Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

Partridge, John.

Defectio Geniturarum: Being an Essay toward the Reviving and Proving The True Old Principles of Astrology, Hither To Neglected, Or, at leastwise, not Observed or Understood. In Four Parts. The First shewing the Ground and Cause of Error. The Second contains an Examination of those Nativities by Morinus. The Third considers those done by Argol: And, The Fourth those by Mr. Gadbury, in his Collection... London: for Benj. Tooke, 1697. First edition. Rare. 4to. [24], 360p. Modern antique calf, gilt rules to spine, black title label. New endpapers. First blank and title slightly soiled, old owners signature to title in ink. R3 tiny hole to far outside margin, no affect. S4 clean tear top inner margin old repair, no affect. A2 & 2M3 with small stamp of previous owner, “A*Huey”. Last few leaves with light dampstains to top corner. Lacks last blank. Few leaves with outer margins uncut & rough, no affect. Lacks portrait frontispiece, which is rare and not uncommon. John Partridge (1643-1715), influential English astrologer and producer of almanacs. Apprentice to a shoemaker, he acquired enough books to teach himself Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. He may have studied with atrologer John Gadbury and seems to have given up shoes when his first publication was issued about 1678. His first major work, Mikropanasurm, was published the next year. In 1680, he started issuing an almanac entitled Merlinus Liberatus. Partridge came to prefer the Placidian house system (aka Ptolemaic Method, a system that can be described as time-proportional house sytem of movement, which is in contrast to the space-based systems that are built on atrsonomical great circles, rather than on time curves) a choice evident in his final major works, including Opus Reformation (1693) and the Defectio Geniturarum (1697), both highly technical analyses of primary directions in sample horoscopes. By 1700, he was the most prominent astrologer in Britain. His almanac was so popular other people began to publish almanacs in his name. “Partridge was the butt of one of Swift’s (Jonathan) most delightful satires and mystifications (under the pseudo of Bickerstaff) prophesying his death, and afterwards announcing it, with the addition of a number of imaginary details, so as to render the description more complete. This last pamphlet, ‘The Accomplishment of Mr. Bickerstaffs Predictions, being an account of the death of Mr. Patrridge, killed the latter so effectually that even the repeated counter-pamphlets of the bewildered victim, declaring himself to still be alive, could not convince the world of that fact” [-quote from Sutheran’s Price Catalogue, 1905]. .Often bound with a second title, “Flagitiosus Mercurius flagellatus” at the end, our copy does not include this work but is complete in itself and not uncommon to be bound alone.      ESTC: R26179. Wing P617. Cantamessa 3337. Gardner, Astrologica 914.     DP20235   $1000.00

Ray, John.   Francis Willughby.

Philosophical Letters Between the late Learned Mr. Ray And several of his Ingenious Correspondents, Native and Foreigners. To which are added those of Francis Willughby Esq. The Whole consisting of many curious Discoveries and Improvements in the History of Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Insects, Plants, Fossiles, Fountains, &c. London: William & John Innys, 1718. First edition. 8vo. (8), 376, (12)p. Contemporary paneled calf, some wear/rubbing to edges, hinges started but holding strong, very minor worm track at bottom of title (see pics), tiny pin-hole, no affect, K1-2 outer margin trimmed, no affect, R1 tiny notch outer margin, no affect, few pencil notes, old owner name to tp in contemporary ink, ink annotation on p.351, overall a nice copy for an affordable price. Illustrated with woodcut decorative headers, two figure illustrations and multiple diagrams. Ray [formerly Wray], John (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian. "In gauging Ray's position as a botanist, Haller's wholesale statement (Bibl. Botanica) that he was ‘the greatest botanist in the memory of man’ is of less value than the opinion of one so well known for his enthusiastic admiration of Linnæus as Sir J. E. Smith. Ray was, Smith says, ‘the most accurate in observation, the most philosophical in contemplation, and the most faithful in description, amongst all the botanists of our own, or perhaps any other, time...’ His merits as a writer on other topics than natural science are those of the man of science who amasses materials with painstaking care and critical capacity. John Locke, speaking of his ‘Travels’ (1673), mentions Ray's brief yet ingenious descriptions of everything that he saw, and his enlargement upon everything that was curious and rare; but it is only at the present day, since the rise of the scientific study of dialect and folklore, that the value of some of his collections, such as those of proverbs and rare words, is fully realised. Contrary to what has been sometimes said of him, Ray was never a mere compiler. He well knew how to adopt and combine the results of others with his own investigations, but he never blindly copied the statements of others, while he always acknowledged his obligations.."[-DNB].     ESTC: T93673. Keynes 109. Neville II,356.        Philosophy. Botany. Plants. Animals. Medicine. America. Fossils. Science. Biology. Natural History.         DP20243   $450.00

Renouard, Antoine Augustine.

