The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Displayed below are some selected recent viaLibri matches for books published in 1787


      London: T. Cadell, 1787. Rebacked long ago with old black spine label. Front joint intact but quite weakened. Light foxing of the title-page, text quite clean throughout. Collated complete with five maps, three of them folding. All but one, the siege of Charleton, are hand-colored. Large map in front of "The Marches of Cornwallis in the Southern Provinces, Now State of North Carolina... with Virginia and Maryland, and the Delaware Counties" by William Faden, Geographer tp the King. Other maps are of the siege of Charleston, battle near Camden, battle of Guilford, and siege of York-town. Maps are all in excellent condition. Errata page is present. This is one of the most important accounts of the War from the British perspective. Biographical information on Tarleton laid-in at front, inked in an old hand from Cornhill Magazine, August 1905. Tarleton (1754-1833) was a British soldier and politician. He is best remembered for his service in the British military during the American Revolutionary War. He became known by his nicknames, "Bloody Ban" and "The Butcher" for his rather brutal tactics. 518pp. + 2 page of adverts. See Howes T37 and Sabin 94397.. First Edition. Full Brown Contemporary Calf. Moderate Cover and Corner Wear/No Jacket. Quarto.

      [Bookseller: Glenn Books]
 1.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        A Compendious Digest of The Statute Law, Comprising The Substance and Effect of All the Public Acts of Parliament . . . from Magna Charta in the Ninth Year of King Henry III to the Twenty-Seventh Year of . . . King George III Inclusive. Cowley 276

      Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers, for G. Kearsley [etc.] London 1787 - Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and some staining towards the volume's end, else a very good copy, with the half title and errata The rare first edition of the last attempt to digest Great Britain's statute law, arranged alphabetically by subject and undertaken by the Inner Temple barrister known for his writings and as editor of the 'Law Journal'; one copy in ESTC in the USA [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meyer Boswell Books, Inc., member ABAA]
 2.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Plan de las antiguas Vuinas

      Ohio?, 1787. No Binding. Very Good. 15 ¾ x 20 ½ inches. Pen & ink & watercolors on laid paper; lightly toned, a mended split, else excellent condition. A highly finished eighteenth-century manuscript survey of what was at the time one of the forward areas of the American frontier. The area depicted is at the intersection of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers in southeastern Ohio, which today is largely occupied by the city of Marietta. The map's probable date can be closely bracketed by the following the facts: Marietta, which was founded in 1788, is not on the map, while Fort Harmer, found 1785, is present. Also, the map's inscription states that the earthen formations (discussed below) depicted on the map were discovered in 1786. Finally, another manuscript version of this map, in English, is dated 1787. The map's principal subject is the vast earthen formations or Indian mounds in the area that inspired wonder and curiosity in early travelers and settlers in the area. Sargent's map is contemporaneous with the very earliest cartographic depictions of these formations; see Smith (reference below), p. 38. This subject proved to be no less than the spawning ground for an indigenous American archeology, and this map was in the vanguard of this development. "There is little doubt that the study of archaeology in the United States during the major part of the nineteenth century was concentrated around the antiquities located in the state of Ohio and in the Ohio Valley, and that it gave to American men of learning a topic for consideration that promoted American scholarship independently of European initiative" (Smith, p. 33). Sargent sent the English version of the present map, mentioned above, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This manuscript map, which is in Spanish, was made for presentation to Don Diego Gardoqui, the first ambassador of Spain to the United States, by Winthrop Sargent, a surveyor and central figure in the settlement of Ohio as a principal in the various land development companies operating there and as Secretary of the Northwest Territory. While it is unlikely the map was done in Sargent's own hand, there is little doubt it was made at his behest. In fact, its highly respectful inscription and the presence of Sargent's name on it as if it were a signature suggest that this map was very much a personal gesture from Sargent to Gardoqui. This intriguing provenance, the unlikely pairing of the staunch Yankee frontier surveyor/ land developer with the cosmopolitan European diplomat, opens a window on a complex and not well understood aspect of the settlement of the American frontier in Ohio and elsewhere. While archival records do not reveal a close relationship between the men, there is no doubt that they traveled in intersecting circles and were quite aware of each other. For example, a letter from Henry Knox to Sargent (see reference below), found in the Massachusetts Historical Society, which houses Sargent's papers, speaks of Gardoqui as someone both Knox and Sargent were acquainted with. But one needs to first better understand the larger context of the complex relationship between United States and the Spanish Crown in regard to the settlement of the American frontier to begin to get a sense of how this map might have fit in. Spain at the time held title to the vast Louisiana Territory west of the Mississippi as well as to navigation rights to the Mississippi River. Pressing outward toward the Mississippi at the time were American settlers from the growing eastern colonies. Spain's dilemma was how to maintain a position of strength in the areas it held, when it did not have the ability to colonize it in any substantial way. Records in Spanish archives suggest that Spanish strategy was initially to foster American settlement of the Ohio territory as well as areas further south through financial inducements to potential settlers. In fact, records in Spanish archives (see below) show that between 1781 and 1787

      [Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.]
 3.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Commentaries on the Laws of England. In Four Books by Sir William Blackstone, Knt. One of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas

      London: A. Strahan ; T. Cadell. 1787. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Tenth Edition. H Full Tree Calf. Very Good. 4 volumes bound in a beautiful near contemporary brown tree calf. Portrait frontispiece, folding chart, and edges burnished yellow. The title labels are in a dark red morocco. The spines are decorated with gilt infilled lines creating compartments. Four compartments bear an oval device, with an urn in the centre. The is also a compartment with an oval volume number ; the numbers are clear, but it is likely that these had green morocco labels, now missing. Each compartment has a small floral decoration to the corners. And attractive set, with some minor rubbing and damage to the extremities - some of the gilt on the spines is rubbed, and their is foxing to the endpapers.

