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  • “Allons enfants...!”
    ALMANACH des Graces, dedie a la plus belle etrennes erotiques et patriotiques chantantes; pour M.D,CC.XCIII. by --------
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    ALMANACH des Graces, dedie a la plus belle etrennes erotiques et patriotiques chantantes; pour M.D,CC.XCIII.

    Paris: Chez le Citroyen Cailleau... L’an premier de la Republique Francaise. 12mo, eng. front. by E. de Ghendt after P. Marillier, 264pps, cont. French red morocco, 3-line gilt border, small corner pieces, fully gilt spine, green morocco label.
    At p.233 is Hymne a l’Amour, to be sung to the tune of the Marseillaise!

    Reference: Cohen/de Ricci p.19

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  • Scandal at the Palatinate Court
    Amusemens des eaux de Schwalbach, des bains de Wisbaden et de Schlangenbad . Avec deux relations curieuses; l'une de la Nouvelle Jerusalem; et l'autre d'une partie de la Tartarie independante. Avec des figures en taille-douce. Nouvelle edition by [PIMPLIE-SOLIGNAC, Pierre-Joseph de la (1687-1773)] (also attrib. to Merveilleux, David Francois de)
    [PIMPLIE-SOLIGNAC, Pierre-Joseph de la (1687-1773)] (also attrib. to Merveilleux, David Francois de)
    Amusemens des eaux de Schwalbach, des bains de Wisbaden et de Schlangenbad . Avec deux relations curieuses; l'une de la Nouvelle Jerusalem; et l'autre d'une partie de la Tartarie independante. Avec des figures en taille-douce. Nouvelle edition

    Liege: Chez Everard Kints. 1739. Cr. 8vo, [viii], 320 pp, 4 folding plates, 2 with tears neatly mended without loss, old decorated paper boards, inscription on front fly “Cet livre apartient pour Jaques Frederic Theurer. Mannheim 18 April Anno 1759” and bookplate of “Biblioteca Caproni, Vizzola” a sound copy.
    Rare edition of an undisguised satire on the scandals of life at the Palatinate Court in Mannheim under Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine.
    Reference: Barbier VoI 1. col. 158 Gay/Lemmonyer Vol. 1 col. 195

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  • An eighteenth century Dr. Doolittle
    Amusement Philosophique sur le Langage des Bestes. by BOUGEANT, Guillaume-Hyacinthe S.J. (1690-1743)
    BOUGEANT, Guillaume-Hyacinthe S.J. (1690-1743)
    Amusement Philosophique sur le Langage des Bestes.

    Paris : Chez Gissey, Bordelet & Ganeau... 1739. First Edition.
    12mo, [-]2, A-N8.4., 2f, 157, [3] pp, cont. mottled calf, gilt spine, corners worn, hinges neatly repaired.
    One of the more interesting of a number of 18th century ‘philosophical’ works advocating the then radical idea that animals, far from being driven purely by instinct, could communicate with one another in their own language. A fact of which the work of Konrad Lorenz and many other modern naturalists has left us in no doubt. At the time of its publication however it caused considerable moral outrage and the author was exiled to La Fleche.

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  • The Father of British Myrmecology
    An Account of English Ants; Which Contains 1. Their different Species and Mechanism. 11. Their manner of Government, and a Description of their several Queens. 111. The Production of their Eggs, and Process of the Young. 1V. The incessant Labours of the Workers or common Ants. With Many other Curiosities observable in these surprising Insects. by GOULD, Rev. William (1715?- 1799)
    GOULD, Rev. William (1715?- 1799)
    An Account of English Ants; Which Contains 1. Their different Species and Mechanism. 11. Their manner of Government, and a Description of their several Queens. 111. The Production of their Eggs, and Process of the Young. 1V. The incessant Labours of the Workers or common Ants. With Many other Curiosities observable in these surprising Insects.

