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        Kst.- Karte, b. Homann Erben, "Charte von Russisch Litauen, welche die von Polen an Rußland abgetretene Woiewodschaften Liefland, Witepsk, Mscilaw und einen Theil der Woiewodschaften Polock und Minsk enthält".

      . mit altem Flächenkolorit,, dat. 1775, 55 x 44 (H). Links unten die Titelkartusche mit Wappen und Meilenanzeiger. Zeigt das nördl. und östliche Weißrussland. Gebiet Wilna, Witebsk, Smolensk, Kiew.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Nikolaus Struck]
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        The Spectator

      London: Bathurst, 1775. hardcover. very good. Pictorially engraved title page. 8 volumes, 8vo, all page edges green, full contemporary calf, decoratively gilt spine, black & red leather spine labels (tips worn, joints repaired; still a very good set). London: Bathurst, 1775.

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        A fine and rare collection of four documents pertaining to Benedict Arnold's heroic northern campaign of 1776 including an ultra rare William Williams document of the same date

      Following the disastrous American attempt to capture Quebec on December 31, 1775, which resulted in the death of General Richard Montgomery, Arnold retreated with the remaining American forces back to Montreal to regroup. Promoted to Brigadier General, Arnold was then charged with the task of preventing a British attack from Canada into New York. He quickly judged Montreal as indefensible by his miniscule force of 1000 men and moved south. As Lake Champlain was the only viable transport route between Canada and Albany, Arnold chose to retreat to the southern end of the lake at Skenenseborough (opposite Fort Ticonderoga) where he began construction on a flotilla of armed galleys to guard the lake. In response, the British began work on their own flotilla at St. Johns, Quebec, which included a disassembled 180 ton warship which was reassembled for service on the lake. The two fleets would finally meet at Valcour Island on October 11, 1776 where Arnold commanded his vastly outnumbered forces against

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        A rare Revolutionary War treasure! A fragment of the wood from the famous HMS Somerset ? the very ship Paul Revere snuck past on his famous midnight ride

      The fragment itself measures 5? x 1.25? x 1? and is beautifully mounted against an historic map showing the positioning of British ships during the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17th, 1775. Both are framed in a shadowbox which has an overall size of 9.5? x 13? x 2?. Fine condition. Well-worn and mended letter of provenance included, as well as its typed transcript. The HMS Somerset ranks among the most documented and involved ships of colonial American history. She was built in 1746 in the Chatham Dockyard, and launched in 1748. Being a powerful man-of-war, she carried 64 mounted guns and a crew of 400 men. The HMS Somerset saw a lot of action during the Seven Years? War ?" also referred to as the French and Indian War ?" where she was part of the fleet that besieged the fortress of Louisbourg. She also partook in the decisive British victory at Quebec City in the summer of 1759, landing the forces that were then to beat the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham on September 13th of

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        Die Geschichte von Hamburg (2 Bände)

      Hamburg, Fritsch, 1775/84.. für die Liebhaber der Vaterländischen Geschichte. Mit 7 Kupfertafeln, gestochener Titelvignette, 5 großen gestochenen Anfangsvign, VI, 4 Blatt, 318 Seiten; 2 Blatt, 444 Seiten, spätere Halbpergamentbände mit Rückenschildern, 22,5 x 18,5 cm,. Gutes, innen sauberes Exemplar. Erste Ausgabe der Geschichte Hamburgs von 808-1528, mit ausführlichem Urkundenverzeichnis. Schütze, der 1751 als Nachfolger von Richey zum Professor der Geschichte und griechischen Sprache am Hamburgischen Gymnasium gewählt wurde, war der erste Bibliothekar der Stadtbibliothek und Mitglied verschiedener gelehrter Gesellschaften. Das Frontispiz u. weitere 5 Tafeln mit Porträts (Lütkens, Bostel, Sillem u.a.), 1 Tafel mit Ansicht der Petrikirche, die Vignetten zeigen Ansichten der Stadt.

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        A General Chart of the Island of Newfoundland with the rocks and soundings drawn from surveys taken by...James Cook and Michael Lane

      London: printed for Robert Sayer and John Bennet, 53 Fleet Street, 1775. Engraved chart, 560 x 750 mm., a little rubbed and toned, very good condition. Attractive large map of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, derived from the survey work of James Cook that established his reputation as a pre-eminent naval hydrographer and ultimately led to selection as master of the Endeavour voyage of 1768-1771 to the east coast of Australia and the South Pacific. Cook's mapmaking in North American waters enjoys a legendary reputation for its accuracy, and is widely recognised as the apprentice-piece which got him command of the Endeavour. After serving his apprenticeship aboard Whitby colliers, Cook entered the Royal Navy in 1758 to fight the French in North America. Cook's reliable work surveying the St. Lawrence River attracted the attention of the Admiralty, an important task given the role of good charts in the capture of Quebec. During the eighteenth century the process of map-making was fraught with error; typically naval officers collected bearings while the business of of constructing charts was left to engravers working after the fact. Curious and methodical, Cook was at the vanguard of a new era of naval map-makers for whom technical competence was paramount. The need for a Newfoundland survey arose from the conclusion of the Seven Year's War, where the English asserted their fishing rights in the region. French fisherman were allowed limited concessions for catching and curing cod from these rich waters, but to enforce the terms of the Paris treaty of 1763 new and accurate charts were needed. Cook was selected as master of the Greville in 1764, and the Newfoundland surveys occupied the next three years. During this time he observed and recorded a solar eclipse using a quadrant by London instrument maker John Bird (whose tools were likewise used by Cook and astronomer Charles Green during their observation of the Transit of Venus), and prepared a paper read before the Royal Society in 1766. Cook's Royal Society address, combined with dedicated service against the French on the St Lawrence River and the Newfoundland charts 'established for him a well-deserved reputation with the higher authorities. Consequently, when the Royal Society presented a memorial to the King setting forth the advantages to be gained from the observation of the transit of Venus in the South Seas in 1769, it is not surprising to find Cook's name considered for the position of leader of the expedition' (Rear-Admiral H.P. Douglas, Cook as a Hydrographical Surveyor). Cook's appointment was controversial as he trumped Alexander Dalrymple, an experienced navigator well-established in Admiralty circles. The publication of Cook's survey work fell to Thomas Jeffreys, and this map was printed for his American Atlas of 1775. Jeffrey previously published a selection of North American maps titled A Collection of Charts of the Coasts of Newfoundland, published 1770 and now very rare. These maps formed the basis of The American Atlas and its companion volume The North-American Pilot. Both were popular and republished in several editions until 1806. The value of Jeffrey's publishing lay in his access to naval survey work: 'Thomas Jeffreys was an astute business-man and a publisher of integrity; as Geographer to the King, he enjoyed semi-official standing which gave him access to public documents and map-drafts for engraving and publication. It is a reasonable conjecture that his purchase of Cook's plates prompted him to seek other materials of comparable authority and assemble them into a sea-atlas' (Skelton).

