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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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      [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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      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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      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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      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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        Par devant les Notaires Roïuaux de la Ville de Sant Lo et dépendance soussignés, le vendredi neuf décembre après midi l'an mil setp cent quatre vingt cinq. Furent présens Sieur Antoine Le Crosnier Bourgeois de Saint Lo et Demoiselle Marie Michelle Le Chevallier, son épouse, ... demeurant au Bourgbuisson Paroisse Saint Jean d'Agneaux. Lesquels ont par ces présentes, conjointement, solidairement et sans division ... donné en fieffe sous l'obligation de garantir fournir et faire valoir au Sieur Jacques le Rouxel, tailleur d'habits en cette ville, demeurant au dit lieu de Bourg Buisson susdite paroisse de Saint Jean d'Agneaux, présent et acceptant pour lui ses héritiers ou aïans cause Une Maison située rüe du pré l'Evêque ... paroisse Saint Thomas de cette Ville sous la mouvance de la Baronnie de Saint Lo en franche bourgeoisie composée d'une Carte, un vestibule ou cabines qui en fait l'entrée par la rûe du haut du pré l'Evêque, une chambre étant a côté de ladite entrée avec un cabinet attenant à ladite chambre donnant sur l'écurie des Sieurs Marin ; une autre chambre au second étage, avec deux cabinets... un grenier ... et enfin un jardin potager étant entre les rües du haut et du bas du pré l'Evêque et joignant au surplus les Sieurs Sougier et les Sieurs Marin. [ etc... ] Appartenant lesdits objets à la Demoiselle Marie Michelle Le Chevallier [ provenant de la succession de] Maître Guillaume le Raguidel Marchand Sergent Bourgeois de Saint Lo [ ... ] La présente fieffée a été faite [ au Sieur le Rouxel ] moïennant Quarante Livre de Rentes [ ... Puis, à la fin, d'une autre écriture : ] L'an mil sept cens quatre-vingt six le Dimanche vingt neuf Janvier de la réquisition dudit Sieur Jacques le Rouxel, fieffataire déonmmé du présent contrat, Nous Jacques Gaillard, Notaire Royal à Saint Lo soussigné sommes transporté à l'issûe de la Grande Messe paroissiale de l'Eglise Saint Thomas de cette ville au lieu accoutumé à faire les proclamations et actes publics ou parvenu nous avons à haute et intelligible voix fait lecture et publication du présent contrat en présence du peuple sorti et sortant de ladite Eglise s'étant assemblée ... duquel nous avons appelé pour témoin les personnes des Sieurs Gabriel Mauvoisin, Michel Thourond, Samson Horet, Pierre Descoqs et Nicolas des Faudais ... qui ont signé avec nous la présente grosse.

      1 pièce en vélin (parchemin) format 24 x 19 cm, de 3 ff. manuscrits, cachet de la Généralité de Caen, 1785 Intéressante grosse relative à la remise en fief d'une maison de Saint Lo, décrite par le menu. On note l'intéressante description (en fin de document) de la publication effectuée par le notaire à la sortie de la Grand'Messe du Dimanche en l'Eglise Saint Thomas. Etat très satisfaisant (anc. mouill. au deux derniers feuillets). Français

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        Dictionnaire des Jardiniers, contenant les méthodes les plus sûres et les plus modernes pour cultiver et améliorer les Jardin Potagers, à fruit, à fleurs et les Pépinieres...

      Paris, Guillot/ Metz, Claude Lamort, 1785-1789. 10 volumes. 4to (252 x 205mm). With an engraved frontispiece and 34 engravings. Contemporary green boards, spines with gilt lines and 2 gilt lettered labels A complete copy including the 2 supplements by M. de Chazelles which were published in Metz. A fine set of the first French edition of Miller's famous 'The Gardener's Dictionary'. The work was first published in 1731 and went through innumerable editions and virtually all editions are of taxonomic significance. "This celebrated dictionary by a writer known for his knowledge of botany, and for his skill in gardening, proved a success from the start. Many editions appeared in this country, and versions were published in Holland, France, and Germany... They also reveal the vast number of new plants that were introduced in our gardens during that period". (Henrey II, p. 215). Philip Miller, called by Linnaeus 'the greatest gardener of his time', was director of the Chelsea Gardens. The Chelsea garden was for many decades the great centre of plant introduction and distribution in the British Isles, especially during Miller's long reign (1722-1770). Stafleu & Cowan 6051 & 6061.

