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        Don Pedro Escolano de Arrieta, Secretario de Camara del Rey nuestro Señor, y de Gobierno del Consejo, por lo tocante à los Reynos de la Corona de Aragon. CERTIFICO, que ante los Señores del Consejo, y por la Escribania de la Camara, y de Gobierno, de mi cargo pende un Expediente Consultivo con motivo de las diferencias que han ocurrido entre los habitantes de los Valles de Broto del Reyno de Aragon, y de Barecha [i.e.: Barèges] del de Francia, SOBRE observancia de la concordia celebrada entre ambos el año de mil setecientos doce, en quanto al aprovechamiento de pastos y demarcacion de limites

      Sin lugar de impresión, impresor, ni año, pero: Madrid, 1775. Un cuaderno en folio, de 22 pp. Cubiertas mudas en papel.

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        A Map of the Discoveries made by the Russians on the North West Coast of America. Published by the Royal Academy of Sciences at Petersburg. London Republished by Thomas Jefferys Geographer to his Majesty.

      London - Engraving with original line hand-color. Circa 1775. Sheet size: 20 1/2 x 27 3/4". Inventory#: p1579pmat. 0

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries of Philadelphia, PA]
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        A Collection of Voyages chiefly in the Southern Atlantick Ocean. Published from Original M.S.S

      London: Printed for the author, sold by J. Nourse, P. Elmsly [and 3 others], , 1775. Quarto (260 × 202 mm) later tan half morocco on nineteenth-century marbled boards, green morocco label. 3 folding engraved coastal profiles or charts. Bound without half-title, but with the uncommon Contents leaf. Bookplate of Charles Abbot, first Baron Colchester to front pastedown, together with that of Frank S. Streeter; bookplate of the Constitutional Club to the rear pastedown recording the presentation of the book as part of the gift of Lord Colchester in 1887. A little rubbed at the extremities, light browning, professionally repaired tear to the margin of D4, offsetting from the final map onto the following section title which is a little browned, a few marginal marks in red pencil, a very good copy. First edition. Important collection of earlier accounts of Pacific voyages. Dalrymple had done much research to promote the "counterpoise" theory of a great southern continent, and here, in order to promote a new expedition in search of the terra australis incognita, he presents accounts of the voyages of Edmund Halley, 1698-1700; Ducloz Guyot de St. Malo, 1753; Loziers Bouvet, 1738-9; and John McBride, in 1766-1767, prefaced by his letters to Lord North on the subject. "By circumnavigating New Zealand, Cook on his first voyage had imposed severe limitations on this hypothesis, and on his second voyage in 1772-75, he completely disproved it; nevertheless Dalrymple's writings had done much to maintain official interest in Pacific exploration" (ADB). Dalrymple had been being adopted by the Royal Society as their candidate to lead the Transit of Venus expedition, but a misunderstanding between Royal Society and the Admiralty over the command of the chosen vessel led to Dalrymple's refusal to serve as second in command to a sea officer and the subsequent choice of Cook. Dalrymple's uncompromising criticism of Hawkesworth's account of the voyage led to the public misperception that owing to his supersession he was an implacable opponent of Cook, an idea which "is only now being rectified". In the employ of the HEIC Dalrymple began to produce a series of charts, navigational memoirs and coastal views "for the East Indies navigation, from the Mozambique Channel to China" based on an examination of the logs and journals in the Company's archive. Between 1779 and 1794 he issued almost 550 plans and charts of ports and 45 coastal views, and between 50 and 60 books and pamphlets of nautical instruction, "His reputation was based on these publications, whose spare style contrasted with the ornateness of commercial chart atlases." In 1795 he was made Hydrographer to the Admiralty, with the task of rationalizing their growing collection of charts and plans, a position created especially for him, whilst retaining his post at the HEIC.

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        A History of the Island of Anglesey. With Memoirs of Owen Glendowr. With A Short Account of Holyhead in the Isle of Anglesea

      London: J Dodsley, 1775 From the invasion by the Romans until finally acceded to the Crown of England to Which is added Memoirs of Owen Glendowr. In contemporary brown quarter leather with marbled boards, corners and edges a little worn and bumped, covers a little faded. Spine, gilt tooling, title in gilt to red leather label, joints cracked, edges bumped and worn. Internally, ink name and pencil notes of Paul Panton, distinguished Welsh antiquary to ffep, also to head of half title, contemporary ink note at titlepage stating By the Rev Nicholas Owen, who died 31 May 18?11, 2 Montgomeryshire Library stamps to verso of TP, (vii), [1], 88 pp. (Memoirs of Owen Glendowr goes from 61-88). Bound WITH, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica. No X. Containing A Short Account of Holyhead, in the Isle of Anglesea. London. Printed by by and For J Nichols, printed to the Society of Antiquaries..., 1783, (iv), 33 pp, 1 of 2 pl, small tear to margin of map. (ESTC T139793 & Lowndes 1683. Libri Walliae 4849)Owen, Church of England clergyman and antiquary, whose own publications were mainly about local antiquities. British Remains (1788) covered such topics as a history of the lords-marchers, an account of the supposed discovery of America by Madog ab Owain Gwynedd, and also a biography of the naturalist Edward Lhuyd. A selection from the ‘phrases’ of Horace for schoolboys appeared in 1785. Carnarvonshire: a Sketch of its History was published in 1792, and Owen is one of several authors who have been credited with the authorship of the anonymous A History of the Island of Anglesey, with Memoirs of Owen Glendower (1775). See ODNB for a full Bio.

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        COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF ENGLAND. IN FOUR BOOKS (Seventh Printing) (4 Volumes; Complete Set)

      Clarendon Press, 1775. Seventh Edition. Full Leather. Very Good binding. Volumes 2 and 3 are in full contemporary calf with morocco title labels; Volumes 1 and 4 are in much later legal calf, with typical black leather number labels and maroon title labels. Very Good binding.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
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        A Chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence, composed from a great number of actual surveys and other materials, regulated and connected by astronomical observations

      London: "Printed & sold by Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennett", 25 March 1775. Engraved map. Table of astronomical observations. 29 x 21 5/8 inches. Rare first state of Sayer and Bennett's chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence, based on the surveys by James Cook and Michael Lane. At the conclusion of the French and Indian War, the British needed accurate charts of the territories that had been awarded to them in the Treaty of Paris. The areas that were of particular interest to the Admiralty included Labrador and Newfoundland. "On 19 April 1763 James Cook, Master R.N.. was ordered by the Admiralty to proceed to Newfoundland 'in order to your taking a survey of the Parts of the Coasts and Harbours of that Island'" (Tooley & Skelton, in Tooley's The Mapping of America p.177). His appointment would have been based, in no small part, on the glowing endorsement of his commanding officer, who had written to the Admiralty in December 1762 "that from my experience of Mr. Cook's genius and capacity, I think him well fitted for the work he has undertaken, and for greater undertakings of the same kind". "The charting of Newfoundland and southern Labrador by Cook... and by his successor Michael Lane ... was unequalled, for thoroughness and method, by any previous hydrographic work by Englishmen [and also allowed Cook to master the art of practical surveying and navigation, in a way that brought him to the attention of the Admiralty and Royal Society at a crucial moment. More immediately.] it produced the first charts of this extensive and difficult coastline that could (in the words of a later hydrographer) 'with any degree of safety be trusted by the seaman'" (Tooley & Skelton op. cit.). Cook started by surveying the northwest stretch of coastline in 1763 and 1764, then in 1765 and 1766 the south coast between Cape Ray and the Burin Peninsula, and in 1767 the west coast. His work was interrupted by what was to prove to be the first of his three great voyages to the Pacific, and the work on Newfoundland and southern Labrador was finished by Michael Lane between 1768 and 1773. Thomas Jefferys used the charts by Cook and others to form the "Collection of Charts of 1769-70, a prototype ... for the celebrated North-American Pilot which was to be published in five English editions from 1775 to 1806" (Tooley & Skelton op,cit.). Unlike many of the other charts in the North American Pilot which appeared in other forms in earlier publications, the present chart first appeared in the 1775 edition of that great atlas. As the title suggests, Sayer and Bennett drafted this map by compiling information from other sources, with the charting of southern Labrador and the western and southern coasts of Newfoundland entirely based on the surveys by Cook and Lane. The map would be republished in successive issues of the North American Pilot (with changes to the imprint) as well as copies of The American Atlas (with "Pl. No." added to the upper right corner in advance of "XI"). Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada II:597; Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 1209; Skelton & Tooley, The Marine Surveys of James Cook in North America 13.XI

