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[Book of Common Prayer] Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. London: Engraven and Printed by the Permission of Mr Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent M 1717. 8vo., pp.xxii, 166, [ii]. Silverplate engraving throughout, with ornate borders, initials and decorations, and copious illustrations. Volvelle to p.v, single-page publisher's list to rear. Faint toning, volvelle repaired at point of attachment but functional. Recent brown morocco, raised bands, gilt spine with title, a.e.g., very good. 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Generally considered the most spectacular of Sturt's productions, the entire text is engraved rather than typeset, and is lavishly ornamented. Sturt (16581730) specialised in miniature work and was renowned for having engraved the Lord's Prayer in the space of a silver halfpenny and the Creed within that of a penny. Here his frontispiece portrait of King George I showcases this skill, being composed of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, a prayer for the royal family, and Psalm 21, all inscribed in lines of tiny characters across the King's profile. The overall effect disquiets Dibdin to a degree this cataloguer cannot recall seeing before, as he describes the miniscule text 'running horizontally and directly across the physiognomy of his Majesty. These sacred parts of our Liturgy were perhaps never before so unpicturesquely introduced.' He recovers his composure though, and admires the book's visual impact if not its practicality: 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Five variants are listed by the ESTC, this copy being that with a cherub-filled border to page v, and no numeral in the head margin. ESTC T141241   Ref: 51511  show full image..
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(Brome, Alexander:) A Collection of Loyal Songs Written Against the Rump Parliament: Between the Years 1639 and 1661. Containing a great variety of merry and diverting characters of the chief sectaries, who were the principal actors in that whole scene of affairs. With an historical introduction to the whole. London: Printed for J. Stone [...] 1731. 2 vols., 12mo., pp.[xiv], 264; [vi], 288. With woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Each volume bound without its initial blank, very occasional light spots and smudges but generally very clean within. 19th-century deep maroon cross-grain morocco, spines ornately gilt with raised bands and title & volume labels, fine gold borders, corner tools and dentelles to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Raised bands slightly rubbed, upper joints a little worn and corners a little worn. A very good, attractively-bound set. Ink inscription to a preliminary blank, 'Simon / from Daddy. 1939.' Tiny inkstamp to each ffep verso, 'Bound by Lloyd, London'. An expanded edition of Brome's Ratts Rhimed to Death: Rump-Parliament hang'd up in the shambles, which first appeared (also anonymously) in 1660. 'Though he was a successful attorney, Brome's claim to fame derives from his avocation as poet. Between 1640 and 1660 Brome composed over 200 poems, including love poems in the cavalier mode, satires attacking the enemies of the king and, later, the Commonwealth government, drinking songs in the Anacreontic tradition, an assortment of occasional poems, translations of epigrams from the Greek and Latin, and other translations. Some of these poems were printed anonymously, while others appeared as dedications or in poetical miscellanies.' (ODNB) ESTC T145238 ; Lowndes 1593   Ref: 51879 
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Brooke, Ralph: (Anstis, John, ed.:) A Discoverie of Certaine Errours Published in Print in the Much Commended Britannia, 1594. Very Prejudicial to the Discentes and Successions of the Auncient Nobilitie of this Realme. [...] To which are added, the learned Mr. Camden's Answer to this Book; and Mr. Brooke's Reply. Now first Published from an Original Manuscript in the Library London: Printed for James Woodman and David Lyon, 1724. 4to., pp. vi, [viii], 77, [xi], 32, 196 + engraved portrait frontispiece. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, full-page illustration to A4. Blanks inserted after the frontis and before the full-page illustration, occasional light smudges but generally very clean within but with some light foxing and toning to gatherings 2A and 2B towards the rear. recently rebound in half tan calf, raised bands, crimson gilt spine label, brown marbled boards, marbled edges, endpapers renewed. A few light scratches to spine, small ink blot to bottom edge of text-block. A very good, sound copy. In two parts, each with separate title-page, register and pagination. The first part has its own red and black title-page: A Discoverie of Certaine Errours [...] with imprint 'London: printed by J. Bettenham, for James Woodman, M.DCC.XXIII'; the second part has its title in all black: A Second Discoverie of Errours [...], 'printed for James Woodman, 1723'. Includes 'John Leylands new yeeres gyft, given of him to King Henrie the viii'. Each individual part was also published separately. ESTC N60736   Ref: 51790 