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        Calendrier de la Cour tiré des éphémérides pour l'année 1785 contenant le Lieu du Soleil, son Lever, son Coucher, sa Déclinaison : le Lever de la Lune & son Coucher, &c.

      Chez la Veuve Hérissant 1785 Avec la Naissance des Rois, Reines, Princes & Princesses de l'Europe..., 1 vol. in-18 (102 x 53 mm.) rel. plein maroquin rouge, dos orné (losanges en caissons), large plaque d'encadrement de style rocaille à filets courbes sur plats, au centre des plats, les armes de Louis XVI, dentelle intérieure, gardes de papier doré, tranches dorées, Chez la Veuve Hérissant, Paris, 1785 Rare exemplaire aux armes de Louis XVI, reprenant un fer Louis XV, avec une légère variante dans l'ornementation (OHR, 2496, fer n°4, variante). Une plaque très similaire a pu être relevée sur un exemplaire, datée de 1786, aux armes de Marie-Antoinette (Sourget, Cent livres précieux, de 1469 à 1914, n° 86). Malgré de petits défauts (2 petits mq. au plat sup., petites brunissures au plat inf., bel exemplaire par ailleurs), un exemplaire très désirable, typique des belles reliures d'étrennes et d'almanachs du temps (cf. Gumuchian, Belles Reliures, Catalogue XII, n° 278 à 305). "Les exemplaires avec reliures à emblèmes ou à armoiries sont très recherchés" (Grand-Carteret, 92). Français

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        Dizionario mitologico, ovvero della favola, storico, poetico, simbolico, ec. In cui esattamente si spiega l'origine degli Dei, de' Semidei, e degli Eroi dell'antico Gentilesimo, i Misteri, i Dogmi, il Culto, i Sagrifizi, i Giuochi, le Feste, e tutto ciò, che appartiene alla Religione dei Gentili. Utilissimo a' professori della poesia, pittura ... opera del sig. abate Declaustre tradotta dal francese. Ed in questa nuova edizione arricchita di figure tratte da veri fonti, e con diligenza incise ..

      In Venezia, Per Agostino Savioli, 1785 - 1786In 16°, mz. tela recente con punte, tasselli ai dorsi con tit. e filetti in oro impressi, tagli superiori rossi, 6 voll., pp.VIII-240; 239; 275; 247; 224; 271. I voll. I, II, III, IV e VI sono stampati in Venezia presso Savioli nel 1785-1786. Il V vol. a Venezia presso Valle nel 1825. Opera adorna complessivamente di 123 tavv. xilografiche f.t. di gusto popolare, magnificamente colorite all'epoca, tranne quelle del V vol. (Cfr Cicognara, 4698: "Quest'opera è corredata da molte tavole di pessima esecuzione, ma le notizie soni raccolte dalle migliori fonti, ed è l'opera più estesa, fatta accuratamente per comodo degli artisti e de' sstudiosi"). Bella copia in barbe, rare normali fiorit.

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        Elémens de Minéralogie.

      Traduit de l'Anglois par M. Gibelin. Paris, chez Cuchet, 1785. 8vo. pp. xlviii, 432. Contemporary calf, richly floral gilt spine with 5 raised bands and gilt-lettered label. Ward & Carozzi 1264. First French edition of this well-known work.

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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 ètres organisés avant leur fécondation, par J. Senebier. Genève, B. Chirol, 1785. 8vo. pp. (4), xcvi, 413, (3, blank), with 3 folded engraved plates. Contemporary stiff marbled boards (upper end of spine a bit frayed). First French edition of this important monograph on the theory of generation. "Later confutation on the theory of spontaneous generation. Spallanzani's conclusions were similar to those expressed by Pasteur nearly a century later ..." (Garrison & Morton 102). The copy of O. Bütschli with his library stamp.

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        Recreación Filosófica, ó Diálogo sobre la Filosofía Natural para instrucción de personas curiosas que no frecuentaron las aulas. Traducido del portugués por Don Luis Antonio Figueroa.

