Presentations and Provenances Pre-1800
1. CAVE, WILLIAM. Apostolic:, or, The history of the lives, acts, death, and martyrdoms of those who were contemporary with, or immediately succeeded the apostles as also the most eminent of the primitive fathers for the first three hundred years : to which is added, a chronology of the three first ages of the church. London: printed by A.C. for Richard Chiswel at the Rose and Crown in S. Paul's Church-yard, 1677. $2,500
First edition, folio, pp. , xxxii, 335; copper-engraved pictorial title and 23 copper-engraved plates of the martyrs by M. Burghers, printed title in red and black, woodcut initials throughout, the whole in a contemporary red morocco binding by the "Small Carnation Binder," boards with double gilt fillets, central gilt roll panel with fleurons at the corners, spine with raised bands and richly gilt in the compartments, gilt lettering direct, gilt dentelles, a.e.g.
2. CRAIG, THOMAS, SIR. The right succession to the kingdom of England, in two books; against the sophisms of Parsons the Jesuite, who assum'd the counterfeit name of Doleman; by which he endeavours to overthrow not only the rights of succession in kingdoms, but also the sacred authority of kings themselves. Written originally in Latin above 100 years since … and now faithfully translated into English, with a large index … and a preface, giving an account of the author. London: printed by M. Bennet, for Dan. Brown [et al.], 1703. $1,500
First edition in English, folio, pp. , 431, , ; full contemporary paneled calf, red morocco label; slight crack at the bottom of the lower joint, else a very good, sound copy.
3. MORRIS, CORBYN. An essay towards fixing the true standards of wit, humour, raillery, satire, and ridicule. To which is added, an analysis of the characters of an humourist, Sir John Falstaff, Sir Roger de Coverly, and Don Quixote : inscribed to the Right Honorable Robert Earl of Orford. London: printed for J. Roberts and W. Bickerton, 1744. $6,500
First edition, 8vo, p. xxxiv, , xxxii, 75; presentation copy, inscribed on the flyleaf "To the Marchioness of Rockingham, presented by ye author."
4. NANI MIRABELLI, DOMINICUS. Polyanthea, hoc est, opvs svavissimis floribvs celebriorvm sententiarvm tam Graecarvm qvam Latinarvm exornatvm, qvos ex innvmeris fere cvm sacris, tum prophanis authoribus, iisque vetustioribus & recentioribus, summa fide collegere ... Dominicus Nanus Mirabellius, Bartholomaeus Amantius, & Franciscus Tortius. Quibus accessere recenti hac editione CCXXXI. additiones, suis quibusque locis & titulis collocatae... Lugduni [i.e. Lyons]: H.E. Vignon, 1600. $3,750
Folio, pp. , 851; woodcut device on title-p., title printed in red and black, a few woodcut initials and ornaments; slight inkstain enters the first few leaves in the fore-margin, title a little soiled, the whole lightly toned and/or foxed, old library rubberstamps in the margin of the title and on the last leaf of text; bound in ca. 1720 full tan goatskin, edges rubbed and worn, a few small cracks starting, but a good, sound copy of a most handsome French prize binding, with gilt arms central, surrounded by a semé of fleurs-de-lys, spine gilt in compartments with a smaller semé of fleurs-de-lys; both covers with the gilt arms, probably that of the Baron du Mesnil-Garnier, presumably the patron of the Musarum Cadomensium in Regio Collegio Societatis Jesu Agonothetae, with a tipped in presentation leaf in front of the title, with spaces for the name and date left blank.
5. SOMERVILLE, WILLIAM. The chase. A poem. London: printed by W. Bulmer & Co., 1796. $2,500
First Bulmer edition, and first edition with the Bewick wood engravings; royal 4to, pp. xv, , vii, , 126; vignette wood engraving on title-p., 12 wood-engraved head- and tail-pieces; slightly later half brown morocco over marbled boards, neatly rebacked; a nice copy.
