Rohan, [Henri] Duke of: (H[unt], H[enry] trans.:) A Treatise of the Interest of the Princes and States of Christendome. Written in French by the Most Noble and Illustrious Prince, the Duke of Rohan. London: printed by Ric. Hodgkinsonne, 1641. First London edition of this English translation. 12mo., pp.[xxiv], 59, [vii], 146, [iv]. Woodcut initials and decorations. Ink blot to p.121 obscuring a few letters, ink blot to fore-edge bleeding onto margins a little but never reaching text. Contemporary tan sheep with remains of original spine and old paper label retained, recent red spine label with gilt title, edges sprinkled red. A bit scuffed and scraped with small area of surface loss to lower board, endpapers renewed with several pencilled booksellers notes. A very good copy overall. Recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front paste-down. Multiple ownership inscriptions of Francis Drake to initial blank, title-page, first leaf of text and other points throughout. We believe this Francis Drake to be the Second Baronet (1617-1662), politician and Colonel of the Horse who fought in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War. He was the great-nephew of the more famous explorer of the same name. First published anonymously in Paris in 1634, it was 1638 before the Duc de Rohan's name was added to the title. Hunt's English translation was first published in Paris in 1640, with this London edition following a year later. A Treatise of the Interest... is 'a compact reflection on European international affairs' offering 'pithy advice to rulers regarding what courses of action best served the aims of security and influence, in light of the precarious balance of power between Spian and France in its time.' (Mathiowetz, Appeals to Interest (2011) p.68) Wing R1868 Ref: 51399
Schneider, J.G.: Historia Amphibiorum, Naturalis et Literariae Fascisculus Primus [...] (&) Secundus [...] Amsterdam: A.Asher & Co., 1968. Facsimile reprint of 1799-1801 edition. 2 vols. in 1. 8vo., pp.xiii, [i], 264, [viii including 2 illustrations, one fold-out.]; vi, 364 + 2 fold-out illustrations. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering, slightly shop-worn but still a very good copy. Descriptions of frogs, toads, salamanders, crocodiles, snakes, etc. Ref: 46788
Sharpe, Kevin: Politics & Ideas in Early Stuart England. Essays and Studies. London & New York: Pinter Publishers, 1989. 8vo., pp. xi, [i], 415, [i]. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, very good. Ref: 51620
Stillingfleet, Benjamin (trans.:) Miscellaneous Tracts relating to Natural History, Husbandry, and Physick. To which is added the Calendar of Flora. London, Printed and sold by R. and J. Dodsley. 1762. 8vo., pp. xxxi [i] 391 [i] + 11 plates. Light toning, a little spotting, one gathering slightly proud, a couple of marginal pencil notes. Slightly later tan calf, rebacked preserving original spine and endpapers, spine in six compartments with raised bands, new red morocco label, gilt decoration (now darkened and chipped), old scratches to boards since polished. Ownership inscription of J. Cooke Garborough to upper pastedown. A collection of papers translated by Stillingfleet from the 'Amoenitates Academicae', including Linnaeus on 'the necessity of travelling in one's own country', J.G. Bayerstein on the improvement of physick, Barck on foliation, Gedner on curiosity, and Stillingfleet's own observations on grasses (with illustrative plates). The 'Calendar of Flora' is partly extracted from Theophrastus. ESTC T81085. Ref: 28114
Strada, Famiano: Prolusiones Academicæ. Oxonii [Oxford]: Sheldonian Theatre, 1745. 8vo., pp.[xii], 325, [xxi]. Engraved publisher's vignette to title page, wide margins. A little browning to pp.50-1, pencilled note to p.216, occasional light foxing. Contemporary vellum, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine darkened and ink title largely rubbed away, boards somewhat marked, corners bumped. These lectures by the Jesuit historian Famiano Strada (1572-1649) were first published in Cologne 1617 and had a long life in print in Oxford, appearing in 1631 as well as in this mid-eighteenth-century printing. Strada's writings are remarkable for how substantially forgotten they are, despite the substantial influence that one or two individual lines have had: The contest of the Musician and the Nightingale, adapted by Ford and Crawshaw, among other European poets, is included, as is a passage proposing the idea of communicating at a distance by magnetized needles - perhaps the first proposal of the theory behind the telegraph. Strada's writings may have also (in Coleridge's opinion) influenced Milton's choice of subject in Paradise Lost. ESTC T100350 Ref: 46583
(Tegg, Thomas:) Eccentric Biography; or Lives of Extraordinary Characters; Whether Remarkable for their Splendid Talents, Singular Propensities, or Wonderful Adventures. London, Glasgow, Dublin & Paris: printed for Thomas Tegg [...] et al, 1826. 12mo., pp. iv, [ii], 330 + frontispiece. Some foxing, particularly to title-page, occasional brief pencil markings. Half dark green morocco, gilt spine with title, green textured cloth boards, marbled edges and endpapers. A bit rubbed, corners wearing, endpaper split at upper hinge but holding firm, very good. Illegible signature to preliminary blank; pencilled inscription of Dampier Vernon, Belle Vue, Topsham to head margin of Preface 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). Eccentric Biography is an example of this last category of often-sensational literature, other similar titles including Albani, or, The Murder of his Child; Almagro and Claude, or, Monastic Murder Exemplified in the Dreadful Doom of an Unfortunate Nun; and Domestic Misery, or, The Victim of Seduction. The title of this volume is perhaps inspired by Tegg's former premises 'The Eccentric Book Warehouse' at 122 St John's Street, West Smithfield, though by the time of its publication he had acquired the Old Mansion House at 73 Cheapside from which he traded for the rest of his life. Ref: 51775
Washington, Peter: Madame Blavatsky's Baboon. Theosophy and the Emergence of the Western Guru. London: Secker & Warburg, 1993. First edition. 8vo., pp.x, 470. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Quite toned, very good overall. To ffep, gift inscription from the historian Max Egremont. Ref: 51521
Watson, Richard: Anecdotes of the Life of Richard Watson, Bishop of Landaff; written by himself... Revised in 1814. Published by his Son. Second edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies 1818. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii], 440 + stipple engraved portrait frontispiece after Romney; [ii], 476. Title-pages foxed, light foxing elsewhere. Contemporary polished half dark blue calf with marbled boards, spines gilt in six compartments, lettered direct in gilt and numbered within a geometrical gilt frame, edges sprinkled red, boards a little scuffed, a touch of rubbing to spine ends. A focused but unproud memoir by the former Bishop of Landaff - his wife gets little mention but it 'frankly exposed his ambition, disappointment, and bitterness' (ODNB). The first edition had appeared the previous year. Ref: 36061show full image..
[Whittingham, William:] A Brief Discourse of the Troubles at Frankfort, in the Year 1554, about the Book of Common Prayer and Ceremonies. Reprinted from the Black-Letter Edition of 1575, with an introduction. London: John Petheram, 1846. 8vo., pp. xiv, [ii], CCXV. Slight age-toning to paper. Original textured cloth, spine lettered in gilt, neatly rebacked preserving most of original spine. Bookplate of William Carruthers. The text of the 'famous and controversial account' of the conflict in the Protestant exile community at Frankfurt am Main, usually ascribed to William Whittingham, Dean of Durham - although it has also been attributed to Thomas Wood, one of the founders of the community. Ref: 32949show full image..
Wilson, Peter H.: Europe's Tragedy: the History of the Thirty Years War. London: Allen Lane, 2009. First edition. 8vo., pp.xxii, 996, [ii] + plates. Burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine. A few faint smudges to edges, very good indeed overall. Dust-jacket creased at edges but still very good. Ref: 51637