Bold Poets and rash Painters may aspire With pen and pencill to describe my Faire, Alas; their arts in the performance fayle, And reach not that divine Original, Some Shadd’wy glimpse they may present to view, And this is all poore humane art Can doe▪

346J J.B. Gent.

The young lovers guide,

DSCN0031 or, The unsuccessful amours of Philabius, a country lover; set forth in several kind epistles, writ by him to his beautious-unkind mistress. Teaching lover
s how to comport themselves with resignation in their love-disasters. With The answer of Helena to Paris, by a country shepherdess. As also, The sixth Æneid and fourth eclogue of Virgil, both newly translated by J.B. Gent.

London : Printed and are to be Sold by the Booksellers of London, 1699.             $3,500

Octavo,  A4, B-G8,H6 I2( lacking 3&’4) (A1, frontispiece Present;            I3&’4, advertisements  lacking )    inches  [8], 116, [4] p. : The frontispiece is signed: M· Vander Gucht. scul:. 1660-1725,

This copy is bound in original paneled sheep with spine cracking but cords holding Strong.

A very rare slyly misogynistic “guide’ for what turns out be emotional turmoil and Love-Disasters !

Writ by Philabius to Venus, his Planetary Ascendant.

Dear Mother Venus!

I must style you so.
From you descended, tho’ unhappy Beau.
You are my Astral Mother; at my birth
Your pow’rful Influence bore the sway on Earth
From my Ascendent: being sprung from you,
I hop’d Success where-ever I should woo.
Your Pow’r in Heav’n and Earth prevails, shall I,
A Son of yours, by you forsaken die?
Twenty long Months now I have lov’d a Fair,
And all my Courtship’s ending in Despair.
All Earthly Beauties, scatter’d here and there,
From you, their Source, derive the Charms they bear.

Wing (2nd ed.), B131; Arber’s Term cat.; III 142

Copies – Brit.Isles  :  British Library
                  Cambridge University St. John’s College
                  Oxford University, Bodleian Library
Copies – N.America :  Folger Shakespeare
                  Harvard Houghton Library
                  Henry E. Huntington
                  UCLA, Clark Memorial Library
                  University of Illinois
Engraved frontispiece of the Mistress holding a fan, title within double rule border, 4-pages of publisher`s  advertisements at the end Contemporary calf (worn). . FIRST EDITION. . The author remains unknown. 


347J Thomas Frewen (1704-1791)

Hand written collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, principally in Sussex.


Manuscript  on paper  p. 21 dated ‘Thomas F. Frewen 1741.’   $3,800

Duodecimo. 7 in. x 4.5 inches  A10, B14, C10.   plus two folded epitaphs such in the binding!  This is bound in a beautiful  green vellum wallet binding.




With the numbers in pencil from the Phillipps Library 7073 & 6982

Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet [3]

(2 July 1792 – 6 February 1872), was an English antiquary and book collector who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century. He was an illegitimate son of a textile manufacturer and inherited a substantial estate, which he spent almost entirely on vellum manuscripts and, when out of funds, borrowed heavily to buy manuscripts, thereby putting his family deep into debt. Phillipps recorded in an early catalogue that his collection was instigated by reading various accounts of the destruction of valuable manuscripts. Such was his devotion that he acquired some 40,000 printed books and 60,000 manuscripts, arguably the largest collection a single individual has created, and coined the term “vello-maniac”to describe his obsession, which is more commonly termed bibliomania.   Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 45 Phillipps, Thomas


Frewen, Thomas (1704-1791) Physician

THOMAS Frewen  M.D. (1704–1791), physician, was born in 1704. He practised as a surgeon and apothecary at Rye in Sussex, and afterwards as a physician at Lewes, having obtained the M.D. degree previous to 1755. He became known as one of the first in this country to adopt the practice of inoculation with small-pox. In his essay on ‘The Practice and Theory of Inoculation’ (Lond. 1749) he narrates his experience in three hundred and fifty cases, only one having died by the small-pox so induced. The common sort of people, he says, were averse to inoculation, and ‘disputed about the lawfulness of propagating diseases’—the very ground on which small-pox inoculation was made penal a century later (1842). The more refined studies of our speculative adepts in philosophy, he says, have let them into the secret that the small-pox and many other diseases are propagated by means of animalcula hatched from eggs lodged in the hairs, pores, &c. of human bodies. In 1759 he published another short essay on small-pox, ‘Reasons against an opinion that a person infected with the Small-pox may be cured by Antidote without incurring the Distemper.’ The opinion was that of Boerhaave, Cheyne, and others, that the development of small-pox after exposure to infection could be checked by a timely use of the æthiops mineral. Frewen’s argument was that many persons ordinarily escape small-pox ‘who had been supposed to be in the greatest danger of taking it,’ and that the æthiops mineral was irrelevant. His other work, ‘Physiologia’ (Lond. 1780), is a considerable treatise applying the doctrines of Boerhaave to some diseases. One of his principles is:

‘Wherever nature has fixed a pleasure, we may take it for granted she there enjoins a duty; and something is to be done either for the individual or for the species.’

He died at Northiam in Sussex, on 14 June 1791, aged 86.

This Manuscript  plus the two folded leaves  copies 27 different inscriptions made by Frewen.   The penultimate one is dated 1741.Untitled

Here are a few .








The summary includes a brief description of the collection(s) (usually including the covering dates of the collection), the name of the archive where they are held, and reference information to help you find the collection.

[Gent. Mag.; Giles Watts’s Letter to Dr. Frewen on his behaviour in the case of Mr. Rootes, surgeon, Lond. 1755.]Collections

Untitled1)c1770: Encheiridion technicum in re medica    Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives Add 6857

2) In Papers Royal Society See HMC MS papers of British scientists 1600-1940, 1982

3) 1749-55: prescription book Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives Palmer NRA 38777 Palmer


1) Frewen. A just and plain vindication of the late Dr. Frewen, London : printed for M. Cooper,              1743.

2) Frewen. A letter in answer to Dr. Watts.    London : printed for W. Owen, and E. Baker,   1756.

3) Frewen. Physiologia: London : printed for J. Bew, in Pater-Noster-Row; and W. Lee, jun. at Lewes,              MDCCLXXX. [1780]

4) Frewen., The practice and theory of inoculation. With an account of its success. In a letter to a friend. London : for S. Austen,     1749.

5) Frewen. Some reasons given against an opinion that a person infected with the small-pox may be cured by a                 London : printed for J. Wilkie, at the Bible, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard,                  MDCCLIX. [1759]