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Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven. An Act describing the Disqualifications to which Persons shall be subjected, who have been, or may be guilty of Treason, or giving Aid or Support to the present Rebellion, and to whom a Pardon may be extended.

BOWDOIN, James The Disqualification Act put into Law in Response to Shay's Rebellion BOWDOIN, James. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven. An Act describing the Disqualifications to which Persons shall be subjected, who have been, or may be guilty of Treason, or giving Aid or Support to the present Rebellion, and to whom a Pardon may be extended.[Boston: Adams & Nourse], February 16, 1787. Broadside, printed in three columns. (13 x 15 3/4 inches; 329 x 402 mm). With minor fold creases. Pinholes at two crease intersections, barely affecting text. A one-ince closed tear to top margin, touching the "C" in the headline "Commonwealth" but no loss of text. Minor dampstain and edges a bit frayed. Contemporary ink notes on blank verso, reading "To the town Clerk of Newberryport." Some toning to blank verso. Paper with a floral watermark. Overall very good. An Act put into law by Massachusetts Governor James Bowdoin in response to Shay's Rebellion which took please over the preceding year. "The Disqualification Act was passed by the House and Senate of Massachusetts on February 16, 1787. It sets forth conditions for granting pardons to the men who participated in Shays' Rebellion as privates or non-commissioned officers. The men were required to turn in their guns and take an oath of allegiance delivered by a Justice of the Peace. The Justice of the Peace was then required to relay the men's names to the clerks of their towns. The men were barred from serving as jurors, members of town or state government and certain professions for three years. They also lost their right to vote in town elections. The men would forfeit their pardons if they did not follow those rules. However, if they could prove their unfailing allegiance to the state on or after May 1, 1788, they would no longer be barred from being a juror, voting or being members of government or certain professions." (From Springfield Technical CC dot edu). "Shays’ Rebellion was a series of violent attacks on courthouses and other government properties in Massachusetts that began in 1786 and led to a full-blown military confrontation in 1787. The rebels were mostly ex-Revolutionary War soldiers-turned farmers who opposed state economic policies causing poverty and property foreclosures. The rebellion was named after Daniel Shays, a farmer and former soldier who fought at Bunker Hill and was one of several leaders of the insurrection. In January 1787, Governor Bowdoin hired his own army, privately funded by Boston businessmen. Some 4,400 men under the command of General Benjamin Lincoln were directed to put down the insurgency." Evans 20510. Ford 2466 HBS 68243. $2,750
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Miscellany Poems: As Satyrs, Epistles, Love-Verses, Songs, Sonnets, &c

WYCHERLEY, William First Edition, Large Paper Copy The Bradly Martin Copy WYCHERLEY, William. Miscellany Poems: . As Satyrs, Epistles, Love-Verses, Songs, Sonnets, &c London: Printed for C. Brome, J. Taylor, and B. Tooke, 1704. First edition, first issue. Large paper copy Folio in fours. (13 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches; 352 x 215 mm). xlvi, [1, errata], [1, blank], 64, 63-438. pp. Pages 63-64 repeated in the pagination but text and collation continuous as usual. With mezzotint frontispiece portrait. Title-page in double-ruled border. The final leaf [pg 438] in an early state with "The end of the first volume" printed and no correction slip reading "THE END." Although it states "the end of the first volume, there were no more volumes published. Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked with original spine laid down. Boards paneled in gilt. Spine tooled in gilt. Two red morocco spine labels, lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Some rubbing to board edges and spine. Previous owner's bookplates, two on front pastedown, one on rear pastedown. Bookplates of James Norman, H. Bradley Martin and William Marchbank. Minor paper flaw at bottom margin of a2, not affecting text. Bottom outer corners of leaves G2 and G3 torn, but not affecting text. Minor toning to endpapers from glue. Overall a very good copy, and internally very clean. "This is the most famous of literary mezzotints and is rarely found in such magnificent state still prefixed to this volume as intended." (Pforzheimer, 1101). Except for the piece 'Upon the Idleness of Business' the contents of this volume do not appear ro have been reprinted except in the Nonesuch collected edition of this author." (Pforzheimer, 1101). ESTC T144864. Pforzheimer 1101. HBS 68244. $1,750
American Museum or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces

American Museum or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, &c. Prose and Poetical. For June, 1787. Vol. I. Numb. VI. The Second Edition.

SUTTON, Belinda An Early Printing of Belinda Sutton's "Petition of an African Slave" [SUTTON, Belinda]. [CAREY, Mathew, publisher]. The American Museum or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, &c. Prose and Poetical. For June, 1787. Vol. I. Numb. VI. The Second Edition. Philadelphia: Printed by Matthew Caret, 1788. Second edition of "The American Museum" Vol. I, Number VI, and early printing, possibly second printing in pamphlet form of Belinda Sutton (Royall)'s petition for reparations from slavery. "Petition of an African slave, to the legislature of Massachusetts" found on pages 463-465. This is the first of many petitions that Sutton put out over the course of a few years. Directly following Sutton's petition, is an article "Address to the Heart, on the subject of American Slavery" (pg 465-468). Also included in this pamphlet is an "Extract from colonel Hamilton's speech in a committee of the assembly of New-York, on the 18th of February, 1787, when the import was under consideration" (page 445-454). And an early edition of "Columbia: A Song" (pg 484-485). Octavo (8 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches; 208 x 122 mm). [2], [423]-492 pp. There is no first separate edition of the petition on OCLC. Pamphlet. Self wrapped, with spine reinforced. Pages lightly toned as usual. Small tear to back final leaf at top of spine, not affecting text. Overall very good. Belinda Sutton (Royall) was an African-born woman who was enslaved by the Royalls at their home in Massachusetts. "In 1778, the state of Massachusetts confiscated Royall Junior's properties. Several of his slaves were manumitted, including Belinda. Soon after she was freed, at approximately sixty-five years of age, she moved to Boston where she lived in poverty. After Royal Junior's death in 1781, it is assumed that Belinda received the amount determined in his will. But three years later, as expected, the payments stopped. Thus, on February 14, 1783, Belinda petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for the first time. She requested a pension as reparations for the unpaid work she provided the Royalls. The legislature responded positively to her request, and Belinda obtained the annual pension of £15 12s. taken from the revenues generated by Royall's estate. But Belinda's story did not end in 1783. After the first year, the estate suspended her allowances. In 1785, she submitted a second petition to continue the payment authorised two years earlier. In 1787, she again petitioned the legislature and obtained the pension for only one year. Inn 1788, she submitted another petition. Although only partially successful Sutton, was the first known case of a freed person who obtained financial reparations for slavery." (Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade. By Ana Lucia Araujo. Pg 49-51). "Belinda Sutton’s eloquent petition of 1783 is among the earliest narratives by an African American woman. It has inspired poets and fascinated historians. It has been seen by some commentators as the first call for reparations for American slavery. And it opens a rare window onto the life on an enslaved woman in colonial North America. in addition, Belinda Sutton’s eloquent petition was the inspiration for this poem by Rita Dove, U.S. Poet laureate from 1993 to 1995." (From Royallhouse dot org) Howes. Streeter. HBS 68237. $1,250
Contemplations 11

