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        Des Ritter's Carl von Linné königlich Schwedischen Leibarztes vollständiges Natursystem des Mineralreichs nach der zwölften lateinischen Ausgabe in einer freyen und vermehrten Uebersetzung von Johann Friedrich Gmelin

      Nürnberg, Raspe, 1777-1785. Four parts in four. 8vo. lxiv, [42], 2,155 pp. and 57 mostly folded engraved plates. Original half calf over speckled boards. morocco label with gilt title on the spines.l Rare first and only German edition and the main work on mineralogy and palaeontology by Linnaeus. Linné attached great importance to crystal structure for classification and thus was one of the pioneers in crystallographie. More important were his contributions to palaontology and historial geology: he described many fossils, including trilobites (Entomolithus), which he correctly placed among the arthropods... (DSB). Hoover Collection 542: 'Linnaeus achieved worldwide influence mainly through his pioneer work in systemizing botany but he also applied his passion for the arrangement to the animal and mineral kingdoms. In these mineral studies he describes many fossils and expounds his views on the age of the world, being careful not to upset the ecclesiastical orthodoxy of his time'.. Pictorial bookplate of Birger Strandell and small inoffensive handstamp of former owner on title pages. The Strandell provenance is quite interesting: The Hunt Library of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, PA holds the Dr. Birger Strandell Collection which includes all published works by Linnaeus, in almost every known edition and translation as well as many of those by his many students, and much of the world's literature about Linnaeus and his students. This is the largest assemblage of such materials outside Uppsala, Sweden, and it includes approximately 3,000 volumes. The Institute acquired this collection in 1968 from Strandell, who was a Stockholm physician and direct descendant of Linnaeus. Apparently for some unknown reason this set was left out or perhaps it was sold before 1968. Bindings with slightly worn to head and tail. The interior is remarkably clean and overall it is a very good copy. DSB 8, p. 379; Soulsby, 100. Not in Ward and Carozzi.(Postage on this item might be more than indicated, please inquire)

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        The Laws Respecting Women, As they regard their Natural Rights, or their Connections and Conduct The Whole laid down according to the Principles of the Common and Statute Law, explained by the Practice of the Courts of Law and Equity [etc ]

      London: Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1777. Modern 3/4 morocco over marbled boards, some browning, discreetly ex-library, else a good clean copy Only edition of one of the four early books on the English law of women, compared favorably by Holdsworth to its predecessors ("[a] larger and better book . . . clearly written"), with a third part on crimes and a fourth on parents and children

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        A Voyage round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop Resolution, commanded by Capt. James Cook during the years 1772, 3, 4, and 5

      London: B. White, 1777. Two volumes, quarto, with the large folding map; some spotting; contemporary mottled calf, banded and gilt spines neatly repaired; a little scuffed and rubbed at the hinges, but a good copy. The important alternative account. First edition of the most important alternative account of Cook's second voyage: 'an important and necessary addition to Cook's voyages' (Hill).Johann Forster and his son Georg were taken on board the Resolution following the withdrawal of Sir Joseph Banks and his party from the second voyage; it was intended that Johann Forster would write the official record, but he and his son returned to controversy, culminating in them being asked to withdraw from any involvement with the official account. Thus denied, 'the Forsters set to work to forestall it with an account of their own, and succeeded in doing so by about six weeks' (Holmes).Johann was one of the pre-eminent scientists and natural historians of his generation, while Georg, not even eighteen years old when he joined the Resolution, proved to have a facile pen and an alert and inquiring disposition. Yet, what should have been their crowning achievement became, instead, evidence of the rift between them and the British establishment, especially once the accusation that George was the author in name only surfaced, chiefly as a result of the printed attacks by the voyage's astronomer, William Wales. It certainly appears that Johann's disposition was not calculated to please and, as Holmes points out, relations cannot have been improved by the fact that 'no acknowledgement is made of the assistance derived from Cook's journal, the proof-sheets of which had in accordance with the agreement signed at the Admiralty on April 13th, 1776, been placed at the elder Forster's disposal'.Sadly, the controversy has overshadowed the work itself which is, in effect, one of the most considered of all of the secondary accounts of Cook, and, along with Johann's Observations (1778), forms a distinct yet vital contribution to the history and accomplishments of Cook's arduous second voyage.

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        Lengthy Unsigned Manuscript by the Signer

      1777. unbound. 2 pages (front and back) completely in George Read's hand, 9.25 x 7.75 inches, no place, May, 1777. Titled "State of Joseph Vance's Case," this legal draft outlines the transfer of property between several prominent Delaware families. The case appears to be very problematic as it concerns guardianships for minors, joint-owned parcels of land, and disagreements on what mode of payment will be acceptable to the estate. It is likely that the participants in this case did not hold firmly to the "Revolutionary Cause" or perhaps, in the ability of the Continental Army in defeating Great Britain. Read has written on page two (in the second to last line from): "Benjamin Lakerman - paid. Took Negroes to avoid being paid in Continental money." Much more interesting content. Horizontal folds; very good(+) condition. American lawyer, politician, and member of the Continental Congress. He signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative from the state of Delaware.

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        Characters of Eminent Personages of His Own Time . . . Never Before Published.

      (London:) Printed for William Flexney, 1777. - Sketches of seven of Chesterfield's contemporaries, including George I, Queen Caroline, Walpole, Fox and Pitt. There were subsequent editions, with additional sketches. This first edition is uncommon. Demy 8vo, contemporary quarter calf, marbled paper boards, red morocco label, gilt lettering. Gulick 155; Rothschild 597; NCBEL II, 1586. Spine and edges a little rubbed; very nice copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Works of Richard Savage, Esq. Son of The Earl Rivers. With an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, by Samuel Johnson. A New Edition.

      London: Printed for T. Evans. 1777 - 2 volumes. Large 8vo, pp. [vi], cxvi, 185 [186 - 187 Epilogue, 188 blank]; [iv], 279 [280 blank, 281 contents, 282 blank], engraved vignette on each title-page, contemporary calf, skilfully rebacked with old spines richly gilt, red morocco labels laid down; text a little browned throughout, spines darkened with some loss of gilt. Johnson's life of Savage was first published in 1744, and the collection of his works, which the publisher, Evans, edited, with the life in 1775. This is actually the second edition of Savage's works, and the quoted material in the life has been extensively cut. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Miscellaneous Observations on Planting and Training Timber-Trees; Particularly Calculated for the Climate of Scotland. Signed copy

      Edinburgh and London Charles Elliot and Thomas Cadwell 1777. G+ : in Good condition plus. Cover lightly rubbed and bumped First Edition Leather cover 210mm x 130mm (8" x 5"). 230pp. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author James Anderson on half title.

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        LETTRES SUR L'ORIGINE DES SCIENCES, ET SUR CELLE DES PEUPLES DE L'ASIE. Adressées à M.De Voltaire par M.Bailly, & précédées de quelques Lettres de Voltaire à l'Auteur. Londres, M.Elmesly / Paris, De Bure, 1777.

