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  • 1916 - Portraits and Lives by WHITE, Lawrence William. & QUINN, James.
    WHITE, Lawrence William. & QUINN, James.
    1916 - Portraits and Lives

    Dublin: Royal Irish Academy: 2015. First edition in original black and white illustrated boards, covered in a cream and black illustrated dust wrapper. 23.5 cm x 19 cm 42 biographies of men and women who played important roles in the Easter Rising of 1916. The biographies are from the Irish Dictionary of Irish Biography. The profiles describe 31 men and women who were Republican revolutionaries, 3 nationalist leaders who opposed the Easter Rising, as well as 6 men who were part of the regime opposed by the Easter Rising. There are also profiles of two historians of the Rising who were eyewitnesses. An introduction offers an overview of 20th century Irish political history, while an after word looks at the…

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    Dublin: Royal Irish Academy: 2015. First edition in original black and white illustrated boards, covered in a cream and black illustrated dust wrapper. 23.5 cm x 19 cm 42 biographies of men and women who played important roles in the Easter Rising of 1916. The biographies are from the Irish Dictionary of Irish Biography. The profiles describe 31 men and women who were Republican revolutionaries, 3 nationalist leaders who opposed the Easter Rising, as well as 6 men who were part of the regime opposed by the Easter Rising. There are also profiles of two historians of the Rising who were eyewitnesses. An introduction offers an overview of 20th century Irish political history, while an after word looks at the post-Rising lives of some of those profiled. The book is illustrated with full-page, b&w scraperboard engravings, some in two-page spreads. All 42 of the illustrations are by artist David Rooney. xvi, 1-367 pp

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    Condition: Both book and wrapper are in immaculate copy. A lovely example

    Book ID: 1844
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  • A Dissertation on the Antiquity and Use of Seals in England. by [LEWIS, Reverend John]
    [LEWIS, Reverend John]
    A Dissertation on the Antiquity and Use of Seals in England. Collected by **** 1736.

    London: William Mount and Thomas Page, 1740. Scarce first edition. In hard back neat burgundy coloured library cloth. Ex-library copy. With one full-page engraved plate showing seals, plus other engravings in text. Lovely deep impressions. [2],31,[1]pp. 255 x 195 mm (10 x 7¾ inches).

    Condition: Has expected library stamps, new endpapers. Tipped-in handwritten note to back of plate reads: This Tract is written by John Lewis author of the History of the Abbey of Faversham etc. Another small insert tipped-in to title page states: Purchased out of a donation of £250 given by George William Palmer Esq. to the Reading Free Public Library. One or two pages have been reinforced towards the spine edge. Light foxing, but overall in very good shape.

    Book ID: 2929
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  • A History of English Councils and Convocations by HODY, Humphry.
    HODY, Humphry.
    A History of English Councils and Convocations And of the Clergy's sitting in Parliament. In which is also Comprehended the History of Parliaments, With an Account of our Ancient Laws.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Rob. Clavell, 1701. 1st Edition, complete in three parts. Contemporary full leather binding with a recent leather spine / corners and labels. The binding is amateur binding. Law Library label to the inside front board. Humphrey Hody (1659 – 20 January 1707). Born in Somerset. Was chaplain to Stillingfleet, and later to John tillotson & Thomas Tenison (Archbishop's of Canterbury). He was an author of several works, including bible interpretation. He supported the ruling party again non-jurors. [xviii], 2, 1-431, [i], 1-294. pp

    Condition: Apart from the amateur binding (where the spine is not a great match to the boards), the book is in very nice condition. Paper cracked at hinge to the front board, but binding is holding well. Slight darkening to the pages, consistent with age.

    Book ID: 1407
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  • A History of Vagrants and Vagrancy, by RIBTON-TURNER, C.J.
    RIBTON-TURNER, C.J.
    A History of Vagrants and Vagrancy, Beggars and Begging

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1887. First edition, with 19 b/w illustrations and a table showing the number of vagrants apprehended, convicted and discharged from 1831-85. Including an index of statutes, an index of beggars and a general index. In publisher's deep mauve boards with gilt titles to spine and gilt depiction of stocks to upper board. xxi, 720 pp.
    230 x 160 mm (9 x 6¼ inches). A highly comprehensive treatment of the subject, beginning in 368 in Britain, and including chapters such as 'the Secret Jargon of the Vagrant and Mendicant', as well as reports on other countries in Europe.

