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        Autograph letter signed "Sydney" regarding the transfer of a young lieutenant

      23 August, Albemarle Street 1786 - Manuscript letter on laid and water-marked paper, folded to letter-size 240 x 186 mm., closely written to 2 pp., manuscript docket note to fourth page; splitting at old folds, some browning yet good. A rare example of Sydney's signature while Home Secretary; the letter seeks patronage favour for private rather than public interests. On 18 August 1786, a mere five days before writing this letter, Sydney had delivered his speech to the Treasury promoting Botany Bay as the site of Britain's new penal colony. This manuscript, which presumably because it concerns private affairs is entirely in the Home Secretary's hand, concerns the reinstatement of one "Lieutenant Hutchinson", formerly of the 46th Regiment and now on half-pay. It appears Sydney had some affection for young Hutchinson, stressing the importance of finding him a position and 'taking him out of a state of idleness to which much danger belongs in the case of a young man of very high spirits & very considerable talents'. Given the dating of this letter, it is clear that this was the William Hutchinson who was posted lieutenant of the 59th Regiment in early September the same year, a few days after this letter was sent (testament to Sydney's political clout). Hutchinson's regiment was stationed in Gibraltar.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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        Manuscript memorandum to Lord Sydney

      Burton Pynsent, Somerset: 5 October, 1786. Manuscript note in ink on paper, 102 x 182 mm; in good condition; evidently once mounted in an album. A short memorandum written by the Prime Minister from his private country house to Lord Sydney as Home Secretary. Pitt is returning the 'dispatches to Gibraltar and Algiers which he received by the Post this evening, and has marked some words in the letter… which if Lord Sydney approve of it, he thinks might as well be omitted…'. Pitt's legible hand is difficult to decipher only in his identification of the recipient of the draft letter to which he refers, which may read 'letter to Bey', the title by which the ruler of Algiers was still known at the time. This slight document has an appeal in making the connection between these two men just six weeks after Pitt's government had made the formal decision to send convicts to Botany Bay, to a place that would shortly be named for his Home Secretary.

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        A View of the South side of the Fort of Gwalior

      J. Wells, London 1786 - Aquatint, printed in two or more colours, coloured by hand to resemble watercolour, by Hodges. 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. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Historia Ecclesiastica Veteris Noviqui Testamentis, ab orbe condito ad Annum post Christum natum millesimum sexcentesimum (KONVOLUT aus 15 Bänden) - Tomus VI - XVI; XVIII - XX; Supplementum II.

      Christian Voigt; 1786 ff... Editio omnium novissima; je Band ca. 500 Seiten; Gebundene Ausgabe. Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten wissenschaftlichen Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel...). Schnitt und Einband sind staubschmutzig/ stark berieben; Papier altersbedingt angebräunt/ teilweise stockfleckig; Der Gesamtzustand ist ansonsten dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 15 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; LATEINISCH!

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        Einleitung in die Chemie zum Gebrauch auf Universitäten.

      Nürnberg, Raspe, 1786.. (17,5 x 10 cm). XVI, 528 (23) S. Dekorativer Halblederband der Zeit.. Zweite Ausgabe, diese wesentlich seltener als die erste Ausgabe. - Gmelin (1748-1804), Vater des Chemikers Leopold, war Professor für Medizin in Tübingen und für Medizin und Chemie in Göttingen. 1783 richtete er in seinem Wohnhaus eines der ersten "öffentlichen" chemischen Labore ein. Sein Hauptverdienst ist jedoch die Veröffentlichung mehrerer Lehrbücher über Chemie, Pharmazie, Mineralogie und Botanik. - Leicht gebräunt bzw. stockfleckig, sonst sehr schönes und gut erhaltenes Exemplar. - Hirsch/H. II, 776; Ferchl 189; vlg. Poggendorff I, 915 (EA)

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        TA., Karthause, "les Chartreux pres de Coblence".

      . Kupferstich n. C. Dupuis, 1786, 16 x 25,5. Schöner Druck dieses seltenen Blattes.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Nikolaus Struck]
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        Grundriß der Experimentalchemie zum Gebrauch bey dem Vortrage derselben. Zweyte vermehrte und abgeänderte Auflage. Königsberg u. Leipzig, G. L. Hartung 1790. 8°. XVI, 448 S., mit gest. Titelvignette, 2 (mehrf. gef.) Kupfertafeln u. 2 (mehrf. gef.) Tabellen, Hldr. d. Zt. mit Rsch.

      . . Ferguson I, 358 - Duveen 278 - vgl. Cole 581.- Erstmals 1786 erschienen, von Kant als "logisches Meisterwerk" bezeichnet; selten.- "One of the early textbooks on experimental chemistry. The woorks of Lavoisier are mentioned" (Cole).- Der Pharmazeut u. Universalgelehrte Karl Gottfried Hagen (* 24. Dezember 1749 in Königsberg (Preußen); 2. März 1829 ebenda) begründete die wissenschaftliche Pharmazie und die experimentelle Laborarbeit. Er löste die Naturwissenschaften aus der Abhängigkeit von der Medizin.- Etw. braunfleckig, Ebd. leicht berieben, insges. schönes Exemplar.

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        Traité Théorique et Expérimental d'Hydrodynamique

      23 folding engraved plates. 3 p.l., xviii, 545, [3] pp.; 4 p.l., 515, [1] pp. Two vols. Thick 8vo, orig. boards (extremities a bit worn), red vellum lettering pieces on spines, uncut. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1786-87. First edition of one of the classic works in hydrodynamics and hydraulics. The second volume is particularly interesting as it describes numerous hydraulic experiments. The handsome plates illustrate many hydraulic machines including two devices which produce steam. Bossut (1730-1814), assumed the chair of hydrodynamics established by Turgot at the Louvre. He was a major contributor to European scientific education and his texts represent the emergence of a standardized, rigorous system of engineering physics textbooks. A very fine and attractive set in remarkable original state. D.S.B., II, pp. 334-35. Rouse & Ince, History of Hydraulics, pp. 126-27. .

