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        [Drop-title]: An Elegy upon the lamented Death of Edward Millington, the Famous Auctioneer

      2 pp. Small folio, broadside format, unbound. [Colophon]: London: published by John Nutt, 1703. First edition of this amusing and affectionate poetical tribute to England's first prominent auctioneer of books and art, composed shortly after his death. Millington began his career as a bookseller, and he first appears in the Term Catalogues in 1670 as the publisher of William Seaman's Grammatica Linguae Turcicae. His name can also be found in the imprints of another half a dozen 17th-century books, but it was as an auctioneer that he became famous. He set up regular sales at the "Vendu" in Covent Garden, "perhaps the first established auction house in England independent of the outroper, an officer under the crown who nominally held a monopoly on all public sales by auction. Millington travelled extensively to promote his auction sales. Although most were held in London (where, from 1695 until his death, he was based at St Bartholomew Close) he also conducted auctions in Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Kings Lynn, Bath, Oxford, and Gloucester. He was a master of the fine art of flattery, and the prefaces to his sales catalogues frequently commend the judicious taste and learned erudition of his buyers."-ODNB. Ned Ward, in his Step to Stirbitch-Fair (1700), includes a passage on the humor with which Millington conducted sales, and John Dunton calls him "a man of remarkable elocution, wit, sense, and modesty," and adds: "He was originally a bookseller, which he left off, being better cut out for an auctioneer; he had a quick wit, and a wonderful fluency of speech. There was usually as much comedy in his 'Once, twice, thrice,' as can be met with in a modern play." Millington is said to have led the blind John Milton through the streets; he died in Cambridge in 1703, more or less in harness, and his stock was dispersed the following year. This poem has long been known to collectors of book selling history; formerly catalogued as an anonymous tribute, it can now been assigned to Tom Brown, the Grub Street poet and satirist whose life was legendary in its irregularity, as it was reprinted in 1720 in his Remains. The text provides an entertaining picture of Millington's auctions: Come, gentlemen, -- come bid me what you please; Upon my word, it is a curious Piece, Done by a Learned hand, -- and neatly bound : What say you? -- come, -- I'le put it up, -- One Pound; One pound, -- once, twice; fifteen: Who bids; -- a Crown : Then shakes his Head, with an affected Frown, And says, for Shame, consider, Gentlemen, The Book is sold in Shops for more than ten. Good lack a day! -- 'tis strange, then strikes the Blow, And in a feigned Passion bids it go.The poem continues in the same vein for another forty lines, and concludes with an epitaph: "Underneath this Marble Stone / Lies the famous Millington; / A man who through the world did steer / I'th' Station of an Auctioneer: / A man with Wondrous Sense and Wisdom blest, / Whose qualities are not to be exprest." For additional comment, see Lawler, Book Auctions in England in the Seventeenth Century, pp. xxxi-xxxiv. We can trace nine other copies of this poem: two at the British Library, and one each at the Bodleian, Harvard, Huntington, Yale, the Grolier Club, and in the private collections of the Duke of Devonshire (Chatsworth) and the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. In fine condition. A contemporary hand has added "7br" [i.e. September] to the imprint, consistent with Luttrell's "Sept. 1" in the Bodleian copy. In a cloth folding case. ❧ Foxon B512. .

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        Statuts de l'Ordre du Saint Esprit.

