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        De' costumi de' primitivi cristiani.

      Barbiellini, 1753. 3 voll., in 8°, cart. muta, pp. XXIV + L + 334 + 3 inc. di cui 1 rip.( 1° vol.) + pp. 19 + 340 + 36 inc. (2° vol.) + pp. XVI + 362 (3° vol.). Testate, finaline, capilettera. Ampi marg. Carta forte. Mende alle copp. Le pp. 135/136 del 1° vol. presentano un foro che lede le prime/ultime 9 lettere di 7 righe. Celebre opera resa particolarmente interessante dall'ampia iconografia raffigurante le crudeli torture inflitte ai primi martiri cristiani nonché della vita, dei monumenti e dei costumi dei cristiani antichi.

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        THE ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY. (With THE SCARCE ENGRAVING OF COLUMBUS BREAKING THE EGG). Written with a view of fixing the fluctuating IDEAS of TASTE.

      London, printed by J. Reeves for the Author, and sold by him at his house in Leicester-Fields, 1753. FIRST EDITION 1753, 4to, approximately 260 x 205 mm, 10¼ x 8 inches, engraved frontispiece (Columbus Breaking the Egg - see below), title vignette, 2 large folding plates dated March 5th 1753, pages: xxii, (4), 1-153, (3 - Catalogue of Hogarth prints for sale), bound in full panelled speckled calf, narrow gilt patterned border plus blind decoration to the panels, gilt decorated raised bands, richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, edges speckled red, new endpapers. Frontispiece slightly trimmed in upper margin and inserted on a tab, neat early signature to top margin of title page, very few fox spots here and there, mainly on pages next to folding plates, rear of plates a little dusty. Plate 1: tiny split at foot of 1 fold, small split to the middle of a horizontal fold, both neatly repaired with white linen binder's tape, Plate 2: righthand margin trimmed off, the other margins slightly foxed. A very good clean copy. Columbus Breaking the Egg is a 1752 engraving by Hogarth which was issued as the subscription ticket for his treatise on art, The Analysis of Beauty. It depicts an apocryphal tale (the "Egg of Columbus") concerning Christopher Columbus's response to detractors of his discovery of the New World. Hogarth uses the story as a parallel to what he considered his own discoveries in art. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Seal for the Court of Common Bench at Westminster A. D.ni MDCXLVIII.

      1753 - London: George Vertue, 1753. 220 x 145mm. Trimmed to image and mounted in Victorian album paper. An engraving showing the two sides of the seal of the Court of Common Bench (or 'Pleas'), within an invented rococo border. The front shows a map of England, Wales and Ireland. It was a common law court that heard any case between two individuals which did not concern the king. It was often in conflict over jurisdiction with the Court of King's Bench: however this seal celebrates the reduction in the power of the King's Bench because of the Civil War. The reverse shows the Court of Common Bench in session in Westminster Hall, with the legend 'In the first year of Freedom, by God's blessing restored, 1648'. The court was abolished in 1880. The maker of this seal (and others for Charles I and Charles II) was Thomas Simon (c.1623-65), chief engraver of the Royal Mint. This engraving by Vertue was published in 'The Medals, Coins, Great Seals and other Works of Thomas Simon'.

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        The Universal Merchant: Containing the Rationale of Commerce, in Theory and Practice; an Enquiry into the Nature and Genius of Banks, their Power, Use, Influence, and Efficacy; the Establishment and operative Transactions of the Banks of London and Amsterdam, their Capacity and Credit calculated and compared; an Account of the Banks of Hamburgh, Nuremberg, Venice, and Genoa, their Credit and Course of Business; the Doctrine of Bullion and Coins amply discussed; and therefrom the Course and Par of Exchange regularly deduced . Adapted equally to the Use and Information of Gentlemen who propose to make a Figure in Public Affairs, as to the Merchant, Factor, Broker, and Remitter. [Translated by William Horsley

      Printed by C. Say for W. Owen 1753 - foxed in places, leaves at either end stained from turn-ins, pp. [vi], xxii, 131, [4], 4to, contemporary calf, double gilt fillets on sides, spine gilt, red lettering piece, rebacked preserving most of the original spine, corners worn but consolidated, good. First edition in English of a remarkable and scarce book on trade and banking and an important source for Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, particular in regard to exchange mechanisms and coin systems. Nicolaus Magens or Magen, called by Adam Smith Meggens, by Steuart, Megens, and in the Dictionnaire de l'économie politique, Magends, was a German merchant who lived for many years in England and gained a great reputation in commercial matters. In the Universal Merchant, to which he added a postscript in 1756, he showed a deep insight into trade mechanisms, as highly appreciated by Smith: 'The author, after a general treatise on trade and on wealth, by which is meant not merely gold and silver, the common medium of trade, but a pre-eminence of industry, manufactures, and commerce, enters into an enquiry concerning bullion, after which he considers the nature, operation, and effects of banks in general and in particular. The treatise concludes with a further illustration of the business of exchange from the tables of Sir Isaac Newton, with remarks and additions' (Palgrave). The Wealth of Nations contains six substantial direct and indirect references to the Universal Merchant. A further interesting reference is to be found in Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence. (ESTC T92967; Wallis (Newton) 350.3)

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        Allgemeine Historie der Reisen zu Wasser und Lande; oder Sammlung aller Reisebeschreibungen, welche bis itzo in verschiedenen Sprachen von allen Völkern herausgegeben worden, und einen vollständigen Begriff von der neuern Erdbeschreibung und Geschichte machen; Worinnen der wirkliche Zustand aller Nationen vorgestellet, und das Merkwürdigste, Nützlichste und Wahrhaftigste in Europa, Asia, Africa und America, in Ansehung ihrer verschiedenen Reiche und Länder; deren Lage, Größe, Grenzen, Eintheilungen, Himmelsgegenden, Erdreichs, Früchte, Thiere, Flüsse, Seen, Gebirge, großen und kleinen Städte, Häfen, Gebäude, u.s.w. wie auch der Sitten und Gebräuche, der Einwohner, ihrer Religion, Regierungsart, Künste und Wissenschaften, Handlung und Manufa

      Leipzig, Arkstee & Merkus 1753 - Gr.-8°. Titel + 6 n.n. Bll. + 712 S. + 18 n.n. Bll. OLd. der Zeit, auf fünf Bünden. Mit 11 von 27 Beilagen (Karten bzw. Tafeln): es fehlen 16 Tafeln. Einer von 21 Bänden. Apart. - Ebd. m. kl. Fehlstellen im Leder (R.), berieben, stockfleckig bzw. fleckig, Gbrsp., Besitzeintrag a. T., einige Einrisse. - Behandelt die "Reisen der Franzosen und anderer nach Ostindien": Siam, Ostindien, malabarische Küste, Ganges, bengalische Seebusen u. a. - Schwabe, (1714 - 1784), war nach dem Studium der Theologie in Leipzig zunächst Privatlehrer und Hofmeister, seit 1750 Kustos der Universitätsbibliothek. 1765 wurde er a.o.Prof. der Philosophie an der Univ. Leipzig. Der überzeugte Anhänger von Gottscheds poetischen Lehren war einer der vielseitigsten Übersetzer, Herausgeber und Publizisten der deutschen Aufklärung. Er übersetzte Werke von Voltaire und Swift, ferner pädagogische, geographische und naturwissenschaftliche Schriften und publizierte 1747 eine Neuausgabe von Daniel Georg Morhofs Polyhistor. Für Gottscheds unvollendete Literaturgeschichte bearbeitete er das Kapitel über den Roman. Als Herausgeber der "Belustigungen des Verstandes und des Witzes" bot er ein Forum für kritische Beiträge von Karl Christian Gärtner, Johann Adolf und Johann Elias Schlegel, Christian Fürchtegott Gellert und Friedrich Wilhelm Zachariae. (DBE) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Relation et Mémoire pour le Vénérable Chapitre du Prieuré d'Auvergne

      1753. Sans lieu, 1753. In-12 relié plein-veau brun, dos lisse très orné. xii + 270 + 16 pages pour la table des matières et l'errata. Manque de cuir à la coiffe, quelques petites piqûres sans gravité. Félicien de Monts de Savasse, reçu Chevalier en 1720 (cf. Abbé de Vertot), Commandeur de l'Ordre de Malte de 1733 à 1768 à Laumusse (près de Macon) relate une sorte d'état des lieux de la Commanderie, laquelle s'étend largement sur le pays d'Auvergne dans l'intérêt de l'Ordre et dans le sien, suite, semble t'il, a un différent avec le Commandeur de Beugnes (Bugnies), probablement le Chevalier de Nobet de Chenelette, travail qui lui demanda plus de 15 ans. En 1753, le Grand Maître de l'Ordre est Manoel Pinto Da Fonseca. Dans le corps de l'ouvrage, a deux reprises l'auteur précise qu'il fait imprimer ce travail pour que "chacun de ses confrères put juger commodément de l'importance des sujets qu'elle traite" et "... ceux en manuscrits de la longueur de celui-ci n'engagent personne à les lire " "qu'il m'en couterait beaucoup plus pour plusieurs copies manuscrites que pour son impression". L'ouvrage semble bien n'avoir été imprimé qu'à tout petit nombre, l'auteur précise encore "... au surplus j'aurai attention d'en rompre les planches aprés m'être nanti de tous les exemplaires, pour qu'à l'exception des personnes de l'ordre aucune autre n'en ait connaissance..." "... étant épuisé de l'excès de travail que m'ont causé les neuf Commanderies, dont celle de Laumusse...". Ouvrage de toute rareté dont nous n'avons trouvé trace que dans le Catalogo della biblioteca del Sagro Militar Ordine di San Giovanni Gerosolimitano de Francesco Paolo de Smitmer (1781) qui lui aussi annonce, comme c'est le cas de notre exemplaire, première partie. Nous avons tout lieu de penser qu'il n'y a pas eu de deuxième partie. Très bon exemplaire.

