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The Life and Adventures of John Christopher Wolf, Late Principal Secretary of State at Jaffanapatnam, in Ceylon, together with a Description of the that Island, its Natural Productions, and the Manners and Customs of its Inhabitants. Translated from the Original German. To which is added, a short, but Comprehensive Description of the same Island, by Mr. Eschelekroon
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The Life and Adventures of John Christopher Wolf, Late Principal Secretary of State at Jaffanapatnam, in Ceylon, together with a Description of the that Island, its Natural Productions, and the Manners and Customs of its Inhabitants. Translated from the Original German. To which is added, a short, but Comprehensive Description of the same Island, by Mr. Eschelekroon

By [WOLF (Johann Christoph)]

London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1785. First English edition, 8vo (185 x 120 mm), viii, 344pp., contemporary speckled calf, flat spine ruled in gilt with a red morocco title label, a very nice copy. Johann Christoph Wolf (1730-1785) a German adventurer who had taken service with the Dutch Government, who then resided at Jaffna. Provenance: With the armorial bookplate of Lt. Col. Sir Edward Baker (née Baker Littlehales, 1st Baronet, d.1825), of Ranston, Dorset, was the aide-de-camp to Lt. Col. Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada.

$1015.45

Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, as well for the Champion of Open Country as for the woodland or Several; together with a Book of Huswifery. Being a Calendar of rural and domestic Economy...  A New Edition, with Notes, Georgical, Illustrative, and Explanatory, a Glossary, and other Improvements. By William Mavor
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Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, as well for the Champion of Open Country as for the woodland or Several; together with a Book of Huswifery. Being a Calendar of rural and domestic Economy... A New Edition, with Notes, Georgical, Illustrative, and Explanatory, a Glossary, and other Improvements. By William Mavor

By TUSSER (Thomas) & MAVOR (William) Editor

London: Printed for Lackington, Allen, and Co. 1812. New edition, 8vo (235 x 140 mm), 36, xl, 338pp., later buckram, red leather label to spine lightly rubbed, uncut. A much expanded version of A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie first published in 1557.

$57.48

Ornithologiae libri tres: in quibus aves omnes hactenus cognitae in methodum naturis suis convenientem redactae accurate describuntu..
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Ornithologiae libri tres: in quibus aves omnes hactenus cognitae in methodum naturis suis convenientem redactae accurate describuntu..

By WILLUGHBY (Francis) & RAY (John)

London: John Martyn, 1676. First edition, folio (355 x 230 mm), [12], 307, [5]pp., with the preliminary imprimatur leaf, title printed in red and black with engraved Royal Society coat-of-arms, 77 engraved plates, 2 folding letterpress tables, small stain with tiny hole to plate LXXV (within plate but not affecting image), front endpapers a little creased with marginal browning from turn-ins, cont. full calf, a little worn, upper joint split, green morocco spine label, an excellent clean copy with plates nice and bright. "The cornerstone of modern systematic ornithology, being the first book on the classification of birds without respect to geographical boundaries. The manuscript was left in a imperfect state by Willughby at his death and was arranged and completed by Ray. The work contains descriptions of all the birds known to the authors or adjudged by them to be sufficiently authenticated by the published accounts of others. It is divided into three parts, the first of which treats of birds in general, the second of land birds, and the third of water birds."—Zimmer. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of John Gordon. Nissen IVB 991; Zimmer, p.676; Anker, 532; Mullens & Swann, p.651; Wood, p.629; Keynes, 39.

$4464.16

A Synoptical Table of British Organic Remains: in which all the edited British fossils are systematically and stratagraphically arranged in accordance with the views of the geologists of the present day; and a reference given to their localities strata and engraved figures. Accompanied by a lithograph of the fossil turtle in the Norfolk and Norwich museum
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A Synoptical Table of British Organic Remains: in which all the edited British fossils are systematically and stratagraphically arranged in accordance with the views of the geologists of the present day; and a reference given to their localities strata and engraved figures. Accompanied by a lithograph of the fossil turtle in the Norfolk and Norwich museum

By WOODWARD (Samuel)

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1830. First edition, 8vo (220 x 130 mm), [2], xi, [3], 50pp., with half-title, lithographed frontispiece, neat stamp to title page, rebacked quarter blue calf, orig. marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, a nice copy. Provenance: From the Norfolk library of Ron Fiske with his bookplate.

$127.73

Mary and Florence; or, Grave and Gay. By A. F. T.
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Mary and Florence; or, Grave and Gay. By A. F. T.

