the London underworld) Jonathan Wild, who had been hanged in 1725 at Tyburn. Revisions in this second edition are, on the small scale of words and phrases, considerable throughout; but there are also sentences and whole long paragraphs added, and several cuts. Most of the changes serve better to develop the story and to concentrate the action upon Wilde, or to correct errors in the description of the legal processes involved. The main cuts are the chapter of ‘Proverbs', aimed at Walpole, and the burlesque fantasy episodes in Mrs. Heartfree's involuntary voyage. "The most brilliant piece of work that he [Fielding] had yet achieved . . . Hitherto his irony had but flashed. In ‘Jonathan Wild' it burns with a fierce flame. Few more terrible satires on ‘greatness' have been written." (Concise Cambridge History of English Literature, p.506). Cross, III, p.325; Rothschild, 856; ESTC N010381.

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The Dedication CopyGAINSFORDE (Tho., Esquier). Th[e] Historie [of] Trebizond. In foure Bookes. By Tho. Gainsforde Esquier. Quid dignum tanto feret hic prom issor [sic] hiatu. Sic iuvat indulgere fugacibus horis. [Woodcut device.] At London, Printed for Tho. Downe [sic] and Eph. Dawson, 1616.Sm.4to; four books in one volume, continuously paginated, each with its own title-page and Epistle dedicatory, included in the pagination; A-I, K-T, V, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vv, Xx-Zz4; pp.[iv]+360; A1 (a blank) lacking as usual; A2 verso, L2 verso, L3 verso, Y1 verso, Y2 verso, Kk4 verso, Ll1 verso blank; later half-calf, drab boards. Calf chipped at head of spine and cracking over joints; title-page dissected and laid down with loss of three letters as shown, last leaf restored, with loss of about ten words; a few leaves damp-stained, three contemporary inscriptions in ink (v. note), and one or two unobtrusive inscriptions and marginal pen trials by a later sevententh century owner; book and chapter headings neatly inserted throughout in a contemporary hand; otherwise a nice copy.

The DEDICATION COPY inscribed at the end of the Epistle to Books 2 3 and 4 in the author's holograph the inscription in Book three supplementing the Epistle ‘To the honorable Lady Francis Egerton' being signed in full by the author: "Yours in all you desire to Command / Thomas Gainsford [sic]". That to Book two reads: "In all obedience I do give to yours / soe delightfull A Mtris [Mistress] as the / renowned Delltona" she being the heroine of the following story. That to Book four is somewhat longer and we have not succeeded in deciphering it. The four parts of the work are severally dedicated to the Dowager Countess of Derby and her three daughters and it is noticeable that the Epistle to Lady Egerton is not only a good deal less formal than that to her mother it is also much warmer in tone than that to her two sisters suggesting that she was a personal friend. We would guess that the title-page has been dissected and laid down to remove a defacing insciption - probably the author's presentation which the remover has perhaps not troubled to read! The only edition of ‘Trebizond' and somewhat rare. The first issue with the misprint ‘Downe' for ‘Downes' on the first title-page. New STC 11521; CBEL I p.731; Esdaile p.57. In this copy leaf E3 is signed D3; leaf Bb is signed bb.

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GENLIS ([Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest] Madam la Comtesse de [later Brulart de Sillery]). Tales of the Castle: Or, Stories Of Instruction and delight. Being Les veillées du chateau, Written in French By Madame la Comtesse de Genlis, Author of the Theatre of Education, Adela and Theodore, &c. Translated into English By Thomas Holcroft. Vol. I [II; III; IV; V]. London: Printed for G. Robinson, No.25, Pater-noster-row, 1785.5 Vols.; half-title in each volume; final blank in volumes one and three; contemporary full natural calf, spines with contrasting labels, tooled gilt. Slight wear to covers; some damp-marking in volume five, and two short marginal tears not approaching text; otherwise a nice copy.

Summers, p.527; Block, p.56. The first edition in English of a work published originally in Paris in 1782.