    London : Printed for A. Millar, opposite Katharine Street in the Strand. 1747. Cr. 8vo, A-H8 (lacking H8, adverts?), uncut, (170x110mm), old paper bds, rebacked, new paper label, sound.
    The pioneering study of what was to become the most studied of all classes of insects. Gould, whose observations and extrapolations have, for the most part, remained valid to this day, got into some trouble with his contemporaries for his perceived denial of the Bible, specifically Proverbs 6: 6-8 where it says "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provideth her bread in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."
    He maintained, correctly, that…

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    London : Printed for A. Millar, opposite Katharine Street in the Strand. 1747. Cr. 8vo, A-H8 (lacking H8, adverts?), uncut, (170x110mm), old paper bds, rebacked, new paper label, sound.
    The pioneering study of what was to become the most studied of all classes of insects. Gould, whose observations and extrapolations have, for the most part, remained valid to this day, got into some trouble with his contemporaries for his perceived denial of the Bible, specifically Proverbs 6: 6-8 where it says "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provideth her bread in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."
    He maintained, correctly, that there was no evidence to suggest that ants stored grain for the winter. Gould is lauded in W.H.Hudson’s Hampshire Days as ‘- the first man in England to observe the habits of insects”. Horace Donithorpe (1870-1951) describes him as The Father of British Myrmecology

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  • Pacific shipwreck
    An Account of the Pelew Islands... Composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson and some of his officers, who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company... The Second Edition. by KEATE, George (1729 97)
    KEATE, George (1729 97)
    An Account of the Pelew Islands... Composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson and some of his officers, who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company... The Second Edition.

    London : Printed for Captain Wilson; and sold by G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty, Pall Mall. 1788. 4to, [-]4, a-b4, c2, B-Z, Aa-Zz, 3A-3B4, 3C1, engr. port, folding map and 15 engr. plates, waterstain to lower part of most plates (but not the text), uncut in original boards, worn.
    This gripping tale of shipwreck on a Pacific island, friendly natives, and eventual salvation by means of a small boat built from the wreckage, was deservedly popular throughout the nineteenth century. It is a true narrative but with all the romantic appeal of ‘desert island’ classics such as Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson. The King of Pelew’s son, Prince Lee Boo, arrived in London with the…

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    London : Printed for Captain Wilson; and sold by G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty, Pall Mall. 1788. 4to, [-]4, a-b4, c2, B-Z, Aa-Zz, 3A-3B4, 3C1, engr. port, folding map and 15 engr. plates, waterstain to lower part of most plates (but not the text), uncut in original boards, worn.
    This gripping tale of shipwreck on a Pacific island, friendly natives, and eventual salvation by means of a small boat built from the wreckage, was deservedly popular throughout the nineteenth century. It is a true narrative but with all the romantic appeal of ‘desert island’ classics such as Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson. The King of Pelew’s son, Prince Lee Boo, arrived in London with the returning party and was lionised by society, contributing significantly to the contemporary idea of ‘the noble savage’.
    Reference: Cox II. 302

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  • LUCAS, Richard (1648-1715)
    An Enquiry after Happiness. In Three Parts.... The Seventh edition.

    London : Printed for W. Innys.. T. Longman... and S.Austen... 1749. 3 parts in 2 vols 8vo, xx, 240, [8], 184 + [8], viii, 456 pp, cont. calf, some gilt on spines, morocco labels, a sound copy . Signature of “Mary Douglas, 1753” on title of v. 1. and “M. Douglas” and M. Aboyne” on v.2. title, all in the same hand.
    First published in 1685, this ‘popular devotional work’ was reprinted many times.

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  • [AKENSIDE, Mark] (1721-1770)
    An Epistle to Curio.

    London: Printed for R. Dodsley... sold by M. Cooper... 1744. First Edition
    4to, 27 pps, engr. title vignette by Grignion after Hayman, short tears in 1/2-title expertly mended, modern marbled boards.

    “Curio” was William Pulteney and the Epistle written on the occasion of his becoming Earl of Bath.
    Reference: Foxon A 136 Rothschild 19 Williams p.90

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  • 3 works in one vol.
    FOSTER, John
    An Essay on the Different Nature of Accent and Quality, with their Use and Application In the Pronunciation of the English, Latin, and Greek languages...

