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Observations on the nature of civil liberty he principles of government, and the justice and policy of the war with America. To which is added an appendix, containing a state of the national debt, an estimate of the money drawn from the public by the taxes, and an account of the national income and expenditure since the last war. By Richard Price, D.D. F.R.S. The Third Edition. [And 6 other Pamphlets]

PRICE, Richard A Collection of 7 Eighteenth Century British Pamphlets PRICE, Richard. Observations on the nature of civil liberty, the principles of government, and the justice and policy of the war with America. To which is added an appendix, containing a state of the national debt, an estimate of the money drawn from the public by the taxes, and an account of the national income and expenditure since the last war. By Richard Price, D.D. F.R.S. The Third Edition. London; printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1776. Third edition. [8], 128 pp. With half-title. "The author of the above ‘Observations,’ must be ranked among the most respectable writers on the affairs of America. He does not attempt to engage our attention by the specious and flaming declamation of a party zealot, or the factious invective and rant of modern patriotism. In him we see the warm pleader, united with the sound reasoner, the intelligent politician, and above all, the independent man, the uninfluenced friend of his country."---Monthly Review, LIV. 141, 221. Sabin 65452. ESTC T41825. Hower P586. [Bound with] [CARLYLE, Alexander]. The question relating to a Scots militia considered. In a letter to the lords and gentlemen who have concerted the form of a law for that establishment. By a freeholder. London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1760. Second edition. [vii], [1, blank], [3]-42 pp. Collates same as the British Library copy. Some early ink signatures and notes on title-page and first page of preface, not affecting text. Some toning throughout. ESTC T143852. [Bound with] [MACPHERSON, James, Anonymous.]. A short history of the opposition during the last session of Parliament. The Third Edition. London; P rinted for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1779. Third edition. [i]-56, 56-58, [1, blank] pp. In this edition there is '[Price one shilling.]' at the foot of the title-page. The text is continuous despite the pagination. ESTC T206695. "Attributes successes of Americans to the encouragement given them by Whig members. Attributed also to Edward Gibbon." Howes M181. " "Rather a picture than a history, and that picture a caricature; in which the antiministerial party makes but an awkward and scurvy appearance."---Monthly Review, LXI. 68." Sabin 43633. [Bound with] [BURGOYNE, John]. [A letter from Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne to his constituents, upon his late resignation; with the correspondences between the Secretaries of War and him, relative to his return to America: London; For J. Almon, 1779]. Edition unknown. Lacking title-page. 37, [1, advertisements] pp. Note in old ink manuscript on top margin of first page. " After General Burgoyne’s surrender, he was allowed to return to England on parole. Thinking himself ill treated by the government, and having been elected Member of Parliament for Preston, he joined the opposition; whereupon an official order was sent to him, signifying that it was the King’s pleasure that he should return to America and rejoin his captive army. He remonstrated, and was again ordered, and, in consequence, resigned all his civil and military employments. In this letter he gives an explanation of his conduct." Sabin 9251 [Bound with] [Anonymous]. A letter to Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne on his letter to his constituents. London; Printed for T. Becket, Corner of the Adelphi, in the Strand, 1779. First edition. [4], 35, [1, advertisements] pp. With half-title. Signed at end: An Englishman. ESTC T102766. " "Instead of the liberal manner of a gentleman, this writer attacks Mr. Burgoyne with the ferocity of one of his own savages, reeking and hot from the murder of poor Miss McRay" [sic].--- M. R. LXI. 389." Sabin 9263. [Bound with] [BURKE, Edmund]. Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. member of Parliament for the city of Bristol, on presenting to the House of Commons (on the 11th of February, 1780) a plan for the better security of the independence of Parliament, and the oeconomical reformation of the civil and other establishments. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1780. A counterfeit edition. [4], 95, [1, blank] pp. With half-title. A counterfeit edition with the same pagination as first the first edition, but is signed: [A]2 B-N4, and has no price on the half-title. References to the Board of Trade, the Colonies, Nova Scotia, etc. ESTC N68794. [Bound with] [Anonymous, Boswell, James sometimes attributed to]. A letter to Robert Macqueen Lord Braxfield, on his promotion to be one of the judges of the High Court of Justiciary. Edinburgh: Printed in the year M,DCC,LXXX. Sold by all the booksellers, 1780. First edition. [1], 39, [1, blank] pp. With half-title. Sometimes attributed to James Boswell. ESTC T96373. "Boswell took the occasion to offer Braxfield some 'very outspoken advice' (Pottle) and praised the English system of justice (and English manners) over the Scottish." Octavo (8 x 4 3/4 inches; 204 x 122 mm). All pamphlets bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Edges speckled red. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. A very good copy. HBS 68340. $1,000
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Petit Prince Avec dessins par l’auteur.

SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de First Edition in French, in Dust Jacket SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Le Petit Prince. Avec dessins par l'auteur. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First edition in French. With the "Mark of the Raven" on page 63 and the list of titles on the copyright page. In publisher's dust jacket, with the "Fourth Street" address on the front flap. This first edition was published in New York, just days after the first edition in English. Small quarto (8 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches; 223 x 181 mm). [1]-91, [3] pp. With numerous full color, and black-and-white illustrations throughout the text, by the author. Publisher's full salmon cloth. Front board lettered and pictorially stamped on front board in maroon. Spine lettered in maroon. In publisher's illustrated dust jacket. Jacket with some very minor dust soiling. Binding with some very light soiling to head of spine otherwise about fine. Overall an about fine copy. The Little Prince, published more than half a century ago, endures into the twenty-first century as a beautifully written children's novel and a powerful philosophic work that speaks volumes about love and friendship. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery during World War II, The Little Prince was published as a children's story, but soon became recognized the world over as a profound introspective statement. By using the novel as a type of allegory, Saint-Exupery was able to write a commentary on life as he had lived it. HBS 68339. $4,000
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further examination of our present American measures and of the reasons and the principles on which they are founded. By the author of Considerations on the measures carrying on with respect to the British colonies in North-America. [And Two Other Pamphlets]

ROKEBY, Matthew Robinson-Morris A Collection of Three Eighteenth Century British Pamphlets [Rokeby, Matthew Robinson-Morris, Baron]. A further examination of our present American measures and of the reasons and the principles on which they are founded. By the author of Considerations on the measures carrying on with respect to the British colonies in North-America. Bath; Printed by R. Cruttwell, for R. Baldwin, Pater-Noster-Row; and E. and C. Dilly, in the Poultry, London, 1776. First edition. [2], [1]-256 pp. Bound without half-title. ESTC T95753. Howes R373. " "Generally received and acknowledged as the work of Mr. M---w R--b--ns--n. His former production [of 1774] justly obtained the applause of the public; the present is not less meritorious."---Monthly Reviews, LIV. 232. " Sabin 72154. " An ably written work, against the American policy of Lord North. The author speaks of the totally inadequate forces England was sending to America, and discusses the just causes of America’s revolt, among other statements, remarking, "that no reason can demonstrate the right of Great Britain to tax America or of America to tax Great Britain." (Maggs). [Bound with] [Anonymous. CROSBIE, Andrew]. Thoughts of a layman concerning patronage and presentations. Edinburgh; Printed by Sands, Murray, and Cochran. Sold by W. Gray, front of the Exchange, 1769. First edition. iv, 52 pp. Lacking first leaf, probably the half-title. Previous owner's old ink notes on title-page recto and verso. [Bound with] [HAWKINS, John, pseudo.]Probationary odes for the laureatship: with a preliminary discourse, by Sir John Hawkins, Knt. London; Printed for James Ridgway, 1785. Early edition. [v]-xlvi, [1]-48, 51-130, [1, errata], [1, advertisement] pp. Bound without half-title and contents leaves. Pagination missing pages 49-50, however collations seems correct. Large tear to leaf H, mildly affecting text. Sir John Hawkins is a pseudonym. " A collection of satires and parodies by Richard Tickell and others, purporting to be the competitive essays of Thomas Warton’s rivals for the laureatship." ESTC T126547. Octavo (8 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches; 210 x 125 mm). All pamphlets bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. A very good copy. HBS 68341. $1,000
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New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Newly Translated out of the Originall Greeke: and with the former Translations diligently compared and reuised, by his Maiesties Special Commandement.

