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        The Natural History of Barbados - In Ten Books

      London: Printed for the Author, 1750. London: Printed for the Author, 1750. [16], vii, [1], 314pp, [20]. Recent full goat by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spine in seven panels, author / title to second panel, remaining panels with central floral device and volute corner pieces, palette to bands, covers with double fillet border, double panel design made up of double fillets with mitred joints, triangular mid-pieces and fleuron corner pieces to outer panel, inner panel with flower head roll to inside, roll to board edges with three rolls and two double fillets to inner edges all in gilt, comb and curl marbled endpapers. Externally near fine. Internally some light browning and occasional foxing throughout, map and several plates with off-setting, couple of small nicks to page edges, previous owner's name to title page. Complete with double-page map and thirty full-page uncoloured engravings, twenty-two of which are botanical, by Ehret and G. Bickham. Large paper copy. Hunt notes that this book "is one to place beside Catesby's 'Natural History', which also gave some account of West Indian names, with similar local names. Hughes had an advantage over Catesby in that a majority of the Barbados plates were drawn by Ehret ... It is the model work by the colonial parson who knows his poets and would know all he can of the flora and fauna among which he has come to dwell". Nissen BBI:950; Sitwell / Blunt, page 104. First Edition. Full Goatskin. Very Good. Folio. Large Paper Copy.

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        THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BARBADOS. IN TEN BOOKS

      London: Published by the Author, 1750. London: Published by the Author, 1750. Book. Good. Hardcover. First Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Lacking the prelims. Title and dedication pages, List of Subscribers, The Contents, Authors Quoted, Texts of Scriptures Cited or Illustrated, and one half of A Map of the Island of Barbados) but including Errata. The missing prelims have been replaced with photocopies of the original pages. In 10 books bound as one. Pages 1-306, thus lacking pp. 307-314 inclusive. 28 full-page illustrations, numbered 1-28 but with two (different) plates numbered 24 and no plate number 26) thus lacking Plates 29 & 30. Titled illustrations at the top of the title pages in 5 chapters, numerous embellishments and decorations. General discolouration of pages due to age; professional repair of several pages, particularly the edges of the first few pages; light pencil lines in the margins of several pages.. Bound in 3/4 leather over marbled boards, with gilt title to spine. Photographs and further detail available upon request..

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        Mappe Monde Carte Universelle de la Terre Dresée Sur les Nouvelles Observations de Mrs. de l'Académie Royale des Sciences

      P. Bourgoin 1750 - 1 map outline 31 x 44 cm., sheet 37 x 52 cm. Publisher description: "A Paris Chez Bourgoin Graveur Rue de la Harpe vis a vis le Passage des Jacobins a côte du Caffé de Condé." Map collector Leon Kashnor noted that the map, quote, "shows a good coast of the North-West, locating the Russian discoveries of 1744." Depicts rudimentary Mer de l'Ouest. Sea of Korea referred to on map as "M. de Coree." Decorated title cartouche with ribbon border. Fallen warrior and signs of battle below map, armillary sphere. Prime meridian: Ferro. Projection: Dual Hemisphere. Printing process: Copper engraving. Other Features: Hand-colored cartouche, vignettes includes an armillary sphere. Small closed tear near center top. Only four copies listed on WorldCat (University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Huntington Library, & the University of Bern in Switzerland).

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        Nuovo dilettevole giuoco del Cucù o giuoco del matto

      IN BOLOGNA, ALL' INSEGNA DEL CIGNO. 38 CARTE COMPRENDENTI: LA PRIMA COL TITOLO; ALTRE DIECI NUMERATE IN NUMERI ROMANI STAMPATE DUE VOLTE SENZA FIGURE; LE SEGUENTI, NUMERATE DA XI A XV, PURE IN DOPPIO, CONTENGONO LE FIGURE SEGUENTI: UNA CASA, (FERMATEVI ALQUANTO), UN GATTO (GNAO), UN CAVALLO RAMPANTE (SALTA), UN ESSERE UMANO CON UN FIORE (HAI PIGLIATO BRAGON), UN UCCELLO CON TESTA UMANA CORONATA (CUCU'), UNA MASCHERA (MASCHERONE MACO DISECCHIA), UN SECCHIO CON MANICI (SECCHIA MANCO DI NULLA), UN CERCHIO (NULLA), ED INFINE, SOLITARIO (IL MATTO). TUTTE SONO CONTORNATE DA DECORAZIONI SVARIATE. QUELLE CHE SEGUONO IL CUCÙ NON SONO NUMERATE. SI TRATTA DI UN EDIZIONE BOLOGNESE SETTECENTESCA NON CITATA DAL FARINA, NÉ DA H.R. D' ALLEMAGNE NELLA SUA OPERA MONUMENTALE LES CARTES JOUER DU XIV E AU XX SIÈCLE. L' ESEMPLARE È ABBASTANZA BEN CONSERVATO, A PARTE POCHI FORELLINI DI TARLO MARGINALI IN ALCUNE CARTE. QUANDO NEL SEI-SETTECENTO I SISTEMI DI STAMPA SI MODERNIZZARONO E DIFFUSERO OVUNQUE IN EUROPA, SI POTERONO FABBRICARE, CON PIÙ FACILITÀ ED ECONOMIA, LE SPECIALI CARTE DA CUCÙ. QUESTO DETERMINÒ LA NOTEVOLE DIFFUSIONE DEL GIOCO. UN GIOCO RARO ED ANTICO COME IL CUCÙ PRATICATO DAI CAMPLESI DA TEMPI IMMEMORABILI, RAPPRESENTA UN REPERTORIO FOSSILE DELLE CARTE DA GIOCO, UN ARCAICO LINGUAGGIO DIALETTALE, UN FATTO DI CULTURA CHE LE GENTI DI CAMPLI HANNO SAPUTO CONSERVARE, GRAZIE ALLE RADICATE TRADIZIONI, CONSEGNANDO COSÌ AI POSTERI UN PICCOLO MA SIGNIFICATIVO DONO DELLA LORO GRANDE CIVILTÀ. (N. FARINA, CUCÙ TRA SIMBOLOGIA E STORIA. TERAMO, 1997. VOLUME IN-8° DI PP. 140 CHE SI ALLEGA AL GIOCO). L' UNICO RIFERIMENTO AL GIOCO DEL CUCÙ, A PARTE IL FARINA, SI PUÒ TROVARE NELL' OPERA. A HISTORY OF PLAYNG CARDS AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CARDS AND GAMING DI C. PERRY HARDGRAVE, NEW YORK, DOVER, 1966: CUCÙ CARDS, A VERY EARLY ITALIAN CARD GAME. A PACK CONSIST OF A DOUBLE SET OF CARDS, THIRTY-LIGHT IN ALL. IN EACH PACK THE HIGHEST CARDS IS THE CUCÙ, THEN NULLA, SECCHIA, MASCHERONE, AND MATTO. CUCÙ IS ONE OF THE GAMES WHICH IS RECOMMANDED IN THE DIRECTIONS OF PLAYING WITH DE BRIANVILLE HERALDRY CARDS, ITS EXTREME SIMPLICITY NOT INTERFERING WITH THE EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF THE BLAZONZY, GEOGRAPHY, AND HISTORY THAT THE ARE SUPPOSED TO INSTILL INTO THE MINDS OF THE PLAYERS (CFR. P. 244). EDIZIONE INTROVABILE. NESSUN ESEMPLARE SEGNALATO IN U.S.A.

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        Het groot natuur- en zedekundigh werelttoneel of woordenboek van meer dan 1200 aeloude Egiptische, Grieksche en Romeinsche zinnebeelden of beeldenspraek; ... Op nieu uit de oirsprongklyke schriften van Cezar Ripa, Zarantino Kastellini, Pierus Valerianus ... Met uitvoerige aenmerkingen on ophelderingen ... in klaet en zuiver Nederduitsch overgeschreven. Met fraeije Kunstplaten versiert. Eerste (- Derde) Deel.

      2° 16 Bll., 571 (recte 569) S.; 678 (recte 680) S. u. 1 Bl., 752 S., 31 Bll. Mit 1 gestochenen Frontispiz, 1 gestochenen illustrierten Widmungsblatt, 3 Titelblättern in Rot-Schwarz-Druck (Bd 1 mit gestochener Titelvignette) u. etwa 350 gestochenen Illustrationen im Text. Einfache marmorierte Halblederbände der Zeit. Landwehr 681. - Erste vollständige Ausgabe (der erste Band erschien 1726 separat). - Eine Art Lexikon der Allegorien mit den hübschen Kupferstichen von Frederik Ottens u. Jan Caspar Philips, in ihrer Art den Arbeiten von B. Picart nachempfunden, die Illustrationen in klaren Abdrucken, etwa 9 x 14 cm in ornamentalen Umrandungen. Das monumentale Werk beeinflußte Literatur und bildende Kunst während des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts in hohem Maße. - Einbände etwas beschabt u. bestoßen, Vorsätze erneuert, unbeschnitten, in den Stegen stellenweise leicht gebräunt, vereinzelt gering fleckig, Bd 1 ein Blatt mit Randeinriß, Bd 2 Block minimal gelockert. Breitrandiges sauberes und gutes Exemplar.