      Prima edizione. Testo francese. Cm.20x11,6. Pg.(4),348. Legatura coeva in piena pelle. Tassello con titoli e fregi in oro ai dorsi. Tagli spruzzati e fogli di guardia marmorizzati. Buona impressione, ben marginosa. Alcuni cartigli incisi. Il testo comprende due lettere di apertura del Voltaire e dieci lettere del Bailly. Il Bailly (Paris, 1736 - 1793), una volta rifiutata la carriera artistica, si dedicò agli studi matematici e astronomici. In pieno spirito illuminista fu inoltre attratto dagli studi sull'origine dell'umanità, e compì approfondite ricerche di mitologia e letterature antiche, perseguendo sulla scìa del Buffon il principio del "grand ordre" delle cose umane come base del pensiero filosofico e dell'ordine politico. Nella sua corrispondenza con Voltaire, anche precedente al presente testo, egli confutò la teoria del grande filosofo che l'India fosse la culla delle civiltà, sostenendo invece la tesi che essa fosse da ricercare nel nord dell'Asia centrale, in una civiltà sconosciuta e precedente a quelle cinese, hindu o caldaica. Originale, anche se un po' forzata, la successiva connessione con l'Atlantide platonico, inteso come mezzo di trasmissione degli antichi princìpi. Le "Lettres", più che sul piano scientifico o letterario, sono importanti come testimonianza del grande dibattito illuministico. Edwin Burrows Smith, uno dei rari biografi di Bailly, suggerisce che come "scientist and illuminist, conservative and revolutionist, he combines the contradictory forces of his generation". Coinvolto dal fermento rivoluzionario, divenne Deputato del Terzo Stato nel 1789, quindi Presidente dell'Assemblea Nazionale e primo "marie" di Parigi. Venne ghigliottinato l'11 novembre 1793.

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        La science de Bonhomme Richard ou moyen facile de payer les impots Quetant, Francois A., ed.

      Ruault, Paris 1777 - Franklin, Benjamin (1706-90). La science du Bonhomme Richard, ou moyen facile de payer les impots. Traduit de l'anglois [by Francois A. Quetant]. 12mo. 151, [1], 4pp. (adverts.). Philadelphia [i. e. Paris]: Ruault, 1777. 167 93 mm. Original wrappers, uncut. Slight browning & foxing but fine. First Edition in French of Franklin's Way to Wealth, the most popular of his writings. It first appeared as a separate publication in English in 1757, and was translated into French during the time when Franklin was in France negotiating on behalf of the United States during the American Revolution. Franklin was so popular with the French that his name was widely known even among the lower classes. The Way to Wealth asks what the American colonies are to do about the heavy taxes imposed on them. The French edition includes Franklin's opinion on the Stamp Act, given in 1766, in which he said that the colonies would come to think that Britain had no right to levy internal or external taxes, or make binding laws. DAB. Ford 113. Not in Kress or Goldsmiths. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Anweisung wie die äußerlichen Pulsadergeschwülste auf eine geschickte Weise von den Wundärzten zu curieren sind; nebst einigen Kupfern von Carl Guattani.

      - Altenburg, in der Richterischen Buchhandlung 1777, 8°, (16), 132 pp., mit einer gefalteten Quart- und zwei gefalteten Foliokupferstichtafeln mit 6 Figuren, Pappband der Zeit; frisches Exemplar, Doublette aus dem Karolinskainstitut. Seltene deutsche erste Ausgabe des Hauptwerkes des "Leibwundarzt des Pabstes Clemens des vierzehnten" Carlo Guattani "De externis aneurysmatibus manu chirurgica rnethodice pertraetandis etc." (1772). - Sein Kollege "Johannes Baptista Lancici, der berühmte päbstliche Leibarzt, welcher in der gelehrten Geschichte einen großen Rang behauptet, und ein vortreffliches Werk von den Pulsadergeschwülsten geschrieben hat, die sich an den inneren Schlagadern äußern, munterten den Guataani auf, sich gleichen Ruhm mit Heilung der äußerlichen Pulsadern zu erwerben . - Herr Guattani hat anfänglich selber die Pulsadergeschwülste mit dem Schnitt und der Ligatur curirt, . so war er der Meynung, die zur Operation untauglichen Pulsadergeschwülste liber der Natur allein zu überlassen, als den Schenkel abzulösen, . brachte er eine Cur zur Vollkommenheit, die blos durch Umwickelung und Binden geschieht, ." Vorrede des Uebersetzers- - - Carlo Guattani, "bedeutender Chirurg des 18. Jahrhunderts, geboren am 30. April 1707 zu San Bartolomeo Bagni (Novara), studirte im Alter von 16 Jahren Medicin in Rom und besuchte zu seiner speciellen Ausbildung in der Chirurgie das Hospital Santo Spirito. 1738 erhielt er die Erlaubniss, chirurgische Praxis zu treiben und 1742 wurde er als Nachfolger von GIOVANNI PIETRO GAI dirigirender Arzt am genannten Hospital. 1745 veröffentlichte er seine erste Arbeit über zwei Fälle von Aneurysma (Rom 1745), ging dann nach Paris, wo er 18 Monate blieb, Mitglied der Academie Rovale de Chirurgie und correspondirendes der Academie des Sciences wurde. Dann machte er Studienreisen durch Italien und befreundete sich mit BERTRANDI in Turin, MOLINELLI in Bologna und MORGAGNI in Padua. Nach segensreicher Thätigkeit als Lehrer und Operateur in Rom starb er 1771 im Alter von 64 Jahren an Leberleiden und Ascites, nachdem er wenige Tage vor seinem Tode noch punctirt war. - Das bedeutendste Werk Guattan's ist betitelt: "De externis aneurysmatibus manu chirurgica rnethodice pertraetandis etc." (Rom 1772, 4.), worin er die Therapie der Aneurysmen durch Empfehlung der systematischen Compression sehr wesentlich ; bereichert hat. Ferner hat sich Guattani durch Verbesserung der Ösophagotomie verdient gemacht, beschrieben in: "Mém. sur l'oesophagotomie" (Mém, de l'Acad. roy. de chir. III, p. 351). Er beschrieb auch einen Fall von Echinococcus hepatis: "Observation anatomique sur une grande quantité d'hydatides sorties d'une tumeur survenue à la région du foie" (Acad. roy. des sciences de Paris 1767, pag. 44)." Pagel, Hirsch II, p.676 - siehe Dict. Hist.II, pp.646-647; Capparoni, P. : Guattani, Carlo, 1709-1773. In his Profili biobibl. med., Roma, 1928, 2: 94-6, Portr. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World, Performed in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. Written by James Cook, Commander of the Resolution. In which is included, Captain Furneaux's Narrative of his proceedings in the Adventure during the separation of the ships

      London: Strahan and Cadell, 1777. Two volumes, quarto, with frontispiece portrait and 63 engraved charts, portraits and plates; an excellent copy in contemporary russia, ornately decorated in blind and gilt, spines expertly renewed by Aquarius in period style. Second voyage to the Southern oceans. Second edition: the official account of Cook's great second voyage, prepared for publication by the navigator himself, dissatisfied with Hawkesworth's treatment of the first voyage. The superb engravings, here in fine black impressions, are mostly the work of Hodges whose recording of the voyage resulted also in a superb series of oil-paintings.This was historically the most important of Cook's three voyages. For the first time the Antarctic circle was crossed when, at the beginning of the voyage, Cook cruised as far south as possible, round the edge of the Antarctic ice. His belief in the existence of a land-mass in the southern ice ring was eventually proved by the nineteenth-century explorers. In the Pacific, he visited New Zealand again, and either discovered or revisited many of the islands, including New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia.