EMBROIDERED BINDING A Beautiful Embroidered Dos-A-Dos Binding in Fortuny Silk Pouch [EMBROIDERED DOS-À-DOS BINDING]. [BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Newly Translated out of the Originall Greeke: and with the former Translations diligently compared and reuised, by his Maiesties Special Commandement. London: Imprinted by Robert Barker printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie: and by the assignes of John Bill.and by the Assignes of John Bill, 1633. [Bound together with:] [BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Whole Book of Psalmes, collected into English meeter by Th. Sternhold, J. Hopkins, W. Whittingham, and others; conferred with the Hebrew, with apt notes to sing them withall. Newly set foorth, and allowed to be sung in all Churches of all the people together, before and after Morning and Euening prayer, and also before and after Sermons. Moreouer, in priuate houses, for their godly solace and comfort: laying apart all vngodly songs and ballads, which may tend only to the nourishing of vice, and corrupting of youth. London: Imprinted for the Company of Stationers, 1635. Two twenty-fourmo volumes bound dos-à-dos (back-to-back) in one (4 1/4 x 2 inches; 108 x 52 mm). New Testament: 264 leaves; Psalms: 330, [6] pages. In this edition of the New Testament, sig. A2r has 15 verses. New Testament with engraved title-page, headpiece and initial. Psalms with engraved vignette on title-page and engraved head-piece, initial and musical staffs. Contemporary London embroidered binding. Covers and spines uniformly embroidered with colored and golden/silver thread. Both covers and spines with ornamental rosettes in pink and green thread. All edges gilt and gauffered. Previous owner's old ink signatures on front endpapers of both books. A few threads loose, and cloth mildly rubbed, but still an excellent example, and better than most. Housed in a custom black morocco clamshell. This comes with a blue Fortuny silk carrying pouch which is a bit frayed. A characteristic London embroidered binding of the second quarter of the seventeenth century, rare in a dos-à-dos format. Although textile bindings of canvas and velvet were popular during the Elizabethan period as coverings for devotional books, the style reached its height during the stuart period. "During the seventeenth century little ›double‹ books were rather favourite forms for Common Prayer and Psalms especially. These curious bindings open opposite ways and have two backs, two ornamental boards, and one unornamented board enclosed between the two books, which are always of the same size" (Davenport, English Embroidered Bindings, 38) ESTC S124408 (STC 2943); ESTC S1805 (STC 2661.5) HBS 68342. $12,500
Best Preservative against the Plague With a Short Account of the State of this Nation

Best Preservative against the Plague With a Short Account of the State of this Nation, from the Conclusion of the Grand Rebellion of Oliver Cromwel to the Revolution. By an Englilh-Man [sic]. [With 6 other pamphlets].

DEFOE, Daniel A Collection of Seven Eighteenth- Century British Pamphlets [Defoe, Daniel? sometimes attributed to]. The Best Preservative against the Plague. With a Short Account of the State of this Nation, from the Conclusion of the Grand Rebellion of Oliver Cromwel to the Revolution. By an Englilh-Man [sic]. London; Printed for J. Leminge, 1721. First Edition. xii, 51, [1,blank] pp. Title-page with small old ink note, not affecting text. With a drop-head title on page 1. According the the ESTC, this text is sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe. "'An historical account of plain matters of fact, relating both to Church and State, as they stood in this nation before the Revolution’ - A Jacobite tract." [From ESTC T112354]. [Bound with] [Hoadley, Benjamin, Anonymous]. An Enquiry into the Reasons of the Conduct of Great Britain, with relation to the present state of Affairs in Europe. London; Printed for James Roberts, 1727. First London edition. 112 pp. Title-page with engraved vignette, and engraved head-piece and initial. Title-page with some staining. Some mild dampstaining and toning throughout. " Published for the Information of the Inhabitants of New-England." [Sabin 32280]. ESTC T32769. Evans 2880. [Bound with] [Anonymous]. Considerations on the present state of affairs in Europe, and particularly with regard to the number of forces in the pay of Great-Britain. The Second Edition. London; Printed for J. Roberts, 1730. Second edition. [2, blank], [3]-53, [3, blank] pp. Engraved title-page vignette, and engraved head-piece and initial. Front blank a bit stained and with a small hole, but text is clean. This anonymous pamphlet defends the employ of the Hessian soldiers in the British Army. ESTC T76562. [Bound with] [Matthew Concanen, the Elder? Anonymous ] The rise and fall of the late projected excise, Impartially Consider'd. By a friend to the English Constitution Printed for J. Peele, 1733. First London Edition. 61, [3, blank] pp. With half-title. Attributed to Concanen by ESTC. Old ink notes on the verso of final blank. Concerning duties on Tobacco and Wine. Goldsmiths’, 7157. ESTC T63487. [Bound with] [Britannicus] The sly subscription: on the Norfolk monarch, &c. To which is added, the Briton’s speech to Sir Politick. London; Printed for T. Tibbitt, 1733. First edition. 47, [1, ads] pp. Engraved head-pieces and initial. This issue lacks the 'To Sir R-t W-e, an epistle’ which appears in the other issue noted in ESTC. The Dedication is signed "Britannicus." ESTC N23415. [Bound with] [Pulteney, William, Earl of Bath, Anonymous]. The politicks on both sides, with regard to foreign affairs, stated from their own writings, and examined by the Course of Events. With some observations on the present state of affairs in Great Britain, And the Effects of our Negotiations, for several Years past. London; Printed by H. Haines, at Mr. Francklin's, 1734. (Pr. I s.). First edition. 75, [1, blank] pp. Engraved head-piece and initial. Stab marks are visible, and one the final page the holes are large, but still not affecting text. Goldsmiths’, 7203. " Relates incidentally to the West Indies, South Sea Company, etc." Sabin, 66642. ESTC T43989. "Published to coincide with the opening of the last Parliament before the elections of 1734 and written as a 'blanket' attack on Walpole's ministry. With characteristic skill Pulteney holds up to scorn all of Walpole's policies, domestic as well as foreign, good as well as bad. The authorship was established in Vaucher's Walpole et la politique de Fleury, p. 81. [Quaritch]. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 inches; 210 x 128 mm). All pamphlets bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. A very good copy. HBS 68337. $1,000
Letter Addressed to Two Great Men

Letter Addressed to Two Great Men, on the Prospect of Peace And on the Terms necessary to be insisted upon in the Negotiation. [with 4 other pamphlets]

