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  • Dialogues anglais et français... troisième edition enrichie d’un Voyage à Londres par H. Hamilton. by MILLHOUSE, John. MILLHOUSE, John. ~ Dialogues anglais et français... troisième edition enrichie d’un Voyage à Londres par H. Hamilton. Milan: ‘a spese dell’autore’, Silvestri, Dumolard, Meiners [and sold by numerous others[, 1851.
    A scarce little language tutor, first published some time before 1847, this edition with the account of a journey to London presented as dialogues and… (more)

    A scarce little language tutor, first published some time before 1847, this edition with the account of a journey to London presented as dialogues and other useful examples. Millhouse was a tutor at Milan and produced a popular English-Italian dictionary.

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  • Silhouettes de Boursiers. Dessins originaux de René De Pauw. by HERMANS, Jacques. René de PAUW, illustrator. HERMANS, Jacques. René de PAUW, illustrator. ~ Silhouettes de Boursiers. Dessins originaux de René De Pauw. [?Brussels, c. 1931].
    A suite of seventy caricature portraits of prominent Belgian bankers by René de Pauw, a post-expressionist artist who studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts.… (more)

    A suite of seventy caricature portraits of prominent Belgian bankers by René de Pauw, a post-expressionist artist who studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. He painted landscapes, seascapes, genre-scenes and a fresco for the railway station of Bruges. Each plate has tissue guards with letterpress captions describing the characters in verse.

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  • Dames seules. by VERTÈS, Marcel, illustrator. Francis CARCO. VERTÈS, Marcel, illustrator. Francis CARCO. ~ Dames seules. [Paris: Duchatel. 1932]
    FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY VERTÈS to the critic Roger-Marx (1933). Vertès’ humorous and warm-hearted caricatures on the theme of modern love between women had first… (more)

    FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY VERTÈS to the critic Roger-Marx (1933). Vertès’ humorous and warm-hearted caricatures on the theme of modern love between women had first appeared in issues of Le Rire in the same year. This is number 36 of 45 copies on Rives (total edition 52). Carteret IV, p. 396: ‘Édition recherchée et cotée, surtout en grand papier’.

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  • [Account book. by (POLICE). CLARKE, A.E.W, Police Constable no 136. (POLICE). CLARKE, A.E.W, Police Constable no 136. ~ [Account book. Northamptonshire, England]. 1900-1931.
    The personal account book of an English provincial bobby posted in Northamptonshire (variously at Northampton, Kettering, Oundle, Paulerspury, Daventry, East Haddon and Naseby) recording every… (more)

    The personal account book of an English provincial bobby posted in Northamptonshire (variously at Northampton, Kettering, Oundle, Paulerspury, Daventry, East Haddon and Naseby) recording every arrest he made in the course of a 32-year career.

    After early stints in Northampton and Kettering, Clarke’s experience was based in smaller villages and his notebook is a valuable and grimly fascinating account of English rural life at the opening of the twentieth century. The crimes here records include drunkenness, obscenity, vagrancy, poaching, gambling, begging, petty theft, domestic abuse, animal cruelty, unlicensed use of firearms, bicycle and motoring offences and playing football on the highway. Clarke was an assiduous recorder, itemising every arrest and its outcome, then, at the end of the year making a final reckoning. So, for the year 1911 he sums up, in red ink: ‘24 proceeded against. 15 fined £10,18.0. 5 sent to prison 16 months 21 days. 1 dismissed. 2 warned of reward. I bound over for 12 months’. The hundreds of arrests made over the course of his career is totalled in pencil at the end: ‘32 years service, Cases 523, Fines £359.15.5. Sent to Prison 53 years 6 months 0 weeks 5 days. Pay £5272. 5 [shillings]. 7 1/2 [pence].

    One interesting development charted here is, of course, the rise of motor transport and its attendant offences. In the early years Clarke apprehends very few motorists (but rather more cyclists), while towards 1930 the vast majority of his successes (and revenue) involve reckless and speeding drivers from all over England. A few excerpts give a flavour:

    ‘October 30th [1900] Danile Bailey John Abrahams Edward Smith & Jim Mallard charged with stealing Fruit valued 5/- the property of Jethro Johnson Fine and Costs 7/6 each.’

