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

Plato.   Baiterus, Orellius, Winckelmannius, eds.

Platonis Opera Quae Feruntur Omnia... [G.R.S. Mead Personal Copy]. Turici [Zurich]: Impensis Meyeri & Zelleri, 1839. First edition. 4to. VII, 1073, [3]p. Later brown buckram binding, red label with title in gilt to spine, minor bump to corners, else binding is excellent with newer endpapers. First blank with gift inscription in ink “G.R.S. Mead from W.B.L. and E.L. - July 19, 1901”.Half title and title with some heavier foxing, rest of the content with light scattered foxing, else clean with large margins. Satin book mark/ribbon bound in. Preface in Latin, rest of text is in Greek. Includes Dubners edition of Timaeus lexicon, p969-1010 and large index at end. G.R.S. [George Robert Stow] Mead, well known English historian, writer, translator and influential member of the Theosophical Society, also founder of the Quest Society. His works were occult and esoteric in nature and dealt with Hermetic and Gnostic religions and antiquities. Mead was good friend and priavte secretary to H.P. Blavatsky. Notable persons influenced by Mead include Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats and Hermann Hesse. “Mead was the first modern scholar of Gnostic tradition. A century later, the corpus of his work remains unequaled in breadth and insight”. [-The Gnostic Society Library].- Would be interesting to research further the presenter of this book to Mead. With some patience the initials in the inscription should lead one close if not to positivity.      lato. Classics. Greek. Timaeus. GRS Mead. Theosophy. Philosophy. Occult. Ancient Greek. Greek philosophy. Greek philosophers. Theosophical Society. Quest Society. HP Blavatsky.     20428   $500.00

[Petrus Bonus of Ferrar].     Arthur Edward Waite, preface and trans.

The New Pearl of Great Price. A Treatise Concerning the Treasure and Most Precious Stone of the Philosophers. Or the Method and Procedure of this Divine Art; With Observations  Drawn From the Works of Arnoldus, Raymondus, Rhasis, Albertus, and Michael Scotus. First Published by Janus Lacinus, the Calabrian, with a Copius Index. London: James Elliott and Co., 1894. First edition. Very rare. xi, 441, [3]p. Contemporary calf, gilt rules to covers, decorative gilt at edges of endpapers,, floral and gilt title to spine, all edges gilt, some minor edge wear and rubbing, overall still excellent. First endpaper on inside front board with small book plate remnants, no affect, else book is near fine, a beautiful copy. Few small satin ribbons, bound in. Fully illustrated throughout with text cuts. Ad leaf present at back, which promotes A.E. Waites Hermetic Museum. At time of description we locate no copies for sale and find the last auction record for solo sale was in 1921, Walpole Galleries via Rare Books Hub. First edition. First English translation, from the Aldine edition published in venice, 1546. Very rare. “Another Latin text that was to be frequently reprinted in the Renaissance was the Preciosa Margarita Novella of Petrus Bonus of Ferrara (c1330). This work reflects the influence of Scholasticism in its tripartite structure: arguments in favor of transmutation follow the initial reputations, and these in turn are followed by positive answers to the objections. Peter asserted that alchemy differed from the other sciences in its method of demonstration: ‘...nothing short of seeing a thing will help you know it. If you wish to know that pepper is hot and that vinegar is cooling, that colocynth and absinthe are bitter, that honey is sweet, and that aconite is poison; that the magnets attracts steel, that arsenic whitens brass, and that tutia turns it of an orange color, you will, in every one of those cases, have to verify the assertion by experience’.... he remained convinced that alchemy was “the key of all good things, the Art of Arts, the science of sciences”. [-Allen G. Debus - The Chemical Philosophy, 1977]. “It was first printed at the Aldine Press in Venice in 1546, edited by Lacinius. Waite edited the translation and provided the brief preface” [-Gilbert, Waite Bibliography B12].      Gilbert (Waite Biblio) B12. Pritchard Alchemy: 51. C.G. Jung Vol.12 Psychology & Alchemy: p495.        DP20313   $1000.00

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

Rydberg, Viktor.    Rasmus B. Anderson, trans.

