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 Joseph Thornton
1808 - 1891


 2013 - 2014

Bible, Latin Vulgate
BIBLIA CUM SUMMARIORUM APPARATU PLENO quadruplici[que] repertorio insignita: cui vltra castigatione[m] dilige[n]tissima[m] et signa[n]ter in vocabulario dictionu[m] hebraicaru[m] vbi [pro] maiori sui parte erat me[n]dosa et vitiosa: addite sunt marginales additiones annales et gentis cuius[que] [pri]m ea t[em]p[or]a historias nota[n]tes: canonu[m] quo[que] ad sacram scriptura[m] concordantia quas cruce adnotauimus. Interpretationes nominu[m] hebraico[rum] : [rev.D] Tota biblia co[m]pendiosissime per rithmos descripta (quem cernis) libello habetur / per . franciscu[m] gotthi giving the contents of the Bible in mnemonic verses (Darlow & Moule 6093). Lugduni [Lyon] : in officina Jacobi Mareschal: impensis Simonis Vincentii, Anno domini decimo quarto supra millesimum Duodecimo Kalendas Aprilis [21 mars 1514/1515]. Summariis, Interp. Hebr. Nom. &c. lit. gotf).thick sm8vo. 180 x 120 mm.  Gothic typeface printed in 2 columns . (Baudrier XI-393 indicates wrong number of pages) Printer’s mark of Simon Vincent  (Baudier I-204)  on last page . with marginal quotes. With titlepage woodcut device of Simon Vincent + full-page woodcut of 6 days of Creation in compartments, + text woodcuts & more than 1000 fine woodcut  initials by G. Leroy, titlepage in red and black, [30] + ccccc (500) +[54] leaves,  In full vellum binding and handwritten title on the spine (see images)  vellum heavily creased,  ink smudges on title, text in most places clear and crisp, some staining especially to  initial 30pp.  crossed out name in ink on reverse of plate(Baudrier XI 448) m,Baudrier XI 393 ,Girard-Le Bouteiller 144 ,Gueltlingen II 201 n° 29 Mareschal, Jacques, 1475?-1529? ; Vincent, Simon, 14..-1534 ; Le Roy, Guillaume, worked ca.  1485-1528  £ 950 





Hutton W.; additions by J. Nichols 
The Battle of Bosworth Field Between Richard the Third and Henry Earl of Richmond August 22, 1485
Wherein is described the approach of both armies, with plans of the Battle, its consquences, the fall, treatment and character of Richard. to which is prefixed, by way of introduction, A history of his life till he assumes the regal power. The second edition, with additions, By J. Nichols
London:: Nichols, Son and Bentley,, 1813.. Second Edition. . Frontispiece,  lxxxiv , 271pp.  plus errata sheet. 11 illustrations including  folding plates In a new half leather binding with  marbled paper covered boards, 4  raised  bands, green leather spine label. New end papers, Some minor stains to some of the illustrations, o/w very good copy, text  very good. £ 145.00


