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      The Hague: Chez Frederic Staatman, 1776.. 147,[2]pp. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Occasional light tanning. Very good. Streeter describes this as the second edition, somewhat rearranged, of Champigny's LA LOUISIANE ENSANGLANTEE, a work issued with a false London imprint (actually Paris) in 1773. Howes, however, gives the two titles separate entries. "An absorbing account of the trial and punishment of leading French citizens of Louisiana, inflicted on them by Alexander O'Reilly, the Spanish Governor of the province at its transfer from France to Spain after the Seven Years War" - Streeter. Louisiana had been turned over by the French to the Spanish in the peace settlement in 1763, as part of France's ejection from North America by the victorious English and Spanish. The French citizens of Louisiana resented the weak Spanish government, and attempted a coup against it in 1768. The uprising was put down with vengeance by O'Reilly, sent to establish absolute Spanish authority. This book discusses in detail events from 1762, when the cession was agreed to, through 1771. HOWES C278, "b." STREETER SALE 1569. SABIN 11824.

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        Idea della storia, e delle consuetudini antiche della Valle Lagarina, ed in particolare del roveretano.

      s.n.,, S.n.t. (Rovereto?), 1776 - Cm. 27, pp. viii, 295 (1). Con capolettera decorati, bei fregi xilografici una tavola genealogica ripiegata f.t. Leg. coeva in mezza pergamena con punte. Qualche segno d'uso al piatto posteriore ed un timbretto parrocchiale al frontespizio. Esemplare genuino ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Edizione originale ed unica di questa preziosa fonte di studio per la Vallagarina e gli avvenimenti storici che conivolsero il Trentino prima del '700. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Plan of the City of New York

      London: Jefferys & Faden, Jany. 12 1776 [paper watermarked 'Ruse & Turners / 1831']. Copper-engraved map by Thomas Kitchin after Bernard Ratzer, in very good condition, apart from some expert repairs to old folds and the lower margin. 26 3/4 x 38 1/2 inches. A fine copy of an apparently unrecorded second state of this important plan of New York, including the Jefferys & Faden imprint: 'Made just prior to the Revolution, the Ratzen plan was the most accurate and useful survey of New York then circulating' (Deák) 'Ratzer was an experienced surveyor and a fine draughtsman' (Cumming) whose highly accomplished plan was based on John Montresor's hurried survey of 1765. Cumming goes on to note that Ratzer's plan was 'much more carefully surveyed and drafted than Montresor's map; the wharves along the Sound are detailed, the streets given names, and new buildings and streets on either side of the Bowery entered.' It was engraved by Thomas Kitchin who mistakenly recorded the cartographer's name as 'Ratzen'. According to Deák, the plan 'details a portion of the city extending from the Battery to a point south of today's Grand Street, including the road to Greenwich (along the Hudson), Broadway, and the Bowery Lane (the high road to Boston). Across the river, a small part of Long Island is depicted, with the important Brookland Ferry clearly indicated. Thirty-one numbered references to the major landmarks are given below the dedicatory cartouche. These include Fort George, various churches, religious meetinghouses, the Exchange, and marketplaces. The nineteenth reference is to "The College" (i.e., King's College), today's Columbia University, originally located on spacious grounds overlooking the Hudson, south of Murray Street'. Curiously, the index illustrates a degree of religious tolerance that would have been found in very few cities around the world and evinces the great diversity that has characterized the city throughout its history. There is a diverse collection of Protestant sects including Calvinist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Huguenot churches, in addition to a synagogue. However, Roman Catholicism and non-Christian African religions were not permitted to be practiced openly. The great estates located to the north of the city proper are shown as belonging to several famous families including the Rutgers, the Bayards, and the De Lanceys. The rarity of the Plan is highlighted by the fact that it was unknown to Cumming (writing in 1979) and does not appear to have been recorded since. Cumming lists a copy of Ratzer's Map with 'Ruse & Turners' watermarks, but was uncertain if the watermark date was 1831 or 1851. The watermark date on the present example of the Plan is 'Ruse & Turners / 1831'. Since both the Cumming copy of the Map and the present Plan appear to have been printed on the same batch of paper, it is highly probable that they were printed at the same time. What is certain is that the present work is finely printed on top quality paper and that the image shows no apparent differences or wear when compared with the earlier issue. Cumming 'The Montresor-Ratzer-Sauthier Sequence of Maps of New York City, 1766-76', no.5b & cf.9b, in Imago Mundi 31, pp.55-65; cf. Deák, American Views, 120; cf. Eno Collection, 29; cf. Manhattan in Maps, pp.73-77; cf. Stokes, Iconography of Manhattan Island 1, p.342

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      Philadelphia: Humphreys, Bell and Aitken, 1776.. 31pp. plus eight engraved plates (two folding). 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. EVANS 14726. SABIN 18345.

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        A voyage round the world, in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, by George Anson, Esq; afterwards Lord Anson, Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty’s Ships, sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. Compiled, from his papers and materials, by Richard Walter, M. A. Chaplain of His Majesty’s Ship the Centurion, in that Expedition. Illustrated with forty-two copper-plates [Extra-Illustrated]

      London: printed for W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, W. Strahan, J. F. and C. Rivington, T. Davies, L. Hawes and Co. R. Horsfield, T. Becket, T. Lowndes, S. Crowder, J. Knox, T. Cadell, W. Otridge, G. Robinson, R. Baldwin, W. Woodfall, and E. Johnston [through 1776], MDCCXLVIII [1748]. Early Reprint. Full Calf. Near Fine+. Fifteenth Edition (first published 1748) of the official account of Anson's famous circumnavigation of the world, the "most popular book of maritime adventure of the eighteenth century" and a "masterpiece of descriptive travel." (Hill). Royal Quarto (not the inferior octavo edition of the same year), complete with 42 plates, maps and charts (many folding), in addition to the magnificent folding map, bound in as frontispiece, showing the route of the Centurion, not present in the first edition and not called for in the directions to the binder. xx,417,[3]pp. Contemporary speckled calf, sympathetically rebacked in matching brown calf, spine with raised bands ruled in gilt, gilt-lettered red morocco label. End papers renewed, but retaining copper-engraved armorial bookplate of Julines Hering (presumably Julines Hering [1732-1797] of Heybridge Hall, military officer and later wealthy owner of sugar plantations in Jamaica), reaffixed to front paste down. An excellent copy, the attractive contemporary binding tight and secure, several maps with nearly invisible repairs by a paper conservationist, a few plates and adjacent text-pages foxed, a few neat marginal notes in brown ink in a contemporary hand, but in all a very bright, clean, well-margined copy, with only light occasional finger-soiling and spotting. Hill 1817. Sabin 1629. Gibson's Library, p. 50. ESTC Citation No. N52653. & One of the landmark English circumnavigations, Anson's voyage laid the groundwork for British voyages of exploration in the Pacific by Cook and others during the second half of the 18th century. Unlike those later voyages undertaken for scientific purposes, however, Anson's was a strictly military expedition, intended to disrupt Spanish commerce in the Pacific and cut off Spanish supplies of wealth from South America after the outbreak of war between Britain and Spain, in 1739. In the autumn of that year, Anson was put in command of a small squadron—the Centurion (60 guns), the Gloucester (50 guns), the Severn (50 guns), the Pearl (40 guns), the Wager (28 guns), the sloop Tryal (8 guns) and two store ships—and sent to plunder Spanish trading territories on the Pacific coast of South America. But after his ships were battered by storms and most of his crew lost during the trip round Cape Horn, the expedition was on the verge of collapse. Anson retreated across the Pacific to Macao, where the Centurion was repaired and more crew was signed on. Then, in June, 1743, Anson achieved a substantial victory, capturing a Spanish treasure ship, the Manila galleon, off the Philippines, and returned to England in 1744 by way of China, thus completing a circumnavigation. "Anson’s voyage is remembered as a classic tale of endurance and leadership in the face of fearful disasters, but to the British public of 1744 it was the treasure of the galleon, triumphantly paraded through the streets of London, which did something to restore national self-esteem battered by an unsuccessful war." (ODNB) The precise authorship of the Voyage has long been a subject of debate. Although the title-page states the book was "compiled" by Richard Walter, chaplain of Anson's flagship the 'Centurion,' Sir John Barrow's 1839 Life of George, Lord Anson claimed it was, in fact, written by Colonel Benjamin Robins, "an engineer officer of great talent and celebrity." According to Barrow, "Walter drew the skeleton, and Robins clothed it with flesh and warmth of imagination." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Veduta del Palazza Stopani Architettura di Rafaele d'Urbino

