Peck, Francis: Desiderata Curiosa: or a Collection of Divers Scarce and Curious Pieces (Relating chiefly to Matters of English History) in six books. London: Printed 1732-35. 2 vols. bound as 1, folio, pp. [viii], viii, [xii], 66, 26, 52, 50, 44, 56, [xii] + engraved portrait frontispiece and 6 other engraved plates; [xxii], 68, 58, 52, 32, 50, 36, 32, 56, 25, [xix] + engraved portrait frontispiece and 3 other engraved plates. A little marginal dustsoiling but quite clean. Contemporary tan calf over re-used late 16thC/early 17thC pasteboards (witness the impression of a large lozenge strapwork centre-piece), recently rebacked with spine panel-gilt, relaid label gilt-lettered & -dated, boards single-rule gilt bordered, board edges decorative roll in blind, old scrapes and scratches since polished over, a.e. red speckled, brown & white sewn endbands. Armorial bookplate of "Wm. Constable Esqr. / F.R.S. & F.A.S." on front patsedown. This, the major publication of Francis Peck, 1692-1743, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and correspondent of William Stukeley (who presented the plate of Henry Wykys, vicar of Stamford, printed herein), contains an important biography of Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Queen Elizabeth I's Lord High Treasurer. ESTC T97524. Ref: 36144show full image..
Peck, Francis: New Memoirs of the Life and Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton [...]; Memoirs of the Life and Actions of Oliver Cromwell [...] London: [s.n.] 1740; 1740. First editions. 2 parts in 1. 4to., pp. vi, [vi], 264, [v], 268-437, [i]; [iv], 57, [i]; [ii], 34; [ii], 7, [i]; [ii], 6, [ii] + 2 plates (portrait frontispiece of Milton and medal opposite p.105); pp. xii, 47, [i]; [ii], 8; [iii], 10-36; [iii], 38-47, [i]; [iii], 50-68; [iii], 70-114; [iii], 116-130; [ii], 113, [iii] + 5 plates (portraits of Cromwell, Essex, Fairfax, Hambden (folding) and Peck). With divisional title-pages, and publisher's catalogue at end of each part. Title-pages in red and black, several large engraved head-pieces and initials. Occasional foxing and light toning mostly affecting the first and last few leaves of each part; to leaf A4 of the 'Collection of Historical Pieces', a horizontal closed tear to the head margin, not affecting text. Contemporary sprinkled calf neatly rebacked. Raised bands and red morocco gilt label to spine, narrow gilt border and armorial gilt centrepiece to each board. A bit rubbed, a few light scrapes, corners worn, endpapers a little grubby with a few MS library codes and offsetting therefrom. Still a very good, large paper volume. Small armorial gilt stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet to each board; small blue library label to front paste-down; some pencilled bookseller's notes to ffep; vertically, to the gutter margin of the title-page, a small Signet Library ownership note in an old hand, offset to the frontispiece. Large and fine paper issues. Originally issued in parts, as evidenced by the divisional titles. Though separate, these works are often found together, and indeed the binder's notes at the beginning of Milton refer also to Cromwell. Having made his name as an antiquary, Peck (1692–1743) produced these works on Milton and Cromwell towards the end of his life, 'as well as a catalogue of the several editions of Shakespeare's writings, and critical and explanatory notes. According to John Nichols, who had a more positive view of Peck's work than either Cole or Harrod, as these last were published "at a period when that species of Criticism had not arrived to the perfection it has since attained by the united labours and genius of several successive and learned Commentators, [they] deserve particular commendation. He seems indeed to have first pointed out the mode [of criticism], which has since been successfully pursued." (Nichols, Lit. anecdotes, 1.513). Thomas Seccombe in the Dictionary of National Biography also described these critical notes as "remarkable, as being perhaps the first attempts made to illustrate their writings by extracts from contemporary writers, in accordance with the method subsequently followed by Steevens and Malone". However, Peck's off-hand attitude to historical veracity appears in an anecdote related by George Vertue, who informed Peck that the print of Milton he wished to use as the frontispiece to his book on the poet was very probably spurious. Vertue later recollected Peck's reply: '"I'll have a scraping from it however, and let posterity settle the matter"' (Appendix to the Memoirs of Thomas Hollis, 513).' (ODNB) ESTC T97527 & T97530 Ref: 51880
Pennant, Thomas: History of London, Westminster, and Southwark: Illustrated with Portraits, Views, Historical Prints, Medals, &c. Together with an Appendix and Index. London: printed for Edward Jeffery [...] by B. McMillan, 1814. 2 vols., 4to., pp.[ii], vi, 148 + 122 plates; [ii], 149-381, [i] + 108 plates. Extra illustrated. Sporadic foxing especially affecting a few plates towards the rear of vol.II, occasional offset toning from a plate to the adjacent text (including the title-page to vol.I), vol.II pp.269-70 has a long horizontal paper flaw affecting the first line of text on each page. Scarlet straight-grain morocco sympathetically rebacked. Raised bands to spines with gilt tooling and titles, gilt and blind borders to each board, a.e.g., gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Endcaps, joints and edges rubbed, corners a little worn, endpapers split at hinges but binding completely sound. A very good, attractively-bound and extra illustrated set. To the final compartment of each spine a gilt monogram composed of two Cs and a W. To each front paste-down a bookplate with the arms