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  • Piscatorie Eclogs much admired by Isaac Walton
    The Purple Island, or The Isle of Man: Together with Piscatorie Eclogs and other Poeticall Miscellanies. by P.F. by [FLETCHER Phineas (1582-1650)]
    [FLETCHER Phineas (1582-1650)]
    The Purple Island, or The Isle of Man: Together with Piscatorie Eclogs and other Poeticall Miscellanies. by P.F.

    Cambridge : Printed by the Printers to the Universitie... 1633. First Edition
    Small 4to, ¶-¶¶4, A-Z4, [-]2, A-M4, O-R4 (M3&4 signed N1&2) ¶1, Z4 and [-]1 blanks and lacking, title in red and black within a border of type ornaments, rubricated printer’s device ( McKerrow 416b) on title and a larger version (McKerrow 327) at the end of each Canto, separate title to “Piscatorie Eclogs” within same border, with printer’s device (McKerrow 327), general title washed, tear in ¶4 mended without loss, early 20c. blue morocco, triple-fillet gilt borders, fully gilt spine, turn-ins with a floral roll in gilt, a.e.g., fine.
    Fletcher's Eclogs on fishing and young fishermen are some of the earliest of their genre and…

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    Cambridge : Printed by the Printers to the Universitie... 1633. First Edition
    Small 4to, ¶-¶¶4, A-Z4, [-]2, A-M4, O-R4 (M3&4 signed N1&2) ¶1, Z4 and [-]1 blanks and lacking, title in red and black within a border of type ornaments, rubricated printer’s device ( McKerrow 416b) on title and a larger version (McKerrow 327) at the end of each Canto, separate title to “Piscatorie Eclogs” within same border, with printer’s device (McKerrow 327), general title washed, tear in ¶4 mended without loss, early 20c. blue morocco, triple-fillet gilt borders, fully gilt spine, turn-ins with a floral roll in gilt, a.e.g., fine.
    Fletcher's Eclogs on fishing and young fishermen are some of the earliest of their genre and were much admired by Isaac Walton.
    “The break in the signature sequence and the corresponding gap in the pagination are apparently the result of miscalculation when the copy was divided between compositors. The signatures of M3 and 4 indicate that the error was noticed” - Pforzheimer Catalogue 376

    Reference: STC 11082

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  • [BUCKINGHAM, George Villiers, 2nd Duke of (1628-87)]
    The rehearsal, As it was Acted at the Theatre-Royal.

    London : printed for Thomas Dring, at the White-Lyon, next Chancery-lane end in Fleet-street, 1673. Second Edition
    Small 4to, [-]2, B-H4, corners of 3 lls frayed without loss, some browning throughout, modern 1/4 red morocco, marbled bds.
    An amusing and clever satire on the heroic drama and especially on Dryden's The Conquest of Granada.
    Reference: ESTC R37484 Wing B5324

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  • One of the largest civil engineering projects of the eighteenth century
    The Report of John Smeaton Engineer and F.R.S. concerning The Practicality and Expence of joining the Rivers Forth and Clyde by a Navigable Canal, and thereby to join the East Sea with the West. With a Map of the Country and a Plan of the Canal.... by SMEATON, John F.R.S. (1724-92)
    SMEATON, John F.R.S. (1724-92)
    The Report of John Smeaton Engineer and F.R.S. concerning The Practicality and Expence of joining the Rivers Forth and Clyde by a Navigable Canal, and thereby to join the East Sea with the West. With a Map of the Country and a Plan of the Canal....

    Edinburgh: Printed by Balfour, Auld and Smellie; For John Balfour Bookseller. 1767. First Edition
    4to, [-]1, A-E4, 1 leaf, 35, [5] pp, two folding maps, the “General Map of the Country...” with some staining and off-setting strengthened in the folds, “Plan of the Canal...” washed and backed with tissue, some foxing throughout the text, modern paper boards. The Liverpool Library copy with a discreet stamp on title and plates.
    The Forth and Clyde was Smeaton’s largest project, indeed it was one of the largest civil engineering undertakings of the eighteenth century, and Britain’s first watershed canal, 28 miles long. This report was written in 1764 but printing delayed till 1767; and by the time it was finally built (1768-90), although the route remained the same the terminations had been modified.