Teutonic Mythology. London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1891. Second edition. Rare. xii, 706p. Publishers maroon cloth over reptile patterened leatherette, some minor rubbing to edges, spine caps bumped/rubbed, gilt title to spine, top edges gilt. Tiny bookseller label at bottom of first free endpaper. Couple of leaves with very small dog-ear to top corner, flattened, no affect, overall about near fine. At time of description we locate no other copies of this edition for sale. And we find no auction records of this edition via Rare Book Hub, and the 1889 edition not auctioned since 1924. Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895), Swedish author and poet of the Romantic school, greatly influenced Swedish cultural. Later in life focused research and works on mythology. Rydberg was an idealist, faithful to the Romatic tradition in portey and thought but liberal in his political and sociel views, possessed wide range of interests in aesthetics, religion, philosophy and psychology. [See Britannica].    Mythology. Germanic Mythology. Teutonic. Occult. Folklore. Mysticism. Aryans. Ancient religion. Norse mythology. Germany. Sweden. Ancient mythology.    DP20402   $350.00

Paracelsus.   A.E. Waite, editor.

Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohhenheim, Called Paracelsus the Great... London: James Elliott and Co., 1894. First Waite English edition. Two volumes. xvi, 394, 396, [4]p. Publishers original maroon cloth, gilt decoration to covers, gilt title to spines. Two volumes, top edges gilt. Some wear to edges and corners, spine ends worn (see pics), inside hinges have started to crack, still holding strong. Volume two with some light staining to boards. Firt couple of leaves of volume one with a few minor foxing spots, else both volumes content are clean crisp, near fine, with very large margins. An excellent working copy that could use some very minor repair, if one so chose to do so. “Paracelsus was one of the most controversial and dazzling figures on the threshold between the Middle Ages to Modern Times. Trained as a physician and surgeon, he tried to overcome certain medical and philosophical concepts common at his time. He replaced them with a natural philosophy comprising a peculiar mixture of Neoplatonic lore and Christian thought based on the Biblical word. Deeply influenced by the ideas of medieval alchemy, both theoretical and practical, he believed in the importance of experience in contrast to mere speculative theories. Following alchemical guidelines, he introduced a number of new medicinal preparations which would become influential for centuries. His attempt to explain bodily processes as alchemical operations smoothed the way for a new insight into the physiological functioning of the human body. Disappointed by the lack of approval by his colleagues, Paracelsus at times resorted to theology, wandering about as a lay-preacher, philosophically interpreting the Bible and writing religious tracts. During his lifetime only a very few of his writings appeared in print, the bulk to be edited after his death, between 1560 and 1600. Surpassed in Early-Modern times only by Martin Luther, Paracelsus as a German language writer produced a multiplicity of treatises, the medical and natural philosophical tracts equalling the theological ones in number." [Urs Leo Gantenbein, The Zurich Paracelsus Project].         Paracelsus. Occult. Hermetics. Hermetica. Alchemy. Esoterica. Golden Dawn. Philosophy. Science. Medicine. Chemistry. Astrology. Astronomy. Mysticism. Cabala.       20427   $750.00

Roger-Miles, L.

Architecture Decoration Ameublement Pendant Le Dix-Huitieme Siecle Regence - Louis XV. Paris: Edouard Rouveyre, [ND circa 1900]. First edition.

58p. followed by200 tissue guarded plates. Publishers decorative gilt design on dark green cloth blocked in black green and copper. Edges with light wear and rubbing few minor light scratches to covers and spine, little affect. Fully illustrated with 200 full page architecture plates. Text in French.     DP28692   $65.00       

Architecture. French. Illustrated. Decoration. Design. Louis XV.

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

[Parker, Matthew, Archbishop of Canterbury].

