Recent Acquisitions

  1. [RICHARD, Charles-Louis.]

    Lettres d’un archevêque, a l’auteur de la brochure intitulée: Du droit du souverain sur les biens-fonds...

    A Cologne, 1770.

    First edition, uncommon, of this response to an anticlerical essay by the Chevalier de Cerfvol by the Dominican theologian and anti-philosophe Charles-Louis Richard (1711–1794). De Cherfvol had argued against the wealth of the clergy, and in particular of the religious orders, and proposed a...

    £300

  2. LEGUAT, François.

    A new voyage to the East-Indies by Francis Leguat and his companions. Containing their adventures in two desart...

    London, for R. Bonwicke, W. Freeman, Tim Goodwin, J. Walthoe, M. Wotton, S. Manship, J. Nicholson, B. Tooke, R. Parker, and R. Smith, 1708.

    First English edition of this remarkable – albeit quite possibly imaginary – account of the adventures of the French explorer François Leguat (c. 1637–1735) in the Indian Ocean at the end of the seventeenth century.

    £2000

  3. PIERTZ, Leonhard (Praes.) and Johann Ernst SCHLERETH (Resp.).

    De sacramentis in specie, Eucharistia et Poenitentia...

    Würzburg, Johann Michael Kleyer, 1703.

    A good copy of this rare Würzburg dissertation on the sacraments of the Euchasist and Penance, under the Jesuit professor Leonhard Piertz (1662–1741). The dissertation discusses when the Eucharist was instituted, what verbal formulae are necessary for consecration, whether the Eucharistic sacrifice...

    £195

  4. [PASCOLI, Livio.] ‘Vilio LOCASPI’.

    Del modo di mantenere abolita la mendicità, discorso familiare.

    Verona, Mainardi, 1817.

    Only edition, very rare, of this proposal for the abolition of begging, and of poverty more broadly, by the poet and essayist Livio Pascoli.

    £285

  5. [LAPINI, Bernardo.]

    Vita di Madonna Onorata scritta da Bernardo Ilicino publicata per la prima volta sopra un codice del secolo...

    Milan, Giuseppe Bernardoni, 1843.

    First appearance in print of this life of the Sienese noblewoman Onorata Saracini (née Orsini, 1435–1457), by her contemporary, the late fifteenth-century physician and writer Bernardo Lapini (or Ilicini), here edited by the Milanese print and old master dealer Giuseppe Vallardi (1784–1863)...

    £350

  6. ERLENBACH, Jean Jacques.

    Compliment de Congé en rimes francaises, a monsieur Ziegert, sur son depart pour Halle à l’université...

    Breslau, Charles Guillaume Grass, [1754].

    Charming and apparently unrecorded poem written on the occasion of the departure for the University of Halle of an unidentified Mr Ziegert by his disgruntled friend Johan Jakob Erlenbach (who, according to a footnote, did not expect his poem to be printed).

    £150

  7. MILNE, A. A.

    Autograph letter, signed, to ‘my dear Shepard’, his friend and collaborator the illustrator Ernest. H. Shepard,

    dated at the head 31.12.29

    A fine and touching letter between two of the most famous collaborators in all of children’s literature, in which Milne’s discusses his difficulties with a projected edition of Mother Goose.

    £5000

  8. FUHRMANN, Ernst.

    China. Erster Teil: Das Land der Mitte.

    Hagen, Folkwang-Verlag, 1921.

    First edition of two of the most celebrated works on Chinese religious architecture, published as volumes IV and V of Geist, Kunst und Leben Asiens, with hundreds of pictures of temples and Buddhist sculptures, some of which are now lost. The second volume deals in particular with the Lingyan...

    £175

  9. [SEVILLE.]

    Mercantile contract between Sebastián de Baeza of Seville and Hernán López de Segovia, almost certainly relating...

    Seville, 25 July 1576.

    A commercial document from the heyday of Seville’s trade with the Indies. Drawn up for Sebastián de Baeza, a resident of the barrio of San Bartolomé in Seville, the document recapitulates a previous agreement of 25 June 1576 between, on the one hand, Hernán López de Segovia and, on...

    £1200

  10. [POTATOES.]

    Aus den Kartoffeln Mehl zu verfertigen, oder Die Kartoffel, auf ein, ja auch auf mehrere Jahure aufzubewahren. Ze zemčat...

    [St. Lörinz?, s.n., 1802.]

    An excellent copy of these instructions, printed in German and Czech, on the manufacture and use of potato flour and the technique of preserving potatoes for more than a year.

    £285

  11. [OXFORD UNIVERSITY.]

    Parecbolae sive excerpta e corpore statutorum Universitatis Oxoniensis. Accedunt articuli religionis XXXIX...

    Oxford, e theatro Sheldoniano, 1740.

    Later edition of this essential student guide to the University of Oxford’s statutes, this copy formerly in the possession of the charismatic Cornish dissenting preacher Thomas Wills (1740–1802) when a student at Magdalen Hall.

    £250

  12. 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

  13. [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

  14. [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

  15. [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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. [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

  19. [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

  20. [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