The Gunpowder-Treason, with a discourse on the manner of its discovery; and a perfect relation of the proceedings...
London, Newcomb, Hills and Kettilby, 1679.
Later edition, much expanded with a preface by Thomas Barlow, Bishop of Lincoln (1608/9–1691) and ‘several papers or letters of Sir Everard Digby … never before printed’; first published in 1606 as A true and perfect relation of the proceedings at the several arraignments of the late...
WOOLRYCH, Humphry W.
Memoirs of the Life of Judge Jeffreys, sometime Lord High Chancellor of England.
London, A.J. Valpy for Henry Colburn, 1827.
First edition of a favourable biography of Judge Jeffreys. A jurist, Humphry William Woolrych (1795–1871) published a life of Edward Coke in 1826 and of Jeffreys the following year, as well as legal texts, a few works of poetry, and a novel. The unrepentant style of this near-hagiography causes...
Fair manuscript copy of a course of philosophy for the use of clerical students offering a systematic treatment of Aristotelian Logic and Physics. The initial inscription states that this course was given by a Jesuit, Fr. Lalande, to Jacques Becheau of Périgord in 1681. The course is articulated in...
ERASMUS, Desiderius and Gerard LISTRIUS (commentator).
Moriæ encomium … epistolæ aliquot in fine additæ.
Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1648.
Second Maire edition of Erasmus’ Praise of Folly, in a handsome binding by Simier, from the celebrated library of the count De la Bédoyère, and appearing in the catalogues of both dispersals of his library.
Boska komedja … tłómaczenie Juliana Korsaka.
Warsaw, S. Orgelbranda, 1860.
Rare. First edition of the first complete verse translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy into Polish, in adjacent and alternating rhymes, complete with all sixteen engravings.
SINCLAIR, John, Sir, first baronet.
A sketch of the improvements, now carrying on by Sir John Sinclair, Bart. M.P. in the county...
London, W. Bulmer and Co., 1803.
First edition, presentation copy, with attractive engravings showing a ‘Plan of the new town of Thurso’, an ‘Improved elevation and plans of Janet Street in the new town of Thurso’, a ‘Plan of certain farms on the river Thurso ... intended partly to be let in small lots on improving leases...
Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea, wherein are exhibited Views of several striking Scenes, with curious...
London, T. Becket, 1760.
First edition. Chrysal’s enormous popularity derived from its thinly-veiled chronicle of contemporary scandals in political high life: ‘An excoriating satire that won Johnstone respect as a wit but few friends, the novel is set roughly during the period of the Seven Years’ War (1757-63)...
Mr. Hunt’s triumphant entry in Manchester, from Lancaster Gaol.
Nottingham, Ordoyno, .
Unrecorded handbill reporting on Hunt’s arrival in Manchester on 31 August 1819.
After the Peterloo Massacre on 16 August 1819, Hunt was arrested, charged with seditious conspiracy and transferred to Lancaster Gaol. ‘Bailed, he challenged the competence of the Lancashire grand jury...
History of Photography in China 1842-1860.
[London], Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2009.
The first comprehensive history of the earliest years of photography in China, combining previously unpublished research with over 150 photographs, many of which are attributed and published here for the first time.
ALBUCASIS (M. S. SPINK and G. L. Lewis, translators).
On surgery and instruments. A definitive edition of the Arabic text with...
London, Wellcome Institute, 1973.
First edition in English. ‘The book on Surgery and Instruments written by the Arab surgeon Albucasis (d. A.D. 1013) is the first rational, complete and illustrated treatment of its subject. He described many operative procedures and instruments which do not appear in extant classical writings and which...
Eulogies and orations on the life and death of General George Washington, first President of the United States...
Boston, Manning & Loring for W.P. and L. Blake, 1800.
First edition of this collection of twenty eulogies and orations to George Washington – who had died on 14 December 1799 – presented ‘as a memorial of veneration and gratitude to the “man of the age”’ (p. ), and including a eulogy by Thomas Paine. A list of subscribers occupies...
The compleat Troller, or, the Art of Trolling, with a Description of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling,...
London, T. James for Thomas Helder, 1682.
First edition of ‘the earliest major work devoted to pike fishing’ (ODNB). Nobbes’s anonymous Compleat Troller is the first English book substantially on ‘trolling’, or angling for deep-freshwater fish, especially pike, with live bait or artificial lures. Though ‘trolling’...
Lois et réglemens pour les lycees.
Paris, ‘de l’imprimerie de la République, an XII,’ 1803.
Rare first edition of this extremely interesting collection of laws and regulations governing secondary education in France, reflecting the historic changes enacted between 1801 and 1803 by Napoleon as First Consul, in particular the establishment of lycées.
Twentieth Century Cook Book … published by the Ladies Mite Society, St. Pauls Church, Lincoln.
Lincoln (NE), Franklin Press, 1902.
First and only edition of a very scarce Nebraska recipe book, printed for the Ladies Mite Society in Lincoln, Nebraska, with additional recipes added in manuscript by a local resident. The broad range of recipes is gathered from many contributors who, other than Mrs J.E. Baum of Omaha and Mrs...
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...
[PUSHKIN, Aleksandr Sergeevich (contributor).]
Сѣверные цвѣты на 1825 годъ [Severnye tsvety na 1825...
St Petersburg, Department of Public Education, 1825 [Moscow, Universitetskaia tip., 1881].
Rare nineteenth-century Moscow reprint of the exceptionally rare first issue of Northern flowers, one of the most celebrated Russian literary anthologies, edited by Pushkin’s great friend Delvig. The 1825 issue included the first appearance of four passages from part ii of Eugene...
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)...
[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.
ERLENBACH, Jean Jacques.
Compliment de Congé en rimes francaises, a monsieur Ziegert, sur son depart pour Halle à l’université...
Breslau, Charles Guillaume Grass, .
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).
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.