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        Convolvulus glaber. Aublet. Le Liseron luisant de Cayenne. Pl. XC.

      Paris: Chez l'auteur, 1781. - Size: 320 x 205 mm. Fine condition. Copper engraving. Original colour. This attractive copper engraving is from Buchoz's 'Collection Coloriée des plus belles variétés de Tulipes' in Pierre Buchoz's supplement to the work Collection des Fleurs de la Chine & de l'Europe, & de tout l'Ouvrage. Buchoz or Buc'hoz (1731-1807) was born in Metz. At the age of 28, he was appointed physician to the King of Poland, but left his post to pursue his interest in botany.

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        Ueber Jesuiten, Freymaurer und deutsche Rosencreutzer. Herausgegeben von Joseph Aloisius Maier, der Gesellschaft Jesu ehemaligen Mitgliede.

      Leipzig [d.i. Frankfurt], o. Vlg. [Brönner] 1781. - Wolfstieg 6775; nicht bei Goedeke. Selten. Einer von drei in der Kollation abweichenden Drucken des Jahres 1781. Unter Pseudonym erschienenes Traktat des deutschen Schriftstellers Adolph Frhr. v. Knigge gegen die Rosenkreuzer. Enthält: `Bemerkungen über die boshaften und gefährlichen Grundsätze der zerstöhrten Gesellschaft Jesu, aus ihrer Geschichte, ihren Sitten und andern sichern Quellen gezogen`. / `Ein Brief über die Freymaurerey, von einem erfahrnen Mitgliede dieses Ordens an einen profanen Freund geschrieben`. / `Zuverläßige Nachrichten über die Aechtheit der heutigen deutschen Rosencreutzer`. - Der deutsche Schriftsteller und Aufklärer Adolph Freiherr von Knigge (1752-1796) war eine zentrale Figur im Geheimbundwesen seiner Zeit. Als Gründer eines Freundschaftsordens, Mitglied mehrerer Freimaurerlogen und des radikalaufklärerischen Illuminatenordens war er an den wichtigen einschlägigen Bewegungen seiner Zeit beteiligt. K. wurde 1780 Illuminat und bekam vom Ordensgründer Adam Weishaupt den Auftrag, den Orden in Norddeutschland aufzubauen, wobei es dem rastlosen und geschickten Organisator gelang, rund 500 Mitglieder anzuwerben. Kl.-8°. 128 S. Neuerer Pappband m. grünem Kleisterpapierbezug. Einbd. in gutem Zustand, Sign. v. alter Hd. auf Titel, ersten Ss. wasserrandig, Papier gebräunt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America, in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768

      Printed for C. Dilly (et al), London 1781 - Third edition, second issue (with index). 543, [21]pp. Frontispiece of Carver. Five plates (four colored, including the tobacco plate that is frequently missing), two partially colored folding maps. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled papercovered boards. A lovely, fine copy. Interesting early ink notation that the book was purchased from the library of Dr. John Jeffries (the first aeronaut to pass from England to France by balloon) when the library was sold at Boston by J.L. Cunningham. An important American travel narrative, this is considered the best edition with an expanded text, a biographical sketch of the author, an index, and the added plate of the tobacco plant. Text includes the first published mention of the word "Oregon." *Howes* C215; *Sabin* 11184. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Revolutionary War Autograph Pay Order Signed by Samuel Huntington while he was President of the Continental Congress

      Approximately 8" x 6.5". Laid paper with one deckled edge and a partial watermark. Old folds, a little soiling, and a very faint spot to the left of the signature, but nice and near fine.Huntington writes: "Mr. Treasurer Lawrence is requested to send me by Mr. Brown on his next return to Philadelphia the one hundred pounds specie mentioned in my last letter : if not already forwarded. Sam'l. Huntington." Undated but endorsed on the verso by Jesse Brown: "Hartford March 6, 1781 Rec'd. of Pay Table Comte. on order on Treasurer for one hundred pounds in lawful silver money. Order was in [?] of Excellency Samuel Huntington Esq. and for which he is to account. Recev by Me - Jesse Brown."Huntington was a Signed of the Declaration of Independence, President of the Continental Congress from 1779-1781, and the Governor of Connecticut from 1786-1796. There is some evidence that Jesse Brown was an Continental Army post rider with a route between Philadelphia and Hartford. In one instance he was taken captive by Royalists at a public house between Fairfield and Norwalk, but later gained his freedom. Huntington correspondence isn't rare, but documents signed as President of the Continental Congress are desirable and less commonly found. .