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Causes célebres, curieuses et intéressantes, de toutes les cours souveraines du royaume, avec les jugemens qui les ont décidées. Tome 1-24 (Cause 1 - 63)

      Paris, n.publ., 1775. 24 tomes bound in 12 vols. Small 8vo (17x10 cm) Contemporary marbled calf, spines gilt, with title-labels (a few hinges partly broken, labels rubbed, some labels gone, gilt lettering faded; corners sl. bumbed), marbled endpapers. Convent-stamps verso titles and numbers on recto titles, but good interior condition. Exterior condition acceptable: see PICTURE. Text in French

      [Bookseller: Boekhandel - Antiquariaat Emile Kerssema]
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        A New Map of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island with the Adjacent Parts of New England and Canada

      London: Printed & Sold by R. Sayer & J. Bennett, 15 June 1775. Engraved map. 21 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches). A seminal English map of Maine, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Laurence published on the eve of the American Revolution. Originally published by Thomas Jefferys in 1755, at the beginning of the French and Indian War, this map "proved to be an important document in evaluating respective French and English claims to this part of North America" (Ristow). England gained sole possession of the region by the Treaty of Paris which ended the war 1763. Jefferys, the leading British mapmaker of the mid-eighteenth century, became geographer to the Prince of Wales in 1746 and geographer to the King in 1760. He published a remarkable number of maps and charts, many of the North American continent. "The genius behind Jefferys in his shop was a brilliant man who at this time went by the alias of John Green. In addition to his extensive cartographic abilities, Green's personal history also stands out from amongst the biographies of other 18th-century British map makers. John Green was born Braddock Mead in Ireland before 1688, married in Dublin in 1715 and around 1717 moved to London. He was imprisoned in 1728 for trying to defraud an Irish heiress. He also worked with Chambers on his Universal Dictionary. After he got out of gaol, he took the name of Green, and subsequently worked for Cave, Astley, and Jefferys. Mead 'had a number of marked characteristics as a cartographer ... One was his ability to collect, to analyze the value of, and to use a wide variety of sources; these he acknowledged scrupulously on the maps he designed and even more fully in accompanying remarks. Another outstanding characteristic was his intelligent compilation and careful evaluation of reports on latitudes and longitudes used in the construction of his maps, which he also entered in tables on the face of the maps ... Mead's contributions to cartography stand out ... At a time when the quality and the ethics of map production were at a low ebb in England, he vigorously urged and practiced the highest standards; in the making of maps and navigational charts he was in advance of his time. For this he deserves due credit." (Cumming). Jefferys published three states of this map in 1755 (see Kershaw); in 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution and with renewed interest in maps of America due to the conflict, Sayer and Bennett re-issued the map in the "American Atlas". Crone, "John Green. Notes on a neglected Eighteenth Century Geographer and Cartographer," Imago Mundi, VI (1950) p. 89-91; Crone, "Further Notes on Braddock Mead, alias John Green..." Imago Mundi, VIII (1951) p. 69; Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 66c, in Tooley, The Mapping of America; Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada 745; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 775.8; Sellers & Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 309

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      Philadelphia: James Humphreys, Jr., 1775.. [4],iv,32pp. Modern paper covered boards, printed paper label. Early ownership signature on titlepage. Light, even tanning, some light foxing. Overall, very good. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. An important sermon, delivered shortly after the Battle of Bunker Hill. Its author, William Smith (1727-1803), was an Anglican clergyman, teacher, and first provost of the College, Academy, and Charitable School of Philadelphia. Although Smith opposed the Stamp Act and argued strongly for full rights and representation of the American colonies, he did not favor independence - a position that placed him, at the outset of the Revolution, in "an embarrassing predicament" (DAB). The present sermon, preached before Congress at Christ Church, Philadelphia, June 28, 1775, "...created a great sensation. It went through many editions and was translated into several foreign languages. It opposed British measures and awakened patriotism, but in its preface Smith professed himself as 'ardently panting for a return of those Halcyon-days of harmony' and as 'animated with purest zeal for the mutual interests of Great-Britain and the Colonies'" (DAB). AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE lists fifteen issues and editions of this text for 1775; of these, 196a and 196b (the present issue) are first, with Adams noting that no attempt has been made to determine priority between the two issues. NAIP w029211. EVANS 14459. BRISTOL B4116. HILDEBURN 3288. HOWES S697. SABIN 84651. AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE 196b. DAB XVII, pp.353-57.

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        Le Médecin de Soi-Même, ou méthode simple et aisée pour Guérir les Maladies Vénériennes. Avec la recette d'un Chocolat Aphrodisiaque, aussi utile qu'agréable. Nouvelle édition, Augmentée des analyses raisonnées & instructive de tours les Ouvrages qui ont paru sur le mal vénérien depuis 1740 jusqu'à présent, pour servir de suivre à la Bibliographie de M. Astruc; Et de la traduction Française de la Dissertation de M.(Michel-Fréderique) BOEHM

      Paris,: Michel Lambert,, 1775.. 2 volumes: xix, [i], 640; [iv], 641-1070, [ii] pp. 8vo (13 x 20 cm.). Bound in contemporary polished calf, spine with raised band and gilt decorated, gilt lettered and numbered on green Morocco labels; red edges (an attractive binding with some minor rubbing and wear). A rare work, being a mixture of quackery and scientific medical bibliography. The first part here in 2nd corrected & enlarged edition was originally published in 1773 as "Methode familière pour guérir les Maladies Vénériennes", and was nothing more than an attempt to promote the use of author's nostrum "chocolat aphrodisiaque & anti-syphilique". The remainder of the text are in First edition. At pp. 55-63 a "life of Astruc". On pp. 759-821 we find the translation of Boehm's "Dissertation sur les differentes méthodes qui ont été employées pour guirir le Mal Vénérien" (no record found of the original Latin edition). The bulk of the book (960 pages) is a most valuable anotated supplement ot the Bibliography of Astruc from 1740(see G-M 5195). Detailed and remarkably correct, with information about many obscure and rare publications. The work is concluded by an index on authors, a chronological table and a table of subjects. No copy in the Bibliotèque Nationale.-- (Wormhole in the outher margin throughout the vol

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        Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of Our Earlier Poets, (Chiefly of the Lyric Kind. ) Together with Some Few of Later Date - [Complete in 3 Volumes]