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        MISCELLANIES In PROSE And VERSE

      Oxford Printed:: And Delivered by Mr Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr Clements in Oxford, and Mr Frederick in Bath,. 1750.. 8vo. [a]^4 [-a1, presumed a blank, or half-title leaf] b - g^4 B - 3E^4 3F^4 [-3F4, presume a blank]. 8-1/8" x 4-3/4". 1st edition. lv, [1 (blank)], 405, [1 (blank) pp.. A bespoke tan quarter-leather binding, with marbled paper boards, titled as Vol 5, of an early owner's library.. General binding wear. Joints a bit tender. PO bookplate: "J.. Gulston, 1768". A VG copy.. Head- tailpieces.

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        Les Agremens De La Campagne, Ou Remarques Particulieres Sur la construction des Maisons de Campagne plus ou moins magnifiques; Des Jardins de Plaisance, & des Plantages, Avec les Ornements... On y apprend encore Comment on peut cultiver & multiplier, dans ce Pais froid, les Ananas, les Citroniers, les Limoniers, les Orangers, & autres Plantes des Climats chauds. On y trouve de plus Une inscription sur la maniere de construire les Thermometres, nécessaires en pareils cas; avec des observations sur la culture des Fruits de Terre & des Legumes,

      Leiden/Amsterdam, Samuel Luchtmans/Meynard Uytwerf 1750.. 4°. XXIV, 4 Bll., 412 S. 20 Bll. Mit 15 gefalt. Kupfertaf. u. Holzschnitt-Vign. Ldr. Mit reicher Rückengoldpräg. Gesprenkelte Deckel. Rotschnitt. Barbier I, 81; Jöcher-A. 2,497 - Seltene 2. Ausgabe (die EA erschien 1737 in Holländisch). Das erste Handbuch über das Anlegen von Obst- u. Gemüsegärten in beheizbaren Gewächshäusern um exotische Grüchte wie Ananas und Zitrusfrüchte in kalten Regionen zu kultivieren. Die tlw. mehrfach gefalt. Kupfertaf., gest. v. den besten Stechern der Zeit, wie Jan Wandelaar, Francois van Bleyswyck, Joh. van Spijk, Jan Caspar Philips, zeigen verschiedene Zitrusfrüchte, Ananas, Gewächshäuser u. a. beetversch. Gewächshauser, Zitrusfrüchte, Ananas.

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        A Justice of Peace for Ireland: Consisting of Two Books; The First

      1750 1750. Bolton, Sir Richard [c.1570-1648]. Travers, Michael. A Justice of Peace for Ireland: Consisting of Two Books; The First, Declaring the Exercise of That Office by One or More Justices of Peace Out of Sessions; The Second, Setting Forth the Form of Proceeding in Sessions, And the Matter to be Enquired of and Handled Therein. To Which are Now Added, In an Alphabetical Order, All the Statutes Now in Force in England and Ireland, (Since Sir Richard Bolton Published His Said Treatise) Which Concern the Office of a Justice of Peace for Ireland, Both in and Out of Sessions. Here are Likewise Added, Three Tables: The First Shews the Several Titles in Sir Richard Bolton's Treatise to Which Additions Have Been Made. The Second Shews the Several New Titles Added; And the Third is Designed for the More Easy Finding Several Particular Matters Contained Under the General Titles. With a Compleat Index to the Whole. Also, Some Precedents of Committals, Convictions, Summonses and Warrants, Are Added, As a Help to Justices of the Peace in the Execution of Their Office. With a Table of the Precedents. Dublin: Printed for J. Leathley, And T. Moore, 1750. xiv, 586, 292 pp. Two parts, each with title page and individual pagination. Quarto (10" x 8"). Contemporary calf, raised bands and recent period-style lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing to extremities, a few minor scuffs and stains to boards, minor worming to lower edges of pastedowns and some adjacent leaves. Light toning, a bit darker in places, faint dampstaining to portions of text, internally clean. A nice copy. * Third and final edition. First published in 1638, this was the first Irish legal treatise. Considerably enlarged by Travers, the third is the preferred edition of this work. Bolton was chief baron of the Irish Court of Exchequer. OCLC locates 9 copies of this edition in North American law libraries. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 4:8-9.

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        A New Book of Cyphers

      John Bowles and Son 1750 - 100 p. Publication date circa 1750. Book description: Modern calf-backed marbled boards, 100 plates illustrate 600 ciphers, engraved title, list of engravers. Book condition: Very good; external condition (near fine), interior pages age toned with occasional spotting throughout, strong tight binding, plates 48 and 61 spotted. Dimensions: small 4to; 7 1/4" x 5 7/8" x 3/4". [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Tenkei Wakumon chukai [trans.: Questions and Answers on Astronomy]

      21 double-page and three full-page woodcut astronomical illus. & maps (three with volvelles). 68; 40; 45 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Tokyo: Suharaya, [1750]. First edition in Japanese, translated, revised, and with additional commentary by Irie Osamu (1699-1773), of this important astronomical and geographical text which exercised a profound influence on Japanese astronomy and geography. There was an extremely rare edition printed in China -- no copy seems to have survived in its native country -- in 1672 (or 1675). The first edition to be printed in Japan, in 1730, was issued in four volumes of which the first three were in Chinese and the supplementary fourth was in Japanese. This edition contains several new maps and there are, for the first time, three volvelles (two with two moving parts and the third with three moving parts). "Irie reprinted the eight original maps and printed revisions of all except the star map of the region of constant invisibility. If the original illustration or explanation was incorrect, he showed a corrected one (or one he thought was correct), basing his revisions on Shibukawa's Tenmon seisho zu."-Miyajima, p. 591. "The Tianjing huowen, brought to Japan about 1672-79, combined ancient Chinese theories, the theories of the natural philosopher Zhu Xi (1130-1200), and the recent philosophical opinions of Fang Yizhi (1611-71) with knowledge that had been obtained from the Jesuits. Although the Tianjing huowen did not receive much attention in China, it was widely available in Japan and inspired many explanatory and critical books, especially after Nishikawa Masayasu (1693-1756) published the first Japanese version in 1730. Of particular importance was its illustration of the stars around the South Pole, which had not been shown on previous celestial maps; the book therefore provided the Japanese with their first knowledge of such stars."--Miyajima, "Japanese Celestial Cartography before the Meiji Period" in History of Cartography, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 585. This treatise was allowed to be imported into Japan and printed by the censors "because of its purely astronomical nature. Although it is in effect a treatise on Western astronomy, it contains no elements of Christianity. During the Tokugawa period everyone with an interest in astronomy read it."-Nakayama, A History of Japanese Astronomy, p. 101 (& see pp. 101-04). "The Chinese text most influential in Japan was the T'ien-ching huo-wen...authored by Yu I, who studied under the prominent scholar Hsiung Ming-yü, a close friend of the Portuguese Jesuit Manoel Dias (1574-1648)...The T'ien-ching huo-wen was brought to Japan after its first printing in China and was already widely known before the first Japanese reprint appeared in 1730...Very popular among Japanese intellectuals, it was reprinted many times with commentaries and was viewed as a classic in astronomy -- partly because of the scarcity of such works."-Sugimoto & Swain, Science & Culture in Traditional Japan, p. 261. Harumi Shibukawa (1639-1715), "one of the greatest astronomers to have lived in Japan" (Miyajima, p. 588), based his knowledge of Western astronomy entirely on the Chinese edition of the present text; he was "especially impressed by its clear explanation, using a geometrical model, of eclipses, which he had never found in Chinese calendrical writings."-D.S.B., XII, p. 404. Tienjing Huowen is partly based on the work of the Jesuit scholars in China, members of the Jesuit missions sent from Rome from the sixteenth century onwards. Matteo Ricci and Ferdinand Verbiest were the most notable of these missionary-scientists who brought western knowledge of astronomy and other disciplines to China. The identification of the South Polar stars, particularly the South Star (sigma Octanis), barely visible to the naked eye and sitting directly overhead the Earth's South Pole, is important. Knowing its location is the key to understanding the workings of all the stars of the Southern Hemisphere since it is the South Star that these stars circle every night. This information is crucial for navigation and map-making. The geographical maps are of particular interest: four separate maps form a double-hemisphere world map, including a southern hemisphere with a very distinctively shaped Australia joined to a southern continent. The celestial and world maps here are entirely based on the work of Ricci and Verbiest. A very fine and fresh set, preserved in a box. ❧ D.S.B., XV, p. 733. .

