PART II - Books published 1716-1832
10 BEWICK. THOMAS & JOHN. [ILLUSTRATORS] GOLDSMITH & PARNELL. Poems. Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing Office, 1795. £210
First Edition thus, lg.4to., (285 x 220mm) 5 full-page & 8 vignette wood-engravings by Thomas & John Bewick; first & final leaves rather foxed; contemporary diced russia, sometime attractively re-backed, gilt, morocco label; ex libris the Bewick authority Iain Bain with his Bewick-inspired bookplate by Reynolds Stone. One of the great books of the late 18thC. printing revival in which Bulmer justifiably boasts of the great 'pains bestowed to render [it] a complete Specimen of the Arts of Type and Block-printing.' Printing & the Mind of Man 130 - 'The wood-engravings by Thomas & John Bewick are technically brilliant and much better printed than in any of their other books...'
12 BOYER, A. The Royal Dictionary abridged. In two parts I. French and English. II. English and French. Containing above five thousand words. The Sixth Edition, carefully corrected. Printed for R. Wilkin [& many others] 1738. £55
Unpaginated [c1000pp.), publishers' advert. leaf at end; bound without the frontispiece; one leaf torn without loss, a few corners creased but generally well preserved in contemporary calf, crimson morocco label, neatly rehinged.
13 BRIDGE, Rev. B. A Treatise on the Elements of Algebra. Sixth edition, enlarged and corrected. T. Cadell, 1826. £38
Pp.(8)224; tears in one leaf repaired without loss; intermittent spotting but generally well preserved; some pencilled marginalia; contemporary half calf, backstrip gilt, marbled sides; rubbed but sound.
14 BYRON, Lord George Gordon. The Works [In three volumes] John Murray, 1819. £85
3vol., pp.xvi,479; (4)491(3); viii,330; bound without half-titles but with final 'Notes to Beppo' leaf at end of vol.2; slight spotting, small piece torn from head margin of vol.3, otherwise a good set of this generously margined edition in later 19th full maroon russia, hinges rubbed, backs a little faded; early ownership signature of Ann H. Murray at head of titles; later bookplate of David Murray.
17 [CREBILLON, Claude Prosper Jolyot de] Lettres de La Marquise de M*** au Comte de R***. Premiere [et Seconde] Partie. Chez Henri Scheurleer, A La Haye, 1734 £265
Second Edition, (first Dutch), 2vol. bound together, pp.(4)186; (2)172(34)publisher's catalogue; titles in red & black with pictorial engraved device; half-title to vol.1; obliterated ownership mark at head of title, free endpapers removed, small (blank) corner torn from first title, otherwise a nice copy in contemporary calf, backstrip gilt in compartments, lacks label; hinges split but sides firmly held on cords. An early romance by Crébillon fils; the epistolary form characteristically enhances the suspense & tragic finale. First published [Paris?] 1732.
18 EURIPIDES. The Hecuba, Orestes, Phoenician Virgins, and Medea. Literally translated into English verse from the text of [Richard] Porson. [bound with] The Hippolytus, and Alcestis... from the text of [James Henry] Monk. D.A. Talboys, Oxford, 1820/21. £45
First Editions of these translations; pp.(2)242; (2)93; slight browning, occasional marginalia but well preserved in contemporary diced calf, backstrip decorated in gold & blind, sides scuffed & rubbed but sound.
19 FONTENELLE, Bernard De. Entretiens sur La Pluralité Des Mondes, Nouvelle Edition, Augmentée des Dialogues des Morts. Chez la Veuve Regnard, Imprimeur de l'Académie Francoise... A Paris, 1769. £85
Pp.(4)192; (2)304; large folding plate of the solar system (short tear along fold without loss), corner torn from A1 (vol.I) well clear of text, otherwise a very good copy in contemporary calf, re-backed, a little worn at corners; early ownership signature of 'Char. Myddelton'. First published in 1686, Fontenelle's Plurality of Worlds offers a lucid account of astronomy according to Copernicus and Descartes, enlivened by speculations on life on other planets. Presented as six lectures given over six evenings in the form of after-dinner conversations with a Marquise, it represents the first major attempt to convey scientific knowledge to the layman in an accessible literary form.
