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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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        Det götheborgska Wetenskaps och witterhets samhällets handlingar.

      Wetenskaps afdelningen. I-IV. Göteborg, L. Wahlström, 1778-88. 8:o. (2),108,(1) s. & 6 grav. plr + (14),68,(1) s. & 1 utvikbar grav. plansch + 109,(2) s. & 3 utvikbara grav. plr + 88 s. + Det götheborgska Wetenskaps och witterhets samhällets handlingar. Witterhets afdelningen. I-III. Göteborg, L. Wahlström, 1778-85. 8:o. (2),113,(1) + (2),96,(1,1 blank,1) + 103,(1) s. + Nya handlingar af kongl. Wettenskaps och witterhets samhället i Götheborg. I-V. Göteborg, S. Norberg, 1808-22. 8:o. 103,(1) s. & 3 utvikbara grav. plr + (2),94 s. + extra grav. titelblad,(4),X,54 s. & 1 grav. plansch & 7 handkolorerade grav. plr + extra grav. titelblad,(2),63,(1 blank,1) s. & 1 grav. plansch. & 6 handkolorerade grav. plr + extra grav. titelblad,(2),70 s. & 6 handkolorerade grav. plr. + Götheborgs kongl. Vetenskaps och vitterhets samhälles handlingar. Ny tidsföljd. Del I-VII. Göteborg, N. J. Gumpert & comp., Hedlund & Lindskog respektive D. F. Bonnier, 1850-61. 8:o. (4),161,(1 blank,2) + (4),149,(1 blank,2) s. & 3 litograferade plr + (6),171 s. & 1 litograferad plansch + (4),252,(1) + 157,(1 blank,6) + (4),140,(1) s. & 1 utvikbar litograferad plansch & 1 inbunden rättelselapp + (4),614,(1) s. Sex ngt nötta hfrbd från ca 1860 med guldornerade och blindpressade ryggar. Grönsprängda snitt. Ryggarna ngt småfläckiga och guldorneringen delvis oxiderad. "Nya handlingar" I-II i mindre format än svitens övriga delar. Del I av "wetenskaps afdelningen" delvis lagerfläckig och del II med fläck nedtill på s. (11)-5 och upptill på s. 17-21. Del I av "witterhets afdelningen" delvis lätt lagerfläckig och inledningsvis med några småfläckar i inre marginalen. "Nya handlingar" delvis lagerfläckiga och med små svaga fuktfläckar upptill. Del III med stora fuktränder på preliminärbladen. Förlust av några bokstäver i del V på s. 66. Ungefär hälften av planscherna i Hollbergs arbete med någon mindre fläck och/eller vita pappersfragment som fastnat då koloreringen uppenbarligen inte tillåtits torka ordentligt. Enstaka blyertsanteckningar i del II av "ny tidsföljd" och planscherna med respektive arts latinska namn prydligt införda i bläck. Med blåstpl "G. N. Museum" på titelbladet till del IV av "nya handlingar" och med L. F. Rääfs exlibris. Den sällsynta tabellen till Osbecks uppsats saknas i detta ex.. Krok 9 för Osbecks "Utkast til flora hallandica". Krok 7 för Holmbergers "Theorie om wäxternas kringspridande på jorden". Krok 1 för J. Flygares "En ny svensk ört". Krok 3 för Næzéns "Flora Stockholmensis". Hebbe 1583 för Alströmers "Märkvärdigheter vid boskaps-skötselen i Lombardiet, samlade under en resa i orten år 1779, jemte beskrifning på tilverkningen af parmesan-ost". Klemming Sveriges dramatiska litteratur s. 112 för Wallenbergs drama "Susanna". Av "witterhets afdelningen" utkom en fjärde och femte del 1797 respektive 1806. Del III-V av "nya handlingar" utgörs i huvudsak av Lars Hollbergs "Beskrifning öfver bohuslänske fiskarne" som av Björn Dal har kallats "ett av våra vackraste planschverk". Dess planscher graverades av August Pfeiffer och Johan August Beyer. Arbetet drogs med ekonomiska problem och Hollberg uppger i ett brev till Thunberg 1820 att endast 60-70 exemplar av första häftet då var sålda! Tryckningen av tredje delen möjliggjordes enbart genom att A. J. Hagströmer subventionerade varje exemplar med 30 riksdaler. I detta exemplar är medbundet en samtida eller nära samtida teckning i samma stil som övriga planscher. Motivet är en sandskädda och planschen är inbunden i anslutning till den beskrivande texten. I del I av "ny tidsföljd" ingår C. U. Ekströms "Kritiska anmärkningar öfver assessor Hollbergs Beskrifning öfver bohuslänska fiskarne", en uppsats som enligt Björn Dal åter gjorde Hollbergs arbete användbart. Del VII i "ny tidsföljd" utgörs i sin helhet av Niklas Westrings viktiga avhandling om svenska spindlar, "Aranae suecicae descriptae". Som exempel på samhällets vittra verksamhet kan "Sigurd och Brynhilda. Episkt försök efter Völsunga-sagan" av Eva Brag framhållas samt en översättning av Hedvig Schultz. Bland de många övriga medarbetarna kan nämnas bl.a. Sparrman, Thunberg, A. J. Retzius, Adlerbeth och Ödmann

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