Seward’s ‘budding talent was recognized at the poetical amusements organized by Lady Anna Miller at her Batheaston villa from 1775 to 1781. In Poem to the Memory of Lady Miller (1782) Seward expresses her gratitude for Miller’s “gentle ordeal” by which verses were put into an Etruscan vase, and then read aloud by a gentleman to the gathering at Batheaston. The best verses, including some of Seward’s earliest publications, were chosen as prize poems and collected in Batheaston’s annual volume of poetry’ (Oxford DNB)..see full details
An elegant anonymous satire on fashionable dress for women, directed especially against the painful pursuit of an artificial figure: ‘Come here, you two girls, that look full in my face, / And you that so often are turning your back [the Graces], / Put on these cork rumps, and then tighten your stays / ‘Till your hips, and your ribs, and the strings themselves crack. / Can ye speak? can ye breathe? - Not a word - Then ‘twill do. / You have often dress’d me, and for once I’ll dress you.’.see full details
A very rare juvenile edition of Deleuze’s translation of Darwin’s The Loves of the Plants (1789), his heroic poem on the Linnean system and the transmutation of species.more...
Deleuze’s translation had appeared in 1799 and was popular. Our edition, though separately published formed part of the Bibliothèque instructive (61 vols) issued by Schrambl in Vienna between 1812 and 1819. It is coupled with Castel’s continuation and commentary. From the library of Count Maurice Dietrichstein, connoisseur, composer and governor of the young Napoleon II..see full details
Among the more recent ‘Remarkable Events’: ‘George III. went to St. Paul’s to return thanks for his recovery from his alarming illness, April 23 1789.’ Goldsmith miniature almanacks for the years 1681-1840 are listed in Welsh 3090-3094..see full details
A virulent attack on Philip II, King of Spain, attributed to José Teixeira, a Dominican friar exiled in France and England, confessor to Dom António, Prior of Crato, exiled king of Portugal.more...
La Anatomia de Espanna includes accounts of Francis Drake (‘Francisco Draco’ or ‘El Draco’) and the English Armada of 1586 and the 1596 capture of Cadiz. The text and its likely author were closely associated with the circle of Elizabeth’s favourite, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.
It is unpublished in print and known in one other manuscript copy in Spanish and two in English (The Anatomie of Spayne). Our version, while neatly written, contains numerous corrections and additions and is clearly dated 1598, suggesting it may be the earliest of these versions, potentially even the author’s original.Written in defence of the independence of Portugal, the title-page is emblematic of the contents: at its head the Spanish royal arms are secured to the twin pillars of ‘Miedo’ (fear) and ‘Sospecha’ (suspicion). Five further pillars, each with armorial shields are labelled: ‘Usurpacion’, ‘Hipocresia’, ‘Perfidia’, ‘Tirania’, ‘Homocidia’ and ‘Bastardia’. Over the course of 88 pages, the author disputes the legitimacy of Spanish rule over Portugal, accuses Philip II of mistreating his wives and implies that he was responsible for the death of his son, Don Carlos and his brother, Don Juan. He demonstrates that Philip was a poor friend to his supporters, such as the Dukes of Alva and Parma, but most notably António Pérez, at that time also in exile in London.
‘The “Anatomy of Spain,” a tract of 1598 probably written by a Portuguese exile in England, José Teixeira, popularized many hoary myths about the king: that before he married the princess of Portugal in 1543 he had two children by a court lady, Doña Isabel Osorio (since he was only just sixteen at the time of his first marriage this seems somewhat improbable); that during the 1560’s he got another lady, Doña Eufrasia de Guzmán, pregnant, forced the prince of Asculi to marry her, and then had the prince poisoned. There was also more detail on Don Carlos and the death of Escobedo … and there were vivid descriptions of the (unpunished) atrocities committed by Philip’s troops in Portugal, the Netherlands and the Indies. The “Anatomy of Spain” aimed to point out the “cost” of Philip II to the world. Its closing words execrated “this perfidious Philip, great hypocrite, incestuous king, accursed murderer, unjust usurper, detestable tyrant and monster” – but it was never published’ (Parker, Philip II, Chicago: Open Court, 1995, p. 203).