John Keill ( 1671-1721 )
 An introduction to natural philosophy  or, philosophical lectures read in the University of Oxford, Anno Dom. 1700. To which are added, the demonstrations of Monsieur Huygens's theorems, concerning the centrifugal force and circular motion  /  By John Keill M.D. Savillian Professor of Astronomy, F.R.S. ... Translated from the last edition of the Latin. The second edition. London : printed for J. Senex, W. and J. Innys, J. Osborn, and T. Longman, MDCCXXVI [ 1726 ], xii,306pp. :; 8°.  Lacks the final advertisement leaf. Inscr. and smudges in ink on title ,name in ink on first page iii of preface. Text quite bright, but with occas. light soiling.  P. 69/70 with heavier brown  spot on centre right hand sideTitle page frayed at bottom ( see image) , last 40 pp  wwith more marginal  browning, and somewhat creased in top inside cornersleaf 305/306  with heavier  staining , small hole  in the centre not affecting the illustration and frayed sat the bottom. The ornaments are those used by Henry Woodfall.  Illustrated with numerous engravings and diagrams. . ¶ ** Keill, John 1671-1721, mathematician and astronomer, was born in Edinburgh... He was the deputy to Dr. Millington, Sedleian professor at Oxford, and seems to have joined Christ Church (ib. ii. 26). His lectures were from the first highly successful. They were printed in 1701 under the title  “Introductio ad Veram Physicam “ and became well known on the continent. Halley is said to have pointed out numerous errors in the first edition, but in a friendly manner. (ib. i. 90). The book was first published in Latin in 1701. Two additional lectures and many corrections were introduced into the second edition, published at Oxford in 1705. Other editions appeared in London in 1715, and at Cambridge in 1741. In a translation into English, published in 1736, Maupertuis, who suggested the venture, appended his theory of the ring of the planet Saturn. The “Introductio” was considered Keill"s “best performance” and it was generally welcomed as an excellent introduction to the “Principia” of Newton. He was much Newton's client in the priority dispute with Leibniz. One of few Newton supporters with High Church patronage he was crucial in fighting Cartesianism and mechanical thinking, stating natural theology should be subordinated to the Scripture. His lectures were well regarded with the first translation into English. In a new polished cloth binding with  the central leather panel of trhe original binding preserved and recessed in the front board (see image)  £ 145.00


Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus [ca. 69-ca. 122 ]
Le vite de' dodici Cesari di Gajo Suetonio Tranquillo ; tradotte in volgar Fiorentino da F. Paolo Del Rosso cavalier gerosolimitano. Nuova edizione, con le vere effigie de' Cesari ed altre illustrazioni dichiarate nella lettera dell'editore a' lettori. In Venezia appresso Francesco Piacentini. MDCCXXXVIII [1738], XIX, [1], 377, [3]pp.,: Title page in black and red, with engraved title vignette. With added engraved title page in pictorial frame, with same motto as title vignette and title: "Gajo Suetonio Tranquillo Le vite de' dodici Cesari",.Signed by J [ohn ] B[aptist] Jackson, 1738.  With medallion portraits also by Jackson, tail-pieces, initials. With a dedication by F[rancesco] Priscianese, Vita di Gajo Suetonio Tranquillo" On pp. 367 – 369: "Nuova traduzione della giunta fatta a Suetonio da Giovanni Ludovico Vives. This work was originally published in Rome in 1544.  Paolo  Del Rosso,  d. 1569. OCLC Number: 39805559/ 797830889.  Signature in ink on reverse of title. Some slight browning to  corenrs and inner margins of initial and rear few pages and very occasionally in the margins.  In dark brown new quarter  leather binding, spine with 5 raised bands and  red title label, cloth covered boards, new end papers¶ ** 
. John Baptist Jackson (1701-1754) trained as a wood engraver before traveling to Paris and, finally, to Venice where he became proficient in the chiaroscuro woodcut technique printed in several colours. He is noted chiefly for his major work comprising 24 chiaroscuro woodcuts after paintings by Venetian masters made from 1739 to 1743 and published in Venice in a bound volume in 1745, now considered one of the greatest examples of 18th-century print-making. When Jackson returned to London in 1745 he stopped producing his woodcuts and instead began to work in textile and wallpaper patterning. These efforts did not succeed and he issued a book in 1754 entitled An Essay on the Invention of Engraving and Printing in Chiaro Oscuro, but did not produce any further work and fell into obscurity. £ 295

