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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.

      [Bookseller: Brighenti libri esauriti e rari]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Sequitur Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Nikolaus Struck]
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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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        Jonathan Trumbull while Secretary and first aide to George Washington writes " . . . I wish Capt. Barney's account was more explicit respecting a general peace. I fear much least we shall be obliged to have another campaign. A vessel is arrived at Boston which left Amsterdam about January 25th. We have nothing particular from her but that the negotiations were going on when she left."

      Newburgh: , March 18, 1783. Newburgh, March 18, 1783. Legal. "The ALS dated Newburgh 18th March of 1783 reads is in response to a March 12th letter Trumbull received. It reads in part, ""Sir, . . The time of my Brother's receiving the 21,000 dollars was fully ascertained in my last to you, as I am able to so it - it must depend only on probable circumstances, which are mentioned in that letter. I wish I was proposed of money, either of my own, or belonging to the state, to . . . Amelia, I would do it - . . . I am poor, and the ability of the state for present need is equally unavailing - the interest of the bills received, has been applied . . . the particulars I can show you here or (crossed out) your return to Connecticut - I am lately from Connecticut that I know not how to obtain Leave of Absence again - if Seymour would receive payments as you mention . . . I should be exceedingly glad to have that debt settled - but I fear Col. Wadsworth is mistaken - Suppose I shall have opportunity to see you along on your return to Connecticut. I wish Capt. Barry. . . was . . . a general . . . I fear much, least we shall be obliged to have another campaign . . . Is arrived at Boston which left Amsterdam about 25th July. We have nothing particular from her but that negotiation wise going on when she left. My love to sister Amelia. Am yours most obliged. J Trumbull."" Some edge wear folds and staining. Dark and readable with a beautiful signature. Part of the Thomas MacDonald Revolutionary War collection."

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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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        Descrizione storica delle pitture del Regio-Ducale Palazzo del Te fuori della Porta di Mantova detta Pusterla...

      Stamperia di Giuseppe Braglia, 1783. Cm. 20,5, pp. 62 (2). Bel ritratto all'antiporta (di Giulio Pippi Romano), ritratto in medaglione al frontespizio e 3 tavole ripiegate in fine di planimetria e vedute del Palazzo. Graziosa leg. orig. in cartonato azzurro interamente decorato con dorso anticamente ricoperto in carta e con titoli manoscritti. Minime tracce d'uso, ma esemplare genuino, marginoso e ben conservato. Cfr. Cicognara 4234; Lozzi I-2471. Prima edizione di quest'opera attribuita a Bottani, il quale però sembra aver preso parecchi spunti da un manoscritto di Leopoldo Camillo Volta.

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        Uffizio della B.V. Maria per tutti i tempi dell'anno, con le dichiarazioni, e spiegazioni dell'abate Alessandro Mazzinelli

      Luigi Perego Salvioni, 1783. Quattro parti in un volume in 8°. Front. e testo in rosso e nero. Vignetta calcogr. sui front. Comprende: Uffizio della B.V. Maria per tutti i tempi dell'anno, con le dichiarazioni, e spiegazioni dell'abate Alessandro Mazzinelli, Nell'avvento con le dichiarazioni, e spiegazioni dell'abate Alessandro Mazzinelli, Dopo l'avvento con le dichiarazioni, e spiegazioni dell'abate Alessandro Mazzinelli, Uffizio de'morti, della Santa Croce e dello Spirito Santo, i sette Salmi Penitenziali, con le dichiarazioni e spiegazioni dell'abate Alessandro Mazzinelli. Ed altre divote orazioni. Pp. XXIV, 76 e 9 tavole (compresa l'antiporta), antip. e pp. 72, antip. e pp. 76, pp. 96, LII e 4 tavole (compresa l'antiporta). Preziosa legatura coeva in marocchino verde con impressioni in oro ai piatti e al dorso, applicazioni e fermagli metallici, tagli dorati, risguardi fissi in carta colorata. Conservato in bel astuccio coevo in piena pelle con decorazioni in oro e al centro dei piatti delle due porzioni apribili di cui si compone, inserto in pelle marmorizzata. Ottima conservazione.