    ‘Dec 16th [1900] Frederick Albert Coe, scholar, age 13 Abbey St Daventry Charged with stealing a Dutch Cheese Valued 2/6 the property of Messrs Bayley Brothers & was ordered to receive 6 strokes with Birch’.

    ‘March 3d [1901] Richard Clarke Cycle Maker Coventry charged with being a wandering Lunatic at Daventry committed to Berrywood Asylum’.

    ‘19 August [1909] Fred[eric]k Juggings... Commercial Traveller charged with Indecently assaulting Mollie Simpson age 5 yrs at Weston Favell. Fine £2.10.0 costs 6/-’

    ‘June 17 [1914] Lady Mabel Gore Langton Cosgrove Hall charged with keeping 5 male servants with 3 licences. Cautioned.’

    ‘Jan 27 [1917] William Lee, Cold Ashby, charge with supplying to [sic] wounded soldiers with whisky. Fined £10.’

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  • The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly called the King of the Beggars. Being an impartial Account of his Life, from his leaving Tiverton School at the Age of fifteen and entering into a Society of Gipsies; wherein the Motives of his Conduct are related and explained: The great Number of Characters and Shapes he has appeared in through Great Britain, Ireland, and several other Places of Europe: with his Travels twice through great Part of America: Giving a particular Account of the Origin, Government, Laws, and Customs of the Gipsies, with the Method of electing their King. And a Dictionary of the Cant Language used by the Mendicants. by CAREW, Bampfylde-Moore. CAREW, Bampfylde-Moore. ~ The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly called the King of the Beggars. Being an impartial Account of his Life, from his leaving Tiverton School at the Age of fifteen and entering into a Society of Gipsies; wherein the Motives of his Conduct are related and explained: The great Number of Characters and Shapes he has appeared in through Great Britain, Ireland, and several other Places of Europe: with his Travels twice through great Part of America: Giving a particular Account of the Origin, Government, Laws, and Customs of the Gipsies, with the Method of electing their King. And a Dictionary of the Cant Language used by the Mendicants. London: for J. Buckland, C. Bathurst and T. Davies, 1793.
    The celebrated life of a colourful swindler and impostor, first published in 1745 and reprinted numerous times. This is one of two editions printed for… (more)

    The celebrated life of a colourful swindler and impostor, first published in 1745 and reprinted numerous times. This is one of two editions printed for Buckland, Bathurst and Davies in 1793. The final 5 pages contain a notable cant dictionary.

    Carew fell in with a band of gypsies as a wayward young boy. “After a year and a half Carew returned home for a time, but soon after resumed a career of swindling and imposture, which saw him deceive people to whom he had previously been well known. Eventually he embarked for Newfoundland, but stayed only a short time. On his return to England he passed as the mate of a vessel, and eloped with the daughter of a respectable apothecary from Newcastle upon Tyne, whom he later married.

    Carew soon returned to the nomadic life, and when Clause Patch, a Gypsy king or chief, died Carew was elected his successor. He was convicted of being an idle vagrant, and sentenced to be transported to Maryland. On his arrival he attempted to escape, but was captured and made to wear a heavy iron collar; he escaped again, and encountered some Native Americans, who removed his shackles. On departure he travelled to Pennsylvania. He was then said to have swum the Delaware River, after which he adopted the guise of a Quaker, and made his way to Philadelphia, then to New York, and finally to Boston, where he embarked for England. He escaped impressment on board a man-of-war by pricking his hands and face, and rubbing in bay salt and gunpowder, so as to simulate smallpox” (John Ashton, rev. Heather Shore in Oxford DNB).

    This biography is variously attributed to Bampfylde Moore Carew himself, to Robert Goadby and also to his wife, Mrs. Goadby.

