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        Witterhets arbeten, utgifne af et samhälle i Stockholm.

      Andra uplagan, öfversedd och ansenligen tillökt. I-II. Sthlm, Kongl. tryckeriet, 1759-62. 8:o. (12),IV,230,(3) + (4),172,(4),173-278,(4) s. Titelsidorna tryckta i rött och svart. Samtida elegant marmorerat skinnbd med mycket rikt guldornerad rygg, grön titeletikett i marokäng och röda snitt. Ryggen ngt blekt och nött. Inlagan ngt lager- och småfläckig. Med Ulric Celsings signatur. Från Biby. Saknar smutstitelbladet i del I.. Leijonhufvud & Brithelli Kvinnan inom svenska litteraturen s. 127 för Nordenflychts medverkan. Ett dedikationsblad till Lovisa Ulrika saknas som vanligt, å andra sidan finns de opaginerade dedikationsbladen till kronprinsen i mitten av del II, vilka bara återfinns i en del av upplagan. Detta är den omarbetade och till stor del förnyade, andra upplagan av "Våra försök" som utgavs av Tankebyggarorden 1753-55. I denna andra upplaga publicerades för första gången flera av periodens mest berömda dikter, såsom Creutz "Atis och Camilla" och Nordenflychts "Fruentimrets försvar". Den innehåller dessutom Creutz "Daphne" och Gyllenborgs "Vinterqväde" i dess första version

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        Posthumous Works of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In Four Volumes

      Preface by W. [William] Godwin. "Author's preface" not identified, but: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759-1797). Contents: Vol.1-2, The Wrongs of Woman: or, Maria, a fragment, in two volumes; at rear "Lessons" for the children; v.3-4, Letters and Miscellaneous Pieces, in two volumes. -- Hardcover, four volumes, washed full leather, spine labels with title and volume number are missing, spine labels with decoration are present. Bookplate of Thomas Nash, shield with oak branch, bird heads, "unitas et concordia" banner. -- Condition: missing spine labels as noted; leather covers somewhat worn and also cracked at outer hinges; bindings tight; pages quite clean. -- Unfortunately, it appears most institutional copies are in microform only; RARE with no copies recently at auction.

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        The London Magazine for 1758 Vol. XXVII [27] or Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer

      London: R. Baldwin, [1759]. 1st. Hard Cover. Fair. 8vo. 686pp + 20pp index. Good. While boards are secure, the top layer is peeling; all pages are secure and legible if with browning and some text offset; b/w engraved frontispiece, vignette t.p.& A fascinating read, with a wealth of historical information, including, military, political, foreign policy, Marriages, Births and Deaths; Stocks and Shares, mathematical calculations and a host more.& , missing Plan of Schweidnitz p.8, Includes City Plans; Maps and Plates: (engraved by T Kitchin):- (i) A Plan of Breslaw, Capital of Silesia; (ii)Plan of the Bay of Gibraltar (iii) Fold out plan of Zell, a bit ruffled, but entire and no tears; (iv) A Fold Out Map of The Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island- a bit ruffled, one tiny hole, one short margin tear, entire and secure; (v) Map of The North Eastern Part Of Brittany (vi) A Plan of The City Of Louisburg; (vii) A Map Of The City of Louisburg; (viii) A Map of The Country round Cherburg in Normandy (ix) A Plan of Milford Haven (x) A Plan of Dunkirk (xi) A Map of Fort Royal Bay in the Island of Martinico (xii) A Map of the Seat Of war in the Southern Part Of Lusatia, with part of Saxony. (xiii) A Plan of the Fort and Bay of Frontenac and with adjacent countries. (xiv) A Plan of the Battle at Anrat in the Plain of Creeveld, under the Allied Army Pr. Ferdinand of Brunswick and The French Army under Count de Clermont [23/6/1758]; (xv) Action near Meer 3/8/1758 between a Corps under Gen. Lieutenant V. Imhoff & Gen Lieut, Chevert. (xvi) An accurate fold out Map of the Island of Martinico ( a bit ruffled but entire and sound) (xvii) A Fold Out Map of The Island of Hispaniola of St. Domingo (sown back together with fabric to rear as in two pieces, legible and entire, edges a bit chipped).& HISTORY HERE. A MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF LUSATIA, WITH PART OF SAXONY, & A PLAN OF THE FORT AND BAY OF FRONTENAC, WITH ADJACENT COUNTRIES.A PLAN OF THE BATTLE OF CREVELT, AND A PLAN OF THE ACTION NEAR MEER. A MAP OF THE ISLAND HISPANIOLA / ST DOMINGO. missing Plan of Schweidnitz p.8. AN AUTHENTICK ACCOUNT OF THE REDUCTION OF LOUISBOURG, DISPLAYING THE CONDUCT AND BRAVERY OF OUR OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, AND SEAMEN, ON THAT EXPEDITION. A FUTURE SPEECH TO A PRESENT MINISTER OF STATE. RULES TO PRESERVE HEALTH ON THE COAST OF AFRICA, REMARKABLE SPEECH MADE BY CHARLES THE GREAT TO IS NOBILITY, KINGS SPEECH, MARRIAGES, BIRTHS AND DEATHS,. PROMOTIONS CIVIL AND MILITARY, PRICES OF STOCKS AND GRAIN; WIND AND WEATHER

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        A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an Accurate Description of that Country, its Soil, Mountains Etc

      London: James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759. 2 volumes. 8vo., (8 x 5 inches). Engraved frontispiece in each volume (that to volume one with expert repair at platemark) and two engraved plates, fine engraved folding map "of California drawn by the Society of Jesuits" (tear near mount repaired on verso) (light browning). Contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards (rebacked to style). Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Nicholas Garry (?1782-1856), deputy Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company (1822-1835). First English edition. "This translation gave the English-speaking world its earliest thorough account of the little-known areas of the west coast of North America. This work has been cited as the first book in English completely devoted to California" (Hill 1768). Miguel Venegas, a brilliant Mexican-born Jesuit, transferred a longing to serve in the new California missions, thwarted by ill-health, to intense study of the territory's history. In researching what would become a detailed history of the territories of present-day California, Baja California, southern Arizona and the northern Sonora, "Venegas employed the highest level of historical methodology, collecting original manuscripts, annual reports, and letters of … numerous other missionaries in California and Sonora… In 1735, Father Provincial Juan Antonio de Oviedo ordered that all archival material relative to California be provided to Father Venegas who also employed a novel form of acquiring information: detailed questionnaires covering the left half of the sheet, leaving the right half of the same sheet for answers, that were sent to persons who had participated in or were currently active in the California mission field" (W. Michael Mathes, art. in Dorothy Sloan, The Daniel Volkmann Collection of the Zamorano 80, 5 Feb. 2003, p. 280). Venegas's account of California reached a wide audience both through the first Spanish edition and translations into English (1759) [as here], Dutch (1762), French (1767) and German (1769). Howes V-69; Sabin 98845. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries]
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        The Charter Granted by Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England

      S. Kneeland, Boston, 1759. Edition Unstated. Hardcover. Fair Condition/No Dust Jacket. Size: 4to. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight. Printed by Order of His Excellency the Governor, Counsel and House Of Representatives. Original full leather with five raised bands on spine, tall quarto, 14 pages of the Charter bound in first; 24 pages The Table (an Index to the Acts and Laws), Acts and Laws, of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, [2], 403 pages, includes subsequent separately printed laws through 1761. Establishment of Berkshire County and the Town of Pittsfield are two of the Acts. Interestingly, Samuel Kneeland spelled his last name incorrectly on the title page (Keeeland). Leather is worn, wear at corners and spine ends, bow to boards, separation on each side head of spine, previous owner name and date 1890 in pencil on front free end paper, previous owner Joseph Blood of Townsend, Mass. wrote his name in ink on title page, probably from early 1800s (found in the book a small business card size piece of period paper on which Joseph Blood printed his name in beautiful penmanship). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Politics & Government. Inventory No: 009727. .

