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  • Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. Addressed to a young Lady... in two volumes. by CHAPONE, Hester. CHAPONE, Hester. ~ Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. Addressed to a young Lady... in two volumes. Dublin: for J. Exshaw, H. Saunders, W. Sleater, J. Potts, D. Chamberlaine, J. Williams, and R. Moncrieffe, 1773.
    First Dublin edition, printed in the same year as the first (London) edition. The ten letters comprise: On the First Principles of Religion; On the… (more)

    First Dublin edition, printed in the same year as the first (London) edition. The ten letters comprise: On the First Principles of Religion; On the Study of the holy Scriptures (2); On the Regulation of the Heart and Affections (2); On the Government of the Temper; On Oeconomy; On Politeness and Accomplishments; On Geography and Chronology; On the Manner of Reading and Course of reading History. It is dedicated to Elizabeth Montagu. ‘Montagu encouraged Chapone, presumably in the summer of 1770, when the two friends were travelling in Scotland, to publish the letters on education she had been sending her niece since 1765. Chapone was grateful to Montagu for correcting the manuscript, and the text, Letters on the Improvement of the Mind (1773), was Chapone’s most celebrated work’ (Oxford DNB). It ran to many editions over several decades. ESTC: BL, Cambridge, NLI, Bodley and National Trust (Florence Court, Enniskillen, N.I.). No US copies of this edition.

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  • The Child’s Journal. Journal des enfans. Par une société de littérateurs Anglais... by (JUVENILE). MURPHY-BYRNE, [G.-D], editor. (JUVENILE). MURPHY-BYRNE, [G.-D], editor. ~ The Child’s Journal. Journal des enfans. Par une société de littérateurs Anglais... Vol. 1 [Le] Havre: [J. Morlent for] Bureau Central de la Direction; Vol. 2. Paris: Bureau Central de la Direction 1834-6.
    First edition of all the published issues of this rare French journal for English learners, published monthly, first at Le Havre and then in Paris.… (more)

    First edition of all the published issues of this rare French journal for English learners, published monthly, first at Le Havre and then in Paris. Besides the article titles in French the text is almost entirely in English, with frequent bracketed interpolations in French explaining difficult or idiomatic phrases. The editor was professor of languages at the Collége du Havre and published The Seine, an historical Tour from Havre to Rouen in 1836. We can locate no other copy of The Child’s Journal save the Bibliothèque nationale copy.
    The choice of texts is broad, with a special emphasis on tales of history, travel and adventure, with some concerning natural history. Among the adventures are shipwreck and captivity narratives abridged from their original sources, quite frequently set in North America, Russia and the South Seas. They include: ‘Cinque jours de résidence dans une ile déserte, Aventures extraordinaires d’un jeune marin de quatorze ans’; ‘La Femme Indienne, ou la victime de la superstition’ [set beside in the Mississipi, from Percy’s Anecdotes]; ‘Le Prisonnier et les anthropophages’ [from The Wonderful Magazine]; Cook; ‘Voyage du Capitaine Ross au Pôle nord’; ‘Aventure d’un officier Américain’ [General Putnam]; ‘Sept Mois dans le désert’ [derived from Hearne’s Journey to the Northern Ocean]; ‘Chasse aux chevaux sauvages’ [abridged from Washington Irving’s Tour on the Prairies]; ‘Naufrage du Navire The Harpooner’; ‘Balboa et la Mer Pacifique’ and ‘Le Voyageur et le Cayman’ and excets from Walter Scott, Joseph Flood, Carver’s History of Boston and Chamber’s Edinburgh Journal.

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  • Matériel scolaire. by (EDUCATION). H. & C[ompagn]ie. (EDUCATION). H. & C[ompagn]ie. ~ Matériel scolaire. Paris: Lahure, c. 1878.
    A large advertisement for a supplier of educational materials for schools, including maps, globes, gym equipment, easels, desks, benches and geometry instruments. (more)

    A large advertisement for a supplier of educational materials for schools, including maps, globes, gym equipment, easels, desks, benches and geometry instruments.

