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        Histoire de Kentucke, nouvelle colonie à l'Ouest de la Virginie : contenant, 1°. La Découverte, l'Acquisition, l'Etablissement, la Description topographique, l'Histoire Naturelle, etc. du Territoire : 2°. La Relation historique du Colonel Boon, un des premiers Colons, sur les guerres contre les Naturels : 3°. l'Assemblée des Piankashaw au Poste Saint-Vincent : 4°. un Exposé succinct des Nations Indiennes qui habitent dans les limites des Treize Etats-Unis, de leurs Mœurs et Coutumes & des Réflexions sur leur Origine ; & autres pièces. Avec une carte. Ouvrage pour faire suite aux Lettres d'un cultivateur américain. Traduit de l'anglois, de M. John Filson ; par M. Parraud, de l'Académie des Arcades de Rome.

      A Paris, chez Buisson, Libraire, Hôtel de Mesgrigny, rue des Poitevins, N°13. M.DC.LXXV. 1785. 1785 - 1 vol. in-8° (200 x 125 mm.) de : [2] ff., XVI, 234 pp. 1 carte dépliante hors-texte. Plein veau d'époque, dos lisse orné, pièce de titre de maroquin brun, monogramme pris dans une couronne de laurier estampé doré au centre du premier plat, tranches rouges. (Papier de la carte uniformément roussi, intérieur très frais). Rare première édition française de cet important ouvrage, la première source imprimée sur la vie de Daniel Boone, figure mythique pour la colonisation de l’Amérique du Nord, qui ouvrit notamment le chemin du Kentucky à des milliers de colons américains. L’édition originale fut publiée à Wilmington en 1784, mais cette première édition française compte des additions qui ne figurent pas dans les éditions antérieures en anglais. Ouvrage fondamental, ce travail contient la première histoire de la province du Kentucky, avec une carte adaptée et traduite de la carte américaine. S'y trouve donc le premier récit de la vie de Daniel Boone (1734-1820), l’un des héros du folklore populaire américain, explorateur qui ouvrit les portes de cette province aux colons, s'attacha à connaître les Indiens, fut fait prisonnier par les Shawnees qui l'adoptèrent comme l'un des leurs. « Cette relation du Colonel Boon, faite avec cette simplicité & cette candeur qui annoncent la vérité, & lui prêtent de nouveaux charmes, est intéressante, & peut donner matière à réflexions » (p. vii). Extrait de la préface de l’auteur : « Quand je visitais Kentucke, je trouvais ce territoire si supérieur à l’idée que je m’en étais faite, quoique j’en eusse conçu une opinion très avantageuse, que je ne pus m’empêcher de plaindre le public de n’avoir pas une relation fidèle de ce pays. J’ai donc pensé qu’une description exacte, & une carte de Kentucke seraient des objets intéressants pour les Etats-Unis. ( ) J’imagine que le lecteur ajoutera plus de foi à mon témoignage, quand il saura que je ne suis point habitant de Kentucke ; mais que j’ai parcouru avec soin ce beau territoire, & qu’y ayant pris tous les renseignements nécessaires, je me suis mis en état d’en publier une Histoire conforme à la vérité ( ). Les trois personnes estimables qui ont daigné l’honorer de leur suffrage, les Colonels Boon, Todd & Harrod ont été des premiers colons de Kentucke, & connaissent parfaitement le Pays. Je dois surtout des remerciements au Colonel Boon qui, de tous ceux maintenant vivants ; est le premier qui ait eu connaissance de Kentucke, comme on le verra par le récit de ses aventures, qui m’ont paru curieuses et intéressantes, & que, pour cette raison, je publie ici, d’après ses propres expressions. » Filson, qui avait séjourné en Pennsylvanie et dans le Kentucky vers 1782-83 comme observateur, livre dans cet ouvrage une description de plusieurs tribus indiennes. Il fut tué par un Indien en 1788. Provenance : monogramme doré "AL" au centre du plat supérieur. Bel exemplaire en reliure d'époque. 1 vol. 8vo. 1 folding map. Contemporary full calf. Rare first French edition of the first history of Kentucky. It contains the first French map of Kentucky, and is the first book to mention Daniel Boone. The French edition, translated by Parraud, contains additions not in first American or English editions. The title was first printed in Wilmingto Delaware, the previous year. Nice copy in a full-calf binding. Leclerc, 572 ; Boucher de La Richarderie, VI, 91-92 ; Sabin, 24338 ; Howes, F-129.