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  • Review copy
    The Rescue. A Melodrama for Broadcasting based on Homer’s Odyssey. Orchestral Score by Benjamin Britten. With six illustrations to the text by Henry Moore. by SACKVILLE-WEST, Edward (1901-1965) and Henry MOORE, illustrator
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Edward (1901-1965) and Henry MOORE, illustrator
    The Rescue. A Melodrama for Broadcasting based on Homer’s Odyssey. Orchestral Score by Benjamin Britten. With six illustrations to the text by Henry Moore.

    London : Secker and Warburg. [1945]. Limited Edition to 850 copies.
    8vo, 96 pp, 6 illustrations in colour, printed on handmade paper, uncut, original cloth, dustwrapper slightly chipped at head and foot of spine, otherwise fine.
    Limitation statement marked “Review copy”

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  • The Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp. Ghosts, Phantoms and Spectres by OLDHAM, W. J.
    OLDHAM, W. J.
    The Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp. Ghosts, Phantoms and Spectres

    [Sparkford, Somerset] : G.T. Foulis. [1974]. First Edition
    4to, (vi), 262, [10] pp, 96 pages of plates, publisher’s binding (?rexine), dust wrapper slightly dusty at edges, otherwise a good copy.
    “Here for the first time is a fully documented history of each of the four models of the Rolls-Royce 40/50hp” - (Publisher’s blurb)

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  • ANON.
    The Roman Wonder. Being the Truth Confest by Papists. Wherein The Clergy of the Church of England in their Charge of Heretical and Damnable Doctrines upon the Jesuits are fully and fairly Justified....

    London : Printed for Walter Kettilby... 1680. Folio, 2ff, 56 pp, uncut, disbound.
    Reference: Wing R 1893

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  • CAMPBELL, Sir Malcolm
    The Romantic Story of Motor-Racing.

    London : Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., n.d. [c.1937]. 8vo, frontis., 300 pp, 57 photos, 15 diagrams, orig. cloth faded, signature on fly-leaf.

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  • OUVRY, Col. Henry Aime translator
    The Russian Campaign of 1866. A Tactical Retrospect. Translated from the German by Col. H.A. Ouvry, C.B. [late 9th Lancers]

    London : Mitchell & Co. 39, Charing Cross. n.d. (1870). Second Edition
    8vo, viii, 89 pp, stab-stitched without wrappers as issued, last leaf trimmed at bottom margins and with minor repairs at sewing holes.
    Translated from an anonymous pamphlet entitled “Tacktische Ruckblicke auf 1866”
    Reference: COPAC located the BL copy only

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  • Unrecorded; alluded to in McKerrow & Ferguson
    The Safegard of Saylers: or, Great Rutter. Containing the Courses, Distances, Soundings, Flouds and Ebbes, with the Markes for the entring of sundry Harboroughs, both of England, France, Spaine, Ireland, Flaunders, and the Sounds of Denmarke, with Other Necessary Rules of Common Navigation. Translated... by Robert Norman... Newly Corrected with Discovery of a new Spits. by [ANTONISZOON, Cornelis (fl. 1490s)] and NORMAN, Robert (fl. 1590) translator
    [ANTONISZOON, Cornelis (fl. 1490s)] and NORMAN, Robert (fl. 1590) translator
    The Safegard of Saylers: or, Great Rutter. Containing the Courses, Distances, Soundings, Flouds and Ebbes, with the Markes for the entring of sundry Harboroughs, both of England, France, Spaine, Ireland, Flaunders, and the Sounds of Denmarke, with Other Necessary Rules of Common Navigation. Translated... by Robert Norman... Newly Corrected with Discovery of a new Spits.

