Campbell, Thomas: The Pleasures of Hope, with Other Poems. Edinburgh: printed for Mundell, Doig, & Stevenson; London: J. Murray, 1808. 9th edition. 8vo., pp. [vi], 134, 17, [i] + 4 plates. Sporadic foxing largely affecting plates. Contemporary tan tree calf, gilt double-lines to spine, traces of missing label. Upper joint splitting but cords holding firm, Spine rubbed and a bit chipped but still good overall. Ownership inscription to title-page: 'Letitia Prichard's, October 10th 1814'. On 27 April 1799 Mundell published Campbell's The Pleasures of Hope. It was an immediate success, and created eager expectations of future greatness. [...] The poem's popularity is an indication of the prevailing taste, still far more at ease with eighteenth-century didactic poetry than with the innovations of Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads. But the poem was also fortunate in its timing. It was peculiarly welcome to those in sympathy with political reform who were at their most despondent over the bloodshed of the French Revolution. Campbell's poem found ways of asserting radical sentiments that avoided the deadly charge of association with 'French principles'. He denounced the destroyers of Polish liberty, and breathed vengeance on the oppressors of India and supporters of the slave trade. A second part was equally welcome in its rejection of a scepticism that reduced humanity to a 'frail and feverish being of an hour' (The Pleasures of Hope, line 338). But Campbell never had confidence that he could sustain the reputation thus early established. He was unable to develop his next poetical project, a celebration of Edinburgh to be called 'The Queen of the North', beyond a few fragments.' (ODNB) Ref: 51823
Canevaro, Mirko: (Harris, E.M.:) The Documents in the Attic Orators. Laws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus. Oxford University Press, 2013. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 389 + 5 tables. Dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Ref: 50280
Cardwell, Edward (ed.); Cranmer, Thomas. The Reformation of the Ecclesiastical Laws as Attempted in the Reigns of King Henry VIII, King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth. Oxford University Press, 1850. 8vo., pp. lviii, 344, 36. Final 36 pages comprise a Clarendon Press publisher's list. Some pages unopened at top edge. Very occasional pencil underlining. Brown cloth, worn paper labels to spine, endcaps worn and frayed, sunned, corners bumped. Hinges cracked, some foxing to r.f.e.p.. Engraved bookplate to front paste-down with added ownership inscription of P.A. Slack and some pencil notations. 'A new edition' with an introduction in English and the original text of 1571 in Latin. Ref: 41525show full image..
Carlyle, Thomas: The Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell. London: Methuen and Co., 1904. 3 vols., 8vo., pp. lxii, 523; xii, 557; xiii, 604. Title pages in red and black. Very light intermittent foxing. Green cloth, gilt. Spines sunned, head- and tail caps creased with small tears to vol. II. Tail edges uncut and foxed, dusting to head edge. Very good. Gift inscription to Sybil A. Lucas from Mr Claude Montefiore, Feb. 8th 1911 to f.f.e.p. vol. I. Ownership inscription of P.A. Slack, March 1973 in pencil to f.f.e.p. of each volume. The inscription notes that this set was a gift to Ms Lucas from the scholar and founder of Liberal Judaism Claude Montefiore (1858–1938), though we do not believe the handwriting to be his. His sister Alice married into the Lucas family, so Sybil was perhaps a relative of hers. Ref: 41708
Carver, Martin; Hills, Catherine & Scheschkewitz, Jonathan (eds.): Wasperton: a Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009. Large 4to. (290 x 22mm), pp. x, 372. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Anglo-Saxon Studies 11 Ref: 51554
(Cary, M. et al, eds.:) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950. 4to., pp. xix, [i], 971, [i]. blue cloth, gilt title to spine, without dust-jacket. Spine faded, boards a little scratched with some patchy fading, corners bumped, free endpapers toned, a good, sound copy Contemporary armorial bookplate of Alan & Patricia Lennox-Boyd. Alan Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983) was 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, a British Conservative politician. A mostly-illegible gift inscription to the ffep dated Christmas 1952 appears to be signed 'Chips', which would indicate that the book was a gift from Lennox-Boyd's brother-in-law, Henry 'Chips' Channon (1897-1958). Channon was an American-born British Conservative politician, author, diarist and determined social climber. It is for his diaries, which have so far only been published in an expurgated edition, that he is now most remembered: the diaries 'survive for the years 1918, 1923–8, and 1934–53. Discreetly edited extracts compiled by Robert Rhodes James and published in 1967 open with Lady Diana Cooper's announcing the death of King Albert I of the Belgians (12 February 1934) and close with Channon's cocktail party for King Umberto II of Italy (18 November 1953). The intervening entries are by turns scintillating, epicene, snobbish, fatuous, self-mocking, and cliché-ridden. There are captivating descriptions of great parliamentary occasions as well as intriguing confidences about backstairs intrigues; but each page demonstrates Channon's preference for manners over principles. 'Everybody is on about Chips's diary—you can't think how vile & spiteful & silly it is,' Nancy Mitford wrote after its publication. 'One always thought Chips was rather a dear, but he was black inside how sinister!' (Love from Nancy, 465).' (ODNB) This opinion was not shared by everyone however, and there seems to be a seemingly endless supply of excellent stories about him. 'Chips was a thoughtful, shrewd, witty, and worldly gossip who loved to help people. His social radiance could be entrancing; he was resolute in promoting the interests of his friends. The earl of Drogheda found him 'an immensely kind man, with many acts of generosity to his credit': when Viscountess Castlerosse sat on a wasp, Chips sucked the sting out of her buttock. Channon wrote of himself in 1935: "I have flair, intuition, great good taste but only second rate ambition: I am far too susceptible to flattery; I hate and am uninterested in all the things most men like such as sport, business, statistics, debates, speeches, war and the weather; but I am riveted by lust, furniture, glamour and society and jewels." (Chips, ed. James, 38).' (ODNB) 1950 reprint of the March 1949 first edition. Ref: 52082
Casanova, (Giacomo Girolamo): Mémoires de J. Casanova de Seingalt Écrits Par Lui-Méme. Suivis de Fragments des Mémoires du Prince de Ligne. Paris: Garnier Frères, 1910. 8 vols.. Nouvelle edition, 8vo., pp. xxxi, [i], 478; 509, [i]; 503, [i]; 512; 546; 533, [i]; 538; 534, [ii], xxxvi. Illustrations in the text. Publisher's catalogue to rear of volume VIII (a little toned). Occasional annotations. Later red cloth, gilt titles to spines, edges lightly sprinkled blue. A few light dusty marks, top edges dusty but overall very good indeed. 'Collationnée sur l'édition originale de Leipsick.' Ref: 49803
(Catullus) Sisson, C.H. trans.: Catullus. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. 8vo., pp. 93, [i]. Faux-vellum boards, gilt titles to spine and upper. Spine and board edges lightly toned, still very good. First edition of this translation. Ref: 51562