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  • The first serious attempt to apply chemistry to agriculture.
    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry, in a Course of Lectures for the Board of Agriculture. by DAVY, Sir Humphrey (1778- 1829)
    DAVY, Sir Humphrey (1778- 1829)
    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry, in a Course of Lectures for the Board of Agriculture.

    London: Printed by W. Bulmer for Longman... et. al. 1813. First Edition.
    4to, Engraved front. + 9 plates (1 folding), viii + 323 + lxiii pps. + 2 leaves (Index), some offset on title, contemporary full polished calf, unidentified earl’s crest in blind on both covers, front joint tender, a very good copy.
    “This was the first serous attempt to apply chemistry to agriculture, and it remained a standard work until displaced by Justus von Liebig’s publications a generation later. The book is of interest because of its pioneering nature, and it went through a number of editions; but its value must be said to lie more in the impulse it gave toward the application of scientific methods in agriculture than in any of the theories advanced.” - DSB.

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  • [PUGH, Robert (1609-79)] attributed to
    Elenchus Elenchi: Sive Animadversiones in Georgii Batei, Cromwelli Parricidae aliquando Protomedici, Elenchum Motuum Nuperorum in Anglia.... autore R.P. Regio milite veterano.

    Parisiis [i.e. London] : 1664. Small 8vo, A-I4, K2 (B1-2 mis-signed A1-2), clean tear in E1 not affecting legibility, disbound.
    An attack on Bates’ Elenchus motuum, which was a defence of Charles I in his confrontation with parliament. Roberta Anderson, in her entry for Pugh in the new Oxford DNB says of the present work “It was initially credited to Pugh, but it has since been accepted that although it was not his work he probably had a hand in its production”
    Reference: Wing P4186A McAlpin Collection III, p 512.

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  • MASON, William
    Elfrida, A Dramatic Poem. Written on the Model of The Ancient Greek Tragedy. The Fourth Edition, Corrected.

    London : Printed for P. and J. Knapton, in Ludgate-street. 1753. 8vo, [2], xix, [1], 80 pp, title page in red and black, disbound.

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  • One of twenty-five copies with an original copper-plate
    Engravings by Rex Whistler for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Printed from the Original Plates. by WHISTLER, Rex (1905-44)
    WHISTLER, Rex (1905-44)
    Engravings by Rex Whistler for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Printed from the Original Plates.

    [London : Printed by Harrison and Sons for H.M.Fletcher, 1970]. Edition limited to 25 copies with an original copper-plate

    Folio, title-page with engraved vignette by Rex Whistler, 3 lls text (versos blank), 25 engraved plates by Rex Whistler, 12 of them coloured by hand (by Len Pooley), on handmade paper watermarked T.H Saunders, together with one of the original copper plates used for printing the Cresset Press edition, contained in the original portfolio of half green morocco, paper boards, spine very slightly faded.
    The plate in this copy is for the ‘cul de lampe’at the end of The Voyage to Lilliput; a vignette of the returning Gulliver embracing his wife, set in an elaborate Whistlerian-Rococo frame.

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    [London : Printed by Harrison and Sons for H.M.Fletcher, 1970]. Edition limited to 25 copies with an original copper-plate

    Folio, title-page with engraved vignette by Rex Whistler, 3 lls text (versos blank), 25 engraved plates by Rex Whistler, 12 of them coloured by hand (by Len Pooley), on handmade paper watermarked T.H Saunders, together with one of the original copper plates used for printing the Cresset Press edition, contained in the original portfolio of half green morocco, paper boards, spine very slightly faded.
    The plate in this copy is for the ‘cul de lampe’at the end of The Voyage to Lilliput; a vignette of the returning Gulliver embracing his wife, set in an elaborate Whistlerian-Rococo frame.

    The Cresset Press edition of Gulliver’s Travels illustrated by Rex Whistler was published in 1930 and limited to 195 copies on handmade paper and 10 copies on vellum.

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  • One of twenty-five copies with an original copper
    WHISTLER, Rex (1905-44)
    Engravings by Rex Whistler for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Printed from the Original Plates.