      [Bookseller: Dennis Holzman Antiques]
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        Calville blanc (apple)

      Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840)Illustrated plate from Choix des Plus Belles FleursParis: 1827-1833Hand-colored stipple engraving23 1/4" x 19 1/2" framed; framed in a beautiful museum quality frame with gold leaf details, mounted with archival materials and UV plexiglassExcellent conditionThe works of the great botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) seem to demand the invention of lofty praise. Described both as the ?Rembrandt? and the ?Raphael? of Flowers by nineteenth century writers, Redoute occupies a central position in the development of European botanical art.Born into a family of artists, Redoute's talents were recognized and encouraged from an early age. He studied botany with the noted naturalist Heritier de Brutelle, and learned the technique of painting in watercolor on vellum from Gerard van Spaendonck, Flower Painter to the King. By this master painter's own account, his pupil's work was finer.Redoute had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie Antoinette to Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in this turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, eventually contributing to over fifty books on natural history and archeology.The luminosity of stipple engraving is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. It is essentially a technique of etching a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that can be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color and tone. The plates were painted with watercolor before each impression, creating a rich and subtle color quality that is deeply pressed into the paper. The most delicate highlights and details are then added by hand to finish each print according to the exquisite watercolor models that Redoute provided. This complex and delicate printing process combines the technical virtuosity and aesthetic sensitivity that characterize Redoute's remarkable body of work.The Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs is one of Redoute's last, and most personal works. It is a selection of favorite flowers and fruits by a master who had devoted a lifetime to the art of botanical illustration. The images include spectacular blossoms plucked from formal gardens, as well as the more modest blooms of wayside flowers. These small and richly colored plates convey an intimate sense of beauty that sets them apart from other botanical works.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries]
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        An Introduction To Physiology, Being A Course of Lectures Upon The most important Parts of the Animal Oeconomy: etc

      London: J. Nourse, 1759. First edition. leather_bound. Contemporary full brown calf, double gilt border fillets. Very good./No Dust Jacket. 396 pages. 21 x 13 1/2. Born in Scotland, Flemyng arrived London 1751 to teach physiology to nascent medical students who had not been to the Universities. This work contains the substance of his London lectures. The author was abreast of the best physiological teaching of the time, and an original experimenter and reasoner as well. In a letter to Haller he states that motor and sensory nerves are anatomically distinct, although they may exist in the same bundle -- the experimental proof come many years later. [see: DNB p.705]. Bookplate, fresh and clean copy, raised bands, chipping to backstrip extremities, but overall a firm copy.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        A Plan of the River St. Lawrence from the Falls of Montmorenci to Sillery; with the Operations of the Siege of Quebec. (beautifully framed)

      London: London Magazine, 1759. 1st. . Very Good. PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED AND VERY ATTRACTIVE! Coloring: Uncolored Size: 10 x 7 inches Condition: VG+Mat Size: 13 1/2 x 16 5/8" Image: 7 1/2 x 10" , The first map of the Siege of Quebec. Gives detailed operations of the siege and shows key battle sites and encampments. An inset shows the Plan of the Action gained by the English near Quebec, Sep. 13, 1759. The various groups of war ships are shown in and around the harbor, including Admiral Holmes Division, Admiral Saunders Division and others. On the ground, General Wolfe's Camp, Major Hardy's Post, the French Encampment, Brig. General Moncton's Camp and others are shown. A highly detailed an informative plan of one of the most important French & Indian War engagments. Jolly Lond-178.

      [Bookseller: Lord Durham Rare Books Inc. (IOBA)]
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        A Treatise on the Eye, the Manner and Phaenomena of Vision

      Eight folding engraved plates. 1 p.l., xxxi, [3 - blank], 450 pp., one leaf of errata; xxxv, 435 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. speckled calf (tiny chip to head of Vol. II), spines gilt, contrasting leather lettering pieces on spines. Edinburgh: A. Miller et al., 1759. First edition, and a lovely set, of the "first important British work on the anatomy and physiology of the eye."-Garrison-Morton 1484.2. Porterfield (ca. 1696-1771), took his M.D. at Rheims and by 1721 was practicing in Edinburgh where he became professor at the University. He devoted himself chiefly to research on the physiology of vision, reporting his experiments and observations in the present work. His treatise was especially influential in directing the attention of Thomas Young toward the problems of vision and of light and color. Fine set. ❧ Albert, Norton, & Hurtes, Source Book of Ophthalmology, 1836-"A landmark work." .

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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        THE GENUINE ACCOUNT OF THE TRIAL OF EUGENE ARAM, FOR THE MURDER OF DANIEL CLARK, LATE OF KNARESBOROUGH, IN THE COUNTY OF YORK , WHO WAS CONVICTED AT YORK ASSIZES, AUGUST 3, 1759 ... TO WHICH, AFTER A SHORT NARRATIVE OF THE FACT, IS PREFIXED, AN ACCOUNT OF THE REMARKABLE DISCOVERY OF THE HUMAN SKELETON AT ST. ROBERT'S COVE ... [&c]

      York: Printed by A. Ward, for C. Etherington ... Newcastle upon Tyne: reprinted by Order of the Proprietor, 1759.. [2],42pp. Octavo. 19th century three quarter morocco and marbled boards, partially untrimmed. Bookplate, extremities rubbed, scattered foxing and old vertical crease (prior to binding); a good copy. Denoted the "Third Edition," but an interesting variant, with the addition of the Newcastle subsidiary imprint. ESTC locates two variants of the "third edition," and this shares the Arabic imprint date and line break of line 11 with ESTC N10016, but this variant with the subsidiary imprint is not reported in ESTC. So sensational was the case, and the popular interest so high, that there were at least nine editions in 1759 from London, York, Leeds and Dublin, and reprints and expanded editions appeared well into the 19th century. Aram stood for his own defense, arguing against the reliability of the circumstantial evidence (the skeleton identified as Clark's), but was convicted. While he was awaiting execution, he confessed, attributing his actions to his discovery that Clark was having an affair with his wife, and attempted suicide. The case was popularized by Bulwer- Lytton in his novel, by Thomas Hood in a ballad, and served as a point of reference in works by Wodehouse and George Orwell. The various 1759 editions/printings range from scarce to quite rare. ESTC N10016 (ref).

