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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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        Roma antica e moderna o sia nuova descrizione di tutti gl'edificj antichi, e moderni, tanto sagri, quanto profani della citta' di roma... in roma, appresso gregorio roisecco, 1750.

      Tre volumi di cm. 17, pp. xvi, 654; (2) 694; (4) 523 (5). Con antiporta figurata a ciascun volume, 33 tavole fuori testo (anche ripiegate) fra cui le piante della città e centinaia di nitide figure nel testo. Il tutto finemente inciso in rame. Solida legatura coeva in piena pergamena rigida, dorsi lisci con titoli manoscritti. Solo qualche arrossatura, perlopiù marginale, ad alcune carte del secondo volume, peraltro ottima conservazione. Esemplare proveniente dalla biblioteca del dr. Maurice Gizardin, con suo ex libris ed un'etichetta di possesso recente al primo frontespizio. Non ncomune ed assai interessante, soprattutto per l'ampia iconografia.

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        A View in Crumford near Matlock Bath in Derbyshire

      London: Published by John Boydell at the Globe near Durham Yard in the Strand, 1750. Engraving with hand-colour. In very good condition. 12 x 17 5/8 inches. 16 1/8 x 21 7/8 inches. A striking view from Boydell's series of plates "Collection of One Hundred Views in England and Wales." Towards the middle of the eighteenth century, a trend developed among English artists and printmakers who sought to record visually the natural beauty 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 armchair travellers 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. These fine engravings are some of the earliest examples of Boydell's work when he was known more as an engraver than a publisher and print seller. 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 also a talented print seller who 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. Le Blanc, Manuel de L'Amateur D'Estampes, p. 504, no 86; Clayton, The English Print 1688-1802, pp. 115-116 & 155.

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        Beschreibung des groenlaendischen wallfischfangs und fischerey, nebst einer gruendlichen nachricht von dem bakkeljau- und stockfischfang bey terreneuf, und einer kurzen abhandlung

      von Groenland, Island, Spritzbergen, Nova Zembla, Jan Mayen Eiland, der Strasse Davids u.a. Aus dem Holländischen übersetzt, und mit accuraten Kupfern und Land-Charten gezieret. Nürnberg, Georg Peter Monath, 1750. 4to. pp. (6), 370, (10), with fine engraved allegorical frontispiece, 7 (1 folded) engraved plates and 6 folded engraved maps. Contemporary German speckled boards. A fine copy of the second German edition of this famous work on fishery and whaling in the Arctic Seas, containing maps of the North Polar region, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Jan-Mayen and Novaya-Zemlya. The beautifully engraved plates show the ships of whalers, whales, hunting sceneries etc., of which the large folding one is by A. Salm after a drawing by van der Hem. The original Dutch edition was published in 1720. "Zorgdrager's work is by far the most important of the early authorities on the Northern Whalefishery, and must always be one of the chief sources of information for the early history on the subject" (Allen 177).

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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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        Publii Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis, illustrata, ornata, et accuratissime impressa.

      1-2. London, J. et P. Knapton et Gul. Sandby, 1750. 8vo. (50),+ 239 pp,+ 29 engr. plates [numr 1-29]; (2),+ 288,+ (1) pp.+ 29 engr. plates [numr. 30-58]. Titles printed in red and black. Leaf b2 in first part with tear. Minor foxing and spotting. Worn contemporary full calf, spine gilt with red and green labels, marbled boards, hinges cracked, but holding firm. Two volumes. Schweiger 1175. Dibdin II, 553, "...the numerous plates from antique gems are very elequently executed, and the type of paper is worthy of the engravings." This is the crown 8vo edition forming a companion to the Horace, Juvenal and Terentius

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        Kongl. Maj:ts Lif-Medici Doct. Alexander Blackwells Upgifne Rön.

