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Boehme, Jacob. John Ellistone and John Sparrow, trans.
Mysterium Magnum. Or An Explanation of the First Book of Moses Genesis concerning The Manifestation or Revelation of the Divine Word through the Three Principles of the Divine Essence...; also of the originall of the world and the creation. Wherein the kingdome of nature, & the kingdome of grace, are expounded.... London: M. Simmons for H. Bunden, 1654. First English Edition. , A2, (lacking A4, a4, eight intro leaves), B-H2, A-4P4, B-K4.  (of 22), 605, p. Lacking 8 leaves of the introduction “To the Reader”. Main text is complete. Contemporary calf, rebacked, gilt title to spine, board corners worn, marbled endpapers with matching binders tape to inside hinges. Some minor stains, little foxing, very few minor ink notes. Lacks “To the Reader” introduction (8 leaves), but main text is complete. First two blanks with small hole at top, no affect. M3 and Z1 with very small tear to outer margin, no affect to either, 3Y2 old repair to bottom outer margin, no affect, 4K3 & 4P4 tiny hole at center, no affect. Few very small dog-ears at corners. Two full-page plates, either side of one leaf is facing Four Tables of Divine Revelation title. Overall a very good copy of Boehme’s masterpiece, scarce on the market, especially in this condition. Two old typed pages on Boehme life included from previous owner. 2 full-page engraved plates on 1 leaf, text engravings, tables, head-pieces, decorated intials. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), German visionary and founder of the Behmenist sects, was a master shoemaker and amateur chemist who claimed to have received visions from the Holy Spirit on at least three striking occasions. At first and at the insistence of the clergy, he refrained from recording his revelations, but eventually he succumbed to his experiences and poured out a wealth of books, many of them in the last five years of his life. His works were immensely popular in England, and it has been noted that much of Quaker doctrine borrows from Böhme's works and ideas. He is aclaimed as an alchemist & Rosicrucian figure. A self-taught mystic theologian and philosopher, Boehme believed that both good and evil were from God, they kept the cosmos in balance, the good toward God and the interruption of evil attributed to Lucifer and the fallen angels. His interest in astrology and cosmology often played key parts in writings and he believed divine essence lies within oneself, that people mirror the universe and are a reflection of God. The Mysterium Magnum is his last work, written in 1623, and one of the most important sources of his thought. It is an interpretation of Genesis and the nature of mystical thought. "Boehme describes God as the abyss, the nothing and the all, the primordial depths from which the creative will struggles forth to find manifestation and self-consciousness. Evil is a result of the striving of single elements of Deity to become the whole; conflict ensues as man and nature strive to achieve God who, in himself, contains all antithetical principles. Boehme exerted a profound influence on the philosophies of Baader, Schelling, Hegel, and Schopenhauer." [Columbia Ency.] Includes: “Life of Jacob Behem” by Durand Hotman & “Four tables of divine revelation “... Englished by H.B." [i.e. Henry Blunden]
Wing B3411.ESTC: R14685. Buddecke II,130. DP20255 $4000.00 Occult. Theosophy. Religion. Theology. Bible. Cosmography. Mysticism. Philosophy. Hermeticism. Scot B.
Boehme, Jacob and Edward Taylor.
Jacob Behmen’s Theosophick Philosophy Unfolded; In Divers Considerations and Demonstrations, Shewing The Verity and Utility of the several Doctrines or Propositions contained in the Writings of that Divinely Instructed Author. Also, The Principal Treatise of the said Author Abridged... Answers given to the Remainder of the 177 Theosophick Questions...Understanding the Old and New Testament... Being an Open Gate to the Greatest Mysteries. By Edward Taylor With a short Account of the Life of Jacob Behmen. London: Printed for Thomas Salusbury, 1691. First edition. Rare. a2, b4, A-4I4, 4K2. (14), 434, (6). Lacking portrait frontispiece, not uncommon. Contemporary calf, rebacked (stated rebound in 1907), gilt title to spine on red label, floral gilt stamps to spine, edges rubbed, corners worn, lacking original blanks, first two endpapers with ink notes and old owners signature “Alice Midgley” Title page laid down, soiled, preface page following with repairs along inner margin and top margin affecting top line of verso, soiling spots and minor staining throughout, numerous amateur old repairs, mostly small and to outer corners and margins, some presumably to old worm holes, very few touching text, or little affect, 2A1 with little affect to bottom text line and 2N1 small affect to chapter title, 2Q4 minor burn hole, touching letter, little affect. Numerous old pencil and ink notes, mostly to outer margins. Text complete, lacking portrait as most copies do. Overall still a good working copy despite its amateur flaws. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), German visionary and founder of the Behmenist sects, was a master shoemaker and amateur chemist who claimed to have received visions from the Holy Spirit on at least three striking occasions. At first and at the insistence of the clergy, he refrained from recording his revelations, but eventually he succumbed to his experiences and poured out a wealth of books, many of them in the last five years of his life. His works were immensely popular in England, and it has been noted that much of Quaker doctrine borrows from Böhme's works and ideas. He is aclaimed as an alchemist & Rosicrucian figure. A self-taught mystic theologian and philosopher, Boehme believed that both good and evil were from God, they kept the cosmos in balance, the good toward God and the interruption of evil attributed to Lucifer and the fallen angels. His interest in astrology and cosmology often played key parts in writings and he believed divine essence lies within oneself, that people mirror the universe and are a reflection of God. Wing B3421. ESTC: R21858. Buddecke II, 76. DP20259 $650.00
Traité Historique des Dieux et des Demons du Paganisme. Avec quelques Remarques Critiques sur le Systême de Mr. Bekker. Delft: Andries Voorstad, 1696. First Edition. 12mo. *6, A-I12, K6. , 227, p. Modern antique calf, beautiful blind decorated boards, gilt rules to spine and title on red label. Very minor foxing to title page, untrimmed copy with wide margins. A near fine copy. A refutation of the work of Bekker, arguing for the existence of demons and supportive of the Inquisition. It was also printed as an supplement to Colin de Plancy's Dictionnaire des sciences occultes in 1846.
STCN 169612. Coumont B65.1. Caillet I, 1167. Bibliotheca Esoterica 364. Brunet 8874. Rosenthal 2875. Yve-Plessis 254. Graesse, Magica, 62. Not in Baertsoen; Cornell, Witchcraft. Occult. Witchcraft. Angels. Demonology. Mythology. DP20172 $850.00
Curtius Rufus, Quintus. Daniel Heinslus, ed.
Historiarum libri. Amsterdam: Lowijs & Daniel Elzevier for Officina Elzevier, 1660. 12mo. *6, A-P12. , 338, p. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine, worn at edges, lacks f.f.e.p., small hole in t.p. with stain. Engraved title page port. of Alexander in text, folding map (repaired on verso). Curtius Rufus wrote this history of Alexander the Great under Claudius or Vespasian. "The author is an excellent story-teller and makes the most of many thrilling or picturesque incidents in the Asiatic expedition..."[-OCCL]. STCN 166012. Willems 1257. Schweiger 1,320. Rahir 1290.
