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(HOPKINS, Gowland.) BALDWIN, Ernest. Gowland Hopkins, a memoir on the discoverer of vitamins.
LondonFirst edition, wrappers issue of biography of the father of British biochemistry, "a tribute from his friends in the margarine industry to one whose services to nutrition enriched the well-being of mankind." Learn More£15.00
Stock Code: 128913
(BOOK-KEEPING; GERMANY.) Wirtschafts=Manual und Rechnung bey der Hofgräfl. von Schlabrendorffischen Herrschaft und dazu gehörigen Güthern über empfangene und verausgabte Natural- und Materialien
[18th century]Unrecorded example of a household ledger prepared for private use, presumably commissioned for a grand estate, this copy entirely clean with no hand written entries. This extensive manual was constructed to record a wide variety of goods, including cereals, beer, horses, livestock, cheese, bricks, lime, metal, fish, fruit trees, fertiliser, and bees.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 132097
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Signed photograph.Walter Stoneman's photographic portrait of Churchill, this example signed and dated 1949 by Churchill on the mount, sent to his former coachman Fred Best. When Churchill bought the Chartwell estate in 1922, Best had been coachman there for 40 years, living in the stable block. Churchill had no need of a coachman, but nonetheless employed Best for another... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 137428
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. Autograph letter to his children, signed "Father".
14 July 1987A handwritten letter from Friedrich Hayek to his children, sent during a stay in his native Austria in 1987. Hayek heads the letter "Dear children" and signs it off "Father"; he comments that the weather has been fine, that he has trouble with the altitude but is slowly adjusting to it, that he plans to stay until December, and that he hopes the children... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 134841
(BANKING.) HUTH & CO. Substantial collection of letters to the banker Frederick Huth, from his agents in Spain.
1814-1850An extensive collection of letters sent to the founder and proprietor of the Frederick Huth & Co banking house, Frederick Huth (1777-1864), from his Spanish agents. Huth was born in Germany to an ordinary soldier, worked for a Spanish merchant in Hamburg, and established a business in Corunna, Spain. In 1809 he fled to England following the invasion... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135449
SHAW, George Bernard. Typed letter signed to the actor of Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion.
6 March 1914Typed letter signed by George Bernard Shaw to Edmund Gurney, the actor playing Alfred Doolittle in the upcoming English premier of Pygmalion. Shaw was very unhappy with Gurney's portrayal of the character, which he observed in rehearsal - he writes that he wrote the part specially for him, and he should not let it be played too broadly. He also criticizes... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134368
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to an unidentified recipient.
Putney : 24 October [1843?]Autograph letter signed to an unidentified recipient, noting that "Percy Florence & I have been gadding", and accepting an invitation to dine. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 129800
(RELIGION.) [Tract volume containing 11 works, 1742-1800.]A collection of religious tracts, predominantly Scottish imprints and mostly dating from the last decade of the 18th century, and bound soon after. The collection provides a valuable illustration of popular theology of the time, with many of the works present going through many editions, while two of the works are apparently unrecorded. Comprising:
i)... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 125275
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. Typed letter signed, regarding the pronunciation and indexing of his name.
10 December 1935A signed letter from Hayek to Charles E. Funk, editor of The Literary Digest, apparently in response to an enquiry into the proper pronunciation of his name: "In terms of the Phonetic Alphabet of the International Phonetic Association the correct pronunciation of my name would be rendered by 'Hai-ek'". Hayek goes on to say that it would be a great service... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131928
CUMMINGS, E. E. Original watercolour landscape in Pornic, France.
Pornic, France : [no date]A striking example of Cummings's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of the many windmills of Brittany, where Cummings visited, painting several rustic scenes.
Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 131043
(CHINA.) Second Opium War.An enthralling and richly detailed journal of a decade at sea with the US Navy during the 1850s, recording back-to-back cruises on three sloops-of-war, seeing action in three different arenas: on the Cyane, which shelled Greytown, Nicaragua (1854), the Preble during the Paraguay Expedition (1858) - a flexing of muscle by the US Navy that concluded peaceably... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 127365
(JOYCE, James.) LARBAUD, Valery. Autograph letter signed to James Joyce.
Paris : 1925Autograph letter signed to James Joyce, in which Larbaud thanks Joyce for a previous letter and declines an invitation to a party hosted by the Symbolist critic Arthur Symons. Notably Larbaud informs Joyce that he is going to Valais in Switzerland for five weeks to continue his work supervising Auguste Morel's French translation of Ulysses, which was... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 129889
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood.
Putney : 11 January 1845Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood (attributed so by Bennett), in which Mary solicits, albeit unsuccessfully, for the publication of "a tale that has been confided to me from India". The author of the tale was a Bengal artillery lieutenant, Captain Sir James Abbott, who had already had his Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow,... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 129803
YEATS, W. B. Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.
Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin : 26 September A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.
Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester College from 1926 to 1933,... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 123152
MACKINTOSH, Sir James. A Discourse on the Study of the Law of Nature and Nations.
London : 1835Later edition of the Scottish politician and jurist's famous public lecture on international law, first published in 1799. "In November 1798 Mackintosh proposed a lecture series to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in which he would make public his change of opinion towards Burke. However, like Burke, certain benchers remained wary of a speaker... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 114168
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History Of The Rebellion And Civil Wars In England.
Oxford : 1819A very pleasing library set of Clarendon's History, which was "the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English" (ODNB) when first published in Oxford in 1702-3, and remained a staple of all libraries for long after. This set was in the library of the Carleton-Cowper family at Carleton Hall, near Penrith, Cumbria: the house... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 114062
PRAGNELL, Festus. The Green Man of Kilsona.
London : First edition, first impression, of this "science fiction adventure story set on a world within an atom" (Locke). The work was first published in the pulp magazine Wonder Stories from July to September 1935 as The Green Man of Graypec, the same title used for the US edition released in 1950. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 113286
ARISTOTLE, & Abu Yahya ibn al-Batriq (attrib.) "'The book of the Politics of management of Leaders'".
Ayyubid or Mamluk Syria : 13th centuryThe text of the present manuscript, most commonly known under the title of The Secret of Secrets or its Latin equivalent Secretum Secretorum was one of the most widely translated and most influential texts of the high middle ages. It is a pseudo-Aristotelian compendium of advice on statecraft and kingship including aspects as diverse as the health (physical... Learn More£220,000.00
Stock Code: 138645
IBN SINA, known in the West as AVICENNA. Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine'), Part 5.
Near East : 727 AH / 1326 CEKnown as Avicenna in the West, Ibn Sina can be regarded as the most influential writer in the history of medicine. His unparalleled al-Qanun fi'l tibb or 'The Canon of Medicine', completed circa 1025 AD, gathered the totality of medical knowledge at the time.
Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine') is the celebrated and highly influential... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 138650
QALAWUSI, Muhammad bin Idris bin Malik (al-Qarafi) al-. [The final conclusion in the summary of the study of prosody.]
Al-Andalus : 20 Ramadan AH 740 / 20 March 1340 CEThis rare and early work of literary scholarship from al-Andalus is divided into three sections. It aims to deal with all aspects of the study of rhythm and verse in a succinct and authoritative manner. The first section is an introduction to the study of prosody and its rules. The second is focussed on the different forms of rhythm and metric composition... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 138651
SEGOVIA, Johannes de. Tractatus super materia contractuum de censibus annis et perpetuis;
[Cologne : c.1472]First edition of one of the earliest printed works devoted to finance, one of the first to carry printed signatures, and the author's first printed text. Written during the Council of Basel, this treatise presents Segovia's contribution to the debate surrounding the theory and practice of census in medieval theology and economics. In it he sets forth... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 121113
IBN JAZLAH (Yahya ibn 'Issa ibn Jazlah al-Baghdadi). Taqwim al-abdan fi sihat al-insan fi tadbir al-a'm, signed by 'Ali ibn abi bakr al-katib al-hanafi.
[Anatolia or Jazirah : AH 878 / 1473-4 CE]This important medical text was composed during the golden age of Abbasid intellectual discovery. The intellectual boom was in large part fuelled by interest in and the translating of classical Greek texts on areas as wide ranging as astronomy, philosophy, and of course medicine. Much of the body of classical Greek knowledge was translated into Arabic... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 138652
EUCLID. Elementa Geometriae.
Venice : 1482First edition of "the oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM) and one of the earliest printed books with geometrical figures. The text is the standard late mediaeval recension of Johannes Campanus of Novara, based on the 12th-century translation from the Arabic of Adelard of Bath. The text is preceded by a dedicatory letter by... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 136914
PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.
Venice : 1484First edition in Latin. Ptolemy's treatise on astrology, the Tetrabiblos, was the most popular astrological work of antiquity and also enjoyed great influence in the Islamic world and the medieval Latin West. The translation was made from Arabic to Latin in 1138 by Plato of Tivoli, the 12th-century Italian mathematician, astronomer and translator who... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 119247
HOMER. [In Greek:] Works.
Florence : 1488/89]Editio princeps of the writings attributed to Homer, including the Iliad and the Odyssey, two of the earliest, most important and influential works of European literature. "The Iliad and the Odyssey are the first perfect poetry of the western world. They spring fully grown, their predecessors lost, and the magic has persisted ever since. The legends... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 131684
HENRY VII. Document signed (initialled "HR" at head), appointing John Mewtas as investigator of ecclesiastical corruption in the Midlands.
