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        La città di Roma ovvero breve descrizione di questa superba città, divisa in quattro tomi Ed ornata di 385 Stampe in Rame.

      4 Bände in einem Band. Folio (42,2 x 29 cm). 2 Bl., 64 Spalten; IV Seiten, 16 Sp.; 1 Bl., 62 Sp.; 1 Bl., 96 Spalten. Mit 4 gestochenen Titelbordüren und zusammen 182 Tafeln. Halbpergament der Zeit ohne Rückentitel. Kanten etwas berieben, Vorsätze etwas angestaubt und stockfleckig. Eine Tafel mit Eckabriss oben, mit teilweisem Bildverlust (Bild 23 in Band 2: Reliefdarstellung "Jupiter pluvius..".). Erste italienische Folio-Ausgabe. Rossetti G-1284. Schudt 362. Kissner Collection 250. Fossati-Bellani 817 (französische Ausgabe von 1778) und 818 (Oktav-Ausgabe von 1779). Schönes, breitrandiges Exemplar auf festem, nahezu fleckenfreiem Papier. Die Tafeln zeigen Stadtpläne, Ruinen, Kirchen, Villen, Thermen, Paläste, Statuen, Reliefs.

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        Contes de J. Bocace.

      Traduction nouvelle, enrichie de belles Gravures. Londres 1779. 10 vol. 8:o. (1),engraved title,(1),xxxii,frontispiece,226; (1),frontispiece,(1),388; (2),frontispiece,312; (2),frontispiece,xxiv,230; (2),frontispiece,1-96,95/96 felpaginerade,97-144; (2),frontispiece,168,(4); (2),frontispiece,194; (2),frontispiece,254,(1); (2),frontispiece,199,(1); (2),frontispiece,246,(1) pp + 10 full-page engraved plates each volume. Plate n:o 1 in vol.9 repaired in upper right-hand corner of the engraving. Speckled calf, extensively rubbed. Richly gilt-ornated spines with red title lable with title in gilt and below green lable with number of volume in gilt. Boards, back and front, lined around the borders with three gilt lines; edges of boards also lined in gilt. Marmorated edges. Free and paste-down endpapers, front and back, marmorated. Small pieces missing head and foot of spine with slight loosening of binding at the foot of spine in vol. 2. Also in vol. 4 and 5 small pieces missing head of spine and in vol. 9 and 10 also at the foot of spine with slight loosening of the binding at the foot in vol. 9. Very few brown spots. Inkspots vol. 9 on page 194 and in vol. 10 on pages 230,235,238 and 243. 20 x 12,5 cm

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        INGEN-HOUSZ (John) Account of a New Kind of Inflammable Air or Gass, Which Can Be Made in a Moment without Apparatus, and is as Fit for Explosion as Other Inflammable Gasses in Use for That Purpose; Together with a New Theory of Gun-Powder,

      pp.376-418. with: On Some New Methods of Suspending Magnetical Needles, pp.537-546; with: Improvements in Electricity, pp.659-673. Presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol 69, Part II, for 1779, comprising, vii, 697pp small quarto, with 10 engraved plates, late 19thC library cloth with a neat unlinked library name stamp on general title and foot of last leaves, a good copy, London, Nichols for Locker Davis, printer to the Royal Society, 1779. * Jan Ingenhousz or Ingen-Housz (1730 -1799) Dutch physiologist, biologist and chemist. He is best known for showing that light is essential to photosynthesis and thus having discovered photosynthesis. He also discovered that plants, like animals, have cellular respiration. In 1779, Ingenhousz discovered that, in the presence of light, plants give off bubbles from their green parts while, in the shade, the bubbles eventually stop. He identified the gas as oxygen. He also discovered that, in the dark, plants give off carbon dioxide. He realized as well that the amount of oxygen given off in the light is more than the amount of carbon dioxide given off in the dark. This demonstrated that some of the mass of plants comes from the air, and not only the soil. He also carried out research in electricity, heat conduction, and chemistry, and met and corresponded with both Benjamin Franklin and Henry Cavendish. Ingenhousz was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1779. A FULL LIST OF CONTENTS OF THIS VOLUME SENT ON REQUEST. Other papers include: FOTHERGILL (A.) An Account of a Cure of the St. Vitus's Dance by Electricity, p.1-5; WARING (E.) On the General Resolution of Algebraical Equations, pp.86-104; JEAURAT Account of an Iconantidiptic Telescope, Invented by Mr. Jeaurat, of the Academy of Sciences of Paris, pp.130-138; BURNEY (Charles) Account of an Infant Musician, pp.183-206.

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        Undersøgelse om National-Velstands Natur og Aarsag. Af det Engelske oversat og med nogle Anmærkninger oplyst af Dræbye. 2 Deele. [Anden Deel:] Hertil er føiet Gourvenør Pownals Brev til Forfatteren i hvilket nogle af de i dette Værk fremsatte Læresætninger prøves.

