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        Glossarium Germanicum Medii Aevi potissimum dialecti Suevicae edidit illustravit supplevit [Principal German glossary of the Medieval Suebic dialect] Edidit, illustravit, supplevit J. J. Oberlinus. 2 volumes in one [Copy of Paul von Heyse and of Murray Gell-Mann]

      Argentoratensis [ancient Strasbourg]: Lorenzii et Schuleri [Lorentz und Schuler], 1781. First edition. Hardcover. As New. A Fine copy of the rare first edition, first printing of this important work, bound in brown quarter-leather and marbled boards, with the buttressed spine lettered and decorated in gilt, the endpapers elegantly marbled, and with matching marbling to the closed edges of the massive page block (rubbing to the corners and a small rub to the top of each board); 2,157 numbered pages with the words treated being given in German and the treatments thereof in Latin and in German; a wonderful ASSOCIATION COPY, having BELONGED TO MURRAY GELL-MAN AND PAUL VON HEYSE, each a winner of the Nobel Prize, and being SIGNED BY HEYSE "Dr. Paul Heyse" on the front free endpaper. When published, this important work was the most complete dictionary of Middle High German. Heyse's father, Karl Wilhelm Ludwig Heyse, was an important professor of classical philology and his son, Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse himself studied classical philology before embarking on a writing career, a career so successful that he won the 1910 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories." This work would have been highly useful to Paul von Heyse in his translation work and for his study of literature. Following Heyse's ownership, the book belonged to Murray Gell-Mann -- winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles and for his discovery of the quark -- whose bookplate resides on the front free endpaper. A notable tome which appears rather infrequently, only four copies of it have been offered at auction in the last 30 years. A fabulous ASSOCIATION COPY of this scarce work, having been OWNED BY TWO NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS. [Please Note: Shipping charges to Buyer will exceed the amount quoted by this site.]

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        Elogj storici di Cristoforo Colombo e di Andrea D'Oria.

      Dalla Stamperia Reale,, Parma, 1781 - Cm. 30, pp. (8) 337 (1). Fregio al centro del frontespizio e due ritratti incisi nel testo. Leg. coeva in mezza pelle con punte e piatti in carta dispinta. Titoli in oro su tassello al dorso. Dorso rifatto? Bell'esemplare, in barbe e stampato su carta forte. Edizione originale, cfr. Brooks, 185. Il primo elogio e' scritto da Ippolito Durazzo, il secondo da Nicolo' Grillo Cattaneo, ambedue nobili genovesi. Melzi I, 349. Non comune. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Reports of Cases Determined in the Several Courts of Westminster

      1781. First Edition of Blackstone's Reports Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. [Clitherow, James, Editor]. Reports of Cases Determined in the Several Courts of Westminster Hall from 1746-1779. Taken and Compiled by the Honourable Sir William Blackstone, Knt. Late One of the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas. Published According to the Direction in His Will, From His Original Manuscript, By His Executors. With a Preface Containing Memoirs of His Life. London: Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers; For W. Strahan [et al], 1781. 2 Vols. Folio (13' x 8"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering pieces to spine, endpapers renewed. Early owner signatures of James Ferguson, Charles Fraser and William Colcock of head of title pages. Toning, light foxing in some places, internally clean. A handsome set. * First edition. The cases date from 1746 to 1779. "These reports, with one exception, were compiled entirely by Blackstone from his own notes 'contained in five large note books, all written with his own hand; and prepared for the press, even to an index, and a table of matters...The work reaches down to the end of Michaelmas term, 1779.'(...) The one report not taken by Blackstone himself is the Case of Burgess v. Wheate in Vol. 1, which was reported by Mr. Fazakerly. Blackstone's 'literal errors or omissions' were corrected by the editor, James Clitherow, Blackstone's brother-in-law and executor. The preface in vol. 1...includes an account of the life of Blackstone, which was reprinted verbatim or with slight changes, in many editions of the Commentaries after the author's death. Following the biographical sketch is an account of the compilation and editing of Blackstone's Reports" (Eller). William F. Colcock [1804-1889] was an important figure in South Carolina politics. Also an attorney, he was a member of the state House of Representatives from 1831 to 1848, its Speaker from 1841 to 1848, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1849-1853 and Collector of the Port of Charleston from 1853-1865. He returned to legal practice after the Civil War. Charles Fraser [1782-1860] was a lawyer before he became one of the South's most important artists. (He was known for his miniatures). Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 225.

