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Edinburgh: Printed and sold by J. Robertson (Successor to Tho. and Wal. Ruddiman.) 1763. 12mo (in 6s), 173 x 97 mms., pp. 484, contemporary sheepskin (rubbed); lacks label. With the armorial bookplate of Sir Archibald Dunbar (1772 - 1847) of Northfield on the front paste-down end-paper and his autograph on the top margin of the title-page. Robertson also published an edition of The Odyssey in the same year; both are uncommon. ESTCT 133481 locates only the copy in the BL of this edition. Both works were, however, included in The British Poets, published in Edinburgh from 1773 to 1776 in 44 volumes, but described by ESTC as 8vo. (Book ref. 8096)
London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand. 1762. 6 volumes. 4to, 252 x 192 mms., pp. viii, 424; viii, 446 [447 Errata, 448 blank]; viii, 402; iv, [403] - 739 [740 adverts]; vi, 473 [474 adverts]; v [vi blank], 452, contemporary mottled calf, red and olive green morocco labels (chipped); some wear to joints but all firm, corners crushed, other minor wear to binding, but generally a good to very good set, with an early 20th century inscription on the front paste-down end-paper of the first four volumes of "RalphFurse/ inherited from/ John Dolignon/ 1918" with the autograph "Dolignon" on the upper margin of the recto of the front free end-paper of the first four volumes. The civil servant Sir Ralph Dolignon Furse (1887 - 1973) was instrumental in opening up the colonial service to the dominion. See ODNB. Hume's History of England was issued in six quarto volumes between 1754 and 1762, with the last two volumes covering the most recent period (up to the Revolution), For this 1762, Millar reissued the earlier volumes, with cancel title-pages. Later editions of the work omitted two passages about Catholic "superstition" in the 1754 volume (i. e., volume 5 in the complete set) , on pp.7 - 9, and pp. 25 - 27. An early reviewer of the 1754 volume. R. Flexman in the Monthly Review for March, 1755, charged Hume with indecent reflections on the protestant religion, as if it were "the casual effect of fanaticism and enthusiasm, than the amiable offspring of free enquiry and rational conviction." (Book ref. 8094)
Glasguae: in Aedibus Academicis Excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis Academiae Typographie. 1761. 8vo, 157 x 91 mms., pp. viii, iii [iv - v blank], 6 - 303 [303 - 304 adverts], recently rebound in full sheepskin, panelled in blank with corner decorations on covers, gilt spine, including title in gilt; front hinge slightly open between [a1] and a2, but an attractive copy. Gaskell 397. (Book ref. 8085)
London, Printed for J Harris, late Newbery, & for Darton & Harvey. [no date]. [c. 1803 - 1807]. 32mo, 45 x 30 mms., pp. [ii], 254 [255 blank, 256 colophon for "Darton & Harvey,/ Printers,/ Grace-church Street,/ London."], 15 woodcuts, contempoary calf; upper rear joint slightly cracked, boards a bit sprung, but a robust copy in very good condition. The earliest collaboration between Darton & Harvey and "late Newbery" is seems to be an edition of Berquin's Le Livre de Famille, published in 1798. Given that John Newbery died in 1767, this is indeed "late Newbery," though it could be Elizabeth Newbery (1745/6 - 1821), who inherited her father's business and sold it to John Harris in 1802. Adomeit B69. Not in Roscoe. Copac locates a copy at Cambridge, dated [1790], but with an imprint reading "London: Darton & Harvey for J. Harris...," with no mention of Newbery. There is a copy in the Bodleian of this editiion, but some of the copies listed in WorldCat and OCLC as books turn out to be online or microfiche copies. (Book ref. 8074)
London: Printed for W. Strhan; and T. Cadell..., 1775. FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 4to, 275 x 200 mms., pp. xvi, 706 [707 Errata, 708 blank]; xii,656 [657 - 690 Index], contemporary calf, rebacked, with new red morocco labels, recornered, a very good set with the autograph and date "Carmarthen/ 1775" on the top margin of the title-page in each volume, and his bookplate as Frances Osborne, Fifth Duke of Leeds (1751 - 1799; styled Marquess of Carmarthen) on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume. On 25 January 1773, the printer William Strahan wrote to David Hume that he "altogether despair[ed] of seeing a continuation of your History from yourself; but I have some notion it may be done by some other hands; perhaps Sir John Dalrymple or Mr. Macpherson." Whatever the reasons, Strahan printed and Cadell published the above work in two quarto volumes in 1775; Hume wrote to Strahan in November 1775 saying the book was "one of the most wretched Productions that ever came from your Press." Horace Walpole agreed with Hume, deploring this work as much as he had Macpherson's Original Papers. Philip Yorke, Second Earl of Hardwicke was rather more appreciative, saying that "in the main [it] deserve[s] great credit, being derived from very authentic sources." Given that Macpherson's Jacobitism is very clear in the work, Carmarthen must have been frequently irritated when he was reading it. (Book ref. 8073)
