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        Descriptio anatomica oculi humani iconibus illustrata.

      Göttingen, Vandenhoeck 1755. - Mit 7 gefalteten (5 kolor.) Kupfertafeln v. J. P. Kaltenhofer. 8 Bll., 272 S. HPrgt. d. Zt. 4°. 23 x 20 cm. Hirsch-H. VI 375; Osler 4298; Garrison-M. 1484; Heirs of Hippocrates 2/607; Waller 10493. - Erste Ausgabe. - " . das erste vollständige Werk über die Anatomie des Auges in der Welt-Literatur" (Hirschberg). Zinn hat seinen Namen für alle Zeiten unsterblich gemacht: ". he was the first adequately to describe the `zonule of Zinn` and the `annulus of Zinn`" (Garrison-M.). - "Zinn hat seinen Namen für alle Zeit unsterblich gemacht durch sein Werk: Descriptio anatomica oculi humani" (H./H.). - "This landmark work on the anatomy of the eye was the first complete work in the world`s literature on this subject. The illustrations in this work, engraved by Joel Paul Kaltenhofer, mark a new plateau in the graphic representation of the eye" (Becker 426). - Aus der Bibliothek des bedeutenden Ophtalmologen Carl Wilhelm von Zehender (1819-1916). Dessen Stempel auf Titel, Widmungsblatt, S. 272 und Rückseite von Taf. 1. Taf. 5 etwas knitterig. Etwas gebräunt und stockfleckig. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Advantage of Taking the Mean in Practical Astronomy

      1755 - SIMPSON, T(homas). A Letter to the Right Honourable George, Earl of Macclesfield, President of the Royal Society, as to the Advantage of Taking the Mean of a Number of Observations in Practical Astronomy. FROM (generaly title page present): Philosophical Transactions, Volume 49, pp. 82-93. London: L. Davis and C. Reymers, Printers to the Royal Society, 1756. Octavo, modern marbled boards. $1850.First edition of Simpson's mathematical proof that the average of a number of observations is nearer to the truth than any single observation, the first demonstration of this fundamental scientific concept.Simpson was the first to characterize the errors in observations as independent events, taking positive and negative values with equal probability, and the first to provide an exact expression for the probability that the error in the mean result will lie between assigned limits (Todhunter, 309). This paper was later reprinted (revised) in Simpson's Miscellaneous Tracts (1757) and is considered a milestone in statistical inference, a forerunner of Legendre-Gauss' Least Squares, and "the earliest statistical advice from a mathematician to experimental scientist" (Stigler, 93). "A conceptual shift which would have radical consequences for scientific practice" (Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences, 1379). Tiny hole in title page, just affecting imprint. Text clean. A near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Description du Cabinet Roial de Dresde touchant l'Histoire Naturelle

      Engraved arms on title, an engraved headpiece depicting the Zwinger, & two engraved folding plates. 1 p.l., 101, [1] pp. Large 4to, cont. mottled & polished sheep (minor browning), spine gilt, leather lettering piece on spine. Dresden & Leipzig: G.C. Walther, 1755. First edition, and a fine large paper copy, of the "first separate catalogue of the Dresden natural history collections housed in the magnificent baroque Zwinger (built by Poeppelmann in 1711), which also accommodated the Dresden print cabinet. This catalogue is one of the fruits of Augustus the Strong's reorganisation of the old Dresden Wunderkammer into a number of specialised collections. The collection of ancient marbles was similarly catalogued in 1733, and the prehistoric and mineralogical collections in 1749; other departments of the museum followed in the nineteenth century… "Fossils and petrifactions, animal skeletons and specimens, corals and shells were all represented in profusion, but oddities and natural curiosities still abound in the form of 'Missgeburten', peculiarly shaped plants, and two pieces of gold and silver supposedly transmuted from copper and lead by Johann Friedrich Boettger, better known for his rediscovery of the art of making porcelain. The final chapter is devoted to a model of Solomon's temple, constructed over a period of twenty years from Biblical references by a Hamburg gentleman named Schott. The model had been admired by Peter the Great and exhibited in London where a pamphlet about it was issued in 1725. The folding plates give ground-plans of the Zwinger."-Grinke, From Wunderkammer to Museum, 50. Very nice copy, printed on large paper. A German language edition was also published in the same year. ? Murray, I, pp. 207-8. Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 1506.

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      1755 - SPENCE, Joseph. Polymetis: or, an Enquiry Concerning the Agreement between the Works of the Roman Poets, and the Remains of the Antient Artists. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1755. Tall folio (11 by 17 inches), contemporary full tan polished calf rebacked with elaborately gilt-decorated spine laid down, green morocco spine label, raised bands. $1800.Second edition of this richly illustrated catalogue of classical mythology in Roman art and literature, an impressive tall folio with engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue after Isaac Whood, 17 vignette tailpieces, and 41 full-page engraved plates (four double-page, two of these folding) by Boitard after Paderni and others. Very handsomely bound in full contemporary polished calf-gilt.Many years in the making, this large and finely printed volume traces classical mythology in Roman art and literature. "Remains an agreeable book, owing to the urbanity of its old-fashioned scholarship, the justice of some incidental observations, and its affluent stores of quotation; and, as an intellectual if heterogeneous banquet, may be compared with the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus. Gibbon speaks of its "˜taste and learning" (DNB). Samuel Johnson wrote of Spence: "His criticism was commonly just; what he thought, he thought rightly, and his remarks were recommended by coolness and candor" (DNB). "A highly regarded work" (Brunet). First published in 1747. Lowndes, 2474. Armorial bookplate.Interior clean. A handsome copy, desirable in contemporary calf-gilt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Mes Loisirs

      Paris Desaint & Saillant, Vincent 1755In-12 (167 x 106 mm), 244 - (11) pp., veau moucheté marron, dos à nerfs orné, pièce de titre de cuir fauve, filet noir autour des plats, tranches rouges (reliure d'époque). Edition originale. (défauts d'usage, coins usés, frottements sur les coupes, rousseurs). // 12° (167 x 106 mm), 244 - (11) pp., speckled brown calf, spine with raised bands tooled in gilt, fawn leather label, black fillet border on covers, red edges (contemporary binding). First edition. (defects of use, corners used, rubbings on turns-in, brownings).

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        LA PRATIQUE JUDICIAIRE DE LORRAINE SELON L'ORDONNANCE DU DUC LÉOPOLD DE L'ANNÉE 1707, Ouvrage très utile & nécessaire aux Juges, Avocats, Procureurs, Greffiers, Huissiers, & généralement à tous ceux qui souhaitent de savoir parfaitement la Pratique. Dédié à Monseigneur le Chancelier [Antoine-Martin de Chaumont]

      , Nancy, Jean-Jacques Hæner & Joseph Lechesne 1755, ptt in-8, pl. veau noisette, dos à 5 nerfs orné de fleurons et filets encadrants dorés, tr. rouges, roulette dorée sur coupes, ex-libris manuscrit de Léopold Roussel, (manque pc. de tit., ors lég. passés, épidermures sur les plats, coiffes accidentées, coins émoussés avec ptt mq.), intérieur assez frais excepté les premiers ff., [5ff.]-540p.

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        A Dictionary of the English Language:

      London: by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley,, 1755. in which The Words are deduced from their Originals, and Illustrated in their Different Significations by Examples from the best Writers. To which are prefixed, A History of the Language, and An English Grammar. 2 volumes, folio (415 × 257 mm). Sometime rebound to style in half calf, red and black morocco labels, raised bands, old marbled paper sides. Paper restoration at lower margin and upper inner corner of first title leaf and at top margin of second leaf, sporadic minor browning; front free endpaper of Volume I loose. A good copy. First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. This work has at various times been called "the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century" (Hitchings); "the only dictionary [of the English language] compiled by a writer of the first rank" (Robert Burchfield); "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (PMM); and the first genuinely descriptive dictionary in any language. "Johnson's writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics" (Webster).