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        Virtue in humble life: containing reflections on relative duties, particularly those of masters and servants ... Various anecdotes of the living and the dead: in two hundred and nine conversations, between a father and his daughter, amidst rural scenes ... with a manual of devotion

      London: Printed for Dodsley, in Pall-Mall; Sewel, near the Royal-Exchange; and Bew, in Pater-noster-Row 4to (28.4 cm, 11.2"). 2 vols. in 1. I: Frontis., [2] ff., xvii, [1], vii, [1], 323, [1] p., [2] ff., pp. 325 (i.e., 327)–411, [1] p. II: Frontis., vii, [1], 523, [1] p.. 1777 This is the second edition of => father-daughter dialogues intended to strengthen => servants' morals by myriad examples and advice; it was first published as an octavo series in 1774, using much the same content as Hanway's earlier Farmer's Advice to his Daughter (1770). The author (1712–86) was a merchant and philanthropist known not only for his charity, but also for regularly sporting both a sword and an umbrella at a time when neither was fashionable, and for tipping attractive female servants especially well. (He was a prolific author, too.) Chapters include conversations between daughter Mary and her father on the utmost importance of prayer, sacraments, and charity; the "reciprocal duties of masters and servants"; the "necessity of subordination"; and "caution to female domestics against dancing-meetings," among many, many other topics large and small. The text is handsomely printed double-column in roman and italic, with => two finely engraved frontispieces signed by E. Edwards and J. Hall, one at the beginning of each volume: the first of a father and daughter sitting beneath a tree; the second of Hanway seated on a rock, contemplating a book and skull beneath the motto "Never Despair" — the author's own, which he adopted after a particularly grueling merchant voyage for the Russia Company in 1743. Each volume also has its own title-page, the Manual of Devotion, Consisting of Prayers, Psalms, Hymns, and Lessons that appears between the two having its own as well. Contemporary speckled calf, boards framed in a gilt Greek key pattern, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers; recently rebacked, spine gilt extra preserving original gilt-tooled green morocco label and adding a new red one gilt with author and title. Boards stained and scratched in a few places, corners bumped, chipping leather glued down; marbled endpapers repaired with photocopy segments of the original design. Ex-library: stamps on bottom edge, front endpaper, and rear pastedown (only). Mild to moderate foxing on a handful of leaves in each volume, and one small circular stain affecting eight or so pages in first, while pages mostly clean and bright; short closed tear to bottom margin of one leaf in second volume. => Nice.

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        1. De magia liber. - 2. De miraculis liber.

      Paris, Didot, 1777 and, 1778.. 8°. XXIV, 220 and XX, 148 pages Contemporary mottled calf with richly gilt spine. I. Blake 192; Caillet 4924; cf. Dorbon 2074: "Cet ouvrage est peut-etre l'un de plus curieux sur la Magie." Anton de Haen (1704-1776), born n Den Haag, studied with Boerhaave and made his medical career in Austria where he eventually became the personal physician of empress Maria Theresia. His "De magia", fist published in 1775 and reprinted several times, like his "De mircaculis" was severely attacked by contemporaries as it appeared that de Haen defended supersticious belief in magic and supernatural phenomena whereas he claimed to try for a scientific approach towards the occult. - II. Blake 192; Caillet 4925. - Some browning, first title with old stamp, binding rubbed, corners bumped, front hinge with some cracking but solid.

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        Reisen durch die Insel Cypern, durch Syrien und durch Palästina in den Jahren 1760 bis 1768, in einem Auszuge aus dem Italiänischen übersetzt von Christian Heinrich Hase. Mit gest. TVign. und 1 gefalt. kolor. Kupfertafel.

      Altenburg, Richter 1777.. 1 Bl., VIII, 572 S. 8° Heller Pp. d. Zt. mit rotem Schnitt.. Atabey Blackmer 770. - Dinse 432 u. 439. - Erste dt. Ausgabe. - Giovanni Mariti (1736-1808) verbrachte viele Jahre auf der Insel Zypern, lebte in Larnaca und wurde zum Vizekonsul ernannt. Er reiste dann nach Syrien, Palästina und Ägypten. Zurück in Italien im Jahre 1768 schrieb er seine Erlebnisse detailgetreu auf. Sorgfältig und ausführlich beschreibt er hier Geographie, Geschichte, Verwaltung und die Gewohnheiten der verschiedenen Nationen, die er besuchte. Die Originalausgabe "Viaggi per l'isola de Cipro et per la Soria e la Palestina" (Florenz 1769-76) erschien weitaus umfangreicher in 9 Teilen (siehe Brunet III, 1435). - Zur deutschen Ausgabe schreibt die "Auserlesene Bibliothek der neuesten deutschen Litteratur". 1778, Bd. 14, S. 562ff: "Die bisher erschienene 5 Octavbände hat Hr. Hase in anderthalb Alphabete herabgeschmolzen, indem er alle die unnütze antiquarische Gelehrsamkeit nicht mit übersetzt hat". - Mariti "had read Bordone, Lusignan and probably Meursius, but he relies almost entirely on his own notes of what he had seen and heard. And herein lies its value, for he is observant and conscientious. The book stands as the best account of the condition of Cyprus in the third quarter of the last century" (aus dem Vorwort des Übersetzers Claude Delaval Cobham zur ebenso stark gekürzten engl. Ausgabe 'Travels in the island of Cyprus', Cambridge 1909). - Die kolor. Tafel zeigt eine Purpurschnecke. - Einband nur etwas berieben. Rückenbezug erneuert und fachgerecht angeglichen (Eindruck einer Ganzpergament-Ausgabe). Innen in nahezu makelloser Erhaltung. - Vorsatzblatt mit Stempel ("Dem Deutschen Marine-Institut gestiftet 1976"; gelöscht!). - Mit Wappenexlibris von "Rudolph und Elke Firle" auf dem Innenspiegel. Rudolph Firle (1881-1969) war Marineoffizier, Publizist und Direktor des Norddeutschen Lloyds. - Schönes Exemplar dieser seltenen Ausgabe. - We accept all main credit cards. - Wir akzeptieren Kreditkarten. - *** 83 Jahre Antiquariat Arno Adler (1932-2015) ***

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        LETTRES SUR L'ORIGINE DES SCIENCES, ET SUR CELLE DES PEUPLES DE L'ASIE. Adressées à M.De Voltaire par M.Bailly, & précédées de quelques Lettres de Voltaire à l'Auteur. Londres, M.Elmesly / Paris, De Bure, 1777.

