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        MARIOTTE, Edmé. Ouvres, comprenant tousles traitéz de cet Auteur, tant ceux qui evoient déja paru séparement, que ceux qui n'' avoient pas ancore été publiés. Nouvelle édition.

      La Haye, Jean Neaulme. 1740 - 2 volumi in 4°, pergamena coeva. (erosione nel piano posteriore). 1 f. bianco, (10), 320 pp. con 13 tavole incise in rame ripiegate f.t.; (4) pp., pp. 321-701, (35) con 13 tavole ripiegate f.t. Frontespizi stampati in rosso e nero. Esemplare in carta naturalmente ingiallita con qualche sporadica macchiolina, ma peraltro ben conservato. Il Mariotte, monaco e filosofo naturale, fu il fondatore della fisica sperimentale in Francia ed uno dei primi e più importanti membri dell' Accademia delle Scienze. > (Scienziati e tecnologi, II, pp.347-48). Quérand, La France littéraire, V p. 542. D.S.B., IX, pp. 114-32. Wolf, History of science, I, pp. 234-35, 242-43, 271-72, 279-80, 314-15, 374-77. La scoperta indipendente in Francia della >. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Regni Daniae in quo sunt Ducatus Holsatia et Slesvicum Insulæ Danicæ Provinciæ Iutia Scania Blekingia nova Tabula.

      1740 1740 - Smuk samtidigt håndkoloreret kobberstik. Nürnberg ca. 1740. 48,3 x 57,3 cm. Indrammet i en ca. 100 år gammel "guldramme", let skrammet. * Johann Baptist Homann gjorde 1702 sin hobby til sit erhver, idet han 1702 startede et kortforlag. Han blev hurtigt kendt som den betydeligste tyske kartograf og hans kort fik meget stor udbredelse. Ialt skal han have tegnet omkring 200 forskellige kort. Firmaet eksisterede til 1848. Johan Hübner (1688-1731) var en af Homanns dygtigste medarbejdere.

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        Sacri iudaeorum ritus antiqui secundum res gestas et dogmata illorum as codicis sacri utriusque foederis illustrationem

      Impensis viduae Ioh. Rudolphi Croekeri, Ienae 1740 - 12mo. [16], 730, [54]pp. Original 3/4 vellum over paper covered boards, with contemporary handwritten title on spine. All edges red. Decorative head- and tailpieces. Decorative initial. Rare and fascinating work on Jewish customs and ceremonies written by one of the most famous theologists and orientalists of the 18th century. This study is profusely illustrated with 12 engraved plates (some having been handcolored). Some rubbing on boards and along edges of binding. Endpapers slightly foxed. Text in Latin. Binding in overall good to very good, interior in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Istoria delle cose operate nella China da monsignor Gio. Ambrogio Mezzabarba partriarca d'Alessandria, legato appostolico in quell' imperio. Edizione seconda.

      - Colonia, appresso Enrico Aertssens, 1740.Sm.8vo. Contemporary vellum, with autograph title to spine. Title-page printed in red and black, with woodcut vignette. XV,256 pp.* Second edition; first edition Parigi 1739. - 'In 1720, Clement XI, wishing to alleviate the hardships of the Church in China, despatched to the East a new legate, G.A. Mezzabarba, Patriarch of Alexandria. On October 12, he reached Canton (Guangzhou) and secured with difficulty an audience with the Kangxi emperor, whom he appeased by promising that starting for Europe, he granted eight permissions, whereby he thought, while maintaining fully the decree of Clement XI, to remedy all hardships resulting therefrom for the converts, especially those of the better class. It was permitted to kneel down and make offerings before the amended tablets of Confucius and ancestors, as well as before the coffin of a deceased person, provided they were preceded by the necessary explanations' (Löwendahl, Sino-Western relations, 412). - A fine copy.Cordier, BS, col. 920; Lust 878. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        [Manuscript Indenture Signed]: Bennet Bard and Anthony Woodward (October 6, 1740)

      (New Jersey). (1740). Manuscript Indenture Signed by Bennet Bard, made for Anthony Woodward, "Cloath Dresser," on one sheet of laid paper measuring approximately 12.25" x 15" unfolded. Dated October 6, 1740. Signed by two witnesses: James Johnston and John Bunting. Sets forth the terms and conditions of Woodward's three-year indenture to Bennet Bard, Esq., of the City of Burlington, in the Western Division of the Province of New Jersey. A few tiny tears to the corner folds, short sections of the horizontal creases have been neatly reinforced with Japanese paper on the blank verso, about very good. A Colonial era document from the noted Bard family of New Jersey and New York. Bennet Bard, the eldest son of Huguenot immigrants, inherited and acquired extensive tracts of land in Burlington county. As detailed in this document, Anthony Woodward entered into a three year contract "in Consideration of the Rents, Covenants, Conditions & Agreements herein Ascertained" to live and work at a saw mill on one of these tracts. Little else is recorded about Woodward. Bennet Bard served as Sheriff of nearby Hunterdon county in 1736, but he was removed from office after being found guilty of "divers notorious Barratrys Extortions and other malversions in his Office, and of Cruelly and unjustly Using and Abusing the Prisoners in his Custody." In 1745 and 1750 respectively, Bennet published notices in the Pennsylvania Gazette and New York Gazette, offering rewards for a "run away Mulatto Spanish Slave, named George," and run away "Irish Servant Man named, Peter Garagan." Clearly not one of the more beloved Bards (his younger brother John and his son Samuel were both celebrated physicians), but a notable Colonial personage nonetheless. New Jersey Colonial Documents pp. 532-33. .

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        A Single Plate, Tabula III from Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani.