Classics. Latin. History. Alexander the Great. DP20160 $250.00
Cosin, John, Bishop of Durham. A Scholastical History of the Canon of the Holy Scripture or The Certain and indubitate Bokes thereof as they are Received in the Church of England. London: E. Tyler and R. Holt for Robert Pawlett, 1672. Second edition. 4to. [A]4,a-d4,B-2M4. , 224, p. Full contemporary calf, banded, label on spine. boards detached, spine defective at ends, some minor stains; bookplate of J.H. Harrison on front pastedown endpaper. Text in English, with some notes in Latin. Cosin, John (1595–1672), bishop of Durham, chaplain to Charles I and a liturgical purist, was responsible for much significant revision in the Anglican liturgy during the Restoration. During the Interregnum, he was exiled to France, having been falsely accused of being a Romanist. "Not surprisingly Cosin was the darling of the later high-churchmen, especially on the strength of his first series of prayer book notes, first published by Nicholls in the early eighteenth century, and thereafter an important source for those defending the ritualistic interpretation of the ornaments rubric, which argued for the continued use of the eucharistic vestments of the first Edwardian prayer book." [-ODNB]. Wing C6362. ESTC:R591. Religion. Theology. Bible. DP20159 $150.00
Due Ragionamenti . . . Sopra Quattro Superbi Bronzi Antichi E Due In Specie, Un Creduto Candelabro Cioè, Ed Una Statuetta Puerile, Copn Inserizioni Etrusche Molto Pasrticolasri, Trovati Di Fresco Nei Contorni Di Detta Città. Edizione Arrichita Di Tavole In Rame E Dedicata A Sua Eccel. Sig. Cavaliere Gaetano Antinori Consigliere Di Stato, e Di Reggenza, E Segretario Di Guerra Di Sua Maesta Cesarea, In Toscana. Venice: Giambatista Albrizzi q. Girolamo, [c1750]. First Edition. 8vo. *4, A-K8, L4. , 168p. Contemporary vellum, title label, minor wear to edge, a fine crisp copy. 4 foldout engravings, various smaller ones throughout the text. With a chart.The Museo Dell'Accademia Etrusca: In 1727, due to the initiative of three brothers, Marcello, Ridolfino and Filippo Venuti, the Etruscan Academy was born. The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Giangastone dei Medici gave them the use of some of the space in Palazzo Casali where the members could meet. The availability of this space then made it possible to install the Academy museum and library, which was and has continued to be the hub around which studies and research promoted by Cortonese institutions continue to rotate. The museum and the library in fact, were born when one of the members Onofrio Baldelli (1667-1728), an uncle of the Venuti's, donated to the Academy a number of statues, idols, inscriptions, urns, pateras (drinking dishes), cut gems, lanterns, votives and other precios things, to which he added a collection of rare books and antique manuscripts which he had collected during the course of his life as a scholar. [-Cotona on the web]. Borroni, 5117. Cicognara 2565. Morazzoni 223. OCLC: 17642027. Art. Antiquities. Classics.Etruscan. Bronzes. Cortona. DP20145 $400.00
Blavignac, Jean Daniel.
Armorial Genevois, Essay Historique sur les Armoires... Geneve: Principaux Libraries, 1849. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. xii, 368, 42p. 46 plates. Red morocco with gilt rules and floral corners, spine decorated in gilt, title at head of spine, scratch to back board, still a very beautiful binding. Bookplate remnants to first ednpaper, old owners signature to first blank. Contents fine. Frontispiece and 6 of the 46 plates, hand colored. Blavignac (1817-1876), historian, architect, archaeologist, Mason. he participated in the restoration of St. Peter’s Cathedral and served on the City Council of Geneva. Heraldry. Armorial. Military. Illustrated. Geneva. DP20169 $350.00
A Sermon...January 30, 1694. London: Tho[mas] Nott, 1694. First Edition. 4to. A2, B-D4, E1. Later paper wraps, end-pages browned from wraps, first leaf (dedication) chipped at top corner. no affect, wide margins. Birch, Peter (1651/2-1710), Church of England clergyman. "Birch's published works consist of several sermons, some of which were preached before the House of Commons. The most prominent of these was preached on 30 January 1694, the sermon for the fast day appointed to commemorate the execution of Charles I. The sermon applied David's lament over the fall of God's anointed, Saul, to the death of Charles (2 Samuel 1: 21). The sermon, which affirmed the divine right of kings, seemed to bring into question the legitimacy of William III and Mary II. The sermon caused considerable controversy... " [-Oxford DNB]. Wing B2939. ESTC: R2701.
Theology. Religion. Politics. Divine Right. DP20149 $100.00
Aristotle. Immanuel Bekker, ed.
De Re Publica Libri Octo. Berlin: George Reimer, 1855. 8vo. , 265, p. Full polished blue calf, prize binding of the "Academia Jacobi VI, Scotorum Regis Edinensis," gilt and blind rules, center gilt stamp, spine gilt, title label, edges marbled, minor shelf wear. Bookplate of Geddes MacGregor. Bekker (1785-1871) important textural critic of Greek literature whose fame rests principally on his critical editions of Plato and Aristotle.
Classics. Greek. Philosophy. Binding. DP20146 $100.00
Cosin, John, Bishop of Durham.
Historia Transubstantiationis Papalis. Cui Præmittitur, atque opponitur, Tùm S. Scripturæ, tùm Veterum Patrum, & Reformatarum Ecclesiarum Doctrina Catholica, De Sacris Symbolis, & Præsentiâ Christi in Sacramento Eucharistiæ Hanc autem Disquisitionem Historicam ante Annos XIX Scribebat, & demùm instanti multorum rogatu excudi permisit paulo ante Obitum Joh. Episcopus Dunelmensis. London: Tho[mas]. Roycroft of Hen[ry]. Brome, 1675. First Edition. 8vo. A8, C-N8. , 165, p. Full old calf, blind tooled ruling, stamped panelling, floral gilt spine, title label, hinges started, but strong. Few old pen and pencil notes. Corner off frontis, no affect (see picture). Engraved frontispiece bust portrait of Cosin by William Dolle. Cosin (1594-1672), chaplain to Charles I and a liturgical purist, was responsible for much significant revision in the Anglican liturgy during the Restoration. During the Interregnum, he was exiled to France, having been falsely accused of being a Romanist. "Cosin was a most uncompromising enemy to popery. In France he wrote his 'Historia Transubstantialis Papalis' at the request of Gilbert Talbot, who had undertaken to argue the matter out with a German princeÌ (the Duke of Newbourg), in the presence of Charles II at Cologne, and apparently did not feel quite equal to the task. Cosin readily consented, and showed in his treatise that the church of England held the doctrine of a real presence without in any way countenancing the doctrine of transubstantiation. It was not published until nineteen years after it was written (in 1675), and three years after the death of the author; but the title says it was 'allowed by him to be published a little before his death, at the earnest request of his friends.' It was then given to the world, with an interesting preface by Dr. Durel, in the original Latin." [-DNB]. Wing C6358. ESTC:R2240. Theology. Papal. Religion. DP20128 $250.00
Poemata In Tres Partes Digesta. Pars prima—Psalmorum Davidis paraphrasis... London: B. Griffin, 1686. 12mo. A1[-A2-4], B-K12,L8. [Lacks all after Psalms]. [2 of 12], 234[of 621]p. One part only of 5. Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, title gilt. Torn title page with minor loss. This copy contains the Psalms only it lacks all after pp234. Buchanan (1506-82) was the tudor to the son of James V of Scotland. He satirized the Franciscans ans was forced to flee to France where he taught at Bordeaux, Montaigne was one of his students. He returned to Scotland and professed his Protestantism and became an enemy of Mary, Queen of Scots. Wing B5292. ESTC: R34415. Bible. Psalms. Scotland. Science. DP20126 $150.00
Browne, Sir Thomas.
Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into Very many received Tenents And commonly presumed Truths. London: T[homas] H[arper] for Edward Dod, 1646. First Edition. Small folio. a6 [-a1], b4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4,Aaa4,Bbb6. [18 of 20 lacks licence leaf], 386p. Text complete. Contemporary paneled morocco, rebacked and recornered in lighter leather, old owner’s names on endsheets, dampstains to first few inner margins, few small edge tears (longer clean tear on G2), no text affect. Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82), physician and author. "His great work, 'Pseudodoxia Epidemica, or Enquiries into very many received tenets and commonly presumed truths, which examined prove but Vulgar and Common Errors,' appeared in 1646 (fol.). On the composition of this treatise, which contains an extraordinary amount of learning and research, he must have been engaged for many years. In the preface he apologizes for having undertaken single-handed a work which well deserved 'the conjunction of many heads.' He knows how difficult it is to eradicate cherished beliefs from men's minds; but he does not despair of gaining a favourable hearing." [-DNB].
Wing B5159. ESTC: R1093. Keynes,Browne,73B. Wellcome II:253. Occult. Science. Philosophy. Natural History. Philosophy. DP20135 $1250.00
Bekker, Balthasar. Johann Moritz Schwager, trans. Johann Salomo Semler, notes.
Bezauberte Welt. Leipzig: Weygand, 1781-2. First Semler Edition. 8vo. 3 vols.  464; , 474; , 716p. Contemp. German paste-paper boards, paper title labels, light rubbing, edges red, old dealer's stamps on paste-downs, signature of owner on t.p.s; light dampstain to outer edge in the third volume. Engraved port. of Bekker on t.p., folding plate in volume 3. "He [Bekker] was the last of the Dutch thinkers from Johan Weyer to Grevius who had kept Holland free from the abuses of the witch hunters... In 1691... he published his attack on belief in witchcraft, on the only logical basis possible: that spirits, either good or bad (the existence of which Bekker did not deny), could exercise no influence over human affairs; nor should seemingly paranormal effects be attributed to witchcraft." [-R.H. Robbins.] Semler of Hale (1725-1791)was "...well known as one of Germany's leading theologians, a founder of 'neologist' interpretation, an approach to Scripture that started with the assumption that the Bible was a human document, to be understood within a historical context. Many Lutheran readers would have also recognized Semler as the expert on modern demonology..." [-H.C. Erik Midelfort, Exorcism and Enlightenment,2005]. Coumont B40.9. Cornell, Witchcraft. 43. Van der Linde, Bekker, 26.
Occult. Demonology. Possesssion. Witches. Witchcraft. DP20137 $1250.00
Barham, Richard Harris [pseudo. Thomas Ingoldsby].
The Ingoldsby Legends Or Mirth and Marvels. London: Richard Bentley, 1840-47. First Editions. [Second issue of volume one with text on 236.] 8vo. 3 vols. , v, , 338, , vii, , 288, , 364p. Early 20th c. crushed red morocco, gilt rule on covers with corner fleurons in gold with green morocco on-lays, spines banded and gilt with flower devices repeated [by Wood of London], gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, minor rubbing, top hinges with minor cracking, some darkening to endpapers, clean copies. 3 engraved t.p.s, Contains 2 ports. and 17 plates by George Cruickshank (8) and John Leech. Barham, Richard Harris (1788-1845). "The success of the ‘Legends’ was pronounced from the first, and when published collectively in 1840 they at once took the high place in humorous literature which they have ever since retained. A second series was added in 1847, and a third was edited by his son in the same year....Barham owes his honourable rank among English humourists to his having done one thing supremely well. He has thoroughly naturalised the French metrical conte with the adaptations necessary to accommodate it to our national genius. French humour is rather finely malicious than genial: Barham carries geniality to the verge of the exuberant. He riots in fancy and frolic, and his inexhaustible faculty of grotesque rhyming is but the counterpart of his intellectual fertility in the domain of farcical humour. There is, indeed, an element of farce in his fun, an excessive reliance on forced contrasts between the ghastly and the ludicrous, and a not unfrequent straining after cheap effects; nor can the most successful work of the professional jester be compared to the recreation of a great poet, such as Browning's ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin.’ It is nevertheless true that no English author, with the exception of Hood, has produced such a body of excellent rhymed mirth as Barham; and that, if his humour is less refined than Hood's, and his gaiety not equally purified and ennobled by being dashed with tears, he excels his rival as a narrative poet. He may, indeed, be said to have prescribed the norm in our language for humorous narrative in irregular verse, which can now hardly be composed without seeming to imitate him."[-DNB]. Cohn 50.Sadleir 156, Tinker 216. Bleiler 881. Humor. Occult. Folklore. Ghosts. Demons. Witchcraft. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Fine binding. DP 20025 $500.00
Hudibras...Written in the time of the Late Wars... Tory NY: Wright, Goodenow & Stockwell, 1806. First American Edition. 8vo. xi, 286, p. Modern full calf 8vo. Double rule, decoration and title in gilt on spine. Samuel Butler (1612- 1680), satirist; educated at Worcester free school; for some years, page to Elizabeth, countess of Kent, at Wrest, Bedfordshire, c. 1628; clerk to various puritan justices of the peace, including Sir Samuel Luke of Bedfordshire, and Sir Henry Roswell of Devonshire, from whom he derived traits for 'Hudibras'; sojourned in France and Holland; published an anonymous pamphlet in favor of the Stuarts, 1659; secretary to the lord president of Wales, 1660; steward of Ludlow Castle; married a widow with a jointure, and came to London; published 'Hudibras,' part i, 1663, part ii, 1664, and part iii 1668; was neglected by the court, and, according to most authentic accounts, died in poverty. Shaw & Shoemaker 10078. DP20102 $100.00
Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys to the North of England. London: J. Harding, 1805. First edition with new introduction. xxvi, , 4-160p. Rebacked, blind floral decoration to spine, title in gilt, over marbled boards, rubbed. Minor foxing, few minor pencil notes. Vignette illustrations by J.W. Harding. Reprint of 1716 edition. Humor. Poetry. Illustrated. English literature. DP20125 $100.00
Androl, Antoine, Le Pere.
