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The Universal Bible: or, Every Christian Family's Best Treasure. Containing the Sacred Text of the Old and New Testament at Large. Illustrated with Notes and Comments; Whereby the difficult passages are explained; the mistranslations corrected; and the seeming contradictions found in the oracles of truth, reconciled. - , Samuel Nelson (notes, comments, and explanations)

1758 - J. Coote, London
A massive (42.4x29x11.5cm) eighteenth century folio Bible, in a contemporary binding, with title page in red and black.

Magnificently illustrated with forty-six engraved plates including three maps, separate titles dated 1759 for the New Testament and 'Apocrypha'. With a twenty-six page index.
 
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Constitutions of the Antient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons - James Anderson, John Entick

1756. In the Vulgar Year of Masonry 5756 - Printed for Brother J. Scott, London - First Edition
Rare example of the third book of Constitutions, revised, enlarged and entirely recast by Committee and Rev. John Entick (1713-73), using only the enlarged history that James Anderson (c.1680-1739) had written for his 1738 edition. The first printing of the Constitutions was in 1723

In its original Masonic binding, with a leather label stating ‘
George. Shug Lane. Constitution Book. Bror. Lewis. Master. Brors. Gally. Hutchison. Wardens. 5765.’ which was the Masonic Lodge of George (George and Dragon), Shug Lane, London, 1765 , named Gothic Lodge in 1782 (lapsed about 1805). [Lane’s]

Copper-engraved allegorical frontispiece by Benjamin Cole after Louis-Philippe Boitard, both Masons, representing ‘the genius of Freemasonry seated on a throne, London being seen in the background, the dome of St. Paul’s appearing as a prominent figure, and a portion of the old London Bridge being also visible. On tessellated pavement in the front are working tools scattered about, the arms of the Grand Lodge being depicted at the right of the figure’. [Hughan]
 
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Hell's Angel - SIGNED BY BARGER AND 20 OF HIS OAKLAND HELL S ANGELS - Ralph Sonny Barger

2000 - William Morrow Inc., New York - First Edition
Signed and inscribed by Sonny Barger ‘To Dave’, his lawyer, and signed by an additional 20 Hell’s Angels, including many of the main protagonists from Hell’s Angels Oakland (HAMCO) - ‘Cisco’ Valderrama [page 83 and others]; Timothy ‘Fuzzy’ Timms [93]; Bobby ‘the Durt’ England [99]; Michael Malve [93]; ‘Flash’ Gordon Grow [93]; ‘Big Al’ Perryman [74]; Edward James ‘Deakon’ Proudfoot [93]; ‘Guinea’ Colucci [93]; Mike Musick [215]; Gary ‘Lurch’ Burkett [244]; and other giants of the club not mentioned in the book including Raymond ‘Boomer’ Baker (1940-2011); Lee ‘Hamco’ Staskunas; Wild Willy; Bert (Stefanson?); Darrell (Shay?); Sam ’Loyalties not Royalties’; and several signatures which are indecipherable.

Barger’s tale reads like that of a businessman building his empire. Starting with his foundation of the the Oakland, California, U.S. chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1958, he is responsible for pulling the disparate clubs together in the 1960's and unleashing them throughout North America as a formidable and disciplined organization with management structure, rules, voting rights (rites), and rather a lot of unsavoury offsite activities.
 
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Commentaries on the Laws of England. - William Blackstone, Esq. Solicitor General to Her Majesty

1770 - The Clarendon Press, Oxford - Fourth Edition
It Is Better That Ten Persons Escape, Than That One Innocent Suffer.

‘Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history. Until the ‘Commentaries’, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularise the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation.’
Printing and the Mind of Man.