    Condition: Sun fading to spine. New end papers and solid binding. A previous owner name neat to title and small stamps internally, otherwise crisp and clean. A good copy.

    Book ID: 2162
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  • An address from the free electors of the pro---nce of Ul---er, to Anthony Malone, Esq the Right Honourable Thomas Carter, &c. and Bellngham Boye esqrs. by [ROBINSON, Christopher]
    [ROBINSON, Christopher]
    An address from the free electors of the pro---nce of Ul---er, to Anthony Malone, Esq the Right Honourable Thomas Carter, &c. and Bellngham Boye esqrs. Wherein their dislocations, the distribution of pensions and places, Corruption in P -- t and at Elections, influenc'd Sh -- ffs, Invasions on the Liberties of the People, Power of High Priests, &c. are duly considered. With a General Review of Two Hundred and Sixty Six I -- r -- h Places, Offices, and Employments, their Uses and Applications in a Cor -- pt Go -- nt. A Dissertation on the Emperor Caligula's Horse, whom he made his Prime Minister, &c. And Mr. Wentworth's speech in Queen Elizabeth's reign, London, printed at the sign of the Irish ram, butting corruption with his patriot horns, 1754.

    London: At the Sign of the Irish Ram: 1754. "To which is added, A clear and reasonable answer to that disingenuous pamphlet call'd, Considerations on the late Bill, for Payment of the Remainder of the National Debt." 8vo (20 by 12.5cm), 32 pages. Bound in modern plain paper wraps. Anonymous but identified via copac. The printer is described as "Printed at the Sign of the Irish Ram, butting corruption with his Patriot horns." Copac suggest that this may actually be a Dublin printing. Several of the Copac holdings lack the second part (reasonable answer).

    Book ID: 1825
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  • An Historical Account of the Conspiracies by the Earls of Gowrie and Robert Logan of Restalrig, against King James VI. by CROMERTY, George, Earl of
    CROMERTY, George, Earl of
    An Historical Account of the Conspiracies by the Earls of Gowrie and Robert Logan of Restalrig, against King James VI. of Glorious Memory. Containing the Facts, Proofs and Judgements, in these Causes. To which is added, A Vindication of Robert III. King of Scotland and all his Descendants, from the Imputation of Bastardy.

    Edinburgh: James Watson, 1713. Original leather binding. Raised panels to spine. Small title label to the spine. Label to the inside board for "Fintry House Library" and another for J.R.P. Forrest. 2 parts, first edition, half-title, title printed in red and black, The Gowrie Conspiracy refers to one of the mysteries of Scottish history. In August 1600 the King and a large retinue came to Gowrie`s home in Perth, saying that he had been invited there by the Earl's brother, Alexander. A scuffle took place in which the two brothers were killed. Three scenarios have been put forward to explain the events: 1. that Gowrie and his brother, Alexander Ruthven, concocted a plot to murder or more probably to…

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    Edinburgh: James Watson, 1713. Original leather binding. Raised panels to spine. Small title label to the spine. Label to the inside board for "Fintry House Library" and another for J.R.P. Forrest. 2 parts, first edition, half-title, title printed in red and black, The Gowrie Conspiracy refers to one of the mysteries of Scottish history. In August 1600 the King and a large retinue came to Gowrie`s home in Perth, saying that he had been invited there by the Earl's brother, Alexander. A scuffle took place in which the two brothers were killed. Three scenarios have been put forward to explain the events: 1. that Gowrie and his brother, Alexander Ruthven, concocted a plot to murder or more probably to kidnap King James and that they lured him to Gowrie House for this purpose;
    2. that James paid a surprise visit to Gowrie House with the intention, which he carried out, of killing the two Ruthvens; 3. that the tragedy was the outcome of an unpremeditated brawl following high words between the King and Gowrie, or his brother. xiv, [ii], 1-127, [i], 1-80 pp.

