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      London: Bathurst et al., 1781. First Edition. Hardcover. All but one of the leather labels lacking. Joints split but tight except on the last volume where the front cover is cleanly detached. Scattered foxing, some pencil notes. Quite Good set. First London Edition, First Authorized Edition, and First Separate Edition in four octavo volumes in contemporary full sheep leather. Lacks ad leaf and leaf with paper labels, as is customary. State of the portrait without publisher's imprint. Johnson begins with Abraham Crowley and goes on to discuss John Milton, John Dryden, Joseph Addison, John Gay, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Thomas Gray, and others. This work is often regarded as the finest and most famous collection of biographies of English poets ever written. Signature of Tho. E. Bull on the front endpaper.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      London. 1781.. [4],22,[22],543,[21]pp. plus frontispiece portrait, five plates (four colored) and two partially colored folding maps. Antique style three- quarter calf and marbled boards, leather label. Maps backed with linen. Internally clean. Very good. A classic of American travel, in the third and best edition, with expanded text, a biographical sketch of the author, an index, and the added plate of the tobacco plant not found in the first two editions. Carver travelled farther west than any Englishman before the Revolution, going as far as the Dakotas, exploring the headwaters of the Mississippi, and passing over the Great Lakes. The text contains the first published mention of the word "Oregon." The author comments on the Indians he encountered, as well as offering observations on natural history. The tobacco plant plate is handsomely colored. An important source book and stimulus for later explorers, especially Mackenzie and Lewis and Clark. This is the second issue, according to Howes, with the index. HOWES C215, "b." FIELD 251. SABIN 11184. VAIL 670. GREENLY 21.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Révolution de l'Amérique, par m.

      l'abbé Raynal. Sthlm, C. Stolpe, 1781. 8:o. XVI,171 s. Samtida hfrbd med guldornerad rygg, brun titeletikett av glättad papp och dammiga gula snitt. Ryggen torr och delar av orneringen bortnött. Skinnet naggat upptill på ryggen. Bra inlaga med endast obetydliga småfläckar. Med Lars Arnells namnteckning och Fredrik Vult von Steijerns exlibris.. Åhlén & Åhlén Censur och tryckfrihet 17.287. Sabin A dictionary of books relating to America 68101 för originalet utgivet i London och Haag samma år. Denna upplaga blev enligt Lüdeke indragen på hög befallning. Under 1770-talet flammade en amerikaentusiasm upp runtom i Europa. Man såg i den nya staten ett exempel på att upplysningsidéerna var förverkligade. Den nordamerikanska republiken framstod som ett föregångs- och framtidsland. Det var mot denna bakgrund som "Révolution de l'Amérique" skrevs. Vilket uppseende denna skildring av de före detta engelska kolonierna i Nordamerika väckte, och vilken betydelse, den måste haft som opinionsbildande faktor, framgår av de bibliografiska uppgifterna om verket. Under 1781 utkom i England inte mindre än fem upplagor av de femton sista kapitlen av fjärde boken och dessutom en engelsk översättning (jfr Feugère "Bibliographie critique de l'abbé Raynal"). Betecknande för det intresse, som Raynal och den amerikanska revolutionen framkallat i Sverige, är att en stockholmsförläggare kunde anse det lönande att ge ut ett liknande upplaga på franska, närmast efter den engelska förebilden. Denna upplaga har dock undgått Feugères uppmärksamhet. 1816 utkom hos H. A. Nordström en svensk översättning, "Amerikas revolution", vilket man säkert kan sätta i samband med det livliga intresse för amerikanska förhållanden, som gjorde sig gällande i vårt land vid denna tid, inte minst på grund av den revolutionära oron i de spansk-amerikanska kolonierna. Översättare var dåvarande lektorn i Gävle Erik Samuel Ödmann, sedermera känd som en av de främsta företrädarna för den liberala oppositionen i prästeståndet under 1830- och 40-talen. Exemplaret har sannolikt tillhört Lars Arnell d.y. (1781-1856), översättare och en tid landshövding i Jämtland. Hans översättargärning omfattade författare som Cooper, Irving, Moore och Scott

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      London: John Boydell, 1781. Two volumes rebound as one in 2 of the original gilt-tooled leather-covered boards with new leather spine upon which the 2 original leather spines have been laid down--makes for an interesting and attractive"original" binding. There are 150 copperplate engraved plates after the drawings by Paul Sandby and accompanying text. We have been able to locate one other copy for sale at this time, and that one is the 1783 reprint. Some edgewear and rubbing of leather; pages are clean and bright watermarked laid paper with toning at the edges.. Hardcover. Collectible-Very Good. Illus. by Paul Sandby. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Bertram & Williams, Books and Fine Art]
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        The History of the Isle of Wight [includes map]

      A Hamilton [printer], London 1781 - And sold by R. Dodsley, T. Cadell, G. Robinson, R. Faulder, and G. Nicol: Collins and Co. Salisbury; and Burdon, at Winchester. Full leather covers with gilt decoration to borders and spine, bands to spine, spine label with gilt titles, coloured upper page edges, ribbon bookmark(detached). Marbled endpapers, title page with illustration, dedication to The King dated 4 June 1781, 4 page preface, 3 pages of contents, foldout map, 274pp, 10 pages of contents of appendices, clxii [162] page appendix, single page postrscript. Includes large foldout coloured map, 12 double page illustrations/plates, 19 single page illustrations, vignettes (small illustrations) to title page and at chapter ends. Complete as issued. Moderate wear to boards and gilt (see photographs) with some chipping to leather along joints, some age shading to pages facing plates, some age spotting mostly confined to page margins, otherwise in excellent condition, complete, binding tight, boards well attached. Gorgeous illustrations. 2.52kg unpacked weight. Extensive photographs available of this beautiful, unusual and significant book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Mayger & Mayger Pty Ltd]
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        Physiological disquisitions; or, discourses on the natural philosophy of the elements. ... By William Jones,

      London: Printed; and sold by J. Rivington and Sons; G. Robinson; D. Prince, Oxford; Mess. Merrils, Cambridge; W. Keymer, Colchester; Mrs. Drummond, Edinburgh; and W. Watson, Dublin,, MDCCLXXXI [1781]& . Full Calf. Near Fine. First (and sole) Edition. 4to; iii-viii (without the half-title), xxvii, [5] ,627, [1]pp, with 9 copper-engraved plates (as called for), several of which are folding. Some pages misnumbered, but collated and complete. Contemporary full tree-calf, the flat spine richly gilt in six compartments with a red morocco lettering piece in the second. A few corner creases, light dust-soiling to some margins, but overall crisp, clean and fresh, the text block firm and square, the joints very skillfully reinforced. Provenance: bookplate to the front paste down of Francis Luther Fane (1865-1954), an ancestor of John Fane whose library (including at least one book bearing this bookplate) was auctioned by Bloomsbury in 2009. ESTC Citation No. T116066. Neville calls this title "Rare. Jones, called William Jones of Nayland, elaborated his earlier Essay on the First Principles of Natural Philosophy (1762) into this full-blown refutation of Newton's first principles under the influence of the theological writer John Hutchinson, whose semi-mystical anti-Newtonian writings Jones had encountered as a student at Oxford. (Hutchinson taught that Genesis contained the elements not only of true religion but also of all rational philosophy.) Taking, in turn, discourses on the nature and properties of matter, motion, fire, air, sound and music, fossil bodies, the earth and its weather, Jones discusses acids, alkalis, salts, spirits, metals, phlogiston, the tria prima, calcination, and the like, and even includes several references to lightning and electricity.

