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HAWKINS Sir John (1776)
A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. In Five VolumesEnquire
First Edition. 5 vols. 4to. , lxxxiv, 465; [iv], 544; [iv], 535; [iv], 548; Early 19th-century half russia, marbled boards, uncut (rebacked, preserving the original heavily gilt first, fourth, fifth and sixth panels, the second and third panels lettered in gilt). With the half-titles. Occasional heavy foxing, light spotting in some places, offsetting from the engraved music, generally good. Vol.1 with an engraved frontispiece by Grignion after Cipriani (foxed and offset onto the title) and 5 plates of ancient instruments plus numerous engraved plates of music (from half to full-page) in the text; Vols. 2-5 with numerous engraved plates of music (from quarter to full-page and numerous engraved medallion portraits in the text; numerous other woodcut illustrations of instruments, etc., in the text.
London: for T. Payne and Son,
SIMES Thomas (1777)
A Military Course for the Government and Conduct of a BattalionEnquire
designed for the Regulations in Quarter, Camp, or Garrison; with useful Observations and Instructions for their anner of Attack and Defence. Ornamneted with a Frontispiece and twenty copper-plate plans.
First Edition., 8vo., [32 (subscribers list has been bound before the text rather than at end end)], 286, [2 (advertisement)]., with the hand-coloured frontispiece and seventeen hand-coloured engraved plans at the end. Contemporary speckled calf, spine rule in gilt, black morocco label in the second panel (Very lightly rubbed, small chip to the upper headcap, small scuff to a couple of corners).
London: printed for the Author, and sold by Almon [...], Hooper [...], Richardson [...], Urquhard [...] and Walter,
Fielding Henry (1752)
Amelia. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In Four VolumesEnquire
First Edition. 4 vols.xii, 285, [2 (blank)]; viii, 262, [1 (advertisement)]; ix, [i (blank)], 323; vii, [i (blank)], 296 12mo. Handsome copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, covers with a single gilt fillet borders, spine with the bands outlined with a single gilt fillet, numbered in gilt in the third panel (short cracks in some joints, slight rubbing, heacap of vol. 4 broken).London: for A. Millar,
SMITH Adam (1791)
An Inquiry in the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of NationsEnquire
Sixth Edition. Three Volumes. 8vo (215 x 135mm). Some foxing in places (less so in the second and third volumes). Contemporary tree calf, spines panelled in gilt with red and green morocco labels (expertly rebacked and repaired preserving the original spines, new green morocco labels).
London: for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell,
PANIGAROLA Francesco Bp. of Asti (1597)
Cento ragionamenti sopra la passione di N. Signore. Venice, Pietro Dusinelli,Enquire
Printer's device on title-page, ornamental woodcut initials.8vo. (165 x 110). ff. "684" [i.e. 704]pp. Contemporary decorative limp vellum binding, very large decorative ornament in centre of sides, decorative corner-pieces, 2-line gilt fillet, name of author written across spine (two tiny pieces of vellum missing from front cover, slight wear to tope edge of lower cover).
PARDIES Ignace Gaston
Elémens de gémetrie, oÙ par une methode courte & aisée l'on peut apprendre ce qui'il faut sçavoir d'Euclide, d'Archimede, d'Apollonius. Paris, Sebastien-Marbre Cramoisy. [With]: Discours de la connoissance des bestes . . . second édition. Paris, 1678. [And]: La statique ou la science des forces mouvantes . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1688. [And]: Deux machines propres à faire les quadrans avec très-grand facilité . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1687Enquire
Folding engraved scientific and mathematical plates, numerous text illustrations.4 works in one. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gilt back (a little worn).
KLAUBER Joseph & Johannes (1748)
Historicae biblicae veteris et novi testamenti. Augsburg, KlauberEnquire
Latin and German titles printed in red and black, side by side; 100 engraved plates illustrating the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelations.Oblong folio. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards.
GELLI Giambattista (1549)
La Circe. Florence, (appresso Lorenzo Torrentino, 1 April)Enquire
Fine one-piece architectural woodcut border, portrait of Gelli on verso of title. 8vo (168 x 103mm) 266pp ff (lacking last of 2 final blanks). 18th century vellum over paste-board, red morocco gilt label on spine, decorated endpapers.
