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1657-69 With the book-plate of "Sr. Robert Clayton of the City of London, Knight, Alderman and Mayor thereof, Ano. 1679." I ask mournfully how many Lord Mayors of London since Sir Robert Clayton's tenure of office have been book-collectors? O tempora ! For a long account of this great work, see my Catalogue of Bibles, page 911.
A magnificently illustrated copy of the HOLY BIBLE, Baskerville's splendid edition, folio,
ruled with red lines, bound in 4 vols. AND ILLUSTRATED WITH 830 ENGRAVINGS, fine impressions, some proofs, with ornamental titles of architectural design, drawn in Indian ink, russia extra, gilt edges, the sides tooled in the Harleian style, by Clarke and Bedford (from the Library of Alexander Barker, Esq.), £84.
Cambridge, 1763 The illustrations consist of DIORTIER's SERIES, twelve maps and two plates on a page by PICART and others, fine impressions.
"AVANT LES CLOUS," i.e. before the damage to the last plate of the Apocalypse, late impres
sions of which bear the mark of the plate having been mended with nails, over 400 plates. PICART, HOUBRAKEN and Hoer's fine series, 200 plates, some double, brilliant impressions. VISSCHER (J. C.) Engravings after Rubens, Tintoret, Nic. de Bruyn, Martin de Vos,
Jordaens, Bloemant, Heemskirck, Diepenbeeck, etc. 90 plates, nearly all of large size, ruled
with red lines, a fine set. MACKLIN'S Series, after STOTHARD, Opie, Loutherbourg, Westall, Smirke, Hoppner, West, &c.
engraved by BARTOLOZZI, Sharp, Fittler, 75 plates. CASTIGLIONE (G. B.) designs engraved by Coypel, also Prints after RAPHAEL, C. MARATTI,
Fra Bartolomeo, Dürer, Le Sueur, Le Brun, G. Poussin, Sadeler, &c.
The whole of the prints have been selected with great care, and the inlaying of them has been so beautifully done, as almost to defy detection.
This magnificent set of books is offered at considerably less than the original cost. BIBLIA LATINA. Insigne veteris nouiqz testamenti opus. cum
canonibo euangelistar'q3 concordantijs, large folio, finely painted initials, a border to the first page, very large copy with rough leaves, slightly water-stained, UNIQUE copy, containing ten preliminary leaves of Chronological and Genealogical Tables, with woodcuts, not known to exist elsewhere, in the original oak boards, covered in stamped pigskin, with brass bosses and clasps, £100.
In regia ciuitate Nurnbergn. p. Antonium Coburger, 1477 Besides the cartouches for dames and the arabesque border, there are FORTY-ONE WOODCUTS in the unique preliminary leaves mentioned above. One of the designs is a plan or picture of Jerusalem and its suburbs, which occupies the entire length of a page. There is also a woodcut (coloured, like most of them, by a contemporary hand) of the Rainbow, which had probably never been depicted before.
Bible Myths, and their Parallels in other
RELIGIONS : being a comparison of the Old and New Testament Myths and Miracles, with those of Heathen Nations of Antiquity ; considering also their origin and meaning, 1 vol. 8vo. 600 pp. with numerous illustrations, cloth, 188
New York, J. W. Bouton, 1882 A summary of all the heterodox opinions about the Bible based upon such writers as Higgins, Inman, Bishop Colenso, Darwin, Hume, Josephus, Tylor, Volney, etc. Highly Important Work on Oriental Magic, Literature and Religions, nearly 1400
2 stout vols. 8vo. £2. 28. BLAVATSKY (H. P.) Corresponding Secretary of the Theosophical
Society. Isis Unveiled: A Master Key to the Mysteries, of
Ancient and Modern Science and Theology. " Isis Unveiled," written by MADAME H. P. BLAVATSKY, and published by J. W. Bouton, New York, is one of the most remarkable works, for originality of thought, thoroughness of research, depth of philosophic exposition, and variety and extent of learning, that has appeared for very many years. It purports to be “ A Master-key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology." The print, paper, engravings, and binding show the taste and care for which its publisher is distinguished, and the author, besides writing a work of high merit, took great pains to make it a work of reference also, by supplying one of the best indexes that we have seen for a long time, occupying fifty-two pages." - Philadelphia Press, October 9, 1877.
