080. STEPHEN (J.K.) Quo Musa Tendis? Cambridge, Macmillan and Bowes, 1891

Limited Edition poetry book, numbered 26 of 150 copies on hand-made paper, signed by the publishers with initials. Stephen (d. 1892), educated at Eton and Cambridge, a cousin of Virginia Woolf, was put forward by Michael Harrison in 1972 as a candidate for being ‘Jack the Ripper.’

8vo, pp. x, 84, 1 f., cloth, paper spine label (label very worn, spine darkened).

£25 Sold

075. RUSSELL (Miss H.J.R.) pamphlets [as under] London / Alnwick, 1890’s

Bound in one volume, 8vo, with original wrappers in green cloth, with Presentation inscription to Lord Napier.

  1. The English Claims to the Overlordship of Scotland in connection with the death of Thomas a Becket, L., [reissue from Journal of the British Archaeological Association], 1894
  2. The Name of Glasgow, and the History of Cumbria, British Archaeological Association, 1890
  3. The Aquisition of Lothian by Northumbria. Probably a Suppressed Chapter by Bede, B.A.A., 1891
  4. The Classical and Medieval Use of Fortification of Branches now known as Zareeba, B.A.A.,[1894/5]
  5. Former Lines of Road about Ashieteel, &c., Alnwick [reprinted from the Transactions of the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club], 1893
  6. Some Scotch Place-Names, Alnwick [B.N.C.], 1894
  7. Some Rock-Cuttings in Northumberland, London, [B.A.A.], 1897

£120

012. [BRATHWAITE (Richard)] Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys to the North of England, In Latin and English Metre, … Together with Bessy Bell, … The Third Edition, wih several New Copper Cuts, London, Printed for S. Illidge, 1723

Overall a pleasing, complete copy; one of the subsequent owners was one ‘R. Coates, BEF 1918 Sep.17.’ A diverting read for a World War I soldier, and perhaps explaining the wear to the binding. The contents are clean and sound.

8vo, 10 ff., pp. 175 (1), 4 ff. index, frontis. & 5 engraved plates, later (19th c.) polished pigskin, large gilt armorial on upr. cvr., (one or two headlines partially cropped, binding worn).

£265

090. TENNANT (Stephen) Leaves from a Missionary’s Notebook. The Adventures of Felix Littlejohn, London, Secker & Warburg, 1929

First Edition, Limited to 125 copies ‘specially printed on vellum paper,’ out-of-series copy, not signed. A fairly typically wry piece written and flamboyantly illustrated by Tennant, and dedicated to E.M.Forster. Tennant, one of the original “Bright Young Things” of the 1920’s & 30’s, of whom Cecil Beaton remarked:. “He makes the rest of the world seem squalid,” is perhaps best known now for his relationship with Siegfried Sassoon. However, a recent stage play revived interest, and in 2008 Jasper Conran cited this particular book as a source of inspiration, cutting a course between “prim and saucy.”

lge. 8vo, unpaginated, illustrated throughout, pale yellow cloth, upper cover gilt lettered, front pictorial panel of d.w. only, loose in the back of the book.

£150

088. [SPAIN & NORTH AFRICA] JACKSON (Mary Catherine) Word-Sketches of the Sweet South, London, Richard Bentley, 1873

First Edition. Jackson’s travels take in Gibraltar, Granada and the Alhambra, Seville, Malaga, Tangiers, etc. COPAC locates copies at the BL, NL of Scotland, Oxford & Cambridge.

8vo, frontispiece, half-title, title, 2 ff., pp. 301, original brown cloth gilt and black decoration, (some foxing to first and last ff., but essentially a fine copy), a.e.g.

£275

087. [SLAVERY] BESSET (Jane) The Black Princess. A True Story for Young Persons, London, George Routledge, [1870]

First published in 1854, this is the second (and final) issue. COPAC lists only the BL / V&A for the first edition, and the BL only for this. A clean and tidy copy; the spine a little faded.

16mo, pp. viii, 168, frontispiece & 3 plates after John Gilbert, publisher’s brown cloth gilt (spine slightly faded), a.e.g., Brighton bookseller’s ticket to front paste-down.

£40

086. SEMPLE (Robert) Observations made on a Tour from Hamburg, through Berlin, Gorlitz, and Breslau, to Silberburg; and thence to Gottenburg, London, Printed for Robert Baldwin . . . and J. Murray, 1814

First Edition. COPAC: O, Glasgow, NL of Scot, Cambridge, BL, TC Dublin. Robert Semple (1766-1816), American born son of British parents, travelled widely on business through Europe, the Cape, and South America. In the present work, he relates his travels during dangerous times and his arrest and imprisonment as a suspected American spy by Lord Cathcart. In 1815, through the influence of Lord Selkirk, Semple was appointed governor or chief agent for the Hudson Bay Company. During a dispute with the rival North-West company in 1816 he was shot and mortally wounded.

