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        Neueste Reisen durch England, vorzüglich in Absicht auf die Kunstsammlungen, Naturgeschichte, Oekonomie, Manufacturen und Landsitze der Großen. Aus den besten Nachrichten und neuern Schriften zusammengetragen. 4 Bände.

      Leipzig, Caspar Fritsch, 1781-1782.. Mit 4 (3 wiederholten) gest. Titelvignetten, 1 gest. gefalt. Karte und 1 gest. gefalt. teilkolor. Plan von London. Halblederbände der Zeit mit 2 Rückenschildern und -vergoldung.. Erste Ausgabe. - Alle Bände mit zeitgenöss. gest. Exlibris einer russischen Bibliothek (General'nago Shtaba = Generalstab St. Petersburg) auf Innendeckel. - Rücken mit geprägter Bibliotheksnummer, gestempelte Nummer auf Titel, hs. Nummer auf letztem Blatt. Einbände wenig berieben, Ecken teils bestossen. Gutes Exemplar.

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        Essai sur la physiognomie

      Lavater\'s \"Psysiognomy\"LAVATER, Johann Caspar. Essai sur la physiognomie, destin?? ??? faire conno??tre líhomme & ??? le faire aimer. The Hague: [Imprim?? chez Jaques van Karnebeek], [1781]-1803; Volume IV: [Imprim?? chez Hendrik van Teeckelenburgh], 1781-1803..First edition in French. Four large quarto volumes (13 x 10 3/4 inches; 330 x 273 mm.). With the final errata leaf in Volume I and final leaf of directions (ìAvis au Relieurî) in Volumes II and IV. Half-title in Volume IV only (as called for). With four engraved title vignettes by Holzhalb after Chodowiecki and 193 engraved plates (on 176 leaves) and numerous engraved illustrations and tail-pieces by Eckardt, Fiesinger, Haid, Lips, Rieter, Schellenberg, Schwarz, and others after Chodowiecki, Duplessis, Fuseli, Holbein, Raphael, Rubens, West, and others.Contemporary half calf over tan boards. Gilt spines with new morocco labels. Edges stained red. Light chipping to boards. Occasional light foxing, small stain to the first plate in Volume II. Generally, an excellent copy of this rare set.Lavater (1741-1801) ìwas the last and most influential of the descriptive physiognomists, a class of pseudo-scientists who attempted to ascertain character on the basis of physical features...Von der Physiognomik [1772], an unillustrated two-volume book, was Lavaterís first work on the subject; this was later expanded, with the help of Goethe, into the four-volume Physiognomische Fragmente (1775-1778), and further perfected in a French translation, Essais sur la physiognomie...supervised by Lavater himself. Lavaterís physiognomy differed from those of his predecessors in that he paid special attention to the structure of the head, particularly the foreheadóa form of psychological indexing that exerted some influence on the development of phrenology and brain localization theories in the early nineteenth century. Lavaterís work also influenced artists of the period, both in the overall creation of portraits, and in the use of his physiognomical theories to construct individual faces in historical paintingsî (Norman Library).Lavaterís work on physiognomy was extremely popular, and, by 1810, sixteen German, twenty English, fifteen French, two American, two Russian, one Dutch, and one Italian version had appeared. Among the portraits included are those of Descartes, Locke, Milton, Newton, Vesalius, Voltaire, and George Washington.Brunet III, col. 887. Cohen-de Ricci, col. 606. Garrison and Morton 154 and Norman Library 1285 (describing the 1772 first edition).HBS 67008.$4,500

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        The library a poem

      J. Dodsley, London 1781 - Quarto, 36 pp. (with terminal blank); title lightly foxed, but a very good copy in modern half polished tan calf. First edition, scarce. The work was published for subscribers, apparently in an edition of around 250: books 'give new views to life, and teach us how to live'. Although he had published Inebrity in 1775, by the early 1780s Crabbe was living in destitution, reliant on the 'kindness of the wigmaker with whom he lodged' (CHEL). In desperation, he left some manuscript poems with Edmund Burke who was sufficiently impressed to oversee their publication. It was Burke who chose this as the first work to be published and it was an immediate success. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Explanation of a Series of Prints, Relative to the Manners, Customs, &c. of the Present Inhabitants of Egypt; from Drawings Made on the Spot, A. D. 1749

      Very Good. 1781. First Edition. Hardcover. Qtr morocco. With 21 numbered plates & 5 leaves of costume subjects. Dark stains affecting images to final six plates. ; Etching; Folio; Additional images and further information provided upon request. Please note this volume will require additional postage. .

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        Vida, Muerte, y Milagros de la V. Virgen Catharina Thomas Mallorquina, de la Villa de Valldemoça, Monja Profesa, Canoniga Reglar de San Agustin, Madre en el Monasterio de Sa. Maria Madalena, de la Ciudad de Palma del Reyno, de Mallorca.

      Reimpresa en Mallorca, 1781. - in-12. XVIII. 60pp. 60pp. 52pp. 75pp. (i.e. 76). 1 planche hors-texte. Plein vélin de l'époque, titre manuscrit au dos, traces de liens. Seconde édition de la première biographie de Sainte Catalina Tomàs (1533-1574), célèbre mystique mallorquine originaire de Valldemossa où sa mémoire est honorée chaque année au mois de juillet. Descendante de Ramón Llull, Catalina Tomàs était souvent prise de visions extatiques, réalisait des prophéties et prédit la date de sa propre mort. Cet ouvrage parut pour la première fois en 1617 mais la présente édition, entreprise peu après la béatification de la religieuse en 1779, resta inachevée et parut sans les livres V et VI du texte original. "Faltan los dos últimos libros, que son el V y VI, con que Valperga terminó su obra. El índice que va al principio no los comprende, pero en el final hay la llamada del libro V, lo que prueba que se suspendió la impresión y no se terminó" (Bover). La page de titre est ornée d'une gravure sur bois représentant la Trinité, Saint Augustin et Sainte Catalina. A la fin de l'ouvrage se trouve également une autre gravure sur bois à pleine page représentant le mausolée de la Sainte, et signée par le graveur mallorquin Melchor Guasp. Cette gravure semble manquer à la plupart des exemplaires que nous avons trouvés répertoriés. Très bon exemplaire de cet ouvrage rare (seulement 3 exemplaires, dont un défectueux, au catalogue collectif Espagnol, tous conservés à Mallorca). Palau, 349146. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        The library a poem

      London: J. Dodsley, 1781. Quarto, 36 pp. (with terminal blank); title lightly foxed, but a very good copy in modern half polished tan calf. First edition, scarce. The work was published for subscribers, apparently in an edition of around 250: books 'give new views to life, and teach us how to live'. Although he had published Inebrity in 1775, by the early 1780s Crabbe was living in destitution, reliant on the 'kindness of the wigmaker with whom he lodged' (CHEL). In desperation, he left some manuscript poems with Edmund Burke who was sufficiently impressed to oversee their publication. It was Burke who chose this as the first work to be published and it was an immediate success.

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        Partly Printed Document Signed by Sir Henry Clinton (1738-1795)

      New York: George III, 1781. One page royal document, measuring 14" x 15.5" A royal pardon of Peter Seaman of the Province of New York, for acting in the rebellion, dated August 2, 1781 and signed by H[enry] Clinton and Secretary J. Simpson. The document begins "George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith..." British General in the American Revolution. Colonial Americana.. Signed. First Edition. Unbound. Very good+ condition.

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        HISTOIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE ET POLITIQUE DES ÉTABLISSEMENS ET DU COMMERCE DES EUROPÉENS DANS LES DEUX INDES. [10 volumes].

