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Thelyphthora; Or, A Treatise On Female Ruin, In Its Causes, Effects, Consequences, Prevention, And Remedy; Considered On The Basis Of The Divine Law: Under the following Heads, viz. Marriage, Whoredom, and Fornication, Adultery, Polygamy, Divorce… London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1780. True first edition. 8vo. 2 vols. A4, a8, B-2C8, 2D6. (2), B-2F8, 2G2. xxiv, 412, (2), 432, (20)p. Contemporary calf, edges and corners rubbed, some wear, some minor soiling, spines gilt decorated, title labels on red, hinges cracked through but repaired with glue at some point in past, still holds strong. Slight toning of text, some very minor foxing, a couple small ink letters to verso of first title, no affect, some very minor outer edge wear but overall text is clean and crisp. A nice set of a scarce title. Priced very affordable. First edition. True first edition. A three volume set, much more common, was published as an enlarged edition in 1781. Martin Madan (1726-1790) English Barrister, clergyman and writer, best known for his controversial work Thelyphthora, on marriage which advocated polygamy and believed it was justified by Mosaic law. Madan was cousin to poet William Cowper and chaplain to the London Lock Hospital. “In 1780 Madan published a work entitled Thelyphthora, in which he advocated polygamy, taking his stand on the Mosaic law, and elaborately arguing that it is in accordance with Christianity, properly understood. These principles, it may be noted, are said to have been previously held by Lord-chancellor Cowper, Madan's great-uncle, and by Westley Hall, brother-in-law of John Wesley. Even before the appearance of the book Lady Huntingdon (Selina Hastings, religious leader) expressed to the author her readiness to send him a petition against it signed by three thousand persons, and when it was actually published it raised a storm of indignation, criticism, and opposition. Madan consequently resigned his chaplaincy of the Lock Hospital, and retired into private life at Epsom. He occupied his leisure in translating Juvenal and Persius, and other literary and theological work...” [-DNB]. “The “female ruin” that concerned him (Madan) was the rampant sexual exploitation of women in this day through seduction, fornication, adultery, prostitution, concubinage, rape, and various other deviant means by which “the hungry males of our species” use women to their peril and often to the peril of their unwanted children, too, who are aborted, smothered, or abandoned. Madan had seen the fallout of all this first hand as a hospital chaplain in London. There he came upon too many ravaged maidens now saddled with unwanted children, botched self-abortions, or infantcide charges” [-John White: The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy, 2015]. ESTC: T116716. Marriage. Law. Marriage law. Women. Prostitution. Polygamy. Adultery. Sex. Divorce. Religion. Methodist. London Lock Hospital. DP20246 $450.00
Les Vrayes Centuries Et Propheties De Maistre Michel Nostradamus, Ou l’on voit represente tout cequi s’est passe tant en France, Espagne, Italie, Allemagne, Angleterre, qu’aux autres parties de Monde. Reveues et corrigees suivant les premieres Editions imprimees a Avignon en l’an 1556 a Lyon en l’an 1558. Avec la Vie de l’Auteur, & des Observations sur ses Propheties. Amsterdam: daniel Winkeermans, 1667. 12mo. , *8, **2, A-H12, I1. Lacks blanks. , 186p. Complete. Modern antique back, blind stamp floral to spine with gilt ruling, gilt title on label, over marbled boards, 19th c. marbled endpapers, binders tan cloth, matching at inner hinges, no affect, text block marbled. Leaves are clean and crisp, few of them tightly trimmed at outer margin, with no affect, overall a near fine copy. Text in French. Scarce early Amsterdam edition. A rarity to find any early edition in this fine of condition. Michel Nostradamus (1503-1566), physician to the cities of Aix and Lyons during the plague and claimed prognosticator, believed himself to be inspired and so began to record his visions in centuries of quatrains. His fame as a prophet particularly gained after his "prediction" of Henry II's death from a wound suffered during a tournament. Nostradamus remains one of the most famous fortunetellers today, aided by the fact, no doubt, that his quatrains are vague enough to be applied to several different events. This work contains the preface of Nostradamus to Caesar, life of the author and observations on his prophecies, epistle to Henry II, Centuries I to XII, and Presages. Chomarat: 137. Benazra: 239. Caillet: III: 8081. Biblio Esoterica 3274. Graesse IV: 689. Occult. Prophecy. Astrology. Divination. Nostradamus. Magic. Philosophy. Seer. Fortune-telling. Omens. Quatrains. DP20418 $750.00
