Please see our list of a small selection of items in addition to others to be exhibited at the London international Antiquarian Bookfair Thursday 22-24 May. We will be at stand H07.
Including a rare early 19th century Italian typefounders catalogue, a contemporary American Civil War description, an 18th century French manuscript concerning the law to restrict the clergy in Savoy, rare promotional propaganda for steam engines, an association copy for English medical malpractice law, Italian bibliography, mesmerism and more. [Please Use The Link Below To Download or Email for Print/Ecopy]
“TO POCKET DICE AND MILLIONS TOO”
JOHN AGG, PRINTER, BOOKSELLER & WRITER, EVESHAM,
Agg began his professional life as an apprentice bookseller and printer in Evesham. The British Booktrade index lists his dates of operation as 1790-1825 and his Bristol operation as 1809. After the end of his apprenticeship, he founded a printing and bookselling business in Bristol and published various works including a newspaper, the Mercury, and a history of Bristol in serialised parts. The latter was not successful and led to the failure of his business, after which he moved to London and appears to have some attempts to live by his pen on a more substantial basis.
During his time in Evesham, Agg combined his printing and bookselling with professional writing and seems to have resumed printing after a short period in London for by 1812 he was publishing again in Evesham. He is stated to be the first printer employed by the noted 19th century bibliophile, Sir Thomas Phillips, producing works such as Inquiries…to the Nobility…of Oxfordshire and The Pedigree of Thomas Grove, of Ferne House, in the County of Wilts, Esq. Anno Dom. in 1819 cf Moule. Bibliotheca heraldic Magnae Britanniae (1822). DCCLXXXIX. and Munby. The Formation of the Phillipps Library Up to the Year 1840. PSS No.3 p.11.
Agg’s writings were primarily primarily fiction. His novel, Mcdermot, or the Irish chieftain: a romance, intended as a companion to the Scottish chiefs was published in London in 1810, Edwy & Elgiva in 1811 with others following in 1815 & 1816. His writings seem to have led him into hot water for in 1814, we see him in the King’s Bench Prison for libel.
We have a rare example of John Agg’s earlier writing and publishing offered here:
Humphrey Hedgehog i.e. John Agg.
A consolatory epistle to a noble lord, on the sudden and unexpected close of his political career.
Evesham Printed And Sold By J.Agg. Sold Also By Messrs Longman, Hurst, Rees And Orme, Paternoster-Row, London. 1805
4to,  24 p., 27cm, disbound, dusty fold line, spine strengthened.
Only edition of this provincially printed rare satirical attack in verse on Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville, whose financial management of the Admiralty whilst treasurer between 1782 and 1800 had been the subject of a commission of inquiry which reported in 1805 with regard to misappropriation of public money. He was also a key figure in the promotion of the Scottish Enlightenment. A good copy (upper title page corner restored and two small paper repairs with loss of a couple of text letters to title, short tear to blank upper margin of one leaf). COPAC sole copy (BL); Not in Worldcat. [Ref: 592] £180
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Please see below for our new list of prints and drawings, including 19th century caricatures & cartoons, Baxter prints, sketchbooks, 18th century Italian & English engravings, nature printing and an eighteenth century drawing on vellum.
**INCLUDING A RARE CATALAN PAMPHLET FOR A FORERUNNER OF WORLD BOOK DAY, 18TH CENTURY COOKERY MANUSCRIPT, 19TH CENTURY PRISON WARDERS JOURNAL, A COLLECTION OF FRENCH ARTISANAL WORKERS CONVERSATIONS, AN ITALIAN CABINET OF CURIOSITY, A RARE 18TH CENTURY FRENCH HISTORY OF THE LORCAN, ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN AND MORE**
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Including a Conjurer's Manuscript Notebook, A rare 18th century biography of a French Courtesan, A selection of Italian works of early bibliography and book trade, Italian books in contemporary decorated wrappers, a rare Italian private wax-work museum, English quackery, 19th century diaries including a description of policing the Chartist "Monster Demonstration" of 1848 and a 19th century Womens herbal including specimens from the Arctic explorer, Captain Parry from Melville Island.
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The fair opened to the public in fine weather after the Thursday night preview. A long, snaking queue of expectant people waited quickly disappeared inside in search of rarities and treasures.