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        Leicester Square This Perspective View of the South West Prospect is most Humbly Inscrib'd to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, by his most Obedient humble Servant to command John Brindley.

      John Brindley,, London, 1753 - Leicester Square Engraved and etched print. A view of Leicester Square, with an equestrian statue of George I in the centre. The print is dedicated to the Prince of Wales.Natheniel Parr (fl.1723-1751) was a British engraver active in London.ohn Maurer (fl.1713-1761) was a British artist active in London. Surviving works include views of London, and his own engraving of a view of Covent Garden. Image: 270 by 500mm. (10.75 by 19.75 inches). Sheet: 350 by 530mm (13.75 by 20.75 inches). BM 1880,1113.3003.

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        Carte Generale De L'empire Des Russes En Europe Et En Asie, Dressee D'apres Les Cartes De L'atlas Russien, Par Le S. Robert De Vaugondy, Geographe Ord. Du Roy, Avec Privilege 1753, Delahaye L'aine Sculpt Et Scripsit [A Very Large Engraved Map Of Russia, From The Large Format Russian Atlas]

      Paris: Robert De Vaugondy, 1753. 1st Edition. No Binding. Near Fine. 46.5" x 18". Engraved By Delahaye. 1st Printing Large Four-Fold Map Of Russia, Printed Area120 Cm. X 46 Cm (46.5" X 18"]. Title Cartouche At Upper Left, Dated 1753; Table Of Russian And Tatar Terms Used In The Map, At Upper Right; Printing Information At Lower Right. Text In French Version Of Russian And Local Names. Very Old Color. Interesting Map, Very Detailed With Many Cities, Towns, And Provincial Boundaries, Showing Inclusion Of Riga And Smolensk Near Western Border In Nw, Kievon Western Border In The Southwest, Crimea And Dagestan In The South, Partial Inclusion Of What Was Then Circassia And Astrakhan, And Prior To Russian Territorial Claims In The Caucasus. The Far East Has A Southern Border Far North Of The Present Border. This Large Format, Continuous Four-Fold Map, Center Spine Tab On Reverse, Is Scarce, Worldcat Showing Only Four Institutional Locations. This Example Very Well Preserved, No Marks, No Tears, Two Vertical Center Creases On Outer Panels, No Stains, Untrimmed With Original Margins Far From The Plate Mark.

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        Il santuario della prodigiosa, e santissima Vergine di Laghetto succintamente descritto.

      1753. in-12 (174x108mm), pp. (16), 122, (2), antiporta xilografica. Bella legatura torinese in piena pelle rossa, ai piatti e al dorso riccadecorazione in oro a motivo floreale, tagli dorati. Rara monografia dedicata al santuario del Laghetto (Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Laghet) nel sopporgo della Trinità di Nizza e alla venerazione mariana.. .

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        The Ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor in the Desart [Desert]

      London, 1753. First Edition. Full Leather, Gilt. Very Good. 20 5/8" x 14 1/8". Plates. Vi, 50, Followed By 36 Plates. The Index Indicates Plates Iii-Lvii, Of Which 21 Are Lacking, But No Evidence Of Plate Removals. 20" X 14 1/2". Contemporary Full Calf, Blind Tooled Panels With Corners Tooled On Boards, Ornately Gilt Spine, Morocco Spine Label, All Edges Colored Red. No Names Or Marks Except A Couple Of Tiny Pencil References. Covers Worn, Corners Worn And Frayed, Joints Cracked But Held Firmly By Cords, 3/16" Loss Along Bottom Edge Of Spine. Pages Clean And Fresh. International Postage At Ups Insured Rates.

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        The Philosophical Works Of the late Right Honorable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke. In Five Volumes; Letters on the Study and Use of History; A Letter to Sir William Windham. II. Some Reflections on the Present State of the Nation. III. A Letter to Mr. Pope; Letters on the Spirit of Patriotism: On the Idea of a Patriot King: And on the State of Parties, at the Accession of King George the First; A Dissertation Upon Parties: In Several Letters to Caleb D'Anvers, Esq.; A Collection of Political Tracts

      London: David Mallet et al, 1753-77. Leatherbound. Ex library - very good +. Vols. VI & VIII are stated New Editions, while IX is a tenth edition. 10 vols. (I to IX and a tenth volume labelled XI): 358; 412; 425; 398; 379; xxxvi, 243; 531; 479; liv, 316, [4]; 388, [8] p. 20.5 cm. Frontispiece portrait in vol. I and engraved portrait in vol. IX. Full leather. Spines have gilt trim and black and burgundy spine labels. Chip in lower front cover of vol. I, tiny tears in spine heads of vols. II & XI, chips in tails of vols. IV and VI. An occasional scuff or mark to boards. Reference and bookseller labels on front pastedowns. Brown mark on title page of last volume. Pages clean and neat. The Life of the Author by Dr. Goldsmith is in vol. IX.

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        Traité des diamants et des perles où l'on considère leur importance, on établit des règles certaines pour en connoître la juste valeur, et l'on donne la vraie méthode de les tailler. On y trouve aussi des observations curieuses, également utiles aux négociants... Trad. de l'Anglois, sur la seconde édition ... augmentée.

      Paris, Debure l'aîné et N. Tillard, 1753, in 8°, de 4ff. n.ch., XXXVpp. (dont l'errata) & 104 pp., ill. de 10 planches gravées h. t. de modèles des différentes tailles de diamants, avec un bandeau in t. par Cochin, cart. papier marbré moderne genre ancien, bon exemplaire grand de marge. Rare première édition française donnée par Chapotin St. Laurent d'après la seconde édition anglaise de 1751. Rédigé par un joaillier anglais ce traité resta pendant plus de 100 ans la référence pour l'évaluation des diamants. "Production des diamants, évaluation, grandeur, manière de les tailler, des brillants, de la taille des roses, de la taille indienne, diamants bruts, perfection des perles, évaluation...etc." ¶ Quérard Fr. Litt. IV p.223 - Brunet III. p.525 "Ouvrage estimé et qui devient rare".

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        Philosophia Salomonis Oder: Geheimes Cabinet der Natur und Kunst des Weisen Königes Salomon eröffnet durch den sogenannten Grossen und Kleinen Bauer Wahren Besitzern des königlichen Steins.

      Augsburg, bey Johann Jacob Lotters sel. Erben, 1753. - 8 Bll., 207 S., mit 6 kl. Textabb. u. einem blattgroßen Holzschnitt ("Figvra Cabalistica", S.101), Titel in Rot u. Schwarz, Kl.-8°, Neueres Leder mit goldgepr. Rückentext u. vier Bünden Ferguson I, 340; Bernus, Stöckinger/Telle: Die Alchemiebibliothek 196; Kopp II,231; Neu 1742; Brüning 4700: "Nachdruck der ersten Ausgabe von 1687 (.) unter dem Titel `Apera Arca Arcani [Artificiosissimi]` (.) Die insgesamt dreizehnte Ausgabe des sogenannten `Kleinen Bauers`. Enthält: 1) Eröffneter Kasten der allergrösten Geheimnuß der Natur. Erstlich der grosse Bauer (S. 1-58), 2) Lilivm Inter Spinas, der Kleine Bauer (S. 59-101), 3) Physica Naturalis Rotunda Visionis Chymicae Cabalisticae (S. 102-176), 4) Warnung, Instruction und Beweiß, gegen alle die, so das Aurum potabile ausserhalb des Proceß, und Praeparation Tinctur des Universals-Lapidis Philosophici, in wenig Zeit per se zu verfertigen, und zu bereiten sich selbsten und andere fälschlich & sinistre persuadiren und fürnehmen. Durch einen Sophiae Laboris Studiosum, den wahren Filiis Doctrinae zu gutem, breviter describirt und an Tag geben (S. 177-199), 5) Folgen 2. Respons von den F.R.C. zu etlichen ihren Clienten abgegeben (S. 200-207)." - Grasshoff (auch Grasseus, Grasse, Chortolassaeus oder Condesyanus, ca.1560-1623) war Syndikus in Stralsund u. später medizinischer Berater bei Ernst von Bayern (1554-1612), dem Erzbischof von Köln. "Er gehörte zu den gelesensten Schriftstellern dieser Zeit [.] am meisten gefiel sein deutsch geschriebener `Kleiner Baur` welcher zuerst in Strasburg, 1618 gedruckt ward [.] Der Hauptinhalt ist eine Fabel, welche das Geheimniß vom Stein der Weisen allegorisch andeuten soll." (Schmieder S.351) - Einband tlw. leicht berieben; Deckel mit leichten Kratzspuren; alter Vorsatz u. zweites Blatt gestempelt; wenige Blatt mit kl. Fleckspuren, sonst ein gutes u. schönes Expl.

