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Crucius, Jacobus: Epistolarum Libri IV. Cum Duplici Indice. Delphis [Delft]: ex officina Johannes Andreae Kloeting, 1633. First edition. 8vo., pp.[xvi], 606, [xxvi]. Woodcut initials. F.f.e.p. and following blank both with top fore-edge corner excised, title page a bit grubby, some light foxing to blanks front and rear. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges. Vellum darkened, quite heavily marked especially to spine but entirely sound. Inscription to f.f.e.p. reading, 'Antonius [surname obscured], Coll. Reg. Oxon. ex dono Guliolmi Preston, 1743'. Crucius also published under the name Mercurius Batavus. This collection of letters was intended as instructional literature, imitating Ciceronian style and delivering moral and religious ideals alongside regular communication. To that end, many of the letters given earlier dates were actually written later to be included in the book, rather than sent.   Ref: 49124 
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D'Aubigné, J. H. Merle: History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Religious Tract Society, London, n.d. (c.1855). Revised edition. 4 vols. in 1, 8vo., pp. xvi, 675, scattered light foxing to the preliminaries, bound in original purple cloth gilt by Westleys and Co., yellow endpapers, gilt device to front board, small worm hole to spine between first and second compartment, rubbed, corners bumped.   Ref: 25378  show full image..
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Davenport, R.A.: The History of the Bastile, and of its Principal Captives. London: Thomas Tegg and Son, 1838. 8vo., pp. xi, [i], 464 + frontispiece. Plan in text. Pp. 153-156 torn at top corner with loss of pagination and top edge of text (i.e. a few half words). Frontis and title toned with a little dampstaining, otherwise generally clean. Contemporary half green calf, gilt spine with burgundy gilt label, marbled boards, edges lightly sprinkled red, drab endpapers. Joints and endcaps rubbed, a few tiny scuffs to spine, edges of upper board a bit worn but still a very good copy. Inscription at head of title-page toW.R. (Wyles?) from J.L.S., dated 1876. A versatile and opportunistic publisher, Thomas Tegg (1776–1846) had three main strands to his business: 'he issued many reprints of books which had gone out of copyright; he purchased remainders, sometimes with the copyrights, from other publishers, and sold them at greatly reduced prices; and he produced a number of original works, often on commission' (ODNB).   Ref: 51788 
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Davis, Natalie Zemon: Women on the Margins. Three Seventeenth-Century Lives. Harvard University Press, 1995. Second printing. 8vo., pp. [x], 360 + illustrated plates. Black paper-covered boards backed in red paper, gilt title to spine. Bottom corners a little bumped, top edge slightly dusty but still very good indeed.   Ref: 51685 
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De Commines, Philip: (Danett, Thomas, trans.:) The History of Philip de Commines, Knight, Lord of Argenton. London: printed for Samuel Mearne, John Martyn, and Henry Herringman [...] 1674. 4th edition, 'corrected, with annotations'. Folio, pp. [xvi], 348. Woodcut device to title-page, and woodcut initials. Occasional light marginal dampstaining, some smudgy marks particularly to title-page, marks and staining to rear endpapers, a few short closed marginal tears, closed tear to to I6 affecting 3 words but with no loss, tiny scorch-hole to K6 only affecting a couple of letters. Contemporary brown sheep, almost complete surface loss (now resembles suede) with just a little surface remaining in patches, endcaps lost, joints split at head and tail but cords holding firm, corners very worn, ffep excised, rfep with lower corner torn away. Internally good, but in an extremely worn binding that would certainly benefit from some attention. To front paste-down: 'Date 1674' in purple pencil, quite large MS to centre of board; 'P.F.' in an old hand to top corner; a few pencilled bookseller's codes. To title-page: 'W(?) Wombwell Booke' and 'D. Cooke', in different old hands. To p.303, note of an illegible name 'Madam (?). To rfep verso: 'W. Wombwell His Booke 1679'; three lines of old MS smudged away. P.287 is misnumbered 285 and p.224 is misnumbered 124, as usual. The work is divided into eight books, with many marginal glosses. This translation was originally made whilst Danett (1543–1601?) was still a student: the translator's dedication (signed 'Thomas Danett' and dated 1 Nov. 1596) states that it is 'thirty years since' he first presented this History 'rudely translated into our vulgar tongue' from the French original, and that he subsequently revised and enlarged his translation by the advice of Sir Christopher Hatton. 