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        Estampes du catalogue raisonnè et figurè des tableaux de la Galerie Electorale de Dusseldorff

      Chretien de Mechel Graveur Basle (Basel): Chretien de Mechel Graveur, 1778. Hardcover. g. Oblong folio. (Unpaginated). Three-quarter leather over black cloth with gold lettering on cover and spine. Ex-libris of Joseph A. Sadony on inside of front board. Signed and dated (1915) by Sadony above bookplate, also signed on title-page. Engraved title-vignette. Title-page: "Avec privilege de S. A. S. Monseigneur L'electeur Palatin. A Basle, chez Chretien de Mechel Graveur de S. A. S. E. P. & Membre de plusieurs Academies, Et chez les Inspecteurs des Galleries Electorales a Dusseldorff & a Mannheim." Illustrated with 30 full-page reproduction of copper-engravings from the collection of Dutch and Flemish masterpieces in the Düsseldorf Museum "Galerie Electorale." The plates show how and where the artwork was hung in the museum at the time. Includes one plan and an engraving showing the exterior of the museum. All plates engraved by Chretien de Mechel. Front board detached but present. Heavy age wear, abrasions and staining on binding. Fading to gold lettering. Chipping on spine. Heavy bumping to parts of edges. Foxing on front and rear endpaper. Chipping, tearing and creasing on free front endpaper. Waterstaining on lower margins of plates throughout, not affecting images. Text in French. Binding in poor, plates in very good condition.

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        A Tour in Wales. MDCCLXXIII With Journey to Snowdon & The Moses Griffith Supplement

      London: Henry Hughes, 1778 1st ed, VG, 47 plates, 2 eng tps, 3 vignettes. 1 volume in full contemporary calf, corners and edges lightly bumped and worn, a few scuffs. Modern spine to style, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling, titles in gilt to black leather label. Internally, new endpapers, bookplate of RW Kennon to fpd, engraved title page with vignette of Caergwrle Castle by Moses Griffith, [2], (vi), [2], [1], 2-455 pp, [1], [10] index and adverts, eng. frontis + 26 plates (of 26 with 12 folding), + 2 vignettes, some light offsetting. WITH The Supplemental Plates to the Tours in Wales, [1], 2-7 pp, [1], 10 plates (1 folding). WITH The Journey to Snowdon, 1781, vignette of Rudland Castle, [1], 2-197 pp, [2], 1 engraved frontis + 11 plates, + 2 vignettes.Pennants first tour in Wales actually took place in 1773, MDCLXX was corrected by hand to MDCLXXIII on a number of copies, including this one, usual pagination errors but complete. The first part of his North Wales tour that took in the counties of Flint and Denbighshire. This was then followed by a Journey to Snowdon in 1781, when the Moses Griffith supplemental plates were also published. Then in 1784 they, + the continuation, were combined into 2 volumes! A really nice copy, clean, tight with the absolute minimum amount of foxing and browning. (ESTC T133752 for the 1st part. Allibone 1553)After the success of his earlier Tour of Scotland, Pennant undertook several other tours: of northern England in 1773, of Northamptonshire and of the Isle of Man in 1774, of Warwickshire in 1776, of Kent in 1776, and of Cornwall in 1787. Several tours throughout Wales in the early 1770s, where his Welsh-speaking friend and companion, the Revd John Lloyd of Caerwys, performed the same function as Stuart had in Gaelic Scotland, were brought together as Tours in Wales in three volumes (1778–83). See ODNB for a full Bio.

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        Astronomy Explained Upon Isaac Newton’s Principles and Made Easy to Those Who Have Not Studied Mathematics

      London: W. Strahan; J. Rivington and Sons and others. VG : in very good condition. Rebacked. Cover lightly rubbed. Minor scuff mark on spine. Heraldic bookplate on paste-down of Thomas Boswall Esq. of Blackadder 'Fortiter'. 1778. The Sixth Edition Corrected. Brown leather cover. 501pp + index :: Frontispiece and 17 fold out plates :: 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6") :: 'To which are added, a Plain Method of finding the Distances of all the Planets from the Sun, by the Transit of Venus over the Sun's Disc, in the year 1761. An account of Mr. Horrox's Observation of the Transit of Venus in the Year 1639: and, Of the Distances of all the Planets from the Sun, as deduced from Observations of the Transit in the Year 1761' .

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        Sundhedstidende. Et medicinsk Ugeskrift af blandet indhold. 3 vol.

      Johan Rudolph Thiele, 1778-1781. Fortale, abonnements navne samt årgangens indhold indbundet i første bog. Øvrige bind med fortale samt årgangens indhold. Indbunden i samt. halvlæder bind med rig rygforgyldning og ophøjede bind.. Bibl.Dan. I, 754. Indbunden i 3 bind.(Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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        COMMENTARIUS AD PANDECTAS, in quo praeter Romani Juris principia ac controversias illustriores, Neapoli 1778-1781, Typographia Ursiniana

      cm 18 x 24,5, ril. coeva mz, perg. con piatti ricoperti in carta decorata, qualche spellatura ai dorsi, danni al dorso del sec. volume, interno con macchioline diffuse e carta legg. stanca, testo in latino su due colonne. EDITIO PRIMA NEAPOLITANA. Ritratto dell'autore a lato frontespizio del primo volume . Volume I 1778 - pp. 472 (XII). Volume II 1778 - pp. 420. Volume III 1778 - pp. 510. Volume IV 1780 - pp. 456. Volume V 1780 - pp. 560. Volume VI 1781 - pp. 570. Volume VII 1781 - pp. 208, con index generalis rerum et materiarum. In questo volume sono uniti, ciascuno con proprio frontespizio : De Familia Erciscunda liber singularis pp. 88 (1781). De Jure militari liber singularis pp. 94 (1781). I sette volumi assieme

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        "Mappemonde ou Carte Générale de L' Univers...Avec Le Tour du Monde du Lieut. Cook..."

      Contemporary hand-coloured engraving, 47,5x92cm Augsburg c. 1778 Mathias Albrecht Lotter (1741 - 1810) was a map engraver and worked for his father Tobias.. Excellent example!

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        Beschreibung der vornehmsten Merckwurdigkeiten in H.R.

      Reichs freyen Stadt Nürnberg und der hohen Schule zu Altdorf. Nebst einem chronologischen Verzeichnisse der von Deutschen, insonderheit Nürnbergern, erfundenen Künste, vom XIII Jahrhunderte bis auf jetzige Zeiten. Mit Kupfern. Nürnberg, Johann Eberhard Zeh, 1778. 8vo. (16),+ 762,+ (2) pp.+ 3 fold. engr. plates,+ 5 woodcut plate, of which 4 folding,+ 1 printed table. Wood-cuts in text, one full page. Minor spotting. Contemporary grey paper boards. From the library of Ericsberg, with the signature of David Gotthilf Hildebrand, dated Nürnberg 1784, "ex dono Authoris". Carlander III, 564. C. G. von Murr (1733-1811), art historian and publisher. He describes here the most important art works of the churches, museums, private art collections, natural history cabinets, and public and private libraries of Nürnberg and the university town of Altdorf. David Gotthart Henric Hildebrand (1761-1808)

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        Plate XXXVIII fromThe Aurelian. A natural history of English moths and butterflies [XXXVIII]

      London: 1778 [plates watermarked 1810]. Hand-coloured engraving. Loss to right margin skilfully restored.. 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. 15 x 10 1/2 inches. A fascinating plate depicting several butterflies and moths and their pre-winged forms from 'a timeless classic' and the 'most celebrated of all the early books about butterflies and moths' (Salmon) in exceptionally bright and fresh condition. Lisney held that Harris was 'one of the most outstanding authors of entomological literature during the eighteenth century.' The present work is en example and displays a beautiful balance between accurate and innovative observation and the highest artistic merit. 'Harris began to take an active interest in entomology about the age of twelve and ... was an accurate and original observer. He was, it is believed, the first to draw attention to the importance of wing neuration [the arrangement or distribution of nerves] in the classification of lepidoptera and upon this principle he arranged the species in his published works, illustrating them in colour with a high degree of accuracy. Harris certainly contributed much to the knowledge of the science and was one of the leading entomologists of his century. He was also a miniature painter of no mean accomplishment' (Lisney p.156). 'Moses Harris did much to encourage entomology at a time when the original dynamism of the age of Ray and the first Aurelian Society was waning. He was probably the prime mover in founding the second Aurelian Society ... and in the unsurpassed plates of The Aurelian he left a timeless classic to future generations' (Salmon p.117). Hagen I, p. 341; Lisney 233; Nissen, ZBI 1835; Salmon The Aurelian Legacy (2000) pp.115-117.

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        A Pair: [Morning], [Evening]

      London: Published by J. Watts, Dealer in Prints & Drawings opposite the Mews Gate Charing Cross, 1 June 1778. Mezzotints. Printed on laid watermarked paper. In excellent condition. [Morning] Image size: 9 1/2 x 13 7/8 inches. Plate mark: 10 x 13 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 10 5/8 x 14 7/8 inches. [Evening] Image size: 9 3/8 x 13 7/8. Plate mark: 9 7/8 x 13 7/8. Sheet size: 10 3/4 x 15 1/8 inches. This is a stunning pair of mezzotints of two hunting dogs catching their quarry, by John Watts after paintings by Abraham Hondius. Watts was a successful printmaker and publisher who was active in London during the second half of the eighteenth century. He was famed for his rich mezzotints, which he exhibited in London between 1766 and 1778. Watts scraped mezzotints after some of the most renowned artists of his day, but he had a special penchant for works by the Dutch masters, such as this handsome pair after Abraham Hondius, the celebrated Dutch animal painter. These rich mezzotints are a superb example of Watts's luxurious style of engraving, translating the energy and fluidity of Hondius's beautiful paintings into a dramatic example of superior mezzotint engraving. Benezit, Dictionnaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs.

