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A philosophical dialogue concerning decency. To which is added a critical and historical dissertation on places of retirement for necessary occasions, Together With an Account of the Vessels and Utensils in use amongst the Ancients, being a Lecture read before a Society of learned Antiquaries. By the author of the Dissertation on barley wine

By ROLLESTON, Samuel (1702?-1766)

London: printed for James Fletcher in the Turl, Oxford; and sold by J. and J. Rivington in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1751. Stiff Wrappers. Fine. First (and only) Edition of this rare and curious treatise on scatology, with numerous references from classical sources illustrating various cultural attitudes toward "lavatorial behaviour." The second part describes various historical types of receptacles for human excrement and urine. (Sometimes attributed to Benjamin Buckler.) Demy 4to (248 x 192mm): 47,[1,Index]pp. Beautifully bound by Fitterer in stiff hand-marbled paper wraps, white paper label printed in black to upper cover. A Fine copy of this scarce pamphlet, tightly pound and clean throughout. Bibliotheca Osleriana 6409. Not in Bibliotheca Scatologica. A dissertation in the form of a dialogue on the history of public toilets, in which Rolleston coins the word "water closet." Rolleston relates textual evidence from biblical and classical sources to observations of present-day (eighteenth-century) behaviors, combining the literary and the scientific. The philosophical dialogue is a lighthearted but serious debate centered cultural differences and nature vs. nurture in toilet habits through history. The main theme is shame. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

Peter Matthiessen
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Peter Matthiessen

By SALTER, James (1925-2015)

New York: Glenn Horowitz, 2015. Stiff Wrappers. Fine. First edition, one of only 125 copies, of Salter's deeply personal remembrance of his friend Peter Matthiessen. Demy 8vo (221 x 143mm): 10,[2]pp, with photographic portrait frontispiece. Stiff sea-green, speckled, string-tied wrappers lettered in brown. Twenty-five copies were signed by Salter and bound in hard covers. Pristine. Previously published in the New Yorker, this is the first appearance in book form. Matthiessen, cofounder of The Paris Review, and Salter, he of the commas, were neighbors in Sagaponack. In the 1960s, long before the 11962 ZIP code carried the title of most expensive in the country, the small seaside hamlet on the east end of Long Island attracted some of the most talented writers, who were looking for an affordable and quiet place to work. Perhaps more than any other, Matthiessen became close to Salter. Every summer day for a while at about 6 p.m., the pair would meet at Gibson Beach to swim. You can sense what free and easy comrades they were in the frontispiece. They died barely more than a year apart, Matthiessen in Sagaponack and Salter in Sag Harbor. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$235.00

The Temple of Nature; or The Origin of Society: A Poem with philosophical notes
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The Temple of Nature; or The Origin of Society: A Poem with philosophical notes

By DARWIN, Erasmus (1731-1802) [Fuseli, Henry, illustrates]

London: Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Churchyard, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1803. Full Calf. Near Fine. First Edition of the author's final work, published posthumously, with plates after drawings by Henry Fuseli. 4to (267 x 206mm): [4],174,[2],124pp, with frontispiece and three further full-page engravings, including The Creation of Eve. Contemporary (probably original) mottled calf rebacked with matching modern calf, retaining original morocco lettering-piece gilt, flat spine in five compartments divided by French fillets in blind. A wide-margined, unsophisticated copy, binding tight and square, pages and plates fresh and virtually free of foxing, but with the following minor flaws: board edges darkened, end sheets embrowned, light offsetting from plates, repaired triangular tear to leaf F with partial loss of six letters, two plates cropped at bottom edge with partial loss to captions. A handsome copy, unaccountably scarce in commerce. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 1781. Shaw & Shoemaker Lowndes 593. Ersamus Darwin's full-blown paean to the forces of evolution (he had adumbrated the concept at the end of a long footnote to The Loves of the Plants, published anonymously in 1789 and republished throughout the 1790s as part of The Botanic Garden). In The Temple of Nature, considered his best poem, Darwin maps the progression of life from microorganisms to civilized society, tracing the origin of life to the forces of heat, repulsion, attraction, and contraction on brute matter, with organic forms arising in the sea, moving onto land, and ultimately evolving into humans. Reproduction, the theme of Canto II, is shown to facilitate evolution through the inheritance of acquired characteristics and the emergence of new traits in sexual reproduction. Recent research has exposed the debt owed to Erasmus by his more famous grandson, Charles. According to the ODNB, "It is now known that Charles's draft 'Preliminary notice' for Krause's (1879) essay on Erasmus's scientific work was substantially edited by Charles's daughter Henrietta in such a way as to underplay Charles's admiration for, and intellectual debt to, his grandfather.") N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$735.00

