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        Fables Choisies : mises en vers par J de La Fontaine

      Bouillon, Aux dépens de La Société Typographique 1776 o.J..

      [Bookseller: Heinrich Heine Antiquariat Lustenberger ]
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        Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of New-Jersey, From the Surrender of the Government to Queen Anne, on the 17th Day of April, in the Year of Our Lord 1702, to the 14th Day of January 1776

      Printed by Isaac Collins, Printer to the King, for the Province of New Jersey, Burlington 1776 - Folio. [2], viii, 493pp., 6pp. Index, 6pp. Ordinance Chancery Fees, 4pp. "A Table for the Publick Acts in Force", 4pp. "A Table of the Publick Acts Disallowed, Expired, Obsolete and Repealed.", 3pp. A Table of the Private Acts, 15pp. Index to the Principal Matters, [1]. Binding is professionally recased. New brownish marbled paper covered boards with leather spine and joints. Spine has 6 raised bands, gilt lines, and gilt stamped title on red morroco leather label. New front and rear paste downs and front and rear end sheets. Last blank end sheet chipped. Small period ink inscription written above "Slaves" in the "Index to the Principal Matters."Evans 14911; Sabin 53046. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Americana Books ABAA]
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        Loix du Magnétisme, Comparées aux Observations & aux Expériences, dans les différentes parties du globe Terrestre, pour perfectionner la théorie générale de l'aimant, & indiquer par-là les Courbes magnétiques qu'on cherche à la mer, sur les Cartes réduites.

      De l'Imprimerie Royale, A Paris 1776 - In-8 de XXXI-168-XXIIIpp., veau havane, dos lisse orné, pièce de titre de maroquin rouge (reliure de l'époque). Edition originale. 2 planches dépliantes hors-texte. Pierre-Charles Lemonnier (1715-1799), confident et continuateur de Halley et de Bradley, fut l'astronome privilégié de Louis XV qui lui fournit les moyens d'avoir son observatoire. Une seconde partie fut publiée en 1778 avec le titre : Loix du magnétisme. Seconde partie, qui contient les nouvelles recherches sur la situation géographique de l'Équateur et des pôles de l'aimant, avec l'art de construire les boussoles. Bel exemplaire. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Bonnefoi Livres Anciens]
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        Compendio della Storia della Republica di Venezia del. sig. Abbate Laugier. Divisio in quattro Parti. Con alcuni discorsi preliminari, ed una Tavola Chronologica in fine della Storia..

      Venezia, Biccolo Pezzana, 1776. 2 Bände (alles) CXII, 245 S. XXIV, 424 S. 8°, geglättete, glänzende Kalbslederbände der Zeit mit je zwei farbigen goldgeprägten Rückenschildern (Titel rot/ Bandzahl grün und reichlicher Rückenvergoldung) prachtvolle Bände der Geschichte Vernedig. Versand D: 2,00 EUR

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Michael Solder]
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        Enlistment document