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        Recueil de pieces relatives au proces entre S.A. le Prince Adam Czartoryski, accusateur, & M.M. Komarzewski & Ryx, Accuses du Crime d'Empoisonnement (Dogrumowa Affair)

      Cracovie (Cracow, Krakow), 1785 - FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this very rare official account of the "Dogrumowa Affair", in which two high officials were accused of poisoning a prince. 8, 136, 15, 1 pp. Printed on fine laid paper. The printer initially made a mistake while printing the title-page, and thus had to print a second version, which he inserted as a singleton. He used the original title-page as the liner for the (unprinted) front wrapper, which would obviously be removed and discarded once a copy was bound. But the copy I offer is still IN THE ORIGINAL WRAPS, and thus has BOTH the first and the second states of the title-page, and is surely extraordinarily rare (perhaps unique) as such. 8vo. Slight staining to wraps, internally clean. A pristine copy of a most unusual and interesting book. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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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 . Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the years 1776-1779 and 1780

      H. Hughes, for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, London 1785 - Text: contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels (neat repairs to head and foot of spines). Atlas: contemporary half calf and marbled-paper boards, red morocco spine labels. (Some wear to head and tail of spine) A fine unsophisticated set of the third edition of the third voyage, with the plates in their most desirable form: all the plates usually found in the text volumes are here bound, unfolded and uncut, 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 and third editions 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." Copies of the Third Voyage with the plates from the text uncut, unfolded and bound into the atlas are rare. 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 1543; Forbes 85; Hill (2004) 361; Lada-Mocarski 37; cf. Printing and the Mind of Man 223; Sabin 16250. (Text: 3 vols., quarto [11 1/4 x 9 inches]; Atlas vol. of plates: 1 vol., large folio [21 ½ x 16 ¾ inches]).Text: Engraved medallion portrait vignettes by James Hogg on titles, 1 folding letterpress table. Atlas vol.: 87 engraved plates, plans and maps (one double-page, one folding), the 24 plates normally found bound in the text vol. here bound in the atlas unfolded and untrimmed. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Frigate Pelican, Plate CCLXXI (271)

      ?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, "Frigate Pelican" Plate CCLXXI (271), 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 Frigate Pelican, also known as a Frigatebird, diving towards the bottom of the frame. These seabirds dive down to the water and catch their prey on the wing, and this engraving illustrates that perfectly. Precise lines define and detail each feather, and expert hand-coloring of the rich dark body is complemented with the yellow chin, blue eye-circle and multi-toned break. Also included in this dramatic engraving are sketching of the claws of the Frigate Pelican, which are hidden under the body in this engraving.

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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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        Journal De Normandie, Ou Mémoires Périodiques, Pour Servir à L'histoire Ecclesiastique, Civile, Naturelle & Littéraire, & à Celle Des Sciences, Des Beaux Arts & Du Commerce De Normandie. Suivi De Annonces, Affiches et Avis divers. Année 1785

      Imprimerie De La Veuve Machuel, Rouen 1785 - reliure d'époque, dos à nerfs caissons ornés, pièce de titre et tomaisons rouge et verte, tranches rouges, plats légèrement frottés, coiffes usées, deux mors légèrement fendus, intérieur bon état. Première partie: Journal de Normandie pour l'année 1785, A Rouen au Bureau du Journal chez Le Boucher le jeune, avec Privilège du Roi, de l'imprimerie de Veuve Machuel. Page de titre avec vignette gravée, 426p, table Xp, texte sur 2 colonnes. Du Mercredi 5 janvier au Samedi 31 décembre 1785 (du N°1 au N°104). Suivi de Annonces, Affiches et Avis Divers, du Mercredi 5 janvier au Samedi 31 décembre 1785, non paginé, environ 150 pages. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

      for W. Colles, R. Moncieffe, G. Burnet 1785 - Dublin: for W. Colles, R. Moncieffe, G. Burnet [&7 others in Dublin], 1785. 2 volumes, octavo (207x123mm). Contemporary calf, covers and spine ornately decorated in gilt, label missing from volume 2. An excellent set, internally clean and fresh. Second Dublin edition, reprinting the text of the third London edition of 1784, the last edition to which Smith made any significant revisions, with longer treatment of the deficiencies of the chartered companies and an extra summary chapter. Smith is often cited as the "father of modern economics" and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today. One of the most important works in the history of economics. "The Wealth of Nations" is considered Smith's magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        New and Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels

      London 1785 - 2 volumes. Later 1/4 leather with plain boards, somewhat worn. Internally fair to good only, with waterstains, some fairly heavy. Some insect damage to gutters, not affecting text block at all. 100 uncolored maps and plates. Contains reprintings of voyages to all corners of the world, including Charlevoix's travels in North America, Cook's Voyages, and Bougainville's to the East Indies. At the bottom of the last page is an announcement of a new edition which also mentions the death of Captain Cook. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Travels Into Poland, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.

