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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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  • Court-Hand Restored or, The Student’s Assistant in Reading Old Deeds, Charters Records, etc.... Describing the Old Law Hands, with their Contractions and Abbreviations... The Ninth Edition, Corrected and Enlarged... by WRIGHT, Andrew (fl. 1773) and Charles Trice MARTIN
    WRIGHT, Andrew (fl. 1773) and Charles Trice MARTIN
    Court-Hand Restored or, The Student’s Assistant in Reading Old Deeds, Charters Records, etc.... Describing the Old Law Hands, with their Contractions and Abbreviations... The Ninth Edition, Corrected and Enlarged...

    London : Reeves & Turner, 100, Chancery Lane; Carey Street; 196 Strand... 1879. 4to, xviii pp, 17 lls, 99, [1] pp, 30 plates (23 engraved + 7 photolitho.) publisher’s blind-stamped black cloth, hinges expertly repaired. A good copy.
    A classic work on the subject, first published in 1773 and still indispensible more that two centuries later.

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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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  • CUALA PRESS. Pressmarks and Devices Used at the Dun Emer Press and the Cuala Press.

    Dalkey, Co. Dublin : The Cuala Press 1977. 750 copies printed.
    8vo. Orig. printed wrappers, stabstitched with red thread.

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  • De Laudimiis Tractatus Auctorum, Qui Hactenus in ea Commentarios Conscripserunt, Nova hac Editione, Non Solum Mendis Expurgati, Et Politioribus Redditi Caracteribus, Sed Etiam Utilibus Notis Exornati, Et de Manuscriptis Principue Francisci Solsonae Nitori Pristino Restituti... by SOLSONA, Francisco editor
    SOLSONA, Francisco editor
    De Laudimiis Tractatus Auctorum, Qui Hactenus in ea Commentarios Conscripserunt, Nova hac Editione, Non Solum Mendis Expurgati, Et Politioribus Redditi Caracteribus, Sed Etiam Utilibus Notis Exornati, Et de Manuscriptis Principue Francisci Solsonae Nitori Pristino Restituti...

    Turin : Apud HH. Io. Dominici Tarini. 1629. Folio, Title-page in red and black with large engraved printer’s(?) device, [xii]pp, 288 leaves, [48]pp, double column, cont. vellum, yapp edges, short split to front hinge, small piece at upper corner of spine lacking, otherwise sound.
    This is a collection of tracts on canon, Roman, and civil law by Amadeus a Ponte, Antonius Faber, Bertrandus Argentreus, Camillus Borellus, Carlus Antonius Blancardus, Franciscus Solsona, Hartmannus Pistor and Maurus Burgius. The editor, Solsona, was a professor of law in Barcelona.
    Reference: No copy in COPAC Only 1 copy in USA (UC Berkeley Law School)

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  • Desert Islands and Robinson Crusoe by DE LA MARE, Walter, and REX WHISTLER illustrator
    DE LA MARE, Walter, and REX WHISTLER illustrator
    Desert Islands and Robinson Crusoe

    London : Faber & Faber Ltd... 1930. Royal 8vo, 285 pp, engraved title, head- and tail-pieces by Rex Whistler, original cloth, top edge rough gilt, others uncut, slight watermark on rear cover.
    First and Deluxe Edition, limited to 650 copies, signed, with illustrations printed from the original copper plates

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  • Art of gilding leather
    Die Kunst das vergoldete und versilberte Leder zu verfertigen by FOUGEROUX DE BONDAROY, Auguste-Denis (1732-1787)
    FOUGEROUX DE BONDAROY, Auguste-Denis (1732-1787)
    Die Kunst das vergoldete und versilberte Leder zu verfertigen

    [Berlin : Rudiger, 1763]. 4to, 26 leaves, 2 fold. plates, divisional title-page 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 title was L’Art de travailler les cuirs dorés ou argentés (Art of gilding or silvering leather).
    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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  • The art of chamois-leather dressing
    Die Kunst des Weisgerbers(sic), welcher die Gemsen- und andere Felle mit Oehl(sic) bearbeitet by LALANDE, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de (1732-1807)
    LALANDE, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de (1732-1807)
    Die Kunst des Weisgerbers(sic), welcher die Gemsen- und andere Felle mit Oehl(sic) bearbeitet

    [Berlin : Rudiger, 1765]. 4to, 26 leaves, 4 fold. plates, divisional title-page 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 title was Chamoiseur (Chamois-leather dresser)
    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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  • Tanning
    Die Lohgerberkunst. by LALANDE, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de (1732-1807)
    LALANDE, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de (1732-1807)
    Die Lohgerberkunst.

    [Leipzig : Kanter 1766]. 4to, 78 leaves, 3 fold. plates, divisional title-page 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 title was Tanneur (Leather tanner)
    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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  • Andre Tron, Master of Venice
    [GODARD, Louis (1741-1825)]
    Discours Oratoire Contenant L’Eloge de son Excellence Monsieur le Chevalier Andre Tron... Elu a la Dignite de Procurateur de Saint Marc.

