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18412 [ALER, Paul] GRADVS AD PARNASSUM, sive novvs synonymorvm, ephithetorum, et phrasium poeticarum, thesaurus... Edition vndecima. Parisiis: apud Simonen Benard, 1674. 8vo, (172x110mm), [4],1159,[7]p. some browning and occasional light staining of the text. Contemporary sprinkled calf, head and tail of the backstrip and corner tops worn, the front head-fore corner particularly so, early owners' signatures and arithmetical calculations on the endleaves. Gradus ad Parnassum(A Step to Parnassus) compiled by the Jesuit Paul Aler, is a dictionary of Latin prosody much used in both English and continental public schools, particularly during the 17th and 18th centuries. £200.00

(Bologna printing)

16174 [ANON.] CARMINUM DELECTUS EX ILLUSTRIBUS POETIS, tum aurea aetate tum saeculo XVI Florentibus in IV. libros distributus, et eorum studiis accommodatus, qui poeticae student in scholis clericorum regularium S. Paulli. Bononiae [Bologna]: Apud Laelium a Vulpe Instituti Scientiarum Typographum, 1767. 8vo, (151x107mm), 160, 163-6p.lacking one leaf of the index, the last leaf slightly dust-soiled and some faint staining of several leaves. Modern sewn limp paper binding covered with Sue Doncaster paste paper wrappers. Rare; we are unable to locate another copy of this selection of poems from 'famous poets from the golden age,' intended to assist the study of poetry in clergy schools. £65.00 

19909 [ANON.] SYNOPSIS COMMUNIUM LOCORUM, praecipue ad mores spectantium: ex poetis latinis tum antiquioribus tum recentioribus collecta: et in capita cuique propria digesta. In usum puerorum, qui scholas grammaticus poetarum latinorum tum lectionae tum imitatione prima faciunt tyrocinia. Edition quarta, London: impensis [by William Bowyer] G. & J. Innys, 1727. 12mo, (160x95mm), [12],276p. Disbound. (ESTC 36530) ESTC locates only four copies of this rare text-book intended for the use of juveniles learning Latin. It first appeared printed for Henry Clements in Oxford in 1700; the later London editions, of which this is the third London and fourth overall, were printed by William Bowyer whose ledgers record that 1,500 copies were printed. £200.00 

16030 ARISTOPHANES. ARISTOPHANIS COMOEDIAE DUAE PLUTUS & NUBES: cum scholiss Graecis antiquis, quibus adjiciuntur notae quaedam, gemino indice. In usum studiosae juventutis. Londoni: impensis Rob. Clavell, ad insigne Pavonis Coemet Paulino, 1695. 8vo, (167x106mm), [24],463,[30]p. + 2p bookseller's adverts. Parallel text in Greek and Latin, date fures excised on the title and an early ink-stain and some mss additions on p304, otherwise a clean, crisp copy. Contemporary panelled calf, lacking the backstrip and the front cover detached. £120.00 

16036 (ARITHMETIC) ARITHMETICAL TABLES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS. New York: printed and sold by S. Wood at the Juvenile Book-Store, 357 Pearl Street, 1813. 32mo, (96x80mm), 24p. wood-engraving on the title, lacking most of pages 9 & 10, browned throughout and with some fraying of the fore-margin. Original wrappers, worn, a piece of the surface of the front cover torn off with slight loss of the printing. Previous owner's signatures: Johnathan Thompson year 1822, and with the name of Miss Mary Thompson Her book 1819 overscored on the inside of the front wrapper; and M. Thompson her book, overscored on the inside of the rear cover, but with a small drawing of a flower and 'her Book' below and unscored. The rear wrapper carrying a list of the publisher's mathematical and arithmetical books. £15.00 

16045 BARRIE, Alexander. A COLLECTION OF ENGLISH PROSE AND VERSE, FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS, selected from different authors. To which are prefixed, a few short lessons for beginners, with an exercise in spelling... Fifteenth edition, Edinburgh: printed and sold by Murray and Cochrane, Craig's Close. Sold also by William Cockburn, bookseller, Antruther, 1802. 8vo, (176x108mm), 294p. browned throughout - largely due to poor quality paper stock, and with a number of ms annotations, the first few leaves particularly poor with significant soiling due to handling and some fraying of the fore-edge, a previous owner's drawing in ink of the sun on the verso of the title, and several scrawls and doodles on the endleaves. Contemporary (?original sheep) worn and lacking the backstrip. Previous owner's signature of Philip Scott, Dogtown 6th November 1813, on the verso of the front free endleaf, with the recto carries the lengthy inscription: Robert Scott his book the grace of God upon him look not to look but [....] learning is better than houses or land when houses or land is almost spent Good Education is most exelant [sic] when I am dade [sic] and in my grave and all my bons a rotton [sic] this is the book that you must look when I am quit for gotton [sic]. Master Robert's signature also appears on the rear endleaf. A comparatively rare reading primer first known from the second edition of 1781 (of which Etsc records 3 copies), it had reached a thirty-ninth edition by 1850. However, Estc and Copac combined record copies of only 12 of those editions, each of which survives in but a single copy, and none of them the edition we offer here. £65.00 