By [TYTLER (Ann Fraser)]

London: J. Hatchard, 1835. First edition, 8vo (165 x 115 mm), [6], 262, [1]pp., cont. half, rubbed, small slit to lower upper joint. The first of the authors two books about Mary and Florence, six-year-old twins, who lived in England with their aunt because their parents were in India. Provenance: Presentation inscription of front free-endpaper "Elizabeth Borrer, the gift of hear dear Miss James, 1836."

$121.34

An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and part of Tibet. To which is added, views taken on the spot, by Lieutenant Samuel Davis; and observations botanical, mineralogical, and medical, by Mr. Robert Saunders
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An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and part of Tibet. To which is added, views taken on the spot, by Lieutenant Samuel Davis; and observations botanical, mineralogical, and medical, by Mr. Robert Saunders

By TURNER (Captain Samuel)

London: Printed by William Bulmer and Co., 1800. First edition, 4to (295 x 230 mm), xxviii, 474pp., large engraved folding map, 13 engraved plates (offset), occasional spotting, marbled endpapers, full cont. calf, boards with triple gilt filet border, five raised bands ruled in gilt, title lettered direct, a very nice copy indeed. In 1783, at the opportunity presented by a new Panchen (or Teshoo) Lama, Bengal governor-general Warren Hastings sent a deputation to Tibet and Bhutan in the hope of promoting British-Indian trade across the Himalayas. Samuel Turner (1759–1802), an army officer in the East India Company, was appointed leader of the mission. His journal, offering first-hand descriptions of these countries, remained the only such English-language work for more than half a century. Assisted by the botanist and surgeon Robert Saunders and the surveyor and illustrator Samuel Davis, Turner interweaves geographical and scientific observations with descriptions of social and religious customs; the vivid account of his reception by the infant Panchen Lama is of particular note. The introduction sketches the history of Bengal–Bhutan relations and George Bogle's prior mission, while later sections deal with Tibet and the influence of China. This was and remains an invaluable account of eighteenth-century diplomacy. Yakushi, T277a; Cox I, p. 346.

$3672.24

The Wiltshire Domesday. Folios and Maps. Wiltshire: Folios 64-74
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The Wiltshire Domesday. Folios and Maps. Wiltshire: Folios 64-74

By WILTSHIRE DOMESDAY

London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1987-89. 3 Vols., folio (405 x 285 mm), limited to 1000 numbered copies, consisting of Introduction volume, Studies and folio & maps volume, folding maps, facsimiles and numerous illustrs., orig. cloth-backed boards, all housed in the deluxe red morocco-backed solander box that converts into a display lectern, spine lettered in gilt, a fine copy. The Alecto Editions are a series of high-quality bibliophile facsimiles published 1985–1992, with a new English translation.

$351.26

The History and Antiquities of Boston, and the Villages of Skirbeck, Fishtoft, Freiston, Butterwick, Benington, Leverton, Leake, and Wrangle; Comprising The Hundred of Skirbeck, in the County of Lincoln..
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The History and Antiquities of Boston, and the Villages of Skirbeck, Fishtoft, Freiston, Butterwick, Benington, Leverton, Leake, and Wrangle; Comprising The Hundred of Skirbeck, in the County of Lincoln..

By THOMPSON (Pishey)

Boston: John Noble, Jun. 1856. First edition, folio (355 x 220 mm), xxii, 824, [2]pp., engraved frontispiece and title browned and spotted, 7 engraved plates, 96 wood engravings in the text, folding pedigree, front inner hinge shaken, orig. brown cloth gilt, head and foot on spine a litter worn. Corns, Bibliotheca Lincolniensis, p.111-2.

$376.80

Plans, Elevations and Sections, of Hot-Houses, Green-Houses, an Aquarium, Conservatories, &c. Recently Built in Different Parts of England, for various Noblemen and Gentlemen. By George Tod, Surveyor and Hot-House Builder. Including a Hot-House and Grren-House in her late Majesty's Gardens at Frogmore
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Plans, Elevations and Sections, of Hot-Houses, Green-Houses, an Aquarium, Conservatories, &c. Recently Built in Different Parts of England, for various Noblemen and Gentlemen. By George Tod, Surveyor and Hot-House Builder. Including a Hot-House and Grren-House in her late Majesty's Gardens at Frogmore

By TOD (George)

