New York: George Dearborn, 1834. Hardcover. This publication of Burke's work is uncommon. Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), an Irish statesman who served in the House of Commons of Parliament for many years. The foundation of this collection of Burke's works comes from the 1792 printing for Mr. Dodsley, with printing errors from that edition corrected. This publication also includes (in the third volume) his collected letters, tracts intended for private circulation, and other papers that were discovered posthumously - collected here and published for the first time. It does not include several posthumous publications. His writings (in Volume I) are short tracts which often read as personal observations - which he makes on poetry, beauty, emotions, power, light, the body, and more. Volume II contains letters, his abridgement of English History, and writings on legal matters. Volume III contains government reports including the internal trade of Bengal, articles relating to the Warren Hastings trial and impeachment, and more. Each volume is bound in full tan leather covered boards with gilt title and volume labels to the spines. Browning to spines, wear, chips, and rubbing to boards, spines, edges, and corners. Cracks to leather on spine labels and chips to spine ends. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Bookplate of William R. Jewett to all three volumes. Frontispiece illustration of the author to first volume with offsetting to tissue guard and facing engraved half-title page. Volume I: 584 pages; Volume II: 597 pages; Volume III: 537 pages. LAW/110922. Very Good.
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London: C. and J. Rivington, 1827. Hardcover. Dr. French Laurence (1757 - 1809) was a close associate and later the literary executor of Edmund Burke. Irish statesman, Edmund Burke ( 1729 - 1797) worked with French during the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings, the English Governor-General of Bengal. Published by French's brother, this book collects letters between the two men. Bound in full dark brown leather boards with leather turn ins and patterned endpapers. Five raised bands but no title to spine. This appears to be a later amateur unsigned binding. Embossed rules to spine, but no giltwork. A few tiny spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. 305 pages plus 1 page of ads. LAW/080522. Very Good.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1847. Hardcover. Complete and Correct Edition. Unlike previous editions of Curran's speeches, this one includes six of his bar speeches and 33 of his parlimentary speeches. Preceding each speech are facts and events of the case with occasional biographies of Curran's clients. John Philpot Curran (1750 - 1817) was an Irish orator, politician, lawyer, and judge known for his eloquent speeches. Bound in three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with dark brown and gilt title label to spine. Chipping to leather at foot of spine, bump to edge of rear board, wear to edges, and rubbing to boards. Rear hinge is starting to crack with a three inch split in the leather. Minor foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages. Ownership name in pen to front endpaper and a few small smudge marks / spots of soiling to margins of some pages. Frontispiece portrait. 603 pages. LAW/080522. Very Good.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842. Hardcover. Uncommon revised edition. With 16 spirited engravings including title page vignette. A collection of biographical sketches of some notorious English thieves including Robin Hood, Henry Cook, George Barrington, Captain Paul Jones, and many more. One of the more interesting engravings appears to depict a man stealing a bear. 16mo. Bound in full tan leather boards with maroon title label and black author label to spine. Gilt devices to compartments and gilt motif to edges of boards and dentelles. The front board is present but detached. Rear board has been professionally reattached. Chipping to spine ends and wear to edges of boards and corners. Soiling to boards, which appears to be black ink. With marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Browning to half title page and to margins of plates, but bright otherwise. A few small pencil markings and occasional spots of foxing (mostly to plates). 422 pages. A good candidate for repair. Priced for sale here with the present condition considered. ENG/081722. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 2 of 12 copies. In this powerful new book from the Luminice Press, Thomas and Mary Agnes Williams present a scathing indictment of the erosion of democracy in the United States. The preface states: "In America, we are losing our freedoms, one by one. Clean Air – the freedom to breathe air not polluted with toxins Safety – the freedom to live without fear of deadly guns Women’s Autonomy – the freedom to control their own bodies Voting – the freedom to participate in our democracy We are losing America." The book's text juxtaposes the intent of four congressional acts that guaranteed American protections - clean air, gun control, reproductive rights, and voting rights - with text from the recent Supreme Court opinions that overturned or restricted these protections. The accordion structure of the book offers the text on one side of the pages with the other side offering six panels with striking abstract color illustrations of disappearing water representing democracy's erosion. Bound in a blue and black paper covered boards with a black Washi linen spine. The text is letterpress printed from polymer plates. The six illustrations are original images hand printed on folded panels with 41 pochoir mylar stencils. The book measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. The illustrated panels are 7 x 17.75 inches unfolded and open to 106.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTSBOOK/110222. Fine.
Firenze: Soldi e Colombarini Editori, 1850. Hardcover. Ferdinand Mackeldey was an intimate advisor of justice to the king of Prussia and a full professor of law. This text is a manual of Roman law. Very scarce, especially in US. Octavo. Green patterned paper-covered boards with white binding to spine. Tilt in gilt on red label on spine. Front and back boards are heavily scraped and paper covering is worn off at top and bottom edges and all corners. Corners are bumped. White covering of spine is soiled. Pages are lightly browned, with foxing throughout. Edges of a few pages are turned. Handwritten note on inside front cover. 498 pages, including index. ITALANG/082522. Good.
Paris: Videcoq fils aine, Libraire de la cour de cassation. Hardcover. 5th edition. no date, circa 1870. Complete in two volumes. An examination of Justinian's institutes or Roman laws. Black leather spines over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Heavy wear and chipping to edges of second volume. Bumping and wear to all corners. Scuffing and wear to boards and minor rubbing to leather spines. Interiors are uniformly browned and clean. Marbled endpapers. Volume I: 740 pages; Volume II: 692 pages. FRE/112122. Very Good.
Manchester: University Press, 1916. Hardcover. This lecture describes a burglary of the king's wardrobe that occured on April 24, 1303. Ex-library with pocket to rear pastedown and library stamps and markings to various pages. Disbound and laid into the original binding of blue linen over paper covered boards with black title to front board. Call number in white to spine and call number in black to front board. Dampstaining to edges of front board and rubbing to boards. Includes a plan of Westminster Abbey and Palace as well as two full page plates reproducing a medieval manuscript showing the Outrage at Anagni and the Outrage at Westminster. Minor browning to interior. Clean overall aside from library markings and a few light smudge marks. Rear cover and interior do not show signs of dampstaining. 24 pages. ENG/111122. Good.