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8vo. pp. [2], vi, 96. Disbound. Lacks title page. Signed “Blance F. [illegible]” on cover. “The conquering Jew: a vision of 1950” (1 p.) has been removed from volume. The item is available in MS 580 in Special Collections (Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University). A reissue of the first English edition of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, the deadly formulation of the myth of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to control all civilization. Based in part on 19th-century French...
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by von Nettesheim, Agrippa H. C. (Agrippa Heinrich Cornelius) ; de Abano, Peter [de Abano Pietro] [de Apono, Petrus] ; Cremonensis, Gerard [da Cremona, Gherardo] ; Villinganus, G. P. [of Villingen, Georg Pictorius] ;
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4to. pp. 206, f. [1] (blank). Signatures: A-Z 4 Aa-Dd 4 Ee 2 . Tooled calf. Manuscript spine label. Presentation inscription on the inside of the front board: “John Lambert Esqr to John Paget, Newberry [sic], 1797. (It was the Property of Chatterton) London 1665.” The imprint is missing from title page, which is repaired and reproduced in ink facsimile. Some illustrations are hand-colored in red. Engraved border around title page. Engraved initials, headpieces. Printed annotations.  ...
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by Hoernle, A. F. R. (A. F. Rudolf) [Hoernlé, Augustus Frederic Rudolf]
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8vo. pp. 13. Offprint from the ‘Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society,’ April 1900, pp. 321-33, with two folding plates. In original yellow printed wrappers, stapled, fragile. First (and only?) description of a ‘block-printing’ from the Kingdom of Khotan, acquired by Captain H. H. P. Deasy in Khotan before April 1899, and sent by him to the German Indologist and philologist Rudolf Hoernle in December. It consisted of 72 leaves, measuring 8 x 5.5 inches, each page containing between 9 and...
8vo. pp. 225, f. [1]; pp. 36. Contains the full proceedings of the conference of the Académie royale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux Séance Publique of 28 August 1834 including a lecture by the archeologist and library curator François Jouannet (1765-1845), Antiquités. Rapport à l’Académie royale de Bordeaux, Par F. Jouannet, pp. 187-213 (includes folding plate (fig. 1-5) of Chrétin’s drawing of the Nérac bas relief annexed at the end of the volume), bound with...
8vo. pp. vi, 115. Presentation copy from Samuel T. Pickard (1828-1915) to J.W. Courtney, dated 19 February 1912, with his partial ‘retractation’ on a slip pasted in, dated May 1907. A forgery, ‘edited’ by Pickard, perhaps by ‘a colored man named William Symmes’, if Pickard’s retraction note is to be believed. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
One of  2 copies in this collection. 8vo. f. [1] (blank), pp. [iv], vi, 151, [1]. Signatures: [A]4 B-K8 L4. Tailpieces. Half calf. Marbled boards, gilded spine on 4 bars with red panel, edges spread in red. Manuscript note on front pastedown: “sold for ₤1.70 at Brockett’s sale” and on first blank: “J.H.A. 19. July 1833. are the vignettes by Berwick?” Pencil marginalia, contains frontispiece. First edition of a quasi forgery by William Henry Ireland focusing on Pierre de Boscosel de...
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12mo. pp. 192, with engraved frontispiece of the Tower. Bound in contemporary tan boards, red spine label. Small bookplate on front pastedown: “Ex Bibliotheca Josephi Schlemmer.” First (?) edition of a remarkable imposture, described by ESTC as ‘a falsification of Cléry’s work,’ and recorded only at the British Library (10662.aa.29) and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Cléry (probably Jean-Baptiste Cant Hanet, also going by the last name Cléry) entered the service of the French...
8vo. ff. 236, [4]. Signatures: Signatures: A-2G⁸. Contemporary panelled calf. Signature on title and front pastedown of Jacques Pierron, and subsequent ownership inscription of Theodorus Strake, 1597. Printer's device on title page, initials. Editio princeps of the 140 homilies here attributed to Eusebius, Bishop of Emesa in Phoenicia (d. about 360), but more likely the work of a Western writer, such as the British-born Faustus, Abbot of Lérins and Bishop of Riez (d. 490–95), whom the...
