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  • The History of Queen Anne, Digested into Annals. Year the Sixth. Containing a Full and Exact Account of the Long and Glorious Campaign of His Grace the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene. Abel Boyer – 1708

    The History of Queen Anne, Digested into Annals. Year the Sixth. Containing a Full and Exact Account of the Long and Glorious Campaign of His Grace the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene. Abel Boyer – 1708

    Published by Margaret Coggan, London in 1708.

    Octavo, 559 pages all up, bound in original panelled calf, rubbed and cracked at joints, pages lightly browned. Various endpaper scribbles of the period and interesting ownership notations … Richard Townley’s signature on the title page and, the deleted name of James Bamford and a note “not his book 1718”. Also, to affirm, carries the Townley bookplate and an unusual inscription “Begun my short round at small Bridge design to end at Whitworth”

    The Townley or sometimes written Towneley family have a special place in English history. They had been fighting in wars for centuries and at this time supported the Jacobites. A Richard Towneley (1689-1735) who could be our man, was arrested in 1715 after at the Battle of Preston and acquitted after an expensive trial … they could afford one. His brothers John and Francis joined the French army and aided the final Jacobite uprising in 1745 … Francis was captured and executed in 1746. The book “How the Hangman Lost His Heart’ is about his story. Later family members amassed a very substantial library which was auctioned off in the 1820’s to refurbish their city digs, Corney House in Chiswick. This book would have passed through that auction.

    John Churchill was the First Duke of Marlborough and the campaigns he successfully fought with the aid of his trusted Imperial Commander, Prince Eugene were the greatest strategic Military actions before Napoleon. His family had already amassed wealth through high connections, but his success brought special treatment from Anne, and William before her. His wife Sarah was a first a special friend of Anne’s and history suggest they may have been lovers … before there was an enormous falling out and Sarah was ejected from the bed chamber and Court. Many who visit Blenheim Palace (named after one of his greatest campaigns) believe Churchill’s wealth must have been beyond any limit … however its building was plagued with problems, not the least financial, and took twenty odd years to complete. Churchill never got to occupy it … unfinished and unfurnished at his death in 1822.

    The author Abel Boyer (1667-1729) was French born Huguenot who fled, first to Friesland, then to England. There he fell into great poverty but eventually got a role as a transcriber. His scholarly talents were recognised, and he went on to become tutor to the aristocracy and to Prince William, son of Princess to be Queen Anne. For William he prepared “The Complete French Master” which was published in 1694. He wrote and published numerous history books and it is no surprise, given his connections, that he wrote his series of books on the reign of Queen Anne. The publisher Margaret Coggan was the widow of Francis Coggan who had died the year before this book was published. She continued to trade from the Inner Temple Lane dealing mainly in law books … she had a half share in Dr John Harris’s Lexicon Technicum

    Interesting antiquarian history … a busy year in the reign of Queen Anne … and the making of Marlborough

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    $180.00

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  • The Secret History of White-Hall from the Restoration of Charles II Down to the Abdication of the late K[ing] James. – David Jones – First Edition 1697

    The Secret History of White-Hall from the Restoration of Charles II Down to the Abdication of the late K[ing] James. – David Jones – First Edition 1697

    Lengthy title continues … “Writ at the Request of a Noble Lord, and conveyed to him in letters, by _________ interpreter to the Marquess of Louvois, who by that means had the perusal of all the private minutes between England and France for many years: the whole consisting of a secret memoirs, which have hitherto lain conceal’d, as not being discoverable by any other hand / publish’d from the original papers, by D Jones gent.

    A scarce first edition of an unusual work, published by R Baldwin, London in 1697. Six parts all bound in one volume. Octavo, 14, 80, 80, 80, 64,80,100. Bound in contemporary full calf, re-backed with red title label. Some rubbing and repair to joint, and pretty clean internally.

    One of the most interesting “Secret Histories” described by Lowndes as a ‘scandalous work”. Exposes the secret negotiations, treaties, liaisons, conspiracies, court scandals etc in the reigns of Charles Ii and James.

    David Jones (1776-1720), born at Llwynrhys, Wales, was a Captain in the Royal Regiment of Dragoons. He was at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. He spent much time on mainland Europe where he became fluent in modern languages and was appointed (as the title suggests) to serve the Marquis of Louvois, who was the French Minister for War. Jones was to publish several other “historical accounts”, including the History of the Turks.

    Scarce 17thC account of the goings on during the reigns of Charles II and James II (of England).

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    $390.00

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  • Cromwell – English Civil War – Sarcastic Notices of the Long Parliament – Editor J.C. Hotten [1863 re 1660]

    Cromwell – English Civil War – Sarcastic Notices of the Long Parliament – Editor J.C. Hotten [1863 re 1660]

    Title continues … A List of the Members that Held Places, both Civil and Military … with the Sums of Money and Lands which they Divided among Themselves.

