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        A Discourse on the Study of the Law; Being an Introductory Lecture.

      1758 - The Genesis of Blackstone's Commentaries Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. A Discourse on the Study of the Law; Being an Introductory Lecture, Read in the Public Schools, October XXV, M.DCC.LVIII. Published by Direction of the Vice-Chancellor, Heads of Houses, And Proctors. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1758. 40 pp. Quarto (10" x 8"). Later three-quarter calf over pebbled cloth, "Blackstone" gilt-stamped to center of front board. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to spine ends and corners, small bookseller ticket to front pastedown, light toning to text, a bit of offsetting to corners of title page and verso of final leaf. $5,000. * First edition. This is the published version of Blackstone's inaugural lecture as Vinerian professor of English law. Presented to a large audience, it was "[h]astened into print less than a fortnight later as A Discourse on the Study of the Law, by late December a London correspondent claimed to hear Blackstone's lecture 'commended wherever I go.' What one reviewer terms 'this sensible, spirited, and manly exhortation to the study of the law' was reprinted in a further thousand copies next year; it also prefaced subsequent editions of the Analysis of the Laws, and eventually the first volume of the Commentaries": Prest, William Blackstone 151. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 233. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalog of Will Blackstone 542. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The History and Practice of the High Court of Chancery. In which is introduced, An Account of the Institution and various Regulations of the said Court; Shewing likewise, The ancient and present Practice thereof in an easy and familiar Method [etc.]

      London: Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for J. Worrall [etc.], 1758. Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite clean and with ample margins and the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy First London edition of the work which Holdsworth singled out (along with John Mitford's) as "distinctly superior [and of] a greater importance in the eighteenth-century literature of equity", with much on equity's substance and on proposed reforms

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        THE ROMAN ANTIQUITIES OF DIONYSIUS OF HALICARNASSENSIS. Translated Into English, with Notes and Dissertations by Edward Spelman.

      Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, London 1758 - 4 volumes: lviii, 456; 439; 438; 516 pp. with unpaged errata sheet at end of each volume; quartos, contemporary full tan calf with gilt spines, red and black morocco lettering pieces. The first translation into English of Dionysius' masterpiece of Roman history. The work originally numbered 20 books, of these the first 10 survive complete and the eleventh in a fragment. The entire extant text is translated here and presented in the divisions of the original Greek text. Edward Spelman's translation earned great praise for its accuracy and elegance and the erudition of his notes and stood as the only translation into English for more than a century. Supplementary to the primary work and placed following the second book of the Antiquities (pp. 369-456 at the end of Vol. I), Spelman appended his earlier (1743) publication "A Fragment Out of the Sixth Book of Polybius: Containing a Dissertation on Government in general, particularly applied to th that of the Romans . . . Translated from the Greek with Notes" (Greek text with English translation on facing pages) together with " . . . a Preface wherein the system of Polybius is applied to the Governement of England" and "a Dissertation upon the Constitution of (the Roman Senate)." Covers worn, especially spines, joints and corners, 2 lettering pieces chipped, all boards still attached by cords but most joints split, scattered foxing to text [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        2 Gesamtansichten. "Prospect der Stadt Zittau wie solche gegen Mitternacht anzusehen" und Prospect der Stadt Zittau.

      - Kupferstich v. de Montalegre b. Nicolai in Zittau, 1758, je 11,5 x 34,5 Sehr seltene Ansichten, die Zittau im Jahr 1744 und im Jahr 1757 darstellen. Die Ansicht des Jahres 1757 zeigt die Stadt nach dem Brand, der durch die Bomardierung durch die Österreicher ( 23. Juni 1757) entstanden war und Zittau fast völlig zerstörte. - Jah. dan. de Montalegre war Zeichenlehrer am Zittauischen Gymnasium.

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        De la manière de graver à l'eau forte et au burin. Et de la gravure en manière noire. Avec la façon de construire les Presses modernes, & d'imprimer en Taille-douce Nouvelle édition augmentée de 'impression qui imite les tableaux, de la gravure en manière

      Paris, Ch. A. Jombert, 1758, in-8, frontispice, XXXII-206-[6] pp, 21 pl. dépl, basane marbrée de l'époque, dos lisse et fleuronné, tranches rouges, Quatrième édition, la plus complète. Frontispice et 21 belles planches gravées sur cuivre, représentant les outils et les instruments du graveur ainsi que la manière de les utiliser. Célèbre ouvrage, premier manuel technique de gravure complet et détaillé, édité pour la première fois plus d'un siècle auparavant (1645) : Charles-Antoine Jombert en donna une édition augmentée en 1745, enrichie de très belles vignettes représentant des scènes d'atelier, gravées en tête de chacun des quatre chapitres, trois d'après Charles-Nicolas Cochin et la dernière d'après une estampe de Bosse ; en 1758, le même éditeur fournit la présente édition, comprenant deux planches supplémentaires relatives à la gravure en manière de crayon, ainsi que des parties sur la gravure en manière noire ("Pratique de la gravure & de l'impression qui imite les tableaux"), sur la gravure en manière de crayon et sur la façon de construire les "presses modernes". Reliure restaurée. Quelques feuillets un peu roussis, autrement bel exemplaire, agréablement relié. Cohen-Portalis, 79-80.

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        INDONESIA – WEST JAVA (JAKARTA) / SUNDA STRAITS / SOUTHEASTERN SUMATRA: [UNTITLED SEA CHART OF THE STRAITS OF SUNDA, WEST JAVA, SOUTHEASTERN SUMATRA, BANKA AND BELITUNG].

      Copper engraving (Very Good, strong engraving impression with wide blank margins, very mild staining in blank margins), full sheet: 63 x 91 cm (25 x 36 inches), platemark: 50 x 75.5 cm (19.5 x 30 inches). - London, [1758]. Very Rare - the first broadly accurate British sea chart of the Straits of Sunda, but also extending to include West Java (including Jakarta) and southeastern Sumatra, published by William Herbert in 1758. - This fine, large-format sea chart is, importantly, the first broadly accurate British sea chart of the critical maritime passage through the Sunda Straits, into the Java Sea. It was first published by William Herbert, within the first edition of his important sea atlas of oriental navigation, A New Directory of the East Indies (London, 1758), and was the most influential chart of the region during a period of remarkable expansion of British power in Asia. The chart’s scope embraces much of West Java including Batavia (Jakarta), the capital of the Dutch East India’s Company’s (VOC) massive commercial Asian empire, as well as much of southern Sumatra, including the territory of the powerful Sultanate of Palembang, with its ‘Dutch Factory’ (founded in 1619). Also featured, are the islands of ‘Banca’ (Banka), home to vast deposits of tin, and ‘Billiton’ (Belitung), the shores of which are shown to still be imprecisely known. Most importantly, the map provides an excellent rendering of the Sunda Straits, which run between Java and Sumatra, and which are one of the only two major sailing routes connecting the Indian with the Pacific Oceans though Asia (the other being the Straits of Malacca). From the British perspective, the Sunda Straits provided a major link between the ports of British India and the East India Company’s (EIC) trading base of Bencoolen (Bengkulu), in . SEE OUR WEB PAGE FOR LONGER DESCRIPTION.

