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        [Silver Royal Society medal, commemorating the life and accomplishments of Captain Cook]

      [London: 1784]. Silver circular medal. (1 3/4 inches in diameter). Obverse with a bust profile portrait of Cook in high relief, with legend surround "Oceani Investigator Acerrimvs" [The Most Intrepid Investigator of the Seas], reverse with the personified figure of Fortune in high relief, standing with her left arm leaning on a column, and holding in her right hand a Naval rudder resting on top of a globe, with the legend "Nil Intentatvm Nostri Liquere" [Our Men Have Left Nothing Un-attempted]. A rare silver Royal Society medal commemorating the life and naval service of Captain Cook. The Royal Society issued this commemorative medal in 1784 to coincide with the publication of Cook's Third Voyage. The commissioning, minting and distribution of the medal was personally overseen by Sir Joseph Banks. Fellows of the Society received a bronze medal, with presentation copies in gold (the one presented to Cook's widow is now in the British Museum) and silver medals to subscribers. Recent scholarship has suggested that 22 gold medals were issued, 322 silver [as the present] and 577 bronze. Notably, an image of the medal appears on the title pages of the second edition of Cook's Third Voyage. Betts, American Colonial History illustrated by Contemporary Medals, 553; British Historical Medals, 258; Beddie, 2790.

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        Recueil d'estampes representant les differents evenemens de la querre qui a procuré independence aux Etats Unis de l'Amerique

      Paris: chez M. Ponce et chez M. Godefroy, [1784]. Quarto. (11 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches). Engraved throughout: title with integral text and vignettes, 15 plates and maps with integral explanatory text (12 views, 2 maps, and a final plate celebrating the peace of 1783). Original French blue paper- covered boards, contained within a 20th-century blue morocco-backed cloth- covered folding case, titled in gilt on spine. Striking contemporary French views of the American Revolution. This collection of striking views is one of the few contemporary publications to illustrate scenes from the American Revolution. The first leaf is an engraved title with explanatory text and vignettes of battles. The plates illustrate the tarring and feathering of a tax collector; the battle of Lexington; the surrender at Saratoga; the attack of French forces on the island of Dominica; the surrender of Senegal; the capture of Grenada; Galvez capturing Pensacola; the capture of Tobago; the surrender of Cornwallis; three more scenes of fighting on Guadeloupe; two maps, and the final plate a series of vignettes commemorating the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Howes notes that this is the first French book to name the United States on the title. Cresswell 303-307, 333-342; Howes C576; Sabin 68421.

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        RECUEIL D'ESTAMPES REPRESENTANT LES DIFFERENTS EVENEMENS DE LA GUERRE QUI A PROCURE L'INDEPENDANCE AUX ETATS-UNIS L'AMERIQUE

      Paris: M. Godefroy, [1784].. Sixteen engraved plates. The plates are an engraved titlepage with vignettes, twelve plates of scenes, two maps, and a final plate celebrating the peace of 1783. Quarto. Modern marbled paper boards, printed paper label on front board. Third plate with a tear along the lower outer edge (far outside the plate mark and not affecting the image) and with a few blotches of blue ink. Fourth and sixth plates with a repaired tear in the lower inner margin (outside the plate mark). Otherwise internally very clean and neat. A near fine copy overall. A very nice collection of Revolutionary views, one of the few contemporary publications to illustrate scenes from the Revolution. The first leaf is an engraved title with explanatory text and vignettes of battles. The plates illustrate the tarring and feathering of a tax collector, the battle of Lexington, the surrender at Saratoga, the attack of French forces on the island of Dominica, the surrender of Senegal, the capture of Grenada, Galvez capturing Pensacola, the capture of Tobago, the surrender of Cornwallis, and three more scenes of fighting on Guadeloupe, with two sheets of maps, and a series of vignettes commemorating the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Howes calls this the first French book to mention the United States on the titlepage. Scarce. HOWES C576, "aa." SABIN 68421. CRESSWELL, AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN DRAWINGS AND PRINTS 303-307; 333-342. OCLC 3944245.

