PRESTON, WILLIAM. OLIVER, GEORGE, edited by. ILLUSTRATIONS OF MASONRY.
By the late William Preston, Past Master of the Lodge of Antiquity. With Additions, Explanatory Notes, and the Historical Portion continued from 1820 to the Present Time by the Rev. George Oliver, D.D. The Seventeenth Edition. R. Spencer, 26, Great Queen Street, opposite Freemasons’ Hall. 1861.
12mo. 4.75 x 7.5 inches. xxxix + [I] + 523 pp + 21 +  pp. publisher’s advertisements. Bound in original blue cloth, gilt, with gilt blocks on spine. Extremities worn with chips at head and tail of spine, which is sunned. Hinges starting to crack, occasional scattered foxing, but otherwise a very good copy. Early and later signatures of first free endpaper.
An eighteenth century work on masonry divided into four books:’ In the first the excellency of Masonry is displayed. - In the Second Book the general plan of the subjects treated in the three Degrees is illustrated...; and a brief description is given of the ancient Ceremonies of the Order... The Third Book contains the copy of a curious old Manuscript on Masonry...The Fourth Book is restricted to the history of Masonry from its first appearance in England. William Preston (1742-1818) moved to London in 1760 to work with the king’s printer, William Strahan. In 1763 with a group of other Edinburgh men in London he founded a Masonic lodge and, developing his interest in the subject, published the first edition of the Illustrations in 1772. It ‘was immediately successful and influential; it brought a standardization to Masonic practice hitherto lacking’ (DNB). Nine English editions and several US and German ones appeared in the author’s lifetime. This edition was edited by the Rev. George Oliver (1782-1867), an cleric and writer on topography and freemasonry.
£80.00 [Stock No. 25056]
OLIVER, GEORGE. THE THEOCRATIC PHILOSOPHY OF FREEMASONRY, IN TWELVE LECTURES, ON ITS SPECULATIVE, OPERATIVE, AND SPURIOUS BRANCHES.
By The Rev. G. Oliver, D.D. Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row; and R. Spencer, 314, High Holborn. Nottingham: B. S. Oliver. 1840.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. xxii + [ii] + 338 pp. +  pp. publisher’s advertisements. Half title possibly omitted by binder. List of Subscribers. Decorated by engraved title page vignette.Bound in original purple cloth, gilt, with blind stamped decorated borders on boards and gilt blocks on spine. Some wear to extremities and spine and board edges sunned. Scattered foxing, including edges, but otherwise a very good copy. Early signature at head of title.
Twelve lectures on the ‘pure philosophy of Freemasonry.’ The Rev. George Oliver (1782-1867) was a cleric and writer on topography and freemasonry. A scarce title. £150.00 [Stock No. 25055]
PRESTON, WILLIAM. ILLUSTRATIONS OF MASONRY.
By William Preston, Past Master of the Lodge of Antiquity, Acting by Immemorial Constitution. The Twelfth Edition, Edition, with considerable additions. Printed for G. Wilkie, No 57, Paternoster-Row. 1812.
12mo. 4.5 x 7.75 inches. xxiv + 444 pp. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece. Bound in original half stiff card boards with hand written paper label on spine. Deckled edges. Some darkening of edges, lower margin staining of frontispiece and occasional scattered foxing; otherwise a fine copy. Labels of T. James and Co. Book Emporium on front and rear pastedowns.
An eighteenth century work on masonry divided into four books:’ In the first the excellency of Masonry is displayed. - In the Second Book the general plan of the subjects treated in the three Degrees is illustrated...; and a brief description is given of the ancient Ceremonies of the Order... The Third Book contains the copy of a curious old Manuscript on Masonry...The Fourth Book is restricted to the history of Masonry from its first appearance in England, to the year 1812.’ At the end is A Collection of Odes, Anthems, and Songs. William Preston (1742-1818) moved to London in 1760 to work with the king’s printer, William Strahan. In 1763 with a group of other Edinburgh men in London he founded a Masonic lodge and, developing his interest in the subject, published the first edition of the Illustrations in 1772. It ‘was immediately successful and influential; it brought a standardization to Masonic practice hitherto lacking’ (DNB). Nine English editions and several US and German ones appeared in the author’s lifetime.
