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        A remarkable set of the official accounts of Cook's three voyages, with an added narrative of the first voyage by Parkinson and two works on the second voyage by the two Forsters

      London: various publishers, 1785. Some scattered foxing in some of the text volumes, some browning and offsetting to surrounds of the plates that were laid down on larger paper to atlas volume size; a few neat repairs chiefly to the heads of the spines of some text volumes, marbled sides to the atlases showing some shelf wear; the bindings generally in excellent condition.. Twelve text volumes, quarto, and three large folio atlases (see note); most of the smaller maps and views added to the large atlas volumes and laid down on old paper to bring them to size; in very handsome early-nineteenth-century bindings, the text volumes in full tree calf with ornately gilt spines incorporating unusually large ship ornaments, double labels, with a small dating label at base of each spine, all edges gilt; the atlas volumes in matching half calf bindings over marbled boards, double labels, ship ornaments on spines; a most appealing set. A very attractive and unusually full set of Cook's three voyages. This splendid set has three significant extra works, in four volumes, bound into the set, while most of the engraved plates usually found in text volumes have been bound into three folio atlases, one for each voyage. As a result set therefore contains the entire narrative of the voyage along with the major associated works to have been published legitimately by expedition members. Other accounts published at the time were either anonymous and surreptitiously published, or were hardcore scientific works such as the astronomical results.The series of official Cook narratives, published in eight quarto volumes and an atlas, is the cornerstone of any collection of books relating to Australia or the Pacific. Illustrated with marvellous engravings based on the work of the official artists on the voyages, including Parkinson, Hodges, and Webber, the series stands as the great monument to Cook's achievements. Clearly specially assembled for a knowledgeable collector, the set has the bookplate in every volume of Edward Henry, fifth Baron Scott, who had a splendid library at Sundridge Park, Bromley, his magnificent John Nash house (with interiors by Wyatt) set in gardens by Repton. This set is made up as follows (fuller details may be had on request):FIRST VOYAGEVols 1 to 3: HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages... Three volumes, quarto. London, 1773. Second and best edition of the official account of the first voyage, with the "Directions for placing the cuts" and the "Chart of the Straights of Magellan" (both usually missing in the first edition), and with the new Preface containing Hawkesworth's virulent 8-page reply to Dalrymple's hostile reviews of the first edition, and the whole volume revised by the voyage's astronomer William Wales. Holmes, 5.Vol 4: PARKINSON, Sydney. A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas... Quarto, London, 1784. The preferred second and much expanded edition, of which only 400 copies were published. A double-hemisphere map usually added to this edition is not present here. Holmes, 49.Atlas: with 52 engraved plates and maps from the official account and the portrait, map and 26 engraved plates from Parkinson (without a double-hemisphere map issued for the second edition).SECOND VOYAGEVols 5 to 6: COOK, James. A Voyage towards the South Pole... Two volumes, quarto. London, 1777. First edition of the official account. Holmes, 24; Rosove, 77.Vols 7 to 8: FORSTER, George. A Voyage round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop Resolution. Two volumes, quarto, with a large folding map. London, 1777. First edition of the most important alternative account of Cook's second voyage: 'an important and necessary addition to Cook's voyages' (Hill). Holmes, 23; Rosove, 132.A1.Vol 9: FORSTER, John Reinhold. Observations made during a Voyage Round the World. Quarto, the folding table bound into vol. 8 above. London, 1778. A folding map was added to some copies only of this edition and is not present here, perhaps indicating an early issue. First edition of this pioneer work on the anthropology of the Pacific, written by the naturalist aboard the voyage. Holmes, 29; Rosove, 140.A1.Atlas: portrait and all but one (it remains in text volume) of the 64 plates and maps of the official account.THIRD VOYAGE. COOK, James and James KING. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean... Three volumes, quarto, 24 engraved maps and coastal profiles in text volumes. London, 1785. The second edition, usually preferred since the Royal Society medal awarded to Cook posthumously in 1784 appears on the title-pages; the printing is also generally considered much better, with the wording of the title-pages slightly modified and the text itself entirely re-set. Holmes, 47.Atlas: two charts and 61 engraved plates.Notes on the "extra" writers:Sidney Parkinson, the son of a Quaker brewer of Edinburgh, was apprenticed to a draper when his ability for drawing 'flowers, fruits and other objects of natural history' first attracted the attention of Sir Joseph Banks. Banks engaged him as botanical artist on Cook's first voyage, and he went on to produce an important series of magnificent botanical and natural history drawings, and was the first professional artist to set foot on Australian soil. He died at the end of the voyage, en route from Batavia to the Cape of Good Hope.Parkinson's is the most handsome of the unofficial accounts of Cook's first voyage; it contains extensive accounts of New Zealand and Australia, and has some of the earliest natural history observations on the region, including the first published use of the word kangaroo (as "kangooroo", p. 149). Parkinson himself was responsible for the original drawings for twenty-three of the twenty-seven plates here. His original artwork and these splendid engravings made from it represent one of the chief visual sources for Cook's first voyage, and one of the first views European observers had of such South Pacific scenes. Parkinson's journal of the voyage is plain and unaffected, and in the words of its editor 'its only ornament is truth, and its best recommendation characteristic of himself, its genuine simplicity'. Curiously, as the botanical drawings were retained by Banks, none of his botanical drawings appear in his own account, and not until recent years has the world at large learned of Parkinson's genius as a botanical artist.Johann Forster and his son Georg were taken on board the Resolution following the withdrawal of Sir Joseph Banks and his party from the second voyage; it was intended that Johann Forster would write the official record, but he and his son returned to controversy, culminating in them being asked to withdraw from any involvement with the official account. Thus denied, 'the Forsters set to work to forestall it with an account of their own, and succeeded in doing so by about six weeks' (Holmes).Johann was one of the pre-eminent scientists and natural historians of his generation, while Georg, not even eighteen years old when he joined the Resolution, proved to have a facile pen and an alert and inquiring disposition. Yet the Voyage round the World, which should have been their crowning achievement, became instead evidence of the rift between them and the British establishment, especially once the accusation that George was the author in name only surfaced, chiefly as a result of the printed attacks by the voyage's astronomer, William Wales. It certainly appears that Johann's disposition was not calculated to please and, as Holmes points out, relations cannot have been improved by the fact that 'no acknowledgement is made of the assistance derived from Cook's journal, the proof-sheets of which had in accordance with the agreement signed at the Admiralty on April 13th, 1776, been placed at the elder Forster's disposal'.Sadly, the controversy has overshadowed the work itself which is, in effect, one of the most considered of all of the secondary accounts of Cook, and, along with Johann's Observations (1778), forms a distinct yet vital contribution to the history and accomplishments of Cook's arduous second voyage.

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        Brief m. eigenhändiger Unterschrift Potsdam, 8.X.1785. 4to, 1/4 S. auf Doppelbl.

      . . "An den Lieutenant von Goerne, außer Diensten, aus Golwitz, bey Brandenburg", dessen Vorschlag zur Verbesserung der Pferdezucht, insbesondere in der Kurmark, betreffend. "Patriotisch ausgedacht ist Euer Vorschlag... Es ist... aber ... dabey das Terrain nicht in Betrachtung gezogen worden... Deßen Ausführung ist nur in Provintzien möglich, wo so viele Weiher sind, daß ein guter Theil dasvon zur Pferdezucht ausgesetzt werden kann...". - Faltspuren.

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        Orlando innamorato di Matteo Ma. Bojardo, rifatto da Francesco Berni. En 5 volumes.