Calais : 1492Writing from Calais and styling himself "king of ffraunce and of England and lord of Ireland", Henry shows a characteristically keen concern with money. Henry had been in Calais since October, besieging Boulogne and on 3 November at Étaples obtaining peace with the French king Charles VIII on reasonable terms - a generous annual payment in compensation... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 116939
SCHEDEL, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum.
Nuremberg : 1493First edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century, a universally acknowledged masterpiece of complex design. Compiled by the Nuremberg physician, humanist and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), the text is a year-by-year account of notable events in world history from the Creation to the year... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 108472
GRAPALDUS, Franciscus Marius. De partibus aedium.
[Parma] : First edition of this famous treatise on how the perfect house should be built, furnished and run. Organised as a thematic dictionary, it contains separate sections devoted to different parts of the house, including the kitchen, library, aviary, stable, and nursery, and moves on to more general discussion, elucidating terms relating to construction,... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 86889
MARTIAL, Marcus Valerius Martialis. Epigrammata.
Venice : December 1501First Aldine edition, one of the earliest books to be produced in pocket format and in Aldus's beautiful italic type. Aldus starting issuing his groundbreaking "Libelli Portatiles" - or "Portable Library" - in April 1501 with an edition of Virgil, followed by Horace in May, Petrarch in July, Juvenal and Perseus in August, and this edition of Martial... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 118784
THUCYDIDES. De bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of the most important work in Greek historiography, edited by Aldus from a Cretan manuscript. As with his edition of Herodotus, the text had first appeared in print in the Latin translation of Lorenzo Valla. The recipient of Aldus's dedicatory letter, Daniele Renier, was a Venetian senator, procurator of San Marco and collector of Hebrew,... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 103257
HERODOTUS. Historiae, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of Herodotus' history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher himself. Herodotus had first been published in Lorenzo Valla's Latin translation. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances where such a claim by him... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 103246
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX, Saint, attributed author. Speculu[m] divini amoris, rithmico Carmine instar dialogi dulcissime decurre[n]. quo pius Lector miru[m] in modu[m] ad heroicas excitatur virtutes.
Cologne : 1505Scarce edition of Bernard of Clairvaux's work the mirror of godly love. Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131672
(ARS MORIENDI.) Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
LEMAIRE DE BELGES, Jean. La legende des Venitiens.
Paris : [c. 1512]Early edition of Lemaire's pamphlet defending Louis XII's ambitions of Venetian conquest.
First published at Lyons in 1509 by Jehan de Vingle, La legend des Venitiens was composed at the behest of Louis XII, and "adroitly devised to influence public opinion" (Spaak) as to the legitimacy of the War of the League of Cambrai against the Republic... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 140221
JOHN OF SALISBURY. Policraticus de nugis curialium et vestigijs philosophorum continens libros octo.
Lyon : 1513Second edition, first published in Brussels c. 1480, of John of Salisbury's Policraticus. Subtitled De nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum (Concerning the Frivolities of Courtiers and the Traditions of the Philosophers), it has been called "the first medieval treatise on political thought" (David Knowles in The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy).... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 101888
JOSEPHUS, Flavius. [Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]
Milan : 1513/14First edition of Josephus' works to add the complementary work of pseudo-Hegesippus, handsomely printed in clear Roman type for the noted Renaissance scholar and professor at Milan, Alexander Minutianus, a zealous proponent of Latin literature. It also includes a ninth-century compilation based primarily on pseudo-Hegesippus, and a list of concordances... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 138817
QUINTILIAN, Marcus Fabius. Institutio Oratoria.
Venice : 1521Second Aldine edition, following the first of 1514. The Aldine Quintilian was part of a series of Latin and Greek classics published by this press. This edition is dedicated to Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485-1557), the Italian geographer and travel writer. Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 121292
XENOPHON. Omnia quae extant operis.
[Venice : 1525]The first complete Aldine edition of Xenophon. The edition marks the first printing of Xenophon's De Atheniensium re publica and De vectigalibus, alongside the Hellenica (which the Aldine press had published in October 1503) and the Agesilao, which had previously been erroneously attributed to Plutarch. The text was edited by Gian Francesco d'Asola,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 133029
(CLASSICAL GEOGRAPHY). Pomponius Mela. Iulius Solinus. Itinerarium Antonini Aug. Vibius Sequester.
Florence : 1526An early edition of this collection of classical geographical texts, including Pomponius Mela and Julius Solinus, and a translation into Latin of the Greek 1st-century world geography of Dinoysius Periegetes. The text is based on the first edition of the collection, printed by the Aldine press in 1518. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137339
BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
[Paris] : 1529First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 124885
BEMBO, Pietro. De gliasolani di M. Pietro Bembo nequali si ragiona d'amore.
