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        Society of the Cincinnati Membership Certificate Signed

      Mount Vernon, Virginia: 10 December, 1785. Unbound, in frame. Good/Engraved document signed ("G:o Washington"), countersigned by Secretary Henry Knox (1750-1806), Philadelphia, 5 May 1784. Washington and his future Secretary of War Knox certify the membership of Captain John Bard of the Georgia Line. The Society of Cincinnati, as the engraved text proclaims, was "...instituted by the Officers of the American Army, at the period of its Dissolution...to commemorate the great Event which gave independence to North America," and "for...inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace arms assumed for public defence..." The Society, open to former officers of the Continental Army and its foreign allies, was founded with Washington's approval by Knox, Jedidiah Huntington and Baron von Steuben. The order was named after "that illustrious Roman, Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus," who had left his prosperous farm on two occasions to take up arms in defense of his homeland. Washington agreed to become president of the Society; Alexander Hamilton filled the post after Washington's death. John Bard, who receives the certificate, was the son of the medical doctor who founded the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, and brother of Samuel Bard, George Washington's personal physician. His brother's grandson founded Bard College in the Hudson Valley.. 1 page, oblong folio, (42 x 64 mm framed) neatly accomplished in manuscript, printed on paper. Paper somewhat toned, with scattered stains. Old repair affecting a word of printed text. A fine, large Society of Cincinnati certificate elaborately engraved by Jean-Jacques Andre le Veau (1729-1786) after a design of Pierre Charles l'Enfant (1754-1825), with complex allegorical vignettes surrounding the calligraphic text: naval warships under sail, a frightened Brittania and a British lion fleeing bolts of lightning from an American eagle, and circular medallic emblems of the Society of the Cincinnati. Washington's signature inked over, as usual.

      [Bookseller: Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio]
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        WEATHERWISE'S TOWN AND COUNTRY ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1786 BEING THE SECOND AFTER BISSEXTILE OR LEAP-YEAR, AND THE TENTH OF THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

      Boston: J. Norman, [1785].. [24]pp. Stitched as issued, with later stitching. Light scattered soiling, primarily to exterior leaves. Contemporary ownership notation. Very good. With a woodcut illustration on the cover, entitled "General Washington's Jack Ass," accompanied by a verse satirizing the gift. The animal was a gift to Washington from the King of Spain and was used to breed the first mules in the country. The verse on the cover ends with the lines, "Though droll the Gift, yet from a King 'tis good; / Asses, Kings, Ministers are all one blood." Also included in the almanac is a table with the weight and value of coins, and the standard calendar information. EVANS 19224. DRAKE 3372.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Ueber Die Lehre Des Spinoza in Briefen an Den Herrn Moses Mendelssohn

      Breslau; Löwe. 1785. Clothbound. 12mo. 215 pages. 18 cm. First edition. In German, French, and Latin. Title translates as: “On the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn. ” Marbled decorative boards with title and date in gilt on spine. Moses Mendelssohn (6 September 1729– 4 January 1786) was a German Jewish philosopher to whose ideas the renaissance of European Jews, Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment) is indebted. Although himself a practising orthodox Jew, he has been referred to as the father of Reform Judaism. Born to a poor Jewish family in Dessau and originally destined for a rabbinical career, Mendelssohn educated himself in German thought and literature and from his writings on philosophy and religion came to be regarded as a leading cultural figure of his time by both Germans and Jews. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (25 January 1743 – 10 March 1819) was an influential German philosopher, literary figure, socialite and the younger brother of poet Johann Georg Jacobi. He is notable for coining the term nihilism and promoting it as the prime fault of Enlightenment thought particularly in the philosophical systems of Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, Johann Fichte and Friedrich Schelling. A conversation which Jacobi had held with Gotthold Lessing in 1780, in which Lessing avowed that he knew no philosophy in the true sense of that word, save Spinozism, led him to a protracted study of Spinoza's works. After Lessing's death, just a couple of months later, Jacobi continued to engage with Spinozism in an exchange of letters with Lessing's close friend Moses Mendelssohn, which began in 1783. Mendelssohn’s final years were overshadowed and saddened by the so called pantheism controversy. Ever since his friend Lessing had died, he had wanted to write an essay or a book about his character. When Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, an acquaintance of both men, heard of Mendelssohn's project, he stated that he had confidential information about Lessing being a "spinozist", which, in these years, was regarded as being more or less synonymous with "atheist" — something which Lessing was accused of being anyway by religious circles. This led to an exchange of letters between Jacobi and Mendelssohn which showed they had hardly any common ground. Mendelssohn then published his Morgenstunden oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes (Morning hours or lectures about God's existence) , seemingly a series of lectures to his oldest son, his son-in-law and a young friend, usually held "in the morning hours", in which he explained his personal philosophical world-view, his own understanding of Spinoza and Lessing's "purified" ("geläutert") pantheism. But almost simultaneously with the publication of this book in 1785, Jacobi published extracts of his and Mendelssohn's letters as Briefe über die Lehre Spinozas (these letters, published with commentary by Jacobi in 1785 with an enlarged second edition from 1789, stated publicly that Lessing was a self confessed "pantheist" in the sense of "atheist"; essentially this volume constituted a controversy about Lessing's philosophic views, particularly with respect to Spinoza, including Jacobi's account of a conversation with Lessing in 1780) . Mendelssohn was thus drawn into a poisonous literary controversy, and found himself attacked from all sides, including former friends or acquaintances such as Johann Gottfried von Herder and Johann Georg Hamann. Mendelssohn wrote a reply addressed To Lessing's Friends (An die Freunde Lessings) and died on January 4, 1786 as the result of a cold contracted while carrying this manuscript to his publishers on New Year's Eve; Jacobi was held by some to have been responsible for his death. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781 -- Philosophy. Pantheism. Ex-Libris Friedrich Lessing (relative of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing) . Light markings and soiling to endpages. Lightly soiled and lightly foxed in first dozen pages. Text crisp and pages fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-45-5) .

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        A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

      London: printed for S. Hooper,, 1785. Octavo. Contemporary diced calf, spine in compartments with elaborate gilt tooling, sides bordered with gilt rules and rolls, red and yellow speckled edges. Complete as issued, without half-title. Bookplate of John Riely. Rebacked with the original spine laid down, corners worn, scratch to front board, a few minor spots to early leaves. Still a very good copy overall. First edition of what was then the largest assemblage of "non-standard" words or meanings omitted from Johnson's Dictionary. Grose's long military career was probably of great use to him in the collection, which drew on his fieldwork as far back as the 1750s. "Every entry bears the unmistakable imprint of the vivid accuracy and the jolly, jovial, earthiness of the greatest antiquary, joker, and porter-drinker of his day, and one of the happiest wits of the late 18th century ... Nowhere more than in The Vulgar Tongue did he display his scholarship and industry ... The indelicacy and extreme vulgarity of the work renders it unfit for ordinary use, still it must be admitted that it is by far the most important work which has ever appeared on street or popular language ... it is really an extraordinary book" (Partridge, Cant Dictionary, p. 76).