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        Die Freymäuerey im Fischbein-Rocke. (UND:) (Pérau, Gabriel Louis Calabre:) Die Verrathene Freymäuerey

      Frankfurt und Leipzig, o. Dr., 1775.. 2 Tle. in 1 Band. Mit 2 gestoch. Frontispices. (in Pag.). 48, 80 S. Pappband d. Zt. Erste Ausgabe. - Wolfstieg 43210; Kloß 2116. - Titel des ersten Teils als Anspielung auf die Komödie der Gottschedin "Die Pietisterey im Fischbein-Rocke" zu verstehen. Der zweite Teil stammt nach Kloß vom Abbé Perau. - Berieben und bestoßen. Mit Stempel der Loge zu den Drei Weltkugeln, etw. fleckig und gebräunt. Vorsätze erneuert und mit Exlibris von Gustav Parthey (1798–1872; deutscher klassischer Philologe und Bibliothekar).

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        "Prospectus domus Regiae concentibus musicis Berolini consecratae versus ecclesiam chatolicam S. Heduigi. - Veduta della Casa Reale delle Opere .. - Veue de la Maison .. - Prospect des Königl. Opern - Hauses gegen der Catholischen S. Hedwigs Kirche zu Berlin".

      . altkol. Kupferstich ( Guckkasten ) b. Probst in Augsburg, um 1775, 26,5 x 40,5. Kiewitz 512; Sixt, Guckkasten, K 15; Ernst, Probst, G.B., Nr. 8. - Blick von der Prachtstraße "Unter den Linden" zum Opernhaus, mittig rechts i. Hgr. die St. Hedwigskirche.

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        Traité de la Construction théorique et pratique du Scaphandre ou du Bateau de l'Homme. [ Edition originale ]

      Debure Père, Chez l'Auteur 1775 - 1 vol. in-8 [ 161 x 105 mm ] reliure de l'époque plein vélin vert, dos à 4 nerfs, Debure Père, Chez l'Auteur, Paris, 1775, xlviij-328 pp., 3 ff. n. ch. (privilège, daté de 1774) et 4 figures sur 2 planches dépliantes. Edition originale de cet étonnant ouvrage précurseur. Etat satisfaisant (mouill. en queue sur tout l'intérieur de l'ouvrage, bon état par ailleurs) pour cet exemplaire bien complet du privilège et des planches. Langue: Français [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      . Zustand: Muy Bien Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura. Madrid. 34x23. 1775. 3 Vol. 891 + (798+178) + (430+514+LXII)Paginas. Pasta espanola. Buen estado de la Obra salvo ultimas paginas tomo 2 con machas de humedad esquina arriba derecha(foto). Rara Obra y Dificil en comercio y completa.

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        Des Ritters Carl von Linné Königlich Schwedischen Leibarztes [et]c. [et]c. vollstaendiges Natursystem : nach der zwoelften lateinischen Ausgabe mit einer ausfuehrlichen Erklaerung Sechster Theil Von den Corallen Zweyter Band

      Nürnberg: Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1775. Cloth. Very Good. ONE VOLUME ONLY. [16], [641]-960, [112] pages plus 18 beautiful colored folding copper plates. Possibly lacking a half-title page. Rebound with modern red cloth and leather spine label. Muller supervised the publication in German of Linneas's great work on taxonomy, published from 1773 through 1776.. The publication occured in 6 parts (the 6th part was issued in 2 volumes) plus 2 additional volumes. We offer here the second volume of part six of this translation of Carl von Linné's Natursystem, on the corals. The only part to deal with Coral, this volume stands alone. Complete sets are rare in the marketplace, often parted out for their wonderful plates. Text in German. Full title: Des Ritters Carl von Linné Königlich Schwedischen Leibarztes [et]c. [et]c. vollstaendiges Natursystem : nach der zwoelften lateinischen Ausgabe mit einer ausfuehrlichen Erklaerung ausgefertiget von Philipp Ludwig Statius Muller Sechster Theil Von den Corallen Zweyter Band. Rough translation of the title: The Knight Carl Linnaeus Royal Swedish physician's [et] c. [et] c. complete system of nature: after the twelfth Latin edition with a full explanation sixth part of the coral Second volume. Muller was a German zoologist who published this translation of Linnaeus's Natursystem. Linnaeus was important as the father of modern taxonomy. Cloth.

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        AN ACCOUNT OF FURTHER DISCOVERIES IN AIR. [The Discovery of Oxygen]

      London:: Royal Society,, 1775. Fine. A Fine extract in black buckram binding with gilt lettering spine from Philosophical Transactions, Vol. LXV, 1775, Part I , pp. 384-394.

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        An excellent document listing members of Luke Drury?s Company including several men who marched from their homes in Grafton, Massachusetts in response to the Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775

      Autograph Document, 8? x 7?, 2 p, oblong 4to. dated on verso, [Dorchester], December 21, 1775, signed by Joseph Leland. Small pinhole at center fold intersection, slightly weak at folds, some tiny marginal tears, else very good.A list of members of Luke Drury?s company together with what appears to be wages due to each person listed. The members listed who marched on the Lexington Alarm from Grafton include Joseph Leland, Ebenezer Leland, Elijah Rice, Peter Butler and Thomas Pratt. Lexington Alarm veteran Sergeant Joseph Leland has added a signed endorsement on the verso, noting receipt of his wages for October, November, and "a part of Decr."Luke Drury (1734-1811) of Grafton, Massachusetts joined the militia in 1757 during the French and Indian Wars. As captain of a company of Minutemen and Militiamen, he responded to the Lexington Alarm, and later joined Colonel Jonathan Ward?s regiment to fight at Bunker Hill. Drury and his men served in different areas during the war,

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        A Voyage to the Island of Mauritius [or Isle of France] The Isle of Bourbon, The Cape of Good-Hope, With Observations and Reflections upon Nature and Mankind

      London W. Griffin 1775. G : in Good condition. Front cover detached. Cover rubbed and bumped. Details of previous owner on fep. Contents G+ First English Edition Leather cover 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). 291pp.

