Paris, Matthew: (Watts, William, ed.:) Historia Major. Juxta Exemplar Londinense 1640. verbatim recusa [...] Huic Editione accesserunt, duorum Offarum Merciorum Regum; & viginti trium Abbatum S. Albani Vitae: una cum Libro Additamentorum. Londini [London], Impensis A. Mearne, T. Dring, B. Tooke, T. Sawbridge, & G. Wells 1684. Folio, pp. [xxxiv], 424, 451-859, 856-861, [i], [xcvi], [xii], 961-1048, 1041-1175, [xxxvii] + portrait frontispiece. With all usual errors in pagination. The section titled 'Adversaria sive Variantes Lectiones' and the Indices are bound after the main part of the text, instead of at the beginning as in the ESTC copy. Title in red and black with woodcut device, some woodcut initials. A few tiny smudges and wax spots, small blue ink mark to lower margin of frontis, short closed tear to lower margin pp.695-6. Contemporary dark brown mottled calf, sturdily rebacked, raised bands, gilt title label, edges sprinkled red. Very scuffed, edges worn but corners repaired, a very good, sound copy overall. Reprint of the first complete edition of Matthew Paris' works. Watts added to Archbishop Parker's edition of the 'Historia Major' (1571) Matthew's unpublished minor works (real and suppositious), besides his own notes on variant readings and parallel sources (Roger Wendover, William Rishanger, and others). He produced overall an impressive piece of early modern English historical scholarship, complete with glossary and index. Matthew Paris (d. 1259), a historian and the official chronicler at St. Alban's monastery, was a favourite of King Henry III, and a sharp reporter on contemporary political life. Watts (1590-1649) was also chaplain to Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the Civil War commander. Wing P 359; ESTC R25517 Ref: 51274
Peel, Robert: A Correct Report of the Speeches delivered by the Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, Bart., M.P. London: John Murray, 1837. First edition. 8vo, pp. , 100 + illustrated frontispiece. Frontispiece and title a trifle spotted. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label. Extremities and joints a bit rubbed. Bookplate of Archibald Trotter of Dryden to front pastedown. Ref: 53491show full image..
Pegge, Samuel: with an Account of the Bishop's Works and an Appendix. London: printed by and for John Nichols, printer to the Society of Antiquaries, 1793. First edition. 4to., pp. iv, 385 + 2 plates, 1 of which folding. Further facsimile plate in text (p.370). Occasional, brief pencil annotations. Sporadic light foxing, plates slightly offset to adjacent pages, final l (corrigenda) loosening. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with original spine retained but label replaced. Edges sprinkled blue. A little scuffed, all corners worn and one chipped, but good overall. Inscription to ffep, 'H.W. Cookson, St Peter's, 1841'. Faint call numbers to title. The penultimate work of the antiquarian Samuel Pegge (1704-1796), and the last to be published during his lifetime. In 1751 Pegge was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and entered a prolific period of production, including contributions to the journal Archaeologia and (pseudonymously) to The Gentleman's Magazine. Though described as typifying the 'uncritical and omnivorous' antiquaries of the 18th century (Piggott, Ancient Britons, 28), Pegge's contribution to his field should not be underestimated. 'He not only preserved historical information gathered by such earlier Derbyshire antiquaries as William Woolley, but was the first person to attempt to describe systematically the Roman road network in the county, and to publish inscriptions on lead pigs of the same era found in the Peak District. Pegge's pioneering work alerted contemporaries to the importance of topographical research, writing, and publishing and so laid the foundations for later field archaeologists and local historians, his son among them.' (Margaret Sullivan, ODNB). ESTC T97460 Ref: 54049show full image..
Penn, Thomas: The Brothers York: An English Tragedy. London: Allen Lane, 2019. First edition, fourth printing. 8vo., pp. xxvii, 656 + plates. Maps and illustrations. Hardback: grey cloth, black-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. One corner lightly bumped, otherwise slight signs of use: still very good. Ref: 53976
Pitts, Brent A. (trans.): The Anglo-Norman Gospel Harmony: A Translation of the Estoire de l'Evangile (Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral C6.1.1, Liber niger). Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014. 8vo., pp. 156. Hardback: laminated boards. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap. Volume 453 in the Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies and Volume 7 in The French of England Translation ACMRS series. Ref: 53710
Porter, Dorothy & Porter, Roy: Patient's Progress: Doctors and Doctoring in Eighteenth-century England. Stanford University Press, 1989. First American edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 305. Hardback, black cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Dust-jacket. Light shelf-wear only: a very good copy. First published in the UK, in the same year. Ref: 53263
Porter, Roy: Mind-Forg'd Manacles: A History of Madness in England. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1987. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 412. Hardback: blue cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, light glue-discolouration to pastedowns parallel to hinges. Dust-jacket, slight residue of removed sticker to lower back cover, creasing to edges. Otherwise a touch only of shelf-wear: still a good copy. Ownership sticker of Mr C. Foden, Cromer, to ffep. Ref: 53929
Postles, Dave & Rosenthal, Joel T. (eds.): Studies on the Personal Name in Later Medieval England and Wales. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2006. 8vo., pp. 398. Paperback. New, still in publisher's shrink-wrap. Ref: 53644
Powell, W. R. (ed.): The Victoria History of the County of Essex. Volume IV. Ongar Hundred. Folkestone, Kent: Dawson for the University of London Institute of Historical Research, 1956 (but c.1970-1990). Reprint. 4to. Fully illustrated. Hardback: red cloth, gilt. No dust-jacket. A little dusting and one tiny stain to top edge, otherwise fine. Reprint, after the introduction of ISBNs, of the 1956 first edition published by Oxford University Press. Ref: 54101
Prebble, John: Culloden. London: Secker & Warburg, 1981. Sixth reprint of first edition. 8vo., pp. 367 + plates. 2 maps. Hardback: red cloth, silver-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, lightly creased to edges, very good. First published in 1961. Ref: 53931