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[Kirkpatrick, James].

An Historical Essay Upon the Loyalty of Presbyterians In Great Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to this Present Year 1713... [Henry Philpott, Bishop of Worcester personal copy]. [Belfast:] [james Blow,] 1713. First edition. 4to. xv, [1], 564, [10]p. Modern antique full calf blind rules to edge covers gold rules to spine and title label. Title page in fine facsimile on period paper. New endpapers. Some minor trimming to outer margins sometimes touch on page number no affect to content. First page of Index at end with minor repair at bottom margin few words affected. Though the Index appears to end abruptly with no finish page, it is indeed complete and matches ESTC records. Original bookplate of Henry Philpott to front endpaper on inside first board. A scarce work priced to go. No author, publisher or place mentioned as Kirkpatrick feared for his life on the publishing of the book. Considered the first major work to be printed in Belfast. Kirkpatrick (d.1743), Irish presbyterian divine, minister Belfast. “Kirkpatrick is best known by his ‘Historical Essay upon the Loyalty of Presbyterians in Great-Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to this present year 1713, &c.’ (4to, pp. xv, 564, and index of ten pages, no place or printer's name, 1713), a work undertaken to meet the desire of the general synod to possess a history of their church, and specially called for by the persistent attacks of Tisdall, vicar of Belfast, on the presbyterian body. It preserves many valuable facts and documents, and gives a good idea of the state of public sentiment in Ireland in the days of Queen Anne. It was published anonymously.” [- DNB].
Henry Philpott [bookplate] - Anglican bishop and academic (1807 - 1892). Master of St Catherines College from 1845-1861. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge on three occasions. Awarded Doctor of Divinity by royal letters patent in 1847 and Bishop of Worcester from 1861 to 1890.

Lenglet Du Fresnoy, Nicole, L'Abbe.

Recueil De Dissertations Anciennes Et Nouvelles; Sur les Apparitions, les Visions & les Songes. Avignon & Paris: Jean-Noel Leloup, 1751-2. First edition. 12mo. 2pts in 4 vols. [12],clxii, [14],192; [4],287,[1]; [4],xii,336; [4],312p. Contemporary calf-backed, paste-paper decorated boards, minor shelf wear to edges, hinges cracked but strong, gilt rules on spines, title labels chipped, edges speckled in colors. Tiny annotation of p.277 of vol.4, otherwise text is clean, very nice copies.  Lenglet DuFresnoy (1674-1755) French historian and first bibliographer of alchemy."His passion was to write, think, act, and live, with a kind of cynical freedom; and though badly lodged, clothed, and fed, he was still satisfied;  liberty to say and write what he pleased; which liberty, however, he carried to so great an extreme, and so strangely abused, that he was sent to the bastille ten or twelve times."[-Chalmers]. Contains his long dissertation on apparitions as well as, selections from various works on examples of apparitions; legal documents relating to them and various other short pieces.

Caillet 6498. Esoterica 2631. Cornell, Witchcraft, 344. Coumont L53.2. Yves-Plesses 403. Casanatense 725. Guaita 1544. Ouvaroff 1742.

Occult. Apparitions. Ghosts. Sorcery. Magic. Religion. Witchcraft. Vampires. Dreams.             DP20190   $650.00

[La Calprenede, Gaultier de Coste, Seigneur de,]  Robert Loveday, translator.

Hymen's Præludia: Or, Loves's Master-Piece. Being that So-much-Admired Romance, Intituled, Cleopatra. London: F. Collins for Thomas Fabian, 1687. Folio. [8], 958, [1]p. Contemporary calf rubbed corners with some wear recently reback with title in gilt to spine. New endpapers. Some light soiling and foxing. Title in red and black with contemporary signature at top “Diana Webb” some soiling and reinforced. B2-3 with clean short tears touching at text little affect. p96-7 with minor ink stains. Q1 short corner tear. Overall still a very good copy. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale. Priced to go. Scarce edition.  Translation of  La Calprenede’s Cleopatre.Parts 1-6 transalted by Robert Loveday part 7 by John Coles part 8 by James Webb and parts 9-12 by John Davies. La Claprenède (1609-1663), a diplomat in the corps of Queen Anne of Austria, had his true vocation revealed for the first time with the publication of the first part of Cassandra in 1642.  “La Calprenede literary career is typically separated into two phases the first from 1635 to 1642 in which he prodiced dramas and the second from 1642 until his death in 1663 during which he wrote his more successful historical romances. La Calprenedes best known work are the heroic or historical romamces Cassandra which was published in 10 volumes from 1642-1645 or 1650, and Cleopatra 12 volumes from 1647-1658. Karen Taylor (author on early French) argues these romances were influential pieces in developing the genre of the historical romance and Peter France (Oxford Companion to French) describes them as ‘enormously popular for their heroic mythification of contemporary courtly ideals”.” [-Arabella Romances].      Wing L124. ESTC: R39109.

