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        Disertacion o memoria sobre el fomento y progresos de la agricultura por medio de los abonos de las tierras

      Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1785. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. First edition Madrid 1785 8vo. Some marginal browning affecting title and first few leaves. First word of title with slight loss of letters, very handsomely bound in contemporary full calf morocco label. Very small owners label at foot of spine.

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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.

      [Bookseller: Hesperia Libros]
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        Description de Pyrmont. Traduite d l'Allemand

      Leipzig, Weidmann 1785. 20 cm. 2 Bände. (20), 314; (18), 365, (1) Seiten mit 2 Titelvignetten, 1 gefalteten Plan (28 x 34 cm) und 8 gefalteten Tafeln in Kupferstich von C. G. Geyser nach Johann Friedrich Weitsch. Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit mit Rückensch. - Engelmann, Geogr. 803 (vgl.) - Hirsch / Hübotter IV, 67 - Martin, Badewesen 419, 342 (vgl.) - Thieme / Becker 35, 251 (Weitsch) - Erste französische Ausgabe, unmittelbar nach der Erstausgabe erschienen. Marcard (1747 - 1817), der bedeutende Badearzt des 18. Jahrhunderts, trug wesentlich zum Aufschwung von Pyrmont als Kurort bei. Geboren 1747, wuchs in Walsrode und Stade auf, 1776 Hofmedicus in Hannover, ab 1887 Leibarzt des Herzogs Peter Friedrich Ludwig von Oldenburg, 1788 Übersiedlung nach Oldenburg, wo er zum Kreis um G. A. v. Halem gehörte und gemäßigter Anhänger der Aufklärung war; daneben praktizierte er in den 3 Sommermonaten in Pyrmont, 1817 in Hannover gestorben. Ausführliche Beschreibung der Stadt, des Kurbetriebes und das gesellschaftliche Leben (Adel, Studenten, etc.) Der Faltplan mit einem Grundriß der Stadt, die Tafeln mit Ansichten der Kuranlagen, der Landschaft um Pyrmont und einzelner Gebäude sowie einer Gesamtansicht. Schönes Exemplar - Sprache / Language: Französisch / French -

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        American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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

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        The Book of Common Prayer

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

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        Complete Body of Ancient Geography, A

      R. Sayer and J. Bennett, London. 1785 - Fair+. Unbound. Front free endpaper, title page, 13 maps and rear free endpaper. The edges of the title page are a little nicked, as pictured. There is an inch long closed tear to the blank margin of the map Orbis Verteribus Notus. The map of Italy has a small ink mark to the word 'Sicilia' and one of the place names of the island has been correct with hand drawn line through it and the corrected name written instead (all as pictured). There is a touch of toning and foxing here and there and the odd sparse speckling of black - all as pictured. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ryan O'Horne Books]
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        A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology: or, the Art of Fortelling Future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions, and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies... In Four Parts.

      London: Printed for the Proprieter, and Sold by W. Nicoll in St. Paul's Church-yard, M. Sibly, in Goswell-Street, and E. Sibly, Portsmouth-Common., 1785.. EARLY EDITION: Typical mixed issue with the four parts dated 1785,1784,1787 and 1788. Large quarto pp. xi, 1126, [4 index] Recent half speckled calf, marbled boards, raised mands and gilt titled red label to spine. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece, 29 further plates (1 folding) and numerous charts and tables. Occasional browning and foxing, tape repairs to verso of folding table which has a few small closed tears, but generally a clean, very good copy. A massive compendium of astrology and, in part IV magic, that was reprinted a number of times into the 19th Century. Bibliotheca Esoterica [4577], Gardner Astro. [1167] for the 1790 edition.

      [Bookseller: Blair Cowl Occult & Esoterica]
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        Romanarum historiarum quae supersunt, novo studio conquisivit, digessit, ad fidem codd. mss. recensuit, supplevit, emaculavit, varietatem lectionum adiecit, Latinam versionem emendavit, adnotationibus variorum suisque illustravit, commodis indicibus instruxit Iohannes Schweighaeuser (Griechisch und Latein)

