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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Narcissus I; Baselmann Maior (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by "E" and executed by J. M. Seligmann. Image measures 19.9 x 14.2 inches (50.5 x 36 cm). Fine condition. 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 gouche to resemble a painting rather than the traditional practice of using translucent 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 florigelia. 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Martagum III; The New Crimson Pensilvania Martagon (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by Georg Ehret 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 practice of using translucent water-colours that allowed more of the engraving to show through. Each piece was meant to capture the flower at the peak of it's beauty instead of focusing solely on scientific detail. Ehret contributed 44 of the 180 illustrations in the entire work and is the single most important botanical artist of the era. 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Hyacinthus V; Colossus (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by Georg Ehret 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 practice of using translucent water-colours that allowed more of the engraving to show through. Each piece was meant to capture the flower at the peak of it's beauty instead of focusing solely on scientific detail. Ehret contributed 44 of the 180 illustrations in the entire work and is the single most important botanical artist of the era. 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Caryophyllus II; Le Roy De Persans [and] Caryophyllus I; Kayser Carl Der VI (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by "E" and "K" 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Fritillaria III; Alexander [and] Fritillaria IV; Asgrauw (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by Georg Ehret 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 practice of using translucent water-colours that allowed more of the engraving to show through. Each piece was meant to capture the flower at the peak of it's beauty instead of focusing solely on scientific detail. Ehret contributed 44 of the 180 illustrations in the entire work and is the single most important botanical artist of the era. 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Ranunculus I; Flavia (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving executed by J. M. Seligmann. Leaf measures 19.9 x 14.2 inches (50.5 x 36 cm). Fine condition. 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 practice of using translucent water-colours that allowed more of the engraving to show through. Each piece was meant to capture the flower at the peak of it's beauty rather than focusing solely on scientific detail. Several European artists were involved in this project giving a multi-ethnic flavour to the complete work. HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS is considered 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Hyacinthus IV; Feu D'amour (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving drawn by Dietzschin 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        HORTUS NITIDISSIMIS ... : Auricula Ursi II; Herzog Von Cumberland (print)

      Original hand-coloured engraving executed by J. M. Seligmann. Leaf measures 19.9 x 14.2 inches (50.5 x 36 cm). Fine condition. 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 gouche 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 florigelia. 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.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        Neu=Eröffnete Himmels=Schul.

      In welcher aus zwölf, als so vilen Theilen vorgesetzten Lehr=Puncten verschidene Andachts= und Tugends=Ubungen eine Christliche Seel zu erlehrnen hat [...]. Matthäus Rieger, Augsburg 1750. (28)+780 pages. With engraved and woodcut plates. Contemporary notes to flyleaf and the last free end paper. Name and date (1804) on verso of flyleaf. Wonderful, contemporary full calf binding, spine and boards richly gilt, and with the initials »M.M.B« on upper board. All three edges gilt. In a lovely contemporary two-part full calf slipcase (richly gilt) with marbled paper interior and one side designed as a richly gilt spine

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        L'Empire du Japon divisé en sept principales parties, et subdivisé en soixante et six Royaumes.

      Outline coloured engraved map of Japan. Paris 1750. 49 x 54 cm.. With decorative cartouche

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell's Antikvariat]
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        Oeconomia naturæ eller skaparens allvisa inrättning pÃ¥ vÃ¥r jord, i agttagen vid de skapade tingens betraktande i de tre naturens riken, till deras fortplantning, vidmagthÃ¥llande och undergÃ¥ng; med medicinska facultetens bifall, under [...] Carl Linnæi præsidio, utgifven uti ett academiskt snille-prof pÃ¥ latin vid Kongl. Academien i Upsala Ã¥r 1749 [...] Och nu med nÃ¥gon tillökning pÃ¥ swenska öfwersatt af Isac J.Biberg [...].

      [Stockholm], säljes i Kiesewetters boklÃ¥dor, 1750. 88 s. Nött marmorerat samtida omslag. Bunden i nytt grönt halvskinnband med ryggtitel i guld. 17 X 11 cm. HÃ¥rt skuren i nedre marginal. Enstaka fläckar. Gammalt försättsblad, lagat efter klipp i övre del. Namnteckning.. m12 öpp

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        Plans et journaux des sieges de la derniere guerre de Flandres, rassemblés par deux capitaines etrangers au service de France.

      Strasbourg, Melchior Pauschinger, 1750. Title page + (3) + 1 blank + (2, table) + 111 + 1 blank + (1) + 1 blank p. + 25 folded engraved plates (all), numbered 0-24 + engraved vignettes in the text. Later back cloth with marbled paper boards. 9 text pages with damp stains in the inner magin, otherwise a clean copy. The plates are in very good condition. Signatures (C. G. Wrangel, Börje Knös). Some of the plates are partly hand-coloured.. svaf m-09 xö

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        La Cecina di S: E: il Sig:re Sen.re March:e Carlo Ginori.

      Dall'album "Vedute delle Ville e d'altri luoghi della Toscana", 1750 circa. Incisione in rame all'acquaforte, cm 32 x 49 ca. (alla lastra), in bs. a sn. "G: Zocchi del:", in bs. a ds. "F: Morghen Scol" (sotto, il numero di rif. della tav., il 19). Bella veduta animata presa dal fiume: in primo piano diverse imbarcazioni, in secondo piano la grande villa con a fianco una barca in costruzione; sullo sfondo le colline toscane con il paese di Casale in lontananza, molto ben delineato. Un restauro all'angolo destro superiore del margine bianco non tocca la parte incisa. Bell'esemplare in ampi margini.