5453 BLAIR, David. (pseud. i.e. Sir Richard Phillips) MODELS OF FAMILIAR LETTERS, in English, French, and Italian; with numerous examples of classical and commercial letters and topics for the exercise of students. New edition. London: Printed by G. Sidney, Northumberland street, Strand, for Richard Phillips, sold by J. Souter, Paternoster-Row, and all booksellers. [1814.] 12mo, (168x102mm), xii,224p. occasional slight soiling. Original red sheep, sides partly faded; rebacked. Advertised on the title as 'Price 4s. bound in red' although, as we state above, the red has faded to a dull reddish-brown over most of the surface of the binding. Sir Richard Philips, under the pseudonym of the Reverend David Blair, wrote a number of textbooks: The Universal Preceptor, The Class Book, A Practical English Grammar, A Grammar of Natural Philosophy, and Reading Exercises for the Junior Classes, as well as and edition of Entick's English Dictionary for the use of schools. In the preface this work the author states that 'Some perfection in spelling, a knowledge of Syntax, of pointing, and of the use of Capital Letters, are presumed to have been previously acquired by the study of my English Grammar ...' and announces that this edition has been enlarged by 'introducing forty-five letters, never before published, written by the most eminent persons of this and the last age.' The earliest edition noted on the BLGC is of 1811, with later editions in 1821 and 1831. Ian Michael, in The teaching of English (1987) does not notice this title but does record a similar work from the same author: Models of juvenile letters... citing only the British Library copies of a new edition of 1821 and a re-issue of 1831. £50.00 

20069 BUTTER, Henry. THE ETYMOLOGICAL SELLING-BOOK AND EXPOSITOR An introduction to the spelling, pronunciation, and derivation of the English language. 368th edition, London: Simpkin Marshall [and 9 other named booksellers in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Melbourne], 1876. 8vo, (186x120mm), 158p. +2p publisher's adverts, frontispiece portrait, Original cloth, some slight wear to the head and tail of the backstrip, inner joints strengthened with near-contemporary paper. A small colour-washed drawing of a man in Victorian dress and labelled 'Willie' on the front free endleaf. (Michael, The teaching of English, p413) First published in1830, this popular primer had reached a 470th edition by 1880, furthermore Michel records that Glasgow Public Library owns an edition dated 1948, yet from all the thousands of copies produced, COPAC locates a mere 62 copies. £25.00 

13468 CAYZER, T.S. ONE THOUSAND ARITHMETICAL TESTS or, the examiner's assistant; specially adapted, by a novel arrangement of the subject, for examination purposes; but also suited for general use in schools. Fifth edition, London: Griffith and Farran, 1849 8vo, (177x118mm), 57,[1]p +2p publisher's adverts, with 8 pages of ruled paper bound in, dated in ms 1874 and carrying various exercises in pencil. Original blind-blocked bead grain cloth, some fading and the joints and edges a little rubbed, some ms notes, in ink, on mathematical formulae on the front and rear pastedown endleaves. The imprint notes that the publishers of this textbook still feel it beneficial to style themselves as the successors to Newbery and Harris but in this edition also note that it is printed from stereotype plates. £25.00 

2175 CHANCELLOR, Valerie E.. HISTORY FOR THEIR MASTERS; Opinion in the English history textbook 1800-1914. Bath: Adams & Dart, 1970. 8vo, (225x145mm), 153p. A good copy in original cloth, dustjacket slightly frayed. £12.00 

5820 COLE, John Y. & Thomas G. STICHT [Editors]. THE TEXTBOOK IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. A Volume Based on a Conference at the Library of Congress, May 1979. Washington: Library of Congress, 1981. Sm.4to (227x202mm), x,58p. Original stiff wrappers, partly faded £10.00

(Lymington printing)

