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Having operated shops on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto since our founding in 1974, we closed the shop in March, 2014 and now operate from home in Welland, Ontario (close to Niagara Falls, only two turns from Toronto). We can see visitors by appointment. The books (currently around 10,000 of them) are priced, on shelves, and in categories. We continue to specialize in literary books, especially Canadian literary books, general Canadiana, and select out-of-print and rare books in various fields (mostly 19th and 20th century, though we do stock some earlier). We now have some ephemera, but don’t stock comic books, fairly recent used books, bestseller novels, nor paperbacks (unless collectible). Business is primarily by internet or mail. We welcome and pay attention to wants lists when they are for books we might actually find some day and which are worth more than a token amount.

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  • CURTIUS, Quintus Rufus
    LA HISTORIA D'ALLESSANDRO MAGNO FIGLIULO DI PHILIPPA RE DI MACECONIA

    16 cm, pp 196. TITLE LEAF IN FACSIMILE. Bound in modern quarter calf and black cloth, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering. Text has marginalia and some underlining; damp stains to top of some leaves; VG generally, externally fine. The main text ends on p. 188. Pp 189-96 contains "La co[m]paratio[n]e di Caio Iulio Cesare Imperadore, & d'Alessandro Magno Re di Macedonia da P. Candido": Translated from the Latin into Italian by Pietro Candido (1399-1477), the translation was completed in 1438 and first appeared in book form in 1478.

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    Book ID: 49740
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  • COMUS, a masque. presented at Ludlow Castle 1634....with notes and critical and explanatory by various commentators, and with preliminary illustrations...by Henry John Todd... by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    COMUS, a masque. presented at Ludlow Castle 1634....with notes and critical and explanatory by various commentators, and with preliminary illustrations...by Henry John Todd...

    pp xxi,[3],62,[2];199. With the half-title leaf. Contemporary calf, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, sprinkled page edges. Cracked front joint neatly repaired, now sound; Browing from binding to margins of endpapers and binder's fly leaf front and rear; VG otherwise, text clean, tight, fine. Armorial bookplate at front of Sir Abraham Hume, Bart. with ink name at top of Lady Amelia Hume. Both Sir Abraham and Amelia Egerton Hume were keen cultivators of roses. Their friend Joshua Reyolds painted her portrait. The first major variorum edition, containing the first bibliography of the work (pp 193-99). A scarce book.

    Book ID: 49741
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  • POPE, Alexander
    THE DUNCIAD, Variorum. With the Prolegomena of Scriblerus

    First edition for Ireland of the first complete edition of the first three books of the Dunciad. Published anonymously. 165 cm. Contemporary speckled calf, spine with raised bands, label. pp (2, illustrated half-title), (2, title), (1)-205 (Scriblerus, misnumbered 105). Spine label chipped with loss of letters; inner hinges cracked but firm; slight rubbing to joints; else VG, internally fine, clean, and tight. Griffin 222, variant. Textually, the second edition. First published anonymously in 1728 (three books).

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    Book ID: 49742
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  • THE TRYAL OF SIR HENRY VANE, Kt at the King's Bench, Westminster, June the 2d. and 6th, 1662... by (VANE, Henry, Sir, 1613-62)
    (VANE, Henry, Sir, 1613-62)
    THE TRYAL OF SIR HENRY VANE, Kt at the King's Bench, Westminster, June the 2d. and 6th, 1662...
    Edition: First edition