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Le veritable mentor, ou L'education de la noblesse

      A Liege: del l'Imprimerie de Bassompierre...A Bruxelles: chez Vanden Berghen, 1759., First edition of Caraccioli's sixth book. On the education of princes, this was one of the author's most popular titles, and a "second edition" was published the same year. This first edition is elusive: OCLC lists five copies, three in North America. Contemporary calf, rebacked to style, marbed edges and endpapers. Twelvemo. Front board darkened near fore-edge, bookplate removed. Old ink signature on title-page, old French library rubberstamp. A good, clean copy. The Marquis de Caraccioli (1723-1803) was born and wrote in Paris, though he studied in Mans and travelled in Italy, Germany and Poland. He was a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, history, and biography. Frequent topics were education and manners. He is the author of Les derniers adieux de la maréchale de??? à ses enfans (1759), translated into English as Advice from a Lady of Quality to her Children. Book collectors know him best for the color-printed book, Le livre de quatre couleurs (1757), and its successor, Le livre à la mode (1759).

      [Bookseller: Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/I]
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        A VOYAGE TO SENEGAL, THE ISLAND OF GOREE, AND THE RIVER GAMBIA. Translated from the French. With Notes by an English Gentleman, who resided some Time in that Country

      London, J. Nourse, and W. Jonhston (sic), 1759.. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, 1759, 8vo, 195 x 125 mm, 7¾ x 4¾ inches, folding map of Senegal dated 1756 made by Philip Buache, pages: xiii, [1], 337, [1], bound in early half calf over marbled boards. Binding worn, upper hinge cracked but holding firmly, lower hinge partly cracked, label missing, remains of library paper label to top compartment, head and tail of spine slightly chipped, marbled paper rubbed and missing small pieces, corners worn, old library label and some ink numbers to pastedown, neat name on front endpaper, text block tight and firm. A good clean copy. Michel Adanson (1727-1806) was a French naturalist who spent five years in Senegal setting out in March 1749 and returning in March 1754. He experienced many hardships and dangerous encounters with wild animals as well as constantly being plagued by mosquitoes. He describes the life of the inhabitants, their poverty, their customs and manners, food, dress etc. and the natural history of the country. First published in Paris in 1757. Cox, Volume I, 383. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. The Second edition. With an Introductory Discourse concerning Taste, and several other Additions

      London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1759. Second edition, revised and expanded. 8vo. ix, [7], 342 pp. Contemporary tan calf. Endpapers a little stained, leather spine label missing, covers a bit scuffed; but a solid, attractive copy. Todd 5b . The important second edition, revised and expanded by Burke with a new Introduction and an new essay not contained in the first, "On Taste". Appropriately, It is also a far more pleasing edition than the earlier one, and, due to Dodsley's choice of a larger type, much easier on the eyes

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        A Philosophical Equiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the SUBLIME and BEAUTIFUL: With an Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste, and several Other Additions

      Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall, London, 1759. Second Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Contains "Discourse Concerning Taste, and several Other Additions." Original leather hard bound with original decorations and five raised bands to spine. Very clean and intact copy. Edges and corners along front and back boards are rubbed. Minor cracks to spine. No dust jacket. Contemporary Copy. Size: 5 1/4" x 8". 342 pp. No marks. Binding is tight, Bottom of spine is slightly rubbed. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Previous owner's book-plate laid in. Edges foxed and browned. Not Ex-Library. All books offered from DSB are stocked at our store in Fayetteville, AR. Save on shipping by ordering multiple titles. Category: Philosophy; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 028011. .

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        The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest, With Other Authentic

      1759. Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest, With Other Authentic Instruments: To Which is Prefixed an Introductory Discourse, Containing the History of the Charters. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1759. [iv], lxxvi, [iv], 86 pp. As in many copies, the half-title and table of contents (Tabula) are bound between pp lxxvi and p. 1. Folio (13-1/2" x 10-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt rules with corner thistle devices to boards, rebacked in period style, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, marbled endpapers, hinges mended. Light rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, areas near joints somewhat darkened. Light toning to text, early armorial bookplate (of E. Wyatt Edgell) to front pastedown, (illegible) early signature to front endleaf. A handsome copy. * First edition. Texts of documents in Latin, Blackstone's essay in English. The engraved dedication to the Earl of Westmoreland is surmounted with his armorial ensigns; initials in the text are ornamented with engravings of various buildings at Oxford University. The tail-pieces on pages lxxvi and 73 are historical vignettes; the other ten tail-pieces are facsimiles of the royal seals that are attached to the original documents. This remarkable work is esteemed for its production and scholarship. Its physical appeal was recognized as early as 1829 in Richard Thompson's An Historical Essay on the Magna Charta of King John, which described it as a "beautiful and rare edition." Blackstone's essay, which is based on a great deal of original research, argued that the charter was the foundation of English liberties. This idea, first proposed by Coke, was a central tenet of Whig ideology. More important, Blackstone's research into the original texts demonstrated that all earlier editions of the charter were based on the significantly different reissue of 1225, in the reign of Henry III, rather than the original one endorsed at Runnymede. His philological approach was highly influential; it established the textual focus that has governed subsequent study of the charter. Eller notes that Worrall's Bibliotheca Legum Angliae (1788) lists an edition from 1758 with the title Magna Charta and Charta de Foresta. She was not able to locate any

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        A CHART shewing parts of the Sea Coast of NEWFOUNDLAND from ye Bay of Bulls to Little Plecentia, exactly and carefully laid down by John Gaudy

      London., 1759. Copper engraving. Uncoloured. Very good condition. a few small worm holes, on upper margin and upper part of map. Size: 55 x 44 cm. Attractive chart of south west coast of Newfoundland compass point, rhumb lines, a few soundings. Inset map-' A Draught of the Harbour of Trepassey in Newfoundland. Title at top left, dedication at top right. From John Seller's English Pilot, the Fourth Book, published by Mount and Page.

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        Camellia a fleurs d?Anemone (Camellia)

      Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840)Illustrated plate from Choix des Plus Belles FleursParis: 1827-1833Hand-colored stipple engraving18? x 16? framed; framed in a beautiful gold leaf museum quality frame, mounted with archival materials and UV plexiglassExcellent conditionThe works of the great botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) seem to demand the invention of lofty praise. Described both as the ?Rembrandt? and the ?Raphael? of Flowers by nineteenth century writers, Redoute occupies a central position in the development of European botanical art.Born into a family of artists, Redoute's talents were recognized and encouraged from an early age. He studied botany with the noted naturalist Heritier de Brutelle, and learned the technique of painting in watercolor on vellum from Gerard van Spaendonck, Flower Painter to the King. By this master painter's own account, his pupil's work was finer.Redoute had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie Antoinette to Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in this turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, eventually contributing to over fifty books on natural history and archeology.The luminosity of stipple engraving is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. It is essentially a technique of etching a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that can be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color and tone. The plates were painted with watercolor before each impression, creating a rich and subtle color quality that is deeply pressed into the paper. The most delicate highlights and details are then added by hand to finish each print according to the exquisite watercolor models that Redoute provided. This complex and delicate printing process combines the technical virtuosity and aesthetic sensitivity that characterize Redoute's remarkable body of work.The Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs is one of Redoute's last, and most personal works. It is a selection of favorite flowers and fruits by a master who had devoted a lifetime to the art of botanical illustration. The images include spectacular blossoms plucked from formal gardens, as well as the more modest blooms of wayside flowers. These small and richly colored plates convey an intimate sense of beauty that sets them apart from other botanical works.