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        A NEW UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF THE RELIGIOUS RITES, CEREMONIES, AND CUSTOMS OF THE WHOLE WORLD: OR A COMPLETE AND IMPARTIAL VIEW OF ALL THE RELIGIONS

      London: Alexander Hogg, [1785]. New Edition. Joints split but tight. Faint stain affecting some pages, some toning. Very Good copy. 704, xii [4] pages. Folio (9" x 14") bound in contemporary calf-backed boards. Illustrated with 60 copper engravings. Hurd covers, among others, the modern Jews, the Japanese, and the Native Americans of Canada, California, and Florida: "The inhabitants of Florida are idolators, and acknowledge the sun and moon for deities." Wonderful plates including natives of the Caribee Islands feasting on human flesh.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        Bibliorum Sacrorum Vulgatae Versionis Editio: Tomus Primus - Octavus (complete set of 8 volumes)

      Parisiis (Paris): Fr. Amb. Didot Natu. 1785. Hardcover. Near Fine. Complete set of the Bibliorum Sacrorum in 8 volumes. 1785. Hardcover, rebound (c. 1900) in handsome, unsigned quarter chocolate morocco and marbled boards, 5 raised bands and gilt title on spines. 8vo. Near Fine set: light discoloration across all spine bottoms; minor wear to corners. Half-titles uniformly tanned; else, contents bright and crisp. An impressive, complete set of the octavo edition with Didot's beautiful typography (1785 also saw the publication of the quarto edition in 2 vols.). Digital images available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson

      London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1785. Second Edition, Revised and Corrected. Contemporary mottled calf with original morocco and gilt spine laid down. A scarce account of Boswell's travels to the Hebrides with "conversations, literary anecdotes, and opinions of Men and Books. An attractive, near fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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        Die berühmte und für die durchfart der Schiffe vormahlen so gefährliche Meer-enge Faro di Messina, Wie solche durch das schröckliche Erdbeben 1783 den 5. Februari um Vier Italiänische Meilen erweitert worden ... Le célebre, pur les Vaissaux autre fois si dangereux détroitde Faro di Messina ..." Ansicht mit der Meerenge nach dem Erdbeben von 1783. Guckkastenblatt

      Altkolorierter Kupferstich der Academie Imperiale, Augsburg um 1785. 29.5x40.5 cm. - Messina mit dem Hafen und dem Ätna im Hintergrund, vorn die Meerenge Stretto di Messina mit den bei dem Erdbeben von 1783 beschädigten Leuchttürmen von Scylla und Charybdis. Dekorative Ansicht in schönem Altkolorit, breitrandig und in gutem Erhalt.

      [Bookseller: Wenner Antiquariat]
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        Das erschröckliche Erdbeben in Messina welches 1783 den 5. Hornung nach 12. Uhr Nachmittags angefangen ... Le terrible tremblement de terre á Messine. ..." Teilansicht mit Dom und Darstellung des Erdbebens vom 2. Februar 1783. Guckkastenblatt

      Altkolorierter Kupferstich der Academie Imperiale, Augsburg um 1785. 29.5x40 cm. - Mondo Nuovo 280 - Darstellung mit dem zerstörten Dom, eingestürzten Häusern und fliehenden Menschen. Auf grauen Karton montiert, Rand oben leicht angeschmutzt, kurze Randeinrisse in den schmalen Rändern restauriert.

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

      Parmae: Ex Regio Typographeio, 1785. ONE OF 50 COPIES ON FINE PAPER (of a total of 310 copies). Hardcover. 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 the work described in item #26. 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.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        Oeuvres completes, nouvelle édition, augmentée & ornée de belles gravures

      A finely bound copy. 1785. Paris. Chez les Libraires Associés. Three volumes In 8vo (193mm x 122mm). 1 [blank] + 3 nn + lxxvi + 285 + 1 [blank]; 1 [blank] + 2 nn + 375 + 1 [blank]; 2 nn + 333 + 1 [blank]. Magnificent contemporary red morocco gilt, vase tool at corners, elaborate gilt spine, with two green morocco labels, boards with tripple gilt fillet in a rectangle and anphors in the corners formed, a few edges very slightly ?and easily restorable- rubbed, else a perfect example. Scattered foxing spots, else very fresh and clean, remarkable copy. Well known and sought after edition, illustrated with a frontispiece with the portrait of the author after De La Tour and Marillier and 9 full plate plates, after Marillier, engraved by Ingouf, Macret and Triére. The Catilina, in the third volume, is dedicated to the Marquisse of Pompadour. Brunet says ?Edition assez belle?. Crébillon (1674 ? 1762)was a tragic dramatist, member of the Académie; his writtings are of a highly tragic nature. Cohen, 263. Brunet II, 412.

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        The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, With Samuel Johnson, LL.D

      London: by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly,, 1785. Containing Some Poetical Pieces by Dr. Johnson, relative to the Tour, and never before published; A Series of his Conversation, Literary Anecdotes, and Opinions of Men and Books: with an authentick account of The Distresses and Escape of the Grandson of King James II. in the Year 1746. Octavo (210 × 120 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt in compartments with floral tool, red morocco label. Half-title, device on title, second state of I5, Q7 and U6, errata/advertisement leaf at end. Two bookplates to front pastedown, portion of tipped-in ticket remaining to front free endpaper. Wear to corners and ends of spine, joints starting, spotting and partial toning to endpapers. A very good copy. First edition of Boswell's version of their three-month trek through the highlands and islands of Scotland in late 1773. Boswell's account "has the chatty informality of a 'rough' guide: its focus is on Johnson, as it describes his charged encounters with the native population, whether humble cottagers or important personages like Lord Monboddo and Boswell's formidable father Lord Auchinleck … The tour … deepened the friendship between the pair, and increased Johnson's respect for and confidence in Boswell as a future biographer" (Pat Rogers in ODNB). Johnson had published his own account, very different in tone, in A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, 1775. The final leaf advertises Boswell's Life of Johnson as "Preparing for the Press, in one Volume Quarto" (ODNB). This copy with the bookplate of the Boswellian collector Robert McKinlay

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        Art de la menuiserie. ( .. en batiment - .. en meubles - .. en voitures - .. treillageur)

      Paris, (1785) pp. 639/811 con cinquantasette tavole (46 di cm. 21 x 27 ed 11 42 x 27) incise in rame raffiguranti laboratori, cantieri, artigiani ed utensili vari con esempi di lavorazioni finite (cornici, boiseries, tavole, sedie, divani, vetture e carrozze, ecc. ecc. Bellissime !)

      [Bookseller: Libreria Piani già' Naturalistica snc]
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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

      London: H. Hughes, for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. 4 volumes. (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. 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.