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        Specimen historicum typographiae romanae xv. saeculi opera et studio... romae, sumptibus venantii monaldini, 1778.

      Cm. 20,5, pp. xiv (2) 308. Frontespizio in rosso e nero con vignetta centrale incisa in rame ed una tavola ripiegata fuori testo contenente gli specimen tipografici di Sweynheym e Pannartz. Legatura strettamente coeva in cart. alla rustica con nervi passanti e titoli ms. al dorso. Esemplare fresco, marginoso (in barbe) ed in perfetto stato di conservazione. Edizione originale ed unica di questo erudito trattato sulla storia della tipografia romana del Quattrocento. La prima parte ne traccia le linee generali, mentre la seconda contiene un elenco delle opere più significative del periodo. L'autore fu profondo studioso di bibliografia e storia della stampa, soprattutto italiana, e bibliotecario del Cardinale De Brienne. Cfr. Brunet III, 774, Olschki, n.17357 e Lozzi, n. 4379. Non comune, soprattutto in tale, impeccabile stato di conservazione.

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        Commentaria De Jure Regni Neapolitani in quinque tomos distributa. Auctore Francisco Rapolla JC. Regio Consiliario, ac Presidenti Reg. Cam. Summariae &c. Tomus I. Juris publici libros tres priores continens. Editio quarta Novis additionibus adaucta. Neapoli, Ex Typographia Ursiniana, sumptibus Cajetani Castellano, 1778.

      In 4, [mm. 234 x 183], pp. (4) ? 256. In pergamena rigida coeva. Al dorso liscio, autore e titolo entro riquadro marrone incorniciato da fregio ondulato e duplice linea. Diverse lacune ai piatti, vecchio restauro con pergamena all?angolo inferiore destro della copertina anteriore e mancanza a quello inferiore destro della copertina posteriore che interessa anche parte della cuffia. Tagli spruzzati. Frontespizio con fregio ornamentale inciso in legno e grande testata con puttini alati in fra elementi vegetali all?inizio dei prolegomeni alle leggi nel Regno di Napoli. Grandi capilettera figurati con trofei all?inizio di ogni libro. Piccolo strappo all?angolo inferiore di p. 67. Alone al margine esterno dell?opera. Purtroppo il solo I tomo della quarta edizione stampata da Vincenzo Orsini a Napoli dell?opera di Francesco Rapolla, il giureconsulto nato ad Atripalda, nei pressi di Avellino, nel 1701 che in un altro trattato De jurisconsulto, pubblicato appena venticinquenne, aveva affrontato il problema della formazione del giurista e quello del modo di apprendere ed interpretare il diritto. Già a venti anni aveva avuto la Cattedra di Ragion canonica e nel 1746 pubblicò la prima edizione di questi commentari, ma le cariche pubbliche che ottenne - Carlo III di Borbone l?aveva voluto al governo di Pozzuoli, Taranto, Ariano, la nomina a Giudice di Vicaria e quella di Segretario della Real Camera - interruppero il progetto di una pubblicazione complessiva sul diritto del Regno, tanto che la parte sul diritto privato non vide mai la luce. Altre edizioni postume di questa opera vennero pubblicate già otto anni dopo la morte avvenuta nel 1762. Biografia degli uomini illustri del Regno di Napoli, Vol. VIII, 1822.

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        Cyclopaedia or, an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Four Volume Set

      London: Straham, Rivington et al. Worn condition. Content mostly good but some loose or damaged pages and plates. 1778. Reprint. Original leather bindings. [10000pp.] :: Numerous full page b/w plates :: 420mm x 270mm (17" x 11") :: Containing an Explanation of the Terms and an Account of the Several Subjects in the Liberal and Mechanical Arts and the Sciences Human and Divine. N.B.: Heavy set - shipping supplement applies - please ask for shipping quote stating country of destination.. Published: 1778-83 .

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        Storia di america [..] tradotta dall'originale inglese dall'abate antonio pillori fiorentino . tomo i [-iv]. in venezia, presso giovanni gatti, 1778.

      4 volumi in-8° (cm. 20), legature coeve in cartonato alla rustica (usure) con titoli ms. su tasselli ai dorsi; carte in ottimo stato in barbe, vignette in rame ai frontespizi raffiguranti l'avvistamento del vascello spagnolo da parte della popolazione indigena, capilettera testatine e finalini, 4 tavole di ritratti in rame in antiporta f.t. di esploratori (Colombo, Las Casas, Pizzarro, Cortes), 4 ampie carte geografiche in rame ripiegate f.t., 1 tavola in rame con figure precolombiane; piccolo strappo laterale alla carta del Golfo del Messico. Ristampa "mercenaria" della prima traduzione italiana (1777), con interessante apostrofe ai tipografi Celli e Ronchi che reclamavano l'esclusiva. Raro con le mappe. Buon es..

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        The Book of Common Prayer, And Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of Ireland

      Dublin Executors of David Hay 1778 12mo. Contemporary full leather in a straight-grain pattern; spine simply ruled with two initials (W. D.) in the title spot; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt; ribbon markers. Light wear to the hinges and edges, gilt worn, else a very nice copy. Scarce Common Prayer specifically for the use of the Irish Church. ESTC T91485. Very good

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        Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences des arts et des métiers...Recueil de Planches

      Jean-Léonard Pellet ; La Société Typographique, Geneve et Neufchatel, 1778. Early Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition. 39 volumes (36 text volumes and 3 plate volumes) in half leather over paper covered boards. Wear at corners and spine ends, some loss of leather, chipping to lettering pieces; a well used but well cared for set. Bindings all intact, occasional foxing, browning, staining and offsetting, but generally quite clean. A mixed set with mixed imprints, 1778-1779, some of the volumes belonging to the "Nouvelle Edition" and some the Troisieme - this was quite common as the troisieme appeared directly afterwards and had the same content and pagination - this set is bound uniformly and has almost certainly been together since publication or shortly thereafter. Nouvelle Edition (Volumes 9, 12, 15-26, 29, 31-32, 34-35, Plate Volumes 1 & 2) and the Troiseme Edition (Volumes 1-8, 10-12, 14, 27-28, 30, 33, 36, Plate Volume 3). Lacking the 6 volume table which was published separately in 1780. 442 engraved plates, a number folding including 10 maps, many double page. A number of folding tables in the text volumes, including the much discussed Systeme Figuré des Connoissances Humaines in volume I with a tear at the gutter, but complete. By the time the original folio volumes were completed in 1780, seven pirated editions had already appeared including these in 4to. "A monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason" PMM 200. Graesse II, 389; Brunet II, 700. Size: Quarto (4to). 39-volume set (complete). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Engineering, Industrial & Trades; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 042194. . This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries.

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        Oeuvres.

      Nouvellement Recueillies. Paris: Pissot, 1778. 6 vol. viii, 484 + 424 + 388,(2) + 399 + viii, 455,(1) + 583,(1) pp. Contemporary red halfleather with green title lables on spines. Small bookplate of Gustav Oxenstierna on front pastedown in all volumes. Some bumping to corners. Two volumes with dampstains on spine, a shade duller than the original red colour. Boards with light soiling. 19,5 x 12,5 cm

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        The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount of St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England. In Five Volumes

      London: Printed for J. Rivington and Sons; et al., 1778. Hardcover. Very good. Five volumes. 4to. Original full calf boards, nicely rebacked in matching calf and with new leather lettering labels in red and black, gilt. Simple gilt rules on the boards. Marbled edges; marbled endpapers. Volumes I-IV have engraved frontispieces (which have offset lightly onto the title pages). Title pages in red and black. Corners and edges worn, some of the rules have flaked, boards scuffed else a very good set with fine text blocks. Contains: Philosophical works: Of the proficience and advancement of learning, divine and human. Sylva sylvarum; or, A natural history, in ten centuries. Physiological remains. Medical remains. Medical receipts. Works moral: A fragment of the colours of good and evil. Essays or counsels civil and moral. A collection of apophthgems, new and old.--v. 2. Works political. Law tracts: Maxims of the law.--v. 3. Writings historical. Theological works. Letters. Letters, speeches, charges, advices, etc., first published by Dr. Birch in one volume in octavo in 1763.--v. 4. Opera philosophica: Instavrationis magnæ, pars I-IV.--v. 5. Opera philosophica: Historia densi et rari; necnon coitionis et expansionis materia per spatia. Historia gravis et levis. Historia sympathiæ et antipathia rerum. Historia sylphuris, mercurii, et salis. Historia et inquisitio prima de sono et auditu. Articuli quæstionum circa mineralia. Cogitationes de natura rerum. Instavrationis magnæ, pars V. (cont.) Opuscula philosophica. Descripto globi intellectualis. Opera civilia et moralia. Historia regni Henri Septimi. Sermones fideles, sive Interiora rerum. De sapientia veterum. Meditationes sacræ. Epistolæ. ESTC T88307.

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        AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS

      London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1778. Second Edition. full leather. Some foxing and browning, heavier in the first volume which has the front free endpaper and the title strengthened at inner and outer margins. Occasional slight offsetting to the text in the second volume which has the final gathering strengthened in the gutter. Very Good set in a contemporary binding. Two large quarto volumes (8.5" x 10.6875"); [8], 510; [8], 589, [1] pages. Complete with half-title in Volume II (no half-title called for in Volume I). Contemporary calf, rebacked, with original gilt spines and morocco labels laid down. Corners renewed. First published in 1776, this Second Edition is scarcer than the first with only 500 copies printed and is the only other edition published in quarto format. "The second edition exhibits a number of alterations large and small, some providing new information, some correcting matters of fact, some perfecting the idiom, and a large number now documenting references in footnotes" (William B. Todd, in the 1976 Oxford edition of THE WEALTH OF NATIONS). Adam Smith (1723-1790) spent ten years in the writing and perfecting of THE WEALTH OF NATIONS. The book succeeded at once, and the first edition was exhausted in six months. Goldsmith 11663; Grolier, 100 English, 57; KressB 154; PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 221: "The certainty of its criticism and its grasp of human nature have made it the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought." Armorial bookplate of Gorham Parsons on the front pastedown of each volume.