      [Bookseller: Stephen Foster Books]
 4.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London: Printed for A. Strahan; T. Cadell, in the Strand; and D. Prince, Oxford, 1787. Tenth edition. Very Good +. Complete with the engraved frontis portrait of Justice Blackstone and the folding chart in vol. 2. A clean set in contemporary full calf with red Morocco spine labels. A few preliminary pages with early paper repairs to the margins, but generally untouched. This tenth edition contained corrections to the original text, additions by Richard Burns and was extended by John Williams to be current, as of 1787. & & First published in 1765, Blackstone made a complex legal system based on precedents, accessible to the average reader. The publication and great success of these commentaries marked a dramatic shift in the popular perception of the law within England and they became required reading for practitioners and scholars alike for many years. PMM 212. Very Good +.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
 5.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      Paris. 1787.. Two volumes. [2],18pp. plus seven maps and charts (three double-page); [4],81,10pp. Large folio. Antique-style half calf and patterned boards, spine gilt, leather label. Light scattered foxing. Quarto text volume bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, leather label, stamped with the arms of France on both covers. A few scattered spots of foxing. Last ten pages of text lightly browned. A very good set. A rare and beautifully produced atlas recording the results of an official French coastal survey of the island of Hispaniola, with the full complement of seven maps and plates. Only three copies of this rare marine atlas are recorded as having sold at auction in the past thirty years, and all had only six maps and plates. The text starts with an explanation of the methods that the Comte de Puységur used during the survey, as well as his acknowledgment of the help given by various individuals (the coastal profiles, for instance, were drawn up from drawings by M. Ozanne, "Ingénieur-constructeur de la Marine"). This introductory text is followed by detailed notes on the observations made of the positions of the various locations used as a base for the construction of the maps, and by notes on the available anchorages around the island. The text finishes with "Détails du mouvement" of marine chronometers number "28" and letter "A" that were used during the survey. The maps and plates are as follow: 1) "Carte réduite de l'Isle de St.Domingue . d'après les observations faites sur la Corvette Vautour en 1784 et 1785." A double- page map of Santo Domingo with four integral coastal profiles at the top. 2) "Carte réduite des débouquements de St.Domingue . d'après les observations faites sur la Corvette Vautour en 1784 et 1785." A double-page sea-chart of the Turks and Caicos Islands and part of the northern coastline of Santo Domingo. 3) "Plan de la Baye de l'Acul; Baye de Dame- Marie; Le Port François; Plan du Môle St. Nicolas; Baye des Irois." One page with charts of five anchorages on the coast of Hispaniola. 4) "L'Anse a Chouchou; Le Port Paix; Mouillage de Jean-Rabel; La Baye Moustique; Baye de Tiburon; Baye des Gonayves; La Baye du Fond de la Grange; Port a l'Écu; rade de la Basse-Terre." One page with charts of nine anchorages on the coast of Hispaniola. 5) Coastal profiles of seventeen locations on a single page. 6) Coastal profiles of nineteen locations on a single page 7) "Carte De La Gonave dressée sur les opérations géométriques faites en 1787 . par M. de Lieudé de Sepmanville." A double-page sea chart of Gonave Island and the Port Au Prince Bay area. The accompanying text volume gives details for navigating the coasts of the island. Rare, with only seven copies of the atlas and fewer than twenty copies of the accompanying text located in OCLC. A lovely set. SABIN 62864. PHILLIPS ATLASES 2716.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 6.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      Kingston, Jamaica: Printed by Alexander Aikman, 1787.. Two volumes bound in one. [2],31,262,[2],[2],15,82pp. [bound with:] AN ABRIDGEMENT OF THE LAWS OF JAMAICA, IN MANNER OF AN INDEX.... Kingston: Aikman, 1787. [4],29pp. [bound with:] APPENDIX: CONTAINING LAWS RESPECTING SLAVES. Kingston: Aikman, 1787. [4],32,5pp. Large folio. Old calf, rebacked. Internally near fine. [with:] ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, PASSED IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA; FROM 1770, TO 1783, INCLUSIVE. Kingston: Printed for James Johnes, Esq. by Lewis and Eberall, 1786. v,31,[3]-424pp. [bound with:] AN ABRIDGEMENT OF THE LAWS OF JAMAICA.... Kingston: Lewis and Eberall, 1786. [4],40pp. Quarto. Old calf, rebacked. Fine. [with:] ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, PASSED IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA, FROM THE YEAR 1784 TO THE YEAR 1788 INCLUSIVE. Kingston: Printed by Alexander Aikman, 1789. xvi,300,iv,[4],23pp. Quarto. Old calf, rebacked. Near fine. All together, an extraordinary collection of 18th-century Jamaican printing, combining six separate imprints (one of them consisting of two volumes) in three bound volumes, all printed between 1786 and 1789 by two different printers in Kingston, Jamaica. The texts retrospectively cover the Acts of the Assembly from its beginning in 1681, up to date with the last printing in 1788. Also included are two separate publications containing abridgements of the various acts, and a further separate publication combining all of the slave statutes in one place. As anyone who has sought them knows well, all 18th-century Caribbean imprints are rare, most extremely so, and these laws are no exception. Furthermore, most Caribbean printing is fairly slight, not