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        Auszug des Englischen Zuschauers. (Hrsg. J. Addison und R. Steele). Nach einer neuen Übersetzung (von K. W. Ramler und J. L. Benzler). 8 Bände (alles Erschienene). Mit gestoch. Porträt Addisons. Hübsche Halblederbde d. Z. mit 2 farbigen Rückenschildern.

      Berlin, Himburg, 1782-1783. - Die erste deutsche Ausgabe der wohl berühmtesten Zeitschrift des Jahrhunderts war 1739-1744 veranstaltet worden. Diese Übersetzung wies jedoch so viele Mängel und Fehler auf, dass man sich trotz der verbesserten Ausgabe von Gottsched und Schwabe (1749-1751) zu einer Neuausgabe entschloss (vgl. Vorwort). Benzler übertrug den Text, während Ramler sich um die Verdeutschung der zahlreichen Gedichte kümmerte. Der englische ‚Spectator‘ hatte die Gattung der Moralischen Wochenschriften klassisch fixiert, er hat eigentlich die Maßstäbe gesetzt; auf ihn beziehen sich die folgenden Wochenschriften des Kontinents vor allem. Und die zahlreichen Neuausgaben und Bearbeitungen nicht nur des ‚Spectator‘ zeigen, dass für das an weltlicher Bildung begierige Publikum das Interesse an der Wochenschrift nicht mit der periodischen Ausgabe beendet war. Die eigentümliche Zeit-Ungebundenheit dieser Schriften hat in der Zeitschriftenliteratur kaum Vergleichbares. – Tadelloses, frisches Exemplar. – Goed. IV 1, 181, 40; Kirchner 5112 (nur ein Nachweis); Diesch 490, 4. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Wolfgang Braecklein]
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        Description des expériences de la machine aérostatique de MM. de Montgolfier, et de celles auxquelles cette découverte a donné lieu. Tome 1 (de 2).

      In-8 XL, 299, (1) S., 3 Bll. Mit gestochenem Frontispiz u. 8 Kupfertafeln. Leder der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, floraler Rückenvergoldung u. Stehkantenvergoldung. Erster Band des zweibändigen Werkes in der ersten Ausgabe. - Der französische Naturwissenschaftler Faujas de Saint-Fond war Förderer, Geldgeber und Chronist der Brüder Montgolfier. Im Jahre 1783 ließen diese vom Chateau de la Muette im Bois de Boulogne einen Ballon aufsteigen, der ein Schaf, einen Hahn und eine Ente mit sich führte. Hier "der erste Bericht über diesen Flug ... Er ist die erste ernsthafte Abhandlung über die Ballonschiffahrt als praktisch durchführbare Möglichkeit (Carter/Muir 229). - Vorderes Außengelenk etwa 1,5 cm eingerissen, Besitzvermerk auf der Rückseite des Frontispiz, gering stockfleckig. Schönes Exemplar.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Eckert & Kaun GbR]
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        Notice des Principaux Articles des Livres de la Bibliotheque de feu M. Mouchard, Receveur général des Finances; dont la Vente se fera en sa maison…le Mercredi 12 Février 1783 & jours suivans…

      2 p.l., 82 (i.e., 83), [1] pp. 8vo, attractive antique speckled calf-backed specked boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: De Bure, fils aîné, 1783. The very rare sale catalogue - OCLC locates no copy in the U.S. - of the library of Mouchard (d. ca. 1783), former deputy of La Rochelle to the Conseil Royal de Commerce. We learn from Debure's "Avertissement" that the sale was prepared in great haste and is not catalogued to his usual standards. And, indeed, the catalogue consists of just 63 lots, each with a large quantity of books, ranging from 33 to 300 volumes. I estimate the library totaled about 2000 volumes, including many notable natural history books. Fine copy, priced throughout in a contemporary hand. ❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions...1643-1830, 305. Guigard, II, p. 378.

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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        Die von St. Excellence dem Herrn Grafen von Schönborn etc. bey Publication Des von Ihro Römischen Kayserlichen Majestät Allergnädigst-Conformirten Neuen Reglements der Hamburgischen Aempter & Brüderschaften gethane Anzeige..4. Decemb. Anno 1710.

      60 Seiten, 1 Schmuckvignette, 1 Vignette ( wohl mit der Silhouette Hamburgs ), 1 gestochene Siegelwiedergabe des Kaisers Joseph. OPappband mit Buntpapierbezug, Groß4. Papier durchgehend gebräunt, eine lange handschriftliche Notiz auf fliegendem Blatt vorn (1783 Hinrich Schröder), 1 Besitzvermerk. Stellenweise leicht fleckig. Einband berieben, Bibliotheksschildchen auf Rücken ( möglicherweise ablösbar ). Mit dem Reglement der Ämter und Brüderschaften: Von den Ämtern überhaupt - Von den Brüderschaften - Von denen Ambtsrollen, Artikeln und Statuten - Von den Gewohnheiten der Ämter und Brüderschaften - Von denen Patronen oder MorgensprachsHerren - Von den Alten der Ämter oder so genannten Werkmeistern - Von den Meistern - Von den Gesellen - Von LehrJungen - Von denen unzünftigen Meistern, Pfuschern oder Böhnhasen(??) - Von der Ämter und Brüderschaften Erforsch-und Untersuchung, Privilegien, Jagen und Cofiscierung - Von den Morgensprachen - Von dem Ambtsgericht. ( Pic per Email erhältlich / Webimage available ) ( Gewicht 350 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available )

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Friederichsen]
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        Memoirs of Peter Henry Bruce, Esq. A Military Officer, In the Services of Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. Containing an Account of His Travels in Germany, Russia, Tartary, Turkey, The West Indies, &c

      Dublin: Printed by J. and R. Byrn, 1783. Reprint. Hardcover. Good. 8vo. xv, 527pp. Recased. Text bound in half brown Moroccan leather with five raised bands and gilt title stamped on red leather spine label. Marbled paper covered boards. New end sheets added. Moderate toning and old dried damp-stains to pages. Some wrinkling to pages. Howes B 866.

      [Bookseller: Americana Books ABAA]
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        Encyclopedie Methodique Marine

      Various Authors: Facsimile naar de uitgave uit 1783. Editions Omega 1986 Nice, hardcover, imitation leather. Very good and luxueus set. Illustrated In 4 volumes: 3 textvolumes, 1 platevolume and a annexe

      [Bookseller: www.nautiek.nl]
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        Oeuvres Complètes de Stendhal. - [25 Bände].

      25 Bände in eleganten Maroquin-Halbbänden. Alle Bände tragen die Nummer 476 (von 1100 im Druckvermerk nummerierten Exemplaren auf papier velin - Gesamtauflage 1235 Exemplare). - Publiées sous la direction de Paul Arbelet et Édouard Champion. - Im einzelnen: La Jeunesse de Stendhal. [1:] Grenoble 1783-1799 (par Paul Arbelet) Vies de Haydn, de Mozart et de Métastase Vie de Henri Brulard 2 Le Rouge et le Noir 1 Le Rouge et le Noir 2 Rome, Naples et Florence 1 Rome, Naples et Florence 2 Racine et Shakespeare 2 Napoleon 1 Napoleon 2 Mémoires d'un Touriste 1-3 Lucien Leuwen 1-4 Journal 1 Journal 3 Journal 5 Histoire de la Peinture en Italie 1 Histoire de la Peinture en Italie 2 De l'Amour Armance Vie de Rossini 1. - Bei einigen Bänden hat sich das Grün des Rückenleders unter Lichteinwirkung in Braun verwandelt. - Einige Einbände (vor allem die Rücken) wasserrandig bei einigen Bänden sind auch die Vorsätze oder ersten und letzten Seiten etwas wasserrandig. Sonst und insgesamt ordentliche Exemplare auf gutem Papier und in dekorativen Einbänden.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Tautenhahn]
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        Portrait. Brustfigur nach halbrechts. Unten mit Schrift "Bolivar, dessine d'apres nature a Bogota par Krepper". Lithographie von (Joseph) Albrier.

