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The honour of the gout. Or

The honour of the gout. Or, A Rational Discourse, demonstrating, That the gout is one of the greatest Blessings which can befal Mortal Man.

MISAURUS, Philander [2], iv, [4], 55pp, [1]. Without half-title. ESTC T94197. [Bound with:] BROWNE, Joseph. A Practical treatise of the plague, and All Pestilential Infections that have happen’d in this Island for the last Century. London. Printed for J. Wilcox, 1720. First edition. 79pp, [1]. ESTC T26142. [And:] COLBATCH, John, Sir. A scheme for Proper Methods to be taken, should it please God to visit us with the plague. London. Printed by J. Darby, 1721. First edition. [2], v-viii, 9-21pp, [1]. Without half-title. ESTC T26145. [And:] COLBATCH, John, Sir. Observations upon the scheme Lately Published. Wherein such rules are laid down, as will easily reduce it to Practice. London. Printed by J. Darby, 1721. First edition. [4], 7-38pp. Without half-title. ESTC T1196. [And:] AN ENGLISH-MAN. The best preservative against the plague. With a short account of the State of this Nation, from the Conclusion of the Grand Rebellion of oliver cromwel to the Revolution. London. Printed for J. Leminge, 1721. First edition. xii, 51pp, [1]. ESTC T112354. [And:] PYE, George. A discourse of the plague; Wherein Dr. Mead’s Notions are Consider’d and Refuted. London. Printed by J. Darby, 1721. First edition. xi, [1], 75, [1]; 31pp, [1]. In two parts. ESTC T117063. [And:] A Succinct account of the plague at marseilles, Its Symptoms, and the Methods and Medicines used for Curing it. London. Printed for S. Buckley, 1721. First edition. 38pp. ESTC T54074. [And:] A brief journal Of what passed in the City of marseilles, While it was Afflicted with the plague, In the Year 1720. London. Printed for J. Roberts, 1721. First edition. [4], 68 [i.e.76]pp. ESTC T29636. [And:] PRINGLE, J[ohn]. A Rational Enquiry into the nature of the plague: drawn from Historical Remarks On those that have already happen’d. London. Printed and Sold by J. Peele, 1722 First edition. [4], 24pp. ESTC T53880. [And:] HANCOCKE, John. Febrifugum Magnum: or, common water the best cure for fevers, And probably for the plague. London. Printed for R. Halsey, 1723. Third edition. [6], 3-108pp. ESTC T26511. [And:] JURIN, James. An account of the success of Inoculating the small-pox in Great Britain, for the Year 1725. London. Printed for J. Peele, 1726. First edition. [4], 6-66pp, [2]. Without half-title. With a terminal advertisement leaf. ESTC T8321. [And:] SCHEUCHZER, John Gasper. An account of the success of Inoculating the Small-Pox in Great Britain, for the Years 1727 and 1728. London. Printed for J. Peele, 1729. First edition. [2], 5-63pp, [1]. Without half-title. ESTC T18699. A sammelband of 12 early eighteenth-century pamphlets predominantly relating to the rise and treatment of the bubonic plague, undoubtedly published in response to the last of the significant epidemics to occur in Western Europe, the outbreak at Marseilles in 1720 which in the course of two years claimed the lives of over 100,000 souls. Two contemporary accounts of the devastation visited upon the French city are contained within, with other notable inclusions being the two publications by physician John Colbatch (bap, 1666?, d. 1729) on a scheme submitted to Parliament to prevent the rise of the plague in England, and Joseph Browne’s (bap. 1673, d. in or after 1721) penultimate publication, a concise treatise on the diagnosis and containment of the disease drawn from multiple sources of the preceding century. Included also are two works advocating smallpox inoculation, one being the results of James Jurin’s (bap. 1684, d. 1750) calculations demonstrating the successes of inoculation which he published annually between 1723 and 1727. The first bound work is a notable curiosity, initially printed in 1699 under the pseudonym Philander Misiatrus (and here with a subtle change of moniker), and on occasion incorrectly attributed to Swift, that, in a parody of medical treatises, gleefully satires those afflicted with gout and facetiously extolls its virtues, arguing for example that it is ‘no constant companion, but allows its patients lucid, joyous intervals.’
Manners: Translated from the french of les moeurs: wherein the Principles of Morality
On the genesis of species

