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THE WRITINGS OF ROBERT G. INGERSOLL (IN TWELVE VOLUMES)

THE WRITINGS OF ROBERT G. INGERSOLL (IN TWELVE VOLUMES)

Ingersoll, Robert G. Royal Octavos. Three-quarter bound morocco, over marbled boards. Five raised bands (six compartments) gilt lettered and with floriated gilt designs. Top edges gilt, fore-edges, and tails untrimmed. Some of theleather is a bit dusty, but overall, a handsome, elegantly fabricated set, full of genuine and deep inquiries and sometimes challenging thoughts. Heavy Set. Ingersoll was a politician and orater, known as "The Great Agnostic". Ingersoll was the son a a minister and his staunch agnosticism was no doubt due in part because of the castigation and community shaming and shunning that as a child, he had to watch his father endure, Many of Ingersoll's speeches advocated freethought and humanism, and often ridiculed religious belief. "A trial for heresy means that the spirit of persecution still lingers in the church; that it still denies the right of private judgement; that it still thinks more of creed than truth, and that it is still determined to prevent the intellectual growth of man. It. means that churches are shambles in which are bought and sold the souls of men. It means that the church is still guilty of the barbarity of opposing thought with force. It means that if ithad the power, the. mentalhorizon would be bounded by a creed; that it would bring again the. whips and chains and dungeon keys, the rack and fagot of the past." (Volume I, "Heretics and Heresies", p. 249). "Like the most of you, I was raised among people who knew - who were certain. They did not reason or investigate. They had no doubts. They knew that they had the truth. In their creed there was no guess - no perhaps. They had a revelation from God.I do not deny. I do not know - but I do not believe. I believe that the natural is supreme - that from the infinite chain no link can be lost or broken - that there is no supernatural power that can answer prayer - no power that worship can persuade or change - no power that cares for man. Is there a God? I do not know. Is man immortal? I do not know. One thing I do know, and that is, that neither hope, nor fear, belief, nor denial, can change the fact. It is as it is, and it will be as it must be. Ingersoll enjoyed a friendship with the poet Walt Whitman, who considered Ingersoll the greatest orator of his time. "It should not be surprising that I am drawn to Ingersoll, for he is 'Leaves of Grass' . He lives, embodies, the individuality, I preach. I see in Bob [Ingersoll] the noblest specimen-- American-flavored-- pure out of the soil, spreading, giving, demanding light.".The feeling was mutual. Upon Whitman's death during 1892, Ingersoll delivered the eulogy at the poet's funeral. The eulogy was published to great acclaim." (Wikipedia).
FIVE LATIN BOOKS IN ONE: 1

FIVE LATIN BOOKS IN ONE: 1, APHORISMI DE CONGNOSCENDIS ET CURANDIS MORBIS. IN USUM DOCTRINE DOMESTICAE DIGESTI; 2. LEBELLUS DE MAGTERIE MEDICA ET REMEDIORUM FORMULIS, QUAE SERVIUNT APHORISMIS DE CONGNOSCENDIS ET CURANDIS MORBIS; 3. DE HABITUS CORPORUM GERMANICORUM. ANTIQUE AC NOVI CAUSIS. LIBER SINGULARIS. ANNOTATIONIBUS UBERRIMIS DILUCIDAVIT JO. HIULIPPUS BURGGRAVIUS, FILS. 4. VIRORUM CLARISSIMORUM GUNTHERUM CHRISTOPHORUM SCHELHAMMERUM EPISTOLAE SELECTORES, REM LITTERARIAM, PHILOFOPHIAM NATURALEM AC MEDICINAM POTISSIMUM SPECTANTES. RECENFUIT SIMULQUE VITAM SCHELHAMMERI CUM INDICE SCRIPTORUM EIUS TAM EDITORUM. 5. MEDITATIONS DE ANIMA HUMANA IN QUIBUS DE EJUS NATURA, COMMERCIO ET UNIONE CUM COR;PORE HARMONIA SIC DICTA PRAESTABILITA ET CAETERIS AFFECTIONIBUS DISQUIRITUR

