8vo, pp. , 87, [1, imprimatur]; with preliminary blank; publisher’s device to title-page, woodcut head- and tail-pieces; some ink blots to one leaf, but a fine, crisp copy in contemporary quarter calf over paper boards, vellum tips, spine with brown morocco label, gilt, rubbed with some loss to spine; imprint underlined in red crayon, notations in the same crayon to cast list; contemporary ownership inscription in ink to title-page.
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Tom Jones a Londres, Comédie en cinq actes et en vers, tirée du roman de Fielding … Réprésentée, pour la première fois, par les Comédiens Italiens ordinaires du Roi, le Mardi 22 Octob. 1782. Prix trente sols.
Later edition, first published 1782. Desforges’s dramatic adaptation of Fielding’s novel was followed in 1788 by an apparently inferior sequel, Tom Jones et Fellamar.
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‘Prieres et ceremonies de l’ordination 1766’.
An attractive manuscript ordinal detailing the ceremonies to be followed and the prayers to be employed in ordinations, covering the tonsure, admission to the minor orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte, and admission to the major orders of subdeacon, deacon, and priest.
Reference to Henri-Joseph-Claude de Bourdeilles (1720-1802), Bishop of Soissons from 1764 to 1790, indicates that our manuscript was employed in the diocese of Soissons, in the north of France.
On the tonsure the text states: ‘On prepare des ciseaux pour couper les cheveux et un bassin pour les mettre’. Lectors are instructed by the bishop: ‘Appliquez vous donc à prononcer la parole de Dieu, c’est à dire les lectures saintes, d’une maniere distincte et intelligible, et sans aucune alteration ou falsification , afin que les fidéles en soient instruits et édifiés.’ And exorcists are told: ‘vous recevez donc le pouvoir d’imposer les mains sur les possedés et par l’imposition de vos mains, par la grace du St Esprit, et par les paroles des exorcismes les esprits impurs sont forcés de sortir des corps qu’ils possedoient.’
Authentick Coppie of the Tryal of Scot and Mackpherson Anno 1712. Laid before the House, pursuant to their Lordships’ Order for that Purpose, 18 Aprilis, 1737.
First edition of this London trial of Scottish cattle-rustlers. Donald McPherson, a merchant drover, was driving black cattle from the North of Scotland into England, when he was attacked near the river Tweed by William Laidly, or ‘Scot’, his brother Walter and their gang. McPherson was dragged backwards from his horse by his hair and severely beaten with horse-whips, and his servant’s finger was nearly severed with a shearing hook. The Laidlys proceeded to drive the cattle over rough terrain, laming a number of them.
The prosecutor was James Erskine, Lord Grange. The trial stated that several of the witnesses were unable to speak English, so one of the jurors is asked to translate. His fellow jurors include a watchmaker, a musician and William Paterson, a bookbinder.