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        Les Aventures de Telemaque fil d´Ulysse? Imprime par ordre du Roi pour l´education de Monseigneur le Dauphin

      One of 350 copies printed by Didot. 1784. París. Didot L´Aine. Two volumes in 8vo (186 mm x 112 mm). 1 [blank] + 6 ff. + 453 + 2 [blank]; 1 [blank] + 2 ff. + 438 + 1 ff. Contemporary red morocco, gilt spines with two green morocco lettering pieces, patterned gilt fillet, inner dentelle, a couple of corners exposed, else fine. Small hole in limitation leaf, else a fine copy. One of 350 copies made by Didot on ?papier velin?. This Fenelon´s (1651 ? 1715) ?Telemaque? was part of a series of classic works of French and Latin literature published by Didot ?the elder? meant for the education of Monseigneur Le Dauphin (next in line to the throne); this remarkable task was entrusted by the King to Didot ?arguably the best printer in France in the late 18th century- which arose from a visit of King Louis XVI to Versailles in 1783 when he admired the beautiful editions by Didot L´Aine. The King would later authorize the series known as Collection des auteurs classiques Francais et Latins. Fenelon (1651 ? 1715).

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        La guida de'forestieri curiosi di vedere, e di riconoscere le cose piu memorabili di Pozzuoli, Baja, Cuma, Miseno, Gaeta : ed altri luoghi circonvicini / di Pompeo Sarnelli ; arricchita da Antonio Bulifone = La guide des etrangers curieux de voir

      Napoli : a spese di Antonio Spanò, erede di Saverio Rossi, 1784. 5th Edition. Physical description: 324 p. , [16] leaves of plates, 1 folded, frontis. ; 17 cm. Subjects: Pozzuoli (Italy) - Campania (Italy) - Description and travel - Early works to 1800. Naples (Kingdom) - Description and travel - Guidebooks. Notes: Dual language edition: Italian and French text on opposite pages. Printer's devices on title pages. Printer's headpieces. Language: Italian and French. Good copy bound in contemporary limp vellum with spine title in ms. Some wear and tears to spine - binding intact. Lacks map and 4 plates. General wear and surface stains to panels. Previous owner's signature and inscription to front endpapers. Remains quite well-preserved overall.

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        Poivre Noir du Malabar... (peppercorn tree)

      Jacques ChartonIllustrated plate from Collection de plantes etrangeres en fleurs, fruits, corail et coquillagesParis: 1784Hand-colored copperplate engraving17? x 11?; 22 1/2? x 18? framedFramed in museum quality frame, mounted with archival materials with uv plexiglassIn the early 18th century, France turned away from imperial aspirations to focus on more personal and pleasurable pursuits. As political life and private morals relaxed, the change was mirrored by a new style in art, one that was more intimate, and decorative.Louis XIV?s desire to glorify his dignity and the magnificence of France had been well served by the monumental and formal qualities of most seventeenth-century French art. But members of the succeeding court began to decorate their elegant homes in a lighter, more delicate manner. This new style has been known since the last century as rococo, from the French word, rocaille, for rock and shell garden ornamentation. First emerging in the decorative arts, the rococo emphasized pastel colors, sinuous curves, and patterns based on flowers, vines, and shells. Painters turned to the sensual surface delights of color and light, and from weighty religious and historical subjects to more intimate scenes. These original hand-colored engravings from a collection of 59 from Jacques Charton?s, Collection de plantes etrangeres en fleurs, fruits, corail et coquillages are splendid examples of the French decorative arts produced in Paris in 1784, just previous to the French Revolution. These lovely engravings, most likely executed for porcelain designs, show a variety of exotic natural history subjects, mainly flowering plants and shells, accompanied by animals or insects, some with accompanying background vignettes.  The style of representation ranges from the mildly stylized but naturalistic to the intensely fantastical, verging on the surreal such as, a selection of ?fruits of the sea? hanging from the branches of a plant emerging from a seashell.  This style would soon give way to one that adhered to the austerity and democratic spirit of the revolutionaries at the end of the century.*Arader Galleries is never never knowingly undersold*

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        Les Fables D'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe. Traduction nouvelle. Enrichie de Discours Moraux & Historiques, & de Quatrains a la fin de chaque Discours...Par Mr. de Bellegarde. Edition nouv. avec nouvelles Fig.