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        Overview - Ecclesiastes, In Three Parts. A New Translation, With A Paraphrase. To Which Is Added, A New Translation Of Other Passages Of Scripture Part III

      George Ireland, 1781. Hardcover. Fair/No Dustjacket. 1781. No dust jacket. Leather bound in coloured leather with gilt lettering. Clean but yellowed pages with no markings or annotations. Tanned end papers.The front end paper is missing. The front hinge is cracked thus the front board is slack, but the rest of the binding remains firm.Moderate wear and scuffing to the boards, mainly on the spine, edges and corners.Some damage to the spine ends.

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        Materialien zur geist- und weltlichen Statistick des niederrheinischen und westphälischen Kreises und der angränzenden Länder nebst Nachrichten zum Behuf ihrer ältern Geschichte

      Erlangen, Palm 1781 -, 1783.. 2 Jgg. in 4 Bänden. 3 Bll., 395 S.; Tit., SS. (399)-587, Tit., 207 S.; Tit., 283 S.; Tit., SS. (285)-472, 1 Bl. HLwd. um 1850. Kirchner 1118. - Wichtige statistische Erfassung des Landes; der rheinische Journalist und Publizist Eichhoff (1755-1825) war von dem Begründer der modernen Demographie, Johann Peter Süßmilch stark beeinflusst. Eichhoff gehörte auch 1781 zu den elf Gründungsmitgliedern der Bonner Filiale "Stagira" des Illuminatenordens, dessen Mitglieder sich für die Verbreitung aufgeklärter Ideen einsetzten. - Vorhanden sind der erste Jahrgang mit den Stücken 1 - 8; hier fehlen die Stücke 9 - 12. Der zweite und letzte Jahrgang ist wie hier vorliegend in 2 Bänden komplett. - Ehemaliges Bibliotheksexemplar mit Schatten von abgelösten Etiketten am unteren Buchrücken. Titel verso gestempelt. Etwas bestoßen und berieben, Block von Bd. 1 gelockert.

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        Manuscript Pennsylvania Document

      Philadelphia, 1781. unbound. Outstanding Revolutionary War Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration signed by Joseph Reed, President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. A land grant to Joseph Alston, for "striking the sum of one hundred thousand pounds in bills of credit for the support of the Continental Army, by pledging the land known as Province the County of be sold for gold and silver only...and no other money whatever...tract to be divided into 32 lots, leading from the wharfs on the Highest Bidders. Full vellum with all seals intact, 12 1/2 x 30 inches. March 25,1781. Very good.

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        A View of the Town & Harbour of Halifax, from Dartmouth Shore [Nova Scotia]

      London: Published by J. F. W. Des Barres in 'The Atlantic Neptune', circa 1781. Aquatint and etching in sepia, on laid paper with the watermark of "J. Bates.", in very good condition, with wide margins, two repaired tears in upper margin outside of platemark. 20 x 28 3/8 inches. 24 1/4 x 33 inches. One of the finest and most celebrated early views of Halifax, from 'The Atlantic Neptune', the first British sea atlas of her North American colonies This aquatint of Halifax Harbour is one of Des Barres' finest and most important views. It depicts numerous warships anchored in the harbour, which was then the main base of the Royal Navy during the Revolutionary War. This is the second state of the two states of this view, and is identical to the Henry Stevens Collection, variant 47*B, 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 to 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. He also managed to gain access to some surveys of the American South, Cuba and Jamaica. 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 the North American colonies, and due to Des Barres' synergy of great empirical accuracy with unrivalled artistic virtue, it is considered to be one of the most important achievements of eighteenth-century cartography. Upon the conclusion of the Seven Years War, Britain's empire in North America was greatly expanded, and this required the creation of a master atlas featuring new and accurate sea charts for use by the Royal Navy. Des Barres was charged with this herculean task, publishing 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. National Maritime Museum: Henry Stevens Collection: K0460, HNS 47*B & Catalogue, no.35, p.382; Cf. 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 Frederick Wallet Des Barres: A Riddle Finally Solved", Nova Scotia Historical Review, Vol 14, No. 2 (1994), p.15

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        Naturgeschichte des Niederdeutschlands und anderer Gegenden. I-II (plates)