      London, J. Dodsley, 1775. 3rd Edition. Title vignettes. Subjects: Ballads, English--England--Texts--Early works to 1800. English poetry--Early modern, 1500-1700. Engraved frontis to volume 1. The first edition appeared in 1765. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with gilt cross-bands and titling. An exceptional set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Reliques of Ancient English Poetry WITH Old Ballads Historical and Narrative

      London: J. Dodsley, 1775. Percy's "Reliques" - Three volumes and "Old Ballads", printed by T. Evans, 1777 - Two volumes. Volume One - lxxviii, [4], 376pp, [2]; Volume Two - [4], iii, [1], 404pp, [1]; Volume Three - [4], xxxix, 359pp, [1]; Volume Four - 8, 334pp, [1] and Volume Five - [8], 308pp. Uniform full morocco, smooth backs divided into six panels by single gilt rules, gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Spines slightly faded, slightly rubbed to spine ends, minor rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Internally occasional very light spotting, small piece missing from foot of frontispiece in volume one, rear endpaper creased and torn in the same volume, some light off-setting from vignettes, but generally bright and clean. With half-titles and attractive engraved head and tail pieces. "Percy, Thomas (1729-1811), writer and Church of Ireland bishop of Dromore ... Percy's most important and influential work, the three-volume anthology of which the full title is Reliques of ancient English poetry: consisting of old heroic ballads, songs, and other pieces of our earlier poets. (Chiefly of the lyric kind) ... Percy excluded bawdy, as well as almost all politics and protest ... Within five months 1100 sets of the three elegant volumes (out of 1500 printed) had sold, at half a guinea a time. Percy's editorial policy seemed to be vindicated, with some of the most doctored ballads securing the highest approval ... Percy did at least take ballads seriously, annotating them with great care. He treated them as literary phenomena, largely ignoring their music and their links with oral tradition, but a scholar in the late twentieth century made this assessment: 'Percy's work was brilliant and blundering, inspiring both the interest and standards which were later to condemn it. It was, however, a noble experiment and one as remarkable for its failures as for its triumphs'" (Oxford DNB). Reprint. Full Morocco. Good+. 12mo.

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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, 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 offset 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 margin 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, reference 1111. (Blackmer 1836). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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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 Abbé 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 Abbé 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-Côme. 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.

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        A Map of South America Containing Tierra-Firma, Guayana, New Granada, Amazonia, Brasil, Peru, Paraguay, Chaco, Tucuman, Chili and Patagonia

      London: Sayer, Robert, 1775. paperback. very good. Map, in two sheets. Copper plate engraving with original outline hand color. Each panel measures 19.75" x 46.5". Fantastic engraving of the South American continent with geographical and historical details. Includes a table of cultural information of each country and an inset of the Falkland Islands. Stunning cartouche with flora and fauna. Some offsetting from cartouche.

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      London, Printed for the Author, and sold by G. Robinson, T. Becket, and J. Robson, 1775.. FIRST EDITION 1775. 4to, approximately 290 x 235 mm, 11½ x 9¼ inches, folding engraved map of Spain and Portugal as frontispiece, 6 engraved plates, 2 folding plus an engraved tailpiece representing the arms of Spain, pages: half-title, title page, iii pages of Preface, list of plates, 1-465 plus 6 pages of index, Errata on last page of index, bound in full panelled speckled calf, gilt decorated borders to covers, nicely rebacked with raised bands, gilt rules and gilt lettering, marbled endpapers. Board corners very slightly worn, armorial bookplate to first pastedown, name on it erased, half-title slightly creased (due to folding map), small blind library stamp to margin of 3 preliminary leaves and map, 1 on a middle page and 1 on the final page of index, slight foxing to margins of map, the plates have a little light foxing to margins and blank sides, a few top margins have some shallow strips of pale browning, small closed tear neatly repaired at top edge of 2 pages, another to the lower edge of 1 folding plate and 1 text page, also neatly repaired, pale age-browning to a few leaves particularly towards the end of the Appendix. A very good clean tight copy. The plates depict: views of Moorish castles; the aqueduct of Segovia; Our Lady of the Fish from the Escorial; musical notation for the Fandango; a view of the Alhambra; and a bull-fight at Cadiz. See Cox, The Literature of Travel, Volume 1 . MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        The Seat of War in New England by an American volunteer, with the marches of the several corps sent by the colonies towards Boston with the attack on Bunkers Hill

      London: printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, 2 September 1775. Copper- engraved map, with original colour. Two insets along the right side titled "Plan of Boston Harbour from an Actual Survey" and "Plan of the Town of Boston with the Attack on Bunker's Hill in the Peninsula of Charlestown". 22 x 27 3/4 inches. A rare and dramatic Revolutionary war map of New England, showing George Washington's troops marching on British- occupied Boston, with a large inset plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill showing Charlestown in flames: among the earliest pictorial representations of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Published by Sayer & Bennett shortly after news of the Battle of Bunker Hill reached London, the map celebrates the British victory in the battle, but gives a portent of the impending siege of Boston and the eventual Battle of Dorchester Heights. The general map of New England provides a backdrop for illustrations of American troops, most notably including the "march of Washington" in western Massachusetts, but also showing militia marching from New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island, all converging on Boston. Two smaller insets along the right side of the map, each printed from a separate plate, depict a general plan of Boston Harbour and a plan of Boston and Charlestown showing the Battle of Bunker Hill. This latter inset is quite dramatic and of great significance. Charlestown is shown under attack by British forces, with the town in flames as British warships bombard it from the water, and a British battery fires across the Charles River from Cornhill in Boston; the locations of the British and American forces on Breed's Hill are shown, as the two armies face each other in battle. In Boston, a large encampment of British regulars is shown on Boston commons, surrounding the Liberty tree. The inset would later be re-engraved and used in Newcastle and Boston editions of Murray's Impartial History of the War. It is believed that the inset is a graphic representation of information on the battle derived from a 25 June 1775 letter written by General Burgoyne to Lord Stanley: "...Howe's corps ascending the hill in the face of entrenchments, and in a very disadvantageous ground, was much engaged; and to the left the enemy pouring in fresh troops by the thousands, over the land; and in the arm of the sea our ships and floating batteries cannonading them: strai[gh]t before us a large and noble town in one great blaze; the church steeples, being of timber, were great pyramids of fire above the rest ... the whole a picture and a complication of horror and importance beyond any thing that ever came to my lot to be witness to..." Sayer and Bennett would publish this letter as a broadside on 27 November 1775, nearly two months after this inset, illustrating it with a different plan of the battle. The earliest cartographic representation of the Battle of Bunker Hill is a 1 August 1775 plan published by Jefferys and Faden titled "A Sketch of the Action between British Forces and the American Provincials on the Heights of the Peninsula of Charlestown." That map, however, purely shows military movements. The inset to the present map is the second printed plan of the battle and considered to be the first pictorial representation. Guthorn, British Maps of the American Revolution, 150/6; Nebenzahl, Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution, 6 & 6a; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps, 775.1; Krieger & Cobb, Mapping Boston, p.103; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America, plate 117; Stokes B-105; c.f. Ristow, Cartography of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Not in Nebenzahl's Atlas of the American Revolution (which reproduces a later version of the inset on page 55) or Phillips.

