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        Cuckoo] Plate LXXVI. Cucule brizzolato di Mindanao. Cuculus Mindanensis noevius.

      Giuseppe Vanni Florence 1776 - Original hand-coloured etching, with engraving. Very good condition with full margins. Dimensions: (image) 365 by 285mm (14.25 by 11.25 inches), (sheet) 445 by 340mm (17.5 by 13.5 inches). Nissen IVB 588; Wood p.450; Fine Bird Books p.10; Zimmer I, 241

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        Biblia, oder Inhalt der ganzen Heil. Schrift

      Halle: J.H. Hesse 32mo (3.5 cm; 1.25"). 128 pp., 3 [of 6] plts.. 1776 As one would expect with such a super-small miniature book, the number of surviving copies are few. WorldCat locates only two, COPAC none, KVK one, and Catálogo Colectivo del Patrimonio Bibliográfico none. Another aspect of survival (or not) is exemplified by the fact that both of Miss Adomiet's copies (now both at the Lilly) lack at least one of the woodcut plates. Contemporary blind-embossed calf, much worn; lacks three plates. Some fore-edges closely trimmed costing initial or final letters of words. Somewhat well-thumbed but solid and charming. Good++.

      [Bookseller: SessaBks, A Division of the Philadelphia]
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        An account of guns belonging to Bunker Hill veterans

      "Autograph Document Signed by Baxter How, Clerk, n.p., dated and endorsed on verso by Zadock Putnam, April 4, 1776. 1page, 8 x 6.5 in. This unusual document notes the presence of three guns, appraised by the ""Continental Committee"" (at around £2 per gun), together with two cartridge boxes. The equipment is owned by Zadock Putnam, Benjamin Grover and Henry Redner, all of Capt. Luke Drury?s Company, Col. Jonathan Ward?s Regiment. All three men were present the previous year at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Putnam, one of Drury?s men, was also one of the Minutemen who responded to the Lexington Alarm. Small loss at intersection of folds not affecting text, light soiling and marginal wear. Very good condition with dark, bold writing.Following their response to the Lexington Alarm and the Battle of Bunker Hill, Ward?s Regiment was stationed on the lines at Dorchester and remained there until their term of service expired on January 1, 1776. Many reenlisted in other units and may have taken part in the seizure of Dorchester Heights in March, which forced the British to evacuate Boston. See additional background on the Grafton Minutemen. "