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        A TRUE AND IMPARTIAL STATE OF THE PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA. CONTAINING, AN EXACT ACCOUNT OF THE NATURE OF ITS GOVERNMENT...WITH A TRUE NARRATIVE OF THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE GOVERNORS AND ASSEMBLIES...THE WHOLE BEING A FULL ANSWER TO THE PAMPHLETS INTITLED A BRIEF STATE, AND A BRIEF VIEW

      Philadelphia: Printed by W. Dunlap, 1759.. v,173,34,[1]pp. Three quarter calf and marbled boards, antique, spine gilt, leather label. Bottom corner of titlepage reinforced. Light dampstaining to first few leaves, lightly foxed. Very good. With the dedication in the second of two states: "To The Right Honorable William Pitt, Esq." Authorship of this volume has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin and to Joseph Galloway. A defense of the Quakers in the Pennsylvania Assembly against the actions of the governor. A BRIEF STATE... and A BRIEF VIEW... mentioned in the title are by William Smith, an advocate of Proprietary government and a long-time political opponent of Franklin. SABIN 60742. EVANS 8349. HILDEBURN 1649. ESTC W29591. HOWES P207.

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        INSTITUTIO PHILOSOPHIA SECUNDUM PRINCIPIA D. RENATI DESCARTES

      1759. Very Good. LE GRAND, Antoine. INSTITUTIO PHILOSOPHIA SECUNDUM PRINCIPIA D. RENATI DESCARTES Nova Methodo Adornata et Explicata. In Usum Juventutis Academicae. London, J. Martyn, Press of the Royal Society, 1672. Octavo. [xxiv]470[1]pp. Engraved frontispiece after Faithorne, and engraving at p. 221 showing the Solar System. First edition, appearing in London in Latin and English in the same year, and followed by several more printings in London, Nuremburg, and Geneva. Le Grand (1629-1699) a Franciscan monk, introduced and popularized the works and philosophy of Descartes in England, Germany, and France. His connections in Oxford, Cambridge, and the Royal Society enabled him to exert inluence and to defend Descartes in debates. This exposition of Cartesian principles was intended for students in universities. Lacking ffe. Frontispiece shows small chip to margin, not effecting printed area, and date corrected to 1674; 2 inch tear to p. 425. One Israel Cheever practiced his signature on the rear endpaper in 1759, and signed the printed title. Contemporary calf with intricately gilt spine and label. Superficial cracks to ends of hinges; wear to spine head. Withal a very good copy of the first edition of an influential book.

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        Compendio del arte de la lengua Mexicana

      Extremely rare Mexican vocabulary. 1759. Mexico. Imprenta de la Bibliotheca Mexicana. In 4to (200 mm x 145 mm). 12 ff. + 202. Later limp vellum, spine lettered in ink, ties present, very good. A remarkably fresh, clean, wide margined copy, with large worm holes to several leaves, on a few only a few tiny holes, else perfect. Second edition of this important Mexican Nahuatl grammar. First published in 1645 ?and virtually impossible to find complete today-, this edition is revised by Ignacio de Paredes, a Jesuit Priest in Mexico. The author was an Italian Jesuit Priest who spent most of his life in Mexico, a prolific writer dedicated to the study of Mexican native tongues and dialects ?this arguably being his most regarded accomplishment. Gorgeous allegorical frontispiece, showing the image of Saint Ignatius of Loyola standing over a globe with the motto ?Unus non sufficit Orbis?; the globe is held by natives from Asia, America and Africa. The plate is engraved by Zapata. Provenance: Manuel Alcala, ex libris on front pastedown. Backer-Sommervogel, 761. Palau, 212740. Sabin, 10954. Medina, Mexico, 4534. 

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        La Nouvelle Paysanne Parvenue ou L'Histoire

      France - Henri Scheurleer, 1759 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A scarce first edition which includesvolume one, two and three bound together. From the writer of Histoire De Mademoiselle Cronel Dite Fretillon, Actrice De La Com die De Ro en. Armorial bookplate of Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield to the front pastedown. Complete in three volumes. Condition: In original half calf binding. Externally, a trifle rubbed with shelfwear to the spine. Hinges are strained but firm. Internally, firmly bound with bright pages, although there is the odd spot. Worming effecting last few pages, but not encroaching on text. Library plate to front endpaper. Overall: GOOD..

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        Xenophontis memorabilium Socratis dictorum libri IV. Cum notis H. Stephani, Leunclavii, A.E. Porti & Ernesti

      Oxford: E Theatro Sheldoniano. Impensis Jacobi Fletcher, Bibliopol. Oxon. Et J. Rivington & J. Fletcher, London, 1759. Hardcover. Third Oxford Edition. 8vo. pp. [16], 401, [31]. With frontispiece of Socrates. Title page is printed in red and black. Greek text with the Latin version of J. Leunclavis. Pages are clean and crisp with occasional faint spots of marginal foxing. Inscription written in a miniscule old hand on verso of front free end paper. Period fine binding in full deep red morocco - smooth spine gilt in five compartments with a fer à l' oiseau center stamp and arabesque corner pieces. Front and rear covers framed with a simple triple line gilt fillet border. The interior contains inner dentelles and blue paste-paper end sheets. Tiffany bookplate of Michigan business man and avid book collector Albert May Todd (known as "the Peppermint King") on the inside front cover. The binding is in an excellent state of preservation with some rubbing on the outer corner tips of the boards. All edges are gilt. An ownership note dated 1814 is written in a miniscule old hand on the verso of the front fly-leaf; a later penciled inscription bellow apparently notes that the book was in a Sotheby's auction, Dec. 5-9, 1927. Xenophon (428-354 b.c.e.) Athenian aristocrat, soldier and historian. His Memorabilia in four books records the reminiscences of Socrates with the intent of defending the sage against charges of impiety towards the gods. The discussions also focus on education and management of state. [ESTC T145020; Schweiger I, p.338].

