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  • A Treatise on Land-Surveying – Thomas Dix of Oundle – 1799

    A Treatise on Land-Surveying – Thomas Dix of Oundle – 1799

    Printed by Baldwin, New Bridge Street, London and sold by Seeley at Ave-Maria-lane and Seeley Buckingham and the Author at Oundle.

    Octavo, 182 pages illustrated with 180 diagrams and nine of ten copper plates, five of which are large and folding. There are ten plates noted in the last but the last was a separately stitched facsimile field book which is invariably missing.

    The author Thomas Dix was a teacher at the Northampton School of Oundle. Dix dedicates the work the Worshipful Company of Grocers and so he should. The school was formed in 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers endowed a “Free Grammar School”. Under the terms of his will, the Grocers have been supporting the school ever since. Of the 108 livery companies in London they are number two … established in 1515 and originally known as the Guild of Pepperers who go back to 1100.

    The advertisements to the book suggest this is a second edition … more complete. The author does not pretend to any new Discovery; his aim is the deficiency of a Book … to instruct Boys in the first rudiments of Land-surveying by the Chain and Cross only.

    Bound in full leather, gold lines to spine but no sign of ever having a title label. Gilt knurling to board edges, joints split but holding quite well. Internally very clean and the fold out engravings are in pretty good condition. Everything a young chap need to survey the family estate.

    The book went through a number of later editions well into the 1820’s. This is the earliest copy we have found.

    Methodical training in Surveying 1799 – Nice plates.

    $190.00

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  • Lawrence of Arabia – The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society – Long Unbroken Run of 46 Issues – Bound and in Fine Condition.

    Lawrence of Arabia – The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society – Long Unbroken Run of 46 Issues – Bound and in Fine Condition.

    Published at Oxford by the Society a continuous run from 1991 to 2014.

    Octavo, 46 issues (Over 4,000 pages) plus the index volume. Bound in eight volumes, blue cloth covered boards. Volume 1, Number 1 Spring 1991 to Volume XXIII, Number 2 2013/14. Retaining the original card covers on every issue. Not a mark on them, fine condition. A heavy set which may require an Overseas postage supplement

    We will be adding a listing of the journal contents. This is the first bound volume only ..

    Vol 1/1
    1. A.W. Lawrence 1990-1901 (T.E. younger brother had just died)
    2. Eleven Hundred Miles on the Lawrence Trail
    3. Lawrence as an Archaeologist
    4. T.E. Lawrence and the Bodleian
    5. Mecca’s Revolt against the Turk
    6. Interview with Colonel Lawrence
    7. An Appeal from Damascus: the Mohammed Abdulla Bassam Affair
    8. Notes on the Introduction to the Royal Air Force of High-Speed Craft
    9. A Lawrence Diary, “Oriental Assembly”
    10. An Introduction to the BBC 1962 Documentary: T.E. Lawrence 1888-1935
    11. Documentary Proof of Wishful Thinking
    Vol 1/2
    11. Off and On The Tracks to Atwi
    12. T.E. Lawrence and Frederick Manning
    13. Lawrence and his Brough Superiors
    Vol2/1
    14. Arabian Nights and Days: Part I
    15. Ramping
    16. T.E. Lawrence and Rupert de la Bere
    17. T.E. Shaw and the British Power Boat Company
    18. Tale of an “Arabian Knight”: The T.E. Lawrence Effigy
    Vol 2/2
    19. More Travels on the Lawrence Trail
    20. Arabian Nights and Days: Part II
    21. The Mint Illustrated
    22. Amendments to the Authorised Biography
    23. T.E. Lawrence Materials at Oxford.
    Vol 3/1
    24. Seven Essays
    25. Summary of the Hejaz Revolt
    26. T.E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill
    27. T.E. Lawrence and the Visual Arts
    28. Notes on the American Issues of Revolt in the Desert
    29. Notes on Editing the Oxford Seven Pillars
    Vol 3/2
    30. Sherif Feisal
    31. Great Britain and the Arabs up to the Armistice of 30 October 1918
    32. Two views of T.E. Lawrence
    33. Lawrence of Arabia in a New Disguise
    34. T.E. Lawrence and the translating of the Odyssey
    35. Motor-Boats for the R.A.F.
    36. Voyage of an R.A.F. Motor-Boat

    T.E. Lawrence – The Journal of the Society – The man would have been impressed.

    $590.00

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  • The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel defoe – Early Printing 1708

    The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel defoe – Early Printing 1708

    A rare pamphlet by Daniel Defoe published anonymously. First seen in 1701 this is the still scarce edition published by Henry Hills, London in 1708.

    Octavo, 37 pages plus one page of advertisements. Previous owners name on title. A very good copy.

    A satirical poem of length about xenophobia … a few could learn from it today. Dutch born William of Orange has become King of England, and there was much tittle tattle about his lack of Englishness. Defoe, forever a wit, wrote this in support of old William of O, ridiculing the notion of English racial purity. Well the evidence is there.

    Defoe … much quoted from his opening rant

    “that het’rogeneous thing, an Englishman:
    In eager rapes, and furious lust begot
    Betwixt a painted Britain and a Scot
    Whose gend’ring off-spring quickly learn’d to bow,
    And yoke their heifers to the Roman plough:
    From whence a mongrel half-bred race there came,
    With neither name, nor nation, speech nor fame.
    In whose hot veins new mixtures quickly ran,
    Infused betwixt a Saxon and a Dane
    While their rank daughters, to their parents just,
    Receiv’d all nations with promiscuous lust.
    This nauseous brood directly did contain
    The well-extracted blood of Englishmen.”

    Mmhhh … no holding back there

    Daniel Defoe at his greatest wit … wish he had met Spike – 300 years plus old …

    $190.00

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  • From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    First edition published by Oxford University Press in 1934. Large octavo, 545 pages with 240 illustrations. Decorated cloth covered boards and with most of the rare dust jacket, with repaired separation to rear corner and large chip to base of spine. The book rarely appears with its jacket. A very good copy. A substantial book.

    A history of the progress of Egyptian religious beliefs and related mythology during ancient times.

    Chapter subjects include … The Religions of Ancient Egypt; Predynastic Cults – Animism – Fetishism – Gods and Goddesses of Fetish Origin etc ; Magic the Foundation of Egyptian Religions; Magical Rituals and Spells; The Magician – His Powers and Works; The Family of Gebb and Nut; Hathor and the Hathor-Goddesses; Gods – Stellar, Borrowed and Foreign; Osiris the Rival of Ra; The Judgement of the Dead; Life Beyond the Grave etc etc

    Wallis Budge (1857-1934) one of a group of top Egyptologists to be associated with the British Museum. Born into poor circumstances he made London and the British Museum as a young man. He was so well liked and he was sponsored through Cambridge by Gladstone and Smith (of W.H. Smith fame). He studied the work of Layard, knew Alfred Sayce well (see out original letter by Sayce), learned from Assyriologist George Smith (Voyager hero). It was not long until he was in charge of building the collection which he did in a grand scale. His most distinguished acquisition maybe the Papyrus of Ani “Book of the Dead”. He wrote many books on his subject. This his final and enduring work.

    Budge – a lifetime devoted to Egyptology.

    $220.00

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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

    $480.00

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