      1781 - Genève, Chez Jean-Léonard Pellet, 1781. Dix volumes in-8 (130 X 207) basane fauve marbré, dos lisse orné à la grotesque de motifs dorés, pièces de titre et de tomaison grenat et vert, coupes ornées d'une guirlande dorée, coiffes filetées, tranches jaspées (reliure de l'époque). Tome I : portrait, XVI pages de faux-titre, titre, avertissement et table, 348 pages, (1) f. d'errata, (2) tableaux dépliants ; Tome II : frontispice, XII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 378 pages, (1) f. d'errata, (4) tableaux dépliants ; Tome III : frontispice, VII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 372 pages, (1) f. d'errata ; Tome IV : frontispice, XII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 308 pages, (1) f. d'errata, (3) tableaux dépliants ; Tome V : frontispice, VII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 259 pages, (1) f. d'errata, (1) tableau dépliant ; Tome VI : frontispice, XII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 308 pages, (1) f. d'errata ; Tome VII : frontispice, XVI pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 359 pages, (1) page d'errata, (5) tableaux dépliants ; Tome VIII : frontispice, XII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 352 pages ; Tome IX : frontispice, VIII pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 262 pages, (1) f. blanc, (1) f. d'errata, (9) tableaux dépliants ; Tome X : frontispice, V pages de faux-titre, titre et table, 348 pages, (1) f. d'errata. Quelques petites restaurations à la reliure. TROISIÈME ÉDITION. C'est l'édition définitive de l'un des ouvrages clefs de la crise de l'Ancien Régime. Elle est illustrée d'un PORTRAIT de l'auteur d'après Cochin, par De Launay, de NEUF FIGURES gravées hors-texte d'après MOREAU LE JEUNE et placées en frontispice ainsi que de 24 TABLEAUX dépliants, qu'on trouve généralement insérés dans l'atlas. MANQUE L'ATLAS au format in-quarto qui contient 50 cartes. L'"Histoire des deux Indes" de l'abbé Raynal, ouvrage auquel DIDEROT pris une large part aux côtés d'Holbach, de Naigeon, et de nombreuses autres figures de la philosophie et des sciences, fut mis à l'index dès sa première publication en 1770. Cet ouvrage est à la fois une histoire des explorations et des installations commerciales européennes dans le monde et une dénonciation parfois violente de l'esclavage et de l'exploitation des colonies par les métropoles. Les emprunts aux mémoires administratifs et aux traités antérieurs alternent avec des morceaux d'éloquence révolutionnaire, souvent dus à la plume de Diderot. S'attaquant également aux institutions religieuses, au despotisme monarchique et à l'intolérance, l'"Histoire des deux Indes" constitue un VÉRITABLE BRÛLOT PHILOSOPHIQUE. Exemplaire en BEL ÉTAT, en reliure d'époque au dos décoratif. (Michel Delon, "En français dans le texte", 166 - Sabin, 68081 - Mahérault, "L'Oeuvre de Moreau le jeune", n°237). NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST.

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        Critik der reinen Vernunft. Riga: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch, 1781.

      - First edition of Kant's greatest work, the CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON, widely considered the most influential book in philosophy since Aristotle. Warda 59; Adickes 46. 'Kant does, I must say, make writers like Locke and Berkeley, and indeed Hume, excellent though they are, look to me rather like amateurs' (Sir Geoffrey Warnock in discussion with Bryan Magee, The Great Philosophers, BBC Books, 1987, p. 187). 'Kant's great achievement was to conclude finally the lines on which philosophical speculation had proceeded in the eighteenth century, and to open up a new and more comprehensive system of dealing with the problems of philosophy. The infuence of Kant is paramount in the critical method of modern philosophy. No other thinker has been able to hold with such firmness the balance between speculative and empirical ideas. His penetrating analysis of the elements involved in synthesis, and the subjective process by which these elements are realized in the individual consciousness, demonstrated the operation of "pure reason"; and the simplicity and cogency of his arguments achieved immediate fame. Kant's achievements in other branches of philosophy were equally distinguished and fruitful. His methods dominated western philosophical thought throughout the nineteenth century, as they do today' (Printing and the Mind of Man 226). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo, [xxiv], 856 pp. (426-461 unpaginated as usual), contemporary half vellum over speckled boards, lightly rubbed and marked, edges red, 20th-century bookplate on pastedown, front free endpaper (top corner clipped) with two 19th-century ownership signatures and a small inscription dated 1957, a few pages with pencilled underlining and marginal reading marks, some light marginal browning and isolated spots, a very well-preserved copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Theatro Critico Universal, o Discursos Varios en Todo Genero de Materias; Illustracion Apologetico [9 Volumes]

      Blas Roman. Hardcover. Madrid, 1781. Small quarto, full polished calf, XXVIII,512; XXXIX, 586; LVI ,396; XXXVI, 555; LII, 523; XLVIII, 496; XLVIII, 559; LVI, 527 pp. + XXVII, 234 p., XXVII., 182 pp. The complete works in nine volumes, including the Illustracio Apologetico al Primero, Y Segundo Tomo, published in the same year. Most volumes in full polished calf, volume 8 is bound differently than the others in calf but is the same publisher. Bindings excellent, contents generally excellent with some occasional light foxing and very occasional marginal dampstaining. A very good set overall. La mayoría de los volúmenes en la pantorrilla pulido completo, volumen 8 está unido de manera diferente que los otros en la pantorrilla, pero es el mismo editor. Vinculaciones excelentes, contenidos en general excelentes con un poco de foxing luz ocasional y dampstaining marginal muy ocasional. Un conjunto muy bueno en general. . Very Good. 1781.

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        Revolutionary War-date Autographed Letter Signed

      Philadelphia, 1781. unbound. Autographed letter signed by Lawrence Morris to his brother Lewis regarding movement of British troops south from New York, which were in fact reinforcements to General Cornwallis from General Clinton. 7.5" x 9", 2 pages, signed "L. Morris." Philadelphia, May 28th, 1781. ...for if the enemy should lend their whole force to the southward, he will not be able to resist them. We have reports today that they are about to evacuate New York, that they intend for the southward...Their movements are more secret than our...

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        INSTRUCÇAÕ DIRIGIDA AOS OFFICIAES DE INFANTERIA

      - PARA SABEREM DELINEAR, E CONSTRUIR Toda a qualidade DE OBRA DE CAMPANHA, E para saberem pôr em estado de defensa diversos pequenos Póstos: como saõ os Cemitérios, Igrejas, Palacios, Cidades, Villas, e Aldêas: COM ESTAMPAS, POR F. DE GAUDI, Tenente Coronel no serviço de Sua Magestade Prussiana, Que traduzio agora na lingua Portugueza, e dedica A Sua Alteza Real o Serenissimo PRINCIPE DO BRASIL, LUIS CARLOS DE CLAVIERE, Sargento mór da Praça de Almeida. E mandada imprimir pelo mesmo Serenissimo Principe. LISBOA. Na Officina patriarcal de Francisco Luiz Ameno. M. DCC. LXXXI. [1781]. In 8º (de 17x11 cm) com [xxii], 156 pags. Encadernação da época inteira de pele natural com nervos e ferros a ouro na lombada. Ilustrado com uma gravura aberta por M. S. Godinho com o retrato do Principe D. José no anterrosto e com 39 estampas em extratexto, entre as quais 6 são desdobráveis, contendo levantamentos topográficos com a colocação das fortificações e dos entrincheiramentos militares. Inocêncio V, 279: ?Luis Carlos de Claviere, Sargento-mor da praça de Almeida em 1781. Parece ser nascido em Portugal, posto que o seu apelido claramente denuncie origem estrangeira. 481) Instrucção dirigida aos officiaes de infanteria, para saberem delinear e construir toda a qualidade de obras de campanha, e para saberem pôr em estado de defensa diversos pequenos postos etc. Por F. de Gaudi. Traduzido na lingua portugueza. Lisboa, na Offic. de Francisco Luis Ameno 1781. 8.o de XX 156 pag. com um retrato e 39 estampas. Este livro poucas vezes aparece à venda, e creio que ninguém o lê? Location/localizacao: 3-A4-C-46

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        The Young Gardener's Best Companionm for the Thorough Practical Management of the Kitchen and Fruit Garden; Raising All Early Crops in Hot-Beds, and Forcing Early Fruits

      London: Printed for Seacherd and Whitaker, 1781. Hardback, no dust-wrapper.(2),ii-iv, 1-184, 184*, 185*, 185-263, (1), (ii)pp. 16.5cm x 10cm. Contemporary full calf, Some splitting hinges, chipping to edges of boards, slight loss to spine ends, with a small abrasion towards centre of spine. Annotations to front pastedown and rear end-papers. Front free end-paper repaired with tape. A well worn copy of a scarce book. [Henrey 727].. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Fair/No Jacket.

