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        Große Erdbeschreibung. Bde. 4-6 (in 1).

      Troppau, J. G. Traßler 1785.. Kl.-8°. 432, 560 u. 396 S. (Tit.bll. u. Nebentit. in Pag.). HLdr.bd. d. Zt. m. reichen Verz. sowie Tit. (auf mont. Papierschi.) in Goldpräg. auf Rü. u. dreiseit. rotem Sprengschnitt. Einbd. stärker berieben; Ldr. am Rü. brüchig; Kanten bestoßen u. abgewetzt; vord. Rü.naht gänzl. aufgeplatzt; am ob. Kapital eingerissen; vord. flieg. Vorsatz m. Quetschfalte; Papier stockfleckig.. ADB III, 644f. u. Bautz I, Sp. 803. BÜSCHING A. F. (1724-1793); Theologe und Geograph. B. wurde 1748 in Köstritz Hauslehrer beim Grafen Lynar, mit dem er 1749 nach Petersburg reiste. 1754 folgte er dem Ruf nach Göttingen als ao. Professor der Philosophie und Adjunkt der Theol. Fakultät und wurde 1759 zum o. Professor der Philosophie ernannt. Seit 1761 wirkte er als Pfarrer der lutherischen Gemeinde u. Leiter der Petrischule in Petersburg, seit 1766 in Berlin als Oberkonsistorialrat und Direktor des Gymnasiums zum Grauen Kloster. Durch seine geographischen Schriften wurde B. zum Mitbegründer der wissenschaftlichen Geographie und Statistik. Seit 1754 veröffentlichte er seine "Neue Erdbeschreibung", die von ihrer wissenschaftlichen Bedeutung unter allen seinen zahlreichen Schriften an oberster Stelle steht. Die Vorzüge des umfangreichen, aus Quellenstudien hervorgegangenen Werkes beruhen auf den politisch-statistischen Darstellungen, die durchgehend m. Beziehungen zur Geschichte ausgeführt sind. Die 10 ersten Tle. behandeln Europa, der 11. Teil (Asien) blieb von B. unvollendet. Die "Erdkunde" wurde später von unterschiedlichen Autoren fortgesetzt. Vorliegende Ausgabe erschien in 24 Bdn. (nebst 4 Bdn. Register) von 1785-1790 in Troppau (13 ff. Brünn u. 21ff. Wien) bei Traßler (u. später Schrämbl). In den vorhandenen Bdn. sind das asiatische Russland u. die krimische Tatarei (Bd. 4), Polen u. Littauen samt den mit ihnen verbundenen Ländern u. das oschmanische [sic !] Reich in Europa (Bd. 5) sowie das Königreich Ungarn m. den einverleibten Ländern u. das Großfürstenthum Siebenbürgen, die Republik Ragusa u. das venezianische Dalmatien (Bd. 6) enthalten.

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        Catéchisme abrégé en la langue de Madagascar, pour instruire sommairement ces peuples, les inviter et les disposer au Baptême

      [Rome: Typis. Sac. Congreg. de Propag. Fide, 1785] - Early and important text in tracing the evolution of the Malagasy language: the author notes that correct pronunciation of the language of Madagascar, "which one could write properly only in the Arabic alphabet," demands special orthography and attentive reading. Grandidier lists it first in the section on works in Malagasy. It was not until 1823, with the work of British misssionaries, that a standard orthography began to evolve First edition. Small 8vo. 28 pp. Recent morocco backed boards, a.e.g. Grandidier 837, 5326 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Romæ antiquæ notitia: or, the antiquities of Rome. In two parts . . . I. A Short History of the Rise, Progress, and Decay of the Commonwealth. II. A description of the City : An Account of the Religion, Civil Government, and Art of War, with the remarkable Customs and Ceremonies, Publick and Private. To which are prefixed two Essays, concerning the Roman Learning, and the Roman Education.

      printed for C. Bathurst, J. F. and C. Rivington, B. Law, W. Owen, T. Longman [and 5 others in London],, London 1785 - The sixteenth edition, corrected and improved. 8vo: [16],xxx,375,[27]pp, with 14 copperplate engravings, (7 folding, one double-page), numerous decorative head- and tailpieces; title page printed in black and red. Handsomely rebound by Fitterer in period-style butterscotch calf, spine in six compartments divided by raised bands ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt. Pages and plates clean and crisp with no foxing, browning or soiling, a remarkably fresh, bright copy. Lowndes 1263. ESTC Citation No. T86339. The author's first and best known work, the first edition of which appeared in 1696, the year Kennett graduated with a Master of Art from Oxford College. Prefaced by two essays—"The Roman Learning" and "The Roman Education"—it passed through many editions, remaining, for nearly a century, the standard work on the subject. According to the ODNB, the book's "elegant synthesis of the antiquarian data assembled over the previous 200 years ensured it a leading place among books on the daily life of the Romans until the nineteenth century." Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of the edition of 1746. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Historia general de Vizcaya: comprobada con autoridades y copias de escrituras y privilegios fehacientes

      - Historia. (946.015) Berriz. 1785 28 cm. 805 páginas. Encuadernación en tapa dura con lomo estampado. Manuscrito original del autor. Contiene tres libros y apéndices. Debe ser una de las 28 copias de la obra que produjo el autor en vida, aunque con muchas variaciones entre ellas. Se publicó por primera vez en Barcelona en 1884. Rarísimo de encontrar. Cubierta deslucida. BF46 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Il Maryland, Il Jersey Meridionale, la Delaware, e la parte orientale della Virginia, e Carolina Settentrionale

      Venice. 1785 - Copper engraving. Original colour. Size: 42 x 33 cm. (16½ x 13 inches) Fine condition, good margins. An interesting map of part of the east coast of the US, with Cape Hatteras in the South East corner and the Ohio River in North West. Antonio Zatta was one of the leading cartographers and publishers of the time, and his Atlante Novissimo was one of the most beautifully produced of 18th century atlases. He drew on the work of other cartographers- such as Captain Cook, for his maps of New Zealand and Australia, Robert de Vaugondy, Bellin, and developed his own distinctive elegant style. From the Atlante Novissimo.

