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Auction Description for Dominic Winter: Childrens' & Illustrated Books, Modern First Editions
Auction Description:
Childrens' & Illustrated Books, Modern First Editions
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12th June 10am to 7pm and morning of sale from 9am .
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Childrens' & Illustrated Books, Modern First Editions

by Dominic Winter Auctions


623 lots

June 13, 2006

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Lot 1: [ Books ] Arbuthnot (John). The Miscellaneous Works, 2 vols., 1st ed , Glasgow, printed for James Carlisle, 1751, pubs. advertisement facing title of first vol., contemp. mottled full calf, rubbed and some marks, 8vo Ex libris The Hon. Richard

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Description: [ Books ] Arbuthnot (John). The Miscellaneous Works, 2 vols., 1st ed , Glasgow, printed for James Carlisle, 1751, pubs. advertisement facing title of first vol., contemp. mottled full calf, rubbed and some marks, 8vo Ex libris The Hon. Richard Nassau, with his engraved bookplate to front pastedown of each volume. John Arbuthnot (1667- 1735) began his career as a teacher of mathematics, but quickly established himself as a literary figure of some distinction, and close friend of Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope. (2)

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Lot 2: [ Books ] Atkinson (William, of Trinity College, Cambridge). [A Manuscript account of the lives and actions of the Kings of England, from William the Conqueror to Henry VII, written in Latin in elegiac couplets], English, late 16th century,

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Description: [ Books ] Atkinson (William, of Trinity College, Cambridge). [A Manuscript account of the lives and actions of the Kings of England, from William the Conqueror to Henry VII, written in Latin in elegiac couplets], English, late 16th century, comprising a Dedication, 3 pages, signed "Cantabrigiae ... Trinitatis collegio 15 Martii ... Gulielmus Atkinsonus"; one blank leaf, and 87 pages of text, comprising latin verses on all the individual Kings of England from William the Conqueror to Henry VII, written within red-ruled borders, in a neat hand in black ink, with the subject's name at the head of each verse supplied in red, as are other important or key words in each verse, some soiling and staining, but the text legible throughout with a few lines of text and some doodles added in a different, but contemporary, hand, a few minor wormholes, in a late 16th century English full calf binding, single gilt fillet border to sides enclosing a single gilt fillet panel, with a flower tool at the corners, with an oval gilt arabesque at the centre of each cover, small flower tools on the spine, formerly with ties, some wear to the surface of the leather, small damage at the foot of the spine, small 4to (15 x 16 cm) With the inscription "I bought this M.S. at Fletcher's auction in Oxford March 17 1749.50 ... John Bowle" on a front free endpaper, which also has the earlier holograph statement "by me (?) Frances Cambersen" at the extreme edge of the same leaf. A substantial piece of Elizabethan verse, unpublished and, as far as we can ascertain, previously unrecorded. Atkinson took his B. A. at Trinity in 1565-6, and became a Fellow of the College in 1567. In 1572 he incorporated at Oxford. No published texts by him are recorded. The Dedication is addressed to "a man of the highest distinction, occupied as you are with the gravest matters of state". The author explains that "I do not bring to you the sorcery of Zoroaster ... Orpheus's ancient mysteries, Pythagorean obscurities, Socrates's sophistry, or the majesty of Plato ... I have put into a kind of diary or synopsis for you the most imperious deeds (and their various consequences) of English Kings from the Norman, William, up to Henry the Eighth (sic) . . accept these verses, such as they are, admittedly unworthy, a tribute to your honour and virtue ...". The poems describe the events leading to the accession of each monarch, and present a critical analysis of his actions and achievements. Thus, describing the reign of King John, on the death of Richard "One part of the kingdom bestowed the crown on John/eager to have him installed in his father's place/The other part wished to have Arthur as king/who was also of royal blood/But the better party was defeated by the larger, and John/seized the power, the rods of office and the crown". The poem then describes how Philip, the French king, took Arthur's part, stating John to be "a lazy and impatient soldier" who nonetheless triumphed, and describes Arthur's mother, Constantia, "tearfully howling/escort the funeral procession of her son/London bridge, decorated by sumptuous houses/lost all its adornment in this year through fire". We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Dr. E. L. Harrison, former Reader in Classics at the University of Leeds, for supplying the translation from the Latin. (1)