8vo. ff. [2] (blank), pp. [16], 907, [101], f. [1] (blank) (p. 556, 609, 652, 841 numbered 356, 709, 452, 741 respectively). Signatures: α⁸, a-z⁸, A-2R⁸. 17th-century brown speckled calf. Gilded spine on 5 bars with red lettering panel. Red edges. Marbled pastedowns. Manuscript contemporary inscription “Ni sudans aro ero-ne?” on title page, autograph “Pinsson ?” in early hand beneath, “Fischor Reinhard Rofenstad,” with acquisition note dated 1833 on fly. Woodcut printer's...
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by Gazul, Clara (pseud.) [Mérimée, Prosper]
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8vo. pp. [6], ix, 337, [2]. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. Prosper Mérimée’s first published work, a pseudonymous volume of six plays presented as the work of a Spanish actress of Moorish descent, ‘Clara Gazul’. First edition, with the faux-titre reading ‘Théatre de Clara Gazul’ (second state), and with the rare lithographed portrait of the imaginary authoress, based on Mérimée’s own face, in the state with printer’s name. A second edition, containing three new...
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by de Worde, Wynkyn (pseud.) ; [Repton, John A. (John Adey)]
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16mo. pp. [40]. Calf. One of 75 copies on plain paper of a total edition of 80 copies. Penciled bibliographic notation on front free endpaper. The book, in Gothic type, purports to be a reprint of a ‘very scarce Romance, in the possession of the Editor,’ a unique copy by Wynkyn de Worde but the text is in fact an invention by John Adey Repton (1775-1860), whose name is spelled out by the illuminated chapter initials. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
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by Babrius ; [Menas, Minoides] [Minas, Minoides] ; [Minas, Konstantinos] ; Boissonade, Jean F. (Jean François) [Boissonade de Fontarabie, Jean F. (Jean François)] (ed.) (trans.)
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8vo. pp. xii, 269. Half morocco. Parallel Greek and Latin texts, the Latin translation by Jean François Boissonade de Fontarabie. Includes the first printing of one forgery by the Greek-Ottoman manuscript dealer Konstantinos [Minoides] Menas (d. 1859), who succesfully corrupted the text of the post-Aesopian fabulist Babrius, with full-fledged impostures that deceived the French classical scholar Boissonade. In 1839, the French Education Minister Abel-François Villemain had sent Menas on a...
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Folio. pp. 238. Original printed boards. Contains illustrations, some colored. The first German, and the first non-Russian edition of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, the deadly formulation of the myth of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to control all civilization. Based in part on 19th-century French rogue-and-spy fiction, and in part on the entirely non-partisan work of Maurice Joly, Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu; ou La politique de Machiavel au XIXe siècle...
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Folio. ff. [20] (first and last blank). Signatures: a-b⁶ c⁸. Modern half vellum, sprinkled boards. Stamps: "Bibliotheca Sanctam Crucem" on blank recto of a1. Blank spaces and initial guides left for illumination. Last blank: manuscript notes, some crossed. Caption title (p. [3]). 45 lines. Type: 110 R. Capital spaces with guide letters. "Type 110 R. was apparently not used in this state after 1494, hence the position of this book" (British Museum, Catalogue of Books...
Full title: The ancient history of the Septuagint. Written in Greek by Aristeus near two thousand years ago. Being His Voyage to Jerusalem, as Ambassadour from Ptolomæus Philadelphus, unto Eleazar, then High Priest of the Jews: concerning the First Translation of the Holy Bible by the Seventy two Interpreters. With many other remarkable Circumstances, no where else to be found. First English'd from the Greek, by the Learned and Reverend Dr. John Done, late Dean of St. Pauls. Now Revised, and...