Boerhaave, Hermano; Conring Hermanni;Schelhammerum, Guntherum Christophorum; Burchard, Christoph Martini Small, thick octavo. Full vellum binding with manuscript title of spine faded out. Some soiling. The size of the book puts a strain on the binding but it is solid. Some light dampstains to first fifteen pages, some toning but overall a bright copy. All title pages in red and black. Book 1: 1727. 349 pages plus 16 page index. Johannen Van der Linden, Batatavia. 1727. Book 2: 445 pages plus 32 page index. At Isaac Severium. Batavia. 1727. Book 3: 441 pages plus 32 page index. Frankfurt. 1727. Book 4: 387 pages plus 30 page index. Lochmanni [?]. Book 5: 256 pages. 1726. Rostochii. [Rostock, Mecklenburg]. Boerhave [1668-1738] was a noted Dutch physician and professor of medicine. Christopher Schellhammer [1648-1716] was a professor of physic in Jena and published on physiology and hearing. Buchard was a physician in Rostock and was interested in animal movement. Hermann Conring [1606-1681] was a German intellectual who studied medicine, politics and law.
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CABALA, SIVE SCRINIA SACRA: MYSTERIES OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT IN LETTERS OF ILLUSTRIOUS PERSONS, AND GREAT MINISTERS OF STATE, AS WELL FOREIGN AS DOMESTICK, IN THE REIGNS OF KING HENRY THE EIGHTH, QUEEN ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, AND KING CHARLES

