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        Ils Psalms de David.

      Gadina/Chur, Pfeffer 1776 - 16 S., davon eines mit Noten, 803 S., angebunden: Alchuns Psalms da David.Zernez, Peffer, 1775, 226 S., Ledereinband der Zeit auf 5 Bünden, am Rücken unten lädiert, 2 Schliessen, nicht ganz vollständig erhalten, Barth 2985, handgeschriebene Widmung (?) auf Vorsatz

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat A. Wempe]
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      London, 1776. Sheet size: approximately 30 x 21 3/4 inches. In excellent condition. Matted. A very rare and highly important sea chart of South Carolina's Hilton Head area, made towards the beginning of the Revolutionary War, in the first state. This finely engraved map was the finest sea chart of the area available in the early days of the Revolutionary War, and most certainly would have played an important role in the development of strategies by various commanders. It embraces the coastal region of South Carolina from Port Royal Sound in the north, down past the mouth of the Savannah River and Tybee Island, Georgia, in the south. Prominently featured is Hilton Head Island (called "Trench's Island") and "D'Awfoskee Sound," which is today known as Calibogue Sound. The old name survives on "D'Awfoskee Island," but now spelled Daufauskie, located at the center of the map. The region has one of the most varied and fascinating histories of any in the American South. Originally inhabited by the Yamassee native tribe, the area first came to the attention of Europeans during the expedition of Francisco Cordillo in 1521. Parris Island, located in Port Royal Sound, in the upper part of the map, was home to two early settlements. In 1562, Jean Ribaut founded a Huguenot settlement, Charlesfort, but the Spaniards did not tolerate its presence and destroyed it in short order. The Spaniards then founded their own fort and Jesuit mission, Santa Elena, nearby in 1566. In 1661 the English formally staked claim to the region, naming it Carolina after Charles II. In 1663, Captain William Hilton sailed from Barbados aboard the Adventure, on a reconnaissance mission to explore his country's new claims. It was then that he encountered a beautiful island, featuring a prominent sandy cape, which he named "Hilton Head." Once ashore, he remarked that the island was blessed with "sweet water" and "clear sweet air." English settlers arrived in the region in the 1670s; but it was not until 1717 that the first Englishman, Col. John Barnwell, settled on Hilton Head, having been given a grant of one hundred acres in the northwest corner of the island. In the 18th century the region enjoyed a very successful economy based on plantations and maritime trade, although it was under threat from attacks by both the Spanish and pirates, most notoriously "Blackbeard." This sea chart was one of the most detailed and accurate of any of the American coastline. The immense detail of the hydrography was the result of surveys conducted by Captain John Gascoigne, assisted by his brother James. In 1728, aboard the H.M.S. Alborough, he employed the most sophisticated and modern techniques with exacting attention to detail to produce a manuscript chart. The next year this chart was altered by Francis Swaine, and it would appear that Swaine's manuscript, or a close copy of it, found its way to the London workshop of William Faden. Faden, the successor to the great Thomas Jefferys, adapted this map from a section of Swaine's manuscript, and the present first state was printed in 1776. During the American Revolution this area was an active military theatre. At the outbreak of the war, Hilton Head and most other areas sided with the Americans; however, Daufauskie Island fell under British control. Britain's superior naval power allowed its ships to conduct frequent raids along the coast for the duration of the war, but the real threat to the American cause came in December 1778 when British general Augustin Prevost seized Savannah, determined to use it as a base for further operations. The following February he dispatched a team of marines to take control of Port Royal Sound. They initially engaged the Americans at Hilton Head before proceeding further up Port Royal Sound, but the invasion was ultimately repelled by Gen. William Moultrie at Beaufort. On September 24th of the same year, in what was to become known as the Battle of Hilton Head, three British ships were set upon by a trio of French ships allied to the American cause. After a dramatic chase and an intense exchange of cannon fire, the principal British ship, the H.M.S. Experiment, was forced to surrender.

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        The Gentleman Farmer. Being an Attempt to improve Agriculture, By subjecting it to the Test of Rational Principles.

      Three engraved plates. xxvi (i.e. xxiv), 409 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, cont. calf (covers a little stained), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Edinburgh: W. Creech & T. Cadell, 1776. First edition. Home (1696-1782), a leading judge in Scotland and the author of several legal and agricultural works, counted James Boswell (who had an affair with Home's daughter Jean), David Hume, Adam Smith, and Benjamin Franklin as friends. In 1766, Home's wife inherited the estate Blair Drummond in Perthshire. "This estate was to provide a focus of Kames's quest for agricultural improvement, setting in train a scheme to clear moss land of its unproductive top layers of moss and peat. His enthusiasm for improvement bore fruit with the publication of a 400-page tome, The Gentleman Farmer, in 1776. This book offered both an attempt to bring together agricultural change and technique into a coherent theoretical system and some very practical observations based on experience about crops, rotations, buildings, and stock. He observed how much progress there had been, and how very different the condition of agriculture in Scotland was from forty years previously, but called for the creation of a board for improving agriculture: centralized direction had benefited the linen industry, and would, in his view, do the same for agriculture."-ODNB. Nice fresh copy. ❧ Fussell, II, pp. 108-10. .

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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        Experimentum nascens de remedio specifico sub signo specifico in mania virorum.

      Wien, Kurzbök, 1776. 20,5 x 14cm, mod. Pappband, Rückenschild, 7 Bl., 157 S., hervorragendes Exemplar! Auenbrugger (1722-1809) beschreibt die positive Wirkung von Kampfer, welches er erregten und \"verrückten\" Patienten in solchen Dosen gab, dass epileptische Anfälle auftraten. In den 30er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts wurde diese Behandlung wieder aufgegriffen, allerdings bald durch Cardiazol (Meduna), Insulin (Sakel) und Elektroschock (Cerletti) ersetzt. Sehr selten! HUNTER/MACALPINE 332. NORMAN 87: \"Campher had long been firmly established in the psychiatric pharmacopeia as it had both excitatory and inhibiting effects, depending on the size of the dose. Auenbrugger availed himself of a primitive type of convulsive therapy by giving his patients enough campher to produce severe and prolonged seizures\". Ein Porträt von van Swieten, das manchmal erwähnt wird, fehlt hier; allerdings enthält auch keines der im KVK aufgeführten Exemplare ein solches; es wurde sicher nur einem kleinen Teil der Auflage beigegeben Versand D: 5,00 EUR Psychiatriegeschichte, Krampftherapie, Psychiatrie, Kampfer

      [Bookseller: Versandantiquariat Am Osning]
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        Didon abandonnée par Enée. Aeneas’ Abschied von Dido.

      1776 1776 - Feder in Schwarz, rotbraun laviert und mit Deckweiß gehöht, über Bleistift, auf bräunlichem Papier, mit Goldlitze, mehreren Tuschlinien und hellgrün lavierter Umrandung, unten Mitte eigenhändig in franz. Sprache betitelt, rechts unten signiert und datiert „Dessiné et inv: par H. Ramberg Mens: Aug: 1776? 27,9:41 cm. „Ein umfänglicher Bestand an Zeichnungen des Knaben Ramberg, die sich als Geschenk von Rambergs Nachfahren, . in Hannover erhalten haben, erlaubt Einblicke, wie Ramberg von seinem Vater angeleitet und wie seine Begabung gefördert wurde. Die Blätter reichen bis 1774 zurück, als Ramberg in seinem elften Lebensjahr in Rötel nach antiken Vorlagen, Gipsen und Graphiken, wie sie in der Sammlung des Kriegssekretärs vorhanden waren, zeichnete. 1776 widmete er sich Hirten- und Fischerszenen, Putten, aber auch Köpfe und Figuren im Stil Rembrandts sowie klassischen Themen wie Mucius Scävola." (Zit. aus: A. von Rohr, Johann Heinrich Ramberg 1773-Hannover-1840. Maler für König und Volk. Hannover 1998, S. 13).

      [Bookseller: Galerie Joseph Fach GmbH]
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        Journée de l'amour, ou heures de Cythere

      S.n. 1776 - - S.n., A Gnide 1776, In-8 (12,5x20,3cm), xiv (2) 165pp. (1), relié. - Edition originale en premier tirage des 4 figures et de 8 culs-de-lampe d'après le peintre Taunay, seule illustration réalisée par cet artiste. Cohen parle de "gracieuses figures". Exemplaire aux armes et pièces d'armes de Jean-Claude Flamen d'Assigny, d'azur à deux lions rampants d'or. Homme politique et agronome, deux fois Président du Conseil général de la Nièvre. Reliure en plein veau brun marbré d'époque. Dos lisse orné, roulette en queue et tête. Pièce de titre en maroquin rouge. Armes frappés sur les plats et pièces d'armes angulaires, et triple filet d'encadrement. Roulette sur les coupes. Bel exemplaire. Recueil de contes et de poésies en vers et proses, de discours, l'ensemble célébrant la journée de l'amour, divisée en huit heures ; chaque heure portant un intitulé : L'imagination, L'absence, La jalousie. oeuvre de 5 auteurs qui avaient formé la société littéraire de "La table ronde" : Favart, la Comtesse de Turpin, Boufflers, Guillard et Voisenon. Ex-libris gravé aux armes de Flamen d'Assigny. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition first printing of figures 4 and 8 tail-lamp after Taunay painter, one image created by this artist. Cohen on "graceful figures". Copy to weapons and weapons parts Flament Assigny xiv (2) 165pp. (1) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        PRINCIPIOS MILITARES en que se explican las operaciones de la guerra subterranea, o el modo de dirigir, fabricar, y usar las minas y contra-minas en el ataque y defensa de las plazas

      Barcelona, Eulalia Piferrer Viuda, 1776.. Dispuestos para la instruccion de la ilustre juventud del Real Cuerpo de Artilleria. FIRST EDITION, 1776. Small 4to, approximately 210 x 140 mm, 8¼ x 5½ inches, 24 folding engraved plates and plans, pages: (30), 286, Spanish text, bound in full antique mottled leather, raised bands and gilt decoration to spine, gilt lettered morocco label, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Head and tail of spine and corners slightly rubbed, cover edges slightly worn, several scrapes to surface of upper cover, ink ownership stamp to half-title, top of title page and lower margin of page 15, small correction to 2 words, few pale brown marks to final page of text, small light stain to lower blank corner of last 4 plates, otherwise contents fine and bright, a couple of plates protruding slightly from text block. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy. A scarce Spanish technical military book. The author Don Raimundo Sanz is described on the title page as Cabellero del Orden de Santiago, Mariscal de Campo de los Exercitos de S. M., y Coronel del Real Cuerpo de Artilleria. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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        Herrn Pitton von Tournefort [...] Beschreibung einer auf königlichen Befehl unternommenen Reise nach der Levante. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt. Erster Band. [Und:] Dritter Band.