16532 ENFIELD, William. THE SPEAKER: OR, MISCELLANEOUS PIECES, selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads, with a view to facilitate the improvement of youth in reading and speaking. To which is prefixed, an essay on elocution. [Lymington printed] London: Published for the booksellers: and printed and sold by R. Galpine, Lymington. 1821. 12mo, (182x105mm), xxi,[1],396p. wood engraved frontispiece. Contemporary (?original) marbled sheep, a little rubbed head and tail of the backstrip, the joints, again at the head and tail, neatly strengthened with Japanese paper stained to match. An extremely rare provincial printing of Enfield's long-running favourite, Copac records only the British Library copy of this edition. It is also an early example of printing from this Hampshire town; Estc records a 4 page pamphlet subjectively dated to [1795?] and seven books of varying sizes that appeared from the town before the end of the eighteenth century. Thereafter we can locate only one other book printed in Lymington before the appearance of that which we offer. Enfield's work was first published in 1774 and around sixty editions were to appear before 1860. It 'was probably the most widely used of all school anthologies. Forty-two years after its publication the Edgeworths could say, rather loftily, "we are informed that this is an established school-book, and we see in private families that it is in everybody's hands." ' (Michael The teaching of English). This present edition, which does include the author's Essay on elocution, does not contain his essay: On reading works of taste, which seems to have fallen out of favour in editions after about 1799. £95.00 

16565 FENNING, Daniel. THE YOUNG MAN'S BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE: being a proper supplement to the young man's companion... The fifth edition... the geographical, geometrical, and astronomical parts by Mr. Moon,... the musical part by Dr. Arnold. and the other parts revised and corrected... [by] J. Malham. London: Printed for S. Crowder... and B.C. Collins in Salisbury, 1793. 12mo, (180x110mm), xvi,432p. 6 engraved plates (4 folding) some marginal wear, without loss from the image, of the final music plate, together with a number of woodcuts & engravings in the text. Contemporary (?original) sheep, rubbed and lacking a small piece of leather from the front cover, joints split and the rear cover almost detached. Rare, Estc locates only two copies of this edition, neither in the British Isles; indeed of the six editions printed between [1764] and 1794 only 24 copies are recorded of what was obviously a popular contemporary children's encyclopaedia. Although there is no imprint to support our opinion, we cannot but wonder if this book was printed in Salisbury. Furthermore, there is an interesting example of contemporary bookselling practice on the title: the book's price is printed as 'three shillings and six-pence bound', this has been neatly excised in ink and the numeral 4 added above. £225.00

(Newcastle printing)

13517 [FISHER, Anne.] THE PLEASING INSTRUCTOR OR ENTERTAINING MORALIST; consisting of select essays, relations, visions and allegories collected from the most eminent English authors, to which are prefixed new thoughts on education. A New Edition, [Newcastle Printed:] London: published as the Act directs... by G.G. & J. Robinson,... and S. Hodgson in Newcastle. 1801. 12mo, (170x105mm), xii,255p. frontispiece engraved vignette title & 5 engraved plates, with an engraved tailpiece at the and of the introduction, some browning. Contemporary black sheep front joint repaired. Printed in Newcastle by Sarah Hodgson, daughter of the printer of earlier editions of this title. Cumbrian-born Anne Fisher was the wife of the influential Newcastle printer and bookseller Thomas Slack and it would not be unfair to say that the immense popularity and widespread sale of her books contributed in no small measure to the reputation her husband enjoyed. Her Pleasing Instructor went through numerous editions (though is today a somewat less than common book) and was issued with many London and provincial imprints. Such was its success that it attracted a number of rivals, imitations and piracies. A note in the `sixth' edition of 1785 (then under the imprint of Slack's son-in-law Solomon Hodgson, husband to Sarah Hodgson) warned the reader to beware of a 'wretched piracy of this book,' a warning still being repeated in this edition. Despite its Newcastle – London imprint this is almost a Cumbrian book having, as it does, a remarkable series of connections with that county: The author was born in Cumberland, the printer was the widow of Solomon Hodgson, also born in Cumberland, and the founder of the London publishers, George Robinson, was also a Cumbrian by birth. £60.00 

16698 IRSON, Claude. METHODE ABREGE E ET FAMILIERE POUR APRENDRE en peu de temps a bien lire, a prononcer agreablement, & a ecrire corectement en Francois. Ouvrage tres-utile non seulement aux Etrangers; mais ausi aux Francois, qui desirent se pergectionnere en notre languem ou meme enseigner les autres. Paris: chex Pierre Baudiun... 1667. 12mo, (150x87mm), [22],262p. 2 leaves apparently excised from the preface and 4 other text leaves partly stained. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, endleaves of printers' waste. £65.00

(Manchester printing)

12804 LADY, A. NOTES ON ENGLISH HISTORY. Manchester: John Heywood, [c.1870]. 16mo, (165x104mm), 29p. +3p publisher's adverts. Some slight soiling and some fragmentary loss from the head of the title page. Original printed wrappers, spotted and with some loss from the front cover. Preserved in a custom made binders' cloth envelope chemise. A rare little guide to the main points in English history that concludes with the Second Reform Bill of 1869. The section on wars (both internal and external) gives the cause and results and suggests that the 'Lady' was decidedly in the Parliamentary camp over the English Civil Wars. £30.00 