      1776 - (AMERICAN REVOLUTION) ASHBY, Charles. Enlistment document. Charles Town, South Carolina, May 1, 1776. Folio, single leaf of laid paper (measures 6-1/2 by 8 inches), partially printed and accomplished by hand. $6800.Rare May 1, 1776 Revolutionary War enlistment certificate, dated only two months before the Declaration of Independence, recruiting a young boy in South Carolina to enlist as a drummer boy in the British Royal Regiment of Artillery, with the boy clearly signing an “X” as “his mark… to serve His Majesty King George the Third,” co-signed by a Justice of the Peace, dated the same month British ships closed in on Charleston in what became a failed attempt to anchor their assault north and gain the “active support by the Loyalists, who… had been counted upon as a primary component in the military suppression of the Rebellion” (Tuchman, First Salute).This exceedingly rare Revolutionary War document, dated May 1, 1776, only two months before the Declaration of Independence, is an official British enlistment certificate for the British “Royal Regiment of Artillery.” Here a young eleven-year-old boy in South Carolina, Charles Ashby, having signed with “his X mark… voluntarily Inlisted [sic] himself a Drummer, to serve his Majesty King George the Third.” Co-signed by William Jones, the Justice of the Peace for “Charles Town in South Carolina,” this extraordinary document is dated the same month British ships neared Charleston harbor in one of the Revolution’s most crucial early battles. “One of the major goals of the British was to capture Charles Towne. From there they felt they could move north and conquer other colonies.” Ultimately their failed attack on the harbor “would keep them from attacking South Carolina until 1780” (Hasen, Primary Source History, 43).During this Revolutionary period in South Carolina the British Royal Regiment of Artillery was under the command of “George Lord Visc. Townshend,” Master General of Ordance from 1772-1782. Despite the outbreak of war, many colonists remained divided over whether to sever their ties to Britain. In colonies such as South Carolina, where the British aimed to conquer “the area that contained the greatest number of Loyalists in the hope of mobilizing their support,” Britain nevertheless failed “to arouse active support by the Loyalists, who had been expected to rise up and overwhelm their misguided countrymen and had been counted upon as a primary component in the military suppression of the rebellion.” Ultimately when Charlestown finally fell to the British four years later, it would mark America’s “heaviest defeat… [and] threatened to split the South in fatal division from the northern colonies” (Tuchman, First Salute, 151-2, 178-83).The identity of the young drummer boy named in this certificate remains elusive. Yet whether he was an impressionable young Loyalist, or following the lead of another, or his own convictions, Ashby seems to have been a very young recruit, for “even drummer boys needed stamina. Pre-Revolutionary War British army instruction manuals advised that ‘boys much under 14, unless they are remarkably stout, are rather an incumbrance to a regiment (especially on service) as they are in general unable to bear fatigue, or even carry their drums on a march… In the American army, there might be some boys “as young as nine or ten enlisted in the army, though at that age they were usually enlisting with officer fathers, uncles or family friends.” Nevertheless both British and American officers often “preferred to hang on to their boy soldiers, no matter how young and useless, in order to keep their rosters at maximum strength” (Marten, Children and Youth in a New Nation, 20-21).The document reads in full: “I, Charles Ashby aged Eleven Years 5 Feet 4 Inches high, by Trade a ‘None’ born [‘in the Parish of’ crossed over] Charles Town [‘in the County of’ crossed over] in Sout [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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        Memoires et plaidoyers (voll. I-X) Vol. XI Requete au conseil du Roi. Contre les arrets du Parlement de Paris de 29 mars & 4 fevrier 1775. Amsterdam chez Marc-Michel Rey 1776

      chez Bassompierre fils, A Liege 1776 - Tagli rossi risguardi marmorizzati vecchia firma d\'appartenenza al frontespizio di ogni volume naturali abrasioni alle coperte n.d. p. 11 voll in-16 p.pelle coeva maculata titoli e fregi oro su doppio tassello bicromatico

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Giulio Cesare]
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      New-York, 1776. Gathered signatures, string-tied, as issued. Slight abrasion along gutter of titlepage. Occasional light tanning, final four leaves stained. Ink ownership stamp on one text page. Tear in upper margin of leaf H, affecting four words. Overall, very good. In original condition, untrimmed. In a blue half morocco and cloth box. The rare journal of the votes and proceedings of the New Jersey Provincial Congress, from January 9 to March 2, 1776. The Provincial Congress sat at Princeton January 9- 13, then reconvened at New Brunswick through the month of February. Most of the actions taken deal with the mechanics of taking control of the government, and in particular military preparedness, including the appointment of officers in the New Jersey militia, the incarceration of prisoners of war, the problems posed by Loyalists, the disposition of captured naval prizes, and assistance to forces in New York. There is also much correspondence with New Jersey county committees, other state committees, and the Continental Congress. A critical chronicle of the New Jersey road to independence. The Congress had this work printed by patriot printer John Anderson in New York, presumably in March 1776. No copy has appeared at auction since the Thomas Streeter copy in 1967 ($800 to Nebenzahl).

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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      Philadelphia, 1776. Contemporary calf boards, neatly rebacked in matching style, leather label. Slight wear to boards. Moderate foxing and slight dampstaining, outer edge of one plate soiled. Very good. First American edition of an important work on military issues, with interesting implications for the American Revolution, published almost concurrently with the Declaration of Independence. The text and plates cover a variety of topics, including marching, maneuvering, camping, attacking, and retreating. The unusual joint imprint of three Philadelphia printers is even more peculiar because Bell and Aitken are well known for their attachment to the Revolutionary cause, and Humphreys was a Loyalist who fled Philadelphia when the British evacuated in 1778.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        2 eigenh. Briefe mit U. („CG Schütz" bzw. „Schütz").