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        The Course of Delaware River from Philadelphia to Chester with the Several Forts and Stackadoes raised by the Americans and the Attacks made By His Majesty';s Land and Sea Forces

      printed for Wm. Faden, London 1785 - The Snyder copy of the third and final state of one of the most important maps of the Revolutionary War, depicting the dramatic military events that transpired on the Delaware River, just below Philadelphia This large scale and finely engraved masterpiece of military cartography embraces the Delaware River estuary from Philadelphia down to the town of Chester. In great detail, the map showcases the momentous events of November, 1777 when a British assault of combined naval and army forces struggled to wrestle control of the river from the Continental forces. In September, 1777 the British retook Philadelphia, the Continental capital and the largest city in the American colonies. However, they knew that their hold on the city would prove fleeting unless they managed to secure its access to the sea, which was blocked by a formidable American cordon militaire. The Americans could cover the entire width of the Delaware River with artillery, as they controlled Fort Mercer at Red Bank on the New Jersey shore, and the adjacent Fort Mifflin, on Mud Island in the middle of the river. Menacingly they also constructed stockadoes, or chevaux de frise, across the largest channel of the river, both under the American artillery positions at the aforementioned forts and at Billingsport, New Jersey. The placements were essentially caissons constructed in the river that were intended to ensnare and slow British ships, making them more vulnerable to attack. Their construction is depicted in diagrams on the lower-right of the map. The British mounted their assault in prongs from the south, one force under Lord Cornwallis captured Billingsport, before moving on foot to besiege Fort Mercer. The large inset in the upper-left shows the fierce canonade that ensued, that eventually forced the Americans to surrender Fort Mifflin on November 16th. As depicted on the map, the Continental fleet, the contents of which are listed at the lower centre of the map, mounted a brave resistance to the superior British force, but were overcome after intense ship to ship combat. After taking Fort Mercer, Lord Cornwallis' force continued on to Gloucester, New Jersey, where the Americans had torched the remainder of their fleet to prevent it from falling into British hands. The conclusion to the dramatic action portrayed on this map marked the high point of the British Philadelphia Campaign, as the city was now safely in their grasp. However, their victory was wasted. The British dithered in complacency, while the American forces under George Washington spent the following winter in legendary deprivation at Valley Forge. Washington's trial in the wilderness galvanized the morale of his men to mount a spirited campaign in New York the next year, the success of which eventually forced the British to abandon Philadelphia in an attempt to shore up their fortunes further north. Cf. Nebenzahl, Atlas of the American Revolution , map 29; Nebenzahl, A Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution 1775-1795 , 132, state 3; Snyder, COI 79B; Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" in Tooley, The Mapping of America , 17(b). Copper-engraved map. Provenance: Martin P. Snyder.

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        Essay on Electricity. 2nd UK ed.

      1785, 1785 - ADAMS, George. An Essay on Electricity, explaining The Theory and Practice of that useful Science; and the mode of applying it to Medical Purposes. With an Essay on Magnetism. The Second Edition. Corrected and Considerably Enlarged. London: Printed at the Logographic Press for the Author, 1785. 8vo. (9" x 5 3/4"), engr. frontis., plates. Pp. [2 leaves], [v] - x, [1] - 476, [8 leaves] (index plus five page catalogue of instruments) followed by 7 plates (6 folding). Original paper-covered boards. Contents: Of Electricity in general; Of the electrical machine, with directions for exciting it; The properties of electric attraction and repulsion illustrated by experiments with light bodies; Entertaining experiments by the attraction and repulsion of light bodies, with some remarks on electrical attraction; Of the electrical sparks; Of the electrified points; Of the Leyden phial; Of the electrical battery, and the lateral explosion of charged jars; Of the influence of pointed conductors for buildings; To charge a plate of air; Of the electrophorus; Of atmospherical electricity; Of the diffusion and subdivision of fluids by electricity; Of the electric light in vacuo; Of medical electricity; Miscellaneous experiments and observations; An essay on magnetism. Adams was Mathematical Instrument-Maker to His Majesty George III. At end of the present edition is a catalogue (with prices) 'of Mathematical and Philosophical Instruments, Made and Sold by George Adams.' Boards worn, spotted and soiled, the most part of paper spine lost. Some scattered foxing throughout, some off-setting, else vg. 1,200.00 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        R.P. Natalis Alexandri . Historia ecclesiastica Veteris Novique Testamenti ab orbe condito ad annum post Christum natum millesimum sexcentesimum: et in loca ejusdem insignia dissertationes historicae, chronologicae, criticae, dogmaticae. [with]. Supplementum. [Twenty Volumes].

      G. C. Voigt 1785-1791, Bingii ad Rhenum - Sm. 4to.(25 cm). Full mottle calf, raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, morocco labels, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Illus. Noel Alexandre, or Alexander Natalis (1639-1724), was a French historian and theologian, of the Order of St. Dominic who studied philosophy and theology in the convent of Saint Jacques, Paris, where he taught for twelve years, obtained the licentiate from the Sorbonne, and in 1675, the doctorate, and was urged to write a complete history of the church, the first volume appearing in 1677. ?His directness and conciseness, his critical acumen, and his manner of viewing history and dividing it into special studies (then quite original, although now common enough) won for him the approbation of the learned. The first volumes of the history brought him letters of commendation and praise from Pope Innocent XI and many cardinals, but later volumes gave offense at Rome because of the author's Gallicism, and Innocent XI finally forbade the faithful to read .it," Cath.Ency. Alexandre corrected the work in the third edition. Constantino Roncaglia brought out a sixth edition, unaltered, but with the addition of paragraphs and dissertations correcting the most offensive statements. The work was thus removed from the Index by Pope Benedict XIII. The edition offered here is the best and most complete, edited by Giovan Domenico Mansi who added many explanatory notes. An anonymous writer in two supplementary volumes (also included here) carried the history into the eighteenth century, and added various dissertations from other historians. The work thus completed appeared at Venice in 1778, in eleven folio volumes, and at Bingen, 1785-91, in twenty volumes. Brunet I, 169. Spines and boards rubbed and scuffed, worn at extremities, heads and heels of a few volumes chipped, calf occasionally darkened or brittle mainly on spines, library call numbers to lower compartments, seminary book plate to front pastedowns, occasional bookseller's ticket, bindings tight, some scattered foxing otherwise leaves clean and unmarked. A valuable set. First quarto edition. Editio omnium novissima, notis et animadversionibus, quoad historiam et dissertationem [sic] Novi Testamenti, aucta ad castigationem et illustrationem opinionum quorumdam [sic] auctoris, opera et studio Constantini Roncaglia . Quibus accedunt, praeter animadversiones a P. Joanne Dominico Mansi . in 2. Lucensi editione inserta [sic], aliae insuper ejusdem auctoris noviter elucubratae [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Historia ecclesiastica veteris novique testamenti.

