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Ductor Dubitantium, or the Rule of Conscience in All Her Generall Measures:serving as a great Instrument for the Determination of Cases of Conscience in Our Books. (2 volumes in 1)
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Ductor Dubitantium, or the Rule of Conscience in All Her Generall Measures:serving as a great Instrument for the Determination of Cases of Conscience in Our Books. (2 volumes in 1)

By Taylor, Jeremy, 1613-1667

London: Printed By James Flesher, for Richard Royston at the Angel in Ivy-Lane, 1660. Folio. . Spine reads: Rule of Conscience. 2 volumes in one. Volume 1 [6] xi, 559 pages. Volume 2 558 pages [2] leaves of plates. Jeremy Taylor was a clergyman in the Church of England who was a chaplain to King Charles I as a result of Archbishop Laud's sponsorship. when the Purtian Parliament came to power in the English Civil War, he was imprisoned by eventually allowed to live quietly in Wales, where he began to write profound works on religion and philosophy. His writing on the issues of conscience assumed that human reason could discern the good act (see John Spurr in Dictionary of Seventeenth Century British Philosophers). He has been called the "Shakespeare of Divines" for his poetic style of expression and was often presented as a model of prose writing. Bound in full contemporary calf, earlier rebacking, endpapers renewed, foot of spine leather chipped. A few early marginal repairs. A very nice copy.

$850.00

Histoire Du Royaume d'Alger; Avec L'etat Present De Son Gouvernement De Ses Forces De Terre & De Mer, De Ses Revenus, Police, Justice, Politique & Commerce
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Histoire Du Royaume d'Alger; Avec L'etat Present De Son Gouvernement De Ses Forces De Terre & De Mer, De Ses Revenus, Police, Justice, Politique & Commerce

By Tassy, Laugier De and Henri Du Sauzet

Amsterdam: Chez Henri Du Sauzet, 1725. 12mo. [16], 348 pages [31]pp index, (1)pp, 2 folding plates, (map and large folding etching). French text, title printed in red and black. A remarkable account of life in Algiers both in terms of its history and culture. The background deals with Algers and its conflict with Spain. De Tassy compared the Case del Hospital de Espana, as the residence was known, to the consulates that other European states maintained in Algiers. He points out in detail the condition of slaves (who when highly cultured or educated ended up in the royal palace). While the term in Arabic Ber, merely meant a desert, the term was converted to barbarian by Europeans. Their care of captives in their hospitals was often much better than that of those in European capitols. One of the most objective accounts of Algiers by contemporaries. bound in full calf, spine gilt but mostly worn off, marbled endpapers, all edges red, some chipping to head. A very good copy.

$900.00

A Six Months Tour Through the North of England, Containing an Account of the State of Agriculture Manufactures and population in Several Counties..
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A Six Months Tour Through the North of England, Containing an Account of the State of Agriculture Manufactures and population in Several Counties..

By Young, Arthur, 1741-1820

London: For W. Strahan and W. Nicholl, 1770. First Edition. Octavo. 4 volume set. 28 engraved plates (many folding). With 27 engraved plates (14 folding) and six folding printed tables. Arthur Young (1741-1820) was the most important agricultural writer of the 18th Century. His careful detailed notes with exact statistical notes was considered by those with vast agricultural holdings as well as the new tools used in America. He traveled over 2500 miles to the northern boundary of the country collecting statistical data from farms of all sizes. Young includes statistics regarding crop rotations, the implements used, cost of labor and provisions, size of farms, number of men and oxen and horses employed. He does not, however, provide detailed analysis, allowing farmers to use the information for their own individual situations. "The best way of learning about farming was to go out into the countryside and see how it was done by the men who were doing it. A record of the different methods used in various parts of the country and of their practical results in yields, in cash, and in profit, could not but be helpful to any working farmer who would take the trouble to read about them and compare them with his own." An Edinburgh edition appeared in 1771 though it has the date 1770. Bound in contemporary calf, raised bands, red and black contrasting morocco spine labels gilt, compartments stamped in gilt, Ex-Library (Augsburg College), on endpaper with bookplate of William Lynn Smart.; generally a very good copy. [ESTC T78100].

