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  • ROWE, Nicholas (1674-1718)
    The Tragedy of Jane Shore. Written in Imitation of Shakespear’s Style.

    London: Printed for Bernard Lintott, at the Cross-Keys, between the Two Temple-Gates, in Fleet-street. n.d. [c.1713]. First Edition, second issue (p.18, line 3 reads ‘...the Heart...’)
    Small 4to, A-I4; [viii], 63, [1] pp, faint waterstain in first two gatherings, modern 1/4 red morocco, marbled bds.
    The Prologue is of interest for its view of Shakespeare as an untutored genius - “In such an Age, Immortal Shakespear wrote, By no quaint Rules, nor hampering Criticks taught; With rough majestick Force he mov’d the Heart, And Strength, and Nature, made amends for Art...”
    Reference: ESTC T55544

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  • Utopia in Australia
    The Travels and Adventures of James Massey. Translated from the French [by Stephen Whatley] by [TYSSOT DE PATOT. Simon (1655-1727?)]
    [TYSSOT DE PATOT. Simon (1655-1727?)]
    The Travels and Adventures of James Massey. Translated from the French [by Stephen Whatley]

    London: Printed for John Watts, at the Printing Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln’s-Inn Fields. 1733. First Edition in English
    12mo, A6, B-O12, P6, engraved front. by G. Van Gucht, title in red and black, (viii), 318, (6) pp, contemporary calf, re-backed, engraved bookplate “Library, Brocket Hall” on front pastedown and another, crowned “C” above “Panshanger” on front fly, a sound copy.
    Tyssot de Patot, a firebrand Huguenot free-thinker, sets his imaginary voyag (or as P.D. Gove argues, rather an ‘extraordinary’ voyage; making the distinction between narratives which the authors admit to being fantasy and those which are passed off as genuine voyages), as had Vairesse before him), in Australia drawing for his description of the country on…

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    London: Printed for John Watts, at the Printing Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln’s-Inn Fields. 1733. First Edition in English
    12mo, A6, B-O12, P6, engraved front. by G. Van Gucht, title in red and black, (viii), 318, (6) pp, contemporary calf, re-backed, engraved bookplate “Library, Brocket Hall” on front pastedown and another, crowned “C” above “Panshanger” on front fly, a sound copy.
    Tyssot de Patot, a firebrand Huguenot free-thinker, sets his imaginary voyag (or as P.D. Gove argues, rather an ‘extraordinary’ voyage; making the distinction between narratives which the authors admit to being fantasy and those which are passed off as genuine voyages), as had Vairesse before him), in Australia drawing for his description of the country on the accounts of real travellers such as Dellon and Lahontan. Massey and his companions are shipwrecked on an island in the South Seas and Tyssot describes them establishing a camp, building a raft and then recounts their discoveries of the flora and fauna of the island. They eventually discover, in the interior, an advanced civilisation living in a land of plenty, and the radical ideas and advanced free-thinking that are discussed with their hosts makes it unsurprising that the early editions in French often carried a false imprint.

    Reference: ESTC T68558 Gove : Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction pp. 217 et seq.

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  • Defender of the power of Parliament
    PIERREPONT, William (1607/8 - 1678) aka. Pierrepoint
    The true copie of a Speech delivered by the Honorable William Perpoynt. second son to the Right Honorable the Earle of Kingstone, against Sr Robert Berkley Knight, one of the Justices of the Kings Bench, in maintenance of their accusation of High Treason, and other great misdemeanours. At a conference of both houses in the Painted Chamber, July 6, 1641.

    London : Printed for Henrie Hood. 1641. Small 4to, A4, B2, [2], 10 pp, browned throughout, disbound.
    “In the debate over ship money in December 1640 he (Pierrepont) denounced the judges who had denied parliament's right to make the tax illegal. He then chaired the committee for the impeachment of Sir Robert Berkeley, the judge who had defended ship money most vociferously. Pierrepont's major speech against ship money has survived (in the present pamphlet) and illustrates his political beliefs” - Oxford DNB.

    Reference: Wing P2212

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  • Economic arguments for industrial freedom
    [COURT, Pieter de la, (1618-85)] and Johan de WITT
    The True Interest and Political Maxims of the Republick of Holland and West-Friesland... Written by John de Witt and other Great Men in Holland. Publish’d by the Authority of the States.

    London : Printed in the Year 1702. 8vo, eng. port., lvi, 492 pp, cont. blindstamped panelled calf, spine gilt but worn, lacking label, joints cracked, otherwise a good copy.
    The original work, of which this is the first English translation, was first circulated in manuscript and, in 1662, published, without the author’s consent and with various alterations and the addition of two important chapters, by Johan de Witt. It presents important economic arguments for industrial freedom.
    Reference: Kress 2344 Goldsmiths’ 3864

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  • HICKES, George (1642-1715)
    The True Notion of Persecution Stated. In a Sermon Preached at the Time of the Late Contribution for the French Protestants...

