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The observations which I have here taken occasion to make have a common bearing on the Bibliographical Collections and Notes of 1876 and on the present volume, in which the same principle and aim have ruled me. The two books comprehend about 16,000 separate entries, gathered together at intervals from a great variety of sources, and often under difficult circumstances, but, I hope, in all cases with fidelity and success; and if to these we add 5000 for the portion of the Handbook of 1867, catalogued on the same plan, and therefore presumably of permanent worth, we arrive at a total of 21,000 orthodox titles. will strike any person of experience as rather big figures. No volumes,
indeed, in our own language, or probably in any other, afford an equal body of information on what in any country should be considered a subject of national dignity and concernment.
The NOTES will be found tolerably plentiful. They are, as a rule, relevant merely to the subject-matter of the particular work to which they are appended, but occasionally they illustrate the life of the author, or refer to some interesting point connected with another book by him. They have not been drawn up without very considerable trouble, and they ought, perhaps, to assist in dispelling the common illusion that a bibliographer is very little more than a mechanical transcriber. How few things, on the contrary, he ought not to know, if his functions are to be satisfactorily performed!
In conclusion, I shall do myself the pleasure to thank those who have most materially helped me: Mr. Henry Pyne, Mr. Furnivall, Mr. Richard Garnett of the British Museum, Mr. Aldis Wright, Mr. Christie-Miller, Mr. Alfred Wallis of Derby, Mr. Frederick Locker, my Publisher who invariably lets me see any book which he has bought, and the eminent auctioneers Messrs. Sotheby, Wilkinson, and Hodge, whose liberality and kindness this is not my first opportunity of commemorating.
The Good Womans Champion: Or, A
defence for the weaker Vessell, being fit
for Widdowes, Wives, Maidens, or others,
to read or heare. Wherein is vindicated
the bitter reproaches, and scandalous
writings of some fantastick men, against
poore, harmlesse Women, and Maides.
With a carefull Wives good Counsell to a
carelesse bad Husband. By J. A. Printed
at London for Francis Grove, and are to be
sold at his Shop neare the Sarazens Head
on Snow Hill. [Circa 1640.] 8o,8 leaves.
In prose and verse. Br. Museum (the
The A B C in englesshe. Licensed to
Richard Lant in 1558-9.
An A bc for children. Licensed to Thomas
Purfoot in 1561-2.
A ballett intituled an a b c with a prayer.
Licensed to J. Allde in 1564-5.
A godly A. B. C. Licensed to Edward
White, 19 Aug. 1579.
The battaile of A. B. C. A ballad. Li-
censed to E. White, 1 Aug. 1586.
The horne A. B. C. Licensed to John
Wolf, 6 Nov. 1587.
The A B C for children conteyninge two
sheetes of paper newly Devised with
syllables with the lordes praier our belief
and the Ten commandementes. Licensed
to R. Jones, 3 May, 1591, but subsequently
The A B C with the Catechism:
Imprinted at London for the Company of
Stationers. 1668. 8°. Bagford Papers
Libretto Di Abacho per far imparare gli
figlioli, gli principij Dell' Arithmetica,
Licensed to John Wolfe, to be printed in
English and Italian, 27 Aug. 1590.
A Briefe Description of the Whole World.
London, Printed by B. Alsop, for
J. M. . . . 1641. 12o, A-G in twelves,
including the engraved title.
ABBOT, GEORGE, Esquire, M.P.
The Whole Book of Psalms Paraphrased:
Or, Made easier for any to understand.
With the matter comprehended in each
Psalm, respectively collected, and pre-
fixed thereunto, by way of Contents. By
George Abbot Esquire, Deceased and
member of this present Parliament.
London, Printed by William Bentley.
Anno Dom. 1650. 4o, A in eights, A 1
occupied by a device only: B-3 P 2 in
fours, 3 P 2 blank.
Dedicated by Richard Vines to Mrs.
Joan Purefoy, wife of Colonel Purefoy, of
Caldecote in Warwickshire. The version is
Absalom Senior: Or, Achitophel Trans-
pos'd. A Poem. Revis'd, with Addi-
tions. London ... 1682. 4o, A-F 2
ACACIUS, Baro de Doua.