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        Ditmarsische Geschichte. 4 Tle. in 4 Bdn. Flensburg u. Leipzig, Kortens, 1781-88. Mit 1 gestoch. Frontisp., 5 gefalt. Stammtafeln und 9 (davon 1 gefalt.) Kupfertafeln. Ldr.-Bde. d. Zt. mit goldgepr. RSch. (teils stärker bestoßen).

      1781 - Kat. Schleswig-Holst. I, 760.- Erste Ausgabe.- Namenszug von alter Hand auf Titeln, vereinzelt leicht stock- oder braunfleckig, die gefaltete Kupfertafel mit Randeinriss (ca. 5 cm) und von alter Hand unterhalb bezeichnet. Gewicht in Gramm: 500 [Attributes: First Edition]

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

      C. Bathurst et al., London 1781 - Four volumes; octavos (21cm.); full contemporary calf, brown gilt morocco spine labels; engraved portrait frontispiece in Vol I. All joints recently reinforced to match, some general shelf wear to extremities, spines a bit unevenly darkened, else a Very Good or better set, collated and complete. ESTC T146734 calls for publisher's advertisements on the last leaf of Vol. IV, a blank in this copy. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Richtige und vollständige Beschreibung aller Farbmaterialien, nebst einer deutlichen Anweisung wie solche zu dem Gebrauche zubereitet, und bey den dahin einschlagenden Künsten und Professionen gehörig angewendet werden sollen. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt und mit des Herrn Loriots entdeckten Geheimniß die pastelfarben zu fixieren, wie auch mit sehr vielen andern Zusätzen vermehret

      Eberhard Kletts sel.Wittib und Franck 1781 Eberhard Kletts sel. Wittib und Franck, Augsburg, 1781. 7 Bl./393S./4 Bl., Halbleder mit rot abgesetztem Rückenschildchen, goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und 4 Schmuckbünden (etwas berieben/gering fleckig) - Nicht bei Engelmann oder Ferguson / gutes festes Exemplar / Erste deutsche Ausgabe - Versand D: 5,90 EUR Literatur 17. - 20.Jahrhundert

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        Document signed by Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, dated 8 May 1781

      [Toulon : 8 May 1781]. Manuscript in black ink on single sheet of wove paper, 170 x 220 mm; document written by the lieutenant of the ship Castellan, signed lower left in brown ink 'Bruny Entrecasteaux' [French naval officer and explorer Bruni d'Entrecasteaux];the document is in support of a sailor, Joseph Augustin Recours, who, whilst working in the forecastle of d'Entrecasteaux's frigate LaMignonnein Toulon harbour on 18 June 1777, was severely injured by a pulley which was dropped by another sailor working on the topmast, striking him in the head; old fold lines and browning, but in good condition, clean and legible. D'Entrecasteaux commanded the French expedition to Australia and the Pacific in search of La Pérouse (1791-93), during which he died in the Hermit Islands in the Bismarck Archipelago. Whilst the expedition failed to locate La Pérouse, the importance of its scientific and artistic contributions to European knowledge of Australia and the South Seas at the end of the eighteenth century is immeasurable.