Bedell, G. and T. Collins 3rd edition. Title page in red & black. Frontis. Old leather. Blindstamped and small spine-label affixed of "Newton Theological Institution" "WHEREIN SUCH SECRETS OF EMPIRE, AND PUBLICK AFFAIRS, AS WERE THEN IN AGITATION, ARE CLEARLY REPRESENTED; AND MANY REMARKABLE PASSAGES FAITHFULLY COLLECTED. TO WHICH IS ADDED IN THIS THIRD EDITION , A SECOND PART, CONSISTING OF A CHOICE COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL LETTERS AND NEGOTIATIONS, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. WITH TWO EXACT TABLES TO EACH PART; THE ONE OF THE LETTERS, AND THE OTHER OF THE MOST REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES." CONTENTS: title page modern bookplate title page The Preface to the Reader. A TABLE OF THE LETTERS Contained In this Collection. tract E. of Sommerset to K. JAMES. The Lo. Chancelour Bacon to the Lords. Five Letters more of my Lord Bacons. Bacon to the King, July 31. 1617. Lord Chancellour to his Majestie, 2. Jan. 1618. The Lord Chancellour to the Marquesse of Buckingham, 25. March, 1620. The Lord Chancellour to the King. March 25. 1620. Magdibeg to his Majestie. The Copy of a Letter written by his Majestie to the Lord Keeper, the Bishops of London, Wynton, Rochester, St. Davids, and Excester, Sir Henry Hubbert, Mr. Justice Dodderidge, Sir Henry Martin, and Dr. Steward, or any six of them, whereof the Lord Keeper, the Bishops of London, Wynton, and St. Davids to be four. The Archbishop of York to King James. letters The Copy of a Letter sent from Spain, concerning the Princes arrival there, &c. His Majesties to the Earl of Bristol, Jan. 21. 1625. Lord Conway to the Earl of Bristol. March 21. 1625. The E. of Bristol to the Lord Conway, 4. March. 1625. Here next follow the Letters of my Lord of Bristol concerning the businesse of the Match. The E. of Bristol to the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, Aug. 20 1623. The E of Bristol to the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, 24. of Septemb. 1623. The E. of Bristols Letter to the Prince, touching the delivery of his Proxie to the King of Spain. The E. of Bristol to the Prince his Highnesse, Septemb. 24. 1623. The E of Bristol to the Duke of Buckingham, Decemb. 6. 1623. The E. of Bristol to Secretary Cottington, Apr. 15. 1623. Postscript. correspondance 7 Here next of all follow divers Dispatches and Letters from Sir Walter Aston to the Duke. Sir Walter Aston to the Duke. Postscript. correspondance 2 The Lord Duke of Buckingham to Sir Walter Aston. The Duke of Buckingham to Sir Wa. Aston. Sir Walter Aston to the Duke of Buckingham, Decemb. 22. 1623. The Copy of a Memorial given to the King of Spain, 19. Jan. 1623. Stil. Vet. Translated. Sir Walter Aston to the Duke, 22. of Jan. 1623. Stil. Vet. Sir Walter Aston to Secretary Conway, 22. Jan. 1623. Sir Walter Aston to the Lord Conway. Sir Walter Aston to the Lord Conway, 5th. June. 1624. The Abstract of a Letter from Sir Walter Aston to the Lord Conway, 17. July, 1624. Sir Walter Aston to the Duke, 20. of Octob. 1624. Sir Walter Aston to the Duke the 10th. of Decemb. 1625. Dr. Williams to the Duke. Lord Keeper to the Duke, 27. July, 1621. The E. of Southhamptons Letter to the Bishop of Lincolne. The Lord Keepers answer to the E. of Southhamptons Letter. 2. August, 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke concerning the E. of South-hampton. 2. Aug. 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, concerning the Lord of St. Albons, October 27th. 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 22. July, 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke concerning the Earl Marshals place, 1. Septemb. 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 16. Decemb. 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke about Mr. Thomas Murrayes Dispensation, &c. 23. Febr. 1621. Postscript. The Lord Keeper to the Duke about the Liberties of Westminster, 6. May. 1621. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, Aug. 23. 1622. Postscript. The Lord Keeper to the Duke about the Lord Treasurer, Septemb. 9th. 1622. The Fair and Familiar Conference which the Lord Treasurer had with the Lord Keeper after some Expostulations of his own, and the issue joyned thereupon, at White-Hall, Septemb. 7. 1622. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 21. of Septem ber. 1622. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 12th. Octob. 1622. Passages between the Lord Keeper and Don Francisco. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 30. Aug. 1623. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 14th. of October, 1621. Postscript. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, concerning Sir John Michel, 8. Aug. 1622. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. Postscript. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 6. January. 1623. Mr. John Packer to the Lord Keeper, 21. Janua ry, 1623. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 2. Feburary, 1623. The Heads of that Discourse which fell from Don Francisco, 7. Die Aprilis, 1624. at 11. of the clock at night. This Relation was sent by the Lord Keeper to the Duke. His Offer to the King for the restitution of the Palatinate. His opinion of our preparing of this Navie. Speeches which he said fell from his Majestie concerning the Prince. Concerning the Duke. The end (as was conceived) of Don Francisco's desiring this Conference. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, concerning Sir Richard Weston, 24. May. 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 22. August. 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 21. July. 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke concerning the Countesse of South hampton 17. Novemb. 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 11. Octob. 1624. His material Objections were these. Postscript. The Lord Keeper to the Duke. 24. Decem ber, 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, concerning Dr. Scott, 4. January, 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 2. March, 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke about Sr. Robert Howard. 11 March 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke 13. March. 1624. The Lord Keeper to the Duke, 22. March, 1624. The Bishop of Lincoln to the Duke, 7th. of January, 1625. The Bishop of Lincoln to his Majestie. The Lord Keeper to the Lord Viscount Anan. 17. Septemb. 16. The Bishop of Menevensis to the Duke: Dr. Laud. The Bishop of Menevensis to the Duke: Dr. Laud. Doctor Mountague Bishop of Chichester to the Duke. postscript The Bishops of Rochester, Oxford, and St. Davids
THE PICTURE OF A FAVOURITE: OR SECRET MEMOIRS OF ROBERT DUDLEY

THE PICTURE OF A FAVOURITE: OR SECRET MEMOIRS OF ROBERT DUDLEY, EARL OF LEICESTER, PRIME MINISTER AND FAVOURITE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, AND STADTHOLDER OF HOLLAND; Containing An Instructive Account of his Rise and Fall; excessive Power and Wealth; his cruel Oppressions; the exorbitant Grants made to him; his ambitious Aim at the Crown; his Lusts, Hypocrisie, and Irreligion; also his Secret Combination with the Papists and Fanaticks, to Undermine the Church of England, and Exclude the Royal Family. Written during his Life, and now publish’d from an Old Manuscript: with a Preface by James Drake, Fellow of the Royal Society and College of Physicians