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        L'Ami des Hommes, ou traité de la population. Nouvelle édition, augmentée d'une quatrième partie & de sommaires

      s.l. (Paris), s.n, 1758, in-4, 4 (sur 6) parties en 4 volumes, frontispice, V-[3]-192 + [6]-266 + [6]-263 + [8]-278-81 [i.e 83] pages, veau marbré de l'époque, dos à nerfs et fleuronné, pièces de titre grenat, triple filet d'encadrement sur les plats, tranches rouges, Les quatre premières parties de cette édition importante de L'Ami des Hommes : la quatrième partie (Précis de l'organisation, ou mémoire sur les états provinciaux) est en édition originale, les trois précédentes sont des réimpression de l'édition originale in-4 (Avignon, 1756). Sans les cinquième et sixième parties, datées de 1760. Il s'agit, à l'origine, de la première édition complète, qui contenait, dans les deux parties ici manquantes, les doctrines d'un Mirabeau fraichement "converti" à la physiocratie, ainsi que le tableau économique de Quesnay. Notre exemplaire est en revanche bien complet du frontispice de Bakley, gravé en taille-douce par Fessard. Exemplaire provenant de la bibliothèque de Pierre Pupil, président du baillage du Bourg-Argental, avec son ex-libris armorié contrecollé sur les contreplats supérieurs. Reliures usagées, charnières usées et fragiles. Auréole pâle en pied du tome I, mouillure marginale au tome III et galeries de vers, sans atteinte au texte, rousseurs éparses. Tchemerzine, IV, 750.

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        Plan de Paris.

      1758. PASQUIER, Jacques Jean and L. DENIS. Plan Topographique et Raisonné de Paris. Ouvrage utile au Citoyen et à l'Etranger. Dédié et présenté à Monseigneur Le Duc de Chevreuse Gouverneur de Paris. Engraved throughout, and with a moderate amount of contemporary hand-colouring throughout. [6], 149, [34 pp]. Illustrated with 4 double-page folding maps, 40 full-page maps, 12 vignettes, and the armorial device of the Duc de Chevreuse. 8vo., 169 x 95 mm, bound in contemporary French mottled calf, marbled endpapers. Paris: Pasquier & Denis, 1765. |~||~||~||~||~| Second revised and substantially enlarged edition of this detailed atlas of eighteenth-century Paris, entirely engraved, with forty full-page maps that join together to make one giant map. Moreover, "this volume offers the most complete list of hôtels particuliers and hôtels garnis that is not found elsewhere" (Valentin Dufour). There is a Description abrégée de la ville de Paris relating the sites of La Cité and the University; a Description des environs de Paris, accompanied by a map of the suburbs; a further list of the Curiousités de Paris and more. This edition also contains a large folding map of the surroundings of Paris dated 1763. The work is illustrated with "delightful vignettes and culs-de-lampe which represent the monuments of Paris, populated with miniature people, very well engraved" (Portalis). With the alphabetical list of streets, colleges, and hospitals. OCLC lists copies only at Wesleyan and the Bibliotheque Nationale. Binding a little rubbed, overall an appealing copy. Valentin Dufour, Bibliographie artistique, historique et litteraire de Paris avant 1789 p. 422. Portalis-Béraldi III, 283. Unknown to Lacombe. Not in Rothschild, Graesse or Brunet.

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        Histoire naturelle, civile et ecclesiastique du Japon, Composée en Allemand par ; Et traduite en françois sur la Version Angloise de Jean_Gaspard Scheuchzer.

      - Amsterdam, Herman Uttwerf, 1758, 3 tomos, 17,5 x 10,5 cm., plena piel de época, lomos cuajados, frontis grabado + 2 h. + LXX págs. + 1 h. + 312 págs. = 4 h. + 416 págs. = 3 h. + 379 págs. + 8 h. y un total de 13 mapas grabados plegados. (Durante más de un siglo la obra de Kaempfer fue la principal fuente de conocimiento occidental de Japón, zarpó en mayo de 1690 como médico de una embajada holandesa en Japón donde permaneció dos años visitando Tokio, Nagasaki, único puerto japonés abierto a los extranjeros, Kokura, Osaka, Kyoto y la corte real en Jedo. Su obra es un relato de la historia japonesa, sus viajes, el estado político de Japón y el estado del comercio holandés allí. Contiene dos apéndices que tratan del té japonés, fabricación de papel & c.). [Contemporary mottled calf gilt. With half-titles, frontispiece & 13 folding engraved maps. Ex-Libris of Mr Maynon de Farcheville. For more than a century Kaempfer's work was the chief source of western knowledge of Japan. Kaempfer set sail in May 1690 as physician to a Dutch embassy to Japan. He stayed for two years, visiting Tokyo, Nagasaki - the only Japanese port open to foreigners - Kokura, Osaka, Kyoto and the royal court at Jedo. His work is an account of Japanese history, his travels, the political state of Japan and the state of Dutch trade there. The two appendices deal with Japanese tea, paper manufacture &c. and with a voyage made to Japan by the English in 1673. Sir Hans Sloane acquired Kaempfer's manuscripts on his death and saw to their translation. Kaempfer's The History of Japan was first published, in English, in 1727-1728]. JAPÓN ORIENTE

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        Mémoires historiques, militaires, et politiques sur les principaux evenemens arrivés dans l'Isle & Royaume de Corse, depuis le commencement de l'année 1738 jusques à la fin de l'année 1741. 2 volumes.

      A Lausane, Chez Marc-Mic Bousquet & Comp. 1758-1859 - Mémoires historiques, militaires, et politiques sur les principaux évènemens arrivés dans l'Isle & Royaume de Corse, depuis le commencement de l'année 1738 jusques à la fin de l'année 1741. Avec l'Histoire Naturelle de ce Païs-là, & diverses remarques curieuses touchant l'origine des Peuples qui l'habitent. Dédié à M. le Comte de Maillebois. Par M. Jaussin, Ancien Apoticaire Major, des Camps & Armées de S. Maj. Tres Chret. Édition originale. A Lausane, Chez Marc-Mic. Bousquet & Comp. - xxx, 591 et 604 pages. Carte manquante. Cartonnage moucheté de l'époque. Dos avec pièce de titre beige. Tranches rouges. Menus frottement. Rares rousseurs. Bon état. Format in-12°(16x10). Histoire détaillée de la révolte de Paoli contre Gènes et de la pacification de la Corse par les français. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Della Origine Delle Leggi, Delle Arti, E Delle Scienze, E Dei Loro Progressi Presso Gli Antichi Popoli... a spese di Giovanni Riccomini (3 Bde. compl.). [Tradotto dal francese di A. Y. Goguet ed A.-C. Fugère.].