      Nürnberg, Raspe, [1781-]1805. Small folio. Volume I(I-VII), II(VIII-XV). Very well reproduced printed front wrapper to part II, titled "Zweiter Theil. Vorläufige Abbildungen von Tab. VIII. bis XV".* A very rare work by Johann Wilhelm Karl Adolph Freiherr von Hüpsch (ca. 1730-1805). As far as we know these are all the plates that were ever published. According to the publisher, Raspe, the plates of the second part had been in his possession for more than 20 years. He states that there should be an accompanying manuscript in the estate of Von Hüpsch, but this was never found (see the front wrapper, which is provided here in reproduction). The text of the first part was published in 1781, but is not included here. The work contains the first illustration of Ordovician receptaculitid algae or sponges - this has been debated ever since. Other illustrations include Mesozoic cephalopods, gastropods, bivalves, sea-urchins, sponges, etc. Copies of the first part are known in which not all the plates are hand-coloured. A very good set. Very rare, not in any major reference work.

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        Ein paar Tröpflein aus dem Brunnen der Wahrheit. Ausgegossen vor dem neuen Thaumaturgen Caljostros

      Am Vorgebürge (d. i. Frankfurt, Brönner),, 1781.. 46 S., 1 w. Bl. Karton d. Zt. Wolfstieg 14362. - Der Autor Bode war Weimarer Hofrat, Freund und Förderer Goethes, den er in Abwesenheit des Meisters vom Stuhl in Loge Anna Amalia in Weimar aufgenommen hatte. Die kritische Schrift über den Hochstapler Cagliostro erzürnte Lavater, einen kritiklosen Bewunderer des sizilianischen Scharlatans. An einen an Goethe gerichteten Brief beschwerte er sich vehement über den für ihn anonymen Verfasser. Der Dichterfürst sah Cagliostro durchaus sehr kritisch, anfänglich gar als Gefahr für Europa, später mehr als Witzfigur, den er literarisch mehrfach verarbeitete (u. a. als "Groß-Cophta"). - Rücken berieben. Unbeschnitten. Titel gering fleckig. Altes Exemplar einer Logenbibliothek.

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        ERMINIA Y TANCREDO. 1781

      - Bello grabado ovalado del siglo XVIII. firmas en plancha de Ang. Kauffman pinxt; Maklin sxcudit. Servin Sculpt. Muestra una de las escenas de la historia de amor de Erminia y Tancredo pintado por Angela Kauffman. Londres. London. Published according to Act Aug. 20. 1781 by Masklin. nº 39 Fleet Street. Bueno. excelente impresión. Lugar: Londres, Año: 1781 Técnica: Grabado calcográfico. Punteado (stipple) y aguafuerte en sanguina., Otros datos: Romance épico sucedido en las Cruzadas. Erminia es hija del rey sarraceno de Antioquia y cae enamorada de Tancredo, caballero cruzado que no corresponde su amor. La escena describe el momento en el que Erminia, tras abandonar Jerusalén en la búsqueda

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      Published by E. Easton, 1781. Hardback. Very Good. Very good condition with no wrapper. A Tour Through Monmouthshire and Wales Made in the Months of June and July 1774 and in the Months of June, July and August 1777. Three-quarters calf binding. 16 b/w plates. Large format. Second edition. Half-title has an additional small mounted b/w vignette. Bookplate of A. Russell Pollock dated 1858 and later bookplate of S. Shipman on front pastedown. Remains of label to verso of front endpaper. A previous owner has noted on the second blank page 'This is a sensible, impartial & unaffected account. H.W.' All plates present. Contents bright and clean. Corners worn. [S]

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        Mémoires sur l'ancienne chevalerie considérée comme un établissement politique et militaire Nouvelle édition augmentée d'un volume.