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        De la Fonte des Mines, des Fonderies, &c.

      Tissot, Herissant, Paris 1753 - 4to: Unpaginated, [56 plates] pp. Contemporary wrapper. Undecorated wrapper. Bookseller's binding? The second volume (plates) only. Without the accompanying text. First French edition (translated from German) of this important and beautifully illustrated work on metallurgy. 55 engraved folding plates and an engraved title. Platework with beautiful plates on mining and metallurgy. Benoit Audran (Paris, 1698-1772), called the Younger to distinguish him from his uncle, was a French artist. He was the son and pupil of Jean Audran, and engraved in the same manner as his father. He engraved prints after Paolo Veronese, Poussin, Natoire, Lancret, Watteau, and other French artists. (Source: Wikipedia). Condition: Good, given age. Binding a little weak. Cover rubbed and a little worn. Remains of a title ticket to the front. Some of the plates with creases from careless folding. Some of the plates with some offsetting where they were folded when not fully dried. The plate volume for this work only. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor in the Desart [Desert]

      London 1753 - Vi, 50, Followed By 36 Plates. The Index Indicates Plates Iii-Lvii, Of Which 21 Are Lacking, But No Evidence Of Plate Removals. 20" X 14 1/2". Contemporary Full Calf, Blind Tooled Panels With Corners Tooled On Boards, Ornately Gilt Spine, Morocco Spine Label, All Edges Colored Red. No Names Or Marks Except A Couple Of Tiny Pencil References. Covers Worn, Corners Worn And Frayed, Joints Cracked But Held Firmly By Cords, 3/16" Loss Along Bottom Edge Of Spine. Pages Clean And Fresh. International Postage At Ups Insured Rates. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Il santuario della prodigiosa, e santissima Vergine di Laghetto succintamente descritto.

      1753 - in-12 (174x108mm), pp. (16), 122, (2), antiporta xilografica. Bella legatura torinese in piena pelle rossa, ai piatti e al dorso ricca decorazione in oro a motivo floreale, tagli dorati. Rara monografia dedicata al santuario del Laghetto (Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Laghet) nel sopporgo della Trinità di Nizza e alla venerazione mariana. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Pharmacopée royale galénique et chymique [...] ; avec les formules latines et françoises ; le tarif des médicaments [suivi de] Traité abrégé des eaux minérales de France

      Lyon, Frères Bruyset, 1753. 1753, 1753, in-4, 2 tomes en 1 fort vol. , front, XVI, 440pp, 5pl, 1tabl. ; VIII, (2), de 443 à 876pp. ; 72pp, demi-veau, dos à 5 nerfs orné (reliure pastiche), Cet ouvrage très populaire, dont l'édition originale date de 1676, fut souvent réimprimé à la fin du XVIIe siècle et tout au long du XVIIIe. La présente édition a été "revue, corrigée et trés considèrablement augmentée par M.L.M. [Louis-Guillaume Le Monnier] de l'Académie royale de sciences, et docteur en médecine de la faculté de Paris". L'ouvrage est orné d'un beau frontispice et de 6 planches hors texte gravés sur cuivre : 5 représentent les appareils nécessaires aux préparations pharmaceutiques et la dernière le tableau des symboles chimiques

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        Commentaries

      1753. First Edition . (CAESAR, Julius). DUNCAN, William. The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To Which is Prefixed a Discourse Concerning The Roman Art of War. London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, et al., 1753. Tall, thick folio (11 by 17 inches), period-style full red morocco, elaborately gilt decorated spine and boards, black morocco spine label, raised bands, marbled endpapers and edges. $18,500.First edition of DuncanÂ’s famous translation of CaesarÂ’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Caesar, six double-page maps, and 78 splendid plans and plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. An excellent, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound.""Beautifully printed, and richly adorned with a variety of fine cutsÂ… the greatest part of them being plans of battles, sieges, and incampments, or representations of the situation and face of the countries in which the most material transactions passedÂ… The translator has in a great measure caught the spirit of his author, andÂ… has preserved Caesar's turn of phrase and expression"" (Brueggemann, 520-21). Includes both Caesar's commentaries on the Gallic wars and the civil wars. Additionally includes A. Hirtius Pansa's commentaries on the Alexandrian, African, and Spanish wars. The fine folio plates include double-page maps of Italy, Egypt, Spain, Britain, and Rome from the time of Caesar's campaigns, and illustrations depicting Roman encampments, battles, German and British barbarians, a Wicker Man, and sumptuous victory processions. With indices of place and personal names. Brueggemann, 520-21. Moss, 241-42. ESTC T136453. Early owner ink signature to title page.Repaired closed tear to leaf 4U in Index; a few signatures at rear with faint dampstain affecting lower margin only, no plates affected. Title page and frontis expertly cleaned, frontis with expert repair to closed tear. Double-page plates have been mounted onto new tabs, and many have been expertly remargined, not affecting images. Oversized bull plate and ""Battle with the Elephants"" plate both folded along edges and trimmed close to title lettering, each with one short closed split and a few reinforcements to verso. An attractive copy, beautifully bound.

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        Minéralogie ou description générale des substances du règne minéral.

      Paris, Durand, Pissot, 1753. ____ Première édition française. Traduction du baron d'Holbach. Illustré par 4 planches dépliantes hors-texte. Le tome 2 contient un recueil d'hydrologie qui a pour titre: -Hydrologie ou description du règne aquatique, divisée par classes, genres, espèces et variétés, avec la manière de faire l'essai des eaux. "The first rational classification of minerals, summarizing existing mineral knowledge using a system based on chemical composition as well as external characteristics." Cole 1334. Johan Gottschalk Wallerius (1709-1785), "his research led to "Mineralogia eller Mineralriket" (1747), his first great work, (...), became widely known in Europe through translations into german, french, russian, and (later) latin, and served as a model for later works." Le feuillet A qui suit le titre de la dernière partie est en double, en deux tirages différents. Très petit travail de vers au fond du dernier cahier, une coiffe habilement restaurée. Bon exemplaire. DSB 14, 144. ***** First french edition, translation by d'Holbach. 2 volumes in-8. [191 x 119 mm] Collation : XLVII, (1), 589, (7) / (4), 284, 256 pp., 4 planches dépliantes hors-texte. Veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné, filets d'encadrement sur les plats, tranches rouges. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        Oeuvres

      First Edition. Illustrated with two folding maps in the second volume, the statements of Roman tribes. Full Calf granita. flat spine decorated. Part of title and volume number in red morocco. a small gap in the board of volume I. A clear pale yellow wetness early in the book. Beautiful copy. These works include a memoir about the life of Boindin Boindin by himself, his plays, the second volume containing various studies and research of the author: the sounds of language (phonetic studies) Names Roman on Roman tribes, and finally the ancient theater. Boindin was a key figure in the intellectual life of the eighteenth century, one of the pivots of the Cafe Procope, where he was one of the main jousting. His comedies had some success (the first was in collaboration with éccrite Houdar de la Motte) different memories that make up the second volume, were given by the author when he integrated the Royal Academy of Inscriptions and Medals. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Prault à Paris 1753 in-12 (9,5x17cm) (4) xxiij, 287pp. et (4) 350pp; (2) 2 volumes reliés

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        ÆSOP'S FABLES. With Instructive Morals and Reflections, Abstracted from all Party Considerations. Adapted To All Capacities; and design'd to promote Religion, Morality, and Universal Benevolence. Containing Two Hundred and Forty Fables, with a Cut Engrav'd on Copper to each Fable. And the Life of Æsop prefixed.