      4, XXX, (2), 328 S., 3 Kupferstiche, 1 Falttaf. VIII, 326 S., 1 Falttaf. VIII, 288 S., 6 Kupferstiche, 1 Falttaf., OPerg. m. goldgepr. Rückenschild, Etwas fleckig, 3 Kanten auf jewils 4 cm Pergament durchgerieben. 1758 erschien in Paris anonym die EA dieser Zivilisationsgeschichte des Parlamentsrates Antoine-Yves Goguet (1716-1758). Goguet verfasste die erste umfassende Synthese zur Kultur- und Zivilisationsgeschichte antiker Völker. Er verarbeitete dazu eine grosse Fülle von frühneuzeitlicher Forschungen und legte grossen Wert auf ein historisch-philologisches Fundament. Das Werk wurde rasch ins Deutsche, Englische und Italienische übersetzt. (Helmut Zedelmaier: Der Anfang der Geschichte: Studien zur Ursprungsdebatte im 18. Jahrhundert)Erste ital. Uebersetzung. (Brunet II, 1647)

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        Oeuvres de theatre de M. de Marivaux

      Collective Edition, illustrated with a portrait frontispiece by Grand. Full calf iced contemporary. Back tooled raised (iron bell). Part of title and volume number in red morocco. Caps head tomes II and IV torn. Tail cap threadbare Volume I, Volume V. ditto for the lower jaw of Volume I cracked about 6 cm. Many corners bumped. This edition announces 21 pieces and actually contains 23 (hence the anarchic pagination recent volumes), this is the last published during the lifetime of the author; yet it does not contain all the parts; one published in 1732 in 2 volumes comprising the plays performed at the Hotel de Bourgogne complete edition. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Duchesne à Paris 1758 5 tomes en 5 Vol. in 12 (10x17cm) (8) 276pp. et (4) 132pp. 120 72 et 344pp. et (4) 180 108 120pp. et (4) 132 72 205-276 94pp. relié

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        Atlas Minimus, or a New Set of Pocket Maps

      First edition, second issue: same as the first issue, with the correction to the Africa map, and to the Index. Attractive copy of this rare 18th century English pocket atlas; although devoted to the World, the interest in America is evidenced by the dedication of almost a third of the maps to the continent. Gibson´s miniature atlas was an immediate success, and was reprinted several times throughout the 18th century. Provenance: Francis Gertrude Stewart -early ownership signature to recto of frontispiece and partially effaced signature to title; ownership inscription to recto of frontispiece of Mary Elizabeth Montgomery. NMM III 306 (listed under Emanuel Bowen). Phillips, 621. English Short Title Catalog, T163454 (for the 1758).

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        Characteristics of the present political state of Great Britain.

      8vo., (4) + 256pp., wanting the half-title, contemporary calf, double ruled gilt borders to sides, ruled gilt spine with raised bands and gilt red morocco lettering piece. A fine copy.Publisher: London: A Millar,Year: 1758Edition: First edition. Higgs 1618. Kress 5763. Goldsmiths 9325. Williams I, 222.

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        Dissertation sur les Bibliotheques avec une Table Alphabétique, tant des Ouvrages publiés sous les titre de Bibliothéques, que des Catalogues imprimés de plusieurs Cabinets de France & des Pays étrangers

      3 p.l., 156, [3] pp. Small 8vo, cont. boards (rather rubbed), uncut. Paris: H. Chaubert & Herissant, 1758. [issued & bound with]: [-]. Table Alphabetique des Dictionnaires, en toutes sortes de Langues & sur toutes sortes des Sciences & d'Arts. iv, 90 pp. 8vo, uncut. Paris: H. Chaubert & Herissant, 1758. First editions, issued together, and highly interesting copies: they belonged to Charles Lenormand du Coudray (1712-89) of Orléans, one of most important collectors of books and engravings of the 18th century, who formed an important bibliographical collection. The first work, which is essentially a bibliography of bibliographies (about 750 in number), has been heavily annotated by Lenormand and bears his characteristic ownership paraphe, twice on the half-title, twice on the title, and once on the verso of the leaf of errata. His annotations serve as a record of his own collection of auction catalogues. Lenormand has underlined in red the catalogues which he already owned and has made additions in the margins, again oftentimes underlined in red as an indication that he owned the catalogue. On the verso of the errata leaf, he has also made a note about the 1776 private library catalogue of Crevenna. Laid-in at the end is a signature of note paper with a full-page list in manuscript of important catalogues for the years 1758-1763. On the rear paste-down, Lenormand comments on Hyacinthe Théodore Baron's well-known collection of bibliography and goes on to write (in rough trans.): "The collection which I possess of this kind also merits the attention of fanciers of these curiosities. In fact, as of today, 11 July 1771, I have actually brought together 312 volumes including catalogues of libraries and collections of curiosities, not including catalogues of booksellers' stocks, and what in particular recommends this collection is that almost all these catalogues are with the prices at which the items were sold." We have just begun to suggest the interest of these annotations. The second title is, according to Besterman, the first bibliography of dictionaries, listing about 1000 titles. Very good copies from the library of Bernard H. Breslauer. With half-title and errata leaf in first work. ❧ For Lenormand du Coudray: Lugt, p. 308. Besterman 783-84 & 4806. Peignot, pp. 38-39 & 251.

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        A voyage to South America: describing at large the Spanish cities, towns, provincies, &c. on that extensive continent. Interspersed throughout with reflections on the genius, customs, manners, and trade of the inhabitants; together with the natural history of the country. And an account of their gold and silver mines. Undertaken by command of his Majesty the King of Spain, by Don George Juan, and Don Antonio de Ulloa

      Dublin: William Williamson, 1758. First Dublin edition (the first English edition was printed in London earlier the same year), 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xviii, [19]-378; [4], [9]-356; 5 engraved plates (3 folding); contemporary full calf recased and rebacked in modern calf of slightly varying color, gilt lettered direct on spine; the rebacking not brilliant, but not unsightly either; very good and sound. Early bookplate of the German Society of Philadelphia. A translation of Ulloa's Relacion historica del viage a la America Meridional ... Madrid, 1743 recounting the French scientific expedition from the perspective of Ulloa, a Spanish sailor who accompanied them on the mission. "The end result was a fund of important scientific observations in various fields, as well as the knowledge that the earth was not perfectly spherical, but flattened at the poles" (Hill). Sabin 36873; this edition not in Hill, Pacific Voyages.

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        Apologia delle memorie antiche di Rovereto di Girolamo Tartarotti Serbati. S'aggiunge un'appendice di documenti non piu stampati, con annnotazioni del medesimo.

      In Lucca, 1758. [8] p., 346 p., [4] p., 25 cm, cart. coevo con titoli manoscritti al dorso. Buono, ordinari segni d'uso e del tempo. Bell'esemplare, con larghi margini, edizione non comune.

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        Die vormahls in ihrem Flor stehende nunmehro aber in Ruin und Asche liegende Königl. Pohlnische und Churfürstl. Sächsische Sechs-Stadt Zittau in der Ober-Lausitz, in XXI. Kupffer-Platten nebst einer kurtzen Beschreibung, worinnen sowohl der ehemalige als der itzige Zustand der Gantzen Stadt nach dem Grundrisse als Prospecte, benebst den Haupt-Gebäuden, als auch der großen Orgel vorgestellt ist.

      gedruckt bei Johann Gottlieb Nicolai, Zittau 1758 - 9 Bl. Pappband der Zeit mit Lederrücken. Mit 21 Kupferstichen. Die sehr seltene Kupferstichfolge zeigt neben einem kurzen Einführungstext in 24 Ansichten die Stadt Zittau vor und nach der Beschießung durch die Österreicher, darunter auch eine Ansicht der erst wenige Jahrzehnte zuvor eingeweihten und ebenfalls zerstörten Silbermann-Orgel. Sie stellt ein einmaliges Zeitdokument dar. - Die Blätter etwas gebräunt und gering fleckig, jeweils mit Mittelfalte, Blatt 8 etwas stärker fleckig. Blatt 9 (Orgelpprospekt) stärker gebräunt und leicht fleckig, an den Rändern und der Mittelfalte leicht beschädigt bei geringem Bildverlust. Insgesamt gutes Exemplar mit dem oft fehlenden Orgelprospekt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Plan de Paris.