Johnson, Ben The works
London, J Walthoe, M Wotton, J Nicholson and others,  1716. 6 volumes, 512: 448: 488: 455: 432: 414 [10]pp, engraved portrait frontispiece to volume 1,  engraved plates, in new hardback bindings preserving the centre pieces of the calf leather of the original bindings recessed (see  images)  new end papers with armorial ex-libris of J. Belchier with the motto Loyal jusqu’a la mort. Volume 1: Half of first blank missing (torn of vertically)  heavily foxed; volume 2:  first blank coverd with signatures and blodges in ink, foxed heavier in some sections but less than volume 1, silk page marker; volume 3 has 2 blanks in front and rear small scribble on first blank, less foxed/browned than 1 and 2; volume 4 blanks in front and rear ink scribbling on last blank,  small scribble on first blank, somewhat heavier foxed and stained; volume 5,  small scribble on last blank,  browned throughout; volume 6 small scribble /squiggle on first blank,  browned throughout.  £ 175.00

Petronius (Arbiter, Gaius):
Satire de Petrone, Chevalier Romain. Nouvelle traduction, par le Citoyen D.*****. Suivie de Considerations sur la Matrone d'Ephese, et d'un Conte Chinois sur le meme sujet. 2 volumes
A Paris et A. Avignon: Bertrandet, 1803, [2], 444; [2], 363pp., Texts in French and Latin with elaborate annotations in French. Some slight foxing to title and prelims o/w text very good. In  dark brown recent binding with red leather title labels, with gilt titles.   Ex-libres of  E.M. Cox and R.M. Beverley on first paste  downs. Alltogether a fine to very good set £ 75.00

QUEVEDO, Francisco de. 
THE COMICAL WORKS of Don Francisco de Quevedo., Author of the Visions: Containing, I. The Night-Adventurer or the Day-Hater. II. The Life of Paul, the Spanish Sharper. III. The Retentive Knight. IV. The Dog and the Fever. V. A Proclamation, by Old Father Time. VI. A Treatise of all Things. VII. Fortune in her Wits, or the Hour of all Men. Translated from the Spanish. The second edition. London, printed for J Woodward, 1709. [2] frontispiece title,  [6, including the index ] . 511pp. The frontispiece  is a copper engraved portrait of the author by Michael Vander Gucht, (1660-1725) or van der Gucht, a Flemish engraver who worked for most of his career in England.   Dedication and translation by  John Stevens, this edition as first published in 1707. Palau does not mention this 2nd  edition. See also Rudder p. 208. Bound in the the original dark brown blind-panelled calf leather boards and a new leather spine with 5 raised bands which also partly repairs a small section at the top of the rear panel and a light brown title label. Text  browned throughout. A solid good copy of this scarce edition  £ 85.00

Edwin Atherstone (1788–1872)
The Fall of Nineveh a poem.  two volumes bound into one volume.

Baldwin & Cradock, 1828 1830, Volume 1, the first six books, frontispiece, XV,[1] 288pp., volume II: containing seven books, 306pp., (pp. 85 – 100 sl. marginal creases) rebound in  polished imit. Leather with preserved original leather panels recessed in front and rear board, gilt title on spine label. Leather label pasted to  first paste-down  reads in gilt lettering “ To J.W. Lester from the author July 1843”  Edwin Atherstone ,  poet and novelist. His works, which were planned on an imposing scale, attracted some temporary attention and applause, but are now forgotten. His chief poem, The Fall of Nineveh, consisting of thirty books, appeared at intervals from 1828 to 1868. He was a close friend and associate of the painter John Martin, whose well-known painting "The Fall of Nineveh" was produced in conjunction with Atherstone's poem. He also produced two novels, The Sea Kings in England and The Handwriting on the Wall. £ 65.00