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        Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri

      Milano: Per Giuseppe Galeazzi Regio Stampatore, 1778 First edition. Contemporary vellum. Covers and spine ruled and decorated in blind, brown calf spine label, edges stained red. Octavo. Dedicated respectively to Maria Beatrice d'Este, Archduchess of Austria, and to Peter Leopold, Archduke of Austria. Lightly soiled, some light worming along joints, not extending to text. Engraved armorial bookplate with crown. A very good copy. Two elegies to important scientists by Paolo Frisi (1727-1784), who was himself a celebrated scientist who taught at Padua and later Milan. Frisi made important contributions in mathematics, physics, hydraulics, and astronomy. "In physics his research must be evaluated in relation to the concepts dominant in his time, which led him to justify and interpret certain phenomena of light and aspects of electricity, referring to the vibratory motion of ether and other properties attributed to it. As an astronomer he concerned himself with the daily movement of the earth (in De motu diurno terrae, awarded a prize by the Berlin Academy), the obliquity of the ecliptic, the movement of the moon, the determination of the meridian circle, and matters concerning gravity in relation to Newton's general theories. His mathematical activity included studies on kinematics (composition of rotatory movements, etc.) and, notably, on isoperimetry. He also did work in hydraulics and was called upon to plan works for the regulation of rivers and canals in various parts of northern Italy. He was responsible for laying out the canal built in 1819 between Milan and Pavia" (D.S.B., V, p. 195).

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        To the American Philosophical Society this Map of the Peninsula between Delaware & Chesopeak [sic] Bays with the said Bays and Shores adjacent drawn from the most Accurate Surveys is inscribed by John Churchman

      [Philadelphia or Baltimore: circa 1778-1779]. Engraved map (attributed to have been engraved by Henry Dawkins), original hand-colouring in outline. 22 1/2 x 18 inches. A great rarity of American cartography: one of the few maps produced in America in the Revolutionary period. A great American cartographic rarity: the first issue of John Churchman's map of the Chesapeake Bay and its environs, with emphasis on Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland, separately published during the American Revolution. It is a highly important map of the centerpiece of the middle Atlantic region, and one of only a handful of maps produced in the revolutionary era, when the printing trades had largely ceased ambitious projects. Its primary reason for being was to aid another ambitious project, a canal connecting the Chesapeake and the Delaware Bays. In 1764, Chester County, Pennsylvania resident Thomas Gilpin, Sr. first proposed a canal through the northern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula to connect the head of the Chesapeake with the Delaware River. The advantages of such a canal were huge; the commerce of Philadelphia could flow directly into the Chesapeake region and that of the Bay northward without the long voyage to the mouth of the Bay. Toward that end, according to the 1821 Memoir by his son Joshua, Gilpin "with the assistance of some gentlemen in the neighborhood, made surveys and estimates, for a canal from Duck Creek to the Head of Chester" (Gilpin, p.3). It seems highly likely that John Churchman participated in these surveys. Churchman had grown up in the surveying business; his father George began such work in Chester County in the 1750's and he would have assisted from his childhood. Gilpin's proposal, along with another proposal for a canal from the Bohemia River to Appoquinimink River across Cecil County, Maryland, and New Castle County, Delaware, were submitted to the American Philosophical Society. Gilpin was a member of that learned body that included Benjamin Franklin, David Rittenhouse and the other leading American scientists and thinkers of the day. "As there was at that time no board established for public improvements of the kind, the Philosophical Society was the natural repository of all the ideas suggested by ingenious men on the subject" - Gilpin, p.4. In 1769, the Society first formed a committee to investigate the possibility of such a canal, with a subsequent committee the following year exploring additional routes through Cecil and New Castle Counties, viz. between Broad Creek and Red Lion Creek and Elk Creek to Christiana Bridge. The results of these surveys, as well as estimates on the costs of the constructions of the canals are given in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 1 (Philadelphia, 1771). In addition, that report cites an additional route from Long Creek to Red Lion Creek. A very small engraved map within that volume of the Transactions shows the proposed routes, but with very little surrounding detail. On July 29, 1779, the proceedings of the American Philosophical Society record that "Mr. Churchman gave in a memorial relative to a map of the peninsula between Delaware & Chesapeake bays including thirteen counties, asking its examination and recommendation to the public." This provides clear evidence that Churchman's map existed by this time. A committee was formed to review his map, consisting of David Rittenhouse, John Lukens, John Ewing, Owen Biddle, and Dr. Smith. They reported on August 20 of that year their opinion that Churchman "is possessed of sufficient materials, both astronomical observations and actual surveys, to enable him to construct an accurate map, and have no doubt but that he has executed his design with exactness & care, but we can not help expressing our desires of seeing the map laid down upon a much larger scale, which would render it more serviceable for promoting the Knowledge of Geography." The first issue of Churchman's map is undated, but has traditionally been ascribed to be circa 1778 (though 1779 seems more likely given the date of the above American Philosophical Society proceedings). The map is centered on the Delmarva Peninsula, with its thirteen Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia counties each named and handcolored in outline. The map includes all principal towns and roads on the peninsula, as well as the numerous creeks and rivers on both the peninsula and on the Virginia, western Maryland and New Jersey shores. An engraved note on the left side of the map states: "The proposed canals are described by dotted lines." The five aforementioned routes through Maryland and Delaware are identified (from North to South): Elk Creek to Christiana Bridge; Long Creek to Red Lion Creek, Broad Creek to Red Lion Creek, Bohemia River to Appoquinimink Creek; the Chester River to Duck Creek (a canal was ultimately opened by the northernmost route in 1829). The map is untitled but includes a dedication (given above as the title) to the American Philosophical Society within an elaborate armorial frame. A scale of miles (10 miles to an inch) appears to the left of the dedication. A stylized compass rose appears in West New Jersey and a lone three-masted ship in the Atlantic are the other decoration. Stauffer attributes the engraving of the map to Henry Dawkins, among the most talented engravers in America during the Revolution. Phillips suggests the place of publication as Baltimore, although Philadelphia seems far more likely. The map is among the earliest American maps of Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland and is one of only seven separately-issued maps created in America during the American Revolution (the others being Wheat & Brun 203, 205, 261, 304, 476, 541; all of extraordinary rarity). A second issue of the map was published in 1786, with a slightly altered title (the word "humbly" being added before the word "inscribed") and with the Susquehanna River extended farther into Pennsylvania, among other minor changes (see Wheat & Brun 479). Churchman would go on to become a celebrated figure. During the time of his surveying work, he became interested in problems concerning the variation of the compass and endeavored to create a map showing its magnetic variations, publishing several editions of his findings. His work would be submitted to the American Philosophical Society, he would correspond with Thomas Jefferson, Sir Joseph Banks and others on the subject, and lecture in Europe on his discoveries. Churchman's map of the Chesapeake and the Delaware bays, however, would be his first published work. The map is a notable American cartographic rarity. Eight institutional copies are known: British Museum, Library of Congress, Clements Library, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, Philadelphia Historical Society, American Philosophical Society, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. We know of no copies in private hands. Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 263; Wheat & Brun, Maps and Charts Published in America Before 1800, 477; Bristol 6264; Stauffer 465; Mathews, "The Maps and Mapmakers of Maryland" in Maryland Geological Survey, pp. 508-509; Batschelet, Early American Scientific and Technical Literature, 450; Futhey, History of Chester County, vol 2, p.497; Johnston, History of Cecil County Maryland, pp. 525-526; c.f. Gilpin, A Memoir on the Rise, Progress and Present State of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (Wilmington: 1821).

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        [North America - Pair of Maps] Partie Septentrionale Des Possessions Angloise en Amerique. Pour servire d'intelligence a la guerre présente entre les Anglois et leurs Colonies Dresée sur les Meilleurs Carte du Pays traduite de l'Anglois, de Michel à Paris à l'Hotel de Soubise [and] Partie Meridionale Des Possessions Angloise en Amerique. Pour servire d'intelligence a la guerre présente entre les Anglois et leurs Colonies Dresée sur les Meilleurs Carte du Pays traduite de l'Anglois à Paris à l'Hotel de Soubise

      Paris: R.-J. Julien, Rue du Chaume à l'Hôtel de Soubise, 1778. Copper- engraved maps, with original outline colour, in excellent condition. of each 21 1/2 x 29 7/8 inches. An extremely rare and beautifully engraved pair of maps of the American Colonies depicted during the Revolutionary War This very elegant matched pair of maps, when considered together, embraces the Atlantic seaboard of America from Georgia up to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and into the interior to include the Appalachians and the Ohio Valley. The two maps divide horizontally at a point just south of New York City. These maps very rarely appear as a complete pair, as originally intended, and the southern sheet seems to be exceptionally scarce. They were produced by Verrier and Perrier, who assumed management of Roch- Josèphe Julien's establishment in 1777. Described as "the first true map shop in Paris," it was located at the Hôtel de Soubise, a magnificent palace that was an architectural jewel of the rococo period. Verrier and Perrier responded to the French public's great demand for maps of America following their country's entry into the Revolutionary War in support of the American cause, pursuant to the Treaty of Alliance of February, 1778, a diplomatic success realised by the efforts of Benjamin Franklin. Like other French cartographers, Verrier and Perrier faced great challenges in devising their maps, as their nation lacked independent North American cartographic sources since its effective expulsion from the continent in 1763 following the Seven Years War. Records show that in March, 1778 they wrote to England's most eminent cartographer, William Faden requesting new material. They then went to great effort and expense to produce this magnificent matched pair of maps based on John Mitchell's A Map of the British & French Dominions in North America (1755), which was by far the era's most influential map of the subject. This pair of maps were amongst the first and most detailed, and certainly one of the finest French cartographic representations of the entire theatre of the Revolutionary War. At the time that they were made, the French were sending the naval force of the Comte D'Estaing to assist the Americans, who although having bested the British in New England, were facing renewed threats from Britain's Royal Navy. The British had effective control of Canada, New York City and Newport, Rhode Island, but were preparing a dramatic southern offensive which would see them seizing Savannah, Georgia in December, 1778. While the initial endeavors of the Franco-American alliance did not turn out as planned, the intervention of the Comte de Rochambeau proved to be a decisive element in securing the ultimate victory of the Americans, an outcome effectively secured at the Battle of Yorktown in October, 1781. Both of the map sheets are adorned with highly elegant cartouches, the one on the top sheet features an Indian maiden astride laurel boughs, and the one on the lower sheet evinces a nautical theme. Sellers & Van Ee, Maps & Charts of North America & West Indies, 161; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps, 778.2 (top sheet only); cf. Pedley, 'Maps, War and Commerce: Business Correspondence with the London Map Firm of Thomas Jefferys and William Faden,' Imago Mundi 48