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Burnet, Gilbert: An Exhortation to Peace and Union. A Sermon at St Lawrence-Jury, at the Election of Lord Mayor of London, on the 29th of September, 1681. London: Printed for Richard Chiswell. 1681. Sm. 4to., pp. [iv], 35, [i]. First and last leaves a bit soiled, faint dampmark to upper corner. Recent quarter calf by Chris Weston, paste paper boards, red morocco label lettered vertically. Contemporary - but not Burnet's - ink inscription "Dr Burnet / Hoc facio de charitate et spiritus / tenuis & stylo facili" [This I make out of charity with a humble (or modest) spirit and easy pen]. A remarkable sermon preached at the request of the retiring Lord Mayor, Patience Ward, upon the election of John Moore - the high level of partisan conflict created the unusual circumstance of an election for the post - arguing for Protestant unity against a common enemy, Catholicism. ESTC R20821.   Ref: 36016 
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Burton, William: A Commentary on Antoninus his Itinerary, or Journies of the Romane Empire, so far as it Concerneth Britain [...] London: printed by Tho. Roycroft (for) Henry Twyford, and T. Twyford, 1658. Small folio (285 x 190mm), pp. [xx], 266, [vi] + 2 plates: portrait frontispiece (by Hollar) and double-page map. Lacking single-leaf 'Preface to the Reader' (but see below). Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials, illustrations in the text, errata to final leaf verso. Small burn-hole to pp.33-4 just touching a few letters, pp. 141-2 creased during binding, very occasional spotting and a few slight smudges, front and rear blanks darkened at edges. Contemporary calf, gilt-ruled panels with various mottled effects, all edges gilt, rebacked with dark brown morocco, original spine label retained. Spine rubbed, a few chips, inner hinges relined with tape, marbled front pastedown but no marbled flyleaf. Armorial bookplate of Robert N. Pemberton and bookplate of T.H. Ellison to front pastedown. Underneath the Pemberton plate a piece of paper crossed through in ink, possibly patching a removed third bookplate. Latin annotation in an old hand to preliminary blank. ESTC calls for 22 pages of preliminaries but a number of copies, including those in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and others in libraries and sale records, have only 20 pages, being without the single-leaf 'Preface to the Reader'. This leaf, a singleton signed 'a', may have been more frequently omitted because the 'Catalogue of Authors' which would follow it is also signed 'a'. William Burton (1609-1657) is sometimes confused with another of the same name, the younger brother of Robert Burton and author of 'The Description of Leicestershire', but this Burton was more adept at philology. He died of palsy shortly before the completion of this work. ESTC R6432; Wing B6185   Ref: 49120 
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Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Edmonds, Clement, ed.:) The Commentaries of C. Julius Caesar, of his Wars in Gallia; and the Civil Wars betwixt him and Pompey. With many excellent and judicious observations thereupon. As also the art of our modern training. [...] To this edition is now added, at the end of every book, those excellent remarks of the Duke of Rohan. Also the commentaries of the Alexandrian and [London] in the Savoy: printed by Edward Jones, for Matthew Gillyflower [...] and Richard Bently, 1695. Folio, pp.[xliv], 309, [i] + 15 plates in total, including frontispiece and 9 folding plates. Title-page in red and black. A little very light dampstaining just visible at tail edge of first 10 leaves approx., a few very light paper repairs to edges of first 4 leaves, frontis slightly toned with some light transfer to title. Contemporary brown speckled calf, raised bands to spine, edges sprinkled red. Neatly rebacked with spine label, corners repaired. Rubbed, scuffed, edges worn and a little chipped. Still a very good copy overall. To the front paste-down and repeated on the ffep, 'of Lewis in June 1729 - £:0:5:0' with some initials beneath, possibly W.R.L.. Also to the ffep, signature of Frank K Jewison. Eight lines of seemingly original verse to the initial blank. 'The conduct of war was prominent among Edmondes's (1567/8?1622) interests. He urged the necessity for soldiers to read about and discuss the practice of their profession, to supplement their practical experience. He was encouraged by Sir John Scott to undertake an explanatory study of Caesar's Commentaries, published in 1600 as Observations, upon the Five First Bookes of Caesar's Commentaries and followed in the same year by Observations on the Sixth and Seventh Books. Edmondes explained that the work was directed at English soldiers and he supplemented his comments on Roman military practice with observations on contemporary campaigns, including those of the English forces in France and the war in Ireland, as well as the battle of Dreux of 1562 between the royal army and protestant forces in France. He also discussed the question of how to deal with an invasion of England, whether to oppose an invading army at the coast or to withdraw and offer battle later. His preference was to fortify the coast of Kent and oppose a landing. As well as military matters, he included an explanation of the causes of tides. [...] Thomas Fuller regarded him as an example of an author who achieved 'perfection of theory' in writing on military matters without having practical experience.' (ODNB). Edmund's Caesar was popular throughout the 17th century, being reprinted in 1655 and 1677 before this edition of 1695 appeared. Accordinging to Lathrop, 'it has no literary quality, either the springing, elastic energy of the original, or any compensatory power or grace. It does, however, do its pedestrian duty of communicating information accurately and clearly, though clumsily.' An early example of the commercial success of a bestseller defying critical judgement. ESTC R22982; Lathrop 247-9   Ref: 48621  show full image..
