JESSOP, William Rowlestone Henry.
Flindersland and Sturtland; or, The Inside and Outside of Australia.
London: R. Clay, Son, and Taylor for Richard Bentley, 1862.
First edition, presumed first binding. A ‘detailed description of the South Eastern part of Australia’ (Ferguson), based on Jessop’s travels in the late 1850s and early 1860s. ‘In the twenty-fourth chapter of the second volume Jessop records in interesting and accurate detail an early...
Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’, ‘Journals’, ‘Waste Book’).
Blairlogie, Scotland, 1829.
A very attractive set of sample accounts compiled by the young Scottish draper Thomas Alexander of Blairlogie in Stirling, Scotland, in 1829, as part of his mercantile training. Thomas was born in 1812, the eldest son of a Blairlogie portioner (also called Thomas); he would therefore have been 17 years...
The angler’s manual; or, concise lessons of experience, which the proficient in the delightful recreation of...
Liverpool, G.F. Harris for Samuel Bagster, 1808.
First edition of this angling classic, with excellent plates by the painter and etcher Howitt (1756/7-1823), depicting a variety of fish, as well as charming scenes of minnow-, fly-, pike- and float-fishing. A keen sportsman, hunter, rider and angler, Howitt became a professional artist when financial...
WICKSTEED, Mary Frances.
A collection of watercolours from tours in the Alps, the Italian and Swiss lakes, and elsewhere, undertaken...
Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, 1875-1887.
A collection of charming landscape watercolours mostly executed in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, and in the Italian and Swiss lakes, by Mary Frances Wicksteed (1835-1906), governess and companion to three generations of the Philips and Trevelyan families.
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas.
Essai géographique sur les Isles Britanniques.
Paris, Didot, 1757.
First edition. A description of the British Isles by the first chief hydrographic engineer of the Dépôt des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministère de la Marine. Alongside the geographical depiction of Great Britain, Bellin includes a guide to navigating its coasts and a treatise on the making of charts,...
WICKSTEED, Mary Frances.
A collection of watercolours from tours in Scotland and North Wales undertaken in 1871, 1875 and 1876.
Scotland and Wales, 1871-6.
A collection of charmingly naïve and vibrant landscape watercolours of the Scottish Highlands and Borders, as well as of North Wales and Snowdonia, by Mary Frances Wicksteed (1835-1906), governess and companion to three generations of the Philips and Trevelyan families.
VICTORIA, Crown Princess of Sweden.
Vom Nil. Tagebuchblätter während des Aufenthalts in Egypten im Winter 1890/91... Mit Lichtdruckbildern...
Karlsruhe: G. Braun’sche Hofbuchdruckerei, 1892.
First edition, printed for private circulation. Vom Nil records a journey along the Nile made between October 1890 and April 1891 by Princess Victoria of Baden (1862–1930), later Queen Victoria of Sweden (queen consort 1907–1930).
Stated in a Dialogue betwixt a Prude and a Coquet, last Masquerade Night, the 12th of May …
London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1724.
First edition, rare, of an amusing verse dialogue between two women preparing to attend one of the popular masquerade balls staged by the Swiss impresario John James Heidegger. Hilaria, a coquette, is effusive about the pleasures of the imminent party and she offers a tempting vision of the delights...
ACCOUNT OF THE MOST REMARKABLE VOYAGES (An)
from the Discovery of America by Columbus to the present Time.
London: William Darton and Son … 1831.
First and only edition of a compendium of exploration and discovery for children, taking in Columbus, Drake, Parry, Look, Franklin etc. True to its promise to record adventures up ‘to the present time’, the most recent voyage recorded here is Captain Ross’s attempt to discover the North-West passage....
Minutes in Agriculture and Planting … Illustrated with Specimens of eight Sorts of the best, and two Sorts of...
Boston [Lincolnshire], Printed by J. Hellaby, 1804.
First edition, rare. William Amos was the steward of the Brothertoft estate of the ‘father of reform’ John Cartwright, and author of an earlier work on The Theory and Practice of Drill Husbandry (1794). Here he provides descriptions, and samples, of both ‘artificial’ and ‘natural’...
Altare Christianum: or, the dead Vicar’s Plea. Wherein the Vicar of Gr. being dead, yet speaketh, and pleadeth...
London, Printed by Richard Badger. 1637.
First edition, from the library of Robert Southey, with an ownership inscription an eleven-line note in his distinctive diminutive hand.
[DUCRAY-DUMINIL, François Guillaume].
Ambrose and Eleanor; or, the Adventures of two Children deserted on an uninhabited Island....
London: Printed for R. and L. Peacock, at the Juvenile Library … and sold by Hookham and Carpenter … and C. Law … 1797
Second English edition (first 1796), a translation of Lolotte et Fanfan (1788). Lucy Peacock kept a shop on Oxford Street which stocked her own and other juvenile tales. Lolotte et Fanfan (1788) evidently appealed for its didactic potential, but required significant editing: ‘many characters...
CARDONNEL, Adam de.
Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …
London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Edwards … also by Edwards’s, in Halifax. 1788.
First edition, the very rare issue with the plates in sepia, printed directly onto thick wove paper.
A Collection of Welsh Travels and Memoirs of Wales. Containing I. The Briton Describ’d, or a Journey thro’...
London: Printed for and sold by J. Torbuck … 1738.
First edition of this compilation of whimsical works about Wales, reissued and published as though under the auspices of Swift.
[TROTTI DE LA CHETARDIE, chevalier].
Instructions for a Young Nobleman. Translated by Ferrand Spence.
London, R. Bentley and S. Magnes, 1683.
Only edition of the first English translation, very rare. The detailed and practical table of content and the advertisement leaf in this copy are not called for by ESTC. This French gentlemen’s manual of conduct, made up of a general treatise and a sequence of one hundred brief precepts, is here translated...
Miscellanies in Prose and Verse …
Oxford Printed; and delivered by Mr. Dodsley …, Mr. Clements in Oxford, and Mr. Frederick in Bath. 1750.
First edition, printed on ‘royal’ paper; a subscriber’s copy, from the library of Edward Popham of Littlecote, with later Popham bookplate and label.
Vathek, conte Arabe.
A Paris, Chez Poinçot ... 1787.
First Paris edition of Beckford’s gothic masterpiece in the original French, so considerably revised from the Lausanne edition (also 1787) as to amount to ‘almost a new version’ (Chapman & Hodgkin, p. 127). Beckford also took the opportunity to expand the notes from one to twenty-four pages.
St. Augustine, of the Citie of God: with the learned Comments of Io. Lod. Vives. Englished by J. H.
[London,] Printed by George Eld. 1610.
First edition in English of Augustine’s City of God, translated by the traveller and gentleman’s steward John Healey. ‘Our earliest treatise on the philosophy of history’, as Voltaire called it, City of God is a cornerstone of Western thought, pervading the whole of the Middle Ages,...
Traité sur la culture et les usages des pommes de terre, de la patate, et du topinambour ... Publié...
Paris, Barrois, 1789.
First edition of an important early work on the potato, the sweet potato, and the jerusalem artichoke.