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        Geodaesia: or the Art of Surveying and Measuring Land Made Easy

      J Rivington, London, 1771. Ninth Edition Corrected and Improved. Binding: Hardcover (Full Leather). Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Includes: showing by plain and practical rules, to survey, protract, cast up, reduce or divide any piece of land whatsoever; with new tables fro the ease of the surveyor in reducing the measure of land. Moreover a facile and sure way of surveying by the chain than has hitherto been taught as also to lay out new lands in America or elsewhere: and how to make a perfect Map of a River's Mouth or Harbour; with several other things never before published in our language. This ninth edition, corrected and improved by Samuel Clark. Full calf binding with red title label bearing gilt title on spine. Boards bumped at edges, scratched and worn. Outer hinges starting to crack but boards still very firmly attached. Very slightly lacking at top of spine otherwise a fine tight copy. Internally, occasional moisture traces to margins not affecting text else overall a good clean sound copy given its age. Size: Octavo (standard book size). xviii, 196, xvii, 4, xxiv, xiii, 8. .. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Britain/UK; 18th century; Mathematics. Inventory No: 14586.

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        Manifiesto, que el real convento de religiosas de Jesus Maria de Mexico, de el real patronato, sujeto a el orden de la purissima e immaculada concepcion, hace a el sagrado concilio provincial

      En la Imprenta de D. Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros [Mexico City]: En la Imprenta de D. Felipe de Zuñiga y Ontiveros, 1771. Recent marbled paper over boards, title and author gilt on green leather spine label, new endpapers. Short, shallow instance of insect gnawing at fore-edge of first ten leaves and very limited, minor worming throughout along with mild to moderate mostly marginal speckles of foxing; light waterstaining at fore-edge of some pages and occasional inkstains or smudges; one corner of textblock bumped or "creased across" (with no tearing) and another corner just bumped. A copy not "fine" but definitely worth having.. Folio (28.9 cm, 11.4"). [1] f., 217, [1] p. Only edition. This official declaration of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of the convent Jesus Maria of Mexico encompasses a historical synopsis of the foundation and progress of that monastery and ten chapters on the => the religious life of the sisters — their vow of poverty in history and practice; admission into the monastery; and the necessary approval of the Royal Court to implement reforms, according to the rules set forth by Frai Payo Enriquez de Rivera, O.S.A. (1622–84, appointed Archbishop of Mexico in 1668).The document is addressed to the fourth provincial council, called by Archbishop Lorenzana, and is a plea on behalf of the nuns to not change how things are done and administered in the nunnery, to not introduce innovations.Guatemalan by birth, Guevara (d. 1804) studied civil and canonical jurisprudence at the Tridentine Seminary in Mexico, where he graduated from the university and became a lawyer at the royal court. One of the => leading lawyers in Mexico, he ascended quickly to high office, and was appointed governor in absence of the viceroy four times; according to Beristain, he was called the "American Ulpian" (after the Roman jurist) by at least one contemporary.

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        The new London spy, or, a twenty-four hours ramble through the bills of mortality. Containing a true picture of modern high and low life; from the Spendid Mansions in St James's to the Subterraneous Habitations of St Giles's... The whole exhibiting a stri

      London, for J.Cooke [1771].. frontispiece (offset on to title), [2], iv, vi, 7-160 p., 12-page catalogue, very good copy, old calf-backed boards, neat repairs. First edition, rare. From ESTC and OCLC we can locate 3 library copies in UK (all in London) and 3 in USA, but not all are complete. The book was reprinted the next year so carelessly that the page-numbers in the Contents are those required for the first edition, all astray for the second. The book is a pretty comprehensive account of high and especially low life in London: "bloods, bucks, choice spirits, and fellows of high fun; motherly matrons, and their obliging daughters; jilts, mock milliners, pimps, panders, jugglers, parasites, mock patriots; shallow politicians, ministerial understrappers; French hair-dressers, parish beadles, reforming constables, decrepit watchmen, &c. &c. &c."

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        Grundeliga underwisning om skogars skötsel, eller wilda träns och buskars plantering, natur och egenskaper, jämte bihang om allahanda fruktbärande träns wård, hwilka höra til trägården; på hög befallning, det allmänna til tjenst, tredje uplagan, med förnyat företal och behörige anmärkningar, tilökt och förbättrad af d.

      Clas Bliechert Trozelius. Sthlm, L. Salvius, 1771. 4:o. (8),263,(41) s. & 1 utvikbar grav. plansch. Blått hklbd från 1800-talets mitt med sparsam oxiderad ryggdekor. Stänkta snitt. Ryggen blekt. Fin inlaga med enstaka lagerfläckar. En mindre fläck i texten på s. 187-88. Från Biby.. Hebbe Den svenska lantbrukslitteraturen 1382. Första upplagan utkom 1737. Även andra mycket utvidgade upplagan utgavs av Trozelius 1752. Denne var då sedan 1750 docent i ekonomi i Uppsala, där han tog starka intryck av Linnés undervisning. 1758 blev han professor i ekonomi vid Lunds universitet, dit han senare donerade medel till en ekonomisk adjunktur

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        Samlebind (1). Dom, afsagde af den anordnede Inquisitions-Commission paa Christiansborg Slot, den 25 Aprilis 1772 over Johan Friderich Struensee. Med den paafulgte Kongelige Approbation, af 27. Aprilis 1772. 32 s. Kiøbenhavn, A. H. Godiches Efterleverske, (1772) + (2). Breve fra en Ubenævnt til Enevold Brandt, fundne i den Brevtaske, som han bestandig havde baaret hos sig. Kiøbenhavn, Peter Steinmann, 1772. 15 + (1 blank) s. + (3). Tanker over Jule-Aftens Feyde 1771. Kiøbenhavn, Morten Hallager, 1772. (8) s. + (4). Cabinets Ordre om Indretningen af et Finantz-Collegio og trende adskilte Cammere, nemlig: for Danmark - for Norge - for de Tydske Provincer. Kiøbenhavn, Nicolaus Christian Høpfner, 1771. (4) s. (5). Kiøbenhavns Aften-Post begyndt med den 17 januarii 1772. Første Aargang. (2) s. + 12 spalter. + (6). Faksimile av Struensees egenhendige regnskap, med s. 15-17 omtalte, famøse rettelser.

      Bundet i ett samt. kartonert bd. u. titteltrykk. Ryggen litt slitt ved øvre kapitél.. *(3). Tanker over Jule-Aftens Feyde er skrevet av Jakob Langebek. Sangens tekst sikter bl.a til de norske matrosenes protesttog til Hirschholm, da deres lønninger var blitt tilbakeholdt m.m. (4). Struensees kabinett ordre om Indretningen af et Finanz-Collegio 6. Juni 1771. (5) Dette nummer av Aftens-Post har den ferskeste nyheten om den tidlige morgens begivenheter - arrestasjonen av Struensee, Brandt og de øvrige anklagede

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        The Farmer's Tour Through the East of England Being the Register of a Journey Through Various Counties of This Kingdom, to Enquire Into the State of Agriculture Four Volumes

      London: W Strahan, 1771.. First Edition. 8vo Modern full leather bindings (not recent) with twin labels,gilt. 28 plates engraved on copper, the majority of them folding. Plates XIX and XX are on the same leaf, the plates for volume I (I-V) are bound in Vol IV. pp495; 560; 483; 523. Some wear to covers, mainly heads of spine and labels, a gather working loose in Volume I, contents reasonable bright, no foxing. One leaf of 'Contents' section in Volume II is missing Despite these imperfections a nice tidy set of a classic work.