      - Interspersed with historical relations and political inquiries. Illustrated with charts and engravings. In two volumes. The second edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell 1785. x,532 pp. + 2 folding maps + 2 folding plans + 6 plates; vi,576 pp. + 2 engravings in the text + 4 plates + 1 folding map (lacking Map of the Southern Provinces of Sweden. Supplied in facsimile) + 6 plans of which 5 are folding. Rebound in half morocco. Signature John Wynch on title and with his book-plate on front paste-downs. Volume I with watersoiling lower outer corner from the beginning to page 170 getting smaller, at it largest barely touching text. 27,5 x 22,5 cm.[#\84209]

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        LETTERS FROM MONS. RACINE, THE ELDER, TO HIS SON M. RACINE, THE YOUNGER, WHEN A YOUTH: CONTAINING RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HIS CONDUCT THROUGH LIFE: ANECDOTES OF SEVERAL PERSONS, AND SKETCHES OF HISTORICAL EVENTS IN THE COURT OF FRANCE, IN THE REIGN OF Lewis XIV. to Which is Added, a Short Account of the Abbey of Fort Royal

      London: Printed and Sold By T. Wilkins, J. Bew and J. Stockdale. Good+. 1785. First English Edition. Hardcover. Very rare First English Edition. Full calf leather cover has heavy wear with chip in lower rear corner. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Chipping to lower edge of title page. Pages faintly foxed but overall very good condition. ; xiv + 162 pages .

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        Exercice de Mathématiques dédié à Monseigneur Charles-Juste de Beauvau, Maréchal de France Gouverneur et Lieutenant Général du Pays et Comté de Provence, Marseille, Arles et Terres Adjacentes. Représenté par M. le Commandant Jean-Baptiste de Glandevés, Chef d'Escadre des Armées Navales, Commandant la Marine, à Marseille.

      Marseille, Veuve Sibié, 1785. - in-4. 2ff. 69pp. Demi veau moderne genre ancien. Edition Originale de ce recueil de recherches mathématiques appliquées à la marine. Elles traitent de l'équilibre et mouvement dans les machines, des cordes, des leviers des mouvemens de rotation, des poulies, du tour, de la vis, de l'Hydrodynamique, du Frottement, de l'Hydrostatique, des Pompes, de l'Equilibre des fluides, du Mouvement des eaux, des expériences sur le mouvement des fluides, etc. L'auteur de ce rare ouvrage de marine était "Constructeur de Navire" et présenta son travail à Marseille "dans la chapelle intérieure du Collège des Prêtres de l'Oratoire, le samedi 13 Août 1785, à quatre heures du soir". Titre dans un encadrement typographique, armoiries gravées au centre. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A New & Accurate Map of North America including Nootka Sound with the new discovered Islands on the North East Coast of Asia.

      C. Cooke. London. No date. Ca. 1785. - Copperplate engraved map, 10 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches on sheet 15 1/2 x 19 inches, multiple fold as issued. Light dampstaining in lower border well outside image, one soft fold at upper left corner well outside image. Scattered light foxing, otherwise clean and bright. Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and West and East Florida extend to the Mississippi River. Indian tribes beyond the Mississippi include: Kansez, Black Padoucas and Panis. A vast and "empty" West beckons, with N(ew) Albion marked in the area of present-day California. There is a detailed naming of islands and inlets in the area of Alaska and Kamtschatka, the fruits of Captain James Cook's Third Voyage with its charting of the Northwest coast.

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        Paulmier" [Extracted from: Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers. Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences, les Arts Libéraux, et les Arts]

      [Paris; Liege: Panckoucke; Plomteux, 1785] - The complete set of these Beautiful plates relating to Court Tennis ("le Jeu des Paumes") from the Récueil de Planches, that extraordinary illustrated supplement to the magnificent Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert. The plates depict the creation of implements and play of tennis and billiards in the late 18th century, and have never been surpassed for their beauty and historical accuracy. Pl. 1- Paulmier, Jeu de Paulme et Construction de la Racquette Pl. 2 - Paulmier, Instrumens de Paulme Pl. 3 - Paulmier, Instrumens de Paulme Pl. 4 - Paulmier, Instrumens de Paulme et de Billiard Pl. 5 - Paulmier, Salle de billiard et Instrumens de Billiard Pl. 6 - Paulmier, 1er Plan d'un Jeu de Paulme quarré et Salle de Billiard Pl. 7 - Paulmier, Plan audessus des murs du Jeu de Paulme Pl. 8 - Paulmier, Coupes du Jeu de Paulme quarré Pl. 9 - Paulmier, Plans au Rez de Chaussée et audessus des murs d'un Jeu de Paulme a dedans (COURT TENNIS) 9-1/2 x 7 inches (image size). 9 engraved plates by Benard after Lucotte. Matted, framed, and glazed (9). Fine