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Lot 3: [ Books ] Barrett (Eaton Stannard). The Heroine, or Adventures of a Fair Romance Reader, 3 vols., 1st ed., 1813, no ad. leaf to vol. 3, foxed throughout, near contemp. half calf, spines dec. in gilt and blind, marbled sides sl. rubbed, 12mo, together

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Description: [ Books ] Barrett (Eaton Stannard). The Heroine, or Adventures of a Fair Romance Reader, 3 vols., 1st ed., 1813, no ad. leaf to vol. 3, foxed throughout, near contemp. half calf, spines dec. in gilt and blind, marbled sides sl. rubbed, 12mo, together with Woman, A Poem, 2nd ed., 1818, eng. frontis. (offset to title), woodcuts to text, 6pp pubs. ads. at rear, contemp. half morocco, gilt dec. spine rubbed and sl. faded, 8vo Wolff 316. Published five years prior to 'Northanger Abbey', Wolff calls 'The Heroine' a "delightful satire" on the Gothic romance, and "a justly famous and very important book". A contemporary called it "... not inferior to Tristram Shandy, and in point of plot and interest infinitely beyond Don Quixote". Few previous novelists escape Barrett's satirical pen. Jane Austen admired her work, and Poe described its wit and humour as "racy, dashing, and palpable". (4)

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Lot 4: [ Books ] Beaumont (Francis). Poems by Francis Beaumont, Gent. Viz. The Hermaphrodite. The Remedie of Love. Elegies. Sonnets, with other Poems, 1st ed., printed by Richard Hodgkinson for W. W[ethered] and Laurence Blaikelocke, 1640, title with some

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Description: [ Books ] Beaumont (Francis). Poems by Francis Beaumont, Gent. Viz. The Hermaphrodite. The Remedie of Love. Elegies. Sonnets, with other Poems, 1st ed., printed by Richard Hodgkinson for W. W[ethered] and Laurence Blaikelocke, 1640, title with some soiling and browning, margins trimmed, and with later paper restrengthening (touching one or two letters), imprimatur leaf E4 present, list of contents in ink to verso, in an early 19th century hand, detached, occn. marks and crosses in ink to margins, some marks and marginal soiling, lacks final two leaves (K3-4), dark blue marbled endpapers, early 19th c. half plain calf with marbled boards, red gilt morocco title label to upper cover, rubbed and some wear to joints and extrems., small 4to STC 1665. Grolier, Wither to Prior 33. Bradley Martin Library, 1990, lot 2590. (1)

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Lot 5: [ Books ] Benlowes (Edward). Theophila, or, Loves Sacrifice. A Divine Poem, 1st ed., printed by R. N. Sold by Henry Seil ... and Humphrey Moseley, 1652, title printed in red and black, numerous wood-cut initials, head- and tailpieces, six engraved

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Description: [ Books ] Benlowes (Edward). Theophila, or, Loves Sacrifice. A Divine Poem, 1st ed., printed by R. N. Sold by Henry Seil ... and Humphrey Moseley, 1652, title printed in red and black, numerous wood-cut initials, head- and tailpieces, six engraved illusts. only, by Francis Barlow and others, incl. one full-page engraving of Theophila by Lambart, full page anagrammatic engraving by Thomas Cecill (close- trimmed to image, with a little loss, and relaid), and four engraved illusts. to text, including one portrait of a young lady by Hollar, I3 and Hh1 supplied in 19th century manuscript copy, occn. worming, sometimes affecting letters, light dampstain to lower margins at rear of vol., 19th c. half morocco, worn with upper cover near-det., folio Wing B1879. A rare book which is frequently found without the full complement of twenty-four plates. With bookplate of John Somers, Lord Somers to front pastedown. Sold with all faults, not subject to return (1)

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