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  • Testimony – The Memoirs of Shostakovich. – Solomom Volkov – First UK Edition 1979

    Testimony – The Memoirs of Shostakovich. – Solomom Volkov – First UK Edition 1979

    A first UK edition of the memoirs … as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov.

    Much controversy surrounds this book perhaps because of its fairly frank position of the great man’s views on … other composers, Stalin, the system etc. However, Solomon Volkov was very close to Shostakovich in his final years … and unsurprisingly Shostakovich instructed for it not be published until after his death and Volkov, who presumably had the control, never published the book in Russia.

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London 1979. Octavo, 238 pages with index and numerous illustration from period photographs. Very nice.

    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was nine before being taught the piano by his mother … his natural talent was immediately identified … he could repeat the pieces the next day without reference to the music score. His first symphony at 19 was success. Not all of his efforts were successful afterwards … his music too experimental at times for the Communist rule … particularly Stalin … who later had a habit of disposing of his friends and relatives. Later his music softened and he was gradually brought into the embrace of the hierarchy.

    The photographic images are special … with Prokofiev and Khachaturian … imagine the conversations.

    Shostakovich thorough and believable

    $40.00

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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).

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $390.00

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  • Supreme Court of Queensland 1859-1960: History, Jurisdiction, Procedure. –  Justice Bruce H.M. McPherson

    Supreme Court of Queensland 1859-1960: History, Jurisdiction, Procedure. – Justice Bruce H.M. McPherson

    A first edition of the book on the Queensland Supreme Court up to 1960. Published by Butterworths, Sydney in 1989.

    Royal octavo, 440 pages after a lengthy forward by the Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs, former Chief Justice of Australia.

    With colour portraits and black and white text illustrations. A very good copy.

    The author, Bruce Harvey McPherson (1936-2013) was South African born who graduated from Trinity Hall Cambridge in 1959. Shortly after he moved to Brisbane. He was admitted to the Queensland Bar on 1965 and made QC in 1975. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982 and then the Court of Appeal in 1991 continuing in that role until his retirement in 2006.

    Queensland Supreme Court by McPherson.

    $90.00

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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

    $190.00

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  • Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Published as a series … Volume I – The Early Years; Volume II – The Rise of Talair and Volume III Wings of a Nation.

    Published by Robert Brown, Bathurst, New South Wales progressively Vol I 1986; Vol Ii 1988 and Vol II 1990 all first printings.

    Incredible work by the devoted author James Sinclair. We doubt if there has been a better job done on any aviation market in the world.

    Sinclair was for many years a field officer in Papua New Guinea, starting as a cadet and retiring as District Commissioner in 1975, the year of Independence. Author of many books about the region.

    Large quarto, 296, 296 and 352 pages, heavily illustrated with some magnificent historic images, a great number in colour. Very heavy, near 5 kg, so may need a postage supplement depending on your location. Fine condition.

    If you would like individual volumes to make up a set … get in touch. Enquiries regarding the detailed content welcomed.

    Balus – All of It … in Fine Condition

    $440.00

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