Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

Wilkins, John.

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, [4], 356, [2], 33, [1]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.

Wilson, Henry.

Navigation New Modelld: Or, A Treatise of Geometrical Trigonometrical Arithmetical Instrumental And Practical Navigation. How to keep a Reckoning, both in Latitude and Longitude, without Tables or Instruments, by a New Method never yet published... Together with All Necessary Tables and the Projection of the Sphere Orthographic and Stereographic, Also Current Sailing... London: Printed for T. Page and W. Mount, 1723. Second edition with the Addition of Spherical Trigonometry, and astronomy. Rare. 8vo. xvi, 256, 253, [3]p. Modern antique calf, gilt lines to spine, black title label with gilt, new endpapers. Lacks blanks. Some minor soiling and staining, several leaves with minor corner dog-ears, few leaves with very minor repairs at top outer edge. Plate four with minor hole at extra fold, no affect at all to illustration,  plate six minoe wear at edge, plate seven with old owensr signature at inner fold, no affect at all to illustration. Scarce second edition with only two copies listed in ESTC and OCLC. Apparently lacking two plates.​ With 8 (of 10) folding plates. According to another copy we located sold previously at auction, there are 10 plates in this edition. Our copy has 8 plates listed 1-8, and than followed by the tables at the end. it would appear if plates are at a loss, they would be plates 9 & 10. We are unable to locate the identity of what those plates are, and our copy seems to flow correctly without them.​ Henry Wilson (1673-1741), English cartographer, author, mathematician and astronomer. Wilson authored several works on surveying and mathematics, this particular book went through four edition during his lifetime. ESTC lists only 2 copies, one in Brit. Isles and one in North America. OCLC lists the same two copies,as well.​          ESTC: T155104.​

Maritime. Navigation. Sailing.Naval. Science. Astronomy. Mathematics. Trigonometry. Geometry. Tools. Instruments. Engravings. Solar observation. Lunar observation. Sea ships. Travel. Exploration.Cartography.       DP20433   $375.00

Waite, Arthur Edward, editor and introduction.       [Shakespeare, Spenser, Moore, Hogg, Chaucer, Coleridge, et al].

Songs and Poems of Fairyland: An Anthology of English Fairy Poetry. London: Walter Scott, 1888. First edition. Rare. 8vo. Hardcover. 420p.

Modern antique calf over marbled boards, black title label in gilt to spine, new endpapers. ld ink stamp to half-title ‘Live the Life - Love the Law’, and at last blank  ‘Love and be Silent’. Title page in red & black ink. Few pages with very minor clean tears at very outer edge of margin, p61-62, p63-64 with minor trim at outer margin - see pictures - else the book is near fine and very clean. A scarce copy. A. E. Waite (1857-1942), American author best known for his multiple works on the occult, has put together here, for the first time, a wonderful anthology of English fairy poetry from some of the greatest authors in history such as Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Thomas Moore, James Hogg, Chaucer, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.                       Fairies. Fairyland. Poetry. Poems. Fantasy. Mysticism. Occult. Supernatural. Shakespeare. Coleridge. Spencer. Juvenile. Childrens.          DP20432   $300.00

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.  [14],490,[10]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.

DP20173   $1250.00



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, [2]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

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. [4], 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

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. [38], 186, [6]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