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        MECHEL, CHRISTIAN von.

      Catalogue des tableaux de la galerie impériale et royale de Vienne, [...] d'après l'arrangement qu'il a fait de cette galerie en 1781. Par ordre de sa majesté l'empereur. Basel, imprimé avec des caractères de G. Haas, chez J. J. Thourneyse, fils, 1784. 8:o. XXX,(2),384,(2) s. & 4 utvikbara grav. plr. Med grav. vinjetter i texten. Charmigt mönstrat samtida pappbd med rödstänkta snitt. Ryggen aningen mörknad. Genomgående bra inlaga men med en liten solkfläck i texten på s. 21-25 och några små fuktfläckar i övre marginalen på s. 165-96 och 229-52. Trevligt ex. från Biby.. Utkom först på tyska 1783. Christian von Mechel (1737-1817) var förutom gravör även konsthandlare och förläggare. Han är bl.a. känd för sitt gravyrverk över Hedlingers medaljer. Samlingen, som ordnades av Mechel efter skolor och länder, omfattade 1300 olika verk

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        Essai sur la Physiognomonie, destinÈ ‡ faire connoÓtre líhomme et ‡ la faire aimer. Three volumes

      La Haye : ImprimÈ chez Jacques van Karnebesk, (1781), 1783, 1786... 4to. (11.5 x 9.75 inches). Vol.I: x + 294 + 1 (errata). 14 numbered plates. Vol.II: viii + 404. 78 numbered plates (but lacks plate XIV). Vol.III: viii + 360. 53 numbered plates (but lacks plates III & IV). Engraved vignette to each title page (lined with linen to verso). Numerous engraved illusts to text. Library ink stamp to title page of volume I, with bookplate of library to front pastedown. Titles pages dust soiled. Some occasional spotting and soiling. Plates lined in linen to verso. Some professional repairs to tears. Twentieth century buckram, slightly soiled and discoloured. O/w very good copies. Oversize or very heavy books, requiring extra postage overseas.

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        Nouvelle Mappe Monde

      Venice: Remondini, c. 1781. Map. Copper engraving, 49 x 68 cms, original hand-colour in outline, blank verso. Venetian map-makers and engravers Paolo and Francesco Santini (their precise relationship is uncertain but they were almost certainly related) are chiefly known for their Atlas Universel, which follows the work of leading contemporary map-makers such as D'Anville, Jaillot and Robert de Vaugondy. The plates were acquired by Remondini in 1781. An unusual and striking projection, oriented to show the southern ‘Hemisphere Maritime' and northern 'Hemisphere Terrestre'.

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        The LIVES Of The MOST EMINENT POETS; with Critical Observations on Their Works. In Four Volumes.

      Printed for C. Bathurst, et al., London: 1781 - Engraved frontis of Johnson in Vol I. Average binding wear. Each volume with Strachey's booklabel to front paste-down. Period presentation inscription in top margin of each t.p. Old paper repair to Vol III title leaf outer edge, with short marginal tear to lower edge. Occasional po marginalia, notable to Vol IV rear paste-down. Withal, a solid & attractive VG set. Period dark tan half calf with marbled paper boards & green leather title labels to spine. Pale yellow edgestain. 8vo. 1st edition thus, and 2nd London Edition overall (Courntey, p. 141-142; Fleeman 79.4LP/5). 4 volumes: vii, [1 (blank)], 480; iii, [1 (blank)], 471, [1 (blank)]; iii, [1 (blank)], 462; iii, [1 (blank)], 503, [1 (blank)] pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The History of the Legal Polity of the Roman State; and of the Rise

      1781. Bever, Thomas [1725-1791]. The History of the Legal Polity of the Roman State; and of the Rise, Progress, and Extent of the Roman Laws. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1781. [xii], xii, 515 pp. Quarto (11" x 9"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style with gilt fillets and lettering piece, hinges mended. Light rubbing to extremities, a few minor scuffs to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light toning to text, foxing to endleaves. Later annotation to front free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. * Only edition. Bever's legal history in the manner of Gibbon is praised for its "learning and acuteness" in the DNB. Also a cautionary work, it was intended to provide cautionary guidance to the leaders of the rising British Empire. A fellow of All Souls and an Advocate of Doctors' Commons, Bever was a judge of the Cinque Ports and chancellor of the dioceses of Lincoln and Bangor. Also a student of the common law, he attended Blackstone's Vinerian lectures. Bever intended to write another volume to carry his history to a later period, but he never finished it. Dictionary of National Biography II:446-47. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 5:139.

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        Critic, The

      1781. Everybody Has An OpinionWith First English Translation of Rousseau's "Historically Important" OperaSHERIDAN, Richard. The Critic, Or a Tragedy Rehearsed. A Dramatic Piece in three acts as it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. London: Printed for T. Becket, Adelphi Strand, 1781. [Bound with] The Cunning-Man, A Musical Entertainment, in Two Acts. As it is Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. Originally written and Composed by Mr. J.J. Rousseau. Imitated, and adapted to his original Music, by Charles Burney. The Second Edition. London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. de Hondt, 1766.Fourth edition of The Critic, second edition of The Cunning-Man. Octavo. [10], 98; [8], 30, [1, adv.], [1, blank] pp. Engraved title page to The Critic. The Cunning-Man complete with the publisher's notice, dated Nov. 29, 1766, at the end advertising translated works by Rousseau.Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, expertly rebacked to style. With the bookplate of J.S. Bentley to the front paste down endpaper, and that of Thomas Merriman to the front free endpaper. A very good copy.The Critic was first performed 30 October 1779; the first edition was issued in 1781, this, the fourth edition, was issued later in the same year. The Prologue is by Richard Fitzpatrick. Another huge success for the celebrated dramatist, The Critic is "…an exuberant burlesque on the problems of producing a play. The work under rehearsal by its distraught producer is 'The Spanish Armada', a ludicrous parody of the modish tragic drama of the day… The action of the main play continues with undiminished vivacity to the end" (OCEL). Playwright, producer, and theater manager and owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) made his reputation as a dramaturge in 1775 with The Rivals. Success followed success, celebrity ensued, and soon Sheridan bought out actor playwright, and impresario David Garrick's share in the Drury Lane Theatre and became its manager. The fabulous success of his School For Scandal gave him the wherewithal to become the sole proprietor of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1779. He was considered the true heir of Garrick, the most respected and celebrated theatrical personage of his age, and later became a MP.The Cunning-Man is Charles Burney's translation and adaptation of the libretto and songs to Rousseau's pastoral opera Le Devin du Village (The Village Soothsayer. 1752). "As with many French operas, Rousseau’s Le devin du village was first staged for the court, appearing at Fountainebleau on 18 October 1752. The work was then performed at the Paris Opéra on 1 March 1753. The historical importance of this short intermè is closely tied to its role in the famous Querelle de bouffons, a debate about the merits of French serious opera in comparison to Italian comic opera (especially Pergolesi’s La serva padrona). "Rousseau applied the principles of Italian buffo style to Le devin, showing a preference for simple melodies in his airs, and although the subject matter is typical of comic opera’s interest in paysannerie (see Grétry’s Le Huron), the use of recitative explains why Le devin appeared at the Opéra."Le devin’s popularity is evident in that it was parodied by the Comédie-Italienne and later arranged in English by Charles Burney. However, Rousseau’s outspoken nature caused problems for him at the Opéra when he wrote an indictment against French opera (titled Lettre sur la musique française) late in 1753. While Rousseau was no longer welcome at the Opéra, Le devin continued to be performed until the early nineteenth century. Berlioz famously criticized the work, though, and argued that Rameau’s music was far superior to Rousseau’s diminutive intermé" (University of North Texas Libraries). The opera became one of the most popular of its day and brought Rousseau both wealth and fame. "Dr. Charles Burney (1726-1814), organist, musical historian and minor composer was the friend of Garrick, Joshua Reynolds, Dr. Johnson, and many members of aristocrat and literary society. He was the father of [novelist] Fanny Burney" (OCEL).The Critic: Cf. CBEL II, 819. Cf. Rothschild 1846. Cf. Williams p.222. The Cunning-Man: Sénelier 225. Dufour 48. Classe, Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English, p. 1197.

