Dark Parks Books & Collectibles
Lives of the Necromancers: Or, An Account of the Most Eminent Persons in Successive Ages, Who Have Claimed for Themselves, or To Whom had been Imputed by Others, the Exercise of Magical Power. London: Frederick J. Mason, 1834. First edition. 8vo. xx, 465, [1 errata]. Rebacked modern calf, decorative floral gilt design to spine, black title label, modern marbled boards, marbled edges, title page with a tiny dot of foxing at bottom, else text is clean and crisp, about fine copy. Lacks extra advertisement leaf at end, as do most copies. Included with book is original bookplate (freely inserted) of Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe, Lord Houghton and The Earl of Crewe, British LIberal politician, statesman and writer (1858-1945). It is apparent The Earl of Crewe was a collector of the occult, as in research we have found other books of the sort with his bookplate in them.The opening sections discuss the various forms of augury and of contact with supernatural beings, followed by examples of magic and witchcraft from the Bible and from the classical periods of Greece and Rome. There follow sections on the Middle East, the European Dark Ages, which continue down through the alchemist. Each section features biographies of prominent magicians of that space or time. The concluding chapter is a lengthy history of witchcraft trials and of modern magicians including Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Cardon, Nostradamus, Dr. Dee, and an account of witchcraft trials including sections on King James I's ideas on witchcraft, the Lancashire witches, Urbain Grandier, and the trials of witches in Sweden and New England. By William Godwin (1756-1836), the famous radical author, husband of the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, father-in-law of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and father of the author of "Frankenstein," Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Caillet 4627. Lowndes II, 906. Diabolica 19. Occult. Magic. Witchcraft. Prophecy. Omens. Sorcery. Necromancy. Merlin. John Dee. Nostradamus. Witch trials. Witches. Devil. Black magic. Talismans. Oracles. Matthew Hopkins.
A Discourse of Bathe, and the Hot Waters There. Also Some Enquiries into the Nature of the Water of St. Vincent’s Rock, near Bristol: and that of Castle-Cary. To which is added, A Century of Observations, more fully declaring the Nature, Property, and Distinction of the Baths. With an Account of the Lives, and Character, of the Physicians of Bathe. London: Henry Brome, 1676 . First edition. A-O8, P4. , 200p.Modern antique calf, blind rule edges, gilt rule spine, with title label in gilt. I8 with a very minor tear at bottom, a printers error, no affect, last few leaves with very minor dampstain at top inner margin, last leaf with pin-hole rust mark, no affect. Overall, a near fine copy. Rare. Complete with the rare additional engraved title, explanation leaf, and city map. Thomas Guidott, physician and antiquarian who studied at Oxford before settling in Bath in 1667. He published several works about the waters of Bath, and its therapeutic nature. He experimented on the different chemical compositions of water and in this work discusses his findings including that the water contained nitre, sulphur, and several salts of metals. Wing G2192. Neville I:559. ESTC: R10888. Science. Water. Therapeutics.Bath. Bathe. Minerals. Metals. Mineral springs.Health. Healing. Chemistry. antiquities. Coins. Numistimatics. DP20209 $600.00
Sketches of the Philosophy of Apparitions; or, An Attempt to trace such Illusions to their Physical Causes. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, G. & W.B. Whittaker, 1824. First edition. 8vo. viii, 459, p. With folding table. rules to top and bottom, with gilt title. Old owners signature to second blank “C.W. Crowdy” (19th century scholar and doctor, Brighton). Few minor foxing spots, else a fine copy. Hibbert 's (1782-1848) book is the "...first comprehensive study of the psychological dynamics of hallucinations and delusions...Hibbert...set out to show that 'Apparitions are...nothing more than ideas or the recollected images of the mind, which have been rendered more vivid than actual impressions' according to 'some important and definite laws of the mind....It is chiefly...for the purpose of explaining such laws that this dissertation is written' without any attempt to make it 'the absurd vehicle of a regular system of metaphysics...' It is surprising to find so early in the nineteenth century psychiatry this basic assumption of an unconscious and its relation to the conscious mind.." [-Hunter/Macalpine]. Hunter Macalpine 760-3. Caillet 5133 "Intéressant." Price 216. Occult. Apparitions. Ghosts. Magic. Psychiatry. Medicine.