      [2], xxxiv, [2], 192 pages. Engraved vignette of title, and 25 engraved plates, each bearing ten small engravings. Fine twentieth century half red morocco, gilt over marbled boards. 12mo. The last leaf has been strengthened on the outer margin of the verso; the first plate has been restored at the bottom outer corner, where a small piece has been torn away, just affecting the illustration; some light water-staining to the lower portion of the last signature; else an excellent copy of an early edition. The book was first issued by Richardson in 1740, shortly before the publication of his first novel Pamela. The above copy is the third edition, second issue; the Preface, the Life, and the Reflections are all the work of Samuel Richardson. This issue is probably the last edition printed by Richardson as he died in 1761. Early copies in such excellent condition are rare.

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        Codex juris bavarici judiciarii und Anmerkungen

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        Des Herrn von Montesquiou Werk von den Gesetzen, oder von der Verh

      o. Verlag, Frankfurt und Leipzig 1753 - 3 Bde. (in 1). Frankfurt und Leipzig, o. Verlag, 1753. 8vo. (I:) Tb. mit gest. Vignette, 7 Bll. (Vorrede zu der Uebersetzung), 4 Bll. (Vorrede des Verfassers), 7 Bll., 1 gefalt. Karte, 386 S., (II:) Tb. mit Wappen, 8 Bll., (387-) 738 S., (III:) Tb. mit Wappen, 8 Bll., (739-) 1176 S., 41 Bll. Zeitgen

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        Della Casa Milano Libri Quattro. Dedicati et consecrati dall'Abbate Expilly A.S.A. Giacomo IV Francesco di Paula Milano Franco Gioeni d'Aragona.

      Paris, Giuseppe Barbou, 1753. - in-4. XXXIV. 468pp. Plein maroquin, dos à nerfs orné, triple filet doré sur les plats, armoiries dorées au centre, tranches dorées (Reliure de l'époque). Edition Originale très rare, probablement tirée à un petit nombre d'exemplaires, non mis dans le commerce, de cette étude sur la célèbre famille des Milano, d'origine espagnole. L'Abbé Jean-Joseph d'Expilly (1719-1793) a laissé des travaux de géographie "qui ont fait avancer cette science" (Larousse). Bel exemplaire en maroquin de l'époque aux armes du dédicataire, Jacques IV Milano, Marquis de S. Georges. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A complete run of the five Seatonian Prize Poems won by Christopher Smart, 1750-1756, viz: On the Eternity of the Supreme Being, A Poetical Essay; On the Immensity of the Supreme Being. A Poetical Essay; On the Omniscience of the Supreme Being, A Poetical Essay; On the Power of the Supreme Being. A Poetical Essay; On the Goodness of the Supreme Being. A Poetical Essay.

      Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham, 1753-56. Five parts, 4to, modern gray wrappers period style, stitched. ¶ The famous Seatonian Prize Poems, an annual award that commenced in 1750 with the bequest of clergyman Thomas Seaton (1684-1741), who dictated that the prize be awarded to the best poem in English on the supreme being. Christopher Smart, then a student at Cambridge, won the first five out of six years. Fine, large copies. It is highly uncommon to find a complete set in such fine condition.

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        Mémoires de Gaudence de Luques, prisonnier de l'inquisition...

      Amsterdam: n.p. 1753. Four volumes in two, octavo; with all four titles and half-titles, each volume with an engraved plate as well as an engraved headpiece vignette at start of text; contemporary French mottled calf, an attractive set. The second French edition, with four wonderful engravings and four vignettes by Fessard, and the first illustrated edition in any language. An earlier French translation, by Miltz and de Saint-Germain, was published in 1746, and it was not until 1753 that this edition came out, newly revised and extended by the prominent eighteenth-century man-of-letters, Jean-Baptiste Dupuy-Demportes (d. 1770). Although it pretends to derive from an Italian source, the Memoirs was created by an Englishman. The text was sometimes thought to be the work of Bishop Berkeley, but became correctly attributed to Berington during the nineteenth century.As the title suggests, the work takes the form of a trial transcript, with questioning from various inquisitors and a learned commentary from one Signor Rhedi. The protagonist Gaudentio, hauled in front of the Inquisition, describes Mezzorania in Africa, a city which has been cut off from external contact for over three thousand years. His first impression of the principal city of Phor is of an 'immense Garden', but his more detailed analysis shows a city which owes much to the solar model earlier proposed by Campanella in Città del Sole. Less regulated than many other utopias, the citizens have a system based on the precept 'Thou shalt do no wrong to anyone'. Unusually for the strict utopia, long-term relationships based on love are actively encouraged; indeed, Gaudentio talks at length about his own relationship with a Mezzoranian woman. It is this emotional engagement which leads Rees to see in the Memoirs an unusually novelistic utopia, and thus a work which avoids some of the neatness and simplifications of others in the genre.Ellison, in an article devoted to this 'forgotten utopia' and its authorship, comments that 'Berington can stand upon his own merits, and the early appraisal of the work which saw in it the reflection of a wise, humane, and generous spirit does not have to be seriously discounted.' ('Gaudentio Di Lucca: A Forgotten Utopia', PMLA, 1935). Similarly, Gove happily approves Dunlop classing the work with Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Heads of spines chipped.

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        A Proposal for Making an Effectual Provision for the Poor, for Amending their Morals, and for Rendering them useful Members of the Society. To which is added, A Plan of Buildings proposed with proper Elevations. Drawn by an Eminent Hand

      Fielding's comprehensive proposed reform of the Poor Laws, drawing on his years as a Bow Street magistrate and complementing his 'Enquiry' into the causes of crime, praised by Burn and Eden and presciently anticipating the reforms of the 19th century. Later 3/4 calf, the spine extra gilt, rubbed, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, with the elaborate plan and its explanation; the Taussig copy. Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1753.

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        Lithogeognosie; ou, Examen chymique des pierres et des terres en general, et du tale, de la topaze & de la steatite en particulier, avec une dissertation sur le feu & sur la lumiere. Two volume set.

      Paris: Jean-Thomas Herissant, 1753. Two volume set. Vol. I: viii, 431 pages of text, [i] blank, followed by ciii (103 pages) containing a "Table des effets des melanges differents des terres de la lithogeognosie." Illustrated by one engraved plate facing page 421. Vol. II: 267 pages of text, followed by [v] pages including the errata. Vol. II title: Continuation de la Lithogeognosie pyrotechnique, ou l'on traite plus particulierement de la connoissance de Terres & des Pierres, & de la maniere d'en faire l'examen. Original full leather bindings with slight rubbing to the extremities, slight rubbing to spine, with a few tiny wormholes to spine and hinges. Hinges are slightly cracked, but remain attached, attractive and functional. Previous owner's bookplate neatly on front endpapers, and circular private library label affixed to bottom of spine of first volume. Text is clean and attractive with a few tiny spots of foxing here and there. Slight warping/creasing to the boards of the 2nd volume. Title page of the 2nd volume does not state "Tr[anslated] by Didier d'Arclais de Montamy" as in some copies.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good- condition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        A Dissertation on the Numbers of Mankind in antient and modern Times:

      Edinburgh: for G. Hamilton and J. Balfour,, 1753. in which The superior Populousness of Antiquity is maintained. With An Appendix, Containing Additional Observations on the same Subject, And Some Remarks on Mr. Hume's Political Discourse, Of the Populousness of antient Nations. Octavo bound in fours (198 x 120 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco label, double gilt rules to raised bands, all edges speckled red. Joints and head of spine neatly restored, joints a little tender, partial tanning to endpapers. A very good copy. First edition. Robert Wallace (1697?1771) was an interesting figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, a founding member of the Rankenian Club during his university days and also active in the Philosophical and Select societies. His elaborate history of population was based on the extensive research in ancient history that he had originally presented to the Philosophical Society some time before 1745. Wallace opened his argument with a hypothetical model for the geometrical rate of world population growth, indicating that present world population was far below its potential. As Wallace was completing work on the Dissertation in 1751 he showed it to fellow Philosophical Society member David Hume, who reciprocated with the essay he published in the Political Discourses of 1752: "Of the populousness of ancient nations". Hume argued that population estimates in ancient sources were unlikely to be as accurate as modern assessments, but he graciously acknowledged his debt to Wallace, to which Wallace replied in the lengthy appendix here. "This polite exchange was widely celebrated as a model for the pursuit of truth in an enlightened age. Montesquieu supervised the translation of both works into French. In the Confessions Rousseau acknowledged the spirit of the debate, praising Hume in particular for having helped edit Wallace's text" (ODNB). Wallace's emphasis on the geometrical rate of population growth was a direct influence on Thomas Malthus's population calculus in the Essay on the Principle of Population.