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GENLIS ([Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest] Madam la Comtesse de [later Brulart de Sillery]). Sacred dramas, Written in French. By Madame la comtesse de Genlis. Translated into English, By Thomas Holcroft. London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster Row, 1786. Lge.post 8vo; half-title present; two leaves integral advertisemennts at end; pp.[ii]+[xvi (last page blank)]+347+[i (blank)]+[iii]+[i (blank)]; A9, B - I, K - U, X - Z8; fine contemporary tree-calf, spine ruled and tooled gilt in compartments, red lettering-piece, edges of boards tooled gilt; sprinkled edges. Slight cracking of joints, but no real weakness; bound up without R3 and its conjugate R6 (pp.245-6 and 251-2: both in ‘Ruth and Naomi'); some scattered light foxing and marking; paper flaw in K3 with loss of one letter; small piece chipped from blank fore-margin of L4, and blank lower-corner from Z4; discoloured patch to blank upper margin of Q5, due to an original paper fault; otherwise and in general a nice copy. Offered as a binding because of the two missing leaves.

Though denominated ‘dramas', these pieces were never intended for the stage and are really dramatic dialogues of the sort that were made fashionable briefly at the close of the nineteenth century by writers such as Violet Hunt (or for that matter were used intermittently by Peacock, as for example in ‘Headlong Hall'). The first edition in English. Translated by the playwright and novelist Thomas Holcroft. CBEL, II, p.469

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GODWIN (William). Things as they are; Or, the Adventures Of Caleb Williams. By William Godwin. In three volumes. London: Printed for B. Crosby, Stationers-court, Ludgate-street, 1794. 3 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not present; one, two, and one entry Errata to all three volumes on last page of volume one; title-leaves to volumes one and two cancels pasted to stubs; [A]1 [ex 2], B-I, K-N12, O3; A1 [ex 2], B-I, K-M12, N11; [A]1 [ex 2], B-I, K-N12, O8; pp.[ii (ex iv)]+293+[i]; [ii (ex iv)]+285+[i]; [ii (ex iv)]+304; old binder's blank at start of volume one, another at end of volume three; recent half natural calf, spine with five raised bands, red lettering-piece, ruled and tooled gilt, marbled sides: all in period style. Three insignificant ink-marks to C8v in volume one; small hole and tear to blank lower margin of F3 in volume two, others to I3 and K3, all due apparently to original paper flaws; light foxing to lower fore-margins of G10 and G11 in volume three, and light foxing to M7 - 11; otherwise a very nice copy.

The novel for which Godwin is best remembered tedious at times but also in places very powerful. Godwin records in the second edition published by G.G. and J. Robinson in 1796 that a Preface was intended for the first edition but was suppressed at the insistence of the booksellers: "Caleb Williams made his first appearance in the world in the same month in which the sanguinary plot broke out against the liberties of Englishmen which was happily terminated by the acquittal of its first intended victims in the close of that year. Terror was the order of the day; and it was feared that even the humble novelist might be shown to be constructively a traitor." It seems possible at least that the reason for the two cancel title leaves was that the originals contained some reference to a preface. In the second edition the preface to the first edition was restored. The novel remains important to-day as providing an early example of three genres still prevalent in the modern novel: the novel of crime and detection the psychological study and the novel of propaganda. CBEL II p.655; Block p.85; Summers p.532; Garside Raven & Shöwerling 1794:23; Rothschild 1017 recording a presumably later copy (with the half-titles) in which the titles read as here but are not cancels.

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[HAMILTON (Elizabeth).]. Memoirs Of Modern philosophers. In three volumes. Bath, Printed by R. Cruttwell, For G.G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-row, London, 1800.3 Vols., post 8vo; half-title present in volume one, absent, probably lacking, in other volumes; [A]-I, K-U, X-Y8; [A]1, B-I, K-U, X-CC8, DD1; [A]1, B-I, K-U, X-Z8, AA7; pp.xvi+335+[i (blank)]; [ii]+402; [ii]+366; contemporary tree calf, spine tooled gilt, with red lettering-piece and small green circular numbering-piece; sprinkled edges; white silk markers. Insignificant chip to extreme headband of volume one; two or three small scuffed patches on boards of two volumes; small piece chipped from blank lower fore-corner of H8 in volume one, B1 in volume two, L3 and R1 on volume three; small piece lacking from blank lower margin of R4 in volume two, and three small holes in lower margin of U4 in volume three due to an original paper fault (the thinned edge of a sheet); tear in blank upper margin of R2 in volume one, short tear in blank lower margin of B1 and N7 in volume two, all repaired without use of tissue; one or two scattered spots; nonetheless, however, a nice copy.