Kirby Lonsdale: Printed by and for Arthur Foster. 1824. 8vo, 210 x 127 mms., pp. [ii], [iii - v], vi, 138, engraved frontispiece of Burrow Hall, 1 folding map, 1 folding plan, 3 further engraved plates, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine (rubbed); list of subscribers and 3 leaves (pp. 39 - 44) sprung, some general wear to binding, but a good copy. This work was first published by Henry Woodfall in a quarto edition in 1746. The curious note about the author at the end of the present volume tells the reader that he was born in Little Rowland and died there, neglecting to give dates for either event. The author himself seems to have had something of the same affliction, as a report published in 2009, Land Adjacent to Temple Cottage, Over Burrow, Lancashire records, "In 1746 a considerable volume was written about the fort by the Rev. Richard Rauthmel, Antiquitates Bremetonacenses of the Roman Antiquities of Overborough, which was reissued in 1824. Both the original and the revised editions of this publication relate to phases of extensive building at the site, which would undoubtedly have exposed remains relating to the fort (op cit, 37). Ironically, given its supposed subject, Rauthmel's book contained remarkably little information about the fort and it was not until the early 20th century that any serious excavation was undertaken." (Book ref. 8060)
London: Printed for J. Wilkie..., [no date] [/1758]. 2 volumes. 12mo, 173 x 98 mms., pp. [xv], 12 - 296]; vi, 330, contemporary quarter calf, spine richly gilt, red morocco labels, marbled boards (rubbed); one third of leaf before title-page volume 1 torn away, some worming and browning not affecting text, as well as the odd stain, spines slightly worn, tops and bases slightly chipped, extremities worn. A fairish to good set. The History of Charlotte Summers was published twice in 1750 and in Dublin in 1753. It has been attributed to Sarah Fielding, perhaps perhaps because of the author's declaration early in the novel, that "I am the first Begotten, of the poetical Issue, of the much celebrated Biographer of Joseph Andrews, and Tom Jones; I dare not pretend to be legitimately begotten; I believe I must content myself with the Honour of being only a natural Brat of that facetious Gentleman..." The Monthly Review (1750) did not much like the novel, saying, "all that we can say of this performance, is, that the author has kept his name unknown, which is an instance of his discretion...." Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, however, could not put it down: writing to her daughter (Lady Bute) on 16 February 1752, she said, "The next Book I laid my Hand on was the Parish Girl, which interested me enough not to be able to quit it till it was read over, tho the author has fallen into the common mistake of ARomance, writers, intending a virtuous character and not knowing how to draw it...." The novel was translated into French in 1769 and several times reprinted. ESTC locates copies at BL and UCLA. (Book ref. 8041)
Dublin: Printed for Ignatius Kelly..., 1745 12mo (in 6s), 162 x 90 mms., pp. [ii], 202 [203 -214 Index], recent boards, paper label on spine; occasional staining of text; with small binder's ticket on lower margin of front paste-down end-paper: "Bound by Antiquarian Bookcrafts Mary Craft Courtyard, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16." Lamotte's work was first published in London in 1730 and reprinted in 1731. It was published in Dublin - "printed for Thomas Bacon" - in 1742, and this would appear to be the same sheets with a cancel title-page, which is clearly tipped onto A2. Lamotte (?1781 - 1741) Lamotte is at pains to point out what he considers lascivious or obscene in painting, but he doesn't call for its suppression. His aesthetic principles are eclectically, but inflexibly, classical. The work also contains a ten-page comment on the origin of clocks and time-keeping. ESTC N9429 locates copies in National Library of Ireland and Trinity College [Dublin] Library in these islands; Haverford, Princeton, Library Company of Philadelphia, and California Irvine in North America. (Book ref. 8038)