      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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        Ueber das Anquicken der gold- und silberhältigen Erze, Rohsteine, Schwarzkupfer und Hüttenspeise.Vienna, Christian Friederich Wappler, 1786. 4to. With full-page engraved frontispiece, 21 folding engraved plates, 2 engraved vignettes in text and 1 on title-page, the vignettes are hand-coloured. Contemporary half calf.

      Hoover 153; Sotheran 6339. "Rare" (Sotheran) first edition of Born's famous work on his new process of amalgamation. "Born invented an amalgamation process for removing gold and silver from various ores. Since the process did not require the usual melting of the ore, its use effected a considerable saving of fuel... The process was adopted in copper mines throughout Hungary, and Born was given a share of the savings occasioned by its use" (DSB ). The engravings are technical drawings of the equipment used in the amalgamation process, accompanied by a description on pages 191-227. Outer margins plates 3, 17 slightly browned, plate 17 very small tear in printed image. Very good copy of this rare and important mineralogical publication.

      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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        Un volume depareille de la "Botanique" de "L'encyclopedie methodique" de Diderot et d'Alembert

      - Edite par Panckoucke, en reliure d'attente d'epoque, format in-quarto (23x32 cm), constituant une partie de la partie "Botanique"de "L'encyclopedie methodique" de Lamarck. Quelques pages de texte, suivies in-fine de 100 planches gravees, sans page de titre. Les planches gravees presentes sont les planches numerotees 701 a 800, soit au total 100 planches gravees. L'ensemble est tres propre. Il s'agit de l'edition de 1786.Bon etat. N'hesitez pas a demander des precisions ou des photos supplementaires. Librairie Delbos a Beaucaire.

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        OBSERVATIONS SUR LA VIRGINIE, PAR M. J*** TRADUITES DE L'ANGLOIS. French translation by the Abbé André Morellet

      Paris: Chez Barrois l'ainé, 1786.. 4pp. errata. Folding letterpress table; folding engraved "Map of the country between Albermarle Sound and, Lake Erie, comprehending the whole of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, with parts of several other of the United States" by Samuel Neale, uncolored and printed on two joined sheets (as issued). Half title. Contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt, red morocco label. Marbled endpapers. Minor wear at head and foot of spine. Very good. In a half mottled calf and cloth clamshell case, spine tooled and lettered in gilt. Provenance: Sam Harrison (inscription dated 1788); Jean Patterson (inscriptions in both French and English). The first edition of NOTES... was printed privately for Jefferson in 1785 in an edition limited to 200 copies, which he distributed to personal friends. Initially Jefferson had resisted the idea of publishing the work so that it could reach a larger audience. However, the widespread interest the book aroused soon led to rumors that a pirated edition would appear, and to forestall this, regular published editions came out with his blessing in French (the present work, OBSERVATIONS... translated by the Abbe Morallet and published in Paris in 1786) and in English (London, 1787) soon followed by an American edition (Philadelphia, 1788). The work ultimately went through several dozen editions before his death, and remains in print today. This is the only book- length work published during Jefferson's lifetime and is a cornerstone of any collection of printed Americana. The first private edition is virtually unobtainable, making this edition not only the first published edition, but also the first which is even remotely obtainable. The map, here in its first state, is an important document in its own right and was engraved by Samuel J. Neale in London from a drawing produced (at the urging of Morallet) by Jefferson himself specifically for this edition. "The Abbe engaged me to make a map...It is on a single sheet 23 inches square, and very closely written...tho' it is on the scale of only an inch to twenty miles...I answer for the exactness of the reduction. I have supplied some new places. Tho' the first object which induced me to undertake it was to make a map for my book, I soon extended my view to the making as good a map of those countries as my materials would admit" - Jefferson, in a letter to Edward Bancroft. Coolie Verner goes into the details of the production of the map: Neale completed the initial engraving on Dec. 21, 1786 and immediately despatched the printing plate with proofs to Paris. Unfortunately, a problem with the original drawing meant that there were numerous errors in the printing plate. Jefferson corrected a proof which was given, together with the printing plate, to Parisian engraver Guillaume Delahaye. The engraver corrected the errors and was able to deliver 250 proofs to Jefferson on March 24, 1787. This first impression was printed on thick paper and was handcolored in outline. The paper was too thick to allow for the map to be folded, and copies were eventually offered for sale as individual maps - this much is known from correspondence and contemporary advertisements, but no examples of this impression are currently known to exist. After Delahaye completed his work he delivered the printing plate to publisher Barrois. Jefferson asked Barrois to arrange for the printing of 200 copies of the map on thinner paper so that it could be inserted in copies of the private edition of his NOTES.... Two hundred copies of the second impression were printed in April 1787, on two joined sheets and handcolored in outline. The present third impression of the first state was printed for Barrois for inclusion in OBSERVATIONS...: it was limited to about 1,150 copies, on two joined sheets like the second impression, but uncolored. The printing plate subsequently returned to London where John Stockdale added his imprint to the foot of the plate and printed the second issue in two impressions: the first of 1,025 examples in July 1787 (on a single sheet of lightweight paper, handcolored in outline); and the second in March 1788 in an impression of about 300 uncolored copies. Jefferson originally wrote NOTES... in response to a series of queries sent to him by French diplomat François Barbé-Marbois, composing them after the defeat of the British at Yorktown in 1781. On the urging of their mutual friend, distinguished French soldier and scientist the Marquis de Chastellux, he later expanded his responses into a series of twenty-three essays on every aspect of his native state; geography, landforms, products, agriculture, climate, population, armed forces, Indians, towns, laws, religion, manners, and history. NOTES... is vastly informative, but it was also a mirror of Jefferson's tastes and personality. J.M. Edelstein noted: "Jefferson wrote about things which interested him deeply and about which he knew a great deal; the NOTES, therefore, throws a fascinating light on his tastes, curiosities, and political and social opinions." CLARK I:262. DEGREES OF LATITUDE 72 (state 1). HOWES J78. SABIN 35895. SOWERBY, JEFFERSON'S LIBRARY 4167. STEPHENSON & McKEE, VIRGINIA IN MAPS, p.92. VAIL 746. Coolie Verner, "Mr. Jefferson's Map" in IMAGO MUNDI XIV (1959).