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        Course Of The River Mississipi, from the Balise to Fort Chartres

      London: Printed and sold by R. Sayer and Bennett, 1775. 2 sheets joined, float-mounted and framed (20 x 46 4/8 inches). Fine engraved map of the Mississippi "from the Balise to Fort Chartres; taken on an expedition to the Illinois, in the latter end of the year 1765. By Lieut. (John) Ross of the 34th Regiment: Improved from the surveys of the river made by the French", the title upper right, showing forts, Native American villages, quarries, mines, boundaries, fertile land, cane fields, soundings in the Gulf of Mexico, with descriptive notes and a note on "Depths of the Mississipi", with original hand-colour in outline. This is the most detailed survey of the Mississippi River from the period of the American Revolution, depicting an economically and strategically important area of French America at the beginning of the war. The vast sweep of the river had provided the French with a tremendous trade route along which a highly lucrative fur trade had evolved. Lieutenant John Ross, surveyor of the 34th Regiment of the British Army, set out in 1765 to map this increasingly important region on behalf of the British government. His expedition mapped the river’s course from the tip of the Mississippi Delta to “Fort Chartres,” about 75 miles south of St. Louis. The site of present-day Memphis lies in the vicinity of “the old French fort of the Assumption.” Published by Robert Sayer in London, the map was based on French sources, especially the maps of Jean Baptiste D'Anville, but was considerably expanded with the addition of new information. Ross's map provides a fascinating insight into the knowledge and settlement of the river during this early period. He depicts the river's course in excellent detail, providing fort and village names, as well as well as information on local indian populations and regional history. In the delta region, there is navigational information for ships approaching the river's entrance, and as the river winds its way north, Ross shows evidence of German settlements, abandoned French forts and informative topographical detail. He notes the point where Spanish explorer Ferdinand de Soto first discovered the Mississippi in 1541, and to the west of the river he marks the locations of Native American tribes and villages. Ross's work is a landmark in the cartography of the Mississippi River, and an engaging document of American colonial history. This particular example is especially notable for its full original color. Most surviving examples of this map were colored only in outline, if at all, and this example is the finest to have come on the market. This is an rare opportunity for collectors to obtain this seminal map in the history of the mapping of the Mississippi River. Published in Thomas Jeffrey's celebrated "The American Atlas" by Sayer and Bennett in 1775. Arguably the most important 18th-century atlas of America, depicting North America as Revolutionary War raged between the United States and England, and described by Walter Ristow as a "geographical description of the whole continent of America, as portrayed in the best available maps in the latter half of the eighteenth century... as a major cartographic reference work it was, very likely, consulted by American, English, and French civilian administrators and military officers during the Revolution." Jefferys died in November 1771 and his successors, Robert Sayer and John Bennett, gathered together these separately published maps to form The American Atlas. .

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        Revolutionary War-dated pre-Independence Pennsylvania ?Act for the Support of the Government of this Province and Payment of Public Debts? signed by Signer John Morton who nine months later voted for the Declaration of Independence and by John Penn, the colony?s last governor

      Manuscript Document Signed on the first page ?John Penn? as the last colonial Governor of Pennsylvania, and, on the last page, ?John Morton? as Speaker of the House (colonial General Assembly) and ?Joseph Shippen, Jr.? as Secretary of the Province, 41 numbered pages, 7.5? x 12.5?, separate sheets. On watermarked laid paper. [Philadelphia], September 30, 1775. After signing it, Secretary Shippen penned at the upper right edge of the first page: ?Be it carried to the Governor.? Clip holes in the upper left of each sheet; many have minor frayed edges. Paper losses removing a few insignificant words on the last two pages have been infilled. All three signatures are clear and flawless with excellent contrast. Very Good condition.Begins, ?Whereas it would be extremely distressing to the people of this province, laboring under a heavy burden of taxes for sinking the bills of credit emitted during the last war and granted to His Majesty for the protection of His American dom

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        EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS ON DIFFERENT KINDS OF AIR. Plus PHILOSOPHICAL EMPIRICISM: containing remarks on a charge of plagiarism respecting Dr. H - - s; interspersed with various observations relating to different kinds of air.

      London, J. Johnson, 1775.2 works by Priestley bound in 1 volume: 1. the SECOND EDITION of Experiments and Observations, Volume I only of 3; and the FIRST EDITION of Philosophical Empiricism, both published in 1775. 8vo, approximately 210 x 125 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, 2 folding plates in part 1 as required, pages: part 1: (2) - half - title, xxiii - title and preface, (8), - Advertisement and Contents table, 324, plus 1 page of errata and 3 pages of Priestley's works; part 2: (4), 86, plus 1 page of errata, verso blank, and 4 pages of Priestley's works, bound in modern quarter calf over marbled sides, raised bands to spine, gilt lettered morocco label, new endpapers. Ink name on original front endpaper, Experiments and Observations: faint offsetting on frontispiece and title page, small light brown stain on 4 pages, no loss of legibility, faint damp stain to upper margin of a few pages, otherwise contents clean; Philosophical Empiricism: light brown damp stain to upper third and fore - edge margin of first 19 leaves, occasionally recurring faintly, a little more pronounced on last 6 leaves, all text perfectly legible, title page also lightly offset from final plate in part 1. Philosophical Empiricism is a scarce work usually found separately. However in Crook's Bibliography of Priestley it was also bound at the end of the second edition of Volume I of Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air; although he doesn't mention it, it is obvious from the pagination. The work was the author's defence against a charge that he plagiarized Dr. Bryan Higgins' experiments. It includes the correspondence with his accusers, Dr. Higgins and Dr. Richard Brocklesby, between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9, 1775. Volume I of Priestley's famous Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air contains experiments on inflammable air conducted prior to 1772, and those on alkaline, nitrous and acid air conducted between 1773 and 1774. The Appendix includes a letter from Benjamin Franklin. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Neptune Oriental

