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        Geographische Belustigungen zur Erläuterung der neuesten Weltgeschichte. Mit Landkarten, Planen und Kupfern nach den neuesten und besten Originalen. (Zum Besten einer Freyschule in Sachsen). Erstes Stück. Allgemeine Beschreibung der engländischen Colonien in Nord-Amerika, nebst eien Plane von Boston

      Leipzig: In der Johann Carl Müllerischen Buch-und Kunsthandlung, 1776. Part I (only, of 2), quarto. (10 x 8 3/4 inches). Collation: *2, A-C4, D2 (Title [verso blank], 2pp. 'Vorerinnerung', pp.1-28 text). Woodcut decorative vignette on title, 2 woodcut headpieces, 1 large folding hand- coloured copper-engraved map 'Carte von dem Hafen und der Stadt Boston' by Georg Friedrich Frentzel after Jean Chevalier de Beaurain. Original grey paper wrappers, uncut (some soiling and small tears to covers, backstrip defective), modern blue morocco-backed blue cloth box, titled in gilt on "spine". A fine unsophisticated copy of this very rare part work including one of the most important Revolutionary War maps of Boston, that Krieger & Cobb cite as "the only German map of Boston [made] during the Revolutionary period." Müller apparently issued two parts to this work, both of which are exceptionally rare. There are no auction records; Sabin notes the present first part, but was evidently unaware of the existence of the second part, sub-titled "Allgemeine Beschreibung der engländischen Colonien in Nord-Amerika, nebst einer Karte von denselben und einer Karte von Long-Island." OCLC records only a single copy of this work (with both parts) in the New York Public Library. The interesting text gives details of the history of the English in North America, followed by sections on New England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and the territory of Sagadahock, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The text ends with a note that other colonies will be described in the next part: "Die übrigen Colonien folgen in dem nächsten Stücke." The highly important map is a version of a French map of the same year, which itself made use of J.F.W. Des Barres "Map of the Port of Boston." It captures the moment when British forces, still in control of Boston, prepare to face George Washington's Continental forces. Boston, on a narrow peninsula is shown to be in an increasingly precarious defensive position. In an improvement over its French predecessor, the present edition makes a clear reference to the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775), noting the "Ruinen von Charles=town." Around the city, the placement of the respective forces is depicted with unparalleled accuracy, with the British troop lines highlighted in blue and the Continental troop lines in red. Three divisions of Washington's forces are placed with one at Cambridge, one at Charlestown Neck, and another above Roxbury. The observer will notice that the British commanders elected not to place troops atop Dorchester Heights. Washington later took this ground, giving him an irrepressible advantage over the British in the ensuing siege. The British were compelled to leave the city in March, 1776. Cf. Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek, Anh.25-36.Bd., 3.Abt., 1780, pp.1367-1369; cf. OCLC 41205246 (listing only 1 example, the New York Public Library copy, containing both parts); Sabin 26980 (mentioning only the present first part) For the map, see: The Library of Congress Quarterly Journal no.30, (1973), pp.252-253; Cresswell The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints 706; Krieger & Cobb Mapping Boston p.181, pl.27; Pedley The Map Trade in the Eighteenth-Century pp.27-30, figs. 4 & 5; Nebenzahl 18; Sellers & Van Ee Maps and Charts of North America & the West Indies 924

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        Le Costume de Plusieurs Peuples de L'Antiquite; Le Costume ou Essai sur les Habillements et les Usages de Plusieurs Peuples de L'Antiquité, Prouvé par les Monuments

      J.F. Bassompierre Aliege: J.F. Bassompierre, 1776. Hardcover. g. 4to. xxxi. 412pp. of text followed by 51pp. of plates. Three-quarter vellum over green and gold marbled paper boards. Gilt title to spine. Minor discoloration to binding. Small bookplate of previous owner to inside of front board. Some water staining toward bottom of pages starting at endpaper through page xv not affecting text. Some welling to pages. Page edges untrimmed. Minor age yellowing and very little sporadic foxing to some pages. Fascinating work on ancient Egyptian, Greek, Phrygian, Assyrian, Armenian, Hebrew, Roman, Persian as well as other countries costumes, ornaments and furnishings. Wonderfully illustrated with 160 engravings by Pitre Martenasic. The author Andre Corneille Lens (1739-1822) was a Dutch painter who studied and researched ancient costumes. Text in French. In good condition.

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        Silva or a Discourse of Forest-trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesty's Dominions: As it Was Delivered in the Royal Society on 15th Day of October 1662,

      York: J. Dodsley, 1776. (54) + 649pp. Engr Frontis + 39 plates with 1 double pl + folding map. Tissue protected. Bound in red leather with gilt lettering and rules on spine. Spine faded, with small amount of rubbing. Corners scuffed. Single gilt rule around edges of covers. Gilt edges to pages. Marbled endpapers. Silk present but frayed. Staining to back endpapers. Inscription on free front endpaper. Book plate on front paste down. Book includes an Historical Account oif The Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves. Also notes by A Hunter. The discourse was delivered 'Upon the occasion of certain Quaeries propounded to that illustrious Assembly, by the Honourable and Principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy' A very heavy book.. Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesty's Dominions: as it was delivered in the Royal Society on the 15th Day of October, 1662..., Together with An Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves. With Notes by A. Hunter

      York:: J Dodsley,, 1776.. New Edition.. Hardcover. 4to. (12 x 9.5 inches). Unpaginated introductory sections, including list of subscribers, pp.649, unpaginated Index. Engraved portrait frontis by Bartolozzi, forty engraved plates, one folding, plus folding table at rear, some faint toning to plates. Marbled endpapers. Contemporary green morocco, a little rubbed and partially faded, gilt decorated spine. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. A handsome copy. Hunter Edition. Heavy book, requiring eye-watering amounts of extra postage overseas. We are members of the P.B.F.A. Enquiries welcome; click on a link to contact direct.

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        VETERIS LATII ANTIQUITATUM AMPLISSIMA COLLECTIO.

      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.

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        MISSALE ROMANUM EX DECRETO SACROSANCTI CONCILII TRIDENTINI RESTITUTUM (.....)

      Venezia Ex Typographia Balleoniana 1776 In folio Pagine i carta bianca + XXXVI + 444 + CVIII + 1 carta bianca. Legatura coeva in tutta pelle con piccolissime mancanze. Dorso a cinque nervi. Sguardie in carta Remondini floreale. Antiporta + 2 incisioni a piena pagina. Tagli dorati. Fregi capilettera e testatine. testo stampato in rosso e nero. Musica. Ottimo esemplare in carta spessa.

