Recent Acquisitions

  1. PALMERSTON, Henry John Temple, third Viscount.

    Signed undertaking to procure an Assignment of Term from the Executors of the Will...

    22 July 1806.

    Document signed by the young Palmerston, arising from the sale of his property at East Sheen, near Mortlake, to Thomas Bernard of Wimpole Street in 1805.

    £675

  2. FLORENT DE SALES [pseudonym].

    Vrai systême du monde physique et moral. [s.n., s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.

    [s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.

    Only edition, rare, of this utopia, the identity of whose author, and even of whose printer, remains unknown.

    £1350

  3. BEAUHARNOIS, Félicité (pseudonym?).

    Zoraïm, ou les aventures d’un musulman; traduit de l’Anglois, par la c. Félicité Beauharnois,...

    Paris, chez la cit. Dhotel, libraire, an VIIme [1799].

    Very rare (only one copy traced) cautionary tale against ambition and vengeance, set in the Ottoman world, and penned during the French Revolution.

    £750

  4. PARISI, Virginio.

    Ver relatione della solenne entrata dell’Illustriss. & Eccellentiss. Sig. Giorgio Ossolinschi … Thesoriero...

    Rome, Francesco Cavalli, 1634.

    An important miscellany comprising three rare works related to one of the most sumptuous seventeenth-century embassies to the Papal Court, headed by Jerzy Ossoliński (1595–1650) on behalf of the King of Poland, Ladislaus IV Vasa, in 1633.

    £950

  5. [SCOTLAND.]

    Seventeen pamphlets relating mostly to legal cases in Scotland.

    Aberdeen and Edinburgh, 1772-1788.

    An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury;...

    £750

  6. [CICERO, Marcus Tullius.]

    Commentarii Philippicarum Marci Ciceronis cum annotationibus Georgii Trapezuntii Philippi Beroaldi et...

    Paris. Thomas Caseus for Jean Petit, [1514].

    Rare edition, attractively printed and with occasional contemporary annotations, of Cicero’s Philippics, comprising Cicero’s text along with the commentaries of the Cretan humanist George of Trebizond (1396–1486), the Bolognese rhetorician Filippo Beroaldo (1453–1505), and the Perugia...

    £950

  7. [RENNEVILLE, Sophie de (?).]

    Contes a Aglaé, ou la jeune moraliste.

    Paris, Caillou, c.1820.

    Very uncommon edition, possibly the first, of this collection of educational contes moraux, sometimes attributed to the prolific children’s author and journalist Sophie de Renneville (1772–1822). Aimed at children of both sexes, the book contains sixteen short contes on subjects ranging...

    £325

  8. MORRIS, William, E.

    Belfort BAX, and Victor DAVE. The Socialist Platform. No. 4. A short Account of the Commune of Paris.

    London, socialist League Office, 1886.

    First and only edition of Morris’s, Bax’s, and Dave’s account of the Commune of Paris of 1871, presented as ‘the starting point of the irresistible Unity of Socialism in Europe and America’.

    £650

  9. [FAUVEAU, Felicie de.]

    Il monumento dell’ illustre ed egregia scultrice madamigella Felicita de Fauveau illustrato dal P.B. socio...

    [S.l., s.n., c. 1859.]

    Very rare commemoration, published anonymously, of the sepulchral monument made by the Franco-Italian sculpter Félicie de Fauveau for her mother, found in the cloister of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. De Fauveau (1801–1886), called ‘the new Canova’ by Stendhall after her participation...

    £350

  10. CARD, Henry.

    Literary Recreations …

    London: Printed by W. Wilson … for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme … 1809.

    First edition of a scarce collection of miscellaneous essays on such topics as ‘the Condition and Character of Women in different Countries and Ages’ (pp. 51-118), the ‘Rapid Growth of Methodism’ (pp. 131-187), and ‘Bastards’ (pp. 199-227).

    £650

  11. 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

  12. [FAMINE AND CROP FAILURE.]

