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  1. HUTCHESON, Francis.

    A Short introduction to moral philosophy, in three books; containing the elements of ethicks and the law of nature.

    Glasgow, Robert Foulis 1747.

    First edition in English (first published in Latin in 1745) of a major work of the Scottish Enlightenment by the man who has been called the ‘father’ of that movement. The Short introduction was to be of the utmost importance in the intellectual development of Adam Smith, perhaps the keenest pupil...

    £2000

  2. 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).

    £2000

  3. AUGUSTINUS.

    De civitate Dei; a complete bifolium (leaves not consecutive), double columns of 30 lines, rubric in red, initials...

    A handsome bifolium from a large folio copy of St. Augustine’s greatest work, a vindication of Christianity against pagan critics.

    £3750

  4. 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...

    £20

  5. BARKER, Nicolas.

    At First, All Went Well… & Other Brief Lives.

    London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2019.

    This book brings together eighty obituaries written by Nicolas Barker. The first were published in 1966 and the last in 2018. Print links them all: they were printers, publishers, librarians, booksellers or book collectors, their lives joined by a common dedication to the printed word and all that goes...

    £40

  6. [LAW, John.]

    Abbildung des auf der Strasse Quincampoix in Paris entstandenen so berühmten Actien-Handel. Excudit C. Weigel nach...

    [1720.]

    This engraving is a German version of ‘Rue Quinquempoix en l'Année 1720’(BM Catalogue 1655). It gives a view, in angular perspective, of the Rue Quinquempoix, Paris, with crowds of persons assembled there during the share mania of the Mississippi, South Sea, and other schemes which bubbled in the...

    £1250

  7. [LAW, John].

    Extrait du registre de la Compe. des Indes aujourduy 22 feurier 1720 [and copies of other items relating to Law’s...

    [France, after 1721].

    A contemporary manuscript by an anonymous copyist reproducing some of the key documents surrounding John Law’s Mississippi system and the Visa instituted following its collapse. In just four years, Law completely transformed the French monetary system to a paper money/bank credit system and substituted...

    £1500

  8. LEIGHTON, Clare.

    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...

    £650