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        A DISSERTATION ON THE NUMBERS OF MANKIND in antient and modern Times: in which the superior Popolousness of Antiquity is maintained. With An Appendix, containing Additional Observations on the same subject, and Some Remarks on Mr. Hume's Political Discourse, Of the Populousness of antient Nations.

      iv, 331 pages. Contemporary full calf, red gilt label to spine. Octavo. First edition. Armorial bookplate of Mackay of Bighouse. Lacks one of the two front free endpapers; the occasional soft crease-mark; tiny loss to top outer corner of title-page; else a very good copy of a work that was cited in Thomas Malthus's famous work An Essay on the Principle of Population.

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        Reize naar Oost-Indië en Persië, en de daar omliggende landen. Ondernomen langs een' ongewoonen weg.Amsterdam, De Compagnie, 1779. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With 2 engraved title-pages, 2 folding engraved maps, one of India (44 x 51 cm), the other tracking Ives's journey from Basra to Latakia (ca. 42 x 56 cm), and 9 engraved plates (including 1 large folding). Early 20th-century boards.

      Tiele, Bibl. 22; cf. Cox I, p. 299 (English ed.); on the author: ODNB online ed. First Dutch edition (second issue) of Ives's account of his voyage from England to India and his journey from Persia to England. From 1753 to 1757 the naval surgeon and traveller Edward Ives (1719-1786) was surgeon of the Kent, the flagship of Vice-Admiral Charles Watson, commander-in-chief in the East Indies. The squadron sailed via the Cape of Good Hope and Madagascar to India, where they visited the chief English settlements and major cities, Ives attending the company hospitals and staff in each place. When Admiral Watson died in August 1757, Ives's own health was also somewhat impaired and he resigned his appointment, travelling home overland from Basra, through Baghdad, Mosul and Aleppo, via Cyprus to Livorno and Venice, and finally through Germany and the Netherlands, arriving in England in March 1759 (ODNB). The plates include depictions of an altar, a Hooka (a Persian tobacco water-pipe, in the large folding plate), the tower of Babel, views of the forts St. David and Geriah, and an amulet with Arabic inscriptions, together with Dutch translations. Small marginal tear in 1 map and the folding plate, vol. 2 with loss of some paper in lower blank part of C4 and the last 3 quires browned. A wide-margined copy of Ives's narrative in good condition.

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        AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH TRADE OVER THE CASPIAN SEA: With a Journal of Travels from London through Russia into Persia; and back again through Russia, Germany and Holland. Four volume set.

      Sold by Mr. Dodsley, in Pall-mall; Mr. Nourse, Mr. Millar, Mr. Vaillant, and Mr. Patterson, in the Strand; Mr. Waugh, in Lombard Street; and Mr. Willock, in Cornhill, London 1753 - Four volume set, complete with all maps and plates. Early full leather bindings with minor shelfwear; rebacked attractively with new spine labels. Vol. I: xx, 399 pages of text. Vol. II: xvi, 374 pages of text, followed by [xvi] pages of index. Vol. III: xv, [i] blank, 255 pages. Vol. IV: xvi, 301 pages, [i] blank, followed by [xvi] index, and [iv] glossary. The set is complete with 9 folding maps and 19 engraved plates (including frontisports), as well as thirteen allegorical vignettes. Minor foxing is present, a few pages with staining in the margins, and a few pages with small tears in the margins. Slight misfolding and tearing at creases or hinges of two maps. Bookplates of former owners on endpapers of each volume: "John La Touche, Esq." and "McGuire". Title continues ".To which are added, The revolutions of Persia during the present century, with the particular history of the great usurper Nadir Kouli." First edition. Size: Quarto (4to) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Tentamen methodi ostracologicae sive dispositio naturalis cochlidum et concharum in suas classes, genera et species.

      Leiden, Wishoff 1753 - 4°. 5 nn. Bl., 177 S., 17 nn. Bl., 44, 16 S., 1 nn. Bl., m. 12 Kupfertafeln u. 1 Textkupfer. Leder der Zeit mit reicher Rückenvergoldung, (etwas berieben). Vorgebunden: Ders.: Quadrupedum dispositio brevisque historia naturalis. Leipzig, J.Schmidt, 1751. 2 nn. Bl., 127 S., mit 5 teils mehrfach gefalteten Kupfertafeln. 1) Erste Ausgabe. - Nissen, ZBI 2211; Eales I, 1366; Graesse IV, 28; ADB 16, 92 ff. - Der Danziger Jurist und Naturwissenschaftler Klein (1685-1759) schuf eine Reihe von Monographien die sich mit dem Problem der Klassifizierung in der Zoologie beschäftigten. Hierbei vertrat er die Ansicht, dass sich die Einteilung auf die Form, Anzahl und Stellung der Gliedmaßen beziehen sollte. - "Die in denselben enthaltenen zahlreichen Abbildungen sind meist für die damalige Zeit in Stich und Druck von seltener Schönheit." (ADB 93). - Die Kupfertafeln mit insgesamt 228 verschiedenen Muschel- und Schneckendarstellungen. 2) Erste Ausgabe, selten. - Nissen ZBI 2207. - Die Tafeln mit Darstellungen eines Geweihs, Hörnern, Meerkatzen, einem Ameisenbär, usw. Papierbedingt teilweise gebräunt, Titel mit überklebtem Stempel verso, gutes Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        ÆSOP'S FABLES. With Instructive Morals and Reflections, Abstracted from all Party Considerations. Adapted To All Capacities; and design'd to promote Religion, Morality, and Universal Benevolence. Containing Two Hundred and Forty Fables, with a Cut Engrav'd on Copper to each Fable. And the Life of Æsop prefixed.

      [2], xxxiv, [2], 192 pages. Engraved vignette of title, and 25 engraved plates, each bearing ten small engravings. Fine twentieth century half red morocco, gilt over marbled boards. 12mo. The last leaf has been strengthened on the outer margin of the verso; the first plate has been restored at the bottom outer corner, where a small piece has been torn away, just affecting the illustration; some light water-staining to the lower portion of the last signature; else an excellent copy of an early edition. The book was first issued by Richardson in 1740, shortly before the publication of his first novel Pamela. The above copy is the third edition, second issue; the Preface, the Life, and the Reflections are all the work of Samuel Richardson. This issue is probably the last edition printed by Richardson as he died in 1761. Early copies in such excellent condition are rare.

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        The Ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the Desart.

      London: [for the author], 1753. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Imperial folio (551 x 370 mm). [6], 50 pp. With 3 full-page engravings of inscriptions in text and 57 full-page engraved plates numbered I-LVII, including folding panoramic plate I assembled in 3 folding sheets. Additional double-page engraved plate bound on stub before title. Near contemporary full calf, foliated border decoration to cover boards in gold, gold gartered Stafford Coat of Arms on front cover, spine with 7 raised bands richly gilt in compartments and lettered in gilt (extremities and joints little rubbed, corners somewhat scuffed), marbled endpapers. Old manuscript content lists loosely inserted. Very little browning and occasional, mainly marginal, minor spotting to text and plates. Light offsetting from text on p.50 to plate III, one part of panoramic plate almost detached. Provenance: Marquis of Stafford (armorial bookplates to front pastedown and first flyleaf). An outstanding and wide-margined copy in magnificient binding. Cohen-de Ricci 916; Fowler 443; Harris 939. FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT SOURCE ON THE RECENTLY-DESTROYED MONUMENTS OF PALMYRA. Wood's work was of profound import for architects in Georgian Britain, and may well prove to be of renewed importance in the years ahead, as Palmyra was reduced virtually to rubble by Islamic State forces in August 2015. The plates imaginatively restore the ruins of Palmyra to their former glory, but Wood also includes several views of the dilapidated columns and arches in situ. The first plate was intended to form a panorama some 1.5 m long. "No such meticulous and handsome archaeological work had yet appeared in the English language, and the nation could feel proud to have a worthy competitor for the lavish folios produced in France and Italy" (RIBA). Unlike earlier antiquarian works, Wood measured and recorded proportions of columns and remnants of friezes and ceilings - a pioneering approach that influenced British and French architects throughout the 18th century. The plates were engraved by Pierre Fourdrinier, Thomas Major and J. S. Muller, Jr., after drawings by J. B. Borra, the Italian architect who accompanied Wood and James Dawkins on their tour of Asia Minor in 1750-51.This is one of two issues recorded in the ESTC - this with "Page 9.l.26. for emperor's, read emperors." The bound in double-page plate is a combination of etching and engraving and not called for in this work. It shows the two explorers and antiquaries Robert Wood and James Dawkins, arriving at the ancient Roman site of Palmyra, in present-day Syria. Both men are incongruously shown wearing Roman togas. This print engraved by John Hall (1739-1797) in 1773 is based on a large oil painting of 1758 by Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798), which is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow University. The print was published May 12th 1775, by J. Robson, New Bond Street. Near Fine.