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        A Natural History of Birds: The most of which have not hitherto been figured or described, and the rest, by Reason of obscure, or too brief Descriptions, without Figures, or of Figures very ill defign'd, are hitherto but little known. Part III

      London: Printed for the Author at the College of Physicians in Warwick Lane. 1750. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, 1750. Hardcover 4to bound in full green straight grain morocco with Greek key border on orange onlay, and other decorative flourishes: gilt spine compartments and dentelles, all edges gilt. 11.75 x 9.5 inches. Part III only, containing plates 105-157, 51 plates in all. Plates are large and wonderfully hand colored. Binding is very good with some darkening around the edges, rubbing to edges, and some discoloration to the rear board from water exposure. Rear flyleaf with a tidemark, though no dampstaining to plates or contents. Contents very good+ with an occasional touch of foxing, as to be expected. Bookplate of Edgar Atheling Drummond on the front pastedown. A wonderful volume from the historic and rare set.

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        Telliamed: or, Discourse between and Indian Philosopher and a French Missionary, on the diminution of the sea, the formation of the Earth, the origin of Men and Animals. And other Curious Subjects, relating to Natural History and Philosophy. Being a translation from the French original of Mr. Maillet, Author of the Description of Egypt

      London: Printed for T. Osborne, in Gray's-Inn, 1750. First English Edition, title slightly soiled and repaired on inner blank margin, some browning of the text, lii, 284 pp., modern half calf, 5 raised bands, gilt motifs in compartments, morocco crimson label with title in gilt. The author was a diplomat, stationed in Cairo, Leghorn, the Levant and the Barbary States. He used his spare time to execute accurate field observations and developed a radical thesis that allowed for the evolution of the earth's crust, and the formation of modern topography through marine erosion. He also addressed the evolution of mankind. "This curious work written by M. de Maillet, whose name is concealed in the word 'Telliamed'. It is supposed to have suggested to Mr. [Charles] Darwin his celebrated theory." - Sabin. Sabin, 43892.

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        Plan van de Actie voorgevallen tusschen de geallieerde Armee en die der Franschen, by de Stad Luyk. op den 11. October. 1746." Lageplan mit Umgebung bis Lüttich und Truppenaufstellungen der Schlacht vom 11. Oktober 1746

      Aquarellierte Federzeichnung des in Utrecht tätigen Zeichners O. W. Falck 9. Dezember 1750. 38x52 cm. - Truppenaufstellungen der Schlacht im Österreichischen Erbfolgekrieg zwischen den siegreichen Franzosen unter Moritz von Sachsen und den Österreichern unter Karl von Lothringen. Rechts handschriftliche Legende A - K, dekoratives Blatt in schöner Farbgebung mit Windrose. Eckabrisse links mit Ergänzung der Zeichnung restauriert, kurze Randeinrisse und längerer Einriss in der Umrandungslinie restauriert.

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        Patrona de Madrid restituida.Poema Heroyco a la Antiquissima y Milagrosa.Imagen de Nuestra Señora de Atocha Segunda impression añadida,dedicada al Angel del Apocaliypsi San Vicente Ferrer

      Antonio Marín, Madrid 1750 - pergamino con cierres de laceria papel de hilo muy limpio, bellisima anteportada grabada. . 340 págs.

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        Institutiones Calculi Differentialis cum eius usu in Analysi Finitorum ac Doctrina Serierum.St. Petersburg: Academiae Imperialis Scientiarum, 1755.

      An exceptional copy, uncut in half red morocco, of Euler's monumental work on analysis, "the first textbook on the differential calculus which has any claim to be regarded as complete" (Ball). <br/><br/> &#10087; Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, no. 14; Norman 733<br/><br/> The work is divided into two parts. In the first part, consisting of nine chapters, Euler "attempts to place differential calculus on a more rigorous basis... He rejects geometry as the proper foundation, emphasizing instead algebraic functions and arithmetic. He begins with the calculus of finite differences, treating differential calculus as a limiting case, arising when differences approach <i>0</i>. In an effort to address earlier criticisms of the calculus, largely aimed at the concept of infinitesimals, he sets all infinitesimals precisely at <i>0</i>, then elaborates a calculus of 'zeroes of different order,' <i>dx<sup>2</sup></i>, for instance, being a zero of higher order than <i>dx</i>. He also develops methods of differentiation through substitution of variables, and proves Nikolaus Bernoulli's theorem on the irrelevance of the order of partial differentiation" (Parkinson, <i>Breakthroughs</i>, p. 175). Other important results derived by Euler in the first Part include his famous theorem on homogeneous functions, and the condition for a differential to be exact. <br/><br/> The second part, consisting of eighteen chapters, is devoted to the applications of differential calculus to the theory of infinite series. The first four chapters treat the general theory of finite and infinite series, and methods of expressing given functions as series, including but not limited to Taylor's series (Chapter 4 contains the first example, in print, of a Fourier series). In chapters 5 and 6 Euler presents his way of finding sums of series, both finite and infinite, via his discovery of the Euler-Maclaurin summation formula. Chapter 9 deal with Newton's method, and improvements thereof, for solving nonlinear equations. Chapters 10 and 11 apply differential calculus to the determination of maxima and minima of functions (of one and several variables), Chapter 12 with criteria for algebraic equations to have only real roots, and Chapter 15 with the indeterminate forms <i>0/0</i>, <i>&infin;/ &infin;</i> and <i>&infin;</i> <i>- &infin;</i>. <br/><br/> "The entire exposition has an abstract arithmetic-algebraic character, and not without pride Euler wrote in its introduction: 'all the exposition is bounded in the frame of pure analysis, so for the exposition of all the rules we did not use even one figure' ... such an exposition, thanks to the emancipation of the analysis from geometrical and mechanical ideas, liberates it from erroneous conclusions imposed by them... [It was also] a model for the future books on analysis and prepared the way for its arithmetization. At the same time [the present work] became a mine of concepts for several generations of mathematicians in the 18th and 19th centuries, for example, asymptotic developments, divergent series, and the zeta-function" (<i>Landmark Writings</i>, pp. 196-7). <br/><br/> Euler started writing this work in St. Petersburg and completed it in Berlin some twenty years later in 1750, but a further five years elapsed before its publication under the auspices of the St. Petersburg Academy. <br/><br/> W. W. Rouse Ball, <i>A Short Account of the History of Mathematics</i>, Macmillan, 1888, p. 368; S. S. Demidov in <i>Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics</i>, Chapter 14; A. P. Youschkevitch in DSB IV 477; Norman 733.. Large 4to (270 x 215 mm), uncut in contemporary half red morocco with raised bands and elabroate spine gilting [some light wear to capitals and corners but firm and unrepaired], pp. xxiv, 880. Old oval stamp partially erased from front paste down. Very rare in such fine good condition

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        The Dutch Fortune-Teller: Discovering XXXVI several Questions. Which Old and Young, Married Men and Women, Batchelors and Maids, Delight to be Resolved of. Brought into England by John Booker

      London: Printed and sold at the Printing-Office in Bow Church-Yard. [c. 1750]. Folio, 40pp., 10 plates on 5 leaves of engraved fortune wheels and globes, large woodcut vignette on title-page, text leaves with typographical ornaments, B1-B2 with lower margin closely shaved (effecting signature and catchword), several short tears to fore-edges, a couple of larger tears repaired, some light browning, nineteenth-century wrappers, a little worn. This book includes tables and instructions on how to cast your own fortune, beginning with a set of 36 questions divided into three sections headed &quot;General&quot;, &quot;Merry Questions for Men and Batchelors only&quot; &amp; &quot;For Women, and Maidens&quot;. Two Dice are then thrown; the resulting sum is then referred to the set of fortune wheels and globes, which then redirect the player to one of the 396 answers which are all in verse. The answers vary from the humorous (&quot;Your Husband will be very old, Of Features grim and Nature cold; With rotten Teeth, and stinking Breath, That you each Day will wish his Death&quot;) to the moral (&quot;Spare thy Labour, and thy Cost, For the Ting that thou hast lost; Do not cast good after bad; For the thing will ne&apos;er be had&quot;). &quot;In 1650 he published &apos;The Dutch Fortune-Teller&apos;... Egyptian in origin, it had been carried to Germany by an Ottoman ambassador and translated into German. Booker complained that many treated it merely as a jest; he stopped short of endorsing it, but suggested it might be seen as a form of natural magic, and similar to some of the writings of Dr Robert Fludd&quot;. First published in 1650 with further editions up to 1766 (all are rare), ESTC tentatively gives a date of 1750 for this edition.

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        MISCELLANIES In PROSE And VERSE

      Oxford Printed:: And Delivered by Mr Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr Clements in Oxford, and Mr Frederick in Bath,. 1750.. 8vo. [a]^4 [-a1, presumed a blank, or half-title leaf] b - g^4 B - 3E^4 3F^4 [-3F4, presume a blank]. 8-1/8" x 4-3/4". 1st edition. lv, [1 (blank)], 405, [1 (blank) pp.. A bespoke tan quarter-leather binding, with marbled paper boards, titled as Vol 5, of an early owner&#39;s library.. General binding wear. Joints a bit tender. PO bookplate: "J.. Gulston, 1768". A VG copy.. Head- tailpieces.

