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64. CHRISTIAN’S JOURNAL. A christian’s Journal, or Brief Directions for Devotion and conversation. Printed for the Author and sold by R. Bentley in Russel-street. 1684.


£2,500


12mo. in a contemporary London binding of red morocco, the covers tooled in gilt with an all-over pattern of drawer handles, tulips, pansies, etc., gilt spine divided into five panels, the second lettered in gilt on a dark green leather label, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; pp. x, 336; light rubbing to joints and a some light embrowning to text, otherwise an excellent copy.


Rare. Wing cites only two copies in the UK (British Library and Plume Library) and two in the United States (Yale and Univ. of california).


Provenance:


a) ownership inscription of Thomas Wentworth, 1st marquess of Rockingham,


(1693-1750), Whig politician, mP for malton


(1715-27) and Yorkshire (1727-28). Purchased by him when he was at St. John’s college, cambridge (1707-1713) and then passing, along with the rest of his substantial collection, to the Library at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham (i.e. the Fitzwilliam Library).


b) Bookplate of William charles de meuron, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam, 1872- 1943. Sold at the sale of the Fitzwilliam Library at Sotheby’s in 1948, where it was purchased by the bookseller Sawyer.


c) Bookplate of the bookseller William Alfred Foyle (1885-1963), who apparently acquired it from Sawyer for his own collection. Sold at the sale of the Foyle Library held at christie’s in July 2000.


Wing (2nd edition) C-3956.


65. CHRISTIE, Agatha. Death on the nile. Collins. 1937 £1,800 8vo., recently finely bound by the chelsea Bindery in full single line gilt panelled dark blue morocco, spine lettered and panelled in gilt, all edges gilt. A fine copy.


First edition of this famous Poirot title.


66. [CHURCHILL, Sir Winston]. NEMON, Oscar (Sculptor). Plaster maquette for a tondo of churchill in profile. [no date c. 1960s].


£1,998 83.5 cm diameter plaster maquette mounted on an armature.


A fine unsigned profile relief portrait of churchill facing left with signs of lettering. information from the Estate of oscar nemon Website:


“Born in croatia in 1906, sculptor oscar nemon moved to England in 1938 after living and working in vienna and Bruxelles during the 1920s and 1930s - where he sculpted Sigmund Freud and charles Lindbergh from life. Working from a studio outside oxford for forty years, Winston churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elizabeth ii, were amongst nemon’s many sitters.


his hands on his hips, about to stride forwards, oscar nemon’s 1970 bronze of Sir Winston churchill stands at the heart of British democracy - in the members’ Lobby of the house of commons. it is a fitting place for the work of the twentieth century’s most distinguished portrait sculptor, and a man who earned churchill’s respect as well as his friendship.


67. [CIRCUS]. The circus. [Shaped Book]. no imprint., circa 1930.


£48


Small 4to. original glazed card (185 x 200mm) colour illustrated on both covers and shaped as a circus tent with opening flaps, stapled as issued; pp. [16]; with 6 colour plates and other illustrations; a fine copy.


First edition.


68. [CIVIL WAR] RYVES, Bruno (Editor). Angliæ ruina: or, Englands ruine: represented in the barbarous, and sacrilegious outrages of the sectaries of this kingdome, committed upon the lives, consciences and estates of all his maj: loyal subjects in generall; but more particularly upon the churches, colledges, clergie, and scholars of the same. containing two briefe catalogues of such heads and fellowes of colledges in the University of cambridge, and other learned and pious divines, within the city of London, as have been ejected, plundered, imprisoned, or banished, for their constancie in the Protestant religion, and loyalty to their soveraigne. Whereunto is added, a chronologie of the time and place of all the battails, sieges, conflicts, and other remarkable passages which have happened betwixt his majesty and the Parliament; with a catalogue of such persons of quality, as have been slain on either party, from novemb. 3. 1640 till the 25. of march, 1647. 1647-1648.


£1,995


8vo., finely bound by Worsfold in full dark green crushed morocco, boards with French fillet border, spine richly gilt in compartments, all edges gilt. pp. Woodcut frontispiece [14] 202 [8], 203-62; [12], 28 [8]; [110].. Spine sunned, occasional spotting and minor stains, generally a very good copy in a handsome Edwardian binding.


Angliae Ruina contains Mercurius Rusticus: Or The Country’s Complaint, Querela Cantabrigiensis. And Micro-Chronicon., all works sympathetic to the Royalist cause. Ryves was chaplain to both King charles i and after the restoration to King charles ii.


Mercurius Rusticus originally appeared in 19 numbers from June to December 1643, and was republished together, in 1646, as here in 1647, and 1685. The assaults on Sir John Lucas’s house, Wardour castle, and other mansions are narrated, while a second part starts on damage done to the cathedrals. The engraved frontispiece, divided into 10 panels, depicts these attacks.


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