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NUGENT Thomas (1767)
A New Pocket Dictionary of the French and English Languages.Enquire
In Two Parts. I. French and English. II. English and French. Containing all words of general use, and authorized by the best writers. As also distinguishing the several parts of speech, with the gender of the nouns in the French language. To which are added, the accents of the English words for the use of Foreigners, and an alphabetical list of the most common Christian names, with their most usual abbreviations. Carefully compiled from the most approved Dictionaries, French and English, particularly from the Royal Academy of Paris.
First Edition. Bound in Two Volumes. Square 12mo (113x119 mm).  pp., with the final advertisement leaf. Foxed and a little browned in places throughout, upper and lower edges closely cropped (touching the headlines, catch-words, pagination and signatures but not obscuring the text), single neat pencil note to E5, small ink blot to H4 (touching two lines of text), corner of S3 folded, small chip in the blank lower inner margin of T1-U2, title-page of the second volume heavily stained around the edges by the turn-ins, small tear to blank fore-margin of g1, paper flaw to the lower blank edge of s4, small closed tear to the upper edge of the advertisement leaf x6 (touching, but not obscuring, four lines of text), c.12 lines of manuscript notes concerning grammar on the final blank leaf of the second volume. Contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind, second volume with the remains of a clasp, manuscript lettering to the upper cover of each volume “Eng Fr” and “Fr Eng” (heavily worn and rubbed, headcaps torn away, corners bumped, joints of the first volume cracked but holding and with a couple of pieces torn from the spine). London: for Edward and Charles Dilly,
AYRES John ([?1698])
A Tutor to PenmanshipEnquire
or, The writing master a copy book shewing all the variety of penmanship and clerkship as now practised in England.
First Edition. Oblong Folio (276 x 376mm). Two Parts in One Volume. [1 leaf., engraved portrait of the author by John Sturt], 26 engraved calligraphic leaves, [3pp, letterpress preface "The Art of Writing" and "The Engraver to the Lovers of Writing"], 24 engraved calligraphic leaves, 1 engraved advertisement leaf. Mid-18th-century vellum-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in manuscript (corners a little bumped and spine a little dirty but otherwise very good).
London: At the Hand & Pen in St P[au]ls Ch[urchya]rd. Sold by ye Author, [?1698]
TRICHET DU FRESNE Rafaelle Du; FIALETTI Odoart (1658)
Briefve histoire de l'institution des ordres religieux. Avec les figures de leurs habits, gravés sur le cuivre par Odoart Fialetti, bolognoisEnquire
4to. , 45p.,  engraved plates, engraved half-title after t-p, head-pieces woodcut, initial, contemporary calf, spine gilt in compartments, morocco lettering piece.
Paris, Adrien Menier
Elementorum libri XV. [Ed. Christopher Clavius]Enquire
One vol (of two). 8vo. Bound in English 17th-century calf, double blind- tooled ruled border, large gilt arms in centre of Sir Robert Shirley surmounted by a Saracen's head in profile, small shield at foot bearing a hand, four raised bands on spine; morocco shelf number on spine together with a later title label (some restoration to arms on front cover, but the arms on lower cover in excellent condition, top of spine restored).
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.
Letter signed "Charles R" to his nephew Rupert, Prince and Count Palatine of the Rhine (1619-82) with an autograph 4-line postscript signed "CR" urging Rupert to "hasten your business" and reminding him to "restraine plundering".Oxford: 24 July 1643Enquire
Single Folio leaf. [295 x 182 mm]. Watermark: anchor with initials "IG". Originally folded twice vertically and four times horizontally [68 x 90 mm when folded]; four short slits at the foot for sealing. No address. In fine condition.
The main part of the letter is written in a neat secretarial hand over 13 lines.
"Most deere Nepheu Wee greete you well. Since Our last to you Wee have received certain advertisement that the Earle of Essex is come to Aylesbury, That he hath five hundred fresh horde come to him from London, that the Lord Grey is ioyned with him, and that Sr William Waller being gotten to London, is to come thence presently with a very good strength alsoe to encrease the Rebels Forces. Besides this Wee have lately sent the Lord Percy's Regiment into Hampshire, Wch makes Us second Our former Letters to desire you to hasten hither as many of the Horse with you as may be possibly spared. And soe Wee bid you heartily farewell. Given at Our Court at Oxford the 24th day of July 1643."
It has the autograph signature of the King "Charles R" at the head and he has added a four-line autograph postscript at the foot: "You shall doe well to hasten your business as much as may bee & remember to restraine plundering that all may goe for the Army & not to particular benefit. CR."
COLERIDGE Samuel Taylor (1797)
Poems, by S.T. Coleridge.To which are now added Poems by Charles Lamb and Charles LlloydEnquire
12mo xx, 278pp., without the errata slip (known in only two copies).
Contemporary dark green morocco, gilt fillet on covers, spine lettered in gilt, gilt edges
[Bristol]: for N. Biggs, for J. Cottle, Bristol, and Messrs Robinsons, London,
WORDSWORTH William (1807)
Poems, in Two Volumes, by William Wordsworth, Author of The Lyrical BalladsEnquire
First Edition. Two volumes. 12mo. Vol 1: , 158, [2, errata]; Vol 2: , 170pp., with the half-titles in both volumes. Some very light foxing in places, a couple of spots and a few pencil annotations in both volumes. Contemporary straight-grained green morocco, covers with a wide gilt border, spine lettered and tooled in gilt, sky blue endpapers, green ribbon markers, gilt edges, small contemporary printed bookseller's label on the front pastedown of the first volume: "Sold by / Gray & Son / Booksellers & Stationers / 62 Piccadilly / opposite St James's Street / & 8, Glasshouse St" (very slightly rubbed at the head and foot of spine but otherwise very fine).
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme,
BERNARD Sir Thomas (1813)
Spurinna: or, The Comforts of Old Age, gratefully and affectionately inscribed to Shute, Lord Bishop of DurhamEnquire
First – Privately Printed – Edition. Small 8vo (140 x 90mm)., with the half-title. Very lightly foxed in a few places, a few neat dog-eared corners. Original blue paper covered boards, parchment back, printed paper label in the centre of the upper board (upper board detached, rubbed at the corners and edges, corners heavily bumped and worn, some minor staining, label a little worn with some loss of text). Brighton: by J. Forbes, 8, Market-Street. August,
TERENTIUS AFER Publius (1544)
Terentii Andria Germanice reddita et scholiis illustrataEnquire
Title within woodcut border on A1, repeated on C2. Roman and blackletter type, with some Greek.
8vo (110 x 160mm). 311, ff. Contemporary pigskin binding, blind-stamped outer border with figures in pairs (EBDB r002829 from Bavarian workshop w004151), central panel with floral, arabesque ornament (binding scuffed and discoloured, lacking clasps).
The Lady's and Gentleman's Botanical Pocket Book; adapted to Withering's arrangement of British Plants. Intended to facilitate and promote the study of indigenous botany.Enquire
Only Edition. 12mo x, , 186,  pp., with the engraved title-page, letterpress half-title, dedication leaf, advertisement leaf and two engraved plates (one colored). Title and half-title a little foxed (as usual), leaf A4 slightly shorter at the fore-margin (but with no missing text), manuscript notes throughout (see below), a few occasional uncut edges and some minor staining in places. Contemporary tree calf, covers with a single gilt filet border, smooth spine ruled and tooled in gilt, red morocco spine label (joints a little worn, corners and edges a little rubbed and bumped).
[London:] printed by J. Crowder, Warwick Square,