A delightfully readable novel satirising the theories of William Godwin, Thomas Holcroft, and Mary Wollstonecroft. In this copy L2 and R2 in volume two, D2, I2, K2, and U2 in volume three have no signature marks. CBEL, III, p.398; Block, p.96; Summers, p.411.

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[HAMILTON (Elizabeth).]. Memoirs Of Modern philosophers. In three volumes. By Elizabeth Hamilton, Author of "The Letters of a Hindu Rajah." Second edition. Bath, Printed by R. Cruttwell, For G.G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-row, London, 1800.3 Vols., post 8vo; half-title present in volume one, probably not called for in other volumes; [-]4, [A]5, B-I, K-U, X-Y8; [A]1, B-I, K-U, X-CC8, DD1; [A]1, B-I, K-U, X-Z8, AA7; pp.viii+v-xvi+335+[i (blank)]; [ii]+402; [ii]+366; contemporary tree calf, spine tooled gilt, with red lettering-pieces; red silk markers. Slight wear to covers; otherwise a nice copy.

A delightfully readable novel satirising the theories of William Godwin, Thomas Holcroft, and Mary Wollstonecroft. Though this collates the same as the first edition apart from the first two gatherings in volume one, the first of which contains the added author's Advertisement explaining why she had originally published the book anonymously, and though from the same printer, the text for this edition has been reset, the most obvious indicators of which are the placing of the printer's imprint at the end of the text centrally in the first two volumes instead of being ranged right as it is in volume three and all three volumes of the first edition; and the presence of the misprint ‘times' for ‘terms' at l.17 on p.127 in volume two, which is correct in the first edition. It appears that Miss Hamilton's decision to acknowledge authorship was not taken until after the sheets of the first volume at least had been printed, and that the first three leaves of the original first gathering, were then cancelled and four others substituted, causing the curious overlap in the numbering.

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[HAMILTON (Elizabeth).]. Memoirs Of Modern philosophers. In three volumes. By Elizabeth Hamilton, Author of "The Letters of a Hindu Rajah." Vol.I [II; III]. - third edition. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-row, By R. Noble, in the Old Bailey, 1801.3 Vols., post 8vo; half-title present in volume two, not called for in other volumes; I1 in volume three a cancel; [A]-I, K-U, X-Y8; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-CC8, DD2; [A]-I, K-U, X-Z8; pp.xvi+335+[i (blank)]; [iv]+403+[i (blank)]; 368; contemporary (probably original) sprinkled calf, spine ruled gilt, with black lettering- and green numbering- piece. Slight wear to covers; otherwise a nice copy.

A delightfully readable novel satirising the theories of William Godwin, Thomas Holcroft, and Mary Wollstonecroft. Though this collates the same as the first edition apart from the first two gatherings in volume one, the first of which contains the added author's Advertisement explaining why she had originally published the book anonymously, and though from the same printer, the text for this edition has been reset, the most obvious indicators of which are the placing of the printer's imprint at the end of the text centrally in the first two volumes instead of being ranged right as it is in volume three and all three volumes of the first edition; and the presence of the misprint ‘times' for ‘terms' at l.17 on p.127 in volume two, which is correct in the first edition. It appears that Miss Hamilton's decision to acknowledge authorship was not taken until after the sheets of the first volume at least had been printed, and that the first three leaves of the original first gathering, were then cancelled and four others substituted, causing the curious overlap in the numbering.

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[HUTCHINSON (William)]. The Hermitage Of Du' Monte; A British story. The Second Edition. London: Printed for Messrs. Hawes, Clarke, and Collins in Paternoster-Row, 1775. 12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; blank follows title leaf, followed by leaf blank on recto, bearing [?publisher's] Preface on verso, and inserted leaf bearing thirteen line Errata on recto, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+[3] - 260; [-]2, [A]1, [inserted leaf], A2-6, B - I, K - U, X6, Y4; early nineteenth century full polished calf, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt. Clear tape removed from verso of title-page at inner margin, leaving adhesive residue, and ink scribbles at same point obscuring old library stamp; a couple of leaves with marginal chips, not approaching text; some scattered light foxing, dusting, and staining passim, and some inked and pencilled alterations and other markings in text, mostly correcting the Errata, but one involving a slip pasted on to effect a repair, and some, in pencil, marking passages of interest [v. note]; a good copy only of a very scarce book.