A second manuscript in Spanish of the Anatomia is at Cambridge, also dated 1598 probably a fair copy, illuminated, with elaborate heraldic illustration, bound in velvet (CUL MS Gg.6.19), with some heavy deletion and at least one leaf excised. An English translation exists in two early manuscripts, where the text is attributed to ‘Don Biud de Haro’ translated by ‘Harye Bedwod’, both evidently pseudonyms. The first of these English versions is at Eton College (MS 164), the second at the Beinecke Library, Yale (Osborne Fa20, ex. Gwyn of Lansmor, Ford Abbey and Phillipps), both being dated 1589, both with emblematic title-pages and elaborate illumination. The manuscripts are discussed by Gustav Ungerer in A Spaniard in Elizabethan England, pp. 275-6, but our version was unknown to him. It is potentially the earliest of the three and closest to the author.
Though unpublished in this form, several related works by Teixeira appeared in print in England, with the anonymous A Treatise Paraenetical, that is to say: an Exhortation. Wherein is shewed … the right way and true meanes to resist the … Castilian King … by a pilgrim Spaniard, of 1598, also associated with the circle of the Earl of Essex, containing some of the same material..see full details
Probably the first edition in French, but one of several issues of the same year with the same pagination but differing title ornaments.more...
First published in 1740 as The Chronicle of the Kings of England under the pseudonym of Nathan Ben Saddi, Dodsley here displayed his egalitarian leanings with this rewriting of English history in the style of the King James Version of the Old Testament Pentateuch. The imprint is false and it is unlikely that the French editions was actually printed in London. In this issue the engraved vignette on the title-page is a frame with a pedestal upon which are a spear, a shield, laurel wreaths and an owl, there are several variants, as enumerated in the ESTC..see full details
‘And Enoch walked with God. Gen. V. 24.’ Apparently by an anonymous follower of the evangelical Church of England preacher, William Romaine — a spiritual meditation occasioned by a daily walk — a trope clearly derived from Romaine’s spiritual classic The Walk of Faith (1771), a work recommended in a postscript here: ‘Reader, if the perusal of this letter has been profitable unto you, and you desire to be further instructed how to live by Faith, and walk humbly and happily with your God, ---- I would recommend to you a Treatise of the Life of Faith, and one of the Walk of Faith; both by the Rev. Romaine Rector of St. Ann Blackfriars...’.see full details
LINKING KEY FIGURES IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY REFORM MOVEMENTS, THE THREE LETTERS HERE ARE ADDRESSED TO MEDICAL PIONEER ELIZABETH BLACKWELL, THE FIRST WOMAN TO RECEIVE A MEDICAL DEGREE IN AMERICA AND THE FIRST TO BE ENTERED ON THE BRITISH MEDICAL REGISTER.more...
Blackwell’s old acquaintance, Florence Nightingale, writes to her in an apparently unpublished letter of 1871 of the difficulties of public health projects, which would involve: ‘going, for instance, into all the back slums of London & other towns – practically learning & teaching there what constitutes the health of dwellings, the health of children, the health of populations, of occupations &c.’ Twelve years earlier (1859) her cousin George Eliot, signing herself in her assumed name of Marian Lewes, responds to an appeal by feminist pioneer Barbara Bodichon by forwarding her letter to Elizabeth Blackwell, while novelist Dinah Mulock thanks Blackwell for a ticket to one of her lectures.
The documents were collected by a Mrs Denniss, perhaps given to her by Blackwell herself as a memento and include three excellent photographic portraits, including a magisterial print by Elliott & Fry. Comprising:
1. NIGHTINGALE, Florence. Autograph letter, signed ‘Florence Nightingale’ to Miss [Elizabeth] Blackwell. [August 2], 1871. ‘Nothing that you do, independently of our being old friends, can fail to interest me’. She states the business of bringing everyone, ‘the little as well as the big’ to understand the ‘Laws of Life’ is the first business of everybody. However, she expresses doubt that it can be achieved in the way Blackwell has suggested is possible: ‘Sanitary work of this kind can only be done by going personal grappling with the evils by going personally among those for whom it is to be done – going, for instance, into all the back slums of London & other towns – practically learning & teaching there what constitutes the health of dwellings, the health of children, the health of populations, of occupations &c.’ Nightingale had known each other since 1850, though their medical careers took diverging paths, Nightingale achieving celebrity for her work in the Crimean war, while Blackwell established her medical practice (against considerable odds) in America. By 1871, she had been back in England over twenty years pursuing her campaign for women’s medicine, by which time Nightingale was largely confined to her bed through illness. Two-and-a-half pages on a bifolium (black edged, leaf size 205 × 130 mm), folded twice, envelope addressed in Nightingale’s hand to Blackwell in London [redirected to Cornwall], marked ‘Private’, penny stamp, postally marked at London, Matlock and Penzance.