[Emblem Book] Zinnebeelden, getrokken uit Horatius Flaccus, naer de geestrijke vinding van den geleerden Otto van Veen, op de zeden toegepast; en met Bygedichten, op nieuws gerijmt
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[Emblem Book] Zinnebeelden, getrokken uit Horatius Flaccus, naer de geestrijke vinding van den geleerden Otto van Veen, op de zeden toegepast; en met Bygedichten, op nieuws gerijmt

By JANSEN van ter Goes, Anthoni, 1626?-1699 [Otto van Veen]

T'Amsteldam [Amsterdam]: Justus Dankerts, konst, kaert, en boekverkooper in de Kalverstraet in de Dankbaerheyt, 1683. Vellum. Fine. First edition of this emblem book by Dutch poet Anthoni Jansen, based on the 1607 Latin edition of Otto van Veen's enduringly popular Quinti Horatii Flacci Emblemata, illustrating the poems of Horace. 4to (203 x 155mm): [8],205,[3]pp, with engraved oval portrait of Horace on title-page and 103 large emblems by A. Loeimans and A. Seil after van Veen. Contemporary parchment-laced vellum case binding, manuscript labeling to spine. Jansen added a preface, as an aide to interpreting the emblems, and one of his poems (first published here) in both Dutch and French, as well as a quotation in Latin from Horace, to the page facing each emblem. The emblems for this edition were newly engraved at Amsterdam, most in reverse after van Venn's originals, using various techniques to enhance the nuanced play of light and dark. All emblems have a motto in Latin engraved below on the copperplate and a French letterpress quatrain. A superlative example in the original binding, tight, square and clean throughout (occasional finger-soiling to page margins), with dark, rich impressions of the plates. Landwehr (EBLC) 690. Praz, p. 523-24. De Vries (Emblemata) 38. McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois V26. Otto van Veen's "Emblems from Horace" (principally from the Odes and Satires) is a classic of the emblematic literature, originally published, in Antwerp, in 1607, then reprinted in numerous editions with polyglot text, ensuring it a Europe-wide readership. Van Veen was among the most important Dutch emblematists of the seventeenth-century, as well as Antwerp's leading artist and dean of the painters' guild of St. Luke. Peter Paul Rubens entered his studio, in 1594 or 1595, as an apprentice, and Veen's role as a classically educated humanist artist influenced Rubens profoundly. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

Iconologia di Cesare Ripa ... Divisa in tre libri, ne i quali si esprimono varie imagini di virtù, vitij, passioni humane, affetti, atti, discipline, humori, elementi, corpi celesti, prouincie d'Italia, fiumi, & altre materie infinite vtili ad ogni stato di persone. Ampliata dal Sig. cav. Gio. Zaratino Castellini Romano in questa vltima editione di imagini, & discorsi, con indici copiosi, & ricorretta
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Iconologia di Cesare Ripa ... Divisa in tre libri, ne i quali si esprimono varie imagini di virtù, vitij, passioni humane, affetti, atti, discipline, humori, elementi, corpi celesti, prouincie d'Italia, fiumi, & altre materie infinite vtili ad ogni stato di persone. Ampliata dal Sig. cav. Gio. Zaratino Castellini Romano in questa vltima editione di imagini, & discorsi, con indici copiosi, & ricorretta

By RIPA, Cesare (1560-1645)

In Venetia [Venice]: Appresso Nicolò Pezzana, 1669. Early Printing. Quarter-Vellum. Fine. An early edition of the most famous catalog of emblems and symbols collected from antique literature and translated into pictorial terms for the use of visual artists, influencing, among others, the work of Vermeer. 4to (210 x 148mm): [58],686pp (numerous page-numbering errors), with title-page vignette and 354 quarter-page woodcut illustrations in the text. Modern quarter vellum over paste-paper boards to style by Fitterer (a truly stunning binding), all edges stained red. Praz I, p.184. Landwehr (FISP) 630. Graesse VI, 129 (for the monumental, five-volume Perugia edition of 1764-67). The first edition of his Iconologia was published, without illustrations, in 1593, then a second edition with 151 woodcuts, in Rome, in 1603, Following were numerous editions and translations, with a rich array of illustrations that widely influenced the visual arts during the the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. (Ours is a reissue of the Padua edition of 1630, with more woodcuts than any edition we can locate.) In particular, the Iconologia influenced the painter Pietro da Cortona and his followers as well as such Dutch artists as Gerard de Lairesse and Willem van Mieris. Vermeer used the emblem for the muse Clio for his The Art of Painting and several others in his The Allegory of Faith." Ripa was a scholar and man of letters from Perugia, who spent much of his life in Rome in the service of Cardinal Montelparo and then the Salviati family. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$2650.00

Our Exagmination Round His Factification For Incamination of Work in Progress [Finnegans Wake]
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Our Exagmination Round His Factification For Incamination of Work in Progress [Finnegans Wake]

