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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 manœuvres, 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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         Oeuvres Nouvelle édition.

      à Londres. [Paris, Cazin], 1784, 7 vol. in 16, ill. d'un portrait gravé par Delvaux d'après Mignard, pl. veau porphyre éditeur, dos lisse orné, triple filet doré sur les plats, tr. dorées, bon exemplaire. Charmante édition Cazin exécutée avec beaucoup de soin. C'est une des productions de Cazin les plus rares. ¶ Brissart-Binet p.115 - J.P. Fontaine p.232 n°15 "édité par Cazin et l'imprimeur parisien J.F. Valade"

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        Traité curieux des charmes de l'amour conjugal dans ce monde et dans l'autre. [Ensemble] Du commerce de l'âme et du corps

      Chez George-Jacques & J. Henri Decker ; chez Barrois et chez Guillot. French Edition of these two works of Swedenborg, probably translated from Latin (Amor Conjugialis 1768) by Guyton Guyton and not Brumore. Rare. In addition to the end from the commerce of the soul and body: From White Horse spoken of in the Apocalypse. Full sheepskin vintage blonde. Back tooled raised. Part of title in red morocco. Friction. A bare corner. Lack the upper jaw on a cm. Small corner of the lack and loss under two letters of the word love, U and R. Sting pale shower room including margin. Meeting of two works (and the first two of this kind) of the most famous spiritualist and mystic philosopher Swedish Swedenborg. This is after a famous scientist among the most conscientious he lived a mystical crisis at the age of 56 years where he testified that he had dreams and mystical visions in which he dicutait with angels and spirits; it is these experiences that one has these two books. The curious treatise (his first work of this kind) heresy (Mohammedanism) and mental health of the author pointed was accused. The author develops these two books in his mystical theories about the union of souls. Can not be separated from the scientific visionary mystic Swedenborg. He was soon regarded as a universal genius, evidenced by the considerable influence he had, particularly in France on the writers of the Romantic generation, Balzac, who is quoted extensively, and draw him boards to his theory of desire Baudelaire, Cazotte and elsewhere in William Blake, Jung ... and even in Japan, in the book: The Buddha in the north. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez George-Jacques & J. Henri Decker ; chez Barrois et chez Guillot à Berlin et Basle ; à Londres & se trouve à Paris 1784 in-8 (10x17,5cm) (6) 3-206p. ; 84pp. 2 ouvrages reliés en un volume

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        The Royal Society Medal, in commemoration of Captain Cook.`

      London: Royal Society, 1784. Silver medal, 43 mm. diameter; relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder and globe on verso. The desirable silver issue of this famous medal, the Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator. Fellows of the Royal Society were entitled to a free bronze medal, while silver and gold issues were available by subscription only; some were reserved for presentation. L. Richard Smith (in The Royal Society Cook Medal, Sydney, 1982) has suggested a probable final minting figure of 22 gold, 322 silver and 577 bronze medals. An engraving of the medal was printed on the title-page of the second and third editions (and some copies of the first) of the official account.The commissioning of this medal was due above all else to the efforts of Sir Joseph Banks, who supervised 'the minting and distribution of the Royal Society Cook medal as a personal task coincident with the publication of the narrative of the tragic third voyage' (H.B. Carter, Sir Joseph Banks, 1988, p. 168). Cook's European reputation is borne out by several letters to Banks from the Continent requesting specimens of the medal, including one from Bougainville, who wrote in June 1785 to remind Banks that as a member since 1756 he felt entitled to one (see The Banks Letters, ed. W.R. Dawson, 1958, p. 122). Very good.

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        The Royal Society Medal (silver issue), in commemoration of Captain Cook.

      London: Royal Society, 1784. Silver medal, 43 mm. diameter; relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder and globe on verso. The handsome silver issue of the Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator. Fellows of the Royal Society were entitled to a free bronze medal, while silver and gold issues were available by subscription only; some were reserved for presentation. L. Richard Smith (in The Royal Society Cook Medal, Sydney, 1982) has suggested a probable final minting figure of 22 gold, 322 silver and 577 bronze medals. An engraving of the medal was printed on the title-page of the second and third editions (and some copies of the first) of the official account.The commissioning of this medal was due above all else to the efforts of Sir Joseph Banks, who supervised 'the minting and distribution of the Royal Society Cook medal as a personal task coincident with the publication of the narrative of the tragic third voyage' (H.B. Carter, Sir Joseph Banks, 1988, p. 168). Cook's European reputation is borne out by several letters to Banks from the Continent requesting specimens of the medal, including one from Bougainville, who wrote in June 1785 to remind Banks that as a member since 1756 he felt entitled to one (see The Banks Letters, ed. W.R. Dawson, 1958, p. 122). Very good ("extremely fine").