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        Annapolis Royal. St. Mary's Bay

      Published by J.F.W. Des Barres in 'The Atlantic Neptune', London 1781 - A fine print from 'The Atlantic Neptune' which charts the Annapolis Royal, with a coastal view of Gulliver's Hole and a descriptive text. 'The Atlantic Neptune' was the first great marine atlas, and one of the greatest achievements of eighteenth century cartography. Published in England in 1774, it contained over 250 charts and views of the North American and Canadian coasts. The charts were intensely detailed and contained both hydrographical and topographical details. The Neptune was compiled and published for the Royal Navy by Joseph F. W. Des Barres, a Swiss cartographer who joined the Royal American Regiment as a surveyor. Des Barres fought in the French and Indian wars and was enlisted to survey the Canadian coastline. While his fellow surveyor, Samuel Holland charted the New England coast, Des Barres mapped the shoreline of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the St. Lawrence River regions. In 1774, Des Barres returned to England where he compiled and published his monumental atlas; his dedication to the project was so strong that he published an updated version of the work every year until 1784. Des Barres' work was so superior to any other contemporary atlas, that the maps were used as the standard charts of the East coast for over 50 years. The Neptune remains one of the most important atlases ever printed, its views and maps chart the history of North America and allow us to glimpse a forgotten land long changed by the passage of time. This chart is an excellent eighteenth century record of the first settlement in Canada. In 1605, two years before the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, three years before the founding of Quebec, and fifteen years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, a small party of French explorers, led by Sieur de Monts, established Port Royal as the first settlement in Canada. The settlement was later renamed Annapolis Royal which is the name asigned to it in Des Barres chart. Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada, Chapter 4: "J.F.W. Des Barres and The Atlantic Neptune"; pp. 18-22; Debard, "The Family Origins of Joseph Fredericks Wallet DesBarres: A Riddle Finally Solved", Nova Scotia Historical Review, Vol 14, No. 2 (1994), p.15. Etching with added hand-colour. On laid paper with `J Bates' watermark and `JB' countermark.

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        Grammatica-armonica fisico-matematica. Ragionata su i veri principi fondamentali teorico-pratici per uso della giuventu studiosa, e di qualunque musicale radunanza

      . Roma : S. Michele a Ripa (Paolo Giunchi), 1781. - xxxxii, 166 S. + 15 Tafeln. Tafel 15 mit Randabriss, mit Verlust an Umrandung. Ldr. d. Zt. Ecken bestossen. Innengelenk schwach.. RISM BVI, 1, S. 212.

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        Rare, if not unique address leaf franked by Delaware Signer Thomas McKean as President of the Continental Congress, addressed to Caesar Rodney

      Free Franked Manuscript address panel, by Delaware Signer "Tho[mas] McKean"10" x 5.5", September 20, 1781, [Philiadelphia], addressed in an unknown hand to "His Excellency Caesar Rodney Esquire, President of the Delaware State". Well worn, expertly reinforced. Very good. A notation on the margin states "To be forwarded without the least delay by Order". When poor health caused the Congress' first president, Samuel Huntington, to resign in July 1781, McKean was elected its second president, serving from July 10, 1781, until November 4, 1781. In this position, McKean presided over the unicameral assembly of the United States Congress and held the highest political office in the United States at the time. He was the first person to whom the title "President of the United States" was applied in an official document.

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        Two months after the British surrendered at Yorktown, Washington urged the Governor of Virginia to ensure that his state met the quota of troops mandated by Congress. <I>?I will take the liberty of recommending a matter to your Excellency which I must solicit you to urge to the Legislature, as absolutely necessary to the filling your Regiments with proper Men, more especially if the mode of drafting should be adopted.?</I> Copies of this letter, with some variations, were also sent to the Governors of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia

      Letter Signed, to Benjamin Harrison. Philadelphia, Pa., December 19, 1781. 4 pp., 13" x 8" Circular letter in the hand of Tench Tilghman, with two edits in Washington?s hand. Very good. Previously folded. Treated by a professional paper conservator.In full: Philadelphia 19th. Decr 1781 / [in Washington?s hand: (Circular)]/Sir /You will have been furnished by His Excellency the President with the Resolves [inserted, in Washington?s hand: of Congress] of the 10th. Instant, calling upon the several States to complete their respective Quotas of Troops by the 1st. of March next. In order to ascertain the deficiencies, I am directed to transmit to the Executives of the States, Returns, under particular descriptions, of the number of Men each has in service. The Troops of your State composing part of the Southern Army, it would occasion an immense loss of time were I first to call for the Returns and then transmit them back from hence or wherever I may happen to be. I have for that reason directed M

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        Barbarorum Leges Antiquae Cum Notis et Glossariis Accedunt

      1781. Notable Collection of Post-Roman and Germanic Law Canciani, Paolo [1725-1810]. Barbarorum Leges Antiquae Cum Notis et Glossariis Accedunt Formularum Fasciculi et Selectae Constitutiones Medii Aevi. Collegit, Plura Notis & Animadversionibus Illustravit, Monumentis Quoque Ineditis Exornavit F. Paulus Canciani. Venice: Apud Sebastianum Coletium et Franciscum Pitterium, 1781-1792. 5 volumes. Two folding copperplates. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (14" x 9-1/4"). Later quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and ornaments to spines, endpapers renewed. Some rubbing to extremties, corners bumped and lightly worn, some chipping to spine ends and joints, a few joints and hinges starting, a few cracks to text blocks. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplates to front pastedowns. An impressive set. * Only edition. Canciani was a law professor at several universities, later as Papal Nuncio in London. He ended his career as a state archivist in Venice. A notable achievement from this part of his life, Barbarorum Leges Antiquae was one of the first scholarly editions of post-Roman and Germanic legal sources, all with annotations. Volume I: Edicta Regum Ostrogothorum, Leges Langobardicae, Capitularia Principum Beneventi, Constitutiones Regni Siculi; Volume II: Pactus Legis Salicae, Antiquiores Leges Populorum Regni Austrasiae, Assisiae Regni Hierosolymitani ad Inferiorem Curiam Pertinentes; Volume III: Leges Frisionum, Angliorum et Werinorum, et Saxonum, Libri Capitularium Regum Francorum, Liber Consuetudinum Imperii Romaniae; Volume IV: Leges Burgundionum, et Visigothorum, Leges in Anglia conditae, Lex Romana Barbaris Regnantibus Observata Facile in Italia; Volume V: Monumenta Legalia Leges Langobardicas et Italiae Regnum Pressius Afficientia, Assisiae Regni Hierosolymitani ad Superiorem Curiam Pertinentes, Selectae Constitutiones Arabum in Usum Insulae Siciliae, Vetus Capitulare Nauticum pro Emporio Veneto, Antiquioris Legis Salicae Exemplaria duo ab Heroldino in Pluribus Diversa. Camus, Bibliotheque Choisie des Livres de Droit 1013.

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        A Flower Piece]