6. [SPRAT, THOMAS, BISHOP OF ROCHESTER.]. A true account and declaration of the horrid conspiracy against the late King His Present Majesty and the government. As it was order'd to be published by His late Majesty. [London] In the Savoy: printed by Thomas Newcomb, one of His Majesties printers, 1685. $4,250
First edition, folio, 2 volumes in 1, pp. , 167; , 141; woodcut ornaments; full contemporary calf, neatly rebacked.
Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "R. Duke Donum Rev:nds Authoris Thomae Roffinus" (i.e. "R. Duke, a gift of the Reverend Author, Thomas, Bishop of Rochester).
R. Duke is almost certainly Richard Duke (1658-1711), the English poet and divine (see DNB). No presentation copy of Sprat's has appeared at auction in more than 50 years.
Second title reads: Copies of the Informations and Original Papers relating to the proof of the Horrid Conspiracy against the late King, His present Majesty and the Government, 1685.
Sprat (1635-1713) was a friend of Dryden, Evelyn, Cowley, Christopher Wren, and John Wilkins, and was in the midst of those who were to found the Royal Society, of which he was the first historian.
"On 21 Sept. 1683 he was installed in the deanery of Westminster, and he was consecrated at Lambeth as bishop of Rochester on 2 Nov. 1684, holding both preferments until his death ... He marked his gratitude for his new preferments by bringing out at the close of May 1685 A True Account and Declaration of the Horrid Conspiracy against the late King, his present Majesty and the Government, which, though anonymous, was known to be the composition of Sprat. It purported to be an account of the Rye House plot, and he drew it up after much hesitation, as he subsequently pleaded, at the command of Charles II, who granted ‘free liberty to consult the Paper-office and council-books.’ A second edition appeared in the same year, a third in 1686, and a fourth in 1696" (DNB).
Wing S-5065A and S-5029A respectively.
7. WATTS, ISAAC. Prayers composed for the use and imitation of children, suited to their different ages and their various occasions: together with instructions to youth in the duty of prayer, drawn up by way of question and answer: and a serious address to them on that subject. London: printed for John Clark and Richard Hett ... Emanuel Matthews ... Richard Ford, 1728. $12,500.00
First edition, 12mo, pp. xxiii, , 103, ; contemporary full calf, double gilt rules on covers, gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments, red morocco label in 1; rebacked with original spine neatly laid down; very good copy.
[JAPANESE CULINARY MANUSCRIPT SCROLL]. A pair of 16th-century illustrated scrolls: Ryori hiden syo. [The illustrated cook book of the secrets.]. [Chiba?]: June 1, 1576. $37,500
Two paired scrolls on native hand-made paper (mulberry?), the first approximately 11 feet, 5 inches by five inches; and the second, sixteen feet, eight inches by five inches – in all, over 28 feet, a number of paper repairs (none particularly significant but sometimes affecting the illustrations), fore-edge of the first scroll with tears and minor paper loss, the second with last 3 panels defective, affecting both illustration, and text; in fact, I'm not completely convinced that there may not be something missing, even though I've been told to the contrary; also, with many small worm tracks, most of them filled, and occasionally affecting the illustrations.
The first scroll begins with 8 lines of text, in ink, followed by 9 gouache illustrations including a crab, a lobster, and assorted wildfowl: chicken, thrush, duck, lark, pheasant, quail, etc., each laid out on a platter or plate, and each with a caption in ink. The second scroll begins with 136 lines of text (taking up 6 feet, 8 inches), and with 19 gouache illustrations, each with a caption in ink, mostly dealing with the aesthetic of the presentation on the plate or platter. Pictured are servings of seaweed, tofu, sashimi, and various soups, together with cups, saucers, table settings, etc.
At the end of the second scroll is written: "Taira Motohaya taught this to Yasunaga Owarinokami Anin and Tsurata Inbanokami Gensyo."