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        A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World

      London: A Hogg, 1786 Containing a new, authentic, entertaining, instructive, full and complete historical account of Captain Cooks First, Second, Third and Last Voyages. etc. In contemporary tree calf which appears to have been relaid on brown leather, gilt decorative tooling to edges, corners and edges a little bumped and worn. Spine has been relaid keeping the old with gilt decoration, raised bands, title in gilt on red leather label. Internally, new endpapers, title page has been cropped a little at base removing the date, (ii-iv), 5-655 pp, (6), 3 plates and 1 pull out map with crease (of 80), 38*24cm, occasional tiny worm holes. Contents listed as: Captain Cooks First Voyage. Captain Cooks Second Voyage. Captain Cooks Third and Last Voyage. Byrons Voyage. Walliss Voyage. Carterets Voyage. Lord Mulgraves Voyage. Lord Ansons Voyage. Sir Francis Drakes Voyage. Conclusion. Directions to the Binder. List of Subscribers, small tears at margins of pp 637. (ESTC N5224)

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        Reflexions sur la Peinture et la Gravure, Accompagnees d'une Courte Dissertation sur Commerce de la Curiosite,

      Metz / Paris: Imp. de Claude Lamort ... Demonville, 1786 First Edition. A good copy; small worm holes at the rear joint; some chafing. 12mo.,. [8], 228, [4] pp. & errata. Joullain described prints as objects that, ' ... compensate for the inequality of fortunes by satisfying amateurs of every sort.' With this remark he sets out to produce a guide to the bewildering world of prints and engravings and to the perilous marketplace for them as it existed. After describing print processes he addresses associated topics: cabinets of objects and collections. While discussing the Paignon, Crozat,Tallard, Gaignat collections (among others he mentions) he reveals that his father and grandfather were responsible for cataloging the Paignon collection of medals, prints, natural history, and antiquities (this seems at odds with Millard's brief entries for the elder members of the Joullain family whom he identifies as engravers and publishers). Also of interest is the anaylsis of contemporary markets for such objects citing specific examples. A book of considerable interest for the history of the decorative arts.

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        A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the Words are deduced from their Originals, Explained in their Different Meanings, and Authorized by the Names of the Writers in whose Works they are found. Abridged from the Folio Edition, By the Author. To which is prefixed, a Grammar of the English Language.

      London: Printed for J.F. and C. Rivington et al 1786 - Eighth octavo edition, 2 volumes. Unusually bound in 19th century continental paper boards, rather faded, green morocco spine labels, very good. First published 1755, and in octavo 1756.

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        Illustrationsentwurf zu einem Kinderbuch mit 9-zeiligem Vers "Dienerschaft" und umlaufenden Rand mit 8 Szenen aus dem Kinderleben.

      . Feder in Schwarz, über Bleistift, auf festem strukturiertem Papier, links unten signiert "W. Wendelstadt". 26:20 cm. Möglicherweise Entwurf zu: Ornements de la memoire. Contes et poesies pour le premier age, illustres par Guillme Wendeltstadt, Frankfurt, C. Jügel. Das reizvolle Blatt belegt das große zeichnerische Können der Künstlerin.. Die Malerin und Radiererin war die Tochter des als Zeichenlehrer am Städelschen Kunstinstitut tätigen Porträt- und Historienmalers C.F. Wendelstadt (1786-1840) und dessen Ehefrau, der Bildnismalerin Anna Antoinette (1790/1795 - nach 1829) und Schwester des Bildhauers C.E. Wendelstadt (1814-1841). Erste Einführung in die Malerei erfolgte wohl durch ihre Mutter, anschließend erhielt sie Unterricht von J.F. Dielmann (1809-1885). Sie schuf Landschaften, Genreszenen, Stilleben und Porträts. Zudem soll sie an dem von J.H. von Hefner-Altenbeck in Gemeinschaft mit C. Becker herausgegebenen Werk "Kunstwerke und Gerätschaften des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, Mannheim 1848-1863, zeichnerisch mitgewirkt haben.

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        Die Pferde- und Maulthierzucht. Nebst einer kurzen Beschreibung der Herzoglich Würtembergischen hieher gehörigen Anstalten und Stutereien. Stuttgart, J. B. Mezler 1777. 8°. 4 Bll., 302 S., 1 Bl., mit gest. Titelvignette, 4 (mehrf. gef.) Beilagen u. 1 (mehrf. gef.) Kupfertafel, Hldr. d. Zt. mit etw. Rverg. u. Rsch.

      - Mennessier de la Lance I, 607 - Huth 51 (2. Ausgabe v. 1786).- Erste Ausgabe.- Enth. auch eine Geschichte der ?Würtembergischen Stutereien? und die ?Würtembergischen Beschellordnung?.- Tls. etw. braunfleckig, Ebd. berieben, Rücken mit kl. Bezugsfehlstelle. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Ordenacoens do Senhor Rey D Affonso V, Five Volumes, 1786

      1786 - Scarce 1786 Portuguese Compilation of Royal Decrees [Portugal]. Ordenacoens do Senhor Rey D. Affonso V. Coimbra: Por Resolucao de S. Masgestade de 2 de Setembro de 1786. Five volumes. Quarto (8" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary calf, lettering pieces and gilt-edged raised bands to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities, some chipping to spine ends, corners bumped, front joints cracked or starting, a few hinges starting as well. Light toning to text, somewhat darker in places, minor worming in a few places, internally clean. Ex-library. Location labels to spines, stamps to title pages, annotations to their versos. A solid set. * First edition. Bibliographically independent, this is a component of the Colleccao da Legislacao Antiga e Moderna do Reino de Portugal, a complete collection of the laws in force. Ordenacoens was updated and reissued in 1792. Both are scarce. OCLC locates 2 complete sets (at the British Library). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Beschreibung der Königlichen Residenzstädte Berlin und Potsdam, aller daselbst befindlicher Merkwürdigkeiten, und der umliegenden Gegend.

