AN ‘ENGLISH’ ROMANCE, THE ROXBURGHE COPY L’Histoire Palladienne, traitant des gestes & genereux faitz d’armes et d’amours de plusieurs grandz princes et seigneurs, specialement de Palladien filz du roy Milanor d’Angleterre, & de la belle Selerine sœur du roy du Portugal: nouvellement mise en nostre vulgaire Françoys …
Paris, Estienne Groulleau, 1555.
A FINE SERIES OF ETCHINGS DEPICTING LATE-NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHELSEA, LIMITED TO 110 COPIES Bits of Old Chelsea. A Series of Forty-One Etchings ... with Letterpress Description by Lionel Johnson and Richard le Gallienne
London: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1894.
THE GODMERSHAM PARK-CHAWTON COPY, READ BY JANE AUSTEN?
WITH JOHN NEWTON’S SUPPRESSED PREFACE
Poems … London: printed for J. Johnson … 1782. [With:]
_________. The Task, a Poem, in six Books … To which is added … An Epistle to Joseph Hill … Tirocinium, or a Review of Schools, and the History of John Gilpin. London: Printed for J. Johnson … 1785.
The Droomme of Doomes Day. Wherein the Frailties and Miseries of Mans Lyfe are lyvely portrayed and learnedly set forth. Devided, as appeareth in the Page next following … Imprinted at London, for Gabriel Cawood … 1576. [Bound after:]
PETRARCH. TWYNNE, Thomas, translator. Phisicke against Fortune, aswell prosperous, as adverse, conteyned in two Bookes. Whereby Men are instructed, with lyke indifferencie to remedie theyr Affections, aswel in Tyme of the bryght shynyng Sunne of Prosperitie, as also the foule lowryng Stounes of adversitie. Expedient for all Men, but most necessary for such as be subject to any notable Insult of eyther Extremitie … At London, Printed by Richard Watkyns. An Dom. 1579.
A voyage to the South Sea . . . for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in his majesty’s ship the Bounty, commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. London, George Nicol, 1792 [including] A narrative of the mutiny, on board his majesty’s ship Bounty; and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship’s boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies. Written by Lieutenant William Bligh.
London, George Nicol, 1790.
A satirical Poem. In which are contain’d the humorous Transactions, Speeches, and Behaviour of the Guests who were present at the Ceremony and Entertainment …
London: Printed by W. James … 1732.
THE ENGLISH: BEAUTIFUL BUT FLIGHTY GÉNIE ANGLOIS (LE),
ou histoire abrégée des revolutions fréquentes de la Grande-Bretagne; par un esprit desintéressé.
First and only edition of this curious children’s history of England in French, up to the death of Queen Anne in 1714.
CONTEMPORARY ARMORIAL VELLUM MAY, Thomas.
The Reigne of King Henry the Second, written in seaven Bookes. By His Majesties Command.
First edition of a verse history dedicated to Charles I. May’s literary career had begun with his translation of Lucan’s strongly anti-imperial Pharsalia (1626-7), which also influenced several of his stage tragedies. But his republicanism was muted thereafter, and indeed his Continuation of Lucan (1630) was dedicated to King Charles, who then commissioned May’s verse histories of Henry II (1633) and Edward III (1635). ‘These poems, while they do not follow an obvious Caroline propaganda purpose, are sympathetic to the dilemmas of royal power’ (Oxford DNB). Charles purportedly came to May’s defence in 1634 after an altercation at court with the Lord Chamberlain, calling May ‘his poet’; but his loyalty was not rewarded, and May sided with Parliament in the 1640s, turning propagandist.
‘IT IS ALL ABOUT RELIGION, SEX AND DEATH … AND IT IS A COMIC MASTERPIECE’ THOMAS, Dylan, and Sir Peter Blake, illustrator.
Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices.
De Luxe edition, number 61 of 100 copies with a signed print by Blake. This finely-produced edition was published to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and celebrates the culmination of over twenty-five years of work by Peter Blake, one of the founding fathers of British Pop Art. The book includes pencil portraits of each of the characters in the cast, watercolours of the dream sequences, and collages and paintings depicting scenes and locations in the fictional village of Llareggub.