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(Bernard, Richard:) A Short View of the Prelatical Church [laid open in ten sections by way of quere and petition to the high and honourable Court of Parliament, the several heads whereof are set down in the next two pages. Written a little before the fall of that hierarchie, about the year 1641, by Iohn Ba [London: s.n.], [1661]. Pamphlet, 4to., pp.44. Lacks a four-leaf gathering to the front (though the text itself is complete). Wood-cut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Toned front and rear, some spots and smudges, small loss to lower corner margin of first leaf. Usually found bound with a second work, The Anatomie of the Common Prayer-Book, but here disbound and alone. Paper label from the Congregational Library of London’s Pamphlet Room to head of first leaf, obscuring the top of the woodcut head-piece but not affecting text. In an old hand, ‘abusively’ added next to the printed title, and ‘Rogues’ crossed through. Usually ascribed to Richard Bernard (bap. 1568, d. 1642), but also to John Bernard, minister of Batcomb, and John Bernard, Presbyterian (cf. Green, E.Bib. Somersetensis, 1902, v.2, p. 165). Often bound with The Anatomie of the Common Prayer-Book (1661), which has separate dated title page, pagination, and register, and was also published separately in the same year as Wing B1996. ESTC R17815; Wing (2nd ed.) B2034   Ref: 51778 
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[Bible] He Palaia Diatheke kata tous Ebdomekonta. Vetus Testamentum, Ex Versione Septuaginta Interpretum, Secumdum Exemplar Vaticanum Romae Editum. Accedit Potior Varietas Codicis Alexandri. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Typographico Academico, 1848. 3 vols. Small 8vo. (160 x 11mm), pp.[iv], 809, [i]; [ii], 1416; [ii], 2059, [i]. Text in Greek. A little toned, endpapers slightly foxed but generally bright and clean within. Contemporary dark brown morocco, gilt titles to spines, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Rubbed, corners bumped and a little worn, still very good. A chronology of ownership inscriptions to the front of each volume, from A. Staveley, 4th March 1881 to Roger Garth Hooper, 1925 to Peter A. Royle, September 1952.   Ref: 48713 
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[Bion and Moschus] Biõnos Kai Moschou: (Wakefield, Gilbert, ed.:) Opera. Ta Leipsana. Londini [London]: T. Bensley, 1795. Large paper copy. 8vo., pp. [viii], 33, 83 (with final advertisement leaf). Poems in Greek, with preface and notes in Latin. Occasional spotting, a little toning to edges of front and rear blanks. Tan sheep very lightly diced, gilt spine, centrepiece and dentelles, marbled edges and endpapers. Neatly rebacked and corners repaired. The name Gulielmus [William] M. Blencowe in gilt to upper board, and 'Honoris Causâ' similarly gilt to lower board. A large-paper copy of the bucolic poems of Bion and Moschus as edited by Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), now remembered largely for his position as a religious controversialist. Between 1792 and 1797, to earn his living following his resignation from the dissenting Hackney College, he produced a stream of remarkable classical editions, including this one, capped off with his 3-vol. Lucretius, earning him comparison with Porson as one of the greatest classical scholars of his day. However, the speed with which he worked and his less-painstaking approach introduced enough errors for his work to sometimes be dismissed as mere hackery, despite its occasional brilliance. ESTC: N32017   Ref: 45241 
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Blackmore, Richard: Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In ten books. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. First edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 296. Title within plain borders. A few light smudges, but internally bright and clean. Near-contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, paper label to second compartment with title inked in an old hand, blind tooled borders, edges sprinkled red. Loss to headcap, joints worn, calf split at upper joint but cords holding firm, a few light scuffs, edges worn, top corners bumped and fraying, endpapers split at hinges, patch of skinning to front paste-down likely fron the removal of a bookplate. A very good copy. Small library code inked to front paste-down. The first edition (the second followed the same year, and included an idex) of Richard Blackmore’s (1654-1729) celebration of William III in the form of an epic based on The Aeneid using historical material from Geoffrey of Monmouth. King William rewarded Blackmore with the post of physician-in-ordinary. Blackmore was less successful with other poets, and is the target of particular scorn from Pope in The Dunciad and other satires. ESTC R23258.   Ref: 51084 
