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        A VIEW OF THE EARTH: Being a Short But Comprehensive System of Modern Geography

      London: Printed for S. Crowder, 1766. The second edition, with additions and improvements; pp. [iv], 45 + [iii publisher's adverts]; engraved frontispiece map of the world, five further engraved plates of maps and one engraved plate of globes, ten engraved figures and diagrams within the text. Contemporary half textured calf binding with marbled paper boards, expertly restored with a new spine in matching style, re-corned. contents clean and tight, a few small marks/reading wear; frontispiece plate with a couple of short edge-tears expertly and inconspicuously repaired, a few corners re-tipped. A very good well-presented copy. Scarce. . The Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Folio (21 x 32cm).

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
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        Abraham, de Aartsvader. In XII Boeken

      Rotterdam: Jan Daniel Beman en Zoon, 1766. Small 4to. (9 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches). Title printed in red and black. Engraved title by J. Wandelaar and 12 engraved plates by J. Punt, all with very fine period hand- colouring and gilt highlights. Eighteenth century Dutch red morocco, elaborately bordered and panelled in gilt with imperial coronets at each corner, spine in six compartments with raised bands, morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, g.e. A beautifully hand coloured copy in a period red morocco binding. Hoogvliet's epic biblical poem celebrating the life of Abraham was first published in 1728 and went through numerous printings in the 18th century. However, we have been unable to locate another copy of any edition of the poem with full period hand colouring to the plates. The colouring and binding of this copy is superb and would suggest an owner of high status. Not in Landwehr.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        De geloofsleere der waare Mennoniten of Doopsgezinden

      Hoorn: T. Tjallingius, 1766. 4to (21 cm, 8.25"). [2], xxxiv, xviii, [2], 194 pp. First edition: Mennonite articles of faith as expressed by prominent preacher Ris (1717–90), in an attempt to reconcile liberal and orthodox views. This work was deeply influential in the American Mennonite tradition, though not as widely adopted in the Netherlands. The present example is an uncut copy. Provenance: The title-page verso bears a limitation statement "De Auteur erkent geene exemplaren voor echt, dan die dus, eigenhandig, door hem zelf, getekend zyn," => signed, "C. Ris." Title-page recto has signature of American scholar and collector Howard Osgood. Springer-Klassen 5102. Later limp speckled paper wrappers, spine reinforced with cloth tape, in buckram-covered slipcase with author and date gilt-stamped on spine; front and back free endpapers partially excised. Title-page institutionally pressure-stamped, with early inked ownership inscription between two lines of title. Lightly cockled, outer corners curled; occasional light foxing, more pronounced towards back of volume.

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        The Hamilton Vase [Roman vase ca. 330 - 310 BC].

      F. Morelli, 1766 - 1767, Naples, Italy: - A neoclassical masterpiece from the greatest 18th century work on the arts of the ancient world by D'Hancarville, "Antiquites Etrusques, Grecques, et Romaines tirees du Cabinet du M. William Hamilton", published in Naples in 1767. This is one of only two double-page engravings of the famed Hamilton Vase, now in the British Museum. Framed within ornate patterned borders, the principal scene shows a youth standing in a small temple-like structure, with his horse and armor. Flanking the temple are two youths and two women holding objects including a helmet, shield and spear; a mirror and wreath; two offering bowls, fillet and a branch; and a ritual bucket and jug. At the right side of the engraving is a scene with two males and two females flanking a stele, most likely making offerings and paying homage to the deceased. Colored at the time, the terra cotta colored figures and highlighting in white, against the black background makes a powerful graphic statement.Sir William Hamilton was the British ambassador to Naples during the city's golden age, from 1764 to 1800. An avid antiquarian, Hamilton assembled one of the world's finest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of his collection was bought en bloc from the Porcinari family, after an introduction by Hugues d'Hancarville, an amateur art dealer. Hamilton added several more choice items before selling the entire collection to the British Museum in 1772, where it became one of the main collections in the department of Greek and Roman antiquities. However, before the collection was shipped to England, Hamilton arranged for Hugues d'Hancarville to oversee the cataloging and drawing of every item. The published work appeared in 1766-1767 and is a triumphant example of the printmakers art of the highest order. The Hamilton Vase was given star treatment in d'Hancarville's book, with no less than three single b&w and two double-page colored engravings, this being one of the colored ones. (See Jenkins & Sloan, Vases and Volcanoes, Sir William Hamilton and His Collection. British Museum: London 1996, p109 (pictured).Stunning double page engraving with original hand color and ample margins, framed sympathetically in a gilt and black wood frame. 27 x 17 1/2" in frame measuring 37 x 27". [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Iconologie Tirée de Divers Auteurs

      Jean-Thomas de Trattnern, Vienne, 1766. Second Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition. 3 volumes in one, each with its own title page, half leather over marbled boards, browned and worn, front hinge cracked, but generally intact and sound. Marbled endpapers, old morocco ex-libris. (12), 1-10, 12-203 , (8); 219, (8); (4), 208 (8). Page 10/11 has been censured (11 is adultery) and removed, facsimiles laid back in, otherwise complete with 628 (of 630) woodcuts illustrations both original and based on Ripa. Vinet 876 Size: Octavo (8vo). 3-volume set (complete). Scattered foxing, but text mostly clean. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Art & Design; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 042359. .

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        Oeuvres complètes de Condillac (19 volumes)

      Jombert Charles-Antoine Libraire du Roi pour l'Artillerie et le Génie,Dufart François,Bruyset frères,Volland,Changuion, Amsterdam,Arkstée & Merkus 1766 - Série complète en 19 volumes in-12 (10x17.5 cm), reliure basane marron, fenêtres de titre et auteur rouge au dos, titre et auteur dorés au dos, contient les 'cours d'étude pour l'instruction du Prince de Parme, aujourd'hui son altesse riyale l'Infant D. Ferdinand, Duc de Parme, Plaisance, Guastalle, etc. par M. l'Abbé De Condillac en 16 tomes (tome I : 'Grammaire', tome II : 'Art d'écrire', tome III : 'Art de raisonner', tome IV : 'Art de penser', tomes V à X : 'Histoire ancienne', tomes XI à XV : 'Histoire moderne', tome XVI : 'De l'étude de l'Histoire', et trois autres tomes : 'Essai sur l'origine des connaissances humaines' (deux tomes en un volume), 'Traité des animaux', 'Traité des systèmes, où l'on démèle les inconvénients et les avantages' ; portait de l'Abbé de Condillac en frontispice du tome I ; coiffes et coins frottés (les coiffes de trois volumes sont usées de façon plus importantes), bords légèrement frottés, petits manques sur la majorité des plats, manques importants sur les plats du tome III de 'Histoire ancienne', mors usés, rousseur aux tranches, rares rousseurs à l'intérieur, bel état pour cette superbe série des oeuvres complètes de l'Abbé de Condillac. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Histoire De l'Art Chez Les Anciens