    Venice : Chez Charles Palese Imprimeur 1773. Small 4to, eng. port. by G. Zuliani after Naza: Nazzari, a8, b12, 39pp, 19c. half calf, marbled boards, worn but joints sound.
    Andre Tron , known to his contemporaries as “Il Paron”, Master of Venice
    Reference: Barbier v.1 col. 1021

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  • French pastoral poetry
    GENEST, Charles-Claude Abbé (1639-1719)
    Dissertations sur la Poësie Pastorale, ou de l’Idylle et de l’Eglogue. A Messieurs de l’Academie Francoise...

    Paris : Chez Jean Baptiste Coignard... 1707. First Edition
    12mo, eng. front., 9ff, 249, [3] pp, cont. calf, gilt spine, head and tail repaired, sound. Book-plate of Bibliotheque de Mouchy.
    Reference: Cioranescu 32737

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  • Eighteenth century birds in gouache
    Ducks, a Kingfisher, a Heron and other birds in a rural landscape. together with Peacocks, Macaws, Parrot, Turkey and Lapwing in a formal garden setting by HEFELE, J..... H...... (died c. 1710)
    HEFELE, J..... H...... (died c. 1710)
    Ducks, a Kingfisher, a Heron and other birds in a rural landscape. together with Peacocks, Macaws, Parrot, Turkey and Lapwing in a formal garden setting

    A pair of gouache drawings (170 x 215mm), on paper, each signed lower right “J Hefele”, framed (322 x 355)
    Little is known of the artist: he was German by birth but spent several years in England where he came as one of King William’s army. He died here about 1710.

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  • A very early issue of a Royalist Eikon
    Eikon Basilike (Greek letter). The Pourtraicture of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings. by [GAUDEN, John (1605-62)] formerly attributed to King Charles I
    [GAUDEN, John (1605-62)] formerly attributed to King Charles I
    Eikon Basilike (Greek letter). The Pourtraicture of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings.

    [London: Printed by John Grismond for Richard Royston] 1648 (i.e. 1649). First Edition, second issue
    Small 8vo, A4, (A3 mis-signed A4), B-S8, lacking last blank, lacking the folding frontispiece, 4-page Als from Edward Almack to Geo. C. Williamson tipped in at end and on a front fly a long note by Williamson recording that this copy was foundin an old house in Guildford, black morocco, gilt fillet borders, centre panel in gilt and blind with floral cornerpieces, spine with raised bands, gilt flowers in compartments, by Riviere signed on front turn-in, neatly rehinged, edges stained black, probably by the original binder.
    An oft-reprinted work, of which Madan lists 51 issues and editions appearing in 1648 and 1649,…

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    [London: Printed by John Grismond for Richard Royston] 1648 (i.e. 1649). First Edition, second issue
    Small 8vo, A4, (A3 mis-signed A4), B-S8, lacking last blank, lacking the folding frontispiece, 4-page Als from Edward Almack to Geo. C. Williamson tipped in at end and on a front fly a long note by Williamson recording that this copy was foundin an old house in Guildford, black morocco, gilt fillet borders, centre panel in gilt and blind with floral cornerpieces, spine with raised bands, gilt flowers in compartments, by Riviere signed on front turn-in, neatly rehinged, edges stained black, probably by the original binder.
    An oft-reprinted work, of which Madan lists 51 issues and editions appearing in 1648 and 1649, many of them by printers and publishers being hounded by the authorities and frequently arrested. The bibliography of the early issues is complicated; Edward Almack was the first to investigate them and he gave the present issue (without the names in the imprint) priority. He also claimed that the folding frontispiece was not issued with this edition, and the Pforzheimer Catalogue follows him in this - “... the engraved frontispiece by William Marshall which was intended for several of the later editions”. Madan finds otherwise; identifying this copy as first edition, second issue (it has the scambled pagination in sig. G) and stating that the engraved portrait should be present, although I note that, of the 11 copies he lists as known to him, no less than 4 are described as without the portrait. I have to admit however, that ideally, rare though all early issues undoubtedly are, this one should perhaps have the portrait to be absolutely complete.
    Reference: Wing E 268 Madan: New Bibliog. Eikon Basilike. 1b ESTC R18840
    Pforzheimer 171

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  • Only five copies located
    Elemens de Politesse et de Bienséance, ou la Civilité, qui se pratique parmi les honnêtes gens Avec un nouveau Traité sur L'Art de plaire dans la Conversation... by PREVOST, Mr.
    PREVOST, Mr.
    Elemens de Politesse et de Bienséance, ou la Civilité, qui se pratique parmi les honnêtes gens Avec un nouveau Traité sur L'Art de plaire dans la Conversation...

    Strasbourg : Chez Amand Konig, Libraire. 1766. Small 8vo, )(4, A-T8, [viii], 304 pp, title-page in red and black , woodcut head- and tailpieces, antique-style panelled calf tooled in blind, spine fully gilt, red mor. label, marbled e-p., a fine copy.
    The author would appear not to be the well-known Abbe Prevost: all libraries, except Cambridge, avoid ascribing it to him. It seems likely that it is an unknown seeking to use the Abbe’s fame to his own advantage.
    The book is rare. Copac locates BL and Cambridge; CCfr one copy at Strasbourg; and Karlsruhe adds 2 copies in German libraries.

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