    London : Printed for Walter Kettilby, at the Bishop’s-Head in Saint Paul’s Church-yard. 1682. Small 4to, [-]2, B-E4, F2, first leaf blank, orig. stab-stitch holes in gutters, disbound from a volume.
    The author was an ardent royalist, an antiquary and a bishop of the nonjuring Church of England.
    Reference: Wing H1876

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  • William Pitt satirized
    The Unembarassed Countenace(sic), A New Ballad. To the Tune of a Cobler there was, &c. &c. by [WILLIAMS, Sir Charles Hanbury (1708-59)] attributed to
    [WILLIAMS, Sir Charles Hanbury (1708-59)] attributed to
    The Unembarassed Countenace(sic), A New Ballad. To the Tune of a Cobler there was, &c. &c.

    London : Printed for Henry Carpenter, in Fleet-street, 1746. Folio, 4 leaves, p.8 mis-numbered “7”, on the title-page is written in a contemporary hand “By this is understood Mr. William Pitt”, disbound, fine.
    This satire on William Pitt was included in Hanbury Williams’ A Collection of Poems. 1763 but Horace Walpole annotated his copy, now in the British Library, “Not by Sr C.W.”
    Reference: ESTC T50399 Foxon U2

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  • WITHERS, John (1669-1729)
    The Whigs Vindicated, The Objections that are commonly brought against them Answer’d... In a Letter to a Friend... The Sixth Edition Corrected

    London : Printed for John Clark, at the Bible and Crown in Cheapside... 1715. 8vo, 48 pp, disbound.
    One of at least ten editions published the same year.

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  • The White Rose: or A Word for the House of York, Vindicating the Right of Succession, in a Letter from Scotland to A Peer of this Realm. by B..., W. [sometimes atributed to John Brydall (b. 1635?)]
    B..., W. [sometimes atributed to John Brydall (b. 1635?)]
    The White Rose: or A Word for the House of York, Vindicating the Right of Succession, in a Letter from Scotland to A Peer of this Realm.

    London : Printed Anno Dom. 1680. Folio, [ii], 10 pp, uncut, disbound, foxed and dust-stained.
    Reference: ESTC R2802 Wing B5268

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  • NICHOLSON, Timothy Robin ( b.1930 )
    The Wild Roads. The Story of Transcontinental Motoring

    [London] : Jarrolds. [1969]. First Edition
    8vo, xviii, 302 pp, 29 photographic illustrations and 7 double-page maps in text, publisher’s cloth, dust wrapper protected in a mylatr sleeve, fine.
    “ What is an epic drive? Today it is the yet-to-be-completed journey from the Arctic to the tip of South America... In 1888 an epic drive was one successfully completed between the town in which the car was built and the next town” [from the first paragraph of chatper 1.]

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  • The founding of the British Museum
    SLOANE, Sir Hans, bt. (1660-1753)
    The Will of Sir Hans Sloane, Bart. Deceased.

    London : Printed for John Virtuoso, near Crane-Court, Fleet-street. 1753. 8vo, [2], 48 pp, disbound, lacks 1/2 title
    At Sloane’s death, his executors were instructed to petition parliament to save his collections for the nation. Parliament, on hearing that they were being offered for £20,000 collections estimated at £80-1000,000 took up the offer, adding the Harleian and Cotton collections of manuscripts. By act of parliament dated 7. June 1753 they constituted the founding collections of the British Museum.

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  • The Wood Family of Burslem. A Brief Biography of Those of Its Members Who were Sculptors, Modellers and Potters. by FALKNER, Frank
    FALKNER, Frank
    The Wood Family of Burslem. A Brief Biography of Those of Its Members Who were Sculptors, Modellers and Potters.

    London, Chapman & Hall, 1912. 4to, xx + 118pp + 58 plates + map + folding genealogical chart, orig. cl. bkplate of N. Gwynne.

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  • Shakespeare Head Press
    The Works of... by CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1340?-1400)
    CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1340?-1400)
    The Works of...

    Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press Stratford-Upon-Avon and Publshed for the Press by Basil Blackwell Oxford 1928-29. Limited Edition no. 318 of 375 copies
    8 volumes, folio, uncut and unopened, marginal illustrations throughout coloured by hand, original publisher’s 1/4 buckram and paper boards, printed paper labels on spines and a duplicate laid in loose in each volume, a fine set.