      E. Van Harrevelt 1766 - FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of this most important work in art history and criticism. THE HAGUE: E. VAN HARREVELT, 1766. Octavo.Two volumes bound as one. Recent crushed morocco, rebacked with the original spine laid down, marbled endpaper. Illustrated throughout. A handsome copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1766-1769. First Edition. Hardcover. Light, sporadic foxing. Some old staining to covers of two volumes. Near Fine set, attractively bound. Second Edition of the first volume and First Edition of the other three volumes. Four quarto (8-1/2" x 11") volumes bound in contemporary sheep leather with the owner's coat of arms stamped on all covers, recently rebacked with new calf spines with gilt-lettered contrasting morocco spine labels. Illustrated with two plates, one folding. The Duke of Bedford's copy with his arms on the covers and his Woburn Abbey bookplates dated 1873 on the front pastedowns. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 212: "Until the COMMENTARIES, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation.

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        Biographium faemineum. The female worthies: or, memoirs of the most illustrious ladies, of all nations, who have been eminently distinguished for their magnanimity, learning, genius, virtue, piety and other excellent endowments?Containing (exclusive of foreigners) the lives of above fourscore British ladies, who have shone with a peculiar lustre, and given the noblest proofs of the most exalted genius, and superior worth

      London: Printed for S. Crowder, and J. Payne...[et al.], 1766 First edition. Contemporary boards with recent calf backstrip, calf corners. . Two volumes in one, twelvemo. Title-page with some light staining, and short tears near gutter, with no loss; pieces torn from margins of a few leaves that were carelessly opened, not affecting text. Old ink donor's inscription on front free endpaper, later ownership marks, dated 1915. Armorial bookplate of the Wigan Free Public Library. A good, clean copy of a scarce book. This work contains about 180 biographies of women through the ages. The more recent women profiled include Mary Astell, Mary Chudleigh, Madame Dacier, Anne Killigrew, Laetitia Pilkington, Elizabeth Rowe, Jonathan Swift's "Stella," and Lady Mary Wroth.

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        Roseate Spoonbill

      Alexander Wilson (1766 - 1813)Illustrated plate from American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United StatesPhiladelphia: Bradsford & Innskeep, 1808-1814 (volumes I - VI, IX)Philadelphia: Thomas H. Palmer for Samuel F. Bradford, 1824 (volumes VII and VIII)Hand-colored engraving after Wilson by A. Lawson, G. Murray, J.G. Warnicke, and B. TannerPaper size: 13 1/2? x 17?Framed size: 24? x 20 1/2?Alexander Wilson?s American Ornithology is the first exceptional book devoted to the subject of American bird life, and the first to be published in the United States by an American citizen. Wilson?s seminal publication was an artistic, scientific, and commercial undertaking of magisterial proportions. His 76 plates depicted 320 figures of 262 species, including 39 that were entirely new and 23 that were for the first time described sufficiently to distinguish them from European species with which they had been confused. Great care was lavished on the illustrations, and the quality of paper, engraving, and coloring was of the highest standard. The images are of considerable charm, and each species is depicted with character and animation.The son of a weaver, Wilson was born in Scotland in 1766, and at the age of thirteen he commenced an apprenticeship to learn his father?s trade.  In his early 20s, he abandoned weaving in order to make his way as a poet, publishing a slim volume of verses in 1790.  Yet when he lampooned a local mill-owner in one of his satirical works, he found himself in prison.  Following his release, he moved in 1794 to the United States, perhaps lured by the promise of free speech, but more certainly by the hopes of greater prosperity.  For about ten years he worked as a schoolteacher in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.  In 1802 he took over the school at Gray?s Ferry on the Schuylkill River just below Philadelphia, where he was fortunate to have as a neighbor the naturalist William Bartram (1739 - 1823).  Bartram?s botanical and zoological library was enthralling to the young immigrant.  It was Bartram who nurtured Wilson?s nascent interest in ornithology, and who helped him learn to draw birds, offering Wilson the use of his library so he could study illustrations of American birds by such 18th-century naturalists as Mark Catesby and George Edwards.  Before long, Wilson?s avocation developed into an ambition to create the first comprehensive illustrated book on North American birds.  Wilson had also come to know Charles Wilson Peale, whose museum was an important research center for Philadelphia naturalists.  In Peale?s collection Wilson spent many hours drawing mounted specimens for his illustrations, and he also traveled extensively in search of new birds, encountering other naturalist-artists, such as John Abbot and John James Audubon, along the way.In order to translate his drawings into engravings for the publication, Wilson enlisted a fellow Scotsman, the accomplished engraver Alexander Lawson.  In September of 1808 the first volume of Wilson?s American Ornithology was published.  Wilson died in 1813, just prior to the publication of the eighth volume.  The ninth volume was completed by Wilson?s good friend George Ord, who had accompanied the artist on his last trips, and who subsequently published two new editions of the work.Wilson?s drawings for the American Ornithology are remarkably fine for an artist who learned to draw so late in life. They remain essentially specimen drawings, stressing anatomical features over behavior or habitat as the defining characteristics of a species.  As the primary engraver of the plates for American Ornithology, Alexander Lawson composed larger, more integrated scenes from Wilson?s material by creating collages with the individual drawings and filling in background details before engraving the plates.  The fusion of Wilson?s drawings and Lawson?s compositions was one of science and art, an intersection that resulted in this rare and unique landmark in the early history of American color-plate books.  Wilson?s work rendered all previous books on the subject obsolete, and justly established him as the great pioneer ornithologist of America.    *Arader Galleries is never never knowingly undersold*

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        Twenty of the Plays of Shakespeare, Being the Whole Number Printed in Quarto During His Life-Time, or before the Restoration, Collated Where There Were Different Copies, and Publish'd from the Originals By George Steevens, in Four Volumes

      London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson in the Strand; T. Payne ...; And W. Richardson, 1766. 4 volumes, the whole unpaginated, 20.2 cm x 12.5 cm, in 8's, with the 'Contents' page in each volume. Contemporary marbled calf, ornate gilt panelled spine, 5 raised bands, gilt-stamped double spine labels in crimson and black morocco, marbled endpapers. Includes the sonnets and a version of 'King Lear': 'The true chronicle history of King Leir [sic], and his three daughters.' Each play and the sonnets with separate title-page. Covers scuffed and rubbed, spine gilt dulled with a bit of flaking, slight, unobtrusive chipping to spine labels. Armorial bookplate on each volumes's front pastedown of Samuel James (1860-1940), First (and only) Baron Waring. Upon his death, the baronetcy and barony became extinct. ESTC T140378.. Full Leather. Very Good. Octavo.

