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  • Preparation of Leather
    1. Die Kunst Saffianleder zu bereiten. 2. Die Kunst Das Leder auf Ungarische Art zu bereiten. 3. Die Kunst des Weissgerbers, welcher die Felle ohne Oel zurichtet. by LALANDE, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de (1732-1807)
    LALANDE, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de (1732-1807)
    1. Die Kunst Saffianleder zu bereiten. 2. Die Kunst Das Leder auf Ungarische Art zu bereiten. 3. Die Kunst des Weissgerbers, welcher die Felle ohne Oel zurichtet.

    [Leipzig : Kanter 1767]. 3 parts in 1 vol, 4to, 18 leaves, 1 fold. plate, + 22 leaves, 1 fold. plate, + 32 leaves, 2 fold. plates, divisional title-pages only, later mottled brown paper wrappers.
    Extracted from “Schauplatz der Kunste und Handwerke”, Berlin, Leipzig, etc 1762 -1805, which was a German translation of the “Description des Arts et Metiers” published by the Academie des sciences, Paris 1761-89. The original French titles are :- Maroquinier (Morocco-leather tanner), Hongroyeur (Hungarian-leather tanner), and Megissier (Leather tawer).
    This German translation was issued over more than forty years by a variety of publishers in, successively, Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Nurnberg, and again Berlin. It is very much rarer than the French original.

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  • A Bibliography of Books on Conjuring in English from 1580 to 1850. by HALL, Trevor H
    HALL, Trevor H
    A Bibliography of Books on Conjuring in English from 1580 to 1850.

    Lepton [W. Yorks.] : The Palmyra Press. 1957. First English Edition, limited to 250 copies.
    Royal 8vo, front. 96 pp, 18 half-tone plates, orig. cloth-backed paper boards, dust wrapper, numbered and signed by the author, mint condition.

    With collations.

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  • WHITEHEAD, William (1715-1785)
    A Charge to the Poets. By William Whitehead, Esq. Poet Laureat.

    London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley... 1762. First Edition.
    4to. pp. 23 (inc. 1/2-title), modern grey paper bds.
    “His productions as poet laureate met with much unfriendly comment, to which he replied in ‘A Charge to the Poets’...[D.N.B.]

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  • Geology
    A Chemical Analysis of Three Species of Whinstone, and Two of Lava... From the Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. by KENNEDY, Robert MD, FRS, FAS Edin.
    KENNEDY, Robert MD, FRS, FAS Edin.
    A Chemical Analysis of Three Species of Whinstone, and Two of Lava... From the Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

    [Edinburgh? ; c. 1799]. Large 4to, title-page (1 leaf, verso blank) text pps 1-23, inscribed in ink on title “Mr. Thomson From the Author”, uncut, a little dust staining to some deckle edges, modern grey paper boards, printed paper label.
    An offprint of a paper read before the Society on 3. December 1798.
    “Whinstone” is a term used in the quarrying industry to describe any hard dark-coloured rock. Examples include the igneous rocks basalt and dolerite as well as the sedimentary rock chert. It is common in the Pentland Hills.

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  • Wilkes publishes in Paris
    [WILKES, John (1725-1797)]
    A Complete Collection of the Genuine Papers, Letters, &c. in the Case of John Wilkes Esq: Late Member for Aylesbury...

    Paris : Chez J.W. Imprimeur, rue du Colombier Fauxburgh, St. Germain, à l’Hotel de Saxe. 1767. Cr. 8vo, [A]4, B-S8, [2], iv, 272 pp, (lacking 1/2-title), cont. sprinkled calf , gilt spine, joints expertly repaired, unidentified armorial bookplate.
    “The editor’s residing a few Miles from Paris, will, ‘tis hoped, be an Excuse with the Candid for the Errors of the Press.” - Preface. For several years after the publication of the notorious Number 45 of the North Briton Wilkes spent a large part of his time abroad as a fugitive, principally in Paris. He is known to have been there for most of 1767 and despite the somewhat transparent attempt to remain anonymous in the preface it is…

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    Paris : Chez J.W. Imprimeur, rue du Colombier Fauxburgh, St. Germain, à l’Hotel de Saxe. 1767. Cr. 8vo, [A]4, B-S8, [2], iv, 272 pp, (lacking 1/2-title), cont. sprinkled calf , gilt spine, joints expertly repaired, unidentified armorial bookplate.
    “The editor’s residing a few Miles from Paris, will, ‘tis hoped, be an Excuse with the Candid for the Errors of the Press.” - Preface. For several years after the publication of the notorious Number 45 of the North Briton Wilkes spent a large part of his time abroad as a fugitive, principally in Paris. He is known to have been there for most of 1767 and despite the somewhat transparent attempt to remain anonymous in the preface it is almost certain that he was the editor of these letters, as well as the “J.W.Imprimeur” of the imprint.