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Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Orsini, Fulvio, ed.:) [Opera Omnia] Rerum Ab Se Gestarum Commentarii. Quae hoc volumine continentur, & quid huic editioni accesserit, sequens pagella indicabit. Lugduni [Lyon]: (Jacques Roussin), 1626. 12mo., pp. (xxxii), 879, (lxxvii) + 2 fold-out woodcut maps. Three further woodcut illustrations to text, occasional headpieces, printer's device to title page. Foxed and sporadically toned with pp. 481-518 being particularly affected, paper flaw to p.529 resulting in hole to roughly three lines of text each side, another paper flaw to p.69 not affecting text. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, yapp fore-edges, blind ruled spine and borders, ink title to spine, faint ink ownership inscription in an old hand to upper board. A little darkened, stain to upper board, ties lost. Ownership inscription to front of upper board, ' Ex Libris Christopher Sonnenberg' followed by a few further illegible words. Remains of erased pencil notes to f.f.e.p. Likely a licenced, or perhaps pirated, copy of the early Aldine edition, and a rare printing. Not found on COPAC and apparently unseen by either Dibdin or Schweiger, Worldcat has two records for the edition but neither seem to be associated with any actual physical holdings.   Ref: 48577 
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius: (Volpi, Giovanni Antonio, ed.:) [Opera] et in eum Jo: Antonii Vulpii eloquentiae professoris in gymnasio Patavino novus commentarius locupletissimus. Patavii [Padua]: Excudebat Josephus Cominus, 1737. 4to., pp. xl, 608, [iv]. Title-page in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut initials. Sporadic very faint marginal dampstains not affecting text, small hole to lower margin p.xxv (seemingly a paper flaw), printer's colophon to verso of penumtimate leaf offset to final blank. Contemporary tan calf boards recently rebacked, gilt title to spine, edges light yellow, marbled endpapers. A few light scuffs and scratches, edges a little worn, corner tips repaired, inner hinges sympathetically repaired with marbled paper, very good. To a preliminary blank, ownership inscriptions of: H.G. Hart, Bitton 1865; John and Jacynth [crossed through] Lawrence, 1950. The second edition of Catullus edited by Vulpius (or Volpi), printed by the fine Paduan press of Cominus, which was the only important edition of that author in the first half of the 18th century. '"This is in every respect," says Dr. Harwood, "the best edition of Catullus yet published; the text is exhibited in a more correct manner, and the notes of Vulpius are very valuable." According to Ernesti and Harles, the notes of Vulpius are not so much in emendation of the text as in illustration of the poet by selecting parallel passages from ancient and modern writers' (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I 76-7.   Ref: 51404 
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Baskerville, 1772. 'Writing Royal' 4to., pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (as usual). Occasional scatterings of very light foxing, but generally clean. Red calf, contemporary boards with later but sympathetic gilt spine; both boards heavily gilt in the herringbone style with borders and diamond-shaped centrepieces, suggesting a Scottish binding. Marbled endpapers, cloth hinges. In rebacking the binder has employed a French joint, seemingly to correct the original structure and give a better square at the foredge; the look is a little unusual, with a deep groove at the joint, but the work is neatly and skillfully done. Some slight splits to tail-cap, a few small scrapes to upper board, corners repaired but a very good, attractive copy. A2 is a cancel, H3 a cancelland; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy'. ESTC T6260; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263   Ref: 51370  show full image..
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus; (Scaliger, Joseph, ed.): [Juvenal] Iuvenalis, Decimus Iunius; Persius Flaccus, Aulus; (Poelmann, Theodor, ed.): [Opera] Nova Editio; Castigationes; Satyrarum Liber I. Lutetiae [Paris]: apud Mamertum Patissonium, in officina Rob. Stephani; Anverpiae [Antwerp]: Christo 1577; 1577; 1565. Three works bound as one. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 274, [ii]; 252, [xvi]; 160. Separate title page to each work, each with a woodcut device, neat marginalia in an old hand plus pen trials to preliminary blank. A little toned with occasional spots and stains, top corner of title excised, slight worming to fore-edge margins through preliminaries, closed tear to p.13 of third work affecting a few words but with no loss. Contemporary dark brown calf boards rudimentarily rebacked, gilt morocco label to spine, large corner repairs to lower board. Rubbed and scuffed, joints and corners worn but a sound and interesting copy. Large armorial bookplate to front paste-down, red ownership stamp of Nicholas Lane to f.f.e.p.. The first two volumes, Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius joined as usual by Scaliger's Castigationes, are here found with Plantin's edition of Juvenal. Schweiger II, 79 (Catullus et al); Dibdin II 4th edn., 153 (Juvenal)   Ref: 50257 
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