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Notes on the Bacon-Shakespeare Question, Allen, Charles
1 Allen, Charles Notes on the Bacon-Shakespeare Question
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1900 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
306 pages; Clean and secure in original blue cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine; wear at head of spine, cloth split at top edge of spine repaired. "To this discussion Judge Allen's “Notes on the Bacon-Shakespeare Question ” is not only a contribution of the very highest value, but there is good reason to believe that it is decisive; it really leaves no rational ground on which the advocates of the Baconian theory can rest their case. It is a conclusive demonstration that the Shakespearean plays were not written by Bacon; and it probably marks the end of one of the most irrational and fantastical speculations in the whole history of literature. So far as we remember, no man or woman of genuine literary feeling or literary insight has ever taken the Baconian position; its advocates have often been men and women of ability, but they have been, as a rule, conspicuously lacking in the literary sense. To one possessing the literary sense a comparison of the poetry of Shakespeare with the verse of Bacon, or the prose ofS' died in 1616, and in* Notes on the Bacon-Shakespeare Question. By Charles-Allen. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston.Shakespeare with the prose of Bacon, would have settled the question: Bacon could have written neither Shakespeare's verse nor his prose. Judge Allen traverses the whole field with the utmost lucidity, orderliness, and sanity. He declares at the outset that, as the result of investigation and study dur ing the last few years, a greater mass of detail in regard to Shakespeare has been collected than is accessible in the case of any other contemporary professional writer." [from a contemporary review in New Outlook, Vol. 65] 
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LA MAGIA NEL MEDIOEVO, Kieckhefer, Richard
2 Kieckhefer, Richard LA MAGIA NEL MEDIOEVO
Rome Editori Laterza 1993 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 8vo 
Book is clean and tight in dustjacket with 2 telephone numbers written on the inside front flap. "La magia nel Medioevo è un grande edificio dottrinale e un territorio antropologico di grande interesse storico. Kieckhefer racconta un mondo pullulante di maghi e stregoni, curatori e streghe." ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Recueil précieux de la Maçonnerie Adonhiramite. (Première et seconde partie) - bound with La vraie Maçonnerie d'Adoption; Précédée de quelques Reflexions sur les Loges irrégulières & sur la Société civile, [Guillemain de Saint Victor, Louis]
3 [Guillemain de Saint Victor, Louis] Recueil précieux de la Maçonnerie Adonhiramite. (Première et seconde partie) - bound with La vraie Maçonnerie d'Adoption; Précédée de quelques Reflexions sur les Loges irrégulières & sur la Société civile
"Philadelphie" [i.e. Paris] chez Philarèthe, rue de l'Equerre, à l'Aplomb 1787 Softcover Very Good 16mo 
128; 149; 142 pages; Three volumes, in strictly contemporary blue paper wrappers, stiffened with printer's waste (from an eighteenth century French law book). Uncut edges, all three half titles present. Generally an excellent set, and a rare survival in fragile contemporary wrappers. (Minor spotting to a a couple of preliminary leaves, rubbing to the old paper slips with manuscript titles in ink on the spines). A complete set of this significant French Masonic title. Details: Vol. 1 : Recueil précieux de la maçonnerie adonhiramite, 128 pages, contenant les catéchismes des quatre premiers grades, l'ouverture et clôture des différentes Loges, l'Instruction de la Table, les Santés générales & particulières, ainsi que les devoirs des premiers Officiers en charge ; enrichi d'une infinité de Demandes & de Réponses symboliques, de l'Explication des Emblêmes & d'un grand nombre de Notes aussi curieuses qu'utiles, dédié aux maçons instruits, par un Chevalier de tous les Ordres Maçoniques ; Vol. 2 : Recueil précieux de la maçonnerie adonhiramite, 149 pages, contenant les trois Points de la Maçonnerie Ecossoise, le Chevalier de l'Orient & le vrai Rose-Croix, qui n'ont jamais été imprimés ; précédés des trois Elus & suivis du Noachite, ou le Chevalier Prussien, traduit de l'Allemand ; enrichi d'un abrégé de l'Histoire de ces Grades ; Vol. 3 : La Vraie maçonnerie d'adoption, 142 pages, précédée de quelques réflexions sur les Loges irrégulières & sur la société civile, avec des notes critiques et philosophiques ; et suivie de cantiques maçonniques ; dédiée aux dames. Par un Chevalier de tous les Ordres Maçonniques. According Ligou (Dictionary of Freemasonry, PUF), the first edition appeared in 1781 in 4 volumes. There were editions following in 1783, 5, 6 & 1787; all these have the main title divided (like ours) into two volumes, and sometimes accompanied by 'La Vraie maçonnerie ...' (as ours is). The 1781 first edition is quite rare. Our 1787 set is unusual in its state of preservation uncut in eighteenth century blue paper wrappers. It is an "ordinary" set, without the rare engraved folding plates present in only a few copies. Ours does have a folding typographic table. The "Philadelphie" imprint is fictitious -- almost certainly this was printed and sold in Paris. In fact, at least two of our volumes are likely counterfeit editions -- (with printer's fleurons on the title pages not as described by Fesch, and lacking a hyphen in the final word of the imprint: "A Philadelphie, chez Philarèthe, rue de l'Equerre, à l'Aplomb" -- (rather than "A-plomb" -- as found in the third volume of our set). Also, the first volume of our set has a peculiar printing mistake in the title page, with a backward-facing letter "E" substituted for the "R" in "Maçonnerie." [Ours exactly matches the copy digitized by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which also appears to be bound in old wrappers -- with the exception that our copy, unlike the Munich copy, retains its original half title page). The main title's reference to "Maçonnerie Adonhiramite" concerns Adoniram, the son of Abda -- who was the tax collector In the united Kingdom of Israel for over forty years. In addition to those duties, Adoniram was in charge of conscripted timber cutters during the building of King Solomon's temple. [see I Kings 5:13,14]. A central allegory of Masonic ritual concentrates on the building of the Temple of Solomon. An uncommon set, in its original binding. 
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