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London: J. Roberts, 1744. Octavo in fours, without half title and final advertisement; in nineteenth-century half calf with marbled paper sides. First edition, last page in state with single-line erratum. Like Rothschild's copy the pages 185 and 186 are misnumbered 179 and 180. Savage, 'an impostor, a libeller and something.....
London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776. Octavo; early repair to front hinge and spine, in contemporary sheep. First collected edition of these political pamphlets, published anonymously. Probably the most famous of the four is the last, 'Taxation no Tyranny; An Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American.....
London: Stockdale, 1811.
Bards of the Mermaid tavernFour volumes, small quarto, with an engraved frontispiece of each playwright by Audinet;, full diced Russia, gilt spines with raised bands. Beautifully bound set of the works of master playwright Ben Johnson, for many years the equal to Shakespeare on the English.....
London: Printed for J. Bell, 1771. Octavo; half-title restored at an early date, with slightloss of text, uncut in green quarter oasis, green cloth sides. First edition. Kenrick was a journalist and playwright known for his inflammatory writings and his attacks on Goldsmith, Boswell and Johnson. Here he points his.....
London: Dickinson & Watson, 1779. Mezzotint, 38 x 28cm. Henry Keppel had first served in the Malacca Straits in the early 1840s during the campaign against the Borneo pirates. During that time he formed a close friendship with Sir James Brooke, who had been appointed rajah of Sarawak in perpetuity.....
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1857. Three volumes, octavo; 4 pp. publisher's advertisements at end of volume I, publisher's catalogue dated January 1857 at end of volume II and volume III; original blind-stamped blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, First edition. Continuing Kingsley's urgent belief in the necessity for religion and politics to.....
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862. Three volumes, octavo; uncut in the original morocco-grain blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Rare: first edition of Kingsley's second novel, written on his return to England. 'The romantic story of an old English family, affected by mixed marriages and consequent social and ecclesiastical problems… Some Australian.....
Ipswich: Printed for the Author by J. Raw, 1802.
Australian bees collected by Sir Joseph BanksTwo volumes bound in one, octavo, 18 plates (4 with original hand-colouring), half-titles and errata leaf, bookplate; an attractive work in early polished tan half calf, banded spine with morocco label. A lovely copy.....
London: Virtue and Company, circa 1875. Three thick quarto volumes, engraved vignettes, full page plates, page-edges gilt; in contemporary red morocco gilt, flat spines elaborately gilt, cloth boards marked. Beautifully illustrated collection of essays on the history of London bound in ornate handsome contemporary gilt decorated red morocco. In addition.....
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Octavo, 6pp. ads at rear. First edition, second issue: Lamb's most famous work. Writing as 'Elia' for the London magazine, the graceful irony of Lamb's essays was immediately popular, and his unaffected, inclusive style brought a poise rarely equalled in the essayist. Nonetheless, Elia sold.....
London: Company of Stationers, 1614.
Pocket book for a local magistrateTwo works bound together, small octavo; title, 634,  pp.; 94 pp. (Duties of Constables); contemporary limp vellum with faint manuscript lettering to spine. A handsome compendium of two early legal manuals: these early seventeenth-century handbooks of common law.....
Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.
Jeremy Bentham's bequestOctavo, 27 pages, old (original?) marbled wrappers bound in; recent half morocco with crimson spine label, bookplate. A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same.....
Paris: Théodore Lefèvre, circa 1856.
Marine lithographs by Dumont d'Urville's artistOblong album measuring 245 x 335 mm., title-page and twelve tinted plates, fine in original decorated papered boards. A particularly attractive French lithographic album of marine scenes by a seasoned voyage artist. As the title boasts, Louis Le Breton.....
London: Robert John Bush, 1877. Square octavo; original maroon cloth, head of spine restored. Lear had written his first Book of Nonsense for the children of his patron the Earl of Derby in 1845. Laughable Lyrics, the fourth nonsense book, and 'last but not least' (Muir, p. 147) 'included some.....
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, and Company, 1885.
America's lyric foundationEight volumes, octavo; finely bound in contemporary tan polished calf, gilt. Very attractive set of Longfellow's works. Published shortly after the poet's decease, this comprehensive American edition includes prose and dramatic works. Many cherished favourites are here, including The Golden Legend.....
London: Mark Baskett, 10 January 1765.
£3000 awarded to the widow of Tobias MayerFolio, title page, pp. 367-374, fine. An important Longitude Act, bringing John Harrison closer to reward but insisting the secret workings of his chronometers be revealed. Having outlined the successful sea trials during voyages to Jamaica.....
London: Mark Baskett, 1762.
"the Trade and Honour of this Kingdom"Folio, title, pp. 675-678; disbound yet fine. This Act empowers the Commissioners of Longitude power to expend sums up to £2,000 on experimental projects. As such, it significantly expands the scope of the Board to rigorously test plausible proposals.....
London: Mark Baskett, 1765.
For payments up to £2000 to worthy contendersFolio, title, pp. 271-274; disbound yet fine. This Act clarifies the process of paying out prize monies, stipulating that the Commissioners of the Board of Longitude are to pass on the particulars of any individual deemed worthy to.....
London: M. Taylor, 1838. Quarto, with 22 engraved plates (eight double-page); in the original grey boards with paper label,, with the 16pp. publisher's catalogue. A very charming, but practical, pattern-book aimed at the country gentleman who wished to construct villas which looked like farms, and for genteel farmers who wanted.....
London: T. Becket and T. Cadell, 1776.
Malt for scurvyOctavo, two folding tables and four folding plates, modern brown morocco. An important work, including Macbride's essay "On the Scurvy". The author's "Malt" was one of the main antiscorbutics used on Cook's voyages, although it has since been proved to.....
London: for the Linnean Society, 1845. Engraving, 243 x 300 mm. (plate size). Fine engraved portrait of Alexander Macleay, after the oil painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence commissioned by the Linnean Society and displayed in their prestigious portrait gallery of eminent naturalists at Burlington House, London. Macleay was Secretary of.....
Martens before the BeagleLithograph, 150 x 245 mm., Very rare indeed: an example of the work being done by Conrad Martens before he sailed on the Beagle. Any art relating to this early part of his career is most uncommon. Conrad Martens (1801-1878), perhaps the best known.....
London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1841-1844.
Delicate handcoloured plates beloved by Queen VictoriaThe collection comprises 46 separately issued parts in original wrappers, numbered 194-240, being complete parts XVI-XIX for the years 1841-1844; lacking one issue for October 1842, otherwise a continuous series each with a handcoloured plate illustrating four species followed.....
London: Harrison & Co., 1785.
The Leverian and beyond: natural history for the popular marketTwo volumes, folio, with 100 handcoloured engraved plates (most incorporating from four to eight images); title-pages printed in black and red; contemporary marbled calf, very skilfully rebacked to match, preserving original red and green labels.....