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        DOMESDAY BOOK, Seu Liber Censualis Willelmi Primi Regis Angliae [Together with an updated Index to the Domesday Book] A GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO DOMESDAY BOOK[six volumes]

      George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, Printers, London, 1783-1816 - Folio ( 12" X 18 ½"). The first four volumes are as follows; Vol. #1-382 leaves, Vol. #2-450pp.,Vol. #3- 570pp. (index vol.), Vol. #4-635pp. (supplement vol.). All are handsomely bound in 19th century ¾ calf over marbled boards, raised bands with contrasting red morocco labels gilt. Joints of two volumes expertly repaired; an exceptionally nice set and quite scarce as such. There are 26 blank leaves in volume one with a few leaves containing portions of text or text on the verso. It would appear that these leaves were left blank for illustrations which evidently never took place, perhaps because of the cost and manpower it would take to make it possible. [The projected cost and labor is noted in volume 3]. It does contain the later inserted title pages and contents leaves and, the four facsimile leaves are present in the last volume (the supplement), two displaying hand coloring. The first two volumes are printed on hand-made laid paper watermarked "J. Whatman" and coat-of-arms with the King's Initials "GR". The last two volumes printed on hand-made wove paper by Balston & C. all uncut and wide margined. The last page [cvii] of the general introduction of the third volume states: "It was not however till after 1770 that the work was actually commenced. It was completed early in 1783, having been ten years in passing through the press. The type with which it was executed was destroyed in the fire which consumed Mr. Nichols' printing-office in the month of February 1808." The book itself was proposed by Mr. John Nichols, and executed by Mr. Joseph Jackson and printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan. While title pages were added later and dated 1816, printed on the last page of volume three is the printers' names and date1811 and volume four is dated 1816. The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The Domesday Book project was a major undertaking employing many transcribers of the manuscripts and type makers to design the special type used. It is one of the most ancient records of England and represents an amazing accomplishment. It is the Register from which judgment was to be given upon the value, tenure, and services of the land. Another point on which the Domesday Survey throws considerable light, is the history of the ancient Castles which William erected everywhere. By the completion of this survey, the King acquired an exact knowledge of the possessions of the crown. It afforded him names of the land holders, and the means of ascertaining the military strength of the country. It also pointed out the possibility of increasing the revenue in some cases, and of lessening the demands of the tax collectors in others. The Domesday Book also left exact records behind which give historians today much data about Norman English life and the first appearance of English names. At the end of the introduction to volume four pertaining to the "Bolden Book", is a section considered to be the most important work of the supplement; it is from the Laud MSS. 542. Contained herein is a manuscript note stating; "This account of the 'Bolden Book' was written by me; I also transcribed MS. Laud, collated it with the others & prepared the whole for the press as it appeared in that volume. [signed] Adam Clarke. Adam Clarke was a noted commentator and theological writer who lived in London after 1805. He wrote English translations and new editions of other men's books, a bibliographical dictionary in six volumes and many other very important works during his lifetime. He was also a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Our only reasoning for this note is the fact that while Clarke transcribed the Laud MS. his name was not acknowledged as the transcriber and does not appear within the text. Only those either of high office or directly involved in its publication had their names included. [see DNB, Vol iv, p. 413] Provenance: Hudson Gurney of Keswick (1775-1864) his book with [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Doctrina de morbis oculorum [Ensemble] Bromatologia seu doctrina de esculentis et potulentis

      The two works are both second editions, but with the same date as the first, so some consider them second impressions.Contemporary half brown sheep, vellum corners. Spine with four decorative tools and roulettes. Beige sheep title label. Head-piece worn. Rudolph Graffer Vienne 1783 - 1784 In-8 (12,5x20,5cm) 236pp. (3) ; 428pp. (12) relié

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        Dernier Voyage du Capitain Cook autour du Mondeandnbspou se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort


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        An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage performed by Captain Cook


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        Relación Del Último Viage Al Estrecho De Magdallanes De La Fragata De S. M. Santa María De La Cabeza En Los Años De 1785 Y 1786. [WITH:] .Apendice A La Relación Del Viage Al Magallanes De La Fragata De Guerra Santa María De La Cabeza, Que Contiene

      Madrid: Por la Viuda de Ibarra, Hijos y Companía, 1783-1788. 2 volumes. [3]+xvi-359 pages with engraved frontispiece portrait of Magellan by Ferdinand, 4 folding tables and 3 folding maps. Appendice: [ii]+97 pages with one folding table and one folding map. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7 1/2") bound in full leather red and black labels to spine in gilt lettering. (Palau 352514 & 352515; Sabin 16765) First edition.The official Spanish documentation of the scientific voyage of the frigate St. Maria de la Cabeza to the Straits of Madellan, the gateway to the Pacific. The expedition served the purpose of gathering scientific and hydrographic information and typified the efforts Spain was making to stimulate research and exploration in her colonies. The second half of the relacionchronicles the historic voyages through the straits, from Magellan and Drake to Bougainville. The maps are fine examples of rare 18th-century Spanish cartography. Two of the charts are detailed delineations of the South American tip and the Tierra del Fuego region, while the other two depict ports along the Straits of Magellan. The appendix includes a description of the Peruvian people. After these expeditions, the Spanish trade routes were exclusively to east coast ports and then overland to Pacific ports. José de Vargas Ponce was a midshipman and later apointed Second Lieutenant and was a member of the Real Academia de la Historia where he worked with Banza and the mathematician Vicente Tofino where he contributed in the publishing the Martime Atlas of Spain. In 1787 he published his description of the Pithiusas and Balearic Islands.Condition:Lacks the map Carta reducida del estrecho de Magallanes, fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza. Appendix rubbed and scuffed. Corners bumped else a very nice set.

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        An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke, in His Majesty's Ships Resolution and Discovery, during the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780; in search of a North-West Passage... including a faithful Account of all their Discoveries, and the unfortunate Death of Captain Cook...

      London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell, and J. Debrett, 1783. Two volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates; a fine copy in the original grey boards, printed paper labels, uncut. This important narrative account of Cook's third voyage was an unauthorised publication which landed its author Ellis in trouble. Surgeon's mate and talented amateur artist, William Ellis sailed first on the Discovery and later on the Resolution. Despite the prohibition by the Admiralty of the publication of any unauthorised account of the voyage, Ellis, in financial straits, sold his narrative to a London publisher for fifty guineas, thus earning the condemnation of Sir Joseph Banks, who wrote to him in January 1782 that 'I fear it will not in future be in my power to do what it might have been, had you asked and followed my advice'.This is an extremely good copy of the second, revised edition in its original binding of simple grey boards. Ellis' narrative is particularly detailed on Alaska, the Northwest Coast, and Hawaii, and the attractive engraved plates, after Ellis' own drawings, include eight of Hawaii, two of Alaska, and three of the Northwest Coast, among the earliest published of these areas; Choris' famous views did not appear until almost forty years later. Ellis' views of Hawaii provide the first general depictions of the islands, as Rickman's book, published in the previous year, showed only the death of Cook while Zimmermann's account was not illustrated. There is also a chapter devoted to the expedition's visit to Van Diemen's Land in January 1777, in the course of which Ellis painted a famous watercolour view of Adventure Bay, now in the National Library of Australia. Spines carefully restored.

