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1227. MOORE (GEORGE). A Story-Teller's Holiday. original boards, parchment back, uncut.
8vo, London, 1918
FIRST EDITION. The author's latest work, and now extremely scarce and sought for. One of a limited issue, with the autograph of the author.
1228. [MOORE (THOMAS).] The Poetical Works of the late Thomas Little, Esq. 12mo, original blue boards, rebacked, uncut, in brown levant morocco solander case.
London: Printed for T. and J. Carpenter, 1801 FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK.
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY, WITH AUTOGRAPH LETTER 1229. MOORE (THOMAS). Lalla Rookh. 8vo, full old green morocco, blind tooled border on sides, gilt edges.
London: Longmans, 1820
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with the series of 9 plates after Corbould, in PROOF STATE; 6 plates after Westall, by Heath; 7 plates after Smirke, by Finden and others; a portrait of Moore, PROOF BEFORE LETTERS, on INDIA PAPER; and an Autograph Letter by Moore.
1230. MOORE (THOMAS). Irish Melodies. With an Appendix, containing the Original Advertisements, and the Prefatory Letter on Music. 12mo, full contemporary green morocco, gilt back, gilt panelled sides, with gilt lyre in centre of sides, gilt edges. London, 1827
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF "THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER" WITH MUSIC
1231. MOORE (THOMAS). ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT of ""TWAS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER," with MUSIC. Tipped on mount, and bound in oblong 4to, full dark red levant morocco, sides richly panelled, with handsome inlays of Roses in the corners, title in gold on front cover, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF THE UTMOST INTEREST. It consists of two verses, with the music of the air complete.
Moore makes a correction in this score with comments.
FIRST EDITION OF UTOPIA
1232. MORE (SIR THOMAS). Libellus vere Aurens nec minus salutaris, quam festivus de optimo reip. statu, deq. Nova Insula Utopia authore clarissimo viro Thoma Moro inclytae ciuitatis Londinensis cive & vicecomite cura M. Petri Aegidii Antuerpiesis, & arte Theodorici Martini Alustensis, Typographialmae Lovaniensium Academiae nunc primum accuratissime editus. Woodcut of Utopia on verso of title. Small 4to, old full dark blue straightgrain morocco, arms impressed on sides, by Hering.
Colophon: Sermonis pomoeridiani Raphaelis Hythlodei, de legibus & institutis Vtopiensis insulae paucis adhuc cognitae per Clarissimum & eruditissimum virum D. Thomam Morum Ciuem
& Vicecomitem Londoniensen Finis. Printer's device on verso, Theodrico Martini (1516) [Louvain: Thierry Martin, 1516.]
THE EXCESSIVELY RARE FIRST EDITION. This most important book is of the greatest rarity, the few copies which survive are nearly all poor cropped copies. The present is a large fine one, and was Masterman M. Sykes' copy and bears his arms on sides. A manuscript note of Skyes appears on the verso of the first fly-leaf, stating that the book was given to him by the Rev. James Dalton. The remaining fly-leaves contain interesting bibliographical manuscript notes.
Completed in 1516, the "Utopia" seems to have been sent in manuscript to Peter Giles, Tunstall and Erasmus, all of whom were enthusiastic in its praise. Erasmus, who described it as a revelation of the sources of all political evils, arranged for its publication at Thierry Martin's press at Louvain. It appeared in December 1516. On the verso of the title is a rough woodcut chart of the island, followed by a Utopian "Hexastichon," commendatory poems or letters by Peter Giles, John Paludanus, Bustidius, Cornelius Grapheus, and Gerardus Noviomagus. The book at once became popular. "A burgomaster at Antwerp," wrote Erasmus, "is so pleased with it, that he knows it all by heart," and Ulrich von Huthen applied to Erasmus in 1519, for an account of the author. The Utopia" has been thrice translated into English; in 1551 by Raphe Robinson; in 1684 by Gilbert Burnett, and in 1818 by Arthur Cayley.
1233. MORE (SIR THOMAS). A fruteful and pleasaunt worke of the beste state of a publyque weale, and of the newe yle called Utopia: written in Latine by Syr Thomas More Knyght, and translated into Englyshe by Raphe Robynson Citizein and Goldsmythe of London, at the procurement, and earnest request of George Tadlowe Citezein and Haberdassher of the same Citie. Small 8vo, full dark blue crushed levant morocco, gilt back, gilt edges, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. London: Abraham Bele, 1551
THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION. A very fine and perfect copy. Printed in Gothic type.
1234. MORE (SIR THOMAS). The Workes of Sir Thomas More, Knyght, sometyme Lorde Chauncellour of England, wrytten by him in the Englyshe tonge. Title within elaborate woodcut border. Printed in Gothic type. Ornamental woodcut initials. Thick folio, full brown levant morocco, gilt back, gilt panelled sides, gilt edges.