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        Relation abrégée d'un voyage fait dans l'intérieur de l'Amérique méridionale depuis la côte de la Mer du sud jusqu'aux côtes du Brésil & de la Guyane en descendant la rivière des Am

      Maestricht: J.E. Dufour & P. Roux, 1778. Broché. 14x22,5cm. Nouvelle édition en partie originale car augmentée de 'La relation de l'émeute populaire de Cuença au Pérou' et d'une lettre de M. Godin des Odonais contenant la relation du voyage de Madame Godin, son épouse. Ouvrage bien complet de sa planche et de sa carte dépliante gravées in-fine. Dos et plats renforcés recouverts de papier de reliure d'attente comportant des déchirures et des manques, projet d'ex-libris au verso du premier plat, quelques petites rousseurs. Rare. - J.E. Dufour & P. Roux, Maestricht _1778, 14x22,5cm, broché. - broché

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        THE AMERICAN ATLAS; OR, A GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WHOLE CONTINENT OF AMERICA; WHEREIN ARE DELINEATED AT LARGE ITS SEVERAL REGIONS, COUNTRIES, STATES, AND ISLANDS; AND CHIEFLY THE BRITISH COLONIES

      London: Printed and sold by R. Sayer and J. Bennett, 1778.. Twenty-three engraved maps on thirty sheets, handcolored in outline. Folio, 21 3/4 x 15 1/2. Expertly bound to style in 18th-century half russia over original marbled paper boards, spine gilt in seven compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece. In a black morocco backed box, lettered in gilt. Provenance: Henry Tomkinson (armorial bookplate). In a half morocco box. The very rare 1778 issue of THE AMERICAN ATLAS, the most important 18th-century atlas for America, and an irreplaceable snapshot of the land as it was during the birth of the United States. Walter Ristow characterizes it as a "geographical description of the whole continent of America, as portrayed in the best available maps in the latter half of the eighteenth century...as a major cartographic reference work it was, very likely, consulted by American, English, and French civilian administrators and military officers during the Revolution." As a collection, THE AMERICAN ATLAS stands as the most comprehensive, detailed, and accurate survey of the American colonies at the beginning of the Revolution. Many of the elements that make up THE AMERICAN ATLAS came into being as a result of the British need to understand the geographic and social layout of their colonies after their victory in the French and Indian War of 1756-63. The maps that resulted from the numerous surveys proved to be by far the best contemporary records of the region. Among these distinguished maps are Braddock Meade's "A Map of the Most Inhabited Parts of New England," the largest and most detailed map of New England that had yet been published; a map of "The Provinces of New York and New Jersey" by Samuel Holland, the surveyor general for the northern American colonies; William Scull's "A Map of Pennsylvania," the first map of that colony to include its western frontier; Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson's "A Map of the Most Inhabited part of Virginia," the best colonial map for the Chesapeake region; and Lieut. Ross' "Course of the Mississipi," the first map of that river based on British sources. Jefferys was the leading British cartographer of the 18th century. From about 1750 he published a series of maps of the British American colonies. As geographer to the Prince of Wales, and after 1761, geographer to the King, Jefferys was well placed to have access to the best surveys conducted in America, and many of his maps held the status of "official work." Jefferys died on Nov. 20, 1771, and in 1775 his successors, Robert Sayer and John Bennett, gathered these separately issued maps together and republished them in book form as THE AMERICAN ATLAS. The first edition with only twenty-two maps on twenty- nine sheets appeared in 1775, and there were subsequent editions in 1776 and 1778. The maps are as follow (many of the maps are on several sheets, and in the Index each individual sheet is numbered; the measurements refer to the image size): 1-3) Braddock Meade (alias John Green): "A Chart of North and South America, including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Published 10 June 1775." Six sheets joined into three, 43 1/2 x 49 1/2 inches. This great wall map of the Western Hemisphere was chiefly issued to expose the errors in Delisle and Buache's map of the Pacific Northwest, published in Paris in 1752. STEVENS & TREE 4(d). 4) Imperial Academy of St. Petersburg: "The Russian Discoveries. Published March 2nd 1775." One sheet, 18 x 24 1/8 inches. The first official mapping results of the explorations of Bering and Chirikof in Siberia and the Pacific Northwest were issued by the Russian Imperial Academy in 1758. These corrected the earlier incorrect maps including the mythical discoveries of Admiral Fonte. This is a British version of that map. 5-6) Thomas Pownall after E. Bowen: "A New and Correct Map of North America, with the West India Islands. Published 15 February 1777." Four sheets joined into two, 45 1/4 inches. Thomas Pownall updated Bowen's North America map of 1755. Pownall's version included the results of the first Treaty of Paris drawn up after the end of the French and Indian War. STEVENS & TREE 49(f). 7) Thomas Jefferys: "North America from the French of Mr. D'Anville, Improved with the English Surveys Made since the Peace. Published 10 June 1775." One sheet, 18 x 20 inches. STEVENS & TREE 51(c). 8) Samuel Dunn: "A Map of the British Empire in North America. Published 17 August 1776." Half sheet, 18 3/4 x 12 inches. STEVENS & TREE 53(b). 9) Thomas Jefferys: "An Exact Chart of the River St. Laurence from Fort Frontenac to the Island of Anticosti...Published 25 May 1775." Two sheets joined into one, 23 1/2 x 37 inches. STEVENS & TREE 76(d). 10) Sayer & Bennett: "A Chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence...Published 25th March 1775." One sheet, 19 1/2 x 24 inches. 11) "A Map of the Island of St. John in the Gulf of St. Laurence...Published 6 April 1775." One sheet, 15 x 27 1/4 inches. 12) James Cook and Michael Lane: "A General Chart of the Island of Newfoundland...Published 10th May 1775." One sheet, 21 1/2 x 22 inches. James Cook went on to gain renown for his Pacific exploration. 13) "A Chart of the Banks of Newfoundland...Published 25 March 1775." One sheet, 19 1/2 x 26 inches. Based on the surveys of James Cook (see above), Chabert, and Fleurieu. 14) Thomas Jefferys: "A New Map of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island with the Adjacent Parts of New England and Canada...Published 15 June 1775." One sheet, 18 1/2 x 24 inches. Originally published in 1755, at the beginning of the French and Indian War, this map "proved to be important in evaluating respective French and British claims to this part of North America" (Ristow). England gained sole possession of the region by the Treaty of Paris, 1763. STEVENS & TREE 66(c). 15-16) Braddock Meade (alias John Green): "A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England. Published November 29, 1774." Four sheets joined into two, 38 3/4 x 40 3/4 inches. The first large-scale map of New England. "The most detailed and informative pre-Revolutionary map of New England...not really supplanted until the nineteenth century" (NEW ENGLAND PROSPECT 13). STEVENS & TREE 33(e). 17) Capt. [Samuel] Holland: "The Provinces of New York and New Jersey, with Part of Pensilvania...Published 17 Aug. 1776." Three insets: "A plan of the City of New York," "A chart of the Mouth of Hudson's River," and "A Plan of Amboy." Two sheets joined, 26 1/2 x 52 3/4 inches. An important large-scale map of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey, by Samuel Holland, surveyor general for the Northern English colonies. With fine insets including a street plan of colonial New York City. STEVENS & TREE 44(d). 18) William Brassier: "A Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John. 5 August 1776." Single sheet, 26 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches. Second state including naval activity on the lake up until Oct. 13, 1776. STEVENS & TREE 25(b). 19) "A New Map of the Province of Quebec, according to the Royal Proclamation, of the 7th of October 1763. From the French Surveys Connected with those made after the War, by Captain Carver, and Other Officers. 16 February 1776." One sheet, 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches. STEVENS & TREE 73(a). 20) William Scull: "A Map of Pennsylvania Exhibiting not only the Improved Parts of the Province but also its Extensive Frontiers. Published 10 June 1775." Two sheets joined, 27 x 51 1/2 inches. The first map of the Province of Pennsylvania to include its western frontier. All earlier maps had focused solely on the settled eastern parts of the colony. 21-22) Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson: "A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia, containing the Whole Province of Maryland...1775." [nd]. Four sheets joined into two, 32 x 48 inches. "The basic cartographical document of Virginia in the eighteenth century...the first to depict accurately the interior regions of Virginia beyond the Tidewater. [It] dominated the cartographical representation of Virginia until the nineteenth century" - Verner. STEVENS & TREE 87(f). 23-24) Henry Mouzon: "An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina with their Indian Frontiers. Published May 30, 1775." Four sheets joined into two, 40 x 54 inches. "The chief type map for [the Carolinas] during the forty or fifty years following its publication. It was used by both British and American forces during the Revolutionary War" - Cumming. STEVENS & TREE 11(a). CUMMING 450. 25) Thomas Jefferys: "The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana...The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida. Published 20 Feby. 1775." Two sheets joined into one, 19 1/2 x 48 inches. Stevens & Tree 26(b). A large-scale map of Florida, based upon the extensive surveys conducted since the region became a British possession by the Treaty of Paris, 1763. 26) Lieut. Ross: "Course of the Mississipi...Taken on an Expedition to the Illinois, in the latter end of the Year 1765. Published 1 June 1775." Two sheets joined into one, 14 x 44 inches. The first large- scale map of the Mississippi River, and the first based in whole or part upon British surveys. STEVENS & TREE 31(b). 27) Thomas Jefferys: "The Bay of Honduras. Published 20 February 1775." One sheet, 18 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches. 28-29) J.B.B. D'Anville: "A Map of South America...Published 20 September 1775." Four sheets joined into two, 20 x 46 inches. 30) Juan de la Cruz Cano y Olmedilla and others: "A Chart of the Straits of Magellan. Published 1 July 1775." One sheet, 20 1/2 x 27 inches. HOWES J81, "b." PHILLIPS ATLASES 1165, 1166. SABIN 35953. STREETER SALE 72 (1775 ed). Walter Ristow (editor), THOMAS JEFFERYS The American Atlas LONDON 1776, facsimile edition (Amsterdam 1974).

