071. POMPADOUR (Madame de) Letters of the Marchioness of Pompadour. From MDCCLIII to MDCCLXII, inclusive. In Two Volumes, London, Sold by W.Owen …, 1771

First Edition of this spurious, but marvellous, collection; now attributed to Barbe-Marbois. A supplementary volume appeared the following year.
With a charming 20th Century gift inscription to the famous actress Dame Anna Neagle, from her long term professional ally, the writer / director Herbert Wilcox, who shot her to fame. Two years after her first big success in the title part of Nell Gwynn ( of which Graham Greene said: I have seen few things more attractive than Miss Neagle in breeches … ), she followed up with another true-life figure, portraying Irish actress Peg Woffington in ‘Peg of Old Drury’ (1936). The inscription we have here runs: To Anna Neagle with admiration and thanks for her great help in writing Peg Woffington, Dec 13 [19]34, Herbert Wilcox.

2 vols, 12mo, pp. xii, 176; [iv], 151 [1], 8 ff. Contents, contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, (rebacked to style, light waterstain to front end-papers of vol. 1).


060. NOEL des QUERSONNIÈRES (F.M.J.) Elégie, sur l’Assassinat de … Le Duc de Berri … / Elegy on the Murder of … the Duke de Berri …, London, Printed by E. Harrison … for the Author, 1821

First Edition, French & English text. Oval bookplate with [facsimile?] signature of Sophia, presumably Princess Sophia. COPAC locates a single copy, at the BL.

8vo, pp. 79 (1), errata slip at end), red straight-grain morocco, covers ruled with single gilt fillet with fleur-de-lys corner pieces, spine ruled with double gilt fillets, (edges rubbed, slight erosion at head and foot of spine), a.e.g.


039. HUGO (Victor) Hans of Iceland, London, J. Robins & Co., 1825

First Edition, first issue, first English translation. Cohn 382. A choice copy, ex-libris Alan Cuthbertson, bookplate of Walter George Crombie, with the rare advertisement leaves.

8vo, 12 pp. booksellers catalogue dated April 1825, 1 f. blank, 1 f. adverts. (New Works illustrated by George Cruikshank), half-title, title, 1 f., pp. 225 (1), 1 f. adverts., add. engr. pictroial title, 3 engr. plates by Geo. Cruickshank, (slight foxing to plate margins), untrimmed in later blue boards with plain buff spine, spine label.


032. FARREN (Robert) artist and etcher: Iphegenia in Tauris of Euripedes Performed by Members of the University at the Theatre Royal, Cambridge, November & December,1894. Drawn & Etched by Robert Farren, Cambridge, Macmillan and Bowes, 1895

Inscribed on the title-page, “M.Farren from R. Farren,” and with 7 sheets of original pencil sketches, 6 of which are of classical themes (possibly unused scenes relating to this production), and a Dutch [?] woman in a coastal landscape. Farren produced a number of illustrated works detailing various aspects of Cambridge, including rowing and architecture.

oblong folio, etched pictorial title page, 1 f. cast list / list of the 7 plates, 7 etched plates, original printed wrapper.


031. ELLIS (Havelock) The Nineteenth Century, A Dialogue in Utopia, London, Grant Richards, 1900

First Edition. A characteristically quirky, slightly uptight, and rambling text from the English sexologist, “ … beauty is merely the expression of perfect adequacy of function, merely the symbol of usefulness.” [p. 89].

sm. 8vo, 2 ff., pp. 166, edges rough trimmed, cloth, printed paper label (label toned and slightly scuffed).


029. DREXEL (Jeremias) Caelum Beatorum Civitas Aeternitatis Pars III …, Antverpiae, Ex typographia Iohannis Cnobbari, 1635

First Edition of the separately issued sequel, (i.e. part III) of ‘De Aeternitate Considerationes’ by the Jesuit, Jeremy Drexel (1581-1638). Provenance: early owner name inked over at foot of title; ‘Ex libris Placerdoti Barbier Lacerdotis’ on f.f.e.p.; bookplate of Robert J. Bathurst.

24mo, 12 ff. (including fine ornamental engraved title-page), pp. 415 (1), 1 f. admonitia / errata, contemporary calf, spine gilt, later lettered green leather labels, (paper strip overlaid to head of title and inscribed ‘vantroijen [ then letter code?],’).


025. [DELANY (Patrick)] Sixteen Discourses upon Doctrines and Duties … And against the Reigning Vanities of the Age, London, Printed for John and James Rivington, 1754

First Edition by Delany, friend of Swift, Gay and Bolingbroke. The contents are less dry than they sound, with considerations of follies such as gambling, fashion, etc. Owner names: Ch. Floods, 1768; Will Coke; J. Gilberd.

8vo, pp. xxx (misnumbered, but register and catchwords correct), 415, (1, adverts), contemp. calf (worn: hinges cracked, erosion to head of spine, unlovely; back free end paper gone, pale waterstain to contents passim, wormhole in the gutter of first gathering).