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by [Lefebvre, François]
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8vo. pp. [4], 240. Page 148 misnumbered 184. Signatures: pi² (pi1 verso blank) A-V⁸⁻⁴ (C5 missigned C4). Closed tear in leaf C4 (no loss). Bound in contemporary smooth calf, spine gilt in compartments. First edition of an imaginary voyage to a South American island, entirely populated by the descendents of a shipwrecked French merchant and his wife, where (as in Plato) all children are collectively raised, and spared the ‘excessive indulgence’ of their own parents. Lefebvre...
Full title: Apparatus Ad Historiam Scoticam Lib. II. Accesserunt Martyrologium Scoticum Sanctorum DCLXXIX. Scriptorum Scotorum MDCIII: Nomenclatura. Auctore Thoma Dempstero Barone de Muresk IC Scoto Eminente professore. Opus e peregrinis gentium Historijs collectum, omnia orbis regna pio studio lustrantur, religiosæ S.R.E. familiæ nobilitantur, Historia patria augetur, sectarij admonentur, catholica veritas contra hostes Dei & Scotiæ firmatur. Iusti et parati operis prænuntia. 4to. f....
8vo. pp. xi, 227, [1], 12. Does not contain music. A collection of folk songs and ballads assembled by Edward Rimbault, the secretary of the Percy Society. Includes two (forged) ballads from John Payne Collier’s Hall Commonplace Book, taken at face value by Rimbault. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
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12mo. pp. [2], xxix, [1], 253, [3]. Numerous mispaginations. Signatures: a12 B-L12 M8. Head- and tailpieces. Fleurons. Decorated initials. Catchwords. A greatly enlarged version of the spurious "Remains of the Right Honourable John, earl of Rochester" (1718); only one poem is by him. See English Short Title Catalogue Online, N040469; The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, v.2. Cambridge, 1971, p. 382; D.M. Vieth, Attribution in Restoration poetry: a study of Rochester's...
8vo. pp. [4], 83, [1]. Signatures: [A]² B-F⁸ G². In neat modern blue cloth. With a half title. “Jacob Bryant” in pencil on title page. Press figure '2' on G1v. Sheets B-F reissued in 1780 as 'second edition', for Cadell and Elmsly, with [A] and G reset (presumably printed together as a half-sheet) and with advertisements on the final page. First edition, the author identified in a re-issue of 1780. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, noting that this text convinced Joseph Priestly...
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8vo. pp. 24. Stapled into original printed wrappers, with three minor corrections to one line on p. 6, probably made in-house. First edition, as reprinted with an explanatory preface from three issues of The Times, of the first significant exposé of the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ as a plagiarism from a nineteenth-century satire. Comprises 3 articles by the Constantinople correspondent of the Times, Philip P. Graves (1876-1953, half-brother of Robert Graves), Aug. 16-18, and a...
Full title:  A treatise of the corruption of Scripture, Councels, and Fathers, by the Prelats, Pastors, and Pillars of the Church of Rome, for maintenance of Popery and irreligion. By Thomas Iames, Student in Divinitie, and chiefe Keeper of the Publique Librarie in the Universitie of Oxford; of the Honorable foundation of Sir Thomas Bodley, Knight. Together with a sufficient answere unto James Gretser, and Antonie Possevine, Iesuites, and the unknowne Author of the Grounds of the old religion...
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by Notovitch, Nicolas ; Connelly, James Henderson (trans.) ; Landsberg, L. (trans.)
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8vo. pp. 288. Original lettered cloth. Bookplates: Ex libris F. Vacek; Ex libris “Marie.” Inscription on front flyleaf “To my sister goes this unusually interesting and now out-of-print story – Alma, 1937.” Rare first edition in English, published in the same year as the French original (see Bib# 9736972/Fr# 1488.1 in this collection; for the revised edition of 1900, see Bib# 4103099/Fr# 1488). The earliest of three different translations in 1894-95, and a meticulous rendering of the...