      - Bingii ad Rhenum, Georg Christian Voigt, de 1785 à 1791. Ensemble complet de 18 tomes + 2 tomes de supplément reliés en 30 vol.; reliure moderne amateur (relié par R. Patin en 1990-91). Edition omnium novissima. Bon état. Un tampon de bibliothèque en marge du titre. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Historia Ecclesiastica Veteris Novique Testamentis, ab orbe condito ad Annum post Christum natum millesimum sexcentesimum: et in loca ejusdem insignia dissertationes historicae, chronologicae, criticae, dogmaticae (unvollständige Sammlerausgabe zum Neubinden/ KONVOLUT aus 19 Bänden) - Tomus I - XVIII (ohne Band V) + Supplementum I/ II.

      Christian Voigt; 1785 ff... Editio omnium novissima; je Band ca. 500 Seiten; Gebundene Ausgabe;. Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen im Buchinnern; Schnitt und Einband sind staubschmutzig/ stark berieben; Papier altersbedingt angebräunt/ stockfleckig; Der Gesamtzustand ist ansonsten dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 19 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; LATEINISCH!

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        MEMOIRS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

      1785 - [American Academy of Arts and Sciences]. MEMOIRS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: TO THE END OF THE YEAR MDCCLXXXIII. Vol. 1: Boston: Adams and Nourse, 1785. [i-iii] - xxxii, 568pp. + [1] f.errata. 4to 10 1/2" x 8 1/2". Six folding plates. Contemporary calf binding. Front and rear hinges cracked but attached. Vol. 2: pt.1 Isaiah Thomas & Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1793. [i-v]- 200. pt.2 Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge , 1804. [i-iii] - 24. [1]- -168. Bound as one in contemporary calf. Contains 3 plates including one folding plate of a reproduction of James Winthrop's sketch of the Deighton Rock petroglyphs.Front board detached; rear hinge cracked. Ex-library copy previously owned by noted Boston physician Buckminster Brown. Text is mostly clean with some mild foxing and ink staining . First two volumes of the series published by one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. Created during the Revolution it included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock among other luminaries. Volume 2, which includes an obituary of George Washington, published in 1804 is quite scarce. $3250.00

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        Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to the end of the year 1783, volume 1.

      Boston: Adams and Nourse, . First edition 1785 - Pp. xxxii, 20, 568, [2], six folding engraved plates. Original full leather, gilt-lettered red morocco spine label, 4to. This is the prestigious first volume of the Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It contains much scientific literature on lightning and electricity by Joseph Willard, Arthur Lee, and James Bowdoin, as well as articles by Williams on earthquakes in New England, by Benjamin Lincoln on the shells and geology of York River in Virginia; by Joseph Green leaf on Indian corn, by Manasseh Cutler describing many new species of North American plants, by the botanist Benjamin Lincoln on fruit trees, and numerous other technical articles on medical and astronomical observations. Signature of Charles Chaffin and one other intelligible signature from Holden, Massachusetts, dated 1824 on the front endpaper. The plates show some offsetting and browning, the spine leather is a bit cracked, the text is generally clean with only occasional foxing, a good to very good copy.

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        The Adventures of the Six Princesses of Babylon, in their Travels to the Temple of Virtue: An Allegory

      London - T. Bensley 1785 - A fascinating example of this 18th century allegory for children, based on Spensers Faerie Queene. Its author, bookseller and children's author Lucy Peacock(17851816), kept a shop in Oxford Street, London. Although little is known of her life, it is likely that she was married, as the publisher's imprint on some of her works states that they were printed for R. and L. Peacock. The Adventures of the Six Princesses of Babylon was one of her earliest works, of which five editions were printed, and which was dedicated, by permission to her Royal Highness the Princess Mary. (ODNB)With a subscribers list comprised of over 1000 individuals. Signed by the author on the final page of the text. Scarce first edition. Condition: Expertly rebacked in calf with the original boards laid down. Externally, rather worn to extremities though spine remains smart. Rear hinge a little strained. Internally, firmly bound. Some scattered spotting throughout with slight tidemarks to the upper margins of several pages, otherwise pages are clean with just a few handling marks. Neat, fadedink inscription to front free endpaper. Overall: VERY GOOD. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        [Greek title]. Xenophontos Kyrou Anabaseos, Biblia Hepta. Xenophontis de Cyri expeditione libri septem. A Thomas Hutchinson

      Cantabridgiæ [Cambridge]: Typis Academicis excudebat J. Archdeacon 1785. . Fourth edition thus, 4to, (viii), lix, (i), 598, (2 advertisement) pp. Folding map, inscriptions to front blank, marbled endpapers and edges. Slightly later full russia with gilt borders consisting of rules and two repeated tools, blind stamped central panel with a monogram, CY, in the centre below a stag motif, skilfully rebacked to style, a few minor scuffs to edges otherwise a handsome copy. Vicar of Horsham from 1748, Hutchinson’s editions of Cyropaedia and Anabasis first appeared in 1727 and 1735 respectively. The text is printed in Greek with a Latin translation and copious notes.

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        Mrs. Rowe’s Devout Exercises of the Heart, in Meditation and Soliloquoy, Prayer and Praise; turned into blank verse, by the Rev. Edward Smyth.

      Printed by Fry & Couchman 1785 - engraved frontispiece, lightly offset to title, one leaf with a closed tear through 5 lines of text (no loss), pp. iv, 174, [2], 18mo, contemporary flame calf, rebacked, slightly worn at edges and darkened around the repair, armorial bookplate of the historical writer Kenelm Henry Digby (c.1800-1880), good Rowe’s exercises were first published in 1738, and frequently reprinted thereafter (including a second and third edition in the same year as the first). The date of this rare re-writing (apparently the only edition) is from ESTC, which gives holdings in the BL, St Andrews, and Union Theological Seminary only. Smyth’s own dates are given there as ‘fl. 1776-1818’, but he seems to be identifiable with the Methodist preacher (1749-1825), a nephew of the Archbishop of Dublin, formerly curate of Ballyculter in Co. Down (but expelled for his Methodism). Smyth knew John Wesley, who referred to him in his letters as ‘an alarming preacher’ and ‘indeed, a son of thunder’ - it is not entirely surprising that Smyth was also ejected from his later Methodist post. (ESTC T80615)

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        Ausführlichere [Ausführliche] Abhandlung der Hydrotechnik oder des Wasserbaues. Erster Theil [von insg. 2].

      Wien, Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern 1785;. Zweyte mit Anmerkungen vermehrte Auflage; ca 20x13 cm; (16) 365 (3) Seiten mit gest. Titelvignette und 16 Kupfertafeln; Kartonbroschur d. Zt. mit handschr. Rückentitel (Einband etwas fleckig, 2 Kupfertafeln mit leichten Quetschfalten; sonst gutes, sauberes Exemplar); Zweyte mit Anmerkungen vermehrte Auflage;.