      , 1758. 1758. PASQUIER, Jacques Jean and L. DENIS. Plan Topographique et Raisonné de Paris. Ouvrage utile au Citoyen et à l'Etranger. Dédié et présenté à Monseigneur Le Duc de Chevreuse Gouverneur de Paris. Engraved throughout, and with a moderate amount of contemporary hand-colouring throughout. [6], 149, [34 pp]. Illustrated with 4 double-page folding maps, 40 full-page maps, 12 vignettes, and the armorial device of the Duc de Chevreuse. 8vo., 169 x 95 mm, bound in contemporary French mottled calf, marbled endpapers. Paris: Pasquier & Denis, 1765.Second revised and substantially enlarged edition of this detailed atlas of eighteenth-century Paris, entirely engraved, with forty full-page maps that join together to make one giant map. Moreover, "this volume offers the most complete list of hôtels particuliers and hôtels garnis that is not found elsewhere" (Valentin Dufour). There is a Description abrégée de la ville de Paris relating the sites of La Cité and the University; a Description des environs de Paris, accompanied by a map of the suburbs; a further list of the Curiousités de Paris and more. This edition also contains a large folding map of the surroundings of Paris dated 1763. The work is illustrated with "delightful vignettes and culs-de-lampe which represent the monuments of Paris, populated with miniature people, very well engraved" (Portalis). With the alphabetical list of streets, colleges, and hospitals. OCLC lists copies only at Wesleyan and the Bibliotheque Nationale. Binding a little rubbed, overall an appealing copy. Valentin Dufour, Bibliographie artistique, historique et litteraire de Paris avant 1789 p. 422. Portalis-Béraldi III, 283. Unknown to Lacombe. Not in Rothschild, Graesse or Brunet.

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        Wohlbewährtes Garten-Buch, worinnen nicht nur von vielen seltenen Geheimnissen sondern auch von den Pflanzen, Blumen, und andern Garten-Gewächsen, auch der Baum-Zucht von allerhand ordinären, wie auch besonderes von Zwerg-Bäumen nützliche Anzeige und gründliche Nachricht ertheilet wird von Isodorus Antophilus. Aus dem franzósischen übersetzt, und mit Kupfern versehen.

      Luzern und Strassburg, gedruckt auf Kosten guter Freunde, 1758. 8vo (18.0 x 11.2 cm). Engraved frontispiece, title in red and black. [iv], 370, [vi] pp. Eight engraved plates with 12 figures. Chapters with woodcut vignettes. Original wooden panel with paper cover. Printed label on the spine.= This nice, rare book deals with trees in particular. The frontispiece shows a gardener cutting a tree in a pot with a lovely view of a castle with gardens. It also contains a six-page list of tulip names. It is not mentioned by any botanical compiler (Nissen, Pritzler, Stafleu & Cowan, etc.). The Cat. BM(NH) (p. 52) lists "Anthophilo (Christian) [ Pseud.?] Deliciae hortensis ... Vermehrt ...", and refers to a work by J. G. Mueller, published in 1675 under a different title, and in 1709-1710, with another edition in 1734 (p. 1369). The present edition, with the name Isodorus instead of Christian, and an entirely different pagination, may be based on any of these predecessors, which are all rare. The frontispiece clearly dates from the mid-18th century. A French edition, indicated in the title, is unknown. Uncut. Covers worn, binding weak. A faint dampstain to the title page right margin; a few small wormholes in the rear board and last text pages, otherwise a very good copy. Of this work, OCLC reports only four copies: two in German libraries, one in France, one in the U.S.A. Very rare.

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        An Account of Two Missionary Voyages by the Appointment of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The one to New Jersey in North America, the other from America to the Coast of Guiney

      London: Benjamin Dod, 1758. London: Benjamin Dod, 1758. First Edition. Octavo. [iv], 87 pp. Bound in marbled paper covers with label.Some browning to title page and last leaf, otherwise a very good and bright copy. "Thompson's account of his proselytizing efforts in the American colonies and along the west coast of Africa on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was the first Anglican missionary to Africa, and two decades later wrote a defence of the slave trade at the behest of the S.P.G., which was active in the trade" (Christies). "Thompson published in 1758 An Account of Two Missionary Voyages, a lively narrative of his experiences. Then, when the abolition campaign began, he seems to have been asked by his former employers to write in their defence. As he had been for five years the employee of a company which was principally concerned with trading in slaves, and had associated in an always perfectly amicable way with their African suppliers and customers, it need be no surprise that he was ready to publish, in 1772, a thirty-one page pamphlet, The African trade for negro slaves shown to be consistent with principles of humanity and with the laws of revealed religion. He drew on the Bible to justify slavery, and also on African practice, remarking that: 'The customs of the blacks are many of them good rules of policy, such as would not disgrace a more regular constitution' (Thompson, The African Trade, 25). His pamphlet elicited a few pages of angry retort from Granville Sharp, beginning: 'For shame, Mr Thompson!' (Sharp, 29), incorporated in his The Just Limitation of Slavery (1776)" (Oxford DNB); Howes T203; Howgego F59; Sabin 95529.. Very Good.

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        Considerations on the Question, Whether Tenants by Copy of Court Roll According to The Custom of the Manor, Though not at the Will of the Lord, Are Freeholders Qualified to Vote in Elections for Knights of the Shire. Eller 232; Lauechli 541

      London: Printed for R. Baldwin at the Rose in Pater-noster-Row, 1758. Modern 1/4 sheep over marbled boards, some browning, else a crisp copy, with Blackstone's name added in ink on the title; the Taussig copy First edition of the work evidencing "Blackstone's remarkable talent for clear, concise, fluent and methodical analysis of complex subject-matter", including (in Blackstone's opening account) a "true theory and genuine principles of liberty

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        Essai sur l'histoire naturelle de la mer Adriatique par le docteur Vitaliano Donati, avec une lettre du docteur Leonard Sesler, sur une nouvelle espece de plante terrestre, traduit de l'Italien (unito a:) Essai sur l'histoire naturelle des corallines, et d'autres productions marines du même genre, qu'on trouve communement sur les cotes de la Grande-Bretagne et d'Irlande; auquel on a joint une description d'un grand polype de mer, pris auprès du Pole Arctique, par des pêcheurs de baleine, pendant l'eté de 1753. Par Jean Ellis . Traduit de l'anglois

