Dark Parks Books & Collectibles
Volney, M. [Constantin Francois Chasseboeuf].
The Ruins: Or A Survey Of The Revolutions Of Empires... Translated From The French... Third Edition. London: J. Johnson, 1796. Third edition. Later calf, blind ruled, decorative gilt design to spine, title in gilt on red label, covers with rubbing, corners worn. Bookplate to inside front board: Herbertus Roberston. Pencil notes to first blank and title, some foxing mostly to outer margins, first folding plate linen-backed, outer edge rough, no affect. Overall, a very good copy of an important book. Frontispiece and two folding plates. “Constantin-Francois de Chasseboeuf, count de Volney (1757-1820), historian and philosopher, whose work Les Ruines... edpitomized the rationalist historical and political thought of the 18th century.... In 1791 his most influential work appeared, Les Ruins, ou meditations sur les revolutions des empires (The Ruins: or a Survey of the Revolutions of Empires). Seeking the origins of civil society and the causes for its dissolution, he saw revolution as a result of the abadoning of the principles of natural law and religion, equality, and liberty... While visiting Paris in 1793 he was, as a Girondist, imprisoned during the Reign of Terror. After his release he served as professor of history at the Ecole Normale at Paris, and he also visited the United States from 1795 to 1798. Although he was a senator under Napolean and was created comte d’empire (1808), he opposed the empire. Louis XVIII created him a peer in 1814”. [-Britannica]. DP20292 $200.00
Of the Principles and Duties of Natural Religion: Two Books... To which is added, A Sermon preached at his Funeral, by William Lloyd, D.D. then Dean of Bangor, afterwards Lord Bishop of Worcester. The Eighth Edition. London: R. Bonwicke, W. Freeman, J. Walthoe, et al, 1722. xii, , 356, , 33, p. Contemporary calf, blind decorative boards, title gilt on label to spine, some rubbing to edges, minor wear at corners, top front board hinge with minor cracking, repaired. Contemporary note to first blank “Griffin St. Edmund Hall Oxon” [St Edmund Hall, Oxford]. Very minor tear/scuff to lower margin of title page, no affect, T7 with tiny hole at top corner, no affect, overall book is clean and crisp. A nice copy overall. Freely tipped in at end of book is three leaves, contemporary, titled The Life of the Author and Account of His Writings, from another book. It is on Wilkins. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Wilkins by R. White. John Wilkins (1614-72), bishop of Chester, was a clergyman and scholar given to the study of mathematics, astronomy, and natural philosophy. During his stay as a chaplain in London, he was an ardent promoter of weekly meetings (as early as 1645) with other intellectuals for discussing progress in the new or experimental philosophy and all branches of learning: this was the seed of what was later to become the Royal Society, and in 1661 such was officially incorporated with Wilkins serving as the first secretary. In matters of religion, Wilkins was known for his tolerance of dissenters, and it is notable that in the present work Wilkins exhibits thoughts which anticipate the argument of Butler's Analogy. The author of the preface to this work, Tillotson, was the husbande of Wilkins' step-daughter, Elizabeth French. William Lloyd (1627-1717), successively bishop of St. Asaph, Lichfield and Coventry, and of Worcester, was a staunch anti-papist with tendencies towards puritanism. He was a highly respected scholar and interpreter of the Bible, although in his later years he appears to have become delusional, believing himself a prophet: in 1712 he approached the queen and tried to convince her that there would be a war of religion in four years time, that the king of France would be a protestant and fight on England's side, and that the papacy would be destroyed. Nevertheless, this audience happened well after Bishop Wilkins' death, and Wilkins himself believed Lloyd to have read the most books with the best judgment and to have produced the most copious abstracts out of them of any in his day. ESTC: T115806. [Locates only 5 copies in N. America and 7 in Brit.Isles]. DP20283 $250.00 Religion. Philosophy.
William, Alexander, Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.