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        Diario de las operaciones de la expedicion contra la plaza de Panzacola, concluida por las Armas de S.M. Católica, baxo las ordenes del Mariscal de Campo D. Bernardo de Galvez

      - Al final: Panzacola, 12 de Mayo de 1781. Bernardo de Galves. Articulos de Capitulaciones convenidos y acordados entre el Señor D. Bernardo de Galvez, Caballero pensionado de la Real y Distinguida Orden de Carlos Tercero, Mariscal de Campo de los Reales Exercitos de S.M. Católica. y los Exelentissimos Señores D. Pedro Chester, Escudero, Capitan General, Gobernador Comandante en Gefe, Canceller y Vice-Almirante por S.M. Britanica de la Provincia de Uvest Florida y D. Juan Campbell, Mariscal de Campo y Comandante General de las tropas de S.M. Britanica en dicha Provincia. Resumen de las armas y municiones de guerra que se han encontrado en los fuertes y plaza de Panzacola. Leves galerias de insecto marginales y afectando leventente. Size: 8º. 48 Pp [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Surprise De St. Eustache

      Engraving. Page measures 10 1/4" x 13" This colorful engraving depicts the surprise attack by the French against the British at St. Eustache in 1781 during the American Revolution. St. Eustache, the Dutch owned island in the Caribbean was a major port and trading post during the Revolution and at this time was ultimately captured by the French thus ending British control. The hand coloring distinguishes the French and British uniforms showing the French overpowering the battle scene. Colonial architecture is depicted in the background.

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        Teatro del Signor di Voltaire trasportato in lingua Italiana Tomo Secondo: Il Bruto Tragedia - La Zaira Tragedia - Il Maometto Tragedia - Il Catilina o sia Roma salvata Tragedia

      A Spese di Giacomo Antonio Vinaccia, e si vendono nel Corridojo del Consiglio - Venezia, VENEZIA 1781 - Teatro del Signor di Voltaire trasportato in lingua Italiana ITALIANO Volume della seconda metà del XVIII secolo in 8°, stato discreto, coperta rigida in pergamena, con due tasselli in pelle sul dorso con cornici e caratteri incisi in oro, scritte su piatti, pochi segni del tempo, fioritura sparsa, tagli leggermente bruniti, pagine in buono stato, poche con becca, cerniera dannaggiata. Lettera scritta su foglio di guardia. Magnifica marca tipografica su frontespizio. Presenta segnatura dei fascicoli e richiami. Bei finalini, testatine e cornici tipografiche incise in nero. Bruto tragedia tradotta dall'Ab. Franzoja. Zaira tragedia tradotta dal Co: Gasparo Gozzi. Il fanatismo o sia Maometto Profeta tragedia tradotta dall'Abate Melchiorre Cesarotti. Roma salvata tragedia tradotta dal Padre Saverio Bettinelli. II tomo della collana Teatro del Signor di Voltaire trasportato in lingua Italiana. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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        SAGGJ SOPRA L'ATTIVITA' DELLA MACCHINA ELETTRICA COSTRUITA DA FRANCESCO MAGGIOTTO PITTORE ACCADEMICO....ed alcuni riflessi intorno l'elettrico fluido

      Venezia Pietro Marcuzzi 1781 8° Pagine XXVIII + 1 tavola incisa in rame raffigurante la macchina + 1 carta bianca. Legatura coeva in carta decorata. Segno di tarlo alle prime X pagine con perdita di tre lettere senza compromissione della lettura. Eccetto questo minimo difetto ottima copia. Raro libretto che dimostra la molteplicità di interessi del famoso pittore veneziano Francesco Fedeli, detto il Maggiotto (1738-1805), la cui vastissima produzione artistica ha oscurato questi minori campi di attività. "Tra i vari interessi del Maggiotto estranei in senso stretto alla sua professione di pittore, spiccano quelli nel campo della fisica e in particolare della meccanica e dell'ottica: in collaborazione con suo fratello ideò un prototipo di macchina elettrica 'a disco composto' che, innovando e migliorando l'elettrometro in convulsione, era capace di trasmettere con un solo quarto di giro una grande quantità di scintille elettriche nello stesso spazio di una sola stanza. Di tale strumento - oggi non più rintracciato - il Fedeli ha dato una dettagliata descrizione" Cfr: (D.B.I., XLV/p. 605). Rossetti & Cantoni, p. 56. Il Maggiotto pubblicò anche una lettera indirizzata all'illustre Toaldo con la descrizione della sua macchina elettrica.