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        Jus Civile Abbreviatum Redactum: Ad Definitiones, Distinctiones

      1775. Jugla y Font, Antonio. Jus Civile Abbreviatum Redactum: Ad Definitiones, Distinctiones & Quaestiones, Clare & Breviter Definitas, & Singulos Institutionum, Seu Elementorum Justiniani Principis Libros, Ac Titulos, Breviter Atque Perspicue Persequentes, & Enucleantes. Valencia: Typis Francisci Burguete, 1775. [viii], 181 pp. Octavo (6" x 4"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine. Some edgewear and light staining to boards, hinges just starting at ends, a few partial cracks to text block, minor worming to pastedowns. Early owner bookplate to front pastedown, light toning to text, internally clean. A nice copy of a scarce title. * First edition. This is a textbook on Roman law based on the Institutes of Justinian. Each section is condensed into a few sentences arranged as a series of questions and answers. In many cases, these are followed by references. OCLC locates 1 copy of this edition in North America (at the Library of Congress) and 2 copies worldwide of a 1796 edition (At UC-Berkeley Law Library and the Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid). Another copy dated 1785 located at Harvard Law School. Palau, Manual del Librero Hispanoamericano 125855.

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        History of the American Indians; Particularly Those Nations Adjoining to the Mississippi, East and West Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia

      London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1775. 4to. (10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches). Half-title. Engraved folding map. Later full brown morocco, covers with a gilt border, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. First edition of the "best 18th-century English source on the Southern tribes, written by one who traded forty years with them" (Howes). James Adair was a frontiersman and fur trader who lived among the Catawba, Chickasaw, and Cherokee for forty years, gathering first-hand information about the customs of these Indian tribes. He was one of the first white settlers to explore the Alleghenies, and because he lived among the Indians, his observations "of the peculiarities of the Southern Indians ... is not without great value" (Field, p. 3). As the title details, in this work he explores their "origin, language, manners, religious and civil customs, laws, form of government, punishments, conduct in war and domestic life, habits, diet, agriculture, manufactures, diseases and method of cure, and other particulars, sufficient to render it a complete Indian system, with observations on former historians, the conduct of our colony governors, superintendents, missionaries, &c." Clark I, 28; Field 11; Graff 1; Howes A38; Sabin 155; Vail 643.

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        James Adair, The History Of The American Indians… First Edition

      Printed For Edward And Charles Dilly, In The Poultry, 1775. First. Hardcover Hardcover. Good. 464 Pages (6 Pages Missing Near End Of Appendix that are supplied in facsimile). Very scarce original First Edition copy containing the original fold-out map. Original leather boards have been replaced with 18th century marbled boards. new endpapers and cloth spine (with cloth labels). Original map measures 12.8 x 9.5 inches. Sharp impression with light foxing, else very good. Best 18th century English source on the Southern tribes, written by one who trades forty years with them. Howes A38 (Binding work performed by Michelle Peppard.) Tape applied to a fold on the map. Some pages show more milder toning. A few pencil marked areas with examples of red markings in photo above scattered tthroughout on various pages. Published: London: Printed For Edward And Charles Dilly, In The Poultry, MDCCLXXV. (1775)

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      Philadelphia: Printed and sold by William and Thomas Bradford..., 1775.. [4],iv,239pp. Half title. Modern half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Light foxing and soiling throughout, a few leaves more heavily. Very good. The journals of the second Continental Congress, covering its activities from its convening on May 10, 1775 through adjournment on Sept. 5, 1775. The activities of this summer, against the background of open conflict in Massachusetts, are among the most dramatic of the Revolutionary era. Included are reports concerning Lexington- Concord, the address to the inhabitants of Canada inviting them to join the other thirteen colonies, numerous military matters, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms, the Olive Branch Petition, the American negotiations with the Six Nations, and other crucial material. Essentially this volume is the very crux of the beginning of the Revolution, convening a few weeks after open warfare had begun, and recording the essential shift in attitude in the Congress from conciliation to revolution. These journals, like those of the first Congress, were printed in very limited quantities and are quite rare. HOWES J264, "aa." EVANS 14569.

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        Manuscript Letter of Francisco Bodega y Quadra Reaching Alaska at 58ºN on the North West Coast of America Dated Only 7 Days After His Return to San Blas

      1775. GAMBOA, Francisco Xavier de Letter signed and addressed to the Marques de Montealegre advising Quadra's safe return from reaching 58 degrees N [WITH] Montealgre, Marques de Draft reply to Gamboa Together: 6 pages, Folio. Mexico, 27 November 1775 Contained in a half-velum clamshell box for extra protection This letter is written by a Spanish official, Francisco Xavier de Gamboa and contains the following interesting paragraph: "One of the Naval officers named Quadra, who came to explore the Pacific, has arrived in a small bilander at 58 degrees off the coast of California, discovering 23 degrees more than had previously been explored. Various tribes were met with, some docile, other fierce; but the land having been discovered, the triumph of Christ's Cross is to be witnessed in these unknown disctricts. Missions are to be established by this Government after the style of those founded at the port of Monterrey and San Diego." News must have only just reached Mexico of the remarkable voyage of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra as this letter is dated 7 days after Quadra's return on 20 November 1775 to San Blas, the Spanish Pacific Naval Base. The voyage was an important one and took place a full year before Cook arrived in the area. A huge amount of the North American coastline was discovered, charted for the first time, and claimed for Spain, paving the way for the Nootka dispute later on in which Quadra took a leading role. It was not until Captain Vancouver reached the Coast in 1790 that more detailed maps and charts of the coastline were made as Captain Cook's voyage in 1778 had resulted in scanty surveying and thus inadequate charts. A creole born in Lima, Quadra is one of the most significant figures in the exploration of the North West coast. The colonial navigator was assigned to the Pacific base at San Blas in what is now Mexico. Sailing on the Sonora, Quadra accompanied Bruno de Hezeta on an expedition to continue exploration of the North West coast of America, identify Russian settlements and make territorial claims for Spain where possible. However, there were several new discoveries, including that of Bucareli Sound. The Sonora left Hezeta at Point Grenville at the end of August and continued north. They landed twice on Kruzof Island, before reuniting with Hezeta at Monterey Bay in early October. He commanded a second expedition in 1779 in search of the North West Passage and was later made commandant of the base at San Blas. In 1791 he was placed in charge of negotiations over Nootka Sound and a year later met George Vancouver to resolve the dispute. Gamboa was born in Guadalajara in 1717. Having studied in Madrid, he eventually became the president of the Supreme Court in Mexico and was acknowledged as the foremost legal brain in colonial Mexico, and especially noted for his rectitude and enlightenment. In this detailed letter to the Marquis de Montealgre, he comments on the reverses sustained by the Spanish troops at Algiers and the establishment of Christian communities in unknown districts of California. The letter provides insight into the colonial ambitions of the Spanish still operating under the papal bull of 1493. King Charles III was intent on reinforcing Spanish claims to the North West of America in light of interest shown by both Russia and Britain. The Marquis de Montealgre's reply contains some interesting items of political news, including that of Galvez' appointment to the Ministry of the Indies. Howgego I, B114. . Signed.

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        A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are deduced from their Originals, and Illustrated in their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. In two volumes

      Dublin - Thomas Ewing, 1775 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An early Dublinedition ofthis English writer and lexicographer'scelebrated dictionary. 'The Fourth Edition, Revised by the Author'. With 'A History of the Language, and an English Grammar'. Complete in two volumes. Johnson's dictionary ran through five editionsduring his lifetime. Of these, the fourth stands out for having been extensively revised by Johnson. Condition: Rebacked in calf, with the original boards, and the original spine laid down. Volume I has modern endpapers. Externally, rubbed to extremities. Front board of Volume II detached but present. Rear joint of Volume II starting. Internally, firmly bound, withage toning prominent to page edges. Intermittent foxing, with the odd inkor handling mark. Volume I has occasional marginal tidemarks, not affecting text. The upper margins of both titlepages have been previouslyexcised to remove ink inscriptions. Overall: generally GOOD but needing the front board of Volume II reattaching..