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        Sammandrag af Capitain Jacob Cooks Åren 1772, 73, 74 och 1775 Omkring Södra Polen...

      Upsala: Johan Edman, 1783. Small octavo, with the half-title, early owner's names to preliminaries, contemporary navy-blue papered boards, manuscript label. A very rare edition, a Swedish-language compliation derived from both the official account of Cook's second voyage and Georg Forster's unofficial Voyage round the World.Issued the same year as Sparrman's Swedish-language Resa, the actual editor of this volume remains unknown (the Edman edition of the third voyage in Swedish referred to the editor as an "anoynme" from Finland). The work is testament to the very real interest in Cook's voyages in Sweden, in part because of their proprietorial feelings towards the important contributions of Solander and Sparrman.Beddie knew a copy in the Mitchell Library, and a copy has more recently been acquired by the National Library of Australia, but this is a most uncommon book. A few pages with some wear; manuscript label faded,; bumbed but a very good copy.

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         Voyage aux îles de Lipari, fait en 1781 ou notice sur les îles Aeoliennes, pour servir à l'histoire des volcans, suivi d'un mémoire sur une espèce de volcan d'air un autre sur la température du climat de Malthe, sur la différence de la chaleur réelle de la chaleur sensible.

      Paris, hôtel Serpente, 1783, in 8°, de VIII-208pp., pl. veau marbré époque, dos lisse orné, premier et dernier feuillet lég. bruni sinon bel exemplaire. Edition originale. Pendant son séjour à Lisbonne, il y fait ses premières observation du basalte, un "produit du feu" jugera-t-il. Il posera la question de la relation entre volcans et tremblements de terre. Il écrit à Faujas de Saint-Fond sur ce sujet des lettres que ce dernier publiera dans ses "Recherches sur les volcans éteints du Vivarais et du Velais". En 1781, il se rend en Italie, où il étudie l'Etna, le Stromboli et le Vulcano. Il publie ses travaux en 1783 dans "Voyage aux îles de Lipari" et en 1784 dans "Mémoire sur les volcans éteints du Val di Noto en Sicile". Dolomieu est le premier à supposer l'existence de masses ignées profondes à l'origine des volcans et le refroidissement de la croûte terrestre à la surface du Globe. Aidé dans ses travaux de géologie par Nicolas de Saussure, il décrit plusieurs minéraux comme l'analcime, le psilomélane, le béryl, l'émeraude, la celestite et même l'anthracite. ¶ DSB IV. 149 "Dolomieu ... acquired a reputation as one of the most astute geologists ... He was known primarily for his studies of volcanic substances and regions; among his related interests were earthquakes, the structure of mountain ranges, the classification of rocks, and the fashion in which chemical and mineralogical studies could be applied to historical interpretation of the earth"

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        A dissertation on the pernicious effects of gaming.

      8vo., (4)100pp., tiny blank strip removed from upper margin of title (removing a signature? but nowhere near printed surface), contemporary tree calf gilt, a little wear to spine and joints but overall a very good crisp copy. First edition: very scarce. Apparently no copy in Goldsmiths, Kress, Black, Einaudi, Mattioli, Hollander, Masui or Cotton & Little. ESTC, however, locates copies at 7 UK libraries (3 of which in Cambridge) and 6 in N.America. [bound with], HEY, Richard A dissertation on suicide. Published, by appointment, as having gained a prize* (May 1785) in the University of Cambridge. Cambridge: printed by J. Archdeacon .... for J. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge; T. Cadell, B. White, and G. & J. Wilkie, London. 1785. 8vo., (6)90pp., including the half-title. A very good crisp copy.Publisher: Cambridge: printed by J. Archdeacon ... for J. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge; and for T. Cadell in the Strand, London.Year: 1783Edition: First edition: very scarce.

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         A COURSE OF LECTURES FOR SUNDAYS EVENINGS. Containing Religious Advice to Young Persons.

      xvi, 17-124 pages. Engraved frontispiece. Early nineteenth century untitled half calf gilt. 12mo. Probably the first edition. Lacks and advert' leaf at end; small rub on title resulting in the loss of the initial letter 'Y' in Young; binding rubbed; else a very good copy of the rare single volume first edition . This work was republished in extended form in two volumes and, eventually in four. Osborne 153 for the same edition.

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        Description géométrique de la France.

      Paris, Desaint, 1783. ____ Première édition. César-François Cassini de Thury (1714-1784), "Cassini III" dans cette longue dynastie de grands scientifiques est célèbre pour ses travaux de cartographie; il est l'auteur de la première carte moderne de la France. Celle de cet ouvrage, mesure 62 x 69 cm. Petits défauts à la reliure, accroc à la coiffe inférieure, assez bon exemplaire, aux armes portant quatre coquilles, non identifiées. *****. In-4. Collation : 207, (3) pp. et une carte dépliante. Basane marbrée, dos à nerfs orné, armes dorées au centre des plats. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        The Works


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         Tableau et Révolutions des Colonies Angloises dans l'Amérique Septentrionale

      Paris, 1783, 2 vol. in 12, de 2ff. 272pp. & 2ff. 270pp., pl. veau porphyre époque, dos lisse orné, tr. marbrées, qq. rousseurs éparses sinon bel exemplaire. Première édition française parue après celle d'Amsterdam 1781. "Description politique, économique et démographique des colonies anglaises d'Amérique du Nord. Considérations sur le mariage, la population, la propriété, le luxe, l'intolérance, l'esclavage etc. « Le premier objet d'une peuplade naissante, est la subsistance et la population ; le second est la prospérité qui doit naître de ces deux sources » (II, 34). Les Etats bien gouvernés ont une marche naturelle et constante : « de l'agriculture principe de la population, ils 'élèvent aux arts de luxe ; et les arts de luxe nourrissent le commerce, enfant de l'industrie et père de la richesse » (I, 273)." INED 3751 - Quérard Fr. litt. VII, 475 - Sabin 68112 - Howes R.87 - Pas dans Kress ni Einaudi.

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        Nouveau Voyage à la Mer du Sud, commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion... On a joint à cet voyage un Extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes Parages.

