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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. Baumgartner 3 [calling for 22 plates, all of which are present here, many folding]. Quarto

      Howard's masterwork, displaying the enormous empirical data upon the treatment of prisoners amassed by him just as the major reforms of English criminal law began, this edition completely revised and much expanded following Howard's journeys in 1780. Contemporary tree calf, rebacked, minor staining to the free endpapers, occasional foxing, else clean and wide-margined; without the half-title. Printed by William Eyres; and Sold by T. Cadell [etc.], Warrington, 1784.

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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON TO FRANÇOIS-JEAN DE CHASTELLUX, PRAISING HIM FOR HIS PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS OF HIS TRAVELS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND SUGGESTING TEXT EDITS TO CHASTELLUX'S AMERICAN TRAVEL ACCOUNTS].

      Paris. Dec. 24, 1784. - [3]pp. with integral address leaf addressed in Jefferson's hand. Original mailing folds, a few minor marginal tears, including minor marginal paper loss from opening of the wax seal, repaired. Blind stamp of the Chastellux Archives in upper margin of first leaf. Very good. Wax seal still present. In a half morocco box. An outstanding letter from Thomas Jefferson to Chastellux, praising the author for "The most flattering account of America that had ever been written." Jefferson was living in Paris at the time, succeeding Benjamin Franklin as minister to France. His main task was the negotiation of trade agreements with France for the Congress of the Confederation. Chastellux served as a Major General in the French army under Rochambeau, and travelled widely in America from 1780 to 1783. Howes calls the narrative of Chastellux's time in America, which he eventually published in its complete form in 1786, "The first trustworthy record of life in the United States." After the war, he remained in friendly communication with many vital figures of the Revolution and the early United States, including Jefferson and George Washington. As Jefferson writes this letter to him, Chastellux is again living in Paris, at the Hotel Quai d'Orsay. The thrust of Jefferson's letter is a tactful confrontation of the troublesome nature of certain passages in Chastellux’s privately printed VOYAGE DE NEWPORT A PHILADELPHIE: "When I was in Philadelphia in the winter of 1782-1783 a gentleman [probably James Madison].told me with much concern that you had written a book of journals & had a few copies printed, which had not only given great offence, but had very much lessened the public opinion of your talents. I think I need not tell you how deeply I felt this. He repeated to me perhaps half a dozen passages from your.Voiage de Newport a Philadelphie, and contained strictures on some of the ladies whom you had seen. The circumstances noted, the not intending they should be public, the conversations I had with you at Monticello.furnished me just ground enough to make my friend suppose that the passages.must not undo the public opinion of you. I heard much afterwards of these same passages. A twelvemonth after this.in the last winter 1783-1784 Mr. Marbois shewed me the book itself. I never was so astonished. I found it the most flattering account of America that had ever been written. I found indeed the passages which had been quoted; & what was remarkable was that there were in the whole book but about eight of these which could give offence to any body, and that the malice and curiosity of the world had immediately fished out these from those who were possessed of the book.knew not one word else of what was in it, but formed a general opinion that the whole was.a collection of personal strictures and satyre." Jefferson helpfully suggests outright removal of certain portions of text in Chastellux's work that will smooth over some of the perceived slights of America, especially the passages containing unflattering observations on American women, and then proposes translating the work for exposure to American readers: "I observed to Monsr. Marbois that it was much to be wished that you would let us strike out these passages, and translate and publish the work. He thought with me that it would be very pleasing to the Americans and valuable to yourself. He said he would write to you on the subject.but my appointment to come here prevented my doing it. I do not know that you have any occasion to set any value on the opinions of my countrymen. But you must allow myself to do it. It is irksome to us to have your worth mistaken; and it is much our wish to set it in its just point of view. This would be done effectually by translating and publishing the book, having first struck out the passages which gave offence and which were of the least importance of any in it. A preface might admit the former existence of such passages, justify their insertion in what was in

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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON TO FRANÇOIS-JEAN DE CHASTELLUX, PRAISING HIM FOR HIS PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS OF HIS TRAVELS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND SUGGESTING TEXT EDITS TO CHASTELLUX'S AMERICAN TRAVEL ACCOUNTS]

      Paris, 1784. [3]pp. with integral address leaf addressed in Jefferson's hand. Original mailing folds, a few minor marginal tears, including minor marginal paper loss from opening of the wax seal, repaired. Blind stamp of the Chastellux Archives in upper margin of first leaf. Very good. Wax seal still present. In a half morocco box. An outstanding letter from Thomas Jefferson to Chastellux, praising the author for "The most flattering account of America that had ever been written." Jefferson was living in Paris at the time, succeeding Benjamin Franklin as minister to France. His main task was the negotiation of trade agreements with France for the Congress of the Confederation. Chastellux served as a Major General in the French army under Rochambeau, and travelled widely in America from 1780 to 1783. Howes calls the narrative of Chastellux's time in America, which he eventually published in its complete form in 1786, "The first trustworthy record of life in the United States." After the war, he remained in friendly communication with many vital figures of the Revolution and the early United States, including Jefferson and George Washington. As Jefferson writes this letter to him, Chastellux is again living in Paris, at the Hotel Quai d'Orsay. The thrust of Jefferson's letter is a tactful confrontation of the troublesome nature of certain passages in Chastellux's privately printed VOYAGE…DE NEWPORT A PHILADELPHIE: "When I was in Philadelphia in the winter of 1782-1783 a gentleman [probably James Madison]...told me with much concern that you had written a book of journals & had a few copies printed, which had not only given great offence, but had very much lessened the public opinion of your talents. I think I need not tell you how deeply I felt this. He repeated to me perhaps half a dozen passages from your...Voiage de Newport a Philadelphie, and contained strictures on some of the ladies whom you had seen.... The circumstances noted, the not intending they should be public, the conversations I had with you at Monticello...furnished me just ground enough to make my friend suppose that the passages...must not undo the public opinion of you. I heard much afterwards of these same passages.... A twelvemonth after this...in the last winter 1783-1784 Mr. Marbois shewed me the book itself. I never was so astonished. I found it the most flattering account of America that had ever been written. I found indeed the passages which had been quoted; & what was remarkable was that there were in the whole book but about eight of these which could give offence to any body, and that the malice and curiosity of the world had immediately fished out these from those who were possessed of the book...knew not one word else of what was in it, but formed a general opinion that the whole was...a collection of personal strictures and satyre." Jefferson helpfully suggests outright removal of certain portions of text in Chastellux's work that will smooth over some of the perceived slights of America, especially the passages containing unflattering observations on American women, and then proposes translating the work for exposure to American readers: "I observed to Monsr. Marbois that it was much to be wished that you would let us strike out these passages, and translate and publish the work. He thought with me that it would be very pleasing to the Americans and valuable to yourself.... He said he would write to you on the subject...but my appointment to come here prevented my doing it. I do not know that you have any occasion to set any value on the opinions of my countrymen. But you must allow myself to do it.... It is irksome to us to have your worth mistaken; and it is much our wish to set it in its just point of view. This would be done effectually by translating and publishing the book, having first struck out the passages which gave offence and which were of the least importance of any in it. A preface might admit the former existence of such passages, justify their insertion in what was intended for the eye of a dozen friends only, & equally justify their omission when the work is offered to the public. Perhaps you would permit to be added a translation of your letter to Mr. [Madison] on the probable influence of the revolution on our manners and laws, a work which I have read with great pleasure and wish it could be given to my countrymen. Be so good as to reflect on these things and let them be the subject of our next conversation...." When Chastellux published the full edition of his travels in 1786 as VOYAGE DE M. LE MARQUIS DE CHASTELLUX DANS L'AMÉRIQUE SEPTENTRIOALE DANS LES ANNÉES 1780, 1781 & 1782, at Jefferson's suggestion the author greatly softened the tone of (or deleted) the offending passages, most of which concerned his observations of women, including a passage describing Philip Schuyler's wife, Catherine Van Rensselaer. Chastellux's account of his travels in America, considered his most popular and enduring work, is prized among historians for his observations of American society and culture at the close of the American Revolution. An important correspondence from a leading Founding Father to the most prominent foreign traveler in Revolutionary America. PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON 7, pp.580-582. FOUNDERS ONLINE, "From Thomas Jefferson to Chastellux, 24 December 1784." http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-07-02- 0425.

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        PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL ESSAYS: Translated from the Original Latin...by Edmund Cullen, M.D....To which are added Notes and Illustrations, by the Translator.

      London, J. Murray, 1784.. 2 volumes, complete set, FIRST EDITION 1784, 8vo, approximately 220 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5¼ inches, 2 folding tables and 4 folding engraved plates, pages: xl, 1-464; xv, (1), 1-518, bound in modern full calf, decorative blind panelling to covers, gilt raised bands to spine, gilt rules and gilt decoration in compartments, contrasting gilt lettered labels (Physical misspelt Phisical), new marbled endpapers. Faint browning to edges of title pages, small light ink smudge to 2 pages, otherwise text clean throughout, light browning to 1 folding table, 2 plates faintly browned, 1 with brown staining on upper half of all 3 panels, 1 slightly misfolded. A very good set of the scarce first edition. Chapters include: aerial acid, analysis of waters, the waters of Upsal, the acidulous spring in the parish of Denmark, sea-water, the artificial preparation of cold and of hot medicated waters, the acid of sugar, the preparation of alum, antimoniated tartar, magnesia, the forms of crystals, particularly spathaceous, siliceous earth, the hydrophanous stone, the earth of gems, the turmalin stone, fulminating calx of gold, platina, the white ores of iron, nickel, arsenic, the ores of zinc, metallic precipitates, the art of assaying in the humid way, the blow-pipe and its use. A third volume was published in Edinburgh in 1791 by G. Mudie & J. & J. Fairbairn. The three volumes are seldom found together as first editions. Torbern Bergman (1735-1784) was a Swedish chemist who is most notably recognized for his 1775 Dissertation on Elective Attractions, containing the largest chemical affinity tables ever published. He was a prolific scientist, working in physics, mathematics, and physical geography as well as chemistry. After graduating with a master's degree in 1758, he became professor of mathematics at Uppsala in 1761 and later was a professor of chemistry as well as pharmacology. Sotheran, Bibliotheca Chemico-Mathematica, Volume I, page 18, 341; John Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, Volume 1, pages 98-99; A catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcombe Historical Medical Library, Volume 2, page 149; The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine, Part 2, page 41. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Army and Navy Gentleman's Companion; or A New and Complete Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Fencing.