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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      Romae, apud Venantium Monaldini, 1776. In-4 p. oblungo (mm. 317x415), 2 voll. in 1, mz. pelle coeva, tit. oro al dorso. Questa importante opera iconografica è così composta: ?"Volumen primum in quo continentur monumenta vetusta praecipue Tiburtina, Tusculana et Setina?" - ?"Volumen secundum in quo continentur monumenta vetusta Laurentina, Ostiensia, Veliterna, Corana, Norbana, Albana, Aricina, Ardeatina, Lanuvina et Antiatina?". Il ns. esemplare contiene: antiporta del I vol. ("mancano il frontespizio e la prefaz.") - 112 (su 141) pregevoli tavv. inc. in rame che raffigurano ruderi di antichità del Lazio (templi, sepolcri, ville, anfiteatri, statue, colonne, ponti, acquedotti, piante topografiche, sarcofagi, bassorilievi, sculture) - frontespizio figur. del II vol. + 8 cc. con l?'Indice delle tavv. delle 8 parti in cui è divisa: ?"Tyburtinorum rudera?" con 18 (su 24) tavv. - ?"Tusculanorum rudera?" con 9 tavv. - ?"Volscorum, Latinorum, et Setinorum rudera?" con 23 (su 24) tavv. - ?"Lanuvinorum et Ardeatinorum rudera?" con 9 (su 16) tavv. - ?"Aricinorum et Albanarum rudera?" con 11 (su 14) tavv. - ?"Antiatinorum et Norbanorum rudera?" con 16 (su 22) tavv. - ?"Laurentinorum et Ostiensium rudera?" con 16 tavv. - ?"Veliternorum et Coranorum rudera?" con 10 (su 16) tavv. Solo 28 tavv. con alone margin. più o meno pesante, altrimenti esempl. ben conservato.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Malavasi sas]
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      Belluno, per Simone Tissi, 1776-1779. In-8 p. (mm. 205x132), 8 volumi, cartonato rustico coevo, tit. ms. al dorso. Questa importante opera è così composta: - Vol. I (p. I) ?"Materia medicinale ragionata?" O sia compendio dei medicamenti considerati nei loro effetti, pp. XXII,(2),236. - Vol. II (p. II) ?"Materia medicinale ragionata?" Ovvero compendiosa notizia di alcune droghe costituenti parte delle sostanze che entrano nelle formole della Scuola Regia Veterinaria, insieme colle stesse formole medicinali, pp. (4),367. - Vol. III ?"Elementi dell?'arte veterinaria?": Della conformazione esterna del cavallo - Della scelta dei cavalli e delle attenzioni ch?'esigono, pp. XX,443. - Vol. IV ?"Saggio teorico e pratico sulla ferratura?", pp. XX,238,(2). - Vol. V ?"Compendio anatomico del corpo del cavallo?", pp. (4),XXIV,400. - Vol. VI ?"Compendio splancnologico o sia breve trattato dei visceri del cavallo?", pp. VIII,384. - Vol. VII ?"Saggio sulle preparazioni e sulle fasciature proprie de?' quadrupedi?", pp. XII,151, molto ben illustrato da 19 (su 21) belle tavv. f.t., inc. in rame e più volte ripieg., ciasc. con più figg. relative alla macchina del ?"travaglio?" (per effettuare sui cavalli dolorose operazioni chirurgiche) e ai vari tipi di fasciature e ferri per fratture. - Vol. VIII ?"Memorie intorno alla ruminazione ed alle malattie contagiose del bestiame; instruzione intorno alla tabe dei montoni - Regolamenti per le Scuole Regie Veterinarie di Francia?", pp. XVI,391, con 4 tabelle più volte ripieg. "Edizione originale della versione italiana" di quest?'opera fondamentale. Raro trovarla completa. Cfr. Mennessier,I, p. 156-158: ?"Claude Bourgelat (1712-79), écuyer, médecin, hippiatre et vétérinaire français, fondateur des Ecoles vétérinaires?" - Brunet,VI,7699. Solo l?'ultimo vol. con qualche fiorit., altrim. esempl. pressoché intonso e ben conservato.

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        SILVA or a Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation in His Majesty's Dominions Together With an Historical Account and Use of trhe Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves

      Printed by A. Ward for J. Dooley et al, 1776.. 4to. Contemporary full calf (fore-edges of boards rather rubbed), recently rebacked in matching calf with gilt tooled raised ribbed spine with original label re-laid, and new marbled endpapers. Pp. 649 + index, illus with portrait frontispiece, 40 lates (1 folding) and folding table (neat annotation at margin of p. 210 in contemporary hand; margins lightly spotted and some offsetting of plates as usual). .

      [Bookseller: Rothwell & Dunworth Ltd]
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        Den sunamitiske Qvindes Ankomst til Elisæum paa Carmels Bierget. / La Scunamite vient vers le prohete Elisée sur la Montagne Carmel.

      Kobberstik. Kbhvn. 1776. 53 x 35,5 cm. I sort træramme. Meget rent og kraftigt tryk. Tekst på dansk og fransk.. Stikket blev belønnet med store guldmedalje 1776. Ideen til billedet stammer Kongernes Bog: "Dengang Elisa kom ind i den sunamitiske kvindes hus, lukkede han døren - - og bad til Herren``. Da Elias tog den døde søn fra enken i Zareptas skød og bar ham ind i det rum, hvor han boede, råbte han til Herren". Men Jesus gik ikke i forbøn hos Gud for denne enkes søn; med myndighed bød han den unge mand: Stå op!", og straks vendte livet tilbage til den døde."

