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[YONGE (J.)]: Essays and Letters on the Most important and interesting Subjects.
London: Printed for J. Bew..., 1783. FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 8vo, 185 x 114 mms., pp. [iv], [i] - iii [2], 6 - 204; [iv], 204, contemporary tree calf, spine ornately gilt to a grapes motif, red morocco labels; top of spine volume 2 very slightly chipped, otherwise a fine and attractive set, with the name "Myrtle Perry" on the top margin of the rear paste-down end-paper in volume 2. This catch-all title seems first to have been used in 1739. Essays and Letters also appeared as part of the title of a work called A Dissertation on False Religion, published in 1757, and re-issued in 1761 and 1763. Bew seems to have published this in two issues (unless, as ESTC suggests there are two different works with the same title): ESTC T68676 lists the work without authorial attribution; while ESTC T108056 is a work with a title-page naming J. Yonge as author. I have not been able to find any differences between the two issues, using a BL copy of the anonymous title and the ECCO copy of the issue with title-page naming Yonge. Essay IX suggests that the author is male, but there is otherwise no real clue to his identity. The author confesses that he has published them firstly for his own benefit and hopes that others will find them useful, adding that they should "contain nothing that can give the slightest offence to the three great articles of our happiness, Reason, Religion, and Virtue." Volume 2 begins with a number of letters to "Euphemia" from "Mentor" and contains observations upon marriage and education, as well as justice, truth, etc. There is a curious example of the dialogue form in a dialogue between "friendship" and "love," and another between [sic] "despair," " hope," "patience" and "reason." ESTC T68676 on-line locates five copies in British libraries (L [2 copies], C, E, O) and five in United States libraries: University of Chicago Regenstein Library, University of Illinois Library, Ohio State University Libraries, Rice University Fondren Library, University of Texas, Austin. (Book ref. 6901)   £1250.00
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[WIRT (William)]: The Letters of the British Spy.
Baltimore, Printed: London, Reprinted, for Share and Hailes..., 1812 1812. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 12mo, 170 x 95 mms., pp. viii, 214 [215 - 216 adverts], including half-title, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine; front joint defective and tender. William Wirt (1772 - 1834), who later achieved fame as the Attorney General of the United States, published this work in Richmond, Virginia, 1803, as the work of a "meek and harmless young [English]man," visiting the United States. Asking his landlord one evening for something to read, he is presented with an odd volume of the Spectator: "Were I the sovereign of a nation which spoke the English language, and wished my subjects cheerful, virtuous, and enlightened, I would furnish every poor family in my dominions (and see that the rich furnish themselves) with a copy of the Spectator; and ordain that the parents or children should read or five numbers aloud every night in the year." (Book ref. 6890)   £200.00
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[WILSON (Charles Henry)]: The Polyanthea: Or, A Collection of Interesting Fragments, in Prose and Verse: Consisting of Original Anecdotes, Biographical Sketches, Dialogues, Letters, Characters, &c. &c.
London: Printed for J. Budd..., 1804. FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. Large 8vo, pp. xi [xii blank], 404; vii [viii blank], 404, recently rebound in quarter calf, raised bands between gilt rules, morocco labels, marbled boards. The collection is designed "to promote virtue, and the love of our country, which never glowed, perhaps, with such purity and warmth as it does at present, in the bosom of every true subject of the United Kingdom...." The usual anecdotes, letters, tales, biographical notices etc, are to be found, along with some comments on, for example, the origin of literary journals, the Bristol slave market, and a few pieces of verse, viz. "A Receipt to make a Kiss." (Book ref. 4123)   £250.00
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WATTS (Isaac): The Beauties of the late Reverend Dr. Isaac Watts: Containing the most striking and admired Passages in the Works of that justly celebrated Divine, Philosopher, Moralist, and Poet: equally calculated for the communication of Polite and Useful Knowledge, and the Increase of Wisdom and Happiness. To which is added The Life of the Author.