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        Encyclopédie. 1. Marine. Kupferstich-Tafeln Nrn. 8-25 (teils doppelseitig, und mehrf. gefalt.), ohne den Text (31 S.). 2. Evolutions Navales, Kupferstich-Tafeln Nrn. 1-7. 14 S. (Text), 1 Bl. (Inhaltsverz.). Kleine Ausgabe. 2 Tle. in 1 Bd. Paris, um 1785. 58 Bll. Die Kupferstich-Tafeln, gestochen von Benard Direx. Ohne Einband.,

      1785 - Ansichten von Segelschiffen, Wappen, Schiffskonstruktionen und -zubehör sowie Flottenformationen. Gewicht in Gramm: 500

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        American Ptarmigan, White Tailed Grous, Plate CCCCXVIII (418)

      ?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, "American Ptarmigan, White-tailed Grous," Plate CCCCXVIII (418), measures 25.75" x 28" and is in excellent condition with evidence of previous binding on the top edge. Ptarmigan's are medium sized game birds in the Grous family. The American Ptarmigan illustrated is finely detailed with a red eye-circle and detailed coloring of the feathers and tail as the plumage is changing. The White-tailed Grouse is also well colored in pure white, with accenting lines and shadows bringing dimension and a physical quality to the piece. These birds are set against an abstract background and made to scale, allowing them to be the main focus of the overall image.

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        Autograph letter signed to an unidentified correspondent

      London - Hooker, William Jackson (1785-1865). Autograph letter signed to an unidentified correspondent. [London,] Royal Gardens, Kew, April 3, n.d. (probably 1857 or after). 3pp. 179 x 112 mm. Fine apart from a little faint spotting.Hooker, the first full-time director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, devoted himself to the study of botany from an early age, specializing in mosses, liverworts and other cryptogamia. He served as regius professor of botany at the University of Glasgow from 1820 to 1841, when he was appointed to head Kew Gardens. Under Hooker's leadership Kew grew from eleven acres to its present size of nearly 300 acres, and its collections vastly increased, largely due to a network of Hooker's former students who brought in specimens from around the world. Hooker's own herbarium, which contained some 4000 volumes and one million dried plant specimens, was purchased by the British government for the nation after Hooker's death. Hooker was the author of over two dozen works on botany, including British Jungermanniae (1816), which established hepaticology (the study of liverworts) as a separate field; he also edited several botanical journals. The first part of Hooker's letter deals with the preparation of a forthcoming botanical publication, most likely The Museum of Economic Botany, or a Popular Guide to the Useful and Remarkable Vegetable Products in the Two Museum Buildings of the Royal Gardens of Kew (1858): "I have received & read & made 2 or 3 verbal corrections & transmitted as you desired to Mr. Wyatt (I presume at the Palace of Westminster) our Cat[alogue]. Having been unavoidably absent of late I know not what has been done by our Committee. If the present Catalogue is circulated by itself I think it requires a heading or title for not one word appears of the use & object of it: so that no one could comprehend the object of it. The asterisks before any name I understood were to indicate that specimens of the plant itself are required as well as the product. . . . I find asterisks against Chinese Tea, & Coffee & Theobroma Cacao:--but they must surely have a different meaning there, for one cannot desire them so against Salvadora Persica [the "toothbrush tree"] &c. &c. . . ."The next part of Hooker's letter touches on the work of Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894), a naturalist and one of the pioneers of scientific ethnology. Hodgson spent much of his life in India, where he discovered 39 species of mammals and 124 species of birds that had hitherto been undescribed. He was the author of numerous books and papers, including Papers Relative to the Colonization, Commerce, Physical Geography, &c., &c. of the Himalaya Mountains and Nepal, published in Calcutta in 1857. He was a close friend of Hooker's son, the naturalist Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911)."What an interesting acct. of the Physical Geography of the Himalayas Hodgson has published. You know Hodgson is preparing a capital Physico-geographical work on India written by Bagham[?]. He wishes a publisher. Do you think [ ] Allen & Co. would be the men if I were to put the mst. into their hands?"Allen & Co." most likely refers to the publisher W. H. Allen & Co., which issued a large number of books relating to India in the 1850s. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        The new week's preparation for a worthy receiving of the Lord's Supper, as recommended and appointed by the Church of England; consisting of meditations and prayers. with forms of examination and confession of sins and a companion at the altar. Also, meditations to enable us to live well after receiving the Holy Sacrament. To which are added a morning and evening prayer for the closet, or family, etc.

