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  • BAIRD, Joseph Armstrong
    California’s Pictorial Letter Sheets 1849 - 1869 .

    San Francisco: David Magee, 1967. [Colophon] 475 copies printed by Robert Grabhorn & Andrew Hoyem. San Francisco 1966
    Folio, 171 pp, 1 leaf, facsimile in pocket at end, orig. 1/4 morocco, printed paper boards, plain d/w. as new.

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  • [TITUS, Sullius (1623?-1704)]
    [Caption title] A Seasonable Speech, Made By a worthy Member of Parliament / in the House of Commons,/Concerning the Other House. March 1659

    [London : 1659]. Small 4to, A4, 8pp, browned, disbound.
    This issue has line 5 of caption title reading “in the House of Commons” but signature A is under ‘a’ of ‘name’. The work is also attributed to Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury
    Reference: ESTC R215783 Wing S2898

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  • Schooling for Factory Children
    PRICE’S PATENT CANDLE COMPANY
    [Caption title] Special Report by the Directors to the Proprietors of Price’s Patent Candle Company, Repecting that part of the Proceedings of the Annual General Meeting of the Company, 24th. March, 1852, which has reference to the Educational, moral and Religious Charge to be taken by the Company over the Persons (and especially the Young Persons) in its employment.

    [London, April 1852]. 8vo, [1], 50 pp, disbound.
    A detailed report of a remarkable effort by a commercial company to attend to all aspects of the welfare of their employees, from cricket field to school room and chapel.

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  • PHILLIPS, Sir Richard
    [Caption title] Theorems Illustrative of Mechanical Causation in Celestial Mechanics.

    [London : Printed by T. Wood, 2, Dean St. Soho; and sold by Horatio Phillips, 3, Charing Cross. n.d.] (c. 1828). 8vo, 16 pp, some headlines cropped, disbound.

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  • Cestria vulgo Chester, Anglia Civitatis [extracted from Civitates Orbis Terrarum] by BRAUN, Georg (1540-1622) & Franz HOGENBERG (d.1590)
    BRAUN, Georg (1540-1622) & Franz HOGENBERG (d.1590)
    Cestria vulgo Chester, Anglia Civitatis [extracted from Civitates Orbis Terrarum]

    [Cologne : 1575-1618]. Folio, double-page engraved “birds-eye” map, (320 x 435mm) finely hand-coloured, latin text on verso.
    A fine example of one of the earliest views of Chester.

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  • Charity Schools.
    BENNETT, Thomas (1673-1728)
    Charity-Schools Recommended, In a Sermon Preach’d at St. James’s Church in Colchester, on Sunday March 26, 1710...

    London : Printed for James Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, and Edmund Jeffery Bookseller in Cambridge. 1710. 8vo, 16pp, disbound.

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  • BONE, Gertrude (1876-1962)
    Children’s Children.. with Drawings by Muirhead Bone.

    London : Duckworth and Co. Covent Garden. 1908. Limited Edition of 215 copies, this No.138, signed by Muirhead Bone
    4to, 271, [1] pp, etched frontispiece and many illustrations throughout the text, original publisher’s imitation vellum binding over bevelled boards stamped in gilt, spine a darkened, remains of original slipcase (no end), inscription on endpaper, a good copy.

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  • Regulations for society
    KILBURNE, Richard (1605-78) aka Kilburn
    Choice Precedents upon all Acts of Parliament, Relating to the Office and Duty of a Justice of Peace: With Notes and Instructions thereupon taken out of the said Acts, and particular Cases in Law adjudg’d therein... Eighth Edition... with New Precedents to the Year 1715. To which is added, Several New Cases never before Printed.