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Blades, William: The Enemies of Books. London: Elliot Stock, 1887. Revised and enlarged edition. 8vo., pp.[ii], xiii, [iii], 165, [iii]. With ‘Postscriptium’. Title page in red and black, illustrations in the text. Occasional light spots, first leaf a little toned. Contemporary dark green cloth, gilt title to spine. Slightly rubbed, free endpapers toned but a very good copy overall. Blades (1824–1890), a printer and bibliographer, was a pioneered the use of type identification as a way of dating early books. His enormous library formed the basis of the St Bride Foundation’s printing library in London. The Enemies of Books is one of his more lighthearted works and had already run to 6 editions between 1881 and 1886 before this edition appeared as part of ‘The Book Lover’s Library’, edited by Henry B. Wheatley.   Ref: 51777 
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Blake, Nicholas, pseud. [Day-Lewis, Cecil]: The Private Wound. London: published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1968. First edition. 8vo., pp. 223, [i]. Red cloth, gilt title to spine. Endcaps a little creased, top edge dusty, endpapers lightly split at inner hinges but absolutely sound, very good. Dust-jacket a bit toned, spine faded, 10mm tear to top edge but still very good. The last novel Day-Lewis published using his Nicholas Blake pseudonym.   Ref: 49533 
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Block, Lawrence: Hit List. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Quarter black cloth, black boards, red-lettered spine. Top edge dusty but still a very good copy indeed. Dust-jacket a little shelf-worn, a few marks, very good. Author signed to title-page. The second of Block's five works featuring the hitman Keller.   Ref: 50459 
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Blondel, David: (Davies, J., tr.:) A Treatise of the Sibyls, so highly celebrated, as well by the Antient Heathens, as the Holy Fathers of the Church; giving an accompt of the Names, and Number of the Sibyls, of their Qualities, the Form and Matter of their Verses; as also of the Books now Extant under their Names, and the Errours crept into Christian Religion, from the Impostures contained therein London, Printed by T[homas] R[oycroft] for the Authour, 1661. First edition thus. Small folio in 4s, pp. [iv], 293, [vii]. Some decorative intitials and head-pieces. Gutter between signatures A and B rather dusty, a few tiny scorchmarks and smudges scattered through, tip of bottom fore-edge corner torn from penultimate leaf but text unaffected. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf, raised bands, later brown gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders and vertical line, edges lightly sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints cracking but binding holding firm, fairly deep horizontal scratch to upper board, a few small repairs to corners and edges, very good. Signature of ‘Robe. Michell’ in an old hand to head of p.1, small MS note and a little underlining to p.92. First English edition of this historical attack on the Sibylline Oracles, Judeo-Christian forgeries of ancient pagan prophesies which were traditionally seen in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to foretell the coming of Christ. The Protestant clergyman and historian David Blondel (1591-1655) published this work in French, in 1649, and in the following year succeeded G.J. Vossius in the chair of history at the University of Amsterdam. Wing B 3220. ESTC R38842   Ref: 51140 
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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]: View of the Lancashire Dialect; with Large Additions and Improvements. Also a Glossary of Lancashire Phrases. London: printed for A. Millar, W. Law and R. Cater; and for Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, York, 1798. 12mo. in sixes, pp.79 including portrait frontispiece. Frontis and title heavily toned, occasional spots and smudges elsewhere. The textblock as been stab-stitched and is loosely housed inside the heavily worn red sheepskin binding of an old railway timetable. The front board is blindstamped ‘L. & N.W.R.’ for London & North Western Railway, therefore dating it somewhere between 1846 and 1922. Several scraps of notepaper loosely inserted. A work written in Lancashire dialect by Tim Bobbin, pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), followed by a useful glossary.   Ref: 51680 
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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; (Cruikshank, G., illus.:) Lancashire Dialect; and Poems. Rendered intelligible to general readers by a literal interpretation, and the obsolete words explained by quotations from the most early of the English authors. London: Hurst, Chance and Co., 1828. 8vo., pp. viii, 184, + 6 leaves of plates. Occasional foxing, plates quite toned and spotted. Slightly later half olive green calf with marbled paper-covered boards, raised bands, red spine label, marbled edges. Spine darkened to brown, a bit chipped, headcap and corners worn, a good sound copy. Bookseller’s pencilled note to ffep verso. Contains works in prose and verse by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), illustrating the South Lancashire dialect. Tomlinson 70   Ref: 51258 
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