Printed at London at the costes and charges of Iohn Cawod, Iohn VValy, and Richarde Tottell, 1557
VERY FINE COPY OF THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST EDITION of More's Collected Works, with the "youthful poems" and the vary rare unpaged leaf between folios 1138-9 containing More's apology to the "Christian reader' for a few printer's blunders. William Rastell, More's nephew, to whom many of his manuscripts seem to have passed, collected most of his English writings in this edition. It is dedicated to Queen Mary by Rastell.
The Ross Winans copy, with bookplate.
1235. MORRIS (WILLIAM). The Defence of Guenevere, and other Poems. 12mo, original cloth, uncut.
London: Bell and Daldy, 1858 FIRST EDITION. Very Scarce. The author's Second Book, dedicated to Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Harry Elkins Widener copy, with bookplate.
1236. MORRIS (WILLIAM). Under an Elm-Tree; or, Thoughts in the Country-Side. 16mo, stitched, uncut and unopened, in cloth Aberdeen, 1891
1237. MUFFET (THOMAS). Health's improvement; or, rules comprising and discovering the nature, method, and manner of preparing all sorts of Food used in this Nation. Corrected and enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Dr. in physick, and fellow of the Colledg of Physitians in London. Small 4to, original sprinkled calf. In half brown calf slip-case.
London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Samuel Thomson, 1655 THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION, with the leaf of Imprimatur, not usually found. This is a most important work, and one of the earliest, so complete, on diet and foods. It contains so much of the unusual, that the reading of it is a delight and a surprise:
"Plutarch thinks that we first learned this knowledge (diet) of brute beasts. For Pigeons and Cocks before they fight, will eat store (if they can get it) of cummin feed to lengthen their breath; and Nightingales eate spiders to prevent stopping; and Lions having surfeited on flesh, abstaine from all meat til it be digested. So the Marlin taught tender persons first to keep warm their feet, the Storkes to remedy costiveness of body by the use of glisters; the Hedghog to avoid walking in windy seasons, the little birds to bathe in summer, the Flies and Bees to keep home in Winter."
Muffet was widely known, and was "esteemed the famous ornament of the body of physicians and the true pattern of all polite and solid literature."
But one copy appears to have occurred for sale in many years. Not in Lowndes, and no copy in Hoe or Huth.
1238. MUNDAY (ANTHONY). The Downfall of Robert, Earl of Huntington, afterward called Robin Hood of Merrie Sherwodde. With his love to chaste Matilda, the Lord Fitzwaters daughter, afterwardes his faire Maide Marian. Acted by the Right Honourable, the Earle of Nottingham, Lord high Admirall of England, his seruants. Headband and ornament on title. Small 4to, full dark blue levant morocco, gilt back, title on back and side, gilt edges, by Rivière. Imprinted at London for William Leake, 1601 FIRST EDITION. VERY FINE COPY OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE PLAY. Printed in Gothic and Roman type.
This is THE FIRST ENGLISH PLAY having as subject the popular and famous character of Robin Hood. From entries in Henslow's Diary, it is evident the play was written and possibly performed early in 1598, as several notes are made of payment to Munday for this play called "the first part of Robin Hood." In this play appear all the famous characters of Friar Tuck, Little John, Maid Marian, Richard Cœur de Lion, as well as the Prior of York and others that figure in the legendary ballads, and Scott's "Ivanhoe.'' Shakespeare was undoubtedly acquainted with this play, as the song of Friar Tuck (on the verso of F4) "What lack ye' suggests that he had it in mind in composing Autolycus' song in The Winter's Tale' (IV. 3) written about ten years later.
Of 18 plays written by Munday, this, "The Downfall," and its sequel "The Death of Robert, Earl of Huntington," and two others, exist to-day.
1239. MUNDAY (ANTHONY). The Death of Robert, Earle of Hvntington, otherwise called Robin Hood of merrie Sherwodde: with the lamentable Tragedie of chaste Matilda, his faire Maid Marian, poysoned at Dunmore by King John. Acted by the Right Honourable, the Earl of Notingham, Lord high Admirall of England, his seruants. Head-band and ornament on title. Small 4to, full dark blue levant morocco, gilt back, title on back and side, gilt edges, by Rivière. Imprinted at London for William Leake, 1601
FIRST EDITION of the sequel to "The Downfall of Robert, Earl of Huntington," and while the former was probably written by Munday alone, this was written in collaboration with Henry Chettle.
AN EQUALLY FINE COPY, and like "The Downfall' EXCEEDINGLY RARE.
1240. MUNDAY (ANTHONY). Metropolis Coronata, the Triumphes of Ancient Drapery: or, Rich Cloathing of England, in a second Yeeres performance. In Honour of the aduancement of Sir Iohn Iolles, Knight, to the high Office of Lord Maior of London. Deuised, and written by A. M. Ornament on title. Small 4to, full red levant morocco, gilt back and sides, gilt edges, by Pratt. Printed at London by George Purslowe, 1615
THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION. The last two pieces of the Pageant are: 1. "The Speech spoken by Earle Robert de la Hude, commonly called Robin Hood," and 2. "The Song of Robin Hood and his Huntsmen." With the bookplate of Wilbur Macey Stone.
