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.
NAPOLEON ENOBLES COLONEL PÉCHEUX FOR HIS ‘BRILLANT FAIT D’ARMES’ IN THE PENINSULA Brevet signed (‘Napole’), for Colonel Marc Nicolas Louis Pécheux, granting him the title of Baron of the Empire.
‘Notre Camp Impérial à Burgo’, 22 November 1808.
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.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCHOLOGICAL BOOK, IN A CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO BINDING Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells: Containing a New Arrangement of the Genera and Species, Illustrated by Coloured Engravings Executed from the Natural Specimens, and Including the Latest Discoveries. London: W.
Bulmer and Co. for William Miller, 1811 [but some plates watermarked 1813].
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.
SOLVING ‘SUBLIME ASTRONOMICAL PROBLEMBS’ The Doctrine of Eclipses, both solar and lunar; containing short and easy Precepts for computing solar and lunar Eclipses … fully and carefully explained, from the latest Discoveries and Improvements; whereby any Person of a moderate Capacity may be able in a short Time to solve those grand and sublime astronomical Problembs [sic]…
Norwich: printed by J. Crouse, for the Author, and sold by M. Booth … 1782.
Discussing European politics and the Suez Canal THIERS, Adolphe (1797-1877), French politician and historian.
Three autograph letters signed (‘A Thiers’) to Nassau Senior.
A set of interesting letters from Thiers to the English economist Nassau Senior. Thiers was a French politician and historian who served as prime minister under Louis Phillipe. Following the overthrow of the Second Empire he again came to prominence as the French leader who suppressed the revolutionary Paris Commune of 1871.
‘THE FINEST AND MOST COMPLETE ATLAS OF PORTRAITS OF BRITISH AVIFAUNA … EVER PUBLISHED’ (WOOD) MEŸER, Henry Leonard.
Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and Their Eggs.
Second octavo edition. Meÿer’s British Birds is, ‘[w]ith the possible exception of Lord Lilford’s Birds, [which was published some fifty years later] […] the finest and most complete atlas of portraits of British avifauna (with their eggs) ever published’ (Wood). Meÿer was a British artist of Dutch extraction aiming to represent birds in a natural, life-like manner. His characteristically wonderfully detailed, accurate and attractive plates resulted from a collaboration of the Meÿer family, headed by Meÿer’s wife, ‘an accomplished artist, [who] not only executed such drawings as were not made by her husband, but drew many of the plates upon the stones’ (Mullens and Swann, p. 399), with colouring done by their children. Mrs Meÿer is known to have visited the gardens of the Zoological Society to study birds, while the eggs were collected by the family or sent by friends.
‘GUESS WHO I AM, OR WHENCE I CAME,FOR I WILL NOT REVEAL MY NAME’ [VALENTINE.]
Cupid’s annual Charter; or St. Valentine’s Festival, in which all true Lovers have free Leave to declare their Sentiments for each other …
First and only edition of an attractive early commercial ‘valentine writer’, comprising sixty-five sample verse Valentines and Answers, and a coloured frontispiece. An innovation of the late eighteenth century, such chapbooks were designed to be dismantled – the frontispiece used as a card, and the chosen verses copied out by hand. ‘Valentine writers’ were deliberately undated so that unsold copies could be reused year after year. Perks was at 21 St. Martin’s Lane from about 1810, and published at least one other such work, The Turtle Dove; or Cupid’s Artillery levelled at human Hearts, being a new and original Valentine Writer, by Sarah Wilkinson.