    [London] In the Savoy : Printed for J. Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer Esq; for Jacob Tonson at Shakespear’s-Head over-against Catherine-street in the Strand 1715. 8vo, A-Z, Aa-Mm8, Nn4, [xvi], 552 pp, folding table, cont. calf, morocco label, short split to front hinge, head and foot of spine chipped, cords sounds, signature of Joh.(?) Vernon dated 1717 in ink on title.
    First published in 1680, this is the eighth and last edition brought up to date with the latest cases. As a handbook for J.P.s it is very much more than a simple catalogue of felonies and misdemeanours and the appropriate punishments: it sets out the rules and regulations by which early 18th century society was ordered. There…

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    [London] In the Savoy : Printed for J. Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer Esq; for Jacob Tonson at Shakespear’s-Head over-against Catherine-street in the Strand 1715. 8vo, A-Z, Aa-Mm8, Nn4, [xvi], 552 pp, folding table, cont. calf, morocco label, short split to front hinge, head and foot of spine chipped, cords sounds, signature of Joh.(?) Vernon dated 1717 in ink on title.
    First published in 1680, this is the eighth and last edition brought up to date with the latest cases. As a handbook for J.P.s it is very much more than a simple catalogue of felonies and misdemeanours and the appropriate punishments: it sets out the rules and regulations by which early 18th century society was ordered. There are the statutory minimum wages for more than sixty different occupations, and the folding table gives the weight of one-penny to eighteen-penny loaves of bread according to the price of grain. The duties of various different officials such as the clergy, constables, soldiers and sheriffs are set out, as well as the rules governing papists, inn-keepers, apprentices, the poor and many others. In sum a detailed social document.
    Reference: ESTC T133419

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  • The pioneer work on price index numbers
    FLEETWOOD, William 1656-1723 Bishop of Ely
    Chronicon Preciosum: or, an Account of English Gold and Silver Money; The Price of Corn and other Commodities; and of Stipends, Salaries, Wages, Jointures, Portions, Day-labour, &c. in England for Six hundred Years last past.... To which is added, An Historical Account of Coins...

    London : Printed for T. Osborne... 1745. Second Edition
    8vo, 5ff, 147, [3], 30 pp, [2] pp (adverts), 12 engr. plates of coins, contemporary sprinkled calf, double-fillet gilt borders, HINGES CRACKED, CORDS SOUND.

    Bishop Fleetwood had been required to adjudicate whether the statutes of a college (founded c. 1450) making the possession of an estate of £5 per annum a bar to the retention of a fellowship should be taken literally, or with regard to the altered value of money. In the present work he attempts to establish a price equivalent in 1706 for the £5 set in the fifteenth century. The result is the earliest treatise on index-numbers and one of the best, where the conception of…

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    London : Printed for T. Osborne... 1745. Second Edition
    8vo, 5ff, 147, [3], 30 pp, [2] pp (adverts), 12 engr. plates of coins, contemporary sprinkled calf, double-fillet gilt borders, HINGES CRACKED, CORDS SOUND.

    Bishop Fleetwood had been required to adjudicate whether the statutes of a college (founded c. 1450) making the possession of an estate of £5 per annum a bar to the retention of a fellowship should be taken literally, or with regard to the altered value of money. In the present work he attempts to establish a price equivalent in 1706 for the £5 set in the fifteenth century. The result is the earliest treatise on index-numbers and one of the best, where the conception of purchasing power and the measures of changing purchasing power of money are first treated after the modern manner.
    Reference: Kress 4758 Goldsmiths 8173

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  • The pioneer work on price index numbers
    FLEETWOOD, William 1656-1723 Bishop of Ely
    Chronicon Preciosum: or, an Account of English Gold and Silver Money; The Price of Corn and other Commodities; and of Stipends, Salaries, Wages, Jointures, Portions, Day-labour, &c. in England for Six hundred Years last past.... To which is added, An Historical Account of Coins...

    London : Printed for T. Osborne... 1745. Second Edition
    8vo, 5ff, 147, [3], 30 pp, 12 engr. plates of coins, [2] pp (adverts), contemporary sprinkled calf, double-fillet gilt borders, lacks label on spine, edges sprinkled red, fine copy.
    Bishop Fleetwood had been required to adjudicate whether the statutes of a college (founded c. 1450) making the possession of an estate of £5 per annum a bar to the retention of a fellowship should be taken literally, or with regard to the altered value of money. In the present work he attempts to establish a price equivalent in 1706 for the £5 set in the fifteenth century. The result is the earliest treatise on index-numbers and one of…