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        Temporary Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Province of

      1755 - (MASSACHUSETTS). Temporary Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Boston: Sold by S. Kneeland, 1755. Small folio, modern full brown calf gilt, green morocco spine label. $4200.First edition of the laws of the province of Massachusetts-Bay from May 26, 1736 to March 31, 1755. With signature of colonial physician Cotton Tufts."Here in Massachusetts the civil law laid its hand upon the citizen in his business and social relations; it regulated his religious affairs, it dictated his dress, and even invaded the home circle and directed his family relations. The length and width of a lady's sleeve was solemnly decided by law. It was a penal offense for a man to wear long hair, or to smoke in the street, or for a youth to court a maid without the consent of her parents. A man was not permitted to kiss his wife in public. Captain Kimble, returning from a three-years' ocean voyage, kissed his wife on his own doorstep and spent two hours in the stocks for his "˜lewed and unseemly behavior" (Henry William Elson). This collection of laws from 1736 to 1755 provides fascinating insights into colonial America, regarding the punishment of criminals (the penalty for counterfeiting, for example, was the loss of one ear, mock hanging, and 20 lashes), provision for the poor (children who could not be "maintained" by their parents could be apprenticed), property damage (beaches were to be protected from becoming "damnified by cattle"), preservation of timber ("young wood") and wild-life (especially deer, fish and fowl), public health (the fine for concealing cases of small pox was £100), and rules for inn-keepers (Indians, slaves and servants were not to be served "strong drink"). Tower 401. Evans 7467. Harvard Law Catalogue II, 75. Contemporary signatures, including those of Weymouth Congregationalist minister, Reverend William Smith (father of Abigail Smith Adams, the second first-lady) and colonial physician Cotton Tufts, also of Weymouth, an original member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, one of the founders of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, author of the first article on animal diseases published in the United States, and active member of the State Senate and Constitutional Convention.Light scattered foxing. Attractive binding fine. An excellent copy with distinguished provenance. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L'Histoire Naturelle eclaircie dans une de ses parties Principales, l'Oryctologie, qui Traite des Terres, des Pierres, des Metaux, des Minéraux, et autres Fossiles, Ouvrage dans lequel on trouve une nouvelle méthode Latine & Francoise de les diviser, & une notice critique des principaux Ouvrages qui ont paru sur ces matières

      Engraved allegorical frontis. & 25 finely engraved plates. Title in red & black. 4 p.l., xvi, 560 pp., one leaf of errata (final leaf a little foxed). Large 4to, cont. mottled sheep (joints & corners carefully repaired), spine gilt. Paris: De Bure, 1755. First separate edition; this work first appeared in 1742 as part of the author's Conchyliologie. Dézallier has expanded the text for this edition and added extra illustrations. The plates in the present work are well-known for their beauty and they illustrate many rocks, minerals, and fossils. Each plate bears the name of the subscriber who paid for its production. "Scarce. An impressive compilation of 18th century mineral knowledge. Dezallier's introduction provides a critical review of past authors and their books. This is followed by a précis of his mineralogical system that gives a tabular arrangement of minerals, stones and precious gems, that is immediately followed by a detailed discussion of the classification. Dezallier recognized three classes of minerals: Terres (earths), Pierres (stones), and all others. Within each, groupings are differentiated primarily by physical properties such as color, form, weight, etc. The author claims this method was new because it follows the natural and apparent qualities of the species it distributes; however, its principles were set forth by several predecessors, the earliest of whom was Agricola. A final section provides an excellent and detailed account of the mineralogy of France. Accompanying and scattered throughout the text are 26 finely engraved plates. These illustrations that rank among the best natural history engravings of the 18th century show minerals, stones, fossils, coral, birds and fish."-Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 1338. Very good copy.

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        1755 Clermont Mathematics Geometry Illustrated Mililatary War Arithmetic

      A Paris : Chez Briasson, libraire . 1755. - 1755 Clermont Mathematics Geometry Illustrated Mililatary War Arithmetic An 18th-century printing of Clermont’s work of mathematics and geometric practices, illustrated with 27 engravings. Main author: Clermont Title: Œuvres de M. Clermont : contenant La geometrie-pratique de l'ingenieur et L'arithmetique militaire. Published: A Paris : Chez Briasson, libraire ., 1755. Language: French Notes & contents: • 1st edition thus • 27 copper engravings o Architecture, infrastructure o Geometric examples o Shapes and mathematic problems • Signatures: a-c A-2I 2K(2K+'Ll') 2M-3E 3F(3F+'Ggg'). FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Wear: wear as seen in photos Binding: tight and secure leather binding Pages: complete with all xxii + 418 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such Publisher: A Paris : Chez Briasson, libraire ., 1755. Size: ~8.75in X 7in (22cm x 18cm) FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Shipping: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Satisfaction Guarantee: Customer satisfaction is our first priority. Notify us within 7 days of receiving your item and we will offer a full refund guarantee without reservation. $550 Photos available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Fables choisies, mises en vers.

      Paris, Charles-Antoine Jombert pour Desaint & Saillant, 1755-1759. Quatre volumes in-folio de: un beau portrait de Oudry gravé par Tardieu d'après L'Argiliere, un frontispice dessiné par Oudry, terminé au burin par N. Dupuis et gravé à l'eau-forte par Cochin fils, 275 estampes d'après Oudry (2 ème tirage avec la mention Le Léopard). L'ouvrage comporte de beaux culs-de-lampe gravés sur bois, dessinés par le peintre ornementiste Bachelier, gravés par Le Sueur et par Papillon, l'auteur du "Traité de la gravure sur bois". Quelques rousseurs éparses et brunissures claires au tome IV , sinon exemplaire frais intérieurement. Une planche mal placée au tome IV. Veau marbré d'époque, dos à nerfs orné, roulette dorée sur les plats, tranches dorées, belles marges (412 x 275 mm). Coiffes et mors à restaurer, dos du tome IV cassé. Reliure de l'époque. Un des premiers "livres de peintres", chef-d'oeuvre de Jean-Baptiste Oudry. Le peintre animalier Oudry avait exécuté en manière de délassement, de 1729 à 1734, deux cent soixante-seize dessins à grande échelle, inspirés des Fables. Dans son esprit, ces compositions à la plume et au pinceau, réhaussées de gouache, étaient destinées à servir de cartons de tapisserie pour la Manufacture de Beauvais qu'il dirigeait. Trop spontanés pour pouvoir être interprétés directement sur cuivre, les dessins furent confiés au talent de Charles-Nicolas Cochin, considéré comme le premier dessinateur de son temps. Le graveur des Menus-Plaisirs redessina l'ensemble des sujets, assumant la direction artistique du projet. Un des fleurons du livre illustré à travers cinq siècles, tel fut le résultat de la collaboration Cochin-Oudry, sans omettre les autres protagonistes de l'entreprise. L'édition en quatre volumes in-folio n'aurait jamais vu le jour sans l'action décisive de Jean-Louis Regnard de Montenault. Il fit l'acquisition des dessins originaux et décida de les éditer, soutenu par le banquier Darcy. Il lui fallut neuf ans pour venir à bout d'un projet qui fut sans doute le plus ambitieux du XVIIIème siècle pour l'illustration d'un texte littéraire. Dès 1751, il obtint l'autorisation d'installer dans son hôtel particulier, rue Sainte-Anne, les presses de taille-douce pour le tirage des estampes. Jombert fut chargé de l'impression du texte. Quarante graveurs furent réunis par Cochin, pour mettre en oeuvre plus de deux cent cinquante mille épreuves. Les souscriptions furent si lentes à venir qu'on fit appel au roi Louis XV qui donna 80 000 livres pour permettre au dernier volume de paraître. Bon exemplaire du second tirage complet, avec le rare portrait d'Oudry. (Reliure à restaurer) Cohen, 549, Tchemerzine.