DOUGLAS, John A Collection of Five Eighteenth-Century British Revolutionary Pamphlets [DOUGLAS, JOHN, Anonymous]. A Letter Addressed to Two Great Men, on the Prospect of Peace; And on the Terms necessary to be insisted upon in the Negotiation. London: A. Millar, 1760. First edition, first issue with no errata below Finis on final leaf. [4], 55, [1, blank] pp. With half-title and final leaf verso blank. " This tract, relating to the Treaty of Utrecht and the French Canadian question, has been attributed to Junius, also to William Pulteney, Earl of Bath, but with more probability to John Douglas. The "Two Great Men" were Wm. Pitt and the Duke of Newcastle. The writer urges upon the government, in making peace with France, to require from her the relinquishment of all Canada, Guadaloupe, and Senegal." [Sabin 40263]. ESTC T37753. [Bound with] [Macpherson, James, Anonymous]. The rights of Great Britain asserted against the claims of America: Being an answer to the declaration of the general Congress. The third edition, with additions. London, Printed for T. Cadell, 1776. The Third edition. [6], 96 pp. With folding chart "Appendix." Half-title, and advertisement leaf after the title-page. "Also attributed to Sir John Dalrymple, Lord George Germaine, and Henry Mackenzie." [ESTC T45081]. Half-title is soiled and some minor toning to a few pages." A reply to the July 1775 declaration of the Continental Congress, commissioned and widely distributed by the British government. "This celebrated performance is said to have been written, printed, and liberally distributed both in Great Britain and America, at the instance and expense of government; but whether this be true or not, the work itself, we are afraid, will answer no other purpose than to exasperate the people of Great Britain against their brethren of America; and, by inflaming misrepresentations and invective, aggravate the evils of our present civil discord."---Monthly Review." [Sabin 18347]. Howes, D37. Evans 14727. [Bound with] [LIND, JOHN. Anonymous]. An answer to the Declaration of the American Congress. The Fourth Edition. London, Printed for T. Cadell, 1776. Fourth Edition. [1]-132 pp. Leaves D2 and D3 trimmed close at fore-edge, just slightly affecting the printed marginal notes. " This anonymous work was ascribed to English barrister John Lind by Richard Price and others. In the work, Lind, a close associate of Jeremy Bentham, treats each of the Declaration's grievances individually, refuting them on philosophical and factual grounds. Pages 119-132 include a discussion of the Preamble to the Declaration, which he describes as an "absurd and visionary" theory of government." [National Book Auctions]. " In these later editions the outline of a counter declaration is omitted. With regard to the theory of government set forth in the preamble to the "Declaration," the writer adds, "a theory, as absurd and visionary, as the system of conduct in defence of which it is established, is nefarious;" indeed each article of the Declaration of Independence is carefully examined and every assertion disputed." [Sabin 41281]. Howes L349, ESTC N5626. [Bound with] [Anonymous. T.M.] A letter to His Grace the Duke of Buccleugh, of national defence, to which is now added, a postscript, relative to the regiments of fencible men raising in Scotland. Edinburgh, Sold by J. Dickson, bookseller, 1778. A reissue of the London edition of the same year with a cancel title-page and the addition of a postscript dated: Lincoln’s Inn, July 20th, 1778. [4], 72, [10, Postscript]. With the letter signed "T.M." Previous owner's old ink signature on title-page. This also includes remarks on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. ESTC T179898. [Bound with] [Burke, William, Anonymous.] Remarks on the letter addressed to two great men. In a letter to the author of that piece. London, Printed in the year 1760. A pirated reprint [According to Todd, 263, item 98]. [32] pp. Bound without the half-title. Previous owner's old ink signature on title-page." Occasionally attributed to Charles Townshend but more generally assigned to William Burke and ’in part’ to Edmund" (Todd). A respond to the first pamphlet in this volume "The ’Letter addressed to two great men’ is by John Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury." "Argues against giving Guadeloupe to the French. Attributed to Charles Townshend by Evans; however, the Dictionary of national biography attributes the Remarks to William Burke, secretary to Guadeloupe" Evans 8751. ESTC N26297. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 inches; 210 x 128 mm). All pamphlets bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. A very good copy. HBS 68338. $5,000
Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.

Christmas Carol In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.

DICKENS, Charles First Edition, First Issue, in the Original Cloth DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition, first issue: i.e., "Stave I"; text entirely uncorrected; green-coated endpapers; blue half-title; red and blue title. Foolscap octavo (6 7/16 x 4 1/8 inches; 163 x 104 mm). [i-viii], [1]-166, [2, publisher's ads]. Four inserted hand-colored steel-engraved plates by and after Leech and four black and white text wood-engravings by W.J. Linton after Leech. Original cinnamon vertically-ribbed cloth. Covers decoratively stamped in blind, and front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Cover with perfect "D" in "Dickens." All edges gilt. Covers slightly soiled. Binding slightly skewed. Minimal wear to head and tail of spine. A little wear at spine hinges. Some occasional minor soiling to leaves. Previous owner's small bookplate on front pastedown. Previous owner's old ink inscription on half-title, dates 1852. A very good copy. Housed in a brown cloth clamshell case with morocco and gilt spine label. The green hand-colored endpapers represent Dickens's original choice for his lavish gift book. But the endpapers, which are a chalky, light yellowish green, proved a disappointment to him. On inspection they dusted off and smudged, and so the endpapers were changed before publication date to yellow, which did not require hand work. Probably in the middle of binding, as demand grew faster than the current endpaper stock, it was hurriedly decided to use the green paper, and thereafter it was used indiscriminately with yellow, but discarded again when the initial supply of green became exhausted. Therefore first impression, first issue copies occur in the earliest binding with either yellow or green endpapers, some collectors preferring the green endpapers as the original pre-publication choice. Smith, Dickens, II, 4. Eckel pp. 110-5. HBS 68336. $20,000
Tesoro de la Cocina: Diccionario de las Familias

Tesoro de la Cocina: Diccionario de las Familias , La Cocina puesta al alcance de todas las inteligentes y fortunas. Obra novisima que contiene todo lo concerniente á la cocina Española, Francesa, Alemana, Flamenca, Polaca, Rusa, Provensala, Languedociana, Italiana y Gótica; método de servir y trinchar en la mesa: un calendario gastronómico: un tratado estenso de pastelería, método fácil para hacer helados, confitados, lo mas selecto del arte de bizcochero, &c., &c., tomado todo de los mejores autores Mexicanos y estranjeros.

ANONYMOUS Rare Mexican Cookbook, Complete with Six Engraved Plates [Cookery]. [Anonymous]. El Tesoro de la Cocina: Diccionario de las Familias, La Cocina puesta al alcance de todas las inteligentes y fortunas. Obra novisima que contiene todo lo concerniente á la cocina Española, Francesa, Alemana, Flamenca, Polaca, Rusa, Provensala, Languedociana, Italiana y Gótica; método de servir y trinchar en la mesa: un calendario gastronómico: un tratado estenso de pastelería, método fácil para hacer helados, confitados, lo mas selecto del arte de bizcochero, &c., &c., tomado todo de los mejores autores Mexicanos y estranjeros. Mexico: Imprenta de Juan Nepomuceno del Valle, 1866. First edition. Quarto (8 9/16 x 5 ? inches; 218 x 148 mm). [1]-504, 32 pp. With six engraved plates. Text in Spanish. This is a cookbook with the recipes arranged in alphabetical order. The appendix contains three sections "Del Servicio de la Mesa" [Table Service], "Calendario Gastronomico" [Gastronomical Calendar] indicating which vegetables and spices are in season, and "Modo de Trinchar en la Mesa" [Carving at the Table]. The six plates include three of table settings, and three of carving meat, poultry and fish. We could only find two copies in OCLC. Contemporary Mexican sheep, covers stamped in blind. Triple ruled in blind and single ruled in gilt. Spine lettered and stamped in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Corners and board edges are rubbed and worn. Spine is chipped and cracked along hinges. Some intermittent dampstaining, mainly to early pages. Text pages are toned throughout. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper and verso of title page, and a few instances of marginal notes. Pages 131-134 with bottom margin trimmed a bit short, not affecting text. Three of the plates have minor closed tears, marginal on plate I and barely affecting the engraving on plates II and IV. All plates have some minor wrinkling. Overall a very good copy. According to Swann Galleries, "The plates are close copies of those found in the 1845 'Diccionario de cocina.' The format is very similar as well, but the text is different." "As the title indicates, many of the recipes are of foreign origin (e.g. "Peras á la alemana" and "Peras de Inglaterra confitadas"), although many of the ones given are native Mexican dishes using traditional ingredients. In some instances, the recipes for particular animals are extensive. For example, one finds eighteen different recipes, including a large sample of foreign dishes, for partridges. Drink and cake recipes are also extensive, including some borrowed from foreign cultures" (Dorothy Sloan, 22-413). Palau 330883. Janet Long, Conquista y Comida: Consequencias del encuentro de dos mundos (Mexico: UNAM, 2003, p. 473). HBS 68334. $2,250
Justine Ou Les Malheurs De La Vertu

