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[Cotton, Charles:] Scarronnides: or, Virgile Travestie. A Mock Poem, on the First and Fourth Books of Virgil's Aenaeis in English; Burlesque. London: printed by J[ames] C[ottrell] for Henry Brome, 1670. 8vo., pp. [ii], 150. Woodcut border to title page and a few woodcut ornaments, 4th Book has its own title-page (p.63). Some occasional light inkblots and smudges not obscuring text, tiny hole to margin p.113. Contemporary brown sheep, plain blind-tooled borders. Rubbed, some small chips and surface crackles to spine, top thong split at upper hinge but binding holding firm. A worn but pleasingly unsophisticated copy with interesting signs of ownership, very good. Inked to the leather of the upper board, signature of (Henry?) Knyston dated 1778; ownership inscription also with the surname Knyston dated July 1803 to preliminary blank, the initial possibly being J or S; ownership inscription of Benj. Rostoene to title-page. Some underlining and (rather ribald) MS annotations in an old hand to pp. 9, 45 (crossed out) and 69, and a manicule to p.113 pointing to the passage 'Had I once dreamt the Tearing Devil/ Could ever have been so uncivil,/ Thus like a Jade to break his Teather; I should have kept my leggs together'. 'A Mock Poem' inked to fore-edge of text block. 'Of Cotton's literary works, unquestionably the most successful in commercial terms was his Scarronnides, a scatological burlesque of Virgil, of which book 1 appeared in 1664 and book 4 the following year, thus completing the narrative of Dido and Aeneas. Samuel Pepys, collecting a copy of book 1 on the very day it was licensed, found it 'extraordinary good' (Pepys, 5.72) and the demand for reprints confirms his view: there were thirteen further editions of the two books combined between 1667 and 1807, and Scarronnides was also the star attraction of Cotton's Genuine Works (1715). Although Cotton's title recognizes his debt to Paul Scarron, whose Virgile Travestie had begun to appear in instalments in 1648, his is a wholly independent burlesque, whose wit depends on its close proximity to Virgil's Latin; parallels are noted on each page. It spawned a litter of imitators and earned the doubtful honour of a 'copycat' publication, the so-called 'Second book' of Scarronnides printed in 1692. A year earlier, the anonymous The Valiant Knight, a mildly pornographic fantasy, had been Cotton's first published venture into comic territory. A later attempt to capitalize on the success of Scarronnides with another classical burlesque, this time of Lucian in Burlesque upon Burlesque, or, The Scoffer Scoft, seems to have met with failure; the first edition of 1675 was only once reprinted (in 1686; some copies are dated 1687), although it does form part of the Genuine Works.' (ODNB) ESTC R33501; Wing (2nd ed.), C6394   Ref: 51739 
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Cowley, Abraham: The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. In two volumes... The eleventh edition. [With:] Volume the Second. [And:] The third and Last Volume... The ninth edition. London: Printed for J. Tonson; Charles Harper, 1710; 1711. 3 vols., 8vo., pp. [iv], LXXVIII, [viii], 392 + engraved portrait frontispiece and 17 engraved plates (of which 13 are portraits); [ii], [393]-894, [ii] + engraved frontispiece and 9 engraved plates (of which 6 are portraits); [xxii], 495, [ix] + engraved frontispiece and another 4 engraved plates. Lightly browned, a little minor spotting. Contemporary calf, plain spines with red morocco labels, boards bordered in blind, edges sprinkled red, rubbed at extremities, neatly conserved by Chris Weston replacing original labels, f.f.e.p. removed from first vol. Early ink ownership inscription "Anne Pitt" on front flyleaf of vols. 2 & 3; large amorial bookplate of "John Borthwick / CROOKSTON" on versos of title-pages. The first volume contains the major poems and several essays, while the second volume reprints Cowley's juvenilia and university plays. ESTC T133366; T133364.   Ref: 36434 
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Croston, James: A History of the Ancient Hall of Samlesbury in Lancashire, with an Account of its Earlier Possessors and Particulars Relating to the More Recent Descent of the Manor. London: printed by Whittingham and Wilkins at the Chiswick Press, 1871. Folio (385 x 280mm), pp. x, [ii], 274 + 1 folding facsimile indenture, 3 folding pedigrees, 1 ground plan and 2 further engraved plates. Title page in red and black, further engravings in the text. Sporadic foxing with the endpapers and the 2 engraved plates most affected. Dark green textured morocco, gilt spine, ornate borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Endcaps a little worn, some scrapes and marks to boards including some ink blots to upper board. A very good copy. One of 'Two Hundred copies privately printed for Presents only'.   Ref: 51264 
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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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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Lemaire, N.E., ed.:) De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni Libri Superstites. Codices Parisinos Recensitus cum varietate lectionum supplementis Jo. Freinshemii et selectis schmiederi variorumque commentaris quibus notas excursus mappasque et et indices addidit [vols. I & II]; cum itinerario Alexandri et Julio Valerio Aesopi Gr Parisiis [Paris]: Colligebat Nicolaus Eligius Lemaire, 1822; 1823; 1824. 3 vols. 8vo., pp. [vi], lii, 348, [ii]; [vi], 492; [vi], iv, 724 + 11 plates of maps, plans and facsimiles, most folding. Sporadic foxing particularly on and near plates, some toning towards front and rear, first plate in vol. III a little torn at gutter. Recent quarter black library cloth, gilt titles to spines, marbled paper boards, edges sprinkled red. Spines fractionally sunned, a little dusty but very good indeed. Several library inkstamps of Bibliotheek Aloysuis-college, 'S-Gravenhage to preliminary blanks and title pages of each volume. Part of the series Bibliotheca classica Latina.   Ref: 48605 
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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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Daniel, Walter: (Powicke, F.M. ed. & trans.:) The Life of Ailred of Rievaulx. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1950. First edition thus. 8vo., pp.cii, ff.81, pp.82-8. Latin text and English translation on facing pages. A little foxing to title-pages and edges. Red cloth, gilt title to spine, top edge red. Endcaps slightly creased but still very good. Dust-jacket shelf worn with a some small chips at head of (toned) spine, but still whole and good overall. Inscription to ffep of P.H. Roberts, New College. Published in the Nelson's Medieval Classics series, general editors V.H. Galbraith and R.A.B. Mynors.   Ref: 51863 
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Dansey, William: Horae Decanicae Rurales. An Attempt to Illustrate [...] The Name and Title, the Origin, Appointment, and Functions, Personal and Capitular of Rural Deans. [...] London: J.G.F. & J Rivington, 1854. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. xliv, 428; 563. Contemp. calf, rebacked and relabelled with gilt lettering, some corners renewed. Binding a little stained and worn but very serviceable. A little foxing to endpapers. Ownership stamp of Rev. E.H. Firth to f.f.e.p.   Ref: 37660  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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