      Leipzig, Weidmann 1785. 22 cm. 3 Bände. (6), 40, (2), 907, (1); (4), 930; 922, (140) Seiten mit 1 gestochenen Frontispiz, 1 gestochenen Vignette und 2 Zwischentiteln (Band 1, Teil 2; Band 2 Teil 2). Grüne Chagrin-Lederbände der Zeit mit roten Rückenschildern - Brunet I, 356 - Graesse I, 169 - Schweiger, Klass. I, 40 - "Vorzüglichste Ausgabe nach unbenutzten Manuscripten mit trefflichen Erläuterungen. Viele Lücken sind ergänzt" (Schweiger). Inhalt: Historias Romanorum externas maxime complectens; Historiam bellorum civilium complectens; Fragmenta, Historiam Parthicam, temere Appians tributam, et annotationes complectens. - Schweighäuser kommt das Verdienst zu, die teilweise nur in Bruchstücken erhaltene Geschichte des röm. Reiches von Appian (2. Jh.) kritisch gesichtet, mit einer lat. Übersetzung und einem Kommentar versehen zu haben. (ADB 30, 347 f). - Im Innendeckel Buchhändlerschildchen "Alfred Lorentz Leipzig". Provenienz: aus der Biblothek des Altertumsforschers Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815 - 1887) mit dessen Besitzeintrag auf dem Vorsatz: "J. J. Bachofen Basiliensis" - Sprache / Language: Griechisch / Greek -

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        Spatantigarude, vieux conte nouveau

      A Londres, Et se trouve à Paris, chez Cailleau, 1785.. 1785. 1 lf., title w. engrd title-vignette, 86 pp., 2 lvs. Frontispice depicting a rat playing a tune with satyres dancing to it. Wdct headpiece. Second half 19th century hfcf., mrbld brds & endpapers. Spine delicately gilt-decorated & gilt-titled. Edges red. Spine-ends & crnrs a bit rbbd.; frontispice cut a bit short and foxed, a few pp. w. underlinings/annotations in pencil. Not in BARBIER, nor in DORBON-AINÉ. ¶ CAILLET 10292 after having stated that the book is rare and hardly bibliographically to be traced with a note: "Spatantigarude serait-il Mesmer?" Altogether a remarkably well-preserved and probably extremely rare book-production.

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        Versuch über die Elektricität, worinn Theorie und und Ausübung dieser Wissenschaft durch eine Menge methodisch geordneter Experimente erläutert wird, nebst einem Versuch über den Magnet. Aus dem Englischen

      Leipzig, Schwickert 1785. 21 cm. 6, (10), 270, (2 w.) Seiten mit 6 ausfaltbaren Kupfertafeln. kartoniert der Zeit - Poggendorff I, 10 (vlg.) - Wheeler Gift 519 (vgl.) - Erste deutsche Ausgabe von "An essay on electricity". Enthält insgesamt 228 Versuche, unter anderem über leitende Substanzen, Townshends Elektrometer, Voltas Lampe mit entzündbarer Luft, elektrische Funken, Leidener Flasche, medizinische Elektrizität, elektrische Batterien, Blitzableiter, atmosphärische Elektrizität. Auf dem Titel Stempel des 19. Jahrhunderts: "AStB" (Ålborg Stiftsbibliotek) -

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        A Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides (First UK Edition)

      London: Henry Baldwin / Charles Dilly, 1785. First Edition. First Edition. Second state, with corrections on pp. 121, 237, and 299; half-title present. Octavo. Contemporary black quarter-calf, marbled boards and page edges, six compartments with gilt and blind tooling, titles, and rule.& & Boswell's first Johnsonian title. Presentable overall.& & Very Good plus. Light foxing throughout, light shelfwear, neat splits at the hinges, and a few small chips and closed tears. & & Pottle 57, 1967.

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        The Florence Miscellany

      Florence: Printed for G[aetano] Cam[biagi], 1785. First edition, presentation copy. Leather. Fine/Presentation copy from Hester Lynch Piozzi to her friend and correspondent, the Cambridge professor of Arabic Leonard Chappelow, with his signature on the title page and note on the front fly-leaf, "Given to me by my Good Friend Mrs. Piozzi April 1787." Opposite Mrs. Piozzi's "Translation of an Italian Sonnet upon an English Watch," is inserted an AUTOGRAPH TRANSCRIPT of the original Italian poem in Piozzi's hand. The typographical error in the printed text annoyed her, as she wrote to Lysons from Rome in March, 1786, "They have printed it 'touched by a magic hand.' It should be 'wand,' for 'hand' comes in the line that rhymes to it." Here, she crossed out "hand" and wrote "wand" in black ink. & & The collection was a collaboration between four English ex-pats (Piozzi, William Parsons, Robert Merry and Bertie Greatheed) and their Italian friends, among them Piozzi's husband (who contributed a musical serenade), Ippolito Pindemonte, Lorenzo Pignotti, Angelo d'Elci, Marco Lastri and Giuseppe Parini. Their idea was to reinvigorate poetry by injecting Italian poetic traditions into English letters. In addition to original poems, the volume notably translates selections from Petrarch, Dante, Tasso and Poliziano into English, as well as contemporary political odes and panegyrics to Italian patriots.& & The collection was written off as unserious by contemporary critics (in part due to Piozzi's preface, which presents it as light amusement), yet it was the first important English engagement with Italian poetry after Milton, and it led English Romantics into Italian territory. The authors shared copies from the paltry print run between themselves and sent out copies to their friends.& . Octavo (21 cm); 224 pages, including three pages of engraved music. Manuscript leaf in Piozzi's hand bound in. Bound in contemporary English tree calf, gilt, covers with an outer border of Greek key pattern between gilt fillets and framing an interlaced gilt inner border with tooled corner ornaments of flowers, board edges, turn-ins, and text block edges gilt; marbled endleaves; expertly rebacked with original backstrip laid down, corners repaired. Some very minor foxing. Manuscript alterations (by Piozzi) on pages 62, 209, 215. Censored lines on pages 9, and 27 left blank, but small pasted slip corrects text on page 20. Nineteenth-century bookplate of Walter Hamilton; penciled note of Pickering & Chatto on lower endleaf dated 1937. Reference: Rothschild 1437; Maggs catalogue 1083, #398 (this copy)