      Nürnberg, Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1776/77 8°, Bd. 1: Titelbl. m. Titelkupfer, 2 Bl. «Vorbericht des Uebersetzers», 1 Bl. «Innhalt», 503 S. m. 44 gestochenen Taf. (davon 4 gefaltet); Bd. 3: Titelbl. m. Titelkupfer, 1 Bl. «Innhalt», 641 S. (Paginierungssprung: nach S. 57 als S. 60 paginiert) mit 60 gestochenen Taf. , 1 Bl. Bindeanweisung., HLdr. d. Zt. mit Rundum-Rotschnitt, Rücken gebrochen, Verluste an den Kapitalen, Kanten beschabt, twl. etw. gebräunt u. min. stockfl.; Bd. 1: hint. Vs. verklebt, Vs. mit wenigen Wurmfrassspuren, Ecken bestossen, Bd. 3: hint. Deckel gelockert, Kanten durchgerieben, vorletztes Bl. tlw. lose, die Taf. Nr. 39 ist nach Taf. Nr. 21, die Nr. 25 nach Nr. 27, die Nr. 55 nach Nr. 56 eingebunden. Innen gutes und meist frisches Ex. Dt. EA. (Nur) zwei Bände der dreibändigen deutschen Ausgabe der Dokumentation der im Auftrag von Louis XIV. unternommenen Forschungsreise nach der Levante um 1700; enthält haupsächlich botanische. ethnologische und archäologische Studien und entsprechende Abb.. Versand D: 20,00 EUR Reisen - Europa Biologie - allgemein

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Peter Petrej]
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      [Boston, 1776. One vertical and three horizontal folds. Edges mildly frayed with small losses; several small losses at fold intersections, slightly affecting woodcut and two words of text. Minor foxing, one light stain in woodcut ( 1/2 x 3/4 inch). Very good. Matted. In a cloth chemise and blue half morocco and cloth slipcase, spine gilt. A rare, large-format broadside containing two songs celebrating the British defeat at Boston to General Washington's army after a siege that had lasted from April 1775. Winslow noted that the large woodcut had previously been used on a broadside of 1745 describing the siege of Louisbourg. The first song begins: "In seventeen hundred and seventy six, / On March the eleventh, the time was prefix'd, / Our forces march'd on Dorchester Neck, / Made fortifications against an attack." The supplies and munitions left by the departing British are mentioned, as is a fire set at Castle William during the evacuation. The poet concludes spiritedly: "Let 'em go, let 'em go, for what they will fetch, / I think their great Howe is a miserable wretch; / And as for his men, they are fools for their pains, / So let them return to Old England again." The second song, in a different meter, comprises thirteen four-line stanzas. It commences with a remembrance of the Battle of Bunker Hill: "It wasn't our will that Bunker-Hill, / From us should e'er be taken...." The American re-occupation of Bunker Hill is described, along with several scarecrows left by the British (to give the impression it was still garrisoned). Then: "The women come, and children run, / To brave Putnam rejoicing, / Saying now is the time to man your lines, / For the soldiers have left Boston." The poet speculates on the British force's destination: "Some say they've sail'd for Halifax, / And others for New-York...Where they are bound there's none can tell, / But the great God on high, / May all our heads be covered well, / When cannon balls do fly." A smaller format broadside of the same two songs, set in a different type but employing the same cut, is entitled, simply, ON THE EVACUATION OF BOSTON BY THE BRITISH TROOPS. ESTC locates only three copies, at the Essex Institute, the American Antiquarian Society, and Princeton.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Die Neue Heloise, oder Briefe zweyer Liebenden, aus einer kleinen Stadt am Fusse der Alpen; gesammelt und herausgegeben von Johann Jacob Rousseau. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt. Erster bis sechster Theil in 6 Bänden. BEIGEBUNDEN im 6. Theil: \"Geschichte von Eduard Bomstons Liebe aus dem Französischen des Herrn J. J. Rousseau übersetzt, als ein Anhang zu dessen Neuer Heloise\". Leipzig, bey Weidmanns Erben und Reich 1780. SOWIE: \"Sammlung von Kupferstichen zu der neuen Heloise nebst der Beschreibung der Vorstellungen auf diesen Kupfern, wie solche von dem Herausgeber aufgesetzt worden und der Anzeige in welchem Theil und zu welcher Seite sie gehören\". XVI.

      Leipzig: Weidmanns Erben und Reich 1776. Neue verbesserte Auflage. Mit Frontispiz von und nach Carl Leberecht Crusius und 12 Kupfertafeln nach Hubert Francois Gravelot radiert von Crusius. Drucktitel, IV, 376 S.; 296 S.; L, 220 S., 302 S.; 276 S., 264 S., 32 S., XVI. OHalbleder m. Lederecken auf 5 Bünden u. reicher Rückenvergold. m. Rückenschildchen. 17x11 cm. - vollständig mit allen 12 Kupfern, Bände m. farb. marmor. Vorsatzblättern, Ebde. stärker berieben, Buchecken u. -kanten bestoßen, Besitzervermerke auf Vorsätzen, Titelei gestempelt, S. papierbedingt gebräunt u. vereinzelt fleckig. Versandkostenfreie Lieferung Literatur, 18. Jahrhundert, Romane, Übersetzungen, Aufklärung, Deutsche Literatur

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat im Kloster]
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        Aelteste Urkunde des Menschengeschlechts. Erster Band, welcher den Ersten, Zweiten und Dritten Theil enthält; Zweiter Band, welcher den Vierten Theil enthält

      Riga: Johann Fridrich Hartknoch 1776 HLdr. der Zeit mit Rückengoldprägung, dreiseitiger roter Schnitt, 383; [6]+210 Seiten, 19,5 x 24 cm, Einband leicht berieben und leicht angeschmutzt, Besitzerschild auf den vorderen Vorsätzen (?Le Chevalier Charles de Bohr?), Besitzervermerke auf den Vorsätzen, beide Titelblätter mit kleinem Besitzerstempel (?St.Quentin?), innen selten relativ kleine Stockflecken, Papier sonst noch ganz hell, ein oder zwei ganz kleine Bemerkungen mit Bleistift aus dem 19. Jh., beiliegend Kommentar zum Buch von einem Lesers (1864), insgesamt sehr guter Zustand.Herder, Theologie, Philosophie

      [Bookseller: Antikvariát Valentinská]
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      London, 1776. Small old ink stamp on verso. Near fine. A profile view of Sullivan's Island, the main fort guarding the mouth of the Charleston harbor, with a key indicating the main features, ship locations, and gun emplacements. Below the view is a separate plate-mark with an engraved dedication, "To Commodore Sir Peter Parker Knt. &c. &c. &c. This View is most humbly dedicated and presented by Lt. Colonel Thos. James Rl. Rt. of Artillery June 30th, 1776." In the spring of 1776, South Carolina was in the firm possession of the American patriots, which the British were determined to challenge. They dispatched a fleet of twenty ships under Commodore Peter Parker, with the mission under the overall command of Major General Sir Henry Clinton. The ships moored in Five Fathom Hole, and landed on Long Island, which lay to the north of Sullivan's Island. Meanwhile, practical considerations indicated that the Patriot defenders were in considerable trouble. Led by Col. William Moultrie, the Americans were short of experienced troops and ammunition. Fort Sullivan, located on the southern tip of the island of the same name, had to be held, otherwise Charleston would fall. While the elegant plan of the fort, located in the inset at the upper left of the map, makes it appear to be a well designed bastion, it was in reality cobbled together with palmetto logs. Moultrie had a total of 1,125 men against 2,900 British marines. More worryingly, the fort had only twenty-six guns, with only twenty-eight rounds of ammunition per gun against the British fleet's 270 well stocked cannon. Fortunately for the Americans, the British proceeded to make a series of strategic errors. Clinton, who relied on information given by harbor pilots who were press-ganged into service, spent days looking for a non-existent ford between Long and Sullivan's Island, which in reality was prevented by the presence of a seven-foot deep channel. This bought the Americans time, allowing Col. William Thomson to fortify the northern tip of the island. On June 28th, the British mounted their full on naval assault of the fort. Moultrie wisely rationed and synchronized the use of his limited firepower, so that the British met heavier than expected resistance. Unfamiliar with the tidal shoals that lay near the fort, the British ships were unable to sail in close enough to the fort to deliver lethal blows, while remaining in range of the American guns. Amazingly, many of the British rounds which did strike the fort were harmlessly absorbed into the structure's spongy palmetto logs. The British flagship H.M.S. Bristol took heavy losses, and another ship ran aground and had to be abandoned. Another British attempt to storm Thomson's northern positions with a raid by long boats was easily repelled. The British were forced to completely withdraw, and promptly set sail for New York. A handsome view of this important battle, in beautiful condition, by Faden, who produced so many of the most important Revolutionary War maps in the next several years.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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      Philadelphia, 1776. Original drab paper boards. Corners lightly worn, some soiling. Text lightly toned with some scattered foxing. Closed tear to p.113 of third part. Discreet library release stamp on rear pastedown. Very good, in original condition. Untrimmed. In a half morocco and cloth box. Through 1775 the Bradford family had the contract to print the Journals of Congress, but beginning with these Journals the contract was moved to Robert Aitken. He issued these Journals in monthly parts, although whole runs generally disposed with the monthly titles issued in February and March (as here; none were issued in January and April). After April, Aitken was told to cease publication. According to his "Waste Book" at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Aitken sold a total of eighty copies of this edition. In the fall of 1776, Congress charged Aitken to reprint all of its earlier Journals from 1774 through April 1776 as the first volume of a collected journals of Congress. With this publication in the works (it ultimately appeared with a 1777 imprint), Aitken disposed of the leftover original January to April edition as waste paper to the Army to be used for cartridges - hence the name "Cartridge Paper" edition. Given that only eighty copies survived, this is possibly the rarest of all early Journals of Congress. Needless to say, the Journals of the first four months of 1776 cover some of the most critical early moments of the Revolution. Included are communications with Washington at Boston, provisions for raising troops and supplies to fight the war, the beginning of sanctioning privateering, discussion of Indian relations, information from and letters to Committees of Correspondence, first actions against Loyalists, discussions of the failure of the assault on Canada, and many other things relative to the conduct of the war.