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        The Royal Society Medal, in commemoration of Captain Cook.

      London: Royal Society, 1784. Silver medal, 43 mm. diameter; relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder which is affixed to a globe on verso; a few marks, but very good, in an early (and perhaps original) shagreen case. Rare: one of 322 silver specimens of the Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator. Fellows of the Royal Society were entitled to a free bronze medal, while silver and gold issues were available by subscription only; some were reserved for presentation. L. Richard Smith (in The Royal Society Cook Medal, Sydney, 1982) has suggested a probable final minting figure of 22 gold, 322 silver and 577 bronze medals. An engraving of the medal was printed on the title-page of the second and third editions (and some copies of the first) of the official account.The commissioning of this medal was due above all else to the efforts of Sir Joseph Banks, who supervised 'the minting and distribution of the Royal Society Cook medal as a personal task coincident with the publication of the narrative of the tragic third voyage' (H.B. Carter, Sir Joseph Banks, 1988, p. 168). Cook's European reputation is borne out by several letters to Banks from the Continent requesting specimens of the medal, including one from Bougainville, who wrote in June 1785 to remind Banks that as a member since 1756 he felt entitled to one (see The Banks Letters, ed. W.R. Dawson, 1958, p. 122).

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        Portrait of Capt. James Cook.

      London: J.Webber, June 4, 1784. Stipple engraving, oval 120 x 95 mm. a proof before letters; mounted. A Proof impression before letters of John Webber's and Francesco Bartolozzi's fine oval portrait of Captain Cook. This portrait has a very large margin, unusual for this decorative oval shape, which is perhaps more often seen clipped to fit an oval frame. The original portrait of Cook was painted by Webber in 1776 and has been in the National Portrait Gallery in London since 1858. Webber had collaborated with Bartolozzi earlier in 1784 to execute his famous depiction of the death of Cook, and the relationship was evidently a happy one, as they also issued the rare oval version of the depiction of Cook's death as well as this portrait. It is fair to say that the original painting of Cook has not met with universal acclaim: Beaglehole claims that on first viewing his wife exclaimed 'Who is that low villain?' (Beaglehole, On the Character of Captain James Cook, p. 418).Born in Florence in 1728, Bartolozzi arrived in 1764 in England where he worked for the next three decades. He introduced the vogue of "stippled" engraving and this portrait is a particularly good example of his work. It is rare to find any material relating to Cook's famous Pacific voyages, or to Cook himself in a Proof state as offered here. very good.

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        Des caractères extérieurs des minéraux. / Recherches sur la nature et les effets du méphitisme des fosses d'aisance.

      Paris: Chez l'Auteur, Didot jeune, & Barrois jeune / L'Imprimerie de Ph.-D. Pierres, 1784. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Des caractères extérieurs des minéraux. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, Didot jeune, & Barrois jeune, 1784. [4], 82, [2] pp., including half-title, 3 large folding printed tables and 1 folding plate of crystal structures (misbound at end of second work). [Bound with:] II. HALLÉ, Jean Noël. Recherches sur la nature et les effets du méphitisme des fosses d'aisance. Paris: L'Imprimerie de Ph.-D. Pierres, 1785. [2], 184 pp. 8vo (188x 125 mm). Contemporary half calf, spine decoated in gilt and with gilt-lettered red morocco label (boards and extremities rubbed, corners chipped and bumped), marbled endpapers, red-coloured edges. Text crisp and virtually unspotted, some soiling to p.45 of second work. Fine copy of two rare works. ----I. Hoover 689; DSB XI, p.522. VERY RARE FIRST EDITION of Rome de l'Isle's work on the external characteristics of minerals, which was meant as a supplement to his Cristallographie published one year before. In this work, "he stated his firm belief that form, density, and hardness were sufficient criteria to permit the identification of any mineral species." (DSB). II. EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION with no copy recorded at auction in the past 50 years. A work on the nature and origin of noxious and poisonous gases produced in cesspools. Jean Noël Hallé (1754-1822) was a French physician, professor of physical medicine and health at the École de Santé, and afterwards a professor at the Collège de France. He was a member of the French Académie Nationale de Médecine, and in 1795 was elected to the Académie des sciences, becoming its president in 1813. He was also "first-physician" to Napoleon Bonaparte. Hallé was a pioneer of hygienic reform in France, and a catalyst towards educating others as to its importance. He created distinctions between public and individual hygiene, and initiated studies and awareness involving the multiple issues that involve hygiene, such as contagious diseases, health in the workplace, and problems associated with living in a high density urban environment, to name a few (Wiki). Very Good.