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  • Seiyo-Ji Kitei Koku-han. by (JAPAN). KANSHU TEI. (JAPAN). KANSHU TEI. ~ Seiyo-Ji Kitei Koku-han. [n.p., but Japan, c. 1850s].
    ‘How to read a western clock’. This rare and ephemeral booklet comprises one printed page of text followed by 13 full-page diagrams of cherub decorated… (more)

    ‘How to read a western clock’. This rare and ephemeral booklet comprises one printed page of text followed by 13 full-page diagrams of cherub decorated Western clock faces with Japanese zodiac symbol notations. Each clock face is left blank besides the numerals, presumably for completion in manuscript by the student. It wasn’t until 1872 that the Japanese government officially adopted Western style timekeeping practices, including equal hours that do not vary with the seasons, (and, also the Gregorian calendar). Previously the Japanese had used an (unequal) temporal hour system that varied with the seasons; the daylight hours being longer in summer and shorter in winter. This system was abolished at the start of the, 1868, The Meiji Restoration, an event that restored practical imperial rule to Japan under Emperor Meiji. The Meiji Emperor announced in his 1868 Charter Oath that “Knowledge shall be sought all over the world, and thereby the foundations of imperial rule shall be strengthened.” This modernisation led to the emergence of a western-style clock industry replacing the typical Japanese clock which only had six numbered hours, from 9 to 4, which counted backwards from noon until midnight; (the hour numbers 1 through 3 were not used for religious reasons, being the numbers of strokes that were used by Buddhists to call to prayer). The count ran backwards because the earliest Japanese artificial timekeepers used the burning of incense to count down the time.

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  • [Four colour printed perfume bottle labels. by (PERFUME). (PERFUME). ~ [Four colour printed perfume bottle labels. Southern France, c. 1820].
    Four rare perfume labels, colour printed ‘à la poupée’ with floral designs: Extrait de Rose et de Pois de senteur, Extrait de Jonquille, Extrait d’Oranges… (more)

    Four rare perfume labels, colour printed ‘à la poupée’ with floral designs: Extrait de Rose et de Pois de senteur, Extrait de Jonquille, Extrait d’Oranges de Portugal, Extrait suave. The largest (Extrait de Rose includes a space below for a text or legend, uninked in this example, but with traces of the engraved text visible. A charming and rare example of this colour printing technique in which each impression contains all the colours at once, with inks carefully applied to the plate with a cushion-headed tool (the ‘poupée’ or doll). The technique is immediately recognisable from the gentle gradations between the various colours of the resulting imprint.

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  • Etrennes Divertissantes ou Collection d’historiettes agréables; ornée de jolies gravures, qui ont rapport au sujet pour la présente année. by ETRENNES DIVERTISSANTES. ETRENNES DIVERTISSANTES. ~ Etrennes Divertissantes ou Collection d’historiettes agréables; ornée de jolies gravures, qui ont rapport au sujet pour la présente année. Paris: Maillard de Bresson, [n.d., c. 1750-65].
    Not found in any of the usual online or printed sources, a delightful juvenile almanac, containing ten moral verses each with a vignette, engraved throughout.… (more)

    Not found in any of the usual online or printed sources, a delightful juvenile almanac, containing ten moral verses each with a vignette, engraved throughout. Though the publisher Maillard de Bresson produced several other almanacs, and this one is quite typical of the genre, it seems to have eluded bibliographers, including Grand-Carteret. The Journal historique et littéraire (January 1756) gives a useful account of the publisher’s business: ‘M. Maillard de Bressan continue a vendre des caractéres, des desseins & vignettes, des armes à jour, des papiers peints, des sentences, des devises, & forme avec succès la suite de ses fables morales, & instructives pour la jeunesse de l’un et l’autre sexe. It fait des envois auc Communautés Religieuses & à toutes personnes chargées de l’éducation des enfants, ou à des Marchands qui s’adressant à lui. Il demeure actuellement au Collége de Cambray, pres de la rue Saint Jacques, à Paris’.

