ABBEVILLE, Claude d’.
Histoire de la mission des peres capucins en l’isle de Maragnan et terres circonvoisines ou est traicte...
Paris, François Huby, 1614.
Second edition, enlarged and revised from the first edition published earlier the same year, a handsome copy. The first written account of the Capuchin mission to Maranhão, an island on the coast of Brazil, of which, Sabin notes, this is the earliest mention. In 1612 the mission, composed of...
Favola di due gatti e della scimia coll’ appello de’ medesimi gatti all’ orso, divisa in due...
Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1730.
First complete edition. A rare fable in parallel Latin and Italian verse by members of the Accademia dell’Arcadia, comprising Due gatti ed una scimia (first published in 1728) and the first appearance of the second part, Appello de’ due gatti all’ orso. Both are published only pseudonymously under...
ADAMS, John Couch.
The scientific Papers … edited by William Grylls Adams … with a Memoir by J.W.L. Glaisher.
Cambridge, University Press, 1896 [– 1900].
First edition of the posthumously published collected papers of the Cambridge mathematician and astronomer, John Couch Adams (1819–1892). ‘In retrospect Adams’ many mathematical and astronomical achievements pale in comparison to his analysis of the orbit of Uranus and his prediction of...
A voyage to Senegal, the Isle of Goree, and the river Gambia ... Translated from the French. With notes by an...
London, for J. Nourse and W. Jonhston [sic], 1759.
First English edition, translated from the author’s Histoire naturelle de Sénégal (Paris, 1757). Adanson (1727-1806) was a French botanist who sailed to Senegal in 1748 and remained there for five years, studying the flora, fauna, climate and language, and tracing the river Senegal into the interior....
ADORNO Theodore W. Else FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK Daniel J. LEVINSON and R. Nevitt SANFORD.
The authoritarian personality.
New York, Harper Brothers, 1950.
First edition. Theodore Adorno is well known as having been a leading light of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Less known, but nevertheless worthy of note, are his co-authors, each of whom made notable contributions to the field of psychology. The authoritarian personality is itself a groundbreaking...
AELIANUS, Claudius, Conrad GESSNER (translator), and Pierre GILLES (editor).
Περι ζωων ιδιοτητος...
Cologny, Philippe Albert, 1616.
Uncommon Geneva edition of Aelianus’s De animalium natura, the Greek printed in parallel with Gessner’s Latin translation. A third-century work on natural history, Aelianus’s text offers accounts and anecdotes of animals, ‘an appealing collection of facts and fables about the animal...
Philips’ new map of Africa.
London & Liverpool, George Philip & Son, [1899?].
Attractive large map of Africa by the firm founded by the Scottish cartographer George Philip (1800-1882), coloured to show the ‘Possessions & Protectorates of European Powers’.
[AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius.]
De la grandeur et de l’excellence des femmes, au dessus des hommes. Ouvrage composé en Latin,...
Paris, François Baruty, 1713.
The third translation into French, but the first in the eighteenth century, of this work in praise of the female sex by the German occultist, lawyer, and soldier Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486–1535).
AINSWORTH, William Harrison.
The Combat of the Thirty. From a Breton Lay of the fourteenth Century. With an Introduction, comprising...
London: Chapman and Hall … 1859
First edition of the first English translations of these two texts, inscribed to ‘James Crossley from his old friend William Harrison Ainsworth’. The two men had been friends since 1817 when Crossley, a solicitor, was articled to Ainsworth’s father and later became a partner in the firm. He was...
AKELEY, Carl and Mary L.
Jobe. Adventures in the African Jungle.
New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1930.
First edition of this record of Carl and Mary L. Jobe Akeley’s explorations in Africa which adeptly interweaves Carl Akeley’s field notes, stories and the couple’s joint experiences. ‘Mary Jobe Akeley, Carl’s second wife, culled segments from her husband’s In Brightest Africa, including the...
AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna, translator.
Golosa poetov. Stikhi zarubezhnykh poetov v perevode Anny Akhmatovoi [Poets’ voices. Verses...
Moscow, “Progress”, 1965.
First edition: translations by Akhmatova of a selection of pieces by Polish, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Yugoslavian, Norwegian, and Indian poets. She published six volumes of translations during her lifetime but, despite her success, she complained that for a poet translating was ‘comparable to devouring...
Le miniature Italiane del Kupferstichkabinett di Berlino.
Florence, Edizioni Polistampa, 2019.
From the presentation leaf: ‘Bernard Quaritch Ltd is delighted to be a sponsor of this magnificent publication. We feel sure that our German founder, both as publisher of scholarly works and dealer in medieval manuscripts, would have been proud to support Beatrice Alai’s catalogue of the Italian...
ALBERTI, Leon Battista.
El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia del Momo; compuesta en Latin por el docto varon Leon Bapista...
Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.
First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s Momus [or De principe], translated by Augustín de Almaçan and with an introductory 8-page Exposición by the Toledo ascetic writer and scholar Alejo Venegas (1495?–1554?).
Cal y canto.
Madrid, Revista de Occidente, .
First edition of Alberti’s fourth collection of poems. Cal y canto occupies a central position in the poet’s work before the Spanish Civil War, introducing themes he was to return to again and again throughout his life.
13 Bandas y 48 estrellas. Poema del Mar Caribe.
Madrid, Manuel Altolaguirre, 1936.
First edition. ‘The thirteen poems collected in 13 bandas y 48 estrellas, first published in 1936 and later recollected in part 3 of De un momento a otro, are songs of protest against, and critical evaluations of, the role of “el imperialismo yanki”, “la diplomacia del horror”,...
De los Alamos y los sauces.
[Buenos Aires], Ediciones del Angel Gulab, 1940.
First edition of this collection of poems: one of 120 numbered copies on Hammermill paper, signed by Alberti, of a total edition of 425. No. III in the series Cancionero de la Sirena, edited by Angel Gulab.
ALBERTI, Rafael, and Carlos RODRIGUEZ-PINTOS.
Dos Oraciones a la Virgen.
Paris, [Carlos Rodriguez-Pintos], 1931.
First edition, rare, one of 325 copies privately printed by Rodriguez-Pintos (ours is unnumbered). The two poems comprise ‘Nuestra Señora de la Cinta’ by the Uruguayan poet Carlos Rodriguez-Pintos (1895-1985), with an illustration by Alberti; and ‘Nuestra Señora de la Buena Leche’ by Alberti,...
ALBERT, Sidney P.
‘Shaw’s Advice to the Players of Major Barbara’, Reprinted from Theatre Survey, X, 1 (1969); and ‘Reflections...
Reprinted from Modern Drama, XIV, 2 (1791).
Farewell to a Child. Berkhamsted, Priapus Press, 1982.
8vo, pp. 16; a fine copy, unopened, stitched as...
Poems. Oxford, Parchment Ltd, 2001.
Provenance: from the library of Brian Aldiss (1925-2017).
Singapore, [n.p., c. 1982?]
An Aldiss curiosity. These would appear to be Singapore editions of Aldiss’s collection of short stories Foreign Bodies, first published 1981. The blurb material makes reference to Aldiss’s visit to a literary festival in Singapore.
Provenance: from the library of Brian Aldiss (1925-2017).