[HILL, ‘Sir’ John].
The Adventures of Mr. George Edwards, a Creole.
London: Printed for T. Osborne ... 1751.
First edition of a novel written in the year that the self-styled ‘Sir’ John Hill, apothecary and quack, began writing the ‘Inspector’ essays that turned into the contrived and then real ‘paper war’ with Fielding and Smart.
Portrait, after Holbein the Younger, showing the scholar-printer half-length, to right, black fur-lined dress,...
The original of this celebrated portrait is lost, and it only survives in copies. There is one at Hampton Court, for example. See the account in Oliver Miller, Tudor, Stuart and early Georgian Paintings in the Royal Collection, 1963. There are two copies in the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung at Basel (357, 1910).
Paris, A. Mesnier [printed by Didot fils with the type cut by Henri Didot], 1828.
A scarce Miniature Book. “One of the typographical wonders and an unsurpassed feat as far as minuteness and beauty of type is concerned” (Spielmann 201).
Report on the Trade in Foreign Corn, and on the Agriculture of the north of Europe … To which is added, an Appendix...
London, James Ridgway, 1826.
First edition; two further editions were published the same year. William Jacob (1762?–1851) was appointed to the comptrollership of corn returns in 1822. ‘He was commissioned by the Government in 1825 and 1827 to report on the condition of agriculture in some of the states of northern Europe; the...
JACOBS, H. W.
Betterment Briefs. A Collection of Published Papers on Organized Industrial Efficiency.
New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1909.
Second, definitive edition. ‘The nucleus of the present volume is a series of four articles published by Mr Jacobs in The Engineering Magazine from September, 1906, to January, 1907, under the title “Organization and Economy in the Railway Machine Shop”. This was followed in June by a paper on...
JOHNSON, Alvin Saunders.
Rent in modern economic theory: an essay in distribution.
Columbia University, 1903.
First edition of Johnson's doctoral dissertation. This work ‘showed unusual skill in solving problems by the dexterous use of classification. Many thinkers, he said were impressed by economic developments which seemed to foretell a new monopolistic order of society. Actually, competition had simply...
The Reverie: or, a Flight to the Paradise of Fools … Published by the Editor of the Adventures of a Guinea....
London, Printed for T. Becket, and P. A. Da [sic] Hondt … 1763.
Loeber & Loeber J45; Raven 724.
Sady Dofina [The Gardens of the Dauphin].
Moscow, [“Sinema”,] 1918.
First (and only?) edition. The poems are divided into two sections: ‘The Gardens of the Dauphin’ and ‘Sacred Spring’. Aside from these restful, often religious lyrics, Korolevich evidently had an interest in the cinema; he later published works on director Erich von Stroheim and silent-film actress...
KUNCKEL VON LÖWENSTERN, Johann.
Collegium physico-chemicum experimentale, Oder Laboratorium Chymicum, In welchem Deutlich und...
Hamburg and Leipzig, Samuel Heyl, 1716.
the rare first edition of a famous chemical handbook, the most important work of the leading german chemist of the second half of the seventeenth century. Partington, devoting pp. 361-77 of vol. II to Kunckel, gives ‘a nearly complete bibliographical account with comment’ (Marie Boas Hall in DSB),...
KUSIKOV, Aleksandr Borisovich, pseud. [i.e. Boris Kusikian].
Moscow, “Imazhinisty”, 1920.
First edition. It is difficult to piece together a cohesive picture of Aleksandr Kusikov. His romanticized self-image was one of a wild mountain-dweller, and the Circassian trappings with which he surrounded himself (he was born in 1896 in Armavir to a large Armenian family called Kusikian) were clearly...
KUSIKOV, Aleksandr Borisovich, pseud. [i.e. Boris Kusikian].
Berlin, “Skify”, 1922.
First edition, containing five poems on Islamic themes: ‘Al-Barrak’, ‘Al-Kadr’, ‘Julfikar’, ‘Iskandar Namah’ (1921), and ‘Ko-gospel-ran’.
[LAWRENCE, George Alfred].
Barren Honour. A Tale. By the Author of ‘Guy Livingstone.’ In two Volumes ...
London: Parker, Son, and Bourn ... 1862.
First edition. Lawrence has been grouped with Kingsley and Hughes in the ‘muscular’ school of Victorian fiction with its sturdy heroes and Christian Socialism. Barren Honour is ‘a study of magnificently chivalrous self-destruction’ on the part of its hero Sir Alan Wyverne, ‘a thoroughbred’...
LEBEDEV, V. P.
175 godovshchina Pervago Kadetskago korpusa. 17 fevralia 1907 g. [175th Anniversary of the First Corps of Cadets,...
[St Petersburg,] Press of the First Corps of Cadets, 1906.
Only edition of this collection of poems commemorating the 175th anniversary of the First Corps of Cadets, set up under Anna Ivanovna. Each of the ten ‘scenes in verse’ is narrated by a cadet, once for each Tsar under which the Corps has served.
LEONOV, Leonid Maksimovich.
Begstvo Mistera Mak-Kinli. Kinopovest’ [Mr MacKinley’s Flight. A Screen-play].
Moscow, Sovetskaia Rossiia, 1963.
First edition: Leonov’s screen-play satirising Western capitalist society, used by Mikhail Shveister in 1975 for his film of the same name.
Autograph letter in French, signed ‘François Lieber’, to Joseph Bonaparte, comte de Survilliers, Napoleon’s...
Columbia, South Carolina, 9 May 1836.
The German-American political scientist Francis Lieber (1800–1872) was a prolific theorist of political ethics and jurisprudence. He emigrated to Boston in 1827, where he impressed John Quincy Adams, and became Tocqueville’s principal informant for Democracy in America (1835–40). In 1835 he was...
LO VECCHIO MUSTI, Manlio. Bibliografia di Pirandello.
Verona, Mondadori, 1937.
First edition of this authoritative bibliography of Pirandello, published just a year after his death. It includes a long introductory essay by Massimo Bontempelli.
LUCIAN, of Samosata.
Deorum dialogi... una cum interpretatione e regione latina nusquam antea impressi...
Strassbourg, Johannes Schott, 1515.
First edition edited and translated by the German humanist (and musician) Ottmar Nachtgall.
LYTTON, Rosina Doyle Bulwer, Dowager Lady Lytton.
Shells from the Sands of Time.
London: Bickers and Son … 1876.
First edition of a collection of essays by the Limerick-born novelist, on Pepys, masques, pity, essays, servants, Macaulay, and other subjects, with two ghost stories at the end.
Carminum libellus. Parisiis, apud Claudium Cramoisy... M. DC. LXII.
First edition, the author’s only book, edited after his death by Loménie de Brienne, this copy ruled in red and bound for the editor with his arms.
MAINE DE BIRAN. [MARIE FRANÇOIS PIERRE GONTHIER DE BIRAN.]
Influence de l’Habitude sur la Faculté de Penser.
Paris, Henrichs, 1803.
First edition of Maine de Biran’s first major work, in which he draws a distinction between what he calls passive habits, i.e. sensations and impressions which become dulled with repetition, and active habits, i.e. those which are conscious, and willed. “The effect of this, which was borne out by...