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Anacreon; Sappho: Hai tou Anakreontos odai. Kai ta tes Sapphous, kai ta tou Alkaiou leipsana. Glasguae [Glasgow]: Excudebant R. & A. Foulis, 1777. 8vo., pp. 100. Near-contemporary sprinkled calf (endpapers watermarked 1790), boards bordered with a gilt roll. Final gathering rather browned and with a dampmark in the gutter (this also just faintly visible at the beginning), first few leaves slightly dusty. Sometime (early 20th century?) rebacked in lighter brown leather, red morocco label, front hinge cracking a bit. Armorial bookplate of Walter Henry James to front pastedown, ownership inscription of H. Ellison, alumnus of Harrow School (dated July 1797) to initial blank. Gaskell lists two variants: a post 8vo and a foolscap 8vo with dagger signatures on the first leaf of most gatherings. This copy matches Gaskell's post 8vo in watermarks and collation, except that it has a dagger signature on A1 (but nowhere else). Gaskell 610; ESTC T84085.   Ref: 53227  show full image..
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[Anacreon] Fawkes, Francis (ed. & trans.): The Works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musaeus. Translated from the Original Greek. London: printed for J. Walker, J. Wallis, and J. Binns, Leeds, 1789. 2nd edition. 12mo., pp. x, 321, [iii]. English translations with notes, index to rear. A few light spots, paper taking on a blue tinge towards rear. Contemporary tan speckled calf, gilt-ruled spine with red label, gilt board edges. A little glue visible to head-cap, tail-cap worn, corner tips fraying very slightly but still very good. Francis Fawkes' (bap. 1720, d. 1777) translation of Anacreon first appeared anonymously in 1760. Fawkes was a prolific and skilled poet and translator, and a somewhat less committed clergyman: 'Overall, Fawkes's clerical career was undistinguished; in an age that tolerated much laxity in its parsons, he seems to have pursued enjoyment to the detriment of ambition. It is in some ways a fitting career for so effortless a classicist: Epicurus, with his injunction to live in happy obscurity, would not have disapproved.' (ODNB). ESTC T85627   Ref: 52264  show full image..
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Anderson, Michael Alan: St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2014. First edition. Large 8vo., pp. xvii, 345. Illustrations, Tables and musical Examples to text. Hardback. Contents and binding mint. Dust-jacket, fine.   Ref: 53254 
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Anlezark, Daniel: Water and Fire: the Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England. Manchester University Press, 2006. 8vo., pp. x, 398. Purple cloth, gilt title to spine, fine. Dust-jacket very slightly shelf worn, near fine. In the Manchester Medieval Literature series (series editors J.J. Anderson and Gail Ashton).   Ref: 51556 
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[Annual] Kennedy, William: (Prout, Samuel, illus.:) The Continental Annual, and Romantic Cabinet for 1832. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1832. Large paper. 8vo., p. [x], 313, [i] + frontispiece, additional engraved title-page and 11 further engraved plates. Most plates with their protective tissues neatly excised, one tissue (over 'View in Metz' plate) with a small square cut out. Sporadic foxing, mostly affecting plates and their adjacent leaves. Burgundy textured sheepskin, gilt spine and borders, a.e.g., yellow endpapers. Spine faded with a few scrapes, rubbed, corners worn but a very good, sound copy. To top corner of ffep, tiny blindstamp of Remnant & Edmonds, Binders, Paternoster Row. Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Inscription to preliminary blank: 'From her brother Jim, with much love, and all best hopes,/ to Clara A. Allan, in memory of 1885./ [illegible place name?]. July 20. 1907.' The illustrator Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and was a sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed 'Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary' to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria.   Ref: 51733 
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[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Harding, J.D., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1832:) The Tourist in Italy. London: Jennings & Chapman, 1832. Large Paper. 8vo., pp. [viii], 286, [x] + engraved frontispiece, additional title-page with engraved vignette, plus 24 further engraved plates. Eight-page publisher's catalogue at rear. Sporadic foxing, some images toned with transfer to their protective tissues but others clean. Textured green sheepskin, gilt title to spine, raised bands, blind-tooled borders, a.e.g., yellow endpapers. Spine a bit faded, slightly rubbed with some wear to corners, small chip to bottom edge of upper board, very good overall. Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep, initials E.W. inked to top corner. Tiny binder's label of F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctor's Commons (London), at bottom edge of rear paste-down. The third of the publisher's Landscape Annuals.   Ref: 51732 