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        During the reign of King George II, a sale of land in the Province of New Hampshire is "Signed Sealed and Delivered" by Meshech Weare, 'The Father of New Hampshire'

      New Hampshire: , October 20, 1755. New Hampshire, October 20, 1755. 7.5" x 12.75". "Manuscript Document Signed, â€

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        Mémoires de Madame de Staal, écrits par elle-même [suivi de] L'engouement, comédie en trois actes [suivi de] La mode, comédie en trois actes.

      A Londres, sans nom, 1755.4 tomes en 2 volumes in-12 de [4]-321-[4]-298[4]; [4]-284-[4]-247-[3] pages, plein veau moucheté, dos à 5 nerfs ornés d'encadrements, roulettes et fleurons dorés, étiquettes de titre et tomaison bordeaux et beige, roulette dorée sur les coupes, tranches rouges. La page de titre du tome II se trouve être celle du tome III. Infime manque à la coiffe supérieure du second volume. Ex-libris Alfred Lambert. Edition originale posthume. 3 tomes pour les Mémoires et un, donné pour "Oeuvres de Madame de Staal. Tome quatrième", comprenant les deux comédies.

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      A Londres, 1755. 3 volumes in-12, plein veau raciné du temps, dos lisses ornés de faux nerfs dorés formant des caissons ornés de petits fers aux angles et de fleurons centraux, tranches marbrées, (1f+ft+t+321+1f),(1f+ft+t+298),(1f+ft+t+284pp+1f). Cachets de bibliothèque, sinon ensemble plaisant, propre et bien relié.EDITION ORIGINALE; celle décrite par Brunet (23899) est en 4 volumes (également imprimée à Londres), de même que Rahir (p. 645). Les mémoires en eux-mêmes sont complets, notre édition se terminant par ces mots: "madame de Staal, femme du capitaine aux gardes Suisses, maréchal de camp, est morte cette nuit". Un 4° volume publié la même année comporte 2 pièces supplémentaires.

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        Dictionnaire historique de la Médecine, contenant son Origine, ses Progrés, ses Révolutions, ses Sectes & son Etat chez différens Peuples; ce que l'on a dit des Dieux ou Héros anciens de cette Science: l'Histoire des plus célébres Médecins, Philosophes ou Personnes savantes de toutes Nations qui ont concouru à son avancement; des fameux Anatomistes, Chirurgiens, Botanistes & Chimistes; avec l'Exposition de leurs Sentimens & de leurs Découvertes, & le Catalogue de leurs principaux Ouvrages; le tout d'après ce que les meilleurs Auteurs ont écrit sur cette Matiére

      [3]-433, [1] pp.; [3]-471, [1] pp. (half-titles lacking in each vol.). Two vols. 8vo, cont. calf (bindings somewhat worn & rubbed), spines gilt. Liége & Frankfurt: J.F. Bassompierre, 1755. A remarkable and important survival: this is the author's own copy, heavily annotated in preparation for the enormously revised and enlarged second edition of his great work of medical biographies. Garrison-Morton 6704 describes the second edition of 1778 in four volumes as "the earliest exhaustive collection of medical biographies" (& erroneously gives the date of our first edition as 1775). Éloy (1714-88), Belgian physician and historian, took his medical degree at Louvain and did further studies in Paris. Upon returning to his native city of Mons, he established a successful practice and became physician to Prince Charles Alexandre de Lorraine, governor of the Austrian Netherlands. Éloy has made here numerous kinds of corrections, including "x-ing" out the old title-page and providing an entirely new title: "Dictionnaire historique, Bibliographique, et typographique de la Médecine et des Médecins, Anatomistes, Chirurgiens, Botanistes et Chymistes distingués, par des connaissances supérieures et dans la République des lettres, avec les ouvrages de Chaconne. Seconde édition." Nearly every page has corrections, deletions, and/or additions and many are very heavily revised. Our copy of the first edition is, essentially, the working manuscript for the expanded second edition, a work which appeared 23 years later. Very good set, preserved in a box. In Vol. II, leaves L1-5 cut out, probably by Éloy himself. ? Bayle & Thillaye, II, p. 406-(who mention this was one of their main source books). Hirsch, II, p. 403.

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        A Catalogue of the Genuine, Entire and Curious Collection of Prints and Drawings, (bound and unbound) of the late Doctor Mead; consisting of The Works of the most Eminent Masters; and particularly of a matchless Collection, containing 95 Drawings of Exotics, Insects, Fruit and Flowers in Water Colours, on Vellum, by Merian, in 2 vol. as also of another curious Collection, containing 205, in 2 vol. by Ehret, all colour'd from Nature, and finished to the greatest Perfection

      Which, (by Order of the Executors) Will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Langford, At his House in the Great Piazza, Covent-Garden, On Monday the 13th of January 1755, and the Thirteen following Evenings… 30 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked), sides decorated in gilt. London: A. Langford, 1755. [bound with]:(-). Museum Meadianum, sive, Catalogus Nummorum, Veteris Aevi Monumentorum, ac Gemmarum, Cum aliis quibusdam Artis recentioris et Naturae operibus; quae vir clarissimus Richardus Mead, M.D. nuper defunctus comparaverat. [Compiled by George North]. Engraved frontis. 2 p.l., 262 pp. 8vo. London: A. Langford, n.d. [1755]. [bound with]:(-). A Catalogue of the Genuine and Entire Collection of Valuable Gems, Bronzes, Marble and other Busts and Antiquities, of the late Doctor Mead. Which (by Order of the Executors) Will be sold by Auction, By Mr. Langford…On Tuesday the 11th of this Instant March 1755, and the four following Days. 15 pp. 8vo. London: 1755. [bound with]:(-). A Catalogue of Pictures, consisting of Portraits, Landscapes, Sea-Pieces, Architecture, Flowers, Fruits, Animals, Histories, of the late Richard Mead, M. D. Sold by Auction on March 20, 21, and 22, M.DCC.LIV. xv pp. 8vo. London: 1755. A wonderful and complete set, bound together, of the catalogues of Dr. Richard Mead's art collections, sold after his death. The first two catalogues are quite uncommon on the market and the final two catalogues are distinctly rare. Each catalogue has been ruled in red and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Not only was Richard Mead (1673-1754), one of the outstanding physicians and book collectors of his time, but he was also a major collector of art in its widest sense. "He had a separate room built at the foot of the garden of his house on Great Ormond Street which housed his library and collections, which were among the largest of his time…Mead had an extensive collection of antique medals and coins…as well as other antiquities, including an Egyptian mummy and other Egyptian and Etruscan pieces. His collection of antique paintings had been acquired at great expense, the most famous being the Court of Augustus, which had been brought to Mead from Rome by Sir Alexander Dick in 1737. In keeping with the style of the cabinets of the time, Mead's collection also included a miscellaneous assortment of fossils, scientific instruments, anatomical specimens, and curiosities… "Mead owned about 150 paintings, including landscapes by Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, and Brueghel, and architectural pictures by Nicolas Poussin and Canaletto. He had many portraits, including the physicians Mayerne (by Rubens) and Vesalius (by Titian), scientists such as Boyle (by Kerseboom) and Halley (by Kneller), and the famous Holbein portrait of Erasmus, as well as portraits of contemporary men of letters, including Swift and Richardson. His collection of miniatures was especially noted. He also owned thousands of engravings and drawings by such artists as Dürer, Holbein, Michelangelo, and Raphael, as well as Hogarth and Vertue. Mead was a patron of art as well as a collector. He commissioned the bust of William Harvey by Peter Scheemakers, later displayed at the Royal College of Physicians, and the French artist Watteau, who came to consult Mead in the early 1720s, painted for him L'Amour paisible and Italian Comedians. Mead opened his gallery to interested artists to copy, and he even loaned paintings for copying. In this era before public galleries Mead played an important role in the advancement of art."-ODNB. Engraved armorial bookplates of Robert Shafto of Benwell (ca.1732-97), landowner and politician (see ODNB) and William Adair.