      chez la Veuve Duchesne,, A Paris, 1781 - Tre volumi di cm. 16,5, pp. xi (1) 391 (1); (4) 317 (3); xiv (2) 456. Legatura strettamente coeva in piena pelle, dorsi a nervi con titol e ricchi fregi in oro. Sguardie marmorizzate e tagli colorati. Piccoli segni d'usura alle cuffie superiori, peraltro esemplare in ottimo stato di conservazione. I primi due volumi contengono, oltre alle cinque memorie corredate dalle erudite note dell'autore, che formano un trattato completo sull'antica cavalleria, una dissertazione sulla lettura degli antichi romanzi cavallereschi, estratti di poesie provenzali, uno scritto sulle antiche onoranze della corte di Borgogna, interessante per la conoscenza delle usanze cavalleresche. Il terzo volune, edito a cura di H.P. Ameilhon, contiene: Voeu de Heron, poema composto nel 1338; Via de Gaultier de Manni, che acquisto' gloria nella guerra fra Edoardo III d'Inghilterra e Filippo di Valois; la traduz. del Poeme des trois chevaliers et de la chemise, di Jacques Basin. Da pag. 165 alla fine sono le importanti Memoires historiques sur la chasse dans les differens ages de la monarchie. La piu' completa e stimata ediz. di questo assieme, che e' un prezioso contributo alla storia del medioevo. Brunet, V, 65. Querard, IV, 383: "ouvrage trés curieuse". [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Representation of the Death of Capt. Cook

      London,: S.A. Cumberlege, July 1, 1781.. Engraving, 180 x 215 mm (plate size), professionally laid down on india paper, early folds as always; slight edge wear but a good impression, mounted. Early and significant representation of the death of Captain Cook: although based on John Webber's original painting, this engraving predates the more famous Bartolozzi engraving with which Webber's name is now inextricably linked. 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 Forbes explains, 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 naâve popular print, then, 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. Indeed, this is the earliest representation of Cook's death to be based on an official report, although at least one fanciful version is known from a German magazine of 1780.Although simplified and not as accomplished as Webber's image, key scenes show distinct borrowing, whether it is the stance of Cook (although his grip on the rifle is markedly different), the prow of the boat visible at left, the pose of the Hawaiian seen raising the dagger, even the dominant positioning of a pair of palm trees. 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 apparent that this engraving was prepared by an artist who had access to Webber's working sketches. 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.'The printer S.A. Cumberlege was the successor to 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.Beddie, 2650.

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        An Verführer, und Verführte. Nachtrag zu den Vorbothen des Neuen Heidenthums

      München, Strobel 1781.. 6 Bll., 308 S. HLdr. d. Zt. mit reicher Rückenverg. Kosch VIII, 218. - Erste Ausgabe einer Verteidigung der Aufklärung in Bayern, besonders gegen Weissenbachs reaktionäre Schift Vorbothen... gerichtet. Darin ein interessantes Kapitel Vom freien Bücherlesen, Schreiben, Drucken, und Verlegen. - Aus G. A. Kaldewey, Kat. Hehres und Triviales VIII, 58, mit dessen kl. Etikett. Deckel berieben, etwas fleckig, Rsch. gering abgesplittert, kl. Wurmspuren.

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        An History of Birmingham, to the End of the Year 1780

      Birmingham: Printed by and for Pearson and Rollason, 1781.. 8vo. (8.75 x 5.5 inches). pp.2 [blanks] + xii + 10 [unpaginated list of subscribers] + 280 + 2 [blanks]. Three extra leaves numbered 7*- 8*, 179* - 180*, and 233* - 234* inserted into the numbered sequence. Folding engraved frontispiece. Two folding maps. Fourteen hors-texte plates, one of them fold-out. List of Subscribers. Recently rebound in a simple brown cloth, gilt to spine. Signature of William Hunt to the fly leaf [Hunt was one of the subscribers]. Beneath, signed 'George Hunt, from Uncle James, 22nd September 1856'. The fourth plate has a one-inch vertical fold to the fore-edge. The fourth and final flap of the second fold-out map is detached along the fold, but is present and not torn. Occasional light foxing. A very good copy. First edition

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        Les Nouvelles DÈcouvertes des Russes

      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. 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 Neuch?tel in 1781.Lada-Mocarski, 29n; not in Sabin.

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        Manuscript Pennsylvania Document.

      Philadelphia 1781 - Outstanding Revolutionary War Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration signed by Joseph Reed, President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. A land grant to Joseph Alston, for "striking the sum of one hundred thousand pounds in bills of credit for the support of the Continental Army, by pledging the land known as Province the County of be sold for gold and silver only.and no other money whatever.tract to be divided into 32 lots, leading from the wharfs on the Highest Bidders. Full vellum with all seals intact, 12 1/2 x 30 inches. March 25,1781. Very good.

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        Autographed Revolutionary War-date letter

      Philadelphia 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. ALS written 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 1/2" x 9", 2 pages, signed "L. Morris." Philadelphia - May 28th, 1781.

