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Edwy and Edilda: a tale. In five parts.

By Whalley, Thomas Sedgwick.

London: printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, 1779. Octavo. [vi], 170pp. First edition. Contemporary sheep. ESTC N1240. .


Poetical meditations, being the improvement of some vacant hours; with a preface by the Reverend Mr. Bulkley of Colchester.

By Wolcott, Roger.

New London: Printed and Sold by L. Green, 1725. Octavo. [iv], lvi, I, 78, [iv - 1 of errata and 3 of advertisements]. Lacks half-title. First edition. Contemporary sheep. The first book of poetry printed in Connecticut and one of the earliest in North America. ESTC W28923; Evans 2722; Trumbull 1696; Johnson 207; Wegelin 465. .


The Traveller, or a Prospect of Society. A Poem. Inscribed to the Rev. Mr. Henry Goldsmith.

By Goldsmith, Oliver.

London: Printed for J. Newbery, in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1765. Quarto. [4], iv, 22, [ii]pp. First edition. With half-title and final ad leaf present. Red morocco by Riviere & Son, repaired. Rothschild 1024; Courtney & Smith, p.113; ESTC T146158; Todd, "Quadruple Imposition," in Studies in Bibliography VII (1955), pp. 103ff. First edition of Goldsmith's first separately published poem, and the first work with his name as author. Todd's fourth state, with the price on the half-title in square brackets, the comma after 'Traveller' on the title, etc. Very few copies each of the first two "states," possibly trial editions, are known to exist. .


Satiry i drugiia stikhotvorcheskiia sochineniia kniazia Antîokha Kantemira; s istoricheskimi primiechaniiami i s kratkim opisaniem ego zhizni.

By Kantemir, Antiokh D.

V Sanktpeterburgie: Pri Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk, 1762 Goda. Quarto. [2], 14, [16], 176pp. Contemporary mottled calf. Portrait of the author by E.G. Vinogradov, lacking in this copy. From the library of V.N. Kovaldin, with his stamp on the title-page. Sopikov 10151; Bitovt 1418; Smirdin 8188; Kilgour collection 486; Svodnyi kat. russ. knigi grazhd. pechati XVIII v., 2788. 18th century satire poetry by the father of modern Russian literature (acc. to Belinsky): Antiokh D. Kantemir (1708-1744). "His work reflects the scope and purpose of Peter the Great's European style reforms, standing out as a contribution to the integration of Russian culture into the world circuit of Classicism". Kantemir was a Russian diplomat in London and Paris, where he was a close friend of Voltaire and Montesquieu. Besides his own writing, he translated letters and poetry by a.o. Horace, Fontenelle, Boileau and Juvenal. Kantemir is known for his fables and poetry but his fame rests mainly on the satires, circulated in manuscript form for decades, but not published in Russia until 1762..


John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections with Biographical Notes.

By Masefield, John.

Letchworth: Garden City Press Limited, 1916. Octavo. First edition. Blue cloth. .


The Everlasting Mercy.

By Masefield, John.

London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 1911. Octavo. First edition. Blue cloth..


The Midnight Folk.

By Masefield, John.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1927. Octavo. 269 pages. First American edition. Blue cloth. Dustwrapper. Piece of dustwrapper from spine missing..


Amyntor and Theodora; or, The Hermit. A Poem. In Three Cantos.

By Mallet, David.

London: Printed for Paul Vaillant, in the Strand, 1747. Quarto. [iv], viii, 92pp. []2, A4-M4, N2. First edition. Disbound. Foxon M44; ESTC T21858; CBEL II, 557..


The Bank Note, or, Lessons for Ladies, a Comedy, in Five Acts. As performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden. Partly an Alteration.

By Macready, William.

London: Printed for T.N. Longman, Paternoster-Row, 1795. Octavo. [viii], 84pp. First edition. Disbound. ESTC N81 or ESTC T96400..


The life and strange surprizing adventures of Mr. D---- de F--, of London, hosier, who has liv'd above fifty years by himself, in the Kingdoms of North and South Britain.


London: printed by Elizabeth Sadleir in School-House-Lane; for Patrick Dugan, Bookseller on Cork-Hill, 1719. Octavo. 36pp. A8, B4-C4, D2. Third edition. Wrappers. ESTC T136523. A parody of Robinson Crusoe published the same year as that work, Gildon's pamphlet contains a vitriolic attack on Defoe and his book. No love was lost between the two men, who had a long-standing mutual animus: Defoe had attacked him as a rakehell, and Gildon disliked Defoe's politics. Gildon was fundamentally a hack, who was prosecuted for seditious libel a few years prior to this work, although he avoided prison and pillory. Kate Loveman's Reading Fictions, 1660-1740 contains an interesting analysis of this work, noting how its critique ironically reflects both Defoe's own methods of criticism and the modes and mores of the coffee-houses. Three copies in the UK and two in North America.. Illus. by ..


The biographical magazine; or, complete historical library. A work replete with instruction and entertainment, and accompanied with such embellishments as have not hitherto appeared in any publication of Europe. By a Society of Gentlemen ...