London: Published by J. Talor, at the Architectural Library, 1823. Folio (390 x 285 mm), 23, [1] + 8pp., publishers printed catalogue tipped-in at rear (closed tear repair to final leaf), without half-title, 27 hand-coloured aquatint plates including one double-page (numbered 1*, 1-26), title-page somewhat dust-soiled and with early ink inscription at upper margin now faint and indistinct, some old dampstaining to foremargins of a few early leaves including plate 1*, plate 2 dust-soiled and slightly frayed at extremities with marginal repairs to verso not affecting plate impression, recent expertly rebound in a period style, half calf, marbled boards, uncut, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. These attractive and unusual plates, all actually executed and built to the author's design and to those of W. T. Aiton, gardener at Kew and Kensington Gardens, give overall views of the various hot-houses and conservatories together with transverse sections and detailed plans. His patrons are mainly in and around London, including a Green-house and Aquarium built for the Marquis of Blandford, a Pinery for Sir Joseph Banks, a Vinery built for the Earl of Coventry, a Flower-house for the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, a Green-house and a Hot-house in Her Majesty's Garden, etc. First published in 1807, the book evidently a success with a second edition appeared in 1812 followed by our 1823 edition, the plates retain the date of 1st September 1806. "Of George Tod himself very little is know, He describes himself as having selected the present designs 'from a great number, which have been executed by the author, who, in the course of a long experience, both in designing and executing buildings of this description, has been able to make many valuable improvements in their construction'. He was therefore evidently a professional garden designer of some repute, especially since he seems to have worked with the royal favourite William Townsend Aiton (1766-1849). Aiton was responsible for designing gardens for the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and at Windsor Castle. From 1798 he was Gardener at Kew and Kensington..."—RIMA. Abbey, Life 77; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 3322; Tooley, 491.

$3825.51

Nottingham: Past and Present; Illustrated by Photographs.
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Nottingham: Past and Present; Illustrated by Photographs.

By WILLIAMS (Frederick Smeeton)

Nottingham: R. Allen & Son, Limited, [1877]. 4to (280 x 215 mm), [8], 64pp., plus one leaf of publishers' adverts, 28 mounted photographs (165 x 120 mm) of Nottingham street views, each with caption title in ink on lower margin, orig. green cloth, spine and upper cover decorated in gilt and black with a mounted photographic view of Nottingham Castle, re-cased, some minor fraying to head and foot of spine otherwise a very nice copy. Gernshiem describes a copy with 12 albumen prints and gives a date of 1875. In our copy page 64 notes that "While these sheets are passing through the press, an event of unusual interest has taken place in Nottingham. On Thursday, September 27th, 1877, the Foundation Stone of the new University College was laid." Inscribed on front free-endpaper "Mary Thorpe, with her brothers love and best wishes, January 20th 1882." Gernshiem, 601.

$574.79

Catalogus plantarum horti Pisani...
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Catalogus plantarum horti Pisani...

By TILLI (Michelango)

Florence: Tartini & Franchi, 1723. First edition, folio (340 x 230 mm), xii, [2], 187, [1]pp., with half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, title printed in red and black with large engraved vignette, 2 folding plans of the Garden, 50 engraved botanical plates by Cosimo Mogalli after drawings by Tilli, alphabetically arranged with one to four specimens to a plate, cont. calf, neatly rebacked, a nice copy with the text and plates being bright and fresh. First edition of an important record of the botanical garden at Pisa which was founded around 1543 and was one of the finest and earliest gardens in Europe. Hunt notes that the alphabetical list of plants in this work is "one of the most important of the eighteenth century, and the volume memorializes the garden for all time." Hunt II, 457; Nissen BBI, 1967; Pritzel, 9356.

$2873.93

The Principle of Relativity with Applications to Physical Science.
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The Principle of Relativity with Applications to Physical Science.

By WHITEHEAD (Alfred North)

Cambridge: The University Press, 1922. First edition, 8vo (220 x 140 mm), xii, 190pp., some light spotting to first and last few leaves, orig. cloth. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) contributed significantly to 20th-century logic and metaphysics. With Bertrand Russell he co-wrote the landmark Principia Mathematica.