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         L'Art de voyager dans les airs, ou les Ballons Contenant les moyens de faire des globes aérostatiques suivant la méthode de MM. de Montgolfier, & suivant les procédés de MM. Charles & Robert. Avec un précis historique des plus belles expériences qui ont été faites d'après cette célèbre découverte.

      Paris, chez les libraires qui vendent des Nouveautés, 1784, in 8°, de 2ff. 142pp. 1f. de table, ill. de 3 belles gravures de ballons h. t. (l'arrivée de M. Charles à Nesle, l'expérience du château de La Muette, et l'expérience des Tuileries), demi-vélin moderne à coins, plats papier marbré, titre à la plume, qq. taches en marge. Exemplaire à toutes marges. Edition originale de cet ouvrage rare sur les tous débuts de l'Aérostation. "L'art de voyager dans les airs, MM. de Montgolfier, lettre de M. de Saussure de Genève, le ballon d'Annonay, du champ de Mars, du bois de Boulogne, MM. Charles et Robert, le Ballon de Hermeau, le Ballon de Versailles, l'expérience du 19 Septembre 1783, discours de M. Charles, etc..." Un supplément de 32pp. souvent attribué à Bulliard a paru séparément et a été intégré au second tirage. L'auteur était architecte à Nancy et l'homme de loi à Lunéville. ¶ Tissandier, p. 11 -Liebmann & Wahl, 1034. - Brockett n°830 - vente coll. Naudet n°489 - coll. Nadar n°32293.

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        La paysane pervertie, ou les dangers de la ville

      Chez la veuve Duchesne. EditionBinders cartonnage bradel the late nineteenth. blue marbled paper. As burgundy morocco parts. spine browned. Copy untrimmed connected on brochure.The ultimately opinion of Volume IV specifies "The perverted farmer makes only one story with that we publish." Ursula, the heroine of the perverted peasant, arrived in Paris where she will alternate episodes of debauchery and honesty. She will experience the worst humiliations (raped, abducted ...) and sink into vice, may redeem, fall again, etc. Here is the announcement on volume IV of the author: "Ursula, in Volume III, revolted honest player by his impudence, his libertinism Chez la veuve Duchesne Imprimé à La Haie (La Haye)et se trouves à Paris 1784 in-12 (11x18cm) 8 parties en 4 volumes reliés

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        Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les tartares

      S.n.. First Edition. Each part has its special title page. Full brown calf marbled time. Smooth back wheels with ornate tail and head. Piece of red morocco, and volume number of black morocco. Head cover of Volume I partly missing, with a hitch; that of Volume II with a lack in upper joint. Upper joint of Volume I open; that of Volume II opened the first three boxes. Friction. Corners bumped. Baron de Tott, a French officer stationed in Turkey (attache at Constantinople, then ambassador in Crimea general inpecteur Levant) lived 23 years among the Turks. This book is the testimony, and made his memoirs, he tells both the board of the Baron de Tott and is undoubtedly the first book to give an objective picture of the Turkish nation and Turkish. From his preface, the author, after considerations on the influence of climate on the psychology of peoples (reference to Montesquieu) affirms the importance of knowing and speaking the language of a people, and the need to keep its European bias to describe the manners and institutions of the Turks, which had never been done; that is why we find in this book a wealth of knowledge and new information on the Turks and Tartars; in particular, the many dialogues between the Baron and some lords are particularly relevant for understanding the psychology and the Ottoman culture. Buffer Chateau de la Roche-Guyon. Library. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! S.n. à Amsterdam 1784 in-8 (12,5x25cm) LVI, 274pp. ; 301pp. et 252pp. ; 208pp. 4 parties reliées en 2 volumes

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        Gallerie edler Deutscher Frauenzimmer. Mit getroffenen Schattenrissen.