20 FRANCKLIN, William. Remarks and Observations on the Plain of Troy, made during an excursion in June, 1799. Printed for R. Faulder, 1800 £120
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.viii,53 + errata leaf; folding frontispiece sketch-map; some light browning, faint water-stain in gutter margin of final two leaves, but a good large copy; contemporary half calf, marbled sides; extremities worn but sound. East India Co. Captain and subsequently Lieut.-Col. in the Bengal Army, Francklin was also a distinguished orientalist, best known for his 'Observations Made on a Tour from Bengal to Persia' (Calcutta, 1788).
21 GILPIN, William. Observations on the River Wye, and several parts of South Wales, &c. relative chiefly to picturesque beauty; made in the Summer of the Year 1770. Printed for R. Blamire... 1782. £135
FIRST EDITION, pp.(4)vii(5)99; 15 hand-tinted aquatint plates; light browning of first & final leaves, occasional slight spotting but a nice copy with generous margins in contemporary calf, hinges and head & tail of backstrip repaired. Ownership inscription of 'E. Babers' and 'Cecilia Maria Merewether... March 1849' at head of title.
22 GILPIN, William. Observations, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain; particularly the High-Lands of Scotland. [In two volumes] Second Edition. Printed for R. Blamire... 1792 £85
2vol. in 1; pp.viii,xii,221; (2)xvi195; 40 hand-tinted aquatint plates & maps; occasional light foxing; fore-margin cut from one leaf, the adjacent plate cropped affecting up to 5mm at top of oval image; otherwise well preserved in 19thC half calf, morocco label; rubbed but sound; armorial ex libris of Thos. Griffith.
23 GRAY, Thomas. The Works... containing his poems and correspondence, with... Memoirs of his life and writings, by W. Mason. The third edition, carefully corrected. In two volumes. Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe [& others] 1807. £55
2 vols., pp.xii,316; xiii(3)324; engraved portrait & advert. leaf in vol.II; slight spotting but a good set in contemporary diced calf, gilt; a little wear at hinges but sound. Wilson's well printed volumes on thin paper reduce the 4vols. of the second edition to two. Mason garbled the letters but his edition remains indispensable.
24 HASSENFRATZ, J[ean] H[enri] Traité de L'Art du Charpentier, Approuvé et Adopté par L'Institut National, pour faire suite aux arts et metiers, publiés par L'Académie des Sciences;... Premiere Partie. [all published] De L'Imprimerie de Demonville, Rue Christine, No.12. Chez Firmin Didot... A Paris, An XII. 1804 £350
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.(8)xxxii,238(2) fautes a corriger / advert. leaf; 26 double-page copper-plates, each with multiple images (final plate mis-numbered '28' but complete as issued); first & final leaves browned with light water stain in fore-margin of first section but a generally well preserved copy of this scarce work, the plates (on better paper) in very good state; faint stamp of Ipswich Free Library on blank verso of title but no other library marks; contemporary blind-decorated calf sides, neatly re-backed.
25 HEMANS, Felicia. The Vespers of Palermo; A tragedy, in five acts. [bound with] The Siege of Valencia; a dramatic poem. The Last Constantine: with other poems. [bound with] The Forest Sanctuary; and other poems. [bound with] Tales and Historic Scenes. Second Edition. [bound with] The Sceptic, a poem. Stanzas to the Memory of the late King. Second Edition. John Murray, 1821-25. £240
Five works bound together; FIRST EDITION of first 3 works; pp.(4)116; iv,319(1)advert.; iv,205; (4)227; (4)50(2); contemporary half calf, decorated in blind & gold, double morocco labels; ownership signature of Sarah Tyrconnell with the family armorial bookplate. A nice collection, including several uncommon works. The Forest Sanctuary was the author's favourite of her many works according to Charles W. Sutton in DNB.