      Kupferstich von Giovanni Battista Piranesi aus der Folge "Vedute di Roma" 1776. 41.5x66.3 cm. - H. 128 I (von III) - Wilton-Ely 261 - Aus der 1. Pariser Ausgabe 1800 - 1807. Palazzo Vidoni (früher Palazzo Stoppani) mit dem Corso Vittorio Emanuele, die Kirche Il Gesù im Hintergrund. Auf kräftigem Papier, mit Mittelfalte.

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        The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

      Strahan and T. Cadell, London 1776 - FIRST EDITIONS. "To this task Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day; and the result was clothed in an inimitable prose" (PMM, 222). Six volumes. Quarto. Contemporary tan calf rebacked with old red and green lettering-pieces laid down, gilt in compartments. Engraved portrait frontispiece in Vol. I, 2 folding maps in Vol. II, 1 folding map in Vol. III, without half-titles in Vols. II and III, others present. Frontispiece slightly foxed as usual, some offsetting, a few gatherings slightly foxed, a very good set. With portrait frontispiece of Gibbon (in vol. I), 1 folding map of Europe adjacent to Constantinople (in vol. II) 1 folding map of the Eastern Roman Empire and 1 folding map of the Western Roman Empire (in vol. III). The portrait of Gibbon "engraved by Joseph Hall from an original picture painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds" published by Strahan and Cadell in 1780 and issued with the second volume, has been moved by the binder to the appropriate place, at the beginning of vol. I. That volume is in the second of two variant states, without the cancels X4 and a4. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dissertation Sur Les Attributs De Venus, Qui a Obtenu l'Accessit, Au Jugement De l'Academie Royale Des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres, a La Seance Publique Du Mois De Novembre 1775

      Paris: De L'Imprimerie De Prault, Se Trouve Chez Pissot, 1776. 108pp, half-title, fine engraved frontispiece of Venus Anadyomene after Titian, by d'Augustin de Saint- Aubin, titlepage vignette, plate at page 47 engraved with eight medallions representing Venus, smaller engravings of medallions within the text, engraved vignette head and tail pieces. Page [93] has a paragraph written by Monseigneur the Minister of Justice dated October 15, 1775 stating he could not find anything that would prevent the printing of this work. At the onset of the revolution, all restrictions regulated against printing and presses were abolished, although they still retained censorship. Bound in contemporary calf triple ruled in gilt, raised bands with compartments gilt, spine label gilt, marbled endpapers, some footnotes in Greek, edges rubbed with wear to corners. A very nice copy without foxing. The study of Aphrodite/Venus through the ages.. Quarto.

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        Le costume ou essai sur les habillements et les usages de plusieurs peuples de l'antiquité, prouvé par les monuments

      Liege: Aux dépens de l'auteur, chez J.F. Bassompierre, 1776. 4to (24.9 cm, 9.8"). xxxi, [1], 411, [1] pp.; 51 plts. First edition: Treatise on ancient dress among the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Jews, Romans, and other people. The author, a Flemish artist also known as Andries Cornelis Lens, came to the study of antiquarian clothing by way of his classically inspired focus in painting. Illustrated with 51 copper-engraved plates done by Pitre Martenasie, this is an "Ouvrage estimé" according to Brunet (who seemingly mistakenly cites 57 engravings as opposed to the 51 given by von Lipperheide, described in institutional holdings, and present here). Brunet, III, 980; Von Lipperheide, Katalog der Freiherrlich von Lipperheide'schen Kostumbibliothek, 105. Contemporary calf, rebacked in complementary style, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; original leather acid-pitted and cracked over edges and extremities. Front pastedown with small bookseller's ticket from Albany, NY; free endpapers with a few stray pencilled notations. Dedication page with institutional rubber-stamp in lower margin.

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        The Gentleman Farmer being An Attempt to improve Agriculture, by subjecting it to the Test of Rational Principles.

      Edinburgh: Printed for W.Creech and T.Cadell, 1776. First edition. All edges speckled red. Contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt, red label, gilt. . Some offsetting in text. Upper hinge cracked but holding. Internal crack between sections Y and Z but binding tight. Contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt, red label, gilt. Some slight wear to extremities. A very good, sound copy.. 8vo. pp xxiv (misprinted as xxvi) + 409 + 2 (advertisements) + 3 engraved plates at rear. Kames, born in Eccles, Berwickshire was one of the key figures of the Scottish enlightenment. "As an amateur agriculturalist, [the Scottish judge and philosopher] acquired a considerable reputation, and his "Gentleman Farmer " was a valuable addition to the general stock of agricultural knowledge"(DNB). Fussell II, pp108-09 Macdonald p 215. Perkins No.817.

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        Journal of the Resolution's Voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775, On Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, by Which the Non-Existence of An Undiscovered Continent, Between the Equator and the 50th Degree of Southern Latitude, Is Demonstratively Proved

      Dublin, Ireland: Caleb Jenkin, No. 58, Dame street; and, John Beatty, No. 32, Skinner row, 1776. First Irish Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Good. Sprinkled leather over boards, decorative "V" pattern to board edges, six compartment spine with title - Cooke's Voyage [sic] - and borders in gilt onto red leather spine label, 8vo (7-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches [19.1 x 12.1 cm]), pp. [i-ii], (frontispiece map), [iii-v], vi-xv, (1 blank), [1], 2-141, [142], 143-328, all edges trimmed. Printed area of large fold out map is 21-5/8" wide x 7-11/16" high [54.8 cm x 19.5 cm]. The map shows "New Land Discovered", "Land Seen" and has Australia marked as "New Holland" with the south coast being uncharted and Tasmania as part of the mainland. Binding worn with boards exposed at corners, chip to leather of top board near center of joint, top joint cracked to midpoint of spine, p.o. name in pencil to front pastedown and a row of numbers to ffep. Text is moderately toned and soiled throughout with ink stains affecting title page and map. Map has short closed tears at outer edges of folds. Book still tightly bound with binders twine being noted at hinges, as per bookbinding methods of the time, where "...until the early years of the nineteenth century all endpapers, were sewn on, and never merely tipped on with paste as they sometimes are today." [Middleton, 4th edition, pg. 108-111]. The Dublin edition of John Marra's journal. First published anonymously in London several months after returning home to England in 1775, it was the first account of these unknown, distant and most exotic reaches of the globe. While Marra's Journal provided Europe with descriptions of the indigenous peoples of a number of Pacific societies, the voyage also proved that no southern continent existed in the temperate zone, and had the Resolution making the first crossing by ship over the Antarctic circle. Ref. Beddie-1270,1271; Sabin-16247; Cox, vol. 1, p. 59.