2. LEWES, Marian. [Mary Ann EVANS, ‘George ELIOT’]. Autograph letter, signed, to Dr [Elizabeth] Blackwell. Holly Lodge, Wimbledon Park, Wandsworth, Ap[ril] 16, 1859. ‘Being unable myself to respond to Barbara [Bodichon]’s appeal in the enclosed letter [not present], I obey her wish by forwarding it to you’. This short letter was written in the year Adam Bede was published, and two months after Eliot had moved to Holly Lodge with her partner George Henry Lewes, already married with children. It refers to ‘Barbara’s appeal’ ? almost certainly Barbara Bodichon, a mutual friend of Eliot and Blackwell, then engaged in several campaigns for women’s health, employment and suffrage. One page (177 × 115 mm), two lateral folds.
3. MULOCK, Dinah Maria. [later Dinah CRAIK]. Autograph letter to Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. Wildwood, North End, Hampstead, 29 Feb[ruary], 1859. Presenting compliments and thanking her for the ticket for the lectures, which she must forgo on grounds of health, but will pass on to a young friend. Mulock’s best-known novel John Halifax, Gentleman had appeared in 1856, followed by A Woman’s Thoughts about Women (1857) and A Life for a Life (1857), the latter arguing for a single moral standard for both women and men, and for the equivalency of their strengths. One-and-a-half pages on a small bifolium (112 × 90 mm).
4. BLACKWELL, Dr Elizabeth. Photographic portrait by Elliott & Fry, London, 1907. (147 × 98 mm), original publisher’s mount. Verso inscribed ‘To Mrs Denniss’ [not autograph] and in a later hand: ‘Dr Blackwell in August 1907 – 84 and a half years’.
5. ? Photographic print after the portrait drawing of 1859 by the Comtesse de Charnacée, a later reproduction of a photographic print by Swain, J. H. Blomfield, Hastings. (Oval 88 × 58 mm) publisher’s mount. Inscribed on verso: ‘…1859 the year Dr Blackwell was placed on the British Medical Register’.
6. ? Photographic print, reproduced from the portrait of 1888 and issued by W. A. Thomas, Hastings. (138 × 95 mm).
7. ? Photograph of Rock House, Hastings. (120 × 160), faded and creased.
8. ? Photogravure print of Blackwell’s grave and memorial at Kilamun, Holy Loch, Argyleshire. (200 × 138), soon after 1907. Frayed at head..see full details
A very neatly presented elementary project on leather production and its use in craft bookbinding, with useful samples illustrating the different characters and textures of goat, sheep and calf, and the nature of morocco.more...
There are also colour samples and some examples of elementary lettering and tooling (presumably by the author) who was probably a student at a British technical college. There are two samples of eighteenth century book covers and a nice drawing of the binding of the seventh century Stoneyhurst/St Cuthbert Gospel, the earliest intact European bookbinding..see full details
An elaborate antiquarian collection containing 19 large double-page armorials, apparently of the sixteenth century of the major families of Belgium, including Beaufort, Berghes, Egmont, Hornes, Lalain, Luzembourg, St.more...
Aldegond, and including a number of members of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Each of these armorials bears detailed contemporary genealogies to their versos. These have been conserved by the British antiquary David Powell (?1772-1848) with other early genealogical material, his own notes and four large drawings of related stained glass, including a large window from the church of Notre Dame du Sablon (Brussels) and another in the hands of ‘Mr Whatson an eminent glazier Hanway Yard Oxford Street’ in 1816.