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  • Les Convicts en Australie. by MERRUAU, Paul. MERRUAU, Paul. ~ Les Convicts en Australie. Paris: [Lahure for] L. Hachette [Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer], 1853.
    First edition, Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer issue (of which it forms part of the second series). A fictional account of the voyage to Sydney,… (more)

    First edition, Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer issue (of which it forms part of the second series). A fictional account of the voyage to Sydney, the convict regime, the Australian interior and the gold mines. Merruau’s list of sources includes the ‘Report of the Commissioner of Inquiry into the State of the Colony of New South Wales’ as well as Rowcroft’s Tales of the Colonies and Haygarth’s Bush Life in Australia. Freguson, 12528 (first issue without adverts or, presumably, the Bibliothèque des Chemins de Fer series title.

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  • Catalogue raisonné des ouvrages qui parurent en 1614 et 1615, a l’occasion des États. by (BIBLIOGRAPHY). (BIBLIOGRAPHY). ~ Catalogue raisonné des ouvrages qui parurent en 1614 et 1615, a l’occasion des États. [?Paris], 1789
    Sole edition of this bibliographical catalogue of 210 printed works issued at the time of the Estates General of 1614-15, comprising official documents, memoirs, counsels,… (more)

    Sole edition of this bibliographical catalogue of 210 printed works issued at the time of the Estates General of 1614-15, comprising official documents, memoirs, counsels, petitions, harangues, discussions of the death of Henry IV, arrêts du Parlement, pasquinades and satires. Each entry includes a line or two of commentary. An advisory body representing the three estates in France, the Estates General had met periodically from the middle ages to 1614, which proved to be its last assembly for over 150 years. As France headed towards revolution, the Estates General was summoned as a desperate measure in May 1789 on the model of the 1615 assembly—doubtless the occasion of this rare little bibliography. Conlon, 89, 1275. Though Colon provides an NUC reference, OCLC lists no US copies. COPAC lists the BL copy only.

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  • Méthode Lancastérienne, ou Systême d’éducation britannique: épitome complet des inventions et améliorations faites dans l’éducation de la jeunesse, et mises en pratique dans toutes les écoles publiques de la Grand-Bretagne... traduite par Th. F. A. Jouenne et J.R. Jones by LANCASTER, Joseph. LANCASTER, Joseph. ~ Méthode Lancastérienne, ou Systême d’éducation britannique: épitome complet des inventions et améliorations faites dans l’éducation de la jeunesse, et mises en pratique dans toutes les écoles publiques de la Grand-Bretagne... traduite par Th. F. A. Jouenne et J.R. Jones Brussels: P. J. De Mat, 1816.
    A very rare French translation of Lancaster’s The British System of Education (1810). In French, it is apparently preceded only by Système anglais dinstruction (1815)… (more)

    A very rare French translation of Lancaster’s The British System of Education (1810). In French, it is apparently preceded only by Système anglais dinstruction (1815) a translation by the duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, also rare. Lancaster’s ‘monitorial system’, in which huge groups of 100 pupils were educated in factory-inspired classes was widely adopted in Britain and the United State; with Dickens its most effective detractor (via the Coketown schoolrooms of Hard Times). The plates of this Brussels edition reproduce those of the English editions, with plans of the schoolroom workstations and plate illustrating group reading from a board (saving the purchase of books).

    Born in London in 1778 the Quaker Joseph Lancaster founded several schools there, before introducing the system to North and South America. He died in New York in 1838 afer being run over by a carriage. Wolrdcat locates the Lyon and Amsterdam University Library copies only worldwide. COPAC adds no UK copies.

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  • Brer Thuldy’s Statue; Liberty Frightenin de World. by WORTH, Thomas (1834-1917). WORTH, Thomas (1834-1917). ~ Brer Thuldy’s Statue; Liberty Frightenin de World. New York: Currier & Ive 1884.
    This notorious caricature was issued as part of the segregation era ‘Darktown Comic’ series. A black woman wearing a tattered brown dress and worn shoes,… (more)

    This notorious caricature was issued as part of the segregation era ‘Darktown Comic’ series. A black woman wearing a tattered brown dress and worn shoes, with an apron decorated in the stars and stripes, and a tall bonnet with a wide brim and white frill, standing on a plinth in the manner of the Statue of Liberty though looking far from serene, but rather clamouring; she holds a flaming torch and a book labelled ‘New York Port Charges’; at her feet is a cockerel crowing; she has her back to the city, shown behind her across the water, with a distant bridge.

