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The Early British department includes books and manuscripts before 1800 by writers born in the British Isles (including England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), mainly in the areas of literature, history, economics, philosophy, social history and theology as well as books by European writers concerning Britain, or owned and annotated by Britons. The period covered ranges from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from Chaucer through Shakespeare and Milton to Dr. Johnson and Adam Smith. We are interested in all aspects of book production and ownership in this period including typography, illustration, fine binding and the history of collecting and reading.

Recently the Early British department have produced two large catalogues covering the STC (1540-1640) and Wing (1641-1700) periods of British printing.  Catalogues are issued roughly once a year covering all the different interests of the department.

Featured Items


The Hasty-Pudding:

A Poem, in three Cantos. Written at Chamberry, in Savoy, January, 1793.8vo in half sheets. 15 pp. Disbound.[New Haven: Printed by T. and S. Green, for Tiebout and O'Brien?,


Colloquia et dictionariolum octo linguarum,

Latinae, Gallicae, Belgicae, Teutonicae, Hispanicae, Italicae, Anglicae, et Portugallicae. Liber omnibus linguarum studiosis domi ac foris necessarius ... Colloquien oft tsamen-sprekingen met eenen Vocabulaer in acht spraken, ...Oblong 16mo. in eights, 192 leaves. With a fine engraved title-page depicting the nationalities whose languages are found in the text. Title-page and A3 a bit loose, small chip to the lower blank margin of A3, gatherings C and D lightly foxed, paper flaw in N2 with loss to about ten words, tear to the top of P1 with loss of five lines in two columns, some light soiling and foxing nevertheless a respectable copy bound in contemporary limp vellum.Amsterdam: Everard Cloppenburg,

BAGE, Robert

Hermsprong; or, man as he is not. A Novel.

In three volumes. By the author of Man as he is.

First Edition. 3 vols. 12mo. [2], 244; [2], 242; 268pp., without the half-titles and without the advertisement leaves in volumes one and two. Slight off-setting of the bookplate onto the flyleaves, some slight spotting and a few marks in places, very small tear (9mm) to the fore-edge of the final volume (not touching the text). Contemporary marbled boards, vellum corners (new leather spines, old morocco labels preserved).

London: for William Lane, at the Minerva-Press,

Gray, Thomas

Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems by Mr. T. Gray.

Folio. [8] pp, 35, [4], 39-55, [1] pp., with the half-title, engraved frontispiece and plates throughout the text. A few ink blots on the blank verso of the title-page, small stain in the blank fore-margin of f1, slight marking at the head of q2, and light water staining to the margin of r1-2. Contemporary mottled calf, covers ruled and spine compartments hatched in gilt, black morocco and gilt spine label (small scuff to the upper board, corners bumped, headcaps missing).

London: for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall,