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A Discourse of Bathe, and the Hot Waters There.
Also, Some Enquiries into the nature of the Water of St. Vincent's Rock, near Bristol; and that of Castle-Cary. To which is added, a Century of Observations, more fully declaring the Nature, Property, and distinction of the Baths. With An Account of the Lives, and Character, of the Physicians of Bathe.
Edition: First Edition
London: Henry Brome at the Gun in St Paul's Church-yard: 1676. Bound in recent full calf preserving an old morocco label. One leaf (A2) is lacking. This is the engraved title page. The previous page (A1) explaining the symbolism of the illustration is present, as is the regular title page. A century of observations has separate dated title page on leaf L1r; pagination and register are continuous. "The lives and characters of the physicians of Bathe" has separate title page dated 1677 on leaf M8r; pagination and register are continuous. This copy conforms to the first edition of ESTC R10888 apart from the lack of engraved title. This copy has an additional plate at page 23. Pp., 200. Conforms to Wing G2192 & ESTC R10888
Condition: The binding is holding firmly and is in very good condition, with just some light wear to surface / extremities from handling. Contents are holding firmly and are generally in good condition if a little toned, with some light scattered foxing, occasional creases or dust marking though nothing too disfiguring, a few early ink inscriptions including at head of title, occasional ink marks, folding map of Bath with small perforation and a few nicks to edges, pp. 69 with old repair to for edge, sig G4 with loss to lower margin at gutter, final leaf with two small perforations, one just touching into inner edge of letterpress on one side of the leaf. Recent plain end papers. A good copy overall, lacking frontispiece / engraved titleBook ID: 1130More details Price: £200.00
A Journey made in the Summer of 1794, through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany With a Return down the Rhine:
To Which are Added, Observations during a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland.
Dublin: P. Wogan, H. Colbert et al, 1795. Original half calf with marbled boards. Gilt crest to the spine for an unidentified Earl (crown in laurels). Recent gilt to black label. A very nice copy of this travelogue. The Dublin edition was published simultaneously to the English Edition. Original binder's note tipped into the rear end paper. Ann Radcliffe was a pioneer of the Gothic novel. Primarily known for the Mysteries of Udolpho and The Italian. vi, 500 pp.
Condition: The binding is in good condition, with a touch of marking only. Inside, the book is clean and tidy - with just a little foxing. A very nice copy.Book ID: 1930More details Price: £375.00
A Mapp of Kent.
With its Laths and Hundreds. By his Majesty's Command.
London: 1673. Hand coloured map of Kent with a cartouche of flowers and fruit, being the products of the County, which is balanced by the arms of the Rt. Hon. Heneage Finch, Earl of Winchelsea, Viscount Maidstone, Lord Fitzherbert of Eastwell, Lord of Ye Royal Manor of Wye and Lieutenant of the County. Shows all the lathes and hundreds but no roads are indicated. Map 101/2" x 131/2" board is 15" x 17" Richard Blome (1635-1705) was a cartographer and publisher. Often accused of plagarism, this work appeared in his "Brittannia" in 1673. A smaller edition was later produced in "Speed's Maps Epitomised"
Condition: The colouring of the cartouche and arms are quite well done, but the colouring of the lathes and hundreds is a little gaudy - and is probably later colouring. The map and mounting board are both a touch darkened, but overall in sound condition. There is a very light centre fold to the map.Book ID: 1673More details Price: £150.00
A Practical Introduction to the Study of Japanese Writing.
Edition: First Edition
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, 1899. New half calf (dark blue) with corresponding buckram cloth. Gilt titles to spine. New end papers. Text and Japanese characters throughout. Ex library, but the rebinding has resulted in very few library marks remaining. Chamberlain was one of the foremost Japanologists active in the Nineteenth Century. He wrote some of the earliest translations of haiku into English. During his tenure at the Tokyo Imperial University, he sent many Japanese artifacts to the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford. [vi], 1-480, [vi]. pp
Condition: A lovely copy of this work. The binding is immaculate (it was finished last week!). Inside, the first 4 leaves have moderate foxing to them. The rest of the book is clean and tidy, with just a little darkening to the edges. Library marks are limited to a stamp to the verso of the title pages, then small discreet stamps to the top of page 1, and the bottom of page 480. Tape residue to the last page (list of author's other works).Book ID: 1669More details Price: £350.00
A Reply to the Letters of the Abbe Dubois on the State of Christianity in India.
Edition: First Edition
London: L. B. Seeley & Son, 1824. Original paper covered cloth boards with cloth spine. Title neatly painted (at a later date it seems) in two colours to the spine. Bookplate to the inside board showing that the book was gifted to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in 1867. A second stamp to the front end paper from the SPGFP. No other marks. The book is presented in six sections. 1) on the possibility of converting Hindus (Hindoos). 2) The nature and failure of Catholic efforts 3) the nature of Protestant efforts. 4) The success of Protestant efforts. 5) the present state of the Syrian church in Travancore and 6) the duty and policy of promoting Christianity in India. iv, 322. pp
Condition: A clean and tidy copy of this first edition. A touch of darkening to the boards with a little rubbing to the edges. Internally clean and tidy throughout, with just a little darkening. No significant marks beyond the end papers. A nice copy.Book ID: 1388More details Price: £45.00
A visit to the Monastery of La Trappe, in 1817:
With Notes, Taken During a Tour Through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Touraine, Orleanois, and the Environs of Paris. Illustrated with Numerous Coloured Engravings, From Drawings Made on the Spot.
London: Thomas McLean: 1823. Large paper copy bound in period full red morocco gilt, spine re-cased preserving the back strip. Page edges gilt. 14 of the 15 plates present. Of the plates present 12 are hand coloured including frontispiece. The colour plate of the Ruins of the ancient Church at p. 16 is lacking. 14 of 15 plates. Abbey Travel 91 (4th Ed); Hardie 313; Tooley 212 (1st Ed). Pp. xii, 188.
Condition: The binding is holding firmly and is in good condition, with some general wear to surface / extremities from handling, spine darkened and with portion of the old backstrip missing at base, a little chipped at head, corners bumped. Contents are holding firmly in the main, pp. 179-186 detached as one, a few other gatherings a little proud and joints a bit tender, generally in good clean condition if a little toned, with some light scattered foxing, occasional creases or dust marking though nothing too disfiguring. Old ink inscription at head of title page. Original brown endpapers, with bookplates of two different periods to upper pastedownBook ID: 1118More details Price: £100.00
A Voyage to Senegal;
Or, Historical, Philosophical, and Political Memoirs, Relative To The Discoveries, Establishments, and Commerce of Europeans In The Atlantic Ocean, From Cape Blanco to the River of Sierra Leone. To Which Is Added An Account Of A Journey From Isle St. Louis To Galam.
London: Richard Phillips, 1806. First English edition. Recent half leather binding with marbled boards and matching endpapers. Translated from the French. Fold out frontis map entitled: 'Western Coast of Africa, from Cape Blanco to the River of Sierra Leone with the courses of the Rivers Senegal and Gambia, Shewing the Journey of M. Durand from Senegal to Galam', plus seven aquatint plates. 181 + (3) pp. 215 x 135 mm (8½ x 5¼ inches).
Condition: Contents have foxing throughout. Two plates are in facsimile.Book ID: 2620More details Price: £240.00
Accurata Utopiae Tabula, das ist der neu entdeckten schalck welt
odor des so osse benanten, und doch nic erkanten Schlarraffenlandes New erfundene lacherliche Land tabell.
1694. Copper engraving by Johann Baptist Homann, with contemporary hand colouring. A rare map of the land of plenty, fools paradise or Pays de Cocaigne. originally published in 1694. The map was printed three times, in 1694, around 1730 and around 1740. This is probably from the last edition, around 1740. Schlaraffenland was the Utopia of German legend. In the children's version of this, sausages grow on trees and tables set themselves. This cartographic version is a much darker version, with a "Kingdom of Extravagence", and "Empire of Fat Stomachs", "Tobacco Island" and the "Land of Gluttony". All of this is surrounded by the seas of Drunkeness and Lust. The cartouche has a scene of debauchery and carnal excess.
Condition: The map is in good, clean and tidy condition. The colouring is typical of the German style of colouring. The shading is quite pale / in pastel tones, and I suspect it may have faded over time. The bottom edge of the map has been trimmed quite closely to the engraving (but there is no loss). The rear of the map shows some sign of support / restoration, but on the whole, the map is in good clean condition, with a clear impression.Book ID: 1737More details Price: £363.00
Across the Russias
London: Harvill Press: 1969. First Edition. Hardback. Signed by the author in dedication after his lecture on Siberia given in Southampton at the beginning of 1979. The book follows the author and his friend's exceptionally fascinating - and possibly unique - 12,500 mile trip (driving a Mini Minor car) across the former Soviet Union. In original unclipped colour photographic dust jacket. Brown cloth boards. This work includes a collection of quite extraordinary b/w and colour images covering all aspects of the journey. From costume, rituals, traditions, the arts, architecture and places. Offering a rare glimpse of life across towns and cities in former Soviet republics. 256 pages. 245 x 175 mm (9¾ x 7 inches).
Condition: Previous owner's small bookplate to front free endpaper. Minimal light spots of foxing to prelims. Overall a very good signed copy, in a very good dust jacket.Book ID: 2949More details Price: £20.00
From Keith Johnston's General Atlas
London: W & A.K. Johnston. A map of Africa, extracted from the General Atlas. This conforms best to the 1879 edition, except the lack of page title to the top edge, and the different page number. Engraved area is 13" x 17" (sheet is 141/2" x 181/2"). Lightly tipped onto mounting board, and now protected by archival protection. A lovely copy of this map from the height of colonial era. It shows an Africa before the formation of Rhodesia, or South Africa.
Condition: A clean and tidy copy of this map. No significant damage at all. Clean and tidy, with the lightest of darkening.Book ID: 1726More details Price: £10.00
Alpine Majestaten Und Ihr Gefolge
Die Gebirgswelt der Erde in Bildern. Dritter Band
Munchen: Vereinigte Kunstanstalen, 1903. Volume three only (of 4). Pictorial boards with alpine picture and art nouveau decoration around. Gilt end papers. Library stamps for the Erasmiaansch Gymnasium Rotterdam. Map of the Alps showing regions, 268 photographs of peaks and features on glossy paper, several are folding plates. 440 by 300mm (17¼ by 11¾ inches).
Condition: Cloth boards are a little stained and darkened, particularly to the front cover. Still attractive though. Moderate foxing to the first few. The rest the book is in very good condition with only light foxing.Book ID: 2246More details Price: £60.00
Among Cannibals. An account of four years travels in Australia and of camp life with the Aborigines of Queensland
London: John Murray, 1889. 1st Edition. 2 coloured folding maps, 24 plates, frontis and four coloured lithographs. Complete. Recent green library buckram (but does not appear to be a library copy). Internally clean and tidy, but one plate is almost detached. Otherwise in very good condition. XX, 396 pp.Book ID: 2449More details Price: £200.00
An Essay on the Variation of the Compass,
shewing how far it is influenced by a change in the direction of the ship's head, with an exposition of the dangers arising to navigators from not allowing for this change of variation. Interspersed with Practical, Observations and Remarks.
Edinburgh: Printed for William Blackwood, Prince's Street; and John Murray, Bookseller of the Admiralty and Board of Longit, 1817. Scarce First Edition. This is an ex-library of the copy from the Literary And Philosophical Society in Newcastle. In brown / green cloth hardback boards. Complete; including frontis folding chart entitled "Exhibiting the Variation of the Compass agreeable to the position of the Ships Head at the time of Observation. Also the track of His Majestys Ships Sybille & Princess Carolina in a Cruize to East Greenland in 1814." 140 pages. 220 x 140 mm (8¾ x 5½ inches).
