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 Friday, November 24, 2017

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The Little London Directory of 1677. The Oldest Printed List of the Merchants and Bankers of London. London John Camden Hotten: 1863. "Reprinted from the exceedingly rare original with an introduction pointing out some of the most eminent merchants of the period". Hardcover. 4"x5.5", xxii + about 150 pages bound in the publisher's full gilt-decorated black cloth with rules, emblems and rampant gryphons marbled endpapers all edges gilt spine head and base slightly chipped, blank preliminaries spotted, else a very handsome copy indeed.

Inventory #: 30743
Price: $ 175.00       




Bowles, Carrington (??). The Self-Instructor, or, Young Man's Best Companion.... Liverpool printed by Henry Fisher, Caxton: nd (ca.1817). "Being an introduction to all the various branches of useful learning and knowledge, containing writing, grammar, arithmetic, astronomy, geography, chronology, and miscellaneous articles. To which is added the Artist's Assistant comprising the arts of drawings, perspective, etching, engraving, mezzotinto scraping, painting, dyeing, colouring of maps, etc. A brief account of Naval and Military affairs. Also, various useful medicinal receipts". OCLC lists several editions, none of which are common- 1807 (2) 1808 (1) 1810 (4) 1815 (1), 1837 (3). This edition, which seems from internal evidence* to be ca 1817, is not found at all. (*Several plates are dated 1817, and George III, who died in 1820, is still listed as being alive.) Hardcover. 5.25"x8.5", 593 + (3) pages folding map, engraved decorative title page plus 6 engraved plates illustrating the various arts and trades, and a plate of geometric forms. Bound in full period mottled, polished calf with gilt spine bands and medallions marbled endpapers some cover wear, hinges beginning to separate some internal browning and spotting, but overall a nice copy in a handsome period naive binding.

Inventory #: 2819
Price: $ 450.00       




Flechier, Esprit & Jacques-Benigne Bossuet. Recueil des Oraisons Funebres de M. Flechier, et de M. Bossuet. Nismes Chez Pierre Beaume: 1782. Corrected Edition. An important collection of the best 17th century French funeral orations by Esprit Flechier (1632-1710), Bishop of Nimes and Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704) Bishop of Meaux. Flechier may be best remembered for his account of the "curious" Claremont Assizes of 1665, when Louis XIV brought his Auvergne nobles to heel, and which Flechier recorded for posterity. He was also a poet and historical author, but he was best known in his own time for his funeral orations which have been described as ingenious and often even witty. Bossuet, a child prodigy and an extremely important theological writer and theorist, was also simply the best orator in 17th century France, and he created the form of the "Orasion Funebres" of which he was undisputed master, not even rivaled by Flechier. Hardcover. 5"x8", cxxxvi + 209 + 321 [2] pages, with several nice decorated head and tailpieces bound in full period mottled calf, with marbled endpapers. Covers somewhat soiled and worn, especially the spine which is flaking a bit. A little internal soil and a bit of toning.

Inventory #: 9726
Price: $ 150.00       




Mairan, Jean Jacques d'Ortous de. Traite Physique et Historique de l'Aurore Bore'ale. Paris l'Imprimerie Royale: 1733. The first edition of a classic and beautiful work on the Aurora Borealis.Mairan (1678-1771) believed the phenomena to be attributable to "zodiacal light" and an extension of the Sun's atmosphere into our own. The plates, which were engraved by Philippe Simonneau, illustrate declinations as well as a number of views of the lights, with views of the lights at Giessen on the 17th of February, 1721, and Brevillepont on the 26th of September, 1726, the 19th of October, 1726 and the 6th of September, 1731. The problem of illustrating light with the engraver's tool is a daunting one, but Simonneau has created a series of evocative, vivid impressions. Mairan was an interesting man, a member of the Academie Royale des Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society in London, with a wide circle of correspondence. He wrote a popular treatise on the formation of ice, and became interested in ancient China and Egypt, theorizing that the ancient Egyptians had established a colony in China. This book, the first major study of the Aurora, was reissued in 1754 with two additional plates. Hardcover. 8"x10", [8] 281, [i] pages, 15 engraved folding plates bound in full period polished calf with gilt spine decorations, marbled endpapers. With a handsome engraved armorial bookplate (unidentified) and a small, modern label. Some separation along the front hinge, but the cords are tight.

Inventory #: 2628
Price: $ 1500.00       




Nobbes, Robert. The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling, With A Description of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling, and Materials requisite thereto: With Rules and Directions how to use them. As Also A Brief Account of most of the Principal Rivers in England. By a Lover of the Sport. London printed by T. James for Tho. Holder at the Angel in Little Britain: 1682. 1st edition. A popular early work. Although not the earliest English work on fishing, Nobbes' work is one of the most popular, and Nobbes has been called "the Father of trollers". Republished in 1770 and again in 1805, the 1770 edition is especially troubling as it was a "facsimile". However, a comparison of copies at the Houghton Library at Harvard confirms this as a second issue of the first edition. Hardcover. 3.5"x6", [17] 78 [2] pages several woodcut illustrations in the text. 1 page list of other books published by Helder on the last page. Bound in old full leather with gilt dentelles and an elaborately blindstamped spine engraved bookplates of James Walsh and Henry A. Sherwin ownership label of H.S. Smith another ownership label removed from the endpaper. Covers with some wear and rubbing contents a bit browned, with a small stain running down the upper portion of the outer margin pages pressed newer endpapers front endpaper detached but present title page supplied with neatly inked light red/brown rules around the margins and underlining the title which acutally looks quite handsome.

Inventory #: 1017
Price: $ 2500.00       




Pelliot, Marianne. Verres Anciens. Paris Editions G. van Oest:1929. A rather scarce and beautifully produced survey of outstanding 18th century European engraved and enameled glass, some of it Russian, from private collections. Duncan notes: "Describes glasses hidden in private collections notably those of G. Moser-Millot Alexander Popov Zolonitzky Madame Wannieck Madame Felix Lemaire and Madame Lucien Sauphar also glasses in the Museum Pierre Stchoukine, Moscow". The text includes an essay on Russian glass. This is followed by the 48 plates, each of which is fully described. An elegant collection of fine antique European decorated glass. Hardcover. 10"x13", 153 pages plus 48 b/w plates. Original softcovers bound into a very handsome gilt-decorated quarter leather binding which is fairly new but done in an authentic 18th century style. A very handsome copy and binding.

Inventory #: 16851
Price: $ 550.00       




Thiers, Jean-Baptiste. Histoire des Perruques, Ou l'on fait voir Leur origine, leur usage, leur forme, l'abus & l'irregularite de celles des Ecclesiastiques. Avignon Chez Louis Chambeau:1779. An interesting early history of wigs and their use and abuse the actual main purpose of the book, when it was first published in 1690, was to criticize the abuse of wigs by clerics and other theologians (an outspoken religious writer, Thiers penned over 30 other works on religious subjects of his day). This study was popular enough to be translated into Italian in 1702 and German in 1712. Another French edition was evidently published in 1777. 4.25"x7", xxii, [i], 441 pages several decorative woodcut head and tailpieces. Bound in full 19th century mottled polished calf with a red spine label and elaborate gilt spine decorations engraved bookplate of Louis Batigne covers with some rubbing, front hinge very tender contents fine except for some soil on the title page.

Inventory #: 29000
Price: $ 300.00       



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