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        Vollständiger Lehrbegriff der Optik nach Herrn Roberts Smiths Englischen

      mit Aenderungen und Zusätzen ausgearbeitet von Abraham Gotthelf Kästner. Engraved allegorical vignette on title & 22 folding engraved plates. 12 p.l., 531, [5] pp. Large 4to, cont. half-sheep & speckled boards (light foxing throughout), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Altenburg: Richter, 1755. First edition in German (1st ed.: 1738). This is an important edition, containing the valuable alterations and additions of Abraham Gotthelf Kästner (1719-1800), professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Göttingen. He became "an influential figure through his teaching and writing; Göttingen's reputation as a center of mathematical studies dates from that time. Kaestner is also known in German literature, notably for his epigrams...Kaestner owes his place in the history of mathematics to his great success as an expositor and to the seminal character of his thought. His output as a writer in mathematics and its applications (optics, dynamics, astronomy), in the form of long works and hundreds of essays and memoirs, was prodigious."-D.S.B., VII, p. 206. This was "the most influential optical textbook of the eighteenth century."-D.S.B., XII, p. 477. It is largely based on the optics of Newton. "Of the four books...the first deals in a non-technical manner with the fundamental experiments in optics, while the second provides a more formal treatment of the geometrical theory of the subject. Smith studied the problem of spherical aberrations in greater generality than his predecessors, Barrow and Huygens. The third book describes apparatus for grinding and polishing lenses and specula, and it gives a complete account of the construction, adjustment, and use of the principal optical instruments, while the fourth book gives a history of telescopic discoveries in the heavens."-Wolf, History of Science, II, p. 171. There is a long chapter on various microscopes. An absolutely lovely copy with attractive stenciled endpapers. Bookplate of the Augustiner-Chorherrenstifts Rottenbuch in upper Bavaria. ? Clay & Court, History of the Microscope, pp. 46, 70, 98, 110, 116, 117, & 229-31. King, History of the Telescope, pp. 56, 78, 84-85, & 120.

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        Bibliotheca Smithiana, seu Catalogus Librorum D Josephi Smithii Angli per Cognoma Authorum dispositus

      Finely engraved coat-of-arms on title. Title printed in red & black. 4 p.l., xliii, dxix (i.e. dxvii), [1], cccxlviii (i.e. ccclii), [3] pp. Thick large 4to, orig. publisher's vellum over boards, fleuron in gilt in center of covers with gilt fleurons in each corner, double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, brown morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Venice: Typis J.B. Pasquali, 1755. Third edition and the first complete edition of the catalogue of Smith's magnificent collection of incunabula and a few early manuscripts. Smith (1682-1770), was British Consul at Venice and, in 1765, sold his superb library to George III for 10,000 pounds. It thus became the nucleus of the "King's Library" and of the British Museum (now Library). This copy has the 352-page Appendix which reprints in full some 200 prefaces, dedications, and epilogues contained in incunabula - a unique anthology. Smith's library was rich in incunabula, early printed books, Italian literature, history, art, architecture, and antiquities. Horace Walpole sneered at Smith as "the merchant of Venice" who knew nothing of his books save their title-pages, but the censure is quite undeserved. Fine copy in the original publisher's binding. ? Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 625. De Ricci, pp. 54-55. Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 261-62.

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      Chez Duchesne, Paris 1755 - 16mo. Two volumes: cxxiv, 283, errata; 407, (5)pp. Volume I contains " Description de la Germanie et des Moeurs des ses Habitans", in French, and "De Situ Moribus et Populis Germaniae", in Latin. Volume II contains "Vie de Julius Agricola", in French, followed by "Julii Agricolae Vita Scriptore Tacito", in Latin. Bound in contemporary speckled calf with a paneled spine,and with oval leather inserts in both front and rear boards (possibly replacing long-gone portrait cameos). These were done by bookbinder Joanna Bliss of Connecticut in 1981, who restored the bindings. All edges are stained red and there are ribbon markers in each volume. Endpapers are marbled paper of the period. Faint waterstain to the bottom margin up to page 6 of volume 2, and minor spine wear, else very good. Two volumes:. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Boston: Edes and Gill, 1755. 16pp. Small quarto. Modern brown calf, spine gilt, boards gilt ruled. Trimmed rather close in places, but not affecting text. Light tanning. Near fine. This is the second pamphlet issued by Chauncy regarding the dramatic events of the French and Indian War. Where his previous "letter" relates the news of Braddock's terrible defeat, the present text communicates news of the victory at Lake George by Sir William Johnson and the New England troops against the French and their Indian allies. Chauncy describes the battle in great detail, including an account of the British proficiency with the Mohawk hatchet, and the degree to which it was used in the pursuit of the fleeing French. Chauncy concludes with a call to Great Britain for financial support for the New England colonies, especially in light of the failure of New York and the southern colonies to lend sufficient assistance in the war. Signed "T.W.," the attribution to Chauncy is made by Sibley's HARVARD GRADUATES. A colonial imprint of great rarity and importance. NAIP w003389. HOWES C333 ("aa") SABIN 12328. EVANS 7382.

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        Le Théâtre De P. Corneille Nouvelle Édition (en 7 volumes)

      Chez La Veuve Cavelier In 12 ° Plein Veau Paris 1755 CORNEILLE - Le Théâtre de P. Corneille Nouvelle Edition (en 7 volumes) - Paris, Chez la Veuve Cavelier, 1755 - 7 volumes in 12° de 84 pages d'avertissement, vie, table et catalogue, 450, 536, 510, 468, 520, 469 ainsi que 35 pages de préface et 460 pages de défense de Corneille - Tome 7. Théâtre suivi de Oeuvres divers - 1 portrait frontispice au tome premier - Reliure plein veau racinée brun, dos à nerfs orné, tranches rouges ainsi que 2 coiffes restaurées - Complet - Bon état - FRAIS de PORT (DONNES à TITRE INDICATIF par le site) ETABLIS, AJUSTES en fonction du POIDS, VALEUR et DESTINATION (variable selon PAYS) DE L'OUVRAGE, envoi en RECOMMANDE dès 40 Poids : 2 kg 410Bon Etat

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        Capriccio lagunare. Per viver l'uomo si affatica e pena Venezia: Giuseppe Wagner, (1755-65?)

      VENEZIA: GIUSEPPE WAGNER, (1755 - 65?). Acquaforte di mm 490 x 352 alla battuta. Carta vergata veneziana. Filigrana non rilevata. Pieni margini. Qualche fioritura. I° stato. Al margine inferiore, in piccolo a sinistra: "Ant.o Canaletto Pinx.". A destra in piccolo: "Berardi Wagner Ven.a C.P.E.S." In grande al centro "Per viver l'uomo si affatica e pena". Più sotto a destra in piccolo: "N°62 3". Terza tavola della serie dei "Capricci lagunari". Fabio Berardi (1728-1788) nacque a Siena; si trasferì a Venezia verso il 1742 entrando nella bottega di Wagner. Riferisce Succi nel volume "Da Carlevarijs a Tiepolo": "Dopo essere stato inizialmente influenzato nel proprio linguaggio incisorio dai modi vaporosi dell'Amigoni, di cui intagliò alcuni disegni e dipinti. Berardi pubblicò una serie di sei "Villaggi Campestri" e due serie di sei vedute capricciose di Venezia e della Laguna derivate dal Canaletto, nonché una serie di quattro paesaggi rovinistici dallo Zais. Nel 1748 strinse amicizia con Francesco Bartolozzi, assieme al quale divenne uno degli esponenti più rappresentativi della calcografia wagneriana. Incisore di riproduzione per eccellenza, Berardi tradusse, con un tratteggio sciolto e vibrante e con notevolissima sensibilità associata ad un sicuro mestiere, parecchi soggetti di carattere sacro, mitologico, popolaresco e allegorico. Fin dal 1931 Calabi ebbe a lodare nel Berardi in modo particolare "la forma dei chiaroscuri e la profondità dei neri". Petrucci (1966) precisava che "il suo tratteggio non è sempre filato ed inflessibile, come nell'incisione classica" e concludeva "Il Berardi ebbe qualità stilistiche di prim'ordine. In lui si può dire si riassuma raffinandosi sempre più tutta l'estetica incisoria della scuola del Wagner". Accomunato al Wagner nell'impiego del metodo, da lui introdotto a Venezia, di accompagnare l'intaglio ad acquaforte con interventi a bulino, Berardi si differenzia dal maestro per il ricorso ad una tecnica di morsura più complessa e per un segno che scava più profondamente la lastra. Infatti le sue migliori prove si distinguono per i neri solchi vellutati, posti in vivace stacco con le fioriture di bianco sapientemente distribuite nell'intelaiatura della composizione, con un effetto d'insieme di morbida levigatezza non priva di una forza che si potrebbe definire gentile".