      John Boydell, London 1781 - A very rare proof mezzotint after the work of Jan van Huysum: the "last of the great Dutch masters'' (Mitchell), the "Phoenix of Flower Painters." (Weyerman) Proof, before title, the first before the motto was added to the Earl of Orford's coat-of-arms. "It is the fate of some painters to be celebrated in their lifetime only and to be disregarded by later generations.Other painters pass their lives in obscurity only to be acclaimed by a succeeding century. A few, a very few, achieve a fame which is universal in their own day, never falters, and remains unchanged today. Jan van Huysum is among them. To Weyerman.Van Huysum was the 'phoenix of Flower Painters.' To Vertue, writing of six paintings he saw in an English collection in the 1740s, they were 'the most inimitable pictures that were ever seen.' In Van Huysum's lifetime the Kings of Poland and Prussia, the Elector of Saxony, Prince William of Hesse, the Dukes of Orleans and Mecklenburg, and Sir Robert Walpole were eager patrons. When Catherine the Great, thirty years after Van Huysum's death, wanted to buy the Walpole Collection, the greatest in England, a valuation was made by Benjamin West.on the evidence of saleroom results at the time he placed a fair valuation of 1200 pounds on the pair of Van Huysums.In the nineteenth century the Rothschilds and others were avid collectors.Today the very finest Van Huysums are not available.The only fair way to judge an artist is by assessing his success in what he set out to achieve. By such a yardstick Van Huysum is supremely successful. "Jan, born at Amsterdam in 1682, was the eldest son and pupil of Justus van Huysum. Justus was the head of a family enterprise.with three younger sons assisting: Justus the younger, Jacob and Michiel. Their large-scale production met the demand for decorative flowerpieces.Jan did not choose to follow his father's example. From his marriage in 1704 until his death in 1749 Jan appears to have stayed in Amsterdam, but independent of the family. He jealously guarded his success.working in strict privacy that none might see the preparation of his pigments nor how he worked.He is said to have worked from the real flower and gone to Haarlem each summer to study specimens.Van Huysum possessed an unerring elegance of composition which enabled him to avoid the inbalance, the over-abundance that others risked.The artist left no word, no indication of how he really painted, no hint of his own philosophy. So the wondrous skills of Jan Van Huysum, the last of the great Dutch masters, leaves us as bemused as those of his predecessors a century and a half earlier." (Peter Mitchell, European Flower Painters, pp. 142-149) Richard Earlom was one of the few engravers technically equipped to do justice to Van Huysum's work. Earlom "succeeded in inducing his father to place him under the tuition of Cipriani, and in 1765 became known to Alderman Boydell, who entertained so high an opinion of the young artist that he employed him to make drawings from the celebrated collection of pictures at Houghton, and now at St. Petersburg, for the engravers to work from. In 1757 he was awarded a premium by the Society of Arts. In the art of mezzotint engraving Earlom was his own instructor. His plates show great technical skill, especially those of flowers after Van Huysum, and are highly valued by the connoisseurs. They were produced in a style of engraving which till then had never been thought capable of representing the delicate texture of flowers. He engraved over sixty plates in mezzotint, among which are The Royal Academy, after Zoffany; Samuel Barrington, after Reynolds; Richard, viscount Fitzwilliam, after Howard; William Henry, duke of Gloucester, after Hamilton; Horatio, lord Nelson, after Beechey; William Pitt, after Dupont; the set of six plates of the Marriage ? la Mode, after Hogarth; two flower pieces, after Huysum; Blacksmith's Shop, and the Forge, after Wright." ( DNB ) Dunthorne 313. Mezzotint by Richard Earlom, pr [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Das Lob der Narrheit, aus dem Lateinischen (von W. G. Becker).

      Berlin u. Lpzg., Decker, 1781.. 238 S., 1 Bl. Mit gest. Front. v. D. Chodowiecki (Portr. d. Verf.), allegor. Titelkupfer, 2 Textvign. (am Anfang u. am Ende des Haupttextes) u. mit 6 gefalt. Kupfertaf mit zus. 34 kl. Darst., ebenfalls v. D. Chodowiecki. Kl.-8°. (ca. 17 x 11 cm). Ppbd. d. Zt. (berieben u. bestoßen, im Vorsatz u. im Schnitt leicht fleckig bzw. angestaubt).. Erste Ausg. m. Kupfern v. Chodowiecki (Rümann 239). Die ersten 12 S. nicht paginiert (Brief des Erasmus an Thomas Morus, dem das Buch gewidmet war). - Der Textteil durchgehend leicht gebräunt, die Taf. (auch Front.) besser erhalten..

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        Aesopus des Phrygiers Leben und Fabeln, nebst den Fabeln des Philelphus. Neue sehr verbesserte Uebersetzung aus dem Französischen. Mit moralischen und historischen Anmerkungen.

      Kopenhagen und Leipzig, Christian Gottlob Prost, 1781.. 8°, Halbleder. 16,8 x 9,5 cm. 576 S. 117 auf Extrablatt aufgeklebten Kupfern zu den 117 Fabeln, Halbldr.d. Zt. Einb.+ Ecken berieben u. bestoss, Kapitale abgegriffen, Schnitt angeschmutzt, Rü, berieben, insgesamt aber solides u. seltenes Exemplar.

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        A View of the Plaister Cliffs, on the West Shore of Georges Bay

      Published by J.F.W Des Barres in 'The Atlantic Neptune', London 1781 - A large-scale view of the scenery near Lakevale and Antigonish on the North West coast of Nova Scotia, from 'The Atlantic Neptune', the first British sea atlas of her North American colonies This is a very fine scene depicting a dramatic point where the highlands of Nova Scotia cascade into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This is the second state of this view, and is identical to the Henry Stevens Collection , variant 70.2C, in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Des Barres studied under the great mathematician Daniel Bernoulli at the University of Basel, before continuing on to the Royal Military College at Woolwich. On the outbreak of the Seven Years war in 1756, he joined the British Royal American Regiment as a military engineer. He came the attention of General James Wolfe, who appointed him to be his aide-de-camp. From 1762, Des Barres was enlisted to survey the coastlines of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and the Gulf of St.Lawrence, while his colleague, Samuel Holland charted the New England coast. In 1774, Des Barres returned to England where he began work on the Neptune. His dedication to the project was so strong, that often at his own expense, he continually updated and added new charts and views up until 1784. That year he returned to Canada, where he remained for a further forty years, becoming a senior political figure and a wealthy land owner, and living to the advanced age of 103. The Atlantic Neptune was the first British sea atlas of her North American colonies, and one of the most important achievements of eighteenth century cartography. With an official commission from the Royal Navy, Des Barres published the first volume in London in 1775, which was soon followed by further volumes. Des Barres' monumental endeavor eventually featured over two-hundred charts and aquatint views, many being found in several states. All of the charts were immensely detailed, featuring both hydrographical and topographical information. Des Barres' plates were used to print further editions up into the first decade of the nineteenth-century. The Neptune met with the highest acclaim from the beginning, and is today widely regarded as superior to all other atlases produced during its time. Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada , Chapter 4: "J.F.W. Des Barres and The Atlantic Neptune"; pp. 18-22; Debard, "The Family Origins of Joseph Fredericks Wallet DesBarres: A Riddle Finally Solved", Nova Scotia Historical Review, Vol 14, No. 2 (1994), p.15; National Maritime Museum: Henry Stevens Collection: K0231 HNS 702C. Etching with aquatint, printed in sepia. Printed on laid paper with watermark `J Bates' and countermark `JB'.

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        Vue du Marche de Hack, du Pont de Spandau de l'Eglise Sophie dans l'eloignement, prise du Cote de la nouvelle Rue de Frederic. Dediee ... Monsieur de Blumenthal, Ministre d'Etat & de guerre ....

      . kol. Kupferstich v. J. ( Johann Georg ) Rosenberg b. Morino & Company, dat. 1781, 40 x 66. Ernst, Rosenberg, J.G., Nr. 9; Kiewitz 1052; Rave 6. - Der Beobachter steht auf der Straße "An der Spandauer Brücke"/Ecke Neue Friedrichstraße und blickt über den ehemaligen Festungsgraben zum Hackeschen Markt, der den Namen nach dem General Hans Christoph v. Hake erhielt, 1749 Kommandant in Berlin. Im Hintergr. mittig die Sophienkirche. Auf der Spandauer Brücke zahlreiche Baumaterialien, die wohl für den Neubau dieser Brücke verwendet werden sollten ( erfolgte 1785 ). Mittig zeigt die Ansicht die stattlichen Häuser des Hackeschen Marktes, deren größtes das "Kleinsche Haus" war.

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        Vue du Marche de Hack, du Pont de Spandau de l'Eglise Sophie dans l'eloignement, prise du Cote de la nouvelle Rue de Frederic.

      . altkol. Kupferstich v. Rosenberg, dat. 1781, 40 x 66. Kiewitz 1052; Rave 6. - Mit Verlegeradresse und Dedication. - Der Beobachter steht auf der Straße "An der Spandauer Brücke"/Ecke Neue Friedrichstraße und blickt über den ehemaligen Festungsgraben zum Hackeschen Markt, der den Namen nach dem General Hans Christoph v. Hake erhielt, 1749 Kommandant in Berlin. Im Hintergr. mittig die Sophienkirche. Auf der Spandauer Brücke zahlreiche Baumaterialien, die wohl für den Neubau dieser Brücke verwendet werden sollten ( erfolgte 1785 ). Mittig zeigt die Ansicht die stattlichen Häuser des Hackeschen Marktes, deren größtes das "Kleinsche Haus" war. - Schöner Druck mit zurückhaltendem Kolorit, im Himmel einige Stockflecken. - 2. Zustand mit römischer Nummerierung oben rechts "X".