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        Archipel des Indies Orientales

      Paris:. 1750.. Original outline color. Title surrounded by cartouche. 23 1/4 x 18 3/4".

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        Den Stormægtigste Monarchs og Herre Friderich den Femte....Reyse Igiennem Riigerne Dannemark og Norge, 1749, ved Teigninger forestillet...

      Uden Sted og år (København 1750-54). Folio-oblong. (Billedflade:ca 23x35 cm., Papir: ca. 25x37 cm.). Alle 34 kobberstukne plancher monteret i tilpassede passpartouts og indlagt i 2 prægtige bogkasser formet som oplukkelige bøger, udført med bogrygge i rødbrun oaseged med ophøjede bind og rygtitler i guld. Alle plancher i meget fin stand. Der udkom kun 34 plancher med prospekter samt 1 kobberstukket titelblad (som ikke findes her).. Originaltrykket af det højst sjældne værk, som kun er bevaret i ganske få eksemplarer, og antageligt kun 2-3 i privateje. Således fastslår Krohn i sin bibliografi over danske kobberstik (nr. 204-228), at "Der udkom kun disse 25 (!) raderede Blade" (Krohn 1889), ligesom Kobberstiksamlingens eksemplar kun omfatter 30 plancher. Det kongelige Biblioteks eksemplar, som er Jacob Langebeks, omfatter alle 34 plancher samt det stukne titelblad. Alle foreliggende stik er dateret 1749, skønt de først udkom fra 1750 og årene fremover. Grønvold var født i Norge 1718 og fik som Fosies bedste elev på Kadetskolen, det arbejde at udføre illustrationerne til Fr. V's Rejse, hvortil man regnede 200 illustrationer, også omfattende Norge. Man skulle i hovedsagen følge samme rute som Chr. VI's Rejse i 1733 og nå så langt som til Bergen. Ruten gik over Sjælland, gennem Fyn og op til Frederikshavn (Fladstrand), men illustrationsværket følger kun rejsen til Randers. Der kendes ikke plancher fra Norges-delen, og det vides ikke med sikkerhed, hvor mange illustrationer han afleverede, men i de få bevarede eksemplarer kendes alene 35 (incl. titelkobberet). De bevarede stik "er et værdifuldt minde om færden og har tillige interesse, fordi de giver et indtryk af, hvorledes de afbildede lokaliteter tog sig ud omkring midten af det attende aarhundrede....Den kunstneriske kvalitet i Grønvolds raderinger varierer en del. Det er aabenbart, at de forskellige motiver ikke alle har interesseret tegneren lige meget, eller ikke stod ham klart i erindringen, men billederne er dog som helhed præget af en friskhed og charme i motivopfattelse og teknisk udførelse, som mange samtidige prospekter af den art mangler" (Jens Sølvsten). Sammen med Resens "Atlas Danicus" er dette værk det mest sjældne og mest kostbare i dansk topografisk litteratur. Illustrationerne er gennem flere hundrede år brugt flittigt i danske topografiske og historiske værker, ligesom stikkene i mange tilfælde blev brugt som tegningsforlæg for stikkene i Pontoppidans "Danske Atlas". Plancherne omfatter: Weyen igiennem Dannemark...- Roeskilde - Kongen stiger af ved Palaiet - Ringsted - Sorøe - Sorø Academie - Physiske Experimenter (ved Jans Kraft, Sorø) - Ridehuset (Sorøe) - Antwortskow - Cavalerie Regimenter - Corsøer - Corsøer - Seiladsen fra Corsøer - Overfarten paa det Store Belt - Nÿeborg - Nÿeborg - Odense - Slottet i Odense - Regimenter (Odense Westre Port) - Midelfart - Middelfart - Udenfor Colding - Colding - Colding Slot - Regimenter (udenfor Colding) - Weile - Horsens - Ære-Port (Horsens) - Illumination udi Horsens - Schanderborg - Ankomst til Friisenborg - Illumination af Fÿrvercket - Randers - Ære-Porten (Randers)

      [Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S]
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        The Antient and Present State of the County and City of Cork, in four books. I. Containing, the antient names of the territories and inhabitants, with the civil and ecclesiastical division thereof. II. The topography of the County and City of Cork. III. The civil history of the County. IV. The natural history of the same. The whole illustrated by remarks on the baronies, parishes, towns, villages, seats, mountains, rivers, medicinal waters, fossils, animals and vegetables; together with a new hydrographical description of the sea coasts. To which are added, curious notes and observations, relating to the erecting and improvement of several arts and manufactures, either neglected or ill prosecuted in this County. Embellished with new and correct maps of the County and City; perspective views of the chief towns, and other copper-plates. Published with the approbation of the Physico-Historical Society. 2 vols.