    A rare book, and the first book I have come across for a long time still priced in my grandfather’s hand. (not the price I am offering it at!)
    Reference: Rothschild Catalogue 2567

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  • SYKES. Arthur Ashley (1684?- 1756)
    A Defence of the Dissertation on the Eclipse Mentioned by Phlegon: Wherein is further shewn, That the Eclipse had no Relation to the Darkness which happened at our Saviour’s Passion: And Mr. Whiston’s Observations are particularly considered

    London : Printed for James and John Knapton, at the Crown in Ludgate-Street, 1732. 8vo, viii, 77. [3] pp, (ads), disbound.
    The author, a well-known controvertialist, is here refuting William Whiston’s pamphlet on the same subject.

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  • The Prince of Orange calls Parliament
    ANON
    A Discourse Concerning the Nature, Power, and Proper Effects Of the Present Conventions in Both Kingdoms Called by the Prince of Orange. In a Letter to a Friend

    London : Printed for J.L. and are to be Sold by Richard Baldwin, near the Black Bull, in the Old Bailey. 1689. Small 4to, A-B4, C2, [2], 18 pp, disbound
    Convention. I.5. Eng. Hist. An assembly of the Houses of Parliament, without the summons of the Sovereign; as that of 1660 which restored Charles II, and that of 1688 which declared the throne abdicated by James II. - Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. The author is favourable to the Prince of Orange.
    Reference: Wing D 1588

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  • SYKES. Arthur Ashley (1684?- 1756)
    A Dissertation on the Eclipse Mentioned by Phlegon. Or, An Enquiry Whether that Eclipse had Any Relation to the Darkness which happened at our Saviour’s Passion.

    London : Printed for James and John Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1732. 8vo, 100 pp, disbound.
    The author, a well-known controvertialist, is here refuting William Whiston’s pamphlet on the same subject.

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  • Boyle reaches his maturity as a philosopher
    A Free Enquiry Into the Vulgarly Receiv’d Notion of Nature; Made in an Essay, Address’d to a Friend. By R.B. Fellow of the Royal Society. by BOYLE, Hon. Robert, (1627-1691)
    BOYLE, Hon. Robert, (1627-1691)
    A Free Enquiry Into the Vulgarly Receiv’d Notion of Nature; Made in an Essay, Address’d to a Friend. By R.B. Fellow of the Royal Society.

    London : Printed by H. Clark, for John Taylor at the Globe in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1685/6. First Edition
    8vo, A8, a4, B-Z, Aa-Dd8, lacking the inserted leaf of adverts after a4 but has final advert leaf (Dd7), Dd8 is blank but possibly not genuine, worm trough in gutter of last 2 gatherings not affecting text, contemporary calf, blind-tooled with double-fillet borders and small sunflower in each corner, neatly rebacked. morocco label, a good copy. Rare.
    Provenance : 1). Inscription on f.f. e-p. “Jo. Middleton ....? Ano. 1686 pret. 3s.9d” 2). Inscription on f.f.e-p. “Willm. Fox his Book. June 13 1748. given me by RB.” and his signature “Willm Fox, Warwick” at head of title. 3). Inscription…

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    London : Printed by H. Clark, for John Taylor at the Globe in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1685/6. First Edition
    8vo, A8, a4, B-Z, Aa-Dd8, lacking the inserted leaf of adverts after a4 but has final advert leaf (Dd7), Dd8 is blank but possibly not genuine, worm trough in gutter of last 2 gatherings not affecting text, contemporary calf, blind-tooled with double-fillet borders and small sunflower in each corner, neatly rebacked. morocco label, a good copy. Rare.
    Provenance : 1). Inscription on f.f. e-p. “Jo. Middleton ....? Ano. 1686 pret. 3s.9d” 2). Inscription on f.f.e-p. “Willm. Fox his Book. June 13 1748. given me by RB.” and his signature “Willm Fox, Warwick” at head of title. 3). Inscription on title “Thos. Bunn his Book 1761” 4). Signature on title “Charles Leonard’s 1768”. 5). 19th century engraved bookplate of Spring Hill College Library inscribed “Mathematical Lecture Room” on front pastedown. 6). Stamp of Mansfield College Library Oxford. 7). Pencilled collation note of Alan Thomas dated 1980.