Cleopatra. Romance. Historical romance. Egypt. Queens.     DP20496   $850.00

King, Edward.

Morsels of Criticism, Tending to Illustrate Some Few Passages in the Holy Scriptures Upon Philosophical Principles and an Enlarged View of Things. London: J. Nichols, 1788. First edition. Scarce. 4to. xix, [1], 622, [2]p. Contemporary calf, rubbed, edges worn, spine caps worn, lacking top end (see pic). Bookplate of Rev. Edward Penny to inside front board, old ink note at top of first blank signed Henry Drury , likely the same Henry Drury that was an English educator, classical scholar and friend to Lord Byron.  Boards are cracked at hinges, repaired with leather weld glue, holding strong. A few leaves with pencil notes to outer margins, some minor foxing, overall contents clean and crisp with large margins. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale, and no auction records at Rare Book Hub. Edward King (1735-1807), English barrister and writer. In 1788 Kings Morsels of Criticism was criticised by Richard Gough in the Gentlemans Magazine but went into demand after a piece by Thomas Mathias in Pursuits of Literature. Amongst many claims, King attempted to prove that John the Baptist was an angel from heaven and that the Earth would  eventually change its orbit and become a comet, with hell at its core on a collision course with the sun. A second edition with a supplemental part was published in 1800 in 3 vols, as well as a second part to this edition by popular demand. This first edition stands alone as King presented it and is very rare.     ESTC: T95737.

Religion. Philosophy. Criticism. Mysticism. Science. Theology. Occult. Prophecy. Apocalypse. Revelations.     20421   $600.00

[E.V. Kenealy].

The Book of God. An Introduction to The Apocalypse. London: Trubner & Co., [1868, ND]. First edition. Very rare. Hardcover. iv, 752p. Modern brown buckram, gilt title to spine, stamp of ‘Union College Schenectady’ at bottom of title page, pages 609-611 with minor tearing at top edge, no real affect, else overall about near fine. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale. We locate no auction records for this particular book, the first book in the series was last at auction in 1925 via Rare Book Hub. Second book in a series of three printed 1867-1870, each complete and stand alone, on the Apocalypse, in which Kenealy stated to be the “twelth Messenger of God” and the re-incarnate of Genghis Khan. Rare Book Hub shows no records for this book at auction, though the first book of the series was last auctioned in 1925. “Edward Vaughan Kenealy (1819-1880), Irish barrister, politician and writer. He was declared to be the Twelfth Messenger of God by his followers, following prophets beginning with Adam and ending with Genghis Khan as the eleventh, of whom Kenealy was supposed to be the re-incarnation. Kenealy wrote a series of texts including a three volume work on the apocalypse of Adam, titled The Book of God, and followed by the second book of the second messenger Enoch and the third messenger Fo (this book). All books were anonymous other than the credited symbol of the Circumpunct (see title page). “Kenealy was the author of a remarkable collection of works, which were published anonymously... His original plan was to collect into a series of volumes the sacred books (as he planned it) of the twelve Messiahs, or Messengers, of the world for about ten thousand years, making some 24 books with commentaries... The authors death interrupted the continuance of the volumes... Kenealy the prophet of the British Isles. He was a re-incarnation of Ghengis Khan, and the greatest advocate of his time. His mission was to restore Monotheism, the ancient true religion, which is so well worthy the names, and is suitable for all on the earth.” [-Charles W. Hillyear, The Testament of Jesus by Kenealy the Twelfth Messenger of God].        DP20324   $500.00

Landseer, John.

