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  • Even Gay/Lemonnyer deems it “Rare”
    L’Enfant Gate, ou le Debauche de la Haye. Detalant les principales fourberies de notre temps. Premiere Partie [Seconde Partie] by ANON.
    ANON.
    L’Enfant Gate, ou le Debauche de la Haye. Detalant les principales fourberies de notre temps. Premiere Partie [Seconde Partie]

    Delft : Chez Pierre Boll. 1682. 12mo, 2 vols in 1, [viii], 177, and [ii], 164 pp, fine engraved frontispiece to each part and 6 engravings in Part 1, some signatures browned, later full calf roll-tooled in blind, fine.
    Gay/Lemonnyer records this title with just one word “rare” and OCLC locates only 2 copies, both in the British Library and adds [Translated from "Het Kind van Weelde," etc.] Of this Dutch original we trace a single copy in the Dutch National Library.

    OCLC: 1064802683 Gay/Lemonnyer Vol. 2. 103

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  • Only one copy recorded - in the Bibliotheque nationale de France
    Cabinet Satyrique, ou Recueil parfaict des vers picquans et gaillards de ce temps, tiré des secrets cabinets des sieurs de Sygognes, Régnier, Motin, Berthelot, Maynard et autres des plus signalez poètes de ce siècle. Dernière édition, reveue, corrigee, et de beaucoup augmentee. by [REGNIER, Mathurin (1573-1613)] and [MAYNARD, Francois (1582-1646)] et al.
    [REGNIER, Mathurin (1573-1613)] and [MAYNARD, Francois (1582-1646)] et al.
    Cabinet Satyrique, ou Recueil parfaict des vers picquans et gaillards de ce temps, tiré des secrets cabinets des sieurs de Sygognes, Régnier, Motin, Berthelot, Maynard et autres des plus signalez poètes de ce siècle. Dernière édition, reveue, corrigee, et de beaucoup augmentee.

    Paris : Jouxte la coppie imprimee a Rouen. 1634. 8vo, [iv], 734, [16] pps, contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edges, title lettered in ink on spine, a very sound copy.
    First published in 1618, and inevitably much reprinted even into the twentieth century, the present edition of this well-known collection of satirical, erotic and scatalogical verse by some of the best poets in that genre is recorded by OCLC in only one copy, that in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. “Un recueil fort remarkable et fort connu, des meilleures poesies licencieuses du temps” [Gay/Lemonnyer]

    OCLC 457640399 BnF FRBNF31189484 Gay / Lemonnyer Vol.1 442

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  • With the rare Cinquieme Partie, finely bound by Thouvenin
    Les Amours de Messaline, Ci-devant Reine de l’Isle d’Albion.... Nouvelle Edition revue, corrigee, & augmentee d’une Cinquieme Partie. Ville-Franche: Chez Jeremie Plantie 1693 by [LETI, Gregorio (1630-1701)]
    [LETI, Gregorio (1630-1701)]
    Les Amours de Messaline, Ci-devant Reine de l’Isle d’Albion.... Nouvelle Edition revue, corrigee, & augmentee d’une Cinquieme Partie. Ville-Franche: Chez Jeremie Plantie 1693

    1693. 12mo, 240pp, 19th century hard-grain red morocco, blind-stamped borders enclosed by a single gilt fillet, spine with 5 raised bands, decorated in gilt and blind, by Thouvenin, signed in blind at foot of spine, a.e.g. very fine.
    First published in 1689 in Four Parts, this new edition contains a Fifth Part on pages 185 - 240. The present edition is rare. CcF finds only two copies, Toulon and Lyon, no copy in Bibliotheque Nationale; OCLC locates 4 copies in Germany, Mannheim, Hamburg, Potsdam and Dresden, and 2 in US, Texas and Wisconsin; apparently no copy in UK.
    A scurrilous account of a scandalous affair between Louis XIV of France and Mary of Modena, wife of James II…

