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        Mimosa: or, the Sensitive Plant; a Poem. Dedicated to Mr. Banks, and addressed to Kitt Frederick, Dutchess of Queensberry, Elect

      vii, 17, [1] pp. Large 4to, modern red morocco-backed cloth boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt. London: "Printed for W. Sandwich, near the Admiralty; and sold by all the Booksellers within the Bills of Mortality. 1779." First edition of this anonymously published and innuendo-filled satire on botanists, especially Joseph Banks. "The mimosa, which is sensitive to touch, represents both the male and female sexual organs. Banks, the plant hunter, is constantly in search of new varieties of his 'sensitive plant' (that is, the vagina)..."-Sam George, Botany, Sexuality and Women's Writing 1760-1830 (2007), p. 109. The lengthy dedication to Banks will give an idea of the tone of this poem: "The plains of Otaheité...rear this plant to an amazing height. And though they are at times but roughly treated in the infancy of their propagation, yet when grown up, vigorous and erect, they are held in the highest estimation; and Queen Oberea, as well as her enamoured subjects, feel the most sensible delight in handling, exercising, and proving its virtues... "I wish you, however, Sir, to inform the world, since you have planted the seed of the Sensitive Plant in so many different soils, and have watched the propagation with so much anxiety, --what soil is most peculiarly fitted for its reception...there is hardly a girl of sixteen, who could not converse with you on the varieties... "Every fresh hot-bed into which it is plunged, gives it new life, new motions, and new essence." A further joke is the spurious publisher "Sandwich, near the Admiralty," a reference to Lord Sandwich, a close friend of Banks and his sponsor for the great Endeavour voyage of Capt. Cook from 1768-71. Both Banks and Sandwich were known to be "enthusiastic London clubmen as well as being fellow devotees of a free-living demi-monde."-ODNB. Fine copy, lacking the half-title. .

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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        Autograph Letter Signed

      This noted merchant, land speculator, canal and agricultural promoter and businessman began as a Revolutionary War patriot who acted as courier for George Washington and others; in 1779 he was sent to France with dispatches for Benjamin Franklin; by 1789 he was an Albany businessman and one of the founders of the Bank of Albany; in 1791, together with Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Stephen Bayard and Philip Van Cordtlandt, he explored western New York to purchase land and explore the idea of a canal connecting the Hudson River with Lake Erie -- making him one of the originators of the idea of the Erie Canal. ALS, 2pp, 7½" X 12½", New York, NY, 1798 June 22. Addressed to "Dear friend" -- Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1738-1810) of the influential Van Rensselaer family, a New York representative, president of the Bank of Albany from 1798-1806, lieutenant governor from 1801-04. Very good. Light age toning. Superb content, mainly concerning various financial matters. In part: " I know you have no Confidence in Perkins Points -- But Our Old [ ? ] has no Rest without their Aid every Evng. -- this is proof in Point -- So let me advise you to borrow a Set -- & have yourself Well Stroked.... The Ill Natured Mac Grigor has absolutely Refused to pay Nobles draft. But I am happy to add, Mr. Noble will be with you Next Week & will positively pay it. I am distressed to Death for Mony -- Mony -- & if I Could git the House off my Hands, I Should Risk Seriously of Quitting Here -- What think you of Hudson -- or Poughkipsie?" Intriguing, if cryptic: "Those best acquainted I find Viced [vexed?] with the utmost horror at impending Fate -- GOD only knows -- but we deserve & will surely be Severely Chastised -- Let me beg you will Still keep my old friend Richard the Prophet in Sight -- compare events & appearances with his predictions...." Fascinating if at times cryptic -- worthy of further research. Very scarce.

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        A Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Greek, Roman, British, Saxon, and English, Coins and Medals, in Gold, Silver and Copper, Antique Curiosities, Gems, and Books, of a Gentleman, deceased;

      Which will be sold by Auction, by Mr. Gerard, at his House, in Litchfield-Street, St. Anne's, Soho, on Thursday, the 18th of March, 1779, and the Two following days...Catalogues to be had, gratis, at Mr. Gerard's aforesaid. 12 pp. 8vo, early half-calf & marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. [London: 1779]. John Gerard was active as an auctioneer of books, coins, medals, and other antiquities from 1772 until his death in 1794. This is an attractive example of the sort of catalogue he issued every couple of months, interleaved and neatly priced with buyers' names for all but the last thirty lots. The sale consisted of about 300 lots, mostly coins and miscellaneous antiquities, but with a section of 21 lots of books and manuscripts at the end of the first day. Most intriguing is lot 90: "Sebastian Munster's brief Collection of strange and wonderful Things, bound in morocco, bl. let. 1566, -- Rybaut's Description of Florida, bl. let. -- 1566." Of the first title three editions are recorded -- 1572, 1574, and 1576 -- all exceedingly rare. The English translation of Jean Ribaut's descriptions of Florida was in fact printed in 1563, and is known in two copies only, at the British Library and Lambeth Palace. At the auction, these two books fetched 12s. 6d. and were acquired by "Money." In excellent condition and rare, as are virtually all Gerard sale catalogues. ESTC locates no copy in the U.S. and only four in the U.K. ❧ Munby & Coral, p. 76. .

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        THE HISTORY OF THE WAR IN AMERICA, BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND HER COLONIES

      Dublin. 1779-1785.. Three volumes. [2],[v]-vii,vi,9-41,[2],2-399; 427,[4]; [4],xii,432pp. plus large folding map in volume one. Contemporary calf; rebacked in lighter leather, spines gilt with leather label. Corners rubbed. Contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaves and titlepages. Minor scattered foxing and soiling. In third volume, pp.289-304 bound after pp.305-320. Very good. A complete set of one of the rarest histories of the Revolution, attributed to Patrick Gordon; complete sets are quite rare, with the third volume usually lacking. This copy contains the map of North America, though it lacks the folding table listing those killed or wounded British troops at Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Both of these striking additions are usually lacking. The first volume is a history of conflicts from 1774 to 1778, and the second volume prints political papers from the Stamp Act on. "The third volume, which continues the history to 1783, was a subsequent publication, and is seldom found with the other two" - Sabin. GEPHART 1001. SABIN 32226. HOWES G254, "b." STEVENS 1927 AMERICANA 105.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        ANTIENT METAPHYSICS: or, the Science of Universals. With an Appendix, containing an examination of the principles of Sir Isaac Newton's philosophy

      Edinburgh, J. Balfour and Co.; London, T. Cadell, 1779.. Volumes I and II only of 6 volumes, FIRST EDITIONS 1779 and 1782. 4to, approximately 280 x 210 mm, 11 x 8¼ inches, pages: xxi, (3), ix, (1), ix, (1), 555; xii, (20), 461, bound in modern quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt ornament in compartments, contrasting gilt lettered morocco labels, new endpapers. Volume I: 2 small signatures, 1 crossed through and a number on title page, corners of first and last 20 leaves dog-eared and slightly dust-soiled, 8 of them neatly repaired with old paper at the tip, final 5 leaves have larger crease at lower corner just affecting text but with no loss of legibility, closed tear to inner margin of 1 prelim page, neatly repaired, 1 text page torn across and repaired neatly, no loss of text, contents otherwise clean; Volume II: the same inscription to title page as in Volume I, contents clean. Bindings tight and firm. Very good copies of Volumes I and II in the scarce first edition. Volume I contains 59 pages devoted to the principles of Newton's philosophy in the Appendix and Chapter XIX expresses some of the author's criticism of the Newtonian system. Volume II is subtitled "containing a further examination of the principles of Sir Isaac Newton's philosophy" and Book V is entitled Of the Principles of Sir Isaac Newton's Astronomy and consists of 146 pages in which the author finds fault with various aspects of Newton's Principia. The 6 volumes were issued over a period of 20 years from 1779 to 1799 but only the first two contain criticism and commentary on Newton's work. They are considered a defence of Greek philosophy and are firmly attributed to Lord Monboddo (1714-1799), a Scottish judge and scholar who is remembered today as the founder of modern comparative historical linguistics. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF SHREWSBURY