      Paris: Compagnie des Indes & Dépôt Génerale de la Marine, 1775 - circa, 1810. Large folio atlas with 69 maps (many double-page), title-page and single contents leaf; in excellent condition, in nineteenth-century quarter calf (a bit worn at extremities) and green papered boards. Superb collection of eastern maps by the great French hydrographer. Magnificent French marine atlas of the eastern oceans, updated to 1810 using French admiralty charts to provide a full working atlas for officers navigating towards the east, with routes to India, China and South-East Asia. D'Après de Mannevillette (1707-1780), the son of a captain in the service of the Compagnie des Indes, made his first voyage to the Caribbean at the age of 19 after a comprehensive naval education. From the outset he collected information for a future marine atlas of the eastern seas, and after many voyages published the first edition of the Neptune Oriental in 1745. 'The new sea atlas quickly found its way into the pilot cabins of ships of several nations, and its 22 charts were immediately recognised as being superior to all previous maps of Southeast Asian coasts' (Suárez p.238). Its success brought him a wide following, and he was later employed in the library of the Compagnie des Indes at Lorient. Some thirty years later, in 1775, he published a second edition, completely revised and greatly increased thanks to the information collected from the company logbooks at his disposal. The present example is a yet further publication, with maps assembled from three different sources. Some 46 of the total of 69 maps derive from the 1775 edition of the Neptune Oriental; a further six maps are added from a separately-published supplement of 1781; finally a further 17 French admiralty charts are added, based chiefly on the work of d'Après de Mannevillette, but many of them post-dating his death and most of them updated with recent surveys and discoveries. For example the magnificent double page chart of the Indian Ocean bears an engraved caption beneath the New Holland landmass that reads 'Cette partie de la Nouvelle Hollande est tirée de la Carte génerale du Voyage des Découvertes aux Terres Australes, rédigée par M.L. Freycinet en 1809'. This is the latest dated reference in the charts, suggesting a date of publication of around 1810. Despite their different sources, the maps are similar in appearance and printing; the admiralty charts bear the insignia of the Dépôt Génerale de la Marine and are priced (typically at 1-3 francs). They bear the details of the engraver De la Haye, who has likewise signed many of the maps from the 1775 second edition. By its nature, the Neptune Oriental was a changeable publication. A glance at the Shirley and Phillips catalogues reveals no systematic standardisation of the copies they collated. Indeed, Shirley also records several variations of the 1775 second edition, each with differing totals. The composite nature of the atlas reflects d'Après de Mannevillette's working methods at the Compagnie des Indes in painstakingly comparing and collating information from merchant and naval officers returned from the eastern oceans. Three of the maps here that derive from the 1775 second edition of Neptune Oriental are in fact English maps, published at the instigation of Alexander Dalrymple for the Admiralty around 1770-1771. D'Après de Mannevillette enjoyed a long friendship with Dalrymple; indeed the accuracy of both hydrographers in many ways reflected their free and open correspondence. The inclusion of Dalrymple's maps in such an official French publication is testament to the amicable collaboration that existed between official French and British cartographers working at the highest level. The free exchange of information - especially maritime charting of vital naval importance - only became strained with the onset of war with Napoleonic France.

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        Le Faucon Pélerin mâle [Male Peregrine Falcon]

      Bouchard & Gravier, [Rome 1775 - A beautiful, exuberant image from one of the rarest colour-plate bird books 'Recueil de cent-trente-trois Oiseaux des plus belle especes'. Maddalena Bouchard may be considered by some as a primitive among bird artists; however, while her birds are not true to nature in the conventional sense, they have more exuberance and charm than almost any other ornithological art with the possible exception of Manetti's Ornithologia (1765-76). Bouchard was also responsible for plates in Bonelli's Hortus Romanus (Rome 1772-93), which was also published by Bouchard and Gravier. Cf. Anker 53; cf. Nissen IVB 124; cf. Fine Birds Books (1990), p. 79; cf. Ripley and Scriber p. 37. Etching with engraving, coloured by hand. Very good condition.

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        HARTLEY'S THEORY OF THE HUMAN MIND, on the principle of the Association of Ideas; with essays relating to the subject of it.

      London, J. Johnson, 1775.FIRST EDITION 1775. 8vo, 220 x 125 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, pages lxii, iv, 372, plus (4) - catalogue of Priestley's works and errata, bound in full sprinkled calf, double ruled gilt border to covers, raised bands and gilt rules to spine, gilt lettered morocco label, all edges speckled red. Slight chipping to head and tail of spine, 25 mm (1 inch) cracked at top of hinges, just starting to crack at bottom, corners slightly worn with cardboard showing at tips, endpapers browned at edges, H. F. Norman MD bookplate on front pastedown, title page lightly browned and very lightly foxed, last 4 pages of text and catalogue lightly foxed, otherwise contents clean, binding tight and firm. A very good copy of the first edition. See; Christies The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine, Part II, Lot 734. Joseph Priestley (1733 ?1804) was an English chemist, philosopher, dissenting clergyman, and educator. He made important contributions in the fields of education, moral philosophy, theology, metaphysics, political economy, history and science. He is known for his investigations of carbon dioxide and the co - discovery, with Antoine Lavoisier, of oxygen. As a young man at Daventry academy Priestley read David Hartley's Observations on Man (1749), a long psychological, philosophical and theological treatise that builds on the ideas of Locke and Isaac Newton. Later Priestley wrote that it was the book most responsible for opening his mind to new ideas and claimed that he learned more from this text than from any other, save the Bible. When Priestley was made aware of how few people were really familiar with Hartley's ideas, he took it upon himself to prepare a severely redacted edition of Observations on Man for the public which would contain some explanatory essays. It is this work, Hartley's Theory of the Human Mind that finally made Priestley's ideas regarding association popular. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Kilgarren Castle in South Wales