Contemplations 11

SMITH, Philip A Beautiful Work by Master Bookbinder Philip Smith SMITH, Philip, [binder]. Contemplations 11. [The Book House, Yatton Keynell, Chippenham,Wiltshire, England: Philip Smith, 1987]. Original manuscript in black ink Smith's hand on paper marbled with multicolored acrylic paint and ink. Sixteenmo (4 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches; 105 x 70 mm). 104 pp. With thirty-one pages of quotations and phrases in manuscript. Signed and dated at head and foot of rear pastedown. Bound in vellum boards, similarly marbled, with blue leather yokes at head and tail of the spine. Otherwise, spine is open. Spine stitching, hand-colored. Housed in a blue felt drop-in slipcase, stitched with red. Overall a beautifully produced, about fine copy. Of the numerous quotations, some are from T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland, Mother Teresa and Proust among others. "Born in 1928, Philip began his career in bookbinding and book art in 1949, graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with First Class Honours in 1954. He was an internationally renowned designer bookbinder and book artist. He designed and created intricate and fascinating bindings for well over 50 years and was awarded gold and silver medals in several international competitions. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to Art. Philip was a great innovator, having invented and pioneered several ground-breaking and influential techniques and structural developments. His work is represented in many private collections and can be seen in several public collections overseas and in the UK including the V&A National Art Library and the British Library." (From the Estate of Philip Smith, Obituary on PhilipSmithBookArt website). HBS 68235. $2,500
U.S. Continental Congress] Journals of Congress. Containing the Proceedings in the Year

U.S. Continental Congress] Journals of Congress. Containing the Proceedings in the Year, 1776. Published by Order of Congress. Volume II.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE First Issue of Aitken's Volume II of the "Journals of Congress" Complete the First Congressional Printing of the Declaration of Independence [DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE]. [U.S. Continental Congress] Journals of Congress. Containing the Proceedings in the Year, 1776. Published by Order of Congress. Volume II. Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1777. First edition, first issue of Volume II of the Journals of Congress with the rare Aitken imprint and the first Congressional printing of the Declaration of Independence (found on pages 241-246). Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; 222 x 140 mm). [2], 513, [22, index], [1, blank] pp. Rebacked in old quarter parchment over contemporary drab boards. Pages uncut. Boards with some minor wear. Pages with some occasional and expected toning. Overall a very good copy. "Robert Aitken was licensed by Congress to publish the Journals on 26 September 1776. Volume I of the series comprised reprints of his "Cartridge Paper" edition, the monthly issues which covered the first four months of 1776; the present volume II included the first publication of the June-December Journals, and came off the press the following year. According to Aitken, 532 copies were printed, but when Congress had to flee from Philadelphia in the autumn of 1777 Aitken's press was lost and many copies were seemingly left behind and destroyed by the British.The volume records some of the most tumultuous events of the Revolution, and the text of the Declaration appears in full, with the names of the signers, on pages 241-246." (From Bonhams). In March of 1776, after the printers the Bradfords of Philadelphia's work of printing the previous transcripts of Congress were deemed unsatisfactory, "Robert Aitken now makes his first appearance upon the scene as a printer of Congressional proceedings. Beginning the work where the Bradfords left off, and without express order of Congress other than such sanction as he may have received from their printing committee, he published the Journals in monthly subdivisions from January to May, 1776, inclusive. Aitken had now found favor in the eyes of Congress, and on September 26, 1776 the committee appointed to superintend the publication of the Journals were instructed to employ him to reprint the Journals from the beginning, with all possible expedition, and to continue to print the same. The Congress agreed to purchase of him five hundred copies when printed, and Aitken was further directed to purchase from the Bradfords, on reasonable terms and at the expense of Congress, such parts of the Journal as they had printed but had not yet published. In pursuance of this order and under the supervision of the printing committee, Aitken, in the spring of 1777, issued what he termed a "New Edition" of the Journal of Congress in two volumes; the first containing the proceedings for 1774 and 1775 and the second those of 1776. This became the authoritative edition for those years and has always been followed whenever reprinted." (The Journals and Papers of the Continental Congress By Herbert Friedenwald, pg 15-17). Pp.1-424 were later reissued as part of: ’Journals of Congress. . Volume II’. York-Town [Pennsylvania], printed by John Dunlap, 1778. The Aitken imprint of this present copy is far more rare. Evans 15684. ESTC W20602 HBS 68168. $32,500
Poems on Various Subjects

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral By Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley, of Boston, in New-England. Dedicated to The Countess of Huntingdon. [Bound within] The Negro Equalled by Few Europeans. Translated from the French. To Which are Added, Poems on Various Subjects, Moral and Entertaining.In Two Volumes.