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        THE PSALMS OF DAVID. [bound with] HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS

      London: Printed by, and for, J. W. Pasham, 1778. 124 x 70 mm (4 7/8 x 2 3/4"). 2 p.l., 240 pp., [10] leaves; 4 p.l., 216 pp., [12] leaves (index leaves for "Hymns and Spiritual Songs" bound out of order but all present). Two parts in one volume. SUPERB HAND-PAINTED AND GILT-DECORATED VELLUM BY EDWARDS OF HALIFAX, BOTH COVERS WITH VERY PROMINENT OVAL PAINTINGS, the front cover depicting a statue in grisaille of a female figure, probably representing Faith, casting her eyes upward to heaven, one arm aloft, the other holding a cross, the whole against a sky blue oval, the back cover with a very dynamic grisaille painting of the Resurrection, with Christ flying upward from the tomb amidst brilliant light, three soldiers beneath shielding themselves in protective wonderment, and a presiding angel supplying adoration at the right, both covers bordered by a gilt chain motif, the flat spine divided by blue wash bands into compartments featuring gilt lyres and swirling gilt cornerpieces, blue wash label, all edges gilt. IN THE ORIGINAL SOFT GREEN LEATHER SLIPCASE bordered by a gilt chain matching that of the binding, this in turn housed in a modern morocco-backed folding box with raised bands and gilt titling. Front pastedown with the bookplate of James Gordon, Esquire, Moor-Place; front flyleaf inscribed "Harriot Whitbread / The Gift of John Howard Esq[ui]r[e] / Cardington / 1785"; another flyleaf with a similar inscription to Harriot from M. Howard of Cardington dated 1787 (see below). Blue spine label a trifle faded, blue cover background on front board showing a little soil, small ink blot on three pages, but A WONDERFUL BINDING IN VERY FINE CONDITION, and the text nearly pristine. (The original slipcase a bit worn and faded, but still a remarkable survival.). The treatment of the vellum covers of this immensely delightful little book represents one of the most important of the stylistic innovations in binding decoration introduced by Edwards of Halifax. The vellum used for our binding was rendered transparent by soaking it in a pearl ash solution and heavily pressing it; afterwards, the paintings were executed on the under side of the vellum, where the art work was protected from dirt and the elements. The two cover paintings here are in contrasting styles: the statuesque female on the front epitomizes Neoclassical taste, while the sophisticated and exhilarating Resurrection on the back uses strong diagonals in imitation of Baroque masterpieces. The rendering of the Resurrection scene is especially memorable, particularly in terms of its vigorous, extensive, and delicate detail. Painted vellum bindings ascribed to Edwards appear in several places in the literature, the one that is perhaps the most similar being #186 in "The Henry Davis Gift." The Davis binding, done for a "Common Prayer" and "Psalms" volume of slightly larger size than the present one, has a Resurrection scene (on its front cover) that is in every important way identical to ours. One curious difference between the two covers is that, while the paintings are of the same composition and seem to be of about the same size, the (larger) Davis cover has comfortable margins around the scene of the risen Christ, while our painting is too big for its board space, small portions of a soldier's arm and all of the angel's head being lost at left and right. This raises intriguing questions of design and technique, suggesting perhaps that such paintings were of a stock content and size and that some kind of mechanical means of transfer from a reusable model might possibly have been employed. It is not surprising that such a lovely little book as this would have belonged to persons of distinction. John Howard of Cardington (1726-90) was high sheriff of Bedfordshire and an impassioned pioneer of prison reform. He was a relative of Harriot Whitbread, to whom he gave this book, and Harriot became the wife of James Gordon, whose bookplate appears on the front endpaper. (M. Howard is perhaps Martha Howard, the grandmother of John Howard.) For more on Edwards of Halifax, see next item.

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        THE PLAYS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

      London: Printed for C. Bathurst, W. Strahan, J.F. and C. Rivington, et. al., 1778. Bookplates, some annotations in early brown ink and in pencil, occasional toning and some foxing to pages, all quite sound and presentable. Second Johnson and Stevens edition Ten volumes. Portrait frontispiece, additional portrait and plate of facsimiles of Shakespeare's signature in Vol. I, engraved folding plate in Vol V. "With the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators; to which are added Notes by Samuel Johnson and George Stevens. The Second Edition, Revised and Augmented [by Isaac Reed]." & Bound in contemporary full calf and later rebacked with golden tan calf with red and black title labels gilt, remainder of spines with gilt ornamentation. & "[Johnson's] preface attracted general admiration. Adam Smith is said to have called it 'the most manly piece of criticism that was ever published in any country''. In the Cambridge edition both Preface and notes are described as 'distinguished by clearness of thought and diction and by masterly common sense'." (Courtney and Smith. p. 104).& Courtney and Smith, p. 109.

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        De fluminibus, fontibus, Iacubus, nemoribus, paludibus, montibus, gentibus quorum apud poetas mentio fit. Argentorati

      [Strasbourg:] Apud Amandum König, 1778 The work attributed to Vibius Sequester is a compilation of geographical names from the works of the Latin poets, including some no longer extant. This edition is by the polymath Jeremias-Jakob Oberlin, a gifted classicist and brother of the namesake of Ohio's Oberlin College. Full black morocco by F. Bozerian, Jeune (signed at the foot of the pine), gilt spine with raised bands, boards with wide foliate gilt border, surrounded by double rules. Marbled endpapers. . Octavo. A fine, clean copy. The attractive and well-preserved binding is by François Bozerian the younger, one of the most important French binders of the post-Revolution period (active 1801-1818). His work characteristically featured patterns of gilt dots (here seen in the spine decoration).

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        A New Map of the Western parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina; Comprehending the River Ohio, and all the Rivers, which fall into it; Part of the River Mississippi, the Whole of the Illinois River, Lake Erie; Part of the Lakes Huron, Michigan &c. And all the Country bordering on these Lakes and Rivers. By Thos. Hutchins, Captain in the 60 Regiment of Foot

      London: Engraved by T. Hutchins, 1778. Copper-engraved map by T. Cheevers, with period outline colour, on four joined sheets, overall measuring 36¼ x 44 inches, a little browning at the joints, but overall a fine copy. Discrete stamp of "Depot de la Marine" at lower right. Docketed on verso: "Nº 128. de la boite/ nº 29."/ "Virginie, Pennsylvanie/ &c./ Par Thos. Hutchins./ 1778. (En Anglais). [Together with:] HUTCHINS, Thomas. A Topographical Description of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina, comprehending the Rivers Ohio, Kenhawa, Sioto, Cherokee, Wabash, Illinois, Missisippi, &c. The climate, soil and produce, whether animal, vegetable, or mineral; The mountains, creeks, roads, distances, latitudes &c and of every Part, laid down in the annexed map. And an appendix, containing Mr. Patrick Kennedy's journal up the Illinois River, and the correct list of the different nations and Tribes of Indians, with the number of fighting men, &c.. London: printed for the author, and sold by J. Almon, 1778. Octavo (8 9/16 x 5 inches). Two copper-engraved folding maps, 1 copper-engraved folding table. (Blank margins of first four and last two text leaves expertly restored, neat repair to fold of engraved table). Expertly bound to style in half 18th-century diced russia over contemporary marbled-paper covered boards, the flat spine divided into six compartments by double gilt fillets, black morocco lettering-piece in the second. A highly important work: the first true general map of the American Midwest, and the first meaningful large-scale depiction of the Transappalachian Country. This great map extends from Western New York in the northeast, Cape Fear in the southeast, the Wisconsin River in the northwest, to the Arkansas River in the southwest. Here found with the first edition, second issue, of the separately issued descriptive text, which, in its own right, is one of the most important early geographical descriptions of the West. Thomas Hutchins was a seminal figure in the surveying and mapping of the United States. He began his career as a topographical engineer for the British Army during the French and Indian War. From 1758 to 1777 he served in the newly acquired Ohio Valley. He designed the fortifications at Fort Pitt in 1763. In the following year, he accompanied Bouquet on his expedition against the western Indians. The result was his "Map of the country on the Ohio and Muskingum rivers," published in Philadelphia in 1765. Hutchins was a member of the exploring party sent down the Ohio Valley in 1766 to investigate the territory recently acquired from France, and on this occasion conducted "the first accurate map, or more properly, hydrographic survey" of the Ohio River (Brown). Hutchins was stationed at Fort Chartres on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi from 1768 to 1770. Hutchins subsequently went to England, where he compiled this great map from his exhaustive personal surveys, and information gathered from many sources. The depiction of the Ohio immediately below Fort Pitt, for example, seems to be based on a manuscript by John Montresor. Brown notes that its publication in 1778 represented "the culmination of a long career as an engineer and mapmaker in the wilderness of North America." Hutchins returned to America in 1781, and was appointed by Congress "Geographer to the United States." In 1783, he was a member of the commission that surveyed the Mason-Dixon Line, and in 1785, was appointed by Congress to the commission that surveyed the New York-Massachusetts boundary. Under the Ordinance of 1785, he was placed in charge of the surveying of the public lands in the Northwest Territory. He died in 1789, shortly after completing the survey of the "Seven Ranges" in Ohio. Hutchins is frequently credited with establishing the excellent system under which all of the public lands of the United States were subsequently surveyed and divided into townships, ranges and sections. Hutchins's 1778 map was the foundation document for the mapping of the Ohio Valley in the late eighteenth century. The depiction of the Transappalachian region on Thomas Jefferson's famous map in his Notes on Virginia (1787), for example, was taken directly from Hutchins. The map shows the western claims of Virginia and North Carolina based upon their 17th century royal charters. It is filled with exhaustive data throughout, with a fascinating series of notes or "legends" interspersed among the geographical details. An "Illinois Country" is shown between the Illinois and Wabash rivers. Among its other important details, Hutchins's map is one of the only printed maps of the period to show the proposed new colony of Vandalia (here "Indiana"), which was projected to occupy a large portion of the present state of West Virginia. The map was issued with accompanying text but the two are now rarely found together as here. The text is important for its 'Topographical Description' of the areas covered by Hutchins' map, as well as for including details of whose work Hutchins consulted during the drawing up of the map and the text (Captain Brehm for observations 'respecting the lakes', and Lewis Evans for his description of the 'several branches of the Ohio, and Allegany rivers'). The text also includes a valuable engraved 'Table of Distances, between Fort Pitt, and the Mouth of the River Ohio' and two other rare early maps: 'A Plan of the Rapids, in the River Ohio' and 'A Plan of the several Villages in the Illinois Country, with Part of the River Mississippi'. Map: Guthorn, British Maps of the American Revolution, 65/11; Streeter Sale 3, 1300: "by far the best map of the west printed to that time;" Cumming, British Maps of Colonial America, p. 36: "The best [colonial] map of the region south of the Great Lakes"; Brown, Early Maps of the Ohio Valley, plate 51. Text: Howes, USiana H846; Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, 34054; Vail, Voice of the Old Frontier, 655.