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        Presidential Secretary Tobias Lear's Copy of Erasmus of Rotterdam's English-Latin Humanistic Philosophies

      London 1766 - Signed Book, Erasmus's Select Colloquies. London, 1766. In Latin and English. Signed "Tobias Lear ejus Liber ex dono Patris iri anno domini noster 1773" on the rear free fly. A rough copy, rubbed, boards separating but present. Also signed by Tobias Sherburne and Benjamin Lincoln Lear at front. Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) of Rotterdam was a classical scholar, humanist, priest, and reformer, although not of the Martin Luther school. He advocated religious tolerance and was known as the "Prince of the Humanists."Tobias Lear V (1762-1816) was born in Portsmouth, N.H., and despite moderate means, attended Harvard University. In 1784, through the recommendation of his uncle, Benjamin Lincoln, he was hired as George Washington's personal secretary to handle his voluminous correspondence, oversee Mount Vernon's accounts, and tutor Washington's adopted children. He and his family were part of the presidential households in New York and Philadelphia. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Seth Kaller Inc.]
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        Histoire de Dannemarc

      Lyon, Duplain 1766. 17 cm. 6 Bände. 30, 387, (1); 305, (3); 492, (4); 524, (2); 603, (1); 464, (2) Seiten Festeinband, Ledereinband der Zeit mit Rückenschild, Rückenvergoldung, marmorierten Vorsätzen und Lesebändchen - Brunet III, 1344 (vgl.) - Schleswig-H. LB 1165 (vgl.) - Bis auf König Christian III. Mit ausführlicher Einleitung über Vorgeschichte, Natur und Kultur des Landes, darin ausführlich über die Edda. Einbände Schabspuren. Exemplar aus der ehemaligen Großherzoglichen Privatbibliothek in Oldenburg, auf den Rücken goldgeprägtes Monogramm "PH", auf dem Titel Stempel "P. v. H.", bekrönt (Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig, Prinz von Holstein-Gottorp). - Sprache / Language: Französisch / French -

      [Bookseller: Wenner Antiquariat]
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        HISTOIRE NATURELLE GENERALE ET PARTICULIERE, avec la description du cabinet du Roi. Tome QUATORZIÈME.

      - A paris; de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1766. 4º (26 cm.) 3h., 411 p., 41 láms. Encuadernación plena piel de época con nervios, dorados y tejuelos en el lomo.Estado; Muy buen estado, algunas hojas de texto algo oscurecidas pero en general papel y grabados limpios y con amplios margenes. Encuadernación con alguna pequeña perdida en cantos y lomo. Revisado completo.Notas; Historia natural, general y particular (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière, 1749-1788) presentada en 36 volúmenes con 8 volúmenes adicionales publicados a su muerte (por Lacepede). Esta obra engloba el conocimiento del mundo natural hasta la fecha, excluyendo las plantas, los insectos, los peces y los moluscos.Este tomo contiene; Les Orang-outangs ou le Pongo des Singes. Le Pitheque. Le Gibbon. Le Magot. Le Papion ou Babouin. Le Mandrill. L'Ouanderou & l'Aigrette. Le Patas. Le Malbrouck & le Bonnet-chinois. Le Mangabey. Le Mone. Le Callitriche. Le Moustac. Le Talapoin. Le Douc. De la dégénération des Animaux.ESS1 Año: 1766

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        Plan des Affaires de Sangershausen et de Lutternberg, dont la Premiere se donna le 23 Juillet ... et la Seconde le 10 Octob. ... 1758

      Teilkolorierte Kupferstich-Karte von J. van der Schley nach Friedrich Wilhelm von Bauer bei Gosse & Pinet 1766. 51x61 cm. - Tooley 2 I, S. 98 - Karte des Gebietes zwischen Hann.Münden, Oberkaufungen, Kirchbauna und Immenhausen mit Teilen von Habichts- und Reinhardswald, Kassel im Zentrum. Mit altkolorierter Einzeichnung der Truppenaufstellungen der Gefechte zwischen Franzosen und verbündeten Hessen und Hannoveranern. Zum Schlachtverlauf bei Sandershausen wurden 2 aufklappbare Papillon-Karten aufgeklebt.

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        The Spectator : in eight volumes

      Edinburgh : printed by A. Donaldson, and sold at his shops in London and Edinburgh, 1766. 1st Edition. Physical description: 8v., fronts., plates ; 12mo. Subjects: Great Britain -- Periodicals -- Newspapers -- 18th century -- Social and moral behaviour -- Culture -- Society -- Early works to 1800. Notes: Frontispiece engraving to each volume. Referenced by: ESTC T160272. Physical description: 8v., fronts., plates ; 12mo. Subjects: Great Britain -- Periodicals -- Newspapers -- 18th century -- Social and moral behaviour -- Culture -- Society -- Early works to 1800. Notes: Frontispiece engraving to each volume. Referenced by: ESTC T160272.