and motto of Carpenter and showing the coronet of an Earl. To each title-page the inscription of Sarah (?), surname sadly illegible but not Carpenter. The 'Advertisement to the Present Edition' states that (the previous quarto edition being out of print and the folio 'extremely rare') the publisher was 'induced' to create this new edition of 175 quarto copies and 25 folios. The new production features an appendix and index not found in the earlier edition, and was produced without illustrations. However, 'for the purchasers who choose to amuse themselves in the pursuit of illustrating [...] an assortment of some hundreds of portraits, views, medals, and historical prints, may be had, together or separate, at the Publisher's.' The original owner of this copy has pursued illustrating to the tune of 230 plates in total, mostly portraits and architectural views but with some medals and other subjects, including a folding plate with a colour depiction of the Great Fire. Ref: 51884
Petrie, Henry (ed.); Sharpe, John (assist.): Hardy, Thomas Duffus (ed.): Monumenta Historica Britannica, or materials for the history of Britain, from the earliest period. Volume I [all published]: extending to the Norman Conquest. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode 'by Command of Her Majesty', 1848. First edition of the the first and only volume published. Folio, pp. [xiii], 146, [ii], clxxiii, [xiii], 1035, [i] + 27 plates (17 coins, 10 mss facsimiles) and a fold-out map. Half-title and title pages in red and black. Plates rather foxed as usual, occasional slight staining, some toning from plates to adjacent pages, small closed tear to map. Sturdy 20th-century quarter morocco, orange buckram boards, gilt title to spine, edges uncut, replacement endpapers with cloth hinges. Spine a little scuffed, corners worn, a few marks here and there but sound. Bookplate of the Jesuit Community Library at 114 Mount St., London to front paste-down. "The historical selections and histories contained in this volume were collected and prepared for printing by the late Mr. Henry Petrie, assisted by the Rev. John Sharpe, and were printed by command of... King William the Fourth, under the direction of the Commisioners of the public records of the Kingdom. The volume was not finished by Mr. Petrie, and since his death it has been completed and the prefatory matter added by Mr. Thomas Duffus Hardy" (from title-page, verso). As a failed precursor to the Rolls Series, this volume has value in containing the 'official' Editiones Principes of chronicles of Aethelweard, Bede, Brut y Twysogion, Florence of Worcester, Gaimar, Gildas, Guy of Amiens, Henry of Huntingdon, Simeon of Durham, etc. Ref: 47141
Prynne, William: The Soveraigne Power of Parliaments and Kingdomes: Divided into Foure Parts Together with an Appendix [...]; [bound with] Romes Master-peece [...]; [bound with] The Opening of the Great Seale of England; [bound with] An Humble Remonstrance Against the Tax of Ship-Money Lately Imposed [...] London: printed for Michael Sparke Senior, 1643. Small 4to. (225 x 170mm), pp.[xii], 56, [i], 78-112; [iv], 38, ff. 39-40, pp.41-56, ff.57-60, pp.57-79, [i]; [viii], 150, [iv], 36, 112, 121-218, [ii]; 36 (with p.36 misnumbered), [ii]; [ii], 32, [ii]; [ii], 34. Woodcut intials and decorations. Various pen and pencil annotations, occasional light spots and smudges. To the first part of Soveraigne Power, a horizontal closed tear to pp.109-10 affecting one line of text; a second tear in the same place on the following leaf has been repaired to verso, one line of text to the recto has been affected but remains legible. Approximately 1cm loss across the head margin of pp.111-2, not affecting text. A v-shaped tear to the same page creates a triangular flap (approx 2 x 1.5 x 1cm) affecting the text but causing no loss. Near contemporary brown speckled calf, almost invisibly rebacked and corners repaired, raised bands, red morocco gilt title label to spine, renewed endpapers toned at edges, faded text inked to fore-edge. An interesting and handsome copy, very good. Illegible ownership inscription to top of first title-page. Manuscript notes to two initial blanks. To the first: four lines of contemporary manuscript (the first line now illegible); a single line in later pencil, querying whether the handwriting above may be that of Prynne; the rest of the page filled with notes on Prynne in a later but still old hand. To the following page: seven lines of text in the same contemporary hand; again in pencil, 'The autograph of Prynne?'. Both of these leaves have had their tattered edges carefully repaired. We have obtained a copy of an extensive example of Prynne's handwriting from the University of Nottingham's Special Collections Department, but are unable to say definitively whether the script is his. Rome's Master-peece is found here in a variant edition with the first 'c' omitted from 'conscience ' on the title-page. It also retains its final leaf, 'The Examination of Henry Mayo'. The Opening of the Great Seale [...] has the misprint 'Lodon' to title-page. 'Although Prynne's was the officially commissioned defence by parliament of its sovereignty (and he had read, and quoted, Jean Bodin on sovereignty), it is no landmark in political theory. Rather, The Soveraigne Powers of Parliaments is a series of post hoc justifications of actions taken by the parliamentary army during the campaign itself. The full title of the work reflects Prynne's priorities: The Treachery and Disloyalty of Papists to their Soveraignes, in Doctrine and Practise.' (ODNB) ESTC R203193, R212542, R234376 & R212529 respectively; Wing P4087A, P4089, P4103, P3962' P4055, P4026 & P3982 respectively. Ref: 51308show full image..