By [James Joyce] BECKETT, Samuel; Marcel Brion, Frank Budgen, Stuart Gilbert, Eugene Jolas, Victor Llona, Robert McAlmon, Thomas McGreevy, Elliot Paul, John Rodker, Robert Sage, and William Carlos Williams. [Letters of Protest by G. V. L. Slingsby and Vladim

Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1929. First Edition. Original Wraps. Near Fine. First Trade Impression, one of only 200 copies (96 numbered copies were printed on untrimmed Vergé d'Arches), with loosely inserted publisher's compliments slip. Crown 8vo (191 x 140mm): [6],194,[2]pp. Publisher's original cream wrappers printed in black, upper cover with wheel device, title on circle and (alphabetically and clockwise) the twelve authors's names as spokes. Wrappers lightly marked and toned, page edges embrowned, small closed tear to fore-edge of one leaf with archival repair. An excellent example. Not to be confused with later issues by Faber & Faber and New Directions, which purchased sheets of this original edition and issued reprints with title pages of their own. Slocum & Cahoon B10. Federman & Fletcher 1. An early collection of critical essays of Joyce's radically experimental final work (at that time being published in discrete sections under the title Work in Progress), along with brief quotations from the Work In Progress (including a passage concerning Swift and blindness never incorporated into the finished novel) and two letters of protest. Part of the incentive to publish was apparently to raise funds for the perennially impecunious author. A myth surrounding this work is that the letters of protest were written by Joyce; in fact, Sylvia Beach commissioned G. V .L. Slingsby, but Stuart Gilbert and Beach believed that Vladimir Dixon's marvelous unsolicited contribution, purportedly written by a Russian émigré who died in Paris just as the book went to press, was the work of Joyce himself. Beckett's essay is his first appearance in print. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

Peter Bell, A Tale in Verse [Wm. Rossetti's Copy, Signed]
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Peter Bell, A Tale in Verse [Wm. Rossetti's Copy, Signed]

By WORDSWORTH, William (1770-1850)

London: Printed by Strahan and Spottiswoode, Printers-Street | For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orne, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, 1819. Early Printing. So-called "Second Edition," but largely a reprinting from standing type of the first edition, with first gathering reset and advertisement added to half title verso. Demy 8vo (222 x 135mm): viii,88,[4]pp, complete with half-title, engraved frontispiece by J. C. Bromley (after a painting by Sir George Beaumont), and four pages of terminal ads (many copies lack both half-title and ads). Original drab wrappers lined with white, printed paper spine label (partly perished), on front wrapper, possibly in Rossetti's hand, "Peter Bell / by / Wm Wordsworth / 1819". William Michael Rossetti's copy inscribed on half-title: "To / WM Rossetti / from / J. Deffett Francis," with "1876" added in another hand. And in Rossetti's hand, signed, with his initials on first blank: "Written by John Hamilton Reynolds- / In Shelley's Peter Bell 3 [the Third, the poem satirizing Wordsworth's Peter Bell], this counts as / being Peter Bell 1 [the First]. / W.M.R. / 1905." Laid in is an old bookseller's description with added ink note in an unknown hand: "from Messrs. H. Sotheran & Co.'s list of books / from the library of the late Will Michael Rossetti [no. 2084] / November 1921." Front wrapper reattached to spine and edge wear reinforced by skilled paper conservationist, but a wide-margined, uncut copy, internally clean and bright. According to Wise, "Peter Bell, when uncut in the original paper wrappers, is an exceedingly uncommon book. It is evident that the majority of copies printed were employed, together with The Waggoner &c., to form Vol. iii [dated 1820] of the Poems of 1815. Why a Second Edition should have been printed in 1819, when so many copies of the First Edition still remained on hand in the following year, is a mystery." (Ashley Library) Healey 47. Wise 16. Ashley Library vIII, pp. 21-22. Cornell Collection, p. 4. William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), writer, critic, and son of the Dante scholar Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti and brother of the painter Gabriel Rossetti, was one of seven founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, in 1848, and became the movement's unofficial organizer and bibliographer. He edited the Brotherhood's literary magazine, The Germ, and wrote poetry reviews for it. He also contributed introductions to important literary works, including a new edition of Shelley's works, commissioned by Moxon and published in 1869. (Rossetti founded the Shelley Society, in 1869, with Dowden and Garnett.) "There is a contradiction at the heart of Rossetti. Contemporaries and posterity have perceived him as dull and pedestrian; in fact his tastes in art and literature, his position on religion and politics were all radical. His literary criticism as well as his art reviews were avant-garde." (ODNB) John Deffett Francis (1815-1901) was an artist, collector, and critic. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we adhere to its codes of ethics.).