      T. Wood 1779 - 1st 1779. Good condition with no wrapper. From its First Foundation to the Present Time. Containing a Recital of Occurrences and Remarkable Events for Above Twelve Hundred Years With an Appendix Containing Several Particulars Relative to Castles, Monastries Etc. in Shropshire. 10 x 8". Modern leather spine with raised bands, gilt titles. Marbled boards. 15 b/w plates. 244 pages + errata and directions to the binder. Includes list of subscribers. Book: all plates present. Boards rubbed. Name in ink to front endpaper. Additional information provided in contemporary hand on rear endpapers. Corners bumped. [S] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Catalogus musei Caesarei Vindobonensis numorum veterum: distributus in partes II quarum prior monetam urbium, populorum, regum, altera Romanorum complectitur

      Sumptibus Joannis Pauli Kraus, Vienna. 1779. First Edition, folio, 2 vols., in one, [xxxvi],292,[14]+6 leaves of engraved plates; [iv],562,[2]pp.,+2 leaves of engraved plates, first three leaves a little creased, some light browning, nineteenth-century half calf, slightly rubbed and peeling. Joseph Eckhel (1737-98) was a celebrated Austrian numismatist who is considered one of the founding figures of modern classical numismatics and their classification.

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        The Peerage of England, 10 volumes, 5th Edition, 1779-1784 -- 8 volumes plus 9th supplementary volume (A Supplement to the Fifth Edition of Collins's Peerage) and handwritten index volume

      Strahan, Rivington, et al. 1779 - 1784, London - 5th Edition, volumes 1-8 dated 1779, the Supplement is a first edition and is dated 1784. The tenth, index volume is bound in ca. 1820s half straight grained deep red morocco and marbled boards. The 9 volumes are bound in contemporary tree calf with a gilt insignia on the cover of each volume, with a coronet over a superimposed 'X' and 'S', with spines in a deeper, redder leather with gilt lettering on spine including dozens of families and peers in gilt listed in gilt on spines. VERY GOOD with light rubbing to outer joints, several volumes have some cracking to the inner hinges of the endpapers but all boards are still sturdily attached -- the 3rd volume has had its front board neatly reattached with japanese paper and looks great; the first volume has had neat reinforcement to the front inner hinge with japanese paper. The bindings are all very nice and handsome with outstanding warm tree calf boards and lovely gilt maroon spines. Contents are very good and bright and feature 228 engraved coats of arms. Bookplates inside of Joel Cheney Wells (associated with an optical company in Massachusetts). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books Pittsburgh PA, ABAA]
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        Lectures on the Universal Principles and Duties of Religion and Morality as they have been read in Margaret-Street, Cavendish-Square, in the Years 1776, and 1777

      [London:] Printed for the Author; and Sold by the Following Booksellers…J. Dodsley…J. Almon and W. Davis…[et al.], 1779 First edition. Contemporary calf. Spine ruled in gilt with burgundy morocco label. . Two volumes in one, quarto. . Engraved frontisportrait. Joints neatly repaired, title-page and next few pages dog-eared, first and last leaves lightly foxed. Overall a good, clean copy. David Williams (1738-1816) was a Welsh-born political and religious theorist and the founder of the Literary Fund, later the Royal Literary Fund, which helps published British writers in financial difficulties. Williams opened a chapel in Margaret Street in 1776 as an "experiment as a form of social worship 'in which all men may join who acknowledge the existence of a supreme intelligence, and the universal obligations of morality' (see his Liturgy on the Universal Principles of Religion and Morality, x–xi). The present work publishes his sermons at the Margaret Street chapel, which was dissolved in 1780 and replaced by a Philosophical Society, whose admission was controlled. Williams went on to express his views in the influential Letters on Political Liberty (1782), Lectures on Political Principals (1789) and Lectures on Education (1789). The work of Williams and other deists influenced religious thinking for the next two centuries.

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        The GENTLEMAN'S And LONDON MAGAZINE For 1779.

      [John Exshaw],, [Dublin]: 1779 - 21 copperplate engravings, many folding. A literary monthly from Dublin, published from 1741 - 1794. Now somewhat uncommon, with but 3 holdings, of this year, in the Union List of Serials [3rd]: Harvard, Cleveland Public & the Library Company of Philadelphia. 8vo. 1st volume edition. 712 pp. Text double column. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Travels Through Spain in the Years 1775 And 1776 in Which Several Monuments of Roman and Moorish Architecture are Illustrated By Accurate Drawings Taken on the Spot

      London : Printed for P. Elmsly, in the Strand . Good . 1779 . . Hardback . .

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        Tables of Insurance on Ships and Merchandize, Shewing What Sum

      1779. Walters, Thomas. Tables of Insurance on Ships and Merchandize, Shewing What Sum Must be Insured, To Cover Any Value from One, To One Thousand Pounds, Either on Commission, Or One's Own Account, So as to Receive, In Case of a Loss (After All Deductions) the Whole Nett Interest. Calculated at Every Premium from Ten Shillings to Sixty Guineas per Cent. London: Printed by the Author, 1779. viii, 104 pp. 55 pp. of additional manuscript tables. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked in period style with lettering piece and gilt fillets, corners and repaired. Light wear to extremities. Residue from small bookplate to front pastedown, bottom of title page excised with no loss to text. Early owner signature to verso of title page, early annotations to foot of each leaf. Light foxing in a few places, interior otherwise fresh. A handsome copy of a scarce item. * "Insurance on Ships and Merchandize, is an Expedient devised for securing to the Proprietors their Interest in case of a Loss; but Persons Insuring the Cost only, without including the Praemium, &c. paid for Insuring, will be Sufferers; and that in a greater proportion as Praemiums increase. To such therefore who wish to be fully covered when they Insure, this Book will be particularly useful; the Tables therein being constructed with Accuracy will facilitate the dispatch of Business, as they obviate the Errors and Loss of time in making troublesome calculations on every occasion and alteration of Praemiums...": Preface. OCLC locates 2 copies, KVK locates 3. Not in Goldsmiths.'