substantial volumes such as these. Printing began in Jamaica in 1718. It was the first British colony south of Maryland to have a printing press, and except for several items printed in Havana by a press briefly established there, this was the first press in the Caribbean; however, only a handful of fugitive pieces survive from the 1770s. In that period the economic importance of Jamaica was supplemented by an influx of Loyalists, including printer Alexander Aikman, who seems to have invigorated the cultural and publishing life of the colony, while the British government liberalized its colonial policy to avoid a repetition of the problems of the American Revolution. In that climate, these retrospective and current laws of the local colonial government were printed. Of all early Caribbean printing, that of Jamaica is best documented through the early and thorough work of Frank Cundall. His bibliographies illustrate both the rich variety of material printed on Jamaica, and its rarity. Following are the NUC locations and citations of the laws offered herein: ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, 1681-1769. Kingston, 1787. Not in the NUC. CUNDALL, p.52. ABRIDGEMENT OF LAWS. Kingston, 1787. Not in the NUC or Cundall. LAWS RESPECTING SLAVES. Kingston, 1787. Not in the NUC or Cundall. ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, 1770-83. Kingston, 1786. The NUC locates DLC, MH, RPJCB, MChB, NN. CUNDALL, p.52. SABIN 35617. ABRIDGEMENT OF LAWS. Kingston, 1786. The NUC locates NN. Not in Cundall. SABIN 35617. ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, 1784-88. Kingston, 1789. The NUC locates DLC, RPJCB. CUNDALL, p.53. In all, a remarkable assemblage of Caribbean printing.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 7.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      - EXTRAHIDOS Das Obras de Linnéo, com a sua explicaçaõ, e estampas abertas em cobre, para facilitar a intelligencia dos mesmos. E A MEMORIA SOBRE A UTILIDADE DOS JARDINS BOTANICOS. Director do Real Jardim Botanico, e Lente das Cadeiras de Chymica, e de Historia Natural na Universidade de Coimbra. &c. COIMBRA: Na Real Officina da Universidade. M. DCC. LXXXVIII. (1787) In 4.º de 20,5x14 cm. Com frontispício gravado, (i)-vi-301-(iii)-xxxvi pags. + xxi estampas muitas delas desdobráveis. Junto com: VANDELI. (Domingos) FLORAE LUSITANIACE ET BRASILIENSIS SPECIMEN * Plantae exoticae B. Brasiliensis. ET EPISTOLAE AB ERUDITIS VIRIS CAROLO A LINNÉ ANTONIO HAEN A DOMINICUM VANDELLI Scriptae. CONINBRICAE: Ex Typographia Academico-Regia, MDCCLXXXVIII. (1788) In 8.º de 20x14,5 cm. com (ii)-96 pags. Ilustrado com 5 gravuras desdobráveis. Encadernação da época inteira de pele com nervos e ferros ao ouro na lombada. Inocêncio II 200. "DOMINGOS VANDELLI, Commendador da Ordem de Christo, Doutor em Philosophia pela Univ. de Padua, e Lente jubilado da mesma faculdade na de Coimbra Deputado da Real Junta do Commercio, Agricultura, Fabricas e Navegação Director do Real Jardim Botanico d'AJuda, Socio da Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa, e das de Upsal, Lusacia, Padua, Florença, etc. etc.-N. em Padua, segundo se crê, pelos annos de 1730, sendo filho do Doutor em Medicina Jeronymo Vandelli, Lente na Universidade da mesma cidade. Veiu para este reino convidado pelo ministro Marquez de Pombal, com o destino de reger uma cadeira de Philosophia em Coimbra, e parece que já estava em Lisboa em 1765. Gosou em Portugal de grandes honras e distincções, que, se podemos dar credito as queixas do seu collega e consocio Brotero, não foram tanto devidas a sua sciencia, quanto ao modo com que sabia insinuar se, e captar a benevolencia de certas personagens collocadas em logares eminentes, ou que dirigiram os negocios da monarchia por aquelles tempos. Parece que durante o periodo da invasão e occupação do reino pelas tropas francezas em 1807 e 1808 fôra suspeito, ou quando menos accusado de adhesão ao partido dos invasores e d'ahi lhe proveiu que no anno de 1810, apesar dos seus 80 annos, e das enfermidades companheiras da decrepidez, fosse com outros incluido na denominada Septembrisada, e conduzido preso para bordo da fragata Amazona para n'ella seguir viagem para a ilha Terceira, com os seus companheiros deinfortunio. Foi lhe porém concedida depois a transferencia para Inglaterra, onde teve de demorar se até a paz geral. Regressando para Lisboa em 1815, segundo creio, viveu ainda algum tempo no estado de quasi completa imbecilidade, falecendo finalmente a 27 de Junho de 1816.-As obras que escreveu em Portugal, em portuguez e latim, foram numerosas umas se publicaram em separado, outras inscritas nas collecções da Academia e algumas ficaram manuscriptas, segundo me constou, em poder de seus filhos, e de outras pessoas. [Flora Lusitanicae et Brasiliensis] Este opusculo, que Vandelli publicou, servindo se de indicações fornecidas pelo dr. Joaquim Velloso de Miranda, correspondente da Acad. Real das Sciencias, e residente na provincia de Minas Geraes, foi depois alterado em parte, por decisão da mesma Acad., substituindo se por outros os nomes de varias plantas, que Velloso dedicara a certas personagens (sem se esquecer de si proprio, como se vê a pag. 32 do referido opusculo). A Memoria assim reformada sahiu nas da Academia a pag. 37 e seguintes do tomo I.- O sr. Manuel Bernardo Lopes Fernandes me fez ver autographa a censura do P. João de Loureiro, em cuja conformidade se fizeram as al terações indicadas." Borba de Moraes, 875. [EN] Binding : contemporary natural calf gilt to spine and label. Engraved frontispiece and 21 folding plates skillfully printed. Contemporary signature to title page. Printed at the Royal Typography of the University of Coimbra. Leatherbound together with the very important cientific research on the Brazilian Flora: FLORA LUSITANIACE ET