      Berlin, Nicolai, 1786.. 3., völlig umgearbeitete Auflage. 4 in 3 Bänden. 8vo. 24 Bll., LXX, 436 S.; 1 Bl., S. (437)-1002; 1 Bl., S. (1003)-1306, 60 S., 15 Bl.; 158 S., 5 (l. w.) Bll. Mit 5 großen, mehrfach gefalteten gestochenen Karten und Plänen. Moderne Halblederbände im Stil der Zeit mit Rückenvergoldung und Rückentitel und marmorierten Deckelbezügen; Band 3 mit etwas abweichender Rückenprägung und hier die Prägung oxydiert.. Dritte, erheblich erweiterte und umgearbeitete Ausgabe. Mit dem häufig fehlenden 4. Teil mit eigenem Titelblatt: "Beschreibung der Königl. Residenzstädte Berlin und Potsdam, Anhang; oder Nachrichten von den Baumeistern, Bildhauern, Kupferstechern, Malern, Stukkaturern und anderen Künstlern welche vom deyzehnten Jahrhunderte bis jetzt in und um Berlin sich aufgehalten haben und deren Kunstwerke zum Theil daselbst noch vorhanden sind." Die Kupfer stellen Pläne von Potsdam und Berlin, 2 Grundrisse von Schloss Sanssouci und eine Karte der "Gegend um Berlin" dar. Vollständiges Exemplar mit allen Teilen und sämtlichen 5 Kupfertafeln. "Die umfangreichste und beste Ausgabe dieses ersten "Baedekers" der preußischen Hauptstädte." (Raabe, Nicolai 74). "Halb Reisehandbuch, halb Adreßkalender, brachte das Werk ausführliche Mittheilungen von allem, was man über die beiden Städte zu wissen brauchte, von ihrer Geschichte, ihren Straßen, Plätzen und Gebäuden, ihren Einwohnern, den staatlichen Anstalten und Stiftungen, den Religionsparteien, Gelehrten, Künstlern, Handwerkern und Handeltreibenden daselbst, von den ankommenden und abgehenden Posten, von der Taxe für Miethskutschen und Wirthshäuser." (ADB XXIII, 584, dort der Anhang als eigenständiger Titel geführt)."N.s historisch fundierte Topographie Berlins: "Beschreibung der Königlichen Residenzstädte Berlin und Potsdam" (3 Bde., 3. erweiterte Aufl. 1786) [... bietet] in ihren besten Partien bis heute eine aufschlußreiche historische Quelle zur Bevölkerungs-, Wirtschafts-, Sozial-, Kultur- und Stadtgeschichte. N.s Bedeutung als Historiker vor allem der Landesgeschichte Berlin-Brandenburgs, aber auch einzelner Fragen der Kultur- und Kirchengeschichte, ist lange nicht erkannt worden: Intensives Quellenstudium, Objektivität als regulatives Prinzip und (früh) historistische methodische Prinzipien, vor allem das des Verstehens im epochenspezifischen Kontext, charakterisieren seine Geschichtsschreibung." (NDB XIX, 202). - Bände 1-2 leicht gebräunt und etwas stockfleckig, Band 3 sauber; der Plan von Berlin mit Wasserflecken in den Falzen. - Goedeke IV/1, 500, 10; Berlin-Bibliographie S. 52; Engelmann I, 399.

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        Nouvelles Recherches sur le Vaisseau Long des Anciens

      Paris: 'Chez les Libraires qui vendent les Nouveautes', 1786. Octavo, (4), 52 pp. with folding engraved plate to rear; title-page a little thumbed and browned, gentle water-staining throughout (heavier at last few leaves and the folding plate), nonetheless a very good uncut copy in contemporary marbled wrappers. Long-ships, lateen sails, and Cook. Only edition: a rare and interesting publication by the French archaeologist and architect Julien David Le Roy (1724-1803), based on a lecture that he gave to the Academy of Belles-Lettres at Easter 1786. Le Roy is now best known for his research into the Parthenon and central role in the neo-classical revival. The book prints Le Roy's new research into the long ships of the ancients, and was intended to help reduce the risk to contemporary Mariners by capitalising on ancient models. Le Roy touches on Chinese Junks and Captain James Cook (in a reference to reading the published accounts of the "Voyages de Kook" and "M. de la Pérouse"). Much of the work is an extended reflection on the subject of "voile latine" (lateen sails), with particular reference to a small vessel called the Calypso which was built by the French in Brest in 1763. The folding engraving at the end of the book depicts the Calypso, as well as an ancient Egyptian rowing boat, and a group of smaller yachts.

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        Silva or a Discourse of Forest Trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesty's Dominions ( Terra A Philosophical Discourse of Earth Has a Separate Title Page )

      Printed by A. Ward for J. Dodsley, York 1786 - Complete in 2 volumes. Books measure 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Collation, [46], 311, [9], 343, [9],[1],74,[4],pp, complete with 40 engraved plates and 3 folding tables, as index. Professionally reacked, spines in buckram, retaining the original leather boards. Boards rubbed on edges, with some wear on corners, '' Board of Agriculture 1801 '' stamped in gilt on top boards. Both bindings in very good clean firm condition. Internally, very occasional Agricultural Library stamp, ( about 5 to each volume ), occasional light spotting or browing, mainly opposite engravings, heavier in a few places. Pages and plates in very good condition. A very nice set, in very good attractive sturdy bindings. Size: Large Quarto [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Brefwäxling emellan en chines i London och dess wänner i Östern.

