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Blackmore, Richard: Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In ten books. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. First edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 296. Title within plain borders. A few light smudges, but internally bright and clean. Near-contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, paper label to second compartment with title inked in an old hand, blind tooled borders, edges sprinkled red. Loss to headcap, joints worn, calf split at upper joint but cords holding firm, a few light scuffs, edges worn, top corners bumped and fraying, endpapers split at hinges, patch of skinning to front paste-down likely fron the removal of a bookplate. A very good copy. Small library code inked to front paste-down. The first edition (the second followed the same year, and included an idex) of Richard Blackmore's (1654-1729) celebration of William III in the form of an epic based on The Aeneid using historical material from Geoffrey of Monmouth. King William rewarded Blackmore with the post of physician-in-ordinary. Blackmore was less successful with other poets, and is the target of particular scorn from Pope in The Dunciad and other satires. ESTC R23258.   Ref: 51084 
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Block, Lawrence: Hit List. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Quarter black cloth, black boards, red-lettered spine. Top edge dusty but still a very good copy indeed. Author signed to title-page. The second of Block's five works featuring the hitman Keller.   Ref: 50459 
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Blondel, David: (Davies, J., tr.:) A Treatise of the Sibyls, so highly celebrated, as well by the Antient Heathens, as the Holy Fathers of the Church; giving an accompt of the Names, and Number of the Sibyls, of their Qualities, the Form and Matter of their Verses; as also of the Books now Extant under their Names, and the Errours crept into Christian Religion, from the Impostures contained therein London, Printed by T[homas] R[oycroft] for the Authour, 1661. First edition thus. Small folio in 4s, pp. [iv], 293, [vii]. Some decorative intitials and head-pieces. Gutter between signatures A and B rather dusty, a few tiny scorchmarks and smudges scattered through, tip of bottom fore-edge corner torn from penultimate leaf but text unaffected. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf, raised bands, later brown gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders and vertical line, edges lightly sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints cracking but binding holding firm, fairly deep horizontal scratch to upper board, a few small repairs to corners and edges, very good. Signature of 'Robe. Michell' in an old hand to head of p.1, small MS note and a little underlining to p.92. First English edition of this historical attack on the Sibylline Oracles, Judeo-Christian forgeries of ancient pagan prophesies which were traditionally seen in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to foretell the coming of Christ. The Protestant clergyman and historian David Blondel (1591-1655) published this work in French, in 1649, and in the following year succeeded G.J. Vossius in the chair of history at the University of Amsterdam. Wing B 3220. ESTC R38842   Ref: 51140 
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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]: View of the Lancashire Dialect; with Large Additions and Improvements. Also a Glossary of Lancashire Phrases. London: printed for A. Millar, W. Law and R. Cater; and for Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, York, 1798. 12mo. in sixes, pp.79 including portrait frontispiece. Frontis and title heavily toned, occasional spots and smudges elsewhere. The textblock as been stab-stitched and is loosely housed inside the heavily worn red sheepskin binding of an old railway timetable. The front board is blindstamped 'L. & N.W.R.' for London & North Western Railway, therefore dating it somewhere between 1846 and 1922. Several scraps of notepaper loosely inserted. A work written in Lancashire dialect by Tim Bobbin, pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), followed by a useful glossary.   Ref: 51680 
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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; (Cruikshank, G., illus.:) Lancashire Dialect; and Poems. Rendered intelligible to general readers by a literal interpretation, and the obsolete words explained by quotations from the most early of the English authors. London: Hurst, Chance and Co., 1828. 8vo., pp. viii, 184, + 6 leaves of plates. Occasional foxing, plates quite toned and spotted. Slightly later half olive green calf with marbled paper-covered boards, raised bands, red spine label, marbled edges. Spine darkened to brown, a bit chipped, headcap and corners worn, a good sound copy. Bookseller's pencilled note to ffep verso. Contains works in prose and verse by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), illustrating the South Lancashire dialect. Tomlinson 70   Ref: 51258 
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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; Bamford, Samuel; The Dialect of South Lancashire, or Tim Bobbin's Tummus and Meary: with his Rhymes and an Enlarged Glossary of Words and Phrases [...] London: John Russell Smith 1854. 12mo., pp. xxii, 266. One leaf (89-90) bound out of order (after 91-92). Edges untrimmed, a touch of spotting in one or two places, faint waterstain to gutter of front endpapers. Red textured cloth, blind-stamped border to boards, gilt to spine, spine sun-faded (and boards a little bit as well), boards very slightly scuffed and showing one or two tiny marks, spine bumped head and tail. Bookseller's ticket to upper pastedown and embossed stamp to f.f.e.p. Contains works in prose and verse by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796), illustrating the South Lancashire dialect, with a glossary of words and an introduction by Samuel Bamford. Tomlinson 90   Ref: 22148  show full image..
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Bobbin, Tim, pseud. [Collier, John]; Bobbin, Tim, the Second, pseud. [Walker, Robert]: Miscellaneous Works [...] containing his View of the Lancashire Dialect, with large Additions and Improvements; also, his Poem of the Flying Dragon, and the Man of Heaton; Together with Other Whimsical Amusements in Prose and Verse. To which is added, a L Salford: printed by Cowdroy & Slack, 1812; [1811]. 8vo., pp. [ii], 240 + 19 plates; 89, [i] + 7 leaves of plates including portrait frontispiece. Title-page of the second work bound preceeding the first. A bit toned, some pages grubby, occasional marks and smudges, some marginal tears but no loss of text. Contemporary dark brown sheep, rebacked in mismatched purplish morocco, endpapers renewed. Rubbed, edges worn, corners fraying but still sound within its binding. Illegible ownership inscription to ffep. Originally issued in parts, contains two works generally found together: the first by Tim Bobbin, a pseudonym of the caricaturist and satirist John Collier (1708-1796); the second by 'Tim Bobbin the Second', Lancashire radical Robert Walker, first published in 1801. Tomlinson 51   Ref: 51267 
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Boccaccio, Giovanni: (Rigg, J.M., trans.; Chalon, Louis, illus.:) The Decameron London: Privately printed for the Navarre Society, 1906. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xx, [i], 332; xiii, [iii], 404 + all plates as called for. Occasional foxing. Cream, gilt-stamped cloth, top edges gilt, other edges uncut. Endpapers a bit toned but very good overall. Grey dust-jackets, black titles to spines, fleur-de-lys motif to front, list of Navarre Society publications to rear. Spines slightly toned, a little shelf worn, very good.   Ref: 52163 
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Boissier, Gaston: La Religion Romaine. D'Auguste aux Antonins. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1906. 2 vols. in 1. Small 8vo., pp. xiv, 403; 413. Cream cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine label, spine browned, boards grubby, slight shelf wear to edges, endcaps and corners, edges dusted, top edge gilted, foxing to free end-papers, still very good. Gilt-embossed stamp 'Schola Civitatis Londinensis' (City of London School) to upper board.   Ref: 48781 
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Bonham-Carter, Victor: The Fight for Public Lending Right 1951-1979. Dulverton: Exmoor Press, 1988. Pamphlet, pp. [i], 68, vii. Blue paper covers, a little shelf worn but very good overall.   Ref: 52175 
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