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        Historia bibliothecæ r.

      academiæ Aboënsis, disputationibus publicis XXIII a. 1771-1787 proposita. Åbo, typis Frenckellianis, (1771-87). 4:o. (3),4,8-72,75-90,93-234,234-370 s. & 1 träsnittsplansch. Häftad i obetydligt nött och solkigt samtida gråpappomslag. Handskriven ryggtiteletikett. Stänkta snitt. Inlagan på stort papper och av varierande papperskvaliteter. Ii-arket (s. 234-49) är mindre i formatet än de övriga, men oskuret. Arken på sämre papper är obetydligt bruntonade och bitvis ngt lagerfläckiga, se t.ex. s. 135-50. Med A. A. Hülphers namnteckning daterad 1791 och L. F. Rääfs exlibris.. Almquist 1989. Warmholtz 9274. Almquist anger ej oregelbundenheterna i pagineringen. Den varierande pappersstorleken och -kvaliten kommer sig av att verket utgavs som en serie disputationer. Deras titel- och dedikationsblad togs bort i denna samlingsutgåva liksom sidorna 73-74 som innehåller rättelser, vilka är alla avtryckta på det avslutande erratabladet. Ett appendix i form av två dissertationer utkom 1795

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      St. Jacobs minne, eller historisk berättelse, om St. Jacobs och Johannis församling i Stockholm; författad och utgifwen af Fred. L. Wittingh. Förra stycket. Stockholm, Wennberg och Nordström, 1771. 4:o. (8),+ 248 s.+ 4 utvikbara grav. planscher,+ stor utvikbar grav. karta. Enstaka småfläckar. Kartan med revor i vecken. Sammanbunden med: GIÖDING, Olof Justinus. Kongsholms-minne, eller beskrifning om Kongsholmen, den wästra förstaden af kongl. residence-staden Stockholm, dess forna, och nu warande tilstånd, fördelt i trenne böcker. Til allmänn tjenst, i oskyldigt nöje sammanskrefwen af O. J. Gjöding. Stockholm, Peter Jöransson Nyström, 1754. 4:o. (12),+ 160 s.+ utvikbar grav. karta. Enstaka småfläckar. Samtida hfrbd, guldornerad rygg med upphöjda bind och något nött röd titeletikett, Svag fuktrand över ryggen. Första titelbladet med C. Oldenburgs namnstämpel och äldre biblioteksstämpel på försättsbladet med initialerna "J.E.N." Warmholtz 321 resp. 318. Första delen var allt som utkom av St. Jacobs minne. Fredrik Larsson Wittingh (1744-1811). Författaren till Kongsholms minne Olof Justinus Giöding (1717-67) var skolmästare i Ulrika Eleonora församling på Kungsholmen. Warmholtz är något kritiskt till onödiga detaljer i skidringen

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        Nachricht von der Kriebelkrankheit und ihren wahrscheinlichen Ursachen, aus dem Genusse des Mutterkorns, mit Anmerkungen erläutert, nebst einem Sendschreiben vom Honigthau, und zwo Abhandlungen von den verfälschten Weinen, ingleichen vom Brode, das man an statt des gewöhnlichen im Nothfall zubereiten kann, und von der innern Rinde der Linde

      Leipzig, Müller 1771.. 140 S. - Angebunden: Vogel, Rudolf Augustin: Schutzschrift für das Mutterkorn, als einer angeblichen Ursache der sogenannten Kriebelkrankheit. Göttingen, Vandenhoeck, 1771. 8 Bl., 32 S. Hübscher HLdr. d. Zt. mit 2 Rückenschildern.

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      In-8 p. (mm. 200 x 130), 3 voll., p. pergam. coeva, tit. oro su tassello al dorso, tagli azzurri, pp. (2),390; (2),351; (2),433,(3); frontespizi inquadrati in deliziosa cornice figur., con bella antiporta allegorica e 2 tavv. di ritratti, tutti inc. in rame da R. Faucci. Al fine del III tomo: "Aggiunte" e "Indice delle marche e sigle delle quali si son serviti molti intagliatori.. con la spiegazione del loro respettivo significato". "Edizione originale", non comune, di questo dizionario degli incisori. Cfr. Brunet,II,1476 che cita la seconda del 1808-16 in 15 voll., col proseguimento dell'opera del P. Luigi de Angelis: "Les trois premiers voll., les seuls qui appartiennent à Gandellini, ont été impr. pour la prmière fois à Sienne en 1771; ils sont meilleurs que la continuation dans laquelle, selon Cicognara,2281, l'A. reproduit toutes les erreurs de ses devancier, sans offrir aucune notice neuve et utile". Fresco esempl. con ex libris, ben conservato.

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        LE NOUVEAU PARFAIT MARECHAL ou la connoissance générale et universelle DU CHEVAL, divisé en sept traités., Paris, Chez Bailly, 1771

      cm. 20 base x 26 altezza , buona riegatura settecentesca coeva piena pelle con 5 nervi e fregi, con decorazioni in oro al dorso. IN BUONE CONDIZIONI GENERALI, salvo macchiolinae diffuse. Volume divisé en sept tratés 1o De la Construction, 2o Du haras 3o De l'ecuyer & du Harnois 4o Du medecin, ou traite' des malafies des chevaux 5o Du chirurgien & des operations 6o Du marechal ferrant, 7o De l'apothicaire, ou des remedes avec UN DICTIONNAIRE DES TERMES DE CAVALERIE le toute enrichi de XXIX tables figures en Taille-Douce (PIù volte ripiegate dedicate ai cavalli , con paramenti, attrezzi, parti anatomiche, razze varie, ecc.) ed ancora XX tavole dedicate a "L'apothicaire ou traité des medicamens" con immagini di erbe curative per i cavalli. In molte delle tavole ci sono più figure. Tutte con buona tecnica incisoria e qualità di stampa. Edition dédiée a Monseignerur le Comte de Maurepas, ministre et secretaire d'état, commandeur des ordres du Roi- Pagine 634 (Una pagina dell'indice ripetuta ed inserita alla fine dopo la n. 634) precedute da 34 pagine non numerate con dedica, prefazione ed indici. La prima edizione di questo volume era uscita nel 1741. François-Alexandre de Gersault (1693-1778) non fu particolarmente felice per quel che riguarda il testo, ma assai apprezzato per le tavole, DISEGNATE DAL VERO dall'autore stesso e spesso imitate in opere successive; fu probabilmente proprio l'abilità come disegnatore dimostrata da Garsault in questo volume che indusse l'Accademia delle Scienze ad affidargli, tra il 1767 ed il 1774, la compilazione di sei delle monografie dedicate alle arti e mestieri , pubblicate in concorrenza con la grande " Encyclopèdie ".

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        Beytrag zur Geschichte Russlands vom Jahr 1727 bis 1744 nebst einem Anhange über die damalige Beschaffenheit des Kriegs- des Seewesens, des Handels, der Academie &c.

