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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
Robinson (W.H), Ltd: Catalogue 77. A Selection of extremely rare and important Printed Books and ancient Manuscripts
1948 4to., with a fine sepia-toned frontispiece, very numerous fine sepia-toned facsimiles in the text and 2 splendid folding sepia-toned facsimiles; boards, covers a trifle age-marked else a very good, crisp copy. Robinson catalogues from the immediate post-war period are acclaimed as much for their intrinsic production values as for their relfection of the last 'golden age' of rarities. No. 77 is no exception containing as it does no fewer than 194 outstanding items, including the first book printed in the English language - Caxton's History of Troy (1485) - a MS of Bede's Ecclesiastical History (c. AD 820), a broadside ballad from Virginia (1623) constituting the earliest known American verse and Hariot's Artis Analyticae Praxis (1631) - the fundamental work on algebraic equations. As usual the catalogue is compehensively indexed (Book ref. 186) £45.00
Robinson (W.H), Ltd: A Miscellany of old Books
W H Robinson, 1936 8vo., original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, upper cover a trifle faded at outer margin else a very good copy. Catalogue 57 listing 343 items, including a first edition of Austen's Emma and a fine set of Cook's Voyages (Book ref. 185) £8.00