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

      Paris: Chez l'Auteur Rue St. Jacques au dessus de la Rue des Mathurins a lensgne. de la Place des Victoires, 1740. Copper-engraved wall map, with original outline colour, on four unjoined sheets, each 21 5/8 x 28 inches, if joined would form a map measuring approximately 40 x 49 1/2 inches, in excellent condition. A rare and highly decorative large-scale map of the Americas, and one of the finest masterpieces produced by the Nolin family. 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 presented 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. While Nolin very successfully collaborated with Coronelli, other cartographers were not appreciative of Nolin's adoption of their intellectual property, as 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, drawing upon 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 lawsuit 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 highly detailed and relatively accurate depiction of eastern Canada and the Mississippi basin conveys an advanced knowledge of the best French sources. The large landmass looming in the lower-right of the combined image, Indes Meridionales, approximates the presence of Antarctica, but is predicated on speculation rather than any actual discovery of such a landmass. The map features decorative details that represent a social commentary on contemporary European attitudes towards the indigenous peoples they encountered in the New World. The elegant title cartouche formed by period rocaille decoration is inhabited by scenes of the Jesuits evangelizing Christianity to the native peoples. To the lower-left of the combined composition, amidst an elaborate backdrop of exotic tropical vegetation, Mars, the god of war, is shown capriciously watching over two Europeans who are firing rifles onto a group of native Americans, who themselves are engaging in macabre acts of cannibalism. The oceans that lie on either side of the Americas are inhabited by diverse creatures, including sawfish, sea snakes, and flying fish. Numerous ships, some engaged in active combat, allude to the intense contests between European powers for naval supremacy that raged at the time. The tracks of several of the great sea voyages including those of Columbus, Verazanno, Magellan, Quiros, Medaña, and Schouten and Le Maire, traverse the vast maritime spaces. This presented map is certainly one of finest images of the western hemisphere made in the eighteenth-century. A large-scale work of great artistic merit, the finely engraved details comprise not only an elegant geographical rendering of the Americas and the oceans, but showcase a fascinating vision of contemporary European values with respect to their imperialistic ambitions in the New World. Hale, The Discovery of the World Maps of the Earth and the Cosmos, p.159

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        Spectacle de la Nature: Or, Nature Display'd Being Discourses On such Particulars of Natural History As were thought most proper To Excite the Curiosity, And Form the Minds of Youth

      1740. Spectacle de la Nature: Or, Nature Display'd Being Discourses On such Particulars of Natural History As were thought most proper To Excite the Curiosity, And Form the Minds of Youth. Seven Volumes. London: Printed for R. Francklin, C. Davis, J. Brindley, J. Hodges and H. Pemberton. 1740-1748. Contains 202 copper engraved plates of which 165 fold-out. A wonderful set of descriptions on birds, animals, man in general, astronomy, rivers, fossils, boat building, gardens, flowers, mathematics etc. General condition of the volumes: Full leather with 5 raised bands and tooled gold labels. Bindings are tight but joints cracked. Some wear to each volume, overall solid and attractive set. Gold border around front and back of each board. Contents exceptionally clean and bright without foxing (almost looks new). Some minor worming to volumes 4 and 6, none effecting text or the printed plates although several pates to vol. 6 have worming at the top. Volumes: 5 x1/4 x 8 inches. Collation as Follows: Volume Date Total Plates Foldout Single Page # of Pages One 1740 25 16 9 I-XII/I-V/1-208 plus plate Two 1740 34 34 0 I-IX/1-387 incl. Index plus plates Three 1740 32 31 1 [1-24]/1-456 plus plates Four 1747 28 16 12 1-438 plus (14) pgs of index plus plates Five 1748 20 20 0 1-423 plus plates Six 1748 30 30 0 I-XXXVII/1-391 plus plates Seven 1748 33 20 13 1-406 plus plates Total 202 165 37 A wonderful set about every during the 18th century. Inventory #10-368.. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum historia literaria.