      [Leiden Joannem & Hermannum Verbeek 1740] - From the first edition of one of the greatest of all Anatomical Atlases. Tabula V, which features a human skeleton in a three-quarter view and seen from the rear is portrayed in a walking motion with the left hand raised and extended. Elephant folio, ca. 620 by 475 mm, single folio sheet, now mounted with the use of non-evasive corner tabs and protected by mylar. Very well preserved, fully intact with only the most minor evidence of age. ONE OF THE MAGNIFICENT PLATES FROM "AMONG THE MOST ARTISTICALLY PERFECT OF ANATOMICAL ATLASES." Wandelaar placed his skeletons and musclemen against lush ornamental backgrounds to give them the illusion of vitality, using contrasts of mass and light to produce a three-dimensional effect. The most famous plate in the atlas depicts a skeletal figure standing in front of an enormous grazing rhinoceros, sketched by Wandelaar from the first living specimen in Europe, which had arrived at Amsterdam Zoo in 1741" (Norman). The plates in this large folio work, and in the four supplementary works in large folio with which it is bound, are unsurpassed for their cool, elegant aesthetic and scientific accuracy. They were drawn and engraved by Jan Wandelaer, a pupil of the engravers Jacob Fokema and Guillem van der Gouwen, and the painter Gerard de Lairesse, who prepared the drawings for Bidloo's atlas. Prior to working for Albinus Wandelaer worked for Friedrik Ruysch. Albinus, however, provided Wandelaar with the opportunity for the full expression of his talents as a draftsman and engraver. In an attempt to increase the scientific accuracy of anatomical illustration, Albinus and Wandelaar devised a new technique of placing nets with square webbing at specified intervals between the artist and the anatomical specimen and copying the images using the grid patterns. Wandelaer placed each figure in a carefully chosen landscape setting, and the artistic results are so pleasantly successful that the anatomical figures, although composed of many separate parts, appear to be actually stepping out of the picture. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Carte de la Route par Terre depuis Jokaitz jusqu;a Fammamtz

      Ottens, Amsterdam 1740 - Size : 315x370 (mm), 12.375x14.5 (Inches), Original Hand Coloring, 0 Very good to excellent, left margin extended, few minute wormwholes.

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        Map / Chart Thames, Spanish Armada, Military History): Thamesis Descriptio Anno 1588. Roberto Adamo authore. Engraved from a copy drawn by Mr. Joseph Ames 8th April 1738 from the Original in Parchment.

      J. Pine 1740 - Very good condition, highly decorative chart with elaborate upper cartouche with armorial, lion and griffin. There is a lower cartouche, in the midline, with an English scale. This seems to be early color, on heavy laid paper, with nice margins, image measuring 15.75x26.5 inches. There are remnants of two small archival mounting stubs in the upper front corners, nowhere near the neatline and not constituting any serious visual distraction. This is a very uncommon chart from Pine's "The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords.", originally published in 1739 (this chart appeared a year later). The actual copyright date on this chart, in the right lower corner, is 1740. Pine's original publication had 10 sea coast chart, and this particular chart of the Thames was often missing, so this is a very uncommon and highly attractive item. Lord Effingham, commander of the British fleet that defeated the Armada, had commissioned Adams to produce this series of charts representing various battle phases. HC Vroom was commissioned to produce the original tapestry designs, which were woven by Francis Spiring of Harlem. Almost all the tapestries were burned in the Westminster Palace fire of 1834. London appears to the far right of the river chart, and there is a decorative 16 point compass rose just above the city location. The CD version of the DNB states: " In 1739 Pine published another work of great interest, entitled ‘The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords, representing the several engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets in the ever-memorable Year mdlxxxviii,’ with portraits, charts of the coasts of England, medals, &c. As these valuable tapestries, executed by H. C. Vroom to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish armada, were subsequently destroyed by fire, Pine's engravings, done from drawings by C. Lempriere, are of the greatest historical value."

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        Histoire romaine depuis la fondation de Rome jusqu'à la Bataille D'Actium, jusqu'à la fin de la République, 16 tomes complet

      Veuve Estienne et Fils 1740 - RO20016565: 16 tomes de 620 chacun environ,illustré de planches dépliantes, (plans de Rome.) , relié cuir marron, titre et tomaison sur pièce, dos décoré de caissons dorés,illustré de bandeau et cul-de-lampe, petit manque en coiffe de tête, et léger manque sur les plats de certains tomes, épidermures sur le dos et les plats, tranche mouchetée, sur papier à la forme.Fortes rousseurs sur les pages de titre. Nouvelle édition.Avant le fondement de Rome, Romulus et Rémus,les Guerres puniques, dictature de Maximus, liste des consuls. In-12 Relié plein cuir. Etat d'usage. Couv. convenable. Dos frotté. Quelques rousseurs Classification Dewey : 930-Histoire générale du monde ancien jusqu'à 499 apr. J.-C. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A New Map of Great Britain

      London: Thomas Bowles, J. Bowles &John King, 1740. Full contemporary colour example of Moll's fine map of the recently conjoined states of England, Scotland and Wales: Great Britain This great map of the recently united Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) of 1707, exemplifies Moll's particular virtues as a mapmaker. It is drawn on a large scale and includes major roads with mileage between points. Never word shy, Moll includes a general outline of the method and mechanics of representation of the new Union, and in a separate place, a brief account of his reasons for making the map and of its unique features. There is an inset map of the Shetland Islands. 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. Furthermore, Moll is one of the few mapmakers who merits the term "Innovative". English mapmakers prior to Moll tried to imitate Dutch maps as nearly as possible, whereas Moll seems to have largely disregarded Dutch precedents. Removing all the Baroque stylistic elements, Moll replaced decoration with things that interested him about the places depicted, either pictorially or verbally. And he was right to do so. His notes and illustrations are more interesting than the putti and mythical gods of the late Dutch maps. Dictionary of National Biography. Engraved with full, period colouring, two sheets joined, both sheets with creases center folds, Several long, not obtrusive creases toward bottom of map.

