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Barber, Richard: Edward III and the Triumph of England. London: Allen Lane, 2013. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxii, 650. Black cloth, a hint of shelf-wear but still fine. Dust-jacket, a couple of tiny closed tears and moderate creasing to top edge, still very good.   Ref: 53009 
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Barrett, W. S. (West, M. L., ed.): Greek Lyric, Tragedy, & Textual Criticism: Collected Papers. Oxford University Press, 2007. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 515. Black cloth, silver-lettered. Dust-jacket. Mild shelf-dusting to edges of text-block but unused so otherwise almost as new. A posthumous addition to Barrett's published work, consisting mostly of papers unpublished during his life-time (Barrett died in 2001).   Ref: 53021 
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Beckett, Samuel: Dream of Fair to Middling Women. London: Calder, 1993. First edition. 8vo. pp. xx, [iv], 242. Quarter brown cloth, green boards, gilt-lettering to spine. Dust-jacket. Unread, very slight shelf-wear and dusting to edges of text and jacket otherwise a fine copy. Beckett's first novel, published posthumously, edited by Eoin O'Brien and Edith Fournier with a foreword by O'Brien.   Ref: 53058 
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[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 (16581730) 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: 51511  show full image..
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[Book of Common Prayer] Liturgia: seu Liber Precum Communium, et administrationis sacramentorum, aliorumque Rituum & Ceremoniarum in Ecclesia Anglicana Receptus: Itémque Forma & Modus Creandi, Ordinandi, & Consecrandi Episcopos, Presbyteros, & Diaconos. Epistolae, Evangelia, & Psalmi inseruntur juxta Sebastiani Londini: typis G. Bowyer, impensis J. J. & P. Knapton, J. & J. Bonwicke, J. Osborne & T. Longman, B. 1733. 5th edition. 12mo., unpaginated. With engraved frontispiece, woodcut head-pieces. Patchy toning especially to the first few gatherings, ffep and next two leaves dampstained at top edge, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, raised bands and black title label to spine. Spine creased and worn with loss to headcap, upper corners a bit worn but very good overall. To spine, remains of a paper label reading 'MN 7.305'. To front paste-down, a printed book label, 'From the Library of Dr. Melvin. Presented to Marischal College. 10th September 1856.' Inked to the foot of the label by hand, a code 'MN.7.305'. To frontispiece verso, title-page and leaf B1 a rectangular inkstamp of the University of Aberdeen Library. The frontispiece verso also has a very faint inscription, possibly the name Blakeney and a date. To the final leaf verso some MS which has been scribbled over and then mostly faded away. 'Editio quinta prioribus longè emendatior'. Bowyer's records show 2000 copies printed of 20 sheets. ESTC T140400   Ref: 52220 
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Boothroyd, A. E.: Fascinating Walking Sticks. Bracknell, Berks.: Salix Books, 1970. First edition. 8vo., pp. 206. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. Boards and contents clean, slight shelf-wear to edges, very good. Dust-jacket sun-faded to spine and portion of upper cover, a little worn and creased to edges otherwise very good. With photographs by Edward Morgan. "Over 280 different sticks illustrated including gun and swordsticks (and) foreword by Sir Gerald Nabarro, M.P."   Ref: 53004 
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Boswell, James: An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli. Illustrated with a new and accurate map of Corsica. Glasgow: printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis for Edward and Charles Dilly, London, 1768. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxi, [iii], 382 + folding map (2nd state). Engraved vignette to title. Occasional very light offsetting, a few spots and smudges with p.1 a little foxed, map with repaired tear near gutter but no loss. Contemporary brown calf boards rebacked neatly but in a much lighter mustard shade, raised bands gilt ruled, burgundy and green morocco labels, plain double filet gilt borders, armorial gilt centrepiece of Londonderry Public Library to upper board. Rubbed, corners bumped particularly the top fore-edge corner of the upper board, endpapers a little toned at edges. A good, sound copy. Old MS library code to ffep verso. A number of variants exist, but in this copy: D2 is in its first state with 'John Home' after the first quotation; E2 and Z3 are cancels (with the correct spelling of Mariani on p.357 and 'Is-' at the end of line 11 on p.67); the last words of line 6, p.93 are "prince of" rather than the misspelling "prince fo"; line 18, p.296 are ends "of my own" rather than "my own of". First edition copy of Boswell's first substantial work, which was published in February of 1768. 