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        Lettera apologetica dell' esercitato Accademico della Crusca contenente la difesa del libro intitolato Lettere d'una Peruana, per rispetto alla supposizione de'quipu, scritta alla duchessa di s****e dalla medesima fatta pubblicare

      [Gennaro Morelli], Napoli 1750 - First edition, 4to, pp. [14], 320, [14]; text partially in black letter, engraved vignette (device of the Accademia della Crusca) on title page printed in sanguine, title page otherwise printed in 4 colors; 3 hand- colored folding plates of the quipus (1 also printed in red and green); engraved ititials and headpieces; contemporary full mottled calf, gilt spine, red morocco label, modern quarter brown morocco clamshell box with gilt spine, red morocco label. Sabin 40560: "This letter from a learned academician of the Della Crusca, contains a defense of Madame de Grafigny, "Letters from a Peruvian Princess," published in 1747, wherein the author speakls of the extensive use of the quipus by the Peruvians.""The mysterious science of the quipus . supplied the Peruvians with the means of communicating their ideas to one another, and of transmitting them to future generations."The quipu was a cord about two feet long, composed of different colored threads tightly twisted together, from which a quantity of small threads were suspended in the manner of a fringe. The threads were of different colors and were tied into knots. The word quipu, indeed, signifies a knot. The colors denoted sensible objects; as, for instance, white represented silver, and yellow, gold. They sometimes stood for abstract ideas. Thus white signified peace, and red, war. But the quipus were chiefly used for arithemetical purposes. The knots served instead of ciphers, and could be combined in such a manner as to represent numbers to any amount they required. By means of these they went through their calculatrions with great rapidity, and the Spaniards who first visited the country bear testimony to their accuracy."Officers were established in each of the districts, who, under the title of quipucamayus, or 'keepers of the quipus,' were required to furnish the government with information on various important matters. One had charge of the revenues, reported the quantity of raw material distributed among the laborers, the quality and quantity of the fabrics made from it, and the amount of stores, of various kinds, paid into the royal magazines. Another exhibited the register of births and deaths, the marriages, the number of those qualified to bear arms, and the like details in reference to the population of the kingdom. These returns were annually forwarded to the capital, where they wre submitted to the inspection of officers acquainted with the art of deciphering these mystic records. The government was thus provided with a valuable mass of statistical information, and the skeins of many-colored threads, collected and carefully preserved, consittuted what might be called the national archives" (Prescott, Conquest of Peru, I, 118-9).Some wear along the upper joint, old ink inscription partially eradicated from the bottom margin of the title page, mild and occasional spotting; a very good copy of a rare book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dioptricae Pars prima ... De explicatione principorum; Pars secunda ... De constructione telescopiorum dioptricorum; Pars tertia ... De constructione microscopiorum.St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1769-1771.

      First edition, and a very fine copy, of Euler's rare work on optics, 'widely known and important in the physics of the eighteenth century' and which 'laid the foundations of the calculation of optical systems' (DSB). The first volume presents his general theory of optics, including his rejection of the Newtonian corpuscular theory of light in favour of a wave theory based upon an aetherial propagating medium, which led him to predict the possibility of constructing achromatic lenses. The second and third volumes discuss the construction of the telescope and the microscope. "Next to the lunar theory, the most important subject which exercised the genius of [18th century] mathematicians was the improvement of the achromatic telescope" (<i>Edinburgh Encyclopedia</i>, Vol. 6).<br/><br/> "In the second half of his life, from 1750 on and throughout his sixties, Leonhard Euler worked intensively on problems in geometric optics. His goal was to improve in several ways optical instruments, in particular, telescopes and microscopes. Besides the determination of the enlargement, the light intensity and the field of view, he was primarily interested in the deviations from the point-by-point imaging of objects (caused by the diffraction of light passing through as system of lenses), and also in the even less tractable deviations which arise from the spherical shape of the lenses... As was his custom, he collected his results in a grandly conceived textbook, the <i>Dioptrica</i> (1769-1771). This book deals with the determination of the path of a ray of light through a system of diffracting spherical surfaces, all of which have their centres on a line, the optical axis of the system. In a first approximation, Euler obtains the familiar formulae of elementary optics. In a second approximation he takes into account the spherical and chromatic aberrations" (Habicht). <br/><br/> "Since the time of Huygens and Newton theoretical optics had not progressed any further than applied optics. In particular no one had re-examined Newton's demonstration of the impossibility of correcting chromatic aberration in lenses. In Proposition III, Experiments 7 and 8 in his <i>Opticks</i>, Newton examined the possibility of suppressing chromatic aberration in telescope objectives by using a lens system consisting of two lenses of different refractive indices. The refrangibility of one substance cancelling the dispersion provoked by the other, one obtained at the end of the objective reconstituted white light, but this would only occur if he employed lenses of infinite focal length - an impossibility. This result caused him to abandon the refracting telescope and to construct a reflecting one. <br/><br/> "Newton's work had such authority that for more than thirty years no one thought of reviewing his conclusions. Physicists and mathematicians held to the opinion that it was impossible to make an achromatic lens by associating two different substances... [Euler] began at the point where Newton left off, and produced a lens-combination formed of two concave lenses whose intervening space was filled with water. Studying refraction in each medium and for each colour he showed that it was possible to correct colour dispersion and gave the corresponding formulae" (Dumas, <i>Scientific Instruments of the 17th and 18th Century and their Makers</i>, pp. 153-4). <br/><br/> <i>Becker Collection</i> 126; <i>British Optical Association Library and Museum Catalogue</i> I, p. 65; DSB IV, 482; Poggendorff I, 690; W. Habicht (ed.), <i>Opera Omnia</i> III-9 <i>Commentationes Opticae</i>.. Three volumes, large 4to (245 x 197 mm), pp. [iv], 337; [vi], 592 (recte 584, pagination jumps 240-249 but signatures Gg4-Hh1 continuous); [viii], 440, with six folding engraved plates. Contemporary calf with raised bands and gilt spine labels. A fine and clean set

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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Fritellaria I; Viperino Flore. [and] Fritellaria II; Aquitanica (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by "E" and executed by J. M. Seligmann. Leaf measures 19.9 x 14.2 inches (50.5 x 36 cm). Fine condition. Some cosmetic retouching in gouache. Matted and ready for framing. From Christoph Trew's magnificent HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS OMNEM PER ANNUM SUPERBIENS FLORIBUS published in three volumes over a 36 year period from 1750-1786. Painted in a more opaque gouache to resemble a painting rather than the traditional use of water-colours that allowed more of the engraving to show through. Each piece is meant to capture the flower at the peak of it's beauty instead of focusing solely on scientific detail. Several artists from different European nations were involved in this project giving a multi-ethnic flavour to the complete work. HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS is considered to be one of the most sumptuous of the florilegia. Being one of the most elusive of the great flower books, the opportunity to own one of these leaves is reserved for only the most discriminating collectors.

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        RECUEIL DAUCUNS NOTABLES ARRESTS DONNEZ EN LA COUR DE PARLEMENT DE PARIS. Pris des Mémoires de feu Monsieur Maistre Georges LOÜET, conseiller du Roy en icelle. Reveu & augmenté de plusieurs Arrests intervenus depuis les Impressions précédentes, & d'autres notables Décisions, par feu Maistre Julien Brodeau, advocat en Parlement.

      1750 - Paris, Rocolet, Foucault, Guignard, 1668. Fort volume in-folio (230 X 390) veau fauve brun, dos six nerfs, caissons dorés ornés de fers d'angle et fleuron central, larges dentelles dorées en queue et en tête, titre doré, tranches jaspées en rouge (reliure de l'époque) ; (6) ff. d'avis, titre, dédicace, table des titres et chapitres, privilège, 1030 pages, (31) ff. de table et privilège, (4) pages de consultation et approbation des anciens avocats du Parlement. Ex-libris armorié «De la bibliothèque de M. de Lamothe, avocat de Bordeaux », et ex-libris manuscrit du même sur le titre. Coiffes habilement refaites, angles restaurés. Ex-libris manuscrit en marge du titre, importante note manuscrite ancienne sur le premier contreplat datée du «18 avril 1715 ». Quelques cernes de mouillure claire en marge de quelques feuillets. NOUVELLE ET DERNIÈRE ÉDITION de cet IMPORTANT ET L'UN DES MEILLEURS RECUEILS DE JURISPRUDENCE du Parlement de Paris. Si Bruneau, dans son "Traité des Criées", prétend que le président Séguier fit des notes sur les arrêts de Louët, et que ce fut ces notes que Julien Brodeau augmenta, Henrys, au contraire, fait grand cas de Brodeau : «Brodeau a joint l'usage à l'étude, et l'application du barreau à l'étude des bons livres ; on ne peut mieux employer le temps qu'à lire ce qu'il nous a laissé des remarques par lui faites ; si le recueil de M. Louët est de soi recommandable, il ne l'est pas moins par le commentaire ». (Camus & Dupin, "Bibliothèque choisie des livres de droit", 878). AGRÉABLE EXEMPLAIRE. NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST.

