London. Pamphlet. Quarto sized pamphlet. Pen inscription from the right honorable Sir John Sinclair, Bart dated January 18, 1830 in pen to title page. He was a Scottish politician, an author on finance, and a baronet. Bottom front corner of cover and title page are no longer present. Chipping and wear to edges of all pages. Thread binding is loose with some pages present but detached. Some light staining to the right hand margin of the text, occasionally spills into text, but text by and large unaffected. 21 pages. General history. GENHIS02/012600. Very Good.
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Paris: Chez Barbou, 1771. Hardcover. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627 – 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other French addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist. Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government was divinely ordained and that kings received sovereign power from God. He was also an important courtier and politician. The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), of her daughter Henriette, Duchess of Orléans (1670), and of the outstanding military commander le Grand Condé (1687). His work Discours sur l'histoire universelle (Discourse on Universal History 1681) is regarded by many Catholics as an actualization or new version of the City of God of St. Augustine of Hippo. The first volume covers the subject from the beginning of the world until Charlemagne's Empire. Volume II continues the discourse from the year 800 of our Lord until 1700 [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary mottled brown leather with spine compartments with red spine labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, and bumped. Volume I has a one inch split to the top of the spine and a dark brown mark to front cover. Volume II has small chips at top of spine. Interior pages clean and bright with occasional spots. Very good condition. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I:: 510 pages; Volume II:342 pages. FRENCHLANG/031121. Very Good.
Washington D.C. Brassey's, Inc., 2002. Hardcover. Mint in mint red and blue dust jacket with white title to front panel and to black spine panel. Like new. 295 pages. Includes section of notes for each chapter. Illustrated throughout with drawings and photos. Middle Eastern History. MID/8132. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Providence: Sidney S. Rider, 1877. Paperback. SCARCE. Very good in original blue paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor chipping and fading to edges. Text is bright. Laid-paper interior is clean but lightly yellowed with age. Paper is slightly brittle. 41 pages. In wraps. Americana. AME/9043. Very Good.
New York: The Committee of Arrangements. Van Winkle and Wiley, 1814. Paperback. An interesting oration which hails the French royalists and condemns Napoleon. This was published soon after Napoleon's abdication. Original wrappers missing. Signed by previous owner, Mason Williams Esq on title page. Browning to edges of most pages and minor foxing throughout. Text is bright. 23 pages. AME/081408. Very Good.
Boston: De Wolfe, Fiske and Company, 1891. Paperback. 8vo. SCARCE. Grey side stappled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Paper a bit brittle, there are three small chips to front wrapper edge (does not obscure any lettering). Small open tear and 3 small light spots of soiling to rear wrapper. Staples rusted. Damp stain to bottom inside corner of first and last few pages. Text is bright. Map to inside of rear wrapper. 40 pages. American History. AME108291. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1846. Hardcover. Ninth edition of this popular and often reprinted history of the Middle Ages. Bound in full brown leather with brown spine labels and gilt ruling to spine. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Hinges are tender but text block is tight.Binder's tickets to front pastedowns. Interior pages are clean with light age-toning to margins. Very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: 556 pages; Volume II: 560 pages including index. HIST/091222. Very Good.
Washington DC: National Geographic, (2011). Hardcover. 4to. Illustrated glossy paper covered boards with beige title to spine. Title page nearly detached though else is tightly bound and pristine. Full color illustrations throughout. Illustrated dust jacket with grey title to front and spine panels. Index, 463 pages. HIS/010410. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Philadelphia: Kimber and Sharpless, circa 1850. Hardcover. An uncommon edition. Parallel texts of scripture; true chronology of the several histories; an account of the Jewish coins, weights, and measures; an a complete index. With several full page engravings. A thick quarto. Full marbled leather boards with gilt title label to spine. Wear and rubbing to boards, edges, and corners. The corner of title label is no longer present, but lettering is not affected. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges; although, marbling on edges is heavily worn and faded. Browning and foxing throughout. Occasional notations in pen and pencil. A few signatures are coming loose, but are present and remain bound in. 994 pages. JUD/083022. Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1969. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with red title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior with graphs throughout. Red white and blue illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and white title to red spine. Minor running and edge wear to jacket. 256 pp. American History. HIS/6062. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
Liepzig: Verlag fur literatur und politik, 1924. Paperback. Good plus in black wraps with faded gilt title on spine and front. Chipping to wraps and several pages. Half title page is detached but present. Pages brittle. Browning to pages. 126 pp. IN GERMAN. World History Pamphlets. WORHIS/2243. Good +.
