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Morris, Beverley R[obinson].: British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with 60 Coloured Plates. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1855. First edition. Large 4to., pp. iv, 252 + 60 coloured plates. Title-page a little stuck to frontispiece at gutter causing slight separation between it and the next leaf, slight separation between 'Harlequin duck' plate and the next leaf (p.247), 'Tufted duck' plate opposite p.243 loosening, occasional foxing mostly to front and rear. Contemporary half red polished sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and green morocco label, brown marbled boards, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners worn, small split at tail of upper joint, rubbed. Still a very good copy overall. Bookplate of James Amphlett of Llandyssil dated 1868, numbered 12. 60 hand-coloured plates as called for. Engraved and printed by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), one of the most highly esteemed English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.   Ref: 51745 
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Mosheim, John Laurence: (Vidal, Robert Studley, trans.:) Commentaries on the Affairs of the Christians Before the Time of Constantine the Great; or, an Enlarged View of the Ecclesiastical History of the First Three Centuries. Accompanied with Copious Illustrative Notes and References. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies; J.G. and F. Rivington, 1813; 1813; 1835. 3 vols. (all published). 8vo., pp. [ii], xxiv, 347, [i]; xxxii, 388; xxxi, [i], 307. Foxed, toned to varying degrees, a few pencil annotations especially to front and rear blanks. Contemporary brown half sheep, gilt and blind tooled spines with green morocco labels, marbled paper boards, edges sprinkled red. Spines and corners worn and a little scraped, boards rubbed and their edges somewhat worn. Commentaries was Vidal's (1770-1841) major work of translation. A solicitor as well as an antiquary, during the 22 years between the publication of volumes two and three he published the third edition of Charles Watkins's A Treatise on Copyholds (1821), and the fifth edition of Sir Geoffrey Gilbert's The Law of Tenure (1824).   Ref: 46673 
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Owen, Robert: A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Formation of the Human Character Preparatory to the Development of a Plan for Gradually Ameliorating the Condition of Mankind. London: printed for Longman, Hurst Rees, Orme and Brown et al, 1816. Second edition. 8vo., pp. viii, [iii], 12-184. Uncut, with wide margins. Dampstaining to approx. half page, diminishing from front paste-down to p.viii; occasional light foxing. Publisher's grey paper-covered boards backed with brown paper, remains of title label to spine. Grubby with dampstain to upper board, paper coming away at ends of spine, paper splitting at joints but binding holding firm, corners frayed. A good unsophisticated copy, worn but sound. Ownership inscription of W(illia)m Furmage, London Tavern, Poole to upper board. Furmage was landlord of the London Tavern from c.1839 to c.1855. "Here, in what remains his best-known work, Owen demanded a system of national education to prevent idleness, poverty, and crime among the 'lower orders' (Selected Works, vol. 1), and recommended restricting 'gin shops and pot houses', the state lottery and gambling, as well as penal reform, ending the monopolistic position of the Church of England, and collecting statistics on the value and demand for labour throughout the country. Owen denied proposing 'that the British government should now give direct employment to all its working population'. Instead, education should lead the poor 'to find employment sufficient to support themselves, except in cases of great sudden depression in the demand for, and consequent depreciation in the value of, labour' (Selected Works, 1.97)." (ODNB)   Ref: 51402  show full image..
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Polignac, Melchior de: Anti-Lucretius, sive de Deo et Natura, libri novem. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Hippolytum-Ludovicum Guerin, & Jacobum Guerin 1747. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii] xxx [ii] 180; [iv] 181-450 + frontispiece. Without half-title in first volume. Some light browning and spotting. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked with old green morocco gilt labels preserved, corners and hinges renewed, old leather scratched and slightly worn around the sides. A posthumously published poem in the Lucretian style offering a Christian and Cartesian refutation of Lucretius and Epicurean philosophy. Cardinal Polignac's (1661-1742) philosophy is "questionable, but the poem is, in form, the best imitation of Lucretius and Virgil extant" (Catholic Encyclopedia). Brunet IV 777.   Ref: 25031 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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(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 (17761846) 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 
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