      I. Om Humlegårdsplantering och bruk, samt at fördriva mullvadar. II. Recept at göda Kalfvar. III. Huru at fördriva jord-måssa. IV. Huru en hårdvals äng förbättras til ymnig gräsväxt, somär utmagrad och måsslupen. Stockholm, Lars Salvius (C:a 1750). 4:o. 12 s. Hebbe 39. Blackwell, Alexander. Försök til landtbrukets bättring i Sverige, upstäldt. Första delen. (Allt som utkom). Stockholm, Lars Salvius (1744 eller 1745). 4:o. (14),42 s. + 2 utvikbara graverade planscher. Hebbe 657. Kullin, Lars Jul. Owäldiga Tankar öfwer then af Doctor och Lif=Medicus Alexander Blackwell, Utgifna Tractat under namn af Försök til Landtbrukets Bättring I Swerige. På anmodan och befallning, lemnade. Upsala (1747). 4:o. 44 s. Hebbe 658. Engländaren Christopher Merrets Beskrifning om Pottaske=Siuderiet. Med Joh. Kunckels Anmärkningar; Innehållande Sättet at siuda och calcinera Pottaskan på wissa orter i Tyskland och annorstädes. Efter Kongl . Maj:ts och Riksens Commercie-Collegii Befalning til almän nytta af Tyskan öfwersatt Åhr 1742. Stockholm, Peter Momma. 4:o. (20) s. + graverad plansch. Anledning til nyttiga Ler=Arters Opfinnande i Riket; hwaruti jemwäl förmäles om åtskilliga Utrikes Jord=Arter, theras Bruk och nyttiande, samt omsättet, hwarefter then äkta Porcellaine göres i China, På Kongl. Maj:ts och Riksens Commercie-Collegii Befallning upsatt år 1743. Stockholm, Lorentz Ludewig Grefing. 4:o. 22 s. Ehrenclou, Carl von. Herr Capitaine Carl von Ehrenclous Försök wid Linfrös såning. Stockholm, Lars Salvius (1740-tal). 4:o. (8) s. Hebbe 972. Bennet, Stephen. Directeuren Stephan Bennets Berättelse om Lins Planterande, Beredande, Spinning, Wäfnad och öfriga tilberedning, til allmän nytta genom trycket utgifwen år 1738. Stockholm, Henr. C. Merckells Enkia 1738. 4:o. (80) s. Hebbe 970. Kolthoff, Herman. Berättelse om Harlemske Linne=Blekerierna, insänd Til Kongl. Maj:ts och Riksens Commercie-Collegium ifrån Amsterdam, under den 6. Dec. 1729, af Commissarien Herman Kolthoff. Uppå Publici Bkostnad ti almän nytta genom Trycket utgifwen år 1738. Stockholm, Kongl. Tryckeriet (1738). 4:o. 59 s. + 4 utvikbara graverade planscher. Hedman, Abraham. Berättelse om et nytt utrönt och bepröfwat sätt at Byka och Bleka fina Lerfter, samt At tilreda et slags Twål, som icke allenast wid Blekning utan ock annan klädes=tvätt giör god nytta. Uptäckt och framgifwit. Stockholm, Prt. Momma, 1742. 4:o. (16) s. Samtida marmorerat pappband. Handskrivna ryggtitlar. Samtida "Samling oecon". Senare (1800-tal) "Blackwell". 19 x 15,5 cm.. Ett välbevarat och rent samlingsband från tiden med intressant innehåll av skrifter om tidens ekonomiska och praktiska problem

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      - 1850. Berlin: Wasmuth, [1903-1912]. 9 Bll., 197 von 200 Tafeln. Lose in 4 Halbkartonumschlägen. Folio 49 x 32 cm. * Das Werk erschien in 2 Serien à 5 Lieferungen à 20 Tafeln. Die Lichtdrucktafeln zeigen Gebäude und achitektonische Details nach deutschen und schweizerischen Städten geordnet, in monochromen Fotografien und 36 farbigen Zeichnungen. - Es fehlen aus der ersten Serie die Tafel Karlsruhe F und aus der zweiten Serie die Tafeln Basel A und O. - Die Papierumschlag sind gerissen, die Tafeln z.T. leicht gebräunt, angestaubt, mit kleinen Rissen und Fehlstellen. Von den Mängeln sind ausschliesslich die Ränder der Tafeln betroffen.