      - Prima edizione. Testo francese. Cm.20x11,6. Pg.(4),348. Legatura coeva in piena pelle. Tassello con titoli e fregi in oro ai dorsi. Tagli spruzzati e fogli di guardia marmorizzati. Buona impressione, ben marginosa. Alcuni cartigli incisi. Il testo comprende due lettere di apertura del Voltaire e dieci lettere del Bailly. Il Bailly (Paris, 1736-1793), una volta rifiutata la carriera artistica, si dedicò agli studi matematici e astronomici. In pieno spirito illuminista fu inoltre attratto dagli studi sull'origine dell'umanità, e compì approfondite ricerche di mitologia e letterature antiche, perseguendo sulla scìa del Buffon il principio del "grand ordre" delle cose umane come base del pensiero filosofico e dell'ordine politico. Nella sua corrispondenza con Voltaire, anche precedente al presente testo, egli confutò la teoria del grande filosofo che l'India fosse la culla delle civiltà, sostenendo invece la tesi che essa fosse da ricercare nel nord dell'Asia centrale, in una civiltà sconosciuta e precedente a quelle cinese, hindu o caldaica. Originale, anche se un po' forzata, la successiva connessione con l'Atlantide platonico, inteso come mezzo di trasmissione degli antichi princìpi. Le "Lettres", più che sul piano scientifico o letterario, sono importanti come testimonianza del grande dibattito illuministico. Edwin Burrows Smith, uno dei rari biografi di Bailly, suggerisce che come "scientist and illuminist, conservative and revolutionist, he combines the contradictory forces of his generation". Coinvolto dal fermento rivoluzionario, divenne Deputato del Terzo Stato nel 1789, quindi Presidente dell'Assemblea Nazionale e primo "marie" di Parigi. Venne ghigliottinato l'11 novembre 1793. 460 gr. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Life of David Hume, Esq. Written by Himself

      London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell,/for J. Bew,, 1777. (Together with: PRATT, Samuel Jackson.) Supplement to the Life of David Hume, Esq. Containing genuine Anecdotes, and a circumstantial Account of his Death and Funeral. To which is added, a certified Copy of his last Will and Testament. 2 works bound in one volume, octavo (155 × 95 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine decorated gilt in compartments, red morocco label, edges stained red. Engraved frontispiece portrait to the first work. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Sanderson to front pastedown. Front joint split, but cords holding firm. Title page of the first work browned and offset from portrait as often. Very good copies. First edition, second issue (with the misprint "himself" for "myself", line 3, p. 29), of the most endearing of autobiographies, bound with a related contemporary work. Hume was aware that, owing to his views on religious questions, the manner of his death would be a matter of public curiosity. So when, in My Own Life, he set out to describe his feelings as he approached his end, he was as much writing a manifesto for his philosophy as a piece of autobiography. It is generally agreed that the account is an authentic self-portrait of one whom his friend Adam Smith, whose letter to the publisher William Strahan recounting Hume's last days is printed at the end of the Life, described as approaching "as nearly to the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man, as perhaps the nature of human fraility will admit". Smith also contributed the preface (cf. Strahan's letter to John Home of 3 March 1777, in G. Birkbeck Hill, Letters of David Hume to William Strahan, 1888, p. 362, n. 1). Samuel Pratt, a one-time priest and failed actor, depended largely, as of 1774, upon his pen for support. Often writing under the name of Courtney Melmoth, he "possessed considerable talents, but his necessities left him little time for reflection or revision" (DNB). This would seem to be true of his Supplement to the Life, written in the same year as his Apology for the Life and writings of David Hume, which in places seems to aim at a condemnation of Hume but ends emphasising his importance and talent. The anecdotal elements are valuable in giving an insight into the public concern for and interest in Hume's atheism and whether or not this would lead to the condemnation of his soul: "It is hardly to be credited, that the grave-diggers, digging with pick axes Mr. Hume's grave, should have attracted the gaping curiosity of the multitude. That, notwithstanding a heavy rain, which fell during the internment, multitudes of all ranks gazed at the funeral procession, as if they had expected the hearse to have been consumed in livid flames, or encircled with a ray of glory …"

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        A Treatise upon Planting, Gardening, and the Management of the Hot-House . The Second Edition, corrected and greatly enlarged

      Printed for S. Hooper . and sold by G. Robinson, London 1777 - (8 1/4 x 5 inches). xii, 280; [4], 279 pp. Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked to style, spine with raised bands in six compartments, red and green morocco lettering pieces in the second and third Provenance: John George Home Drummond, Abbots Grange (armorial bookplate) A noted 18th century work on gardening and the planting of fruit trees. The author, the gardener to Sir Thomas Gascoigne, to whom the book is dedicated, writes in the Preface to this expanded second edition that "his intention in the following sheets is not to deliver himself systematically, but, in the most explicit manner, to lay before the Public facts that have been successfully reduced to practice by himself . he noted that, if his directions are followed, extensive tracts of land which are now useless, may become ornamental and profitable." The work is particularly noted for its treatment on fruit trees and on the raising of pineapples. Henrey II 468; cf. Johnston 530; ESTC N21654.

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        A Treatise upon Planting, Gardening, and The Management of The Hothouse. (2 volume set)

      Printed for S Hooper & c Robinson, London 1777 - The author was Gardener to Sir Thomas Gascoigne. Second Edition 'corrected and greatly enlarged'. 280 and 279 pages respectively. These volumes have been neatly rebound in half blue morocco. Tight bindings and bright, clean unmarked interiors. The covers are in excellent condition. Decorative endpapers. The pages are clean, tight and bright and there are no markings, browning or inscriptions. The set was once in the ownership of the Dartington Hall Trust Library and very small stamps appear at the head of the front endpaper of Volume 1 and at the head of a front blank endpaper in Volume 2. A very pleasing set. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland

      Strahan & Cadell in the Strand, London 1777 - 2 volume set. Quarto. 29 by 23 cms. Recently rebound in half-leather. Raised bands to spine. Gilt lines to bands. Gilt decoration to spine panels. Decorative blind tooling to the leather on boards. Gilt labels. Original headbands. Pp cxxxiv, 630: 615, index. Foldout map in each volume. Pages very clean and unmarked. A fine set [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. Two volume set.

      London Printed for W Strahan and T Cadell First Edition 1777 - 4to. 2 vols. cxxxiv, 630pp.615pp plus Index. Complete with two folding county maps. Former owners bookplates to both volumes. Ex libris Professor J.C. Holt (Cambridge Medieval Historian). In contemporary full tree calf rebacked in light matching calf with contrasting red and green spine labels. Cornersand boards slightly rubbed but a very good set of this important county history. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Voyage Round The World, In His Britannic Majesty’s Sloop, Resolution, commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the Years 1772, 3, 4, and 5