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        La Ville et Havre de Toulon avec ses forts

      Nuremburg 1740 - Size : 485x570 (mm), 19.125x22.375 (Inches), Original Hand Coloring

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      - Voyage au tour du monde, fait dans les annees 1740, 41, 42, 43 & 44. Par Seconde edition.- París, Par la Compagnie des Libraires, 1764; 3 tomos en 8º pasta de la época con adornos en lomo, rozada y con desperfectos sobre todo en el lomo del tomo 4º, Tomo I. Portada, XXXIV pp. - 2 h. - 268 pp. 1 h. con 9 lámias grabadas plegadas ( 3 de ellos mapas.) Tomo II. Portada, 194 pp. - 1 h. 9 láminas grabadas plegadas (3 de ellas mapas.) Tomo IV. Portada, 300 pp. - 15 h. 7 láminas grabadas plegadas (2 de ellas mapas.) Falta el tomo III para ser obra completa. Algunas hojas con manchas antiguas de humedad (sobre todo las primeras del timo I); punto de polilla de poca importancia en parte blanca de algunas hojas del tomo IV. Segunda edición francesa (la primera es de 1750) es traducción de la edición original inglesa de 1748 en un tomo del célebre viaje de Anson. Ex libris en papel en guardas de Hugo Wast (G. Martínez Zuviria) y en pequeño sello en contraportada y alguna hoja.

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        Particuliere Reis Kaart van Japan ftrekkende van Nagasaki tot Kokura.

      Ottens, Amsterdam 1740 - Size : 315x380 (mm), 12.375x15 (Inches), Original Hand Coloring, 0 Very good to Excellent, the left margin has been extended beyond the plate mark. Few minute worm holes.

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        A New Map of the British Empire in America

      Amsterdam 1740 - (four joined sheets)Original outline color; fine condition with strong impression. In fine, museum-quality frame. A superb example of the first large-scale map of the English colonies in North America. When originally issued on an enormous scale of 20 sheets in 1733, it was a semi-official work in behalf of the Lord Commissioners of Trade and Plantations to aid in the administration of the American colonies. This finely engraved and exact Dutch edition made the map available in a more manageable, four-sheet format. The Popple was also the first English map to name all the original thirteen colonies. Of particular importance in this regard, it was one of the first maps to show Georgia. Perhaps more than any other earlier map, the Popple map graphically brought home to English colonial administrators an appreciation of the vast territory at stake in the coming conflict with France. The map¿s unique graphic style, in which topography is expressed in very dense detail, further contributes to the sense of the unclaimed vastness of North America. Cartographically, the map was of considerable influence. For example, its distended shaping of the Florida peninsula is seen on numerous maps in the following decades.

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        Der Monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-belustigung

      Nurnberg 1740 - Five volumes of plates, lacking text. Half-leather with marbled boards, stamping in gilt on spine. Fine condition. Volume I contains 80 plates, Vol. II 75, 3 of which fold-out, Vol. III has 92, Vol. IV 41, and Vol. V, the supplement is illustrated by Christian Friedrich Carl Kleemann with 39 plates. There are 327 total plates. There are slipsheets between most plates so they have remained remarkably fresh and bright without any signs of foxing or offsetting. The five volumes have three engraved title pages, two of which are hand colored. There is no printed title.The first part of his DER MONATLICH-HERAUSGEGEBENEN INSECTEN-BELUSTIGUNG was published in 1740. The book was praised for its outstanding illustrations; Roesel also defined insects systematically and divided them into natural groups. Today he is considered the Father of German Entomology. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      - 4 partes en 3 tomos. Madrid, En la Imprenta de Manuel Fernandez, 1740-1744, 22x31, I- 12 h. 655 págs. II- 4 hojas. 493 págs. III- 5 hojas. 588 págs. Frisos, colofones y letras capitulares. Texto impreso a dos columnas, papel bien conservado sin manchas ni óxido; algún eventual tiro de polilla en margen blanco inferior de alguna hoja, sin importancia y sin afectar nada al texto. Los tomos I y II encuadernados en plena piel de época, el tomo III en pergamino (El tomo III de esta obra fue suprimido por la Inquisición, se trata por ello de una obra bastante difícil de encontrar completa). (33788).

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        Histoire De La Vie et Du Regne De Louis XIV, Roi De France & De Navarre [6 Volume set]

      Frankfurt am Main & Basel: Francois Varrentrapp & Jean Christ. 1740. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. F First Edition Collectible. H Full Calf. Very Good. 6 volumes, complete as issued, 1740-1743. Uniformly bound in period speckled French calf, spines with raised bands, contrasting red and green morocco labels, and gilt floral tooling; marbled endpapers; edges stained red (some overall wear; some rubbing to corners; cracking to hinges; occasional staining to bindings; and some minor chipping to headbands, etc.). Not to be confused with the 5-volume set issued (also in 1740) bearing the imprint of the Hague.

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        A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A.D. 1697

      A. Peisley, London 1740 - Printed 1740. Unusually Fine copy in Full Handsome Original Mottled Calf and Raised Bands minor chipping and split to rear upper spine. The Book: MAUNDRELL, Henry, A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A.D. 1697. The Sixth Edition. The which is now added an Account of the Author's Journey to the Banks of the Euphrates at Beer, and to the Country of Mesopotamia. Printed at the Theatre, Oxford 1740. 6th and FINEST EDITION, 8vo. Engraved vignette on title, 14 engraved plates of which 8 are folding, FINE MOTTLED ENGLISH CALF, VERY FINE COPY THE MOST FAMOUS OF PALESTINE TRAVELOGUES. Henry Maundrell was the Levant Company's chaplain of Aleppo from 1696 to 1701. This work contains the first description of Balbec by an Englishman. Blackmer 1095. Cox i, p.119. Tobler 116d17. Travelogues written by Europeans visiting Palestine after that period point to a shift in Europe's relationship to the region. Where medieval pilgrims had often wept or gone into trances upon their arrival in Jerusalem, modern European visitors observed with curiosity what was before their eyes. They were traveling for pleasure and for cultural experiences; tourism was gradually replacing pilgrimage as a motive for visiting Palestine. By the end of the seventeenth century quite a few European tourists had already been to Jerusalem. The most famous among them was Henry Maundrell, the author of the book A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem in 1697. The book would prove to be one of the most popular books about the East for centuries to come. By 1749 seven editions in different European languages had appeared, and sections of the book continued to appear in collections of travel writings published both in the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.[2] The lure of printed books in Europe and its American colonies might partially account for the initial popularity of A Journey, but it can not explain why the book remained popular for the more than two centuries after its original appearance. The latter could be explained by the fact that the book is the narrative of a tourist rather than that of a pilgrim, unlike the many other Palestine travel narratives that appeared before it. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Biblischer Geographus Oder Vollständige Beschreibung aller in der H. Schrift benanten Länder und Städte, oder zur Geographie gehörigen Oerter und Sachen, Mit Mathematischen, Philologischen, Physicalischen, Moralischen, Politischen, Historischen und Theologisch-Mystischen Anmerckungen durchgehends versehen, sowie auch mit der neueten Geographie verglichen, und mit 15. accurat und sauber gestochenen Land-Charten erläutert.