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        A Short View of the Families of the Present Irish Nobility. Thier Marriages , Issue, Desendents, and Immediate Ancestors, the Posts of Honour and Profit They Hold in the Government, Their Arms , Mottos, and Chief Seats , with an Index

      London: William Owen, 1759. Book is very scarce, bound in full calf, rebacked with new spine , gilt titles & date to base, original ruled lines to boards. Salmon also published a short view of English & Scottish families but the Irish book is notoriously rare.. First Edition. Full Brown Calf.. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        A Chart of the Coast of Newfoundland, New Scotland, New England, New York, New Jersey with Virginia and Maryland

      London., 1759. Size: 575 x 450 mm Copper engraving. Uncoloured. Very good condition. Detailed chart of the eastern seaboard of North America, from Virginia to Newfoundland, with compass points at sea, rhumb lines, sand banks and depth soundings, originally published in The English Pilot, fourth Book. The map is reasonably accurate except that it shows New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as one island.

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        A General Chart of the Western Ocean

      London., 1759. Copper engraving. Uncoloured. Very good condition, some wormholes have been expertly repaired. The map has been remargined. Size: 58 x 46 cm. A Sea Chart of the central Atlantic Ocean, with numerous place names along coast, and all coastal features in detail. Compasses at sea, rhumb lines. From the English Pilot, Fourth Book, published by Mount and Page.

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        The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle. Volume XXIX. for the Year 1759

      London: printed for D. Henry and R. Cave at St. John's Gate, 1759. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo, 8 " x5 ", [4], 643, [17] pp. Full leather, rebacked with new spine gilt tooling, black leather labels with gilt type, retaining original leather boards. Some foxing on pages. Only one inner page has a tear of about one inch and that is a fold out map. Complete with all maps All plates as called for are present. Most are good to very good.& June 1759 64 pages text. The magazine contains interesting articles including the Vizcaino material (relating to California) is on pages [283]-286. These extracts from Vizcaino's account of his 1602 voyage to Monterey are taken from the Appendix to Venegas' "Natural and Civil History of California, " published in London earlier that year.& October 1759 54 pages text. The magazine contains interesting articles including authentic accounts of the French Indian war at Quebec, instructions for making wine in America, an account of the first volume of Linnaeus's Systema Naturae, China is an Egyptian Colony, the conclusion of the multiple part series of the Life of Mary Queen of Scots, news from the war in Europe and East Indies, science, etc. Also, each issue contains letters from readers, stories, music, poetry, foreign affairs, Marriages, Births, Deaths, book reviews, stock prices, etc. & November 1759 50 pages text and a folding copperplate engraving. November 1759, 47pp, complete, with rare instructions of General Wolfe to the 20th regiment in case of invasion and plan of the River St. Lawrence, including a battle map showing troop movement at Quebec. Current information on the French and Indian war (known in Britain as the Seven Years War). Also with news of the return of the comet, predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley. This being the first return of the comet following Halley's death in 1742. The magazine contains interesting articles including an account of the island of St. Helena, an account of the first volume of Linnaeus's Systema Naturae, weapons of the ancients, the battles in Guadaloupe, the war in Europe and America, science, etc. & December 1759 89 pages text and a copperplate engraving of a Mermaid. The magazine contains interesting articles including a description of Quebec, an account of the first volume of Linnaeus's Systema Naturae, Admiral Hawke, consideration of a general peace, riots in Ireland, the war in Europe and America, medicine, science, etc. Also, each issue contains letters from readers, stories, music, poetry, foreign affairs, Marriages, Births, Deaths, book reviews, stock prices, etc., Of note, p 204, Fort Frederick , at Crownspoint. p528-530 have Wolfe's instructions in 1755 landing article. p466-475 various letters regarding the taking of Quebec 1759 and p.555 &620 more relating to Quebec, The Binding lists 23 plates of maps, inventions, seashells and oddities and ALL are included. The plates include: ¥ A large folding map of Germany during the Present War; ¥ A folding plate of Mr. Dollard's micrometer and the manner of affixing it to a telescope; ¥ Three plates with seashells; ¥ a folding map of Martinico a folding map of the Road of Toulon; ¥ a map of the Country between Crown Point and Fort Edward, showing Ticonderoga and Lake George; ¥ a folding map of the Seat of War on the Rhine ¥ a map of Guadaloupe and Marie-Galante; a folding map showing part of the English Channel,and the plan and bombardment of Havre de Grace; ¥ a map of Westphalia showing where the French army was defeated: ¥ plate of a newly invented chair for deaf persons; a plate showing the lines of battle of the Allied Army before the engagement of August 1, 1759; ¥ a folding map of Pomerania and Brandenburg with the Frontiers of Poland; ¥ a map of the Island of Orleans and Environs of Quebec; ¥ a plan of the Battle of Thornhausen; ¥ a folding plate showing an engine for sawing piles under water, and instrument for taking altitudes at sea and a machine for drawing tire into a ribbon-loom; ¥ a plan of the River St. Laurence from Sillery to the Falls of Montmorency; Martyrdom of a Bishop; ¥ Tattershall Castle; ¥ The Syren ¥ the final plate of Two Bridges. December issue contains a first hand accounting of the French and Indian War. October issue covers the war and includes a map of, "The Island of Orleans and the Environs of Quebec" Also included are letters from readers, stories, music, poetry, foreign affairs, Marriages, Births, Deaths, book reviews, stock prices, etc. A fascinating read of historical significance. French & Indian War magazine maps. * "A Map of the Island of Orleans with the Environs of Quebec." From Gentlemen's Magazine, October 1759. 4 1/4 x 7 1/4. Engraving. Very good condition. Another map of Quebec, this one issued within a month of the surrender of Quebec. It shows city and its environs including the Island of Orleans. As news of the great British triumph arrived in London, this map would have been studied with great interest by the readers of Gentleman's Magazine.& Twelve issues plus a supplement bound into one volume. Published in London covering the events of the times. included current news from home and from abroad, a wide variety of articles, summaries of military activities, births and deaths, literature and poetry - Topics covered but not limited to: essays on electricity and Benjamin Franklin's theories; wine making in America; construction of an electrical harpsichord; a report concerning Halley's comet; Mary Stuart Queen of Scotland; inventions of the day; brewing techniques; death of Charles the First; Seven Year War; discussion of mermaids (Syren); wars of the period.& By the middle of the eighteenth century, a number of monthly magazines were being published in London. These magazines informed their readers on a variety of subjects, including natural history, topography, sports, and of course current affairs. The British public was fascinated by the events of the war with France and so there was great demand for up-to-date information, especially related to the American theater of battle. The British magazines met this demand with articles and illustrations which they rushed into print as soon as the details became available to them. The following maps appeared in contemporary magazines published in London between 1758 and 1761. These are among the most current illustrations of the events of the French & Indian War which are available to us today.