      John Boydell, London 1775 - Kilgarren, or rather 'Cilgerran Castle stands on a precipitous, craggy promontory overlooking the river Teifi where it merges with the Plysgog stream. The Teifi here is just at its tidal limit, so the castle was able to control both a natural crossing point and the passage of seagoing ships. We cannot be sure when this strong site was first fortified. Cilgerran is first mentioned by name in 1164, when the Lord Rhys captured the castle here. It was retaken by William Marshall, earl of Pembroke, in 1204, only to be taken again by the Welsh during Llywelyn the Great's campaigns in 1215. However, eight years later, William's son, another William, regained control, and it was probably he who built the imposing masonry castle we see today. In the 1370s an invasion from France was feared, and Edward III ordered that the now rather derelict Cilgerran be refortified. The north-west tower probably belongs to this period - it is clearly an addition, though so ruinous that it is difficult to date. After 1389, when the Hastings family died out, the castle passed to the crown, with which it was thenceforward closely associated. It may have been captured and held for a short time in 1405 during Owain Glyndwr's wars of independence; we know for certain that it was much damaged during the attack. But after that the castle's active military service came to an end. In the Tudor period, the Vaughan family were granted the castle by Henry VII, and they continued to occupy it until the early 17th century, when they built a new house nearby. The castle fell into ruin, but its picturesque setting made it an early favorite among tourists who, from the 18th century, could visit by boat from Cardigan.' Richard Wilson 'was born at Penegoes in Montgomeryshire.on 1 Aug. 1714. His mother was one of the Wynnes of Leeswold. His father.gave his son, who does not seem to have gone to school, an excellent classical education. With the assistance of Sir George Wynne, Wilson was sent to London in 1729, and placed with Thomas Wright, a portrait-painter, of whom little is known. Wilson began his artistic career as a portrait-painter, and attained some position in that branch of the profession. In 1749 Wilson went to Italy, and there he painted a landscape which excited the admiration of Francesco Zuccarelli, who advised him to take to landscape-painting. This was at Venice, and either there or at Rome Horace Vernet encouraged him to do the same. The French painter also exchanged landscapes with him and showed Wilson's in his own studio with generous praise to all comers. Wilson soon gained a considerable reputation in Italy as a landscape-painter. Wilson is now acknowledged to be one of the greatest of English landscape-painters. His art was based upon that of Salvator Rosa, Gaspar Poussin, and Claude. It was inspired by the scenery of Italy, and especially of the Campagna, with its clear bright skies and ancient ruins. It was somewhat formal and careless of detail, but in grandeur of design, in breadth of treatment, in the harmony of its rich but quiet colour, and in the rendering of space and air, Wilson has few rivals. His pictures of his own country, like the noble Snowdon from Nantlle, lent by Mr. F. Worsley-Taylor to the 1899 exhibition in the corporation of London art gallery, are among his finest works; and, though they have a strong resemblance to his pictures of Italy, they contain much local truth of form and atmosphere. He used a very restricted palette, and painted with one brush.' ( DNB ). Engraving, coloured by hand, by William Elliott. (One expertly repaired marginal tear and some dust soiling to margins).

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        Rural Improvements: Or, Essays on the Most Rational Methods of Improving Estates; Accommodated to the Soil, Climate, and Circumstances of England: In Which it is Clearly Demonstrated, That the Landed Estates of This Kingdom May with Certainty, and at a

      London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1775. Hardback, no dust-wrapper. xvi, 528, xv, (1)pp. 21cm x 14.5cm. 1st edition 1775. Recent 1/2 calf with marbled paper-covered boards, new end-papers. Gilt titles to spine. Top edge marked. Previous owner's name to titlepage. Occasional slight foxing to text. Published anonymously but attributed to Joseph Wimpey.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket.

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        Carte De La Virginie Et Du Maryland Dressee Sur La Grande Carte Angloise De Mrs. Josue Fry et Pierre Jefferson

      Paris: Gilles Robert De Vaugondy, 1775. Map. Near Fine. Map. Sheet is approximately 30.5" x 22"; map is approximately 26" x 20". Bright, fresh color. Very light toning and wear. The 'dark' upper marginal area in the accompanying image is a photo shadow; there is no discoloration on the map. This is an exceptionally nice example of De Vaugondy's beautiful single-sheet interpretation of the famous Fry-Jefferson map and one of the most sought after 18th Century maps of Virginia and Maryland. No other contemporary maps provided an equally detailed view of the region, which extends as far east as New Jersey, as far north as Philadelphia, as far south as North Carolina, and as far west as the Alleghany Mountains. Although the title is in French, almost all other text is in English. De Vagoundy first published this map in 1755, however this fifth state printing (no date in the cartouche) was produced in the mid to late 1770s.

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        THE CHINESE TRAVELLER, containing a Geographical, Commercial and Political History of China. To which is prefixed, The life of Confucius, ... Collected from Du Halde, Le Compte, and other modern travellers.

      London, E. and D. Dilly, 1775.SECOND EDITION with large additions and amendments 1775 (first published in 1772), 2 volumes complete set, tall 12mo, approximately 180 x 105 mm, 7 x 4 inches, folding map and 4 engraved plates, 2 folding, folding leaf of vocabulary, pages: vii, (1), 267; iii, (1), 299, (1) - Directions to binder, bound in modern quarter burgundy morocco over marbled boards, gilt raised bands, 4 small gilt ornaments in compartments, gilt lettering and volume number, new endpapers. Frontispiece of Confucius faintly foxed in margins and tiny tip of lower margin corner missing, very occasional pale foxing to margins within, small blank corner missing on Volume I G2 due to paper flaw, pale foxing on text of Volume I, H11v - H12r - v, and Volume II, L7r - L9r, 1 folding plate very lightly browned and with tiny closed tear to top edge neatly repaired on reverse, not affecting image, very pale offsetting to title page of Volume II from folding map, short closed tear on image (without loss) neatly repaired and tiny neat repair to lower blank corner of silk manufactory folding plate. A very good set. Subjects covered are listed on title page: customs, manners, religion, agriculture, government, arts, sciences, ceremonies, buildings, language, physick, trade, manufactures, shipping, plants, trees, beasts, birds, &c. &c. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, Volume I, 54; Lust, Western Books on China to 1850, No.6; Lowendahl, Volume I, No.584. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, In 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775