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        Verhandeling over de Slangen en Adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden.

      Amsterdam & Groningen, Erven Houtuin and L Huisingh, 1781. - (6), 372 SS. Mit gest. Titel und 3 handkolorierten Kupfertafeln. Zeitgenöss. marmorierter Lederband auf 5 Bünden mit goldgepr. Rückenschildchen und floraler Rückenvergoldung. Dreiseitiger marmorierter Farbschnitt. 4to. Erste Ausgabe der seltenen Monographie über Schlangen. Text durchgehend zweispaltig in niederländischer und französischer Sprache. Die hübschen Tafeln, nach der Natur gezeichnet von W. Veltman und gestochen von J. C. Philips, zeigen eine nicht näher bestimmte Schlange, eine Viper sowie eine Blindschleiche. Gegenüber dem Kupfertitel eine gedruckte Auslegung desselben. - Der Politiker, Jurist und Steuerbeamte Johannes van Lier verfaßte zahlreiche Abhandlungen zu breit gefächerten Themen, darunter Historisches, Archäologisches und Naturgeschichtliches. - Leichte Papierläsuren im Rand der Bll. L4 und M1; einige Lagen gering feuchtigkeitsfleckig. Einband etwas berieben; Gelenke angeplatzt, oberes Kapital defekt. Nissen ZBI 2509. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy. To Which are Added, One Hundred and Fifty New Receipts, A Copious Index, and a Modern Bill of Fare, for each Month, in the Manner the Dishes are placed upon the Table

      Edinburgh: Printed for Alexander Donaldson, 1781. Octavo, vi, [18], 440, [24] pages. Folding table. Index. Scarce Edinburgh edition of the most successful and influential English cookbook of the eighteenth century. Hannah Glasse (1708-1770) was the wife of an attorney and the mother of eight children, and she published the first edition of her Art of Cookery -- a work she boasted "far exceeds any Thing of the Kind ever yet published" -- in 1747. It went through eight editions in her lifetime and was not supplanted as a culinary authority until the work of Mrs. Isabella Beeton appeared in 1861. The folding table that is published in this volume first appeared in a "new" edition in 1774. Later full leather, with corners refreshed, gilt-lettered spine. Previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown, preliminary pages moderately foxed and with scattered light foxing to text, light additional wear, overall very good . [(Worldcat locates only a single copy, at the Schlesinger Library); Cagle 695-706].

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        Vollständige und auf Erfahrung gegründete Anweisung die Thermometer zu verfertigen. Nebst einer Kupferplatte.

      Nürnberg, Christoph Weigel und Adam Gottlieb Schneider, 1781. - (20), 264, (2) SS. Mit mehrf. gefalt. gest. Tafel und 2 gefalt. Tabellen. Pappband der Zeit mit gepr. Rückenschildchen. 8vo. Erste Ausgabe. - Luz (1744-1827), Oberkaplan in Gunzenhausen bei Ansbach und bayerischer Kirchenrat, verfaßte mehrere Werke über Thermometer, Barometer und Blitzableiter. - Papierbedingt teils etwas braunfleckig, teils auch wasserrandig. Im Oberrand stellenweise minimal angeschmutzt. Roller/Goodman II, 136. Poggendorff I, 1522. Hamberger/Meusel IV, 546. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      [Mexico. 1781-1783].. Twenty-five documents comprising [55]pp., plus additional contemporary wrapper inscribed: "1782 Mejico." 36 folio and 19 quarto pages written in several different hands. In fine condition. In a cloth clamshell case, leather label. A collection of twenty-five manuscripts in Spanish, many relating to a lawsuit over lands in Mexico. These are probably connected to the lengthy and complicated suits brought by the heirs of the last Aztec ruler, Montezuma, over their just inheritance, which dragged on throughout the colonial period. The Dukes of Abrantes, ennobled in the 17th century, were descended through the female line from Montezuma. The Duke's opponent, the Conde de Valle, was descended from Hernan Cortes, ennobled as the Marques de Valle after the Conquest. This archive consists of letters to and from the Duke of Abrantes, with reference to his financial affairs and his lawsuit against the Conde del Valle, whose "deliberate tricks for the purpose of delaying the proceedings" are sternly censured by the Duke's counsel. The majority of the documents are dated 1782. References to the Valle case are found amongst the Duke's correspondence. For instance, the draft of one of his letters contains the following personal commentary on the litigation (here in translation): "In spite of my administrator's best efforts and copious documentary evidence, the Count, being well aware of the justice of my claims, seeks to delay the verdict, in which conspiracy he is assisted by his aunt, the Marquesa de Salvatierra, who, I think, has much influence with the ministers, and they are hoping to fleece me of large sums." The documents also relate to other matters in which the Duke was directly or indirectly concerned, including an estate and the Hospicio de Nuestra Señora de Cobadonga. The collection includes signed letters from the Duke, Pedro Alonso de Alles, Juan Antonio de Elosua Abarratequi, Agustin de Compaxan, Antonio Francisco del Rio, and Fray Antonio Blanco Valdes.

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        Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations on Their Works

      London: C. Bathurst, etc., 1781. First Authorized and Separate Edition. Contemporary mottled calf, expertly recased. A near fine copy of this classic work by Johnson with occasional foxing, but overall a very clean, tight and attractive set. Portrait frontispiece of Johnson in Volume One is in the state with the publisher's imprint (Freeman does not give priority to this point of issue). A celebrated work, intimate and containing recollections and characterizations of many poets with whom Johnson new personally and therefore remains a striking personal account of shared experiences.