A Treatise On Brewing: Wherein Is Exhibited The Whole Process of The Art and Mystery of Brewing the various sorts of Malt Liquor; With Practical Examples upon each Species. Together with the Mannerof using the Thermometer and Saccharometer; elucidated by Examples... London: Printed by Knight and Compton, for the author. 1802. Second edition, stated. Very rare. 8vo. vii, , 10-180, p. Modern antique calf, gilt rules and floral design to spine, with gilt title. Text leaves are fine, with large margins, internally clean and crisp. Speckled edges, with minor stain to outer text block at lower corner, no affect, still fine. Contains a history of the London Brewery, original ale recipes (amber, porter, stout, and much more) and instructions, glossary of terms, use of measuring tools, malts and sugars, further and sometimes weird ingredients. This book is a pleasure for any brewer, connoisseur, scientist, chemist, or history seeker. A beautiful copy. Folding plate with figures of a saccharometer and thermometer, in fine condition. A historical standard in the history of brewing and beer literature and science. The first edition (1801) is nearly impossible to find, our second edition (1802) is still very rare, but the most used in reference to the original (as if no first editions are known to the mass public). Second edition issued with one folding plate.The book saw numerous editions, as the public demanded it for decades after its first printing. It is a common reference stated in old and new brewing literature. The third edition of 1802, still very rare, is more common than this second edition. In today’s fast and furious home-brew communities this work is mentioned in just about all books on the process of brewing. The Library of Congress suggests it in its Science Reference Guide to Beer and Brewing, listed under: Historical Interest. Brewing. Brew. Beer. Ale. Science. Hops. Alchemy. Chemistry. Liquor. Wine. Fermentation. London Brewery.
A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr Henry More Fellow of Christs College in Cambridge. As namely, His: Antidote against Atheism. Appendix to the said Antidote. Enthusiasmus Triumphatus. Letters to Des-Cartes &c. Immortality of the Soul. Conjectura Cabbalistica. The Second edition more correct and much enlarged. [Edward Moncktons copy]. London: James Fletcher for William Morden, 1662. Second edition. Folio. a6, b4, c4, A-3X6. Contemporary calf, Cambridge style, worn at corners, rubbed, later rebacked with red title label to spine, front hinge cracked with leather weld glue repair, holding strong. Inner hinge slightly opened at start, little affect, a few very small dog ears, some light foxing, O1 with small burn hole, no affect, 2K6 with minor tear at outer margin, no affect, 3L3 tiny burn hole, no affect, else, overall an excellent working copy with large margins and clean text. Bookplate of Edward Monckton to inside front board, his ink signature at top of title, as well as ink “H.P.” at sides of title. Title in red and black print. More, Henry (1614–1687), philosopher, poet, and theologian."More was in his day regarded as one of the leading philosophers of his time. He was the most prolific of the group of philosophical divines known now as the Cambridge Platonists. He was also a theologian of tolerant stamp who was regarded as a founder of the broad-church movement nicknamed latitudinarianism. His religious convictions were formed in reaction to the strict Calvinism of his upbringing. In the autobiographical preface to his Opera omnia he records his horror when still a boy at school at the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. His philosophical preference for Platonism was formed later, after a period of intense study while still an undergraduate, which nearly resulted in a sceptical crisis..In 1662 More published a collected edition of his philosophical writings, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings, which included appendices and scholia on the constituent works where he develops and defends his ideas, as well as Epistola H. Mori ad V. C., which contains a more cautious appraisal of Descartes. In 1664 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society. Shortly afterwards he published two works aimed at a more popular audience: his manual of ethics, Enchiridion ethicum (1667), and Divine Dialogues (1668)." [-ODNB]. Hon. Edward Monckton of Somerford Hall (1744-1832), member of Parliament, British colonial administrator and Whig politician. Wing M2646. ESTC: R18746. Philosophy. Religion. Theology. Science. Cabballah. Kabala. Atheism. Souls. Immortality. Neo-Platonism. Rene Decartes. Edward Monckton. 20420 $900.00