    London: Printed by T.F. for G. Hurlock, and are to be sold at his Shop at St. Magnus-corner. 1647. Small 4to, A-S4, T2, title within an historiated woodcut border [McKerrow & Ferguson 302], (3), 142 pp, black letter, woodcut diagrams in text, disbound, preserved in a cloth folder and 1/4 morocco slip-case, engraved bookplate of “Harriet Aldrich and Winthrop Williams Aldrich”, fine
    An English translation of Cornelis Antoniszoon’s Het leeskaartboek van Wisbuy, it was first published in 1584 and went through at least 5 editions, all of which are rare. Wing lists only a copy of the 1671 edition at BL. This 1647 edition is unrecorded in all the usual catalogues. It is however alluded to in McKerrow & Ferguson (see above)
    Reference: Not in ESTC or Wing (See A3476A)

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  • PILCHER, Velona (1894-1952)
    The Searcher. A War Play. Reading Version. With nine Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton

    London : William Heinemann Ltd. [1929]. First Edition, limited to 1000 copies for sale in the United Kingdom.
    4to, [xiv], 84, [1] pp, text printed in red and black, 9 wood-engravings in the text, original publisher’s cloth, dust wrapper, inscription on front free endpaper “Cecil Bartlett Myers. February 17. 1931”, otherwise a fine copy.

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  • The Secret History of the October Club: From its Original to this Time. By a Member. by [DEFOE, Daniel (1661?-1731)]
    [DEFOE, Daniel (1661?-1731)]
    The Secret History of the October Club: From its Original to this Time. By a Member.

    London: Printed in the Year, 1711. First Edition
    Cr. 8vo, [iv], 86 pp, 1 leaf blank, originally stab-stitched, then bound, now disbound in plain paper wrappers, half-title a little dusty.
    The October Club was a Tory pressure group founded at the end of 1710 to demand the dismissal of all remainingWhigs from the cabinet and the impeachment of Godolphin and Wharton. The present pamphlet sketches political developments since the Revolution, showing how the October Club members are descendants of the nonjurors and high-flyers who emerged then.
    A second part was published later the same year, as well as several more editions of this first part.
    Reference: ESTC T66271 Furbank & Owens 117)P)

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  • Footnotes!
    The Shade of Alexander Pope on the Banks of the Thames. A Satirical Poem. With Notes. Occasioned chiefly, but not wholly, by the residence of Henry Grattan, Ex-Representative in Parliament for the City of Dublin, at Twickenham, in November, 1798. By the Author of The Pursuits of Literature. Second Edition. by [MATHIAS, Thomas James (1754?-1835)]
    [MATHIAS, Thomas James (1754?-1835)]
    The Shade of Alexander Pope on the Banks of the Thames. A Satirical Poem. With Notes. Occasioned chiefly, but not wholly, by the residence of Henry Grattan, Ex-Representative in Parliament for the City of Dublin, at Twickenham, in November, 1798. By the Author of The Pursuits of Literature. Second Edition.

    London : Printed for T. Beckett, Pall Mall. 1799. 8vo, [-]2, B8, B-E8, F4, [4], 86 pp, with hf-title, lacking advert. leaf at end (F4), hf-title a littles soiled, last 3 leaves foxed and frayed, uncut, stab-stitched as issued, modern blue paper wrappers, bookplate of Percival F. Hinton inside front wrapper.
    Mathias was a satirist who crossed swords with many of the eminent writer of his day. He held that literature is an important tool of government and was vehemently anti-catholic.
    Henry Grattan (1746-1820), Irish patriot politician and a champion of catholic emancipation, gained a reputation as "the most electrifying set-piece patriot orator in the [Irish] House of Commons”. In 1798 however, having travelled to England to…