      London: B.White, J.Robson, P.Elmsly, and G.Robinson, 1777 Folding engraved map, some music notations in text. Modern calf binding with morocco spine labels, new endpapers. Interior, text and map in superb condition . small clean tear on leaf with errata repaired no loss. First edition of a remarkable achievement, ?"an important and necessary addition?" (Hill) to the account of Cook?'s second voyage. The second voyage was ?"to circumnavigate the globe as far south as possible in search of any southern continents.?" Cook was the first to cross the Antarctic Circle, and on his return to the area near New Zealand an astonishing series of discoveries and rediscoveries were made, including Easter Island, the Marquesas, Tahiti, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and a number of smaller Islands. This voyage produced a vast amount of information concerning the Pacific peoples and islands, proved the value of the chronometer as an aid in finding longitude, and improved techniques for preventing scurvy. The author chronicles each location, describing the physical attributes as well as the inhabitants they met along the way. Georg Forster (1754-1794), along with his father Johann Reinhold Forster, accompanied Cook on the Resolution as naturalists, with the intention of preparing the official account of the voyage. George was not yet 18 when he boarded the Resolution, and over the next three years was active in making collections and observations to both natural history and ethnology. He mad hundreds of paintings and drawings during the voyage. However, a dispute arose with the Admiralty over payments which resulted in the elder Forster being dismissed from the project. At that point George took on the responsibility of authoring an account of the voyage on his father?'s behalf. This work, in the son?'s name only, was published six weeks before Cook?'s own final official account. The competing publications only served to increase the rancorous relationship between Cook and the Forsters, which took on majestic proportions, feeding a continuous slew of books and articles over the ensuing centuries. George was subsequently elected to the Royal Society when he was just 22 years old.  

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        J.W. Goethens Schriften. Zweite Auflage, mit Kupfern.

      Berlin, bei Christian Friedrich Himburg 1777.. 3 Bände. gestochenes Frontispiz, Titelblätter jeweils mit gestochener Vignette, 275, 311, 237 S. und 7 ganzseitige Kupfer (numeriert von No.1 - No. 7). Kl.-8°., marmorierte Ganzleder-Einbände der Zeit auf fünf Bünden und mit zwei Titel-Rückenschildern, gemusterte Vorsatzpapiere, umlaufender Rotschnitt,. Einbände leicht berieben und bestoßen, Papier vereinzelt schwach braunfleckig, ansonsten sehr gut erhaltenes Exemplar in dekorativem zeitgenössischen Einband,

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        CARTA TOPOGRAFICA, CHE DIMOSTRA IL PIANO DELLA CAMPAGNA DELLA CHIESA DI SAN BARTOLOMEO A GAVENA, POSTO NELLA POTESTERIA DI VINCI E CERRETO. Dalla quale si rileva il corso dei Fossi e Scoli che irrigano la detta Pianura, e come i detti Fossi hanno il loro principio, direzione e introduzione in altri Fossi o Fiume [...]. Fatta da me infrascritto Perito nel mese di Marzo dell'anno 1777. Terrilogio originale, 1777.

      Assai gradevole terrilogio settecentesco in formato cm.45x72,7. Le varie parti sono rappresentate in vivida policromia, a costituire un insieme assai piacevole: estremamente nitidi i vari particolari raffigurati ed i relativi richiami esplicativi. La carta è applicata su tela d'epoca, con bordura in stoffa verde, ed all'angolo inferiore destro compare la firma del perito estensore del rilievo, "Francesco Sodi, Ing. Mano Piã.". La descrizione del rilevamento catastale prosegue con: "... e similmente vengano dimostrate diverse Sezioni fatte in diversi Punti ai detti Fossi, e Rio di Ganghereto, e finalmente il corso della Strada Comerciante che da Gavena va a Fucecchio, con la Sezione del Ponte murato che traversa la detta Strada al sopraenunciato Rio, e altra Sezione della Strada medesima come dai numeri 20 e 21". Nella parte superiore sinistra compare la suddetta intestazione, la parte centrale in alto raffigura, in cartiglio policromo con svolazzi, la "Scala di canne 150, di Braccia 6, l'una Terra Fiorentine". La parte centrale individua l'area in questione, con alcuni appezzamenti circostanti la "Strada Maestra Commerciante che da Gavena va a Fucecchio", ubicati presso la riva del Fiume Arno e confinanti con il Rio di Ganghereto, la Villa e la Viottola Montalvi e beni vari di proprietà Carducci, Mainardi, Orlandini e Monache di Sant'Anna. All'interno di tali appezzamenti sono evidenziati a colori la Chiesa di Gavena, l'Osteria Montalvi e le dimore Carducci, Covoni, Nenci e ancora Montalvi. Ai lati del cabreo compaiono, sempre a colori, alcuni particolari di intersezioni stradali e idriche, in corrispondenza ai rispettivi numeri evidenziati nel rilievo poderale, segnatamente: "Sezione del Rio di Ganghereto di dove s'introducevano le Torbe nei beni della S.ra Vittoria Carducci", "Sezione del Ponte murato del Rio di Ganghereto che traversa la Strada Commerciante"; "Sezione alla Viottola, e Fossi del Sig. Ferdinando Montalvo"; "Sezione di detta Viottola"; "Sezione dell'istessa Viottola"; "Sezione al Fosso del Colle alla Pietra"; "Sezione del Fosso a confine delle Monache di Sant'Anna"; "Sezione del Fosso che passava ove è l'Osteria"; "Sezione della Strada, e Fossi dove esisteva i lavori". L'ingengnere Francesco Sodi, attivo nella Toscana granducale, fu tra l'altro tra i progettisti, assieme all'architetto Giuseppe Vannetti, della Collegiata di San Giovanni Battista a Fucecchio.

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        Oeuvres. Traduit de l`allemand. Tome I: Contes Moraux de Mr. D. / Idylles.,

      Zuric (Zurich / Zürich), chez l`auteur 1777 - 2 Bl., 184 S., (12) S. Subskribentenverzeichnis. Mit gestochenem Titel, 10 ganzseitigen Illustrationen i. Kupferstich und 15 gestochene Vignetten, Einband minimal berieben, Kapital schwach bestoßen, Seiten teils leicht fleckig / braunfleckig, ansonsten gut erhaltenes Exemplar, Text in Französisch, Sprache: fr Gewicht in Gramm: 950 Gr.-8°., Ganzleder der Zeit mit Rückenvergoldung und umlaufendem Goldschnitt, marmorierte Vorsätze,

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         Les passions du jeune Werther ouvrage traduit de l'allemand de M. Goethe, par M. Aubry.

      ÃƒÂ  Manheim, & se trouve à Paris, chez Pissot, 1777, in 8°, de XXXIX-220pp., pl. veau porphyre époque, dos orné, encadrement d'un triple filet doré sur les plats, tr. marbrées. (ex-libris imprimé A.B.L. Grimod de La Reynière, 1777), qq. très rares rousseurs sinon bel exemplaire. Rare première édition de la traduction de J. Ph. Aubry, celle qui fit référence au 18e siècle. Elle a également été attribuée à tort au comte Friedrich W. K. von Schmettau qui n'aurait donné que des conseils à Aubry, d'après la lettre imprimée à la suite de l'édition Didot de 1797. Les traductions de Seckendorff et de Deyverdun parues en 1776 n'eurent pas le succès de celle d'Aubry. Les "Souffrances du jeune Werther", premier roman de Goethe, connut un succès incroyable dès sa sortie, apportant ainsi du jour au lendemain une notoriété considérable dans toute l'Europe à son auteur. Cela déclencha ce qu'on appela alors la « fièvre werthérienne ». Mme de Staël écrira que "Werther a causé plus de suicides que la plus belle femme du monde...". Goethe lui-même déclara "L'effet de ce petit livre fut grand, monstrueux même... parce qu'il est arrivé au bon moment, mais... le suicide n'est en aucun cas une solution défendue par le livre" ¶ Quérard Fr. litt. III. 395 - Martin & Mylne 77.41.