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        Lageplan des Wublitz-Sees mit Umgebung und den Orten Marquardt, Leest, Grube und Potsdam-Bornim. Eingezeichnet sind die Stationen eines militärischen Manövers des 1740 geschaffenen Füsilier-Regiments von Münchow No. 36

      Aquarellierte Federzeichnung um 1750. 46.5x68 cm. - Das militärische Manöver zeigt die Überquerung des Sees an seiner schmalsten Stelle durch Erstellung einer Pontonbrücke. Der Plan zeigt die Situation vor Erstellung der Brücke, ein an der Stelle aufgeklebtes und aufklappbares Papier den Zustand nach Erstellung der Brücke. Das Manöver wird in einer handschriftlichen Legende links ausführlich erläutert. Interessantes dekoratives Blatt in schönen Farben.

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        Manuskript-Karte des Gebietes um die Orte Wodnan und Protiwin mit dem Gebiet bis zur Moldau

      Federzeichnung um 1750. 44.5x60 cm. - In schwarz und rot auf stärkerem Zeichenpapier ausgeführt, einzelne Teile wie der Flusslauf der Moldau und Truppenaufstellungen in Bleistift vorgezeichnet. Knicke durch alte Faltung.

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        A Naval Expositor, Shewing and Explaining the Words and Terms of Art Belonging to the Parts, Qualities, and proportions of Building, Rigging, furnishing & Fitting a Ship for Sea... Together with the Titles of all the Inferior Officers... With an Abridgement of the Respective Duties

      Lon., 1750.. b/w engravings throughout. An interesting and beautifully produced book, with a single vertical engraved impression in every margin, each with as many as a half dozen small engravings, plus the engraved entry words. The book predates Falconer&#146;s Universal Dictionary by nearly 20 years, and was certainly a source for Falconer. Not in NMM Catalog. Roeding I, 118 calls it the best English nautical dictionary before Falconer. Scott p. 261. Craig pp. 12-13. Rare, being the first and only edition of Blankley&#146;s only book. Rebacked in calf over old marbled boards, with spine label. A very nice copy.

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        Writing and Drawing made Easy, Amusing and Instructive. Containing The Whole Alphabet in all the Characters now used Both in Printing and Penmanship; Each illustrated by Emblematic Devices and Moral Copies, Calculated for the Use of Schools, and Curiously Engraved, by the Best Hands.

      London. Printed and Sold by T. Bellamy at Kingston upon Thames; as also by most of the Book-sellers and Print-sellers in Town and Country. No date [circa 1750/60]. - 2 engraved leaves, 2 pages letterpress, 48 engraved leaves. Contemporary full red morocco, gilt. Oblong 4to. 17.4 x 19.8 cm. Ownership name of Sarah E. Harvey, 1819 to front endpaper. Title label lost from spine; binding repaired; piece missing from front free endpaper; 2 leaves, being the engraved descriptive leaves for 'The Grass-hopper' and 'A Zealot' restored where a part of the engraved text has been lost; several tears professionally closed; some spotting and marking. Else a very good copy of rare, early, and highly attractive alphabet. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Dialoghi sopra la luce, i colori e l'attraziane.

      Sans nom 1750 - Berlin, s. n., 1750. In 8 de XI-349pp., reliure en plein veau brun de l'époque, dos à 5 nerfs, orné de caissons dorés avec des fleurons dorés légèrement passés, coiffe supérieure réparée, pièce de titre de maroquin rouge, titre doré, légère petite fente sur la longueur du dos, deux coins émoussés, rousseurs éparses, coupes noircies, tranches rouges, agréable et bel exemplaire de cet ouvrage prisé et recherché. L'Oeuvre fut écrite entre Paris et Bologne à partir de 1733, elle fut de nombreuses fois reprise, corrigée, perfectionnée aussi bien dans le contenu que dans le style. Ce texte est une tentative réussie d'exposer à un large public, surtout et principalement féminin, les découvertes d'Isaac Newton. Francesco Algarotti (1712-1764), natif de Venise, fut conseiller de Frédéric II de Prusse durant sept ans, ambassadeur spécial de ce dernier et également d'Auguste III de Saxe, dont il devint conseiller artistique, achetant de très nombreuses oeuvres d'art pour la Galerie d'Art de Dresde. Lors de ses séjours en France, il devint un intime de Maupertuis et fut très lié à Voltaire et à Madame du Châtelet (qui regrettera de ne pas être dédicataire de ce volume), à Londres il fréquenta Alexander Pope, parmi ses principales oeuvres, outre celle-ci, rappelons: ''Saggi sopra le belle arti'', "Viaggi di Russia'', ''Lettere sopra la pittura'', ''Il congresso di Citera''. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        "Lettera apologetica dell' esercitato Accademico della Crusca contenente la difesa del libro intitolato Lettere d'una Peruana, per rispetto alla supposizione de'quipu, scritta alla duchessa di s****e dalla medesima fatta pubblicare"

      Gennaro Morelli Napoli: [Gennaro Morelli]. 1750. "First edition, 4to, pp. [14], 320, [14]; text partially in black letter, engraved vignette (device of the Accademia della Crusca) on title page printed in sanguine, title page otherwise printed in 4 colors; 3 hand- colored folding plates of the quipus (1 also printed in red and green); engraved ititials and headpieces; contemporary full mottled calf, gilt spine, red morocco label, modern quarter brown morocco clamshell box with gilt spine, red morocco label. Sabin 40560: ""This letter from a learned academician of the Della Crusca, contains a defense of Madame de Grafigny, ""Letters from a Peruvian Princess,"" published in 1747, wherein the author speakls of the extensive use of the quipus by the Peruvians."" ""The mysterious science of the quipus ... supplied the Peruvians with the means of communicating their ideas to one another, and of transmitting them to future generations. ""The quipu was a cord about two feet long, composed of different colored threads tightly twisted together, from which a quantity of small threads were suspended in the manner of a fringe. The threads were of different colors and were tied into knots. The word quipu, indeed, signifies a knot. The colors denoted sensible objects; as, for instance, white represented silver, and yellow, gold. They sometimes stood for abstract ideas. Thus white signified peace, and red, war. But the quipus were chiefly used for arithemetical purposes. The knots served instead of ciphers, and could be combined in such a manner as to represent numbers to any amount they required. By means of these they went through their calculatrions with great rapidity, and the Spaniards who first visited the country bear testimony to their accuracy. ""Officers were established in each of the districts, who, under the title of quipucamayus, or 'keepers of the quipus,' were required to furnish the government with information on various important matters. One had charge of the revenues, reported the quantity of raw material distributed among the laborers, the quality and quantity of the fabrics made from it, and the amount of stores, of various kinds, paid into the royal magazines. Another exhibited the register of births and deaths, the marriages, the number of those qualified to bear arms, and the like details in reference to the population of the kingdom. These returns were annually forwarded to the capital, where they wre submitted to the inspection of officers acquainted with the art of deciphering these mystic records. The government was thus provided with a valuable mass of statistical information, and the skeins of many-colored threads, collected and carefully preserved, consittuted what might be called the national archives"" (Prescott, Conquest of Peru, I, 118-9). Some wear along the upper joint, old ink inscription partially eradicated from the bottom margin of the title page, mild and occasional spotting; a very good copy of a rare book. "

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        Hodierna Sedes Electoris Palatini Manheimium... Teils kolor. Kupferstich von Homanns Erben. Nürnberg, um 1750. 48 x 57,5 cm.

      Kolorierter Befestigungsgrundriß, darunter Gesamtansicht (11,5 x 57,5 cm) von der Rheinseite aus.

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        Perspectivischer Prospect des furstlichen (!) Hauses und Gartens zu Traventhal, von der Entrèe Seite. Kolorierter Kupferstich von J.A. Pfeffel nach G.D. Tschierscheke. Augsburg, um 1750. 33 x 50 cm. Gerahmt.