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        A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean

      London,: G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785.. Three volumes, quarto, and an atlas, folio, with altogether 87 engraved plates and maps, of which 63 appear in the atlas; contemporary sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked; atlas in contemporary half calf and marbled boards, sympathetically respined. A very attractive set of the official account of Cook's last voyage. The full story of the voyage, and Cook's eventual murder while revisiting the Hawaiian Islands, was so eagerly awaited by the English public that the entire first edition was sold out, at the then huge price of four pounds fourteen shillings and sixpence, within three days and copies were soon changing hands at up to ten guineas.The official artist on the voyage was John Webber, and his romantic views of the islands of the Pacific published here remain the most evocative portrayals of the islands - helping to create the notion of an island paradise that so affected the European public eagerly reading the voyages of discovery being published in the eighteenth century.This is an example of the second edition, which is preferred to the first edition for a number of reasons. The most obvious difference is the use on the title-pages of the text volumes of engraved vignettes of the Royal Society medal (in volumes 1 and 2) and of an oval medallion portrait of Captain King (in volume 3). The medal was awarded to Cook posthumously by the prestigious Royal Society in 1784, shortly after publication of the first edition of this book.This second quarto edition was printed by H. Hughs - rather than W. and A. Strahan who had printed the first edition - with the wording of the title-pages slightly modified and the text itself entirely re-set. As Forbes points out, the second edition has always been 'considered typographically superior to the first edition. That this was a contemporary opinion is borne out by a presentation inscription in a set (Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales) from Isaac Smith (Mrs. Cook's relative, and on her behalf) addressed to Mrs. Cook's physician, Doctor Elliotson: "Clapham, 5 May 1821. I am desired by Mrs Cook... to request your acceptance of the 4 books sent herewith being her Husbands last Voyage round the World, as a mark of her respect... the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press..."'. It is interesting to note that the presentation on behalf of Cook's widow was made some thirty-five years after publication and even then she chose to give a copy of the second rather than the first printing, let alone the third or subsequent editions.King George III's copy of the official account, preserved in the British Library, is also an example of this second edition.Beddie, 1552; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 85; Hawaii One Hundred, 5; Hill, 361; O'Reilly-Reitman, 434.

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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

      London, 1785. Hardcover. Second Edition. Three quarto volumes and a folio atlas. Quarto volumes bound in a nineteenth-century full speckled calf, contrasting labels, spine gilt; the boards rather worn and tired, contents showing the result of their tropical home, with many pages and plates foxed, some to a large degree. Unusually, all eighty-seven plates and charts bound within. Bindings strong, a Good-Very Good set. Accompanied by a copy of the original atlas in a contemporary binding of half calf and marbled paper covered boards. Spine with contrasting gilt labels, and compartments decorated elaborately in gilt; the whole, however, rather worn and dull; front hinge cracking, joints started; fragile, but holding. With the full complement of sixty-three maps and plates (including the large chart) normally found and placed as directed in volume one. Plates have retained early (if not original) placement of tissue-guards. Foxing to the outer margins of some plates, but for the most part the plates are clean and strong impressions. A quite unusual presentation of the "second (preferred) edition", with the three quarto text volumes containing the whole complement of 87 plates, and accompanied by an atlas (in a non-uniform binding) which also contains its proper allotment of sixty-three plates. Image or additional images available upon request

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        Capt. Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean: an unused exercise sheet

      London,: Printed & Published by Edwd. Langley, High Street, Borough, London, n.d., circa, 1785.. Folio, engraved broadside, printed on one side only, 477 x 388 mm., comprising an oblong oval vignette of the death of Cook, six other upright oval vignettes and a further oblong view, all with captions; the vignettes and captions all in good strong contemporary handcolouring but the sheet itself otherwise unused, though originally folded; a few tears at edges; mounted. This delightful engraved sheet was probably issued for use as a child's or young adult's exercise; a similar sheet that we offered for sale in 1994, similarly (but not identically) titled "Captain Cooke's Last Voyage", is the only other one of its type that we have seen. That sheet, which was not coloured, had been completed by a schoolgirl with a carefully written-out poem; it was published by R. Carpenter, and we estimated its date at around 1790. The present sheet is by a different publisher, and may be a little earlier. The few records that we have found for Edward Langley show that he was certainly a map-publisher (chiefly of the English counties) but he also evidently specialised in exercise sheets and exercise books, later producing a series known as "Langley's Copy Slips".The chief vignette is a gaudy version of Cook's death in Hawaii ("The Death of Captn. Cook at O-why-hee") while the other larger image is of Kaye's Island, present-day Kayak Island, Alaska. Of the six smaller vignettes, two are of Hawaii ("Man of Sandwich Island Dancing" and "Canoe of Sandwich Islands"), two are polar scenes ("Killing of Penguins" and "Shooting of Sea Horses") with a further "Woman of Otaheite Dancing" and "A Canoe of Oonalashka".This is a charming piece, and very rare: as with the similar example mentioned above we have found no copy recorded in any bibliography, nor any record of a similar example in any major collection.

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        Reise nach dem Stillen Ocean

      Frankfurt an der Oder,: Carl Gottlieb Strau?, 1785.. Octavo, large folding map and three folding plates, extensive contemporary manuscript notes to endpapers, a little toned; a very good copy in contemporary half calf over speckled paper boards, banded spine gilt with red morocco label, bumped. Very rare: this abridged German translation is based on the official account of Cook's third voyage, and would appear to be the first third voyage account printed in Germany.It would be interesting to learn more about this mysterious title, not least because of the provincial imprint: Frankfurt an der Oder is a relatively small city east of Berlin (and not to be confused with the larger city of Frankfurt am Main). It is possible to speculate that there may be a tentative connection with the Forsters, because the publisher Carl Gottlieb Strau? had only recently issued the first edition of Johann Forster's Geschichte der Entdeckungen und Schiffahrten im Norden (1784).The introduction is by the printer of this work, Carl Gottlieb Strau?, and is dated 26 March 1785. Strau? comments that the work was prepared for the journal Historische Portefeuille ("Historical Portfolio") but that the piece ran too long to be included. Forbes notes: 'a very rare abridged edition of Cook's Third Voyage. The credits under the map and the engraved plates, "Zum histor. Portfeuille Jahrg. 1785," suggest that this text was originally part of a larger series (exact title unknown to me). The copy examined is in contemporary mottled paper boards. The plates are reduced adaptations of the Webber plates.' Forbes further notes that none of the three plates depict Hawaiian scenes; rather, there are quite accomplished versions of the Kamchatkan sled, a Tahitian dance, and two portraits (on a single plate) of a man and woman of Unalaska.The map shows the Pacific Ocean with the voyage track marked: it is similar in size and detail to the chart included in editions of Rickman, but whatever its basis, is newly engraved for this edition.The only copy recorded by Forbes is at the University of Washington, Seattle; Worldcat underlines the rarity of this edition, listing copies at the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, and the University of G?ttingen. This edition is not in the catalogue of the Kroepelien collection, but is confirmed as the 'earliest German version of the account' in the note for item 210.Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 89; not in Beddie; Sabin, 16264.