Parallelismus nov-antiqui erroris Pela-
giarminiani. [Quot. from Matth. 7, 16.]
Londini, Impensis Roberti Mylbovrne.
1626. 4o, A-B in fours, or 8 leaves.
A Parallel Of New-Old Pelagiarminian
Error. Do men gather grapes of thornes
or figs of thistles? Matth. 7. 16. Lon-
don, Printed for Robert Milbourne. 1626.
4o, A-B in fours: C-D, 2 leaves each.
Vindicia Academiarum Containing, Some
briefe Animadversions upon Mr. Web-
sters Book, Stiled, The Examination of
Academies. Together with an Appendix
concerning what M. Hobbs and M.
Dell have published on this Argument.
Oxford, Printed by Leonard Lichfield.
... 1654. 4o, A-I 2 in fours.
The New Academy of Complements.
London, Printed for Samuel Speed, near
the Inner Temple-Gate in Fleetstreet.
1670. Price 1s. 6d. 8°, B-06 in twelves,
besides the frontispiece and title.
A New Academy of Complements: Or
The Lover's Secretary. . . . The Eleventh
Edition, with Additions. London:
Printed for A. Bettesworth. . . . 1734.
8°, A-G in eights, last two leaves blank
or with advertisements; but A in twelves.
There is a curious descriptive list of
dances at the end. The copy employed
Fidelis Achates: Or, An Historical Ac-
count of the most Remarkable Actions
in the Late Reigns, and the Present
In Heroick Verse. Lon-
don, Printed for John Sprint, at the Bell
in Little Britain. 1699. 8o, A-L in
eights, including 2 leaves of advertise-
ments at end.
The Key of Knowledge. Contayning
sundry godly Prayers and Meditations,
very necessary to occupy the mindes of
well disposed persons. Imprinted at
London by William Seres. [1571.] Sm.
8°, black letter, A-Z in eights. Printed
within borders. Lambeth.
The Almanac on the back of the title is
for 17 years, 1572-88.
The Military Garden. Or, Instrvctions for
all Young Sovldiers, and svch who are
disposed to learne, and have Knowledge of
the Militarie Discipline. Wherein are
set downe the conditions and qualities
which are required in every severall
officer of a private company. Observed
and set in order according to the best
Military practise by James Achesone,
Gentleman at Armes, Burges of Edinburgh,
Edinburgh Printed by John Wreittoun
Anno Dom, 1629. Cum privilegio
Regali, 4°. Title and dedication to the
Provost, &c., of Edinburgh, 2 leaves:
A-E 2 in fours. B. M.
The complaynte of Adam our greate-
graunde father. A ballad. Licensed to
J. Allde in 1567-8.
A ballett of Adams fearefull fall. Licensed
to W. Pickering in 1570.
A ballad of ye fyrst fall of our father
Adam and Eve for the breach of Gods
commandement and of his Recouerye
againe by the promised seede Jesus
Christe. Licensed to Edward White, 18
A Nest of Serpents Discovered. Or, A
Knot of old Heretiques revived, Called
the Adamites. Wherein their originall,
increase, and severall ridiculous tenets
are plainly layd open. Printed in the
yeare 1641. 4°, 4 leaves. With a cut
on title. B. M.
Index Villaris: Or, An Exact Register,
Alphabetically Digested, Of all the
Cities, Market-Towns, Parishes, Villages,
the Hundred, Lath, Rape, Ward, Wapen-
take, or other Division of each County :
The Bishopricks, Deaneries, Churches,
Chappels, Hospitals; with the Rectories
A Fannaticks Letter Sent out of the Dun-
geon of the Gate-House Prison of West-
minster: To all His Brethren in the three
Nations at Liberty; and also in the seve-
ral Goales and Dungeons therein, that are
under all the Principles of the Doctrines
of Christ, Heb. 6. 1, 2. By Henry Adis.
.. London, Printed by S. Dover for
the Author, 1660 [March 6, 1659-
60]. 4o, A—D 2 in fours, D 2 blank.