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A'BECKETT (GILBERT ABBOTT).
2 The Comic History of England, by GILBERT ABBOTT A'BECKETT, with coloured etchings and 120 woodcuts by John Leech. Punch Office, 1847, (Vol. ii., 1848), 2 vols.-THE COMIC HISTORY OF ROME, by GILBERT ABBOTT A'BECKETT, illustrated by John Leech. Bradbury & Evans, N.D. (1849). 3 vols., 8vo, FIRST EDITIONS, humorous coloured etchings and woodcuts by JOHN LEECH, VERY FINE COPIES, BOUND FROM THE ORIGINAL PARTS, THE FRONT COVERS BEING PRESERVED AT THE END OF EACH VOLUME, tree calf extra gilt, by Tout, top edges gilt, UNCUT EDGES, VERY SCARCE IN THIS STATE. £30
3 The Humble Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal to his Majesty, IN RELATION TO THE PETITION OF CHARLES DESBOROW, Late Captain of His Majesty's Ship MARY Gally, EMPLOY'D IN THE EXPEDITION TO NEWFOUNDLAND, in the Year 1697, under the Command of CAPTAIN JOHN NORRIS, and His Majesty's most Gracious Answer thereto. Charles Desborow, 1699. Sm. 4to, PRACTICALLY UNCUT, sewn, VERY RARE.
£42 An interesting and extremely rare tract, no copy of which was seen by Sabin (No. 19686), and it is not recorded in the Church Catalogue.
Desborow's petition concerned his dismissal from the Service, caused by the dissensions which arose between the "Sailors" and the "Landsmen " as to attacking the French Squadron off St. Johns.
4 Franck (Richard) Northern Memoirs, CALCULATED FROM THE MERIDIAN OF SCOTLAND. Wherein most or all of the Cities, Citadels, Seaports, Castles, Forts, Fortresses, Rivers, and Rivulets are compendiously described. To which is added. THE CONTEMPLATIVE AND PRACTICAL ANGLER. By way of Diversion. WITH A NARRATIVE OF THAT DEXTROUS AND MYSTERIOUS ART experimented in England, and perfected on more remote and solitary Parts of Scotland. By way of Dialogue. Writ in the year 1658, but not till now made publick. Printed for the Author, 1694. FIRST EDITION, Svo, old calf, OF THE GREATEST RARITY. £28 This fishing tour in Scotland gives important matter both to the lover of the angle and the topographical antiquary, and besides a great deal of interesting information, concerning the state of Scotland during the Civil Wars. Its literary style Sir Walter Scott says is only to be equalled in its stupendous portentiousness, by the writings of Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty.
Frank was a skilful angler, and could use the rod on an occasion for other whippings than those of pool and stream. His disparaging passages in which the venerable ISAAC WALTON is introduced make the reader wish that the patriarch had made this Northern Tour instead of Frank.
Yet we must do our author the justice to state, that he is as much superior to Walton on the mystery of fly-fishing as inferior to him in taste, feeling and commonFARNK'S CONTESTS WITH SALMON ARE PAINTED TO THE LIFE, and the directions to the angler are generally given with great judgment.
5 Toxophilvs, The Schole; OR, PARTITIONS OF SHOOTING CONTAYNED IN II. BOOKES, writte by ROGER ASCHAM, 1544. And now newlye perused. Pleasaunt for all Gentlemen, and Yomen of England, for theyr pastime to reade, and profitable for their vse to folowe both in warre and peace. Imprinted at London in Fletestreate near to St. Dunstones Churche by Thomas Marsh, Anno, 1571, Black Letter, engraved border around title, sm. 4to, a large and very fine copy in morocco extra, gilt edges, by Riviere & Son.
This is a particularly fine copy of a very rare edition.
On the publication of Toxophilus," Ascham found an opportunity of presenting a copy to the King in the Gallery at Greenwich. Henry VIII., according to the author's account, "did so well like it and followed it, as he gave me a living for it " in the shape of a pension of £10.
B. (J. B.).
6 Observations upon the Lives of Alexander, Caesar, Scipio. ENGLISHED. London, Printed by A. Islip, for John Jaggard. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, original vellum, FINE COPY OF A VERY RARE
£42 To my much respected Friend, Nicholas Strangways (3 pp.). Translated from the Italian; the translator's name is unknown.
The Grolier Club Catalogue mentions a licence leaf facing the title-page; we are unable to trace but one other copy containing this.
This is one of the few early books in which we find notices acknowledging the preeminence of the great dramatist. The book contains 481 Epigrams and Epitaphs.
In the first book occurs Two Epigrams on Shakespeare. "Shook thy Speare " seems to allude to his Crest, which was a Falcon supporting a Spear.
118. To Shakespeare.
Thy muses sugred dainties seems to us
Like the fam'd apples of old Tantalus:
For we [admiring] see and heare thy straïnes,
Thou hast so us'd thy pen (or Shook thy Speare)
8 The Doome warning all men to the Judgemente: Wherein are contayned for the most parte all the straunge Prodigies hapned in the Worlde, with divers secrete figures of Revelations tending to mannes stayed conversion towardes God: In maner of a generall Chronicle, gathered out of sundrie approved authors by ST. BATMAN professor in Divinitie. Imprinted by Ralphe Nubery assigned by Henry Bynneman 1581. FIRST EDITION. Black Letter. Sm. 4to, ornamental title-page (see reproduction). Numerous interesting and well engraved cuts throughout, original calf, FARMER'S COPY, VERY RARE.
BEAUMONT (FRANCIS) AND FLETCHER (JOHN).
Dramatis Personæ (1 p.).
and William Cooke, 1639.
Sm. 4to, sewn, FINE COPY, RARE, preserved in
This play was written in 1614.
10 The Fables of Æsop, AND OTHERS.
With Designs on Wood by THOMAS BEWICK. The wisest of the ancients delivered their Conceptions of the Deity, and their Lessons of morality, in Fables and Parables." Newcastle: Printed by E. Walker, for T. Bewick and Son, sold by them, Longman and Co., London, and all Booksellers, 1818. Crisp impressions of the artistic cuts by Thomas Bewick. FIRST EDITION. Imperial 8vo, LARGE “IMPERIAL " PAPER, IN THE ORIGINAL BOARDS, WITH PAPER LABEL, AND THE ORIGINAL THUMBMARK LEAF OF RECEIPT, TOTALLY UNCUT AS ISSUED, VERY RARE IN THIS STATE. £9 9s
Theatre of the little
Breve iter ad bonum per exempla, longum
12mo, red morocco extra, gilt edges, A FINE
COPY OF AN EXTREMELY RARE BOOK.
Dedication to Master J. B., To the Reader, A Table of all the Authors (6 pp.). A very popular anthology in the seventeenth century, compiled from the ancient writers.
13 A Solemne Joviall Disputation THERETICKE AND PRACTICKE;
THE BIRTH OF TOBACCO. 2. PLUTO'S BLESSING TO TOBACCO.