The Creed of Japhet, That Is Of The Race Popularly Surnamed Indo-Germanic Or Aryan, As Held Before The Period Of Its Dispersion; Ascertained By The Aid Of Comparative Mythology And Language. [London:] Printed for private circulation [William Clowes and sons], 1891. First edition. 150 copies printed, this copy numbered 135. xlvii, 829p. Publishers brown cloth, blind borders to covers, gilt title to spine, very minor rubbing to edges and spine ends, slight bump to corners and spine caps, old owners presentation signature in contemporary ink at top of title page “J Vaughan Williams, from A.F.V.W.” (possible family members of author?). Small clean tear at outer margin of p765-6 (one page) due to p765-768 (two pages) being uncut, else the text is clean and crisp, overall about near fine. A very nice copy of a rare book. Quaritch Catalog 199 (June, 1900): XIX English Books on Witchcraft, Occult, Knowledge and Mythology: 6042. DP20272 $175.00
Winter von Adlersflugel, Georg Simon. Michael Schuster, trans.
Hippiater Expertus, Seu Medicina Equorum Absolutissima, Tribus Libris comprehensa: Quorum I. Agit de Equorum Temperamentis...II. De Affectibus internis Thoracia & Abdominis...III. De omnis generis Unguentis...[German Title: Ross-Artzt, Oder Vollstandige Ross-Artznen Kunst...] Nuremberg: Moritz Endter & Johann Andreae Endters' Heirs, 1698. First Bi-lingual (German & Latin) Edition. )(-)()(4,A-3P4,3Q6. ,490,p. Recently rebacked, floral gilt decorated spine with gilt rules and title to red leather label. Some foxing, light dampstains (at end of book), some browning, still overall a nice copy. Engraved extra-title by Cornelius Nicolas Schurtz, 44 text plates, lacks added plate of instruments. "Georg Simon Winter von Adlersflügel, [1634-] German écuyer, director of the stud farms and veterinarian, managed, among others, the Württemberg stud farms of Güterstein, Offenhausen, and the main stud farm at Marbach in Suabia. These farms had been deprived of their horses by the Bavarians in 1635. Marbach was reinstated after the Westphalian peace treaty (1648) and experienced new prosperity until 1703, when all the horses were removed by Villars. The final reinstatement, however followed in 1707. Winter von Adlersflügel left a certain number of treatises on raising horses, equestrian art and veterinary medicine...One is surprised to find, however, that this veterinarian of the 17th century, practicing his art in the heart of Europe, still believed in the influence of the stars on the result of the breeding of mares, to the point of determining not merely the days, but the exact hours for
breeding mares of different colors."[-André Monteilhet.] OCLC only finds one copy in the US.
VD17 3:003617N. Lipperheide 2914. Mennessier II,651. Nissen Z 4427. Huth 25. Horses. Veterinary Medicine. Natural History. Illustrated.
Theatre De Voltaire. [Rare Plate Books]. Paris: Chez Antoine-Augustin Renouard, [c1809].Rare. 8vo. 2 vols. No collation. No pagination. 75 engraved plates by various artists and engravers (mainly Marlinet and Moreau), 45 in vol.I and 30 in vol.II, all but one (portrait bust of Voltaire) depicting scenes from Voltaire's dramatic works. 1/2 old calf, brown pasteboard boards, gilt ruling, corners a bit worn, hinges starting to split. Spines worn, with gilt stamp decoration but title missing. Some foxing spots to outer margins of plates, dampstain to lower corner of plate “74”. Engraved plates only. Apparently part of an 1809 series published by Renouard, with the publication date and volume title carefully erased from the t.p. to volume one, volume two has no title or date printed. We can not find any reference to these plates in other copies listed as the Renouard edition, but the print of the titles look identical. We consider these to be unique and rare. The Graesse citation does include these plates, nor do any other sets we have found listed elsewhere. Graesse VI, 393. Art. Illustrated. Voltaire. Classics. DP20163 $150.00
Vincent of Lerins and Augustine of Hippo.