      London: F. Newbery, 1775. Octavo, folding frontispiece map and five plates, leaf D2 is a cancel as usual; a very good copy in modern polished light tan calf. The first Antarctic exploration. First edition, the earliest account of any Antarctic exploration. This is the first full account of Cook's second voyage to have been published, a surreptitious narrative that preceded the official account by at least eighteen months. Although published anonymously, this is known to have been the work of John Marra, a Cook regular who was also to be an Australian First Fleeter. As early as September 1775 Cook was aware of the authorship: he had asked the gunner Anderson whether he had written the journal, and Anderson had convinced Marra to come forward. Amazingly, Johann Forster, the controversial naturalist of the second voyage, assisted in getting the book ready for the press (see Kroepelien, 809). The second voyage marked the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, and Marra's book thus contains 'the first… firsthand account of the Antarctic regions…' (Rosove, Antarctica, 1772-1922). The engravings include the earliest Antarctic landscape, thirty-eight pages of text deal with the Antarctic visit, and the main map shows the passage of Cook's two ships to the high southern latitudes. Although Marra was aboard the Resolution, he also gives an account of the voyage of the Adventure during the period when the two ships were separated, including mention of the time the Adventure spent on the Tasmanian coast. 'A rare work… it contains details of many events not recorded in the official account, and a preface recording the causes which led Banks and his staff to withdraw from the expedition at the last moment. Accordingly it is a vital second voyage item…' (Davidson). Marra (sometimes Mara) was an Irish sailor who had first sailed with Cook on the last leg of the Endeavour voyage, joining the crew in Batavia. He twice attempted to jump ship during the second voyage, the second time swimming desperately for shore as the Resolution left Tahiti. This latter unsuccessful attempt at desertion was only lightly punished by Cook, who mused in his journal that any man without 'friends or connections to confine him to any part of the world' could not 'spend his days better than at one of those isles where he can injoy all the necessaries and some of the luxuries of life in ease and Plenty.' (Beaglehole, Journals, II, p. 404). Although Marra protested that he foresaw no career for himself in the Navy, he would go on to be a gunner's mate on HMS Sirius, flagship of the First Fleet. He does not appear to have mended his ways, and is reported as having been 'lost in the bush for three days on the north shore of Port Jackson in November 1789…' (Keith Vincent Smith, Tupaia's Sketchbook,

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        A set of the three official voyage accounts in their Irish printings

      Dublin: 1775-, 1784. Seven volumes of text, octavo, and a quarto atlas of plates; with two folding maps, seven engraved plates, mostly folding, and two folding tables in the text volumes, and 26 maps and views, some folding, in the atlas; a really attractive set in excellent condition in contemporary Irish calf, simply gilt, double labels, original owner's initials stamped in gilt on all front covers. Delightful Irish set. A fine Irish set of Cook's voyages, assembled and bound as published. The three voyages are in slightly differing bindings which complement each other and form a delightful set, with uniform contemporary provenance (the initials G.T. stamped in gilt on all front covers). The set is made up as follows: FIRST VOYAGE. HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… To which is added, A Voyage to the North Pole by Commodore Phipps… Two volumes, octavo, with a large folding map (and another folding chart to the Phipps section), and altogether six engraved plates, several of them folding. Dublin, James Williams, 1775. Beddie records only the Mitchell Library copy of this. The earlier Dublin version of 1773 (Beddie 649) had been unillustrated except for a general map. SECOND VOYAGE. COOK, James. A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World… Two volumes, octavo, with a folding table. Dublin, J. Williams [et al], 1784. Beddie had not seen this edition, and listed only a copy in the National Library of Australia. An earlier Dublin version appeared in 1777 (Beddie 1218). This would have been the edition available at the time the third voyage account was published. It closes with a long section of "Tables of the Route"; followed by the separate section "Vocabulary of the language of the Society Isles"; and finally Pringle's "Discourse upon some late improvements", Cook's famous report on scurvy. THIRD VOYAGE. COOK, James and James KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean… Three volumes, octavo, with frontispiece portrait and a folding table, and atlas quarto, containing 26 maps and views, some folding. Dublin, H. Chamberlayne… Williams [and many others], 1784. The first Irish edition of the third voyage. Dublin editions of English originals at this period are more usually hastily published unauthorised piracies of books reckoned likely to be popular: these editions of Cook's three voyages are a more serious affair than that, and this is a handsome example of how Cook was published in Georgian Ireland.

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        Report of the Committee appointed on the twenty-third of September last to inquire into the causes and particulars of the invasion of the city of Washington, by the British forces in the month of August, 1814. November 29, 1814. [also] The Speech of the Right Honourable The Earl of Chatham in the House of Lords on Friday the 20th of January, 1775

      Dublin: John Exshaw. 1775. Third edition. Very Good. Third edition, revised and corrected, with additions, 1775. Despite being the third edition, this appears to be the first Dublin printing. Disbound, 98pp. The second speech has its own undated title page, but pagination is continuous. Very good with folding chart, light occasional foxing. RARE.

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        Das Opfer der Vestalinnen.

      1775. Feder in Schwarz, braun laviert, über Bleistiftskizze, auf Bütten, auf Untersatz mit Tuschlinien und Aquarellrand montiert, dort rechts unten signiert und datiert "Parizeau fecit 1775". 15,8:23,5 cm. Vergleichsliteratur: Ausst. Katalog: Von Callot bis Greuze. Französische Zeichnungen des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts. Im Blickfeld der Goethezeit V. Weimar 2005, S. 220, Nr. 81 mit farb. Abb.. Über Parizeaus Leben und Werk ist wenig bekannt und es fehlt bisher eine grundlegende Arbeit über ihn. Seit Beginn der sechziger Jahre war er Schüler von J.Gg. Wille (1715-1808) und als Maler und Radierer in Paris tätig. Nur wenige seiner Gemälde sind bisher bekannt geworden und es scheint, als wäre er hauptsächlich als Zeichner tätig gewesen. Blätter von seiner Hand befinden sich in den Graph. Sammlungen in Düsseldorf, Basel, Darmstadt, dem Metropolitan Museum New York sowie in der Sammlung von Jeffrey E. Horvitz. Georg Melchior Kraus (1737-1806) hat beispielsweise nach ihm gezeichnet.

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        An Exact Chart of the River St Laurence, from Fort Frontenac to the Island of Anticosti shewing the Soundings, Rocks, Shoals &c with Views of the Lands and all necessary Instructions for navigating that River to Quebec.

      1775 - London: Robert Sayer, 1775. Outline colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 610 x 950mm. A few small repairs. A detailed chart of the St Lawrence, published close to the outbreak of the American Revolution. The main chart shows from Anticosti Island to Quebec, with the continuation to Lake Ontario in an inset above, and three other inset details.

