SYDNEY, Algernon (1622-1683). Discourses concerning Government. With his letters, trial apology and some memoirs of his life. London: A. Millar, 1763. 4° (292 x 224mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait by J. Basire after G.B. Cipriani, figure of Liberty stamped on front blank. (Some light browning and spotting.) BOUND FOR THOMAS HOLLIS (1720-1774) IN CONTEMPORARY CRIMSON MOROCCO BY JOHN MATHEWMAN, gilt-tooled cockerel on upper cover, palm branch on lower cover, spine in five comparments with raised bands, green morocco lettering-piece in centre compartment, the remainder with repeated tool of the owl sejant, marbled endpapers and edges, green silk marker (some scuff marks, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Thomas Hollis, presented to James Harris (inscribed on front blank 'This excellent Book, thus elegantly bound, was given me by Mr Holles, a Lover of Liberty and the Arts, June, 1769. James Harris'); contemporary shelf marks. The preface is by John Toland while the memoirs of Sydney are by Hollis. James Harris is probably James Harris (1709-1780) the author of Hermes or A philosophical enquiry concerning universal grammar, 1751, who lived in Salisbury. Rothschild 2728.
John WALLIS (1616-1703). Grammatica lingvae Anglicanae. Edited by Thomas Hollis. London: A. Millar, 1765. 8° (208 x 122mm). Engraved portrait by Cipriani, figure of Liberty stamped on rear blank. BOUND FOR THOMAS HOLLIS IN CONTEMPORARY CRIMSON MOROCCO BY JOHN MATHEWMAN, figure of Liberty gilt-tooled on upper cover, Cap of Liberty on lower cover, smooth spine vertically lettered and with the staff of Hermes in the centre, marbled endpapers and edges, green silk marker (spine faded to brown, light scuffing to covers). Provenance: Thomas Hollis, presented to James Harris (inscribed by Harris on front blank); contemporary shelf-marks. Sixth edition. Rothschild 2731; together with two other octavo works, John Locke Two Treatises of Government, London: 1764, and Francis Blackburne Considerations on the Controversy between the Protestants and Papists, London: 1768, likewise bound by Mathewman for Hollis, and with shelf marks indicating they are also from Harris's library. (4)