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        TRAITE SUR LA SCIENCE DE L'EXPLOITATION DES MINES, PAR THEORIE ET PRATIQUE,

      Paris, Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1778.. avec un Discours sur les principes des finances; fait pour l'Academie Imperiale & Royale de Schemnitz, par CHRISTOPHE-FRANCOIS DELIUS, Conseiller-Commissaire de la Cour de Sa Majeste Imperiale, Royale, Apostolique & Romaine, a sa Chambre des Monnoies & Mines. FIRST FRENCH EDITION 1778, 2 volumes, complete set, translated into French by M. Schreiber. 4to, 260 x 190 mm, 10 x 7½ inches, printer's device on title pages, large pictorial headpiece to each volume, 25 large folding plates engraved by Boutrois, I-XI in Volume I, XII-XXV in Volume 2, complete, with descriptions of all the plates at the end of Volume II, pages [4], xxii, [2], 518, [2]; [6], 454, [2], complete with half-titles, bound in old speckled paper boards rebacked in modern calf, raised bands, blind rules, contrasting red and green gilt lettered morocco labels, original endpapers retained. Boards a little marked, scratched and slightly stained, corners just slightly worn, endpapers spotted and dusty, very occasional light foxing, small damp stain to upper outer corner in Volume I showing intermittently from page 143 to the end, not affecting plates, margins of plates lightly foxed. Bindings tight and firm. A very good set of the rare French edition. This is a translation of the German work Anleitung zu der Bergbaukunst first published in Vienna in 1773. Delius (1728-1779) was a German metallurgist and mineralogist born in Saxony who held posts in Vienna in the Mining Department, was appointed inspector of mines in Hungary in 1761 and was also Professor of Mining Engineering and Finance in the famous Mining Academy in Banska Stiavnica (Schemnitz) in the then Kingdom of Hungary. He discovered a new process for the extraction of copper and located a precious opal mine in Hungary. He wrote treatises on the origin of mountains and ore veins, and on the Hungarian opals as well as this work on the science of mine engineering. The folding plates show mining equipment and tools including a first aid kit for assisting drowned or asphyxiated miners, mining structures, buildings and machinery, cross-sections of mines and mineral deposits. Sinkankas, Gemology, Volume I, page 262. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Considerable Improved in a Second edition.

      In Four volumes. 1-4. Edinburgh, W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1778. 8vo. xii,+ 498,+ (1); (4),+ 461,+ (2); (4),+ 428; iv,+ 480 pp. Stain in part one and foxing throughout. Contemporary full calf, spines richly gilt with red and green labels. Four volumes. From the library of J. A. Lindblad, arch bishop of Sweden, with his book plate, and owner's signature of Olof Molander. Lord Henri Home Kames (on the spines misspelled Kaimes), (1696-1782), was a Scottish philosopher, born in Berwichshire. The first edition of the Sketches was published in 1774. He also wrote "Essays on the principles of morality and natural religion" (1751), "Introduction to the art of thinking" (1761) and "Elements of Critisism" (1762)

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        Ensayo de una bibliotheca de traductores espanoles, donde se da noticia de las traducciones que hay en castellano de la sagrada escritura... preceden varias noticias literarias para las vidas de otros escritores espanoles... en madrid, antonio de sancha, 1778.

      Due parti in un volume di cm. 21, pp. (16) 206; (2) 175 (1). Legatura ottocentesca in mezza pelle verde, dorso liscio con titoli e bei fregi romantici al dorso. Esemplare fresco, marginoso ed in eccellente stato di conservazione. Edizione originale ed unica di quest'opera che viene considerata coma la più importanta di Pellicer y Saforcada (1738-1806). Quest'ultimo fu bibliotecario reale ed ebbe accesso ad un'importante mole di materiale librario e soprattutto documentario. Il frutto di queste ricerche è parzialmente rintracciabile in quest'opera come ad esempio nell'ampio capitolo dedicato a Cervantes (pp. 186-206). Non comune, soprattutto in tale stato di conservazione.

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        Mappe - Monde. Dress?e pour l'?tude de la G?ographie, r?lativement aux Auteurs les plus Modernes. Revu?, corrig?e et augment?e d'apres les Nouv.lles Observations Astronomique de M.rs Tchirikcow et de L'Isle. D?di?e au Roy. .

      Rue S. - Jacques ? l'Enseigne du Globe, A. P. D. R., 1778. Incisione in rame, confini in colore d'epoca, cm 39,5 x 55 (alla lastra). Questa grande carta, tipica della produzione cartografica francese di inizio secolo, raffigura, entro un piccolo riquadro, il mondo diviso nei due emisferi, arricchiti da due figure che li sorreggono: in un cartiglio posto in alto, al centro, fra la convergenza dei due globi, il titolo e i nomi degli Autori; in un altro cartiglio posto in bs., al centro, sempre fra la convergenza dei due globi, la dedica al Re di Francia. Entro una cornice pi? grande, composta di figure di putti, di strumenti cartografici e di stilemi floreali, si legge una ricca descrizione relativa alla longitudine e alla latitudine terrestre, e all'analisi del mappamondo. Buon esemplare, fresco e a pieni margini. .

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        Pensees sur la tactique, et la strategique ou vrais principes de la science militaire. turin, de l'imprimerie royale, 1778.

      Cm. 26, pp. (16) 55 (1) 359 (1) + una carta d'errata. Grande vignetta al frontespizio e 30 tavole ripiegate fuori testo stampate su carta forte in lieve tonalità d'azzurro. Legatura del tempo in cart. rigido azzurro con titoli ms. al dorso. Esemplare genuino, marginoso ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. La prima parte titola: ""Considérations sur la Guerre de 1769 entre les Russes et les Turcs"", segue il testo dei ""Pensées sur la Tactique, et la Strategique"". Opera interessante e munita di un ricco apparato iconografico con raffigurazioni di ordini di battaglia, disposizioni delle truppe, soldati di vari corpi militari, battaglioni, movimenti di truppe, di una pianta della battaglia del 20-21 novembre 1759 combattuta a Maxen, in Sassonia, della battaglia di Praga del 6 maggio 1757 in cui i prussiani di Federico II sbaragliarono gli austriaci, della battaglia di Kollin del 18 giugno 1757, di quella di Leuthen del 5 dicembre dello stesso anno, di quella di Süptitz e di Torgau del 3 novembre 1760,di quella di Breslau del 22 novembre 1757,di quella di Hochkirch del 14 ottobre 1758,di quella di Lignitz del 15 agosto 1760; le ultime due tavv. sono di cartografia del Canavese (""Carte d'une partie du Piémont"") e del corso del fiume Dnestr ""deouis Kornuauka jusq'à Ladowa"" de Bog dalla sua fonte sino a Landijczin, per servire d'aiuto alla localizzazione delle battaglie tra russi e ottomani nel 1769. Seconda edizione, di molto aumentata rispetto alla prima che era apparsa nel 1768 con sole 12 tavole.

