Leo Cadogan Rare Books

Leo Cadogan Rare Books Ltd specialises in unusual or iconic items - books, manuscripts, broadsides or pamphlets - from the cultural and intellectual life of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods.

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About

Leo Cadogan Rare Books Ltd specialises in unusual or iconic items - books, manuscripts, broadsides or pamphlets - from the cultural and intellectual life of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. The business was established in 2007. Leo Cadogan (owner) entered the book trade straight out of university, in 1997. Before setting up on his own, he worked for two of London's finest antiquarian firms, and was manager of the antiquarian department of an important London bookshop. He also took time to do postgraduate studies in the Renaissance, gaining an MA and a reading ability in medieval European law.

We are members of the UK's ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the PBFA (the UK's Provincial Booksellers' Fairs Association). We abide by their codes of conduct and ethics, whose coverage includes the proper description of books.

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Documents

OLYMPIA BOOK FAIR 2017

45 items. Come and find us at stand A12!


10 BROADSIDES, 1479-1516, FROM THE FIRM OF JACQUES ROSENTHAL

Items predominantly from Katalog 92 (c. 1931) from the firm of the famous antiquarian bookseller Jacques Rosenthal (1854-1937) in Munich.


Science, Medicine and Technology

A list of twenty items, including an astronomical wall calendar from 1542/3, a price list for Barcelona druggists, a report from 1777 from a doctor to the Spanish army in Brazil, and a popular ballad on parachute-jumping.


BOOK OF THE MONTH

ACCOUNT OF ALGIERS - ESCAPE ATTEMPT OF CERVANTES

[Cervantes, Miguel de] Haëdo, Diego de, O.S.B. [Sosa, Antonio de]: Topographia, e historia general de Argel, repartida en cinco tratados, do se veran casos estraños, muertes espantosas, y tormentos exquisitos, que conviene se entiendan en la Christiandad: con mucho doctrina, y elegancia curiosa.  En Valladolid, por Diego Fernandez de Cordova y Oviedo, Impressor de libros [...] acosta de Antonio Coello mercador de libros. 1612.

Extraordinary and important first-hand account of sixteenth-century Algiers, its government, society, and its Christian captives, this book also contains the first biography of Cervantes in Algiers, with a detailed description of his second escape attempt. Captured by pirates in the Mediterranean, the writer was kept as a slave in the city between 1575 and 1580, before a ransom was paid. Cervantes’s experiences in Algiers informed writings including ‘Don Quixote’, and he wrote two plays on the subject (’El trato de Argel’ and ‘Los baños de Argel’). In England, the present book, and its account of Cervantes, were used by John Morgan in his ‘History of Algiers’ (1731).

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