    Title page continues: "Together with what he intended to have spoken the day of his sentence (June 11) for arrest of judgment, (had he not been interrupted and over-ruled by the court) and his bill of exception. With other occasional speeches, &c. Also his speech and prayer, &c. on the scaffold." pp (3)-(135). 19.5 cm. Modern quarter calf and patterned boards, spine with red label and gilt rules, by Pride's Crossing Bindery. Title page has an 1834 ink name in upper corner and a crease to lower inner corner; text paper a little yellowed; a couple small dark spots to pp 101-04; a few small dark spots to last leaf; near fine, text clean and unworn, externally fine. >>> Sir Henry Vane the younger, a devout Puritan, emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635, and was elected Governor in 1636. An advocate of religious tolerance, his single term as Governor was not a successful one - he engaged the colony in war with the Pequots, for one thing - but he was instrumental in the founding of Harvard College and he was also a supporter of Roger Williams and the foundation of Rhode Island. Sir Harry returned to England in 1637, now more radical and anti-clerical, becoming a member of the Short and Long Parliaments, and advocating for the separation of church and state. After the fall of Cromwell and the Restoration, Vane was granted clemency for his part in the Glorious Revolution, but it was overturned. He stood trial for high treason, and as was the custom of the time, was forced to defend himself without benefit of counsel. The court was packed with Royalists and he was convicted and subsequently beheaded on Tower Hill. Samuel Pepys was present and wrote "He made a long speech, many times interrupted by the Sheriff and others there; and they would have taken his paper out of his hand, but he would not let it go. But they caused all the books of those that writ after him to be given the Sheriff; and the trumpets were brought under the scaffold that he might not be heard. Then he prayed, and so fitted himself, and received the blow; but the scaffold was so crowded that we could not see it done....He had a blister, or issue, upon his neck, which he desired them not hurt: he changed not his colour or speech to the last, but died justifying himself and the cause he had stood for; and spoke very confidently of his being presently at the right hand of Christ; and in all things appeared the most resolved man that ever died in that manner, and showed more of heat than cowardize, but yet with all humility and gravity. One asked him why he did not pray for the King. He answered, 'Nay,' says he, 'you shall see I can pray for the King: I pray God bless him !" Lowndes says "THE TRYAL was written by a Sectarist in favor of Vane and printed by stealth." Sir Henry's views on the ultimate power of the governed over the governors were the crux of the thinking which lead to the Declaration of Independence in the American colonies. Sabin 98500. ESTC R21850. Wing T2216. Lowndes, p. 2753. DAB XIX, pp 191-93. The only edition. Rare.

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    Book ID: 49743
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  • SWIFT, Jonahan
    A TALE OF A TUB. Written for the universal improvement of mankind. To which is added, on account of a battle between the antient and modern books in St. James’s Library

    The 10th edition. pp [2],xvi,[6],220 + frontispiece and 7 other plates. Bound in 19th century half calf and brown cloth; spine with red label, raised bands, decorations in blind; all edges red. Lighr rubbing to spine, scuffing to outer corners, ink name at top of title page, small tan spot to frontispiece, minor soiling and foxing in text; a VG copy, text clean, tight and unworn. Published anonymously. Volume 12 of the second edition of SWIFT'S MISCELLANIES. ESTC T49838.Teerink-Scouten, 69.

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    Book ID: 49744
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  • THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY. Now for the first time With the Latin completely given in translation and embodied in an all-English text. Edited by Floyd Dell and Paul Jordan-Smith. In two volumes by BURTON, Robert
    BURTON, Robert
    THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY. Now for the first time With the Latin completely given in translation and embodied in an all-English text. Edited by Floyd Dell and Paul Jordan-Smith. In two volumes

    Two volumes. Quarter parchment and cream boards, parchment tips, top edges gilt, bound-in ribbon markers. #304 of an edition of 500 numbered copies. pp (2), (xx), 2, (489< [3]; (12), 491-(1035). Index. Spines lightly foxed; Vol. I has a half inch tear at head and at foot; Vol. II has scratches to the front board; page edges yellowed; text paper lightly toned, pencil signature at front of each, else a VG+ pair, lacking the slipcase. 3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49745
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  • BOSWELL, James
    AN ACCOUNT OF CORSICA: the journal of a tour to that island and memoirs of Pascal Paoli.The second edition

    Second edition, first London edition, same year as the Glasgow first, with some minor authorial changes, variant that has Appendix listed in Contents at p. 141 instead of correctly at p. 241. pp (xxiv), 384 + folding frontispiece map; half-title present. Bound in contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spine with label and gilt rules. Spine has very shallow chip across head, slight rubbing, rippling to the shiny surface; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; tanning to corners of endpapers from binding materials; armorial bookplate (browned) of Robert Sherson, M.D., with his ink signature; crease to one fold of frontispiece, which has lightly offset onto the title page; VG otherwise, text fine. The young Boswell's first important publication, "with its reports of the gallant islanders and a Plutarchan depiction of [General Pascal] Paoli paralleled with several classical heroes, it was an immediate success. The work was widely read and translated, stimulated great interest in Paoli and the Corsican cause, brought its author wide fame in Britain and Europe, and found an interested readership among the Americans. It attracted the notice of the French government (which had a translation made), and though Boswell's ambition for British intervention was not to be fulfilled, he probably influenced Britain's decision to send secret supplies of arms to the Corsicans" - ODNB. ESTC T26158 ; Pottle 24; Tinker 322. Edition of 3.5k copies, published a month after the first.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49746
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  • WISE, John, 1652-1725
    A VINDICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW-ENGLAND CHURCHES...[bound with] The Churches Quarrel Espoused [bound with] A Platform of Church Discipline [bound with] A Confession of Faith
    Edition: First collected edition