    The partnership of Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895) grew into one of the largest and most prolific printing companies of all time, at one point responsible for 95% of all lithographs in circulation in America. Beginning as a lithographer, Currier recognized the market for topical prints and news and became successful as an independent lithographer and later print publisher, before taking on his bookkeeper and accountant Ives as a partner. With hand-operated presses on one floor, artists, stone grinders and lithographers on the floor above and a team of others colouring the finished lithographs by hand on the floor above that, the firm extended well beyond its New York offices, selling retail and wholesale, from street-carts and through booksellers, nationally and internationally, including by mail-order. They flourished on their populist approach, promoting themselves as ‘The Grand Central Depot for Cheap and Popular Prints’, and ‘the best, cheapest, and most popular firm in a democratic country’, providing ‘colored engravings for the people’ and issuing over 7000 prints in countless copies. According to Byran Le Beau, after initially depicting the horrors of slavery in the 1840s, the company began instead to focus on African Americans as the cause of divisive politics and civil war, until by the end of the century, they were portraying them as incapable of living in anything but a condition of servitude. If in this they were, as described by a prominent collector of Currier & Ives material, Harry T. Peters, ‘businessmen and craftsmen … but primarily mirrors of the national taste, weather vanes of popular opinion, reflectors of American attitudes’, they were in equal measure responsible for endorsing and establishing the distorted views they both targeted and marketed so well (cf. Bryan F. Le Beau, African Americans in Currier and Ives’s America: The Darktown Series, in Journal of American & Comparative Cultures).

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  • Peccatum mutum (the mute Sin, alias Sodomy) a theological Treatise. For the first Time translated from the Latin of Father Sinistrari. by SINISTRARI, Ludovico Maria. SINISTRARI, Ludovico Maria. ~ Peccatum mutum (the mute Sin, alias Sodomy) a theological Treatise. For the first Time translated from the Latin of Father Sinistrari. Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1893.
    First edition in English, very scarce, a portion of Sinistrari’s De Delictis et Poenis Tractatus Absolutissimus (1700). The English title here finds an echo the… (more)

    First edition in English, very scarce, a portion of Sinistrari’s De Delictis et Poenis Tractatus Absolutissimus (1700). The English title here finds an echo the following year with ’The love that dare not speak its name’ in Lord Alfred Douglas’s poem ‘Two Loves’ (1894), later discussed at length in the Wilde trial. Liseux was a pioneering figure in the publication of clandestine literature in English, working from Paris, but evidently supplying an English market. His publications were frequently scholarly texts in the history of sexuality and found their way onto the shelves of bibliophiles and collectors of erotica.

    Ludovico Maria Sinistrari (26 February 1622 – 1701) was an Italian Franciscan priest, author, and member of the Inquisition tasked with the investigation of sexuality. Worldcat: Cornell, NYPL, UC Davis, Trinity College Oxford, Bibliothèque nationale

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  • Les Loisirs du chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont. Ancien ministre plenipotentiaire de France, sur divers sujets importans d’Administration, &c. pendant son séjour en Angleterre. by EON DE BEAUMONT, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée, chevalier d’. EON DE BEAUMONT, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée, chevalier d’. ~ Les Loisirs du chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont. Ancien ministre plenipotentiaire de France, sur divers sujets importans d’Administration, &c. pendant son séjour en Angleterre. Amsterdam, 1774.
    First edition of the Chevalier’s massive treatise on public administration largely composed in 1769, at the seat of his friend the fifth Earl Ferrers at… (more)

    First edition of the Chevalier’s massive treatise on public administration largely composed in 1769, at the seat of his friend the fifth Earl Ferrers at Staunton Harald. Now disgraced as Louis XV’s secret foreign correspondent in England, D’Eon became a consistently colourful figure; his celebrity as a high-living transvestite sometimes obscuring his military, political and literary achievements. Throughout the 1770s in London, doubts were expressed about D’Éon’s sex, and wagers were made, although he himself professed to be indignant at the suggestion that he was not a man.

