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  1. [RICCI, Pellegrino].

    Dissertazione sul costume di suonar le campane in occasione di temporali.

    Faenza, Lodovico Genestri, 1787.

    An attractive copy of this rare dissertation in which the author, a Minorite friar, attempts to demonstrate scientifically that the popular practice of ringing church bells during storms in the attempt to dissipate storm clouds and minimise the danger from lightning in fact had no effect. Ricci explains...

    £485

  2. WHY AND THE WHEREFORE (The):

    or, the Lady’s two Questions resolved. Question the first; why Men have not much to boast of their...

    London: Printed for J. Lamb … 1765.

    First and only edition, extremely rare, of an unusual work of erotic fiction. Despite the implication that this is a translation from Italian, it is in fact an English original.

    £7500

  3. POPE, Alexander.

    The Works … Vol. I[-VI]. With explanatory Notes and Additions never before printed.

    London, Printed for B. Lintot, 1736 [Vol. II. Printed for L. Gilliver 1735; Vol. III. Printed for H. Lintot, 1736; Vol. IV. Printed for L....

    A fine set of the small octavo Works - Pope's preferred format - including the scarce supplementary Vol II. Part II.

    £1750

  4. HENNEQUIN, Pierre.

    Nouveau cours de rhétorique, à l’usage de la jeunesse des deux sexes; dédié à sa Majesté l’Impératrice...

    Moscow, Auguste Semen, 1818.

    Only edition, very uncommon, of this guide to rhetoric by the Moscow-based French grammarian Pierre Hennequin (1772–1849), explicitly designed for both sexes and dedicated to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759–1828).

    £1250

  5. LEIGH, Sir Samuel Egerton.

    Munster Abbey, a Romance; interspersed with Reflections on Virtue and Morality … in three Volumes...

    1797.

    First edition. Despite its ‘gothic’ title this is a novel of contemporary high life in England and on the Grand Tour, avoiding ‘extravagant descriptions of supernatural scenes and events’. Munster Abbey in Devon is the seat of the hero, Mr. Belford, a bachelor ‘happily possessed of a fortune,...

    £1250

  6. WITHER, George.

    Juvenilia. A Collection of those Poemes which were heretofore imprinted, and written by George Wither.

    London Printed for Robert Allott … 1633.

    Second collected edition, very scarce, much expanded from the first edition of 1622, adding Wither’s Motto and Faire Virtue or the Maid of Philarete.

    £1500

  7. MARCHESINI, Marcello.

    Saggio d’economia politica; o sia, Riflessioni sullo spirito della legislazione relativamente all’agricoltura,...

    Napoli, V. Orsini, 1793.

    Very rare first and only edition of a book on economic and social policy by Marcello Marchesini, a scholar from Istria who, having been trained in Venice, took the chair of Political Economy in Naples after Genovesi. Marchesini declares in the title that his book should be regarded as a ‘Spirit of...

    £850

  8. R., N.

    Proverbs English, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. All Englished and alphabetically digested …

    London, Printed for Simon Miller … 1659.

    First and only edition of a scarce collection of idiomatic phrases and proverbs, many translated from other languages, with a selection of 114 ‘Golden sentences’ at the end.

    £1750

  9. XENOPHON, and Sebastian CASTELLIO (editor).

    Opera, quae quidem Gręcè extant, omnia, partim iam olim, partim nūc...

    Basel, Michael Isengrin, 1553.

    Annotated first Castellio edition of Xenophon’s works, with Hipparchicus and De equis alendis. The great surviving works of classical horsemanship, Xenophon’s two treatises proved enormously influential, their principles uncontested until the publication of Grisone’s Ordini...

    £900

  10. THIERS, Adolphe (1797-1877), French politician and historian.

    Three autograph letters signed (‘A Thiers’) to Nassau Senior.

    Paris, 22 December 1852, 11 July 1854, 18 June 1855.

    A set of interesting letters from Thiers to the English economist Nassau Senior. Thiers was a French politician and historian who served as prime minister under Louis Phillipe. Following the overthrow of the Second Empire he again came to prominence as the French leader who suppressed the revolutionary...

    £200

  11. GRISONE, Federico.

    Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de’ cavalli, di emendare i lor vitii, & d’ammaestrargli...

    Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1590.