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        British Harmony Being a Collection of Antient Welsh Airs

      Ruabon & London: Author, 1781 British Harmony Being a Collection of Antient Welsh Airs The traditional remains of those originally sung by the Bards of Wales carefully compiled and now first published with some additional variations by John Parry inscribed with all due esteem and..... Printed and sold by John Parry, Ruabon, Denbighshire & P Hodgson at his Music-shop, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London. The original paper cover/title page have been cleaned & re-bound/laid on top of brown buckram, hard cover with the title in gold to the spine. New end-papers and repairs to page 5. Overcasting into sections and re-sewing on four tapes all by Delrue. c 1781, (3), 38 leaves music scores, such titles as, Dynwared yr Eos, Sir Harry Ddu, Difyrwch Arglwyddes Owen's, Nos Calan etc. Some of the papers edges have worn away and there is some darkening to the inks, neither of which detract from this copy). John Parry-1710-1782. COPAC & (OCLC 435433302), TE Roberts/Eminent Welshmen p399. Uncommon in any condition.

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        A Genealogical History of the Present Royal Families of Europe : the Stadtholders of the United States; and the Succession of the Popes ... Illustrated with Tables of Descent / by Mark Noble

      London : Printed For R. Baldwin; And Sold By Pearson And Rollason, Birmingham, 1781. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : [4], 252p. , plate, tables : 8vo. Subject: Europe - Kings and rulers - Genealogy - Early works to 1800. The verso of the prefatory leaf (A2) contains three lines of errata. ESTC citation no. : T136142. Notes: United States = United Provinces. Bookplate of Baroness & Countess Hastings, Hungerford. Contemporary half aniline calf over marble boards, very good. Raised bands with a contrasting gilt-blocked label. Bands and panel edges somewhat rubbed and toned as with age.

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        Brüderliche Vermahnungen an einige Brüder Freymäurer

      Philadelphia (d.i. St. Petersburg, Logon), 1781.. Mit einer allegor. Titelvignette ("Kraft der dreifachen 7") von Rosmaesler. 108 S., 1 Bl. Pappband d. Zt., Rücken verstärkt. Erste Ausgabe. - Kloss 2649 (Leipzig bei Böhme); Ockler L 70 (ebenfalls Leipzig, Böhme); Wolfstieg 42508; Weller, Druckorte 117. - Wolfstieg ordnet die seltene Schrift der rosenkreuzerischen Freimaurerei, (die nach der Thronbesteigung Friedrich Wilhelm II. sich anschickte, den preußischen Staat zu übernehmen) zu, ohne das Pseudonym aufzulösen. Der wiederholten Aufforderung des Verfassers der Schrift folgend, das Gesagte nicht für das Ganze zu halten und den verborgenen Sinn zu suchen und diese Aufforderung zuerst auf das Pseudonym anwendend, ergibt sich eine verwickelte, aber vielleicht in diesem "geheimnissüchtigen" Umfeld gerade deshalb stichhaltige Spur zu dem Verfasser, der dann Joseph Balsamo, der berüchtigte Graf Cagliostro selber wäre. Selbst der entlegene Druckort "St. Petersburg" spricht nicht gegen, sondern ist eher Indiz für die vermutete Verfasserschaft, denn Cagliostro hatte sich von 1779 bis 1780 dort aufgehalten. - Einband etwas beschabt. Titel etwas knittrig, am oberen Rand mit geschwärztem Besitzvermerk.

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

      London: John Boydell, 1 January 1781. Engraving, coloured by hand, by Thomas Morris. 14 x 20 1/2 inches. 17 1/2 x 23 5/8 inches. 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).

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        LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT ENGLISH POETS; With Critical Observations on Their Works

      London: for C. Bathurst, et al, 1781. 4 volumes. The First London edition, first authorized edition, first separate edition. Portrait of Johnson by Joshua Reynolds as frontispiece in the first volume. 8vo, contemporary tree calf with gilt fillet lines surrounding the covers, the spines with plain calf backs. vii, 480; iii, 471; iii, 462; iii, 505. A very good, handsome and honest copy, rehinged incorporating the original spine panels and without labels, the text block clean and sound throughout. FIRST LONDON EDITION, FIRST AUTHORIZED EDITION, FIRST SEPARATE EDITION of this masterwork of literature. It took Johnson four years to write these lives, and much of their charm lies in the anecdotes and reminiscences which the author was able to provide. He spent much time in the company of men of letters and his retentive memory preserved many of the facts and criticisms which fell from their lips. The work, Johnson's last great labor, was suggested by the Martins at Edinburgh. "The first conception of the booksellers was to begin with the works of Chaucer, but that project was too vast for them, and the first author in their edition was Cowley. The diminution of the scheme is not greatly to be regretted. The poets before Cowley were not so well know to Johnson, and he had no special information on their lives" (Courtney and Smith, p. 130).

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        Description des Alpes, Pennines et Rhetiennes; dédiée a.s.m. très-chrétienne Louis XVI, roi de France et de Navarre

      Genève, J. P. Bonnant, 1781. In two volumes. 8vo. xix, 247 pp.; [ii], 285 pp.; eight engraved plates, mainly of glaciers, and one folded engraved map of the Alpes, several woodengraved vignettes in the text. Original uniform blind publishers' wrappers. Spines renewed with later printed labels. In a later cloth slipcase with black morocco label with gilt title.* First edition of this classic study on the (south)western Alps by Marc Théodore Bourrit (1739-1819), "chantre de l'eglise cathédrale de Genève" (first singer of the Geneva church cathedral), and a pioneer in alpinism and Alpine studies. The map indicates all the then known glaciers drawn by Bourrit and engraved by Geissler. The plates are also after Bourrit. There are several handwritten notes (inserted loose on small pieces of paper) that seem to be critical writings in a contemporary, English handwriting. Unfortunately unsigned and we cannot establish by whom yet, but it looks like this deserves some investigation. Uncut. A very good clean copy. Haller I, 1495; Lehner, 622. Not in Ward and Carozzi.

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        Plan of the Town of Boston, with the Attack on Bunkers-Hill, in the Peninsula of Charlestown, the 17th of June, 1775

      [Boston: 1781]. Copper-engraved plan. Sheet size: 12 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches. A very rare plan of the first formal conflict of the Revolutionary War, printed in Boston during the war by one of the most important of all early American map-makers. This plan is here in its most sought after form: the first American edition of an image which was adapted from an inset on Sayer & Bennett's The Seat of War in New England published in London in 1775. The present plan was originally issued bound into the very rare first American edition of James Murray's An Impartial History of the War in America (Boston: 1781-1782). The area covered includes all of Boston and Charlestown. Charlestown is in flames following a bombardment by the British and the final phase of the Battle of Bunker`s Hill is at its height. The British regular troops (having been repulsed twice) are advancing on the American redoubt, the famous "rail fence," and the Continental irregulars under William Prescott and Israel Putnam. A Royal Naval squadron are shown firing into the American positions from the Charles River and Boston Harbor. An integral engraved key names all the most important Boston streets and other locations, and lists the sites of the fires that were doing such damage. The present work was one of the first produced by John Norman. He was born in England in 1748, but by May 1774 was advertising himself in Pennsylvania as an "Architect and Landscape Engraver". He moved to Boston in 1781, and later in his career went on to make his mark as one of the pioneer American mapmakers who moved quickly to fill the gap left in the market by the collapse of the supply of English-made maps to the newly-independent United States. His most famous subsequent work is the American Pilot first published in Boston in 1791. Cf. Nebenzahl Atlas of the American Revolution p.55 (English issue only); Nebenzahl Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution 32; Stauffer 2360; Wheat & Brun 241.