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        The case of the inn-holders, victuallers, and other persons, subject to the burthen of quartering soldiers, in support of their petition depending in Parliament. With an account of their losses annexed.

      London ? 1781 - folio, drophead and docket titles, (4)pp., with two short marginal tears (no loss and nowhere near printed surface), well bound in early 20th century cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, with the old bookplate on front pastedown of Los Angeles Board of Law library> (but no other marks of this previous ownership). A very good copy. Only edition. This was a great big grumble by the landlords of inns, lodging houses and hostelries on the one hand, and by suppliers of food and victuals on the other, who claimed they were sustaining serious financial losses because the military authorities were not compensating them in full and certainly not taking into account the inflationary rise in prices. The annual Mutiny Act> obliged inn-keepers either to supply troops quartered on them with 'candles, vinegar and salt, and with small beer or cyder . gratis, - or to find them diet and small beer at sixpence a day for each Light-Horseman or Dragoon, and at four pence a day for each Foot Soldier'. Inn-keepers also had to supply the soldiers' horse with hay and straw (6 pence per horse per night) and beds for officers and men 'gratis'. 'By the great increase in the price of all provisions and necessaries of life, and the great number of non-commissioned officers and soldiers quartered on the Petitioners, they sustain great losses which the profits of their businesses, during these periods, seldom, if ever, enable them to defray. Such of the Petitioners as are inn-holders lose four pence per day by each man, and six pence per day and night by each horse, quartered on them (according to the nearest calculation they can make) yet the Petitioners derive no advantage from the Army except in common with his Majesty's other subjects, neither do they enjoy any peculiar exemptions from taxation .'. The second and third pages of this Petition comprise An Account of Innholders and Victuallers losses by the Army,> and, in peculiar, the losses sustained by a certain Mr. Charles Wasse of One Crown Inn, Blandford, who sustained crippling losses when he had to billet 18 Dragoon horses and 16 Dragoon soldiers for one month in 1781. And he accounts also for all the additional - but essential - items that he is required to supply . . 'Salt, vinegar, pepper, mustard, lodging, wear and tear of beds, bedding, dishes, plates, knives, forks, and other utensils for dressing and eating their meat .'. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Neptune Occidental. A Compleat Pilot for the West-Indies, including the British Channel, Bay of Biscay, and all the Atlantic Islands

      printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett, London 1781 - (21 1/2 x 15 3/8 inches). Letterpress title with integral list of twenty-five maps. 25 engraved maps on 28 sheets (1 folding map on 3 joined sheets, 1 folding map on 2 joined sheets, 21 double-page maps, 2 single-page maps), mounted on guards throughout. Expertly bound to style in half 18th-century diced russia over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards A rare early edition of the West Indies Pilot. Thomas Jefferys was one of the leading English cartographers of the 18th century. From about 1750, he published a series of maps of the Americas, that were among the most significant produced in the period. As Geographer to the Prince of Wales, and after 1761, Geographer to the King, Jefferys was well-placed to have access to the best surveys conducted in America, and many of his maps held the status of "official work". Jefferys died on 20th November 1771. In 1775, Sayer and Bennett published the late Thomas Jefferys famed West Indian Atlas , which contained both maps and sea charts of the region. Concurrently, as evidenced by their catalogue of 1775, Sayer & Bennett issued a West India Pilot , which contained only the sea charts and was intended specifically for navigation. The first issue of the Pilot contains charts dated 1775 or earlier; subsequent issues included a new title: Neptune Occidental. A Compleat Pilot for the West-Indies . The present third issue contains an updated chart of the Bay of Biscay (dated February 1777, as in the second issue), and includes for the first time an updated chart of the English Channel (dated May 1781). With the exceptions noted above, all the charts are dated 20 February 1775. The 25 engraved charts were designed to give the information necessary to a navigator wishing to sail from England to the West Indies. The core of the Pilot, and its most impressive aspect, is the chart made up of 16 double-page sheets of the whole of the Caribbean, together with a double-page index map. Preceding these charts is a very fine three-sheet map of the English Channel, on the following six charts the atlas then follows a course through the Bay of Biscay, across the Atlantic (via the Azores, the Canaries, the Cape Verde Islands and Bermuda) to the Caribbean. In the middle of the Caribbean section is a single page map of The Turk's Islands, and the atlas finishes with three charts of the northern coast of South America. Five of the charts feature what is now mainland United States: number 8 . A Compleat Chart of the West Indies (1775); number 9 The Western Coast of Louisiana and the Coast of New Leon (1775); number 10 The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana (1775); number 11 The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida . with the Bahama Islands (1775); number 14 The Island of Cuba with part of the Bahama Banks and the Martyrs (1775). Various issues of the Pilot, some with significant cartographic changes, were issued by Sayer and Bennett and subsequently by Laurie and Whittle into the 19th century. All copies are rare, but particularly the early issues. Indeed, Sabin cites only editions after 1788, apparently unaware of the present or earlier issues and no copies of any 18th century edition appear in the modern auction records. Cf. David Gestetner "Thomas Jefferys: West-India Atlas, 1775" in Map Forum, issue 7, pp.40-48 & issue 8, pp.30-35; cf. Sabin 35956; cf. Phillips III, 3945. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Afhandling over den ældre skandinaviske historie, om cimbrerne og de skandinaviske gother. Ved F. W. Fhr. af W. J. Oversat af J. H. M.

      - Köpenhamn, Nicolaus Møller, 1781. 8:o. XXIV,+ 334,+ (1) s.+ utvikbar tryckt tabell,+ utvikbar grav. karta. Titelbladet med graverad vinjett. Tryckt på tjockt papper. Enstaka rostfläckar i övre marginal. Samtida skinnband, något nött rikt guldornerad rygg med lätt upphöjda bind och beige titeletikett, rikt förgyllda pärmar och röda snitt. Ur Ericsbergs bibliotek. Setterwall 668. Dansk översättning gjord av Johan Hermann Mejer efter det tyska originalet, som utkom samma år. Frederik Vilhelm baron Wedel-Jarlsberg (1724-90) var dansk minister och godsägare med stora litterära intressen. Fint exemplar.

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        Charleston, MA 1781 land purchase from descendants of Tufts and Adams signed by Nathanial Gorham

      July 10, 1781. 8" x 11". "Single page 8"" x 11"" land grant, partially printed and signed, on laid paper. Dated ""the Tenth day of July, In the Year of our lord One Thousand Seven Hundred + Eighty One"". For the purchase of land in ""Charlestown in County of Middlesex ... ". Signed and witnessed by Nathanial Gorham as ""Nath Gorham"". Docketed and recorded verso in the Registry of Deeds, Book 115, page 262. Age toned with light foxing and staining. Professional archival paper conservation evident to the right margin, where missing paper pieces are backed by a very fine woven mesh which is barely visible but supports the document edge.An incredibly rich document from the heart of the American Revolutionary period signed by Nathanial Gorham as a witness. Gorham was a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, and served as the presiding officer of that body for six months. He also attended the Constitutional Convention and was one of the signers of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.This document involves a Charlestown, MA land sale from David Wood to Joseph Adams, son of Boston patriot Samuel Adams. The land in question had been owned by Peter Tufts, Jr., a descendent of Peter Tufts (1617 - 1700), an early colonist who came to America from England in 1638, and whose descendants lived in Boston suburbs Charlestown, Medford, Malden, and Somerville. (These were the ancestors of Charles Tufts, who donated land that became the campus of Tufts University.) This land is thus some of the most storied in New England, being from the geographical heart of the Revolutionary War movement.The land grant reads in part:""In consideration of the sum of 'Two Hundred and forty pounds Lawful silver money'...to me in Hand Paid before the Delivery of the said ""Joseph Adams his Heirs and Assigns forever, A certain piece of pasture Land Situate in Charlestown aforesaid and on the .... Side of a Rangeway contains Eighteen Acres more or less bounded Northerly on the Road leading .. Winter Hill, Westerly on the said Rangeway, southerly on land of Samuel Kent, Easterly partly on the Land Of Williams Tufts, and partly on the lands of Peter Tufts Jun: or however otherwise bounded""The document includes the Registry of Deeds recording information, allowing further research to be done to ascertain the exact location of the land within Charlestown, MA, one the most significant towns involved in the Revolution. "