    [London : Printed by Harrison and Sons for H.M.Fletcher, 1970]. Edition limited to 25 copies with an original copper
    Folio, title-page with engraved vignette by Rex Whistler, 3 lls text (versos blank), 25 engraved plates by Rex Whistler, 12 of them coloured by hand (by Len Pooley), on handmade paper watermarked T.H Saunders, together with one of the original copper plates used for printing the Cresset Press edition, contained in the original portfolio of half green morocco, paper boards, as new.
    The plate in this copy is for the map of “The Kingdom of Brobdingnag”.

    The Cresset Press edition of Gulliver’s Travels illustrated by Rex Whistler was published in 1930 and limited to 195 copies on handmade paper and 10 copies on vellum.

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  • Signed by the author
    Enter by WHISTLER, Sir Alan Charles Laurence (1912-2000)
    WHISTLER, Sir Alan Charles Laurence (1912-2000)
    Enter

    London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson [1987]. Limited Signed Edition,
    8vo, 128 pp, 5 full-page plates of engraved glass, publisher’s decorated cloth, original slip case, fine.
    A limited signed edition of 500 copies, signed by the author (but not numbered)

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  • OSBORNE, John and Anthony Creighton
    Epitaph for George Dillon. A Play in Three Acts.

    London: Faber & Faber [1958]. First Edition 8vo, original cloth, dust wrapper, fine.

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  • Static Electricity
    NOLLET, Jean-Antoine (1700-1770)
    Essai sur l’Electricite des Corps. Seconde Edition.

    Paris, Chez les Freres Guerin, rue S. Jacques, a Saint Thomas d’Aquin. 1753. 12mo, eng. front., + xxiv + 276 pp. + 4 fold. plates, cont. calf. gilt spine., rubbed, joints sound.
    Wheeler Gift has the 1st and 3rd editions (329 & 329a) BUT NOT THIS EDITION.

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  • Farming at home and abroad
    Essays on Husbandry. Essay 1. A General Introduction; shewing That Agriculture is the Basis and Support of all flourishing Communities;- the antient and present state of that useful Art... of the right Cultivation of our Colonies... Essay 11. An Account of some Experiments tending to improve the Culture of Luzerne by Transplantation... by [HARTE, Walter (1709-74)]
    [HARTE, Walter (1709-74)]
    Essays on Husbandry. Essay 1. A General Introduction; shewing That Agriculture is the Basis and Support of all flourishing Communities;- the antient and present state of that useful Art... of the right Cultivation of our Colonies... Essay 11. An Account of some Experiments tending to improve the Culture of Luzerne by Transplantation...

    London: Printed for W. Frederick in Bath. And sold by J. Hinton... W. Johnston... T. Field... et al. 1764. First Edition
    8vo, xviii, [4], 213, [1], 232 pp, 5 engraved plates and numerous woodcut in the text, rough vellum recently rebacked, paper label on spine, sound but not elegant.
    A valuable work, much praised in its day by such eminent men as Dr. Johnson and Lord Chesterfield. The first essay gives extensive information and advice on the plants and husbandry of North America as well as Great Britain and Europe; the second is a comprehensive treatise on lucerne grass, widely regarded as an important cattle fodder.
    Reference: Kress 6188 Sabin 30651 Fussell: More Old English Farming Books pp 45-6

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  • BROWN, John (1715-66)
    Essays on the Characteristics [of the Earl of Shaftesbury]

    London : Printed for C. Davis... 1751. First Edition
    8vo, 2 ff, viii, 406 pp, title printed in red and black with eng. vignette by C. Grignion after N. Blakey, small wormhole in last 15 leaves, cont. calf, gilt 2-fillet borders, fully gilt spine, lacking label, sound
    The first detailed reply to the theories advanced by Shaftesbury in his Characteristics and acknowledged among the finest pieces of literary criticism of the 18th. century.

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  • [DAVENANT, Charles (1656-1714)]
    Essays Upon I. The Ballance of Power. II. The Right of making War, Peace, and Alliances. III. Universal Monarchy. To which is added An Appendix Containing the Records Referr’d to in the Second essay.