$63.87

Les Oracles Divertissans, où l'on trouve le decision des Questions les plus curieuses pour se resjoüir dans les Compagnies, avec un Traitté tres-recreatif des Couleurs aux Armouries...,
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Les Oracles Divertissans, où l'on trouve le decision des Questions les plus curieuses pour se resjoüir dans les Compagnies, avec un Traitté tres-recreatif des Couleurs aux Armouries...,

By [VULSON DE LA COLOMBIÈRE (Marc de)]

Amsterdam: Jean Sambix, 1677. 2 Vols., in one, 12mo (155 x 85 mm), [12], 92, [6]; 78pp., engraved frontispiece, titles with woodcut printer's device of sphere, handsomely bound in dark blue levant morocco signed by Chambolle-Duru, three-line fillet border to covers, five raised bands, spine tooled in gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, slight scuff to upper cover otherwise fine, entirely uncut. The types are those of Ph. Vleugart of Brussels. The frontispiece is a Wheel of Fortune with numbers, and the book is filled with answers to any Question drawn by the number. Provenance: Robert Hoe's copy with his gilt-stamped leather book-label to front paste-down, sold at the auction of his library by Anderson Auction Company, New York, 1st May 1911, lot 3525; Offered for sale by Maggs Bros. in 1931, Catalogue no. 552 (Catalogue of Choice Books, Elzevier Press "An extremely rare uncut Elzevier.")

$1079.32

Village Musings on Moral and Religious Subjects. By a Villager.
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Village Musings on Moral and Religious Subjects. By a Villager.

By [WHUR (Cornelius)]

Norwich: Jarrold and Sons, 1837. First edition, 8vo (190 x 115 mm), xii, 203, [1]pp., with a list of subscribers, original boards, cloth spine, paper label (worn). Nearly 500 subscribers are listed at the end, almost all East Anglians, inclding Bernard Barton, George Crabbe the younger, Amelia Opie and J. .J. Gurney. Provenance: From the Norfolk library of Ron Fiske with his bookplate. Not in Jackson; Johnson, Provincial Poetry, 963.

$95.80

Cistineæ. The Natural Order of Cistus, or Rock-Rose; Illustrated by coloured figures and descriptions of the Distinct Species, and the most Prominent Varieties, that could be at present procured in the Gardens of Great Britain; with the best direction for their cultivation and propagation
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Cistineæ. The Natural Order of Cistus, or Rock-Rose; Illustrated by coloured figures and descriptions of the Distinct Species, and the most Prominent Varieties, that could be at present procured in the Gardens of Great Britain; with the best direction for their cultivation and propagation

By SWEET (Robert)

London: James Ridgway, 1825-1830. First edition, 4to (260 x 160 mm), xx, 112 fine hand-coloured engraved plates (a little browned), each with a accompanying leaf of descriptive text, orig. green blind-stamped cloth, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, uncut. Sweet's highly decorative guide to the cultivation of the Rock-rose or Cistus. Originally issued bimonthly in parts, each plate shows a single variety of cistus or rock-rose and is accompanied by text giving a taxonomic description and instructions for the plant's cultivation. Provenance: The Edge Hall Library, signed by Charles Wolley-Dod on front paste-down. Nissen, 1922; Dunthorne, 294; Great Flower Books, p. 77.

$1245.37

A Catalogue of Porcelain & Pottery, Oriental, European, & English, the Property of the Rev. R. Waldo Sibthorp, of Nottingham
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A Catalogue of Porcelain & Pottery, Oriental, European, & English, the Property of the Rev. R. Waldo Sibthorp, of Nottingham

By SIBTHORP (Rev. R. Raldo)

Nottingham: [Privately Printed by T. Forman and Sons], 1874. First and only edition, large 8vo (240 x 160 mm), 55, [1]pp., well illustrated with 60 mounted albumen prints on limp card, each depicting between 3 to 25 items of porcelain from the collection (corresponding catalogue number supplied in MS. to each item), the catalogue consists of 740 items with printed descriptions, continued from 741 to 771 in MS. some light spotting, cont. dark maroon cloth, gilt border to covers, spine lettered in gilt, slightly rubbed. Principally the collection of Richard Waldo Sibthorp (1792–1879), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic convert, but added to by various members of the Sibthorp family of Canwick Hall, Lincolnshire. On Richard's death the collection passed to his nephew Coningsby Charles Sibthorp (1846-1932) and later to be sold for charity in an anonymously at Christie's on 2nd March 1877. This copy bears the signature of Coningsby Charles Sibthorp at the head of the title page and the MS. additions appear to be in his hand. Gernsheim, 582; Extremely rare, Copac locates a single copy at the V&A; OCLC adds a further copy at the Metropolitan Museum New York.