No subject of investigation is more attractive and less understood than the Religious Philosophy of the Orientals. The religious and scientific wealth of the oldest peoples on the earth has been so jealously guarded from inquisitive foreigners by mysteries and jargon, that the many have denied the existence of anything worth seeking ; and the few 80 discouraged by the obstacles in the road that, for the most part, they have been compelled to abandon the search.
The author, Mme. BLAVATSKY, enters the field well equipped. A native of Asia-her childhood passed among the Calmucks, Tatars, Persians and other Eastern peoples; her maturity among Hindus, Cingalese, Thibetans, and Egyptians-Oriental traditions, languages, literature and mythology, have long been her chief study and occupation. The immense fund of information stored up during years of thoughtful study and of observant travel in all lands, enable her to throw more light upon the esoteric philosophy of Eastern nations than perhaps, any other writer who has contributed to the literature of this important subject.
The work is divided into two volumes: one devoted to Science, one to Religion.
The author is most careful in stating facts and opinions, always presenting quotations of andeniable authenticity. Numerous translated extracts from the Kabala, the Hermes, the Vedas, etc., are interspersed through the work, bearing at times upon themes treated by high authorities, whom she is often obliged to criticize. Among the subjects dilated upon, the review of Platonism, the discussion of the Genesis of Humanity, the Submerged Continents, the conflicting theories upon the Emigrations of Peoples, the relation of Myths of India, Persia, Scandinavia, Mexico, Peru, and other nations, to modern science and dogma, may be mentioned to give a faint idea of the scope of the work. Startling revelations respecting many physical and psychological phenomena heretofore wrapped in mystery and doubt, frequently occur, at once instructing and amusing the reader. It will be remembered with what avidity the public received and devoured a narrative of the acts of the Thugs unearthed by the English authorities in India some years ago. Our author describes, in a charming manner, the marvellous performances of Fakirs, Magicians, and Sheiks, whose "juggling tricks” delude the senses, and force upon the unwilling mind the conviction that the sources of this bewildering magic must not be sought in mere mechanical legerdemain.
To the scholar and the specialist, to the philologist, and the archæologist, this work will be a most valuable acquisition, aiding them in their labours and giving to them the only clue to the labyrinth of confusion in which they are involved. To the general reader it will be especially attractive because of its fascinating style and pleasing arrangement, presenting a constant variety of racy anecdote, pithy thought, sound scholarship, and vivid description. Mme. BLAVATSKY possesses the happy gift of versality in an eminent degree, and her style is varied to suit her theme with a graceful ease refreshing to the reader, who is led without weariness from page to page. The author has accomplished her task withability, and has conferred upon all a precious boon, whose benefit the scientist as well as the religionist, the specialist as well as the general reader, will not be slow to recognize.
"In regard to the Oriental societies, I am under deep obligations to H. P. Blavatsky, the learned author of . Isis Unveiled,' published last year by Mr. Quaritch, of London, a work that should be in all Masonic libraries. This erudite lady is secretary of the Eastern Society of Theosophists, consisting of thrice three degrees.”—The Rosicrucian and Masonic Record, July, 1879.
Now ready, only 250 copies printed and nearly out of print, 2 vols., foolscap 4to. xii and 450 pp. vii and 412 pp. with 116 cuts of Printers' Marks, Facsimiles
of Block-Prints, Portraits of Printers, etc. - Half morocco, price £5.58 A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRINTING,
WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS,
VOL. 1.-A TO L. VOL. 11.-M TO S. In February, 1873, a preliminary intimation of this work was published. Various other notifications were issued from time to time, until the actual production of the first instalment in January, 1876, in The Printing Times and Lithographer. In this publication it has ever since appeared monthly, and is still being continued.
The Compilers have limited the signification of the word “Printing" hy rejecting photographic printing, calico printing, telegraphic printing, &c., as irrelevant processes which are not utilised for literary purposes. In fact, the works cited are those treating of typographic, lithographic, copperplate printing, &c., with the cognate arts of type-found ng, stereotyping, electrotyping, and wood-engraving. The subjects of Paper and Bookbinding are not included, although it would have been an interesting task to deal with them, as would also have been the case with Copyright and Laws regulating the Press ; but, though they bear very closely on the subject, they seem to belong rather to the results and outcome of printing than to printing itself.