    London : Printed for James Knapton at the Crown in St. Paul’s Churchyard 1701. First Edition
    8vo, 2ff, 288 (i.e. 284 with errors) pp, 1f (blank), [2], 125, [3] pp (ads), cont. blindstamped panelled calf, joints cracked cords sound, lacking label. Armorial bookplate of “John Bond. Grange” on front paste-down.
    Davenant attacks both clergy and government in these forthright essays. Attempts were made to prosecute the author but he could not be identified.
    Reference: Kress 2285 Goldsmiths’ 3835

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  • The first Englishman on midwifery
    Exercitationes de Generatione Animalium. Quibus accedunt quaedam De Partu : de Membranis ac humoribus Uteri : & de Conceptione... by HARVEY, William (1578-1657)
    HARVEY, William (1578-1657)
    Exercitationes de Generatione Animalium. Quibus accedunt quaedam De Partu : de Membranis ac humoribus Uteri : & de Conceptione...

    Amsterdam : Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium 1651. Second Edition
    !2mo, 568, [6] pp, + 1 leaf blank, eng. title with the imprint “Octavianum Pulleyn 1651”, contemporary vellum, title on spine in ink, lower cord of front board detached, partial loss of surface to yapp edge, otherwise a good copy.
    «The most important book on the subject to appear during the 17th century. Harvey was among the first to disbelieve the erroneous doctrine of the ''preformation'' of the foetus; he maintained that the organism derives from the ovum by the gradual building up and aggregation of its parts. The chapter on midwifery in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman”- (Garrison…

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    Amsterdam : Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium 1651. Second Edition
    !2mo, 568, [6] pp, + 1 leaf blank, eng. title with the imprint “Octavianum Pulleyn 1651”, contemporary vellum, title on spine in ink, lower cord of front board detached, partial loss of surface to yapp edge, otherwise a good copy.
    «The most important book on the subject to appear during the 17th century. Harvey was among the first to disbelieve the erroneous doctrine of the ''preformation'' of the foetus; he maintained that the organism derives from the ovum by the gradual building up and aggregation of its parts. The chapter on midwifery in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman”- (Garrison & Morton). The first edition was published by Octavianus Pulleyn in London in 4to. The same year (1651) three more editions appeared in Amsterdam of which the earliest, and most elegant, is the present one published by Elzevir.
    Reference: ESTC R231308 Wing H1091A Willems: Les Elzevirs 1129

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  • First Aldine Edition
    Expositio in IIII Orationes M. Tullii Cic. contra C. Verrem [and other orations] [Edited by F. Ausulanus.] by ASCONIUS PAEDIANUS, Quintus (2 BC-53 AD)
    ASCONIUS PAEDIANUS, Quintus (2 BC-53 AD)
    Expositio in IIII Orationes M. Tullii Cic. contra C. Verrem [and other orations] [Edited by F. Ausulanus.]

    [Colophon] Venice : In aedibus Aldi... December 1522. First Aldine Edition
    8vo, [12], 283, [1] ff, italic letter, aldine anchor device on title page and verso of last leaf, old vellum boards, faint calligraphic title on spine, sound.
    A valuable collection of commentaries which give important insights into the constitution of the senate, the popular assemblies, and the courts of justice.
    Reference: Renouard p.96 n.8 Adams 2054

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  • An elegant children’s book, inspired by Locke On Education
    Fables Nouvelles. by DORAT, Claude Joseph (1734-1780)
    DORAT, Claude Joseph (1734-1780)
    Fables Nouvelles.

    The Hague (et se trouve a Paris) : Chez Delalain... 1773. Second Edition - second issue of vol.1.
    Large Paper. (227 x 140mm) 2 vols in one, 8vo, eng. front., xxii, [2], eng. pl., pp [1]-176, eng. pl., eng. title to vol.2, pp [179]-309, [3]pp, the second copy of the plate (facing title of vol 2) from an ordinary paper copy, a few deckle edges towards the end and penultimate leaf slightly frayed, 19th century French mottled calf, gilt borders and spine, morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers, sound.
    The illustrations consist of:- 2 frontispieces by Marillier engraved by de Ghendt, a plate by Marillier engraved by de Launay ( repeated in vol.2), a vignette on the…