      [Bookseller: Livraria Castro e Silva]
 8.   Check availability:     IberLibro     Link/Print  

        The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland.. In Two Volumes,

      First Edition, 2 vols, cxxxiv, 630; 615, 8pp [index], with 2 large folding county maps by Thomas Kitchin before both titles, large thick quarto, modern but not recent buckram, with a bookplate of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana on a front fly leaf. London, Strahan and Cadell, 1787. Rare. * FURTHER PHOTOGRAPHS SENT ON REQUEST * A detailed and very extensive account of the families, customs, architecture, and political and religious history of the two counties. See: The Picturesque Scenery of the Lake District 1752 - 1855: A Bibliographical Study by Peter Bicknell, reference # 12. Richard Burn (1710 -1784) English legal writer born in Kirkby Stephen; Joseph Nicolson (1706 -1777), distinguished Carlisle born antiquarian.

      [Bookseller: Jeffrey Stern Antiquarian Bookseller]
 9.   Check availability:     UKBookworld     Link/Print  

        Relación Histórica de la vida y apostólicas tareas del Venerable Padre Fray Junípero Serra, y de las misiones que fundó en la California septentrional, y nuevos establecimientos del Monterey

      Mexico: Imprenta de Don Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros, calle del Espiritu Santo, 1787. Small quarto. [28], 344pp. 1 engraved portrait, 1 folding engraved map. (Abrasion on top edge of text block). Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine (lightly rubbed, ties lacking). Housed in a half morocco and cloth folding box, spine gilt. A primary source for information on the history of early California. An outstanding book on early California. Palou was a disciple of Father Junipero Serra (1713- 1784) for many years, and his work is still the principal source for the life of the venerable founder of the California missions. "The letters from Father Serra to Father Palou [provide] interesting details on the various Indian tribes and their manners and customs, together with descriptions of the country...This work has been called the most noted of all books relating to California" (Hill). "Both a splendid discourse on the California missions, their foundation and management, and an intimate and sympathetic biography of the little father-present. Better, by long odds, than the bulk of lives of holy men, written by holy men" (Libros Californianos). The map shows the locations of nine missions (of an ultimate total of twenty-one) and also the presidios at San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco. "[The map] is of interest here because it seems to be the first on which a boundary line was drawn between Lower and Upper California" (Wheat). The plate is a portrait of Serra. First edition, second issue, with "Mar Pacifico" printed on the map (see Wagner). This is also the issue of the text with "car" instead of "pro" at the end of the index and with the phrase "a expensas de various bienhechores" preceding the imprint on the titlepage. Barrett 1946; Cowan, p.472; Graff 3179; Hill (2004) 1289; Howes P56, "c"; LC, California Centennial 34; Libros Californianos, pp.24,67; Wagner Spanish Southwest 168; Weber p.77; Wheat Transmississippi 208; Zamorano 80, 59

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 10.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Voyage au Cap de Bonne-EspÈrance

      Paris,: chez Buisson,, 1787.. Two volumes, quarto, with a folding map and 16 engraved plates, some folding; a good copy in contemporary mottled calf. Cook's second voyage and travels in South Africa, by the famous Swedish naturalist. This is the first edition in French, the most profusely illustrated of the early editions of the book. This is an example of the quarto version (an octavo version appeared simultaneously).Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University, was in South Africa when Cook's second voyage called there in 1772; Forster engaged him to accompany the expedition as assistant naturalist. Though much of his book is a narrative of travels in Africa with emphasis on its flora and fauna (and a remarkable series of plates on termites and their habitations), he includes an interesting account of his voyage with Cook in the first volume - as Hocken notes, 'Hairbreadth escape from collision of the two ships, not mentioned elsewhere. Shocking details as to the food on board. Described the plants which Georg Forster drew... Both interesting and amusing...'.Sparrman published an expanded Swedish version of his account of the voyage in 1802 (with a second volume in 1818), but this account in its various versions was the only eighteenth-century text by this member of the second voyage.Beddie, 1279; Kroepelien, 1223; Mendelssohn, p. 361; not in Hill.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
 11.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        A Poetical Tour, in the Years 1784, 1785, and 1786.

      785, and 1786. 1787 - A rare signed copy of this poetic work by William Parsons. Parsons(17851824) was an English writer associated withthe Della Cruscans, a circle of European late-18th-century sentimental poets founded by Robert Merry. Parsons adopted the deliberate pose of a gentleman amateur in A Poetical Tour in the Years 1784, 1785, and 1786. By a Member of the Arcadian Society at Rome (1787), in which the effusions of momentary impressions are eked out by imitations, translations, and complimentary verses to Mrs Piozzi and Mrs Elizabeth Montagu. With the inscription 'From the Author' to verso of front free endpaper. Very scarce. Condition: In a contemporary paper binding. Externally, rubbed and worn, as one expects. Front wrap detached but present. Backstrip is absent at no detriment to integrity of binding. Internally, binding a trifle strained in places but generally firm. Some very light spotting to first and last few pages but in general a very bright, clean copy that would benefit from a sympathetic rebinding. Overall: FAIR with a VERY GOOD interior. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
 12.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        A Map of South America Containing Tierra-Firma, Guayana, New Granada, Amazonia, Brasil, Peru, Paraguay, Chaco, Tucuman, Chili and Patagonia

      London: Sayer, Robert, 1787. unbound. very good. Map, in two sheets. Copper plate engraving with original outline hand color. Each panel measures 19.75" x 46.5". Fantastic engraving of the South American continent with geographical and historical details. Includes a table of cultural information of each country and an inset of the Falkland Islands. Stunning cartouche with flora and fauna. Some offsetting from cartouche.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
 13.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      Nassau. April 19, 1787.. 6pp. Quarto. Old fold lines. Light wear at edges, minor soiling. Very good. I a half morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine gilt. Letter written by Richard Henry Lee, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, to a nephew or other young relative - "my dear Carter" - offering advice. Lee writes from the Bahamas, where he has been recovering his health, although he is hopeful of embarking for home by way of South Carolina or Georgia within a few days. Lee offers Carter career advice very much modelled on his own life: "I find your mind is charmed with eloquence & I infer that the bar is the theatre selected for its display. The rank of man as established by the concurring judgement of ages stands thus - Heros, Legislators, orators, & poets. The most useful & in my opinion the most honorable is 'Legislator' which is far from being incompatible with the profession of law is congenial to it. Generally, mankind most admire the Hero, of all the most useless only when the safety of a nation demands his saving arm." The letter then takes a long tangent on the topic of classical generals, speaking of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Hannibal, whom Lee considers "the first soldier of the three" because more than the others, he "had a justifiable cause of war." Lee then develops at length his thesis that "the constant exercise of the mind struggling to maintain freedom & independence of the state brings forth that superb display of genius which seizes in a little time the highest rank in literature & the arts." He believes this to have been the case in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as more recently in France and England, citing as proof the appearance of William Harvey, Robert Boyle, Sir Isaac Newton, John Milton, Samuel Johnson, and John Dryden. Nor is the United States exempt: "Even our own country never exhibited such a display of genius before or since as she did during her eight years war." In concluding, Lee asserts, "It may therefore be considered as a truth demonstrated by the history of man that continued & arduous excitement of the mind especially in regaining lost, or in defending menaced rights, places man in that train of mind and body which brings forth the greatest display of genius, particularly after the storm has subsided, & the mind reposing with security in the sweets of tranquility, meditates without fear." Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) was a Virginia statesman and leading figure in the American Revolution. He was a persuasive orator, and during the Second Continental Congress famously moved that Congress should declare the colonies to be "free and independent states." He signed the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence. He later had strong Anti-Federalist leanings.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 14.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        OEUVRES DU SEIGNEUR DE BRANTOME, NOUVELLE EDITION Plus Correcte Que Les Precedentes (Tome Premire - Tome Huitieme)

      Paris: Chez Jean-Francois Bastien. Very Good+. 1787. Hardcover. Clean supple leather. Spine decorated with gilt geometric designs. Spine title labels in tact. Text blocks tight, clean & intact. Volume #1 has a pictorial frontispiece and fold out tables, 415pp. Vol #2, 586pp; # 3, 566 pp. #4, 469 pp; #5, 452 pp; #6, 479; #7, 473 pp and #8, 496 pp. Page edges dyed green. Signature of Catherine de Courtlande appears top margin of each title page. Inside of front coveran armorial book plate with initials "PYC". Inside of front cover an armorial book plate with initials "PYC". French language edition. Collectors quality. Rare; Tables; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 3936 pages .