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  • Le Cook de l’enfance et de la jeunesse, ou Choix des particularités les plus intéressantes, des détails les plus instructifs et les plus curieux contenus dans les relations des trois voyages de ce célèbre navigateur autour du monde; précédé d’une notice sur sa vie... avec quatre jolies gravures. by (COOK, Captain). CHAMPAGNAC, J. -B. -J. (COOK, Captain). CHAMPAGNAC, J. -B. -J. ~ Le Cook de l’enfance et de la jeunesse, ou Choix des particularités les plus intéressantes, des détails les plus instructifs et les plus curieux contenus dans les relations des trois voyages de ce célèbre navigateur autour du monde; précédé d’une notice sur sa vie... avec quatre jolies gravures. Paris: [Cosson] Fruger et Brunet, 1836.
    First edition. A juvenile Cook in French, describing his voyages to the Pacific, including New Zealand, Batavia (Jakarta), Tahiti and the Sandwich Islands. the plates… (more)

    First edition. A juvenile Cook in French, describing his voyages to the Pacific, including New Zealand, Batavia (Jakarta), Tahiti and the Sandwich Islands. the plates being: Mort de Capitaine Cook (frontispiece); Indien courant un Muck; Habitans de l’Ile Mallicalo and Débarquement du Capitaine Cook dans la baie de Karakakooka. The appendix contains an interesting ethnographic essay ‘Des deux variétés de l’espèce humaine recnnues dans l’Océanie’, two others on the geography of Oceania and on previous voyages to the region followed by biographies of participants in Cook’s voyages (Cook, Banks, Solander, the Forsters, Clark and Bligh). Worldcat and Library Hub locate no UK or North American copies (though there is one at the University of Hawaii)

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  • Die Jugend in den Erholungstagen auf dem Lande... mit 6 kupfern begleitet mit deutsch-französisch-italineisch und böhmischen text. by GRÜNER, V. R. GRÜNER, V. R. ~ Die Jugend in den Erholungstagen auf dem Lande... mit 6 kupfern begleitet mit deutsch-französisch-italineisch und böhmischen text. Vienna: [J. P. Sollinger for] Friedrich Wihelm Pfautsch, [n.d., c. 1830].
    First (and presumably only) edition of a rare and delightful large format illustrated children’s book depicting boys and girls enjoying country life, including gardening and… (more)

    First (and presumably only) edition of a rare and delightful large format illustrated children’s book depicting boys and girls enjoying country life, including gardening and open air reading. The text is quadrilingual: German, French, Italian and Czech. This exceptionally well preserved copy bears a contemporary prize label, recording it as a prize to one Anna Kalser at the Pilsner Kreishhaupt-Schule (Bohemia). Very rare: no copy found in Worldcat. KVK records a single copy (Austrian National Library) of a variant issue (also undated) in 8vo format (paginated pp. 33, not 15 as in our oblong 4to, with the plates folded uncoloured).

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  • [Embroidered sampler. by FULTON, Anna. FULTON, Anna. ~ [Embroidered sampler. British Isles. [ 1827].
    Alphabet (upper and lower case), several decorative lines and two verses: ‘Is there ambition in my heart / search gracious God and see...’ [Isaac Watts]… (more)

    Alphabet (upper and lower case), several decorative lines and two verses: ‘Is there ambition in my heart / search gracious God and see...’ [Isaac Watts] and ‘Teach me to live / that I may dread/ the grave as little / as my bed // Teach me to die ‘ that so I may / with joy behold /the judgement day’ [Thomas Ken, and later sued by Thomas Hardy in Jude the Obscure]. Needlework samplers remain one of the most widespread manifestations of the teaching and learning of basic literacy among girls and young women and, as here, reflect a strongly moralistic background.

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  • Physiologie de l’étudiant … Vignettes de MM. Trimolet et Maurisset. by HUART, Louis. HUART, Louis. ~ Physiologie de l’étudiant … Vignettes de MM. Trimolet et Maurisset. Paris: Aubert et Cie … Lavigne … [1841].
    A satire on contemporary student life, addressing the traditional pursuits of the young denizens of the rue Saint Jacques — drinking, smoking, gaming, dancing and… (more)

    A satire on contemporary student life, addressing the traditional pursuits of the young denizens of the rue Saint Jacques — drinking, smoking, gaming, dancing and womanizing.

    This is one of the many such little Physiologies illustrative of ‘the craze that swept Paris in the early 1840s for a series of small illustrated volumes marketed under the general title of physiologies [looking back, perhaps, to Brillat-Savarin’s bestselling Physiologie du goût (1826) and Balzac’s Physiologie du marriage (1830)]. Some 120 different physiologies were issued by various Parisian publishers between 1840 and 1842 (ranging alphabetically from the Physiologie de l’amant to the Physiologie du voyageur), and it is estimated that approximately half a million copies of these pocket-sized books were printed during the same two-year span’ (Sieburth, p. 163).