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        Vers de Voltaire au Roi de Prusse. Verses of Voltaire to the King of Prussia.

      Printed for R. and J. Dodsley. 1753 7, [1]p. Parallel French and English text. 4to. Sl. foxing, sl. tear without loss along old fold mark on titlepage. Recent sugar paper wrappers.ESTC N68289, not in BL; Cambridge and Yale Beinecke only.On July 10, 1750, Voltaire arrived in Potsdam, accepting a long standing invitation to visit the Prussian court. He was not only an esteemed guest at Sans Souci, he was a paid companion and language teacher, and overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to him by the Prussian King, his first letter to France was full of praise for Frederick.For several months Voltaire was at the centre of society in Potsdam and Berlin. Frederick considered him a personal friend, but following several disagreements, at the end of March 1753 Voltaire left Potsdam, taking with him some of Frederick's unpublished poems. Frederick had him detained in Frankfurt, where he was kept several weeks under house arrest, until the missing poems were recovered. Sometime later they resumed correspondence, but never recaptured the pleasure of their earlier friendship. The Verses were published by Dodsley in May 1753, almost exactly at the time that Voltaire was being interrogated by Frederick's agents, and were clearly written in better times, before his departure.

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        The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

      

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        Maupertuisiana...

      Hambourg [i.e., Leiden: n.p.], 1753. Comprising: Maupertuisiana. Hambourg: 1753. Pp. 48. Contents: Avertissement; Table de pièces continues dans ce recueil; Lettre de M. T*** à M. S*** tirée du Magasin français; Seconde letter du même au même; Réponse d'un académician de Berlin à un académician de Paris; Extrait d'une letter de Berlin du 15 août 1752; Lettre de M. Euler a fait mettre dans la Gazette de Berlin en date du 2 septembre 1752; Lettre de Voltaire à M. Roquer, etc., mise à la tête du Supplement au Siècle de Louis XIV. Jugement de l'Académie Royale, des Sciences et Belles Lettres. N. p., n. d. Pp. 26. [KÖNIG] Appel au public, du jugement de l'Académie Royale de Berlin, sur un fragment de Lettre de M. Leibniz, cité par M. Koenig. Seconde edition. Leiden: de l'Imp. d'Elie Luzac, Jun., 1753. Pp. 192. Lettre de M. le Marquis de L** N** à Mme. le Marquise A** G** sur le Procès, intenté par M. Moreau de Maupertuis, contre M. Koenig, devant l'Académie Royale de Berlin. London: 1753. Pp. 40. [VOLTAIRE] Diatribe du Docteur Akakia, médecin du Pape. Décret del'inquisition; et rapport des professeurs de Rome, au sujet d'un pretend président. Rome: 1753. Pp. 32 (including the 'Décret de l'inquisition de Rome,' not always present and not listed in the table of contents). Extrait d'une letter de Berlin, du 12. Novembre 1752. N. p., n. d. pp. 16. Extrait d'une letter d'un Académicien de Berlin, à un member de la Société Royale de Londres. N. p., n. d. pp. 8. [VOLTAIRE] Séance mémorable. N. p., n. d. pp. 8. Lettres concernant le jugement de l'Académie. N. p., n. d. Pp. 33, '34-42', 43-56 (including 'Lettre de M. de Maupertuis à M. Euler' (pp. 27 - 33) and 'Lettre de M. Merian à M. Euler' (pp. '37-42' - 56). KÖNIG. Défense de l'appel au public: ou réponse aux lettres concernant le Jugement de l'Académie de Berlin. Addressée à M. de Maupertuis par M. Koenig. Leiden: de l'Imp. d'Elie Luzac, fils, 1753. pp. [ii], 65. Éloges de trois philosophes. London: 1753. Pp. [ii], 74 (including 'Lettre d'un Académicien de Berlin à un Académicien de Paris,' pp. 52-74). Réponse de l'Académicien de Paris à l'Académicien de Berlin. London: 1753. Pp. [ii], 41. L'art de bien argumenter en philosophie, réduit en pratique. Par un vieux capitaine de cavallerie, travesti en philosophe. Hambourg: 1753. Pp. 8. (This is a letter from Maupertuis to Voltaire and Voltaire's reply). EULER. Dissertation sur le principe de la moindre action, avec l'examen des objections de M. le Professeur Koenig faites contre ce principe. Leiden: de l'Imp. d'Elie Luzac, fils, 1753. Pp. [viii], 88. La Berluë remarquable des deux philosophes, les plus clairvoyans de ce siècle. Par un étudiant en philosophie de l'Université de Wittemberg. Wittemberg: 1753. Pp. 16. Traité de paix conclu entre M. le président de Maupertuis, et M. le professeur Koenig. Berlin: 1753. Pp. 19. Rare complete collection of sixteen pamphlets relating to the 'König affair,' the celebrated polemic on the principle of least action, "perhaps the ugliest of all the famous scientific disputes" (DSB VII: 442).  The texts in this collection are all in their first printed state with the exception of Appel au public (first printed in the Nova Acta Eruditorum for 1751) and Diatribe du Docteur Akakia (see below). The König affair is of considerable importance in the history of physics, since the principle of least action "was clarified and underwent important developments at the hands of [William Rowan] Hamilton and [Carl Gustav Jacob] Jacobi in the 19th century ... [It] has come to play a fundamentally important part in twentieth-century Physics" (Wolf, A History of Science, Technology, and Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, p. 69). Although initially a quarrel between Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698-1759) and Johann Samuel König (1712-57), the dispute drew in, among others, Leonhard Euler (1707-83), Voltaire (1694-1778) and the 'philosopher King' Frederick II of Prussia (1712-86). Beginning as a narrow scientific priority dispute, it became a battleground of love and jealousy, patronage, academic freedom and the control of knowledge and of print. The origins of the principle of least action lie in antiquity, when Hero of Alexandria (fl. c. 62 AD) showed that the path taken by light reflected from a mirror is that of shortest time; this was extended by Pierre de Fermat (1601-65) in the 17th century to the case of refraction. But the modern form of the principle is ascribed to Maupertuis who in 1744 published in Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences (Paris) his paper 'Accord de différentes loix de la nature qui avoient jusqu'ici paru incompatibles,' in which he put forward his rather vague  "principle by which nature, when realizing its actions, always goes along the simplest path." Two years later, he published in Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences et des Belles-Lettres de Berlin his 'Les loix du mouvement et du repos déduites d'un principe metaphysique,' in which he stated "A general principle: When a change occurs in nature, the quantity of action necessary for this change is least possible. The quantity of action is the product of the masses of the bodies by their speeds and by the distance over which they move." This principle had, in fact, been stated for the case of an isolated body by Euler in Additamentum II of his Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas (1744), although Euler did not raise any questions of priority. Maupertuis was very proud of his principle - he believed not only that he had reduced all of mechanics to a single rule, but claimed to have derived from it a metaphysical demonstration of the existence of God. In the spring of 1751 König published in Nova Acta eruditorum 'De universali principio aequilibrii et motus,' in which he denied the universality of Maupertuis' principle of least action and claimed to have a letter sent by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) in 1707 to Jakob Hermann (1678-1733) in which Leibniz writes "I remarked that in modifications of movements [action] becomes ordinarily a Maximum, or a Minimum." Maupertuis saw in this both an accusation of plagiarism and a challenge to his honour, and demanded that König produce the original of the letter. When neither König nor anyone else succeeded in producing the letter, Maupertuis, as president, called the Academy into plenary session on 13 April 1752 to hear a charge of forgery against König, with Euler putting the case for the Academy (Maupertuis himself was not present). König claimed that his copy of Leibniz's letter had been made from an original owned by Henzi, a Bern collector of manuscripts, but this could not be verified as Henzi had been put to death by his political opponents and all his papers had been burned. The Academy found König guilty of forgery. In response, he published a pamphlet Appel au public in which he quoted in full the copies of four letters in his possession which he himself had copied from original letters of Leibniz owned by Henzi. He made a convincing case, but neither Maupertuis nor Frederick II were prepared to listen. König had no option but to resign from the Academy. The decision of the Academy triggered an international debate about the conduct of the Academy and its president, and Voltaire played a key role in fuelling the dispute. On 18 September 1752 an anonymous pamphlet Response de l'Academicien de Paris à l'Académicien de Berlin defending König appeared; we now know that it was written by Voltaire. But his most effective work was the satirical Diatribe du Docteur Akakia, médecin du Pape in which the fictional doctor is ostensibly warning the president (Maupertuis) that a young man is trying to pass off his own, inferior works as the president's. Akakia quotes outlandish statements made by the young man, all of which are in fact drawn from Maupertuis' works. So he tells us the young man had 'claimed that children are formed in the mother's womb by attraction, that the left eye attracts the right leg, etc.' Maupertuis had argued that a foetus is formed from mixing 'parts' from the two parents, where each part is attracted towards parts corresponding to those that had been close to it before. This is speculation based on thin evidence but was hardly as naïve as Akakia suggests. Frederick II could not stand by as the president of his own Academy came under attack. The original edition of Akakia, printed at Potsdam, was officially condemned in Prussia and all copies were burned by the public executioner on Christmas Eve 1752 in the presence of both the King and Voltaire. Voltaire succeeded in having it reprinted throughout Europe (this second edition appears in the present collection, as in all copies of Maupertuisiana), but Voltaire soon left Berlin. Although Voltaire's participation in the dispute is often explained as a reaction to what he perceived as Maupertuis' abuse of power, its origins lie elsewhere. Voltaire had arrived at Berlin in July 1750, not long after the death of his protégé and lover the Marquise du Châtelet. He and Maupertuis were old friends. Maupertuis had advised him on his Philosophical Letters (1735) and had even made a few visits to Cirey where he found a vigorous admirer in the Marquise, perhaps stirring feelings of jealousy in Voltaire. König had also visited Cirey and had turned Mme. du Châtelet into a disciple of Leibniz, much to Voltaire's disgust. Once in Berlin, Voltaire found it difficult to share the intellectual spotlight with Maupertuis. Their friendship came to an end when Maupertuis refused to use his influence to support Voltaire when he became involved in a lawsuit over certain financial speculations. The König affair was Voltaire's chance to even the score, even if it meant forgetting his earlier animosity toward König. It has been commonly supposed that Euler's role in the König affair was that of an impartial judge. But in fact it was Euler who urged Maupertuis to put König in the wrong. König was an ardent supporter of Wolffian metaphysics; Euler's religious convictions and his scientific approach to physical problems made him antipathetic to Wolff's metaphysics (this can be seen clearly in his Lettres à une Princesse d'Allemagne), and in this he was supported by Maupertuis. Euler viewed König's attack on Maupertuis as an attack from the Wolffians, and his response drove him beyond the bounds of good sense. Euler's Dissertation sur le principe de la moindre action gives a detailed historical and critical analysis of the principle of least action, including the contributions of Leibniz and Maupertuis, as well as his own, and of the claims of König. It was also published in the same year at Berlin in a bilingual Latin-French edition, and in Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences et des Belles-Lettres de Berlin (Vol. 7, pp. 199-218). It was nearly 150 years before the Berlin Academy reconsidered its ruling against König. In 1898 Gerhardt undertook research which made a convincing argument that König's quotation from Leibniz was genuine, although it has never been established who the likely recipient of the letter was. Versions of all four letters quoted by König in his pamphlet Appel au public were found by Kabitz in 1913 in a collection of copies of Leibniz letters owned by the Bernoullis. DSB IV: 471 & VII 442-3; Bengescu, Voltaire: Bibliographie de ses Oeuvres, Vol. 2, pp. 65-8; C.I. Gerhardt, "Über die vier Briefe von Leibniz, die Samuel König in dem Appel au public, Leide MDCCLIII, veröffentlicht hat", Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften I, pp. 419-27 (1898); W. 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        Le guide des accoucheurs ou le maistre dans l'art d'accoucher les femmes.