      Dublin: printed by A. Reilly for the Author. 1750 vi, [8] subscribers, [3], x-xxi, [2], 24-434pp; v, [4], 10-429, [7]pp index, 2 large folding maps, 8 plates (7 folding), 3 double folding engraved prospects, as required by the 'directions to the binder'; sl. browning.Handsomely bound in full contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt lattice pattern decoration in each compartment, red morocco labels.ESTC T97653. First edition. In 1750, Willes, a touring English gentlemen described the streets of Cork as being narrow, dirty and badly lit. Coaches were impractical, leaving sedan cars the only suitable mode of transport. In this same year Dr Charles Smith also published his detailed and long-awaited account of the history of Cork City and County, with descriptions of their contemporary state. Like Willes he also concerned himself with the unhealthy and unsightly state of the city, and noted a report by a Dr. Rogers who outlined that great quantities of filth and animal entrails were spread over the streets. This had caused the outbreak of epidemics in the city, such as small pox. In contrast to these descriptions of misery, Smith also details the expansion of the city in previous decades, in particular the building of the many quays, and the improvements for the wealthier classes. For example, a large bowling green with trees planted on its margin, which was located in the newly developed western marshes and, next to it, the Assembly House (long since disappeared) where the upper classes met twice a week to discuss the news and politics of the day. He also describes the daily life of those who live in the mansions on the outskirts of the town, what are now Cork's principal suburbs, and compares the banks of the River Lee to the Seine in Paris and the Thames in London, albeit on a smaller scale. On the northside of the city, Smith notes there was a nice hamlet with several houses and pleasant gardens known as Sunday's Well, and also mentions large plantations of chilli and hautboy strawberries, now reflected in the placename, Strawberry Hill.

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        Nodig Berigt tot Verklaring der Eerste Landkaarte

      Nicolas Goetze Gorinchem: Nicolas Goetze , 1748-1750 . First edition. Hardcover. fair. Folio. Unpaginated. Marbled paper covered boards. Fascinating Biblical atlas displaying a series of 12 engraved maps of the Holy Land during different historic epics. These maps were drawn by Willem Albert Bachiene, a Dutch preacher, astronomer, and geographer. Each double-page map is inserted between pages of explanatory text and has a decorative vignette of an appropriate event and a baroque title cartouche. Maps numeroted from I to XII (Map III was misnumbered, and bears No.II). Some edge wear on binding with heavy rubbing along edges, on boards and spine, with parts of paper missing. Sporadic foxing/browning throughout. Very minor damp staining on margin of maps VII and IX. Text in Dutch. Binding in overall poor to fair, interior in very good condition (stunning maps).

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        Lettres de Rousseau sur Différens Sujets. Nouvelle Edition

      Chez Barrillot & Fils, Geneve, 1750. Early Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Good Condition. 4 volumes in contemporary calf, lacking volume 4. Moderate to heavy wear to the bindings, loss to the tail of the spine on volume one, wear at corners, bindings intact and sound otherwise. Light scattered toning and staining, but generally clean internally. 332pp, 356pp, 330pp, 308pp. Scarce. Size: Octavo (8vo). 4 volumes of the 5-volume set. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Inventory No: 042308. .

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        Carta Geografica del Canada Nell: America Settentrionale

      Giovanni Battista Albrizzi Venice: Giovanni Battista Albrizzi, 1750. unbound. very good. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 13" x 16.75". Exquisite map with beautiful country vignette cartouche. Some discoloration along centerfold and edges. Giovanni Battista Albrizzi (1698-1777) was a prominent Venetian publisher of books and maps. He inherited his business from his father and was part of a family active in publishing and bookselling in Venice for 150 years. In addition, he edited a weekly bulletin, Novelle della Repubblica delle Lettere, which reviewed and commented on books published throughout Europe.

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        A North View of Denbigh Castle in North Wales

      London: Published by John Boydell engraver at the Globe near Durham Yard in the Strand, 1750. Engraving. In excellent condition. Framed in a beautiful gold-leaf frame with a gold wash-line mount. Image size: 11 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches. Framed Size: 20 x 25 1/2 inches. A handsome view of a fox hunt with Denbigh Castle in North Wales pictured in the background. Towards the middle of the eighteenth century a trend developed amongst English artists and printmakers, which sought to visually record the natural beauties of England and Wales. Sparked by a sense of national confidence and patriotism, English printmakers began to publish topographical prints of the important sights in the British Isles. In addition to being a visual record of the countryside, they were meant to encourage public recognition of the beauty and history of England. They were aimed at English and foreign tourists who desired a memento of their travels, or at those vicarious tourists who collected topographical prints instead of traveling. John Boydell made a name for himself by joining this nationalistic trend and publishing a long series of topographical engravings. This fine view of Denbigh Castle in Northern Wales is one of the earliest examples of Boydell's work, when he was known more as an engraver than a publisher and printseller.John Boydell is one of the most influential figures in the history of English printmaking. He was not only an accomplished engraver, and an industrious publisher, but as a printseller he came to dominate the English print trade. He is best known as the originator of the Shakespeare Gallery, which made him one of the most successful print-sellers of his time. Clayton, The English Print 1688- 1802 p. 115-116 & 155

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        Cereus [Pl. XXX]