Die Antiquitate Britannicae Ecclesiae Et nominatim De Priviliegiis Ecclesiae Cantuarensis atque de Archiepiscopise eiusdem LXXX Historia... Hanoviae [Hanover]: 1605. Second edition. Folio. [8], 358p. Contemporary full calf with some wear and few cracks appears to have been rebacked at one point with inner hinges repaired, spine caps worn. Bookplates of Richard banner Esq. and Thomas Anson Esq as well as Library of Society for the Home Study of Holy Scripture and Church History to the inside of front board endpaper. First blank with old signature crossed-out, no affect to content. Title page with embossed blind stamp of library to lower left corner ‘1522’ in ink at top of recto, minor tear at outer margin no affect. Wechel device on t.p. and verso of last leaf, head-piece, decorated initials, armorial cuts.. Some occasional soiling but overall still a very good copy of a scarce book. Lacks last blank. The first edition of 1572 was a small printing followed by our 1605 second edition and then later a London printing of 1729. Parker, Matthew (1504-1575), Archbishop of Canterbury, was one of the earliest Anglo-Saxonists; his work had the political purpose of attempting to bolster the Church of Englands split from Rome by usign Anglo-Saxon ecclesiastical texts as evidence that the English Church was the most authentic form of Christianity, especially with regard to episcopal authority and transubstaniation. This work was first printed in 1572 and may be the first privately printed book in England” [-University of Notre Dame Rare Books Library].
"In 1572 the 'De Antiquitate Ecclesiæ  et Privilegiis Ecclesiæ  Cantuariensis cum Archiepiscopis ejusdem 70' was printed by John Day at Lambeth in a folio volume, and said to be the first privately printed book in England. On 9 May in the following year Parker sent a copy to Burghley, and in his letter describes his object in the compilation of the volume to be 'to note at what time Augustine, my first predecessor, came into this land, what religion he brought in with him, and how it was continued, fortified, and increased' (Corresp. p. 425). The contents of the book in its complete form include six distinct treatises: 1. 'De Vetustate Britannic  Ecclesi  Testimonia' (45 pp.) 2. 'De Archiepiscopis Ecclesi  Cantuariensis septuaginta' (424 pp.), a series of lives of the archbishops, from Augustine to Cardinal Pole, the life of 'Matthæus' (i.e. Parker, the seventieth archbishop), being temporarily kept back; this was, however, compiled by Josselin, and, as is shown by the language employed (see p. 23), was written during Parker's (1504-75) lifetime. Strype, indeed, is of opinion that the manuscript was 'corrected, augmented, and perfected' by the archbishop himself, although it may fairly be supposed that Josselin alone was responsible for the eulogy." [-DNB].
Bookplate: Thomas Anson was a noted patron of the arts and a founding member of the Society of Dilettanti.     DP20460   $400.00

[Rowlandson, Thomas].   Hilaris Benevolus & Co. [pseudo John Britton].

The Pleasures of Human Life... In A Dozen Dissertations on Male, Female, And Neuter Pleasures... London: Longman, Hurst and Orme, 1807. First edition, first state. Scarce. Hardcover. 8vo. Modern antique calf fine binding, gilt rules with floral corners to each board, gilt rules to spine, red labels with floral design, title in gilt, new endpapers. Blank at front with old pencil notes stating scarcity of first state copy. Tiny clean tear at very outer margin of engraved title, no affect. Bottom of leaves untrimmed, vary, a few very minor foxing spots but overall a near fine copy, a beautiful copy of a scarce Rowlandson work. With stipple-engraved frontispiece, vignette title and 5 etched plates, all hand colored. First edition, first state. Scarce. Rare first printing as the second edition is most commonly found in research and availability. At time of description, we locate only one other first edition copy for sale in the world. Attributed to the English antiquary, author and editor John Britton, writing here under the pseudonym Hilarus Benevolus. The Pleasures of Life was written in response to the craze for ‘Miseries of Human Life’... prints and stories that were first published in a book by Revd James Beresford. Britton had his satirical take on everyday discomfitures and inconvenience of life illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson with a frontispiece and title page etched by William Bond. [see Fine Arts Museum SF]. “Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), English painter and caricaturist who illustrated the life of 18th-century England and created comic images of familiar social types of his day... His characters ranged from the ridiculously pretentious to the merely pathetic...The works of Rowlandsons prime are outstanding in the vitality of their outline and the gusto of their comment on human weaknesses...” [-Britannica].         Grego: Rowlandson Vol. II:83. Grolier Club 1916 Catalog of Rowlandson: 13.      DP20435   $450.00

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

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

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