8vo, pp. viii, xi, , , [206 (facing spread in Scots and English, ff. 103)], , 6, [2 (errata)]; a fine copy in attractive contemporary straight-grain Morocco, panelled gilt to a geometric design, spine gilt in six compartments with circles and flowers on a pointillé field, purple watered silk endpapers, head of spine chipped; ownership inscription ‘M: Vincent’ to title-page.
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The Gentle Shepherd, a Scotch Pastoral … attempted in English by Margaret Turner.
First edition of this parallel-text translation of Ramsay’s Scots verse drama, a subscriber’s copy from the library of Mary, Lady Vincent, née Chiswell, wife of Sir Francis Vincent (1747–1793), resident consul at Venice.
Curiously there had been two earlier ‘translations’ of Ramsay’s drama, in 1777 by Cornelius Vanderstop, and in 1785 by W. Ward. Turner later published a novel Infatuation; or Sketches from Nature (1810).
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Excerpta ex Ovidio, Virgilio, Horatio, Juvenali, Persio, et Martiali: in usum juventutis Christianae. Edidit ecclesiae Anglicanae presbyter.
First edition of one of the textbooks that Wesley compiled for the school that he founded at Kingswood, Bristol, in 1748. Finding contemporary textbooks inadequate, he published an astonishing number of works for his pupils – grammars, editions of classics, and other introductions to learning. His first concern was purity of thought (there are, for example, only brief, cautious extracts from Ovid, while Horace gets more than half the volume), but also the purity of Latin style. There are runs of his textbooks at Wesley House, the John Rylands Library, and in the Frank Baker collection at Duke, but, as is wont with schoolbooks, most are now very rare.
COLOURED PANORAMA FARINGTON, Susan Maria (illustrator).
The 104th Psalm. Illustrated by Susan Maria Ffarington. Worden.
The Faringtons or Ffaringtons were an ancient family of Worden Hall, Leyland, Lancashire, with a substantial family archive. Susan Maria (1808–1894) edited The Farington Papers for the Chetham Society in 1856, and made other contributions to local history, but this unusual panorama seems to have been her only foray into illustration. Psalm 104 lent itself to some striking landscape plates: horses and oxen (‘He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field’); cedars of Lebanon (‘The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted’); mountain scenery (‘The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats and the rocks for the conies’); sunset and daybreak; and three volcanoes (‘He toucheth the hills and they smoke’).