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        L'etat present de la Suede : avec un abrege de l'histoire de ce royaume / Traduit de l'anglois de M. Robinson

      A Amsterdam : Chez Pierre Brunel 1720 - Physical desc. : [8], 424 p : fold. Map ; 17 cm ; 8vo. Subjects: Sweden - Description and travel - Travel literature. Sweden - History. Title page in red and black with publisher's device. Language: French. Fair to good copy bound in contemporary full aniline calf. Raised bands, gilt-titled label, and elaborate gilt-decorated compartments to spine. Some wear to spine edges and bands, and also to the gilt-decorated panel edges. Previous owner's annotations and signature to ffep, verso ffep and after p.424, with a small inscription to the title page. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. 1 Kg. 424 pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd]
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        The North prospect of Edenburgh. To Her Most sacred Majesty Queen Anne this Prospect of Her Ancient City of Edenburgh.

      London: c 1720 - Framed size: 675 × 1305 mm. Copperplate engraving. Folds as issued. Has been cleaned, and had minor repairs to margins, otherwise in very good condition. A very beautiful and decorative panorama of the city of Edinburgh, from Carlton Hill.Published in Kip's 'Britannia Illustrata'. Because of its title, it is known widely as the 'Queen Anne View'. In the sky are a delightful pair of cherubs, either side of rococo style title. The panorama shows the city in one long line from (right to left) Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. It was drawn by Leonard Knyff, a Dutch artist living in England, as was Johannes Kip, who was also a master engraver and a print dealer. Salisbury Crag and Arthur's Seat are viewed in the background. Interestingly, a number of buildings seen in this panorama still survive today; Canongate Church, St Giles Cathedral, Tron Church and Canongate Tolbooth.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Virginiae partis auftralis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumque regionum Nova Descriptio.

      Valk & Schenk, Amsterdam - Engraving, after Blaeu, with original hand color, ca. 1720. Sheet size: 19 3/34 x 23". Inventory#: p724pmat. 0

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries of Philadelphia, PA]
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        Huquang, Kiangsi, Chekiang, ac Fokien (China/Far East)

      G. Valk/P. Schenk, Amsterdam 1720 - Engraving from the plates of Janssonius circa 1700. Sheet size: 19 1/2 x 22". Inventory#: p1845pmat.

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        Kst.- Karte, v. I. van Munnikhuyse n. L. Webbers b. R.u. J. Ottens, "Atlas".

      . altkol.,, 1720, 45,5 x 29 (H). Mittig eine Weltkugel ( zeigt den Atlantik mit Südamerika, Afrika und Europa ) umgeben von 3 figürlichen Allegorien, darüber Atlas, der den Sternenhimmel trägt ( Kugelform ). Literaturhinweis: Tooley, R. V.: Titlepages from 16th. to 19th century, Nr. 30 ( mit Abbildung der frühen Fassung aus dem Englischen Atlas vom M. Pitt.). Not in Shirley, Courtiers and Cannibals. - Gerahmt ( framed )

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        Gesamtans., "Trier".

      . Kupferstich b. Joh. Peter Wolff Erben, um 1720, 26 x 32. Nicht bei Fauser usw. - Sehr seltene Ansicht. Blatt 24 einer Folge, die um 1730 bei Wolff Erben in Nürnberg erschien.

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        PHARMACOPOEIA LONDINENSIS OR, THE LONDON DISPENSATORY FURTHER ADORNED BY THE STUDIES AND COLLECTIONS OF THE FELLOWS NOW LIVING, OF THE SAID COLLEGE

      Boston. 1720.. [24],305,[35]pp. Contemporary calf, stamped in blind, rebacked in contemporary style, endsheets renewed. Boards lightly scuffed, rear board bowed. 18th-century ink ownership signature in upper margin of titlepage. Faint early dampstain in upper third of first signature. Chips and small wormhole cluster in rear four leaves, affecting a few characters of text in the index. Portion of margin of pages 39-40 torn away, with no loss to text. Overall a very good copy. In a half morocco and cloth box, gilt morocco label. One of the earliest obtainable American medical imprints. Culpeper's work is a foundation stone of any collection of American medical imprints and a pioneering book in the field of medical botany. "This 1720 Boston edition of Culpeper's PHARMACOPOEIA LONDINENSIS... enjoys the triple distinction of being the first herbal, the first pharmacopeia, and the first full- length medical book published in the American colonies. [It] enjoyed a wide popularity in the colonies, perhaps because of its Puritan slant and its bias toward the household treatment of illness" - Norman. The PHARMACOPOEIA LONDINENSIS... is quite rare, with only a few copies appearing for sale in recent times. AUSTIN 591. NAIP w027610. NORMAN 542. EVANS 2114. NORMAN SALE 394. GUERRA A-48. GARRISON- MORTON 1828.2.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        THE HISTORY OF NEW-ENGLAND CONTAINING AN IMPARTIAL ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL AND ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS OF THE COUNTRY TO.1700. TO WHICH IS ADDED THE PRESENT STATE OF NEW-ENGLAND. WITH A NEW AND ACCURATE MAP OF THE COUNTRY. AND AN APPENDIX CONTAINING THEIR PRESENT CHARTER, THEIR ECCLESIASTICAL DISCIPLINE, AND THEIR MUNICIPAL-LAWS.

      London: Printed for J. Clark, R. Ford, and R. Cruttenden, 1720. - Two volumes. [1],vi,x,[2],330; [4],331-712,xv,[1]pp. plus folding map and including publisher's advertisements on final printed page. Contemporary paneled calf. Boards rubbed, neatly rebacked in matching calf, leather labels. 18th-century ownership marks on front pastedown and front free endpaper of first volume. Map backed on Japan tissue. A good set. Larned has high praise for this book: "[Neal's] work was superior to anything of the kind that preceded it.his attitude is that of one who wishes to remain impartial. He deals chiefly with political, religious, and military questions, but has an interesting chapter, largely condensed from Josselyn, describing the state of New England; and he has paid some attention to legislative history.His style is often sprightly and he displays a sense of humor. For some aspects of the revolution of 1688-1689 his work is still useful." Contains a few Indian words and sentences, with English translations. The map is an excellent depiction of New England from Long Island north. HOWES N26, "aa." PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 2726. LARNED 992. SABIN 52140. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 720/178.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Recueil héraldique des bourguemestres de la noble cité de Liege ; où l’on voit la généalogie des évêques et princes, de la noblesse, & des principales familles de ce païs, avec leurs inscriptions et épitaphes.