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      Philadelphia, Printed; Newbury Port, Reprinted, 1776. Half title. Gathered signatures, stitched, as issued. Some soiling and contemporary ink markings on half title and titlepage, else very good. Untrimmed. In a red morocco slipcase. A wonderful contemporary American edition of Thomas Paine's famous COMMON SENSE, one of the dozen such editions produced in America in 1776 after the initial Philadelphia editions issued by Bell and Bradford. All American editions from 1776 are quite rare, and many provincial editions such as this are possibly rarer than the first ones. COMMON SENSE was first issued by Philadelphia printer Bell on January 9, 1776. By Feb. 14, Bell had issued a third edition, but Paine had deserted his original publisher for W. and T. Bradford, who had gone along with his wishes in adding considerable material to the text, increasing it "upwards of one Third." It is this Bradford text, with several appendices and "An Address to the People Called Quakers," which was reprinted in the present Newburyport edition. It is impossible to fix the point of issue of the Newburyport edition, but it appears in two forms: one with the imprint of Samuel Phillips of Andover; and one with the imprint as here, for John Mycall, a resident of Newburyport and the actual printer. It was probably issued in the early spring, however, since Paine had invited other printers to republish it, and it was almost instantly famous. It is almost unnecessary to comment on the importance of COMMON SENSE. The political rhetoric of Paine inflamed the desire for independence, calling for it in clear language which swept the country like wildfire. The editors of the GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED remark: "It is not too much to say that the Declaration of Independence...was due more to Paine's COMMON SENSE than to any other single piece of writing.

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      Philadelphia, 1776. Original plain paper wrappers, stitched. Spine worn, light wear and slight soiling. Discreet ink stamp inside rear cover. Near fine, untrimmed. In a blue half morocco and cloth slipcase. The first edition of one of the first and most important acts of Congress after the Declaration of Independence. On June 14, 1776 a committee was formed composed of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Rutledge, James Wilson, and Robert R. Livingston. These committee members revised the 1775 code, which had been published for "the Twelve United English Colonies of North America." The present revised code was recast so as to more closely resemble the British Articles of War. The Continental Congress approved the revised Articles of War on September 20, 1776, and they remained in force, with one major revision, until 1806. This document is the foundation of American military law. At the end is printed a resolution of Congress, dated August 21, 1776, and signed in print by John Hancock as president, stating: "That all persons...found lurking as Spies in or about the fortifications or encampments of the Armies of the United States...shall suffer Death according to the law and usage of nations, by sentence of a Court-Martial...." It was under this ruling that Major André was executed for treason in 1780.

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      1776 - CORNEILLE Pierre. Théâtre. Sans lieu, sans éditeur., 1776. 10 volumes in-8. Basane fauve marbrée, dos lisse orné, pièce de titre rouge, pièce de tomaison verte, tranches bleues mouchetées (reliure de l'époque). Édition avec les commentaires de Voltaire. Elle est illustrée de 35 gravures à l'eau-forte hors texte d'après Gravelot dont un frontispice [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Germantown, 1776. Quarto. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, clasps lacking. Hinges cracked but solid, extremities worn. Light foxing and soiling, moderate wear to first and last few leaves. Good. In a custom cloth box, gilt leather label. The third edition of the first European-language Bible printed in America, famously known as the "Gun-Wad Bible," after its use in the American Revolutionary War as cartridge paper during the Battle of Germantown. It is also notable for being the first Bible printed from type cast in America. Reputed to have been printed in an edition of 3000 copies, most are said to have been destroyed by the British during the battle. The present edition was printed by Christopher Saur II, son of Christoph Saur the elder, a native of Wittgenstein, Germany. The elder Saur emigrated to Germantown, Pennsylvania and practiced medicine before turning to printing. It was he who printed the 1743 first edition; the son then printed a second edition in 1763.

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        A General History of the Lives and Adventures of the Most famous Highwaymen, Murderers, Street-Robbers and Pirates. The Whole interspersed with several diverting Tales.

      London: Printed and Sold by H. Fenwick, No. 20 Newgate Street, 1776. First edition. Hardcover. Good. London: Printed and Sold by H. Fenwick, No. 20 Newgate Street, NO DATE but c.1775-77. 12mo. 156pp. With engraved frontispiece depicting Claude Duval robbing Squire Roper in Windsor Forest. §The printer Henry Fenwick operated from various different addresses in the locale from the early 1760s until possibly 1782, including both No. 20 and No. 89 Newgate Street. Maxted identifies him as working from a Cheapside address in 1774-75. He published 'The Lives of Noted Highwaymen', (100pp., 8vo) from a Snow Hill address at around the same period (ESTC tentatively dates it as 1775); this was a reprint of The History of Notorious Highwaymen (London: J. Lever, London Wall, no date but probably 1765-70. Also 100pp.) - both are rare. §The volume offered can be dated with confidence to the late 1770s and is UNRECORDED: No copies held. §A cheap production, on low grade paper stock, with scattered textual browning. A few leaves closely cropped, touching letters at outer margin. §SLIGHTLY DEFECTIVE (see illustrations) with loss to edge of four leaves at edges. Leaves F, L, and N3 have natural paper flaws, resulting in small loss to the lower corner of N3 clear of text; indistinct printing of a few letters to recto of L at upper corner; and (more seriously) a printing flaw to F, with short accompanying tear, where the leaf seems to have been creased during the printing process. D2 has small loss of text to outer margin, which could be a paper flaw but equally the result of a small piece being torn away by a reader. In other respects a very good copy, neatly rebound sometime in the last century in quarter calf, gilt lettering, marbled paper boards. No ownership names or inscriptions. RARE.

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      Leipzig, 1776. In excellent condition. A very rare and highly decorative work, one of the most important Revolutionary War maps of Boston, that Krieger & Cobb cite as "the only German map of Boston [made] during the Revolutionary period." The present map is an outstanding work on many levels. Boston and its environs are depicted on the eve of one of the most momentous events in American history, the Siege of Boston, which gave George Washington his first important victory. A remarkable topographical work, the varied nature of the land is expressed with great virtuosity in finely engraved hachures. The superlative mapping of the coastline and the harbor is derived from J.F.W. Des Barres' MAP OF THE PORT OF BOSTON. The map captures the moment when British forces, still in control of Boston, prepare to face George Washington's Continental forces. Boston, on a narrow peninsula, is shown to be in an increasingly precarious defensive position. In an improvement over its predecessor, Frentzel's edition makes a clear reference to the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775), noting the "Ruinen von Charles=town." Around the city, the placement of the respective forces is depicted with unparalleled accuracy, with the British troop lines highlighted in blue and the Continental troop lines in red. Three divisions of Washington's forces are placed with one at Cambridge, one at Charlestown Neck, and another above Roxbury. The observer will notice that the British commanders elected not to place troops atop Dorchester Heights. Washington later took this ground, giving him an irrepressible advantage over the British in the ensuing siege. The British were compelled to leave the city in March 1776. This second version is much rarer than Beaurain's original work which was printed earlier that year with French toponymy. Preserved in the present version, in the upper right, is a highly decorative and iconographically emblematic title cartouche. Beaurain, in homage to the French sympathies to the rebel cause, depicts an Englishman cruelly trying to depose a banner from the Tree of Liberty, against the will of an indignant American. Although the conflict inspired considerable interest in Germany, this map is the only German map of Boston printed there during the Revolutionary period. Late in 1776, Leipzig master-engraver G.F.J. Frentzel created a new edition of the map that was faithful to Beaurain's original, and it was printed as part of the GEOGRAPHISCHES BELUSTIGUNGEN ZUR ERLÄUTERUNG DER NEUESTEN WELTGESCHICHTE, an extremely rare German book on the early days of the War of Independence.