$1015.45

The Ducal Estate of Stowe, Near Buckingham. The Historical Seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos and for some years the residence of the Late Comte de Paris. Messrs. Jackson Stops will Sell by Auction, at Stowe House, on Monday, July 4th, 1921, at 1 o'clock the Freehold of the Historic Mansion & Estate... On the Eighteen Days following (from July 5th to July 28th.) will be Sold the Contents of the Mansion..
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The Ducal Estate of Stowe, Near Buckingham. The Historical Seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos and for some years the residence of the Late Comte de Paris. Messrs. Jackson Stops will Sell by Auction, at Stowe House, on Monday, July 4th, 1921, at 1 o'clock the Freehold of the Historic Mansion & Estate... On the Eighteen Days following (from July 5th to July 28th.) will be Sold the Contents of the Mansion..

By STOWE HOUSE

[Towcester: F. C. Williams, Printer,] 1921. Folio (380 x 250 mm), 232, [4]pp., catalogue no. 300 of an unspecified limited number, 59 plates, 5 coloured maps and plans (2 folding),inner hinges split but holding, orig. cloth-backed boards, armorial coat of arms on upper cover, tear to upper joint, lightly rubbed otherwise a very good sound copy. The monumental auction catalogue of The ducal estate of Stowe, near Buckingham, containing some major works of art. The first day was devoted to the historic mansion and estate, the following days the contents of the mansion, including "heirloom pictures, tapestries and historic furniture, by the World's Greatest Masters, Superb Statuary and Metal Work, important collection of Rare China, Porcelain, an immense assortment of other Objets d'Art, the Contents of the Magnificent Library, fine collection of Historic Letters and Manuscripts, the Valuable Gold Plate, Carvings and Panellings by Grinling Gibbons, Famous Classic Temples and Other Buildings and Bridges luxuriously built to designs by famous architects." This catalogue presents historical contextualisation in its preface and sections on the arrangement of sale, order of sale and index, index and summary of the whole of the Stowe estate, conditions of sale, a lot listing for each day, as well as an area map and a well-preserved fold-out estate map in color. The plates offer views of the estate, its buildings, spaces, and the items within them. The auction was held over nineteen days and consists of some 3955 lots.

$338.48

Examples of Ornamental Metal Work. Drawn and Engraved by Henry Shaw
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Examples of Ornamental Metal Work. Drawn and Engraved by Henry Shaw

By SHAW (Henry)

London: Published by Wm. Pickering, 1836. First edition, 4to (280 x 220 mm), 50 engraved plates (including engraved decorative title, 2 hand-coloured), some quite heavy soiling and foxing, Roxburghe-style olive-green roan, red paper boards, expertly rebacked to style. Although quite badly foxed, this is a rare work. It depicts mainly ornamental iron work designs for such items as staircases, lamps, railings, chandeliers, street lamps, gates, door handles etc. "In some cases the designers and/or executants are acknowledged, and these include Francis Bedford, Richard Bridgens, Decimus Burton, John Goldicutt, Francis Goodwin, Charles Inwood, William Knight, James Savage, Shaw himself, Sir Robert Smirke and Lewis Vulliamy."—RIBA. RIBA, Early Printed Books, 2987.

$415.12

Specimens of Tile Pavements Drawn from Existing Authorities.
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Specimens of Tile Pavements Drawn from Existing Authorities.

By SHAW (Henry)

London: Basil M. Pickering, 1858. First edition, folio (325 x 255 mm), [22]pp., including list of subscribers, 47 fine chromolithographed plates (3 being double-page), orig. boards, calf rebacked with morocco label lettered in gilt. A rare and finely illustrated Pickering work showing specimens from recently excavated sites, these include Chertsey Abbey, Surrey, Jervaulx Abbey, York, Whitland Abbey, Carmarthenshire, Castle Acre, Norfolk, etc.

$951.59

Burke's Irish Family Records.
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Burke's Irish Family Records.

By BURKE'S IRISH FAMILY RECORDS

London: Burke's Peerage Ltd., 1976. Large 8vo, 1237pp.. orig. red cloth lettered in gilt, spine a little worn. "This is the fifth edition of a collection of narrative pedigrees of individual Irish families which do not have hereditary peerages or baronetcies. When these families first had a book of their own (Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 1899), the criterion for inclusion was territorial. At the turn of the century their ownership of land in Ireland was, on average, about 1,000 acres. In 1903, however, the whole concept changed with the Wyndham Land Purchase Act."—Preface.

$351.26

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