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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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Bonner, Robert J.: Aspects of Athenian Democracy. London: Cambridge University Press, 1933. First edition. Cloth, gilt-lettered, a few small marks to spine by headcap, corners and headcaps bumped, edges dusted, very good. 'Ex Libris' bookplate of Allen Brown West to front paste-down, ownership inscription to 'J. L. Caskey, March 1939' to f.f.e.p.   Ref: 48801 
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[Book of Common Prayer] Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. London: Engraven and Printed by the Permission of Mr Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent M 1717. 8vo., pp.xxii, 166, [ii]. Silverplate engraving throughout, with ornate borders, initials and decorations, and copious illustrations. Volvelle to p.v, single-page publisher's list to rear. Faint toning, volvelle repaired at point of attachment but functional. Recent brown morocco, raised bands, gilt spine with title, a.e.g., very good. 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Generally considered the most spectacular of Sturt's productions, the entire text is engraved rather than typeset, and is lavishly ornamented. Sturt (16581730) specialised in miniature work and was renowned for having engraved the Lord's Prayer in the space of a silver halfpenny and the Creed within that of a penny. Here his frontispiece portrait of King George I showcases this skill, being composed of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, a prayer for the royal family, and Psalm 21, all inscribed in lines of tiny characters across the King's profile. The overall effect disquiets Dibdin to a degree this cataloguer cannot recall seeing before, as he describes the miniscule text 'running horizontally and directly across the physiognomy of his Majesty. These sacred parts of our Liturgy were perhaps never before so unpicturesquely introduced.' He recovers his composure though, and admires the book's visual impact if not its practicality: 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Five variants are listed by the ESTC, this copy being that with a cherub-filled border to page v, and no numeral in the head margin. ESTC T141241   Ref: 51511  show full image..
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[Bookselling ephemera] Sidney Kiek & Son advertisement. London: Sidney Kiek & Son, n.d.(c.1900). Single leaf advertisement (160 x 78mm) for the firm's Clearance Lists, 'The small prices at which many good books, perfectly NEW, are sold off after the first demand has been met will astonish you.' Sidney Kiek & Son were theological booksellers and publishers.   Ref: 51672 
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Boswell, James: An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli. Illustrated with a new and accurate map of Corsica. Glasgow: printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis for Edward and Charles Dilly, London, 1768. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxi, [iii], 382 + folding map (2nd state). Engraved vignette to title. Occasional very light offsetting, a few spots and smudges with p.1 a little foxed, map with repaired tear near gutter but no loss. Contemporary brown calf boards rebacked neatly but in a much lighter mustard shade, raised bands gilt ruled, burgundy and green morocco labels, plain double filet gilt borders, armorial gilt centrepiece of Londonderry Public Library to upper board. Rubbed, corners bumped particularly the top fore-edge corner of the upper board, endpapers a little toned at edges. A good, sound copy. Old MS library code to ffep verso. A number of variants exist, but in this copy: D2 is in its first state with 'John Home' after the first quotation; E2 and Z3 are cancels (with the correct spelling of Mariani on p.357 and 'Is-' at the end of line 11 on p.67); the last words of line 6, p.93 are "prince of" rather than the misspelling "prince fo"; line 18, p.296 are ends "of my own" rather than "my own of". First edition copy of Boswell's first substantial work, which was published in February of 1768. 'His meetings with Rousseau inspired Boswell to make a bold journey to Corsica [in 1764-5] to meet General Pasquale Paoli, leader of the insurgents seeking the island's independence from the Genoese [...] After a difficult inland journey he met and had conversations (22 to 27 October) in Sollacarò with Paoli, who at first suspected he was a spy, but who quickly came to like his improbable young visitor, saw an opportunity for promotion of the Corsican cause in Britain, and consented to a series of interviews. Boswell's trip was both arduous and dangerous. He suffered painfully from ingrowing toenails, the result of trudging long distances in inadequate boots, and he contracted malaria, but the experience none the less exhilarated him. He remarked in 1783: 'I had got upon a rock in Corsica and jumped into the middle of life' (Boswelliana, 328). [...] With its reports of the gallant islanders and a Plutarchan depiction of Paoli paralleled with several classical heroes, [An Account of Corsica] was an immediate success. The work was widely read and translated, stimulated great interest in Paoli and the Corsican cause, brought its author wide fame in Britain and Europe, and found an interested readership among the Americans. It attracted the notice of the French government (which had a translation made), and though Boswell's ambition for British intervention was not to be fulfilled, he probably influenced Britain's decision to send secret supplies of arms to the Corsicans.' (ODNB) ESTC T26157; Gaskell 473   Ref: 52306 
