Birmingham, England: John Baskerville, 1772. 4to. contemporary if not original full leather, gilt rules, five raised bands on spine, all edges gilt. (ii), 364 pages. Text in Latin. Gaskell 46. "Terence" was a second century B.C. Roman playwright inspired by Greek comedy. This work is a collection of his comedies. Front outside joint cracked. Rubbed and scuffed at edges. Endpapers tanned near edges. Foxing on endpapers and title. Previous owner's names on front free endpaper... READ MORE
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London: Stephen Couchman for J. Johnson, 1791. thick 8vo. modern leather spine with marbled paper covered boards and leather tips, red leather spine label. xxxvii, 302; v, 385 pages. 2 volumes bound in 1. First edition in English. Folding engraved plate of dyeing apparatus to volume two (Cohen 118; Bolton 306; Lawrie 303; Ron's Bibliotheca Tinctoria #100). Berthollet (1748-1822) was a noted chemist in France and collaborated with Lavoisier on his pioneering chemical nomenclature. He... READ MORE
4 volumes (of 5).
Zürich: bey Orell, Geßner, Füßli und Comp. 1789-1791. 8vo. half calf, cloth backed boards, leather spine labels, five raised bands, stained paper edges. xvi, 632 pages; (ii), 705, (3) pages ; (ii), 717+(1) pages; (ii), 774 pages. 4 volumes (of 5). First edition. (Vallée, 973; Besterman, 823). An ambitious bibliography of published works from the 15th to the late 18th centuries. All five volumes contain approximately 25,000 entries. Includes a foreword by the author, and... READ MORE
Edinburgh, Scotland: for W.H. Lunn, J. Mundell & Co., (Edinburgh) and J. Mundell (Glasgow), 1796. 8vo. contemporary half leather, marbled paper-covered boards. (ii), xvi, 339+(1) pages. New edition. Earlier edition attributed to Horace Walpole. Table of contents, dedication, advertisement. Frontispiece. Describes the writings of royal authors, noble authors, peers and peeresses, Scots authors, and Irish peers. Includes writers not in earlier editions. Covers rubbed and scuffed at edges and along spine. Bookplate on front pastedown... READ MORE
Glasguae (Glasgow), Scotland: R. & A. Foulis, 1754. miniature book (7.8 by 5.0 cm.). original vellum boards, spine gilt-stamped with title and decorations, all edges gilt. (ii), 158 pages. Gaskell 274; Brunet IV, 660; Spielmann 413; Bondy 23-4. Text in Greek. Ex editione Oxoniensi. Between 1754 and 1758, Foulis published miniature versions, four volumes in three, of Pindar's Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, and Isthmia. This volume is the first. Gaskell notes that Volumes III and IV "normally bound up together." Covers lightly soiled. READ MORE
(Leipzig: Georgi, (1742-1753). folio. contemporary paneled calf covered boards, six raised bands. (328), 1-350 pages. First edition. (Breslauer & Folter 101, Petzholdt 281-282). Volume three, sections M-R & S-Z of Georgi's ambitious Allgemeines Europäisches Bücher-Lexicon. This work "represents the last attempt to list all the books ever printed (up to 1757)." A good source for early bibliography of 17th century German authors as well as a fine source for bibliography of other important Euopean publishers..... READ MORE
Leipzig: (Georgi), 1758. folio. contemporary decorated paper-covered boards. (iv), 408 pages. First edition. (Breslauer & Folter 101, Petzholdt 281-282). The third supplement to Georgi's ambitious Allgemeines Europäisches Bücher-Lexicon. This work "represents the last attempt to list all the books ever printed (up to 1757)." A good source for information on 17th century German books. This supplement contains a complete A-Z listing with all book sizes and prices listed. Among the topics represented are theology, medicine... READ MORE
Newburyport, MA: John Mycall "Published at the Desire of the Church and Society" 1789. 8vo. self paper wrappers, side sewn binding. 44 pages. First edition (Evans 21888). Also see Dale Roylance, American Graphic Arts (Princeton, 1990), 68; According to Roylance, this is the first three-color printed work in America, making this work a significant development in American typography. Ornament on page (5) printed in red ink with initial on the same page in dark blue... READ MORE
(Lyon, France): n.p., 1722. 16mo. comtemporary calf, spine with five raised bands, morocco label, gilt dentelles. (xlviii), 307+(1) pages. Text in French. First edition (Barbier 1:418-9; Sommervogel 2:1328; Revue du Lyonnaia, Tome Septieme, 193-5). Besterman 3244 lists second and subsequent editions. Also mentioned in Candido Poze, Estudios sobre Historica de la Teologica (Toledo, Spain: Instituto Teologico San Ildefenso, 2006), 141. Preface, table of contents. Advertisement, supplement, and errata follow text. A bibliography of works relating... READ MORE
London: Printed for the Author, 1792. 8vo. 20th century paper covered boards, leather spine label. Frontispiece portrait; 486 pages. A new edition, corrected and much enlarged from the first edition of 1791. Lackington confessed his evil ways as a person and bookseller in this autobiography. He tells of his salvation. Leather spine label partially chipped away. Frontispiece lightly spotted. READ MORE