The English Rogue Described, in the life of Meriton Latroon; a witty extravagant. Being a compleat discovery of the most eminent cheats of both sexes. London: for Francis Kirkman, 1667. First licensed edition. Very rare. 8vo. A3,B-U,V,Kk,Aa-Hh8. [Lacks title, but supplied in fine facsimile on older leaf]. 6, 80, 65-96, 113, 118-129,110-111, 132-163, 148,161-208,49, 210-210, 53,214-282, 145-160, 1-128,pp. [Mispaginated, as printed, text and register continuous and complete]. Modern antique calf, title in gilt on black label, gilt rules to spine. Small ex-lib stamp of Henry Pennell Frank at top first blank, some light dampstains, minor soiling, few leaves browned. Last leaf with minor tear at outer margin, no affect. Lacks title page, supplied in fine facsimile on older paper (1666 date). Overall a very good copy of a very rare book. Portrait of the author with poem signed "I.F." Full-page frontispiece engraving "The English Padder or Hiway Robber Portrayd." "Head is chiefly known as the author of a pretended autobiography of a professional thief, entitled ‘The English Rogue, described in the life of Meriton Latroon, a witty extravagant, being a compleat history of the most Eminent Cheats of both Sexes.’ The book is full of indecent episodes, but many of the hero's adventures are racily told. It appears that when the manuscript was first presented to the censors of the press, license was refused on the ground of its indecency, and that it was first distributed secretly and sold largely as a forbidden book (cf. Kirkman, Pref. to Rogue, pt. ii.). Winstanley states that afterwards the author ‘was fain to refine it, and then it passed stamp.’ If, as seems probable, the extant editions, with their coarse language and episode, present the expurgated version, Head's original draft must have been singularly disreputable. The original work was published by Henry Marsh in an octavo volume in 1665, with a portrait of the author, and in the following year was reissued by Francis Kirkman the bookseller. Wood's story that Head was for a time in partnership with Kirkman is disproved by the latter's statement that he was only acquainted with him as the author of the ‘Rogue’ . In spite of its popularity, Kirkman applied in vain to Head to write a second part. His rogue's adventures, he complained, were regarded as episodes in his own life." Kirkman then wrote several additional volumes. [Though Chandler accepts Head as a coauthor of the third and fourth books.] -DNB. Wing H1247a. ESTC: R218004 (only 4 copies listed). Chandler, Roguery,II,211ff.
Rogues. Vagabonds. Magic. Cheats. Sex. Curiosa. Novel. Occult. DP20187 $1750.00
Biographical Anecdotes of William Hogarth; And A Catalogue of his Works... London: J. Nichols, 1781. First edition. 8vo. 154 (of 157, lacks last leaf of postscript and advertisement). Text complete. Modern maroon cloth, paper title label at head of spine. Title page appears to be professional laid-down, no affect, old owners signature in ink at top. Minor foxing, few pencil notes. Small Bedfordshite Library ink stamp to inner margin of title page. Lacks last two leaves, postscript and ad. Includes rare p67-68, not always found in copies (see ESTC). ESTC: T1742. Biography. Bibliography. Books on books. Art. Engravers. Engravings. Artists. DP20201 $200.00
Ittig, Thomas. Alberti Felde.
De Bibliothecis Et Catenis Patrum, Variisque veterum Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum collectionibus Basileensibus, Tigurinis, Parisienibus, Coloniensibus, Lugdunensibus ...[Bound with]: Alberti Feldeís Invictae Demonstrationes Dialogum in Tryphone... Lipsiae & Hamburg: Frederici Lankisii & Benjamin Shiller, 1707. First Edition. 8vo. , clxii, 802, . Tryphone: , 40 pp. Contemporary vellum with yapp edge, old ink title to spine, old owner’s signatures to bottom of front pastedown. Jacobi Friderici (18th c. writer?). Very minor browning (as usual), otherwise a fine copy. "The works of Ittigius who is called "diligens antiquitatis ecclesiasticae cultor" by Cave, may afford helps to the study, as well as collection, of the earlier Fathers of the Church: a study not less gratifying than profitable; and instrumental alike to the illustration and confirmation of the truths of Christianity" [-Dibdin]. A comprehensive bibliography of the early church fathers organized by geographic location. OCLC locates only 2 copies of the Felde work. Graesse III: 439. Besterman 6087-88. Dibdin I:73. Religion. Bibliography. Books on books. Church. Christian literature.
Hyacinthe, Themiseul de, Saint. [pseudo: Chrisostome Matanasius].
Le Chef D’Oeuvre D’un Inconu. Poeme, heureusement decouvert & mises au jour avec des Remarques savantes & recherchees... A La Haye: de la Cp, pagnie, 1714. First Edition. 8vo. , A-K, f-i, L-X, alternating 8 & 4 collation. , 195, 50, . Contemporary calf, floral gilt spine with title label, some wear, chipping at head of spine. Some foxing, light dampstains to top outer margin. N2-N4 (3 leaves) with very minor worm track at far bottom corner, no affect. Trans: “Masterpiece of an Unknown”, fictitious satire of literary styles of the day. Hyacinthe (1684-1746), French satirical writer. French literature. Satire. Comedy. Critics. DP20170 $350.00
Homer. Hesiod. [Greek title].