      A Christo Nato usque ad Sæculum XIV facili Methodo digesta. Qua de vita illorum ac Rebus Gestis, de Secta, Dogmatibus, Elogio, Stylo; de Scriptis genuinis, dubiis, supposititiis, ineditis, deperditis, Fragmentis; deque variis Operum Editionibus perspicuè agitur. Accedunt Scriptores gentiles Christianæ Religionis Oppugnatores; & cujusvis Sæculæi Breviarium... Accedit ab Aliiis manibus Appendices duæ... Editio novissima, ab Autore Ipsomet ante Obitum regognita & auctior facta. 2 vols. Oxonii, E. Theatro Sheldoniano 1740-43. Folio. (10) + XLV + (3) + 668; (14) + 358 + (4) + 252 (Appendix) + (1) + 88 (Dissertationes Tres) + 131 (Notæ MSS. & Accessiones anonymi) pp. Very nice contemporary blindstamped panelled vellum with nice calligraphed title and volume on spine. Old name on flyleaf.. "The Learned are desired to take notice, that the several editions of the Historia Literaria, printed at Geneva, Cologne, and other Foreign parts are very defective, and of no value, neither can they be quoted with authority: That the improvements and additions made by the learned author to this edition printed at the Theatre in Oxford are greatly material, and make at least a fourth part of the whole work: The present edition has also received farther improvement, by large and useful notes, and other addenda, by the late Reverend Dr. Waterland, under whose immediate care and direction it was printed; also by the Reverend Dr. Chapman, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Walker, and other learned Gentlemen, who, for the benefit of learning, and from a due regard to the author, and this his most esteemed and learned work, interested themselves in this publication. Vide Excerpta ex Epistolis MSS, at the beginning of the second volume, and the two letters concerning this edition, published, and given Gratis by the undertaker, J. Pote, Bookseller at Eton." (contemporary bookprinted label placed verso half-title). "..a valuable work, displaying great reading, research and accuracy", Lowndes I,395. "The merits of Cave as a writer consist in the thoroughness of his research, the clearness of his style, and, above all, the admirably lucid method of his arrangement ... Scriptorum, etc. a literary history of ecclesiastical writers", DNB IX,341

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        LADIES DISPENSATORY:

      1740. THE LADIES DISPENSATORY: or, Every Woman her own Physician. Treating of the Natures, Causes, and various Symptoms of all the Diseases, Infirmities, and Disorders, natural or contracted, that most particularly affect the Fair Sex, in all their different Situations of Life, as Maids, Married Women, and Widows. London: James Hodges, 1740. Second edition. (The first edition appears to be printed without a date; but Wellcome notes a listing for the title in London Magazine for February 1739.) 12mo. xvi, 324, [8] pp. Contemporary full calf, rubbed, with small loss and 3/4 inch cracks at head of spine. Some foxing and soil. Slight worming to corner margin of pp. 180-215. Overall, a solid and appealing copy of a scarce title. An amazing variety of dreadful female conditions were thought to be due to hysteria, and treated with elaborate recipes. (Wellcome III, p. 428).

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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: Verlegung des Waysenhauses bey Gottlob Benjamin Frommann, 1740. First edition. Hardcover. vg. 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.

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        BEATAE MARIAE VIRGINIS OFFICIUM.

      In-24 gr. (mm. 128x 81), p. pelle coeva, ricche cornici dorate ai piatti, dorso a cordoni con fregi in oro, tagli dorati, 20 cc.nn., 427,(5) pp.num., inclusa l'antiporta; vignetta al frontesp., 15 tavole nel t. e 20 finalini, incisi in rame con grande finezza da Marco Pitteri, da disegni di G.B. Piazzetta: il tutto si fonde in perfetta armonia con il testo, anch'esso interamente inciso in rame (da Angela Baroni). "Prima edizione" di quella che si può considerare la più affascinante produzione della tipografia veneziana del sec. XVIII, in cui il Piazzetta ha espresso i migliori esempi della sua sensibilità illustrativa. Cfr. Morazzoni, pp. 115-116: "Il libretto è prezioso sotto ogni aspetto, essendo il risultato dell'armonica collaborazione di G.B. Piazzetta e di M. Pitteri, due artisti che in quel momento sono i più perfetti rappresentanti della pittura e dell'incisione veneziana. Ben 37 sono i disegni di G.B. Piazzetta inclusi nelle pagine che Angela Baroni "labore improbo" scolpi' ad una ad una?. Bell'esemplare marginoso, su carta finissima, in ottimo stato.