      London, Murray, 1784. - 2. Ausgabe, erschien erstmals 1780. 3 Tle. in 1 Bd. 4°. XXII, 162 S. Mit 19 meist gefalt. Kupfertafeln. Spät. Halblederband im Stil der Zeit auf 5 Bünden mit rotem Rückenschild, RVg. und Lederecken. 1 Tafel und 1 Textseite mit Fleck. Insgesamt sehr gut erhalten. Bedeutendes englisches Werk zur Fechtkunst mit schönen Kupfertafeln. (Thimm S. 172).

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        Teilansicht, Marktplatz, "La Fontaine, Sur la gd. Placeà Bonn".

      - Kupferstich v. J. G. Sturm n. C. Dupuis, 1784, 18,7 x 29 Zu Dupuis siehe Merlo, Kölner Künstler, Spalte 206. - Einer der schönsten Barockstiche des Marktplatzes von Bonn.

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        Notes encyclopédiques.

      Lorient, 1784-1788. ____ Manuscrit inédit de Jean-Jacques Le Cointe, particulièrement bien calligraphié, contenant des réflexions philosophiques et morales, des pièces littéraires, des « bagatelles », des récits biographiques et des lettres à ses amis. Jean-Jacques Le Cointe (1724-1790) a été au service de la Compagnie des Indes pendant 30 ans, de 1742 à 1772. Entré à l'âge de 18 ans, il a commencé comme employé à la vérification des livres dans les bureaux de Paris. Il fut envoyé en 1743 au « fort royal de Saint-Louis, à Juida, côte d'Afrique » (Ouidah, au Bénin) où il resta trois ans. Il s'établit en 1743 à l'Ile de France (Ile Maurice), où il était employé au bureau de la comptabilité générale. Il a été nommé chef de bureau par la suite, trésorier et, en 1762, inspecteur général des magasions, arseneaux, ports, etc... « Sa majesté voulut bien l'honorer en 1763 de l'office de conseiller de ses conseils supérieurs des Isle de France et de Bourbon. » Malade, il rentre en France en 1771, s'installe à Lorient et bénéficie d'une pension. On trouve ces détails biographiques dans le volume IV (pp. 305-373) de ce manuscrit : « Précis des services du Sr. L. C... à la Compagnie des Indes pendant 30 ans, de 1742 à 1772. Extrait de ses correspondances et mémoires par Basire des Fontaines son gendre, Lieutenant des Vaisseaux de sa Majesté ». Jean-Jacques Le Cointe a été maire de Lorient de Février à Juin 1790 et meurt en Juillet de la même année. « J'écris, ou plutôt je barbouille du papier pour amuser ma vieillesse, pour répandre quelques fleurs sur le bord de ma tombe. » Ce manuscrit n'était pas destiné à être publié. « S'il arrive que quelqu'un d'autre que les miens s'amuse à lire ces cahiers, malgré mes précautions pour que cela n'arrive point... » L'auteur en donne cet aperçu : « Vous trouverez ainsi dans ce fatras des productions indigestes, des rêveries métaphysiques, des châteaux en Espagne, des contes à dormir debout, des lambeaux de l'histoire de ma vie, des portraits sans ressemblance, des chansons dignes du poète des Halles, des épigrammes sans pointe, des lettres en vers & en prose qui ne ressemblent pas à celles de Pline ou de Cicéron, des pensées détachées qui n'apprennent rien de nouveau, des ... cela ne finirait point. » Le ton est souvent facétieux, l'auteur s'adressant à feu son oncle Grippon, « de glorieuse mémoire » dont « les deux plus sublimes productions sont l'art de parler sans rien dire et celui d'obliger les gens en fouillant dans leurs poches ». Les parties les plus intéressantes, nous semblent être les passages autobiographiques. « Né sans le sein de la douleur, instruit à l'école de l'infortune, le besoin développa mon intelligence dans un âge où les autres hommes sentent à peine qu'ils existent & la philosophie m'adopta, pour ainsi dire, dans le berceau. » Ses parents se séparent. Il est confié à sa mère qui néglige son éducation; à l'âge de neuf ans, il ne savait toujours pas lire. Vite orphelin, il est confié à plusieurs maîtres dont un oncle curé janséniste et un maître d'école qui lui enseigne «premièrement à prier Dieu dans une langue que je n'entendais pas, mais qu'apparemment la Divinité entend mieux qu'aucun autre. Secondement à lire & à écrire dans tous les caractères usités. » Mon père, en mourant, ne m'avait laissé pour tout héritage que la bienveillance de ses amis. » Retou ou Restou, directeur de l'Académie de peinture, l'architecte Servandoni, Dupré, premier danseur de l'opéra, Jean Philippe Rameau... A la suite d'une aventure amoureuse contrariée, qu'il narre longuement, il est prié d'aller en Afrique se faire oublier pendant trois ans. Puis il poursuivra sa carrière dans la Compagnie des Indes à l'île Maurice. Ce manuscrit se fait aussi l'écho des problèmes politiques du moment. L'auteur écrit longuement sur la convocation des Etats généraux, s'étend sur le nécessaire rôle politique que doit avoir le Tiers Etat, sur l'inégalité de l'impôt dans le royaume... Il s'inquiète « des troupes qui inondent la Bretagne ». On trouve diverses pièces sur ce sujet comme sa « Lettre des citoyens de Bretagne au roi » de 1788. Le cinquième et dernier volume contient de nombreuses lettres. Celles à Mr. Steinauer, Maréchal de Camp, qu'il a connu à l'île Maurice et une étonnante correspondance avec mademoiselle Louise de Batz. Cette jeune femme était une amie de sa nièce, prématurément décédée. Ils ne sont jamais rencontrés, mais une amitié se développe au fil des lettres. Plus qu'une amitié peut-être. Dans son avant dernière lettre, la jeune mademoiselle de Batz écrit: « N'aurais-je pas pris, sans y penser, la plume de l'amour pour celle de l'amitié ? Les femmes sont si distraites ! » La même lettre se terminant par : « Adieux mon ami, mon amant intellectuel ... une femme qui ne sait qu'aimer & qui vous aime plus que toutes choses au monde. » Très intéressant manuscrit, de plus de 2000 pages, dressant le portrait d'un homme des Lumières, dont les souvenirs, nous font évidemment penser aux « Confessions » d'un autre Jean-Jacques. Il est très agréablement calligraphié par un secrétaire. (Dans le dernier volume, Le Cointe se plaint que son secrétaire a ajouté à son texte une recette contre les maux de dents !). Toutes les pages de texte sont encadrées de rouge, avec de charmants dessins sur les diverses pages de titre et de nombreux fleurons ou culs-de-lampe. Après la table des matières des premiers volumes, on lit : « Dessins de Philippe. Frontispice & cartouches De Plus ». Très bel exemplaire.*****. 5 volumes in-8. Collation : (2), 452 / (2), 534 / (2), 425 / (2), 421 / (2), 458 pp. Demi-veau brun, dos orné, dentelle d'encadrement sur les plats, étiquettes rouges et vertes, tranches rouges. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        Encyclopédie méthodique. Art militaire

      1784. A Paris, Chez Panckoucke 1784 - 1787, à Liège, chez Plomteux. 3 volumes in-4 reliés pleine-basane de l'époque. Dos à nerfs ornés de fleurosn dorés, pièces de titre et de tomaison. Tranches rouges. Manques aux coiffes et en queues. Coins émoussés. Mors inférieurs des tomes 1 et 2 ouverts. Tome 1 de A à C : 1 feuillet blanc, faux-titre, titre, VIII + 783 pages, 1 feuillet blanc. Tome 2 de C à G : 1 feuillet blanc, faux-titre, titre, 800 pages, 1 feuillet blanc. Tome 3 de G à Z : 1 feuillet blanc, faux-titre, titre, 753 pages, 1 feuillet blanc. Texte sur 2 colonnes. La partie militaire a été principalement rédigée par Louis Keralio, professeur de tactique à l'École militaire à partir de 1769, auteur du Discours préliminaire.

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        Télephe en XII livres.

      Londres; et se trouve à Paris: Pissot, 1784. Octavo, woodcut vignette on title, early inscribed attribution 'Par Mr de Péméyea'; contemporary French quarter calf. First edition of this antiquarian utopia set in Minoan Crete, chronicling the reconciliation of all strata of society. The success of this novel by the Professeur d'éloquence at the Royal College at la Flèche led to several editions within a few years. Like so many books of the imaginary voyage tradition, this work takes Fénélon's Télémaque as its template, and has a similarly socialist distrust of private property and the evils of slavery. Paper boards a bit rubbed.

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        Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Chirurgie - tomes 4 & 5

      1784. A Paris, chez Didot le jeune, 1784. 2 volumes in/4 reliure plein veau moucheté du temps, dos à nerfs à caissons et pièces de titres bordeaux, tranches rouges, bandeau, culs de lampes, vol 4 : 2 f., 699 p., 9 planches - vol. 5 : 16 f., 926 p., 19 planches. Vol. 4 : un accroc sur le bord du plat supérieur, petits défauts aux coiffes, coins usés, rares rousseurs ; vol. 5 : légères usures aux coins, rare rousseurs. 2 books in 4to in contemporary full speckled calf, ribbed spine with gilt compartments & red labels, red edges, head & tail-pieces, vol 4 : [2], 699 p., 9 plates - vol. 5 : [16], 926 p., 19 plates. Few flaws : sporadic foxing, vol 4 : tear on border of the upper board, loss on tips, corners rubbed - vol. 5 : corners slightly rubbbed. relié DeCollection

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        The London Art of Cookery, and housekeeper's complete assistant.