      Paris: Barrois l'aîné, 1783. Octavo, with seven plates (including two maps, one folding); contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, leather label. First edition: this rare book is of great importance for both New Zealand and Tasmania since it gives the first narrative of two important voyages to the Pacific, including the first and second French visits to New Zealand and the first French visit to Tasmania. 'An exceedingly rare item... [it is] seldom available... ' (Davidson). Edited by the Abbé Rochon, the main part of the book gives the only original printed account of the expedition of Marion-Dufresne, commanded by Crozet after his captain's death. This was the only form in which the voyage was published; it did not appear in English until H. Ling Roth's translation of 1891 (Crozet's Voyage to Tasmania, New Zealand [etc]... in 1771-1772). The expedition originally set out as a deliberate sequel to Bougainville's, including the plan of returning Mayoa, brought to France by Bougainville, to his Tahitian homeland; however he died on the voyage. Their other instructions were to search for "Terra Australis": they actually discovered the Crozet Islands, visited Tasmania, exploring and mapping some of its southern coast and making the first French contact with the Tasmanian Aborigines. They then made a lengthy stay in New Zealand, where after the massacre at the Bay of Islands (when the commander and about twenty other members of the voyage were killed by Maoris) Crozet took over the command. Unaware of Cook's priority, the French laid claim to both Tasmania and New Zealand. 'Crozet's narrative, apart from the drama of its story, has much careful observation on Maori life and custom and, with the reports of Cook and his officers, was virtually the only source material available for 40 years... ' (New Zealand National Bibliography).The book also includes as a postscript the first printed account of the earlier voyage of Jean-François de Surville, in which De Surville's ship reached the New Zealand coast and in fact just missed meeting Cook in the Endeavour. At that point De Surville and Cook were the first European visitors to New Zealand since Tasman's charting of part of the coastline in 1642. The only other early account of the De Surville voyage was published some time later (Monneron, Voyage des Indes au Perou, Paris, 1791).The engravings that illustrate the work include four fine portraits of Maoris as well as a folding map of De Surville's discoveries and small maps of Marion-Dufresne's discoveries both in New Zealand and Tasmania. Marginal defect to one leaf with loss of about ten words, otherwise a fine copy.

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        Contes théologiques, suivis des Litanies des catholiques du dix-huitième siècle, et de Poésies érotico-philosophiques, ou Recueil presque édifiant

      De l'imprimerie de la Sorbone. First edition, rare. Early twentieth Full Calf blond, beautiful pastiche of a contemporary binding. Back tooled raised. Triple fillet border on covers. Part of title in red morocco. Inner lace and roll on turns. Paper eighteenth kept guard. The lower margin of the title page missing (we removed the name of the owner), was filled with modern paper. A hole in the lower right margin on p. . 301 and 302 A fun old annotation (probably XVIII) in ink in the lower margin of the editor's warning: "damn fool." Collection of satirical and erotic poetry that we must at some Busca (some pieces of it), which, according to Barbier (Dict. anonymous works) is the future general Pommereul the service of Bonaparte. Many poems are signed Bouflers, Voltaire. The book is divided into three parts, and the announcement title. There are several songs. Note that the theological tales are only because they depict monks and other characters from the church. The litany of Catholics are more qu'irrévérencieuses songs (Litany of St. Geneviève ...) dealing with a lightness push the saints of the church. Curiosa lovers will appreciate the truly outrageous and rather incredible in this collection that have many original pieces licenses. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! De l'imprimerie de la Sorbone à Paris 1783 In 8 (13x21cm) 303pp. relié

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         Les navires des Anciens Considérés par rapport à leurs voiles et à l'usage qu'on en pourroit faire dans notre marine...

      Paris, Nyon, 1783, pet. in 8°, de 2ff. 240pp., ill. de 3 planches gravées se dépl. de voilures, pl. veau marbré époque, dos orné, coiffe sup. usée. Edition originale. L'auteur était un architecte de renom qui s'est aussi intéressé à l'histoire de la Marine. Il propose des solutions originales et nouvelles pour les gréements de son époque, notablement influencés par les principes du gréement bermudien. ¶ Polak 5849.

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        AN EASY INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS AND SCIENCES: Being a Short, but Comprehensive System of Useful and Polite Learning divided into Lessons. Illustrated with cuts, and adapted to the Use of School and Academies.

      4], 209, [1 blank], [1 'Directions to the Binder.'] pages. Illustrated with 8 engraved plates, including two maps, Contemporary full calf, gilt, with a panelled spine and a red gilt label. 12mo. First Dublin edition the same year as the London First edition. Contemporary name on title. A very handsome copy.

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        L'isle inconnue, ou mémoires du Chevalier Des Gastines

      Chez Moutard. first edition, rare, Chez Moutard A Paris 1783 In-12 (9,5x16,5cm) (4) xvj, 296pp. et (4) 278pp. et (4) 303pp. et (4) 317pp. (3) 4 volumes reliés

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        Storia di America [The History of America, in Italian, with 4 hand-colored maps]

      In Venezia [Venice] Nella stamperia Gatti a spese di Leonardo e Giammaria Fratelli Bassaglia MDCCLXXXIII [1783] Second Venice Edition (first Venice edition published 1778) of Antonio Pillori's translation of The history of America (London, 1777), Books I-VIII (complete), on the discovery of America and the conquest of Mexico and Peru. A remarkably fresh, uncut set, complete in four volumes as issued, with all four folding maps colored by a contemporary hand (as with the John Carter Brown Library copy). 8vo: xxiv,240pp, with frontispiece portrait of Columbus and large folding map of the Gulf of Mexico showing Florida, Cuba, Jamaica and farther Caribbean islands; [2],5-328pp, including frontispiece portrait of Bartolomé de las Casas and large folding map of South America; [2],3-359 [p 181 misnumbered "281"; p 304, "204"],[1]pp, with frontispiece portrait of Hernán Cortés and folding map of Mexico; [4],295,[1]pp, with frontispiece portrait of Francisco Pizarro and large folding map of Middle America. Original paper-case bindings with yapped edges and manuscript titles and volume numbers to head of each spine, the text block sewn on tawed tongs (vol. iv with modern replacements). Worming to upper cover, portrait, title page, and map margins of vol. iv now expertly restored by a paper conservationist. Borba de Moraes 740 (for first English edition). Fine"By the autumn of 1769," according to the ODNB, Robertson "began withdrawing books on America from the [Edinburgh] university library. As originally conceived, [his] project was to include the history of Spanish, Portuguese, and British colonization, though Robertson chose first to concentrate on the Spanish, which stemmed most naturally from his study of Charles V. His original intention was to complete the full history of colonization before going to press, but he decided to publish the sixteenth-century Spanish portion alone following the outbreak of hostilities with the British colonies in 1776 . . . On 28 May 1777 the History of America was published in two volumes by Strahan and Cadell in London and by Balfour in Edinburgh to a very positive reception. Its success was even more marked on the continent, where it was considered Robertson's masterpiece . . . With its dramatic sweep of narrative, combined with a provocative confrontation of two very different stages of civilization [Spanish and Native American] and a prose that was more flexible and evocative than that of his earlier books, the History of America is often regarded as Robertson's most interesting, original, and even Romantic work." Borba de Moraes credits Roberston writing the "first history of the discovery and Spanish conquest of America based on ample bibliographical information and documents . . . " N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Histoire des animaux d'Aristote