Sabaen Researches, In a Series of Essays, Addressed to Distinguished Antiquaries, and Including The Substance of a Course of Lectures, Delivered at The Royal institution of Great Britina, on the Engraved Hieroglyphics of Chaldea, Egypt, and Canaan... Illustrated with Babylonian Cylinders, and other Inedited Monuments of Antiquity. [Presentation-association copy from author to William Frend]. London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1823. First edition. xi, 420p. Contemporary half-calf over pedbbled cloth boards, some wear to corners and edges, title gilt to spine, spine ruubed, front hinge started, repaired, overall very good or better. Contents with some minor foxing, large clean margins, p205/205 with rough outer edge, no affect. Authors inscription to second blank ‘William Frend, Esq - from the Author’. John Landseer (1769-1852) English engraver, writer. In 1806 delivered a series of lectures on engraving at the Royal Institution, also in 1806, was elected an Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy, in 1813 lectured at the Surrey Institution on The Philosophy of Art, later pursued interests in archaeology and antiquities publishing two books on Babylonian antiquities, before returning to engraving. In 1826 was appointed Engraver to the King. William Frend (1757-1841), social reformer, writer, clergyman. In 1787 left the Church of England, in which he had been ordained, to become a Unitarian. After a high-profile university trial in Cambridge, which deprived him of his residency right as fellow of his college, he became a leading figure in London radical circles.         Egypt. Egyptology. Egyptian history. Babylon. Babylonian history. Chaldean.. Phonecian. Hieroglyphics. Archaeology. Essays. Ancient civilizations. Mysticism. Esoterica. Occult. Religion. Antiquities. Art. Engravings. Illustrated

DP20385   $400.00

Kornmann, Heinrich [Henri].

Sibylla Trig-Andriana Seu De Virginitate, Virginum Statu et Jure Tractatus Jucundus: Ex Jure Naturali, Divino, Canonico & Civili... (with:) Linea Amoris Sive Commentarius & De Annulo Triplici. [Three early tracts on women]. Cologne: Peter Marteau, 1765. Scarce. 8vo. 423p. Modern brown cloth, gilt title to spine, title page in red and black print. Very minor shelf wear, p194 with tiny bit of corner loss, p 245-46, with minor tear at lower outer margin, repaired, no affect, else a very clean & crisp copy. All three works with separate title pages. Interesting work by lawyer Heinri Kornmann (1580-1640) of Frankfurt, originally published in 1610, on the virginity of women and love throughout history in civil, canonical, natural and divine rights, with scientific arguments, magic and superstition. His references are biblical as well as from occultists and demonologists. Fascinating material which includes incubi & sucubi, legal rights and duties of women, marriage and sex, astrology and more.     Caillet 5829. Wellcome I: 3582. Gay-Lemonnyer 1113-1114.       Women. Female. Virginity. Love. Marriage. Sex. Magic. Astrology. Occult. Witches. Erotica. Medicine. Science. Succubi. Incubi. Mythology.        DP20244   $175.00

Latham, Robert Gordon.

The Natural History of the Varieties of Man. London: John van Voorst, 1850. First Edition. Scarce. 8vo. 574p. Publishers quarter calf, red, over marbled boards, gilt title to spine, boards slightly bowed, with shelf wear, corner front hinge starting. Old signature to first blank. Illustrated with small black and white text cuts. Our copy has a beautiful hand colored illustration on page 417.       Natural history. Anthropology. Enthonology.          DP20183   $75.00

Knatchbull, Norton.

Annotations Upon Some Difficult Texts In all the Books Of The New Testament. Cambridge: J. Hayes for W. Graves, 1693. First English Edition. 8vo. A-X8 [Lacks A1, imprimatur leaf]. [14 of 16], 320p. Modern calf-backed leatherette, title gilt, repair to outer margin of t.p. (no text loss), signature of Johannis Gardner" on t.p., sig. of Abijah Bigelow on f.f.e.p., dated gift entry on verso of rear end paper dated 1876;  a few old stains, light paper toning, otherwise a nice copy. Knatchbull, Sir Norton, first baronet (1602–1685), politician and biblical scholar. "In 1659 Knatchbull published Animadversiones in libros novi testamenti. The work demonstrates a considerable breadth of learning, reflecting the author's use of his large library. It is also intrepid in its arguments for considering historical circumstances and contemporary idiom, and for suggesting the existence of scribal errors in the transmission of the sacred text. A second edition with appendix was published in 1672 and a third, emended, at Oxford in 1677; a fourth edition, in English, appeared in 1692, entitled Annotations upon some Difficult Texts in All the Books of the New Testament (Cambridge, 1693). The preface states that Knatchbull undertook the translation, probably shortly before his death.       Bible. Theology. Religion.      DP20114   $350.00

Leland, John.