Justine Ou Les Malheurs De La Vertu

SADE, Marquis de Marquis de Sade's First Published Book. Greatly Expanded from the Original Novella [SADE, Marquis de.] Justine Ou Les Malheurs De La Vertu. En Hollande [Paris]: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1791. Second edition, published the same year as the first and considered equally or even more rare. Two twelvemo volume in one (6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches; 165 x 95 mm). [2], 5-339, [1, blank]; [4], 228 pp. Both Volume I and II are in twelve and both title-pages have the pyramid-shape vignette engraving. With the half-title for volume II only, which is identical to the volume I half-title. Our copy is lacking the engraved frontispiece in volume I as well as the 3 leaves which are commonly lacking in volume I, the half-title for volume I, the "L’avis de l’éditeur" (Notice from the Editor) and "L’explication de l’estampe." (Explanation of Frontispiece). These two leaves are almost alway lacking and in fact are only known of in one or two copies. Volume is textually complete and with the half-title. Volume II is lacking the twelve engraved plates as usual. Title-pages of both volumes are bound in on stubs. Full 19th-Century maroon sheep. Boards triple-ruled in gilt. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Floral gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. In volume I, leaf F5 with a one-inch closed tear, barely affecting text. Leaf S3 with corner renewed, not affecting text. In volume II, half-title with a closed tear, professionally repaired. A small marginal hole to leaf C5, not affecting text, and leaf T5 with marginal repair, not affecting text. Some light staining and toning throughout. Otherwise a very good copy. This second edition, printed the same year as the first edition is the first published work by Marquis de Sade. The original story entitled "Les Infortunes de la Vertu" was composed while he was imprisoned in the Bastille in 1787-1788, but was never published until 1930. Upon his release from imprisonment, he much expanded and reworked the story articulating "the voice of a first-person female narration and not only recounts Justine’s point of view, but her vocal stutters and juvenile logorrhea as well." (Kristi L. Krumnow Utah State University). "Justine, his most famous and influential work, a greatly-expanded version of a novella he wrote while in the Bastille, is the harrowing story of a 14-year old orphan of uncompromising virtue who, over the course of ten years, is captured and abused by a succession of amoral libertines. The work reads like a symposium in moral philosophy whose interlocutors (all of whom have the same learned voice whether male or female, young or old), take time out from their discourse for increasingly extravagant and brutal sex scenes presented in the allusive and metaphoric language of the period. Structurally based on Candide in the interminable suffering of the innocent heroine in a world of corruption, it argues that those who hold virtue as an ideal are doomed to poverty and abuse, while those who acquiesce in vice become rich and successful. The work was so popular that it appeared in seven further editions in the course of ten years. The first edition was not illustrated save for the frontispiece. The second edition which appeared the same year in reduced format but without alteration of the text (save for a few lines added to the end of the "avis de l’éditeur"), was adorned with twelve engraved illustrations, lacking [as usual] in the present copy." (Sotheby's 14 December 2012) Cohen-de Ricci, 920. HBS 68333. $10,000
Narrative of the Proceedings Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea by Mr. John Harrison’s Time-Keeper; Subsequent to Those Published in the Year 1763.

Narrative of the Proceedings Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea by Mr. John Harrison’s Time-Keeper; Subsequent to Those Published in the Year 1763.

HARRISON, John Rare First Edition of Harrison's Protest Regarding His H4 Timekeeper and the Longitue Award Harrison, John. A Narrative of the Proceedings Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea;by Mr. John Harrison’s Time-Keeper; Subsequent to Those Published in the Year 1763. London. Printed for the author, and sold by Mr. Sandby, 1765. First edition. Small octavo (6 7/8 x 4 9/16 inches; 175 x 115 mm). [2], 18 pp. Bound without half-title and final blank. Engraved initial and headpiece on page [1]. We could only find four copies of this at auction in the past 40 years, present copy included. Of these four copies, only one was complete with both the half-title and final blank. Pamphlet bound in half brown morocco over brown library cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Drab dark blue endpapers. Title-page lightly soiled, otherwise internally very clean. Small stamp of The Birmingham Assay Office Library on newer front free endpaper leaf and on verso of title-page. Overall a very good copy. "The second sea trial of Harrison's fourth time-keeper, H4, was made aboard the Tartar on a voyage from Portsmouth to Barbados in 1764. Harrison's son accompanied the voyage and made further refinements to the watch and when it arrived at Barbados the error of the watch was found to be only 43 seconds. Upon returning to England, the Board of Longitude refused to grant the longitude award to Harrison in full, causing him to publish defenses of his watch and its precision. The present work copies letters of the Admiralty sent to Harrison in the preceding years establishing his development of the watch, and concludes with his own memorial. In it he outlines his claim, concluding in part that 'whereas a method (invented by your Memorialist) for the Discovery of the Longitude hath been tried by Experiments made according to the Appointment of your Honourable Board. Your Memorialist therefore humbly prays; that your Honourable Board will be pleased to grant him such Certificate as directed by the above recited Act.' The Board held firm for more than nine years, however. It was not until the intervention of Parliament in 1774 that Harrison received the balance of his reward of £20,000 to which, under the Act of 1714, he was entitled.The National Maritime Museum did not have a copy of the pamphlet until 2003, when it acquired the papers of the 2nd Viscount Barrington, a member of the 18th-century Board of Longitude. The self-published pamphlet was presumably printed in an extremely limited edition for private circulation to members of the board." (Frank S. Streeter Library: Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography, etc.--4/16/2007) "Harrison's chronometer not only supplied navigators with a perfect instrument for observing the true geographical position at any moment during their voyage, but also laid the foundation for the compilation of exact charts of the deep seas and the coastal waters of the world.There has possibly been no advance of comparable importance in aids to navigation until the introduction of radar" (PMM, regarding "An Account of the Proceedings in Order to the Discovery of the Longitude", London 1763). According the book Longitude; The True Story of a Lone Genius. Sobel, 1995, pp. 107-08 in regards to Harrisons H4 timekeeper "lying in state now in an exhibit case in London's National Maritime Museum H-4 draws millions of visitors a year.often hailed as the most important time keeper ever built ." ESTC T60582. HBS 68335. $75,000
Philadelphia Songster

Philadelphia Songster, or, a complete vocal pocket companion: being a collection of the most approved anacreontic, political, and sentimental modern songs. Selected from a Variety of Volumes.

GRAVES, Bartholomew First Edition of an Early American Songster [MUSIC]. [GRAVES, Bartholomew, publisher]. The Philadelphia Songster, or, a complete vocal pocket companion: being a collection of the most approved anacreontic, political, and sentimental modern songs. Selected from a Variety of Volumes. Philadelphia, B[artholomew]. Graves. 1805. First edition. Octavo (6 3/16 x 4 inches; 170 x 101). x, [2, blank], 288 pp. According to the American Antiquarian Society, there are two states of gathering M noted; in the earlier p. 131 is misnumbered 104, this copy is the earlier state with p. 131 misnumbered 104. We could find no other copies of this book at auction in over fifty years, except this present copy. Full contemporary sheep. Spine ruled in gilt. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Boards a bit rubbed, particularly along outer joints. Foxing and toning as expected of American paper. A few leaves trimmed short at top or bottom margin, not affecting text. A small dampstain to signature gathering z. Previous owner's old ink signature on top blank margin of title-page, dated 1813. Overall a very good copy. This is a complete vocal pocket companion with 253 contemporary songs. It contains many patriotic American songs including "A New Song, on the Fourth of July" (page 211). It has song lyrics only, not the music. According to the definition given by Irving Lowens in his A Bibliography of Songsters Printed in America before 1821 (Worcester, 1976), a songster is a "collection of three or more secular poems intended to be sung." Shaw, R.R. American bibliography, 9140. Lowens, I. Bibliography of songsters printed in America before 1821, 306 HBS 68324. $1,250
Columbus Letter to Rafael Sanchez [within] Bellvm Christianorvm Principvm

Columbus Letter to Rafael Sanchez [within] Bellvm Christianorvm Principvm, Praecipve Gallorvm, contra Saracenos, anno salutis M.LXXXVIII. pro terra sancta gestum: antore Roberto Monacho.