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        Le Barbier de Séville.Eugénie.Mélanie.Les Deux Amis.

      Clousier. Ruault. Duchesne. Wan-Harrewelt, Paris. Amsterdam 1785 - 4 textes reliés en 1 volume in-8 ( 200x130 mm ) demi veau havane, dos lisse orné de larges filets dorés en place des nerfs, titre doré sur pièce de maroquin vieux rouge, fleurons dorés entre les filets, guirlande dorée en queue.- Le Barbier de Séville ou la Précaution inutile. Comédie en quatre actes représentée & tombée sur le Théâtre de la Comédie Française aux Tuileries le 23 de Février 1775.Cinquième édition. A Paris de l'Imprimerie de Clousier chez Ruault et la Veuve Duchesne, 1785.Lettre modérée sur la chute et la critique du Barbier de Séville. L'Auteur vêtu modestement & courbé, présentant sa Pièce au Lecteur. 46 pages.Le Barbier de Séville. 132 pages.- Eugénie, Drame en cinq actes en prose avec un Essai sur le Drame sérieux. A Paris de l'Imprimerie de Clousier et chez la Veuve Duchesne, 1782.Essai sur le Genre dramatique sérieux. XLIV pages.Eugénie. 116 pages.- Mélanie, Drame en trois actes et en vers.A Amsterdam chez Henri-Jacob-Jonas Wan-Harrewelt, 1770.64 pages.- Les Deux Amis ou Le Négociant de Lyon, Drame en cinq actes en prose.A Paris chez La Veuve Duchesne et chez Merlin, 1770.156 pages.7 pages de musique en fin d'ouvrage. Théâtre. Anciens

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        Jérusalem délivrée, po?me du Tasse. Nouvelle traduction. 5 Bände (volumes), Ganzleder-Ausgabe (fullleather; cuir complet).

      Paris, Auteur, 1785. - Im Gesamtumfang von ca. 2.000 Seiten. Bekanntestes Werk (Gedicht-Epos) des italienischen Dichters Torquato Tassos (1544 - 1595), in dem er ein fiktives Gefecht zwischen Christen und Muslimen am Ende des Ersten Kreuzzuges während der Belagerung von Jerusalem beschreibt. Alle Titelblätter mit gestochener Vignette. französich 2000 Buchrücken leicht berieben. Sonst alle Bände in sehr gutem Zustand, Leder noch frisch wirkend. Seiten sauber und nahezu fleckenfrei. Weitere Fotos auf der Homepage des Antiquariats (bitte Art.-Nr. auf der Angebotsseite in das Suchfeld eingeben). Braune Original-Ganzlederbände (full leather; cuir complet) mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel auf zwei roten Rückenschildern sowie ornamentalen Goldprägungen; beide Buchdeckel mit umlaufender goldener Prägeleiste; mehrfarbig illustrierte Vorsätze. 12°. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Abriss der Allgmeinen Kirchengeschichte, von der ersten Zusammenkunft der Apostel am Pfingstfeste, bis zum Ende des siebzehnten Jahrhunderts einschliesslich: Nach dem Französischen eines ungenannten Verfassers in das Deutsche übersetzt, mit einer richtigen Zeitrechnungen versehen, mit Anmerkungen, und einer kurzen Lebensbeschreibung sowohl der Päbste als Kaiser vermehrt.

      Joseph Wolff,, Augsburg, 1785 - 10 Bde. Augsburg, Joseph Wolff, 1785-1800. 8°. Mit 3 Falttabellen und mehreren Holzschnitt-Vignetten. Kalbleder der Zeit, Rücken mit 2 Schildchen und reicher Vergoldung. Ausführliche Krichengeschichte. - Einbände etwas berieben, obere Gelenke bei Band 1 etwas eingerissen. Kalbleder der Zeit, Rücken mit 2 Schildchen und reicher Vergoldung.

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        Ruby crowned Wren, Plate CXCV (195)

      ?The Birds of America? is the seminal work of John James Audubon (1785-1851) and has been hailed as both a work of outstanding beauty and ornithological interest. Its preeminence was established by Audubon's extensive and meticulous study of every bird that he delineated, reproducing its image to life-size and within a natural setting. Audubon's masterpiece is undoubtedly the greatest work on birds ever produced.Untutored in either ornithological study or painting, John James Audubon was motivated from his boyhood by his love of rendering birds in their natural setting. Born in what is now Haiti and raised in France, Audubon arrived in America in 1803 at the age of eighteen. He soon began traveling widely east of the Mississippi, working at various jobs and all the while pursuing his passionate avocation of sketching and observing the habits of birds. His dream was to compile a volume of colored prints depicting in actual size all of the birds of North America. As his portfolio grew, Audubon traveled to Philadelphia, the publishing capital of the young nation at the time.Unable to find financial support and an engraver equal to his task, Audubon sailed to England in 1826 to realize his dream. The first exhibition of the paintings of Audubon, was met with public and critical acclaim in Liverpool, and Audubon gradually gathered financial support for his project. W. H. Lizars of Edinburgh was contracted as Audubon?s engraver, but after completing only ten of the Birds of America plates, Lizars resigned. Robert Havell and Sons of London took over for Lizars in 1827, and they continued to engrave and hand color Audubon?s Birds of America for the next eleven years.Havell completed the ?Birds of America? in the double elephant folio size in 1838. Scholars estimate that only 175 complete folios of all 435 plates were published in all. Audubon's tireless efforts and remarkable talent culminated in the publication in London of the first edition of his 435-plate book. It took eleven years for the whole work to be published and little less than two hundred complete sets were made. The work was sold by subscription in parts of five plates at a time.This fine, hand colored aquatint and engraving, "Ruby crowned Wren" Plate CXCV (195), measures 38.25" x 25.5" and is in very good condition with light foxing throughout. This finely detailed aquatint engraving playfully depicts two Ruby crowned Wrens, in dynamic positions. Their vibrant ruby crowns are highlighted against their dark bodies with yellow tail feathers. The male on the right, has his back to the viewer, showing his well detailed head and body. The female of the left calls with beak open, showing a profile view of her body. Precise lines define and detail the beautiful feathers of these birds. The branches they are perched on are also expertly colored and detailed, with rich brown bark, vibrant green leaves and delicate pink flowers.