WHEATLEY, Phillis Early American Edition of the First Book Written by an African American Woman and the First Published Book by an African American on Any Subject WHEATLEY, Phillis. [LAVALLÉE, Joseph]. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. By Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley, of Boston, in New-England. Dedicated to The Countess of Huntingdon. [Bound within] The Negro Equalled by Few Europeans. Translated from the French. To Which are Added, Poems on Various Subjects, Moral and Entertaining.In Two Volumes. Philadelphia: William W. Woodward, 1801. Fifth American edition and the first nineteenth-century edition of Wheatley's "Poems." (First published in London in 1773, all of the early American editions are exceptionally scarce). Within the first American edition of the translated work by Louis-Joseph Lavallée, "The Negro." With a separate title-page for "Poems." Two twelvemo volumes (6 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches; 165 x 99 mm). [1]-259, [1, blank; [1]-244 pp. With "Poems" being pages 167-148 [i.e. 238] of volume II. With final six pages as list of subscribers. We could find no other copies at auction since 1922. Recycled contemporary full speckled calf, over original boards. Spines ruled and numbered in gilt. Each spine with contemporary red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Pages a bit soiled and toned. Overall very good. "Wheatley wrote at a time when women suffered great discouragement for expressing political and literary thoughts. She made a brief visit to England in 1773 during which her Poems. were printed. A second London edition appeared in the same year. Wheatley has been called African America's peerless and was the first African American to publish a book of any nature. The first edition of Wheatley's Poems. are considered one of the most important books relating to African-American literature and one of the most celebrated relating to a black author." (Charles L. Blockson, A Commented Bibliography of One Hundred and One Influential Books By and About People of African Descent (1556-1982). A Collector's Choice). "Phillis Wheatley, later Peters, 1753?-1784, slave and poet. Born in Africa, she was shipped to Boston, Mass. in 1761, aged about seven, and bought for Susannah W. (wife of a rich tailor), who with her teenage daughter took the unusual step of educating her. Writing poems by 1765, publishing one in a newspaper in 1767, she was noticed in society as a curiosity. Proposals for publishing a volume by subscription at Boston in 1772 failed: next year her respiratory complaints caused the W.s to send her on a visit to London; there her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, appeared in 1773, certified by prominent citizens the unaided work of a ‘Negro servant’. She was both lionized as an untaught genius, and savaged in the Public Advertiser as part of ‘a Flood of female Literature’; she kept all her life a copy of Paradise Lost given her by the Lord Mayor of London. Her work is fluent, polished, not merely conventional. She expresses fervent Christian piety, celebrates liberty of various kinds, laments a large number of public and private deaths (many of children), and praises a black artist's work. She calls Africa ‘land of errors’, ‘dark abodes’, yet paints her father's ‘excruciating sorrow’ at her capture. Freed on her return, she married in 1778 another free black, John Peters. She published a few more poems, and made vain proposals for another volume, 1779, but sank into poverty (her husband jailed for debt), drudgery, illness, and the birth and death of three babies." (Virginia Blain et al., The Feminist Companion to Literature in English, pp. 1155-56). Sabin 39282. Mentioned in Sabin, 103139. American Imprints, 798. HBS 68169. $12,500
Politique discourses

Politique discourses, treating of the differences and inequalities of vocations, as well publique, as priuate: with the scopes or endes wherevnto they are directed. Translated out of French, by Ægremont Ratcliffe Esquire

LA PLACE, Pierre-Antoine de First Edition in English [LA PLACE, Pierre-Antoine de]. RATCLIFFE, Aegremont, [translator]. Politique discourses, treating of the differences and inequalities of vocations, as well publique, as priuate: with the scopes or endes wherevnto they are directed. Translated out of French, by Ægremont Ratcliffe Esquire London: [by T. Dawson?] for Edward Aggas, 1578. First English edition, a translation of Discours politiques sur la voye d'enter deuëment aux estats. Small quarto (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 171 x 120 mm). [1]-81, [1, blank] leaves. Title within engraved border and with engraved printer's device. With engraved historiated initials. With final blank. "Anonymous. By Pierre de la Place. Printer’s name conjectured by STC" (BL). We could find no copies at auction in the past 35 years. Modern half black morocco over marbled boards. Spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Edges speckled brown. Title-page lightly toned with fore-margin a bit frayed and a small repair to upper, outer corner. Pages trimmed close at top margin, affecting some headlines and page numbers. The first 20 leaves with some marginal worming, occasionally barley touching text or affecting printed side-notes. Overall a very good copy. The English translation of La Place's Discours politiques sur la voye d'enter deuëment aux estats, Politique discourses is a "treatise covering statesmanship, government office, military conduct, marriage and domestic ethics." (Forum Auctions). Egremont Radcliffe, rebel and alleged assassin took part in the Rising of the North of 1569. "Radcliffe was sent to the Tower of London—it was reported to Spain that he was about to make false statements against Philip and would claim that the latter planned to retaliate for English provocations. He carved his name in the Beauchamp Tower, and wrote Politique Discourses Translated out of French (1578), which he dedicated to Walsingham. It was a personal volte-face, advocating acceptance of the social and political order. He might well ask, 'who ever sawe so many discontented persons . so many controllers of princes and their procedinges: and so fewe imbracing obedience?' (E. Radcliffe, Politique Discourses, 1578, sig. A3v)." (Oxford DNB). ESTC S110593. HBS 68232. $5,500
Navigation improv’d: or

Navigation improv’d: or, the art of rowing ships of all rates, in calms, with a more easy, swift, and steady motion, than oars can. Also, a description of the engine that performs it; and the author’s answer to all Mr. Dummer’s objections that have been made against it. By Tho. Savery, gent

SAVERY, Thomas An Account of One of Savery's First Patented Inventions, Published the Same Year as His Patent for the First Steam Engine SAVERY, Thomas. Navigation improv’d: or, the art of rowing ships of all rates, in calms, with a more easy, swift, and steady motion, than oars can. Also, a description of the engine that performs it; and the author’s answer to all Mr. Dummer’s objections that have been made against it. By Tho. Savery, gent London: Printed and Sold by James Moxon, 1698. First edition. Small quarto (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 190 x 142 mm). [8], 22, [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. With one folding plate, and three engraved figures tipped in to the text. With two pages of publisher's advertisements. No complete copy on ABPC with the folding plate in the past 50 years. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full dark blue morocco. Spine lettered in gilt. Board edges ruled in gilt. Gilt double-ruled dentelles. Original stab-marks visible. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Small bookseller sticker on each pastedown. Leaves a bit toned. Overall a very nice copy. "In the year 1696, Thomas Savery, Gent., obtained a patent for his 'new invention, consisting of mill work to grind and pollish looking glasses, coach glass plates, and marble stones; and, also, for rowing of Ships with greater ease and expedition than has hitherto been done by any other.' This invention consisted in moving a paddle-wheel on each side of the ship, by men turning round the capstan, and thereby giving motion through ropes to the axis of the wheels. Savery published a very interesting pamphlet on the subject of this invention in 1698, entitled 'Navigation Improved.' In the same year he obtained a patent for 'raising of water and occasioning motion to all sorts of mills works, by the impelling force of Fire (steam engine), which will be of great use for draining mines, serving towns with water, and for the working of all sorts of mills where they have not the benefit of water nor constant winds.' He also published a very interesting account of this his improved steam engine in 1701, entitled the 'Miner's Friend.'"(A Sketch of the Origin and Progress of Steam Navigation from Authentic Documents. By Bennet Woodcroft). "In 1696 [Savery] patented (no. 347) a machine to grind and polish plate glass, and a contrivance for rowing ships in a calm using two paddle-wheels worked by a capstan. William III thought highly of the second invention, but although Savery demonstrated its practicability by fitting it to a small yacht, official jealousy prevented its adoption in the navy. Undeterred, he published an account of his invention in a work entitled Navigation Improved (1698), and this contained a denunciation of his treatment in official circles. (Oxford DNB). ESTC R183251. Wing S773. HBS 68231. $13,500
Schoole of Skil: Containing Two Bookes: the first

Schoole of Skil: Containing Two Bookes: the first, of the sphere, of heauen, of the starres, of their orbes, and of the earth, &c. The second, of the sphericall elements, of the celestiall circles, and of their vses, &c. Orderly set forth according to art, with apt figures and proportions in their proper places, by Tho. Hill.