      8vo., engraved portrait frontispiece, 12 engraved plates of "bills of fare", xx + 459 + (1)pp., with advertisements on verso of final leaf, portrait slightly offset, contemporary sheep, neatly and sympathetically rebacked with gilt lines and old label. A very good copy.Publisher: London: J. Scatchard and J. Whitaker; and J. Fielding.Year: 1784Edition: Cagle 676. Maclean p.50. Oxford p.114n. This edition not in Vicaire or Bitting.

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        Essai sur la Franc-Maçonnerie ou du but essentiel & fondamental de la F:. M:., de la possibilité & de la nécessité de la réunion des différens systèmes ou branches de la M:., du Régime convenable à ces Systèmes réunis, & des loix Maç:.

      à Latomopolis (Nancy), chez Xiste Andron, 1784, 2 vol. in 8°, de LX-260pp. & 416pp., avec deux grands tableaux se dépl., rel. en 1 vol. demi-chagrin vert XIXe, dos lisse orné d'un fer maçonnique, frappé en queue au nom "Ducros, S.G.C.D.T." (Souv. Gd. Commandeur du Temple), papier lég. bruni sinon bon exemplaire. Un des ouvrages maçonniques les plus rares. Beyerlé Conseiller à la Cour de Nancy fut un membre éminent du système chevaleresque allemand de la Stricte Observance sous le titre d'Eques a fascia. Lors du Convent de Wilhelmsbad en 1782 il fut un défenseur de l'orientation templière et prit donc position contre la réforme de Willermoz. Ce traité paru 2 ans après constitue une sorte de réconciliation avec le Régime Ecossais Rectifié de Willermoz, c'est une tentative d'unification des différents systèmes maçonniques dans un esprit purement rectifié et chevaleresque. "De la nécessité de la réunion des différens systèmes, de la double doctrine de la F.M., de la Charité, de la Bienfaisance, du Gouvernement des Loges, de la division territoriale, administration du Corps Maçonnique, organisation des Loges, fonctions et composition, les Chevaliers-Maçons, le Député Maître, les Commanderies, les Préfets, le Chapitre prioral, les Directoires, le Grand-Maître-Général..." ¶ Cat. maç. Bibl. Lyon n°104 - Caillet 1128 - Dorbon n°5467 "très rare. "- Fesch p.167 - Cat. Nourry n°36 de 1928 "Ouvrage de la plus grande rareté."

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        STORIA DELL'AUGUSTA BADIA DI S. SILVESTRO DI NONANTOLA AGGIUNTOVI IL CODICE DIPLOMATICO DELLA MEDESIMA ILLUSTRATO CON NOTE

      MODENA: PRESSO LA SOCIETA TIPOGRAFICA, 1784. In folio. cm. 38,5x27. Pp. XIX+526+(4). Splendida opera del 1784, la storia della Badia di Nonantola scritta da Girolamo Tiraboschi (1731-1794). L'opera era composta da due tomi, siamo purtroppo in possesso solo del primo tomo contenente tutte le incisioni e pagine ma mancante della carta.<BR>L'opera descrive i beni e le proprietà della Badia includendo quindi i territori di Modena, Bologna, Avellana, Solara, Frignano, Cremona, Pavia, Milano, Mantova, Piacenza, Parma, Ferrara, Valfabbrica nella diocesi di Assisi, Nocera Umbra, Sassoferrato. Una parte dedicata allo stato di Modena a partire dal XII secolo, Vescovi di Modena, storia della Badia di Nonantola dalla sua fondazione fino al presente (tra cui descrizione della biblioteca), Delle chiese e dei beni che il Monastero di Nonantola avea in diverse parti d'Italia. Alla fine del volume lista dei vescovi di Modena, Abati del Monastero di Nonantola, abati, vicari. Il testo è impreziosito da più di 43 finissime incisioni su rame nel testo di Carlo Antonini (1740-1821) che mostrano numerose vedute: Nonantola, palazzo seminario abbaziale, Modena, cattedrale di Modena, San Silvestro di Nonantola, Fanano, Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo di Nonantola, Bologna, Castelvetro, Chiesa di san Luca di Camurana, Sestola, Crevalcore, Serra Sant Abbondio, Monastero di Fonte Avellana, e alcune scene allegoriche, delle quali una al frontespizio coperta da velina. Antica firma di possesso all'occhietto. In buone condizioni. Copertina in mezza tela novecentesca in ottime condizioni generali con lievi usure ai margini e dorso (vedere foto). Legatura in ottime condizioni. All'interno le pagine si presentano in buone condizioni con rare fioriture. Parte mancante al margine inferiore dell'occhietto ma restaurata. Segni di restauro al margine inferiore e a quello destro fino a pag. V. Piccole parti mancanti al margine destro da pag. 309 a 216 senza perdita di testo. Piccola galleria di tarlo al margine di piegatrura da pag. 519 alla fine senza perdita di testo. Faboulous work of 1784, the history of Badia of Nonantola written by Girolamo Tiraboschi (1731-1794). The work was made up of two tomes, unfortunately we only have the first tome containing all prints and pages but without the map. The author describes the goods belonging to Badia so including the areas of Modena, Bologna, Avellana, Solara, Frignano, Cremona, Pavia, Milano, Mantova, Piacenza, Parma, Ferrara, Valfabbrica nella diocesi di Assisi, Nocera Umbra, Sassoferrato. A part is dedicated to the history of state of Modena from XII century, Byshops of Modena, history of Badia di Nonantola from its establishment until present times (description of library also), Churches and goods Nonantola had in different parts of Italy. The text is enriched of more than 43 very fine copper prints in the text engraved by Carlo Antonini (1740-1821) showing different views: Nonantola, palazzo seminario abbaziale, Modena, cattedrale di Modena, San Silvestro di Nonantola, Fanano, Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo di Nonantola, Bologna, Castelvetro, Chiesa di san Luca di Camurana, Sestola, Crevalcore, Serra Sant Abbondio, Monastero di Fonte Avellana, and some allegorical scenes, one of them in the title page covered with tissue paper. Ancient signature of the former owner. In good conditions. Half cloth cover of XX century in very good general conditions slightly worn in the edges and spine (see the photo). Binding in very good conditions. Inside pages are in good conditions with occasional foxings. Missing restored part in the first title page. Restauration sign in the lower and right edge until pag. V. Little missing parts in the right edge from pag. 309 until 216 with no loss of text. Little worming in the folding edge from pag. 519 until the end with no loss of text.

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        La vie privée d'un prince célèbre, ou détails des loisirs du prince Henri de Prusse dans sa retraite de Reinsberg

      à Veropolis (Berlin), 1784, pet. in 8°, de 96pp., - broché à la suite : [FRÉDÉRIC II de Prusse] Éloge du prince Henri de Prusse, de main de maître... lu dans l'assemblée extraordinaire de l'Académie royale des sciences de Berlin, le 30 décembre 1767, par le roi de Prusse, à Berlin, s.n. 1768, de 32pp., vignette au titre, le tout en 1 vol. broché papier gris époque, étiquette sur chacun des plats, rousseurs sinon bon exemplaire. -1) Rare témoignage de Louis Joseph Ph. Guyton de Morveau (frère du célèbre chimiste) connu dans la maison du prince de Prusse, sous le nom de "Brumore". Il fut en effet bibliothécaire du Roi de Prusse et offre ici un témoignage de première main sur la vie au château de Rheinsberg. Le Prince Henri de Prusse, frère du roi, fut reçu dans la maçonnerie à la loge l'Union à Berlin. La Cour très francophile de Berlin se passionnait pour l'hermétisme, la philosophie et l'illuminisme, c'est là que Guyton de Morveau y connut le comédien Le Bauld de Nans Vénérable de la Loge Royal-York de l'amitié, Dom A.-J. Pernety, mais aussi la chanteuse Brumore, dont il usera du nom comme pseudonyme. On sait que Pernety et Brumore, après leur séjour auprès des illuminés de Berlin, fondèrent ensuite les "illuminés d'Avignon", avec le singulier Comte polonais Grabianka qu'ils connurent aussi à Berlin. D'ailleurs les fameux oracles de la Sainte Parole commencèrent à Berlin sans doute dès 1779. Brunmore ne s'installera à Avignon qu'en octobre 1784, et il décéda subitement lors d'un voyage à Rome en 1786. ¶ Barbier IV. 984 (attribué aussi à Mirabeau) - cf. J. Bricaud illuminés d'Avignon (1927) - Serge Caillet illuminés d'Avignon (Polit. Herm. n°21 2007)-2) Éloge fait par le Roi Frédéric II lui-même, du jeune prince Henri de Prusse, mort à dix-neuf ans de la petite vérole, au mois de mai 1767. Cette édition de 38pp. semble rarissime, l'édition de Berlin Ch. Fr. Voss à la même date n'a que 30pp. ¶ cat. KVK (3ex. seulement)

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        A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals . to which are prefixed a history of the language, and an English grammar.

      London: Printed for W. Strahan, for W. Strahan, J. & F. Rivington, Etc, 1784. Complete in 2 volumes. Books measure 17 x 11 inches. Last edition to be published in Johnson's life time, last 2 volume folio edition. Bound in full calf, raised bands, ornate gilt tooling, leather title labels. Both volumes rebacked, retaining the original boards. Boards rubbed, with age wear, scuffed, repaired on edges and corners.Both bindings in very good clean firm condition. Internally, some marking/staining to one endpaper. Pages in very good clean condition. A very nice clean set, in very attractive bindings. . Fifth Edition. Very Good Plus. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.

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        Memoria sobre la bonificación de los vinos en el tiempo de su fermentación y sobre la teórica y práctica del arte de hacer vino

      Oficina de Don Antonio de Sancha, Madrid 1784 - Josf Navarro, Mas y Marquet, ciudadano honrado de Barcelona, Señor de los lugares de Tudela y Caras y Director de Agricultura en la Real Academia de Ciencias de la propia ciudad 1 volumen(es)/volume(s) 116 páginas

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        Les Voyages d'Amour, Fils de Venus.