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Box, Edgar, pseud. [Vidal, Gore]: Death Likes It Hot. London: William Heinemann, 1955. First UK edition. 8vo., pp.[iv], 212. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Patches of staining to fore-edge corners of free endpapers front and rear (possibly from metal clips?) transferring a little to half-title and final leaf, edges lightly toned, good. Small inkstamp of Tyrell's Book Shop, Pacific Highway to front paste-down. Originally published in the US in 1954, Death Likes it Hot was the last of Vidal's Edgar Box novels. The pseudonym allowed him to earn a living while the controversy surrounding the publication of his 1948 novel The City and the Pillar died down.   Ref: 51550 
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Boxhorn, Marc Zuerius: (Hartnack, Daniel, ed.:) Chronologia praecipuorum universi orbis imperiorum, regnorum, principatuum, rerumque, publicarum ortus, mutationes, atque occasus designans. Edita atque plurimis additionibus & continuatione usque in praesentem annum aucta a Daniele Hartnaccio [...] Budissae [Budissina]: impensis Friderici Arnstii, typis Johannis Rudolphi Leonis, 1688. Folio, pp. [iv], 251, [i] + 4 folding tables at rear. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut ornaments. Lightly toned with occasional light foxing, title-page more heavily affected. Some paper repairs to the back of each plate, mostly to edges and attachments, plus a little foxing. Contemporary vellum, edges sprinkled blue. Vellum a bit grubby with a few spots and smudges, a little light foxing to endpapers and their hinges reinforced. A very good copy. To ffep, inscription of Ant. Johnson; to title-page, ex libris inscription possibly in the name of Grosvenor, dated April 26th 1805. Boxhorn (1612-1653), a politician and linguist, was in 1648 successor to Daniel Heinsius as Professor of History at the university of Leiden. Chronologia consists mainly of three-column tables showing important events in both world and church history set next to the reigning monarch of the time.   Ref: 52222 
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Brant, Sebastian: (Zeydel, Edwin H. trans.:) The Ship of Fools. Columbia University Press, 1944. First edition thus. 8vo., pp. viii, [ii], 399, [i]. Illustrations in the text. dark green cloth, gilt title to spine, top edge sprinkled blue. A little rubbed, edges a bit toned, very good. Translated into rhyming couplets with introduction and commentary by Edwin H. Zeydel. Reproduces the original woodcut illustrations. Number XXXVI of the Records of Civilization Sources and Studies series (Austin P. Evans, ed.).   Ref: 51638 
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(Brett, Annabel; Tully, James; Hamilton-Bleakley, Holly, eds.:) Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 2006. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 298. Black cloth, gilt lettered, a little shelf wear to board edges, remainder mark to bottom edge, lightly dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, a little shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 46916 
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(Brewer, J.S.; Martin, Charles Trice, eds.:) Registrum Malmesburiense. The Register of Malmesbury Abbey; Preserved in the Public Record Office. London; Oxford; Cambridge; Edinburgh, Dublin: Longman & Co., Trubner & Co. et al, 1879. 2 vols. (not uniform), pp. 4, xvii, [iii], 517, [iii], 32, [ii]; 4, lxxxviii, [ii], 495, [i], 30, [ii]. Includes publisher's catalogue at rear of each volume. A little toned, some foxing, occasional marginal annotations. Vol. I in dark green cloth backed with brown sheep, gilt title to spine; spine very worn, upper board a little shaken, top edge dusty. Vol. II. in recent brown library cloth, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed, cloth hinges. Vol. II trimmed and therefore a little smaller than vol. I. Very good working copies. Burton-upon-Trent Public Library bookplates to front endpapers. To ffep, ownership inscription of the medievalist C.R. Cheney. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, or Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages series.   Ref: 52170 
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