      Bildformat: 260 x 235 mm. Blattgröße: 515 x 343 mm. *Bolivar war ein südamerikanischer Führer, Unabhängigkeitskämpfer und verehrter Nationalheld (geb. 1783 in Caracas, Venzuela). Er starb 1830 in Kolumbien kurz vor seinem Antritt ins Exil an Tuberkulose. Bolivar gilt heute als einer der einflussreichsten Politiker in der Geschichte des südamerikanischen Kontinents. - Äußerst seltenes und großformatiges graphisches Bildnis, ich konnte weltweit nur ein einziges Exemplar nachweisen in der Collection Michel Hennin No. 14518 (heute in der Bibliotheque Nationale de France, dort mit einer Zuschreibung des Erscheinungsjahres auf 1830). Nicht bei Diepenbroick und anderen Porträtverzeichnissen. - Der französische Künstler Joseph Albrier (1791-1863) ist eigentlich eher als Geschichts- und Porträtmaler bekannt, graphische Blätter von ihm sind sonst nicht erwähnt (siehe Nagler I, S. 45 und Thieme-Becker). - Ausdrucksstark und lebensecht wirkendes Bildnis, es zeigt Bolivar als junger Mann im Alter von ca. 30 Jahren mit entschlossenem Gesichtsausdruck. Wohl eines der schönsten Bolivar-Portraits. - Etwas gebräunt, ansonsten sehr gut erhaltenes breitrandiges Exemplar.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Bernd Braun]
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        Histoire du siège de Gibraltar, par un officier de l'armée françoise. Relié à la suite : Mémoire pour servir à lHistoire du siège de Gibraltar, par l'auteur des batteries flottantes

      Cadix: Chez Hermil, frères, 1783. Demi-cuir. Très bon. Petit in-8. 100 et 62 pages. Reliure postérieure, usure aux mors et aux coins. Complet des 4 tableaux dépliants hors-texte. (Voir Barbier II, col. 792; III, col. 149). Le général Le Michaud d'Arçon (1733-1800) participa au siège et explique dans ces deux textes les causes de la défaite française.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Bonheur d'occasion]
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        Histoire du siège de Gibraltar, par un officier de l'armée françoise. Relié à la suite : Mémoire pour servir à l'Histoire du siège de Gibraltar, par l'auteur des batteries flottantes

      Chez Hermil, frères 1783 - Petit in-8. 100 et 62 pages. Reliure postérieure, usure aux mors et aux coins. Complet des 4 tableaux dépliants hors-texte. (Voir Barbier II, col. 792; III, col. 149). Le général Le Michaud d'Arçon (1733-1800) participa au siège et explique dans ces deux textes les causes de la défaite française. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Bonheur d'occasion (LILA/ILAB)]
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        Description des Experiences de la Machine Aerostatique de MM. de Montgolfier, et de celles auxquelles cette decouverte a donne lieu;

      Fairly recent French full leather binding, with gilt titles and decoration to the spine. Barthélémy Faujas de Saint-Fond (a French geologist & traveller) produced this work in 1783 as the Montgolfier brothers were conducting their experiments. This is the revised edition of the book - with a supplement and further information about the brother's experiments in June-September 1783. There is a brief supplement to the rear adding information about the flight of November 21, in which Pilâtre de Rozier, accompanied by the Marquis d'Arlandes, made the first aerial voyage in history - this last flight is often recorded in engravings as the first flight over Paris. There was a second continuation volume issued in 1784. 9 engravings (number 5 is the frontis illustration).

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        Catalogue des Livres en très petit Nombre qui composent la Bibliotheque de M. Mérard de S. Just, Ancien Maître-d'Hôtel de Monsieur, frere du Roi

      - 2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, cont. polished calf by Derome, triple gilt fillet round sides with floral devices in each corner, flat spine gilt in a fish-scale pattern, black morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'Ainé, 1783. Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper and handsomely bound in contemporary polished calf by Derome; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues. It is also notable as the first bibliography or catalogue with a limitation statement and, very probably, the first catalogue to mention binders' names. Mérard (1749-1812), man of letters, was born into a family of great wealth and, for a number of years, was in charge of the residence of the future Louis XVIII. After retiring from his public duties in 1782, he concentrated on his growing collection of books and on commissioning editions printed in severely limited numbers. Guigard wrote (Vol. II, p. 351): "Sans l'amour des livres, Mérard de Saint-Just serait complètement oublié." There is much truth in this but the catalogue is a fascinating and rare document which keeps Mérard's name alive in the world of bibliophily. The catalogue is an odd combination of books which were present in his library, books no longer in his library, and books which he desired for his library (including some books which could be imaginary; see below). His collection was not large but fine. Mérard did not have the taste for editio princeps (except for Aldines) but preferred the best editions with careful editing. The catalogue describes 513 items, each with details regarding binding and prices paid. In the Preface, which alone would justify reprinting for his extraordinary views on book collectors, and in his concluding remarks on pp. 161-163, he sets out his main interests, foremost among them fine bindings, listing eight binders whose works he had acquired or himself commissioned: Padeloup, Laferté, Derome le Jeune, Chamean, Chaumont, Roger Payne and Baumgarten. He enumerates sixteen sales at which he acquired books, including those of the Pompadour, Boze, Gaignat, Gouttard, Mac Carthy Reagh, and 'Mylord Keri' (i.e. Ker, Duke of Roxburghe) collections. His catalogue is the first in which the binders of the books, whenever known, are mentioned. Mérard has been accused of including in his catalogue the description of books which never existed or which he never owned, but Escoffier convincingly defends him against that charge, though Barbier shows that six of his own works, described as printed editions, were, in fact, in MS. Mérard suffered two major losses from his library which he recounts in this catalogue. During an absence, the pipes in the kitchen leaked, causing serious water damage to the library room below, irreparably destroying 200 of his most precious books. Then, on the 12th of December 1782, the English navy seized a French boat which was carrying 1000 books of Mérard's - considered by Guigard to be the cream of his collection - which he had sent to a friend in America (why he had sent them he never explained). These volumes were never recovered. A very fine copy. This copy has the five extra pages at end (often missing) which contain a description of one of the books in the catalogue, the Des Pierres Précieuses of Dutens. This was the first book printed by Didot l'ainé. Unidentified armorial book label on inside front cover: with coat-of-arms monogrammed with initials "C.R.L." (or "R.L.C."?), and motto "Vita sine litteris mors est." Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson. ? Brunet, III, 1643. Guigard, II, pp. 351-52. Houghton Library, Bibliotheca Chimaerica (1962), p. 7. Peignot, p. 113-"assez recherché à cause de sa rareté." Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 92. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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        L'Art de rendre les femmes fidelles. Troisième édition, avec des changemens et des corrections

      A Paris, chez Couturier fils 1783 - 2 tomes en un volume in-12, 136 et 139 pp., maroquin rouge, dos lisse orné, encadrement sur les plats, filet de coupes, dentelle intérieure, tranches dorées (reliure d'époque). Manuel anti-féministe, exposant les règles de dressage des épouses suivant leur caractère (joueuses, coquettes, prudes, etc.), il s'appuie sur des anecdotes inspirées des coutumes de divers pays (Persépolis, Grèce, Saint-Domingue, Paraguay. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: H. PICARD ET FILS, founded 1860]
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        Tchao - Hoei reçoit dans son Camp sous les Murs de Yerechim, les hommages des habitans de la Ville et de la Province et nomme des Officiers pour l' administration de cette partie de la petite Buckarie Iuillet, 1759

      Incisione originale su rame di Elman,1783. Tchao - Hoei reçoit dans son Camp sous les Murs de Yerechim, les hommages des habitans de la Ville et de la Province et nomme des Officiers pour l' administration de cette partie de la petite Buckarie Iuillet, 1759. Paris chez l' Auteur Graveur de M. le Duc de Chartres, et chez M. Ponce Graveur de M. Comte d' Artois.