London: Printed for J. Roberts..., 1715. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 197 x 118 mms., pp. [ii], xlii, [43] - 219 [220 -221 Epilogue, 222 - 223 Index, 224 Advertisement], engraved frontispiece, contemporary calf, red leather label, upper front joint slightly cracked, other slight wear to extremities, top of spine slightly chipped, but a very good copy, with "Biana/ 1771" inscribed on the recto of the imprimatur leaf. Before he became a judge Sir Thomas Burnet (1694 - 1753) published this satire on Robert Harley, First Earl of Oxford, as a young whippersnapper of 21, in collaboration with his friend and colleague, George Duckett. The work takes the form of an account of the life of Martin Powell (c. 1665 - c. 1725), a puppet-showman, and there are a few accurate references to him as well as his deformity. The puppet show, with the puppet's strings controlled by a "higher power" makes a useful analogy for political machinations (Burnet was an ardent Whig in his youth), and Powell is a metonymic Robert Walpole. Great fun. (Book ref. 8032)
Edinburgh: Printed [by Grant and Moir] for T. Brown..., 1793. 12mo (in 6s), 175 x 94 mms., pp. [iv], 281 [282 blank], including half-title, engraved portrait of Mary Queen of Scots as frontispiece, contemporary sheepskin, black leather label; front joint slightly wormed and cracked at top and base, top of spine chipped, corners a bit worn, but a good to very good copy. This appears to be a different work from one with the same title published by Kearsley in London in 1791, though both that volume and the present end with the accession of James I to the English throne. ESTC T163469 locates copies in BL, Glasgow, NLS (2); Library Company of Philadelphia, McMaster. A work with the same title was published by Kearsley in London in 1791, in two apparently different issues: ESTC T63355, with register vii,[1],309,[1]p; and T92232, with register viii,304p. Neither issue seems to have a portrait and was advertised for sale at three shillings, while the Edinburgh imprint was three shillings and six pence. (Book ref. 8016)
Edinburgh: Printed for W. Creech, Edinburgh; and for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, London. 1774 FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 4to, 266 x 205 mms., pp. [iii] - xii, 519 [520 blank]; [ii], 507 [508 blank], contemporary half calf, marbled boards, red morocco titling labels, small green numbering labels, gilt rules across spine; lacks half-title in volume 1, front joint volume 1 cracked (but very firm), some other very slight wear to extremities, but a very good set. When this work was first published, James Boswell was prompted to observe in a letter to Bennet Langton, that he thought the volumes "very dear [two guineas], from what I have read of them. He has a prodigious quantity of Quotation, and there seems to be little of what he gives as his own that is just, or that has not been better said by others." Boswell's jejune assessment can be contrasted with that of the reviewer in the Edinburgh Magazine and Review: "There is not perhaps in the English Language a book which furnishes so great a variety of materials, and so much ingenious remark and conjecture, as the work before us. The philosopher, the statesman, the man of taste, the naturalist, will here find views and observations of the highest importance to their several departments." A Dublin edition appeared in 1775, and there was one further edition (1779) in Kames's lifetime. There was also a long review in The Monthly Review for 1774, with both praise and censure: "This work...will afford bother entertainment and instruction to the generality of readers. It contains many pertinent and curious observations on a great variety of useful and important subjects, some of which, indeed, are treated in a way somewhat superficial and imperfect, and others with less precision and accuracy than their importance deserves.... The Author's style, though not elegant is, in general, plain, easy, and perspicuous; disfigured indeed, occasionally, with vulgar phrases, and low turns of expression...." (Book ref. 7997)