      Paris: ches Theophile Barrois, 1784. Duodecimo; a fine copy in nineteenth-century French quarter red morocco. First edition: a paradise on the Island of Venus. Evidently largely unknown to bibliographers, this charming work tells of the edenic Island of Venus, its natural beauty and exotic fauna completely unspoiled by any human influence. Using this as a backdrop, the work recounts the suitably idyllic adventures of Amour, the son of Venus, and his friends Morpheus, Eve and Zéphire. The short work ends with the parting wish: 'Si cette première Partie est reçue avec indulgence, on donnera la seconde.' The continuation, Voyages du Prince Amour followed in 1789 (although Barbier lists it as the second edition of this work). Spine fading.

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        THE WONDERFUL LIFE, AND SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF THAT RENOWNED HERO, ROBINSON CRUSOE: Who lived Twenty-eight Years on an Uninhabited Island, Which he afterwards colonised.

      160 pages. Full-page wood-engraved frontispiece, and six full-page wood-engravings included within the pagination. Contemporary untitled calf with simple gilt banding. 32mo. Spine cracked and with loss of 1.5 cm's. at the head; tiny blank corner torn from one leaf; else a remarkably fresh, clean copy of a rare printing. Contained in a morocco-backed folding box with gilt title.Roscoe. J93[2]., lists 2 copies only of this edition: U.S.A., Library of Congress. U.K., Somerset County Library. Of the four earlier editions he lists, only the Oppenheimer copy of the first edition has appeared at auction.

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        Traité curieux des charmes de l'amour conjugal dans ce monde et dans l'autre, traduit du latin par M. de Brumore.

      Berlin & Basle, chez George-Jacques & J. Henri Decker, 1784, de 2ff. 206pp., cart. papier marbré genre ancien, étiquette manuscrite au dos, bon exemplaire. Très rare ouvrage pour le moins curieux, du célèbre mystique suédois : "Les noces dans le Ciel, état des époux après la mort, du chaste et du non-chaste, changement d'état par le mariage, froideurs séparations divorces, de la polygamie, de la fornication, du concubinage, des adultères, du désir libidineux de défloration, et séduction des innocences...". L'édition latine a paru à Amsterdam en 1768. Le traducteur Brumore (Philibert Guyton de Morveau) fut un des membres éminents des Illuminés d'Avignon de Dom Pernéty, participant activement à l'oracle de la "Sainte-Parole". ¶ Guaïta n°998 "très rare...." - Dorbon n°4724 "De Brumore est le pseudonyme du médecin autunois Guyton, frère du célèbre chimiste Guyton de Morveau." - Caillet n°10483 rapporte les "licences extrêmes" que s'est permis Guyton dans sa traduction... - Quérard Fr. Litt. IX. 301"le même ouvrage (a paru) sous ce titre: Les délices de la sagesse sur l'amour conjugal et les voluptés de la folie sur l'amour scrotatoire..."

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        Bibliothek der Geschichte der Menschheit. Fünfter und sechster Band in einem Band ( von insgesamt 8 erschienenen Bänden ).

      Weidmanns Erben und Reich, Leipzig 1784 - ( Ohne Verfasserangabe &#150; Verfasser ermittelt ) Mit 248; 363 Seiten, goldgeprägter Oldr mit marmorierten Vorsatzpapieren und umlaufendem Rotschnitt, 8° ( 16,5 x 10 cm ). Inhalt des 5. Bandes: Beschreibung der Chinesen. Aus den besten Reisebeschreibungen gesammelt &#150; Erster Band: Von den Eigenschaften, Sitten und Gewohnheiten der Chinesen mit u.a.: Von ihrer Gestalt, ihren Eigenschaften, und ihrer Kleidung &#150; Von den Ceremonien, die sie bei ihren Grüssen, Höflichkeitsbezeugungen und Besuchen beobachten &#150; Von ihren Gastereien und Speisen &#150; Von ihren Ehebündnissen &#150; Von ihrer Trauer und Leichenbegängnissen &#150; Pracht der Chinesen bei ihren Reisen, Festen und öffentlichen Werken ( und zwar was die Städte angeht &#150; Pracht bei ihren Landstrassen, Kanälen, Schleusen und Brücken ); Inhalt des 6. Bandes: Beschreibung der Chinesen. Aus den besten Reisebeschreibungen gesammelt &#150; Zweiter Band: Von den Eigenschaften, Sitten und Gewohnheiten der Chinesen mit u.a.: Die verschiedenen Klassen, in welche die Einwohner von China getheilt werden &#150; Die Klasse des Adels, welche die Mandarinen und Gelehrten mit unter sich begreift &#150; Die Hauswirthe und das Ansehen, in dem der Feldbau steht, ingleichen von der Fischerei der Chinesen - Die Klasse der Kaufleute, nebst der Schiffahrt und dem Handel der Chinesen ( Ihr einheimischer und fremder Handel &#150; Ihre Schiffahrt ) - Bequemlichkeit zu Lane zu reisen und die Sachen fortzuschaffen &#150; Münzen, Geld, Gewichte und Maße &#150; Klasse der Handwerker und Künstler ( mit: wie die Seidenwürmer gezogen werden und wie die Seide erhalten wird &#150; Vom Porzellan und dessen Verfertigung &#150; Papier, Tinte und Pinsel in China, nebst der Art Bücher zu drucken und zu binden. Der Einband berieben, etwas fleckig, Ecken und Kanten bestoßen, Bindung gelockert. Das Titelschildchen auf dem schmalen Einbandrücken fehlt. Innen mit mehreren alten Besitzvermerken auf dem Vorsatzblatt. Einige Seiten gering fleckig bzw. stockfleckig, wenige Seiten gering angeknickt bzw. etwas eselsohrig. Insgesamt von recht guter Erhaltung. - sehr selten - ( Gewicht 350 Gramm ) ( Die Fortsetzung zu der Beschreibung Chinas und der Chinesen mit dem 3. + 4. Buch hierzu finden Sie unter meiner Bestellnummer 14915 &#150; sofern verfügbar ) ( Lagerort: Richey, DG )

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        Lettres d'un cultivateur américain écrites à W. S. Ecuyer, depuis l'année 1770, jusqu'à 1781. Traduites de l'anglais par ***.

      Paris, chez Cuchet, 1784, 2 vol. in 8°, de XXIV- 2ff. d'errata 422pp.1f. de table et 2ff. IV-400pp. 1f. de table, pl. veau marbré époque, dos lisse orné, p. de t. rouge et noire, bel exemplaire. (ex-libris mss. Mme de La Baugisière, 1786) Edition originale française refondue par l'auteur, corrigée et augmentée d'un second volume. La première édition en anglais ayant paru à Londres en 1782. Crèvecoeur, agronome français, s'embarqua pour l'Amérique en 1754 afin d'explorer les colonies anglaises. Il fonda un établissement agricole à New York. Capturé par les Anglais pendant la guerre d'indépendance, ses biens furent pillés. De retour en France, il s'embarqua à nouveau en 1783 en qualité de Consul de France. Il vécut en tout 24 ans en Amérique. L'ouvrage est dédié au marquis de La Fayette. D'un point de vue agricole, il introduisit la culture de la pomme de terre en Normandie, et celle de la luzerne aux États-Unis. C'est un témoignage capital sur la vie américaine, les moeurs, les coutumes, aussi bien des colons que des indiens. ¶ Howes C.883 "Description of American life of great influence in attracting European immigration in the post-revolutionary period. As literature unexcelled by any American work of the eighteenth century" - Sabin 17494 - Monaghan 502.

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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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        [A View of the Town and Harbour of St Peter and St Paul, in Kamtschatka].

      London: circa 1784. Engraving, 253 x 533 mm. to plate mark, paper size 290 x 540 mm.; a little light old creasing at right side; in fine condition. Rare proof impression of one of the most atmospheric views made by Webber to illustrate Cook's third voyage: the St Peter and Paul, ostrog as seen during the expedition's first visit to Avacha Bay.This wonderful panorama of St Peter and St Paul, with Cook's ships at anchor in Avacha Bay, would later appear as plate 74 in the atlas to the official account of the third voyage. Webber's image depicts the small Kamchatkan settlement with its inhabitants fishing in front of their distinctive dwellings, all in an untouched landscape with wooded coastline and distant snow-covered mountains. It offers an arcadian vision of the place wildly at variance with what it would become: modern Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, now a major commercial port and the home of Russia's nuclear submarine fleet. It was at St Peter and St Paul that the battered vessels called in late April 1779, and here that Major Behm agreed to take the news of Cook's death overland to St. Petersburg.This is an early state of the print, before letters. The temporary credits here scratched into the plate are differently worded to the final version that would appear in the publication: here there is no caption identifying the view and the image is identified as "Drawn from Nature by J. Webber" and "Engraved by B.T. Pouncy". In the finished version these would be differently expressed as "J. Webber del." and "B.T. Pouncy sc.". The proof engraving is printed on a noticeably different paper and its inking is distinctly finer than the examples of the finished version with which we have compared it. The result is a greater tonal quality.Joppien and Smith discuss the Kamchatkan visit at some length in both text and catalogue volumes of their study of the art of Cook's third voyage. In their description of the related watercolour view now in the Dixson Library in Sydney they note that the original version has probably been lost and that the Dixson watercolour is probably related to the engraving process. This is a desirable and rare version of one of Webber's most successful images from Cook's third voyage.

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        Descrizione delle esperienze della macchina aerostatica dei Signori di Montgolfier seguita da richerche sopra laltezza Da una memoria sopra il Gaz infiammabile Da una lettere intorno ai mezzi di dirigere queste Macchine Venice alla stamperia Graziosi

      

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         Description des expériences de la machine aérostatique de MM. de Montgolfier et de celles auxquelles cette découverte a donné lieu; suivie de Recherches sur la hauteur à laquelle est parvenu le Ballon du Champ-de-Mars... D'un Mémoire sur le gaz inflammable.... D'une lettre sur les moyens de diriger ces Machines...