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        ELEMENS DE PHYSIQUE THEORIQUE ET EXPERIMENTALE. Pour servir de suite à la Description & l'usage d'un Cabinet de Physique expérimentale. A Paris, Chez P.Fr. Gueffier, Imprimeur, au bas de la rue de la Harpe, à la Liberté, 1777.

      Prima edizione. Opera completa in quattro volumi. Testo francese. Cm.19,6x12. Pg.XII,678; 566; 550,30; 632. Legature coeve in piena pelle con titoli e fregi decorativi impressi in oro ai dorsi a cinque nervature. Tagli in rosso e fogli di guardia marmorizzati. Piccoli cartigli incisi all'inizio di ciascun volume. 25 tavole in grande formato, contenenti numerose figure di strumenti scientifici incise. Spellatura al piatto posteriore del terzo volumee agli angoli. Joseph Aignan Sigaud de la Fond (Dijon, 1740 - Bourges, 1810) studiò nel collegio dei gesuiti della città natale per poi trasferirsi a Parigi ove si dedicò agli studi e alla pratica osterica, compiendo ardite operazioni chirurgiche. Oltrechè di medicina si occupò di economia e soprattutto di fisica, sostituendo Jean - Antoine Nollet alla cattedra di fisica sperimentale del Collegio "Louis Le Grand". Rifacendosi agli insegnamenti di Bernoulli, Newton, Boyle e altri si dedicò particolarmente alle macchine elettriche e agli studi sull'idrogeno.

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        J.W. Goethens Schriften. Zweite Auflage, mit Kupfern.,

      Berlin, bei Christian Friedrich Himburg 1777 - gestochenes Frontispiz, Titelblätter jeweils mit gestochener Vignette, 275, 311, 237 S. und 7 ganzseitige Kupfer (numeriert von No.1 - No. 7). Einbände leicht berieben und bestoßen, Papier vereinzelt schwach braunfleckig, ansonsten sehr gut erhaltenes Exemplar in dekorativem zeitgenössischen Einband, Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 650 Kl.-8°., marmorierte Ganzleder-Einbände der Zeit auf fünf Bünden und mit zwei Titel-Rückenschildern, gemusterte Vorsatzpapiere, umlaufender Rotschnitt,

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        ELISA BACIOCCHI. Litografia originale di Jean Baptiste Belliard, impressa da Delpech.

      - Bella litografia, in formato cm.49x30,5, raffigurante la principessa a mezzo busto. Marginali fioriture. "Maria Anna Bonaparte, detta Elisa (Ajaccio, 13 gennaio 1777 ? Trieste, 7 agosto 1820), era figlia di Carlo Maria Buonaparte e di Letizia Ramolino e quindi sorella di Napoleone Bonaparte. Sposò a Marsiglia il 5 maggio 1797, contro il volere del fratello, il capitano Felice Baciocchi (1762 ? 1841) membro della nobiltà corsa. Divenuto imperatore di Francia, il fratello Napoleone creò per lei e le assegnò, il 18 marzo 1805, il Principato di Lucca e Piombino. Il 3 marzo 1809 divenne granduchessa di Toscana. Lucca veniva sprezzantemente chiamata da Napoleone la "repubblica nana", data la sua ridotta estensione territoriale, ma era sempre stata un baluardo di indipendenza politica, religiosa e commerciale. Da parte loro i lucchesi, avendo malvolentieri perduto la loro indipendenza con l'occupazione francese la chiamarono ironicamente la Madame. Donna molto attiva, si preoccupò lei stessa di amministrare i paesi assegnatile dal potente fratello, ma la popolazione dei territori da lei retti non ebbe mai grande simpatia nei suoi confronti, diffidando soprattutto dei suoi sforzi per "francesizzare" l'antica repubblica. Dopo aver ottenuto l'intero Granducato di Toscana, si trasferì a Firenze, ma non trovandola di suo gradimento ritornò di nuovo a Lucca, dove fece ristrutturare la villa oggi chiamata Villa Reale di Marlia. Dopo la caduta di Napoleone, nel 1814, si dice che i lucchesi "l'accompagnarono fuori della città". Fuggiasca e in stato di gravidanza, fu, per un periodo, prigioniera allo Spielberg, poi si ritirò prima a Bologna quindi a Sant'Andrea di Trieste, ove morì di cancro" (da wikipedia). Il pittore Jean Baptiste Belliard (Marsiglia, 1771 - ?) fu introdotto da David nell'"Académie de Paris" il 16 novembre 1791 e fu molto attivo nell'intera Europa durante il periodo napoleonico. 100 gr.

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        Der Dorfprediger von Wakefiled.

      . Eine Geschichte, die er selbst geschrieben haben soll. Von neuem verdeutscht. 2. verbesserte Auflag. Leipzig 1777. With copperengraved titlevignette. XIV 472 pp. Contemporary halfleather, spine richly gilt. Name on endpaper..

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        The Spirit of Athens, Being a Political and Philosophical Investigation of the History of that Republic,

      J. Robson, London 1777 - 8vo. First edition. xv,196pp. Contemporary full calf. Spine in 6 compartments with raised bands; simple gilt rules separate the compartments. Red leather lettering label, gilt. Plain endpapers. Old, nearly invisible, repair to the spine; light wear to edges; else a near fine copy. Bookplate. Inscription on the front free endpaper reads: 'The Spirit of Athens / The Gifts of Sir Wm Young Bart / 1777 / Js. Payne' Whether the inscription is in the hand of the author or that of Mr Payne is unknown. ESTC T49760. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Georg Friedrich von Wurmb