      Öfwersatt från ängelskan. Göteborg, S. Norberg, 1786. 8:o. 211,(1) s. Nära samtida glättat grönt pappbd med brun titeletikett och rödstänkta snitt. Ryggen blekt och ganska nött och falsarna ytligt spruckna. Övre delen av främre pärmen blekt. Snedläst. Titelsidan lätt solkig. En gammal lagning i inre marginalen på s. 15 och en liten men tråkig fläck i texten på s. 188-94. Med N. Totties och Carin Lietzéns namnteckningar samt Wilhelm Totties stpl.. Sista opaginerade sidan utgörs av bokannonser. Ur "The citizen of the world". Wilhelm Tottie (1784-1831) var grosshandlare i Stockholm och hans efterlämnade "utmärkt väl conditionerade samling af böcker och kartor" såldes på bokauktion i Stockholm 1832

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        Portrait engraving by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (1736-1807) after Charles Nicolas Cochin fils (1715-1788)

      [Paris]. [after 1786]. 108 x 112 mm. Bust-length. Slightly browned and foxed. A fine impression on wove paper. . Kinsky 204.Sacchini was a leading figure in late 18th century opera. "In 1770 Burney considered him one of the four greatest composers of Italy, along with Jommelli, Galuppi and Piccinni... A critic of the next generation, Giuseppe Carpani, hailed Sacchini as the world's greatest melodist." David DiChiera and Joyce Johnson Robinson in Grove online

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        London Almanack for the Year of Christ, 1783. (London), Printed for the Company of Stationers (1782). 60 x 37 mm. 13 Bll., mit 3 (1 dplblgr.) Kupfertafeln u. 2 (halbs.) Textkupfer, Goldschn., reich goldgepr. Ldr. d. Zt. im goldgepr. Ldr.-Schuber d. Zt.

      . . Spielmann 313 (Ausg. 1786) - Welsh 4563 - siehe Bondy 37f. u. 159.- Mit einer Panoramaansicht "The Ordnance Office, Old Palaca Yard" gedruckt auf 4 aufeinanderfolgenden Seiten.- Blockbuchbindung, alles gestochen, Titel mit Steuerstempel.-# Engraved throughout, with a panoramic view of the "Ordnance Office, Old Palaca Yard" printed on four consecutive pages.- Original full red morocco, covers with inlays of blue and white morocco, all decorated with wavy gilt lines, in original slipcase of full morocco.- Binding and slipcase slightly rubbed.

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        POESIE DE VENTIDUE AUTORI SPAGNUOLI DEL CINQUECENTO (BILINGUE)

      . Zustand: Muy Bien Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura. Roma. 1786. 2Vol. Poesia, la Gran Obra de Juan Francisco Masdeu.Los 22 mejores poetas de Espana siglos XV-XVI-XVII y sus poesias. Rarissima obra.I.Bilingue italiano y castellano. 514pag. 17x9,5.

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        Relación De Las Epidemias De Calenturas Pútridas y Malignas Que En Estos Últimos Años Se Han Padecido En El Principado De Cataluña; y Principalmente De La De 1783 En La Ciudad De Lérida, Llano De Urgel . Con El Método Feliz, Pronto y Seguro De Curar .

      Imprenta Real, Madrid 1786 - 136 - 20 pp. y 1 h. Excelente ejemplar encuadernado de época en pie. Lomera con florones y un tejuelo. Size: 4º [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Disertacion sobre la Teorica y Practica del Arte de Fabricantes de Medias, por la que se dá razon de las Sedas que son mas propias, y adequadas para esta manufactura, con relacion de sus Hilados, Torcidos, Tinte, y demás operaciones, que deben executarse para lograr su perfeccion; y al fin se dán reglas, y enseña el mejor método de lavarlas como operacion tan precisa, è interessante al Público. La qual fue premiada con una Medalla de Oro de una onza por la Real Sociedad Economica de Amigos del País de esta ciudad de Valencia en 12 de Enero del año pasado 1785, y comunica al Público en beneficio comun de las Fabricas de estos Reynos, con un Discurso Preliminár por principio, y algunas Notas añadidas à la Obra.

      En Valencia, por Joseph Estevan y Cervera, 1786. - in-4. 4ff. 30pp. 2ff. 60pp. Broché, couverture de l'époque. Edition Originale. Très rare mémoire sur la fabrication des bas de soie dans la ville de Valencia, où s'était concentrée l'industrie espagnole de la soie depuis le Moyen-Âge. "Las fábricas de seda de Valencia pueden considerarse motores de la floreciente y rica economía levantina del s. XVIII. El gran número de talleres sederos establecidos en la zona desde finales del s. XV y desarrollados bajo el amparo y la estructuración del Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda de Valencia alcanzó su etapa más floreciente en el s. XVIII, con la elaboración de todo tipo de tejidos de seda que nada tenían que envidiar a las producciones francesas o italianas" (Gran Enciclopedia de España). Luis Fernández, natif de Toledo, fut l'un des maîtres teinturiers les plus en vue à Valencia à la fin du 18e siècle; il s'était également fait une spécialité de la fabrication des bas de soie, au sujet de laquelle il a consacré le présent mémoire. "Desde joven se dedicó a investigar y experimentar, hasta que, bajo la aprobación de la Junta General de Comercio, se le nombró maestro tintorero, o más enfáticamente director de tinte, que los Cinco Gremios Mayores de Madrid mantenían en Valencia. (.) (La Sociedad Económica) de Valencia le premió tres memorias. Dos de ellas versaban sobre la industria del tinte. La tercera se refería a la fabricación de medias de seda, otra especialidad en la que destacó Fernández" (Molas Ribalta). Notre exemplaire de ce très rare mémoire contient un important discours préliminaire dans lequel l'auteur revient sur les améliorations apportées à l'industrie de la soie par la Société Economique de Valencia dont il était membre. Ce discours manque ne figure pas dans tous les exemplaires et il manque notamment à celui de la Goldsmiths'-Kress library qui fut reproduit en microfilm. Très bel exemplaire dans son joli brochage original en papier doré. Goldsmiths’-Kress library of economic literature ; no. 13181.5. Sur l'auteur, voir Pere Molas Ribalta, "La política del tinte en la España del siglo XVIII" in: "Espacio, Tiempo y Forma", IV, t. 7, (1994) pp.55-68. Palau, 87930. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Historia de la Conquista de Mexico, Poblacion, Y Progresos de la America Septentrional, Conocida por el Nombre De Nueva Espana. Segunda Parte