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        A Collection of Voyages chiefly in the Southern Atlantick Ocean . Published from Original M.S.S. By Alexander Dalrymple

      London: Printed for the Author, Sold by J. Nourse [and others], 1775. Quarto, with three engraved charts; light embrowning to margins of first and final leaves; an excellent large copy (partly uncut) in a good modern binding of light sprinkled calf antique. The first English voyage of scientific discovery. The only edition: this very rare collection of voyages was published by Dalrymple to prove the existence of a southern land in the Atlantic rather than the Pacific, and to lobby for its colonisation. This book contains the first published account of the first English scientific voyage of discovery. In 1698 scientist and astronomer was appointed to command the Paramour to the South Atlantic with the express purpose of observing and measuring meteorological phenomena, magnetic variations, and the like. The Paramour reached as far south as 52° latitude before icebergs proved hazardous; Halley's account is here included to bolster Dalrymple's belief in a landmass located in the South Atlantic - as far as possible from James Cook's first voyage discoveries. In his curious and engaging preface, Dalrymple explains his flustered attempts to raise support for an expedition to seek the anticipated South Land, followed by a proposed constitution for the new colony. The list of 34 'Fundamental and Unalterable Laws' combine pragmatism, egalitarianism and self-interest in equal parts; for example, in Act 22 of the constitution we read 'Women not debarred from from Publick Office, but may enjoy their rights in the Publick Assembly on the same footing as men.' It is a complicated book, made up of six different sections, printed for Dalrymple in at least three places - Paris, Edinburgh, and London. Firstly Dalrymple urges the government to colonise the "Isla muy grande y amena"; this is followed by Edmund Halley's "Two Voyages made in 1698, 1699, and 1700", with two charts ("Islands of Ice, Rocks of Martin Vaz, and Trinidad"; and "Plan of Camarones Bay; Plan of the Bay and Harbour of St. Helena on the E. Coast of Patagonia"). Seixas y Lovera's "Geographical Description of Terra Magellanica" (first edition of this text in English); a description of Seixas's book had been published in Madrid in 1690. This extract gives the text of Antoine de la Roche's discovery of the island, in 45ºS, northwest of the Falklands, which Dalrymple names I. Grande. Seixas' book had included a translation of La Roche 'from a Description of La Roche, privately printed in London in 12 sheets, folded in 4 in 1678, in the French idiom…', which we cannot find anywhere recorded. This is the first English edition. The book further includes Bouvet des Loziers "Voyage fait aux Terres Australes" in 1738-9, with a chart (this was printed for Dalrymple in Paris); an extract from the journal of Ducloz Guyot who sailed south in the Leon in 1753 (this was printed in Scotland); and finally meteorological details for the Falklands from John McBride's unpublished manuscript journal for 1766-7 held in the Admiralty. Although some of these pieces had been prepared as early as 1772, Dalrymple had put off publication intending to write a long historical introduction, much as he had done for his better-known work on South Sea voyages. In 1775, however, he left England hurriedly to return to Madras as a member of council, rehabilitated after his earlier clashes with the Madras government and the officers of the East India Company. Some of the pieces were prepared shortly after Cook's return from his first voyage, when Dalrymple must have been smarting again from his failure to be given command of the Endeavour voyage.

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      Paris, Charles-Antoine Jombert, pere, Libraire du Roi pour l'Artillerie & le Genie, 1775.contenant la construction raisonnee des ouvrages de la fortification; les systemes des ingenieurs les plus celebres; la fortification irreguliere; le trace des redoutes, forts de campagne, etc. Avec un plan des principales instructions pour former les jeunes officiers dans la science militaire. Septieme edition, augmentee d'un discours sur l'utilite des places fortes; de nouvelles notes, et d'observations particulieres sur differents objets de la fortification. Seventh edition, enlarged, French text, 8vo, 200 x 125 mm, 8 x 5 inches, 32 folding sheets with a total of 38 engraved plates (numbered 1 - 37 but 2 plates numbered 3), pages (4), 96, 1 - 413, (5), including dictionary of fortification terms and index, bound in full mottled calf, raised bands, gilt decoration and gilt lettered morocco label to spine, all edges red. Binding worn, head and tail of spine chipped, upper hinge cracked but holding on the cords, lower hinge cracked at top 25 mm (1 inch), label badly chipped, corners showing cardboard at tips, front inner paper hinge cracked, armorial bookplate on front endpaper, signature on half - title, inscription at top of title page, small chip to 1 upper margin, 1 brief margin ink note, 1 word corrected, contents clean, some plates misfolded and protruding slightly from text block, fore - edge margin of some plates dusty or slightly worn or creased, lower margin trimmed off plate XIX. Text block tight and firm. A good copy. Guillaume Leblond (1704 - 1781) was a French teacher of mathematics. He was the author of the article on L'Art Militaire in the Encyclopedie of Diderot and D'Alembert. This copy of the book was given to Colonel George Napier (1751 - 1804) in 1792 and has his signature on the half - title. He was the father of 3 distinguished officers in Wellington's army, one of whom was General Sir George Thomas Napier. The bookplate of the latter's son General W. C. E. Napier is on the front pastedown. He published his father's autobiography in 1885 and was also the author of an important work on outpost duty. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Le Barbier de Séville, ou la Précaution inutile, comédie en quatre actes,

      chez Ruault, Libraire, rue de la Harpe,, à Paris, 1775 - in-8, page de titre, 1 ff avec la liste des personnages, la pièce commence à la page 5, 88 p. suivi de : Lettre modérée sur la chute et la critique du Barbier de Séville, XX p., reliure plein veau, double filet doré sur les plats, dos lisse orné, reliure en très bon état, à l'intérieur taches et salissures. Edition originale, Cordier décrit 5 éditions sous la date de 1775 et cette édition qui contient la Lettre modérée, mais pas l'approbation et la permission, est placée au premier rang (N°46).

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        AN ESSAY ON THE ORIGINAL GENIUS AND WRITING OF HOMER: with A Comparative View of the Ancient and Present State of the Troade.