[Greek Title:] Kykneion Asma: Cygnea cantio. London: Johannis Streater, 1658. 8vo. A2, B-O8, P2. [14], 6, 6-24, [9], 165, [3] p. Modern antique calf, decorated in blind, tile in gilt. Some pencil notes to title, else a very nice copy.  John Leland (1506?- 1552), the earliest of modern english antiquaries.  "As a Latin poet he is deserving of high regard. His poems are always graceful and imaginative, and exhibit at times, as in his 'Cygnea Cantio,' an appreciation of natural scenery which is not apparent in his 'Itinerary.' He wrote in very varied metres, and knew and appreciated the best classical models. Ovid, Lucretius, Martial, and Euripides are among the authors quoted by him."[-DNB].    

Henry VIII. Poetry. England.          DP20107   $300.00

Lucian of Samosata. William Dugard, ed. & trans.

Dialogorum Selectorum Libri Duo. London: E[lizabeth] Hodgkinson & T. Hodgkin for R. Scot, T. Basset, J. Wright & R. Chiswel, 1677. Scarce edition. 12mo. A6[ A1blank], beta-zeta12, eta 6, b-G12, H12 [H12 blank]. [2 blank],[10],132,165,[3 blank]pp. Early calf boards, rebacked, 19th c. armorial bookplate of George Bridgeman, old owner's inscriptions on front blank including Orlando & George Bridgeman (dated 1685, ancestors?). First endpaper and verso of last leaf with ink notes. Nice copy. Lucian (cA.D. 115-c200) rhetorician who earned his living by traveling and declaiming. At the age of forty he gave up that life and settled down to write his "dialogues". These satiric pieces were to be what he is most famous for. This volume contains the "Dialogues of the Dead", short dialogues held in the lower world with such characters as Pluto, Charon, Menippus, Diogenes, Alexander, and Achilles.      Wing L3428a. ESTC:R3026. Hoffmann II,540.       Classics. Greek. Latin. Occult.      DP20108   $200.00

King, John Glen. Anton Ernst Klausing, trans.

Die Gebräuche und Ceremonien der Griechischen Kirche in Rußland, oder Beschreibung ihrer Lehre, Gottesdienstes und Kirchen disciplin.  Aus dem Englischen übersetzt. Riga: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch, 1773. First German Edition. 4to. a-b4, c2, A-3I4, 3K2. [20], 444p. 1/2 modern calf, marbled boards, banded spine. Title page with minor tears at inner margin, no affect. Paper toned with light (darker at edges) dampstains. Library stamps of Bibliothek der St. Annen-Sxhule, armorial bookplate of Ernst Ebel Junior of Riga. Engraved coin portrait of Catherine the Great on t.p., one fold-out engraving, and 12 full page engravings. King, John Glen, D.D. 1732-1787, divine, he wrote ‘The Rites and Ceremonies of the Greek Church in Russia; containing an Account of its Doctrine, Worship, and Discipline,’ London, 1772, 4to. "A learned work.." [-DNB]. This is a German translation of his work.  Krumbacher II, 660. Holtzmann/Bohatta 11939            Religion. Theology. Russia. Orthodox Church.            DP20097   $300.00

Kelly, Hugh & John Langhorne.

Memoirs of a Magdalen; Or, The History of Louisa Mildmay.  [bound with]  Langhorne: Letters Between Theodosius and Constantia. London: for Harrison and Co;, 1782. 8vo. 2 vols in 1. [3], B-L4, A-H4, I3. 86, 70p. 1/2 calf, green marbled boards.  Banded spine with title in gilt lettering.  Some browning and foxing, inner hinge started. Clean tears on H1 and K1 of Kelly's work, and A3 of Langhorne's. Kelly, (1739–1777), writer and attorney."In 1767 Kelly published his only novel, Memoirs of a Magdalen, or, The History of Louisa Mildmay (2 vols.), the story of a young woman seduced by a rake and kidnapped. Out of shame she voluntarily commits herself to a magdalen house, where her repentant lover finds her and they marry. Kelly's novel is indebted to Samuel Richardson's Clarissa in its epistolary form and seduction–shame plot." [-ODNB]. Langhorne, (1735–1779), poet and translator."Although enjoying some contemporary popularity for his poetry, in a number of forms and on a variety of subjects, he is largely remembered for his translation of Plutarch's Lives... and the very popular The Letters that Passed between Theodosius and Constantia after she had Taken the Veil (1763, followed by a second edition in 1764 and a number of subsequent editions" [-ODNB].      ESTC T59624 & T38476

Sex. Women. Curiosa. Erotica.              DP20020   $50.00

La Belliere, Claude De, Sieyr de la Nolle.