      Verlegung des Waysenhauses bey Gottlob Benjamin Frommann, Züllichau 1740 - 8vo. [28], 862, [70], 134, [2]pp. Original full vellum with title blind-stamped on spine. Decorative initials, head- and tailpieces. Fascinating work on the geography and topography of the Holy Land and surrounding regions based on the Holy Scripture. Illustrated with 15 hand-colored fold-out maps. The work is divided into 6 chapters in which Schmidt gives a detailed description of the history, topography, politics, flora and fauna, and the customs of the inhabitants of the Holy Land and surrounding countries in the Middle East. Some edge wear to binding with some soiling and staining on spine and boards. Bottom of spine slightly bumped and cracked. Ex-libris of previous owners on front- and rear paste-down. Previous owner's inscription and signature on both endpapers, dated 1851. Name of previous owner handwritten on fore page edge. Slight sporadic foxing throughout. Few fold-outs have been repaired with tape on verso. Text in German, Gothic script. Binding in fair, interior and maps in overall very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Erb-Huldigung, welche der Allerdurchleuchtigst-Großmächtigsten Frauen, Frauen Mariae Theresiae, zu Hungarn und Böheim Königin, als Ertz-Herzogin zu Oesterreich [.] abgeleget.

      Vienna, J. B. Schilg, [1740]. - Large folio (276 x 432 mm). 92 pp. With engr. frontispiece and 11 engr. plates (some double-page-sized, one supersized, folded plate). Contemp. calf with giltstamped Old and New Austrian arms on the covers (oxydized). Wide ornamental cover borders. Splendid publication celebrating the Maria Theresia's attornment by the estates of Lower Austria, a month after the death of her father, Emperor Charles VI. Complete with the supersized view of the great pageant on the Graben, missing from most copies. The frontispiece shows a portrait of the Empress (after Andrea Altomonte); the remaining engravings show the banquet, the procession, and the guests of honour at the coronation festivities. - Some brown- and fingerstaining throughout. Binding rubbed and chafed; some leather defects. Nebehay/W. 319. Ruggieri 991. Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 2893. Lipperheide Sc16. Vinet 681. Graesse VII, 406. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Cours de la science militaire, à l'usage de l'infanterie, de la cavalerie, de l'artillerie, du génie, & de la marine.

      Jean Van Duren, La Haye 1740 - Avec 5 frontespices, et 55 planches. I. Les Fonctions et les devoirs des officiers tant de l'infanterie que de la cavalerie ([22]-307-64 pp.). - II. La Tactique, ou L'Art de ranger les bataillons et de faire faire à une armée en campagne tous les mouvemens qui conviennent selon les différentes occasions ([14]-360 pp.). - III. Traité de la géométrie pratique à l'usage des officiers : qui enseigne toutes les opérations les plus nécessaires, tant sur le papier que sur le terrain ([4]-195-[9] pp.). - IV. Traité de l'Architecture civile à l'usage des ingénieurs : qui enseigne généralement tout ce qui concerne la décoration & la distribution des édifices ([2]-151-[9] pp.). - V. Traité de l'architecture militaire, qui enseigne la construction de tous les ouvrages de fortification, avec des remarques sur les manières de fortifier des auteurs les plus célèbres, & les moiens d'en éviter les défauts dans les nouvelles fortifications ([12]-166-[2] pp.). Ex libris armoriées de "Philippe Vonderweil" . Unique édition de cet ensemble qui regroupe une série de traités, qui possèdent chacun leur propre page de titre. 5 volumes. Légers frottements aux plats et coins, bon état, bel ensemble. Reliure d'époque plein veau brun, dos à nerfs ornés de fleurons, titres et tomaisons dorées, tranches rouges .

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        Nova & Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula Nautica . . . per Edm. Halley . . .

      Amsterdam 1740 - Fine original color; few fold reinforcements, light stains, marginal mends, still excellent overall; archivally mounted with a silk mat in a white gold leaf frame. Scarce. A large, strikingly designed world map by the great English scientist, Edmund Halley, after whom the famous comet was named. It was the first map to delineate magnetic declination (i.e. compass variations resulting from the earth¿s magnetism) across most of the surface of the globe. Halley intended this chart to be used at sea by navigators, and as Whitfield points out, ¿a version of this chart was part of the navigator¿s essential equipment.¿ In fact, no previous world map contained as much navigation-related data as this one. It also depicts prevailing winds and ocean currents, in addition to the aforementioned compass variations. Cf. Whitfield, P. The Image of the World, p. 110.

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        Éléments d'Astronomie [avec] Tables Astronomiques du Soleil, de la Lune, des Planetes, des Étoiles Fixes, et des satellites de Jupiter et de Saturne. (2 Volumes, complet)

      Imprimerie Royale, Paris. 1740 - (ENGLISH DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST). Éléments d'Astronomie: (1ff, blanc) - [xvi] - (12p) - 643 pages - (1p, blanc), 26 planches dépliantes. Tables Astronomiques: (1ff), blanc) - [xiv] - (6p) - 222 pages - (2p) - (1ff, blanc). Reliure en cuir moderne, en parfaite condition. Légères rousseurs éparses, certaines pages brunies, autrement les pages intérieures et les planches sont en très bonne condition, sans inscription et solides. RARE. Photos disponibles sur demande. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Tables Astronomiques Du Soleil et De La Lune, Des Planètes, Des Étoiles Fixes et Des Satellites De Jupiter et De Saturne, Avec l'Explication et L'usage De Ces Mêmes Tables

