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  1. VIGNE, Godfrey Thomas.

    A personal narrative of a visit to Ghuzni, Kabul, and Afghanistan, and of a residence at the court of Dost...

    London, Whittaker & Co., 1840.

    First edition, an exceptional copy. Vigne (1801-63) left Southampton for India in 1832, ‘and, after passing through Persia, spent the next seven years travelling north-west of India. He visited Kashmir, Ladakh, and other parts of central Asia, besides travelling through Afghanistan, where he had several...

    £3500

  2. VINCENT, William, editor.

    The voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates, collected from the original journal preserved...

    Cadell junior and W. Davies, 1797.

    First edition, the work of the classical scholar William Vincent (1739-1815). The Voyage of Nearchus ... is a commentary on an expedition recorded by Arrian of Nicomedia in his Indica that Vincent termed ‘the first event of general importance to mankind in the history of navigation’ ... The voyage...

    £2000

  3. [CANUEL, Simon, general.]

    Almanach dédié aux dames pour l’an 1815.

    Paris, Le Fuel and Delaunay, [1814].

    Scarce almanac, containing poetry, prose and music, owned and annotated by the notorious French general Simon Canuel (1767-1840), with later caustic comments on him by its subsequent owner Jules Perrin. Canuel became infamous for switching from the republican to the royalist cause and for the zeal with...

    £750

  4. HAGGARD, (Henry) Rider.

    Rural England being an account of agricultural and social researches carried out in the years 1901 & 1902 ...

    London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.

    First edition, author’s presentation copy, enclosing a letter from Haggard to the liberal politician Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), who served as Foreign Secretary under Gladstone, and as Prime Minister in 1894 and 1895.

    £500

  5. MAJOR, Richard Henry.

    The life of Prince Henry of Portugal, surnamed the navigator; and its results: comprising the discovery,...

    London, A. Asher & Co., 1868.

    First edition (published in 70 large paper copies), presented by the author to the Scottish explorer James Augustus Grant, who accompanied John Hanning Speke on his famous Nile expedition of 1860-63.

    £975

  6. [ACCADEMIA DELL’ARCADIA.]

    Favola di due gatti e della scimia coll’ appello de’ medesimi gatti all’ orso, divisa in due...

    Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1730.

    First complete edition. A rare fable in parallel Latin and Italian verse by members of the Accademia dell’Arcadia, comprising Due gatti ed una scimia (first published in 1728) and the first appearance of the second part, Appello de’ due gatti all’ orso. Both are published only pseudonymously under...

    £550

  7. DUCAREL, Andrew & James Coltée, and Gerard DE LISLE & Robin MYERS, eds.

    Two Huguenot Brothers: Letters of Andrew and James Coltée...

    Leicester, The Garendon Press, 2019.

    James Coltée Ducarel’s letters sent from France to his elder brother Andrew in London are a hitherto unknown resource for the study of the Enlightenment and the French Huguenots in the mid-eighteenth century.

    £85

  8. [DEY, Robert.]

    Foulsham and Themelthorpe inclosure award, dated 23rd June, 1813. Notice with extracts from award.

    [Norfolk?] Parson, Printer, [1813].

    Scarce printed award, completed in manuscript, granting a piece of land in Foulsham, Norfolk to one Robert Dey, following the 1811 ‘Act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Foulsham and Themelthorpe’. In addition to carrying the shaky signature of the recipient, the award is signed by the three...

    £150

  9. [BEWICK, Thomas?]

    26 rubbings from engraved woodblocks of the heads of Kings and Queens and England, apparently never published...

    [1790-1805?]

    26 apparently unrecorded wood-engravings – heads of the monarchs of England from William the Conqueror to George III – these images taken by rubbing from the blocks rather than printing. The engravings bear strong similarity to the 26 which appear in An Abridgement of the History of England …...

    £750

  10. KEYNES, John Maynard.

    The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.

    London, Macmillan and Co., 1936.

    First edition.

    £3500

  11. VINCENS, Jean Alexandre.

    Account book.

    Nimes, France, 1783-1800.

    A unique record of the financial transactions and business dealings of a leading Protestant family of bankers and merchants in Nîmes, in the south of France, prior to and during the French Revolution, covering the period between May 1783 and Fructidor year VIII i.e. 1800.

    £4250

  12. [ALEXANDER VII, Pope.]

    Vero e pieno ragguaglio delle ceremonie fatte per l’incoronazione di n. sig. Alessandro papa settimo il...

    Rome and Florence, nella stamperia si S. A. S. alla condotta, 1655.

    Very rare first(?) edition of this detailed and entertaining account of the coronation of Pope Alexander VII in April 1655, capturing the splendour, colour and emotion of the occasion. The blow-by-blow narrative has a very modern feel, resembling present-day reporting of such events. After describing...

    £850

  13. BOSE, Nandalal.

    Nanda Lal Bose paintings. Santiniketan, Nandan, Birbhum, Bengal.

    Santiniketan, published by Biswarup Bose, [1950?].

    An apparently unrecorded collection of reproductions of works by Nandalal Bose (1882-1966), one of the pioneers of modern Indian art and the foremost student of Abanindranath Tagore. In 1920 Bose ‘went to Shantiniketan in Bengal to set up an art school as part of Rabindranath Tagore’s comprehensive...

    £1950

  14. GERMANY – NUREMBERG.

    Manuscript letter, in Latin, from the Abbot of St. Aegidius, Nuremberg, complaining about the actions of...

    St. Aegidius fell under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the archbishopric of Bamberg, and the letter is a somewhat exasperated account of the archbishop’s efforts to extract taxation from the monastery (on account of its imperial ‘regalia’) and the abbot’s refusal to allow any such thing....

    £1500

  15. MISSAL,

    the opening of the Canon of the Mass; a complete leaf, 18 lines, written in a fine gothic liturgical script, dark brown...

    Southern German style illumination of a type that seems to have spread well beyond the borders of the German-speaking lands: compare, for instance, the opening of the Canon of the Mass in a Missal supposedly prepared in the diocese of Esztergom c. 1480 for a church in Poszony (Esztergom, FK MS...

    £1500

  16. MISSAL,

    with readings and music for the 18th, 19th and 20th Sundays after Pentecost; a partial bifolium and a single leaf (text...

    The fine angular script and elegantly simple initials are typical of Cistercian manuscripts, although the absence of punctus flexus punctuation precludes a more definitive Cistercian attribution.

    £1800

  17. MISSAL,

    with readings and music for the feast of St. Clement (23 November); a complete vellum leaf, double columns of 37 lines...

    The final stage in the accurate placement of musical notation was the introduction of 4-line staves, and they came to be used in almost all music books from the thirteenth century onwards. The present fragment is a relatively early example of their use.

    £975

  18. MISSAL,

    with readings for the fifth week of Lent; a complete leaf, double columns written in black ink in two sizes of a good gothic...

    The post-medieval annotations may indicate an origin in or near Koblenz. They include the place-names ‘Obernlanstein’, ‘Niderlanstain’ and ‘Pfaffendorff’, i.e. Oberlahnstein, Niederlahnstein and Koblenz-Pfaffendorff.

    £400

  19. MISSAL,

    the Canon of the Mass; a fragment of a bifolium (a single leaf preserving a small section only of the conjoint leaf), single...

    At the end of the first line on the recto is the rubric ‘infra actionem’, immediately before the prayer ‘Communicantes et diem sacratissimam celebrantes’. The expression ‘infra actionem’ originally referred to a variable formula to be inserted within the fixed text on special occasions, and...

    £650