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    London : Printed for T. Beckett, Pall Mall. 1799. 8vo, [-]2, B8, B-E8, F4, [4], 86 pp, with hf-title, lacking advert. leaf at end (F4), hf-title a littles soiled, last 3 leaves foxed and frayed, uncut, stab-stitched as issued, modern blue paper wrappers, bookplate of Percival F. Hinton inside front wrapper.
    Mathias was a satirist who crossed swords with many of the eminent writer of his day. He held that literature is an important tool of government and was vehemently anti-catholic.
    Henry Grattan (1746-1820), Irish patriot politician and a champion of catholic emancipation, gained a reputation as "the most electrifying set-piece patriot orator in the [Irish] House of Commons”. In 1798 however, having travelled to England to give evidence in the trial of Arthur O’Connor, he was in such low favour at home that he remained in England for the next two years. The present poem is remarkable for the size of its footnotes which must be approaching ten times the length of the poem. On page 44 for example begins a footnote attacking William Godwin and Mary Wollstoncraft which extends over the next ten pages, with its own footnotes: It reduces the poem to a single line per page.
    Reference: Halkett & Laing V. p.240

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  • The Sleeping Princess. Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony. With text by Nadia Benois, Arnold Haskell and Constant Lambert. by ANTHONY, Gordon
    ANTHONY, Gordon
    The Sleeping Princess. Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony. With text by Nadia Benois, Arnold Haskell and Constant Lambert.

    London : Geo. Routledge... 1940. Large 4to, 49pp, frontis. and 63 tipped-in photographure plates, original cloth, dust wrapper frayed, otherwise a good copy.

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  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. A Journey Through East Africa. by HUXLEY, Elspeth Joscelin (1907-97)
    HUXLEY, Elspeth Joscelin (1907-97)
    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. A Journey Through East Africa.

    London : Chatto & Windus. 1948. First Edition
    8vo, xviii, 366 pp, 32 photographic illustrations on 16 plates, original cloth, dust wrapper, d/w spine slightly darkened, otherwise fine.

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  • Jacobites guilty of high treason.
    YORKE, Philip First Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764)
    The Speech of the Right Honourable Philip Lord Hardwicke... Upon Giving Judgment against William Earl of Kilmarnock, George Earl of Cromartie, and Arthur Lord Balmerino; In Westminster-Hall, on Friday the First Day of August, 1746. Published by Order of the House of Peers.

    London: Printed for Samuel Billingsley, in Chancery-Lane. 1746. Folio, [iv], 8 pp, disbound
    William Boyd, 4th earl of Kilmarnock (1705-46), George Mackenzie, 3rd Earl of Cromarty (c.1703-1766) , and Arthur Elphinstone, 6th Lord Balmerino (1688-1746) were all Jacobites involved in the Forty-Five Rebellion. They were captured and sent to London where they were found guilty of high treason and condemned to death. Kilmarnock and Balmerino were hung, drawn and quartered, the latter defiant and unrepentant ensuring his place among jacobite heros, but Cromarty, possibly though the influence of his father-in-law at court, was granted a last minute reprieve.

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  • Oxford University
    [WILLES, Sir John (1685-1761)] attributed to
    The Speech That was intended to have been Spoken by the Terrae-filius, In the Theatre at O----d, July 13. 1713. Had not his Mouth been stopp’s by the V. Ch-------r.

    London : Printed and sold by E. Smith, in Cornhil. 1713 Price 6d. Sm. 8vo, [6], 30 pp (lacking 1/2-title), disbound.
    A satirical attack on Dr. Bernard Gardiner, Vice-Chancellor of All Souls College, Oxford.

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  • “...anticipates Pope’s New Dunciad”
    The State Dunces. Inscribed to Mr. Pope. by WHITEHEAD, Paul (1710-1774)
    WHITEHEAD, Paul (1710-1774)
    The State Dunces. Inscribed to Mr. Pope.