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        Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean

      London: E. Newberry, 1781. RARE COOK JOURNAL.Unauthorized account of Cook's Third Voyage, including the first description of Hawaii in a printed book and first appearance of a representation of the Murder of Capt. Cook at O-Why-ee The Second Edition(same year as first). Octavo in ontemporary full calf, raised bands with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers. Folding map reinforced at lower folds, 4 Plates, 2 folding, missing plate "Representation of the Heivah p.152. Text and plates extremely clean except Murder of Cook plate has a few foxing spots in the margins, not affecting the image. Photos on request. Full Leather. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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      London: Printed by J. Paramore, [1781].. vi,680,[8]pp. Octavo. Disbound, with remnants of spine, scattered foxing and occasional annotations, moderate marginal handsoiling, a few small chips and tears; just a sound copy. The annual format for volume IV, consisting of 12 issues, the general title and Preface to the volume. The January number has a folding frontis, and Feb. - June have frontis portraits. Wesley's primary periodical forum for the Methodist revival, printing both prose and poetry sympathetic to the cause. Of particular note is the appearance in the December issue of three poems by Phillis Wheatley, in the first instance identified as by "Phillis Wheatley, a Negro": "On the Death of a Child, five years of Age," "On the Death of a young Gentleman" and "Thoughts on the Works of Providence." Although the poems are all reprinted from earlier appearances, they constitute one of the small handful of life- time appearances of her poems in periodical form. In line with his outspoken views on slavery, Wesley reprinted eight of Wheatley's poems (along with one misattribution) in the pages of his periodical, with some variations in their texts. The others did not appear until 1784, and whatever participation she may have had in the circumstances of their publication in this format is unknown. Carretta, PHILLIS WHEATLEY: BIOGRAPHY OF A GENIUS IN BONDAGE, p.188ff.

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        Försök till en Mineralogie, eller Mineral Rikets Upställning

      Finely engraved title with a vignette depicting mineralogists at work in the field. 25 p.l., 302, one leaf of errata (on recto) & ads (on verso). 8vo, cont. half-sheep & speckled boards, spine nicely & brightly gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Stockholm: J.A. Carlbohm, 1781. Second edition, enlarged. "The posthumous second, final, and most complete edition of this important work on mineralogical chemistry...Cronstedt was the founder of the chemical system of mineralogy and the originator of systematic blow-pipe analysis. 'One of his greatest contributions to science was the treatise [the present book] in which he reformed mineralogy and classified minerals not merely according to their external properties, such as form, hardness, and color, but also according to their chemical composition.' (Weeks, p. 165)."-Neville, I, pp. 309-11. The first edition appeared in 1758. "In this essay he sought to lay the foundations for a new mineralogical system. Here, for the first time, he established the correct distinctions between simple minerals and rock minerals consisting of a mixture of several minerals."-D.S.B., III, p. 474. Very fine and fresh copy. ❧ Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 1202-"This is one of the most important and influential works in mineralogy...Very scarce." .

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        ANDREW'S NEW TRAVELLING MAP, Of ENGLAND And WALES, from Actual Surveys, Exhibiting all the Turnpike and Principle Cross Roads with the Distances from Town to Town according to the Mile Stones & other exact Admensurations Rivers, Roman Stations with the Coast of France from Ostende to Brest and La Rochelle

      London:: John Andrews and J. Harris,. 1781.. Folded: 19.7 cm x 14.7 cm. Unfolded: 80 cm x 72 cm. 1 sheet, folded in 20 panels.. Linenbacked & hand-colored, housed in the original marbled paper slipcase, with printed paper title label to one side.. Map: some occasional fraying to linen at folds, with the odd seam. starting. Case: worn, albeit intact.. While many of Andrews' cartographic publications are listed on OCLC, this particular effort is absent.

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        FREE EXAMINATION Of The SOCINIAN EXPOSITION Of The PREFATORY VERSES Of St. JOHN's GOSPEL. [including] Appendix, Containing Observations on the Argument Advanced ... by Mr. Lindsey, Against the Doctrine of the Pre-existence of Christ

      London:: Printed for W. Flexney, Bookseller, opposite Grey's-Inn-Gate, Holburn.. 1781.. 16mo, gathered in 8s. 7-3/16" x 4-5/8". 1st edition. OCLC records 8 institutional holdings. [2], xviii, [19] - 115, [1 (blank)] pp. 'Appendix' with drop title, p. 97.. Period bindings of full light brown spotted calf with elaborate gilt decorated spine; dentelles & marbled paper eps. Pale yellow edge stain.. Light binding wear. Prior owner bookplate/signature. Overal, an. attractive Very Good Plus copy.. Shepherd was a "Church of England clergyman and theological writer, ... who matriculated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on 1 December 1749 at the age of seventeen. ... After considering a military career he took orders in the Church of England and eventually was appointed chaplain to Thomas Thurlow, bishop of Lincoln and later of Durham; Thurlow's nomination gained Shepherd the archdeaconry of Bedford in July 1783. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in May 1781, and in 1788 he was Bampton lecturer at Oxford. In 1792 he was instituted to the rectory of Wetherden and Helmingham in Suffolk by Lord Chancellor Thurlow, brother of the bishop, and he held these preferments until his death.& & Shepherd published a wide selection of writings, including poetry and drama, although he came to concentrate on theology. His poetry was not unsuccessful: his Ode to Love (1755?) was reprinted in 1760 and The Nuptials (1761) went into three editions. Most of his poetic and dramatic pieces were included in the two-volume Miscellanies (1775). Several of Shepherd's theological works went into two or more editions, including his response to Soame Jenyns in The Review of a Free Enquiry (1759), The Requisition of Subscription to the Thirty-Nine Articles (1771), and Reflections on the Doctrine of Materialism (1779), addressed to Joseph Priestley. Shepherd published regularly throughout his life; his last piece was No False Alarm, or, A Sequel to Religious Union (1808). He died at the parsonage at Wetherden on 3 January 1809." [ODNB]. & & Shepherd's works are now uncommon in the trade. This 2 volume work is offered with 2 other Shepherd titles, TavBooks ID #37011 & 37012. The price is for all 4 volumes.

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        Neue Abhandlung von der Civilbaukunst mit nützlichen Anmerkungen und Betrachtungen für junge Leute die sich dieser schönen Kunst widmen wollen. Aus dem Französischen ... mit einem Anhage von den Triglyphen vermehrt v. M. Kraft

      Nürnberg, Weigel 1781.. 2 Tle. in 1 Bd. kl.-4°. 6 S., 1 Bl., 48, 26 S., 1 Bl.; 2 Bll., 58 S. Mit 2 (1 mitpagin.) gest. Ziwschentit., 2 gest. Vign., 182 Kupfertaf. HLdr. d. Zt. Am Schluß im Burg wasserrandig. Vier Taf. ankoloriert. Einige alte hs. Eintragungen. Zweite deutsche Ausgabe.