      à Paris et se trouve à Bruxelles, chez B. Le Francq, 1784, in 8°, de XXIX-204pp., ill. de 9 planches gravées de Ballons h. t. et d'un tableau dépl., cart. papier marbré bleu lég. postérieur, p. de t. marron, papier très lég. bruni sinon bon exemplaire. 3e édition parue en Belgique un an après l'originale française, du premier livre sur l'expérience aérostatique des frères Montgolfier du 1er Septembre 1783. Cette édition contient le supplément sur l'expérience du Château de la Muette du 21 Novembre 1783, en pagination continue à la suite. Ce nouveau vol constitue le premier voyage aérien en ballon libre, effectué par Pilâtre de Rozier, avec un survol de Paris de 25 minutes et une altitude de milles mètres. ¶ Brockett 4376 (2e édit. de Paris) - Collection Nadar n°32387 (idem)- Dibner 179 - Tissandier p.21 (seulement les deux édit. parisiennes) - Printing and M. of M. n°229 "Faujas de Saint-Fond's Description of the aeral machine of MM. Montgolfier was the earliest record of the flight, written and published in the very year of its accomplishement (1783). It is the first serious treatise on aerostation as a practical possibility" - En français dans le texte n°175 "Faujas de Saint-Fond sera pour chaque expérience le témoin privilégié..."

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        Notice des principaux Articles qui composent la Bibliotheque de feu M. le l'Abbé Viet, Prieur de S. Ouën; Dont la Vente se fera en sa maison…Mardi 3 Février 1784, & jour suivant…

      9 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. [Paris]: Nyon l'aîné, [1784]. Rare; WorldCat locates only the BnF copy. 137 lots and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. The library contains surprisingly few books of a religious nature and quite a number of books in the sciences and literature. Most of the books are 18th century. Fine copy.

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        A General Chart: Exhibiting the Discoveries made by Capt.n James Cook in this and his two preceeding Voyages; with the tracks of the Ships under his Command. By Lieu.t Hen.y Roberts of His Majesty's Royal Navy. Engraved by W. Palmer.

      Sheet size: 67 x 101 cm. Plate mark: 61 x 94.8 cm. Uncoloured as issued. Folded into four as issue in the Atlas volume of . Cook, James. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere, to Determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; Its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. 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. Published 1784. Tiny hole [pin-hole size] at very centre of fold; short tear in blank margin; else an excellent example with wide margins.

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        CHART of the N W COAST of AMERICA and N E COAST of ASIA explored in the Years 1778 & 1779. The ushaded parts of the Coast of Asia are taken from a M S Chart received from the Russians. Writing engraved by T. Harmer. [Copied by Lieut. Henry Roberts.]

      Sheet size: 55 x 76 cm. Plate mark: 42.2 x 69 cm. Uncoloured as issued. Centrefold as issue in the Atlas volume of Cook, James. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere, to Determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; Its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. 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. Published 1784. An excellent example with wide margins.

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        The toilet of flora;

      12mo., engraved frontispiece of The Three Graces, (24)252pp., including the half-title, a little, mainly marginal, browning and spotting, some light soiling, early ownership names on endpapers, contemporary mottled sheep, appropriately rebacked to match, gilt lettered. A good copy.Publisher: London, J. Murray; and W. Nicoll.Year: 1784Edition: One of four early editions (1772, 1775, 1779 and 1784), each pretty scarce. Maclean (18th century household and cookery books) p.20.

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        Portraits of Captain James King and Hawkesworth.

      London: Alex Hogg, n.d., but circa, 1784. Pair of engraved portraits on single sheet, 240 x 380 mm. Striking oval portraits of two men involved in the publication of Cook's voyages, from Anderson's Voyages of Captain Cook. Hawkesworth was of course the writer who published Cook's first voyage (Cook was among many who disliked the results)In 1771 John Hawkesworth (c.1720-1773) was appointed by Lord Sandwich, then first Lord of the Admiralty, to revise and publish Cook's voyages to the Pacific. This was issued in three volumes, quarto, and covers narrative edited from Cook's journals of his first voyage, plus the voyages of several of his predecessors in the Southern oceans. James King (1750-1784) was the astronomer recommended by Dr Thomas Hornsby to accompany Cook's third voyage. He was appointed to the Resolution as second lieutenant and reportedly was ashore taking sights at the time of Cook's death in 1779. Following Cook's death he helped lead the ships on the remainder of the voyage, also completing Cook's account of the voyage prior to his early death from tuberculosis. Good.

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        The Universal Magazine (of Knowledge and Pleasure). 1784 (July through December).

      London. William Bent. 1784. Half-leather bound volume 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 336 pp. plus Supplement (pp. 337-383) and 4 pp. index. Engraved bookplate by I.C. Berndt. Leather spine perished; abrasions to corners and boards; boards loose but holding; title page and first page of July number detached; contents in good clean condition. Volume contains 15 engraved plates, including 7 relating to Cook's Voyages, plus a folding map, "Chart of the NW Coast of America and NE Coast of Asia," 10 1/2 x 18 inches, in good condition (several breaks at folds; 1 inch tear entering image at left margin). The Universal Magazine published in serial form the account of Captain Cook's voyage to the Northern Hemisphere. A note in the July number states the account continues from the June Supplement. The narrative in the present volume continues through the death of Cook. Plates relating to the voyage are King and Woman of the Friendly Islands; Two Women of Otaheite; a Morai in Atooi; Man and Woman of Nootka Sound; Man and Woman of Prince Williams Sound; Man and Woman of Oonalashka; and a portrait of Cook. All but the portrait of Cook and the Morai plate are double images. The volume also includes a portrait of "Dr. (Samuel) Johnson" in recognition of "Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Late Dr. Samuel Johnson." Of further interest is an illustrated account of the first manned balloon flight in England, "Mr. Lunardi's Aerial Voyage" (an "inflammable air balloon" fitted with oars) from London to Hertfordshire, on which Lunardi had for companions "a dog, a cat, and two pigeons." The volume contains much of interest with content pertaining to literature, exploration, and a landmark in the history of flight. The volume would merit rehabilitation.

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        Essai d'une théorie sur la structure des crystaux appliquée a plusiers genres de substances crystallisées

      Paris: Gogue & Nee de la Rochelle, 1784. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo. (192x120 mm). [8], 236 pp. Half-title, 8 folding engraved plates by Sellier after Fossier. Contemporary quarter calf, spine gilt. Somewhat browned and foxed, half title stronger). ----Dibner 92; Horblit 47; Sparrow 93; Norman 1021-1022, Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 1020; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 53-6. - FIRST EDITION of the work that laid the foundation for the mathematical theory of crystal structure. Often thought of as the founder of crystallography, Hauy proposed the idea of the crystal molecule and recognized that, based on the discontinuity principle, there are limited varieties of a crystal species. (Dibner). Haüy's first printed book, this work was instrumental in establishing a solid foundation on which modern theories of crystal structure rest. In it, Haüy brought together the advances in crystallography made by Romé de l'Isle, Bergman and others into a coherent structural theory, based on the structural unit, the "molecule constituante" (later renamed by him to "molecule integrante"). Haüy's model depicted crystals as built up out of these molecular units which were polyhedral in form. Haüy also theorized a common "nucleus" or "primitive form" for all crystals of the same "species." This primative form was often revealed by cleavage of a crystal symmetrically along its angles and edges. Haüy's theory of crystal structure changed little in its essentials during the remainder of his career, which went on for almost forty years after the publication of the Essai. (Mineralogical Record online Library). Near Fine.

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        Dirigible Design ] Mémoire sur l'équilibre des machines aérostatiques, sur les différents moyens de les faire monter et descendre, et spécialement sur celui d'exécuter ces man?uvres, sans jeter de lest, et sans perdre d'air inflammable, en ménageant dans le ballon une capacité particulière, destinée à renfermer de l'air atmosphérique

      Au Bureau du Journal de Physique, Paris 1784 - First Edition. 480 pages. 4to. (7 3/5 inches x 10 inches) Recent 3/4 leather over marbled boards. Bright and clean internally, with very occasional spotting. We offer the entire Volume XXV [25] (July-December 1784) of Observations sur La Physique, Sur L'Histoire Naturelle et sur les Arts, Avec des Planches en Taille-Douce Dediees A Mgr. Le Comte D'Artois; Par M. l'Abbe Rozier, M. J. A. Mongez. The article by Meusnier is on pp. 39-47. INCLUDES a followup-article pages 48-69. Text in French. Boards. In 1783 Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier constructed a full sized hot air balloon and demonstrated it for King Louis XVI - one of the very first balloon ascensions. A detailed report was made 'immediately after the attempt with the aerostatic machine' and signed by members of the Academie de Sciences Francaise. The machine was 70 feet high, and stayed up for twenty to twenty five minutes. "This first passenger flight was a spectacular success." Other Frenchmen Jacques Alexandre Cesar Charles and Pilatre de Rozier quickly built variations - some successful, some tragic.The only real control these pioneering balloonists had was buoyancy - how far up or down they soared. Steering was a mighty wish, but the wind was the real master without active steering control coupled with propulsion. Propulsion and control experiments quickly became the rage, including gunpowder charges, movable wings, riggings of sails, rotating screws, and oarsmen with silk covered oars. None worked very well.Enter Jean Baptiste Meusnier, who on leave of absence from his work as a military engineer at the Cherbourg harborworks was fascinated by this new field, "aerostation". After some study, on December 1783 he read before the Academy the paper offered here, the first published on these "machines", and the next month was elected a full member, immediately appointed to a committee on aerostation along with Lavoisier, Berthollet, and Codorcet. The results of his work on this committee were presented ina follow-on report read in November 1784 which included a theory and detailed construction plans for dirigible balloons. Although it "led to no practical results at the time", the new work was important and pioneering. Some of his ideas were tested by the Roberts brothers who flew a dirigible shaped balloon for seven hours during 1784, but the real test of the designs really required a means of propulsion that wouldn't exist for nearly 100 years - a small, lightweight engine. As with many innovators and futurists, Meusnier was well ahead of the technology his time afforded. Meusnier unfortunately died before he could test out his own theories.Other articles in the volume include work by Franz Karl Achard ("sur les altérations que le feu de fusion fait éprouver à la terre des végétaux, mêlée avec les autres terres pures" and "sur la vitrification de la terre alumineuse mêlée en proportions differentes & connues avec des sels" and one other), chemist M. Pelletier on salts, an article by Cavallo on an air pump, de Fouchy on measuring densities of the atmosphere, an article by Woulfe "nouveau procede pour faire l'ether nitreux", experiments on the air by cavendish, etc. etc. Beautifully engraved plates accompany some articles.The title of this paper translates to: "On the balance of aerostatic machines, on different ways to move them up and down, and especially on that of executing these maneuvers without throwing ballast and without losing inflammable air, providing in particular the ball capacity , for containing atmospheric air" and is a pioneering work on the subject.See "The Zeppelin Story" by W. Robert Nitske (A.S. Barnes & Company, 1977) and DSB IX, pp. 342-44 for more details. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Death of Captain Cook.