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        Arte de ensayar oro y plata, con breves reglas para la theorica, y la practica, en el qual se explica tambien el oficio de Ensayador, y Marcador mayor de los Reynos .

      Antonio Marin, Madrid 1755 - 4º, 7 hoj., 272 p. Escudo al dorso de la 1ª página. Pergamino época, letras pintadas lomo. Manchas en las págs. 110 y 111; manchas en la parte superior de las primeras hojas, que no afectan el texto. Encuadernación algo fatigada. Tratado para conocer el valor económico del oro o la plata, distinguiendo la calidad de cada uno de los metales, una vez fijado el termino de 4 quilates para el oro mas fino, y de 12 para la plata. Tablas con los valores de los metales. Economía. Metales preciosos. Economy. Precious metals.

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      Boston: Printed and sold by Edes and Gill, 1755. 15pp. Small quarto. Modern brown calf, spine gilt, boards gilt ruled. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. Trimmed close, somewhat affecting text and inscription. Titlepage lightly foxed, light tanning throughout. Very good. The exceptionally rare first edition of the first account in book form of Braddock's defeat on July 9, 1755, with a mention of Col. George Washington. This is a book that is nearly impossible to obtain in this first edition - only five copies have appeared at auction since 1944. Four of the greatest Americana collectors of the last 150 years - John Carter Brown, Thomas W. Streeter, E.D. Church, and Herschel V. Jones - were all unable to acquire a copy. Chauncy describes the circumstances of the controversial defeat, a key event in the French and Indian War. In a prejudiced New England tone, he foresees a conflict with England and a marked division in the colonies between North and South. He claims the South continually places the onus of common defense too heavily on New Englanders. More interestingly, he dwells on England's myopic tendency to treat New England soldiers as second-class citizens, in particular refusing to appoint officers from their ranks. This policy was despite the fact that the colonists' guerilla-style warfare was essential to victory in the varying landscape of the frontier. Chauncy attributes the debacle in Ohio to the failure of British commanders to understand the value of this type of warfare, which foreshadows British defeat in another, more dire, conflict. "One of the best contemporary accounts of the Braddock defeat" - Vail. "The rarest of Chauncy's sixty titles" - Ford. A "c" in Howes. FORD 31. EVANS 7381. NAIP w020656. SABIN 12320. VAIL 474. HOWES C331, "c." WROTH AMERICAN BOOKSHELF, p.27.

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        An essay towards a natural history of the corallines, an other marine products of the kind, commonly found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland.

      London: Author? 1755. - Quarto,103 pp.,uncoloured folding frontispiece, 39 uncoloured engraved plates. Modern half calf, some wear, foxing throughout but a sound copy. The first book to state the true zoological nature of corals, previously corals were thought to be plants. Plate 39 is unnumbered and depicts Cuff's aquatic microscope, the final two plates are often not present. Freeman, 1131; Nissen ZBI, 1281.

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        Fables choisies, mises en vers.

      Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert for Desaint & Saillant and Durand,, 1755?9. 4 volumes, folio (420 x 280 mm). Late 19th-century French brownish-red hardgrain morocco by Chatelin (stamp-signed in gilt at foot of front turn-ins), spines with raised bands, gilt-lettered direct in two compartments, richly gilt in others, sides panelled in gilt with central rectangular frame and interlaced lozenge, outer borders gilt with decorative roll border, gilt rules to turn-ins, marbled paper doublures and free endpapers, gilt edges. Engraved and etched frontispiece by Dupuis and Cochin after Jean-Baptiste Oudry, engraved portrait of Oudry by Tardieu after L'Argilliere, 275 plates after Oudry, engraved under Cochin's direction by Elizabeth Cousinet, Baquoy, Legrand, Fessart, Lemire, Cochin himself and others, wood-engraved vignette on each title, wood-engraved head- and tailpieces by Papillon and Le Sueur after Bachelier. The first plate accompanying "Le Singe et le Leopard" (vol. III, facing p. 112) in the first state, with the banner unlettered. Circular bookplates of Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson. The odd spot or mark internally, a superb set. First edition, one of a small number printed on thick holland paper, of "one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books" (Ray). Jean-Baptiste Oudry's sketches for La Fontaine's Fables were executed for his own enjoyment between 1729 and 1735. They were purchased by the publisher Montenault, who asked the finest engraver in France, Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger, to take charge of their transformation into finished prints. Cochin redrew the original designs, improving the figures and backgrounds and supplying precise lines for the engravers. The final result was thus their dual achievement. Oudry's images were among the most influential of all contemporary artistic creations, inspiring imitations in media as varied as Beauvais tapestry, porcelain and furniture. A handsome set of one of the glories of rococo book production.

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        Sull'insensibilità e irritabilità di alcune parti degli animali. Dissertazioni de' signori Haller, Zimmerman e Castell trasportate in lingua Italiana dal P. Gian Vincenzo Petrini... colle Lettere del P. Urbano Tosetti sullo stesso argomento.

      Zempel, 1755. Cm. 24, pp. xxx, 220, 28. Con due figure incise in rame su una tavola ripiegata f.t. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in piena pergamena rigida con titoli in oro impressi al dorso. Esemplare fresco ed in eccellente stato di conservazione. Edizione originale in lingua italiana, assai rara, soprattutto quando completa delle 28 pagine allegate in fine che comprendono la quarta lettera del Tosetti stampata a Roma dallo stesso editore nel 1757 (con la tavola incisa).

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        The Stage-Coach:containing the Character of Mr. Manly, and the History of his Fellow-Travellers ... Second Edition

      2 vols.12mo.viii, 265; viii, 303pp., contemporary sprinkled calf, sides with a double gilt fillet border, spines with raised bands highlighted by double gilt fillets, russet morocco title lables gilt, direct numbered gilt, front joint of vol.I mostly cracked but tight, slight cracking of joints in vol.II, child's drawings in pencil (easily removable) on two endpapers, else very good.ESTC n36371locating a single copy only (University of Chicago) First published in 1753 (B.L. and Cambridge only in Britain) and republished in Dublin in 1754 and 1762 (both very rare) and in Berwick in 1789.Miss Smythies (fl. 1753-59) also published two other novels, The Brothers (1758) and The History of Lucy Wethers (1754), and a story for children.

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        The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote. To Which is Prefixed, Some Account of the Author's Life by T. Smollett, M.D. In two volumes

      Printed for A. Millar; T. Osborn, T. and T. Longman, C. Hitch and L.Hawes, J. Hodges, and J. and J. Rivington 1755, London - First edition of the Smollett translation. In 2 volumes. xx, 403; viii, 466, (1) pp. Early full calf with original spines laid down. Raised bands to spines with gilt panels and lettering. Gilt devices of Trinity College Dublin to front & rear covers. Some damage to spine panels. Boards marked. Corners somewhat rubbed & worn. New endpapers with two early bookplates retained on front pastedowns. Errata leaf at rear of vol. 2. With 28 full-page copper-plate engravings designed by Hayman. Volume 1 contains a 20-page account of the author's life by Smollett. Bindings firm. A VG pair.