      Buchhandlung der Gelehrten,, Dessau und Leipzig. 1784 - Bd. I, Heft 2. Mit 5 kol. gestoch. Schattenrissen. Kl.-8°. 384 S. Wohl erste Ausgabe. - Hayn-Got. VII, 126 (Rar); Allgemeine Lit. Zeitung Bd. 1-2; Kayser 327. - Seltene, sehr schön augestattete, aus bibliographischer Sicht aber verwirrende Zusammenstellung von zeitgenössischen Frauenporträts. H/G. beschreibt einen weiteren fast identischen Titel mit einem völlig anderen Inhalt (Biographien sächsischer Frauen) in Halle bei Hendel erschienen. In diesem 2. Heft (von 4 wohl erschienenen) werden die Kurfürstin Amalie Auguste von Sachsen, Louise Henriette Wilhelmine, Fürstin von Anhalt-Dessau, Elisabeth Wilhelmine Louise, Prinzessin von Würtemberg-Stutgard, Sophie von La Roche und Wilhelmine Friederike Schneider, Buchhändlersgattin aus Leipzig dargestellt. War das Werk ursprünglich auf mindestens 6 Hefte angelegt, scheint es sich für Autor und Verlag nicht gelohnt zu haben und wurde daher nach 4 Heften eingestellt. Enthält das vorliegende 2. Heft im Pränumerantenverzeichnis noch ca. 200 Vorbestellungen, so schreibt der Autor um 3. Heft "Ist also daran gelegen, daß mehr als 6 Hefte erscheinen, so bitte jedem, dem es darum zu thun ist, dieses Werk bekannter zu machen und Pränumeranten zu sammeln". Das scheint aber keinenErfolg gehabt zu haben. Laut Geisler wurden die Bände in zwei verschiedenen Qualitäten angeboten, einer billigen, nicht kollorierten auf Druckpapier und einer besseren kolorierten Ausgabe auf Schreibpapier, wie das vorliegende Exemplar. - Das Porträt der Stuttgarter Prinzessin gering fleckig, Seiten leicht gebräunt, leichte Gebrauchsspuren, insgesamt jedoch gutes Exemplar dieses ausgesprochen seltenen Werkes. Schlichter Pappbd. d. Zt., angeschmutzt u. abgegriffen, Vorsätze mit zarten Kritzeleien. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Description et usage d'un cabinet de physique experimentale

      Chez Gueffier. Second edition, illustrated with 51 folding plates (23 for Volume I and 28 for the second, at the end of volume) on strong paper. Full calf blond glossy contemporary. Back adorned nerve. Part of title in red morocco. Volume numbers gilded and rubbed. Various frictions. Two corners bumped. Good copy, fresh. Extraordinary teacher and demonstrator, Sigaud Background follows the board of the Abbe Nollet (no less famous for his experiments in physics and electricity) which he will succeed, and quickly provides a firm experimental physics early. His experiments are many and engage in many areas, electricity, but also phosphorus, the recipe for toothpaste, medicine ... With time, he devoted himself more fully to his office and his physical experiments even though maintain a teaching activity admired throughout Europe. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Gueffier à Paris 1784 in-8 (12,5x20,3cm) (4) xvj, 396pp. (23Pl.) et (4) 474pp. (2) (28Pl.) 2 volumes reliés

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        A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship in the Endeavour: Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks, BART. in his Expedition with Dr Solander round the World...to which is now added, remarks on the preface, by the late John Fothergill...

      London: C. Dilly and J. Phillips, 1784. Quarto, second enlarged edition, with a frontispiece portrait, two maps (one double-page), and 26 engraved plates with fine hand-colouring and with the uncoloured plates bound in duplicate; notably wide margins, contemporary binding of diced russia gilt, rebacked; Fothergill's Explanatory remarks bound separately in modern calf, the two housed in a cloth slipcase; bookplate of an early owner. Best edition, and this a unique example, of one of the most significant of the Cook narratives: the artist's account of Cook's first voyage and the discovery of the east coast of Australia. The very rare special issue with its engraved plates coloured by hand is a famous and desirable rarity. This most unusual copy has all the plates present in both states, the rare coloured form alongside the more regular black-and-white printings. Only the second edition appeared in a coloured issue, and the second is also the best and most complete version of the book. Material new in this edition also includes a two-page preface by John Lettsom, a lengthy (about 140 pages) extension of the text, a new double-hemisphere world map, an additional résumé of the voyages of Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Bougainville, as well as the summary of Cook's second and third voyages. This second edition of Parkinson is thus one of the earliest volumes to collect information on all three of Cook's voyages. The extra "Explanatory Remarks" and "Postscript" by Fothergill, comprising 22 pages, are in this copy bound separately in an accompanying volume.The catalogue of the Kroepelien collection gives the best explanation of this second edition, noting that while it is commonly said to have been edited by Fothergill, the title-page clearly refers to him as 'the late John Fothergill' (he died in 1780). It appears rather to have been John Coakley Lettsom, who signed the preface, who prepared the edition. The edition is based on the original sheets of the first edition that remained unsold, enhanced with a new preface and a thorough history of Cook's explorations on all three of his voyages, making this an attractive and greatly expanded edition. Some copies of the second edition had another world map added (not present in this copy, nor in one of the other coloured copies that we have handled). It is also worth noting that the separate pagination of the 22-page reply to Banks by Fothergill leads the Kroepelien catalogue to speculate that this was earlier issued as a separate pamphlet and collected here.Only a handful of copies of this coloured version can have been published as the vast majority of copies seen are of the regular uncoloured version. Only about four hundred copies were published of the entire second edition of Parkinson's book. Provenance: Private collection (Sydney). A few light spots or browning and some offsetting, much as usual for this book; generally a fine and large copy with superb colouring.

