Toland, John: A Critical History of the Celtic Religion and Learning; Containing an Account of the Druids, or the Priests and Judges, of the Vaids, or the Diviners and Physicians, of the Bards, or the Poets and Heralds, of the Ancient Gauls, Britons, Irish, and Scots. [...] With the History of Abaris, the Hyperborean Priest of the Sun. To Which is Added an Abstract of the Life of the Author. London: Lackington, Allen & Co., 1815. 8vo., pp. [ii], 256. Foxed, improving towards rear. Contemporary dark brown speckled calf, neatly rebacked, gilt spine with green morocco title label. Small chip to tail of spine, corners worn, very good. Tiny label of Eland, Exeter to front paste-down. John Toland (1670–1722), Irish philosopher and freethinker, was a prolific writer who developed at an early age a critical attitude towards religious thinking; he produced his most famous work, Christianity Not Mysterious (1696), when he was only 25 years old. 'Because Toland's life and writings were filled with challenges to propriety, he generated great hostility. By making reason a criterion of knowledge and faith, he raised doubts about the legitimacy of beliefs and texts and continued to prompt responses from apologists throughout the eighteenth century. His criticism of arbitrary power and his widely read editions of Sidney, Ludlow, Milton, and Harrington had, for many, the unsettling effect of bringing together republican and classical ideals. In the long term it provided a foundation for the whig intellectual tradition that influenced Maximilien Robespierre, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine. On the continent Toland's blend of polemics and toleration, his defence of liberty, and critique of religious excess, attracted Voltaire and other Enlightenment figures. ' (ODNB) This volume nicely exemplifies a fairly typical Lackington publication. The publisher and bookseller James Lackington established his shop, 'The Temple of the Muses' in Finsbury Square in 1794. It was famed for both the vastness and cheapness of its stock, and displayed its motto 'The Cheapest Bookstore in the World' proudly on its frontage. Though Lackington himself retired in 1798 publications continued to appear until 1841, when 'The Temple of the Muses' was destroyed by fire. Ref: 51889
[(Triphook, Robert, ed.:)] Miscellanea Antiqua Anglicana; or, a select collection of Curious Tracts, illustrative of the history, literature, manners, and biography, of the English nation. London: Printed by T. Bensley and son, 1816. 4to., pp. [vi], 35, [i], xvi, [iv], 110, xv, [i], 76, iv, [ii], 12, [iv], 20, [xvi], 30, [ii], 46, 50, [ii] + engraved frontispiece. Some foxing and browning. Original paper boards, printed spine label, rubbed and a bit worn, hinges neatly reinforced. Eight 16th and 17th-century tracts and manuscripts, some printed for the first time; each is individually paginated and the dates vary - some 1815 but the final part 1821. The spine label specifies that only 250 copies were printed, and it was intended to begin a series but no further volumes were published. Ref: 37041show full image..
Tucker, Norman (transcribed): The Councell Booke of Ruthin, 1642-1695. Denbighshire Historical Society, n.d (1930). 8vo., pp. 76 + frontispiece. Green cloth, upper board very slightly bowed. Green dust-jacket sunned to spine and price-clipped. Very good. Ffep signed 'To Will with best wishes, Norman'. Also, pencilled ownership inscription of P.A. Slack near head edge. Contains parts I-III, originally published as separate pamphlets. Ref: 51989
Turner, J. Horsfall (ed.:) Halifax, and its Gibbet Law with Appendix. Idel: J. Horsfall Turner, 1886. 1886 reprint of 1708 edition. Small 12mo., pp. [vi], 91, [v] + frontispiece. Blue cloth, gilt. Spine worn, stain causing fading to boards at tail, edges worn and slightly frayed. Small rust marks from staples to rear paste-down. Ownership inscription of P.A. Slack to f.f.e.p. Ref: 52042
Upcott, William: (Simmons, Jack, intro.:) A Bibliographical Account of the Principal Works Relating to English Topography. Wakefield: EP Publishing, 1978. Facsimile edition. 4to., pp. x, (1576, eight reproduced pages per leaf). Black cloth, gilt title to spin. Top edge a little dusty, otherwise fine. Originally published in 1818 in an edition of only 250 copies. Ref: 51145
[Uttoxeter] Redfern, Francis: History and Antiquities of the Town and Neighbourhood of Uttoxeter, with Notices of Adjoining Places. [...] Second Edition. Hanley: Allbut & Daniel 1886. 8vo., pp. [xii] -465 [iii] + 4 full-page engravings not included in pagination. Pages age-toned, a few spots, one or two leaves showing slight chipping at edges. Original brown cloth, black-stamped border to upper board, gilt to spine, joints and head- and tail-caps neatly renewed, corners worn, a few blemishes and scuffs. Ownership inscription of H. Foulkes, "Hardwick", Uttoxeter, to upper pastedown. Although Gross dismisses this work as "of little value for municipal history" (due to the narrow remit of his bibliography), it contains much material of interest to the antiquary and more broad-minded local historian. Gross 2916. Ref: 23321show full image..