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        Essai sur la police générale des grains, Sur leurs Prix & sur les Effets de l'Agriculture.

      Berlin, [i. e. Paris, Noël-Jacques Pissot](Delaguette), 1755. - 2 works in 1 volume. 12°, contemporary calf (some wear, especially at head and foot of spine, corners), flat spine gilt, crimson leather lettering piece with short title of first work in gilt in second of six compartments, covers with single ruled border in blind, marbled endleaves, text block edges rouged, green silk ribbon place marker. Woodcut title-page vignette and headpieces, small woodcut initials. Tables within text. A few leaves lightly browned, but internally fine. Overall in very good condition. Old rectangular paper ticket inside rear cover with signature of D. Rodrigo de Souza Coutinho. xviii, 435, (1) pp., all in quires of 12 ll. except L and T (6 leaves each) and V (2 ll.), but pagination follows. *** Third [or fourth?] edition, considerably augmented. Herbert favors greater freedom in grain trade, and justifies his argument with numerous tables. The first edition, London 1753, was published without the author's knowledge. The second edition appeared in London, 1754. For this edition, the author made substantial corrections and additions. The @Avertissement (pp. ix-xviii) mentions the Arrêt du Conseil of 1754, by which the newly crowned Louis XVI allowed grain to be moved within France; according to Herbert, many still feared possible shortages and sharp increases in price. (Grain was not allowed to be sold outside France, except via a few ports, until 1764.) Herbert discusses rules on trading grain for many centuries past, presents extensive data on grain prices, and argues that "la liberté entiere du commerce des grains, seroit le plus grand bien que l'on pût faire au Royaume" (p. 186).Claude-Jacques Herbert remains a mysterious figure. Born in Paris in 1700, he owned the farm of Carosses de Bordeaux and a library with over 12,000 works. He committed suicide in 1758, after his son's bankruptcy ruined him. Herbert also published @Discours sur les vignes, Dijon and Paris, 1756. @Provenance: In 1800, the Arco do Cego press - officially the Tipografia Chalcografica, Tipoplastica e Literaria, located in Lisbon at the Arco do Cego - was established at the insistence of D. Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho, minister of State and first Conde Linhares. Sousa Coutinho (Chaves, 1756 - Rio de Janeiro, 1812) realized the need to spread information on new techniques in the arts, industry and agriculture in Portugal and Brazil. He served as a diplomat under D. Maria I (1777-1816) and her son, the Prince Regent D. João (later D. João VI), traveling to Rio de Janeiro with the royal family when the French invaded Portugal during the Peninsular War.*** Kress 5443: calling for only viii preliminary leaves; the prior editions not cited. Cf. JFB (1994) H140 for another edition of 1757. Not in Goldsmith's. *** BOUND WITH: @BRADLEY, Richard. @Les Calendriers des laboureurs et des fermiers, contenant les instrucctions nécessaires pour la conduite & pour le maniement d'une Ferme dans tous les mois de l'année. Ouvrage nécessaire aux Personnes qui vivent à la Campagne, & à celles qui y font valoir leur bien. Traduit de l'Anglois sur la sixième edition de M.R. Bradley . Paris: Briasson, 1755. Woodcut headpiece and small woodcut initials. Light browning on opening leaves, but overall fine. xxx, 279, (1) pp., (6 ll.).French translation of the last and best edition of Bradley's popular @Gentleman's and Farmer's Calendar. Written in twelve chapters - one for each month - the @Calendriers summarizes the agricultural and horticultural routines necessary to maintain the productivity of a farm or country estate.A botanist and prolific horticultural writer, Richard Bradley (1688-1732) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1720 and professor of botany at Cambridge in 1724. His want of formal education and neglect of official duties proved so scandalous that only death prevented his forced removal from the university.@* Cf. @Hunt Botanical II, 1, p. 66-9 for works by Bradley. On Bradley, see @Dictionary of National Biography (microprint) I, 206. Not [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Autograph receipt signed (in third person within the text, and with initials). Tonnerre, d. d.

      1755. ¾ S. Large 8vo. Receipt for household expenses for "Mlle. D'Éon", here "pour poisson". - Éon de Beaumont was a French transsexual political adventurer, secret agent of Louis XV in Russia (1755), then minister to England. The term "eonism" denoting the tendency to adopt the costume and manners of the opposite sex, is derived from his name. Despite d'Éon's wearing a dragoon's uniform all the time, there were rumors that he was actually a woman, and a betting pool was started on the London Stock Exchange about his true sex. D'Éon finally claimed to be physically not a man, but a woman, and demanded recognition by the government as such. King Louis XVI and his court complied, but demanded that d'Éon dress appropriately and wear women's clothing. D'Éon agreed, especially when the king granted him funds for a new wardrobe. Overall, Charles d'Éon spent his first 49 years as a man, and his last 33 years as a woman. Upon death, a council of physicians discovered that d'Éon's body was anatomically male. - Lower margin with tiny paper defect.

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        De' Teatri Moderni contrari alla professione cristiana, libri due. In conferma delle sue Dissertazioni ''De Spectaculis theatralibus''..Roma, eredi Barbiellini, 1755

      Barbiellini, eredi, 1755. in-4, pp. XXVIII, 376, leg. coeva cart. rustico. Titolo a stampa rossa e nera con stemma di Papa Benedetto XIV cui l'opera è dedicata, testatine, finaletti ed iniz. silogr. Prima edizione di questo poderoso e dotto trattato in cui il Concina ostinatamente ribadisce le idee contro il lassismo del mondo del teatro, già espresse nel ''De spectaculis theatralibus'' (Roma, 1752), ed in aspra polemica col Maffei che a quell'opera aveva replicato col proprio ''De' teatri antichi e moderni'' (vedi scheda n. ). A sostegno delle proprie argomentazioni il Concina alle pp. 326-360, pone due brevi scritti di S. Carlo Borromeo riguardanti le danze e gli spettacoli. Per notizie bio-bibliogragiche sul Concina vedi scheda precedente. Magnifico esempl. su carta forte, a pieni margini. ? 2.000

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      Nella stamparia Bragadina (Fratelli Binyamin e Aharon Polacco), 1755. Pagine: 700 . Illustrazioni: Alcuni fregi xilografati, in frontespizio e all'interno del volume (cornici e a fine capitoli) . Formato: 16° . Rilegatura: Cartonato con dorso in pelle scura con fregi in oro, Piatti in velluto rosso cuciti e un po' lisi ai bordi, presenti ai piatti i tasselli in argento che presuppongono un'antica chiusura completa del volume. . Stato: Discreto . Caratteristiche: Nel frontespizio (foglio poco più piccolo del resto delle pagine) presente uno strappo nella parte alta con perdita di mm 2 di carta. Interno in buone condizioni. La stamperia Brigadina fu fondata intorno al XVI Secolo da Alvise Brigadin a Venezia, e qui operò fino alla metà del XVIII secolo. Bruniture, per la carta molto sottile.Molto raro. Foto disponibili . Note epoca: 5515

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        The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote. To Which is Prefixed, Some Account of the Author's Life by T. Smollett, M.D. In two volumes

      London: Hawes, J. Hodges, and J. and J. Rivington 1755. First edition of the Smollett translation. In 2 volumes. xx, 403; viii, 466, (1) pp. Early full calf with original spines laid down. Raised bands to spines with gilt panels and lettering. Gilt devices of Trinity College Dublin to front & rear covers. Some damage to spine panels. Boards marked. Corners somewhat rubbed & worn. New endpapers with two early bookplates retained on front pastedowns. Errata leaf at rear of vol. 2. With 28 full-page copper-plate engravings designed by Hayman. Volume 1 contains a 20-page account of the author's life by Smollett. Bindings firm. A VG pair. . Very Good. Full Calf. First Edition Thus. 1755. 4to..

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        der stadt Gorinchem, en landen van Arkel, benevens der aloude en Adelyke Geslagten der Doorlugtige Heeren van Arkel. Gorinchem.