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        THE PROVINCES OF NEW YORK, AND NEW JERSEY; WITH PART OF PENSILVANIA [sic], AND THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC. DRAWN BY MAJOR HOLLAND, SURVEYOR GENERAL, OF THE NORTHERN DISTRICT IN AMERICA. CORRECTED AND IMPROVED, FROM THE ORIGINAL MATERIALS, BY GOVERN.R POWNALL,

      London: Printed for Robt. Sayer and John Bennett, August 17, 1776.. Engraved map consisting of eight folio sheets backed on linen (54 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches), with contemporary color outlining and shading of some boundaries and geographic features. Slightly soiled, occasional minor stains, a few old repairs (no loss of text). In a linen slipcase, spine of inner folder torn. A very good copy. This famous map is one of the best for the provinces of New York and New Jersey during the colonial period. It is the fourth state described by McCorkle, following versions published ca. 1768, in 1775, and earlier in 1776. "The map includes western Connecticut and Massachusetts and most of Vermont. In 1775 the title became 'The Provinces of New York, and New Jersey; with part of Pensilvania, and the Province of Quebec'...Three insets were added in this state: A chart of the mouth of the Hudson River; A plan of the City of New York; Plan of Amboy...The following year the date changed to 1776. Later in the same year the title was extended to include 'Corrected and improved, from the original materials, by Govern.r Pownall' and Holland's rank was given as Major" - McCorkle. The present copy is the final version described by McCorkle. The PROVINCES OF NEW YORK, AND NEW JERSEY is in effect a large-scale map of the Hudson River and its tributaries, including the Mohawk, and settlement in New York is almost entirely confined to the banks of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. The unexplored Adirondack County is left almost entirely blank, with a lengthy notation that begins, "Beaver Hunting Country of the Confederated Indians." Pennsylvania extends north into western New York state almost as far as the Mohawk, Vermont is shown attached to New York (with each existing township identified), and the map extends north into Quebec beyond Montreal. Interesting notations on the country are scattered across the face of the map. For instance, in Pennsylvania, an area with little detail is simply noted as "endless mountains." The map is beautifully decorated, with a pastoral title cartouche suggestive of the Hudson Palisades in the lower right-hand corner. The map was created by Samuel Holland, Surveyor General for the Northern District of North America. As a result of the French and Indian War (1755-63), Great Britain had acquired a new American Empire, for which there were few adequate maps. Two new offices of surveyor general for the American colonies were established in 1763-64. The colonies were divided at the Potomac River into a northern and southern district and the respective surveyors appointed were Samuel Holland and Gerard De Brahm. Holland conceived of a general survey of North America east of the Mississippi to be based upon geodetic principles, on a scale of one inch to one mile, but work was interrupted in 1775 by the outbreak of the American Revolution. A very good copy of Holland's large and important map which includes western New England and portions of Quebec. PRITCHARD & TALIAFERRO, DEGREES OF LATITUDE, fig. 21. PHILLIPS ATLASES 1166, number 17. McCORKLE 768.3, 775.6, 776.13.

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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM ALEXANDER WHITE TO GENERAL CHARLES LEE, DISCUSSING VIEWS ON DEMOCRACY, AMERICA'S PROSPECTS IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE COLONIES ARE READY FOR INDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT]

      Winchester, Va. June 27, 1776.. 7pp. Folio. Old fold lines. Light soiling and wear. Some separation at marginal folds. Still, quite legible. About very good. In a blue half morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine gilt. A wonderful letter from Virginia lawyer and politician Alexander White to General Charles Lee expressing his views on the American Revolution, including doubts about whether or not Americans are ready for republican government. Alexander White (1738-1804) was a successful Virginia lawyer who practiced during and after the American Revolution. He served in the Virginia state legislature from 1782-1786, and as a member of the Federal House of Representatives to the first and second Congresses in 1789-1793. He was appointed by Washington as one of the three commissioners to lay out the District of Columbia in 1795 and served until the board was dissolved in 1802. He died in 1804. This letter was written to General Charles Lee, his client and commander of the Continental Army in the Southern Department. In this lengthy letter, White expresses his doubts about separation from Britain and lays out the argument for continued union with the mother country. Among his concerns for democratic government in America is the sheer vastness of the space, which encompasses so many varied people - a difficulty which would lead to Civil War less than a hundred years later, and which still engenders difficulty in our country today. After reporting on the progress of current legal matters he is handling for Lee, White proceeds into a discussion of his thoughts on the current situation with Great Britain. He writes: "From the commencement of the present unhappy dispute I considered the shedding of blood (if that event should take place) as the era at which would terminate the British Empire in America or the colonies be subjugated to the absolute dominion of Parliament, and when hostilities commenced my mind was only agitated with the means of defending ourselves and forming a Constitution which would secure substantial liberty to the people; But when I found the Congress entertained different views, that they had again petitioned the King for reconciliation and declared to their fellow subjects throughout the Empire that their only end in taking up arms was to procure a redress of grievances and secure their properties and constitutional rights, solemnly disclaiming every idea of establishing an independent empire, it gave a different turn to my thoughts. ... "The hope of a re-union with our brethren of G. Britain and of the encreasing grandeur and prosperity of the whole Empire to me, I confess, had something agreeable in it. I therefore with eagerness investigated the proposed plan of operations to enable me to judge of the probable event, and I found, or thought I found, the security of our liberties in connection with Great Britain almost certainly attainable; at any rate, more practicable than the establishing an independent state; for the following among other reasons, that the people of America were determinately united in support of that measure; that every insult and injury from administration only tended to animate and cement. That the greatest trading cities and most respectable characters in England are our friends; that even our enemies in Parliament dare not stand the attack on the proper ground, but in order to carry their point have always insisted we were aiming at independency. That the belief of this is the sole reason we have any enemies among the people of England and though I am of opinion, the governing powers of Britain would rather lose the colonies totally, than yield one iota of their pretensions, the people will think very differently when convinced our views extend no further than to the security of those rights which they themselves hold essential to liberty." He continues this thought by stating that the British army would never take up arms against the colonists if they understood that the only concern was for common liberties: "That the sword would even drop from the hand of a British soldier, if he believed it pointed against the breast of a man contending for his birth right." White goes on to argue that a fight for independence would unite the British people against America, and indeed argues that it is important to the whole of Europe for the American colonies to remain part of the Empire. A solution that divides the colonies from Britain would, he believes, lead to further conflict down the road. Instead, an accommodation could be reached which would satisfy all: "Let G. Britain relinquish her claim of internal legislation and taxation. Let stated times be limited for the holding and duration of assemblies and councillors dependent on the Crown be deprived of legislative powers... All this would be no real injury to England, the only advantage she ever did, or ever can receive from America is her commerce, an equitable share of which ought to be agree on by the legislatures of the two countries, and to remain unalterable except by mutual consent. Such a plan of accommodation I think, offers as fair for the permanent security of peace, wealth, and liberty as any I have heard or can devise for the government of America in an independent state." He continues on, discussing the disadvantages of a republican government, noting that when any one man, or one body of men, have complete power, the results are inevitably disastrous and tyrannical. "I take it for granted (as I have never heard it disputed) that a popular or democratic government must take place, which in its most perfect state, I think much inferior to the mixed government of Britain, for I hold it as a maxim, that wherever the supreme power is vested in one man, or one body of men, the liberty of the subject is at best precarious. ... But is America capable of receiving a democratic government? Have we the industry, frugality, economy, the VIRTUE which is necessary to constitute it? Laws and Constitutions must be adapted to the manners of the people; they do not, they cannot form them; whenever the manners change the laws change with them, or lose their force. Is not N. America too extensive for a popular government? But I find the spirit of the times is against a Union; we must then become a Confederacy of Republicks, each having supreme powers within itself." He envisions this leading to further difficulties between republics on the continent, and possible empire within our own borders, and states again his belief in a continued union with Great Britain as a means to stem conflict on all fronts. White closes this incredible letter with his expressions of regard for Lee and his duty to the country, writing, "I am one of those who have ever wished and gloried in the honour and prosperity of the British Empire but if a separation takes place, interest, inclination - every consideration will induce me to take part with my Native Land, and my best endeavours shall not be wanting to render Americans a free and happy people. Any lights which you may throw on the subject shall be faithfully improved to the purpose... the arguments of pamphleteers and news paper scriblers on both sides of the question have been so absurd, fallacious or at best superficial that very little instruction or pleasure could be derived from reading them. Heartily wishing you success in every patriotic exertion of your abilities...."