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    The Hague (et se trouve a Paris) : Chez Delalain... 1773. Second Edition - second issue of vol.1.
    Large Paper. (227 x 140mm) 2 vols in one, 8vo, eng. front., xxii, [2], eng. pl., pp [1]-176, eng. pl., eng. title to vol.2, pp [179]-309, [3]pp, the second copy of the plate (facing title of vol 2) from an ordinary paper copy, a few deckle edges towards the end and penultimate leaf slightly frayed, 19th century French mottled calf, gilt borders and spine, morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers, sound.
    The illustrations consist of:- 2 frontispieces by Marillier engraved by de Ghendt, a plate by Marillier engraved by de Launay ( repeated in vol.2), a vignette on the printed title to vol.1, 99 headpieces and 99 tailpieces all by Marillier and engraved by various engravers. “Cet ouvrage... est le chef d’œuvre de Marillier” - Cohen de Ricci.
    The fine Fürstenberg/Schäfer copy sold some years ago was 19mm shorter that ours.
    At page ii of the preliminaries there is an “Avis sur cette edition” which reads, in part “En relisant le Traité de Locke sur l’Education, j’y ai trouvé ce passage : Lorsqu’un Enfant commence à savoir lire, je crois qu’on ne peut lui donner un meilleur Livre que des Fables, qui puisse à la fois le divertir et l’occuper. Si d’ailleurs chaque Fable est représentée par une Estampe, cela lui plaira beaucoup plus, et pourra l’encourager à poursuivre sa lecture...... Ce fragment est la seule réponse que je ferai à ceux qui critiqueront la pompe typographique de cet Ouvrage...” From this it would appear that Dorat , inspired by Locke’s Essay on Education, produced his Fables especially for children.
    Reference: Cohen / de Ricci 313

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  • In imitation of Shakespeare
    KENRICK, William (1725?-79)
    Falstaff’s Wedding, A Comedy... being a Sequel to the Second Part of the Play of King Henry the Fourth. Written in Imitation of Shakespeare.

    London : Printed for L. Davis and C. Reymers, in Holborn; and J. Payne in Pater-noster-Row. 1766. ? Second Edition
    8vo, [8]. 68, [4] pp, paper fault in foremargin of B3 affecting a few letters, half-title a little soiled, advert leaf at end, disbound.
    Another edition, with the imprint of J. Wilkie and dated 1760, was not issued till 1766 (from its Preface). It seems likely, however, that it preceeded this edition.
    Reference: Jaggard p.332

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  • One of 100 copies
    Famous Foxhunters... Illustrated from Contemporary Pictures and from Original Drawings by the Author. by EDWARDS, Lionel (1878-1966)
    EDWARDS, Lionel (1878-1966)
    Famous Foxhunters... Illustrated from Contemporary Pictures and from Original Drawings by the Author.

    London : Eyre and Spottiswoode (Publishers) Limited.... 1932. Limited Edition, no. 15 of 100 copies signed by the author
    Large 4to, xi, 103 pp, 34 plates, publisher’s half vellum, red cloth bds, t.e.g, others uncut, a fine copy preserved in a custom made fleece-lined cloth slipcase.

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  • A long and enigmatic presentation inscription
    Fantastic Memories. Illustrations by Salvador Dali. by SANDOZ, Maurice-Yves (1892-1958) and Salvador DALI illustrator
    SANDOZ, Maurice-Yves (1892-1958) and Salvador DALI illustrator
    Fantastic Memories. Illustrations by Salvador Dali.

    Garden City, New York : Doubleday, Doran and Co., Inc. 1944. First Edition
    4to, Frontispiece, 128 pp, 22 plates and duplicates at p37 and 44, publisher’s cloth, dustwrapper, presentation inscription inink on verso of frontispiece “Go! ‘Fantastic Memories’ and be proud to be in the hands of Mrs H S Sewell, the last Lady who believes in the existence of Lilliput... Maurice Sandoz. New York 1945”, engraved bookplate “Tysoe Manor” on front pastedown, a minor chip at foot of d/w spine, otherwise a very fine copy
    The recipient was the daughter the gypsum magnate, Jerome Berre King, and the wife of Brigadier-General Horace Somerville Sewell, CMG, DSO & bar (1881–1953), an officer in the British Army during…