      Kiøbenhavn [Copenhagen], 1779-80. 8vo. Two very nice contemporary brown half calf bindings with raised bands, gilt ornamentations ans gilt leather title- and tome-labels. Volume two with a bit of wear to upper capital. Corners slightly bumped. Pencil annotations to verso of title-page in volume one; title-page in volume two mounted to cover up a small hole caused by the removal of an old owner's name. Internally very clean and bright. All in all a very nice, clean, fresh, and tight copy. Engraved (by Weise, 1784) armorial book plate to inside of front boards (Gregorius Christianus Comes ab Haxthausen). (12), 575; (8), 775, (3, - errata) pp.. The extremely scarce first Danish edition of Adam Smith's seminal main work, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM 221), the main foundational work of the era of liberal free trade. This publication constitutes the first Danish work worth mentioning in the history of economic thought - in spite of the great interest in political economy that dominated Danish political thought in the last quarter of the 18th century. The value of Smith's work was not immediately recognized in Denmark at the time of its appearance and a quarter of a century had to go by for its importance to be acknowledged and for Danish political economy to adapt the revolutionizing theories of Adam Smith. Few copies of the translation were published and sold, and the book is now a great scarcity. As opposed to for instance the German translation of the work, Smith concerned himself a great deal with this Danish translation. As is evident from preserved correspondence about it, he reacted passionately to it and was deeply concerned with the reaction to his work in Scandinavia (see "Correspondence of Adam Smith", Oxford University Press, 1977).- As an example, Smith writes in a letter to Andreas Holt on Oct. 26th, 1780: "It gives me the greatest pleasure to hear that Mr. Dreby has done me the distinguished honour of translating my Book into the Danish language. I beg you will present to him my most sincere thanks and most respectful Compliments. I am much concerned that I cannot have the pleasure of reading it in his translation, as I am so unfortunate as not to understand the Danish language." The translation was made by Frants Dræby (1740-1814), the son a whiskey distiller in Copenhagen, who mastered as a theologian and was then hired by the great Norwegian merchant James Collett as tutor to his son. There can be no doubt that Dræbye's relation to the Collett house had a great impact upon his interest in economics. In the middle of the 1770'ies, Dræbye accompanied Collett's son on travels throughout Europe, which took them to England in the year 1776, the same year that the "Wealth of Nations" was published for the first time. Through the Colletts, Dræbye was introduced to the mercantile environment in England and here became thoroughly acquainted with English economics and politics at the time. It is presumably here that he gets acquainted with Adam Smith's freshly published revolutionary work. When Dræbye returned to Denmark at the end of 1776, he was appointed chief of the Norwegian secretariat of the Board of Economics and Trade. He began the translation of the "Wealth of Nations" that he brought back with him from England immediately after his return."WN [i.e. Wealth of Nations] was translated into Danish by Frants Dræbye and published in 1779 (three years after the first English edition). The translation was initiated by Andreas Holt and Peter Anker, who were acquainted with Smith. Dræbye was a Dane who lived mainly in Norway, reflecting the fact that Norway was much more British-oriented than Denmark proper (Denmark and Norway were united until 1814, when Sweden took Norway away from the Danes; in 1905 Norway became an independent state). Norwegian merchants lived from exporting timber to Britain and tended on the whole to be adherents of a liberal economic policy, whereas the absolutist government in Copenhagen was more German-oriented and had economic views similar to those in contemporary Prussia." (Cheng-chung Lai (edt.): "Adam Smith Across Nations", p. (37)). The last quarter of the eighteenth century in Denmark was dominated by a lively discussion of monetary policy and the institutional framework best suited to realize that policy. There was a vital interest in questions of economic concern, and contemporary Danish sources refer to the period as "this economic age" and state things such as "never was the world more economically minded" (both from "Denmark and Norway's Economic Magazine"). During this period, Smith's revolutionary ideas did not play a major role, however, and only at the beginning of the 19th century did Danish politicians and economists come to realize the meaning of Smith's views. "Without exaggeration it can essentially be said that a quarter of a century was to pass from the time of the publication of the book in Denmark before Danish political economy fully made Adam Smith's theories and points of view its own. It took so long a time because the economic conditions as a whole in the years from 1780-1800 did not make desirable or necessary the changing of their concepts. That glorious commercial period had to pass before it was understood that we had altogether too little help in our own natural resources and that a different course was, therefore, necessary. Only when one had come so far could the new thinking find a nourishing soil so that it could develop strength with which to push aside the old ideas."(Hans Degen: "On the Danish Translation of Adam Smith and Contemporary Opinion Concerning It." Translated by Henrietta M. Larson. In: Adam Smith Across Nations, p. 51). This first Danish translation is one of the very earliest translations of "Wealth of Nations"; it is only preceded by the German (1776-78) and the extremely scarce French (1778-79). As a comparison, the Italian translation does not appear until 1790-91, the Spanish 1792, the Swedish 1800-1804, the Russian 1802, etc.Adam Smith Across Nations: A4 - nr. 1. "All five books were translated; appears to be a complete translation. The long letter from Governor Pownall to Adam Smith (25 Sept. 1776) is added as the Appendix (vol. 2, pp. 683 ff.)."

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        Theorie der Gartenkunst. 5 vols.

      (Vol. 5: Nebst Register). Leipzig: bey M.G. Weidmanns Erben und Reich 1779-85. With 5 titlevignettes, 6 full-page engravings + numerous textual engravings, all copperengraved. Contp. full leather decorated with gold on spines and goldlines on boards. Old name on flyleaf. Missing folded plate in vol. 5.. One of the most beautiful works of the 18th century with engravings after drawings by Schuricht, Zingg and others, engraved by Crusius, Geyser, Liebe, Thoenert, etc. Lanckoronska:"Hauptwerk des Dresdner Frühklaszismus ... wunderhübschen Blätter ... Vignetten sind ausserst fein, etc.". The author was a Danish civil servant and professor in Kiel, and this work also describes Danish gardens e.i. Hørsholm, Frederiksborg, Marienlyst, Frederiksdal, Bernstorff, etc. British Archit. Library Early Printed Books no. 1505

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