Printed at Newburyport, by Edmund M. Blunt, for Mathew Carey, Philadelphia, 1797. 12mo (in 6s), pp. 239 [240 blank], contemporary sheepskin, gilt spine, morocco label; text fingered and soiled, top and base of spine chipped, corners worn, upper front joint cracked. (Book ref. 3943)   £150.00
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WARBURTON (William): Tracts, by Warburton, and a Warburtonian; Not Admitted into the Collections of their Respective Works.
London: Printed for Charles Dilly..., 1789. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [vi], ii, [ii], 281 [282 blank], "Errata" printed correctly on p. 206], recently rebound in full antique-style calf, gilt spine, black morocco label. A fine copy. Samuel Parr edited this collection of miscellaneous tracts by Warburton and Richard Hurd, in order to remind both authors of some of their petulant early publications as well as to embarrass them. Boswell included a reference to the work in his life of Johnson and wrote to a friend to say, "There has just come out...a publication which makes a considerable noise.... The celebrated Dr. Parr has - wickedly shall we say? - but surely wantonly collected and published Warburton's juvenile translations and Discourse on Prodigies, and Bishop Hurd's attacks on [John] Jortin and Thomas Leyland." (Book ref. 3104)   £200.00
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TRYDELL (Rev. John): Two Essays on the Theory and Practice of Music. In the First are laid down the Principles of the Science. In the Latter are demonstrated the Rules of Harmony, Composition, and Thorough Bass. To which is added, A new and short Method of attaining to Sing by Note.
Dublin: Printed for the Editor By Boulter Grierson..., 1766. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 195 x 120 mms., pp. xx, 140, disbound; lacks all 51 plates. Ellen T. Harris, in The Music Lover in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England (Tufts Digital Library) writes that, 'John Trydell published his Two Essays on the Theory and Practice of Music with the hope of rendering "the knowledge of Music easy; and Composition more practicable than it seems to me it is among us at present." Trydell's strategy for making music easier was to construct a system based on geometrical reasoning (Kassler, p. 1024), in which he took great care, as he put it, "to avoid all obsolete Words, or such as are derived from other languages: and to speak as plain English, as the nature of the Subject would admit, that I may be understood by every English reader." [Trydell's essays were used for the article on 'Music' in the Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1771, but never reprinted thereafter, since, as Kassler writes, "the opinion that music and geometry were congenial and inseparable was losing ground" (Kassler, p. 1025).]' (Book ref. 6350)   £150.00
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[TRUBLET (Nicolas-Charles-Joseph), Abbé: Essays Moral and Critical. Particularly Upon the Manner of Writing in Single Thoughts. Of Conversation. Of the different Talents of Writing and Speaking. Of the Qualities necessary for Society. Of Criticism upon Works of Wit. Of the Effects of Habit. Of Self-Love and of Modesty. Of Simplicity, and the different Kinds of Modesty. Of the Necessity of following one's Genius. Of Prepossession, and its Effects. Of Good-Humour. Of Judgment and Genius. Of Happiness. Of Reading and Memory. Of Nobility. The Distinction between Pride and Vanity. Of Politeness. Of the Natural. Of Parts. Of Regard to human Judgment. Of Infidelity. Of Riches. With Reflections upon Taste; and many other Curious Topicks. Translated from the French.