18171 [LANCELOT, Claude & Pierre NICOLE.] EPIGRAMMATUM DELECTUS EXOMNIBUS TUM VETERIBUS, tum recentioribus poetis accurate decerptus, &c. Cum differtatione, de vera pulchritude & edumbrata, in qua ex certis principiis, rejectionis ac selectionis epigrammatum causae reduntur. Adjectae sunt elegantes sententiae ex antiquis poetis parce sed severiori judicio selectae. First English edition, Londini: impensis Mosis Pitt, 1683. 8vo, (144x93mm), [56]128, 229-537p (as is correct), page 278 misprinted as 178, the final blank present, faint(ish) stain largely confined to the the tail half of the leaf throughout and part of the front free end-leaf cut. Later (?18thcentury) Panelled calf, joints and backstrip repaired. Previous owner's signature: 'E Libris J Crutchley e Coll. Reg. Oxon.' on the front pastedown endleaf and the later bookplate of St Mary's College, Oscott, Birmingham. The compilation of this collection of Latin epigrams is attributed to two prominent members of the Port-Royal school, it was adopted for use as a text book at Eton College and remained in use there until well into the eighteenth century. £150.00 

18292 [LOCKMAN, John.] A NEW ROMAN HISTORY, BY QUESTION AND ANSWER. In a method much more comprehensive than any of the kind extant. Extracted from ancient authors, and the most celebrated among the modern... Designed principally for schools. Fifth edition, London: Printed for T. Astley: and sold by R. Baldwin, 1759. 12mo, (168x102mm), xii,342,[17,1]p. Lacking the plates. Contemporary sprinkled calf, joints split but holding, edges rubbed. A handsome and ornate calligraphic signature of Mar. Russell May 16th 1759, on the front free endleaf, and a modern bookplate on the front pastedown. Estc locates only 4 copies of this edition (1 GB + 3NA), and although both the ESTC record and the title page call for plates, there is no evidence of them having been present and later removed. £20.00 

16979 MANGNALL, Richmal. HISTORICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS, FOR THE USE OF YOUNG PEOPLE. With a selection of British, and general biography, &c. Third edition, London: printed for Thomas Hurst... and John Hurst, Wakefield, 1803. 12mo, (146x90mm), [8],386p. several instances of ink annotation. REBIND DESCRIBE Richmal Mangnall (1769-1820) was a pupil and later mistress of Mrs Wilson's school at Crofton Hall near Wakefield, a flourishing school of over seventy pupils. The first edition was published anonymously in Stockport in 1798, and a second edition was also printed there in 1800 for Longmans who paid £100 for the copyright. This third edition was the first London printing and is recorded on Copac in only the Opie copy in the Bodleian, and one cannot help but wonder if the London and Wakefield booksellers present on the imprint were related. This edition was considerable enlarged by the author and contains a section on astronomy present here for the first time and not in the 1806 edition as claimed in DNB. An immensely influential contribution to female education, editions appeared almost annually until at least the 1880s. This copy shows evidence of a pupil's use as there are several instances of sections being annotated in ink 'Repeated' and on two occasions dated 1807. £50.00 

15387 MANGNALL, Richmal. HISTORICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS, for the use of young people; with a selection of British, and general biography, &c. &c. Thirteenth edition. Corrected and improved, London: Printed [by Thomas Bensley and Son] for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; and for John Hurst, Wakefield, 1817. 12mo, (172x103mm), [8],447p. +1p. adverts. Contemporary marbled sheep, backstrip banded in gilt and unlettered, joints and headcap repaired with Japanese paper coloured to match, but nonetheless a very acceptable copy of what is almost certainly the original binding designed for the use of schools. Bookplate, and also carrying the signature of a previous owner, Miss Clarke of Barton Hartshorn (Buckinghamshire) who is perhaps also responsible for the short verse: 'Being ask [sic] what love is' on the rear free endleaf. Richmal Mangnall (1769-1820) ran a very successful school at Crofton Hall near Wakefield (hence the presence of a Wakefield bookseller on the imprint). The earliest dated edition of this work (better known as Mangnall's Questions) appeared in Stockport in 1798, the earliest London edition appearing in 1803. COPAC records only 23 surviving copies from the first 13 editions of a book that, by 1881, had run through umpteen editions, it is therefore hardly surprising that it was perhaps the most prominent publication in girls' education of the 19th century. £50.00

(Guildford printing)