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  • Finely printed by Bulmer
    GRAY, Thomas (1716-71)
    The Works of... with Memoirs of his Life and Writings by William Mason... [ed. T.J.Mathias]

    London : Printed by Wm Bulmer & Co. for John Porter... 1814. 2 volumes, 4to, port., [4], 581 pp, 2 plates, + front., [2], vii, 634 pp, cont. russia, rebacked, old backs laid down.

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  • Very fine in contemporary red morocco
    The Works... with a Complete Index. by ADDISON, Joseph (1672-1719)
    ADDISON, Joseph (1672-1719)
    The Works... with a Complete Index.

    Birmingham : Printed by John Baskerville, for J. and R. Tonson, At Shakespear’s Head in the Strand, London. 1761. 4 volumes 4to, portrait, xxviii, 525 (recte 537), (5) pp + (viii), 538, (12) pp, 4 plates + 579, (13) pp + 555, (11) pp, contemporary red morocco, single fillet borders, fully gilt spines with titling direct to leather, turn-ins gilt with a roll of stars, crescents, palmettes, etc., marbled endpapers, edges stained green, armorial bookplate of “Anthony Morris Storer” and leather book label of “C.A. and V. Baldwin” on front pastedown of each volume, very fine condition.
    Reference: ESTC T89166 Gaskell 17

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  • Dedicated to the Governors and Directors of the Royal Exchange Assurance Company
    The Young Algebraist's Companion : or, a New and Easy Guide to Algebra; Introduced by the Doctrine of Vulgar Fractions: Designed for such Who, by their own Application only, would become acquainted with the Rudiments of this noble Science, but have hitherto been prevented and discouraged, by Reason of the many Difficulties and Obscurities attending most Authors upon the Subject. Illustrated with Variety of numerical and literal Examples, and attempted in natural and familiar Dialogues, in order to render the Work more easy and diverting to those that are quite unacquainted with Fractions and the Analytic Art. by FENNING, Daniel (of The Royal Exchange Assurance)
    FENNING, Daniel (of The Royal Exchange Assurance)
    The Young Algebraist's Companion : or, a New and Easy Guide to Algebra; Introduced by the Doctrine of Vulgar Fractions: Designed for such Who, by their own Application only, would become acquainted with the Rudiments of this noble Science, but have hitherto been prevented and discouraged, by Reason of the many Difficulties and Obscurities attending most Authors upon the Subject. Illustrated with Variety of numerical and literal Examples, and attempted in natural and familiar Dialogues, in order to render the Work more easy and diverting to those that are quite unacquainted with Fractions and the Analytic Art.

    London: Printed by T. Parker for the Author, and Sold by the Booksellers in Town and Country. 1750. First Edition
    12mo, xxvi, 235 pp, tear in foremargin of K2 affecting a few letters on p.99, occasional neat calculations in the margins in an early hand, cont. sprinkled calf, 2-fillet borders in gilt, fully gilt spine, lacking label, rubbed but joints sound.

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  • A landmark of early American technology
    The Young Mill-Wright and Miller’s Guide. In Five Parts. Part 1. Mechanics and Hydraulics... Part 11. Rules for applying the Theories to practice... Part 111. Directions for constructing and using all the Author’s patented Improvements in Mills. Part 1V. The Art of manufacturing Mal and Flour... Part V. The Practical Mill-wright... Appendix - Containing Rules for discovering New Improvements... Embellished with Twenty-five Plates. Fourth Edition. by EVANS, Oliver (1755-1819)
    EVANS, Oliver (1755-1819)
    The Young Mill-Wright and Miller’s Guide. In Five Parts. Part 1. Mechanics and Hydraulics... Part 11. Rules for applying the Theories to practice... Part 111. Directions for constructing and using all the Author’s patented Improvements in Mills. Part 1V. The Art of manufacturing Mal and Flour... Part V. The Practical Mill-wright... Appendix - Containing Rules for discovering New Improvements... Embellished with Twenty-five Plates. Fourth Edition.

    Philadelphia : M. Carey and Son, Chest-nut Street. 1821. 8vo, [-]4, B-Z, Aa-Zz, 3A4, 26 engraved plates (numbered 1 to XX1V, XXV11 & XXV1), heavily foxed throughout as usual, cont. sheep, neatly rebacked, old label, corner repaired. A sound copy.
    The fourth edition (first published 1795) of the first book on power grain milling and a landmark of early American technology. Writing in 1935 Bathe says of it “There is to this day, at least one mill owner known to the writer, who has a copy of Oliver Evans’ Mill-wright in his office to which he says quite frankly he refers often, considering it is still in many repects the most practical work for millers ever published”. As…

