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  • The dramatic moment in the best known legend in American literature
    RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939) illustrator and Washington IRVING (1783-1859)
    “They Crowded round him, eyeing him from Head to Foot with Great Curiosity”

    1960. Original watercolour drawing (330 x 270 mm) of Rip Van Winkle, on his return from his twenty years asleep in the Catskills, surrounded by curious villagers outside the General Washington Inn (formerly the King George III Inn!), signed bottom left “Arthur Rackham ‘05” Framed and glazed in the original Leicester Galleries frame with their ticket on the back. (see below)
    “But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle...This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period...” [Hudson p.57] An innovation which produced enormous advance publicity for the publishers was the exhibition of the original drawings at The…

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    1960. Original watercolour drawing (330 x 270 mm) of Rip Van Winkle, on his return from his twenty years asleep in the Catskills, surrounded by curious villagers outside the General Washington Inn (formerly the King George III Inn!), signed bottom left “Arthur Rackham ‘05” Framed and glazed in the original Leicester Galleries frame with their ticket on the back. (see below)
    “But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle...This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period...” [Hudson p.57] An innovation which produced enormous advance publicity for the publishers was the exhibition of the original drawings at The Leicester Galleries; the deluxe edition of the book was fully subscribed before the exhibition closed.
    This is much more than just a very fine Rackham watercolour; it is an iconic moment in one of the great stories of world literature. Rip van Winkle is known throughout the English-speaking world and beyond as the man who slept for twenty years. One day, to escape his nagging wife he wanders off into his native Catskill mountains in New York State and falls asleep. He awakes to discover shocking changes. His musket is rotting and rusty, his beard is a foot long, and his dog is nowhere to be found. Van Winkle returns to his village where he recognizes no one. He discovers that his wife has died and that his close friends have fallen in a war or moved away. He gets into trouble when he proclaims himself a loyal subject of King George III, not aware that the American Revolution has taken place. King George's portrait in the inn has been replaced with one of George Washington. And here he is, a bewildered Rip, sleep still in his eyes, outside what is now the General Washington Inn surrounded by villagers he doesn’t recognise.
    Reference: Hudson, Derek : Arthur Rackham His Life and Work. N.Y. 1960

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  • Preparation of Leather
    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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  • 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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  • BLAKELY, Capt. Theophilus Alexander
    A Few Remarks on the Science of Gunnery. Second Edition.

    London : James Ridgeway, Piccadilly. 1857. 8vo, 35, [1] pp, 6 plates, five of them folding, stab-stitched, original printed wrappers, uncut , some dust-staining.
    Reference: Riling : Guns and Shooting. A Bibliography. 1951. no. 654 calling for 2 plates in error.

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  • Boyle reaches his maturity as a philosopher
    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
    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 Leaf from the 1583 Dodoens Herbal printed by Christopher Plantin. With a short essay by Carey S. Bliss by BLISS, Carey S.
    BLISS, Carey S.
    A Leaf from the 1583 Dodoens Herbal printed by Christopher Plantin. With a short essay by Carey S. Bliss

    San Francisco : [Printed by Grant Dahlstrom for] The Book Club of California 1977. Edition Limited to 385 copies
    Folio, 4ff, 28pp, 2ff (penultimate blank), with an original leaf from Dodoens Herbal, 1583, tipped in, original prospectus laid in loose, publisher’s decorated buckram

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  • This leaf with a watermark
    ADAMS, Jeremy Duquesnay and John L. Sharpe III
    A Leaf from the Letters of St. Jerome First Printed by Sixtus Riessinger, Rome c.1466-1467. With an historical essay by Jeremy Duquesnay Adams and a bibliographical essay by John L. Sharpe III. Edited by Bennett Gilbert

    Los Angeles - London : Zeitlin & Ver Brugge - H.M.Fletcher 1981. Folio, 30pps, specimen leaf printed by Riessinger inserted in pocket at end, quarter vellum, marbled boards. As new.
    Though there are still a number of tantalising questions to be answered, this important piece of research does establish beyond reasonable doubt that Riessinger printed his edition of Jerome at Rome before Sweynheim and Pannartz arrived from Subiaco. It is therefore both the earliest known book printed in Rome and the editio princeps of Jerome’s Letters. The leaf in this copy [No. 120] has a watermark which may repay further investigation.
    The colophon states that - “300 copies Set in Monotype Janson and Printed Letterpress on Frankfurt…

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    Los Angeles - London : Zeitlin & Ver Brugge - H.M.Fletcher 1981. Folio, 30pps, specimen leaf printed by Riessinger inserted in pocket at end, quarter vellum, marbled boards. As new.
    Though there are still a number of tantalising questions to be answered, this important piece of research does establish beyond reasonable doubt that Riessinger printed his edition of Jerome at Rome before Sweynheim and Pannartz arrived from Subiaco. It is therefore both the earliest known book printed in Rome and the editio princeps of Jerome’s Letters. The leaf in this copy [No. 120] has a watermark which may repay further investigation.
    The colophon states that - “300 copies Set in Monotype Janson and Printed Letterpress on Frankfurt Cream Paper by Patrick Reagh and Vance Gerry, Los Angeles, California June 1981.” This was certainly our intention, but various production mishaps meant that the final number was closer to 200 copies.
    Reference: [Goff H-163 HC *8550 BMC IV 27 ]

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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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  • 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”
    ANON
    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
    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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