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        A New Plan of the City and Liberty of Westminster [... of the City of London and Borough of Southwark] Exhibiting all the new streets & roads, with the residences of the principal nobility, public offices, &c. Not extant in any other plan

      London: printed for Robert Sayer & Thomas Jefferys, 1766. Copper-engraved map, on two joined sheets, some period hand-colouring (as called for). In good condition with some expert repairs into the image area, particularly at old folds. Overall size of joined sheets: 19 1/8 x 39 inches. A fascinating large scale map recording an important time of expansion for London, just before the explosion of the 19th century. This map is arguably two maps joined not just two sheets joined, as each sheet has its own title. The two sheets were also issued as two separate maps but the old join together with the clearly continuous contemporary colouring all suggest that this map is as it left the publisher's premises. The British library copy of the "Westminster" sheet is an earlier issue dated "March 15 1765" and with Bird Street and Little Duke Street (both to the west of Portman Square) not included. The joined map extends from Hyde Park and the Edgeware Road to the west, through the West End and the City to Wapping and slightly beyond in the East. In the North is Islington; Lambeth Palace to the South. The hand-coloured sections are explained by engraved keys ojn each map: new roads are coloured light brown and "intended Streets or New Buildings not finished" are yellow. New roads (in light brown) include what are now Euston Road, Marylebone Road and City Road to the North and in the south Kennington Road and Borough Road. Howgego 122, state 2

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        Art Du Charbonnier

      s.n. 1766 - Tall folio. Full leather, lovely binding. 46 x 30 cm. 74 p., [15] leaves of plates : ill. Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 10186. Fascinating book on creation of 18th century fortifications. See pictures of plates. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Hertfordshire: A Topographical Map of Hartford-Shire, from an Actual Survey; In which is Express'd all the Roads, Lanes, Churches, Noblemen and Gentlemen's Seats, and every Thing remarkable in the County: Together with the Division of the Parishes.

      London: [ 1766 ] .. First edition. Double-page engraved index map, with original outline colour, 9 double-page engraved map sheets all with full original wash colour, a double-page engraved plan of Hartford and another of St. Albans, both with some original colour, both titled within engraved cartouche, the St. Albans plan also with an engraved view of the Abbey. Folio (22 x 16 inches), later half calf, marbled boards, the spine gilt lettered direct. Splits to lower portion of central folds but with no loss, some light browning here and there but overall in very good condition. The binding rubbed at the corners, a little at headbands, light cracking to about a third of the upper joint but very firm. Examples of this map with full original colouring, as here, as opposed to outline colouring, are extremely rare. The plans of Hartford and St. Albans by J. Andrews and M. Wren, engraved by John Cheevers, & published by A. Dury, Dukes Court, St. Martin's Lane, 1766. This fine large scale map ( at a scale of approx. 1 in 32,490, or 1.95 inches to a mile) is more thoroughly detailed than most earlier maps. Seven types of land use are shown: woodland, heathland, parkland, arable, pasture, marshland, & kitchen gardens. Apart from towns & villages, showing individual buildings, watermills, windmills, bridges, ponds, and tracks, are also shown; likewise the size, shape, and layout of parks, pleasure grounds and gardens are shown in minute detail. The map bears an engraved dedication, on a banner suspended from a tree and held by an angel over a hunting scene. The dedication is to the Right Hon'ble Anne Holles, Ear of Essex "and those Gentlemen who have been pleased to Encourage this Undertaking". This the most important 18th Century map of Hertfordshire in its finest and rarest state.

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      Leiden: J. De Wetstein & Fils. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1766. Hardcover. Engraved; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; Author: Homer - In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds. Volume I: Introduction to the Greek of Homer translated by Madame Dacier & comments containing two prefaces of this lady, one for the Iliad, and the other for the Odyssey, followed by Life of Homer & c. In addition, the preface of Mr. Pope on the Iliad, his essay on the life & the writings of Homer, and other of its rooms, the same as Mr. Abbe Banier, Volumes II-IV: Iliad; volumes V-VII: Odyssee. Set is bound in brown paper-covered boards with gilt-lettered red spine labels. Books show varying degrees of external wear, with rubbing to covers, cracking visible along some spine edges and chipping at ends of spines. Bindings are firm. Sporadic light foxing. This work is illustrated with numerous engraved plates, including well-preserved fold-out plate in first volume. (11.5 X 18 X 20 CM. 53 engravings, mostly after Picard; 0 .

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        Nouveau Mexique, Louisiane, Canada, et Nouvelle Angleterre

      Paris: , 1766. Size: 290 x 380 mm. Copperplate engraving with original wash colour. Good condition. Slight foxing, central fold as issued. A lovely map of North America, by the Frenchman Louis Brion, featuring an elegant and decorative "framed" border. The map highlights the east coast settlements made by England. Vast swathes of America, west of the Mississippi River lie undiscovered. Published in the Atlas General Civil et Ecclesiastique.

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        Dissertatio inauguralis medica de elementis et viribus medicis trium aquarum mineralium Teplensium.

      Prag, Fitzky-Hladky (Johann Fitzkys Erben), 1766. - (16), 317, (3) SS. Zeitgenöss. schwarzer Pappband über Holzdeckeln mit hs. Rückenschildchen. Dreiseitiger Farbschnitt. 8vo. Sehr frühe wissenschaftliche Studie zur Heilwirkung der später unter dem Namen Marienbad berühmt gewordenen Mineralquellen auf dem Gebiet der Herrschaft Tepl. Als Beitrag zur unter Kaiserin Maria Theresia vorgenommenen Erfassung des Habsburgerreichs gedruckt in Form einer Prager medizinischen Dissertation unter der Direktion des irischstämmigen Mediziners Wilhelm MacNeven O’Kelly of Aughrim (1713-87), Hofarzt Maria Theresias, der in Prag das Medizinstudium nach der Lehre Gottfried van Swietens reorganisierte und das erste chemische Labor der Universität einrichtete. - Der Naturforscher J. B. Zauschner (1737-99) besuchte mit seinem Doktorvater J. B. Bohadsch mehrere botanische und mineralogische Exkursionen. "Auf einem dieser Ausflüge kam er auch nach Auschowitz bei Tepl, wo ihn Landbewohner auf die in der Nähe befindlichen Mineralquellen aufmerksam machten. Obwohl diese bereits 1758-60 von der Professor der Chemie J. A. Scrinci waren untersucht und beschrieben worden, so unterzog er sie doch, da mit Rescript vom 20. Jänner 1763 Kaiserin Maria Theresia eine chemische Untersuchung und medicinische Beschreibung der Mineralquellen in ihren Staaten angeordnet hatte, einer neuerlichen [.] Analyse und schrieb seine Inauguraldissertation [.] Die darin beschriebenen Quellen bestehen noch heute: der Ambrosiusbrunnen, nach dem damaligen Abte Ambros, die Marienquelle nach dem in der Nähe befindlichen Marienbilde und der Kreuzbrunnen, nach dem in der Nähe aufgestellten aus Holzstämmen zusammengesetzten Kreuze benannt" (Wurzbach). - Papierbedingt durchgehend gebräunt bzw. braunfleckig. Einband bering berieben (Gelenke und Kapitale stärker). Wurzbach LIX, 213. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Reise, Nach Den Spanischen Landern In Europa Und America In Den Jahren 1751 Bis 1756. Nebst Beobachtungen Und Anmerkungen Uber Die Merkwurdigen Gewachse Herausgegeben