      Imprimerie Royale, Paris 1740 - Ce volume est la suite de l'ouvrage de Cassini : Eléments d'astronomie. Un volume in-quarto de XIV, (6), 120, 222, (2) pages avec un bandeau représantant l'observatoire de Paris et 5 planches dépliantes in fine. Bon intérieur bien frais. Reliure de l'époque en plein veau brun; dos à nerfs orné de caissons chargés de fleurons dorés, tranches rouges. Charnière fendue au premier plat, dos noirci par de la fumée, coiffe supérieure arasée et petit manque de cuir au niveau du premier caisson, pièce de titre et pièce de tomaison noircies et craquelées; l'ouvrage semble avoir échappé à un incendie. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        L'Amerique Dressée sur les Relations les plus Recentes rectifiées sur les dernieres observations

      Chez l'Auteur Rue St. Jacques au dessus de la Rue des Mathurins a lensgne. de la Place des Victoires, Paris 1740 - First state of a rare and monumental wall map of the Americas by a great French master of cartography. Jean-Baptiste Nolin was one of the most accomplished and certainly the most ambitious French cartographer of his era. He founded what ultimately became a family empire in Paris in the 1680s. Exceptionally, he managed to marry superlative decorative ornamentation with the serious objective of producing maps that reflected the most advanced rendering of geographical detail. The artistic élan of his compositions evinced a style that preserved the rhetorical ambitions of the Baroque ethic, while anticipating the playful elegance of the Rococo period. His masterpieces, many like the present wall map, were monumental in scale and represented Nolin's desire to overwhelm his competition in what was a very challenging market. Highly controversial, Nolin occasionally described himself as "the Engraver to the King," an appointment of which the royal court was curiously never apprised. In his endeavour to include the very latest geographical details on his maps, he seldom hesitated to acquire information from his eminent contemporaries, most notably Guillaume De L'Isle and Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Jean-Dominique Cassini and the Sieur de Tillemon. At times these rivals were not appreciative of Nolin's adoption of their intellectual property, and De L'Isle successfully sued Nolin for plagiarism in 1705. However, the larger-than-life Nolin always seemed to transcend these challenges, leaving a thriving enterprise to be taken up by his son. The present map was created in 1740 by Jean-Baptiste Nolin II, largely based on earlier maps produced by his father. This work ambitiously endeavours to depict the Americas in the most up-to-date geographic form, generally borrowing from the most authoritative sources. Ironically, it was the senior Nolin's desire to acquire the most accurate information that caused him to propagate one of the eighteenth-century's greatest cartographic myths. By this time, South America had been quite thoroughly explored, however, the Pacific northwest and the adjacent interior areas of North America remained largely unseen by European eyes. The only prominent feature present in this terra incognita is the mythical Mer de l'Ouest, that sees the Pacific protrude dramatically into the continental landmass. The senior Nolin was the first cartographer to put this detail into print, his campaign of corporate espionage having uncovered a manuscript map by De L'Isle which depicted the sea. This incident was one of the key pieces of evidence that won De L'Isle's suit against Nolin. Although the Mer de l'Ouest is dramatically smaller here than in its original form (and is unlabelled in this map) it sustains a fascinating myth. The map is an artistically virtuous composition on a monumental scale, the image being surrounded by thirty vignettes that depict the dramatic historical events that shaped the founding of the French and Spanish empires in the Americas. Each vignette is set within an elaborate baroque frame of a unique design, accompanied by descriptive text. The extensive text along the lower margin entitled "Description Géographique de l'Amérique" places this important map into its greater social and historical context. The map is further enhanced by a large decorative title cartouche, magnificently framed by period rocaille motifs, that depicts French Jesuits ministering to the Indians. A small vignette below the cartouche shows beavers at work, a popular motif on eighteenth-century maps of America The map also features a decorative detail that represents a social commentary on contemporary European attitudes towards the indigenous peoples they encountered in the New World. The scene occupying the lower-left of the main image depicts Mars, the god of war, capriciously watching over two Europeans who are firing rifles onto a group of native Americans, who themselves are engaging in macabre acts of cannibalism. This wall ma

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        Lexicographorum principis / thesaurus linguae latinae / in IV tomos divisus/ qui post novissimam Londinensem editionem /complurium eridotorum virorum collectis curis / insigniter auctam / accesserunt nunc primum / Henrici Stephani / Annotationes autographae /ex codicae bilblioth. P. Civit. Genev."

      Thurnissiorum Fratr, Basileae 1740 - 714, 706, 706, 621 pp. Librery stamps on fly leafs: "Dom S.I. Eegenhoven". 4 volumes. 13 k Professionaly restaured bindings. Raised bands . Gilt titles. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Thesaurus Linguae Latinae.

      E. & J.R. Thurnis, Basel 1740 - Folios, 4 volumes. Bound in contemporary vellum. In very good condition. Presents nicely. Robert Estienne was a classical scholar and translator known for his typographical elegance. He published the remarkable Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in 1532 and twice the entire Hebrew Bible, one including the Commentary of Kimchi. In 1539, he received the distinguished titles "Printer in Greek to the king" and "royal typographer" (M'Clintock, 1880). Estienne made the Parisian establishment famous through his enhanced editions of classic grammatical works and textbooks, such as the reformer Philipp Melanchthon's. Estienne can be seen therefore as not merely a prolific religious and classic scholar but an advocate in the case for humanism.

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        In Notitiam Ecclesiasticam Africae Tabula Geographica

      Covens, Jean & Mortier, Corneille, Amsterdam 1740 - Size : 397x540 (mm), 15.625x21.25 (Inches), Original Hand Coloring with some hand colouring

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        The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, Lord High Chancellor of England, in Four Volumes (4 vol. set)

      A. Millar, London 1740 - 4 volume set. 1740, First edition. Latin and English text. 394, (38), 124 / 564 / 586 / 740 pp. Hardcover, small folios. Full contemporary calf, 6 raised bands at spine, leather and gilt labels missing except for volume 2. Boards, spines and hinges are quite dry: front board of all four volumes is loose, but present; rear ones are hanging on by their cords. Though the leather is starting to crack, the spines are sound and holding. Dry, worn leather. Some front endpapers are loose, but all appear to be present. Offsetting to title pages, occasional offsetting throughout text. Clean, unmarked text is still readable. Frontis engravings all in nice condition. Bookplate of Hopwell Hall (probably the estate in Derbyshire) at pastedowns. A sound, complete set priced for a nice rebinding. Digital images available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Fürstenbuch von Oesterreich und Steyrland: Beschrieben von Herrn Jansen dem Enencheln, bey nahent vor vierhundert Jahren. Hievor niemals im Truck außgangen: Nu aber nach fleissiger Übersehung, den löbl. Ständen baider Landtschafften deß Ertzhertzogthums Oesterreich under und ob der Enß, zu sondern Ehren publicirt unnd zugeschriben [.]. Gedruckt zu Lintz, bei Johann Blencken, im Jahr 1618.