    A Victorian facsimile, published 1863, of a nigh impossible to get 17th Century account.

    A first of type. Bound in original salmon cloth covered boards, very clean copy internally, a small dint to the board front edge and sun effect to lower rear board … despite that a very good copy. Very clean internally printed on top class paper for the esteemed Chiswick Press.

    Small quarto, 49 pages plus adverts of interest regarding other classic references.

    The original accounts were titled “Mystery of the Good Old Cause’ of 1660, a satire on the Long Parliamentarians ‘self denying’ act, essentially a biographical catalogue of Parliamentarian collaborators. The Editor remarks … “Only a very few copies of the present work have been reprinted”.

    Having carried out research at Voyager, we cannot sensibly estimate the print run, but can say that few copies exist anywhere. We are also intrigued by the family names that seem to have benefited from the goings on … many still seem to be at the top of the money pile today.

    For those not informed the Long Parliament was … well long … 1640-1660. It followed the Short Parliament, which last three weeks in the aforesaid 1640. That in turn followed 11 years without a Parliament, Changing times.

    The reality of English 17th Century – Greed but with Control … super record of goings on among the well healed of the day

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  • The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron 1768 – The Wreck of The Wager

    The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron 1768 – The Wreck of The Wager

    The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a Late Expedition Round the World) Containing and Account of the Great Distresses Suffered by Himself and his Companions on the Coast of Patagonia, from the Year 1740, till their Arrival in England, 1746, With a description of St Jago de Chili, and the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. Also a Relation of the Loss of the Wager Man of War, One of Admiral Anson’s Squadron.

    Second edition published the same year as the first, 1768 in London by Baker, Leigh and Davies. Complete with frontispiece engraving of the wreck of the Wager, 257 pages in very good condition. Quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards, originally half with corner points removed. A fresh title label at some time.

    Australian historian Geoffrey Ingleton’s copy with his bookplate. And, earlier the unusual bookplate of the famous Cholmondeley Library with the Case/Shelf and number reference.

    Byron was midshipman aboard the Wager, one of Anson’s squadron in his voyage of circumnavigation. The ship was wrecked off the Chilean coast and the survivors who remained with Captain David Cheap were made prisoners by the Indians and turned over to the Spanish authorities. The wreck of the Wager led to major changes in British nautical law relating to shipwreck. Byron’s narrative is one of the most thrilling accounts in the language, and supplied his illustrious descendant [Lord Byron, the poet] with many particulars for the shipwreck in Don Juan.

    Fundamental Anson Voyage Account – Distinguished Library Provenance

    $790.00

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  • Honours Conferred by Charles II (A Catalogue of Nobility) – First Edition 1662

    Honours Conferred by Charles II (A Catalogue of Nobility) – First Edition 1662

    Printed by Robert Pawley at the Sign of the Bible in Chancery-Lane near the Temple 1662.

    Full and proper title … Catalogue of Nobility – The Names and Titles of all such Dukes, Earls, Viscounts and Barons, Knights of the Garter, Knights of the Bath, and Knights Baronets, made by His Majesty K. Charles II. With the times of their Creations. Also, The Names of His Majesties Privy Council, the Bishops and Piers of the Realm as they are placed in this present Parliament. With the addition of above 40 new Honours.

    Small octavo, 68 pages after title and one-page Publishers Catalogue … which include the then useful “A Collection of What is Treason by the Laws of England”.

    Rebound at some date in full vellum with gilt titles to front in decorative gilt broader, nice gilt devices and lines to spine, silk ribbon added. A very nice presentation.

    After the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, King Charles II quickly enhanced the “system” of privilege … the old names were there … Percy of Northumberland but many new ones were added … with all that in place his back was covered? And more time could be afforded to his greatest joy … to party.

    Period record of the Honours of Charles II – 1662

    $290.00

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  • Early 19th Century Pope Joan Card Game Staking Board

    Early 19th Century Pope Joan Card Game Staking Board

    A striking example of a Pope Joan Staking Board, likely Georgian.

    A red lacquered board probably made in China for the English market. The circular pot to hold counters is surrounded by eight divisions. The borders embellished to describe each of the compartments … the Nine of Diamonds (Which represents “Pope Joan”; The Ace, King, Queen and Jack of Diamonds, and the words Matrimony, Intrigue and Game with floral devices in gilt in-between. Still has the top to the pot (often missing) with more card decorations. Does not have a wooden pedestal foot which would have screwed on below. 24cm in diameter. Likely made from Birch or some other decorative light wood. A really super example.

    An 18th Century round game of cards for three to eight players derived French games and related to but less elaborate than Newmarket. It did not appear in Hoyle until 1814 but had been mentioned in early dictionaries. Pope Joan refers to the suspicion that Pope John VIII was actually a woman.

    Two Hundred Year Old Staking Board for Pope Joan – a lovely decorative piece

    $460.00

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