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        (ed.).

      Titi Livii Patavini historiarum quod exstat, cum perpetuis Car. Sigonii & J. Fr. Gronovii notis. Jac. Gronovius probavit, suasque & aliorum notas adjecit. Editio nova, in qua quid præstitum sit præfatio indicabit. 1-3. Basel, E. & J. R. Thurnisios, Fratres, 1740. 8vo. Engr. extratitle,+ (46),+ 922,+ (69),+ (1 blank),+ 62; 976,+ (59); (2),+ 58,+ 3-1080,+ (80) pp. First title printed in red and black. Some spotting, slight dampstain on lower margin, but overall clean. Uniform contemporary vellum, spines with title printed within black borders, all edges red. Three volumes, the first with exlibris of Christer Ellsén, the other with the exlibris removed. J. A. Gronovius' dissertatio is misbound in beginning of volume three instead of at the end. Schweiger I, p. 536. A reprint of Gronovius' elzevir edition from 1679, considered the best of his editions

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        LETTERA AUTOGRAFA FIRMATA.

      1 p. (mm. 305x206), datata: Modena 3. Agosto 1740, senza destinatario, di 23 righe. (1740). "Giacchè V.E. mi ha favorito della lettera venuta da Tolosa, per cui le rendo mille grazie, ed insieme con tanta gentilezza mi si esibisce di far giungere colà la risposta: io mi prevaglio ben volentieri delle grazie sue.. Tanto poco è poi quello, ch'io ho detto di V.E. nella P. ll delle Antichità Estensi, che certo io non meritava un sì benigno gradimento.. Desidererei io occasioni più proprie per attestare a Lei, ed anche al Pubblico, la stima e l'ossequio particolare che io professo a lei, e alla sua Nobil Casa..". Con fioriture, altrimenti ben conservata. "Letterato e grande storico, autore dei "Rerum Italicarum Scriptores" e degli "Annali della storia d'Italia", è soprattutto nelle "Antiquitates italicae medii aevi" che egli dà la misura della sua grandezza di storico".

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        Cursus Padi per Longobardiam a Fonte usque a ostia cum fluminibus que in illum se exonerant et adjacentibus Ducatibus ac Principatibus quos interluit et qui confinis sunt, Tribus Combinandis tabellis..

      Augusta, 1740 circa. Incisione in rame all'acquaforte, incisa su tre fogli, colore d'epoca, cm 58,5 x 133,5 (alla lastra). Cartouche in alto al centro, circondata da figure allegoriche e con gli stemmi della Savoia, Piemonte, Monferrato, Milano, Parma, Modena, Mantova, Ferrara, Bologna e Venezia; cartiglio altrettanto riccamente decorato e allegorizzato in basso a sinistra. Opera tra le pi? importanti di Matthaeus Seutter, questa carta rappresenta la descrizione geografica del corso del fiume Po, con i territori interessati e quelli adiacenti, dalle sorgenti alla foce, comprendendo praticamente tutta l'Italia del Nord, con la designazione dei vari Ducati, Repubbliche e Legazioni. Matthaus Seutter (1678 -1756), dopo un apprendistato presso gli Homann a Norimberga, si trasfer? ad Augsburg verso il 1720, e qui apr? la propria attivit? superando il maestro sotto il profilo della bellezza: le sue carte hanno sempre colori brillanti e cartigli elaborati. Minimamente rifilato il margine laterale sinistro in prossimit? della battuta, stretti i margini sugli altri lati ma trattasi di ottimo esemplare in bella coloritura e in magnifico stato di conservazione.