      Venezia, Antonio Zatta, 1785,. sm. in-8vo, illustrated with alltogether 5 identical title portraits (Francesco Berni) and 69 cute vignettes (engraved by Daniotto and C. Dall'Aqua), very beautiful marbled calf bindings, red and green labels on spine, rich goldtooling on spine, small imperfection or stain on 2 covers, light rubbing to a few corners, sprinkled edges.. The "Orlando innamorato" completely rewritten by Berni, being by far better appreciated than the original version by Bojardo. Illustrated with cute engraved vignettes heading each one of the 69 chapters.Originally written for the amusement of the author's patron, Duke Hercules D'Este, this is the inventive and humorous story of Orlando's love-striken pursuit of Angelica through a fairyland that combines the military valours of Charlemagne's crusaders with the enchantments of King Arthur's court."Le poeme le plus celebre de Bojardo, quoique le moins lu, est son "Roland amoureux". ... L'Arioste ... en le continuant, et le Berni, en le refaisant, l'ont tue. ..." (Hoefer).Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Hoefer NBG III/622-623 and IV/483-484; Diz. Lett. Bompiani (1948) V/312-316.

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        Schlacht bey Krefeldt den 23te Junius 1758. C.F. Gürsch. sc. 1758.':.

      - Kupferstich v. C.F. Gürsch b. Tempelhoff, 1785, 51 x 42,5 Tooley's Dic. of Mapmakers S. 269. - Zeigt die Schlacht im Jahre 1758 mit dem Gebiet Aldekerk, Willich, Krefeld und Kempen. - Oben rechts große Kartusche mit Erklärungen. - Unten links Titelkartusche. (Bilder zum Artikel auf meiner Homepage, oder bei Anfrage - pictures on my homepage or after request)

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        Manuscript Document, bank draft on the Bank of New York for $500 to the order of BARON STEUBEN, docketed on rear by Steuben

      New York, 1785. Signed by the founder of the Bank of New York, WILLIAM DUER. 1 vols. Oblong octavo. Signature of the payer in lower right corner torn away. Signed by the founder of the Bank of New York, WILLIAM DUER. 1 vols. Oblong octavo. After his discharge in 1783, the great Prussian general who trained the America militia was in dire financial straits. "Always careless in his business affairs and extravagant in his charities and hospitalities, he went heavily in debt in anticipation of about $60,000 for his military services which he claimed from Congress." - Boatner, p. 1057.

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        The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy... In Two Volumes.

      Dublin. 1785. 8vo. Samtidige hele kalveskinnsbind med røde og grønne tittelfelter, samt ryggforgylling. (4 bl.), (4), vii, (1 bl.), xxi, (1 bl.), v, (1bl.) 423, (5 bl.) ; (2 bl.), (4), iii, (1 bl.), 461, (7 bl.) s.8vo. Contemporary full calf with red and green labels and gilt decoration to spines. (4 blank), (4), vii, (1 blank), xxi, (1 blank), v , (1 blank), 423, (5 blank) ; (2 blank), (4), iii, (1 blank), 461, (7 blank) pp.. Corners bumped, hinges cracked, but boards still firmly attached. A "mouthful" of the corner of the back board of vol. 2 missing. Bookplates in both volumes.William Paley (1743-1805), English theologian and moral philosopher. The "The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy" contains Paley's famous satire on property. And the work is a handbook on the duties and obligations of civil life rather than a philosophical treatise.This edition is published in the same year as the London-edition. (Encyclopedia of Philosophy, vol. 6, pp. 19-20)

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      - BREVE TRATADO DEL VIAGE QUE HIZO A LA CIUDAD SANTA DE JERUSALEN Don Racionero y Maestro de la Capilla de la Santa Iglesia de Sevilla. En el que da noticia verídica de todos los Santuarios, Sitios y Lugares en que nuestro señor Redentor Jesu Christo estuvo, donde nació y murió. En valladolid, en la Imprenta de Alfonso del Riego, año de 1785, donde se hallará y en Madrid en la de Manuel Perez, calle cela Montera, junto ála Alojeria. 141 x 97 mm. 44 p. Ejemplar en muy buen estado de conservación. Sello de tampón antiguo poseedor. Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599), músico sevillano, compositor, cantor, maestro de capilla y viajero incansable. Mantuvo buenas relaciones con los reyes de España, Carlos V y Felipe II. Su valedor era el cardenal Rodrigo de castro a quien va dedicado este viaje a Jerusalen, que realizó entre el verano de 1588 y la primavera de 1589. Ref: Palau, 109952 dice: que tanto la primera como el resto de ediciones son obras raras. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Wilhelm Thomas Raynals philosophische und politische Geschichte der Besitzungen und Handlung der Europäer in beyden Indien - Nach der neuesten Ausgabe übersetzt, und mit Anmerkungen versehen - Band 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - 7 Bände, 1785

      Verlag der typographischen Gesellschaft, Kempten 1785. Band 3: 5. Buch: Handlung von Dänemark, Ostende, Schweden, Preußen, Spanien, Rußland nach Ostindien. Wichtige Fragen über die Verbindungen Europas mit Indien. 6. Buch: Entdeckung von Amerika. Eroberung von Mexiko. Besitzungen der Spanier in diesem Theil der neuen Welt. 456 S. Band 5: 9. Buch: Besitzungen der Portugiesen in Brasilien. Ihre daselbst geführten Kriege. Erzeugnisse und Reichtümer dieser Kolonien. 10. Buch: Niederlassungen der europäischen Nationen in dem großen amerikanischen Archipel. 330 S. Band 6, 1786: 11. Buch: Die Europäer kaufen in Afrika Pflanzer für die Antillen. Auf welche Art dieser Handel betrieben wird. Welche Erzeugnisse wir der Arbeit der Sklaven zu verdanken haben. 12. Buch: Niederlassungen der Spanier, der Holländer und der Dänen auf den amerikanischen Inseln. 400 S. Band 7, 1786: 13. Buch: Besitzungen der Franzosen auf den amerikanischen Inseln. 14. Buch: Niederlassungen der Engländer auf den amerikanischen Inseln. 480 S. Band 8: 15. Buch: Besitzungen der Franzosen in Nordamerika. Auf welchem Grund die Hoffnung ihres Wohlergehens beruhte? Was diese Verbindungen hervorbrachte. 16. Buch: In den französichen Kolonien des nördlichen Amerika eird eine neue Einrichtung gemacht. Welche Absicht diese neue Verbindungen haben? 17. Buch: Englische in der Hudson-Bay, Kanada, der Insel St. John, Neu Foundland, Neu Schottland, Neu England, Neu York, und Neu Jersey angelegte Kolonien. 438 S. Band 9: 18. Buch: Englische Kolonien in Pensylvanien, Maryland, Virginien, Karolina, Georgien, Florida. Allgemeine Betrachtungen über alle diese Besitzungen. 398 S. Band 10: 19. Buch: Religion, Regierung, Staatskunst, Krieg, Seewesen, Handlung, Ackerbau, Mannufakturen, Bevölkerung, Steuer und Auflagen, Öffentlicher Kredit, Schöne Künste und Wissenschaften, Philosophie, Sittenlehre, Betrachtungen des Guten und Bösen so die Entdeckung von Amerika in Europa zuwegegebracht hat. 398 S. Allgemeines Register über alle zehn Theile. Geographisches Register. 164 S. Alle Bände in Fraktur, alle mit teils zahlreichen Holzschnitt-Textvignetten. Dreiviertel-Leder, Rücken mit gold. Rückentitel, goldgepr. Rückendekoration, 5 echten Bünden, rot und grün hinterlegten Titeln, marmorierter Einband, roter Farbschnitt, auffallend guter, frischer und sauberer Druck. Einbände gering angeschmutzt, etwas berieben, kaum bestoßen, Schnitte wenig angeschmutzt, Seiten äußerst selten sehr leicht angeschmutzt, Deckel-Innenseiten, Vorsätze, Nachsätze und Titelblätter etwas stärker angeschmutzt, keine Anstreichungen, keine Beschädigungen, guter Zustand. über 2000 gr. Guillaume-Thomas Francois Raynal, auch Abbe Raynal, 1713 Lapanouse, 1796 Passy, war ein französischer Schriftsteller. Durch "Die Geschichte beider Indien", 1770 wurde er berühmt, es war eine der meistgelesen Schriften der Spätaufklärung. 1770 publizierte er die erste Ausgabe seiner "Histoire philosophique et politique des etablissements et du commerce des Europeens dans les deux Indes". (Das eine Indien steht für das östlichen Indien oder Asien, das westliche Indien steht für die Karibik und Lateinamerika). An dieser Ausgabe sollte Denis Diderot mitarbeiten. Nachdem sie 1772 verboten wurde, publizierte der Abbe Raynal die "Histoire de deux indes" 1774 erneut. Die neue Auflage wurde vom Klerus sofort auf den Index gesetzt. Die noch konsequentere dritte Auflage erschien 1780. Im Oktober des Jahres 1781 hielt er sich zeitweise in der Schweiz in Vevey auf. Das Werk wurde am 21. Mai 1781 vom Parlement von Paris dazu verdammt, öffentlich vom Henker verbrannt zu werden.) Kein Schutzumschlag Dreiviertel-Leder 8°. Gut

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        Corte por lo ancho de la Catedral de Málaga.