26 JOHNSON, Samuel. The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets with critical observations on their works. In four volumes. Embellished with elegant engravings. Montrose: Printed by D. Buchanan, Sold by him, & by W. Creech [& others] Edinburgh, 1800 £135
4vols., 24mo. (140 x 85mm.), pp.vi313; iv,308; iv,306; iv,330; engraved portraits & wood-engraved vignettes; attractive contemporary speckled tan calf, backstrips gilt in compartments with repeated pitchfork, rake & wheatsheaf ornament, double morocco labels; a little rubbed but sound & attractive. Courtney & Nicol Smith pp.143, mistakenly listed as 8vo.
27 JOLY, Guy. Mémoires de Guy Joli, Conseiller au Chatelet de Paris, suivis d'un mémoire concernant le Cardinal de Retz : extrait d'une historie manuscrite, composée par Claude Joli ... et mémoires de Madame la Duchesse de Nemours.. Nouvelle édition, exactement revue & corigée. [In two volumes.] Chez Fabry & Barilloy, Geneva, 1777 £85
2vol. sm. 8vo., pp.501; 489; early ownership stamps at foot of titles; well preserved in contemporary tan calf, backstrips gilt, all edges gilt; slight wear at extremities but a nice set, with the half-titles.
28 JUVENAL & PERSIUS. TARTERON, Rev. Pere [Jerome] Traduction des Satires de Perse et de Juvenal. Par le Reverend Pere Tarteron, de la Compagnie de Jesus. Nouvelle Edition. Augmentée d'Argumens a chaque Satire. A Paris, De la Compagnie des Libraires, 1752 £45
Pp.xxxiv,355(21)index, errata & privilege; fleuron ornaments & woodcut vignettes; a good copy of this attractive edition with French & Latin texts in parallel on facing pages; contemporary calf, backstrip elaborately gilt with thistle ornament in five compartments, morocco label; ownership signature of Charles Broke at head of title.
29 [KENRICK, William] The Whole Duty of Woman. By a Lady. Written at the Desire of a Noble Lord. Printed for R. Baldwin, 1753 £650
FIRST EDITION, sm.8vo., (165 x 100mm), pp.xiv(2)88; woodcut tail-pieces; some light soiling & browning but a good copy with large margins in contemporary marbled boards (worn), modern calf back, morocco label; ownership inscription & initials of 'Mrs Anne Cave, Barking Alley 1761'. An early work by 'the black sheep of Grub Street'. 'Resurrecting a late seventeenth-century title to capitalize on the success of Dodsley's Oeconomy of Human Life, Kenrick's guide to female conduct went through at least five editions in his lifetime and remained popular well into the next century.' Rogers & Rizzo, ODNB. This first edition is rare: not in Cambridge, BL copy lacks half-title.
30 MASON, William. The English Garden: A Poem. Book the First. Sold by R. Horsfield and H. Dunoyer... 1772. £55
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.(4)30(2)advert. for Mason's Life of Gray; unobtrusive tear in gutter of first two gatherings with small tape marks on blank versos of first two leaves, otherwise well preserved in modern boards, paper label (frayed). Begun in 1767, shortly after the death of his wife, Mason's major poetical work was not completed until 1781. Gaskell 11.
31 [MAUDUIT, Israel] Considerations on the present German War. Fourth Edition. [bound with] [ANON] A Full and Candid Answer to a Pamphlet, entitled, Considerations... Printed for J. Pridden, J. Burd and J. Gretton, 1760. £55
FIRST EDITION of second work; two pamphlets bound together; pp.144; (2)86; both works with half-title; some light staining across one corner, otherwise well preserved in old half calf, marbled sides, worn; rebacked in calf with new morocco label. Mauduit's work, which provoked many answers, was supported by Lord Hardwicke and defended in parliament by Charles Yorke. According to Horace Walpole it was ‘shrewdly and ably written, having more operation in working a change on the minds of men than perhaps ever fell to the lot of a pamphlet,’ as, after its publication, England remained neutral on the differences between the various German states. The author of the 'Full and Candid Answer...' is not known.