London: Printed for R. Dodsley..., 1747. 8vo, 203 x 134 mms., pp. [iv], 426, 8 pages adverts for Dodsley's imprints, contemporary calf, red leather label; joints slightly cracked (but firm), a good copy with the following inscriptions on the recto of the front free end-paper: "Mark Huish/ No. 22"; "Anne Nicholson/ June 25 1813"; and "George Gubbins/ 1842." Huish's autograph looks 18th century, and might be the father of Robert Huish (1777–1850), the apiculturist and writer; or the father of Mark Huish (1808–1867), the railway manager. Anne Nicholson is possibly the wife of Henry Thomas Ellacombe (1790 - 1885), the campanologist and Church of England clergyman. As for Mr. Gubbins, I fear nothing plausible suggests itself. Trublet (1697 - 1770) published Essais sur Divers Sujets de Littérature et de Morale in 1735, and there were several subsequent French editions. An English translation, with R. Dodsley's name in the imprint along with that of Hitch, Millar, Robinson, and Chapelle, appeared as a 12mo, in 1744. The same translation, but a different setting in octavo, was published by J. Osborne in the same year. The 1744 edition (ESTC N47074; Library Company of Philadelphia only) has pagination of v, [3], 268. Osborne's imprint (ESTC T183354; BL, Newcastle; Essex Institute, Library Company of Philadelphia, McMaster, Newberry, Princeton, Rice), an octavo, has a pagination similar to the present copy: [4], 426, [2], the last leaf being adverts for Osborne's imprints. Osborne re-issued this with a cancel title-page in 1745, with a slightly different title, but the same pagination, Essays upon Several Subjects of Literature and Morality (ESTC N69993; Chetham's Library Manchester and California Irvine). Just to make matters more interesting, in 1746, there was a "third edition," Printed for T. Osborne; J. Hildyard [sic] at York; and M. Bryson, at Newcastle, and now with the pagination v, [3], 268, as a 12mo. This 12mo edition was re-issued by Hitch in [?1760], with cancel title-page (ESTC T183355; NLS only). There is no listing in ESTC for this imprint by Dodsley, and the only copies I have been able to trace are in St. Andrews University Library and Keio University, Japan. Dodsley's imprint is also the only one not to mention Trublet's name on the title-page. Not in Straus or Tierney. (Book ref. 6658)   £750.00
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THIRLWALL (Connop): Primitiae; or, Essays and Poems on Various Subjects, Religious, Moral and Entertaining. The Preface by his Father, The Rev. Thomas Thirlwall.
London: Printed for the Author, By T. Plummer..., 1809. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 179 x 113 mms., pp. xiii [xiv blank, xv - xvi dedication], 230, xvi [list of subscribers], errata, verso blank, engraved portrait of author at age 11, original boards, uncut; early paper reback, edges and corners of boards worn, small strip cut from top of title-page to remove name, but text clean. With the armorial bookplate of the Rev. Prebendary Hedgeland on the front paste-down end-paper, and an ms. copy of Thirwall's abjuration of his book, dated 12th May 1868, on the recto of the front free end-paper. The precocious Connop Thirlwall (1797 - 1875) found in later years that the essays and poems that his father had published when he was eleven years old were so odious that he destroyed every copy of this book that he could lay his hands on. There was little doubt about his precocity, and in later life, he proved to be an able and a more than competent historian and scholar. ODNB sums him up well: "Thirlwall's life was one of paradox: a notable scholar whose early liberalism turned to theological caution; a priest who disliked the clergy; and a broad-church bishop preaching comprehension, whose sarcasm inspired few among his flock and revulsion among the many non-Anglicans in his diocese." (Book ref. 6801)   £150.00
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STEWART (Dugald): Philosophical Essays. Third Edition.
Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company..., 1818. 8vo, pp. [iii] - xii, 615 [616 blank], contemporary half calf, marbled boards, morocco label; joints cracked, ex-library (Book ref. 2615)   £75.00
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STEWART (Dugald): Philosophical Essays. Third Edition.
Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company..., 1818. 8vo, pp. [iii] - xii, 615 [616 blank], contemporary sprinkled calf, spine ornately gilt in compartments, morocco labels; joints cracked. (Book ref. 2614)   £75.00
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STEELE (Richard), editor: The Guardian. A New Edition, Carefully Revised. With Prefaces Historical and Biographical by Alexander Chalmers.
London: Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington...[et al], 1822. 2 volumes. Large 8vo, pp. [ii], xxxvi, 427 [428 blank]; [ii], iii [iv blank], 456, including title-pages with engraved vignette, contemporary calf, gilt spines, morocco labels; slight wear to binding, but generally a good set. Alexander Chalmers (1759 - 1834) edited over 40 works for the London booksellers; his edition of The Guardian was first published in 1806. (Book ref. 4598)   £75.00
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SMITH (David Nichol). Essays on the Eighteenth Century. Presented to David Nichol Smith in honour of his seventieth birthday.
Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1945. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. vi, [2], 288, portrait frontispiece, original cloth; gift inscription on recto of front free end-paper. (Book ref. 3645)   £25.00
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SHAKESPEARE. PARR (Wolstenholme): The Story of the Moor of Venice. Translated from the Italian. With Two Essays of Shakespeare, and Preliminary Observations.
London: Printed for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies..., 1795. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [iv], 91 [92 blank], including half-title, disbound. With the contemporary autograph "J Hall/ Barlow" on the top margin of the half-title. The Story of the Moor of Venice is translated from the Hecatommithi of Giambattista Giraldi. Parr's two essays are on Coriolanus and, of course, Othello. This was Parr's first publication, and he published two further translations in the 1820s. (Book ref. 4508)   £200.00
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[SERLE (Ambrose)]: Horae Solitariae; Or Essays upon some remarkable Names and Titles of Jesus Christ, Occurring in The Old Testament and declarative of his essential Divinity and gracious Office in the Redemption of Man: To which is annexed, An Essay, Chiefly Historical, upon the Doctrine of the Trinity. The Second Edition, Enlarged. [AND] Horae Solitariae.... To which is Annexed A brief Account of the Heresies, Relative to the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Which have been published since the Christian AEra.
London: Printed for James Mathews...and J. Buckland [volume 1]...; London Printed and Sold by C. Dilly...; J. Mathews...; J. Buckland..., 1787; 1784. FIRST EDITION of volume 2. 8vo, 201 x 126, pp. xii, 564; [iv], 551 [552 blank], attractively bound in light tan speckled calf, gilt rules across spine, red morocco titling labes, green circular numbering labels. A very fine set, with the the autograph "[Wm Greive"]/ Ord House on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume Serle (1742–1812) was an official in the British colonial service just before the American Revolution, which he opposed on religious grounds, e. g., "Presbyterianism is really at the Bottom of the whole Conspiracy." In this rather expansive work, Serle is concerned to find adumbrations of Christ in the Old Testament and to defend the necessity of the doctrine of the Trinity as an essential truth for the validation of Christianity. The work has been reprinted numerous times and is popular with evangelical Christians. The first volume of this work was published in 1776 (ESTC T185674: Cambridge, Dr. Williams, Lancaster, National Library of Wales, Bodleian, Founders Wales Lampeter); the second volume (as above) in 1784 (ESTC T204551: Birmingham, Lancaster, Oxford St. Edmund, St. Deniol's, Founder's Wales, Lampeter; Stanford). (Book ref. 6959)   £1250.00
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RUMFORD (Sir Benjamin Thompson), Count of: Essays, Political, Economical and Philosophical. The Third Edition. [Volume 1].
London: Printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies..., 1797, 1798, [?1802]. 3 volumes in 2. 8vo, pp. [viii], 464; [vi], 496; iv, 191 [192 blank, 193 - 194 adverts], 6 engraved plates in volume 1, 12 engraved plates (including one folding) in volume 2, 13 engraved plates in third volume, recently recased in modern grey boards, black lettering to spine. There is no title-page as such for the third volume, which begins on a1r with the Advertisement. It is not clear that this is volume 3 until the drop-title for Essay X (On the Construction of Kitchen Fire-Places) on B1r, where the lower running volume number is "Vol. III." The volume probably wasn't issued with the first edition of volume 2 without a title-page, but it would probably have been a singleton. In any case the volumes as they are contain the first ten essays of a collection that eventually reached four volumes. The tenth essay is in two parts and comprises 191 pages. Rumford's topics are wide-ranging including g essays on the poor, on food, on chimneys and fire-places, on fuel and heat, and on kitchens. (Book ref. 4634)   £450.00
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RICHARDSON (William): Essays on Shakespeare's Dramatic Characters of Richard the Third, King Lear, and Timon of Athens. To which are added, An Essay on the Faults of Shakespeare; and Additional Observations on the Character of Hamlet.