      - (Madrid, hacia 1785), una hoja de 50 x 38 cm., conteniendo el grabado al cobre por Muntaner sobre un dibujo de Pietro Vanvitelli y la escala en varas Castellanas. MÁLAGA

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         Essai sur la noblesse des Basques pour servir d'introduction à l'histoire générale de ces peuples. Rédigé sur les mémoires d'un militaire basque par un Ami de la Nation

      à Pau, de l'imp. de J.P. Vignancour, 1785, in 8°, de 254pp., demi-veau blond moderne genre ancien, dos lisse orné de lyres dorées, p. de t. lèg. frottée, jolie rel. pastiche signée Devauchelle, qq. mouillures aux derniers ff. et deux petites restaurations angulaires. (nbr. cachets ex-libris Louis Lamaison, de Saint Palais; et ex-libris moderne Dominique Goytino en tête) Edition originale de ce très rare ouvrage, un des premiers consacrés à l'histoire des Basques. Il a été rédigé par Dom Sanadon, principal du collège de Pau, et qui fut un évêque constitutionnel des Basses Pyrénées puis député à la Convention. L'ouvrage est en fait une compilation extraite de l'Histoire des Basques du chevalier J. Ph. Bela, colonel du régiment de Royal-Cantabre, oeuvre inédite dont le manuscrit est conservé à la Bibliothèque Nationale. ¶ Très peu d'exemplaires dans les Bibliothèques publiques : cat. CCFR 3ex. seulement (Pau, Bordeaux, Rouen) - cat. KVK 3 ex. (Cambridge, Berlin, Harvard, New York PL)

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        Expériences pour servir à l'histoire de la génération des animaux et des pl EDITION ORIGINALE

      A Geneve: Chez Barthélémi Chirol, 1785. Fine. Chez Barthélémi Chirol, A Geneve 1785, In 8 (12,5x20,6cm), (4) XCVI, 413pp., relié. - Original French edition, illustrated with 3 folding plates containing many figures. Full calf blond marbled time. Back tooled raised. Part of title in red morocco. Two small restorations on the upper flat. Nice copy. Fundamental work on the theory of generation. The conclusions reached above those of Spallanzani Pasteur nearly a century. He refuted particular theory of spontaneous generation; By working refutation of the famous concept that Spallanzani discovers the role of sperm and ovaries in mammals, its observations on the external reproduction in frogs; it will also be the first to perform artificial insemination in a bitch. The author also shows regeneration in lizards. Senebier translated many works of Spallanzani in French, he was also a scientist. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale française, illustrée de 3 planches dépliantes contenant de nombreuses figures. Reliure en plein veau blond d'époque marbré. Dos à nerfs orné. Pièce de titre en maroquin rouge. Deux petites restaurations sur le plat supérieur. Bel exemplaire. Ouvrage fondamental sur la théorie de la génération. Les conclusions auxquelles parvient Spallanzani précèdent celles de Pasteur de près d'un siècle. Il y réfute notamment la théorie de la génération spontanée ; C'est en travaillant à la réfutation de ce fameux concept que Spallanzani découvre le rôle des spermatozoïdes et des ovaires chez les mammifères, par ses observations sur la reproduction externe chez les grenouilles ; il sera par ailleurs le premier à réaliser une insémination artificielle chez une chienne. L'auteur démontre également la régénération chez les lézards. Senebier a traduit la plupart des ouvrages de Spallanzani en français, il était également un scientifique.

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        Medical Reports, of the Effects of Tobacco, Principally with Regard to its Diuretic Quality, in the Cure of Dropsies, and Dysuries : Together with some observations, on the use of Clysters of Tobacco, in the treatment of the Colic : By Thomas Fowler, M. D. Physician to the General Infirmary of the County of Stafford

      London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1785. First edition, xi, [5], 84 pp., light stain to lower outer corner of text, two-tone modern boards, paper title label on spine, uncut.

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        Kst.- Karte, n. Oettinger v. M. Albert u. G. F. Lotter in 6 Blatt, "Carte Geographique representant le Cours Entier du Rhin, de la Moselle de la Meuse et de l'Escaut avec les Pays Confins specialement L'Etat Actuel de toutes les possessions de la Maison D'Austriche dans les Pays Bas et une Grande Partie de la France ..." - "Cabinetskarte welche den Ganzen Lauff des Rheins, der Mosel, der Maas und Schelde nebst den Angraenzenden Laendern vorzüglich alle gegenwaertige Besitzungen des Hauses Oesterreich in den Niederlanden und einen grossen Theil von Frankreich vorstellt".

      . altkol.,, dat. 1785, Größe zusammengesetzt ca., 171 x 155 (H). Stopp/Langel S. 99 ( nur Ausgabe 1794 ); T. Seifert: Die Karte als Kunstwerk, Nr. 166 und Abb. der Kartuschen ( einer früheren, undatierten Ausgabe ) auf Seite 132. - Genauer Nachstich der Oettinger Karte ( verlegt bei Seutter ) mit geänderten Kartuschen (diese wurden dem Zeitgeschmack angepaßt). - Karte westorientiert und noch nicht zusammengesetzt.

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        Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean on Discovery: Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780, Illustrated with Cuts and a Chart Shewing the Tracks of the Ships Employed in this Expedition

      London: E Newbery, 1785. 4th Edition . Leather Bound. Good/No jacket - as issued. 22 x 14cms (8.5" x 5.5"). PUBLISHING DETAILS: Fourth edition of the first account of Cook's fatal last voyage, published by E Newbery of London in 1785. 376 pages, with fold out frontispiece and chart and 6 further illustrations. Size; 22 x 14 cms (8.5" x 5.5"). Weight; 650g (23 ounces). CONDITION: I would rate this as good. The full dark brown leather covers, with leather spine title, are worn but basically sound, having been sympathetically restored at the corners. The binding remains tight and secure throughout. The text and illustrations are generally clean and free from foxing, with the odd mark. The fold out frontispiece and chart are creased but entire, having been neatly repaired. There are beautifully calligraphed inscriptions on the endpapers. One of the back endpapers has been repaired and a corner cut from another. All in all, this is an authentic and still handsome early edition of a historic and collectible title. THE BOOK: Ostensibly James Cook's third and final voyage was to return Omai, a young man from Raiatea to his homeland, but the Admiralty used this as a cover for their plan to send Cook on a voyage to discover the Northwest Passage. HMS Resolution, to be commanded by Cook, and HMS Discovery, commanded by Charles Clerke, were prepared for the voyage which started from Plymouth in 1776. The ships travelled to Cape Town by way of Tenerife then on to New Zealand. Omai was returned to his homeland and the ships sailed onwards, discovering the Hawaiian Archipelago, before reaching the Pacific coast of North America. The two charted the west coast of the continent and passed through the Bering Strait when they were stopped by ice from sailing either east or west. The vessels returned to the Pacific and called briefly at the Aleutians before retiring towards Hawaii for the winter. When they approached Hawaii they were met with an unexpectedly warm welcome which became tumultuous as they finally landed at Kealakekua Bay, on 'Hawaii Island' during the Makahiki, a Hawaiian harvest festival of worship for the Polynesian god Lono. After a time during which Cook, and his crew were feted, the atmosphere changed and Cook moved away from the island to continue his quest of discovery. He soon suffered damage to his ship and had to turn back. On his return, conflict arose which resulted in Cook's death. Cook's remains were taken away by the Hawaiians but some were returned to be buried at sea by his crew. The command of the expedition was assumed by Charles Clerke who tried in vain to find the passage before his own death. Under the command of John Gore the crews returned to a subdued London in October 1780. As on the earlier voyages, unofficial accounts written by members of the crew were produced. The first to appear, in 1781, was this narrative based on the journal (anonymous but attributed) of John Rickman, 2nd Lieutenant on the Discovery. The frontispiece, 'Representation of the Murder of Capt Cook at O-Why-ee', is the first illustration of Hawaii to appear in print. (Primary source: Wikipedia)