Disputationum De Messia Judaeorum blasphemiis Oppositarum Decas. [Disputatio I-X.] Wittenberg: Johann Gormann, 1615-16. First editions. 4to. 10 parts in 1 vol. a4,b2,A-C4; A-C4; A4,B2; A-D4,E2; A-B4; A-D4; A-C4; A-B4,C2; A-B4. Unpaginated. Modern vellum backed paste-paper German boards, paper flaw (a paper imperfection white stain) on B3v obscuring few letters of text, tiny pin hole last leaf, no affect. Otherwise a fine copy with wide margins. Martini, Jakob, (1570-1649) important representative of Lutheran school philosophy. Martini began in 1590 to study arts and theology at Helmstedt and continued his studies after1593 in Wittenberg, the principal place of the training of Lutheran orthodoxy. After 1597, he worked as a teacher and as a minister in the north (East Frisia). In 1602 he became a professor of the logic and Metaphysics at Wittenberg. As a pupil C. Martinis, whose humanistic ideals he maintained, he became one of the most successful advocates of the school of rhetorical-dialectically oriented logic. Martini, just as energetically, promoted the re-establishment of Metaphysics as the most essential discipline in philosophy This new School-metaphysics was aristotelian in its tenor, but it didn’t have the form of the older Aristotelian critiicism, but instead a systematic characteristic with an ontological end. It served, with the systematic elaboration of logic, theological interests. This excluded the critical reception, for instance, of the Spanish scholastics and Ramistic humanism. After 1613, Martini, was additionally professor of Ethics at Wittenberg and after 1623, professor of theology which post he held until his death. [See: Biographisch- Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon V, 944.] These disputations were given in a series commencing on the 22nd of July, 1615 and ending on the 13th of January 1616. The pamphlets must have been issued separtately and finally gathered together and reissued with a new title-page and prefatory letter. These are all quite rare.
VD17 23:329506G. [Containing: VD17 23:329519M;VD17 23:329524E;[#3 not in VD 17]; VD17 23:329528L;VD17 23:329531;VD17 3:016940M;VD17 23:329534M; VD17 23:329541V;VD17 23:329547R;VD17 23:329552K --based on a single set located in the Wolfenbüttel, Herzog-August-Bibliothek which lacks Disputatio #3.] Furst II, 232. Jocher III,229. Adelung IV,851ff. No copy in RLIN or OCLC. KVK adds one set in the National Library of Scotland and another in the BVB.
Occult. Judaica. Religion. Theology. Anti-Semetism. Lutheran. Evangellical. Philosophy. DP20192 $1250.00
A True Copy Of The Journal Of The High Court of Justice, For The Tryal of K. Charles I. As it was Read in the House of Commons, And Attested under the hand of Phelps, Clerk to that Infamous Court. London: Printed for H.C. for Thomas Dring, 1684. First edition. Folio. A4, B-T2, B-2M2. , LXX, , 128, p. [Lacks portrait, not uncommon]. Contemporary calf, some rubbing and edge wear, rebacked, title on label of spine. Page 110 in red print. Small hole to outer margin first leaf, explanation of frontis, no affect. Old repairs to verso of frontis plate and court plate, as well as a few other leaves, with no affect, few tiny worm holes to lower and upper margins, of a few leaves, no affect. Lacks portrait, not uncommon. With rare Members list and bookseller list at end. Overall, a decent copy of a scarce book, at an affordable price. Two full-page plates, lacks portrait, not uncommon. The “Large Introduction” attacks the high court, who committed “the blackest and basest of all crimes” in their conviction and execution of King Charles I. A most interesting transcript of the proceedings of the trial, with speeches by the King before his death and others of interest. Wing T2645. ESTC: R5636.
