SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY CENTRAL AFRICA Istorica descrizione de’ tre’ regni Congo, Matamba, et Angola situati nell’ Etiopia inferiore occidentale e delle missioni apostoliche esercitatevi da religiosi Capuccini ... il quale vi fu’ prefetto e nel presente stile ridotta dal P. Fortunato Alamandini ...
Bologna, Giacomo Monti, 1687.
EROTIC FABLES or, the Lady’s two Questions resolved. Question the first; why Men have not much to boast of their Greatness, nor Women of their Beauty, in certain very interesting Parts? Resolved in the History, political, natural, and moral, of a primitive Commonwealth. Question the second. Wherefore is it that both Sexes are so eternally dear Lovers of that same? Resolved in a Story, intituled the Female Embassy. Taken from the Priapeian Collection of the Chevalier Marino. By Dr. B –––.
London: Printed for J. Lamb … 1765.
ARCHITECTURE AND PERSPECTIVE, LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED La pratica della perspettiva … opera molto utile a pittori, a scultori, & ad architetti.
Venice, Camillo & Rutilio Borgominieri, 1568 [-69].
EXTREMELY RARE PATTERN BOOK WITH A SUITE OF EIGHT ETCHINGS BY HOLLAR Barlow’s Birds and Beasts in sixty-seven excellent and useful Prints, being a Collection of the chief Works of that eminent Master; and engraved by Himself, Hollar, Place, &c. All drawn from the Life, shewing in their natural and peculiar Attitudes a vast Variety of Birds, Fowls and Beasts. London, Printed for, and sold by, Carington Bowles. [Price half a Guinea sewed]. .
SOUTHEY’S COPY, WITH A LONG NOTE Altare Christianum: or, the dead Vicar’s Plea. Wherein the Vicar of Gr. being dead, yet speaketh, and pleadeth out of Antiquity, against him that hath broken downe his Altar. Presented, and humbly submitted to the consideration of his Superiours, the Governours of our Church.
London, Printed by Richard Badger. 1637.
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.
L’heureuse benediction des maisons.
A wonderful devotional broadside printed in the Breton town of Vannes, comprising a crude woodcut depiction of the scene at Calvary, signed ‘Desloge’ at the base, with two cantiques spirituels. The image is identical to one that appeared in a similar publication, also undated, that appeared in Mourtain in Normandy, printed by Lebel; the surrounding border and the text, however, differ, and we are unable to establish priority. Similar images, appearing under the same title, were not uncommon in the mid nineteenth century in provincial France, but survivals are very rare. Lamarzelle was the publisher of numerous works, both religious and secular, throughout the nineteenth century. Nicolas de Lamarzelle, the present printer, was active between 1835 and 1849.
Neither the present version nor the Mourtain one recorded by OCLC.
BOOK OF HOURS, Use of Rome.
Hore intemerate virginis Dei genitricis Marie.
An apparently unrecorded issue of a rare Book of Hours in narrow ‘agenda’ format, preserved in an unusual and elegant contemporary or near-contemporary binding. Brunet and Lacombe both describe a colophon on the last page, not printed in this copy; it repeats almost verbatim the imprint at the foot of the first page in all copies recorded.
HEBRIDAL SMELT YARRELL, William.
A History of British Fishes … illustrated by nearly 400 Woodcuts. London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1836. [Bound with:]YARRELL, William. Supplement to the History of British Fishes … illustrated with Woodcuts, in two Parts. London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1839. [and:] BELL, Thomas. A History of British Reptiles … illustrated by more than forty Woodcuts.
[Bound with:]YARRELL, William. Supplement to the History of British Fishes … illustrated with Woodcuts, in two Parts. London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1839.
BELL, Thomas. A History of British Reptiles … illustrated by more than forty Woodcuts.
First collected editions, with an autograph letter on the Hebridal smelt from the species’ discoverer. Published serially from 1835 to 1836, Yarrell’s History of British Fishes was reprinted within a year, and followed soon after by Thomas Bell’s British Reptiles in 1839 and his own British Birds in 1843 published by van Voorst and together forming a comprehensive survey of British wildlife. Though noted for his careful observations, Yarrell is here corrected on several points in an autograph letter to the antiquarian Adam Sim (1805–1868) from William Euing (1788–1874), who had discovered the Hebridal smelt (first included in the Supplement) in November 1837.
Despite this contribution to Scottish ichthyology, Euing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and President of the Glasgow Archaeological Society, is best remembered for his fine library, of which some twelve thousand volumes now belong to Glasgow University.