      Linz, Johann Caspar Leidenmayr, 1740. - (12), 215, (1) SS. Marmorierter Pappband der Zeit. 8vo. Zweite Ausgabe (Nachdruck der EA) der frühesten, erstmals 1618 durch Megiser herausgegebenen österreichischen Reimchronik des im 13. Jh. lebenden Wiener Chronisten Jans Enenkel (Eni[n]kel, Enni[n]chel oder En[n]enchel). "In unserem Oesterreich treffe ich keinen älteren Scribenten an, welche zuerst die Thaten unserer Fürsten und die Geschichte des Landes verzeichnen [.]" (Khautz, Österr. Gelehrte 3ff.). "Fürstenbuch von Oesterreich und Steier bis zum Aussterben der Babenberger, teils nach Urkunden, teils nach Sagen" (Goedeke). "Von historischem Werthe" (ADB). In den 4.259 Versen des "Fürstenbuchs" werden "die Geschichte Österreichs und im besonderen jene der Stadt Wien behandelt [.] für verschiedene historische Fakten und Überlieferungen stellt das [.] Werk [.] die einzige Quelle (insbes. zur Topographie, aber auch zur Stadtgeschichte) dar" (Czeike 2, 183). - Papierbedingt durchgehend braunfleckig (Titel etwas stärker); der schlichte Einband berieben. Gugitz I, 106. Goedeke I, 112, 44, 1. Durstmüller I, 130. Coreth 150 (Anm. 111). DW 202/157 (Ausg. Ph. Strauch). ADB VI, 112. Vgl. Slg. Mayer 5204 (nur eine Ausgabe von 1893). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Diversi Globi Terr-Aquei Statione Variante et Visu Intercedente per Coluros Tropicorum. . .

      Augsburg 1740 - Large, impressive double-hemisphere map of the world, surrounded by eight hemispheres of various projections of the world, mostly polar. The coastlines of Australia and New Zealand are beginning to take shape. The map is filled with detail including the tracks of several explorers. The background consists of richly engraved clouds with numerous wind heads, lesser spheres and two cartouches., Size : 505x585 (mm), 19.875x23 (Inches), Hand Colored, 0

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        Beatae Mariae Virginis officium

      Venetiis, Apud Jo. Baptistam Pasquali. M D CC XL. (1740) - Un volume in-16° (127 x 85 mm), pp. (38), 427, (5); antiporta illustrata. Elegante legatura coeva in piena pelle con dorso a cinque nervi scanditi da filetti in oro; doppio filetto in oro sui piatti; controguardie in raso e tagli dorati; segnalibro in seta verde. Buon esemplare con qualche nota manoscritta di uno dei capolavori dell’editoria veneziana settecentesca inciso in ogni sua parte: dal testo di Angela Baroni, alle 15 tavole e i 20 finalini del Pitteri su disegni del Piazzetta. Il libro illustrato, p. 195; Morazzoni, pp. 115-117. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Nouvelle instruction sur les confitures, les liqueurs et les fruits

      Paris, chez Claude Prudhomme, au Palais, chez Saugrain fils 1740 - In-12, plein veau moucheté, dos à nerfs orné de fleurons, roulette sur les coupes, tranches rouges (reliure de l'époque), 14 pp. n. c. de préface, table des chapitres et privilège + 518 pp. + 36 pp. n. c. de table des matières + 6 pp. de catalogue de l'imprimerie Saugrain "Nouvelle édition revue, corrigée et beaucoup augmentée" de cette "Suite du nouveau cuisinier royal et bourgeois" 3 planches dépliantes, dont une double Vicaire 455 Mors habilement restauré, coins frottés intérieur très frais. Bel exemplaire

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        Gründliche Beschreibung und Vorstellung der wilden Thiere nach ihrer Natur, Geschlecht, Alter und Spur.

      Augsburg Ridingerum 1740 - Kupferstich. 62 x 46 cm. Plattenrand. Blatt 1(187) der Thienemann Folge 186 - 194. In einer Zeitgenössischen Beschreibung von Blumenbach heißt es; Ohne Widerrede Ridingers Meisterwerk, das er in seinen besten Jahren voll Feuer verfertigt hat. Diese Worte von 1782 sind immer noch die volle Wahrheit, schreibt Georg Wilhelm Thienemann in seinem Werk über Ridinger. Das prachtvolle Blatt breirandig und sehr gut erhalten. 0,000 gr.

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        Le grand dictionnaire historique ou le mélange curieux de l'histoire sacré et profane.

      P. Brunel, R Wetstein 1740 - - P. Brunel, R Wetstein, A Amsterdam, Leyden, La Haye, Utrecht? 1740, in Folio (39,8x25cm), 8 Vol. reliés. - Il s'agit de l'avant dernière édition du plus fameux des dictionnaires historiques, source inépuisable et toujours recherché tant pour l'histoire que la généalogie. Cette édition a été mise au point par Platel et considérablement augmentée. La première édition fut la seule parue du vivant de l'auteur, en 1664, en un volume in folio. Plein Veau tâcheté glacé brun foncé, dos à nerfs orné portant des fers aux animaux, Pièces de titres en maroquin rouge. Armes non identifiés sur les plats (peut être d'une ville ou de la famille oormsgard, mais armes non françaises) avec un lion de face (et non de profil comme toujours) tenant un château. Exemplaire bien complet du frontispice. Le tome I a un mors supérieur fendu au 2/3 et les 2 coiffes élimées, les 7 autres tomes sont en bon état avec divers accidents minimes. Tome 2, un accroc avec manque à la coiffe supérieure, petits accidents aux mors. Tome VI, un accorc avec léger manque à la coiffe supérieure. Tome VII, mors inférieure fendu et ouvert sur 1/3. Tome VIII, un accorc à la coiffe supérieure avec petit manque, fentes sur 10 cm aux 2 mors. Bel exemplaire cependant. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Histoire De La Vie et Du Regne De Louis XIV, Roi De France & De Navarre [6 Volume set]