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        THE ARTIFICIAL CLOCK-MAKER. A TREATISE OF WATCH AND CLOCK-WORK, shewing to the meanest Capacities, The Art of Calculating Numbers to all Sorts of Movements; The Way to alter Clock-work; to make Chimes, and set them to Musical Notes; and to Calculate

      London, James, John and Paul Knapton, 1759.. and Correct the Motion of Pendulums. Also Numbers for divers Movements: with the Antient and Modern History of Clock-work; And many Instruments, Tables, and other Matters, never before published in any other Book. FIFTH EDITION CORRECTED 1759 (but states "Fourth edition" on title page), small 8vo, 170 x 105 mm, 6½ x 4¼ inches, 2 folding engraved plates, 1 as frontispiece and one at the end of the text, 1 folding woodcut plate of musical notes of chimes, tables in the text, pages: xvi, 160, full antique sheep, gilt ruled border to covers, raised bands to spine, recent gilt lettered label. Binding rubbed and worn, leather slightly chipped at head of spine, small area of damage to leather on both covers next to head of spine, hinges cracked but holding firmly, inner paper hinges cracked, endpapers browned at edges, name and date 1767 on both pastedowns, page edges lightly browned, pale ink note to margin on page 86, some thumbing to lower inner corners, minute hole in folding plate at rear, neatly repaired on reverse. A good copy of the 5th edition of an early work on clocks and watches, first published in 1696. See G.H. Baillie Volume I, page 123 (mentioning only 2 folding plates): Bromley, The Clockmaker's Library page 16, No. 261 (3 folding plates and folding tables). William Derham (1657-1735) was an Essex Clergyman and Canon of Windsor. "The term 'artificial', as used here, refers to clocks made by human skill as opposed to sundials or time-tellers dependent on the heavens. The work is one of the first attempts to give practical help to a working clockmaker and also to record a history of horology. There were five editions, some of which were translated into French or German" (Bromley). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Dictionarium historicum, criticum, chronologicum, geographicum et literale sacrae scripturae figuris XXX. antiquitates judicas repraesentantibus exornatum. E Gallico in Latinum transtulit J. D. Mansi. Editio Novissima. Supplementis auctoris locupletana

      Augsburg, Veith 1759. 40 cm. 2 Bände. 18, (2), 144, 616; 680 Seiten mit 1 gestochenen Frontispiz-Porträt, 2 gestochenen Tivelvign. 23 Kupfertafeln, 4 gestochenen Karten (teils doppelblattgroß) und 1 gestochenen Plan, Festeinband, Ledereinband der Zeit mit Rückenschild - Zischka 31 (vgl.) - Gier / Janota S. 642 - "... das neben Richard Simon erste biblische Reallexikon" (Gier). Mit Karten von Palästina, Östliches Mittelmeer, Zug des Volkes Israel und Mesopotamien. Plan von Jerusalem. Einbände stellenweise Schabspuren, Band 2 Format und Rücken etwas abweichend, in Band 1 handschriftliche Erläuterungen auf Vorsatz, stellenweise leicht stockfleckig; Band 1 ab S. 605 falsch paginiert, fehlen S. 606 und 611. - Sprache / Language: Lateinisch / Latin -

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        [A Contemporary Nonce Volume of Fourteen London Almanacs for 1759]

      London: Various printers, 1759.. Small octavo. Contemporary red morocco, gilt extra, with gilt monogram 'A' with crown in each corner of boards and in four of the five spine compartment, a.e.g., marbled endsheets, vellum strip tabs. Woodcuts, figures and diagrams. Printed in black and red. Duty stamp in lower corner of each title-page, modest rubbing at extremities, otherwise an excellent assemblage in near fine condition. A lovely period nonce volume of a variety of London almanacs for the year, made up of the following titles: a) THE LADIES’ DIARY: OR WOMAN’S ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1759 … CONTAINING NEW IMPROVEMENTS IN ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND MANY ENTERTAINING PARTICULARS; ADAPTED FOR THE USE AND DIVERSION OF THE FAIR-SEX…. Printed by A. Wilde. 48pp. ESTC T58263. Edited by Thomas Simpson ; b) THE GENTLEMAN’S DIARY, OR THE MATHEMATICAL REPOSITORY; AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1759. .. CONTAINING MANY USEFUL AND ENTERTAINING PARTICULARS, PECULIARLY ADAPTED TO THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMEN ENGAGED IN THE DELIGHTFUL STUDY AND PRACTICE OF THE MATHEMATICKS… [Printed by W. Bowyer?] For the Company of Stationers. 48pp. ESTC T57480; c) [In Greek: OLYMPIA DOMATA]; OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD GOD, 1759 … WHEREIN IS CONTAINED THE LUNATIONS, CONJUNCTIONS, ASPECTS, AND EFFECTS OF THE PLANETS; THE INCREASE, DECREASE, AND LENGTH OF THE DAYS AND NIGHTS; WITH THE RISING, SOUTHING, AND SETTING OF THE PLANETS AND FIXED STARS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR; WHEREBY MAY BE KNOWN THE EXACT HOUR OF THE NIGHT AT ALL TIMES … By Tycho Wing. Printed by T. Parker .... [48]pp. ESTC T28606; d) [In Greek: EPHEMERIS]. OR, A DIARY ASTRONOMICAL, ASTROLOGICAL, METEOROLOGICAL, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1759 .... Printed by John Hughs. [48]pp. By John Gadbury (or heirs). ESTC T18174; e) PARKER’S EPHEMERIS FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1759. For the Company of Stationers. [56]pp. Compiled by George Parker. ESTC T29526; f) MERLINUS LIBERATUS … WHEREIN IS CONTAINED ALL THINGS FITTING AND USEFUL FOR SUCH A WORK, AS AN EPHEMERIS OF THE DAILY MOTIONS OF THE PLANETS, WITH THEIR VARIOUS CONFIGURATIONS, ASPECTS, CONJUNCTIONS, LUNATIONS, ECLIPSES, ASTRONOMICAL, ASTROLOGICAL, METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ... Printed by R. Reily. [48]pp. Update of John Patridge's series. ESTC T17055; g) VOX STELLARUM: OR, A LOYAL ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF HUMAN REDEMPTION, 1759 .... Printed by J. Bettenham. [32],16pp. Update of series by Francis Moore. ESTC T16901; h) REMARKABLE NEWS FROM THE STARS: OR, AN EPHEMERIS FOR THE YEAR 1759. Printed by A. Wilde. [48]pp. Update of series by William Andrews. ESTC T26971; i) THE ENGLISH APOLLO: OR, USEFUL COMPANION, ... PARTICULARLY APPLIED TO THIS PRESENT YEAR 1759 .... Printed by A. Wilde. [48]pp. Update of series initiated by Richard Saunders, and heirs. ESTC T17741; j) THE COELESTIAL DIARY: OR, AN EPHEMERIS FOR THE YEAR OF OUR BLESSED SAVIOUR’S INCARNATION, 1759 Printed by J. Bettanham [and for second part:] Robert Brown. [48]pp. Update of series by Salem Pearse; k) MERLINUS ANGLICUS JUNIOR: OR, THE STARRY MESSENGER, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR REDEMPTION, 1759 .... Printed by R. Reily. [48]pp. Update of the series by Henry Coley. ESTCT16993; l) SPECULUM ANNI REDIVIVUM: OR, AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1759 .... Printed by T. Parker. 7,[41]pp. Compiled by Henry Season. ESTC T55892; m) [In Greek: ATLAS OURANIOS]. THE COELESTIAL ATLAS; OR, A NEW EPHEMERIS FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1759 ... Printed by T. Parker. [48]pp. Compiled by Robert White. ESTC T59963; and n) POOR ROBIN. 1759. AN ALMANACK AFTER THE OLD AND NEW FASHION.... Printed by [William Bowyer? first part] Thomas Parker [second part]. [48]pp. Update of the series by William Winstanley. ESTC T17641. In addition to the standard fare of calendars, tables of tides and eclipses, interest rates and such, many of the almanacs here include diversions and amusements, including among them enigmas, rebuses, paradoxes, and poetry, some of them of a ribald nature. Some have endeavored to make the case that POOR ROBIN provided Franklin with a model for POOR RICHARD.