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        La Araucana {2 vols complete}

      Antonio de Sancha 1776. later edition. Hardback. Near Fine/No Jacket. Two volumes pub. 1776, half-title in vol. one, engraved portrait of the author, 3 plates and one folding map with short closed tear to inner margin. Small damp-stain to outer margin of first 3 leaves of vol 2, else a notably clean and bright copy. Excellent tight hinges, in very presentable contemporary Spanish full calf with gilt and morocco labels to spines. Very handsome set.

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        A Discourse upon some late improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners

      London,: Royal Society,, 1776.. Small quarto, [iv], 44 pp. with the half-title, woodcut title device and headpiece, leaf C4 a cancel as usual; a very good clean copy in modern green quarter morocco. One of the most significant of all the printed works relating to Cook's voyages.This is the 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 this original edition 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, 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.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 has 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...'.The NUC locates only four copies in American libraries, those at Harvard, John Carter Brown, National Library of Medicine and the Naval Observatory Library.Beddie, 1290; Holmes, 20; Kroepelien, 1065; Norman sale, 378; Streeter (Sr.) sale, 2410.

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        An Actual Survey, of the Provinces of Bengal, Bahar &

      Grenzkolorierte Kupferstich-Karte von W. Haydon und Andrew Dury nach James Rennell 1776. 100x149 cm. Von 4 Platten gedruckt und zusammengesetzt. Maßstab 1 : 740.000. - Tooley 2 Bd. 4 S. 33f. - Lex. Gesch. Kartogr. II, S. 663 - Gole 87/1.1 - Großformatige und detaillierte Karte die Bihar, Westbengalen, Jharkand, Bangla Desh, Ganges-Delta und Teile Birmas zeigt. Das Gebiet südlich des Himalaya wird begrenzt durch Bettiah, Rangamatty, Cospour, die Küste von Arakan, Balasur, Varanasi (Benares) und Ghazipur. Oben rechts große Widmung an die Direktoren der East India Company, mit Auflistung ihrer Namen.Im Verlag von Andrew Dury erschien 1776 die nach Vorlagen von James Rennell geschaffene Karte. Rennell (1742 - 1830) war Kartograph, Geopgraph und als Topograph für die East India Company tätig. Nachdem Großbritannien das Gebiet Bengalen erworben hatte, wurde 1767 das Amt eines "Surveyor General" geschaffen und Rennell damit betraut. 1777 kehrte er nach England zurück um dort seine geographischen Forschungen fortzusetzen.Kurze Einrisse im schmalen Papierrand restauriert, kleine Fehlstelle (7 x 4 cm) im Bereich des Golfes von Bengalen hinterlegt, unten links in einem kartographisch nicht ausgeführten Teil der Provinz Orixa Papierausriss ca. 19,5 x 9,5 cm ergänzt, kleine Eckabrisse oben links in der Randleiste ergänzt.Interessante Karte in außergewöhnlichem Format.

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        Elevation and Floorplans of the British Coffee House

      London: 1776. Copper engraving. Engraved by Robert Blyth. In excellent condition. 17 1/4 x 23 inches. 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches. An elegant engraving of the British Coffee House in London, from Robert Adam's seminal work on English architecture. Robert and his brother James Adam forever changed the face of British architecture by introducing innovative Classical design ideas. From 1754-57, Robert lived in Italy where he had a long productive friendship with Piranesi, which was inspirational for both men. Adam's first book, on Diocletian's palace in Dalmatia, is clearly very like the archaeological investigations Piranesi was making at the same time of similar ruins. Piranesi's friendship and passion for Roman Classicism were seminal influences on Adam, and the greatest single factor, other than his own talent, in the work Adam produced on his return to England. Upon his return, the brothers launched their career by building the Adelphi from the Thames to the Strand in London, which although not a commercial success at the time, included one of London's most cherished buildings, the Adlephi Theatre. Together, the Adam brothers designed and built some of the most famous buildings in England, including such bastions of English architecture as Kenwood House, Keddlestone Manor, and Syon House. To the interiors of their English country houses, the Adams brought wonderful ornamental elements in niches, lunettes, festoons and reliefs. Their classically designed buildings were so numerous in London that they changed the prevailing feel of the city and established their brand of neo-Classicism as the model of elegance and importance. It is asserted that the brothers originated the concept of the uniform facade attached to the typical English row house, an architectural device that distinguishes London buildings. This monumental contribution is evidenced in the Adams' designs for Portland Place and Fitzroy Square, and these were used as architectural models for the whole city. The brothers brought their talents into other areas by designing furniture to complement their beautiful interiors and by creating and publishing a treatise of design entitled 'Works in Architecture'. The work was published in three volumes over an extended span of time, beginning in 1773, with the final volume being published posthumously in 1822. Cf. Brunet I.47; cf. Lowndes I, p.8; DNB; Wilton-Ely, The Mind and Art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

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        A Fragment on Government; Being an Examination of What is Delivered

      1776. [Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832)]. A Fragment on Government; Being an Examination of What is Delivered, On the Subject of Government in General, In the Introduction to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries: With a Preface, In Which is Given a Critique on the Work at Large. London: Printed for T. Payne, 1776. [iv], lvii, [2], 208 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Nineteenth-century quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and title to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, front hinge starting at head. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, a few corners dog-earned, small hole to margin of a leaf. Early owner signature (William Duane) to head of title page and preface, annotation, presumably in his hand to foot of p. xxi (part of final line lost to trimming), interior otherwise clean. * First edition. Bentham's first book, this trenchant analysis of contemporary legal and political ideas offered the first significant criticism of Blackstone. "If it were nothing more, it would have no interest for later generations, which do not regard Blackstone as an authority upon speculative questions of politics or history, and therefore do not need to have Blackstone's theories corrected or disproved. But in criticizing Blackstone's views, Bentham necessarily expounds his own. As Bentham is one of the few English writers of mark upon the theory of political institutions, and as his doctrine forms a link in the chain of English political philosophy, we still read the Fragment of Government in order to see, not how far Blackstone was wrong, but how far Bentham was right" (Montague). The William Duane who owned this copy may have been the important Philadelphia lawyer and politician. Born in Ireland in 1780, he settled in Philadelphia, where he helped his father publish the important anti-Federalist newspaper, the Aurora. He became an influential lawyer and powerful state politician, serving several terms in the state assembly, and was later Jackson's treasury secretary. He died in 1865. OCLC locates 2 copies in North American law libraries (Baylor, Ohio State). Another copy located at Harvard Law School. Montague, "Introduction" in Bentham, A Fragment of Government (Oxford, 1891) 59. Eller, The Wil