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        [SET OF TWENTY-TWO ISSUES OF THE JOURNALS OF CONGRESS FOR THE YEAR 1779]

      Philadelphia: Printed by David C. Claypoole, Jan. 1 - Aug.14, 1779.. Twenty-two issues (of forty-one total), ranging from nine to fifty-six pages each. January issue in folio, the rest octavo. String-tied as issued. January issue with some splitting along the center horizontal fold, costing a few letters of text in each leaf (excepting the titlepage). Occasional spotting, tanning, soiling or edgewear. In very good condition overall. Untrimmed, several issues unopened. In a half morocco box. An extremely rare collection, and a wonderful set, of twenty- two (of forty-one) individual weekly or monthly printings of the JOURNALS OF CONGRESS for 1779, in their original condition. These twenty-two issues are consecutive, beginning with January 1, 1779 and running uninterrupted through August 14. It is uncommon, in our experience, to assemble such a long run of consecutive issues of the weekly or monthly issues for 1779. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence, Congress recognized the necessity of publishing its proceedings on a timely basis. These volumes appeared in more or less annual volumes, but in inconsistent formats, and from three different printers: Robert Aitken, John Dunlap, and David Claypoole. During the year of 1779 only they were also printed in individual monthly and weekly issues, thus appearing in a more immediate manner. These more frequent printings were executed in very small numbers, and are extremely rare; each is known in only a few institutional copies (a single annual volume was reprinted from them in 1780, and this is what appears in sets). The Journals for 1779 contain the records of deliberation and legislation on a number of important issues, including the devaluation of currency, inspection of the army and other military matters, and punishment for Benedict Arnold. Also included are the roll call records of votes, and president of the Congress John Jay's circular letter to the states encouraging the idea of nationhood and a lasting union. A total of forty-one issues of the JOURNALS OF CONGRESS were published in 1779. The present collection contains three monthly issues and the rest are weekly. All are separate imprints and are assigned separate numbers by Evans and other bibliographers. This set includes the JOURNALS for the month of January, printed by Claypoole in folio format with the text in double columns. This issue is quite rare and the format unusual. The dates and pagination of the individual issues, all printed in Philadelphia by David C. Claypoole, are as follow: 1) Friday, January 1st, to Monday February 1st, 1779. 12pp. Folio. Evans 16585. 2) Monday, February 1st, to Monday, March 1st, 1779. 50pp. Evans 16586. 3) Monday, March 1st, to Tuesday, March 30th, 1779, Inclusive. 56pp. Evans 16587. 4) Wednesday, March 31st, to Saturday, April 10th, 1779, Inclusive. 24pp. Evans 16588. 5) Monday, April 12th, to Saturday, April 17th, 1779, Inclusive. 19pp. Evans 16589. 6) Monday, April 19th, to Saturday, April 24th, 1779, Inclusive. 24pp. This issue retains the original plain wrappers. Evans 16590. 7) Saturday, April 24th, to Monday, May 3d, 1779. 16pp. Evans 16591. 8) Saturday, May 1st, to Monday, May 10th, 1779. 15pp. Evans 16592. 9) Monday, May 10th, to Saturday, May 15th, 1779, Inclusive. 14pp. Evans 16593. 10) Monday, May 17th, to Saturday, May 22nd, 1779, Inclusive. 24pp. Evans 16594. 11) Monday, May 24th to Saturday, May 29th, 1779, Inclusive. 20pp. Evans 16595. 12) Monday, May 31st, to Saturday, June 5th, 1779, Inclusive. 15pp. Evans 16596. 13) Monday, June 7th, to Saturday, June 12th, 1779, Inclusive. 19pp. Evans 16597. 14) Monday, June 14th to Saturday, June 19th, 1779, Inclusive. 10pp. Evans 16598. 15) Monday, June 21st, to Saturday, June 26th, 1779, Inclusive. 13pp. Evans 16599. 16) Monday, June 28th, to Saturday, July 3d, 1779, Inclusive. 15pp. Evans 16600. 17) Monday, July 5th, to Saturday, July 12th, 1779, Inclusive. 9pp. Evans 16601. 18) Monday, July 12th to Saturday, July 17th, 1779, Inclusive. 10pp. Evans 16602. 19) Monday, July 19th, to Saturday, July 24th, 1779, Inclusive. 14pp. Evans 16603. 20) Monday, July 26th, to Saturday, July 31st, 1779, Inclusive. 16pp. Evans 16604. 21) Monday, August 2d, to Saturday, August 7th, 1779, Inclusive. 11pp. Evans 16605. 22) Monday, August 9th, to Saturday, August 14, 1779, Inclusive. 9pp. Evans 16606. Perhaps no better indication of the rarity of these weekly journals can be given than the experience of the famed collector of early American imprints, Michael Zinman. In the twenty years that Michael collected, he particularly pursued all of the variant printings of the Journals of Congress, and was able to obtain a total of only eleven of these 1779 weekly issues, one of which was imperfect. The Journals are one of the most vital records of the Revolutionary and Confederation period. They constitute one of the founding documents of the American Republic. A collection such as this, in original condition, is of the greatest rarity.

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        LES QUATRE HEURES DE LA TOILETTE DES DAMES, POEME EROTIQUE EN QUATRE CHANTS

      Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1779. Minor foxing to title, one page repaired, else near fine.. First edition [xvi], 84p. Illustrated with engraved title frontispiece, vignette, 4 plates, and 4 tailpieces by Leclerc. Newly rebound in quarter dark green morocco with marbled sides, original spine label retained Fine engravings, the rare first edition

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        THE TOWN MEETING [manuscript caption title]

      [N.p., but possibly New York. ca. 1779].. [3]pp. Folio, on a folded sheet. Old fold lines. Some separation at vertical fold, old folds on final leaf neatly repaired with later paper. Docketed on verso. Light foxing and wear. About very good. A contemporary manuscript copy, in an unknown hand, of Stansbury's "The Town Meeting," a Loyalist screed in twenty-seven verses. This clever but bitter poem was first published at New York in Rivington's ROYAL GAZETTE, No. 286, June 26, 1779 under the title of "An Historical Ballad of the Proceedings at Philadelphia, 24th and 25th May, 1779, by a Loyalist who happened to pass through the City at that Time, on his way from the Southward to New York." Stansbury's opening shot across the bow calls into question the character of the Continental officers: "But when, on closer look, I spied / The Speaker march with gallant stride, / I knew myself mistaken; / For he, on Trenton's well-fought day / To Burlington mistook his way / And fairly saved his bacon. / With him a number more appeared, / Whose names their Corp'rals never heard / To muster-rolls a stranger: / To save their fines they took the Gun / Determined with the rest to run / On any glimpse of danger." In the second canto, he speaks of looting Tory property, writing: "The Mob tumultuous instant seize / With venom'd rage on whom they please / The People cannot err; / Can it be wrong in Freedom's Cause / To tread down Justice, Order, Laws, / When all the Mob concur." He later takes particular jabs at James Bayard, Joseph Reed, and Benjamin Rush, among others. Joseph Stansbury (1750–1809) was an importing merchant who was born in England, moved to Philadelphia, and then New York. A devoted Loyalist, Stansbury and his good friend Joanthan Odell together wrote satiric political verse in support of the Crown. His verses were later edited by Winthrop Sargent under the title of STANSBURY'S AND ODELL'S LOYAL VERSES (Albany, 1860). Notably, Stansbury and Odell acted as intermediaries between Benedict Arnold and General Henry Clinton when Arnold decided to defect to the British. Stansbury, in fact, served as courier for Benedict Arnold's first written overture to Clinton. A manuscript copy such as this may have been circulated amongst friends. An interesting piece of contemporary Loyalist literature.