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      Paris. 1781.. 68,[4]pp. plus two (of three) folding maps on one sheet and one folding table. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with most of original backstrip retained, gilt French coat of arms on boards. Boards rubbed and edgeworn. Bookplate of the Earls of Annandale on front free endpaper. Map backed on cloth. Early ownership signature of "Savary" on titlepage, ink notations on one page of text, armorial plate on front free endpaper with an apparent signature erased. Good. Lacks the map, "Carte de Environs du Fort Pitt et de la Nouvelle Province Indiana Dediee a M. Franklin." The first French edition. "Hutchins' work is one of the most valuable sources on the West during the British period. It is of particular interest for the Illinois country. The appended journal by Captain Kennedy describes his voyage up the Illinois River to its headwaters during July and August of 1773" - Streeter (1778 edition). Hutchins was the most accomplished geographer in America at the time, and his exact description of the regions west of the Alleghenies were the best available at the time of the Revolution. He produced a large map of the West at the same time he published this book, although they were not issued together. This French edition has an intriguing story behind it that warrants further research. It differs from the English edition in combining the two small maps of Kaskaskia and the Falls of the Ohio on a single sheet (present in this copy) and adds a larger folding map, "Carte de Environs du Fort Pitt et de la Nouvelle Province Indiana Dediee a M. Franklin" (lacking from this copy). On close examination, this proves to be a 1:1 reproduction, with captions in French, of a segment of the large map issued in London in 1778, about one-twelfth of the whole map, from the right center of the big map. Geographically this shows much of the present state of West Virginia, southwest Pennsylvania, and southeast Ohio. The French edition also differs from the British in containing an appendix with translations of all of the longer captions from the big British map of 1778. This copy bears the inscription on the titlepage: "Savary donné par [?] Oer. Consul." This is likely Jean Savary de Valcoulon, who made the acquaintance of Albert Gallatin when Gallatin was teaching at Harvard. "In his native Lyons, Savary had already failed in business and had achieved a reputation as an ardent supporter of the principles of the American Revolution. He had found a way to serve both his economic and his idealistic needs by becoming an agent of René Rapicault, a Frenchman who had advanced money and supplies to the State of Virginia during the Revolution War. Unfortunately for his mission, Savary was unable to speak or write English, and he clung like ivy to the Harvard tutor who was becoming fairly fluent in it. Savary spoke no English and proposed that Gallatin accompany him on a business trip as interpreter, and Gallatin eagerly accepted....they bought from several sources warrants for 120,000 acres of land in the Ohio River valley....One-quarter of this was to belong to Gallatin, with Savary obligingly advancing the money for the entire purchase" - Walters. Savary increased Gallatin's share to one-half, and in 1784 the pair embarked on an expedition to the Ohio and the Great Kanawha, the first time they were to cross the Alleghenies. The expedition ended disastrously. (See Walters for a lengthy account of the association betwen Savary and Gallatin.) In 1794, Gallatin sold the entire amount of claims which he held with Savary, without warranty of title, to Robert Morris, then a major speculator in western lands, for $4000 in Pennsylvania currency. Gallatin went on to become Secretary of the Treasury. Hutchins' DESCRIPTION TOPOGRAPHIQUE DE LA VIRGINIE... would have been of the greatest interest to Savary. How did this English book come to be translated and published, with these differences, in France in 1781, while England, France, and the United States were at war? The answer lies in the peculiar story of Hutchins. Although a native of America who grew up on the Pennsylvania frontier, Hutchins obtained a regular British army commission and saw extensive service during the French and Indian War. When the Revolution broke out he was in England, preparing his map and the accompanying TOPOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION.... In 1779 he resigned his commission rather than be sent to America to fight his countrymen, and later that year he was arrested for treasonable correspondence with Americans in France. At that time Franklin denied he knew Hutchins, a patent falsehood, since they had been well acquainted for years. After he was bailed out by powerful friends in England, Hutchins fled to France and made a bee-line for Franklin. He was in Paris in late 1780 when this translation was licensed on Nov. 15, and shortly thereafter left for America to become the "geographer to the United States by appointment to Congress." The lands that Hutchins chose to highlight happened to center on the land claimed by the Indiana Company, in which both Franklin and the French minister, Vergennes, had financial stakes. It seems clear that, far from not knowing each other, Hutchins and Franklin were not only in correspondence when the former was arrested, but they shared mutual land promotional interests which both the English and French editions of this book aided to some degree. Undoubtedly, much more remains to be discovered about this relationship and its role in promoting American lands in France. HOWES H846. SABIN 34055. JCB (1)III:2709. Raymond Walters, Jr., ALBERT GALLATIN JEFFERSONIAN FINANCIER AND DIPLOMAT, pp.15-25. Leo Schelbert, HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF SWITZERLAND, p.123. John Austin Stevens, "Albert Gallatin" in AMERICAN STATESMEN, Vol. XIII.

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      London: J.F.W. Des Barres, in THE ATLANTIC NEPTUNE, Jan. 1, 1781.. 31 3/4 x 47 inches. Etching with roulette work, with added hand color. Printed on two joined sheets. On laid paper with "J Bates" watermark and "JB" countermark. Fine. A 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 18th-century cartography. Published in England in 1774, it contains over 250 charts and views of the North American and Canadian coasts. The charts are intensely detailed and contain 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 fifty 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 18th- century record of the first settlement in Canada. In 1605, two years before the first permanent British 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 assigned to it in Des Barres' chart. Spendlove, "J.F.W. Des Barres and The Atlantic Neptune" in THE FACE OF EARLY CANADA, pp.18-22. Debard, "The Family Origins of Joseph Fredericks Wallet Des Barres: A Riddle Finally Solved" in NOVA SCOTIA HISTORICAL REVIEW, Vol. 14, No. 2 (1994), p.15.

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        Annapolis Royal... St. Mary's Bay

      London: Published by J.F.W. Des Barres in 'The Atlantic Neptune', 1 January, 1781. Etching with added hand-colour. On laid paper with `J Bates' watermark and `JB' countermark. 31 3/4 x 47 inches. 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.

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        Memoirs of Maximilian de Bethune, Duke of Sully, prime minister to Henry the Great. Containing the history of the life and reign of that monarch, ... Translated from the French. To which is added, the trial of Ravaillac, for the murder of Henry the Great

      Dublin : printed by R. Marchbank, for Messrs. W. Watson, Sleater, Burnet, Colles, Moncrieffe, [and 11 others in Dublin], 1781. 5th Edition. Referenced by: ESTC T118210. Complete in 6 volumes. Physical desc.: 6v.,plates : map,port. ; 12°. Notes: A very free adaptation by Pierre Mathurin de L'Ecluse des Loges. The dedication is signed by the translator: Charlotte Lennox, but it is said to have in fact been written by Samuel Johnson. Very good copies all, finely bound in full, contemporary aniline calf. Gilt cross bands with the gilt-blocked leather title labels. Minor, generalised wear to the extremities. An uncommonly good set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        The Field of Mars: being an alphabetical digestion of the principal naval and military engagements in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Particularly of Great Britain and her allies, from the ninth century to the present period ... Selected from the best historians and journalists, and adjusted from the greatest authority ... To which is prefixed an essay on the art of war, and a comprehensive system of military and naval discipline