      London: J. Webber, 1 January 1784. Engraving, 425 x 575 mm. (image size), with the caption; a fine, strong impression, mounted and framed. The rare first appearance of the Bartolozzi rendering of John Webber's famous depiction of Cook's death. This is the largest version of the image, separately issued in January 1784.John Webber was one of the most accomplished of all of Cook's artists, and although not an eye-witness to the specifics of Cook's death at Kealakekua Bay, he was aboard ship in the bay at the time, and it is scarcely surprising that on his return he painted his own version of the most famous event in the entire voyage. Indeed, he is known to have completed at least two versions, the first in watercolours and the second in oils. Although several different depictions of the scene in Hawaii were current, Webber's is perhaps the most famous version of this cataclysmic event. Reflecting the general opinion prevailing in published accounts of the voyage, the image, as Joppien and Smith argue, shows Cook as 'an innocent victim, killed in the act of pleading for peace'.Two leading artists worked on the separately issued engraving; Francesco Bartolozzi was responsible for the figures and William Byrne the accompanying landscape.

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        An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke, in His Majesty's Ships Resolution and Discovery... including a faithful Account of all their Discoveries, and the unfortunate Death of Captain Cook... The Third Edition.

      London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1784. Two volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates, bound with half-titles and directions for placing the cuts; in twentieth-century red morocco, gilt. A most attractive set: this is the uncommon third edition of an important account of Cook's third voyage. Written by the assistant surgeon Ellis, it is 'an important supplement to the official account' (Forbes).Ellis, surgeon's mate and talented amateur artist, sailed first on the Discovery and later on the Resolution. During the voyage he was esteemed by Captain Clerke as a 'very worthy young man'. On his return he was in financial straits and, despite the prohibition by the Admiralty of the publication of any unauthorised account of the voyage, sold his narrative to a London publisher for fifty guineas. It was published over his name, and was thus the first account of the expedition to acknowledge its authorship, earning the condemnation of Sir Joseph Banks, who wrote to him in January 1782 that 'I fear it will not in future be in my power to do what it might have been, had you asked and followed my advice'. Ellis died in 1785 after a fall from the main mast of a ship lying at Ostend.Ellis' narrative includes a chapter devoted to their visit to Van Diemen's Land in January 1777, in the course of which Ellis painted a famous watercolour view of Adventure Bay, now in the National Library of Australia. There is much valuable information on Alaska, the Northwest Coast, and Hawaii, and the attractive engraved plates, after the author's drawings, include eight of Hawaii, two of Alaska, and three of the Northwest Coast. The plates show Ellis to have been a talented amateur artist, and represent a significant and very early contribution to the graphic record of the voyage.This third edition is quite rare, and Forbes was only able to locate some six copies internationally. Testament to its rarity is the fact that it is in neither of the catalogues of the Hill nor the Kroepelien collections of voyage books. A very good copy.

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        A Journal of a Voyage round the world, in His Majesty's Ship the Dolphin... By a Midshipman on Board the said Ship.

      London: A. Manson, P. Denham, W. Robertson, and F. Nicholson n.d. but c. 1784. Small octavo, 93 pp., early owner's names on endpapers; an excellent copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, An uncommon edition of the Byron voyage in excellent original condition. The earliest accounts of the Byron voyage were printed in 1767, when their tales of the Patagonian giants became the rage of London, but this reprint from the 1780s would have been issued to capitalise on interest in Cook's voyages.Byron's voyage to the Pacific was the first major English voyage in the region since Anson, and would become the first part of Hawkesworth's famous compendium of South Sea voyages. This anonymous account, traditionally ascribed to Charles Clerke, a midshipman on the Dolphin under Byron, became the basis for a dozen or more European editions and translations over the next twenty years. Clerke later served with Captain Cook on all three of his voyages, succeeding him as commander of the third voyage but shortly after dying of tuberculosis at Petropavlovsk in August 1779.This is one of the so-called "Midshipman" editions, with the title noting "by a Midshipman on board" (most editions promoted the anonymous author to "officer"). The first midshipman title appears to be the one published by M. Cooper in London in 1767. Another edition was printed for A. Millar and J. Hodges in 1784: the pagination of the Millar/Hodges copy corresponds exactly with this edition, which is the strongest evidence of the date of publication.In any version the Midshipman editions are rare: no copy is noted, for example, in major Pacific catalogues including those of Kroepelien, Hill, and Parsons. A handful of copies is known in Australian and international institutions, but this edition is very uncommonly offered for sale. Rebacked with most of the original spine laid down, bumped.

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        The Death of Captain Cook, In February 1779 by the murdering Dagger of a Barbarian at Carakakooa, in one of the Sandwich Isles. He having there become a Victim to his own Humanity. The Distressing Scene, is Part of the Original Plate after Webber by Messrs Bartolozzi & Byrne.

      London: Sold in Spur Street, Leicester Square, n.d. but, 1784. Oval engraving, 350 x 265 mm. (image size); crease in lower margin, otherwise in very good condition. Exceptionally rare variant of the famous engraving of Cook's death showing, as the caption notes, "Part of the Original Plate after Webber". This is only rarely seen: the only copy catalogued by Joppien and Smith was in the British Museum.Based on the oil painting executed by Webber soon after he returned to London in 1780, the full-size version of the engraving was first issued early in 1784: Francesco Bartolozzi was responsible for the figures in the engraving and William Byrne produced the landscape.Quickly becoming the most famous of all eighteenth-century depictions of the massacre, the view appeared at about the same time as the official third voyage account was published. This was no coincidence: although lavishly illustrated by Webber, the official account did not include any depiction of the most famous scene of the entire voyage, the death of Captain Cook. As a result, the iconic engraving is often seen bound into extra-illustrated editions of the third voyage account.Reflecting the general opinion prevailing in published accounts of the voyage, the original image, as Joppien and Smith argue, appeared to show Cook as 'an innocent victim, killed in the act of pleading for peace'. This is here heightened by the changed composition, as the oval design gives the original image a radically different impact, eschewing the drama of the conflict between the British sailors and the Hawaiians in favour of a scene in which Cook, his arm raised in supplication to his men offstage, stands alone and overwhelmed by a seething crowd.The only copy noted among Australian holdings appears to be the heavily clipped copy in the National Library of Australia, part of the Nan Kivell collection.

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        The cackling of the geese

      : 1784? : Chester : Whole sheet broadside, type area 388 x 149mm, sheet 391 x 312mm untrimmed, white on black woodcut 115 x 160mm. Woodcut reather weakly printed. Browned, old folds, split half way along horizontal fold, repaired on the verso. : A satire on John Crewe's election as MP for Cheshire in 1784.

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        LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, ou Lettres Recueillies dans une Société publiées pour l'instruction de quelques Autres. Par M. C.. de L...

      Four parts bound in two volumes. [4], 199; [4], 188; [4] 175; [4], 208 pages. Re-backed sometimes over earlier boards; red and black labels. Bindings : 14 x 9.2 cm. Piece cut from the front endpaper and the half title of Part one, also the half-title of part three, presumably to remove an ownership name; inner joints repaired when re-backed; both volumes lack one of two rear endpapers; some very occasional minor spotting; else a very good set. Anthony Blunt's copy with his characteristic pencilled name, 'A.F. Blunt' on the front endpaper of the first volume. This would appear to be the third edition of this famous epistolatory novel, first published in 1782. The majority of Anthony Blunt's library, some 700 antiquarian titles, was acquired by the Courtauld Institute. Many of the copies in the collection bear the same pencilled ownership name. Blunt, born in 1907, joined the British Army at the start of the Second World War and in 1940 was recruited by MI5. After the War, King George VI appointed Blunt Surveyor of the King's Art. He also became director of the Courtauld Institute of Art. His elevated position in society remained throughout the 1950's and into the early 1960's. But this all changed in 1964 when MI5 charged him with being the fourth man in a quartet of Soviet spies known as the 'Cambridge Four.' When assured he would have immunity from prosecution, Blunt confessed. He died in 1963 a recluse.

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         Essai sur la Franc-Maçonnerie ou du but essentiel & fondamental de la F:. M:., de la possibilité & de la nécessité de la réunion des différens systèmes ou branches de la M:., du Régime convenable à ces Systèmes réunis, & des loix Maç:.