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        Nuove Canzoni Pastorali ed Altre Rime Diverse di Girolamo Pompei Gentiluomo Veronese. Si aggiungono alcuni suoi volgarizzamenti dal Greco.

      per gli eredi di Marco Moroni con licenza de' superiori, 1779 - In Verona, per gli eredi di Marco Moroni con licenza de' superiori, 1779. In 8 de XL-228pp., reliure en plein carton souple de l'époque, titre manuscrit à l'encre noire à la tête du dos, frontispice orné d'un magnifique portrait de Maria Beatrice d'Este à laquelle le livre est dédié, gravé par Christophe de l'Aqua Nicentia, ex-libris manuscrit à l'encre noire de l'époque sur une étiquette en bandeau contrecollée sur la page de titre au nom de Stefano Longanesi di Bagnocavallo, date 1796 manuscrite à l'encre noire au dessus des indications d'imprimeur, dernière page de garde absente, grandes marges, intérieur frais, la fin du volume contient principalement des épigrammes écrits en grec avec la traduction en italien au dessus, bon et bel exemplaire. Ouvrage peu commun. Girolamo Pompei (1731-1788), natif de Vérone et décédé dans la même ville, est surtout connu pour sa traduction des ''Vies'' de Plutarque et ses écrits imitant ceux de Gessner. Cet ouvrage contient des écrits pastoraux, avec des chants et des sonnets ainsi qu'un index. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        CRATA REPOA ("... or How in the Ancient Times Was conducting Initiation into the Secret Society of Egyptian Priests"). First in Russian

      St. Petersburg: Kleen, 1779 Text in Russian. 6-1/8" x 4" half-leather. Engraved decorations. Occult treatise. From the library of Petr Kaznacheev with his bookplate. Very Rare. Bound together with "Dikiy Chelovek...". Price is for both books. Please see the picture. For more images please visit our website. . HB.

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        Historia Corographica, Natural y Evangelica de la Nueva Andalucía, Provincias de Cumaná, Guayana, y vertientes del río Orinoco.

      [Madrid], [Juan de San Martín] 1779 - Fol. mayor (34,6x23,4 cm.) Frontis grabado, mapa grabado y 3 láminas grabadas al cobre. Plena piel de época marmoleada, lomo con tejuelo. Ejemplar en GRAN PAPEL de la primera edición de la que sin duda alguna está considerada como la fuente más importante para el estudio histórico y descriptivo de Venezuela, norte de Brasil y Guayanas. Fray Antonio Caulín, misionero dominico, participó en la expedición formada para fijar los límites entre España y Portugal en las fuentes del Orinoco y del Río Negro, conociendo así, sobre el terreno, el territorio, la geografía, la historia natural y los grupos indígenas de esta zona del Nuevo Mundo que después describiría detalladamente en su Historia Corographica. Fray Antonio Caulín divide su obra en cuatro libros. El primero de ellos lo dedica por entero a situarnos en el contexto geográfico, étnico y sociopolítico en el que pretende desarrollar su obra. En el segundo nos relata las diferentes conquistas que directa o indirectamente ha recogido convirtiéndose en algunos capítulos en espectador directo. En el tercer libro pasa a relatar la propia conquista evangélica, misiones, fundaciones, expediciones, de misioneros que se adentran en el desierto verde de la selva. La última parte es una exhortación a los religiosos, para que busquen por medio de la predicación una salvación de su alma. También se encuentran elegías a la vida de sus predecesores o a compañeros con los que convivió, que invitan a reflexionar sobre la 'muerte en santidad' y la 'plena salvación'. La descripción científica de las observaciones, el método seguido para elaborarlas, la búsqueda de la verdad que le hace contradecir en numerosas ocasiones a los tratadistas ya consolidados, son los aspectos más sobresalientes de la Historia Corográfica. La obra se sitúa dentro del grupo de estudios científicos que, sufragados por la monarquía, tenían como objetivo alcanzar un mayor grado de conocimiento de la geografía, etnología, historia natural y economía, entre otros aspectos, de las posesiones españolas en América. El mapa plegado que lo ilustra fue grabado por Louis de Surville por orden del ministro de Indias José de Gálvez. Buen ejemplar, conservando su encuadernación original. Palau, 50407; Medina, BHA, 4893; Salvá, 3291. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE EXAMINATION OF JOSEPH GALLOWAY, Esq; Late Speaker of the House of Assembly of Pennsylvania. Before the House of Commons, in a committee on the American Papers. With Explanatory Notes

      London, J. Wilkie, 1779.. FIRST EDITION, 1779, 8vo, approximately 210 x 125 mm, 8¼ x 4¾ inches, pages: [2], 1-85, bound in half morocco over marbled sides, gilt dividing lines, gilt lettering to spine with gilt motif and rules at head and tail, marbled endpapers. Tail of spine very slightly chipped, upper hinge cracked but holding firmly, gilt lettering on spine slightly worn, corners slightly rubbed, title page lightly foxed, originally published as a pamphlet with stab holes showing in inner margins. A very good copy of the first edition. Reprinted the following year in London, there was no American edition until 1855. Joseph Galloway (1731–1803) was a prominent loyalist during the American Revolution. He was born at West River, Maryland and moved with his father to Pennsylvania in 1740, where he received a liberal schooling. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and began practice in Philadelphia. Galloway was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1757-1775 and served as Speaker of the House from 1766-1774. He was a member of the Continental Congress in 1774, where he proposed a compromise plan for Union with Great Britain which would provide the colonies with their own parliament subject to the crown. He signed the nonimportation agreement, but was opposed to independence of the thirteen colonies and remained loyal to the King. In December of 1776, Galloway joined the British General Howe and accompanied him on his capture of Philadelphia. During the British occupation, he was appointed Superintendent of Police, and headed the civil government. When the British withdrew, he went with them, and, in 1778, he moved to England. That same year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly convicted him of high treason and confiscated his estates. In 1779 he was examined before the House of Commons on the conduct of the war in America, and made accusations against the British commander, claiming that the failure of the British was because of General Howe's incompetence. See A Dictionary of Books Relating to America by Joseph Sabin, Volume 1, Galloway, column 136, 26427. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Toilet of Flora; or, A Collection of the Most Simple and Approved Methods of Preparing Baths, Essences, Pomatums, Powders, Perfumes, and Sweet-Scented Waters -

      London: Printed for J. Murray, 1779. Third edition ("A New Eition [sic], Improved"). 12mo. Frontispiece (mounted). [xxii], 252 pp., lacking half-title. Recased in paper boards over cloth, paper spine label titled in manuscript. Binding worn, loss to spine label, small hole to title-page, light dampstaining to first few leaves, worming at gutter, rear joint cracked. ESTC T145047 . The third English edition of this early beauty manual, a translation of La toilette de Flore by Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz

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        A View Of The Evidence Relative to the Conduct of The American War Under Sir William Howe, Lord Viscount Howe, and General Burgoyne; as Given Before a Committee of the House of Commons Last Session of Parliament. To which is added A Collection of The Celebrated Fugitive Pieces

      London: Sold by Richardson and Urquart under the Exchange ..., 1779. The second edition, same year as the first. Front hinge weak but firm, some wear in spine channels and ends, rubbing of edges, old name (?Lord Blanty?) in ink at top of title page, interior fine. Octavo.

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        THE TOWN MEETING [manuscript caption title].