La Physionomie Raisonnée ou Secret Curieux pour connoitre las inclinations de chacun par les regles naturelle. Paris: Edme Couterot, 1664. First edition. 12mo. a2-12 [lacks a1, title, replaced in 19th c. ms], A-M12, [M12 blank, present]. [24], 235, [53]p. Contemporary vellum, old owner's names on first blank, dated 1667. Title in 19th century ms, a2 bound in tight. “The popularity of physiognomy is to be accounted for by the fact that, while other forms of divination, including for many even judicial astrology, were condemned as superstitious, it was regarded as having a natural basis.” [-Thorndike VIII ,p449] “La Bellière's treatise on the subject was published in both French and Italian editions in 1664, with a Latin edition, translated by the author, appearing in 1666.”  [-Norman Cat.] Caillet 5874 "curieux et rare." Norman 1246. Thorndike VIII;449,467-8. Gerlach La Belliere 1664. Laehr I,697. Courtine 1992:60,3. Magli 255:19. Campe 617.     Occult. Medicine. Physiognomy. Psychiatry. Art. Colors.

DP 20004   $300.00

Lenglet Du Fresnoy, Nicole, L'Abbe. 

Recueil De Dissertations Anciennes Et Nouvelles; Sur les Apparitions, les Visions & les Songes. Avignon & Paris: Jean-Noel Leloup, 1751. First edition. 8vo. Vol.1, 2 pts, complete in itself. *6, a-q12, h4, A-H12, 2, A-M12. [12], clxii, [14], 192, [4], 87, [1]p. Old calf with rules in gilt & blind, rebacked, spine banded, title gilt, second D12 with minor repair, no affect, inner margin of *1 repair, no affect, some pencil marks, minor foxing. Overall, a nice copy. Lenglet DuFresnoy (1674-1755) French historian and first bibliographer of alchemy. "His passion was to write, think, act, and live, with a kind of cynical freedom; and though badly lodged, clothed, and fed, he was still satisfied; which liberty, libery to say and write what he pleased; which liberty, however, he carried to so great an extreme, and so stangely abused, that he was sent to the bastille ten or twelve times." [-Chalmers] This volume contains his long dissertation on apparitions as well as, selections from various works on examples of apparitions; legal documents relating to them and various short pieces, including the "Recit De La Conference Du Diable Avec Luther" by the Abbe De Cordemoy. This copy is complete in itself. A second volume (also in 2 pts.) was published a year later. Caillet 6498. Esoterica 2631. Cornell, Witchcraft, 344. Coumont L53.2.      Occult. Apparitions. Ghosts. Sorcery. magic. Religion. Witchcraft. Vampires.    DP 20009  $400.00

Le Tellier, Charles Maurice, Archbishop of Reims.

Memoire Presenté Au Roy, Au Mois De Janvier M.DC.XCV.  Par Messire Charles Maurice Le Tellier Archevesque Duc de Reims, Premier Pair de France, Legat né du Saint Siege Apostolique, Primat de la Gaule Belgique, Commandeur de l'Ordre du Saint Esprit, & Maistre de la Chapelle de Sa Majesté, &c.  Contre l'Erection de l'Eglise de Cambray en Archevesché. Paris: Jean Anisson, 1695. First edition. 4to. [1], A-P4, Q1. [2], 122p. 1/4 recent calf, blind floral decoration, over brown cloth boards, banded spine, title in gilt lettering.  All edges red.  Some minor  foxing to outer margins. Otherwise, a nice clean copy. Printers device on tp. Charles Maurice Le Tellier (1643-1710), archbishop of the powerful and highly influential see of Reims, was the successor of Barberini in 1671 and played a large role in the affairs of the Gallican church, mainly in his attack against the ultramontaine doctrines.  The present work is a defense of the metropolitan status of Reims over Cambrai.

OCLC only shows three copies. Goldsmith, BM STC 17th French,  L1065       France. Law. Religion. French history.    DP20003   $300.00