    London: Printed for W. Dickenson in Witch-Street. 1733. First Edition
    Folio, [-]1, B-E2, F1, [ii], 18 pp, disbound.
    Ascertained by Foxon (q.v.) to be the first of five editions dated 1733.
    “Whitehead's first notable satire, The State Dunces (June 1733), in heroic couplets, was inscribed to Pope and indebted to The Dunciad (1728–9), but in so far as Whitehead raises his sights to take in bishops, politicians, and, above all, Walpole, he anticipates Pope's New Dunciad (1742). Robert Dodsley bought the copyright for 10 guineas, prompting Johnson, who had a low opinion of Whitehead, to insist on no less for his London (1738).” -- ODNB
    Reference: Foxon W426

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  • The Story of Brooklands. The World’s First Motor Course. Compiled from the Official Records of the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club. Volume 1 [Vol 2, Vol 3] by BODDY, William (1913 - 2011)
    BODDY, William (1913 - 2011)
    The Story of Brooklands. The World’s First Motor Course. Compiled from the Official Records of the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club. Volume 1 [Vol 2, Vol 3]

    London : Grenville Publishing Company Ltd 15-17 City Road, E.C.1 [1948, ‘49, ‘50]. First Edition
    3 vols, cr. 8vo, Vol.1. [xvi], 272, 84 ills, Vol.2. [xvi], pps 289 - 544, 82 ills., Vol.3. [xvi], pps 561 - 800, 81 ills., publisher’s cloth, no dust wrappers, good condition.
    Bill Boddy, MBE was the editor of Motor Sport from 1936 to 1991. After 1991 he still contributed regularly to the magazine, continuing a career that lasted eighty-one years.

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  • The Story of Triumph Sports Cars by ROBSON, Graham
    ROBSON, Graham
    The Story of Triumph Sports Cars

    [London] : Motor Racing Publications. [1972]. First Edition
    4to, 189 pp, text illustrations throughout, original boards, dust wrapper, as new.

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  • A masterpiece of early topographical literature
    The Survey of Cornwall by CAREW, Richard (1555-1620)
    CAREW, Richard (1555-1620)
    The Survey of Cornwall

    London : Printed by S. S[tafford] for John Jaggard, and are to bee sold neere Temple-barre, and the signe of the Hand and Starre. 1602. First Edition
    Small 4to, [para.]4, A2, B-Z, Aa-Ss4, Tt2, lacking blank first leaf, sig, A (Table to First Part) misbound between Bb3 and Bb4, gutter of first 5 leaves strengthened, cropped at head touching many headlines, occasionally with loss, pale waterstains to c. 20 leaves, indistinct embossed stamp on title page of The Library of Yorkshire Archeological Society [offically withdrawn] otherwise a sound copy, recently rebound in plain vellum boards, ms title to spine.
    The earliest survey of Cornwall, [“a masterpiece of early topographical literature” - Cox] and a model for county…

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    London : Printed by S. S[tafford] for John Jaggard, and are to bee sold neere Temple-barre, and the signe of the Hand and Starre. 1602. First Edition
    Small 4to, [para.]4, A2, B-Z, Aa-Ss4, Tt2, lacking blank first leaf, sig, A (Table to First Part) misbound between Bb3 and Bb4, gutter of first 5 leaves strengthened, cropped at head touching many headlines, occasionally with loss, pale waterstains to c. 20 leaves, indistinct embossed stamp on title page of The Library of Yorkshire Archeological Society [offically withdrawn] otherwise a sound copy, recently rebound in plain vellum boards, ms title to spine.
    The earliest survey of Cornwall, [“a masterpiece of early topographical literature” - Cox] and a model for county histories for some two centuries after. “The Survey is above all a representation of Cornwall as its author saw it, in terms of the landscape and climate, and of the occupations of men and women whose lives these shaped. Such matters as the local tin mines, the fishing industry, and the games people played, including hurling, all come within the compass of his lively pen. He remains interested in languages, and provides an early account of the use of sign language by two deaf people. He defends church ales because they promote neighbourly feeling, a quality clearly close to his heart, for he was a sociable man. Not the least of the pleasures of the Survey lies in Carew's exuberant style, perfectly encapsulated in his remarks on Cornish rats: ‘alike cumbersome through their crying and rattling, while they dance their gallop galliards in the roof at night’” - ODNB.
    Reference: ESTC S107479 Upcott Vol. 1 p.76. Cox. Guide to Travel Literature. Vol.3 p.355

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