      [N.p., but possibly New York. ca. 1779]. - [3]pp. Folio, on a folded sheet. Old fold lines. Some separation at vertical fold, old folds on final leaf neatly repaired with later paper. Docketed on verso. Light foxing and wear. About very good. A contemporary manuscript copy, in an unknown hand, of Stansbury's "The Town Meeting," a Loyalist screed in twenty-seven verses. This clever but bitter poem was first published at New York in Rivington's ROYAL GAZETTE, No. 286, June 26, 1779 under the title of "An Historical Ballad of the Proceedings at Philadelphia, 24th and 25th May, 1779, by a Loyalist who happened to pass through the City at that Time, on his way from the Southward to New York." Stansbury's opening shot across the bow calls into question the character of the Continental officers: "But when, on closer look, I spied / The Speaker march with gallant stride, / I knew myself mistaken; / For he, on Trenton's well-fought day / To Burlington mistook his way / And fairly saved his bacon. / With him a number more appeared, / Whose names their Corp'rals never heard / To muster-rolls a stranger: / To save their fines they took the Gun / Determined with the rest to run / On any glimpse of danger." In the second canto, he speaks of looting Tory property, writing: "The Mob tumultuous instant seize / With venom'd rage on whom they please / The People cannot err; / Can it be wrong in Freedom's Cause / To tread down Justice, Order, Laws, / When all the Mob concur." He later takes particular jabs at James Bayard, Joseph Reed, and Benjamin Rush, among others. Joseph Stansbury (1750–1809) was an importing merchant who was born in England, moved to Philadelphia, and then New York. A devoted Loyalist, Stansbury and his good friend Joanthan Odell together wrote satiric political verse in support of the Crown. His verses were later edited by Winthrop Sargent under the title of STANSBURY'S AND ODELL'S LOYAL VERSES (Albany, 1860). Notably, Stansbury and Odell acted as intermediaries between Benedict Arnold and General Henry Clinton when Arnold decided to defect to the British. Stansbury, in fact, served as courier for Benedict Arnold's first written overture to Clinton. A manuscript copy such as this may have been circulated amongst friends. An interesting piece of contemporary Loyalist literature.

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        Dictionnaire Historique de la Ville de Paris et ses Environs. (Dédié à M. Le Marechal .

      Chez Moutard. Paris. 1779. - . Duc de Brissac). 4 volumes in-8, reliés plein cuir d'époque, manquent les coiffes, 8ff. une grande carte depl. de Paris et des environs+720+792+784+un grand plan de Paris+847pp.

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        Descrizione della Cargna nel Friuli del Conte Iacopo Valvasone. Ragguaglio geografico storico del territorio di Monfalcone nel Friuli.

      Stamperia Murera 1779 - 1741 Descrizione della Cargna nel Friuli del Conte Iacopo Valvasone di Maniaco scrittore del secolo XVI illustrata con annotazioni, 1779. Ragguaglio geografico storico del territorio di Monfalcone nel Friuli. Di BASILIO, Asquini De' Cherici Regolari di S. Paolo volgarmente detti Bernabiti. Dedicato a sua eccellenza il signor Pietro Gradenogo Patrizio Veneto. In Udine, nella Stamperia Murera, 1741. In-8° grande, pergamena coeva con tassello in pelle e titolo in oro. I. 56 pp.; II. xii, 228 pp. complessive. Due opere legate assieme rare. Edizione originale. Bell' esemplare.

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        A Dictionary of the Norman or Old French Language; Collected From

      1779. Kelham, Robert [1717-1808]. A Dictionary of the Norman or Old French Language; Collected From Such Acts of Parliament, Parliament Rolls, Journals, Acts of State, Records, Law Books, Antient Historians, Acts of State, and Manuscripts, as Relate to This Nation. Calculated To Illustrate the Rights and Customs of Former Ages, the Forms of Laws and Jurisprudence, the Names of Dignities and Offices, of Persons and Places; and to Render the Reading of Those Records, More Easy; As Well as Restore the True Sense and Meaning of Many Words, Hitherto Deemed quite Obscure or Mistranslated. To Which are Added The Laws of William the Conqueror, With Notes and References. London: Printed For Edward Brooke, 1779. viii, 259, [1]; xii, 88 [i.e. 90] pp. Two parts in one with individual title pages and paginations. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, untrimmed edges, endpapers renewed. Toning, light foxing to a few leaves, some soiling to title page and verso of final index leaf. Early owner signatures (of Thomas Adam, William Chapple and one other that is illegible) to head of title page, hand, interior otherwise clean. * First edition. This pioneering work was not superseded until the twentieth century. In 1843 it was reprinted and appended to Bouvier's Law Dictionary. The second part containing the laws of William the Conqueror is printed in three columns containing the text in Norman, Latin translations by a Dr. Wilkins and English translations by Kelham. "Though far from complete, it is the best work of the Kind": Marvin, Legal Bibliography (1847) 435. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:9 (35).

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        The History of Women, from the Earliest Antiquity to the Present Time Giving Some Account of almost every interesting Particular concerning that Sex; among all Nations, ancient and modern. I-II.

      London, printed for W. Strahan; And Caddell in the Strand 1779. 4to. (8) + 368 + (13) pp. and (4) + 344 + (13) pp. Contemp. full "tree" calf. All corners rubbed down. Professionally rebacked, leather of the old spine kept, but fitted w. new labels. Armorial book-pl. in both vols., the name erased. Textblocks on beautiful cream paper with lovely typography, clean and firm.. The History of Women is part of a broader, contested set of Scottish narratives of gender relations published in the 1770s

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        The History of Women from the Earliest Antiquity to the Present Time.

      London: Strahan and Cadell, 1779. . The History of Women from the Earliest Antiquity to the Present Time, giving some account of almost every interesting Particular concerning that Sex, among all Nations, ancient and modern by William Alexander. A 1st edition. Published by Strahan and Cadell, London 1779. Two volumes in one. Size 28.5 by 23 cm. Full leather binding which has been restored to include new spine and corners, with the original title in gold between raised bands. 368 and 344 pages, plus index. Bookplate inside front board of Nathaniel Barton, who may have been the original owner. VG condition. Images available.

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        Carte de la Guinée

      Venice, 1779. Copper engraving, 45.5 x 61 cms, recent hand-colour, light vertical fold to right of centrefold, blank verso; the west coast of Africa from the Cap Verde islands to the Congo, with inset map of the Gold Coast, after D'Anville, lower left.