Odyssea. [Bound with] Carmina. [R.C. Jebb’s copy]. Oxonii [London] & Lipsiae: Johannes Henricus Parker & Caroli Tauchniti, 1855 & 1841. 12mo. viii, 392, iv, 80p. Modern brown cloth, with title in gilt on black label. Page corners slightly rounded from use, pencil annotations (Jebb’s) to outer margins, else a solid clean copy. R.C. Jebb (1841-1905) ownerís signature in contemporary ink, to title page. Jebb was a British classical scholar and politician, member of Cambridge Apostles and intellectual secret society. Jebbís multiple classical publications and intelligence on the subject, earned him the ackowledgment of often being considered the most brilliant scholar of his time. Classics. Homer. Hesiod. Scholars. Greek. Cambridge Apostles.
Haym, Nicola Francesco.
Biblioteca Italiana, O Sia Notizia De Libri rari Nella Lingua Italiana, Divisa in quattro Parti principali; Cioe Istoria, Poesia, Prose, Arti, e Scienze, Annessivi tutto il Libro dell'eloquenza Italiana di µonsig. Giusto Fontanini col suo Ragionamento intorno alla stessa materia. In questa seconda Edizione aggiuntovi altri Aurori Moderni per maggior commodità de'Letterati, e vi sono posti li prezzi ad ognuno delli medesimi. Con Tavole copiosissime, e necessarie. Venice and Milan: Michel' Antonio Panza, 1741. 4to. *-**4, A-2K4. T.p., , 266p. Full vellum, banded spine with title in manuscript. Light browning, few light dampstains. Some leaves with notations (Italian) in old hand. Text in Italian. Italian bibliography of rare books. Bibliography. Italian. Books on books. DP20154 $250.00
[Greek Epistles]. Jacques Cujas, ed. & trans.
[Greek Title:] Epistolae Graecanicae Mutuae, Antiquorum Rhetorum, Orattorum, Philosophorum, Medicorum, Theologorum, Regum, ac Imperatorum... [Geneva:] Caladorianae Societatis, 1606. Rare. Folio. π2,A-2O6,2P8. , 458p. 19th c. russia-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, corners vellum-tiped, front hinge cracked at top,foxing and some leaves with browning, minor edge wormholes in first few leaves (no text affected); the place of publication in on its Latin form has been excised from above the imprint and "Genevae" printed below. Jacques Cujas (Cujacius) of Toulouse (1522-1590) taught at Cahors, Valence, Paris, and Bourges, was the founder of the historical school of jurisprudence. "The professors in certain German universities were wont to raise their caps whenever, in the course of their lectures, they mentioned the name of Cujas..."[-Sandys]. There is some doubt about the translation into Latin being Cujas' however, Hoffmann cites several varying opinions including Francois Accolti (Aretin). The Greek text is based on the Aldine edition of 1499 with some changes.
Hoffmann II,31. Schweiger, Greek, 356. Graesse II,488. Classics. Greek. Latin. Epistles. DP20171 $450.00
Pleasant Notes Upon Don Quixot. London: William Hunt, 1654. First Edition. 4to. π1,*4,**2,B-2O4. , 290p. 18th c. paneled calf, hinges started, edge wear, spine banded, titles on red morocco labels; armorial bookplate of Thomas Bird, F.A.S., some minor spotting, small hole at top of title page from erasure of old owner's name, no affect, minor corner tear at bottom of title, no affect, else a nice copy. Gayton,(1608-1666), author. He developed some literary faculty, visited the wits in London, and became one of Ben Jonson's adopted sons. He studied medicine and received a dispensation from the parliamentary delegates for the degree of bachelor of physic 1 Feb. 1647-8. In 1648 the parliamentary delegates expelled him from his beadleship. He ‘lived afterwards in London in a starving condition, and wrote trite things merely to get bread to sustain him and his wife’ (-Wood). His chief publication, ‘Pleasant Notes upon Don Quixot’, a gossipy and anecdotal commentary in four books, in both prose and verse, is spiritedly written. It embodies many humorous anecdotes and quotations from the works of little-known contemporaries, besides references of high historical interest to contemporary society and ‘our late stage.’ Shakespeare is thrice mentioned, pp. 21, 95, 130, but Gayton regarded his ‘father, Ben,’ as the greater dramatist . There is prefatory verse by John Speed, Anthony Hodges, and others. Wing G415. ESTC r7599. Palau 100944. Hazlitt, Handbook, 224:3. Lee, Shakespeariana, 355. English literature. Spanish. Don Quixote. Literary Criticism. Fiction. Shakespeare. DP20167 $1500.00
Hippocrates. Theodore Jansson, ed.