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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 colour, trimmed within platemark top margin, trimmed to platemark bottom margin, neatlines intact, mounted on silk mending a split at center fold, large lateral margins. 20 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches. The extremely rare fourth issue of one of the most important early maps of the United States 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 came into effect in April of 1784). The map is beautifully coloured to identify American, British, 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. 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 be in fact 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. Streeter Sale 3784; Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography," in Tooley, The Mapping of America, 80(d), Philips, Maps, p. 865.

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        THE ANNUAL REGISTER ... FOR THE YEAR 1783 containing The Paris Peace Treaty that ended the American Revolution

      London: J. Dodsley, 1785. First Edition. Hardcover. Mostly light dampstaining to many pages not affecting the text to any serious degree. Very Good internally in a recent and Fine binding. Handsomely bound in recent calf-backed marbled boards with a gilt-stamped spine volume number and a burgundy morocco gilt-lettered title spine label. Includes material of American interest including several letters signed in type by George Washington and Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States dated 2 Nov. 1783. Also includes the transcript of the Paris Peace Treaty between Great Britain and the United States of America that formally ended the American Revolutionary War: "His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and independent states, that he treats with them as such, and for himself, his heirs, and successors, relinquishes all claims to the government, propriety, and territorial rights of the same and every part thereof." There is also an account of the "Description of Experiments made with the Aerostatic Machine, &c. by M. Faujas de St. Fond."

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        Lettres Sur L'Égypte

      Paris: Onfroi, 1785-86., 1785. 3 Volumes. 8vo. pp. 2 p.l., iv, 351; 2 p.l., 308; 2 p.l., 308. with half-titles in Vols. II-III. 3 folding engraved maps & 1 folding engraved plate. woodcut vignettes. contemporary half morocco (occasional light foxing). First Edition. "Savary travelled in Egypt from 1776 to 1779, at a time when the country was in a state of chaos. Fortunately he spoke Arabic very well, and although the difficulties were severe, he was able to overcome them, thanks to his enthusiasm especially for ancient Egypt. His description of Egypt, together with Volney's account, became the manual for scholarly travellers to the country. Savary's work is particularly interesting because, as Carré says, he was the first Frenchman to cite Arab text. The first two volumes are an account of his travels; the third volume, purely didactic, is on Egyptian mythology, religion, etc." (Blackmer) Blackmer 1492. Cox I 386. Gay 1622. Ibrahim-Hilmy II 214.. F.

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        XENOPHONTOS KYROU ANABASEOS BIBLIA HEPTA. DE CYRI EXPEDITIONE LIBRI SEPTEM. GILT ARMS of NEWSTEAD ABBEY, LORD BYRON'S ANCESTRAL HOME.