Les Genies Assistans Et Gnomes Irreconciliables, Ou Suite Au Comte de Gabalis. The Hague: [N.P.], 1718. First Edition. 12mo. π1,A-L8. , 176p. Contemp. sheep, banded spine, gilt, gilt title on red morocco label, rubbed. Androl is only known from this sequel to the Gablais.
“There was a 1718 continuation entitled Les genies assistans... This 1718 text mostly seems to take issue with the Cathlicism of Villar’s La suite and also has little relation to the original Gabalis... Authorship of this 1718 text is disputed, but it may have been by Antoine Androl.” [-Bonnie Latimer “Alchemies of satire...In Review of Eng. Studies, 2006.] Villars, Nicholas Pierre Henri, Abbé de Mountfaucon's (1635-73) work is on demonology and the occult sciences of the Rosicrucians written in the style of a dialogue. It was an attack against such sciences and appealed to common sense. But Villars revealed the secrets of the Rosicrucians. "In spite of its satirical character The Count of Gabalis awoke an interest in the occult, so much so that it is believed by some that Villars intended to promote Paracelsian magic than to destroy it. Only a few years after the appearance of the book, however, its author was murdered by the Rosicrucians, it is said, to avenge his indiscretion and mockery. STCN 171808. Coumont M84.15. Caillet 7703. Esoterica 3145. Gardner, Rosicrucian 689. Occult. Witchcraft. Demonology. Science. Kabbalah. Rosicrucian. DP20103 $500.00
Alciphron. William Beloe and Thomas Monroe, trans.
Alciphron's Epistles; In Which Are Described, The Domestic Manners, The Courtesans, And Parasites Of Greece. Now First Translated From The Greek. London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson; Leigh and Sotheby; and R. Faulder, 1791. First English Edition. 8vo. A2, B-S8. With 1/2 title and errata. , 270p. Contemp. tree-calf, rebacked in sheep, spine worn, ends of spine chipped, corners worn, book label of Scott County Library gift of George G. Watson, library stamps, minor foxing. "The Letters of Alciphron (second century AD) constitute one of the most attractive products of the Second Sophistic. They are fictitious compositions based on an astonishingly wide variety of circumstances, though the theme of erotic love is constantly sounded. The imagination shown by the author and his convincing realism win him a place of distinction in the early development of romantic prose. The letters, which are highly literary, owing much to the New Comedy of Menander, purport to give us a sketch of the social life of Athens in the fourth century BC. The collection is arranged in four divisions: Letters of Fishermen; Farmers; Parasites; Courtesans. Senders and addressees are mostly invented characters, but in the last section Alciphron presents us with several attempts at historical fiction, the most engaging being an exchange of letters between Menander and Glycera." [-Harvard Edition.] ESTC:T86057. CBEL II, 1488. Schweiger, Greek, 21. Hoffmann I,112. Lowndes 26 "well done..." Classics. Greek. Sex. Manners. Farmers. Curiosa. DP20121 $200.00
Alciphron. William Beloe and Thomas Monroe, trans.
Alciphron's Epistles; In Which Are Desribed, The Domestic Manners, The Courtesans, And Parasites Of Greece. Now First Translated From The Greek. London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson; Leigh and Sotheby; and R. Faulder, 1791. First English Edition. 8vo. A2, B-S8 [Lacks 1/2 title]. , 270p. Contemporary mottled calf, spine with gilt rules, title gilt on red leather label, hinges cracking but holding, marbled endpapers, bookplate of "Buchley Park, Worcestershire, and "Pull Court Library," some occ. foxing stain from silk bookmark, large copy. "The Letters of Alciphron (second century AD) constitute one of the most attractive products of the Second Sophistic. They are fictitious compositions based on an astonishingly wide variety of circumstances, though the theme of erotic love is constantly sounded. The imagination shown by the author and his convincing realism win him a place of distinction in the early development of romantic prose. The letters, which are highly literary, owing much to the New Comedy of Menander, purport to give us a sketch of the social life of Athens in the fourth century BC. The collection is arranged in four divisions: Letters of Fishermen; Farmers; Parasites; Courtesans. Senders and addressees are mostly invented characters, but in the last section Alciphron presents us with several attempts at historical fiction, the most engaging being an exchange of letters between Menander and Glycera." [-Harvard Edition.]
ESTC:T86057. CBEL II, 1488. Schweiger, Greek, 21. Hoffmann I,112. Lowndes 26 "well done..." Classics. Greek. Sex. Manners. Farmers. DP20120 $250.00
The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly Translated Out Of The Original Tongues: And With The Former Translations Diligently Compared And Revised. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1812. 8vo. Unpaginated. Full contemp. calf, browning. Handwritten inscription to "Chris H. Howell, Railroad Street, Phoenixville, Pa, Born Aug 9th, 1850." Two pages repaired, one with an old pin.
Hills 212. Shaw & Shoemaker 24827. DP20099 $100.00
Benedictis, Antonio (Anton) Ferdinand de.
Saeculum Cabalisticum, ab Anno MDCC. Usque Ad Annum MDCCC. Sub CCCCXLIX. Inscriptionibus, Octingentas Octoginta Quator Cabalas Chronographicas, Et In His Varia; Potiori Autem Ex Parte Moralia Effata Exhibens. Oeniponti: Michael Antoni Wagner, 1757. Second edition, re-edited. Rare. 4to. )(4, A-G4, H6. (8), 59, (6)p. In original paper wraps, with some wear. Light foxing, else nice copy. Fascinating book on Kabbalah and numerology. Not much is known about Benedictis, nobleman and diplomat, he was the author to a pamphlet titled “Corona Honoris” (1727 and later editions), and was perhaps, counselor to the King of Austria. A rare book, with no copies available online, no auction records we could find and no reference citations. Kabbalah. Cabala. Occult. Numerology. Predictions. Judaica. Mysticism. DP20096 $500.00
A Practical And Familiar View Of The Science Of Physiognomy Compiled Chiefly From The Papers Of The Late Mr. T. Cooke of Manchester, With A Memoir, And Observations On The Temperaments... London: Mrs. Cooke, and sold at The London Lithographic Institution, 1819. First Edition. x,,328,p. Old cloth over paper boards, lettering in pencil on front cover. Uncut copy. Minor marginal stains. Leaf B4 with tear. Contemporary inscription on half title. 7 lithographic plates, lacking silhouette portrait of Mr. Cooke. "...the plates of this work are the first production of the London Lithographic Institution." Cooke (1763-1818) of Manchester, physiognomer whose notes were collected after his death and published for the benefit of his family. Although forms of lithographic prints were experimented with in the earliest part of the 19th century, it did not become popular until 1820 when it exploded upon the scene. This is one of the earliest examples of English use of lithography. BM (Compact) 6,191,665. Gerlach Cooke 1819(var). Tyler 348:16. Occult. Science. Physiognomy. DP20090 $175.00
Cohausen, Johann Heinrich.