[Greek Title]Hippocratis Aphorismi, Variorum Auctorum, maxime Hippocratis & Celsi, Locis Parallelis Illustrati. Subjiciuntur Celsi Sententiae Studio & cura Theodori Janssonii ab Almeloveen, M.D. Editio nova diligenter correcta. Strassburg/Basle: Amandus Konig, 1756. 12mo. , *4, A-V6, X4. , 181, , 30. Full modern crimson calf, black leather label with gilt lettering on spine. All edges red. Very small stain to top edge of first couple leaves, else a fine copy. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Hippocrates and tailpiece to preface.Hippocrates(c. 460- c.377) though spawned from a priestly family, shared the family's secret knowledge of the subject of medicine and became the famous Greek physician that he is known to be today. Wellcome II, p.272. NLM/Blake 213. Medicine. Greek. Classics. DP20111 $200.00
Hippocrates. Theodore Jansson, ed.
[Greek Title] Hippocratis Aphorismi, Variorum Auctorum, maxime Hippocratis & Celsi, Locis Parallelis Illustrati. Subjiciuntur Celsi Sententiae Studio & cura Theodori Janssonii ab Almeloveen, M.D. Editio nova diligenter correcta. Strassburg/Basle: Amandus König, 1756. 12mo. , *4, A-V6, X4. , 181, , 30. Full modern crimson calf, black leather label on spine with gilt lettering. All edges red. Light browning and foxing. Rough top edge on frontis, not effecting engraving. T.p. in red and black ink, with notch in top margin, but no effect on text. A nice copy. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Hippocrates, engraved tailpiece to preface. Hippocrates(c. 460- c.377) though spawned from a priestly family, shared the family's secret knowledge of the subject of medicine and became the famous Greek physician that he is known to be today. Wellcome II, p.272. NLM/Blake 213. Medicine. Greek. Classics. DP20112 $175.00
Hartmann, Johann Ludwig.
Fränckische Blut-Geschicht Oder: Historischer und Theologischer Bericht von dem neulich in Blut verwandelten Wasser im Stadt-Graben zu Kitzingen Auf Begehren eiligst vorgestellet von Joh. Ludov. Hartmanno...[Manuscript copy]. [Nuremberg:] Germany: [Wolfgang Moritz Endter & Heirs of Johann Andreas Endter,] [1676.] c1890. 8vo. 77, p. Late 19th c. 1/2 vellum over German marbled paper, title in ms. on spine, underlines in red pencil; stamp of "Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, Institut fur deutsche Volkskunde." From the Adolf Spamer Collection. Maunuscript copy of a printed work in black ink in a clear German hand on fine paper, a few red pencil underlines. Hartmann, Johann Ludwig , 1640-1684, Lutheran minister of Rothenberg. He studied theology in Strassburg and Wittenberg. He taught and became superintendent in Rothenberg. He wrote a number of theological works of which several dealth with occult subjects including a series of Teufelbuchs. Adolf Spamer, 1883-1953, important German folklorist. His works on mysitcism and folklore are essential readings for modern scholarship. He international reputation was of the first rank of scholars and his extensive library was given to the [former] Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, at the Institut fur deutsche Volkskunde. This manuscript was part of that gift and has been deaquisitioned by the Institute. In a clear late 19th c. German hand from an unidentified scholar (sadly someone has removed the owner/scribe's name from the front end-paper. This is a copy of the edition in Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek / Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek. Copy of VD17 12:000223S. Occult. Theology. Religion. Blood. Water. Miracles. Witchcraft. Folklore. Manuscript. DP20071 $250.00
A Friendly Epistle To The Jews, And A Rational Prayer recommended to them, In order for their Conversion to the Christian Religion. London: for the Author, 1760. First Edition. 8vo. π1,A4,B-M8. viii,176p. Contemporary black morocco with decorative gilt borders, gouge in rear cover, gilt spine, title label (chipped), booklabel of John Mullett. inner hinge started, few minor notes, esle nice copy. Lacks portrait. Goldney debated his theories with Aaron Hart (1670-1756) the chief Rabbi of England. The date has been changed by hand to 1761 and there is a pen note dating the preface to October 1761. Roth, Anglo-Judaica 286:65. ESTC: N18641. Judaica. Religion. England. Anti-Semetica.
Gretter [Gräter, Graeter, Gretter, Greth, Greter], Jakob.
Hexen oder Unholden Predigten. Darinnen zu zweyen underschiedlichen Predighten auff das kurtzest unnd orden-lichest angezeight wurdt was in disen allgemeinen Landklagen uber die Hexen und Unholden...[Manuscript copy]. [Tubingen] Germany: [Alexander Hock,] [1589.] c1890. 8vo. 30p. Late 19th c. 1/2 vellum over German marbled paper, title in ms. on spine, underlines in red pencil; stamp of "Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, Institut fur deutsche Volkskunde." From the Adolf Spamer Collection. Maunuscript copy of a printed work in black ink in a clear German hand on fine paper. Printer's device in fine pen copy on t.p. Gretter [Gräter] ,1518-1571, Luteran theolgian and teacher. He taught at Schwäbisch Hall and at Crailsheim. He says that many things that are thought to be witchcraft are explicable by natural phenomena. He mentions, for instance, a trick he found in Cardano's De Subtilate that little parts of sausage skins can be made to look like worms. Adolf Spamer, 1883-1953, important German folklorist. His works on mysicism and foklore are essential readings for modern scholarship. He international repuation was of the first rank of scholars and his extensive library was given to the [former] Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, at the Institut fur deutsche Volkskunde. This manuscript was part of that gift and has been deaquisitioned by the Institute. In a clear late 19th c. German hand from an unidentified scholar. Sadly someone has removed the owner/scribe's name from the front end-paper. VD 16 G3237. Coumont G59.1. NDB Bd. 6, S. 717.Cornell, Witchcraft, 245.
