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[ASTELL, Mary].  A Fair Way with the Dissenters and their Patrons. Not Writ by Mr. L-----y, or any other Furious Jacobite, whether Clergyman or Layman; but by a very Moderate Person and Dutiful Subject to the Queen.  London: printed by E.P. for R. Wilkin. 1704. Small quarto: [ii], 24 pp., title-page rather soiled and some browning to margins throughout. Later marbled wrappers.  First edition.

[73537] £450

In a fiercely partisan age, Astell (1666-1731) was not only a convinced Tory but a determined controversialist. Many of her later prose writings were produced in direct response to publications by her political opponents. In A Fair Way With The Dissenters (1704), written in response to Daniel Defoe's satire The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (1702), she calls for the destruction of Protestant Dissent as a political force.


BARNES, William. A Few Words on the Advantages of a More Common Adoption of The Mathematics as a Branch of Education, or Subject of Study.  London: Whittaker and Co. (also Dorchester, Weymouth, Blandford, Wimborne, Poole, Sherborne, Bridport). 1834. Small 8vo: 23 pp. Original printed wrappers, in good condition, contained in later slipcase.  First edition.

[73427]  £330

William Barnes (1801-1886), Dorset poet, philologist, friend of Thomas Hardy and Alfred Tennyson, wrote a number of poems in the Dorset dialect.  This work is dedicated to Major-General [Henry] Shrapnel (1761-1842), "the greatest mathematician to whom the author has had the honor of being introduced", but better known for the exploding shells named after him.


CHAMBERS'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA. Chambers's Encyclopaedia. A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People, with maps and numerous wood engravings. Revised edition.  London/Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers. 1876. Ten volumes (complete). Double-column text, coloured double-page maps, engravings to the text. Contemporary green half calf gilt, a little scuffed but generally good.

[73540]  £160


COBDEN-SANDERSON, T.J.  The Arts and Crafts Movement.  London: Hammersmith Publishing Society [Chiswick Press]. 1905. 39[1] pp; untrimmed. Original boards with vellum backstrip, lettered on spine, a little soiled but otherwise good.  First edition.

[71185] £160


COKER, John.  Some Reflections on the Late Election of a Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Second edition.  Oxford: J. Munday. 1810. 24 pp. Disbound.

[72499] £25


[COPLESTON, Edward].  A Letter to John Coker, of New College, Esq. on his Second Edition of Reflections on the late Election of a Chancellor of the University of Oxford/A Second Letter to John Coker ……....  Oxford: sold by J. Parker. 1810 / An Answer to a Letter, addressed by the Rev. Edward Copleston, to John Coker Esq. upon the Subject of his Reflections, on the late Election of a Chancellor ….  Maidstone: J. Blake. [1810]. 20/22/28 pp. respectively; some browning to the margins. Disbound.  First editions.

[72500]  £120

Copleston (1776-1849), was elected professor of poetry at Oriel College in 1802, provost of Oriel college in 1814, and bishop of Llandaff from 1827; he wrote on education, economics and theology, and was a regular contributor to the 'Quarterly Review' between 1811 and 1822. He admired the work of Dugald Stewart, and introduced the work of the late Scottish Enlightenment to Oxford, and so too to the first Oxford political economists Nassau Senior and Richard Whately.


GRIFFITH, Guy and OAKESHOTT, Michael.  A New Guide to the Derby: How to Pick the Winner.  London: Faber and Faber Ltd. [1947]. 133 pp. Original blue cloth in slightly browned dust jacket.  Rare.

[72897] £250

With various press cuttings concerning the Derby of 1947.  Originally published in 1936 as 'A Guide to the Classics, or How to Pick the Derby Winner'.  Oakeshott's only non-academic work. "Perhaps too it called for some courage to publish in 1936 a book written jointly with a colleague, Guy Griffith, entitled A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick a Derby Winner. Though written with dry urbanity, this was a serious effort to ‘offer a brief and businesslike account of the rational principles upon which we believe a winning selection may be based.’ Fear of raised eyebrows did not deter Oakeshott from agreeing to a second edition of this light-hearted work in 1947."  From the obituary by Nevil Johnson.