      Berlin and Stralsund: Gottlieb August Lange, 1766. First German edition. Hard Cover. Octavo. Contemporary japon vellum with a hand-lettered spine, xxxii, 408 pp., 2 folding engraved plates. Linnaeus sent many of his students abroad, rejoicing in the plants and other natural specimens that he received from them but grieving bitterly when a student died of disease or hardship. As a posthumous tribute to their dedication, Linnaeus often edited and published their travel accounts. Pehr Loefling, Linnaeus' favorite pupil, died in Venezuela while on just such a collecting foray. First published in 1758, this is the first German edition of Loefling's travels edited by Linnaeus and translated by Alexander Bernhard Kolpin. The volume contains Loefling's journal and a catalog of the plants that he observed during his travels. The two copper plates depict plant specimens and both are in fine condition. Light browning to the text, library stamps on the title and dedications pages, minor rubbing and chipping to the covers, otherwise a very good copy. Sabin 41772. Soulsby 3589. DSB VIII: 374-380.

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        [Utopian Literature] Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum Novam Telluris Theoriam Ac Historiam Quintae Monarchiae Adhuc Nobis Incognitae Exhibens e Bibliotheca B. Abelini

      [n.p.]: Printed By Pelt, Friedrich Christian, Hafinae & Lipsiae, 1766. Early Reprint. Full Leather. Near Fine+. Small 8vo: [10],360pp, with portrait frontispiece, engraved title-page, folding map and six full-page plates engraved by Brühl (the 1741 first edition, published in Copenhagen, contained only 3 three plates in addition to the frontispiece). Contemporary dark brown mottled sheep, elaborately gilded spine sewn on five bands green and tan lettering pieces gilt, red paste-paper end papers, marbled edges. Spine rubbed with some loss of gilt, else an extremely pleasing and collectible copy of this satirical romance in the style of Gulliver's Travels by the father of Danish literature ("Holberg found Denmark with no books, and he wrote a library for her." Encyclopædia Britannica). Internally fine and bright with excellent plate impressions. Hoover 425. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1114. Gove, pp. 303-305; Stammhammer II, p. 171. & Fourth Edition, in Latin. This highly imaginative Swiftian journey to a fifth underground continent went through some 60 editions, was translated into many languages and ranks among the most popular novels of the 18th century. Among utopian works, only Gulliver’s Travels was more popular. According to Lewis (Utopian Literature, p. 92), Niels Klim is the first important fictional use of the astronomer Edmond Haley's theory (suggested in a paper published by the Royal Society in 1692) that the planets form an arrangement of concentric spheres surrounding the sun with openings at the poles through which access to hidden worlds is possible. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Mona Antiqua Restaurata

      London: J Knox, 1766 Large uncut paper copy, 2nd ed, 12 pls, 1 map. In late 19c brown half calf, with marbled boards, some blind tooling. Spine has blind tooling, title in gilt to black leather label. Internally, new cream endpapers, (xi), (5), 357 pp, 12 pls (complete, B&W), [3], includes the errata and advert page, with an additional map of the Island of Anglesey by Jn. Gibson, Lewis Morris tipped in, NO inscriptions, text block edges uncut, some browning to edges. The first edition was printed in Dublin in 1723. (ESTC T139796. Libri Walliae 4525) Rowlands, Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was fluent in Latin and Greek and had a grasp of Hebrew—one section of his Mona is devoted to finding similarities between Hebrew and European, especially Welsh, words. See ODNB. Title continues: an Archaeological Discourse on the Antiquities, Natural and Historical of the Isle of Anglesey The Ancient Seat of the Druids in Two Essays with an Appendix, containing a comparative table of primitive words, and the derivatives of them in several of the tongues of Europe, with remarks upon them. Together with some letters, and three catalogues.

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        Die Nichtigkeit der Hexerey und Zauberkunst in zweyen Büchern entworfen vor Ardoino Ubbidente dell`Osa. Zwote Auflage

      Frankfurt und Leipzig (d. i. Würzburg), Stahel 1766.. 4 Bl., 600 S. Umschlag d. Zt. Crowe 509; Hayn-Got. III, 247 und IX, 277. - Im Kern eine Übersetzung von Maffeis beiden Traktaten über die Hexerei. Simon verzichtet auf eine vollständige Übertragung des Textes, weil er Tartarottis Schriften (gegen die Maffei polemisiert) nicht auch noch übertragen wollte. Maffei verwarf den Hexenglauben, nicht aber die Magie. Simon lehnt beide ab. - Das Werk war erstmals 1761 unter dem Titel "Das große weltbetrügende Nichts" ebenfalls bei Stahel erschienen; es war eine der Hauptquellen für Sterzingers Rede gegen den Hexenwahn, mit der er 1766 in der Münchner Akademie den bayrischen Hexenkrieg auslöste. - Umschlag leicht lädiert. Titel mit geschwärztem Stempel. Etwas braunfleckig.

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        Letters, written by the late Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin; and Several of His Friends. From the Year 1703 to 1740. Notes Explanatory and Historical by John Hawkesworth.(1st Series) & Collected and Revised by Dean Swift (2nd Series)

      (First series: Volumes 1-3): London: for R. Davis (& others) 1766, (Second Series: Volumes 4-6):London: for C. Bathurst (& others) 1768. First edition of the first and second series. Six volumes. 8vo, pp.xvi:520, viii:415; vii:371; viii:400; viii:416; & viii:448, contemporary full polished tan calf, spines gilt in compartments, lacking all but three of the lettering and numbering pieces, three volumes chipped at head of spines, two chipped at base, four joints cracked but very firm; still an attractive unrestored contemporary binding in sound condition. Volume two misnumbered three and vice versa by the binder on the spines. Some quite heavy foxing or browning to the prelims., some dust marking . Each volume with the engraved armorial bookplate of Sir John Eden Bart (1740-1812).

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        Le grand Trictrac, ou methode facile pour apprendre sans maitre la marche, les termes, les regles, et une grande partie des finesses de ce jeu, enrichie de 288 planches ou figures, avec les décisions des cas particuliers. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée & considérablement augmentée.

