A good example of one of Phillipps’s anastatically-printed facsimiles, in this case a copy of his own transcripts from the records of Herald’s seventeenth-century Visitations and their disqualifications of arms born by gentlemen without authority.more...
Phillipps as a printer and patron of lithographic printing has been extensively studied and discussed by Michael Twyman in Early Lithographed Books (1990)..see full details
An extended heraldic manuscript by Thomas Willement, heraldic researcher and author who was to become a major figure in the Victorian gothic revival as a stained glass artist.more...
It includes reasoned descriptions of arms and quarterings for: Lord Henry Thomas Howard Molyneux Howard (1819), Francis Rawdon Hastings, Earl of Moira (1819), Henry Nevile, Earl of Abergavenny (1819), Lord Viscount Curzon, Earl of Tyrconnel (1819), Henry Pelham Clinton, Duke of Newcastle, Percy of Northumberland, Russell Duke of Bedford, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, Darell of Calehill, Foljambe, Mrs Mostyn (Madame Piozzi), Montagu-Cholmeley and the Knyvett and Stafford Cooke families. It also includes pedigrees of the Kings of England (in reverse from William IV, crowned 1830 to William the Conqueror) and a genealogies of the families of Salisbury (from the time of Charlemagne) and Cholmeley.
Thomas Willement was an important figure in the Victorian gothic movement and is credited with the revival of the art of stained glass in England, lost since the reformation. Born in 1786 to a heraldic coach painter, he became heraldic painter to King George IV and later Queen Victoria and executed stained glass for more than 1000 buildings (including St George’s Chapel, Windsor). He collaborated with Pugin on several projects. In 1845 he bought the Priory and Church at Davington (Faversham) then in a dire state, with the church having been used for lambing and for storage of smuggled goods, and set about restoration. Willement, was the author of many books, died aged 85, on 10 March, 1871, and is buried in a vault at Davington Church..see full details
An eighteenth-century work on feudal barons and the history of land ownership in England.more...
It was written by Madox, a legal antiquity and historian whose first appearance was in the publication Formulare Anglicanum in 1701. He produced a learned dissertation on ancient charters, which was praised by Bishop William Nicolson as having provided an ‘unspeakable service to our students in law and antiquities.’ (English Historical Library, 1776).
Baronia Anglica was first printed in 1736 and our issue is ‘a reissue of the sheets of the 1736 edition printed by William Bowyer (T97064), without the index to his ‘History of the Exchequer’ (which occupied the final 54 sheets...) with a cancel title page; Bowyer also printed the new titles; his records show 500 + 50 [large-paper?] + ‘500 more to give away’. The large-paper copies may show variation in placement of press figures, or in their presence or absence; the details are unclear’ (ESTC). .see full details
A copiously illustrated heraldic treatise by the Italian Jesuit, Silvestro Pietrasanta. He published his first book on the subject in 1634, but this 1638 publication is his magnum opus, with no less than 2878 engraved heraldic illustrations engraved on copper and interspersed (several to a page) within the text, a rather remarkable feat of imposition. Pietrosanta also makes use of a hatching system with patterns of lines and dots used for designating heraldic tinctures, a widely used system that he himself invented..see full details
An account of the Courtenays of Powderham Castle, Devon, with origins traced to the time of the Crusades. The first part described the cadet branch of the Courtenay family that participated in the crusades came to rule the County of Edessa, a Crusader state. .see full details
Memorial for His Grace John Duke of Roxburgh and his Curators, Defenders; against John Hay of Lawfield, William Hay of Charterfield and William Sandihills, all Heretors of Eastbarns, Pursuers.more...
[Edinburgh: August 2, 1757], pp. 15, . Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Alexander Earl of Home. [Edinburgh: 31 January, 1764], pp. 28. Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Sessions, the Petition of Captain Shaw Grosett, and Miss Lilias Grosett... [Edinburgh: February 3, 1768], pp. 16. Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Alexander Hamilton of Blantyre-farm, and Miss Lilias Grosett. [Edinburgh: February 17, 1768], pp. 8. Not in ESTC.
Information for Alexander Drummond Esq; late his Majesty’s Consul at Aleppo in Syrai, now residing in Canongate, in the Competition of the Creditors of Mrs. Marion Drummond. [Edinburgh: January 22, 1768], pp. 8. ESTC: Bodley only.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Janet Rattray, Widow of John Scott, late Tacksman of Rashyhill, and of Andrew, James, Joseph, George, and Hary Scotts, their children. [Edinburgh: February 18, 1768], pp. 13, . Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Alexander Roberts in Nether-Wardroppertown, and Katharine Straton his Spouse, eldest Daughter of the deceased Robert Straton of Wardroppertown. [February 20, 1768], pp. 12. Not in ESTC.
Seven eighteenth-century pleadings in Edinburgh courts relating to inheritance, most involving female inheritances. All are very rare..see full details
Edward Jacob ‘antiquary and naturalist, was born in Canterbury, the eldest son of Edward Jacob (d. 1756), surgeon and alderman, who served as mayor of Canterbury in 1727–8, and Jane, daughter of Strangford Violl, vicar of Upminster. About 1735 he moved to Feversham [sic] where he lived at 78 Preston Street and practised as a surgeon, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Among his patients was Lord Sondes of Lees Court, Sheldwich. The Jacobs were a long-established east Kent family and several members had served as mayors and magistrates in Sandwich and Dover. Actively interested in local affairs, Jacob was four times mayor of Faversham—in 1749, 1754, 1765, and 1775...