      Paris, (Jean) Anisson, Directeur de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1703. In 4to, 1 c. b., pp. (2) di Avertissment (manca forse il frontespizio e la carta A prima del foglio Aij con cui si inizia l'Avvertissement), 212 contenenti tutti gli articoli, il corpo e l'addizione agli statuti dell'ordine, (6) di Table Generale (segnatura generale A - Ee) testate, finali e capolettera illustrati da finissime incisioni, legatura alle armi reali in marocchino coevo con impressioni in oro: al centro lo stemma alle armi e ai quattro angoli dei piatti la colomba dello Spirito Santo, filettattura con gigli e decori, dorso a cinque nervi con gigli e titolo in oro; contropiatti e fogli di guardia in carta decorata in oro, testo raccolto entro lieve filettatura, ampissimi margini. Il 31 dicembre 1578, in piena guerra di religione, Enrico III fond? l'Ordre du Saint Esprit, il cui scopo era di proteggere il Re di Francia, in quanto persona sacra. Il monarca scelse il nome di Spirito Santo per questo Ordine, riferendosi alla sua data di nascita, alla sua incoronazione sul trono di Polonia e, in seguito, alla sua incoronazione su quello di Francia, tre avvenimenti realizzatesi nel giorno della Pentecoste. Bench? questo Ordine fosse inizialmente riservato ai pi? alti dignitari del regno, il re Enrico IV permise a un numero, seppur ristretto, di monarchi e di grandi signori stranieri di confessione cattolica, di entrarvi. Un tributo specifico chiamato "marco d'oro" fu stabilito per provvedere ai bisogni dell'Ordine, la cui sede si trovava presso il Convento dei Grands Augustins a Parigi. I L'ordine era dotato di personalit? giuridica e la direzione era riservata al re che ne era il Sovrano Gran Maestro (Souverain Grand Ma?tre), mentre l'amministrazione era affidata ai diversi membri che erano suddivisi in diverse classi: cavalieri, commendatori e commendatori ufficiali. L'Ordine godette di piena gloria sotto Luigi XIV e divenne il pi? illustre degli Ordini dell'Ancien R?gime, nonch? il pi? prestigioso ordine cavalleresco fra quelli della monarchia francese. Soppresso nel 1791, durante la Rivoluzione Francese, fu ripristinato nel 1814 da Luigi XVIII, e poi definitivamente abolito da Luigi Filippo I nel 1830. In seguito, il titolo fu tuttavia conferito a diversi pretendenti al trono di Francia. Al momento della sua nascita, l'Ordre du Saint Esprit, godette anche della forte svalutazione in cui si trovava l'Ordine di San Michele (dal 1560, nel contesto turbato delle guerre di religione, il limite dei membri ammissibili venne abbandonato e l'ordine inizi? a integrare numerosi cortigiani, a volte non combattenti, perdendo cos? prestigio) e gli statuti prescrivevano che i suoi cento cavalieri dovevano innanzitutto essere gi? stati membri dell'Ordre de Saint Michel, facendolo cos? retrocedere al secondo posto. I Cavalieri dell'Ordine di Santo Spirito cos? come gi? i Cavalieri dell'Ordine di San Michele, fuorno ®Cavalieri degli Ordini del Re¯, cosicch? gli obblighi dell'ordine furono pienamente orientati alla fedelt? dei cavalieri verso la loro religione e verso la persona del grande maestro, mentre lo statuto non necessariamente venne a contenere principi di assistenza caritativa o di mutuo soccorso, altres? imposti alla maggior parte degli ordini cavallereschi. L'insegna dell'Ordine ? una croce, simile alla croce di Malta, a quattro bracci biforcati, p?omati d'oro, accantonati da un giglio e caricata di una colomba d'argento ad ali spiegate e con la testa rivolta verso il basso. In occasione delle cerimonie, la croce degli ufficiali e dei commendatori ufficiali era appesa a un collare formato da gigli e da differenti motivi dorati. Pi? generalmente, la croce era sospesa a un largo nastro di color cangiante blu cielo, da qui il soprannome di "cordon bleu" ai cavalieri che lo indossavano ad armacollo, dalla spalla destra al fianco sinistro (i commendatori la portavano intorno al collo; i cavalieri e i commendatori ufficiali portavano inoltre una croce dello Spirito Santo ricamata sul petto). Tre edizioni di quest'opera furono edite nel corso del diciottesimo secolo; la nostra costituisce la prima o la seconda (una antecedente del 1701?) fra quelle edite sotto l'antico regime. L'ultima, prima della soppressione fu quella del 1788. Lievi tracce alla legatura con mancanza della pelle al taglio interno (nel punto di giuntura tra i piatti e il dorso), lieve e sporadico foxing ai piatti, ben conservati e ben impressi. Molto buono l'interno, in carta forte e con una ottima impressione di stampa.