On the genesis of species

MIVART, St. George xv, [1], 296pp. With a half-title and numerous engraved illustrations in the text. Original publisher’s blind-stamped green cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly rubbed and marked, slight chipping to head and foot of spine. Residue from removed bookplate to FEP, contemporary inked ownership to recto of half-title – later deleted with coloured pencil, inked private library shelf number to title-page, a trifle toned. The first edition of zoologist St. George Jackson Mivart’s (1827-1900) critique of Darwinism. Mivart’s early enthusiasm for Darwinian evolution, fostered by the tutelage of T. H. Huxley, had waned by the close of the 1860s, primarily due to the restrictive doctrine of the Catholic Church to which he had converted. In 1869, in the liberal Catholic Journal The Month, he published anonymously three articles entitled ‘Difficulties of the theory of natural selection’ in which he deconstructed Darwin’s theory – the revision of these pieces formed the basis for the present work. Though accepting of evolution in general terms, Mivart contested the applicability of natural selection to the human intellect and the efficacy of the theory in explaining incipient stages of useful anatomical structures. This critique prompted a response from Darwin in an additional chapter headed ‘Miscellaneous Objections’ appended to the sixth edition of On the Origin of Species (1872). Size: 8vo

Pappi alexandrini mathematicae collectiones a federico commandino urbinate In Latinum conversae, & Commentariis illustratae. In hac nostra editione ab innumeris, quibus scatebant mendis, & praecipue in Graeco contextu diligenter vindicatae.

PAPPUS [10], 490pp, [2]. With a portrait of Archduke Leopold, profusely illustrated within the text. Contemporary vellum, manuscript titling to head of spine, yapp edges. A trifle marked, occasional browning/marking to text, else a fine copy. The Fletcher of Saltoun copy, with his characteristic ink inscription to head of title, later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, lot 4645 in the eighteenth part of the new series of the Sothebys Bibliotheca Phillippica sales, Monday 29th November 1976, with lot description tipped in at end, and lot ticket loosely inserted. A generously margined copy, once in the library of Scottish patriot, political writer, and noted book collector Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653?-1716), of Greek geometer Pappus of Alexandria’s principal work. First printed in 1588, translated and edited by Italian humanist and mathematician Federico Commandino (1509-1575), the Latin text of the eight surviving books of the Mathematical Collectiones or Synagogue (c.340) are predominantly comprised of collected theories and problems on arithmetic and geometry posited by Pappus’ predecessors, including Archimedes and Euclid, making the work an invaluable source for Golden Age Greek mathematical study and a conspicuous influence on later scholars such as Fermat, Descartes, and Newton. Size: Folio

The companion, being a choice collection of the Most Admired Pieces from the best Authors, in prose and verse.

A SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN In four volumes. xii, 280; [5], viii, 307, [1]; [5], viii, 316; viii, 282, 289-314pp, [2]. Without half-titles nor the engraved plates (one per volume). Without leaves Aa4-6 of Vol. IV (cancelled?), text appears as though it could be continuous. Contemporary speckled calf, later rebacked in tan cloth. Extremities worn, significant surface loss to boards, spines marked. Marbled endpapers, near contemporary inked ownership inscriptions to verso of all FFEPs; ‘D. Ashew / September 1799’, very occasional light spotting, overall internally clean and crisp. A rare survival of an Edinburgh-printed anthology of prose and verse. The anonymous prefatory remarks make clear the intention of the work; ‘The design of the present collection is to furnish the reader with the most interesting stories and the most approved moral essays that the English language affords. The reader will also find a selection of beautiful poems, and elegant extracts.By thus blending poetry with prose, the compilers are hopeful they shall be able to please both the grave and the gay; the humorous as well as the some measure supply the place of a library to those who are not in circumstances to lay out much money in purchasing books of moral instruction and amusement.’ An initial advertisement leaf states that ‘the work will be comprised of six volumes.the price to subscribers only 2s. each volume in boards.In case the work.should turn out to be seven volumes, the seventh will be given to subscribers gratis.’ ESTC records copies, comprised of the first three volumes only, at two locations in the British Isles (BL and Glasgow), and none elsewhere. No copies with a fourth volume present appear to be recorded, it is unclear whether the fifth and sixth volumes were ever published. ESTC T76193. Size: 12mo