    Later edition of Grisone’s Ordini, with the third edition of his text on veterinary medicine and the famous image of a horse and its diseases. Though a riding master and horse-trainer, Grisone’s treatise on equitation was augmented from 1571 by a veterinary text, discussing diseases...

    £1200

  12. BRACKEN, Henry.

    Farriery improv’d, or a compleat Treatise upon the Art of Farriery, wherein is fully explain’d the Nature,...

    London, J. Clarke and J. Shuckburgh, 1745.

    Fifth edition of Bracken’s ‘most famous and best-selling work’ (ODNB). First published in 1737 and eventually running to twelve editions, ‘its popularity sprang from Bracken’s robust language and common-sense solutions, which were grounded as much in his firsthand knowledge of the general...

    £350

  13. GRISONE, Federigo.

    Gli ordini di cavalcare.

    Naples, Giovan Paulo Suganappo, 1550.

    First edition of the first modern treatise on equitation, with contemporary Italian manuscript remedies for horses. The first author to write on horsemanship since Xenophon some two millennia earlier, Federico Grisone (d. c. 1570) ‘was a Neapolitan nobleman who, already during his lifetime,...

    £3500

  14. GIBSON, William.

    The true Method of Dieting Horses, containing many curious and useful Observations concerning their Marks, Colour...

    London, John Osborn and Thomas Longman, 1726.

    Second edition of a text devoted solely to the diet of horses, dedicated to Colonel Charles Churchill, under whom Gibson had served until 1720. The text is prefaced by a letter to the author from William Hope, translator of de Solleysel, complimenting the author in the highest of terms: ‘If...

    £320

  15. SAUNIER, Jean de, and Gaspard de SAUNIER.

    La parfaite connoissance des chevaux, leur anatomie, leurs bonnes & mauvaises...

    The Hague, for the Author and sold by Adrien Moetjens, 1734.

    First edition of Gaspard de Saunier’s most important work, the only one published during his lifetime. Gaspard de Saunier (1663 - 1748) established his reputation with the foundation of his equestrian academy at Leiden in 1707 and as riding master to the university there, having previously served...

    £1950

  16. [ANON.]

    The Gentleman’s compleat Jockey, with the perfect Horse-Man and experienc’d Farrier, containing: I. the Nature of Horses,...

    London, Peter Parker, 1711.

    Fifth edition, very scarce, of an anonymous early farriery manual. Among the first popular guides to farriery, a form which would be much copied throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Gentleman’s compleat Jockey (formerly attributed to Adolphus Speed) was first published...

    £1750

  17. SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de.

    Le parfait mareschal, qui enseigne a connoistre la beauté, la bonté et les défauts des chevaux, les signes...

    Paris, Gabriel Martin, Jean-Baptiste Coignard, Pierre-Jean Mariette, Hyppolite-Louis Guerin, 1744.

    Later edition in the original French of ‘this classic in the field of horse medicine’ (Dejager). OCLC records only two copies (Sainte-Genevieve and École nationale vétérinaire de Toulouse).

    £475

  18. SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de, and William HOPE (translator).

    The compleat Horseman, or perfect Farrier, in two Parts: Part...

    London, Reb. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1706.

    Second abridged edition of The compleat Horseman, as translated and augmented by Hope. Though published in smaller format as a popularly affordable edition of Solleysel’s work, the octavo retains the large folding illustrations, reengraved.

    £450

  19. GIBSON, William, and William GIBSON (editor).

    Mr. Gibson’s short practical Method of Cure for Horses, extracted...

    London, A. Millar, 1755.

    First abridged edition of Gibson’s New Treatise, published by his son and assistant of the same name, who had taken over the father’s practice upon his death in 1750. Concluding the preface to his New Treatise, written some four days before his death, William Gibson the elder...

    £350

  20. WOOD, John.

    A new compendious Treatise of Farriery, wherein are set forth in a plain, familiar, and natural Manner the Disorders...

    London, Hewett for the author, and sold by J. Brindley, T. Payne, and R. Withy & J. Ryall, 1757.

    First edition of a treatise on farriery by John Wood, formerly groom to the King of Sardinia. The contemporary manuscript notes appear in several hands belonging to members of the Green family of Uppington in Shropshire, though the majority match inscriptions by Barnard and Jane Green. Several...

    £650