    Three parts in one, each with separate dated title leaf. pp 80, 96, (69). Edition of 500 copies. Newly rebound in crushed brown morocco, spine with raised bands, red labels. Text paper yellowed; light foxing to title leaf; front endpapers, title leaf, and last two leaves browned in margins; extensive ink notes on front endpaper of one Edward Tuckerman, who has also signed his name in top margin of title page. with his occasional marginalia and short underlines in text; repair with paper to gutter of title leaf, making the book a bit tight in the binding. In all, fine externally, good-VG internally. "John Wise ...was a Congregationalist reverend and political leader in Massachusetts during the American colonial period. Wise was noted for his political activism, specifically his protests against British taxation, for which he was once jailed. As the pastor of the Chebacco Parish from 1680 to his death in 1725, Wise lived in Ipswich, Massachusetts, often called 'the birthplace of American independence.' ... Calvin Coolidge referred to him as one of the inspirations for the Declaration of Independence." - Wikipedia The 1717 first printing of A Vindication is Grolier American 100 #7. Sabin 104901; Howes W-595: "The most authoritative defense of Congregational polity, recognized as such even in law courts. There was a second edition, with continuous pagination, also in 1772.

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    Book ID: 49747
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  • SUCKLING, John, Sir, 1609-41
    THE WORKS OF SIR JOHN SUCKLING, containing his poems, letters and plays

    p [2], (10), 376, [2] + frontispiece portrait. Headpieces. Separate dated title leaves for sections but pagination is continuous. Bound in contemporary calf, spine with raised bands and gilt ornament, red page edges. Spne darkened, with much of the gilt including lettering rubbed away; old professional repair to front inner hinge; ripples to fore margin of title leaf from bookplate affixed to the recto; margins of endpapers and fly leaves browned in bands from binding materials; in all, VG externally, internally fine. Bookplate at front of noted American book collector and author Paul Jordan Smith, and with armorial bookplate of Charles Viscount Bruce of Ampthill dated 1712. ESTC T99823. Fourth edition of this title, including all that is found in the Fragmenta Aurea. The volume contains poems, plays, letters and tracts, including the "Ballad upon a Wedding" and "Sessions of the Poets" in which Jonson, D'Avenant and Carew contend for laurels. Suckling's play Aglaura, with its two fifth acts (one tragic, the other not) also appears, as does his romantic drama The Goblins, which Dryden believed was an illustration of Suckling's admiration of Shakespeare. Sir John was one of the greatest of the socalled "Cavalier Poets" who supported Charles I. He wrote with urbane and graceful wit and was also described by D'Avenant as the greatest gallant and gamester of his day. Aubrey suggested that he invented the game of cribbage.

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  • (CHATTERTON, Thomas, 1752-70)
    POEMS, supposed to have been written at Bristol By Thomas Rowley, and others...

    Title page continues: "in the Fifteenth Century. The Third edition. To which is added an appendix, containing some observations upon the language of these poems; tending to prove that they were written, not by any ancient author, but entirely by Thomas Chatterton. Full contemporary calf, spine with red label and raised bands. pp (xxvi) , 333pp. Illustrated with one engraved facsimile plate facing p. 288 . This copy has been professionally rebacked with a new spine after the style of the period; margins of endpapers browned from binding materials; creases to upper margins of some leaves; else a VG copy. Edited and with appendix by Thomas Tyrwhitt. First published in 1777, years after the precocious Chatterton famously faked the authorship of these poems and took poison to end his life just shy of his 18th birthday. Even after it was revealed the poems were "fakes", he had his admirers, including Johnson, Coleridge, Shelley, Wordsworth, Rossetti, and Keats, who dedicated "Endymion" to him.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49754
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  • (BIRCH, Thomas, 1705-66)
    AN INQUIRY INTO THE SHARE, WHICH KING CHARLES I HAD IN THE TRANSACTIONS OF THE EARL OF GLAMORGAN, afterwards the Marquis of Worcester for bringing over a band of Irish rebels to assist the King in the years 1645 and 1646...

    The title page continues: "In which Mr. Carte's imperfect account of that affair, and his use of the Ms. memoirs of the Pope's nuncio Rinuccini, are impartially considered. The whole drawn up from the best authorities printed and manuscript. The second edition, to which is added an appendix, containing several letters of the King to the Earl of Glanmorgan, from the originals in the Harleian Library of manuscripts." pp viii, 376. Bound in contemporary calf, spine with red label, raised bands, decoration in blind. Rebacked; front inner hinge neatly repaired with paper; some yellowing and minor soiling to endpapers, minor soiling to verso of title leaf; VG copy, text clean and unworn, tight in the binding. Published anonymously. Follows the text of the 1747 first edition but for the addition of the Appendix. ESTC N7691.

