(Allestree, Richard:) The Art of Contentment. By the Author of the Whole Duty of Man &c. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1677. 4th impression. 8vo., pp.[viii], 214, [ii] + engraved frontispiece. Engraved printer’s device to title-page, some engraved headpieces, ‘The Contents’ to final leaf. Occasional spots of light foxing, two small areas to loss to the fore-edge margins of leaves U4 and Cc4, neither affecting text. Recent quarter tan calf, raised bands, red morocco and gilt spine label, marbled paper-covered boards, endpapers renewed. Very good. Attributed to Richard Allestree. Sometimes also attributed to Dorothy Pakington, Richard Sterne, John Fell, or Humphrey Henchman and others. ESTC R9035 Ref: 51137
[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: 51511show full image..
Burnet, Gilbert: An Exhortation to Peace and Union. A Sermon at St Lawrence-Jury, at the Election of Lord Mayor of London, on the 29th of September, 1681. London: Printed for Richard Chiswell. 1681. Sm. 4to., pp. [iv], 35, [i]. First and last leaves a bit soiled, faint dampmark to upper corner. Recent quarter calf by Chris Weston, paste paper boards, red morocco label lettered vertically. Contemporary - but not Burnet's - ink inscription "Dr Burnet / Hoc facio de charitate et spiritus / tenuis & stylo facili" [This I make out of charity with a humble (or modest) spirit and easy pen]. A remarkable sermon preached at the request of the retiring Lord Mayor, Patience Ward, upon the election of John Moore - the high level of partisan conflict created the unusual circumstance of an election for the post - arguing for Protestant unity against a common enemy, Catholicism. ESTC R20821. Ref: 36016
Jewel (or Jewell), John: Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae. Priorum editionum collatione castigatior. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Excudebat Joannes Hayes, 1683. 12mo., pp. [vi] 182 [iv]. The occasional minor spot, some marginal pencil notes. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine in four compartments with raised bands between blind rules, slightly rubbed, one cornertip worn, pastedowns lifted. Armorial bookplate of Henry Usticke to inside of front board, and early ink purchase note to upper pastedown: “me suis addidit Carolus Grale quarto dii Julii, Annoq. Dom. 1684, p’tium--01--06”. John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, composed this important defence of the new Anglican Church in response to rumours on the continent about the departure from Roman Catholicism. It was frequently reprinted in London after the first edition of 1562, but this is the first printing in Cambridge. ESTC R1989. Ref: 32756show full image..
Limborch, Philippus van: Theologia Christiana Ad praxin pietatis ac promotionem pacis Christianae unice directa. Editio altera. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1695. Folio, pp. [xvi] 852 [xxiv] (incl. frontispiece). Worming in lower margin throughout, starting as trails and narrowing to a single hole until the index where it expands slightly again, one additional trail occasionally touching characters in last line of text across five gatherings (4S-4Y), a bit of light dampmarking and dustsoiling, a few small stains. Contemporary dark panelled sprinkled calf, rebacked preserving the original spine, new red morocco lettering piece, corners renewed, new endpapers, old leather a bit scratched. The second edition of the Dutch theologian Phillip van Limborch’s most important work, a system of Christian theology based on Simon Episcopius and Stephan Curcellaeus. It stands as the first and most complete exposition of Arminianism, and was translated into English in 1702. Limborch’s other claim to fame was his close epistolary friendship with John Locke. Ref: 34352show full image..
[Psalms:] Georgii Buchanani Scoti, Poetarum sui seculi facile principis, Paraphrasis Psalmorum Davidis Poetica. Glasguae [Glasgow]: In Aedibus Roberti Urie. 1750. 8vo., pp. [iv], 311, [i]. Thick-paper copy measuring 29/32'' thick, a little light browning. Contemporary sprinkled calf, later red morocco label, edges sprinkled red, later endpapers, joints a bit rubbed, slight wear to headcap. Armorial bookplate of “Alexander Lord Saltoun” on front pastedown. The only edition of Buchanan's poetic paraphrases of the Psalms printed by Robert Urie, in an issue on thicker paper than usual. ESTC T123383. Ref: 36039
[Psalms:] The Whole Booke of Psalmes. Collected into English meetre […] London: Printed by John Windet for the Assignes of Richard Daye, 1597. 4to., pp. [x], 91, [xi], bound after a fragment of a contemporary Book of Common Prayer containing the Psalms in roughly 50 leaves (a number of these worn with loss), lower margin cropped sometimes removing a line of text, soiled and stained, last leaf frayed and mounted on a stub with a bit of loss to index. Nineteenth-century half calf, recently rebacked with remains of prevous spine relaid and upper hinge neatly reinforced, boards rubbed and worn but sound. Booklabel of Wallace T. MacCaffrey and armorial bookplate of John T. Betts, with ownership inscriptions on the bookplate of MacCaffrey (1955) and Thomas Allen, MD (1884). A scarce edition of the Psalms, not fully described in ESTC since 'no complete copy reported', although 10 locations are listed in the UK and a further three in the USA. The collation given there is from the Huntington copy, which lacks all after p. 86, and hence does not note that the colophon is dated 1599. Before it is bound a prose version of the Psalms from a contemporary Book of Common Prayer, which a pencil note in the front conjectures is from a 'Breeches Bible of 1596'. ESTC S1467. Ref: 45492
Thomas of Villanova, Saint:: Opera Omnia quae Hactenus Reperiri Potuerunt. Editio novissima emendatior. Augustae Vindelicorum [Augsburg]: Sumptibus Ingatii Adami & Francisci Antonii Veith, 1757. Folio, pp. [vi] xvi [iv], cols. 980, pp. [lxii] + engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black. Paper foxed. Modern red library buckram, spine lettered in gilt. Small library stamp to title-page. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555), a Spanish Augustinian friar, was chaplain to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. This edition of his works is rare in the UK, with COPAC recording one copy only (in the BL) plus a microfilm in Heythrop College. Ref: 34349show full image..
Tolstoy, Leo: (Maude, Louise & Aylmer, trans.:) War and Peace. London: Macmillan, 1977. 8vo., pp.xxviii, 1352. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Endcaps a little worn, top edge slightly toned but still very good. Dust-jacket price-clipped, a bit shelf worn but still very good. Reprint of the 1942 edition. Ref: 51661
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. Dust-jacket price-clipped, a little shelf worn, good. To ffep, gift inscription from the historian Max Egremont. Ref: 51521