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        Sämmtliche Werke. Dritter und Vierter Theil = Die neue Heloise, oder Briefe zweyer Liebender aus einer kleinen Stadt am Fuße der Alpen. Übersetzt von (Karl Friedrich) Cramer. Teil 1, 2 und 3 in 2 Bänden ( von 6 erschienenen Teilen ).

      Rellstab, Berlin 1785 - ( Erscheinungszeitraum 1785 - 1786 = Erste deutsche Ausgabe ). Mit LXVIII ( Vorrede (, 399 Seiten, XXXIV ( Beylagen ) / 440 Seiten. Mit einigen gestochenen Vignetten. In Pappbänden der Zeit, 8° ( 16,5 x 9 cm ). Die Bände jeweils mit Inhaltsverzeichnig. Einbände jeweils stark berieben, Ecken und Kanten stark bestoßen, Bezugspapier sich teils lösend. Die schmalen Einbandrücken von alter Hand tituliert *Rousseau, Heloise, 1. Theil - 2. Theil*. Innen jeweils ein altes Exlibris auf dem Innendeckel vorn *Bibliothek Hermann Ott*, Bindung jeweils gelockert. Seiten teils gering stockfleckig, wenige Seiten etwas stärker stock- oder leicht braunfleckig, wenige Seiten angeknickt bzw. eselsohrig. - selten - Zusammen 2 Bände. ( Gesamtgewicht 500 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available ) [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Le mariage de Figaro EDITION ORIGINALE

      à Paris: De l'imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique (Kehl) ; chez Ruault, 1785. Fine. De l'imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique (Kehl) ; chez Ruault, à Paris 1785, In-8 (15,9x24cm), lj, 199pp. (1), relié. - Second issue of the first edition and first illustrated edition. The first issue appeared only two months before it. In this second printing was added five boards Malapeau King and from St. Quentin. No less than 16 editions appeared on the same date. Note that this edition was printed by the care of the author himself, in Kehl, and he took the characters that were used to print the works of Voltaire. Bound in full sheepskin speckled brown and vintage ice. Back smooth decorated. As an exhibit in black leather. Triple mentoring net on the boards. Caps and corners restored. Few scattered spots. Mad expectations of the public and comedians following the Barber of Seville and the delay caused by censorship (including the king himself) explains some of the many counterfeit Marriage of Figaro. We know that the spirit of the Revolution found a powerful symbol in the character of Figaro. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Seconde émission de l'édition originale et première édition illustrée, sur papier vélin. La première émission ne parut que deux mois avant celle-ci. A cette seconde impression on a ajouté les cinq planches de Malapeau et Roi d'après St. Quentin. Pas moins de 16 éditions parurent à la même date (les retards dû à la censure du roi expliquent ces nombreuses contrefaçons). A noter que cette édition fut imprimée par les soins de l'auteur lui-même, à Kehl, et qu'il reprit les caractères qui avaient servi à l'impression des Oeuvres de Voltaire (caractères de l'Anglais Baskerville). Est joint la toute première suite des illustrations. Ces gravures ont été réalisées après la publication de l'édition originale de première émission et ont été fournies en feuilles, elle sont dans un format plus petit. Beaumarchais les a faites regravées avec plus de soin et de goût, comme on pourra juger. Reliure en pleine basane brune moucheté et glacée d'époque. Dos lisse orné. Pièce de titre en maroquin noir. Triple filet d'encadrement sur les plats. Coiffes et coins restaurés. Quelques rousseurs éparses. La folle attente du public et des comédiens de la suite du Barbier de Séville et le retardement causé par la censure (et notamment le roi lui-même) explique quelque peu les nombreuses contrefaçons du Mariage de Figaro. On sait que l'esprit de la Révolution trouvera un symbole éloquent dans le personnage de Figaro.

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        Handschrift auf Pergament, Urkunde der Zunftmeister des Bierbrauer-Handwerks in Heidelberg für einen Johann Balthasar Guthmann (?).

      Heidelberg, 1785. - circa 32 x 47,5 cm. 1 Urkunde mit Siegel in Holzkapsel an Bändern alte Faltspuren Dekorative Urkunde mit Kalligraphie in Gold und Rot, oben ein Gebührenstempel über 30 Kreuzer, unten von den Zunftmeistern Adam Abraham Gieser und Johannes Münch signiert. - Gut erhalten, etwas angestaubt, Siegel ohne Deckel, sonst schön und dekorativ. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        La Folle Journée ou Le Mariage De Figaro, comédie en cinq actes, en prose

      mprimerie de la Société Littéraire Typographique, Paris, Chez Rault 1785 La Folle Journée ou Le Mariage De Figaro, comédie en cinq actes, en prose. Par De Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Cardon de. Représentée pour la première fois, par les Comediens français ordinaires du Roi, le mardi 27 avril 1784. De l' Imprimerie de la Société Littéraire Typographique (Kehl), Paris, Chez Rault, 1785. In - 8°, grande, m. marocchino coevo con larghe punte, dorso a 5 nervi con fregi e decori in oro. li, (1), 199, (1) pp. e 5 tavole f.t. incise in rame da Lienard, Lingé e Holbon da disegni del Quantin raffiguranti suggestive scene della commedia. Esemplare in carta grande sur papier velin > completa detta di >. Quest' opera fu vietata dalla censura, poi fu considerata come espressione di rivendicazione sociale. Seconda edizione pregevole più della prima. Exemplaire sur grand papier velin complet des cinq figure de la suite de Lienard. Bell' esemplare con soltanto qualche arrossatura e un marginale strappo alla base del front. Soleinne, II, 2103. Cohen - Ricci, 125.

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        Miscellaneous Tracts, by the late William Bowyer, Printer, and several of his Learned Friends; including Letters on Literary Subjects, by Mr. Markland, Mr. Clarke, etc., etc. Collected and Illustrated with Occasional Notes, by John Nichols, Printer

      London: Printed by and for the Editor, 1785., 1785. First Edition. 4to. Superb Edwards of Halifax style Etruscan binding, early reback with original spine laid back on, marbled end papers, all edges gilt. Corners frayed, boards and extremities rubbed. A collection of literary (and printing based) anecdotes and musings. Shows beautifully.

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        Appiani Alexandrini Roamarum historiarum quae supersunt / Appianu Alexandreos rhomaikon historion ta sozomena... novo studio conquisivit digessit ad fidem codicum msstorum recensvit... Latinam versionem emendavit adnotationibus variorum suisque illustravit commodis indicibus instruxit Ioannes Schweighæuser.

      Leipzig, Weidmann, 1785. XL + (2) + 907 + (4) + 930 + (2) + 922 + (138) s. Kobberstukket frontispiece. Samt. helskinnbd. med fem opph. bind. Rik ryggdekor i gull. Stempel på fribl. og tittelbl. (Gammelt bibliotekseks)

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        The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham - Three volume set

      Newcastle: S Hodgson and Messrs Robinsons. G: in Good condition without dust jacket as issued. Rubbed and scuffed leather. Rear board of volume three detached but present. Corners bumped. Spines cracked but intact. Chipped at top and tail. New eps. Bookplate on fep of Walter Selby [Semper Sapit Suprema] William Hardcastle and John Kerley Smith of West Hartlepool [otium sine litteris moris est] Some browning to cut pages. Contents clean and tight. 1785/1787/1794. First Edition. Brown hardback leather cover. 220mm x 130mm (9" x 5"). 592pp; 616pp; 522pp. Woodcut engravings; fold out pedigrees of Clavering and Hutton. .