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        The Death of Captain Cook

      London,: n.p., but, 1785.. Engraving, 250 x 377 mm (image size), publisher's imprint clipped from the caption (but retaining "The Death of Captain Cook"), old fold at centre; a good copy, mounted. John Webber's immortal depiction of the death of James Cook: at the hands of Hawaiian natives on his third Pacific voyage. The first full edition was issued on January 1, 1784, and although the publisher's imprint has been clipped, this is quite apparently from the second major edition of 1785.Smaller than the first version, there is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that this may have been intended to entice prospective owners of the third voyage Atlas to purchase the print, as its size is more commensurate with the other plates. It is not uncommonly seen in the copies of the Atlas.Undoubtedly the best known of Webber's artistic records of Captain Cook's voyages and also one of the rarest of plates.Beddie, 2614; Nan Kivell and Spence, p. 80.

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        (Mort Tragique du Capitaine Cook, le Janvier 1779)

      [Paris],: [chez Isabey], circa, 1785.. Engraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), early proof plate without caption, mounted; fine. A fine early proof copy of the French version of Webber's famous image, before the caption has been added. The general tone is light; in later forms the print will appear darker. This version is quite striking.The official account of Cook's third voyage did not include an image of his death, although some copies did include an added 'Mort de Cook' plate. Nonetheless, as in England, there was tremendous interest in Webber's scene, and this accomplished engraving was issued by Claude-Mathieu Fessard, a prominent French engraver and book artist. This interim proof does not have any imprint details, but Joppien & Smith confirm that the finished print was sold by Isabey, in the rue de Ge?vre, Paris.The final print, as published, would include a brief biography of Cook and description of his death engraved below the image as a caption (the print itself was dedicated to Bougainville). A copy of the finished engraving is in the Nan Kivell Collection at the National Library of Australia (NK6565). Beddie knew two copies, in the Mitchell and Dixson collections of the State Library of New South Wales.D.P. Dodd, John Webber and George Carter all produced successful graphic versions, but it is those by John Webber (the official artist on the voyage) and George Carter which became the most familiar and enduring.Beddie, 2615.

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        Mort Tragique du Capitaine Cook, le Janvier 1779

      [Paris],: [chez Isabey]., n.d. but circa, 1785.. Engraving, 300 x 220 m (image size), "Fessard" and "Webber" present as faint scratch signatures only; some browning, but fine and mounted, evidently disbound at some point, with fragments of old thick paper bordering the edges on the reverse. A further near-final proof of the French version before the complete caption has been added and with names in scratch proof form only.The official account of Cook's third voyage did not include an image of his death, although some copies did include an added 'Mort de Cook' plate. Nonetheless, as in England, there was tremendous interest in Webber's scene, and this accomplished engraving was issued by Claude-Mathieu Fessard, a prominent French engraver and book artist. This interim proof does not have any imprint details, but Joppien & Smith confirm that the finished print was sold by Isabey, in the rue de Ge?vre, Paris.The final print, as published, included a brief biography of Cook and description of his death engraved below the image as a caption, while the print itself was dedicated to Bougainville. A copy of the finished engraving is known in the Nan Kivell Collection at the National Library of Australia (NK6565). Beddie knew two copies, in the Mitchell and Dixson collections of the State Library of New South Wales. A similar proof issue is held in the BibliothËque Nationale.Beddie, 2615; Joppien & Smith, note to 3.305A.

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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, and Gore, in the Years 1776, 7, 8, 9, and 80

      Rare edition of Cook´s third voyage, printed in Perth. 1785. Perth. Four volumes in 12vo (150 mm x 86 mm). 1 [blank with oval portrait pasted down] + iv + 32 + 11 + 2 ff. + 346 + a [blank]; 1 [blank with oval portrait pasted down] + iv + 355; 1 [blank] + 1 ff. + 340 + 1 [blank]; 2 [blank] + 2 ff. + 243 + 41 + 10 + 1 [blank] + 3 aforementioned portraits as frontispieces + 1 folding maps & 26 plates. Contemporary calf, spine with raised bands and red lettering pieces, rubbed and with small pieces missing. Scattered browning and waterstaining, generally a very good copy. A rare abridged edition of Cook´s third voyage, set to the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was directed principally to the search for the Northwest passage from the Pacific; Cook visited Kerguelen, Tasmania, New Zealand, Christmas & Hawaiian Islands. The illustration is composed of 5 oval portraits, a folding map of the expedition and a folding plate depicting Cook´s death, arguably the most wanted of all the illustrations. At the end of the fourth volume is included a list of the subscribers to this edition.

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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

      London.: C. Cooke.. 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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        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

      Dublin: R. Moncrieffe, C. Jenkin, R. burton, L. White, et al, 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. . 1st Irish. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        Ueber die Elektricität, in Beziehung auf die Pflanzen; die Mittel, die Elektricität zum Nutzen der Pflanzen anzuwenden usw. Nebst der Erfindung eines Elektro-vegeto-meters. Von Herrn Abt Bertholon de St. Lazare

      Leipzig, Schwickert 1785. 21 cm. 10, 301, (1) Seiten mit 3 ausfaltbaren Kupfertafeln. Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit mit Rückenvergoldung - Pritzel 719 - Poggendorff vergleiche I, 167f. - Wheeler Gift vergleiche 512 b - Erste deutsche Ausgabe von "De l'Électricité des végétaux". Handelt unter anderem über den Einfluß der Elektrizität der Atmosphäre auf die Pflanzen, Einfluss des Gewitters und der Niederschläge, Eigenschaften der Pflanzen in Bezug auf die Elektrizität, schädliche Insekten, Krankheiten der Pflanzen. Die Tafeln zeigen unter anderem Geräte zur Nutzung der Luft-Elektrizität. Rücken restauriert, Innendeckel zeitgenöss. Vermerk -

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        The journal of a tour to the Hebrides : with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. By James Boswell, Esq. Containing Some Poetical Pieces by Dr. Johnson, relative to the Tour, and never before published ... A Series of his Conversation, Literary Anecdotes, and Opinions of Men and Books: with an authentick Account of The Distresses and Escape of the Grandson of King James II. in the Year 1746

      London : printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, in the Poultry, 1785. 2nd Edition. The Second Edition, revised and corrected. Physical description xx,[2],534,[2]p.,plates : ports. Notes; Frontis. = port. With a half-title and a final advertisement leaf. Subjects; Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Scotland - Description and travel. Hebrides (Scotland) - Description and travel. Related item referenced by: English Short Title Catalog, T53588. Very good copy in the original aniline calf over marble boards. Professionally and period sympathetically re-backed with the title blocked direct in gilt and gilt cross-bands; very impressively finished. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA WITH THE BRITISH & SPANISH TERRITORIES ACCORDING TO THE TREATY OF 1784