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      [Boston, 1776. Several folds, minor staining, fold lines reinforced with archival tape on verso. Good. Early November, 1776, was a dark moment for the American side in the Revolution. Washington had been routed from New York, the victory at Trenton had yet to occur, and the ability of the young United States to succeed seemed questionable. This important inspirational Revolutionary War broadside issued by the Massachusetts House of Representatives only four months after the Declaration of Independence, sought to rally the Patriot cause. The address roundly denounces Great Britain and its government in polemical language in the style of the preamble of the Declaration. It also pledges the support of the American army by the General Court of Massachusetts, emphasizes the importance of Massachusetts soldiers, and urges them to re-enlist. Massachusetts soldiers were vital in the Revolutionary War effort, practically the backbone of the Continental Army. However, desertion had become a major issue by October 1776, and this message was issued as part of an effort by the Massachusetts government to stem the tide of desertion as well as motivate new recruits for the war effort. This fiery exhortation to take up arms against the British Crown reads, in part: "When the tyrants of the earth began to transgress the sacred line of property, and claim their fellow men as slaves, and to exercise lawless power over them, the intentions of government were subverted, war in defence of the dignity of human nature was introduced, and men began to take the field of battle on behalf of freedom…. For the free exercise of liberty, more especially in the worship of that almighty Being who supported them in the greatest distress, our venerable ancestors came to this land when it was a savage and dangerous wilderness, terrible to the civilized eye. Here they toiled and bled, with the pleasing hope of their posterity's enjoying that freedom for which they encountered every difficulty, and braved every danger, and could their virtue have been inherited with the fruit of their toil, and their simplicity of manners and integrity of heart been transmitted to all their posterity, America would now have been the seat of peace and plenty. But such has been the avarice of some, and the ambition of others, amongst us, that the King and Parliament of Great-Britain have been fatally persuaded to claim this whole continent, with its three millions of inhabitants, as their own property, and to be at their disposal. In opposition to this unjustifiable claim most obviously founded in tyranny, after loyally petitioning, and dutifully remonstrating without effect, you have gallantly taken the field, and the salvation of your country, the happiness of future generations, as well as your own, depends upon your noble exertions." The American soldiers are promised supplies and every bit of support from their new government, but warned of the dangers of desertion in the face of the impending crisis: "exert every nerve in this glorious struggle; for should you for any reason quit your posts, and disgracefully turn your backs on your enemies, wild carnage, barbarous and bloody desolation must spread like a hideous torrent over your ruined country." The document also promises glory in posterity for the Continental Army, reminding the soldiers that their names will be "honourably preferred to the end of time" and that "each generation as it rises, shall learn to speak the same of those worthies, who nobly dared to face that death and despite that danger, which stood between them and their country's happiness." The message ends by reiterating to the soldiers that their government stands firmly behind them, promising "comfortable supplies and necessary reinforcements" during their fight for freedom, at the end of which the American army will be "crowned with a glorious victory, and return honourably from the field, bringing deliverance to distressed America." An eloquent entreaty from a besieged government attempting to galvanize its army, calling upon their "courage and patriotism" and promising them the immortality that awaits them at the end of their struggle. "A message of inspiration and encouragement for distribution among the troops of the State in the Northern and Southern armies" - Rosenbach. Rare, Evans lists copies at the Library of Congress, Boston Public, and New York Public. OCLC lists additional copies at AAS and the Houghton Library.

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        Praxis Geometriae, worinnen nicht nur alle bey dem Feld-Messen vorkommende Fälle, mit Stäben, dem Astrolabio, der Boussole, und der Mensul, in Ausmessung eintzeler Linien, Flächen und gantzer Revier welche, wenn deren etliche angräntzende zusammen genommen/ eine Land-Karte ... sondern auch eine gute Ausarbeitung der kleinesten Risse bis zum grösten, neben ihren Neben-Zierathen ...

       Augsburg, Johann Michael Probst u. Lotter 1761. 6. Edition 4°. Gest. Frontisp., 5 Bll. 97 (5) S., 25 gefalt. Kupfertaf. Mit Titelkupfer u. zahlr. Vign. HLdr. d. Zt. Einige Taf. wasserrand. Letzte beschäd.vgl. Kat. d. Ornamentstichslg. 1734 (2. Aufl.); Poggendorff II, 400 - Angeb.: Ders. Zugabe zur Praxi Geometriae, Worinnen Noch verschiedene zur ausübenden Geometria nützliche Stücke, dabey auch zweyerley Arten Architectonische Schnecken, nach Geometrischen Gründen, in einer angenehmen proportionistisch-fortgehenden Erweiterungen zu zeichnen angewiesen werden ... Taf 39 beschäd. - Der Autor Joh. Friedr. Penther (1693-1749) war Prof. f. Philosophie u. Oberbaurat in Göttingen. Versand D: 4,00 EUR Architektur, Geometrie, Alte Drucke

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        Townbook of Rome, Rossini P., anno 1776, 9 engravings

      Rossini Pietro - We offer an interesting book, edited by Rossini Pietro, "Il Mercurio errante delle grandezza di Roma, tanto antiche, che moderne. Di Pietro Rossini Antiquario, diviso in due parti,." Here only part II., 12°, 15,5x9,5 cm., 526 pages, lacking page 457-480, original vellum binding, with 9 copperengravings. Edited anno 1776 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      London, printed for R. Baldwin, 1776.8vo, 220 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5¼ inches, 12 monthly issues bound in 1 volume, 1776. General title page and frontispiece, separate title page to each part, 24 engraved illustrations and maps, 3 folding, 2 portraits, Marchioness of Granby and the Mohawk Chief are slightly misplaced, pages: 704 plus 16 pages index, bound in full contemporary speckled calf, original marbled endpapers, edges speckled red. Binding rubbed, head and tail of spine slightly damaged and worn, shallow vertical crack to centre of spine, edges showing shelf wear, a previous owner's printed strip on pastedown and bookplate to first free endpaper otherwise a very clean bright copy. The January issue page 26 - 27, The General Congress, Philadelphia, December 6. February issue pages 75 - 77, A copy of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, May 10th 1775. March issue pages 130 - 133, A Talk or Speech to the Six Confederate Nations, Mohawks, Oneidas, Tuscaroras, Onondagas, Cayugas and Senecas, from the 12 United Colonies, convened in Council at Phildelphia. Page 448 August issue has the DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, all the grievances against King George III of England have been removed, the first section finishes " absolute tyranny over these states" then follows a small paragraph of comment where the accusations should be and starts again "In every stage of these oppressions we etc",. December issue page 693 - 694 Papers published by order of the American Congress, followed by An exact State of what passed at the interview between his Excellency General George Washington and Colonel Patterson, Adjutant General of the Army under General Howe, July 20, 1776. Plus a few other interesting articles on the separation of America from England. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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      Philadelphia: Mills, Dublin,], 1776. Modern three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Contemporary ownership inscription ("Ambrose Smith") on each titlepage. Very good. This is a most important edition of COMMON SENSE..., one of the early issues of the "Enlarged Version" of its text, first issued by printers William and Thomas Bradford about five weeks after the appearance of the first edition from the press of Robert Bell, issued on Feb. 14, 1776. The present edition can lay claim to being equal to the first edition in importance, since it contains considerable additional material by Paine which did not appear in the first three printings by Bell. COMMON SENSE first appeared on Jan. 9, 1776. Its importance was immediately realized and its contents hotly debated. At the same time, Paine's relationship with his publisher, Bell, also became heated, as the author asked for a share in the profits of his bestseller and Bell denied a profit had been realized. Paine then asked Bell to wait before doing a second edition so that he could add more material. On Jan. 20, however, Bell advertised a "new edition" which reprinted the original, without Paine's additions. Infuriated, Paine went to the Bradfords and proposed to give them his new material to publish with the original text, comprising an appendix and "An Address to the People Called Quakers," increasing "the Work upwards of one Third." This is the first ninety-nine-page edition of the enlarged text. It is probable that this edition of COMMON SENSE, despite the imprint, was actually printed in Dublin. The similarity in typography to the Dublin edition of the Chalmers pamphlet, here bound with it, reinforces that possibility. If so, it could not help but inflame sentiment in England's other dissatisfied colony. This copy is bound with a Dublin edition of a vigorous attack on Tom Paine and COMMON SENSE, written under the pseudonym of "Candidus." Thomas Adams identifies the author as James Chalmers. This is the first Irish edition of a pamphlet originally published in Philadelphia and later reprinted in London. On the importance of COMMON SENSE it is unnecessary to comment. The political rhetoric of Paine inflamed the desire for independence, attacking British misgovernment and calling for colonial independence in clear and unmistakable words. The editors of the GROLIER ONE HUNDRED remark: "It is not too much to say that the Declaration of Independence...was due more to Paine's COMMON SENSE than to any other single piece of writing." A most important edition of America's greatest political tract.

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      London, Printed; Philadelphia Re-printed, 1776. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Lightly foxed. Very good. First American edition of one of the most widely circulated English pamphlets of the Revolution, first published in London in December 1775 and issued in twenty separate editions over the next year. It was written anonymously, and various authors have been suggested, but Adams settles on Macpherson, a hack writer employed by Lord North. Other authors have been put forward, and the titlepage of this one states, "said to be written by Lord George Germain," although there seems to be no basis for this. The text is a direct reply to the DECLARATION OF THE UNITED COLONIES OF NORTH AMERICA...SETTING FORTH THE CAUSES AND NECESSITY OF TAKING UP ARMS, which it also reprints. The pamphlet vigorously argues the British government position on taxation and government in violent language. Sabin quotes THE MONTHLY REVIEW: "[The pamphlet] will answer no other purpose than to exasperate the people of Great Britain against their brethren in America; and by inflaming misrepresentations and invectives, aggravate the evils of our present civil discord." This American edition was issued by Robert Bell, the publisher of COMMON SENSE. Given the popularity of the pamphlet and its extraordinary interest, it was probably published by him as soon as it reached Philadelphia. This means it came from his press within a few weeks of the first edition of COMMON SENSE. Obviously sensitive to this, Bell added a four-page postscript only found in this edition, titled "A few more Words, on the Freedom of the PRESS, Addressed by the PRINTER, to the FRIENDS OF LIBERTY in AMERICA." In it Bell argues that real liberty means full freedom of the press, including the freedom to publish all points of view: "Thus far the Printer still thinks it indispensibly [sic] his duty to support the Freedom of the PRESS, in which all the lovers of genuine Liberty are deeply interested." Rare, and of profound import.