      First edition of the French translation of Camus with the Greek text in regard.Plein calf marbled time. Smooth back decorated with two boxes to the Grotesque and two chains, nets and wheels. Pieces of red morocco title and volume numbers in black morocco. Hat Volume I threadbare. Frottements.La translation of Camus is quite estimated, it concerns only the first volume, while the second brings the notes and observations of Camus about the modern natural history. It also establishes the importance of the work of Aristotle and his influence on the literature of natural history. Found an interesting table for identifying animals in Aristotle in Greek, Latin and French. This second part is very erudite and contains many references to other works, she describes in situ every animal that is found in the treatise of Aristotle. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez la veuve Desaint à Paris 1783 in-4 (20x26cm) 758pp. et 850pp. 2 volumes reliés

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        Dernier Voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde, où se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort, publié en allemand par Henri Zimmermann témoin oculaire, & traduit avec un abrégé de la vie de ce navigateur célèbre, & des notes.

      Berne: Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1783. Octavo, woodcut vignette on title; contemporary continental (?Swiss) mottled calf, spine with small floral device gilt in compartments between raised bands, double orange labels just chipped at edges; a nice copy. The second French edition, and very scarce. Beddie records only the Mitchell and National Library copies in Australia. 'Both French editions are of great rarity and are of interest not only on that account but because of the additional matter which they contain... ' (Holmes).Zimmermann's eye-witness account of Cook's third voyage first appeared, in German, at Mannheim in 1781. The French version was next, with this second French edition and a second German edition appearing in 1783. Dutch editions appeared in 1784 and 1791, and a Russian version was published at St Petersburg in 1786 (Kroepelien, 1365). These seem to have been all the appearances of the narrative until the Alexander Turnbull Library published Tewsley's translation in 1926. As Rodney Davidson wrote of the early printings, 'all these editions are exceedingly rare... It is hard to predict the realisation price for a copy if one were to come into the open market, as competition between collectors would be very keen... '.In any early edition, this is one of the scarcest of all the Cook voyage accounts (there is for example no copy of any of the eighteenth century editions in the catalogue of the Hill collection). It was the first description of the third voyage to appear on the continent, and as one of two accounts first published in 1781 - a full three years before the official account - it may well be the first description of the voyage to have been published. It includes an eyewitness account of Cook's death and is also 'valuable for his lower-deck impressions of the character of Cook... ' (Beaglehole).'Zimmermann, a native of Speyer, was coxswain in the Discovery. From the start of the voyage he determined to keep a shorthand journal of the voyage and to retain it, despite the instructions... demanding the surrender of all logs and journals... His account is by no means free from errors, but it has an ingenuousness and charm which differentiate it from the other accounts. His appreciation of Cook's character deserves to rank with that of Samwell' (Holmes).

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        Batavia, De Hoofdstad van Neerlands O. Indien, in Derzelver Gelegenheid, Opkomst, Voortreffelyke Gebouwen, Hooge en Laage Regeering, Geschiedenissen, Kerkzaaken, Koophandel, Zeden, Luchtsgesteldheid, Ziekten, Dieren en Gewassen, Beschreeven.

      Amsterdam and Harlingen, Petrus Conradi, Harlingen, by Volkert van der Plaats, 1782-, 1783. Four volumes in one, quarto, each volume with title-page printed in black and red and engraved title-vignette, engraved allegorical frontispiece, 4 folding charts, and 7 folding plates; recent tan calf, gilt. First edition of this important description of Batavia and its history, particularly significant regarding the trade of the VOC in the East Indies. The work includes several beautiful views of vessels at Batavia and the Cape of Good Hope, as well as attractive and important maps of the city and the island of Java. Five of the fine plates are made after drawings by Johannes Rach ("Het gouvernement te Batavia", "de Markt te Batavia", "De Diestpoort te Batavia", "'t Kasteel te Batavia" and a view depicting the harbour of Batavia). There is also a large and informative open plan of Batavia by A. van Krevelt.The anonymous author of this extensive descriptive work received most of his information directly from high officials of the VOC residing in Batavia, and it includes fascinating information on the trade in the East Indies. The city was the capital of the Netherlands Indies, and had been the site of a VOC post from 1610, becoming the regional headquarters in 1619. It was constructed on the model of a Dutch city, complete with canals and walls to resist attack from Mataram, and much of the surrounding countryside was cleared of its inhabitants to create a kind of cordon sanitaire (Cribb, Historical dictionary of Indonesia, p.49-50).The bookseller-publisher Petrus Conradi published several similar works, including a short history of the VOC Nederlandsche reizen (1784-87). A French edition was announced but appears not to have been published. There was a second edition using the same plates in 1799, and a translation into German of 1785-86. This work is now of some rarity: the Mitchell Library has all four volumes, while the National Library of Australia appears to have the first volume only. Charts and plates a little dusted but a very good copy.

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        Oeuvres choisies

      Hôtel Serpente. Collective Edition Hôtel Serpente à Amsterdam& se trouve à Paris 1783 in-8 (12x20cm) lxij, 507pp. et xvj, 624pp. et (4) 638pp. et (4) 476pp. et 444pp. et (4) 414pp. et (4) 554pp. et (4) 430pp. et vij, 397pp. et (4) 542pp. et (4) 542pp. et 420pp. et (4) 526pp. et (2) 526pp. et (4) 582pp. et (4) 590pp. et (4) 500pp. 15 tomes en 15 volumes reliés

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        Voyage littéraire de la Grèce, ou Lettres sur les Grecs, anciens et modernes, avec un parallèle de leurs moeurs

