Walton, Izaak: The Lives of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert, and Dr. Robert Sanderson: To Which are Added the Autographs of Those Eminent Men, Now First Collected; an Index, and Illustrative Notes. London: John Major, 1825. 8vo. (not the large paper edition), pp.xviii, 503, [i] + 11 plates as called for. Numerous engraved illustrations in the text, most with tissue guards in place. Sporadic light foxing mostly affecting plates. Contemporary tan polished calf, rebacked, gilt title to spine, gilt borders, marbled edges, endpapers replaced. Edges lightly rubbed, a few faint scratches but a very good, sound copy overall. Ownership inscription of L. Rogers to title-page. 'In the course of his long life (he was born, after all, before Shakespeare had really got into his stride) Walton produced a work—The Compleat Angler—which has commanded huge popularity: it has been reprinted almost as many times as A Pilgrim's Progress. Yet for biography, arguably, he performed a yet greater service. His unique combination of intimacy and edification formed a model highly influential on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson; and this makes him, perhaps, modern biography's father. Though he has been censured for his inaccuracy (and he was inaccurate) and for his bias (for which Dr Johnson's own judgement of him as a 'great panegyrist' is perhaps a fairer characterization), and though he was regarded by many as a naïve and thus, in a sense, accidentally effective writer, nevertheless his skill is at last receiving the recognition it deserves.' (ODNB) Ref: 51520
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