$2650.00

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays [Le Mythe de Sisyphe]
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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays [Le Mythe de Sisyphe]

By CAMUS, Albert (1913-1960)

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. First Edition thus. Hardcover. Near Fine+/Near Fine+. First American Edition of Camus's most explicit philosophical pronouncement. 8vo (213 x 140mm): [2],viii,212,[2]pp. Publisher's saffron paper-covered boards, stamped in blind, backed by black cloth spine lettered in gold; typographic dust jacket (price-clipped) printed in French blue and black. Upper board edges lightened, one corner worn, else a tight, clean, bright example, with jacket's spine panel very lightly faded. Roeming 0453. First published by Gallimard, in 1942, as Le Mythe de Sisyphe and translated into English for this edition by Justin O'Brien, in 1955, in which Camus introduces the concept of the absurd and outlines his belief that "the individual has worth but lives in a world that denies such worth. The absurd is the clash between the order for which the human mind strives and the lack of order that one finds in the world." (enotes) In addition to the title essay, included are several miscellaneous pieces: a discussion of Franz Kafka, a self-interview on the responsibility of the artist, and four personal evocations of the landscape of Algeria. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$665.00

Exhibition Catalog] American Girl in Italy : The Making of a Classic

By ORKIN, Ruth; Mary Engel [introduces]; Ninalee Allen Craig and Shaun Considine [contribute]

New York: Published by Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2005. Stiff Wrappers. Fine. First Printing of a catalogue for an exhibition, "Jinx Allen in Florence," September 16 to October 22, 2005, at Howard Greenberg Gallery, in New York, devoted entirely to images Orkin made over the course of a day, one of which was the famous "American Girl in Italy." Slim royal 8vo (255 x 204mm): 32 unnumbered pages, chiefly photographs, with essays by Mary Engel, Ninalee Allen Craig, and Shaun Considine. Original photo-ilustrated wraparound card wrappers. Ninalee Allen Craig (1927-2018). called "Jinx," was the subject of Orkin's "American Girl in Italy." This exhibition catalogue includes 17 other Orkin photographs of Jinx as well as reproductions of the original contact sheet and pages from Orkin's diary. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$365.00

[Photobook] Message from the Interior
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[Photobook] Message from the Interior

By EVANS, Walker (); [essay by] John Szarkowski ()

New York: Eakins Press, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of these twelve photographic masterworks, iconic images of the American heartland made by Evans from 1931 to 1962. Very large, square 8vo: unpaginated, with 12 tissue-guarded black and white photographic plates reproduced in sheet-fed gravure on fine Bristol card, with title page, separate leaf with titles of the photographs, final leaf with afterward by John Szarkowski. Publisher's coarsely woven charcoal gray cloth, spine lettered in white, printed paper label on upper cover, mid-brown end papers. A nearly as new, clean, fresh copy. Roth (Open Book), pp. 220-21. Auer, p. 455. First publication of the Eakins Press, emblems of home, possessions, and social status. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$685.00

Queen Mab : a philosophical poem [expurgated]
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Queen Mab : a philosophical poem [expurgated]

By SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)

London: W. Clark, 1821. First Edition thus. Paper-Covered Boards. Fine-. First commercially published edition of Shelley's first lengthy poem, printed without the author's permission by W. Clark with the assistance of Thomas Moses, the infamous book pirate (whose monogram appears in black letter below the imprint on the penultimate leaf). 8vo: [2, title page],3-89[text],[2,fly-title, with publisher's statement on verso],93-182 [notes in French, Latin and Greek], [1, advertisements]pp. Without the very rare poetical dedication to Shelley's first wife but with the final leaf of publisher's advertisements, usually absent. Original drab paper-covered boards sympathetically rebacked, later printed paper spine label, fore- and bottom edges uncut. Printed on fine, thick wove paper with countermarks "A" and "1820." Perhaps one of the "elegantly printed" copies referred to by the publisher in some early advertisements (see Forman 23). A splendid example in original boards, text clean, binding tight and secure. Forman 22-23. Granniss 19. Tinker 1888. NCBEL III, 314. Ashley Library V p.150. Hayward 225. Wise, A Shelley Library, p.92. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 3819. First published edition, though unauthorized, preceded by Shelley's privately printed edition of 1813. Preceded by an edition of some 250 copies privately printed in 1813, but "unknown until [this] piratical reproduction of it in 1821 (which Shelley vainly tried to suppress by injunction) excited attention, and [the poem] obtained a celebrity long denied to his maturer and more truly poetical writings." (DNB v. 52, p. 33) The dedication to his former wife was particularly embarrassing to Shelley, since his marriage to Harriet ended in 1814, and she committed suicide in 1816. Forman notes regarding this edition that "some copies contain the whole text and notes intact, while others have a few of the most aggressive passages mutilated by omission of words and even verses [mutilations, when present, occur on pp. 36, 54, 55, 65, 77, 82, 146-48, and 171, with various assertions in the notes replaced by printed sequences of dashes]. Ours is the expurgated text. Queen Mab's literary text consists of nine cantos and seventeen notes. Six of these notes comprise extended prose meditations on free love, on how Necessity functions in the spiritual and physical universe, on atheism (which reiterates Shelley's views in The Necessity of Atheism), on the relationship between Christ and the dogma of Christianity, and on vegetarianism." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1265.00