Charles I. Law. Trials. High Court of Justice. English history. DP20220 $500.00
At The Back Of The North Wind. New York: George Routledge & Sons, [ND] c1890. Hardcover. 378p. Publishers brown decorated cloth, minor shelf wear at edges, couple pages with tiny chip at far corner, else a very clean copy, gift inscription to first blank dated Dec 25, 1892. A nice copy of a scarce book. In protective mylar. Priced to go and much lower than other copies located. Fully illustrated by Arthur Hughes.
Children’s. Young adult. Adventure. Fairy tales. DP26470 $50.00
Misunderstood. London: Richard Bentley, 1869. 8vo. vi, 321, p. First edition, second issue, with cancel title. Original publishers decorative maroon cloth, title gilt to spine, minor shelf wear to edges, spine ends slightly frayed, some minor chipping at joints, corners with minor rubbing, inner hinges started, minor foxing to first and last couple leaves, text block toned, bookplate of Eric Quayle to first paste-down, old pencil note to verso of first fly leaf, dedication leaf with tiny bit of chipping at top (binding flaw, no affect). Overall a very nice copy of a very rare book. At time of description we locate only one other copy for sale which has been rebound. In protective mylar. Montgomery's third novel was praised by Lewis Carroll, George Du Maurier and Vladimir Nabokov. Se was an English novelist that drew distinction between her stories for childre and her stories about children, Misunderstood is the latter and was a very successful book, one which is known for its saddening end and the tale of father and son. Children's. Juvenile. Youth adult fiction. Film. Movies. DP26041 $200.00
[Mackintosh, Newton]. N.M.
A Chamber of Horrors With Profane Passages. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1896. First Edition.Very rare. 8vo. oblong. 48 unnumbered pages.Publishers green cloth with gilt title to front board, light staining to front corner, edge wear. Pages and text are fine. A unique and interesting limerick book of horrid tales and humor. Entertaining to say the least. Rare. Poetry. Limericks. Tales. Horror. Humor. Death. Negro. Racism.
Fredrici Nausea Blanci - Campiania, Eximii LL. doctoris. inclytae ecclesiae Moguntinae a, sacris Concionibus eminentiss. Libri Mirabilium Septem. Cologne [Koln]: Petrum Quentel, 1532. Rare. 4to. *6, A-T4. , LXVI. Modern vellum spine and tips over marbled boards. Title page and verso restored to corner, with only few letters of text lost (see pictures). Corner dampstains to outer margin first few leaves. Multiple woodcuts by Woensam shows celestial phenomena, miraculous births, etc. "In the dedicatory preface from Mainz on Feb 12, 1532 of his Seven Books of Marvels (this book) to Lorenzo and Tommaso Campeggio, the one, cardinal legate to Germany, and the other, bishop of Feltre, Frederick Nausea attacked quite violently the vain prognostications of contemporary astrologers who derogate from God and human free will and have a bad effect upon the people. They incline to believe that astrology is the root of all evil. But those who contend that recent signs in the sky have no signifigence go to the other extreme. Pontiffs and kings should rid their realms of all magicians, necromancers, insane chiromancers and deceiving astrologers, but not take action against true astronomers. Later in the course of the text of the work he holds forth concerning macrocosm and microcosm, and deviates seventeen chapters to the comet of 1531 and a certain other comet. Some theologians would regard them as new divine creations from nothing, supernatural and prodigious, but Nausea holds that they are natural phenomena." [-Thorndike.] Adams 2:N89. VD 16: N250. Caillet 7931. Bruning 119. Zimmer 1498.