      Printed by assignment from the executors of E. Wicksteed for W. Bent, London 1785 - 12mo, pp. [6], ix, [1], 156; the first leaf consisting of an approbation on the recto and an engraved frontispiece on the verso; contemporary and probably original black goatskin with decorative gilt border and similar border outlining central panels on the covers, smooth gilt spine with winged cherub heads, a.e.g., green ribbon page maker; minor rubbing; very good and sound VERY ATTRACTIVE ENGLISH BINDING, possibly made in Brighton (see below). * This edition is not listed ESTC or OCLC. Two similar (but not identical) editions are listed by ESTC; these are recorded in just one or two libraries each. Both editions are reproduced in "Eighteenth Century Collections Online" and ours represents an entirely different setting of type. * THE BINDING: The most extraordinary tools on the present binding are surely the "bat-wing" cherubs that adorn the entire length of the spine, quite distinctive, and yet apparently remain unrecorded. It is very possible that the workshop was provincial (perhaps Brighton?) which accounts for a paltry amount of literature published on the subject. PROVENANCE: Early inscriptions of two women collectors appear on the verso of the first flyleaf: "Sarah Lumsdale, 9 Bloomsbury Place, Brighton" (N.B. this house still exists) -- "Mary Cobb, April 11, 1800." [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The History of France, under the Kings of the race of Valois, from the accession of Charles the Fifth, in 1364, to the death of Charles the Ninth, in 1574.

      London : printed for C. Dilly 1785 - Second edition. 2 volumes, 8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm), occasional light spotting; contemporary tree calf, spines in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece to second, black numbering piece to fifth, elaborate gilt bands and centre tools, gilt outer edges, minor rubbing. A charming set. Sir Nathaniel William Wraxall, 1st Baronet (1751 - 1831), English author, entered Parliament in 1780 and sat till 1794 for Hindon in Wiltshire, Ludgershall and Wallingford, in succession. He published in 1795 the beginning of a History of France from the Accession of Henry III to the Death of Louis XIV, which was never completed. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Historische, Topographische und Oekonomische Merkwürdigkeiten der Kantons Luzern. [With:] Nachrichten von der Stadt Luzern und ihrer Regierungsverfassung, oder historische und moralische Erklärungen der acht ersten Gemälde, auf der Kapellbrücke der Stadt Luzern. Neue verbesserte Ausgabe, nebst einem Anhange

      Luzern: Joseph Alons Salzmann, 1785-1789; 1784. (LUCERNE) First edition of first title; second title in second, expanded edition. 4 vols., 12mo. Pp. 268, [2]; 290; 271; 202. Contemporary quarter mottled calf and boards. Book labels of Xaver Goeldlin von Tieffenau. Inoffensive stain at fore edge of vol. II, occasional faint foxing throughout. A Fine set. Barth 19129. Feller/Bonjour 585. Wäber, 259. Vgl. Wyss, 288; Holzmann/Bohatta III, 4620; Haller I, 834 . The Merkwürdigkeiten is the most important work of Luzern historian Joseph Anton Felix von Balthasar (1737-1810). "Es zeigt Balthasars Fähigkeit zu antiquarisch genauer Forschung, aber auch seine Neigung, die Geschichte als eine Schublade von Regeln und Weisheitslehren aufzufassen, die man unmittelbar aufs Leben anwenden soll [...] eine Kantonsbeschreibung mit zeitgemässen Betrachtungen, eine Naturgeschichte des Luzernervolkes, eine Heimatkunde" (Feller/Bonjour). His protégé Johannes von Müller judged this work to be trustworthy as the archives ("wie auf Urkunden zu trauen"). The first two volumes were published in 1785-1786; the third volume, which appeared in 1789, is often lacking. With a uniformly bound volume of Balthasar's earlier historical study, with explanation of the first eight paintings of the Kapellbrücke

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        Mémoires historiques concernant l'Ordre royal et militaire de Saint-Louis, et l'institution du mérite militaire.