      [Nuremberg]: 1750-1773. Engraving, coloured by hand, by J.J. or J.E.Haid. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling. 17 5/8 x 12 inches. 19 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches. A very fine image from Trew's "Plantae Selectae," one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century botanical books, drawn by the greatest of eighteenth-century botanical artists, George Dionysius Ehret. Linnaeus wrote to Trew, in Latin, that "The miracles of our century in the natural sciences are your work of Ehret's plants...[N]othing to equal them was seen in the past or will be in the future." Christoph Trew, a physician and botanist, had for a number of years been an admirer of Ehret's work. Ehret, a brilliant botanical artist, was unrivalled in his ability to "achieve realism, majesty, ineffable colour, all in one breathtaking look" (Hunt). Born in Heidelberg in 1710, he originally worked as a gardener and practised drawing in his spare time. His artistic abilities led him to the service of a Regensburg banker named Leskenkohl, and it was during this period that Trew met Ehret. Trew was to remain a friend and patron of Ehret's throughout his life, and by 1742, the germ of what was to become the present publication was already under discussion when Trew wrote to Christian Thran in Carlsruhe "Every year I receive some beautifully painted exotic plants [by Ehret] and have already more than one hundred of them...." Ehret moved to London in the late 1730s, where he painted the recently introduced exotics at the Chelsea Physic Garden and established himself as a teacher of flower-painting and botany. Discussions about the projected work continued by letter until 1748, when Johann Jacob Haid from Augsburg agreed to produce the engravings from Ehret's drawings. Gerta Calman, Georg Ehret, Flower painter Extraordinary (1977), p.97; Dunthorne, 309; Great Flower Books (1990), p.144; Hunt, 539; Nissen BBI ,1997; Pritzel, 9499; Stafleu & Cowan, TL2, 15.131.

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        The Natural History of Barbados

      London.: Author, 1750 In Ten Books. The Large Paper Copy. In contemporary paneled calf, heavily marked, modern antique style re-back with gilt tooling and titles in gilt to maroon leather labels, and repairs to outer corners. Internally, thick blue marbled endpapers, hinges strengthened, [16], (vii), [1], [1], 2-250, 251-254, 251-314 pp, [20], notes index and addenda, 1 map, 30 engraved copper plates, 5 illustrations within text, many engraved initials, head and tail pieces, some light browning throughout, and occasional minor stains, occasional heavy offsetting, a few pinhead wormholes to lower inner margins, aeg, ink dedication to ffep, the double paged map is by Thomas Jefferys 43*36cm), includes the interesting 10 page list of subscribers showing some from Virginia. (Folio 41*26 cm) (ESTC T147028. Nissen 950. Sabin 33582. Hunt 536) Hughes, (bap. 1707, d. 1758?), Church of England clergyman and naturalist, published 4 Welsh books in America. Whilst in Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island'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. See ODNB.

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        Institutiones chirurgicae in quibus quidquid ad rem chirurgicam pertinet, optima et novissima ratione pertractatur... amstelaedami, apud jannsonio-waesbergios, 1750-47.

      Due volumi di cm. 25, pp. (4) viii, 1187 (53). Ritratto dell'autore all'antiporta del primo volume, frontespizi in rosso e nero con vignetta centrale incisa, testate, finalini e 40 tavole nitidamente incise in rame e ripiegate fuori testo. Leg. coeva in piena pelle bazzana, dorsi a nervi con titoli e fregi in oro, piatti inquadrati da triplice filetto dorato, tagli rossi e sguardie marmorizzate. Esemplare genuino e ben conservato, con qualche traccia d'uso e piccole mancanze alle cerniere ed alle cuffie e alle legature. Pregevole edizione di questo classico della letteratura medica. Molto interessante la parte iconografica raffigurante prevalentemente momenti delle operazioni chirurgiche, strumenti, ecc. Cfr. Garrison and Morton (5576): ""Heister is the founder of scientific surgery in Germany. His book contains many interesting illustrations and includes an account of tourniquets used in his time..."".

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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 "General", "Merry Questions for Men and Batchelors only" & "For Women, and Maidens". 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 ("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") to the moral ("Spare thy Labour, and thy Cost, For the Ting that thou hast lost; Do not cast good after bad; For the thing will ne'er be had"). "In 1650 he published 'The Dutch Fortune-Teller'... 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". 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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        Traité des Pierres graveés