BACON Roger (1557)
[Le miroir d'alquimie [and other works] . . . traduit de Latin en François]. [With:] Des choses merveilleuses en nature. [And:] De l'admirable pouvoir et puissance de l'art, & de nature, ou est traicté de la pierre philosophie. [And:] L'elixir des philosophes, autremont l'art transmutatoire. Lyon, par Macé BonhommeEnquire
Printer's device on each title-page, 10 woodcut illustrations in final part, ornamental woodcut initials and head-pieces.4 vols. in one. Sm. 8vo. 134pp. f.; 191pp.; 95pp.; 205pp. 18th century calf, triple gillet fillet, gilt and panelled back, r.e (joints split, headcaps defective).
KEPLER Johann (1621(-1622))
Prodromus dissertationum cosmograhicarum, continens Mysterium cosmographicum de admirabili proportione orbium coelestium... Addita est erudita narratio M. Georgii Ioachimi Rhetici, de libris Revolutionum...Nicolai Copernici, item eiusdem Ioannis Kepleri pro suo opera Harmonices mundi apologia aduersus demonstrationem analyticam cl.v. d. Robert de Fluctibus, medici oxoniensis.
2 parts folio (290 x 186mm.) , 1114, 119-163, [1(blank)]; 50 [2(blank)]p, 4 folding woodcut plates numbered I-II (p. 18) , IV (p. 54), V (p. 56), woodcut figures in text, contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt in compartments, lacking the engraved plate at p. 26 (Tabula III orbium planetarum dimensiones...), some browning, binding slightly rubbed
Frankfurt: Erasmus Kempfer for G. Tampach,
CARRANZA Bartolomé Abp. of Toledo (1564)
Summa conciliorum et pontificum a Petro usque ad Iulium terium . . . cui accessit Concilii Tridentini tandem sub S.D.N. Pio IIII. Pontifice Maximo. Paris, apud Iacobum du Puys,Enquire
Woodcut headpiece and initial, each page ruled in red ink.16mo. (125 x 75mm). , 526,  (blank) ff. Contemporary vellum, single gilt fillet, central oval gilt arabesque stamp on covers and gilt arabesque corner-pieces, flat spine divided into compartments by decorative gilt roll, small flower tool in the centre of each compartment, title lettered in ink in the first, overlapping edges, fragment of 14th? century ms. used as binder's waste, g.e.
DUGDALE William (1676])
The Baronage of England, or an Historical Account of the Lives and most memorable Actions of our English Nobility in the Saxons time, to the Norman Conquest; and from thence, of those who had their rise before the end of King Henry the Third’s Reign. Deduced from Publick Records, Antient Historians, and other Authorities, by William Dugdale Norroy King of Arms. Tome the First. [- Tome the Second.]Enquire
First Edition. 2 vols. in 1. Folio. [Text: 412 x 230 mm]. 790, [2 (index); , 312 [Ss-Zz4 are omitted], 361-488, [4 (index)] pp. Light browning, occasional minor stains. Contemporary binding by Roger Bartlett of Oxford of black morocco, the covers tooled in gilt with a tall roll-tooled “cottage-roof” panel, the roof formed by strawberry volutes with clusters of strawberry volutes and a fleuron hanging from the eaves, leafy sprays and flowers in the corners and centre of the long sides. Spine with six bands, the second panel lettered in gilt on a red goatskin label with a pair of gilt stepped corner tools below, the third and sixth panels filled with repeated gilt impressions of a strawberry roll, the others with a central lozenge formed by a pair of fleurons with the stepped triangular corner tools in the corners. Comb-marbled endleaves. All edges gilt, with an original, although rather simple, fore-edge painting under the gilt of flowers and leaves drawn in ink and coloured in pink and light blue (joints rubbed, particularly at the bands and cracked in the top and bottom panels, corners slightly bumped).