London: Hamish Hamilton, (1959). Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 12mo. Very good+ red paper covered boards with black title to spine. Slight rolling to spine. Slight browning to end pages. Else is near fine. Grey dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Light browning to edges and spine of dust jacket. 56 pages. Communism. 106030. Very Good + in Very Good + DJ.
[The Hague] a la Haye: Pierre de Hondt, 1758-1759. Hardcover. This remarkable "Historical Dictionary," offers critical and literary memoirs about the life and works of various distinguished persons, particularly in the republic of letters, This book was done as a complementary work to the famous early 18th century dictionary of Pierre Bayle. Prosper Marchand (1678-1756) was a Huguenot refugee who became a bookseller, bibliographer, and publisher in the Netherlands. Marchand died before the manuscript was complete, but he had commissioned his friend and executor, Jean Nicolas Sebastien Allamand, to review and publish it. Allamand spent four years putting Marchand's notes in order. They were mostly written on confused and scattered scraps of paper. In his introduction, Allamand describes all the pains he had to take to restore these notes and to supplement the omissions of Marchand. The result is this monumental bound folio with two painstakingly printed volumes on on seemingly everyone and everything literary. Printed in double columns with numerous shoulder footnotes on most pages. At the end of Volume II are an alphabetical list of articles, a table of subjects, and a catalog of books published by Pierre de Hondt. Bound in three quarter brown leather with decorated brown paper boards. Six raised bands to spine with brown leather title label in second compartment. Chipping and small tears to leather as well as to paper covers. Interior pages show light aging but are otherwise clean and bright. Offsetting on free endpapers from leather borders on pastedowns. Previous owner bookplate to front pastedowns and small stamp on title page of volume I "Holstein-Holsteinborg." In very good condition. Volume I: 330 pages plus publisher catalog; Volume II: 328 pages plus lists and publisher catalog. FRE/042415. Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green, and Longmans, 1897. Hardcover. New Edition. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Rubbing and scuffing to spine and boards with wear to edges and corners. Pen marking to front pastedown from New Orleans dated Nov 6, 1882. Ex-library with stamp to title page. Browning to title and frontis. Minor soiling to endpapers. Toning to margins. 876 pages. GENHIS/082522. Very Good.
London: Orchard House, 1933. Paperback. A periodical from the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Founded in the late 1800s, the ICA still exists today and continues to work to unite, represent, and serve co-operatives worldwide. Very good in side stapled paper wrappers with printed off-white covers. Published in English, French, and German - this is the English language version. Articles discuss trade, banking, schools, women's notes, marketing and more in countries around the world including Germany, New Zealand, Spain, France, Palestine, Finland, Jamaica, South Africa, etc. 80 pages. World History Wraps. HIS/062717. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Blanchard, 1837. Hardcover. This comprehensive encyclopaedia includes eighty-two black and white maps and about eleven hundred other wood engravings. There is also a handsome two page color map of the United States. Bound in full brown leather with gold tooling and black title labels to spine. Leather is worn, rubbed, abraded and bumped. Faded marbling to page edges. Interior pages have browning and foxing throughout. A few loose gutters but text blocks are generally tight. Volume III has an accession stamp on title page and stamped owner name on free front endpaper. Very good minus condition. Small quartos. Volume I: 597 pages; Volume II: 592 pages; Volume III: 624 pages. HIST/091422. Very Good -.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1856. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Inscribed by Oliphant: “Royal Phelps from his sincere friend The Author London Febr 57.” Oliphant was a well known traveler, author, diplomat, and mystic who served as the private secretary to Lord Elgin in the mid 1800s among many other roles. Royal Phelps was a prominent New York merchant and trader in the West Indies. It is unclear where they might have met. This uncommon book is generally in very good condition in the original green cloth binding with faded gold title and gold stamped portrait on front cover. Neatly rebacked spine with most of the original spine intact; fading and spotting to front and rear covers; and bumping to corners. Interior is clean save for some foxing to illustrations and offsetting from them to facing pages, and light aging to page margins. Two nice foldout maps, five illustrations, and four woodcut vignettes. 234 pages plus 16 pages of ads. MIDEASTHIS/071508. Very Good.