    After thirty years of experimentation and observation of natural phenomena Boyle appears in this thoughtful treatise to have reached his maturity as a philosopher.” - Fulton. This, perhaps the most important of Boyle’s philosophical writings, is, in the truest sense, a discourse upon the ‘nature of things’.
    Reference: Wing B3979 Fulton 170

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  • Heraldry and Numismatics
    A History of the College of Arms, and the lives of all the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants, from the reign of Richard III... until the Present Time. bound with - --------- Two Dissertations upon the Mint and Coins of the Episcopal-Palatines of Durham... by Mark Noble, Gent. by NOBLE, rev. Mark (1754-1827)
    NOBLE, rev. Mark (1754-1827)
    A History of the College of Arms, and the lives of all the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants, from the reign of Richard III... until the Present Time. bound with - --------- Two Dissertations upon the Mint and Coins of the Episcopal-Palatines of Durham... by Mark Noble, Gent.

    London : For J. Debrett... 1804 Birmingham : ... By Pearson & Rollason... 1780. Two works bound in one volume, 4to, 6ff, 449, [1], lxii pp, 1f, and 4 eng. ports. + vi, 91 pp with numerous engravings in text, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, armorial bookplate of Howard-Vyse. A clean sound copy.

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  • A LETTER FROM THE BISHOP OF ROCHESTER, To the Right Honourable The Earl of Dorset and Middlesex, Lord Chamberlain of His Majesties Household, Concerning his Sitting in the late Ecclesiastical Commission. by [SPRAT, Thomas (1635-1713)]
    [SPRAT, Thomas (1635-1713)]
    A LETTER FROM THE BISHOP OF ROCHESTER, To the Right Honourable The Earl of Dorset and Middlesex, Lord Chamberlain of His Majesties Household, Concerning his Sitting in the late Ecclesiastical Commission.

    [London] In the Savoy: Printed by Edw. Jones 1688. Small 4to, A-B4, C2, 20pp, top corner missing from A4 affecting 2 words but not legibility), disbound.
    Reference: Wing S5033 ESTC R24609

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  • “... beats everything for madness, horrid indecency, and folly and yet has some charming and striking passages”
    HERVEY, Hon. Thomas (1699-1775)
    A Letter from the Hon. Thomas Hervey, to Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart. The Third Edition.

    London : Printed for J. J. and sold by C. C. in Fleet-street, 1753. 8vo, [-]1, B-H4, I3, [2], 62 pp, disbound.
    Hervey, described in DNB as an ‘eccentric pamphleteer’, in 1737 eloped with Elizabeth, second wife of his godfather, Thomas Hanmer. When she died in 1741 he published the present “Letter to Sir Thomas Hanmer”, notorious as a thoroughly scurrilous piece of work full of indescreet accusations. The experience of publication proved infectious and for the rest of his life he continued to publish on the theme of injustices suffered, either at the hands of his family or the courts.
    In Horace Walpole's opinion Hervey's pamphleteering style ‘beats everything for madness, horrid indecency, and folly, and yet has some charming and striking passages’.

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  • No need for the red coats
    A Letter on the Defence of England, by Corps of Volunteers and Militia. Addressed to the Members of Parliament. by NAPIER, Sir Charles James (1782-1853)
    NAPIER, Sir Charles James (1782-1853)
    A Letter on the Defence of England, by Corps of Volunteers and Militia. Addressed to the Members of Parliament.