    Eton : Printed by J. Pote; Sold also by T. Pote in Fleetstreet; and T. Payne, next the Mews-Gate near St. Martin’s Lane, London. 1762. 8vo, xxiii, [1], 231, [7], 27, [1] pp, 19th century diced calf, gilt spine, marbled edges and endpapers, sound.
    Bound at the end are :-
    Thiersch, Bernardus : Commentatio de Accentus Graeci Natura. Halberstadt 1824. 26pp
    Lindemann, Fridericus : De Latinae Linguae Accentibus... Leipsig 1816 38 pp.

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  • Mathematics
    PRICE, Bartholomew
    An Essay on the Relation of the Several Parts of a Mathematical Science to the Fundamental Idea Therein Contained; the substance of which was read before the Ashmolean Society... May 14, 1849.

    Oxford : Printed by Thomas Combe... for the Ashmolean Society. 1849. 8vo, 23, [1] pp, disbound.

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  • CLARKE, John (1687-1734)
    An examination of the sketch, or plan, of an answer to the book, entitled, Christianity as old as the creation. Laid down in a letter to Dr. Waterland. Wherein the tendency thereof, to the subversion of Christianity, and all religion, is exposed.

    London: Printed for A Bettesworth and C. Hitch, at the Red Lion in Pater-Noster-Row. 1733. Sm. 8vo, 31, [1] pp, disbound.
    An answer to Matthew Tindal’s work of 1730 “Christianity as Old as the Creation”
    Reference: ESTC T100266

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  • [EARBERY, Mathias (1690-1740)]
    An Historical Account of the Advantages That have Accru’d to England, by the Succession in the Illustrious House of Hanover.

    London: Printed in the Year, 1722. Cr. 8vo, B4, B-D4, [-]1, A-D4, E2. disbound.
    Reference: Kress 3466

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  • Seventeenth century satire as a mediaeval chivalric romance
    An Historical Romance of the Wars, Between the Mighty Giant Gallieno, And the Great Knight Nasonius, And His Associates. by [SERGEANT, John (1622-1707)]
    [SERGEANT, John (1622-1707)]
    An Historical Romance of the Wars, Between the Mighty Giant Gallieno, And the Great Knight Nasonius, And His Associates.

    Doublin(sic): Printed in the Year 1694. First Edition
    Sm. 4to, A-L4, [ii], 88pp, contemporary sprinkled calf, front joint split but cords firm, wear at head and foot of spine, a clean and sound copy.
    The attribution to Sergeant is given by Wing, and followed by ESTC, but we have found no indication of Wing’s source. John Sergeant is described in DNB as a Roman Catholic controversialist and philosopher who became the fiercest opponent of such as Dr. Hammond, Bp. Jeremy Taylor and Bp. Stillingfleet. His publications as listed by Wing are all concerned with theological or philosophical controversy, whereas the present work is a satirical commentary on the wars between Louis XIV of France and William III…

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    Doublin(sic): Printed in the Year 1694. First Edition
    Sm. 4to, A-L4, [ii], 88pp, contemporary sprinkled calf, front joint split but cords firm, wear at head and foot of spine, a clean and sound copy.
    The attribution to Sergeant is given by Wing, and followed by ESTC, but we have found no indication of Wing’s source. John Sergeant is described in DNB as a Roman Catholic controversialist and philosopher who became the fiercest opponent of such as Dr. Hammond, Bp. Jeremy Taylor and Bp. Stillingfleet. His publications as listed by Wing are all concerned with theological or philosophical controversy, whereas the present work is a satirical commentary on the wars between Louis XIV of France and William III of England, (The War of the Grand Alliance, 1688-97), disguised and written in the style of a mediaeval romance of chivalry.
    Reference: ESTC R19614 Wing S2570

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  • Ancient money and measures
    [HOOPER, George (1640-1727) Bishop of Bath and Wells]
    An Inquiry into the State of the Ancient Measures, the Attick, the Roman, And especially the Jewish. With an Appendix, Concerning our old English Money, and Measures of Content.