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        Aegidii Sexstetters des heil. Benedikti Ordens zu Kladrau Priors. Beyträge zur böhmisch- und mährischen Brüderhistorie Oder historische Abhandlung, in welcher vorzüglich untersucht wird: Ob die heutigen böhmisch. Und mährischen Brüder, oder die so genannten Herrnhuter sich billig böhmischer Martyrer rühmen können. Nebst einer gründlichen Nachricht von dieser Sekte

      Prag: Johann Mangoldt 1781 HLDr. der Zeit mit Lederecken, im Zopfstil auf 7 Bänder gebunden mit ornamentaler Rückenverzierung und vergoldetem Titel, auf rotem Schildchen, roter Schnitt, Kopf- und Schlussvignetten im Text, XII+[4]+322+[5] Seiten, 8°, leicht berieben und bestoßen, Kanten und Ecken leicht beschabt, beide Kapitale leicht eingerissen und Oberfläche des Bandes etwas beschmutzt, Seiten stellenweise etwas stockfleckig, sonst sehr guter Zustand, sehr seltene Abhandlung zur Tschechischen (Österreichischen) Gegenreformation.Alte Drucke, Theologie, Geschichte, Böhmen

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        [REVOLUTIONARY WAR-ERA AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM JOB PRAY, FORMER GEORGIA CONTINENTAL NAVY, TO CLARK, REGARDING MERCHANT ISSUES IN BOSTON AND MENTIONING OTHER FAMOUS REVOLUTIONARY NAVAL OFFICERS]

      Boston, 1781. [1]pp. Single folio sheet. Slight wrinkling, some edge and fold wear. Very good. A possibly unique surviving example of a manuscript in the hand of Job Pray, captain in the Georgia State Navy during the American Revolution. According to naval historian Charles Oscar Paulin, during the Revolutionary War, "Georgia's naval armament was small and unimportant" though "Her Provincial Congress commissioned one of the first armed vessels of the Revolution." The Georgia State Navy was comprised of only a handful of vessels, most of which were destroyed by 1789. In June 1775, not long after the War broke out, the Georgia Provincial Congress commissioned an armed sloop for the purpose of seizing a British transport carrying munitions that was destined for Savannah. The next month, on the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress resolved to build four ships under the authority of the Georgia Provincial Congress. They sent Captains Job Pray and Oliver Bowen to Cape Francois and Hispaniola, respectively, to purchase armed vessels, instructing Pray to "mount on his vessel…as many guns as it would conveniently bear" - Paulin. The results of this mission are lost to history. Job Pray lived in Georgia before the start of the Revolutionary War. Shortly before the British siege of Savannah, Captain Pray took command of the captured British brigantine, the Hinchinbrook, in the Savannah River. Later, in August 1778, Pray was involved in a prisoner transfer between the American and British forces at St. Augustine. The British occupation of southern Georgia in early 1779 through the end of the War spelled doom for the Georgia State Navy. After the War, Pray was a merchant in Sunbury. He is the only known Continental Navy officer to become a member of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati. He also served as a member of the Executive Council of Georgia at the time of his death, in April 1789. The present letter stems from Pray's time as a merchant seaman after his official involvement with the Georgia Navy, though the Revolution was still raging. At the time he writes this letter in January 1781, Pray is docked in Boston after a "tempest passage of 24 days," apparently a commercial venture for sugar, salt, and coffee, all three of which Pray mentions in his letter. It is possible, however, that he was running supplies for the southern efforts of the Continental Army, or on some other mission, clandestine or otherwise, when he penned this letter. Within the text of the letter, Pray mentions Col. Clement Biddle, who was an American Revolutionary War soldier and the Commissary General at Valley Forge under George Washington. He also refers to Capt. John Barry, widely credited as "The Father of the American Navy" (sharing that distinction with John Paul Jones and John Adams), who was appointed a captain in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775. Barry was the first captain placed in command of a US warship commissioned for service under the Continental flag. After the war, he became America's first commissioned naval officer, at the rank of commodore, receiving his commission from President George Washington in 1797. Manuscript material from Pray is practically unheard-of, either in the market or in institutions. We find no record of any manuscript sales in either ABPC or Rare Book Hub. An author search in OCLC results in a single Job Pray estate inventory, the original of which is located at the Probate Office of the Chatham County Courthouse in Savannah. An extraordinarily rare appearance in the historical record of a minor but still important Georgia Revolutionary figure. Charles Oscar Paulin, THE NAVY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. (Chicago: The Burrows Brothers Company, 1906), pp.459-62.