Peregrini , Id Est, Ut Vulgo Perhibetur, Vincentii Lirinensis, Adversus Prophanas Hæreses, Commonitoria duo. Editio repurgata, cæteris purior & emendatior. Hùic adijcitur Augustini liber de Hæresibus. Oxford: William T[urner] for William Web, 1631. 12mo. [π4 of 6], A-L12, M6. [8 of 12], 274, p. Full modern pebble grained calf, blind tooled ruling. Banded spine, black morocco label with title in gilt lettering. First few leaves with minor contemporary underlining. Falconer Madan's copy with his stamp on π2. Vincent (d. ca. 450), a semi-Pelagian monk on the island of Lérins, was opposed to the position of Augustine of Hippo. In order to provide a guide for the determination of the true Catholic faith, he wrote the present work, which despite an emphasis on tradition asserts the final ground of Christian truth as Scripture; the authority of the Church was only to serve as a guarantee to the Scriptures' correct interpretation. Furthermore, what development did occur in doctrinal matters was to come only through a more thoroughly explicated reading of the Scriptures. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), doctor of the western Church and one of the most frequently read and esteemed ecclesiastical authors of late antiquity, established the position that humankind lost free will in Paradise when Adam and Eve chose to be separated from God, and so, by this act of defiance, necessitated grace as a requirement for salvation. His position on Predestination, although unique and never quite fully accepted by the Roman church, predated that of Jean Calvin by more than a millennium. STC 24749. ESTC:S119136. Madan I, 159.
Religion. Theology. Philosophy. Occult. Heresy. DP20106 $350.00
Wilkins, John, Bishop of Chester & William Lloyd.
Of the Principles and Duties of Natural Religion: Two Books. By the Right Reverend Father in God, Dr. John Wilkins, Late Lord Bishop of Chester. To which is added, A Sermon preached at his Funeral, by William Lloyd, D.D. then Dean of Bangor, afterwards Lord Bishop of Worcester. London: for J. Walthoe, J. Knapton, R. Knaplock, et al., 1734. 8vo. A2-8, B-2B8, 2C4. , x, 356, , 33, pp. Full calf, rebacked, original boards with blind tooled ruling and paneling. Banded spine with title in gilt lettering. Few pencil notes. Minor clean tear at top of M1, no affect, otherwise a very nice copy. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Wilkins by R. White. John Wilkins (1614-72), bishop of Chester, was a clergyman and scholar given to the study of mathematics, astronomy, and natural philosophy. During his stay as a chaplain in London, he was an ardent promoter of weekly meetings (as early as 1645) with other intellectuals for discussing progress in the new or experimental philosophy and all branches of learning: this was the seed of what was later to become the Royal Society, and in 1661 such was officially incorporated with Wilkins serving as the first secretary. In matters of religion, Wilkins was known for his tolerance of dissenters, and it is notable that in the present work Wilkins exhibits thoughts which anticipate the argument of Butler's Analogy. The author of the preface to this work, Tillotson, was the husbande of Wilkins' step-daughter, Elizabeth French. William Lloyd (1627-1717), successively bishop of St. Asaph, Lichfield and Coventry, and of Worcester, was a staunch anti-papist with tendencies towards puritanism. He was a highly respected scholar and interpreter of the Bible, although in his later years he appears to have become delusional, believing himself a prophet: in 1712 he approached the queen and tried to convince her that there would be a war of religion in four years time, that the king of France would be a protestant and fight on England's side, and that the papacy would be destroyed. Nevertheless, this audience happened well after Bishop Wilkins' death, and Wilkins himself believed Lloyd to have read the most books with the best judment and to have produced the most copious abstracts out of them of any in his day. ESTC: N10539. Lowndes 2922. Religion. Philosophy.
DP 20084 $225.00
Vinther, Philipp Jakob. [aka Philippus Jacobus].