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        NARRATIVE OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR HENRY CLINTON, K. B. Relative to His Conduct During Part of His Command of the King's Troops in North America; Particularly to That Which Respects the Unfortunate Issue of the Campaign in 1781...

      London: For John Debrett, 1783. Second Edition. 8vo, self-wrapped incorporating the half-title as front cover and errata as rear, stitch bound and paper backed. Now preserved in a calf covered portfolio case lettered in gilt on the spine. 115, [1] pp. A beautifully preserved unbound copy in exact printer's state, very rare such, the text remarkably fine, a few unobtrusive stains to the sheets used as wrappers SCARCE ISSUE A PAMPHLET FROM THE FAMOUS BRITISH "PAMPHLET WARS" CAUSED BY THE LOSS OF THE COLONIES DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. This narrative which Adams states "consists primarily of the correspondence between Cornwallis and Clinton from 18 Jan. to 18 Aug. 1781" is Clinton's attempt to blame Cornwallis for the British defeat at Yorktown. Cornwallis would reply in a pamphlet of his own that he was only doing what Clinton had ordered. Together their heated war of words shed a great deal of light on the battle which resulted in a decisive American victory.

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        La Vanille et la Manille.

      Cinq eaux-fortes originales de Jacques Hérold. Lettre inédite à Madame de Sade écrite au donjon de Vincennes en 1783.Cette édition originale a été tirée à 119 exemplaires. Celui-ci (N°38) un des 80 exemplaires sur vélin d'Arches. Sans lieu, Collection Drosera. I - 1950 - 22 pages. Complet & Contrôlé. Reliure à la bradel, demi maroquin noir à bande, signée H. Jasquet-Riffieux. Dos lisse titré or. Couverture et dos conservés. Très bon état. Format in-4°(29x20).

      [Bookseller: Livres et Collections P. Commerot]
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        Rußland. Beschreibung aller Nationen des rußischen Reiches, ihrer Lebensart, Religion, Gebräuche, Wohnungen, Kleidungen und übrigen Merkwürdigkeiten.

      Leipzig, Dyk 1783.. 2 in 1 Band. Mit 2 kolorierten gest. Frontispices von Schoenberg, 7 Textkupfern von C. M. Roth und 1 gestochenen Notenbeispiel. 2 Bll., XII, 3 Bll., 84 S, 1 Bl., SS. (85) - 271: Tit., SS. (273) - 396, 1 Bl., SS. (397) - 530 (recte 520), 5 Bll. HLdr. d. Zt. mit Rückenschild und etwas Rückenverg. 26 x 21 cm. Colas 1225; Engelmann 857; Henze II, 334; Hiler 365; vgl. Cox I, 197, Howgego I, G36 u. Lipperh. Kaa 10-12; nicht bei Fekula. - Seltene zweite Ausgabe des erstmals 1776-80 in St. Petersburg erschienenen Werks. Der deutsche Geograph, Chemiker und Botaniker Johann Gottlieb Georgi (1729 - 1802) nahm an zwei Expeditionen durch Sibirien teil. Auf der zweiten Reise mit Pallas interessierte er sich besonders für die erd- und völkerkundlichen Aspekte. Dabei nahm er die erste wissenschaftliche Untersuchung des Baikalsees vor, den er umfuhr und kartographierte. Unter den zahlreichen beschriebenen Völkern auch Finnen und Lappen. Die beiden schönen kolorierten Tafeln zeigen insgesamt 39 verschiedene Trachten; die großen Vignetten mit Szenen aus dem Leben der Einheimischen. - Rücken mit unauffälligen kleinen Restaurierungen, Deckenbezüge tls. berieben.

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        The Seaman's Vade-Mecum and Defensive War by Sea

      London : Printed for Mount and Page, on Tower-Hill 1783 - Bound in contemporary sheepskin leather. Scattered foxing, hand soiling. Early signatures of Thomas Wild of Southampton, Hampshire, England. (also of Ealing). Collation: [10], xii, 17, [8], 14*-15*, [2], 18-242 pages, folding plates: illustrations. Some of the folding plates have tears at the creases. The Seaman's vade mecum was an 18th century English naval textbook. First printed in 1744, The Seaman's Vade-mecum was a revision of R. Park's Defensive War by Sea. The book went through more than 12 editions. Mountaine was a mathematician, navigational expert and member of the Royal Society. Full title: "The seaman's vade-mecum : and defensive war by sea: containing a maritime dictionary ; the proportions of rigging, masts and yards ; Weight of Anchors ; Sizes and Weight of Cables and Cordage ; List of the Navy. The Words of Command in exercising the small Arms, Bayonet, Granadoes, and great Guns, Duty of Officers, &c. Also shewing how to prepare a merchant-ship for a close fight, through the Bulk-Heads, Coamings, Loop-Holes, &c. with the Advantages to be taking in Chacing, considered, under all Positions in respect to Wind and Tide. Defensive Fighting ; Shewing how Merchant - Ships are to act, in Fleets, when Canonaded or Boarded by the Enemy. Naval Fortification ; The Advantages of Mooring considered, in respect to Wind and Tide ; and how to lay Booms in Rivers, and raise Redoubts to defend them. An Essay on Naval Book - Keeping ; Or a regular Method for the Purser, Clerk, Steward, and other Officers to keep an Account of Stores, &c. The Method of forming Signals for sailing in Company, under a Commodore in Time of War ; with many other Particulars relating to the Navy, East-India, and Merchant Service." Refs: Brown 120 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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

      Barrois l'aîné, Paris 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Genera Vermium exemplified by Various Specimens of the Animals contained in the Orders of the Intestina et Mollusca Linnaei. Drawn from Nature by James Barbut

      Fine engraved frontis. (with some offsetting onto title) & eleven finely handcolored engraved plates. 2 p.l., xx, 101 pp. Large 4to, cont. red half-sheep & marbled boards, flat spine gilt. London: Printed for the Author by James Dixwell…, 1783. First edition and a lovely copy. James Barbut (fl. 1776-99), was a British naturalist and painter. He exhibited many paintings of insects at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1777-86. The text is printed in English and French in parallel columns and there is a two-page list of subscribers. They include Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, and John Coakley Lettsom. Minor foxing but a fine copy. Early signature of "W Danby" on paste-down endpaper. This was very probably William Danby (1752-1833), the author and scholar, who formed a fine library and a museum of minerals at his home Swinton Park which was rebuilt from designs by James Wyatt and John Foss of Richmond. A second volume appeared in 1788. ? Benezit, Vol. 1, p. 1130.