      Madrid, en la Imprenta de la Viuda de Ibarra, Hijos y Compañía, 1785 - 1787. Siete volúmenes en 4to. menor; XXX pp., LVIII-337 pp. y 5 láminas plegadas, más IV-435 pp., 4 láminas, más IV-391 pp., 4 lámimas, mas IV-317 pp., 5 láminas, mas IV-391 pp., 5 láminas, mas IV-479 pp., 5 láminas, mas VI-462 pp. Primera edición. Encuadernación uniforme en pergamino, de la época.

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        La Consolation de L'Absence

      1785. Engraving. Proof before dedication, with artist names and title but before dedication and publication line added and title space darkened. Two collectors marks on verso of sheet. In excellent condition with the exception of some limited foxing. Crease on right edge of sheet. Image size: 13 13/16 x 9 3/4 inches. 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches. 18 1/8 x 13 13/16 inches. A rare proof impression of this stunning boudoir scene after a miniature by Nicolas Lavreince. Genre painting came to France when the Academy admitted Watteau's "The Pilgrimage to Cythera" in 1717. From that point on a fashion for decorative genre subjects swept the country, influencing an entire generation of French artists. This craze did not subside until after the onset of the Revolution when the frivolous tastes of the aristocratic elite were dispelled and a more sober era descended upon French art. This extremely well executed print by Nicolas de Launay is after a painting by the celebrated Swedish miniaturist Nicolas Lavreince, who built his reputation with paintings of intimate boudoir scenes. In this scene, an elegantly dressed woman seated on a settee in a lavish boudoir gazes longingly at a miniature of her lover, and holds a love letter in the other hand. On the wall above, in an oval portrait, Cupid aims his arrow, though she is already clearly his victim. A little toy dog plays in the foreground, unaware of the sighs and sorrow.From the collection of Frederic R. Halsey, a famous New York print collector, who was active during the latter part of the 19th century. (Lugt 1308). Also from the collection of Cortland Field Bishop (1870-1935) a New York collector, who had a renowned collection of French eighteenth-century prints. (Lugt 2770 b) Nevill, French Prints of the Eighteenth Century p. 169; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections 1308; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections, (Supplement) 2770 b.

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        Considerations on the Order of Cincinnatus: to which are added, As well several original papers relative to that institution, A Letter from the late M. Turgot…

      J. Johnson, London 1785. 8vo, 284pp. Early quarter brown calf with marbled boards, rubbed, outer hinge cracking. Internally very good, bookplate removed from ffep leaving some marks. Howes M-655. OCLC 6621734, 21 copies.

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        The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. in Three Volumes

      Andrew Foulis, Printer to the University, Glasgow, 1785. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. 3 volumes in folio (15 1/2" x 10"), untrimmed in the original blue boards with brown paper covered spine. Spines worn, mild wear and discoloration to edges of bindings, and light spotting and staining in a few spots. Some browning to page edges, mild offsetting throughout, heavier in spots, scattered light foxing and browning, a heavier in a few isolated spots, but otherwise a clean, bright, copy of this impressive, wide margined edition of Pope. Size: Folio. 3-volume set (complete). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Poetry; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 042729. . This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries.

      [Bookseller: Pazzo Books]
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        A Dictionary of the English Language

      J. F. and Rivington L. Davis etc. London: J. F. and Rivington, L. Davis, etc. , 1785. Sixth Edition and the first authorized quarto edition. Two volumes. Thick quartos. Early three-quarter gilt calf, modern marbled paper covered boards. Half-title volume 1, no portrait. Very clean internally. Front cover of volume one splitting, else very good, tight contents.

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        The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy

      London: Printed for R. Faulder, 1785 First edition. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Spine richly gilt. Quarto. Bookplate, two old ink signatures. A little light browning, but a very good, wide-margined copy. Paley was educated at his father's school in Giggleswick and at Christ's College, Cambridge, of which he became a tutor in 1768. His lectures on moral philosophy impressed the university, and when Paley married and retreated to a country rectory he set to work to enlarge and publish them. They appeared in 1785 as Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy. The book was an instant success..." (See Printing and the Mind of Man, 245, where two other books of his were chosen.) Book VI, "Elements of Political Knowledge," includes a chapter on "Population and Provision; and of Agriculture and Commerce as subservient thereto."