Joannis Battely S. T. P. Archidiaconi Cantuariensis / /opera posthuma. Viz. Antiquitates Rutupinæ et Antiquitates S. Edmundi Burgi ad annum 1272 perductæ
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Joannis Battely S. T. P. Archidiaconi Cantuariensis / /opera posthuma. Viz. Antiquitates Rutupinæ et Antiquitates S. Edmundi Burgi ad annum 1272 perductæ

By BATTELY, John (1647-1708)

Oxoniæ [Oxford]: e theatro Sheldoniano, 1745. First Edition thus. Quarter-Calf. Fine. Two works bound in one, each with separate half-title and title page, registration, and pagination. Text in Latin (an English translation, in octavo, appeared in 1774). 4to: [12],138,[4]; [4],164pp, with 16 plates (including seven folding and one double-page) and four vignettes. Modern calf-backed brown linen, spine in six compartments divided by raised bands, second compartment titled direct in gilt, tan end papers (renewed). A spectacular, wide-margined (perhaps large paper) copy, crisp and clean throughout, with strong impressions of the plates. Anderson (British Topography), p. 145. Upcott I, pp. 429-30. Lowndes, p. 130 ("an elegant posthumous discourse"). Cox III, p. 469. These two works, beautifully illustrated, together represent the span of Battely's historical interests, ranging geographically from Suffolk to Kent. The first work, 'Antiquitates Rutupinæ,' a consideration of the Roman antiquities and ancient stations of Thanet,and Richborough (Rutupiae), in Kent, is cast as a series of four dialogues between Battely and Henry Wharton and Henry Maurice, two fellow chaplains at Lambeth Palace. This Second Edition was edited by the author's nephew Oliver Battely. John Battely had readied for publication the second work, his projected history of the Abbey of St. Edmundsbury, only as far as the death of Henry III, in 1272, at his death in 1708. It was finally published, with an appendix and a list of the abbots provided by Sir James Burroughs, again by Battley's nephew Oliver, in 1745, in this edition. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New; with the Apocrypha: Translated out of the Original Tongues, with Annotations
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The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New; with the Apocrypha: Translated out of the Original Tongues, with Annotations

By [BASKERVILLE, John, 1706-1775]

Birmingham: printed by John Baskerville [through 1771], 1769. First Edition thus. Full Calf. Fine. First Issue (Old Testament title page dated 1769) of the First Illustrated Edition (second edition overall) of the Birmingham printer's mighty tour de force. Large Printing Demy folio (410 x 255 mm): unpaginated, with 572 leaves, frontispiece, and 9 further full-page plates, signed by F. Hayman, C. Vanloo, J. Jouvenet, and J. M. Moreau le jeune, and by the engravers Westwood, I. Taylor, Le Grand, J. Caldwell, and Hicks. No preliminary pages, notes at foot of pages, text ends at 13ka. Contemporary full calf, beautifully rebacked retaining original spine. A clean, firmly bound, well margined copy with fine impressions of the plates, quite handsome indeed. Cambridge History of the Bible, p. 464. Gaskell 35. Herbert 1210. Pardoe, pp. 105-113. Not in Darlow & Moule. Issued in parts over a three year period, beginning January 2, 1769 (New Testament title page dated 1771), then reissued in 1772. Baskerville's type faces introduced the modern, pseudo-classical style, with level serifs and emphasis on the contrast of light and heavy lines. His books (as is true of this Bible) are typically large, with wide margins. This particular production is not quite the equal of the first edition in terms of materials and workmanship, but that Bible was "[a]esthetically, the highest point in English Bible printing so far." (Cambridge) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$4850.00

The Earthly Paradise : A Poem [3 volume set] : Vol I: Parts I and II; Vol II: Part III; Vol III: Part IV
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The Earthly Paradise : A Poem [3 volume set] : Vol I: Parts I and II; Vol II: Part III; Vol III: Part IV

By MORRIS, William (1834-1896)