    A volume is devoted to the commerce and affairs of Russia. Between 1755 and 1760 D’Eon had pursued a secret mission in Russia on behalf of the French government, aimed at establishing private lines of communication between Louis XV and the Empress Elizabeth. He was sent to London as a diplomat and spy in 1763, where his career initially flourished before he became entangled in the plots and rumours which were to bring him down. He became an expert in British statecraft, reflected in two of the volumes here. One of the British volumes in the collection is devoted partly to Scottish and partly American affairs.

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  • Histoire génerale et raisonnée de la diplomatie francaise; depuis la fondation de la monarchie, jusqu’à la fin du règne de Louis XVI. Avec des tables chronologiques de tous des traités conclus par la France. by FLASSAN, Gaëtan de Raxis de. FLASSAN, Gaëtan de Raxis de. ~ Histoire génerale et raisonnée de la diplomatie francaise; depuis la fondation de la monarchie, jusqu’à la fin du règne de Louis XVI. Avec des tables chronologiques de tous des traités conclus par la France. Paris: Giguet et Michaud for Lenormant, 1809.
    First edition, bound in red morocco with Napoleonic emblems by Rosa, who together with Bizouard, Bozerian, Tessier, Simier, Lefebvre and Doll, supplied bindings for the… (more)

    First edition, bound in red morocco with Napoleonic emblems by Rosa, who together with Bizouard, Bozerian, Tessier, Simier, Lefebvre and Doll, supplied bindings for the Imperial household.

    Written under the encouragement of the First Consul this is an important work in defining the purpose of modern diplomacy. Flassan was (like Napoleon) a product of the École militaire de Paris and served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before becoming professor of history at the military school at Saint Germain-en-Laye For Rosa: Ramsden, French Bookbinders, p. 178.

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  • A superb album of 94 ink drawings of Chinese tradespeople and occupations. by CHINA. CHINA. ~ A superb album of 94 ink drawings of Chinese tradespeople and occupations. [China, c. 1840].
    A splendid display of early nineteenth-century Chinese trades including craftspeople, a bookseller, purveyors of foods, medicines, fans, kites, toys and even a lion dancer, each… (more)

    A splendid display of early nineteenth-century Chinese trades including craftspeople, a bookseller, purveyors of foods, medicines, fans, kites, toys and even a lion dancer, each drawing on one side of fine double-folded paper, captioned in ink in Chinese.

    Albums such as these were produced in Chinese studios for the export market and were especially popular with Europeans for their exact portrayal of various aspects of Chinese life of the period: customs, costumes, occupations, flora and fauna. They ‘depicted those phases of Chinese life which fascinated the Westerner but defied descriptions to friends and family at home. Before the advent of the camera, this medium played an extremely vital role in revealing Oriental culture to the West.’ (Crossman, The China Trade, 1972). Though marketed to curious Europeans these albums represent important interpretations of Chinese life by indigenous Chinese artists. The present example is notable for being dated 1843, at the very end of the First Opium War just as five ports in China were being opened to the British.

    These albums were luxury products, each one individually produced, and therefore priced beyond the means of any but the wealthy. Individual artists were never identified.

    Lady Churchill, the original owner of the album, was born Lady Frances Fitzroy, the fifth daughter of Augustus Henry Fitzroy, third duke of Grafton. In 1801 she married Francis Almeric Spencer, youngest son of the fourth Duke of Marlborough and created first Baron Churchill of Wychwood in 1815. It is unlikely that the elderly Baron Churchill and his wife were in China at the time she received the album, and much more probable that it was presented to Lady Churchill in England as a gift, possibly by one of her military sons such as George Augustus Spencer, who was an officer in a regiment serving in China.