Occult. Witchcraft. Ghosts. Apparitions. Magic. Manuscript. DP20070 $300.00
Gilly, William Stephen.
Waldensian Researches During A Second Visit To The Vaudois Of Piedmont. With An Introductoru Inquiry Into The Antiquity And Purity Of The Waldensian Church, And Some Account Of The Compacts With The Ancient Princes Of Piemont, And The Treaties Between The English Government And The House Of Savoy, In Virtue Of Which This Sole Relic Of The Primative Church In Italy Has Continued To Assert Its Religious Independence. London: C.J.G. & F. Rivington, 1831. First Edition. 8vo. viii, [2 errata], 560p. Modern calf-backed leatherette, title gilt (Waldensian mispelled Valdensian), verso of frontis. soiled, foxing (as usual), occ. browning from plates or tissue inserts, otherwise, a nice copy. Lithographic frontis., 2 maps (one folding), 11 lithographic plates, 2 facsimile plates. Smaller extra plate loosely inserted. Gilly,1789-1855, Church of England clergyman. “In 1823 Gilly paid the first of many visits to the Vaudois, a persecuted Christian community in north Italy, which had long attracted the support of continental Protestant churches. During the following year Gilly published a Narrative of an excursion to the mountains of Piedmont, and researches among the Vaudois, or Waldenses (1824), which awoke much sympathy for the Vaudois in England. The Narrative reached a third edition in 1826, and a subscription, headed by the king and Shute Barrington, bishop of Durham, was started for the relief of the Vaudois; it was devoted in part to the endowment of a theological college and library at Torre Pellice in Piedmont...Gilly also published a further work on the Vaudois, Waldensian Researches (1831)” [Oxford DNB] “The organization of the Waldenses was a reaction against the great splendour and outward display existing in the medieval Church; it was a practical protest against the worldly lives of some contemporary churchmen. Amid such ecclesiastical conditions the Waldenses made the profession of extreme poverty a prominent feature in their own lives, and emphasized by their practice the need for the much neglected task of preaching." [Catholic Encyclo]. NSTC 2G8432. Vaudois. Occult. Piedmont. Waldenses. Religion. DP20092 $350.00
Gavanti, Bartolommeo & Cuvernon, Robert. Gavanti:Praxis Compendiaria Visitationis Episcopalis. Venice: Junta [Giunta], 1634. [with] Praxis Exactissima Dioecesanæ Synodi Cum Theoria Celebrandæ. In Quatuor Distributa Partes.Venice: Junta, 1634. [With] Enchiridion Seu Manuale Episcorum. Pro Decretis in Visitatione, & Synodo, de quacumque re condendis. Venice: Junta, 1634. [all bound after] Robert Cuvernon. Archipresbyter Et Decanus Ruralis. Paris:Julian Jacquin, 1646. 4to. 4 works in 1. a4,e2,A-X4,Y2; π1,a4,A-C4,D2,a4,A-F4[F4 blank],a4,A-O4. , 169, ; , 28; , 86, ; , 215pp. Full contemporary calf, rebacked with old spine laid-on, corners worn , old owner's names on t.p., some foxing, a good copy. Gavantius (1569-1638), liturgist and member of the Barnabite order, was general of his order and named perpetual consultor to the Congregation of Rites by Pope Urban VIII. Early on he dedicated himself to the study of liturgy, and this was his chief work. It traces the historical origin of the rites, discusses their mystical significance, and gives rules for their observance and obligation of the rubrics. Cardinals Millino, Muto, and Cajetan approved it, and it was dedicated to Urban VIII. Cuvernon was a doctor of the Sorbonne.
Gavanti: BL 17th Italian 382. Camerini, Giunta, Venice 1316. Theology. Religion. Law. DP20088 $350.00
[Howard, Edward. Duke of Norfolk].
