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    Manuscript on paper entitled "Press Catalogue of Books in the Library of Sir Michael R. Shaw Stewart Bart. Ardgowan. MDCCCXLIX." by (SHAW-STEWART, Sir Michael Robert, 7th Baronet)

    Lithographed title & 80 printed ruled leaves, each written on one side in a neat & legible hand. Folio (380 x 240 mm.), orig. half calf (covers somewhat worn & rubbed, upper hinge cracked but strong), leather lettering label on upper cover, a.e.g. "Ardgowan: 1849." The Shaw-Stewart family has been one of the most important in Renfrewshire since the 15th century. The lands of Ardgowan, set on the south shores of the Firth of Clyde, were given to John Stewart by his father King Robert III of Scotland in 1403 and the estate has been passed down from father to son or uncle to nephew to the present day. Sir Michael R. Shaw-Stewart (1826-1903), was M.P. for and Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire and chairman of the County Council. He inherited an estate of about 26,400 acres. Ardgowan House - "the house of the smith" - was built between 1798 and 1801 for Sir John Shaw Stewart, the 4th Baronet. The house was designed by William Cairncross who was Robert Adam's assistant when he designed and built Culzean Castle. Culzean had just been completed and greatly influenced the original design of Ardgowan House. Along with a magnificent house, Shaw-Stewart also inherited a fine library, here detailed. It is arranged by shelf-mark with title and author, format, place of publication, and date. Approximately 2000 titles are listed and, quite interestingly, about 80 percent were printed before 1800 (including a good number of 16th-century books). There are many continental imprints. Fine condition.



    ANNA KAVAN: An Illustrated Catalogue by Kavan, Anna (Jeremy Reed):

    York: Lucius / Punk Daisy Publications. 2005. First edition, first printing. First edition, first printing. One of 950 soft-cover copies. Original pictorial stapled wrappers. A fine copy. 43 pages, printed in full colour throughout with text by Jeremy Reed. The catalogue is of a recently discovered body of original artwork by Anna including gouache and oil paintings, sketches and original manuscripts published here for the first time. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.




    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. Paperback. Philadelphia; PENNSYLVANIA; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; JAMES B CAULDWELL, WM BEAVER, H D HUBBLEY, - all difficult to decipher. 1803; Signed by Author; 0 .



    DEATH DREAM page & Typed Letter Signed by Bova, Ben

    A page from the original manuscript of Death Dream with Bova's holograph editorial directions and inscrined by him . "To -- with best wishes Ben Bova 26 Jan 96." Also a TLS dated "26 Jan 1996." Bova notes the enclosed ms page and mentions his novel Mars, "critically and in terms of sales, it is my most successful novel -- to date" and describes a "just finished" Moonrise. that "tells the story of the first people to live on the moon permanently. It will be published here in the States in November, but I don't when (sic) my British publisher will bring it out." Signed "Ben Bova." Aprx eighty words. With typed envelope postmarked "26 Jan 1996." Manuscript page and letter folded twice for mailing; manuscript page with tiny tear on topedge and slightly mussed, otherwise, both in Fine condition. Signed & Inscribed by Author. Manuscript Page & Typed Letter. The images are of the manuscript page and letter described and not stock photos.



    Alice's Adventures Under Ground. by [DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge.] CARROLL, Lewis