      Prächtige Ansicht der barocken Gartenanlage aus der Vogelschau.- Am linken Bildrand mit durchgehender Knickfalte.-

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        A Naval Expositor, Shewing and Explaining the Words and Terms of Art Belonging to the Parts, Qualities, and proportions of Building, Rigging, furnishing & Fitting a Ship for Sea... Together with the Titles of all the Inferior Officers... With an Abridgement of the Respective Duties

      Lon., 1750.. b/w engravings throughout. An interesting and beautifully produced book, with a single vertical engraved impression in every margin, each with as many as a half dozen small engravings, plus the engraved entry words. The book predates Falconer&#146;s Universal Dictionary by nearly 20 years, and was certainly a source for Falconer. Not in NMM Catalog. Roeding I, 118 calls it the best English nautical dictionary before Falconer. Scott p. 261. Craig pp. 12-13. Rare, being the first and only edition of Blankley&#146;s only book. Rebacked in calf over old marbled boards, with spine label. A very nice copy.

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        Scienza della Natura Generale

      Venice,: Battista Recurti, 1750.. Two volumes, quarto, with a total of 62 plates (including three letterpress tables numbered in series), a fine set in contemporary full vellum with gilt lettered labels. Well-preserved compendium of articles on science and technology, including a splendid array of engraved plates illustrating many different aspects of eighteenth-century science. 'Illustrations of particular interest are those of units of measurement, the pendulum, electrostatical machines, the pointing of mortar, the compressed air-gun, the refraction of light rays, and chyliferous vessels in man. In short Scienza della Natura presents a complete and ordered picture of the state of scientific knowledge in its time' (DSB).Giovanni della Torre (c. 1710-1782) was a prominent teacher of natural science and physics at Italian universities. A man of varied pursuits, della Torre is remembered for his improvement and simplification of the microscope, and as the author of a later separately published book on volcanoes derived from personal observations of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples.Written during a period when the teaching of science in Italian institutions was increasingly influenced by Newtonian physics, these books combine the older discursive style of natural philosophy with new rigorous experimental approaches. In Scienza della Natura Generale we encounter a curious hybrid of ancient learning within an enthusiastic, and highly rational, environment of experimental science.The scope of these books is considerable, encompassing physics and the natural sciences, as well as anatomy and other subjects. This diversity of subject material is reflected in the large number of engraved plates. Illustrations include hydraulic and pneumatic experiments, vacuum pumps and chambers, centrifuges, and similar physics projects. The design of microscopes, telescopes, and other optical instruments are likewise illustrated in some detail over several plates (interestingly, the anatomical plates include microscopic views of cells and alveoli of the lungs). One curious engraving presents an innovative diving bell suspended from a sailing vessel, presumably for collecting treasure and salvage from the seafloor.Poggendorff, II, 1118; Riccardi, I, 541; Roller-Goodman, II, 508.

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        De secretis libri XVII. Ex variis auctoribus collecti, methodice digesti, et Mizaldi, Alex. Pedemontani atque Portae secretis inprimis locupletati, novissima hac editione non solum ab innumeris mendis obscuritateque purgati, sed & Theodori Zvingeri [.] additionibus e pharmacia et chymia utilissimis ad aucti. Accessit index locupletissimus.,

      Basel, Joh. Rod. Thurneysen, 1750. - Letzte Baseler Ausgabe dieses berühmten, erstmals 1582 erschienenen Kompendiums aus den Schriften von 128 Autoren, in dem kein berühmter Name der klassischen Alchemie fehlt. ?Wecker?s collection has been taken from all the old Secret writer, and is an excellent handbook of them" (Ferguson, Books of Secrets III, 34). ?A book of miscellaneous secrets, drawn from a variety of named authorities, which had a great vogue" (Duveen). - Die Holzschnitte mit Versuchsanordnungen, geometrischen und magischen Figuren. - Der Baseler Mediziner Johann Jakob Wecker (1528-1586) studierte ab 1544 in seiner Heimatstadt, wurde 1557 Professor der Dialektik und betrieb zugleich eine Praxis. 1566 wurde er Stadtarzt zu Colmar, wo er bis zu seinem Tode verblieb. - Einband etw. berieben u. bestoßen. Rücken m. kl. Nummernschildchen. Vorderes Vorsatzbl. lose. Tlw. min. gebräunt bzw. stockfleckig, sonst schönes, sehr breitrandiges (zweiseitig unbeschnittenes) Exemplar. - Blake 483; vgl. Hirsch VI, 216; Lesky 698; Ferguson 534; Neu 4294; Duveen 613; Ferchl 569; Caillet III, 11368; Dorbon 5244 u. Rosenthal 891. Sprache: la Gewicht in Gramm: 1000 8°. Mit Textholzschnitten. 8 Bll., 764 S., 18 Bll. (das letzte weiß), HPgmt. d. Zt. m. goldgepr. Rückenschild.

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        THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BARBADOS. In Ten Books

      London: Printed for the Author 1750. . 1st Ed. Folio. 9 x 14 inches. [iv] + [x] Subscribers + [ii] + vii + 314pp. + [viii] Glossary + [viii] Index + [iv] Addenda. Folding frontis. map by Thos. Jefferys, 30 copper plates each with a coat of arms of a Subscriber, dec. initial letters head and tail pieces, engraved chapter headings. Some light browning, without front f.e.p., contemporary speckled calf boards, some loss to edges, C20th reback in modern leather with gilt lettered title label to spine. Our copy slightly smaller than other Large Paper Copies, but with a slip containing errata pasted to verso of p. vii (as called for in the Large Paper issue, and without the final errata leaf found in the ordinary paper issue).& ESTC T147028 and T147029 (Large paper copy); Sabin 33582 &#145;Also on Large Paper ... The book is handsomely printed and the plates are finely executed from drawings by Ehret ...&#146; Nissen 950; Casey Woods p.393;& Including many interesting obvservations, from the Portuguese, the name Barbados means bearded, and probably describes the fig tree filament growth into the soil. In addition to the fig tree, Hughes describes the many uses, including medicinal, of the vegetation found on the island. One such example is the first description of the grapefruit which Hughes called "The Forbidden Fruit". The term yellow fever was also coined by Hughes in this volume, although the association with the mosquito came much later. The cartographer for his book was Thomas Jefferys, the map-maker to George III, and his map of Barbados is shown here. The illustrations were created by Georg Dionysius Ehret, who was renowned for his botanical drawings. Hughes was also the first to describe many of the sites around the island from an archaeological perspective. Portions of Hughes&#39; 1750 publication were incorporated into a book on diseases of the West Indies. Grainger and Moseley reference Hughes&#39; work especially as it applies to symptoms and treatment of diseases he observed while in Barbados. The first publication of scientific research conducted on location in Barbados, it was praised by Carl Linnaeus,& Griffith Hughes (bap. 1707, d. 1758?), Church of England clergyman and naturalist. ODNB &#145;... From 1736 to 1748, and possibly nominally into the 1750s, he was rector of St Lucy&#39;s, Barbados. Each tenure was marked by differences of opinion with the congregation and also coincided with the preparation of a book for publication. For the Welsh immigrants of Pennsylvania, Hughes produced in 1735 an edition of Welsh devotional meditations, a reprint with additions of John Morgan&#39;s Myfyrdodau bucheddol ar y pedwar peth diweddaf, originally published in London in 1714. This was the fourth Welsh book published in America. In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island&#39;s natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this work and ingratiated himself with the leading scientists of the day, men such as Sir Hans Sloane and Martin Folkes. Before returning home, he had arranged for the leading artist George Dionysius Ehret to prepare plates for his book. Because his plan was both interesting and ambitious, on Hughes&#39;s return to England in 1748 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society as well as receiving his BA and MA degrees from his old college. US$6000

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        Geschichte der Staatsveränderungen in der Römischen Republik

      Heidegger und Compagnie, Zürich 1750 - Erstausgabe der französischen Übersetzung und mit einer Lebensbeschreibung des Verfassers versehen. Pappbände der Zeit mit handschriftlich gefertigtem Rückenschildchen. Sehr guter Zustand. Fromm 26459 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        "Lettera apologetica dell&#39; esercitato Accademico della Crusca contenente la difesa del libro intitolato Lettere d&#39;una Peruana, per rispetto alla supposizione de&#39;quipu, scritta alla duchessa di s****e dalla medesima fatta pubblicare"