      Madrid , 1786. In 4to. Front endpaper, no preliminary blanks. Title. [35], 472pp. Contemporary calf. 7 compartments and 6 bands. Gilt to compartments with original morocco title label to second compartment, lettered in gilt. Corners of boards bumped and edges rubbed. A few scuffs and chips in leather at front board and base edge of rear board. Top compartment and bottom with evidence of removed labels, possibly private library as there are no library markings or stamps within or throughout this book. Paste-down papers with small book and name plates, with names inked out in black and red. Printed in double columns. Text clean and bright throughout. Overall a rather good tight copy. Hinges are strong, binding tight. Second edition of this work,written as a continuation of Antonio de Solis' Historia de la Conquista de Mexico. Text in Spanish. . Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Quarto.

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        The Rich Man Being Led To Hell

      John Boydell 1786 - The painting by Teniers the Younger had been acquired by Sir Robert Peel in 1784 and brought to England. It is now in the National Gallery, London. The composition illustrates, in a very imaginative way, a parable related in the Gospel of Luke: a rich man, dying, sees a beggar named Lazarus ascending to Heaven as he is dragged toward Hell. In this image, we don't see Lazarus, but there is a very memorable representation of the rich man, which is far from unsympathetic. David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) was the last of the great Flemish masters. The son of a painter, he was married to Pieter Bruegel's granddaughter, and clearly was influenced by the great Flemish master. Like Bruegel, his work was enriched by the study of demonic creatures in Hieronymous Bosch (d. 1516). The original painting is in the National Gallery, London. Interestingly, Teniers did a mate to this painting which shows Mad Meg (a Flemish folk figure) marching out of Hell with a sword in one hand and a basket of loot in the other, a striking and humorous contrast to the poor "rich" man. Richard Earlom (1743 - 1822) was one of the best mezzotint engravers in England. His reputation rests primarily on the renditions of Old Master paintings, like this one, that he did for the Boydells. His mastery of tone and light has never been exceeded and is beautifully exemplified in this proof pull. Earlom has altered Teniers original, adding Cerberus on the left (mixing mythologies in effect) and intensifying the demonic hilarity. Proof before letters. Mezzotint. Not in Wessely. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Kurze Anweisung zur künstlichen Stickerey. Von einem Frauenzimmer. Mit 24 ausgemalten Desseins.

      Nürnberg, Raspische Buchhandlung , 1786 und 1788.. 48 S. und 18 altkolorierte, ausfaltbare Kupfertafeln, hübscher Pappband der Zeit, mit rotem goldgeprägtem Rückenschild, dreiseitigem Rotschnitt und Kleisterpapier-Bezügen (Kanten minimal berieben), 17,5 x 11 cm.. Ãœberaus selten; vorhanden im Metropolitan Museum of Art; in der Berliner Ornamentstichsammlung als Kriegsverlust gekennzeichnet, über den WorldCat nur 2 inkomplette Exemplare in der TIB Hannover und im Danish Union Catalogue nachweisbar. Hier liegen die ersten 3 Teile mit je eigenem Titelblatt und je 6 Tafeln vor. Insgesamt erschienen vier Teile. Die dekorativen und fein kolorierten Kupfertafeln zeigen anspruchsvolle Stickvorlagen mit Blumengebinden und -girlanden, Arrangements mit Schmetterlingen und Körben, Vignetten und Bändern - in einer zeitgenössischen Rezension wird auf die "mit Geschmack entworfenen und illuminirten Zeichnungen" besonders hingewiesen (Allg. deutsche Bibliothek, Band 91, S. 393 f.). - Vorderes Vorsatzblatt mit Abschnitt, Titelblatt mit kleiner Randläsur, sonst sehr wohlerhalten und frisch.

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        VOYAGE DE M. DE CHASTELLUX EN AMÉRIQUE,

      Paris, B. Le Francq, 1786**. Relié, demi veau à l'impression doré, page de titre originale au vignette, 135 x 225mm., 136pp.Très rar. en bon état.

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        Essais cosmographico-poëtiques ou choix de lectures , propres à inspirer le gout & à faciliter l'étude de la Cosmographie, de la Géographie & de l'histoire naturelle...à une nouvelle histoire des voyages

      La Haye and Paris: Pierre Aillaud, 1786. Octavo, [ii], 236 pp., fine uncut copy in original buntpapier wrappers. Science in the wake of Pacific exploration. Curious and eclectic collection of essays on geography, astronomy, and recent voyage discoveries. The geographical sections are informed by the discoveries of Cook, la Pérouse and other explorers of the Pacific, and include the author's thoughts on the role of the South Seas and New Holland in a new understanding of the earth. Belair blends astronomy, discoveries and other scientific observations with excerpts from Voltaire and other poets. In the preface he discusses the implications of recent voyages to the Pacific Ocean, and lists la Pérouse, Wallis, Carteret, Byron, Bougainville and Cook; a frame of reference which informs many of Belair's wide ranging essays. For example, in discussing the extent of the world's known and unknown oceans, Belair speculates on the vast undersea mountain chains that connect the continents and polar regions with New Holland. The author, Pierre-Alexandre Julienne de Belair, was born in Paris in 1747 and rose to become a general during the defence of Paris against the Prussians in 1792. A gifted and resourceful engineer, Belair is chiefly remembered as the author of several books on fortifications, including Nouveaux Eléments de Fortifications of 1792.