      [London]: Wm. Faden, Feb. 11, 1785.. Copper-engraved map, with full original color. Sheet size: 20 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches. Trimmed to plate mark bottom margin, neatlines intact, mounted on silk mending a split at center fold, large lateral margins. Very good. Faden's sequence of maps of the United States represents one of the most important cartographic depictions of the newly independent republic. The present map is the fourth issue of the fourteen total appellations (including the parent plan and thirteen subsequent issues), and is one of the extremely rare first five appellations of this series which almost never appear on the market. The Faden sequence comprises a critical and fascinating series of historical documents regarding the political development of the United States, especially since each issue captures a distinct stage in America's process of transformative change. The present map depicts the United States with its new boundaries as determined at the end of the Revolutionary War, as ratified at the Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3rd, 1783 (the Treaty went into effect in April of 1784). The map is beautifully colored to identify American, British, and Spanish territories, and the coasts of Newfoundland, rich in cod then, to which the French were granted fishing rights. The Treaty of Paris settlement established the new United States from the Atlantic to the Mississippi. Unfortunately, the source of the Mississippi had not been determined, though the map provides two possible "Mississippi River by Conjecture" sites. Consequently, no definitive northwestern border could be determined. Streeter notes that the locations of potential sources of the Mississippi were moved somewhat in this issue from previous versions. More relevantly, we note open western borders for every state from Georgia to Pennsylvania, except South Carolina. The boundaries between New York, the Iroquois Nation, and Pennsylvania are non-existent; but Vermont, though not yet a ratified state, has been inserted between New York and New Hampshire, the beginning of a settlement of an old quarrel. Maine is part of Massachusetts and divided between the "Main" and "Sagahadok" regions. The land west of the Appalachians but east of the Mississippi, while theoretically apportioned to the United States, is shown to actually be in the possession of the various native tribes. British hopes for this region lay very much with them. By the Treaty of Paris, Spain, who had allied themselves with France, took back possession of Florida from Britain, and the vast Louisiana Territory from France. England and Spain were now the predominant North American powers, with the fledgling United States relatively minor. The composition is completed by an extremely fine title cartouche, which depicts a scene in which slaves prepare barrels, bundles, and bales for export. This cartouche appeared on several incarnations of this map, and it points to a couple of interesting aspects of the British perception of America: one, America's continuance of slavery, declarations of rights and freedom notwithstanding; and two, the benefits of commerce to both nations. In fact, trade between the two countries resumed soon after the war, despite French protestations. Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography," in Tooley, THE MAPPING OF AMERICA 80(d). PHILIPS MAPS, p.865. STREETER SALE 3784 (this copy).

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        THE ARTIST'S REPOSITORY AND DRAWING MAGAZINE, EXHIBITING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE POLITE ARTS IN THEIR VARIOUS BRANCHES. Volumes. I to IV

      London: C. Taylor, [1785-1788].. Four volumes. vii,[1],214; 228; 188; 68; 132; 159,[1]pp. plus six engraved titles (one for each volume and two extra engraved titles for the two parts of vol. III) and 229 plates (some folding, many of them in "red chalk style", eight hand-colored). Uniformly bound in contemporary marbled boards with antique-style calf backstrips, morocco labels. Boards a bit rubbed, corners somewhat worn. One folding plate expertly repaired, a few plates with old dampstains in upper portion, else internally clean and fresh. A near fine set. An important and beautifully produced periodical on art instruction and appreciation. Edited by Francis Fitzgerald, THE ARTIST'S REPOSITORY AND DRAWING MAGAZINE... was published by Charles Taylor, and many of the illustrations are by the famed engraver, Francesco Bartolozzi. The text takes the form of lectures and covers a wide variety of subjects of interest to the students and consumers of art, including human and animal physiognomy, human figures and character, architecture, landscape, perspective, and the uses of color. Much of the work, therefore, amounts to a prolonged course in art criticism, and this periodical played a significant role in educating the British populace to what constitutes fine art. It thereby served to instruct those who wanted to become artists, and to cultivate the eye of art consumers in an era when art was accessible to a wider populace than just the royal court. Also included are biographies and assessments of several artists, and analyses of various paintings, sculptures, and buildings that would have been accessible to readers. There are also portraits of significant painters, sculptors, architects, and engravers including Nicholas Poussin, Michael Rysbrack, Wenceslaus Hollar, Peter Paul Rubens, Van Dyck, Inigo Jones, Mrs. Grace, and more. Many of the plates are the work of the great Italian engraver, Francesco Bartolozzi (1727- 1815). He was born and studied art in Italy, before coming to England in 1764 and being made "engraver to the King." He produced thousands of plates in England, refining and perfecting the "red chalk style," a form of stipple engraving that had been recently invented by the French. Many of the plates in THE ARTIST'S REPOSITORY... are in the "red chalk" style, especially those showing the human form, a specialty of Bartolozzi's. A handsome set of this important art journal.

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        Grammatical Institutes: Or, an Easy Introduction to Dr. Lowth's English Grammar: designed for the use of schools, and to lead young gentlemen and ladies, into the knowledge of the first principles of the English language

      Worcester MA: Isaiah Thomas, 1785. Hard Cover. Good. 12mo., pp. xxii + [23]-196; contemporary sheep, worn; morocco spine label gilt, faded and dulled; contemporary ink ownership signatures to front endpaper; scattered foxing; joints starting; a good, sound copy. New edition, revised, corrected and enlarged. Attractively printed on sturdy rag paper with wood engraved head-pieces at beginning of each section. Highly popular grammar by John Ash (1724-1779), first published 1761 in England and reprinted more than fifty times by 1800. Presumed first American edition, reprinted from a London edition, was New York 1774. Especially uncommon in trade. WorldCat locates 14 copies. $1650.00.

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        Typographical Antiquities: or an Historical Account of the Origin and Progress of Printing in Great Britain and Ireland: Containing Memoirs of our ancient Printers and a Register of Books printed by them, From the Year MCCCCLXXI to the Year MDC [3 vols]

      London: Printed for the Editor. 1785-1790. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. V.1 port frontis, title, iv [iv] xliv [i] 684 [2]pp. V.2 [ii] 685-1308 [2]pp. V.3 [ii] 1309-1875 [1]pp. + 8 plates. Bound in three quarter green morocco over marbled boards, recently rebacked with gilt titles on spines, boards and board edges rubbed, teg, bookplate of Sir Ernest Ridley Debenham (1865-1952) to front pastedowns, some foxing to prelims of v.1 with occassional light foxing thereafter, mark to lower margin of pp850-868 not affecting text, illustrated with wood engravings to text and 8 plates, some offsetting from plates. Heavy item, will incur additional shipping costs for international delivery. , Joseph Ames (1687-1759) was an antiquary and bibliographer, a fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society. When he could Ames liked to travel, to both visit friends and to make use of their libraries. Over the course of his travels Ames built up a large collection of title-pages and stray leaves as specimens of early printing and a record of printers' marks. It was this collection, which would eventually find its way to the British Museum after Ames's death, that would form the basis of Ames's 'Typographical Antiquities', published in 1749. He was the first to attempt to use type identification for dating early books, trying to date Caxton's undated books in a more systematic way than previous bibliographers and his methods, developed more fully by William Blades, have been used by students of early books ever since. After Ames's death the copyright and blocks for Typographical Antiquities were sold to the bibliographer William Herbert. Unlike Ames, Herbert was able to gain entry to the Stationers' Company and to make use of the earliest volumes of their entry books and apprentice registers. It was this material, added by Herbert in his revision of Ames's original work, that transformed 'Typographical Antiquities' into the first history of the sixteenth-century English book trade and a major, even seminal work on English book provenance., 4to 11" - 13" tall, [x] xlv pp .