J.D. Small 8vo. Full old polished calf, leather flaking where old spine was rebacked. Title in red and black Rebacked, with original title remnant ruled in gilt) glued on. Brown cloth library tape repair to front hinge. 3rd Edition, Corrected. 7-1/2 in, [30] 218pp (Pp.211-218 misnumbered 111-118). Supposed printing for the first time from an old manuscript. Taken largely from Leicesters Commonwealth which was apparently written by a courtier before 1584 who passed the blame to Father Parsons. Leicester is depicted as a professional poisoner and debauchee. The book was first printed in Antwerp, translated into French and Latin, and reprinted in London in 1641, when it was suppressed. The death of his wife, Lady Amy Robsart, appears in many forms in subsequent books. She was found dead of a broken neck at the foot of the stairs. Dudley's enemies soon put out the word that she had been murdered because Dudley aspired to the Queen's bed. Indeed Dudley did not attend the funeral. Suspicion dogged Dudley for the rest of his life. Derham portrays Leicester "as an amoral opportunist of almost satanic malevolence," a quintessential Machiavellian power broker surrounded by lurid stories of his scandalous deeds and dangerous plots, among which was being the longtime secret lover of Queen Elizabeth. First published in 1584 as "The copie of a leter, wryten by a master of arte of Cambrige' and republished in 1641 as 'Leycester's common-wealth'; this edition is a reissue of 'Secret memoirs of Robert Dudley' first published in 1706, and reissued in that year as 'The second edition corrected', and subsequently reissued in 1708 as 'The perfect picture of a favorite: . The third edition, corrected'. ESTC Citation No. T140915.
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A HISTORY OF AN EXPEDITION AGAINST FORT DU QUESNE, IN 1755; UNDER MAJOR-GENERAL EDWARD BRADDOCK, GENERALISSIMO OF H.B.M. FORCES IN AMERICA

Sargent, Winthrop 4to. Brown cloth, ruled. in blind. Several chips to spine, and corners worn, but tightly bound. All 11 illustrations present, including frontis, maps and plans (mostly fold-out), and single vignette of General Braddock's grave, as called for. A solid, working copy of what Howes (S-112) rightfully called the "Best account of the Braddock disaster." "So terminated the bloody battle of the Monongahela; a scene of carnage which has been truly described as unexampled in the annals of modern warfare. Of the fourteen hundred and sixty souls, officers and privates, who went into the combat, four hundred and fifty-six were slain outright, and four hundred and twenty-one were wounded; making a total of eight hundred and seventy-seven men.Not even at Waterloo, in all the flush and pride of youthful valor and filled with the recent memories of their distant homes, fell on their earliest battle-field a larger share of officers. "The enemy's loss was very inconsiderable, being but three officers killed and two wounded; two cadets wounded; twenty-five soldiers and. savages slain; and as many more badly hurt.Whether we regard the cause, the conduct, or the consequences. of this battle, the reflections it.brought together practically for the first time in our history the disciplined regular. of Europe and the rifleman of America; and it taught the lesson to the latter that in his own forests he was the superior man.
A TREATISE CONCERNING CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN THREE PARTS

A TREATISE CONCERNING CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN THREE PARTS

Tucker, Josiah Octavo. [2], v, [1], 428, [4] pages. Contemporary full leather with mild rubbing and scuffing. Offsetting to edge of endpapers (glue). Clean bright text. Signature of Richard Oswald on page 1. 483 pp. British peace commissioner who in 1782 negotiated the Peace of Paris with Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, John Adams, and Henry Laurens. With book registration for Auchincruive, estate and historic country house in Scotland built by Oswald in 1767. Reprinted often in modern times as an economic classic. Early on, Tucker recognized the inevitability of the American war of independence, favored it since he did not believe in the colonial theory of economics, but had no confidence that the colonies would hang together after independence. Was in correspndence with many early economists, incl Jacque Necker and Turgot. His theories of civil government were meant to provide an alternative to John Locke. A treatise concerning civil government, in three parts. Part I. The notions of Mr. Locke and his followers, concerning the origin, extent, and end of civil government, examined and confuted. Part II. The true basis of civil government set forth and ascertained; also objections answered; different forms compared; and improvements suggested. Part III. England's former gothic constitution censured and exposed; cavils refuted; and authorities produced: also the scripture doctrine concerning the obedience due to governors vindicated and illustrated. By Josiah Tucker, D.D. Dean of Glocester.