      A La Haye: chez Pierre de Hondt, 1758. A La Haye : chez Pierre de Hondt, 1756 - In-4 (2) III (1) 73 (5) XI c. (di tav.). Red printed firstpage. XVI 125 (3) (1) XXXIX c. (carte di tav. incise, 5 ripiegate). Full leather. ELLIS, JOHN (1710?–1776), naturalist, whom Linnæus termed a 'bright star of natural history' and 'the main support of natural history in England,' was born in Ireland about 1710. This is admitted by Sir J. E. Smith (Linnæan Correspondence, i. 79), in correction of his previous statement in Rees's 'Encyclopædia' that Ellis was a native of London. Ellis was in business as a merchant in London, with, it is stated, but little success, until in 1764 he obtained the appointment of agent for West Florida, to which was added in 1770 the agency for Dominica. This brought him many correspondents, and he used his opportunities to import various American seeds. In 1754 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and in the following year established his reputation as one of the most acute observers of his time by the publication of 'An Essay towards the Natural History of the Corallines,' London, 4to. This work was translated into French in the following year; and though his views were opposed by Dr. Job Baster and but imperfectly comprehended by Linnæus, he established by it the animal nature of this group of organisms. In 1768 the Copley medal of the Royal Society was awarded to Ellis for these researches. In 1770 he published 'Directions for bringing over Seeds and Plants from the East Indies. To which is added the figure and description of a new sensitive plant called Dionæa muscipula,' in which he accurately describes the mechanism of what we now know to be an insectivorous plant. In the fifty-first volume of the 'Philosophical Transactions' he described the new genera Halesia and Gardenia, and in the sixtieth volume the genus Gordonia, on which a letter to Linnæus was published, with one to Aiton on a new species of Illicium in 1771. These were followed in 1774 and 1775 by descriptions of the coffee-tree, the mangostan, and the breadfruit, all alike marked by that thoroughness from which it has happened that none of his genera have been superseded. This fate, however, having befallen one dedicated to him by Dr. Patrick Browne, Linnæus named a group of boraginaceous plants Ellisia in his honour. Various papers by him in the 'Philosophical Transactions' are supplementary to his 'Natural History of Corallines,' his first collection of which animals was placed in the British Museum; but much matter which he had collected was published by his friend Solander after his death as 'The Natural History of many uncommon Zoophytes collected by John Ellis, arranged and described by D.C. Solander,' London, 1786. Ellis died in London, 15 Oct. 1776, leaving a daughter, Martha, afterwards Mrs. Alexander Watt, by whom her father's correspondence was entrusted to Sir J. E. Smith. [Rees; Linnæan Correspondence, i. 79; Nichols's Lit. Anecd. ix. 531; London's Arboretum Britannicum, p. 70.] 18mo secolo

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        [JAPAN] Historische Beschryving der Reizen, of Nieuwe en volkome Verzameling van de aller-waardigste

      en zeldsaamste Zee- en Landtogten ter ontdekkinge en naspeuringe gedaan ... in Europa, Azia, Afrika, en Amerika ... TeAmsterdam : J. Roman, G. de Groot, J. Loveringh, G. Tielenburg, S. van Esveldt, en P. Schouten, 1758. Volume 17 (of 21) of the Dutch edition of abbé Prévost's Histoire générale des voyages. Quarto, contemporary quarter calf over papered boards (heavily rubbed), spine with raised bands, gilt decoration and title label lettered in gilt; title page in red and black (mild crease at fore-edge); pp [vi], 319, [1 binder's instructions]; with 16 engraved plates and maps (some folding; the view of Manila with a long diagonal tear repaired verso); binding firm and clean throughout; a very good copy, on large paper. The first part of the volume (pp 1-66) is an overview of the history of Spanish and Dutch voyages to the East Indies via the Pacific, and includes maps of the Marianas, the Philippines, and a folding view of Manila. Particular focus is given to the voyage of Schouten and Le Maire, which, in its search for Terra Australis, became the first expedition to reach the East Indies by this route. A substantial part of the volume (pp 67-319) is devoted to Engelbert Kaempfer's account of Japan, which the German naturalist and explorer visited in 1690-91. The narrative is accompanied by a number of superb plates, including plans of Nagasaki, Jedo and Miako, as well as a very detailed folding map of Japan.

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        L'Ami des Hommes, ou traité de la population. Nouvelle édition, augmentée d'une quatrième partie & de sommaires

      1758 - 4 (sur 6) parties en 4 s.l. (Paris), s.n, 1758, in-4, 4 (sur 6) parties en 4 volumes, frontispice, V-[3]-192 + [6]-266 + [6]-263 + [8]-278-81 [i.e 83] pages, veau marbré de l'époque, dos à nerfs et fleuronné, pièces de titre grenat, triple filet d'encadrement sur les plats, tranches rouges, Les quatre premières parties de cette édition importante de L'Ami des Hommes : la quatrième partie (Précis de l'organisation, ou mémoire sur les états provinciaux) est en édition originale, les trois précédentes sont des réimpression de l'édition originale in-4 (Avignon, 1756). Sans les cinquième et sixième parties, datées de 1760. Il s'agit, à l'origine, de la première édition complète, qui contenait, dans les deux parties ici manquantes, les doctrines d'un Mirabeau fraichement "converti" à la physiocratie, ainsi que le tableau économique de Quesnay. Notre exemplaire est en revanche bien complet du frontispice de Bakley, gravé en taille-douce par Fessard. Exemplaire provenant de la bibliothèque de Pierre Pupil, président du baillage du Bourg-Argental, avec son ex-libris armorié contrecollé sur les contreplats supérieurs. Reliures usagées, charnières usées et fragiles. Auréole pâle en pied du tome I, mouillure marginale au tome III et galeries de vers, sans atteinte au texte, rousseurs éparses. Tchemerzine, IV, 750. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Grammatica lingua Persicae accedunt dialogi, historiae, sententiae et narrationes Persicae. Vienna, Albert Camesina, 1804. 4to. Slightly later purple half morocco, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers.

      Hage Chahine 1368; not in Atabey; Blackmer. First edition of a grammar of the Persian language, written by the Austrian orientalist Franz Lorenz von Dombay (1758-1810). In his preface, Dombay states that there existed several Persian grammars, but he thought none of them sufficient to learn the language. His grammar starts with the basics: the Persian letters, gradually including more words and continuing with the syntax and morphology of the language. For the words he first gives the Arabic word, then a transcription of the word in the Latin alphabet, followed by the Latin translation of the word. The last fifty pages contain sentences, dialogues and some Persian narratives.Binding rubbed along the extremities. Title-page foxed and some minor foxing throughout, lower corner of page 45 slightly damaged, not affecting text, and some occasional small spots. Overall a good copy.

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        De nihilo geometrico, libri II. Verona, Augostino Carattoni, 1758. With a woodcut vignette on the title-page (with a globe, book and instruments), and many fine-line diagrams in text. With: (2) SALADINI, Girolamo. Elementa geometriae infinitesimorum. Libri tres.Bologna, Tommaso d'Aquino, 1760. Title-page with an engraved vignette of a putto with drafting instruments and an armillary sphere, and with numerous diagrams on 9 folding engraved plates. (3) CARNOT, Lazare. Oeuvres mathématiques.Basel, J. Decker, 1797. With a stipple-engraved (and aquatint) frontispiece portrait of Carnot by Jean Jacques de Mechel, and 6 diagrams on a folding engraved plate. 3 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.

      Ad 1: G.T. Bagni, “Un'intuizione dell'infinitesimo attuale: De nihilo geometrico (1758) ...”, in: Didattica delle scienze XXIII (1998): ICCU UFIE003084; Riccardi II, 538; ad 2: ICCU UFIE003018; for Saladini also DSB XI, pp. 401-402; ad 3: DSB III, p. 78. Three important 18th-century mathematical first editions, together in one volume.Ad 1: First (and only?) edition of a text book on infinitesimal geometry by Guiseppe Torelli (1721-1781), a wide-ranging Veronese scholar best known for his works on geometry. His De nihilo geometrico presents a new basis for infinitesimal analysis, which had been started but not exhaustively treated by Newton and Leibniz. His rejection of the concept of limits and his support of the ideas of Bernard Nieuwentijt against Leibniz caused his work to be largely ignored in modern times. Ad 2: First and only edition of another work on infinitesimal geometry, the first major work of the Italian mathematician Girolamo Saladini (1731-1813), with full references to Newton and Leibniz. Saladini's work is divided into three parts, the first giving axioms and theorems, and the other two with 16 and 18 propositions respectively, the last part closing with three "scholia". Though little known today, Saladini together with Vicenzo Riccati published the first extensive treatise on integral calculus in their Institutiones analyticae (1765-1767), pre-dating Euler.Ad 3: First edition of the mathematical works of Lazare Carnot (1753-1823), much better known than the treatises of Torelli and Saladini above. The book begins with his "Essai sur les machines en général", which contains his famous theorem on the loss of kinetic energy during inelastic collisions. Divided into two parts, the book contains all the elements of engineering mechanics: the first truly theoretical work on the subject. The last 80 pages present his "Réflexions sur la métaphysique du calcul infinitésimal", an interesting philosophical discussion of differential calculus. With occasional minor foxing and a few slightly browned leaves, but still in very good condition and with generous margins. The binding is slightly scuffed around the extremities, with a small crack at the head of the back hinge, but otherwise also very good. A collection of 18th-century mathematical first editions, especially interesting for the discussion of infinitesimals.