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        Uffizio della B.V. Maria con le dichiarazioni e spiegazioni dell'Abate Alessandro Mazzinelli

      Luigi Perego Salvioni, 1783. in-8 4 parti in 1 tomo Legatura leggermente allentata carte marmorizzate Ogni parte dell'Avvento è corredato di proprio frontespizio. La quarta parte cambia il titolo in Uffizio de' morti della Santa Croce e dello Spirito Santo i sette salmi penitenziali con le dichiarazioni e spiegazioni dell'Abate Alessandro Mazzinelli ed altre divote orazioni . Belle marche tipografiche incise ai frontespizi testo in bicromatico rosso e nero capilettera incisi. Opera corredata da 15 tavv.f.t. incise in rame tutte disegnate dal noto pittore romano Giuseppe Passeri (allievo del Maratti) e incise da diversi importanti artisti.

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        The History of the Life of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham

      London: Printed for the Author, and sold by G. Kearsley, 1783. First edition, 8vo (210 x 125 mm), xv, [1], 302pp., contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, morocco label, a very nice copy. This was Godwin's first published work, ".... it was issued anonymously, probably because it was his first effort, and the author was yet uncertain of his own powers as well as his own opinions ..... The book is rare, but for those who can lay their hands on it thoroughly worth reading in itself, and also as showing how the commanding figure of the great Tory statesman drew the enthusiastic and admiration of one who was so soon to startle his contemporaries by asserting in 'Political Justice' that all government was an infringement of the Rights of Man". - Charles Kegan Paul, Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries. Provenance: Early bookplate of Sir James Edward Lacon. Rothschild, 1015; Sabin, 63093.

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        Saggio filosofico su i contratti e giochi d'azzardo...

      Cambiagi, 1783. Cm. 21,2, pp. (8) 123 (1). Legatura coeva in mezza pergamena con titolo in oro su tassello al dorso. Piatti in cartone marmorizzato. Tagli rossi. Lievi segni d'uso esterni, peraltro esemplare genuino, marginoso ed in eccellente stato di conservazione, stampato su carta vergata. Dedica a stampa a Pietro Leopoldo, Granduca di Toscana. Unica edizione, rara, di questo settecentesco trattato sui giochi d'azzardo. II Codronchi discorre del gioco d'azzardo principalmente sotto il prospetto etico e psicologico, sviscerando le motivazioni che inducono a praticarlo e ponendo insieme le delimitazioni che consentono di accordarlo con le leggi morali e con la liceità legale. Non mancano nell'opera cenni sul calcolo delle probabilità che motivano l'inclusione del volume nella "Biblioteca Matematica Italiana" del Riccardi. Innocenzo Nicola Codronchi (Imola, 1751-ivi, 1818), di nobile famiglia imolese e fratello di Antonio Codronchi (Arcivescovo di Ravenna e Grande Elemosiniere del Regno d'Italia), fu economista, elegante verseggiatore, Cavaliere di Santo Stefano e membro dell'Arcadia con lo pseudonimo Cratino e Consigliere delle Finanze di Re Ferdinando di Borbone a Napoli dal 1787 al 1799.

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        Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliothèque de feu M. le Duc de La Vallière. Première partie contenant les Manuscrits, les premières Editions, les Livres imprimés sur vélin et sur grand papier, les Livres rares et précieux par leur belle conservation, les Livres d'Estampes, etc. dont la vente se fera dans les premiers jours du mois de Décembre 1783. Par Guillaume de Bure, fils aîné.

      A Paris, chez Guillaume de Bure fils aîné, 1783. - 3 volumes in-8. frontispice. 2ff. LXIV (i.e. LXVI). 71pp. 602pp. 42pp. (1f.). X. 90pp. + 2ff. 758pp. + 2ff. 388pp. 376pp. 92pp. Demi basane, dos lisses ornés (Reliure moderne genre ancien). Important catalogue d'une des plus célèbres bibliothèques du XVIIIs, qui rassemblait de précieux manuscrits de poésie ancienne, des incunables et des livres imprimés sur vélin ou sur grand papier. Portrait en frontispice et 5 planches dont 4 reproduisant des manuscrits. Exemplaire conforme à la description de Brunet, bien complet notamment du "Supplement", qui ne figure pas dans tous les exemplaires. Brunet, II, 554: "Catalogue très-curieux et rédigé avec beaucoup de soin" [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Der Rosenkreuzer in seiner Blösse. Zum Nutzen der Staaten hingestellt durch Zweifel wider die wahre Weisheit der so genannten ächten Freymäurer oder goldnen Rosenkreutzer des alten Systems von Magister Pianco, vieler Kreisen Bundsverwandten. - [ANGEBUNDEN:] [Georg Christoph Brendel:] Missiv an die Hocherleuchtete Brüderschaft des Ordens des Goldenen und Rosenkreutzes. Lux in Cruce et Crux in Luce. Wegen seiner großen Seltenheit und Wichtigkeit mit vier alten Ausgaben verglichen, und mit verschiedenen Lesarten versehen. Nebst einem noch nie im Druck erschienenen vollständigen historisch-kritischen Verzeichniss von 200 Rosenkreutzerschriften vom Jahr 1614. bis 1783. Als ein Beitrag zum Fictuldischen Probierstein. [2. Aufl.] / Erstausg.