16402 MARKHAM. Mrs. [pseud. i.e.: Elizabeth PENROSE.] HISTORY OF ENGLAND, from the first invasion by the Romans to the end of the reign of george the Third: with conversations at the end of each chapter. For the use of young persons. A new edition edited and continued to the present time by Mary Howitt. [Guildford printed] London: T.J. Allman, 1878. 8vo, (190x118mm), vi,568p. frontispiece and several line illustrations in the text, one gathering partly loose. Original cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt and blind, a very small tear in the cloth at the head edge of the front cover. Printed in Guildford by Billing and Sons. £25.00

(Derby printing)

 20066 MAVOR, William. THE ENGLISH SPELLING-BOOK. Accompanied by a progressive series of easy and familiar lessons, intended as an introduction to a correct knowledge of the English language. Derby: John and Charles Mozley, 1859. 12mo, (180x116mm), 144p. 3 pages of a wood-engraved acrostic alphabet, and a number of other wood-engravings of animals in the text, lightly browned throughout and with a small ear on the title page where the paper in rather thin. Modern quarter cloth. Ian Michael (The teaching of English p.515) wonders whether this was first published in 1801 or 1802; while we have seen copies with the preface dated 1806. Whatever its first date of publication was, this primer enjoyed a long and possibly unparalleled run as a principal text, for by 1866 it had run to at least 469 numbered editions. Sadly by this edition, the text no longer contains a poetical version of the 'Rules of the Humane Society for recovering drowned persons', which must rank high in any list of staggeringly bizarre texts to put in a child's reading primer. £80.00 

13518 MAVOR, William. THE ENGLISH SPELLING-BOOK. Accompanied by a series of progressive series of easy and familiar lessons, being the best introduction of reading and spelling. New edition, London: printed for the booksellers [by Read, Brooks, & Co.], [1860.] 12mo, (177x116mm), 166p. wood-engraved frontispiece (carrying 3 images), 3 pages of a wood-engraved acrostic alphabet, and a number of other wood-engravings of animals in the text. Original sand-grain cloth, blocked in blind, faded. First published in the first decade of the nineteenth century, this primer enjoyed a long, and possibly unparalleled, run as a principal text, for by 1866 it had run to at least 469 numbered editions, and continued to appear regularly until 1902. £25.00 

12954 MAVOR, William. THE ENGLISH SPELLING-BOOK. Accompanied by a series of progressive series of easy and familiar lessons, intended as an introduction to reading & spelling of the English language, London: printed for the booksellers, [1880s?] 16mo, (177x114mm), 163p. wood-engraved frontispiece (carrying 3 images), 3 pages of a wood-engraved acrostic alphabet, and a number of other wood-engravings of animals in the text. Original sand-grain cloth, blocked in blind. First published in the first decade of the nineteenth century, this primer enjoyed a long, and possibly unparalleled, run as a principal text, for by 1866 it had run to at least 469 numbered editions, and continued to appear regularly until 1902. £20.00

(Darton imprint)

8694 MURRAY, Lindley. ABRIDGMENT OF MURRAY'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR. With an appendix, containing exercises in orthography, in parsing, in syntax, and in punctuation. Designed for the younger classes of Learners. Forty-first edition. London: Printed for Darton, Harvey, & Darton, Gracechurch-street; C. Law, Ave-Maria Lane; Longman & Co. Paternoster-row; Wilson and Son, York: and Constable & Co. Edinburgh. 1814. 12mo, (142x87mm), 128p +[4]p 'Recommendations of this Work' together with a priced list of Murray's works with the various editions noted, some soiling throughout. Modern paste-paper covered boards. (Darton The Dartons G674, but not recording this edition; Michael Teaching of English 523) Imprint on the final leaf reading: Printed by Darton, Harvey & Co. Gracechurch-street, London. Lindley Murray's various grammar textbooks met with an immediate, widespread and well-deserved success. We know, for instance, from the day-books of John Ware, printer & bookseller of Whitehaven, (McKay 'John Ware Printer and Bookseller of Whitehaven; a year from his day-books' Isaac & McKay [ed] The Mighty Engine, 2000, 163-174) that Murray's books commanded a rapid sale amongst school teachers virtually from the day their publication. Murray's works dominated the English schoolroom for over half a century, and their popularity can be seen from the numerous editions they went through; of this particular title, Altick (English common reader) suggests that 1 million copies were sold by about 1826. Murray's English grammar and English exercises appeared in more or less annual editions for forty-five years and in print runs of 10,000 copies of each. This title we offer was even more successful for Darton running to 127 editions between 1797 and 1844, many in print runs of 12,000 copies. £40.00

(York printing)