      Paris, du fonds de P. F. Giffart chez De Hansy le jeune, 1766. - XVI, 357, (3) SS. Mit zahlreichen Textholzschnitten. Halblederband der Zeit mit goldgepr. grünem Rückenschildchen. 8vo. Dritte Ausgabe (EA 1738) der reich illustrierten Spielanleitung des Backgammon (das beim vorrevolutionären französischen Adel beliebte "Trictrac"). Anonym verfaßt vom frz. Ingenieur, Mathematiker und Theologen B.-L. Soumille (1703-74). - Stellenweise leicht braunfleckig und vereinzelt minimal fingerfleckig. Einband an Ecken und Kanten berieben und bestoßen. Gelenke angeplatzt. Querard IX, 230. Hargrave 208. OCLC 6968861 u. 52793714. Barbier II, 565 c. BN 175, 954.

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        [Painting from an antique vase]

      [Naples: Francesco Morelli, 1766-1767]. Double-page engraving by Carmine Pignatori, hand-coloured, ample margins. 18 11/16 x 28 1/4 inches. A neo- classical masterpiece from the greatest 18th-century work on the arts of the Ancient World. A very fine image from a work by Hugues d'Hancarville titled Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities... Antiquités Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines. Tirées du Cabinet de M. Hamilton. Sir William Hamilton was the British ambassador to Naples during the city's golden age, from 1764 to 1800. An avid antiquarian, Hamilton assembled one of the world's finest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of his collection was bought en bloc from the Porcinari family, after an introduction by Hugues d'Hancarville, an amateur art dealer. Hamilton added several more choice items before selling the entire collection to the British Museum in 1772 for £8400, where it became one of main collections in the department of Greek and Roman antiquities. However, before the collection was shipped to England, Hamilton arranged for Hugues d'Hancarville to oversee the cataloguing and drawing of every item. The published work appeared in 1766-1767 and is a triumphant example of graphic art of the highest order: the present image is one of the results. In addition to his duties as ambassador, Hamilton was also renowned as a knowledgeable guide and congenial host to the visiting English Grand Tourists. With infectious enthusiasm he would extol the wonders of Naples and the beauties of arts of the ancient world, inspiring in many of his aristocratic visitors a genuine love of the antique. This new-found enthusiasm, fuelled by images such as the present engraving, found its expression in the new style of neo-classicism and in the collections of antiquities which found their way to many of the stately homes of England. Cf. Blackmer 845; cf. Berlin Katalog 890; cf. Brunet I, 321; cf. Cohen-de Ricci 474; cf. Vinet 1528.

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        Iconologie tiree de divers auteurs. Ouvrage utile aux gens de lettres, aux poetes, aux artistes, & generalement a tous les amateurs des beaux-arts. Par J. B. Boudard

      Vienne: Chez Jean-Thomas de Trattnern,, 1766. second edition and in French only; 3 volumes in one as usually found but each has its own title and imprint; [16] (beginning with title for Tome premier), 203, [1], [8] (table) pp.; [2] (title for Tome second), 219, [8] (table), [1] pp.; [2] (title for Tome troisieme), 208, [4] (L?auteur a messieurs les souscripteurs, the second leaf signed O3 in error), [8] (table, the first two leaves signed O4 and O2 in error) pp.; all of the numbered pages, a total of 620, have an illustration in the top half (leaves slightly shorter than 20 cm., illustrations slightly taller than 8 cm.) depicting the arts and science, states of mind, the planets, hours of the night, nymphs, virtues and vices, etc. etc., printer's device on each title page; full leather binding very worn with both sides detached, general age toning and light age staining but block wel. Photos available upon request.

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        El Devoto Peregrino y Viage de Tierra Santa

      Madrid, en la Imprenta y Librería de Don Antonio Mayoral, 1766. 8vo.; 4 hs., 550 pp. Encuadernación en pergamino de la época.

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        or, a General Dictionary of Husbandry, in All its Branches; Containing the Various Methods of Cultivating and Improving every Species of Land, According to the Precepts of both the Old and New Husbandry. In which every Thing valuable from the best Writers on this Subject will be extracted, viz. Linnaeus, Chateauvieux, the Marquis of Turbilly, Platt, Evelyn, Worlidge, Mortimer, Tull, Ellis, Miller, Hale, Lisle, Roque, Mills, &c. Together with A Great Variety of new Discoveries and Improvements. Also The Whole Business of Breeding, Managing, and Fattening Cattle of all Kinds; and the most approved Methods of curing the various Diseases to which they are subject. Together with the Method of raising Bees, and of acquiring large Quantities of Wax and Honey, without destroying those laborious Insects. Likewise the useful Parts of Gardening; or those necessary for the Farmer, and Country Gentleman. Illustrated with a great Variety of Folio Copper-Plates, finely engraved; exhibiting all the Instruments used

      By a Society of Gentlemen, Members of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Engraved allegorical frontis. & 27 engraved plates. [724] pp. Thickish folio, attractive modern calf-backed boards, vellum tips, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Printed for the Authors, 1766. First edition and scarce. A fine 18th-century agricultural dictionary; the text was reprinted a number of times. It is interesting to note that this was published in 60 weekly parts, each of twelve pages. The fine plates depict farm implements. Fine copy. ❧ Perkins 379. .

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        Compendio histórico, geográfico y genealógico de los Soberanos de la Europa. Descripción de sus Cortes, Religión y Fuerzas, con la serie de sus Principes, hasta el año de 1766. Quarta impresión, en que se corrigen las antecedentes y se añade la descripción de la Italia y sus Repúblicas, los Soberanos de Alemania y Principes del Imperio, la Grandeza de España, Ordenes Militares de toda Europa y el Estado Eclesiástico de todos los Reynos

      Madrid, en la Oficina de Don Antonio Sanz, a costa de la Real Compañìa de Impresores y Mercaderes de Libros del Reyno, 1766. 4to.; 4 hs., 456 pp. Encuadernación en pergamino, de la época.