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    London : Printed for T. Osborne... 1745. Second Edition
    8vo, 5ff, 147, [3], 30 pp, 12 engr. plates of coins, [2] pp (adverts), contemporary sprinkled calf, double-fillet gilt borders, lacks label on spine, edges sprinkled red, fine copy.
    Bishop Fleetwood had been required to adjudicate whether the statutes of a college (founded c. 1450) making the possession of an estate of £5 per annum a bar to the retention of a fellowship should be taken literally, or with regard to the altered value of money. In the present work he attempts to establish a price equivalent in 1706 for the £5 set in the fifteenth century. The result is the earliest treatise on index-numbers and one of the best, where the conception of purchasing power and the measures of changing purchasing power of money are first treated after the modern manner.
    Reference: Kress 4758 Goldsmiths 8173

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  • Libertine stories
    ANON
    Chronique Burlesque, ou Recueil D’Histoires Divertissantes et D’Avantures Comiques. Arrivées de Fraiche Date dans les Païs Voisins.

    London : Chez Pierre du Noyer 1742. 12mo, *6, A-Z8+4, Aa8, Bb4, Cc2, 12, 308pp, Title in red and black, title-page a little browned, later half calf, marbled bds, 2 green morocco labels on spine, hinges weak.
    A collection of scandalous stories concerning the behaviour of priests and nuns, and attacking the established church; presumably written by a calvinist
    Reference: Gay/Lemonnyer Vol. 1. col. 579

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  • Coming Down the Seine by GIBBINGS, Robert (1889-1958)
    GIBBINGS, Robert (1889-1958)
    Coming Down the Seine

    London : J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. [1953]. First Edition
    8vo, [vi], 217 pp, title-page in red and dark green, text and illustrations all printed in dark green, original cloth, dustwrapper, fine.
    More than 50 wood engravings.
    Reference: Kirkus 11

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  • Wool
    D------- Mr.
    Considerations on the Woollen and other Manufactures of Great Britain. Intended as a Supplement to Mr. Gee’s Discourse on the Trade and Navigation of this Kingdom. And divided into Three Parts. Part. 1. Containing general Remarks on the Danger... threatened by... Manufactures of the same kind in Spain... As also on the Running of English and Irish Wool...

    London : Printed for the Author, 1751. 8vo, xvi, 64 pp, title page soiled, disbound, grey sugar-paper wrappers.
    Part 1. seems to be all that was published. COPAC locates only two copies, BL and Univ. London, both with the same collation. Higgs notes “Not mentioned in Smith’s ‘Memoirs of Wool’ 1756. nor by Massie. Attributed to D. Houdiere.”
    Reference: Higgs 49 Not in Kress Not in Goldsmiths’ Library

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  • ... for statesmen and philosophers
    MONTESQUIEU, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de (1689-1755)
    Considerations sur les Causes de la Grandeur des Romains, et leur Decadence.... A laquelle on a joint un Dialogue de Sylla et d’Eucrate.

    Lausanne : Chez Marc-Michel Bousquet & Companie. 1749. Cr. 8vo, eng. front., xii, [2], 356 pp, title in red and black, old calf, stoutly rebacked, signature of “And...? Russell Smith 1829” at head of title, unidentified armorial bookplate on front pastedown
    “D’Alembert has with great propriety called this work - a History of Rome for Statesmen and Philosophers”- from a note on the flyleaf.

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  • Considerations sur les Moeurs de ce Siecle. by [PINOT, Charles, Sieur Duclos (1704-72)]
    [PINOT, Charles, Sieur Duclos (1704-72)]
    Considerations sur les Moeurs de ce Siecle.

    N.p. [Paris] : 1751. 12mo, [4], 266 pp, cont. mottled calf, fully gilt spine, morocco label, marbled e-p’s, early signature of “J. Leslie Foster” in brown ink at head of title-page. A good copy.
    A note to this edition in the Bibliotheque nationale catalogue online says “Par Ch. Pinot, sieur Duclos, d’apres Barbier. - Differe par le titre, la pagination ou l’adresse de plusieurs autres editions parues la meme annee, dont une autre sans adresse, une a l’adresse (fausse) d’Amsterdam et une a l’adresse de P. Prault avec privilege. - Imprime en France, probablement a Paris, d’apres le materiel et les usages typographiques ainsi que le papier (Bugey)”. Manuscripts giving permission in 1751 for printing this title exist…

