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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; Bobbin, Tim, the Second, pseud. [Walker, Robert]: Miscellaneous Works [...] containing his View of the Lancashire Dialect, with large Additions and Improvements; also, his Poem of the Flying Dragon, and the Man of Heaton; Together with Other Whimsical Amusements in Prose and Verse. To which is added, a L Salford: printed by Cowdroy & Slack, 1812; [1811]. 8vo., pp. [ii], 240 + 19 plates; 89, [i] + 7 leaves of plates including portrait frontispiece. Title-page of the second work bound preceeding the first. A bit toned, some pages grubby, occasional marks and smudges, some marginal tears but no loss of text. Contemporary dark brown sheep, rebacked in mismatched purplish morocco, endpapers renewed. Rubbed, edges worn, corners fraying but still sound within its binding. Illegible ownership inscription to ffep. Originally issued in parts, contains two works generally found together: the first by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796); the second by 'Tim Bobbin the Second', Lancashire radical Robert Walker, first published in 1801. Tomlinson 51   Ref: 51267 
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Boissier, Gaston: La Religion Romaine. D'Auguste aux Antonins. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1906. 2 vols. in 1. Small 8vo., pp. xiv, 403; 413. Cream cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine label, spine browned, boards grubby, slight shelf wear to edges, endcaps and corners, edges dusted, top edge gilted, foxing to free end-papers, still very good. Gilt-embossed stamp 'Schola Civitatis Londinensis' (City of London School) to upper board.   Ref: 48781 
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Bonnell, Thomas F.: The Most Disreputable Trade. Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 387. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, bumping to corners, edges lightly dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, very small closed tear to top edge of front cover, shelf wear to edges, very good.   Ref: 51905 
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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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[Bookselling ephemera] Sidney Kiek & Son advertisement. London: Sidney Kiek & Son, n.d.(c.1900). Single leaf advertisement (160 x 78mm) for the firm's Clearance Lists, 'The small prices at which many good books, perfectly NEW, are sold off after the first demand has been met will astonish you.' Sidney Kiek & Son were theological booksellers and publishers.   Ref: 51672 
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Botton, Alain de: How Proust Can Change Your Life. London: Picador, 1997. First edition. 8vo., pp. [vi], 215, [iii]. Black cloth, silver title to spine. Top edge very slightly dusty, near fine. Contemporary newspaper review loosely inserted.   Ref: 51645 
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Box, Edgar, pseud. [Vidal, Gore]: Death in the Fifth Position; Death Before Bedtime; Death Likes it Hot. London: Heinemann, 1979. 3 vols. 8vo., pp.150; 161, [i]; 151, [i]. Orange, green and red cloth respectively, black titles to spines. Some endcaps a little creased, top edges dusty, very good overall. 1979 reissues of the 1952-4 UK first editions. Originally published in the US in 1954, Death Likes it Hot was the last of Vidal's Edgar Box novels. The pseudonym allowed him to earn a living while the controversy surrounding the publication of his 1948 novel The City and the Pillar died down.   Ref: 51643 
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Box, Edgar, pseud. [Vidal, Gore]: Death Likes It Hot. London: William Heinemann, 1955. First UK edition. 8vo., pp.[iv], 212. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Patches of staining to fore-edge corners of free endpapers front and rear (possibly from metal clips?) transferring a little to half-title and final leaf, edges lightly toned, good. Small inkstamp of Tyrell's Book Shop, Pacific Highway to front paste-down. Originally published in the US in 1954, Death Likes it Hot was the last of Vidal's Edgar Box novels. The pseudonym allowed him to earn a living while the controversy surrounding the publication of his 1948 novel The City and the Pillar died down.   Ref: 51550 
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Brant, Sebastian: (Zeydel, Edwin H. trans.:) The Ship of Fools. Columbia University Press, 1944. First edition thus. 8vo., pp. viii, [ii], 399, [i]. Illustrations in the text. dark green cloth, gilt title to spine, top edge sprinkled blue. A little rubbed, edges a bit toned, very good. Translated into rhyming couplets with introduction and commentary by Edwin H. Zeydel. Reproduces the original woodcut illustrations. Number XXXVI of the Records of Civilization Sources and Studies series (Austin P. Evans, ed.).   Ref: 51638 
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Brinton, Thomas: (Devlin, Sister Mary Aquinas, ed.:) The Sermons of Thomas Brinton, Bishop of Rochester (1373-1389). London: Royal Historical Society, 1954. 2 Vols. 8vo., pp. xxxviii, 240; 278. Blue cloth, a little soiled to spine and edges. Gilt to spines. Camden Third Series LXXXV   Ref: 37709 
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