London: printed for F. Newbery, 1776. Quarto. [iv], 812 [i.e. 808, [ii]pp.] A2-Z2, AA2-ZZ2, AAA2-ZZZ2, AAAA2-ZZZZ2, AAAAA2-ZZZZZ2, AAAAAA2-ZZZZZZ2, AAAAAAA2-ZZZZZZZ2, AAAAAAAA2-ZZZZZZZZ2, AAAAAAAAA2-UUUUUUUUU2. With a final leaf of errata. Pages 453-456 omitted. Modern half calf over marbled boards. With portraits. Roscoe, A39; ESTC T98528. Even though a number of British libraries have copies of this book, only a handful institutions in the US have it. Illustrated with small circular portraits, I have not been able to find a bibliography noting all the peculiarities of this work. Since it was published in parts (per ESTC), there is nothing to determine the number of plates that are supposed to be present. I have not had access to Roscoe's book, 'John Newbery and his successors,' which may possess the information I am lacking. I contacted an institutional library and asked specifically (a) how many plates there were and (b) whether each author had a corresponding portrait. They provided the following information: (a) there are 27 engraved portraits, and (b) each author does not have a corresponding portrait, inclusive of the portrait of the King and Queen. The portraits are small oval portraits set in the centre of a full-page and engraved on much thicker paper than paper used for the book. My copy differs slightly from this institutional library copy and considerably from the digitized University of Pittsburgh copy, which has only 19 portraits, inclusive of the royal portraits. The portrait of the King is cut out in my copy, but mounted on similarly thick paper; the Queen's portrait is missing, and there are 26 portraits of authors. These differences lead me to believe that this book, originally printed in parts, was compiled and gathered together based on the whims of the bookseller and the collector. A very good copy..


Observations on the inslaving, importing and purchasing of Negroes with some advice thereon extracted form [sic] the Yearly Meeting epistle of London for the present year also some remarks on the absolute necessity of self-denial, ...


Germantown [Pa.]: Printed by Christopher Sower, 1759. Octavo. 15, [i]pp. First edition. Disbound. Evans 8298; Sabin 4676; ESTC W1272. Attributed to Anthony Benezet by Evans. This first edition of Benezet's has not been seen in auction rooms for well over one hundred years. .


Figure Emblematique en trois langues et seulement en une visible de soy ou se peut voir une fleur de louanges du Roy trés-Chrestien, de la Royne, de Monseigneur le Dauphin.


Paris: Robert Fouet, 1607. Octavo. 54pp., [1]ff. A8-C8, D4. With the printer's device on the title-page. Modern half goatskin over marbled boards. BM Catalogue of French Books, 1601-1700, p. 103; Landwehr, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portugese Books of Devices and Emblems 228; Praz, p. 306..


Journal Du Voyage Du Chevalier Chardin En Perse & Aux Indes Orientales, Par La Mer Noire & Par La Colchide.

By Chardin, Jean.

A Londres: Chez Moses Pitt, 1686. Folio. [10], 150, 181-349, [5]pp. Engraved title-page vignette, engraved head- and tailpieces, engraved initials. "Fautes à corriger" on p.[5] at rear. First edition. In this copy, the 'O' of 'Odyssey,' in line 15 of title, is above the 'e' of 'mores.' Contemporary vellum. With a frontispiece, engraved title-page, folding map and 15 plates. BM 58, p.481; Brunet, I, 1802; Chadenat 546; Hage Chahine 909; Weber II, 377; Wilson 40 (pour l'édition anglaise de 1686); Atabey, 218; Wing, C2041; Schwab, 87; Graesse, II, 121; ESTC R1175. .


La Porcie Romaine. Tragedie.

By Boyer, Claude.

A Paris: Chez Avgvstin Covrbé, dans la petite Salle du Palais, à La Palme, 1646. Quarto. [viii], 99pp. First edition. Wrappers.. Illus. by ..


The Symbol and the Saint.

By Field, Eugene.

New York: William E. Rudge, [1924]. Duodecimo. 18pp. One of 225 copies privately printed for George A. Nelson. Original patterned boards with printed label, spine missing. .


Albumazar. A Comedy. As it is now revived at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. With alterations.

By Tomkis, Thomas.

London: printed for T. Becket, near Surry Street, Strand, 1773. Octavo. [viii], 72pp. First edition. Wrappers. .


De iure maritimo & navali libris tres

By Loccenius, Johannes

Holmiae: ex officina J. Janssonii, 1651. Duodecimo. [iii], 288pp. First edition. With an added engraved title-page. Printed title-page dated 1650, but engraved one 1651. Modern paper boards..


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Octavo. 366pp. First edition. Earliest issue, with almost all first issue points: page 13: the illustration captioned 'Him and another Man' listed at p. 88 (BAL first state); the eleventh line from the bottom of p. 57 reads '...with the was...' (BAL first state); page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand, and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso; page 9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"); page143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken; and no signature mark '11' at page 161. The final leaf is a blank. Publisher's original sheepskin with the red-and-black lettering labels on the spine. Spine repaired, however, this is one of the finest sheep bindings we have seen on this book. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. With 174 black-and-white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. .


Antic Hay.

By Huxley, Aldous.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1923. Octavo. 328pp. First edition. Yellow cloth. Dustwrapper, missing a piece at the foot of the spine and another on the back cover, tears along front hinge..


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