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        Die wahre ursache der baumtrockniss der nadelwälder durch die naturgeschichte der forlphaläne (Phalaena noct. piniperda) erwiesen und durch einige versuche erötert

      Valentin Bischoff, Nuermberg 1786 - In-4. Collation : (4), VI, 58 pp., 3 planches h.-t. En feuilles. Première édition. Illustré par 3 planches en couleurs. Exemplaire en feuilles, tel que paru. Nissen ZBI.

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        An English Alphabet, For the Use of Foreigners : wherein the Pronunciation of the Vowels, or Voice-Letters, is explained in Twelve short general Rules, with their several Exceptions, as abridged (For the Instruction of Omai) from a larger Work

      London: Printed for J. Galabin, 1786. Octavo, 76 pp.; a very good untrimmed copy in recent quarter calf. English lessons for Omai. Very rare English grammar which records the unique method used to teach English to Omai. The first Polynesian to visit Britain, Omai became an overnight sensation when he arrived in Portsmouth aboard Cook's Adventure on 14 July 1774. He was presented to the king, feted by Fanny Burney, approved by Samuel Johnson, entertained by Mrs Thrale and Lord Sandwich, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and even his rapid mastery of ice skating was reported in the General Evening Post. While Joseph Banks was happy to have Omai tour the celebrity circuit, other, more devout souls recognised his potential to spread the gospel in the Pacific and made particular efforts to improve his religious instruction at the same time as his elocution. William Ellis, himself a missionary, recounts in his Polynesian Researches of 1830 that 'Granville Sharp became acquainted with Mai [Omai], taught him the first principles of writing and, so far as his knowledge of our language allowed, endeavoured to pour light of divine truth into his ignorant and untutored mind. He made such progress in the use of letters, that on his voyage to the South Seas, while staying at the Cape of Good Hope, he wrote a letter to his friend Dr. Solander'. In February 1776 Granville Sharp approached Lord Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty, to gain permission to instruct Omai. The method he employed, published here as An English alphabet: for the use of foreigners, was based on his earlier work, A Short treatise on the English tongue, of 1767. The record shows that Sharp tutored Omai regularly for a month, but by 6 April Sharp wrote that 'Omai was so taken up with engagements that I could have no more opportunity of giving him lessons, which were but fifteen in all'. He had taught his pupil the use of English letters and made him sound 'every combination of vowels and consonants that letters are capable of'. Just over a decade after Omai returned to Huahine with Cook, Sharp published An English alphabet, probably in anticipation of a need for such a work in the spread of the gospel in the South Seas. A large portion of the book is devoted to rules for "The Lord's Prayer", the "Creed", the "Ten Commandments", and shorter prayers, all part of Sharp's 'instruction in the first principles of Christian religion'. In any case, it must have been produced in very small numbers, as today it is very scarce indeed. Searches of COPAC and ESTC have revealed only five copies in British libraries and a single copy in the United States (at Yale's Walpole Library). Alston VI, 502 adds a copy at Heidelberg University. A single copy passed through our hands six years ago.

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        CHARACTERS OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND, selected from different Histories; with observations and reflections, chiefly adapted to common life; and particularly intended for the Instruction of Youth. To which are added Notes Historical.

      London, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1786.FIRST EDITIONS 1786 - 88. 3 volumes, complete set. 12mo, approximately 170 x 105 mm, 6¾ x 4 inches, pages: (2), v - xiv, 207; (4), v - ix, (2), 212; (4), v - xiv, 346, half - titles to Volumes II and III only, attractively bound in antique full tree calf, gilt decoration to spines, gilt lettered morocco labels. Extremities very lightly rubbed, tiny chip to head of spine on Volumes II and III, top corners slightly worn, small label of Easton Neston private library and armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Hesketh former owner of Easton Neston on front pastedowns, occasional very slight pale foxing, a little neat underlining and some neat vertical lines in the margin, a few pointing hands, old ink note to 12 margins, neat ink correction to 1 page, small closed tear to 1 margin affecting 2 letters, repaired neatly with no loss, no ink marks or notes to Volume III except for 1 very small correction. Bindings tight and firm. A very good set of a rare work. John Holt has compiled his portraits of English sovereigns from King Alfred to Queen Anne from the works of historians of his day: David Hume's History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Abdication of James the Second, Tobias Smollett's History of England, Gilbert Burnet's History of the Reformation in England, Catharine Macaulay and others. In his Preface Holt also acknowledges his debt to Anderson's Historical and Chronological Deductions. The observations and historical notes which follow 2 or 3 excerpts from these writers on 1 personage are by Holt. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        PHARMACOPOEA GENERALIS

      Joannis Antonii Pezzana. - Venetiis. 1786. 23X17. Holandesa. 3Vol. 1vol, LVI+112Pág. 2vol, 178Pág, 3vol, 216Pág+1h. Primera Farmacopea denominada General editada en el mundo. La Obra contiene 2 tomos de texto y 1 tomo de Atlas con mas de 600 grabados de plantas y animales. Jacob Reinboldo Spielmann, crecio en una familia de farmaceuticos con su propia farmacia que posteriormente Jacob dirigió, actualmente es la mas antigua de Francia. Coincidio varias veces con Johann Wolfgang Ghoethe. Una autentica Obra de Arte, Raríssima. Ref 16 Biblioteca A. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Voyages dans l'Amérique septentrionale dans les années 1780, 1781 & 1782.