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    N.p. [Paris] : 1751. 12mo, [4], 266 pp, cont. mottled calf, fully gilt spine, morocco label, marbled e-p’s, early signature of “J. Leslie Foster” in brown ink at head of title-page. A good copy.
    A note to this edition in the Bibliotheque nationale catalogue online says “Par Ch. Pinot, sieur Duclos, d’apres Barbier. - Differe par le titre, la pagination ou l’adresse de plusieurs autres editions parues la meme annee, dont une autre sans adresse, une a l’adresse (fausse) d’Amsterdam et une a l’adresse de P. Prault avec privilege. - Imprime en France, probablement a Paris, d’apres le materiel et les usages typographiques ainsi que le papier (Bugey)”. Manuscripts giving permission in 1751 for printing this title exist for both the booksellers Prault and Brunet but it has not yet been determined to which of the several editions dated 1751 they refer.
    Reference: Barbier. I col.723 Brunet II col. 860 (“Amsterdam” ed. only)
    Heltzel : Courtesy Books in Newberry Library 485 (1784 ed. only)

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  • [FRANCIS, Philip, (1708?-1773)]
    Constantine: A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden.

    London : Printed for A. Millar, over-against Catherine-street, in the Strand. 1754. First Edition
    8vo, [xii], 68 pp, with 1/2-title, disbound
    Reference: ESTC T031626

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  • “L’Anacreon francais”
    Contes et Nouvelles du Sieur Vergier et de quelques Auteurs Anonymes. Poesies Diverses du Sieur Vergier. Tome Premier (Second). by VERGIER, Jacques (1655-1720)
    VERGIER, Jacques (1655-1720)
    Contes et Nouvelles du Sieur Vergier et de quelques Auteurs Anonymes. Poesies Diverses du Sieur Vergier. Tome Premier (Second).

    Paris : Chez Urbain Coustelier. 1727. First Edition
    2 vols, cr. 8vo, eng. frontis., title in red and black, A-Y8, Z2 (Y8 blank) + title in red and black, A-S8, T3, (lacking final blank), contemporary sprinkled calf, spines gilt with morocco labels, edges sprinkled red, signature “Bateman” on both titles, a good sound copy
    The author was for a time ‘president du conseil de commerce’ at Dunkerque, but in 1714 retired to Paris where he became a member of the infamous Societe du Temple, a dining club much given to carousing and debauchery. It was after such a dinner that, one dark night in Montmartre, he was shot dead by a footpad intent on stealing his money.…

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    Paris : Chez Urbain Coustelier. 1727. First Edition
    2 vols, cr. 8vo, eng. frontis., title in red and black, A-Y8, Z2 (Y8 blank) + title in red and black, A-S8, T3, (lacking final blank), contemporary sprinkled calf, spines gilt with morocco labels, edges sprinkled red, signature “Bateman” on both titles, a good sound copy
    The author was for a time ‘president du conseil de commerce’ at Dunkerque, but in 1714 retired to Paris where he became a member of the infamous Societe du Temple, a dining club much given to carousing and debauchery. It was after such a dinner that, one dark night in Montmartre, he was shot dead by a footpad intent on stealing his money. Some of his work was considered good enough to be attributed to La Fontaine, but as is pointed out by Gay / Lemmonyer “Vergier est plus immoral, plus obscene”, although “Son libertinage n’est pas sans grace”. He was called “the French Anacreon” by Rousseau on account of his drinking songs, none of which were thought to have survived until recently when a manuscript notebook was discovered. (See Justin Croft Catalogue of French Books and Manuscripts January 2012 item 79)
    Reference: COPAC locates but 3 copies, BL, Oxford and Manchester
    NOT IN Cioranescu who notices only the Rouen 1743 edition

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  • Charming vignettes after Cochin
    Contes et Nouvelles en Vers. by LA FONTAINE, Jean de (1621-1695)
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de (1621-1695)
    Contes et Nouvelles en Vers.