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        Return for Lt. John Hicks's Company at West Point

      West Point, NY 1781 - Manuscript Document Signed (John Hicks Lt), West Point, N.Y, December 3, 1781, 1 p. "A Return of Lt. Hicks Comp" listing the names of 38 men; lower right corner clipped with no loss of text. Verso: notation "Rye Brooks," possibly the day's password. The towns below have been supplied by us, from information in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors:Sgt. Isaac Tomkins, Dartmouth.Sgt. Daniel Harris, Bolton.Sgt. America Hamblin, Harvard.Cpl. Paul Brownell, Dartmouth.Cpl. Levi Preist, Sterling.Sew Cornell [?Jerathmeel Cornel, Dartmouth]Samuel Potter, Dartmouth.Joseph Bennet, Dartmouth.Seth Jenne, Dartmouth.Simsons/Simeon White, Freetown.Garner Reed/Gardner Read, Freetown.Joseph Howland, Freetown.Job Reed, Taunton.Benjamin Hathaway, Taunton.Nathaniel Hathaway, Berkley.Peter Hathaway, Berkley.Zebedee Briggs, Berkley.Henry Andrews, Taunton.Elijah Briggs, Berkley.Eli Perce, Taunton.Joel Briggs.Aaron Willard, Sterling.Rufus Moor, Bolton.Simeon Conant, Harvard/Grafton.Benjamin Warner, Harvard.Matthew Artherton, Bolton.Jonathan Whiliam [Williams?]Ebenezer King Harris, Sterling.Jonathan Barret, Bolton.Jacob Fairbanks, Harvard.Jonathan Hutchins, Harvard.Enoch Roper, Sterling.Jacob Kilburn, Sterling.Reuben Ross, Sterling.Jonathan Jewell, Stow.Levi White, Lancaster.Jenkins White, Freetown.Col. Luke Drury (1734-1811) of Grafton, Massachusetts joined the militia in 1757 during the French and Indian Wars. As captain of a company of Minutemen and Militamen, he responded to the Lexington Alarm, and later joined Colonel Jonathan Ward's regiment to fight at Bunker Hill. Drury and his men served in different areas during the war, from West Point to Grafton, where his company guarded military stores. He also supported the Continentals financially, at one point giving 50 fifty pounds to enlist soldiers in Grafton.In 1786-1787, Drury became deeply involved in Shays' Rebellion, a tax revolt led by farmers in western Massachusetts. The uprising was quashed, and Drury imprisoned as "a person dangerous to the state." He was eventually released on good behavior. Drury remained active in state and local politics, serving terms as constable, deputy sheriff, tax collector, assessor, selectman, and state legislator.ReferencesTurner, Jacob. "Luke Drury." Genealogy of the Descendants of Humphrey Turner. Boston: 1852. pp. 59-60.Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors:Lt. John Hicks. Capt. Daniel Drake's co., Col. Luke Drury's (Bristol Co.) regt.; marched from home Aug. 27, 1781; arrived at camp Sept. 8, 1781; discharged Dec. 6, 1781; arrived home Dec. 17, 1781; service, 3 mos. 20 days; mileage to camp (200 miles) allowed; company raised for 3 months and marched to North river.

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        Révolution de l'Amérique

      Londres: chez Lockier Davis [but probably printed in France or the Low Countries],, 1781. Duodecimo, pp. xii, 192, [2]. Contemporary French or Dutch mottled calf, smooth spine with large gilt flower tools in compartments, red morocco label, marbled endpapers, red edges. Portrait frontispiece. Small amount of worm at head of spine, an attractive copy. One of a number of superficially similar variant editions with false imprints.

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        A Tour through Monmouthshire and Wales [Signed by Grimm] Made in the months of June & July 1774 and in the months of June, July & August 1777

