(Tegg, Thomas:) Eccentric Biography; or Lives of Extraordinary Characters; Whether Remarkable for their Splendid Talents, Singular Propensities, or Wonderful Adventures. London, Glasgow, Dublin & Paris: printed for Thomas Tegg [...] et al, 1826. 12mo., pp. iv, [ii], 330 + frontispiece. Some foxing, particularly to title-page, occasional brief pencil markings. Half dark green morocco, gilt spine with title, green textured cloth boards, marbled edges and endpapers. A bit rubbed, corners wearing, endpaper split at upper hinge but holding firm, very good. Illegible signature to preliminary blank; pencilled inscription of Dampier Vernon, Belle Vue, Topsham to head margin of Preface A versatile and opportunistic publisher, Thomas Tegg (1776–1846) had three main strands to his business: 'he issued many reprints of books which had gone out of copyright; he purchased remainders, sometimes with the copyrights, from other publishers, and sold them at greatly reduced prices; and he produced a number of original works, often on commission' (ODNB). Eccentric Biography is an example of this last category of often-sensational literature, other similar titles including Albani, or, The Murder of his Child; Almagro and Claude, or, Monastic Murder Exemplified in the Dreadful Doom of an Unfortunate Nun; and Domestic Misery, or, The Victim of Seduction. The title of this volume is perhaps inspired by Tegg's former premises 'The Eccentric Book Warehouse' at 122 St John's Street, West Smithfield, though by the time of its publication he had acquired the Old Mansion House at 73 Cheapside from which he traded for the rest of his life. Ref: 51775
Tyndale-Biscoe, E.D.: The Story of Sheikh Bagh. Mysore: The Wesley Press and Publishing House, n.d. [post 1945]. 8vo., pp. 58 + numerous plates of photographic illustrations. Slightly toned but generally clean within. Pale green paper covers, title to front. Spine and edges toned and a little ragged, but very good overall. The history of the Sheikh Bagh Preparatory School established by Christian missionaries near Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley. The school still exists and is now called the Tyndale Biscoe School in honour of the author's father, Canon Cecil Tynedale-Biscoe, who joined the school in 1891 and was a key figure in its development. Ref: 52181
Warner, Marina: Alone Of All Her Sex. The Myth And The Cult Of The Virgin Mary. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxv, 400, xx. Red cloth, black lettering to spine, shelf wear and dusted edges, very good. Dust-jacket, 0.9cm tear with some loss to bottom edge of back cover, 2.1cm closed tear to top edge of front cover by spine, a couple other small closed tears to top edge, spine sunned, shelf worn, good only. Ref: 52102
Washington, Peter: Madame Blavatsky's Baboon. Theosophy and the Emergence of the Western Guru. London: Secker & Warburg, 1993. First edition. 8vo., pp.x, 470. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Quite toned, very good overall. To ffep, gift inscription from the historian Max Egremont. Ref: 51521
Watson, Richard: Anecdotes of the Life of Richard Watson, Bishop of Landaff; written by himself... Revised in 1814. Published by his Son. Second edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies 1818. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii], 440 + stipple engraved portrait frontispiece after Romney; [ii], 476. Title-pages foxed, light foxing elsewhere. Contemporary polished half dark blue calf with marbled boards, spines gilt in six compartments, lettered direct in gilt and numbered within a geometrical gilt frame, edges sprinkled red, boards a little scuffed, a touch of rubbing to spine ends. A focused but unproud memoir by the former Bishop of Landaff - his wife gets little mention but it 'frankly exposed his ambition, disappointment, and bitterness' (ODNB). The first edition had appeared the previous year. Ref: 36061show full image..
[Whittingham, William:] A Brief Discourse of the Troubles at Frankfort, in the Year 1554, about the Book of Common Prayer and Ceremonies. Reprinted from the Black-Letter Edition of 1575, with an introduction. London: John Petheram, 1846. 8vo., pp. xiv, [ii], CCXV. Slight age-toning to paper. Original textured cloth, spine lettered in gilt, neatly rebacked preserving most of original spine. Bookplate of William Carruthers. The text of the 'famous and controversial account' of the conflict in the Protestant exile community at Frankfurt am Main, usually ascribed to William Whittingham, Dean of Durham - although it has also been attributed to Thomas Wood, one of the founders of the community. Ref: 32949show full image..
Wilson, Peter H.: Europe's Tragedy: the History of the Thirty Years War. London: Allen Lane, 2009. First edition. 8vo., pp.xxii, 996, [ii] + plates. Burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine. A few faint smudges to edges, very good indeed overall. Dust-jacket creased at edges but still very good. Ref: 51637
Yates, Frances A.: Allegorical Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I at Hatfield. London: designed and printed by A.W. Mycroft, n.d. [c.1952]. Pamphlet, pp. [viii]. Cream paper covers printed in black and yellow. Covers a little toned but still very good. Hatfield House Booklet No. 1. Ref: 52179