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        An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

      London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell,, 1776. In two Volumes. 2 volumes, quarto (283 × 225mm). Early 20th century calf spines and marbled boards, spines ruled and stamped gilt in compartments, red leather labels. Head of spine to volume 2 chipped, inner hinges split but joints very firm, corners slightly bumped. Without the half-title to volume two and final blank in volume one. Marginal pale semi-circular oil stain (presumably from a lamp) to the first 40 pages in volume two, dimishing from 6cm to 1 cm. A few leaves in volume two bound in unevenly with slightly shorter fore-margins. Leaf P2 verso (page 107) in volume two lightly inked, affecting fourteen lines. Occasional light spotting as usual and the odd stain. A very good set. First edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). In his Wealth of Nations, Smith "begins with the thought that labour is the source from which a nation derives what is necessary to it. The improvement of the division of labour is the measure of productivity and in it lies the human propensity to barter and exchange … The Wealth of Nations ends with a history of economic development, a definitive onslaught on the mercantile system, and some prophetic speculations on the limits of economic control" (PMM). "The Wealth of Nations had no rival in scope or depth when published and is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading, critical and adulatory, long after the circumstances which prompted it have become the object of historical enquiry" (ODNB).

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        LE FABBRICHE E I DISEGNI DI ANDREA PALLADIO RACCOLTI ED ILLUSTRATI DA OTTAVIO BERTOTTI SCAMOZZI Opera divisa in quattro tomi, con tavole in rame rappresentanti le piante, i prospetti, e gli spaccati. Con la traduzione francese. Unito: LE TERME DEI ROMANI.

      Vicenza, per Francesco Modena, 1776-1785. In folio (mm. 483x341), 5 voll., mz. pelle coeva con ang., dorso a cordoni (restaur.) con decoraz. e tit. oro su due tasselli, tagli rossi. L?'opera è composta da: - "Le fabbriche e i disegni", 4 voll., testo in italiano e francese, con complessive 209 tavv., disegnate ed inc. in rame da Davide Rossi, Gaetano Testolini e Gaetano Vichi, così suddivise: vol. I (1776), 1 c.b., bella antiporta incisa da Ravenet su disegno di Davide Rossi (busto del Palladio entro pregevole cornice), pp. 84;86; con 52 tavv. di cui 11 a doppia pag. + 1 tav. non numer. fra le pp. 24-25. vol. II (1778), pp. 59;59; con 51 tavv. di cui 8 a doppia pag. vol. III (1781), pp. 54; 1 c.b., 55; con 52 tavv. (in 50 fogli), di cui 7 a doppia pag. vol. IV (1783), pp. 72;70; 1 c.b., con 54 tavv. di cui 8 a doppia pag. "Prima edizione". - "Le terme dei Romani disegnate da Andrea Palladio" e ripubblicate con la giunta di alcune osservazioni da Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi, giusta l?'esemplare del Lord Co. di Burlingthon impresso in Londra l?'anno 1732. Vicenza, 1785. Con la traduzione francese, pp. 32;35; illlustr. da: una antiporta (è una copia di Gaetano Testolini del frontesp. architettonico con il busto del Palladio che figurava sull?'ediz. di Lord Burlington del 1730), due belliss. testate alle armi alla dedica a Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani e 25 tavv. di cui 17 a doppia pag. "Prima edizione". Lo studio di Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi è di fondamentale importanza nella storia della fortuna critica di Palladio. Alla pubblicazione dei disegni e delle opere di quest?'architetto, Bertotti Scamozzi dedicò tutta la vita, fornendo nelle sue edizioni l?'acutezza delle osservazioni critiche allo studio diretto sugli edifici e sui testi autografi palladiani. Il suo scopo fu quello di fornire un imponente apparato critico che valorizzasse gli apporti e le soluzioni architettoniche dell?'opera di Palladio, tanto che progettò addirittura un?'edizione trilingue (italiano, inglese e francese) dell?'opera, per darle una risonanza europea. Il legame con Vincenzo Scamozzi (da cui ereditò patrimonio e nome) e con Palladio stesso è riscontrabile nelle opere architettoniche da lui edificate e riconosciute certamente sue dalla storiografia moderna. L?'opera, completa del V volume dedicato alle terme romane, è piuttosto rara; infatti quest?'ultimo tomo fu pubblicato in forma separata e difficilmente si trova unito ai primi quattro. Le numerose edizioni di quest?'opera testimoniano del profondo interesse per Palladio nel periodo neoclassico. Cfr. Fowler,231 e 234 - Berlin Catalog,2722 e 1877 - Cicognara,598 e 599. Bello e fresco esemplare. .