Annales De L’Imprimerie Des Alde, ou Histoire des trois Manuce et de leurs Editions. Two Volumes. Paris: Renouard, 1803. First edition. 8vo. 3 vols in 2. xxviii, 446p., (table), 250p., (editions), ix, 149p, (editions). Two volumes. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, edges rubbed, some minor wear, spine with gilt borders and titles.  First volume lacks frontis portrait, second volume with frontis. Few pages with minor foxing. First half title with three tiny holes, no affect to text. Bookplate in both volumes, inside paste-down “Renate Schuster”. Considered the standard Aldine reference for book collectors, sellers, and the like.    

Bibliography. Aldine. Aldus. Books on books.        DP20197   $350.00

Physician, A.

Satan In Society. Chicago: C.F. Vent, 1871. First Edition. 8vo. 412p. Publishers green cloth, title in gilt to spine. Shelf wear, rubbing, spine with wear, front cover slightly bowed. Overall, a very good working copy. A most interesting book of the era with tall tales of horror for those that live in sin. Documented cases of death from masturbation, the wrongful commingling of both sexes in schools, excessive coition during pregnancy leads to deforned, idiotic, sickly little object infants, the facts of science and the facts of history prove that women are incapable of politics and leadership, etc. Highly amusing!        Satan. Evil. Religion. Devil. Occult. Morals. Science. Masturbation. Marriage. Abortion. Psychology.        DP20185   $30.00

Prudentius, Aurelius Clemens. Victor Giselinus [Ghyselinck], ed.

Aurelii Prudentii Clementis Viri Consularis Opera. [Opera emendatus, commentarius]. Paris: Hieronymu [Jerome] de Marnes, 1566.Very rare. 8vo. a-z8, A-L8. 540, [2]p. Full old calf, original boards, rebacked, blind tooled ruling and panelling, gold stamped floral gilt at all four corners and center of each board, edges worn. Gilt title on spine. Minor dampstain to few leaves at outer edge. Small wormhole at upper edge of last few leaves, outside margin, never effecting text. Bottom edge of title page trimmed short, but with no effect on text; names in old hand. "A genius more powerful than pliant, Prudentius displays a more versatile and richer talent than that of his pagan contemporary, Claudian. The rhetoric he disparages, he himself misuses; he often exaggerates, but is never commonplace. The superior of many pagan poets, among the Christian he is the greatest and the most truly poetic." [-Catholic Ency.]. Palau 239830 "Edicion correcta y muy apreciada por los comentarios de Giselini."

USTC 154658. Not in BM STC (France), or Adams.           Classics. Latin Poetry. Occult. Allegory. Religion. Theology.            DP20144   $500.00

Roman Missal-Liturgy. [With fore-edge painting]. [Fine Binding].

Missale [Novum] Romanum... S. Pii V. Pontif. Maximi Jussu Editum, Clementis VIII. Et Urbani VIII...
[with added material:] Missae Propriae Sanctorum Diocesesis Brixinensis; Missa In Solemnitate Sancti Cassiani; Missa In Festo Sanctissimi Cordis Jesu;Misa In Festo... D.N.J.C.; DIE XXI Julii Missa In Festo Sancti Camilii; Missa In Festo S. Johannae Franciscae Fremit D4 Chantal; Missa In Festo S. Joseph Calasanctii; Missa In Festo... Sanctri Stephani Rewgis Hungariae; Commemorationes Omnium SS. Apostolorum & Martyrum [all: Brixin:Thomas Wenger, 1778-1794]. Kempten [Ducale Campidonensi]: 1793.
Folio. [46],542,cxxii,[+28: 8;4;2;2;2;2;2;2;2;2]p. Early 19th c. elaborately gilt covers, rebacked with original gilt spine laid on, inner hinges reenforced. All edges gilt and gauffered with a Fore-Edge painting of Christ crucified between saints  (faded), marbled endpapers, side tabs; minor occ. stains and light toning, but a very good copy overall. Printed in red and black inks throughout, double column, engraved large vignette of Last Supper on t.p., music staves;  12 full-page engravings most signed by Rudolph Johann Storcklin (1723-1756) and brothers Klauber; all pages in decorative borders, numerous historiated initials, head- and tail-pieces. A handsome missal printed in Kempten with additional matter printed in Brixin.     Liturgy. Missal. Church. Catholicism. Catholics. Mass.            DP20132   $800.00


Pitcairn, Robert. [Mary, Queen of Scots].