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        Constituciones de la Cofradía de San Juan Evangelista y San Martín fundada antes de aora en el Real Convento de Santo Domingo de la ciudad de Zaragoza. MANUSCRITO]

      Zaragoza, 13 de marzo de 1776 - Folio, 11 p + 3 grabados. Plena piel muy rozada, pequeñas pérdidas y taladros, orla dorada con motivos vegetales y florón central en ambos planos, falto de cierres de seda. Papel sucio, pequeña falta en una hoja afectando levemente, huellas de humedad en algunas hojas; no presenta portada. Manuscrito a dos tintas, texto orlado por doble línea roja. Tras las 13 ordinaciones sigue el texto de la aprobación del Arzobispo D. Juan Sáenz de Buruaga, del que hemos extraído el título, rubricada con sello de placa. Tres grabados calcográficos antes del texto con pequeños desperfectos, representando a San Juan Evagelista, San Martín y el Calvario, este último coloreado; tras el texto, se incluyen algunas hojas más sin texto, pero con doble orla roja

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        The Natural History of Waters, Earths, Fossils, Minerals and Vegetables

      London: F Newbery, 1776 Illustrated with a great variety of Copper plates accurately drawn from nature, and elegantly engraved. In its original green paper wraps, corners and edges a little worn and chipped, upper cover a little loose. Spine has some paper loss, is worn and has the title by hand in old ink. Internally, NO inscriptions etc, endpapers and frontis a little delicate, lacking the half title, text block edges uncut, [3], 6-171 pp, 10 B&W copper plates (of 10), (iii) index, (5). A little scruffy but in its original untouched condition. Rare, 1 copy only held by a UK institution. (see WorldCat. COPAC). Published by Ward as part of his Natural History series. (Vol. 1-7 published in 1775; vol. 8-12 published in 1776. Vols. 5-12 have individual title pages, as follows: Vols. 5,6,7,8: Natural history of birds, v. 1-4. Vols. 9,10: Natural history of fishes, v. 1-2. Vol. 11: Natural history of reptiles and insects. Vol. 12: Natural history of waters, earths, fossils, minerals and vegetables). (ESTC T111259)

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        The Canadian Freeholder: In Two [.Three.] Dialogues Between An Englishman and a Frenchman, Settled In Canada. Shewing The Sentiments of the Bulk of the Freeholders of Canada concerning the late Quebeck - Act; with some Remarks on the. Boston-Charter Act; and an Attempt to shew the great Expediency of immediately repealing both those Acts of Parliament, and of making some other useful Regulations and Concessions to his Majesty's American Subjects, as a Ground for a Reconciliation with the United Colonies in America

      London: B. White, 1776-79. 1st. Hard Cover. Very Good. QUITE SCARCE IN THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF VOLUME 1 3 vol. 483; xxii,404; xlii,[399]-810pp. Half titles. Our set includes the first state of the first volume title page stating '' a dialogue showing the sentiments of the bulk of the Freeholders of Canada... etc'', the second and third volumes stating '' in three dialogues''.. Old Full tree calf, gilt spine bands, red moroccan spine labels, rebacked. internally very good. Prev. owner's bookplate. . Brown edges to perimeters of the first few pages of all three sets Vol. 3 pages xxix, xxx, xxxii have the numbers torn (text) and some of these numbers are missing., Bookplate of Isaac Hawkins Browne (1745Ñ1818) was the only son of Isaac Hawkins Browne (poet) (1705-60). In 1790, he opened coal mines on his estate and leased enough land in Old Park to enable Thomas Botfield to build the Old Park ironworks there. Browne was one of the members of Parliament for Bridgnorth from 1784 to 1812, supporting the ministries of William Pitt the younger, Henry Addington, the Duke of Portland, and Spencer Perceval. , Contains an account of the Boston Massacre. The first "Dialogue" argues for reconciliation through repeal of the Quebec Act and the Boston-Charter Act. The second examines Lord Mansfield's argument on the power of the Crown to tax and makes laws for the Colonies. The third offers Baron Maseres' plan of reconciliation, amplified from the first "Dialogue."& Lande 615, Dionne II 825. Gagnon I 658 TPL 521 . Sabin 45412.& Maseres (1731-1824), London-born and Cambridge educated, became Attorney General of Quebec,1766-1769 and his intention with the Freeholder was to convey to the public a true representation of the sentiments of the French or Canadian inhabitants of the Province concerning the Quebec Act, and likewise to suggest some reasons for repealing not only that obnoxious Act but also the Act for altering the Charter of Massachusetts's Bay. The dialogue gives a good example of the sentiments of both Canadians and Americans towards those 2 Acts of Parliament. This dialogue, published covering three years between a British gentleman and a Catholic Canadian freeholder, talks about the political concerns of the American colonies. Maseres was one of the strongest Whig friends of the American colonies during the time of the Revolution. Boston Massacre reference on page 80&

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        A Fragment on Government;

      London: Printed for T. Payne, P. Elmsly and E. Brooke,, 1776. Being an Examination of what is delivered, on the Subject of Government in General, in the Introduction to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries: with a Preface, in which is given a Critique on the work at large. Octavo (210 x 125 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked, flat spine ruled in blind, preserving the original red morocco spine label, new endpapers. With the half-title. Ownership inscription of one Sam Lewin in pencil to the title-page, with further family ownership signatures to the original free endpaper. Corners skilfully renewed. Occasional spotting. A very good copy. First edition of Bentham's first book, published anonymously. "This slim volume … offers a masterly analysis of Blackstone's failure to think systematically about crucial themes concerning government. While Bentham was content to point out the confusions in Blackstone's thought without developing his own ideas at any length, he none the less gave the first formulation of the principle of utility as the foundation of his system as well as some indication of the direction of his thought on themes such as sovereignty, the social contract, submission, resistance, and fictions" (ODNB).

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        The Remembrancer; or, Impartial Repository of Public Events. Part I for the Year 1776

      In original binding of marbled paper in Dutch double comb pattern of red and blue over boards, backed with leather; black spine panels with gilt stamped titles; 5 raised bands. Heavily rubbed on covers and spine; worn to boards at cover edges and corners; spine leather worn/deteriorated, raised bands exposed; covers fragile but still attached; text block tightly bound; 19th century bookplate on front pastedown; contemporary owner name in black ink (King?) on title page at top edge; interior supple and clean. Note that title page gives 'Part I for 1776' and index is for 'Volume II' but clearly relates to this volume. Covers many events in all colonies. Included: Ethan Allen's capture; Benedict Arnold's march on Quebec; an early version of the Articles of Confederation as submitted to North Carolina Assembly (rejected); Virginia Committee of Safety Resolution appointing Patrick Henry Commander in Chief of VA forces; Ben Franklin's correspondence to British friend  expressing impossibility of British prevailing; trial court proceedings for Daniel Disney in Montreal; Notice of December 28 1775 meeting of Massachusetts Assembly naming as delegates to Congress John Hancock, Sam Adams, John Adams, Elbridge Gerry and Rbt Treat Paine; list of Privateers with armaments and officers as ordered by Congress at Philadelphia; much more. Cf, Sabin #955; Howes #182. 8vo, 371 pp + index.

