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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 (1658–1730) 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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Borges, Jorge Luis: (di Giovanni, Norman Thomas, trans.:) A Universal History of Infamy. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1972. 1st US edition. 8vo., pp.146. Quarter black cloth with red cloth boards, gilt title to spine, black endpapers. Top edge a little dusty, very good. Dust-jacket shelf-worn, slightly tattered at edge but still very good overall. First US edition, and therefore the first edition in English, preceeding the UK edition by a year.   Ref: 51551 
£25
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Bornstein, Daniel E.: The Bianchi of 1399. Popular Devotion in Late Medieval Italy. London: Cornell University Press, 1993. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 232. Cloth, gilt-lettered, edges slightly dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, sticker remains to upper wrapper, a bit of shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 39535 
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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. Dust-jacket lightly shelf worn but very good overall. 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. A little light shelf wear to dust-jackets, some edges a bit creased but again 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. Dust-jacket price-clipped, spine creased, a little tattered at edges, still 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. No dust-jacket. 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 
£24
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Britton, John: The History and Antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Salisbury; Illustrated with a Series of Engravings [...] London: M.A. Nattali, 1836. Large 4to (300 x 230mm), pp. viii, 113, [i], 10 + additional engraved title-page, and 31 further plates as called for. Occasional light foxing, a few faint smudges. Slightly later half brown calf, raised bands, gilt title to spine, blue textured cloth-covered boards, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine a bit scuffed, endcaps and corners worn, a little rubbed but very good. Publisher’s catalogue to rear.   Ref: 51327 
£100
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