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        Soins Faciles pour la Proprete de la Bouche et pour la Conservation des Dents

      Paris:: chez Jean-Thomas Hérissant, , 1759.. Leather_bound. First Edition. (blank); 132pp (incl 131-2: Table des Chapitres); (iv) (Approbation, Privilege du Roi); (2 blanks). Blank leaves foxed, text unmarked but minor soiling or darkening of a few corners. Original marbled endpapers. Front pastedown bears 2 apparently early bookplates; pencilled name on first blank. Red edges. 12.5 x 6.3 cms in contemporary marbled calf with gilt borders, spine blocked with tulip-like floral design in gilt. Leading upper corner shaved, some scuffing of edges, joints, and spine ends. Surface cracking to spine but gilt clear and bright. Boards firm, but unwilling to stay fully closed. An attractive copy.

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        [CIRCULAR LETTER, IN FRENCH, FROM AN INVESTOR IN SEVERAL FRENCH PRIVATEERS, BEMOANING HIS LOSSES AND SEEKING TO RECOUP THEM WITH FURTHER RAIDS]

      Paris. Jan. 15, 1759.. 2pp. plus integral blank. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Old fold lines. Minor wear and soiling. Very good. An example of the financial risks inherent in investing in privateers, two of which the writer of the letter lost during the British raid on St. Malo on June 5, 1758. Thirty privateers and one hundred other vessels were also burned in that same raid. The present letter concerns a famous ship that did not burn with the others. During the Seven Years' War, François Thurot, legendary captain of the famous forty- six-gun French frigate Maréchal de Bellisle, terrorized British shipping and the coasts of England and Scotland. In this letter the principal investor in that ship writes about financial difficulties caused by the burning of two of his ships during the raid on St. Malo. Having eluded the forces sent specifically to destroy him, Thurot arrived at Bergen on Sept. 13, 1758, staying there until November 25th. Heading south, taking more prizes along the way, Thurot spent most of December at Ostend selling the prizes, and finally reached Dunkirk at the beginning of January 1759, when this letter was written. At the end of the letter is the holograph signature of one "Merlin," a chief investor in several French privateers including the Maréchal de Belleisle, who writes [in translation]: "I have the honor to advise you that I sent to Paris to M. Couteulx an account in duplicate of the armament of the frigates Maréchal de Bellisle, the Chauvelin & the Marquise, the relevant documents transmitted in duplicate to the Admiralty in St. Malo....The burning of the frigates Chauvelin and the Marquise, by the English in the port of St. Malo was an event above human precaution, but the consequences of such an event may be reduced by a new campaign taking into account that this might be still more profitable if there was not some considered difficulty at Bergan in Norway....The loss of both the other corsairs fell mainly on me and on my own account of personal loss of 79-f- 128 for the armament; and a further loss of 600 thousand livres in the burning of the port, and now I find myself unable to meet my liabilities." Merlin says his creditors will only be satisfied with further adventures by Thurot, whose name is, however, never directly mentioned. Merlin is looking for an agreement to meet his liabilities in four installments. "...but another of the creditors not willing to accept the agreement seized not only these effects, but also the holdings belonging to the commissioning, confounding thus my personal debts with those of the said commissioning...the result is that my personal creditors becoming owners of my interests, which are the largest in the ship Maréchal de Bellisle, will dictate to the other interested parties and will cause either expenses or a suspension of commission, a fact detrimental to common interest; perhaps, also, and very likely, they will demand the sale of the ship, which will result in an evident loss for all concerned without compensation. The only way to stop it would be by obtaining a judgment of suspension...." He notes that under the circumstances he hopes the recipient will seek the help of Mons. Vallet de la Touche (whose name is supplied in manuscript). Vallet de la Touche (1698-1759) was secretary and advisor to King Louis XV. At the end, Merlin has penned under his signature a nine-line postscript, again mentioning Vallet de le Touche, and giving his address. Thurot was killed and his ship captured in an action off the Isle of Man. His body washed ashore near the Mull of Galloway, and he was buried with full honors in the churchyard of Kirkmaiden, Scotland.

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        CARTE DES ENTRÉES DE LA TAMISE

      Paris, 1759.. Copper engraving. Later colour. Fine condition. Size: 87 x 57.5 cm. Beautiful and accurate map by the French marine cartographer, Bellin of the Thames Estauary, showing the English coastline from Orford Ness to London to Folkestone. Numerous depth soundings and sandbanks are shown. Rhumblines criss cross the sea.

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        A NATURAL AND CIVIL HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA: CONTAINING AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THAT COUNTRY...THE CUSTOMS OF THE INHABITANTS...Translated from the original Spanish

      London. 1759.. Two volumes. [20],455pp. plus folding map and two plates including frontispiece; [8],387pp. plus two plates including frontispiece. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels. An occasional hint of light foxing or tanning, but quite a nice set, in very good condition. The first English edition of this classic history of California, originally published in Spanish in 1757. Wagner states that the work "contains more on Lower California than almost any other book that had been published in one hundred and fifty years." Cowan states, "This work is considered the foundation of a library of Californiana" and notes for the London edition: "four plates appear to have been issued with but a few copies of the work, as two is the number usually found." The folding map shows California, while the plates depict coyote, deer, Indians, and the martyrdom of several Jesuits. HOWES V69, "b." WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 132a. HILL 1768. STREETER SALE 2435. COWAN, pp.237-38. GRAFF 4471. SABIN 98845. BARRETT 2536. ZAMORANO 80, 78. EBERSTADT 133:255. DNB XVIII, pp.467-68.