      London, printed by H. Hughs for T. Payne, and P. Elmsley, 1775.FIRST EDITION THUS, 1775 (the Essay was previously printed on its own in 1769). 4to, approximately 290 x 230 mm, 12 x 9½ inches, engraved frontispiece portrait of Homer, title page engraving by Bartolozzi, folding engraved map, 3 engraved plates of which 1 folding after Pars and Borra, tailpiece engraving by Bartolozzi on last page, pages: xv, 342, including half - title and divisional title page to "A Comparative View", bound in 19th century half calf, gilt lettered label between raised bands, extra gilt spine, marbled boards, all edges speckled red, pale brown endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed, hinges rubbed, pale stain to top and bottom margins of frontispiece, other margins lightly age browned, 1 page has a closed tear to margin, just running into text, professionally repaired, 1 top margin has small paper fault neatly repaired and 1 outer margin has tiny nick, very pale offsetting from plates to text, pale stain to the back of 1 plate but not visible on the image, occasional pale fox spot mostly to prelims, otherwise a very good clean crisp wide margined copy. Bookplate of C. W. H. Sotheby on first pastedown. The title page and the tailpiece engravings are by Francesco Bartolozzi, the famous Italian engraver who resided in London for 40 years. This is the first edition of the "Comparative View" which was editied by Jacob Bryant. William Pars is known for his association with Richard Chandler whilst Borra accompanied Wood to Palmyra. This is one of the most interesting 18th century works on the Homeric world, the geography of which Wood explains in a newly practical way based on his own knowledge of Asia Minor. Moreover he asks for the first time, whether writing was known in Homer's day and emphasises instead the importance of oral tradition. Robert Wood (1717 - 1771) had established his reputation as a classical scholar with his work on ancient ruins. In 1750 - 1753 Wood and his friends James Dawkins and John Bouverie travelled to Syria were they had the Italian architect Giovanni Battista Borra measure and draw the ancient ruins of Palmyra and Baalbek. The results were published in 1753 and 1757 in both English and French editions and were among the first systematic publications of ancient buildings. Both works were of great influence on neoclassical architecture in Britain and on the continent. See Blackmer II, page 495, No. 1111. (Blackmer 1836). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        État civil, politique et commerçant, du Bengale; ou histoire des conquêtes & de l'administration de la Compagnie Angloise dans ce pays. Ouvrage traduit de l'Anglois.

      La Haye, Gosse, 1775.2 volumes in 1. Contemporary mottled calf (hinges dam., but holding), spine gilt. With 2 engraved frontispieces and large folding engraved map. XL,222; 240 pp.* First French edition; first published in English in London in 1773. - Willem Bolts (c. 1740-1808) was a Dutch adventurer who entered the English East India Company in Bengal, and got into trouble for private trading in the name of the East India Company. The government of Benares sent him off to England as a prisoner. He sought legal action against them, but ruined himself in the proces. This vigorous exchange of views developed into a bitter controversy and played an important part in fuelling the extensive public debate that was taking place on the subject of the East India Company's operations in India. The French translation was made by Jean Nicolas Demeunier. - Pasted in is a letter in French, dated 1776, dealing with the ceding of Benares by the Rajah to the English East India Company.Cox I, p.299; Chadenat 2791.

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      Paris, P. Fr Gueffier, 1775.FIRST EDITION, 1775, 2 volumes, complete set, French text. 8vo, approximately 200 x 120 mm, 7¾ x 4¾ inches, 51 folding engraved plates, 23 in Volume I, 28 in Volume II, pages: [2], iv, [2], ix - xxiv, 342; [4], 456 [i.e. 454], page number 447 repeated, page numbers 448 - 450 omitted, collated and guaranteed complete, both volumes with half - titles, bound in full contemporary mottled calf, raised bands and gilt decoration to spines, gilt lettered morocco labels, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Spines worn at head and tail, 3 mm (3 / 16 of an inch) missing at head of Volume 1, small crack and tiny chip at head of lower hinge on Volume I, 4 pinholes in upper hinge on Volume I, couple of small splits and a pinhole to upper hinge on Volume II, a little pitting to leather on covers, lower corner to upper cover showing cardboard, the other corners slightly worn, front inner paper hinges cracked, binding still tight and firm, half - titles and title pages browned at edges, early ink library stamp on title pages, a few pages lightly age - browned, occasional small brown spots, small pale damp stain to a few margins, 1 plate slightly misfolded, protruding slightly from text block and slightly worn at fore - edge. A good copy of a scarce work in first edition. The French scientist Sigaud de la Fond (1730 - 1810) started his working life as a physician practising obstetrics. While studying for his medical degree he had attended the famous course of public lectures given by Abbe Nollet, who aroused in him such a lively interest in experimental science that he eventually gave up medicine and became first a tutor in philosophy and mathematics and then a demonstrator in experimental science at the College Louis - le - Grand. In 1760 he succeeded the Abbe Nollet in his chair at Louis - le - Grand teaching experimental science, anatomy and physiology. In 1770 Sigaud became a professor of surgery at the school of Saint - Come. In 1772 he returned to Bourges, where, after four years, he obtained a chair in physics at the local college. See Dictionary of Scientific Biography. The work is a description of the physical apparatus and processes used in experimental science in the second half of the 18th century. The interesting plates illustrate a large number of optical, electrical, meteorological and chemical apparatus and scientific instruments. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The History of the American Indians; Particularly Those Nations Adjoining to the Mississippi, East and West Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia: Containing an Account of Their Origin, Language, Manners, Religious and Civil Customs, Laws, Form of Government, Punishments, Conduct in War and Domestic Life, Their Habits, Diet, Agriculture, Manufactures, Diseases and Method of Cure, and Other Particulars, Sufficient to Render It A Complete Indian System

      London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1775. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. First Edition. Hardcover. 4to. [2], [10]pp, 464pp. Folding map. Restored. Bound in three quarter calf with marble paper covered boards. The spine has five raised bands and 2 gilt stamped red leather title labels. Half title page missing. Newer marble end sheets with blank end sheets inserted in front and back. Outer joints slightly rubbed. Book is cased inside a brown cloth covered box with paper title label on side. & & Howes A 38; Field 11; Graf 10; Sabin 155; Swanton p. 828. James Adair was a trader with the Indians and resided in their country for forty years. A valuable source of information for the Indain tribes of the southeast. Graf remarks, "Adair's work is difficult to appraise because his theories regarding the Jewish origin of the American Indians. Nevertheless, he was an intelligent observer.

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        Le Philosophe sans pretention, ou l'Homme Rare. Ouvrage physique, chymique, politique et moral, Dedie aux Savans

      Paris: Chez Clousier, 1775. FIRST EDITION. 1 volume, 349pp., with the engraved frontis, engraved title-vignette and headpiece. Bound in contemporary full patterened calf, gilt decorated spine, covers ruled in gilt, gilt lettered red morocco spine label, hinges cracked but covers firmly attached, occasional minor foxing, overall a VERY GOOD copy. The famous utopian novel & famous science fiction tale which describes a visitor from Mercury to Earth in an electrical flying machine. La Folie uses this main character, Ormaris, to discuss the author's own theories on physics, electricity, geology, and chemistry. ôIn this book, a strange machine brings a visitor to earth from the planet Mercury. This fictional flying contraption is said to be powered by static electricity, produced when its two glass globes are rubbed with camphor covered with gold leaf as they turn on a platform. The powerful light changed the pressure of the air and enabled the alien operator to navigate. La FollieÆs electric motor is probably

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