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        An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England in a series of Letters to his Guardian, Chevalier Gherardo Compagni, written under the Impressions of the various Events that affected the Undertaking.

      London, Printed for the author, 1784. ____ Seconde édition, à la même date que l'originale. Portrait gravé de Lunardi et deux planches dépliantes gravées sur cuivre représentant le ballon dirigeable de Lunardi et le système pour produire l'air destiné à l'élever. Exemplaire offert par l'auteur au Prince de Galles (envoi manuscrit sur une page de garde). Joint dans une pochette reliée au contre-plat, une lettre autographe de Lunardi au prince de Galles au sujet de la montre que celui-ci lui a offert et qui, suite à une chute dans la baie de Naples a pris l'eau. Lunardi demande que Mr. Williams, horloger du Prince de Galle la lui répare, afin de l'utiliser pour son prochain vol à la Coruna. Joint un ticket d'entrée imprimé pour assister à une ascenscion de Lunardi. Légères rousseurs sur les premiers feuillets. Magnifique exemplaire en maroquin rouge de l'époque.***** Second edition, the same year as the first. Illustrated by a portrait and two folding plates : « The English balloon and appendages » and « Apparatus for filling Mr. Lunardi's balloon ». COPY PRESENTED « TO H. R. H THE PRINCE OF WALES BY THE AUTHOR » in Lunardi handwriting. - In a silk pocket, bound inside the second board of the binding, is an autograph letter : « To His Royal Highness George, Prince of Wales. The most respected petition of Vincent Lunardi first aerial Traveller In England », about a valuable stop watch presented to Lunardi by him after his ascent from the artillery ground and which was later damaged in a descend in the Gulf of Naples, « being dragged through the waves for three hours ». In this letter all in Lunardi's handwriting, he asks « to direct Mr. Williams to renew the internal part of the Watch, so that, he may enjoy its aid on his next flight, which will shortly take place at Coruna, while the British Fleet is off Ferrol. » The letter is enclosed in a wrapper with seal addressed to « Mr. Williams, His R. H. Prince of Whales watch maker. Pallmall. » - With one printed ticket : « This ticket will admit one person into the (? handwritten word very probably by Lunardi) on the day of Mr. Lunardi's ascension, price three shillings », numbered 300 by hand. Light foxing on first leaves. Error in page numbering: p.25-32 omitted, p.33-40 repeated. Very good copy in a SPLENDID CONTEMPORARY BINDING. In-8. [220 x 124 mm] Collation : portrait, (4), 66, (2) pp., 2 planches h.-t. Contemporary red morocco, spine gilt, edges gilt.

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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.

      Printed for W. Strahan, for W. Strahan, J. & F. Rivington, Etc, London 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. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall [Attributes: First Edition]

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        PIANTA DI PADOVA

      1784. acquaforte Buon es. EDIZIONE ORIGINALE della più importante e celebre carta della Città.\r\n"Il disegno di G. Valle, eseguito secondo rigidi criteri di misurazione geometrica, è una registrazione molto circostanziata della situazione uirbanistica di Padova (nel XVIII sec.)...testimonianza descrittiva di uno status che, non molto tempo dopo, a seguito della caduta della Serenissima e con il conseguente avvento dell'era napoleonica, verrà sensibilmente modificato.\r\n\r\nGiovanni Valle, incaricato dall'ambasciatore della Repubblica Veneta a Roma, Girolamo Zulian, di realizzare questa carta decise di eseguire la sua pianta su nuove e complesse operazione di rilevamento.\r\n\r\nLa carta fu poi affidata agli inizi del 1782 a Giovanni Volpato affinchè da essa derivasse un'incisione e quindi un'edizione a stampa. Per motivi tecnici la grande superficie del disegno venne trascritta su 20 lastre in rame di vario formato." (Ghironi 1985)

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        Schweizer Luftfahrt. Herausgegeben vom Aero-Club der Schweiz. [3 Bde. u. 2 Ergänzungsbde.].