      Finely engraved title-pages, engraved dedication leaf to Louis XV, engraved head- & tail-pieces, & many engravings in the text. Vol. I: two engraved plates & Vol. II: 63 engraved plates. 5 p.l., 468, [2] pp.; 2 p.l., xii, [4], 132 (i.e. 135 leaves incl. 47*, 86*, & 107*); 2 leaves. Two vols. Folio, cont. red morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, spines richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: 1750. First edition and a magnificent large set bound in contemporary red morocco; this is a presentation copy from Baron Holbach, inscribed on the free front-endpaper: "This Book I receiv'd from the Baron D'Holbach. Paris - October - 1763." "This is the earliest analytical work on engraved gems and one that fully retains value even today. However, the two volumes are actually two distinct works combined together for the author's convenience as publisher as well as writer. The first volume is by far the most important because of its authoritative summary of the knowledge of engraved gems and that enormously increased in value by its lengthy discourses on previous works published on engraved gems, with a large, nearly exhaustive list of same... "The first volume begins with a history of engraved gems in general, followed by an essay on modern gem engravers and their work, and a large description of the art of engraving, divided into 4 chapters: I. descriptions of gemstones and other stones used in engraved gems, pp. 153-94, i.e., diamond (including its faceted forms with text & a fig of same), ruby, glass, zircon, garnet, emerald, beryl, peridot, chrysolite, topaz, sapphire, amethyst, other quartz varieties, opal, turquoise, malachite, jade, lapis, coral, amber, and ivory. The authorities cited here are mostly Pliny, De Berquen, and De Boodt. II. Lapidary processes, tools, equipment, etc, required to engrave gems and with the famous engraved plate showing an engraver in his atelier, and beneath, diagrams of the engraving head, accessories, and points. III. Falsifications, and IV. Making impressions. The last portion of the first volume, p. 239 to the end, comments on previous writers and engravers of plates for illustrative purposes, as well as the bibliography... "In contrast, the second volume is entirely devoted to descriptions of engraved gems in the cabinet of Louis XV(1710-1774), King of France, and it is this volume that aroused the keenest interest on the part of C. W. King, Antique Gems and Rings, I, 1872, pp. 465-6, who lauds the first volume but criticizes the second, noting that 'the large number of engravings, by Bouchardon [1698-1762], after gems in the royal cabinet, are, however, in too loose and flowing style to give any accurate idea of their originals.' The drawings of the gems were supervised by Comte de Caylus(1692-1765), the noted French art connoisseur and antiquarian."-Sinkankas 4208. The above-mentioned bibliography (pp. 239-468) in Vol. I is an extremely comprehensive and valuable guide (see Peignot, p. 249). Holbach (1723-89), a nobleman of immense wealth and with considerable learning, was the host of a brilliant salon in Paris for many years and a prolific contributor to the Encyclopédie. This richly illustrated work, which contains more than 200 engravings, is in very fine condition. Engraved armorial bookplate of Kirknvall. .

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        Parentalia: Or, Memoirs Of The Family of the Wrens; Viz. Of Mathew Bishop of Ely, Christopher Dean of Windsor, &c. But Chiefly Of Sir Christopher Wren, Late Surveyor-General of the Royal Buildings, &c. &c

      London: T. Osborne and R. Dodsley, 1750. First edition. leather_bound. Period speckled calf neatly rebacked in style. All edges red. Near fine./No Dust Jacket. Wren, Christopher. 368 [4] pages. Folio, 35 x 23.5 cm. Mezzotint portrait frontispiece of Christopher Wren's eldest son, compiler of PARENTALIA. With List of Subscribers, three engraved portraits, eight engraved plates (one double-paged), and multiple illustrations in the text, headpieces and tailpieces. Plus an additional plate, the folding "Catalogue of the Churches of the City of London. Written by his son, this work is a very early biography of Sir Christopher Wren, to whom the bulk of the book is devoted. COLVIN p.921. "The chief sources of Wren's life and works are the family records published in PARENTALIA....." Small tear p.68 repaired with archival tape, intermittent light toning, overall a tight, bright copy, armorial bookplate of William Wickham. Raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, cover border panel in gilt frames elaborate rectangular center panel of gilt designs with four corners in floral motif, marbled endpapers.

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        Veduta generale del monastero di Vallombrosa.

      Firenze, tiratura della fine del XIX secolo. Incisione in rame all'acquaforte, b/n, cm 55 x 143 ca. (alla lastra), stampata su quattro fogli poi uniti. Al margine inf. sin. Ant. Cioci Florent. delin. et sculpsit anno 1750, titolo didascalico lungo tutto il margine inferiore "Deiparae Virgini in coelum [..] Vallisumbrosae [.] prospectum Sacri Monasterii [.]", nove didascalie in calce, ai lati del titolo, sul margine inferiore, al margine inf. ds. D. A. A. F. C. Grande e bella veduta del Monastero di Vallombrosa e del territorio circostante, con scene di vita contadina; le umili abitazioni dei religiosi dell'Ordine fanno da sfondo al paesaggio circosante. Edizione della fine del XIX secolo. L'incisione ? tratta dalle "Vedute di Vallombrosa e dintorni e del monastero o badia benedettina" (Antonio Donati del. e inc., Firenze, 1784), un album in folio oblungo composto da una stupenda serie di trentasei vedute incise da Antonio Donati (pittore e incisore toscano attivo nella seconda met? del XVIII secolo), tutte firmate dall'artista nell'angolo inferiore destro. Si tratta di vedute all'acquaforte che raffigurano edifici, vedute e paesaggi, risaltando le bellezze naturali della zona dell'Appennino toscano, dove Vallombrosa ? situata, e il Monastero di Vallombrosa, con nome Monastero di Santa Maria Assunta (XI - XII sec.), ? la pi? importante di queste vedute (ne citiamo alcune altre: Ponte di Tosi, San Gualberto, Masso del Diavolo, Mulino della Badia, Eremo delle Celle, Castello di Ristonchi, Eremo della Macinaia). (Cfr.: Thieme - Becker, IX, p. 427; Dizionario degli incisori Bolaffi, IV, p. 183). Curiosit? sempre viva hanno suscitato i monasteri, soprattutto quelli di Vallombrosa e Camaldoli che, assenti dalle comuni agende di viaggio, sono sempre stati destinazioni predilette per i naturalisti e i pellegrini. Nel secolo romantico del vedutismo divennero invece, per la loro posizione erta, isolata e immersa nella natura, i luoghi prediletti per i pittori di paesaggio e il fascino di questi siti ? stato catturato nel tempo da molti illustri visitatori: fu Milton a inaugurare, nel 1639, la consuetudine di compiere un'escursione al convento di Vallombrosa, la cui fitta vegetazione gli servir? da modello per la descrizione de Paradiso Terrestre (Brilli, 1993); al convento sono legati Cellini, Ariosto e Lamartine, che lo visitarono e lo cantarono; Val?ry giudica Vallombrosa "una Chartreuse dell'Appennino, meno aspra di quella delle Alpi, con il cielo di Italia e la vista del mare". Nella chiesa del monastero di Vallombrosa, fondato dal monaco San Gualberto nell'XI secolo, si conservano le reliquie del fondatore, seppure non il corpo. Carta uniformemente un poco ingiallita, come tipico di molta carta ottocentesca, peraltro buono lo stato di conservazione.