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[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Prout, S., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1830:) The Tourist in Switzerland and Italy. London: Robert Jennings, 1830. 8vo., pp. [vii], 278, [ii] + 26 plates including additional engraved title-page, as called for. Each plate protected by a slightly foxed tissue, but only very occasional spots of foxing elsewhere. Slight separation at gutter between frontis and engraved title. Green textured sheepskin, gilt title to spine, a.e.g.. Spine faded, a bit rubbed, lower corners bumped but a very good, sound copy overall. Signed to preliminary blank by the illustrator to his eldest daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth (b.1813). Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed 'Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary' to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria. The plates in this volume were engraved under the direction of the celebrated engraver Charles Heath (1785-1848).   Ref: 51731 
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Anon. [Lowndes, William:] A Report Containing an Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coins. London: printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, deceas'd; Printers to the King 1695. First edition. 8vo., pp. 159, [i]. Woodcut initials. Slight dampstain along bottom margin occasionally affecting (though not obscuring) text, title-page a little grubby but otherwise only occasional light spots and smudges. Modern tan half calf, red morocco gilt title label to spine, marbled boards, endpapers renewed. A very good copy in a sound modern binding. The Essay is divided into five distinct points: 'First, Concerning the Standard of the Gold and Silver Coins, and the Establishment of a Just and Reasonable Foot for the Course of the same'; 'Second, Concerning the Present State and Condition of the Gold and Silver Coins'; 'Third, Whether it be or be not Absolutely necessary at this Time to Re-establish the same'; 'Fourth, The Proposing of Means that must be Obtained, and the Proper Methods to be used in and for the Amendment of the Silver Moneys'; 'Fifth, To Consider what must Supply the Commerce, Pay Taxes &c. Whilst the Clipt Money is under its New Fabrication.' (pp.11-13) Lowndes (1652-1724) took office as secretary of the Treasury on 24th April 1695 in the midst of a worsening coinage crisis which the government was already making efforts to resolve. 'The practice of 'clipping' hammered silver coin had reached the point where it was seriously affecting the Treasury's ability to pay its way in the war with France, and in late 1694 confidence in the silver coinage weakened dramatically. A complete reminting of the coinage was now imperative, but the problem facing a House of Commons committee early in 1695 was whether there should be a temporary devaluation in order to stabilize the currency while the old money was reminted, a primary concern being to offset the inevitable loss in the value of tax receipts.' (ODNB) As Lowndes and the philosopher John Locke published opposing views on the subject (Lowndes in favour of devaluation and Locke against) the episode came to be referred to by historians as 'the Locke-Lowndes controversy'. However more recent studies have suggested that the views published here under Lowndes name on behalf of the Treasury were not actually his own. 'In a written report to the Treasury board in January 1695 Lowndes actually ruled out any suggestion of devaluation. While modestly conceding a limited grasp of the complexities behind the issue, he envisaged an immediate loss of some £150,000 in revenue, which would have to be met by a 'public tax', and a worrying increase in the cost of England's military payments abroad.' (Ibid). The Treasury board asked Lowndes to produce a detailed recoinage scheme but, 'since majority opinion on the board favoured devaluation it would appear that Lowndes was instructed to follow the scheme already proposed by the Commons. By mid-September his 'book', A Report Containing an Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coins, was in Treasury hands. It embodied the Commons committee's resolutions and was fleshed out with much historical detail, but owing to the rapid increase in the market price of silver a devaluation rate of 20 per cent would now be necessary. William III and his ministers acknowledged Lowndes's ingenuity and scholarship but, disagreeing with the Treasury board, saw greater virtue in Locke's arguments for a recoinage at the old standard. Thus it was largely to assist the ministry's own scheme for recoinage in parliament that Lowndes's Report was subsequently published in November 1695, followed by Locke's Further Considerations Concerning Raising the Value of Money. While paying tribute to Lowndes's erudition, Locke was quick to point out that some of his arguments tended in fact to condemn devaluation of any kind. Moreover, the encouragement which Lowndes gave to Locke and other critics to publish their rebuttals of his Report would likewise suggest that Lowndes had never personally favoured devaluation. In January 1696 an act was passed for a recoinage at the existing standard.' (Ibid.) ESTC R39081; Wing (2nd ed.) L3323   Ref: 52379  show full image..