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        Poems. [And:] The Task, A Poem in Six Books ? to which is added ? An Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq. Tirocinium, or a Review of Schools, and the History of John Gilpin

      Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul's Church Yard, London 1785 - First editions, with rare half-title to The Task: Poems, Vol. II. [iv], 367, [1, errata]; [vi], 359, [1] pp. 2 vols. 8vo (19 x 12 cm.). Zaehnsdorf Exhibition Binding. Cowper's Poems was his first collection of verse and includes such well-known works as "Table Talk," "Boadicea: an Ode," "Truth," "Hope," "Charity," and "Retirement." The Task was published three years after the first volume of Cowper's Poems. Errata on final page in vol. I, E6 and I6 in vol. I cancels as usual, without the Preface by John Newton found in a few copies, last page of vol. II with advertisement for the first volume of Cowper's Poems. Superbly bound. Rothschild Library 681 Bound in quite simple full dark green morocco, spines gilt, all edges gilt, orange silk doublures, by Zaehnsdorf and dated 1886, with their exhibition blindstamp on the back pastedown, laid in a full green morocco pull-off case, spine of case sunned. Very fine. Provenance: Bookplate of E. Hubert Litchfield [iv], 367, [1, errata]; [vi], 359, [1] pp. 2 vols. 8vo (19 x 12 cm.) First editions, with rare half-title to The Task: Poems, Vol. II

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U.

      Ludwigslust, 14. IX. 1785.. 3 SS. 4to.. An einen "Kunstfreund": "gestern las ich den Aufsaz [!] aus Kramers Musik. Magazin über die schlechte Einrichtung des italienischen Singgedichts, der aus Ihrer Feder geflossen ist. Erlauben Sie mir, Ihnen theuerster Mann! aus dem wärmsten Herzen den Dank zu sagen, den ich Ihrer hierin liegenden Belehrung schuldig bin. Lange schon fühlte ich's, daß wirklich die Instrumentalmusik dem wahren natürlichen Gesang geschadet hat. Noch mehr aber ward ich davon überzeugt als ich allmählich selbst anfing für die Singstimme zu schreiben [ ]". - Hardenack bearbeitete das offizielle dänische Psalmenbuch und komponierte Oratorien, Kantaten, Klaviersonaten, Lieder und Instrumentalmusik. 1813 erschienen seine Vorlesungen über Musik und ihre nützliche Anwendung.

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        Storia della vita dell'uomo. Opera dell'Abate don Lorenzo Hervas. Socio della Real Accademia delle scienze e antichità di Dublino. Tomo I (- VIII)

      Per G. Biasini all'insegna di Pallade, Cesena 1785 - 8 voll. leg. in 4, in 8, pp228 + (2); 218 + (2); 236; 242 + 4; 222; 220; 228; 228. Qualche tarlo marg. particolarmente agli ultimi 2 voll. in particolare 15 cc. del vol. 7 presentano qualche lesione del testo. M. pl. coeva con tasselli. Qualche forellino al d. Varie dedicatorie: al Conte N. Savorelli, al Marchese N. Ghini e al Reale Consiglio di Castiglia. Ogni volume à dedicato ad un aspetto del vivere dell'uomo e del vivere sociale: Concepimento e stato dell'uomo fino alla sua nascita; pubertà e gioventà (riforma del civil giure, ostacoli al progresso della medicina); Virilità dell'uomo (l''uomo con rispetto alla religione e società civile); L'uomo con rispetto a diversi impieghi con cui serve la società (agricoltura, milizia, arti); L'uomo con rispetto a diversi impieghi con cui serve la società (l'uomo nel commercio); l'uomo considerato nella sua virilità con diversi rispetti fisici e civili ad essa appartenenti (lusso, divertimenti. il cibarsi); vecchia e morte dell'uomoimmortalità del di lui spirito.; notomia del corpo umano. Edizione a se stante di quest'opera precedentemente apparsa all'interno della monumentale 'Idea dell'universo' pubblicata sempre a Cesena tra il 1778 e il 1887. Opera comunque di grande apertura, che, per le idee espresse, vnne messa all'indice nel 1789. L'Hervas, gesuita spagnolo, astronomo, letterato, glottologo, venne in Italia per sfuggire alle persecuzioni messe in atto contro i gesuiti. Visse molti anni a Cesena e poi fu nominato bibliotecario del Quirinale. Molto noti furono i suoi studi glottologici. Graesse, 3, 261. ITA

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        An Account of the Musical Performances in Westminster-Abbey, and the Pantheon, May 26th, 27th, 29th; and June the 3d, and 5th, 1784 In Commemoration of Handel Printed for the Benefit of the Musical Fund

      London: Sold by T. Payne and Son... and G. Robinson. [January 8] 1785. Quarto. Newly bound in marbled boards with printed title label to spine. 1f. (frontispiece), 1f. (title), [iii-viii] (dedication, contents), [i]- xvi (preface), 8, 8, 9-20, 19-24, 21-56, 21, [i] (blank) pp., 2 ff. (section title, list), pp. [25]-41, [i] (blank), 2 ff. (section title, list), [45]-70, 1f. (section title), pp. 73-90, 2 ff. (section title, list), pp. [93]-107, [i] (blank), 1f. (section title), pp. 111-139, [ii] (advertisement, errata) pp. + 8 plates engraved by Delattre, Bartolozzi, Haward, Spilsbury and Collyer after Burney, Cipriani and Smirk, with the "Plan of the Orchestra and Disposition of the Band" naming J. Bates as conductor. Very slightly browned; some minor creasing, light foxing, and occasional soiling and staining, especially to frontispiece, title, and dedication; minor offsetting opposite plates. With the autograph signature in pencil of the English-born early 19th century American composer and conductor Horace Middleton to upper outer corner of blank recto of frontispiece. An attractive, wide-margined copy. . First Edition. Gregory-Bartlett p. 47. Cortot, p. 42. Eitner II, p. 246. RISM BVI, p. 191. "[Burney] suggested and was entrusted with the preparation of a book giving an account of it [the Handel commemoration of 1784], preceded by a life of Handel. As a professional man, however, he was astonished to discover he was expected to do this without recompense... The Handel commemoration volume caused its author much concern and distracted him from his History, yet it has served posterity well." TNG Vol. 3, pp. 489-491. Joah Bates (1740-1799), conductor, organist and concert organizer, was "a fierce champion of Baroque music and particularly of Handel's work..." TNG Vol. II, p. 284.

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        MOSHI HINBUTSU ZUKO: ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THINGS IN THE BOOK OF ODES. An Illustrated Botanical, Zoological & Natural History Reference.

      A CHARMING ILLUSTRATED BOTANICAL & NATURAL HISTORY Kyoto 1785 - Kitamura. Blue stitched wrs., 7 vols. bound in 3,covers rubbed, no labels, 25+10+23+20+12+11+8 double pages,ca.100 woodcut illustrations, no worming, contents clean,solid, nicely done, 18 x 25 cm. FIRST EDITION R A R E Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        Freund Heins Erscheinungen in Holbeins Manier. 165 S. Mit gestoch. Frontispiz und 24 Kupfertafeln von Johann Rudolf Schellenberg. Hübscher marmor. Pappbd d. Z. mit Rückenvergoldung und 3 farb. Rückenschildern für Franziska von Hohenheim.

