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Ken Spelman  - New Acquisitions of the Month - No 28. January 2017.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our latest monthly short list of Ten Recent Acquisitions of rare and unusual books. As always, these are new to stock (normally in the last month), have not appeared in a previous catalogue, and there will only ever be ten items to browse through.

best wishes,

Tony Fothergill

1.  MARTIRES, Bartolomeu dos. Stimulus Pastorum, ex sententiis Patrum concinnatus: in quo agitur de vita & moribus episcoporum, aliorúmque praelatorum, per Reverendiss. D.D. Bartholomaeum a Martyribus Archiepiscopum Bracharensem, & Hispaniae Primatem.  [4], 207, [1] leaves.  Slight wear to the leading edge of the first three leaves, and faint old waterstain to the lower corners of the pages.  Early ownership name of Thomas Harris on the title-page, with an early Latin inscription, and also a 19th century ownership note at the head.  There is also a 17th century name to the end-paper. Full contemporary vellum, with some mellowing and marks to the covers.  A few early marginal notes to the text.
8vo.  Parisiis: Apud Iacobum Keruer. 1583.        


~ The work includes Luis de Granada 1504-1588. Explicatio copiosior concionis habitae in consecratione Reuerendissimi D. Antonij Pinar.  First published in 1564, this appears to be the first Paris edition.

Bartolomew Fernandez (1514-1590) was a Portuguese Dominican theologian and archbishop of Braga.  This work was first published 1564 at the instance of St. Charles Borromeo. It was written to guide the interests of Christian life and the promotion of ecclesiastical discipline.

2.   OVID.  P. Ovidii Nasonis de Tristibus Libri V. In usum Scholarum Hollandie et West-frisiae. 120pp., engraved title-page.
8vo. Amstelodami, apud Everardum Cloppenburgium.  1627.

bound with...

OVID.  P. Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphoseon liber I. II. VIII. & XIII. in usum scholarum Hollandiæ & West-Frisiae recensiti & seorsim editi. 151, [1]p.
8vo.  Lugduni Batauorum : ex officina Bonauenturae & Abrahami Elzeuir. 1626.
Copac NLS only.

bound with...

CICERO.  M. Tullii Ciceronis epistolarum selectarum libri tres: editi in usum scholarum Hollandiae & West-Frisiae etc.  160pp.  Copac, BL only.
8vo.   Amstelodami: Apud L. & D. Elzevirios. 1657.

Three volumes in one, bound in full contemporary vellum. Some dustiness to the end-papers, and mellowing and marking to the vellum binding.


Queen Victoria's copy -  with poems commemorating her visit to Castle Howard in 1850.

3.  TYSON, A.G. 
An Essay on the Poetic and Musical Customs of the Ancients; with Original Poems of "Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Visit to Castle Howard."  Subscribers' edition.  viii, 308pp., engraved frontispiece. A very good copy, presumably specially bound for presentation to the Queen in attractive full gilt decorated morocco, all edges gilt, gilt 'star' endpapers. 

Scarce, Copac records a single copy (York Minster) of this first edition, and 3 copies (York, Cambridge,NLS) of the 1853 second edition.  Not in the British Library.
8vo.  [printed by]. W.G. Dove, York.  1852.

~ Queen Victoria's copy, with the following label on the front-end-paper.  "This book was formerly in the possession of Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle, and bears the Catalogue No. III.47.C.  The book plate 'Ex Bibliothec Reg in Castel Windesor' - having been removed by a London bookseller, this label was inserted by the present owner - Jonathan Blunt, Gorse Bank, Bury, Lancashire, 1906." The original shelf number is written in pencil on the inner front board, and traces of the removed label are visible.

In the preface to his poem on the Queen's visit to Castle Howard the author notes that "a copy of these two parts [of his manuscript] was, through the kindness of the Right Honourable the Earl of Carlisle, presented to Her Majesty at Castle-Howard."