    Designed for mass consumption, these satirical guides to particular social types were based on ‘the witty interaction of image and text, drawing and caption, seeing and reading … Byproducts of the recent technological advances in printing and paper manufacturing which had made illustrated books more commercially feasible and analogous to the various dioramas and panoramas which enjoyed a considerable popularity during the period, these illustrated anthologies of urban sites and mores catered to the public’s desire to see its social space as a stage or gallery whose intelligibility was guaranteed both by its visibility as image and its legibility as text …

    ‘Quickly produced and marketed, consumed and discarded, … the physiologies (like the sensational tabloids or canards hawked on Paris streetcorners of the period) are early instances of the cheap, throwaway “instant book” whose appeal lies in its very topicality and ephemerality’ (op. cit., pp. 165–7). Richard Sieburth, ‘Same difference: the French Physiologies, 1840–1842’, Notebooks in Cultural Analysis (Duke UP, 1984), pp. 163–200.

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  • The Supernatural Philosopher: or, the Mysteries of Magick,... All exemplified in the History of the Life and surprizing Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell, a Scots gentleman; who, though deaf and dumb, writes down any Stranger’s Name at first Sight, with their future Contingencies of Fortune... The Second Edition. by BOND, William. BOND, William. ~ The Supernatural Philosopher: or, the Mysteries of Magick,... All exemplified in the History of the Life and surprizing Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell, a Scots gentleman; who, though deaf and dumb, writes down any Stranger’s Name at first Sight, with their future Contingencies of Fortune... The Second Edition. London: for E. Curll, 1728.
    The Supernatural Philosopher is a reissue of The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell (1720) with the addition of ‘Verses to… (more)

    The Supernatural Philosopher is a reissue of The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell (1720) with the addition of ‘Verses to Mr. Campbell. On the History of his Life and Adventures’ and ‘A remarkable passage of an apparition. 1665’.
    The author evidently lodged for a while in the same London house as the Scots-born soothsayer Duncan Campbell (d. 1730), who was a well-known figure in the city. Deaf and mute, he was probably educated at Glasgow using the finger system devised by John Wallis in the seventeenth century. The History of the Life was persistently attributed until relatively recently to Defoe even though it was reissued here under Bond’s name.

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  • Souvenirs sténographiques. Ou, Traité de la Sténographie considérée dans tous ses développements. by (STENOGRAPHY). Antoine (STENOGRAPHY). Antoine ~ Souvenirs sténographiques. Ou, Traité de la Sténographie considérée dans tous ses développements. [?Paris:] 1825-[6].
    A complete manuscript course of stenography, or shorthand ― the art of writing ‘aussi vite que la parole’, finely written with numerous thumbnail drawings. Divided… (more)

    A complete manuscript course of stenography, or shorthand ― the art of writing ‘aussi vite que la parole’, finely written with numerous thumbnail drawings. Divided into four parts (introduction, pronunciation, punctuation and an atlas) with an errata, a table of contents and two sheets of stenographic examples or exercises.
    The ‘Atlas’ supplies description of the stenographic signs in 13 charts, with 51 finely drawn vignettes giving the figurative equivalent of the stenographic signs and their pronunciation. Among them we find the links of a chain for representing an open ‘a’ (as in anneaux), a radiating halo for an ‘o’ (as in oréole), a drunkard for the ‘i’ (ivrogne), a gallows for the ‘p’ (potence), a cat for the ‘ch’ (chat), and so on, including a funnel, lyre, clock, umbrella, falls, arrow and gondola, the morphology of the signs given an ideogrammatic cue as a mnemonic. The whole represents a complete teaching system aimed at the aspiring stenographer.

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  • [Copybook. by BLUNDELL, William. BLUNDELL, William. ~ [Copybook. Sussex, 1868].
    A typical Victorian handwriting copybook, devoting a page to each letter of the alphabet, with a single sentence, phrase or word repeated over several lines,… (more)

    A typical Victorian handwriting copybook, devoting a page to each letter of the alphabet, with a single sentence, phrase or word repeated over several lines, the text of varying size. ‘All thy commandments are righteousness’; ‘Be ye angry and sin not’; ‘Fulminate’; ‘Knowledge is Power’, ‘Mathematician’; ‘Obrometer’, ‘Vice is attended with sorrow’; ‘X begins no word in the English language’. The sequence is broken in two places, with 2 pages of elementary mathematical exercises, and the last page is signed ‘William Blundell June 29th 1868 in Sussex’.