      4, 384, 424 u. 520 S. (inkl. Stichwortregister: Personennamen, Ortsnamen, Sachnamen), zahlr., tlw. farbige u. montierte Abb. u. Falttafeln., OLwd. m. Goldprägung, Kopfgoldschnitt, illustrierte Vorsätze, Broschur Kart.- Mappe m. losen Tafeln., Tadell. Ex. Nr. 50 der 100 (Bd. 3: 150) Ex. der Vorzugsausgabe: Die Bände I u. II sind im Verspannstoff von Oskar Biders Blériot-Flugzeug No. 197, der Band III im Originalstoff des Ballons HB-BIO eingebunden, und jeweils von Pionieren unserer Luftfahrt (E. Amstutz, H. Dufaux, A. Piccard, E. Tilgenkamp, J. Spalinger u. v. a.) im Impressum signiert. Beiliegend: 1.: E. Tilgenkamp: Das Tagebuch der Schweizer Luftfahrt. 1784 - 1944. Zusammengestellt als Ergänzung und Abschluss des dreibändigen Standardwerkes der Schweizer Luftfahrt. ([Zürich,] Aero-Verlag 1945 4, 108 S., brosch.) 2.: Schweizer Luftfahrt in der Kunst. 1784 - 1941. (Bern, Aero-Club der Schweiz 1941 4, 16 lose Taf. in brosch. Mappe). Ex. Nr. 323/500, hgg. anlässlich des 40-jährigen Jubiläums des Aero-Clubs. Im Impressum vom Ehrenpräsidenten und Zentralpräsidenten signiert. -Oskar Bider (1891-1919) überquerte als erster Mensch mit seiner Blériot XI die Pyrenäen von Pau nach Madrid. 1919 stürtzte er bei einem Akrobatikflug tödlich ab. - Insgesamt ein wunderbares, seltenes Werk.

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        1784 The Plays in One Volume

      Published in London by John Stockdale in 1784 this is a handsomely bound example of Stockdale's Edition of the Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare in One Volume the book contains all the famous Dramatic plays, See photo of contents page for full list the book is bound in a recent Half Leather Binding with marbled paper covered boards, raised bands titled in gilt to the spine, over 1000 pages. Apart from some very minor signs of wear, the leather binding is in excellent general condition, internally some noticeable browning and offsetting to title page, mild foxing within, two edge tears within have been professionally and very neatly repaired with no loss, some marks to endpapers else in nice condition A VERY NICELY BOUND EXAMPLE OF THIS EARLY EDITION OF THE DRAMATIC PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE IN ONE VOLUME

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        Vols I and II:] Figures of non-descript Shells collected in the different Voyages to the South Seas since the year 1764 . [Vols III and IV:] The Universal Conchologist, exhibiting the Figure of every known Shell, accurately drawn and painted after Nature: with a new systematic arrangement by the Author.

      London, sold at his house no. 16 Great Marlborough Street, [1784-] 1789 [-1812] - 4 vols, 4to (335 x 273 mm), vol I with engraved frontispiece of a shell, engraved title, engraved dedication to the King, two engraved plates of medals, pp 27 [1, blank] letterpress text in English and French, engraved 'Explanatory Table' listing the shells and their sources, the three further volumes with engraved title and 'Explanatory Table' for each vol, with a total of 160 hand-coloured aquatint and watercolour plates (not counting the frontispiece) containing 355 figures, mostly depicting two views of a shell within a quadruple-ruled border; a few faint marginal waterstains on a few leaves, some very occasional marginal spotting, generally a very fresh, attractive copy, bound in contemporary full red straight-grained morocco, panelled in blind with interlocking panels on sides, spines tooled in blind, gilt ornaments on the turn-ins, gilt edges, with the bookbinder Welcher's label on free front endleaves. The rare complete series of plates of The Universal Conchologist, in the large-format 'deluxe' issue (see below). A fine copy of one of the most attractive shell books ever produced. The first two volumes, devoted to shells of the South Seas, were originally published as a separate work in 1784. Martyn then extended the work to four volumes with an additional 80 plates. 'From the introduction to The universal conchologist we learn that it was "to commence with the figures of shells (most of them rare and nondescript) which have been collected by several officers of the ships under the command of Captain Byron, Wallis, Cook, and others made to the South Sea" . When the Resolution and the Discovery returned from the third and last voyage in 1780 [the dealer] Humphrey purchased some more shells, but the bulk of the conchological spoils went this time to Thomas Martyn, a knowledgeable dealer, versatile writer and gifted artist . Unlike Humphrey and other dealers who snapped up the Cook shells Thomas Martyn had more than a pecuniary interest in his purchases. Martyn's reason for wanting to corner the market in South Seas shells was entirely praiseworthy; although he sold many of the shells he had bought, he illustrated the finest in The Universal Conchologist, his magnum opus [and] a work which, for beauty, has seldom been surpassed in the history of conchological iconography' (Dance, A history of shell collecting).Martyn purchased shells brought back from Cook's third voyage, although, as he wrote to Henry Seymer on 9 December 1780, 'I have purchased, amounting to 400 gns, more than 2 thirds of the whole brought home, Nevertheless I do not abound either in the variety of the new or many duplicates of the known ones that are valuable'. As a result, he modified his project and instead of presenting two shells on each plate, presented only one but depicted in two different views. Besides the specimens deriving from Cook's voyages, Martyn included specimens from the collections of the Duchess of Portland, the Countess of Bute, John Hunter, the Forsters, and others.The fine plates were drawn by Martyn and engraved and coloured by his 'Academy' of young men whom he had trained as natural history artists. The plates, each showing a single species in two positions, were engraved in soft aquatint and printed lightly inked, so that when hand-coloured they would resemble watercolours.Thomas Martyn (ca 1760-1816) was a native of Coventry, who lived in London at various addresses, most notably 10, Great Marlborough Street, Westminster, where he established his academy for the painting of Natural History. Besides the present work, his chef d'oeuvre, he published works on a dirigible balloon he designed, and various works of entomology, and colour theory.The complete four-volume work is complicated by various issue points and varieties of format, dating, etc. There are variants amongst some of the plates, some being intended for the standard quarto issue, and others being adapted for the 'select' issue, which is often mounted on la [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Carte Particuliere de l'Isle de Corse