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        Three letters on the subject of the Marine Society.

      4to., with a fine engraved frontispiece by Cipriani, general title printed in red and black, (2) + vi + 8 + 24 + 23 + (1) + (2) + engraved frontispiece to Letter III + 67 + (1) + (2) + 12 + 4pp., printed throughout on thick paper, contemporary calf, gilt-ruled sides, neatly rebacked to match, spine gilt and labelled. A fine copy, sometime in the library of Arnold Muirhead with his bookplate on front pastedown. With separate title pages, pagination and register to each letter and a list of subscribers to the Marine Society. Letter I is the second edition, corrected and enlarged, and its imprint reads: "Sold by R. and J. Dodsley, Paul Vaillant, James Waugh". Goldsmiths 9406. Higgs 1668. [bound with], HANWAY, [Jonas] Two letters. Let. IV. Being thoughts on the means of augmenting the number of mariners in these Kingdoms, upon principles of liberty. Let.V. To Robert Dingley, Esq; containing moral and political reasons for relieving prostitutes who are inclined to forsake their evil course of life. London: printed in the year 1758. 4to., title printed in red and black, (4) + 34 + 35 + (1)pp., printed on thick paper, a very good large copy. With separate title-pages to each letter, this was intended to be a continuation of Hanway's Three Letters on the subject. Goldsmiths 9408.Publisher: London: printed in the year.Year: 1758Edition:

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        La Physique des Arbres; où il est traitè de l'Anatomie des Plantes et de l'Économie Végétale: pour servir d'Introduction au Traité complet des Bois & des Forests?

      50 folding engraved plates. 3 p.l., lxviii, 307 pp.; 2 p.l., iii, [1], 432 pp. Two vols. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf, spines nicely gilt, red & black morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: H.L. Guerin & L.F. Delatour, 1758. First edition. Duhamel (1700-82), French polymath, made notable contributions in agronomy, chemistry, botany, and naval technology. His major interest and contribution to technology and society was in agriculture. Duhamel "adapted Tull's system to France based on his own wide reading in French agronomy and on original experiments."-D.S.B., IV, p. 224. This is the second in Duhamel's series of books describing all aspects of trees and their cultivation. It is one of the most complete treatises on trees, the anatomy and structural properties of wood, and the management of tree stands of the 18th century. In his "Dissertation" (pp. xxix-lxv of Vol. I), Duhamel gives an interesting account of the then-current botanical systems including those of Morison, Ray, Tournefort, Magnol, and Linnaeus. The text of Vol. I is largely concerned with the anatomy of trees. Vol. II is devoted to the most up-to-date methods of tree propagation. Fine and handsome set. Blindstamp of "Ovesholm" on half-titles. This was the castle in southern Sweden built in 1792-1804 by Carl Adam Wrangel (1748-1829), who filled the building with a fine library, paintings, and sculpture. ? Pritzel 2468.

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        Athenarum Frisiacarum : Libro Duo : Quorum Alter Praeter Historiam Academiae, quae est Franequerae, Elogia Sereniss. & Ampl. Ephororum alter Cl. Professorum, cum serie secretariorum, bibliothecariorum ... complectitur.

      Leeuwarden: Gulielmus Coulon. Good with no dust jacket. 1758. Hardcover. Joints and hinges cracked, vertical cracking to spine leather, edges rubbed; light foxing; internally very good. Institutional library bookplate with no other library markings.; Latin language. Period full calf, spine gilt, speckled edges. History of Franeker University, second oldest university in the Netherlands [closed by Napoleon in 1811], with short elegies on the curators; lists of secretaries, librarians, etc.; and extensive bio-bibliographical notices on 150 professors.; Ex-Library; [xvi], 920, 22, [2] pages .

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        Kort begrip der oude en nieuwe staatkundige geographie. Behelzende eene beschrijving der heerschappyen, inwelken de aarde verdeeld is: haare gelegenheid, grootte, luchts- en grondsgesteldheid, voortbrengselen, rivieren, regeeringsstaat, aart en godsdienst der inwooners,...Amsterdam and Utrecht, Covens and Mortier and Jan Jakob van Poolsum, 1758. 8vo. Contemporary vellum.

      Tiele, Bibl. 514 note; Goodman, The Dutch Impact on Japan, p. 102. Sixth edition of the Dutch translation of a famous and extensive work on the geography of the world by Johann Hübner, rector in Hamburg. The larger part of the book consists of short descriptions of the countries, regions and cities of Europe, while the last chapters are dedicated to Asia, Africa and America. The Dutch editions of Hübner's writings were imported into Japan and formed an important source of geographical knowledge in the Tokugawa period.Opening flyleaves and title-page foxed; otherwise a very good copy.

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        Grammatica lingua Persicae accedunt dialogi, historiae, sententiae et narrationes Persicae. Vienna, Albert Camesina, 1804. 4to. Slightly later purple half morocco, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers.

      Hage Chahine 1368; not in Atabey; Blackmer. First edition of a grammar of the Persian language, written by the Austrian orientalist Franz Lorenz von Dombay (1758-1810). In his preface, Dombay states that there existed several Persian grammars, but he thought none of them sufficient to learn the language. His grammar starts with the basics: the Persian letters, gradually including more words and continuing with the syntax and morphology of the language. For the words he first gives the Arabic word, then a transcription of the word in the Latin alphabet, followed by the Latin translation of the word. The last fifty pages contain sentences, dialogues and some Persian narratives.Binding rubbed along the extremities. Title-page foxed and some minor foxing throughout, lower corner of page 45 slightly damaged, not affecting text, and some occasional small spots. Overall a good copy.