    London: Macmillan and Co.,, 1886. Being a facsimile of the Original Manuscript Book afterwards developed into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Octavo. Publisher's presentation binding in blue morocco, titles and decorations to spine and boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in custom quarter blue morocco and cloth solander box. With 37 illustrations by the author. With the Duchess of Albany's bookplate on the front pastedown. Extremities a little rubbed, some very minor wear to tips, small split to head of front hinge; an excellent copy. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in his customary purple ink on the half-title, "Presented to H.R.H. The Duchess of Albany, by the author, in grateful recollection of three happy days, and of two sweet children, Aug. 6, 1889." The duchess replied on 17 August, acknowledging the gift: "It gives me much pleasure as I am a great friend of Alice and her adventures. I must now also thank you for your letter to me and the two charming books with which you made my children very happy. I think they will well remember the kind gentleman who spent so much time with them in amusing them and telling them stories." Dodgson knew her late husband, Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria's fourth son, who matriculated at Oxford on 27 November 1872; he had his portrait taken at Dodgson's Tom Quad studio at Christ Church in 1875 and signed his name in Dodgson's album. For a brief period during his studies the prince was romantically linked with Alice Liddell, and, though nothing came of the romance, the two remained cordial. In 1883 Alice (by then Mrs Hargreaves) wrote to congratulate the prince on the birth of his first child, Alice, at the same time inviting him to be godfather to her second son, Leopold Reginald, also born that year. The following year the prince died of a brain haemorrhage, but it was not until June 1889 that Dodgson became acquainted with his widow, while staying Hatfield House as a guest of Lord Salisbury. The Duchess was accompanied by her two children, Alice, and Charles, Duke of Albany aged 6 and 5 respectively. Dodgson – perhaps influenced by the coincidence of the little girl's name – made gifts of several of his works, including the present example. Dodgson struck up a friendship with the children, and regularly sent them gifts of puzzles or presentation copies of his books. Princess Alice recalled their early friendship in her autobiography: "Doctor Dodgson or 'Lewis Carroll' was especially kind to Charlie and me, though when I was five I offended him once, when, at a children's party at Hatfield, he was telling story. He was a stammerer and being unable to follow what he was saying I suddenly asked in a loud voice, 'Why does he waggle his mouth like that?' I was hastily removed by the lady-in-waiting. Afterwards he wrote that he 'liked Charlie but thought Alice would turn out badly.' He soon forgot all this and gave us books for Christmas with anagrams of our names on the fly-leaf." This is one of a very few known copies in this unrecorded presentation binding. By a letter to Macmillan of 17 December 1886, Dodgson is known to have requested three special copies, one in white vellum (the ultimate copy, for Alice Liddell) and two in morocco (one for Alice's mother, the other untraceable), which were ready in time to be inscribed on Christmas Day.



    American First Editions: Autograph Letters and Manuscripts: [Catalogue Number 122]

    New York: Scribner Book Store. Natural papercovered boards. Taped spine, edges worn, thus good only. Contains bibliographies of Cooper's The Prairie, the original manuscript of Twain's Tom Sawyer and correspondence of Stephen Crane, Louisa May Alcott, and more. .



    Memoirs of the Royal Mines of Almaden [English Edition] by Augustin De Betancourt y Molina

    Spain: Interministerial Committee for Science and Technology. VG+. 1990. Facsimile. Hardcover. Paper covered boards with titles to spine and upper board, spine ends bumped, internally clean and bright, facsimile of Betancourt's original manuscript with introductory text and notes in English with transcription of manuscript in Spanish, introductory material illustrated with numerous colour illustrations, No.409 of 500 English language copies. Heavy item, may incur additional shipping costs for international delivery. , 4to 11" - 13" tall, 290 [4] pp .



    The Decorated Letter by Alexander, J J G

    George Braziller, 1978. VG/VG. Hardback. Book has pencil residue on flyleaf, faint age discoloration on some page edges & light bump to corners; jacket has some bumps, edgewear , & light creasing. In Broadart Jacket. Inside very colorful & well illustrated. Keywords: 0807608947




    Oxford: Pater-Noster Row.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1698. Second Edition. Hardcover. tall 4to; [32], 214pp, [12], pages; LinkReliquiæ Spelmannianæ. The posthumous works of Sir Henry Spelman kt. Relating to the laws and antiquities of England. Publish’d from the original manuscripts. With the life of the author.. Engraved title vignette and 2 folding charts. Rebound in brown cloth, with binding and hinges tight- Very Good, 2 ownership bookplates [Hammond Library Lowenbach Collection; Frank W Gunsaulus]. Index. 2] folded leaves of plates [VG] : ill. , genealogical tables, port. ESTCR22617 . Includes- Tenures of Knights, Life of Spelmann, A Dialogue Concerning Coin of the Region, various discourses. Mostly English language, some Latin. First was 1693, this is probably the second edition. ; 0 .



    The Prince Who Wasn't: A Comedy in Two Acts, First Act by BUTLER, Layfayette Lentz

    The Author. 1908. Manuscript. Very good plus Original Manuscript. This is an original, hand written manuscript in marbled board covers with rubs on corners, sunned cloth spine, light chips; on some of text corners, clean text. .




