Bell, W.D.M.: The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter. London: Neville Spearman & The Holland Press, 1958. Second edition. 8vo., pp. [x], 187, [i] + plates. Some illustrations in the text. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Headcap a little creased, edges dusty but still very good overall. Dust-jacket spine toned, edges slightly creased, still very good. Pencilled ownership inscription of Pamela Wyndham to ffep. First edition published 1923. Ref: 51631
Colvin, John: Not Ordinary Men. The Battle of Kohima Reassessed. London: Leo Cooper, 1994. 8vo., pp. xiii, [i], 248. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Endcaps a little creased, very good. Dust-jacket price-clipped, a little shelf worn but still very good. Two newspaper clippings of author’s obituary and some notecards loosely inserted. Inscribed by the author to title-page. Ref: 51633
Cooper, Artemis: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure. London: John Murray, 2012. First edition, second impression. 8vo., pp. xiii, [iii], 448. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine. Near fine. Dust-jacket a little shelf worn but still very good. Author’s inscription to Pamela Egremont (a close friend of Fermor’s) to title-page. Ref: 51641
Crucius, Jacobus: Epistolarum Libri IV. Cum Duplici Indice. Delphis [Delft]: ex officina Johannes Andreae Kloeting, 1633. First edition. 8vo., pp.[xvi], 606, [xxvi]. Woodcut initials. F.f.e.p. and following blank both with top fore-edge corner excised, title page a bit grubby, some light foxing to blanks front and rear. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges. Vellum darkened, quite heavily marked especially to spine but entirely sound. Inscription to f.f.e.p. reading, ‘Antonius [surname obscured], Coll. Reg. Oxon. ex dono Guliolmi Preston, 1743’. Crucius also published under the name Mercurius Batavus. This collection of letters was intended as instructional literature, imitating Ciceronian style and delivering moral and religious ideals alongside regular communication. To that end, many of the letters given earlier dates were actually written later to be included in the book, rather than sent. Ref: 49124
Davenport, R.A.: The History of the Bastile, and of its Principal Captives. London: Thomas Tegg and Son, 1838. 8vo., pp. xi, [i], 464 + frontispiece. Plan in text. Pp. 153-156 torn at top corner with loss of pagination and top edge of text (i.e. a few half words). Frontis and title toned with a little dampstaining, otherwise generally clean. Contemporary half green calf, gilt spine with burgundy gilt label, marbled boards, edges lightly sprinkled red, drab endpapers. Joints and endcaps rubbed, a few tiny scuffs to spine, edges of upper board a bit worn but still a very good copy. Inscription at head of title-page toW.R. (Wyles?) from J.L.S., dated 1876. A versatile and opportunistic publisher, Thomas Tegg (1776–1846) 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). Ref: 51788
Davis, Natalie Zemon: Women on the Margins. Three Seventeenth-Century Lives. Harvard University Press, 1995. Second printing. 8vo., pp. [x], 360 + illustrated plates. Black paper-covered boards backed in red paper, gilt title to spine. Bottom corners a little bumped, top edge slightly dusty but still very good indeed. Dust-jacket a little shelf worn, very good. Ref: 51685
De Vertot, [René-Aubert] L’Abbé: The History of the Revolutions of Portugal. Translated from the French. Glasgow: printed for Robert Urie, 1760. 12mo., pp. [viii], iii-viii, 9-152, [x].Contemporary tan sheep, raised bands, small gilt title label to spine. Joints worn with lower just beginning to crack, edges worn, top corner of upper board fraying, a little toning to endpaper edges, very good. De Vertot (1655-1735) originally wrote his Histoire de la conjuration de Portugal in 1690, at the suggestion of Fontenelle and the Abbé de Saint-Pierre.
The printer and bookseller Robert Urie ‘printed regularly until 1757, in which year the first books bearing the imprint ‘Printed for Robert Urie’ were issued from what was clearly his press. After 1759 he printed only occasionally. It is probable that he devoted himself to bookselling and publishing, and left the printing to William Smith [...] who worked with Urie and, at his death, succeeded him [...]. The 1750s, and even more the 1760s, revealed an interest in the books of the French Enlightenment, particularly translations of the works of Voltaire: Urie published more than twenty of these, many within a year of their first translation into English.’ (ODNB) ESTC T76269 Ref: 51413
Delepierre, [Joseph] Octave: Historical Difficulties and Contested Events. London: John Murray 1868. First edition, 8vo., pp. [vi], 179 [i]. Some light spotting. Red cloth, gilt to spine, blind-stamped frame to boards with title to upper, rebacked with original spine laid down, somewhat faded and scuffed, two small blemishes to upper board, corners bumped and a bit worn. Clear residue of bookplate to upper pastedown, stamp of New College Library to title, binder’s ticket to lower pastedown. Delepierre was the Belgian secretary for legation and consul-general in London for many years, as well as publishing prolifically, mostly in French (ODNB). In this collection of essays in English Delepierre attempts to dispel various myths and settle historical questions, including whether or not Joan of Arc was burned at the stake (on which topic he had previously published a pamphlet, “Doute Historique”). Ref: 22260
Delumeau, Jean: (Nicholson, Eric, trans.:) Sin and Fear: the Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture, 13th-18th Centuries. New York: St, Martin’s Press, 1990. 8vo., pp.x, 677, [i]. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty but almost fine. Dust-jacket spine faded and a little creased at head but very good overall. Ref: 51605
D’Aubigné, J. H. Merle: History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Religious Tract Society, London, n.d. (c.1855). Revised edition. 4 vols. in 1, 8vo., pp. xvi, 675, scattered light foxing to the preliminaries, bound in original purple cloth gilt by Westleys and Co., yellow endpapers, gilt device to front board, small worm hole to spine between first and second compartment, rubbed, corners bumped. Ref: 25378show full image..