Occult. Astrology. Astronomy. Science. DP20136 $2500.00
Apologie Pour Les Grandes Hommes soupconnez de Magie. Amsterdam: Jean Frederic Bernard, 1712. 8vo. *7,**2, A-2F8, 2G4. ,470,pp. Contemporary calf, gilt spine in compartments, hinges cracked, edges speckled, bookplate and blind-stamps of Earls of Macclesfield. Title in red and black. Frontispiece by J. Lamsveld. Bookplate of William Eddy. Bookplate of Wm Major Scott on front pastedown. Light dampstains to lower margin of last few leaves, else a very nice copy.Engraved frontispiece of figures in an allegorical setting by J. Lamsveld with globes and star-gazing equipment, a unicorn and a smiling sun. Engraved frontispiece of figures in an allegorical setting by J. Lamsveld with globes and star-gazing equipment, a unicorn and a smiling sun. Naudé (1600-1653) father of French bibliography, physician, librarian to Richelieu and to Mazarin, wrote this defense of great men of the past who were falsely accused of magic. He separates magic into four categories; Divine which is beyond human control, White which includes which is under the aegis of religion, Black which includes witchcraft and is illicit, and Natural which includes astronomy, astrology, chemistry, alchemy, geomancy, and other arts which are unobjectionable. Naudé defends, among others, Agrippa, Merlin,Nostradamus, Roger Bacon, Michael Scot, and Paracelsus. The Earls of Macclesfield bookplate and stamps are presumably that of the 6th Earl, Thomas Augustus Parker, as the bookplate is dated 1860, though the stamps could be older.
STCN 171208. Caillet 7923. Guaita 755/ 1648. Graesse IV,650. Brunet VI,22. Cornell 407. Rosenthal 3004. Robbins 748. Engel 31. Coumont N5.7. Cantamessa 3096. Occult. Witchcraft. Science.Medicine. Magic. Astrology. Merlin. DP20141 $1000.00
An Account Of Reason & Faith: In Relation to the Mysteries Of Christianity. London: S. Manship, 1697. First Edition. 8vo. A8 [-A1 blank], B-Y8,Z8. , 346,, ,4 ads]p. Library buckram, X-Univ. of Chicago copy. Clean tear B7, no affect. Very nice copy. Norris (1657-1711) was a disciple of Malebranche, and expounds his master's doctrine of the vision of all things in God, in opposition to the philosophy of Locke. He is interesting as the last offshoot from the school of Cambridge Platonists, except so far as the same tendency is represented by Shaftesbury. His Platonism was radically opposed to the methods which became dominant in Locke's exposition..." [-DNB].
This work is in answer to Toland's "Christianity Not Mysterious." Religion. Philosophy. Occult. DP20117 $250.00
Ein Christliche Predig auss dem iii capitel Tobia.Den 16. tag Martii Anno 1585. zu Ulm im Münster gehalten. Bey dem hochzeitlichen Ehrentag desz Ehrwürdigen hochgelehrten herrn Georgii Müllers...Unnd der Rhrentreichen Jungkfrawen Veronica Weissin dess Ehrnuesten und fürnemen herrn Antonii Weissen Seligen hinderlassnen Ehelichen Tochter. Ulm: Johann Anton Ulhart, . First Edition. 4to. 28p. Disbound. Repair to outre margin of title, no affect. Neuheuser (1531-1595) was a preacher church of Ulm in Münster. He discusses the life of Sarah and other old testament women as an example for Veronica Weiss the daughter of Anton Weiss. VD16 N1352. Theology. Religion. Women. DP20109 $200.00
The Gospel Preach'd to the Poor: A Sermon Preach'd in the Parish-Church of St.Sepulchre...at the Aniversary Meeting of the Children Educated in the Charity-Schools in and about the Cities of London and Westminster. London: Joseph Downing, 1726. First Edition. 4to. A-C4, D2. 27, p. Disbound, else fine. Mangey, Thomas (1683/4–1755), Church of England clergyman and classical scholar. "Mangey was an erudite philologist and a prolific writer... Mangey's other published sermons, many of which were preached to prestigious audiences at Whitehall, before the House of Commons, or at the anniversary meetings of famous charities, either pursued an explicitly apologetic aim or dealt with the commonplace theme of benevolence and philanthropy." [-ODNB]. ESTC N27907. [collates as but with var. imprint see ESTC t100834.)