      Paris, De Bure, 1753. ____ Seconde édition, revue, corrigée & augmentée par l'auteur de ce manuel pratique, mis sous forme de demandes et de réponses. Illustré par 15 planches hors-texte: anatomie, instruments et appareils, certains inventés par l'auteur. Quelques rousseurs. Premier plat taché, coins abîmés. Ex-libris manuscrit sur le titre : "J. Antoine Goudard, 1799". *****. In-8. [196 X 125 mm] Collation : XXXII, 392 pp., et 15 planches h.-t. Basane marbrée, dos à nerfs orné, tranches marbrées. (Reliure de l'époque).

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        Maupertuisiana...

      Hambourg [i.e., Leiden: n.p.], 1753. Comprising: Maupertuisiana. Hambourg: 1753. Pp. 48. Contents: Avertissement; Table de pièces continues dans ce recueil; Lettre de M. T*** à M. S*** tirée du Magasin français; Seconde letter du même au même; Réponse d'un académician de Berlin à un académician de Paris; Extrait d'une letter de Berlin du 15 août 1752; Lettre de M. Euler a fait mettre dans la Gazette de Berlin en date du 2 septembre 1752; Lettre de Voltaire à M. Roquer, etc., mise à la tête du Supplement au Siècle de Louis XIV. Jugement de l'Académie Royale, des Sciences et Belles Lettres. N. p., n. d. Pp. 26. [KÖNIG] Appel au public, du jugement de l'Académie Royale de Berlin, sur un fragment de Lettre de M. Leibniz, cité par M. Koenig. Seconde edition. Leiden: de l'Imp. d'Elie Luzac, Jun., 1753. Pp. 192. Lettre de M. le Marquis de L** N** à Mme. le Marquise A** G** sur le Procès, intenté par M. Moreau de Maupertuis, contre M. Koenig, devant l'Académie Royale de Berlin. London: 1753. Pp. 40. [VOLTAIRE] Diatribe du Docteur Akakia, médecin du Pape. Décret del'inquisition; et rapport des professeurs de Rome, au sujet d'un pretend président. Rome: 1753. Pp. 32 (including the 'Décret de l'inquisition de Rome,' not always present and not listed in the table of contents). Extrait d'une letter de Berlin, du 12. Novembre 1752. N. p., n. d. pp. 16. Extrait d'une letter d'un Académicien de Berlin, à un member de la Société Royale de Londres. N. p., n. d. pp. 8. [VOLTAIRE] Séance mémorable. N. p., n. d. pp. 8. Lettres concernant le jugement de l'Académie. N. p., n. d. Pp. 33, '34-42', 43-56 (including 'Lettre de M. de Maupertuis à M. Euler' (pp. 27 - 33) and 'Lettre de M. Merian à M. Euler' (pp. '37-42' - 56). KÖNIG. Défense de l'appel au public: ou réponse aux lettres concernant le Jugement de l'Académie de Berlin. Addressée à M. de Maupertuis par M. Koenig. Leiden: de l'Imp. d'Elie Luzac, fils, 1753. pp. [ii], 65. Éloges de trois philosophes. London: 1753. Pp. [ii], 74 (including 'Lettre d'un Académicien de Berlin à un Académicien de Paris,' pp. 52-74). Réponse de l'Académicien de Paris à l'Académicien de Berlin. London: 1753. Pp. [ii], 41. L'art de bien argumenter en philosophie, réduit en pratique. Par un vieux capitaine de cavallerie, travesti en philosophe. Hambourg: 1753. Pp. 8. (This is a letter from Maupertuis to Voltaire and Voltaire's reply). EULER. Dissertation sur le principe de la moindre action, avec l'examen des objections de M. le Professeur Koenig faites contre ce principe. Leiden: de l'Imp. d'Elie Luzac, fils, 1753. Pp. [viii], 88. La Berluë remarquable des deux philosophes, les plus clairvoyans de ce siècle. Par un étudiant en philosophie de l'Université de Wittemberg. Wittemberg: 1753. Pp. 16. Traité de paix conclu entre M. le président de Maupertuis, et M. le professeur Koenig. Berlin: 1753. Pp. 19. Rare complete collection of sixteen pamphlets relating to the 'König affair,' the celebrated polemic on the principle of least action, "perhaps the ugliest of all the famous scientific disputes" (DSB VII: 442).  The texts in this collection are all in their first printed state with the exception of Appel au public (first printed in the Nova Acta Eruditorum for 1751) and Diatribe du Docteur Akakia (see below). The König affair is of considerable importance in the history of physics, since the principle of least action "was clarified and underwent important developments at the hands of [William Rowan] Hamilton and [Carl Gustav Jacob] Jacobi in the 19th century ... [It] has come to play a fundamentally important part in twentieth-century Physics" (Wolf, A History of Science, Technology, and Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, p. 69). Although initially a quarrel between Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698-1759) and Johann Samuel König (1712-57), the dispute drew in, among others, Leonhard Euler (1707-83), Voltaire (1694-1778) and the 'philosopher King' Frederick II of Prussia (1712-86). Beginning as a narrow scientific priority dispute, it became a battleground of love and jealousy, patronage, academic freedom and the control of knowledge and of print. The origins of the principle of least action lie in antiquity, when Hero of Alexandria (fl. c. 62 AD) showed that the path taken by light reflected from a mirror is that of shortest time; this was extended by Pierre de Fermat (1601-65) in the 17th century to the case of refraction. But the modern form of the principle is ascribed to Maupertuis who in 1744 published in Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences (Paris) his paper 'Accord de différentes loix de la nature qui avoient jusqu'ici paru incompatibles,' in which he put forward his rather vague  "principle by which nature, when realizing its actions, always goes along the simplest path." Two years later, he published in Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences et des Belles-Lettres de Berlin his 'Les loix du mouvement et du repos déduites d'un principe metaphysique,' in which he stated "A general principle: When a change occurs in nature, the quantity of action necessary for this change is least possible. The quantity of action is the product of the masses of the bodies by their speeds and by the distance over which they move." This principle had, in fact, been stated for the case of an isolated body by Euler in Additamentum II of his Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas (1744), although Euler did not raise any questions of priority. Maupertuis was very proud of his principle - he believed not only that he had reduced all of mechanics to a single rule, but claimed to have derived from it a metaphysical demonstration of the existence of God. In the spring of 1751 König published in Nova Acta eruditorum 'De universali principio aequilibrii et motus,' in which he denied the universality of Maupertuis' principle of least action and claimed to have a letter sent by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) in 1707 to Jakob Hermann (1678-1733) in which Leibniz writes "I remarked that in modifications of movements [action] becomes ordinarily a Maximum, or a Minimum." Maupertuis saw in this both an accusation of plagiarism and a challenge to his honour, and demanded that König produce the original of the letter. When neither König nor anyone else succeeded in producing the letter, Maupertuis, as president, called the Academy into plenary session on 13 April 1752 to hear a charge of forgery against König, with Euler putting the case for the Academy (Maupertuis himself was not present). König claimed that his copy of Leibniz's letter had been made from an original owned by Henzi, a Bern collector of manuscripts, but this could not be verified as Henzi had been put to death by his political opponents and all his papers had been burned. The Academy found König guilty of forgery. In response, he published a pamphlet Appel au public in which he quoted in full the copies of four letters in his possession which he himself had copied from original letters of Leibniz owned by Henzi. He made a