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        Principles of the Doctrine of Life-Annuities

      1783 - MASERES, Francis. The Principles of the Doctrine of Life-Annuities; Explained in a Familiar Manner, So As to Be Intelligible to Persons Not Acquainted with the Doctrine of Chances; and Accompanied with a Variety of New Tables of the Values of Such Annuities at Several Different Rates of Interest, Both for Single Lives and Two Joint Lives, Accurately Computed from Observations. London: Printed for B. White, 1783. Folio (9-1/2 by 12 inches), contemporary blue and brown paper boards expertly respined with original spine laid down, uncut and partially unopened. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $4200.Rare first edition of this important early treatise on life annuities, with dozens of tables and mathematical formulas, in contemporary boards.The author of this work, Londoner Francis Maseres, began his career as a member of the bar before quickly moving into political life. In March of 1766, he was appointed attorney general of the new British Province of Canada, which had been ceded by France through the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Maseres held the appointment until 1769 when he returned to London and became deeply involved in the American colonies, arguing that they should be allowed representation in the House of Commons. After the Revolutionary War, Maseres turned his attention back to Quebec, attempting to prevent a similar event in Canada. Maseres was known as a skilled and thoughtful writer, who produced dozens of works during his lifetime. "Priestley wrote of Maseres that his works in mathematics are "˜original and excellent" (Rutt, Life and Corresp. of Priestley, ii. 490 cited in DNB). He was equally engaged with issues of politics and social reform. This book, one of his best, combines all three subjects. It offers useful mathematically based charts and tables for the setting up and valuation of life annuities, which were used in the late 18th century as a primary form of retirement income and/or insurance. It remains useful today as a historical artifact of the industry and for its still relevant insights into a business that continues to thrive. This book is exceptionally rare; no copies have sold at auction in nearly 30 years. Only a few spots of foxing to interior, light rubbing and soiling to binding. An extremely good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The History of Sumatra, containing an Account of the Government, Laws, Customs, and Manners of the Native Inhabitants, with a Description of the Natural Productions, and a Relation of the Ancient Political State.

      London, Printed for the Author, and sold by..., 1783. 4to. VIII + 375 + (1) + (6) s. Foldet kart. 1 kobberstukket plansje. Samtidig helskinnbind. Ryggdekor i gull. Rødt skinn tittelfelt. Rebacked. Liten blekkflekk i øvre marg fra s. 349. Navn på forsats, H. Mackworth, Groll Castle, 1784. Contemporary full calf. Spine gilt. Red label. Folding map. 1 engraved map. Rebacked. Small ink stain in upper margin from pp. 349. Name on front pastedown, H. Mackworth, Groll Castle 1784.

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        Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliotheque de feu M. le Duc de la Valliere. Premiere Partie contenant les Manuscrits, les premieres Éditions, les Livres imprimés sur vélin & sur grand papier, les Livres rares, & précieux par leur belle conservation, les Livres d'Estampes, &c. dont la Vente se fera dans les premiers jours du mois de Décembre 1783

      Engraved frontis. port., one folding engraved plate, & four engraved facsimiles (three folding). Three vols. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, spines gilt. Paris: G. De Bure, 1783. An attractive set of the celebrated catalogue of the first part of the most important book and manuscript collection of the 18th century. The catalogue, prepared by De Bure and Van Praet, contains MSS., noteworthy incunabula, and books printed on vellum or large paper. The sale, consisting of 5668 lots, made the enormous sum of 464,677 liv. 8 s. "The manuscripts constitute an amazing collection of early French poetry and romances."­Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 248. This set does not have the Supplément to the first part; it is very rare and is usually found only in large paper sets. Brunet, II, 554. Peignot, pp. 128-29. Pollard & Ehrman no. 297.

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        De la manière d'écrire l'histoire.

      Paris, Alexandre Jombert jeune, 1783.In-12 de [4]-342-[2] pages, plein veau marbré brun, dos lisse orné de filets et fleurons dorés, pièce de titre rouge, triple filet doré encadrant les plats, armes dorées frappées en leur centre de Henriette-Anne-Eugénie de Bethisy de Mézières, Princesse de Ligne (1710-1787). Coupes, coiffes et mors légèrement frottés. Rare édition originale de cette théorie de l'histoire, par la plume du frère de Condillac, qui fut un antiphysiocrate absolu. cf. Spengler, Economie et population, les doctrines avant 1800, p. 316.

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        Kupferstich - Karte, v. 2 Platten v. J.E. Mansfeld nach B. Hueber und J.A. Pfaundler, "Provincia Arlbergica. Sequentes Comitatus, aliosque Dominatus Austriacos, Brigantinum nempe, Hoheneckensem, Veldkirchensem, Bludentinum, et Sonnenbergensem in se complectens, una cum Intermextis pro parte etiam Feudo Austriacis Territoriis Imperialibus Alto-Amisiensi, et Lustnaviensi, item Blumeneckensi, ac sanct Geroldensi".

      - dat. 1783, 115 x 65 cm (H) Austria picta 24.3; Dörflinger, Österr. Karten des 18. Jh., S. 67; Descriptio Austria, S. 180 ( Tafel 58). - Sehr seltene Karte von Vorarlberg, Blasius Hueber ( 1735 - 1814 ) erhielt vom österr. Kaiser ( Josef II ) den Auftrag, eine Karte des Vorarlberger Gebietes im Massstab der von ihm bereits geschaffenen Tirolkarte zu erstellen. Die Vorarbeiten dauerten von Juni 1771 bis Oktober 1774. 1776 war die Reinzeichnung der Karte beendet, doch es dauerte noch weitere sieben Jahre, bis 1783 gedruckt werden konnte. Die Karte war ein Meilenstein der österr. Karthographie und sie galt über Jahre hinweg als die genaueste der Gegend. Die Titelkartusche befindet sich links oben, am unteren Rand Erklärungen zu den Zeichen und eine Ansicht des Bodensees ( mit Bregenz ? ) - Zustand: Die Karte ist in 30 Segmenten alt auf Leinwand montiert, durchgehend leicht gebräunt und hat in den Ecken kleine Löcher. Mit dünner Lackschicht. Auf der Rückseite Bibliotheksstempel. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Sechs Predigten gegen Despotismus, Dumheit, Aberglauben, Ungerechtigkeit, Untreue und Müssiggang. 195 S. Mit gestoch. Titelvignette. Pappbd d. Z. (fleckig, Kanten beschabt) mit Rückenschild.

      Frankfurt/M., Andreä, 1783. - Erste, sehr seltene Ausgabe der programmatischen Schrift, in der Knigge die Normen der feudalen Gesellschaft auf den Kopf stellt. "Jeder hat eine Bestimmung, und wenn er diese erfüllt, so ist er in dem Stande ein verehrungswürdiger Mann. Der redliche fleissige Handwerker ist viel vornehmer, sehr viel mehr werth, als der faule schlechte Minister, und nur das Verderbniß der menschlichen Einrichtungen hat einen so lächerlichen Vorzug eines Standes vor dem Anderen eingeführt. Laßt Euch das sagen, Ihr die Ihr mit erkauften Titeln, mit ererbten Vorzügen, mit fremden Verdiensten pralt! Laßt es Euch sagen: Der nützliche Mann ist der beste, der vornehmste Mann, und je mehr Einer zum allgemeinen Besten beyträgt, um desto höher steht er in den Augen des Weisen" (S. 180). – Titel mit gelöschtem Stempel und schmalem Wasserrand, sonst gutes Exemplar. – Knigge 11.01. Knigge-Kat. Wolfenbüttel 126. Goed. IV 1, 615, 5.