    [Bill issued for all parishes of Milan by the chancery of the Archbishop of Milan proclaiming a solemn...

    Milan, 12 April 1710.

    An apparently unrecorded poignant witness to an all-too-common ancestral fear: the real possibility of crop failure following a frosty spring. In April 1710 lingering frost must have caused great anxiety. The Archbishop of Milan orders a solemn procession to be held by the entire clergy of the...

    £300

  13. PROSPERUS AQUITANUS (Prosper of Aquitaine).

    Opera.

    Lyon, S. Gryphius, 1539.

    First edition of the collected works of the Early Christian author Prosper of Aquitaine (390–465), a disciple of St Augustine and the first continuator of Jerome’s Universal Chronicle.

    £1000

  14. [HOMILETIC.]

    Meditations de la seconde annee.

    [France, c. 1700.]

    Apparently unpublished set of meditations for the Sundays in the Liturgical year running from the seventh to the twenty-fourth week after Pentecost, shedding light on tools and practices put in places in the homiletic art. Themes range from reflections on the Eucharist, to consideration on mortality,...

    £750

  15. [DEVOTION.]

    Sagre offerte alla passione di nostro Signore Gesu Cristo con varie orazioni. Si aggiungono i Pensieri cristiani per...

    Rome, [Zempel], 1773.

    Rare first edition of a devotional work in Italian and Latin printed in Rome. It is complemented with fine engravings, most notably the frontispiece, which shows a heroic Jesus resurrected holding the cross in a classically outlined body. A subsequent slighter edition was published twenty years later.

    £700

  16. [BIBLE – GREEK NEW TESTAMENT.]

    Της Καινης Διαθηκης Απαντα. Novum Testamentum.

    Londini, Ex Officina, Jacobi Tonson & Johannis Watts. 1730.

    Interleaved and heavily annotated copy of the third Tonson & Watts edition of the Greek New Testament, the text as edited by Michael Maittaire (first published 1714). Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of this edition, sold to the Library of Congress in 1815.

    £1600

  17. [HILL, Thomas].

    The cause of truth defended; being a plain statement of the facts connected with the two trials of the Rev. T....

    London, Simpkin and Marshall; Seeley; Hatchard, 1827.

    Only edition of this account of the case of Thomas Hill, a Methodist minister in North Shields accused of libelling a member of his congregation, which led to trials in Newcastle and York, and became a local cause célèbre. Hill was accused of having sent letters to the fiancé of Jane Bell that cast...

    £300

  18. TASSO, Torquato.

    Il Goffredo overo Gierusalemme liberata del sig. Torquato Tasso. Con le figure intagliate in rame dal Tempesta.

    Rome, Filippo de Rossi, 1657.

    Attractive copy of the 1657 illustrated pocket Gerusalemme Liberata, reprinting the successful Rome edition of 1607. It includes Tasso’s Allegoria del poema, printed as introduction to the poem, and is enlivened throughout by one of the famous cycles of engravings produced by Tempesta.

    £400

  19. MARINO, Giambattista.

    La Murtoleide fischiate del cavalier Marino con la Marineide risate del Murtola.

    ‘Norinbergh’ [i.e. Venice], Ioseph Stamphier, 1619.

    Rare first edition of the manifesto of Italian Baroque poetry, appearing in the bitterly satirical ‘literary feud’ between the leading Italian baroque poet Giambattista Marino and his adversary, Gasparo Murtola. Marino, who thrived in his notoriously misbehaving public persona, had been banned...

    £900

  20. [KRIŠTOLOVEC, Ivan.]

    Breve notitia della traslatione del corpo di S. Paolo Primo Eremita

    Rome, Giorgio Placho, 1702.

    First and only edition, very rare, of this account of the translation of the remains of St Paul of Thebes, known as Paul, the First Hermit or Paul the Anchorite (third/fourth century), the first Christian hermit. It was compiled by the theologian who would become Prior of one of the most important...

    £350