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  • Kinderlieder. by DESBORDES, Ludovica Brentano von La Roche, baroness. DESBORDES, Ludovica Brentano von La Roche, baroness. ~ Kinderlieder. Regensburg: G. Joseph Manz, 1853.
    First edition, rare, of this collection of children’s songs. Ludovica Brentano, later baroness Desbordes (1787-1854), affectionately known as Lulu, was grand daughter of Sophie von… (more)

    First edition, rare, of this collection of children’s songs. Ludovica Brentano, later baroness Desbordes (1787-1854), affectionately known as Lulu, was grand daughter of Sophie von La Roche (the first widely known German female novelist) and she became patron of the Grimm brothers; contributing two tales to their Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Worldcat: NYPL and Harvard in US, BL in UK.

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  • THE PLEASING COMPANION, or Guide to Fame, in the Sciences of Logic, or the Art of Reasoning, Metaphysics, or the Principles of Human Knowledge, and the Art of Poetry, or Structure of Verse and Rhyme... by PLEASING. PLEASING. ~ THE PLEASING COMPANION, or Guide to Fame, in the Sciences of Logic, or the Art of Reasoning, Metaphysics, or the Principles of Human Knowledge, and the Art of Poetry, or Structure of Verse and Rhyme... London [i.e. York?]: Printed for A. Millar, W. Law, and R. Cater. 1798.
    A reissue of the rare Logic, Ontology, and the Art of Poetry (London, Carnan & Newbery, 1776; Roscoe J67), with a cancel title-page and conjugate… (more)

    A reissue of the rare Logic, Ontology, and the Art of Poetry (London, Carnan & Newbery, 1776; Roscoe J67), with a cancel title-page and conjugate plate. With a 7-page Newbery catalogue at the end. ‘The imprint is false; probably printed at York for Wilson, Spence and Mawman’ (ESTC).

    An intriguing reissue of the sheets of a collective volume of John Newbery’s Circle of the Sciences (for which he wrote the poetry analysis), first published more than twenty years earlier, in 1776. The works themselves originally appeared separately, in 1748 and 1746 respectively, and in the 1776 collected volume are described as ‘considerably enlarged, and greatly improved’. How the sheets then got from Newbery to ‘A. Millar’ (i.e. Wilson?) et al. is a mystery.

    This issue is very rare. ESTC records only the British Library and Yale copies; WorldCat adds two more, at Wagner College and Wyoming. Alston VII, 274; not in Roscoe.

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  • Visions in Verse, for the Entertainment and Instruction of younger Minds... by [COTTON, Nathaniel]. [COTTON, Nathaniel]. ~ Visions in Verse, for the Entertainment and Instruction of younger Minds... London: Printed for R. Dodsley... and sold by M. Cooper, 1751.
    First edition. One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children — more than a dozen editions over the next fifty years.… (more)

    First edition. One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children — more than a dozen editions over the next fifty years. Cotton, a physician by training (at Leiden, under Hermann Boerhaave) ran a private lunatic asylum in St. Albans and he is now best remembered for his kindness and care for Cowper during Cowper's first period of insanity.

    The verses are arranged in nine ‘Visions’, comprising: Slander, Pleasure, Health, Content, Happiness, Friendship, Marriage, Life and Death. ‘Marriage’ (’Inscrib’d to Miss *****’), consisting of 12 pages opens:

    ‘Fairest, this Vision is thy Due,
    I form’d th’instructive Plan for You.
    Slight not the Rules of thoughtful Age,
    You Welfare actuates my sacred Theme,
    And tremble, while you read my Dream.

    Those awful Words, “’Till Death do part,”
    May well alarm the youthful Heart:
    No After-thought when once a Wife!
    The Card is play’d, and play’d for Life;
    Yet Thousands venture every Day,
    As some base Passion leads the Way...’

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  • Gramatica indostana a mais vulgar que se practica no imperio do gram Mogol: offerecida aos muitos reverendos padres missionarios do ditto imperio by (HINDU GRAMMAR). (HINDU GRAMMAR). ~ Gramatica indostana a mais vulgar que se practica no imperio do gram Mogol: offerecida aos muitos reverendos padres missionarios do ditto imperio Rome: Estamperia da Sagrada Congregaçaõ de Propaganda Fide, 1778.
    First edition of this Jesuit missionary Hindustani-Portuguese grammar, the former language rendered in arabic characters. (more)

    First edition of this Jesuit missionary Hindustani-Portuguese grammar, the former language rendered in arabic characters.

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