      1777. Schwarze Kreide auf Papier mit Wasserzeichenfragment "M", verso bezeichnet: "George Friedrich v. Wurmb. 1777" sowie zweifach mit dem Stempel der Sammlung Adolf Glüenstein, Hamburg (Lugt 123) und zwei weiteren, unbekannten Sammlungsstempeln (einer ähnlich Lugt 2924), 26,4 x 16,5 cm. Professionell unter säurefreiem Museumspassepartout montiert.. Seit Anfang der 1770er Jahre beschäftigte sich Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki zunehmend mit Porträtzeichnungen. Dem Anspruch eines sich immer stärker emanzipierenden Bürgertums entsprechend, lieferte er zahlreiche Konterfeis, die den selbstbewussten Status bildlich legitimieren sollten. Entgegen den psychologisch durchdringenden und den Betrachter durch "Blickmagie" fesselnden Bildnissen seines Zeitgenossen Anton Graff, konzentrierte sich Chodowiecki meist ausschließlich auf das Profil. In dem scharf gezogenen Umriss sollte sich der individuelle Charakter des Dargestellten ebenso deutlich präsentieren. Mit seiner Klarheit entsprach diese Darstellungsweise eher dem wissenschaftlichen und vergleichenden Anspruch von Johann Caspar Lavaters Physiognomie, zu der Chodowiecki maßgeblich beitrug und die sich zu jener Zeit in aller Munde befand und kontrovers diskutiert wurde. Die Reinheit der Profillinie mag gegenüber manch bewegter und emotional aufgeladener Porträtzeichnung kühl und reduziert wirken, doch liegt gerade hierin ein moralischer Anspruch, den sowohl Chodowiecki als auch seine Auftraggeber geschätzt haben werden. Besonders deutlich zeigt sich dies an seiner berühmten Radierfolge der Natürlichen und affectirten Handlungen des Lebens2. Hier wird ein natürlicher Urzustand des Menschen einem gekünstelten und falschen gegenüber gestellt. Jene positive Natürlichkeit zeichnet sich dabei durch eine größtmögliche Ökonomie aus. Nichts ist übertrieben oder von außen an die Person herangetragen, alles kommt als wahre Emotion aus dem Inneren. So liegt in der Reduktion die Möglichkeit, den wahren Kern des Menschen zu erkennen. Zwar bezieht sich diese Idee auf die Gebärdensprache, doch man kann in ihr auch Korrespondenzen zur bildenden Kunst erkennen. Wollte Lavater seine physiognomischen Porträts am liebsten gänzlich ohne Binnenzeichnung haben, so entsprach diese radikale Reduktion den meisten Auftraggebern nicht und so füllte Chodowiecki die meisten seiner lebensgroßen Profilporträts mit dichten Schraffuren. In Verbindung mit dem meist verwendeten Rötelstift ergibt sich so ein bildmäßiger Charakter der Zeichnungen. Unser seltenes Blatt hingegen konzentriert sich noch ganz auf jene ausdrucksstarke Reinheit der Linie und ermöglicht so einen Blick auf Chodowieckis grundierendes Porträtverständnis. Gleichzeitig bewahrt es eine dem Gegenüber abgeschaute Lebendigkeit und Unmittelbarkeit, die bei den durchgearbeiteten Bildnissen selten anzutreffen ist. Der Dargestellte auf unserer Zeichnung wird rückseitig als Georg Friedrich von Wurmb (1770-1799) identifiziert. Die Hamburger Kunsthalle bewahrt das Pendant zu unserer Zeichnung auf. Auf diesem Blatt hat Chodowiecki das Profilbild des Bruders Wolf Heinrich von Wurmb von Zinck (1765-1838) verewigt (Vgl.- Abb. 2). Der Vater der beiden Kinder war Friedrich Ludwig von Wurmb (1723-1801), ein kurfürstlich sächsischer Kabinettsminister.

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        A Journey from Gibraltar to Malaga; With a View of That Garrison and Its Environs; a Particular Account of the Towns in the Hoya of Malaga; the Ancient and Natural History of those Cities, of the Coast Between Them, and of the Mountains of Ronda

      London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1777. Two volumes. Without the separately published Atlas. xv, [1], viii, 366, [2]. [2],viii, 164, [2], 165-431pp, [3]. With a leaf of errata to each volume, two engraved plates of medals and one engraved map, all folding, and numerous woodcut diagrams within text of Vol II. Contemporary speckled calf, contrasting double lettering-pieces, gilt. Rubbed, with some loss to corners, splitting to joints. Some ink marking to boards and edges. Short marginal tear to M8, tiny paper flaw to O5 just clipping a single letter, Vol I, pagination of L6 holed and portion of fore-edge of T2 torn away, with partial loss of a side-note to verso. Bookplates of William Putland and Lord Exmouth, with inscriptionss of the latter as Sir Edwd. Pellew to head of each title. The first edition of this extensive account of a journey from Gibraltar to Malaga through Moorish Spain, by Francis Carter (1741?-1783), English traveller, numismatist and bibliophile. This copy was owned by Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, British officer in the Royal Navy during the American Wars of Independence, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The first three chapters focus on the starting point of Carter's Journey: Gibraltar, the strategically important British territory ceded by Spain at the Treaty of Utrecht. The base maintained by the British Navy there generally housed the Mediterranean Fleet, of which Pellew was Commander-in-Chief 1811-14 and 1815-16. Its location proved key to the preparations for several famous Naval campaigns, including that which culminated in the Battle of Trafalgar, and the Bombardment of Algiers, an action for which Pellew was awarded his Viscountcy. ESTC T152101.. First Edition. 8vo.

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        CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS. (Bouillon), 1777.

      - Opera completa in due volumi. Testo francese. Cm.20x12. Pg.XIV, 200, 16; VIII, 286. Sobrie legature in mz.pergamena con piatti marmorizzati. Tasselli con titoli in oro ai dorsi. Tagli spruzzati. Due frontespizi decorati da Vidal, ritratto dell'Autore inciso da Ficquet da un dipinto di Hyacinthe Rigaud, 80 planches fuori testo di Charles Eisen e svariate testatine licenziose. Esemplare assai fresco in ogni sua parte, in eccellenti condizioni di conservazione. Ex libris nobiliari alle antiporta. Si tratta di una raffinata contraffazione della celebre edizione del 1762 nota come "'Fermiers - Généraux". Non vi compare l'editore, ma la stampa è attribuita alla "Société Typographique de Bouillon". I Racconti e le Novelle di Jean de La Fontaine (Château - Thierry, 1621-1695) erano all'epoca persino più popolari delle Favole. Ispirati al Boccaccio, al Machiavelli e all'Ariosto, con evidenti riferimenti alle "Mille e una Notte" e ad altri classici della letteratura popolare francese, intrecciano modelli modelli licenziosi ad allegorie e conclusioni moraleggianti. Il ricchissimo apparato iconografico si deve ad uno maestri del rococo francese, Charles Dominique Joseph Eisen (1720-1778), le cui tavole, predisposte per l'edizione del 1762, vengono qui proposte in posizione speculare. Le incisioni delle stesse si devono a Aliamet, Baquoy, Choffard, Delafosse, Flipart, Lemire, Leveau, De Longueil, etc. 1050 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      New York. 1777.. [4],vi,[22],264pp. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Corners and hinges rubbed. Paragraph on p.190 neatly excised, as is usual. Minor foxing and soiling. Very good. Written by a British Army officer serving in America, who states in the preface that subscriptions to the book will go to the widows and orphans of "the valiant soldiers...butchered when peaceably marching to and from Concord the 19th April 1775, by the rebels." It contains many notes and anecdotes regarding the American Revolution. The portion of page 190 that is usually excised or mutilated (as in this copy) proposes that arrows dipped in smallpox be shot at the American rebels. A rare work, this being the only edition noted by Howes. HOWES D422, "b." SABIN 20598. EVANS 15289.

