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The History of the Flagellants,
The History of the Flagellants, Or The Advantages of Discipline; Being a Paraphrase and Commentary On the Historia Flagellantium of the Abbé Boileau, Doctor of the Sorbonne, Canon of the Holy Chapel, &c. By Somebody who is not Doctor of the Sorbonne [John Lewis Delolme].
London: Printed for Fielding & Walker, No. 20, Paternoster-Row. MDCCLXXVII [1777].
First Edition, second issue. 4to, in fine 19th century full morocco gilt binding, t.e.g., by F. Bedford; pp. (vi), including half title, title, list of illustration and contents, + 340; 4 engraved plates & four engraved vignettes, as called for. Occasional spotting.
A fine example of Delolme’s provocative English adaptation of Abbé Boileau’s highly controversial history of flagellation, first published 1700. It traces the practice throughout history and literature, with its uses as punishment, religious self-discipline, private atonement or erotic practice. The illustrations include devils whipping men, Henry II's penitance for the death of Thomas Becket, and Bernadine of Sienna whipping a bare-breasted woman to extinguish her ardour. This scarce second issue has an errata on page 332.
With bookplate of George Clive on front pastedown.
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[The Humours of Hob at the Country Wake in the Opera of Flora.]
[The Humours of Hob at the Country Wake in the Opera of Flora.]
J. Laguerre Inv.t et Delin. Claude Du Bosc fe.
[n.d., c.1745.]
Oblong folio, 19th century half morocco gilt, morocco title label on front board; eight numbered plates, as called for, laid on contemporary canvas. Last plate with the printseller's label of Thomas Bakewell verso. Verso Old ink mss on front endpaper; some wear to edges of plates with old restoration.
A rare complete set of eight scenes from James Hippisley's "Flora, an Opera" (1729), an adaptation of Thomas Dogget's popular play "The Country Wake" which first appeared in 1696. Flora loves Tom Friendly, but a love letter carried by Hob is intercepted by her uncle, Sir Thomas, who throws Hob down a well to die. Rescued by his parents, Hob vows revenge. A rare set: the BM only has four of this series, of which one is trimmed into the verse and the other three lack plate numbers. They also have a smaller, reversed edition, also engraved by Dubosc, published by Robert Sayer. The famous print & mapseller and publisher, Thomas Bakewell worked between 1729 and 1749, when his widow Elizabeth took over the business.
BM: 1890,0415.334 - 337.
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Miseries of Human Life:
Miseries of Human Life: Designed and Etched by T. Rowlandson and Published December 1 1808 by R. Ackermann, Repository of Arts, 101 Strand, London.
[n.d., 1808, First Edition, early issue.]
4to, original half morocco, with printed paper title label on front board; 50 etchings, as called for, with wonderfully fresh colour and wide margins; plates watermarked 'J Whatman 1804' (1), 'J Whatman 1805 (3, including 'Pall Mall'); 'J Whatman 1806' (3), and 'John Hall 1805' (11). Hinges cracked, front board nearly detached. 'Miseries of Human Life Introductory Dialogue' with stain; 'Miseries of Social Life Dialogue 7' with repaired tear.
An extremely rare early example of the complete series by Thomas Rowlandson, inspired by 'The Miseries of Human Life' by James Beresford (1764-1840), published in 1806. Rowlandson began drawing scenes as soon as the book was published and, after two years, fifty were selected by Ackermann to be published in a new edition. Contents of the book vary widely, with some plates replaced. The iconic scenes and characters from this series, some of which were Rowlandson's own invention while others closely mirror Beresford's text, reappeared frequently under variations of the 'Miseries' title, right up until the artist's death.
Abbey Life 317; ''Plate 40 'Pall Mall' [last plate in this example] is rare, most copies replacing this with 'The Chiropodist''. Grego Vol II, pp. 119-124.
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Loyal Volunteers Of London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry,  in their respective Uniforms.  Representing the whole of the Manual, Platoon, & Funeral Exercise, In 87 Plates.
Loyal Volunteers Of London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry, in their respective Uniforms. Representing the whole of the Manual, Platoon, & Funeral Exercise, In 87 Plates.
Designed & Etch'd by T. Rowlandson. and Dedicated by Permission to his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
[London: Rudolph Ackermann, n.d., plates dated 1798 - 1799.]
Subscriber's copy, large 4to, original marbled boards, rebacked, uncut; pp. viii incl. dedication, plus list of subscribers & foreign subscribers, and contents; hand-coloured etched titlepage & 86 hand-coloured aquatint plates, many heightened with gold or silver, total 87 as called for. Binding worn, plates generally good with well-preserved vivid colour, occasionally stained. Some offsetting of image to facing text.
The volunteer corps were established as a direct response to the perceived imminent danger of invasion by Napoleon's forces. A volunteer from each London regiment is placed by Rowlandson in a particular drill position, with an etched description below. The corresponding adjacent text sheet gives a brief history and description of the composition of the corps, and lists the commanding officers. Arguably the greatest of all military costume books, no mere record of uniforms but an important social document in its own right that should be viewed in the context it was published - a time of great national peril with Britain under threat of invasion from France.
Abbey Life In England: 379, "Later impressions can be recognised by not being heightened with gold".
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History of the Westminster Election,
History of the Westminster Election, containing Every Material Occurrence, from its Commencement on the 1st of April, to the Final Close of the Poll, on the 17th of May. To which is prefixed A Summary Account of the Proceedings of the Late Parliament, so far as they appear connected with the East India Business, and the Dismission of the Portland Administration, with Other Select and Interesting Occurrences at the Westminster Meetings, Previous to its Dissolution on the 25th Day of March, 1784: To which is now added A Complete History of the Scrutiny, and the Proceedings of the House of Commons thereon. The Second Edition. By Lovers of Truth & Justice [J. Hartley].
London: Printed for the Editors, And Sold by J. Debrett [et al] M.DCCLXXXV [1785].
4to, contemporary half morocco gilt; title, dedication, pp. [ix]-xii + 574, 14 engraved plates (11 folding) of 16, folding table. Lacking pp. i-viii (dedication to the Duchess of Devonshire) and two plates ('State Auction' & 'A peep into Friar Bacon's study'; some staining.
A sensational account of the 1784 Westminster Election, with satires by Thomas Rowlandson. It was fought between Pittites Wray & Hood & Charles James Fox, for whom Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, canvassed. She allegedly won at least one vote for him by kissing a shoemaker with a rather romantic idea of what constituted a bribe. In the end, Fox was re-elected by a very slender margin, but legal challenges delayed a final declaration of the result for over a year.
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