      Artist: Santini Francois Venice; issued in : Venice; date: 1784 - - technic: Copper print; colorit: colored; condition: Perfect condition; size (in cm): 48 x 65 - description: Decorative map of Corsica divided into its ten provinces and four fiefs, with an inset of Cape Corso point, a letter key to the ten provinces and their populations, and a highly decorative title cartouche. After Hubert Jaullot. - vita of the artist: Francois [Francesco] Santini was an Italian cartographer and map publisher based in Venice. He re-issued the works of Robert de Vaugondy, Homann?s Heirs and De L?Isle. At this time, cartography in Italy was commercialy very slow, so Santini, essentially a publisher rather than a map-maker modelled his work on two of the leading practitioners of cartography in Europe, the French map-makers Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy. Their ?Atlas Universel? was first published in 1758, and was much re-issued thereafter. The atlas was a commercial and cartographic success, with widespread influence on map-makers throughout Europe, most notably on Santini, who commissioned a new set of plates, published in 1776, being almost exact copies of the original French maps

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        An historical sketch of Goa, the metropolis of the Portuguese settlements in India. Madras (now Chennai), "printed for the Proprietor, by William Twigg, at the Gazette Press", 1831. Small narrow 4to (20 x 14 cm). With a folding engraved map of the city of Goa (23.5 x 26.5 cm). Contemporary half tree calf.

      - Graesse II, p. 286; Smith & Vining, American Geographers, 1784-1812, pp. 44-45. First (and only early English) edition of a detailed account of the city of Goa and its surroundings on the west coast of India, with a folding map of the city, engraved in Madras by W. Jervis. In addition to the general history and description of Goa, with an emphasis on the Portuguese colonists, the book includes a biography of the author; brief notes on the viceroys, governors, bishops and archbishops of Goa, from 1505 to the time of publication; information on the churches and religious orders; the islands and surroundings; and the people of various social classes. An essential reference for any study of the city and a primary source for the early 19th century. In very good condition and with generous margins, with a small tear in the folding map, the corner of one leaf torn off (not approaching the text) and a marginal stain in the last few leaves, with some damage at the foot of a few of those leaves. The binding is slightly rubbed and has a few chips along the edges, but is otherwise very good.

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        Aerostatica) An account of the first Aerial Voyage in Englad

      printed for the Author.by the publisher, J. Bell., London 1784 - An account of the first Aerial Voyage in Englad, in a series of letters to the Guardian, Chevalier Gherardo Compagni, written under the impressions of the various events that affected the undertaking., by Lunardi, Vincenzo. London, printed for the Author.by the publisher, J. Bell.1784. In-8°, piena pelle, dorso a nervi decorato in oro, riquadro aureo sui piani. (4), 66, (2) pp., con ritratto dell' rinciso in rame dal Bartolozzi e 2 tavole ripiegate f.t. raffiguranti l' aerostato ed il relativo apparato per l' ascensione. Ottimo esemplare della rara edizione originale. Era il primo volo che si faceva a Londra; a cui il Lunardi ne fece seguire altri dodici in Inghilterra e Scozia dove fu anche nominato capitano. Firma autografa del LUNARDI sull' occhietto. (Boffito, Bobl. aeronautica italiana p. 256): > Liebmann-Wahl, 1021. Brockett, 7816. Maggs Bros, Bibl. aeronautica, I, 182. Hodgson, History of aeronautics in Great Britain, pp. 121-24. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        La Riada. Describe la terrible inundación que molestó a Sevilla en los últimos días del año 1783 y los primeros del 1784

      Ofic. de Vázquez y Comp., Sevilla 1784 - Pasta española con ruedas doradas, cortes dorados, formato 8º. XXVI-115 p. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Tableaux, statues, bas - reliefs et camées de la Galerie de Florence et du Palais Pitti dessinés par Wicar, peintre, et gravés sous la direction de C.L. Masquelier - volumi 4

      Lacombe, Paris, 1784. Formato cm. 60 x 40. Rilegatura in mezza tela con titolo su tassello al dorso. All'interno gore e bruniture; il volume III presenta il dorso staccato e parzialmente mancante. Stato di conservazione molto buono. I quattro volumi, stampati tra il 1789 ed il 1814, contengono moltissime belle incisioni a piena pagina raffiguranti opere d'arte presenti negli Uffizi ed a Palazzo Pitti. Molto raro.