      Gorinchem, Teunis Horneer 1755 - Eerste uitgave. (14) 584 (4) p. Origineel Perkament, Folio. (Standaardwerk betreffende de geschiedbeschrijving van Gorinchem. Compleet met Wapengravure, uitvouwbaar Stadsgezicht 60x31 cm., Uitvouwbare Stadsplattegrond 40x31 cm., uitvouwbare gravure van het Stadhuis 38x31 cm. door J.C. Philips, schutbladen vernieuwd, extra bijgebonden een genealogische tabel uit 1895, 7 pag.)

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        Scelta di architetture e moderne della città di Firenze. Edizione seconda pubblicata ed ampilata da G. Bouchard.

      Firenze, \"appresso l`editore\".1755. 2. ed. 4 Teile in 2 Bänden. 48 x 38 cm. 5, 3, 3, 1 Blatt, XXXXIV Seiten, 3 Blatt, XXXIII Seiten.Halbleder der Zeit mit floraler Rückenvergoldung und Rückenschild. Leicht berieben mit kleinen Restaurierungen, insgesamt sehr schöne Einbände. Mit 4 sich wiederholenden Frontispizen, 3 gestochenen Porträts, 5 gestochenen Titelvignetten ( 4 mit wiederholender Stadtansicht), 5 teilweise wiederholenden Textkupfern, 1 gefalteten, gestochenen Plan von Florenz und 279 ( 1 gefalt., 23 doppelblattgroßen) Kupfertafeln. Millard IV, 118, Ornamentstichkatalog Bln. 2690, Thieme-Becker XXIX, S. 183. -- Die erste Ausgabe (1722-28) nur in 3 Bänden. -- Hier die Zweite, um den vierten Band (in 2 Teilen) erweiterte Ausgabe. EINES DER SCHÖNSTEN ARCHITEKTURWERKE DES 18. JAHRHUNDERTS. Ferdinando Ruggieri (1691-1741; Architekt und Radierer) schuf bedeutende Bauwerke und Kupferstichfolgen. Vorliegend sein stecherisches Hauptwerk mit Ansichten und architektonischen Details florentinischer Baukunst und Plastik von Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Scamozzi, Raffael, Vasari u.a. \" Aus dem Oeuvre all dieser Meister stellt Ruggieri in vorzüglichen, klaren Stichen ein paradigmatisches Kompendium Florentiner Spitzenarchtektur zusammen, das Bouchard in Band IV mit 2 monographischen Arbeiten des Florentiner Architekten Nelli über den Dom und von Rossi über Michelangelos Liberia Laurenziana erweitert\". (G.M. Lechner in Jahresausstellung Göttweig 1975, Nr. 22). - Die Portättafel mit der Büste von Michelangelo wirf teilweise auch als Frontispiz zu Teil 4/2 gezählt, Frontispiz von Band 3 in Band 1 verbunden.Breitrandiges Exemplar in bestem Zustand, ganz minimal fleckig. ----Second edition, 4 in 2 vols (vol 4 in 2 parts). Richly illustrated with 4 engraved frontispices (1 misbound in vol 1), 3 engraved portraits (one of which with bust of Michelangelo), 1 folding plan of Firenze and 279 engraved plates, some folding or double-leaf. Representation of Florentine architectural masterpieces by famous artists (see above), the plates depicting views, plans and details of buildings and their decoration. First published 1722-28, this second edition is augmented by a forth volume on Brunnelischi,s Dome and Michelangelo,s Medicean Library. - A fine Copy with wide margins bound in contemporary half-calf, spine with floral gild decoration. Smal restauration on spine. Versand D: 6,00 EUR 18. Jahrhundert; Architektur; Florenz; Italien

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        Dictionnaire des livres Jansénistes ou qui favorisent le Jansénisme. [Augmenté par Louis Patouillard]

      Anvers, Jean-Baptiste Verdussen, 1755 ; 4 tomes reliés en 2 forts volumes in-12 ; plein veau havane moucheté, dos à nerfs décorés, pièces de titre grenat et de tomaison vert foncé ; (4) titre en rouge et noir, XX, 508 pp. ; (4), 552 pp. ; (4), 504 ; (4), 467 pp., frontispice montrant "St Paul prêchant à Ephèse, (qui) fait brûler les mauvais livres". Edition probablement la plus complète de ce dictionnaire qui se consulte encore avec profit. La première édition fut publiée en 1722 et augmentée à plusieurs reprises ; ces augmentations, qui englobaient parfois des auteurs tout à fait "orthodoxes", fut mise à l'Index en raison de ses excès, elle n'en reste pas moins une source importante. Dominique de Colonia a fait toute sa carrière à Lyon. Reliure un peu défraichie avec une coiffe supérieure arrachée, un mors fendu avec petite perte au plat et petite usure à trois coins, grande mouillure au quatre premiers feuillets du tome I, tout le reste est bien frais.

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        La Vergine, S.Antonio Abate e Santi con angeli alati.(1755 circa).

      - Acquaforte originale (mm 235x228, centinata in alto, margini alla linea di battuta), firmata in basso nel margine del rame "Joannes Bapta Tiepolo inv. et pinx. ? Dom.cus filius f ecit " Il prototipo di questa bella incisione, ha accertato Morassi, è databile 1755 ed è conservato nella collezione Spaletti-Trivelli di Roma. Stato unico. Cfr. Rizzi n.126. De Vesme n.55. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        C. JULII CAESARIS Commentariorum de Bello Gallico libri septem. C. JULII CAESARIS Commentariorum de Bello civili libri tres.C. JULII cesar Quae exstant opera ; cum A. Hirtii sive Oppii commentariis de Bellis Gall. Alexand. Afric. et hispaniensi. Accesserunt ejusdem Caesaris fragmenta, nec non et nomina populorum, oppidorum et fluviorum, quae apud Caesarem reperiuntur.

      Parisiis, typis Josephi Barbou, 1755 2 volumes in-12 imprimés sur beau papier vergé. T.1 : 1 feuillet non chiffré, 360 pages et 1 feuillet non chiffré ; T.2 : 2 feuillets non chiffrés et 455 pages. Titre frontispice gravé et quatre cartes dépliantes gravées (celles du tome 1 un peu froissées). Reliure plein maroquin rouge, dos à nerfs décorés de fleurons dorés, plats décor à dentelle, tranches dorées, gardes blanches à semis de points et d'étoiles dorés.

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        A Dictionary of the English Language

      Two volumes, a facsimile of the first folio edition of Johnson's great dictionary published in 1755. Printed on Favini toned paper in black and red. Ann Muir hand-marbled paper boards and page edges. Each volume measures 16.25"x10.25"x3.25" approximately. Presented in a sturdy, buckram covered, two volume divided slipcase with a title label on the front panel. Folio Society 2006. Limited edition of 1000, hand numbered copies. The final leaf of each volume bears a colophon with the number of this copy and the limitation.

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        The Printer's Grammar

      Printed for the editor; and sold by W. Owen, London 1755 - , [4], iv, 312 pages, 'Wherein are exhibited, examined and explained, the superficies, gradation and properties of the different sorts and sizes of metal types cast by letter founders: sundry alphabets, of oriental and some other languages; together with the Chinese characters: The figures of mathematical, astronomical, musical and physical signs; jointly with abbreviations, contractions, and ligatures', complete First Edition , lacking covers, loss to head and tail of spine, tanned and with slight loss at edges of endpapers, light spotting to some pages but text remains clear, leaf KK (pages 249/250) duplicated in place of KK2 as is KK4 in place of KK3, fair condition , brown calf spine with raised bands 19.5 x 12.5 cm Hardback ISBN: [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Fables choisies mises en vers par J. de la Fontaine.