An attractive four volume quarto set [28 x 23 cm] in contemporary full calf binding. With two engraved tables, being the
Table of Consanguinity [Vol. II p.203] and the folding Table of Descents [Vol. II p.240]. 
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Manual of Freemasonry - Richard Carlile

Circa 1867-1887 - Reeves and Turner, London - Early Edition
A rare early Masonic handbook, in the original gilt illustrated cloth, presented in three parts as follows:-

Part I. Containing The First Three Degrees with an Introduction Key-Stone to the Royal Arch.

Part II. The Royal Arch And Knights Templar Druids, with an Explanatory Introduction to the Science.

Part III. Containing The Degrees of Mark Man, Mark Master, Architect, Grand Architect, Scothc Master, or Superintendant, Scret Master, Perfect Master, Intimate Secretary, Intendant of the Buildings, Past Master, Excellent Masons, Super-Excellent Masons, Nine Elected Knights, Elect of Nine, Priestly Order of Israel, &c., &c., &c. With an Explanatory Introduction to the Science, and a Free Translation of some of the Sacred Scripture Names.
 
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A Treatise on Cobbett's Corn - William Cobbett

1828 - By William Cobbett, London - First Edition
In 1820 on returning from the United States, were he had fled fearing arrest for his arguably seditious writings, Cobbett established a plant nursery at Kensington, where he trialed a dwarf strain of maize he found growing in a French cottage garden which grew well in England’s shorter summer. To help sell this variety, Cobbett published Treatise on Cobbett’s Corn. Charmingly written, including anecdotes of his travels through America, and the farming techniques and people he encounters there. The title and contents pages are printed on paper made from the husks and stalks of ‘Indian Corn’ (Maize).  
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The Morals of Confucius - Confucius

Circa 1760-80 - Printed for Randal Taylor, London - First Thus
A rare later 18th century reprint of this work and the first to include the folding frontispiece engraving of Confucius (often missing). First published in 1691 and scarce in any early edition, more so this edition with the engraving. In contemporary binding, and with decorations to title page, six headpieces, and three tailpieces.

Beginning with a ‘
Preface’ introducing this translation and its sources, followed by ‘Part First’ titled ‘Of the Antiquity and Philosophy of the Chinese’, then ‘Part II’ which offers selected translations from the three books, and ends with 80 ‘Maxims’.

‘The great Chinese teacher Confucius (551 BC–479 BC) articulated a philosophy based on the concepts of ren (‘benevolence’ or ‘compassion’) and li (‘ritual’ or ‘propriety’). He hoped to create the ideal, superior man (junzi) and thereby facilitate a just society.

Confucius’s teachings were highly influential across China and large areas of east Asia for almost two millennia before this 1691 work offered English readers their first introduction to his philosophical approach. It provides an account of Confucius’s life and times, as well as 80 of his maxims.
 
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Mating Marriage and the Status of Women - James Corin

1910 - The Walter Scott Publishing Co. Ltd., London and Felling-on-Tyne - First Edition
‘The Object of the present treatise is to consider the development of the relations of the male and the female of the species.’ And onward Corin bravely goes. This rare treatise is still referenced today, and must of been of importance at the time, this copy was owned by the ‘Liberator League’ of Bradford.

Corin summarises his theories in the final chapter as follows:- ‘In the first period the human female rules. She dictates to the male in sexual affairs — this is free mating...

In the second period the male captures foreign females for his use, because his own are too chaste; these foreign females become his slave wives. He courts and mates with females of his own tribe at yearly festivals like Australian corroborees.

In the third period the institution of marriage has become the dominant form . . . so much so that mating unions become regularised as marriages or are condemned as illicit. Of females, wives are more honoured than free mates — in fact the latter become infamous except in a few cases of royal princesses...

In the fourth period the female recognises and revolts against her inferior position; restrictions on dissolution of marriage are relaxed, and by easy divorce, conditions nearly approaching those of free-mating are again evolved...

In the fifth period, social disruption occurs, conquest by a lower type takes place. The male seizes the opportunity to reinstate the fetters of matrimony and to rivet the links more tightly on the female. so that something of the third period is entered into again.’
 
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