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    Condition: The leather boards are quite rubbed to the edges. Spine has chipping to the edges and top and bottom. Internally clean and tidy throughout. Blank front end paper is 3/4 detached (but holding just). Very slight darkening only. Overall a nice copy.

    Book ID: 1605
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  • An Inaugural Lecture on the Utility of Anglo-Saxon Literature. by INGRAM, Rev. James
    INGRAM, Rev. James
    An Inaugural Lecture on the Utility of Anglo-Saxon Literature. To which is added the Geography of Europe by King Alfred, including his Account of the Discovery of the North Cape in the Ninth Century.

    Oxford University Press, 1807. First edition. Original stiff card boards. Ex-library copy with label to front paste down and a couple of discrete library stamps. viii, 1-112 pp. With engraved map of two voyages to the Baltic. Some copies include an additional folding map, but Copac states that this is dated 1808 and suggests that this was in subsequent editions. 290 by 230mm (11½ by 9 inches). Copac ref. 19331769
    "The geography of Europe; extracted from King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Orosius" (p. [57]-90). "Notes on the first chapter of the first book of Ælfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Orosius. By Mr. J. R. Forster" (p. [91]-112)

    Condition: The boards are a little darkened. Rubbing and chipping to the spine with a little loss. Binding holding well. Internally clean and tidy, Slight darkening to title page edges. No marks other than library stamps. Overall a very good example.

    Book ID: 2206
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  • Signed dedication to Bill Fine
    Buffalo Bill and the Wild West by SELL, Henry Blackman, Victor WEYBRIGHT
    SELL, Henry Blackman, Victor WEYBRIGHT
    Buffalo Bill and the Wild West SIGNED

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1955. First Edition. Signed dedication from Sell on the half-title page to Bill Fine (former president and general manager of WCVB-TV Channel 5 in the USA): Dear Bill Fine - never underestimate the Cody-Billings bloodlines - Henry Blackman Sell, Cody, Wyoming 1965. Linen boards in yellow illustrated dust jacket; Illustrated throughout. 278 pages. 260 x 200 mm (10¼ x 7¾ inches). Sell was an ancestor of "Buffalo Bill", real name William Frederick Cody (1846 – 1917), a frontiersman who has been portrayed in many ways over the years.

    Bill Fine (until 2020) worked for WCVB Channel 5, Hearst Television's flagship station, and in 1965 Sell was editor for Hearst's Harper's Bazaar, so they would have been colleagues.

    Condition: The book has some discoloration, and the dust jacket is sun faded, with number of shallow chips to the edges. The contents are in a good clean condition, but the first few pages has evidence of a paperclip having been attached at some point.

    Book ID: 2761
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  • C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey. by CAESAR, C. Julius. - BLADEN, Martin (Trans.)
    CAESAR, C. Julius. - BLADEN, Martin (Trans.)
    C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey.

    London: J Knapton and D, Midwinter, 1726. Full title: "C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey. To which is added, a Supplement to his Commentary of his Wars in Gaul; As also, Commentaries of the Alexandrian, African, and Spanish Wars. By Aulus Hirtius, or Oppius, &c. With the Author's Life. Adorn d with Sculptures from the Designs of the Famous Palladio."

    Fourth Edition Improv'd. Recent blind stamped soft brown morrocco with border embossed patterns. Gilt titles to the spine. Excellent condition. 11 plates (including frontis). Maps of France, Spain and the Roman Empire. One of the plates is only half present (the other half has been torn away). Another has a significant…

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    London: J Knapton and D, Midwinter, 1726. Full title: "C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey. To which is added, a Supplement to his Commentary of his Wars in Gaul; As also, Commentaries of the Alexandrian, African, and Spanish Wars. By Aulus Hirtius, or Oppius, &c. With the Author's Life. Adorn d with Sculptures from the Designs of the Famous Palladio."