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        A SERMON ON 1ST. JOHN, V.7

      Dublin: Printed by William Kidd, for William Whitestone, 1775.. [6],[7]-31,[1]pp. Small octavo. Extracted from nonce pamphlet volume. Typographic decorative title border. Early ink name on half-title, half- title neatly detached, faint tanning and occasional minor spots, but a very good copy, printed on unusually heavy paper. First Dublin edition. A Limerick edition is tentatively dated the same year, and the first London edition followed in 1776. Wesley's prefatory "Advertisement" is dated at Cork, 8 May, 1775, and refers to requests that the sermon be rendered in print before he left that city, requests that he was unable to fulfill due to circumstance. Scarce: ESTC locates 7 copies, 3 of them in North America, and OCLC does not expand that count. ESTC T45856. BAKER 306.

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        Los Fors et Costumas de Bearn. Bearn, c1775. Manuscript in six parts

      1775. [Manuscript]. Labourt, David de. Los Fors et Costumas de Bearn. Bearn, c. 1775. Six parts with continuous pagination. [i], 1161 ff. (Pagination irregular.) Folio (11-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, faint early hand-lettered title to spine. Some wear to extremities, minor inkstains and soiling to boards, hinges cracked but secure, first leaf lightly edgeworn and detached (was attached with three pieces of cellotape). Light toning to interior, text to rectos and versos of most leaves in neat hand. * Text in French, some parts translated from Occitan. This is copy of the Seigneur of Alessy David de Labourt's commentary on the tribunals and customary laws of the droit ecrit Bearn as codified in Pau in 1551. Though never published, Labourt's commentary, written in the 1650s, was probably the standard work on the subject. Despite its importance, only four copies are known to us: ours, another copied in 1886, an unsigned eighteenth century copy of 432 ff. in a Pau public library and a copy sold at Drouot auctions, dated after 1777 with 837 pp. [A detailed summary of our manuscript is available on request.]

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      [Philadelphia]: John Dunlap, [April 1775].. Broadside, 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. Printed in two columns. Minor foxing. Very good. In a half morocco box. This broadside prints extracts from the LONDON GAZETTE of February 11, 1775, including the address from Parliament to King George III, in which Parliament finds that the province of Massachusetts Bay is in outright rebellion against the Crown and makes provision for the immediate dispatch of soldiers to the colonies to quell the rebellion. The text reads, in part: "...we find that a part of your Majesty's subjects, in the province of Massachusetts Bay, have proceeded so far to resist the authority of the Supreme Legislature, that a rebellion at this time actually exists within the said province; and we see with the utmost concern, that they have been countenanced and encouraged by unlawful combinations and engagements, entered into by your Majesty's subjects in several other colonies, to the injury and oppression of many of their innocent fellow subjects, resident within the kingdom of Great Britain, and the rest of your Majesty's domains. This conduct, on their part, appears to us the more inexcusable, when we consider with how much temper your Majesty and the two Houses of Parliament, have acted in support of the laws and constitution of Great-Britain. We can never so far desert the trust reposed in us, as to relinquish any part of the sovereign authority over all your Majesty's dominions....And the conduct of many persons in several of the colonies, during the late disturbances, is alone sufficient to convince us how necessary this power is for the protection of the lives and fortunes of all your Majesty's subjects." The address continues, stating that Parliament is always willing to address real grievances by British subjects, but cannot support the flouting of authority, and asks that the King do all in his power to "enforce due obedience to the laws and authority" of the country. Further advices in the second column of text lay out the Parliamentary events leading up to this decision, and note that generals Howe and Clinton are preparing to leave for America. Reinforcements are called for in Boston, and "Orders are given for all the ships which are destined for America and Newfoundland, to take on board their full compliment of seamen and soldiers immediately." As one of the leading printers in Philadelphia, John Dunlap produced numerous pieces both for the Continental Congress and the state of Pennsylvania, whose capital was then Philadelphia. He is one of the most prominent figures in printed material from the Revolution. He is most noted for being the printer of the first broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence. An important broadside, printing news of the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Given the time it took to cross the Atlantic, this was probably printed in April 1775. Only four copies are recorded by ESTC, at the American Antiquarian Society, New-York Historical Society, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. NAIP adds a copy at the Library of Congress. ESTC W6492. NAIP w006492. EVANS 14075. HILDEBURN 3150.

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        Description historique et topographique de la grande route de Paris à Reims, avec le plan de cette dernière ville, orné d'allégories

      Paris: Vente and Vignon, 1775. Small folio (244 x 168 mm). Letterpress title within engraved ornamental border, 23 unnumbered double-page engravings, including dedication leaf with allegorical scene of the royal departure for Rheims, engravings [2-22] occupying the upper half of each double-page opening with letterpress descriptive text below, no. [23] a double-page engraving of the entry of Louis XVI into Rheims, large folding engraved view-plan of Rheims within floral border with four oval pictorial cartouches including medallion portraits of Clovis and Louis XVI. (Some marginal soiling, lower margin of dedication plate shaved, small loss to text of sheet 11 from old adhesion, folding plate with repaired tear at mount and a few discreetly repaired marginal fold breaks.) Bound in 1912 for Georges Montandon by Charles de Samblanx in crimson gold-tooled morocco, sides paneled with central floral cartouche surrounding a gilt fleur-de-lys, small anchor tools at corners evoking Montandon's coat-of-arms, spine gilt with faux raised bands, turn-ins gilt, gilt edges, Samblanx's gold-stamped signature on upper turn-in; slipcase. Provenance: Georges Montandon (1879-1944), Swiss anthropologist and race theorist, his engraved armorial ex-libris printed on specially inserted flyleaf preceding title. First edition. Published in honor of Louis XVI's coronation at Rheims, "dedicated and presented to the King" Coutans' little road atlas describes and illustrates with bird's-eye views every significant locality along the route from Paris to Rheims. Coutans was a Benedictine of the celebrated Abbey of St. Maur, which makes a discreet appearance in the outskirts of Soissons on plate 15. This copy belonged to the Swiss anthropologist Georges Montandon, whose ethno-racist theories evolved into a militant anti-Semitism and active Nazi collaboration, for which he was killed by members of the Resistance on August 3, 1944..