32 NELSON, Robert. A Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England... The Thirteenth Edition. for R. and J. Bonwicke [& others] 1726. £70
Pp.(2)xxii(4)636(16)index; allegorical frontispiece engraving; some light soiling but a very good copy in contemporary panelled calf, rebacked with morocco label. This readable account by an able scholar first appeared in 1704 and remained in print for two centuries.
33 NICHOLS, John. Biographical and Literary Anecdotes of William Bowyer, Printer, F.S.A. and of Many of His Learned Friends. Containing an incidental view of the progress and advancement of literature.from the beginning of the present century to the year MDCCLXXVII. Printed by and for The Author, 1782 £165
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.viii,666 + inserted leaf Gg5 (pp.231/2*); frontispiece creased with short tear in gutter margin (no loss); first & final leaves a little browned, otherwise well preserved in contemporary calf; extremities worn, hinges cracked, but sides held on cords. Contemporary ownership signature of Thomas Gooch (of Benacre Hall, Suffolk) and recent bookplate of Lord Denham.
34 PEELE, George. Merrie Conceited Jests, of George Peele Gentleman, sometimes student in Oxford... Printed for Henry Bell . [Now reprinted for S.W. Singer and R. Triphook by J. Smeeton, 1809] £85
100 copies printed on old paper, sm.4to., (220 x 170mm), pp.31(1) + rare advert./prospectus leaf; woodcut device on title; slightly dust-soiled but a very good large uncut copy in original Roxburghe-style roan-backed crimson boards, lettered in gold; extremities rubbed but sound. The first book edited by Singer who had purchased John Brand's copy of the original in 1807. 'The rarity of [Peele's] Merrie Conceited Jests combined with the great price demanded for it, was the chief Inducement to reprint it in its present Form.' Sold by Triphook for 2s6d.
35 [PIGOTT, Charles] The Jockey Club, or a Sketch of the Manners of the Age. Part the First. The Sixth Edition, considerably improved and enlarged. [bound with] Part the Second. H.D. Symonds, 1792. £45
FIRST EDITION of Part Two; 2 vols. bound in one; pp.(14)187 [LACKS final leaf]; (30)186; first & final pages of each volume lightly soiled; vol.II with half-title & errata leaf; ownership signature of Revd. J. Williams at head of each title; contemporary speckled calf neatly-- rebacked retaining original morocco label. Scurrilous satires on a London society familiar to the author, which rapidly ran to multiple editions and a third part (not here present).
36 PORNY, Mark Anthony. [pseud. Antoine Pyron du Martre] The Elements of Heraldry... [with] A Dictionary of the Technical Terms... J. Newbery, 1765 £65
FIRST EDITION, pp.xx,199 + errata,(40)dictionary; emblematic frontispiece & 23 plates showing over 500 arms; 2 leaves of early ms. notes tipped in at front, ownership marks on head margin of title; a good uncut copy in 19thC crimson polished calf, morocco label, hinges renewed. 'French-Master at Eton College', Porny's introduction to heraldry became a best-seller, reaching a fifteenth edition by 1818.
37 QUAKERS. A Collection of Testimonies concerning several ministers of the Gospel among the people called Quakers, deceased: with some of their last expressions and exhortations. Luke Hinde, 1760. £85
FIRST EDITION, pp.(xxii)372; contemporary panelled calf, some wear to head of backstrip & lower corners, later paper label. The index lists 126 Friends, many of them women.