Sethe (Kurt), ed.[1869 – 1934 ] ?  ?Die altägyptischen Pyramidentexte nach den Papierabdrücken und Photographien des Berliner Museums neu herausgeben und erläutert von Kurt Sethe - Complete set in 3 Volumes - 1. Volume 1: Text, erste Hälfte Spruch 1-468 (Pyr. 1-905) –Volume 2: - Text, zweite Hälfte Spruch 469-714 (Pyr. 906-2217) – Volume 3/4 :  Kritischer Apparat, Epigraphik (reprint of the 1908 – 1922  edition  published by J.C. Hinrichs Verlag , ?  ?Georg Olms Verlag 1960,  XV, [1] 510,  IV, 543, VIII, 179,[2]130 + one plate with 6 images (Schriftproben aus den verschiedenen  Pyramiden ) ? ?, cloth, Internally Fine, externally Near Fine, with minor discolouration to spines. £ 125

Diels, Hermannus (ed.)  Doxographi Graeci. Collegit recensuit prolegomenis indicibusque instruxit Hermannus Diels  Opus adademiae litterarum regiae Borussicae praemio ornatum.
 Berlin, G. Reimer,  1879. X,854pp., the rare first edition. lge 8vo. Early 20th C half calf binding (with small Thornton’s & Sons Booksellers label to front pastedown.) Internally Near Fine, leather corners bent  £ 295

Herman Alexander Diels (1848-1922) published Doxographi Graeci in 1879. In many ways this work established the critical discipline of doxography - the editing, cataloguing, and analysing of extracts of extant classical texts that contain references to the ideas and arguments of lost authors and schools. In Doxographi Graeci Diels analyses passages from the extant work of authors such as Plutarch, Arius Didymus, Diogenes Laërtius, Ps-Plutarch, Hippolytus, Ps-Galen, Stobaeus, Theodoret and Eusebius and uses them to uncover information about the Presocratic philosophers and schools whose written treatises are no longer extant. Diels' method of filiation of extant sources, based on the critical methods of his teacher, Herman Karl Usener (1834-1905), allowed critical judgements to be made regarding the reliability and usefulness of extant authors and their references. Diels' magisterial work represented a profound breakthrough in the study of the Presocratic philosophers. It is a monument of classical scholarship. The term ‘doxography’ has come to be applied in a much larger sense than seems to have been intended by its creator Hermann Diels. This name for the genre, if we may misleadingly call it that, derives from the Latin neologism ‘doxographi’ used by Diels to indicate the authors of a rather strictly specified type of literature studied and edited in his monumental Doxographi Graeci (‘Greek Doxographers’) of 1879. His researches were focused on writings concerned with the physical part of philosophy (including principles, theology, cosmology, astronomy, meteorology, biology and part of medicine). But today overviews in the field of ethics are also called doxographical. And scholars speak of ‘doxographies’ to be found in the dialogues of Plato and the treatises of Aristotle, although these are works in which issues of philosophy are addressed, with only ancillary discussion of the views of others. ( in )

Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, ( 1600-1681 )