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        Flora Londinensis; or, Plates and Descriptions of such Plants as grow wild in the Environs of London

      London: printed for and sold by the Author & B.White & Son (vol.I), for the author (vol.II), [1775-]1777-1798. 2 volumes, folio. (17 7/8 x 11 inches). Engraved oval title vignette to vol.I, 435 hand-coloured engraved plates, after Sydenham Edwards, James Sowerby and William Kilburn, with some plates printed in colours and hand-coloured, as issued. 2pp. subscriber list in vol. 1, general index to fascicules 1-3 in vol. 1 and part indices to fascicules 4-6 in vol. 2. Plates in vol. 1 with period manuscript numbering in the lower left corner of each plate. Contemporary full tree calf, covers with a gilt roll tool border, upper covers with central arms in gilt of Lord Willoughby de Broke, expertly rebacked to style, flat spine in seven compartments divided by gilt roll tools, red and green morocco labels in the second and fourth compartments, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt. Rare first edition of the first English colour-plate national flora: a large copy with wide margins to both plates and text. Curtis, with the support of Lord Bute, published the first part in 1775. For "ten years he continued ... at his congenial but unremunerative task, [and] by 1787, the results of his labour were two splendid folio volumes and a deficit that made the continuance of his venture impossible. He understood the cause of the trouble and saw the remedy: if his clients refused to buy folio pictures of the unassuming plants that grew by the wayside, he would win their patronage with octavo engravings of the bright flowers that filled their gardens. Thus, in 1787, The Botanical Magazine was born" (Blunt. p.212). The success of the magazine allowed Curtis to continue the publication of the Flora Londiniensis, the former, as Curtis put it, providing the "pudding", the latter the greater satisfaction and the critical acclaim from his peers. The majority of the illustrations in the first volume are by William Kilburn with the rest of the plates divided between James Sowerby and Sydenham Edwards. The present copy, includes the "Catalogue of certain plants, growing wild in the environs of Settle" (here bound in the second volume). Unusually, the second volume here includes the three individual fascicule indices which were often discarded. Dunthorne 87; Great Flower Books (1990) p.88; Henrey III, 595; Hunt 650; Nissen BBI 439; Stafleu & Cowan 1286.

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        Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air [volumes I-III]. Experiments and Observations relating to Various Branches of Natural Philosophy; with a Continuation of the Observations on Air [volumes IV-VI, with, at the end of volume I] Philosophical Empiricism

      London / Birmingham: J. Johnson, 1775 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air [volumes I-III]. Experiments and Observations relating to Various Branches of Natural Philosophy; with a Continuation of the Observations on Air [volumes IV-VI, with, at the end of volume I] 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 [volumes I-IV]. Birmingham: J. Johnson [volumes V & VI], 1775-86. 8vo. (21x13cm). 6 engraved plates, 5 folding, advertisement leaves at the end of each volume (but lacking after Philosophical Empiricism), half-title in volume I, with the final blank in volumes IV-VI. Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked. Provenance: Sotheby's, Important Medical Books from the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, Sale Oct. 27, 1969. ---- Cole 1082. I. cf.Dibner 40; cf.Garrison-Morton 920; Gedeon pp.124-25; Horblit 85; cf.PMM 217. - Second edition of volumes I & II and FIRST EDITION of the remainder of Priestley's greatest work in which he identified and isolated oxygen. 'During this period - in addition to his discovery of oxygen - Priestley described the isolation and identification of ammonia, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and nitrogen dioxide, and silicon terafluoride. He discussed the properties of mineral acids; further extended the knowledge of photosynthesis; defined the role of blood in respiration: and noted, unknowingly, the differential diffusion of gases through porous containers' (DSB). FIRST EDITION of the Philosophical Empiricism. 'Priestley had been accused of plagiarising Bryan Higgins's experiments on air and wrote this pamphlet in reply to Dr. Brocklesby and Dr. Higgins, In this work Priestley, who had attended some of the lectures given by Higgins, throws some light on the course, gives informations concerning the treatment of air in Higgins's Syllabus and on the personality of Higgins'. 1775-1786.

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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.

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        A Map of the most Inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole Province of Maryland with part of Pennsilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina

      London: Printed for Robt. Sayer and Thomas Jefferys, 1775. Copper- engraving with period outline hand colouring. Printed on four folio sheets, joined into two, and measuring 30 ¾ x 48 ¾ inches if joined. A landmark in the mapping of Virginia and Maryland. This is the most important eighteenth century map of Virginia. It was the first to accurately depict the Blue Ridge, and to lay down the colonial road system of Virginia. A great number of plantations are located and identified by family name. The attractive cartouche depicts appropriately a tobacco warehouse and wharf and is one of the earliest images of the Virginia tobacco trade. The map was commissioned by the English Lords of Trade, who in 1750 required each colony to conduct a comprehensive survey. Joshua Fry, a mathematician at the College of William and Mary, and Peter Jefferson, a surveyor and the father of Thomas Jefferson, who together had drawn the boundaries of Lord Fairfax's lands in 1746 and surveyed the Virginia-North Carolina boundary in 1749, were appointed to execute the commission. Completed in 1751, the map was a masterful synthesis of original surveys and existing data. A major revision in 1755 incorporated important information about the western part of the colony from the journals of John Dalrymple and other sources. It is the 1755 edition that forms the basis for the subsequent editions. While all English editions of the map are now rare, the first two referred to above are extremely so. Eight separate states of the Fry-Jefferson map have been identified. The four early states culminate in the issue of 1755, by which time all of the important geographical revisions were incorporated. In the four states subsequent to 1755, geographic detail was unchanged, but bibliographic detail (e.g. publisher's imprint) varied. The first four states are so rare as to be virtually unobtainable. The present example is state 6, as identified by Coolie Verner, which differs from state 5 only by the date printed in the title (1775 instead of 1751), and from state 7, by a change in imprint (state 7 omits Jefferys' address, which is included in state 6). Degrees of Latitude, 30; Stephenson & McKee Virginia in Maps, Map II- 21A-D, p. 83; Cumming 281; Coolie Verner, "The Fry and Jefferson Map", Imago Mundi XXI, pp. 70-94; cf. On the Map, Figure 42; Papenfuse & Coale, pp. 34-36.

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        Faucon coleur de marron avec un grand bec aquilin [Chestnut-coloured Falcon with long beak] [Pl. 28]

      [Rome: Bouchard & Gravier, 1775]. Etching with engraving, coloured by hand. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling. 14 5/8 x 12 inches. 20 5/8 x 15 inches. 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

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        The Constitution of England;

      London: printed by T. Spilsbury, and sold by G. Kearsley,, 1775. or, An Account of the English Government; in which it is Compared, both with the Republican Form of Government, and the Other Monarchies in Europe. Small quarto (210 × 125 mm). Contemporary full tree calf, spine gilt in compartments with a red morocco title label and elaborate floral gilt tooling. Covers rubbed and scratched, front hinge breached but holding fine, bottom corner of front board weakened with loss to pastedown, occasional ink marks to leaves. Still a good sound copy. First English edition of Swiss-English political theorist Jean-Louis de Lolme's favourable assessment of the liberties latent in the British constitution. The book "was widely praised as a superior account of the British constitution, comparable with the eleventh book of Montesquieu's L'esprit des lois and William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England" (ODNB). It was originally written in French and published the Netherlands in 1771. This copy, in a contemporary tree-calf binding, has the contemporary ownership inscription dated 1780 of a young Sir Erasmus Dixon Borrowes (1759-1814), 6th baronet Borrowes of Kildaire, Ireland.

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        Discours Dur L'Origine et les Fondemens de L'Inegalite' Parmi les Hommes (Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men)

      Amsterdam: Marc Michel Rey, 1775. At least a very early printing of this important masterpiece; matches most of the conditions for a true first, but there is no frontispiece; it may have been removed in rebinding. Has three cancelled pages; misspelled author's name ("Jaques" appears on the title page and at the end of the dedication); vignettes on title and dedication pages; hand-correction on p. 11 (accent on conforme); ends with Errata/Avis page, and there is no engraving at p. 258. Page L5 is mismarked 'K5'; but page lxv is numbered correctly. The cancels and the hand-corrected accent lead me to believe that this is not one of the 'counterfeit', or pirated facsimile editions. G+ in a very old full-leather binding which may be contemporary, . Has 18th-cent. marbled eps, aeg, dentilles, triple gilt rule on boards, raised bands on spine. Has original blue silk ribbon, very fragile. Gilt sunflowers in panels on spine; title label has just the letters that would fit, so it reads "Discour/de/Roussea". Boards rubbed; lower rear corner of spine chipped or eaten away; corners very worn, and edges somewhat; external hinges beginning to split; gilt is dulled; old owner's name on title page; minimal foxing, at its worst on the errata page; pages a little stiff from rippling but very clean. LXX + (2) +262 + (2) pp. total.. Hard Cover.