Hermippus Redivivus: Or, the Sage's Triumph Over Old age and the Grave. Wherein, A Method is Laid down for Prolonging the Life and Vigour of Man. Including, A Commentary upon an Antient Inscription, in which this great Secret is revealed; supported by numerous authorities. The Whole Interspersed With a great Variety of remarkable, and well attested Relations. The Second Edition carefully corrected and much enlarged. London: for J. Nourse, 1749. Second, enlarged, edition. 8vo. [π4], A-P8, Q4. , 248p. 1/4 modern calf, over marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine. Red speckled edges. Pencil note at top of title page. An excellent copy. Cohausen (1655-1750) was a physician in Hildesheim who was noted for his satiric sense of humor. He wrote works against the use of snuff and another against tea. The translator was a friend of Dr. Johnson's who called this book a "very entertaining account of the hermetic philosophy and as furnishing a curious history of the extravagances of the human mind." His method involves the inspiration of the breath of young girls. Ferguson I, p.168. Bruning 4570. Duveen 140. Bib.Osleriana 2338. Pritchard 340. Blake 92. Wellcome 366. Neville I,283. Occult. Alchemy. Chemistry. Medicine. DP20083 $300.00
The Whole Duty of Man, Containing The faith as well as Practice Of A Christian; Made easy For the Practice of the Present Age, As the Old Whole Duty of man was design'd for those unhappy Times which it was written; And Supplying the Articles Of The Christian Faith, Which are wanting in that Book, Tho' essentailly necessary to Salvation. London: Edward Wicksteed, 1753. 8vo. π2,A-2N8,2O2. ,x,546,p. Old calf, worn at extremities; 2F1-8 are worn and soiled by use at lower edge with some loss, occ. soiling. Frontispiece with Moses, Jesus and masonic symbol. Allestree, Richard (1621/2–1681), Church of England clergyman. "Allestree's influence on the late seventeenth-century church may owe less to his preaching or his university lectures than to the series of moral and devotional works initiated by The Whole Duty of Man (1657). The Whole Duty of Man was intended to show ‘the very meanest readers’ how ‘to behave themselves so in this world that they may be happy for ever in the next’. This best-selling manual's prescription of morality and effort was balanced by an emphasis on divine grace and devotional practice: the result was sober, orthodox, common-sense advice pitched at the level of ordinary Anglican parishioners. This was an anonymous work and although it rapidly won acclaim among Allestree's peers, its authorship remained a mystery. " [-Oxford DNB]. ESTC: T109221.
Religion. Theology. DP20087 $100.00
The Gipsies' Advocate; or, Observations on the Origin, Character, Manners, and Habits of the English Gipises: To Which are Added, Many Interesting Anecdotes, on the Success that has attended the Plans of Several Benevolent Individuals, Who Anxiously Desire Their Conversion to God. London: Baker and Sons, 1831. First Edition. 12mo. , viii, 9-167, p. Contemporary cloth, worn, with title on spine, in manuscript. Upper portion of spine damaged. Some foxing. Crabb, James (1774–1851), Wesleyan Methodist preacher. "The work which brought Crabb the greatest public notice, though, was with the Gypsies. Crabb was drawn to the cause of a people seen as outcasts and aliens from society by the harsh treatment meted out to a Gypsy at the Winchester assizes for 1827. In November of that year Crabb formed a committee ‘to take into serious consideration, without loss of time, the peculiar habits, character, and condition of the forlorn Gipseys; and to adopt such measures as might be considered best calculated to promote their general improvement’... He also sought to bring knowledge of the Gypsies to a wider audience through his publication The Gypsies' advocate, or, Observations on the origin, character, manners and habits of the English Gipsies (1831)." [-Oxford DNB]. Black, Gyp. Bibl. 969. NSTC 2C41618.
Occult. Gypsy. Magic. DP20051 $150.00
Cureau de la Chambre, Marin Sr.
L'Art de Connoistre Les Hommes Par Sr. de la Chambre du Roy en ses Conseils & son Medecin Ordinaire. Amsterdam: [Elzevier] Jaques le Jeune, 1660. 12mo. π1, A-L12,M10. , 278, p. Full old calf, worn, corners chipped. Banded spine with gilt decoration, damage to head and especially to tail (worming); red speckled edges. Lacks endpapers, worming to front pastedown and lower left margin of t.p. with no loss of text. Browning, occasional damp stain. Engraved title page. Cureau (1594-1675), French popularizing author, academician and physician to Louis XIII, was a protege of Seguier. One of the first to write of scientific and philosophical subjects in French, he produced works on chiromancy, on light and rainbows, on the passions, on the system of the soul, and on the question of rationality in animals. He was one of the most famous palmists of the 17th century. Richelieu singled him out to be one of the first members of the French Academy.
STCN 166012. Willems 1260. Caillet 2728 'Jolie edition'. Krivatsy 3007(incpl.). Cantamessa 1187.
Occult. Philosophy. Animals. Science. Medicine. Astrology. DP20032 $400.00
Catherine of Siena. Federigo Burlamacchi, ed.
L'Epistole Della Serafica Vergine S. Caterina Da Siena... Lucca & Siena: Leonardo Venturini & Francesco Quinza, 1713-23. 4to. 2 vols. Mixed set. †*-†** 2,A-Z,Aa-5M4; π2,†-3†4,4†2,A-6O4,6P6. ,831; ,1044p. Contemp. Italian paste-paper covered boards, titles on paper labels, spines torn at ends, old library labels removed, edges speckled in colors; minor wormholes at start of volume 2, inner margin, no affect, Qq3 repair; some pages wiith light browning. 'The works of St. Catherine of Siena rank among the classics of the Italian language, written in the beautiful Tuscan vernacular of the fourteenth century... It is impossible in a few words to give an adequate conception of the manifold character and contents of the "Letters", which are the most complete expression of Catherine's many-sided personality. While those addressed to popes and sovereigns, rulers of republics and leaders of armies, are documents of priceless value to students of history, many of those written to private citizens, men and women in the cloister or in the world, are as fresh and illuminating, as wise and practical in their advice and guidance for the devout Catholic today as they were for those who sought her counsel while she lived. Others, again, lead the reader to mystical heights of contemplation, a rarefied atmosphere of sanctity in which only the few privileged spirits can hope to dwell. The key-note to Catherine's teaching is that man, whether in the cloister or in the world, must ever abide in the cell of self-knowledge, which is the stable in which the traveller through time to eternity must be born again. " [-Catholic Ency.] This is a mixed set taken from to different issues of L'Opera of Catherine of Siena. They are complete as a set and have been together since they were bound c1750. Theology. Religion. Occult. Mysticism.Women. DP20050 $200.00
Brastberger, Immanuel Gottlob.