Howard, Duke of Norfolk. A Complete English Peerage. [Extract]. [London]: [N.P.], [18th c.]. Scarce. Folio. S-2H2, 2I1. 69-126p. Full black publisher's cloth, little wear to edges. Some minor foxing. Double column format. Two full-page plates (Howard crest and portrait), four folding tables. Apparently a portion of A Complete English Peerage , excised and bound separately. A history of the Howard genealogy up to “present day” of Edward Howard, Ninth Duke of Norfolk. English peerage. English history. Heraldry. Norfolk. England. DP20067 $75.00
A Historical Survey On The Customs, Habits, & Present State Of The Gypsies; Designed To Develope The Origin of this Singular People, And To Promote The Amelioration of their Condition. York: William Alexander, 1816. First Edition. 8vo. A4, B-Q8, R9. viii, 9-265, p. [Lacks ad leaf]. Text complete. 19th c. 1/2 calf, title gilt on label, edges rubbed, top of front hinge started, edges speckled red, old presentation inscription on f.f.e.p., minor foxing, very nice copy. "Hoyland, John 1750-1831, writer on the Gipsies, is variously designated as ‘of Sheffield, Yorkshire,’ and as ‘formerly of York.’ It was, however, in the counties of Northampton, Bedford, and Hertford that he ‘frequently had opportunity of observing the very destitute and abject condition of the Gipsy race,’ whom he began to study in the summer of 1814.He belonged to the quaker body, and although 'at some time disunited from the society was afterwards reinstated into membership.' His separation may have been due to his falling in "love with a black-eyed gipsy girl" ; but there is nothing to warrant Mr. Simson's conclusion "that the quaker married the gipsy girl." ... ‘A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits, and Present State of the Gypsies’ (York, 8vo, 1816), has still some value, though it is mainly based on Raper's translation of Grellmann's ‘Zigeuner.’" [-DNB]. Occult. Gypsy. Anthropology. Sociology. DP20055. $275.00
Hammeleff, H[ans] Chr[istian].
Ideen physiognomischen, physikalischen und beyden verwandten Inhalts. Copenhagen: Sebastian Popp, 1809. First Edition. 8vo. x, 30p. 19th. c boards, title on paper label, rubbed, uncut. Hammeleff (1774/5-1832). Little known about the author. Bibl. Danica 947. OCLC: 14839352 (1 copy only). Litteraturlexicon Denmark: 218. Not in Gerlach. Occult. Physiognomy. Antropology. Medicine. DP20052 $85.00
Grater, Friedrich David & Thomas Overskou.
Breve over den nordiske Mythologie og de nordiske Suddommes artistiske Fremstilling m.v. Copenhagen: Schultziske Officin, 1821. First Edition. 8vo. viii, 102p. 19th c. cloth-backed marbled boards, title on paper label, interleaved with manuscript notes (additions and corrections?). A very good copy. One of Herder's students, Friedrich Graeter (1768–1830), founded the journal Bragur to propagate virtues from the old Nordic-Germanic epics and sagas. Thomas Overskou (1798-1873) Danish author, critic, and historian of the drama. Bibliotheca Danica 577.
Occult. Norse Mythology. Aryan Myth. Germany. DP20060 $125.00
Iffland, A[ugust] W[ilhelm].
Wohin? Ein schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Leipzig: Georg Joachim Goschen, 1806. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. 187p. Contemporary marbled boards, some rubbing,minor foxing. August Wilhelm Iffland (1759-1814) was a German actor and dramatic author. His father intended him to be a clergyman, but Iffland preferred the stage, and at eighteen ran away to Gotha in order to prepare himself for a theatrical career...In 1796 he settled in Berlin, where he became director of the national theater of Prussia, and in 1811 he was made general director of all presentations before royalty. Iffland produced the classical works of Goethe and Schiller with conscientious care, but he had little understanding for the drama of the romantic writers...His best characters are simple and natural, fond of domestic life, but too much given the utterance of commonplace sentimentality." [-EB 11th ed.] Goedecke V 269:54. Encyclopedia German Nationalist Literature (1838) 259. Drama. Theater. German. Poetry.
Memoria Technica: Or, A New Method of Artificial Memory, Applied to and exemplified in Chronology, Geography, History, Astronomy. Also Jewish, Grecian and Roman Coins, Weights, and Measures,.... London: Browne, Whiston, White, Rivington & Fletcher, 1761. Fourth Edition, corrected and improved. 8vo. , a-c4, A-Z4, 2Z4, 2B2. , xvi, , 159, p. Contemporary calf, gilted edges, rebacked. Title in gilt on spine. Several pages with repairs to worming, outer margins. Ex-Libris stamp “Bernard Zufall”, recto of title page. Old owners’ sig. on ffep “M C Fremeuax.” Grey, Richard (1696–1771), Church of England clergyman and writer with imaginative theories on education. Grey’s artificial memory system is based on a table that equates letters with numbers. Once the learner has committed the table to memory, all he would have to do to remember, for instance, a date and name, would be to replace the end of the name with the series of letters that corresponds to the date. Memoria Technica remained in print for over 130 years. Wellcome III: 165 (1st-4th editions).