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        Veduta dell' Esterno della gran Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano.

      c. 1785, Rome - Hind 5 (4th State)John Wilton-Ely 153The watermark that is present is number 60 in John Wilton-Ely on page 1169 and is dated mid to late 1790sThis plate is from the series Vedute di Roma. "The 135 plates of the Veduta di Roma, produced individually by Piranesi from the late 1740s until his death some thrity years later, represent almost every phase in his stylistic evolution and reflect his changing intellectual concerns. Throught these particular works, which were spread all over the Continent by means of the Grand Tour, Piranesi was not only to revolutionize the conventional form of the veduta but was to transform the European vision of classical antiquity" (John Wilton-Ely)Giovanni Battista Piranesi was one of the leading figures in the development of the neoclassical style in the late 18th Century. As architect, archaeologist, artist, designer, collector, and antiquities dealer, he produced a series of etchings and engravings depicting the glories of ancient Rome. These fine prints served as source material for other architects and designers. He was born in Venice on the 4th October 1720. The son of a stone-mason, he was educated as an architect under his maternal uncle Matto Lucchesi and under Carlo Zucchi. In 1740 Piranesi left Venice for Rome, there he studied etching under Giuseppe Vasi. He appears to have had little success in these early years in Rome and as his father was unable to continue his allowance returned to Venice in 1744. He was soon, however, encouraged to return to Rome by Giuseppe Wagner, a successful engraver and publisher of Venice. This time he achieved success, and a constant series of works, illustrating architecture and antiquities, issued from his studio until his death in 1778. His output in etched plates is enormous (about 1000 numbers in all). While he achieved a work of magnitude in pictorial records of Roman monuments of antiquity and of the Renaissance, and gave immense archæological, antiquarian, and topographical value to this work, the artistic quality always predominates. He was fond of peopling his ruins with Callot-like figures, and "like Callot makes great use of the swelling line" (Hind). He had two sons and a daughter, all of whom helped him in his work and after his death carried on his publications in Rome and Paris. They were Francesco (born 1748 or 1756; died 1810), Pietro (who lived till after 1807) and Laura (born 1750). His position in Rome and in Europe after 1760 was a prominent one. He was well-known figure to the wealthy English visitors in Rome and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1757. Most of his life was passed in Rome, etching, writing, publishing, and directing a workshop in which the restoration and sale of antiques played a considerable part.He was famous for his poetic views of Rome and also his fantastic imaginary interiors. His skills, allied to his deep knowledge of archaeology, provided the substance for his Vedute (Views), a series of 135 etchings of ancient and contemporary Rome, published from 1745 onwards, which established the popular mental image of the city. Vasi.et Ornamenti Antichi was a collection of 110 etchings documenting large sculptural vases, together with other antiquities excavated (and in some cases created) in Italy in the 18th century. The prints were initially separately issued and sold by Piranesi over a period of several years and subsequently collected in two folio volumes, each with its own title page, in 1778. They illustrate a wide range of genuine antiquities, as well as Piranesi's own collections, from utilitarian objects such as cinerary urns, lamps, and sarcophagi to monumental vases. The plates in Vasi often included text by Piranesi with information about where the objects were discovered and their contemporary location, and the prints bore dedications to his patrons, colleagues, visitors and influential people. He believed absolutely in the supremacy of Roman over Greek architecture, an argument he expo

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        Giuliano Passero cittadino napoletano o sia prima pubblicazione in istampa, che delle Storie in forma di Giornali, le quali sotto nome di questo Autore finora erano andate manoscritte, ora si fa a sue proprie spese da Vincenzo Maria Altobelli.

      presso Vincenzo Orsino,, Napoli, 1785 - In-4° (248x188mm), pp. (4), 351 (erroneamente numerate), 148, legatura coeva p. pergamena rigida con titolo e fregi in oro su tassello in pelle al dorso. Frontespizio con titolo entro bordura. Testatine e capilettera arabescati. Sporadiche fioriture. Ottimo esemplare. Edizione originale, "rarissima" (Fera / Morlicchio), di questa rilevante fonte di storia locale napoletana; le vicende narrate vanno dalla dominazione sveva al 1526. Fera / Morlicchio, II, p. 127: "Queste cronache, comunemente note sotto il nome del Passero ma opera di più autori, comprendono il periodo storico che inizia con il matrimonio di Costanza d'Altavilla con l'imperatore Errico (figlio del Barbarossa) nel 1187 e termina con la descrizione delle esequie del marchese di Pescara Francesco Ferrante d'Avalos d'Aquino il 12 maggio 1526. Rarissima settecentina". Minieri Riccio, p. 260. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., with Occasional Remarks on his Writings, an Authentic Copy of his Will and a Catalogue of his Works.To which are added, Some Papers written by Dr. Johnson,in behalf of a late unfortunate Character,Never Before Published.

      R. Moncrieffe, C. Jenkin, R. burton, L. White, et al, Dublin 1785 - vii + 240 pp + [2 ff] Includes: A Catalogue of Dr. Johnson's works, p.231-240, with half title, and place of publication "Dubin" (sic). What appears to be original leather boards with gilt and red spine label . Leather is smooth, one small gouge to front cover, front board starting to separate at bottom joint. Interior end papers quite foxed, first blank missing a large corner, back end papers have some black speckles that look like old ink spots, interior has some foxing but otherwise clean and unmarked. The author Cook was a close friend of Oliver Goldsmith and a member of S. Johnson's Essex-street Club. "The pieces written in defence of Dr. Dodd had previously been suppressed at Mrs. Dodd's request." (--Maggs 1038/246)." ESTC N10402. ; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Relación del último viaje al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S. M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786

      - Relación del último viaje al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S. M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786. Extracto de todos los anteriores desde su descubrimiento impresos y MSS. y noticia de los habitantes, suelo, clima y producciones del Estrecho. Trabajada por orden del Rey. Madrid MDCCLXXXVIII [1788]. Por la Viuda de Ibarra, Hijos y Compañía, 3 h. + xvi + 359 p. + 6 h. de respeto; 18,5 × 24; grabado calcográfico del retrato de Magallanes "Ferdin. Selma delin. et incid. anno 1788"; 3 hojas de mapas plegados grabados calcográficos por Bartolomé Vázquez y Joaquín Pro (¿Carta esférica de la Parte Sur de América Meridional, en la qual se ha colocado el Estrecho de Magallanes¿¿, 66 × 58.- ¿Carta reducida del Estrecho de Magallanes¿¿, 71 × 49.- ¿Primer plano de varios puertos del Estrecho de Magallanes levantados el año de 1786¿, 71 × 53); 4 estados plegados (datos de temperatura en los viajes de ida y vuelta, entre las páginas 70 y 75, foliados dentro de la secuencia de paginación, 39 × 39); enc. pasta valenciana, lomo con tejuelos rojos, nervios y dorados, algo rozada; excelente papel y tipografía, amplios márgenes, corte superior pintado, buen estado. (Sempere y Guarinos en "Ensayo de una biblioteca española de los mejores escritores del Reinado de Carlos III" dice que José de Vargas fue encargado de "cuidar de la edición, y la enriqueció con muchas noticias y observaciones . Suyas son la introducción, y toda la segunda parte, que contiene la historia de las expediciones y Viages, hechas antes de este al Estrecho Magallánico .") [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A HISTORY OF THE LATE SIEGE OF GIBRALTAR, with Description and Account of that Garrison from the earliest periods.