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        Della serratura combinatoria, o sia metodo nuovo di fare le serrature per difendersi dai ladri da chiavi false. [..]. in bologna, per ferdinando pisarri, 1750.

      In-4 (cm. 20,5), cartoncino coevo (rinfrescato), tagli spruzzati, pp. [8], 42, [2] in buono stato, con una graziosissima vignetta in rame al front., testatine e finalini xilogr., tabelle n.t.; minuscola gora ad un angolo; purtroppo mancante della modesta tavola f.t.. Edizione originale, rara, di un'opera inusuale dedicata al Senato di Bologna. Spiega l'invenzione della blindatissima serratura a più combinazioni, e qui è anteceduta da due lettere bizzarre (pubblicate pochi mesi dopo) coi trucchi per scassinarla. Buon es..

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        Pianta della citta, Valletta, dell'isola di Malta co suoi due porti, borghi vicini. E sue fortificazioni [Plan of the city, Valletta, on the island of Malta with its two ports and surrounding area. And its fortifications]

      Italy, 1750. A FASCINATING MANUSCRIPT OF THE CITY OF VALLETTA, MALTA COMPLETED DURING THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. JOHN Pen and ink with watercolor on paper Paper size: 24 ¼" x 27 ¾" Framed size: 33 ½" x 47" ca. 1750. The position of Malta, at the center of the Mediterranean sea, has long made it a strategically important link between Western Europe and the Middle East, or between Southern Europe and North Africa. Although a relatively small island, its rugged topography and natural harbors have made it a desirable safe haven during military campaigns and thus, provided the island with a rich and enduring history. . Book.

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        Il cambio moderno esaminato nel foro della coscienza opera di un teologo amante del disinganno. Dedicata al ... Principe il signor Cardinale Carlo Alberto Guidobono Cavalchini prefetto della Congreg. de vescovi e regolari

      In Roma : per Filippo Zenobj incisore di stampe della Santita di N.S. Benedetto 14. ... etc., 1750. 1st Edition. Descrizione fisica: VIII, 120 p. ; 4to. Note: Stemma papale xil sul front. Lettere iniziali xil. Segn.: [ast.]4 A-P4. Very good copy in the original, full vellum; minor generalized wear to the extremities. An uncommonly good example - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        [Greek title] Ton Dionos tou Kassiou tou Kokkeianou Rhomaikon Historion ta Sozomena. Cassii Dionis Cocceiani Historiae Romanae Quae Supersunt. Volumen I. Fragmenta Librorum I-XXXV cum annotationibus maxime Henrici Valesii [Henri de Valois]... XXXVI-LIV Ioannis Alberti Fabricii [Johann Albert Fabricius]. Graeca ex codicibus mss. et Fragmentis... Latinem Versionem Xylandro-Leunclavianam... Varias Lectiones... adiecit Hermannus [Hermann] Samuel Reimarus. Volumen II. Libros Dionis LV-LX. Passim mutilos et breviatos cum annotationibus Ioannis Alberti Fabricii... LXI-LXXX. ex compendio Io. Xiphilini [Joannes Xiphilinus the younger]. Cum annotationibus Hermanni Samuelis Reimari... Opus Eminentissimo ac Reverendissimo Angelo Mariae Cardinali Quirino [Cardinal Angelo Maria Quirini]

      Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Christiani Heroldi, 1750-1752. . Two volumes, folio. Portrait frontispieces of Fabricius and Reimarus, titles printed in red and black. Attractive contemporary full page prize inscription to a front blank in volume I, dated 1775, from the Groningen Gymnasium to the teacher and Mennonite minister Matthias Jansz van Geuns (1758-1839). Contemporary diced roan, decorative gilt borders and panels, gilt arms of Groningen to each cover, gilt spines with raised bands, all edges stained red, some recent restoration to the spine ends and joints, a very good set. Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus (150-235) composed this work in 80 books over a period of 22 years, a great deal of which survived into the modern era. It covers roughly 1,400 years of Roman history up to 229 AD. It is here printed in double column with the Latin translation facing the Greek original, and contains extensive notes and indices in volume II.

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        HISTORIAE ROMANAE QUAE SUPERSUNT. Cum annotationibus Henrici Valesii, Ioannis Alberti Fabricii... Hermannus Samuel Reimarus.