      Salisbury: E. Easton, 1781. First edition Revised and Enlarged. Hardcover. Very Good +. A Very Good + copy of the first revised and enlarged edition, first printing, bound in leather, with 5 raised bands to the spine, with the spine lettered and decorated in gilt and the boards lined at the edges, with blindstamped decorations adjacent to the gilt lines and cross-hatching in blind within, and with the closed edges of the page block being marbled; the second edition of this work, being revised and enlarged from the first edition [published anonymously as "A Gentleman's Tour through Monmouthshire and Wales" (T. Evans, 1775)]; complete with 16 engraved copper plates from paintings by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm who accompanied Wyndham on his 1777 journey; SIGNED AND CONTEMPORARILY DATED BY GRIMM ON THE TITLE PAGE: "S. H. Grimm / 1781". This is a Very Good + copy (expert repairs to the joints, some scuffing and wear to the boards, lacking a few of the delicate tissue guards, and with ruffling and short tears to the margins of the first plate -- not affecting the image -- and the title page, each of which extended beyond the edge of the closed page block. In addition to having been signed by Grimm, this copy has a marvelous Provenance. This copy belonged to Rev. Andrew Gother (1725-1793) -- presumably the book's first owner, and carries his signature to the title page. [Gother was the well-known rector of Shorwell on the Isle of Wright as well as a prosperous farmer and proprietor. On route to serve as a missionary in Africa, Gother was drowned off the southwest coast of Africa.] The book also belonged to the famed actor, and decorated US Naval Officer, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. -- from whose Estate the book came -- and carries his bookplate to the front pastedown. A REMARKABLE AND RARE COPY, SIGNED BY SAMUEL HIERONYMUS GRIMM, and with a marvelous Provenance. QUITE RARE.

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        A Tour Through Monmouthshire and Wales

      London: E Easton, 1781 Made in the Months of June and July 1774 and in the Months of June, July and August 1777. In full calf, a few marks, edges and corners bumped and worn slightly. New spine, in keeping with the contemporary covers, raised bands, gilt tooling, title in gilt to red leather label. Internally, ink name to fpd (M Cholmeley, probably Sir Montague Cholmeley 1772-1831), half title and frontis present, some light offsetting, title page has ink note at base ref author, tp, verso has ink name (M Cholmeley Easton 1793), ([4], (xii), 214 pp, 16 pl, (of 16), [1], (errata), red speckled text block edges, plates dated either 1780 or 1781 and are very atmospheric. A lovely copy. (COPAC. WorldCat)Wyndham, topographer, who in 1774 visited Wales, and in the following year he published anonymously A Gentleman's Tour through Monmouthshire, and Wales. He revisited the area in 1777, and in 1781 published his Tour through Monmouthshire and Wales, declaring his authorship of the work. He was accompanied on his journey of 1777 by the Swiss watercolourist Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, whose works illustrated the account. See ODNB for a full Bio & Wiki

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        Tvär 4:o.

      21 grav. planscher, alla uppmonterade på papper, varannat gult och varannat blått. Den första planschen med delvis bortklippt tillskrift med bläck. Ett litet hål med lagning i plansch nummer åtta. Nött något senare hfrbd med guldornerad rygg med texten "Gust. IV Ad. Hist. af Brunow". Ur Johan Henrik Schröders bibliotek, med hans biblioteksetikett, och ur Ericsbergs. Snoilsky s. 256. Hultmark-Moselius s. 2. Åhlen 18.35. Carlander III, 368ff. Klemming anger i KB:s exemplar att P. O. Adelborg ritade och etsade dessa planscher. Enligt SBL skall dock etsningarna vara utförda av J. P. Cumelin efter Adelborgs teckningar. På begäran av hans svärmor S. L. Ramsay avstod Adelborg mot en summa av 3000 r:dr b:co från publicering av karikatyrerna, och samtliga exemplar utom åtta skall ha förstörts. Vid sidan av dessa åtta som han delade ut cirkulerade även ett flertal handritade kopior. Per Otto Adelborg (1781-1818), född i Lovisa i Finland, var överstelöjtnant, målare och etsare. Han deltog i finska kriget 1808-09 och verkade efter revolutionen som vakthavande på Gripsholm under Gustav IV Adolfs fångenskap. Senare deltog han även i fälttåget i Norge 1814. Han är farfar till Ottilia Adelborg. På försättsbladet står med blyerts "Tecknade af D. R. Brunow", vilket ju återkommer i ryggtiteln. Uppgiften att Didrik Reinhold Brunow låg bakom karikatyrerna härrör från en anteckning i UUB:s exemplar. Tidigare har även Almfeldt och Per Nordquist pekats ut som upphovsmän. Bra proveniens. Historieprofessorn Johan Henrik Schröders (1791-1857) bibliotek, "fullt af gamla sällsynta svenska böcker", såldes på bokauktion i Uppsala efter tryckt förteckning. Enligt Henrik Klemming rådde auktionsdagen sådan snöyra i Uppsala att många, både anbud och spekulanter, inte kunde komma fram till auktionen i tid. Böckerna såldes också ofta billigt. En av de största köparna på den auktionen var Carl Jedvard Bonde

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        Les bijoux indiscret

      Monomotapa [i. e. Paris], o. J. [1781].. 2 vols. 16°. 4 Bll., 220; 2 Bll., 248 S. Ldr. d. Zt. Mit Rückensch. u. Rückengoldpräg. Vollgoldschn.Leicht berieb. Un roman libertin publié anonymement par Denis Diderot le première fois en 1748.