      Johnson et Edwards, Londres 1785 - 4ºM, VIIp, 2h, 360p, 10 láms. pleg. grabs. al cobre (4 mapas y 6 vistas, 1 con peq. rasgadura reforzada en el dorso), algo de óx. Ex-libris. Plena piel algo det, tapa ant. desprendida, rueda dorada en planos. - Primera edición. 1785

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        Anacreontis Teii Odaria praefixo commentario quo poetae genus traditur. (testo greco e latino).

      ex Regio Typographeio,, Parma, 1785 - In 4° (310x220), cc. 3, pp. XCIV, 100; vignetta inc. in rame da Cagnoni al frontespizio ed al foglio di dedica. Legatura amatoriale moderna in mezza pelle con fregi neoclassici a secco al dorso a nervi. Edizione impressa tutta in caratteri maiuscoli di grande bellezza e nitore.Ottimo esemplare in barbe. Brooks 287: " Magnificamente stampata in caratteri maiuscoli". De Lama pag. 35.

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        The Book of Common Prayer

      Oxford - Printed by W. Jackson & A. Hamilton 1785 - Three books bound in one. Bound in morocco leather with gilt decoration. With 50 plates in The Book of Common Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer is the common title of a number of prayer books of the Church of England and of other Anglican churches, used throughout the Anglican Communion. The first book, published in 1549, in the reign of Edward VI, was a product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome. Nahum Tate (1652 1715) was an Irish poet, hymnist, and lyricist, who became England's poet laureate in 1692. Nicholas Brady (1659 1726) was an Anglican divine and poet. Brady's best-known work, written with his collaborator Nahum Tate, is New Version of the Psalms of David, a metrical version of the Psalms. It was licensed in 1696, and largely ousted the old version by T. Sternhold and J. Hopkins. Condition: The text block is split with leaf Q8 and R1 detached but present and withtwo closed tears measuringno more than2. 5cm. There is significant wear to the extremities, including significant bumping and rubbing with loss. The front board has been re-attached with stitching. Internally the pages are bright with some handling marks. There is offsetting from the plates and theoccasional spot. There is a small water stain on the frontis that does not encroach in the engraving. Overall the condition is fair due to the split in the binding. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        American Robin, Plate CXXXI (131)

      ?The Birds of America? is the seminal work of John James Audubon (1785-1851) and has been hailed as both a work of outstanding beauty and ornithological interest. Its preeminence was established by Audubon's extensive and meticulous study of every bird that he delineated, reproducing its image to life-size and within a natural setting. Audubon's masterpiece is undoubtedly the greatest work on birds ever produced.Untutored in either ornithological study or painting, John James Audubon was motivated from his boyhood by his love of rendering birds in their natural setting. Born in what is now Haiti and raised in France, Audubon arrived in America in 1803 at the age of eighteen. He soon began traveling widely east of the Mississippi, working at various jobs and all the while pursuing his passionate avocation of sketching and observing the habits of birds. His dream was to compile a volume of colored prints depicting in actual size all of the birds of North America. As his portfolio grew, Audubon traveled to Philadelphia, the publishing capital of the young nation at the time.Unable to find financial support and an engraver equal to his task, Audubon sailed to England in 1826 to realize his dream. The first exhibition of the paintings of Audubon, was met with public and critical acclaim in Liverpool, and Audubon gradually gathered financial support for his project. W. H. Lizars of Edinburgh was contracted as Audubon?s engraver, but after completing only ten of the Birds of America plates, Lizars resigned. Robert Havell and Sons of London took over for Lizars in 1827, and they continued to engrave and hand color Audubon?s Birds of America for the next eleven years.Havell completed the ?Birds of America? in the double elephant folio size in 1838. Scholars estimate that only 175 complete folios of all 435 plates were published in all. Audubon's tireless efforts and remarkable talent culminated in the publication in London of the first edition of his 435-plate book. It took eleven years for the whole work to be published and little less than two hundred complete sets were made. The work was sold by subscription in parts of five plates at a time.AUDUBON, AQUATINT, ENGRAVING, HAVELL EDITION, BIRDS OF AMERICA, AMERICAN ROBIN, PLATE CXXXI (131)This fine, hand colored aquatint and engraving, "American Robin," Plate CXXXI (131), measures 38" x 25.5" and is in very good condition with slightly cropped edges and faded coloring. This dynamic and full page aquatint and engraving shows adult American Robin's, illustrated to scale, feeding their young whom excitedly dance around their nest. The birds are show in numerous positions showing the different portions of their wingspans and the coloring of their bodies. A frontal view of the birds is illustrated by the intuitive Robin to the left of the nest, whom stares directly at the viewer. Robins are migratory songbirds from the thrush family, the adults with vibrant red breasts, black heads and tail feathers. This engraving gives an intimate look into the nesting and feeding of these popular birds.