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        Algemeene beschouwingen van de driften der dieren, en voornaamelyk van derzelver konst-driften (2 vol. set). I: Uit het Hoogduitsch vertaald door Joh. Will. van Haar en met eene voorrede verrykt door Joh. Lulofs. II: Uit de nagelaten geschriften (.). Uit het Hoogduitsch vertaald, met eene voorreede en aanmerkingen voorzien door P. Boddaert (.). Waarby gevoegd zyn de vermeerderingen en verbeeteringen op 't eerste deel, volgens de derde Hoogduitsche uitgaaf, en de aanmerkingen uit de Fransche vertaaling van den heere Reneaume de la Tache.

      Leyden, Honkoop, 1761-1776. - 1st eds. 2 vols. XVIII+(XVI)+400+(20);XXXIV+330+(25) pp. With engr. title-vignette in vol. I. Index. Hardcover. Contemp. sl. differing full calf, spines gilt; marbled endpapers. VG. (Old owner's label on pastedowns). * Dutch translation of Allgemeine Betrachtungen über die Triebe der Tiere, hauptsächlich über ihre Kunsttriebe (vol. I) & Angefangene Betrachtungen über die besondern arten der thierischen Kunsttriebe (vol. II). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

      Dublin: for Messrs. Whitestone, Chamberlaine, W. Watson [& 17 others],, 1776. In Three Volumes. 3 volumes, octavo (120 × 205 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines ruled gilt in compartments, red morocco labels, sprinkled edges. Repair front joint, top edge dusty, occasional minor foxing. An excellent set. First Dublin edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), published in the same year as the first London edition. In his Wealth of Nations, Smith "begins with the thought that labour is the source from which a nation derives what is necessary to it. The improvement of the division of labour is the measure of productivity and in it lies the human propensity to barter and exchange … The Wealth of Nations ends with a history of economic development, a definitive onslaught on the mercantile system, and some prophetic speculations on the limits of economic control" (PMM). "The Wealth of Nations had no rival in scope or depth when published and is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading, critical and adulatory, long after the circumstances which prompted it have become the object of historical enquiry" (ODNB).

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        Vita della venerabile Marianna di Gesu de paredes e flores vergine secolare americana soprannamata il giglio di quito sua patria ( ). First edition

      Salomoni, Roma 1776 - xvi + 235 pp. Frontespice: allegorical full-page engraving by Petro Bombello after a design by Angelo Ricci.Title in red and black with blue rectangular vignette of papal arms. 1 volumes. Contemporary vellum, flat spine, engraved title-vignet on plate.

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        Le Paysan Perverti Ou Les Dangers De La Ville En 4 volumes, Histoire Récente Mise Au Jour D'après Les Véritables Lettres Des Personnages