Mneumonics. Memory. Science. Chronology. Geography. Jews. Greeks. Romans. Coins. Astronomy. DP20017 $200.00
An Enquiry Into Reasons Of The Conduct of Great Britain, With Relation to the Present Affairs In Europe. London: James Roberts, 1727. First Edition.
8vo. A-O4. 112p. Unbound, as issued, with original sewing intact, trimmed at angle on bottom with minor loss to first catch-mark, old owner's name "Walter Newbery His Book December 29th. 1726" on title page. Title page and last pages soiled with some red leather dust; inner edges of first signatures bent foward. Printer's ornament on t.p.,head-piece vignette, decorated initial. Hoadly, Benjamin (1676–1761), bishop of Winchester. "In 1727 he even turned to foreign affairs, publishing An Enquiry into the Causes of the Conduct of Great Britain, which provided a detailed defence of whig foreign policy and the 1725 alliance of Hanover, emphasizing the crucial role of Britain in the defence of protestantism and liberty." [-Oxford DNB]. ESTC t32769 & n64590. Sabin 32280. European Americana 727/110. Goldsmiths 6501. Kress 3700.
Americana. America. England. Economics. Politics. Law. Government. DP20002 $50.00
Ihling, J[ohann] C. [Lonrad].
Ueber Geistererscheinungen. Ein Beytrag zur Erfahrungseelenkunde nebst einer Beleuchtung der Schrift: Meiner Gattin wirkliche Erscheinung nach uhrem Tode u.f. w. von D. J. K. W. (Wotzel). Coburg & Leipzig: Sinner'schen Buchhandlung, 1805. First edition. Scarce. 8vo. 88p. Contemporary marbled boards, title on paper label, rubbed, paper toned, some leaves creased (flat). Otherwise, a nice copy.
Ihling (d.1838) rector of the gymnasium in Meiningen, doctor of philosophy, and teacher of Latin & minerology in Jena. This is his response to Johann Karl Wotzel's (Wetzel), (1765-) work on apparitions -- "Meiner Gattin wirkliche Erscheinung nach ihrem Tode: eine wahre, unlangst erfolge Geschicte, fur jedermann zur Beherzigung, und vorzuglich fur Psychologen zur unpartheyischen und sorgfaltigen Prufung darstellt.: Cheminitz,1804. This controversal work elicited may responses. (See: Goedeke VI, pp559-560). Wotzel's wife had died and he wrote his work suggesting a personal immortality and survival of the individual's spirit with all its memories intact. Probably the most famous answer to Wotzel was Christoph Weiland's "Euthenasia" in which he ridicules the notion of the survival of the individual soul with all memories of the living body. All copies are quite scarce. Graesse, Magica, 90. Goedeke VI,559: 11c1. See also: Rosenthal, Magica, 1953.
Occult. Ghosts. Apparitions. Euthenasia. Death. Immortality. Mythology. DP20016 $250.00
Goadby, Mrs. Robert; Robert Goadby; or Bampfylde Moore Carew.
The Life And Adventures Of Mr. Bampfylde-Moore Carew, Commonly Called The King of the Beggars. Being an impartial Account of his Life, from his leaving Tiverton School, at the Age of Fifteen, and entering into a Society of Gypsies; Wherein the Motives of his Conduct will be related and explained: The great Number of Characters and Shapes he has appeared in through Great Britain, Ireland, and several other places of Europe: With his Travels twice through great Part of America. Giving A Particular Account Of The Origin, Government, Laws, and Customs of the Gypsies; with the Method of Electing their King. And A Dictionary Of The Cant Language, used by the Mendicants. London: For J. Barker, [1785?]. Scarce. 8vo. Frontis, , 188p. 1/2 calf over marbled boards. Gilt rule title panel on banded spine. Last leaf with paper defect in bottom margin not affecting text. Some offsetting from portrait, ink blemish at bottom. Fine copy. "Carew was born in Devonshire, was tried at Exeter about 1739 or 1740, and banished to Maryland, where he went at the cost of the public. He gives an amusing account of the country, and his adventures in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, till he embarked at New England for England. His accounts how he bamboozled and bled Whitfield, Thos. Penn, Gov. Thomas, and many others of good repute, are amusing, true or not." [-Stevens]. ESTC N19151. Black's Gypsy Bibliography lists many editions of this famous biography of this gypsy charlatan, but not this one. Occult. Gypsy. Magic. Fraud. Cheats. America. Canada. Newfoundland. Cant. DP20015. $375.00
Hervey, James, Rector of Weston-Favel.
Meditations and Contemplations. In Two Volumes. Containing Meditations Among the Tombs; Reflections on a Flower-Garden; A Descant Upon Creation; Contemplations on the Night and Starry Heavens; A Winter-Piece.