The several books cited are arranged in Alphabetical order under the names of the writers, in every case wherein the authorship is noted on the title-page or was known to the Compilers; the names in the latter case being inserted in brackets. Anonymous works are placed according to the wording of the title, the first noun in such cases determining the alphabetical position in this Bibliography. Every system of arrangement is open to objection; but it is hoped that the one adopted will best facilitate reference to any book required, and therefore will prove more convenient than the chronological method; but in several cases wherein it is interesting to mark the evolution of a subject during successive years, an historical note has been given for the purpose. The article on “ Koster," for instance, summarises the theories of various authors who have written on the subject of the “Haarlem Legend.” Investigation, it is hoped, has been rendered easier by the employment of cross references.
Great pains have been taken with the annotations, which the Compilers venture to think, form, as a whole, a valuable collection of material towards a future History of Printing. In some instances by personal research, in others by correspondence with authorities, official and private, in various parts of the world, a very large nnmber of hitherto unrecorded facts have been collected, while some important verifications or corrections of statements hitherto generally accepted have been secured. In this way the Compilers have endeavoured to present a considerable amount of matter which the future collector of historical facts will find acceptable,-and, indeed necessary. There may be mentioned, for example, the section devoted to SOCIETIES, which embodie inaterials for an account of the trade organizations of printers for above a century. It is largely founded on original documents not bitherto described, and on reminiscences and the collections formed by one of the Compilers, who, himself a printer and the son of a printer, had for many years taken an active part in the transactions of the Master Printers' Association of London. Either as a member of various committees appointed to legislate on the current trade movements, or as a Chairman of this Association, he has had opportunities of practically acquainting himself with contemporary trade politics, as they affected both employers and employed. The historical value of such details, although not always appreciated, ought not to be underrated, for the events here recorded have, during the present century, considerably influenced the conditions under which the art of printing has been practised, and, to some extent, affected its products in this country.
These pages have been illustrated by a large number of interesting cuts, derived from various sources. Most of those representing the printers' devices were engraved with his own hand by Mr. J. PH. BERJEAU, and originally published in his little volume on “ Printers' Marks,' and in his Bookworm. Both of these works being out of print and almost unattainable, the blocks were required, and they are here given in order, under the names of the printers who used them. Indeed, these pages are enriched with probably the largest and most representative collection of delineations of typographical monuments, and of portraits of notabilities, that has ever been presented in one work.
Special attention is drawn to the many original Biographical Notices that are given of English and Foreign printers ; these have been obtained under exceptionally favourable circumstances. See, for instance, in Volume I., the articles on BEWICK, BOWYER, BULMER, Caslon, CAXTON, Didot, ENGELMANN, ENSCHEDÉ, FIGGINS, FRANKLIN, GUTENBERG, HANSARD, KOSTER, Leeu, and others, and in Volume II, MANUTIUS, PLANTIN, RIVINGTON, SENEFELDER, SPOTTISWOODE, etc.
BIRCH (Walter de Gray) and Henry JENNER, Early
Drawings and Illuminations: an introduction to the study of illustrated MSS. with a Dictionary of subjects in the BRITISH MUSEUM, 8vo. with 12 photographic facsimiles from pictures in old Greek, English, French, Italian, German, and Flemish MSS. (pub. 16s), cloth, 5s
1879 An Index to the Iconography of the MSS. in the British Museum extremely useful for students and artists. Any one who desires to know how any given subject or conception was treated in the Middle Ages (A.D. 4001500), or where the portrait of any historical or celebrated personage of those times may be found; or, what was the authentic form of any utensil, article of costume, weapon or piece of armour in any of the centuries comprised therein, --has only to look into this DICTIONARY to find an INSTANT REFERENCE to what he wants. BIRCH (Walter de Gray) History, Art, and Palæography of the
Manuscript commonly styled the UTRECHT PSĂLTÉR, 8vo. 3 facsimile plates in autotype (pub. 12s), cl. gilt
, 2s 6d 1876 À work of far greater value than the title would indicate to a cursory observer. An account of the development of Palæographical knowledge, and rules for its proper application in general, are combined with a special study of a MS. of unique importance, which from the peculiar character of its writing, the beautiful designs for pictures which it contains, and the fact that it exhibits the Athanasian Creed in an older text than any hitherto known, is especially valuable to the student of the history of Christianity, and to him who would investigate the science of Palæography and the history of Art. LA BONITE VOYAGE round the World: Voyage autour du
Monde, 1836 et 1837, sur la Corvette La Bonite, commandée
M. VAILLANT : ZOOLOGIE, par M.M. Eydoux et SOULEYET, 2 vols. royal
8vo. and royal folio Atlas of 101 beautifully .COLOURED PLATES, depicting Fish, Reptiles, Birds, Crustacea, Insects, Mammals, Mollusca, Zoophytes, etc. for the most part INEDITED SPECIES, their anatomy being richly illustrated, offered a bargain, £4.