      Paris, Imprimerie Royale 1785 - in-4, VIII-323 pp., cartonnage d'attente de papier rose (reliure de l'époque). Dos manquant, plats défraîchis. Unique édition de ce recueil assez peu commun, rassemblant l'histoire générale de l'Ordre, les listes chronologiques des Grand-Croix, commandeurs et officiers, ainsi que la suite des édits concernant l'Ordre. Saffroy I, 6111. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        In Greek:] ANAKREONTOS TÊIOU MELÊ [then:] ANACREONTIS TEII ODARIA. [i.e., THE ODES]

      Ex Regio Typographeio, Parmae 1785 - Elegant and Luxurious in Every Way,And with Fine Provenance. 308 x 216 mm (12 1/8 x 8 1/2"). 2 p.l., xciv, 100 pp., [1] leaf. ONE OF 50 COPIES ON FINE PAPER (of a total of 310 copies). VERY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY CRIMSON STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, spine beautifully gilt in compartments between green stylized pentaglyph and metope strips flanked by double raised bands, the plain-ruled compartments densely stippled with gold dots surrounding a small central medallion from which emanate a number of wavy vines bearing flowers and small leaves, anular dot cornerpieces, elaborately gilt turn-ins, blue watered silk endpapers, the pastedowns framed with elegant gilt garlands and bead-and-lozenge roll, free endleaves with cresting gilt frame, leather hinges (these expertly renewed at top and bottom), all edges gilt. In a modern brown cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase. Small author portrait tondo on title page, large and elaborate armorial vignette on dedication page engraved by Cagnoni. Text of poems in Greek, commentary in Latin, both printed entirely in majuscules. Front pastedown with morocco monogram bookplate of Charles C. Kalbfleisch, engraved bookplate of Hugh Morriston Davies, and book label of Charles Whibley (see below). Brooks 287; Dibdin I, 265; Schweiger 25; Brunet I, 252; Graesse I, 111. Spine probably a bit sunned (though difficult to tell, with so much gilt), four tiny wormholes to joints, extremities with a hint of rubbing, but the binding solid, lustrous, and attractive; A SPECTACULAR COPY INTERNALLY, entirely clean, fresh, and bright, and with enormous margins. This is a superb copy of the luxury paper printing of one of the loveliest books of the 18th century. Produced by Giambatista Bodoni (1740-1813), the most celebrated European printer of his era, this remarkable piece of work is called "magnificent" by Brooks, and Dibdin says that a "more elegant and exquisitely finished production . . . cannot be conceived." The appearance of the page, printed only with capitals and offered here in a copy with vast margins, is simply as stately and powerful as one could ever hope for. Bodoni was not only a great printer, but also the most important type designer and punchcutter in Italy during his day. He was responsible for some of the most graceful and immaculate books to be printed during the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, and the present item is certainly to be counted among his most beautiful productions. Our copy has a distinguished provenance. Charles C. Kalbfleisch was a discriminating American collector whose collection featured a great many beautiful bindings and who was known for choosing only the finest copies available. Parke-Bernet sold much of his collection in January of 1944 in a sale entitled "The Arts of the Book . . . the Splendid Library Formed by the Late Charles C. Kalbfleisch, New York." Hugh Morriston Davies (1879-1965) was a pioneering surgeon (known as "The Doyen of Thoracic Surgery") who collected fine bindings, especially those of the 18th century. Charles Whibley (1859-1930) authored important books and wrote popular periodical columns of literary interest, edited a number of works in the substantial and distinguished "Tudor Translations" series, was at the center of a British literary circle with links to the Symbolist poets of France, and made an enormous contribution to literature by recommending T. S. Eliot to Faber & Faber. ONE OF 50 COPIES ON FINE PAPER (of a total of 310 copies) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        LES AVENTURES DE TELEMAQUE ( 2 volumes )

      De l'imprimerie de Monsieur (Fr. Didot), Paris 1785 - [700 Figurato di pregio - Legatura] (cm. 34) 2 voll. Magnifica legatura originale in tutta pelle verde, nervi, doppio tassello, ricchi fregi floreali al dorso e larga bordura ai piatti. Sguardie in seta, labbri e dentelle anch'essi decorati. Tagli dorati. -cc.5 nn., + ritratto a colori, pp. 309; -cc. 3 nn., pp. 297 + 1 carta con il privilegio del re. Con 72 tavole da Monnet e 24 tavole con sommari. Opera magnifica su carta speciale è uno dei massimi capolavori della tipografia francese del '700, considerato uno dei 100 migliori libri francesi illustrati. Esemplare eccezionale completo del ritratto del Fenelon, all'inizio del primo volume, finemente colorato di vivien e alix. Molti degli esemplari passati in vendita in atiquariato ed in aste sono privi di questo ritratto. Alcune carte lievemente ombreggiate ma bellissimo esemplare con legatura in perfetto stato e tavole incise protette da veline. Provenienza: Asta Sotheby's Milano 13 Novembre 1996, lotto n° 915. Per particolarità e varianti vedi: * Cohen-Ricci 384; * Ray 37; * Sander 664; * Ramsden 80; * Boissais 76. [F. 81] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Al Signor Carlo Morris Cavaliere Inglese (Veduta in Prospettiva dell' altro)