      Winterthur, Heinrich Steiner u. Comp., 1785. - Erste Ausgabe dieser bedeutendsten Totentanzfolge des ausgehenden 18. Jahrhunderts, "Schellenbergs Meisterleistung . (mit) völlig neuen geistreichen Einfällen" (Lanck./Oehler). 'Freund Hein' war von Matthias Claudius als Synonym für den Tod eingeführt worden, ironischerweise vom Namen eines Arztes abgeleitet, dem Hamburger Anton Hein. Die von Musäus geschaffenen sentimentalen Verse sind ungewöhnlich für den eher rational beeinflußten Dichter; sie bilden jedoch eine vorzügliche Ergänzung zu den zuerst geschaffenen Schellenbergschen Kupfern. Diese sind weit mehr als Variationen des berühmten Vorgängers Holbein. "Schellenberg wie Musäus antworten auf philosophische, literarische und technische Erscheinungen ihrer Zeit, wie die durch Lessing und Herder angestoßene ästhetische Diskussion um das Bild des Todes . ebenso wie die neuen Gefährdungen durch die sich entwickelnde Technik. Das Kupfer 'Der Aerostat' hat geradezu Karriere gemacht und gilt heute als wichtiges Dokument der Luftfahrtgeschichte, ja sogar der Technikkritik" (U. Wunderlich zitiert nach Trauzettel Nr 462). Neben Rowlandsons karikaturistischen Darstellungen und Chodowieckis Almanachblättern geben Schellenbergs Kupfer wohl am besten den Zeitgeist wieder. Thematisiert werden u. a. die Erfindung des Schwarzpulvers, die Werther'sche Schwermut, Putzsucht der Frauen, das Duell-Unwesen, die 'Schulvisitation', Aufhebung eines Klosters, Logenwesen und Freimaurer, Begeisterung für den Walzer sowie die Laster der Menschen und Stände, die Lottospieler, Wucherer, Schlemmer, Werber, 'Afterarzt'. – Typischer "Franziska-Einband", der jedoch im Gegensatz zum Gros dieser Einbände außerordentlich breitrandig ist. Franziska Theresa Reichsgräfin von Hohenheim (1748-1811) war seit 1772 offizielle Mätresse, seit 1785 zweite Ehefrau von Herzog Carl Eugen von Württemberg, seit 1790 Herzogin von Württemberg. Dank ihrer Wohltätigkeit und ihres mäßigenden Einflusses auf den Herzog wurde sie schon zu Lebzeiten als "guter Engel Württembergs" bezeichnet. Es gelang ihr, den unberechenbaren und prunksüchtigen Herzog, der auch Friedrich Schiller das Leben schwer machte, zu einem fürsorglicheren Landesvater umzuerziehen. – Titel mit Stempel Schloss Bächingen. Sehr frisches, sauberes und breitrandiges Exemplar. Die Kupfer in guten Abdrucken. – Goed. IV 1, 580, 6. Massmann S. 57 A 1. Rümann 788. Lanck./Oehler S. 175 f. Oppermann 1201 (2. Auflage) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Familiar letters, from an elder* to a younger brother, serving for his freedom in the Trinity-House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

      Newcastle: printed for the author, by L. Dinsdale. 1785. 8vo., (2) + vii + (2) + 10 - 188 + (2)pp., including the half-title and final leaf (errata on recto: advertisement verso), contemporary half calf over marbled boards with a fairly recent unlettered reback. A good copy with the 19th century bookseller Thomas Thorne's ticket on pastedown. First edition: very rare. Copies located by ESTC & OCLC only at 5 libraries [BL + Nat. Maritime Mus. + Newcastle Un. + Newcastle Central Lib. + NLS]. This is a curious, almost novel-like series of 17 supposed 'letters' of advice on behaviour and conduct from 'Palinurus' to 'Dear Jack', the whole interspersed with what appears to be both family and naval gossip. And so the author considers the 'folly and impropriety of making use of sea-phrases when out of that element', 'hints to those parents who think a good education unnecessary for such of their children as are intended for sea', 'thoughts on the coal-trade', 'folly of sea-faring people sleeping with their wet cloths on when they can avoid it', 'thoughts on escape from shipwreck', 'character of a sea-fop', 'necessity of commanders setting good examples', and more, with frequent references to 'Captain Clements' and 'Lieutenant Meanwell'. Dinsdale, the Newcastle printer, a journeyman of Thomas Slack, seems only to have been in business for two years. * Trinity House is ruled by a court of 31 Elder Brethren appointed from a much larger body of Younger Brethren.

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        Typographical Antiquities; or an Historical Account of the Origin and Progress of Printing in Great Britain and Ireland: Containing Memoirs of our Ancient Printers, and a Register of Books Printed by them, From the Year MCCCCLXXI to the Year MDC Begun by the Late Joseph Ames Considerably Augmented, both in the Memoirs and Number of Books, by William Herbert, of Cheshunt, Herts. ith 8 plates, and occasional textillustrations.

      London, Printed for the Editor, 1785.. 3 Volumes complete. Quarto. Pagination: Portraitfrontispiece, (8), [I]-IV,[IV (List of Subscribers)], XLIV, 684, [1 Index]; [II], 685-1308, [2 Index]; [II],1309-1875, [1 (Directions to the Binder)] pages. Original Hardcover. Three spectacular calf bindings. Rebacked with original spinelabels. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.. A magnificent publication on the irish and british history of printmaking and Typography. Joseph Ames (23 January 1689 - 7 October 1759) was an English bibliographer and antiquary. He purportedly wrote an account of printing in England from 1471 to 1600 entitled Typographical Antiquities (1749). It is uncertain whether he was by occupation a ship's chandler, a pattern-maker, a plane iron maker or an ironmonger. Though never educated beyond grammar school, he prospered in trade and amassed valuable collections of rare books and antiquities. Ames made no pretence to literary merit, and his position in the Society of Antiquaries generated a degree of antagonism. Edward Rowe Mores described him as 'an arrant blunderer' and accused him, with justification, of tearing out the title-pages of rare books in his collection. Among the works he is thought to have thus mutilated is the British Library copy of William Tyndale's 1526 New Testament, one of only two textually complete copies known. Francis Grose said that the history of printing published under his name actually was written by John Ward of Gresham College, though the materials probably were collected by Ames. William Cole thought he wrote like an illiterate and said he was an Independent by profession, but a deist in conversation. William Oldys (British Librarian, p. 374) acknowledges obligations to Ames, whom he styles 'a worthy preserver of antiquities.' Ames assembled a large collection of portraits, especially those of printers, although many were of doubtful authenticity. He also collected coins, 'natural curiosities,' inscriptions, antiquities and rare English books and manuscripts. Many of the books were annotated by former owners, and the manuscripts included a number of valuable historical transcripts. The collection was sold in 1760 after his death by Abraham Langford. Among the collection was an interleaved copy of the Typographical Antiquities in two volumes, with manuscript additions by the author. The lot, which included plates, blocks, and copyright, was purchased by Sir Peter Thompson and afterwards was sold by him to William Herbert, who made use of it for his own edition of the book (1785-1790). Another edition was by Thomas Frognall Dibdin (4 vols., 1810-1819). (Wikipedia)

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        Short autograph note signed by La Pérouse

      At sea, 1785. Small sheet, 120 x 135 mm., old folds, clearly and legibly written and docketed; very good. La Pérouse needs 400 metres of canvas for his schooner. Exceptionally rare: an autograph note signed by the great French explorer La Pérouse. Hordern House has never before handled an example of any letter in his hand, let alone confidently signed, as here.The extraordinary story and achievements of La Pérouse are well known, and recounted in the handsome official account of his expedition. However, because of the fact that he was lost without trace mid-voyage, manuscript material relating to his life is very rare indeed; the obvious point of comparison would be with anything relating to Bligh on the Bounty. In the note La Pérouse asks that his boat ("goelete") be given an impressive 286 "aunes" of canvas which is needed on board. The vessel known as a "goelete" - now more normally goélette - is usually considered to mean schooner, while an "aune" was an old-fashioned French word usually translated as "ell" or cubit: a French aune is recorded as being around 54 inches, meaning that La Pérouse is in fact asking for almost 400 metres of canvas. The sheer quantity of the request speaks to La Pérouse having written the note while in charge of a large vessel, but it is unlikely that either of his ships of discovery are meant, as the Astrolabe and the Boussole are usually listed as flûtes. La Pérouse had joined the navy as a 15 year old in 1756, seeing a good deal of action in American waters during the Seven Years War. The document is counter-signed and noted as "delivered" by one "Deletombe": it seems very likely that this is Philippe-André-Joseph de Létombe, who arrived in the United States in 1781, and was the French Consul in Boston and a correspondent of Thomas Jefferson. If this identification is correct, the note would possibly date from La Pérouse's cruising in the West Indies and along the coast to Hudson Bay in 1781 and 1782.