Paris, 1841-52 the same, 2 vols. hf. bd, morocco, £6.
1841-52 “About 70 inedited species of Birds, Mammals, and other Vertebrata are described in the work, several being types of new or little known Genera.”
“ Amongst the Invertebrata mention must be particularly made of the division Mollusca, the most copious of all, to which is devoted more than half the plates of the Atlas. This part is more particularly noteworthy for, firstly, the full treatment of the Pteropod mollusks, in which the anatomy is fully exposed of every genus of this group, still so little known to naturalists; secondly, a similar comprehensive description of the Heteropoda of Lamarck; thirdly, the complete Anatomy of the Nudibranchiate Mollusca (Phlebentera) whose curious organization has excited already such numerous comment and observation. Still more, this section contains the anatomical description of several almost unknown genera, and a great number of species equally remarkable. The exact configuration of the animals forms an important feature of the Atlas.”
Bibliography (Early Dutch): Holtrop (J. W.)
MONUMENS TYPOGRAPHIQUES des PAYS-BAS au XVe SIÈCLE, Collection de Facsimile d'après les originaux conservés à la Bibliothèque Royale de la Haye et ailleurs, 21 parts, complete in 1 vol. atlas 4to. hf, bd. 26. 108
1857-68 The same, hf. bd. red morocco, gilt top, uncut, £7. 108
1857-68 Only 200 copies printed. Indispensable to the Student of the History of Printing. Block-Books : HOLY CROSS: Geschiedenis van het heylighe Cruys; or the History of
the Holy Cross, reproduced in facsimile from the original edition printed by J. Veldener in 1483, text and engravings by J. Ph. Berjean, sm. 4to. (published at £1. 58), bds. 208
1863 Introduction, 12 pp. History of the Holy Cross, text (in modern type) with illustrative extracts from the Golden Legend and ancient French MSS. 60 pp. The facsimile, 64 woodcuts on 33 leaves, with text at foot. SPECULUM Humanæ Salvationis: le plus ancien Monument de la
Xylographie et de la Typographie réunies, reproduit en facsimile avec introduction historique et bibliographique, par J. P. Berjeau, impl. 4to. including facsimiles of the 116 woodcuts, cloth (published at £4. 48), £2. 10s
1861 Title and Introdnction, 72 pp. The Speculum in modern type, 33 pp. The Speculum, in facsimile, 63 leaves printed on one side, and including 116 distinct designs, on Dutch-made paper of precisely the same texture and tint as the original. Only 155 copies were printed, and the book is now out of print.
This block-book, supposed to have been executed about 1435, is of the greatest interest in the history of the origin of typography, as well as of popular education. It is a Pictorial Scripture History, that is to say a picture of a certain subject from the Old or New Testament is given, with a more or less brief account in black letter underneath it, of the personages or scenes intended. Each page has a double subject. As regards the drawing we hold it to be, though rude, very artistic. There is a decided character and an expression in the figures that are almost worthy of Albert Dürer. Nothing is feeble, though much is quaint. The draperies are simple And effective, and there is no crowding of figures, but a judicious grouping of from two to five personages in each, with backgrounds of trees, hills or houses, as in the works of the early Masters.-See Home and Foreign Review, April, 1863.
Only a few copies left of BOOTT (F.) Illustrations of the GENUS CAREX, 4 vols. folio, 600 plates, containing several thousand figures, £21.
1858-67 This valuable book must rise in price, as only half-a-dozen copies remain for sale.
The most valuable and exhaustive work on the grasses of the whole world, containing 600 plates of the full size of nature, most beautifully drawn by M. Maubert, of Paris, and engraved on copper under the guidance and inspection of M. Spach.
The Author printed the first thren volumes for presentation to his friends ; the work being interrupted by his death, was completed from the materials left by him, by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, a fourth volume containiog plates 412-600 being published.
The few remaining copies of the fourth volume have passed into the hands of Mr. QUARITCH, who would urge upon the possessors of the first three volumes the necessity of immediately completing their copies, as the very small remainder of the fourth volume will soon be exhausted. No more copies çan ever be produced, as the copper-plates were sold as old metal.
Price of the FOURTH volume, wanting to many copies distributed gratis, separately, £10.