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        i. e.: Dalléra, Johann Anton Franz]: Uiber die Attribute der Venus. Eine Abhandlung für Künstler und Alterthumskenner. Von C. Richter.

      Wien, Joseph Gerold, 1783 - Kl.-8°. 179 S. Mit gestoch. Titelvignette, 3 Kupfertafeln (mit 8 Vign.) u. 14 weiteren Vignetten im Text. Erstausgabe (Hayn VI, 455) dieser Kulturgeschichte der Venus. - Die 24 erotischen Abb. der Venus stammen meist von Münzen. - Der Wiener Autor, Johann Anton Franz Dalléra (1760 - 1812) schrieb oft unter Pseudonym. Von ihm stammen die Bücher "Etwas zur Beherzigung meiner Mitbrüder" (1788) u. "Versuch u?ber den Misbrauch des moralischen Guten: als ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Menschheit" (1785). - Aus der Bibliothek Sibylle von Steinsdorff .- DABEI: 9 Zettel mit eigenh. Notizen (Zusammenfassung der Attribute mit Seitenangaben) von ihr. - Sehr gutes Ex. mit außergewöhnlich weißem Papier, praktisch ohne Flecken. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 550 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Physiognomische Fragmente zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntniß und Menschenliebe. Verkürzt herausgegeben von Johann Michael Armbruster (Bände 3 und 4 ohne den Zusatz "Verkürzt herausgegeben von Johann Michael Armbruster").

      Heinrich Steiner, Winterthur 1783 - 1783-1787 u. 1830. X, 246 S., 2 Bll., 329 S., 1 Bl., 1 Bl., 320 S., 2 Bll. 192 (von 194) S. (fehlt das letzte Textblatt von Band 4). 4 Bände - mit dem erst 1830 aus dem Nachlaß veröffentlichten Band 4. HLederbände um 1830 (beschädigt). Mit zus. ca. 400 Kupferstichen auf 375 (von 378 ?) Kupfertafeln auf 352 Tafelblättern (einige Tafelblätter beidseitig mit Kupfern bedruckt), 7 teils mont. Textkupfern und 2 lith. Falttafeln mit Handschriftfaksimiles. Rücken stärker berieben und beschabt (Vergoldung und goldgepr. Rückentitel größtenteils abgerieben); alle Bände mit kleineren Fehlstellen an den Kapitalen; Rückengelenke von Band 1 stärker angeplatzt und hier auch mit kleinen Fehlstellen; Rücken von Band 1 mit ca. 1,5 cm großer Fehlstelle; hinteres Rückengelenk von Band 3 mit 2 kleineren Fehlstellen; die anderen Rückengelenke an den Kapitalen angeplatzt und hier mit kleinen Fehlstellen; Deckel beschabt und etwas bestoßen; Lederecken mit Bezugsfehlstellen; Innengelenke teils etwas angeplatzt; Vorsätze leimschattig und etwas gebräunt; Titelblätter und wenige weitere Blätter stärker stockfleckig - ansonsten nur teils etwas stockfleckig; teils etwas fingerfleckig; erste Bll. von Band 3 mit 2 Wasserflecken am Fuß (keine Tafel betroffen) und ein weiteres Blatt dieses Bandes mit kleinem Wasserfleck in der oberen Ecke; manchmal kleine Knickspuren in den Ecken; hinterer Vorsatz von Band 1 mit Knitterspur; letzte Tafel von Band 3 mit schwacher Knitterspur in der oberen Ecke; Tafeln vereinzelt etwas knapp beschnitten; Bindung weniger Lagen nachgenäht - bei einem Kupfer (Nr. 75) von Band 3 gehen die Fäden bis in den Bildrand hinein; erste Faksimiletafel mit längerem Einriss, zweite Faksimiletafel mit kleinem Randeinriss; Lavater-Portrait in Band 4 nicht als Frontispiz sondern zu Beginn des Tafelanhangs eingebunden; in Band 3 fehlt die Tafel Nr. 59, die hier wohl auch nie eingebunden war; Band 1 mit 93 Kupfertafeln (statt 95 Tafeln laut Rümann), wobei ich mir nicht ganz sicher bin, ob hier wirklich 2 Tafeln fehlen - möglicherweise irrt Rümann hier; es fehlt das letzte Textblatt (S. 193/194) von Band 4. Band 1 enthält 93 Kupfertafeln und 2 Textkupfer, Band 2 enthält 114 Kupfertafeln und 1 Textkupfer, Band 3 enthält 150 Kupfertafeln und 4 Textkupfer, Band 4 enthält 18 Kupfertafeln und 2 lith. Faksimiletafeln. Manchmal sind auf einer Kupfertafel 2 bzw. vereinzelt auch 3 Kupfer eingedruckt. Leider recht mitgenommenes Exemplar dieses Werkes, das, auch in der verkürzten Ausgabe, zu den schönsten illustrierten Büchern des 18. Jahrhunderts zählt. Goedeke IV/1, 263.31b/ Rümann 603/ WG , 105 (führen alle nur die Bände 1-3 auf)/ Graesse IV, 126 (mit irreführenden Angaben). 1800 Gramm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Robert Livingston 1783 autographed letter signed regarding setting up a "house of entertainment."

      Philadelphia: , May 9, 1783. Philadelphia, May 9, 1783. 9 x 7.5. "In full, the letter reads, ""Dear Sir: Mr. Dally son of Mrs Boreh having been compelled by the necessities of the times to leave New York is desirous of returning to it and setting up a house of entertainment. He is I am told well qualified for it - He wishes to have Hulls tavern and to get possession so soon as to be able to prepare for your reception on your first going into town - Whether this lays in your department I know not, but am inclined to think every thing of this kind must be transacted with the commissioners for the Southern department and have told him of it as he seems earnestly desirous of your interposition in his favor I have been induced at his request to trouble you with this -- I am dear sire with great regard and esteem, Your Excellency's most Ob. Hum. Serv't. RR Livingston."""

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        Bibliotheca Croftsiana. A Catalogue of the Curious and Distinguished Library of the late Reverend and Learned Thomas Crofts, A.M....and Fellow of the Royal and Antiquary Societies, deceased

      which will be sold by Auction, by Mr. Paterson…on Monday, April 7. 1783. and the Forty-Two following Days. xvi, 420 pp. Thick 8vo, later crimson half-morocco & cloth (joints a little rubbed), spine gilt, entirely uncut. [London: 1783]. An uncut copy, ruled in red and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. This was a grand library of 8360 lots, notable for its Italian books, which De Ricci considered "the finest library of old Italian books yet seen in England; his sale (7 April 1783) also contained a number of fine French chivalry-romances" (p. 56). Crofts (1722-81), also had much fine early music, Spanish novels, Scandinavica, Polonica, and Eastern travel. Very good uncut copy from the library of A.R.A. Hobson with bookplate. ? Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 169-"few eighteenth-century English libraries show such a preponderance of cinquecento books"-(and see pp. 168 & 238).

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        Rußland. Beschreibung aller Nationen des rußischen Reiches, ihrer Lebensart, Religion, Gebräuche, Wohnungen, Kleidungen und übrigen Merkwürdigkeiten.