      Liège, Gramme, 1720, - in-fol., 7 f.-580-10 p.-32 f., 2 pl., rel. veau moderne (pastiche de reliure ancienne). De Ghellinck 1511 - De Theux 475. Ouvrage conçu par le généalogiste Abry [1643-1720], publié l’année même de sa mort par l’avocat Loyens, et illustré de plusieurs centaines de figures de blasons gravés par Duvivier. Il est illustré d’un frontispice, de 2 planches à pleine page et d’une planche gravée par Xhrouet représentant le tombeau du czar Pierre Ier. L'ouvrage est suivi de : [DU VIVIER, Guillaume]. Plans, couppes et élévation de l’hôtel de ville de Liège, gravés à Liège, s.d. [1721].Cette suite de Duvivier est composée de 10 gravures sur cuivre, sans texte. C’est un supplément à l’ouvrage d’Abry, qu’on rencontre rarement. On trouve encore encore dans ce volume un manuscrit datant de la fin du XVIIIe siècle, dont la pagination suite celle de l’ouvrage [chiffrée 583-593] et qui paraît inédit [détail sur demande]. Bel exemplaire, superbement « truffé », dans une reliure pastiche bien réalisée. Le relieur a fixé aux contreplats deux gravures de Corneille Galle d’après Rubens.

      [Bookseller: Henri Thyssens, libraire]
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        A New & Correct Map of Thirty Miles Round London Shewing all the Towns, Villages, Roads &c with the Seats of the Nobility & Gentry & whatever else is remarkable: Done from the Best Surveys Together with an Alphabetical Table for the ready find of all the Places contain'd in the Map.

      Sold by G. Willdey at ye Corner House in Ludgate Street next St. Pauls, [c.1720]., London, - Willdey's rare map of the environs of London Engraved circular map, on two sheets joined, hand-coloured in outline, table of place names to left and right of map, mounted on new linen, some minor loss to old folds, trimmed to upper and lower neatlines. The map extends from Wokingham in the west to Rochford in the east, and from Stevenage in the north to Horsham in the south. the map bears grid lines for ease of reference, and a key to the bottom right gives details of towns, market towns, parish churches, gentlemen's houses, castles, windmills, watermills, villages, and hamlets. Surround the map are vignette view of London, upper left, London's commerce, upper right; depictions of Ceres, Hercules, a river god (probably the Thames), a winged messenger (most likely Mercury), and Atlas beard the world on his shoulders. Below the map are the goods available at Willdey's shop together with an advertisement, offering reasonably priced prints and maps. George Willdey (fl.1707-1737) had broad commercial interests; his shop was stocked with all manner of goods and commodities, many of which are listed and illustrated on this map, including snuff, clocks, globes, wallets, lanterns, a camera obscura , and many scientific instruments. However, the cartographic side of his business seems not to have been very successful, and few examples of his maps survive. Howgego 69 (1).

      [Bookseller: Daniel Crouch Rare Books LLP]
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        Imperii Persici in Omnes Suas Provincias (tam veteribus quam modernis carundem nominibus signatas). (Persia/Asia/Iran/Turkey/Iraq/Syria)

      Nuremberg 1720 - Engraving with original hand-color. Sheet size: 20 1/2 x 23 1/2". Inventory#: p1826.

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        Wit and Mirth: or Pills to purge Melancholy; being a Collection of the best merry Ballads and Songs, old and new. Fitted to all Humours, having each their proper Tune for either Voice, or Instrument: most of the Songs being new set.

      London: Printed by W. Pearson, for J. Tonson ., 1719-[1720]. - Duodecimo. Six volumes. I: [xiv], 360pp.; II: [x], 348pp.; III: [viii], 352pp.; IV: [viii], 352pp.; V: [viii], 352pp.; VI: [x], 372pp. I: []1, A6, B12-Q12; II: A6 (- A1 blank), B12-P12, Q6; III: A4, B12-P12, Q8; IV: A4, B12-P12, Q8; V: A4, B12-P12, Q8; VI: A6 (- A1 blank), B12-Q12, R6. First complete edition. Nineteenth-century red morocco by Ramage, repaired. With engraved frontispiece portrait of D"Urfey in volume I, and letterpress music in the text throughout. Day and Murrie 236-240, & 242. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Veduta di Fianco dello Stesso Vaso

      Rome - John Wilton-Ely 891The watermarks that are present are 59 and 64 on page 1169 and 1171 in John WiltonEly and are dated in the 1790s.From the series "Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi"Giovanni Battista Piranesi was one of the leading figures in the development of the neoclassical style in the late 18th Century. As architect, archaeologist, artist, designer, collector, and antiquities dealer, he produced a series of etchings and engravings depicting the glories of ancient Rome. These fine prints served as source material for other architects and designers. He was born in Venice on the 4th October 1720. The son of a stone-mason, he was educated as an architect under his maternal uncle Matto Lucchesi and under Carlo Zucchi. In 1740 Piranesi left Venice for Rome, there he studied etching under Giuseppe Vasi. He appears to have had little success in these early years in Rome and as his father was unable to continue his allowance returned to Venice in 1744. He was soon, however, encouraged to return to Rome by Giuseppe Wagner, a successful engraver and publisher of Venice. This time he achieved success, and a constant series of works, illustrating architecture and antiquities, issued from his studio until his death in 1778. His output in etched plates is enormous (about 1000 numbers in all). While he achieved a work of magnitude in pictorial records of Roman monuments of antiquity and of the Renaissance, and gave immense archæological, antiquarian, and topographical value to this work, the artistic quality always predominates. He was fond of peopling his ruins with Callot-like figures, and "like Callot makes great use of the swelling line" (Hind). He had two sons and a daughter, all of whom helped him in his work and after his death carried on his publications in Rome and Paris. They were Francesco (born 1748 or 1756; died 1810), Pietro (who lived till after 1807) and Laura (born 1750). His position in Rome and in Europe after 1760 was a prominent one. He was well-known figure to the wealthy English visitors in Rome and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1757. Most of his life was passed in Rome, etching, writing, publishing, and directing a workshop in which the restoration and sale of antiques played a considerable part.He was famous for his poetic views of Rome and also his fantastic imaginary interiors. His skills, allied to his deep knowledge of archaeology, provided the substance for his Vedute (Views), a series of 135 etchings of ancient and contemporary Rome, published from 1745 onwards, which established the popular mental image of the city. Vasi.et Ornamenti Antichi was a collection of 110 etchings documenting large sculptural vases, together with other antiquities excavated (and in some cases created) in Italy in the 18th century. The prints were initially separately issued and sold by Piranesi over a period of several years and subsequently collected in two folio volumes, each with its own title page, in 1778. They illustrate a wide range of genuine antiquities, as well as Piranesi's own collections, from utilitarian objects such as cinerary urns, lamps, and sarcophagi to monumental vases. The plates in Vasi often included text by Piranesi with information about where the objects were discovered and their contemporary location, and the prints bore dedications to his patrons, colleagues, visitors and influential people. He believed absolutely in the supremacy of Roman over Greek architecture, an argument he expounded most forcefully in his Della magnificenza ed architettura dei Romani (On the Magnificence of Roman Architecture, 1761). his romanticized views and imaginary interiors had a profound effect on stage designers, painters of capricci such as Hubert Robert, and even writers: William Beckford, the author of the Gothic novel and Vathek . In the 20th century his imaginary interiors have been admired by the Surrealists ., Image Size : , Platemark Size : 470x47