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        Il caffè. Canti due. Componimento poetico diretto agli Cellentissimi Sposi il Signor Conte Don Luigi Onesti e la Signora D. Costanza Falconieri.

      Stamperia Reale, 1781. In 8°, br. muta posticcia, cc.nn. 4 + pp. 38. Bei marg. Carta forte.

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        Tratado del Socorro de los Pobres. Compuesto en Latin . . . Traducido en Castellano por el Dr. Juan de Gonzalo, Nieto, Ivarra

      Valencia: La Imprenta de Benito Monfort, 1781, 1781. First edition in Spanish. Palau 371641. Some light foxing and smudges in the text; fine copy.. 4to, contemporary vellum, spine hand-lettered. Title-page vignette portrait of Juan Luis Vives. The first work in Western literature to examine the issue of urban poverty and the moral imperative of society to alleviate human suffering through public policy. Originally published in 1526 in Latin as De Subventione Pauperum, Vives' seminal work saw German, French and Italian translations in the 16th century (all rare), followed many years later by this Spanish edition. Juan Luis Vives (1492-1540) was Spanish by birth, originally from Valencia, though he lived most of his life in the Netherlands as an expatriate, after fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. He was educated in France, where he befriended Erasmus; he resided briefly at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; and he wrote several important treatises on philosophy, education, memory and perception, establishing himself as one of the leading humanist scholars of his era. When finally translated into Spanish, Tratado del Socorro de los Pobres became an central text of the Spanish Enlightenment.

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        Sammlung architektonischer Entwürfe enhaltend theils Werke, welche ausgeführt sind, theils Gegenstände, deren Ausführing beabsichtigt wurde.Berlin, Ludwig Wilhelm Wittich, 1819-1840. 28 parts (30 instalments) in 1 volume. Oblong 1mo (41.5 x 52 cm). With 170 (of 174) engraved plates after drawings and designs by Schinkel. Modern grey cloth.

      BAL 2934; M. Steffens, K. F. Schinkel 1781-1841 (2003), p. 12. First edition of a collection of architectural designs by the German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), "the most highly-regarded architect of his generation, whose influence is comparable with that of Percier and Fontaine in France" (BAL). It includes a total of 170 large engravings after Schinkel's drawings and ground plans for many important German monumental buildings, manors, churches, monuments etc., including around 10 plates of the Schauspielhaus (Konzerthaus) in Berlin, one of his major projects. "Between about 1800 and 1840 he [Schinkel] produced a large number of architectural drawings, latterly in relation to commissions which he obtained as his fame spread (more than 500 drawings were in existence at his death, many of which are now in the Nationalgalerie in Berlin). It was from this body of work that Schinkel made his own selection for the present work" (BAL). "He left his mark German architecture of the 19th century and beyond like no architect since" (Steffens).Corner of title-page torn off, restored, several plates heavily browned or foxed, a few others with tears, all restored. Lacking plates 4, 5, 15 and 90. Binding with some water stains, otherwise in good condition.