    London : Printed for R. Knaplock, at the Bishop’s-Head in St. Paul’s Chuch-yard. 1721. First Edition 8vo, [-]4, a8, B-Z8, Aa-Gg8, Hh6, cont. panelled calf, gilt fillet borders, panel in blind, spine gilt, label missing, hinges partly split, cords sound, a good copy, stamped “BOND” on front fly
    Reference: ESTC T89084 Goldsmith’s Library 6000 Kress 3386

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  • Together with the less common Second Volume A fine set
    An Universal Etymological English Dictionary; ... The One and Twentieth Edition, with considerable Improvements. by BAILEY, Nathan (d. 1742)
    BAILEY, Nathan (d. 1742)
    An Universal Etymological English Dictionary; ... The One and Twentieth Edition, with considerable Improvements.

    London : Printed for T. Osborne, H. Woodfall, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. Hinton [and 22 others], 1766. Two volumes 8vo, [912] + [694]pp, uniform plain contemporary calf, morocco labels, a fine set, not often found together.
    The second volume being - The New Universal Etymological English Dictionary: Containing An Additional Collection of Words (not in the First Volume) with their Explications and Etymologies from the Original Languages, each in its proper Character. Also An Explication of Hard and Technical Words, or Terms, in all Arts and Sciences, properly Accented. Illustrated With Two Hundred and Sixty Cuts. To which is added, a dictionary of cant words. The fifth edition, corrected, and much improved throughout, .. By Mr. Buchanan.…

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    London : Printed for T. Osborne, H. Woodfall, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. Hinton [and 22 others], 1766. Two volumes 8vo, [912] + [694]pp, uniform plain contemporary calf, morocco labels, a fine set, not often found together.
    The second volume being - The New Universal Etymological English Dictionary: Containing An Additional Collection of Words (not in the First Volume) with their Explications and Etymologies from the Original Languages, each in its proper Character. Also An Explication of Hard and Technical Words, or Terms, in all Arts and Sciences, properly Accented. Illustrated With Two Hundred and Sixty Cuts. To which is added, a dictionary of cant words. The fifth edition, corrected, and much improved throughout, .. By Mr. Buchanan. London : printed for W. Johnston, in Ludgate-Street, 1760.

    Bailey’s dictionary was the standard authority throughout much of the eighteenth century; and interleaved copy was used by Dr. Johnson as the basis for his own dictionary.
    Reference: ESTC T87510 and T87973

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  • Anacreontis Teii Odae et Fragmenta, Graece et Latine, cum notis Joannis Cornelii de Pauw. by [ANACREON] PAUW, Jan Cornelis de (d.1749)
    [ANACREON] PAUW, Jan Cornelis de (d.1749)
    Anacreontis Teii Odae et Fragmenta, Graece et Latine, cum notis Joannis Cornelii de Pauw.

    Utrecht : Apud Guilielmum Kroon, Bibliop. 1732. 4to, [xxxvi], 315, [1] pp, * - ****4, *****2, A-Z, AaQq4, Rr2, text in greek and latin on facing paces, with copious foot notes, cont. calf, morocco label, head and foot of spine worn, joints tender but cords strong, 18c armorial book-plate of “The Reverend Jonathan Boucher A.M.” on front pastedown.
    The “Anacreontea” is a collection of Greek poems on wine, beauty and erotic love variously dated between 1st century BC and 6th century AD.

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  • Polish Patriot
    [HAGEN, Lorentz]
    Anecdotes Concerning the Famous John Reinhold Patkul: Or, an Authentic Relation Of what passed Betwixt Him and his Confessor, The Night before and at his Execution. translated from the Original Manuscript, never yet printed.