Boston: Roberts Brothers [through 1871], 1870. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. Early printings, four parts in three volumes (as issued), the complete Author's Edition, with title pages dated as follows: Volume I (1870); Volume II (1871); Volume III (1871). otherwise light wear. Uniformly bound in publisher's emerald green cloth, spines stamped in gilt, beveled edges, top edges gilt, coated chocolate-brown end papers. Elegant owner's signature on first flyleaf of each volume, dated 1871; contemporary calling card laid in with message on verso: "Returning your book for which I am very greatly obligated to you." Small 8vo: [8],430,[2]; [8],382,36,[6]; [6],401,[1]pp. Minor bubbling on several covers (binding defect), pages of Volume I marginally toned, else a superb set, apparently unread and virtually pristine. Printed in editions of 500, 500, and 1000 copies, respectively. Pye 2b.3, 3b.2, 5b.1. A series of twenty-four tales, two for each month, with twelve from classical sources and twelve chiefly from medieval Latin, French, and Icelandic originals. In the mid-1860s, "Morris entered a vigorous new poetic phase which established him as one of the most popular poets of his period, on a par with Browning, Tennyson, and Swinburne. . . . The poem that made Morris famous, The Earthly Paradise, is a large, highly coloured, hugely energetic sequence of narrative poems, a Victorian reworking of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. . . . The framework is the story of a band of late fourteenth-century Norsemen, fleeing the black death, setting sail in search of the reputed earthly paradise 'Where none grow old'. Failing to find it, they arrive at 'a nameless city in a nameless sea' where they are welcomed by the elders. . . . " (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. Orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$665.00

In Your Garden; [together with] In Your Garden Again; [and] More for Your Garden; [and] Even More for Your Garden
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In Your Garden; [together with] In Your Garden Again; [and] More for Your Garden; [and] Even More for Your Garden

By SACKVILLE-WEST, V. (Vita,1892-1962)

London: Michael Joseph [through 1958], 1951. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Near Fine+. About Fine First Impressions of the complete set (four volumes) of Sackville-West's garden books, in the correct matching, beautifully illustrated dust jackets (none price-clipped). Tall 8vo (200 x 128mm): 237,[1]; 178,[2]; 176; 199,[1]pp, with photographic frontispieces and 28 full-page plates. In Your Garden: original grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained green. Your Garden Again: original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained grey. More for Your Garden: original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained red; Even More: original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. All excellent copies (some slightly shelf-rubbed or edge-toned), tightly bound and clean throughout; Near Fine or better slightly toned jackets (two with minimal reversible restoration to spine tips). Scarce as a set in such collectible condition. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A.48, A.51, A.53, A.56. Collected from "her highly successful gardening columns," written for The Observer between 1946 and 1961 and centered on her garden at Sissinghurst. In 1930, Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, purchased Sissinghurst Castle, a Kentish Elizabethan mansion, and set about developing it as the setting for a large-scale garden. In many ways, she later wrote, the garden expressed a fusion of their temperaments in which the overall effect achieved combined "the strictest formality of design, with the maximum informality in planting." The linked but individual sections were distinguished by predominant color themes or by concentration on the flowers of a single season. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$1435.00

La théorie, et la pratique du jardinage, où l'on traite à fond des beaux jardins appellés communément les jardins de plaisance, et de propreté
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La théorie, et la pratique du jardinage, où l'on traite à fond des beaux jardins appellés communément les jardins de plaisance, et de propreté

By [DEZALLIER] L. S. A. J. D. A. [Le Sieur Antione Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville, 1680-1765]

A La Haye [The Hague]: chés Jean Martin Husson, 1739. Early Reprint. Full Calf. Fine-. Third Edition of this important French treatise on garden design, "to this day the standard authority on the formal garden." (Henrey) 4to (257 x 193mm): [8],383 [13]pp, with 42 copper-engraved plates (some folding and double page), mostly of plans for parterres, mazes, trellises, cascades, fountains, labyrinths, and other garden structures and woodcut figures in the text; head and tail pieces and historiated initials. Contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt, edges stained red, marbled end papers, title page in red and black. Spine relaid with some loss to gilt, contents sporadically embrowned, light foxing, in all a very handsome copy. Hunt 421. Lewine, p. 33. Cleveland 329. Henrey II: pp 491-493. Haller II, p. 94. First published anonymously, in Paris, in 1709, during the reign of Louis XIV and nine years after the death of the great André Le Nôtre, who designed or redesigned the gardens of Versailles, The Tuileries, and Fontaniebleau, and upon whose practices Dezallier based this work. With contributions from Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Le Blond (who was once credited with authorship), architect and designer of the Peterhof Palace gardens, in St. Petersburg, who also did the original sketches for about three quarters of the plates. This third edition includes text and more than 30 additional plates not found in the first edition. "It is especially valuable as a record of the manner of gardening as practiced by Le Nôtre. . . . and in the opinion of Gothein: 'Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts.'" (Henrey) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1565.00