      &c. Mit Charten und Plänen. Aus einem französischen Handschrift. Hamburg und Bremen, Johann Heinrich Cramer, 1771. 8vo. XXVIII,+ (3),+ (blank),+ 694,+ (25) pp.+ 10 folding engraved maps and plans. One map with tear. Somewhat worn contemporary half calf, gilt spine with red rubbed label and raised bands. Owners signature of Aug. Maxs. Myrberg. probably the finnish soldier and philhellene. freedom fighter. From the library of Ericsberg, with removed bookplate. Warmholtz 6216 note. First German edition of Manstein's "Memoirs of Russia" published a year after the English edition. The memoires was originally written in German, translated to French and from French to English. The work describes the Turkish and Swedish campaigns, during which Manstein was in Russian service as colonel, and gives information about the Russian Court at the time of Empress Anna (daughter of Peter the Great), who reigned from 1730-40. Among the folding maps is one of the Crimean peninsular including the Black Sea, one of the Finnish coast from Wyborg to Helsingfors and a plan of Dantzig with the fortress of Weichselmuendung. Äventyraren August Maximilian Myhrberg (1797-1867) stred i både polska och grekiska befrielsekrigen, och blev så småningom något av hjälte i Finland

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        Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim. Herausgegeben von Ch. M. Wieland

      Leipzig, Weidmanns Erben und Reich, 1771.. 2 in 1 Band. XXII, 367 S., 1 Bl., 302 S. HLdr. d. Zt. mit 2 farbigen Rückenschildern und reicher Rückenverg.

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        Les Fables D'Ésope, mises en françois, avec le sens moral en quatre vers, & des figures à chaque fable

      Rouen: Richard Lallemant, 1771. Octavo. c, 314pp. A new edition, according to the title page, revised and expanded to include a lengthy, illustrated biography of Aesop by Planudes. With a large woodcut portrait of the author and numerous woodcuts throughout illustrating scenes from the fables. This version of Aesop's fables is intended for and dedicated to young people. Mended tears on a few pages and ownership inscription on front endpaper, else a very nice copy in speckled calf, richly gilt to spine. All edges red.

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      In-8 p. (mm. 213 x 140), 2 voll., p. vitellino coevo, cornice dorata in triplo filetto ai piatti, ricca decoraz. e tit. oro su due tasselli, tagli dorati, dentelles dorate ai risg., pp. 331; 340; con 2 antiporte figur.: un ritratto del Tasso ed uno di Hubert Gravelot; 2 frontesp. con i fleurons di Gravelot; dedica con vignetta alle armi di Le Roy, tutti inc. in rame. L'opera è illustrata da 20 tavv. all'inizio di ogni canto, da 20 testate che contengono i ritratti degli eroi del poema con i nomi in italiano e da 23 finali di cui 14 piccoli e 9 a p. pagina. Esempl. "in prima tiratura" di questa ediz. magnificamente illustrata dai disegni di Gravelot, inc. in rame da Le Roy, Baquoy, Duclos, Le Veau, Lingée, Patas, e altri artisti. Cfr. Cohen, p. 974-75: "Très belle édition publiée par G. Conti, avec illustrations superbes.. Il faut prendre les vignettes en-tete avec les noms en italien, car on a fait pour l'édition française un tirage postèrieur, qui est beaucoup moins bon et où les noms sont imprimés en français" - Choix de Olschki,XII,18740 - Gamba (in Nota),948 - Boissais et Delplanque, p. 167: "On retrouve les illustrations de Gravelot dans l'édition française de 1774 mais les gravures sont en second tirage" - Lewine, p. 525. Benezit,VI, p. 393: "Gravelot, pseudonyme de Bourguignon d'Anville Hubert François (1699-1773), peintre, graveur, dessinateur. Il doit sa célébrité à l'illustration des livres qu'il exécuta au XVIII siècle.. Les dessins de Gravelot sont remarquables pour leur finesse, leur esprit et la perfection de leur exécution". Solo qualche lieviss. arross. altrim. esempl. ben conservato. .

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        Anecdotes of painting in England; with some account of the principal artists; and incidental notes on other arts; collected by the late Mr. George Vertue; and now digested and published from his original MSS. by Mr. Horace Walpole [with] A catalogue of engravers, Who have been born, or resided in England; digested by Mr. Horace Walpole From the Mss. of Mr. George Vertue; To which is added An Account of the life and works of the latter

      Printed by Thomas Farmer at Strawberry-Hill [through 1771] [Twickenham]: Printed by Thomas Farmer at Strawberry-Hill [through 1771]& , MDCCLXII. [1762]. First Edition. Complete in five volumes, all first editions (one of only 300 sets, according to Hazen), dated 1762, 1762, 1763, 1763, and 1771, with 110 full-page copper-engraved plates. 4to, in half sheets: xiii, [2], 168, [14, appendix], [6, index], errata leaf; [2], 158, [51, appendix], [7, index], [1, errata]; [2], 155, [3, appendix], [8, index], final leaf, often absent (per Hazen) and usually bound in vol. II, of advertisements of Vertue's catalogues of pictures; x, [2], 151, [1, errata], [2, appendix], [6, indexes]; [4, versos blank and in this copy adhered], 128, 14 [Life of Vertu], 20 [list of Vertue's works], [9, index], [1, blank], [final advertisement leaf, as in vol. 3]pp. Vol. 3 bears the imprint: "Strawberry-Hill: printed in the year 1763". Vol. 4 bears the imprint: "Strawberry-Hill: printed by Thomas Kirgate, 1771", and is numbered "Volume the fourth and last." A continuation was issued as ’A catalogue of engravers,' in 1763. Full red straight-grained morocco, the covers framed with a single gilt fillet, the turn-ins decorated with a gilt leaf roll, the spines, in six compartments, lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, red silk page markers. A splendid set, the bindings tight and square, with spines darkened and gilt dulled; internally, wide-margined pages, generally clean and fresh, some plates moderately foxed, less than skillful repair to title page of catalogue of engravers. Walpole, 14. Hazen, Strawberry Hill, 10. Lowndes 2819 (calling the plates of this edition "Infinitely superior"). Gibson's Library, p. 280. Late in life, Walpole described the Anecdotes as ‘the only thing I ever published of any use.' It was mainly based on the archives (40 volumes of manuscripts relating to English painters, sculptors, engravers, and architects ) he purchased from the widow of the engraver George Vertue in 1758, which Walpole wrote contained ‘an infinite quantity of new and curious things.' (ODNB)

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        The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, and Plants; Particularly, those not hitherto Described

      London: Benjamin White, 1771. 2 volumes. Folio (22 3/8 x 15 2/8 inches). Text in English and French. Folding engraved map with original hand-colour. 220 hand-coloured engraved plates after Catesby. Modern red calf; modern red cloth cases. Third edition. In 1712, the English-born artist and naturalist Mark Catesby embarked on a series of expeditions to the southern colonies of British North America. Catesby was enthralled by the wildlife of the New World, and he spent years traveling by foot through parts of present-day Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas and the Bahamas. Over the course of his journeys, he encountered and documented uncountable varieties of animal and plant life that were entirely unknown to Europeans. His drawings and written observations were the raw material for an unprecedented project: a scientific account of previously uninvestigated wildlife, with illustrations taken from life. Catesby initially encountered some difficulty in interesting sponsors in his monumental Natural History. Determined nonetheless to persevere in his project, and also wishing to maintain control over the translation of his drawings into print, the artist learned to engrave copper plates and set out to complete the Natural History himself. He produced all but two of the plates, and painted the impressions himself to further insure their fidelity to his models. The result was the most sweeping, complete and unique natural history study ever done. Despite Catesby's initial difficulties in finding subscribers, his striking finished product received widespread acclaim. Cromwell Mortimer, Secretary of the Royal Society, declared the publication to be "the most magnificent work I know since the Art of printing has been discovered." Catesby's charming, distinctive style sets his work apart from all artists who later followed his example. The overt simplicity of his compositions is deceiving; the artist arranged each of his images with great care, often combining seemingly incongruous elements to create the most artful scene possible. A sense of Catesby's enthusiasm for his subjects is palpable in his engravings. Very few artists were so personally involved in the completion of a published work, and Catesby's images convey what the artist must have experienced in America: the colors and varieties of the exotic species of birds, fish, animals, insects and plants of the New World. Widely considered the great achievement of 18th-century art and science, Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands has lost none of its power to delight in the 250 years since its publication. This remarkable study of American plants and animals is a monument to Catesby's intelligence, scientific devotion and love of nature. The Natural History has provided an important model for ornithologists and scientists, including John James Audubon, who followed in Catesby's footsteps a century later..