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        Autograph manuscript, signed. 6 1/2 pages

      1750. No Dust Jacket. Nollet, Jean-Antoine, Abbe (1700-1770). Autograph manuscript signed. Paris, July 13, 1750. 6-1/2pp., written on 2 half sheets folded to make 4 leaves (inner sheet made up of 2 quarter sheets pasted together). Creased horizontally where previously folded, negligible offsetting, otherwise fine. Nollet trained for the priesthood, but abandoned theology for science shortly after being ordained. He became famous in the 1730s for his cours de physique, a series of scientific demonstrations performed on some 350 different instruments, constructed for the most part by himself: "These were not mere shows, as one sees from their expanded syllabus, the famous Lecons de physique, which appeared in six volumes between 1743 and 1748 and was often reprinted. The presentations are lively, comprehensive and up-to-date, with full directions for realizing the effects under study and excellent illustrations of apparatus" (DSB). In 1739 Nollet entered the Academy of Sciences (where he would become one of its leading members), and a few years later he was appointed to the University of Paris's first professorship of experimental physics. In 1845 he developed a theory of electrical attraction and repulsion that supposed the existence of a continuous flow of electrical matter between charged bodies. Nollet's theory at first gained wide acceptance, but met its nemesis in 1852 with the publication of the French translation of Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity. Franklin and Nollet found themselves on opposite sides of current debate about the nature of electricity, with Franklin supporting action at a distance and two qualitatively opposing types of electricity, and Nollet advocating mechanical action and a single type of electric fluid. Although Nollet's theory was eventually abandoned, the arguments between the two factions ended up strengthening Franklinian theory: "Under prodding from Paris the Philadelphia system was progressively refined into classical electrostatics. In particular, the need to come to terms with Nollet colored the reforms of Aepinus (1759); and Nollet himself, by spreading the dualistic theory of Robert Symmer in Italy, set in train developments that culminated in the invention of the electrophorus (1775), which in turn forced the excision of the last vestiges of the traditional theories (the 'electrical atmospheres') from Franklin's system" (DSB). The present manuscript is a lengthy analysis of a manuscript treatise on electricity submitted to the Academy of Sciences by one M. Martinenq of Hyers in Provence. Martinenq's treatise was based on the following three principles: (1) the existence of only four elements (air, fire, water and earth); (2) the unchangeable nature of these elements, which cannot be altered by chemical means; and (3) the existence of affinities between like elements that would allow, for example, the "fire" in one object to communicate with the "fire" in another. It was largely on the basis of this last principle that Martinenq proposed to provide explanations for ten electrical phenomena; however, according to Nollet's critique, "several [of these phenomena] resemble each other so much that one cannot help assigning them to the same cause; the majority are badly expressed; the author believes certain circumstances to be essential when in fact they are immaterial, and certain of these facts are so expressed as to make one believe that Mr. Martinenq has not been well instructed in this subject." In the course of debunking Martinenq's system, Nollet discusses electrical phenomena such as friction, the attraction between electrified bodies, the generation of sparks and noise, and brush discharge. He ended by recommending that the Academy of Sciences not publish Martinenq's treatise, since "quant aux phenomenes ?ectriques, il m'a paru que l'auteur n'etait pas suffisamment au fait de la matiere" (as for electrical phenomena, it seems to me that the author is not sufficiently grounded in the matter).

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        The Trials Of all the Prisoners Who Were Try'd at the Assizes held at Maidstone, for the County of Kent . . . before the Hon. Sir Thomas Denison, Knt. one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench [etc.]. Second Edition

      A rare example of criminal trials at assizes "in the country", twenty-five in total, for, among other crimes, robbery, arson, rape (two; one of a ten-year old), and stealing a mare, with jury verdicts from acquittal to death; two copies in ESTC. Later plain wraps, printed decorated paper label, hand-lettered, showing wear and a very little worming, else a good wide-margined copy; 12 pages. Printed for G. Griffith . . . in the Little Old Bailey, London, 1750.

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        Le ciel réformé. Essai de traduction de partie du livre italien, Spaccio della Bestia Trionfante.