Abel redevivus : or, The dead yet speaking. The lives and deaths of the moderne divines. Written by severall able and learned men (whose names ye shall finde in the epistle to the reader.) And now digested into one volumne, for the benefit and satisfaction of all those that desire to be acquainted with the paths of piety and virtue
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Abel redevivus : or, The dead yet speaking. The lives and deaths of the moderne divines. Written by severall able and learned men (whose names ye shall finde in the epistle to the reader.) And now digested into one volumne, for the benefit and satisfaction of all those that desire to be acquainted with the paths of piety and virtue

By FULLER, Thomas (1608-1661)

London: printed by Tho. Brudenell for John Stafford, dwelling in Brides Churchyard, neer Fleetstreet, 1651. First Edition. Fine. First Issue, with engraved title page signed "Ro: Vaughan sculp:" and imprint "Sould by Iohn Stafford in Brides Churchyard 1651." Small 4to: [10],440,[20],441-596pp, with additional engraved title page and forty-three engraved portraits in the text. There are numerous errors in paging, including: final page misnumbered 599, p. 221 misnumbered 211, p. 22 misnumbered 21. The section on Lancelot Andrewes (including blank page and portrait plate) covers 10 unpaged leaves, inserted between pp. 440-441. (The "Life & Death of Lancelot Andrews" was also issued separately, in 1650 [Wing / I-1058]). The engraved portrait of Jerome of Prague on page 21. often missing, is present. The portrait of Thomas Fuller, according to Bibliotheca Bibliographici, was only was added in later editions. Contemporary calf, covers framed with gilt roll, respined to match in six compartments between raised bands, green morocco lettering piece gilt, old marbled end papers, title page printed in red and black. An absolutely superb example, crisp, clean and bright, and very securely bound. McAlpin Collection, p. 743. Wither to Prior 389. Bailey 12 ("Perfect copies of the original editions rarely rarely now occur on sale; and, when occurring, are highly priced."). Lowdnes II, 848. Wing / F2400. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 2152. Biographical sketches of Protestant divines and theologians (including Calvin, Erasmus, Knox, Luther, and Wicklief) with occasional verse by Francis and John Quarles. "The interregnum, which brought many radical and unwelcome changes as far as Fuller was concerned, was, paradoxically, a remarkably productive period for him as a scholar and writer. His Pisgah-Sight of Palestine (1650), a historical and geographical description of the Holy Land, was well received. It carried perhaps an implied message: if ancient Jerusalem and its temple could be rebuilt, so, too, could the nearly shattered Church of England. His biographical sketches of key figures in the English Reformation in Abel redevivus provided possible patterns for that rebuilding." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$1865.00

[The Courtier] Il Libro del Cortegiano [Unmutilated]
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[The Courtier] Il Libro del Cortegiano [Unmutilated]

By CASTIGLIONE, Baldassare (1478-1529)

Padova [Padua]: Appresso Giusseppe Comino, 1766. Early Reprint. Full Calf. Fine. An important reprint of Aldine's first edition of 1528, discarding the extensive alterations to the text that corrupted editions of this classic treatise on etiquette for more than a century. 4to (23 x 16 cm) xxiv, 352pp, with portrait frontispiece of Castiglione after Raphael, illuminated initials and head and tail pieces throughput. Modern vellum and marbled boards, spine titled in gilt. Included is the "best and fullest biography of Castiglione, {which] was written by Abate Pietro Serassi, who had access to the family papers brought to Rome by Cardinal Valenti Gonzaga, secretary to Pope Benedict XIV." (Cartwright) A very scarce, wide-margined survival, tightly bound, contents clean with only light occasional foxing. PMM 59. Razzollini, p. 99. Gamba 296 (for Comino's complete edition of Castiglione's works from 1733, upon which this edition is based). Cartwright, v. 2, pp. 445-447. First printed, in Venice, by Aldine Press, in 1528, then reprinted innumerable times since in every major European language. The Courtier is the most celebrated instruction manual on the courtly manners of the Italian High Renaissance, "a veritable compendium of Renaissance culture." (Literary Encyclopedia) In 1590, Pope Sixtus V placed it on the Church's List of Prohibited Books, but exempted the expurgated edition prepared by Antonio Ciccarelli, which was the only edition that remained in circulation for more than 100 years. Finally, in 1733, Volpi issued an edition of Castiglione's collected works that disregarded Ciccarelli's corruptions and reverted to the original Aldine edition. Our edition is a reprint here of Volpi's text of The Courtier, and it exists in two states, unmutilated and mutilated. According to Razzollini, more than a thousand copies originally were printed, but only one hundred were issued, and only after the text, primarily Book IV, was extensively revised to incorporate Ciccarelli's changes and elisions, reducing the original text to 303 pages (vs. 352 pages in unmutilated copies). Our is one of the rare unmutilated copies, beautifully preserved. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1650.00

The Seven Lamps of Architecture. With Illustrations, Drawn and Etched by the Author [Original Cloth]
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The Seven Lamps of Architecture. With Illustrations, Drawn and Etched by the Author [Original Cloth]