      A Copenhague, (1784). Small 8vo. Cont. hcalf. Gilt back. Back a little rubbed. Cut ( 2 cm.) in lower part of title with loss of the publishing year. Engraved frontisp. 478,(10) pp. and 117 half-page engravings on plates

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        OEUVRES COMPLETES.

      In-8 p. (mm. 202x126), 70 voll., p. pelle bazana coeva (con abras.; 6 dorsi restaur.), elegante conice dorata ai piatti, decoraz. floreale e tit. oro su due tasselli al dorso, con 1 ritratto dell?A. e 14 tavv. scientifiche relative alla "Philosophie de Newton", f.t. ed inc. in rame. Il vol. dedicato alla biografia di Voltaire (il 71°) manca, come sovente, al ns. esemplare. Questa ediz. è così suddivisa: "Théatre (9 voll.) - La Henriade - La Pucelle - Poèmes - Epitres - Contes en vers - Lettres en vers et en prose - Essai sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations (4 voll.) - Le siècle de Louis XIV (2 voll.) - Précis du siècle de Louis XV - Histoire de Charles XII - Histoire de l?Empire de Russie sous Pierre le Grand - Annales de l'Empire - Histoire du Parlement de Paris - Mélanges historiques (2 voll.) - Politique et législation (2 voll.) - Philosophie de Newton - Philosophie générale (4 voll.) - Dialogues - Dictionnaire philosophique (7 voll.) - Romans (2 voll.) - Facéties - Mélanges littéraires (3 voll.) - Commentaires sur Corneille (2 voll.) - Correspondence du Roi de Prusse (3 voll.) - Correspondence de l'Impératrice de Russie - Correspondence générale (13 voll.) - Correspondence de D'Alembert (2 voll.)". Cfr. Graesse,VII,390: ?Réimpression de l?édition de Kehl, 1784-89 (due à Beaumarchais), la plus complète et la mieux ordonnée qui eut paru jusqu?alors des oeuvres de Voltaire: on y a donné pour la première fois la volumineuse correspondance de l?auteur, ainsi que plusieurs pièces et autres morceaux curieux de théatre qui étaient restés inédits.. La réimpression de Basle contient une soixantaine de lettres en plus..? - Brunet,V,1355. Il primo vol. con fori di tarlo margin.; con ingialliture o uniformi arross. più o meno lievi interc. nel t. ma complessivam. un buon esemplare.

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        Beyträge zur Geschichte der Vögel. Mit ausgemahlten Kupfertafeln.

      Wien, C.F. Wappler, 1784. 4to. Cont. full mottled calf. Richly gilt back, raised bands. Binding with a few scratches, esp. on front cover. Printed on thick paper; paper and plates very clean. (10),45 pp. and 19 fine hand-coloured plates.. First edition of a scarce American ornithology. Jacquin's father, the famous botanical artist Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin, travelled in the West Indies and Central America from 1755 through 1759. The trip resulted in the elder Jacquin's Selectarum stirpium americanarum historia (Vienna, 1763) and in the notes that his son used in compiling the present work. Jacquin's Beyträge describes thirty-two species of American birds (of which several are described for the first time), nineteen of which are figured on the plates. The etchings which "are excellent for the period" (Zimmer) are most probably after drawings by Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin, executed either during his travels or from specimens at the zoological gardens at Schonbrunn. Zimmer p.320. Anker No 220. Nissen No 466

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        Fragmenta Antiquitatis; or, Antient Tenures of Land, and Jocular Customs of Some Manors . . . A New Edition, With Alterations, large Additions, English Translations . . . To which are added, Explanatory Notes . . . By Josiah Beckwith [etc.]

      Second edition, much expanded, of the work which Holdsworth called the "only really original book" written on legal history in the late 17th century, painstakingly compiled by Blount while investigating tenures; James Raine's copy. ?Later 3/4 calf, extra gilt, definitely rubbed, but still pretty. Printed by W. Blanchard and Co. for the Editor [etc.], York, 1784.

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        The Law of Simony: Containing, All the Statutes, Cases at Large, Arguments, Resolutions, and Judgments concerning it [etc.]