    London : Printed for A. Millar, 1761. 8vo, xvi, 17-48 pp, uncut, half-title soiled, a little foxing throughout, disbound.
    Count Johann Reinhold von Patkul (1660-1707) was a Livonian Polish patriot, born in Stockholm, and executed for treason by Charles XII of Sweden.
    The British Library ascribes the work to Lorentz Hagen with a note that “the author’s name occurs at p. 46” (Here it appears as Lorens Hager)

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  • A large, clean copy.
    Angling in All Its Branches, Reduced to a Complete Science : Being the result of more than forty years real practice and strict observation throughout the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland.... by TAYLOR, Samuel
    TAYLOR, Samuel
    Angling in All Its Branches, Reduced to a Complete Science : Being the result of more than forty years real practice and strict observation throughout the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland....

    London : For Longman and Rees... 1800. First Edition
    8vo, xv, 298 pp + [6] pp adverts., later half green morocco, marbled bds, spine fully gilt with fishing emblems, t.e.g. others uncut, a large, clean copy.
    Reference: Westwood & Satchell pp. 205-6

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  • RUDDIMAN, Thomas (1674-1757)
    Animadversions On a late Pamphlet, intituled, A Vindication of Mr. George Buchanan, &c. Wherein The Arguments brought by its Author, for clearing Buchanan from the two great Faults he is charged with, Are impartially examined and confuted.

    Edinburgh : Printed by T and W. Ruddiman, and to be sold at their Printing-house, and by the Booksellers in Town. 1749. 8vo, [-]2, 110 pp, disbound.
    George Buchanan (1506-1582), historian and scholar.
    “The edition of Opera omnia (1715) by Thomas Ruddiman, later principal keeper of the Advocates' Library, was a great achievement but did not meet with universal approval. Particularly in editing the History, Ruddiman was criticized for his treatment of earlier editions and for the intrusion of his own political views. The outcome was a series of controversies which kept Buchanan at the centre of attention.” - DNB During the course of these controversies Ruddiman became less sympathetic to Buchanan and the present pamphlet is a bitter reply to John Love’s “Vindication...”

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  • Palmistry; one of the seven “forbidden arts”
    Antonii Piccioli seu Rapiti Renovati Cenetensis Iurisconsulti, Ad illustrissimum Lotharium de Comitibus, De Manus Inspectione Libri Tres. by PICCIOLUS, Antonius, the elder (d. 1632) aka Antonio Piccioli
    PICCIOLUS, Antonius, the elder (d. 1632) aka Antonio Piccioli
    Antonii Piccioli seu Rapiti Renovati Cenetensis Iurisconsulti, Ad illustrissimum Lotharium de Comitibus, De Manus Inspectione Libri Tres.

    Bergomi [i.e. Bergamo]: Expensis Joannis Batistae Ciotti Senensis 1587. Small 8vo, †4, A-N8, O4, lacking O2-4, O2-3 (Index) supplied in facsimile, O4 blank, folding plate with mended tear with slight loss, uniformly browned throughout on account of the paper quality, bound in 18c. Italian paper boards, spine worn but sound.
    During the Middle Ages the art of palmistry was actively suppressed by the Catholic Church as pagan superstition. In Renaissance magic, palmistry (known as "chiromancy") was classified as one of the seven "forbidden arts." Therefore in Catholic Italy the present work would have been a surreptitious publication, frowned upon, possibly even banned, by the Church, which is probably the reason for its poor quality paper. It is uncommon in the market.

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  • Aston Martin 1914 to 1940. a pictorial review by INMAN HUNTER, Edward (1914-1986)
    INMAN HUNTER, Edward (1914-1986)
    Aston Martin 1914 to 1940. a pictorial review

    London : Transport Bookman Publications [1976]. First Edition
    8vo, 192pp, profusely illustrated, original cloth, dust wrapper, as new.
    “169 photographs, many of them never published before, depict the full range of Aston Martin models from ‘Coal Scuttle’, the very first Aston, through ‘Bunny’, ‘Strasbourg’ ‘Internationals’ , ‘Ulsters’, up to and including the ‘Atom’, a brilliantly conceived project sadly aborted by the outbreak of World War II.” - [from the blurb]

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