in French and Latin, with readings from the Gospel of John, the Book of Wisdom, and Ephesians; a partial bifolium (leaves...
The use of French indicates that the parent manuscript was intended for a lay reader or audience, while the quality of the script and illumination points to a prestigious commission. The passages in French are each preceded by the first few words of the original Latin text, underlined in red.
GREGORY THE GREAT.
Homiliae in Evangelia, book I, homily 2, from the beginning to near the end of verse 2, a single leaf, single...
From a well-written manuscript of Gregory the Great’s Homilies on the Gospels, preached most probably during the liturgical year 590–1 and published the following year.
including prayers and readings (from Genesis, Exodus and Bede) for Ash Wednesday to the end of Saturday in Passion week;...
A fragment of a pocket-sized Breviary of relatively humble appearance. It comes from the Temporale of a ‘secular’ Breviary (i.e. for use in a church, either by a parish priest or a friar), containing nine readings at Matins for Sundays and major feast days and three readings for weekdays (monastic...
in Latin, Deuteronomy 11,24–12,30 and 13,1–14,29; an almost complete leaf written in a good rounded romanesque hand...
A very large folio leaf from an Italian giant or ‘Atlantic’ Bible. This genre of romanesque Bible originated in Rome in the mid-eleventh century; the production and diffusion were no doubt due in part to the clerical reforms under Popes Leo IX and Gregory VII. In the early twelfth century manuscript...
with neumes, containing music for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday; a complete leaf written in dark brown ink in a good...
From a well-written Antiphonal with elaborate penwork initials.
part of the offices for the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day); a complete leaf written in double columns with...
An imposing and richly illuminated leaf from an English ‘Choir Breviary’ of exceptionally large size. The leaf has been preserved as an archival wrapper and survived the Reformation in remarkably good condition.
SFORZA, Ludovico, Duke of Milan.
Letters patent granting various castles and lands to Bertrando de’ Rossi, Count of Berceto,...
A significant document issued during the Italian War of 1494–1498 by Ludovico Sforza (also known as Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan 1494–1499).
Untersuchung der Natur und Ursachen von Nationalreichthümern. Aus dem Englischen …
Leipzig, Weidmann’s heirs and Reich, 1776–1778.
First edition in German, the rare first issue, and the first translation into any language, of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This landmark translation, by Johann Friedrich Schiller, cousin of the famous poet, and Christian August Wichmann, was reissued in 1792 with...
Eastern eclogues; written during a tour through Arabia, Egypt, and other parts of Asia and Africa, in the year...
London, for J. Dodsley, 1780.
First edition of these travel-inspired poems by the Calcutta-born East India Company servant Eyles Irwin (1751-1817), composed during his journey from India to England in 1777, and containing several interesting references to the British presence in India.
A treatise on world geography.
Italy, c. 1760.
A thorough, methodical, and highly interesting manuscript treatise on the physical, political and religious geography of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, apparently unpublished, providing an important insight into the mid-eighteenth-century western European conception of the world. The latest event...
Woodcuts. Examples of the work of Clare Leighton. With an introduction by Hilaire Belloc.
London, New York, Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co., 1930.
Number 103 of a limited edition of 450 copies, signed by Leighton, and with the dust jacket. A handsome collection of engravings executed by Leighton between 1923 and 1930, mostly comprising rural and coastal subjects taken in England, Toulon, Dalmatia, Genoa, New York, and Boston, as well as illustrations...
A Voyage to Abyssinia, and Travels into the Interior of that Country, Executed under the Orders of the British Government,...
London: W. Bulmer and Co. for F.C. and J. Rivington, 1814.
First edition, large-paper issue. The traveller, artist and antiquarian Salt (1780-1827) briefly worked as an artist in his native Lichfield and London, before joining Viscount Valentia on his tour of India and the Middle East in 1802 as a secretary and draughtsman. During the expedition, Salt...
HERRERA, Antonio de; LE MAIRE, Jacob et al.
Description des Indes Occidentales, qu’on appelle aujourdhuy le nouveau monde ......
Amsterdam, Michel Colin, 1622.
First edition in French of Herrera’s description of Spanish conquests in the New World (first published in 1601 as an introduction to his famous Décadas), together with the first authorised publication of Jacques Le Maire’s journal of his epic voyage of 1615-16, during which he discovered Cape Horn...
The past and future of British relations in China.
Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1860.
Presentation copy of the first edition of Osborn’s short work on British relations with China, informed by his service with the Royal Navy in China in 1840-42 and 1857-58 and partially drawing on his earlier articles for Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and the Royal Geographical Society. Published...
Great expectations ... In three volumes. Vol. I [-III]. Second edition.
London, (C. Whiting for) Chapman and Hall, 1861.
First edition, second impression, of one of the great Victorian novels, which was already in short supply in 1861. After Great Expectations had attracted a large readership in All the Year Round, Chapman and Hall were understandably cautious in their initial order for the novel as a traditional three-decker...
The great Jowett.
London, The Bodley Head, 1981.
Signed limited edition of this play about the great Oxford scholar and reformer Benjamin Jowett (1817-93), written by Greene in 1939 for BBC radio.
BARKER, Nicolas, ed.
The Pirie Library. A Short-Title Catalogue of the Collection of Robert S Pirie.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2019.
The library of Robert S Pirie, ‘one of the finest private libraries of English literature, not just of our time but of all time’ (James Stourton), was sold at Sotheby’s New York on 2-4 December 2015. This account is based on Sotheby’s catalogue of the sale, and augmented by Mr Pirie’s acquisition...
[COYER; VOLTAIRE; WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION.]
‘Recueil des Pieces’.
An extraordinary sammelband of 75 pamphlets – 27 of which are recorded in only 3 or fewer libraries on OCLC – mostly relating to successful French exploits throughout Europe during the War of the Austrian Succession, including the Dutch and Italian campaigns and the conclusion of the war.