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        Pilgrim’s Progress from This World; to That which is to Come, The

      1776. Scarce Eighteenth-Century EditionsParts One, Two, and Three Bound TogetherBUNYAN, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress From This World; To That which is to Come. Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream; Wherein is Discovered, The Manner of his Setting out: His Dangerous Journey; And Safe Arrival at the Desired Country. The Thirty-Third Edition, with Additions of New Cuts. London: Printed for E. Johnston, 1776. [bound with] The Second Part, London: Printed by E. Johnson, 1775 [bound with] The Third Part,...to which is added the Life and Death of John Bunyan. London: Printed for S. Crowder, 1778.Thirty-third edition (first published in 1678), twenty-seventh edition of Part Two, twenty third edition of Part Three. Twelvemo (6 1/16 x 3 3/8 inches; 154 x 85 mm.). [10], 205, [1, adv.]; [8], 179, [1, adv.]; [2], iv, 119, [1, blank], 30, [2], [4, adv.] pp. Woodcut frontispieces and eighteen full-page woodcut illustrations.Contemporary sheep, covers decoratively ruled in blind. Neatly rebacked to style with flat spine ruled in gilt and red morocco gilt lettering label. Later endpapers. Two small holes in spine at head and tail, small worm-track on lower cover, corners a little worn. Otherwise a very attractive copy of this mid-to-late eighteenth century example which was published around 100 years after the first edition.The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.Cf. Printing and the Mind of Man 156.

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        The Trial of Elizabeth Duchess Dowager of Kingston for Bigamy, Before the Right Honourable the House of Peers, in Westminster-Hall, in Full Parliament . . . Published by Order of the House of Peers

      A rare example of the trial of a peeress in the House of Lords (with the Duchess personally appearing and testifying), finding her guilty of bigamy and essentially ending the ecclesiastical action of 'jactitation', the denial of a previous marriage. Original buff wraps, untrimmed, a lovely, unsophisticated folio. Printed for Charles Bathurst, in Fleet-Street, London, 1776.

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        The Annals of Newgate; Or, Malefactors Register. Containing A particular . . . Account of the Lives, Transactions, and Trials of the most notorious Malefactors . . . for Parricide, Murder, Treason . . . Coining, Forgery, and Rapes [etc.]. Four Volumes

      The edition of 'Newgate' through which "The Newgate Calendar enters into the history of popular literature" and the edition suggested to have been "[t]he finest C18th compilation", put together by the Ordinary of Newgate, John Villette, and others. Contemporary tree calf, rubbed, rebacked, neatly gilt, a bit strained and lightly browned, but an appealing set; with thirty-seven plates, as called for. Printed for J. Wenman, No. 144, Fleet-street [etc.], London, 1776.

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        The Trial of Elizabeth Duchess Dowager of Kingston for Bigamy, Before the Right Honourable the House of Peers, in Westminster-Hall, in Full Parliament . . . Published by Order of the House of Peers

      . Modern 1/4 crimson morocco, some light staining, else attractive. Printed for Charles Bathurst, in Fleet-Street, London, 1776.

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        Fables choisies, mis en vers... a bouillon, soc. typographique, 1776.

      Quattro volumi di cm. 20, pp. cvi (2) 118; 129 (1); vi-169 (1); 212. Con antiporta figurata al primo volume e 248 tavole fuori testo finemente incise in rame. Legatura coeva in piena pelle marmorizzata, dorsi lisci con ricchi fregi e titoli su doppio tasselli in marocchino rosso. Piatti inquadrati da greca in oro e sguardie marmorizzate. Qualche ritocco ad alcune cuffie ma esemplare fresco, marginoso, a carte candide ed in eccellente stato di conservazione. Stimata edizione settecentesca impreziosita dall'ampia iconografia basata su figure di Oudry, Alard, Bertin, Crescent, Savart e altri. Cfr. Cohen-Ricci 552; Lewine 276 e Sander 1069.