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[Anon.] A Modest Enquiry into the Causes of the Present Disasters in England. And who they are that brought the French Fleet into the English Channel, Described. London: printed for Richard Baldwin in the Old-Baily. 1690. 4to., pp. [ii], 38. Bound without final blank leaf as usual (see ESTC). Title-page within double line border, short bookseller's catalogue to lower half of final page. Lightly toned and softened at fore-edge with some slight greyish spotting, title-page fore-edge a little ragged, light dampstain to bottom edge of last 4 leaves. Modern blue paper-covered boards, narrow vellum spine, orange spine label with 'Disasters' in gilt. A very good copy. Authorship of this work concerning a naval victory by France that was supposedly made possible by treachery is often attributed to Daniel Defoe, although Walter Wilson writes in his Memoirs of the Life and Times of Daniel Defoe (1830) that this is 'probably without any just reason'. He does however consider the work, 'well written, and a useful document of the times. The design of the author is to identify the disaffected clergy with the plot that was in activity against the government; in order to which, he gives a curious detail of their proceedings, and adduces a memorial which they presented to the French King, inviting him to the invasion of England.' (Ibid). Issuing this pamphlet earned its publisher Richard Baldwin a prison sentence. 'With the accession of William III, Baldwin, as a loyal supporter, was prepared to serve the government through the medium of his press. Yet the candor of his publications and his own impulsive behavior were to bring him into occasional conflict with the government he so heartily championed. In 1690 Baldwin was sentenced to Newgate for "misprision of treason" by Lord Daniel Finch, Second Earl of Nottingham, for having "publish'd a sticht book entitled a Modest Enquiry which reflects upon the dissenting bishops and other bold passages." Copies of the pamphlet were seized by "Robin Hog" Stevens, but the indefatigable Baldwin, again ready with bail, was released from sentence.' (Rostenberg, 'Richard and Anne Baldwin, Whig Patriot Publishers' in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America Vol. 47, No. 1 (First Quarter, 1953), pp. 1-42). Between 1689 and 1698 Baldwin published about 240 pamphlets, the majority being political and of those 75 being anti-French. 'The principal butt of these lampoons and libels was the aging monarch at Versailles whose limitless passion for war and territorial aggrandizement had left France bankrupt, her manhood destroyed and her people apathetic and indifferent to the future. The growing fear of a possible French invasion and the English contempt for Louis XIV are manifest in Baldwin's many libellous tracts' (ibid). ESTC R16429; Wing M2367   Ref: 52381  show full image..
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Arrowsmith, Aron Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Noti Descriptio. A Comparative Atlas of Ancient and Modern Geography from Original Authorities, and upon a New Plan, for the use of Eton School. London: Published by the Author, 1828 First edition. Folio. 3 engraved leaves of text, 26 double-page + 1 single-page engraved maps, [1] engraved leaf of text. Engraved title with arms of Eton College, maps with boundaries highlighted in colour, unrelated map of North America inserted within. Uniform slight age browning, edges dusty, marginal ink splash to title and plates 1, 3 and 4, one lower blank corner torn, some thumbing, lower fore-edge a bit softened, very small tears to few edges, margins of one leaf of plate 5 repaired, burn to upper blank margin of two plates, a couple a bit dusty, occasional spotting or slight offsetting. Half calf over marbled boards, original boards with recent utilitarian but unsympathetic rebacking and recornering with tape reinforcement to hinges. Boards rubbed. 19th-century autograph 'Sticks Mi: Magd. Coll. School' and 'H.S. Perris (from E.L.H.) i.3.89' to front pastedown; occasional student's annotations in pencil or marker. A well-read copy of the first edition of this manual of ancient and modern geography, originally prepared for the use of Eton schoolboys. The author, Aron Arrowsmith, son of the major namesake cartographer and printer, achieved some notoriety thanks to this atlas and another on biblical geography. In the present one, each double-page plate features on the left the modern outline of continents and states, and on the right their ancient geography. Europe is divided into Central, Western, Northern and Southern, whereas non-European maps highlight the British possessions, territories under British influence by tribute, protection or subsidy, and territories of independent states. Being an atlas of regions 'known to the ancients', as the title asserts, the maps only cover the Eastern hemisphere; to the Western one is devoted a final map, showing the general outline of the Americas.   Ref: 53314  show full image..
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