      Cantabrigiæ : typis academicis excudebat J. Archdeacon. Impensis J. Nicholson; veneunt apud J. Rivington & filios, et S. Crowder, Londini; J. Fletcher, Oxonii; et Gul. Nicholson, Wisbechianae, 1785.. FOURTH EDITION 1785, GREEK AND LATIN TEXTS, Notes etc. in Latin, edited by Thomas Hutchinson. 4to, 240 x 185 mm, 9½ x 7¼ inches, engraved folding hand coloured map as frontispiece, pages: [10], lix, [1], 598, leaf of publisher's adverts missing at the end, wide margins, bound in full contemporary calf, double ruled gilt border to covers with small gilt corner ornaments, gilt arms of Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron's ancestral home, in the centre of both covers, flat gilt raised bands to spine, gilt ruled panels inbetween, gilt lettered black morocco label, marbled edges and endpapers. Upper hinge cracked with amateur repair to lowest cord, cover holding on cords, lower hinge just starting to crack at head and tail, corners slightly worn, small closed tear to lower margin of title page, neatly repaired, small closed margin tear to 2 other pages, neatly repaired, 6 pages browned at edge of top margin, a few pages faintly foxed in the margins. A good clean tight copy of a book which was probably in the library at Newstead Abbey when Lord Byron was in residence there. He lived there intermittently after inheriting the title 6th Baron Byron and the Newstead Abbey estate when he was 10 years old in 1798. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Vue de Interlaken sur le Lac de Brienz." Blick über den Brienzer See auf den Ort und die Berge

      Altkoloriertes Aquatinta von Charles Melchior Descourtis nach Caspar Wolf bei R. Henzi um 1785. 23x33 cm. - Thieme / Becker XXXVI, 212f. - Thieme / Becker IX, 121 u. XVI, 438 - Aus der Folge "Vues remarquables des Montagnes de la Suisse". Unter der Darstellung Widmung an Wilhelm Friedrich von Oranien-Nassau mit von Löwen und Beiwerk umrahmten Wappen. Idyllischer Blick über den ruhigen See auf den Ort mit Holzbrücke, im Vordergrund einige Fischerboote. Papierränder restauriert, Knick in der Mitte geglättet, Einriss in der Widmung hinterlegt. Dekorative Ansicht in schönen Farben.

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        MEMOIRS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

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

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        Elementary Lectures on Chemistry and Natural History

      Translated...by Thomas Elliot. With Many Additions, Notes, and Illustrations, by the Translator. xxviii, 520 pp.; viii, [9]-496 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. polished calf, flat spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Edinburgh: C. Elliot, 1785. First edition in English (1st ed.: 1782) of the author's first important publication. It derives from a course of seventy lectures which Fourcroy gave each winter in his laboratory and it discusses all aspects of chemistry, including the recent work on gases. In all his lectures, Fourcroy emphasized the relations between chemistry and natural history and their applications to medicine. Very fine set. Early armorial bookplate of "Story" in each volume. ❧ Cole 463. D.S.B., V, pp. 89-93. Partington, III, pp. 535-51. Smeaton 9. .

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        Memoir of A Map of Hindoostan; Or The Mogul's Empire: With an Examination of some Positions in the former System of Indian Geography;

      London:: Printed by M. Brown, for the Author ,, 1785. Second edition. Hardcover. Very Good. And a Complete Index of Names to the Map. The Second Edition, With considerable Additions and Corrections: And An Appendix, containing an Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter Rivers. First published 1783, this second edition containing 2 large fold out maps at the front, with color engraving, clean but for very occasional worm holes and some slight wear at several folds, some surface wear to rear of maps. 175 pages plus index to memoir and map, with 5 maps in the text, 4 fold out. Pages are clean and very good but for very occasional slight abrasion and some age fading to text edges, there is scattered age fading to the maps. Marbled hardcover with gilt design and titles on spine, marbled endpapers, having small surface abrasions at corners and edges. Some surface wear to cover edges and corners, yet basically very good, especially considering age. Scarce. 11 by 9 inches.

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        L'Impero del Giapon diviso in sette principali parti...

      Incisione in rame, coloritura originale d'epoca, mm. 324x418. Da "Atlante Novissimo" di Zatta, editore e cartografo pubblicò atlanti, libri. Splendido esemplare.

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        MEmoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et Les Tartares

      a Maestricht: chez J.E. Dufour & Ph. Roux, 1785. Same year as the 4to Second edition and a Paris 12mo edition. 2 vols., 12mo. 4 parts. Contemporaray German half mottled calf, gilt spine paste paper boards. Stamp of the "Terschner Bibliothek" in red on verso of 2 title pages. Fine set. This edition not in Blackmer, nor in Atabey. Brunet V, 901 . "De Tott had a deep knowledge of Turkey. He was a Hungarian in the French service to the Embassy in Constaniople from 1755 to 1763. In 1767 he was named Consul in the Crimea. In about 1769 he returned to Constaniople, appaerently seconded to the Sultan with orders to reorganize the Army and fortify the Black Sea coasts. In 1776 he was appoonted inspector general of the General of the French Consulate in the Levant. He immediately went on a tour of inspection, accompanied by Sonnini which lasted until 1778." Atabey "In spite of strong criticism from more prejudiiced quarters, this highly successful work set new standards of objectivity in its description of the Ottoman Empire

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !)

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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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