      Chez la veuve Duchesne. Third illustrated edition of 10 boards inset with a frontispiece from Dalbou HOUEL, 5 boards inset Laurent according Favray and 4 boards inset folding Laurent according Massit. The first three volumes contain all letters of Greece, the last contains other pamphlets author: Essays on the Elegies of Tibullus (followed by the translation of the latter), The Seasons Poems and light. Many floral headbands and cul-de-lamp (baskets of flowers, carnations ...). Plein blond marbled calf at the time. Back smooth decorated with parts of title and volume number of green morocco, small floral golden jewels and a golden tail lace. Triple gold frames on the flat. All marbled. Head cover of the first volume leveled. Some wormholes on the back of the second and third volumes. Slit tail jaws on the first volume. Six blunted. Corners Scuffs. Some pale foxing angular. Work to the detriment of the entire right bottom corner of the third volume. Beautiful aspect of the wider exemplaire.Plus than the title seems, Literary Travel Greece contains extensive information on the Turks, Armenians and their manners, and of board the people of Greece. The letters are the work of a merchant residing in Constantinople, Sir Guys, addressed to an art lover, Bourlat of Montredont. Deeply enamored of polite literature and research on the ancient world, the author's description of Greece, its manners and customs, draws his material from the writers of antiquity by establishing constant parallels with Greece modern, showing how much she finds all Greek literature. Each letter refers to a subject, many are intended for the art, but some more specific focus on furniture, jewelry, makeup, parties, conventions, baths, architecture, and of board, an interesting field especially the author: trade and navigation. Some letters are additions, and process uses the Turks, Jews ambitious ... a man rooted in the reality of his time (and who spent over 30 years in the Levant) Project, The Journey of the literary Greece landmark in modern Greece while the legacy of ancient and modern Greeks made the direct heirs, the descendants of the ancient Greeks. The author reiterates the interest of the trip to Greece. Before the letter is an early work of anthropology. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez la veuve Duchesne Paris 1783 in-8 (12,5x19,5cm) (4) viij ; 527pp. et (4) 382pp. et (4) 373pp. et (4) 240pp. [mal pag. 140pp.] 4 volumes reliés

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        Supplément à l'optique de Smith, contenant une théorie générale des instrumens de dioptrique.

      Brest, Malassis, Paris, Durand, 1783. ____ Première édition. Ouvrage basé sur la Dioptrique de Euler et un autre Mémoire de celui-ci. Après une partie théorique, Duval le Roy s'attache à la construction des instruments de dioptrique, lunettes et microscopes, certaines selon l'enseignement de Mr. Fuss et d'autres, comme des "lunettes pour la terre, supérieures à toutes les autres par grandeur de son champ". Malgré son titre, c'est ouvrage est complètement indépendant de la publication de l'Optique de Smith. En fin de volume on trouve des additions tirées d'un mémoire de l'abbé Rochon et l'éloge du lieutenant de vaisseau Jean-Jacques de Marguerie. Nicolas-Claude Duval-le-Roy était professeur à l'école de marine de Brest. Il est l'auteur des articles de mathématiques du Dictionnaire de marine de l'Encyclopédie méthodique. Première charnière fendillée, cachets de bibliothèque, mais bon exemplaire.*****. In-4. Collation : (12), 189, (3) pp., 1 planches h.-t. Demi-veau beige, dos orné. (Reliure du XIXe.).

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        SISTEMA, ou Colecção dos Regimentos Reaes, contém os Regimentos pertencentes á administração da Fazenda Real.- Agora novamente reimpressos, e acrescentados com todas a Leys, Alvarás, Decretos, Avisos, que ampliárão, e derogarão os mesmos Regimentos nas partes ou .../ dado a luz por Jozé Roberto Monteiro de Coelho e Soisa (I-VI)

      Lisboa: Na Officina de Francisco Borges de Soisa; Simão Thaddeo Ferreira; Francisco Luis Ameno, 1783-1791.- 6 vols.em 5; 30cm.-EObra de grande fôlego, muito informativa. Inocêncio (VIII, 295) diz desta obra: \" muito mais ampla do que o título promete, pois n\'ella se compreendem muitas leis além dos Regimentos. Pode dizer-se que é uma colecção sistemática; porque como o collector juntou a cada hum dos Regimentos as leis que lhe dizem respeito, e de que teve notícia, veio assim a apresenta-las ordenadamente segundo a matéria a que pertenciam\". Esta edição é a mais apreciada pelo cuidado aspecto gráfico e pelos acrescentos que teve.Encadernações da época inteiras de pele. Uma ou outra mancha marginal sem grande importância. Conjunto estimado e atraente. Muito invulgar nestas condições.

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        Description des experiences de la machine aerostatique de MM. de Montgolfier et de celles auxquelles cette decouverte a donne lieu.

      Paris: [Chardon for] Cuchet, 1783. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 1783-1784. 2 volumes, 8vo (204x127 mm). Vol. 1: [i-iii] iv-xl, [1] 2-299, [3], [4] pp., 9 engraved plates (plate v as frontispiece), folding table; Vol. 2: [2], [1] 2-24, *24-24*, 25-62, [67] 68-366, [2] pp., 5 engraved plates (plate I as frontispiece). Contemporary green paste paper boards (light chipping along spine and edges). Internally crisp, with only very minor occasional spotting and toning, offsetting to a few plates, title and frontispiece of vol. 2 slightly soiled, leaves partially untrimmed. Provenance: Gaston Tissandier (ex-libris to front paste-downs); Aéro-club de France (ex-libris stamp and affixed deaccession card to first fly-leaves). A fine, wide margined set with interesting provenance. ----Dibner, Heralds of Science 179; PMM 229; Norman 769; Sparrow, Milestones of Science 179; Tissandier p.21 (this copy). - FIRST EDITION, second issue, with the four page supplement. "THE FIRST SERIOUS TREATISE ON AEROSTATION AS A PRACTICAL POSSIBILITY" (Printing and the Mind of Man), a detailed historical and technical account of the first balloon flights carried out in 1783 by the brothers Etienne and Joseph de Montgolfier, written by one of their principal sponsors, the geologist Faujas de Saint-Fond. The first successful balloon ascent took place in Annonay on June 5, 1783 using the Montgolfiere' technique of heating air with a straw fire sufficiently to make the balloons rise. Although subscribers preferred the hydrogen balloons invented by the physicist Jacques-A.-C. Charles, whose first launch was a 13-foot balloon from the Champ-de-Mars in August 1783, the Montgolfiers created a sensation by sending up ever more populated hot-air balloons; a trio of farm animals were the first mammals to fly, on September 19, and the first manned ascent followed two months later, on November 20, when Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes ascended from the Bois de Boulogne and crossed Paris, covering a total distance of 5 1/2 miles in approximately 20 minutes. (Rozier was later killed in an attempted balloon crossing of the English Channel.) The second volume contains accounts of later balloon flights, all inspired by the Montgolfiers' initial successes - "their experiments were so successful, and so decisive, that it is inarguably to them that we owe all of the experiments that followed" (vol. 2, pp. 1-2) - including the first flight of a passenger-carrying hydrogen balloon, designed and manned by Jacques Charles, who on December 1, 1783 made a two-hour ascent from Paris, landing near a village 27 miles distant (this trip was also largely underwritten by Faujas de Saint-Fond). Charles's hydrogen balloon, constructed with the aid of the celebrated artisans the Robert brothers, formed the prototype for later modern balloon construction. The copy of Gaston Tissandier (1843-1899), French chemist, meteorologist and aviaton pioneer. He founded and edited the scientific magazine La Nature and wrote several books, including the important bibliography on aeronautics in 1887 ("Bibliographie aéronautique: Catalogue de livres d'histoire, de science, de voyages et de fantaisie, traitant de la navigation aérienne ou des aérostats"). His interest in meteorology led him to take up aviation. His first trip in the air was conducted at Calais in 1868 together with Claude-Jules Dufour, where his balloon drifted out over the sea and was brought back by an air stream of opposite direction in a higher layer of air. In September 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, he managed to leave the besieged Paris by balloon. His most adventurous airtrip took place in April 1875. Together with Joseph Croce-Spinelli and Théodore Sivel, he was able to reach in a balloon the unheard-of altitude of 8,600 metres. Both of his companions died from breathing the thin air. Tissandier survived, but became deaf. In 1883, Tissandier fit a Siemens electric motor to an airship, thus creating the first electric-powered flight. The technical problems encountered by the Montgolfiers and those who followed them are discussed by Tissandier in Histoire des ballons et des aéronautes célèbres (1887-89). Near Fine.