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        A new history of Jamaica,

      London, 1740. iv + 340pp + 2 folding maps. 1st ed., fine in original full calf binding with raised bands and original label. A rare early work which includes a description of the island, early history with much on the pirates and short biographies of the past and current governors.

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        No? salvato dalle acque del Nilo.

      Inghilterra, 1740 circa. Incisione su legno virata al seppia con rialzo a biacca, cm 38 x 56 (alla lastra) pi? margini. Dedica in basso a destra, in una pietra facente parte dell'inciso (all'"Ill.mo et Excell.mo D: D: Everardo Fawkener.."); indicazioni tipografiche in un'altra pietra posta pi? in alto a sinistra, sempre nella parte incisa. Giovanni Battista Jackson (Inghilterra, 1701 - 1780 circa) fu incisore e maestro della xilografia a colori. Nel 1731 giunse a Venezia e trov? lavoro con l' incisore Antonio Maria Zanetti, che rimase molto ben impressionato dal suo lavoro, le cui le immagini riproducevano dipinti e sculture in maniera fortemente narrativa e drammatica. Jackson illustr? con le sue xilografie anche diversi libri per vari editori veneziani. Il banchiere britannico e bibliofilo Joseph Smith (ca. 1674 - 1770) gli commission? la riproduzione di diverse stampe dai dipinti che egli stesso aveva in collezione. Jackson realizz? xilografie da dipinti di Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese, Rembrandt. La presente incisione ? tratta da un disegno di Paulo Calliari Veronese. Bellissima incisione animata da grandi figure in primo piano, sullo sfondo le vestigia dell'antico Egitto. Prova dai margini stretti ma molto ben impressa (anche al retro del foglio si vedono i segni dell'inciso), ottimo lo stato di conservazione.

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        Sowohl in Deutscher als Lateinischer Sprache verfertigteund aus der letztern in die erstere übersetzte Sämtliche Schriften. Erster - Sechszehnter (Elfter. Theil fehlt) Theil (von 24). Herausgegeben von Johann Georg Walch.

      Halle in Magdeburgischen, Johann Justinus Gebauer, 1740 - 1745. 4to. Bound in 15 cont. full vellum, some corners soiled, most inner-hinges cracked, so cords are showing, but not loose, most bookblocks tight. Internally overall a nice and clean set, except for vol. nine, the last about 60 leaves of which are marginally ink-soiled and stuck together in margins, but not affecting text. Vol. five lacks lower part of t-p. i.e. printer and printing-year, vol. 13 loose and lacking leaves at end. Vol. one w. engr. frontispiece. Title-pages in red and black, some woodcut vignettes. In all about 22.000 pp

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        Histoire militaire de Charles XII roi de Suede, depuis l'an 1700, jusqu'à la bataille de Pultowa en 1709, écrite par ordre exprés de sa majesté, par Mr.

      Gustave Adlerfeld, chambellan du roi. On y a joint une rélation exacte de la bataille de Pultowa, avec un journal de la retraite du roi à Bender. 1-4. Amsterdam, J. Wetstein & G. Smith, 1740. 8:o. (2),+ XXIX,+ (blank),+ 434 s.+ 3 utvikbara planscher; (2),+ 627; (2),+ 547; (2),+ 240 s.+ utvikbar plansch. Titlar tryckta i rött och svart. Saknar porträttet och två planscher i första delen. Sista bladet i första delen bruntonat. Enstaka småfläckar. Samtida uniforma ljusbruna skinnband med rikt guldornerade ryggar, röda resp. gröna titel- och deltiteletiketter och röda snitt. Tre volymer, liten skada på första delens övre kapitäl och lätta stänk på ryggarna. Ur Ericsbergs bibliotek, med Carl Jedvard Bondes exlibris klistrat ovanpå ett äldre, troligen d'Albedyhlls. Warmholtz 5542. Första upplagan. Fint exemplar som dessvärre saknar porträttet av kungen, vilket ofta saknas. Dessutom saknas två bataljplanscher! Gustav Adlerfelt (1671-1709) följde som hovjunkare Karl XII:s fälttåg ifrån 1701, och stupade vid Poltava 1709. Han förde på kungens befallning under hela fälttåget journal över händelserna. Sonen Karl Maxmilian Johan Adlerfelt lät efter att manuskriptet återfåtts från ryssarna utge verket översatt till franska, kompletterat med händelserna strax efter Poltava. Det utgavs samma år även på tyska och engelska och anses vara en av de viktigaste källorna till kunskap om Karl XII:s fälttåg

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        "Madritum sive Mantua Carpetanorum..."