      Francois Varrentrapp & Jean Christ, Frankfurt am Main & Basel 1740 - 6 volumes, complete as issued, 1740-1743. Uniformly bound in period speckled French calf, spines with raised bands, contrasting red and green morocco labels, and gilt floral tooling; marbled endpapers; edges stained red (some overall wear; some rubbing to corners; cracking to hinges; occasional staining to bindings; and some minor chipping to headbands, etc.). Not to be confused with the 5-volume set issued (also in 1740) bearing the imprint of the Hague.

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        Histoire de la Vie et du Regne de Louis XIV, Roi de France & de Navarre. Redigee sure les Memoires de Feu Monsieur le Comte de ***

      Jean van Duren, La Haye 1740 - Complete 5 volume set in contemporary full leather bindings with 74 single page and 8 folding plates. With decorative head and tailpieces, decorative initial capital and numerous engraved medallions in the text. Original endpapers. Page edges red. The bindings are complete with raised bands, gilt decoration and title labels to spine. All are sound but have rubbing to corners, tops of spines and joints and general wear. Contents generally in G to VG condition - occasional light spotting. Vol I: half title, title page in red and black inks with design, advertisement for the book (4pp) and text; 12 single and 3 folding plates; 599pp. Some scholarly annotation and some pages with light brown toning. Vol II: half title, red and black title page (as for Vol I), advertisement (4pp), 11 single page and 1 folding plate; 564pp. Original page marker present. Vol III: half title, title page with red and black ink, Lettre de Monsieur Bruzen de la Martiniere (8pp), 8 plates, 583 pp plus one page Privilegium. Vol IV: half title, title page in red and black ink, 16 single page and 3 folding plates. 606 pp. Some loss to the bottom border of one plate and some worm damage to the gutter affecting around 50 pp - no impact on or loss of text. Vol V: half title, title page with red and black ink, tribute to Charles VII (8pp), 27 single plates and 1 folding plate. 709pp plus 3pp advertisement for Cours de la Science Militaire. One page poorly cut - corner turned over as too large. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Twelve Months in allegory. Beautiful fashionably-dressed young women representing the months of the year, set within an appropriate interior or landscape and accompanied by the relevant signs of the Zodiac]

      Jeremias Wolff, Augsburg 1740 - A rare and very beautiful complete series with spectacular contemporary hand-colouring. Individual prints from this series are sometimes encountered, generally uncoloured, but to find a complete set, in excellent condition with stylish contemporary hand-colouring, is extraordinary: this is the first such set we have encountered in over 35 years. Each image features a beautiful and fashionable young woman engaged in a pursuit that is appropriate for the month represented: March finds her in the orangery pruning fruit trees ready for the spring; in April she is outside broadcasting seed; the heat of August finds her resting in the shade, her clothes loosened, taking a cooling drink; in September, she enjoys the fruits of the early harvest; October and she toasts the wine harvest, in November, she pauses during a day spent hunting. In addition to personifying each month, each image includes a reference to the applicable sign of the zodiac: sometimes these are straight-forward as, for instance, in December where the image includes a discarded piece of paper with a sea-goat (for Capricorn) on it. At other times the symbolism is less overt: Sagittarius, the archer centaur is implied by the entire hunting scene; the twin figures holding aloft a basket of flowers represent Gemini (the twins) in the image for May. Overall this series offers the unusual combination of real rarity, excellent condition and a strong series of images that can be enjoyed on many levels and are suitable for many different locations. Cf. OCLC 13788184 (a 'sammelband' in the Boston Athenaeum, probably including this series). Copper-engraving by Engelbrecht after Decker, contemporary hand-colouring. Excellent condition with some expert restoration to margins. Sheet size: 14 x 9 inches approx. Framed.

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      Marci-Michaelis Bousquet & Sociorum, Lausanne & Geneve. 1740 - All edges stained red. Spine labelled near top. Half-title page present. Portrait frontispiece. Title-page with vignette printed in red and black. Errata page at end of text. Engraved head and tail pieces. Illuminated first letters of sections. Front free endpaper has missing piece at top corner. Endpaper are browned. Very faint suggestion of erasure at top of title-page. Wide margins and clean text throughout. Old water-staining to bottom of first 30 pages (See photo). Twelve fold-out plates, all intact and clean. This treatise on optics was first published in English in 1704, the first Latin edition published in 1706. Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, philosopher, and theologian. He is most well-known for his "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" published in 1687, laying the ground work for most classical mechanics. He built the first practical reflecting telescope, and he developed a theory of color based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light into many colors that form the visible light spectrum. He expanded on these theories in "Opticks". We find 20 libraries worldwide holding the book. ABPC shows a total of 7 copies sold at auction in the past 32 years. [ii, half-title, blank, frontispiece and title-page, xxxii, 1-363, errata, 12 folding plates, ii]. Collated complete 10 May 2011. See "Printing And The Mind Of Man", 172. Quarto [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Histoire du gouvernement de Venise, avec des notes historiques et politiques par le sieur Amelot de la Houssaie. Tome premier (-troisieme). Suite de l'histoire du gouvernement de Venise, ou l'histoire des uscoques. Par le sieur Amelot de la Houssaie Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigee & augmentee, avec figures.