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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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        Les a propos de societè - Les a propos de la folie

      (Paris), 1776. 2 volumi; pp. X, 302; 316. Due frontespizi disegnati ed incisi da Moreau. Antiporte, 2 testate e 2 culs de lampe di Moreau, incisi da De Launay, Simonet, Duclos e Martini. Unito: Les a propos de la folie ou chansons grotesque, grivoises et annonces de parade. Paris, 1776. Pp.VI, 316 con errata. Frontespizio, antiporta, testata di Moreau incise da Martin; cul de lampe disegnato ed inciso da Moreau. Finaletti e numerosi esempi di musica incisi. Esemplare con ampi margini e barbe. 3 volumi in 8vo; legatura posteriore in pelle, cordoni, titolo in oro ai dorsi. Raccolta di circa 250 tra ariette, ronde, couplets, parodie, vaudevilles, madrigali, recitativi, pastorellerie, duetti, canzoni popolari e d'avanspettacolo purgate d'ogni trivialità e riproposte in occasione delle feste in società, tipiche del mondo aristocratico settecentesco francese. Cohen, 604: ?Les illustrations sont d'une grace ravissant et competent parmi les meilleures de Moreau?.

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        Detail of a fresco in the 'Domus Aureus' [Pl. 23]

      Rome: Ludovico Mirri, [1776-1778]. Original engraving with modern bodycolour. Very good condition apart from some mild creasing. 21 5/8 x 23 1/4 inches. 24 1/2 x 28 5/8 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, Ghirlandio, 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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        Fasti novi orbis et ordinationum apostolicarum ad indias pertinentium breviarium cum adnotationibus. venetiis, prostat apud antonium zatta, 1776.

      Cm. 25,5, pp. viii, 312, 337-642 (2). Bella vignetta allegorica al frontespizio, testatine, finalini e capolettera tutto in xilografia. Solida legatura coeva in piena pergamena semirigida con nervi passanti e titoli manoscritti al dorso e lacci di chiura (uno conservato). Lievi tracce d'uso al dorso, altrimenti esemplare genuino, marginoso e ben conservato con rarissime fioriture e un chiaro alone all'angolo superiore delle prime carte. Collezione di tutti gli ordini e decreti dati dai papi e dai monarchi relativi a questioni spirituali concernenti le Americhe dalla loro prima scoperta disposti in ordine cronologico. Cfr. Sabin, citato dal Rich, Bibl. Amer. Nova, I, 107; Melzi, II 211 per lo pseudonimo.

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        Fisica de' Corpi Ponderabili ossia Trattato della Costituzione Generale de' Corpi del Cavaliere.Torino: Stamperia Reale, 1837-41.. First edition.

      A very fine set of one of the great rarities of chemistry. This monumental work is the only major publication of Avogadro (1776-1856), one of the founders of physical chemistry in the early 19th century. The famous hypothesis which bears his name - that equal volumes of all gases and vapors contain the same number of ultimate molecules at the same pressure and temperature - demonstrated the link between Gay-Lussac's law of volume and Dalton's atomic theory, and provided a much needed key to the problems of 19th-century chemistry by distinguishing between atoms and molecules. The very title of this book indicates that he was concerned with atomic weights. The present work is a substantial enlargement of Avogadro's memoir, first published in 1811 in the Journal de Physique. But that paper was largely ignored for another half century, partly because it was published first in Italian (when Italy was at the periphery of scientific research) and subsequently only in minor French, German and English scientific Journals. His molecular hypothesis is widely considered to be Italy's great contribution to chemistry in the 19th century.<br/><br/> Emil Offenbacher, the distinguished dealer who specialized in chemistry, wrote (cat. 39, item 4, 1986) "a complete set is today of great rarity". ABPC lists just four copies between the Honeyman sale (1978) and the present, the last copy being that in the Haskell Norman sale (1998). <br/><br/> Norman 89; Honeyman 168; Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 16 (1811 memoir). Partington, IV, p.213-17.. 4 volumes, thick 8vo: 228 x 146 mm, bound in four fine contemporary half calf with gilt cloth title labels. Fully complete: pp. (6), XXXI, (1), 910; (2), 980, (2); (2), XIII, (1), 932, (2); XIII, (1), 926, (2), LIII, (1), (2) and 18 folding lithographed plates. Fresh and clean throughout, a very fine set

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        Apparatus Medicaminum

      tam simplicium quam praeparatorum et compositorum in praxeos.... I-VI. Printed at Joann. Christ. Dieterich, Göttingen 1776-1792. 8:o. (39),627;(4),466;(4),572;(4),665;X,(2),604 ;IV,243,(22) pages. With five engraved title-vignettes. Contemporary half-calf. Spine in compartments richly gilt in floral pattern. Red and green labels in second and third compartment. Green label on volume III and VI are new. Volume I with head of spine worn down and a small wormmark front cover. Volume II marks after water-damage front cover and first free endpaper. Small wormholes outer joint and a small wormmark lower cover. Surface outer joints, especially in front, of vol. IV and V worn in places, with the superficial layer of the leather gone. Head of spine damaged vol. IV. Small wormdamage lower cover vol. VI. Two book-plates (Hammer and Karl Erik Widlund). 20 x 13 cm.. Volume VI edited by Ludov. Christ. Althof after the death of Jo. Andrea Murray. Lacking supplement. A nice set

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        Marmora et adfines aliquos lapides coloribus suis/ afbeelding der marmer soorten.../ abbildungen der marmor-arten.../ a representation of different sort of marble.../ representation de marbres...

      Amsterdam, Johann Christian Sepp, 1776. 4to (303 x 243mm). 5 printed titles in Latin, Dutch, German, English and French, 5 introduction leaves in these languages and 50 leaves of text (including 10 subtitles), describing the plates 1-68. With 98 (of 100) beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary interim blue boards, with handwritten title on frontcover, spine with recent skilful paper repair. A very fine large and uncut copy of the most beautiful book ever published on marbles. The present copy is one of the most complete copies to appear on the market. The work was first published at Nuremberg in 1775 with the text in German and Latin. In the present Amsterdam edition published by Sepp, the most famous Dutch natural history publisher in the 18th century, French, Dutch and English were added. According to Landwehr 'it is one of the best executed publications of Christian Sepp'. Both editons have the same number of plates. The work was published in issues and copies with more than 70 plates are rare. "Magnificent, outstanding color-plate book of the Mineral Kingdom, depicting an almost infinitely-varied series of marbles and allied ornamental stones from deposits in Germany and nearby countries. Presumably each of the rectangular panels represents the appearance of a polished slab, with most plates depicting six such pieces, but others two, four, and as many as nine. While one is immediately captivated by the richness and depth of the watercoloring, often heightened by the application of opaque white for veinlets, it can be seen that under each painting lies a complex, lightly-incised network of lines, almost like rouletting, over which the colors have been laid" (Sinkankas 7281). The text is by S.C. Schmidel, who had earlier published a colour plate volume on mineral specimens. The plates are by Adam Ludwig Wirsing (1753-1797) who was an publisher, engraver and art dealer in Nuremberg, specializing in natural history. He engraved plates for some of the most lavish German natural history works such as Trew's 'Hortus nitidissimus', Schaeffer's 'Fungorum..' and many others. Landwehr 1; Sinkankas 7282.