Born in Tottenham, Powell became a Lieutenant in the 14th Light Dragoons; he left a manuscript account of his 1794 experiences in Cork, Flanders and Brabant. He later entered Magdalen College, Oxford, receiving a B.C.L. in June 1805. He spent much of the rest of his life making heraldic and genealogical collections, and touring England and Wales to make watercolour sketches of churches and manor houses in over forty counties. He died in 1848, and his library was sold by Puttick & Simpson over three days. Many of Powell's manuscripts are now in the British Library. .see full details
First edition in English, very rare, of this celebrated treatise on inventions and origins, including accounts of the invention of printing, theatre, mathematics, medicine, magic, religion, law, government (as well as prostitution and warm baths).more...
First published in Latin in 1499 (Venice) and augmented in 1521, it digested a huge mass of classical, biblical and contemporary learning and became a Renaissance bestseller. As many as 30 Latin editions alone appeared before the author’s death in 1555. The English translation, an abridgement by Thomas Langley, did not appear until 1546, by which time the Urbino-born Polydore had been resident in England for several decades. A diplomat, scholar and historian, Vergil counted Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas More, Cuthbert Tunstall, Thomas Linacre and Baldessare Castiglione among his acquaintances and correspondents.
Issued no less than three times in 1546, this English edition is remarkably rare. We can find only this copy at auction in the last 50 years. The work is divided into eight books, from which Langley makes succinct abridgements, of which a selection of chapter headings gives a flavour:
I. 9. ‘The begynnyng of Tragedies, Comedies, Satyres, and newe Comedies; 11. ‘Who founde Musyke’; 12. ‘Who found Musicall instruments’; 14. ‘Astrologie’; 15. ‘Who fonde Geometrie, Artihmetike’; 16. ‘Physike’; 17. ‘The inventours of herbes medicinable’; 18. ‘The beginnyng of Magike’; 19. ‘Two kyndes of divination’.
II. 1. ‘The originall of lawes’; 2. ‘Who ordeyned the first gouvernaunces’; 6. ‘Who set furth books fyrst, or made a library, Printyng, paper, parchement, arte of memory’ (which includes the observation: ’Truely the com[m]odite of liberaries is right profitable & necessary, but in co[m]parison of the crafte of printyng it is nothyng, both because one ma[n] may printe more in one day, then many men in many years could wryte: And also it preserveth both Greke & Latine auctours fro the dau[n]ger of corruption. It was found in Germany at Mogunce [Mainz] by one J. Guthenbergus a knight, he found moreover the Inke by his devise that printers used...)’
Among other entries we find treatments of: war, Olympiades, plays, metals, coins, painting, ‘wyne, oyle, honye, chese, and strange trees broughte into Italy’, labyrinths, theatres, prostitution and brothels, and Christian and Moslem origins and customs.
Provenance: Sotheby’s, June 14th, 1965, lot 231 (Traylen, £55); Blackwell, Centenary Catalogue, 1979, item 27, £450; private collection..see full details
A rare auction catalogue of the celebrated collection of Lady Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Germain, who was among the most notable collectors of the eighteenth century.more...
Besides the 75 lots of pictures (including works by Durer, Hilliard, Holbein, Da Vinci, Rapahel and Titian) is found ‘The DAGGER of HENRY VIIIth, designed by HOLBEIN, and most richly and magnificently ornamented with diamonds and rubies’, to which an early annotator has added in the margin ‘[Bo]ught for 50 Guineas for Mr Horace Walpole.’ The dagger was indeed Walpole’s and was kept by him in the Tribune at Strawberry Hill. Its current whereabouts is unknown. Walpole, who was fascinated by Germain as a collector acquired other items included in the sale, including Hilliard miniatures (one of the Earl of Essex now in the Yale Center for British Art) and a Holbein portrait of Louis XII of France. ESTC lists extant copies of the catalogue at only Cambridge, King’s College London, the Ashmolean and Getty, the BL copy having been destroyed in the Blitz. The manuscript notes added to an added blank leaf are by the later owner of the volume, Alfred Waterman of Bristol, and include a further anecdote of the sale, apparently drawn from one of Walpole’s letters, concerning John Dee’s obsidian scrying stone which was recognised as such by Walpole before the sale and given to him (it does not appear in the catalogue).
