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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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Delumeau, Jean: (Nicholson, Eric, trans.:) Sin and Fear: the Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture, 13th-18th Centuries. New York: St, Martin's Press, 1990. 8vo., pp.x, 677, [i]. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty but almost fine.   Ref: 51605 
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Grundon, Imogen: The Rash Adventurer. A Life of John Pendlebury. London: Libri, 2007. First edition. 8vo., pp. xv, 383 + 16 of photographs. Black cloth, green-lettered, fine. Dust-jacket, creased at top edge with two small closed tears, otherwise very good.   Ref: 53031 
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Hughes, H. Stuart: Consciousness and Society: The Reorientation of European Social Thought 1890-1930. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1979. 8vo., pp. xi, [i], 433, [i], [xv], [i]. Dark grey cloth, silver title to spine. Headcap a little creased, very good. Reprint. First published in the UK in 1959 by MacGibbon & Kee.   Ref: 51503 
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Jones, Martin: Colonel Leake in the Mani. A Digest of Chapters 7, 8 and 9 of William Martin Leakes's Travels in the Morea (London, 1830). Brighton, Sussex, Book Guild Publishing, 2012. First edition of this abridgement. Small 8vo., pp. xxii, 105. Black cloth, gilt-lettered. Dust-jacket. Fine.   Ref: 53030 
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Mandeville, John: The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.. Which treateth of the Way to Hierusalem; and of Marvayles of Inde, with other Ilands and Countryes. Now publish'd entire from an Original MS. in the Cotton Library. London: printed for Woodman and Lyon in Russel-Street Covent-Garden, and C. Davis, in Hatton-Garden, 1727. 8vo., pp. xvi, 384, [xvi]. Contents bound at rear with Index, rather than as usual after the Editor's Preface. Title-page in red and black, woodcut head- & tail-pieces and initials. Occasional foxing, a few ink spots and smudges, first and final leaves a little dusty. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, recently rebacked with older red morocco gilt spine label retained, board edges and corners repaired, endpapers replaced with armorial bookplate slightly visible beneath front paste-down. A little rubbed but a very good, soundly repaired copy. Ownership inscription of Wm. Leaker of Liverpool at head of Editor's Preface (A2). First appearing in France c.1357 as Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville Chevalier, the name of this work's true author remains unknown. It tells the story of the narrator's supposed world travels and was enormously popular: there were further French versions, as well as translations into German, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Irish, Danish, and Czech. 'Altogether over 250 manuscripts survive in twenty-two versions. In England alone there were four Latin and four English translations and a rhymed version.' (ODNB) 'Sir John Mandeville' claims to be an English knight, born in St Albans, who departed on his travels in 1322. However, there is no historical evidence for his adventures, and it appears that at least 90% of the narrative of the Voyages can be traced back to preexisting written sources. So who was the real author? Examination of the original French text is revealing. M.C. Seymour posits 'that the author had no knowledge of St Albans but was a fluent French-speaker; that he composed his work c.1357 in a large, almost certainly ecclesiastical, library; that he was an ecclesiastic, with a cleric's knowledge of the Bible, and probably a member of a regular order; that he was a fluent reader of Latin but lacked any knowledge of Greek or Arabic; that he was an informed and intelligent reader of books describing the Holy Land and other foreign parts; that he had mastered the theories of Sacrobosco and his commentators, possibly at the University of Paris, on the rotundity of the world and was aware of the possibility of circumnavigation; that he had never travelled to the lands he describes; that he was aware of current French accounts of foreign lands and was in a position to launch his own work into the mainstream of the Parisian book-trade.' (ODNB) This anaylsis presents Jean le Long (d.1388) as a likely candidate. As librarian of the Benedictine abbey church of St Bertin at St Omer (in France but then under English rule and on the main route between Calais and Paris) he would have had access to genuine travellers and pilgrims visiting the Mediterranean and the Near East who would have used the route and stayed at the abbey. '[The abbey's] library contained all the works used by Mandeville in the compilation of the Voyages, including the comparatively scarce French translation of the Directorium ad faciendum passagium transmarinum made by the hospitaller Jean de Vignay (c.1340).' (ODNB) ESTC T100821   Ref: 51726 