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        1776 Massachusetts Bay military commission

      Massachusetts-Bay, March 23, 1776. 12.5" x 15". "Printed Document Signed by 15 members of the Council of Massachusetts-Bay (including W. Spooner, Charles Chauncey, John Taylor, John Whetcomb, and B. White), broadside on paper, 12.5"" x 15"", accomplished in a clerical hand, Watertown, March 23, 1776, being Noah Whitman's appointment as ""second Lieutenant of the Sixth Company of the third Regiment of Militia in the County of Plymouth whereof Edward Mitchell Esq. is Colonel,"" countersigned by Perez Morton, Deputy Secretary, on behalf of the Major Part of the Council, embossed paper seal, endorsement signed in the lower right corner by Lt. Col. David Jones and Maj. Eliphat Cary indicating that Whitman appeared before them ""and took the oath required to Qualifie him for the Trust Reposed in him""; minor foxing, separated with loss and repair at central fold. The clerk who filled out this commission has inked out the printed date statement ""in the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of his Majesty King George the Third, Anno Domini, 1776"" and replaced it in holograph with ""In the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Six."" Very good."

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        Mémoires pour servir à la connoissance des affaires politiques et économiques du royaume de Suède, jusqu'à la fin de la 1775e année.

      A Londres 1776 - 2 tomes en 1 vol. in-4 à pagination continue de (6)-X-(2)-431-(1) pp. (4) pp. (errata et titre en tête du tome II), 2 planches gravées et 43 tableaux chiffrés romain I-XLII B hors-texte, cartonnage d'attente, tranches jaspées, titre manuscrit sur le dos (reliure de l'époque). Edition originale. Tableau du royaume de Suède sous le règne de Gustave III établie par Johann Georg Canzler (son nom est inscrit à l'encre du temps au bas de l'épître dédicatoire) : « On ne saurait se former une juste idée de l'état des affaires d'un pays, qu'en examinant avec soin son climat, sa population, son economie, la nature de ses productions, ses manufactures et son commerce, de même que la constitution de son gouvernement, et les liaisons que celui-ci entretient avec les puissances étrangères. Pour parvenir à ce but par rapport au Royaume de Suède, j'ai eu pendant un séjour de plus sept années, une attention très suivie à voir et à examiner de près tout ce qu'il s'y trouve d'intéressant. J'y ai recherché et cultivé l'amitié de plusieurs savants et d'autres personnes instruites ; j'ai étudié les meilleurs ouvrages relatifs à ces objets et je me suis procuré plusieurs relations présentées au Roi et aux Etats par les différents départements de l'administration ; je n'ai pas non plus négligé les mémoires des députés de Diètes, ni les Feuilles volantes, qui sous les auspices de la liberté de la Presse, ont paru en Suède depuis la Diète de 1766. » (Introduction). Titre en rouge et noir orné du profil du roi de Suède en vignette. Très bon exemplaire dans son cartonnage d'attente. Kress, 7196 ; INED, 938 : « Renseignements très précis et nombreuses données numériques ». [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      [Philadelphia, 1776. Sheet inlaid. Several tape repairs on verso, mostly to repair closed tears along folds. A few small chips in the right margin, touching a letter of text. Faint dampstains. Good. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. A highly important manuscript document relating to the long-standing dispute regarding the Pennsylvania-Virginia boundary. This document, undated but written in June 1776, shows the divisiveness that existed between two of the most important American colonies on the eve of the Declaration of Independence, and the efforts being made to resolve it by some of the leading supporters of independence. By the summer of 1776 the Pennsylvania-Virginia boundary had been in dispute for nearly a century. In fact, the issue was not definitively settled until the Civil War and the creation of the state of West Virginia. The issue originated in the ambiguous terms of the 1681 grant to William Penn, which conflicted with Virginia's claim to lands "from sea to sea, west and northwest," over any territory not covered by royal grants. Prior to the French and Indian War of the 1750s, Virginia claimed most of what is now southwestern Pennsylvania, and attempted to settle it. The surveying of the Mason-Dixon line the following decade did little to alleviate the dispute, as it indicated that Pennsylvania extended some distance west of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1773, Pennsylvania established Westmoreland County in the disputed territory, and the following year Virginia took possession of Fort Pitt and the Westmoreland County seat, arresting the justices who refused to recognize the jurisdiction of Virginia. The dispute almost boiled into open warfare in 1774-75, as the last colonial governor, Lord Dunmore, sought to bring the Virginia frontier under control. In 1776, Pennsylvania proposed that a temporary boundary, "as nearly correspondent to the true one as possible such as will 'do no injury to either party,'" should be established. The present document is the response of three of the Virginia delegates to the Continental Congress, who received the proposal. The document is in the hand of Richard Henry Lee, who has signed it himself, and has added the signatures of two of his fellow Virginia delegates, Thomas Nelson, Jr. and his brother, Francis Lightfoot Lee. The text reads: "The Virginia Delegates have received the proposal for establishing a temporary boundary between the States of Virginia and Pennsylvania and for answer, say, their power is ended; having been expressly limited to the line already proposed to the honorable Convention of the State of Pennsylvania as a temporary boundary. That they will without delay transmit the proposal of the honorable Committee to the Governor and Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in order to its being laid before the General Assembly that meets early in October next; and in the mean time they wish that the influence of both governments may be exerted to preserve friendship and peace between the people of both States on the controverted Boundary." At the time this proposal was considered, Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee, and Thomas Nelson, Jr. were all representing Virginia in the Second Continental Congress, and all three men would affix their signatures to the Declaration of Independence the following month. Richard Henry Lee, in fact, formally put forth the motion on June 7, calling on the Congress to declare independence. A highly important step on the road to independence, suspending a dramatic conflict between two of the leading colonies about to become the United States.

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      London: Mr. Thomas Jefferies, Geographer to the King...,, 1776. Sheet size: 20 7/8 x 16 1/2 inches. Very good. An extremely rare first issue of a separately published Revolutionary War broadside battle plan depicting a critical altercation near Charleston, South Carolina. This highly important and finely engraved and letterpress broadside map captures the dramatic action surrounding the British naval assault on Fort Sullivan (called here "Sulivan"), the strategic key to Charleston. In the Spring of 1776, South Carolina had fallen into the firm possession of the Americans, a reality the British were determined to challenge. They dispatched a fleet of twenty ships (although only nine were armed) under Commodore Peter Parker, manned by marines, with the mission under the overall command of Major General Sir Henry Clinton. The ships moored in Five Fathom Hole, and landed on Long Island, which lay to the north of Sullivan's Island. Meanwhile, practical considerations indicated that the Patriot defenders were in considerable trouble. Led by Col. William Moultrie, the Americans were short of experienced troops and ammunition. Fort Sullivan, located on the southern tip of the island of the same name, had to be held, otherwise Charleston would surely fall. While the elegant plan of the fort, located in the inset at the upper left of the map, makes it appear to be a well designed bastion, it was in reality cobbled together with palmetto logs. Moultrie had a total of 1,125 men against 2,900 British marines. More worryingly, the fort had only twenty-six guns, with only twenty-eight rounds of ammunition per gun against the British fleet's 270 well stocked cannon. Fortunately for the Americans, the British proceeded to make a series of strategic errors. Clinton, who relied on information given by harbor pilots who were press- ganged into service, spent days looking for a non- existent ford between Long and Sullivan's Island, which in reality was prevented by the presence of a seven-foot deep channel. This bought the Americans time, which allowed American Col. William Thomson to fortify the northern tip of the island, as indicated on the map. On June 28th, the British mounted their full on naval assault of the fort, as indicated on the map by the ships shown grouped together just off of the fort, with each ship being named and detailed with its number of guns. Moultrie wisely rationed and synchronized the use of his limited firepower, such that the British met heavier than expected resistance. Unfamiliar with the tidal shoals that lay near the fort, the British ships were unable to sail in close enough to the fort to deliver lethal blows, while remaining in range of the American guns. Amazingly, many of the British rounds which did strike the fort were harmlessly absorbed into the structure's spongy palmetto logs. The British flagship H.M.S. Bristol took heavy losses, and another ship ran aground and had to be abandoned. Another British attempt to storm Thomson's northern positions with a raid by long boats was easily repelled. The British were forced to completely withdraw, and promptly set sail for New York. This copy is the very rare first state (of four known issues) of the map, which was the first Revolutionary battle plan to be drafted by William Faden. The text in two columns is found only on this issue and gives an account of the action taken from a letter by Parker to Lieut. Gen. Clinton. This issue was separately published as a broadside giving news of the battle to a British audience eager for information about the war; later issues, without text, appeared in Faden's NORTH AMERICAN ATLAS.

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      [Watertown, Ma., 1776. Light signs of old creases. Very clean, with contemporary manuscript inscription on blank verso. A very fine copy. Archival matting, and protected with Mylar sheet. A seminal document, publishing an act passed by the Massachusetts legislature to execute a census of the state just months before the Declaration of Independence. This legislative action followed a recommendation by the American Congress to "the several assemblies...of the respective colonies, [to] ascertain by the most impartial and effectual means in their power, the number of inhabitants in the colonies respectively." Selectmen for each town in the colony were empowered to "take an exact account of the number of inhabitants of all ages, including Negroes and Molattoes (distinguishing the number of each) resident in their respective towns and belonging to this colony." The legislators responsible for the bill sought to produce as complete and accurate an accounting as possible. Soldiers and seamen who were residents of towns when they entered active service were to be counted, as were inhabitants of unincorporated areas, and special provisions were also made for recording the inhabitants in Berkshire, Hampshire, York, Cumberland, and Lincoln counties. Penalties for those selectmen or individuals not cooperating with the census are also indicated. A rare Massachusetts broadside in very fine condition. NAIP records copies at Harvard and Massachusetts Historical Society while Ford notes a copy in the Massachusetts Archives. OCLC records only one copy, at the Huntington Library.