      Contemporary hand-coloured engraving, 49x58cm Augsburg c.1740 A wonderful map and view of Madrid in Spain.. In perfect condition

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        La Methode des Fluxions, et des Suites Infinies.

      Par M. le Chevalier Newton. A Paris. Chez De Bure l`aîné, Libraire, quay des Augustins, à Saint Paul. 1740. 4:o. xxx,(2 errata), 148,(2 Privilege du Roy). pp. Numerous woodcut diagrams in text. Modern red half morocco, spine with five raised bands. Title with several depression lines. Watersoling inner margin from title to page xviii and lower margin page iii-vii. Small inkspots lower margin page 17-20. Page xxx with "exemp" in ink outer margin. 25 x 20 cm.. Title in red and black. Three short mended tears. There are several depression lines. Probably have an earlier wrapper been used for drawing lines on which have left impressions on the title. First french edition of Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series translated by Buffon

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        "Milazzo Olim Mylæ, Munitissimum Siciliæ Castellum Adversus Hispanos, Qui A: 1718. D. 24 Oct..."

      Contemporary hand-coloured engraving, 49x58cm Augsburg c.1740 Milazzo is a town and "commune" in the province of Messina on Sicily, Italy. The print illustrates the battle in 1718 between Spain and Austria which took place in Milazzo.. The decorative view is in excellent condition

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        La Methode des Fluxions, et des Suites Infinies Par le Chevalier Newton. (Translated by G. Louis Le Clerc, ount de Buffon).

      Paris, De Bure, 1740. 4to. Contemporary half calf, raised bands, richly gilt spine and and red speckled edges. Leather title-label to spine. Corners neatly repaired. Title in red/black. (2), III-XXX, (2) Errata, 148 pp., many diagrams. The "Preface" and the first 18 leaves of the text with a foxing to lower margin and right corners. The "Preface" is an historical account of Newton's method "la sublime méthode", written by Buffon. Without the leaf "Extrait des Registres".. The influential first French edition of Newton's important work, which constitutes the most extensive description of the mathematical method he used in his famous "Principia", the method of infinitesimals, which was already written about 1671, but not published until 1736, i.e. posthumously, with the title "Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series...". In this work "Newton stated clearly the fundamental problem of the calculus: the relation of quantities being given, to find the relation of the fluxions of these, and conversely. In conformity with this problem and the new notation, Newton then gave examples of his method....In this book Newton introduced his characteristic notation and conceptions. He regarded his variable quantities as generated by the continuous motion of points, lines and planes, rather than as aggregates of infinitesimal elements, the view which had appeared in "De analysi"...The rate of generation Newton called a "fluxion", designating it by means of a letter with a dot over it, a "pricked letter", the quantity generates he called a "fluent".( Boyer, The History of the Calculus.).Colson (in his preface to the first edition from 1736) says: "I gladly embraced the opportunity that was put into my hands, of publishing this posthumous work, because I found it had been composed with that view and design. And that my own Country-men might first enjoy the benefit of this publication, I resolved upon giving it an English translation, with some additional remarks of my own, I thought it highly injurious to the memory and reputation of the real Author, as well as invidious to the glory of our own Nation, that so curious and useful a piece should be any longer suppress'd and confined to a few private hands, which ought to be communicated to all the learned World for general Instruction.It was through the French translations of his works that Newton came to play the seminal role as the most important of mathematicians that he did in France, and particularly the years around 1740, when the present work appeared in French for the first time were seminal to the scientific development in France, where the likes of Voltaire had only just made the nation acquinted with the work of the great mathematician. Gray No 236. Babson No 173

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        Les facheux, eller de förtretelige.