      A Lyon : chez Jacques Certe, rue Merciere a la Trinite, 1740 - In-16 3 voll. (1) c. (antiporta) (6) 74 (4) (1) c. (carta geogr. ripiegata) 410(8) c. (di tav. ripiegate) (2); (2) 411-934 (2); (2) (2) 344 (2) (2.) Tre frontespizi con calcografia editoriale. Piena pelle, tassello, titoli e fregi in oro. Piccoli fori di tarlo all'angolo superiore bianco di poche pagine del secondo volume. Al primo volume in antiporta veduta di piazzetta San Marco, con sala del Gran Consiglio e ritratto del Doge "Histoire de Venise et l'Examen de la libertè"; segue una carta geografica più volte ripiegata "Golfe de Venise", seguono 9 tavole ripiegate fuori testo: "Le Grand Conseil", abiti femminili "Femme du Doge, Demoiselle, Dame de Venise", abiti maschili "Le Prince ou Doge, Magistrats, Senateurs & Chevaliers", "Palais de St.Marc", "Facades des Procuraties vis a vis du Palais de S-Marc", "Veiie de la Place de St. Marc", "Autre Veiie de la Place St. Marc", "Solemnite du Bucentaure qui se celebre a Venise le jour de l'ascension". A p. 723 comincia, con frontesp. proprio: Examen de la liberte originaire de Venise, . A Lyon : chez Jacques Certe, rue Merciere a la Trinite, 1739. A p. 897 comincia, con tit. proprio in forma di occh.: Harangue de Louis Helian Ambassadeur de France. Nel colophon, al terzo volume: privilegio datato 1736. Questa è l'edizione più bella edimportante di questa famosa opera. Amelot De La Houssaya fu segretario dell'ambasciata di Francia a Venezia e il suo rapporto sulla Repubblica rivelò per la prima volta la politica del Governo Veneziano. Quando il libro apparve (in francese) lo stato veneziano se ne lamentò con la corte francese e Amelot fu mandato alla Bastiglia per sei settimane. Dice il Foscarini pag.337 :"Non era mancato ingegno al sig. d'Amelot per guidare ad ottimo segno il suo Trattato sulla Repubblica di Venezia: ma due cose lo guastarono, l'animo avverso alla città nostra, e il soverchio raffinamento dell'autore". Cicogna 156 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Biblia hebraica secundum editionem belgicam collatis aliis bonae notae codicibus una cum versione latina sebastiani schmidii

      Wolfgang Deer Leipzig 1740 - Two parts bound together.The Hebrew Bible in latin and hebrew. Hebrew text of Everardi van der Hooght with latin translation by Sebastian Schmidt, in parallel columns. Edited by Johannes Christianus Clodius, The Hebrew bible was published in many editions. The present edition is based on the the Athias-Leusden text of 1667.Hebräische Bibel mit lateinischer Übersetzung, in zwei Teilen, 666 und 705 Seiten zusammengebunden; 24 s. Einleitung; am Ende Tafel der Varianten ungefähr 50 Seiten (komplett); Dunkler Ganzledereinband der Zeit berieben aber in gutem festen Zustand mit fünf Bünden und Goldschnitt; Innen sehr guter Zustand; auf dem Vorsatz Tabelle der Seiten der Kapitel in Handschrift [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        L'Asie Dressée sur les Nouvelles Observations Faites en toutes les Parties de la Terre et Rectifieés

      Chez J.B. Nolin le Fils Geografe sur le Quay de l'Horloge du Palais a l'Enseigne de la Place des Victoires entre le Rue de Harlay et le Pont Neuf, Paris 1740 - A rare and monumental wall map of Asia by one of the great French masters of cartography. Jean-Baptiste Nolin was one of the most accomplished and certainly the most ambitious French cartographer of his era. He founded what ultimately became a family empire in Paris in the 1680s. Exceptionally, he managed to marry superlative decorative ornamentation with the serious objective of producing maps that reflected the most advanced rendering of geographical detail. The artistic élan of his compositions evinced a style that preserved the rhetorical ambitions of the Baroque ethic, while anticipating the playful elegance of the Rococo period. His masterpieces, many like the present wall map, were monumental in scale and represented Nolin's desire to overwhelm his competition in what was a very challenging market. Highly controversial, Nolin occasionally described himself as "the Engraver to the King," an appointment of which the royal court was curiously never apprised. In his endeavour to include the very latest geographical details on his maps, he seldom hesitated to acquire information from his eminent contemporaries, most notably Guillaume De L'Isle and Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Jean-Dominique Cassini and the Sieur de Tillemon. At times these rivals were not appreciative of Nolin's adoption of their intellectual property, and De L'Isle successfully sued Nolin for plagiarism in 1705. However, the larger-than-life Nolin always seemed to transcend these challenges, leaving a thriving enterprise to be taken up by his son. The present map was created in 1740 by Jean-Baptiste Nolin II, largely based on an earlier maps produced by his father. While the geographical depiction of most of the continent is quite assured for the time, this map is one of the eighteenth-century's most fascinating experiments in cartographic speculation. Published on the very eve of Vitus Bering's voyage to Alaska and eastern Siberia, this map shows that contemporary Europeans had no real concept of what lands might have occupied these regions. North America is thus shown as reaching down to a point just north of Japan. On the other side of the continent, an absurdly large Greenland looms closely over the northern coast of Siberia to a point past Nova Zemlya. On the main map the Mariana Islands, or Nouvelle Phillipines, adorn the Pacific in a configuration consistent with the account of the Jesuit explorer Paul Clain. Curiously, the inset in the upper right corner depicts a different rendering of the same islands as suggested in a Jesuit report of 1697. Nolin's work is an artistically virtuous composition on a monumental scale, the image being surrounded by thirty vignettes that depict various events from Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic history. In turn, each vignette is set within an elaborate baroque frame of a unique design, accompanied by textual narratives. The extensive text along the lower margin is entitled "Description Géographique de l'Asie." The upper left of the main image is adorned with an especially resplendent cartouche, featuring Jesuit priests evangelizing to the diverse peoples of the continent. This wall map is one of the greatest subjects of the Nolins' legacy, not only being a masterful work of art and a fascinating image that tests the very limits of European geographical knowledge, but a vivid record of a dramatic transitional period in the history of cartography, and of society in general. Copper-engraved wall map, with original outline colour, of four joined sheets, surrounded by text and vignettes printed on separate sheets, backed onto old linen, with contemporary wooden rollers, overall in very good condition.

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