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Hawkesworth’s (Dr.) Account of the Voyages undertaken for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captains Wallis, Carteret, and Cook. 3 vols. 4to. Lond. 1772.
At Sir W. Guise's Sale, 1812, a copy sold for 9l. Is.
Captain Cook's First Voyage was performed in the Endeavour, which returned to England in July, 1771. The account of this voyage, together with that of Byron, of Wallis, and of Carteret, was compiled by Dr. Hawkesworth, from the journals of the several Commanders, and published under the above title; and, it may not be inisplaced information, to those who are unacquainted with the circumstance, that the FIRST EDITION of this Book is known by the paging of the Second and Third Volumes, which begins at Volume II. and runs on to the end of Volume III, without beginning again at Volume III. as in the subsequent edition.
I find it recorded upon good authority, that Dr. Hawkesworth received £6000 for compiling this work.
Hawkesworth, the elegant translator of Telemachus, and author of the Adventurer, indulged his imagination in working up these journals of our celebrated circumnavigators, till he digressed into misplaced pruriency. Inquiries which he seemed to think innocent, were condemned by the public, as criminal. He is said to have been the victim of his own misplaced opinions, in the storm which they raised up against himself—and that which ought to have tended to increase his reputation, proved his bane, and finally caused his death.
Bryant's (J.) New System, or an Analysis of Ancient
Mythology. 3 vols. 4to. Lond. 1773, &c.
In this Book, Vol. ii. p. 392, should be a print from the famous gem of Cupid and Psyche, in the Marlborough Collection, by Bartolozzi. This is frequently supplied by copies from Bartolozzi, by Sherwin, &c.
The value of this book varies from eight to twelve guineas, according to condition.
Johnson's (Dr. Sami.) Journey to the Western Islands of
Scotland. 8vo. First Edition. Lond. 1775.
Dr. Lort's copy sold in 1791, for 15s.; and, besides various MS. and printed additions, contained, according to Mr. Clarke's Repertorium Bibliographicum, “the cancelled part of p. 48, relative to Lichfield Cathedral; and, likewise, the cancelled part of p. 296, respecting the Cave at Egg, and the transaction there."
With respect to the first cancel, p. 48, in my copy of the First Edition, which formerly belonged to W. Williams, of Peniarth Uchaf, I find the following passage, speaking of the authorised dilapidations and unroofing of the Cathedrals of Elgin and Aberdeen, after the Reformation, Dr. Johnson says, “ the order was obeyed; the two Churches were stripped, and the lead was shipped to be sold in Holland. I hope every reader will rejoice that this cargo of sacrilege was lost at sea.
* Let us not, however, make too much haste to despise our neighbours. Our own cathedrals are mouldering by unregarded dilapidation. It seems to be part of the despicable philosophy of the time to despise monuments of sacred magnificence; and we are in danger of doing that deliberately, which the Scots did not do but in the unsettled state of an imperfect constitution.”
The other passage is as follows: 6. The inhabitants of Rum are fifty-eight families, who continued Papists for some time after the Laird became a Protestant. Their adherence to the old religion, was strengthened by the countenance of the Laird's sister, a zealous Romanist, till one Sunday, as they were going to mass under the conduct of their patroness, Maclean met them on the way, gave one of them a blow on the head with a yellow stick, I suppose a cane, for which the Earse had no name, and drove them to the Kirk, from which they have never since departed. Since the use of this method of conversion, the inhabitants of Egg and Canna, who continue Papists, call the Protestantism of Rum, the religion of the Yellow Stick.
The only Popish islands are Egg and Canna. Egg is the principal island of a parish, in which, though he has no congregation, the Protestant Minister resides. I have heard of nothing curious in it, but the cave in which a former generation of the islanders were smothered by Macleod.
If we had travelled with more leisure, it had not been fit to have neglected the Popish islands. Popery is favourable to ceremony; and, among ignorant nations, cere
mony is the only preservative of tradition. Since Protestantism was extended to the savage parts of Scotland, it has perhaps been one of the chief labours of the Minister to abolish stated observances, because they continued the remembrance of the former religion. We therefore, who came to hear old traditions, and see antiquated manners, should probably have found them among the Papists.”
I doubt that the quotations I have here made from the First Edition in my possession, are the individual cancels alluded to, as being contained in Dr. Lort's copy; but, whether they be or be not the same, they are extremely amusing; and no one I think can object to have placed before his eyes anything written by Dr. Johnson. And I must be excused for not being more certain with respect to these cancels, as I spent a considerable time in fruitlessly examining Boswell's Life of Johnson, to see if any mention is there made of the circumstance; and, after all, perhaps overlooked what I was in search of; but, as I have referred to the cancelled pages, my mistake, if I have committed one, will I trust soon meet correction.
Dodsley's Collection of Old Plays. 12 vols. 12mo. 1744.
Ditto. 12 vols. 8vo. 1780.
Of this Second Edition, only six copies, on fine paper, were printed, and disposed of as follows:
1. Mr. Reed's Copy, which, at his Sale, Lot 8880, sold for 101. 158. to Mr. Baker, Lace-Merchant, of St. Paul's Church-Yard.
2. Geo. Steevens, Esq. in Bibliotheca Steevensiana, No. 1407, bound in Russia, sold for 121. 12s. to Manson, and probably the same copy which afterwards in 1803, sold at Woodhouse's Sale for 141. 16s.
3. Edm. Malone, Esq.
4. T. Pearson, Esq. he dying, the copy remained with Mr. Reed.
5. Mr. Dodsley.
A copy at the Duke of Grafton's in 1815 sold for 111. 15s. and one in Heathcote's Sale, May 2nd, 1808, bound in red morocco, gilt leaves, for 321. 10s. which of the six copies these may have been I am unable to say.
By a fire which happened at Mr. Dodsley's warehouse in Wild Court, in June, 1787, almost the whole impressions (for few had been sold) were destroyed.
BLOND (LE) et La Chau, Description des Principales
Pierres Gravées du Cabinet du Duc d'ORLEANS. 2 vols. Folio. -Paris. 1780—1784.
Copies, Grand Papier de Hollande, containing the suppressed plates, four in number, of Medailles Spintriennes, are extremely rare.
Col. Stanley's Copy sold for 48l. 6s. containing the suppressed plates.
Talleyrand's Copy sold for eighteen guineas; but, I do not know if it contained the Spintrian Medals, which are usually found in tom. i. p. 262.