HILL, Thomas The Last Book of the 16th-Century to Reject Copernicus’ Heliocentric Theory HILL, Thomas. The Schoole of Skil: Containing Two Bookes: the first, of the sphere, of heauen, of the starres, of their orbes, and of the earth, &c. The second, of the sphericall elements, of the celestiall circles, and of their vses, &c. Orderly set forth according to art, with apt figures and proportions in their proper places, by Tho. Hill. London: Printed by T. Judson, for W. Jaggard, 1599. First Edition. Two parts in one octavo volume (7 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 185 x 142 mm). Continuous pagination. [6], 267, [1, blank], [2, table of contents] pp. Lacking initial blank [sig. "A"]. With Spherical woodcut device on title-page, and numerous woodcut illustrations, diagrams and initials throughout. This has been the only copy at auction in the past 30 years. All English 16th-Century books on Astronomy are rare. Half 19th-Century maroon morocco over cloth boards. Spine lettered and stamped in gilt. Edges dyed red. Edges a bit rubbed. Inner hinges cracked but firm. Top margin of title-page trimmed close, just touching first word. Fore-edge of leaf D5 frayed. Some marginal dampstaining to pages 49-56 and 233-final leaf. Pages 118-119 misnumbered 102-103, and 122-123 misnumbered 106-107. Leaves M5 and M6 misbound between M2 and M3, but all leaves present and complete. Leaf edges around "Table of contents" a bit darkened and last leaf of "Table" with a repaired marginal tear, not affecting text. Overall very good. Thomas Hill [pseud. Didymus Mountaine] was a writer and translator. He "knew Latin and Italian and he became known as a translator of popular books on science and the supernatural.In 1560, the year of his first extant almanac, he was described as a leading almanac-maker. A mathematical and astronomical textbook, The Schoole of Skil, which rejects Copernicanism, was printed [posthumously] by William Jaggard in 1599." (Oxford DNB). "Apart from Blundeville.the only other 16th century astronomical writer of any significance who explicitly rejected the Copernican system was Thomas Hill, who died about 1575." (The Reception of Copernicus’ Heliocentric Theory, John L. Russel, pg 198). On page 42 of The Schoole of Skil, Hill writes "Aristarchus Samius, which was 261 years before the birth of Christ, took the earth from the middle of the world, and . . . [put it in motion] about the sun, which he feigned to stand in the middle of the world as immoveable, after the manner of the fixed stars. The like argument doth that learned Copernicus apply unto his demonstrations." [pg. 42]. "Hill alludes to the fact that the idea of heliocentrism was ancient and familiar. Medieval and early modern scholars all knew about Aristarchus, but they believed they had very convincing arguments (drawn from Aristotle) that the earth was in the center of the cosmos and was stationary. Although Hill is about to launch into a number of arguments against Copernicus’ heliocentric model of the cosmos, he nonetheless accords him a certain respect, referring to him as "that learned Copernicus." And indeed, if you read the entire book, you find numerous positive references to Copernicus. Hill often uses Copernicus’ calculations for various astronomical values like the length of the solar year. Many early readers of Copernicus used the mathematical models in On the Revolutions for calculating planetary positions. Although very few sixteenth-century readers accepted the physical reality of heliocentrism, they still saw considerable value in Copernicus’ work." (Before Newton. Kathleen Crowther, University of Oklahoma). ESTC S104125. STC 13502. HBS 68233. $9,500
Discourse of the Felicitie of Man Or His Summum Bonum.

Discourse of the Felicitie of Man Or His Summum Bonum.

BARCKLEY, Sir Richard, Knight An Important Shakespeare Source Book [SHAKESPEARE, William]. BARCKLEY, Sir Richard, Knight. A Discourse of the Felicitie of Man. Or His Summum Bonum. London: William Ponsonby, 1598. First edition. Small quarto (7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches; 185 x 131 mm). [31, [1, blank], 155, 158-618 pp. Same as British Library copy, pagination skips 156-157 but collation is complete. With errata leaf, and two leaves with woodcut tree emblems with the author’s monogram (wone with tiny closed tear). Errata leaf and final woodcut leaf, misbound towards the front between leaves *3 and *4. Leaf *6 misbound before *5. Engraved head and tail pieces. Title-page with engraved headpiece and central anchor device. Nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Edges speckled brown. Outer hinges starting, but holding firm. Edges a bit rubbed. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Title-page and final leaf toned. Title-page trimmed short at top margin, not affecting headpiece. Various old ink ownership notes on title-page, one dated 1698. More ink scribbles on blank recto of woodcut page. A bit of neat marginalia and some underlining, particularly to pages 45, 111, 212, and 318. Outer margin of leaf E2 with paper loss, not affecting text. Final 100 pages with some intermittent dampstaining. Page 596 with some marking and a small hole in outer margin. A tiny paper repair to upper outer corner of page 616, not affecting text. Final leaf with some ink marking, and minorly trimmed at top and bottom, a small marginal tear and a tiny hole to inner margin, nothing affecting text. A rare and important work containing inspiration for three of Shakespeare's plays. A fine collection of amusing histories and small narratives; including the foundation of the Taming of the Shrew, pp. 23-26, Antony and Cleopatra, p. 46, and Pyramus and Thisbe, p. 52. [A Discourse of the Felicitie of Man] purports to be an ethical treatise on human happiness, consisting of six books. In the first, the author offers to prove, and by example to shew, that felicity consists not in pleasure,- In the second, not in riches,- In the third, not in honour and glory,- In the fourth, not in moral virtue, or in the action of virtue, after the academicks and peripateticks, nor in philosophical contemplation,- In the fifth he declares his own opinion of the happiness of this life- and in the sixth, he shews, wherein consists the true felicity and summum bonum of man, and the way to attain it." (Retrospective Review: And Historical and Antiquarian Magazine, Volume 1. By Henry Southern, Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, pg 271-272). Jaggard, p. 15. Graesse ("Ouvrage tres amusant par les historiettes entremelées"). STC 1391. ESTC, S100775. HBS 68229. $6,000
Royal-cookery: or

Royal-cookery: or, the Compleat Court-Cook Containing the choicest receipts in all the several branches of cookery, viz. for making of soops, bisques, olio’s, terrines, surtouts, puptons, ragoos, forc’d-meats, sauces, pattys, pies, tarts, tansies, cakes, puddings, jellies, &c. as likewise forty plates, curiously engraven on copper, of the magnificent entertainments at coronations and instalments; of balls, weddings, &c. at court; as likewise of city-feasts. To which are added, bills of fare for every month in the year. By Patrick Lamb, Esq; near fifty years master-cook to their late Majesties King Charles II. King James II. King William and Queen Mary, and Queen Anne. The Second Edition, with the Addition of severa; new cuts, and above five hundred new receipts, all disposed alphabetically.

