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  1. PIRON, Alexis.

    Oeuvres badines …

    Paris, chez les marchands de nouveautés, 1797.

    Scarce illustrated edition of the ‘frolicsome works’ of the French dramatist and wit Piron (1689–1773), collecting sixty-eight salacious poems accompanied by eight erotic engraved plates. The collection includes the notorious Ode à Priape, the publication of which obliged Piron to...

    £975

  2. [MASCHERANA, Girolamo.]

    Concordia tra la società e la religione ossia Difesa del culto cattolico contro chi lo calunnia in contrasto...

    Milan, Cesare Orena nella stamperia Malatesta, 1798.

    Rare second edition, printed in the same year as the equally rare first, of this curious defence of religion in the light of the constitution of the Cisalpine Republic, in which the author seeks to demonstrate the compatibility of Catholicism with the Enlightenment ideals of the French Revolution...

    £385

  3. COMTE, Auguste, and Albert CROMPTON (editor).

    Confessions and Testament of August Comte: and his correspondence with...

    Liverpool, Young, 1910.

    First edition in English of Comte’s Confessions, which first appeared with his ‘testament’ in French in 1884. These take the form of ‘Twelve Saint Clotildes’, a series of annual confessions which he recited to his muse’s grave. Clotilde de Vaux was a divorced woman whom Comte met...

    £80

  4. BAUDELAIRE, Charles.

    Les Fleurs du mal [from Revue des Deux Mondes, 1 June 1855].

    [Paris, Revue des Deux Mondes, 1855.]

    First appearance in print of any of the poems from the celebrated but suppressed collection Les Fleurs du mal, extracted from the Revue des Deux Mondes. The eighteen poems here, including ‘Au Lecteur’, ‘La Volupté’, ‘Voyage à Cythère’, ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’,...

    £950

  5. HUGHES, Ted.

    T.S. Eliot: A Tribute by the Poet Laureate.

    [London,] ‘Privately Printed by [the Salient Seedling for] Faber and Faber’, [August 1987].

    A privately printed tribute to T.S. Eliot, limited to 250 copies signed by Ted Hughes. The text comprises an address given by Hughes on 26 September 1986, at the unveiling of Eliot’s blue plaque at Kensington Court Gardens.

    £175

  6. FIELDING, Henry.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In six Volumes …

    London: Printed for A. Millar … 1749.

    Second edition, although not so designated, the errata corrected and the errata leaf in volume I omitted (the ‘Contents’ extended to c8 recto to fill the gap). The first edition (2000 copies) was almost completely subscribed before publication when this second edition (1500 copies) was ordered....

    £1350

  7. STACEY, George et al.

    Daguerreotype and ambrotype portraits of Stacey and members of his family.

    London, 1850s.

    A handsome set of photographs of the English Quaker and abolitionist George Stacey (1787-1857), his second wife Mary née Barclay (1797-1876) and members of their extended family, taken by some of the finest portraitists in England at that time.

    £7500

  8. [HOURS, Use of Rome.]

    Hore intemerate dei genitricis virginis Marie secundum usum Romane ecclesie.

    Paris, Thielman Kerver, 6 November 1508.

    A beautiful Book of Hours of Roman use, unrecorded in any bibliographies, printed at Paris by Thielman Kerver for the Spanish market, with a Spanish prayer at the end which has in this copy been crossed through, along with other passages, by an early censor.

    £16000

  9. [PONTIFICAL.]

    Missae episcopales pro sacris ordinibus conferendis, secundum ritum sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae …

    Venice, [(colophon:) heirs of Lucantonio] Giunta, 1563.

    A handsome Giunta pontifical with episcopal provenance, printed in red and black with extensive woodcut illustration and splendidly preserved in a striking and strictly contemporary painted and tooled binding for the archbishop of Lyons, Antoine d’Albon.

    £4750

  10. [MONTAGU, Mary Wortley (attr.), and PUISSIEUX, Madeline de (translator).]

    La femme n’est pas inferieure...

    ‘A Londres’, 1750.

    First French translation, uncommon, of Woman not inferior to Man: or, a short and modest Vindication of the natural Right of the fair-Sex to a perfect Equality of Power, Dignity, and Esteem, with the Men, first published in 1739 under the name ‘Sophia, a person of quality’ and sometimes...

    £685

  11. [HO CHI MINH.] ‘Nguyên-Aï-Quôc’ (pseud.).

    Le Procès de la colonisation française – première série [all published]...

    Paris, Librairie du travail, [1926].

    First edition, very rare, of a strident attack on French colonial policy, not just in Indochina but also in Madagascar, Cameroon, Algeria etc, by the future President and Prime Minister of North Vietnam. He strikes out at taxation, governance, ‘les civilisateurs’, corruption, exploitation,...

    £650

  12. [FISCHER, Friedrich Christoph Jonathan, and Pierre-Gustave BRUNET (translator)].

    Les nuits d’érpeuve des villageoises...

    Paris, Jules Gay, 1861.

    First edition in French, numbered 26 of 100 copies, of this obscure study, first published in 1780 as Über die Probenächte der teutschen Bauernmädchen (‘On the Rehearsal Nights of Teutonic Peasant Women’). Brunet’s ‘postface’ builds on the comparisons made in Fischer’s original...

    £150

  13. [CITTADELLA, Cesare.]

    Catalogo istorico de’ pittori e scultori ferraresi e delle opere loro con in fine una nota esatta delle...

    Ferrara, per Francesco Pomatelli, 1782-83.

    First edition of the most important source book on artistic life in Ferrara then published. Cesare Citadella (1732–1809), a painter, priest, and curator of the natural history cabinet affiliated to Ferrara University, compiled his work by using the unpublished manuscript of Girolamo Baruffaldi...

    £2850

  14. [THUMB BIBLE.]

    History of the Bible.

    Lansingburgh (NY), William Disturnell, 1820.

    First edition of this charming illustrated Lansingburgh-printed miniature Bible, with contemporary inscriptions by two girls from the Yeaton family of Epsom, New Hampshire.

    £475

  15. ALBERTUS de Padua.

    Evangeliorum quadragesimalium opus aureum nunquam alias impressum.

    Venice, Jacob Pentius de Leucho, May 1523.

    First edition, in a contemporary Venetian binding, of the Lenten Gospel exegesis by one of the greatest Augustinian theologians to live on the cusp of the fourteenth century.

    £2000

  16. ELIOT, George.

    The Writings …

    Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1908.

    The Large-Paper edition of Eliot’s complete works, no. 184 of 750 sets.

    £2500

  17. MYERS, Robin, Michael HARRIS, and Giles MANDELBROTE (eds).

    Lives in Book History: Changing Contours of Research over...

    Leicester, Garendon Press, 2022.

    ‘This volume has grown out of one event in a long series of annual conferences on book-trade history – held to mark the fortieth conference in 2018. For this we had asked nine well-known book historians to give a retrospective review of their field, be it manuscripts, incunabula, book binding, and...

    £35