Evangelische Zeugnisse der Wahrheit zur Aufmunterung im wahren Christenthum. Reutlingen: Gottlob Heerbrant for Lorenz, [c.1758]. 4to. [Lacks t.p.] )(3, 2) (4, A-6Z4, Aa-Zz4. 18th century German dyed pigskin over wood boards, lacks clasps, front hinge starting. Cover in blind decoration with center cameo "Glebe das Gottes.." motto. Lacks title page. Bookplate Alexander E. Oberlander on inside front cover, also with two typed pages describing book content, and provenance from former family members, bound in at start, signed and dated by Oberlander. Brastberger (1716-1764) was a popular German preacher and Spezialsuperintendent at Nürtingen. His sermons on the Gospels are still read and have gone through many editions. GV 1700-1910, v19,359. Religion. Theology. Bible. German. Binding. DP20049 $200.00
A Practical And Familiar View Of The Science Of Physiognomy, Compiled Chiefly From The Papers Of The Late Mr. T. Cooke of Manchester, With A Memoir, And Observations On The Temperaments... London: S. Curtis, for Mrs. Cooke, and sold at The London Lithographic Institution, 1819. First Edition. 8vo. x, , 328, p. Contemporary decorated calf, gilt title label, chipped, boards rubbed, corners worn, front hinge started. Bookplate of W.H.W. Sabine. 8 lithographic plates, including silhouette portrait of Mr. Cooke. Cooke (1763-1818) of Manchester, physiognomer whose notes were collected after his death and published for the benefit of his family. Although forms of lithographic prints were experimented with in the earliest part of the 19th century, it did not become popular until 1820 when it exploded upon the scene. This is one of the earliest examples of English use of lithography. BM (compact) 6,191, 665. Gerlach Vooke 1819 (var). Tyler 348:16.
Occult. Science. Physiognomy. DP20028 $200.00
An Abridgement Of The History Of New England, For The Use Of Young Persons. Boston: A. Newell for the Author and for sale by B. & J. Homans and John West, 1805. First Abridged Edition. 8vo. iv, 185, p. Contemp. mottled sheep, spine with gilt rules, title in gilt on red leather label, spine head chipped off, rubbed, presentation label from George G. Mason to Scott County Library, stamp of library on recto of piii, contemp. signature of Sally Barr on f.f.e.p.,typical foxing and light browning, blank corner off pp103-4, other minor flaws but a good copy. "Hannah Adams (October 2, 1755-December 15, 1831), an early American historian and pioneer in the field of comparative religion, was also the first American author to make a living solely from writing. She was the first historian of religions ever to try to represent sects and denominations in terms which adherents themselves used and from their perspective....In 1799 she published A Summary History of New England and, in 1801 [sic, actually 1805], published her edited version of the volume as a schoolbook, An Abridgment of the History of New England. A legal dispute followed with the Rev. Jedidiah Morse, who was publishing his own book on the subject. Leading members of liberal religious families, in appreciation of her work and disliking the orthodox Morse, provided her with legal services and financial support. Morse was obliged to apologize and pay damages—withheld until 1814." [-Unitarians/Universalists. on-line] Shaw & Shoemaker 7830. Americana. New England. Education. Children. Unitarian.
DP 20022 $100.00
Censorinus Grammaticus. Heinric Lindenbrog, ed, & comm.
De Die Natali. Leiden: Johann Maire, 1642. 8vo. (?)8, 250, p. Contemp. limp vellum, old library stamps on title page, bookplate of " Le Bibliophobe Bechtel". One folding diagram, 8 text cuts. Censorinus (3rd c. A.D.), Roman grammarian and author of this work on Natal days. "The first part deals with human life, particularly its origins, the second with time and its divisions." [-OCD].
"...De die natali, which is extant, is dedicated as a birthday present to a little-known patron, Quintus Caerellius; according to Censorinus' own statements, it was written in 238. The content of this comprehensive work can be divided into three parts... The first part, which is based on the Roman savant Varro, deals chiefly with human procreation and pregnancy, with excursuses on the influence of the stars and on music. In the second part, which is based on a lost work by Varro, Censorinus treats the different divisions of time (age, year, month, day, etc.). As in the first part, he mentions the doctrines of Greek philosophers. Not all of the De die natali has survived; the manuscript of the conclusion has been lost, as are its author and title. This work, now entitled Fragmentum Censorini, is a more important for the history of science...It contains a series of short tractates from an encyclopedic work on astronomy, geometry, music, and metrics. The chapter on geometry, which deals with the definitions, postulates, and axioms of book I of Euclid's Elements, differs greatly from the other known translations of Euclid. The chapters on metrics are very detailed. This part contains the oldest known information on Roman metrics and may be based on a work by Varro. Thus De die natali and Fragmentum Censorini enrich our view of Greek and Roman science..." [-DNB]. STCN 164208. Caillet 2135. Gardiner, Astrologica, 734. Schweiger I,101. Houzeau-Lancaster I,1046. OCLC C870. Neville I,253. Cantamessa I,950. Occult. Astrology. Astronomy.
DP 20005 $400.00
[Acton, John - attributed translation].
[Magne de Marolles, G.F.] [Anonymous].
An Essay On Shooting. London: T. Cadell, 1791. Second edition. 8vo. xxix, (3), 313p. Contemporary calf boards, some rubbing and minor edge wear, rebacked in modern matching calf, gilt title label at head of spine, new endpapers. First and last blanks with contemporary ink notes on kill counts of game hunting as well as recipes for boot protection and dog care, Duke of Bedford (Francis Russell, 7th Duke) mentioned as party of the hunting party. Verso of first blank with small, contemporary newspaper clipping adhered at top. Old owners signature to title “W. M. Moseley”, at top, as well as note of supposed author. Few notes to outer margins, some in contemporary ink, some in pencil, no real affect. Few corners with very small dog-ear, now flattened with no real affect. Overall a very nice copy of a scarce book. First published in 1789 and generally attributed to John Acton, An Essay on Shooting is based largely on Gervais Francois Magne de Marolles La Chasse au Fusil. According to the author, the first book of its kind to be written in the English language. Book discusses the art of shooting, forging barrels, recoil, bores, gun-powder, shots and shooting, as well as comments on hunting and hunting dogs. A scarce work.
ESTC: T64643. Riling 311. DP20249 $375.00 Shooting. Guns. Ammunition. Firearms. Rifles. Marksman. Marksmanship. Weapons. Gunpowder. Essays. Hunting. Game hunting. Dogs.
Boehme, Jacob. John Sparrow, trans.