    [Chicago]: A Newstand Library Magenta Book, [1962]., 1962. First edition. First edition. PBO. Newstand Library U182. Fine, unread copy in pictorial wrappers. An exceptional copy of one of Willeford's more difficult titles. The story of an older man who falls in with a gang of crooks who are planning a supermarket robbery. Without Willeford's knowledge or approval, an in-house editor at Newsstand Library added two chapters to Willeford's original manuscript. Willeford disclaimed this book. Later he salvaged the work later using it, with only slight rewriting, as the Pop Sinkiewicz half of Sideswipe.



    Remarkable and newly discovered original manuscript draft pages of Charles Guiteau's 1882 book justifying his shooting of President Garfield, written from jail by Charles J. Guiteau

    Washington, DC, 1882. 6.25" x 7.5". " Original manuscript draft pages 1 “Title page” through 5 of his 1882 book, The Truth and The Removal , written while awaiting his execution for the murder of President James A. Garfield. Also included is a lengthy 4 page letter from an admirer, Clara Augusta Davis. Some marginal tears and losses, some text faded, light toning and soiling, some scattered glue remnants, else good condition. On one pair of bifolia, Guiteau sets up the basic layout for the title and copyright pages: "" The Truth, / and The Removal / By Charles Guiteau / Published and sold only by the author / Washington DC / 1882 ,"" and advising the printer (vertically in the left margin) to "" Make a sheet of each page & cut out any leaves that interpose C G. "" On the opposite side, he added: "" Copyright 1882 By Charles Guiteau "" followed by pages 3 (reading simply "" Part I "") and page 5 (all three pages are glued together in the upper left corners) where he writes "" The Truth / A Companion to the Bible ,"" adding a note "" To the printer,"" to ""(Copy preface on the next page and then the entire book, The Truth), "" referring to his 1879 volume. Following James A. Garfield's death on September 19, 1881, Charles Guiteau, who had already been imprisoned and charged with attempted murder, was now charged with murder and went on trial on November 14, 1881. The trial concluded on January 30, 1882, and on February 4, the court sentenced Guiteau to hang on June 30. While awaiting his execution, Guiteau composed a sequel to his 1879 religious tract, The Truth, a Companion to the Bible, entitled, The Removal (the term he employed to describe his assassination of President Garfield). The condemned prisoner employed Gibson Brothers of Washington to print the book as The Truth and The Removal. Extremely Rare. These are among the only known pages of Guiteau's manuscript for The Removal known to be extant in private hands. Auction records reveal no other draft pages of the present, most important manuscript. Only Malcolm Forbes had a similar Guiteau item, sold at auction in 2002 (Christies, March 27, 2002, Lot 122, $9,988). From the family of printer William Gibson, whose firm printed the book in 1882. "



    Batrachomyomachia [The Battle of Frogs and Mice], select letters, anonymous grammatical treatise, Address to Young Men on Reading Greek Literature; Renaissance humanist manuscript in Greek and Latin on paper by Pseudo-Homer, Libanius of Antioch, and Basil of Caesarea

    RENAISSANCE HUMANIST MANUSCRIPT IN GREEK AND LATIN ON PAPER, Northern Italy (the Veneto?), c. 1440-1470. 210 x 135-145 mm. 38 folios on paper, preceded and followed by three flyleaves, watermarks in Piccard, text lacking (collation, i12 ii6 iii4 iv6 [probably out of 8, now missing 1 and 8] v10), written in three different hands with varying layout in one or two columns of 19 to 29 lines (justification, 132-158 x 82-92 mm.). BINDING: Bound in fifteenth- or sixteenth-century brown leather, blind-tooled and -stamped with a border of multiple fillets and amphora, all over squared wooden boards, metal corner-pieces and center bosses, clasps lost. TEXT: The disparate contents of this codex illustrate the interest of educated Renaissance humanists in the language and literature of ancient Greece. It includes sections from four different manuscripts featuring the Batrachomyomachia, select letters of Libanius, an anonymous Greek grammatical treatise, and a Greek text and translation of Basil of Caesareas Address to Young Men on How They Might Derive Benefit from Greek Literature now collected together in a single volume, possibly to serve as a school book. The Batrachomyomachia is a short, jocular poem once attributed to Homer, but most probably written in the last centuries BC. It was adopted as a school text and the Latin prose translation found in this manuscript may have been composed as a school exercise. Libanius (c. 314-393) was the outstanding Greek rhetorician of the late Imperial period and his letters were considered models of refined writing style. Basil of Caesarea was a student of Libanius and his Address was widely read in schools. PROVENANCE: The first and last of the four booklets making up this composite manuscript were copied in a hand that can very likely be identified as that of Francesco Rolandello (1427-1490), a printer, scholar, and municipal chancellor in Treviso. The other two hands also support a localization of this books production in Northeastern Italy in the fifteenth century. The manuscript was in Venice by 1578, as attested by an owners 1578 inscription, written in Greek on f. 22. Remained in Italy in the seventeenth century, as attested by an Italian inscription on f. 28. Private European collection. CONDITION: Boards of binding worm-eaten, leather partially lost, especially on the spine and back cover, lower inner cornerpiece on back cover partly detached, leaves frayed, some water stains, but otherwise in good condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 792).