By RUSKIN, John (1819-1900)

London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 65 Cornhill, Spottiswoodes and Shaw, New-Street-Square [[through 1853], 1849. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine+. First Printing of Ruskin's landmark work, the only printing in which all of the plates were "etched, as well as drawn, by Mr. Ruskin's own hand, a fact which adds very considerably to the interest and value of the book." (Wise; see preface to third edition of 1880 for Ruskin's comment) Royal 8vo (256 x 170mm): viii,[4],205,[1],16pp, with 14 (mostly) tissue-guarded plates and errata slip tipped in before "B." Original publisher's maroon cloth, covers decorated in blind (based on floor design of San Miniato, in Florence), spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilded, others rough-trimmed. Excellent repair to head of spine, else an excellent example, clean, bright and very fresh (occasional stain or finger-soiling to text, isolated areas of light foxing), with fine renditions of plates. Wise 4. Shepherd 24. The first of Ruskin's works to carry his name, and the first to be illustrated. The book's raison d'être, set out in the preface, is clear: "He wished to protect what survived, and draw from it certain principles which would influence the direction of the Gothic revival, notably towards the use of Gothic in secular buildings. His purpose was both to secularize and make protestant the movement, drawing it away from the Roman Catholic influence of Augustus Welby Pugin. His intervention was theoretical rather than practical: the 'lamps' of architecture were moral categories-sacrifice, truth, power, beauty, life, memory, and obedience. . . . but for Ruskin were manifested in particular Gothic buildings in Italy and northern France." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1165.00

[Stonehenge] Choir gaur; the grand orrery of the ancient Druids, commonly called Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain, astronomically explained, and mathematically proved to be a temple erected in the earliest Ages, for observing the Motions of the Heavenly Bodies. Illustrated with three copper plates
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[Stonehenge] Choir gaur; the grand orrery of the ancient Druids, commonly called Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain, astronomically explained, and mathematically proved to be a temple erected in the earliest Ages, for observing the Motions of the Heavenly Bodies. Illustrated with three copper plates

By SMITH John, M.D., Inoculator of the Small Pox

Salisbury: printed for the author, and sold by E. Easton: sold also by R. Horsfield, No. 22, Ludgate-Street; and J. White, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, London, 1771. Full Calf. Near Fine+. First edition of one of the earliest astronomical analyses of Stonehenge, the Druid temple in Wiltshire. Medium 4to (295 x 232mm): vi,73,[1] pp, with 3 folding plates engraved by Palmer, depicting divers aspects of the Stonehenge site, and one woodcut in the text. (Two views engraved by H. Roberts were issued to accompany the volume, but were not published with it and are often not present.) Period speckled calf with later (but not recent) respining to style, board edges ruled in gilt, gilt dentelles, red leather lettering-piece gilt, blue marbled end papers. An attractive unsophisticated example, square and tightly bound, text block clean and bright throughout, with foxing to verso of plates only. (Lowndes, p. 2424-2425. Bibliotheca Britannica II, p. 864 (mentioning three plates only) Allibone II 2146 ("Two views of Stonehenge, engraved by H. Roberts should accompany this volume.") Upcott III, xliii (mentioning southwest and northeast views of Stonehenge, "which generally accompany the volume, but were not published with it."). Stonehenge today is a broken stone circle (called the "sarsen ring"), 30 meters in diameter, of hewn blocks weighing between 25 and 50 tons each. There is also an inner, horseshoe-shaped arrangement of five lintel-capped pairs called "trilithons." The whole arrangement is surrounded by a low earthwork embankment 100m in diameter with only one gap, to the northeast, in which direction lies another boulder known as the "heel stone." In 1771, John Smith surveyed Stonehenge and recognized that the heel stone is aligned in the direction of the sunrise of the summer soltice and and went on to discover "the uses of all the detached stones, as well as those that formed the body of the Temple." In fact, Smith wasn't the first to notice the site's alignment with summer and winter solstices. The English antiquarian John Aubrey in the seventeenth century and the English archaeologist William Stukeley in the eighteenth both had drawn the site and shown that its axis lay along the midsummer sunrise. Still, Smith added important clues to the unraveling of the sites uses, and "astronomically explained, and mathematically proved [Stonehenge] to be a temple erected in the earliest Ages, for observing the Motions of the Heavenly Bodies," and later enthusiasts have taken notice. In Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants, the second novel in the Indiana Jones series, Dr. Henry Walton Jones, the American archaeologist, reads a copy of Smith's tome on a train, in 1925, as he heads toward his first teaching job in London. Later in the novel, Indie travels to Stonehenge, in search of a golden scroll that will prove the true existence of the sorcerer Merlin, whom, as Smith records, was linked historically to the Wiltshire site. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

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