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        Antiquities & Scenery of the North of Scotland, in a series of letters, to Thomas Pennant

      London: Author, 1781 First and only edition, VG+. In early 1800s full brown tree calf with attractive gilt tooling, corners and edges bumped and worn very slightly. Spine, and labels worn slightly, decorative gilt tooling, titles in gilt to leather labels. Intricate gilt tooling to board edges and turn-ins, red marbled endpages, armorial bookplate to fpd (Johannes Patricius Crichton Stuart Marchio Bothoe - Marquess of Bute?), ink name to fep, engraved title page with the vignette of Castle Haven, [2], 173 pp, 21 plates (1 folding), plus vignette, [11] includes the plate list and errata, some very light offsetting, text block edges sprinkled yellow. A pleasing, very good copy with the plates being particularly clean. (ESTC T56850. Lowndes 1824. Allibone 1554. Larissa P Watkins - Burnessia 34). Cordiner, Scottish Episcopal clergyman and antiquary, whose significance centres on two publications: Antiquities and Scenery of the North of Scotland, in a Series of Letters to Thomas Pennant (1780) and Remarkable ruins and romantic prospects of north Britain. Both works, relying on visual and verbal description, were early contributions to the construction of a romantic image of the Scottish highlands; and both were conceived as supplements to Thomas Pennant's very successful Scottish tours of 1769 and 1772. See ODNB.

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      London: J. Nichols, 1781. First Edition. Hardcover. A Near Fine, large, uncut, and largely unopened copy. Quarto (8-3/4" x 11-1/4"), uncut at fore and bottom edges, bound in later green boards backed with tan cloth and a morocco gilt-lettered spine label. A curious and compelling collection illustrated with 2 maps, 2 portraits, and 5 tables. Hill p. 15; Howes B-177; New Howes B-173 "dd"; Sabin 3628; Streeter 2445. Includes "Journal of a Voyage in 1775 to Explore the Coast of America, Northward of California," with map, which, according to Lada-Mocarski 34, is the first and only contemporary account in English of the first Spanish voyage into Alaskan waters. Also included are the important essay on "The Possibility of Approaching the North Pole," first published separately in 1775-76 and not published again until 1818, and one of the earliest accounts in English, reprinted from a 1770 volume of Philosophical Transactions, of the young Mozart complete with an engraving of the musician at the age of seven, the first published portrait of the prodigy. Other essays include a treatise on whether the turkey was known before the discovery of America as well as essays on the reindeer, the bat, the cuckoo, and botanical subjects. It is believed that through Barrington's encouragement, Gilbert White was induced to write the NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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        Description historique de Paris, et de ses plus beaux monumens, gravés en taille-douce par F.-N. Martinet (.) ; pour servir d'Introduction à l'Histoire de Paris & de la France : dédiée au Roi.

      Paris, chez les auteurs, Dijon, Frantin, 1779-1781, - 3 vol. in-8, [4]-C-XII-384, XXIV-414-[2] et XII-420 pp., avec 55 planches gravées (dont 3 titres-frontispices et 2 frontispices), demi-chagrin fauve, dos lisses ornés alternativement de naves et de semis fleurdelisés dorés (rel. de la fin du XIXe s.). Charnières un peu frottées, mais bon exemplaire. Edition in-8 qui double l'originale in-4 (aux mêmes dates). Ce titre inachevé, mais très finement illustré, est devenu rare dans toutes ses sorties Il offre une série impressionnante de vues des principaux monuments de la capitale, recommandables et par la finesse du trait et par la rareté de certaines représentations (notamment les établissements scolaires). Le titre des volumes II & III, rédigés par Poncelin, est un peu différent : Histoire civile, ecclésiastique, physique et littéraire de Paris. Cohen, p. 692. Exemplaire du graveur et médailler parisien Henri Nocq (1868-1944), avec vignette ex-libris contrecollée sur les premières gardes.

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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]

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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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