    London : Edward Moxon, Dover Street. 1852. 8vo, 28 pp, stab-stitched without wrappers as issued, slightly dust-soiled.
    “As to dress; for you, gentlemen, the red is not necessary; you are defending your country, and your moral feelings want no stimulus. To us, regular soldiers, fighting in foreign countries, oppressed by destroying heat and protracted campaigns, that pride in our red coat, which strikes terror into an enemy, is important. For you, the best dress would be your own shooting jackets and leathern gaiters. The danger that calls on England to arm, does not demand pretty dresses, but deeds of arms”.

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  • “The birth of the legend of the natural enmity between France and England”
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    A Letter to a Member of the House of Commons, Relating to the Treaty of Peace Concluded at Vienna the 16th Day of March last, N.S. With Remarks On the said Treaty.

    London: Printed for C.Davies, and sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster. 1731. 8vo, 47, [1] pp, (p.3 mis-numbered 1), v. light browning, disbound.
    This treaty marked the collapse of the Anglo-French Alliance (1727-1731), the beginning of the Anglo-Austrian Entente and the birth of the legend of the natural enmity between France and England. The Treaty pitted France and Spain on one side against Great Britain and Austria on the other.
    Reference: Goldsmiths’ 6914

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  • Accusations of medical incompetence
    DOUGLAS, William M.D.
    A Letter to Dr. Thomson, In Answer to the Case of the Right Honourable Thomas Winnington Esq;

    London : Printed for J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane. 1746. 8vo, 27, [1] pp, uncut, disbound
    A notorious case in which Winnington (he lived at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire), a promising politician of an exceedingly strong constitution, was excessively purged and bled by his doctor while treating a feverish cold and died of the cure!

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  • [SOMERVILLE, Alexander (1811-85)]
    A Letter to the Farmers of England, on the Relationship of Manufactures and Agriculture. By One Who Has Whistled at the Plough.

    London: James Ridgeway, Piccadilly. 1843. 8vo, 16pp, 2 woodcuts of horse-drawn ploughs on title-page, disbound
    The author, a soldier and journalist was employed by the Anti-Corn Law League after Rochard Cobden read his articles signed ‘One who has whistled at the plough’ and was ‘struck by the graphic force’ of his writing. For a full account of his life see the DNB.
    Reference: Goldsmiths’ Library Cat. 33194

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  • Large-scale Lancashire
    A Map of the County Palatine of Lancaster Divided into Hundreds and Parishes from an accurate Survey made in the Years 1828 and 1829. by HENNET, George surveyor
    HENNET, George surveyor
    A Map of the County Palatine of Lancaster Divided into Hundreds and Parishes from an accurate Survey made in the Years 1828 and 1829.

    London: Published by Henry Teesdale & Co., 302 High Holborn. May 1. 1830. Large folding map, (1160 x 1640mm), full original colouring, dissected and mounted on linen, edged in green cloth, a little light offsetting but generally very clean, contained in the original pull-off slipcase in tree calf, marbled edges, morocco spine label, somewhat rubbed.
    A fine map of the county in a scale of 3/4 inch to 1 mile, engraved by J. Bayley.

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  • “...the earliest complete treatise on all branches of agriculture”
    A New and Complete System of Practical Husbandry; Containing All that Experience has proved to be the most useful in Farming, Either in the Old or New Method; With a Comparative View of Both; And whatever is beneficial to the Husbandman, or conducive to the Ornament and Improvement of the Country Gentleman’s Estate by MILLS, John F.R.S. (d. 1784?)
    MILLS, John F.R.S. (d. 1784?)
    A New and Complete System of Practical Husbandry; Containing All that Experience has proved to be the most useful in Farming, Either in the Old or New Method; With a Comparative View of Both; And whatever is beneficial to the Husbandman, or conducive to the Ornament and Improvement of the Country Gentleman’s Estate

    London : Baldwin, Johnston (et al), or For the Author... 1762-5. First Edition
    5 vols, 8vo, [v.1] eng. front., 1f, xxii pp, pps 3-483 + 8 fold. plates, [v.2] 1f, xv, [1], 437 pp + fold. table and 7 fold. plates (Directions to Binder call for 6 only), [v.3] 1f, xiipp, pps 3-467, [1] p, [v.4] 1f, xiipp, pps 3-465, [1] p, [v.5] 1f, xiv (misnumbered “v”), 342, xcviii pp, title printed in red and black, contemporary calf, double fillet borders in gilt, mor. labels, some joints cracked but cords sound, abraided hole to spine of vol.1, slight wear to some heads, a good set. Book-label of “J.S. Harrison. Brandsburton Hall”
    J.G. Alger, writing in the D.N.B.…