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        Typographical Antiquities: or an Historical Account of the Origin and Progress of Printing in Great Britain and Ireland: Containing Memoirs of our ancient Printers, and a Register of Books printed by them, from [1471] to [1600]

      London: Printed for the Editor, 1785-90. . First edition, 3 volumes, 4to, 3 portraits - two of Ames and one of Caxton, but lacking the 8 plates of specimen type, some light foxing, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplates of Edward Henry Scott, contemporary diced roan, edges and corners a little worn, rebacked in a light calf with red and black labels, a.e.g. Enlarged from the first edition of 1749. “...undoubtedly the foundation of English bibliography...” (DNB).

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        Specimen of the Bread Fruit Tree

      N.P.,: n.d., circa 1785-, 1790.. Pen & wash drawing, 355 x 295 mm.; in fine condition, framed. The breadfruit itself: the reason for the voyage of the Bounty and the proximate cause of the mutiny.This fine drawing of the breadfruit is either by or based on the work of John Frederick Miller (fl.1759-1794), the artist employed by Joseph Banks to make drawings of some of the specimens collected on Cook's first voyage to the Pacific in the Endeavour.The engraved version of this image appeared as plate 11 in the official account of Cook's first voyage, where in Chapter VIII on Otaheite (Tahiti) there is a long description of the discovery of the tree and the uses of its fruit: 'it must be roasted before it is eaten, being fully divided into three or four parts...'. William Bligh, who sailed with Cook as a young man of twenty-two, returned to Tahiti in 1787 as commander of the Bounty specifically to gather the breadfruit tree for cultivation in the West Indies.This drawing is inscribed Specimen of the Bread Fruit Tree, whilst the published engraving is not similarly identified. It is not possible to establish whether this is the original drawing for the engraving or an eighteenth-century version of the same subject. In any case it has charm and is skilfully drawn.

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        A View of part of the Fort of Lutteefpoor

      London: J. Wells, 7 October 1785. Aquatint, printed in two or more colours, coloured by hand to resemble watercolour, by Hodges. 12 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches. 16 5/8 xx 22 inches. A fine print from the very rare hand- coloured issue of Hodges' "Select Views in India", the pioneering work on the architectural and picturesque wonders of India. This fine image resulted from Hodges' six year stay in India under the patronage of Warren Hastings and was published in three separate forms: uncoloured, uncoloured proof or hand-coloured to resemble the original drawing, as here. The image was were printed lightly in a single operation using two (sepia and blue) or more colours applied to a single plate, these prints were then coloured by hand (probably by Hodges himself) with great freedom but with careful attention being paid to achieving a depth of colour and shading only possible through the repeated over-painting of contrasting pigments. The print therefore retains much of the idiosyncratic vibrancy of the original watercolour. Born in London the son of a smith, William Hodges was employed as an errand-boy in Shipley's drawing school, where in his spare time he managed to learn drawing. The landscape painter Richard Wilson (1714-1782) noticed him and took him on as his assistant and pupil, and by 1766 Hodges was exhibiting in his own right. In 1772, through the interest of Lord Palmerston (1739-1802) a member of the board of Admiralty, he was appointed as draughtsman to Captain James Cook's second expedition to the South Seas. He returned in 1775 and was employed by the Admiralty in working up his drawings of the expedition and in supervising the engraving of the plates for Cook's published account of the expedition. He exhibited a number of pictures inspired by the voyage at the Royal Academy in London in 1776 and 1777. Life in London must have seemed quite restrained after his South Sea Island experiences, and in 1778 he left for India, where he worked under the patronage of the Governor-General Warren Hastings (1732-1818) and remained in India for about six years, experiencing at first hand one of the most important periods in the establishment of British supremacy in India. On his return to England in 1784 he set about the publication of 'Select Views in India.' Its appearance would have caused a sensation , as nothing of the scenery of India on this scale had been seen before (Humboldt cited the Hodges views as one of the inducements which led him to travel). Hodges thereafter continued to paint and to exhibit at the Royal Academy, but did not manage to achieve the heights that he reached with his Indian views. Cf. Abbey Travel II, 416; cf. Brunet III, 242; cf. Lowndes II, p.1079; cf. Tooley 264.

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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

      London: printed for Wm. Faden, Jany. 1st 1785. Copper-engraved map. Provenance: Martin P. Snyder. 21 1/4 x 29 1/4 inches. 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).

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        THE HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF AEROSTATION

      London: Printed for the author, 1785.. viii,326,[8]pp. plus two engraved folding plates. Dbd. (most of original rear wrapper is intact). Some loosening of gatherings at spine. Light wear and soiling to titlepage. Presentation inscription by Benjamin Franklin on titlepage; other contemporary inscriptions. Minor soiling to text. About very good. In a calf clamshell box, tooled in blind, spine gilt. Provenance: George Morland (signature); unidentified collector (sale, Christie's, Dec. 14, 1984, lot 195). An influential scientific account of early aeronautical experiments, and the first English-language treatise on the subject. This copy has a presentation inscription from Benjamin Franklin to Pierre Samuel DuPont, followed by a presentation inscription from DuPont to his cousin. Written on the titlepage, the inscriptions read: "To Mr. DuPont de Nemours from his obliged and obedt. servt. B. Franklin"; and beneath that, "A ma chere cousin en Carolina, Aoust 1799, DuPont de Nemours Souvenir de 'BonHomme Richard.'" Though the inscription by Franklin is faint, it was authenticated by Edwin Wolf in his survey of books which had belonged to Benjamin Franklin. Since Franklin gave the book away in his lifetime, it would not have been part of the final library he assembled in Philadelphia at the end of his life. While serving as American plenipotentiary in France, Franklin took a keen interest in the first balloon ascents made by the Montgolfier brothers, witnessing the first unmanned ascent in August 1783, and the first manned flight in November of that year. Franklin was among the eminent scientists who signed an official certification for the Montgolfiers (noted by Cavallo on page 50 of this work). Franklin wrote detailed accounts of the experiments in letters to Sir Joseph Banks, who showed little interest in them, though Franklin cautioned him that such balloon experiments could lead to greater achievements beyond imagination. Cavallo describes the early balloon experiments in France and England, speculates on the scientific principles they employ, and envisions applications of the nascent science. Much of the work is devoted to the Montgolfier brothers. When asked by a skeptical observer what practical use a hot- air balloon might be, Franklin famously responded, "What is the use of a new-born baby?" Franklin made the acquaintance of Pierre Samuel DuPont in France, spending a good deal of time in his company and offering high praise for DuPont's first major work of political philosophy, PHYSIOCRACY. By 1799, Pierre's son, Victor Marie, was a resident of Charleston, as French consul for the Carolinas and Georgia. He also spent some time in Philadelphia where he, too, met Franklin. He returned to France in the summer of 1799 to assist his family in their immigration to America. ESTC T131745. Wolf & Hayes, LIBRARY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 563. MAGGS BROS. 387:85. Carr, THE DuPONTS OF DELAWARE, pp.16-17.