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      [N.p., but Philadelphia], 1776. Old fold lines. Separation along vertical fold repaired and reinforced. Minor paper loss in center of document also repaired and reinforced, minutely affecting three letters of text. Left edge trimmed closely, affecting first word of each line. Light soiling. Signature clear and distinct. Very good. In a blue half morocco and cloth clamshell case. Partially printed broadside, completed in manuscript, appointing David Johnston, Gentleman, "third lieutenant of a company of foot in the fifth Battalion of Associators in the County of Cumberland...for the protection of this province, against all hostile enterprizes, and for the defence of American Liberty." The document is signed by John Morton (1725-77), a signer of the Declaration of Independence a few days earlier, in his capacity as the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly. "Morton played a significant role in Pennsylvania's movement toward independence. As Quaker assemblymen grew less willing to support ever-stronger resistance measures in 1775, Morton was part of the crucial Chester County assembly delegation, which provided the slim margin of support for organizing a state militia. Morton tried unsuccessfully to preserve political unity in Pennsylvania as the decision for independence was forced on the assembly in 1776. Although he acknowledged that the colonial assembly was too slow to support independence, Morton opposed the new government organized under the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776. He believed that the state constitutional convention exceeded its popular support by establishing a radically different form of government for the province and by temporarily serving as a state government. He served as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses and signed the Declaration of Independence, making possible Pennsylvania's three-to-two vote in favor of withdrawal from the British Empire. He chaired the congressional committee that wrote the Articles of Confederation, although he did not live to see them ratified" - ANB. Since Morton died less than nine months after the Declaration, the first Signer to die, his signature post- Independence is rare, and any Signer in 1776 is desirable. This document, however, is about as close as one can come to a Signer's signature on July 4, 1776. Since 1975, only seven letters or documents have come on the market signed by Signers in July 1776. The famous Caesar Rodney letter of July 4, the only one by any Signer actually written on the day, sold for $400,000 at the Doheny sale in 1989. The next closest, a Robert Morris letter of July 6, sold for $7500 at the Maass sale in 1999. The present document is the next closest to these, on July 8. Letters of Arthur Middleton and William Ellery, both of July 10, sold for $80,000 in 2008 and $110,000 in 1990. After this comes the famed Doheny- Copley document of July 12, signed by Button Gwinnett and five other Signers, which realized $190,000 at Doheny and sold for $690,000 at Sotheby's April 14, 2010 sale of material from the Copley Library. Distinguished company indeed. This document, from the Copley Library collection, has never appeared for public sale.

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      London, 1776. Very good. A rare monumental work, one of the finest and most important maps of the Carolinas, which "appeared on the eve of the American Revolution, and its up-to-date geography made it the most widely consulted map of the area used in the war effort" (DEGREES OF LATITUDE, p.209). The present map was so detailed and geographically advanced that it remained the seminal map of the Carolinas for the following two generations. Its appearance in the days leading up to the American Revolution ensured that it was the primary map used by field commanders on both sides as the dramatic events of the conflict unfolded in the Carolinas. This is evinced by the fact that the very copies used by three of the most important commanders are today preserved in libraries. George Washington's copy, folded and mounted on cloth, resides in the collections of the American Geographical Society. The copy of the French commander, the Comte de Rochambeau, belongs to the collections of the Library of Congress; and British commander Sir Henry Clinton's copy is housed in the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Henry Mouzon produced a map that was one of the finest expressions of American cartography in the years leading up to the Revolution; however, he remains one of the most enigmatic of all the mapmakers of this period. All that is known of him is that this masterly work was devised by Henry Mouzon of Craven County, who was a professional surveyor, and was described as having left "Sundry maps and two copper plates" in the inventory of his estate after his death in April 1777. Mouzon first announced his intention to publish a map depicting just South Carolina in an advertisement in THE SOUTH CAROLINA AND AMERICAN GENERAL ADVERTISER in the Spring of 1774. However, as Mouzon proceeded, he clearly elected to undertake a much greater endeavor that would cover both of the Carolinas, which had been officially divided into the two separate colonies of North and South Carolina in 1730. Mouzon's great work was first published by the leading London firm of Sayer & Bennett in 1775. Up until its publication, it was clear that Mouzon had surpassed all of his antecedents in terms of both the scope and accuracy of the region depicted. He largely derived his portrayal of South Carolina on the two excellent recent maps by military engineer James Cook, A MAP OF SOUTH CAROLINA (1771) and A MAP OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA (1773). He was also well apprised of William De Brahm's monumental MAP OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND A PART OF GEORGIA (1757). Mouzon importantly improved upon these sources by providing greater definition of the rivers and more detail regarding the native settlements located to the west of the Cherokee Line. With regards to his depiction of North Carolina, Mouzon used John Abraham Collet's magnificent A COMPLEAT MAP OF NORTH-CAROLINA (1770) as a basis, but superseded it by adding the delineation of more counties and far more advanced delineation of the Catawba River and its tributaries. It would also seem that Mouzon consulted an alternate source for the depth soundings noted off the coastline, as the hydrographic information is decidedly different from that used by Collet. This map exists in three states, of which the present copy represents the second state, which is distinguished from the former by the addition of "Fort Sullivan" to the inset of Charleston Harbor in the map's lower right. It was included in the 1776 edition of Thomas Jefferys' THE AMERICAN ATLAS..., one of the most important works in the history of American cartography.

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      London, 1776. Half title. Small quarto. 20th-century three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt label. Leaf C4 (signed C3) a cancel, as usual. Occasional minor foxing, ink stain on p.2. Very good, bound with five other works by Pringle (see below). One of the most significant of all the printed works relating to Cook's voyages and their importance. This is the extremely rare first appearance in print of Cook's epoch-making account of the successful measures taken against scurvy on his first two voyages. There were several later versions and translations, but the original edition of this milestone publication has long been acknowledged as a major rarity. The paper on scurvy was read to the Royal Society by its president, Sir John Pringle (in the absence of Cook himself, then just beginning his final voyage), as the year's Copley medal award winner, and immediately published in this form. Pringle's long presentation address, quoting directly from Cook and other sources, is followed by Cook's paper and an extract from a letter by Cook to Pringle written from Plymouth Sound in July 1776. The paper subsequently appeared in the official account of the second voyage and in the PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS of the Royal Society. In 1783 a series of six of Pringle's discourses at the annual presentations of the Copley medal was published in one volume. "In Pringle's discourse on preserving the health of mariners he includes the first printing of Captain Cook's important paper entitled: 'The Method taken for preserving the Health of the Crew of His Majesty's Ship the Resolution during her late Voyage round the World.' In this paper, which Cook communicated to Pringle, President of the Royal Society, Cook describes the supplies carried on the voyage and his maintenance of the cleanliness of his ship and crew. It was included by Pringle in his discourse commemorating Cook's receipt of the Copley medal" - Norman sale. The winning of the battle against scurvy was one of the most important achievements in the general field of exploration. It made possible the major voyages that followed. As Robert Hughes so aptly put it in THE FATAL SHORE, "malt juice and pickled cabbage put Europeans in Australia as microchip circuitry would put Americans on the moon." This copy is very appropriately accompanied by five other Royal Society discourses of the period. A DISCOURSE... is here bound chronologically with five other Pringle first editions: 1) A DISCOURSE ON THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF AIR. 1774. 2) A DISCOURSE ON THE TORPEDO. 1775. 3) A DISCOURSE ON THE ATTRACTION OF MOUNTAINS. 1775. 4) A DISCOURSE ON THE INVENTION AND IMPROVEMENTS OF THE REFLECTING TELESCOPE. 1778. 5) A DISCOURSE ON THE THEORY OF GUNNERY. 1778. The Streeter-Norman copy of the DISCOURSE...FOR PRESERVING THE HEALTH OF MARINERS was also bound with these five additional works by Pringle.