    Fourth Edition Improv'd. Recent blind stamped soft brown morrocco with border embossed patterns. Gilt titles to the spine. Excellent condition. 11 plates (including frontis). Maps of France, Spain and the Roman Empire. One of the plates is only half present (the other half has been torn away). Another has a significant part missing. A couple of chips to some other plates. Frontis portrait / engraved title, engraved by Mvd. To the recto of this is a contemporary owner's florid signature, now feint. The frontis is half detached, but still holding well. The text block is clean, with just a touch of darkening. Overall a decent copy.
    A-A8, a-a8, 1-432, [viii], (=B-FF4) pp. 20cm x 13cm.

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    Book ID: 2926
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  • Celtic Researches, by DAVIES, Edward
    DAVIES, Edward
    Celtic Researches, on the Origin, Traditions & Language, of the Ancient Britons; with Some Introductory Sketches, on Primitive Society.

    London: Printed for the Author and Sold By J. Booth, 1804. First edition. Ex-reference library copy, now in hardback green binding, with gilt title to spine. Original inside, complete with two plates of runes and a chart of "primitive articulations". lxxiii (list of subscribers), 561 pp. Edward Davies (1756 – 1831) was a Welsh writer and clergyman. His fascination with the origins of Celtic languages and the meaning of Celtic mythology led him to become part of the 19th century reinvention of Druidic tradition.

    Condition: Boards are in a good condition. Internally there is some foxing to original. Library bookplate to front pastedown and some small stamps / markings from library to back end papers. Overall still in a good condition.

    Book ID: 2891
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  • de L'Irlande et des Irlandais griefs contre L'angleterre by O'CONNEL, Daniel
    O'CONNEL, Daniel
    de L'Irlande et des Irlandais griefs contre L'angleterre traduit de L'anglais par Ortaire Fournier.

    Edition: First Thus

    Paris: Chez J. Delahaye: 1845. Probably a French pirated edition (even his name was spelt incorrectly). Cloth with buckram spine and corners. A little battered, but holding well. Internally clean and tidy, but with moderate foxing to the pages. Location markings, but no indication that this was a library book. 406. pp

    Book ID: 1874
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  • A lovely copy of this work looking at the nobility of Utrecht.
    De Nobilitate. by MATTHAEI, Antonii. [Matthaeus, Antonius].
    MATTHAEI, Antonii. [Matthaeus, Antonius].
    De Nobilitate. de principibus, de ducibus, de comitibus, de baronibus, de militibus, equitibus, ministerialibus, armigeris, barscalcis, marscalcis, adelscalcis, de advocatis ecclesiae de comitatu Hollandiae et dioecesi Ultrajectina libri quatuor : in quibus passim diplomata et acta hactenus nondum visa.

    Edition: First Edition

    Amstelodami: Janssonio-Waesbergios & Felicem Lopez: 1686. Full vellum. No titles. Owner's bookplate to the front end paper. 4 lines of early annotation in ink to the verso. Title in red and black, with printer's device. A historical treatise on the nobility of the Diocese of Utrecht (Netherlands). Two plates depicting officials and militia of the city of Utrecht, with the banner and the coat of arms and many illustrations of seals. Illustrations: diepdruk / intaglio printing Matthaeus, Antonius, (1635-1710), The author, son of Antonius Matthaeus, was professor of law in both Leiden and Utrecht. [xxiv], 1-768, [Liv], 769-1151 pp. - A-***4, A-5D3, (a)-(g)4, 5E- 7F4 pp

    Condition: Very nice condition. The vellum is clean and tidy, with just a little darkening / marking to it. Internally in excellent condition. The pages are clean and tidy, with a good clean strike.

    Book ID: 1864
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  • De opmaat tot de Opstand: Zeeland en het centraal gezag (1566-1572) by ROOZE-STOUTHAMER, C.
    ROOZE-STOUTHAMER, C.
    De opmaat tot de Opstand: Zeeland en het centraal gezag (1566-1572)

    Hilversum: Verloren BV, 2009. Hardback first edition. Author signed dedication to the local history society in Tholen, to the title page. 266 pages. 245 x 165 mm (9¾ x 6½ inches).