      Lust-spel uti tre öpningar. Ifrån fransöskan öfwersatt, och förestält på swenska skåde-platzen i Stockholm åhr 1740. Sthlm, L. L. Grefing, 1741. 4:o. 40 s. Elegant rött marokängbd med upphöjda bind och helt guldsnitt samt pärmkanter med förgyllda smala guldlinjer och breda inre denteller (Riviere & son). Bra inlaga.. Klemming Sveriges dramatiska litteratur s. 81. Översatt av C. Knöppel

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        La Figure de la Terre determinée. Par Messieurs de L'Academie Royale des Sciences, qui ont mesuré le Degré du Méridien au Cercle Polaire. (Discours lu dans l'Assemblée publique du 13 Novembre 1737)

      Paris, L'Imprimerie Royale, 1740. 4to. Without wrappers. Extracted from "Mémoires de l'Academie des Sciences. Année 1737". Engraved frontispiece a. titlepage to Année 1737. Pp. 389-469, 1 engraved map (from Torneå to Kittis) and 5 folded engraved plates.. First printing of the official report from the French Academy of the geodetic expedition to Lapland in order to settle the conflict between Earth-elangators and Earth-flatteners, between the French and the British. "Newton had calculated from the Earth's rotational force at the Equator that its equatoeial diameter should exceed its polar diameter by 0.44 per cent, or 27 km (17 miles); similar in Jupiter, rotating more than twice as fast, the disparity of the diameters was shown to be even greater... In France, however, tha Cassinis from geodetic measurements stretching along the meridian at Paris from the Channel to the Pyrennees came to exactly the opposite conclusion - that the polar diameter of the Earth was the greater. After Maupertuis had examined this imcompatibility in 1733, the Academy of Sciences decided that it should be settled by measure of a degree of latitude taken in two widely separated parts of the globe. Maupertuis, with Clairaut, took a party to the Golf ofBothnia. La Condamine, with Bouguer, took another to Peru. maupertuis departed in May 1736 and was absent for a year, only in December (1737) was he able to announce the result that, in accordance with Newton's dynamical theory, the degreee in the far north was loner than that in Paris. More years elepsed before the degreee in Peru was found to be shorter. As Voltaire put in a wrily witty (but un-Baconian) couplet addresseed to Maupertuis:"In tedious deserts you were forced to roam. To find the truth that Newton knew at home." (Rupert Hall "Revolution in Science 1500-1750, pp.351-52).Parkinson "Breakthroughs" 1736-37 E

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        Past, Present, and to Come: or, Mother Shipton's Yorkshire Prophecy. Privately preserv'd in the Noble Family of the P--s's for a Long Course of Years, and lately discovered amongst other valuable Manuscripts. Now publish'd by J. Tyrrel, Gent. To which is prefixed, a Short Account of her Life, Character, and other Prophesies, with their Proper Explanations.

      London: Printed for F. Noble, 1740.. First Edition, [22],[2]pp., with the final advert leaf, engraved frontispiece, lightly soiled, disbound."No reference to Mother Shipton prior to 1641 is in existence. It is thus difficult to determine whether this English prophet actually existed as she is represented in folklore, though writings seriously ascribed to her are being reproduced even today. There were several women who claimed to be her, but it is a Yorkshire claimant who has won the title. Mother Shipton was Ursula Southill (or Sowthiel, or Southiel), the incredibly ugly daughter of Agatha Southill, known locally herself as a powerful witch. She is supposed to have been born in a cave at Dropping Well, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in 1488, and because of her unfortunate appearance and reputed powers, was widely rumoured to be the child of Satan. Sometime about 1512, she married a wealthy builder from York named Tobias Shipton. She soon attained considerable notoriety throughout England as "The Northern Prophetess," and her prognostications received great public attention, were printed in pamphlets, and were widely distributed."-James Randi, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, 1995.

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