      Leipzig, Dyk 1783. - 2 in 1 Band. Mit 2 kolorierten gest. Frontispices von Schoenberg, 7 Textkupfern von C. M. Roth und 1 gestochenen Notenbeispiel. 2 Bll., XII, 3 Bll., 84 S, 1 Bl., SS. (85) - 271: Tit., SS. (273) - 396, 1 Bl., SS. (397) - 530 (recte 520), 5 Bll. HLdr. d. Zt. mit Rückenschild und etwas Rückenverg. 26 x 21 cm. Colas 1225; Engelmann 857; Henze II, 334; Hiler 365; vgl. Cox I, 197, Howgego I, G36 u. Lipperh. Kaa 10-12; nicht bei Fekula. - Seltene zweite Ausgabe des erstmals 1776-80 in St. Petersburg erschienenen Werks. Der deutsche Geograph, Chemiker und Botaniker Johann Gottlieb Georgi (1729 - 1802) nahm an zwei Expeditionen durch Sibirien teil. Auf der zweiten Reise mit Pallas interessierte er sich besonders für die erd- und völkerkundlichen Aspekte. Dabei nahm er die erste wissenschaftliche Untersuchung des Baikalsees vor, den er umfuhr und kartographierte. Unter den zahlreichen beschriebenen Völkern auch Finnen und Lappen. Die beiden schönen kolorierten Tafeln zeigen insgesamt 39 verschiedene Trachten; die großen Vignetten mit Szenen aus dem Leben der Einheimischen. - Rücken mit unauffälligen kleinen Restaurierungen, Deckenbezüge tls. berieben. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Catalogue des Livres en très petit Nombre qui composent la Bibliotheque de M. Mérard de S. Just, Ancien Maître-d'Hôtel de Monsieur, frere du Roi

      2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, early 19th-cent. half-calf & marbled boards (short crack at foot of upper joint), flat spine nicely gilt. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'Ainé, 1783. Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues. Mérard (1749-1812), man of letters, was born into a family of great wealth and, for a number of years, was in charge of the residence of the future Louis XIII. After retiring from his public duties in 1782, he concentrated on his growing collection of books and on commissioning editions printed in severely limited numbers. Guigard wrote (Vol. II, p. 351): "Sans l'amour des livres, Mérard de Saint-Just serait complètement oublié." There is much truth in this but the catalogue is a fascinating and rare document which keeps Mérard's name alive in the world of bibliophily. The catalogue is an odd combination of books which were present in his library, books no longer in his library, and books which he desired for his library (including some books which could be imaginary; see below). His collection was not large but fine. Mérard did not have the taste for editio princeps (except for Aldines) but preferred the best editions with careful editing. The catalogue describes 513 items, each with details regarding binding and prices paid. In the Preface, which alone would justify reprinting for his extraordinary views on book collectors, and in his concluding remarks on pp. 161-163, he sets out his main interests, foremost among them fine bindings, listing eight binders whose works he had acquired or himself commissioned: Padeloup, Laferté, Derome le Jeune, Chamean, Chaumont, Roger Payne and Baumgarten. He enumerates sixteen sales at which he acquired books, including those of the Pompadour, Boze, Gaignat, Gouttard, Mac Carthy Reagh, and 'Mylord Keri' (i.e. Ker, Duke of Roxburghe) collections. His catalogue is the first in which the binders of the books, whenever known, are mentioned. Mérard has been accused of including in his catalogue the description of books which never existed or which he never owned, but Escoffier convincingly defends him against that charge, though Barbier shows that six of his own works, described as printed editions, were, in fact, in MS. Mérard suffered two major losses from his library which he recounts in this catalogue. During an absence, the pipes in the kitchen leaked, causing serious water damage to the library room below, irreparably destroying 200 of his most precious books. Then, on the 12th of December 1782, the English navy seized a French boat which was carrying 1000 books of Mérard's - considered by Guigard to be the cream of his collection - which he had sent to a friend in America (why he had sent them he never explained). These volumes were never recovered. A very fine copy. This copy has the five extra pages at end (often missing) which contain a description of one of the books in the catalogue, the Des Pierres Précieuses of Dutens. This was the first book printed by Didot l'ainé. With the 19th-century bookplate of Baron du Charmel. ? Brunet, III, 1643. Guigard, II, pp. 351-52. Houghton Library, Bibliotheca Chimaerica (1962), p. 7. Peignot, p. 113-"assez recherché à cause de sa rareté." Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 92.

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        Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliotheque de feu M. le Duc de la Valliere. Premiere Partie contenant les Manuscrits, les premieres Éditions, les Livres imprimés sur vélin & sur grand papier, les Livres rares, & précieux par leur belle conservation, les Livres d'Estampes, &c. dont la Vente se fera dans les premiers jours du mois de Décembre 1783

      Engraved frontis. port., one folding engraved plate, & four engraved facsimiles (three folding). Four vols. 8vo, cont. calf ("veau porphyre"), gilt fillets round sides, gilt fleurons in each corner of covers, flat spines richly gilt, red & tan morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: G. De Bure, 1783. An exceptionally lovely set of the celebrated catalogue of the first part of the most important book and manuscript collection of the 18th century. The catalogue, prepared by De Bure and Van Praet, contains MSS., noteworthy incunabula, and books printed on vellum or large paper. Their descriptions influenced French and English book collectors and bibliographers for several generations. The sale, consisting of 5668 lots, made the enormous sum of 464,677 liv. 8 s. "The manuscripts constitute an amazing collection of early French poetry and romances."-Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 248. This set, which is priced throughout in a contemporary hand, has the Supplément to the first part and the separately printed 42-page price list; they are very rare and are usually found only in large paper sets. Very fine and handsome set. Engraved bookplate of A. Kuhnholtz. ? Brunet, II, 554. Peignot, pp. 128-29. Pollard & Ehrman no. 297.

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        Opuscula Analytica

      Two folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., 363 pp.; 2 p.l., 346 pp. Two vols. Large 4to, early 19th-cent. half-sheep & green marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. St. Petersburg: Typis Academiae Imperialis Scientiarum, 1783-85. First edition of this collection of 29 mathematical treatises by Euler; the first volume was published in the year of his death. This is a very uncommon book. "Containing important papers on the theory of numbers, including his famous 'Observationes circa Divisionem Quadratorum per Numeros primos', also 'de Criteriis Aequationis fxx + gyy = hzz, utrum ea Resolutionem admittat necne? Considerationes super Theoremate Fermatiano,' etc. etc."-Sotheran, 2nd Supp., 1464. Fine and fresh set from the library of the Dukes of Anhalt with their stamp on verso of each title. ? Keynes, A Treatise on Probability. Bibliography, p. 443.

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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. Marginal defect to one leaf with loss of about ten words, otherwise a fine copy.. 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.

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        Lettre des très illustres & très excellens seigneurs les ministres plénipotentiaires de leurs Majestés très chrétienne & Sarde & de la République de Berne, aux Magnifiques Seigneurs les synidcs et Conseil de République de Genève [relié avec] Edit de pacification de 1782. Imprimé par ordre du gouvernement [relié avec] Edit du 21 novembre 1782 [relié avec] Discours prononcé à l'audience de Petit Conseil de la République de Genève, le 22 novembre 1782 par son Excellence Monsieur le Marquis de Jaucour [relié avec] Discours prononcé à l'audience de Petit Conseil de la République de Genève, le 25 novembre 1782 par son Excellence Monsieur le Comte de la Marmora [relié avec] Discours prononcé à l'audience de Petit Conseil de la République de Genève, le 25 novembre 1782 par Monsieur Baravan, premier syndic, en réponse à celui de son Excellence Monsieur le Comte de la Marmora [relié avec] Ratifications de Sa Majesté très chrétienne: de Sa Majesté le Roi de Sardaigne; et de la République de Berne [relié avec] "De la part de nos magnifiques & très honorés seigneurs syndics & conseil", décembre 1782 [relié avec] "De la part de nos magnifiques & très honorés seigneurs syndics & conseil", décembre 1782 [relié avec] "De la part de nos magnifiques & très honorés seigneurs syndics & conseil", février 1783 [relié avec] Code des édits politiques, fait en exécution de l'Article V du titre XVII de l'Edit de pacification; vérifié par les petits et grands conseils.

