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SISSON (Joseph Lawson): The Elements of Anglo-Saxon Grammar: to which are added A Praxis and Vocabulary.
Leeds: Printed by Benjamin Dewhirst, and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown...[et al], 1819. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, 191 x 103 mms., pp. 84, original pink boards, uncut; spine defective, with lower portion missing and cords exposed. Sisson also wrote a Historic Sketch of the Parish Church, Wakefield. The present book was published when he was at Clare College, Cambridge, and in the preface he notes that it is "compiled with a view of offering to the Public, in a compressed Form, the principal Parts of Dr. Hickes's Anglo-Sxaon Grammar, a Book now seldom to be met with." The reference is to George Hickes's Institutiones Grammaticae Anglo-Saxonicae et Moeso-Goethicae (1689). (Book ref. 6865)   £400.00
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PRIESTLEY (Joseph): English Grammar; Lectures on the Theory of Language and Universal Grammar; and on Oratory and Criticism. With Notes and an Appendix, by John Towill Butt.
London: John Smallfield..., 1840. Large 8vo, pp. viii, 526, contemporary marbled boards, linen spine (cracked and dried); binding worn and soiled. Butt's edition of the collected works of Priestley was published 1817 - 1832; this is the 23rd volume, but without any indication on the title-page, only on the first leaf of Contents. (Book ref. 4558)   £75.00
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PHILOSTRATUS (Flavius). BLOUNT (Charles): The Two First Books of Philostratus. Concerning the Life of Apollonius Tyaneus: Written Originally in Greek, And now Published in English: Together with Philological Notes Upon each Chapter. By Charles Blount, Gent.
London, Printed for Nathaniel Thompson..., 1680. FIRST EDITION. Folio, pp. [vii], 243 [244 blank], title-page in red and black,contemporary calf, expertly rebacked with old spine laid down; some creasing of text, but a very good copy in a contemporary binding. Blount (1654 - 1693) began his controversial career in 1678 or 1679 with his Anima Mundi, and the above work helped to establish him as the pre-eminent deist of his time. Most of the text consists of Blount's notes to Philostratus, in a rough proportion of four pages of Blount to one of Philostratus. His commentary draws attention to analogies between Christ and Apollonius of Tyana, the miracle working mystic (or sham magician) Greek philosopher born just before Christ. John Leland in his View of the Principal Deistical Writers (1754), recognized Blount's tactics and asserted that the work was "manifestly intended to strike at revealed religion." In 1974, in The Journal of the History of Ideas, John Redwood claimed that Blount gave a "stimulus to nascent deism: the stimulus of propagating an eclectic tradition of heresy into the augustan age of contemplation. He stimulated the anti-clerical, the anti-papist, the radical and the republican, the pursuer of reason, and the man who hated miracles and revelation." Wing P2132. (Book ref. 6359)   £950.00
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BENTLEY (Richard): A Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris: With an Answer to The Objections of the Hon. Charles Boyle. To which are added, Dr. Bentley's Dissertation on the Epistles of Themistocles, Socrates, Euripides, and others; and the Fables of Ęsop; as originally printed: With Occasional Remarks on the Whole.
London: Printed by and for W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1777. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. 8vo, pp. iii [iv blank], lviii, 456, contemporary calf (worn); joints cracked and tender, tape over spine at label. With the bookplate of Charles Abbot (1757 - 1829, late Lord Colchester), Speaker of the House of Commons from 1802 on the front paste-down end-paper, and the bookplate of his descendant, Lord Colchester, gifting the item to the Constitutional Club in 1887; and notes from a 1965 owner on the recto of the front free end-paper. This edition was prepared by Samuel Salter. Bartholomew 110. (Book ref. 4783)   £150.00
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