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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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        Mentoria: or, The Young Ladies Instructor, in Familiar Conversations on Moral and Entertaining Subjects: Calculated to improve Young Minds In the Essentials, as well as Ornalmental Parts of Female Education. The Fourth Edition, corrected

      London: Printed by Frye and Couchman for Charles Dilly, 1785 Fourth edition of a popular conduct book for young women. First published in 1778, it went through eleven editions and a sequel by the end of the eighteenth century. The second edition (1780) was owned by Jane Austen and was given to here niece Anna in 1801. It is now on display at Chawton. . Recently rebound in quarter calf over marbled boards, spine ruled in blind with gilt burgundy morocco label. . Twelvemo. Two engraved folding plates, one a generic map, and the other a group of geometrical shapes. Dedication to the Princess Royal. Bound with the half-title. A little light offsetting. A very good copy. The text is a series of dialogues between the teacher, Mentoria, and her two aristocratic and precocious pupils, Lady Mary and Lady Louisa. Subjects include orthography, elocution, geography, politeness, history, the derivation of words, church-service, and the virtues of industry, truth and sincerity.

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        Freund Heins Erscheinungen in Holbeins Manier.

      8°. 165 S. mit gestochenem Frontispiz und 24 Kupfertafeln von J.R. Schellenberg. Pappband der Zeit mit roten Kleisterpapierbezügen. Goedeke IV/I, 585,6. - Massmann 57A. - Lonchamp 2176. - Erste Ausgabe. Einer der originellsten Totentanzfolgen des 18. Jahrhunderts. Von Schellenberg als Grafikfolge konzipiert und fertiggestellt. Der Text schrieb Musäus auf Anfrage Schellenbergs. Bilder und Texte ergänzen sich hervorragend. Auch wenn der Titel eine Anleihe an Holbeins Basler Totentanz macht, hat Schellenberg das Thema vollständig neu bearbeitet und in den Zeitgeist des ausgehenden 18. Jahrhunderts gesetzt. Die Bilder wirken, ohne zu karikieren wie bei Rowlandson, leicht und beschwingt, ganz im Gegensatz zu den, durch Matthias Merian überlieferten, statischen und ritualisierten Darstellungen Holbeins. - Durchgehend etwas stock- und fingerfleckig. Sehr breitrandiges, unbeschnittenes Exemplar. - Der Rücken des zeitgenössische Pappbandes wurde zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt mit einem etwas abweichenden, ebenfalls roten Kleisterpapier überzogen. Einbandkanten und -ecken leicht bestossen.

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        Freund Heins Erscheinungen in Holbeins Manier. Neue Auflage mit 24 Vignetten nach Schelllenberg.

      Winterthur, Heinrich Steiner u. Comp., 1785In 16°, cart. ottocentesco, tassello al dorso con tit. in oro impresso, tagli a spruzzi azzurri, pp. 165. Bellissimo e raro volum figurato, considerato il primo libro moderno sulla danza della morte, completo di 25 bellissime tavv. f.t. (compreso il frontespizio figurato) finemente incise in rame e raffiguranti scene allegoriche con la morte che fa visita ad una svariata gamma di tipi umani, còlti nella loro quotidianità: gli amanti, il disperato, la vanitosa, il viaggiatore sull'aerostato, il maestro di scuola, il giudice, il Don Giovanni, il bambino in fasce, il prete, il pover'uomo, il giocatore di lotto, la contessa, loo strozzino, l'ingordo, l'equilibrista, la loggia massonica, il viandante, l'alchimista, il gentiluomo, il bibliotecario, l'insegnante, i fidanzati, il farmacista e lo studioso dell'occulto. (Cfr. Graesse VI, 298). Rare fiorit. e lievi abrasioni alle cerniere. Molto buono.

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        Natural History, General and Particular. Including the History of the Elements, the Planets, the Earth, Mountains, Rivers, Seas, Whirlwinds, Waterspouts, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Man and Quadrupeds. Nine Volume Set

      London: Strahan & Cadell, 1785.. Second Edition. Leather cover. G: in Good condition without dust jacket as issued. Some detached boards. Suitable for restoration. Light browning within. [5000pp.] :: 308 copper engraved plates including Frontispiece, 7 fold out plates ( Elephants teeth and 1 canine genealogical table) 2 maps (Old Continent, Europe & New Continent, Americas ) :: 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6") :: N.B.: Heavy set - shipping supplement applies - please ask for shipping quote stating country of destination

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