      [Genève], Jean-Léonard Pellet, imprimeur de la République, [1783].Petit in-8 de VIII-220-[4]; 4; 16; 13; [2]; 21-[3]; 6-[2]; 6-[2]; 3; VIII-64 pages, plein veau moucheté, dos à 5 nerfs orné de filets, fleurons, roulettes et titre dorés, étiquette de titre rose, tranches rouges. 5 documents dépliants (édits, 1 lettre de domicile et 1 permis de port d'armes dans une maison de campagne). "En 1782, à Genève, les idées de Jean-Jacques Rousseau font des émules. Le peuple et la bourgoisie qui est écartée du pouvoir par les oligarques se révoltent. Le gouvernement tombe. Il appel à l'aide les troupes bernoises, sardes et françaises. Les Français s'abstiennent. Genève, qui comptait 25'000 âmes, voit débarquer 15'000 soldats sardes et bernois. Les mutins déposent les armes. Un édit de pacification, appelé aussi code noir,est publié. Chacun doit prêter serment de le respectersous peine de devoir s'exiler" [notrehistoire.ch]. Bel ensemble de 15 documents relatifs à cette période de l'histoire Genevoise, dans un tout aussi bel état de fraîcheur.

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        Catalogue des Livres en très petit Nombre qui composent la Bibliotheque de M. Mérard de S. Just, Ancien Maître-d'Hôtel de Monsieur, frere du Roi

      2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, cont. polished calf by Derome, triple gilt fillet round sides with floral devices in each corner, flat spine gilt in a fish-scale pattern, black morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'Ainé, 1783. Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper and handsomely bound in contemporary polished calf by Derome; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues. It is also notable as the first bibliography or catalogue with a limitation statement and, very probably, the first catalogue to mention binders' names. Mérard (1749-1812), man of letters, was born into a family of great wealth and, for a number of years, was in charge of the residence of the future Louis XVIII. After retiring from his public duties in 1782, he concentrated on his growing collection of books and on commissioning editions printed in severely limited numbers. Guigard wrote (Vol. II, p. 351): "Sans l'amour des livres, Mérard de Saint-Just serait complètement oublié." There is much truth in this but the catalogue is a fascinating and rare document which keeps Mérard's name alive in the world of bibliophily. The catalogue is an odd combination of books which were present in his library, books no longer in his library, and books which he desired for his library (including some books which could be imaginary; see below). His collection was not large but fine. Mérard did not have the taste for editio princeps (except for Aldines) but preferred the best editions with careful editing. The catalogue describes 513 items, each with details regarding binding and prices paid. In the Preface, which alone would justify reprinting for his extraordinary views on book collectors, and in his concluding remarks on pp. 161-163, he sets out his main interests, foremost among them fine bindings, listing eight binders whose works he had acquired or himself commissioned: Padeloup, Laferté, Derome le Jeune, Chamean, Chaumont, Roger Payne and Baumgarten. He enumerates sixteen sales at which he acquired books, including those of the Pompadour, Boze, Gaignat, Gouttard, Mac Carthy Reagh, and 'Mylord Keri' (i.e. Ker, Duke of Roxburghe) collections. His catalogue is the first in which the binders of the books, whenever known, are mentioned. Mérard has been accused of including in his catalogue the description of books which never existed or which he never owned, but Escoffier convincingly defends him against that charge, though Barbier shows that six of his own works, described as printed editions, were, in fact, in MS. Mérard suffered two major losses from his library which he recounts in this catalogue. During an absence, the pipes in the kitchen leaked, causing serious water damage to the library room below, irreparably destroying 200 of his most precious books. Then, on the 12th of December 1782, the English navy seized a French boat which was carrying 1000 books of Mérard's - considered by Guigard to be the cream of his collection - which he had sent to a friend in America (why he had sent them he never explained). These volumes were never recovered. A very fine copy. This copy has the five extra pages at end (often missing) which contain a description of one of the books in the catalogue, the Des Pierres Précieuses of Dutens. This was the first book printed by Didot l'ainé. Unidentified armorial book label on inside front cover: with coat-of-arms monogrammed with initials "C.R.L." (or "R.L.C."?), and motto "Vita sine litteris mors est." Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson. ? Brunet, III, 1643. Guigard, II, pp. 351-52. Houghton Library, Bibliotheca Chimaerica (1962), p. 7. Peignot, p. 113-"assez recherché à cause de sa rareté." Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 92.

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        Bibliotheca Croftsiana. A Catalogue of the Curious and Distinguished Library of the late Reverend and Learned Thomas Crofts, A.M....and Fellow of the Royal and Antiquary Societies, deceased

      which will be sold by Auction, by Mr. Paterson…on Monday, April 7. 1783. and the Forty-Two following Days. xvi, 420 pp. Tall thick 8vo, cont. calf (very expertly rebacked), single gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, orig. red morocco label laid-down on spine. [London: 1783]. A splendid large paper copy, ruled in red and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. This was a grand library of 8360 lots, notable for its Italian books, which De Ricci considered "the finest library of old Italian books yet seen in England; his sale (7 April 1783) also contained a number of fine French chivalry-romances" (p. 56). Crofts (1722-81), also had much fine early music, Spanish novels, Scandinavica, Polonica, and Eastern travel. Fine copy. ? Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 169-"few eighteenth-century English libraries show such a preponderance of cinquecento books" (and see pp. 168 & 238).

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        Traité Des Assurances et Des Contrats à La Grosse - Tomes I & II

      - Deux volumes in-4, reliure d'époque, plein veau moucheté, pièces de titre et de tomaison vert, dos orné à cinq nerfs, tranches unies vert d'eau, coupes guillochées dorées, Marseille, Jean Mossy, 1783, 4 ff. non chiffrés xvi-686 et 2 ff. non chiffrés 680 p et 2 ff. non chiffrés. Edition originale. Le traité d'Emérigon (1716 à Aix -1784, avocat au Parlement de Provence, ancien Conseiller au Siège de l'Amirauté de Marseille) rencontra beaucoup de succès dès sa parution. Traduit en anglais dès 1811 à Philadelphie, puis à Londres en 1850, il a été une référence du droit maritime et de l'assurance en France et à l'étranger. Non seulement il utilise le droit comparé, mais il fait état également de la jurisprudence étrangère, de la pratique internationale, des contrats types. Reliure en très bon état, hormis deux coins émoussés du tome I et deux petites épidermures sur les plats, quelques pages roussies dans le tome I ainsi que la page de titre et le dernier ff. du tome II. Très bon exemplaire . Rare. PHOTOS NUMERIQUES DISPONIBLES PAR EMAIL SUR SIMPLE DEMANDE-DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPS MAY BE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Size: 20 x 26,5

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        ANSWER TO THAT PART OF THE NARRATIVE OF LIEUTENTANT-GENERAL SIR HENRY CLINTON, K. B. Which Relates to the Conduct of Lieutenant-General Earl Cornwallis, During the Campaign in North America, in the Year 1781

      London: For J. Debrett, 1783. First edition. With a folding table of troops in Virginia under Cornwallis' command. 8vo, bound in period style marbled boards back in navy blue morocco, the spine gilt ruled and lettered, t.e.g. xvi, 260 pp, tipped in errata present. A well preserved copy with some light evidence of age or use, ex-libris of the Long Island Historical Society. FIRST EDITION OF CORNWALLIS' DEFENSE OF HIS OWN ACTIONS DURING THE YORKTOWN CAMPAIGN.