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        The Complete Servant -Maid or Maiden's Companion. General Directions to Maid-Servants.

      Edward Midwinter., London. 1720 - Circa 1720. Disbound, heavily worn, page edges frayed, lacks all before B1(page1) which has loss of text lower left. Hannah Woolley, sometimes spelled Wolley, (born 1622, England - died circa 1675, England) was a writer who published early books on household management and was probably the first to earn their living doing this.[1] Her mother and elder sisters were all skilled in "Physick and Chirurgery" and she learned from them . Nothing is known of her father. From 1639 to 1646 Wolley worked as a servant for an unnamed woman, almost certainly Anne, Lady Maynard (d. 1647), during which time she learned about medical remedies and recipes. She married Jerome Woolley, a schoolmaster, in 1646 and ran with him a free grammar school at Newport, in Essex. This is very near the Maynard family's house at Little Easton. In the school she put into practice her skills at "physick". A few years later, the Woolleys opened a school in Hackney, London [3]. She had at least four sons and two daughters, and the marriage was remembered by Hannah as a happy one.[2] Hannah was widowed in 1661 and from that year on began publishing books on household management. She covered such topics as : recipes, notes on domestic management, embroidery instruction, the etiquette of letter writing, medicinal advice, and perfume making. These proved to be very popular. Her first book The Ladies Directory was published at her own expense in 1661, and this was soon reprinted in 1664. Her second book The Cooks Guide, was printed at a her publisher's expense and is dedicated to Maynard's daughter, Lady Anne Wroth (1632–1677), and her own daughter Mary[2]. Wolley earned a reputation as a successful physician, despite her amateur status and the unwelcoming environment for female medical practitioners at that time in history. She used her books as an advertisement for her skills and invited her readers to consult her in person. Wolley remarried in 1666 at St. Margaret's, Westminster, to Francis Challiner, a widower two years older than herself. But her second husband died before February 1669. Wolley's own date of death is unknown. She did not react, as she had done previously, to another plagiarised work of 1675 called The Accomplish'd Ladies Delight so it is likely that she did not live to see it appear. [Works * The first of these was The Ladies Directory (1661) * The Cooks Guide, of 1664 * In 1670 Wolley produced The Queen-Like Closet (the title refers to the book The Queens Closet Opened, of 1655 written by 'W.M.' of whom very little is known.) at least two editions of a German translation of this were published as Frauenzimmers Zeitvertreib[2]. * In 1672 The Ladies Delight * Her last work, A Supplement to the "Queen-Like Closet," or, A Little of Every Thing (1674). * An unauthorized work based on her books was published in 1673 as The Gentlewoman's Companion[3][4]. * Similar unauthorized works followed in 1675 The Accomplished Ladies Delight and in 1685 The Compleat Servant-Maid. Like her authentic works, these were reprinted frequently. This is from the library of Edward Gordon Craig. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        HISTOIRE DU CARDINAL ALBERONI ET DE SON MINISTERE (TOME 1 & 2) Jufqu'a La Fin De L'Annee 1719. Par Mr. F. R**

      A La Haye: Chez La Veuve D'Adrien Moetjens. Very Good. 1720. Hardcover. 2 Volumes, half leather over clean marbled boards. Floral motif in backstrip compartments. Text block tight, clean & intact. A few pages slightly age toned. Title page with red title and woodcut. Marbled endpapers to which are affixed armorial crest book plates bearing the initials "PYC". Copper plate fold out map illustrations. Vol. #1: Messina; 291pp. Vol #2: Melasso; De La Haye; Port du Passage; Camp De Francavilla; 328pp. Both volumes bear the signature of "Catherine de Courtlande". Giulio Alberoni an Italian Cardinal of Spain who left a large quantity of manuscripts as his legacy. Volume 1's title page with a faint damp stain. Rare; Maps; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 619pp. pages .

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        Eusebii Pamphili Ecclesiastica Historia Graece et Latine,

      Typis Academicis, Cantabrigiae (Cambridge) 1720 - Folio. (60),798,(24)pp. Folding plate of the Old Temple present in fine condition. The Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius in parallel Greek and Latin columns, followed by the Life of Constantine. Full title is: (In Greek) Eusebiou tou Pamphilou Ekklesiastike Historia, (in Latin) Eusebii Pamphili Ecclesiasticae Historiae Libri Decem. Ejusdem de Vita Imp. Constantini, Libri IV. . This is the first in a series of three works; the second treats of Socrates Scholasticus and the third of Hermias Sozomen. Each work has a separate title, but this volume has a general title followed by the specific title. The entire issue was edited by William Reading. Bound to style in quarter leather. Spine in six compartments with raised bands, black leather lettering piece, gilt, marbled paper boards, vellum corners. The half tittle and general title have oval stamps form a former owner; sometime closely trimmed by a binder but still with large, ample margins; a very good to near fine copy. In Latin and Greek. ESTC T146435. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Fables heroiques, où sont renfermées les plus importantes maximes de la politique & de la morale; avec des discours historiques sur chaque fable. (2 vols.).