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    1693. 12mo, 240pp, 19th century hard-grain red morocco, blind-stamped borders enclosed by a single gilt fillet, spine with 5 raised bands, decorated in gilt and blind, by Thouvenin, signed in blind at foot of spine, a.e.g. very fine.
    First published in 1689 in Four Parts, this new edition contains a Fifth Part on pages 185 - 240. The present edition is rare. CcF finds only two copies, Toulon and Lyon, no copy in Bibliotheque Nationale; OCLC locates 4 copies in Germany, Mannheim, Hamburg, Potsdam and Dresden, and 2 in US, Texas and Wisconsin; apparently no copy in UK.
    A scurrilous account of a scandalous affair between Louis XIV of France and Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England which, although the author claims in his preface “...on ne doit pas s’imaginer que la fiction ait quelque part dans cette Histoire.” has no proven historical truth. It is claimed to be a translation of an English anti-catholic work attacking the monarch’s conversion to catholicism. This would appear to be “The Amours of Messalina, late Queen of Albion... by a Woman of Quality” [Wing A3023]

    Gay/ Lemonnyer vol.1 col.149 Brunet I, 244

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  • The great scientific encyclopedia of antiquity
    The Historie of the World. Commonly called, The Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Translated into English by Philemon Holland, Doctor of Physicke by PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Caius (23 - 79 AD) aka Pliny the Elder & Philemon HOLLAND tr.
    PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Caius (23 - 79 AD) aka Pliny the Elder & Philemon HOLLAND tr.
    The Historie of the World. Commonly called, The Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Translated into English by Philemon Holland, Doctor of Physicke

    London : Impensis G. B. 1601 [Vol. 2 Printed by Adam Islip, 1601]. First Edition in English
    2 volumes in 1, folio, (324x208mm) [-]6, ❡4, a-b6, A8, B-Iii6, Kkk4, 357 leaves (lacking first blank), and A-Ggg6, Hhh4, Iii-Ooo6, Ppp8, 365 leaves (lacking last blank, Ppp2&7 in duplicate), cancel title to vol. 1 with imprint reading Impensis G.B.[ishop], occasional early ink marginalia and underlinings ,with an elegant cloverleaf nota mark, minor holes in vol.1 foremargin of V4 and in vol.2 lower margin of Dd3, none affecting text, 17th century full calf, triple fillet centre panels with floral cornerpieces in blind, spine fully gilt with stars, circles, and a distinctive carnation tool, title labels in 2nd and 3rd compartments, hinges…

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    London : Impensis G. B. 1601 [Vol. 2 Printed by Adam Islip, 1601]. First Edition in English
    2 volumes in 1, folio, (324x208mm) [-]6, ❡4, a-b6, A8, B-Iii6, Kkk4, 357 leaves (lacking first blank), and A-Ggg6, Hhh4, Iii-Ooo6, Ppp8, 365 leaves (lacking last blank, Ppp2&7 in duplicate), cancel title to vol. 1 with imprint reading Impensis G.B.[ishop], occasional early ink marginalia and underlinings ,with an elegant cloverleaf nota mark, minor holes in vol.1 foremargin of V4 and in vol.2 lower margin of Dd3, none affecting text, 17th century full calf, triple fillet centre panels with floral cornerpieces in blind, spine fully gilt with stars, circles, and a distinctive carnation tool, title labels in 2nd and 3rd compartments, hinges sometime expertly renewed, a fine, tall and clean copy.
    Written in the first century AD, Pliny's "Naturalis Historia" was essentially the highest authority for centuries on subjects relating to botany, zoology, geography, mineralogy, pharmacology, etc. It soon became a standard book of reference; abstracts and abridgements appeared by the third century. Bede owned a copy, Alcuin sent the early books to Charlemagne, and Dicuil, the Irish geographer, quotes him in the ninth century. It was the basis of Isidore's Etymologiae and such medieval encyclopedias as the Speculum Majus of Vincent of Beauvais and the Catholicon of Balbus. Holland is generally considered the greatest translator of the Elizabethan age. Lowndes regards this book as "A work of immense labour, and what few men of his time could have executed in a superior manner to Dr. Holland." It was claimed by Sir Sidney Lee to be ‘his most popular translation’.
    STC (2nd ed.) 20029.5 [ESTC S115918] Pforzheimer 496 Lowndes p. 1885 McKerrow & Ferguson no.148

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  • An English Ballad: In Answer to Mr. Despreaux’s Pindarique Ode On the Taking of Namure. by [PRIOR, Matthew (1664-1721)]
    [PRIOR, Matthew (1664-1721)]
    An English Ballad: In Answer to Mr. Despreaux’s Pindarique Ode On the Taking of Namure.