    Condition: In fine condition. There is a small ink stamp by the local history society near the author dedication on the title page. Otherwise spotless copy.

    Book ID: 2666
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  • Dix Ans de la Vie D'une Fenne Pedant L'emigration by DE BROC, Le Vicomte
    DE BROC, Le Vicomte
    Dix Ans de la Vie D'une Fenne Pedant L'emigration

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: E. Plon: 1893. Black cloth spine and marbled card boards. Frontis engraving of Marquise de Palaiseau. 8.vo. ix, [i], 1-344 pages. The tale of a Royalist family during the Revolution and empire.

    Book ID: 1970
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  • History of the Adventures and Sufferings of Moses Smith during five years of his life; by SMITH, Moses
    SMITH, Moses
    History of the Adventures and Sufferings of Moses Smith during five years of his life; From the Beginning of the year 1806, when he was Betrayed into the Miranda Expedition, until June 1811 when he was Nonsuited in an Action at Law which lasted three years and a half. To which is added a Biographical Sketch of Gen. Miranda

    Albany: Packard & Van Benthuysen for the author, 1814. 2nd edition. iv, 13-146, [6]. pp. 2 engraved plates. Contemporary calf. "one of the few contemporary narratives relating to the Miranda expedition." Moses Smith was a native of Huntington (born 1785). First edition was published in Brooklyn in 1812. 175 by 115mm (7 by 4½ inches). General Francesco Miranda enjoyed a successful military career before he decided to revolutionize South America. The crusade was a disaster. Smith and tow comrades escaped from prison in Carthagena and were rescued at sea.

    Condition: Pages 19/20 have damage to the outside margin, with loss of text. Foxed and a little darkened. Owner's name to the first blank and rear end paper. Slight rubbing / splitting to the top edge of the spine.

    Book ID: 2234
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  • Illustrated London Almanack 1865-1876 by BREEN, James (Editor)
    BREEN, James (Editor)
    Illustrated London Almanack 1865-1876

    Illustrated London News, 1876. A bound collection of issues of the Illustrated Almanack. The full title states that this "contains astronomical diagrams of remarkable phenomena, printed in Tints, under the superintendence of James Breen FRAS. Ferns and Butterflies of the months, printed in colours by Leighton brothers with descriptive letterpress by Mrs Lankester, fine art engravings, original designs heading the calendar and a variety of useful information."
    Half brown leather, with gilt decoration and titles. brown buckram boards. Both are a little faded and rubbed, but still attractive. Marbled end papers. Internally in good, if slightly darkened condition.
    Pagination is: 1865, 58 pages; 1866 54 pp; 1867 - 1874, 56pp; 1875 & 1876, 48pp.
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    Illustrated London News, 1876. A bound collection of issues of the Illustrated Almanack. The full title states that this "contains astronomical diagrams of remarkable phenomena, printed in Tints, under the superintendence of James Breen FRAS. Ferns and Butterflies of the months, printed in colours by Leighton brothers with descriptive letterpress by Mrs Lankester, fine art engravings, original designs heading the calendar and a variety of useful information."
    Half brown leather, with gilt decoration and titles. brown buckram boards. Both are a little faded and rubbed, but still attractive. Marbled end papers. Internally in good, if slightly darkened condition.
    Pagination is: 1865, 58 pages; 1866 54 pp; 1867 - 1874, 56pp; 1875 & 1876, 48pp.
    there are a total of 69 full colour chromolithographs.
    Subjects include court circulars, information about government expenditure, Army & Navy movements, notable deaths and happenings in London &c. &c. 28cm x 21cm

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    Book ID: 2918
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  • Le "Cahier Rouge" de Benjamin Constant by De REBECQUE, L. Constant
    De REBECQUE, L. Constant
    Le "Cahier Rouge" de Benjamin Constant

    Paris: Calmann-Levy, 1907. First edition. Bound in burgundy half leather, with gilt titles and 6 raised bands. marbled boards. Marbled end papers. The original wrappers are bound in to the front and rear. Engraved frontis of Benjamin Constant aged six years. This copy is on Hollande paper. 130 pages. Benjamin Constant, was a Swiss-French political activist and writer on political theory and religion.

