Butler, William: Danish Gambit. London: Peter Owen, 1966. First edition. 8vo., pp. 167, [i]. 8vo., pp. 167, [i]. Edges slightly foxed but clean and bright within. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. Tiny mark to front paste-down, near fine. Ref: 49525
Böll, Heinrich: (Vennewitz, Leila, trans.:) The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or: How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1975. First US edition. 8vo., pp. 140, [iv]. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, red and gilt title label to upper board, top edge red, near fine. Originally published in German as Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, oder: Wie Gevalt Entstehen und Wohin Sie Führen Kann by Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne, 1974. Ref: 51647
Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Edmonds, Clement, ed.:) The Commentaries of C. Julius Caesar, of his Wars in Gallia; and the Civil Wars betwixt him and Pompey. With many excellent and judicious observations thereupon. As also the art of our modern training. [...] To this edition is now added, at the end of every book, those excellent remarks of the Duke of Rohan. Also the commentaries of the Alexandrian and [London] in the Savoy: printed by Edward Jones, for Matthew Gillyflower [...] and Richard Bently, 1695. Folio, pp.[xliv], 309, [i] + 15 plates in total, including frontispiece and 9 folding plates. Title-page in red and black. A little very light dampstaining just visible at tail edge of first 10 leaves approx., a few very light paper repairs to edges of first 4 leaves, frontis slightly toned with some light transfer to title. Contemporary brown speckled calf, raised bands to spine, edges sprinkled red. Neatly rebacked with spine label, corners repaired. Rubbed, scuffed, edges worn and a little chipped. Still a very good copy overall. To the front paste-down and repeated on the ffep, 'of Lewis in June 1729 - £:0:5:0' with some initials beneath, possibly W.R.L.. Also to the ffep, signature of Frank K Jewison. Eight lines of seemingly original verse to the initial blank. 'The conduct of war was prominent among Edmondes's (1567/8?–1622) interests. He urged the necessity for soldiers to read about and discuss the practice of their profession, to supplement their practical experience. He was encouraged by Sir John Scott to undertake an explanatory study of Caesar's Commentaries, published in 1600 as Observations, upon the Five First Bookes of Caesar's Commentaries and followed in the same year by Observations on the Sixth and Seventh Books. Edmondes explained that the work was directed at English soldiers and he supplemented his comments on Roman military practice with observations on contemporary campaigns, including those of the English forces in France and the war in Ireland, as well as the battle of Dreux of 1562 between the royal army and protestant forces in France. He also discussed the question of how to deal with an invasion of England, whether to oppose an invading army at the coast or to withdraw and offer battle later. His preference was to fortify the coast of Kent and oppose a landing. As well as military matters, he included an explanation of the causes of tides. [...] Thomas Fuller regarded him as an example of an author who achieved 'perfection of theory' in writing on military matters without having practical experience.' (ODNB). Edmund's Caesar was popular throughout the 17th century, being reprinted in 1655 and 1677 before this edition of 1695 appeared. Accordinging to Lathrop, 'it has no literary quality, either the springing, elastic energy of the original, or any compensatory power or grace. It does, however, do its pedestrian duty of communicating information accurately and clearly, though clumsily.' An early example of the commercial success of a bestseller defying critical judgement. ESTC R22982; Lathrop 247-9 Ref: 48621show full image..
Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Orsini, Fulvio, ed.:) [Opera Omnia] Rerum Ab Se Gestarum Commentarii. Quae hoc volumine continentur, & quid huic editioni accesserit, sequens pagella indicabit. Lugduni [Lyon]: (Jacques Roussin), 1626. 12mo., pp. (xxxii), 879, (lxxvii) + 2 fold-out woodcut maps. Three further woodcut illustrations to text, occasional headpieces, printer's device to title page. Foxed and sporadically toned with pp. 481-518 being particularly affected, paper flaw to p.529 resulting in hole to roughly three lines of text each side, another paper flaw to p.69 not affecting text. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, yapp fore-edges, blind ruled spine and borders, ink title to spine, faint ink ownership inscription in an old hand to upper board. A little darkened, stain to upper board, ties lost. Ownership inscription to front of upper board, ' Ex Libris Christopher Sonnenberg' followed by a few further illegible words. Remains of erased pencil notes to f.f.e.p. Likely a licenced, or perhaps pirated, copy of the early Aldine edition, and a rare printing. Not found on COPAC and apparently unseen by either Dibdin or Schweiger, Worldcat has two records for the edition but neither seem to be associated with any actual physical holdings. Ref: 48577
Campbell, Emma & Mills, Robert, eds.: Rethinking Medieval Translation. Ethics, Politics, Theory. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D.S. Brewer, 2012. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 292. Laminated boards, very small mark to ffep, a little shelf wear, otherwise near fine. Ref: 51915
Campbell, Thomas: The Pleasures of Hope, with Other Poems. Edinburgh: printed for Mundell, Doig, & Stevenson; London: J. Murray, 1808. 9th edition. 8vo., pp. [vi], 134, 17, [i] + 4 plates. Sporadic foxing largely affecting plates. Contemporary tan tree calf, gilt double-lines to spine, traces of missing label. Upper joint splitting but cords holding firm, Spine rubbed and a bit chipped but still good overall. Ownership inscription to title-page: 'Letitia Prichard's, October 10th 1814'. On 27 April 1799 Mundell published Campbell's The Pleasures of Hope. It was an immediate success, and created eager expectations of future greatness. [...] The poem's popularity is an indication of the prevailing taste, still far more at ease with eighteenth-century didactic poetry than with the innovations of Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads. But the poem was also fortunate in its timing. It was peculiarly welcome to those in sympathy with political reform who were at their most despondent over the bloodshed of the French Revolution. Campbell's poem found ways of asserting radical sentiments that avoided the deadly charge of association with 'French principles'. He denounced the destroyers of Polish liberty, and breathed vengeance on the oppressors of India and supporters of the slave trade. A second part was equally welcome in its rejection of a scepticism that reduced humanity to a 'frail and feverish being of an hour' (The Pleasures of Hope, line 338). But Campbell never had confidence that he could sustain the reputation thus early established. He was unable to develop his next poetical project, a celebration of Edinburgh to be called 'The Queen of the North', beyond a few fragments.' (ODNB) Ref: 51823
Canevaro, Mirko: (Harris, E.M.:) The Documents in the Attic Orators. Laws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus. Oxford University Press, 2013. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 389 + 5 tables. Dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Ref: 50280
Cardwell, Edward (ed.); Cranmer, Thomas. The Reformation of the Ecclesiastical Laws as Attempted in the Reigns of King Henry VIII, King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth. Oxford University Press, 1850. 8vo., pp. lviii, 344, 36. Final 36 pages comprise a Clarendon Press publisher's list. Some pages unopened at top edge. Very occasional pencil underlining. Brown cloth, worn paper labels to spine, endcaps worn and frayed, sunned, corners bumped. Hinges cracked, some foxing to r.f.e.p.. Engraved bookplate to front paste-down with added ownership inscription of P.A. Slack and some pencil notations. 'A new edition' with an introduction in English and the original text of 1571 in Latin. Ref: 41525show full image..
Carlyle, R.W. & Carlyle, A.J.: A History of Mediaeval Political Theory in the West. Vol. I: The Second Century to the Ninth; Vol. II: The Political Theory of the Roman Lawyers and the Cnonists [...]; Vol. III: Political Theory from the Tenth Century to the Thirteenth; Vol. IV: The Theories of the Relation of the Empire [...]; Vol. V Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., 1936. 6 vols. 8vo., pp. xvii, 314; xix, 274; xvii, 201; xxiii, 419; xx, 494; xxv, 551. Red cloth, spines unevenly sunned, lettering in black to spine of volume IV, others in gilt. Rubbing to extremities, corner-tips bumped to vols. I, III & IV, slight shelf wear to cloth. Ref: 35130
Carlyle, Thomas: The Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell. London: Methuen and Co., 1904. 3 vols., 8vo., pp. lxii, 523; xii, 557; xiii, 604. Title pages in red and black. Very light intermittent foxing. Green cloth, gilt. Spines sunned, head- and tail caps creased with small tears to vol. II. Tail edges uncut and foxed, dusting to head edge. Very good. Gift inscription to Sybil A. Lucas from Mr Claude Montefiore, Feb. 8th 1911 to f.f.e.p. vol. I. Ownership inscription of P.A. Slack, March 1973 in pencil to f.f.e.p. of each volume. The inscription notes that this set was a gift to Ms Lucas from the scholar and founder of Liberal Judaism Claude Montefiore (1858–1938), though we do not believe the handwriting to be his. His sister Alice married into the Lucas family, so Sybil was perhaps a relative of hers. Ref: 41708