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        Narrative of an Expedition to Explore the River Zaire Usually Called The Congo, In South Africa, in 1816, under the Direction of Captain J.K. Tuckey, R.N. To Which is Added the Journal of Professor Smith

      James Kingston Tuckey (1776-1816), an Irish-born English naval officer, was captured by the French on a voyage from St. Helena in 1805 and suffered an imprisonment of nearly nine years. Promoted to the rank of commander in 1814, he was later assigned to lead an expedition to explore the Congo River in 1816 to learn if there was a connection between the Congo and Niger basins. He explored the river up to 480 km from the sea. Most of the officers and crew died of fever and Tuckey himself died on 14 October 1816, aged 40, in Moanda, on the coast of today's Democratic Republic of the Congo. The expedition was a failure but raised interest in the exploration of Africa.  This book is an account of the expedition, with thirteen plates, one colored by hand, and a large fold-out frontispiece map. This is a very good copy, rebacked and retaining the original quarter leather and marbled paper-covered boards.  The boards show light wear to surfaces, heavier at the edges, with the binding tight and square.  The contents are bright with moderate spotting confined mostly to plates and prelims.  All plates and the foldout map are present and intact.

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        `The Death of General Wolfe, Obiit Patriam Pugnando'

      [1776 or later]. Original ink wash, heightened with white, calligraphic title beneath `The Death of General Wolfe' with an original ink wash vignette of a grief-stricken putti leaning against a memorial urn on a pedestal, the pedestal with the lettering `AEt/ 35', to the left of the pedestal a drum, two standards and a cannon barrel, this vignette flanked by the words `Obiit Patriam pugnando.'. Inscribed on verso: `Indian Ink drawing by my grandfather George Kendall b. 21 Mar 1753/ Henry [?] Kendall 15 Feb 1895'. Laid paper, mounted on 19th-century board. Sheet size: 19 1/8 x 24 1/2 inches. Image size: 17 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches. A very fine, probably 18th-century, reworking of William Woolett's engraving of Benjamin West's famous work When West exhibited the original of this image, at the Royal Academy in 1771, it caused a sensation: for the first time a major work by a major artist depicted modern heroes playing out recent events in modern costume. Sir Joshua Reynolds, at first antagonistic to the project, when given a private preview of the work remarked `I forsee that this picture will not only become one of the most popular, but occasion a revolution in art'. The picture was in instant success and the engraving by William Woolett which followed `one of the most commercially successful prints ever published' (H. von Erffa & A. Staley The Paintings of Benjamin West1986, p.213). The present reworking of Woolett's engraving is of a very high quality, and to judge from its dimensions, is not worked over a traced base but a true redrawing. The published work is approximately 5% smaller than the drawing. If not a professional artist, then George Kendall was clearly a draughtsman of great ability, but unfortunately no information, other than that provided by his grandson, is available. "Wolfe went forward to some high ground on the right, where he had an advanced post of the Louisbourg grenadiers much exposed to the enemy's sharpshooters. He had already been hit twice, and here a third bullet struck him in the breast. With the help of two or three grenadiers he walked about a hundred yards to the rear, and then had to lie down. Don't grieve for me, he said to one of them; I shall be happy in a few minutes. Take care of yourself, as I see you are wounded. He asked eagerly how the battle went, and some officers who came up told him that the French had given way everywhere, and were being pursued to the walls of the town. According to one eye-witness, 'he raised himself up on this news and smiled in my face.' ' Now', said he, 'I die contented', and from that instant the smile never left his face till he died (13 Sept. 1759; English Hist. Review, xii. 763)... Wolfe was tall and slight, of Celtic type, and wore his red hair undisguised. He was a good son, a staunch friend, a kindly though strict commanding officer. He owned that he was 'a whimsical sort of person,' of a warm and uncertain temper, and that in writing he sometimes let fall expressions that were 'arrogant and vain.' But he claimed that this warmth of temper enabled him to hold his own, and 'will find the way to a glorious, or at least a firm and manly end when I am of no further use to my friends or country, or when I can be serviceable by offering my life for either' (29 June 1753). As a soldier he was a rare mixture of dash and painstaking, of Condé, and 'the old Dessauer'" (DNB). Cf. H. von Erffa & A. Staley The Paintings of Benjamin West 1986, p. 21; cf. Spendlove p.81;

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        Detail of a fresco in the 'Domus Aureus' [Pl.21]

      [Rome: Ludovico Mirri, 1776-1778]. Original engraving with modern bodycolour. Very good condition apart from some mild creasing and a few small tears in the top and bottom margins. 12 3/8 x 22 7/8 inches. 17 3/8 x 28 3/4 inches. A fine plate from 'Vestigia delle terme di Tito e loro interne pitture' of an ancient fresco from the 'Domus Aureus', Nero's sumptuous imperial complex in Rome. Situated between the Palatine and Esquiline Hills in Rome and designed by architects Severus and Celer, the Domus Aureus (Golden House) was erected by Nero in 64 AD after the great fire in Rome. The magnitude and decadent extravagance of the impressive gold-covered, jewel bedecked palace was intended to glorify the Emperor's reign. Its rooms were filled with lavish furniture and its walls and ceilings covered with decorative late-Hellenistic murals by the renowned ancient artist Fabullus. Nero, however, died in 68 AD before the Domus was totally completed. Years later, Titus (and later Trajan) built his thermal bath over its ruins, which were used as a foundation for and were partially preserved by Titus' edifice. Successive emperors continued to erect various buildings on the site and subsequently make several renovations to the Domus substructure. In 1480, practically forgotten, the Domus was excavated, and its subterranean passages and rooms thereafter became known as 'le grotte' (cave). Many of its original frescoes survived, and their motifs and ancient style of ornamentation, called 'grotteschi' (grotesque) after 'grotte', became extremely popular during the Renaissance, influencing many prominent artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, and Pinturicchio. Published in the late eighteenth century, 'Vestigia delle terme di Tito e loro interne pitture' is an elaborate album of engravings depicting the stunning 'al fresco' and 'al stucco' murals of Nero's Domus Aureus. Carloni's colourful and beautifully rendered plates faithfully capture the grotesque style of the ancient frescoes, which was characterized by decorative borders filled with whimsical, often comical animals and foliage taken from both nature and the artist's imagination. The ornamental borders also served the practical functions of framing the central mythological, religious, or historical subject portrayed and separating the various murals in a single decorative scheme.

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        A General Map of the Middle British Colonies

      London, 1776. No Binding. Very Good. 19 x 26 inches. Original outline color; reinforced fold separation & wear, slight losses due to abrasion, mended split into surface; nice, dark printing impression; overall very good, especially for a map originally issued folded. A scarce, handsomely engraved edition of the great Evans map intended for use by British officers serving in the American Revolution. This edition appeared as both a separate and in a work called the American Military Pocket Atlas, styled the "Holster Atlas," as it was intended to provide a geographic overview for British officers being shipped off to battle the rebellious colonists. This was a new state, second issue, of the often-used Kitchin-Jefferys-Sayer plate but with significant changes (".so strangely altered as to be almost unrecognizable,"). An important improvement in this state was the expansion of the inset at upper left to contain all of the Great Lakes not already shown on the map proper. The shapes of Lake Ontario and Erie have also been updated, and the map was expanded to include some of Canada north of the lakes. Many of the other changes, especially in the Ohio area, reintroduced Evans' original delineations that were distorted in the earlier states of the present plate. Forts are shown in abundance in New York, especially in the Lake Champlain region, and in Pennsylvania. Roads and trails are also shown throughout. Stevens Map XV, see also XIV.