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        OPERE VETERINARIE.

      In-8 p. (mm. 205x132), 8 voll., 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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        In lode delle belle arti. Orazione e componimenti poetici detti in Campidoglio in occasione della festa del concorso celebrata dall´insigne Accademia del disegno di S. Luca. Essendo principe di essa il signor Carlo Marchonni l´anno 1775. Alla santita di nostro signore papa Pio VI.

      Roma, Stamperia di Arcangelo Casaletti, [1776?]. LXXIX p. Contemporary vellum

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        THE HISTORY OF THE ADVENTURES OF JOSEPH ANDREWS, AND HIS FRIEND Mr. Abraham Adams.

      [12], 166 pages. Engraved frontispiece. Original Dutch floral boards, sometime, rather insensitively re-backed in Dutch floral paper. Ownership inscription on front endpaper; 'accounting' on rear endpaper; inner joints repaired when re-backed; else a very good copy of rare printing, unknown to Roscoe.The only copy located is held by the British Library, but it would appear to lack the frontispiece. This title was first published by Francis Newbery in 1769.

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        Les souffrances du jeune Werther en deux parties. Traduit de l'original Allemand par B.S. d. S. [Baron Siegmund de Seckendorf].

      Erlang(en), Wolfgang Walther, 1776. Bound in a nice cont. hcalf w. raised bands, gilt ornamentations and gilt title-label to spine; gilding quite vague. Some wear to capitals and especially to corners, where leather is worn off. Inner front hinge a bit weak. , title-page loosening. Occasional brownspotting. Old owner's name to title-page. Woodcut vignettes.. The rare first edition of what is supposedly the first French translation of Goethe's monumental work "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers", one of the most influential and popular books of the 18th century. The first edition in German appeared in 1774, and the work was so popular that new editions followed immediately after; already the following year the book was printed nine times, and it was almost immediately translated into all European languages, the French being one of the first, together with a Dutch edition from the same year. The first English translation appeared in 1779, and after that translations into almost all other European languages followed. The French translation of the work was of immense influence, and after the first translation (the present by Saeckendorf) appeared in 1776, several other translations and numerous editions appeared immediately after, bearing testimony to the status of the work as an absolute best-seller in France. In fact, as much as 14 adaptions, translations and re-issues of Werther in French appeared Between 1776 and 1779.It has previously been assumed that a French translation was published in 1774, but this seems to be incorrect; the supposed French 1774 edition cannot be identified anywhere, and the present translation by Seckendorf is now generally accepted as being the very first French translation, here present in the first edition. In the same year a translation by Deyverddun appeared, and in 1777 one by Aubry.This, Goethe's first novel, is written in the form of letters, and it caused him almost overnight fame. The style of writing has influenced an entire generation of writers. No other of Goethe's works has been so widely read by his contemporaries, and no other work in general has been of as great importance to the Sturm und Drang-period; the work also caused the so-called "Lesesucht" (the important and wide-ranging debate in late 18th century on misreading and on dangerous and harmful literature). The impact it had on not only literature, but on almost all aspects of life at the time, was immense and unheard of. Werther might well be the first cult-figure ever; -a true "Werther-Fieber" broke loose, resulting in a distinct Werther-fashion (yellow trousers, yellow waist-coat, blue coat, high turned-down boots, round felt hat and un-powdered hair, as described by Goethe in the novel), Werther-perfume, Werther-cups etc. Numerous people susceptible to influence actually killed themselves in sympathy with the suffering Werther or overwhelmed by the gulf that separates the outer from the inner world suggested in the novel (the first copycat-suicides of the world, -many of the bodies were found with the book in their hands), and the work incited the romantic urge for revolution; the work is also said to have been Napoleon's favourite novel, which he carried with him at all times. It was the French edition of this monumental work that Napoleon carried with him to Egypt and after his own testimony read eight times during that period.In fact, the influence that this novel had on French culture and literature was of groundbreaking character. It was the first German best-seller in France, and due to it, an entire school in French literature of French Werther imitations (and parodies) emerged, changing the course of French 18th century literature. It is also this novel and the rendering of it into French that paves the way for French Romaticism, and it seminally influenced many of the most famous French writers of the Romantic era. As Goethe put it in 1779, "Le francais sont sous le charme de Werther".Goethe himself was very surprised by the impact of the work, and said about it: "Die Wirkung dieses Büchleins war groß, ja ungeheuer, und vorzüglich deshalb, weil es genau in die rechte Zeit traf." (Dichtung und Wahrheit). This literary masterpiece may be called the first German novel of world literary class, and it not only seems like a modern work of fiction, it is a work which has irreversibly shaped the feeling of life which is specific to modern man. Baldensperger, Bibliographie critique de Goethe en France, 1907: p.5

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        A Code of Gentoo Laws, or Ordinations of the Pundits. From a Persian Translation, Made From the Original, Written in the Shanscrit Language

      First edition of the first work in English describing the principles of Hindu jurisprudence, digesting Sanscrit law; translated by Halhed, the English orientalist and the first European to perceive the philosophical affinities of Sanscrit and Latin. Modern calf, the spine extra gilt, definite embrowning; attractive. n.p., London, 1776.

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        Fables Choisies : mises en vers par J. de La Fontaine

      4 Bde. Ldbde.d.Zt. 8° Die Einbände mit Lederrückenschildern, reicher Rücken- und etwas Filetenvergoldung auf den Deckeln. Marmorierte Vorsätze- Exemplare mit allseitigem Goldschnitt, z. T. braunfleckig und mit Leimschatten. Minimale Fehlstellen, etwas berieben und bestoßen, dennoch dekorativ.