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        Carte de l&#39;Océan Pacifique

      Augsburg: Tobie Conrad Lotter, 1781. Engraved map, 465 x 490 mm., with original handcoloured outlines; in fine condition, mounted. Early Hawaiian map. The first separately-issued map to show Hawaii: the panels of text beneath the map, in both French and German, mention the discovery of Hawaii and Cook&#39;s death. The text describes the map&#39;s origin, claiming that it is based on a map published in the Gentleman&#39;s Magazine of 1780. According to Forbes, the magazine &#39;published during 1780 important notices on the progress of Cook&#39;s Third Voyage, his death, and inter alia the existence of Hawaii&#39;. The map from the Gentleman&#39;s Magazine was made by Thomas Kitchin the elder, and was published initially in July 1780 without marking the tracks of the voyage, and again in December of that year with the addition of Cook&#39;s route. Tobias Lotter (1717-1777) was an engraver and publisher who married into the long-established and respected map-making firm of Seutter of Vienna and Augsburg. His handsome map, with text in both French and German, shows the tracks of Cook and Clerke from Hawaii to the Northwest Coast of America and on to Kamchatka. It also shows Russian and Spanish routes in the Pacific. Lotter&#39;s map, and Kitchin&#39;s on which his was based, predated the first "official" map to show Hawaii which appeared with the official account of the voyage published in 1784. A chart showing Cook&#39;s discoveries in Hawaii did appear in John Rickman&#39;s surreptitious account of 1781, but it was the appearance of the official account of Cook&#39;s third voyage which resulted in a flood of maps delineating Cook&#39;s tracks and drawing particular attention to Hawaiiwhere the great navigator met his end.

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        A View of Louisbourg from the North East [Nova Scotia]

      Published by J.F.W Des Barres in 'The Atlantic Neptune', London 1781 - A large-scale view of Louisbourg, from 'The Atlantic Neptune' the first British sea atlas of her North American colonies This is a fine view of Louisbourg, the former "impregnable" fortress that was the gateway to French America, and the scene of two great battes between France and Britain, in 1748 and 1758. Here the fortress is depicted on the right side of the composition, while on the left, mariners make use of the excellent natural harbour to repair their ship. This is one of two versions of this view, and is identical to the Henry Stevens Collection , variant 141A, in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Des Barres studied under the great mathematician Daniel Bernoulli at the University of Basel, before continuing on to the Royal Military College at Woolwich. On the outbreak of the Seven Years war in 1756, he joined the British Royal American Regiment as a military engineer. He came the attention of General James Wolfe, who appointed him to be his aide-de-camp. From 1762, Des Barres was enlisted to survey the coastlines of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and the Gulf of St.Lawrence, while his colleague, Samuel Holland charted the New England coast. In 1774, Des Barres returned to England where he began work on the Neptune. His dedication to the project was so strong, that often at his own expense, he continually updated and added new charts and views up until 1784. That year he returned to Canada, where he remained for a further forty years, becoming a senior political figure and a wealthy land owner, and living to the advanced age of 103. The Atlantic Neptune was the first British sea atlas of her North American colonies, and one of the most important achievements of eighteenth century cartography. With an official commission from the Royal Navy, Des Barres published the first volume in London in 1775, which was soon followed by further volumes. Des Barres' monumental endeavor eventually featured over two-hundred charts and aquatint views, many being found in several states. All of the charts were immensely detailed, featuring both hydrographical and topographical information. Des Barres' plates were used to print further editions up into the first decade of the nineteenth-century. The Neptune met with the highest acclaim from the beginning, and is today widely regarded as superior to all other atlases produced during its time. Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada , Chapter 4: "J.F.W. Des Barres and The Atlantic Neptune"; pp. 18-22; Debard, "The Family Origins of Joseph Fredericks Wallet DesBarres: A Riddle Finally Solved", Nova Scotia Historical Review, Vol 14, No. 2 (1994), p.15; National Maritime Museum: Henry Stevens Collection: K0355: HNS 141A & Catalogue, no.54, p.383. Etching with aquatint, printed in sepia. Printed on laid paper with `J Bates' watermark and `JB' countermark.

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        Li Palatinati della Russia Rossa Podolia e Wolhynia.

      Antonio Zatta Venezia 1781 - Engraved map, outlines in contemporary colour. Dimensions: 38.7 x 52.8 cm. A fine map showing the regions of Western Ukraine after the first division of the Polish Rzeczpospolita. In 1772, 1793 and 1795 the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth were divided between the Prussian Kingdom, the Russian Empire and the Austrian monarchy. Here the map shows the territories of the modern Chernovitskaya, Ivano-Frankovskaya and part of Lwowskaya regions which were annexed by Austria, and the territories of Ternopolskaya, Lutskaya, Khmelnitskaya and Rovenskaya regions that still belong to Rzeczpospolita. This map is part of the Atlas of Poland published by Zatta (1775-1797) - the most prominent Italian map publisher of the late 18th and early 19th century. His firm, based in Venice, produced maps that mark an important transition from 18th to 19th century cartographic styles. He updated and redefined the traditional title cartouche by replacing the mythic elements common to the 17th and 18th century with more representative images.

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        Weckoskrift för Läkare och Naturforskare. I:a - IV:de Bandet.

      Stockholm. Tryckt hos Pet. Hesselberg 1781. (I-II bandet). Stockholm, tryckt uti Kongl. Ordens-Tryckeriet År 1783. (III-IV bandet). Graverat titelblad,(2),400,(16) s. + graverad plansch; graverat titelblad,397,(25) s. + 2 graverade planscher, varav en utvikbar; (2),400,(14); (2),408,(29),(blank) s. Fyra samtida halvskinnband i kalv. Bit borta vid ryggens huvud på del 3 och 4 samt vid ryggens fot på del 1 och 4. Inklistrade auktionspappersremsor på främre pärms speglar. Försättsbladen har fastnat i limmet med följd att det blivit mindre hål i tre av bladen. Samtida anteckning i nedre marginalen på sidan 289 i del 1. Mindre fuktfläck i inre marginalen från början till sidan 30 i del 3. Namnteckning Birger Kiellman på försättsbladen och ?? Collin på tielbladens baksida.. Lundstedt Del I. 238. Band 1-7 utkom 1781-86 fortsatt med förändrad titel och utgivningssätt men i oavbruten bandserie av: Läkaren och Naturforskaren 1787, 88, 91, 94, 97, 1804, 1805 och 1807

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        A View of the Ranger's House in the Park, and Part of the Town of Greenwich

      John Boydell, London 1781 - A fine copy of this lively and accurate view of the Ranger's House in Greenwich, London. George Robertson, 'born in London about 1748, was son of a wine merchant, and received his education from a Mr. Rolfe in Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell. He studied art at Shipley's school, and was noted there for his skill in drawing horses, for which he received a premium from the Society of Arts in 1761. He afterwards went to Italy, and studied in Rome. He was patronised by William Beckford (1709-1770). with whom Robertson went to Jamaica, where Beckford had a large property. Robertson drew several views of this property in Jamaica, which on his return were finely engraved by D. Lerpinière, T. Vivares, and J. Mason, and published by John Boydell. He also exhibited views of Jamaica and other landscapes at the Incorporated Society of Artists' exhibitions, acting as vice-president of the society for some years. He obtained employment in London as a drawing-master, notably at a ladies' boarding school in Queen Square, Bloomsbury. He inherited a small fortune from an uncle and a house in Newington Butts, where he died on 26 Sept. 1788, aged about 40.' ( DNB ). Thomas Morris (fl. 1780-1800), 'born about 1750, was a pupil of Woollett. He worked in the line manner, and confined himself to landscape, the figures in his plates being frequently put in by others. Morris was employed by Boydell. His most important plates are: A landscape after G. Smith of Chichester, 1774; Hawking, after Gilpin, 1780; Fox Hunting, after Gilpin and Barret (the figures by Bartolozzi), 1783; view of Skiddaw, after Loutherbourg, 1787; Horse, Mare, and Foals, after Gilpin; Mare and Foals, after Garrard, 1793; views of the ranger's house in Greenwich Park and Sir Gregory Turner's mansion on Blackheath, a pair, after Robertson; and views of Ludgate Street and Fish Street Hill, a pair, after Marlow, 1795. A series of Indian views, from drawings by Hodges and others, was engraved by Morris for the European Magazine. He also executed a few original etchings, including two views on the Avon at Bristol, 1802.' ( DNB ). Engraving, coloured by hand, by Thomas Morris. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Iphigenie en Tauride. Tragedie lyrique en quatre actes. Representee pour la premiere fois par l'Academie Royal de Musique le Mardy 23. Janvier 1781. Gravee par le Sr. Huguet. Imprime par Basset