      Napoli: [Gennaro Morelli]. 1750. "First edition, 4to, pp. [14], 320, [14]; text partially in black letter, engraved vignette (device of the Accademia della Crusca) on title page printed in sanguine, title page otherwise printed in 4 colors; 3 hand- colored folding plates of the quipus (1 also printed in red and green); engraved ititials and headpieces; contemporary full mottled calf, gilt spine, red morocco label, modern quarter brown morocco clamshell box with gilt spine, red morocco label. & & Sabin 40560: ""This letter from a learned academician of the Della Crusca, contains a defense of Madame de Grafigny, ""Letters from a Peruvian Princess,"" published in 1747, wherein the author speakls of the extensive use of the quipus by the Peruvians.""& & ""The mysterious science of the quipus ... supplied the Peruvians with the means of communicating their ideas to one another, and of transmitting them to future generations.& & ""The quipu was a cord about two feet long, composed of different colored threads tightly twisted together, from which a quantity of small threads were suspended in the manner of a fringe. The threads were of different colors and were tied into knots. The word quipu, indeed, signifies a knot. The colors denoted sensible objects; as, for instance, white represented silver, and yellow, gold. They sometimes stood for abstract ideas. Thus white signified peace, and red, war. But the quipus were chiefly used for arithemetical purposes. The knots served instead of ciphers, and could be combined in such a manner as to represent numbers to any amount they required. By means of these they went through their calculatrions with great rapidity, and the Spaniards who first visited the country bear testimony to their accuracy.& & ""Officers were established in each of the districts, who, under the title of quipucamayus, or &#39;keepers of the quipus,&#39; were required to furnish the government with information on various important matters. One had charge of the revenues, reported the quantity of raw material distributed among the laborers, the quality and quantity of the fabrics made from it, and the amount of stores, of various kinds, paid into the royal magazines. Another exhibited the register of births and deaths, the marriages, the number of those qualified to bear arms, and the like details in reference to the population of the kingdom. These returns were annually forwarded to the capital, where they wre submitted to the inspection of officers acquainted with the art of deciphering these mystic records. The government was thus provided with a valuable mass of statistical information, and the skeins of many-colored threads, collected and carefully preserved, consittuted what might be called the national archives"" (Prescott, Conquest of Peru, I, 118-9).& & Some wear along the upper joint, old ink inscription partially eradicated from the bottom margin of the title page, mild and occasional spotting; a very good copy of a rare book.& & "

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        ELEMENTOS DE HISTORIA,

      - OU O QUE HE NECESSARIO SABER-SE Da Chronologia, da Geografia, do Brazaõ, da Historia universal, da Igreja do Testamento velho, das Monarquias antigas, da Igreja do Testamento novo, e das Monarquias novas, ANTES DE LER A HISTORIA PARTICULAR PELO ABBADE DE VALLEMONT, Traduzida da língua Franceza na Portugueza, e accrescentada com algumas noticias de Portugal [de que trata, até o anno de 1750]. Por PEDRO DE SOUSA DE CASTELLOBRANCO, Senhor do Concelho de Guardaõ, Commendador na Ordem de Christo, General de Batalha dos Exercitos de Sua Magestade, e Governador da Praça de Setubal &;;;;;;;c. Quinta impressão accrescentada com huma explicaçaõ de medalhas Imperiaes desde Julio Cesar até Heraclio. LISBOA: NA OFFICINA DE ANTONIO VICENTE DA SILVA. Anno de MDCCLXVII [1767]. Obra em 5 volumes. In 8.º de 19x14 cm. Com [xxiv]-419, [xxvii]-299, 327-[ii], 324-[iv] e 335-[iii] pags. Encadernações da época inteiras de pele com ferros a ouro nas lombadas. Exemplar com ex-libris; com títulos de posse da época manuscrito sobre as folhas de rosto; vestígios de trabalho de humidade e de traça em algumas páginas (tomo I, 339 e segs; tomo II. pags. 363 e segs; tomo III na folha de rosto; e tomo V pags. 183; 187 e 203), e apresentando repetições das páginas 293 a 296 do tomo II entre as folhas preliminares do mesmo. Inocêncio VI, 448: ?Pedro de Sousa de Castello Branco, Comendador da Ordem de Cristo, e senhor do Guardão. Depois de ocupar vários nossos maiores no exército e na armada, chegou ao de General de batalha, e foi Governador da praça de Setúbal. Nasceu em Lisboa em 1678 e morreu em 1755. Foi pai de Fr. Pedro de Sousa de quem tracto no artigo precedente. Elementos da historia, ou o que é necessario saber se da chronologia, da geographia, do brazão, da historia universal, da egreja do testamento velho, das monarchias antigas, da igreja do testamento novo, e das monarchias novas, antes de ler a historia particular: pelo Abbade de Vallemont. Traduzida da lingua franceza na portugueza, e accrescentada com algumas noticias de Portugal. Lisboa, na Offic. de Miguel Rodrigues 1734 a 1751. 4.º 5 tomos com estampas. E novamente, Quinta impressão accrescentada com uma explicação de medalhas imperiaes desde Julio Cesar até Heraclio. Lisboa, na Offic. de Antonio Vicente da Silva 1767. 4.º 5 tomos, com XXIV 419 pag., XXVIII 299 pag., 329 pag., 328 pag., e II 338 pag., inclusive as dos índices finais. Creio que a indicação de quinta edição é feita com referência às do original francês pois não sei que haja da tradução portuguesa mais que as duas que ficam mencionadas sendo destas a primeira em tudo preferível à segunda, cujo preço nos Catálogos da casa da Viúva Bertrand &;;;;;;; Filhos é ainda hoje de 3:000 réis. Tem esta obra muita analogia e semelhança com a Política moral e Civil de Damião António de Lemos publicada pelo mesmo tempo. A ordem ou disposição das matérias é contudo diversa, como se verá da seguinte resenha dos títulos dos nove livros em que se divide, a saber: Tomo I. - Livro 1.º Contém os princípios da cronologia. Livro 2.° Princípios de geografia. Tomo II - Livro 3.º Princípios do brasão. Livro 4.º Princípios da história universal. Livro 5.º Historia da Igreja do testamento velho. Tomo III. - Livro 6.º Historia das monarquias antigas, isto é, que floresceram antes do nascimento de Cristo. Tomo IV. - Livro 7.o Historia da Igreja de Jesus Cristo. Tomo V. - Livro 8.º Historia das monarquias novas. Livro 9.º Continuação das monarquias novas. O tradutor, para tornar a obra de maior utilidade para os seus patrícios, introduziu nela vários aditamentos originais, que respeitam particularmente à história de Portugal. Tais são: no tomo I a Cronologia de Portugal desde a fundação do reino, continuada em cinco épocas. (Da pág. 91 à 112 na edição de 1767.). Descrição de Portugal, repartido em três governos, eclesiástico, civil e militar com os catálogos dos Vice-reis e Governadores -gerais da Índia e do Brasil dos Capelães-móres, Inquisidores gerais

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        NOVI COMMENTARII ACADEMIAE SCIENTIARUM IMPERIALIS PETROPOLITANAE. Vols. I - V

      Petropoli [St. Petersburg]: Typis Academia Scientiarum, 1750-1760 5 volumes. 4to (10" x 7-1/2") original calf titled and decorated in gilt to spines, raised bands, red tinted edges. Engraved frontispiece in Vol. I; engraved title page in each volume; engraved plated (foldouts) at the end of each volume. In five volumes: 2677 pp., 10 unpaginated sheets, 76 hors-texte plates. Natural browning to some pages; Very nice copy. A famous publications of the Academy of Sciences founded by Peter the Great, containing important works of prominent scientists of that period in mathematics, physics, mechanics, astronomy, meteorology, biology, anatomy, medicine, etc. Very Rare, especially in such condition. Please see the picture. For more images please visit our website.. 1st ed.. HB.

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        DICHIARAZIONE ISTORICA TEOLOGICA DELL'ANNO SANTO SCRITTA DA FR. CHERUBINO DA ROMA. IN ROMA, 1750.

      Legatura in cuoio avana del secolo decimottavo. Fregio dorato inquadra un orso, simbolo dello stemma di Casa Orsini. Stelle dorate agli angoli dei piatti. Tracce d'umido sulla cerniera e sui margini interni. In 8vo; pp.18n.nn.,254. Leather binding. Gilt decorations. Coat of arms of Casa Orsini on both sides. Cm.21x14.

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        Scritture stampate con le decisioni per la Casella - Copia d&#146;alcuni atti fatti per il podere del Juvisino e per le possessioni Casella - Censi e cambi vivi.

      1750 - I documenti a stampa raccolti nel primo volume sono impressi dalla camera apostolica e sono datati dal 1753 al 1756 e narrano le vicende processuali delle proprietà di Antonio Casella alla località Masiera di Bagnocavallo dal 1692. Grandi stemmi papali/cardinalizi in xilografia aprono i documenti. Nel volume sono presenti anche alcuni manoscritti collegati ai documenti a stampa. Il volume manoscritto presenta un indice dei vari documenti copiati (d&#146;epoca) che riguardano le cause relative alla proprietà della Casella; la maggior parte sono atti fatti a Bagnocavallo e Ferrara. Il terzo volume anch&#146;esso manoscritto contiene liste di censi e cambi sempre legati ai possedimenti Casella. Masiera, anche detta masìra dagli abitanti è una frazione del comune di Bagnacavallo dal quale dista circa 7 km. Il fiume Senio la separa dal vicino comune di Fusignano. Nel XIX secolo, in seguito ad una rivolta popolare, fu per un periodo di pochi mesi un comune autonomo insieme ad altre frazioni di Bagnacavallo. Belle legature in cartonato d&#146;epoca con inserti in cuoio e laccetti in pergamena. Lotto vasto e ben tenuto di buona epoca per approfondire le vicende legali relative alle cessioni e spartizioni dei beni Casella. Formato: 3 v. ([250] p. ca.; [250] p. ca.; 46 p.), 30 cm i primi due, 25 cm il terzo. Buono, ordinari segni d&#146;uso e del tempo.