8vo, pp. viii, 267, (5, adverts), untrimmed in original boards (rebacked).

£325

085. SEDLEY (Sir Charles) The Mulberry-Garden, A Comedy. As it is Acted by His Majesty’s Servants at the Theatre-Royal. Written by the Honourable Sir Charles Sidley [sic], London, Printed for H. Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1675

Wing S2403; W & M, 1014. A decent copy of this Restoration tragi-comical play which was first published and performed in 1668; Samuel Pepys, who had long looked forward to it, was severely disappointed. The play was then apparently revived for the 1674/5 season, and presumably also revised at this time, and it is this re-issue that we have here.
The original Mulberry-Garden, to which the title refers, was a four acre orchard, planted by James I in 1609, on the site of the present (north-west corner of) Buckingham Palace. King James had been hoping to kickstart English silkworm production, but unfortunately chose the wrong sort of bush. Clement Walker in ‘Anarchia Anglicana’ (1649) refers to “new-erected sodoms and spintries at the Mulberry Garden at S. James’s”; which suggests it may at that date have been a place of debauchery. In 1674, Goring House, which occupied part of the site adjacent to the Mulberry Garden, burnt down, which perhaps explains the play’s revival at that particular date.

4to, 1 f. blank, 1 f. title, 1 f. dedication, 1 f. ‘Dramatis Personnae,’ / Prologue, pp. 75 (1, Epilogue), later boards (spine worn and semi detached, large inksplash on A4, a few small pin-hole burns passim).

£325

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?],’).

£300

020. [COMPUTERS] NEGROPONTE (Nicholas) The Architecture Machine. Toward a More Human Environment, [and] Soft Architecture Machines, Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London, MIT Press, 1970, 1975

First Editions, separated from each other by five years. Quite fascinating high-concept consideration of computers and software, including pattern recognition, compatibilities & conflicts, games, intelligence and architecture, , problem solving, memory, default options, etc. “Most of the machines I will be discussing do not exist at this time. The chapters are primarily extrapolations into the future derived from experiences with various computer-aided design systems, and, in patricular, URBAN5,” [Preface, vol.1]. The text for the follow-up volume was actually completed in 1972, but, ironically, fell prey to the hazards of computer typesetting.

2 vols, square 8vo, vol. 1: 6 ff., pp. 153 (1) incl. 30 pp. bibliography, b/w illustrations, white card covers untitled with 16 silver squares on upper cover (a little foxing to fore-edges, and margins at front and back, otherwise very good); vol. 2. 6 ff., pp. 239 (1), incl. 40 page bibliography, b/w illustrations, silver boards with 16 white squares, spine lettered, dustwrapper (edgeworn, a few creases and short tears; instutional rubber stamp on front paste down; otherwise very good condition).

£275

004. [ARTS] The Pictorial Gallery of Arts. [Volume 1:] Useful Arts / [Volume 2:] Fine Arts, London, Charles Knight, / Charles Cox, n.d. & 1847

By the look and feel of it, probably originally issued in parts; this seems to be the
earliest edition, anticipating in its coverage the Great Exhibition. Indeed later issues
(1858-60) easily incorporated material relating to it.
Much rarer than one might suppose: COPAC locates only the Wellcome and Cardiff
copies of this edition. A near fine copy, with an additional chromo plate in vol. 2 which
does not seem to be present in other copies, but clearly belongs.

2 vols in 1, folio, chromo frontispiece, pp. v (i), 390 (but index ff. bound after title), profusely illus.; chromo frontis., pp. v (i), 406, 1 chromo plate, text profusely illus., contemp. black calf, spine gilt tooled in bands, burgundy gilt-lettered label, comb-marbled edges.

£225

002. [ANON] The Life of Sir Richard Whittington, Knight, and Four Times Lord Mayor of London, … By the Author of “Memoirs of George Barnwell,” Harlow, Printed by B. Flower, 1811

COPAC locates a copy at the British Library, and another at the Society of Antiquaries; an unusual provincial imprint. A second edition was published in London in 1816. Ex-libris Bala School Library, and then D. Wyn Lloyd (bookplate).

8vo, portrait frontispiece with vignette scene below, pp. 107 (1, adverts), contemporary tree calf, spine gilt dec., label (label chipped, light water stain to frontis, occasional finger marks to text, etc.).

£50