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        Nouvelles découvertes des Russes entre l'Asie et l'Amérique avec l'histoire de la conquête de la Sibérie et du commerce des Russes et des Chinois. Ouvrage trad. de l'anglois.

      A Neuchâtel, de l'imp. de la Sté typographique. [P., Panckoucke], 1781, in 8°, de XXIV-320pp., - relié à la suite : (Sherlock, Martin) Lettres d'un voyageur anglais, à Neuchatel imp. de la Soc. typo. 1781, de 2ff. 288pp., le tout en 1 vol. pl.veau blond époque, dos orné, triple encadr. de filets dorés s. les plats, coiffe sup. et coins usés, mouillure en marge de qq. ff. (notice) -2) 3e édition augmentée. Voyage en Italie, en Allemagne, à Paris et Senlis. Nombreuses considérations sur les mérites comparés de chaque nation. La plupart de ces lettres de voyage sont adressées au Comte de Bristol, dont l'auteur était le Chapelain avant d'être nommé évêque de Derry en Irlande. ¶ Quérard Fr. litt IX/124: "Il paraît que le Marquis de Marnezia a prêté sa plume à l'auteur..." Important ouvrage sur les différents voyages d'exploration de l'Alaska depuis Bering en 1741 jusqu'à Cook en 1778 en passant par Pushkareff, Tolstyk, Glottof, Solovioff, Synd etc... On sait que ce nouveau territoire russe fut vendu à l'Amérique en 1867. ¶ Sabin n°17310, citant Robertson: "Mr. Coxe's book contains many curious and important facts with respects to the various attempts of the Russians to open a communication with the New World".

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        La Singulière.

      Paris: Chez l'auteur., 1781. IIII. Copper engraving. Original colour. Framed Fine condition. Size: 205 × 330 mm. Mounted: 375 × 495 mm. This attractive copper engraving is from Buchoz's 'Collection Coloriée des plus belles variétés de Tulipes' in Pierre Buchoz's supplement to the work Collection des Fleurs de la Chine & de l'Europe, & de tout l'Ouvrage. Buchoz or Buc'hoz (1731-1807) was born in Metz. At the age of 28, he was appointed physician to the King of Poland, but left his post to pursue his interest in botany.

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        La Cramoisie Royale.

      Paris: Collection coloriee des plus belles varietes de jacinthes, qu'on montre aux Curieux dans le Jardin fleuristes d'Harlem, et faisant suitte aux etrennes de flore,, 1781. IX. Copper engraving. Original colour. Size: 205 x 330 mm (8 x 13 inches). Fine condition. This attractive copper engraving is from Buchoz's "Collection Coloriée des plus belles variétés de Jacinthes" in Pierre Buchoz's supplement to the work Collection des Fleurs de la Chine & de l'Europe, & de tout l'Ouvrage. Buchoz or Buc'hoz (1731-1807) was born in Metz. At the age of 28, he was appointed physician to the King of Poland, but left his post to pursue his interest in botany.

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        LA MINE D'OR.

      Paris: Chez l'auteur., 1781. VI. Copper engraving. Original colour. Fine condition. Size: 205 × 330 mm. (8 ×13 inches) This attractive copper engraving is from Buchoz's 'Collection Coloriée des plus belles variétés de Jacinthes' in Pierre Buchoz's supplement to the work Collection des Fleurs de la Chine & de l'Europe, & de tout l'Ouvrage. Buchoz or Buc'hoz (1731-1807) was born in Metz. At the age of 28, he was appointed physician to the King of Poland, but left his post to pursue his interest in botany.

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