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    Book ID: 49755
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  • LAUD, William, 1573-1645
    THE HISTORY OF THE TROUBLES AND TRYAL of the most revered father in God, and blessed martyr, William Laud, Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury. Wrote by himself, during his imprisionment in the Tower...
    Edition: First edition

    The title page continues: "To which is prefixed the diary of his own life faithfully and entirely published from the original copy: and subjoined a supplement to the preceding history: the Arch-Bishop’s last will; his large answer to the Lord Say’s speech concerning liturgies; his annual accounts of his province delivered to the king; and some other things relating to the history. Imprimatur, Martij 7. 1693/4. Jo. Cant.". pp (22), 616, (2, ads). Including a frontispiece portrait with a half-tltle on the recto. Title page in red and black. Bound in old Cambridge style calf, spine with raised bands. Sprinkled page edges. Spine lacking the titling piece, with title in manuscript in that place. Joints a bit rubbed and cracked, with neat rice paper repairs to inner hinges; spine has a worn spot to bottom panel; 1910 ink owner name at front; moderate wear to outer corners; VG otherwise, internally fine. Preface signed: Hen. Wharton, the compiler. "An introduction to the following history: containing the diary of ... William Laud," and "The history of the troubles and tryal of ... William Laud," each has separate title page, dated 1694, on leaf B1r and L1r, respectively. "Arch-Bishop Laud’s annual accounts of his province," and "Rome’s master-piece: or, the grand conspiracy of the Pope and his Jesuited instruments," each have separate dated title page on leaf 3U3r and 4D1r, respectively. ESTC R354. Wing (1996) L586. Laud, a High Church Anglican and a stickler for ritual and conformity of the forms of worship, persecuted Puritans. He was Archbishop of Canterbury 1633-45 and religious adviser to Charles I. Not a very likeable person, humourless, something of a bigot, dwarf-like in stature, when the Puritans came to power, it is unsurprising that they had their revenge. Laud was charged with treason by the Long Parliament, imprisoned in the Tower, and finally beheaded in 1645. 3 kg parcel.

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    Book ID: 49756
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  • TILLOTSON, John, Dr., 1630-94
    THE WORKS OF THE MOST REVERAND DR. JOHN TILLOTSON, late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury...

    Title page continues: containing fifty four sermons and discourses, on several occasions. Together with The rule of faith. Being all that were published by His Grace himself, and now collected into one volume. To which is added, an alphabetical table of the principal matters. The sixth edition." (First was in 1696). pp (22), 755, [1], (19, Index / Table). Includes frontispiece portrait with recent tissue guard. ’The rule of faith’ (pp.[649]-755) has a separate titlepage and is of the ninth edition; pagination and register are continuous. Bound in Cambridge style calf, spine with raised bands, label, nice gilt decoration, marbled endpapers. Some gouges to the cover leather, with some peeling lower portion of rear cover; old rebacking with original backstrip retained;in all, VG, text with light yellowing but otherwise fine, tight in the binding. ESTC N25934. Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury 1691-94. His sermons were practical and tolerant, focused on personal morality rather than theology, and he was well-regarded as a preacher. 3.5 kg parcel

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    Book ID: 49757
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  • (OLDMIXON, John, 1673-1742)
    THE SECRET HISTORY OF EUROPE, PART I. [bound with] PART II

    The title page continues: " Shewing that the late greatness of the French power was never so much owing to the number or goodness of their troops, and the Conduct of their Ministry at Home, as to the treachery and corruption of the ministers abroad. Giving a full Account Of the Insincerity of England, Sweden, and Holland, in the Triple League,. Of the Sieur De Wit’s Correspondence with France, and his Murder by the Rabble, Of the close Alliance between Charles II. and Lewis XIV, Of the Poisoning of Madam___, Of the Intrigues of Mr. Montague Ambassador in France, and the E. of D. T___r in England, and Of the Secret Treaty between King James, and the French King. The whole Collected from Authentick Memoirs, as well Manuscript as Printed. The second edition, with additions." pp (4), 251, (12, Index), [1]; (6), (2, ads), 292, (12, Index). Part II, which has a separate title leaf and is the first edition, treats of the Duke of Monmouth's reception at the Hague and by the Prince of Orange, remarks on Father Orleans history of the Revolution, of the French king's personal hatred of King William, and much more. Contemporary calf, sides decorated in blind, later rebacking with raised bands and red label. Cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with paper, browning to endpaper margins, ink name on title crossed out, armorial bookplate on verso of title of Jacob Harcourt; in all VG or better, text lightly yellowed but fine, tight in the binding. Two more parts were published, in 1713 and 1715. Published anonymously. Oldmixon was an English historian and pamphleteer. His histories of England are said to be very biased