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        A View of Society in Europe, in its Progress from Rudeness to Refinement:

      or, Inquiries concerning the History of Law, Government, and Manners, First Edition, xx, 433pp plus errata leaf, quarto, a fine copy in contemporary half russia, spine with raised bands with blind dice rules in compartments, gilt lettered, with the shelf mark "D.c.14. Lauderdale History" in ink on title-page, Edinburgh, Bell and Murray, 1778.FROM LAUDERDALE'S LIBRARY. A FINE COPY OF AN IMPORTANT TEXT OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT Goldsmith 11665; Kress B.159. An important text from Lauderdale's library. The dispersal of Lauderdale's extraordinary library commenced in a series of Sotheby auction sales in the late 1980's. The majority of the books were purchased for two Japanese university libraries in Tokyo.This work by Gilbert Stuart (1742-1786), noted by DNB as his "most important treatise", is one of a group of texts of the eighteenth century that have as their aim the elucidation of the contemporary state of society and its organisation through an analysis of history. Interestingly, these texts also often comment on each other, and taken together, provide the reader with a key to the British enlightenment and an insight into how the structure of western society evolved.The present work is centred on the early and medieval period and is concerned with law, customs, and government and the relationship between them: "it is in the records of history, in the scene of real life, not in the conceits and the abstractions of fancy and philosophy, that human nature is to be studied. But while it is in the historical manner that laws, customs and government are to be inquired into, it is obvious that their dependence and connection are close and intimate. they all tend to the same point, and to the illustration of one another. It is from the consideration of them all, and in their union, that we are to explain the complicated forms of civil society, and the wisdom and accident which mingle in human affairs."The author speaks of his work as a kind of moral archaeology; "my materials were buried in the midst of rubbish, were detached and unequal. I had to dig them up anxiously, and with patience; and, when discovered and collected, it was still more difficult to digest and fashion them.." Citing extensive but often obscure authorities, (with examples chosen from as wide a range as from the ancient Romans to the American Indians) Stuart here presents the origins of moral and societal bonds, tracing in them the beginnings of ideas that became effective archetypes of behaviour. Of particular interest is Stuart's pioneering examination of the role of women in society. Examples of chapters that specifically concern women are: An Idea of the German Women; Of Marriage and Modesty; Of the Property of the Women. The Dower, the Morgengabe and the Marriage-portion. The Communication to them of the Powers of Succession and Inheritance. The Advancement of Manners; The Institutions of Chivalry, the Pre-eminence of Women, Politeness, and the Point of Honour; Of Manners and Refinement, the Dissolute Conduct of the Women amidst the Decline and Oppressions of the Fiefs. The General Corruption which invades Society.Stuart's main thesis was that the sensitive and careful treatment of women in any particular society bears a direct relationship to the overall prosperity and wellbeing of that society.

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        TRAVELS INTO DALMATIA. Containing general observations on the natural history of that country and the neighbouring islands; the natural productions, arts, manners and customs of the inhabitants, in a series of letters from Abbé Alberto Fortis to the Earl of Bute, ... &c. &c.

      In-8 gr. (mm. 267x197), p. pelle coeva, filetti e tit. oro al dorso (rifatto in pelle mod.), pp. X,584, con 1 illustrazione nel t. e 19 pregevoli tavv. f.t. (di cui 13 ripieg), tutte inc. in rame da G. Leonardis e che raffigurano: una carta geografica di Zara e Sebenico, una dei territori di Trav, Spalatro e Makarska con le isole adiacenti, vedute, costumi dei Dalmati, fossili, ecc. Nell'opera sono state aggiunte, dallo stesso autore, "observations on the island of "Cherso and Osero". With an Appendix, and other considerable additions, never before printed". "Prima edizione inglese" di quest'opera fondamentale per la storia della Dalmazia. Cfr. Fossati Bellani,I,92 - Graesse,II,618 - Gamba,2589 che cita l'ediz. italiana del 1774: "Opera scritta briosamente.. il Denina annunziava il Fortis come il primo naturalista d'Italia, e uno dei primi d'Europa". Esempl. marginoso, solo qualche lieve arross. altrim. ben conservato. "Il padovano Alberto Fortis (1741-1803), naturalista e letterato, deve la sua fama a questa ammirata e discussa relazione, frutto di una serie di viaggi (a partire dal 1770) finanziati da autorevoli mecenati inglesi e dal Senato veneto.. Questo "Viaggio in Dalmazia", pubblicato a Venezia nel 1774, fu tradotto nelle principali lingue europee e diede un impulso decisivo alla riscoperta delle culture periferiche dell'Europa balcanica". Cosi' Diz. Biografico degli Italiani,XLIX, p. 206. .

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        Elevation and Plans of the Gateway and Porter's Lodge of Ashburnham House in Dover Street

      London: 1778. Copper engraving. Engraved by Robert Blyth. In excellent condition. 17 1/4 x 23 inches. 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches. An elegant engraving of the gateway and porters lodge at Ashburnham House on Dover Street in London. Robert and his brother James Adam forever changed the face of British architecture by introducing innovative Classical design ideas. From 1754-57, Robert lived in Italy where he had a long productive friendship with Piranesi, which was inspirational for both men. Adam's first book, on Diocletian's palace in Dalmatia, is clearly very like the archaeological investigations Piranesi was making at the same time of similar ruins. Piranesi's friendship and passion for Roman Classicism were seminal influences on Adam, and the greatest single factor, other than his own talent, in the work Adam produced on his return to England. Upon his return, the brothers launched their career by building the Adelphi from the Thames to the Strand in London, which although not a commercial success at the time, included one of London's most cherished buildings, the Adlephi Theatre. Together, the Adam brothers designed and built some of the most famous buildings in England, including such bastions of English architecture as Kenwood House, Keddlestone Manor, and Syon House. To the interiors of their English country houses, the Adams brought wonderful ornamental elements in niches, lunettes, festoons and reliefs. Their classically designed buildings were so numerous in London that they changed the prevailing feel of the city and established their brand of neo-Classicism as the model of elegance and importance. It is asserted that the brothers originated the concept of the uniform facade attached to the typical English row house, an architectural device that distinguishes London buildings. This monumental contribution is evidenced in the Adams' designs for Portland Place and Fitzroy Square, and these were used as architectural models for the whole city. The brothers brought their talents into other areas by designing furniture to complement their beautiful interiors and by creating and publishing a treatise of design entitled 'Works in Architecture'. The work was published in three volumes over an extended span of time, beginning in 1773, with the final volume being published posthumously in 1822. Cf. Brunet I.47; cf. Lowndes I, p.8; DNB; Wilton-Ely, The Mind and Art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

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        Dissertation Inauguralis de Angina Polyposa Sive Membranacea

      1778. Michaelis, Christian Friedrich [1754-1814]. Dissertation Inauguralis de Angina Polyposa Sive Membranacea. Quam Consensu Gratiosae Facultatis Medicae pro Licentia. Strassburg: Sumptibus Viduae Abrahami Vanderhoeck, 1778. [xvi], 309. [1] pp. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt titles and fillets to spine, speckled edges. Light rubbing, corners bumped and lightly worn, joints just starting at head, front hinge starting, rear free endpaper lacking, hinge carefully reinforced. Light browning to title page, toning and occasional light foxing to text, internally clean. A nice copy of a scarce title. * Only edition located of this dissertation on laryngitis. KVK locates 3 copies, all in Europe. OCLC locates 1 copy in North America (at Harvard Medical School).

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        MATERIA MEDICA E REGNO VEGETABILI, SISTENS SIMPLICIA OFFICINALIA, PARITER ATQUE CULINARIA. SECUNDUM SYSTEMA SEXUALE, EX AUTOPSIA & EXPERIENTIA,....TOMUS I..

      P. Hesselberg, Stockholm, 1778. First edition. In Latin. 14+448 s. Contemporary half-leather binding. Gilt-Ornamented Spine. Marbeled covers. Patterned edges. Endast vol 1 av 2. Bandet något nött med liten skada i ryggens nedre del, annars i gott skick.. Professor Peter Jonas Bergius, grundare av Botaniska Trädgården i Stockholm

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        Thesaurus Medicus:

      sive, disputationum, in Academia Edinensi, ad rem medicam pertinentium, a collegio instituto ad hoc usqu tempus, delectus. Tom. I-IV. Vol I. Edinburgh, Typis Academicis, C. Elliot, J. Bell, W. Creeth . 1778. Vol II. Edinburgh, C. Elliot, G. Creech: London J. Murray 1779. Vol III-IV. Edinburgh & London C. Elliot & G. Robinson; Dublin G. Gilbert; Paris P.T. Barrois; Vienna & Leipzig Rudolphum Graeffer 1785. 8:o. xii,483; x,523 + 5 engraved folding plates; vii,(2),10-538 + 4 engraved plates; 572 pages. Contemporary three-quarter calf, five raised bands, labels in second and third compartment. Mended scratch to spine on vol I. Vol IV with small piece missing at head of spine. Old owner`s signature. two book-plates (Hammer and Karl Erik Widlund). 4 volumes. 21,5 x 13 cm.. Volume III-IV with extra titel. Thesaurus Medicus: sive dissertationum in Academia edinnsi, ad rem medicam pertinentium, ab anno 1759 ad annum 1785, ab illustri Societate regia Medica Edinensi habitus. Tomus I-II

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        THOUGHTS IN YOUNGER LIFE, on Interesting Subjects; or Poems, Letters, and Essays, Moral, Elegiac, and Descriptive; Written principally on, or at the request of, Young Friends. With Memoirs of the Author.

      xv, 224pp. Engraved frontispiece. Recent quarter calf over marbled boards with parchment tipped corners. Title label, gilt. 12mo. First edition. Frontispiece with some brown spots not affecting the image; title-page and following two pages browned with one or two light marks; else a very good copy.

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        Candide ou L'Optimisme. Edition revue, corrigée & ornée de figures (..) par Mr. Daniel Chodowiecky.

      2 parts in 1 volume. Chrétien Frédéric Himbourg, Berlin 1778. 8vo. 188+(4)+108+(4) pages. With 5 engraved plates by Daniel Chodowircki. Contemporary brown half-calf with gilt decorations on spine. Corners bumped. Old ink-stamp on title-page of each part. Name on front flyleaf and on title-page.. Brunet VIII,931: "Édition rare en France".The famous Berlin edition of this masterpiece, congenially illustrated by Daniel Chodowiecki

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        Commentaire sur L'Esprit des Loix, De Montesquieu.

      No Place, no printer, 1778. 8vo. Contemp. hcalf, raised bands, gilt back. 125 pp. A good copy with large margins.. Scarce first edition. In 48 chapters Voltaire comments on the principles of government as they are concieved by Montesquieu in his "De l'Esprit de Loix". It became Voltaire's last work as he died in 1778

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        Grundriss der Pommersche Geschichte von Thomas Heinrich Gadebusch.