£80.00 [Stock No. 25054]
RARE SERIES OF VIEWS OF BRITAIN’S MOST REMOTE ISLAND.
BELLASIS, GEORGE HUTCHINS. VIEWS IN SAINT HELENA
Printed by John Tyler, Rathbone Place. The Plates printed by W.B. McQueen 72 Norman Street London 1815.
Large oblong folio, title and dedication [to the Duke of Wellington] + 3 pp. list of subscribers [which number 264 in all] + 2pp introduction + 6 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates drawn by Bellasis and finely engraved by Havell, each with one sheet letterpress text.Bound in the original card wrappers, as issued, the upper wrapper has a printed title ‘Views in St Helena’ within a decorative typographic border. Verso of wrappers conserved with Japanese tissue, and re-backed with matching cloth spine.
These fine plates are of the utmost rarity, with less than 300 sets subscribed. It is doubtful if there were more than that number issued. The execution of both the plates and colouring is very fine. This set retains the original printed wrappers. These are perhaps the most splendid of all the views of Saint Helena, one of the most remote islands in the world. £3,000.00 [Stock No. 25053]
FREEMASONRY. R. S. JACHIN AND BOAZ; OR, AN AUTHENTIC KEY TO THE DOOR OF FREE-MASONRY, BOTH ANCIENT AND MODERN.
Calculated not only for the Instruction of every New-made Mason; but also for the Information of all who intend to become Brethren...Illustrated with A Beautiful Frontispiece of the Regalia, Jewels, and Emblematical Ornaments belonging to Masonry, and An Accurate Plan of the Drawing on the Floor of a Lodge. Interspersed with Variety of Notes and Remarks, Necessary to explain and render the Whole clear to the meanest Capacity. To which is now added, A New and Accurate List of all the English Regular Lodges in the World, according to their Seniority, with the Dates of each Constitution, and Days of Meeting. By a Gentleman belonging to the Jerusalem Lodge; a frequent Visitor at the Queen’s Arms, St. Paul’s Church-Yard; the Horn, in Fleet-street; Crown and Anchor, Strand; and the Salutation, Newgate-street. A New Edition, greatly Enlarged and Improved. Printed for W. Nicoll, at No. 51, St. Paul’s Church-Yard; and E. Newbery, the Corner of Ludgate-Street. 1790.
8vo. 5.75 x 9 inches. vi + 50 + 12 pp. Lacks G3, pp. 47-48. Illustrated by engraved plate on verso of front wrapper and by plan in text. Pamphlet in plain front wrapper. Deckled edges. Grimed and worn edges, some foxing and water stains on lower margins, not affecting the text.
The Advertisement on p. v is signed R. S. and the frontispiece plate is dated 1776. A guide to the practice and ceremonies of masonry, including the opening of a lodge, initiation of apprentices and the instalment of a Master. It includes anthems, odes and songs and a world list of lodges, chronologically arranged from Time immemorial and then from 1721-89. This edition is rare and ESTC lists only the British Library copy. Jachin and Boaz were the names of the two entrance pillars of King Solomon’s Temple. First published in 1763, this was a popular title with many later editions, including publication in Dublin, Philadelphia and New York. This copy has one page of songs removed. £75.00 [Stock No. 25052]
BROADSIDE POEM SIGNED BY HUGHES AND STEADMAN.
HUGHES, TED. IN THE LITTLE GIRL’S ANGEL GAZE
ILLUSTRATED BY RALPH STEADMAN The Steam Press .
First Edition. Near fine in original black card folder impressed with the Steam Press blind stamp, with the edition statement on the upper inside fold. the folder contains a printed illustration by Steadman and letterpress poem by Hughes Designed and printed by Ralph Steadman printed on Chrome Coat Art Paper at Steam Press Kensington Church Walk , folded, verso blank, signed in the margin by Hughes and Steadman.
The poem is one of the Crow series. This is one of copies signed, This example has not been numbered, with the Steam Press blind stamp on the original folder. It is Broadsheet No 8 in the Steam Press Broadsheet series. £165.00 [Stock No. 25050]
TEICHMAN DERVILLE, M. THE LEVEL AND THE LIBERTY OF ROMNEY MARSH, IN THE COUNTY OF KENT.
