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  • Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland; from the dissolution of the last Parliament of Charles II till the Capture of the French and Spanish Fleets at Vigo – Three Volumes – Sir John Dalrymple -1790

    Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland; from the dissolution of the last Parliament of Charles II till the Capture of the French and Spanish Fleets at Vigo – Three Volumes – Sir John Dalrymple -1790

    A new edition 1790 updating his first offering about twenty year earlier that finished at the time of the sea battle of La Hogue. Published by Strahan & Cadell, Bell, Creech & Balfour, London and Edinburgh, 1790.

    Three volumes, octavo, a beautiful set in contemporary mottled calf, banded spine with red morocco title label and green morocco volume number lozenge. Almost edible.

    A vert attractive set of an important work with original owner name Alexander Fraser Tyler, a distinguished Scottish Advocate at the head of the title.

    Sir John Dalrymple (1726-1810) was the 4th Baron of Cousland and Scottish Advocate, Judge and Chemist. He studied at Edinburgh and Cambridge and was a friend of David Hume and Adam Smith. In writing this large work he had access numerous original manuscript documents.

    Of Australian interest the volumes contain … “An Account of an Intended Expedition in the South Seas by Private Persons in the Late War” which relates to Sir John Dalrymple’s attempts to persuade merchants of Glasgow to organise a privateering expedition against Spain in the Pacific. There are numerous references to New Holland and the discoveries of James Cook.

    Because of these early Australian references these volumes are included in Ferguson’s bibliography of all books Australian at number 78.

    Important 18th Century memoir in fine style with Australian interest and important provenance.

    About the first owner Alexander Tytler

    Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouslee (1747-1813) was a Scottish advocate, judge, writer who serve as Professor of Universal History, Greek and Roman Antiquities at Edinburgh University. In 1790, around the time he purchased these volumes, he became Judge Advocate of Scotland and in 1802 he became a Lord of Session in the Scottish Courts. He was a friend of Robert Burns and famously persuaded Burns to remove several lines from “Tam o’Shanter”’ which had insulted the legal profession.

    $690.00

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  • Cook the Discoverer – George Forster

    Small quarto, number six in the prestigious Maritime series published by Hordern House in 2007. Limited to 1050 copies, 276 pages, bound in quarter tan kangaroo with speckled papered sides. Fine condition as new.

    The book includes a facsimile of the original book published in the German language with a new English translation to follow. Copious notes and a good bibliography the whole supported by an excellent introduction by Nigel Erskine, Curator of Explorations at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    It was eight years after the death of Cook that Forster completed his essay on the great man Cook der Entdecker (Discoverer). Partly written as an introduction to Forster’s own translation of Cook’s Third Voyage. Foster had participated in Cook’s second Voyage along with his father who had taken over as naturalist with Joseph Banks dropping out. Forster displays a true understanding of the character of Cook and that alone makes his viewpoint worthy of this sumptuous presentation by Hordern House.

    Forster required reading for all Cook followers

    $190.00

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  • The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    Eight works in 11 volumes, published in London by William Pickering, mixed editions various dates 1833 – 1845.

    Bound in full contemporary polished calf, boards gilt ruled, the spines with gilt lined raised bands, altered direct and dated at the foot of spine. Very good copies with an occasional mark externally and a faint damp stain to the uncoloured geology plates, outer corner. The famous massive folding coloured plate is in fine condition. Each volume carries the bookplate of Maximillian Dudley Digges Dalison.

    Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgwater, a gentleman naturalist and scientist, commissioned the Bridgewater Treatises to be written on his death bed. He died in February 1829. Eight thousand pounds was given to the President of the Royal Society for this purpose. In turn the President appointed leading authorities in key fields to write works with reference to Natural Theology.

    The Voyager Treatise comprise Thomas Chalmers – The Adaption of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Condition of Man; John Kidd – The Adaption of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man; William Whewell – Astronomy and General Physics; Sir Charles Bell – The Hand, Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design; Peter Mark Roget – Animals and Vegetable Physiology; William Buckland’s – Geology and Mineralogy; William Kirby – On the History, Habits and Instincts of Animals and William Prout – Chemistry, Meteorology and the Function of Digestion.

    The ninth and final Bridgewater Treatise – Charles Babbage – A Fragment is not included in the run.

    Many of the volumes stand alone as important works … Sir Charles Bell on the Hand, Astronomy by Whewell etc. It is the Rev Buckland that produced a truly remarkable work in the field of Geology. The second of two volumes contains all the 87 plates required all finely engraved and the large folding hand coloured plate is something very special.