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  • The Life of Thomas Munn, alias, the Gentleman Brick-Maker, alias, Tom 4he Smuggler, who was executed with John Hall, alias Rich, on Friday the 6th of April, 1750, at Chelmsford, and hung in Chains near Rumford Gallows, for robbing the Yarmouth Mail on the 20th of July last. Containing, A full Account of his Behaviour during a great Number of Years, as a notorious Smoggler, Gamester, &c. Together with the many Pranks he play’d at Canterbury, Cranbrook, and other Parts of Kent; at Horsham, and other Parts of Sussex: Likewise at Salisbury, Bridgwater, Bristol, Portsmouth, Southampton, Yarmouth, Woodbridge, Ipswich, Colchester, and other Parts in England; also his Expedition to France, &c. Publish’d from the Copy all wrote with his own Hand, and deliver’d by him the Morning of his Execution to Mr. Thomas Venden, Turnkey of His Majesty’s Gaol at Chelmsford in Essex, with a particular Desire it might be printed. To which is added, a short Account of the Life of John Hall, his Accomplice, and the Manner of their being taken: Likewise their Behaviour at the Place of Execution. by (MUNN, Thomas). (MUNN, Thomas). ~ The Life of Thomas Munn, alias, the Gentleman Brick-Maker, alias, Tom 4he Smuggler, who was executed with John Hall, alias Rich, on Friday the 6th of April, 1750, at Chelmsford, and hung in Chains near Rumford Gallows, for robbing the Yarmouth Mail on the 20th of July last. Containing, A full Account of his Behaviour during a great Number of Years, as a notorious Smoggler, Gamester, &c. Together with the many Pranks he play’d at Canterbury, Cranbrook, and other Parts of Kent; at Horsham, and other Parts of Sussex: Likewise at Salisbury, Bridgwater, Bristol, Portsmouth, Southampton, Yarmouth, Woodbridge, Ipswich, Colchester, and other Parts in England; also his Expedition to France, &c. Publish’d from the Copy all wrote with his own Hand, and deliver’d by him the Morning of his Execution to Mr. Thomas Venden, Turnkey of His Majesty’s Gaol at Chelmsford in Essex, with a particular Desire it might be printed. To which is added, a short Account of the Life of John Hall, his Accomplice, and the Manner of their being taken: Likewise their Behaviour at the Place of Execution. London: Printed for Thomas Harris at Aldersgate, C. Corbett in Fleet-Street, and sold at all the Booksellers and Pamphlet-Shops in Town and Country, and by the Hawkers who carry the News, 1750.
    First edition. A rare highwayman’s narrative, purporting to be an autobiography handed by Munn to the Yarmouth gaoler on the morning of his execution. Thomas… (more)

    First edition. A rare highwayman’s narrative, purporting to be an autobiography handed by Munn to the Yarmouth gaoler on the morning of his execution. Thomas Munn of Benenden and Canterbury was one of Kent’s less illustrious exports. From a relatively prosperous family of Kentish brick-makers he became notorious in Canterbury as a cheat and bogus wine merchant before decamping for Essex where he met his end; being hanged for robbing the Yarmouth mail. The first-person narrative contains many fascinating episodes, including the account of a same-sex encounter in a Southampton Inn. Munn was joined in bed by the son of the innkeeper on the pretext of keeping warm, who then admitted, ‘I love to lie with a naked man’ and began ‘to act a Part so Contradictory to Nature’ that Munn leapt up and threatened him with a penknife. He reflected: ‘It was what I never met with before, no since, but had Philosophy enough in me, to think it a pity to expose a young Man, tho’ he pointed at a very heinous Sin; and certainly we that commit Crimes beyond what is common, ought to be pitied, for no Man is certain if he comes under the same Temptation, that he shall be able to withstand it...’

    The Huntington library holds a copy (perhaps unique) with variant imprint, also giving Harris as bookseller, but with Essex and Suffolk booksellers named. ESTC: BL, Birmingham and Kansas only [the Huntington Library holds a copy with variant imprint].