COLUMBUS, Christopher An Important Early Edition of Columbus’s First Letter. The Original Printing of this Letter was the First Publication Concerning America [COLUMBUS, Christopher]. The Columbus Letter to Rafael Sanchez. [pages 116-121]. earliest printing in the sixteenth-century of Columbus's first letter. When this letter was first published in Barcelona, May, 1493 it was the first publication concerning America. [within] [ROBERTUS MONACHUS.] Bellvm Christianorvm Principvm, Praecipve Gallorvm, contra Saracenos, anno salutis M.LXXXVIII. pro terra sancta gestum: antore Roberto Monacho. Basel: Henricus Petrus, [1533]. Folio (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 inches; 283 x 188 mm). [8], 149, [1, colophon], [1, blank], [1, printer's device] pp. woodcut historiated initials. Final leaf with woodcut printer's device. This copy has the original genuine blank at a4 and has a correction which does not appear to have been noticed by any of the bibliographers. On p. 94, the bottom line of text is covered by a paste-over slip. This line properly belongs at the bottom of p. 98 and presumably it was decided that a paste-over was easier than a cancel. (Kraus) The fourth of the seven texts in this collection is a reprint of Columbus's letter to Rafael Sanchez in Cosco's Latin translation (pp. 116-121). "This is the edition from which most early writers quote" (Church). It is the earliest printing in the sixteenth-century of Columbus's first letter and the earliest printing that could be bought at a reasonable price. "After his first transatlantic voyage, Christopher Columbus sent an account of his encounters in the Americas to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. Several copies of his manuscript were made for court officials, and a transcription was published in April 1493. This Latin translation was published the same year. In reporting on his trip to his sovereigns, Columbus wrote: There I found very many islands, filled with innumerable people, and I have taken possession of them all for their Highnesses, done by proclamation and with the royal standard unfurled, and no opposition was offered to me." (Exploring the Early Americas, LOC) "This remarkable 16th-century compendium found its way to Providence because it contains a Latin translation of the initial report of Columbus on his first American voyage. But the book also presents a story of 700 years of struggle between Christianity and Islam. In particular, Robertus presents an account of the First Crusade, while Carolus Verardus offers a narrative of the expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain." (European Travelers in Islamic Lands, Brown University). Palau 271044. Sabin 72023. Harrisse 175. Adams R612; Alden 533/6; Church 66. [Bound After the following work in one folio volume]: [D. Erasmus Roterodamus], [Suetonius]. Ex recognitione Des. Erasmi Roterodami. C. Suetonius Tranquillus. Dion Cassius Nicaeus. Aelius Spartianus. Iulius Capitolinus. Aelius Lampridius. Vulcatius Gallicanus V.C. Trebellius Pollio. Flauius Vopiscus Syracusius : quibus adiuncti sunt, Sex. Aurelius Victor. Eutropius. Paulus Diaconus. Ammianus Marcellinus. Pomponius Laetus Ro. Io. Bap. Egnatius Venetus. Cologne: E. Cervicornus, April 1527. An early Cologne printing. Folio (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 inches; 283 x 188 mm). [48], 673 [i.e. 695], [1, blank] pp. Numerous errors in pagination, including p. 695 misnumbered 673. With large woodcut title border by A. Woensam von Worms displaying the feats of Hercules first used in 1524. Large woodcut initials. The collection contains a collection of biograhies of Roman emperors, Caesars and usurpers know as the Scriptores historias Augustae. The Scriptores edited by Erasmus first appeared in Basel in 1518. The selections from Dio Cassius are translated by Giorgio Merula. These two volumes bound together in full contemporary vellum. Yapp edges. Remnants of ties. Title in manuscript on spine. Orange ink spot on spine. No front free endpaper. Some worming to first 5 leaves of preliminaries (Erasmus) and approximately the final ten leaves (Monachas). Engraved title of the Erasmus with a very small, light stamp and a minor signature on bottom margin in old ink. No stamps found anywhere else throughout. Vellum a bit soiled. Some minor dampstaining occasionally throughout both volumes. Overall a very good copy of these interesting texts. Palau 271044. Sabin 72023. HBS 68298. $12,500
A leaf from The Consolation of Philosophy]

A leaf from The Consolation of Philosophy]

BOETHIUS A Leaf from "The Consolation of Philosophy" By Boethius, Translated by Chaucer and Printed by William Caxton [CAXTON, William], [BOETHIUS, author], [CHAUCER, Geoffrey]. LEAF. [A leaf from The Consolation of Philosophy]. [Westminster]: [Printed by William Caxton, ca.1478]. One small folio leaf (10 7/16 x 7 ? inches; 264 x 184 mm). From the first English edition of The Consolation of Philosophy, (translated into English by Chaucer.) This is the first edition of the first major philosophical work in English and among the earliest works printed by Caxton after he established his press at Westminster. Leaf 90 (mis-numbered 86 in pencil). Twenty-nine lines, printed on recto and verso in Caxton's type number 2. Renewed margins to upper and inner margins and repaired lower outside corner. Repairs not affecting text. Some very minor chips to bottom margin. Overall a wonderful example of early printing. A handsome example that is instantly recognizable, with Caxton's deep black, twenty-nine line batard standing in stark contrast against a notably bright sheet of paper that is over 500 years old. Regarding the Type number 2, "This was the first fount used in England when Caxton set up his presses at the Red Pale in the Almonry." (The Life and Typography of William Caxton, England's First Printer ., Volume 2. By William Blades). Provenance: William Blades, printer and Caxton biographer; Colonel J.G. Birch, Caxton scholar; sold at Sotheby's, 1963, to Frank Hammond, Birmingham bookseller. "Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy was one of the most widely read texts of the Middle Ages, and after Gutenberg, about ninety separate printed editions, mostly in Latin, appeared before 1500. Its great influence on medieval and Renaissance thinking in England is apparent from a list of its highly notable translators into the vernacular: Alfred the Great, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Queen Elizabeth.In the form of a dialogue with Philosophy, a majestic woman, Consolation deals with profound questions: why, if God is good, is there evil in the universe; why is vice so often seemingly rewarded and virtue punished; and with an all-knowing God, does man have free will? The work reflects a deep belief in the goodness of God, but it is uncertain whether the author’s belief is Christian or pagan. Chaucer translated Consolation probably in the 1380s. The work is indicative of Chaucer’s serious interests and reflects his orthodox attitude toward life. Boethius’s influence is evident throughout the Canterbury Tales. "The Knight’s Tale" deals with free will and destiny; "Melibeus" is a serious treatise on social and personal justice and the need to love God and obey the law; and "The Parson’s Tale" is a long sermon on penance. Like many other great works of medieval England, Chaucer’s Consolation was first printed by Caxton (in 1478). (Chrzanowski 1532b *, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library- UCLA). "Caxton, the first English printer.established a press at Westminster in 1476-his first dated book printed there is 'The Dictes or Sayengis of Philosophres', 1477-and printed about 100 books, a number of them his own translations from the French. He used eight founts of type, the first of which he brought from Bruges; he began to use woodcut illustrations c. 1480. His importance in the history of English literature is by no means confined to his works as a printer, for he contributed by his translations to the formation in the 15th cent. of an English prose style." (The Oxford Companion to English Literature, 153). BMC. De Ricci 8. Goff B-813. GW. Hain. Polain. Proctor. HBS 68307. $6,500
Healths improvement or

Healths improvement or, Rules comprizing and discovering the nature, method, and manner of preparing all sorts of food used in this nation.Written by that ever famous Thomas Muffett, Doctor in Physick: corrected and enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Doctor in Physick, and fellow of the Colledg of Physitians in London.