    Rev William Buckland (1784-1856) was an exceptional individual – a Fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Royal Geological Society. His interest in geology and palaeontology led him to write the first full account of a fossil dinosaur which he named Megalosarurus. He discovered the Kirkdale cave and concluded that it had been a prehistoric hyena den – for which he was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society. This work was written just prior to his awakening that certain geological structures and fossil remains were a result of glaciation and not the effect of floodwaters from the great deluge. Buckland was a friend of a young Charles Darwin – there must have been some very interesting conversations.

    Important Georgian/ Early Victorian intellectual works by leading academics of the day

    $890.00

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  • Thucydides [The Eight Books of the Peloponnesian War] Thucydides translated by Benjamin Jowett.

    Thucydides [The Eight Books of the Peloponnesian War] Thucydides translated by Benjamin Jowett.

    Two fine volumes comprising the eights books of the Peloponnesian War written by Thucydides the son of Olorus, translated into English with an Introduction, Marginal Analysis, Notes and Indices, to which is prefixed An Essay on Inscriptions and a Note on the Geography of Thucydides.

    Finely bound in full blue polished calf by Relfe Brothers as a prize at Dulwich College. Octavo, 267 pages and 514 pages after preliminaries. Lavish gilt to board borders, edges and internally, gilt design to front, raised bands to spines with separate red leather title labels, gilt designs to compartments. Top edge richly gilt with typical Relfe rich marbled endpapers, prize label on Vol I. The odd tiny rub, overall a very good near fine set in sumptuous bindings.

    A second edition published by the Clarendon Press, Oxford in 1900 with revisions by Forbes and Abbott of Jowett’s standard translation of the great classic. Jowett was Master of Balliol College and Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University. Regarded as the most accurate and scholarly translation embellished by Jowett’s notes and commentaries.

    Thucydides (cBC460-cBC400) Greek historian and a military general. He began writing about the fourth century BC wars between Sparta and Athens as soon as they broke out believing they would be of greater substance than any previous war. What is known about Thucydides comes mainly from this work. He was born into a wealthy Thrace family with connections in high places and large estates in Thrace. He owned gold mines on his estates. During the war he was blamed by the Athenian’s for the loss of Amphipolis to the Spartans even though it was already lost by the time his forces made it to the town. As a result he was exiled and spent much of his time on his estate and took to writing the “history” in earnest. He is regarded as the first “scientific” history writer … meaning he based his work on proper observations and facts and wrote up the events without bias. He intended his work to survive as a true record … he wrote “it is not written for display, to make an immediate impression, but to be a possession for all time”

    Thucydides – the War between Sparta and Athens 4th Century BC
    Complete in two volumes finely bound by Relfe Brothers

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $190.00

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  • Neurological Fragments – J Hughlings Jackson

    Neurological Fragments – J Hughlings Jackson

    Originally published by Oxford Medical Publications in 1925. Selected by the Classic’s of Medicine Advisory Board for their unusual fine treatment and republished in this form in 1983.

    Octavo, 227 pages with index and including as an introduction a biographical memoir by James Taylor and “recollections” by sir Jonathan Hutchinson and Dr Charles Mercier.

    Bound in full burgundy leather with lavish gilt decoration to boards, marbled endpapers, rich gilt edges and silk marker ribbon. A lovely production. Contains 21 separate studies.

    John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911) was a pioneering neurologist. He was from Yorkshire and qualifies at St Barts, London in 1856. After a spell at York he returned to London and progressively held more senior positions in his field. His work on epilepsy was of particular note.

    Jackson and his neurological fragments

    $70.00

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  • Duodenal Ulcer – Moynihan

    Duodenal Ulcer – Moynihan

    A special issue from the Classics of Medicine Series. Large octavo, 379 pages bound in full deep blue leather with lavish gilt work to boards and spine. Page edges richly gilt, marbled endpapers, silk marker ribbon intact.

    A faithful facsimile of Moynihan’s key book on duodenal ulcers published by Saunders in 1910.

    The author, Berkeley George Andrew Moynihan, 1st Baron Moynihan KCMG, CB, FRCS (1865-1936) was some fellow. He joined the Navy then after two years studied medicine at Leeds University and after graduation soon rose to be a surgeon. In the First World War he became Major General and was Chairman of the Army Advisory Board. He went on to do great things in medicine and was rewarded becoming the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1926.

    He is quoted as saying that to be a perfect surgeon one must have the heart of a lion and the hands of a lady … and even more poetically “Infinite gentleness, scrupulous care, light handling and purposeful, effective, quiet movements which are no more than a caress, are all necessary if an operation is to be the work of an artists and not merely of a hewer of flesh”.

    You could trust Moynihan with your duodenum

    $60.00

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