    A Journal of Occurrences at the Temple, during the Confinement of Louis XVI, King of France. By M. Cléry, The King's Valet-de-Chambre. Translated from the original Manuscript by R.C. Dallas, Esq by Cléry, M

    London: Printed by Baylis, Greville-Street and Sold by the Author, No. 29, Great Pulteney-Street, Golden Square, 1798. First edition in English, with half-title. Frontispiece of the Temple, with facsimile at back. [vi], 255, [5] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Bound in three quarter brown moroocco, t.e.g. Fine. First edition in English, with half-title. Frontispiece of the Temple, with facsimile at back. [vi], 255, [5] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Cléry was the faithful valet de chambre of Louis XVI during his imprisonment in the Tour du Temple, and thus an intimate witness to the days leading up to 21 January 1793, when Louis XVI was guillotined on the place Royale.



    Reliquiae Spelmannianae: The Posthumous Works of Sir Henry Spelman... by Spelman, Sir Henry; Edmund Gibson editor

    1698. Compilation of Spelman's Writings With Annotations From a Previous Owner Spelman, Sir Henry [?1564-1641]. [Gibson, Edmund, Editor]. Reliquiae Spelmannianae: The Posthumous Works of Sir Henry Spelman Relating to the Laws and Antiquities of England Published from the Original Manuscripts. With the Life of the Author. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Awnsham and John Churchill, 1698. [xxxii], 214, [12] pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece, copperplate of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre to title page. Two folding tables. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to corners, a few tiny nicks to boards, some fading to spine. Very light toning to text. Early owner signatures to title page, later signature of "A. Merriwether" dated 1806. Brief annotations in Merriwether's neat hand in several places, extensive annotations to a few leaves. An appealing copy. * Only edition. Contents mostly in English, a few essays in Latin. Spelman was an eminent antiquarian, legal historian and member of Parliament. This volume consists largely of an essay on feuds and a reprint of his 1641 treatise The Original Growth, Propagation and Condition of Tenures by Knight Service (1641). Another important item is the "Apologie for Arch-Bishop Abbot," which addresses Abbot's manslaughter conviction by chance medley in a test case for a clergyman's rights under such circumstances. Other essays discuss wills, land tenures, the rank of knights, early English law, military law and historical subjects. English Short-Title Catalogue R22617 .



    Mi'raj al Mu'tamir wal Haj, Unique autograph Arabic manuscript about the Haj and 'Umrah possibly written in Mecca, dedicated to the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II by Yusuf Sidki B. Umar Sevki el Mardini ( d. 1902 )

    2 ff, 106 p. , 1ff. Ta'liq script in black with chapter headings in red. Royal unique autograph manuscript on the Haj, Umra and visit of the Holy Mosque in Medina. The author was a well-known Ottoman Scholar mainly came from Mardin and lived in Istanbul where he employed as the Military judge and a legitimicy investigator. There are three works including this work were detected by Isma'il al Baghdadi in Hadiyyat ul Arifin. This copy is the only one to be existed and there is no other known in the manuscripts resorces. The work was possibly written in Mecca , since there are five pages of praise in the beginning by a Yemeni scholar called Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Muhammad al Mizjaji al Ash'ari al Hanafi al Zabidi, who seems to be lived in Mecca as many of Yemeni scholars came from Zabid in Yemen to Mecca during the past centuries. The manuscript is lavishly gilded; all pages out-ruled in gold, the back of beginning and final pages are completely ornamented in gold, the fist page richly gilded in ROCOCO style, and many golden dots between phrases. Edges of the book are completely gilded. Contemporary binding ornamented in gold with arm and crecent of the Ottoman state on green silk.