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        A Dictionary of the English Language

      London: for J. F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son, W. Owen, T. Longman, B. Law, J. Dodsley, C. Dilly [& 20 others in London],, 1785. 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. 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. Half-title present, frontispiece portrait of Johnson. Slight rubbing to boards, a little toning to text block with occasional foxing, particularly to title and initial pages, else a very good copy. First authorized quarto edition, preceded by a pirate Dublin edition the previous year. This edition was issued following Johnson's death in 1784.

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

      Parmae: Ex Regio Typographeio, 1785. ONE OF 250 COPIES ON "BLUE" PAPER (of a total of 310 copies). Hardcover. Beautifully Printed by Bodoni,Beautifully Bound by Derôme. 305 x 222 mm (12 x 8 3/4"). 2 p.l., xciv, 100, [1] pp. ONE OF 250 COPIES ON "BLUE" PAPER (of a total of 310 copies). SPLENDID CONTEMPORARY CRIMSON MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, BY DERÔME LE JEUNE (with his ticket on front flyleaf), covers framed with double gilt rules, the inner rule with scalloped corners (as in Schiff 82), raised bands, compartments with a very appealing all-over diaper pattern (similar to Schiff 60), chain pattern (asterisk and four-petal flower) on board edges, endleaves of lavender watered silk, very wide and intricate inner dentelles extending (in an unusual way) from the turn-ins onto the silk pastedowns, all edges gilt. Small author portrait in the style of an ancient coin 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. Brooks 287; Dibdin I, 265; Schweiger 25; Brunet I, 252; Graesse I, 111. A tiny bit of wear at spine ends, a few leaves with a very minor tear or paper flaw at fore edge, but AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY OF A BEAUTIFUL BOOK, with the elegant original binding scarcely worn, with the text very clean, bright, and fresh, and with the margins nothing short of immense. This is a superb copy of a very special printing in an unusually elegant binding that perfectly complements the delicacy and grace of the sixth century B.C. lyric poet Anacreon. It is one of the finest combinations of printing and binding that we have ever offered for sale. 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. Then, of course, there is the very special binding. Ours is a typical Derôme binding in that it is marked by considerable skill and elegance, but it is not at all typical in design. Of the 34 Derôme le Jeune items pictured in the Schiff catalogue, only two (#60 and #81) seem remotely similar to ours in their design. The particular form of ticket used here is also uncommon: of the 12 different variations of Derôme le Jeune binder's tickets (which appear a total of 48 times in Schiff's catalogue), our form is one of five that appears only once. (For more on Derôme, see previous entry.) Despite the appearance of two in this catalogue, genuine Derôme bindings, especially with tickets (as opposed to those inferentially and overconfidently identified), are becoming less and less available, and ones found in fine original condition, like this one, are especially rare.

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        Elogio del Capitano Giacomo Cook

      Florence,: Printed for Gaetano Cambiagi, Printer of his Royal Highness, 1785.. Quarto, with titles in Italian and English facing, each with engraved vignette of the Royal Society Cook Medal, unpressed and unopened, a little dusted one leaf with small marginal tear; a tall handsome copy in black polished calf antique, spine banded and gilt with red morocco label. Rare, eccentric, but beautiful eulogy of Cook. This is a prose essay honouring the life and voyages of the navigator in a florid style which would have greatly embarrassed him. Describing his achievements in purple tones, 'this prodigy of nature' is lauded for his mapping of the St Lawrence, to which the author ascribes much of General Wolfe's successes. Each of the three voyages of discovery are described in some detail, while Cook, like many sailors a non-swimmer, is given powers that he never possessed: 'From his infancy he was accustomed to the useful practice of swimming, and could cleave the waves of the Ocean with the facility of its inhabitants'.Although the poem exhibits a particular interest in the exotic islands of Tahiti and Hawaii, as well as the sometimes violent interactions in New Zealand, the work does include a particularly attractive passage on Cook's grounding on a reef and subsequent beaching at Endeavour River.Gianetti was professor of anatomy at the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, and well-known as a dilettante poet and friend of English poets such as Hester Lynch Piozzi. The English translation is signed R.M., that is, the English poet Robert Merry, who wrote under the pseudonym Della Crusca, and was the great English literary figure in Tuscany at this time. This work could be compared with Merry's own Ode on Rodney's defeat of De Grasse in the West Indies (1782), which appeared accompanied by a French translation by Sir Wogan Browne and an Italian translation by Gianetti himself (Brian Moloney, 'The Della Cruscan Poets', MLR, January 1965, p. 50).This is a beautifully printed book in the best Italian eighteenth-century traditions, much in the style of Bodoni, using elegant roman and italic types, classically composed within ruled borders. The dedication is to Sir Horace Mann, then English ambassador to the Court of Tuscany.Beddie, 1957; Holmes, 51; Kroepelien, 486; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection; O'Reilly-Reitman, 451.

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        Expériences pour servir à l'histoire de la génération des animaux et des plantes. Avec une ébauche de l'histoire des êtres organisés avant leur fécondation par Jean Senebier.

      Chez Barthélémi Chirol 1785 - - Chez Barthélémi Chirol, A Geneve _1785, In 8 (12,5x20,6cm), (4) XCVI, 413pp., relié. - Edition originale française, illustrée de 3 planches dépliantes contenant de nombreuses figures. Plein veau blond d'époque marbré. Dos à nerfs orné. Pièce de titre en maroquin rouge. Deux petites restaurations sur le plat supérieur. Bel exemplaire. Ouvrage fondamental sur la théorie de la génération. Les conclusions auxquelles parvient Spallanzani précèdent celles de Pasteur de près d'un siècle. Il y réfute notamment la théorie de la génération spontanée ; C'est en travaillant à la réfutation de ce fameux concept que Spallanzani découvre le rôle des spermatozoïdes et des ovaires chez les mammifères, par ses observations sur la reproduction externe chez les grenouilles ; il sera par ailleurs le premier à réaliser une insémination artificielle chez une chienne. L'auteur démontre également la régénération chez les lézards. Senebier a traduit la plupart des ouvrages de Spallanzani en français, il était également un scientifique. Livres à Figures (4) XCVI, 413pp. . La Librairie Le Feu Follet offre aux clients AbeBooks 10% de réduction ainsi que les frais de port vers la France métropolitaine sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 1093 EUR. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Raccolta delle perizie ed opuscoli idraulici, alla quale si aggiungono le perizie di altri professori....