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        Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe... Troisième édition revue, corrigée et considérablement augmentée par M. Buch'oz... à laquelle on a joint une troisième partie qui traite des plus belles fleurs

      Paris: Chez L.C. Desnos, 1771. 1 volume ('...Tome Premier, Des Plantes de Surinam'), folio. (19 9/16 x 13 inches). Engraved hand-coloured additional allegorical title dated 1768, 72 hand-coloured engraved plates [1 folding] by J. Mulder, P. Sluyter and A. Stopendaal, all after Merian, each with the French names of the plants depicted added to image area. Bound to style in 18th-century diced russia gilt, covers with triple fillet border with floral spray cornerpiece, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt made up from various small tools. A fine hand-coloured copy of the complete series of 'Surinam' plates by Merian : beautiful images of the plants and insects of Surinam, and one of the most famous natural history works of the 18th century. Merian was the daughter of the well-known Swiss engraver/publisher Matthaeus Merian. Her mother was Dutch, and after Matthaeus' early death she married the flower painter Jacob Marrell. Tradition has it that it was one of his pupils, Johann Graff of Nuremberg, who first taught Maria to paint, and certainly they later married. Two of Maria's primary interests were botany and entomology and the present work reflected that interest. The impetus to produce the present plates came when, having left Graff, she was shown a collection of tropical insects from Surinam. This inspired her, and, together with her daughter Dorothea, she embarked on a remarkably enterprising journey. They arrived in South America in late summer 1699 and stayed until June 1701 studying and recording the plants and insects.The results of their labours being the magnificent Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, with 60 plates, was published in 1705. Later editions, including the present issue (...Tome Premier. Des Plantes de Surinam), were extended to include an additional 12 plates by Maria's eldest daughter Johanna. Peter Dance writes of the work, that it was 'easily the most magnificent work on insects so far produced... [combining] science and art in equal proportions... Her portrayals of living insects and other animals were imbued with a charm, a minuteness of observation and artistic sensibility that had not previously been seen in a natural history book' (The Art of Natural History [1978)). The printing plates for the present work were apparently bought by Desnos at the auction in Paris of the collection of 'Un Curieux de Paris.' This is possibly a reference to a member of the Huquier family. 'Huquier fils' of Paris published a reissue of the plates of the Metamorphosis... (without text) in about 1745 under the title Recueil de plantes des Indes (Hunt 524). The history of the plates between 1730 and 1745 is not known with any certainty, but Desnos notes that the previous owner of the plates had secured them in Amsterdam many years earlier. cf. Blunt (1994) pp.142-145; cf. Dunthorne 205; cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p.119; cf. Hunt 467 and 524; cf. Nissen BBI 1341.

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        The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects and plants; particularly those not hitherto described, or incorrectly figured by former authors, with their descriptions in English and French ... By the late Mark Catesby ... Revised by Mr. Edwards ... Histoire Naturelle de la Caroline, de la Floride, et des Isles de Bahama

      London: printed for Benjamin White, 1771 [plates on wove paper watermarked 1815-1816]. 2 volumes, folio. (20 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches). Titles and text in English and French. 220 hand-coloured engraved plates by or after Catesby, 3 plates (61, 80 and 96, volume 2) by Georg Dionysius Ehret, 1 double-page hand-coloured engraved map of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. Expertly bound to style in half diced russia over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, spines in seven compartments with raised bands, tooled in gilt on either side of each band, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth compartments, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, red speckled edges. "Catesby's Natural History is the most famous colour- plate book of American plant and animal life ... a fundamental and original work for the study of American species" (Hunt). A lovely and vastly important work by the founder of American ornithology, this book embodies the most impressive record made during the colonial period of the natural history of an American colony. This is undoubtedly the most significant work of American natural history before Audubon. This copy a fine example of a later issue of the third edition. Trained as a botanist, Catesby travelled to Virginia in 1712 and remained there for seven years, sending back to England collections of plants and seeds. With the encouragement of Sir Hans Sloane and others, Catesby returned to America in 1722 to seek materials for his Natural History; he travelled extensively in Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas, sending back further specimens. His preface provides a lengthy account of the development of this work, including his decision to study with Joseph Goupy in order to learn to etch his plates himself to ensure accuracy and economy. The end result is encyclopaedic: Catesby provides information not only on the botany and ornithology of the area, but also on its history, climate, geology and anthropology. Catesby writes in the preface of his method of working: "As I was not bred a Painter, I hope some faults in Perspective, and other niceties, may be more readily excused: for I humbly conceive that Plants, and other Things done in a Flat, if an exact manner, may serve the Purpose of Natural History, better in some Measure, than in a mere bold and Painter-like Way. In designing the Plants, I always did them while fresh and just gathered: and the Animals, particularly the Birds, I painted while alive (except a very few) and gave them their Gestures peculiar to every kind of Birds, and where it could be admitted, I have adapted the Birds to those Plants on which they fed, or have any relation to. Fish, which do not retain their colours when out of their Element, I painted at different times, having a succession of them procured while the former lost their colours ... Reptiles will live for many months ... so that I had no difficulty in painting them while living" (Vol.I, First issued in parts between 1730 and 1747, this 1771 third edition appeared in at least two issues. The first was produced in 1771, and was printed throughout on laid paper. The present copy is a later issue, with the text still on laid paper, but the plates on Whatman wove paper. This wove paper was ideal for the printing of engraved plates as the smooth surface takes an impression much more correctly than the earlier laid paper, where the chain lines produce slight corrugations in the paper surface. Copies vary in the quality of colouring; in the present copy the colouring is superb. Anker 95; Clark I:55; Dunthorne 72; Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 86; Great Flower Books (1990), p.85; Meisel III:340; Nissen BBI 336, IVB 177; Sabin 11509; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1057; Wood p. 282; Amy Meyers and Margaret Pritchard, Empire's Nature, Mark Catesby's New World Vision, Williamsburg, 1998.

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        Biblioteca italiana o sia notizia de' libri rari italiani divisa in quattro parti cioe' istoria, poesia, prose, arti e scienze... in questa impressione corretta, ampliata, e di giudizj intorno alle migliori opere arricchita con tavole copiosissime, e necessarie. in milano, appresso galeazzi, 1771.

      Quattro parti in un volume di cm. 23, pp. (10) 682, lxxxiii (1). Solida ed elegante legatura di poco posteriore in piena pelle, dorso a piccoli nervi con filetti e titoli in oro su tassello. Armi (non identificate) impresse in oro al centro dei piatti. Tagli spruzzati. Piccola reintegrazione dei pelle alla cuffia superiore. Bell'esemplare, fresco, marginoso ed in eccellente stato di conservazione.