      Halle, 1776. - Zusammen (2+2=) 4 SS. auf 4 (= 2 Doppel)Blatt. Folio und 4to. An seine Braut Anna Henriette („Jettchen") Danovius. I: „Also darf ich Sie die Meinige nennen? Und es ist kein Traum daß Sie mich lieben, erwünschte, geliebteste, und liebenswürdigste Freundin! Und es ist gewiß, daß Ihr verehrungswürdiger Herr Bruder mit unsern Wünschen sympathisiret? und daß Ihre zärtlichgesinnte Frau Schwester ihren holden Beyfall dazu gegeben? Das alles erzählten mir auf einmal die letzten Briefe unsrer Griesbachs [.] Am dreyzehnten Januar (die[e]s war einer von den traurigen Monaten, wo ich ganz von denen die meine Seele liebte getrennt, und einsiedlerisch oft blos mit mir selbst zu sprechen aufgelegt war[)], schrieb ich in mein Tagebuch: ‚[.] Wer weiß ob das Mädchen, das mich lieben wird, nicht in dieser Stunde, in so manchen andern, mit mir gleichen Drang, und gleiche Tröstung empfindet.’ [.] Di[e]s waren die Gedanken, mit denen sich, wie gesagt, am 13ten Januar der ehrliche Schwärmer zu seinem Schlafe vorbereitete; und sind seine Ahndungen nicht wunderbar eingetroffen? [.] Getrost, meine Geliebte, der Tag ist bald da [.], da es Ihnen nicht der todte Buchstabe, da es Ihnen die lebendige Sprache der Seele sagen soll, welche Seligkeit es sey Sie zu lieben, und von Ihnen sich geliebt zu sehn [.]" (Br. v. 31. Oktober 1776). Schütz’ Schwager, der Theologe Johann Jakob Griesbach (1745–1812) lebte in Jena, wo bald auch Schütz hinziehen sollte. – II: „Warten Sie nur, loses Mädchen; was wollen Sie denn mit dem Hochwohlgebohrnen Herrn? Ich glaubte gar Sie haben den Herrn von Schirach in Gedanken gehabt, Gott verzeih mir die Sünde! Genug ich habe daraus nicht klug werden können [.] Dismal bekam ich [.] den deutschen Merkur aus Weimar, über Jena, worauf auswendig Hr. Hofrath Eber mir ein sehr angenehmes Compliment geschrieben hatte. Erwiedern [!] Sie doch dieses, Theuerstes Mädchen, moia Kuchanka, aufs beste, und sagen Sie, daß mir dieses Compliment allein den Brief bezalt hätte! Denn der Mercur war das Porto nicht werth! [.]" (Br. v. 2./3. Dezember 1776; an den Rändern etwas fleckig). – Christian Gottfried Schütz war neben C. M. Wieland und F. J. Bertuch Mitbegründer und Hauptredakteur der „Allgemeinen Literaturzeitung", stand in persönlichem wie brieflichem Verkehr mit Schiller und Goethe und übernahm 1804 eine Professur für Literaturgeschichte und Beredsamkeit in Halle, wo er mit Johann Samuel Ersch die „Hallesche Literaturzeitung" fortsetzte. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kotte Autographs GmbH]
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        Les à propos de société ou Chansons. 2 volumes + Les à propos de la folie ou Chansons, grotesques, grivoises et annonces de parade. Together 3 volumes.

      Leipzig u. Berlin, 1776. - circa 20,3 x 13,4 cm. 3 engraved frontispieces, X, 302; 316; VI, 319 pages, with 3 engraved titles by Moreau le jeune and engraved vignettes by Duclos, Launay, Martini and Simonet after Moreau Richly gilt half-calf around 1900 in the style of the 18th cent. (signed: Pagnant) Sander 1115-16; Cohen-R. 604; Fürstenberg 104, 109 und 149; Lewine 295-96: "These illustrations count among Moreau’s best." First edition of this collection of mostly humorous songs with these illustrations. Among the subjects are: love, drunkenness, old age, marriages and birthdays, important personalities of the 18th century etc. Most songs were composed in occasion of "fêtes de Société" or important public occasions. Nice illustrations and music; one vignette in volumes 2 shows the presentation of a laterna magica. - The elegant bindings are by Édouard Pagnant (cf. Fléty 139). - Nice, with very little spotting, but mostly clean. Uncut and in decorative bindings. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Thomas Rezek]
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      Philadelphia, Printed. Boston, Re-Printed, 1776. Dbd. Two early signatures on titlepage, which is stained and chipped at edges. Some light foxing and tanning. Good. In a half morocco and cloth box. The first Boston printing, arguably the most significant non-Philadelphia American printing, of this most important political text of the American Revolution. COMMON SENSE first appeared in Philadelphia on January 9, 1776, printed by Robert Bell, and enjoyed immediate and immense popularity, being reprinted several times in the colonies and in London. This Boston edition is taken directly from Bell's first printing. 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." On March 4, 1776, the BOSTON GAZETTE, which was being printed in Watertown, advertised copies "to be sold (if applied for soon) at Mr. Samuel Watts' next to the Masons Arms in Cambridge, and at the Print Office in Watertown." This was an exciting moment; the American bombardment of Boston began on March 2, Dorchester was seized on the 5th, and the British evacuated Boston of the 17th. This place the date of the Boston edition quite early in the chronology of editions. An important and scarce printing of Paine's famous work, in the city whose defiant actions partially inspired Paine to his writing.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        A New and universal History, Description and Survey of the cities of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, and their abjacent parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, comprizing a circle of near one hundred and fifty miles