An Enquiry into the Origin, History, and Present State of the two Reputed Corporations known as The Lords, Bailiff and Jurats of Romney Marsh (The Level of Romney Marsh) and The Bailiff, Jurats and Commonalty of Romney Marsh (The Liberty of Romney Marsh) With some account of their Ancient Courts and Early Forms of Land Drainage Administration. Headley Brothers Invicta Press. 1936.
FIRST EDITION, tall 8vo. 10 x 6.5 inches, 152 pp. with folding map and photographic illustrations.Original blue cloth, gilt, a fine copy.
A very good copy of this scarce work on the 'fifth quarter of the globe.' Scholarly account of the early history, administration, courts and land drainage. A fundamental work on the history of the Romney Marshes £40.00 [Stock No. 25049]
SIGNED BY TED HUGHES.
HUGHES, TED. ADAM AND THE SACRED NINE
WITH A DRAWING BY LEONARD BASKIN Rainbow Press 1978.
First edition, Square 8vo, 8 x 6.25 inches, frontispiece illustration by Leonard Baskin + 65 pp. Bound in original full blue calf gilt by Gray of Cambridge, top edge gilt, designed and printed at the Rampant Lions Press by Will Carter, fine printing on handmade paper, a fine copy in fine blue cloth slipcase as issued.
This fine edition was limited to 200 copies of which this is number 122, signed by Ted Hughes on the colophon page. £300.00 [Stock No. 25048]
SIGNED BY TED HUGHES.
HUGHES, TED. ORTS
WITH A DRAWING BY LEONARD BASKIN Rainbow Press 1978.
First edition, Square 8vo, 8 x 6.25 inches, frontispiece illustration by Leonard Baskin + 65 pp. Bound in original full black calf gilt by Zaehnsdorf, top edge gilt, printed at the John Roberts Press London, set in Bodoni types and printed on Italian handmade paper, a fine copy in fine black cloth slipcase as issued.
This fine edition was limited to 200 copies of which this is number 11, signed by Ted Hughes on the colophon page. £300.00 [Stock No. 25047]
KEYNES, GEOFFREY. THE LIFE OF WILLIAM HARVEY.
At the Clarendon Press. 1966.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. xviii + 483 pp. Illustrated by colour frontispiece and by 32 pages of black and white plates. Decorated by publisher’s device on title page. Bound in original maroon cloth with contrasting blue title label, gilt. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy.
First edition of the most complete and definitive account, by Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes (1887-1982), surgeon, medical and literary biographer, and bibliographer.
£20.00 [Stock No. 25046]
MUNRO, H. H. ('SAKI'). THE UNBEARABLE BASSINGTON.
John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1912.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 313 +  pp. Decorated by device on title page.Bound in original half morocco, gilt, over orange cloth boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Patterned endpapers. A little wear to extremities and browning and occasional light foxing of edges; otherwise a very good copy. Pictorial bookplate of Arthur Stuart Beazley.
Finely bound first edition of a short novel by H. H. Munro (1870-1916), the great satirist of Edwardian life and society. £60.00 [Stock No. 25044]
MUNRO, H. H. ('SAKI'). THE CHRONICLES OF CLOVIS.
John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1912.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 300 +  pp.Decorated by device on title page. Bound in original half morocco, gilt, over orange cloth boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Patterned endpapers. A little wear to extremities and some light foxing of edges and a few margins; otherwise a very good copy. Pictorial bookplate of Arthur Stuart Beazley.
Finely bound first edition of a collection of short stories by H. H. Munro (1870-1916), the great satirist of Edwardian life and society. £60.00 [Stock No. 25043]
DARWIN, CHARLES. DARWIN, FRANCIS, edited by. CHARLES DARWIN; HIS LIFE TOLD IN AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CHAPTER, AND IN A SELECTED SERIES OF HIS PUBLISHED LETTERS.
John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1892.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5 x 7.5 inches. vi + [vi] + 348 pp.Illustrated by portrait frontispiece and by facsimile.Bound in original half red morocco over red cloth; spine in compartments with raised bands with blind stamped bands and gilt titles. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Slight sunning of top edge, spotting of endpapers and a few damp stains on lower margins of last few pages, not affecting text; otherwise a very good copy.