    London : Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s Head near the Inner Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1695. First Edition, folio, [A] - D2, text in French and English on facing pages, the French beginning on the verso of the title-page, title a little foxed in the lower margin, disbound.
    Prior, as well as being a poet, was a well respected diplomat in the service of King William III. His knowledge of French was recognised by his being sent to Paris in 1698 in attendance on the English Ambassador. He was undoubtedly well equipped to satirise Boileau’s poem.
    Wing P3509

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  • The Second and Best Edition - with the first bananas seen in England A fine copy with a Scottish provenance
    The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of London, Master in Chirurgerie. Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson Citizen and Apothecarye of London. by GERARDE, John [1545-1612]
    GERARDE, John [1545-1612]
    The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of London, Master in Chirurgerie. Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson Citizen and Apothecarye of London.

    London: Printed by Adam Islip, Joice Norton and Richard Whitakers, 1633. Folio, (350 x 230mm) *8, ** - ***6, A-B8, C-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, 4A-4Z6, 5A-5Z6, 6A-6V6, 6X4, 6Y-6Z6, 7a-7b6 (lacking first blank, but the last blank looks genuine and has a minute wormhole matching the last gatherings), Engraved title, prelims. [xxxvi], text pp. 1-[1632], indices, 23 leaves, profusely illustrated with woodcuts of plants throughout the text, small rusthole in foremargin of title and next 4 leaves [see image], bound in 20c. antique-style sprinkled calf, 6 raised bands, titled in gilt direct to the spine in 2nd compartment, ffep from the previous binding(?). Provenance : Inscription on upper blank margin of the title-page “Johne Levingstonii awcht this book 5 May…

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    London: Printed by Adam Islip, Joice Norton and Richard Whitakers, 1633. Folio, (350 x 230mm) *8, ** - ***6, A-B8, C-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, 4A-4Z6, 5A-5Z6, 6A-6V6, 6X4, 6Y-6Z6, 7a-7b6 (lacking first blank, but the last blank looks genuine and has a minute wormhole matching the last gatherings), Engraved title, prelims. [xxxvi], text pp. 1-[1632], indices, 23 leaves, profusely illustrated with woodcuts of plants throughout the text, small rusthole in foremargin of title and next 4 leaves [see image], bound in 20c. antique-style sprinkled calf, 6 raised bands, titled in gilt direct to the spine in 2nd compartment, ffep from the previous binding(?). Provenance : Inscription on upper blank margin of the title-page “Johne Levingstonii awcht this book 5 May 1634”. A fine, clean and very tall copy [A1 retains a deckle fore-edge).
    The ownership inscription proved to be a teaser, and I wish to thank David Pearson for suggesting a Scottish owner and Bill Zachs for identifying the word awcht as being Middle Scots for “owns”

    “Johnson’s Gerarde”, with 2765 woodcuts, is almost half as long again as the first edition (1597) and is, in every respect, immeasurably superior to its predecessor. In a Catalogue of Additions Johnson says “I have thought good to give you the names of all such as are added either in figure or description, or both” and proceeds to give a list of some 880 additions. He was commissioned by the publishers to produce this amended and enlarged edition at short notice in order to forestall Parkinson’s Theatrum Botanicum, believed to be imminent, (it finally appeared in 1640), and he complains bitterly in his preface that he “was forced to performe this task within the compasse of a yeare”, - an almost superhuman effort. Almost all the woodcuts were from a different source from Gerarde’s, (mostly from Plantin’s stock), but some of the figures he drew himself, notably the famous bunch of bananas on page 1516. This had been given him on 10th April 1633 by Dr. Argent, President of the College of Physicians of London, who had received it from Bermuda. Johnson’s drawing is the first illustration of bananas to be published in England. Having drawn and described them, he says - “ the stalke with the fruit thereon I hanged up in my shop, where it became ripe about the beginning of May, and lasted until June” . The shop was in Snow Hill, in the City, and it must have been there also that John Payne studied this unknown fruit before incorporating it into his engraved title-page.
    STC 11751 Blunt & Raphael: Illustrated Herbal [1979] p.166 et seq. Henrey. 155

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