      London: printed for J. Macgowan, 1781. 2 volumes, quarto. (10 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches). Unpaginated with text in double columns, half-titles, 4pp. list of subscribers at the end of the text in vol.II. 2 emblematic frontispieces (one after Thomas Stothard), 59 engraved plates, plans and maps (3 folding). (Light worming, generally to the lower blank margins). Contemporary calf (rebacked, later endpapers, joints and spines worn, later endpapers). A work of its time which offers a combined survey of historical and contemporary military and naval events in an effort to direct the "dauntless spirit inherent in the breasts of the Sons of Albion and Hibernia" against France, Spain, Holland and the newly-independant United States of America First edition. Sabin mentions an edition of 1780 (without engravings) but this is probably an error: Lowndes mentions only the present edition and there are no OCLC records or auction records for a 1780 edition. There does not seem to have been any single required number of engravings for this edition: copies are listed as having sold with 52, 57, 70, and 58 engravings: the present example contains a total of 61 with no sign of anything having been removed. The preface starts well, mentioning that it is "the province of every Historian " to "preserve a perfect impartiality" but the editors swiftly show their true colours pointing out that in 1780 Britain was in conflict with not only "her Natural Enemies, France and Spain, but [also] with her late Unnatural Allies the Dutch, and her refractory North American Subjects, who ... have set up an Independence, under the protection of the united powers of their avowed Enemies, the French and the Spaniards, and [with] the concurrence of the treacherous and time-serving States of Holland, who ... now dare to support a contest the most unhappy that England was ever engaged in". In an apparent effort to raise moral, the work includes numerous historical entries for North American battles, seiges and military and naval engagments from the Seven Years' War and earlier (Annapolis Royal; Beauséjour; Fort Frontenac; Louisburg; Fort Necessity; Fort Niagara; Fort Pitt or Pittsburg; Quebec; The American Revolutionary War references include Bedford; Brandywine-Creek; Lake Champlain; Charlestown (in 1776 and 1780); Newhaven; Paulus Hook; Peeks-Hill; Penobscot; Saratoga; Ticonderoga (1758 and 1777); New York; etc. The title mentions a "prefixed ... essay on the art of war, and a comprehensive system of military and naval discipline": in reality the work includes an appended essay on fortification, as well as two alphabetical sections explaining naval and military terms. Cf. Lowndes I, p.796 (1801 edition); cf. Sabin 24297 (incorrectly dated 1780?, with no mention of plates, and mentioning the edition of 1801)

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        Thelyphthora; or, A Treatise on Female Ruin, in its Causes, Effects, Consequences, prevention, and Remedy; Considiered on the Basis of Divine Law. .Particularly Including an Examination of the Principlaes and Tendency of Stat. 26 Geo. II. c. 33 commonly called The Marriage Act

      London: J. Dodsley, 1781 - Controversial argument in favor of polygamy as compatible with Mosaic law and Christianity and an alternative to the evils of prostitution (WOMEN) The second edition, enlarged. 2 vols., 8vo. . Recent quarter brown morocco and marbled boards. Inoffensive traces of dampstains, else fine [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Thelyphthora; or, A Treatise on Female Ruin, in its Causes, Effects, Consequences, prevention, and Remedy; Considiered on the Basis of Divine Law. ..Particularly Including an Examination of the Principlaes and Tendency of Stat. 26 Geo. II. c. 33 commonly called The Marriage Act

      London: J. Dodsley, 1781. (WOMEN) The second edition, enlarged. 2 vols., 8vo. . Recent quarter brown morocco and marbled boards. Inoffensive traces of dampstains, else fine . Controversial argument in favor of polygamy as compatible with Mosaic law and Christianity and an alternative to the evils of prostitution

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        MONODY On MAJOR ANDRE. By Miss Seward. (Author of the Elegy on Capt. Cook.) To Which Are Added LETTERS ADDRESSED To HER By Major Andr, in the Year 1769

      Lichfield:: Printed and Sold by J. Jackson, for the Author.. 1781.. 4to: ¹1 A3 [A4 = ¹1?] B - G4. 10-1/2" x 8-1/4". The Second Edition (NCBEL II, 682; Sabin 79478). SIGNED by the Author on p. 28. [2], vi, 47, [1] pp.. Later tan half-calf with marbled paper boards. Gilt title lettering to spine.. A VG+ copy, showing minor extremity wear & evidence of some. inconsequential worming @ base of spine.. Seward was a prominent woman of letters in her day, having, for example, the admiration of Wordsworth & Scott, and whose disapproval of Dr. Johnson is as well chronicled as her support of young writers of the era is, perhaps, under appreciated. & & This title, her second published, by the 'Swan of Lichfield' [as this poet is known] is a tribute to the suitor of her friend, Honoria Sneyd [stepmother to Maria Edgeworth]; said suitor having been executed, as a courier of information from Benedict Arnold to General Clinton, during the Revolutionary War by the Americans. The work's publication reportedly "brought her an apology from General Washington." Cf. Shattock. BRITISH WOMEN WRITERS, pp. 384-85. Uncommon title; last at auction in 1996.

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        A List of All the Officers of the Army:

      London: War-Office, 20 July,, 1781. Viz. The General and Field Officers; The Officers of the Several Troops, Regiments, Independent Companies, and Garrisons: with an Alphabetical Index to the Whole… Octavo (225 × 137 mm). Contemporary red morocco, spine elaborately gilt in compartments with floral tools, green morocco label, marbled endpapers, Greek key roll to boards, floral roll to turn-ins, and all edges gilt. Boards rubbed, some small abrasions, wear to head of spine, morocco label worn and chipped, contents clean and fresh. A very good copy. First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. This is especially true when, as here, they are presented in the style of binding which seems to have been reserved by the War Office for presentation copies.

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        A Treatise on the Nature and Properties of Air, and other Permanently Elastic Fluids. To which is prefixed, an Introduction to Chymistry

      Three folding engraved plates of apparatus & a folding table. xii, 835, [9] pp. Large 4to, cont. sheep-backed marbled boards (some rubbing & minor wear to spine), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Printed for the Author, 1781. First edition, Matthew Boulton's copy with the later bookplate. With this book, "Cavallo switched his attention to the physics of the atmosphere and to the constitution of 'permanently elastic fluids.' Again his strengths appeared in instrumentation -- an improved air pump and a modified eudiometer -- and in smoothing the way for others. This time his course of self-instruction...was a judicious examination of contemporary work, particularly Priestley's, presented from a nondogmatic phlogistic point of view. He always retained a lively interest in pneumatic physics and chemistry, whose applications to ballooning and to medicine became subjects of two later books."­D.S.B., III, p. 153. Cavallo, while accepting the phlogiston theory, quotes Lavoisier's views as well. In this work, Cavallo also describes extensions of the experiments of Ingen-Housz on the influence of light on the growth of plants. Cavallo (1749-1809), the son of a Neapolitan physician, did all his scientific work in England and became a member of the Royal Society in 1779. A very good copy with a most appropriate provenance of this work concerned with chemistry, hydrostatics, and pneumatics. Dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks. Ex Bibliotheca Mechanica. Cole 236. Duveen, pp. 127-28. Partington, III, p. 300. .