      . Paris : chez le Suisse de l'Hotel de Noailles; Lyon : Castaud, [1781?]. - Partitur. [1] Bl. (Titel, Blanco), 364 S. Folio. Gestochen. HPgt. d. Zt., Deckel beschabt. Bibliotheksexpl. mit Stempeln. Einige leichte Bleistift- oder Tinten-Eintragungen. S. 5-8 und 51-52 knapp beschnitten, ohne Notenverlust. Weiterhin Randabrisse unten rechts, auf einige Stellen überklebt. // Full score. Engraved. Fol. Contemp. half-parchment. Boards shaved. Ex-library copy with stamps. Some light performance annotations in pencil or pen. Pages 5-8 and 51-51 trimmed, without loss of music. Several corners torn away, some repaired, no loss to notes.. Erstausgabe der Partitur. RISM P/PP 2150.

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        Tagebuch einer Entdekkungs Reise nach der Südsee in den Jahren 1776 bis 1780 unter Anführung der Capitains Cook, Clerke, Gore und King

      Berlin: Haude und Spener, 1781. Octavo, with a frontispiece and a folding map, paper a little browned, neat early ownership&#39;s signature to title-page, bookplates; contemporary half calf over speckled paper boards, morocco spine label, a little worn at extremities and the front hinge starting but firm, a handsome copy. With Johann Forster&#39;s introduction. A particularly important and early third voyage piece: the first publication of Johann Forster&#39;s German edition of Rickman&#39;s Journal of Captain Cook&#39;s last voyage, the surreptitious account of the voyage which had appeared in an English edition earlier the same year. Forster contributed an important introduction to the edition, including a discussion of Cook&#39;s character and how it led to his death in Hawaii, which is quite different to the almost universal heroic adulation of his contemporaries. This alternative and more questioning perspective is all the more pertinent since Forster had sailed as senior naturalist on Cook&#39;s second voyage and therefore wrote with the benefit of personal knowledge of Cook and first-hand experience of Pacific voyaging. Forster &#39;was vitally interested in the results of Cook&#39;s third voyage and particularly in communicating some of these results to an eager German public&hellip; Early in 1781 John Rickman, a lieutenant on the third voyage, anonymously rushed out his Journal&hellip; and one of Forster&#39;s well placed correspondents immediately sent off a copy to Halle, together with any supporting gossip he could glean&hellip; In publishing Tagebuch&hellip; Forster took the opportunity to announce for the first time in Germany his own plans for further papers on the natural history of the voyages [and attacked] some of his English &#39;enemies&#39;. Banks, Solander, Forster and his son, we are informed, had really been civilising influences upon James Cook during the first two voyages; their presence had prevented Cook from being too harsh with the South Sea islanders. The absence of educated, scientific gentlemen on the third voyage had, in Forster&#39;s opinion, led to the tragedy of Cook&#39;s death on Hawaii. Even before the third voyage Cook, "a cross-grained fellow who sometimes showed a mean disposition and was carried away by a hasty temper", had developed an "overbearing attitude&hellip; , the result of having his head turned by Lord Sandwich"&hellip;&#39; (Hoare, The Tactless Philosopher: Johann Reinhold Forster, p. 237). Besides his introduction, Forster included a substantially revised version of Rickman&#39;s map (he dismisses the original as simply a copy of the chart issued in the London Magazine for July and December 1780), and many footnotes to the text - "a quite valuable&hellip; contribution to the ethnology, geography and natural history of the Pacific" (Hoare, p. 238). Some of these notes are bitterly critical of British policies, while one attacks the campaign of the geographer, A.F. Büsching, to rename the Bering Straits as &#39;Cook Straits&#39;, Forster arguing that Cook Strait in New Zealand was sufficient testimonial to Cook&#39;s navigational ability and that Bering was entitled to priority in naming the straits between America and Asia. This is a relatively uncommon title: Forbes, for example, could list only eight copies, of which two are incomplete.

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        A Fruit Piece

      John Boydell, London 1781 - A very fine mezzotint after the work of Jan van Huysum:: the "last of the great Dutch masters'' (Mitchell), the "Phoenix of Flower Painters" (Weyerman). "It is the fate of some painters to be celebrated in their lifetime only and to be disregarded by later generations.Other painters pass their lives in obscurity only to be acclaimed by a succeeding century. A few, a very few, achieve a fame which is universal in their own day, never falters, and remains unchanged today. Jan van Huysum is among them. To Weyerman.Van Huysum was the 'phoenix of Flower Painters.' To Vertue, writing of six paintings he saw in an English collection in the 1740s, they were 'the most inimitable pictures that were ever seen.' In Van Huysum's lifetime the Kings of Poland and Prussia, the Elector of Saxony, Prince William of Hesse, the Dukes of Orleans and Mecklenburg, and Sir Robert Walpole were eager patrons. When Catherine the Great, thirty years after Van Huysum's death, wanted to buy the Walpole Collection, the greatest in England, a valuation was made by Benjamin West.on the evidence of saleroom results at the time he placed a fair valuation of 1200 pounds on the pair of Van Huysums.In the nineteenth century the Rothschilds and others were avid collectors.Today the very finest Van Huysums are not available.The only fair way to judge an artist is by assessing his success in what he set out to achieve. By such a yardstick Van Huysum is supremely successful. "Jan, born at Amsterdam in 1682, was the eldest son and pupil of Justus van Huysum. Justus was the head of a family enterprise.with three younger sons assisting: Justus the younger, Jacob and Michiel. Their large-scale production met the demand for decorative flowerpieces.Jan did not choose to follow his father's example. From his marriage in 1704 until his death in 1749 Jan appears to have stayed in Amsterdam, but independent of the family. He jealously guarded his success.working in strict privacy that none might see the preparation of his pigments nor how he worked.He is said to have worked from the real flower and gone to Haarlem each summer to study specimens.Van Huysum possessed an unerring elegance of composition which enabled him to avoid the inbalance, the over-abundance that others risked.The artist left no word, no indication of how he really painted, no hint of his own philosophy. So the wondrous skills of Jan Van Huysum, the last of the great Dutch masters, leaves us as bemused as those of his predecessors a century and a half earlier." (Peter Mitchell, European Flower Painters, pp. 142-149) Richard Earlom was one of the few engravers technically equipped to do justice to Van Huysum's work. Earlom "succeeded in inducing his father to place him under the tuition of Cipriani, and in 1765 became known to Alderman Boydell, who entertained so high an opinion of the young artist that he employed him to make drawings from the celebrated collection of pictures at Houghton, and now at St. Petersburg, for the engravers to work from. In 1757 he was awarded a premium by the Society of Arts. In the art of mezzotint engraving Earlom was his own instructor. His plates show great technical skill, especially those of flowers after Van Huysum, and are highly valued by the connoisseurs. They were produced in a style of engraving which till then had never been thought capable of representing the delicate texture of flowers. He engraved over sixty plates in mezzotint, among which are The Royal Academy, after Zoffany; Samuel Barrington, after Reynolds; Richard, viscount Fitzwilliam, after Howard; William Henry, duke of Gloucester, after Hamilton; Horatio, lord Nelson, after Beechey; William Pitt, after Dupont; the set of six plates of the Marriage à la Mode, after Hogarth; two flower pieces, after Huysum; Blacksmith's Shop, and the Forge, after Wright." (DNB) Dunthorne 313. Mezzotint, by Richard Earlom (some paper abrasion to outer blank margins).

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        Bildnis eines Kindes., Kreidezeichnung mit weiß gehöht.

