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Arguments In Favour of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor by finding employment for them; and of the beneficial consequences of such employment both to the morals of the poor & the national wealth. Addressed to the Committee on the Poor Laws. By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Maidstone [MP & literary editor]., BRYDGES, Sir Samuel Egerton.
1 BRYDGES, Sir Samuel Egerton. Arguments In Favour of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor by finding employment for them; and of the beneficial consequences of such employment both to the morals of the poor & the national wealth. Addressed to the Committee on the Poor Laws. By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Maidstone [MP & literary editor].
[The Pamphleteer Vol 11 No 21, 1817]. Disbound from The Pamphleteer, c.30pp, clean & crisp. 
Still a topical pamphlet. Brydges is best known for his editorial work on early literature. But as MP for Maidstone he was actively involved both with the Copyright Bill and with the poor laws. First issued separately Bensley for Longmans 1817. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
 
 
2 HARDY, Edward. How To Repel Invasion. The Rural Police of England an auxiliary to Rifle Corps, in Two Letters to Arthur Kinglake Esq., Justice of the Peace for Somerset, by Edward Hardy, R.N., Inspecting Commander, Coast Guard, Bristol Channel. Second Edition.
London, Robert Hardwicke [1859]. Second Edition, c.pp20, very good in modern wrappers. 
A rare pamphlet in the controversial National Defence scare. Hardy had been a naval officer involved in British assistance to Garibaldi : at this time he was an Inspecting Commander of the Bristol Channel coast guard. *** The British Library is the only library to hold a copy of the 1st Edition, which was issued in the same year. Copies of this 2nd Edition are held only by the BL, the Bodleian in Oxford, and Cambridge University Library. The NUC records only one copy held in the USA, again only the 2nd Edition as here. 
Price: 110.00 GBP
 
 
3 SCOTT, Sir Walter : and Reginald Heber. The Field Of Waterloo : a poem [BOUND WITH] Europe : lines on the present war by Reginald Heber [BOUND WITH] The Gentleman's Magazine January 1822 *and* Feb 1822. By Sylavanus Urban, gent.
Scott's Field Of Waterloo, Edinburgh, Constable &c 1815 : Heber's Europe, London, Hatchard 1809 : Gentleman's Magazine, London, John Nichols 1822. 3 Titles, all First Editions, in 1 Volume. First Edition Scott, pp54 but bound without half-title : First Edition Heber, ppviii + 32 but bound without half-title : First Edition Gentleman's Magazine, frontispiece + 3 plates + pp192. Bound together in contemporary half calf, spine elegantly gilt and titled Poems &c, slight wear or rubbing to extremeties of binding, a little dried along hinges and head of upper joint cracking along 1 inch at the top section, else a very good mellow copy. 
Scott was fascinated by Napoleon and later wrote a 7-volume biography of him. This famous poem resulted from Scott's trip to the site of Waterloo - in fact his very first trip abroad - a mere six weeks after the battle. The proceeds of the poem went to support the dependents of those who had been slaughtered there. 'Like many of his generation, he saw the Emperor's defeat by Wellington as the decisive moment of history. At Waterloo, Scott found the ground still torn with shot and shell and rutted with the wheels of the ordinance. He was able to buy two cuirasses for his armoury at Abbotsford. He was given a manuscript collection of French songs, picked up on the battlefield, and two of Napoleon's pistols taken from his carriage . He was conducted over the field by Scottish officers who had fought the action only weeks before. Hitherto Scott's soldiering had been confined to drill with the Edinburgh Volunteer Cavalry, and to his own descriptions of battles in Marmion and Waverley : here was the real thing' [Anderson : TLS 1993]. *** The poem Europe is an early work by Heber, a friend of Walter Scott and later Bishop of Calcutta. *** Neither title is listed in The Sandler Collection. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
 
 
4 WATERLOO : Gerard. Collection De Douze Vues de Waterloo [lithograph plates by Gerard].
Brussels, chez Gerard, lithographe-editeur nd [c.1840s]. Original grey printed paper wrappers. Oblong 4to c. 22 x 28 cms. Comprises 12 lithograph engravings + folding Battle Plan c. 40 x 40 cms with dispositions in colour and texts in French & English. Wrappers just very lightly dusty or marked, engravings just lightly dusty or marked in the margins, tiny prick-hole in extreme top right-hand blank corner of all leaves, an excellent copy of a fragile item. 
No copy in Cambridge University Library : no copy in National Union Catalogue. And not listed in The Sandler Collection. Gerard's lithographs appear to have been issued in a number of formats and combinations. The British Library lists two copies, one with the map as here, and one without : and suggests dates of 1845 and 1850. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
 
 
5 [IMITATION of William Combe / Dr Syntax]. The Wars of Wellington, a Narrative Poem; in Fifteen Cantos. Embellished with Six Engravings coloured from the original Paintings. By Dr Syntax.
London, [printed by Charles Whittingham] for W. T. Gilling 1821. The Rare 1821 Reissue, near-contemporary tan calf over marbled paper sides, spine elegantly gilt, all edges of text block gilt. Large 4to, pp.vi + 175, title-page faintly dusty and just slightly creased at inner margin, binding a little rubbed or scuffed at extremities, else an excellent mellow copy. With handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of James Waller Sidney with motto Quo Fata Vocant. 
The Rare 1821 Reissue : the title calls for 6 plates, but in this copy only the hand-coloured aquatint of the Storming Of St Sebastians is present [drawn & etched by W. Heath, aquatinted by J. C. Stadler]. *** The Wars Of Wellington was originally issued in 1819 with 30 plates : this 1821 Reissue was provided with a new title-page calling for only 6 plates. The work is an imitation of William Combe's famous series of Dr Syntax narrative poetical works : here the very long narrative poem is supported by extensive factual prose footnotes. See Tooley 154 describing this as A Syntax Imitation; and see Abbey : Life In England 358. *** A rare book : no copy listed in The Sandler Collection. See COPAC listing 2 copies only of the 1819 Edition [in the British Library and at Birmingham] : and no copies at all of this 1821 Reissue. 
Price: 350.00 GBP
 
 
6 [RUSSELL, Lord John, 1st Earl Russell]. The Nun Of Arrouca : a tale.
London, John Murray 1822. First Edition, modern quarter morocco lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides. Sm.8vo, pp[2] half-title + [2] title + 87, couple of neat booklabels on endpaper, an excellent copy. 
Rare early novel by the youthful Lord John Russell, later grandfather to the philosopher Bertrand Russell. A radical liberal, Lord John Russell twice headed the British government as a major reforming Prime Minister. In his youth he had several times visited Portugal, where he met Wellington; and had also travelled to Elba to meet Napoleon. In this late-Gothic romantic novella Edward Pembroke, a young English officer serving in the Peninsular War, is wounded while heroically rescuing the nuns of a Portuguese convent from the inevitable depredations of a French squadron. He is nursed to health by one of the nuns, Catherine. They fall passionately in love : she determines to forsake her orders : divine punishment is, naturally enough, meted out when she rapidly succumbs to consumption. According to Summers : Gothic Bibliography : 'Very shortly after publication, the author determinedly suppressed the book, buying up every copy at whatsoever price and destroying it'. See also Block : English Novel. No copy listed in Cambridge University Library, Bodleian Library, or the National Union Catalogue. Not listed in The Sandler Collection. 
Price: 400.00 GBP
 


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