Early Printing of Voltaire's The History of the War of Seventeen Hundred and Forty One
The History of the War of Seventeen Hundred and Forty One.
Voltaire (Arouet, François-Marie).$200.00
Item Number: 95156
London: J. Nourse, 1756.
Early printing of Voltaire’s history of the War of 1741. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label. In very good condition.
One of the most influential thinkers of the French Enlightenment, François-Marie Arouet, know by the nom de plum Voltaire, was a resourceful and prolific writer. His works touched nearly every literary form including plays, poems, novels, theoretical essays, and scientific treatises. A forthright and candid advocate of civil liberties, he frequently criticized the institutions of religious dogma and classism prevalent in 18th century France, often doing so through satire to avoid censorship and imprisonment.
Other Books by this Author
London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1752.
Second edition of Voltaire’s history of the reign of Louis XIV. Octavo, two volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, raised ruled bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, dentelles, engraved frontispiece portrait of Louis XIV in Volume I, engraved frontispiece of a scene from Virgil’s Aeneid in Volume II. In very good condition.
"No character in the literary world is so universally known": Finely Bound example of the Life of Voltaire
Historical Memoirs Of The Author Of The Henriade. With Some Original Pieces. To Which are Added, Genuine Letters Of Mr. De Voltaire. Taken from His Own Minutes.
London: Printed for T. Durham, 1777.
Finely bound example documenting the life of one of the most important minds of the French Enlightenment taken from his own minutes and including the first appearance of many of his letters and original pieces. Translated from the French and published one year before the death of Voltaire. Ocatvo, original period full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, spine gilt with triple bands and floral inlays, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Period bookplates to the pastedown and front free endpaper. A nice example.
“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies":; First Portuguese edition of Voltaire's Tragedies: Sofonisba, Mariamne, and Orestes
Lisboa: Na Officina de Simao Thaddeo Ferreira, 1790.
First Portuguese edition of Voltaire’s three tragedies translated into Portuguese. Octavo, bound in full period calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine label, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. A nice example.
Lausanne: Chez Francois Grasset & Comp, 1772.
Early edition of Voltaire’s biography of one of the most influential and widely translated writers of all time. Octavo, bound in full sprinkled sheepskin. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, pictorial endpapers, all edges red, ribbon bound in. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Tasteful period bookplate.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases; Inscribed by Clementine and Mary Soames
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Sir Winston S. Churchill’s collected works, inscribed by both his wife and youngest daughter in the year of the centenary of his birth to the winner of the 1974 C & G Gimcrack Horse Race at that very race. Octavos, 34 volumes bound in the original full vellum with gilt titles and gilt-stamped Churchill coat of arms to the spines and front panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume housed in the original dark green slipcase which is also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. One of only 3,000 sets produced, this is number 143. Volume I, which contains My Early Life and My African Journey is inscribed by The Baroness Clementine Churchill opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” as well as her youngest daughter Mary, “presented by her youngest daughter Mary Soames, “and presented by her daughter to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” The inscribed volume is housed in a custom oak and vellum clamshell box with ornate claw feet, velvet lining, and gold plaque which reads, C and G Gimcrack Stakes 1974 Presented to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo Owner of Steel Heart (Habitat – A. I. by Abernant) Winner of the C & G Gimcrack Stakes 1974, by Lady Soames in the Centenary Year of the Birth of Her Father Sir Winston Churchill.” In excellent condition. A brilliant set with exceptional provenance.
Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
"One of the four Greatest Novels Ever Written" (Arthur Schopenhauer): Rare First Edition in English of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
London: Oliver & Boyd, 1824.
First edition in English of Goethe’s masterpiece. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in contemporary half cloth over marbled boards. In near fine condition with light toning to the spine.
"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect": Finely Bound Group of G.K. Chesterton
London and New York: Various Publishers, 1905-1910.
Finely bound group of works by G.K. Chesterton. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, raised spine bands with gilt decorated compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain. In near fine condition. The books included are Club of Queer Trades, The Defendant, Masters of Literature: Thackeray, Varied Types, Napoleon of Notting Hill, Orthodoxy, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study, Heretics, The Ball and the Cross, English Men of Letters: Robert Browning, What’s Wrong with the Word, The Man Who was Thursday, Tremendous Trifles, and All Things Considered. In near fine condition.