38 [REEVE, Clara] Fatherless Fanny; or a Young Lady's first Entrance into Life. By the late Miss Taylor. Edited and enlarged by Mrs Sarah Green. Henry Fisher, 1822. £110
First Edition thus; pp.762; engraved pictorial title & 8 plates (browned, one torn - & repaired - without loss); occasional soiling and several marginal tears (without loss) but generally well preserved; bound from the original 31 parts in contemporary cloth-backed boards, rubbed; rebacked retaining original backstrip. First published in 1811 as 'By the Author of the Old English Baron', this edition's ascription to 'the late Miss Taylor' has often been attributed (on no sound textual basis) to Jane Taylor of Ongar who was, however, very much alive in 1822 (she died in 1824). John Reeves' fascinating article 'The Mother of Fatherless Fanny', convincingly argues that the novel is likely based on Reeve's 'Castle Conner - an Irish Story', the manuscript of which was lost when sent to London in May, 1787, on the Ipswich blue coach. As predicted by Reeve in her preface to 'The Exiles', it seems likely that the lost manuscript became the nucleus for several novels by 'those servile imitators who, like caterpillars, prey on the young plants of genius, and meanly pilfer a momentary subsistence from the labours of others.' Block lists nine novels by Sarah Green, published 1812-25, but not this. The prolific Thomas Prest also produced a much-reprinted version. Copac records only the British Library copy of this edition which has the 1822 engraved title but 'engraved plates dated 1830-35'. The plates in this copy are dated 1821/2.
39 RICKMAN, Thomas. An Attempt to discriminate the styles of English Architecture, from the Conquest to the Reformation; with notices of Eight Hundred English Buildings... Second edition, with additions. Longman, Hurst, Rees,...  £135
Pp.viii,184; engraved frontispiece & 13 other plates (lightly foxed); a good copy in contemporary half calf, backstrip gilt in romantic style; lightly rubbed but sound & attractive. First published in 1817, the final third comprises a gazetteer of notable buildings arranged by county, with index.
40 SCOTT, John. Paris Revisited, in 1815, by way of Brussels: including a walk over the Field of Waterloo. Third Edition. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1816. £65
Pp.viii,405; first & final leaves lightly foxed, otherwise well preserved in contemporary half calf, marbled sides, neatly re-backed; ex libris Francis Sterry; same year as the first printing, a fourth appeared the following year. A sequel to Scott's 1814 account of Paris under Bonaparte which had been a bestseller for the highly regarded editor of the London Magazine who was to die in a duel at Chalk Farm following a spat with Lockhart.
41 SCOTT, Sir Walter. Ballads and Lyrical Pieces. Second Edition. James Ballantyne, Edinburgh, 1806. £45
Pp.(6)182); occasional slight spotting & soiling but a good copy of this early work in contemporary tan calf by Barratt of Oxford with his ticket, a little rubbed with short splits in hinges but sound. Same year as the first edition.
42 SCOTT, Sir Walter. The Vision of Don Roderick and other poems. The Second Edition. John Ballantyne and Co., Edinburgh... 1811. £35
Pp.164(3)adverts.; contemporary half calf, morocco label, gilt rolls at corners & sections of backstrip, by David Jones, Aberystwyth. Several poems were added to this first 'trade' edition, the first edition (of the same year) having been privately printed..
43 SHIPP, John. Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp, late a lieutenant in His Majesty's 87th Regiment. Written by Himself. [In three volumes] Hurst, Chance, and Co., 1829. £210
FIRST EDITION, 3vol., pp.xvi,296; (4)295; (4)299; stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait (lightly browned & offset on title) occasional slight spotting but a good uncut set in original boards, sometime rebacked with modern paper labels; contemporary printed sheet of the Balliol Book Club with ms. entries on front pastedowns of each volume. Born in Saxmundham, Suffolk, in 1784, Shipp progressed from the parish poor-house to a distinguished military career, notably in the Ghurka War of 1815-16, returning home to a writing career and governorship of the Liverpool Workhouse in 1830. His memoir became something of a best-seller although this first edition attracted only c150 subscribers,
44 SKELTON, Joseph. O'NEILL, Hugh. Skelton's Etchings of the Antiquities of Bristol from original Sketches by the late Hugh O'Neill. [Joseph Skelton, Oxford, 1825-30] £135
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.(2) introduction + 'Directions to the Binder' leaf at end; pictorial title & 55 other etched plates after O'Neill, J. Willis, Skelton & others; 8 plates have significant worm slits or holes in fore-margin with 3mm slit just affecting image of pl.47; some edge browning but otherwise well preserved in contemporary half calf, rebacked, morocco label. Published in seven parts, each with 8 plates intended to further illustrate Samuel Seyer's History of Bristol, which had appeared in four volumes from 1821-25.