HARRIS, James. Philological Inquiries in Three Parts. London: printed for C. Nourse. 1781. Portrait frontispiece (after Bartolozzi) (lightly offset to title-page), [xxx], 236, [iv], [237]-571 [37] pp., with engraved frontispiece of a gymnasium (after James Stuart) to third part, and one other engraved plate of Hercules (after Bartolozzi) opposite p.542. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked. A good copy of the first edition.

[55651] £280

Harris's last book, published posthumously.


[HUBER, Marie].  The World Unmask'd: or, the Philosopher the greatest Cheat; in Twenty-Four Dialogues between Crito a Philosopher, Philo a Lawyer, and Erastus a Merchant. In which True Virtue is distinguished from what usually bears the Name or Resemblance of it: The many Prejudices and Mistakes in Judgment and Practice, in regard to Conscience and Religion, are examined and rectified: And the Value of Truth is shewn; with the Reasons why it is not more generally known. To which is added, The State of Souls separated from their Bodies .... In Answer to a Treatise, entitled, An Enquiry into Origenism. Together with a Large Introduction, evincing the same Truth from the Principles of Natural Religion. Translated from the French. London: printed for A. Millar. 1736. viii, 446 pp. plus publisher's advertisement leaf. Contempoary speckled calf, gilt decorated spine with raised bands and morocco label, partially split at top of front joint. First edition in English.

[54702] £250

A translation of 'Le Monde fou préferé au monde sage …' and 'Le Sistème des anciens et des modernes, conciliés .…'   With 'The Sequel of the Fourteen Letters concerning the State of Souls separated from their Bodies. Being an answer to .... An Enquiry into Origenism. By Mr. Professor R-' [Abraham Ruchat], a translation of Marie Huber's 'Suite du Sistème des anciens et des modernes .…'     Marie Huber (1695-1753), a Swiss deist.


(LOCKE) [WHITER, Walter].  A Specimen of a Commentary on Shakespeare. Containing I. Notes on As You Like It. II. An Attempt to explain and illustrate various passages, on a new principle of criticism, derived from Mr. Locke's Doctrine of the Association of Ideas. London: printed for T. Cadell. 1794. [vi], 258 pp., errata leaf. Modern marbled boards, morocco label. First edition.

[52306] £330

"An interesting attempt at applying Locke's account of the association of ideas to the reading of a text. The association of ideas is taken to be `the combination of those ideas, which have no natural alliance or relation to each other, but which have been united by chance.' The author uses this as a way of understanding the creative artist. The power of such an association `over the genius of the poet' consists in `supplying him with words and with ideas, which have been suggested to the mind.' That suggestion works by a `principle of union unperceived by himself (the poet) and independent of the subject to which they are applied.'"Yolton 1794.2.


LOCKE, John.  Some Thoughts concerning Education. The sixth edition enlarged. London: printed for A. and J. Churchill. 1709. [viii], 390[2] pp. Contemporary panelled calf, split on joints.

[56174] £280

Yolton 170. Attig 527.


LOCKE, John. Some Thoughts concerning Education. The twelfth edition. Edinburgh: printed for J. Brown. 1752. 12mo: [vi], 325 [5] pp; some staining to inner margins. Recent half calf, raised bands, gilt lettering.

[52211]  £120

Yolton 181. Attig 539.


(LYTTON) DEVEY, Louisa.  Life of Rosina, Lady Lytton, with numerous extracts from her ms. autobiography and other original documents, published in vindication of her memory. London: Swan Sonnenschein. 1887. Engraved portrait frontispiece, xvi, with facsimile letter, 432 pp; untrimmed. Original cloth, a little faded on spine, otherwise good. First edition.

[56701] £100

Rosina Bulwer Lytton (1802-1882, née Wheeler, daughter of Anna Doyle Wheeler) wrote eleven novels, a collection of essays and her memoir, entitled "A Blighted Life" (1880). She married Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a novelist and prominent politician, in 1827, although they separated in 1836; Edward denounced Rosina as 'mad' and had her confined to a lunatic asylum. Rosina made Louisa Devey her executrix and left to her by will all her papers, including correspondence between her and her husband.


MILL, John Stuart. Inaugural Address delivered to the University of St. Andrews Feb. 1st 1867. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1867. 99[1] pp; some minor spotting to preliminary and final leaves; top edge gilt. Near contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spine with raised bands, contrasting morocco labels, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition.