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  • The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana translated from the Sanskrit. In seven parts, with preface, introduction, and concluding remarks. by [BURTON, Richard Francis, Sir, translator]. [BURTON, Richard Francis, Sir, translator]. ~ The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana translated from the Sanskrit. In seven parts, with preface, introduction, and concluding remarks. ‘Reprint: Cosmopoli: MDCCCLXXXIII: for the Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, and for private circulation only.’ 1883 [but later].
    Despite the date 1883, this is likely to be one the numerous re-issues made within a few years copying the 1883 reprints very closely and… (more)

    Despite the date 1883, this is likely to be one the numerous re-issues made within a few years copying the 1883 reprints very closely and often distinguishable only though minor issue points and by the paper on which they are printed. This copy, uncut, is smaller than the dimensions given for the first four reprints listed by Penzer. Penzer, An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Francis Burton, p. 163-167

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  • Ananga-ranga; (Stage of the bodiless One) or, The Hindu Art of Love. (Ars amoris indica.) Translated from the Sanskrit... by [BURTON, Richard Francis, Sir and Forster Fitzgerald ARBUTHNOT, translators]. [BURTON, Richard Francis, Sir and Forster Fitzgerald ARBUTHNOT, translators]. ~ Ananga-ranga; (Stage of the bodiless One) or, The Hindu Art of Love. (Ars amoris indica.) Translated from the Sanskrit... ‘Reprint: Cosmopoli, MDCCCLXXXV for the Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, and for private circulation only,’ 1885.
    In 1873, Burton prepared an anonymous literal translation of the Kama-Shastra or The Hindoo Art of Love, of which only six copies were printed. It… (more)

    In 1873, Burton prepared an anonymous literal translation of the Kama-Shastra or The Hindoo Art of Love, of which only six copies were printed. It was planned to reissue the work in 1885, but only proofs appeared before plans for publication were abandoned. However, no less than three reprints appeared soon after, all bearing the date 1885.

    This copy, printed on thick, watermarked paper, conforms to Penzer’s description of the first reprint edition, being ‘slightly broader than the subsequent reprints’, though he had not personally seen a copy of this edition. Burton's Kama Shastra Society and its quasi-scholarly publication of erotic material served as the model for Leonard Smithers’ later Erotika Biblion Society. Penzer, An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Francis Burton, pp. 171-173.

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  • Manual of classical Erotology (De figuris Veneris)... Latin text and literal English version. by (CARRINGTON, Charles, publisher). FORBERG, Friedrich Karl. (CARRINGTON, Charles, publisher). FORBERG, Friedrich Karl. ~ Manual of classical Erotology (De figuris Veneris)... Latin text and literal English version. ‘Manchester One Hundred Copies privately printed for Viscount Julian Smithson M.A. and friends’ [Paris: Charles Carrington], 1884.
    First edition of this important parallel English, Latin and Greek version. It followed a poor piracy of 1882 badly translated from Liseux’s French edition of… (more)

    First edition of this important parallel English, Latin and Greek version. It followed a poor piracy of 1882 badly translated from Liseux’s French edition of 1882. Carrington gave a wry veiled account of its publication in his 1902 catalogue, Forbidden Books: ‘Were I a bookseller, I do not think I should ever take the trouble to print such a book as I have now before me. Here is a Latin work, full of notes, and bristling with Greek quotations. A most careful and masterly translation has been placed opposite every page of the original text, and it needs no literary critic to see that no one but a real classical scholar—an old Oxford man—could ever have successfully struggled with such a task... The two stout volumes have evidently been printed on the Continent—and for very good and valid reasons, as no English printer would dare to undertake such a work,— therefore each page would have to be submitted to the translator, at least three or four times, foreign compositors working mechanically. Many months would thus pass in wearisome proof-reading, and when at last the hundred copies are struck off, and each man receives his due, what margin of profit awaits the silly bookseller-publisher? He is insulted in every way and laughed at if he dares to wonder that the British Customs seize any copies...’

    Carrington published some 300 titles (some using his own name and others using false imprints, as here) mainly in Paris where he lived from about 1894 until 1907, selling books from a shop in the Faubourg Montmartre. He notably printed a number of works by Oscar Wilde when few other publishers would risk implication in Wilde’s downfall and, besides outright pornography, he printed a number of editions of classical and oriental authors and important works on the psychology of sex. In 1907 he was deported from France for consistently publishing and selling literature “of a very obscene and vulgar character”. He continued his publishing business in Brussels before returning to Paris in 1912. By 1920 Carrington was blind from the effects of advanced syphilis, being admitted to the mental hospital at Ivry, south of Paris, where he died in 1921.

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