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      1766.. Folds as issued, extra vertical crease left, left margin trimmed close otherwise very good.. 14-1/4” x 17-1/4”- 36.1 x 43.8 cm. . Published in “The Maps and Charts to the Modern Part of the Universal History” London: T. Osborne etc., Copper engraved map with later hand colouring. ESTC; T172676; Phillips, 639; Shirley, R. Maps in the atlases, T.Bow-2d An interesting map of the world on Mercator’s projection. Compass lines shown in the oceans. World, Mercator’s projection

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        Brauordnung der Stadt Göttingen von 1766

      Woodcut city arms on title. 1 p.l., 102 pp. Small 4to, cont. green boards. [Göttingen]: E.D. Alberti [for the "Bürgermeister und Rath der Stadt Göttingen"], [1766]. The brewing of beer in Germany has been highly regulated since 1156 when Emperor Frederick I gave the city of Augsburg the first city code of law, the "Justitia Civitatis Augustensis." This contained the first secular beer regulation in Germany, in which the emperor decreed that the manufacturing of impure beer would be punished. The famous Reinheitsgebot, issued in 1516, gave the government the tools to regulate the ingredients, processes, and quality of beer sold to the public. Brewing was (and still is, to a degree) a very local industry in Germany with each town having one or more breweries, each producing beers which do not travel far. The present work governs the brewing of beer in Göttingen. Divided into seven parts, the first discusses who has the right to brew beer. The following sections describe the materials which could be used, methods of brewing, employees and their responsibilities, standards of cleanliness, and correct storage and handling. The final pages give prices for various beers and the names, with addresses, of the residents allowed to brew. Fine copy and rare. OCLC locates no copy outside of Germany. .

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        Memoire a consulter et consultation, pour le sieur Duval Dumanoir, & M. Duval d'Espremenil, Avocat du Roi au Chatelet, Heritiers du feu Sieur Duval de Leyrit, Gouverneur de Pondichery. Avec les Lettres que les Sieurs Duval de Leyrit & de Lally se sont ecrites dans l'Inde, pour servir de pieces Justificatives

      Paris; De l'Imprimerie de Michel Lambert: 1766.. Bound with- "Arrest de la Cour de Parlement, qui prive Thomas Artur de Lally..." dated May 6th, 1766 and "Arrest de la Cour de Parlement qui condamme Armand-Antonin-Francois Fretard de Gadeville, & Jacques-Hugues de Chaponnay..." dated May 10th, 1766. A sad chapter in the history of the Seven Years War, ending with the French loss of India and the May 9th, 1766 beheading of General Thomas-Arthur, comte de Lally, [1702-1766]. This volume is the most complete of two collections of records published relating to the loss of French India, compiled from the official records by the heirs of the late French Governor of India. It ranges from the first action in which General Lally's troops were engaged through the withdrawal of the French from India. Lally was the son of an Irish Jacobite and a French noblewoman who joined the French army while still in his teens. In 1744 he was put in command of the "Irish Brigade" at Fontenoy, and was awarded a field promotion to brigadier. Following several more years of distinguished service, in 1756, General Lally was given command of the French expedition to India at the outbreak of the Seven Years War. It would have been better had he stayed home. Lally reached Pondicherry, the capitol of French India, in 1758. Following initial successes he met a series of defeats and setbacks, including a failed siege at Madras. Capable as a soldier but proud and disdainful as a man, Lally was roundly disliked by his men and officers, as well as the local Indian citizenry, a situation which cannot have helped the military campaign. The end came when he retreated to Pondicherry, was besieged there by a British army, and finally surrendered the city, and French presence in India, in 1761. The stage was set for almost two centuries of English rule in India, and General Lally was shipped back to England as a prisoner of war. Again, it would have been better had he stayed put. France had just lost the entirety of India, a scapegoat was needed, and Lally didn't have enough friends at court to avoid being charged with treason. A more moderate man would have stayed put, safe in England, but Lally demanded to be paroled so that he could return to France and defend himself. The resulting trial reached its predictable end after almost two years and on May 6th, 1766, Lally was sentenced to be beheaded, a sentence which was carried out three days later, on May 9th. Bound at the end of this copy are two very rare pamphlets- the official text of the Court's condemnation of Lally, dated 6 May, 1766, annd a four page official act of the courts levying fines against some officers in General Lally's regiment, dated May 10th, 1766, the day after the General was beheaded. A scarce book -no copy appears in the US auction records in the past 25 years. 7.75"x10", viii +579 + 8 + 4 pages. In a nice period binding of full mottled calf, with a gilt decorated spine featuring floral motifs. Marbled pastedowns but this copy has evidently had the matching endsheets removed. Some light cover wear, the outer hinges are split and the hinges themselves are a bit tender.

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        Trattato teorico-pratico di prospettiva.

      Lelio della Volpe,, Bologna, 1766 - Cm. 24, pp. (6) 207 (1). Vignetta al frontespizio e 11 tavole incise e ripiegate fuori testo. Legatura del tempo in mezza pelle con piccole punte, dorso liscio con fregi e titoli in oro su tassello. Tagli colorati. Ex libris. Segni di restauro al dorso e lungo le cerniere, poche fioriture marginali, qualche macchietta alle pp. 183-186, peraltro esemplare genuino, marginoso e ben conservato. Non comune edizione originale. Cfr. Cicognara (874) e Riccardi: "raro e pregiato". [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Commentaries on the Laws of England, in Four Books

      1766. Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. Commentaries on the Laws of England, in Four Books. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1766, 1767, 1768, 1769. Four volumes. Volume II has copperplate "Table of Consanguinity" and fold-out "Table of Descents." Quarto (10-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Recent morocco, raised bands and gilt titles to spines, endpapers renewed. Negligible shelfwear, light toning to text, faint dampspotting in places, upper corners of pp. 217-222 of Volume II lacking with minor loss to text. (We can supply these leaves in facsimile). Early owner signature to head of Volume III title page, illegible due to trimming, copious contemporary annotations in fine hand throughout Volume I, later signature (of H.L. Bradford Lawrence) to front free endpaper. * First edition of Volumes III and IV, second edition of Volumes I and II. The most influential publication in the history of modern Anglo-American law, the Commentaries on the Laws of England is based on a course of lectures delivered at Oxford University. Because they were not intended for aspiring practitioners, they described general principles rather than practical specifics. Sensitive to the systematizing trends of the day and the prestige of the natural sciences, he described the common law as an intricate, well-designed system akin to Newton's mechanistic universe. Written in an eighteenth-century hand, the annotations to Volume I are quite interesting, some are glosses, others expand upon or dispute Blackstone's points. The first editions of Volumes I and II were published in 1765 and 1766. By the time Volume III was published in 1768 the first two volumes had already been re-published in their second edition. Due to this publication history there are many so-called "mixed" editions today. Volumes III and IV were later revised, along with the first two volumes, for the fourth edition, 1770. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection at Yale University 2.