      Amsterdam, Jean Pauli, 1720. - Nouvelle édition consacrée à l'usage de Monseigneur le Prince des Asturies. 2 vols. Small 8vo. (XVIII)+232;(VIII)+228 pp. With 2 frontisp. (dated 1721), portrait of Prince Louis of Asturia (later the second Bourbon king of Spain) & 60 half-page plates (all engravings). Complete. Hardcover. Contemp. full calf, spines richly gilt; marbled endpapers. VG. (Inscribed; lib. stamp & marks on 1st blanks, see provenance). * New edition, published by Bruzen la Martinière who signed the dedication with his initials. The famous moral-political fables of the French prior Audin, first published in 1648, were intended as amusing but profound instruction for princes. - Provenance: early inscription "a moy Leopoldine princesse de Lowensteine douariere de Starhemberg", and later stamp: "Fürstlich-Starhemberg'sche Familien-Bibliothek Schloss Eferding" (Austria). [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Esrim ve-Arba Sifre Ha-Kodesh: Sive Hebraica grammatica; ex aliquot manuscriptis et compluribvs impressis codicibus, item Masora Tam Edita, Quam Mavscripta, aliisque Hebraeorum criticis diligenter recensita Praeter nova lemmata textus in Pentateucho, accedunt Loca Scripturae Parallela, Varballa et Realia, Brevesque Adnotationes, Quibus , Nucleus Graecae LXX Interpretvm et OO Versionum Exhibitur, Difficiles in textu Dictiones et Phrases Explicantur, ac dubia resolvuntvr; ut succinti commentarii vicem praestare possint Singulis Denique Columnis Selectae Variantes Lectiones Subiiciuntur Cura Ac Studio

      (1720) 1720 - 4to. (4). 32pp. 848 leaves. Brown leather with raised bands, gold stamp and lettering on spine. Decorative red marble endpapers. Author's initials blind-stamped on front cover and date of binding bland-stamped on back. Dedicated to King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. Headpieces depicting the spirit of God dwelling over the water at the beginning of each section. Polyglot Old Testament with Hebrew and Latin texts in side by side columns. Extensive scholarly footnotes discuss alternative versions. Old Testament text is based on the 1699 Berlin edition. The editor Johann Heinrich Michaelis also made use of five manuscripts and 19 printed editions. Latin preface to the Reader. Text in Hebrew and Latin. Book-plate from previous owner. Title page missing. Rear red marble endpaper torn. Some staining to interior leaves, but the pages are legible and in overall very good condition. Book is in overall good condition. Johann Heinrich Michaelis was an early 18th century German Hebraist who taught at Halle. Sources:T. H. Darlow and H. F. Moule, "Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture #5144 (Vol. II pg. 718). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The works of Sir William Temple, bart. (2 volume set)

      A. Churchill 1720 - 2 volume set in folio. A superior copy, suitable for a gift. 33 cm. Rebound in full modern leather. Fine binding and cover. Red leather spine labels. A handsome set. All edges red. Internally very good, with clean, white, unmarked pages. A few marginal spots. Contents: V.1. Some account of the life and writings of Sir William Temple, bart. Observations upon the United Provinces of the Netherlands. Miscellanea [in 3 pts., pt. 3 ed. by Jonathan Swift]. Memoirs, the the third part [1679-1680, ed. by Jonathan Swift]. Memoirs [1672-1679]. / V.2. Letters written by Sir William Temple, bart. and other ministers of state, both at home and abroad [1665-1672] . published by Jonathan Swift. Letters to the King [i.e. Charles II], the Prince of Orange, the chief ministers of state and other persons . published by Jonathan Swift. An introduction to the history of England. This is an oversized or heavy book that requires additional postage for international delivery outside of Canada and the US. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Tabula Ducatuum Livoniae et Curlandiae

      Amsterdam 1720 - Size : 495x595 (mm), 19.5x23.375 (Inches), Hand Colored

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        Dwinae Fluvii nova descriptio

      Amsterdam 1720 - A rare, and important map of the course of the river Dwinae., Size : 460x540 (mm), 18.125x21.25 (Inches), Original Hand Coloring

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        Nouvelle relation, contenant les voyages dans la Nouvelle Espagne

      Amsterdam 1720 - Informing England about the present state of the Spanish settlements in the Caribbean and the Antilles. 1720. Amsterdam. Paul Marret. Two volumes in 8vo (163 mm x 93 mm). 1 [blank] + 14 ff. + 431 + 1 [blank]; 1 [blank] + 6 ff. + 6 contemporary calf gilt, raised bands to spine, forming compartments heavily tooled, morocco lettering pieces, gently rubbed, a couple of pieces missing on spines, else fine. Light browning and foxing as expected, else a fresh copy, folding plates in very good condition. Fourth edition in French, revised, corrected and enlarged. Gage (c.1597 ¿ 1656) was an English clergyman and traveller; he studied at Valladolid with the Jesuits and later became a Dominican. His travels began at Mexico, where he started a missionary journey that would last for 12 years, getting to know the land and local costumes. In 1640, once back in England, he converted to Anglicanism and was sent to the Antilles by Cromwell in an expedition to assess the state of the Spanish settlements, where he stayed until death found him in Jamaica. Illustrated with two frontispieces and 16 folding plates and maps; the views show local city views and natural history, the maps are of North America, Guadalupe, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Cuba, all giving a comprehensive view of the Caribbean and the plates include folding views of Cartagena, Porto Bello and La Havana. The work harshly criticizes the religious institutions and the Spanish colonization method. Sabin, 26303. Palau, 96486. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A New & Exact Map of the Coast, Countries and Islands within ye Limits of ye South Sea Company from ye River Aranoca to Terra del Fuego, and from thence through ye South Sea, to ye North Part of California &c. with a View of the General and Coasting Trade-Winds. And particular Draughts of the most important Bays, Ports &c. According to ye Newest Observations (South and Central America)

      Bowles, London - Engraving with original outline coloring. Circa 1720. Sheet size: 33 x 22 1/4". Inventory#: p1790pmat. 0

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        A Map of the West Indies or the Islands of America in the North Sea; with the adjacent countries; explaining what belongs to Spain, England, France, Holland &c also the Trade Winds and the several Tracts made by Galeons and Flota from place to place.