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        Tableaux des anciens grecs, des romains, et des nations contemporaines; où l'on trouve le Cérimonial, la Vie privée, l'état Politique, Civil, et Militaire, les Sciences et les Arts de l'Antiquité Tome premier (seul paru)

      chez P. Remy et J.B.G. Musier,, A Paris, 1785 - Cm. 34, 13 parti di pp. 140 complessive. Con 12 belle tavole f.t. all'acquatinta ed in fine coloritura coeva (ciascuna protetta da velina). Solida leg. recente d'amatore in piena pelle, dorso a piccoli nervi con fregi titoli in oro su tassello. Ottima conservazione. Esemplare in carta grande, stampato su carta forte nella rara tiratura con le tavole a colori. Si tratta del tomo primo, ma unico pubblicato di quest'opera apparsa solo nella presente edizione e non riscontrato nelle principali bibliografie. Raccolta di erudite dissertazioni storiche riguardanti il mondo di Roma e della Grecia antichi: Homere. Recherches sur la personne et les ouvrages d'Homere; Les Amazones; Soldat romain; Femme spartiate a l'armée; Mariage des romains; ecc. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Friedrich II., der Große (Berlin 24. 01. 1712 - 17. 08. 1786 in Potsdam). König von Preussen. "Frederic II Roi de Prusse" nach König Friedrich's II. Wachtparade in Potsdam. Ganzportrait zu Pferde,.

      . Kupferstich n. Chodowiecki b. Sayer & Bennett, um 1785, 27,4 x 33 ( Blattgr. ).. Vgl. Bauer / Wormsbächer 416, Engelmann 200, III. - Mit der gestochenen Schrift in der Platte: "Daniel Chodowiecki ad naturam delineavit Berolini 1778 - Sold by Sayer & Bennet No.53. Fleet Street London.". Schöner, kräftiger Abdruck. - Dargestellt ist in der Blattmitte Friedrich II zu Pferde, zu der links aufmarschierten Leibgarde gewendet. Rechts hinter ihm ( ebenfalls zu Pferde ) der Kronprinz ( der spätere König Friedr. Wilh. II ), General Ramin und General Ziethen. - Restaurierter Einriß am oberen Rand.

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      Paris: Chez Buisson, 1785. First edition in French. 8vo. (4), xvi, 234 pp. Folding map (short marginal tear, skillfully repaired on verso). Original boards, rebacked in calf to style, with matching corners. A nice copy. The first edition to be published with a map. HOWES; " First book on Kentucky and most notable product from the pen of a Western pionner." HOWES F-129

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        Etude pour les Demoiselles." Ganzfigur im Profil nach links einer Dame im bodenlangen Louis-Seize-Kleid, in Händen Sonnenschirm und Hündchen.

      - Kupferstich mit Punktiermanier in Rot von Guber nach J.B. Huet, um 1785, 22 x 16 cm. Thieme-Becker Bd. XVIII, S. 70/71. - Mit der Verlegeradresse von Bonnet. - Sehr dekorativ in Goldleiste gerahmt.

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        A Sentimental History of Chimney Sweepers, in London & Westminster. Shewing the Necessity of putting them under Regulations, to prevent the grossest Inhumanity to the Climbing Boys. With a Letter to a London Clergyman on Sunday Schools. Calculated for the preservation of the Children of the Poor; complete with the required Plate showing a German Sweep

      London: Sold by Dodsley in Pall Mall, & Sewell in Cornhill, 1785. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing in early period calf, rebacked with later, but clearly not recent, vellum, leather spine label lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers; [2], xl, 191, [1] pp.; engraved title-page and one engraved plate, complete per ESTC T93936; Goldsmiths-Kress 13090. The boards are a bit rubbed and worn at the corners and the inner joints have been neatly repaired; damp-staining and browning to the front endpaper and first 2 leaves, to the outer margins towards the rear, and to the gutter at the bottom about the middle of the book;. The upper margins of the initial leaves show some fraying and the title page some loss to the top corner just touching the ruled borders. The leaves are mildly toned and show the occasional small spot or stain. The volume otherwise remains quite clean and sound, and firmly bound. The volume is complete with the engraved title (sometimes counted as a second plate) and one plate (often found as a frontispiece but here bound in at p. 101). Quite uncommon to the market, this was an influential work on the plight of young chimney-sweeps [or "climbing boys"] written by merchant, traveler and philanthropist Jonas Hanway (1712-1786). Having traded and traveled for many years in Russia and the Middle East, Hanway published "An Historical Account of British Trade over the Caspian Sea" (1753) and returned to England and set his mind to good works. In addition to his efforts on behalf of sweeps, he conducted campaigns against tea-drinking (which put him in public controversy with Samuel Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith), tipping, and hackney coachmen who hooted and hollered at him as in the rain he used an umbrella rather than their services (said to be the first Londoner to do so). Hanway's last do-gooder efforts were on behalf of these little chinmey-sweeps, a revisiting of his earlier efforts of the 1760s on their behalf of which he said "I gained many advocates; but we had not then skill or perseverence enough to succeed". He did, to a larger degree, achieve success with this effort wherein his vivid, emotional description of the miserable and hazardous conditions endured by these boys, some as young as four years old, led to legislation raising the minimum age to eight — a law which, however, was not strongly enforced. A man of some import and influence, Hanway had a street named after him in London and a monument erected to him in Westminster Abbey. Copies of the book are quite scarce to the trade. A Very Good copy of a notable and influential book from a notable 18th Century Londoner and QUITE SCARCE INDEED.

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        Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester. Vol.I. [ - Vol.II]

      Warrington, printed by W. Eyres, for T. Cadel in the Strand, London. 1785. 2 vols., 8vo., 5 engraved plates (of which 4 are folding), xxiii + (1) + 473 + (13) and ix + (1) + 514 + (12)pp., one leaf in vol.II bound out of order, near contemporary ownership inscription in ink on each title-page of William Williams,> bound in old, perhaps original marbled boards with paper spines, the spines worn, entirely uncut. A fine copy. First edition of the two original volumes in the First Series of the Society's Memoirs> (later volumes were published in 1790, 1793, 1796, 1798 and 1802). See Goldsmiths 12823. The Manchester Lit. and Phil. is a learned society in Manchester which was established in 1781, its Memoirs> being, after the Royal Society's Phil. Trans.>, the oldest scientific journal in the U.K. The Society has been at the leading edge of knowledge in many fields. These two original volumes of Memoirs> include the rationale for its establishment, the original 'Laws and Regulations for the government of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester', and lists of the original ordinary and honorary members. The presidents and vice-presidents included Thomas Percival F.R.A. and Charles White F.R.S.: the honorary members included a galaxy of scientific talent - Erasmus Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, M. Lavoisier, John Coakley Lettson, Joseph Priestley, and Alexander Volta. The papers here published cover the whole spectrum of developing knowledge, including education itself (papers by Thomas Barnes), language, crime and punishment (William Turner with inevitable references to Beccaria, Blackstone and Howard), meteorology, geology, medicine, chemistry, and there are papers on manufacturing processes. And the diversity of the published papers also includes one on taste and beauty and its relevance to morals, one on the essential characteristics of poetry, and another 'on the diversions of hunting, shooting, fishing, &c. considered as compatible with humanity'.

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        Blick über die Bucht von Neapel, links im Hintergrund die Insel Ischia (um 1839/40).