      [Bookseller: Nick Bikoff, Bookseller]
 15.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The Case, Trevett Against Weeden: On Information and Complaint

      1787. [Trial]. Varnum, James M. [1748-1789]. Weeden, John, Defendant. The Case, Trevett Against Weeden: On Information and Complaint, For Refusing Paper Bills in Payment for Butcher's Meat, In Market, At Par with Specie. Tried Before the Honourable Superior Court, In the County of Newport, September Term, 1786. Also, The Case of the Judges of Said Court, Before the Honourable General Assembly, At Providence, October Session, 1786, On Citation, For Dismissing Said Complaint. Wherein the Rights of the People to Trial by Jury, &c. Are Stated and Maintained, And the Legislative, Judiciary and Executive Powers of Government Examined and Defined. Providence: Printed by John Carter, 1787. iv, 60 pp. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers. Moderate edgewear and staining. Light browning to text, internally clean. An appealing copy of an important item. * First edition. This landmark in the history of American judicial review arose from a dispute with a butcher. In 1786 Trevett attempted to purchase meat from Weeden with paper money issued by an act of the General Assembly of Rhode Island, which Weeden refused. Trevett lodged a complaint with Superior Court of Newport, but it ruled in favor of the defendant, who was defended by Varnum, stating that it was unconstitutional for the state to demand acceptance of its paper money. The judges were called before the state legislature, where they defended their actions. This event received a great deal of public attention and inspired Varnum's brief study, which examines the motivations of the legislature, the power of the judiciary to alter legislation and the rights of individual citizens. John Marshall noted Varnum's book in the debates leading to his decision in Marbury v. Madison. Also a general in the Rhode Island State Militia, Varnum was a Rhode Island lawyer who served in the Continental Congress from 1780 to 1782. He was appointed Judge of the Northwest Territory in 1787 and spent the rest of his life in Ohio. Ritz, American Judicial Proceedings Published Before 1801 157. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11239.

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
 16.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London: Printed for A. Strahan; T. Cadell in the Strand; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1787. Pp. xlviii, 372 (includes half-title and subscriber's names), engraved frontispiece. Full, gilt framed speckled calf, gilt panelled spine, maroon leather spine label, top edge gilt, gilt dentelles, wave patterned marbled endpapers. First London edition with the misprint "stinking" for skinking on p. 267. Interior crisp and clean, covers lightly rubbed, else a handsome, collectible copy in an unsigned binding.. Third Edition, First London Edition. Full Leather. Very Good Plus.. Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Hugh Anson-Cartwright Fine Books, ABAC/I]
 17.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Histoire de la Derniere Guerre, Entre la Grande-Bretagne, et les États-Unis de l'Amérique, la France, l'Espagne, et la Hollande

      Paris: Chez Brocas, 1787. 4to. (10 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches). 7 engraved folding maps, 2 folding tables. Period dark purple morocco backed pebbled cloth covered boards, flat spine in five compartments divided by a gilt roll tool, lettered in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers. First edition of one of the best contemporary histories of the American Revolution, described by Howes as the "best French chronicle of the Revolution; particularly valuable on naval affairs" : this copy from the son of a French Admiral who served in the war and was a founding member of the Society of Cincinnati. The maps include an excellent one of the American coast from Georgia to New Jersey, another from that region north to Nova Scotia, and several of the West Indies. The folding maps also include the Gulf of Mexico, St. Kitt's, and the Lesser Antilles. The folding tables detail war ships lost by combat, wreck, or capture, and the French officers killed or wounded. This copy with significant provenance to the son of a French naval hero and a founding member of the Society of Cincinnati. The title page is signed by Bernard de Marigny, the son of Charles-René-Louis, vicomte de Bernard de Marigny (1740-1816), the commander of the French frigates Belle Poule, Junon and the captured HMS Ardent during the war and an associate of Benjamin Franklin. Interestingly, his son has annotated this copy with interesting marginalia (one dated 1842) in French concerning his father, mother, family relations, as well as George Washington, Lafayette and more. Howes L-166. Leclerq 827. Sabin 39613.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 18.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Centinel, to the People of Pennsylvania