MOFFETT, Thomas First Edition of Thomas Moffett's "Healths Improvement" Bound After a Revised and Improved Edition of Hugh Plat's "The Jewel House" MOFFETT, Thomas. Healths improvement: or, Rules comprizing and discovering the nature, method, and manner of preparing all sorts of food used in this nation.Written by that ever famous Thomas Muffett, Doctor in Physick: corrected and enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Doctor in Physick, and fellow of the Colledg of Physitians in London. London: Tho Newcomb for Samuel Thomson, 1655. First edition. Small quarto (7 ? x 5 ½ inches; 185 x 138 mm). [8], 296, [4, blank] pp. With the Imprimateur leaf present, bound after title-page. Two books bound together in contemporary speckled, paneled calf. Boards ruled in blind. All edges stained brown. Board edges tooled in gilt. Front hinge repaired. Back hinge cracked but firm. Staining and toning throughout. Title-page of Jewel House with small ink stains. Some marginal dampstaining and other staining throughout. Final two blank leaves with contemporary ink manuscript remedies including how to cure a sore throat. Overall a very good copy of both titles. Moffet's second posthumously issued book was Healths improvement, or, Rules comprizing and discovering the nature, method, and manner of preparing all sorts of food used in this nation (1655), edited by Christopher Bennet. This is a gossipy treatise on various aspects of diet and eating habits which Moffet intended to supplement by a similar work on drinks. It was probably compiled about 1595 and contains, inter alia, descriptions of an unusually wide range of birds and fish. His widow appears to have died at Calne, Wiltshire, in 1626. By her will, proved 26 June in that year, she left a portrait of Moffet and a book in his writing, probably Healths Improvement, to his daughter Patience. It has been supposed, on the basis of Moffet's interest in spiders, that Patience was the ‘little Miss Muffet’ of the nursery rhyme. (Oxford DNB). Thomas Moffett studied medicine at Cambridge and Basel and received his medical degree in 1578. He returned to England to practice medicine, but traveled to the Continent frequently. During his travels in Italy and Spain in 1579, he studied the silkworm and became interested in entomology. Physician to the nobles in the court of Elizabeth I, he gave up that post to become a member of Parliament in 1597. He published many medical texts and one major work on natural history. [Bound after the following title]: PLAT, Sir Hugh. 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.Wherunto is added. A Rare and Excellent Discourse of Minerals, Stones, Gums, and Resins; with the Vertues and use thereof. London: Printed by Elizabeth Alsop, 1653. Revised edition and second overall edition. Small quarto (7 ? x 5 ½ inches; 185 x 138 mm). [8],232 pp. Illustrated with numerous woodcut illustrations and diagrams. With woodcut initials and head and tail pieces. Title-page within a woodcut border. The authorship of "An additional discourse of several sorts of stones," by D.B. Gent. (p. 217-232) and the editorship of the entire work are attributed to Arnold Boate. Cf. DNB. (ESTC). Two states of the title page are known, one with the imprint of Bernard Alsop, this with the imprint replaced by his widow Elizabeth Alsop, who continued the business after his death. This is the second edition of Plat's fascinating work originally published in 1594. The book discusses 150 different topics ranging from such sundry topics as cooking, farming and wine making to the more abstract such as the medicinal properties of minerals or how to make an egg stand alone without any help. The work is illustrated with numerous woodcut illustrations and diagrams as well as a couple headpieces and initial letters. Wing M2382, P2391 ESTC R202888 , R10675. HBS 68310. $7,500
Annonces: An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae. Recherches sur les causes et les effects de la Petite-verole des vaches

Annonces: An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae. Recherches sur les causes et les effects de la Petite-verole des vaches, par Ed. Jenner, Dr. M. Membre de la Societe Royale, etc. Londres 1798: [containing] [Annonces], premier extrait [and] second extrait. [Bound within] Bibliothèque Britannique.

JENNER, Edward The First Announcement and First Almost Complete Translation in any Language on the Continent of Europe of Jenner's Discovery of the Small Pox Vaccine. Published the Same Year as the First Edition English Original. [JENNER, Edward]. [ODIER Louis]. Annonces: An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae, etc. By Edward Jenner, M.D.F.R.S., etc. London 1798. Recherches sur les causes et les effects de la Petite-verole des vaches, par Ed. Jenner, Dr. M. Membre de la Societe Royale, etc. Londres 1798: [containing] [Annonces], premier extrait [and] second extrait. [Bound within] Bibliothèque Britannique; ou Recueil Extrait des Ouvrages Anglais periodiques et autres; des Memoires et Transactions des Societes et Academies de la Grande-Bretagne, d'Asie, d'Afrique et d'Amerique; en Duex Series, intitulees: Litterature et Sciences et Arts, redige a Geneve, par une Societe de Gens de Lettres. Tome Neuvième. Sciences et arts. Geneve: De l'Impr. de la Bibliotheque Britannique, 1798. The first announcement and first almost complete translation in any language on the continent of Europe of Jenner's Discovery on the Small Pox Vaccine. Published the same year as the first edition. Text in French, translated by Dr. Louis Odier. Jenner's announcement: pages 195-196. Jenner's extract part one: pages 258-284. Jenner's extract part two, 367-399. Octavo (7 ? x 4 ? inches; 196 x 121 mm). [1]-400 pp. This volume containing various other scientific studies as well is bound without four folding "meteorological observation tables" usually found in this volume (not related to the Jenner work). Jenner's discovery is "one of the great triumphs in the history of medicine" (Garrison and Morton) and "the basis of the modern science of immunology" (Printing and the Min of Man). We could find no copies of this at auction in over 50 years. Quarter calf over contemporary blue paste-paper boards. Spine with two leather spine labels, one brown, one black. Labels lettered in gilt All edges speckled blue. With original blue silk page marker. Overall a very good, internally clean volume. "Edward Jenner, a pupil of John Hunter and a general practitioner in the small English country town of Berkeley in Gloucestershire, learned of an old west country tradition that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox, a mild infection caught from cattle, did not take smallpox. He decided to make an experiment, and on 14 May 1796 he injected cowpox lymph from an infected milkmaid into a country boy, James Phipps. On 1 July following he inoculated Phipps with the smallpox virus. No infection developed.At first Jenner's book was much criticized; its doctrine was too unfamiliar. Between 1799 and 1806 he issued five supplementary reports, and gradually his system was adopted, not only in England, but all over the world.by 1803 the book had been translated into Latin, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese and had been made known in America by Waterhouse.Jenner’s work is the basis of the modern science of immunology" (Printing and the Mind of Man). In 1798 he published this account of twenty-three successful vaccinations. In addition to the landmark discovery of the success of preventive inoculations against smallpox, the Inquiry was the first work to note the phenomenon of anaphlaxis or allergy. Within ten years of publication, Jenner was awarded 30,000 pounds by Parliament in acknowledgment of his great services. "Jenner started one of the greatest practical advances in preventive medicine and today there are inoculations.against scarlet fever, typhoid fever, diptheria, whooping-cough and tetanus, as well as.bubonic plague, cholera and yellow fever" (Printing and the Mind of Man). The success of Jenner’s work led to the announcement of the World Health Organisation in 1980 that natural smallpox had been eradicated. "Whilst things were thus proceeding in England the knowledge of Dr. Jenner's surprising discovery was exciting the deepest interest wherever it was heard of on the Continent. The unhappy war which then rages prevented direct intercourse with France and many other parts. The 'Inquiry' nevertheless found its way, in the course of this year to Geneva, Hanover, and Vienna. I the first-mentioned place Drs. Odier and Peschier collected all the information that could be obtained on the subject and communicated it to the scientific world through the medium of Bibliothéque Britannique." (The Life of Edward Jenner M.D. By John Baron). Printing and the Mind of Man 250 (First edition). Garrison and Morton. Norman Library. HBS 68309. $3,500
Mutiny at Sea] Wonderful Providence

Mutiny at Sea] Wonderful Providence, In Many Incidents at Sea. An Engagement with a Pirate and a Mutiny at Sea, on Board Ship Ann, of Boston, Mass. Written by an Eye Witness and the Principal Actor in the Tragical Scene, Which he is at Any Time Ready and Willing to Qualify to. Published for the Benefit of our Inland Watermen on the Lakes and Canals.