    Dictata Viri Celeberrimi atque Clarissimi J.F. Reitzii in Nieupoortii Compendium Antiquitatum Romanarum. by REITZIUS,J.F

    No place, no date. 4to. 644 p. Half calf 21.5 cm (Ref: Haitsma Mulier 352) (Details: 18th century manuscript lecture notes of an anonymous, written in Latin in a fair copy book. The hand is clear, even, pleasant and legible. The text is mostly written on the recto side of the leaves. The back of the binding is richly gilt, and has 5 raised bands. The shield in the second compartment reads: 'Cl. Reitzii in Nieup. Antiq. Rom. Dictata') (Condition: Back somewhat rubbed. Foot of the spine slightly damaged. Paper on both boards completely gone) (Note: This manuscript contains the college notes of Johann Friedrich Reitz (Johannes Fredericus Reitzius) which were to accompany his lectures on Roman Antiquities, based on Nieupoort's manual of Roman antiquities 'Rituum, qui olim apud Romanos obtinuerunt, succincta explicatio ad intelligentiam veterum auctorum facili methodo conscripta'. Nieupoort's book is in the title of this manuscript indicated as 'Nieupoortii Compendium Antiquitatum Romanarum'. The notes follow closely the chapters and paragraphs of Nieupoort. § The Dutch jurist and ancient historian Willem Hendrik Nieupoort, 1670/1674-1724, earned his keep as self-supporting teacher in Utrecht with private tuition. He is remembered for his 'Rituum (...) succincta explicatio', which was first published in 1712. Nieupoort published during his lifetime, in 1716 and in 1723, a second and third corrected edition. An enlarged and corrected 4th and 5th edition appeared in 1734 and in 1747, both produced by the Dutch schoolmaster of German origin Wilhelm Otto Reitz, first praeceptor at the Erasmianum at Rotterdam, and then rector of the Schola Latina at Middelburg. For the 5th, and for the 6th enlarged edition of 1774, Reitz received help from his elder brother Johann Friedrich Reitz, 1695-1778, who had studied at Utrecht, became conrector/rector of the local Schola Latina, and was the last 30 years of his life (1748-1778) professor of History and Eloquence in the University of Utrecht. He is best known for his edition of Lucian, which, begun by Hemsterhuis, he completed in 1743. (Sandys 2,453) § In the 18th century and well into the 19th century, Nieupoort's manual was a classic. It saw dozens of reissues, in Holland, in Germany and Italy, and was translated into French and Portuguese. ('Explication abregée des coutumes et cérémonies observées chez les Romains : pour faciliter l'intelligence des anciens auteurs' & 'Usos e costumes dos Romanos por Nieupoort : versao feita sobre o original Latino, acompanhada de notas e da traduccao dos termos Grecos') A contemporary review of the 4th edition of 1734 stresses the advantages of Nieupoort's 'Rituum ... succinta explicatio'. There are many learned introductions to the Antiquities of Rome, it is stated, but most of them are too long, too chaotic and complex, and too overloaded with an 'étalage d'érudition'. 'L'expérience fait assez voir, que, pour lire avec fruit & avec plaisir les anciens auteurs, Latin & Grecs, il faut avoir au moins une idée générale de la République Romaine, de ses Magistrats, Politiques & Militaires, de la Religion des Romains, de leurs Loix, de leurs Rites, de leurs Usages, de leurs Coûtumes, tant pour la Vie Publique, que pour la Vie Privée, (...). Sans cela on est arrêté à tout moment, ou bien on croit entendre ce que l'on n'entend pas, & l'on se fait de fausses idées, en jugeant des anciens tems par les nôtres'. Nieupoort has succeeded brilliantly in reducing that complicated jumble of Roman history, religion and antiquities into a summary 'qui pussent être lûs en peu de tems'. And his clear survey improved with every new edition, the reviewer adds. ('Bibliothèque raisonnée des ouvrages des savans de l'Europe', Tome 17/1, Amsterdam 1736, p. 370-376) § Who this fair copy wrote, probably somewhere between 1748 and 1778, is not clear. Probably not Reitz, for it seems unlikely that he would have called himself (in the 'title'), 'vir celeberrimus atque clarissimus'. If he had done so, he would have called his remarks 'observationes', or the like, and not 'dictata'. Furthermore, the notes of Reitz do not, as far as we have seen, appear in the printed text of the 5th, 6th or 7th edition)