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    Book ID: 49758
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  • WHITE, T.H.
    MISTRESS MASHAM'S REPOSE
    Edition: First printing

    Maroon illustrated moiré cloth stamped in gilt, red top page edges, 11 colour illustrations by Charles Stewart, Introduction by John Walsh. Spine very lightly sunned, else fine in fine white card slipcase, with the Autumn 1989 Folio booklet enclosed.

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    Book ID: 49759
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  • CONRAD, Joseph
    HEART OF DARKNESS. With an Introduction by Leo Gurko & llustrations by Robert Shore
    Edition: First of this edition

    Black and white decorated cloth, spine lettered in silver, sprinkled page edges, 10 colour illustrations. White portions of spine lightly yellowed, else fine in fine black card slipcase. 1.5 kg parcel

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    Book ID: 49760
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  • CONRAD, Joseph
    YOUTH. TYPHOON. THE END OF THE TETHER. With an Introduction by Leo Gurko and illustrations by Robert Shore

    Quarter bound in light blue cloth and colour illustrated boards, sprinkled page edges, 7 colour illustrations. Spine slightly sunned, else fine in fine dark blue card slipcase. With the issue of the Sandglass brochure laid in. 1.5 kg parcel

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    Book ID: 49761
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  •  THE HISTORY OF THE MOST RENOWNED AND VICTORIOUS PRINCESS ELIZABETH, LATE QUEEN OF ENGLAND; containing all the most important and remarkable passages of state, both at home, and abroad ... by CAMDEN, William, 1551-1623
    CAMDEN, William, 1551-1623
    THE HISTORY OF THE MOST RENOWNED AND VICTORIOUS PRINCESS ELIZABETH, LATE QUEEN OF ENGLAND; containing all the most important and remarkable passages of state, both at home, and abroad ...

    Title page continues: "(so far as they were linked with English affairs) during her long and prosperous reign. Written by William Camden, Clarenceux King at Arms. The third edition, revised and compared with the originall, whereby many gross faults are amended, severall periods before omitted are added in their due places, and the English phrase much altered, more consonant to the mind of the authour. With a new alphabetical index of all the principall things contained in the history." Folio. pp (20, including frontispiece portrait), 661, [1], (32, Table / Index). Title page in red and black. Frontispiece and title leaf trimmed just a little in outer margin; old ink owner name in upper outer corner of title page; page edges yellowed and lightly soiled; some yellowing to text; else fine, text clean and unworn. In an excellent 20th century Cambridge style binding, brown and tan cloth, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, by Seamus McCaffery. A translation of Translation of Annales rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum regnante Elizabetha. See ESTC R9867 (varies slightly), 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49723
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  • Dockrill, Michael and David French, editors
    Strategy and Intelligence: British Policy During the First World War

    Blue cloth without jacket, as issued. pp (xxiv), 207. Index. Ink owner name at front, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49724
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  • ST. JOHN, Henry, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke, 1678-1751
    LETTERS ON THE STUDY AND USE OF HISTORY
    Edition: First edition

    Two volumes. pp (4), 315; (4), (288), [2]. Halt-titles present. Contemporary calf, spines with raised bands, gilt ornament, labels. Spines lightly sunned; inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper; endpapers and some early and late leaaves browning in margins from turn-ins; old armorial bookplate of Alex Drummond at the front of each, with an old ink inscription on each front free endpaper indicating that the books were a gift from Lord Cathcart; ink name on title pages of John Hamilton; fore margrin of front free endpaper of Voll. I a little ragged; in all, a VG pair, text quite clean and unworn, tight in the bindings. ESTC T88772. A corrected edition in a one volume format was published the same year. Bolingbroke was an influential Tory politician, able orator, political philosopher, and government official who supported the Jacobite rebellion of 1751 and the Old Pretender, for whom he surved in exile as his foreign minister. He was friends with Swift, Pope, and Voltaire and influenced the American republicans Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. Disraeli considered him the "Father of Modern Toryism"."History is philosophy teaching by example and also by warning." is a famous quote from him. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49732
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