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        Plate 301 - Lilium Pendaliflorum

      Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840)Illustrated plate from Les LiliacéesParis: 1802-1816Hand-colored stipple engraving31 1/4? x 24 1/4? framedThe unequalled botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté occupies a central position in the development of European flower painting. Redouté had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, a testament to his greatness as an artist. Les Liliacées was Redouté?s largest and most ambitious work and is generally considered his masterpiece, arguably rivaled only by Les Roses. Produced under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, for whom Redouté worked as botanical artist at her estate at Malmaison, these pristine examples represent landmark works in the field of flower illustration.      The title Les Liliacées is misleading, as the work was of a much broader scope, including representatives of the lily, amaryllis, iris, orchid, and other families. The plates were executed by means of stipple engraving, a method that the artist himself perfected when he was unsatisfied with the effects garnered by traditional copper-plate engraving. As Redouté shrewdly observed, the delicacy and subtle elegance of his compositions could only be captured using a printing method equally fine. The luminosity of stipple engraving is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. The medium involved engraving a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that could be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color. Because the ink rested on the paper in miniscule dots, it did not obscure the "light" of the paper beneath the color. After this complicated printing process was complete, the prints were finished by hand in watercolor, so as to conform to the exquisite models Redouté provided.                    Les Liliacées records the plants of the lily family, and related flowers, that Josephine collected for her gardens at Malmaison. Redouté?s small drawings, placed at the bottom of the main illustrations, record the anatomical features of each species so that each flower could be identified with precision and cultivated to perfection. In each illustration, as in his series Les Roses, the flowers are classical "portraits" which lack backgrounds or settings. The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. Redoutés?s work represents a uniquely harmonious blend of scientific precision and supremely delicate rendering.

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        Eloge de l'enfer. Ouvrage critique, historique et moral. -

      La Haye (Den Haag), Gosse, 1759.2 voll. In-8 picc. Legature coeve in mezza pergamena. 16 tavole inc. in rame f.t. e alcune vignette n.t. (2), VIII, X, 265 pp.; VI, 353 pp.; vecchi timbretti di biblioteca sui frontespizi. Prima edizione di questa curiosa descrizione satirica e utopica dell?inferno. «Ouvrage spirituel qui rappelle un peu à l'Eloge de la Folie d'Erasme» (Dorbon 291). Caillet 1021. Barbier II, 71. Cohen-De Ricci 130 (con sole 14 tavole).

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        De Magnete Libri Quatuor in duos tomos distributi.

      Brixiae, Excudebat Joannes Maria Rizzardi, 1759. 1759 2 voll. in-4° (263x198mm), pp. (12), LI, (1), 320; (4), 352; bella legatura del tempo p. pelle marrone maculata con dorsi a nervi decorati in oro con filetti, fiorellini e tralci vegetali in oro entro scomparti. Duplice tassello, uno rosso e uno verde, con titolo e tomaison in oro. Tagli rossi. Vignetta calcografica al primo frontespizio, fregio calcografico al secondo. In fine del primo vol., 2 tavv. ripigate incise su rame, una di figg. e schemi matematici e una di "Carte qui indique avec la direction des Vents géneraux les Variations qu'avoit la Boussole en 1700 et 1744 dans presque tous les lieux de la Mer". Antichi timbri di estinta biblioteca ai frontespizi. Bellissimo esemplare. Prima edizione di questo importante trattato settecentesco sul magnetismo. Lo Scarella (Brescia, 1711-ivi, 1779), fu sacerdote teatino e scienziato. Riccardi, I, 431. Wheeler Gift, 399: "Magnetic theory and method of making magnets. Objections to magnetic effluvia. Tables of declination". Ekelof, 435: "Gives an exhaustive description of the theoretical and practical knowledge of this field at the time of the publication". Poggendorff, II, 766. Mottelay, 657 e 138.

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        De l'Esprit.

      a Amsterdam et a Leipzig, Chez Arkstee & Merkus, 1759. 1759 2 voll. in-12° (167x98mm), pp. (4), XXIV, 365, (4); (4), IV, 383; legatura coeva p. pelle con filetti a secco e titolo e tomaison in oro su doppio tassello granata ai dorsi. Tagli rossi, sguardie marmorizzate policrome. Frontespizi in rosso e in nero con fregi calcografici. Piccoli restauri alle cuffie. Bell'esemplare. Edizione di un anno posteriore alla prima, anonima come le precedenti, dell'opera più importante di Helvétius e, probabilmente, dell'intera filosofia materialistica settecentesca. In questo fortunatissimo trattato di "morale sperimentale" il filosofo francese espose, desumendo ecletticamente le proprie idee dagli autori più vari, un serrato sistema materialistico e ateo, radicalizzazione della gnoseologia di Condillac. L'opera, virulenta requisitoria contro i poteri della Chiesa e dello Stato, fu condannata dall'arcivescovo di Parigi e dal parlamento, ed Helvétius dovette riparare per qualche tempo in Prussia, replicando alle accuse mossegli con un altro trattato, "De l'Homme". Ferdinad Brunetière scrisse di Helvétius che, benché egli fosse mediocre scrittore, "nella formazione dello spirito delle nostre democrazie autoritarie, né Voltaire, né Rousseau, né Montesquieu, né Diderot hanno esercitato un'influenza paragonabile alla sua". Smith, Bibliography of the workings of Helvetius, passim. Cioranescu, II, 46064.

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        Praeparatio ad Confessionem et Sanctissimam Communionem, una cum Gratiarum Actione aliisque Orationibus.

      Madrid: Matriti, apud Joachim Ibarra, 1759. Un volúmen en 16vo., de más de cien hojas, con variadas paginaciones. Impresión en papel de hilo. Bellísima encuadernación de la época en marroquín rojo con hierros dorados en planos, cantos y contracantos dorados, lomera profusamente ornada, cortes y cabecera dorados. Un bellísimo ejemplar de «devocionario» del siglo XVIII madrileño, delicadamente impreso por Ibarra, para uso de damas devotas de altura.

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        Ragionamenti del dottor Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti sull'agricoltura toscana.

      In Lucca, nella stamperia di Jacopo Giusti alla Colonna del Palio, 1759, in-8, cartonatura rustica originale, dorso ricoperto all'epoca da un piacevole carta decorata, pp. VIII, 216. Con Iniziali ornate e testate xilografiche. Prima edizione. Bell'esemplare, a pieni margini. Ex-libris Pietro Buoninsegni. Biblioteca Einaudi n. 5551.

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        Henckelius in Mineralogia redivivus. Das ist Hencklischer aufrichtig und gründlicher Unterricht von der Mineralogie oder Wissenschaft von Wassern, Erdsäften, Salzen, Erden, Steinen und Erzen, nebst angefügtem Unterrichte von der Chymia Mettalurgica...

      Dresden, bey Johann Nicolaus Gerlach, 1759. 8vo. pp. (14), 344, with an engraved frontispiece. Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt lines and lettering. Second edition of these famous lectures by Henckel, the 'Father of mineral chemistry' (Partington). Johann Friedrich Henckel (1679-1744) was director of mines at Freiberg. "In Freiberg Henckel used his leisure time to give private courses to 'lovers of chemistry' and to carry out experiments... besides regaling his readers with a host of novel experiments and observations. Henckel championed limited empirical research, Stahlian chemistry, and natural religion" (DSB). The text of the present work was edited by Johann Emanuel Stephani. Henckel's (also written Henkel) collection of 2,000 minerals was bequeated to the mineral museum of the Royal Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. A fine copy. Freilich Sale, Sotheby's , no. 240 (first edition); B.M.(N.H.) II, p. 823 Hoover.

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