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        [The English Pilot Parts I and III] The English Pilot for the Southern Navigation: Describing the Sea-Coasts, Capes, Headlands, Bays, Roads, Harbours, Rivers and Ports: together with the Soundings, Sands, Rocks and Dangers on the Coast of England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Flanders, Spain, Portugal, to the Streight's-Mouth; with the Coasts of Barbary, and off to the Canary, Madeira, Cape de Verde and Western Islands Shewing the Courses and Distances from on Place to another; The Setting of the Tides and Currents; the Ebbing and Flowing of the Sea, &c. The English Pilot. Part III. Describing The Sea-Coasts, Capes, Head-Lands, Bays, Roads, Harbours, Rivers and Ports; Together with the Soundings, Sands, Rocks and Dangers in the Whole Mediterranean Sea, Likewise The Courses and distances from on Place to another. The Setting of the Tides and Currents. The Ebbing and Flowing of the Sea. The Bearing, Distance and Prospects of the Land, and how they shew themselves at Sea. Carefully Corrected, with new Ad

      London: J. Mount, and T. Page, 1771. hardcover. very good. Folio atlas. Two parts (I and III) bound in one volume, London: 1771. Part I: 46 pp of text; 22 double page and folding maps plus 2 small maps and many additional charts and views. Ink inscription on title page reads "1774 John Hamilton Ought This Book-Bought of James Alex.(?) Stewart". Stamped name in margin of one page of text. Part III: 43 pp of text; 17 double page or folding maps, 34 half page maps and numerous topographical and panoramic views. Ink inscription "John Hamilton" on title page. Stamped name on title page and two maps. Numerous woodcut elevations and additional engraved maps throughout both volumes. Rebound in blue bukram with gilt title stamped on spine. Stamp from G.H. Crawford Co. Bookbinders, Dec. 1955 on inside back free fly page. Light scattered foxing and a few stains throughout. Small chip to title page and one map. Small wormholes to a few maps. In general, maps are crisp and clean. Beautiful composite atlas with a series of stunning maps and charts and explicit sailing directions and notations. Part I has charts of the River Thames, Newcastle trade routes, the coastlines and various ports of England, Scotland, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Islands. Part III has maps and charts of the Mediterranean from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Levant including the Balearic Islands, southern France, the Barbary Coast, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Venice and Greece. The "English Pilot" was a sea-chart atlas published in several editions from 1671 to 1803. The Mount family was active in publishing in various manifestations for many generations from the 1650s to 1800.

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        Samlingar til en beskrifning öfwer Norrland.

      I-V:1-2. Västerås, J. L. Horrn, 1771-97. 8:o. Grav. titelblad,(12),129,(3),1-30,(2) s. & 1 utvikbar gränskolorerad grav. karta + grav. titelblad,(12),272,1-33,(3) s. & 1 utvikbar gränskolorerad grav. karta + grav. titelblad,(12),124,1-8 s. + grav. titelblad,(16),392,1-72 s. & 1 utvikbar kolorerad grav. karta + grav. titelblad,(16),344,1-64 s. & 1 utvikbar gränskolorerad grav. karta + grav. titelblad,(16),160 s. + HÜLPHERS, ABRAH. ABR:SSON. Samlingar til en beskrifning öfwer Norrland och Gefleborgs län, första afdelningen om Gestrikland. Västerås, J. L. Horrn, 1793. 8:o. Grav. titelblad, (16),296,1-48 s. & 1 utvikbar gränskolorerad grav. karta. Sju samtida ngt nötta pappbd med röda ryggar och ljusa stänkdekorerade pärmpapper. De tre inledande delarna aningen mindre till formatet och med blåstänkta snitt, övriga delar med rödstänkta snitt. Även Gästrikedelen ngt mindre i formatet. Ryggarna ngt blekta och lätt solkade samt delvis med trasiga titeletiketter i glättad papp. På två av delarna saknas de tyvärr helt. Inlagorna delvis lätt lagerfläckiga, bitvis ngt hårdare i del IV-V:1. Med L. F. Rääfs exlibris.. Setterwall 5636. Carli Ångermanlands bibliografi 1065. Forsbom Litteratur om Hälsingland s. 39. Hasselberg Bibliografiska anteckningar rörande Jämtland och Härjedalen s. 122. Marklund Övre Norrland i litteraturen 2391. Fiske Runic literature s. 33 för beskrivningen av Jämtland. Med hyllningar av bl.a. J. M. och E. M. Fant, G. A. Boudrie, J. Schedvin, P. Svedelius, O. Bergklint, N. J. Funck, J. A. Lindblom, O. Strandberg, L. Hydrén, J. H. Lidén, G. A. Tayarden och P. N. Christiernin. Årtalet på det graverade titelbladet till del IV är enligt Kungliga bibliotekets katalog ändrat för hand på alla påträffade exemplar, liksom här. Komplett svit av Hülphers Norrlandsbeskrivningar sånär som på del V:3 som utgavs först 1922. Handelsmannen i Västerås Abraham Abrahamsson Hülphers (1734-98) är en av de flitigaste och mest betydelsefulla topografiska författarna i Sverige under 1700-talet. Hans topografiska arbeten tillkom enligt en fast arbetsordning. Väl hemkommen från en resa sammanställde Hülphers sina intryck grundade på anteckningarna ur sin resedagbok. Detta utkast sändes till kyrkoherdar och ståndspersoner i den berörda trakten med en begäran om kompletteringar och rättelser av utkastet. Hülphers bifogade även en omfångsrik frågelista som var inspirerad av den som J. Faggot hade presenterat i sin uppsats "Tankar om fäderneslandets känning och beskrifwande", tryckt i Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar 1741. I ett nära samarbete med sina informanter och genom en omfångsrik brevväxling växte så småningom en färdig text fram. I beskrivningen av Ångermanland återfinns självfallet ett surströmmingsrecept från Härnösand!

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        Underrättelse om barns sjukdomar och deras bote-medel.

      Tredje uplagan, något tillökt och förbättrad. Sthlm, Wennberg et Nordström, 1771. 8:o. Grav. titelblad,(2),540,(34) s. Samtida nött hfrbd med upphöjda bind, brun titeletikett och stänkta snitt. Ryggen med ett mindre nagg överst och titeletiketten skrapad och med en spricka tvärs över. En samtida numrering på insidan av främre pärmen. Det främre snittet med en liten fläck som trängt in i yttermarginalen på s. 27-100. Några fläckar i den övre marginalen på s. 129-32 och 384, samt en vaxljusfläck i texten på s. 184-85.. Waller 8216. "Underrättelse om barns sjukdomar", enligt Sten Lindroth "det mest inflytelserika arbete, som någonsin utgivits av en svensk läkare", publicerades först i form av små uppsatser i Vetenskapsakademiens almanackor 1753-71. Arbetet utkom första gången i bokform 1764. Föreliggande upplaga utgavs av Vetenskapsakademien och är egentligen den andra utgivna bokupplagan på svenska. Den är mycket utvidgad, bl.a. med de uppsatser som publicerats efter 1764. Lindroth skriver: "Utan att bjuda på några märkliga nyheter ägde Rosensteins pediatriska handbok i fullständighet och moget omdöme ingen motsvarighet, och den anammades snabbt som klassisk utomlands; före århundradets slut var den översatt till åtta främmande språk". Föreliggande upplaga avslutas med Abraham Argillanders "Försökt sätt, at lära dumbar läsa och tala". Linnélärjungen Argillander (1722-1800) har kallats Nordens förste dövlärare och i sin uppsats redovisar han resultaten av sina försök att lära sin dövstumme svåger Wolfgang Henricus Amadeus Helsingius att tala, läsa och skriva

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        HISTOIRE CIVILE ET NATURELLE DU ROYAUME DE SIAM, Et des revolutions qui ont bouleversé cet Empire jusqu'en 1770.

      Two volumes. [4], xii, 450, [2]pp. [4], 444, [6]. Original calf boards, rebacked, gilt titling. 12mo. First editions. Some browning; the odd mark; ownership name on front blanks; else a very good set.