13470 MURRAY, Lindley. ENGLISH GRAMMAR, adapted to the different classes of learners. With an appendix, containing rules and observations, for assisting the more advanced students to write with perspicuity and accuracy. Thirty-second edition, York: printed by Thomas Wilson & Sons for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown and for Darton and Harvey, London: Wilson and Sons, York, 1819. 8vo, (180x105mm), 348p. some spotting. Modern binders' quarter buckram. (Darton, The Dartons G678(31)) Rare, Darton recorded that he had been unable to locate a copy of this edition, a statement supported by a search of COPAC which records four UK locations, but all for an microfilm copies of American editions of the same year. Given that Murray was the most important grammarian writing at the time and that his books were reprinted more or less annually until the middle of the century, the survival rate of copies is remarkable small. £50.00

(Canadian edition)

17967 MURRAY, Lindley. THE ENGLISH READER; or pieces in prose and poetry, selected from the best writers. Designed to assist young persons to read with propriety and effect; to improve their language and sentiments; and inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue. With a few preliminary observations on the principles of good reading. Stanstead, L.C.: Walton and Gaylord, 1836. 12mo, (154x95mm), 244p only, lacking the last two or three leaves, slightly soiled and the outer margins slightly browned throughout and some creasing of the occasional page. A nice copy in contemporary sheep, rubbed, lacking both the front and rear free endleaves. Alas an imperfect copy of an immensely popular contemporary reading primer first published in York in 1799. Ian Michel (The teaching of English) notes that there were at least fifty-one English and over 350 American editions before 1850; that said, Canadian editions are much less often met with. £25.00

(Parallel text for the use of youth)

18169 NOLLET, Michel. ABREGE HISTORIQUE DE LA SAINTE BIBLE, depuis le commencement du monde jusques a l'etablissement de la religion Chretienne. Par demands et par reponses. En Francois et en Anglois pur l'usugae de la jeunesse. An historical compendium of the holy bible from the beginning of the world to the establishment of Christianity. By way of question and answer. In French and English for the use of youth. Londres: imprime par A. Millar, 1752. 12mo, (169x102mm), [2],iii-xvi,iii-xvi,[1],[2-]300,[2-]300p. a small tear in H8 without textual loss, O3 perhaps a cancel. Contemporary sprinkled calf, backstrip and edges rubbed and faded, lacking the front free endleaf. Rare, Etsc locating only five copies. A parallel text with English on the verso of each leaf and French on the facing recto and with the pagination duplicated. Leaf O3 is not included in the collation but the pagination and text are continuous and so presumably is either an example of compositorial error or perhaps a cancel. £165.00 

18580 POMEY, François. THE PANTHEON; representing the fabulous histories of the heathen gods, and most illustrious heroes; in a short, plain, and familiar method, by way of dialogue. Fifth edition: wherein the whole translation is revis'd, and much amended, [by Andrew Took]... for the use of schools. London: printed for Robert Harper, 1709. 8vo, (170x110mm); [6],410,[6]p. 16 engraved plates, gutter solied in the first few leaves and some small stains on several leaves. Contemporary century calf, very worn and with some loss from the backstrip. Estc locates only seven copies of this edition (2 UK, 5 NA). The author, a member of the Society of Jesus, is perhaps best-known as the author of a French and Latin dictionary compiled for the Dauphin of France. His Pantheon, is an important source for the study of mythology, itself a field which formed a significant part of Jesuit education, Translated from the Latin into English, Dutch and French, it rapidly became a standard text for school children and remained popular for over a century. £120.00

(Wallet binding)

15112 SCHICKARDI, Wilhelmi. HOROLOGIVM HEBRAEUM, sive Consilium, quomodo sancta lingua spacio xxiv. horarum ab aliquot Collegis sufficienter apprehendi queat... Franekeræ: imprinsis Johannis Dhuiringh bibliopolæ, typus Idzardi Alberti typographi 1651. 8vo, (155x93mm), [9],117p. printed in Roman, Italic and Hebrew type, a faint stain in the fore - head are throughout, but generally a very acceptable copy in a contemporary sprinkled calf wallet binding as discussed in detail below. The binding on this early Hebrew – Latin grammar is of considerable interest in its own right. It is a variation of a wallet binding but without the flap which usually is provided to tuck in. The text block is sewn (through four sewing stations) on two leather thongs which are set into the boards. However, the tail thong at one hinge has broken. Since this book 'starts at the back' – as it were, what would normally be the rear fore edge turn-in is unglued (the head and tail turns-in are pasted down) and is left as a flap that extends for the full depth and almost the full height of the text block. The front (though really one should write rear) flap is of a similar size and has a semi-circular thumb notch cut out of the leather in the centre. The rear covering is pasted down onto the board, while the front is left free and the board interior is coloured red. Thus this construction provides a useful space for keeping [thin] things in. A simple two-line blind ruled frame ornaments both the front and rear covers which are in remarkably good state, and the edges of the text block are sprinkled with red pigment. The edges are slightly rubbed, the rear tail edge being slightly worn, and there is a small fragment missing from the tail of the backstrip. Such bookbinding reference material has we have been able to examine offers no parallels to this binding; one can but speculate that it is best described as a wallet binding and was perhaps intended for the use of students. £600.00 