      à Latomopolis (Nancy), chez Xiste Andron, 1784, 2 vol. in 8°, de LX-260pp. & 416pp., avec deux grands tableaux se dépl., rel. en 1 vol. demi-chagrin vert XIXe, dos lisse orné d'un fer maçonnique, frappé en queue au nom "Ducros, S.G.C.D.T." (Souv. Gd. Commandeur du Temple), papier lég. bruni sinon bon exemplaire. Un des ouvrages maçonniques les plus rares. Beyerlé Conseiller à la Cour de Nancy fut un membre éminent du système chevaleresque allemand de la Stricte Observance sous le titre d'Eques a fascia. Lors du Convent de Wilhelmsbad en 1782 il fut un défenseur de l'orientation templière et prit donc position contre la réforme de Willermoz. Ce traité paru 2 ans après constitue une sorte de réconciliation avec le Régime Ecossais Rectifié de Willermoz, c'est une tentative d'unification des différents systèmes maçonniques dans un esprit purement rectifié et chevaleresque. "De la nécessité de la réunion des différens systèmes, de la double doctrine de la F.M., de la Charité, de la Bienfaisance, du Gouvernement des Loges, de la division territoriale, administration du Corps Maçonnique, organisation des Loges, fonctions et composition, les Chevaliers-Maçons, le Député Maître, les Commanderies, les Préfets, le Chapitre prioral, les Directoires, le Grand-Maître-Général..." ¶ Cat. maç. Bibl. Lyon n°104 - Caillet 1128 - Dorbon n°5467 "très rare. "- Fesch p.167 - Cat. Nourry n°36 de 1928 "Ouvrage de la plus grande rareté."

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        Lettres d'un cultivateur américain, écrites à W. S. Ecuyer, depuis l'année 1770, jusqu'à 1781. Traduites de l'anglais par ***.

      chez Cuchet.. First French edition. The first edition appeared in London, in English, in 1782. The French edition was nonetheless reworked, corrected, and translated by the author himself who then added a second volume and even went so far as changing the name of the narrator, James, to his own. What's more, the French edition is much more anti-English and pro-American.Contemporary light brown marbled calf, spines gilt, red morocco title- and volume- pieces. Orange edges. Very good copies in very good condition.Crèvecoeur (1735-1813) came to New France in 1755 as an officer and geographer during the French and Indian Wars. He fought for the French, then travelled extensively before eventually becoming a farmer in the British colonies. He was naturalized before the American Revolution drove him back to France. When he returned in 1783, he found his farm ravaged, his wife killed, and his two children gone. In terms of agriculture, he introduced the potato to Normandy and alfalfa to the United States. These letters are at the same time accounts of his journeys and the first work to describe life in America, including everyday life, education and customs, not by a traveler passing through, but a man of some experience who had observed and shared the life of the Americans. The book contributed to the forging of an image of American identity based on ingenuity, freedom, and equality. A number of French families embarked for America after having read this work. The book deals not only with the American West, a number of pages being devoted to Canada, Newfoundland, etc. There are also articles on Washington, Franklin and remarks on the War of Independence, slavery and numerous anecdotes. The work is dedicated to the Marquis de La Fayette.  chez Cuchet. à Paris 1784 in 8 (13x20cm) xxiv, iij (1) 422pp. (2) et (2) iv, 400pp. (2). deux tomes reliés en deux volumes

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        A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken by Command of His Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere...

      London: Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, and others, 1784-5. Four volumes, octavo, with two folding maps and 49 plates, in a smart modern binding of polished half-calf with gilt labels, with the often discarded half-titles present. First octavo edition of the third voyage account, with a large chart of the world as discovered by Captain Cook, and a finely engraved folding map of the Hawaiian Islands. Intense public interest in the fabulous discoveries of the third voyage and widespread consternation over the death of England's beloved mariner resulted in copies of the quarto edition selling out quickly; within a year quarto sets were changing hands at outrageous prices. This demand prompted two London octavo editions of 1784-1785, including this set printed for John Stockdale and a group of entrepreneurial publishers. The list of subscribers is considerable, indicating the fervent public interest and a modest price considerably reduced from that of the expensive quarto edition.In addition to the two impressive maps, the set features 49 plates newly engraved after the illustrations from the quarto atlas, including classic studies of the native inhabitants of Kamschatka and the Northwest coast of North America engraved after the original studies by John Webber.This edition was originally issued in weekly parts with printed wrappers; half-titles for this edition seem to be usually absent, though this set includes those for volumes 2 to 4 (none is called for in volume 1). The title pages are dated 1784, although the span of publication passed into the following year. A few spots and stains but a good set.

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        A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken by Command of his Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere...

      London: Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, Fielding, & Hardy, 1784. Octavo, four volumes, with a portrait frontispiece, large folding chart and a total of 49 plates; recent mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands. A handsomely bound set of the first octavo edition derived from the official account of Cook's third voyage. Appearing shortly after the publication of the full quarto edition, this was the first account of to reach the wider public eager for details of Captain Cook's death in Hawaii. In keeping with the popular demand for an engaging narrative, the text was abridged omitting some technical and navigation details. Free from cumbersome passages, this edition reads more like an adventure than the official quarto edition.Likewise, the plates have been re-engraved for the smaller format. Aside from the large chart accompanying the first volume showing the progress of the expedition the two folding plates are noteworthy. The first depicts the death of Cook and was engraved after the original by Dodd. It ignominiously depicts the last moments of the great navigator, here shown lying face down and clutching the shore whilst dragged by the calves by a Hawaiian warrior in a tapa cape. The second folding plate is a map of the Hawaiian Islands, with a separate and most engaging chart of Karakakooa Bay marked with soundings, details of native villages and areas under cultivation - and the location 'Here Capt. Cook was killed' duly noted. From the collection of Robert Edwards. Occasional moderate foxing, touch of worming affects preliminary leaves of one volume, overall a very good set.

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        [ Dirigible Design ] Mémoire sur l'équilibre des machines aérostatiques, sur les différents moyens de les faire monter et descendre, et spécialement sur celui d'exécuter ces man&#339;uvres, sans jeter de lest, et sans perdre d'air inflammable, en ménageant dans le ballon une capacité particulière, destinée à renfermer de l'air atmosphérique

      Paris: Au Bureau du Journal de Physique, 1784. First Edition. Boards. Near Fine. First Edition. 480 pages. 4to. (7 3/5 inches x 10 inches) Recent 3/4 leather over marbled boards. Bright and clean internally, with very occasional spotting. We offer the entire Volume XXV [25] (July-December 1784) of Observations sur La Physique, Sur L'Histoire Naturelle et sur les Arts, Avec des Planches en Taille-Douce Dediees A Mgr. Le Comte D'Artois; Par M. l'Abbe Rozier, M. J. A. Mongez. The article by Meusnier is on pp. 39-47. INCLUDES a followup-article pages 48-69. Text in French. Boards. In 1783 Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier constructed a full sized hot air balloon and demonstrated it for King Louis XVI - one of the very first balloon ascensions. A detailed report was made 'immediately after the attempt with the aerostatic machine' and signed by members of the Academie de Sciences Francaise. The machine was 70 feet high, and stayed up for twenty to twenty five minutes. "This first passenger flight was a spectacular success." Other Frenchmen Jacques Alexandre Cesar Charles and Pilatre de Rozier quickly built variations - some successful, some tragic. The only real control these pioneering balloonists had was buoyancy - how far up or down they soared. Steering was a mighty wish, but the wind was the real master without active steering control coupled with propulsion. Propulsion and control experiments quickly became the rage, including gunpowder charges, movable wings, riggings of sails, rotating screws, and oarsmen with silk covered oars. None worked very well. Enter Jean Baptiste Meusnier, who on leave of absence from his work as a military engineer at the Cherbourg harborworks was fascinated by this new field, "aerostation". After some study, on December 1783 he read before the Academy the paper offered here, the first published on these "machines", and the next month was elected a full member, immediately appointed to a committee on aerostation along with Lavoisier, Berthollet, and Codorcet. The results of his work on this committee were presented ina follow-on report read in November 1784 which included a theory and detailed construction plans for dirigible balloons. Although it "led to no practical results at the time", the new work was important and pioneering. Some of his ideas were tested by the Roberts brothers who flew a dirigible shaped balloon for seven hours during 1784, but the real test of the designs really required a means of propulsion that wouldn't exist for nearly 100 years - a small, lightweight engine. As with many innovators and futurists, Meusnier was well ahead of the technology his time afforded. Meusnier unfortunately died before he could test out his own theories. Other articles in the volume include work by Franz Karl Achard ("sur les altérations que le feu de fusion fait éprouver à la terre des végétaux, mêlée avec les autres terres pures" and "sur la vitrification de la terre alumineuse mêlée en proportions differentes & connues avec des sels" and one other), chemist M. Pelletier on salts, an article by Cavallo on an air pump, de Fouchy on measuring densities of the atmosphere, an article by Woulfe "nouveau procede pour faire l'ether nitreux", experiments on the air by cavendish, etc. etc. Beautifully engraved plates accompany some articles. The title of this paper translates to: "On the balance of aerostatic machines, on different ways to move them up and down, and especially on that of executing these maneuvers without throwing ballast and without losing inflammable air, providing in particular the ball capacity , for containing atmospheric air" and is a pioneering work on the subject. See "The Zeppelin Story" by W. Robert Nitske (A.S. Barnes & Company, 1977) and DSB IX, pp. 342-44 for more details.

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        Notes encyclopédiques.