    Condition: The leather has a little rubbing to it, with very slight cracking to the front hinge. A little foxing to the end papers. The original covers are beautiful clean examples. The rest of the book is clean and tidy.

    Book ID: 2771
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  • Limited to 500 copies
    Le procès de condamnation de Jeanne d'Arc by MARCHAND, Jean
    MARCHAND, Jean
    Le procès de condamnation de Jeanne d'Arc Reproduction en Fac-similé du manuscrit authentique, sur vélin, No. 1119 de la bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale.

    Paris: Plon, 1955. First Edition Thus. A fascinating facsimile of the details of the trial of condemnation of Joan of Arc. Produced on heavy paper designed to imitate the original vellum. Pages are reproduced full size, and include page numbers, marginal notations and even remnants of wax seals! The facsimile is bound in vellum paper over card, with the title in red to the front and spine. Accompanied by an 18 page booklet (Arches paper) containing an introduction by Marchand. The limitation states that only 500 copies of this facsimile were produced. Both the facsimile and the booklet are held in a portfolio with a red cloth spine and paper-covered boards. The whole in a matching slipcase, red cloth…

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    Paris: Plon, 1955. First Edition Thus. A fascinating facsimile of the details of the trial of condemnation of Joan of Arc. Produced on heavy paper designed to imitate the original vellum. Pages are reproduced full size, and include page numbers, marginal notations and even remnants of wax seals! The facsimile is bound in vellum paper over card, with the title in red to the front and spine. Accompanied by an 18 page booklet (Arches paper) containing an introduction by Marchand. The limitation states that only 500 copies of this facsimile were produced. Both the facsimile and the booklet are held in a portfolio with a red cloth spine and paper-covered boards. The whole in a matching slipcase, red cloth spine and paper boards. The facsimile is obviously in its original Latin; the accompanying booklet is in modern French. Marchand was an important librarian at France's Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale.

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    Condition: The facsimile, booklet and portfolio are all in a fine condition. The slipcase is in a very good condition, with just general wear / bumping to the edges.

    Book ID: 2527
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  • Lives Of The Later Caesars by MAGIE, David
    MAGIE, David
    Lives Of The Later Caesars

    London: Folio Society, 2005. Full grey leather hardback. Top edges of pages silver. In original slipcase. Full of beautiful wood-engravings (including frontis) by Sue Scullard. xxxvii + 583 pp. 260 x 175 mm (10¼ x 7 inches). Superb volume of the early, more respectable sections of the Augustan History. These biographies, from Nerva to Numerian, are supposedly based on the writings of Marius Maximus but authorship is unknown and some insist they are the work of a 4th century forger. They remain, however, a key source for information on the emperors from Hadrian to Caracalla.

    Condition: Book and slipcase both in fine condition.

    Book ID: 2145
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  • Miscellanea Pictica: Containing The History of the Picts. by MAULE, Henry
    MAULE, Henry
    Miscellanea Pictica: Containing The History of the Picts. Sir Robert Sibbald's Account of the Picts From the History of Fife and Kinross and a Description of Pictish Antiquities Remaining in Scotland & Northern Islands.

    Edinburgh: D. Webster, 1818. In recent green buckram with gilt title to spine. Advertisement after title page is a message from D. Webster (the printer) starts "The first of these Tracts, generally known by the title of Maule's History of the Picts, is printed from the edition of Robert Freebairn, Edinburgh, 1706..." 116 pages. 225 x 130 mm (8¾ x 5 inches). This tract has also been ascribed to Sir James Balfour.

    Condition: Book and contents in a very good condition. Two neat ex libris to front pastedown. One is from the author J. L. Weir, and the other more modern is an attractive stamped version.

    Book ID: 2586
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