      Esprit, Libraire De SAS Mgr Le Duc De Chartres, Paris - La Haye 1776 - RETIF DE LA BRETONE - Le Paysan Perverti Ou Les Dangers De La Ville En 4 volumes, Histoire Récente Mise Au Jour D'après Les Véritables Lettres Des Personnages - Paris - Esprit, Libraire De SAS Mgr Le Duc De Chartres - 1776 - 4 volumes in 12° de 6+294+315+324+228 pages - bien complet - reliure plein veau blond, dos orné de fleurs à froid et filets "or", pièces de titre et tomaison peau noire, plats ornés d'une dentelle d'encadrement à froid, filets "or", dentelle "or" intérieure, tranches dorées (1 petit défaut sur la tranche tome 1) rousseurs aux premières et dernières pages - bel exemplaire - FRAIS de PORT (DONNES à TITRE INDICATIF par le site) ETABLIS, AJUSTES en fonction du POIDS, VALEUR et DESTINATION (variable selon PAYS) DE L'OUVRAGE - envoi en RECOMMANDE dès 40 euros Size: In 12 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Imp. Juan Nadal. Barcelona, 1776 - . 29 cm. 1 bl., [8] 420 [28] pág. Texto con notas a pie de página y reclamos. Portada orlada y en su interior bellos frisos, grutescos y "culs-de-lampe". Enc. en pergamino con título en lomo, deslucido. Marcas manuscritas de antiguos propietarios y sello de la Biblioteca de Montserrat. Sin el grabado. Puntos de óxido. * Palau 224803. Primera edición. Se realiza un amplio e interesante recorrido por la hagiografía de la orden de los Jerónimos y de su historia, tomando como justificación inicial la biografía de San Gerónimo, así como descripciones y reseñas de los cenobios más relevantes. Del autor, Francisco Pi, pocas reseñas biográficas existen, podemos decir que se dedicó por completo a la Orden, de la que fue Prior del Monasterio del Val de Hebrón (hoy desaparecido, desde la desamortización de 1835), y desde donde lanzó sus trabajos (siempre editados en Barcelona), que se resumen en unos pocos panegíricos y la obra que nos atañe. San Geronim ORdes religioses Historia eclesiàstica, concilis, ordes religioses Libros antiguos anteriores a 1830 español [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria anticuaria Farré]
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        Catalogue raisonné de la Collection de Livres de M Pierre Antoine Crevenna, Négociant à Amsterdam

      Engraved vignettes on titles & numerous engraved head- & tail-pieces throughout. Six vols. Large 4to, cont. half-calf & boards (boards with some wear or rubbing, Vol. III with some dampstaining and mildew -- now dormant -- towards end), spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. [Amsterdam]: 1776. A nice set of this rare and famous catalogue, privately printed in three hundred copies; it is one of the most highly appreciated 18th-century catalogues of a private library. Crevenna (d. 1792), a passionate and scholarly Italian bibliophile from Milan, spent most of his life in Amsterdam where he assembled his collections, rich in rare and excellent editions of the Greek and Latin classics and other important books and MS. including over 1000 incunabula, books printed by the Aldine and other presses, and important groups of Italian and French literature. By trade, he was a tobacco merchant who married Antoinetta Maria Bolongaro, the daughter of a very wealthy Italian merchant also living in Amsterdam. Assisted by his librarian, the Milanese author Carl'Andrea Oltolina, he himself compiled this richly annotated catalogue, well-known for its many learned bibliographical notes. The catalogue also serves as an early catalogue of autograph MSS. The last volume comprises extensive indices, including incunabula arranged according to date, a list of the Greek and Latin authors, chronological lists of books printed by Aldus, the Giunti, Gryphius and others. Very good and large set with all the errata leaves. Two spine labels partly flaked away and one head-cap a little chipped. From the library of Duke Albrecht of Saxe-Teschen with his characteristic binding style and endpapers. ❧ Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 593-"Ouvrage recherché, assez rare; les descriptions des premières éditions y sont faites avec grand soin." Peignot, p. 92-"Excellent ouvrage, assez rare, les descriptions des premières éditions y sont faites avec exactitude. On y relève quelquefois Debure." Pollard & Ehrman, Table XXXII. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 8-"Crevenna assembled a gentleman's library of expensive standard works and, as the preface relates, took much pleasure in the task. The catalogue lists more than a thousand incunabula and was important for that reason in a time before the appearance of larger and better bibliographies" (& see pp. 100, 129, 135, & 238). .