Every effort had been made to make the fair as inclusive as possible and a celebration of French literary culture. The fair included a large display, with historic photographs and maps, devoted the Parisian Bouquinistes, the booksellers operating from stalls lining the banks of the Seine, dating from the 16th century. It was formalized in the mid-19th century with bouqinistes establishing permanent pitches and the sizes of stalls being regulated in the 1930s. The Bouqinistes became part of a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991.
Further displays showcased regional bookfairs across France, bibliophile magazines and binderies & restoration.
The fair was divided in the shape of a cross with the lower spoke without displays and forming the entrance passage. On the right were a selection of stands offering prints and drawings and in front and to the left were book stands.
A few hours spent amongst the stacks with dealers, customers, and colleagues passing quietly by, turned up a few choice items and led to short presentation at the stage area on the new online display of bindings held by the Bibliotheque Nationale.
All that remained was to find somewhere for a quick late lunch, so onwwards to Abbesses by Metro and the space and sky of Monmartre. The delightful Le Relais Gascon, close to the edge of Monmartre cemetery, served a fine salade fraicheur with sliced potatoes fried in garlic, smoked ham, lardons and fried eggs before the homeward journey.
Segni Maravigliosi co' Quali Si E' Compiaciuto iddio Di autorizzare il Martirio de' Vener. Servi di Dio...
Roma Antonio de' Rossi 1745
12mo, 176 p., engraved folding frontispiece with portrait medallion of Ridolfo Acquaviva, Alfonso Paceco, Pietro Berna, Antonio, Franceschi & Francesco Arana with engraved floral spray cornerpieces (signed L.B. fecit), engraved title device, endpiece of inverted triangle of repeated scrollwork ornaments,, large decorative initial letter, contemporary vellum, MS spine title & shelfmark (couple of tiny worm holes at tail), edges mottled red & brown.
Only edition of this curious collection of descriptions of religious experiences including blood remaining fresh & liquid three days after death (Pietro de Arbues), visions of five martyrs (Marcello Francesco Mastrilli), an apparition of S. Ridolfo during a storm and some 27 others. Worldcat 2 copies (Mexico & UB Ingolstadt); ICCU 2 copies (Forli & Bib. Todi). Bibliographie Historique de la Compagnie de Jesus 496. Two circular stamps "BMPF" & "CVPF".
[Ref: 460] £450 [PLEASE USE CONTACT BUTTON ABOVE TO ORDER OR MAKE FURTHER ENQUIRIES]
Inés de Cordoüe
Paris [Martin et George Jouvenel?] 1697
12mo, [vi],[2 blank], 208 p.(title page dusty & couple of small chips at head), woodcut armillary sphere title device with astrological symbols, woodcut headpieces of flat baskets of flowers, fruit & foliage, woodcut initial letter. 20th century blue-grey wrappers (small chip at head of spine),autograph signature of John Fowles (20th century novelist) dated 1963 and his ownership stamp, together with notes on three inserted slips, two typed, one manuscript.
A novel famous for the two fairy tales framed within it, 'The Rosebush Prince' and 'Riquet of the Tuft', the second of which predates the more familiar version told by Perrault. This was the first of a succession of fairy stories that appeared in France in the sixteen-nineties and which laid the foundations of the entire genre, preceding Perrault's Contes de ma Mère l'Oye (1697) and Madame d'Aulnoy's Contes des Fées (1697) and Contes Nouveaux ou Les Fées à la Mode (1698). Bernard appears to have been a woman of strong and persistent character, determined to support herself through writing. She nonetheless struggled financially and survived precariously on the monetary prizes awarded for her work. Her novels express a very negative view of relations between the sexes and clearly expresses the disenfranchised position of women during that period. The typescript notes presumably by John Fowles provide a view that this volume could be a Dutch printed piracy as have an identical armillary sphere title device to a Dutch pirated edition of Perrault in the same year. A very good copy (light inner marginal stain to first three leaves). Reiss (1992) The Meaning of Literature p.210; Makward & Cottenet-Hage (1996) Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française p.63. OCLC 5 locations (3 Dutch, 1 German & 1 Danish)
[Ref: 450] £650[PLEASE USE THE CONTACT BUTTON ABOVE TO ORDER THIS BOOK OR MAKE FURTHER ENQUIRIES]