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

      - Rudolph Graffer, Vienne 1783 - 1784, In-8 (12,5x20,5cm), 236pp. (3) ; 428pp. (12), relié. - Entrambe le opere sono in seconda Edtion, alla data dell'originale, alcuni li vedono come seconde trasmissioni. Bound in marrone di pelle di pecora metà periodo in piccoli angoli di pergamena. Torna liscio decorato con 4 ferri radianti e rulli. Come camera di pecora beige. testa logoro Coife. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Les deux oeuvres se trouvent en seconde édtion, à la date de l'originale, certains bibliographes les considèrent comme des secondes émissions. Reliure en demi basane brune d'époque à petits coins de velin. Dos lisse orné de 4 fers irradiants et de roulettes. Pièce de titre de basane beige. Coiffe de tête élimée. Importante et rare étude sur les maladies ophtalmologiques par le médecin autrichien Plenck. On sait que cet ouvrage fut le premier livre européen à parvenir au Japon et qu'il fut l'introduction de la science ophtalmologique dans ce pays. Bromatologia est un travail remarquable sur les propriétés des aliments, et les qualités diététiques de nombreuses denrées dont les boissons (vins, café, thé...).   

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        \"A Game Market\". Blick auf einen übervoller Marktstand mit Wild, darunter u.a. ein Eberkopf, Schwan, Reh, Enten, Hühner usw. Links der Händler mit einem Pfau auf dem Arm. Unten Inschrift und Wappen.

       Schabkunstblatt von R. Earlom und Jan Boeckhorst nach Frans Snyders bei John Boydell, dat. 1783, 36 x 57 cm. Nagler Bd. IV, S. 245: \"Der grösste Schabkünstler Englands\". Earlom \"bereitete seine Platte mit einer höchst einzähnigen Wiege zu, daher boten sie in den dunklen Stellen den feinsten Sammt dar, warfen aber aus derselben Ursache auch nur eine geringe Anzahl von Abdrücken ab\". - Aus der bekannten Folge: \"Die vier Märkte\". - In den Rändern nur minimal gebräunt, der Plattenrand verso teils hinterlegt. Versand D: 6,00 EUR Künstlergraphik, Schabkunst

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        An historical account of the origin, progress and present state of Bethlem Hospital

      London, 1783. 4to. [4], 16pp. Engraved frontispiece. 267 x 211 mm. Half calf, marbled boards in antique style, gilt-lettered labels on front cover and spine. Frontispiece and title a bit stained and soiled, but very good. Manuscript correction in early hand on p. 5. First edition of the first account of Bethlem Hospital, Britain's famous lunatic asylum.

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        Atlas des enfans, ou nouvelle méthode pour apprendre la geographie, avec un nouveau traité de la sphère...

      chez Jean-Marie Bruyset, 1783. 8vo (cm. 16), XII-360 pp., 60 pp., 2 cc.nn. con una tavola in antiporta e 24 carte geografiche rip. a colori. Legatura coeva in piena pelle, con fregi e titolo oro su tassello in pelle nera al ds. Tagli colorati. Mancanze alle cuffie e lievi, ma diffuse, abrasioni ai piatti. Ottimi interni, salvo alcune rare macchioline brune.

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

      Paris, De l'imprimerie de la Sorbonne. Et se vend aux Chartreux, chez le portier, 1783.In-8 de 303-[1] pages, pleine basane brune, dos à nerfs orné de filets et fleurons dorés, pièce de titre en maroquin bordeaux. Sans coiffes, et reliure épidermée. "Recueil qui sort de la ligne ordinaire, en ce qu'il contient des pièces nouvelles encore plus que galantes ; les litanies sont composées des cantiques de Sedaine, Vadé, etc. Les pièces sont signées en grande partie, et on y trouve des noms nouveaux alors, et d'autres inconnus encore aujourd'hui : Boufflers, Favart, Guillard, Dissautier, etc. (Viollet-Le-Duc, Supplém., p. 93). Cet ouvrage est très libre, mais très spirituel." [Gay, 717].

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        Horus oder astrognostisches Endurtheil über die Offenbarung Johannis und über die Weissagungen auf den Messias wie auch über Jesum und seine Jünger. Mit einem Anhange von Europens neuern Aufklärung und von der Bestimmung des Menschen durch Gott. Ein Lesebuch zur Erholung für die Gelehrten und ein Denkzeddel für Freimaurer. Erstausg.

      Ebenezer, Im Verlage des Vernunfthauses [d.i.: Halle, Johann Jakob Gebauer], 1783. - XXVI, 474 S., mit drei Textholzschnitten u. kl. astrolog. Fig., 8°, Leder d. Zt. mit fünf Bünden u. Rückenvergoldung Kloss 3821; Wolfstieg 4864: "Selten. Üb. die alten Einweihungen. Bringt die M[au]r[er]ei in Z[u]s[ammen]hang mit der Offenbarung Johannis. Abati 4 (1893) S.133 erwähnt einen Nachdruck, der bei Mösle in Wien erschien"; Ackermann V/345. - Wurde schon zur Zeit des Erscheinens Christian Ernst Wünsch zugeschrieben (so auch Holzmann/Bohatta: Deutsches Anoymen-Lexikon 1501-1850), was aber von dem Literaturhistoriker Flodoard von Biedermann (Euphorion XX, 1913, S. 406-409) widerlegt wurde. Eine zweite Aufl. erschien 1784. - Der Autor äussert sich sehr kritisch zur Bibel u. meint, "daß beynahe eben so viele durch die Bibel als durch unglückliche Liebe, ihren Verstand verlohren haben" (S.X). Auch versucht er, rationelle Erklärungen für einige der "Wahrsagermärchen" zu finden. (So beschreibt er die Evangelisten als Fanatiker u. Jesu Tod als Ohnmacht, der bald der wirkliche Tod durch Wundbrand folgte). Er "will deutlich zeigen, daß alle Volksreligionen im Grunde durchaus aus einer gemeinsamen Quelle, aus den alten Beobachtungen der Himmels- und Naturbegebenheiten herfließen" (S.XII). Ausserdem wendet sich Wünsch gegen die "Goldmacherei", der zu seiner Zeit zahlreiche Freimaurer anhingen, u. von denen viele ihre "Wahrheit" aus der Bibel beweisen wollen. Im Gegensatz dazu soll sein Werk zur "ihrer bessern Belehrung dienen". Er selbst beschreibt sein Buch in gewisser Weise als "einen Beytrag zur Geschichte der Sternkunde" (S.XXVI). - Einband etwas berieben u. bestossen; Titel angeknittert u. im Bund angerissen; durchgängig etwas fleckig u. tlw. mit Feuchtigkeitssrändern; einige überstehende Seiten leicht angerändert; ein mit Filmoplast sauber hinterlegter Anriß (S.107/108), sonst ein gutes Expl. [Attributes: First Edition]

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