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        Bibliotheque orientale ou Dictionnaire universel, contenant generalement tout ce qui regarde la connaissance des Peuples de l'Orient

      J.E. Dufour & P.H. Roux, Imprimeurs & Libraires, Affocies, 1776. Hardcover. Very Good. Elephant folio. Maestricht : J.E. Dufour & Ph. Roux, 1776. Bound in tan cloth. Gilt lettering on spine over dark red title plate. 5 raised bands. Six compartments. Publishers imprint and publication date on bottom of spine. Light gray endpapers. Elaborately decorated title page, with red and black lettering. Intricately detailed copperplate engravings throughout. This edition of the Bibliotheque Orientale is the second printing, created in Maastricht in the year 1776. The book was Herbelots greatest achievement, occupying most of his life. It was completed in 1697 by Antoine Galland. It is based on the immense Arabic bibliography (the Kashf al-Zunun) of Hadji Khalfa (Katip Celebi), of which it is largely an abridged translation, but also contains the substance of a vast number of other Arabic, Persian and Turkish compilations and manuscripts. Tight binding and solid boards. Minimal scuffing to boards. Small scrape along leather title plate. Slight bumping to corners. Clean, unmarked pages. Library sticker gently removed from endpaper. Slight residue remains. Minor wrinkling to pages. Minimal discoloration to pages. A beautifully preserved volume in exceptional condition. Please view our images of this rare item. Brunet II, 664.

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        A Plan of Port Royal in South Carolina. Survey'd by Capn. John Gascoigne

      London: William Faden, [1776]. Copper-engraved sea chart on a full untrimmed sheet, in excellent condition. 32 1/2 x 25 2/3 inches. A very rare and highly detailed sea chart, the most important map of South Carolina's Port Royal Sound and Hilton Head made during the Revolutionary War, here in the first state. This very finely engraved and immensely detailed chart was superior to all other maps printed of the region, and the most important portrayal of the Port Royal Sound available in the early days of the Revolutionary War. The map embraces today's Beaufort County, with the Sound's excellent natural harbour, formed by the numerous Sea Islands, which are separated from each other by an elaborate web of tidal channels. The Broad River enters from the north, and the sound is bordered by Port Royal, Parris, and Trench's (Hilton Head) Island, and Lady's and Saint Helena Islands. In the upper-center of the image is the town of Beaufort, and numerous plantations are individually labeled. This sea chart was one of the most detailed and accurate of any such map 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 HMS 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, was already one of Britain's leading cartographers and this map, present here in the first state, although undated, was printed in 1776. This chart would most certainly have been used by commanders in formulating their battle plans. This is significant, as Port Royal Sound was one of the South's finest harbours, and both sides in the conflict believed that possession of the area was of great strategic importance. Early in the war, the region had fallen under the control of the American patriots, however, in December, 1778 the British seized control of nearby Savannah, Georgia. As the new year of 1779 dawned, the British commander, General Augustin Prevost was determined to further his gains. Taking advantage of Britain's naval superiority, Prevost dispatched the HMS George Germaine with 200 marines aboard, commanded by Major Valentine Gardiner. On February 1st, they first engaged American forces at Hilton Head, who then decided to strategically withdraw up the Broad River, with the British in close pursuit. A fierce battle occurred at Bull's Plantation, forcing the Americans to retreat to the shelter of the surrounding forested swamps. Emboldened by his success, on February 2nd, Gardiner decided to attack Beaufort, which was defended by General William Moultrie. A pitched battle ensued, in which Moultrie managed to disable some of the British guns, which neutralized the British advantage. The next day, Gardiner was forced to retreat with heavy losses. 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 intense exchange of cannon fire, the principal British ship, the HMS Experiment, was forced to surrender. The area remained an important base for the American cause, and although the British conducted isolated raids along the coast, it generally remained in the possession of the American forces for the duration of the war. Guthorn, British Maps of the American Revolution, 150/17; Sellers & Van Ee, Maps & Charts of North America & West Indies, 1529; Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography," 71(a), in Tooley, The Mapping of America; Cf. Cumming, British Maps of Colonial America, pp.47-49; Cumming,The Southeast in Early Maps, 204.

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      London: Jefferys & Faden, [1776].. Copper-engraved sea chart. Sheet size: 32 1/2 x 25 2/3 inches. In excellent condition, on a full, untrimmed sheet. A very rare and highly detailed sea chart, the most important map of South Carolina's Port Royal Sound and Hilton Head made in the early days of the Revolutionary War, in the first state. This very finely engraved and immensely detailed chart was superior to all other maps printed of the region, and the most important portrayal of the Port Royal Sound available in the early days of the Revolutionary War. The map embraces today's Beaufort County, with the Sound's excellent natural harbor, formed by the numerous Sea Islands, which are separated from each other by an elaborate web of tidal channels. The Broad River enters from the north, and the sound is bordered by Port Royal, Parris, and Trench's (Hilton Head) Island, and Lady's and Saint Helena islands. In the upper center of the image is the town of Beaufort, and numerous plantations are individually labeled. This sea chart was one of the most detailed and accurate of any such map 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, was already one of Britain's leading cartographers, and this map, present here in the first state, although undated, was printed in 1776. The Port Royal Sound region has one of the most diverse and fascinating histories of any part of the American South. The region was originally the domain of the Yamasee native tribe, and was known to Europeans since 1521, when it was encountered by a Spanish expedition led by Francisco Cordillo. In 1562, Jean Ribaut led a party of Huguenot colonists to found Charlesfort on Parris Island. The French presence soon proved too close for comfort for the Spanish, who had established a base at St. Augustine in 1565. The Spanish commander, Pedro Ménendez de Avilés succeeded in crushing the French colony, establishing his own outpost of Santa Elena nearby in 1566. Santa Elena became the capital of Spanish Florida and an important Jesuit mission that sought to convert the natives to Christianity. It was finally abandoned in 1587. For a brief period in the 1680s the area was also home to a Stuart Town, the first Scottish settlement in the Americas. In 1663, Captain William Hilton, sailing from the Barbados on the Adventure, conducted a reconnaissance of the region, newly claimed by England. It was on this trip that he named "Hilton Head" after himself. In the 1670s the first governor of Carolina, William Sayle, led a party of Bermudian colonists to found the town of Port Royal. The English settlement of the region proved to be successful and enduring, and what was to become the most important town in the region, Beaufort, was founded in 1710. This chart was the finest and most detailed map available in the early days of the Revolutionary War, and would most certainly have been used by commanders in formulating their battle plans. This is significant, as Port Royal Sound was one of the South's finest harbors, and both sides in the conflict believed that possession of the area was of great strategic importance. Early in the war the region had fallen under the control of the American patriots; however, in December 1778 the British seized control of nearby Savannah, Georgia. As the new year of 1779 dawned, the British commander there, Gen. Augustin Prevost, was determined to further his gains. Taking advantage of Britain's naval superiority, Prevost dispatched the H.M.S. George Germaine with two hundred marines aboard, commanded by Major Valentine Gardiner. On February 1st they first engaged American forces at Hilton Head, who then decided to strategically withdraw up the Broad River, with the British in close pursuit. A fierce battle occurred at Bull's Plantation, forcing the Americans to retreat to the shelter of the surrounding forested swamps. Emboldened by his success, on February 2nd, Gardiner decided to attack Beaufort, which was defended by Gen. William Moultrie. A pitched battle ensued, in which Moultrie managed to disable some of the British guns, which neutralized the British advantage. The next day Gardiner was forced to retreat with heavy losses. On September 24th of the same year, in what was to become known 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 intense exchange of cannon fire, the principal British ship, the H.M.S. Experiment, was forced to surrender. The area remained an important base for the American cause, and although the British conducted isolated raids along the coast, it remained in the possession of the American forces until the end of the war. SELLERS & VAN EE, MAPS & CHARTS OF NORTH AMERICA & THE WEST INDIES 1529. Steven & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 71(a), in Tooley, THE MAPPING OF AMERICA. CUMMING, BRITISH MAPS OF COLONIAL AMERICA, pp.47-49. CUMMING, THE SOUTHEAST IN EARLY MAPS 204 (refs).