HOLCOMB, Elijah Earliest Found and Earliest Attainable Pamphlet by Sea Captain Elijah Holcomb [Holcomb, Elijah]. A Wonderful Providence, In Many Incidents at Sea. An Engagement with a Pirate and a Mutiny at Sea, on Board Ship Ann, of Boston, Mass. Written by an Eye Witness and the Principal Actor in the Tragical Scene, Which he is at Any Time Ready and Willing to Qualify to. Published for the Benefit of our Inland Watermen on the Lakes and Canals. Buffalo, 1848. Presumably first [earliest found and earliest attainable] edition of this work. Small octavo (7 ? x 4 ? inches; 185 x 120 mm). [1]-24 pp. This work and edition are very rare. We could find no copies of this at auction in over 50 years. OCLC list only two copies at New York Historical Society and the Rochester Museum. Sabin lists only the 8th edition of 1853. And only the 1849 printing is listed in McMurtrie, Additional Buffalo Imprints, number 213. So rare, that a facsimile reprint of what was thought to be the first edition, was in fact a reprint of the 1853 edition. Disbound, but leaves held together. Some minor foxing, otherwise very good. The author Captain Elijah Holcomb writes, "The Primary object of my undertaking this laborious task, is the ameliorate the distress of a class of our citizens that has been neglected, and, as it were, trodden under foot, because they were sailors." This pamphlet is "A narrative [sic] of some of the most striking events of a seafareing[sic] life." The pamphlet tells the story according to Captain Holcomb, that sometime before 1815, he captured six pirates at sea and held them in chains until they reached port. When they reached port, rather than subject them to prison, the captain decided to release the men because of the harsh life they had suffered at sea. The author states that this book was written to promote better conditions for sea men when they retire from a life at sea, and that they should not me subjected to the horrible living conditions in which they find themselves. According to Holcomb "We have many salt-water sea men on our lakes, if their minds have been poisoned at sea by rebellious crew, the malady may be spread on the lakes and cause much suffering loss of lives and property. Sailor's boarding houses generally, are schools for every vice that can be thought of; we want a comfortable respectable place where they can board in private- where they can have the benefit of a school during winter months, to improve their minds and morals, and fit them for usefulness here below, and happiness beyond the grave. Citizens of Buffalo, you owe much to them, for through their instrumentality Buffalo has already become a populous and wealthy city, you need their services and without them business would take another course.One objective of this little pamphlet, is to open a way for their benefit, where they can have their effects safe, and feel that they are with friends." HBS 68308. $2,500
Institutio Astronomica luxta hypotheses tam vete-rum quam Copernici et Tychonis: dicta Parisiis a Petro Gassendo

Institutio Astronomica luxta hypotheses tam vete-rum quam Copernici et Tychonis: dicta Parisiis a Petro Gassendo, Regio Matheseos Professore. Accedunt Ejusdem Varii Tratatus Astronomici, Quorum Catalogum Pagina Versa Indicabit, Editio ultima paulo ante mortem authoris recognita, aucta et emendata.

GASSENDI, Pierre Best edition of Gassendi's contribution to Copernican Astronomy. A Collection of Astronomic Tracts by Gassendi Gassendi, Pierre. Institutio Astronomica luxta hypotheses tam vete-rum quam Copernici et Tychonis: dicta Parisiis a Petro Gassendo, Regio Matheseos Professore. Accedunt Ejusdem Varii Tratatus Astronomici, Quorum Catalogum Pagina Versa Indicabit, Editio ultima paulo ante mortem authoris recognita, aucta et emendata. Hagae-Comitum, Adrianum Veacq. 1656. Best edition of Gassendi's contribution to Copernican Astronomy. A series of Astronomical Tracts by Gassendi. Each with their own title-page, but the pagination is continuous for all titles. Third edition overall of Institutio, first edition thus of all these works together as a collection. "Final edition shortly before the author's death revised, enlarged and amended." (Translated from the title-page). We could find no other complete copy of this at auction since 1963. Small quarto (7 7/8 x 6 inches; 200 x 155 mm). [12], 328, [8] pp. With numerous woodcuts throughout, some full page, all included in the pagination. Complete with woodcut portrait of the author, included in pagination as well. Title-page of Institutio printed in red and black. Other titles include: Mercurius in sole visus, et Venus invisa Parisiis anno 1631. Pro voto & admonitione Kepleri.cum observatis quibusdam aliis. Hagae-Comitus, Adrianum Veacq. 1656. Proportio gnomonis ad solstitialem umbram observata Massiliæ, anno 1636. pro Wendelini voto. Hagae-Comitus, Adrianum Veacq. 1656. Novem stellæ circa Iovem visæ Coloniæ-exeunte anno 1642. & ineunte 1643. Hagae-Comitum, Adrianum Veacq. 1656. Parhelia, sive soles qvatvor apvril, qui circa verum apparueunt Romæ, die xx, mensis martij, anno 1629. . Hagae-Comitum, Adrianum Veacq. 1656. Also contains several letters and poems by various authors, Gassendi's epitaph, and a list of his works. Full early vellum. Yapp edges. Title in manuscript on spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges speckled red. Inner hinges split but holding strong. Some minor toning and foxing occasionally. Small ink spots on final leaf, only affecting a few letters. Small tear at outer corner of leaf S2, not affecting text. Previous owner's old ink signature on front free endpaper, other wise not other markings. Overall a very good copy. Institutio astronomica was first published in 1647. It was divided into three sections: the first discussed the "theory of the spheres," the second described astronomical theory, and the third discussed the conflicting ideas of Tycho Brahe and Copernicus. The work was used as a textbook, particularly in English universities, for years. (from the Rare Books Department of Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah). Pierre Gassendi (b. 1592, d. 1655) was a French philosopher, scientific chronicler, observer, and experimentalist, scholar of ancient texts and debates, and active participant in contemporary deliberations of the first half of the seventeenth century.Gassendi devoted much of his time to astronomical pursuits. He made regular observations of the skies for decades, producing confirmatory evidence for Kepler's views, observing sunspots, the anses of Saturn, and the passage of Mercury before the Sun (1631), and successfully predicting an eclipse in 1654. Moreover, he commissioned the first map of the moon, defended the Copernican view as plausible save for its conflicts with Church teachings, and offered many disparaging words on what he considered the scurrilous and empirically intolerable practice of astrology.The principal elements of Gassendi's astronomy include a global embrace of empirical method, advanced instrumentation, and measurement, an interest in unusual celestial phenomena, and a partially masked defense of Copernicanism. His embrace of an empiricist astronomy can be gauged by his voluminous recorded observations—some presumably with the telescope lenses sent by his friend Galileo—carried out in concert with a league of fellow observers strung across Europe and the Near East. A primary goal of these recorded observations was to confirm and extend the Rudolphine Tables, the project set up by Tycho Brahe and completed by Kepler, to facilitate calculation of the planet's positions (which goal in itself suggests Gassendi's adherence to a Keplerian heliocentrism). The most controversial element of Gassendi's astronomy concerns whether, and to what extent, he may be counted as a defender of Galileo and the Copernican view. There is little question that he sympathized with Galileo, and that he was fully aware of the merits of Copernicanism, at times defending the view and some of its main planks openly. Yet he was also clearly concerned with allegiance to Holy Writ as interpreted by the Church, and to this end offers a Church-friendly account of the condemnation that focuses not on the underlying heliocentrism but on particularities of the Galilean model. His considered judgment is that the Tychean model is preferable to the Ptolemaic model, but also to the Copernican model—in the latter case simply because the heliocentric picture does not fit with Church teachings. He hastens to suggest, however, that those teachings are themselves warranted by our own current empirical evidence—the implication being that such truths and the concomitant rejection of Copernicanism might well be revisable. (Fisher, Saul, "Pierre Gassendi", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Houzeau & Lancaster 9222 HBS 68312. $4,750
Tale of Two Cities With Illustrations by H. K. Browne