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        A Journey to the Highlands of Scotland. With Occasional Remarks on Dr. Johnson's Tour

      London: Fielding and Walker. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Undated, c. 1776. 4" x 6.25", pp. xvi,163, with engraved title page. Contemporary calf boards with new spine in six compartments. Boards scuffed, internally clean and sound. Part travelogue, part response to Samuel Johnson's A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775), this anonymous work is structured as a series of letters never intended for publication-a common trope that allowed the author to use a more personal and colloquial style than convention dictated for a travel narrative. A pose of amateurism also made it more acceptable for a woman writer to venture into print with what was actually a work of skilled observation (indeed, she admits to having traveled with "pencil in hand" and "noticed several things worthy of being made public, which more laborious travelers ... had neglected, or overlooked") as well as a pointed critique of Johnson, whom she found to be pedantic and judgmental. The book was long credited to novelist Mary Ann Hanway, but recent scholarship has cast doubt on the attribution. ESTC T80850.

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        Carte de France divisée en ses Provinces et Gouvernement militaires avec toutes les Principales Routes du Royaume et Assujettie aux Observations de Mrs de l'Académie des Sciences.

      de la fosse 1776 - 1 très grande carte dépliante au format 132 x 100,5 cm (en 4 feuilles jointes), frontières des provinces coloriées, portraits des rois de France gravés sur les marges verticales, Chez l'Auteur, Paris, 1776 Belle et très grande carte de France, imprimée en 4 feuilles réunies et rehaussées en couleurs à l'époque (infime fente en pliure centrale, fente avec très petit accroc sans manque sur pliure en queue, petites piqûres d'aiguille en coins). Rare. Langue: Français [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Porträt des Johann Heinrich Voß (1751-1826)

      . Kupferstich von Johann Christian Gottschick (1776-1844) nach Johann Heinrich Tischbein. Ca. 1820. In der Platte signiert und bezeichnet. Unten rechts mit Sammlungsstempel. Motiv: 18,6 x 15,3 cm; Blatt: 23,5 x 16,5 cm. Professionell unter säurefreiem Museumspassepartout montiert.. Sehr guter Zustand.

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      London, Printed; Philadelphia Re-printed, and sold by Robert Bell, 1776.. 92,[4]pp. plus folding table. 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. HOWES D37 (ascribing authorship to John Dalrymple). SABIN 27145. EVANS 14727. AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE 220s.