      [Paris], 1750 [L'an 1000 700 50]. Small 8vo. Lovely contemporary full mottled calf with richly gilt spine and triple gilt line-borders to boards. All edges of boards gilt, and inner gilt dentelles. Some wear to extremities, especially capitals. Book plate removed from inside of front board. Half-title and title-page printed in red and black. Engraved title-vignette. A nice and clean copy, printed on good, heavy paper, and with wide margins. (4), 92 pp.. Scarce first translation into French of Giordano Bruno's seminal "Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast", being the first part of any of Bruno's works to be translated into French and presumably the second translation of any of Bruno's works into any language, only preceded by the equally scarce first translation into English of the same work (1713). "The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast" constitutes one of Bruno's main works and that of his works which proved to be most influential throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, profoundly affecting both science, philosophy and religion, as it "turns to social ethics and religious reform, but in a cosmic setting". (Copenhaver & Schmitt, p. 301).Bruno's world-view as presented in the "Spaccio" cannot but have appealed directly to the French thinkers of the 18th century, when the first part of any of Bruno's works thus appears in French for the first time. The Enlightenment thinkers of 18th century France must have found much resonance with the extreme and provocative views held by the - until then - overlooked Renaissance thinker, who was burned on the stake due to his non-conformist views. "Magic, pantheism, idolatory, demonolatory, apostasy - just these few outrages from the long list in the "Spaccio" would have been enough to anger the authorities, but there were more besides: Bruno doubted immortality, taught metempsychosis, recommended free-thinking, deserted positive for natural religion, criticized the Bible, defamed the Jews, slandered the Protestants, betrayed the Catholics, and condemned civil government besides." (Copenhaver & Schmitt, p. 302). - Bruno's thoughts as expressed in the "Spaccio" doe not leave those of a Voltaire far behind.Bruno's works, the first editions of which are all of the utmost scarcity, were not reprinted in their time, and new editions of them did not begin appearing until the 19th century. For three centuries his works had been hidden away in libraries, where only few people had access to them. Thus, as important as his teachings were, thinkers of the ages to come were largely reliant on more or less reliable renderings and reproductions of his thoughts. The first translations of his works thus proved to be of seminal importance to the spreading of his ideas.As Jacobi states in the preface to the second edition of his "Letters on Spinoza..." (1785), "This strange man was born, one knows not in which year, in Nola, in the Kingdom of Naples; and died on February 17th 1600 in Rome on the stake. With great diligence Brucker has been gathering information on him, but in spite of that has only been able to deliver fragments [not in translation]. For a long time his works were, partly neglected due to their obscurity, partly not respected due to the prejudice against the new opinions and thoughts expressed in them, and partly loathed and suppressed due to the dangerous teachings they could contain. On these grounds, the current scarcity of his works is easily understood. Brucker could only get to see the work "De Minimo", La Croce only had the book "De Immenso et Innumerabilibus" in front of him, or at least he only provides excerpts from this [also not in translation], as Heumann does only from the "Physical Theorems" [also small fragments, not in translation];" (pp. (VII)-VIII - own translation from the German). "Bruno's most representative work, "Spaccio de la bestia trionfante" (The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast), published in an atmosphere of secrecy in 1584 and never referred to as anything but blasphemous for more than a century, was singled out by the church tribunal at the summation of his final trial. That is hardly surprising because the book is a daring indictment of the corruption of the social and religious institutions of his day. The "triumphant beast" signifies the reign of multifarious vices. Cast in the form of allegorical dialogues, Bruno's work presents the deliberations of the Greek gods who have assembled to banish from the heavens the constellations that remind them of their evil deeds. The crisis facing Jove, the aging father of the gods, is symbolic of the crisis in a Renaissance world profoundly disturbed by new religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas." (From Arthur D. Imerti's 1964 translation of the work into English)."Bruno, who had already used geometric diagrams and philosophical terms to present n infinite universe, now wrote a dialogue in which he transformed the cosmos by transforming its imagery. He called it "The Triumphant Beast", a phrase that brought to mind the book of Revelation [...] Unlike most of his contemporaries, who gave the universe about six thousand years of existence since creation, the Nolan philosopher had already proclaimed that it was infinitely old; in "The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast", he insists that the universe holds cultures and memories that have come and gone and will come and go again." (Rowland, pp. 164-65).Giordano Bruno was born in Nola in Southern Italy in 1548, and entered the Dominical order in Naples at the age of 18. While pursuing theological studies, he also thoroughly studied the ancient philosophers and began doubting some of the teachings of the Catholic Church. When he was in Rome in 1576, these doubts became known to the authorities of his order, and an indictment for heresy was prepared against him. Before he could be arrested, he escaped and began a long journey which took him to many European countries, among these England, where his most important works are published, until in 1592 he was denounced to the Inquisition and arrested. In 1593 he was taken to Rome, imprisoned, and subjected to a 6 year long trial. He firmly refused to recant his philosophical opinions, and in 1600 he was condemned for heresy, sentenced to death, and burned alive. "Bruno burned for philosophy; he was killed for moral, physical, and metaphysical views that terrified and angered authorities." (Copenhaver & Schmitt, p. 315).Salvestrini: 112Copenhaver & Schmitt: "Renaissance Philosophy", 1992.Ingrid D. Rowland: "Girodano Bruno. Philosopher/Heretic", 2008.See also: Cassirer: "Das Erkenntnisproblem", 1922 Bd. 1; "An Essay on Man", 1944. Garin: "Italian Humanism", 1965. Paterson: "The Infinite Worlds of Giordano Bruno", 1970. Kristeller: "Eight Philosophers of the Italian Renaissance", 1964. Copenhaver & Schmitt: "Renaissance Philosophy", 1992. W. Boulting, "Giordano Bruno"