      Firenze, Allegrini, 1785, 1786.2 voll. in 4°, leg. mz pelle con tasselli e fregi impr. in oro, pp XX, 472; VI, 454, ritratto di Pietro Leopoldo inc. da Lorenzi all'antiporta del 1o vol, e ritratto dell'A. al 2o vol. 20 tavv. rip. f.t. (di cui tre tabelle). Antica firma al front. Esemplare impresso su carta distinta, in ottime condizioni, di rara ediz. originale di pregiato testo scientifico con importanti notizie storiche e geografiche di molti territori di Emilia Romagna, Toscana e Lazio. In splendida conservazione le belle carte incise da Canocchi: pianta delle paludi pontine, pianta del rio Martino fino alla spiaggia di Fogliano, carta topografica dè fiumi e torrenti del bolognese e della Romagna, livellazione del Reno, valli bolognesi, pianta topografica delle campagne lucchesi e toscane da Viareggio al lago di Bientina, corso del Serchio, fiume Ombrone, carta top. del lago di Castiglione, fino ai Poggi ecc. Riccardi col. 639, 640, 641; Brunet V, 1503; Gamba 2504.

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        Lettres D'Un Cultivateur Americain, crites A W. S. cuyer, Depuis l'Anne 1770, jusqu' 1781. Traduite de l'Anglois par ***

      A Maestricht... M.DCC.LXXXV [1785]. 12mo; two volumes: xxiv, 458, 432 p. Addressed to William Seton. Pages 94-211 in vol. 2 relate to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. A free translation by the author, with large additions, of "Letters from an American Farmer". ?This volume was more widely read in England and Europe and had a greater influence in attracting its readers to America than any other book of the period?-- Vail 674, describing the English first edition of 1782. This is one of the rarer editions. References: Sabin 17494; Vail 724; Echeverria 785/18; Clark I: 218 (8). NUC 127: 203 (NC 0788743) DLC, LU, IEN, CtY. Bound in full blue leather, gilt, by Jim DiMarcantonio, Hope Bindery & Box Co. stock#NS0275.

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        The Life and most surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner; Who lived eight-and-twenty years in an uninhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river Oroonoque. With an account of his deliverance thence, and his after surprising adventures. Complete in one Volume. A New Edition, revised and corrected.

      Chester: Printed by J. Fletcher For T. Craig in Natwich 1785 - 12mo (in 6s), 173 x 100 mms., pp. iv, 289 [290 blank], engraved frontispiece, engraved plates at pages 26, 92, 137, D3 signed D2, K2 signed K3, contemporary sheepskin; text fingered and soiled, binding very worn, joints holding on for dear life, corners worn, a poor copy, with a late 18th century inscription on the recto of the front free end-paper: "Samuel Simpson's/ Book of/ Ingomells/ Price 1/6/ 1799/S." ESTC T72322 locates copies in BL, Bodleian, Liverpool; Emory, Stanford, Florida, Michigan, Yale.

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        Historia Salicum iconibus illustrata. -

      Leipzig, Crusius, 1785-1791.Folio. Contemp. marbled boards, a little loose and worn, spine missing. With 30 engr. plates (numb. 1-29 and 31). 78 pp.; 12 pp.; margins dust-soiled; a large and uncut copy. First edition. This important treatise was the major reference for understanding the classification of willows. Pritzel 4127. Nissen 893. Hunt 678.

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        L'Italie du Nord

      Carta da gioco raffigurante una mappa in miniatura dell'Italia Settentrionale, descritte in francese nella legenda in basso. Secondo Sylvia Mann e David Kingsley il numero che segue il titolo (1254) appare come la misura dell?area della regione raffigurata, espressa probabilmente in miglia germaniche. Bibòliografia: Mann & Kingsley, Map Collector Circle n° 87; King, Miniature Antique Maps, p. 162. Rarissima. Vienna Wien 65 110

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        [PINDEMONTE]. Volgarizzamento dell'Inno a Cerere, Scoperto ultimamente e attribuito ad Omero. Si aggiunge un breve discorso sul gusto presente delle belle lettere in Italia [marca tipogr.], Bassano. A spese Remondini di Venezia, MDCCLXXXV.

      Remondini 1785 8° [cm. 23,5 x 15,5]; pp. XXIV + 108. Leg. settecentesca in cartoncino bianco con dorso in carta decorata. Un cartellino con la segnatura e la proprietà del volume "Mengozzi n. 696" copre la firma sottostante. Testo italiano e greco. Esemplare in ottimo stato. Hardcover, text in greek and italian, very good copy.

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        Icones Piscium Austriae Indigenorum quos collegit vivisque coloribus expressos.

      Vienna, sumtibus Editoris/ apud Wapplerum Bibliopolam, 1785-1790. Decuria I-IV (of V). With 4 handcoloured engraved vignettes of fishing scenes on titles and 40 superb handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary boards (parts 1-3) and blue blind wrappers (part 4). Achille Valenciennes' copy of one of the rarest and most beautiful publications on fishes. The work describes the indigenous fishes of Austria. A fifth part was published with 10 plates in 1794. The plates are after drawings by J. Lachenbauer and Martin Sedelmayer and engraved by Fr. Assner. Sedelmeyer was one of Nicolaus Jos. Jacquin's favourite artists. The colouring of the plates is outstanding using body colours heightened with gum arabic. On the inside of the frontcover the following is written: 'Pour Monsieur Valenciennes aide- naturaliste au Musée d'histoire naturelle au Jardin des Plantes à Paris'. Valenciennes was a famous French ichthyologist. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher 95; Dean II, 126.

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        Isole Pontine)

      Carta nautica che rappresenta il golfo di Terracina con le isole di Ventotene, Ponza, Palmarola e altri scogli; in alto a sinistra Gaeta. Primo foglio del celebre Atlante Marittimo delle Due Sicilie opera realizzata dal cartografo padovano tra il 1783 ed il 1792. Nella "conchiglia" che funge da cartiglio, la scritta: Atlante Marittimo / del Regno di Napoli; / Disegnato per ordine del Re / da Gio: Antonio Rizzi Zannoni Geografo Regio / Dell'Accademia Elettorale di Baviera, / di quelle di Gottinga, di Padova & c. / e scandagliato da Salvatore Trama / Piloto di Vascello / MDCCLXXV. Incisione in rame, leggere ossidazioni, per il resto in ottimo stato di conservazione. Incisa da Giuseppe Guerra. Bibliografia: Valerio, I Rami dell'Atlante Marittimo. Matrici, disegni, documenti del primo rilievo idrografico del Regno di Napoli. Dimensioni 900x600. Sea chart depicting the gulf of Terracina with the islands of Ventotene, Ponza, Palmarola and other rocks; on upper left, Gaeta. First sheet of the famous Atlante Marittimo delle Due Sicilie a collection realized by the cartographer from Padua between 1783 and 1792. In the ?shell? used as a cartouche, the writing: Atlante Marittimo / del Regno di Napoli; / Disegnato per ordine del Re / da Gio: Antonio Rizzi Zannoni Geografo Regio / Dell'Accademia Elettorale di Baviera, / di quelle di Gottinga, di Padova & c. / e scandagliato da Salvatore Trama / Piloto di Vascello / MDCCLXXV. Copper engraving, light oxidations, otherwise in excellent condition. Engraved by Giuseppe Guerra. Bibliografia: Valerio, I Rami dell'Atlante Marittimo. Matrici, disegni, documenti del primo rilievo idrografico del Regno di Napoli. Dimensioni 900x600. Napoli Naples

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