First edition of the abridged version of the Life and Letters (1887), edited by Charles Darwin’s son, Sir Francis Darwin (1848-1925). In a handsome binding. £75.00 [Stock No. 25040]
WATERTON, CHARLES. WANDERINGS IN SOUTH AMERICA.
Thomas Nelson and Sons. 1900.
8vo. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. 367 pp.Illustrated by 15 plates, including frontispiece and by text figures. Bound in presentation maroon morocco, gilt, with gilt block of seal of King Edward VI School Birmingham, gilt, on front board; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Light wear to extremities, edges sunned and a margin stains; otherwise a very good copy. Binder’s stamp of Cornish Brothers, Birmingham on verso of first free endpaper.
Charles Waterton (1782-1865) came from an old catholic family and was educated at Stonyhurst College. He went to British Guiana in 1804 to take charge of his uncle’s estate and made four journeys to the interior in 1812, 1816, 1820 and 1824, also reaching Pernambuco (Brazil). He returned to the ancestral Walton Hall, Lancashire and set up a pioneering wildfowl and nature reserve. The Wanderings is an account of his adventures and of the people and wildlife he encountered. It was first published in 1825 and subsequently with the 1826 Review by Sydney Smith. influenced Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. This Nelson edition first appeared in 1891. A handsome binding for the King Edward VI School Birmingham by a local binder. £75.00 [Stock No. 25039]
JOHNSTON, JAMES F. W. THE CHEMISTRY OF COMMON LIFE.
In Two Volumes. William Blackwood and Sons. 1855.
TWO VOLUMES. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. 8vo. 4.75 x 7.25 inches. Vol. I, vii + 352 pp.; Vol. II, vi + 466 pp. Illustrated by 113 wood engraved text figures and by tables and maps. Bound in half black morocco over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt with contrasting maroon morocco title labels. Some wear to extremities, mainly to marbled boards, but otherwise a very good set.
First published in parts from 1853. A very original approach, examining the chemistry of everyday life with a concentration on food, drink and narcotics. In Vol. I, the author considers the air we breathe, the water we drink, the bread we eat (even buckwheat and quinoa are included here), the beverages we infuse, the sweets we extract and the liquors we ferment. Vol. II continues with the narcotics we indulge in, including opium, cannabis and coca (’the hop may now be called the English narcotic’), the odours we enjoy and the smells we dislike, etc. James Finlay Weir Johnston (1796-1855) was a Scottish agricultural chemist educated at the University of Glasgow, who became reader in chemistry and mineralogy at the University of Glasgow on its foundation in 1833. He was a co-founder of the British association for the Advancement of Science. A popular title, several times reissued. £125.00 [Stock No. 25037]
CHRISTIE’S SALE CATALOGUE. GODMERSHAM PARK, CANTERBURY, KENT.
The Property of The late Mrs Robert Tritton Sold by order of the Executors. Volume I. Objects of Art, Furniture, Porcelain, Pictures, Silver and Linen. Which will be sold at Auction on the premises by Christie, Manson and Woods, Ltd. Monday to Thursday, 6-9 June 1983 at 11.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. each day. (Christie’s On the Premises). Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd. 8 King Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT. 1983.
4to. 8x 10.5 inches. 461 pp. + , including  blank, pp. Illustrated with 437 photographs, including 113 in colour. Facsimile of Elsie Tritton bookplate on front pastedown. Bound in original green cloth, gilt. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Loosely inserted: Godmersham Park House Sale [Sale prices of Lots !-1964],  pp. on folded pink paper.
Jane Austen frequently visited her brother, Edward Austen Knight, at Godmersham Park, near Ashford. The estate was bought by Robert (d.1956) and Elsie Tritton (1887-1983) in 1936 and some of the atmosphere of the late thirties is captured in Rex Whistler’s enormously evocative Tea in the Garden, painted at Godmersham in 1938; and in Somerset Maugham’s introduction to Pride and Prejudice written while staying at Godmersham before the war.’ Very good copy of this now scarce sale catalogue. The estimate price list is given at the end and the actual price list is inset. £25.00 [Stock No. 25035]
ANNIGONI, PIETRO. RASMO, NICOLO. PIETRO ANNIGONI.
