Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

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   $750.00

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   $300.00

Jacopo Soldani, Pier Jacopo Martelli, Lodovico Paterno, M. Francesco Berni.

Satires of Jacopc Solani, Pier Jacopo Martelli, Lodovico Paterno, Francesco Berni and others. London (sold in Livorno): Thomas Masi, 1787. First Edition. 8vo. iv, 87, 59, 260p. Modern vellum over boards, with ties. Some light foxing. Soldani’s title page bound before preface instead of after.Two full page engravings, portrait of Soldani and a frontispiece. “Soldani, Jacopo (1579-1641) is known for his eight satires (published posthumously). His targets included the court, hypocricy, inconstancy, luxury, and avarice. The fourth satire, composed in 1623, is particularly important for its anti-Aristotelian, pro-Galelean views; and the sicth is interesting for its stoic outlook on life. A Florentine through and through, he was a member of the Accademia della Crusca (and its head for some time)....He was a friend of the younger Buonarroti, with whom he shared a romantic feeling for nature” [-Oxford Companion, Italian Literature]. Soldani was also a close friend to Galileo. “The edition was probably printed in Livorno with false place in London.” [-Gamba, 926]. ESTC T130374. Gamba: 926.      Italian literature. Satire. Poetry.      DP20012   $100.00

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

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

La Menardaye, Jean Baptiste de.

Examen, Et Discussion Critique De L'Histoire Des Diables De Loudon, De La Possession Des Religieuses Ursulines, Et De La Condamnation D'Urbain Grandier. Paris: Debure l'Aine, 1747. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. π1,a-b8,c4,A-2V8,2X4. xxix, [3], 521,[1],[4 ads.]p. Contemporary French calf, spine extra gilt, banded, title in gilt on red morocco label, edges red; minor wormtrack on lower margin of front board, some leather worn off, signature of "Delaroche" on title page. With large margins, a near-fine copy. "This is a response to Aubin's book [Histoire des diables de Loudun]. "Few works of this type have been as much read as this one," states La Menardaye (c1688-1758), and "few have been given so much credence," but "the alleged history is a most unworthy calumny against the whole Catholic Church...full of contradictions, the greatest impostures, and palpable absurdities." The Examen is written as a series of discussions between an uncle and his nephew. The nephew has read Aubin and was impressed, but the uncle convinces him, step by step, that Aubin is wrong. According to La Menardaye, the nuns, exorcists, Laubardemont, the judges were all people of the highest probity; the witnesses who came forward to testify produced a solid body of evidence against Grandier; Richelieu was concerned with moral standards and the public order, not personal vengeance; the doctors did indeed find the devil's marks on Grandier; and the nun's convulsions, levitation, and knowledge of foreign languages and secret thoughts were all valid." [Rapley, A Case of Witchcraft Grandier, 1998].      Coumont L10.1. Guaita 644. Cioranescu 36338. Blake/NLM 253. Caillet 6032. Cornell, Witchcraft, 334.

Occult. Witchcraft. Witches. Demonology. Possession. Trials. Law. Religion.        DP20140   $1250.00

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

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

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

Le Pot [Lepot}, Laurent.

[Histoire Veritable Arivee De Notre Tems en la ville de Beauvais, touchant les conjurations et exorcisms fait a Denise de la Caille, possedee du diable. Avec les actes et proces-verbaux faits sur les lieux par le commandement de M. l’eveque du dit Beauvais.] Paris: Pierre Baillaine, 1623. First Edition. Very rare. 8vo. ¶4 [¶1,t.p. in ms of the 18th c.], A-P8,Q6. [8],252p.18th c. mottled French calf, spine banded, gilt, title on red morocco label, paper label in top compartment; edges specked, marbled endpapers, old dealer’s description on front endpaper from Ludwig Rosenthal with second descriptive note on rear endpaper; title page in ms. facsimile, minor foxing, a touch of worming at head of few leaves, else a very good copy. Laurent Le Pot [Lepot] trans: “father Kirton of the Convent, native to Beauvais.. conducted the exorcism of Denyse de La Caille, de la Landelle with the assistance of Germain Carre, Licentier es loix, Archdiacre & Chanine de Beauvais; Leonor le Boucher, Licentier es driits, Chantre & Official de Beauvais; & Claude Dadu,Licentier es loix, Chanoine de ladite Eglise de Beauvais, Vicaires reneraux de Monseigneur l’Euesque & Comte de Beauvais...” Beginning in August 1612 and ending in December, the demon Briffault had entered Denyse’s body and was forced to leave it by the exorcists having to sign, with his claws, the sentence of the exorcists. This volume gives a day by day account of the  exorcism. [See: Collin De Plancy, Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863 p396. who reprints sentence which was signed by Beelzebut, Satan, Motelu, & Briffault which appears at the end of our text.]
This is a rare text.        Coumont H64.1. Yves-Plessis 649. Caillet 6559.          Occult. Witchcraft. Possesssion. Exorcism. Satan. Devil.    

DP20142   $1500.00