      [New York: ca. October 1787]. 2pp., folio broadsheet. (21 1/2 x 16 inches). Text in three columns, comprised of Centinel Numbers 1 and 2 (each signed in print with Bryan's pseudonym "Centinel"), with the addition on the final page of a letter "To the Printer" signed in print by "Timoleon" and dated "New-York, October 24, 1787." (Small losses in lower left affecting some text recto and verso). A major Anti-Federalist broadside response to the proposed Constitution. On September 17, 1787, after nearly five months of debate and deliberation, the Constitutional Convention proposed a plan for a new federal government to the states for ratification. Among the earliest to publicly criticize the new constitution was Pennsylvanian Samuel Bryan, the son of Pennsylvania supreme court judge George Bryan. On October 5, Bryan, under the pseudonym Centinel, published in Philadelphia newspapers, the first of what would eventually be eighteen influential anti-federalist essays. The present broadside, published in New York, reprints the first two Centinel essays. In Centinel I, Bryan begins by praising the Pennsylvania constitution, but warns that he must comment on the proposed federal plan of government before the freedom of the press is revoked. Bryan, however, starts his argument not with a critique of the Constitution, but of the underlying principles and suppositions of John Adams's A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America. Bryan asserts that a government composed of opposing interests yielding equally balanced power between three bodies of government, as advocated by Adams, has never existed in the history of man and cannot possible exist in America and that "the only operative and efficient check, upon the conduct of administration, is the sense of the people at large." Bryan continues by advocating Pennsylvania's unicameral legislature which is held in check by short terms of office. Next, Centinel turns to the proposed plan of the federal government, focusing on the federal government's overly broad rights of internal taxation and the unbalanced power of the federal judiciary over the courts of the individual states. Bryan next gives a general outline of the entire plan of the federal government and suggests that the House of Representatives is too small, the terms of office in the Senate too long, among other complaints. He concludes, "From this investigation into the organization of this government, it appears that it is devoid of all responsibility or accountability to the great body of the people, and that so far from being a regular balanced government, it would be in practice a permanent aristocracy." In his second essay, Bryan begins his opposition to the new federal government citing its lack of a Bill of Rights, calling its omission "an insult on the understanding of the people." Much of the remaining parts of this essay focus on James Wilson's comments in support of the proposed Constitution. Bryan concludes that "it is evident, that the general government would necessarily annihilate the particular governments, and that the security of the personal rights of the people by the state constitutions is superseded and destroyed; hence results the necessity of such security being provided for by a bill of rights to be inserted in the new plan of federal government. What excuse can we then make for the omission of this grand palladium, this barrier between liberty and oppression. For universal experience demonstrates the necessity of the most express declarations and restrictions, to protect the rights and liberties of mankind, from the silent, powerful and ever active conspiracy of those who govern." Following the printing of Centinel I and II, this broadside includes a letter "To the Printer" signed with the pseudonym "Timoleon" and dated October 24, 1787. In it, the author recounts a meeting in New York of a group of sensible men without ambitions under the new government, recounting the arguments of a judge and an older gentleman of the club. The former fears that the new congressional power to levy internal taxes for the "general welfare" of the United States "necessarily includes the right of judging what is for the general welfare" and that in the absence of a Bill of Rights, that speech contrary to the government could be suppressed in the name of "general welfare." The latter quotes Blackstone at length and espouses his fears that the new constitution will trample the right of trial by jury. In direct response to these and other anti-federalist arguments, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay began writing the Federalist Papers. In Federalist 1, published October 27 -- three days after the date of this broadside --, Hamilton writes that the series would "endeavor to give a satisfactory answer to all the objections which shall have made their appearance, that may seem to have any claim to your attention." The only other extant copy of this broadside is located at the New York Historical Society. Broadside printings of any of the anti-federalist papers are of the utmost rarity and seldom appear on the market. Bristol B6461; Shipton & Mooney 45045. On the attribution of Centinel to Samuel Bryan, see Konkle, George Bryan and the Constitution of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: 1922) pp. 308-319.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 19.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Orpheus und Euridice eine Oper... [Subtitle]: Clavierauszug der Partitur... herausgegeben von C.F. Cramer

      Kiel: bey dem Herausgeber und in Hamburg in Commission bey Herrn Hofmann. 1787. Oblong folio. Early speckled tan paper boards. [i] (title), ii (blank), iii-iv (subscription list), v-x (foreword), xi-xviii (libretto), 112 pp. typeset music. With text in Danish and German. & & From the collection of the composer's grandson, the composer Karl Ernst Naumann (1832-1910), with his faint signature to title. & & Binding worn, rubbed and bumped; slightly lacking at spine. Some foxing and browning throughout. A very good copy overall. . First Edition. BUC p. 725. RISM N189. & & A Singspiel in three acts to a libretto by Charlotte Dorothea Biehl after Ranieri de' Calzabigi, Orpheus und Euridice was first performed in Copenhagen at the Royal Opera on January 31, 1786 to a libretto by C.D. Biehl after R. Calzabigi. & & "In 1785–6 [Naumann] was guest opera composer and conductor in Copenhagen, where he also reformed the Hofkapelle and improved the organization of the court opera. For Copenhagen he composed the tuneful and charming Danish opera Orpheus og Eurydike (1786)..."& & "Orpheus was intended to test Naumann’s abilities before King Christian VII offered him an official appointment at the Danish court. The music was praised for its colourful harmonies and sensitive orchestration; Naumann uses Gluckian accompanied recitative throughout, while the choruses and arias range from expressive through-composed scenes to short, perfunctory lied forms. The orchestra consisted of 40 players at the première and included trombones, for which the theatre had to be enlarged. Orpheus remained on the stage in Copenhagen until December 1791, and, in addition to a vocal score in German translation (Hamburg, 1787), excerpts appeared in the catalogues of Dresden publishers until 1800..."& & "...He was the most important personality in the music history of Dresden between Hasse and Weber, as well as one of the most esteemed musicians in Europe in the late 18th century and one of the last German composers to study in Italy." Dieter Härtwig and Laurie H. Ongley in Grove online

      [Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC]
 20.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Collection of 24 original aquatints and soft-ground etchings