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

      H. Hughs for G. Nicol, and T. Cadell, London 1785 - Text: contemporary blue/gray paper-covered boards rebacked to style in 18th-century diced russia, spines gilt in seven compartments, red morocco lettering-pieces in the second and dark green/blue morocco in the third compartments, repeat pattern in gilt in the other compartments, edges uncut; Atlas: bound to match using blue/gray paper-covered boards backed with 18th-century diced russia, spine gilt in eight compartments with raised bands, lettering-pieces and repeat decoration in gilt using the same tools as used on the text volumes, top edge gilt A very fine original set of the second and best edition of the text, with the plates in their most desirable form: all the plates usually found in the text volumes are here bound, unfolded in the atlas volume. "The famous accounts of Captain Cook's three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill). "Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return [the islander] Omai to Tahiti. Officers of the crew included William Bligh, James Burney, James Colnett, and George Vancouver. John Webber was appointed artist to the expedition. After calling at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Cook, Tonga, and Society Islands, the expedition sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait as far north as latitude 70 degrees 44 minutes before he was stopped by pack ice. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in an unhappy skirmish with the natives over a boat. Charles Clarke took command and after he died six months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore. Despite hostilities with the United States and France, the scientific nature of this expedition caused the various governments to exempt these vessels from capture. The voyage resulted in what Cook judged his most valuable discovery - the Hawaiian Islands" (Hill). The typography of the second edition of the text of the third voyage is generally considered superior to the first. For the second and subsequent editions, Hughes took over the printing from Strahan and re-set the text. Contemporary support for this view is reported by Forbes who quotes an inscription in a set presented by Mrs. Cook to her doctor, Dr. Elliotson, which notes "the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press." Of great rarity and significance are the presence of the plates usually found in the text volume, here unfolded and bound into the atlas. Such sets are more desirable, as the plates may be enjoyed more fully without the usual folds and losses from irregular trimming by the binder. Beddie 1552; Forbes Hawaiian National Bibliography 85; cf. Sabin 16250. [22 5/8 x 16 3/4 inches]). Text: final blank 4H4 in vol.I. 1 folding letterpress table, uncut. Atlas: 87 engraved plates, plans and maps (1 folding, 1 double-page, plate LXXXII a proof before the addition of the plate number which is added in ink in a contemporary manuscript hand), the larger plates uncut at outer and lower margins, the smaller plates completely uncut and unfolded. 4 volumes (Text: 3 vols., quarto [12 7/16 x 9 3/4 inches]; Atlas [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        White-fronted Goose, Plate CCLXXXVI (286)

      ?The Birds of America? is the seminal work of John James Audubon (1785-1851) and has been hailed as both a work of outstanding beauty and ornithological interest. Its preeminence was established by Audubon's extensive and meticulous study of every bird that he delineated, reproducing its image to life-size and within a natural setting. Audubon's masterpiece is undoubtedly the greatest work on birds ever produced.Untutored in either ornithological study or painting, John James Audubon was motivated from his boyhood by his love of rendering birds in their natural setting. Born in what is now Haiti and raised in France, Audubon arrived in America in 1803 at the age of eighteen. He soon began traveling widely east of the Mississippi, working at various jobs and all the while pursuing his passionate avocation of sketching and observing the habits of birds. His dream was to compile a volume of colored prints depicting in actual size all of the birds of North America. As his portfolio grew, Audubon traveled to Philadelphia, the publishing capital of the young nation at the time.Unable to find financial support and an engraver equal to his task, Audubon sailed to England in 1826 to realize his dream. The first exhibition of the paintings of Audubon, was met with public and critical acclaim in Liverpool, and Audubon gradually gathered financial support for his project. W. H. Lizars of Edinburgh was contracted as Audubon?s engraver, but after completing only ten of the Birds of America plates, Lizars resigned. Robert Havell and Sons of London took over for Lizars in 1827, and they continued to engrave and hand color Audubon?s Birds of America for the next eleven years.Havell completed the ?Birds of America? in the double elephant folio size in 1838. Scholars estimate that only 175 complete folios of all 435 plates were published in all. Audubon's tireless efforts and remarkable talent culminated in the publication in London of the first edition of his 435-plate book. It took eleven years for the whole work to be published and little less than two hundred complete sets were made. The work was sold by subscription in parts of five plates at a time.This fine, hand colored aquatint and engraving, "White-fronted Goose" Plate CCLXXXVI (286), measures 25.25" x 38" and is in good condition with discolored and cropped edges. This dynamically composed engraving shows two White Fronted Geese, also known as Greater White Fronted Geese, a male on the left and a female on the right. Depicted to-scale, these lively geese have fine lines precisely detailing their feathers and are expertly colored with brown and black feathers accented with white. The heads of the geese are darker shades of brown, contrasting with their vibrant crimson beaks and feet. The angles the geese are positioned at allows for their entire bodies and detailed feathers to be appreciated.

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

      H. Hughs for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, London 1785 - Text: contemporary calf, expertly rebacked at an early date, incorporating the original labels; atlas: expertly bound to style in half speckled calf over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, spine in eight compartments with raised bands, each band flanked by triple gilt fillets, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, green morocco in the fourth, the others with simple repeat decoration in gilt A fine copy of the second and best edition of the official account of Cook's third and last voyage, including images of and text on the exploration of Hawaii and the west coast of America, Canada and Alaska. "The famous accounts of Captain Cook's three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill). The typography of the second edition text of the third voyage is generally considered superior to the first (Hughs took over the printing from Strahan and re-set all the text). Contemporary support for this view is reported by Forbes who quotes an inscription in a set presented by Mrs. Cook to her doctor, Dr. Elliotson, which notes ".the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letterpress." "Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage and to return [the islander] Omai to Tahiti. Officers of the crew included William Bligh, James Burney, James Colnett, and George Vancouver. John Webber was appointed artist to the expedition. After calling at Kerguelen Island, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Cook, Tonga, and Society Islands, the expedition sailed north and discovered Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook named the Sandwich Islands. Cook charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait as far north as latitude 70 degrees 44 minutes before he was stopped by pack ice. He returned to Hawaii for the winter and was killed in an unhappy skirmish with the natives over a boat. Charles Clarke took command and after he died six months later, the ships returned to England under John Gore. Despite hostilities with the United States and France, the scientific nature of this expedition caused the various governments to exempt these vessels from capture. The voyage resulted in what Cook judged his most valuable discovery - the Hawaiian Islands" (Hill pp.61-62). Cf. Beddie 1543; cf. Forbes Hawaiian National Bibliography 62; cf. Lada-Mocarski 37; cf. Printing and the Mind of Man 223; cf. Sabin 16250. 4 volumes (Text: 3 vols., quarto [11 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches]; Atlas vol. of plates: 1 vol., large folio [22 x 16 inches]). Text: Engraved medallion vignette on each title, 1 folding letterpress table, 24 engraved maps, coastal profiles and charts (13 folding). Atlas vol.: 63 engraved plates, plans and maps (one double-page, one folding). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken By The Command Of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, In His Majesty's Ships the "Resolution" and "Discovery"; in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780.