      Paris, Prault, 1786.2 volumes. Contemporary marbled calf, spines richly gilt (extremities damaged). With 2 engraved maps and 3 folding plates (stained). 390; 372,(2) pp.* First complete and authorized edition; first unauthorized edition published in Cassell in 1785. The author's observations cover a wide range of topics concerning the geography, society, and history of the emerging United States, and include many references to events of the American Revolution' (James Ford Bell Library p.84). He travelled through the States of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, giving with great detail the incidents and impresssions of colonial life. 'In its completed form constitutes the first trustworthy record of life in the United States' (Howes). - (Some staining). Sabin 12227; Howes C324; Cox II, p.159; Leclerc I, 325 (incomplete copy); Boucher de la Richarderie VI, p.61.

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        AN HISTORICAL NARRATIVE OF THE DISCOVERY OF NEW HOLLAND AND NEW SOUTH WALES. Containing an account of the inhabitants, soil, animals, and other Productions of those Countries, and including a particular Description of Botany Bay.

      London, John Fielding, in Pater-noster Row, 1786.Illustrated with a chart of New Holland, New South Wales, Botany Bay, and the New Discovered Islands in the North and South Pacific Ocean, dated by ESTC T136354 from the map. 1786, LACKING THE MAP. Small slim folio, page size: approximately 235 x 185 mm, 9¼ x 7½ inches, publisher's small device on title page, price one shilling and six - pence at bottom of title page, note to reader about map on reverse of title page, pages: (2), 33, (1) - adverts mentioning books by Captain Cook, rebound in half dark blue morocco over mid blue cloth sides, gilt title to upper cover, white endpapers, in matching cloth slipcase with morocco binding to the opening. 2 slight creases to title page (paper fault) otherwise a very good clean copy of a very scarce pamphlet, (lacking map as noted). According to Ferguson, Bibliography of Australia, Volume I, page 5, our pamphlet published by Fielding is the first edition, "second edition" being printed on the title page of the second edition, also published by Fielding. The edition published by John Stockdale is the third with the map printed by John Fielding bearing the same date as in the other editions "Novr. 4, 1786". The pamphlet was printed again in 1789 as an appendix to An Authentic Journal of the Expedition under Commodore Phillips to Botany Bay, London, C. Forster, and there attributed to "An Officer". See Wantrup, Australian Rare Books, page 344, No.3, but our pamphlet published by either Stockdale or Fielding is not listed by him. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Fortune Teller

      Published by J. R. Smith, No. 83 Oxford Street, London 1786 - A wonderful mezzotint after Rev. Matthew William Peters, by one of the finest eighteenth century engravers. This charming print is engraved after a painting by Rev. Matthew William Peters, and is a fascinating example of this period in British printmaking. Matthew Peters was trained in London under the portraitist Thomas Hudson. He quickly became a prominent member of the Society of Artists, exhibiting portraits in oil and pastel, and attracting a number of prominent aristocratic patrons, including the Duke of Manchester, the Marquess of Granby, and Lord Grosvenor, for whom he painted some of his most controversial pictures. Urged by his patrons, Peters painted a series of quasi-erotic character studies of courtesans, which at that time were quite unusual in Britain. These controversial pictures were eagerly reproduced by industrious printmaker/publishers such as Smith, and caused a flurry of curious customers to hurry to London print-shops. Following his ordination in 1781, Peters quickly denounced his early erotic pictures as immoral. Upon being appointed Honorary Chaplain to the Royal Academy, Peters expressed a profound regret "that he ever devoted his talents to such subjects". With this in mind, this picture becomes extremely interesting. In this work, Peters continues to observe and appreciate charming subjects in fancy costumes, but eliminates the erotic overtones present in his earlier works. Instead he has chosen to depict an age-old moral subject, fortune-telling, an institution in western art since the Renaissance. This print, which is expertly engraved by one of the finest eighteenth century printmakers, is a fascinating view into a turbulent period in Peters' life, when he struggled to produce images that would appeal to his viewers while remaining true to his moral beliefs. D'Oench, Copper into Gold: Prints by John Raphael Smith 1751-1812 p. 224, No. 274; Smith Catalogue No. 135 & 136; Ackermann 1802, p. 9 , described as companion prints; Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits [Ward], 97, [Smith], 186; Frankau, An 18th Century Artist and Engraver: John Raphael Smith 146. Coloured mezzotint. In good condition with the exception of some faint soiling in upper margin. Bottom margin outside platemark is coated with white paint. Water stains on verso of sheet, not noticeable on front of sheet. Image size: 14 3/4 x 17 inches. Plate size: 17 7/8 x 19 5/8 inches. Sheet size: 19 5/8 x 20 inches.

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        AN ACCOUNT OF THE REMAINS OF THE WORSHIP OF PRIAPUS, lately existing at Isernia, in the kingdom of Naples:

      London, printed by T. Spilsbury, 1786.in two letters; one from Sir William Hamilton, K. B. His Majesty?s Minister at the Court of Naples, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. President of the Royal Society; and the other from a person residing at Isernia: to which is added, a discourse on the worship of Priapus, And its Connexion with the mystic Theology of the Ancients. FIRST EDITION 1786, 4to, approximately 260 x 210 mm, 10¼ x 8¼ inches, engraved frontispiece and 17 engraved plates of which 6 are half page and 11 are full page, a couple with more than 1 image, pages: 195, (1) including title page, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, gilt rules and gilt lettering to spine, 4 small gilt ornaments, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine slightly worn, hinges starting to crack, corners slightly rubbed, small scrape to front pastedown due to removal of bookplate, neat inscription dated 1798 on second blank endpaper, slight faint foxing to margins of frontispiece and just entering image, pale offsetting from frontispiece onto title page, neat early name at top corner of title page, occasional very faint browning to text opposite plates or on reverse of plates, plates at the end of the volume lightly foxed in the margins, otherwise contents very clean. A very good copy. Richard Payne Knight (1750 ? 1824) was a classical scholar, connoisseur, archaeologist and numismatist best known for his theories of picturesque beauty and for his interest in ancient phallic imagery. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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