1241. MUNDAY (ANTHONY, Translator). The First (and Second) Part of the no lesse rare, than excellent and stately History of the Famous and fortunate Prince Palmerin of England, Declaring the Birth of him, and Prince Florian du Defart his brother, in the Forrest of Great Britaine. The course of their lives afterward in pursuing Knightly Adventures and performing incomparable deeds of Chivalry. Translated out of the French, by A. M. Small 4to, full old polished calf, with Bridgewater arms impressed on sides.
London: Printed by Ber. Alsop and Tho. Fawcet, 1639 SECOND EDITION. Both parts complete. Printed in Gothic type. With the Bridgewater bookplate.
1242. NABBES (THOMAS). Hannibal and Scipio. An Historicall Tragedy. Acted in the yeare 1635. by the Queenes Majesties Servants, at their Private House in Drury Lane. Printer's ornament on title. Small 4to, full brown levant morocco, gilt fillet backs and sides, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
London: Printed by Richard Oulton for Charles Greene, 1637 FINE COPY OF THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION.
1243. NABBES (THOMAS).
Totenham Covrt. A Pleasant Comedie Acted in the Yeare MDCXXXIII. At the private House in Salisbury-Court. Printer's device on title. Small 4to, full brown levant morocco, gilt fillet back and sides, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
At London: Printed by Richard Ovlton for Charles Greene, 1638 FINE COPY OF THE EXTREMELY SCARCE FIRST EDITION.
1244. NABBES (THOMAS). The Bride. A Comedie. Acted in the yeere 1638. at the private house in Drury-lane by their Majesties Servants. Small 4to, full brown levant morocco, gilt back, border of gilt and blind tooling, with corner ornaments, gilt edges, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
London: Printed by R. H. for Laurence Blaikelocke, 1640 FINE COPY OF THE RARE FIRST EDITION, with the final leaf of Imprimatur, dated 1639.
1244A. NALDIO (MATTHIA). Amictia.
ΠΑΜΦΙΛΙΑ. MVndi Vniversi
Full ornamental vellum.
A beautiful example of ornamental vellum binding of the Seventeenth Century, which is fully described above in this catalogue under "Liturgy, Octavius Festorum.''
1244B. NASH, GREENE AND HARVEY CONTROVERSY. Plaine Percevall the Peace-Maker of England. Sweetly endeavoring with his blunt persuasions to botch up a Reconciliation between Mar-Ton and Mar-Tother.
Compiled by lawful art, that is to say without witchcraft, or sorcery; and referred specially to the Meridian and pole artichocke of Norman Land: but may serue generally without any great error, for more Countries then Ile speake of, Printed in Broade-Streete, at the signe of the Pack-Staffe, N. D. (London c. 1590), sm. 4to, text in BLACK LETTER, rest roman, fine punning device on title containing arms of the Furnival family. VERY FINE LARGE COPY, full dark brown levant extra, inside gold tooling, gilt edges, by Rivière.
AN IMPORTANT ELIZABETHAN TRACT OF THE GREATEST RARITY. Even Mr. Huth, who made a specialty of the works of Greene, Harvey, and Nash, never obtained a copy. Thomas Nash in his "Strange Newes,' 1593, definitely describes it to Richard, brother of Gabriel Harvey, and attacks him as a "notable ruffian with his pen, having first took upon him in the blundering Persivall to play the Jack of both sides 'twixt Martin and us.'' That Richard whose words led to this fiery quarrel should be the same man who had just published "Plaine Persevall" is somewhat hard to credit. Perhaps Nash, in making a violent attack upon an opponent, was not always scrupulous as to the truth. Curiously enough in former days it was always ascribed to Nash himself. Whoever wrote it, Green was sufficiently provoked by it to pen his celebrated libellous attack on the brothers, Gabriel, John and Richard Harvey, which appeared in the original edition, now lost, of 'A Quippe for an upstart Courtier,' 1592, and in the literary quarrel which followed between Gabriel Harvey and Nash, Green's champion, Nash satirized Richard Harvey as unsparingly as Gabriel. The style of "Plaine Persevall" is original, its subject matter amusing, shows faint traces of euphuism, contains homely proverbs and anecdotes in the manner of Samuel Weller, its ending is quaint, "Twenty pound for a dictionary given in the Church Loft. By me H. D. Schollard make for fault of a better,' " while on pp. 24-25 are curious verses put into the mouths of a "Carter, Sheepherd, Farmer and Cobler,' prefaced as follows: "To write everyman some verses in the commendation of the author, because it was a Custome greatly taken up in the Universite of late. And thus they flourish in their mother tong." Altogether perhaps the most readable of the answers to Martin. Plaine Persevall himself figures as a countryman of commonsense, an unsophisticated, 'man in the street,' who amazed at "This supernaturall art of wrangling 'bids all be husht and quiet a Godsname." Collation: A to E.2 in fours, recto of E2 errata, verso blank.