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        De l'esprit

      Paris: Chez Durand, 1758. First edition, second issue. [4], xxii, 643, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to (9-3/4 x 7-1/4 inches). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with red leather label, marbled endpapers and edges. Upper joint starting but solid, half-title with small stain at outer edge, overall a fresh, crisp copy. First edition, second issue. [4], xxii, 643, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to (9-3/4 x 7-1/4 inches). Banned and Burned: the Rare First edition. First edition of the last major work of the French philosopher and encyclopédiste, Helvetius, DE L'ESPRIT (On the Mind) was condemned by the Church and the Sorbonne for its uncompromising atheism, regarded as dangerously revolutionary by the Court of Louis XV, and publicly condemned by Parliament. A follower of Locke's empiricism, Helvetius's work was an important development in the history of utilitarian thought, and both Bentham and Mill were strongly influenced by Helvetius' elaboration of a theory which saw mankind as the product of his environment and his education. The first issue of the first edition is very rare: Smith locates only 15 copies. Although the second issue of the 1758 quarto is not as rare as the first, it should be noted that only one copy of the First edition has appeared at auction (in ABPC) since 1975, and that copy was the first issue; no copies of the second issue have appeared for 30 years. Smith E.1B

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        De l'Esprit EDITION ORIGINALE

      à Paris: chez Durand, 1758. Fine. chez Durand, à Paris 1758, in-4 (19,5x26cm), (4) xxij ; 643pp. (1f. priv.), relié. - First edition of the second draw and the first put on the market (it only lists 4 copies of the first issue, it was censored from the beginning of printing Malesherbes). Bound in full brown sheepskin that time. Back with five nerves decorated with a piece of sheepskin as blonde, coffered and gilded finials. All red edges. Some frictions and blunt corners. Ex-dono time on the half-title and title page. Soon appeared, the book suffers a ban from the Sorbonne and a blacklisting for his subversive and heretical ideas (the book was even burned to the public in 1759). Redrafting by the author do not change anything, the book was originally dedicated to the king, who dismissed the dedication. The authorities were particularly indignant social and political ideas contained in the work. Encyclopaedists did were not mistaken for whom the book was the bible of Rationalism (though his point was rejected by Diderot). Helvetius not intended as research into the human mind as an object of knowledge, but from a materialist assumption, since it asserts that all human faculties can be reduced to physical sensations. Helvetius (1715-1771) was General Farmer, becoming rich, he knew how to be very generous and a patron of philosophers and writers. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de second tirage et le premier mis dans le commerce (on ne recense que 4 exemplaires de la première émission, celle-ci ayant été censurée dès le début de l'impression par Malesherbes). Notre exemplaire présente bien toutes les caractéristiques de second tirage selon David Smith (Bibliography of the writings of Helvétius, 2001, pp. 127-133) : mise en page de la date et de l'approbation sur la page de titre (M de la date à gauche du premier P de l'approbation et non juste en dessous comme pour le premier tirage), coquille dans le titre courant ("dicours" au lieu de "discours" p 67, 97, 179 et 237)... Reliure en pleine basane brune de l'époque. Dos à cinq nerfs orné d'une pièce de titre de basane blonde, de caissons et fleurons dorés. Toutes tranches rouges. Quelques frottements et coins émoussés. Ex-dono du temps sur le faux-titre et la page de titre. Aussitôt paru, le livre subit une interdiction de la Sorbonne et une mise à l'index pour ses idées subversives et hérétiques (le livre fut même brûlé devant le public en 1759). Le remaniement du texte par l'auteur n'y changera rien, le livre fut à l'origine dédié au roi, lequel rejeta la dédicace. Les autorités furent particulièrement indignées des idées sociales et politiques que contient l'œuvre. Les encyclopédistes ne s'y trompèrent pas pour lesquels l'ouvrage fut la bible du rationalisme (même si son propos fut rejeté par Diderot). Helvetius ne se proposait que d'examiner l'esprit humain comme un objet de connaissance, mais sous un postulat matérialiste, puisqu'il affirme que toutes les facultés humaines peuvent être réduites à des sensations physiques. Helvetius (1715-1771) fut Fermier Général, devenant riche, il sut être très généreux et fut un mécène pour les philosophes et les écrivains.

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        De l'Esprit. [Suivi de "Lettre au Révérend Pere *** Jésuite"].

      - Paris, Chez Durand, 1758 In-4, plein veau marbré de l'époque, dos à 5 nerfs orné de compartiments richement fleuronnés et cloisnnés, pièce de titre de maroquin havane, roulettes dorées sur les coupes, tranches rouges, (2) f., xxij, 643 p. et (1) p. d'approbation et privilège. Edition originale, avec approbation et privilège. Helvétius élabore un système matérialiste et sensualiste qui défend l’égalité naturelle des hommes, envisagés comme produit de leur environnement et de leur éducation, fondé sur un athéisme absolu et une morale utilitariste. Cette oeuvre centrale dans l’histoire des Lumières obtint un considérable succès, en partie dû au scandale qu’elle provoqua à sa parution. Son privilège fut révoqué immédiatement après sa mise en vente et le livre fut condamné par le Parlement le 6 février 1759, comme "athée, matérialiste, sacrilège, immoral et subversif". "No book during the eighteenth century, except perhaps Rousseau’s Emile, evoked such an outcry from religious and civil authorities or such universal public interest" (David Smith). (Peignot, ‘Livres interdits’, I, 177. D. Smith, E.1B, p. 121 : "deuxième tirage"). Contient relié à sa suite: HELVETIUS "Lettre au Révérend Père *** Jésuite". S.l.n.d. [1759]. 4 p. Effrayé par l’orage qu’il avait soulevé et sous la pression de son environnement, Helvétius publia, en août 1759, cette rétractation partielle de son œuvre, adressée à son ancien ami le père Berthier. Rousseurs et auréoles éparses. Galeries de vers dans la marge intérieure des 100 premiers feuillets sans atteinte au texte. Ex-libris armorié gravé de Jean Étienne Bernard Ogier de Clugny, baron de Nuits. Homme d'État né à la Guadeloupe (1729-1776) il nommé intendant à Saint-Domingue en 1760, intendant général de la marine et des colonies en 1770, du Roussillon à Perpignan en 1774, puis de Bordeaux en 1775 ; enfin il fut appelé au poste de contrôleur général des Finances en 1776 en remplacement de Turgot. Bon exemplaire, bien relié à l'époque. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Biblia naturae; sive historia insectorum, in classes certas redacta, nec non exemplis, et anatomico variorum animalculorum examine, aeneisque tabulis illustrata. Insertis numerosis rariorum naturae observationibus. Omnia in lingua Batava.. Acc. praefatio, in qua vitam auctoris descripsit H. Boerhaave. Latinam versionem adscripsit H.D. Gaubius. | Bybel der natuure ... of historie der insecten, tot zeekere zoorten gebracht: door voorbeelden, ontleedkundige onderzoekingen van veelerhande kleine gediertens, als ook door kunstige kopere plaaten opgeheldert. ...Leiden, Isaac Severinus, Boudewijn Jansz. van der Aa and Pieter Jansz. van der Aa, 1737-1738. 3 volumes. Folio. With 4 title-pages printed in red and black, each with one of two different engraved vignettes, and with 53 folding engraved plates. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, manuscript title on spine.

      Brunet V, 599; Dibner 191; Graesse VI, 532; Hagen, p. 209; Nissen, ZBI 4055; Wheeler Gift 291; cf. Wood 1758 (English edition). First edition of Swammerdam's remarkably detailed and accurate description of insect anatomy, with 53 extraordinary plates showing mostly insects (but also molluscs, crustaceans, frogs, an octopus, a squid and a fern), with greatly enlarged anatomical drawings, the whole edited after the author's death by the great scientist Herman Boerhaave, and with a biographical note on the author. "The foundation of our modern knowledge of the structure, metamorphosis and classification of insects" (Cole). Swammerdam's skill in dissecting these minute and fragile creatures and drawing their anatomy in great detail is astonishing, and "formed a good portion of the study of all invertebrate anatomy before Cuvier." (DSB). He avidly devoted much of his life to the study of insects, greatly admired them, and insisted against the fashion of his day that they were just as highly developed as other animals. By demonstrating the gradual nature of insect metamorphosis, showing the complexity of their inner anatomy, and debunking spontaneous generation he revolutionized the understanding of insects.Only slightly browned around the margins, with some occasional small spots, overall in very good condition. Bindings slightly stained, corners bumped, but otherwise in good condition.