      London. [1720] - 2 sheets joined. Size: 595 x 1030 mm. Some skilful paper restoration to map folds and to worm holes. Very good condition. Copperplate engraving, with original outline colour. This is a map that reveals Moll both as an astute political observer and thinker, and also as a commercially savvy operator. This map of the West Indies is full of commercially sensitive information about the Spanish gold runs, and it is entirely feasible that the map was deliberately suited as a guide to English piracy and privateering in the West Indies. Through his London connections, Moll knew of two prominent English pirates or privateers: Woodes Rogers and William Dampier. They may have given Moll essential, crucial knowledge to include and publish on his maps. Moll clearly shows the routes taken by the Spanish in their endeavours to collect gold, silver and gems from their territories in New Spain. The fleets entered by Granada and Trinidad, and stopped in Cartagena; from there they headed northward to Havana, and crossed the Gulf of Mexico en route to the port of Vera Cruz, where they would take on a rich cargo from their silver mines in Potosi. Heavily laden with cargo, the fleet would then make good use of prevailing trade winds and make for Havana again, prior to heading out through Florida and the Bahamas to take them across the Atlantic back to Europe. Significantly, Moll engraves five of the most important Spanish ports and harbours involved with the "gold run". It is interesting to note that Moll dedicates the wonderful and enterprising map to William Patterson, the founder of The Bank of England. There is a large decorative cartouche of Mexico city in the lower left corner of the map. This detailed map appeared in Moll's A New and Compleat Atlas.

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        Außerlesene Sinn- und Geistreiche Predigen.

      Meyer, Constanz 1720 - In-4, 668 pages+ index, Livres en caractères gothiques en langue Allemande. Très beau frontispiceReliures en peaux de porc blanche, estampées à froid. avec deux fermoirs,

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        Dictionnaire Historique Et Critique

      Rotterdam: Michel Bohm, 1720., 1720. 4 Volumes. folio. pp. 4 p.l., xx, 942; 2 p.l., [945]-962, 963-968, 963-1830; 2 p.l., [1833]-2680; 2 p.l., [2681]-3132, [96]index. with half-titles. titles in red & black with engraved vignettes by W. De Gouwen after A. Vander Werf. dedication in red & black with large engraved headpiece by Bernard Picart. woodcut ornaments & initials. contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, corners renewed (light browning to several gatherings in last volume & occasionally to margins). Third Edition, revised and enlarged, edited by Prosper Marchand, the most attractive editon and the first to contain all of Bayle's additions. The most important and most influential sceptic of the late seventeenth century, Bayle provided the philosophers of the Enlightenment with a wealth of argument and ridicule with which to assail the intellectual 'Ancien Regime'. This, his major work, was composed with the intention of correcting the mistakes of Moreri's Grand Dictionnaire. "Bayle championed reason against belief, philosophy against religion, tolerance against superstition.For over half a century, until the publication of the Encyclopédie, Bayle's Dictionnaire dominated enlightened thinking in every part of Europe." (PMM) "Édition la plus belle et qui a été longtemps la plus recherché de ce dictionnaire." (Brunet) Brunet I 711. Picot, Rothschild, III 2502. cfPrinting and the Mind of Man 155b. cfRand I 115..

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        Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Impov'd Being a Correct Coppy of Mr. Ogilby's Actual Survey of all ye Direct & Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales: Wherein are exactly Delineated & Engraven, All ye Cities, Towns, Villages, Churches, Seats & scituate on or near the Roads with their respective Distances in Measured and Computed Miles. And to render this work universally usefull & agreeable, [beyond any of its kind] are added in a clear & most compendious method . . . [Scarce First Issue] And to render this work universally usefull & agreeable, [beyond any of its kind] are added in a clear & most compendious method: 1. A full & particular description & account of all the Cities, Borough-Towns, Towns-Corporate & their Arms, Antiquity, Charte

      Printed and Sold by Tho Bowles, London 1720 - 4to; [6], 273, [1]pp. Bound in contemporary full English paneled calf, sympathetically rebacked, the spine with five raised bands ruled in gilt and a new red morocco lettering piece gilt; all edges speckled red. First edition, first issue, of this fully and finely engraved road atlas of England and Wales, with 273 maps patterned after the 17th-century versions of John Ogilby. Scarce first issue, with "next ye King of Spain in S: Katherines" in the imprint statement (later issues read "near ye Stairs in St. Katherine’s"). First Edition points as follows: p. 8, Sussex 'rapes' [administrative boundaries] not numbered; p.128 misnumbered '121' (a later owner has added lines to the numeral '1' making it look like an '8'; p.141 showing a coat of arms in the text at bottom right showing three trefoils in a bend or diagonal bar. Shirley I, 278-80. Hodson 149. Tooley, 83. Lister, 62. A smaller, popular version of John Ogilby's famous road atlases of England, originally published in 1675 in a folio edition entitled: Britannia: or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales. Ogilby's survey was perhaps the most accurate to date; he used the new distance of 1760 yards to a mile instead of the old standard of 2428 yards and calculated measurements methodically by foot. Due to public demand for these accurate strip road maps in a format conducive to travel, several smaller versions were published, with the present edition being one of the most successful. Emanuel Bowen was official map engraver to both George II and Louis XV of France, producing some of the finest and most intricately engraved English county maps of his time. His popular, conveniently sized Britannia Depicta went through three printings the first year. It contains 54 county maps and associated suites of strip road maps spread over 273 plates. An all-together elaborate production, in Fine, clean, bright condition, each map fully and elaborately engraved by Emanuel Bowen and enhanced with little-known historical facts (supplied by the antiquarian John Owen), elaborate heraldic images, rococo cartouches and decorative borders. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv’d; being a correct coppy [sic] of Mr. Ogilby’s Actual Survey of all the Direct and Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales . by Ino. Owen . Maps of all the Counties of South Britain . by Eman. Bowen Engraver.