London: for A. Law, W. Miller, and T. Martin, 1794. 8vo. 2 vols. in 1. A-P6, 2, A-O6. xxiv, 25-178, , viii, 9-168p. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Gilt lettering on spine. Some minor browning. 2 engraved frontispieces. Hervey (1714-1758). "Hervey's writings were for a long time exceedingly popular. His first work was entitled ‘Meditations and Contemplations.’ The first volume, containing ‘Meditations among the Tombs,’ ‘Reflections on a Flower Garden,’ and ‘A Descant upon Creation,’ was published in February 1745-6, and the second, containing ‘Contemplations on the Night,’ ‘Contemplations on the Starry Heavens,’ and a ‘Winter Piece,’ appeared in 1747. These volumes are filled with truisms expressed in the most inflated language, but were admired by educated persons, and even superseded to a great extent such a powerful work as Law's ‘Serious Call.’ The explanation may in part be found in Hervey's sympathy with the principles of the evangelical revival, and partly in a true appreciation of the beauties of nature, very rare in his time." [-DNB]. ESTC N67119 [Only 1 copy listed.] Lowndes 1056.
ESTC lists only one copy of this edition. Religion. Theology. Flowers. DP20010. $150.00
Haeften, Benedictus Van. [Francis Quarles, attrib.]. Christopher Harvey, trans.
The School Of The Heart: Or, The Hear Of Itself Gone Away From God Brought Back Again To Him, And Instructed BY Him. In Forty Seven Emblems... Whereunto Is Added, The Learning Of The Heart. London: H. Trapp, 1778. With 47 full-page emblem plates.8vo. iv, 5-154, p. Modern antique calf, gilt rule spine, edges with minor shelf wear. Bookplate of Bibliotheque I. G. Schorsch on front pastedown. Some of the plates, trimmed at outer margin, no affect, overall a very nice copy. Christopher Harvey(1597-1663, English clergyman and poet) adapted the emblems from Benedictus van Haeften’s “Schola Cordis”,and issued it anonymously in 1647. It was later reissued as “The School of the Heart”, and wrongly attributed to Francis Quarles. Emblems. Religion. Quarles. Illustrated. Poetry. Juvenile. Illustrated. Cherubs. Putti. Occult. DP20219 $275.00
Essays On Several Important Subjects In Philosophy And Religion. London: J. D[arby], 1676. First edition. 4to. A2, B-2T4. (6), 66, (2), 56, (2), 43, (2), 28, (2), 61, (2), 58, (4)p. Modern antique calf, gilt rules, title in gilt on red label, gilt fleurons to spine. Some light dampstains to outer margins. F2 small burn hole no loss, Y4 small burn hole with minor affect to couple letters. Ink splatter to: F2, G2-G3, K2, X3-X4 and Y4. Overall, still a very good copy of a rare and important book. Contains 7 essays: 1. Against Confidence in Philosophy, And Matters of Speculation. 2. Of Scepticism and Certainty. 3. Modern Improvements of Useful Knowledge. 4. The Usefulness of Real Philosophy to Religion. 5. The Agreement of Reason and Religion. 6. Against Modern Sadducism In The Matter of Witches and Apparitions. 7. Anti-fanatical Religion and Free Philosophy. In a Continuation of the New Atlantis. “The third of Glanvill’s essays reviews some of Robert Boyle's works and praises Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood, and the sixth recapitulates the arguments in favor of the existence of witches that Glanvill had set forth in his Philosophical endeavour towards the defence of the being of witches (1666). Glanvill attempted to establish a scientific and philosophical basis for a belief in the supernatural, and is generally considered to be the founder of psychical research" [- Norman: 908]. Wing G809, .ESTC r22979. NLM/Krivatsy 4748, Norman 908. Not in Coumont. Philosophy. Religion. Witchcraft. Ghosts. Occult. Atlantis. DP 20188 $1000.00
A Historical Survey Of The Customs, Habits, & Present State Of The Gypsies; Designed To Develope The Origin of this Singular People, And To Promote The Amelioration of their Condition. York: For the Author, 1816. First edition. 8vo. vii, 9-265, , [2 ads]p. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt rules to spine, title label in gilt. Uncut copy with many edges of differing size, p165-168 (two leaves) with corner cut more than others, no affect. Some foxing, as usual, else a fine copy. Hoyland, John 1750-1831, writer on the Gypsies, is variously designated as 'of Sheffield, Yorkshire', and as 'formerly of York.' It was, however, in the counties of Northampton, Bedford, and Hertford that he "frequently had opportunity of observing the very destitute and abject condition of the Gipsy race," whom he began to study in the summer of 1814. He belonged to the Quaker body, and although 'at some time disunited from the society was afterwards reinstated into membership.' His separation may have been due to his falling in "love with a black-eyed gipsy girl" ; but there is nothing to warrant Mr. Simson's conclusion "that the quaker married the gipsy girl." [-DNB]. This work is based on that of Grellman.
NSTC 2H34227. Black, Gypsy,2086. Occult. Gypsies. language. reform. Folklore. Prophecy. Quaker. DP20212 $400.00