[55139]  £180

The address given by Mill at his installation as Rector of the University of St. Andrews, in which, limiting his remarks to the cultural aspects of education, he advocates the view that both the classics and the sciences should be taught; extols the virtues to be derived from linguistic pursuits and a first-hand knowledge of the Greek and Roman writers; defends the values to be found in scientific subjects such as mathematics, logic, and psychology; argues for the importance of training in aesthetic subjects; and urges that the university become a place for free speculation rather than of dogmatic indoctrination or of too intense specialisation in any one field. Print run of this edition is believed to be 1,000 copies. MacMinn, Hainds, and McCrimmon, p.98.


MORRIS, William. An Address delivered by William Morris at the Distribution of Prizes to Students of the Birmingham Municipal School of Art on Feb. 21, 1894.  [London: Chiswick Press. 1898]. [ii], 25 pp. Original boards with linen backstrip, lettered to upper cover, a little soiled and rubbed, but overall good.  First edition.

[71186]  £50

With loosely inserted slip explaining that this lecture is printed in the 'Golden' type designed by William Morris for the Kelmscott Press.


MORRIS, William. Architecture and History, and Westminster Abbey.  [London: Printed at the Chiswick Press with the Golden type designed by William Morris for the Kelmscott Press/Longmans & Co. 1900]. [ii], 50 pp. Original boards with linen backstrip, lettered to upper cover, a little soiled and rubbed but generally good.

[71187] £60


OAKELEY, Rev. Frederick.  A Letter to the Lord Bishop of London, on a subject connected with the recent proceedings at Oxford.  London: James Toovey. 1845. 39 pp. Disbound.  First edition.

[72493]  £20

Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880), tractarian, friend of Newman; he was described as 'the introducer of that form of worship which is now called ritualism'.


[OXFORD].  Oxford. Academical Abuses Disclosed by some of the initiated. Mordaci radere vero.  London: B. Steill. 1832. 30 pp; first and final leaf soiled and slightly frayed at edges; sewn, unbound.

[72491]  £40


[OXFORD].  Specimens of the Theological Teaching of certain members of the Corpus Committee at Oxford.  London: B. Fellowes. 1836. 38 pp., first and final leaf rather soiled at edges; sewn, unbound.

[72496]  £30

Extracts from the writings of Newman, Pusey, Sewell.


14 issues of 18th century review journal

[PARKER, Samuel].  Censura Temporum. The Good or Ill Tendencies of Books, Sermons, Pamphlets, &c. Impartially Consider'd, in a Dialogue between Eubulus and Sophronius. Volume II [Volume III].  London: printed for H. Clements. 1709 [1710]. Small quarto: pages 387-544, 579-731, [iv], Table - 12 pp; 96 pp; pages 67 onwards closely trimmed on top edge with occasional loss. Contemporary panelled calf, rubbed, joints tender, with gilt number "2" to spine.

[73468]  £350

A monthly journal which ran from 1708 to 1710, includes censure of the religious ideas of Locke, Norris, Spinoza,  Whiston.  This volumes comprises the issues from January-May, July-December 1709 (lacking issue for June), and also the three issues for 1710.


[RICHARDS, Alfred Bate]. Oxford Unmasked; or, an attempt to describe some of the Abuses in that University; dedicated, without permission, to Sir Robert Peel, Bart., by A Graduate. Fourth edition.  London: Effingham Wilson. 1842. 40 pp; first and last leaf a little browned at edges; sewn, unbound.

[72492]  £40

Alfred Bate Richards (1820-1876), dramatist, journalist and chief promoter of the volunteer movement of 1859, first editor of The Daily Telegraph.  This pamphlet, published anonymously, rapidly went through five editions.


SHAKESPEARE. The Windsor Shakespeare, edited by Henry N. Hudson, illustrated from the paintings of great artists.  London: Blackwood, Le Bas and Co.  No date, circa 1900-1910. Twenty volumes (complete); black and white plates; all edges gilt. Original red quarter morocco gilt, a little sunned on spines, a few volumes chipped at head or base of spines.

[73539]  £120


TAYLOR, Charles Bell.  The Contagious Diseases Acts (Women) from a Sanitary Point of View: showing how and why such despotic measures not only fail to repress venereal disease, but tend to increase its most serious manifestations. Containing the substance of a paper read before the Medical Society of London .... Part II. London: Tweedie. 1870. 71 pp; library stamp to lower margin of title-page and final leaf. Unbound.

[56655] £34

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