      London,: from, 1787.. A collection of 24 prints, with various finishes ranging from sepia to fully coloured, various sizes (mainly about 450 x 550 mm.); mounted. An exceptional collection of proof and trial printings of Webber's famous images of the Pacific, based on his graphic record of Cook's third voyage. A summary of the collection is given below: a fuller description is available on request.In 1786 Webber had exhibited his South Seas paintings at the Royal Academy. Encouraged by the response, he embarked on a collaboration with the aquatint artist Marie Catherina Prestel, recently arrived in London from Frankfurt. Together they completed four aquatint views, all of which are very rare today. All four are included here in early issues.Webber subsequently abandoned these experiments in aquatint engraving, and his relationship with Prestel, in favour of the new technique of soft-ground etching. By August 1788 he had produced the first three of the sixteen soft-ground etchings that would ultimately form the series published as Views in the South Seas of 1809, perhaps the most beautiful of all view books on the Pacific. Such was the publication's success that later issues of the plates were still being sold decades into the nineteenth century.Webber's experimental printings of his images, from the early aquatints made with Prestel (only one of which survived to appear in the Views: see number 19 below) through various trials in the late 1780s, are all rare and desirable. Although Joppien and Smith have described known survivals in some detail, the individual pieces here often vary from those descriptions in detail or in such aspects as the colour of wash used. A collection as extensive as this sheds remarkable light on the processes involved, and represents a highly important graphic archive. It includes early versions of a remarkable proportion of the images that would later appear in Webber's book: twelve of the final sixteen images are seen here in twenty-one versions.References to JS below are to Rudiger Joppien's and Bernard Smith's The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages, Volume 3 Catalogue, OUP, 1987. References to Views are to Webber's Views in the South Seas.A View in Matavai, Otaheite (Webber & Prestel; not published in Views).1. First aquatint issue. Aquatint in sepia tones on laid paper, 1787. 'There can be no doubt that the drawing represents one of the most romantic and tropical scenes encountered during the voyage' (JS). The image had earlier been trialled as a line etching in November 1786, but Webber decided instead to experiment with the newly-arrived aquatint technique in collaboration with Marie Catherine Prestel. JS 3.120Ac.View in Ulietea (Webber & Prestel; not published in Views).2. Second issue dated 1788, uncoloured sepia aquatint. Two states of an earlier issue dated 1787 are identified by JS. No other version of the image appears to exist. JS 3.157Ac.View in Annamooka (Webber & Prestel; not published in Views).3. Early issue. Uncoloured sepia aquatint on laid paper, 1788. Other examples are dated 1787 but JS note the British Museum version of the print which is also dated 1788. JS 3.344Ab.View in Queen Charlotte's Sound, New Zealand (Views, plate 1).4. First issue, signed "J. Webber", tinted state, 1790. Soft-ground etching on wove paper tinted in brown & grey wash. Early issue before the letters "R.A." added to Webber's signature. JS 3.21Aa.5. First issue, coloured state, 1790. A fully handcoloured version of the uncoloured print. JS 3.21Aa.6. Second issue, signed "J. Webber R.A.", uncoloured state, 1790. Soft-ground etching on wove paper, printed in outline only in sepia. Perhaps a trial pull before addition of washes, or an impression with outline printing produced for subsequent colouring. JS 3.21Aa note refers but does not identify this state.7. Second issue, tinted state, 1790. Soft-ground etching on wove paper with blue-grey wash. JS 3.21Aa note.Boats of the Friendly Islands (Views, plate 2).8. First issue, tinted state. Soft-ground etching with blue-grey wash, 1791. The only recorded issue of this image other than the version later produced for Views. In terms of colouring this does not exactly correspond with JS who identify coloured and brown & grey wash states. JS 3.73Aa.View in the Island of Cracatoa (Views, plate 4).9. Early issue as a soft-ground etching with blue-grey wash, 1789. An apparently earlier example noted by JS (unique copy in British Museum) is probably a proof before letters of this issue. JS 3.410Ab.A View in Oheitepeha Bay (Views, plate 5).10. First issue, uncoloured state. Soft-ground etching on wove paper, printed in outline only in sepia, 1791. The only issue identified by JS. Perhaps a trial pull like (6). JS 3.92Aa.Waheiadooa, Chief of Oheitepeha (Views, plate 6).11. First issue, uncoloured state. Soft-ground etching on wove paper, printed in outline only in sepia, 1789. The only recorded issue of this image other than the version later produced for Views. Perhaps a trial pull like (6). JS 3.95Aa.View of the Harbour of Taloo (Views, plate 7).12. First issue, tinted state. Soft-ground etching on wove paper with blue-grey wash, 1789. Evidently the only issue of this other than its later appearance in Views. This is one of two states, priority of which is uncertain. It does not exactly correspond with JS who describe a different state of the colouring (brown & grey wash). JS 3.138Aa.13. First issue, uncoloured state. Uncoloured etching on wove paper, printed in outline only in sepia, 1789. Perhaps a trial pull like (6). JS 3.138Aa.A Toopapaoo of a Chief (Views, plate 8).14. Unrecorded first issue as a soft-ground etching, evidently a trial proof before letters, c.1789. This follows Webber's original drawing and is oriented the same way, whereas the print first issued in 1789 and later in 1809 is reversed. There are various differences between the images (for example the arrangement of stones beneath the Toopapaoo in this version is closer to the drawing. JS 146 for the drawing.The Narta, or Sledge for Burdens (Views, plate 10).15. First issue, soft-ground etching with blue-grey wash, 1789. The image only otherwise appears as a coloured aquatint in Views. JS 3.340Aa.View in Macao, Including the residence of Camoens (Views, plate 12).16. First issue, soft-ground etching with blue-grey wash, 1788. JS 3.372Ba.View in Macao (Views, plate 13).17. First issue, tinted state, 1788. Soft-ground etching on wove paper with blue-grey wash. JS 3.372Aa.18. First issue, coloured state, 1788. Handcoloured soft-ground etching on wove paper. A rare fully coloured version of Webber's Macao view. It has been suggested with this example that the colouring may have been done by Webber himself as it is particularly accomplished. JS 3.372Aa.View in Pulo Condore (Webber & Prestel; Views, plate 14).19. Early issue, aquatint printed in sepia tones on laid paper, 1787. JS identify two early pulls from the same plate evidently before letters, one of them captioned in manuscript by Webber. This was the only image of the four early aquatints deriving from the Webber/Prestel collaboration to be re-engraved for Views. JS 397Ac.20. Early (variant) issue, aquatint printed in sepia on laid paper, 1787. Varies from (19) considerably in tonal quality, this example with less subtlety. JS 397Ac.21. Unrecorded early issue on wove paper, handcoloured aquatint, 1787. Perhaps like (18) coloured by Webber himself: all other early versions of this print are on laid paper. JS 397Ac.22. Later issue, aquatint in sepia tones on wove paper, printed in Frankfurt c.1820 by C.E.G. Prestel, presumably Marie Prestel's husband. It is not clear how this plate came to be in Frankfurt: perhaps Prestel took the trial aquatint plates back to Germany with her. Not noted by JS.Plantain Tree, in the Island of Cracatoa (Views, plate 15).23. First issue, uncoloured state. Softground etching on wove paper, 1788. Finished with blue-grey wash. JS 3.414Aa.24. First issue, coloured state, 1788. Rare fully coloured version of Webber's justly famous image of lush tropical vegetation. Perhaps like (18) coloured by Webber himself: the colouring here is especially subtle and accomplished. JS 3.414Aa.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
 21.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The Adventures of Numa Pompilius, Second King of Rome. Translated from the French of M. de Florian