18619 SCOTT, William. A NEW COMPENDIUM OF GEOGRAPHY: containing its general principles, and an account of all the countries of the earth, their divisions, towns, rivers, lakes, mountains, bays, straits, capes, islands... Intended chiefly for the use of schools. Fourth edition, greatly enlarged and improved. Edinburgh: printed for Peter Hill... by Murray & Cochrane, 1808. 12mo, (174x105mm), vi,258p. 6 folding engraved maps, three torn (without loss of image), browned throughout. Contemporary sheep, extremely worn and with some loss of leather from the covers. A typically rare school textbook, Copac locates only four individual copies of a title that ran to seven editions. No copies of the first, second or third editions are recorded, and of the 2 recorded copies of the edition we offer, that in the National Library of Scotland has only 1 map, the Glasgow copy being described as having 'maps.' £50.00

(Eton printing)

8693 SIMPSON, John. QAESTIONES GRAECAE: or, questions adapted to the Eton Greek grammar. Eton: Printed by E. Williams: Sold also ... by Whittaker, Treacher, and Co. London. 1830. 12mo, (150x92 mm), viii,111p. some browning a a few small ink spots. Contemporary sheep, worn, the front cover detached, wanting the front free endleaf. Imprint on the final leaf reading: Printed by E. Williams, Eton, with some use of an attractive and clearly printed Greek letter. £20.00 

19402 SMET, Henrich. PROSODIA HENRICI SMETII, rub. F. Aleda, Alostani, Flandri, Medicinae Doctoris, promptissima, quae syllabarum positione & dipthongis carentium, quantitates sola veterum poetarum auctoritate, adductis exemplis, demonstrate... Edition decimaquinta... Londoni: excusum [Felix Kingston] impens. Societatis Stationar. 1640. 8vo, (161x100mm), [32]509, 600-605 (as is correct), small worn trail in a number of leaves towards the end. 18th century half calf, marbled paper sides, front cover detached. marbled edges. Smet's dictionary of Latin words which was so successful that it was frequently reprinted throughout the seventeenth century. £125.00 

19412 SMET, Henrich. PROSODIA HENR. SMETII, rub. F. a Leda, Alostani, Flandri, Medicinae Doctoris, promptissima, quae syllabarum positione & dipthongis carentium, quantitates sola veterum poetarum auctoritate, adductis exemplis, demonstrate... Editio prioribus... Cambridge: Academiae Typographeo, 1654. 8vo, (168x108mm), [32],544p. Printer's device on the final leaf. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, two-line blind ruled frame on the covers, sprinkled edges, head and tail of the backstrip worn and the front joint split but holding. The sole Cambridge edition of Smet's influential dictionary of Latin words which was so successful that it was frequently reprinted throughout the seventeenth century. £140.00

(Salisbury printing)

13410 TURNER, R. AN EASY INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS AND SCIENCES: being a short, but comprehensive system of useful and polite learning. Divided into lessons. Twelfth edition, [Salisbury printed] London: printed for J. Johnson, F . and C. Rivington, [and five others], 1807. 12mo, (143x90mm), x,[1],273,[1],[2]p. half title present, 3 engraved plates & 45 wood-engravings in the text; some finger-soiling throughout and a few leaves slightly frayed at the edges, a small piece torn (with very slight textual loss) from the tail-fore corner of R1. Contemporary (?original) marbled sheep, joints and edges worn and with slight loss of leather from the head and tail of the backstrip. Signature of Margaret Wright 11th Sept. 1809 on the front free endleaf. Printed in Salisbury by Benjamin Charles Collins, with his imprint on the verso of the half-title (as Sarum) and on the final verso (as Salisbury). This final advertisement page is of interest as not only being conjugate with 2A1 but also for carrying an announcement; `This day is published, a new edition to universal geography...' and carrying a full list of the London conger. The text presents a compendium of useful knowledge in question and answer form, with wood-engravings illustrating the mythology and natural history sections. One cannot escape the suspicion that this latter section is drawn, at least in part, from Thomas Boreman's Description of more than 300 animals. £100.00

(Interesting vellum binding)