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        RACCOLTA DI 10 OPERE

      PESARO, IN CASA GAVELLI, 1779- FANO, ANDREA DONATI, 1779- PESARO, CASA GAVELLI, 1780- IBIDEM, 1780- IBIDEM, 1781- IBIDEM, 1784-IBIDEM, 1781-BOLOGNA, LELIO DELLA VOLPE, 1782- PESARO, CASA GAVELLI, 1782- IBIDEM, 178410 volumi in 1 tomo In-4° Buone Piena pergamena Legatura originale in piena pergamena, titolo breve manoscritto al dorso, tagli rossi; alla carta di sguardia anteriore, lacuna lineare da taglio al bordo superiore con indice manoscritto delle opere contenute. I volume: MEMORIE PER LA STORIA DELLA CHIESA PESARESE NEL SECOLO XIII. 143 pagine numerate comprese il frontespizio con titolo e medaglione con all'interno la città di Pesaro; a pagina 3, testatina e capolettera incisi, a pagina 74 incisione su rame a mezza pagina con scorcio paesaggistico. II volume: RIFLESSIONI SOPRA UN RICORSO DATO DA ALCUNI CASTELLI DEL PESARESE. 28 pagine numerate, compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio tipografico. III volume: MEMORIE DELL'UDITOR GIAMBATTISTA PASSERI TRA GLI ARCADI FERALBO. 67 pagine mal numerate 63; al verso dell'ultima, Errata, compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio tipografico; a pagina 3, testatina e capolettera silografati; al verso dell'ultima pagina, Errata. IV volume: DELLE FIGLINE PESARESI E DI UN LARARIO PUERILE TROVATO IN PESARO. 21 pagine numerate, compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio tipografico silografati; a pagina 3, testatina e capolettera silografati; nel testo, 4 illustrazioni archeologiche incise a piena pagina; un finalino silografato. V volume: DI ALCUNE ANTICHITA' CRISTIANE CONSERVATE IN PESARO NEL MUSEO OLIVIERI. 37 pagine numerate, bianco il verso dell'ultima, compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio silografato; a pagina 3 testatina e capolettera silografati; nel testo, 10 illustrazioni a carattere archeologico incise a piena pagina. VI volume: DI ALCUNE ALTRE ANTICHITA' CRISTIANE CONSERVATE IN PESARO NEL MUSEO OLIVIERI. 7 pagine numerate, bianco il verso dell'ultima, compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio silografato; pagina 3, testatina silografata; nel testo, 3 illustrazioni a carattere archeologico incise e di varie dimensioni. VII volume: LETTERA SOPRA UN MEDAGLIONE NON ANCORA OSSERVATO DI COSTANZO SFORZA SIGNORE DI PESARO. 12 pagine numerate compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio silografato; a pagina 3 testatina e capolettera silografati; nel testo, 1 illustrazione incisa apiena pagina raffigurante un medaglione. VIII volume: ILLUSTRAZIONE DI UN SIGILLO DELLA ZECCA DI ORVIETO. 8 pagine numerate compreso il frontespizio con titolo e medaglione silografato. IX volume: NOTIZIE DI BATTISTA DI MONTEFELTRO MOGLIE DI GALEAZZO MALATESTA SIGNOR DI PESARO. Frontespizio con titolo e fregio silografato; 2 pagine non numerate con 1 capolettera e 1 finalino silografati; 36 pagine numerate, 1 finalino. X volume: ORAZIONI IN MORTE DI ALCUNI SIGNORI DI PESARO DELLA CASA MALATESTA. 40 pagine numerate, compreso il frontespizio con titolo e fregio silografato, a apagina 3, capolettera silografato; 1 finalino. Annibale degli Abati Olivieri fu archeologo, numismatico e bibliofilo, considerato il fondatore della biblioteca Oliveriana di Pesaro. Egli studiò prima a Bologna e successivamente a Pisa. Nel 1737 pubblica il Marmora Pisaurensia notis illustrata sulle epigrafi pesaresi, tomo ampliato dall'autore fino a poco prima di morire. Nel 1738 fu la volta dell'opera Dissertazione sopra due medaglie sannitiche. Seguì un periodo prolifero di pubblicazioni, come testimoniano le Dissertazione sulla fondazione di Pesaro, dove sostenne l'origine greca della città, le Memorie del porto di Pesaro, le Memorie di Gradara, terra nel contado di Pesaro, le Memorie di Novillara e Memorie di Alessandro Sforza Signore di Pesaro Nel 1756, e le opre qui descritte. Donò alla comunità di Pesaro la sua importante e ricca libreria, oltre ad una raccolta antiquaria, formata essenzialmente da materiale di scavo quasi tutto pesarese. Raro e interessante insieme. Esemplare in buono stato conservativo, in perfetta legatura, interno fresco, salvo sporadiche ossidazioni a poche pagine. ITALIANO

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        The Art of Drawing in Perspective: Wherein the Doctrine of Perspective is clearly and concisely treated of, upon Geometrical Principles; and a Mechanical Method of Perspective and Designing invented, for the Benefit of such as are Strangers to Mathematics. Illustrated with Variety of Copper-Plate Figures. To which are annexed, The Arts of Painting upon Glass, and Drawing in Crayons; with Directions for making Crayons after the French and Italian Manner: Also the Art of Etching; and that of Japanning upon Wood, or any Metal, so as to imitate China; with Instructions for making Black or Gilt Japan Ware, both beautiful and light; and for making the hardest and most transparent Varnishes. And, to which is added, A Method of casting Amber in any Form whatever. The Sixth Edition

      London: Printed for J. Johnson..., 1779. 12mo, pp. iv, 92, folding engraved frontispiece, original marbled paper wrappers; fragile, with front cover and first four leaves detached, corners a bit crushed. The noted inventor James Ferguson (1710 - 1776) published The Art of Drawing in Perspective in 1775, but this is a different book. First published in 1755, it was republished several times, with some editions being much shorter. ESTC T153184 locates two copies only: BL and Harvard; all editions are uncommon.

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        AN IMPARTIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR IN AMERICA; FROM ITS FIRST COMMENCEMENT, TO THE PRESENT TIME; TOGETHER WITH THE CHARTERS OF THE SEVERAL COLONIES, AND OTHER AUTHENTIC INFORMATION

      Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed for T. Robson..., [1779].. Two volumes. 573;576pp. plus twenty-two portraits (of 23, also without a folding plan). Modern three quarter calf and marbled boards, leather label. Bit tanned, some offsetting on titlepages from facing portraits. Just about very good. Lacks the maps. A later edition, the first having been issued in parts as three volumes in 1778-80. Sabin notes: "The author's political principles were democratic in sentiment, and it is a little doubtful whether his history IS 'impartial.' The...portraits are of much interest...." HOWES M916. SABIN 51507.

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        Calcul des rentes viageres 1779 and Recherches sur les rentes, les emprunts et les remboursements 1787

      Paris, chez Cellot & Jombert - Paris, chez l'auteur et Geneve chez Franc. Dufart 1779 - One volume in 4to.; pp. VIII, première partie 44, 19 mostly folding tables; seconde partie 58, (2); pp. (8), 125, (3), 2 folding tables and 2 folding engraved plates; contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, spine richly gilt in compartments with contrasting gilt lettering-piece, very little bumped, marbled endpapers, exlibris "Lemercier-des-Alleuz" on front cover pastedown, red edges, wide margins, clena and crisp, a very good and decorative copy. Both works in first edition and with the "approbation de l'Académie Royale des Sciences", signed by the Marquis de Condorcet. Early and important treatises on the calculation of life annuities and the theory of loans repayable by constant or variable annuities using mathematical formulae and giving practical examples. Sanit-Cyran: INED 4040; Du Villard: INED 1715, Kress B 1204, Goldsmiths 13438 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        De la Passion du Jeu, depuis les temps anciens jusqu' à nos jours.