      Rome 1785 - John Wilton-Ely plate 996The watermark that appears is number 12 in John Wilton-Ely on page 1155 and is dated between the 1780s and 1790'sThis plate is the from the series "Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne. . .)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 expounded most forcefully in his Della magnificenza ed architettura dei Romani (On the Magnificence of Roman Architecture, 1761). his romanticized views and imaginary interiors had a profound effect on stage designers, painters of capricci such as Hubert Robert, and even writers: William Beckford, the author of the Gothic novel and Vathek . In the 20th century his imaginary interiors have been admired by the Surrealists . Reference: John Wilton-Ely. Giov

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        CONSEIL DE GUERRE PRIVÉ SUR L’ÉVÉNEMENT DE GIBRALTAR EN 1782, contenant l'extrait d'une information générale sur toutes les circonstances de cette entreprise, les commentaires des mémoires. pour servir d'exercice sur l'art des sieges.

      S.l. (París), 1785 - . 20 cm. 2 h., 384-XVIII pág., 3 lám. plegadas que muestran fortificaciones, 1 h. de erratas. Enc. en cartoné, lomera de piel, tejuelo. Marca de anterior poseedor en la portada. * La obra describe el sitio de Gibraltar por parte de españoles y franceses en 1782. Jean Le Michaud d’Arçon (1733-1800) fue un general francés especialista en fortificaciones. Vinculado al ejército del mariscal de Broglie en 1780, se ocupó de buscar el medio por el que podría hacer perder Gibraltar a los británicos. Como no podía llevarse a cabo un ataque por tierra y determinada la no conveniencia de los métodos convencionales, d’Arçon redactó un proyecto de baterías flotantes, insumergibles e incombustibles destinadas a abrir brecha en el ejército enemigo. La descripción de dichas baterías es la que se recoge en el presente volumen, que detalla su construcción: revestimiento de una coraza de madera, instalación de un circuito de refrigeración, blindaje resistente a las bombas y proyectiles, etc. Finalmente, la artillería estuvo formada por ciento cincuenta elementos, un proyecto que la corte española acogió con entusiasmo. Todas las precauciones, sin embargo, fueron pocas y el 13 de septiembre de 1782 la expedición fracasó porque, según algunos analistas, algunos oficiales la dirigieron "con la evidente intención de hacerla fracasar". La pérdida de varios de los ingenios ideados por d’Arçon y la orden, en lugar de la retirada, de consumir las que quedaban para que no cayeran a manos de los ingleses llevaron a d’Arçon a la desesperación y al resentimiento que, según varios autores, lo acompañó el resto de su vida. Hay también quien atribuye el fracaso del proyecto a la falta de acuerdo, e incluso a los celos, que reinaba entre los oficiales españoles y los franceses. Biblioteca Nacional de Francia 30941062 y 36379808. Jähns 2834. Pohler II, 93. Asedios, gibraltar, siglo XVIII, militaria. Història militar Libros antiguos anteriores a 1830 francés [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Aventures et Plaisante éducation du Courtois Chevalier Charles-le-Bon, Sire d'Armagnac , contenant profitables leçons à jeunes chevaliers et à des Dames de haut parage.

      S.n. 1785 - - S.n., A Amsterdam et se trouve à Paris 1785, 3 tomes en 3 Vol. in 12 (8,5x15cm), (6) 316pp. (5) et (6) 339pp. (1bc) (9) et (6) 259pp. (4), relié. - Edition originale. Illustrée de trois frontispices de Marillier finement gravés par Le Beau. 4 airs notés sur plusieurs planches. Demi Velin debut XIXe à petits coins. Dos lisse. Pièces de titre et de tomaison noires encadrées de filets gras dorés. Roman médiéval se déroulant sous Louis XI et Charles VI inspiré des contes et fabliaux des douzième et treizième siècles. L'auteur s'explique sur le choix de son vocabulaire et de son style ancien dans une longue préface sur le roman et des observations sur les contes et fabliaux du Moyen-âge et les troubadours de provence, suivis d'un discours sur le roman. Charles Joseph Mayer (1751-1825), écrivain français et éditeur du Cabinet des fées, son rôle critique fut important pour la redécouverte des littératures anciennes. Les Aventures sont peut-être le premier essai d'un pastiche de roman médiéval résonnant des accents d'une nouvelle modernité. (6) 316pp. (5) et (6) 339pp. (1bc) (9) et (6) 259pp. (4) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Oeuvres Completes

      N. p., Société Littéraire-Typographique,, 1785. 92 volumes, octavo. Early 19th-century full mottled calf, with gilt titles and decoration to spines, gilt decoration to boards, gilt lower edges, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Portrait frontispiece. Spines sunned, extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, only occasional foxing, bookplates to front pastedowns, front hinge of volume I expertly repaired, a very good, mainly clean set. Complete set of the best edition.