'His meetings with Rousseau inspired Boswell to make a bold journey to Corsica [in 1764-5] to meet General Pasquale Paoli, leader of the insurgents seeking the island's independence from the Genoese [...] After a difficult inland journey he met and had conversations (22 to 27 October) in Sollacarò with Paoli, who at first suspected he was a spy, but who quickly came to like his improbable young visitor, saw an opportunity for promotion of the Corsican cause in Britain, and consented to a series of interviews. Boswell's trip was both arduous and dangerous. He suffered painfully from ingrowing toenails, the result of trudging long distances in inadequate boots, and he contracted malaria, but the experience none the less exhilarated him. He remarked in 1783: 'I had got upon a rock in Corsica and jumped into the middle of life' (Boswelliana, 328). [...] With its reports of the gallant islanders and a Plutarchan depiction of Paoli paralleled with several classical heroes, [An Account of Corsica] was an immediate success. The work was widely read and translated, stimulated great interest in Paoli and the Corsican cause, brought its author wide fame in Britain and Europe, and found an interested readership among the Americans. It attracted the notice of the French government (which had a translation made), and though Boswell's ambition for British intervention was not to be fulfilled, he probably influenced Britain's decision to send secret supplies of arms to the Corsicans.' (ODNB) ESTC T26157; Gaskell 473   Ref: 52306 
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Boxhorn, Marc Zuerius: (Hartnack, Daniel, ed.:) Chronologia praecipuorum universi orbis imperiorum, regnorum, principatuum, rerumque, publicarum ortus, mutationes, atque occasus designans. Edita atque plurimis additionibus & continuatione usque in praesentem annum aucta a Daniele Hartnaccio [...] Budissae [Budissina]: impensis Friderici Arnstii, typis Johannis Rudolphi Leonis, 1688. Folio, pp. [iv], 251, [i] + 4 folding tables at rear. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut ornaments. Lightly toned with occasional light foxing, title-page more heavily affected. Some paper repairs to the back of each plate, mostly to edges and attachments, plus a little foxing. Contemporary vellum, edges sprinkled blue. Vellum a bit grubby with a few spots and smudges, a little light foxing to endpapers and their hinges reinforced. A very good copy. To ffep, inscription of Ant. Johnson; to title-page, ex libris inscription possibly in the name of Grosvenor, dated April 26th 1805. Boxhorn (1612-1653), a politician and linguist, was in 1648 successor to Daniel Heinsius as Professor of History at the university of Leiden. Chronologia consists mainly of three-column tables showing important events in both world and church history set next to the reigning monarch of the time.   Ref: 52222 
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(Brewer, J.S.; Martin, Charles Trice, eds.:) Registrum Malmesburiense. The Register of Malmesbury Abbey; Preserved in the Public Record Office. London; Oxford; Cambridge; Edinburgh, Dublin: Longman & Co., Trubner & Co. et al, 1879. 2 vols. (not uniform), pp. 4, xvii, [iii], 517, [iii], 32, [ii]; 4, lxxxviii, [ii], 495, [i], 30, [ii]. Includes publisher's catalogue at rear of each volume. A little toned, some foxing, occasional marginal annotations. Vol. I in dark green cloth backed with brown sheep, gilt title to spine; spine very worn, upper board a little shaken, top edge dusty. Vol. II. in recent brown library cloth, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed, cloth hinges. Vol. II trimmed and therefore a little smaller than vol. I. Good working copies. Burton-upon-Trent Public Library bookplates to front endpapers. To ffep, ownership inscription of the medievalist C.R. Cheney. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, or Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages series.   Ref: 52170 
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Brewster, Harry: The River Gods of Greece: Myths and Mountain Waters in the Hellenic World. London: I.B. Tauris, 1997. First edition. 4to., 252 x 196 mm., pp. x, 116 + plates. Blue cloth, gilt-lettered, fine. Dust-jacket with light shelf-wear, very good. Many colour photographs. Preface by Peter Levi.   Ref: 53033 
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