The Funeral of Mary Queen of Scots. A Collection of  Curious Tracts, relating to the Burial of  this unfortunate princess, being Reprints of rare Originals, partly translated from various manuscripts. Edinburgh: E. & G. Goldsmid for the Editor, 1890. First Edition Thus. Rare. 8vo. xxiv, 80p.  1/2 black morocco over black cloth, hinges started, but strong, banded spine with title in gilt; largely unopened and uncut. Pitcairn (1793-1855), antiquary. "He was apprenticed to William Patrick, writer to the signet, and was admitted to the Society of Writers to HM Signet on 21 November 1815. Soon after admission he became an assistant to Thomas Thomson, deputy keeper of the records. His researches in old justiciary records commended him to Walter Scott, who in September 1826 praised him as ‘a most valuable labourer in the vineyard of antiquities’ (Letters, 10.98)." [-ODNB]       NSTC 0367931.        England. Renaissance. Scotland.         DP20129   $75.00

Peucer, Caspar.

Commentarius De Praecipius Generibus Divibationum.... Wittenberg: Johannes Kraft, 1560. Second edition. Rare. A-2Z8, a-l8. 456, [1]p. Contemporary decorative calf, with medallion role with Caesar head, cherubs and floral decorations, embossed with initials “F.Z.” and “1560”. on front cover. Wear to edges, hinges starting, spine chipped, damp stain to back board at top. Title page glued tight to inner margin, no affect to text. Folding "Tabula Indicis"  at end torn, lacking bottom half, minor loss. Text complete. Contemporary owner signature to inside front board and tp at bottom, “Frederichi Zormy?”, notes to inside of back board also. Some underlining, few leaves with light outer margin damp stains, few leaves with minor corner wear, no affect. Peucer (1525-1602) was a doctor and professor of medicine at Wittenberg. He married a daughter of Melancthon and edited his works. "...being for ten years in close imprisonment, on account of his opinions, he wrote his thoughts on the margins of old books which they gave him for amusement, making his ink of burnt crusts of bread infused in wine." [- Chalmers vxxiv, 426-7]. "The work of Caspar Peucer on various kinds of divination was first printed in Wittenberg in 1553....it seems to have been the most influential of his numerous writings which were concerned with the varied fields of medicine, astronomy, mathematics, natural history, and psychology... After discussing divination in general, he turns to oracles and theomancy, then to magic -- which he correctly implies is a variety of divination, whereas the opposite is true -- then to divination from entrails, to augury and aruspicina, to lot-casting under which he puts geomancy and divining from names and numbers, and to dreams and their interpretation. Next he considers medical prognostications, meteorology and weather prediction, physiognomy and chiromancy, astrology, and last prodigies and portents." [-Thorndike].       VD16 P:1973. Adams P930. Houzeau-Lancaster 4860. Wellcome I:4968. Coumont P33.2. Cornell BF1410.P51-1560. Esoterica 381. Gardner 122.     Occult. Witchcraft. Divination. Medicine. Science. Magic. Astrology. Religion. Demonology.      DP20138   $1500.00

Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco de. Roger L'Estrange, trans.

The Visions of Dom Francisco de Quevedo Bellegas, Knight of the Order of St. James. Made English by R. L. London: Henry Herringman, 1667. Second edition. A4, B-Y8, Z4. [8], 344p. 18th c. calf, gilt rules, spine cracked in center; wear to edge, armorial bookplate of Sir William Abdy & his signatures. Text tight and clean. Don Francisco Quevado Y Villegas (1580-1645) one of the greatest of Spanish authors who wrote poetry, satires, novels and moral treatises. This work on the seven visions of Algouazil, the demon, after Dantesque themes The "Suenos" were written between 1606-1622 but did not appear until 1627 as they were not approved by the censors. These satiric "Visions" attack many of man's foibles from greed to sexual license.     Wing Q196a. ESTC: R40089.  Palau 244176. Caillet 9044.      Occult. Spain. Visions. Literature. Demons.        DP20105   $400.00


Reade, Charles.