A novel that is broadly Gothick, but is perhaps better classified as a wierd or occult fantasy, these elements in it being far stronger than is usually the case in Gothick fiction. The markings appear to be in the hand of Michael Aislabie Denham, the nineteenth century collector of folk-law, whose signature appears on the front end-paper. The first London edition of a book originally published in York in 1772, as "The Hermitage: a British story" and with the imprint "York: printed by C. Etherington, for the author, and sold by John Bell... London; and C. Etherington, York 1772", the text of the present copy being apparently a page for page reprint of that, although the prelims. differ. The title leaf and following blank were here, on the evidence of chain-lines, originally conjugate with the final gathering, whilst the Errata leaf is presumably an inserted singleton. Block, p.102, listing the original edition only; not in Summers; two copies each of each edition on COPAC

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I[NGELOW] (N[athaniel]. D.D.). Bentivolio And Urania, In Four bookes. Printed by J.G. for Richard Marriot, and are to be Sold at his shop in Saint Dunstans [sic] Church-yard Fleetstreet, 1660.F'cap folio; blank precedes title leaf; half-title not called for; title page printed with lettering and large wood-engraved ornament in red and black; final blank; signed [ ], I-*I, B-D2, *1, E-I, K-T, V, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vv, Xx-Zz, Aaa-Iii, Kkk-Ttt, Vvv, Xxx-Zzz, Aaaa-Ffff2; pp.[xxii (unpaginated)]+282+[ii]. BOUND WITH:INGELO (Nath., D.D.). Bentivolio And Urania, The Second Part, In Two books. Printed by J. Grismond for Richard Marriott, [sic] and are To be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstan's Church-yard In Fleetstreet, 1664.F'cap folio; nothing apparently called for before title leaf; Alphabetical Index, with three lines of Errata at foot of last page, followed by blank at end; A, a-d, B-I, K-T, V, X-Z, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vv, Xx-Zz, Aa-Ii, Kk-Tt, Vv, Xx-Zz, Aaa-Iii, Kkk-Ttt, Vvv, Xxx-Zzz, Aaaa-Iiii, Kkkk-Tttt, Vvvv, Xxxx-Zzzz, Aaaaa-Iiiii, Kkkkk2; pp.[xx (unpaginated)]+385+[i (blank)]+[xvi (unpaginated)]+ [ii]. Contemporary full calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides and spine, red spine label tooled and lettered gilt. Some wear to calf of spine, and one or two single worm-holes; back free end-paper lacking; first work with insignificant worming of extreme top inner margins, more or less throughout (in the main a single small worm-hole), short tear at head of I2 apparently due to an original paper fault, and small corner lacking from final blank; second work with some scattered damp-staining (v. note), pen trials on blank verso of leaf d2, which is also slightly frayed at fore and lower edges, short tears in blank lower margin of Y2 and Ppp2, a long tear in Ppp1 (but without loss), and an original printing fault affecting a few letters of Ccc verso, also without loss; both volumes with neat contemporary ink annotations passim, giving English versions of the Greek derived names of characters and places, and one or two small marks; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy of both works, with good margins.

Wing, I175, not distinguishing issues, and I179; Esdaile, p.249, second entry; CBEL, II, p.529. First edition of both parts, though the first part here shows, correctly, the second state of text in which gathering Ffff is a cancel inserted to prepare the way for the continuation, the last leaf being blank and the text ending at the foot of p.282 with the words ‘The End of the Fourth Book', the last paragraph beginning: "Urania and her friends rejoyc'd..." instead of "I should now proceed..." as in the first issue, in which the text continues onto the recto of Ffff2, the verso only being blank. The above is sufficient to enable identification of issues, but the text of this gathering in fact differs throughout. The complete work in one volume, though without the 10pp. ‘Index of Obscure Words' sometimes found at the beginning of Part I, this being clearly replaced, however, in the present copy by the 16pp. version (covering both parts) here present at the end of Part II. P.254 of the first Part is here misnumbered ‘245'. The work was several times reprinted, a fourth edition with ‘large Amendments wherein all the Obscure Words throughout the Book are Interpreted in the Margin' appearing in 1682. A surprisingly readable philosophical prose romance, written by a fellow of Eton, who was also a musician, and a friend of Andrew Marvell. An impressive piece of printing for its date, particularly of the first Part, the two colour woodcut on the title page being in perfect register. The damp-staining in the second part appears in the same pattern on widely scattered gatherings and groups of gatherings, suggesting an original paper fault, and that the staining may have occurred prior to printing.