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    Philadelphia : M. Carey and Son, Chest-nut Street. 1821. 8vo, [-]4, B-Z, Aa-Zz, 3A4, 26 engraved plates (numbered 1 to XX1V, XXV11 & XXV1), heavily foxed throughout as usual, cont. sheep, neatly rebacked, old label, corner repaired. A sound copy.
    The fourth edition (first published 1795) of the first book on power grain milling and a landmark of early American technology. Writing in 1935 Bathe says of it “There is to this day, at least one mill owner known to the writer, who has a copy of Oliver Evans’ Mill-wright in his office to which he says quite frankly he refers often, considering it is still in many repects the most practical work for millers ever published”. As a practical handbook it is hardly surprising that copies, where they have survived, are usually in poor condition.
    Reference: Bathe, G. & D. : Oliver Evans. A Chronicle of Early American Engineering. 1935 p.47

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  • The dramatic moment in the best known legend in American literature
    “They Crowded round him, eyeing him from Head to Foot with Great Curiosity” by RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939) illustrator and Washington IRVING (1783-1859)
    RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939) illustrator and Washington IRVING (1783-1859)
    “They Crowded round him, eyeing him from Head to Foot with Great Curiosity”

    1960. Original watercolour drawing (330 x 270 mm) of Rip Van Winkle, on his return from his twenty years asleep in the Catskills, surrounded by curious villagers outside the General Washington Inn (formerly the King George III Inn!), signed bottom left “Arthur Rackham ‘05” Framed and glazed in the original Leicester Galleries frame with their ticket on the back. (see below)
    “But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle...This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period...” [Hudson p.57] An innovation which produced enormous advance publicity for the publishers was the exhibition of the original drawings at The…

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    1960. Original watercolour drawing (330 x 270 mm) of Rip Van Winkle, on his return from his twenty years asleep in the Catskills, surrounded by curious villagers outside the General Washington Inn (formerly the King George III Inn!), signed bottom left “Arthur Rackham ‘05” Framed and glazed in the original Leicester Galleries frame with their ticket on the back. (see below)
    “But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle...This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period...” [Hudson p.57] An innovation which produced enormous advance publicity for the publishers was the exhibition of the original drawings at The Leicester Galleries; the deluxe edition of the book was fully subscribed before the exhibition closed.
    This is much more than just a very fine Rackham watercolour; it is an iconic moment in one of the great stories of world literature. Rip van Winkle is known throughout the English-speaking world and beyond as the man who slept for twenty years. One day, to escape his nagging wife he wanders off into his native Catskill mountains in New York State and falls asleep. He awakes to discover shocking changes. His musket is rotting and rusty, his beard is a foot long, and his dog is nowhere to be found. Van Winkle returns to his village where he recognizes no one. He discovers that his wife has died and that his close friends have fallen in a war or moved away. He gets into trouble when he proclaims himself a loyal subject of King George III, not aware that the American Revolution has taken place. King George's portrait in the inn has been replaced with one of George Washington. And here he is, a bewildered Rip, sleep still in his eyes, outside what is now the General Washington Inn surrounded by villagers he doesn’t recognise.
    Reference: Hudson, Derek : Arthur Rackham His Life and Work. N.Y. 1960

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  • Thomas Bewick
    BORDEN, John W. and Janet S KRUEGER
    Thomas Bewick & the Fables of Aesop. Biographical Sketch by John W. Borden. History of the Fables by Janet S. Krueger. With an original leaf from the first edition (1818) of The Fables of Aesop and a new impression of one of Bewick’s original wood engravings.

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California 1983. Limited Edition of 518 copies
    4to, 58, [4] pp, with an original leaf tipped in on page 11, orig. brown paper bds, printed label on spine, plain cream d/wrapper with slight stain to rear, 4-page prospectus laid in loose.
    Publication number 175 of The Book Club of California.

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  • Presented in Chelsea
    PALAMAS, Kōstēs (1859-1943)
    Three poems. Translated by Theodore Ph. Stephanides and George C. Katsimbalis.

    London. 1969. Printed for private circulation?
    Roy. 8vo, 38, [2] pp, printed paper wrappers, very small faint stain to front cover, inscribed on front free endpaper “With best wishes, Theodore Stephanides. Chelsea 1970”

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  • Advance copy for review with TLs to Tom Driberg from the author
    To the Chapel Perilous by MITCHISON, Naomi Mary Margaret, baroness, CBE (1897-1999)
    MITCHISON, Naomi Mary Margaret, baroness, CBE (1897-1999)
    To the Chapel Perilous

    London : George Allen & Unwin Ltd Ruskin House Museum Street [1955]. First Edition
    Small 8vo, 172, [4] pp, publisher’s cloth, dust jacket very slightly frayed at top edge and a little dusty,preserved in a detachable mylar sleeve, Tom Driberg’s copy sent for review ( Publication date “September 8th”) with a typed post-card addressed to Driberg and signed “Yrs Naomi” postmarked “Campbelltown 12 April 1955” laid in loose.

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