Vergil, Polydore: (Thysius, Antonius, ed.:) Historiae Anglicae libri XXVII. accessit praeter alia nonnulla series regum Angliae a` primis initiis usque ad hanc aetatem; ex nova editione Antonii Thysii, J.C.. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: sumptibus Joannis Maire, 1651. 8vo., pp. [x], 9-782, 88, [iv], 783-878. This copy has the 88-page section on Henry VIII and the 4-page index bound in between pages 782 and 783 (i.e. after the section on Henry VII) rather that at the front as is sometimes found. Woodcut printer's device to title-page, woodcut initials and decorations, occasional MS 'x's to margins. Generally very clean but with tiny scorch hole to A5, marginal closed tears to leaves 2P1 and 5*2 (not affecting text), grey smudges at 6*4 fore-edge with a little marginal loss and a repaired tear. Slightly later tan calf, spine gilt, red morocco title label, blind tooled borders and board edges, edges lightly sprinkled red and blue. Both free endpapers are binder's waste: the front a printed English religious text, the rear a piece of MS, handwritten on both sides in sepia ink. Joints a little creased, upper corners worn, a few faint stains but very good indeed. Vergil (c.1470-1555) began his Historiae Anglicae c.1505 and completed the first version in 1512-13. It was 1534 before the work was published and Vergil continued to revise it until his death in 1555. Therefore four different versions can be said to exist: the manuscript version written in 1512–13, covering events up to 1513 (MS); the first published edition (Basle, 1534), covering events up to 1509 (A); the second edition (Basle, 1546), covering events up to 1509 (B); and the third edition (Basle, 1555), covering events up to 1537 (C). The last book, Book XXVII was added to the third edition and gives an account of Henry VIII's reign to 1537. Vergil stated that most of his work on this last book was carried out contemporaneously, and indeed his visit to Italy of 1533–4 would go some way to explaining his cursory treatment of the whole period from 1530 to 1537. Book XXVII is found here with separate pagination due, according to Brunet, to Thysius and his printer beginning their work using a 1546 text before realising that later editions contained this additional book. Brunet V, 1137 Ref: 51708
Verney, Frances Parthenope; Verney, Margaret M.: Memoirs of the Verney Family. Vols. I and II, During the Civil War; vol. III, During the Commonwealth 1650 to 1660; vol. IV, From the Restoration to the Revolution 1660 to 1696. Compiled from the letters and illustrated by the portraits at Claydon House. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892, 1892, 1894, 1899. First edition. 4 vols. 8vo., pp. xxv, [i], 362; xv, [i], 454, [ii]; xi, [i], 493, [i]; xiv, 510 + 50 plates as called for, including portrait frontispieces and 2 fold-outs, further woodcuts and illustrations to the text. Protective tissue removed from vol. I frontispiece. Brown cloth, gilt spine and armourial centrepiece, t.e.g., fore-edges uncut. Endcaps creased, joints and edges a little worn with some fraying, boards faded, minor dent to upper board vol. I, upper hinge of vol. II cracking but bindings sound, very good internally. Armorial bookplate of Frances Fortescue Urquhart of Balliol College, 1909 to each front pastedown and his ownership inscription to f.f.e.p. verso, volumes I and II.. Bookplate of R.C. Mowat to each f.f.e.p.. Pencilled ownership inscription of P.A. Slack to each half-title. Pencilled bookseller's note, "Original and best edition" to vol. I. Frances Parthenope Verney was a sister of Florence Nightingale. She died in 1890 with vol. I ready for publication and vol. II almost complete. Work on the series was then taken over by her daughter-in-law, Margaret Maria Verney. Ref: 52040
Wade-Evans, A.W.: The Emergence of England and Wales. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd, 1959. Second edition, 8vo., pp. viii, 160 + frontispiece. Brown cloth, a little rubbed to head and tail, corners slightly bumped. Top edge dusty. Dustwrapper considerably creased to edges, very small chips to head and tail. Very good only. Ref: 40867