LAMB, Patrick Second, Much Expanded Edition, With Over 500 New Recipes and Forty Engraved Plates LAMB, Patrick. Royal-cookery: or, the Compleat Court-Cook. Containing the choicest receipts in all the several branches of cookery, viz. for making of soops, bisques, olio’s, terrines, surtouts, puptons, ragoos, forc’d-meats, sauces, pattys, pies, tarts, tansies, cakes, puddings, jellies, &c. as likewise forty plates, curiously engraven on copper, of the magnificent entertainments at coronations and instalments; of balls, weddings, &c. at court; as likewise of city-feasts. To which are added, bills of fare for every month in the year. By Patrick Lamb, Esq; near fifty years master-cook to their late Majesties King Charles II. King James II. King William and Queen Mary, and Queen Anne. The Second Edition, with the Addition of severa; new cuts, and above five hundred new receipts, all disposed alphabetically. London: Printed for J. Nutt and A. Roper, 1716. Second, much expanded edition, with "several new cuts and above five Hundred new receipts." Octavo (7 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches; 195 x 115 mm) [8], 302, [10] pp. Five of the final leaves comprise ’A bill of fare for every season in the year.’ Complete with forty engraved plates, thirty-three of which are folding. Plates are not bound in numerical order, but all are present. This edition is mentioned in Bitting, but not in the collection. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked with spine laid down. Board edges gilt. Newer red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Some rubbing to boards and corners a bit bumped. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Inner hinges cracked but firm. A bit of dampstaining and a few very minor marginal wormholes. Small tear to crease of plate "21", a paper flaw to plate " 9" and plate "11' trimmed close, mildly affecting engraving. Overall text and plates generally very clean. A very good copy. "In August 1677 Lamb was appointed as master cook to the queen consort, held in tandem with the office of sergeant of his majesty's pastry in ordinary, to which he was elevated in November 1677. Finally, in February 1683, Lamb attained the status of master cook to the monarch. He was reappointed to this post under the successive household regulations of James II, William and Mary, and Anne, and was removed from it only by death. His services as a royal cook encompassed the provision of prepared dishes for daily and extraordinary consumption by the monarch and his guests at table.Lamb's culinary skills were most effectively demonstrated in extraordinary events, and his claims for large expenditures on such occasions as the Westminster visit of the Venetian ambassadors in December 1685 testify to the splendour of these.These and other junkets are evoked in the text of Royal Cookery, published posthumously in London under Lamb's name by John Morphew and Abel Roper in 1710, and subsequently reprinted in 1716, 1726, and 1731. The text incorporated recipes for elaborate dishes alongside engravings of lavish table layouts for occasions such as royal suppers. Such details suggest that the text was drawn from Lamb's papers, rather than being speculatively published under his name as some contemporaries contended." (Oxford DNB). Bitting, Pg.271. ESTC T91553. HBS 68226. $2,500
True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus Physician to Henry II. Francis II. and Charles IX. Kings of France

True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus Physician to Henry II. Francis II. and Charles IX. Kings of France, and one of the best Astronomers that ever were. A Work full of Curiosity and Learning. Translated and Commented by Theophilus de Garencieres, Doctor in Physick Colleg. Lond.

NOSTRADAMUS 1672 First English Translation Of Nostradamus’ Prophecies NOSTRADAMUS. The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus. Physician to Henry II. Francis II. and Charles IX. Kings of France, and one of the best Astronomers that ever were. A Work full of Curiosity and Learning. Translated and Commented by Theophilus de Garencieres, Doctor in Physick Colleg. Lond. London: Thomas Radcliffe and Nathaniel Thompson, 1672. First English edition of Nostradamus’ famous prognostications. Small folio in fours (11 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches; 299 x 191 mm). [36], 522, [2, blank] pp. With scarce engraved frontispiece portrait by Dolle, often not present. Decorated woodcut initials and headpieces. Title page printed in red and black. Contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked, retaining original red morocco lettering label. Board edges tooled in gilt. Marbled edges. With two previous owner's bookplates on front pastedown, including an eighteenth-century armorial bookplate of Sir George Cooke of Westminster. Pages with some occasional foxing and toning. A few tiny burn holes, only slightly affecting text on leaf F4. Otherwise a very good copy of this controversial work. Nostradamus's famous prophecies were first published in Lyons in 1555. Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame) was for years a wandering physician, until 1547 when he married a wealthy widow. His major energies, though, were directed towards the pursuit of knowledge from the ancient Hebrew prophets, to whose religion his ancestors had adhered until his grandfather converted to Catholicism. In 1555 he claimed divine inspiration for his astrological forecasts and his first book of prophecies was printed in Lyon. This work garnered him instant success and by the end of the year he was summoned to the French court to cast the horoscopes of the royal children. "Although he earned both admiration and enmity already in his own time, the controversy over the credibility of his vague prognostications endures" (Kenney). Caillet III, 8073. Kenney, Catalogue of the Rare Astronomical Books in the San Diego State University Library, 134. Wing N1399. HBS 68228. $14,500
Accomplisht Cook

Accomplisht Cook, or the Art and Mystery of Cookery. Wherein the whole art is revealed in a more easie and perfect method, then hath been publisht in any language. Expert and ready wayes for the dressing of all sorts of flesh, fowl, and fish, with variety of sauces proper for each of them; and how to raise all manner of pastes; the best directions for all sorts of kickshaws; also the tearms of carving and sewing. An exact account of all dishes for all seasons of the year, with other a la mode curiosities. The second edition, with large additions throughout the whole work; besides two hundred figures of several forms for all manner of bake’t meats, (either flesh or fish) as pyes, tarts, custards, cheesecakes, and florentines, placed in tables and directed to the pages they appertain to. Approved by the fifty five years experience and industry of Robert May, in his attendance on several persons of great honour.