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        Of Last Wills and Testaments: A Common-Law Treatise, Containing Several Rules for the Construction of last Wills . . . also of Contingent Remainders, and of Executory Devises . . . Of Perpetuities . . . And of Revocations, Codicils, and Nuncupative Wills

      Only edition of an early work on the English law of wills, seemingly only the second devoted essentially entirely to wills and their construction, including devises, both conditional and executory, and legacies; uncommon, eight copies in ESTC. Contemporary unlettered sheep, very rubbed and scraped, top of spine chipped, some browning and staining, and a bit strained; a usable copy only. Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1703.

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        New Voyages To North-America Containing An Account of the several Nations of that vast Continent; their Customs, Commerce, and Way of Navigation upon the Lakes and Rivers; the several attempts of the English and French to dispossess one another; with the reasons for the Miscarriage of the former; and the various Adventures between the French and Iroquese Confederates of England, from 1683 to 1694. Etc

      H. Benwicke T. Goodwin M. Wotton B. Tooke and S. Manship London: H. Benwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1703. First English edition. leather_bound. 19th century three quarter brown calf, marbled boards with matching endpapers. 2 vols. Very good./No Dust Jacket. 280, 302 (13) pages [A8,a4,B-S8,T5 and Aa-Tt8,Uu7]. 19 x 12 cm. Twenty-three engraved plates, frontispiece, Vol.II.(not always found according to HOWES), folding maps, and with advert leaf in Vol.I rear. A Dictionary of the Algonkine Language appears in Vol.II. Index. The English edition has an added map of Newfoundland, not in the first French edition published the same year. His work is considered one of the first comprehensive descripions of the western part of the continent. HOWES L25. "Lahontan's narrative, of considerable value when confined to his actual sojournyings in the Lake region, was unfortunately disfigured by his inserting an account of a pretended trip west of the Mississippi, about as convincing as the legends of the sea-serpents." With all HOWES' first issue points -- on pages 280 (Vol.I) and 302 (Vol.II) respectively. LARNED 3642. "It will not serve as a text book nor a historic guide, but is of much value as a clear and fearless picture of Canada, and the Canadians of his day....For spirit and brightness there is nothing in Canadian literature which approaches it, save some othe earlier letters of Lamothe Cadillac." SABIN 38644. A few fold-out maps and plates professionally repaired; some repairs to bottom margins of a few text leaves, moderate foxing to text leaves with plates generally clean, text heads trimmed close, armorial bookplates, raised bands, some breaks in gilt spine lettering. A firm, tight set.

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        Biblia thet är all den Heliga Skrift På Swensko efter Konung Carl then Tolftes Befallning...

      Stockholm, H. Keyser, 1703. (97) + 1-963 (sista opaginerade bladet saknas). Titelplansch och Karl XII:s porträtt (båda skurna och uppfodrade, titelplanschen fläckad), graverad titelsida samt 7 kopparstuckna kartor och planscher (kartan över paradisets belägenhet saknas; planscherna är delvis skurna, 6 något fläckade och marginellt lagade, 2 med bildförluster). Praktband av brunt kalvskinn på träpärmar, bred guldpressad pärmbordure, inom fält av ljusbrunt skinna, pärmarnas mittfält med konungens guldpressade namnchiffer omgivet av blomsterbård och i hörnen förgyllda tre kronor, breda inre denteller, kantförgyllning, rikt guldornerad rygg med fem upphöjda bind. Något nötta spännen och beslag av mässing, något nötta guldornerade slejfar, helt guldsnitt. (Hedbergband). Något nött fodrad halvskinnkartong. 43,5 X 28 cm. Tillskrift på titelbladet, släktanteckningar på baksidan av uppfodrat kopparstucket titelblad. Enstaka fläckar

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