Aurora. That is, the Day-Spring. Or Dawning of the Day in the Orient or Morning rednesse in the Rising of the Sun. That is The Root or Mother of Philosophie, Astrologie & Theologie from the true Ground. Or A Description of Nature... London: John Streater for Gilves Calvert, 1656. First English Edition. , A-B4, b4, B-4M4, 4N2. Lacking engraved frontispiece and single preliminary leaf. (26), 643p. (various mispagination, but collates correctly and text complete. Modern full calf, blind boarders, edges slightly rubbed, gilt title on spine. New endpapers, lacking original blanks. Title page with minor soiling, small old owners signature in ink at top corner, very few and minor pencil & ink notes, few leaves with light dampstain to corners, 2E2 with clean tear to outer margin, 2K2 and 3L4 minor margin tears, no affect, 4C3 tiny hole in text, just touching letter, no affect. Overall book is mostly clean and crisp, a nice copy of a rare book. Lacks frontis by Hollar, not uncommon, and the prelim leaf (few biblical verses as text), main text is complete. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), German visionary and founder of the Behmenist sects, was a master shoemaker and amateur chemist who claimed to have received visions from the Holy Spirit on at least three striking occasions. At first and at the insistence of the clergy, he refrained from recording his revelations, but eventually he succumbed to his experiences and poured out a wealth of books, many of them in the last five years of his life. His works were immensely popular in England, and it has been noted that much of Quaker doctrine borrows from Böhme's works and ideas. He is aclaimed as an alchemist & Rosicrucian figure. A self-taught mystic theologian and philosopher, Boehme believed that both good and evil were from God, they kept the cosmos in balance, the good toward God and the interruption of evil attributed to Lucifer and the fallen angels. His interest in astrology and cosmology often played key parts in writings and he believed divine essence lies within oneself, that people mirror the universe and are a reflection of God. Aurora (or, Day Spring) is Bohme’s first book, it remained unfinished and was followed by The Three Principles of the Divine Essence and then Threefold Life of Man. Aurora is the only book to contain his explanations about nature. “This first book which thus grew out of spiritual travails and “openings” Boehme called Morning Glow, to which later, through suggestion of a friend, he gave the title Aurora. It is a strange melange of chaos where all things lie undifferentiated and of insight; dreary wastes of words that elude comprehension, with beautiful patches of spiritual oasis. He himself always felt that the book was dictated to him, and that he only passively held the pen which wrote it... His manuscript copy of Morning Glory was freely lent to readers and circulated widely. Boehme himself kept no copy by him, but he tells us that during its wanderings the manuscript was out in full four times by strangers and brought to him. One of the copies fell into the hands of Gregorius Richter, pastor primarius of Goerlitz, a violent guardian of orthodoxy and a man extremely jealous of any infringement of the dignity of his official position... he vigorously attacked the local prophet (Boehme)...they ordered the harmless prophet to leave the town...the next day however, the magistrates recalled the banished and offered him the privilege of remaining in his home and occupation on condition that he would cease from writing on theological matters.” [- Rufus M. Jones on Jacob Boehme: his LIfe and Spirit]. Boehme’s fame began to spread and after five years of repression (1613-1618) and pressure to write again, he did. During the next six years (1618-1624) he wrote almost incessantly producing book after book in rapid succession. DP20258 $1200.00
Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Marston, 1869. First edition. 8vo. 3 vols. vi, 332, iv, 340, iv, 342p. Three volumes. Rebacked in modern calf with gilt rules, black title labels, new marbled boards, contemporary corners with some rubbing. First volume with inner margin of title page slightly opened, but recently rebacked so no affect, tiny scuff at outer margin of title, couple of foxing spots to inner margin of last few leaves, and top corner of last blank with corner tear, no affect. Volume two with tiny clean tear to outer margin of p71, no affect. Volume three with few tiny foxing spots. Overall an excellent set in new binding. Lacks ads at end, not uncommon. Very rare. Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900), considered one of the greatest and most famous English novelists of the second half of the nineteenth century. He won acclaim for his vivid descriptions and personification of nature and settings in his works. He was a pioneer to the new romantic movement in fiction that continued with Robert Luis Stevenson and others. Though very popular in his time, Blackmore’s work has been largely ignored since, and other than his magnum opus, Lorna Doone,most all his works have gone out of publication. Due to difficulty finding a publisher, Blackmore’s Lorna Doone first edition of 1869 was limited to a printing of only 500 copies, of which only 300 sold. The following year it was republished in a one-volume edition and became a huge success. It has since, never been out of print. There have been more than ten movies inspired by the book and numerous television programs, as well as songs and other artistic works. Sadleir 227. Wolff 536. Romance. Literature. Classics. DP20234 $1500.00
Cooper, James Fenimore.
The Pathfinder: Or, The Inland Sea. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840. First edition. 8vo. 2 vols. Publishers original plum cloth, paper title labels rubbed away on spine, boards soiled, spines sunned, some minor corner bumping, minor foxing mostly to endpaperss. Vol.1 with modern ink note of author on title, both vols with contemporary old owners ink on first paste-down. Overall, text is clean and binding is tight, an excellent copy of a scarce and important set. In protective mylars. “In 1831, James Fenimore Cooper told his publisher that he wanted to write a story set on Lake Ontario. The book was accepted, but with no hint that it would feature Natty Bumppo from the well-established Leather-Stocking Tales. The Pathfinder (1840) revisits Natty’s military service, extending a story begun in The Last of the Mohicans, and introduces the complications of love against the backdrop of the French and Indian War. Wayne Franklin’s introduction describes the personal and financial circumstances that led to Cooper’s resurrection of his most popular character, underscoring the author’s aim to offer Natty as a Pathfinder for a nation he feared had lost its moral bearings.” [-Harvard Univ. Press]. BAL: 3892. Wright I:656. Frontier. War. Indians. Romance. Natty Bumppo. Americana. DP25955 $450.00
Brothers, Richard. Nathaniel Brassey Halhed.
A Revealed Knowledge Of The Prophecies And Times. Book The First... First Sign of Warning For the Benefit of all Nations... Restoration of the Hebrews to Jerusalem by the year 1798. [With:] Second Book: Particularly of the Present Time, The Present War, and the P[r]ophecy Now Fulfilling the Year 5913. [With:] Testimony of the Authenticity of the Prophecies of Richard Brothers and of His Mission to Recall the Jews by Halhed. [With:] A Calculation on the Commencement of The Millennium... by Halhed. Philadelphia: Robert Canpbell, 1795. First edition. Very rare. 8vo. 4 books in 1. v, 6-84, 137, v, 6-47, 28p. Modern antique calf with blind rules to boards, gilt lined spine with title in gilt. Old owners signature to second blank, “Andrew Munro”, “Elizabeth Downer, born 1778” at verso of Last blank with interesting contemporary pencil note “This book is the engenious labors of our Prophet”. First few leaves with minor edge wear and chipping, p178. 13-20 (four leaves) with lower inner margin tears, some letters affected. Light foxing, browning, and soiling throughout. Complete. Very rare. Richard Brothers (1757-1824), self proclaimed apostle of a new religion, and “Prince of the Hebrews”, and “Nephew of the Almighty”. Believed prophet in gathering the Jews back into Palestine, particularly the Jews in Great Britain. Brothers claimed he would rule over Israel until the return of Jesus Christ. He was followed by many as a prophet. He was arrested in 1795 for treason, prophesying the death of the King and the end of the monarchy, he was imprisoned for being criminally insane. Nathaniel Brassey Halhed, a Brothers disciple plead the case to Parliament and Brothers was moved to a private asylum in Islington, while there he wrotes a variety of prophetic pamphlets and gained many more members. His books were consumed and went through many editions, few of the originals survive. Our first edition containing all four books by Brothers and Halhed (as issued) is one of the rarest of all the publications. ESTC: W21958 (all 4 books in 1, as issued). Evans 28536. Testimony of Authenticity: ESTC: W28282. Evans 28791. Calculation Millennium: ESTC: W37655. Evans 28789. Occult. Cult. Jews. Hebrew. Prophets. Prophecy. Religion. Bible. DP20214 $850.00