17017 [VIEXMONT, Claude De & Pedro De SOTO.] METHODIS CONFESSIONUS, hoc est, ars sive ratio, &c. bevis quaedam via confitendi, in qua peccata & eorum remedia plenissime continentur. Ad haec XII. articulorum fidei cum pia, tumerudita explanatio. [Antwerp] Antverpiae : in audibus Ioan Steelfij, 1556. cr.8vo, (88x70mm), 272 leaves, printer's device on the title, paper repairs to the first six leaves with minor textual loss to three, and a small worn trail in the head of the final three leaves. Contemporary (?original) full vellum, blind tooled roll within a three line frame on the covers and with a diagonal blind fillet in the spine compartments, painted red vellum lettering piece (blank) on the backstrip, the covers slightly distorted. A rare Antwerp printing of this popular schoolbook for teaching Latin grammar through confession and penitential prayer. First published in Paris in 1531 for students of the College of Navarre, the book appeared under several variations of the title and was probably first revised by Pedro de Soto (probably the Jesuit of the same name) at the time of a Venice edition of 1545. A number of editions appeared in France, Germany, Italy and the Low Countries in the next half-century; none of them now in any way common, as befits a schoolbook that should have worn out through continual use. Despite the faults noted above, the internal condition on the whole is clean and bright and the manner of binding worthy of attention. The semi-stiff vellum binding has slightly distorted with time (or storage conditions) but not unduly so and is attractively ornamented with a blind tooled frame on the front and rear covers, vellum ties at the fore-edge have however, been lost. Is it impossible that this is an early example of a 'publisher's' binding? Vellum would make an excellent and hard-wearing material for a book designed for frequent, and perhaps rough, handling. Another point leading us towards this possibility is the cost-conscious construction of the binding which is composed of two pieces of vellum, one covering the front board and extending around the spine and about a quarter of the way across the rear board, where it overlays another piece of slightly different coloured vellum. However, the tooling is unbroken leaving us to suspect that this was as originally bound. An interesting little book we submit. £300.00

(York printing)

12824 WALKINGAME, Francis. THE TUTOR'S ASSISTANT; being a compendium of arithmetic, and a complete question-book... A new edition, corrected, and every question worked anew, by T.Crosby. York: printed by and for Thomas Wright and Sons, in High-Ousegate, 1818. 12mo in 6s, (171x104mm), 192p. engraved folding frontispiece, the text browned and spotted throughout. Contemporary (?original) sheep, worn, the front joint split. Two early signatures, of Alice Hewlle and Anna Huntley on the front pastedown endleaf. A York printing of a popular maths textbook, which saw thirty or so editions in the second half of the 18th century, mainly from London but also provincial printings from Birmingham, Gainsborough, Manchester, Uttoxeter and York. Many more editions were to follow in the 19th century including printings in Toronto and Montreal. £35.00

(Manchester printing)

8682 WALKINGAME, Francis. THE TUTOR'S ASSISTANT; being a compendium of arithmetic, and a complete question book… To which are added a new and very short method of extracting the cube root… [Manchester Printed] London, Published by all the Booksellers. Printed & Sold by R. & W. Dean, Market-street, Manchester. [1815?] 12mo, (175x105 mm), viii,192p, finger-soiled throughout (this has received more attention than my maths textbooks did!) Original sheep, front joint split, perhaps lacking a front free endleaf. Signatures of Robt Lloyd (two versions in different hands) on the title one with Marquis [?] added beneath, and on the recto of the rear free endleaf 'Sarah Lloyd her Book 1831' (again two versions, one in an unformed hand) and 'Elizabeth Hayes and Hannah Hayes Was Born July 19 of C R. Hayes 1875.' Advertised on the title as 'price Two Shillings Bound.' The conviction with which we state `original calf' above - as opposed to our usual and more cautious 'Contemporary ?original' - is based in part on this advertised price and partly on the presence of a printed page of `Arithmetical Tables' within a wavy rule frame, which constitutes the front pastedown endleaf. A popular maths textbook, if that is not a contradiction of terms, which saw thirty or so editions in the second half of the 18th century, mainly London but also provincial printings from Birmingham, Gainsborough, Manchester (1794), Uttoxeter and York. Many more editions were to follow in the 19th century including printings in Toronto and Montreal. £40.00 

18323 WELLS, Edward. THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN'S ARITHMETICK, AND GEOMETRY; containing such elements of the said arts or sciences, as are most useful and easy to be known. Second edition, London: printed for James Knapton, 1723. 8vo, (192x118mm), [24],294,[2]p. +[2]p bookseller's adverts; 13 folding engraved plates, some very slight dust-soiling but generally a nice clean copy internally. Modern paper-covered boards. General title and the separate part-titles to both parts all present; several attractive wood-engraved factotums and headpieces to the introductions of each part, with - unusually - two of the latter carrying the engraver's initials. £275.00

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