MAY, Robert Second and Much Expanded Edition MAY, Robert. The Accomplisht Cook, or the Art and Mystery of Cookery. Wherein the whole art is revealed in a more easie and perfect method, then hath been publisht in any language. Expert and ready wayes for the dressing of all sorts of flesh, fowl, and fish, with variety of sauces proper for each of them; and how to raise all manner of pastes; the best directions for all sorts of kickshaws; also the tearms of carving and sewing. An exact account of all dishes for all seasons of the year, with other a la mode curiosities. The second edition, with large additions throughout the whole work; besides two hundred figures of several forms for all manner of bake’t meats, (either flesh or fish) as pyes, tarts, custards, cheesecakes, and florentines, placed in tables and directed to the pages they appertain to. Approved by the fifty five years experience and industry of Robert May, in his attendance on several persons of great honour. London: Printed by R. Wood for Nath. Brooke, 1665. Second edition, largely expanded. Octavo (6 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches; 168 x 105 mm). [30], 461, [10, table], [1, blank], [20, publisher's ads] pp. With the frontispiece portrait (lacking in most copies). With numerous woodcuts throughout the text. Title-page with engraved border. Lacking initial blank, and two folding plates (as per BL copy). Although the BL copy lists plates, we could find no other copy of this edition containing the plates, and the first edition of 1660 did not include any folding plates, later editions after this second edition contain 4 folding plates. At any rate, this is a scarce book as we could only find copies at a handful of libraries and no complete copy at auction in the past 30 years. This edition is mentioned in Bitting pg. 318, but is not included in the collection. Modern full brown sheep. Boards and spine double-ruled in blind. Spine with brown morocco spine label, lettered in and tooled in gilt. Edges dyed brown. Newer endpapers. Portrait with some creasing and neat repairs along inner margin. Portrait has been reattached as well. Some occasional toning and dampstaining throughout. Previous owner's old ink ownership inscription on rear final blank, dated 1777. Overall a very good copy. "In this Edition, I have enlarged the whole work; and there is added two hundred several Figures of all sorts of Pies, Tarts, Custards, Cheesecakes, &c. more then was in the former." (from the author's Preface to this second edition). Robert May, chef and author, "May, by his own account, learned the French language, studied manuscripts of French cookery, and read printed cookery books. (In later years, he stated in his own book, he read Italian and Spanish authorities on cooking.) .The Accomplisht Cook was the first substantial English recipe book to appear after the Restoration and was to go into five editions by 1685. It was a book that looked back to a golden age of generous hospitality and magnificence, but also recognized more recent developments, such as the publication in France of François Pierre de la Varenne's Le Cuisinier François (1653). May's work was a longer and more complete collection of recipes than had appeared before in English, and made use of illustration in a way that had not yet been seen. Cookery was still a closely guarded trade mystery, which May desired to make accessible to all, though admitting that not every reader could afford his most extravagant dishes." (Oxford DNB). ESTC R214148 . Wing M1392. HBS 68225. $3,750
Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen Discovered by the Late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen Discovered by the Late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

CARTER, Howard First Edition of the Tomb of King Tut CARTER, Howard, and A.C. Mace. The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen. Discovered by the Late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. With 104 [and 153 and 156] illustrations from photographs by Harry Burton (of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). London: Cassell and Company, 1923 [and 1927 and 1933]. First edition. Three large octavo volumes (9 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches; 234 x 163 mm). xxiii, [1, blank], 231, [1, colophon]; xxxiv, 277, [1, colophon]; xvi, 247, [1] pp. With appendices by Douglas E. Derry, A. Lucas, P.E. Newberry, Alexander Scott, and H.J. Plenderleith in Volume II and Douglas E. Derry and A. Lucas in Volume III. Each volume with a frontispiece and numerous photographic plates. Half-titles in each volume. Original light brown cloth lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Front covers with black labels stamped in gilt with a scarab. Pictorial endpapers in green and white. Some minor rubbing to covers, very minor shelfwear wear to spine edges. Slight bowing to front board of volume II and boards of volume I. Inner hinges of volume III show slight cracking but holding. Volume III with some sunning to front board, and a small hole to cloth of the spine. Volume I with a small embossed blindstamp on outer margin of title-page, not affecting text which reads "presentation copy". A bit of foxing to text leaves and edges, but not affecting plates. Overall a very good copy with the gilt still very bright. "This narrative of the discovery of the tomb of Tut-ankh-Amen is merely preliminary: a final record of purely scientific nature will take some time, nor can it be adequately made until the work of investigation of the tomb and its vast material has been completed. Nevertheless, in view of the public interest in our discovery, we felt that some account without the loss of time, no matter how summary, was necessary, and that is the reason for the publication of this book. We have here for the first time, a royal burial very little disturbed in spite of that hurried plundering it has suffered at the hands of the ancient tomb-robbers, and within the shrines of the tomb-chamber I believe the Pharaoh lies intact, in all his royal magnificence." (From the Preface). HBS 68224. $2,500
Little Dorrit [with ALS] With Illustrations by H.K. Browne.

Little Dorrit [with ALS] With Illustrations by H.K. Browne.

DICKENS, Charles First Edition, First Issue, with an ALS Signed "CD" Tipped In DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1857. First edition, first issue with "Rigaud" for "Blandois." on pages 469 470, 472, & 473. Bound from the original monthly parts, with stab-marks occasionally visible. With forty inserted plates, including the 8 "dark Plates" and the Frontispiece and Engraved title. Original blue printed front wrapper for part XII, "November" inserted at the rear along with the twelve pages of "Little Dorrit Advertiser" for the November part XII, identical to what is called for in Hatton & Cleaver. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 207 x 133 mm). xvi, 625, [1, blank], [12, advertisements] pp. Beautifully bound in 20th-century brown morocco by Sawyer. Boards double ruled in gilt. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Board edges gilt, and gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Overall about fine. 11/3 page letter (7 x 4 3/8 inches; 177 x 112 mm) on blue paper tipped-in to front endpapers reads as such: Villa du Camp de droite, Boulogne Thursday, Fifth october 1854 Dear Milton Wednesday the eleventh will do perfectly well for us, as we have no intention of returning home until the following week. My term here expires on the Nineteenth. Therefore on Wednesday the eleventh, we shall expect you. I hope the weather may be sufficiently ? give you a fair idea of the lightness of the air. ? it has been so extraordinarily fine, that we must anticipate a little wet. It blew a gale of wind last night and is very lowering this morning, so I hope we may get it over before you come. Kind words from all. Ever Faithfully (?) CD. Villa du Camp de droite, Boulogne was a "favorite French watering hole" of Dickens' and one where he spent 3 summers. During the summer of 1853 he wrote Bleak House while in Boulogne. "The summer of this year [1854] was also spent at Boulogne, M. Beaucourt being again the landlord; but the house though still on the same "property," stood on the top of the hill, above the Moulineaux, and was called the Villa du Camp de Droite. He was still at work upon "Hard Times," which was finished during the summer, and was constantly occupied with "Household Words." Many of the letters for this year are to the contributors to this journal." (Letters of Charles Dickens: 1833-1870). Hatton and Cleaver, 305-333. HBS 68221. $3,850
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Book of Hours