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        Cométographie ou traité historique et théorique des comètes.

      Paris: L'Imprimerie Royale, 1783. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Two volumes. Paris: L'Imprimerie Royale, 1783-1784. 4to (247 x 192 mm). xii, 630, [2] pp., 1 engraved plate; viii, 518 pp., 6 engraveed plates. Woodcut headpieces and numerous letterpress tables in text, errata leaf bound at end of vol. I. Contemporary full calf, spines with 5 raised bands each, gilt-tooled in compartments and with gilt-lettered label (extremities worn, spine ends chipped, corners scuffed and bumped, hinges of vol. I starting but cords holding, hinges of vol. II partly cracked, remnant of paper label to vol. I), marbled endpapers, red-dyed edges. Text clean with only minor spotting and browning, titles little browned in margins and with erased stamps and paper slip pasted over old signature. Very good copy. ----Honeyman 2484 ; Nouv. Biogr. Génér. 40, 269/70 - FIRST EDITION, of Pingré's monumental Cométographie, one of the most important books on the subject, still recommended as a source for cometary studies in the 1950s. "Pingré's most important work" (Honeyman) deals with the phenomenon of comets from a historic, astronomic and mathematical perspective. Divided in four parts, it examines the history of astronomy in the first, beginning with an account of Babylonian and Egyptian science. In the following section a thorough catalogue of all comets observed since antiquity is given, which still constitutes a major source of information. The third part deals with theories on the nature of comets and their potential physical effects on the life on earth, while the final section discusses methods for the computation of cometary orbits. Pingré (died 1795) was a famous French astronomer who participated in several scientific voyages, and he was the first to make good observations of VENUS. He was for some time chancellor of Paris University and also librarian of Sainte-Géneviève. This is his principal work and copies have become VERY RARE. Very Good.

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         Recherches sur l'influence de la lumière solaire pour métamorphoser l'air fixe en air pur par la végétation avec des expériences & des considérations propres à faire connoître la nature des substances aëriformes.

      à Genève, chez Barthelemi Chirol, 1783, in 8°, de XXXII-385pp., pl. basane marbrée époque, dos orné, qq. très rares rousseurs sinon bel exemplaire. Edition original de ce second ouvrage de Senebier sur la photosynthèse, son approche est ici beaucoup plus chimique, et il donne pour la première fois une vue complète du processus de nutrition végétale en termes strictement chimiques. ¶ DSB XII p.308 "Senebier apid particular attention to the gas exchanges of green plants exposed to light. He was the first to observe that in sunlight such plants absorb carbonic acid gas and emit oxygen while manufacturing a substance with a carbon base" - Partington III p.280. "Senebier published several works dealing with photosynthesis... He proved by experiments with the nitric oxide eudiometer that the bubbles emitted under the influence of light consist of oxygen..." - Duveen p.546 - Bolton I.828 - Pritzel 8607.

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        Recueil d'Airs et d'Ariettes Harpe Chant 1783

      - Recueil d'Airs et d'Ariettes arrangés pour la Harpe par différents auteurs 1783 26 Pièces pour Chant et Harpe (Antoine Albanèse, Ariette d'Orphée, Ariette de Mr de Monville, Andante du Tableau Parlant, Andantino de la Colonie, Air de L'olimpiade, Air des Trois fermiers.) Partition manuscrite du XVIIIe siècle (1783) par Desporte, copiste de Musique à Paris 107 pages Couverture défraîchie, intérieur en très bon état 008632 Instruments à cordes Très bon / couverture défraîchie

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      Lima: En la Imprenta de los Huerfanos, 1783. [116],144pp. Small quarto. Contemporary vellum, remnants of printed paper label. Light soiling to titlepage. Minor scattered soiling and foxing. Slight worming in center of text block, minutely affecting text. Corners trimmed off of two leaves toward front. Good. Funerary work for Maria Antonio de San Josepha (1718- 1781), which includes a labyrinth poem in the shape of a cross, printed in black, red, and green. Only six copies on OCLC. MEDINA, LIMA 1542. VARGAS UGARTE 2321. PALAU 39594. OCLC 77630191, 166611610, 55238516.

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        Beschreibung des Daurenhofer Sauerbrunnens, und des sogenannten Krecklmoser Bades, bey Reutti im Tyrol. Nebst einem Anhang für Aerzte, und dem Abriß des Badhauses.

      Innsbruck (?), 1783. Mit 1 mehrfach gefalteten Kupferstich, in der Platte signiert F.A. Zeiler. 61 S. Orig.Broschur. Das Kreckelmoser Bad mit 2 Schwefelquellen befindet sich in Ehrenberg bei Reutte in Tirol. Das Wasser wird heutzutage wieder in Reutte verwendet. Franz Anton Zeiller (* 3. Mai 1716 in Reutte; † 4. März 1794 ebenda) war ein österreichischer Rokokomaler. Mit dem meist fehlenden Kupferstich sehr selten! Kleiner Rundstempel auf Rückseite v. Titelblatt. Schönes sauberes Exemplar. Versand D: 9,00 EUR Kreckelmoos Reutte Breitenwang Ehrenberg Bad Sauerbrunnen Tirol Ausserfern Kupferstich

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        The Chirurgical Works of Percivall Pott, F.R.S. and Surgeon to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. A New Edition, with Additions, in Three Volumes

      T. Lowndes, et al., 1783, Quarter Leather, Book Condition: Very Good. Size: 5½" by 8½", Attractive copy of this notable surgeon's works. Recently rebound in quarter red calf over patterned boards, gilt titling. Functional not fancy binding. Three volume set, complete; viii, [1]-502; iv, [1]-532; iv, [3]-481, [30] pages; the last text leaf in volume one is a facsimile; apparently (based on pagination) missing the first chapter title leaf in volume three. Six copperplate engravings, one folding, in volume one; four plates, two folding, in volume two; eight plates in volume three, which also includes an index to the set. Pages are a bit browned but not brittle; there is some staining and foxing present; a few leaves are dog-eared, volume two has a few marginal pencil lines, Set

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        Aloe disticha carinata. Linn. L'aloe a verrues. LXVI.