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        The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire With

      London: W.Strahan & T.Cadell. The Third Edition.. Beautifully rebacked in full calf, with original boards and new endpapers. Minor foxing only. Very good+ condition of the third edition. . The Third Edition. 6 volumes (complete set). London, W.Strahan & T.Cadell, 1777-1788. 4° (24 x 28,5 cm). Vo,ume I: Portrait-Frontispice of Edward Gibbon, VI, (9), 704, (6) pages / Volume II: (5), Errata-leaf, 2 Large Foldout-Maps, 640 pages / Volume III: (6), Errata-Leaf, Large Fold-Out Map, 640 pages / Volume IV: VIII, 620 pages / Volume V: (6), 684 pages / Volume VI: (6), 646 pages plus 26 nn. pages and Errata-leaf for volumes IV, V and VI. Beautifully rebacked in full calf, with original boards and new endpapers. Minor foxing only. Very good+ condition of the third edition. Including: 1. Large folded "Map of the Western Part of the Roman Empire", 2. A Map of the Parts of Europe and Asia adjacent to Constnatinople, 3. A Map of the Eastern Part of the Roman Empire by Thomas Kitchin, sen.// Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 ?- 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organized religion. Gibbon returned to England in June 1765. His father died in 1770, and after tending to the estate, which was by no means in good condition, there remained quite enough for Gibbon to settle fashionably in London at 7 Bentinck Street, independent of financial concerns. By February 1773, he was writing in earnest, but not without the occasional self-imposed distraction. He took to London society quite easily, joined the better social clubs, including Dr. Johnson's Literary Club, and looked in from time to time on his friend Holroyd in Sussex. He succeeded Oliver Goldsmith at the Royal Academy as 'professor in ancient history' (honorary but prestigious). In late 1774, he was initiated a freemason of the Premier Grand Lodge of England. And, perhaps least productively in that same year, he was returned to the House of Commons for Liskeard, Cornwall through the intervention of his relative and patron, Edward Eliot. He became the archetypal back-bencher, benignly "mute" and "indifferent," his support of the Whig ministry invariably automatic. Gibbon's indolence in that position, perhaps fully intentional, subtracted little from the progress of his writing. After several rewrites, with Gibbon "often tempted to throw away the labours of seven years," the first volume of what would become his life's major achievement, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published on February 17, 1776. Through 1777, the reading public eagerly consumed three editions for which Gibbon was rewarded handsomely: two-thirds of the profits amounting to approximately £1,000. Biographer Leslie Stephen wrote that thereafter, "His fame was as rapid as it has been lasting." And as regards this first volume, "Some warm praise from David Hume overpaid the labour of ten years." Volumes II and III appeared on March 1, 1781, eventually rising "to a level with the previous volume in general esteem." Volume IV was finished in June 1784; the final two were completed during a second Lausanne sojourn (September 1783 to August 1787) where Gibbon reunited with his friend Deyverdun in leisurely comfort. By early 1787, he was "straining for the goal" and with great relief the project was finished in June. Gibbon later wrote: "It was on the day, or rather the night, of the 27th of June, 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page in a summer-house in my garden. ... I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and perhaps the establishment of my fame. But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind by the idea that I had taken my everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that, whatsoever might be the future date of my history, the life of the historian must be short and precarious." Volumes IV, V, and VI finally reached the press in May 1788, publication having been delayed since March to coincide with a dinner party celebrating Gibbon's 51st birthday (the 8th).[22] Mounting a bandwagon of praise for the later volumes were such contemporary luminaries as Adam Smith, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, Lord Camden, and Horace Walpole. Smith remarked that Gibbon's triumph had positioned him "at the very head of [Europe's] literary tribe." (Wikipedia)

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        The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary Observations, and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons Baumgartner 1

      Warrington: Printed by William Eyres, and Sold by T. Cadell [etc.], 1777. Early cloth, gilt, a bit dusty, but a very good untrimmed copy First edition of Howard's masterwork, bringing to the public's attention as no-one before had ever done the horrific conditions in England's prisons, and so undergirding the major reforms of criminal law and its punishments then just commencing

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        Kst.- Karte in 2 Blatt ( two sheets ), v. Pitteri b. A. Zatta, "Planisferio Celeste Settentrionale (& Meridionale) Tagliato sull' Equatore".

      . mit altem Flächenkolorit,, dat. 1777, je 31 x 40. Der nördl. und südl. Sternenhimmel in 2 Hemisphären. Die beiden Karten sind in den Ecken mit je 4 astronomischen Gebäuden verschiedener Städte versehen. 1. Karte : Pisa, Bologna, Padua und Mailand. - 2. Karte: Paris, Greenwich, Kassel und Kopenhagen.

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        Élemens de Minéralogie docimastique. Seconde édition.

      Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1777. 2 volumes. 8vo. pp. xlvii, (1), 339; (2), 400, xlvi, (2), with engraved frontispiece portrait of B.G. Sage and 2 (1 folding) tables. Contemporary calf, richly gilt spines with red and black labels. (Together with:) SAGE, B.G. Mémoires de Chimie. Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1778. 8vo. pp. vii, 262, xxxviii, (1), with 1 folding engraved table. Contemporary calf (uniformly bound with the two volumes above). Ward & Carozzi, 1944; Wilson. The History of Mineral Collecting 1530-1799, (General Bibliography) p. 237. 'Greatly expanded and reorganized, incorporating many new discoveries and again laying great importance on the combinative functions of acids, particularly the acid of phosphorus which Sage, p. vii-viii, deems to be 'l'acide primitif, l'acide universel elementaire'. ... The original first two parts now appear in the first volume, the second being entirely devoted to the ores of the metals and their assay. As before, the first part includes descriptions of jet and amber placed under 'bitumens', without much change, while the second part, drastically revised treats all the gemstones previously mentioned, often in greater detail and including important changes in subject matter (Sinkansas 5683).//First edition of his classic work on chemistry. 'He made chemistry, hitherto neglected, not only popular but of importance for industry; he improved the art of extracting metals from their ores, and he was the first person to introduce into France systematic assaying and analysis. To him also is due the foundation of the Ecole des Mines and the Museum of Mineralogy (Ferguson p. 312).//An attractively uniform bound set.

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        Historie De L'Amerique. Traduite De l'Anglois. 3 Volume Set

      Paris: Chez Panckoucke, 1777-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo. 3 Volumes. xvi, 382p, 537p., 487p. First French Edition. Bound in contemporary full calf leather. Gilt lettering and tooling to spine. Gilt tooling to extremities. 5 raised bands. Page ends washed red. Tight binding and cover. Minimal shelfwear. Chipping and loss to head of Volume I. Library stamp to title pages. Early 20th century owners bookplate on inside board. Clean, unmarked pages. Howes R358; Palau 270979; Sabin 71973; ESTC T78961, (references to 1777 English edition)

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        A Walk in and about the City of Canterbury, with Many Observations Not to be Found in Any Description Hitherto Published. Author's signature

      Simmons and Kirkby, Canterbury 1777 - 402pp, + index. 24 engraved plates including fold out plan and two maps. Includes list of subscribers. Heraldic book-plate of Sir Thomas Neame 'Ne A Meta Oculos Avertam' with his signature on fep. Author's signature dated Feb. 22. 1747/8 laid on to title page. Language: eng G: in Good condition. Spine darkened and title label rubbed. Some occasional offsetting otherwise contents bright. Tears at fold of plan. Book plates on paste-down and some relevant ephemeral included in prelims. Dated signature of author pasted onto base of title page Later Japanese vellum with red Morocco gilt tilte label [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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