White Lies. [From the London Journal]. London: The London Journal, 1857. Nos. 646-666, Vol.XXVI. First Edition. 4to. Dyed red calf over boards, wear to edges and spine. Leaves from 21 editions of the London Journal. 21 engravings by W. Corwin illustrating the story.  With two incidental engravings, one of St. James Music Hall, and one of General Cavaignac. Reade, Charles (1814-1884), novelist and playwright. This is the rare first edition, serialized in the London Journal before the 3 volume novel was published.     Fiction. Literature. Novel.         DP20063   $250.00

Polli, Giovanni.

Saggio Di Fisiognomia E Patagnomonia Ossia.  Dei mezzi di conoscere le interne facolta [?] e la malattie de gli uomini dalle loro esterne apparenze. Milano: Paolo Andrea Molina, 1837. First Edition. 8vo. 380p. Modern two-tone cloth.  Presentation from the author on front flyleaf.  Minor foxing, else fine. Four large  folding plates of figures at end (bound in reverse order). 4 folding plates with numerous heads. Polli (1812-1880) Milanese physician who earned his laureate in medicine in 1837 and taught medicine and chemistry in various schools in Milan.     

Gerlach, Polli 1837. Magli 53:3.       Occult. Physiognomy. Science.          DP20048   $250.00

Prideaux, Mathias.  John Prideaux.

An Easy and Compendious Introduction For Reading all sorts of Histories... The Third Edition, in which is added a Synopsis of Councels. Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, 1655. 4 books in 1. [4}, A-3B4, 3C2, H4. Later calf boards, light chipping to outer edges, rebacked in modern calf with silver gilt title to spine. Some minor foxing, few minor ink stains, short corner tear to A2, no affect. Few leaves with top margins trimmed close. Minor pencil notes throughout. Overall, a nice copy in a sympathetic binding. Third edition. First edition with Synopsis of Councels. Mathias Prideaux (1622-1646), second son of John Prideaux (1578-1650). Mathias, student of Exeter 1640-1645, before receiving his M.A. became a captain in the king’s service. Mathias died of smallpox in London about 1646, this book his only, edited and published after his death by his father. “Political History in Generall” and “History of Successions” have separate titles dated 1653, pagination are continous. “A Synopsis of Councels” is dated 1654, pagination is separate and may also have been issued separately (Wing P3436A), it is a translation of “Consiliorym Synopsis” (Wing P3421).   Wing P3442. Madan III:2261 and 2280. ESTC: R31925.          

History. Politics. World history. Ancient history. England. Saxons. Egypt. Greeks. Romans. Monarchy. Occult. Pagans.          DP20207   $275.00

Redgrave, Gilbert R.

Erhard Ratdolt and His Work at Venice A Paper Read Before the Bibliographical Society, November 20, 1893. London: Bibliographical Society, 1894. First edition. 4to. 50p. and 10 plates. Contemporary marbled, paper woven boards, edges with minor rubbing, title to paper at head of spine. Original paper wraps bound-in. Many text leaves still uncut, plates are. A fine copy. Beautiful fine press plates.      Fine press. Printing. Books on books. Engravings. Art.          DP20199   $175.00

Richaudeau, [Pierre-Francois].

Nouveau Traite Des Saints Mysteres Conforme Aux Regles De La Liturgie Romaine. Paris: Jacques Lecoffre, 1853. First Edition. Very rare. 8vo. x, [1], 480p. Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, hinges started but strong, gilt title and floral decoration. Title page with library notes, stamps of Biblioteca Bianchi Roma, few leaves with minor foxing, else a fine copy of a very rare book. First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on the Holy Mysteries related to the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass. We are unable to locate any sales or auction records of this extremely rare title. In fact, the last record of sale for this author was in 1959. Richaudeau, Pierre Francois (b.1806), author of several religious texts including Vie de la reverende mere Marie de l’Incarnation, ursuline Marie Guyard (1873) and La Prophetie de Blois (1870).  Catholic Church. Liturgy. Mass. Lord’s Supper. Religion. Bible. DP20158   $350.00