      Printed for & sold by Tho. Bowles. 1720 - FIRST EDITION, engraved throughout, with engraved title-page (a trifle browned), 2 preliminary leaves of tables, 200 strip road maps, 54 county or part county maps, the majority in clean crisp condition, 2 plates of College arms, numerous coats of arms, numeral to p. 10 shaved, short tear in fore-margin of pp. 245-6 just entering plate but not affecting any printing, pp. [vi], 273, small 4to, contemporary panelled calf, a patch of insect damage with loss of surface on upper cover, a few small abrasions to lower cover, corners slightly worn, crack at head of upper joint, headcap worn, lacking label, very good An excellent copy of the rare first edition: in particular, this is a tall copy; at 8 1/16 inches it is almost an inch taller than the dimension given by Chubb. It has the following first issue points: no notice of Stony Stratford on p. 53, the numbering is in the left-hand corner of p. 121, p. 128 is misnumbered 121 (here corrected in ink).Owen and Bowen appear to have been in great demand since four editions were published between 1720 and 1724. It was a smaller, popular version of John Ogilby's famous road maps of England, which were originally published in folio in 1675 as ‘Britannia: or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales’. Ogilby's survey was perhaps the most accurate to date. He used the new distance of 1760 yards to a mile instead of the old standard of 2428 yards and calculated distances methodically by foot. Several smaller versions where published, although Ogilby’s own was the most successful, going through a number of editions and reprints well past the middle of the century. Each page is engraved, and provided with printed annotations and coats of arms. (Chubb CXLVII; Fordham pp.18-19; ESTC N15579)

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        Abhandlung vom Wucher. Ein sehr nützliches Werk für Geschäfts- und Handelsleute, worin dieser Gegenstand gründlich vorgetragen wird. Aus dem Französischen d. Herrn Nicole vom Jahr 1720, oder wie andere behaupten, des Herrn Bulteau gegen Ende des 16. Jhts. Wien, Gerold 1818. 154 S., 1 Bl. Marm. Pbd. d. Zt. mit Rsch.

      - Fromm 19141 (unter Nicole P.) - Kress 3269 (franz. Ausg. unter Nicole).- nicht in Brunet, Humpert.- Erste deutsche Ausgabe, sehr selten (über KVK nur 1 Ex in der Österr. Natioalbibliothek nachweisbar).- Nach Angaben des französ. Verbundkataloges ist das erstmals in Paris 1720 erschiene Werk (?Traité de l?usure?) Pierre Nicole (1625-1695) fälschlich zugeschrieben.- Der Verfasser Louis Bulteau (1625-1693) puplizierte das Werk bereits 1698 mit dem Titel ?Le faux dépôt?.- Leicht gebräunt, tls. stockfl., Ebd. etw. berieben u. bestoßen. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        PROYECTO PARA GALEONES Y FLOTAS DEL PERU Y NUEVA-ESPANA, Y PARA NAVIOS DE REGISTRO, Y AVISOS, QUE NAVEGAREN A AMBOS REYNOS.

      Cadiz: Geronymo de Peralta, 1720. - 23pp. Folio. Modern three-quarter morocco and cloth, gilt. Woodcut arms and typographical decoration on title. Small brown stain on titlepage and second leaf. Minor soiling else. Very good. A detailed, extensive, proclamation to reinforce the strength and size of the Spanish fleet trading between Spain and South America, primarily via Lima in Peru. Also printed in Madrid the same year, though this edition is significantly rarer. Rare, with no other copies of this edition appearing in auction records and the only copies appearing in OCLC located at the national libraries of Spain, Chile, and Britain. PALAU 239622. MEDINA, BHA 2357. LeCLERC 466. SABIN 66408.

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        Die Haupt Vestung Dunamunder Schanz . . .

      Augsburg 1720 - A map of the fortress of Daugavgriva, on the Daugava River in Latvia, near Riga. Includes an inset of the city of Riga., Size : 170x260 (mm), 6.69x10.24 (Inches), Hand Colored

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        A New and Correct Map of the World, Laid Down According to the Newest Discoveries, And From the Most Exact Observations, By Herman Moll Geographer.

      Bowles/Overton/King, London - Engraving with original line hand-color. Mild browning, but overall a good example. Circa 1720. Sheet size: 23 1/4 x 39 1/4". Inventory#: p1477pmat. 0

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        Bloeyende Opkomst der Aloude en Hedendaagsche Groenlandsche Visschery.

      Amsterdam: Joannes Oosterwyk, 1720. - small 4to. pp. 18 p.l., 330, [12]incl. index, [2]errata & ads. with half-title (verse on verso). additional engraved allegorical title by J.Folkema after F.Ottens. title in red & black with woodcut vignette. 6 folding engraved maps & 7 engraved plates (1 folding by Van der Hem after A.Salm). woodcut tailpieces & initials. A very nice copy in contemporary vellum (light foxing to a few leaves). First Edition. An extensive and authoritative history and description of the Dutch arctic whaling industry, with a general map of the polar regions and individual maps of the principal islands used for whaling: Greenland, Iceland, Spitszbergen, Jan Mayen, and Nova Zembla. The fine engraved plates depict whales, walruses, whaling vessels, and whaling scenes. In addition to information on natural history, geography, and economics, the work includes statistical tables of vessels and returns, and lists of the names of the directors and captains of the Greenland whale fisheries of the Netherlands, Bremen, and Hamburg. JCB I 297 (lacking 2 plates). Leclerc 678. Muller 690. Sabin 106374. cfBell Z37 (2nd Dutch edition). Jenkins p. 162. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Observationum libri VIII . Notae philologicae in passionem Christi,

      Ad Ricco Stefano n.d. (1720?), Londine - 4to. 360pp. Woodcut device on title page. "Nova editio ab innumeris, gravibusque mendis, quibus Parisiensis inquinata prodierat, emaculata." Contemporary limp vellum, remnants of manuscript title on spine. Old repair at heel of spine, light dampstain throughout, some internal pages darkened and stained, else a good copy. In Latin. Rare. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Carte Historique et Geographique de Royaumes D' Espagne et de Portugal

      Amsterdam: , 1720. Size: 500 × 600 mm. Copperplate engraving with hand colouring. Folds as issued, very minor spotting and offseting, otherwise in very good condition. A historical and geographical map of the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal divided according to their kingdoms and provinces. Including comprehensive indexes, notes and an inset map of the Iberian Peninsula with the Balearic Islands. Regional coats of arms add to the overall merit and aesthetics of this interesting map. A fine map from Chatelain's monumental 7 volume Atlas Historique, one of the most famous and prolific works of the early 18th Century.