      The only work on the English law of simony (the form of ecclesiastical corruption said to have been named after Simon Magus), "an intelligent summary" in Holdsworth's words, with much discussion of its criminal nature and its association with perjury. Contemporary sprinkled polished calf, gilt, some sidenotes just shaved (the sense preserved), else a lovely bright fresh copy; with the half-title. Printed by His Majesty's Law-Printers [etc.], London, 1784.

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        Etudes de la Nature

      Pierre F. Didot & MequignonParis:: Pierre F. Didot & Mequignon,. 1784.. Hardcover. 1784 -1788. 4 volumes, 12mo, with a difficult publication history. The 1st 3 volumes are the 1st edition; although the 4th volume states it is the 3rd edition, this is the first dition published containing the containing the story of "PAUL ET VIRGINIE", which became wildly popular. The fourth volume also contains a 70Ppp "Avis" in which the author attempts to prove his geographical beliefs by drawingon all three of Cook's voyages and his barimetric readings; pere Charlevoix in Nouvelle- France; Crevecoeur in Ohio; Linschoten & Barents; Byron; Middleton. Volume 1 - 623pp, black and white frontis by Moreau le jeune, a folding map of the Western Hemisphere, "Hemisphere Atlantique" showing the ship route, which goes around Cape Horn and approaches the ice at the Antarctic entitled "Route de Cook autour du Pole"'; Volume 2 - 631pp, 3 folding plates of flowers & botanical subjects; Volume 3 - 574 pp; Volume 4, "Troisieme Edition, revue, corrigee et augmentee", and lists both printers Didot and Mequignon - 532pp, 4pp approbations & privilege du Roi. Copper engraved plates. Bound in period full mottled calf, spine in compartments. Gilt decoration somewhat dulled & spines generally worn with large chip of lower spine of vol. 4, which also has a long verticle split but a most pleasant set, all edges red, pristine internally. Spence 1024. Includes the widely read 18th century story "PAUL ET VIRGINIE" which is set on the Isle de France, considered part of the Antarctic territories, thus it is included in Spence. This copy conforms to a copy held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, listed separately as OCLC: 1657965; OCLC: 165796566; 165796569; OCLC: 165796572. The 1st 3 volumes published by Didot, 1784; the 4th vol, Didot and Mequignon, and "Troisieme Edition, revue, corrigee et augmentee".

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        De l'Administration des Finances de la France. 3-vol. set (Complete)

      NP n.p. NP 1784 First edition, later issue vg Octavo. VII, [1], CLIX, [1], 352, VII, [1], 536, VIII, 468pp. Original blond paper boards with gold lettering and borders on spines. Printer's device on each title page. Decorative head-, tailpieces. This work is Necker's attempt to defend his policy when he was Louis XVI's minister of finance. French statesman of Swiss birth, he sought to reduce public expenditures by such measures as abolishing unnecessary positions and by demanding larger payments from the private companies that had purchased the right to collect indirect taxes. He also attempted to introduce some reforms in the inequitable system of taxation. Because Necker financed French aid to the American colonies in their war of independence against England without raising taxes, he was regarded as a financial genius. As a result of Necker's loans, however, the public debt greatly increased. Necker anticipated one goal of the French Revolution by founding a number of provincial assemblies in which the three estates sat and voted together. These efforts aroused opposition from the privileged classes, who urged Louis XVI to dismiss his minister. As a result, he was dismissed from office on May 19, 1781. Necker retired to his Swiss estate, Coppet, where he wrote his famous treatise "De l'Administration des Finances de la France" in 1784. This treatise is complete with its large folding chart at rear of first volume. This work is a first edition, later issue, with an errata page in each volume. Some age wear on binding with shelf wear and rubbing along edges. Closed tears and minor chipping at head of spines. Slight abrasion along title labels. Minor rubbing on covers. Contemporary previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper of first volume. Text in French. Binding in overall good, interior in very good to near fine condition.

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        DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

      London: Strahan, Rivinton, Davis, et al., 1784. 2 vols. Fifth edition. Unpaginated. Hardcover. Thick, large folio. Rebound in period, full calf, with contrasting red morocco title labels. A nice set, and the last edition printed during the authorÕs lifetime. Very good+/No dust jacket. (Multiple volumes - extra shipping charges apply) (Insurance required to ship this item).