convincing case, but neither Maupertuis nor Frederick II were prepared to listen. König had no option but to resign from the Academy. The decision of the Academy triggered an international debate about the conduct of the Academy and its president, and Voltaire played a key role in fuelling the dispute. On 18 September 1752 an anonymous pamphlet Response de l'Academicien de Paris à l'Académicien de Berlin defending König appeared; we now know that it was written by Voltaire. But his most effective work was the satirical Diatribe du Docteur Akakia, médecin du Pape in which the fictional doctor is ostensibly warning the president (Maupertuis) that a young man is trying to pass off his own, inferior works as the president's. Akakia quotes outlandish statements made by the young man, all of which are in fact drawn from Maupertuis' works. So he tells us the young man had 'claimed that children are formed in the mother's womb by attraction, that the left eye attracts the right leg, etc.' Maupertuis had argued that a foetus is formed from mixing 'parts' from the two parents, where each part is attracted towards parts corresponding to those that had been close to it before. This is speculation based on thin evidence but was hardly as naïve as Akakia suggests. Frederick II could not stand by as the president of his own Academy came under attack. The original edition of Akakia, printed at Potsdam, was officially condemned in Prussia and all copies were burned by the public executioner on Christmas Eve 1752 in the presence of both the King and Voltaire. Voltaire succeeded in having it reprinted throughout Europe (this second edition appears in the present collection, as in all copies of Maupertuisiana), but Voltaire soon left Berlin. Although Voltaire's participation in the dispute is often explained as a reaction to what he perceived as Maupertuis' abuse of power, its origins lie elsewhere. Voltaire had arrived at Berlin in July 1750, not long after the death of his protégé and lover the Marquise du Châtelet. He and Maupertuis were old friends. Maupertuis had advised him on his Philosophical Letters (1735) and had even made a few visits to Cirey where he found a vigorous admirer in the Marquise, perhaps stirring feelings of jealousy in Voltaire. König had also visited Cirey and had turned Mme. du Châtelet into a disciple of Leibniz, much to Voltaire's disgust. Once in Berlin, Voltaire found it difficult to share the intellectual spotlight with Maupertuis. Their friendship came to an end when Maupertuis refused to use his influence to support Voltaire when he became involved in a lawsuit over certain financial speculations. The König affair was Voltaire's chance to even the score, even if it meant forgetting his earlier animosity toward König. It has been commonly supposed that Euler's role in the König affair was that of an impartial judge. But in fact it was Euler who urged Maupertuis to put König in the wrong. König was an ardent supporter of Wolffian metaphysics; Euler's religious convictions and his scientific approach to physical problems made him antipathetic to Wolff's metaphysics (this can be seen clearly in his Lettres à une Princesse d'Allemagne), and in this he was supported by Maupertuis. Euler viewed König's attack on Maupertuis as an attack from the Wolffians, and his response drove him beyond the bounds of good sense. Euler's Dissertation sur le principe de la moindre action gives a detailed historical and critical analysis of the principle of least action, including the contributions of Leibniz and Maupertuis, as well as his own, and of the claims of König. It was also published in the same year at Berlin in a bilingual Latin-French edition, and in Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences et des Belles-Lettres de Berlin (Vol. 7, pp. 199-218). It was nearly 150 years before the Berlin Academy reconsidered its ruling against König. In 1898 Gerhardt undertook research which made a convincing argument that König's quotation from Leibniz was genuine, although it has never been established who the likely recipient of the letter was. Versions of all four letters quoted by König in his pamphlet Appel au public were found by Kabitz in 1913 in a collection of copies of Leibniz letters owned by the Bernoullis. DSB IV: 471 & VII 442-3; Bengescu, Voltaire: Bibliographie de ses Oeuvres, Vol. 2, pp. 65-8; C.I. Gerhardt, "Ãœber die vier Briefe von Leibniz, die Samuel König in dem Appel au public, Leide MDCCLIII, veröffentlicht hat", Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften I, pp. 419-27 (1898); W. Kabitz, "Ãœber eine in Gotha aufgefundene Abschrift des von S. König in seinem Streite mit Maupertuis und der Akademie veröffentlichten, seinerzeit für unecht erklärten Leibnizbriefes," Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften II, pp. 632-8 (1913). 8vo (203 x 126 mm), 16 parts bound in one volume, contemporary marbled paper with gilt spine label, extremeties with light wear, large engraved vignette to title page of first part, engraved head- and tail-pieces and initials (items 7 and 8 misbound but complete), some very light spotting to first and final leaves. In all a very fine and unrestored copy....

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         Voyage de Nicolas Klimius dans le monde souterrain contenant une nouvelle théorie de la Terre, et l'histoire d'une cinquième Monarchie inconnue jusqu'à présent, ouvrage tiré de la bibliothèque de Mr. B. Abelin, et trad. du latin par M. de Mauvillon. Edition sec. augmentée...

      Copenhague & Leipzig, chez Frid. Chretien Pelt, 1753, in 12, d'un joli titre gravé & 6ff. 388pp., ill. de 6 curieuses gravures h. t. de Brühl dont deux très curieuses d'habitants du monde souterrain et d'une grande planche se dépl. représentant le plan de ce monde, demi-veau brun lég. postérieur, dos orné de fleurons dorés, bon exemplaire. Seconde édition française de ce voyage imaginaire du célèbre poète danois (1684-1754). Cette utopie très rare, satire violente des institutions sociales et politiques du temps, est des plus étranges. La première édition française de 1741 ne comprenait que deux gravures. D'après la théorie de l'astronome Edmund Halley émise dès 1692, Holberg initie ici le thème de la "terre creuse", thème qui inspirera Jules Verne et son "Voyage au centre de la Terre", mais aussi Ed. Bulwer-Lytton dans "Vril, The Power of the Coming Race" (1871), et plus récemment William Reed (1906), Marshall Gardner (1913), mais aussi les théoriciens du nazisme car le mythe fut associé à celui d'une race supérieure (Vril) et à la cyclologie de la "cosmologie glaciale" de Hans Hörbiger (1860-1931), enfin Richard Sharpe Shaver (1945), et le romancier Alain Paris en 1980. ¶ "Sans avoir connu le succès prodigieux de Swift, Holberg a sinon créé, du moins marqué durablement un thème précis, celui de la Terre creuse ..." Versins, Encycl. de l'Utopie, p.432. - Caillet n°5228 - Hartig & Soboul utopie p.49 - Eluard-Valette cat. utopies n°152/153 "Nombreux êtres étranges et amusants... c'est un monde prodigieux..."

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        Histoire de Manon Lescaut

      New edition, both for the first two parts published separately for the first time in 1753, for the third and fourth parties for their originally published in 1760.Binding full fair calf iced contemporary. Back smooth decorated with grotesque rafters. Mors rubbed. restores the bit ahead of volumes I and II. Charming series, very elegant. Aux depens de la Compagnie à Amsterdam 1756 4 tomes en 4 vol. in-16 (7,5x14cm) (4) 257pp. et (4) 210pp. et (4) 240pp. et (4) 216pp. reliés

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