Recent Acquisitions

  1. [PRISON REFORM.]

    [Edict issued by the Austrian government in Milan forbidding convicts from obtaining personal charitable donations.]

    Milan, 4 September 1771.

    A rare edict legislating in an understudied area of early prison reform, issued in the decades leading up to the great era of reform inspired by American prisons and advocated Europe-wide in the 1790s.

    £400

  2. [DE MONCHESNAY, Losme (attr.).] 

    Les misères des plaideurs. 

    [France, between 1800 and 1830.] 

    First separate, chapbook-form edition of this satirical verse commentary of juridical practices, exposing the intricate, defeating vagaries of trials, lawyers and a justice system not fit for purpose, which had first appeared in Satires nouvelles par le sieur D*** (Paris, Jacques Collombat,...

    £120

  3. [COUSIN D’AVALLON.] 

    Histoire de Toussaint-Louverture, chef des noirs insurgés de Saint-Domingue; précédée d’un coup d’oeil...

    Paris, chez Pillot frères, an X – 1802. 

    First edition, uncommon on the market, of this biography of Toussaint Louverture (1743–1803), former slave and leader of the Haitian Revolution, complete with a famous portrait of him in military dress.  The only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state both free from slavery and...

    £950

  4. ALBERTUS de Padua.

    Evangeliorum quadragesimalium opus aureum nunquam alias impressum.

    Venice, Jacob Pentius de Leucho, May 1523.

    First edition, in a contemporary Venetian binding, of the Lenten Gospel exegesis by one of the greatest Augustinian theologians to live on the cusp of the fourteenth century.

    £2000

  5. TAULER, Johannes, (attr.).

    Exercitia D. Ioannis Thauleri piissima, super vita et passione salvatoris nostri Iesu Christi,...

    Nicolao Eschio … Antwerp, Philippus Nutius, 1565.

    Scarce edition (first 1548) of this devotional work on the life and passion of Christ, this copy with a near contemporary manuscript appendix by a Carthusian and with interesting provenance.

    £1250

  6. [CHARTONNET, Antoine-François.] 

    Considerations sur les devoirs des personnes qui sont engagées par leur état à servir les...

    Paris, chez Edme Couterot, 1695. 

    Rare first edition of this religious manual of instruction aimed at those caring for the sick in hospitals, exhorting carers to look after the bodily and spiritual needs of their charges ‘with charity, gentleness, compassion, patience, diligence, zeal, respect and humility’. 

    £450

  7. [BODONI.] 

    D. Francesco Giacinto Rovero Cavaliere di Piea, e della Sagra Religione, ed Ordine Militare de’ Santi Morizio, e...

    Saluzzo, Giovandomenico Bodoni, [December 1783]. 

    Very rare survival, apparently unrecorded, of this bill of public order laws printed by Giovandomenico Bodoni at Saluzzo. 

    £1250

  8. [AQUHORTIES College.]

    Abstract of the Rules and Regulations for the Students in the College of Aquhorties …

    [At foot:] Edinburgh: Printed by J. Moir, Paterson’s Court. [1799?].

    Broadside rules for the newly established Aquhorties College, the only Roman Catholic college in Scotland, presumably designed to be posted up around the school.

    £850

  9. [ANGLO-SOVIET DIPLOMACY.] 

    Papers regarding the Anglo-Soviet Negotiations 1939.  Presented by the Secretary of State for Foreign...

    London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1939. 

    A proof copy, complete with typed errata attached, of this collection of ninety-five papers relating to the negotiations between the Soviet and British governments between March and December 1939. 

    £750

  10. SACCARELLI, Carl’ Antonio.

    Vita della beata Giovanna Francesca Fremiot di Chantal fondatrice della Visitazione di Santa Maria …

    Rome, Bernabò and Lazzarini, 1751.

    First edition of this abridged biography of Jeanne-Françoise Frémiot, Baronne de Chantal, the founder of the order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, based on Saccarelli’s more extensive work of 1734.

    £250

  11. DUBOURGDIEU, Carolus Valesius (Charles de VALOIS).

    Alexandro VII Divinitatis nutu delecto Sacrosancta in terris Christi sceptra...

