The Works of the Famous Nicolas Machiavel Citizen and Secretary of Florence
The Works of the Famous Nicolas Machiavel Citizen and Secretary of Florence Written Originally in Italian and from thence, Newly and Faithfully Translated into English.
Folio (13″tall) full blind-stamped calf leather. First Printing, 1675. Rebacked with matching recent leather and with the inner hinges reinforced. Lacking some of the original endpapers. Some rather clumsy paper patch repairs to mostly margins of pp. 130-250 with some minor text loss to the top outside of 3 pp. in that section and some rippling of those pages, otherwise Good to Very Good with moderate edgewear, scuffing, scratches and lightly bumped corners with moderate exposure of boards at lower outside corner of front cover.
Note: The letter to Zanobius Buondelmontius (actually written by Henry Neville) in this volume is the first appearance in this the first English printing of the works. The letter as Neville had written it, contained statements potentially treasonous and so was left out of the text by the publisher. There is a space left blank in the text block by the printer.
Buyers at the bookshop of the publisher, John Starkey, were supplied with a copy of the offending text and encouraged to insert it into the text. This copy of the works has the first and part of the second sentence of the treasonous text hand written in ink in the space provided in the text block which would have made it a dangerous volume to possess.
The Feejeean Princess A Memoir of Vah-Ta-Ah
16mo(6″tall)black cloth. First Printing, 1857 with the Baxter frontispiece. Minor edgewear to cover, corners bumped, minor stain to inside front cover, otherwise Very Good. RARE IN THIS EDITION.
English Botany or Coloured Figures of British Plants Complete in 13 Volumes
4to(10″tall)13 Volumes Complete. Half leather and cloth. All Very Good with some edgewear and discolouration of leather. 1948 hand-coloured plates. Minor to moderate foxing throughout with some plates slightly affected. RARE IN THIS SPECIAL RE-ISSUE OF 1902.
Letters Concerning the English Nation – Voltaire
8vo (8″tall) Half calf and marbled paper over boards. First Edition,1733.
Recently rebound in modern half calf with five raised bands and marbled paper over boards. Gilt stamped titles to backstrip. New matching endpapers. Some wear to outside top and bottom corners of text block and age toning to first endpapers otherwise Very Good. The first edition which precedes the French edition of 1734.
RARE IN FIRST EDITION