Condition: Boards are darkened, and have some very small spots of soiling. Fold-out has small tear to very edges. Unfortunately, aside from the expected library stamps at the front and on verso of fold-out, the book has some damage from damp. Several of the pages have obviously stuck together at some point, and been forcibly opened, leading to loss of text. Most of the tables are still in a good condition, but towards the back the condition is worse. Only in a fair condition. See photos.Book ID: 2909More details Price: £85.00
An Historical Survey of the County of Cornwall:
To which is added, a complete Heraldry of the same; with Numerous Engravings. In two volumes
Edition: First Edition
Plymouth Dock J. Congdon: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown: 1821. A lovely copy of this two volume work (three volumes bound as two). complete with all the plates etc. as called for (plus a couple of engravings not called for). Half leather brown fine leather binding, with brown cloth boards. Each volume has a frontis and additional engraved title. There is also a dedication engraving. Vol. 1. has 9 engraved plates and the 25 heraldic engraved plates. Vol. II. has the 37 plates called for plus an additional 2 plates (see notes). There is also a folding plate showing the exports of the Cornish tin mines. Complete. The work is complete, but also has two additional plates not mentioned…(more)
Plymouth Dock J. Congdon: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown: 1821. A lovely copy of this two volume work (three volumes bound as two). complete with all the plates etc. as called for (plus a couple of engravings not called for). Half leather brown fine leather binding, with brown cloth boards. Each volume has a frontis and additional engraved title. There is also a dedication engraving. Vol. 1. has 9 engraved plates and the 25 heraldic engraved plates. Vol. II. has the 37 plates called for plus an additional 2 plates (see notes). There is also a folding plate showing the exports of the Cornish tin mines. Complete. The work is complete, but also has two additional plates not mentioned in the binders instructions. (1) The tomb of Sir J. Arundell & monument to W. Achim and (2) and engraving of Tehidy Park. Collation: [vi], viii, [ii], 1-71, [i], [vi], [ii], 73-592, 1-220. (end vol. I) [iv], 221-370, [ii], 373-962, [xx]. pp(less)
Condition: A very nice copy of this work. The binding is fairly recent, and is clean and tidy. There is a touch of fading to the spine. There are also a couple of areas of staining to the spine. Internally, the books are both on the whole clean and tidy. There are a number of pages and plates with light water damage to the top portion, but not too dark. P681/2 there is a small area of loss to the bottom of the page - not affecting text. P683/4 there is an area of loss to the side of the page, with a small area of loss of text to both sides.Book ID: 1288More details Price: £500.00
Analyses of New Voyages and Travels, lately published in London
Two abstracts. from "A Northern Summer" and "A Tour through Holland."
London: None Stated, 1806. Two works bound as one. The first is an abstract of "A Northern Summer; Or, Travels round the Baltic, through Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Prussia, and part of Germany in the year 1804" 80, [ii]. pp. Includes index, Sepia aquatint of Cronberg Castle, and a lovely large folding sepia Aquatint of St Petersburg.
The second work is "A Tour through Holland, along the right and left banks of the Rhine, to the South of Germany in the Summer and Autumn of 1806." 167 [ii]. pp including index. Includes 6 folding sepia aquatint illustrations, or Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam (x2) Utrecht, and Koblenz.
Each work has a paragraph of introduction, and then an abstract or digest of the work itself. 240 by 150mm (9½ by 6 inches).
Condition: Recent half calf binding, with hardcover boards. burgundy label to spine. New end papers. The text itself is clean and tidy, in excellent condition.Book ID: 2196More details Price: £350.00
Anglesey, Wight Vectis Olim, Garnesay & Iarsay.
Amsterdam: Hondius, Jodocus: 1610. A hand coloured composite map of Anglesey, the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey C1610. Latin text to the verso "Anglia". This is from the Hondius printing. Double glazed and framed in a black and gilt frame. The two pages of Latin text are visible through the rear glazed panel. H320 by W420mm (12½ by 16½ inches). Gerard Mercator was one of the greatest map makers ever known. He started his career as a professional instrument maker after finishing a masters degree at Louvain University and studying advanced mathematics. By the 1560's he was developing a new form of navigational projection. Rumold Mercator was his son.