      In folio (mm. 410x250), 2 voll., p. pergam. coeva, tit. oro su tassello al dorso, tagli rossi, pp. (2),XXIX,767; (6),1708 (numeraz. continua); tit. in rosso e nero, testo su due colonne (in greco e in latino), con 2 belliss. ritratti inc. in rame: 1 di Ioannes Albertus Fabricius e 1 di Hermannus Samuel Reimarus; alla dedica (al Cardinale Angelo Maria Quirino) una stupenda testata con l'effige del Cardinale su uno sfondo architettonico e con figure allegoriche, pure inc. in rame. - Nel vol. I sono contenuti: "Quod complectitur Fragmenta librorum I-XXV, cum annotationibus maxime Henrici Valesii - Libros XXXVI-LIV integros, cum annotationibus Ioannis Alberti Fabricii ac paucis aliorum graeca ex codicibus mss. et fragmentis supplevit, emendavit, latinam versionem Xylandro-Leunclavianam limavit, varias lectiones notas doctorum et suas cum apparatu et indicibus adiecit Hermannus Samuel Reimarus". - Nel vol. II: "Quod complectitur libros Dionis LV-LX. Passim mutilos et breviatos cum annotationibus Ioannis Alberti Fabricii - Et nonnullis aliorum libros item Dionis LXI-LXXX. Ex compendio Io. Xiphilini. Cum annotationibus Hermanni Samuelis Reimari.. cum indice graeco et latino adiunxit". Cfr. Brunet,II,712: "Edition la plus belle, la plus complète et la meilleure que l'on ait dans ce format" - Graesse,II,393. "Cassio Dione Cocceiano, storico greco di Roma (nato a Nicea, Bitinia, prima del 163, morto dopo il 229). Della sua grande "Storia romana" in 80 libri, divisi in decadi - dall?arrivo di Enea nel Lazio sino al 229 d.C., anno del secondo consolato dell?autore - sono giunti a noi 25 libri (36°-60°) dal 69 a.C. al 47 d.C.; parte dei libri 78° e 79° (216-219 d.C.); estratti in florilegi bizantini; oltre al compendio di G. Xifilino dell'XI secolo e di Zonara del secolo seguente". Cosi' Diz. Treccani,IV, p. 71. Con uniformi lievi arross. o lievi fiorit., ma complessivam. esempl. ben conservato.

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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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        `T Keysers Hof van binnen in Pekin./ Le dedans du Palais de l'Empereur de Chine à Péking...

      Original engraving after drawing by P. van Blanckaert. Georg Balthasar Probst, no place (Amsterdam or Paris) c. 1750. Motive measures: 40x30 cm. Sheet measures: 51x36 cm. Contemporary hand-colouring. Tears in margins professinally repaired. Mounted in recent wooden and gilt frame.. The Palace Yard in the Emperor's palace in Beijing described in a European fashion, showing Imperial processions and ceremonies. ** The picture was made to be shown in a peepshow, thus the title is laterally reversed. Text in Dutch, French, Italian and German

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        A Justice of Peace for Ireland: Consisting of Two Books; The First, declaring the Exercise of That Office . . . The Second, setting forth the Form of Proceeding in Sessions . . . Also, Some Precedents of Committals, Convictions . . . and Warrants [etc.]

      The received edition of the first Irish legal treatise, originally published in 1638, shortly before Bolton was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland, this edition expanded by the barrister Michael Travers to encompass the intervening century. Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, else a very good, clean copy. Printed for J. Leathley, and T. Moore . . . and O. Nelson [etc.], Dublin, 1750.

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        Des vortrefflichen Römischen Poëtens METAMORPHOSEON, oder : Funffzehen Bücher der Vervandlungen, ehmahlen durch den berühmten Wilhelm Bauer in kupffer gebracht ; nun aber demselben, zu besserer verständnus, der inhalt folcher finn-reichen lehrgedichte, aus dem Latinischen in Deutscher sprache summarisch beygefügt : allen mahlern, kupfferstechern, goldschmieden, bildhauern und andern, so mit der bildungs-kunst umgehen zu dienst und nutzen ausgefertigt..

      Schmidhammer, Nürnberg, 1750. In German/Latin. 44 pages text + 151 plansches. Contemporary full-leather binding. Raised bands. Marbeled endpapers. A rare edition. Lying size.150 plates + 1 engraved portrait with blank leaves between each plate. The opening text is the explanation to the engravings. Plate 4 with the lower half missing. Plate 70 with a tear in the left margin. Else the plates in good condition. The cover edges slightly worn. Some small spotting, brownings and foldings inside

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        L'Esprit des Loix, ou du Rapport que les Loix doivent avoir avec la Constitution de chaque Gouvernement, les Moeurs, le Climat, la Religion, le Commerce, etc. A quoi l'Auteur a ajoûté des recherches nouvelles sur les Loix Romaines touchant les successions, sur les Loix Françoises, & sur les Loix Féodales. NOUVELLE EDITION, Corrigé par l'Auteur, and augmentée d'une Table des Matiers, et d'une Carte Geographique, pour servir a l'intelligence des articles qui concernent le Commerce.

      3 volumes. Chez Barrillot et Fils, Geneva/Genève 1750. 8vo. XXVIII+447 + XXIII+427 + XXII+609 pages. Large folding engraved map of the world (in vol. 2). Contemporary bindings of marbled calf with richly gilt spines. Old engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown in each volume. Old name on subtitle-page in each volume. Old inscription on verso of front endpaper in each volume. Minor superficial wear to spines. Corners slightly bumped. Minor wear to spine-ends of vols. 1 & 2. Minor tear to hinge of map plate.. Printing and the Mind of Man 197. Attractive set of the second edition of Montesquieu's "On the Spirit of Laws", which was first published in Geneva in 1748. This edition has been corrected by the author himself. Establishing the principle of the diivision of power into three parts. this work is one of the cornerstones of modern Western democracy. It did have a great impact to the founders of the U.S. constitution as well as the liberal part of the French revolution

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        Mineralogie, oder mineralreich von ihm eingeteilt und beschrieben. ins deutsche uebersetzt von johann daniel denso.