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[JOHNSON (Samuel).]. The Prince Of Abissinia. A Tale In two volumes. London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall.Mall [sic]; And W. Johnston, in Ludgate-Street, 1759.2 Vols., f'cap.16mo in half-sheets; half-titles not called for; final blank in volume two; A4, B-I, K-L8; A4, B-I, K-L8, M4; pp.viii+159+[i (blank)]; viii+165+[iii]; contemporary full natural calf, ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt in compartments, lighter lettering- and numbering- piece. One joint cracked but firm, another slightly cracking; one corner worn; one label a little chipped; minute hole punched in A2 by badly adjusted type with loss of page number, small stain on leaf L2 in volume one, presumably an original paper fault since about nine letters of text that cross it have wholly or partly failed to print though there is no damage to the surface of the paper; short tear in upper margin of I6 in volume two, repaired without use of tissue; very light foxing of a few lower corners, and two or three small marks or scattered fox-spots in text; otherwise a nice copy.

With the contemporary ownership inscription ‘D Wynne' around the printed ‘of' on each title-page, and the later armorial bookplate of R.E. Duncombe Shafto on each paste-down. The first half-sheet of volume two exhibits the second state of text, with the heading ‘Contents of the Second Volume' on leaf A2 instead of ‘Contents. Vol.II' as in the first state, whilst the correct page number is present on both pp.45 and 97. The final gathering exhibits the reading ‘indiscerpible' at l.2, p.161. H5v in volume two is signed D4. CBEL, II, p.615; Block, p.124; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.87; Chapman & Hazen, p.142; Rothschild, 1243; Tinker, 1314.

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[KIDGELL (John).]. The Card. Vol. I [II]. London: Printed for the Maker, And Sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, In St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1755. Half-titles not present, probably not called for; An Index of the Contents at end of each volume; volume one with hand-coloured copper engraved frontispiece and one copper engraved plate; list of the Persons Principally concerned in the Card with fourteen entry Errata to both volumes on verso tipped in at end of Preface; wood-engraved music in text in volume two; [ ]1, A8, a1, B-I, K-M12, N2; [ ]1, B-I, K-O12; pp.[2]+xvi+[ii]+264+[iv]; [2]+306+[vi]; original quarter sheep, marbled boards; a.e. uncut. Rebacked with matching sheep, preserving the original end-papers; volume one with book labels and inscriptions on front end-papers (v. note); marginal tear in B10, longer tear in F4, both neatly repaired without use of tissue; small tallow stains on two margins; volume two with strip burned and torn from fore-margins of G1 and G2, just touching text and with total loss of some fifteen characters, but no loss of sense; slight consequential staining to blank margins of two facing leaves; otherwise an excellent copy in original state.

A copy that remained in the family of its original owner until quite recently, the inscriptions listing its descent from ‘Thos. Jackson: late Rd. Nash Esqr.' (1732-1795) through a series of Henry Jacksons, one of whom, Prof. Henry Jackson, O.M., Litt.D. (1839-1921) has written some pencil notes about the book on the free endpaper. A burlesque novel: a satire on Edward Young, the author of Night Thoughts, and his housekeeper, who appear in this work as ‘Dr. Elwes' and ‘Mrs. Fusby', and on Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison - v. Nichol's Literary Anecdotes, Vol.I, p.623. Kidgell was Rector of Horne in Surrey, and Chaplain to the Earl of March and Ruglen. Not in Rothschild, who did however have another work by Kidgell; Block, p.128; Summers, p.260. The plate in volume one is marked for p.12, and is bound in at that opening.

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