[the catalogue is bound last in a contemporary verse miscellany:]
GRAY, Thomas. Ode performed in the Senate-House at Cambridge, July 1, 1769, at the Installation of His Grace Augustus-Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, Chancellor of the University. Set to Music by Dr. Randal, Professor of Music. Cambridge: Printed by J. Archdeacon Printer to the University, 1769. pp. 8. First edition. Northup 1401; Rothschild 1074.
[and:] CARLISLE, Frederick Howard, fifth Earl of ?]. An Irregular Ode, occasioned by the Death of Mr. Gray... London: Printed for Benjamin White... 1772. pp. 14, , complete with advertisement; edges uncut. First edition. Jackson, p. 14; Northup 1546; Rothschild 568;
[and:] GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village, a Poem... The Sixth Edition. London: Printed for W. Griffin, at Garrick’s Head... 1770. pp. vii, , 23; additional later blank leaf inserted before title with manuscript notes by Alfred Waterman. Jackson, p. 2;
[and:] CARTWRIGHT, Edmund. Armine and Elvira, a Legendary Tale. In Two Parts... the Third Edition. Oxford: Printed for J. Murray... London, 1772. pp. 38, , complete with final blank leaf. Jackson, p. 12;
[and:] PERCY, Thomas. The Hermit of Warkworth. A Northumberland Ballad. In Three Fits or Cantos. London: Printed for T. Davies, and S. Leacroft, successor to C. Marsh. 1771. pp. vii, , 52; dampstained towards the end.
6 works bound in one, 4to (c. 250 × 195 mm), contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards; quite worn, but sound; contemporary bookplate of Josias Cockshutt, and his inscriptions (first as Josias Cockshutt, then with the additional surname Twiselton); later inscription and notes of Alfred J. Waterman, Redland, Bristol..see full details
A delightful, if obscure, ornithological satire, presumably disguising a literary or academic controversy as yet unidentified. With a supporting cast of bat, owl, hawk, rook and crow, the poem centres on whether a particular bird is rock-dove or jay:
‘This is no Jay, no carrion bird: Such meekness, softness, sweetness, cadence! Such graceful gesture, tone and gradance! For Postulatum, Theme, or Theorem, I never knew a Dove come near him’. .see full details
First edition in English of the Exercitatio Anatomica De Motu Cordis (1628) in which was described the discovery and proof of the circulation of the blood.more...
‘The most important book in the history of medicine. Harvey proved experimentally that in animals the blood is impelled in a circle by the beat of the heart, passing from arteries to veins through pores (i.e. the capillaries, seen by Malpighi with the microscope in 1660’ (Garrison & Morton). It should also be regarded as ‘the first record of a complete biological investigation, giving a clear and accurate description of the methods employed to recognise the laws governing an important vital process, a knowledge of which had till then been befogged by mistaken conceptions...’ (H.P. Bayon in Keynes).
Harvey’s hypothesis, like almost all revolutionary hypotheses, was initially very unpopular and was widely refuted. Harvey himself admitted that his career was nearly destroyed by the publication of De Motu Cordis. However, it is interesting that he was quickly vindicated and that the circulation of the blood became accepted as irrefutable medical fact within his own lifetime, albeit towards its end. This lifetime edition in English reflects that vindication. Keynes wrote of the text ‘It gives a vigorous if unpolished, rendering of Harvey’s book in contemporary language.’
The translation is from the Rotterdam edition and includes the additional commentaries by Zachariah Wood and James De Back. This edition also contains the first English translation of Exercitio anatomica de circulatione sanguinis (of which the first edition had appeared in Latin at Cambridge in 1649) again taken from the Rotterdam edition. This is an important text in its own right, providing a restatement of Harvey’s hypothesis concerning circulation supported by further experimental proof.
This is an unusually tall copy. In most copies the headlines, and sometimes even the top lines of the text, are shaved. In this copy none of the headlines is shaved, and on some leaves the lower edge is uncut. This copy has 11 of the 13 misprints (to pagination and signatures) listed by Keynes that were corrected as the book passed through the press. In addition, F3 is mis-signed F5. It is complete with the first blank leaf..see full details
One of à petit nombre sur vergé blanc de Hollande. A translation of Milton’s sonnets L’Allegro, Il Penseroso and Lycidas, by Henry a French poet and translator, with an introduction by the English poet and author Gosse who lectured in English literature at Cambridge..see full details