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        A Chart of Delaware Bay and River, containing a full & exact description of the shores, creeks, harbours, soundings. shoals, sands and bearings of the most considerable land marks &c. &c. Faithfully coppied from that published in Philadelphia by Joshua Fisher

      London: Printed for Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennett, 10 July 1776. Copper engraved map, inset list of "subscribers" (i.e. list of pilots and masters who attested to the charts accuracy), tide table below the title. 20 1/4 x 28 1/2 inches. An early English issue of Fisher's famed chart of Delaware Bay, published at the outset of the Revolution. In 1756, Philadelphian and self-taught cartographer Joshua Fisher, after several years of research, published in Philadelphia his Chart of Delaware Bay from the Sea-Coast to Reedy-Island. The chart, published during the French & Indian War, was immediately suppressed by the Assembly, fearing that its falling into enemy hands would make Philadelphia a target of the French navy (accounting in part for the great rarity of the first edition). However, before being ordered to suspend the sale of the map, Fisher had in fact distributed a few copies, writing to Richard Peters in March 1756, "some few have been deliverd, before notice, as also some few sent to England." Apparently, one of the latter (or perhaps an equally rare Philadelphia second edition of circa 1775) would eventually find its way to William Faden, who would re-engrave the map and issue it in March 1776 on the eve of the Revolution." "[Fisher's chart] was without rival in the remaining years of the eighteenth century. Between 1756 and 1800, it was published in ten editions and issues of Philadelphia, London, and Paris ... [I]t came into its own in the War of the Revolution as a potential aid to the military operations of all three contestants" (Wroth). The first London issue was published by William Faden in March 1776 and closely followed the second American edition. The present issue, with Sayer and Bennett's imprint, followed a few months later. Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1360; Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 262; Snyder, COI 265b; Wroth, "Joshua Fisher's 'Chart of Delaware Bay & River'" in PMHB, vol. 74, no. 1.

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        Bye-laws, Rules, Orders, and Directions, for the Better Government of His Majesty's Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich,

      London: T. Harrison and S. Brooke,, 1776. made and confirmed at Three General Courts of the Commissioners and Governors of the said Hospital, held at the Admiralty-Office, on the 16th 18th of December, 1775, and 16th of February, 1776. Quarto (255 × 197 mm). Presentation quality binding of contemporary red morocco, raised bands, olive branch tool in compartments, broad gilt panelling to covers, milled edge-roll, similar tool to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Attractive engraved head- and tailpieces. Somewhat rubbed, and a little bumped at the extremities, some skillful restoration at spine and corners, light toning to the text, remains attractive, a very good copy. First and only edition. Established under a charter of William and Mary in 1694 as the Royal Hospital for Seamen; "for the relief and support of seamen of the Royal Navy who, by wounds or other disabilities, should be incapable of further service at sea, and unable to maintain themselves; and the sustenation of widows, and the education of children of such seamen as should be slain or disabled in the King's service." The buildings were designed and begun by Christopher Wren, the project was – in the words of his assistant, Nicholas Hawksmoor – 'the darling object' of Queen Mary II, work began in 1696 and the first 40 pensioners arrived in 1705. However, the commissioners were only formally incorporated under a charter of George III in 1775 and the present document represents their first efforts to establish the institution on practical, modern grounds; "This charter grants powers to finish the building; to provide for seamen, either within or out of the Hospital; to make bye-laws, &c. &c. It is provided by the charter, that all the officers of the Hospital shall be seafaring men; the office of the directors is defined to be, to inspect the carrying on of the buildings; to state the accounts, and to make contracts; and to place the boys out as apprentices. The internal regulation of the Hospital to be in the Governor and Council, as before mentioned. This charter was followed by an Act of Parliament, which vested in the commissioners thus incorporated, all the estates held in trust for the benefit of the Hospital" (Lysons, 'Greenwich,' The Environs of London, volume 4, Counties of Herts, Essex & Kent). It is interesting that the period of incorporation and the publication of these Bye-laws overlaps with the appointment of James Cook as the Fourth Captain of the Hospital. He had just returned from his Second Voyage and "was promoted to post captain on 9 August 1775 and appointed fourth captain of Greenwich Hospital, an appointment he accepted with the proviso that it would not preclude him from being considered for further service" (ODNB). The position was essentially a sinecure, with the Captains charged with such generalizations as to "assist the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor," "frequently to visit all the wards, and see that good order and discipline be kept therein," and "to see that all the rules and orders of the Hospital be duly observed." In any case Cook came out of retirement early in 1776, taking command of a further voyage to the Pacific with the "purpose that an attempt should be made to find out a Northern Passage by Sea from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean," the voyage from which he did not return. Although it is unlikely that Cook had any influence over the nature of these arrangements, they do show that his enlightened concern for the welfare of his men was a tendency that was beginning to find wider acceptance. Uncommon ESTC records just 6 copies in the UK - BL, NLW, NMM, House of Lords Library, and two copies at the Wellcome - a copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale, and 5 in the USA - LoC, National Library of Medicine, Huntington, Society of the Cincinnati and University of Minnesota.

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        Carte Nouvelle de L'Amerique Angloise contenant tout ce que les Anglois possedent sur le Continent de L'Amerique Septentrionale savoir le Canada, la Nouvelle Ecosse ou Acadie, les treize Provinces unies ... avec la Floride

      Augsburg: [1776]. Copper engraved map, period hand-colouring. 27 7/8 x 22 5/8 inches. Lotter's attractive map of the British Colonies at the start of the Revoloutionary War, here with beautiful contemporary hand colouring Each of the thirteen Colonies is identified by name both on the map, and in the title. The title is placed within an attractive decorative border surmounted by the British Royal arms. The French title and nomenclature indicates that Lotter, a leading German mapmaker, intended this for the French market, as does the fact that he limits the claims of the British to the regions east of the Appalachian Mountains.The delineation of the thirteen "Provinces unies" is generally well done (although Maryland and Georgia are both strangely shaped): a number of locations are named in the Ohio Valley, including Logs Town, Twictwees, Ft. Du Quesne, Allegheny, Vinango, Buffaloons, Sandoski and Mingos. Some interesting details are also shown in the region of the Great Lakes. McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 776.19; cf. Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 3517; Sellers & Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 141.