Condition: Very nice condition. There is a touch of darkening to the page, but very light. The crease to the centre of the page has been reinforced to the verso. The text pages are also clean and tidy.Book ID: 1278More details Price: £150.00
Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition
in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55
Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1856. First American edition of the Grinnel expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Two volumes. Full leather binding. Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings from sketches by the author: the steel plates executed by the superintendence of J.M. Butler, the wood engravings by Van Ingen & Snyder. These ate both in text and full page with tissue guards. Absolutely fascinating book with glossary of terms, (who knew there were so many words for how the sea looks against the sky?), illustrations of ice formations, polar bears, indigenous peoples etc. 464 + 467pp. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches). Elisha Kent Kane was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the…(more)
Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1856. First American edition of the Grinnel expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Two volumes. Full leather binding. Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings from sketches by the author: the steel plates executed by the superintendence of J.M. Butler, the wood engravings by Van Ingen & Snyder. These ate both in text and full page with tissue guards. Absolutely fascinating book with glossary of terms, (who knew there were so many words for how the sea looks against the sky?), illustrations of ice formations, polar bears, indigenous peoples etc. 464 + 467pp. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches). Elisha Kent Kane was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin.(less)
Condition: There is rubbing to the binding, a starting of a split to the spine of one volume. The bindings are a little shaken. Internally darkened / soiled, with some marks. The first gather of Vol 1 is a little loose. There is possibly a title page lacking, as there is only the engraved title to Vol. 1. One of the plates in Volume 1 (Bear Hunt) has some areas of loss. Overall in good / fair condition.Book ID: 1832More details Price: £125.00
From Keith Johnston's General Atlas
London: W & A.K. Johnston. A map of Asia, extracted from the General Atlas. This conforms best to the 1879 edition, except the lack of page title to the top edge, and the different page number. Engraved area is 13" x 17" (sheet is 141/2" x 181/2"). Lightly tipped onto mounting board, and now protected by archival protection. A lovely copy of this map from the height of colonial era.
Condition: A clean and tidy copy of this map. No significant damage at all. Clean and tidy, with the lightest of darkening.Book ID: 1727More details Price: £15.00
Atlas Historique, Genealogique, Chronologique et Geographique
Avec des augmentations par J. Marchal, de Bruxelles et de nombreuses ameliorations par une societe de savans et de gens de lettres.
Edition: First Thus
Bruxelles: P.J. De Mat: 1827. Original half calf, with marbled boards. Half title, title with small vignette. Discours Preliminaire, Espose preliminaire etc. Engraved page Les Fastes Napoleens de 1796 a 1821. 36 double page engraved plates. Each is hand coloured. Double page II is placed after page XVI. Plates are dated 1825 - 1827. [xii], [ii], 36 double plates with blank versos
Condition: The binding is somewhat rubbed, but still holding well. The pages are in very nice, clean condition, with just a touch of marking. The colouring is clean and bright. A number of the plates have been reinforced to the spine with archival tape. The pages themselves are in good condition. There is about an inch missing to the base of the spine. Still holding well though.Book ID: 1918More details Price: £295.00
Belgium as she is
Brussels: C. Muquardt, 1843. First edition. An attractive guide to Belgium in a blue cloth binding with gilt titles and decoration to the spine. Text in English. Comprising three small books in one volume, The Guide Book / Belgium Social / Belgium Picturesque. Attractive Frontis of "An Englishman landing" and three further illustrations (including map). Complete. Scarce with all illustrations. Information on a variety of subjects, including towns, local customs, and a Flemish vocabulary. A rather lovely quote, in the "laws affecting foreigners" states: "I would however, deeply impress upon my countrymen the danger of committing an assault in Belgium, the almost certainty of a long imprisonment if he strikes a native." You have been warned! iv, 348 pp. 15cm x 10cm.Book ID: 3206More details Price: £125.00