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FORMEY, Jean-Henri-Samuel (1711–1797); Bruzen de La Martinière, Antoine Augustin (1662–1746)

Berlin:  chez Haude et Spener, M.DCC.LVI. à la science,  1756
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine, marbled endleaves, red page edges. Womholes in joints, small chip to head of spine, corners worn.
Provenance: ‘Ex Libris Vicecomitis de la Maillardiére’, engraved armorial bookplate signed ‘L. Legrand fecit’ of Charles-François Lefèvre de la Maillardière (18th-century), member of the Acadèmie des Sciences et Arts de Dijon. From the collection of Giles Barber (1930–2012), no marks of provenance.
£450


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FOURCROY, Antoine François (1755–1809). François Henri Stanislas de L’AULNAYE (1739–1831)

FOURCROY, Antoine François (1755–1809). François Henri Stanislas de L’AULNAYE (1739–1831)

Paris:  Tilliard frères ... et, en août 1810, rue Hautefeuille, no. 22 [imprint on verso of half-title:] Baudouin et Cie., imp. du corps législatif et de l’institut de France,  1810
Binding: Later nineteenth-century half calf. Lower joint starting to split, worn.
Provenance: Unpriced, no marks of provenance.
£3,000


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GUNTON, Simon (1609–1676)

London:  printed for Richard Chiswell, at the Rose and Crown in S. Paul’s Church-Yard,  1686
Binding: Contemporary acid mottled calf, gilt spine with orange lettering piece, blind and gilt ruled sides, red page edges. Spine worn, joints cracked and cords weak but holding, head and tail of spine chipped.
Provenance: ‘Le Capitaine Bernard’, contemporary or early inscription on title, an annotation drawing attention to the text about ‘The Account of the Beheading of Mary Q. of Scots at Fotheringay Castle and her Burrial in the Church at Peterborough’ on p. 73 in the same hand, and underlining in the same passage. Modern booklable of Clive Leslie George who has tentatively identified Le Capitain Bernard as the owner of Thorpe Hall, Longthorpe in a pencil note on the titlepage; armorial bookplate (eighteenth-century?) on verso of title with name erased.
£480


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LE PRINCE, Nicolas Thomas (1750–1818)

Paris:  chez Belin, Libraire, rue Saint-Jacques. Et se trouve à l Bibliotheque du Roi, chez le Suisse de la Porte-Royale, rue de Richelieu,  1782
Binding: Contemprary sheep, marbled endleaves and page edges. Spine ends chipped, heavily rubbed, corners worn.
Provenance: J. Coley, nineteenth-century signature on free endleaf and quote from Peignot. From the collection of Giles Barber (1930–2012), no marks of provenance.
£250


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