4.  ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT.  A fine illuminated manuscript of Karle Wilson Baker's poem, God's Manuscript.  The artist is not identified, and it appears to have been executed around the 1920's.  Finely hand painted on vellum, 8 leaves, with additional blank leaves at the ends.  Bound in original blind stamped limp leather, and in near fine condition.  There is a title-page, and 3 fully decorated pages, separated by pages with small coloured drawings of birds or flowers.
270mm x 190mm.  c1920.

~ Karle Wilson Baker (1878–1960) was an American poet and author, born in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Educated at the University of Chicago, she studied under poet William Vaughn Moody, and novelist Robert Herrick, and later went on to write her own poems and novels.

The poem was originally published in her anthology Blue Smoke (1919), under the title Winter Secrets.



a fine copy, signed by T.S. Eliot.

ELIOT, T.S.  Triumphal March.  Number 210 of 300 large-paper copies signed by Eliot.  pp.(viii). 2 plates by E. McKight Kauffer, one in black and white, the other printed in sepia and grey. Original light grey boards, lettered in gilt on the upper cover.  Small modernist book-plate of Ron and Joan Gledhill on the front paste-down.  A fine, clean copy, virtually without blemish.
8vo. Faber and Faber Ltd.  1931.


6.  BINNS, Henry Bryan.  April Nineteen-Fifteen, with Six Preludes in Winter.  First edition. 31, [1]p advert., half-title. A very good copy in original boards, backstrip a little rubbed, but a scarce survival of this rare collection of poems.  We cannot trace another copy offered for sale.
8vo.  A.C. Fifield. 1915.

~ Henry Bryan Binns, 1873-1925.  "I saw a battle-field as large as London / Upon it a million men were making war..."

7.  THE WOOD ENGRAVINGS OF TIRZAH RAVILIOUS.  Number 8 of 1,000 copies.Compiled by Anne Ullman with Recollections by Henry Swanzy and Robert Harling. Designed by Peter Guy. 48pp., with 43 wood engravings by Tirzah Ravilious, and a note on her engravings by her daughter.  Original patterned paper stiff wrappers designed by the artist for the Golden Cockerel book "Heartsease and Honesty", 1935. A fine copy.
4to.  London: Gordon Fraser, 1987.

8.   DURRELL, Lawrence.  The Alexandria Quartet.  Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, & Clea. All are first edition, first impressions.  Very good copies in dust-wrappers, bought from one owner, with a contemporary ownership name in the first two volumes.  The first volume may have at some time lost its wrapper, and was replaced by the owner with a second edition wrapper (priced 18s).  This is slightly marked, and with a semi circular cup-mark on the upper panel.  The other three dust-wrappers are all original and in very good clean condition.
8vo.  Faber and Faber,  1957-1960.

"outstanding among all the gift books produced in Britain during the period..."

9.   POETRY OF THE YEAR.  Passages from the Poets Descriptive of the Seasons.  First edition.  viii, 104pp., 22 tipped-in colour plates with guard sheets, printed in chromolithography by Messrs. M. and N. Hanhart and Messrs. Day and Son.  An anthology of nature poetry, with illustrations after designs by artists, including Birket Foster, David Cox, Harrison Weir, and Joseph Wolf.  A very good clean copy, with just some slight occasional foxing to the text, but the illustrations all fresh and bright. A near fine copy in original green gilt decorated cloth with ornate floral design, all-edges-gilt, some slight marks to the covers. Later period lemon yellow end-papers, no cracking or inscriptions.  It would be hard to find a better copy of this scarce work.

~ Ruari McLean (Victorian Book Design & Colour Printing, p.148), notes this to be "outstanding among all the gift books produced in Britain during the period" and "one of the first books in which chromolithography is used to reproduce paintings."


10.  TAYLOR, Henry.  The Bee-Keeper's Manual, or Practical Hints on the Management and Complete Preservation of the Honey-Bee; with a description of the most approved hives, and modes of constructing them, and other appurtenances of the apiary.  Fifth edition, illustrated by a hundred engravings. xiii, [1], 216, [42]pp adverts., half-title, engraved frontispiece, and text illustrations. A very good copy in original blind stamped and gilt lettered cloth, all-edges-gilt. Slight wear to the head of the spine.
8vo. Groombridge and Sons.  1855.


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