London by Tho. Newcomb, for Abel Roper, John Martin, and Henry Herringman, 1675 [-
HILL John (1756)
The British Herbal: an History of Plants and Trees, Natives of Britain, cultivated for beauty. By John Hill, M.DEnquire
First Edition. Large Folio. Text and plates with watermark of a fleur-de-lis with countermark "IV". [Text: 409 x 252 mm]. , 533, [3 (index)] pp. Engraved frontispiece and seventy-five engraved plates by various engravers, all with careful contemporary hand-colour. One or two small wormholes in the lower inner corner of the first 50pp (almost imperceptibly going through some of the images) and in the fore-margin of the last few leaves. Otherwise a lovely, fresh copy. Bound in 1765 (see below) in mottled calf, comb-marbled endleaves (rebacked, original spine label preserved, the other panels tooled in gilt to style; inside joints strengthened with cloth; corners worn; the surface of the leather affected by the mottling acid and a little scuffed).
The frontispiece designed by Samuel Wale and engraved by H. Roberts depicting "The Genius of Health receiving the tributes of Europe Asia Africa and America and delivering them to the British Reader" has been carefully hand-coloured (though with some oxidisation on the faces) and the name of artist ("S. Wale delin.") carefully scratched-out and that of the colourist "St George Molesworth pinxit" added by hand. The Rev. St George Molesworth (1731-1796), grandson of the 1st Viscount Molesworth, was the absentee vicar of Northfleet, Kent (presented Feb. 1763) and d. at Hamburg.The vignette on the title designed by Wale and engraved by Charles Grignion depicting "Aesculapius and Flora gathering from the Lap of Nature, Health and Pleasure" has also been carefully hand-coloured and there is a tiny ink cypher "[?E]B pinxt." opf the colourist added beneath. Neat manuscript ink note on the title beneath the imprint "Finished and bound in ye year MDCCLXV" [the date cut from the imprint of a book]. The engraved coat-of-arms of the dedicatee, the Earl of Northumberland, has also been hand-coloured.
London: for T. Osborne and J. Shipton; J. Hodges; J. Newbery; B. Collins; and H. Crowder and H. Woodgate,
SPRAT Thomas (1667)
The History of the Royal-Society of London, for the Improving of Natural KnowledgeEnquire
First Edition. 4to., , 438,  pp. Engraved plate of the arms of the Royal Society on the verso of the licence leaf, and two folding plates on pages 173 (slightly shaved) and 233 (very short tear) but without the etched frontispiece by Hollar that is often missing. Contemporary calf (rebacked, new endleaves, corners repaired).
London: by T. R. for J. Martyn and J. Allestry,
The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments. [- The Whole Book of Psalms]Enquire
2 vols. 24mo. Engraved title signed "WV" at the foot. 18th Century binding, circa 1740 and probably Scottish, of black morocco, covers with a gilt border, gilt spines, gilt edges.
London: for John Field, Printer to the Parliament,
CELLINI Benvenuto.; NUGENT Thomas, Translator (1771)
The Life of Benvenuto Cellini: A Florentine ArtistEnquire
Containing A Variety of Curious and Interesting Particulars, relative to Painting, Sculpture and Architecture; And The History of his own Time. Written by himself in the Tuscan language, and translated from the original by Thomas Nugent. In Two Volumes.Volume one with an engraved frontispiece portrait of Cellini by J. Collyer after G. Vasari (dampstain at fore-edge).First English Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. , 512, , 403, [1 (errata), [44 (contents)] pp. Contemporary calf, red and green morocco labels, gilt lettering and tooling to the spine, marbled endleaves.London: for T. Davies,
POPE Alexander (1788)
The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. In Six Volumes Complete. With his last Corrections, Additions, and Improvements; together with all his Notes, as they were delivered to the Editor a little before his Death. Printed verbatim from the Octavo Edition of Mr. WarburtonEnquire
6 Vols. 12mo. Engraved frontispiece, engraved plates to Windsor-Forest, Rape of the Lock, Eloisa to Abelard, January and May, Wife of Bath, Essay on Man (x 4), Moral Essays (x 5), First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace, Dunciad (x 5). Rather browned throughout, some off-setting from the plates, a few spots in places.
Contemporary tree calf by C. Kalthoeber (with his orange ticket in Vol. 1), smooth spines tooled in gilt and with red and green morocco labels, spot-marbled endpapers, yellow edges (corners worn, joints slightly rubbed, foot of spine of Vol. 3 damaged).
London for C. Bathurst, [etc.],