    Two / 2 Journeys to Jerusalem : Containing First, a Strange and True Account of the travels of Two English Pilgrims, Some Years since, and What Admitable Accidents Befel Them in Their Journey to Jerusalem, Grand Cairo, Alexandria Etc By H. T. ... by Crouch / Nathaniel Crouch ; Editor / Collected By R. B. ; T. B. ; S. B

    Clean and Unmarked Text: London : printed for Nath. Crouch ; at His Shop at the Bell in the Poultrey Near Cheapside 1685 / Reprint / FBRE, Ltd. 188 pages. Paper / Soft cover reprint edition in very good or better condition, slight wear to edges. Overall good copy of this scarce title. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Complete title page reads: Two / 2 Journeys to Jerusalem : Containing First, a Strange and True Account of the travels of Two English Pilgrims, Some Years since, and What Admitable Accidents Befel Them in Their Journey to Jerusalem, Grand Cairo, Alexandria Etc By H. T. ; Secondly, the Travels of Fourteen Englishmen in 1669 from Scand..oon to Tripoly, Foppa, Ramah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jerico, the River Jordan, the Laka of Sadom, and Gomorrah, and back again to Aleppa by T. B. ' with the Rare Antiquities, Monuments and Memorable places and things mentioned in Holy Scripture, and an exact description of the Old and New jerusalem etc : to which is added, a relation of the Great Council of the Jews assembled in the Plains of Ajayday in Hungaria in 1650, to examine the Scriptures concerning Christ, by S. B. an Englishman there present, with an account of the Wonderful Delusion of the Jews, by a Counterfiet Messiah or False Christ at Smyrna, in 1666, and the Event thereof, Lastly, the Fatal and Final Extirpartion and destruction of the Jews throughout Persia in 1666, and the remarkable occasion thereof. Collected by R. B. and Beautified with pictures. Please note that due to the age of the original manuscript this reprint has some imperfections, every effort is made to enhanse the text for reading clarity. . Bound / Flex Cover . Scarce Title.. Illus. by Frontis Illustration and Some b/w Illustrations . Facsimile Bound Reprint Edition. Travel, Culture, History.



    Tuhfet ul Harameyn (masterpiece of the two Holy sancturies) by Yusuf Nabi (1052-1124 AH., 1642-1712 AD.)

    Ottoman Turkish text, the author's travel to Mecca and Medina, and exploring the road of the Hajj. He dedicated his work to the Ottoman Sultan Muhammad the fourth (Dorduncu Mehmed 1642-1693). Scribed in 1133 AH. after 9 years of the death of the author. Beginning page with illumination heading in gold and colors. All pages out-ruled in red with wide margins. Descriptive journey of the Hajj road and Mahmal, crossing Syria (especially Damascus), Egypt (especially Cairo), Hejaz, and two Holy cities; Mecca and Medina. In modern full leather binding.



    The Lindisfarne Gospels : the 7th C.Manuscript; one of the world's great art treasures, by Janet Backhouse

    Phaidon (1st), 1981. F in DW. 28.5x22cm. 67 illustrations,31 in colour.



    Illuminated Manuscript: Nativity Scene by [illuminated Manuscript]