Comedias del celebre poeta espanñol Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca, , Cavallero del Orden de Santiago, Capellan de Honor de S. M. y de los Señores Reyes Nuevos de la Santa Iglesia de Toledo, que saca a la luz Don Juan Fernández de Apontes, y las dedica al mismo Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca, etc., Madrid, Viuda de don Manuel Fernández e Imprenta del Supremo Consejo de la Inquisición, 1760 – 1763.  11 volumes in 10,
Tomo X & XI" issued as one volume with a common t.p. [OCLC Number:219534661 ] Volume I in later full calf binding and end papers, decorated spine with title and 4 raised bands . Volume  III  rebacked in leather, spine with 5 raised bands and new leather title labels, the other volumes all in the original mottled calf leather bindings, gilt decorated spines with 5 raised bands and title labels and each with an ex-libris pasted to first paste-down. All corners worn, see further on for individual descriptions of thestate of the bindings.  (Initials JW or FW ) Edges of paste downs darkened. . 
Tomo primero, , [8] 492 [4]pp., , text very clear, some discolouring and fraying to edges, initial 4 and rear 4 pages. Pp. 1-8 contain “Fama, vida, y escritos de Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca Henao y Riaño” by  Don Juan de Vera Tassis y Villarroèl:  CONTENTS: Cada uno para si, Las Armas de la hermosura,, Amado y aborrecido, La Señora y la criada,  Nadie fíe su secreto , Las Tres justicias en una,  Amar después de la muerte , un castigo tres venganzas , Duelos de amor y lealtad. 
Tomo  segundo:  front inside hinge split, but book block firmly attached, first e.p. barely attached.  [4] 496pp., CONTENTS: El Castillo de Lindabridis, Bien vengas, mal, La Vida es sueño, Casa con dos puertas, El Purgatorio de San Patricio, La Gran Cenobia, La Devoción de la Cruz, La Puente de Mantible, Saber del mal y del bien., Fineza contra fineza..
Tomo tercero: rebacked as described above,  new end papers,[4] 499pp.,  bottom of page [1-2]    creased (printer’s error) CONTENTS:  Lances de amor, y fortuna, La Dama duende, Peor está que estaba., Sitio de Breda, El Príncipe constante, El Postrer duelo de España, Eco, y Narciso., El Monstruo de los jardines, El Gran príncipe de Fez, Don Balthasar de Loyola, El Encanto sin encanto. 
Tomo quarto: [4] 539pp., Spine and hinges rather worn, CONTENTS: La Niña de Gómez Arias, El Hijo del Sol, Faetón, La Aurora en Copacabana, El Conde Lucanor, Apolo y Climene., El Golfo de las sirenas, Egloga piscatorial, La Cisma de Ingalaterra, Las Manos blancas no ofenden,  Los Cabellos de Absalón, No siempre lo peor es cierto., Las Cadenas del demonio., 
Tomo quinto: [4] 527pp  Last pages 526 and 527 both numbered 526,  top and bottom of spine worn, some minor staining to bottom of internal hinges of the first 90 pages. CONTENTS: Los tres afectos de Amor, La Vanda, y la flor, Con quièn vengo vengo,  Guárdate de la agua mansa, El Alcayde [Alcalde ? ] de sí mismo, Luis Pérez el Gallego, Antes que todo es mi dama, El Mayor encanto amor, El Galán fantasma, Judas macabeo, El Mayor monstruo los zelos. 
Tome sexto [4] 528pp., spine, especially at the bottom worn, 2 holes measuring c. 4 x 2 cm each in the leather of the front board, CONTENTS: El médico de su honra, Origen, pérdida y restauración de la Virgen del Sagrario, hombre, Hombre pobre todo es traza, A secreto agravio secreta venganza, El astrólogo fingido, Amor, honor y poder, Los tres mayores prodigios, El laurel de Apolo, También ay duelo en las damas,  La fiera, el rayo y la piedra. 
Tomo septimo: [4] 484pp., spine worn but in better condition than in previous volumes, 2 holes measuring c. 4 x 2 cm each in the leather of the rear board. CONTENTS: En esta vida todo es verdad y todo es mentira, El Maestro de danzar, Mañanas de abril y mayo, Los Hijos de la fortuna, Afectos de odio y amor, Loa para la Comedia, La purpura de la Rosa, , La purpura de la Rosa, La hija del Ayre [ Part I] , La hija del Ayre Part II, Ni Amor se libra de Amor, Para vencer à amor, querer vencerle. 
Tomo octavo: [4] 475pp., binding in better shape, spine  with some wear to top and bottom only. CONTENTS: Fortunas de Andrómeda y Perseo, El José de las mujeres, Los Empeños de un acaso, Primero soy yo, La Estatua de Prometeo, El Secreto a voces, Dar tiempo al tiempo, El Mágico prodigioso, Mejor está que estaba, Loa para la Comédia: Fieras afemina Amor, Fieras afemina amor.
Tomo nono: [4] 454pp., a small torn bit of leather on rear board pasted back, minor rubbing to front board, spine in better condition. CONTENTS: Dicha y desdicha del nombre, Hado y divisa de Leonido y Marfisa, Los Dos amantes del cielo, Mujer, [spelled Muger here]  llora y vencerás, Agradecer y no amar, De una causa, dos efectos, mayor, Cuál es mayor perfección, El Jardín de Falerina, La Sibila de Oriente, No hay burlas con el amor
Tomo X y XI: [8[  480,232pp., spine worn to top and bottom, vertical split in centre of spine visible but not cracked open , 2 small holes/tears  in page 231/232 of the 2nd part (tomo XI )CONTENTS Tomo X: : Gustos y disgustos son no más que imaginación, Amigo, amante y leal, Basta callar, Auristela y Lisidante, Fuego de Dios es el querer bien, La Exaltación de la Cruz, No hay cosa como callar, Celos, aun del aire, (spelled here ayre)  matan, El Escondido y la tapada. Tomo XI: Mañana será otro día, Darlo todo , y no dar nada, La Desdicha de la voz, El Pintor de su deshonra, El Alcalde de Zalamea.