Monograph presented by Nicolo Rasmo. Edam. 1961.
Folio. 11 x 14 inches. 29 +  pp. letterpress + 144 plates +  +  pp. letterpress. Title page and chapter headings in brown and black. Illustrated by 144 monochrome and colour plates. Decorated by monogram on title page and by vignettes.Bound in original cloth with gilt monograph block on front board, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has light edge wear. A few old sellotape marks on first free endpaper, but otherwise a very good copy.
Lavishly illustrated collection of the art of Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988), Italian portrait and fresco painter, best known for his portraits influenced by the realist work of the Italian Renaissance. Nicolo Rasmo (1909-86) was an Italian art historian who held posts in the city of Bolzano and the region of Trento. £50.00 [Stock No. 25034]
TATON, RENÉ. A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE SCIENCES.
Edited an with a Preface by René Taton. Translated by A. J. Pomerans. Contents:
 ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL SCIENCE. FROM PREHISTORY TO A D 1450. With 53 black and white plates and 43 figures. 1965.
 THE BEGINNINGS OF MODERN SCIENCE FROM 1450 TO 1800. With 55 black and white plates and 36 figures. 1965.
 SCIENCE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. With 69 black and white plates and 20 figures. 1965.
 SCIENCE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. With 114 black and white plates and 33 figures. 1966.
Reader’s Union / Thames and Hudson. 1965.
FOUR VOLUMES. Large 8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. , xvi + 552 pp.; , xx + 665 pp.; , xix + [i] + 623 pp.; , xxiv + 638 pp.Illustrated by 291 black and white plates and by 152 text figures. Decorated by publisher’s device  -  only. Bound in original maroon cloth, gilt, with gilt block of publisher’s device on front boards and contrasting blue title labels, gilt, on spines, in dust wrappers with slightly sunned spines. Top edges maroon. Slight wear to extremities and a little foxing and browning of fore edges; otherwise a very good set.
Translated from the French edition of 1958-64. Vols.  -  have joint imprint of Readers Union / Thames and Hudson; Vols.  -  have Thames and Hudson imprint, with Readers Union labels above. A comprehensive history of the sciences from the earliest times, edited by Professor René Taton (1915-2004), historian of science.
THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE BEFORE ORDERING. £85.00 [Stock No. 25033]
FREEMASONRY KEEP WITHIN COMPASS. INDUSTRY PRODUCETH WEALTH.
KEEP WITHIN COMPASS AND YOU SHALL BE SURE TO AVOID MANY TROUBLES WHICH OTHERS ENDURE. c.1790.
Copper plate engraving 6 x 8 inches; Depicting a man standing within a circle beneath a large Masonic compass in a landscape of industry and prosperity. In each corner outside the circle are emblematic scenes of happiness and sobriety, titled at the bottom ‘By honest and industrious means you’ll live a life of ease’ ‘Then let the compass be your guide and go where e’er you please’. The print has been crudely hand coloured and is preserved within a contemporary simple black frame with the original glass and backing. The engraving is uniformly browned but in good condition.
A rather charming and rare eighteenth century devotional Masonic engraving in an original frame. £200.00 [Stock No. 25031]
MACBRIDE, JOHN and COLLINS, CHRISTOPHER. AN ACTUAL SURVEY OF THE VARNE AND RIDGE; Taken by Order of John Macriide, Esq. Rear Admiral of the Blue and Commander in Chief in the Downs Etc. Etc.
By His most Obedient and Obliged Humble Servant Christopher Collins of H.M. Ship Cumberland 1793
Published by Laurie and Whittle, 58 Fleet Street, 12th. May 1794.
Copper-engraved sea chart, 20 x 27 inches with approximately 1 inch margins. Uncoloured as issued,Title within decorative cartouche, The chart shows the land between South Foreland Light and Dungeness. Folkestone church is marked ‘Now White Washed by the desire of Admiral Macbride’. The lights are shown in silhouette. The Varne and the Ridge sand banks are marked with the names of each vessel riding on the banks during the Survey. The chart a traversed by Rumm lines and a compass rose. A very good clean example.
A very scarce chart with one of the first accurate surveys of these two mid Channel Sand Banks. £200.00 [Stock No. 25019]