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      Anvers [i.e. Paris]. 1776-1778.. Six volumes. Complete collation available upon request. Contemporary French mottled calf, spines richly gilt with leather label. Extremities lightly rubbed. Bookplates on front endpapers. From the collection of the Ducs de Luynes. Very minor scattered foxing. Very good plus. A monumental and fundamentally important set of documents tracing the early course of the American Revolution and events on the North American continent. AFFAIRES DE L'ANGLETERRE ET DE L'AMÉRIQUE contains among the earliest, and in some cases the first, European printings of many of the most basic documents in American history, including the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine's COMMON SENSE, the Articles of Confederation, and several state constitutions. The series was produced by the French government in order to inform the French public of the origins and course of the American Revolution, and to build and justify support among the French aristocracy and bureaucracy for an eventual Franco-American alliance. With the crucial editorial assistance of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, the AFFAIRES... helped accomplish this goal, as well as providing the French people with their first taste of American democratic philosophy. AFFAIRES DE L'ANGLETERRE ET DE L'AMÉRIQUE was actually produced by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was available from the French bookseller, Pissot. The false imprint and the anonymity maintained by the editor served to hide the fact that it was issued by the French government and helped maintain a facade of impartiality. The first issue appeared on May 4, 1776, and publication proceeded through October 1779 (the present run goes from the beginning to Feb., 1778). The series was edited by Edmé- Jacques Genêt, chief interpreter to the French Foreign Minister, Charles Gravier, the Comte de Vergennes. Genêt was the father of Edmund Charles "Citizen" Genêt, who later caused so much discord in French-American relations during his tenure as minister plenipotentiary to the United States in the 1790s. Edmé- Jacques Genêt produced a similar journal during the French and Indian War, using correspondents in Britain, Spain, and the German states to gather news and information on events in the various fields of battle. He called upon some of those same sources, and cultivated American contacts as well, for AFFAIRES DE L'ANGLETERRE ET DE L'AMÉRIQUE. AFFAIRES DE L'ANGLETERRE ET DE L'AMÉRIQUE contains some of the earliest appearances of many of the basic works of the Revolutionary era. The number of important publications contained in the journal is nevertheless remarkable, with many key works appearing in this first year. The Declaration of Independence appears in the Aug. 16, 1776 issue of the AFFAIRES... (in the "Banker's Letter") and is the first European printing of that landmark document, preceding other French and British printings by one to two weeks. Durand Echeverria mistakenly identifies a printing of the Declaration in the Aug. 30, 1776 edition of the GAZETTE DE LEYDE as the first French translation, missing its appearance a full two weeks earlier in the AFFAIRES.... Thomas Paine's incredibly influential and wildly popular COMMON SENSE was the first purely political essay published in the AFFAIRES..., appearing in the issue of June 15, 1776. It does not appear in a word-for-word translation, but Genêt reprinted the majority of Paine's text, summarizing the sections he excluded. Gimbel notes only one other French language printing of COMMON SENSE in 1776, bearing a Rotterdam imprint. A version of the Articles of Confederation, based on the July and August 1776 drafts fashioned by John Dickinson, appears in the third volume, received on Oct. 4, 1776. This is the earliest appearance of any form of the Articles outside the United States, though inaccurate (see Will Slauther's article, cited below). The Constitution of New Jersey appears in Volume 4, followed by the Constitution of Delaware, the May 15, 1776 Constitution of Virginia, and the Constitution of South Carolina. The Constitution of Maryland appears in Volume 5. AFFAIRES DE L'ANGLETERRE ET DE L'AMÉRIQUE was issued intermittently in parts. It can be bound in a varying number of volumes, and bibliographer Paul L. Ford calls it "one of the most intricate and puzzling studies in collation." Howes notes that sets are made up of "twenty- four parts divided into fifteen volumes," but are usually bound in seventeen volumes. Sabin concurs on twenty-four parts, while LeClerc catalogued an incomplete set of only thirteen parts. Ford throws out the notion of "parts" entirely, giving a complete collation in fifteen volumes. Obadiah Rich asserts that the series was "an imitation or translation of Almon's REMEMBRANCER," but Sabin and Howes both correctly refute this utterly incorrect notion. Howes calls it a "counterpart" to the REMEMBRANCER, while Sabin notes that it is "quite different" from Almon's work. As we have noted, it is a wholly original collection of documents, assembled to provide close reports on the progress of the American Revolution and to pave the way toward the French alliance with the rebellious Americans. The present set is comprised of the first six volumes, which contain many of the key documents in their first European printings, and extends to shortly after the Franco-American alliance was signed on Feb. 8, 1778 (but to just before it was made public a few weeks later). "Essential for the Revolutionary period" - Sabin. "Of singular importance for the history of the period covered; but, owing to its rarity, and to the extreme bibliographical confusion in its parts and volumes, it has been singularly neglected as historical material" - Larned. "Collection des plus importantes pour la periode de la revolution des Etats-Unis" - LeClerc. A rare and fundamentally important collection of documents on the early years of the American Revolution, in many cases containing the earliest European printings of several iconic works of American history. HOWES A85, "b." LeCLERC 2464. SABIN 491. JCB 1(III):2185. FORD, FRANKLIN BIBLIOGRAPHY 326. LARNED 1210. Laura Anne Bédard, LES AFFAIRES DE L'ANGLETERRE ET DE L'AMERIQUE: A FRENCH JOURNAL COVERING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FROM FRANCE (Unpublished Master's Thesis, 1986), especially chapters 2 and 3 and appendices. Durand Echeverria, "French Publications of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitutions, 1776-1783" in PAPERS OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Vol. 47, pp.313-38. Paul Leicester Ford, "Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amérique" in PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, 1889, pp.222-26 has the clearest collation. Will Slauter, "Constructive Misreadings: Adams, Turgot, and the American State Constitutions" in PAPERS OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Vol. 105, No. 1, pp.33-68.

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      Gen" ve, 1776. - 3 vols. XII, 525+III, 563+III,507 pp. Contemporary full calf.

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