      Paris Chez Desaint & Saillant [et] Durand, De l’Imprimerie de Charles-Antoine Jombert 1755 - "This is one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books." LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables choisies. mises en vers par J. de la Fontaine. Paris: Chez Desaint & Saillant [et] Durand, De l’Imprimerie de Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1755. First edition. A large paper copy with leaves measuring 465 x 330 mm (18 3/8 x 13 inches). Four volumes handsomely bound in contemporary French mottled calf. Red and green morocco spine labels with rich gilt detailing, marbled end-papers and all edges marbled. Discrete repairs to the spine ends without rebacking. Internal contents are generally in excellent condition although with the occasional spot of foxing and with a few worm pinholes running through the blank margins. Front inner hinge of Volume IV cracked but holding and slight age-toning to text leaves in that volume. Collating: [iv], xxx, xviii, 124; [iv], ii, 135, [1 blank]; [iv], iv, 146; [iv], ii, 188 [2 blanks]. Complete with the engraved frontis, the extra engraved portrait of Oudry (found only in some copies) and 275 other engraved plates after Jean-Baptiste Oudry by Cochin, Tardieu, Prevost, Chedel, Lempereur, and others, as well as numerous woodcut title vignettes, headpieces and tailpieces. The first plate for Fable CLXXII, "Le Singe et le Leopard" (facing p. 112 in Vol. III), is in the second state with the words "Le Leopard" on the banner. Bookplate of "John Drummond" in all four volumes and a second bookplate with the name illegible. After he became director of the Beauvais tapestry factory, Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1685-1755) began to amuse himself sketching subjects from La Fontaine's Fables. He made a total of 276 sketches between 1729 and 1735. The story of how they became the illustrations of the Fables of 1755 - 1759 is told in the "Avertissement de l'editeur" in Volume I by the publisher Montenault, who had bought the sketches. Ourdry's subjects being landscapes and animals, which he had drawn freely for his own enjoyment, Cochin undertook the responsibility of turning these freehand drawings into finished prints. Although Oudry's skill at portraying animals and his interpretation of La Fontaine's humor can hardly be surpassed, Cochin's sure and experienced hand did much to improve the original designs, particularly the figures. He redrew them, correcting the figures and background and supplying precise lines for the engravers. La Fontaine’s towering classic of French literature. "They are like a basket of strawberries. You begin by selecting the largest and best, but, little by little, you eat first one, then another, till at last the basket is empty," wrote the famed wit Madame de Sevigne. La Fontaine did not start writing full time until he was over thirty, but he would become one of the major figures in the French canon. His fables are his most well known and well regarded work -- he collected and adapted close to 240 of them. In early editions, La Fontaine drew chiefly from classical western sources, like Aesop and Phaedrus, but as the fables grew in popularity and he added more to them, he would draw from Eastern and Oriental stories as well as Continental ones. The Fables were first released on 1668, with the final 12th book published in 1694. ".La Fontaine became the greatest lyric poet of his time." (New York Review of Books) Cohen-de Ricci, 548-550. Huntington Library, Great Books in Great Editions, 21. Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 5. HBS 67332 $29,500 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L'art du chant, dédié à Madame de Pompadour par M. Bérard.

      A Paris, Chez Dessaint & Saillant, Prault Fils, Lambert et aux Adresses Ordinaires pour la Musique, 1755.In-8 de [16- dédicace et préf.]-158-[8] pages, suivies des planches, plein veau moucheté, dos lisse orné de filets, titre et fleurons doré, étiquette de titre bordeaux, triple filet doré ornant les plats, filet doré sur les coupes, roulette intérieure, tranches dorées, gardes de papier dominoté vert et or. Ex-libris. Illustré d'un planche hors-texte présentant l'anatomie comprise entre la "glôte" et les poumons. Avec 34 planches gravées de partitions musicales en fin de volumes. Rarissime édition originale, à grandes marges, provenant de la bibliothèque Goncourt, avec la signature de Edmond de Goncourt.

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        Relazione del spaventevole Terremoto Accaduto in Lisbona, ed altre parti del Portogallo, ed in diverse Provincie della Spagna Il dì primo Novembre del present?Anno 1755 Ancona, Nicola Bellelli, 1755

      Nicola Bellelli, 1755. Folio (280x197 mm). [2] ll. Woodcut ornament on title; woodcut initial on first verso, tailpiece at end. Unbound. A very good, untrimmed copy, light spotted at folds. Exceedingly rare copy of one the earliest Italian report on the horrible earthquake which caused the complete destruction of the rich and beautiful city of Lisbon. A disaster of catastrophic, almost unconceivable proportions that had a traumatic effect on the entire Europe, generated an intense theological and philosophical debate, and monopolized the attention of the scientific community, arousing a new interest from for the study of the seismic phenomena. No copy recorded in the Italian institutional libraries, or in OCLC.

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        The history and adventures of the renowned Don Quixote. Translated from the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, To which is prefixed, Some Account of the author's Life. By T.Smollett, M.D. Illustrated with twenty-eight new copper-plates, designed by Hayman, And engraved by the best Artists. In two volumes.

      London: printed for A. Millar, over against Catherine-Street, in the Strand; T. Osborn, T. and T. Longman, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J. Hodges, and J. and J. Rivington. 1755 - First edition of the celebrated Smollett translation. Large quarto, two volumes; [4], xxviii, 403; viii, 466, [1] pp. Full contemporary speckled calf over five raised spine bands (somewhat worn, corners bumped, minor loss of leather to extremities, hinges cracked but secure), red and black gilt-lettered morocco spine labels in second and third compartments (black labels somewhat worn). Neat nineteenth century ink ownership inscription to top corner of each title-page. Internally clean with occasional unobtrusive light browning and spotting. Full complement of 28 fine engravings by Grignion, Ravenet, Scotin et al after designs by Francis Hayman. Complete with closing errata leaf in volume two. A very good, wide-margined copy in a serviceable contemporary binding. ESTC T59887. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Fables choisies, mises en verse par J. de La Fontaine.

      Paris: Chez Desaint & Saillant et Durand. 1755-9. First Edition. Hardcover. In four volumes. xxx, xviii, 124pp; ii, 135pp; iv, 146pp; ii, 188pp. Contemporary full mottled calf, sides ruled in gold, spines with raised bands, elaborately decorated with gold floral motifs, calf labels lettered in gold. With 275 plates with engravings, head-pieces and tail-pieces. Second state with the words Le Leopard on the banner. Two small stains to the fore edge of two of the volumes, rear joint of volume three partially split at spine, light wear to extremities, a few scuffs to leather. A bright, very good+ set. ; Folio .

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      London, 1755. Two volumes. [2],[viii],568; [6],416pp., plus folding color map. 19th-century speckled calf, gilt morocco label. Hinges cracked, repaired at head and tail of volume one, light chipping to head of spines. Very good. The first English edition. "First American history of the whole country" - Howes. Wroth comments: "Modern critics of the SUMMARY have overlooked the fact that its author was the first to attempt this story from the viewpoint of a resident American...." Various contemporaries recognized it for bringing together more facts on the American colonies and their history than any previous publication, John Huske commenting that it was "the best collection of facts in general, for a future historian, that was ever made or published." HOWES D436. WROTH AMERICAN BOOKSHELF, pp.87-91 (ref). CLARK I:226. SABIN 20727.

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        Essai sur les grandes operations de la guerre ou Recueil des Observations de différens Auteurs sur la maniere de les perfectionner.

      chez Ganeau, 1755. Quattro volumi di cm. 18, pp. lxvi, 368, 96 (2); lxxxvi, 376 (2); 399 (3); 471 (3). Con due tabelle ripiegate e 7 tavole incise in rame e ripiegate fuori testo. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in piena pelle, dorsi a piccoli nervi con titoli su doppio tassello bicolore e ricchi fregi in oro. Tagli rossi. Piccola etichetta alla base dei dorsi. Esemplare genuino ed in ottimo stato di conservazione fatto salvo per un piccolo difetto d'origine con mancanza di carta all'angolo basso della p. 277 del secondo volume. Opera non comune che fa seguito a: "Essai sur la science de la guerre" dello stesso autore.

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