Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis.
Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1657.
First edition of the great jurists’ Annals of the Low Countries, his one work of history.
Niclaus Manuel. Leben und Werke eines Malers und Dichters. Kriegers, Staatsmannes und Reformators im sechszehnten...
Tubingen, Cotta, 1837.
First edition of the first separate biography of the Bern painter and woodcutter Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-1571).
GUERINI, Professor Giovanni.
Fireside Entertainments; or, A Series of Interesting Tales ...
London: Chapman and Hall ... 1874.
First edition in English of Guerini’s Trenta Novelle (1873), a collection of short stories with contemporary or historical Italian settings by Bulwer-Lytton’s Italian translator. In the original language these stories--’Rubens’ Studio’, ‘The Uncle from America’, ‘Shut up in Church’,...
GUMILEV, Nikolai Stepanovich.
Farforovyi pavil’on. Kitaiskie Stikhi [The Porcelain Pavilion. Chinese poems].
Petrograd, “Mysl’”, 1922.
Second edition (first 1918) of Gumilev’s paraphrases of Chinese and Indonesian lyrics, published the year after his death.
[HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope].
Half a Hero. By Anthony Hope [pseudonym] ... in two Volumes ...
London: A. D. Innes and Co. ... 1893.
First edition of an early novel by the accomplished author of the famous romantic adventure story, The Prisoner of Zenda (1894). ‘“Brilliant” was a word often applied to Hope’s early novels’, writes Sutherland, ‘although they were also accused of frothy insubstantiality’. The present novel...
HELMHOLTZ, Hermann von.
Das Denken in der Medizin.
Berlin, August Hirschwald, 1877.
first edition of a wide-ranging philosophical discourse, pronounced at the institute where Helmholtz had graduated as a medical doctor 35 years before. The discourse is not confined to medicine, taking in Newton, Gauss and Riemann, Socrates and Kant, as well as Hippocrates, Vesalius, Harvey and Helmholtz’s...
GART DER GESUNDHEIT.
Mainz, Peter Schoeffer, 28 March 1485.
First edition. The Mainz Gart der Gesundheit marks the beginning of scientific naturalism in botanical book illustration, representing a conspicuous departure from the iconographic conventions of earlier incunable herbals. It is the first book published by Schoeffer in a vernacular language, and for...
Led from Afar. A Story ...
London: Remington and Co. Publishers ... 1888.
First edition. The novel opens in Egypt, where the hero is travelling with a painter-friend. Sitting in front of his tent one evening on the plain of Thebes, Trevelyan has a vision in which he sees his childhood sweetheart now married to the sinister Mr. Darcy. ‘Led from afar’ by this vision, Trevelyan...
[HILL, ‘Sir’ John, attributed author].
The Oeconomy of Human Life. Part the Second. Translated from an Indian Manuscript, found...
London: Printed for M. Cooper ... 1751.
First edition of this opportunistic work by the self-styled ‘Sir’ John Hill (so attributed in ESTC). It purports to be the sequel to Robert Dodsley’s highly successful The Oeconomy of Life (1750; sometimes attributed to P. D. Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield), and is written in the same poetic prose...
[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.
HOBHOUSE, Leonard Trelawny.
The labour movement.
London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1893.
First edition of Hobhouse’s first book. ‘From the late 1880s Hobhouse had developed a keen interest in trade union affairs. He supported the cause of the dock strike in 1889, and came into contact with labour leaders such as Tom Mann and Ben Tillett. He also visited Toynbee Hall, and exchanged views...
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...
An Historical Inquiry into the production and consumption of the precious metals …
London, John Murray, 1831.
First edition. William Jacob (1762?–1851) was appointed to the comptrollership of corn returns in 1822. ‘On the suggestion of Huskisson, [Jacob] undertook an inquiry into the production and consumption of the precious metals. This work shows great research, but is defective, which may be attributed...
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...
JANSSEN, Pierre Jules César.
A Collection of 58 Offprints.
Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1874-95
an outstanding collection of offprints of janssen’s important work in physical astronomy and spectroscopy, including the first description of his photographic revolver.
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...
Mr. Johnson’s Preface to his Edition of Shakespear’s Plays.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson [and eleven others] ... 1765.
First separate edition. ‘The separate Preface seems to be scarce. It is possible that the publishers were reluctant to let people read Johnson’s preface without paying for his edition ... and while unable in decency to resist the public demand--or the author’s request--protected themselves by printing...
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.