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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. 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,, II, pp. cliii-clv; Beddie, 1270; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 60; Hill, 1087; Holmes, 16; Kroepelien, 809; O'Reilly-Reitman, 379; Rosove, 214.A1.a; Spence, 758.

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      London: Printed for and Sold by the Author, at his Botanic-Garden; and B. White and Son, 1775. FIRST EDITIONS. Hardcover. Fine--and Excessively Rare--Copy of the "Flora" First Editions as Published over a 53-Year Span. 489 x 298 mm (19 1/4 x 11 3/4"). Lacking only the dedication to the Earl of Bute and list of subscribers in volume I; collation occasionally differing from index, as usual, but everything otherwise present. Nine volumes. FIRST EDITIONS. Beautifully rebound by Courtland Benson in replica marbled half calf with green spot marbledpaper sides, spines gilt in 7 panels with floral center tool and decorative pallets, red title label and green volume label, convincing new laid paper endpapers. With two engraved black and white title vignettes and A TOTAL OF 639 FINELY EXECUTED, ALWAYS PLEASING, AND NOT INFREQUENTLY MEMORABLE HAND-COLORED BOTANICAL ENGRAVINGS ON 636 PLATES (as called for): volumes I-VI with 435 engravings on 432 plates, and volumes VII-IX with 204 plates. Original tissue guards in first six volumes. Front pastedown of volumes I-VI with armorial bookplate of W. T. Salvin of Croxdale (see below). Dunthorne 87; Johnston 532; Henrey 595; Hunt 650; Nissen BBI 439, 440; Pritzel 2004, 2005; Sitwell, pp. 88-89; Stafleu and Cowan 1286. The original 18th century boards somewhat faded, abraded, and soiled, but the recently restored bindings entirely sound and extremely attractive on the shelf. One lower corner torn off a text leaf (well away from the letterpress), two index leaves expertly reinforced at fore edge to repair tears, occasional (three dozen?) text leaves with overall yellowing or else faintly foxed, about 60 of the tissue guards with some degree of foxing (indicating they have done their job), and perhaps 50 of the plates that contain dark, broad plant elements faintly offset through the tissue guards onto a facing page, the engravings printed on slightly varying shades of paper, with perhaps a dozen plates beyond cream-color to yellowish (but never browned, and only three or four with even minor foxing), other trivial imperfections, but AN EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE COPY--WITH THE FINAL THREE VOLUMES ALMOST PRISTINE--THE PLATES CONSISTENTLY CLEAN AND FRESH, RICHLY COLORED, AND VIRTUALLY UNAFFECTED BY THE FOXING THAT NORMALLY AFFLICTS THIS WORK. Although various parts and editions of the "Flora Londinensis" appear regularly in the marketplace, the present item is an exceedingly rare copy of this celebrated botanical work in that it is comprised of the first editions of both William Curtis' original issues, published in 72 numbers appearing between 1775 and 1798, and Sir William Jackson Hooker's continuation of the work, published between 1817 and 1828. Since at least 1975, there seems not to be a single auction record in ABPC for such a combined complete set of "Flora" volumes issued over the 53-year span of our copy's publication. William Curtis (1746-99) is one of the great names in natural history, and his "Flora Londinensis" (as well as his famous "Botanical Magazine") is a landmark in English botany. A pharmacist, botanist, and entomologist, Curtis set up a botanic garden of British plants at Bermondsey in 1771 and two years later was appointed demonstrator of plants at the Chelsea Physic Garden, a post he held until 1777. Although the stated purpose of the "Flora Londinensis" is to depict the plants growing within a 10-mile radius of London, the work is much more comprehensive in scope than its title suggests, for it embraces most of the English flora. As a result, it should be properly regarded as the first color-plate national flora. It is an impressive work with handsome engraved illustrations and wonderfully rich coloring. In it, "Curtis adopted the novel plan of having specimens drawn to a uniform scale and to life size, and most of the plates display a high degree of accuracy. In the opinion of [Sir J. E.] Salisbury, the majority of the figures 'represent the most successful portrayals of British wild flowers that have ever been achieved.'" (Henrey II, 67). Described by the Hunt catalogue as the "splendid, complicated, basic, English flora," the work contains some of James Sowerby's first botanical illustrations as well as the work of William Kilburn, Sydenham Edwards, Francis Sansom, and perhaps others (none of the plates is signed). Unfortunately, the "Flora Londinensis" was not a financial success and consequently was cut short for lack of subscriptions: according to Miss Henrey's account, no more than 300 of any single number are believed to have been printed. (Johnston, The Cleveland Botanical Collections, p. 495) The work was nevertheless appreciated by Curtis' fellow naturalists. John Lightfoot, for example, wrote to Curtis in 1781: "I am charmed with every number of your excellent Flora." Another admirer was William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), a professor of botany at Glasgow University, who also served as editor of Curtis' "Botanical Magazine." Beginning in 1817, he issued an enlarged, extended edition that included both Curtis' original work, and three additional volumes of new plates with descriptions he wrote. The new addition is in every way a worthy successor to Curtis' original, with beautifully detailed plates sumptuously colored. The charm of these works, as well as their beauty and accuracy, remains undiminished for us today in these remarkably well-preserved plates. The first six volumes of our set at one time graced the library at Croxdale Hall, the stately home that has been in the Salvin family since 1402.