    Italy: np. No Binding. Very Good. Large Antiphonal Leaf with miniature of the Nativity Scene. Stunning leaf from a northern Italian antiphonal on parchment (late 15th century). 4 4-line staves with square notation in black with corresponding lines of lyrics on both sides. Large historiated initial "H" elaborately painted in pink, blue, green & purple on a rich gold background opens the chant. The painting within the initial depicts the nativity with Mary and Joseph kneeling in prayer over the baby Jesus who rests on his mother's mantle. The scene is painted on a landscape background where an ox and a donkey from the manger are clearly visible. Additional large initial "S" painted in red with green, white & gold floral decoration. The music is from "Hodie Nobis Caelorum Rex" (Today the King of Heaven), a chant sung on Christmas. Size: 574 x 414 mm (approx. 22.6 x 16.3inches) Initial: 144 x128 mm The text in Latin: Hodie nobis caelorum Rex de virgine nasci dignatus est, ut hominem perditum ad regna caelestia revocaret, gaudet exercitus angelorum, quia salus eterna humano ... English translation: Today the King of heaven deigned to be born for us of a virgin, that he might call lost man back to the heavenly kingdom, the host of angels rejoices, because eternal salvation has appeared to the human race.



    Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty's Dominions… with notes by A. Hunter…to which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth by [EVELYN, JOHN] HUNTER, ALEXANDER

    York: A. Ward for J. Dodsley, T. Cadell and others, 1786. Second Hunter edition. Contemporary red morocco.. Very Good. 4to( 30.4 x 22.9cm). Contemporary red morocco. Three (3) parts in one. Collation: [xliv], 311, [13]; [ii] 343, [11]; [viii], 74 [4] pp. + Engraved portrait after Bartolozzi, 43 hand-colored plates on thick paper, 1 double-page, two folding letterpress tables. The spine has six compartments with gilt raised bands and gilt title; gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (lightly rubbed), with a contemporary fore-edge painting of a country house set in wooded parkland. There are inner gilt dentelles and marble end papers. The portrait has foxing and small-discolored area at the bottom gutter. The text and plates have some minor marginal foxing, which is more moderate when several plates are placed together or a leaf of text separates two plates. Many of the plates were engraved by J. Miller and a few other plates by S. H. Grimm. All the plates are finely colored. Provenance: W.A. Foyle bookplate on front free end paper and amoral bookplate (pasted over earlier bookplate) of Bertram Mitford Freeman. This is a rare copy of the first hand-colored Hunter edition of Evelyn's Silva… to which were added 3 new plates.There is a fore edge painting of country house and grounds painted by William Edwards of the Halifx (c.f. Weber. Annotated Dictionary Of Fore-Edge Painting Artists & Binders…, 2010.). It is an excellent rendition of the house and, more importantly, the numerous different trees on the grounds. PROVENANCE: W.A. Foyle bookplate on front free end paper and amoral bookplate (pasted over earlier bookplate) of Bertram Mitford Freeman. Algernon Bertram Freeman Mitford -, first Baron Redesdale (1837&1916), diplomatist and author, was born in South Audley Street, London, on 24 February 1837. He was the third son of Henry Revely Mitford (1804&1883) and his wife, Lady Georgiana Jemima Ashburnham (1805&1882). Mitford was educated at Eton College (1846&54), where he spent much time in the company of his cousin Algernon Swinburne, with whom he became close friends. Mitford went up to Christ Church, Oxford, in October 1855. His work in the Foreign Office lead, in part, to becoming one of the associates of the Prince of Wales followed by being sent in 1863 to St Petersburg as second secretary of embassy.Keynes notes the existence of two other colored copies, one in the British Museum and the other at Harvard University Arnold Arboretum and Asa Gray Herbarium. Although this edition was published in two volumes, the present copy with the fine red morocco binding and excellently executed fore-edge painting by Edwards makes this is a fine copy with all plates' hand colored on thick paper. This is the first Hunter edition to have color plates. Keynes notes that Hunter was an English physician who practiced in York, where he died in 1809. "His mind was versatile like Evelyn's, and he varied his medical work by becoming an authority on agriculture and forestry....Hunter's edition of Evelyn's /Silva/, under taken as a relaxation, proved to be a popular success, so that five editions of this ponderous work were called for up to 1825. His annotations are learned and extensive, and he claims that the text was collated with all five of the original editions, and corrected with the help of 'some Original Manuscripts'." The present work contains additional plates and the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth. (Nissen 615; Henrey 137; Keynes 48)



    Anecdotes sur la Comtesse Du Barry by DU BARRY, Madame - [MAIROBERT, Mathieu François Pidansat de (1727-1779)]; UZANNE, Octave (1852-1931), editor