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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        History of Quadrupeds. BOUND With Genera of British Birds. (3 Vols bound as 2, complete)

      Fleet Street, London: B White, 1781 Tall 8vo, VG, 71 B&W plates, 1st & 2nd eds. In contemporary full brown calf, corners and edges a little bumped and worn, some marks. Spines, have been relaid, but retaining most of the old, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling, titles in gilt to green and red leather labels. Internally, board edges in gilt, some offsetting, Armorial bookplates of John Harrison to fpds, engraved titlepages. Vol 1, (xxiv), [1], 284 pp, 33 B&W plates (including the eng tp), 1 illustration within text. Vol 2, [2], 285-566 pp, [14] index, 22 plates, 1 illustration within text. Was an expansion on his 1771 -Synopsis of Quadrupeds- . BOUND WITH Genera of Birds, London B White, 1781, 2nd ed (1st was published in 1773), engraved title page with vignette, [6], [1], (ii-xxv), [1] explanation, [1], 2-68 pp, [2], 16 plates.Some light water staining and browning, not detracting. A very desirable set. (ESTC T113535 & T862. Brunet 489. Allibone 1553)Pennant, naturalist, traveller, and writer, who for one modern scholar should be considered ‘the leading British zoologist after Ray and before Darwin’ (Beer, vi). See ODNB

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        HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS (Two Volumes)

      Printed for B.White,Fleet St. London, 1781-01-01. 2nd. Leather Bound. Very Good. 1/4 leather with marbled boards. Complete in two volumes. Total of 566 pages and 52 copperplate engravings of unusual animals. Edition not stated, but believe to be 2nd. Publishing date of 1781. This scarce classical works is handsomely illustrated and in very good condition. Additional pictures available upon request. Please email or call with any questions.

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        A Letter from Mr. Christian MayerÖ On the Going of a New Pendulum Clock

      London,: T. Becket, 1781.. Quarto, 19 pp., final page advertisement for a work by John Arnold, a few spots; very good in neat modern paper boards with morocco spine label. Very rare: one of very few publications to directly discuss the chronometers of John Arnold, and clearly published with his consent - and almost certainly with his involvement - this work was issued in very small numbers to puff the technical prowess of Arnold at a time when he was working on the revolution in chronometers that would culminate in "Arnold 36" of 1782, the first timepiece to actually be called a chronometer, and the forerunner of the viability of quantity production: by the mid-1780s 'Captains of the East India Company and the Royal Navy flocked to the chronometer factories' (Sobel, Longitude).Arnold (1736-1799) was the English watchmaker most responsible for making practical advances in the manufacture of chronometers. He had benefitted from the magnum opus of longitude, John Harrison's Principles of 1767, the publication of which was forced by Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne, who first gave copies of the detailed plates to Larcum Kendall for the manufacture of K1, the chronometer taken on board Resolution for Cook's second voyage. Soon after, Maskelyne also gave a copy of Harrison's book to Arnold, who ultimately produced three chronometers which were also taken on board the Resolution. Kendall's was by far the superior timepiece, although Arnold's chances were not helped by the fact that one was allowed to go unwound (the fiery debate about whether this was the fault of William Wales helped fuel his acrimonious split with the Forsters).Arnold had a better business mind than Kendall, and was more aware of the practicalities of watch-design meaning that his "Arnold 36" of 1777 is considered the first modern chronometer. Arnold was also not only personally charming, but as this rare pamphlet neatly proves, a wonder at self-promotion. This work translates a laudatory essay by the German astronomer Christian Mayer, praising Arnold's work on a new pendulum clock at Manheim. The fact that this is in effect an extended advertisement is safely proven by the long translator's preface, which concludes triumphantly: 'While Mr. Arnold's improvements in clock-work may thus become serviceable to astronomers; that superior degree of perfection to which he had brought his Pocket Chronometers must be of the highest utility in geography and navigation... ships may now proceed on their voyages with a degree of certainty and expedition unhoped for and unknown to preceding navigators...'.

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        Freut euch ihr lieben Juden, Euch wird ein Freud geschehn. Bald sperrt man eure Buden, Und wehrt euchs Schachern gehn. Bald tragt ihr Schaufeln, Spaten, bald greift ihr Pflüge an; Und thut nur solche Thaten, die Abram auch gethan. Ihr lieben Juden! Oder Kurze Untersuchung der Frage: Ob die Juden nicht zur Handarbeit und Erlernung ehrlicher Professionen anzuhalten sind

      Prag, Schönfeld 1781.. 28 S. Karton d. Zt. Wernigg 2593; Menger 339; Bibliographical survey of Jewish Prague I/1, p. 90. - Sehr seltene antisemitische Schrift, über KVK in Deutschland nur ein Exemplar in der Staatsbibliothek Bamberg nachweisbar (weitere in der New York Public Library und in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek; die Tschechische Nationalbibliothek nur mit einer Fotokopie). - Der unbekannt gebliebene Pamphletist will Juden enteignen, sie vom Handel ausschließen und fordert gar nichtjüdische Geschäftsinhaber auf, Juden nichts mehr zu verkaufen. Die jüdische Bevölkerung soll weiterhin zum Militärdienst verpflichtet werden und ausschließlich ihr Einkommen in der Landwirtschaft und körperlicher Arbeit suchen. Die Religionsausübung bleibt zwar gestattet, unterliegt aber strengen Regeln und einer eingehenden Beobachtung. - Etwas fleckig. Titel gebräunt, am oberen Rand mit Nummer und etwas Papierabrieb.

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        Viages de Enrique Wanton a las Tierras Incognitas Australes

      Madrid,: Antonio de Sacha, 1781-, 1785.. Four volumes, small quarto, with an engraved frontispiece in the first volume and twelve plates, contemporary manuscript annotations on first few pages; a handsome set in contemporary Spanish mottled calf, flat spines ornately gilt, double labels. A lovely set: this extraordinary work was first published in Venice in 1749 as a two-volume voyage to the "Land of the Apes", but this Spanish version not only translates the original work but also includes a completely new continuation of their adventures in the Southern Continent.This Spanish version by Don Gutierre JoaquÌn Vaca de Guzman y Manrique is famous for its remarkable series of engravings depicting the hybrid Australians. Interestingly, whilst the first two volumes are a reasonably accurate translation of Seriman's original, in the third and fourth he ignores the continuation to the "Land of the Dogs" first published in 1764 and instead substitutes his own work, satirising 'with great delicacy the customs and manners of Spain' (White).Bibliographical details of publication of this Spanish version are complex, and have not entirely been solved by White's good account. Put simply, many or even most sets contain a mixture of issues or editions. This is a coherent set in a matching original binding; the various volumes are dated between 1778 and 1785, but the name of the bookseller Don Bernardo Alber· appears consistently in the imprints.Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 44-5; Gibson, 'St. Thomas More... with a Bibliography of Utopiana', 769; 'Monthly Review', XLVII (1772), pp. 501-6; White, Zaccaria Seriman 1709-1784, p.147, Edition 'H'.

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