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        A Dictionary of the English Language in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers. To which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar. The sixth edition.

      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). Recent sprinkled calf to style with double fillet gilt border, red and black morocco labels, five raised bands, green sprinkled edges. Slight rubbing to boards, a little toning to text block with occasional foxing, particularly to title and initial pages, else a 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: First Edition]

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        Dictionary of the English Language

      J. F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son, et al., London 1785 - Sixth edition, and the first authorized quarto edition, of Samuel Johnson's extraordinary dictionary, published one year after his death. In 1746, a group of London booksellers approached Johnson with a proposal for an English dictionary. While the forty scholars of the Académie Française had taken forty years to produce a standard French dictionary, Johnson announced his intention to finish a comparable English work in three years: "forty times forty is sixteen hundred. As three is to sixteen hundred, so is the proportion of an Englishman to a Frenchman" (Boswell). In fact, it took Johnson nine exhausting years, working without help from his nominal patron Lord Chesterfield, to compile his massive dictionary, a vivid interpretive account of the English language. In his definitions, Johnson quotes thousands of examples from English writers, giving his dictionary a lasting literary interest that surpasses its utility as a reference work: as he explains in the preface, he set out to extract "from philosophers principles of science; from historians, remarkable facts; from chymists complete processes; from divines striking exhortations; and from poets beautiful descriptions." This was the standard English dictionary for more than a century, consulted by the Romantics and the Victorians; it is Johnson's Dictionary that Becky Sharp tosses out of the carriage in Vanity Fair. A handsome early edition of a landmark of English literature and lexicography. Two quarto volumes, modern three-quarter speckled calf gilt, red and green spine labels, marbled boards. Half-title and frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson in Volume I. In Volume II, the section ROU-RYE transposed with WRE-ZOO, text complete. Traces of dampstaining to top margin of a few pages in Volume I, occasional light foxing. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Dictionary of the English Language; in which the words are deduced from their originals; and illustrated in their different significations, by examples from the best writers: to which are prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar.

      London; J F & C Rivington L Davis T Payne & Son W Owen T Longman et al 7th edition 1785 - Folio, [17 1/2" x 11"], engraved frontispiece portarit by Thos. Cook from an original painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the possession of B. Langton.dated 1787 (2 years after publication), title-page, verso blank, [6pp] Preface, [24pp] mostly two-column History of the English Language, [8pp] two-column Grammar of the English Language, followed by unpaginated dictionary printed in three-columns, original reversed calf boards, neatly repaired at edges and rebacked to match re-using the original dark red lettering piece, gilt. Boards a little marked and rubbed, top corner of upper board cracked but repaired and now good; fore-edges of front free endpaper and frontispiece strengthened with archival tape; frontispiece has closed tear in gutter margin and some dampstaining and spotting; some worming with the loss of just a few letters here and there; 4u and 6Lii torn in margin without loss; 6D and 6M-6N foxed; a good, sound copy in near contemporary condition. Will want extra postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Histoire impartiale des évènements militaires et politiques de la dernière guerre, dans les quatre parties du monde. En 3 tomes. Complet.

      Chez la Veuve Duchesne, Libraire, Rue Saint-Jacques., Amsterdam et Paris 1785 - in-12° 564, 531 et 618 p. Pleine basane marbrée. Pièces de titre et de tomaison. Entre-nerfs décorés de fers floraux. Toutes tranches marbrées. Intérieur très frais. Dans chaque volume est contre-collél l'ex-libris de Gus Bofa ("er lässt nicht lesen"). Ensemble en bon état.

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        A CLASSICAL DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE & A PROVINCIAL GLOSSARY: A COLLECTION OF LOCAL PROVERBS AND POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS

      Printed for S. Hooper, London 1785 - Two volumes bound together with the rare 1785 first edition of The Classical Dictionary. The second volume, A Provincial Glossary, is a new edition, corrected, printed for Edward Jeffery, London, 1811. The two volumes newly rebound in handsome full brown leather with lightly raised spine bands ruled in gilt and gilt titled spine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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