    Paris: A. Quantin, 1880. Bound with: LACROIX, Paul (1806-1843). An annotated proof sheet from his Catalogue des Livres de Madame du Barry (Paris: Auguste Fontaine, 1874). Large 8vo (263 x 173 mm). [2] leaves, XXXII, 288 pp., [1] leaf. Color-printed etched plate by and after W. Lalauze, title and justification printed in red and black, line block decorative head-pieces, tail-pieces and initials, opening armorial headpiece by Gaujean after Mongin. unique copy, printed for the editor on blue paper, with an extra proof of the plate in sanguine and before lettering, two extra copies of the half-title and title-leaves, a publisher's broadside Vient de Paraitre announcement on green paper, and a heavily marked up page-proof of the preface to Paul Lacroix's edition of Madame du Barry's library catalogue. Last quire partly unopened. Contemporary half blue morocco by E. Carayon, preserving original illustrated wrappers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Provenance: Octave Uzanne, the editor, with his signed justification and bookplate dated 1882.*** The exemplaire de tête of Uzanne's bibliophile edition of the scandal-mongering journalist Pidansat de Mairobert's biography of Louis XV's mistress (1st edition 1775), Uzanne's own copy, a unique impression on blue paper, with several extra additions. This unnumbered copy is extra to the 100 numbered copies called for in the printed justification on the verso of the half-title. It bears Uzanne's signed manuscript note "[Exemplaire] unique sur un papier bleu d'eau - tirage special pour la collection du publicateur [sic] Octave Uzanne". Besides the extra proof of the plate, and the bright green oblong broadside publisher's advertisement, bound in at front, the most interesting of the truffages of this copy is a heavily revised folio proof sheet of the bibliographer Paul Lacroix's preface to his own annotated edition of Madame du Barry's 1771 manuscript library catalogue. The preface contains a detailed factual account of the creation of Madame du Barry's library. On the sheet, tipped in to the front flyleaf and folded, the small proof pages are mounted on a larger sheet which is covered by extensive manuscript insertions and corrections in Lacroix's tiny script, continuing onto the verso. A bookseller's description of the piece is mounted on the same flyleaf. Madame Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry (1743-93), a courtesan who became Louis XV's chief mistress after the death of Madame de Pompadour, and whose life ended tragically under the guillotine, remains one of the emblematic figures of Ancien Régime decadence, for the fortunes the King lavished upon her, in spite of her lack of education and obliviousness to culture and politics, which contrasted vividly with her predecessor. As Lacroix notes in one of the manuscript additions to this proof sheet, it was emulation of the intellectual Madame de Pompadour and her reading library of over 3500 books, that inspired the barely literate du Barry to create her own library - or, rather, to commission its creation, out of whole cloth, by a hardworking, unnamed bookseller. The prolific bibliographer and book historian Paul Lacroix (1806-1884) published under various pseudonyms, most often that of "le Bibliophile Jacob." His corrections and additions on this proof sheet (signed P.L. Jacob, bibliophile) represent an intermediate stage between the primitive version of the printed proof and that of the published edition. There are several variants in word choice, and details such as the itemized costs of the unnamed bookseller differ slightly. The long passage in the lower right portion of the sheet, describing the bookseller's precautionary catalogue (which listed the costs of the books and of their bindings), which accompanied the collection but was kept secret, is itself full of crossings out and additions, and varies in several places from the published text. Finally, a few of the published details, notably concerning additions to Madame Du Barry's library made after the death of Louis XV, and Revolutionary depredations, were added after this manuscript was written. Cf. Tourneux, Bibliographie de l'Histoire de Paris pendant la Révolution, 267-268; Quentin-Bauchart, Les Femmes bibliophiles de France, 183-215.



    Tribute to Lotte Brand Philip, Art Historian and Detective by BRAND PHILIP, Lotte -- CLARK, William W. / Colin EISLER / William S. HECKSCHER / and Barbara G. LANE, editors

    New York: Abaris Books, Inc, 1985. First edition. Fine. Folio. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine. FIRST EDITION of this tribute to Lotte Brand Philip -- German art historian and expert on Netherlandish art -- on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Twenty-six essays celebrate Brand Philip's contribution to the study of art history, following a bibliography of her work and reminiscences. Brand Philip was one of the most notable and incisive experts on 14th- and 15th-century art to have studied under Erwin Panofsky.

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