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        Letters on Infidelity By the Author of a Letter to Doctor Adam Smith

      Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1784.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good. No half title. Binding is solid but hinges are a little cracked and there is crack down the centre of the spine with darkening to the bottom quarter. Internally front hinge has a little wear to 4 or so places where the string has worn the paper but otherwise the hinge is ok and no problems with the rear one. There is a contemporary bookplate on the marbled endpaper and some inscriptions (not authorial) on the prelims all dating before 1819. A decent copy. Postage will be confirmed when you enquire or order and for light or very heavy books will vary from the ABE quote which is based on a 1kg parcel.

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        Recueil d'estampes representant les differents evenemens de la querre qui a procuré independence aux Etats Unis de l'Amerique

      Paris: chez M. Ponce et chez M. Godefroy, [1784]. Quarto. (11 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches). Engraved throughout: title with integral text and vignettes, 15 plates and maps with integral explanatory text (12 views, 2 maps, and a final plate celebrating the peace of 1783). Original French blue paper- covered boards, contained within a 20th-century blue morocco-backed cloth- covered folding case, titled in gilt on spine. Striking contemporary French views of the American Revolution. This collection of striking views is one of the few contemporary publications to illustrate scenes from the American Revolution. The first leaf is an engraved title with explanatory text and vignettes of battles. The plates illustrate the tarring and feathering of a tax collector; the battle of Lexington; the surrender at Saratoga; the attack of French forces on the island of Dominica; the surrender of Senegal; the capture of Grenada; Galvez capturing Pensacola; the capture of Tobago; the surrender of Cornwallis; three more scenes of fighting on Guadeloupe; two maps, and the final plate a series of vignettes commemorating the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Howes notes that this is the first French book to name the United States on the title. Cresswell 303-307, 333-342; Howes C576; Sabin 68421.

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        Atlas antiquus danvillianus. norimbergae, officina chr. weigelio-schneideriana, 1784.

      Cm. 58, frontespizio + 12 tavole geografiche incise in rame a doppia pagina con i confini in bella coloritura coeva. Solida ed elegante legatura ottocentesca in mezza pelle con punte e titoli in oro su tassello al piatto. Esemplare fresco, marginoso ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Prima edizione di questo bell'atlante storico il cui elenco delle carte è riportato nel frontespizio come segue: Conspectus tabularum geographicarum: I. Orbis veteribus notus, scilicet: Europa, Asia, Africa. II. Orbis Romani pars occidentalis. III. Gallia. IV. Italia, Sicilia, Sardinia, Corsica. V. Orbis Romani pars orientalis. VI. Graecia. VII. Asia Minor et Syria. VIII. Palaestina. IX. Euphrates et Tigris . X. India. XI. Aegyptus. XII. Tabula medii aevi. Germania, Francia, Italia, Hispania, Insulae Britannicae.

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        La gerusalemme liberata... stampata d'ordine di monsieur. parigi, presso franc. ambr. didot l'aine', 1784-86.

      Due volumi di cm. 31, pp. (8) 333 (3); (4) 334 (2). Antiporta allegorica al primo volume e 40 belle tavole fuori testo incise in rame (ciascuna protetta da velina). Solida ed elegante legatura d'inizio '800 in mezza pelle rossa con punte, dorsi a nervi con titoli e ricchi fregi in oro. Sguardie e piatti in carta marmorizzata. Qualche fioritura perlopiù marginale limitata a poche carte, esemplare complessivamente in ottimo stato di conservazione, pulito e marginoso. Si tratta della prima tiratura di quest'elegante edizione impressa in soli 200 esemplari e da non confondere con la ristampa che possiede le stesse note tipografiche ma si distingue per non avere la data impressa ai frontespizi, e per alcune varianti nel testo (al titolo ad esempio recita: ""...stampata per ordine"" e non "".,.stampata d'ordine...""). Cfr. Cohen-De Ricci (976-7): ""Livre établi avec grand luxe... grace à l'appui du Comte de Provence qui paya les dessins à Cochin 40,000 livres..."". Le tavole, del citato Cochin, sono incise da Dambrun, De Launey, Deligno, Duclos, Lingée, Patas, Ponce, Prèvost, A. de Saint-Aubin, Simonet, Tillard, Trière e Varin.