      Amsterdam [d.i. Nürnberg], [Bauer] / Leipzig, bey Adam Friedrich Böhmen, 1782, 1783. - 223 S., mit einer mehrfach eingefalt. Tabelle / 126 S., Kl.-8°, Pappband d. Zt. (1) Gardner 179; Kloss 2651; Taute 851 "Gegen die Rosenkreuzer gerichtete Streitschrift, worin deren System aufgedeckt wird."; Wolfstieg 42504. Zweiter Druck, bis auf die korrigierte Seitenzahl am Schluss (223 statt falsch 232) Wort für Wort identisch mit dem ersten. "This is a very important work in as much as at p 84 we find a large folding table in German of the order `Fratrum Rosae et Aureae Crucis [.] 1763`." Das Original dieser Tabelle "must have been written by a renegade Frater" (Gardner). - (2) Gardner 463; Kloss 2423; Taute 52; Wolfstieg 42515: "Selten". Kabbalistisches Werk über das Mysterium Magnum u. die Prima Materia. - Einband fleckig, bestossen u. berieben; Rücken mit handschrftl. Titel; Innendeckel mit Wappen-Exlibris "Knuthenborg", hinten mit dazu gehöriger kl. Klebemarke; Innengelenk vorne offen; Seiten tlw. etwas gebräunt u. leicht fleckig, sonst ein gutes Expl. in fester Bindung.

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        Observations on the Passage to India, through Egypt, and across the Great Desert.

      W. Faden London First Edition 1783 - Small quarto; xx,110pp,2 folding maps. Complete. Sympathetic rebind in modern half calf, marbled sides, the worn original leather lettering piece to the spine. Clean internally. A VG copy indeed. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Autograph receipt signed (in third person within the text). Tonnerre, 12. II. 1783.

      1783. ¾ p. Small 4to. Receipt for household expenses for "M.lle la Ch.re D'Éon", "pour quatre feuillettes de vin rouge ordinaire". - Éon de Beaumont was a French transsexual political adventurer, secret agent of Louis XV in Russia (1755), then minister to England. The term "eonism" denoting the tendency to adopt the costume and manners of the opposite sex, is derived from his name. Despite d'Éon's wearing a dragoon's uniform all the time, there were rumors that he was actually a woman, and a betting pool was started on the London Stock Exchange about his true sex. D'Éon finally claimed to be physically not a man, but a woman, and demanded recognition by the government as such. King Louis XVI and his court complied, but demanded that d'Éon dress appropriately and wear women's clothing. D'Éon agreed, especially when the king granted him funds for a new wardrobe. Overall, Charles d'Éon spent his first 49 years as a man, and his last 33 years as a woman. Upon death, a council of physicians discovered that d'Éon's body was anatomically male.

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        Mongolfiere

      1783-84. Serie di cinque incisioni raffiguranti le prime ascenzioni di pallone aerostatico avvenute alla fine del '700. Le prime due rappresentano le ascensioni di Mr. Montgolfier mentre le altre di Mr. Charles e Mr. Robert.- b) "La Machine Aréostatique de Mr. De Montgolfier à Paris s'elevà le 27 Aoust 1783 ....." - c) "Genaue Abbildung der Aerostatischen Machine mit welcher Mr. Montgolfier den 21 November Ao. 1783 ....." - d) "Voyage particulier de M. Charles le 1er Dec 1783 ....." - e) "Abbildung des Aerostatischen Globus womit die herrn Charles und Robert um Garten der Thuillerie zu Paris den 1 Decemb. 1873 ....." - f) "Lunedì primo Dicembre 1783 a Parigi ...." Mr. Robert e Mr. Charles. Edite ad Augsburg da F. M. Will mm 260x180 ca. cd.

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