Moore, Sir Jonas
Second edition 1660. 8vo. This edition scarcer on the market than the first. Full title : Moor's arithmetick in two books. The first treating of the vulgar arithmetick. The second of arithmetick in species or algebra. To which are added two treatises: 1. A new contemplation geometrical upon the. ellipsis. 2. The two first books of Mydorgius his conical sections, analized by. W. Oughtred, Englished and completed with cuts (A canon of the squares and cubes of all numbers under 1000.). London: J.G. for Nath. Brook, 1660This copy lacking the general title, portrait frontis and 2 folding plates. The text is otherwise complete and 5 folding engraved plates are present with one of them loose. The precise collation is :Three blanks to front and to rear, the first and last excised, the others all with extensive contemporary mathematical annotations in ink.Title ("Algebra Arithmetick")Title ("Contemplationes Geometrica")[iv] (Dedications)224pp; 95pp; 33pp; 39pp; 48ppOF the 5 folding plates two have fold tears without loss and all have minor ink annotations.Contemporary ink calculations to free endpapers (one at rear defective) and some to text, a little browned, some stains, a few marginal defects, contemporary calf, slightly worn and rubbed, but generally very good and all original.[Wing M2564]
First and only edition 1735. Later half leather, endpapers renewed, blind tooled with raised bands and leather spine label, marbled endpapers. viii 78pp 12mo. Title with tipped in manuscript note verso (see provenance below), with leeching to top half of title, else a Fine clear and bright copy. RareProvenance : Sir William Jones FRS FRAS FRSE (28 September 1746 ?Äì 27 April 1794) was a British philologist, a puisne judge on the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal, and a scholar of ancient India, particularly known for his proposition of the existence of a relationship among European and Indo-Aryan languages, which later came to be known as the Indo-European languages. Holographic quotation, signed to verso of title.This rare work by Bertin (1690s ?Äì c. 1736) was one of the first about the game of chess in English. David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld in The Oxford Companion to Chess call this book "the first worthwhile chess book in the English language". B. Goulding Brown, writing in the December 1932 British Chess Magazine, called it the first original English chess book.
Four first edition French medical texts bound as one :A. Lordat (Jacques) Reflexions sur la Necessite de la Physiologie dans l'Etude et l'Exercice de la Medecine, Montpellier, F.Seran, Gras & Coucourdan, An V  B. Bally (Victor) De la Gangr? ne., ink inscription to title, Montpellier, Fontenay-Picot, [?1797]C. Minvielle (Bernard) Dissertation sur la Respiration., ink signature to title, Montpellier, G.Izar & A.Ricard, D. Bienville (J.D.T.) Nymphomanie ou Trait? de la Fureur Ut? rine, half-title with small marginal water-staining to upper outer corner, ink spatters to final leaf, Amsterdam, Marc-Michel Rey, 1771 General condition is excellent. The first with cropped pagination of a few leaves. Contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments with floral motifs, rubbed, with light wear to covers 12mo.
First edition of one of the scarcest early Italian chess manuals, and the first book printed in Militello, at the private press of Prince Francesco Branciforte. Woodcuts of chessboard on title and page 531; large woodcut arms of the dedicatee, Francesco Branciforte, Prince of Pietrapersia and Marquis of Militello, on title verso. 556 pp,  pages. 4to, 196 x 144 mm, small marginal tear with loss to kk7 (1cm). Bound in contemporary calf, spine gilt in 6 compartments with raised bands (joints cracked), all edges marbled. Additional to the provenance noted below there are a few other ink or pencil names or references on the preliminaries. Generally in excellent condition. A rare and important early work on chess. Just 5 sold at auction since WW2 (including the Christie's sale of this copy.Provenance : Robert Blass (stamp on blank), Tetschner Bibliothek (stamp on title); Joannes Joseph S.R.J. Comes de Thun (bookplate and shelf- mark). More photographs or internet viewing available on request
First Edition thus. The History., translated by G.Rawlinson, edited by A.W.Lawrence, number 548 of 675 copies, half-title with wood-engraved vignette, title in red and black, wood-engraved illustrations by V. Le Campion, 9 maps at end, most double-page, original blue-stained vellum-backed cloth, gilt, t.e.g., others uncut, vellum spine a little faded but giltwork bright. Bookplate of Anthony and Felicty Rumbold. Small folio, Nonesuch Press, 1935.
2nd Edition 1653. Full title 'The Jewel House of Art and Nature: containing Divers Rare and Profitable Inventions, together with sundry new experiments in the Art of Husbandry. With divers Chymical Conclusions concerning the Art of Distillation, and the Rare Practices and Uses Thereof.Whereunto is added, a rare and excellent Discourse of minerals, stones, gums, and rosins : with the vertues and use thereof. London, printed by Elizabeth Alsop, and are to be sold at her house in Grubstreet, near the Upper Pump, 1653. Title in woodcut typographic border and with woodcut of an ear of summer barley to verso, woodcut illustrations, head-pieces and decorative initials, , 232pp, title page, first text leaf and final 3 text leaves toned with some marginal fraying not affecting text or printed areas, final taxt leaf more frayed than others mentioned and repaired and laid down to tissue paper; title page with neat reinforcement to inner margin, couple of small old inkstains to p.24, toning towards outer edgeof margins of leaves throughout, small 4to,Bound in attractive modern quarter navy blue morocco gilt over marbled paper covered boards. First published in 1594 this compendium of useful household information including instructions on storing fruit and flowers, 'how to carry gold in a most secret manner', brewing, 'how to speak by signs onely', stealing bees, preventing drunkenness, 'keeping oysters good ten or twelve days', distilling, alchemy, a portable pump, oilskin clothing, sign language, bridge building, fishing, reviving colours of old pictures and much more. Scarce