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        The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary Observations, and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals. The Third Edition

      . Modern 1/4 calf, half title backed, ex-library?, repairs; usable. Printed by William Eyres; and sold by T. Cadell [etc.], Warrington, 1784.

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        L'eneide di virgilio marone trasportato in ottava rima napoletana da giancola sitillo. edizione correttissima. napoli, presso giuseppe-maria porcelli, 1784.

      Quattro volumi di cm. 16, pp. oltre 1.000 complessive. Solida legatura ottocentesca in mezza pelle verde con piccole punte; dorsi lisci con fregi e titoli in oro su tasselli. Esemplare con qualche fioritura, ma genuino ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Manca la prima carta contenente l'occhietto che recita: Collezione di tutti i poemi in lingua napoletana volumi 8-11. Raro ed interessante. Cfr. Mambelli (321) che ci informa che sotto il nome anagrammato del traduttore si nasconde il padre gesuita Nicola Stigliola. L'originale risale al 1699.

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        The Psalms of David, Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian State and Worship

      Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington ... London:: Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington .... 1784. hardcover. 2. 16mo. 80 x 140 mm. viii, 317, [23] pp. Original full crimson turkey morocco with massed gilt stamping on both covers and spine, all edges gilt, two clasps, black leather spine label; head of spine a bit chipped at corner, clasps missing the movable element, pages trimmed closely with occasional loss, but a very good copy with a lovely period binding. Bookplate of Oscar Ehrhardt Lancaster. Very good. . With a fore-edge painting of Richmond Bridge, Surrey. Painted circa 1948-50 by Stevens.

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        Tidningar för svenska bokhandeln.

      Nr 1-46. Sthlm, Kongl. tryckeriet, 1784. 8:o. (4),4,9-184 s. Nött brunt hfrbd med guldornerad rygg, röd titeletikett i skinn och rödstänkta snitt. Ryggen skadad upptill och med ytlig sprickbildning samt med mindre sprickor överst i ytterfalsarna. Inlagan delvis med lätta lager- och småfläckar, sista sidan ngt solkig. Fläck på s. 120. Delvis felbunden. Med Nils Sandbergs exlibris.. Lundstedt 271. Almquist 111 med felaktig kollationering. Hoppet i pagineringen finns även i Kungliga bibliotekets ex. Allt som utkom av denna ovanliga bokhandelstidskrift. Bokhandlaren Swederus anger i sitt förord att han tänker ersätta sin katalogutgivning med denna publikation och inbjuder samtidigt såväl sina kollegor som boktryckare att annonsera. I en artikelserie kallad "Svensk bibliographie" presenteras ett flertal nyutkomna titlar av bl.a. Kellgren, Hoffberg, Rudbeck, Rosén von Rosenstein, Thorild, Lannér och Martin. I tidningen presenteras även bl.a. ett alfabetsspel för barn och ett komplett ex. av De Geers "Memoires" annonseras ut. I nr 36 publiceras en "plan til inrättning af et lån-bibliothek"

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        Royal Society Memorial Medal of Captain James Cook

      London:. 1784.. Limited edition. A rare historic tribute medal in commemoration of Captain James Cook, commissioned by the fellow members of the Royal Society. James Cook twice circumnavigated the globe (1768- 1771 & 1772 - 1775), and was then elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He discovered & charted the east coast of Australia; discovered the Hawaiian Islands; circumnavigated and charted New Zealand; surveyed coastline in Alaska; was the first to cross the Antarctic Circle. Cook performed a great deal of the scientific work on his voyages with the support of the Society. Word of Cook's death in Hawaii in 1779 reached the Society in 1780; the medal was then commissioned and completed in 1784. Engraved by Lewis Pingo (1743-1830) of the Royal Mint in London. The portrait of Cook shows him in full Naval uniform in profile with the legend "IAC COOK OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMUS" (the most intrepid explorer of the seas), while the reverse has an emblematical figure of Britannia and the legend "NIL INTENTATUM NOSTRI LIQUERE" (our men have left nothing unattempted).Only 20 medals were struck in gold; 289 were struck in silver, and 577 in bronze. This medal a little rubbed at highlights, including Cook's nose, brow and hair line, o/w very good. 1 3/4" in diameter. Beddie 2788.