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        Encyclopédie méthodique. Finances.

      Panckoucke et Plomteux 1784-1787, Paris et Liège - 3 vol. in-4 à deux colonnes de (4)-12-LX-685-(2) pp. ; (4)-787 pp. ; (4)-797-(1)-XVII-(1)-III (1)-IV pp., cartonnage papier bleu, pièce de titre rouge, entièrement non rogné (reliure de l'époque). « Le premier recueil du temps à consulter (.). Il traite de l'ensemble des questions financières dans une série d'articles classés par ordre alphabétique. On ne saurait entreprendre l'étude des finances de l'Ancien Régime sans tenir à sa disposition ce recueil méthodique » (Stourm). Les articles sont précédés d'un Discours préliminaire, ou Essai historique sur les Finances par Rousselot de Surgy ; il y fait l'éloge de Sully et de Colbert et réclame une répartition équitable et proportionnelle des impôts. Dans cette optique Rousselot propose de dresser un cadastre général, à la faveur duquel on pourrait rendre la taille réelle et taxer les terres suivant leurs qualités et leurs produits ; et de suivre le projet des administrations provinciales, qui répartiraient les impôts de la manière la plus équitable et la plus économiqe ; il considère la suppression de la gabelle comme une « belle chimère ». A la fin a été reliée la rare Table ordinale et raisonnée des articles de ce Dictionnaire, desquels la lecture peut servir de traité élémentaire pour chaque partie de Finance, 17 pages. Bel exemplaire. INED, 3970 ; Kress, B 574 ; Stourm, p.23. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        De l'Administration des Finances de la France.

      Paris 1784 - 3 tomes de VI-CLIX-353 pp. ; VII-536 pp. ; VIII- 468 pp. [DU BUAT NANCAY (Louis-Gabriel)]. Remarques d'un Français, ou Examen Impartial du livre de M. Necker sur l'Administration des Finances de la France, pour servir de correctif et de supplément à son ouvrage. A Genève, 1785. In-8 de (4)-182-(2) pp. Ensemble 3 vol. in-8, veau marbré, dos lisse orné, pièces de titre et de tomaison en veau citron, tranches marbrées (reliure de l'époque). 1. Edition originale. 1 tableau dépliant hors-texte au tome I : Population et contributions des généralités. Critique de la politique financière de Calonne, successeur de Necker aux finances. Ce livre fut interdit en France dès sa parution et valut à son auteur l'interdiction de retourner dans le royaume. Necker, ministre des Finances sous Louis XVI, fut l'un des principaux propagateurs du néo-mercantilisme, en opposition aux théories physiocratiques régnant alors. 2. Edition originale de la critique de l'ouvrage de Necker par l'historien et économiste Du Buat-Nançay (1732-1787), disciple de Cantillon, proche des physiocrates. Bel exemplaire. Kress, B 752-754 ; INED, 1484, 3358 ; Einaudi, 582 ; Stourm, p. 128. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        An Enquiry Into the Principal Phaenomena of Sounds and Musical Strings Inscribed copy

      Dublin: Printed by Joseph Hill, at the College Printing-House. VG : in very good condition. Rebacked with later calf/gilt spine. Author's inscription on fep. 1784. First Edition. Mottled calf gilt. 210mm x 130mm (8" x 5"). 203pp. 2 plates, one folding. Inscription reads: 'For the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Castlereagh from his most obliged and sincere servt'. .

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        Recherches analytiques sur la nature de l'air inflammable

      de XXVIII, 387 et (1) pages Genève, Barthélémi Chirol, 1784, in-8, de XXVIII, 387 et (1) pages, demi-veau vert postérieur, dos lisse (dos insolé et portant, en queue, une étiquette de bibliothèque), Première édition peu courante Dans sa préface l'auteur donne une description impressionnante du travail de physicien : "si la connaissance intime d'un corps est la partie la plus importante des recherches qu'il présente, elle est aussi la plus difficile à acquérir ; il faut vaincre la ténacité de l'union qui lie les parties du mixte qu'on veut approfondir ; il faut retrouver chacune d'elles quand on les a séparées ; il faut les faire toucher au doigt & à l'

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