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[Paston letters] (Fenn, John, ed.:) (Frere, Serjeant:) Original Letters, written during the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III, by various Persons of Rank or Consequence [...] with Notes, Historical and Explanatory; and Authenticated by Engravings of Autographs, Fac Similes, Paper-Marks and Seals. London, printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787, 1789, 1823. 5 vols. Vols. I-II second editions with additions and corrections, vols. III-V first editions. 4to., pp. lxxxvii, [i], 301, [i]; [iv], 363, [i]; [iv], xvi, xxxvi, 451, [i]; [vi], xxxii, 478, [ii]; lxxvi, 472 + all plates as called for, including some hand-coloured and 1 folding pedigree chart (repaired). Vol. I and III title-pages reinforced at fore-edge, vol. II plates quite foxed, a little occasional offsetting. Contemporary tan calf, skillfully rebacked in slightly lighter calf with blind tooling, gilt and red and black morocco labels to spines, corners repaired, endpapers sympathetically replaced. Armorial bookplate of the Earls of Dartrey (family name Dawson) relaid to each front paste-down. Bookplate of Adrian Bullock, Sheringham, Norfolk dated 1987 to each front and rear pastedown. Recent note transcribing Paston family gravestone inscriptions loosely inserted. John Fenn's edition of the Paston Letters was the first printing of an invaluable collection shedding light on the life of an aristocratic family (the Pastons, later Earls of Yarmouth) in the fifteenth century. The editor obtained the documents from the executors of a chemist in Diss, Norfolk, and later presented the originals for vols. I to II to George III, receiving a knighthood soon after. His edition was nevertheless suspected for years to be forgery, until the material (including what he had given to the King) resurfaced in various country houses in the later nineteenth century. The fifth volume was sent to the press posthumously by Serjeant Frere, Fenn's nephew (Ency. Brit., 11th edn.) Lowndes 788: "Two editions of Vols. 1 & 2 were printed in 1787, but there is no perceptible difference between them."   Ref: 46282  show full image..
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Patterson, Robert B. (ed.): Earldom of Gloucester Charters. The Charters and Scribes of the Earls and Countesses of Gloucester to A.D. 1217. Oxford University Press, 1973. 4to., pp. xxiv, 205. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Dust-jacket price-clipped, a little sun-faded, 15mm closed tear to top edge of upper cover, very good only. Previous owner's notes loosely inserted.   Ref: 42606 
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Peck, Francis: Academia Tertia Anglicana; Or, The Antiquarian Annals of Stanford. Wakefield: EP Publishing Ltd, 1979. Reprint of 1727 edition. Folio, pp. xvi, [ii], 708, xxxi + 35 plates and illustrations in text. Green cloth, gilt lettering and bands to spine, gilt crest to upper board. A little light shelf wear, bottom corner of lower board a bit bumped but very good Small inscription of P.A. Slack to ffep.   Ref: 52089 
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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: 36144  show full image..
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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 (16921743) 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 
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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 
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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: 51308  show full image..
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R(ay), J(ohn): A Collection of English Proverbs Digested into a Convenient Method for the Speedy Finding any one upon Occasion; with Short Annotations, Whereunto are added Local Proverbs with their Explications, Old Proverbial Rhythmes, Less known or Exotick Proverbial Sentences, and Scottish Proverbs. Cambridge: printed by John Hayes, printer to the University, for W. Morden, 1670. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and head-pieces. A few short pencil notes and marks, note on the author to ffep. Title-page laid down, pp. 127-8 loosening, tiny wormhole near head of page beginning p.117 and becoming a small trail pp.209-226 then reducing again but not affecting text. Contemporary brown calf, gilt label to spine. A bit rubbed, spine a little chipped and creased, lower joint cracking at head and tail, endcaps and corners repaired but now worn, some light spots and smudges, endpapers split at hinges but boards holding firm. A very good copy. To front paste-down, inscriptions of: H.J.P. Proby 'ex lib K.G.P. 1820'; J. Tattersall 'Exor. of the above, July 1857'; Frank Muir. Small book label of J.O. Edwards. To ffep: an MS note on John Ray signed by John Tattersall and dated 1857. To head of title-page: ownership inscription of Jonathan Gowan. To title-page verso, through the paper to which is has been laminated, two inscriptions in different hands are visible: the first is possibly signed Vernon and is dated 1677; the second is mostly illegible. To the head of A2, inscription of P. Lancaster in an old hand. To the rfep: inscription of Jane Howard; a Latin proverb in a different hand. To the rear paste-down: pencil notes on the text. John Ray [Wray until 1670] (16271705), naturalist and theologian, travelled around the United Kingdom in order to collect botanical specimens gather topographical and botanical information for his work. During his travels he also amassed a store of knowledge about regional antiquities, customs and language, which formed the basis of this Collection of English Proverbs (a revised edition followed in 1678). Ray continued with his work on this theme and in 1674 published his Collection of English Words. ESTC R13689; Wing R368   Ref: 52248 
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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 
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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 
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