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        To the Right Honourable Charles, Earl of Peterborow, and Monmouth, &c. This Map of Africa

      H. Moll, T. Bowles, P. Overton, London 1720 - Herman's Moll's magnificently detailed map of Africa, one of the finest depictions of the continent made in the eighteenth-century This elegant map of Africa evinces the fact that the continent's coastlines were then very well-known, in great contrast to its heart, referred to as "Ethiopia," a land "wholly unknown to the Europeans." While various European explorers had gone some distance up the Senegal, Niger, Nile and Zambezi rivers, the enigmatic nature of the interior would remain largely intact until the third quarter of the nineteenth-century. As indicated by the detailed toponymy of the west African coast, various European powers maintained an active presence there; a pictorial inset in the lower left of the map depicts "Cape Coast Castle," a major British fortress in modern-day Guinea. The Portuguese controlled trade south of the Congo River on the west coast, and on the eastern coast in the busy trading regions centered on the island of Zanzibar. South Africa was dominated by the Dutch, who founded Cape Town in 1652. A beautiful view of the majestic harbour of the Cape, featuring the unmistakable sight of Table Mountain occupies the lower right of the map. Moll drew on Edmond Halley's revolutionary hydrological chart for his detailed depiction of the ocean currents. This includes the annual periods and direction of the Monsoons in the Indian Ocean that could either greatly assist or completely hinder the progress of sailing vessels. The present map was part of Herman Moll's magnificent folio work, a New and Compleat Atlas . Moll was the most important cartographer working in London during his era, a career that spanned over fifty years. His origins have been a source of great scholarly debate; however, the prevailing opinion suggests that he hailed from the Hanseatic port city of Bremen, Germany. Joining a number of his countrymen, he fled the turmoil of the Scanian Wars for London, and in 1678 is first recorded as working there as an engraver for Moses Pitt on the production of the English Atlas . It was not long before Moll found himself as a charter member of London's most interesting social circle, which congregated at Jonathan's Coffee House at Number 20 Exchange Alley, Cornhill. It was at this establishment that speculators met to trade equities (most notoriously South Sea Company shares). Moll's coffeehouse circle included the scientist Robert Hooke, the archaeologist William Stuckley, the authors Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe, and the intellectually-gifted pirates William Dampier, Woodes Rogers and William Hacke. From these friends, Moll gained a great deal of privileged information that was later conveyed in his cartographic works, some appearing in the works of these same figures. Moll was highly astute, both politically and commercially, and he was consistently able to craft maps and atlases that appealed to the particular fancy of wealthy individual patrons, as well as the popular trends of the day. In many cases, his works are amongst the very finest maps of their subjects ever created with toponymy in the English language. Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library I , T.Moll-4b, 6; Cf. Reinhartz, The Cartographer and the Literati: Herman Moll and his Intellectual Circle. Copper-engraved map, with original outline colour, in excellent condition. Repaired center fold.

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        Estats de la Couronne de Pologne. . . / Tabula Regne Poloniae, Ducatus Lithuaniae &Cc. . .

      Covens and Mortier, Amsterdam 1720 - Size : 485x605 (mm), 19.125x23.75 (Inches), Original Outline Coloring

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        Journal des choses mémorables advenues durant le Regne de Henry III, Roi de France & de Pologne. Edition nouvelle, augmentée de plusieurs Pièces curieuses, & enrichie de Figures & de Notes pour éclaircir les endroits les plus difficiles.

      chez les héritiers de Pierre Marteau, Cologne 1720 - Quatre parties en deux forts volumes petits in-8 (10, x 17,3 cm), pleine basane d'époque, dos à nerfs orné, pièces de titre et tomaison, caisson et fleuron dorés, roulette sur les coupes, tranches mouchetées, (10)-532pp.-(26) et (4)-516pp.-(26). (manque à trois coiffes, quelques frottements aux reliures, un grand nombre de feuillets uniformément brunis, manque en marge d'un feuillet mais sans perte de lettre). 13 portraits et figures gravés par Jacques Harrewyn. Vignettes de titre gravées. Page de titre du tome I en rouge et noir. Ex-libris ("Louis DULIEU") au verso des plats. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        EL MONSTRUO DE AFRICA INDEFINIBLE. VIDA DE SAN AUGUSTIN, obispo, y doctor de la iglesia, fundador de la orden de los Ermitaños Augustinos.

      Imp. Juan Sanz. Madrid, 1720 - . 21 cm. Frontis con grabado calcográfico a plena página, retrato de san Agustín por Joseph Maragato. [30]-503 pág., 10 h. de índices (sign. [calderón]-[3 calderón]4, 4 calderón]2, A-Z4, 2A-2Z4, 3A-3T4, 3V2). Texto con apostillas marginales. Portada enmarcada en orla tipográfica. Capitulares, cabeceras y "culs-de-lampe" xilográficas. Enc. en pergamino reciente, lomera rotulada, cierres. * Obra editada por Francisco de Avilés que recoge la biografía de san Agustín. Existe una reimpresión de 1767 a cargo de Joaquín Ibarra. Francisco Antonio de Gante es también autor de las biografías de Santa Rita de Casia y del venerable Fr. Alonso de Orozco, religioso agustino. CCPB 73722-4. Palau 97572. san agustin, hagiografia, religión Hagiografia, miracles, martiris i profecies Libros antiguos anteriores a 1830 español [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Altkolor. orig. Kupfer-Karte von Joh. Bapt. Homann.

      Nürnberg, Homann, um 1720.. Ca. 48 x 57 cm.. Dekorativer und schön kolorierter Stadtgrundriß mit Umgebungsplan zwischen Fürth und Mögeldorf. Unterhalb die kolorierte Gesamtansicht der Stadt mit allegorischen Figuren und Ansichten der Burg am linken und rechten Rand. Besonders interessant ist der Umgebungsplan mit Einzeichnung aller kleinen Dörfer, Burgen und Schlösser. Er reicht von Fürth bis Mögeldorf, im Süden bis Dutzendteich.- Mittelfalz. Kräftiger Abdruck.