Reynolds, Jack: The Great Paternalist. Titus Salt and the Growth of Nineteenth-Century Bradford. London: Maurice Temple Smith in association with The University of Bradford, 1983. 8vo., pp. 382. Black cloth, silver lettering. Dustwrapper slightly creased. Very good. Ref: 51389
Rogers, W.H. Hamilton: Memorials of the West. Historical and Descriptive, collected on the borderland of Somerset, Dorset, and Devon. Exeter: James G. Commin, 1888. 8vo. pp. [iv], 398 + frontispiece, 3 coloured, 1 double page, and 25 regular plates, illustrations within text. Contemporary half maroon morocco with marbled boards, spine in six gilt-ruled compartments with raised bands, second compartment gilt-lettered direct, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, just slightly rubbed at extremities. Ref: 31743
(Rose, Josiah, ed.:) Lancashire and Cheshire Historical and Genealogical Notes. Reprinted from the Leigh Chronicle 'Scrap Book'. Vol. I, July 1878 - July 1879; Vol. II, July 1879 - January 1881. Leigh: Printed at the 'Chronicle' Office, 1879, 1881. 2 vols., 8vo.; 4to. Pp. iv, xvi,v, [ii], 6-414; [iv], vii, [ii], 5-232, [i], 6-104 + 7 plates, 2 of which folding (1 separated at fold). Tables and illustrations in the text, slight foxing to front and rear. Half bound in red roan with marbled boards, gilt titles to spine, edges sprinkled. Spines and corners scraped, boards rubbed with wear to edges, upper hinges cracking a little. Vol. II also contains pp. 5-104 of vol. III, dated February 1881 and published separately in 1883. Ref: 43249
Rous, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) Antiquarii Warwicensis Historia Regum Angliae. E Codice MS. in Bibliotheca Bodlejana descripsit, Notisque & Indice Adornavit Tho. Hearnius... Accedit Joannis Lelandi antiquarii Naenia in mortem Henrici Duddelegi Equitis; cui praefigitur tTstimonium de Lelando amplum & praeclarum, hactenus ineditu Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano [...] Impensis Jac. Fletcher Bibliop. Oxon. & J. Pote Etonens 1745. Second edition. 8vo., pp. xxxvi, 236 + 2 folding plates. A little light foxing, some gatherings slightly toned (e.g. E). Recently rebound in mustard half calf, raised bands, spine blind tooled and highlighted in green with a little gilt, orange spine labels with gilt titles, dark brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled brown and red, endpapers renewed, very good. Uniformly bound with our stock number 51817, Peter Langtoft's Chronicle (1725). 'As a historian, Rous can be faulted. He is often inaccurate about dates and details, and he mingled history with legend like all his English contemporaries. Nevertheless, he used a wide range of writers, often referred to his sources, and compared the population figures given in the hundred rolls of 1279 with those of places in his own day. He recognized the historical value of paintings and monuments, and though he did not altogether master the history of costume, he had an understanding of the evolution of body armour. His lists of university halls and deserted villages show an eye for institutions disregarded in his own day. With his contemporary and fellow Oxonian, William Worcester, he is deservedly recognized as one of the earliest major English antiquaries.' (ODNB) ESTC T139044 Ref: 51815
[Routledge, James; Farmer, J.H., eds.:] Local Chronology; Being Notes of the Principal Events Published in the Kendal Newspapers Since their Establishment. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co.; Kendal: Thomas Atkinson 1865. 4to., pp. xxxi [i], 123. Pages just a touch age-browned, one or two spots of soiling. Green cloth, gilt to upper board, blind-stamped decorative border to boards, faded in parts, a few blemishes and one spot of light creasing, corners and head and tail of spine bumped. Compiled from the Kendal Mercury and Westmorland Gazette. Ref: 21986