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        Historia animalium, eller beskrifning öfwer diur riket.

      Sthlm, J. Merckell, 1750-(51). 4:o. (832) s. Med träsnittsillustrationer i texten. Samtida ganska nött hfrbd med upphöjda bind och brun titeletikett. Stänkta snitt. Delvis ngt lager- och småfläckig. Diskreta lagningar på baksidan av titelbladet och reva i innermarginalen i veckoark I. Stor fuktrand på ett av bladen i ark VII. Fuktfläckar även i ark XV. Bortrivet nedre hörn på ett av bladen i vardera ark XX, LXIV och CIV. Lagning i marginalen på två blad i ark XXII. Med Abraham Abrahamsson Hülphers namnteckning daterad 1770 och J. Vindician Tranérs namnteckning. Bra ex. från Ericsberg.. Varianten med treradigt impressum. Utgavs i 104 veckoark om 8 onumrerade sidor vardera och illustrerad med sammanlagt 50 djuravbildningar, eventuellt skurna av Orrelius själv. "Historia animalium" brukar framhållas som Sveriges första zoologiska handbok och källor var bl.a. Plinius, Aristoteles och Olaus Magnus, men även mera samtida auktoriteter som Linné. Beskrivningen över djurriket är begränsad till däggdjuren och har, som Gunnar Broberg visat i en artikel i "Svenska Linnésällskapets årsskrift" 1968-69, ofta John Jonstons "Historiae naturalis" som förlaga vad gäller illustrationerna. Antalet beskrivna arter är i "Historia animalium" färre än i den av Orrelius år 1776 utgivna "Inledning til djur-känningen", men beskrivningarna är utförligare i föreliggande arbete. Herrnhutaren Magnus Orrelius (1717-94) var verksam som skriftställare, översättare och träsnidare och är ett fint exempel på hur 1700-talets lärda förenade vetenskapliga ambitioner med en varm religiositet. Handelsmannen i Västerås Abraham Abrahamsson Hülphers (1734-98) var en av de flitigaste och mest betydelsefulla topografiska författarna i Sverige under 1700-talet samt Västerås ledande tillfällighetspoet under århundradets andra hälft. De delar av hans stora bibliotek som inte skänktes till Västerås stiftsbibliotek såldes på auktion i Uppsala 1805. Östgöten Johan Tranér (1770-1835) föddes på Vindicians dag och la sig senare till med detta namn. Han påbörjade sina studier i Uppsala 1793, utnämndes till docent 1802 och fick professorstitel 1815 samt blev kyrkoherde i Söderköping 1825. I de klassiska språken var han sin tids främsta lärare och översättare. Hans böcker såldes på auktion i Uppsala 1838

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