Recent Acquisitions

  1. [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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. [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

  5. [BENDISCIOLI, Faustino.]

    Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema di liberta’ proclamato dai Francesi.

    Milan, Stamperia [dei Patrioti d’Italia] di Strada Nuova, [1799].

    An impassioned tract attacking the claims of a new life of liberty promoted in Europe after the French Revolution, very rarely to be found in any of the three editions published in the same year.

    £200

  6. [BIBLE.]

    Biblia sacra vulgatae editionis Sixti Quinti Pont. Max. iussu, recognita atque edita.

    Antwerp, Jan Moretus ‘ex officina Plantiniana’, 1599.

    An attractive Plantin Bible, bound in four volumes and interleaved for scholarly annotations. The interleaved notes offer, in a small and neat hand, comments and references largely in Latin and French, with some Greek and Hebrew.

    £1250

  7. MULERIUS, Carolus.

    Les nouveaux rudimens de la langue latine ...

    Paris, the widow of Claude Thiboust, and Pierre Esclassan, 1683.

    ‘Sixth edition’ of this popular manual of Latin grammar for French students, also called the ‘Rudiments de Ferrand’ after the name of the dedicatee, Antoine-François Ferrand.

    £450

  8. MULERIUS, Carolus.

    Linguae Hispanicae Compendiosa Institutio.

    Leiden, ex officina Bonaventurae et Abrahami Elzevir, 1630.

    First edition, rare, of this handbook of Spanish grammar by the renowned Dutch Hispanist and grammarian Carolus Mulerius (1601–1638).

    £550

  9. SURTEES, Robert Smith.

    The Horseman’s Manual, being a Treatise on Soundness, the Law of Warranty, and generally on the Laws relating...

    London, M.A. Pittman for Alfred Miller, 1831.

    First edition of Surtees’s first work, the only publication to bear his name, from the family of the dedicatee. Though best known for his sporting articles and novels, Robert Smith Surtees (1805–1864) was, alongside his landed interests, a respected jurist in County Durham, serving as justice...

    £1250

  10. [FRANCE, Ministère de la Guerre.]

    Compte général de l’administration de la justice militaire pour l’année 1843.

    Paris, Imprimerie Royale, Mai 1846.

    A handsome copy, perhaps bound for presentation, of this statistical report on military justice in the French army in 1843, dedicated to king Louis-Philippe by Alexandre Moline de Saint-Yon (1786–1870), a veteran of Waterloo who served as France’s Minister of War between 1845 and 1847. The...

    £650

  11. LUCRETIUS.

    De rerum natura libri sex.

    Paris, Hiérosme de Marnef and Guillaume Cavellat, 1567.

    Rare pocket edition of Lucretius, a reissue of de Marnef and Cavellat’s similarly rare 1564 edition, with the same collation. The great poem is preceded by Petrus Crinitus’s brief biography of the author.

    £600

  12. RELATION (A) of the defeating Card.

    Mazarine & Oliv. Cromwell’s Design to have taken Ostend by Treachery, in the Year 1658, written...

    London, Printed for Hen. Herringman … 1666.

    First edition, an account, apparently translated from an untraced Spanish original, of a failed attempt by Anglo-French forces to take the town of Ostend from the Spanish in 1658.

    £950

  13. [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

  14. [POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.]

    Collection of 11 treatises.

    Spain, c. 1750.

    A highly interesting manuscript compendium of Spanish treatises on political philosophy and politics.

    £975

  15. GONZAGA, Curzio.

    Il Fido amante, poema eroico.

    Mantua, [(colophon:) Giacomo Ruffinello, 1582].

    First edition of an Italian Renaissance heroic poem in thirty-six cantos, much appreciated by Tasso and published the year after the first authorized edition of the Gerusalemme liberata.

    £600

  16. MARTIAL.

    M. Ualerii Martialis epigrammata. Opera, et industria Andreae Frusij, Soc. Iesu Theologi.

    Cuneo, typis Ioannis Baptistae Benentini, 1705.

    Scarce pocket edition of Martial’s Epigrams as edited by the notable French Jesuit André des Freux (c. 1515–1556), published in the city of Cuneo in Piedmont.

    £175

  17. [HUET, Pierre-Daniel.]

    Le grand tresor historique et politique du florissant commerce des Hollandois, dans tous les etats et empires...

    Paris, François Fournier, 1714.

    Later edition of this work on Dutch commerce and trade attributed to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630–1721), famous as the editor of the Delphin Classics, with a charming bookplate.

    £100

  18. HEXHAM, Henry.

    A Tongue-Combat, lately happening betweene two English Souldiers in the Tilt-boat of Gravesend, the one going to...

    Printed at London [i.e. Holland]. 1623.

    First edition, written in reply to a rare pamphlet with a near-identical title by Richard Verstegan [or Rowlands], an intelligence agent in the Netherlands for the English Jesuits. Verstegan’s original Toung-Combat comprised a dialogue between the pro-Catholic Red Scarf and the Protestant...

    £1650

  19. [POLEMON, John].

    The second Part of the Booke of Batailles, fought in our present Age: taken out of the best Authors and Writers...

    At London, Printed for Giles Cawood. 1587.

    First edition, scarce. Polemon had been commissioned by Henry Bynneman to compile a compendium on modern warfare which was duly published as All the famous Battels that have been fought in our Age in 1578. It covered from the beginning of the century up to the Battle of Lepanto in 1572....

    £2750

  20. COMIDAS DE CARBOGNANO, Cosimo.

    Primi principi della gramatica Turca ad uso dei missionari apostolici di Costantinopoli ...

    Rome, stamperia della Sac. Congr. di Prop. Fide, 1794.

    The first complete Ottoman Turkish grammar published in Italian, compiled by the Catholic Armenian dragoman Cosimo Comidas de Carbognano (translator to Count de Ludolf, minister of the Two Sicilies to the Ottoman Porte in the late eighteenth century) and published by the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda...

    £1500