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        Letters To the Honourable Mr. Justice Blackstone, Concerning His Exposition of the Act of Toleration, And Some Positions relative to Religious Liberty, In his Celebrated Commentaries on the Laws of England. The Second Edition [etc.]. Eller 254

      The most thorough (and expanded) examination of Blackstone's questionable views upon Protestant Dissenters, "discussing the issue from every conceivable angle" and powerfully arguing that religious views should not be subject to civil penalties. Contemporary calf, quite worn, adequately rebacked; a clean copy. Printed for T. Cadell, Successor to Mr. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1771.

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        PRIESTLEY (Joseph) An Investigation of the Lateral Explosion, and of the Electricity Communicated to the Electrical Circuit, in a Discharge,

      PRIESTLEY (Joseph) An Investigation of the Lateral Explosion, and of the Electricity Communicated to the Electrical Circuit, in a Discharge, First Edition, pp.192-210 AND: PRIESTLEY (Joseph) Experiments and Observations on Charcoal, pp.211-227 in the complete volume for 1771, vol 60, of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, xvi 567pp, small quarto, old tape repairs to two contents leaves (no text loss), a very good copy, bound in early 20th two-colour buckram, with 9 [of 10] fine extending copper engraved plates (lacking plate 1 of a Camelopardalis), London, [The Royal Society], 1769. Bound with 53 further papers, FULL LIST SENT ON REQUEST. * Other papers include: WALES (William) Journal of a Voyage, Made by Order of the Royal Society, to Churchill River, on the North-West Coast of Hudson's Bay; Of Thirteen Months Residence in That Country; and of the Voyage Back to England; In the Years 1768 and 1769, ibid, pp.100-136; DYMOND (Joseph); WALES (William) Observations on the State of the Air, Winds, Weather, &c. Made at Prince of Wales's Fort, on the North-West Coast of Hudson's Bay, in the Years 1768 and 1769, ibid, pp.137-178; HEWSON (William) Experiments on the Blood, with Some Remarks on Its Morbid Appearances, ibid, pp. 368-383; HEWSON (William) On the Degree of Heat Which Coagulates the Lymph, and the Serum of the Blood; With an Enquiry into the Causes of the Inflammatory Crust, or Size, as It is Called, ibid, pp.384-397; HEWSON (William) Further Remarks on the Properties of the Coagulable Lymph; On the Stopping of Haemorrhages; and on the Effects of Cold upon the Blood: By the Same, ibid, pp.398-413; HAMILTON (William) An Account of a Journey to Mount Etna, ibid, pp.1-19; JOHNSTONE (James) Experiments in Support of the Uses Ascribed to Ganglions of the Nerves, ibid, pp.30-35: GARRISON-MORTON #1250.

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        La verona illustrata ridotta in compendio principalmente per uso de' forestieri con varie aggiunte. premessa in ristretto la vita del marchese scipione maffei. in verona, stamperia moroni, 1771.

      Due volumi di cm. 21,5, pp. li (5) 176; 173 (7). Con 23 tavole incise in rame e ripiegate fuori testo. Leg. coeva in cart. alla rustica ricoperto in carta dipinta con titoli a stampa su tasselli ai dorsi. Qualche limitato segno d'uso alla legatura, ma esemplare fresco, marginoso e genuino. Guida bella e rara. Cfr. Cicognara 4385; Fossati-Bellani 2487.

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        A New Map of Jamaica

      Printed for Carrington Bowles at No 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London, 1771. Hand coloured engraved map with inset of, 'A general Plan of Port Royal.' Very fine condition. 22 x 19.5in A highly detailed map showing towns, churches, forts, sugar works, Gentlemens Seats, Taverns, Roads and barracks, etc. Unrecorded by Kapp.

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        The Odyssey of Homer. The Iliad of Homer.

      Translated by Alexander Pope. London: Whiston, Baker and Leigh etc., 1771. Odyssey: Engraved map,xxxvi,312 + (2),247 + (2),295 + (2),316,(13 index),Homer's Battle of the Frogs and Mice. By Mr. Archdeacon Parnell. Corrected by Mr. Pope. 22 pp. Illiad: Folded engraved plate,xl,2 engraved plates,(1),xlii-cxi,200 + (2),300 + (2),340 + (2),335 + (2),234,(70 index) pp. Contemporary full tree calf. Richly gilt spines five raised bands. Red and green title labels. Upper cornertip of front pastedown and first leafs of vol. 3 Odyssey with minor worming. Folded plate in vol. 1 Illiad with old repair. Old owners signature on ffep. in all vols. J. Hickes. Modern bookplate on front pastedowns (Gustaf Berndtsson). Spines worn at heads and feet. Hinges cracked but holding. Cornertips of boards worn. 9 vols. 18 x 11 cm.. Complete set

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        Theoretisch=praktische Einleitung in die Taktik durch historische Beyspiele erläutert. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von Moritz Grafen von Brüel. Mit Kupfern. 3 Bde. ( Bd. 3 "Anhang").

      Strassburg, Bauer und Compagnie, 1771-72. Bound in 3 fine cont. hcalf, richly gilt backs, titlelabels in leather on backs, gilt. A paperlabel pasted on upper part of backs. Stamps on titles. The titlepages framed within a woodcut-border. IV,496;IV,464;IV,508 pp. and 38 large folded engraved plates. Printed on good thick paper, internally clean.. First German edition

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        An Universal Dictionary of the Marine: or, a copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases employed in the Construction, Equipment, Furniture, Machinery, Movements, and Military Operations of A Ship. Illustrated with Variety of Original Designs of Shipping...To which is annexed A Translation of the French Sea-Terms...from the Works of Du Hamel, Aubin, Saverien, &c. The second Edition, Corrected.

      London, T. Cadell, 1771. 4to. Cont. full calf, rebacked and recornered, preserving old gilt titlelabel. Leaves unnumbered (ca. 450 pp.). and 12 large folded engraved plates. Light browning to upper margins

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        Stads-majorens Anders Rosenstens grundeliga underwisning om skogars skötsel, eller wilda träns och buskars plantering, natur och egenskaper, jämte bihang om allahanda fruktbärande träns wård, hwilka höra til trägården; på hög befallning, det allmänna til tjenst.

      Stockholm, Lars Salvius, 1771. Tredje uplagan, med förnyat företal och behörige anmärkningar, tilökt och förbättrad af D. Clas Bliechert Trozelius, professor wid Kongl. Academien i Lund. (8) + 263 + (41) s. Samtida nött halvskinnband med fyra upphöjda bind. 20,5 X 17 cm. Fin inlaga

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        Essai d'une nouvelle minéralogie.

      Traduit du suédois & de l'allemand de m. Wiedman, &c. &c. par m. Dreux fils, apothicaire de l'Hotel-Dieu de Paris. Paris, chez P. F. Didot le jeune, 1771. 8:o. (4),XXXVI,389,(3) s. Samtida marmorerat skinnbd med upphöjda bind, rikt guldornerad rygg, röd titeletikett och marmorerade snitt. Ryggskinnet bortnött allra överst. Bakre yttre falsen med liten spricka nedtill. Spår av vaxning och infärgningar över en del ytliga nötningar på bakre pärmen. Smärre pappersförlust i yttermarginalen på försättsbladet. En i stort sett bra inlaga. Liten, men kraftig, rostfläck upptill i texten på s. 281-82. På s. 293 ett större nagg med vidhängande reva i yttermarginalen, en lite tråkig pappersförorening i texten och ett hål med mindre textförlust. Bra ex.. Sista opaginerade sidan utgörs av bokannonser för böcker rörande metallurgi och mineralogi. Första svenska upplagan utkom 1758 och inledde enligt Lindroth "det nya skedet i mineralogins historia". Den översattes förutom till franska även till tyska, engelska, ryska och italienska. Detta är den första franska utgåvan

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        Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim. Herausgegeben von Ch. M. Wieland.