      Paris, de l' Imprimerie de Monsieur. 1779 - Deux parties en un vol. in-8 ; 1 f.bl.- XXXVI- 267- (1) pp. ; (4)- 335- (1) pp.- 1 f.bl. ; 1/2 veau marbré fauve, dos lisse orné, tranches marbrées bleues d' origine, rel. moderne dans l' esprit d' une rel. XVIIIe. Ed. originale, Cioranescu 27105 ; INED 1682, (chapitres sur les loteries). Au- delà de la dénonciation des dangers du Jeu, innombrables anecdotes sur les divers moyens de perdre/gagner de l' argent, sur les tripots, la pègre, etc. Dusaulx se complait à citer des passages de "chefs- d' oeuvre scandaleux", mettant en scène noblesse et clergé. Intérieurement quasi neuf, reliure neuve, évidemment. L' ex- libris d' origine a été conservé. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Letter to a Friend in the Country, Relative to the Intended School, at Ackworth, in Yorkshire. The Second Edition, with Additions

      London: Printed and sold by James Phillips..., 1779. 8vo (in 4s), 211 x 133 mms., pp. 64, folding engraved frontispiece and two folding engraved plates at end, uncut in contemporary marbled wrappers (rubbed and faded), stitched as issued; some slight, short tears to plates not affecting plate area. SOLD WITH: An engraved medallion, 50 mms. in diameter, of Fothergill, struck in 1879, in commemoration of the centennial of Ackworth School, with Fothergeill's profile on the obverse and an image of the school on the reverse. Fothergill (1712 - 1780) the previous year; this edition has been expanded from the 48 pges of the 1778 edition to 64. A friend of Benjamin Franklin, he wrote to him to describe the proposed school as "a school for a plain English education' for the sons and daughters of poor Friends." ODNB notes that the school is "Fothergill's most important monument." ESTC T1885 locates the following North American copies: Swarthmore, Harvard, Haverford, Library Company of Philadelphia, and Yale; there are two copies of the first edition, Harvard and McMaster.

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        POOR RICHARD IMPROVED: BEING AN ALMANACK AND EPHEMERIS THE MOTIONS OF THE SUN AND MOON; THE TRUE PLACES AND ASPECTS OF THE PLANETS; THE RISING AND SETTING OF THE SUN; AND THE RISING, SETTING AND SOUTHING OF THE MOON, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1780. Being Bissextile or Leap-Year. Containing Also the Lunations, Conjuctions, Eclipses, Judgment of the Weather, Rising and Setting of Th Planets, Length of Days and Nights, Fairs, Courts, Roads Together with Useful Tables, Chronological Observations, And

      Philadelphia: Printed and Sold By Hall and Sellers. Fair. 1779. Hardcover. Disbound with no covers or wraps. 90 pages. The first 5 leaves are tattered heavily along edges with tears on each leaf, one of which is incomplete. The remaining leaves are toned but free of tears with minor tattering along edges. Faded marginalia handwritten in the 18th century. ; 90 pages .

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        Military Memoirs of Great Britain: or, A History of the War, 1755-1763

      Edinburgh: for the Author, 1779. 8vo., (8 3/8 x 5 2/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece portrait of George II, title-page and dedication leaf, and 11 portrait plates (scattered foxing throughout, plates of Marshall Keith and General Wolfe with short tears affecting the images). Modern half crimson morocco, gilt. First edition. Including detailed accounts of the British war against France in America (the Seven Years War), including the "Unsuccessful expedition against Louisbourg", "... Defeat of the British at Ticonderoga", the "Expedition against Quebec" and the death of General Wolfe, the "... Cherokee War", and battles in places as disparate as Newfoundland and Havanna. The portrait plates include those of Admiral Boscowan, General Amherst, General Wolfe, and Admiral Keppel. Ramsay "defined an American national history. Among his contemporaries he stands out not only for his productivity--six major and several minor historical works--but also for having been the first to compose histories addressed to the needs of the newly developing phenomenon of revolutionary nationalism. For Ramsay the achievement of political and cultural nationhood took on the flavor of a crusade... " (Arthur Shaffer for ANB.org). Howes R-31; Land 740; Sabin 67680; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 522. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department.

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        Travels Through Spain in the Years 1775 and 1776. In which several monuments of Roman and Moorish architecture are illustrated by accurate drawings taken on the spot

      London: Printed for P. Elmsly, 1779. First edition. A very good copy in the original leather boards with modern leather spine. With large fold-out itinerary map of Spain, approximately 21 x 17 ½ inches. Also with 18 engraved plates based on drawings by the author (7 of which are folding). Swinburne (1743-1803) left his country estate to journey through Spain with Sir Thomas Gascoigne, writing and drawing as he went, and on his return sent his manuscript for publication. This was the first antiquarian book on Spain to be published in England, and Spain was relatively unknown territory at the time of Swinburne’s extensively described travels. Swinburne discusses early Roman architecture and history and the extensive development of trade with Northern Africa and the Mediterranean countries. Swinburne also provides much historical background, and discusses the reigns of the Castilian and Aragon kings including Ferdinand of Aragon. His careful examination and praise for Moorish architecture were unusual, being written a century and a half before the British fascination with Moorish architecture during the 19th-century Romantic period. His Travels are also extensively cited by Edward Gibbon.

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        LA CADUTA DEL VELINO NELLA NERA. in Roma per il Casaletti, 1779.

      Carton. orig. policr., XXIV pp 1 mappa ripieg. con il corso del fiume Nera, 1 incis. con la cascata, 1 incis. con un ponte sul Velino. Picc. macchie, abras. sul carton., altrim. buona copia con ampi marg.

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        PENÉLOPE. 1779. / Penelope llorando sobre el arco de Ulises / Penelope Weeping over the Bow of Ulysses / Penelope pleurant sur l arc d Ulysse.

      - Bello Grabado ovalado con texto explicativo en inglés y francés al pie de estampa. firmas en plancha de Angelica Kauffman pinxt; JM Delattre sculp; F. Bartolozzi direx. Londres. London. Published according to Act Sep. 29. 1779 by Ann Bryer. Buen estado excelente impresión. Lugar: Londres, Año: 1779 Técnica: Grabado calcográfico. Punteado (stipple) y aguafuerte en sanguina., Otros datos: Jean Marie Delatre (1746-1840); Francisco Bartolozzi (c. 1725-1815), Notas: Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) nace en Suiza. Retratista y pintora de historia. Su obra fue apreciada por los grandes personajes del momento como Goethe o Winckelmann y pasó

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        An Abridgment of Penal Statutes, Which Exhibits at One View . . . The Offences, Punishments or Penalties . . . Number of Witnesses, What Justices, The Enacting Statutes [etc.]. Second Edition

      Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall . . . For the Author [etc.] London 1779] - Contemporary tree-calf, joints cracked, label lacking, sewing a bit fragile, else a very clean, even attractive copy, signed boldly by Addington A comprehensive work prepared by Addington while a Bow Street magistrate, this copy possessing a second Bow Street association, with the notation on the title "given to me by Sampson Wright Esq, one of the magistrates of Bow Street Westminster"

