Block, Lawrence: Hit List. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Quarter black cloth, black boards, red-lettered spine. Top edge dusty but still a very good copy indeed. Author signed to title-page. The second of Block's five works featuring the hitman Keller. Ref: 50459
Blondel, David: (Davies, J., tr.:) A Treatise of the Sibyls, so highly celebrated, as well by the Antient Heathens, as the Holy Fathers of the Church; giving an accompt of the Names, and Number of the Sibyls, of their Qualities, the Form and Matter of their Verses; as also of the Books now Extant under their Names, and the Errours crept into Christian Religion, from the Impostures contained therein London, Printed by T[homas] R[oycroft] for the Authour, 1661. First edition thus. Small folio in 4s, pp. [iv], 293, [vii]. Some decorative intitials and head-pieces. Gutter between signatures A and B rather dusty, a few tiny scorchmarks and smudges scattered through, tip of bottom fore-edge corner torn from penultimate leaf but text unaffected. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf, raised bands, later brown gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders and vertical line, edges lightly sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints cracking but binding holding firm, fairly deep horizontal scratch to upper board, a few small repairs to corners and edges, very good. Signature of 'Robe. Michell' in an old hand to head of p.1, small MS note and a little underlining to p.92. First English edition of this historical attack on the Sibylline Oracles, Judeo-Christian forgeries of ancient pagan prophesies which were traditionally seen in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to foretell the coming of Christ. The Protestant clergyman and historian David Blondel (1591-1655) published this work in French, in 1649, and in the following year succeeded G.J. Vossius in the chair of history at the University of Amsterdam. Wing B 3220. ESTC R38842 Ref: 51140
Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]: View of the Lancashire Dialect; with Large Additions and Improvements. Also a Glossary of Lancashire Phrases. London: printed for A. Millar, W. Law and R. Cater; and for Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, York, 1798. 12mo. in sixes, pp.79 including portrait frontispiece. Frontis and title heavily toned, occasional spots and smudges elsewhere. The textblock as been stab-stitched and is loosely housed inside the heavily worn red sheepskin binding of an old railway timetable. The front board is blindstamped 'L. & N.W.R.' for London & North Western Railway, therefore dating it somewhere between 1846 and 1922. Several scraps of notepaper loosely inserted. A work written in Lancashire dialect by Tim Bobbin, pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), followed by a useful glossary. Ref: 51680
Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; (Cruikshank, G., illus.:) Lancashire Dialect; and Poems. Rendered intelligible to general readers by a literal interpretation, and the obsolete words explained by quotations from the most early of the English authors. London: Hurst, Chance and Co., 1828. 8vo., pp. viii, 184, + 6 leaves of plates. Occasional foxing, plates quite toned and spotted. Slightly later half olive green calf with marbled paper-covered boards, raised bands, red spine label, marbled edges. Spine darkened to brown, a bit chipped, headcap and corners worn, a good sound copy. Bookseller's pencilled note to ffep verso. Contains works in prose and verse by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), illustrating the South Lancashire dialect. Tomlinson 70 Ref: 51258
Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; Bamford, Samuel; The Dialect of South Lancashire, or Tim Bobbin's Tummus and Meary: with his Rhymes and an Enlarged Glossary of Words and Phrases [...] London: John Russell Smith 1854. 12mo., pp. xxii, 266. One leaf (89-90) bound out of order (after 91-92). Edges untrimmed, a touch of spotting in one or two places, faint waterstain to gutter of front endpapers. Red textured cloth, blind-stamped border to boards, gilt to spine, spine sun-faded (and boards a little bit as well), boards very slightly scuffed and showing one or two tiny marks, spine bumped head and tail. Bookseller's ticket to upper pastedown and embossed stamp to f.f.e.p. Contains works in prose and verse by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), illustrating the South Lancashire dialect, with a glossary of words and an introduction by Samuel Bamford. Tomlinson 90 Ref: 22148show full image..
Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; Bobbin, Tim, the Second, pseud. [Walker, Robert]: Miscellaneous Works [...] containing his View of the Lancashire Dialect, with large Additions and Improvements; also, his Poem of the Flying Dragon, and the Man of Heaton; Together with Other Whimsical Amusements in Prose and Verse. To which is added, a L Salford: printed by Cowdroy & Slack, 1812; . 8vo., pp. [ii], 240 + 19 plates; 89, [i] + 7 leaves of plates including portrait frontispiece. Title-page of the second work bound preceeding the first. A bit toned, some pages grubby, occasional marks and smudges, some marginal tears but no loss of text. Contemporary dark brown sheep, rebacked in mismatched purplish morocco, endpapers renewed. Rubbed, edges worn, corners fraying but still sound within its binding. Illegible ownership inscription to ffep. Originally issued in parts, contains two works generally found together: the first by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796); the second by 'Tim Bobbin the Second', Lancashire radical Robert Walker, first published in 1801. Tomlinson 51 Ref: 51267
Boissier, Gaston: La Religion Romaine. D'Auguste aux Antonins. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1906. 2 vols. in 1. Small 8vo., pp. xiv, 403; 413. Cream cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine label, spine browned, boards grubby, slight shelf wear to edges, endcaps and corners, edges dusted, top edge gilted, foxing to free end-papers, still very good. Gilt-embossed stamp 'Schola Civitatis Londinensis' (City of London School) to upper board. Ref: 48781
Bonnell, Thomas F.: The Most Disreputable Trade. Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 387. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, bumping to corners, edges lightly dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, very small closed tear to top edge of front cover, shelf wear to edges, very good. Ref: 51905
[Book of Common Prayer] Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. London: Engraven and Printed by the Permission of Mr Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent M 1717. 8vo., pp.xxii, 166, [ii]. Silverplate engraving throughout, with ornate borders, initials and decorations, and copious illustrations. Volvelle to p.v, single-page publisher's list to rear. Faint toning, volvelle repaired at point of attachment but functional. Recent brown morocco, raised bands, gilt spine with title, a.e.g., very good. 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Generally considered the most spectacular of Sturt's productions, the entire text is engraved rather than typeset, and is lavishly ornamented. Sturt (1658–1730) specialised in miniature work and was renowned for having engraved the Lord's Prayer in the space of a silver halfpenny and the Creed within that of a penny. Here his frontispiece portrait of King George I showcases this skill, being composed of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, a prayer for the royal family, and Psalm 21, all inscribed in lines of tiny characters across the King's profile. The overall effect disquiets Dibdin to a degree this cataloguer cannot recall seeing before, as he describes the miniscule text 'running horizontally and directly across the physiognomy of his Majesty. These sacred parts of our Liturgy were perhaps never before so unpicturesquely introduced.' He recovers his composure though, and admires the book's visual impact if not its practicality: 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Five variants are listed by the ESTC, this copy being that with a cherub-filled border to page v, and no numeral in the head margin. ESTC T141241 Ref: 51511show full image..
[Bookselling ephemera] Sidney Kiek & Son advertisement. London: Sidney Kiek & Son, n.d.(c.1900). Single leaf advertisement (160 x 78mm) for the firm's Clearance Lists, 'The small prices at which many good books, perfectly NEW, are sold off after the first demand has been met will astonish you.' Sidney Kiek & Son were theological booksellers and publishers. Ref: 51672