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        Sacrorum bibliorum concordantiae juxta esemplar vulgatae editiones Sicti V. Pontificis Maximi jussu re cognitum et Clementis VIII. authritate editum

      Bambergae: Matthaei Rieger, 1776. Gebunden. Augustae Vindelicorum 24x37 cm gest. Titel 5 cm Buchblock berieben Ruecken oben etwas eingerissen leicht wasserrandig Text nicht beschaedigt

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      - Londres, s.e., 1776, 8.5x14, sept volumes. Reliure en plein veau. Dos à 5 nerfs, élégamment orné de motifs dorés. Pièces de titre et de tomaison sur maroquin rouge. Filet sur les coupes. Tranches marbrées. Quelques feuillets sur papier bleu. Bon exemplaire malgré quelques accros à certaine coiffe et un petit trou de ver sur le dos d'un volume. Envoi de photographies sur demande. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie de l'Univers]
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        Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty...

      Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, the Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America. To Which Is Added an Appendix, Containing A State of the National Debt, an Estimate of the Money drawn from the Public by the Taxes, and an Account of the National Income and Expenditure since the last War. London Printed, 1776. Philadelphia, Re printed and Sold by John Dunlap, at the Newest Printing-Office, in Market-Street. MDCCLXXVI. Pamphlet (19.5 x 12 cm), remnants of binding cords, traces of hide glue along spine, light foxing, no marginal tears, a good to very good copy. Collation: 1 preliminary leaf: title page, 'Advertisement', 3-71, [1] (blank). [Evans:p699,n15032; Howes:P-585].

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      Philadelphia, Printed; London: Re-printed for J. Almon, 1776.. [4],200pp., with page numbers 159-168 repeated. Half title. Later marbled wrappers. A clean, fresh copy. Very good, untrimmed. In a half morocco box. This journal records the transactions of Congress for the period from May 10 to Aug. 1, 1775. Includes, among other items, the draft of the address of the Congress to the Six Confederated Indian Nations stating the grievances against Britain, the "Declaration...setting forth the causes and necessities of their taking up Arms," the rules and regulations of the Continental Army, the appointment of Washington as commander in chief, the Olive Branch Petition, etc. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 75-151b. HOWES J264. SABIN 15543.

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        The Theatre of War in North America, with the Roads, and a Table of Distances ... A Compendious Account of the British Colonies in North-America

      London: R. Sayer & J. Bennett, 20 March 1776. Engraved map, period hand- colouring in outline. Inset table of distances titled "Evan's Polymetric Table of America." Three columns of letterpress text beneath the map titled "A Compendious Account of the British Colonies in North-America" including a small table of the populations of the colonies at the bottom of the middle column. 30 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches. Rare broadside map published early in the war to satisfy the public demand for news relating to the Revolution in the colonies. "This map was published in early 1776 and sold in the streets of London for one shilling. It had text printed below the map which described colonies in detail" (Nebenzahl, Atlas of the American Revolution). The map itself is based largely on the French mapping by D'Anville (see Faden's map after D'Anville in Sayer and Bennett's American Atlas), although apparently also borrows from other sources. It depicts the colonies from Labrador to East Florida and as far west as a vast Louisiana. The complicated table of distances was no doubt included on the map to give the British public a better understanding of the vastness of the American continent, and in turn of the large scale of the theatre of war. The text below the map is quite interesting, describing the limits of each colony and their respective principal towns, harbours, rivers, etc. The small population table includes a breakdown not only of the total populations of each colony, but also the number of both white and African American men "able to bear arms." Stevens and Tree note three issues of this first edition of the map, with the present example being their earliest, also noting a succeeding edition dated November 1776 cut from an entirely new plate. Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 58a, in Tooley, The Mapping of America; Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 588; Nebenzahl, Atlas of the American Revolution, endpapers; Sellers & Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 145; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 776.26.

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        A Map of the Middle British Colonies In North America...March 25th, 1776

      London, 1776. No Binding. Near Fine. 19 1/8 x 32 inches.. Original outline color; minor marginal mends not affecting image; else excellent. Rare. This is by far the most important edition of the pioneering Evans map outside of the original one, which was called by Schwartz "the most ambitious performance of its kind undertaken in America up to that time." Of the numerous later editions of map, Pownall's was the only one to utilize the original plate and to have been authorized by Evans himself. In the upper left corner is a commendation of the map with Evans' engraved signature. Pownall's map is in fact a novel hybrid, consisting of Evans' original plate with a new plate for part of the Northeast appended to it. Pownall also significantly updated the original plate: "The whole of the map east of the longitude of Philadelphia is greatly changed, and is filled in with new details" (Stevens). Pownall, who had been governor of Massachusetts, stated that the New England section of the map was based on new information, "later Draughts and Surveys deposited at the Board of Trade" (Pownall's Topographical Description, in which the map was originally published). Sadly, Evans saw little profit from his groundbreaking map, in large part due to the numerous pirated editions of it by Jefferys, Sayer, Kitchen, Bowles and others. So moved was Pownall by the plight of the wronged and indigent Evans, who received no funds from the sale of the numerous piracies of his map, that he pledged all profits from his edition of the map to Evans' daughter. Stevens, H. Lewis Evans His Map, pp.17-28; Schwartz/Ehrenberg, p.1

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      Barcelona, Eulalia Piferrer Viuda, 1776.. 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. Dispuestos para la instruccion de la ilustre juventud del Real Cuerpo de Artilleria. FIRST EDITION, 1776. Small 4to, 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.

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        Sgarzavolg: d: Ciuffetto Maschio [Tufted gray and golden yellow male Heron] [Pl. 419]

      [Florence: Giuseppe Vanni, 1776]. Etching, with engraving, coloured by hand, after Vanni, Lorenzi or Manetti. Very good condition apart from some very light foxing. 13 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches. 18 1/8 x 14 inches. A fine image from "one of the half-dozen or so great bird books" (Fine Bird Books). This beautiful plate comes from Storia naturale degli uccelli, of which Peter Dance writes, "The production of its five massive folio volumes must have been one of the most remarkable publishing ventures ever undertaken in Florence. Begun in 1767, and [based on birds taken from the collection of Giovanni Gerini], it was completed ten years later. It was larger, better engraved and more vividly coloured than any previous work on birds, but these are not its only claim to fame. The attitudes of the birds themselves give this book its unique character. Strutting, parading, posturing, and occasionally flying...are birds whose real-life counterparts would surely disown them, and not without reason, for Manetti seems in these pictures to be depicting the human comedy, the habits and mannerisms of contemporary Italian society. His book may still be rated among the very greatest bird books, if only for its magnificent comicality" (S. Peter Dance, The Art of Natural History: Animal Illustrators and their Work, London: 1978). Cf. Dance, 70; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990), p.92; cf. Nissen, IVB, 588; cf. Wood, p.450; cf. Zimmer, p.241.

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