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        Commentaries on the Laws of England

      Oxford - The Clarendon Press, 1766 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An early edition of William Blackstone's treatise Commentaries on the Laws of England with some tables including one that folds out to volume two. Sir William Blackstone KC SL (1723 - 1780) was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Second edition. Two volumes of four. The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th-century treatise on the common law of England, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 17651769. The work is divided into four volumes, on the rights of persons, the rights of things, of private wrongs and of public wrongs. Long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first methodical treatise on the common law suitable for a lay readership since at least the Middle Ages. The common law of England has relied on precedent more than statute and codifications and has been far less amenable than the civil law, developed from the Roman law, to the needs of a treatise. The Commentaries were influential largely because they were in fact readable, and because they met a need. The work is as much an apologia for the legal system of the time as it is an explanation; even when the law was obscure, Blackstone sought to make it seem rational, just, and inevitable that things should be how they were. Condition:.

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        Nouvelle Encyclopédie Portative Ou Tableau Général des Connoissances Humaines; 2 TOMES TWO VOLUMES; TOME I, TOME II

      Paris: Vincent, 1766. Ouvrage Recueilli Des Meilleurs Auteurs, Dans Lequel on Entreprend De Donner Une Idee Exacte Des Sciences Les Plus Utiles, De Les Mettre a La Portee Du Plus Grand Nombre Des Lecteurs. Avec approbation, et privilege du roi. Two volume (complete) set in red leather (calf) with gilt margins and gilt lines and titles on spines. Pages have blue speckled edges and books have blue ribbon bookmarks (one is detached). Volume 1 has a preface of 96 pages (xcvi) followed by 477 pages, volume 2 has 590 pages. Spines are faded and there are a few small marks on the covers. Minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners. The back free endpaper of volume I has a large corner chip, while p81/82 has a 1cm brown spot in the margin. Volume II has a closed tear in the margin of p45. Bindings are tight, pages are clean. Wonderful condition. FRENCH language. Volume 1 deals with science. Part 1 has animal and plant kingdoms (Linnaeus and Tournefort), chemistry (minerals), astronomy (including comets, but planets only go out to Saturn), geography (very eurocentric, America is described in terms of the various European countries which had laid claim to it), mankind's use of animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. Part 2 of volume 1 deals with maths and physics, and includes a foldout sheet of geometry. The next sections deal with time and with theological philosophy. Volume 2 covers the humanities, with a foldout musical score. Topics include art, fiction, poetry, music, architecture, human laws and morals, history, and, finally, the Bible (Des Juiss et de la Revelation). Fascinating attempt to cover the sum of human knowledge in the eighteenth century..... Full-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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      1766.. Folds as issued light offsetting to Atlantic Ocean else very good. . 13-1/4? x 16-1/2?- 33.6 x 41.9 cm.. Published in ?The Maps and Charts to the Modern Part of the Universal History? London: T. Osborne etc., Copper engraved map with later hand colouring. ESTC; T172676; Phillips, 639; Shirley, R. Maps in the atlases, T.Bow-2d A lovely and detailed map of Western Africa from the Canary Island to Gabon. Much topographical information is provided such as ?Rocks or Tagaza from whence they carry Salt in caravans to Morocco and Tombut? and areas showing wells and deserts. Many tribes are named. Africa, West Africa, Ivory Coast, Nigeria

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        The castle of Otranto, a Gothic story

      printed for William Bathoe in the Strand, London: printed for William Bathoe in the Strand,& , M.DCC.LXVI. [1766]. Full Calf. Near Fine+. 8vo: xxiv, 200pp. Beautifully rebound by Fitterer in period style, with chestnut calf spine in six compartments divided by raised bands ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt, hand-marbled paper-covered boards, end papers renewed. A Fine binding, text block Near Fine, lightly spotted and moderately browned, first few leaves washed and so whiter then the rest. Hazen, Walpole, p.55. Gordon, Landmarks in English Literature, p. 15. PMM 211. The Third Edition (so stated), published one year after Bathoe’s first. After Bathoe's death, in 1768, the sheets of this edition were taken over by John Murray and reissued with a cancel title page marked Third Edition and dated 1769. (Hazen) "On Christmas Eve 1764, a small book appeared in London with the title: 'The Castle of Otranto, A Story, translated by William Marshall, Gent. From the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto.' The Preface explained that the book, which had been printed in black letter at Naples in 1529, had been found 'in the library of an ancient catholic family in the north of England'. . . . This much was obfuscation, though of an interesting kind, since the story was actually written by Horace Walpole, the aristocratic son of Sir Robert Walpole, the political superman of the early eighteenth century, and on his own account an antiquary, art historian and letter-writer. When the work was republished a year later it was still anonymous, but some initials to the accompanying sonnet gave away the author's identity. In the Preface to the second edition, in which the explanation 'A Gothic Story' is added to the title page, Walpole . . . explains the story as an attempt to blend the ancient style of romance, where 'all was imagination and improbability,' with the modern style in which 'nature is always intended to be […] copied with success.' . . . Overblown, outrageous, cheerfully unstable and in some ways silly as it is, Otranto was hugely innovative and influential, and remains an indispensable document in the history of the gothic and of proto-romantic literature." (The Literary Encyclopedia) "'The Castle of Otranto,' wrote Sir Walter Scott, 'is remarkable not only for the wild interest of the story, but as the first modern attempt to found a tale of amusing fiction upon the basis of the ancient romances of chivalry.' . . . Its influence on Poe is manifest, and it has survived in such novels as Bram Stoker's Dracula and in modern mystery stories and horror films." (PMM) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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      London, printed for the author; and sold by him, and A. Millar, D. Wilson, J. Dodsley, S. Baker [and 7 others in London and Edinburgh], 1766.. FIRST EDITION 1766, second issue (published the same year as the first), 4to, 260 x 210 mm, 10¼ x 8¼ inches, 16 folding engraved plates, pages (8), 192, (16) - index and errata, bound in modern half calf over pebbled cloth sides, raised bands to spine, gilt decoration in compartments, gilt lettering. Corners just very slightly rubbed, minute crack at top of upper hinge, neat bookplate on front pastedown, some foxing and browning to title page and first 22 pages, tiny tear to lower corner of title page, sporadic light foxing throughout, heavier in a few places, some plates very slightly darkened at fore-edge, some plates slightly offset. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy. Alexander Cumming (c.1732-1814) mathematician and mechanic, Edinburgh clock-maker and founder member of the Royal Society of Scotland, worked in London for many years and became one of the examiners of John Harrison?s famed longitude watch. He received a retainer from George III and dedicated his publication The Elements of Clock and Watch-work, adapted to Practice, to the King. A page of errata was added to the second issue, published the same year as the first issue. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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