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        NATHAN DER WEISE EIN DRAMATISCHES GEDICHT, IN FÜNF AUFZÜGEN

      No Place [Berlin Leipzig]: No Publisher [C. F. Voss]. 1779. 12mo, Period Paper covered boards. (4) , 276 pages. The scarce first edition, first issue with the misspelling, "Ein reichre Mann", on p. 95 line 11 of the first "Ideendrama", the first ideological idea drama. This is the dramatic plea for religious tolerance, the performance of which was forbidden by the Church shortly after its appearance. One of the main works by the most important German poets of the Enlightenment. “He [Lessing] became involved in the theological controversy due to his publication of the so-called "Wolfenbüttel fragments" of the deistic work of H. S. Reimarus. Assailed by every kind of sectarian prejudice, and prevented from answering by the government, Lessing returned to "my old pulpit, the stage", with "Nathan der Weisse" (1779) , a noble plea for toleration which put his adversaries to shame. " (Printing and the Mind of Man p. 129) . Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 - 1781) was one of the most important and influential German writers. He was a poet, publicist, art critic and philosopher, and his literary writings greatly influenced later German literature. He became a leading figure of German Enlightenment, and his works are renowned for their literary style, their wit and their irony, and for him the dialogue plays a central role as a means of reaching the truth. Early on Lessing showed a considerable interest in the theatre, and with his works on and within this subject, he wished to help found the development of the new German bourgeois theatre. The idea was to create something new that was not just an imitation of French theatre, and he enlivened the thoughts of Aristotle and the reception of Shakespeare in order to create the ultimate theatre. All of his thoughts and writings are governed by the idea of freedom, and thus also his thoughts on theatre; his ideas of freeing the theatre from the dominance of the French model reflects his ideas of freeing religion from the dogma of the Church. And it is this freedom that is defended in his dramatic work "Nathan the Wise". After having published a number of theoretical writings, he was forbidden to publish any more, and he worked his religious position into his dramatic work. As in his other philosophical and religious writings, he here argues against the belief in revelation and a literal interpretation of the Bible by the predominant orthodox doctrine. He defends other world religions and preaches tolerance for these. The play takes place in Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, and it is the story of bridging the gaps of the three main religions, Judaism (Nathan) , Christianity (the Templar) and Islam (Sultan Saladin) , -a theme that cannot be said to have lost its relevance a couple of centuries later. Nathan believes that every man lives by the religion that he has been taught by those he respects, and Nathan, the Wise, is partly modelled after Lessing's close friend Moses Mendelssohn. Wilpert/ Gühring: Lessing: 77 Some light foxing and staining as expected. Edgwear to boards, notation on title page, Good Condition in custom buckram (cloth) archival box. (SPEC-36-28) .

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        Floræ Scandinaviæ prodromus ; enumerans Plantas Sveciæ, Lapponiæ, Finlandiæ et Pomeraniæ, ac Daniæ, Norvegiæ, Holsatiæ, Islandiæ Groenlandiæque : Auctore (...).

      Stkh., Typis Petri Hesselberg. 1779. 8vo. Samtidig skinnryggbind med tittelfelter i grønt og lysere brunt skinn, opphøyde ryggbånd, marmorerte dekler. (16), 257, (8), (1 blank) s.. Tidligere eiernavn på forsatsen og forsatsbladet

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        The History of the Town of Thetford, in the Counties of Norfolk and Suffolk from the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time

      Nicholls, London 1779 - Full calf binding with raised bands, red spine label, marbled endpapers, 9 plates + frontis portrait and illustrations in the text engraved on copper, pp 320 + Appendix 133pp + index. Slight edge damage to top of spine and top corner but over all a nice tight, bright copy. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM STEAM BOAT PIONEER JOHN FITCH TO HIS FRIEND, ROYAL FLINT, ON THE SITUATION OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY IN NEW YORK]

      Fishkill, N.Y. Dec. 14, 1779.. [2]pp. written on recto and verso of first leaf, and docketed on verso of integral blank leaf. Faint fold lines. Near fine. A letter from the enterprising John Fitch, future steamboat pioneer, during his checkered service in the Continental Army. Having entered into an unhappy marriage, Fitch abandoned his wife and young son in Windham, Connecticut, and journeyed south to New York and New Jersey. He eked his way by performing small tasks requiring a craftsman's skills, finding himself near Trenton at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Until 1780 he served as a militia lieutenant and gunsmith, in the meantime making a handsome profit by selling tobacco and other goods to the Valley Forge army. Towards the end of this service, in 1779, Fitch penned the present letter to an acquaintance named Royal Flint. It was a difficult time for the army, as Fitch relates: "Your favour by W. Whiting I received last evening. I am in hopes that Congress will move to Hartford which will make it very convenient for me to settle my acct. with the Treasury Board. I have not the least idea but what our Army will soon disband - at present it is as much as we can all do to keep them together. The Article of Bread is exceedingly scarce. The troops here are on the point of disbanding - but if this is the case, what may we expect when the leading & best men in the Purchasing Department quit the service. I think our present situation is too alarming to be easily expressed. I have no news from Windham - friends Ripley & Grow went from Danbury the day after Thanksgiving for the Capitol. Yours of the 1st. Instant by Majr. Starr I have just received. I rejoice to hear of my friends taking some comfort by which they can promise themselves future happiness. I dare say when you wrote that letter you was not much concerned about any kind of misfortunes ever happening to you, which I hope will be the case...." Despite Fitch's pessimism, the army did not disband, though personality conflicts between himself and his superiors occasioned his prompt dismissal from it. From New Jersey he set off down the Ohio, was captured and released by the British, and ultimately established himself in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he began his experimentation with steam propulsion. Though he made some advances, most notably his ship, Enterprise, which purportedly achieved a speed of eight miles an hour on the Delaware River, his efforts were a financial failure. Despondent, he committed suicide in 1798 in Bardstown, Kentucky. Despite his failures, Fitch greatly advanced the development of steam power in the United States. Unfortunately, the sort of hopelessness that drove him from his unhappy marriage and is displayed here would plague most of his endeavors and contribute to his hapless end. Thomas Boyd, POOR JOHN FITCH (New York: Putnam, 1935). ANB 8, pp.40-42.

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        Chart of NW Coast of American and the NE Coast of Asia explored in the years 1778 and 1779

      - A beautiful copperplate engraved map highlighting Cook's exploration of the NW coast of America and the NE coast of Asia during the years 1778 and 1779. Coastal areas and waters are highly detailed. In excellent condition. 21.5"x 28"

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        The Lives of the English Poets; and a Criticism on their Works. [Three Volumes]

      Whitestone, William, et al.. Hardcover. Dublin, 1779. First edition. The pirated Dublin edition, preceding the London edition by two years. 8vos, full contemporary calf, 536 + 496 + 399 pp. Very good plus with a few marks to bindings and small contemporary owner signatures on tops of title pages. A nice set. . Very Good. 1779. First Edition.

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        De la Passion du Jeu, depuis les temps anciens jusqu'a nos jours.

      De l'Imprimerie de Monsieur,, Paris 1779 - First edition of this comprehensive study of the sociology of gambling by French writer and self-confessed ex-gambler Jean Dusaulx (1728-1799). Gambling was deeply-rooted in French society, especially in Paris, where all classes (including the court) were obsessed with card games and lotteries. Dusaulx sought to analyse this craze and to point out the moral depravity which it both reflected and encouraged. He includes numerous anecdotes to illustrate the irrationality of the gambler, making De la Passion du Jeu an important account of this aspect of the social history of pre-Revolutionary France. 2 vols. in one, 8vo (203 × 127 mm.), pp. xxxvi, 267, [1]; [4], 335, [1]. Woodcut French royal arms on titles. Contemporary French mottled calf, panelled spine with 5 raised bands, gilt, red morocco label, silk marker, marbled endpapers, red edges. Slightly rubbed. Early booksellers' labels to front pastedown (Gay, Strasbourg), bookplate of Bernhard Bloch-Levalois. An excellent copy in strictly contemporary state. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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