Dissertatio Medica Inauguralis [Greek: Peri Ton Aprakton Morion]... Strassburg: Johannes Welper, 1678. First Edition. Rare. 4to. ):(4,A-G4. , 56p.19th c. sheep-backed patterned paper boards, marbled endpapers, bookplate of Norman Shaftel (laid-in). First free-endpapers browned and chipped at edges. Minor stain to second & third leaves. Vinther is only known by this dissertation for his degree in medicine at Strassburg. It has a prefatory poem to Vinther by Johann Christian Keck. A wide-ranging dissertation on impotence, its causes (including witchcraft) and cures, with extensive references to medical-legal literature. VD 17 7:688046C. Krivatsy/NLM 12434. BL German 17th V404.
Medicine. Occult. Witchcraft. Law. Impotence. Sex. DP20077 $350.00
Whitney, Geffrey. Henry Green, ed.
Whitney's Choice of Emblems. A Fac-simile Reprint. With An Introductory Dissertation, Essays Iterary and Bibliographical, and Explanatory Notes. London: Lovell Reeve & Co.,1866. 4to. lxxxviii, (18), 414, (63 plates), 415-440p. Publisher’s illustrated gilt cloth, spine slightly faded, upper hinge of back board starting. Bookplate “Exeter - City Library” to inside of front board. Scarce copy. Profusely illustrated and with 63 plates. Reproduction of original (1586)...Imprinted at Leyden, In the house of Christopher Plantyn, by Francis Raphelengius. M.D. LXXXVI. The facsimile (photo lithographed) is in two parts. Most of the emblems are from earlier works published by Plantin, more than half being identical with those in the works of Alciati, Paradin, and Sambucus. Occult. Emblems. Illustrated. DP20064 $150.00
Logick: Or, The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry after Truth. With A Variety of Rules to guard against Error, in the Affiars of Religion and human Life, as well as in the Sciences. London: [N.P.], 1754. 8vo. a4, A-3L4. , 454p. Full contemporary calf. Banded spine with gilt decoration, red title label, some rubbing. Red speckled edges. Few leaves with light dampstains at lower margin, some light foxing. Initials on t.p., name on front free endpaper. Bookplate of C. Tage Jespersen on front pastedown. Isaac Watts (1674- 1748) popular hymn writer, theologian and logician. As a Nonconformist, Watts could not attend Oxford or Cambridge, instead he went to Dissenting Academy at Stoke Newington. Watts wrote this text book on logic which was very popular, in 1724. It was printed in over twenty editions. ESTC lists only one copy. ESTC T205635
Logic. Philosophy. Reason. DP20013 $150.00
Wagenseil, Johann Christoph.
Der Adriatische Low: das ist Kurtze Unzeigung Von des Durchleuchtigen Venetianischen Adels gesammter Geschlechte Ursprung Aufnahm Wie auch Deren angebornen Stamm-Wappen: : Aus Der Roem. Kays. Majestät Und Eines Löbl. Magistrats der Stadt Leipzig Bibliothecken, alten Jtalianischen Manuscriptis, wie auch einigen neuen Hülffs-Mitteln, entnommen. Altdorf: Jobst Wilhelm Kohles, 1704. First edition. 8vo. A-O8, P4. , 186, p. 1/2 vellum over marbled boards, small tear in spine. Inner hinge started. Unusual bookplate on last paste-down with capital letters falling over each other. Head-piece vignettes, tail-pieces, 16 plates of coats-of-arms. Johann Christoph Wagenseil (1633-1706), scholar and professor of history and later eastern languages at Altdorf, travelled widely as a tutor to the children of the count de Traun and during these excursions earned the esteem of the princes of Germany, the emperor, and Louis XIV of France. OCLC locates only one copy (Harvard). Graesse W493.
Heraldry. Art. Illustrated. Venice. Italy. Genealogy. DP20006 $400.00