      2 in 1 Band. XXII, 367 S., 1 Bl., 302 S. HLdr. d. Zt. mit 2 farbigen Rückenschildern und reicher Rückenverg. Goed. IV/1, 592, 1. Erste Ausgabe. - Das Erstlingswerk der La Roche wurde sofort begeistert aufgenommen. Dieser wohl bedeutendste Frauenroman des 18. Jahrhunderts wird auch als der erste psychologische Roman der deutschen Literatur bezeichnet. Formal und inhaltlich abhängig von Richardsons Briefromanen (z. B. "Clarissa", 1748), sind aber hier, anders als beim englischen Vorbild, erzählerische Partien eingefügt, vor allem aber klingt ein neuer Ton in der Schilderung der Charaktere an: Die Typen werden mit alltäglichen Zügen individualisiert und mit empfindsamer Einfühlung dargestellt. Wieland, La Roches Vetter und Jugendliebe, begleitete das Buch mit einer Vorrede, Herder und Goethe, dessen "Leiden des jungen Werthers" (1774) die La Roche beeinflußte, nahmen es anerkennend auf. - Wenig berieben Nur gering fleckig, breitrandig und hübsch gebunden.

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        Methodus muscorum per classes, ordines, genera ac species cum synonymis, nominibus trivalibus, locis natalibus, observationibus digestorum, aneneisque figuris illustratorum.

      Mannheim, 1771. XVII + 296 p. + 1 engraved plate. Title page with engraved vignette. Contemporary full leather with red edges. 19 X 12 cm. Front outer hinge broken, spine damaged at bottom. Owner´s signature (Rolf Santesson). Slightly foxed

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        Commentaries on the Laws of England. The Fourth [sic] Edition. Eller 6

      A very early Dublin-printed, pirated edition (the second) of Blackstone's classic work, appearing during the same year as the first American edition, and the first in Ireland in which all four volumes were published during the same year. Contemporary calf, rubbed, a few repairs, new labels; a sound set. Printed for John Exshaw [and others; imprint varies], Dublin, 1771.

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        Experiments to determine the Density of the Earth.London: Peter Elmsly, 1798. First edition.

      His famous paper on the determination of the density of the earth (or weighing of the world), by means of John Michell's torsion balance. "Henry Cavendish had fitful habits of publication that did not at all reveal the universal scope of his natural philosophy. He wrote no books and fewer than twenty articles in a career of nearly fifty years. Only one major paper was theoretical, a study of electricity in 1771; the remainder of his major papers were carefully delimited experimental inquiries, the most important of which were those on pneumatic chemistry in 1766 and 1783-1788, on freezing temperatures in 1783-1788, and on the density of the earth in 1798." (D.S.B. III:155). "The apparatus consisted of two lead balls on either end of a suspended beam; these movable balls were attracted by a pair of stationary lead balls. Cavendish calculated the force of attraction between the balls from the observed period of oscillation of the balance and deduced the density of the earth from the force. He found it to be 5.48 times that of water. Cavendish was the first to observe gravitational motions induced by comparatively minute portions of ordinary matter. The attractions that he measured were unprecedentedly small, being only 1/500,000,000 times as great as the weight of the bodies. By weighing the world he rendered the law of gravitation complete. The law was no longer a proportionality statement but a quantitatively exact one; this was the most important addition to the science of gravitation since Newton." (D.S.B III:158). Norman 422.. 4to: Extracted from: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 88, 1798, pp. 469-526 and 2 engraved folding plates. Recent plain blue wrappers. Some very light spotting, in all a fine copy

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        L'An deux mille quatre cent quarante. Réve s'il fút jamais. [The Year 2440. A Dream if ever there was one].