45 SONGBOOK. LEVERIDGE Mr [Richard] A Collection of Songs with the Musick. In Two Volumes. Engrav'd and Printed for the Author in Tavistock Street, Covent-Garden, 1727 £265
FIRST EDITION, 2vol. in one; frontis. (after Hogarth), title (verso blank) + 64pp.; (2)title + 64pp., engraved throughout; LACKS 4 leaves (vol.I - pp.49/50, vol.II - 29/30, 41/2 & 47/8), otherwise well preserved in contemporary calf, modern re-back; early ownership signature of M. R. Mynors (?) at head of title. Forty-three songs for voice and continuo (figured bass), with transposed versions for the 'flute' (recorder). A reknowned bass in his time, Leveridge is credited with some 150 songs, frequently bawdy, the majority concerned with love or drinking or both; rarely found complete.
46 STRYPE, John. Annals of the Reformation and Establishment of Religion, And other Various Occurences in the Church of England; during the First Twelve Years of Queen Elizabeth's Happy Reign... Printed for John Wyat, at the Rose in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1709. £220
FIRST EDITION, folio, pp.(24)contents & subscribers,591,63 + advert. leaf,24, appendices & errata; a very fresh copy in contemporary full panelled calf, backstrip gilt but lacking most of label; hinges cracked but sides firmly held on the cords, corners worn. Neat small stamp of the John Fricker collection. Strype's magnum opus which was extended to four vols. with the third edition of 1735/7.
47 VENERONI, Giovanni. Le Mâitre Italien, ou La Grammaire Françoise et Italienne... Nouvelle Edition... Chez Bruyset Frères, A Lyon, 1792. £28
Pp.(2)x,511(7)table; a good copy of this standard 18thC. grammar; contemporary calf, morocco label (chipped); rubbed with short splits in hinges but sound.
48 WARTON, T. BENTHAM, J., GROSE, Capt. & Rev. J. MILNER. Essays on Gothic Architecture. Illustrated with twelve plates of ornaments, &c. selected from Ancient Buildings... The Second Edition. To which is added a list of the Cathedrals of England, with their dimensions: also two new plates. J. Taylor, at The Architectural Library, 1802 £90
Pp.(4)xxiv,150; 12 plates (2 folding), first & final browned, otherwise well preserved in contemporary half calf, morocco label; upper hinge cracked but side secure. Enlarged from the original edition of 1810.
49 WELWOOD, James. Memoirs of the Most Material Transactions in England for the last Hundred Years, Preceeding the Revolution in 1688. A new edition, corrected. With a Compleat Index. John M'Callum, Glasgow, 1749 £40
Pp.xvi,248(12)index; damage to title-page from partial erasure of old inscription, clear of text; old calf sometime re-backed, morocco label; worn but sound. Physician & political writer, Welwood was comissioned by Queen Mary to write an honest account of her grandfather's life following the publication of several critical works. This was expanded to a hundred-year survey after her death, and published in 1700. Generally sympathetic to Charles I, it went through multiple editions and influenced later whig historians.
50 WILLETTS, Jacob. The Scholar's Arithmetic, designed for the use of schools, in the United States. Second Edition. Paraclete Potter, Poughkeepsie, 1817. £55
Pp.210 + three advert. leaves; light browning throughout, small paper flaw in A2 clipping 5 words, otherwise well preserved in modern calf-backed marbled boards, morocco label. First published the previous year, this popular sequel to Willetts' Geography had reached a 55th New York edition by 1844, but early editions are scarce; NSTC fails to locate a first edition & no UK holdings before 1844.