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        A Treatise on Government. Translated from the Greek by William Ellis.

      London, T. Payne, 1776. 4to. Very nice, contemporary full calf binding with five raised bands and gilt leather title-label to richly gilt spine. All edges of boards gilt. Front hinge weak. Leather at front hinge cracked, so cords are showing. An exceptionally nice and clean copy with only a tiny bit of occasional soiling or brownspotting. Very good, wide margins. Old owner's entry to title-page: "E.Sw." (2), XVIII, 428, (14, -Index) pp.. The rare first translation into English from the original Greek of Aristotle's seminal "Politics", a key document in the history of Western political thought, which also greatly influenced late 18th and 19th century political thought in the English speaking world. "The Politics is one of Aristotle's most important works, having had an inestimable influence on political thought up until the present day." (From the synopsis and review of the Clarendon edition of Aristotle's Politics). Before the present edition, the text of Aristotle's "Politics" was only known in English in the translation from the French (!) by Regious, which appeared in 1597 and which was not very popular nor influential. It was not until Ellis decided to translate the work that the English speaking world was actually presented with a proper translation, done from the original Greek, of this seminal document of political thought. According to Lowndes, the version of the text is "faithful and perspicious", and it was reprinted as soon as 1778. It is likely, for instance, that it is the present version of the text that the likes of Bentham and Mill have studied.Aristotle's "Politics" is not only a monument of the Greek city state and an invaluable document portraying the world of Antiquity, it also constitutes the first reflexion of the conditions under which philosophy is possible within politics and thus the work that founded political thought. The influence that this work has had on later political thought is difficult to exaggerate, and the fact that the work became available in a translation into English directly from the original Greek has been of the utmost importance to the development of political thought in England and America. "my recommendation (of the politics an not foremost another of aristotle's works) is owing to the subject it treats of: it must certainly excite every one's curiosity, to know how mankind originally conducted themselves in so very important a business as that of living together, and to trace the first origin of society from its primitive rudeness, through the various forms it has pursued, to the perfection, nay, and the depravation also, which at some periods it has arrived at: nor is this study less useful for the informing us of the nature of our own species, and pointing out the different excesses both of vice and virtue which it may arrive at... I do not recommend this work as containing a history of the various governments which have in different periods really existed in the world, but, as a valuable curiosity... as containing examples which may be copied with advantage in every age by every government, and reasoning which is founded on eternal truths... But with all the imperfections of this translation, and many the author fears will be found in it, he shall not regret his having presumed to offer it to the Public, although he should incur some censure on himself, if it occasions those who would never have perused the original, to acquire at least some knowledge of so valuable an ancient; and he should be still happier, if this attempt should induce any scholar of acknowledged abilities to pursue the plan and give the public more of this Author's valuable works in the English language (Preface, pp. XII - XVIII).Lowndes, I:p.68

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        Notizie delle cose del friuli scritte secondo i tempi. udine, per li fratelli gallici alla fontana, 1776-77.

      Cinque voll. in 8°, pagg. XVI, 320; 332; 339; 308; 345, leg. moderna in mezza pelle con angoli, tit. oro e filetti al dorso, nervi. Il primo volume contiene le notizie topografiche e la storia prima dell'era cristiana; gli altri quattro stampati nel 1777, la storia dal primo secolo al 1762. Alla fine del V° tomo si trova una dissertazione, sempe del Liruti, sui Monasteri e Badie antiche di S. Banedetto in Friuli. Tutti i volumi presentano una estesa gora d'acqua, ma senza alcuna muffa. Edizione originale. Valentinelli n°92, Lozzi, I, 2047 (in nota). Opera assai rara.

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        Den sindrige Herremand Don Quixote af Mancha Levnet og Bedrifter. Forfattet af Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Oversat, efter det i Amsterdam og Leipzig 1755, udgivne Spanske Oplag, af Charlotta Dorothea Biehl.

      4 bind. Gyldendal, København 1776-1777. 8vo. Kobberstukket portræt af Cervantes på frontispicen i bind 1. 29 plancher med kobberstukne illustrationer. Trykt på skrivepapir. Nydelige uniforme, lidt senere, brune halvlæderbind med rygforgyldning. Samtidigt navn på titelblad i første bind, samtidigt stempel i de træ næste. Lidt nyere navn på friblad. Sidepapir og hjørner med let slitage.. Charlotte Dorothea Biehls oversættelse af den verdensberømte roman må betragtes som denne rigt begavede kvindes litterære hovedværk. Hendes tekst er så slidstærk, at den blev betragtet som den autoritative danske oversættelse og udgivet igen og igen frem til 1990'erne, da hele to forlag lod hver sin oversætter tage fat med hele to udgaver til følge. Spændende, om den ene eller begge kan leve i over 200 år

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        Untersuchung der Natur und Ursachen von Nationalreichthümern, Aus dem Englischen. 2 Bände.

      Leipzig, Weidmann, 1776-78. 8vo, Two very nice uniform late 19th century half vellum bindings with gilt spines. Old labels removed from spines causing a bit of very light discolouration. Free front end-paper of volume one with a few pencil marks. Title-pages with liberary stamp (Wirtschaftswiss. Seminare der Universität Basel). Occasional brownspotting and a few pencil underlinings. VIII, 632 pp; XII, 740 pp.. Exceedingly rare first German edition, also being the very first overall translation, of Adam Smith's ground-breaking main work, the "Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations". This seminal first translation of the work was undertaken by J.F. Schiller, who finished the first part of the translation in time for it to appear as soon as 1776, the same year as the original English edition. The second part appeared in 1778, the same year as the exceedingly scarce first French translation. This first German translation has been of the utmost importance to the spreading of Smith's ideas throughout Europe, and, after the true first, this must count as the most important edition of the work."The influence of the Wealth of Nations [...] in Germany [...] was so great that 'the whole of political economy might be divided into two parts - before and since Adam Smith; the first part being a prelude, and the second a sequel." (Backhouse, Roger E., The Methodology of Economics: Nineteenth-Century British Contributions, Routledge, 1997.)"The first review of the translation, which appeared in the Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen for March 10, 1777, by J. G. H. Feder, professor of Philosophy at the University of Göttingen, was very favorable. In the words of the reviewer: "It is a classic; very estimable both for its thorough, not too limited, often far-sighted political philosophy, and for the numerous, frequently discursive historical notes," but the exposition suffers from too much repetition." (Lai, Cheng-chung. Adam Smith Across Nations: Translations and Receptions of The Wealth of Nations, Clarendon Press, UK, 2000).Until 1797, [...], the work of Adam Smith received scant attention in Germany. While Frederick II was living, Cameralism held undisputed sway in Prussia, and the economic change which began with the outbreak of the French Revolution had still not gained sufficient momentum to awake the economic theorists from their dogmatic slumber." (Lai, Cheng-chung. Adam Smith Across Nations: Translations and Receptions of The Wealth of Nations, Clarendon Press, UK, 2000).Various German economist read the german translations and was inspired by it. "Christian Garve, [...], must be considered as among the important contributors to the spread of Smith's views. Himself a popularizer of philosophical doctrines, he was early attracted by the Scotch writers and became one of their foremost exponents in Germany." In 1791 Garve began a second translation of the Smith's work and in the introduction to the the translation he wrote: "It (Smith's work) attracted me as only few books have in the course of my studies through the number of new views which it gave me not only concerning the actual abject of his investigations, but concerning all related material from the philosophy of civil and social life". Georg Sartorius, August Ferdinand Lueder and, perhaps the most important economist of the period, Christian Jacob Kraus, were all important figures in the spread of Smith's thought. "The most significant of Kraus' works and that also which shows his conception of economic science most clearly is the five-volume work entitled State Economy. The first four volumes of this work are little more than a free paraphrase of the Wealth of Nations". Kraus was: "to a large extent responsible for the economic changes which took place in Prussia after 1807, in so far as they can be ascribed to Smithan influence." (Lai, Cheng-chung. Adam Smith Across Nations: Translations and Receptions of The Wealth of Nations, Clarendon Press, UK, 2000).Kraus wrote of the present volume: "[T]he world has seen no more important book than that of Adam Smith.... [C]ertainly since the times of the New Testament no writing has had more beneficial results than this will have.... [Smith's doctrines form] the only true, great, beautiful, just and beneficial system." (Fleischacker, Samuel , A Third Concept of Liberty, Princeton University Press, 1999.)_____________Hailed as the "first and greatest classic of modern thought" (PMM 221), Adam Smith's tremendously influential main work has had a profound impact on thought and politics, and is considered the main foundation of the era of liberal free trade that dominated the nineteenth century. Adam Smith (1723-1790) is considered the founder of Political Economy in Britain, mainly due to his groundbreaking work, the "Wealth of Nations" from 1776. The work took him 12 years to write and was probably in contemplation 12 years before that. It was originally published in two volumes in 4to, and was published later the same year in Dublin in three volumes in 8vo. The book sold well, and the first edition, the number of which is unknown, sold out within six months, which came as a surprise to the publisher, and probably also to Smith himself, partly because the work "requires much thought and reflection (qualities that do not abound among modern readers) to peruse to any purpose." (Letter from David Hume, In: Rae, Life of Adam Smith, 1895, p. 286), partly because it was hardly reviewed or noticed by magazines or annuals. In spite of this, it did evoke immense interest in the learned and the political world, and Buckle's words that the work is "in its ultimate results probably the most important book that has ever been written", and that it has "done more towards the happiness of man than has been effected by the united abilities of all the statesmen and legislators of whom history has preserved an authentic account" (History of Civilisation, 1869, I:214) well describes the opinion of a great part of important thinkers then as well as now

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        An Enquiry into the Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In three Volumes. Vol. 1-3 (all).

      Dublin, Printed for Messrs. Whitestone, Chamberlaine, W.Watson, Potts etc. etc., 1776. 8vo. Three cont. uniform British full calf w. five raised bands and gilt red leather title-labels on backs. Hinges, corners and capitals repaired. Back of vol. one fully redone in old style, preserving most of the old red leather title-label. All edges of boards blindtooled. W. the half-title in vol. one only (the only one called for) and advertisement-leaves in vol. two. W. the bookplate of Lord Lismore on pasted-down front end-papers of all three volumes, the name of "Cornelius O'Callghan" (Cornelis Lord Lismore) in own neat handwriting on all three title-pages and cont. handwritten dedication (?) on the half-title: "Cornl. O'Callaghan/... /...". Inscription on front free end-paper dated "1797 July" (the year of the death of Lord Lismore), stating that this was the book of Cornelius Lord Lismore. Internally very nice and clean, in excellent condition and printed on good paper. (8), 391; (8), 524, (3) ("New Books"); (4), 412 pp.. Very scarce first Dublin-edition, printed the same year as the first edition, which is printed in London. First 8vo-edition, first three-volume edition. Together with the first (poor) German edition this is the only other edition than the first to have appeared within the first two years of publication. The second edition did not appear till 1778, as did also the first French translation (printed in La Haye, 1778-79), which is the first proper translation of Smith's monumental work. The first German edition is considered so poor that it is said to have caused the very delayed interest in Smith and his controversial ideas in Germany. Hailed as the "first and greatest classic of modern thought" (PMM 221), Adam Smith's greatly influential main work has had a profound impact on thought and politics, and is considered the main foundation of the era of liberal free trade that dominated the nineteenth century. Adam Smith (1723-1790) is considered the founder of Political Economy in Britain, mainly due to his groundbreaking work, the "Wealth of Nations" from 1776. The work took him 12 years to write and was probably in contemplation 12 years before that. It was originally published in two volumes in 4to, and was published later the same year in Dublin in three volumes in 8vo. The book sold well, and the first edition, the number of which is unknown, sold out within six months, which came as a surprise to the publisher, and probably also to Smith himself, partly because the work "requires much thought and reflection (qualities that do not abound among modern readers) to peruse to any purpose." (Letter from David Hume, In: Rae, Life of Adam Smith, 1895, p. 286), partly because it was hardly reviewed or noticed by magazines or annuals. In spite of this, it did evoke immense interest in the learned and the political world, and Buckle's words that the work is "in its ultimate results probably the most important book that has ever been written", and that it has "done more towards the happiness of man than has been effected by the united abilities of all the statesmen and legislators of whom history has preserved an authentic account" (History of Civilisation, 1869, I:214) well describes the the opinion of a great part of important thinkers then as well as now. The "Wealth of Nations" marks a turning-point in political and economic thought throughout Europe, and directly influenced politics at the time. Of course, the earliest influence of the work is to be traced in the British political world. It directly shaped parts of the policy of the country. "The very first budget after its publication bore its marks. Lord North was then on the outlook for fresh and comparatively unburdensome means of increasing the revenue, and obtained valuable assistance from the "Wealth of Nations". He imposed two new taxes in 1777, of which he got the idea there; one on man-servants, and the other on property sold by auction. And the budget of 1778 owed still more important features to Smith's suggestions... Then in the following year 1779 we find Smith consulted by statesmen like Dundas and the Earl of Carlisle on the pressing and anxious question of giving Ireland free trade." (Rae, Life of Adam Smith, p. 294). It is thus of interest to note that the work appeared so early in Dublin (being the only place it appeared the same year as in London), considering that the work was of immense importance to the controversial question of free trade in Ireland. Between the Restoration and the Union, the policy of commercial restriction was disastrous for the Irish people. They were considered aliens of Great Britain, and were consequently not allowed to trade freely with her or her colonies, and at the same time they were considered British subjects, and were consequently not allowed to trade freely with foreign countries. All attempts of export were crushed in the cradle, and it resulted in devastating consequences for the Irish; -in 1778 the terrible situation culminated, and it became obvious how plagued with starvation and unemployment the Irish actually were. Only when the Government, strained in war with France, Spain and America combined, realized that the Irish Protestants had raised an illegal army of 42.000 volunteers, did they recognize the need to give free trade to the Irish, and in 1779 Adam Smith was consulted by a number of members of the Government in order to explain to them the full consequences of the contemplated concession of free trade to Ireland. Finally, after a few restricted attempts, an amendment urging a general demand for free trade was put forward, and it was clear that the Government had to seriously face this dilemma. Adam Smith was thus called to the table because of his views put forth in the "Wealth of Nations", quotations from which had also previously been used in the discussion, and he played a great role in rescuing the Irish people from the tyranny of the oppressive aristocracy. As he put it in the "Wealth of Nations Book V, Chapter III: "Without a union with Great Britain the inhabitants of Ireland are not likely for many ages to consider themselves one people."The copy has belonged to Adam Smith's Irish contemporary, Cornelius O'Callaghan, 1st Baron of Lismore (1740-1797), and carries his bookplate with the distinctive O'Callghan shield, which is one of the most ancient in heraldry. Among Irish shields it is unique in being allegorical. Adam Smith's old friend the Earl of Shelburne (later Marquis of Lansdowne), who was the first to mention the "Wealth of Nations" in the House of Lords (in 1793), later sold his Manor of Shaen to Cornelius Lord Lismore Jr. (1801).Printing and the Mind of Man 221 (first edition)