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      London, 1776. Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked to style in modern calf, gilt leather label. Boards worn. Maps with some light foxing and soiling, light wear at edges and folds, slight separation at some folds. Map 2 split along length of one vertical fold. About very good. The "Holster Atlas" is one of the most important atlases of the American Revolution, designed for use in the field. It was issued at the suggestion of Governor George Pownall and included the "maps that the British high command regarded as providing essential topographical information in the most convenient form" (Schwartz & Ehrenberg). This collection of maps was published by Sayer and Bennet at the beginning of the Revolution for the use of British officers. "Surveys and Topographical Charts being fit only for a Library, such maps as an Officer may take with him into the Field have been much wanted. The following Collection forms a Portable Atlas of North America, calculated in its Bulk and Price to suit the Pockets of Officers of all Ranks" - Advertisement. Although the publishers claimed the atlas would fit into an officer's pocket, it was usually carried in a holster and thus gained its nickname. The atlas was generally bound in an octavo format, as is the case in this copy. The six maps are as follows: 1) Dunn, Samuel: NORTH AMERICA, AS DIVIDED AMONGST THE EUROPEAN POWERS. BY SAMUEL DUNN, MATHEMATICIAN. London: printed for Robt. Sayer, Jan. 10, 1774. Engraved map, handcolored in outline, 13 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches. Engraved for Dunn's A NEW ATLAS (London, 1774). 2) Dunn, Samuel: A COMPLEAT MAP OF THE WEST INDIES, CONTAINING THE COASTS OF FLORIDA, LOUISIANA, NEW SPAIN, AND TERRA FIRMA: WITH ALL THE ISLANDS. London: Robt. Sayer, Jan. 10, 1774. Engraved map, handcolored in outline, 13 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches. Engraved for Dunn's A NEW ATLAS (London, 1774). The "Advertisement" describes these first two maps as "a general map of the part of the globe, called North America, and a second general map of those islands, shores, gulfs, and bays, which form what is commonly called the West Indies; these we consider as introductory, and as giving a general idea, and we trust a just one." 3) A GENERAL MAP OF THE NORTHERN BRITISH COLONIES IN AMERICA. WHICH COMPREHENDS THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND, NOVA-SCOTIA, NEW-ENGLAND AND NEW-YORK. FROM THE MAPS PUBLISHED BY THE ADMIRALTY AND BOARD OF TRADE, REGULATED BY THE ASTRONOMIC AND TRIGONOMETRIC OBSERVATIONS OF MAJOR HOLLAND AND CORRECTED FROM GOVERNOR POWNALL'S LATE MAP 1776. London: Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennet, Aug. 14, 1776. Engraved map, handcolored in outline, 20 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches. First state, also issued as a separate map. This map was re-issued in 1788 with the title changed to reflect the new political realities. McCORKLE, NEW ENGLAND 776.11. SELLERS & VAN EE 143. STEVENS & TREE 65. 4) Evans, Lewis: A GENERAL MAP OF THE MIDDLE BRITISH COLONIES, IN AMERICA. CONTAINING VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, THE DELAWARE COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY. WITH THE ADDITION OF NEW YORK, AND THE GREATEST PART OF NEW ENGLAND, AS ALSO OF THE BORDERING PARTS OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, IMPROVED FROM SEVERAL SURVEYS MADE AFTER THE LATE WAR, AND CORRECTED FROM GOVERNOR POWNALL'S LATE MAP 1776. London: R. Sayer & J. Bennet, Oct. 15, 1776. Engraved map, handcolored in outline, 20 1/2 x 26 3/4 inches. Based on Lewis Evans' map of 1755, with additions and corrections. STEPHENSON & McKEE, VIRGINIA, p.82 (an image of the Evans map). 5) Romans, Bernard: A GENERAL MAP OF THE SOUTHERN BRITISH COLONIES, IN AMERICA. COMPREHENDING NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, EAST AND WEST FLORIDA, WITH THE NEIGHBOURING INDIAN COUNTRIES. FROM THE MODERN SURVEYS OF ENGINEER DE BRAHM, CAPT. COLLET, MOUZON & OTHERS; AND FROM THE LARGE HYDROGRAPHICAL SURVEY OF THE COASTS OF EAST AND WEST FLORIDA. BY B. ROMANS. London: R. Sayer & J. Bennett [sic], Oct. 15, 1776. Engraved map, handcolored in outline, 21 1/4 x 26 inches. Based on charts and maps by Romans and others. 6) Brassier, William Furness: A SURVEY OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN INCLUDING LAKE GEORGE, CROWN POINT AND ST. JOHN, SURVEYED BY ORDER OF...SR. JEFFERY AMHERST...BY WILLIAM BRASSIER, DRAUGHTSMAN. 1762. London: Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennet, Aug. 5, 1776. Engraved map, handcolored in outline, 28 x 20 1/2 inches. Also issued as the first separately published map of Lake Champlain, this excellent detailed chart was based on a survey made during the French and Indian War but not published until the Revolution. The map was issued in two states and is included here in its appropriate (and preferred) second state, illustrating the very first battle fought by the U.S. Navy: the Battle of Valcour Island, which transpired near present-day Plattsburgh, New York. The inset in the lower right corner of the map features an extremely detailed rendering of Lake George, surveyed by British Captain Jackson in 1756. No mention is made of Ethan Allen's taking of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. An important collection of Revolutionary-era American maps, intended for use by British officers in the theatre of war, and here in handsome original condition.

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        A PLAN OF AMELIA HARBOUR AND BARR IN EAST FLORIDA. Survey'd in Jany. 1775. By Jacob Blamey, Master of His Majesty's Schooner St. John

      London, 1776. Some light toning and offsetting. Very good. A highly important chart of the entrance into the St. Mary's River, showing the soundings, shoals and navigational details, as well as Tiger Island, Marteirs Islands, part of Amelia and Cumberland Islands, and the ruins of Fort William, which was built by James Oglethorpe. It shows settlements and named plantations, including that of the Countess Dowager of Egmont, with the slave quarters labeled in the map key. The map also includes a key to the rivers, buildings, etc., indicated on the map, and sailing directions into the harbor. This chart was originally published in the second part of THE NORTH-AMERICAN PILOT. In 1776, shortly after news of American Independence reached Great Britain, publishers Sayer and Bennett issued a second part to their previously published THE NORTH-AMERICAN PILOT, to encompass the coastline of the American colonies. The maps issued here include famed cartographic productions by John Gascoigne, Joshua Fisher, Anthony Smith, and others. Many maps include additions reflecting the early battles of the war (such as the plan of Charlestown, showing the attack on Fort Sullivan). This second part of THE NORTH-AMERICAN PILOT was first published in 1776 and subsequently reissued with additional maps in 1777.

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      [Watertown, 1776. Old folds. Faint offsetting from folding. Light stain in center right margin. Very good. In a blue half morocco and cloth slipcase. A rare Revolutionary oath, printed as a broadside and sent to towns throughout Massachusetts in 1776. Issued shortly after May 1, some two months before the formal Declaration of Independence of early July, the text calls on citizens to pledge not to, "during the said War, directly or indirectly, in any Ways, aid, abet or assist, any of the Naval or Land Forces of the King of Great- Britain, or any employ'd by him; or supply them with any Kind of Provisions, Military or Naval Stores...." The oath further calls on citizens not to communicate any intelligence to British forces, recruit anyone to the British army or navy, or "take up or bear Arms against this or either of the United Colonies." Rather, the colonists pledge to "defend by Arms, the United American Colonies." This oath was printed in accordance with the Massachusetts legislature's passage of the act of May 1, 1776, severing ties with Great Britain. The bottom half of this document is blank, and was meant to be signed in manuscript by those ascribing to the oath. The present copy is unaccomplished. Evans notes that the copy in the Massachusetts Archives is signed by James Otis, James Bowdoin, and other well-known Boston area patriots. NAIP and Ford together locate only five copies. Rare.

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        Carte De La Lithuanie Russienne qui comprend les Palatinats de Livonie, de Witepsk, de Miscislaw, et une partie de ceux de Polock et de Minsk cé dés la Pologne á la Russie. Dressée sur l'Exemplaire des Héritiers Homann 1775. A Venise, Par P. Santini 1776 Chez M. Remondini. - P.I. 50':.

      - Altkolorierter Kupferstich v. Paolo Santini aus Atlas Universel b. Giuseppe Antonio Remondini in Venedig, dat. 1776, 55,5 x 44 Tooley's Dic. of Mapm. Rev. Ed. Q - Z, S. 105. - Zeigt Russisch-Litauen. - Unten links Titelkartsuche. - Im Zentrum der Karte Orsha. - Rare regional map of Russian Lithuania, showing remarkable detail along the upper Dniepr and Dwina River regions, from Liefland to Mscislaw and Woiwodschaft. (Bilder zum Artikel auf meiner Homepage, oder bei Anfrage - pictures on my homepage or after request)

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        L' Artillerie Raisonnée (raisonee), contenant la description & l'usage des differentes bouches à feu, avec le détail des principaux moyens employés, ou proposés, pour les perfectionner

      Paris: Chez Cellot & Jombert. 1776. Hardcover. Very Good. Nouvelle Edition, revue & corrigee, pub. 1776. 8vo, speckled calf, red title label, pp.(8), vi- xxiv, 607 (i), 30 folding engraved plates and charts at rear. Very good bright copy, a little bit of rubbing to joints, some cracking to inner hinges but boards still firmly attached. Although title page is dated 1776, bears owner's signature on preliminary blank, 'Muller, Captain d'Artillerie, Strasburg, 1769' Light damp stains to edges of last few plates. A nice clean complete copy of a rare work on artillery.

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      London, 1776. Minor soiling. Matted and framed. Very good. Engraved portrait of Major Robert Rogers, showing him in his military uniform with musket and powder horn, with three Indians in the background behind him. This is the best known image of Robert Rogers, and is one of a series of portraits of military leaders from the American Revolution, several of which are imagined images. Rogers acted as a scout for the 1755 expedition against Crown Point, and in 1756 he became the captain of an independent company of Rangers. He made scores of raids against the French in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, going as far west as the shores of Lake Huron. His exploits made him the most romantic and famous figure of the war in America. He published A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF NORTH AMERICA and the JOURNALS OF MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS in 1765, which brought him further fame and recognition. "By this time, however, his fundamental weaknesses of character were becoming well known, although as early as 1755, in order to escape prosecution for counterfeiting New Hampshire currency, he had entered a New Hampshire regiment. It was soon afterwards that he became a captain on William Johnson's Crown Point expedition. In 1769 he was imprisoned at London for debt and in 1776 by Washington as a spy. He escaped to the British but dishonesty and dissipation kept him on the downhill road and he died in obscurity" - Streeter. A nice engraving of this hero from the French and Indian War.

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      London, 1776. Trimmed to edge of image, mounted and matted. Quite clean. Very good. Engraved three-quarter length portrait of Commodore Esek Hopkins, showing him in his Continental uniform with one hand upraised and pointing forward, while he looks off to the left; several ships sail behind him, and a banner that has the Liberty Tree and "An Appeal to God" is above his outstretched hand. Esek Hopkins was the commander of the fledgling American Navy - comprised of eight merchant ships outfitted for war - during the American Revolution. After several run-ins with Congress over not following orders, and a signed petition of complaint from his officers, Hopkins was suspended in early 1777 and then summarily dismissed in January 1778. "His mediocre record of command, added to his political ineptness, made dismissal inevitable" - ANB. This print is one in a series of portraits of officers in the American Revolution, the intent of which was obviously to glorify the Americans and demonize the British. The British Museum CATALOGUE notes that several of the likenesses were imaginary, and the imprint lines may have been fictitious.

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        L' Artillerie Raisonnée (raisonee), contenant la description & l'usage des differentes bouches à feu, avec le détail des principaux moyens employés, ou proposés, pour les perfectionner.