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    London : Baldwin, Johnston (et al), or For the Author... 1762-5. First Edition
    5 vols, 8vo, [v.1] eng. front., 1f, xxii pp, pps 3-483 + 8 fold. plates, [v.2] 1f, xv, [1], 437 pp + fold. table and 7 fold. plates (Directions to Binder call for 6 only), [v.3] 1f, xiipp, pps 3-467, [1] p, [v.4] 1f, xiipp, pps 3-465, [1] p, [v.5] 1f, xiv (misnumbered “v”), 342, xcviii pp, title printed in red and black, contemporary calf, double fillet borders in gilt, mor. labels, some joints cracked but cords sound, abraided hole to spine of vol.1, slight wear to some heads, a good set. Book-label of “J.S. Harrison. Brandsburton Hall”
    J.G. Alger, writing in the D.N.B. regards this as the authors chief work, stating that “It was the earliest complete treatise on all branches of agriculture, and contains the first mention of the potato as grown in fields”. In 1766 Mills was elected F.R.S.
    Reference: Fussell : More O.E. Farming Books. pp 47-50

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  • With titles bestowed by Cromwell
    [WALKLEY, Thomas d. 1658?]
    A New Catalogue of The Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, Viscounts, Barons, of England, Scotland and Ireland, with the times of their Creations. Also, The Baronets, with the Dates of their Patents..... Whereunto is Added, All the Honours that His Highnesse the Lord Protector hath bestowed since He began his Government, to this present. Collected by T. W.

    London ; Printed for Tho: Walkley, 1658. Cr. 8vo, A4, B-M8, (lacking A1 blank), [6], 175, [1] pp, a few marginal amendments in an early hand, on 3 pages at the end is added in manuscript “A List of all the Counties & Boroughs in Ireland wch make returns of Parliamt. men”, old calf-backed marbled boards, vellum corners, sound. Armorial bookplate of “David Rochfort” on front pastedown and his signature on title-page.
    First published in 1628 as A most exact catalogue of the nobilitie of England, Scotland and Ireland, the present edition has the added interest of lists of those ennobled by Oliver Cromwell, as well as those by Charles I from 4th January 1641 till he fled Oxford on 27 April 1646.
    Reference: Wing W465 ESTC R212683

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  • An adding machine... and Mr Babbage among the subscribers
    A New Century of Inventions: Being Designs & Descriptions of One Hundred Machines, Relating to Arts, Manufactures, and Domestic Life.... Second Edition. by WHITE, James engineer
    WHITE, James engineer
    A New Century of Inventions: Being Designs & Descriptions of One Hundred Machines, Relating to Arts, Manufactures, and Domestic Life.... Second Edition.

    Manchester: Printed for the Author, by Leech and Cheetham... and sold by W. and W. Clarke... et al 1822. 4to, 394, [10] pp, 50 eng. plates, some browning and offsetting, uncut and occasionally unopened, modern half calf, marbled bds. sound.
    Rare.
    “This Work then, treats less of Theory than Practice... although I shall offer nothing contrary to sound theory, I do not consider that as my subject; but make it my business to present rational methods of producing useful effects. - In other words to describe these Inventions as connected with immediate Practice” - from the Preface. The detailed descriptions include the adding machine, air pump, lithographic or copperplate press, cotton machine, power wheel (turned by hot…

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    Manchester: Printed for the Author, by Leech and Cheetham... and sold by W. and W. Clarke... et al 1822. 4to, 394, [10] pp, 50 eng. plates, some browning and offsetting, uncut and occasionally unopened, modern half calf, marbled bds. sound.
    Rare.
    “This Work then, treats less of Theory than Practice... although I shall offer nothing contrary to sound theory, I do not consider that as my subject; but make it my business to present rational methods of producing useful effects. - In other words to describe these Inventions as connected with immediate Practice” - from the Preface. The detailed descriptions include the adding machine, air pump, lithographic or copperplate press, cotton machine, power wheel (turned by hot air), dynamometer, and some 94 others. In view of the presence of an Adding Machine, it is interesting to note that a Mr. Babbage appears among the subscribers.

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