Jacob interested himself in the history of Faversham soon after he had moved there, ‘having an early propensity to the study of antiquities’. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries on 5 June 1755, and in 1774 published The History of the Town and Port of Faversham, dedicated to Lord Sondes’ (Oxford DNB).
This is one of the standard copies with 15 plates, some having an 4 additional plates..see full details
Royalist conter-revolutionary journalist Pitou was arrested no less than 18 times during the revolutionary period before being deported to Cayenne for his royalist sympathies. L’Urne des Stuarts et des Bourbons was written on his escape and return to France..see full details
A very rare translation of the pseudonymous Siege of London (1885), probably the first edition in French (a condensed French edition also appeared in 1885).more...
An excellent example of the many British speculative novels spawned by the fear of invasion, from the 1871 Siege of Dorking to Erskine Childers’s Riddle of the Sands (1903). In Posteritas’ account, the invasion is set against the background of a collapsed Gladstone Liberal government and crisis in the Middle East. The French invade via Portsmouth and later Dover and Scotland, with the aid of the perfidious Irish, and the novel culminates with the bombardment of Westminster and the Battle of Hyde Park..see full details
First edition of this history of England (or more properly, Britain) from ancient times to the era of the American Revolution.more...
The third volume, not alwayes present is especially detailed as an account of the British colonial exploits on the American continent and elsewhere. David’s illustrations are characteristically dramatic. The text of the first two volumes (dated 1784) is by Pierre Le Tourneur and Guillaume Germaine Guyot, and of the latter (dated 1800) by Jean Baptiste Gabriel Marie Milcent..see full details
First edition of Le Tourneur’s monumental translation, instrumental in securing Shakespeare’s reputation in France.more...
Preceded only by La Place’s pioneering but partial translations (1745-49) and by some individual translations by Voltaire and Ducis, Le Tourneur’s is the first attempt at the complete works. Inspired by the 1769 Shakespeare Jubilee, Le Tourneur prefaces the collection with a long account of the Stratford celebrations presided over by David Garrick (taken without acknowledgement from Benjamin Victor’s History of the Theatres of London, 1771) and with a biography drawn mainly from Rowe. There is also an important critical essay using materials from Rowe, Pope, Theobald, Hanmer, Johnson and Sewell. The extensive subscribers’ lists (a second lists new subscribers since the start of publication) contains prominent names in both France and England.
The story of Shakespeare’s slow acceptance in France, in the face of prevailing classicism, is well known — Le Tourneur’s translations were the first to allow French readers to make their own judgements and they perfectly reflect the transition from classicism to romanticism in French culture. Indeed, the preface is considered to contain the very first printed appearance of the word ‘romantique’ in the French language, with Le Tourneur referring to the suitably romantic prospect of a clouded landscape and then stressing the need for both the word and the concept in French.
The edition provoked the ire of the ageing Voltaire (always ambivalent to Shakespeare) who on receiving the first volume wrote in a letter to friend: ‘I must tell you how upset I am for the honour of the theatre, against a certain Tourneur, who is said to be Secretary of [La Librairie], but who does not seem to me the Secretary of Good taste. Have you read two volumes by this miserable fellow, in which he wants to make us all treat Shakespeare as the only model of true tragedy?... What is frightful is that this monster had a following in France; and the height of calamity and horror is that it was I who was once the first to speak of this Shakespeare, it was I who was the first to show the French some pearls that I discovered in his enormous dung-heap’ (translated by Davidson, Voltaire: a life, 2010, p. 439)..see full details
The fourth of Colucci’s series ‘Monumentale’: A vibrantly-illustrated version in woodcut and with specially-made type, coloured and rubricated by hand by Ferrariello, ‘maître enlumineur’. Italian-born artist Colucci had studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and worked on numerous books, including editions of Dante’s Inferno and Barbey d’Aurevilly’s Le plus bel Amour de Don Juan and later decorated the Armenian cathedral of Cairo (Benezit). With its jovial tarot-card like graphics and quasi-medieval type the book is a delightful fusion of modernity and antiquity. Number 10 of 25 copies on papier auvergne pur chiffon with an additional suite in monochrome (total edition 125)..see full details
FIRST EDITION, the four plates signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, one of 100 copies on vélin de Rives (after 55 copies on japon impérial, total edition 155).more...
Illustrating the history, architecture and life around the old Lille stock exchange, built in the early seventeenth century. It had remained the centre of commercial life in the city until 1921 when a new Bourse was constructed. The etchings and ornaments here were created by Lille artist Bouchery, a painter and engraver of genre and landscape scenes, who studied at Palais de Beaux-Arts de Lille and was renowned for his unrivalled handling of chiaroscuro..see full details
FIRST EDITION of this illustrated French translation of the fifteenth-century De duobus amantibus historia.more...
One of 100 copies on Madagascar, this one with an additional signed watercolour drawing, (after 13 copies hors commerce, total edition 113). A translation of Piccolomini’s 1444 story about two lovers Euryalus and Lucretia: an apology for carnal love, though with the author remarking in the last chapter that love gives more bitterness and worry than pleasure. Maurice Lalau specialised in elaborate colour-printing processes for illustrated books in a quasi-medievalist style, with rich colours and very delicate, decorative detail often embellished with gold. The typography is by Marthe Fequet..see full details
Number 56 of 100 examples on pur fil du Marais, with an additional suite (total edition 176). An erotic book by the bohemian novelist and songwriter Mac-Orlan; illustrated in pochoir by Picart Le Doux, an impressionist artist who created washy and seductive night-scenes, most of which are depictions of prostitutes. He was well-known for his female nudes, was friends with Renoir, and also illustrated works by Verlaine and Baudelaire. He was best known as a tapestry designer..see full details