'Danett's epistle to the reader 'suggests that he saw history primarily in exemplary terms, and those who profit from it as making 'the historie to be a paterne of all their doings, both private and publique, & studie not onelie to have the speculation of histories, but also the practise'. Danett eventually published his translation in an expanded version in 1596, with a dedication to Burghley. He explains in the preface that Sir Christopher Hatton had read it in manuscript and commended it, while other gentlemen had read it after Hatton's death in 1591, and urged him to publish it. Danett had responded that the secrets of princes should not be published in the vulgar language, but the 'gentlemen' threatened to publish it themselves, and so Danett had proceeded into print for fear that an unauthorized publication would mar his work. He provided his text with sometimes elaborate notes on such matters as his choice of words in translation, English values for French money, and the differences between Commines and English chronicles, and even ventured to disagree with Commines over the latter's belief that the world was going to the dogs [...] Danett's translation of Commines was his most popular work, with further editions in 1601, 1614, 1665, and 1674. It was reissued in the Tudor Translations series in 1897, edited by Charles Whibley, who praised Danett's prose style, noting that he often supplied lively metaphors for which there was no equivalent in Commines's rather plain prose. He also asserted that even in the translation there was evidence for Danett's historical expertise, since he 'rigorously' corrected his original as well as adding notes.' (ODNB) Philippe de Commines (or de Commynes / de Comines) (1447-1511), writer and diplomat in the courts of Burgundy and France, has been called called 'the first critical and philosophical historian since classical times' (Oxford Companion to English Literature). Not exactly a historian in the conventional sense, his analyses of the political world in which he lived make his writings a virtually unique resource. ESTC R1689; Wing C5542   Ref: 50563 
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De Vertot, [René-Aubert] L'Abbé: The History of the Revolutions of Portugal. Translated from the French. Glasgow: printed for Robert Urie, 1760. 12mo., pp. [viii], iii-viii, 9-152, [x].Contemporary tan sheep, raised bands, small gilt title label to spine. Joints worn with lower just beginning to crack, edges worn, top corner of upper board fraying, a little toning to endpaper edges, very good. De Vertot (1655-1735) originally wrote his Histoire de la conjuration de Portugal in 1690, at the suggestion of Fontenelle and the Abbé de Saint-Pierre. The printer and bookseller Robert Urie 'printed regularly until 1757, in which year the first books bearing the imprint 'Printed for Robert Urie' were issued from what was clearly his press. After 1759 he printed only occasionally. It is probable that he devoted himself to bookselling and publishing, and left the printing to William Smith [...] who worked with Urie and, at his death, succeeded him [...]. The 1750s, and even more the 1760s, revealed an interest in the books of the French Enlightenment, particularly translations of the works of Voltaire: Urie published more than twenty of these, many within a year of their first translation into English.' (ODNB) ESTC T76269   Ref: 51413 
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Delepierre, [Joseph] Octave: Historical Difficulties and Contested Events. London: John Murray 1868. First edition, 8vo., pp. [vi], 179 [i]. Some light spotting. Red cloth, gilt to spine, blind-stamped frame to boards with title to upper, rebacked with original spine laid down, somewhat faded and scuffed, two small blemishes to upper board, corners bumped and a bit worn. Clear residue of bookplate to upper pastedown, stamp of New College Library to title, binder's ticket to lower pastedown. Delepierre was the Belgian secretary for legation and consul-general in London for many years, as well as publishing prolifically, mostly in French (ODNB). In this collection of essays in English Delepierre attempts to dispel various myths and settle historical questions, including whether or not Joan of Arc was burned at the stake (on which topic he had previously published a pamphlet, "Doute Historique").   Ref: 22260 
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Delumeau, Jean: (Nicholson, Eric, trans.:) Sin and Fear: the Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture, 13th-18th Centuries. New York: St, Martin's Press, 1990. 8vo., pp.x, 677, [i]. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty but almost fine.   Ref: 51605 
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Dorson, Richard M. (ed.): Peasant Customs and Savage Myths. Selections from the British Folklorists. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1968. 2 vols. 8vo. Cloth, very good. Dustwrapper, price-clipped, rubbing to extremities, very good.   Ref: 32090 
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Du Bec-Crespin, Jean: The Historie of the Great Emperour Tamerlan. Amsterdam: Da Capo Press, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd, 1968. Facsimile. 8vo. pp. 265. Red cloth, gilt. Very light shelf wear, tiny mark near tail edge of rear board, otherwise very good indeed. Facsimile reproduced from the Bodleian Library's copy, originally printed for William Ponsonby in London, 1597. Number 38 in the Da Capo Press's series The English Experience: Its Record in Early Printed Books, Published in Facsimile.   Ref: 51992 
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