      London [recte: Amsterdan], 1771. 8vo. Nice contemporary full mottled calf with five raised bands and gilt red morocco title-label to richly gilt spine. Wear to corners and capitals, and top of boards slightly bent. Marbled end-papers. Slight browning. All in all a very nice copy. VIII, 416 pp.. The exceedingly scarce first edition (issue unknown, one of the five 1771-issues, presidency between which has not been established) of this 18th century bestseller, in which Mercier predicts the course of the French Revolution as well as numerous scientific inventions - one of the most important utopias ever written, in fact the first utopia to take place in the future (a so-called "uchronia" - in this case also a "euchronia"), and a main work of European political thought leading up to the French revolution. The work was quickly translated into numerous languages and was very influential throughout all of Europe. It was immediately banned by the French authorities, condemned by the Inquisition in Rome, officially condemned by the Spanish Inquisition and supposedly burned by the king himself. It is thus not strange that the author's name does not appear anywhere in the early editions of the work, and it was not until the mid 1770'es that the identity of the author was actually known to some, and not until the edition of 1791 that Mercier himself signs the preface, oficially owning up to the authorship. Up until then, numerous suggestions as to the author had been made all over Europe, Rousseau and Voltaire being favoured guesses, and some thinking it was by Helvétius. Although less well known today, Mercier's magnum opus, his great utopian masterpiece, a work that foreshadowed the utopian political agenda of the French Revolution, was just as influential in its time as the great works of these three Enlightenment authors."The eighteenth century, as Raymond Trousson pleasantly remarks, was the "golden age of utopia". He rightly sees the invention of new utopian forms as one hallmark of that period and correctly identifies as the culmination of its experiments with this genre the transition to uchronia accomplished in 1771 by Louis-Sébastien Mercier's "L'An deux mille quatre cent quarante: Rêve s'il en fut jamais" (The year 2440: A Dream if there ever was one). Published anonymously - Mercier did not sign its preface until the edition of 1791 - this first utopia set in future time was one of the eighteenth century's most successful books. It was immediately banned in France, put on the Inquisition's list of forbidden books in 1773, and condemned in Madrid in 1778 as a blasphemous work whose distributors, if discovered, would be fined five hundred ducats and sentenced to six years in prison. [...] The book was less successful across the Atlantic, but a 1795 Philadelphia edition was "nevertheless, the first utopian novel published in North America." George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned copies of "The Year 2440"." (Paul K. Alkon, Origins of Futuristic Fiction, p. 117).The printing history of Mercier's main work is very complicated, and not until Wilkie's "Mercier's "L'An 2440". It's publishing History During the Author's Lifetime" from 1986, has proper bibliographical information on it been provided. As Wilkie points out - and proves at length -, an alleged 1770 printing of the work that had previously been thought to exist, but which had never been seen, is a ghost, and cannot possibly have existed. The true first printing of the work is from 1771. Five different versions of it appeared in 1771, all being of great scarcity, and it is impossible to determine which of them came first. The work was extremely popular from the time of its appearance, an outright bestseller, and hugely influential. This meant that numerous unauthorized editions also appeared within the author's lifetime; "In the An VII [i.e. 1798-99] edition, he rewrote the Preface and in it expounded at length on the French Revolution and the accuracy of the predictions he had made about its course in previous editions of the novel. In the first paragraph of this "Nouveau Discours Préliminaire", he states that this publication is the "troisième fois" that he has published the novel, meaning apparently that the 1771 and the 1786 editions were the only two previously authorized ones and that the present edition was published from the 1786 one "sans en retrancher un seul mot, sans y ajouter un seul mot, sans déranger une virgule." Thus, the editions of 1771, 1774, 1786, and An VII are textually significant." (Wilkie, pp. 15-16).Numerous editions of the work appeared after the first of 1771, and already by 1776, 11 editions had appeared, and many more by Mercier's death in 1814. "Whatever twists, turns, and intrigues surrounded editions of this novel, it was enormously popular. If one assumes, for example, press runs of 1,500 copies each, there were 18,000 copies in print in three languages by the end of 1772 and 30,000 copies by the end of 1782, at which point it had spread thoroughly over Europe. Most of these printings were from entirely new settings of type, each of which required considerable investment by the publisher. If one includes every known or reported edition, 63,000 copies had been printed by Mercier's death. [Note: These figures might have been even higher...]." (Wilkie, p. 16). It is interesting to note that many of the early copies known of "L'An 2440" (as it is referred to throughout the work, and called in later editions and translations) are heavily annotated in contemporary and later hands, bearing witness to the great interest in and influence of it. Wilkie lists quite a few of these annotated copies, stating e.g. "One nineteenth-century reader carefully listed on the endpapers of his copy all of Mercier's predictions, such as invention of the telegraph, that had come true." (Wilkie, p. 23). The remarkable work not only predicted some of the most important events of modern European politics, foreshadowed the utopian political agenda of the French Revolution, and influenced the course of French politics at this most crucial time, but foreseeing a marvelous society that worships science (in which for instance the telescope and the microscope are central to every youth's first communion), it also predicted numerous scientific inventions. "The Year 2440" starts out with the unnamed narrator going to sleep after an evening of discussing the shortcomings of Paris with an Englishman. Waking up in his dream, the narrator, who is now an old man, walks out to discover that he is still in Paris, but Paris of the year 2440. A transformed, but magnificent Paris. He discusses the changes that the city has undergone with a 25th century Parisian, and each chapter of the wondrous novel is devoted to an aspect of future Paris that Mercier proposes as an ideal city in an ideal society. A fabulous, completely novel aspect of Mercier's utopia is the fact that it thus takes place in a real place - in Paris - . Mercier's utopia, unlike all utopias before, is given a real name, a real habitation, and a real date. The work ends with the narrator's excursion to Versailles, where he meets and talks to the ghost of Louis XIV, who explains, weeping with regret, that he is condemned to haunt the place forever, as a symbol of his misuse of power. The ruins of Versailles are swarmed with adders, one of which bites the narrator, after which he wakes up to find himself again in the eighteenth century - the poisonous snake bite representing the return to a fate represented by death. "This framework puts the venerable device of dream-vision to strikingly new use as a vehicle for utopian speculation set in a specific secular future." (Alkon, p. 118). In placing his ideal society in the future, i.e. in the Paris of the twenty-fifth century, rather than situating it, as was customary for writers of this genre, in a remote geographic setting such as an island, a distant mountain top, or an underworld, Mercier embraced the Enlightenment faith in progress. Mercier's utopia was not a distant land, but a theoretically achievable utopia, in this way foreshadowing the utopian political agenda of the French Revolution. Mercier's Utopia was a real work of the Enlightenment, if ever there was one. Many main themes of Enlightenment philosophy found expression in Mercier's vision. He is clearly inspired by Rousseau's political theories and incorporates Rousseau's doctrine of social contract into his ideal society. Moderation has replaced abundance and extravagance, and the treatment of criminals is no longer based on torture of the body. The importance of Rousseau is quite clearly - and interestingly - exemplified in the royal library of Paris of 2440, which is stated to have preserved the entire oeuvre of Rousseau, whereas much of Voltaire's oeuvre has been destroyed. The orderly society of Mercier's utopia was beautiful, calm, and charming. It represents the Leibnizian thesis that the supreme truth is happiness, that this is the best of all possible worlds. Mercier's definition of human happiness is one that Mercier finds in Rousseau, crediting him with establishing the link between work and liberty. Man finds happiness in his work, there is no idleness. There are no monks, no aristocrats, no criminal class. Everyone contributes, also for the greater good. The Paris of 2440 had no Bastille, it had broad, beautiful avenues, and people were polite and charming - in many ways the Paris of the future described by Mercier bears resemblance to the city of broad and beautiful avenues that Baron Haussmann would create in the mid-nineteenth century."But though the most influential writers were sober in speculating about the future, it is significant of their effectiveness in diffusing the idea of Progress that now for the first time a prophetic Utopia was constructed. Hitherto, as I have before observed, ideal states were either projected into the remote past or set in some distant, vaguely-known region, where fancy could build freely. To project them into the future was a new thing, and when in 1770 Sebastien Mercier described what human civilisation would be in A.D. 2440, it was a telling sign of the power which the idea of Progress was beginning to exercise. Mercier has been remembered, or rather forgotten, as an inferior dramatist. He was a good deal more, and the researches of M. Beclard into his life and works enable us to appreciate him. If it is an overstatement to say that his soul reflected in miniature the very soul of his age, [Footnote: L. Beclard, Sebastien Mercier, sa vie, son oeuvre, son temps (1903), p. vii.] he was assuredly one of its characteristic products. He reminds us in some ways of the Abbe de Saint-Pierre, who was one of his heroes. All his activities were urged by the dream of a humanity regenerated by reason, all his energy devoted to bringing about its accomplishment. Saint-Pierre's idea of perpetual peace inspired an early essay on the scourge of war." (Bury, "The Idea of Progress, An Inquiry into its Origin and Growth", Project Gutenberg).Wilkie: 1771e (n.b. "the order of entries under each year is arbitrary" - Wilkins, p. 36).OCLC records merely three copies in Aerica: Texas, Yale, Harvard

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        A voyage to China and the East Indies by Peter Osbeck.

      Together with a voyage to Suratte by Olof Toreen. And an account of the chinese husbandry by captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg, translated from german, by John Reinhold Forster. To which are added, a faunula and flora senensis. I-II. London, printed for B. White, 1771. 8:o. XX,396 + (2),367,(1 blank,32) s. & 13 grav. plr. Två nötta samtida skinnbd med upphöjda bind, rikt guldornerade ryggar, röda titel- respektive gröna deltiteletiketter samt rödstänkta snitt. Pärmkanterna med oxiderade dekorationer. Ryggarna ytligt spruckna och dessutom naggade överst. Titeletiketten till del I delvis borta och liten förlust även på det andra bandets titeletikett. Yttre falsar till del I spruckna och även den främre inre falsen. Försättsbladet till denna del helt loss. Gammal namnteckning på försättsbladet. Spår av bortskrapade äldre exlibris på främre pärmarnas insidor. Bra inlagor med några enstaka obetydliga fläckar; dock är s. 289-304 i del II lagerfläckiga. Några av planscherna har färgat av sig på motstående sida. Den blanka sidan mot slutet i del II med spegeltryck.. Bibliotheca Walleriana 20065, med endast 12 planscher. Cox A reference guide to travel literature I:298. Soulsby A catalogue of the works of Linnæus 3601 för Toréns brev som är försedda med ett förord av Linné. Första engelska utgåvan av Osbecks resa, som utkom på svenska 1757. Även den svenska utgåvan innehöll skeppspredikanten Toréns brev och utgavs ofta tillsammans med Ekebergs "Kort berättelse om den chinesiska landt-hushållningen". Den tyska utgåvan, från vilken denna utgåva har översatts, utkom 1765. Enligt företalet i den engelska utgåvan var den tyska översättningen godkänd med några tillägg av författaren själv och Linnélärjungen Daniel Schreber. Den engelska översättaren Johann Reinhold Forster deltog, tillsammans med sin son Georg och Anders Sparrman, på James Cooks andra resa 1772-75

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