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        A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean ... for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere ... performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780

      London: W. & A. Strahan for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1784. 4 volumes. (Text: 3 vols., quarto [11 3/16 x 9 inches]; Atlas: 1 vol., large folio [23 1/2 x 17 inches]). Text: 1p. publisher's advertisements at end of vol.III. 1 folding letterpress table, 24 engraved maps, coastal profiles and charts (14 folding), extra-illustrated with a duplicate folding engraved "Chart of the NW Coast of America and NE Coast of Asia" which is also present in the atlas. Atlas vol.: 63 engraved plates, plans and maps (one double-page, one folding), uncut. Text: contemporary tree calf, expertly rebacked to style, the flat spines divided into six compartments by double fillets enclosing a neo-classical roll, red/brown morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, green morocco label with onlaid disc of red/brown morocco with volume number, the remaining compartments elaborately tooled in gilt with stylised foliage cornerpieces around various large centrally-place tools; Atlas: expertly bound to style in half calf over marbled paper-covered boards, the flat spine elaborately tooled in gilt uniform to the text. A fine set of the first edition of the official account of Cook's third and last voyage: a cornerstone among travel and voyage literature on the exploration of Hawaii and the northwest coast of America, Canada and Alaska. This copy particularly desirable with the plates in the atlas uncut. "The famous accounts of Captain Cook's three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill)."Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return [the islander] Omai to Tahiti. Officers of the crew included William Bligh, James Burney, James Colnett, and George Vancouver. John Webber was appointed artist to the expedition. After calling at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Cook, Tonga, and Society Islands, the expedition sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait as far north as latitude 70 degrees 44 minutes before he was stopped by pack ice. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in an unhappy skirmish with the natives over a boat. Charles Clarke took command and after he died six months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore. Despite hostilities with the United States and France, the scientific nature of this expedition caused the various governments to exempt these vessels from capture. The voyage resulted in what Cook judged his most valuable discovery - the Hawaiian Islands" (Hill). Beddie 1543; Forbes Hawaiian National Bibliography, 85; Hill (2004) 361; Lada-Mocarski 37; cf.Printing and the Mind of Man 223; Sabin 16250.

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        Experiments on Air. The complete suite of 5 related papers.

      PHOTOGRAPHS SENT ON REQUEST. Comprising: 1.) CAVENDISH (Henry): Experiments on Air [Part I], read Jan 15, 1784 2.) KIRWAN (Richard) Remarks on Mr. Cavendish's Experiments on Air. 3. ) CAVENDISH (Henry) An Answer to Mr. Kirwan's Remarks. 4.) KIRWAN (Richard) Reply to Mr. Cavendish's Answer. 5.) CAVENDISH (Henry) Experiments on Air [Part II]. Read June 2, 1785. First Editions, extracted from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Volumes 74 and 75. [London: Lockyer Davis and Peter Elmsly, 1784-85]. Small quarto, half calf gilt in period style, with general title to the 1784 volume, pp.119-153, 154-69, 170-77, 178-80, 372-84, with a large extending engraved plate to the second part of Cavendish's Experiments on Air. First edition of Cavendish's experimental proof that water is composed of oxygen and hydrogen and therefore not a separate element unto itself. As issued in Philosophical Transactions for the years 1784-5. "Cavendish was the first to prove experimentally that hydrogen ('inflammable air') and oxygen ('dephlogisticated air'), when mixed in the proper proportions and fired, produce their own weight in water" (Norman). This paper, along with the short supplement [part II above] he published in Philosophical Transactions the following year, disclosed the compound nature of water and thereby destroyed the elemental status of "water" in the Aristotelian system. Norman 420. Garrison-Morton 925: "Cavendish isolated hydrogen in 1766 and later [in this paper] demonstrated the composition of air."

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