Roger Gaskell Rare Books

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BERKELEY, George (1685–1753)

London:  printed for J. Tonson in the Strand,  1732
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, blind ruled sides, gilt spines, red sprinkled edges. A little rubbed.
Provenance: Earls of Portsmouth with engraved bookplate of the second Earl (Franks F.30719) and gilt shelf numbers on spine. A contemporary inscription in vol. I identifies the author and quotes Pope’s second dialogue, 1738.

Defence of revealed religion; written Rhode Island. Portsmouth copy.

BEZANÇON, Germain de ( <em>fl.</em> 1676)

BEZANÇON, Germain de ( fl. 1676)

Paris:  chez Louis Gontier,  1677
Binding: Contemporary calf, gilt spine, red sprinkled edges. Head and tail of spine chipped, corners worn.
Provenance: Contemporary bookseller’s ticket of Laurent d’Houry, Paris; inscription ‘Ex libris Vincent 1688’ on free endpaper; bookplate of Dr J. Payenneville, Rouen, dated 1912.

In defence of the medical profession. First edition.

DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

Amsterdam:  apud Ludovicium Elzevierium,  1650
Binding: Contemporary sheep, gilt spine with raised bands. Minor worming to top and bottom of spine, corners worn.
Provenance: Old signature on title inked out.

The interaction of mind and body. First Latin edition.

DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

Leyden:  apud Petrum Leffen & Franciscum Moyardum,  1662
Binding: Contemporary vellum boards, endleaves removed.
Provenance: Symbol for Venus under imprint, perhaps an owner’s symbol or code.

The first text-book of physiology. First edition, with fine engraved plates.

GARTH, Sir Samuel (1661–1719)

London:  printed: and sold by John Nutt,  1706
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, contrasting panel on sides with blind tooled filets and corner ornaments, unlettered spine, sprinkled edges. Corners worn, front free endleaf removed.
Provenance: Lulworth Castle, Dorset, seat of the prominent Catholic Weld family, with inscription of Margaret Weld on the titlepage dated 1712 and engraved bookplate of Thomas Weld (1750–1810). It was Thomas Weld who gave Stonyhurst to French Jesuits fleeing the Revolution, where they founded the school of the same name.

GOUBIN, Mathieu (active 1752–1765)

Caen:  1764-5
Binding: Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s paw calf, marbled endleaves, red page edges.
Provenance: ‘Ex libris Ludovici Loyau de Coteau’, contemporary inscription on initial blank in Physiologia Tome I.

Manuscript lecture notes on physiology and pathology from the University of Caen.

HALLER, Albrecht von (1708–1777)

Paris:  chez P. Théophil Barrois le jeune [printed on a slip cancel pasted over the original imprint, chez Vincent],  1757--60
Binding: Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt spines with red lettering pieces, marbled endleaves, red edges. Some minor wear.
Provenance: Early signature, H. Dulay[?], on front endleaves and his contents note on rear endleaf of each volume; nineteenth-century bookplate of Daniel Molliere; recent bookplate of Pierre Amalric (French ophthalmologist, 1923–1999).

The best medical dissertations translated into French.

JOURDAIN, Anselme Louis Bernard Bréchillet (1734–1816)

JOURDAIN, Anselme Louis Bernard Bréchillet (1734–1816)

Paris:  chez Valleyre l’aîné,  1778
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf with red and green labels, red edges. Slightly rubbed, corners worn.

First textbook on oral surgery.

MERCURIALE, Girolamo (1530–1606)

Venice:  apud Iuntas,  1597
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum. Corners and upper foredge worn away, spine cracked across in one place, somewhat soiled, ties lacking.
Provenance: Signature ‘Octaviani Galleppini I: C:, et Nob: Foros[?]’ on title and 16 marginal annotations, about 120 words in all in the last section (perhaps in a different hand).

Treatise on wine annotated by a contemporary owner.

UMEAU, François (d. 1599)

Paris:  Mamert Patisson for Robert Estienne II,  1578
Binding: Two works bound together in contemporary limp vellum, soiled.
Provenance: Contemporary marginal annotation in Latin in the Hippocrates, about 260 words as well as underlining and marginal numbering.

The first work on the spleen bound with a Hippocrates edition in Greek and Latin with contemporry annotation. Robert Estienne’s only Greek printing.

VALLISNIERI, Antonio (1661–1730)

Padua:  nella stamperia del seminario,  1710
Binding: Contemporary carta rustica, tears across spine but a very well preserved copy.
Provenance: Early owner's armorial stamp on title and a manuscript list of books given to his(?) son, Antonio, laid in.

WHYTT, Robert (1714–1766)

Edinburgh:  printed by Hamilton, Balfour, and Neill,  1752
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt ruled spine with lozenge tool in each compartment, red morocco lettering piece, sprinkled edges. Insignificant rubbing.
Provenance: Cullen House (shelf marks); Sir Tobias Rodgers (price codes).