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Meyrick, Samuel Rush: A Critical Enquiry into Antient Armour, as it Existed in Europe, but Particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II, with a Glossary of Military Terms of the Middle Ages. London: printed by G. Schulze, 13 Poland-Street, for Robert Jennings, No. 2 Poultry; sold by John Ga 1824. First edition. 3 vols., folio, pp. 20; [ii], lxxvii, [iii], 206; [iv], 297; [ii], 147, [cxxxiv] + 80 plates, 73 of which are hand coloured. Additional engraved title-page to each volume, some hand-coloured and gilded initials. Occasional light smudgy marks to margins, engraved title-pages foxed with a little transfer to adjacent leaves. Contemporary half dark green morocco with dark purple textured cloth boards, gilt titles to spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Endcaps tattered, spines rubbed, corners worn, occasional scrapes and scratches, but still a sound and very good set. South Shields Public Library inkstamps (some dated 1974) to title-pages and several other pages throughout each volume, also an inkstamp to each plate verso. Gilt stamp of the same library to tail of each spine. To front paste-down of vols. I and II: tiny contemporary bookbinder's label of Andrew Reid, Newcastle upon Tyne; small paper label with the letter C printed in red. 'C' label also to vol. III. Samuel Rush Meyrick (17831848) was an antiquary and historian specialising in arms and armour. He became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1810 and published his first work, The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan, in the same year. He made regular contributions to Archaeologia, (the Society of Antiquaries' journal) from 1818 until 1830, most of which concerned his particular collecting and antiquarian interests. According to ODNB one of his articles, 'Description of the engravings on a German suit of armour made for King Henry VIII, in the Tower of London' (Archaeologia, 22, 1829) 'is probably the earliest detailed examination of a single armour to have been written'. Around the same time he assisted Thomas Dudley Fosbroke with his Encyclopaedia of Antiquities (18235) and contributed to various journals. 'It was during these years that Meyrick began to acquire the collection of arms and armour for which he became famous. His obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine describes it at this time as filling not only 'the garrets, the staircase and the back drawing room' but as even encroaching 'upon the bedrooms'. From the beginning it was conceived of as a scientific collection and it was regularly made available to students. In 1825 it was visited by the artists Eugène Delacroix and Richard Bonnington, who both drew items from the collection and made use of them in later works.' (ODNB) This first edition of A Critical Enquiry into Antient Armour, in three abundantly illustrated volumes, appeared in 1824 and is considered to be Meyrick's greatest work. In 1826 the authorities at the Tower of London consulted him on the arrangement of the national collection of arms and armour (of which he had been severely critical in his Enquiry). Two years later he was asked by George IV to arrange the collection at Windsor Castle. In recognition of his work he was knighted in February of 1832.   Ref: 52411 
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Morris, Beverley R[obinson].: British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with 60 Coloured Plates. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1855. First edition. Large 4to., pp. iv, 252 + 60 coloured plates. Title-page a little stuck to frontispiece at gutter causing slight separation between it and the next leaf, slight separation between 'Harlequin duck' plate and the next leaf (p.247), 'Tufted duck' plate opposite p.243 loosening, occasional foxing mostly to front and rear. Contemporary half red polished sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and green morocco label, brown marbled boards, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners worn, small split at tail of upper joint, rubbed. Still a very good copy overall. Bookplate of James Amphlett of Llandyssil dated 1868, numbered 12. 60 hand-coloured plates as called for. Engraved and printed by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), one of the most highly esteemed English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.   Ref: 51745 
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Rohan, [Henri] Duke of: (H[unt], H[enry] trans.:) A Treatise of the Interest of the Princes and States of Christendome. Written in French by the Most Noble and Illustrious Prince, the Duke of Rohan. London: printed by Ric. Hodgkinsonne, 1641. First London edition of this English translation. 12mo., pp.[xxiv], 59, [vii], 146, [iv]. Woodcut initials and decorations. Ink blot to p.121 obscuring a few letters, ink blot to fore-edge bleeding onto margins a little but never reaching text. Contemporary tan sheep with remains of original spine and old paper label retained, recent red spine label with gilt title, edges sprinkled red. A bit scuffed and scraped with small area of surface loss to lower board, endpapers renewed with several pencilled booksellers notes. A very good copy overall. Recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front paste-down. Multiple ownership inscriptions of Francis Drake to initial blank, title-page, first leaf of text and other points throughout. We believe this Francis Drake to be the Second Baronet (1617-1662), politician and Colonel of the Horse who fought in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War. He was the great-nephew of the more famous explorer of the same name. First published anonymously in Paris in 1634, it was 1638 before the Duc de Rohan's name was added to the title. Hunt's English translation was first published in Paris in 1640, with this London edition following a year later. A Treatise of the Interest... is 'a compact reflection on European international affairs' offering 'pithy advice to rulers regarding what courses of action best served the aims of security and influence, in light of the precarious balance of power between Spian and France in its time.' (Mathiowetz, Appeals to Interest (2011) p.68) Wing R1868   Ref: 51399 
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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 
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