      Paris: Chez l'auteur, 1783 - Copper engraving. Original colour. Size: 20.5 x 33 cm (8 x 13 inches). Fine condition. These beautiful copper engravings come from Le jardin d'Eden, le paradis terrestre renouvelle dans le Jardin de la Reine a Trianon ou collection des plantes les plus rares, qui se trouvent dans le deux hemispheres. The plants are from the Queen's Garden in the Tuileries.

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        Descripción de las Demostraciones que ha hecho la Ciudad de Jaen con motivo de los prosperos sucesos que ha experimentado esta monarquia en el feliz parto de la Serenisima Princesa, nacimiento de los infantes Carlos y Felipe/ y Otras Obras

      Jaén 1783 - Pergamino de época, formato 4º. 110 p. Incluye también en el mismo libro las sgtes obras: "Sermón sobre la obligación de rogar a Dios por la felicidad de los Principes". Le mandó imprimir la muy noble ciudad de Jaén, 51 páginas-14 p.; "Acción de Gracias a la Divina Magestad y regocijos públicos de la Ciudad de Barcelona por el nacimiento de los infantes Carlos y Felipe", imprenta de Eulalia Piferrer,67 p.; "Bilingue obsequiosa consonancia en 92 décimas que son castellanas ó catalanas conforme serán pronunciadas, y celebran la doble Real Infancia de España, 31 h. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Prolegomena zu einer jeder künftigen Metaphysik die als Wissenschaft wird auftreten können.

      Riga, bey Johann Friedrich Hartknoch, 1783. 8vo. Nice contemporary half calf with gilding to spine. Red title-label renewed. A very nice copy. Woodcut title-vignette, woodcut rod with floral vine-headpiece on p. 3, and woodcut end-vignette (rod with leaves). 222 pp. The rare first edition, first issue, of Kant's masterpiece, the more popular exposition of the ideas presented in his main work "Critik der reinen Vernunft" (1781). Three variants of the first edition appeared in the same year, distinguishable by head- and tailpieces; this is the first, as described in Warda, 75.This work constitutes a more comprehensible exposition of the main thoughts of Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason", and the "prolegomena", being one of the most frequently read and most approachable of his works, also became one of Kant's most influential. It is responsible for spreading his thoughts among a much wider audience than his other works. After having received immense negative critique and having been misunderstood with the first edition of the "Critique of Pure Reason", Kant wrote his "Prolegomena" as a defense and explanation; he later incorporated much of it into the second edition of the "Critique of Pure Reason". It is with the ideas expounded in this work that Kant becomes world-famous. "Kant's great achievement was to conclude finally the lines on which philosophical speculation had proceeded in the eighteenth century, and to open up a new and more comprehensive system of dealing with the problems of philosophy... The influence of Kant is paramount in the critical method of modern philosophy. - No other thinker has been able to hold with such firmness the balance between speculative and empirical ideas... " (PMM 226).

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      Bilbao. . 1783 - 10pp. Quarto. Modern half morocco and marbled boards. Very good. A rare Spanish edition of the preliminary articles of peace between Spain and England which ended their conflict in the American Revolution. The primary impact of this treaty was to return the Floridas to Spain, thus setting the stage for conflicts between the United States and Spain on its southern and western borders, and ending twenty years of British control of the Floridas, which had effectively been lost when Galvez seized Pensacola in 1781. DAVENPORT 170. SERVIES 597 (Madrid ed).

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        Marlborough au Sallon du Louvre, Première Édition, Contentant discours préliminaire, chansons, anecdotes, querelles, avis, critiques, lettre à Mlle. Julie, changement de têtes, &c. &c. &c

      1783. Engraved frontis. port. & one engraved plate. 32 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: "Aux dépens de l'Académie Royale de Peinture & de Sculpture," 1783. First edition of this little-known work by Beffroy (1757-1811). A man of letters, he authored several dramas and comedic works, often under the pseudonym "Cousin Jacques." He quickly fell out of favor during the Revolutionary period once it was discovered that he intended to publish a harsh critique of what he considered a deeply flawed demagogic movement. Subsequently, he and his works were largely forgotten.In the late 18th century, French humorists targeted John Churchill, first duke of Marlborough, after his sudden fall from the graces of Queen Anne. The present work comically describes an imagined visit by Marlborough to the Salon in the form of a play with musical accompaniment (lyrics on pages 9-10). The author depicts the duke as a dimwit with little taste and of exceptional stupidity as he walks around observing the art on display.Very good copy. Leaf A4 misbound after title. Two small tears to title, one just touching a letter.? Auricchio, "Adélaïde Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution," p. 35.N.B.G., Vol. 5, col. 152.

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        Essais sur l'hygrométrie

      XII-524 pages, 11 tableaux, 2 Neuchatel, S. Fauché, 1783, in-8, XII-524 pages, 11 tableaux, 2 planches dépliantes, basane havane à coins, dos à nerfs orné de roulettes, pièce de titre rouge, papier dominoté sur les plats, Un des livres fondateurs de la météorologie moderne qui établit l'hygrométrie en tant que science exacte. Première édition dans le format in-8 de cet ouvrage très important dans lequel Saussure décrit comment construire un hygromètre à cheveux capable de mesurer le degrés d'humidité. Saussure fait aussi connaître sa découverte : l'air se dilate et devient spécifiquement plus léger à mesure qu'il se charge d'humidité. En fin de volume, deux planches gravées sur cuivre, dont la première représente l'hygromètre à cheveu inventé par l'auteur et construit pour la première fois par Paul à Genève. Tableau de la page 205 rogné, avec perte de texte. DSB XII, p.119-123 ; Daumas, 283.