      1781 - Im Unterrand monogrammiert "J.L.S. fec." und datiert "1781". Auf blaugrauem Büttenpapier. In lockerer Manier gezeichnetes, plastisch modelliertes Profilbildnis eines Kindes. Sehr persönliche, intime Darstellung des in sich versunkene Kindes. Der gezeichnete Rahmen stellt hingegen eine gewisse Distanz zum Betrachter her. - Sehr guter Erhaltungszustand. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 2100 15,2 x 10,2 cm. Papier: 22 x 17 cm.

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        Journal of Captain Cook&#39;s Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery ; performed in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, illustrated with cuts and a chart, shewing the tracts of the ships employed in this expedition. Faithfully narrated from the original Ms

      London: E. Newbery, 1781. Octavo, with a folding engraved frontispiece of the Death of Cook, folding map and four engraved plates (one folding); the leaf D4 cancelled as usual and replaced with four unsigned leaves; contemporary calf, rebacked retaining original label, endpapers preserved, a good copy preserved in a folding cloth box. First full account of the third voyage. First edition: the first full account in English of Cook&#39;s third voyage. This scarce and important account of Cook&#39;s third voyage, though published anonymously, was conclusively shown by Judge Howay (Zimmerman&#39;s Captain Cook, Toronto, 1930) to be by John Rickman, a lieutenant on the voyage. Rickman&#39;s and Zimmermann&#39;s narratives were both published in 1781, three years before the official account; it is not certain which of them was the first to appear in print, and thus to be the first description of the third voyage - and of Hawaii - to be published. Rickman&#39;s description of the voyage differs from the official account in many respects - particularly regarding the death of Cook, for which this is a prime source. The engraved frontispiece "Representation of the Murder of Capt. Cooke at O-Why-ee" is the first representation of Hawaii in a printed book. David Forbes identifies four variant states of the book ("A" to "D"), without assigning priority. This example falls somewhere between states "A" and "B" with various identifying misprints and pagination errors of "B" but in addition having the mistaken page-numbering of 331 for 231 while the mistake of "22_" for 225, a feature of state "B", in partial appearing as "225" and therefore presumably being "22_" about to happen! Many editions and versions of the book followed in later years, attesting to its popularity and importance.

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        Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes , entre L&#39;Asie et L&#39;Amerique

      Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781. Quarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a few stains and some browning, but a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. First French edition. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration. Coxe, on a journey through Russia, collected, compared and translated Russian journals, collected maps at St Petersburg, consulted with authorities and included several journals &#39;never before given to the public&#39;, directing the &#39;curious and inquisitive reader&#39; to compare them to Cook&#39;s then unpublished journals. The book is a significant source on Russian exploration and expansion into the northern Pacific, and the attempt to open trade with Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Coxe &#39;also succeeded in securing additional material (for instance the narrative and maps of Krenitzin and Levashev&#39;s &#39;secret&#39; expedition, the first official Russian government expedition since Bering&#39;s second expedition of 1741). He was able to secure this particular information, not widely known at the time even in Russia, from Dr. William Robertson, who in turn obtained it through his friend Dr. Rogerson, first physician to Empress Catherine II&hellip;&#39; (Lada-Mocarski). This edition is not in Sabin, who does record another French edition, a version reduced to octavo format published in Neuchâtel in 1781.

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        Grammatica-armonica fisico-matematica ragionata su i veri principj (principi) fondamentali teorico-pratici per uso della gioventù studiosa, e di qualunque musicale radunanza

      Rome: Nella stamperia di S. Michele a Ripa, per Paolo Giunchi. 1781. Hardcover. Very Good. 1781. Hardcover 4to, 166pp + 15 plates, some folding, collated complete. Beautifully typeset with various engraved initials and printer&#39;s devices throughout, engraved title page. Bound in half leather with patterned boards, red speckled edges. Expected wear to binding, mostly rubbing to edges and bumping to corners. A few minor library marks: bookplate, embossed stamp to flyleaf and title page; 1870 inscription on half-title page and note on rear pastedown with contents otherwise bright and clean. A worn copy auctioned at Bloomsbury in 2008 for 800 pounds. A beautiful volume, rare.

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        Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery ; performed in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, illustrated with cuts and a chart, shewing the tracts of the ships employed in this expedition. Faithfully narrated from the original Ms

      E. Newbery, London 1781 - Octavo, with a folding engraved frontispiece of the Death of Cook, folding map and four engraved plates (one folding); the leaf D4 cancelled as usual and replaced with four unsigned leaves; contemporary calf, rebacked retaining original label, endpapers preserved, a good copy preserved in a folding cloth box. First full account of the third voyage. First edition: the first full account in English of Cook's third voyage. This scarce and important account of Cook's third voyage, though published anonymously, was conclusively shown by Judge Howay (Zimmerman's Captain Cook, Toronto, 1930) to be by John Rickman, a lieutenant on the voyage. Rickman's and Zimmermann's narratives were both published in 1781, three years before the official account; it is not certain which of them was the first to appear in print, and thus to be the first description of the third voyage - and of Hawaii - to be published. Rickman's description of the voyage differs from the official account in many respects - particularly regarding the death of Cook, for which this is a prime source. The engraved frontispiece "Representation of the Murder of Capt. Cooke at O-Why-ee" is the first representation of Hawaii in a printed book. David Forbes identifies four variant states of the book ("A" to "D"), without assigning priority. This example falls somewhere between states "A" and "B" with various identifying misprints and pagination errors of "B" but in addition having the mistaken page-numbering of 331 for 231 while the mistake of "22_" for 225, a feature of state "B", in partial appearing as "225" and therefore presumably being "22_" about to happen! Many editions and versions of the book followed in later years, attesting to its popularity and importance. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes , entre L'Asie et L'Amerique?

      Hotel de Thou, Paris 1781 - Quarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a few stains and some browning, but a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. First French edition. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration. Coxe, on a journey through Russia, collected, compared and translated Russian journals, collected maps at St Petersburg, consulted with authorities and included several journals 'never before given to the public', directing the 'curious and inquisitive reader' to compare them to Cook's then unpublished journals. The book is a significant source on Russian exploration and expansion into the northern Pacific, and the attempt to open trade with Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Coxe 'also succeeded in securing additional material (for instance the narrative and maps of Krenitzin and Levashev's 'secret' expedition, the first official Russian government expedition since Bering's second expedition of 1741). He was able to secure this particular information, not widely known at the time even in Russia, from Dr. William Robertson, who in turn obtained it through his friend Dr. Rogerson, first physician to Empress Catherine II?' (Lada-Mocarski). This edition is not in Sabin, who does record another French edition, a version reduced to octavo format published in Neuchâtel in 1781. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Carte de l'Océan Pacifique.

      Tobie Conrad Lotter, Augsburg 1781 - Engraved map, 465 x 490 mm., with original handcoloured outlines; in fine condition, mounted. Early Hawaiian map. The first separately-issued map to show Hawaii: the panels of text beneath the map, in both French and German, mention the discovery of Hawaii and Cook's death. The text describes the map's origin, claiming that it is based on a map published in the Gentleman's Magazine of 1780. According to Forbes, the magazine 'published during 1780 important notices on the progress of Cook's Third Voyage, his death, and inter alia the existence of Hawaii'. The map from the Gentleman's Magazine was made by Thomas Kitchin the elder, and was published initially in July 1780 without marking the tracks of the voyage, and again in December of that year with the addition of Cook's route. Tobias Lotter (1717-1777) was an engraver and publisher who married into the long-established and respected map-making firm of Seutter of Vienna and Augsburg. His handsome map, with text in both French and German, shows the tracks of Cook and Clerke from Hawaii to the Northwest Coast of America and on to Kamchatka. It also shows Russian and Spanish routes in the Pacific. Lotter's map, and Kitchin's on which his was based, predated the first "official" map to show Hawaii which appeared with the official account of the voyage published in 1784. A chart showing Cook's discoveries in Hawaii did appear in John Rickman's surreptitious account of 1781, but it was the appearance of the official account of Cook's third voyage which resulted in a flood of maps delineating Cook's tracks and drawing particular attention to Hawaiiwhere the great navigator met his end. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Representation of the Death of Capt. Cook