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        Nürnberg, Karte und Panorama, anno 1720, Homann J.B., altkolorie

      Nürnberg, ,. Homann, J. B. Prospect und Grundris der des Heil. Röm. Reichs-Stadt Nürnberg Homann, J. B., 1720 "Prospect und Grundris der des Heil. Röm. Reichs-Stadt Nürnberg". Gesamtansicht (in gr. ornament., herald. u. fig. Kart.; ca. 9:45 cm) u. Stadtplan mit Umgebung von Nürnberg. Altkol. Kupf. von J. B. Homann, (um 1720). Blattmaß: 50x60 cm., altkoloriert, Reparatur an der unteren Mittelfalz. Für weitere Infos zur Karte bitte unteren Link anklicken.

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        Determinacion del catolico zelo del Rey N. Señor, Don Phelipe Quinto (que Dios guarde) en defensa de la inmunidad Eclesiastica, que hizo el Illmo. señor Doct. D. Antonio de Soloaga, Arçobispo de Lima, sobre aver extrahido de la Iglesia à Juan Manuel Vallesteros, suponiendo aver dado muerte violenta à Don Alonso de Esquivel.

      N.p., n.pr., (1720). - Caption title. 4 ll. Folio, later burgundy quarter cloth, marbled boards (extremities worn). Foldlines, some light soiling, a few pencil marks in margins, old foliation added in manuscript. Small hole in final leaf touching 4 letters; 3 small holes in inner margin of first leaf, without loss. Manuscript endorsement on final leaf of Joseph de Albayna y Uribe (?), dated Lima, 5 December 1721, stating that the printed edition conforms with the official manuscript copy received by Archbishop Soloaga (slightly trimmed by the binder, small hole affecting signature). ---- The King confirms the actions of D. Antonio de Soloaga, Archbishop of Lima, regarding an accused murderer who had taken refuge in a church, been dragged out by the police, and was tortured to death before an ecclesiastical court could hear his case. The officials involved were deprived of their offices and fined. Several other cases in which accused criminals were denied sanctuary are analyzed and compared to this one.---- Medina, @BHA 2351: noting a copy in the Biblioteca Nacional, Santiago de Chile. Not in Alden & Landis, Palau, Sabin or Medina, @Lima. Not in JCB or JFB (1994). Not located in NUC. OCLC: locates only 2 microfilm copies, 24313018 (Brown University, University of Iowa). Not located in Melvyl. Not located in REBIUN or CCCPB. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE GREAT MIRROR OF FOLLY.] HET GROOTE TAFEREEL DER DWAASHIED VERTOONENDE DE OPKOMST, VOORTGANG EN ONDERGANG DER ACTIE, BUBBEL EN WINDNEGOTIE IN VRANKRIJK, ENGELAND, EN DE NEDERLANDEN.

      [Np, but Holland]. . 1720 - Title printed in red and black. Folding engraved frontispiece, engraved list of plates within a decorative surround, seventy- two engraved plates, maps, and broadsides on 73 leaves (5 of the single-page plates cut the edge of the image and mounted [as issued], 45 double-page, 19 folding and including 10 which combine both engraving and letterpress text). Folio. Contemporary Dutch speckled calf, spine in eight compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, repeat decoration in gilt in the others, joints slightly split, extremities scuffed. One plate loosely inserted, 2 with sections of blank margins torn away, some other clean tears occasionally affecting the image area. Else very good. A very rare economics work in which are reprinted a collection of the contemporary satirical texts and prints relating to the financial exploits of John Law and his infamous Mississippi scheme of 1717-20, events connected with the founding of a viable colony in Louisiana. "John Law (bap. 21 April 1671 - 21 March 1729) was a Scottish economist who believed that money was only a means of exchange that did not constitute wealth in itself, and that national wealth depended on trade. He is said to be the father of finance, responsible for the adoption or use of paper money or bills in the world today. Law was a gambler and a brilliant mental calculator, and was known to win card games by mentally calculating the odds. An expert in statistics, he was the originator of economic theories, including two major ideas: 'The Scarcity Theory of Value' and the 'Real bills doctrine'" (Wikipedia). The present work records the economic crisis precipitated by Law. The crisis had its origins in the decision of the French regent, Philippe d'Orléans, to appoint John Law the Controller General of Finances for France. In "May 1716 the Banque Générale Privée ('General Private Bank'), which developed the use of paper money was set up by Law. It was a private bank, but three quarters of the capital consisted of government bills and government accepted notes. In August 1717, he bought the Mississippi Company, to help the French colony in Louisiana. In 1717 he also brokered the sale of Thomas Pitt's diamond to the regent, Philippe d'Orléans. In the same year Law floated the Mississippi Company as a joint stock trading company called the Compagnie d'Occident which was granted a trade monopoly of the West Indies and North America. The bank became the Banque Royale.in 1718, meaning the notes were guaranteed by the king. The Company absorbed the Compagnie des Indes Orientales, Compagnie de Chine, and other rival trading companies and became the Compagnie Perpetuelle des Indes on 23 May 1719 with a monopoly of commerce on all the seas. The system however encouraged speculation in shares in 'The Company of the Indies' (the shares becoming a sort of paper currency).In 1720 the bank and company were united and Law was appointed Controller General of Finances to attract capital. Law's pioneering note- issuing bank was extremely successful until it collapsed and caused an economic crisis in France and across Europe. "Law exaggerated the wealth of Louisiana with an effective marketing scheme, which led to wild speculation on the shares of the company in 1719. In February 1720 it was valued for a very high future cash flow at 10,000 livres. Shares rose from 500 livres in 1719 to as much as 15,000 livres in the first half of 1720, but by the summer of 1720, there was a sudden decline in confidence, leading to a 97 per cent decline in market capitalization by 1721. Predictably, the 'bubble' burst at the end of 1720, when opponents of the financier attempted en masse to convert their notes into specie. By the end of 1720 Philippe II dismissed Law, who then fled from France." GOLDSMITHS 5829. KRESS 3217. MULLER 3535. SABIN 28932. A.H. Cole, THE GREAT MIRROR OF FOLLY.AN ECONOMIC-BIBLIOGRAPHICAL STUDY [Harvard, 1949].

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