$900.00

The New Annual Register; or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1787.  To Which is Prefixed, the History of Knowledge, Learning and Tase, in Great Britain, During the Reign of Henry the Eights, from the Year 1509 to 1547
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The New Annual Register; or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1787. To Which is Prefixed, the History of Knowledge, Learning and Tase, in Great Britain, During the Reign of Henry the Eights, from the Year 1509 to 1547

London: Printed for G.G.J. And J. Robinson, 1788. Octavo. [2], ii [4], xxiv, 184, 159, [1], 299, [1] pages. The rare early printing of the U.S. Constitution in Great Britain in its original paper wraps. It is now known that William Godlin wrote not only the History of Henry VIII but also the other parts of the volume which are history. The earlier historian in the annual volumes prior to 1783 were written by Dr. Gilbert Stuart who asked Godwin to finish and continue the series. This was to continue until 1791 which is found in Godwin's journals (Jack W. Marken, "William Godwin's Annual Register" Modern Language Notes, Vol. 68:7, Nov, 1953)). As early as page 95 Arthur St. Clair who was elected President of the Continental Congress on April 17, 1787, addresses the states as "the 13 Independent Sovereign States" (yet on May 25th the Constitutional Convention convened with every state represented except the recalcitrant Rhode Island and instead of noting the independent states are the key opening words We The People). Then, immediately following this report is George Washington's often neglected introduction to the Constitution (p. 99-100) in the Public Papers section. What follows is the very early printing of the U.S. Constitution in Great Britain. Next is Jonathan Penrose's appeal for the abolition of slavery. Throughout the volume which covers the history of the world with the focus on England, France and the United States, we find Thomas Jefferson's "History of the Virginia Mountains" from his Notes on the State of Virginia and references to science from Benjamin Franklin to Herschel's "Account of Three Volcanoes on the Moon" (a work which was among the most important in astronomy in the late 18th Century. This is the rare unbound, unopened and uncut original volume in newer paper wraps with paper label(usually found only in rebound editions with edges trimmed. The last that appeared at auction in this pristine state occurred in were in the opening decades of the 20th Century. Even the set of the Annual Register at the Sotheby's sale in 1980 lacked this volume.

$2500.00

Consilia D. Nicolai Boerii Iureconsulti Clarissimi & in Celebri Ac Sacro Burdegalensium Senatu Praesidis Gravissimi
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Consilia D. Nicolai Boerii Iureconsulti Clarissimi & in Celebri Ac Sacro Burdegalensium Senatu Praesidis Gravissimi

By Bohier, Nicolas De, (1469-1539)

Venetis: Petrum Bosellum, 1556. Octavo. Latin text. [46]pp, index at front, 195 printed leaves, colophon dated 1556. Nicolas de Bohier was an important legal thinker and served as President of the Parliament of Paris. Here he deals with the contemporary consequences of both Roman and Canon Law. Bound in full vellum, spine lettering in brown ink, engraved pictorial paragraph letters, dampstaining to upper portion of first few leaves of the alphabetical index through to "O". minor worming holes through bottom margins, soiling to vellum with wear through to one corner. A very good copy.

$275.00

Archombrotus et Theopompus, Sive Agrenidid Secunda & Tertia Pars; Ubi De Institutione Principis
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Archombrotus et Theopompus, Sive Agrenidid Secunda & Tertia Pars; Ubi De Institutione Principis

By Bugnot, Gabriel (d. 1673); John Barclay

Lugd[uni] Batav[orum] et Roterod[ami]: Ex Officiana Hackiana, 1669. Octavo. [22], 624, [13] While ostensibly an adventure travel novel. it was written with covert political content and intended as a continuation of the then highly prized "Agregntis" by John Barclay. A very good copy with title page repair along gutter. Deaccessioned from the College of New Jersey ( later changed to Princeton) with their plate. Issued in the three parts with continuous pagination. Bound in full vellum, spine lettering in brown ink, some staining to vellum.

$275.00

Aula Tiberiana et Solerissimi Ad Imperandum Principis Idea; Cornelius Tacitus Monitis, Ex Annalium Eius Medulla Erutis et Loberiori Disceptandi Spatio Ad Nostri Aevi Usum Accomodatis Civilem in Orchestram et Militarem Productus
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Aula Tiberiana et Solerissimi Ad Imperandum Principis Idea; Cornelius Tacitus Monitis, Ex Annalium Eius Medulla Erutis et Loberiori Disceptandi Spatio Ad Nostri Aevi Usum Accomodatis Civilem in Orchestram et Militarem Productus

By Lentulus, Cyriacus (1620-1678)

Herbornae Nassoviorum: Corvinius, 1663. 12mo. 483p. The German political philosopher who earlier had traced the work of Augustus here further develops his ideas from his earliest work at Herborn before this professorship at Marburg where his attacks upon Descartes and Grotius became polemical and influenced most Protestant scholars for succeeding generations. Schweiger, Handbuch der Classichen Bibliographie 1040. Title page has printer's device. There is a closed tear of 1/2" on title page else a near fine copy with clean text bound in full vellum, lettering to spine fading.

$390.00