      Lorient, 1784-1788. ____ Manuscrit inédit de Jean-Jacques Le Cointe, particulièrement bien calligraphié, contenant des réflexions philosophiques et morales, des pièces littéraires, des « bagatelles », des récits biographiques et des lettres à ses amis. Jean-Jacques Le Cointe (1724-1790) a été au service de la Compagnie des Indes pendant 30 ans, de 1742 à 1772. Entré à l'âge de 18 ans, il a commencé comme employé à la vérification des livres dans les bureaux de Paris. Il fut envoyé en 1743 au « fort royal de Saint-Louis, à Juida, côte d'Afrique » (Ouidah, au Bénin) où il resta trois ans. Il s'établit en 1743 à l'Ile de France (Ile Maurice), où il était employé au bureau de la comptabilité générale. Il a été nommé chef de bureau par la suite, trésorier et, en 1762, inspecteur général des magasions, arseneaux, ports, etc... « Sa majesté voulut bien l'honorer en 1763 de l'office de conseiller de ses conseils supérieurs des Isle de France et de Bourbon. » Malade, il rentre en France en 1771, s'installe à Lorient et bénéficie d'une pension. On trouve ces détails biographiques dans le volume IV (pp. 305-373) de ce manuscrit : « Précis des services du Sr. L. C... à la Compagnie des Indes pendant 30 ans, de 1742 à 1772. Extrait de ses correspondances et mémoires par Basire des Fontaines son gendre, Lieutenant des Vaisseaux de sa Majesté ». Jean-Jacques Le Cointe a été maire de Lorient de Février à Juin 1790 et meurt en Juillet de la même année. « J'écris, ou plutôt je barbouille du papier pour amuser ma vieillesse, pour répandre quelques fleurs sur le bord de ma tombe. » Ce manuscrit n'était pas destiné à être publié. « S'il arrive que quelqu'un d'autre que les miens s'amuse à lire ces cahiers, malgré mes précautions pour que cela n'arrive point... » L'auteur en donne cet aperçu : « Vous trouverez ainsi dans ce fatras des productions indigestes, des rêveries métaphysiques, des châteaux en Espagne, des contes à dormir debout, des lambeaux de l'histoire de ma vie, des portraits sans ressemblance, des chansons dignes du poète des Halles, des épigrammes sans pointe, des lettres en vers & en prose qui ne ressemblent pas à celles de Pline ou de Cicéron, des pensées détachées qui n'apprennent rien de nouveau, des ... cela ne finirait point. » Le ton est souvent facétieux, l'auteur s'adressant à feu son oncle Grippon, « de glorieuse mémoire » dont « les deux plus sublimes productions sont l'art de parler sans rien dire et celui d'obliger les gens en fouillant dans leurs poches ». Les parties les plus intéressantes, nous semblent être les passages autobiographiques. « Né sans le sein de la douleur, instruit à l'école de l'infortune, le besoin développa mon intelligence dans un âge où les autres hommes sentent à peine qu'ils existent & la philosophie m'adopta, pour ainsi dire, dans le berceau. » Ses parents se séparent. Il est confié à sa mère qui néglige son éducation; à l'âge de neuf ans, il ne savait toujours pas lire. Vite orphelin, il est confié à plusieurs maîtres dont un oncle curé janséniste et un maître d'école qui lui enseigne «premièrement à prier Dieu dans une langue que je n'entendais pas, mais qu'apparemment la Divinité entend mieux qu'aucun autre. Secondement à lire & à écrire dans tous les caractères usités. » Mon père, en mourant, ne m'avait laissé pour tout héritage que la bienveillance de ses amis. » Retou ou Restou, directeur de l'Académie de peinture, l'architecte Servandoni, Dupré, premier danseur de l'opéra, Jean Philippe Rameau... A la suite d'une aventure amoureuse contrariée, qu'il narre longuement, il est prié d'aller en Afrique se faire oublier pendant trois ans. Puis il poursuivra sa carrière dans la Compagnie des Indes à l'île Maurice. Ce manuscrit se fait aussi l'écho des problèmes politiques du moment. L'auteur écrit longuement sur la convocation des Etats généraux, s'étend sur le nécessaire rôle politique que doit avoir le Tiers Etat, sur l'inégalité de l'impôt dans le royaume... Il s'inquiète « des troupes qui inondent la Bretagne ». On trouve diverses pièces sur ce sujet comme sa « Lettre des citoyens de Bretagne au roi » de 1788. Le cinquième et dernier volume contient de nombreuses lettres. Celles à Mr. Steinauer, Maréchal de Camp, qu'il a connu à l'île Maurice et une étonnante correspondance avec mademoiselle Louise de Batz. Cette jeune femme était une amie de sa nièce, prématurément décédée. Ils ne sont jamais rencontrés, mais une amitié se développe au fil des lettres. Plus qu'une amitié peut-être. Dans son avant dernière lettre, la jeune mademoiselle de Batz écrit: « N'aurais-je pas pris, sans y penser, la plume de l'amour pour celle de l'amitié ? Les femmes sont si distraites ! » La même lettre se terminant par : « Adieux mon ami, mon amant intellectuel ... une femme qui ne sait qu'aimer & qui vous aime plus que toutes choses au monde. » Très intéressant manuscrit, de plus de 2000 pages, dressant le portrait d'un homme des Lumières, dont les souvenirs, nous font évidemment penser aux « Confessions » d'un autre Jean-Jacques. Il est très agréablement calligraphié par un secrétaire. (Dans le dernier volume, Le Cointe se plaint que son secrétaire a ajouté à son texte une recette contre les maux de dents !). Toutes les pages de texte sont encadrées de rouge, avec de charmants dessins sur les diverses pages de titre et de nombreux fleurons ou culs-de-lampe. Après la table des matières des premiers volumes, on lit : « Dessins de Philippe. Frontispice & cartouches De Plus ». Très bel exemplaire.*****. 5 volumes in-8. Collation : (2), 452 / (2), 534 / (2), 425 / (2), 421 / (2), 458 pp. Demi-veau brun, dos orné, dentelle d'encadrement sur les plats, étiquettes rouges et vertes, tranches rouges. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        Mémoire historique sur la ville d'Avesnes et ses alentours. [Suvi de : ] - Abrégé de l'histoire du Haynaut tiré de différens auteurs. - Mémoire sur la ville d'Avesnes.

      1784. ____ Manuscrit, connu des historiens de la région d'Avesnes, mais qui n'a jamais été publié. Comme l'abbé Faussabry l'explique dans sa préface, son père "M. Faussabry, conseiller du Roi, subdélégué de l'intendance du Haynaut (...) s'était proposé de travailler à une histoire des terres d'Avesnes ... et avait fait des recherches infinies pour lui donner une constitution, mais la mort qui l'a enlevé ... ne lui permit pas d'ébaucher cet ouvrage. J'en ai rassemblé autant qu'il m'a été possible les débris ... pour éprouver de leur donner une certaine forme. ... rassemblant toutes les notes qu'il a laissé et transcrivant les divers extraits qu'il s'était procuré, je me fais un plaisir d'en former une recollection." Histoire d'Avesnes et sa région, description de son état actuel, ses institutions, ses forges, ses fontaines, ses hommes célèbres... On lit au bas de la page 145 : "fait à Coudé le 20 mars 1784, L'abbé de Faussabry chanoine." Une plume de la même époque a jouté de nombreuses notes dans les marges. Cette même plume a, semble-t-il, écrit les deux mémoires à la suite, sur le Hainaut et sur la ville d'Avesnes. Ecritures très lisibles. Charnière fendue sur 10 cm. Note au contre plat : "Ce manuscrit a été acheté 30 francs par M. Pierret, d'Etroeungt en 1879 et provient des collections Claudin." Calixte Pierret a publié en 1881, "L'Ancienne Terre franche et baronnie d'Etroeungt en Hainaut, notice historique et statistique". Sa signature figure au bas du dernier feuillet du manuscrit.*****. In-folio. [315 x 200 mm] Collation : (2), 150, 20, (20) pp. Demi-basane brune, dos orné de filets dorés. (Reliure du XIXe.).

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         Le Bijou de Société ou l'Amusement des Grâces

      (Paris), A Paphos, l'an des Plaisirs, (vers 1784), fort vol. petit in 12, 2 parties à pagination continue, avec un titre gravé, 1f. de préface et 101pp. de texte gravé accompagné en regard de 100 fines gravures sur cuivre attribuées à Desrais, et numérotées de I à CI, mais pour les épigrammes XXXII et XXXIII, il n'y a qu'une seule figure, pl. vélin époque, pièce de titre beige, tranches dorées, qq. lég. rousseurs éparses. (étiquette de Maire libraire à Lyon, fin 18e) Très rare curiosa entièrement gravé en caractères italiques sur un papier vergé épais. Les figures sont assez libres et suggestives, et ne sont pas signées, mais les bibliographes s'accordent à les attribuer à Claude-Louis Desrais. Le texte est composé de courtes pièces, vers, épigrammes et anecdotes de différents auteurs comme J.B. Rousseau, Ferrand, Piron, Grécourt etc... Certaines de ces pièces figuraient déjà dans le recueil "Le cabinet de Lampsaque" de 1784, d'autres sont inédites. Le livre a été condamné en 1815, ce qui explique sans doute sa rareté, surtout complet des deux parties. ¶ Cohen, 147 & 197 - Gay Amour, femmes I, 399 "les gravures (qui sont attribuées à Desrais) ne sont pas libres, mais elles sont assez originales..." - Pia enfer p.121 (BNF incomplet) - Dutel, A-148 - Libr. Vrain délassement du boudoir (2003), n°5 - Brunet III, 940 (entrée à "Légende joyeuse..." ) - cat. CCFR seulement 2 ex. incomplets (BNF, 2e partie seule) - British Libr. 1 ex. (daté de 1780) - OCLC 1 seul ex. (Rice Univ.)

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        Mémoire sur les différentes manières d'administrer l'électricité, et observations sur les effets qu'elles ont produits. Extrait des mémoires de la Société royale de médecine.

      Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1784. ____ Première édition sous forme de livre. Ce travail a été publié dans les oeuvres de la Société royale de médecine; l'auteur y ajoute ici un supplément de quelques pages décrivant quelques nouveaux cas. L'auteur explique les différentes manières d'administrer l'électricité, les diverses maladies qu'il a traité par ses méthodes puis, énumère et critique tout ce qui a été écrit sur l'électricité médicale. Illustré par deux planches montrant des instruments et des expériences. Reliure un peu tachée, deux coins usés, sinon bon exemplaire. Provenance : Alphée Servan (signature). *****. In-8. [199 x 121 mm] Collation : (2), 301, (1) pp., 2 planches h.-t. Veau moucheté, dos orné de double filets dorés, pièce de titre en basane bordeaux. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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