Historia regni Henrici Septimi.
Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1662.
12mo. (iv) 5-402, (vi). Roman and italic letter, woodcut initial, head- and tail-pieces, title page engraved with Wheel of Fortune. Title page dusty with light damp staining, age yellowing and occasional ink spots throughout, faint damp stain to lower margin of final few gatherings, in contemporary calf, cracked and worn, re-backed, all edges speckled red. R.W. Gibson’s pencilled ex libris and purchase record on back pastedown.
Historia Naturalis & experimentalis de ventis.
Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1662.
12mo. (viii) 232, (xvi). Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page depicting the creation of a tempest through magic. Light age yellowing, a good clean, well-margined copy in ornate straight-grained red morocco by Bozerian with gilt-ruled and -rolled panels, compartments richly gilt on spine, all edges gold, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate of Holland House on pastedown. Arthur Houghton’s acquisition note on rear free end paper.
De Augmentis Scientiarum.
Amsterdam, Johannis Ravestemius, 1662.
12mo. pp. (xx) 607, (LXVIII). Roman lettter, finely engraved title page, early manuscript ‘Liber R. Harby’ at head and Mich: Batt a. aR on inner rear board. Light age yellowing, good copy in contemporary calf, re-backed, spine re-mounted, corner repairs.
Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1661.
Pp. (xxxii) 549, (xli) 3-86, (x). Roman letter, finely engraved title page, early manuscript case mark beneath, woodcut initials and ornaments. Autograph ‘George Sitwell 1677’ (of the Renishaw Sitwells) on ffep. Light age yellowing, good copy in contemporary calf gilt, spine remounted.
Gibson 186. Williams 1264.
Novum Organum (with) De Ventis.
Amsterdam, J. Ravesteinii & Elsevier, 1660.
12mo. pp. (xii) 404, (iv) + (xvi) 232, (xvi). Roman letter, finely engraved title page to each work. Good copies in contemporary vellum, early autograph partially scratched out at foot of first title page.
Gibson 106 & 111.
Opuscula Varia Posthuma, Philosophica, Civilia, et Theologica.
London, R. Danielis, 1658.
FIRST EDITION, first issue, 8vo. Roman and Italic. pp. (xxxvi) 216, collected and edited by William Rawley. Manuscript ‘vendatur 1752 Royen’ on title page, also early ink stamp ‘Acad. Lugd’ (Lyons) and on upper and lower edges. Good clean copy in contemporary polished vellum.
Scripta in Naturali et Universali Philosophia.
Amsterdam, Ludovico Elzevir, 1653. (with)
Historia Naturalis & Experimentalis de Ventis.
Leiden, Francis Hack, 1648.
12mo. Two volumes in one. pp. (xii) 336 + fold-out 337-496, (xvi) 232, (xvi).
FIRST EDITION of first, and FIRST LATIN EDITION of second work. 1) Roman and Italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page depicting three debating philosophers with various instruments (astrolabe, globe, sextant), printed title page with Elzevir device. 2) Roman and Italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page depicting the creation of a tempest through magic. Light age yellowing, fold-out plate torn with no loss, C19 ex libris on fly, in contemporary polished vellum, title written in brown ink on spine, all edges speckled blue.
Gibson 223 “important collection,” 110a.
De augmentis scientiarum libri.
Leiden, Adrian Wijngaerden, 1652.
12mo. pp. (x) 684, (lx), lacking final two blanks. Roman and Italic letter, engraved title page depicting Bacon reading a folio volume with a wildly dressed figure holding a volume and representing the Book of Nature. Age yellowing, upper margin of first few gatherings cropped closely but with no loss, contemporary manuscript biographical note added to fly, ascribed to Thomas Fairfax (1693-1781), George Washington’s friend, patron and mentor, whose ex libris appears in pencil above, in C1800 polished calf by J.J. Cowling of Barnet (label on pastedown), with red morocco label on spine, with title and compartments gilt, all edges speckled blue.
A REVOLUTIONARY EDITION OF PHILOSOPHICAL TEXT
Novum Organum Scientiarum.
Leiden, Adrian Wyngaerden, 1650.
12mo. (xxiv) 404. Roman and italic letter, woodcut initial, head- and tail-pieces, engraved title page of ship between the Pillars of Hercules. Light age yellowing, good, well-margined copy in contemporary calf with panels triple-ruled in blind. Shelf mark to pastedown, later label to spine, speckled edges. Acquisition note of E. Poore 1760.
Enoch Poore (1736-1780), born and raised in Andover Massachusetts, was a Revolutionary War hero, commanding regiments at the battles of Lexington, Crown Point, and Stillwater, before joining Washington at Philadelphia to fight in the New Jersey campaign. After surviving the infamously brutal winter at Valley Forge, Poore fought valiantly under Lafayette at the Battle of Monmouth.
The Remaines of the Right Honorable Francis Lord Verulam.
London, B. Alsop for Lawrence Chapman, 1648.
FIRST EDITION. 4to. pp. (vi) 103. Roman and italic letter, head- and tail-pieces, woodcut initials. Title page and first few leaves a bit dusty, a clean copy in contemporary calf with gilt-ruled panels on covers, re-backed, all edges red.