Venice : 1530Second edition of Gli Asolani, Bembo's most famous work, first published in 1505. The second edition has significant revisions, "which brought the work into greater linguistic and stylistic conformity with Bembo's watershed contribution to the Italian language question debate (questione della lingua) and the Prose della volgar lingua" (Theodore Cachey,... Learn More£1,600.00
Stock Code: 114075
CHAUCER, Geoffrey. [The workes, newlie printed,
London : 1532First complete collected edition of Chaucer and the first attempt to collect into a single volume the complete writings of an English author. The editor was William Thynne, clerk of the kitchen and of the green cloth to Henry VIII, and recipient of numerous grants and appointments. Thynne provides the first printed editions of a number of Chaucer's... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 108308
AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
[Cologne? : July 1533First collected edition. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought had originally been published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus. The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom Agrippa was archivist and historiographer, is printed... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
HELIODORUS. Historiae Aethiopicae libri decem,
Basle : 1534Editio princeps of Heliodorus's Aethiopica, a contender for the status of the earliest novel. The only known work of Heliodorus of Emesa, the Aethiopica, written in the third or fourth century CE, remained largely unknown until the sack of Buda in 1526, when Matthias Corvinus's manuscript of the text was seized. Printed eight years later in the present... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 126325
MARLIANI, Bartolomeo. Urbis Romae topographia.
Rome & Basel : 1544 & 1543First illustrated edition, second issue (with woodcut device on title page) of Marliani's Urbis Romae topographia, one of the most celebrated early guides to Rome, illustrated with superb engravings of the city's most important sites. The important folding map cut by the calligrapher and wood engraver Giovanni Battista Palatino, probably designed by... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130002
JOSEPHUS, Flavius. [Works, in Greek, edited by Arnoldus Arlenius.]
Basel : 1544Editio princeps, a wide-margined copy of the handsomely printed first edition in the original Greek, providing a comprehensive history of the Jews from Creation to the end of the war with Rome (70 CE). The printed work is taken from manuscripts in the library of Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, for whom the editor Arlenius was librarian. The present copy matches... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 118255
ERASMUS, Desiderius. The Praise of Folie.
[London : 1569 [recte 1549]First edition in English. "The Praise of Folly was written when Erasmus was staying in the house of Thomas More in the winter of 1509-10. Its title is a delicate and complimentary play on the name of his host: its subject matter is a brilliant, biting satire on the folly to be found in all walks of life Whenever tyranny or absolute power threatened,... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 108395
CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed,
London : [1550?]Fourth collected edition, one of four variants each with a different publisher's name in the colophon: the others were Richard Kele, Thomas Petit, and Robert Toye. Pforzheimer notes that, to judge from the relative numbers of extant copies, it is probable that they shared equally in the edition. The woodcuts of the pilgrims that had first been printed... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 105500
TARAFA, Francisco. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
Antwerp : 1553Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus); the persecution of Jews in Catalonia... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87485
VESALIUS, Andreas. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.
Basel : June 1543First edition of Vesalius's magnum opus, the founding text of modern anatomy, which revolutionized the science and teaching of medicine and practice of surgery. "This is the work that, by breaking the stranglehold in which the writings of Galen had gripped anatomical research for the previous twelve centuries, was instrumental in turning researchers... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 126301
MERULA, Gaudenzio. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae
Lyon : 1556First edition published in France, the third and most extensive overall. Gaudenzio Merula (1500-1555) was born of a humble family in Borgolavezzaro, near Novara. He held teaching appointments in Milan, at the Academy in Novara, and subsequently at Vigevano and Turin. In 1554 he was charged with Protestant heresy, first before the bishop of Novara and... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 63754
AGRICOLA, Georgius. De re metallica, libri XII:
Basel : 1556First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or, less commonly, Blasius Weffring.... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 80925
[HESSUS, Helius Eobanus.] De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:
[Frankfurt : 1557The German humanist scholar Eobanus Koch (Coccius) (1488-1540) was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age. His prose work "On the species of drunkards" is a mock-quodlibetical speech that applies the scholastic method of argumentation, first printed anonymously in 1515. His first bestseller, the satire was reprinted in 1516 and 1550 and afterwards... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 108213
MAGNUS, Olaus. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
Venice : 1565First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs, warfare, trades and occupations,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 87741
HOMER, Hesiod, and others. Poetae graeci principes heroici carminis, & alii nonnulli.
Geneva : 1566First edition. "This is unquestionably Estienne's typographic masterpiece" (Schreiber). Estienne's edition of the Greek epic poets based on the collation of the ancient scholia and variants of all available manuscripts "created the basis of the modern vulgate of Homer" (Silver, Ronsard and the Hellenic Renaissance in France). The collection devotes... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 105969