BOOK OF HOURS Evidence Of A Special Early Moment In Parisian Book Production Expressive Of Northern Realism Book of Hours (Use of Paris) In French and Latin, illuminated manuscript, on parchment France, Paris, c. 1400-1410 15 large miniatures by the Master of the Bible Historiale MS fr. 159 (as described by Les Enluminures) This beautifully executed and unusual Parisian Book of Hours was painted at the time of the Duke of Berry. The "realism" seen in the illuminations represents a special moment in Parisian art, one exemplifying its northern origins. The miniatures are attributed to one of the artists responsible for theBible Historialealso referred to as the Master of the Bible Historiale fr. 159 (Paris, BnF MS fr. 159). The female patron who ordered the book appears twice in the miniatures. 224 folios, mostly in gatherings of 8 (i12), complete, pastedowns and two flyleaves at front and back, some catchwords, written in a dark brown ink in a gothic liturgical script, on 14 long lines, by different hands, ff. 82-82v and ff. 219v-223v written by a slightly posterior hand, ruled in light red ink (justification, 62 x 85 mm), rubrics in red both in French and Latin, versals in burnished gold on alternating pink and blue grounds with pink or blue infill and white tracery, line endings pink and blue with burnished goldleaf discs and white tracery infill, 2-line initials in pink or blue with white tracery on burnished gold grounds with ivyleaves extending in the margins and infill, one 3-line initial at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin, pink with white tracery, burnished gold and ivyleaf infill on a blue ground 3-line initials marking the start of the main texts, pink or blue with white tracery on highly burnished gold grounds with ivyleaf infill, one 4-line letter I, traced in pink and white with ivyleaf infill on a burnished gold ground richly decorated borders with extending baguettes (foliate pattern on burnished gold grounds) and dense ivyleaves in borders, 15 LARGE MINIATURES, at the beginning of the main texts, in excellent condition. Nineteenth-century dark brown morocco binding over pasteboards, frame of two gilt fillets on covers, smooth spine, cropped edges affecting very slightly the border decoration at the top edge, never affecting text or illuminations, in clamshell box. Dimensions 161 x 116 mm. PROVENANCE: 1. Liturgical use and calendar secure a place of origin in Paris. Probably made for the woman patron who appears kneeling on fol.110 and 185. 2. Isydort Bernardon and Marthe Galberict, first front fly-leaf. Second front flyleaf reads as follows: "Isydort Bernardon Bon Compaion qui esmeMonsieur."(Last word is difficult to read); XVIIth century. 3. Du Buisson and Marchand families, eighteenth-century notes on family history and marks of ownership (1716 and 1717), back pastedown and fly-leaves: "Ces presentes heures sont tenues de defunst Charles du Buisont (.) Seigneur de Lublataris demerant a St Michel." ; "Ces presentes heures appartiennent a moy Gabriel Marchand. Je prie ceux et celle quy les trouveront de me les rendre. Je les reconpanseré (sic) de leurs payne fait a St Michel le traize jour de fevrier 1716",signedMarchand; "Jeanne du Buisson fille de Charles du Buisson a espouzé Gabriel Marchand, 1717." The name "Despanage" with the date 1716 also appears on the first flyleaf. 4. Engraved ex-libris pasted on front pastedown, eighteenth-century. "M. Titon de Villotran, conseiller au Parlement". Jean-Baptiste Titon de Villotran is recorded as a "conseiller" in the Parlement de Paris (see Chesnaye-Desbois and Badier,Dictionnaire de la noblesse, vol. 19, Paris, 1876). 5. Les Enluminures/ Bruce Ferrini, Catalogue 9, Books of Hours, 2000, no. 1, hence Private Collection. TEXT: ff. 1-12, Calendar, red, blue and burnished gold, in French, with numerous Paris saints such as Genevieve (in gold), Germain, Landri, Marcel, Cloud; ff. 13-18, Gospel Sequences; ff. 18-18v, Various Prayers : "Protector in te"; "Ecclesiam tuam quesimus"; "Omnipotens sempiterne."; ff.19-22, Obsecro te; ff. 22v-26, O intemerata; ff. 26v-27, Prayer, "Deus qui noluisti pro redempcione."; ff. 27-27v, Prayer, "Commendo tibi Sancta Maria."; ff. 27v-28, Prayer, "Signum crucis dominum."; f. 28v, blank; ff. 29-80v, Hours of the Virgin, use of Paris Matins (f. 29), Lauds (f. 39v), Prime (f. 50) with ant. "Benedicta tu" and cap. "Felix namque", Terce (rubric erroneous) (f. 55bis); Sext (f. 59v); None (f. 63v) with ant. "Sicut lilium" and cap. "Per te Dei"; Vespers (f. 68); Compline (f. 75); ff. 80v-81v, Suffrage to Sebastian (written in a different but contemporary hand) "Anthienne de saint Sebastien" et "Oroison de saint Sebastien"; ff. 82-82v, Salve regina (different hand, slightly posterior); ff. 83-83v, blank except for a XVIIthcentury inscription on fol. 83, in brown ink that reads : "Bernardon, 1648"; ff. 84-102, Penitential Psalms and litanies; ff. 102v-105v, Short Hours of the Cross; ff. 106-109v, Short Hours of the Holy Spirit; ff. 110-115v, Fifteen Joys of the Virgin (in French); ff. 116-119v, Seven Requests to Our Lord (in French); ff. 120-184v, Office of the Dead, use of Paris; ff. 185-204, Suffrages; ff. 204-218, Prayers: "La priere Theophilus": "Glorieuse vierge royne." (ff. 204-213v) ; "Tres devote oroison de la sainte trinité"(ff. 213v-217); "Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui dedisti nobis." (ff. 217-218); ff. 218-218v, Seven verses of St. Bernard; f. 219, Prayer: "Omnipotens sempiterne Deus qui Ezechie."; ff. 219v-221v, Prayer for Communion, "Tres devote oroyson quant on veult recevoir le corps de nostre seigneur." (Different hand); ff. 221v-224v, Prayer upon receiving Communion, "Tres devote oroison quant on a receu le corps de nostre seigneur". ILLUSTRATION: f. 29, Annunciation; f. 39v, Visitation; f. 50, Nativity; f. 55bis, Annunciation to the Shepherds; f. 59v, Adoration of the Magi; f. 63v, Presentation in the Temple; f. 68, Flight into Egypt; f. 75, Dormition of the Virgin; f. 84, God in Judgment; f. 102v,
Typed Letter Signed