    Amsterdam [i.e. Paris] 1745. 2 vols. 8vo, [vol.1] 4ff, xiv pp, 1f [“Table”], 224 pp, [vol.2] 5ff, 268 pp, 1f, illustrated with an engraved frontispiece in vol 1, vignettes on both title-pages, and 69 vignettes in the text, all engraved by Chedel, Fessard or Revenet, after Cochin (though not signed), contemporary plain calf, raised bands, morocco labels, joints cracked but cords sound. A good copy.
    This is, in fact, the edition of 1743 with the usual cancel title-pages. “On rencontre d’ordinaire ces deux volumes avec un nouveau titre portant la date de 1745; le titre seul ayant été modifié, les épreuves sont aussi bonnes de tirage” - Cohen / de Ricci. Neither issue appears on the market very often these days.
    Reference: Cohen / de Ricci col. 557.

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  • A composer of drinking songs ”Son libertinage n’est pas sans grace”
    Contes, Nouvelles et Poesies Diverses du Sieur Vergier et de quelques Auteurs Anonymes. Nouvelle Edition Augmentee d’un Volume Tome Premier (Second, Troisieme). by VERGIER, Jacques (1655-1720)
    VERGIER, Jacques (1655-1720)
    Contes, Nouvelles et Poesies Diverses du Sieur Vergier et de quelques Auteurs Anonymes. Nouvelle Edition Augmentee d’un Volume Tome Premier (Second, Troisieme).

    Rouen : Chez Besoigne 1743. Small 8vo, 3 vols in 2, eng. frontis., [vi], 418, [4]pp, + eng. frontis., t-p., 324, [4]pp, + eng.frontis., t-p., 173, [3], 36 pp, title-pages in red and black, contemporary sprinkled calf, 2-line fillet borders in gilt, fully gilt spines lacking title-labels, edges sprinkled red, engraved armorial book label “White - Wellingwells” probably Sir Thomas Woollaston White of Wellingwells. A good sound copy.
    The author was for a time ‘president du conseil de commerce’ at Dunkerque, but in 1714 retired to Paris where he became a member of the infamous Societe du Temple, a dining club much given to carousing and debauchery. It was after such a dinner that, one dark night in…

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    Rouen : Chez Besoigne 1743. Small 8vo, 3 vols in 2, eng. frontis., [vi], 418, [4]pp, + eng. frontis., t-p., 324, [4]pp, + eng.frontis., t-p., 173, [3], 36 pp, title-pages in red and black, contemporary sprinkled calf, 2-line fillet borders in gilt, fully gilt spines lacking title-labels, edges sprinkled red, engraved armorial book label “White - Wellingwells” probably Sir Thomas Woollaston White of Wellingwells. A good sound copy.
    The author was for a time ‘president du conseil de commerce’ at Dunkerque, but in 1714 retired to Paris where he became a member of the infamous Societe du Temple, a dining club much given to carousing and debauchery. It was after such a dinner that, one dark night in Montmartre, he was shot dead by a footpad intent on stealing his money. Some of his work was considered good enough to be attributed to La Fontaine,. but as is pointed out by Gay / Lemmonyer “Vergier est plus immoral, plus obscene”, although “Son libertinage n’est pas sans grace”. He was called “the French Anacreon” by Rousseau on account of his drinking songs, none of which were thought to have survived until recently when a manuscript notebook was discovered. (See Justin Croft Catalogue of French Books and Manuscripts January 2012 item 79)
    Reference: Cioranescu 17. siecle 65932
    COPAC B.L., Oxford, and Manchester only.

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  • “Calculated to inflame the passions”
    [STEVENSON, John Hall, (1718-1785)]
    Crazy Tales. The Third Edition.

    London, 1769. Cr. octavo, A-K8, L4, contemporary calf, slight wear to spine and part of label missing otherwise a fine copy.
    The author was a kinsman of Laurence Sterne, and the “Eugenius” of his Tristram Shandy. When first published in 1762 the Monthly Review wrote of this book “ We can safely aver that they are full of obscenity and apparently calculated to inflame the passions”. A witty but risque collection of rabelaisian tales in verse.
    Reference: Halkett & Laing. Allibone; Dict. Eng. Lit. Gay/Lemonnyer. v.1. pt.2. col. 758

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