    Rome, Cortellini, 1655.

    Only edition, unrecorded outside Italy, of a symposium of laudatory verses published on the occasion of Fabio Chigi’s accession to the Papacy as Alexander VII, with descriptions of the accompanying ritual and pomp. The equestrian triumph and procession, the solemn conferment of papal regalia...

    £300

  12. ALMEIDA, Theodoro de.

    Lisboa destruida poema, author o P. Theodoro de Almeida, da Congregaçaõ do Oratorio de Lisboa.

    Lisbon, Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo, 1803.

    First edition of this poem in six cantos, with extensive notes, on the disastrous 1755 Lisbon earthquake, by the Oratorian priest and philosopher Almeida (1722-1804). One of the deadliest in history, the earthquake almost totally destroyed the Portuguese capital and accentuated political tensions within...

    £300

  13. [LAW.]

    Patrui optimi patrono. Theses utriusque juris. Ex materia sortito ducta ... Has theses ex utroque jure ... praeside cl....

    [Paris], apud Petrum-Augustinum-Paulus-Du-Mesnil, ex typographia Ballard, [1757].

    An unrecorded broadside detailing nine theses in canon law and nine in civil law defended at the law faculty in Paris on 14 February 1757 for the degree of Bachelor of Laws, with a remarkable headpiece depicting St Michael.

    £550

  14. [MASCHERANA, Girolamo.]

    Concordia tra la società e la religione ossia Difesa del culto cattolico contro chi lo calunnia in contrasto...

    Milan, Cesare Orena nella stamperia Malatesta, 1798.

    Rare second edition, printed in the same year as the equally rare first, of this curious defence of religion in the light of the constitution of the Cisalpine Republic, in which the author seeks to demonstrate the compatibility of Catholicism with the Enlightenment ideals of the French Revolution...

    £385

  15. GAYOT DE PITAVAL (Conseil).

    Question d’estat: fille reclamée par deux meres.

    Paris, Nicolas le Gras, 1716.

    First edition of this account by the famous advocate François Gayot de Pitaval (1673–1743) of a 1709 case, where a midwife had substituted a new-born girl who was then claimed both by the real mother and the woman to whom the baby had been given. Pitaval’s account details the principles by...

    £350

  16. DURINI, Angelo.

    Versi latini dell’ eminentissimo Sig. Cardinale Angelo Durini sopra il Cocchio Volante del Sig. di Montgolfier...

    [Milan, 1784.]

    First edition, with a parallel Italian translation, of these Latin verses commemorating the first Montgolfier experiments with balloon flight by the Milanese diplomat and cardinal Angelo Maria Durini (1725–1796).

    £1250

  17. [BEER.]

    Jenaischer allgemeiner Bier-Comment nebst angehängtem Bier-Prozess.

    ‘Eschwig, Otter & Kunitz, 183*.’

    An apparently unrecorded humorous handbook of drinking rules for students at the university of Jena, famous both as a centre of German idealism and Romanticism, and for its professors, who included Schiller, Fichte, Hegel, and Schlegel.

    £375

  18. BACON, Francis.

    Francisci Baconi, Baronis de Verulamio, Vice-Comitis Sancti Albani, operum moralium et civilium tomus … cura...

    London, Edward Griffin [and John Haviland] for Richard Whitaker [and John Norton], 1638.

    First edition, first issue, a copy from the celebrated Albani library: tangible witness to the early and fecund reception of Bacon’s thought in the circles of Galileian science in Italy.

    £4500

  19. [SAINTE-HILAIRE, Émile Marco de.]

    Réclamation addressée à S. Ece. Mgr. Delavau, préfet de police, par Modeste Agnès, patentée...

    Paris, chez les marchands de nouveautés, 1821.

    Rare first edition of this work on Parisian prostitution, attributed to the writer and journalist Émile Marco de Sainte-Hilaire (1796–1887). The Réclamation is presented as a letter from the prostitute Modeste Agnès to the newly-appointed Paris chief of police, Guy Delavau (1787–1874),...

    £850