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        An Enquiry into the Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In two volumes. 2 vols.

      London, W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. 4to. COMPLETELY UNCUT (leaves measuring ab. 30x23 cm.). Bound in two magnificent recent full calf pastiche-bindings, in Cambridge-style, with elegant "mirrors" to boards and exquisite blindstamped borders and decorations. Five raised bands, creating 6 compartments, two of which with autor and tome respectively in gilt lettering, the remaining forur with elegant blindstamped decorations. The raised bands also brindstamped. All edges of boards with gilt decorative border. Hand-stitched capital bands. Endpapers renewed. Volume one: A very small marginal repair to leaf B(1), a tiny hole to leaves (I4), P2, and (Xx3), just where the pagination is. About 10 leaves with brownspotting, and a few other leaves with very minor, light brownspotting. Vol. 2: leaf (N3) with a repaired marginal tear, a bit of minor marginal (ink)soiling to a few pages, about 5 leaves with brownspotting, otherwise only very minor, light scattered brownspotting. All in all a magnificent, clean, fine, and bright copy, with all edges uncut, in beautiful and elegant pastiche-bindings.(12), 510; (4), 587, (1, -advertisement) pp. Fully complete, with the final blank to volume one and the half-title to volume two.. First edition of Adam Smith's seminal main work, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM 221), and the main foundational work of the era of liberal free trade. Adam Smith (1723-1790) is considered the founder of Political Economy in Britain, mainly due to his groundbreaking work, the "Wealth of Nations" from 1776. The work took him 12 years to write and was probably in contemplation 12 years before that. The book sold well, and the first edition, the number of which is unknown, sold out within six months, which came as a surprise to the publisher, and probably also to Smith himself, since the work not only "requires much thought and reflection (qualities that do not abound among modern readers) to peruse to any purpose." (Letter from David Hume, In: Rae, Life of Adam Smith, 1895, p. 286), but was also hardly reviewed nor noticed by magazines or annuals. In spite of this, it did evoke immense interest in the learned and the political world, and Buckle's words that the work is "in its ultimate results probably the most important book that has ever been written", and that it has "done more towards the happiness of man than has been effected by the united abilities of all the statesmen and legislators of whom history has preserved an authentic account" (History of Civilisation, 1869, I:214) well describes the still prevailing general opinion of the work. "Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries to explore, Smith's achievement was to bring the study of economic aspects to the same point in a single work. "The Wealth of Nations" s not a system, but as a provisional analysis it is completely convincing. The certainty of its criticism and its grasp of human nature have made it the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought." (PMM 221).Printing and the Mind of Man 221

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        Les principales aventures de l'admirable Don Quichotte, représentées en figures par Coypel, Picart le Romain, et autres habiles maîtres; avec les explications des XXXI planches de cette magnifique collection, tirées de l'original espagnol.

      Liège, J. F. Bassompierre, 1776. Folio (38,7x24,5 cm). Uncut in contemporary half calf, rebacked, with the contemporary spine, which is very worn and with almost all gilding worn off, laid down. Corners a bit bumped. Apart from the spine, a well preserved copy. Some light soiling to title-page, otherwise very nice, fresh, and clean. Title-page printed in red and black and with engraved title-vignette. Beautiful, large angraved vignette to head of dedication. Text printed within ornamental frames; with numerous lovely woodcut initials and vignettes. With all 31 beautiful engraved plates, all numbered (including the frontispiece, which is part of the numbering). Very large margins.. Second edition, in folio, of this magnificent French Don Quichote-edition, renowned for its beautiful engraved plates. The work was originally published in 1746 and appeared in both large paper-issues (as here), in small folio, and in 4to. "Livre recherché a causes des gravures, qu'il contient. Il y a des expl. en très Gr. Pap. ou pet. in-fol.; ils étaient plus chers autrefoi [...] Les mêmes figures ont servi à une édition de Liége, 1776, in-4. et in-fol. dont en fait peu de cas." (Brunet)Brunet I:1752

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