Lvgd. Batavor. Ex Officina Elseviriana. 1642. 12mo, 132 x 71 mms., pp. 313 [319 - 327 index, 328 blank], woodcut vignette on title-page, contemporary straight-grain olive morocco, gilt borders on covers, spine ornately gilt in compartments, dark morocco label, all edges gilt; corners worn but otherwise a very good to fine copy. Willems 535. (Book ref. 7987)
London: Printed by Ellerton & Henderson...and spld by L. B. Seeley..., J. Hatchard..., 1816. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 12mo, 193 x 110 mms., pp. [viii], 193 [194 blank, 195 Errata, 196 blank], including half-title, handsomely bound in contemporary straight-grain red morocco, borders in blind on covers, gilt title on spine, also tooled in blind, all edges gilt. A fine copy, with the circular bookplate of John Scott, first Lord Eldon (1751 - 1838), variously an MP, the attorney general, lord chief justice, lord chancellor, "the greatest lawyer of his time" (ODNB) etc. on the verso of the front free end-paper and his autograph on the verso of the leaf before the half-title. James Neale (1748 - 1828) was the son of the Biblical scholar and translator of Hosea, James Neale (1722 - 1792). His account of his own life, a spiritual autobiography, appears on pages 135 - 153. Uncommon. Copac locates copies in BL and NLS; no copies traced in WorldCat. (Book ref. 7975)
London, Printed for W. Smith..., 1778. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Small 8vo (in 4s), 155 x 92 mms., pp. vii '[viii woodcuts of crowns], 84, contemporay lightly bottle calf, bilt border on cover, spine gilt to a floral motif, marbled end-papers; front joint slightly cracked (but firm), top and base of spine very slightly chipped, binding a little dried, but a good to very good copy, with the following ownership inscription on the verso of the front free end-paper: "Given to/ Caroline Sarah Felicia Ash [1930 - 1902]/ December 21st 1848". In a note beneath the imprint the publisher informs us that "He sells Stationary Ware, and all other Manufactures, by Commission; and cleans Pictures by Ingredients which cannot hurt the Painting. He also sell the Jesuits Balsam for the Cure of Green Wounds, ana well experienced Sear-cloth for the cure of old ones." Perhaps he also performed minor surgery as well. ESTC T196188 locates only the copy in the Bodleian, but there is also a copy in the BL. (Book ref. 7960)
London: Printed for J. Senex, W. and J. Innys, J. Osborn, T. Longman, and T. Woodward. 1726. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 193 x 120 mms., pp. [400], numerous illustrations in text, contemporary tree calf, expertly rebacked in matching calf, gilt rules on spine, red morocco label, a very good to fine copy. With various ownership inscription and annotations: inn a 19th century hand on the front pasted-down end-paper, "Mr Kincaid/ Compliments of/ Emeline M. Morth"; in an 18th century hand, "Mills" on title-page and "John Mills" twice on recto of following leaf; and marginal notes in ink on leaves about the telescope. The self-taught mathematician Edmund Stone (1700 - 1768) also learned Latin and Greek in order to read various mathematical works. He published his New Mathematical Dictionary in 1726; this second edition was published two years before he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. Stone's work continued to be of interest to mathematicians throughout the 18th century and into the 19th; for literary scholars, its importance lies in its function as a source used by Dr. Johnson in compiling his Dictionary of the English Language (1755). William Prideaux Courtney and David Nichol Smith: A Bibliography of Samuel Johnson(Oxford, 1915; reprinted 1968), page 44. (Book ref. 7924)
In Roma [Nella stampa di D. de Rossi], 1704. Folio, 325 x 217 mms., pp. [iv], 16, 15 [16 blank], 12, engraved title, 116 plates, with engraved title-page for each part, contemporary vellum, olive morocco label; front hinge cracked, few worm holes in spine, top and base of spine slightly defective, with an 1829 Bologna inscription (name resisting transcription) on the top margin of the title-page. The Italian engraver Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635 - 1700) trained as a painter, but turned his attention to engraving and was an engraver for most of his life. The volume contains splendid and intricate engravings of the sepulchral lamps in the underground caves of Rome, as well as information about various rites connected with the lamps. This was one of the last works that the painter and biographer Giovanni Pietro Bellori (1613 - 1696) published, and his rather short commentaries on each of the engravings don't seem to do them justice. Bartoli's work was first published in Rome, with a second edition published in Berlin in 1702. (Book ref. 7885)