8vo. pp. iii, 337, [2]. Ex libris stamps of Dr. Prof. A. Mann and signature of A. Louis Mann on title page. Same stamp on half title. Bound with a copy of Charles Limouzin, Eugène Vivier La Vie et les Avontures d’un Corniste 1817-1852. Paris, C. Marpon et E. Flammarion, Éditeurs, 1888. The first edition of the main source of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an entirely non-partisan work written by Maurice Joly (1831-1878). Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
8vo. pp. xii, 235, [1]. Signatures: [A]6 B-K12 L10. Contains a frontispiece portrait. Stamped on title page verso “Bequest of Leonard Kebler to the Library of Congress September 1961.” Short story wrongly attributed to Miguel de Cervantes, actually written by the Cervantes scholar Adolfo de Castro (1823-1898, see Bib# 4103071/Fr# 1438 in this collection). First English edition of de Castro’s forgery by ‘Thomasina Ross’, an evident pseudonym that puzzled H.S. Ashbee, the premier...
Full title: The ancient fragments; containing what remains of the writings of Sanchoniatho, Berossus, Abydenus, Megasthenes, and Manetho. Also the Hermetic Creed, the Old Chronicle, the Laterculus of Eratosthenes, the Tyrian Annals, the Oracles of Zoroaster, and the Periplus of Hanno. By I.P. Cory, Esq. Fellow of Caius College, Cambridge. 8vo. pp. xxviii, 129. Signatures: [a]2 b-d4 e6 C-R4 S2. Greek and English in parallel columns. Edition by Isaac Preston Cory (1802-1842) of texts by, i.a.,...
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by Black, Clementina
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8vo. pp. 11, 339 [1]. Includes engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Sheridan (Elizabeth Linley) from the painting by Thomas Gainsborough. 12 various items are removed from the volume, including the article “Sheridan and Miss Linley” (p. [491]-[512]. The items are available in MS 580 in Special Collections (Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University). G. Hilder Libbis’s annotated copy, heavily extra-illustrated. Jane Linley, the soprano Elizabeth Ann Linley’s youngest sister, was an...
Tall 8vo. pp. xxxi, [1], 230, [2]. Signatures: a-d4, A-Z4, Aa-Ff4. Bound by Clarke and Bedford in full hard-grain red morocco, spine and covers richly gilt, gilded edges. Marbled endpapers. Title page within double-ruled border. Editor's advertisement on recto of last leaf. Printed footnotes and annotations. First edition of both the ‘Vita Henrici Quinti’ and the independent ‘Sylloge’ of English royal letters (pp. 99-216, with its ‘Appendix’ of material relating to Sir John...
4to. pp. [16], 234, [2]; pp. 19, [1]. Signatures: a-b 4 a-z 4 A-E 4 F 6 ; a⁴ b⁶. Contemporary limp vellum. Printer's device on title page, initial. Early inscription on both titles, ‘Loci S. Crucis montis novi’, i.e. Heiligenkreutz Abbey in Neuberg, Austria.   The main work is the quasi-official refutation by the Counter-Reformation polemicist and prefect of the Vatican Library Agostino Steuco (1497-1548) of Lorenzo Valla’s De falso credita et ementita Constantini donation. Valla’s...
4to. pp. 92. The initial, good-faith publication of some of the spurious archeological ‘discoveries’ of Abraham ben Samuel Firkowitsch in the Crimea, including fifteen scrolls of the Jewish laws, twenty copies of books of the Bible other than the Pentateuch, and nine Talmudical and rabbinical manuscripts. The present publication ‘gave rise to a whole literature’ (Jewish Encyclopedia), but later proved to be largely spurious. Many of Firkowitsch forgeries were exposed by Hermann L....
8vo. ff. [1] (blank), [4], 51. Signatures: *⁴ A-F⁸ G⁴ (C⁸ blank). Vellum boards, black gilt lettering panel. Printer's device with "Sybilla" printed at top on title page, surrounded by the text: "Qual piu fermo e il miofoglio e il mio presaggio." Printer's device repeated on verso of colophon. Initials. Printed annotations. Early ownership note on last leaf, and later note indicating that the book is from the collection of Luigi Chiappelli. Manuscript note f. 43v....
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