      Berlin, G. Nicolai, 1750. 8vo (175 x 105mm). pp. (48), 600, (32), with 1 folding engraved plate. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spine with red label First German edition of this important mineralogical classic first published in Swedish in 1747. Johann Gottschalk Wallerius (1709-1785) was physician, resp. professor of chemistry, mineralogy and pharmacy at the University of Uppsala. "His researches led to 'Mineralogia', his first great work, which was received as an outstanding handbook of contemporary knowledge; never before had such a wealth of minerals been presented so systematically. Wallerius' clear and precise descriptions, which gave more weight to essential chemical properties than to exterior appearance, opened a new epoch in mineralogy" (D.S.B. XIV, p. 144). Hoover 861.

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        Musei capitolini. tomus primus philosophorum, poetarum, oratorum, virorumque illustrium hermas continens cum animadversionibus italice primum nunc latine editis. tomus secundus augustorum, et augustarum hermas continens cum anumadversionibus italice primum nunc latine editis. romae, typis antonii de rubeis apud pantheon in via seminarii romani, 1750.

      In folio [mm. 420 x 270], pp (2) - 42 - (4) con 90 tavv. incise in rame oltre ad altre 6 a piena pagina relative alle osservazioni iniziali abbellite anche da altre di dimensioni minori; (6) - 56 - (6), con 83 tavv. f.t. oltre ad altre 6 che riguardano le osservazioni. Frontespizi con grande veduta il rame della Piazza e del Palazzo del Campidoglio. Grandi iniziali figurate incise in rame. In piena pergamena con dorso a sei nervi a rilievo. Titoli e numero del tomo in oro entro scomparti decorati da filetti emotivi vegetali sempre in oro. Esemplare perfetto su carta pesante ad ampi margini con qualche minima fioritura al primo tomo e leggere mancanze ai dorsi soprattutto agli scomparti di testa e piede. Strappo al margine superiore bianco del frontespizio del secondo volume. Mal numerata la tav. 71 del I tomo. Al primo tomo grande antiporta architettonica incisa da Giuseppe Vasi raffigurante un portale affiancato da due colonne corinzie sormontate da busti e coronato da due figure alate che sostengono lo stemma di papa Clemente XII con l'indicazione Romae, apud Chalcographiam R.C.A. ad pedem marmoreum, 1748. Al secondo invece l'antiporta presenta il busto di Giove. Questo tomo è dedicato al Cardinale Carlo Vittorio Amedeo delle Lanze, in realtà figlio naturale di Carlo Emanuele II di Savoia e venne eletto cardinale da Benedetto XIV nel 1747, divenne abate commendatario dell'abbazia di Fruttuaria vicino Torino. Le Animadversiones del I tomo presentano all'inizio una incisione in rame che riproducezione un'antica pittura, mentre quelle del II sono ornate da un bassorilievo, sempre dei musei Capitolini, inciso da Pietro Sante Bartoli. La parte di testo nel primo volume illustra dapprima il termine "erma" e quindi le incisioni, nel secondo introduce alla ritrattistica degli imperatori e poi passa ad illustrare le tavole. Queste sono tutte state disegnate da Giovanni Domenico Campiglia (1692-1768) pittore ed incisore fiorentino che ha legato il suo nome al Museum Florentinum di Anton Francesco Gori del 1734 anno in cui Clemente XII lo chiamò Roma oltre che a questa. I disegni del Campiglia per quest'opera sono stati incisi da numerosi artisti la maggior parte dei quali di nascita e formazione fiorentina o romana: Pietro Antonio Pazzi, Carlo Gregori, Nicola Billy, Girolamo De'Rossi, Francesco Mazzoni, Fossi, Pietro Parocel, Marco Antonio Corsi , gli spagnoli Gennaro e Nicola Gutierrez, Giovanni Battista Sintes, Silvestro Pomared. La Tipografia di Antonio De Rossi fu attiva fra il 1695 ed il 1755, l'opera costituisce uno degli esempi migliori dell'alto livello della sua produzione. L'esemplare era appartenuto al Barone Wolff Blome, come indica la nota di possesso scritta ai frontespizi e l'ex libris araldico posto alle controguardie anteriori dei volumi. Il Blome nel 1758 aveva acquistato il castello di Salzau che rimase proprietà della famiglia fino al 1975, insieme a 4000 ettari di terreno. Ora di proprietà pubblica, è un centro culturale. L'opera, di cui questa è la seconda edizione, ebbe anche due altri volumi editi nel 1755 e nel 1782 dedicati rispettivamente alle statue ed ai rilievi. Estremamente rara da trovare completa proprio per i decenni trascorsi fra il primo e l'ultimo volume e per l'alta qualità decorativa delle incisioni. UCBA I, 147; GRAESSE IV, 636; BRUNET III, 1963. L'ICCU registra due sole copie di questa edizione.

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