London, Printed for A. Millar..., 1765. 2 volumes in 4. 4to, 247 x 195 mms., pp. xxix [xxx blank, xxxi drop-title, xxii blank], 807 [808 adverts]; [iv], 681 [682 blank]. AND: MACLAINE (Archibald); A Supplement to the Quarto Edition of Dr. Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History; containing The Additions and Improvements Inserted into the Octavo Edition of that Work; And, among others, A Defence of the First Reformers against Mr. Hume, Some Thoughts on the Present State of the Reformed Religion, and the Influence of Improvement in Science on its Propagation, &c. And An Historical Account of the Correspondence between Archbishop Wake and the Doctors of the Sorbonne, concerning a Projection Union between the English and Gallican Churches. London, Printed for A. Millar..., 176. 4to, 247 x 195 mms., pp. [iv], 110 [111 advert, 112 blank]. 3 volumes bound in 5, uniformly bound in contemporary calf, red and green morocco labels; front cover volume volume 1 detached, some slight wear to other joints, but all firm and well attached, and with the armorial bookplate of F. N. Landon on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume. Mosheim's Institutiones Historiae Ecclesiasticae was first published in 1726, and a revised edition was published in the year of his death, 1755. Maclaine (1722 - 1804), who studied under Francis Hutcheson at the University of Glasgow, added this supplement to the work, in which he discussed Hume's History of England. Further editions of the above work were published in 1782, 1806, 1810, and 1825. Edward Gibbon described Mosheim's work as "full, rational, correct, and moderate." (Book ref. 7882)
London: Printed for W. Innys, T. Woodward, T. Longman, and M. Senex, 1743. 8vo, 202 x 123 mms., pp. xii, [524], numerous illustrations in text, contemporary tree calf, expertly rebacked in matching calf, gilt rules on spine, red morocco label, a very good to fine copy. The self-taught mathematician Edmund Stone (1700 - 1768) also learned Latin and Greek in order to read various mathematical works. He published his New Mathematical Dictionary in 1726; this second edition was published two years before he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. Stone's work continued to be of interest to mathematicians throughout the 18th century and into the 19th; for literary scholars, its importance lies in its function as a source used by Dr. Johnson in compiling his Dictionary of the English Language (1755). William Prideaux Courtney and David Nichol Smith: A Bibliography of Samuel Johnson(Oxford, 1915; reprinted 1968), page 44. (Book ref. 7875)
Stirling: Printed and Sold by M. Randall..., 1817. 12mo, 170 x 92 mms., pp. xi [xii blank], 279 [280 blank], including half-title, folding engraved plate of Stirling castle as frontispiece, one other folding engraved plate, contemporary half calf, marbled boards (rubbed), red leather label; binding a bit soiled and worn, but a good copy with the autograph "Harry Hope" on the top margin of the title-page. Randall published this history of Stirling in 1812, and there was a further reprint in 1836 by J. Shearer. (Book ref. 7869)
Paris [L. Billaine] 1675. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, 142 x 84 mms., pp. [4], 5 - 312, in three parts, with separate title-page for each part, contemporary vellum (soiled); text block pulling away from binding at hinges, title-page (part one) with paper strip recto and verso obscuring "Reyne" in title, notes in pencil on recto of front free end-paper. A modest copy. This was the first book that Pierre Le Pesant de Boisguilbert (1646 - 1714) published; he was later to achieve distinction as an economist. His first important work on economics, Le Detail de la France, appeared in 1695. In the preface, he alludes to representations of Mary by George Buchanan, whose mendacities were published in 1571, and the Jesuit Nicolas Caussin, whose La Cour Sainte (1624) represents Mary as a persecuted innocent in contrast to the cold-hearted and heretical queen, Elizabeth. Having consulted fifteen or sixten authors, Pesant declares "si je cite Candenus [sic] plus souvent que les autres, c'est parce qu'estant Sujet d'Elizabeth, ce qu'il dit passer pour une verite incontestable." I assume the work to which he alludes is William Camden's Annales (1625). (Book ref. 7843)