      imprint clipped, but S.A. Cumberlege, 1 July, London 1781 - Engraving, 145 x 180 mm., laid paper, early folds, trimmed to plate mark but retaining original caption, lacks publishing imprint; mounted. Early and very important representation of the death of Captain Cook: evidently based on John Webber's original painting, this engraving actually predates the more famous Bartolozzi engraving with which Webber's name is now inextricably linked. As a result, this is the earliest recorded version of the print, and seemingly the earliest public representation of the infamous scene to be based on official witness accounts. As a note in Forbes suggests, this plate was originally issued to accompany a five-page article entitled 'A Succinct Account of the Life and Voyages of Captain James Cook', printed in the Universal Magazine for June 1781 (see Forbes 38). What is fascinating about this rather naïve popular print, is that the 1781 date of publication is at least a year earlier than the earliest imprint details on any of the large format representations of the death of Captain Cook engraved after Webber's original by Bartolozzi (see catalogue no. XXX). Indeed, this is the earliest representation of Cook's death to be based on an official accounts, although at least one fanciful version is known from a German magazine of 1780. Given that Webber was thought to have been working on the scene from 1781 at the latest, and given that he was famous for inviting any number of guests to view his sketches and see his atelier, it is apparently the case that this engraving was prepared by an artist who had access to Webber's originals. This is strongly implied in the full title of the original article in the Universal Magazine, which notes 'with an exact representation of the death of that celebrated navigator communicated by respectable authority and elegantly engraved on copper.' Although the imprint has been clipped from this copy, comparison with other examples confirms the details. S.A. Cumberlege was the successor to the printer J. Hinton and married Hinton's widow. Beddie knew copies in the Mitchell and Dixson collections, and a copy is also recorded in the collection of Nan Kivell, now held at the National Library of Australia. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Voyages Métallurgiques ou Recherches et Observations sur les Mines et Forges de Fer, la Fabrication de l'Acier, celles du fer-blanc et plusieurs Mines de charbon de terre, faites depuis l'année 1757 jusques y compris 1769, en Allemagne, Suède, Norvège, Angleterre et Ecosse. Suives d'un Mémoire sur la circulation de l'air dans les Mines et d'une Notice sur la Jurisprudence des mines de charbon dans le Pays de Liège, la Province de Limbourg et le Comté de Namur. Avec Figures. Dédiés à l'Académie des Sciences de Paris.

      Paris, Cellot, Cl. Jombert, L.Jombert, 1774- 1780- 1781. - 3 volumes in-4. XXXII. 416pp. + 10 pl. dépl.; XXVIII. 612pp. + 28 pl. dépl.; VIII. 568pp. + 14 pl. dépl. Plein veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné (Reliure de l'époque). Edition Originale du principal ouvrage du métallurgiste français Gabriel Jars (1732-1769), membre de l'Académie des Sciences à qui l'ouvrage est dédié, et l'un des précurseurs de la révolution industrielle. "C'est une collection complète de minéralogie théorique et pratique, à la fois curieuse et méthodique. Les procédés prescrits y sont traités avec clarté et précision et on y trouve des dessins exacts des machines et des fourneaux nécessaires pour l'exploitation des mines. Cet ouvrage important a été publié par un des frères de Jars, metalurgiste distingué lui-même, qui l'accompagna dans ses voyages à partir de 1765 et fut nommé inspecteur général des mines" (Larousse). Cet ouvrage dont la parution s'échelonna sur plusieurs années, est illustré de 52 planches dépliantes hors texte. Très bon exemplaire en reliure de l'époque. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Versuch einer an der menschlichen Sprache abgebildeten Vernunftlehre oder Philosophische und allgemeine Sprachlehre. 6 Bl., XCVI, 488 S. Schlichter Pappbd d. Z. mit späterem handschriftl. Rückenschild und Signaturschildchen.

      Leipzig, Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, 1781.. . Erste Ausgabe. Das von Adelung positiv beurteilte Werk ist eine Art philosophische Grammatik im Vorfeld der später herrschenden Ansichten zu diesem Thema. In seiner Philosophie der Sprache betont er, im Gegensatz zu den rationalistischen Grammatiken, eher die kommunikative als die logische und kognitive Seite von Sprache und Grammatik an und sah deren Studium als Studium der menschlichen Entwicklung an. Meiner (1723-1789) war Rektor der Grammatikschule in Langensalza. - Titel verso mit Stempel der Hofbibliothek Donaueschingen und altem handschriftl. Vermerk "Der fürstl. Biblio. Donauöschg." Gutes Exemplar.

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        The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets; with Critical Observations on their Works

      London: Printed for C. Bathurst et al, 1781 - The first authorized separate edition of Johnson's Lives of the English Poets - they first appeared as the "Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets,"(10 vols, 1779-1781). A beautiful set, all volumes uncut, the first three in original boards, and the last in a contemporary half calf binding, Pollard considered this set to be the first issued with spine labels printed on a leaf integral to the book itself (cf. Bennett, Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles, p. 87) Second London edition and first authorized separate edition. 4 vols., 8vo. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Johnson after Sir Joshua Reynolds in vol. I. Vols. I-III in original boards with paper labels, vol. IV in contemporary quarter sheep and marbled boards, all uncut. Vol. III lacking backstrip and label, minor marginal dampstaining in vol. IV, with occasional light foxing throughout. Laid into a full brown cloth slipcase with leather label and individual chemises. Vol. IV with bookplate of John Pritchard. Fleeman 79.4LP/5; Courtney & Smith, pp. 141-42; Chapman & Hazen, pp. 159; Rothschild 1265; ESTC T146734 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Rhetorical Grammar of the English Language. Calculated solely for the Purposes of Teaching Propriety of Pronunciation, and Justness of Delivery, in That Tongue, by the Organs of Speech.

      Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Prices W. and H. Whitestone. 1781 - FIRST EDITION. 12mo, 168 x 98 mms., pp. xxiv [xxv - xxvii Contents, xxviii blank], 238, contemporary calf, gilt spine, green morocco label; a few annotations and underlinings in pencil, front joint very slightly worn, but a very good to fine copy. Sheridan writes in his Preface, "'There was a time.called the Augustan age of England.when English was the language spoken at court; and when the same attention was paid to propriety of pronunciation as that of French at the Court of Versailles." This undoubtedly a bit of an exaggeration, but his comment on the greater attention paid to pronunciation of English throughout the 18th century is accurate. Sherdian's target audience is his fellow Irishmen, whose Anglo-Irish dialect was hindering their cultural and economic progress. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, And Administration of The Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of The Church of England: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David; Pointed as they are to sung or said in Churches.

      Bound in full red untitled morocco with black gilt device to the panels, and elaborately gilded spine in compartments. All edges gilt. Two silk ribbons markers. 12mo. Binding: 18 x 10.5 cm. Ownership inscription of Jane Smart 1781 on front endpaper. One corner a little worn; else a very handsome example.

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        Traité de Droit Civil et De Jurisprudence ;tome 1, 2 et 3; 1781; grand format in 4

      Debure 1781 - Contenu de cette édition en quatre tomes dont je ne vends que les trois premiers : tome 1 : Traité des Obligations, Traité du contrat de vente et le Traité des Retraits ; tome 2 : Le Traité du Contrat de Constitution de Rente, Le Traité du Contrat de Change, le Traité du Contrat de Louage, le Traité du Contrat de Bail à rente, le Traité des Contrats de Louage maritime, le Traité du Contrat de Société, le Traité des Cheptels, le Traité des Contrats de Bienfaisance, le Traité du Prêt à usage, le Traité du Précaire, le Traité du Prêt de Consomption, le Traité du Dépôt, le Traité du Mandat, le Traité du Quasi-Contrat Negotiorum gestorum, le Traité du Nantissement ; tome 3 : le Traité des contrats aléatoires, le Traité des Contrats d&#146; Assurance, le Traité du Prêt à la grosse Aventure, le Traité du Jeu, le Traité du Contrat de Mariage, le Traité de la Communauté. Le tome 1 de cet ouvrage est illustré en frontispice par un portrait de Pothier par Le Noir Pinx. Edité par Debure à Paris et par Rouzeau &#150;Montaut à Orléans en 1781 pour les tomes 1 et 2 et 1773 pour le tome 3, reliure plein cuir d&#146; époque avec des dos à cinq nerfs ayant des traces d&#146;usure et orné de caissons, de fleurons, de pièces de titre et de tomaison gravés à l&#146;or fin, intérieur en bon état, format in 4, 2792 pages (905+964+923). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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