      . Bleistift, leicht gelblich laviert, auf Velin. 17,5:23,9 cm. Provenienz: Aus dem künstlerischen Nachlaß; Schweizer Privatbesitz. Zeichnungen von Frey gehören heute zu den Seltenheiten auf dem Kunstmarkt.. Johann Jakob Frey war Schüler seines Vaters S. Frey (1785-1836). Nachdem er auch bei H. Hess (1799-1850) in Basel studiert hatte, begab er sich nahezu mittellos nach Paris, wo er sich durch Kopieren niederländischer Landschaften des 17. Jahrhunderts weiterbildete und seinen Unterhalt durch Restaurierung älterer Gemälde erwarb. 1834 kehrte er für kurze Zeit nach Basel zurück. Anschließend ging er nach München, wo er die Unterstützung der Schweizer Malerin Emilie Lindner (1797-1860) fand, die es ihm ermöglichte 1835 nach Rom zu gehen. Ende der 1830er Jahre siedelte er mit seinem Freund, dem Genre- und Historienmaler A. Landerer (1816-1893) nach Neapel über, von wo aus er auch Sizilien und Spanien bereiste. Seine Beteiligung an der von R. Lepsius geleiteten preußischen Expedition nach Ägypten 1842 mußte er seiner Gesundheit wegen bald schon aufgeben. Er kehrte im August 1843 aus Alexandrien nach Italien zurück und nahm seinen ständigen Wohnsitz in Rom, wo er eine Römerin heiratete und zu den Gründern des Deutschen Künstlervereins gehörte. Frey war ein bekannter und beliebter Künstler, der in seinem Atelier auch von Fürstlichkeiten besucht wurde, so von Friedrich Wilhelm IV. von Preußen, in dessen Auftrag er eine Folge italienischer Landschaften malte.

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        Erfahrungen und Untersuchungen über den Menschen. Erster Band. Zweyte vermehrte und verbesserte Ausgabe - Zweyter Band - Dritter Band - Vierter und letzter Band. Band 1 in 2. vermehrter und verbesserter Auflage, die Bände 2, 3 und 4 in EA. 4 Bände.

      Berlin, Verlag der Realschulbuchhandlung, 1777-1785. - 16 Bll., 460 S., 8 Bll., 446 S., 4 Bll., 372 S., 1 Bl., 323 S. 8°, marmorierte bzw. geflammte Lederbände der Zeit auf 5 Bünden, mit zwei Rückenschildern und etwas Rückenvergoldung. Stehkanten an Kopf und Fuß stark beschabt - meist bis fast an die Schnitthöhe heran abgeschabt (nur die Bände 2 und 4 am Kopf etwas weniger beschabt); Einbände ansonsten nur etwas berieben, bestoßen und beschabt; Band 4 mit kleiner Fehlstelle am oberen Kapital und vorderes Rückengelenk hier ca. 2,5 cm angeplatzt; Vorderdeckel von Band 4 mit zwei kleinen Bezugsfehlstellen im Bereich des Bundes; teils etwas stockfleckig (wenige Seiten stärker); Papier teils etwas gebräunt; 2. Vordervorsatz und Titel von Band 1 im Bundsteg leimschattig; kurzer Vermerk (alter Kaufvermerk) auf dem Vordervorsatz der Bände 1 und 4; jeweils die handschriftl. Zahl 4 auf dem 2. Vordervorsatz - vollständige Exemplare, wie das vorliegende, sind sehr selten. Ziegenfuss I, 580. DE

      [Bookseller: AixLibris Antiquariat Klaus Schymiczek]
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        Handbuch der christlichen, besonders teutschen, politischen Kirchengeschichte. Erster Band (= offenbar alles Erschienene).

      Curts Witwe, Halle 1785 - Mit Titelblatt, 7 n.n. Blättern ( Vorrede ), 406 Seiten, 1 Blatt ( "Verbesserungen" ). Mit einigen gestochenen Vignetten im Text, marmorierter Pappband etwas späterer Zeit mit montiertem Rückenschildchen, 8° ( 21,5 x 12,5 cm ). Vorne unter dem Kapitel " Vorerinnerungen * mit allerlei Literaturangaben - inhaltlich wird die Zeitspanne von Konstantin dem Großen bis hin zu Karl dem Großen abgehandelt. Einband berieben, Ecken und Kanten bestoßen, innen einige Notizen von alter Hand auf Innendeckel vorn sowie eine studentische Ulkzeichnung alter Zeit, auf hinterem Vorsatz umfangreiche Notizen von alter Hand. Titelblatt und erste Seiten stärker fleckig, sonst nur gelegentlich gering fleckig. - sehr selten - ( Gewicht 450 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available ) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Friederichsen]
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        A Dictionary of the English Language

      London: for J. F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son, W. Owen, T. Longman, B. Law, J. Dodsley, C. Dilly [& 20 others in London] 1785 - 2 volumes, quarto (273 × 212mm). Very good copy. Half-title present, frontispiece portrait of Johnson. First authorized quarto edition, preceded by a pirate Dublin edition the previous year. This edition was issued following Johnson's death in 1784. Courtney & Smith p.57. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bookbid]
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        Oeuvres completes de Voltaire

      Imprimerie de la société littéraire-typographique, Kehl 1785 - Einheitliche Ganzledereinbände der Zeit auf 5 Bünden. Handschriftlicher Eintrag "Hebnry Du Pasqiuer" auf dem Vorsatz. Eine der literarisch und typographisch wichtigsten Ausgaben des 18. Jahrhunderts (vgl. Fürstenberg S. 200 ff. ausf.), in schöner Baskerville-Type auf eigens für diesen Druck hergestelltem Papier abgezogen. Von Beaumarchais aus Zensurgründen in seiner eigens dazu eingerichteten Werkstatt in Kehl gedruckt. Sehr schönes, vollständiges und dekoratives Exemplar der berühmten Kehler-Ausgabe. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Mahrenholz]
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        A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, illustrated by plates taken from the original armour in the Tower of London and other Arsenals, Museums and Cabinets

      London: S. Hooper. 1785. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First printing, 1786. Large quarto, original paper-backed blue paper covered boards, nearly a large paper copy with wide margins all around, pp. (7), iv - 118, xviii (2), with 48 engraved plates and the 49th plate, 3/4 size, on p. 118, engraved title page, frontispiece, explanation of frontispiece with errata on verso. Good to very good, some wear and soil to boards, spine paper somewhat soiled, loss of two inches of paper from bottom of spine, some old crude glue evident to upper spine, title written in old ink on spine, crack to front hinge has been neatly strengthened with japanese paper, some scuffing and abrasions to paper on rear cover, contents very good and bright with occasional foxing largely restricted to margins, old heraldic bookplate of Thomas Barrett of Lee. Handsome copy!

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      Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785. An exceptional copperplate engraving by Benard Fecit of a warrior from New Zealand, showing the native in traditional costume and facial tattoos. It bears the caption "Tête d'un Guerrier de la Nouvelle Zélande. The engraving is one of the most iconic images which came from the French edition of "A Voyage to the Pacific," published after the 1784 edition printed in London. The item is in excellent condition. It has been trimmed at the extremities, and measures approximately 7 1/2 X 9 1/2 inches, very suitable for framing.

      [Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books]
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        The History of France

      o the Death of Charles the Ninth, in 1574 1785 - An early copy of Wraxall's history of medieval France. Second edition, with very considerable augmentations. In 1775 Wraxall published his Memoirs of the Kings of France of the Race of Valois, to which he appended an account of his tour in the Western, Southern and Interior Provinces of France. In 1778 he went again on his travels to Germany and Italy, and accumulated materials for his Memoirs of the Courts of Berlin, Dresden, Warsaw and Vienna (1799). Complete in two volumes. Condition: In tree-calf bindings. Externally smart, though with some rubbing, and new backstrips laid down. Internally, firmly bound. Hinges are a little strained, with front endpaper of the second volume detached. Pages are bright, and quite clean,with just some scattered instances of foxing. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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