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        Histoire naturelle, civile et géographique de l'Orenoque et des principales rivières qui s'y jettent. Dans laquelle on traite du gouvernement, des usages et des coutûmes des Indiens qui l'habitent, des animaux, des arbres...

      Avignon, Marseille, Desaint et Saillant, 1758. In three volumes. 12mo (16.5 x 9.5 cm). One large folded engraved map of the area of the Venezuelan river Orinoco and two folded engraved plates. Contemporary uniform mottled calf with gilt vignette on front board of the first volume. Spines with gilt floral pattern and red and green morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled flyleaves. Edges dyed red.l According to Sabin, "The work of Gumilla is one of the most curious and interesting hitherto published upon the country of the Orinoco". José Gumilla (1686-1750) "...was a Jesuit priest who wrote a natural history of the Orinoco River region. In 1705 he left Spain for New Granada (today Colombia) where he studied at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He was ordained in 1714 and went to the Orinoco Mission. In 1701 he went to Venezuela and worked there for 35 years. He was sometime Rector of the School of Cartagena, Provincial Superior of New Granada, and Procurator in Rome from 1738. Here he wrote El Orinoco Ilustrado (Madrid, 1741). He returned to South America in 1743 with Filippo Salvatore Gilii. Gumilla introduced coffee into Venezuela in 1732. The beans were exported to Brazil" (Wikipedia). French translation of the first Spanish edition published in Madrid 1741. It describes the flora, fauna and the pre-Columbian remains and customs of the Indian tribes in that region. Boards a bit rubbed, endpapers a bit stained, otherwise a very good, clean, unmarked set. Sabin, 29277.

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        Biblia naturae; sive historia insectorum, in classes certas redacta, nec non exemplis, et anatomico variorum animalculorum examine, aeneisque tabulis illustrata. Insertis numerosis rariorum naturae observationibus. Omnia in lingua Batava.. Acc. praefatio, in qua vitam auctoris descripsit H. Boerhaave. Latinam versionem adscripsit H.D. Gaubius. | Bybel der natuure ... of historie der insecten, tot zeekere zoorten gebracht: door voorbeelden, ontleedkundige onderzoekingen van veelerhande kleine gediertens, als ook door kunstige kopere plaaten opgeheldert. ...Leiden, Isaac Severinus, Boudewijn Jansz. van der Aa and Pieter Jansz. van der Aa, 1737-1738. 3 volumes. Folio. With 4 title-pages printed in red and black, each with one of two different engraved vignettes, and with 53 folding engraved plates. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, manuscript title on spine.

      Brunet V, 599; Dibner 191; Graesse VI, 532; Hagen, p. 209; Nissen, ZBI 4055; Wheeler Gift 291; cf. Wood 1758 (English edition). First edition of Swammerdam's remarkably detailed and accurate description of insect anatomy, with 53 extraordinary plates showing mostly insects (but also molluscs, crustaceans, frogs, an octopus, a squid and a fern), with greatly enlarged anatomical drawings, the whole edited after the author's death by the great scientist Herman Boerhaave, and with a biographical note on the author. "The foundation of our modern knowledge of the structure, metamorphosis and classification of insects" (Cole). Swammerdam's skill in dissecting these minute and fragile creatures and drawing their anatomy in great detail is astonishing, and "formed a good portion of the study of all invertebrate anatomy before Cuvier." (DSB). He avidly devoted much of his life to the study of insects, greatly admired them, and insisted against the fashion of his day that they were just as highly developed as other animals. By demonstrating the gradual nature of insect metamorphosis, showing the complexity of their inner anatomy, and debunking spontaneous generation he revolutionized the understanding of insects.Only slightly browned around the margins, with some occasional small spots, overall in very good condition. Bindings slightly stained, corners bumped, but otherwise in good condition.

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        Grammatica lingua Persicae accedunt dialogi, historiae, sententiae et narrationes Persicae. Vienna, Albert Camesina, 1804. 4to. Slightly later purple half morocco, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers.

      Hage Chahine 1368; not in Atabey; Blackmer. First edition of a grammar of the Persian language, written by the Austrian orientalist Franz Lorenz von Dombay (1758-1810). In his preface, Dombay states that there existed several Persian grammars, but he thought none of them sufficient to learn the language. His grammar starts with the basics: the Persian letters, gradually including more words and continuing with the syntax and morphology of the language. For the words he first gives the Arabic word, then a transcription of the word in the Latin alphabet, followed by the Latin translation of the word. The last fifty pages contain sentences, dialogues and some Persian narratives.Binding rubbed along the extremities. Title-page foxed and some minor foxing throughout, lower corner of page 45 slightly damaged, not affecting text, and some occasional small spots. Overall a good copy.

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        De nihilo geometrico, libri II. Verona, Augostino Carattoni, 1758. With a woodcut vignette on the title-page (with a globe, book and instruments), and many fine-line diagrams in text. With: (2) SALADINI, Girolamo. Elementa geometriae infinitesimorum. Libri tres.Bologna, Tommaso d'Aquino, 1760. Title-page with an engraved vignette of a putto with drafting instruments and an armillary sphere, and with numerous diagrams on 9 folding engraved plates. (3) CARNOT, Lazare. Oeuvres mathématiques.Basel, J. Decker, 1797. With a stipple-engraved (and aquatint) frontispiece portrait of Carnot by Jean Jacques de Mechel, and 6 diagrams on a folding engraved plate. 3 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.

      Ad 1: G.T. Bagni, “Un'intuizione dell'infinitesimo attuale: De nihilo geometrico (1758) ...”, in: Didattica delle scienze XXIII (1998): ICCU UFIE003084; Riccardi II, 538; ad 2: ICCU UFIE003018; for Saladini also DSB XI, pp. 401-402; ad 3: DSB III, p. 78. Three important 18th-century mathematical first editions, together in one volume.Ad 1: First (and only?) edition of a text book on infinitesimal geometry by Guiseppe Torelli (1721-1781), a wide-ranging Veronese scholar best known for his works on geometry. His De nihilo geometrico presents a new basis for infinitesimal analysis, which had been started but not exhaustively treated by Newton and Leibniz. His rejection of the concept of limits and his support of the ideas of Bernard Nieuwentijt against Leibniz caused his work to be largely ignored in modern times. Ad 2: First and only edition of another work on infinitesimal geometry, the first major work of the Italian mathematician Girolamo Saladini (1731-1813), with full references to Newton and Leibniz. Saladini's work is divided into three parts, the first giving axioms and theorems, and the other two with 16 and 18 propositions respectively, the last part closing with three "scholia". Though little known today, Saladini together with Vicenzo Riccati published the first extensive treatise on integral calculus in their Institutiones analyticae (1765-1767), pre-dating Euler.Ad 3: First edition of the mathematical works of Lazare Carnot (1753-1823), much better known than the treatises of Torelli and Saladini above. The book begins with his "Essai sur les machines en général", which contains his famous theorem on the loss of kinetic energy during inelastic collisions. Divided into two parts, the book contains all the elements of engineering mechanics: the first truly theoretical work on the subject. The last 80 pages present his "Réflexions sur la métaphysique du calcul infinitésimal", an interesting philosophical discussion of differential calculus. With occasional minor foxing and a few slightly browned leaves, but still in very good condition and with generous margins. The binding is slightly scuffed around the extremities, with a small crack at the head of the back hinge, but otherwise also very good. A collection of 18th-century mathematical first editions, especially interesting for the discussion of infinitesimals.

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