Les souverains du monde. Ouvrage qui fait connoitre la Genealogie de leurs Maisons, l’Etendue & le Gouvernement de leurs Etats, leur Religion, leurs Revenus, Forces, Titres, Pretentions, Armoiries, avec l’origine historique des pieces qui les composent, & le Lieu de leur Residence. Avec un catalogue des auteurs qui en ont le mieux ecrit.

BRESSLER UND ASCHENBERG, Ferdinand Ludwig von] In four volumes. [28], 452, [1]; [4], 652; [4], 456; [4], 352, [4]. Illustrated with 180 engraved heraldic emblems, 135 integral and 45 plates (two of which mounted, one of which folding). Titles in red and black. Contemporary speckled calf, contrasting red and black morocco lettering-pieces, gilt. Wear to spines, rubbing to boards, loss and chipping to lettering-pieces. Armorial bookplates of Edward Finch, Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham to verso of each title, gilt-stamped armorial device to calf swatch mounted to FEP of Vol. I, near contemporary ink ownership inscriptions to toned title-pages, light damp-staining to preliminary gatherings of Vols. III and IV, very occasional marginal chipping. The revised and enlarged edition of an important work on world leaders. Primarily devoted to European houses, this edition adds the rulers of Asia and Africa, including the Barbary kingdoms. The first French edition was printed in 1718, and is widely considered to be a translation of Bressler’s Die heutigen Christlichen Souverainen von Europa; though other authorities maintain that it is in actuality a translation of Johann Hubner’s Genealogische Tabellen. Size: 8vo

The trial of thomas phipps, the elder, thomas phipps, the Younger, and william thomas, for forgery, at the Assize holden at shrewsbury, for the County of salop, on Tuesday the 11th of August, 1789, before The Hon. Sir Richard Perryn, Kt. One of the Barons of his Majesty’s Court of Exchequer, at Westminster

FORGERY] [3], 6-22pp. Twentieth-century red half-morocco gilt, buckram. Boards a trifle marked, else a fine copy. T.E.G., marbled endpapers. A rare survival of a provincially printed account of the remarkable trial of Shropshire solicitor Thomas Phipps, his son also Thomas, and the former’s sixteen year-old clerk William Thomas, for forgery; a capital offence. The case was a clear cut example of the forgery of a promissory note for £20 purportedly from publican and ex-Exciseman Richard Coleman, a legal sub-tenant of ‘two pieces of land’ owned by Phipps Snr, and earlier involved in a trifling civil dispute over the taking away of hay from it. Following evidence, including study of Coleman’s handwriting, from various excise officials, the jury took only 20 minutes to agree on the guilt of the solicitor and his son. Their sentence was ‘to be severally hanged by your necks till dead’. Meanwhile, demonstrating a degree of mercy, directed that the young age, subordinate position and confession of the young clerk, Thomas should lead to his acquittal. In directing the Jury prior to their consideration, the presiding Judge, Richard Perryn, somewhat presciently questioned ‘whether it is likely that a man possessed of an estate of near £300 a year, would, at the hazard of his own and son’s life, commit a forgery for the trifling sum of £20’; on the morning of their execution Phipps Jnr is said to have confessed that his father had no knowledge of the forgery, though the prescribed sentence on both was swiftly executed. ESTC locates only two copies in British libraries (Birmingham, BL), and just Harvard Law, elsewhere. ESTC N13909. Size: Quarto