      London: For G. Nicol & T. Cadell, 1785 - 3 quarto volumes (300 × 234 mm) and folio atlas (567 × 405 mm). Uniformly bound to style: the text volumes in full lightly sprinkled calf, red morocco lettering-pieces and green numbering-pieces, flat spines, compartments gilt with floral and foliate tools, gilt rolled panel to the boards, milled edge-roll, marbled endpapers; atlas in half calf on marbled boards to match. Text volumes with some scattered foxing and light browning of, and offsetting from, the plates as usual, one of the coastal elevations in volume II more heavily so, the title page of volume I with unobtrusive narrow repair at the inner margin, stain in the upper margin of the last 10 leaves of volume II; the atlas with discreet embossed library stamp to the lower margin of all plates, some foxing and browning, one or two plates more heavily, overall a very good set. Text volumes with medallic engravings to the title pages and 24 maps, charts and coastal elevations, of which 14 of which are folding, folding letter-press table; folio atlas with 2 maps, one folding the other double-page, and 61 copper engraved plates. Second edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, an attempt to find a north-west passage, during which he "discovered" Oahu and Kauai at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, and, more importantly, "depicted accurately for the first time the north-west coast of America, leaving no major discoveries for his successors. In addition the scientific discoveries in the fields of natural history and ethnology were considerable and the drawings made by the artists were of great significance. There are numerous statues and monuments to Cook in many parts of the world but the best memorial to him is the present-day map of the Pacific, which he did so much to shape" (ODNB). The brilliance of the illustrations based on work of the official artist on this voyage John Webber, cannot be over-emphasized. His sensitive portraits, spectacular landscapes, and detailed studies of the material culture of the peoples encountered captured the European imagination more than any other record of of the expedition, and shaped European perceptions of the Pacific world for many years to come: "no voyage undertaken in the days before photography ever returned so well documented with pictorial illustrations" (Bernard Smith, European Vision and the South Pacific, p109). The voyage culminated in tragedy with Cook's death in a meaningless skirmish on a Hawaiian beach, but the Hawaiian survey was completed in spite of this. Clerke then sailed once more for the Arctic in an unsuccessful attempt to complete Cook's instructions, in spite of the fact that he was dying of tuberculosis. Clerke died in sight of Kamchatka and it was left to John Gore to bring the expedition safely back to England. Interest in the story of Cook's astounding discoveries and his tragic death meant that the first edition sold out within three days, despite being priced at £4 14s 6d, perhaps equivalent to around £6,000 today. On the secondary market they had soon reached 10 guineas. The second edition has long been considered the best; the title pages are enhanced by the addition of the medallic "vignettes" of Cook's Royal Society medal, and a portrait medal of Captain King; and the text was entirely reset, Forbes pointing out that it was always considered "typographically superior." Thirty-five years after publication, Cook's widow sent a copy to her doctor with an inscription noting that "the letter press of the second edition [is] much superior to the first both in paper & letter press," the King's copy, held at the BL was also a second edition. Beddie 1552; Forbes 85; Hill 361; Holmes 48; Howgego, I, C175; NMM, I, 586; PMM 223; Sabin 16250.

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        Cock of the Plains, Plate CCCLXXI (371)

      ?The Birds of America? is the seminal work of John James Audubon (1785-1851) and has been hailed as both a work of outstanding beauty and ornithological interest. Its preeminence was established by Audubon's extensive and meticulous study of every bird that he delineated, reproducing its image to life-size and within a natural setting. Audubon's masterpiece is undoubtedly the greatest work on birds ever produced.Untutored in either ornithological study or painting, John James Audubon was motivated from his boyhood by his love of rendering birds in their natural setting. Born in what is now Haiti and raised in France, Audubon arrived in America in 1803 at the age of eighteen. He soon began traveling widely east of the Mississippi, working at various jobs and all the while pursuing his passionate avocation of sketching and observing the habits of birds. His dream was to compile a volume of colored prints depicting in actual size all of the birds of North America. As his portfolio grew, Audubon traveled to Philadelphia, the publishing capital of the young nation at the time.Unable to find financial support and an engraver equal to his task, Audubon sailed to England in 1826 to realize his dream. The first exhibition of the paintings of Audubon, was met with public and critical acclaim in Liverpool, and Audubon gradually gathered financial support for his project. W. H. Lizars of Edinburgh was contracted as Audubon?s engraver, but after completing only ten of the Birds of America plates, Lizars resigned. Robert Havell and Sons of London took over for Lizars in 1827, and they continued to engrave and hand color Audubon?s Birds of America for the next eleven years.Havell completed the ?Birds of America? in the double elephant folio size in 1838. Scholars estimate that only 175 complete folios of all 435 plates were published in all. Audubon's tireless efforts and remarkable talent culminated in the publication in London of the first edition of his 435-plate book. It took eleven years for the whole work to be published and little less than two hundred complete sets were made. The work was sold by subscription in parts of five plates at a time.This fine, hand colored aquatint and engraving, "Cock of the Plains" Plate CCCLXXI (371), measures 49.5" x 37" (framed) and is in very good condition with light staining and wrinkling around the edges. This dynamic aquatint engraving illustrates a female and male Cock of the Plains, also known as Sage Grous. These grous are expertly colored with precise lines defining and detailing every feather. The intricate patterning of their plumage, especially the male's as he calls to the female, shows the great care and accuracy the artist took render these animals naturalistically. Both of the grous have red eyebrows and the male had a white underside and puffed yellow chest and his tail feathers are raised as he calls. This intimate image of the two Sage Grous, set among a vegetative green valley, is spectacularly precise and beautiful.

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        JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN COOKS LAST VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN ON DISCOVERY performed in the years 1776-1780

      E.Newbery 1785 - Leather covers with more recent leather spine cover with original title plate laid down.New paste downs and blank prelims,block sound and tight.Illustrated with cuts and charts.Half title page has old inscription,fold out frontis intact.All illustrations present. First edition was 1781 of the third and last voyage of Cook published in English clandestinely 3 years before the official edition of the Admiralty English (second edition of the, original published the same year). This book was written by RICKMAN officer on the ship with Cook witnessed his death in Hawaii: The frontispiece engraving is the first representative for Hawaii in a printed book and the description of the island is the first in English. This copy is very rare, highly prized, it is in excellent condition and its binding is strictly of time. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Holy Bible Containing the Books of the Old and New Testaments, and the Apocrypha. Carefully printed from the First Edition (compared with others) of the Present Translation. With Notes, by the Right Reverend Father in God Thomas Wilson, D.D

      Bath: R Cruttwell, 1785. The Holy Bible, Containing the Books of the Old and New Testaments, and the Apocrypha. Carefully printed from the First Edition (compared with others) of the Present Translation. With Notes, by the Right Reverend Father in God Thomas Wilson, D.D. Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man. And Various Renderings, Collected from other Translations by the Reverend Clement Cruttwell, the Editor. Three volumes, bound in contemporary tan leather with gilt titling to spine (worn) and gilt edging. Marbled endpapers. Spines a little worn, but not dried/cracked. The Apocrypha contains three books of Maccabees. Heavy book, 13kg packed weight. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket.

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