      Chez Cellot & Jombert, Paris 1776 - Nouvelle Edition, revue & corrigee, pub. 1776. 8vo, speckled calf, red title label, pp.(8), vi- xxiv, 607 (i), 30 folding engraved plates and charts at rear. Very good bright copy, a little bit of rubbing to joints, some cracking to inner hinges but boards still firmly attached. Although title page is dated 1776, bears owner's signature on preliminary blank, 'Muller, Captain d'Artillerie, Strasburg, 1769' Light damp stains to edges of last few plates. A nice clean complete copy of a rare work on artillery. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Journée de l'amour ou heures de Cythere EDITION ORIGINALE

      A Gnide: S.n., 1776. Fine. S.n., A Gnide 1776, In-8 (12,5x20,3cm), xiv (2) 165pp. (1), relié. - First edition first printing of figures 4 and 8 tail-lamp after Taunay painter, one image created by this artist. Cohen on "graceful figures". Copy to weapons and weapons parts Flament Assigny - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale en premier tirage des 4 figures et de 8 culs-de-lampe d'après le peintre Taunay, seule illustration réalisée par cet artiste. Cohen parle de "gracieuses figures". Exemplaire aux armes et pièces d'armes de Jean-Claude Flamen d'Assigny, d'azur à deux lions rampants d'or. Homme politique et agronome, deux fois Président du Conseil général de la Nièvre. Reliure en plein veau brun marbré d'époque. Dos lisse orné, roulette en queue et tête. Pièce de titre en maroquin rouge. Armes frappés sur les plats et pièces d'armes angulaires, et triple filet d'encadrement. Roulette sur les coupes.  Bel exemplaire. Recueil de contes et de poésies en vers et proses, de discours, l'ensemble célébrant la journée de l'amour, divisée en huit heures ; chaque heure portant un intitulé : L'imagination, L'absence, La jalousie... oeuvre de 5 auteurs qui avaient formé la société littéraire de "La table ronde" : Favart, la Comtesse de Turpin, Boufflers, Guillard et Voisenon. Ex-libris gravé aux armes de Flamen d'Assigny. NB : Cet ouvrage est disponible à la librairie sur demande sous 48 heures.

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      Worcester, 1776. 12mo. Dbd. Light foxing and soiling. Very good. Revolutionary-era almanac by Isaac Warren, featuring a map of the forts at New York. Also included are lists of roads, pieces of verse, an account of Peter the Great, and the "Celebrated Speech of Galgacus...worthy of the attention of all officers and soldiers in the American Army" (p.[17]). The North American Imprints Project notes that while Evans is correct in calling the almanac "essentially the same" as Samuel Stearns' NORTH- AMERICAN'S ALMANACK for the same year with regard to the prose matter and the map, the calendar is entirely different from that of Stearns.

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      Worcester, 1776. 12mo. Dbd. Minor toning and foxing. Very good. The first state of this Revolutionary-era almanac by Samuel Stearns, featuring a map of the forts at New York on the front page. In this earlier state, the legend accompanying the map on the title page (of the defences of New York) has the reference: "See p. 3d." In the second state this has been corrected to read: "See p. 4th." Additionally, the seasonal verses at heads of calendar pages in the earlier state have been replaced in the later state with verses from Hale's "The sum of religion." While this almanac is remarkably similar in general content to the NORTH AMERICAN'S ALMANACK of the same year by Isaac Warren, also published by Stearns (Evans calls it "essentially the same"), the calendar is entirely different from that of Warren.

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      Boston, 1776. 12mo. Dbd. Lightly foxed. Very good. Revolutionary-era Boston almanac, containing a brief biography and portrait of John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress. It also includes a listing of the "Roads to the principal towns on the continent, &c. from Boston: with the names of those who keep houses of entertainment." "Attributed by Evans to Ezra Gleason. However, the eclipse notes and the calendar pages are identical in content and typography with those in AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, 1777, by Daniel George (Boston: Draper & Phillips), except that the verse headings differ at the top of the calendar pages and a few changes appear in the text....Since both almanacs are clearly by George, being identical apart from these few slight variations, one or the other is evidently a revised issue" - NAIP.

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        Collection Précieuse et Enluminée des Fleurs les plus Belles et les plus Curieuses, qui se cultivent tant dans les Jardins de la Chine que dans ceux de l'Europe. Partie II: PLANTES LES PLUS BELLES QUI SE CULTIVENT DANS LES JARDINS DE L'EUROPE.

      - Paris, Debure l'aîné et chez\ l'Auteur, (1776-1779). Folio (450 x 280mm). With 1 engraved title and 100 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary red morocco, richly gilt spine with 2 gilt-lettered red labels, sides with gilt borders, gilt edges (small skilful repair to corners). The work was published in two volumes of which the first concerns plants of China and the second plants of Europe. Both volumes have a distinctly oriental flavour. It shows Buchoz' vivid interest in Chinese culture at its best. In this he follows the example of Voltaire, who made France aware of the existence and value of 'Chinoiserie'. Buchoz is the first to produce a flowerbook in this tradition. The plates 'have the decorative qualities which we have always associated with Far Eastern art' (Blunt and Stearn). The lovely boldly coloured plates, all with yellow border, show ornamental flowers together with insects, butterflies or birds with slight landscape backgrounds.These two volumes of plants of China and Europe are the best Buchoz ever made and leave all his other work as far as elaborate colouring and decorative value is concerned far behind. Pierre-Joseph Buchoz (1731 - 1807) was a French physician, lawyer and naturalist. One plate with repaired tear in lower margin and touching illustration. A very fine and beautifully bound copy.Nissen BBI, 282; Dunthorne 60. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Characteres Generum Plantarum, quas in itinere ad Insulas Maris Australis. collegerunt, descripserunt, delinearunt annis MDCCLXXII - MDCCLXXV.

      Londini, B, White, T. Cadell, & P. Elmsly, 1776. 4to (276 x 220mm). pp. x, 2, viii, 150, (4), with 78 engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt decorated spine with red gilt lettered label. A pioneer work on the botany of Australia and the South Pacific. The Forsters, father and son, had sailed as naturalists on Cook's second voyage, an enormous collection of new genera and species were collected./"This work is botanically important as containing a large number of new generic and specific names relating to plants of Australia and Polynesia. It appears that in the preparation of this undertaking the Forsters were able to use the fine natural history library belonging to Sir Joseph Banks, and to seek the advice of his librarian Daniel Solander. Furthermore, they had free access to Banks and Solander collections made on Cook's first voyage (1768-71) to the Pacific, and to Solander's manuscripts' (Henrey II, p. 167). An attractively bound copy without any foxing.//Hunt 649; Nissen BBI, 644.

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        Oeuvres philosophiques. 3 parties dans 1 volume.

      Londres, 1776, - in-8vo, 2 ff., titre avec vignette + 443 p. + 2 ff., qqs feuilles lég. brunies, reliure en cuir marbré, pièce de titre rouge au dos, dos orné en or. Bel exemplaire. Ce volume renferme trois ouvrages, qui seraient imprimés à tort sous le nom du célèbre érudit français Nicolas Freret: 1. Examen critique des apologistes de la religion Chrétienne. / 2. Lettre de Thrasibule à Leucippe. (Et:) La Moïsade. / 3. Recherches sur les miracles.Le 1er ouvrage, d'abord paru en 1766, sans indication de lieu, attribué plus tard, et non moins faussement, à Levesque de Burigny, appartient à d'Holbach et à Naigeon. Le 2me ouvrage n'est pas le style de Fréret (selon Voltaire). Quant au 3me ouvrage, Walkenaer a prouvé que ce titre était l'oeuvre collective d'Holbach, de Naigeon, et de Lagrange (voir Hoefer; à comparer avec commentaire de Quérard). Hoefer explique dans une note en bas de page: ?D'Holbach et Naigon, qui avaient la monomandie de l'impiété, mais qui craignaient de se compromettre, publièrent leurs déclamations contre le christianisme et la providence sous le nom de morts, illustres ou recommandables, tels que Fréret, Du Marsais, Mirabaud. Cette fraude, qui trompait le public, ne trompait pas les autres adeptes de la secte philosophique?.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Quérard III/209; Hoefer XVIII/1807-1818, partic. 1817-1818; Weller -.

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        Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie / New Illustrations of Zoology

      1776. first edition. With Fifty Fine Hand-Colored Engraved PlatesIncluding Forty-Two of BirdsBROWN, Pierre (Peter). Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie, contenant cinquante planches emluminées d'oiseux curieux, et qui non etés jamais descrits, et quelques de quadrupedes, de reptiles et d'insectes, avec de courtes descriptions systematiques. New Illustrations of Zoology, containing fifty coloured plates of new, curious, and non-descript Birds, with a few Quadrupeds, Reptiles and Insects. Together with a short and scientific description of the same. London: Printed for B. White, 1776. Title-pages and text in both French and English.First edition. Large quarto (11 5/16 x 9 inches; 288 x 229 mm.). [viii], 134, [2, list of plates] pp. Fifty finely hand-colored engraved plates depicting forty-two species of birds, five mammals, two insects and one amphibian.Contemporary full tree-calf, covers decoratively bordered in gilt, expertly re-backed to style. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled end-papers. Corners expertly repaired. A near fine example with superb hand-coloring of the plates.The work is principally based on specimens in the natural history collections of Marmaduke Tunstall and Thomas Pennant, but also includes plates based on drawings by the Ceylonese artist P.C. de Bevere in Java and Ceylon. Forty-two of the plates depict birds, five mammals, two insects and one an amphibian. Much of the text was supplied by Pennant, who had previously employed Brown for two of the plates in his British Zoology, and the work was published by Gilbert White's brother, Benjamin. Peter Brown, a Dane by birth, was also known as a flower painter, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1770 to 1791. Nissen IVB 151; Wood p. 264; Zimmer p. 101.

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        Kst.- Karte, v. Pasquali b. A. Zatta, "Nuove Scoperte Fatte nel 1765. 67. e 69 nel Mare del Sud".

      - mit altem Grenzkolorit, dat. 1776, 30 x 40 Clancy, Robert, The Mapping of Terra Australis, Nr. 6.41 und Abb. S. 101. - Mit altkolor. Kartusche. - Zeigt das Gebiet von Neuguinea bis über die Gesellschaftsinseln mit Neuseeland unten mittig, sowie die eingezeichneten Fahrten von Cook, Carteret, Wallis und Byron.

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