Typed Letter Signed

EINSTEIN, Albert Typed Letter Signed by Einstein EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed ("A. Einstein"), to Mr. Daniel M Lipkin. Princeton, New Jersey, October 1st, 1952. 1 page, Quarto (11 x 8 1/2 inches; 279 x 217 mm). On stationary for the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics. Also with the corresponding transmittal envelope. With one horizontal center crease and two vertical creases as expected in a letter. Overall about fine. This 1952 typed letter signed by Einstein is to Daniel Lipkin, an engineer and a former student of his friend David Bohm at Princeton regarding some equations he had sent to Einstein for comment. "Mr. Daniel M. Lipkin 4925 Rubicam Street Philadelphia, 44, Pa. Dear Mr. Lipkin: The possibility of this choice of coordinate system is quite obvious and generally known. It is, however, an incomplete determination fixing only 1 of the 4 arbitrary functions. For developing the theory generally it seems to me better not to specialize the coordinate system at all. Sincerely yours, A. Einstein Albert Einstein" "Daniel Lipkin, a Bronx, New York native, who as a self-described "awestruck 15 year-old high school student," first wrote to Einstein in 1944 and continued his correspondence with the physicist after completing his studies at Princeton (1946-1949) under Einstein's friend David Bohm. Lipkin went on to work as an electrical engineer working for Sperry Univac designing early computers, and later at American Electronic Laboratories. (Lipkin, letter to the editor, American Journal of Physics, 1981, p. 619; Obit., Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 2009)." (From Christie's). HBS 68216. $8,500
Typed Letter Signed

Typed Letter Signed

EINSTEIN, Albert Typed Letter Signed and Annotated by Einstein Discussing Quantum Theory and the Principle of General Relativity EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed ("A. Einstein"), to Mr. Daniel M Lipkin. Princeton, New Jersey, July 5th, 1952. 1 page, Quarto (11 x 8 1/2 inches; 279 x 217 mm). On stationary for the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics. As well as the signature, the letter contains a few ink notations including an equation. Also with the corresponding transmittal envelope. With one horizontal middle crease and two vertical creases as expected with a letter. Overall about fine. This 1952 typed letter signed and annotated by Einstein is to Daniel Lipkin, an engineer and a former student of his friend David Bohm at Princeton regarding some equations he had sent to Einstein for comment. Einstein discusses that he has reason to belive that the "present quantum theory, inspite [sic] of it's many successes, is far from the truth." "Mr. Daniel M. Lipkin 4925 Rubicam Str. Philadelphia 44, Pa. Dear Mr. Lipkin: It is, of course, an obstacle for the testing of the theory that it is practically impossible to operate with the solution of the equations g i k. l ¤ 0 + -1 with respect to the T. Your point of view to try to operate on the basis of certain lines analogous to the geodetical line seem to me not appropriate for reasons of principles. A relativistic theory of the total field should, according to my opinion, cannot admit singularities. Particles concentrated in a point can therefore not be used in such theory. For this reason I do not believe that any lines should play a fundamental role. The conviction that only solutions without any singularities can claim physical meaning creates a tremendous difficulty, because there are for non-linear differential equations—as far as I know—no methods to find them out systematically or even to find general theorems. I too have many reasons to believe that the present quantum theory, inspite [sic] of its many successes, is far from the truth. This theory reminds me a little of the system of delusion of an exceedingly intelligent paranoiac concocted of incoherent elements of thought. As you also seem to believe I believe it impossible to get a real insight without satisfying from the start the principle of general relativity. I feel, however, by no means sure that my own approach is the right one. I do also not believe that the de Broglie-Bohm's approach is very hopeful. It leads, f.i., to the consequence that a particle belonging to a standing wave has no speed. This is contrary to the well-founded conviction that a nearly free particle should approximately behave according to classical mechanics. Sincerely yours, A. Einstein Albert Einstein" "Daniel Lipkin, a Bronx, New York native, who as a self-described "awestruck 15 year-old high school student," first wrote to Einstein in 1944 and continued his correspondence with the physicist after completing his studies at Princeton (1946-1949) under Einstein's friend David Bohm. Lipkin went on to work as an electrical engineer working for Sperry Univac designing early computers, and later at American Electronic Laboratories. (Lipkin, letter to the editor, American Journal of Physics, 1981, p. 619; Obit., Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 2009)." (From Christie's). HBS 68215. $35,000
Waverley; or

Waverley; or, ‘Tis Sixty Years Since

SCOTT, Sir Walter The Rare First Edition of Scott’s "Waverley" [SCOTT, Sir Walter]. Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes. Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co., 1814. First edition of Sir Walter Scott’s rare first novel, one of 1,000 copies printed. With all of the printing errors cited by Worthington pp. 16-17. (except for Volume I p. 210, Volume II p. 79 and Volume III, p. 159, which Worthington states only occur in some copies). Three twelvemo volumes (6 3/4 x 4 inches; 172 x 103 mm.). [8], 358, [1, printer’s imprint], [3, blank]; [8], 370, [1, printer’s imprint], [5, blank]; [8], 371, [5, blank] pp. Complete with half-titles and with final imprint leaves in Volume I and II. Contemporary full brown calf, rebacked with original spines laid down. Each spine with a red and a black spine label. Front boards tooled in gilt. Spines stamped and lettered in gilt. Edges speckled brown. Marbled endpapers. Each volume with previous owner Thomas Peers Williams' bookplate on front pastedown. Some very minor offsetting to first half-title of volume I. A very small light dampstain to top margin of pages 167-171 of volume II. Overall a very good set. "The first of the forty or so ‘Waverley Novels’ was the progenitor and has become the archetype of the historical novel throughout the world. At one blow Scott had established a new literary form; and the basic principles on which Waverley and all his subsequent novels were constructed have been disregarded only at the peril of artistic failure" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 273). Printing and the Mind of Man 273. Van Antwerp, pp. 79-87. Todd and Bowden, Sir Walter Scott, 77Aa. Worthington 1. HBS 68211. $4,500