London: Printed for J. Murray..., 1784. 1784. FIRST EDITION. Small 8vo, pp. [iv], vi, 170, stout library buckram; lacks adverts leaves, ex-library, with library stamp in blind on title-page, last two leaves detached at inner margin, library pocket on rear paste-down end-paper. W. Zachs, The First John Murray (1998) 442 (Book ref. 4604)   £50.00
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PENN (William): Fruits de la Solitude, ou Reflexions et Maximes sur la maniere de se conduire dans le cours de la vie. Par Guillaume Penn. Nouvellement traduit de l'Anglois, Par Edo. P. Bridel. [BOUND WITH]: Fruits de l'Amour d'un Pere, ou Avis de Guillaume Penn a ses Enfans, touchant leur conduite tant en matiere civile, qu'en matiere de religion. Nouvellement traduit de l'Anglois, Par Edo. P. Bridel.
Londres, de l'Imprimerie de Jacques Phillips...et se trouve a Paris chez le Gras..., 1790. FIRST EDITIONS. 2 volumes in 1. Small 8vo (108 x 69 mms.), pp. [ii], 237 [238 - 240 Index], [ii], 115 [116 blank], contemporary calf, gilt rules across spine, black morocco label; very slight wear to front joint. A very good copy. Fruits of Solitude was first published in 1693, and Fruits of a Father's Love, edited by Sir John Rhodes, was published in 1726, some time after the death of Pitt (1644 - 1718). This is the first translation into French of either work. ESTC T87173 locates copies in L, LEu, LVu; CtY, PPL. There are also copies in the Bodleian. (Book ref. 4699)   £250.00
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PALMER (Charles): A Collection of Select Aphorisms and Maxims; With several Historical Observations: Extracted from the most Eminent Authors.
London: Printed by E. Cave..., 1748. FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. [ii], ii, [ii], 322, engraved frontispiece, contemporary calf, early reback, morocco labels; several leaves sprung, binding scratched and worn. The dedication to Prince George extols his "future Choice" and "future Example." Thereafter, the future George III would be able to enjoy admonitions like aphorism 1315: "Nothing can make a King of England absolute, but his goodness, and strict regard to laws." (Book ref. 2852)   £150.00
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NORTON [née Freke], Frances: The Applause of Virtue. In Four Parts. Consisting of several Divine and Moral Essays Towards the Obtaining of True Virtue. [AND] Memmento Mori: Or, Meditations on Death.
London: Printed for John Graves..., 1705. FIRST EDITION. Small 4to (207 x 160 mms.), pp. [xxii], 262, [xvi], 108, 2 engraved frontispieces, with separate title-pages and collation for each item, 20th century binding of half calf, morocco label, marbled boards; slight wear to fore-edges, occasional foxing , and title-page of first item a bit browned, but a good copy. Lady Norton (1644 - 1731) dedicates her two works to two separate female friends, her cousin, Madam Freke, of Shroten, and Elizabeth Hambleton. Although Lady Norton is said to have been tutor by Jacob Boeheme, her work is more of a meditation on and consolidation of her wide reading in philosophical, theology, and history. She was one of the women included in George Ballard's Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain, who have been Celebrated for their Writings or Skill in the Learned Languages, Arts and Sciences (1752). ESTC T108968 locates copies at the BL, Bodleian (3), University of Wales Lampeter, Toronto, UCLA, Folger, and Chicago (all of which seem to be imperfect in some way); there is also a copy at Yale. ESTC gives [24], 262; [16], 108 for the pagination, and the above copy does not have a collective title, though the leaf after the title-page is signed A2. Two contents leaves, which are not found in the BL copy, appear between B1 and B2; but a drop-title for the first part, which the BL copy has, is not present in this copy (photocopy loosely insertd). The BL copy, though it lacks the Contents leaves found in the present copy, also has three additional engravings, but its frontispiece is not the same as the one in this volume. (Book ref. 5964)   £1500.00
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MILL (John Stuart): Inaugural Address delivered to the University of St. Andrews Feb. 1st 1867. People's Edition.
London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, [1867]. 8vo, pp. 48, 12 pages adverts, original cloth; spine slightly faded. (Book ref. 3839)   £35.00
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