Religion. Theology. Bible. DP20098 $50.00
[Offenburg/Baden- Devil] Frusius [Des Freux], Andre.
Gernsprachter Engel und Offenburgischer Teufel...Zweyer Romisher Catholisher ... Anagrammatismo Andreae Frusio...[Mansucript copy]. [Christlichen= Basle?] Germany: [N.P.], [1606.] c1890. 8vo. 43, [6 blank]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. Witch and demon illustration on title page. The first major Offenburg witchcraft trial was that of Elsie Gwinner in 1601. Offenburg (modern Baden) was a town of some 2,000-3,000 inhabitants, rigidy Catholic and Jesuit directed (through its schools). It was ruled by a town council (Rath) of 22 members with 2 ex-officio priests. "Offenburg continued its witch hunts, for they were profitable to the judges, and the trials became even more lawless and brutal. The judges introduced the iron witch's chair, on which the victim was bound and roasted into confession. This new device quickly proved the wealthiest persons witches." [-Robbins, Ency. of Witchcraft & Demonology.] Unrecorded work in dialogue form taken from a copy that was in a libary in Frankfurt am Main at the time. It is a attack on the witch-mania in Offenburg. It is interesting to note they have reused the woodcuts from the official report of 1603. Adolf Spamer, 1883-1953, important German folklorist. His works on mysticism 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. De Backer/Sommerogel III, 1046ff. (for Frusius), not listed. Occult. Witchcraft. Demons. Religion. Angels. Manuscript.
Mareuil, Pierre De.
Le Commencement Et La Perfection De La Sagesse, Ou La Fuite Du Peche', Et L'Amour De Dieu. Paris: Gabriel Charles Berton, 1744. 12mo. a4,A-2B4,8. ,302,p. Contemporary green morocco, gilt title, a.e.g.,dentelles, worn at edges, marbled endpapers, signatures of Gifford family. Clean copy. Mareuil (1672-1742) Jesuit author and translator. In 1706 he went to Canada where he was imprisoned by the English.He was for 13 years prefect of studies in Jesuit colleges in France. "After his return to France, Pierre de Mareuil acquired a reputation as a Latinist by publishing religious poems and translating religious or patristic works. In addition his knowledge of English enabled him to translate and publish, among other works, Milton's Paridise Regained." [-Dict. of Canadian Biog.] de Backer/Sommervogel V,539:10. Religion. Theology. Philosophy. Bible. DP20033 $85.00
[Manual of Devotions].
A New Manual of Devotions. In Three Parts. London: W. & W. Ginger, et al. 1802. 8vo. , xxvi, 447, p. 1/2 calf over marbled boards (chipped), old signature, some spotting, E9 (p.63-4) corner repair. NSTC M 1075. Religion. Theology. Bible. Prayers. DP20043 $50.00
The Foundling. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-lane.
London: For R. Francklin, in Russel-street, Convent-Garden, 1748. First edition.
4to. A-I4, K2. v, , 66, p. Full dyed red calf, gilt rule spine. Title and dedication show foxing, else a clean copy.
Edward Moore (1712- 1757), fabulist and dramatist. His comedy The Foundling was performed in 1748 at the theater in Drury Lane with David Macklin in leading roles and a proluge by Brooke; it had a very successful run, and was praised by Henry Fielding. ESTC T40068.
Plays. Drama. Theater. Drury Lane. DP20019. $150.00