      Stralsund, Christian Lorenz Struck, 1778. 4:o. (10),+ 258 s. Något nött samtida stänkmarmorerat pappband med beige titeletikett. Ur Ericsbergs bibliotek, med Carl Jedvard Bondes exlibris. Setterwall 7554. Carlander III, 564ff. Thomas Heinrich Gadebusch (1736-1804) var svensk-tysk ämbetsman och författare, samt från 1775 professor i tysk och pommersk statsrätt vid universitetet i Greifswald. Han gav ut flera källpublikationer, bl.a. "Pommersche Sammlungen" i två delar, och översatte även många svenska verk till tyska, bl.a. Hasselquists "Resa till Heliga landet"

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        Leben Bemerkungen und Meinungen Johann Bunkels, nebst den Leben verschiedener merkwürdiger Frauenzimmer. Aus dem engländischen übersetzt (von R. von Spieren).

      4 Tle. in 2 Bdn. Mit 16 Kupfertafeln von D. Chodowiecki. 19 Bll., 418 S., Tit., 468 S.; Tit., 448 S., Tit., 312 S. Pappbde. d. Zt. mit Rückenschild und Goldfileten. Goed. IV/1, 577, 15, 2 und 501, 16a (Nicolai); Hayn-Got. IV, 65; Engelmann 215; Price S. 194. - Erste Ausgabe. - Geschildert werden Bunkels Abenteuer in acht kurz aufeinanderfolgenden Ehen, wobei jede der Ehefrauen ein weibliches Ideal repräsentiert. Die Frauen segnen alle nach jeweils kurzer Ehe das Zeitliche. Eine anzügliche und phantasievolle Erzählung, oft auch autobiographisch anmutend, mit diversen weltanschaulichen und theologischen Betrachtungen des als Exzentriker bekannten Autors. Amorys Werke wurden anonym veröffentlicht und erst 1817 durch William Hazlitt wiederentdeckt. In Deutschland stieß der Roman auf heftige Ablehnung, obwohl das englische Original (1756-66) durch "geflissentliche Änderungen oder Milderungen einiger zu harten und anstößigen Äußerungen" für das deutsche Publikum bearbeitet wurde und Nicolai eine erläuternde Vorrede hinzufügte. Trotzdem wurde Nicolai zur Zielscheibe für Wielands Kritik, der in seinem "Merkur" den Roman als "schales, plattes und sittenloses Machwerk" charakterisierte, und Goethes Mutter schrieb an Wieland: "Bunkel wird immer recht und in Ewigkeit ein abscheuliches Buch sein, Eure Recension ein Meisterstück bleiben und hiermit Gott befohlen. Lassen wir den fatalen Menschen fahren und suchen auf andere Gedanken zu kommen." - Die Kupfer, von denen Chodowiecki sagte, daß "die Blätter auf höchst elendes Papier abgedruckt und daher die mehresten Abdrücke fehlerhaft geworden sind", liegen hier in guten Abdrucken vor. - Mit Buchhandelsmarke von Gunnar A. Kaldewey, der vorliegende Ausgabe aus seinem Katalog "Hehres und Triviales", 2.065 an einen Sammler 1972 für DM 400 verkaufen konnte. Allerdings wurde dieser nicht ganz glücklich, zum Schluss des 3. Bandes ist fein in Blei vermerkt: "Lektüre abgebrochen! Schade um das Geld!". - Berieben und bestoßen. Etwas gebräunt und fleckig.

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        Warwick Vase on Pedestal. Hoc Pristinae artis Romanaeq - Magnifgicantiae Monumentua Ruderibus Villae Tiburtinae Hadriano ... A Sua Eccellenza il Sig. Cav. Hamilton

      PiranesiRome:: Piranesi,. 1778.. Stunning print by Piranesi depicting the mammoth 10-foot Warwick Vase, created in the second century, which was uncovered from the bottom of Lake Tivoli, near Hadrian's Villa in 1770. "universally avow'd to be the first vase in the world."(Hamilton, letter 2 Jan. 1776) 28 x 18 3/4" platemark, with ample borders. Wilton-Ely No. 889. Handsome archival framing.Wilton-Ely 889: "Large vase found at the Pantanello, Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli, in 1770 (The "Warwick Vase"). Front view with pedestal. Dedicated 'A Sua Exxellenza il Sig. Cav. Hamilton Ministro Plenipotenziario della M'ta. Di Giorgio III. Re. della Gran Brettagna presso alla M'ta di Ferdinando IV RE delle due Sicilie…' Signature, lower left." Published in Piranesi's "Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi...", 1778.

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        Recherches sur la Nature et les Causes de la Richesse des Nations. Traduit de l'Anglois par M***. 4 Tomes.

      La Haye, 1778 - 79. Small 8vo. Four cont. uniform hleatherbdgs. of brown mottled calf w. gilt backs. Boards resembling the brown mottled calf. The old title- and tome-labels have been replaced w. new ones in dark and light brown morocco w. gilt ornamentation and lettering, perfectly resembling the old ones. Backs and corners neatly restored. Internally very nice and clean w. only minor occasional brownspotting. A very nice set. W. all four half-titles. Printed on good paper. 683 (the last ten of which are unnumbered); 387; (4), 481; (4), 520 pp.. Exceedingly rare first French edition of Adam Smith's political and economic classic, the "Wealth of Nations". This first French translation is the second translation made of this liberal bible, only preceded by the poor German one. The translation began publishing in the same year as the second original language edition. The translator is anonymous and to this day unknown, and the printing-location, La Haye, is probably an artefact. A number of other French translations appeared after this first one: Blavet's as soon as 1781 (it quickly underwent several editions), Roucher's in 1790-91, and Garnier's in 1802, which became the standard-translation. Between Blavet and Garnier, Abbé Morellet had written another one, thinking that Blavet's was too bad and claiming that with it he had murdered Smith instead of translating him ("tradottore tradiatore"); he regarded Roucher's as almost as bad, but gave up publishing his own translation after that of Garnier. This first French translation is noticeable in not having a preface, notes, publisher or anything to give away the translator. Keeping in mind just how controversial the work really was at the time and the political situation in France, the anonymity of the translator as well as the fact that the book became a central text during the French Revolution finds its explanation. The translator probably did not dare attract interest and risk making the work widespread, which also explains why it is so scarce today, -in fact the translation was most likely barely available in France at the time, and the number of copies in which it was printed, must have been very small indeed. Due to the provocative statements of Adam Smith, which could definitely have been considered dangerous to both the French aristocracy and to Catholicism, the publication of the "Wealth of Nations" was unauthorized by the French authorities. 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. Considering the groundbreaking views presented in "Wealth of Nations", it comes as no surprise that the work was considered part of the revolutionary cultural development in France. As Adam Smith's friend, the Marquis of Lansdowne, said after quoting Smith's work: "With respect to French principles, as they had been denominated, those principles had been exported from us to France, and could not be said to have originated among the population of the latter country." (Quoted in: Rae, p. 291). The ideas of Adam Smith were often considered so dangerously closely connected with French ideas at the time that the term "political economy" almost became synonymous with questions concerning the constitution of governments. "The French Revolution seems to have checked for a time the growing vogue of Smith's book and the advance of his principles in this country, just as it checked the progress of parliamentary and social reform, because it filled men's mind with a fear of change, with a suspicion of all novelty, with an unreasoning dislike of anything in the nature of general principle." (Rae, p. 293). There can be no question that this seminal work greatly influenced French opinion at the time.The first French edition is very rare indeed, and it is hardly mentioned in any bibliographies or monographs, as it has not been known to exist by all. Brunet only mentions Blavet's and Roucher's translations (Brunet V:414). Graesse mentions the Yverdon-edition, 1781, the Paris-edition, 1801 as well as Blavet's and Roucher's translations (Graesse &:422). Rae in his "Life of Adam Smith" considers Blavet's translation the first (p. 358)

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        Specimen Historicum Typographiae Romanae XV. saeculi opera et studio.

      Sumptibus Venantii Monaldini, Rome. 1778.. First Edition, 2 parts in one, xiv,[ii],308pp., title printed in red and black, enraged vignette of cherubs and type trays, engraved folding plate, cont. marbled sheep, spine gilt, a nice copy.Reviewing the origin of printing in Italy, he provides a chronological list of books printed in Rome during the fifteenth century. "A folding-plate contains specimens of the types of Sweynheym and Pannartz, two of the earliest Roman printers... Laire was one of the most learned bibliographers of France during the 18th century... At one time he was the librarian of Cardinal Brienne; subsequently he became librarian at the Ecole centrale de l'Yonne, in which position he remained up till his death." —Bigmore & Wyman, I. p. 416. Brunet III: 774. From the library of Bernard H. Breslauer.

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        DEN FORORDNEDE KIRKE-PSALME-BOG. Med hosføyede Collecter, Epistler og Evangelier, og Jesu Christi Lidelses Historie. Dernæst (1). Bønner for og efter Guds-Tjenesten. (2) Aarlige Kirke-Bønner. (3) Bønner ved Alterens Sacramentes Brug. (4) Daglige Morgen- og Aften-Bønner, it. for Reysende og Syge. (5) Davids syv poenitentse-Psalmer. (6) Det Apostoliske, Niceniske og Athanasianiske Symbolum. (7) Den Augsburgiske Confession. (8) Luther liden Catechismus.

      København, Andreas Hartvig Godiches Efterlerske, 1778. 408 sider. Indb. samtidigt tvillingebind af rødt maroquin med elegant dekoration på rygge og sider af rokokostempler i guld. Indvendig bordure og kantforgyldning. Forgyldt snit.. Et aldeles henrivende eksemplar af de meget sjældne og charmerende tvillingebind. Rygtitler: l. Psalme-Bog. 2. Evangel og Evistl. (Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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