Tale of Two Cities With Illustrations by H. K. Browne

DICKENS, Charles First Edition, First Issue of "A Tale of Two Cities" DICKENS, Charles. BROWNE, Hablot Knight, [illustrator]. A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First edition, first issue. With all eight of Smith's internal flaws necessary for the first issue present, including page 213 misnumbered 113. Octavo (8 3/16 x 5 3/16 inches; 207 x 132 mm). [x], [1]-254 pp. Sixteen inserted plates, including frontispiece and engraved vignette title, by Browne ['Phiz']. Without the publisher's catalog bound at the end. Half green morocco, over green linen cloth boards, bound by Bayntun. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spine sunned to brown. Some occasional minor spots. Some light offsetting from plates. Plate facing page 150 with a closed one-inch tear. Overall a very good copy. A Tale of Two Cities was first serialized in Dickens’s periodical All the Year Round, from April 30-November 26, 1859. Its appearance in monthly parts (July-December 1859) and book form mark Dickens’s return to his old publishers Chapman and Hall, after a long stay with Bradbury and Evans. The extremely large audience for the novel in All the Year Round, however, left less than the usual demand for the parts issue and, at first, for the book, both of which are now quite rare. This title also marks the author’s final collaboration with Phiz, Dickens’s most evocative and most sympathetic illustrator. Hatton and Cleaver, 33lff. Smith I, 13. HBS 68305. $2,750
Hans Andersen's Story Book With a Memoir by Mary Howitt

Hans Andersen’s Story Book With a Memoir by Mary Howitt, and Illustrations.

ANDERSEN, Hans Christian First Collected American Edition, With Thirteen New Stories ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. HOWITT, Mary, [contributor]. Hans Andersen's Story Book. With a Memoir by Mary Howitt, and Illustrations. New York: C.S. Francis & Co., 1849. First American Edition. Small octavo (6 1/8 x 3 ? inches; 155 x 97 mm). [i]-175, [4], 8-187, [4], 10-165, [1, blank], [4, advertisements] pp. With an engraved half-title, engraved title-page, and engraved frontispiece portrait. Also two engraved plates with tissue guards. Some engraved initials and vignettes in the text. Publisher's full green cloth. Boards elaborately stamped and ruled in blind. Front board with gilt title and central vignette of two children taken from one of the engraved plates "Kay and Gerda." Back board with same image in blind. Spine elaborately stamped and lettered in gilt. Cloth at head and tale of spine a bit rubbed. Binding a bit skewed. Some occasional foxing and soiling. Previous owner's inscription dated 1859 on front free endpaper. Overall a very good copy. The British edition of Danish Fairy Legends and Tales. Printed in London by William Pickering in 1846 only contained 14 stories. Present edition contains 27, of Hans Andersen's stories translated into English by Mary Howitt and Charles Boner, including "The Snow Queen", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Real Princess" (better known as "The Princess and the Pea"), and "The Red Shoes", together with a short biography of Andersen by Howitt. HBS 68301. $1,250
A Discourse of Money. Being an Essay on that Subject

A Discourse of Money. Being an Essay on that Subject, Historically and Politically Handled. With Reflections on the Present Evil State of the Coin of this Kingdom; and Proposals of a Method for the Remedy. In a Letter to a Nobleman, &c.

BRISCOE, John "An Important Contribution to the Theory of Money by an Early Pioneer of Mathematical Economics." [BRISCOE, John]. A Discourse of Money.Being an Essay on that Subject, Historically and Politically Handled. With Reflections on the Present Evil State of the Coin of this Kingdom; and Proposals of a Method for the Remedy. In a Letter to a Nobleman, &c. London, Printed for Sam. Briscoe, 1696. First edition. Octavo (7 3/16 x 4 3/8 inches; 181 x 112mm). [4], 192, 183-198, 197-204 pp. Pagination errors, but text is complete and continuous. Title in a double-ruled border. Full contemporary speckled sheep, rebacked with most of original spine laid down. Boards double ruled in blind with floral corner devices. Edges speckled red. Corners rubbed and bumped. Some occasional dampstaining. Two small closed tears at center of leaf A2. Previous owner, William Brabazon's bookplate on front pastedown. An early and almost invisible library stamp on front free endpaper. Overall very good. "John Briscoe ranks second to H. Chamberlin among the projectors of land banks who flourished in the latter part of the 17th century. " (Palgrave's Dictionary of Political Economy, pg 179). "The National Land Bank was founded by John Briscoe in 1695. The Bank went on to be known as the National Land Bank of England after a merger in 1696 with the Land Bank founded by John Asgill and Dr. Nicholas Barbon." (The Senate House Archives, University of London). "The equation of exchange both as a classification scheme and as a building block for the quantity theory of money can be traced back to the earliest development of economic science. The pre-classical writers of the 17th and 18th centuries viewed the equation in both senses. Locke (1691), Hume (1752) and Cantillon (1735) each organized his approach to monetary issues using the equation.Algebraic versions of the equation first appeared in the 17th and 18th centuries. The British writers Briscoe (1694) and Lloyd (1771) both expressed a rudimentary version of the equation." (The New Palgrave's Dictionary of Political Economy, pg 12). ESTC R213093. Einaudi. Goldsmiths'. Kress. HBS 68299. $3,000
Lyrics

Lyrics

HAMMERSTEIN II, Oscar First Edition with a Full Page Inscription, Including Eight Lines of Lyrics HAMMERSTEIN II, Oscar. Lyrics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949. First edition. Octavo (8 3/16 x 5 3/8 inches; 209 x 137 mm). [16], 215, [1, blank] pp. Inscribed by Hammerstein with the lyrics to "Make Believe" from Show Boat on front free endpaper. Inscription is a full page and includes eight lines of song lyrics. We could only find one other instance of Hammerstein's manuscript lyrics at auction. "For Lionel Aucoin who requested/that I write out the refrain of/'Make Believe' before he had seen/my handwriting. 'Only make believe I love you,/Only make believe that you love me./Others find peace of mind in pretending-/Couldn't you? Couldn't I? Couldn't we?/Make believe our lips are blending/In a phantom kiss, or two or three./Might as well make believe I love you/For to tell the truth, I do -'/(Translation on p. 167)/With all good wishes-/Oscar Hammerstein." Publisher's full brick red cloth. Hammerstein's signature in facsimile on front board. Spine stamped and lettered in black. One tiny bump to top of front board. In publisher's pictorial dust jacket. Jacket with some minor chipping and a few small closed tears to top edge. Overall an about fine book in a very good dust jacket. According to Schubertiade Music & Arts, Lionel Aucoin was a collector who assembled the most comprehensive collection of signed musical autographs in American history. This book contains "71 lyrics (including 7 from South Pacific, 10 from Oklahoma and 6 from Show Boat). With a special section by the author on the writing of lyrics.This volume is a collection of Oscar Hammestein's own favorite lyrics over the past quarter century." (From the jacket) HBS 68296. $5,000