The True Intellectual System of the Universe: The First Part; Wherein, All the Reason and Philosophy of Atheism is Confuted; and Its Impossibility Demonstrated. London: Richard Royston, 1678. First edition. A4, *-***2, B-Z6, 2A-5I4, , (a)-(k)4, (l)2. , 899, , p. Lacking extra engraved title page and last ad leaf, not uncommon. ecently rebacked, title gilt to spine. First and last blanks with contemporary notes (reference). Ex-lib stamp to title page “Bristol Baptist College”, “183d” small stamp to first two leaves top. Very few pencil lines to outer margins, some light foxing, C1 tiny rust scratch to inner margin, no affect, E2 and E4 browning, 3R2 with contemporary ink note to outer margin, else overall book is mostly clean and crisp. Few leaves mispaginated, as called for. Lacking extra engraved title page and last advertisement leaf, not uncommon. Cudworth, Ralph (1617–1688), philosopher and theologian. "In 1678 Cudworth was installed as a prebendary at Gloucester and, in the same year, his major and massive work, The true intellectual system of the universe, wherein all the reason and philosophy of atheism is confuted, and its impossibility demonstrated, was published. It seems to have been ready for some time since it contains an imprimatur dated 29 May 1671. Thomas Birch (Birch, 20) states that when it appeared some courtiers attempted to discredit Cudworth and it may be that some such opposition was the reason for the delay in publishing. Although the work appears to a large extent to be defending and using the views of Plato and Aristotle (treated in a manner typical of Renaissance humanism rather than of later scholarship) to attack the views of Democritus, Strato, and Lucretius, its primary targets are the atheistic materialism of Thomas Hobbes and what Cudworth dubs ‘Hylozoick’ atheism. Cudworth expects that Baruch Spinoza will soon publish an exposition of this latter position (see 1678 edn, p. A7 obv.) and considers that it needs to be treated seriously, even though he dismisses Spinoza's Tractatus theologico-politicus as being in ‘every way so Weak, Groundless and Inconsiderable’ that it is not worth confuting (ibid., 707). At exhausting length and with enormous erudition Cudworth seeks to counter atheistic arguments, which he gives in some detail, by showing that the First Original of all things, was neither Stupid and Sensless Matter Fortuitously moved, Nor a Blind and Nescient, but Orderly and Methodical Plastick Nature; Nor a Living Matter … without Animal Sense or Consciousness; Nor yet did every thing Exist of it self Necessarily from Eternity, without a Cause. But there is One only Necessary Existent, the Cause of all other things; and this is an Absolutely Perfect Being, Infinitely Good, Wise, and Powerful (ibid., 899)who does not act arbitrarily but is intrinsically and eternally just and good (ibid., see A3v). In contrast to the Cartesian mechanical view of the world and to the denial of free will by both Cartesianism and Calvinism, Cudworth affirms both free will and the continual creative activity of the divine upon what he calls ‘a plastic nature’ (ibid., 147–51). By this notion Cudworth attempts to avoid both the view that ‘all things are produced Fortuitously, or by the Unguided Mechanism of Matter’ and the view that God is to be thought to do ‘all things Immediately and Miraculously’. Instead he suggests that there is a Plastick Nature under him [God], which as an Inferior and Subordinate Instrument, doth Drudgingly Execute that Part of his Providence, which consists in the Regular and Orderly Motion of Matterbut at the same time is under the control of ‘a Higher Providence … which … doth often supply the Defects of it, and sometimes Over-rule it’ (ibid., 150). The work had a mixed reception. Shaftesbury, for instance, comments in his Characteristics that while people did not dispute Cudworth's learning and his ‘sincerity in the cause of Deity’, some accused him of ‘giving the upper hand to the atheists’ for having presented their reasons ‘fairly’. Others criticized as Arian his Trinitarian interpretation of classical Platonic ideas about the divine. William Warburton (Divine Legation of Moses) reports that Cudworth was so disgusted by the charge that his ostensive attack on atheism had in fact a crypto-atheistic intent that ‘his ardour slackened’ and he never completed the work that he had originally proposed... Wing C7471. ESTC: R27278. T. C. I, 312. Lowndes 566. DP20261 $1100.00 Occult. Philosophy. Neo-Platonism. Descartes. Spinoza. Atheism. Theology. Religion. Paganism. Classics. Scot B.
Cicero, Marcus Tulius. William Melmoth, trans.
Cato: Or, An Essay on Old-Age...With Remarks. London: Dodsley, 1773. First Melmouth edition. 8vo. , 319p. Old sheep, hinges cracked, small pieces lost from spine ends, first advertisement leaf with small clean tear to inner margin, corners opened, some foxing, a few old notes,large margins, good copy. Engraved portrait of Cicero. Melmoth, William, the younger 1710-1799, author and commissioner of bankrupts..."he chiefly occupied himself in his retirement in translating Pliny and Cicero... In 1753 he published his translation of Cicero's 'Ad Familiares,' with a careful study of Cicero's character in the running comment. His next workæa translation of the 'De Senectute' appeared in 1773." [-DNB]. "We are here presented with one of the finest remains of classical antiquity, in the most elegant form of the English language; and the copius remarks annexed to the essay...discover learning combined with taste, and sentiment with liberality; but such translations as this bring both our language and our learning in their debt." [-Monthly Review quoted by Moss]. ESTCt138223. Moss I,358. DP20205 $100.00
Barckley, Richard. Thomas Heywood, ed.
The Felicitie of Man, or, His Summum Bonum. London: R. Y[oung] for Rich[ard] Roystone, 1631. First Heywood edition. Rare. 4to. , A-2A8, 2D-2X8. , 368, 367-526, 607-717, p. Modern antique calf, Cambridge style, blind rules to boards, gilt ruled spine, title label in gilt. Rare frontispiece explanation leaf with top corner torn, chipped away at edges, no affect to text. First few leaves and last few leaves with minor corrosive chipping at outer margins, no affect to text. H1 with minor corner tear, no affect, L1 with clean tear to inner margin, 2H7 with minor corner tear, no affect. Some minor soiling and light browning. Overall, a very good copy of a rare book for an affordable price. Complete. Engraved allegorical titlepage. Barckley, Sir Richard [d.1604] "A garner filled with the most amusing and best histories and little narration, told in the author's own words, and occasionally enlarged, but in perfect keeping and consistency...it purports to be an ethical treatise on human happiness, consisting of six books. In the first, the author offers to prove, and by example to show, that felicity consists not in pleasure; - in the second,not in riches;- in the third, not in honour and glory;-in the fourth, not in moral virtue, after the academicks and peripateticks, nor in philosophical contemplation; - in the fifth, he declares his own opinion of happiness of this life; - and in the sixth, he shows wherein consists the true felicity and Summun Bonum of man, and the way to attain it..." 'To worship and gloriffie God in this life, that we may be joined to him in the world to come, is our beatitude, or Summum Bonum' [Allibone, Critical Dict. of English Lit. I,116.] Jaggard cites as a source for Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and Antony and Cleopatra. STC 1383. Jaggard p15. ESTC: S100783. Hazlitt II:36. Philosophy. Morals. Classics. Shakespeare. Happiness.