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        The Actor: A Treatise on the Art of Playing; Interspersed with Theatrical Anecdotes, Critical Remarks on Plays, and Occasional Observations on Audiences

      London: Printed for R. Griffiths, 1750. Hansomely rebound in full green calf, with raised bands to spine; gilt decoration to boards and spine. New endpages. The pages show usual age darkening and soiling to the outer edges. An 18th century owner has neatly signed the title page, the first page following the table of contents and pp.326 above "FINIS.". First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.

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        Gedanken über die Worte Pauli I Cor. I. V. 18. von der Ungleichen Aufnahme des Worts vom Kreutz. Zwey Theile, nebst einer. Vorrede, worinnen die Kreutz-Theologie der so genannten Herrenhuter, vornemlich aus ihrem XII. Lieder-Anhange und deßen drey Zugaben unpartheyisch und genau geprüfet wird.

      Johann Heinrich Hartung, Königsberg und Leipzig 1750 - 8vo. Mit gest. Frontispiz u. zahlr. Holzschnittvignetten. 1 Bl., 177 S., 3 Bl., 1008 S., 26 Bl. Interimsbrosch. d. Zt. m. hs. Rückentitel. Unbeschnitten, teils unaufgeschnitten. ADB 18, 270f. - Erste Ausgabe. - Christian David Lenz (1720-1798) war Prediger zu Seßwegen und Generalsuperintendet in Livland. Vater des Dichters J. M. R. Lenz. - Umschlag gering fleckig. Kl. Name u. Zahl auf Titel. Im Buchblock sauber u. wohlerhalten. gr. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Annales Austriae ab ultimae aetatis memoria ad Habsburgicae gentis principes deducti. Res Austriae veteris sub Romanis, Austriae, Germaniaeque regibus, ac impp. Ac praecipue Babenbergicae stirpis in Austria marchionibus gestae [.]. 2 Bände.,

      Wien, L. J. Kaliwoda, 1750. - Erstausgabe. - Der Jesuit, Altphilologe u. Historiker Sigismund Calles (1695-1767) trat mit 15 Jahren in den Jesuitenorden ein und widmete sich dem Studium der Philosophie und der klassischen Sprachen. Er war Lehrer an den Gymnasien in Klagenfurt und Leoben (Steiermark), bis er 1737 eine Professur für Geschichte an der Univ. Wien übernahm. 1746 zog er sich aus der universitären Lehre zurück und unterrichtete erneut an Schulen. Calles veröffentlichte kirchen- und profanhistorische Werke über Österreich und Deutschland. Vorliegende, auf kritischem Quellenstudium beruhenden &#132;Annales Austriae" sind die erste wissenschaftliche Darstellung der Geschichte Österreichs (Keltische Periode bis zum Beginn der Habsburgerzeit); lt. Coreth (S. 142f.) &#132;die Wende vom reinen Sammeln zur Darstellung". - Die schönen, dekorativen Einbände nur leicht berieben bzw. bestoßen. Schwach gebräunt bzw. stockfleckig. - Schönes Exemplar. - De Backer/S. I, 562; ADB III, 708; Brunet I, 1477. Sprache: la Gewicht in Gramm: 4000 Fol. Titelbll. in Rot. u. Schwarz. Mit einer gest. Vignette (v. Salomon Kleiner), einer gest. Initiale u. zahlr. Holzschn.-Vignetten u. -Initialen. 17 Bll., 566 S., 22 Bll.; 11 Bll., 590 S., 18 Bll., Ldr.-Bde. d. Zt. a. 6 Bünden m. reicher Rückenverg., goldgepr. Rückenschildern u. dreiseitigem Rotschnitt. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        De Motu Aeris in Fondinis.

      (Petropoli (St. Petersbourg), 1750). 4to. Uncut, without wrappers. Extracted from "Novi Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae", Tom. I. ad Annum 1747 et 1748. Pp. 267-275 a. 1 engraved plate with 2 figs. (ad p.268 a. ad p. 269). Clean and fine.. First printing of one of Lomonosov's earliest paper, dealing with the physics of air in artesian wells.Also conatining a paper by G.W. Richmann: "Tentamen Explicandi Phaenomenon Paradoxon...Scil. Thermometro Mercurialis..." Pp. 284-290."Lomonosov was founder of Russian science, and he would be universally recognized as a great pioneer of science had he been born a West European. He was famous also for his literary works, including poems and dramas. In 1755 he wrote a Russian Grammar that reformed the language and in the same year he helped found the University of Moscow. In 1760 he published the first history of Russia."(Isaac Asimov)

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        La comare levatrice istruita nel suo uffizio secondo le regole più certe, e gli ammaestramenti più moderni

      Recurti G. B., Venezia 1750 - Fondamentale studio dell'ostetrico- chirurgo veneziano, interessante sia dal punto di vista medico, sia dal punto di vista sociologico come spaccato di usi e concezioni interessanti. Il libro primo tratta dell'anatomia femminile e del concepimento; il libro secondo descrive "il parto laudabile o sia naturale colle sue condizioni" e " chi sia la comare e sue condizioni", con indicazioni "dei segni della verginità, della fecondità e sterilità" e sulla gravidanza; il libro terzo invece tratta del "parto illaudabile o sia non naturale, del laborioso e difficile", "dell'aborto" e delle norme relative al battesimo d'urgenza; il libro quarto tratta della estrazione della placenta e del taglio cesareo. I libri sono illustrati da tavole incise a piena pagina accompagnate dalla spiegazione. Nel libro primo ci sono 7 tavole, nel libro secondo 1, nel terzo 9 tavole e nel quarto 3. Numero di tavole: 17 pp.512 Legatura coeva in pelle, dorso con titoli e fregi in oro. Dorso rovinato in alto e leggermente schiacciato in basso. Dorso scollato e foglio di guardia anteriore parzialmente staccato con fioriture e quello posteriore presente con macchie. Testo in buono

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        A General System OF Surgery, in Three Parts. Containing the Doctrine and Management I. Of Wounds, Fractures, Luxations, Tumors, and Ulcers, of all Kinds. II. Of the several Operations performed on all Parts of the Body. III. Of the several Bandages applied in all Operations and Disorders [Together with] Institutions of Surgery. Part the Second.

      W. Innys in Paternoster-Row; C. Davis against Grays-Inn, Holborn; J. Clark under the Royal-Exchange; R. Maney and H.S. Cox on Ludgate-Hill; and J. Whiston in Fleet-street., London 1750 - 2 volumes in one. 4to. 4th edition in English. [i]-xvi, 476, 338, [10] index; 38 folding plates (1-20, xxi-xxxviii). Rebound in modern full panelled calf, stamped in blind, with gilt spine title. Light marginal staining along fore-edge. Minor spotting and soiling, with soiling to page edges. Some offsetting from plates. VG. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Vue du Pallais Royale a Port Mahon, ou le Governeur du Roy d Angleterre demeurt.

      - Interesante colección que representa distintas ciudades del mundo, publicadas en Europa entre 1750 y 1800.Año de impresión c.1750Estado BienGrabador Autor: Grabado por Balth Frederic leizelt.Impresor Academie Imperiale.Lugar de impresión AugsbourgMedidas 42 x 30 cm. (aprox)Otros datos Estos grabados fueron una forma de entretenimiento en la época para ello se utilizaron aparatos ópticos de la época con los que se visualizaban distintos efectos de luz, fueron los mas populares y curiosos del S. XVIII.Técnica Grabado calcográfico. Iluminado a mano en la época con acuarela. Reverso: sin texto. Enmarcado Año: 1750

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        VUE d' OPTIQUE de SAINT PETERSBOURG ( Vers 1750 - 1760 ) . " VUE PERSPECTIVE des BORDS de la NÈVA en descendant la RIVIERE entre le PALAIS d' HYVER de Sa Majesté IMPÈRIALE et les BATIMENS de l'ACADÈMIE des SCIENCES à PETERSBOURG

      - Paris . Sans Nom . VUE d' OPTIQUE de SAINT PETERSBOURG ( Vers 1750 - 1760 ) . " VUE PERSPECTIVE des BORDS de la NÈVA en descendant la RIVIERE entre le PALAIS d' HYVER de Sa Majesté IMPÈRIALE et les BATIMENS de l'ACADÈMIE des SCIENCES à PETERSBOURG " . Une gravure colorié à l'époque , 25,2 x 42 cm hors tou , ( Gravure : 21 x 38,5 cm ) . Un petit manque à l'angle supérieur gauche , gravure collée sur un carton fort , avec quelques cloques en haut à droite . RARE . [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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