       Cooke, London (1776). 720 Seiten mit 78 Kupfertafeln, original Leder, Quart, Folio (berieben und bestoßen/Rücken mit kleiner Fehlstelle/Rücken in 2 Teile gebrochen/im Bruch einige Seiten lose - abrasion and chamfeved/back with a little vold and broken into two parts/a few loose pages) - To the Right Honourable the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the City of London, This Universal History, Description and Survey of London, Westminster and Southwark, compiled as well for the use of the citizens, as to preserve the fame and dignity of that city over which they preside is, with all due respect, humbly inscribed, by their obedient servant - Catalog of the Library of the London Institution, 402 / Bangs, Richards & Platt, Catalogue of an Extensive Collection, 13/164 - Versand D: 5,90 EUR Großbrit./Irland/Schottland,Alte Drucke vor 1850

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      Exeter, N.H. 1776-1777.. 3-50pp. No titlepage, as issued. Folio. Antique-style half calf and marbled boards. Tissue repair to closed tear on first leaf, contemporary ink notations to a few leaves, some fold lines, toning, and edge wear. Uncut, good overall. The first acts of an independent New Hampshire, drawn at the outset of war, and beginning the continuously paginated series of acts and laws that would be issued through 1778. The first imprint (pp. 3- 18) contains a total of ten acts, the first establishing law courts for an independent government: "Where as the cruel and unnatural War commenced and prosecuted by Great-Britain against the United Colonies hath rendered it necessary for the protection and security of the Lives and Interests of the Inhabitants of this Colony to assume and establish a new Form of Government therein...." Other laws address courts and legal powers, taxation, voting, highways, credit and currency, and relief of the poor and the mentally unsound. A total of seven additional acts are included in the four additional imprints, including an act encouraging ships to arm themselves for protection of the coastline, one to form a militia, and one to regulate prices, among others. A rare and important series of laws. EVANS 14899, 14900. BRISTOL B4524, B4525. WHITTEMORE 188, 189, 204, 205. SHIPTON & MOONEY 43302, 43303.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        [Greek title] sive de clitophontis et levcippes amoribus libri viii varietate lectionis notisque Cl. Salmasii I.B. Carpzovii T.B. Bergeri ac suis illustrati a Benjam. Gottlib Laur. Boden. P.P.O

      Lipsiae, [i.e. Leipzig]: Sumtibus Jo. Friderici Junii, 1776. xvi, 731pp, [13]. Finely bound in contemporary crushed red morocco, gilt, flat spine in elaborately ruled compartments, each with a floral and foliage motif, triple gilt filet borders. A.E.G., marbled endpapers. A pencilled note in French to the verso of the FFEP attributes the binding to Derome le Jeune, which this cataloguer echoes wholeheartedly; the finely executed triple gilt filet being a particular signature of that bindery (who were, incidentally, responsible for the binding of Beckford's copy of this present work). The very slightest of rubbing to extremities, two minute wormholes to joints at base of spine, two small ink spots to lower board; else a fine copy. Little is known of Achilles Tatius (fl. 2nd Century AD), Alexandrian writer of the Roman era, who is therefore remembered solely for his eight-book novel, The adventures of Leucippe and Clitophon. One of only five surviving romances in Ancient Greek, it recounts the tribulations of the eponymous young lovers in Tyre, the Nile delta and Alexanderia. Finely printed in parallel Greek and Latin, this early critical edition includes a veritable wealth of commentary, including the notes of Claude Saumaise, Johann Carpzov and Benjamin Boden. . 8vo.

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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).

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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]

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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