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        Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane

      2 volumes, XVI-624 + [4]-638 A Amsterdam et se trouve à Paris, rue et hôtel Serpente, 1783, in-8, 2 volumes, XVI-624 + [4]-638 pp, 4 planches gravées, maroquin grenat de l'époque, dos lisses filetés et ornée de petits fleurons, pièce de titre et tomaisons olive, triple filet d'encadrement sur les plats, coupes, coiffes et bordure des contreplats guillochées, tranches dorées, Tomes II et III des Oeuvres choisie de Le Sage avec figures (parues en 15 volumes). Belle illustration gravée en taille-douce par de Longueil, Patas et de Launay d'après Marillier. Bel exemplaire en maroquin de l'époque. Cohen, 348.

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        Marlborough au Sallon du Louvre, Première Édition, Contentant discours préliminaire, chansons, anecdotes, querelles, avis, critiques, lettre à Mlle. Julie, changement de têtes, &c. &c. &c

      Engraved frontis. port. & one engraved plate. 32 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: "Aux dépens de l'Académie Royale de Peinture & de Sculpture," 1783. First edition of this little-known work by Beffroy (1757-1811). A man of letters, he authored several dramas and comedic works, often under the pseudonym "Cousin Jacques." He quickly fell out of favor during the Revolutionary period once it was discovered that he intended to publish a harsh critique of what he considered a deeply flawed demagogic movement. Subsequently, he and his works were largely forgotten. In the late 18th century, French humorists targeted John Churchill, first duke of Marlborough, after his sudden fall from the graces of Queen Anne. The present work comically describes an imagined visit by Marlborough to the Salon in the form of a play with musical accompaniment (lyrics on pages 9-10). The author depicts the duke as a dimwit with little taste and of exceptional stupidity as he walks around observing the art on display. Very good copy. Leaf A4 misbound after title. Two small tears to title, one just touching a letter. ? Auricchio, "Adélaïde Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution," p. 35. N.B.G., Vol. 5, col. 152.

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      London: Hannah Humphrey 1783 - Broadside: Copper-engraving and etching, 24 x 35 cm (9.4 x 13.7 inches) A rare and amusing early political satire broadside by James Gillray, lampooning Foreign Secretary Charles James Fox’s India Bill (1783), which proposed to nationalize the East India Company, so saddling Whitehall with all the liabilities of managing an Indian Empire. This engaging work of political satire is one of the early productions of James Gillray, Britain’s preeminent master of the genre, printed by Hannah Humphreys, a pioneering female printer. The broadside bears the imprint ‘Pubd Decr 12. 1783. by H. Humphrey. New Bond Street’, and while it is not signed by Gillray (who often did not sign his early prints), it bears his inimitable style and had been universally attributed to him. The scene draws humor from Foreign Secretary Charles James Fox’s India Act of 1783, whereby he proposed to nationalize the East India Company (EIC), such that Whitehall would assume its massive financial obligations (and opportunities for patronage). The bill proved highly controversial, and it was struck down by the House of Lords only five days after Gillray’s satire was published. The scene depicts Fox standing atop a mountain, while gesturing towards an idealized oriental landscape, representing the Indian Subcontinent, featuring the city of Madras, with its busy harbor, in the distance. To Fox’s anterior, one sees the crumbling ruins of ‘Leaden Hall Street’ (representing East India House, the headquarters of the EIC), surmounted by the British crown, suggesting that the British government will follow the same fate as the decaying Company. Below Fox, on the slopes of the mountain, are a flock of geese, representing Fox’s supporters, who supposedly longed to enrich themselves from Indian patronage. The line below captures the scene: ‘Then Reynard [Fox] taketh them unto an exeeding hihg [sic] Mountain, and Shewed them all the kingdoms of the East and the Glory of them, Saying all these will I give ye, if ye will fall down and Worship me.’ Historical Context The India Bill of 1783 came close to dramatically altering what would be the course of the history of India and the British Empire. The EIC had possessed a monopoly on all of Britain’s affairs in India and the Far East since 1600. While traditionally a trading company with a limited footprint, more recently, the Company had, through its aggressive actions, assumed awesome political responsibilities. In 1757, the EIC conquered Bengal, a massive province with millions of inhabitants, and was setting its sights on making further acquisitions. The costs and strains of providing civil governance and fighting large-scale conflicts were running the once fabulously profitable Company into the red. The EIC’s failure to control the Great Bengal Famine of 1770 represented both an astounding moral and technical failure. The decimation of the labor force in Bengal, a global economic downturn, and the American Revolutionary War further eroded the Company’s financial footing. All attempts to improve the EIC’s prospects failed, and by the early 1780s, the Honorable Company was on the verge of collapse. A radical solution was in the offing. In April 1783, as negotiations to end the American Revolutionary War were under way, a new administration was formed under the leadership of Charles James Fox (1749 – 1806), a radical Whig firebrand and an outspoken antagonist of King George III. Indeed, the king despised Fox for thousands of reasons, but primarily for his open support of the American cause and his tendency to frequently take Crown Prince George out drinking, turning the young man into a debauched malcontent. While the new government was technically led by the Duke of Portland, Fox, as Foreign Secretary, would be the puppet master, in conjunction with Lord North, who would serve as Chancellor, such that the new regime was known as the Fox-North Coalition. Fox’s ‘solution’ to the EIC’s problems was the India Bill of 1783, which i

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        Cométographie ou Traité historique et théorique des comètes

      2 volumes de I. XII, 630 Paris, imprimerie royale, 1783-84, in-4, 2 volumes de I. XII, 630, (1) pages et 1 planches ; et de II. VIII, 518 pages et 6 planches, basane racinée de l'époque, dos à nerfs orné, double filet en encadrement sur les plats, tranches marbrées, 7 planches représentant des figures géométriques. Première édition de cette histoire des comètes, composée à partir des anciennes annales et des publications contemporaines de l'auteur, et qui se clôt sur la théorie du mouvement des comètes. Pingré (1711-1796) fut bibliothécaire de Sainte-Geneviève et construisit un observatoire à l'abbaye, où il travailla pendant près de quarante ans. Il fut aussi correspondant, puis associé libre de l'Académie des Sciences. Mouillures, plus importantes en début et fin des volumes, et restauration du dernier feuillet du premier volume

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        Cronica de Don Alvaro de Luna, con varios Apendices,Sigue Libro del Passo Honroso,defendido por el excelente caballero Suero de Quiñones.Sigue Seguro de Tordesillas .a la luz el Secretario de la librería del Condestable de Castilla y Leon Don Pedro

      Imprenta Antonio Sancha,, Madrid. 1783 - xl, 481 pp. + xvi, xxxii, 112 pp. + vi. 1 h. 68 pp. Bonita encuadernación de época en piel, lomo liso, hilos dorados, tejuelo rojo y cortes rojos .Bella y apreciada edición. la primera de 1546 . . IMPORTANTE. Lea Nuestras Condiciones de Venta y Gastos de

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