 A very  rare complete set £ 1500.00


Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
The Library Shakspeare illustrated by Sir John Gilbert, George Cruikshank, and R. Dudley. 3 Volumes
London : William Mackenzie, [1873-1875].  Half-title: The illustrated library Shakspeare. Title in red and black within red border. Text in double columns. v. 1. Comedies -- v. 2. Tragedies -- v. 3. Historical plays, &c. Three sm. folio volumes. [vi], 396; [iv], 406; [iv], 476 pp., with beautiful mounted chromolithographed colour plates, a pictorial title page in duotone  for each play, and numerous  engravings in the text. In full red calf, richly gilt decorated front and rear boards, gilt inner dentelles, gilt edges all around, with new spines  tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpaper. Inner hinges and rear of first plate re-inforced necessary due to weight of the volumes. Reverse of first plates with some foxing. Corners sl. bumped/worn.  Ask for photographs. Suppl.: Notes, critical and explanatory, by Samuel Neil [ Gilbert, John <Sir> *1817-1897* ; Cruikshank, George *1792-1878* ; Dudley, Robert ; Neil, Samuel *1825-1901 ] £ 575


TAYLOR, Tom, (ed.) ,Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon
Historical Painter, from his Autobiography and Journals. Second Edition. Three volumes, London, 1853; xvi, 419, viii, 407, viii, 419 pp., AN EXTRA - ILLUSTRATED COPY with TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS BY HAYDON and very numerous plates from contemporary and Victorian sources, mostly portraits; early 20th century brown half morocco over cloth boards, spines gilt in compartments with raised bands; plates to Volumes I and II damp-stained, mostly in the margins, a few light marginal pencil marks.  * Today Haydon is better remembered for his remarkable diary and tragic end than for the historical painting he tried desperately to promulgate. His writings are replete with anecdotes, of contemporaries, artistic and others, records of encounters and friendships, and trenchant, if controversial, criticisms and judgements. The two four-page, signed autograph letters date from 1840, and both explain and repeat his profound opposition to artistic academies in general and the Royal Academy in particular. His campaign on this subject is famous, or notorious: one could hardly hope to find any letters more characteristic and typical - except for the fact that his forceful character seems to have been expressed in practically everything he wrote on. The first two volumes have been exposed at some early time to damp: the heavy paper of the plates added to these two volumes has stained in consequence, but mostly in the margins. Many of the plates were window-mounted, and it is then ususally only the mounts that display marks; the text in these volumes dried out and is not stained, though it is very slightly rippled at the outer edge. Volume III, which also contains plates, as well as the two letters, has not been exposed to damp and is unaffected. The plates comprising the extra illustrations are the usual mixture for the time of binding of mostly steel-engraved, or copper-engraved, portraits and views, usually relating to the text opposite which they are bound in, some common, some scarce or very scarce. It would be hard now to assemble such a document of English art in the early 19th Century. £ 1200