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      London. March 13, 1775.. 2pp. plus integral address leaf. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Old fold lines. Some slight separation at folds. Address leaf with some wear and loss from wax seal. Very good. An interesting letter written by Benjamin Franklin to Sir Alexander Dick in Edinburgh, taking his leave from England on the verge of the American Revolution, and recommending the son of his friend, Benjamin Duffield. Franklin writes: "John Dalrymple the other day inform'd me that you and your dear family were lately well, which to hear gave me great pleasure. Being on the point of embarking for America, I would not leave Britain without taking leave of a friend I have so much reason to esteem and love. I pray God to bless you and yours with every kind of felicity. If at any time I can on the other side of the water render acceptable service to you or any friend of yours, it will be a pleasure to me to receive your commands. May I take the liberty of recommending to your countenance and protection an ingenious young man, son of a friend of mine at Philadelphia, now studying physic at Edinburg. Your kind advice may be of great use to him, and I am persuaded he will always retain a grateful sense of any favourable notice you may think fit to take of him. His name is Duffield, and he will have the honor of presenting this to your hands. With Sincere Affection & Attachment I am ever, Dear Sir, Your obliged & most obedient humbl. Servant B. Franklin." Franklin has appended a P.S. "Our Friend Sir J. Pringle was well last evening." In 1773, Benjamin Franklin was serving as an agent for the Pennsylvania Colony in London when he came into possession of letters that further strained the increasingly tenuous relationship between England and her American colonies. Written by Thomas Hutchinson, the English-appointed governor of Massachusetts, these letters called for reductions in liberties allowed to English citizens residing in America. Franklin promptly forwarded these letters to America, where they were published, resulting in a public outcry. Called before the English Foreign Ministry in January 1774, Franklin was severely berated for this act and dismissed as deputy postmaster general for North America. In spite of this affront, Franklin continued to strive for reconciliation between the English colonists and their mother country. Hoping to avert the passage of the Boston Port Bill, he went so far as to personally guarantee payment for the tea dumped during the Boston Tea Party. Even after the bill passed and Boston's port was closed, Franklin maintained his conciliatory stance. Subsequently, he began collaborating with William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, hoping that this treaty might fare better than previous endeavors. When Chatham presented the bill in February 1775, it was vehemently attacked by the ministers and their supporters. Lord Sandwich, one of the most vocal opponents of the bill, turned his attention towards Franklin, who was present, and stated that "he fancied he had in his eye the person who drew it up, one of the bitterest and most mischievous enemies this country has ever known." This personal attack was the last straw, and Franklin emerged from that session an ardent devotee of colonial independence. He set sail for Philadelphia on March 21, a week after this letter was written, and just three weeks before the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord, signaling the start of the Revolutionary War. Landing at Philadelphia on May 5, the talk of war and the creation of a new nation was everywhere. The next day, Franklin was elected a delegate to the second Continental Congress, and he quickly emerged as one of the most radical members of that body. Sir Alexander Dick (1703-1785), to whom he writes here, was one of Franklin's warmest friends in Great Britain. A physician, he practiced medicine in Edinburgh and was the president of the College of Physicians there from 1756-63. He was also a member of the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh, and was one of the founders of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Benjamin Duffield (1753-99) was the son of one of Franklin's friends, a Philadelphia clock- and watchmaker named Edward Duffield. Benjamin Duffield traveled to Edinburgh in 1774 to complete his medical studies and Franklin had a hand in introducing him to several important persons there. Apparently he ran into some trouble because he sent Franklin a letter from Bordeaux in 1779, apologizing for past transgressions and indicating that he had finally managed to scrape together the money to come home to Philadelphia. In the end, he did return to Philadelphia, acquiring a large medical practice and becoming an early lecturer in the field of obstetrics. Franklin's postscript refers to Royal Society member Sir John Pringle, another Scottish doctor who was a good friend of both men. A wonderful and unpublished letter from this key period in Franklin's diplomatic career.

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        Bibliotheca Concionatoria Ethices Christianae preacipua continens argumenta ordine alphabetico digesta. E Gallico Sermone in Latinum translata. Editio novissima, cui nunc primum praeter supplementa, quae alias deerand, suo loco apposita, accedit tomus quintus non antea vulgatus continens duas tabulas, quae usum operis universi faciliorem efficient

      Augsburg, Wolff 1775. 35 cm. 4 Bände. (4), 17, (1), 666; (2), 621, (1); (2), 664; (2), 574 Seiten mit 4 Titelvignetten, Band 1 Titel rot und schwarz. Festeinband, Ledereinband der Zeit - Houdry (1631 - 1729), Jesuit aus Tours, lehrte Philosophie und Theologie zu Paris. Etwas berieben, stellenweise stock- bzw. braunfleckig. Angebunden: Houdry, Vincent: Bibliotheca concionatorum tum moralis evangelicae, tum theologiae. Tomus postremus. Continens duas tabulas, quae usum operis universi faciliorem efficient. Prima nempe indigitat varias sermonum adumbrationes propriauqe et naturalia argumente ... altera completitur plures sermonum, argumentorumque adumbrationes pro variis adventuum cursibus. Opus Gallico in Latinum translatum. Augsburg, Wolff 1764. 187, (1) Seiten - Sprache / Language: Lateinisch / Latin -

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        La Pucelle D´Orleans. Poeme, divisé en ving-un chants

      Extra illustrated copy in its original binding. 1775. Londres. In 8vo (192 mm x 116 mm). 1 [blank] + xv + 447 + 1 [blank]. Elegant contemporary brown calf, boards with triple gilt fillet, spine flat heavily gilt, green morocco lettering piece, inner dentelle, rebacked preserving original spine by an expert, a little bumped, else perfect. Gently and lightly browned, else a fresh copy in original condition, extra illustrated. Second, enlarged edition by Voltaire. The edition contains one more sanza, foreword and notes by Voltaire under the pseudonymous Don Apuleius Risorius, Bénédictin and M. de Morza. Each leave framed by a double gilt fillet; the illustration is composed of an engraved title, frontispiece and 21 plates out of text attributed to Desrais, [and possibly Gravelot and Marillier] additionally, it is extra illustrated with an additional 19 plates from a previous unidentified edition. The work, based on the life of Joan of Arc, is arguably Voltaire´s masterpiece in the field of erotic literature and rationalism. Provenance: red morocco ex libris with monogram ?GNR[?]? interlaced. Cohen de Ricci, 1031.

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        A Plan of Chaleur Bay in the Gulf of St. Laurence, Surveyd by His Majesty's Ship Norwich in 1760. [published in: The North-American Pilot for Newfoundland, Labradore, the Gulf and River St.Laurence: being a collection of sixty accurate charts and plans, drawn from original surveys: taken by James Cook and Michael Lane, Surveyors, and Joseph Gilbert, and other officers in the King's service] [XIV]

      London: Robert Sayer & John Bennett, 25 March 1775. Copper engraving on a single page (approx. plate area: 14 x 21 1/2 inches). Good condition, old vertical crease. 14 5/8 x 21 3/4 inches. A spectacular chart from the survey which laid the foundation upon which Captain Cook's reputation as a surveyor and navigator rested. At the conclusion of the French and Indian War, the British needed accurate charts of the territories that had been awarded to them in the Treaty of Paris. The areas that were of particular interest to the Admiralty included Labrador and Newfoundland. "On 19 April 1763 James Cook, Master R.N.. was ordered by the Admiralty to proceed to Newfoundland 'in order to your taking a survey of the Parts of the Coasts and Harbours of that Island'" (Tooley & Skelton, in Tooley's The Mapping of America p.177). His appointment would have been based, in no small part, on the glowing endorsment of his commanding officer, who had written to the Admiralty in December 1762 "that from my experience of Mr. Cook's genius and capacity, I think him well fitted for the work he has undertaken, and for greater undertakings of the same kind". "The charting of Newfoundland and southern Labrador by Cook... and by his successor Michael Lane ... was unequalled, for thoroughness and method, by any previous hydrographic work by Englishmen [and also allowed Cook to master the art of practical surveying and navigation, in a way that brought him to the attention of the Admiralty and Royal Society at a crucial moment. More immediately.] it produced the first charts of this extensive and difficult coastline that could (in the words of a later hydrographer) 'with any degree of safety be trusted by the seaman'" (Tooley & Skelton op. cit.). Cook started by surveying the northwest stretch of coastline in 1763 and 1764, then in 1765 and 1766 the south coast between Cape Ray and the Burin Peninsula, and in 1767 the west coast. His work was interrupted by what was to prove to be the first of his three great voyages to the Pacific, and the work on Newfoundland and southern Labrador was finished by Michael Lane between 1768 and 1773. Thomas Jefferys used the charts by Cook and others to form the "Collection of Charts of 1769-70, a prototype ... for the celebrated North-American Pilot which was to be published in five English editions from 1775 to 1806" (Tooley & Skelton op,cit.). The present example is from Sayer and Bennett's 1775 edition (Tooley & Skelton's # 13). Skelton & Tooley, "The Marine Surveys of James Cook in North America" 13.XIV in Tooley, The Mapping of America.

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