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    Garden City, New York : Doubleday, Doran and Co., Inc. 1944. First Edition
    4to, Frontispiece, 128 pp, 22 plates and duplicates at p37 and 44, publisher’s cloth, dustwrapper, presentation inscription inink on verso of frontispiece “Go! ‘Fantastic Memories’ and be proud to be in the hands of Mrs H S Sewell, the last Lady who believes in the existence of Lilliput... Maurice Sandoz. New York 1945”, engraved bookplate “Tysoe Manor” on front pastedown, a minor chip at foot of d/w spine, otherwise a very fine copy
    The recipient was the daughter the gypsum magnate, Jerome Berre King, and the wife of Brigadier-General Horace Somerville Sewell, CMG, DSO & bar (1881–1953), an officer in the British Army during World War I. In 1940 they moved into Tysoe Manor in Warwickshire but during WW II he was attached to the British Information Sevice in New York.

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  • Ferguson’s Lectures on Select Subjects, in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Optics, Geography, Astronomy, and Dialling. With Notes and an Appendix, Adapted... by David Brewster, A.M. The Second Edition. by FERGUSON, James (1710-1776) and David Brewster, editor
    FERGUSON, James (1710-1776) and David Brewster, editor
    Ferguson’s Lectures on Select Subjects, in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Optics, Geography, Astronomy, and Dialling. With Notes and an Appendix, Adapted... by David Brewster, A.M. The Second Edition.

    Edinburgh : Printed for Bell & Bradfute, J Fairbairn; Mundell, Doig, & Stevenson... et al. 1806. 8vo, 3 vols, lxviii, 442, [1] + x, 518, [2] pp, + 50 folding plates (numbered 1-23, 1-13, 1-14), modern marbled boards with morocco spines, the plates quite heavily foxed, otherwise a sound copy.
    The famous Ferguson Lectures, enlarged and “adapted to the present state of the arts and sciences” by David Brewster (1781-1868)

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  • BRONNER, [Franz Xaver] (1758-1850)
    Fischergedichte und Erzaehlungen [viz. Erzählungen] von Bronner

    Zurich : Orell, Gessner, Fussli und Comp. 1787. First Edition
    Cr. 8vo, 174 pp, some foxing throughout, cont. half calf, sprinkled paper bds, mor. label, sound.
    The author’s first book which, despite the title, are prose sketches in the style of Gessner’s “Idylls”

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  • Considered among the finest folio flower books issued in America.
    Floral Belles from the Greenhouse and Garden. by BADGER, Clarissa Munger Mrs (1806 - 89)
    BADGER, Clarissa Munger Mrs (1806 - 89)
    Floral Belles from the Greenhouse and Garden.

    New York: Charles Scribner, 1867. Large folio, (430x325mm), frontispiece and 15 lithographed plates of flowers hand-coloured by the artist, each with an accompanying poem, publisher’s full green morocco, the upper cover with a wide border and a centrepiece of the title in elaborate display lettering intertwined with foliage tooled in gilt, the rear cover with the same border in blind, a fine copy.
    A magnificent example of a de luxe gift book designed to appeal to the carriage-trade of 19th century New York; it is considered among the finest folio flower books issued in America. A calligraphic inscription on a front blank, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Miss Jennie B. Bleecker with pleasant reminiscences of…

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    New York: Charles Scribner, 1867. Large folio, (430x325mm), frontispiece and 15 lithographed plates of flowers hand-coloured by the artist, each with an accompanying poem, publisher’s full green morocco, the upper cover with a wide border and a centrepiece of the title in elaborate display lettering intertwined with foliage tooled in gilt, the rear cover with the same border in blind, a fine copy.
    A magnificent example of a de luxe gift book designed to appeal to the carriage-trade of 19th century New York; it is considered among the finest folio flower books issued in America. A calligraphic inscription on a front blank, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Miss Jennie B. Bleecker with pleasant reminiscences of the past and best wishes for the future from her friend, Philip Schaff. New York, Nov. 10, 1874” bears this out, the recipient being a member of an wealthy New York Family. The donor, Philip Schaff (1819 -1893) was a Swiss-born Protestant theologian and ecclesiastical historian who was a professor at the Union Theological Seminary, NYC from 1870 till his death. [vide: Wikipedia]
    The publisher’s morocco binding was issued in various colours; we have notice of black, red and the present green which we judge the most pleasing and appropriate, particularly when it is in such fine condition.
    Reference: Nissen BBI 56

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