      London: Printed for C. Dilly...and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1787. FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION. 2 volumes. 8vo, 174 x 105 mms., pp. [iv], iv, 267 [268 blank]; [ii], iii [iv - vi blank], 290 [291 - 292 adverts], handsomely bound in full Scottish tree calf, gilt border on spines, with spines gilt in compartments, green morocco titling labels, small circular red morocco numbering labels; tiny worm hole to the top of spine on volume 1, but a fine and attractive set, with the initials "F. F." on the top margin of each title-page, and the binder's ticket of "A. Brown and Co.... Aberdeen" on the upper margin of the front paste-down end-paper in volume 1. Jean Pierre Claris de Florian (1755 - 1794) published this work, an imitation of Fenlon's Telemaque in 1786, and it was soon translated into several European languages. The work is based on the life of the king of Rome, Numa Pompilius (753-673 BC; reigned 715-673 BC), and many of Rome's important religious and political institutions were attributed to him. Florian studied for some time at the artillery school at Bapaume and later becamen a captain, though he did not remain in the army long. At the outbreak of the Revolution, he moved to the outskirts of Paris and lived in Sceaux; however, his membership in the army of the king did not sit well with the revolutionaries, and he joined many others of his kind in prison. He died in prison.

      [Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books]
 22.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        GERANIOLOGIA seu Erodii, Pelargonii, Geranii, Monsoniae et Grieli Historia Iconibus Illustrata

      Paris: Pierre-François Didot, 1787. A superb complete set of the original 44 plates of Geraniologia (no title leaf), all very bright and clean without foxing or other marks, they are in their original uncoloured state and printed on wove paper. Because they have never been bound, the edges are all uncut, the sheets measuring approxing 355mm x 535mm. To find a set in such clean condition in untrimmed state is exceptional. A few of the later plates are a little worn/creased to the margins, plate 41 is a little more creased at the top, just affecting the plate impression. The title page is not present in this set but a facsimile has been expertly let into the front panel of the Solander box. This is a superb production, finished in green buckram and inlaid with panels of red morocco to the spine and front board, which are stamped in gilt. The edges are finished in mauve cloth and the box lined with acid-free paper; the plates are protected within a folding card casing. This rare portfolio contains some of Redoute's best early work. L'Heritier took great interest in and helped guide the careers of both Pierre Joseph Redouté and James Sowerby, both important botanical artists. In this present work, six plates are based on paintings by Sowerby, while thirty-one are after Redoute (The other artists involved being Claude Aubriet, Louis Freret, B. Pernotin and S. Taylor).. L'Heritier chose to leave the plates uncoloured, because he felt that "if his engravings were coloured, much of the sharpness and precision would be lost. The plates by Sowerby and Redoute are particularly fine, and provide us with an example of the early work of these two botanical illustrators, when they were still under the influence of the great French tradition established by Robert" (An Oak Spring Flora). Due to the outbreak of the French Revolution, the Geraniologia was never finished and was finally published in ca 1792, but the text was never published. References: An Oak Spring Flora 57; Nissen BBI 1188; Stafleu TL2 4494; Great Flower Books, p.65; Hunt Redouteana 10. Please contact for further details . First Edition. Solander Box. Fine. Illus. by Redoute, Pierre-Joseph, et al. Folio.

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
 23.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Das verbesserte System der Illuminaten mit allen seinen Einrichtungen und Graden

      Frankfurt und Leipzig (d. i. Nürnberg), Grattenauer 1787.. Tit., 362 S., 1 w. Bl. - Angebunden: II. ders., Kurze Rechtfertigung meiner Absichten. Zur Beleuchtung der neuesten Originalschriften. Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1787. 70 S., 1 w. Bl. - III. (Zwackh, Franz Xaver von): Anhang zu den Originalschriften des Illuminatenordens welche auf höchsten Churfürstlichen Befehl zum Druck befördert worden sind. Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1787. 39 S. Pappband d. Zt. I. Goed. IV/1, 522, (22), 8; Kloss 3246; Taute 883; Wolfstieg 42953. - Erste Ausgabe. - "Nach Aufhebung des Illuminatenordens erschienen. Enth. W.s Gedanken über Plan u. Einrichtung des Bundes, wie er sich ihn nunmehr dachte" (Wolfstieg). - II. Goed. IV/1, 522, 9; Wolfstieg 42778. - Erste Augabe der sehr seltenen Schrift Weishaupts. "Im `Nachtrag zur Rechtfertigung`, ... sind die Geständnisse von Interesse, daß die Jesuiten ihm die Bibel verleidet hätten; er lese sie aber jetzt täglich: `Michaelis und Steinbart haben mich ausgesöhnt; ich bin nun vielleicht mehr Christ als mancher, der in mir einen Ungläubigen verabscheut`. Die Geschichte seiner Anrede an die Illum. dirigentes ... erzählt er ausführlich. Den Mißbrauch der obersten Gewalt habe er allerdings mit `starken Farben gemalt`, `aber ich kam von Raynal`. Wahr bleibt ihm noch jetzt, daß der Regent nichts ist als der erste Beamte und Unterthan seines Volkes, daß unsere Unsittlichkeit die Quelle unserer Knechtschaft ist, daß die Spaltungen in der Religion die Menschen noch mehr getheilt haben, daß ein neues Bindungsmittel nöthig ist, damit die getrennten Menschen sich weniger hassen" (ADB). - III. Wolfstieg 42771. - - - SS. 9/10 bei (I) mit kl. Randläsur; die letzten Bll. von (I) und die ersten von (II) an der oberen Ecke etwas gestaucht und leicht fleckig. Insgesamt recht gutes Exemplar mit 2 seltenen Schriften Adam Weishaupts in der ersten Ausgabe!

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
 24.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      Mexico: Imprenta de Don Felipe de Zuniga y Ontiveros, calle del Espiritu Santo, 1787.. [28],344pp. plus plate and folding map. Small quarto. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. Vellum lightly rubbed, string ties lacking. Bookplate on front pastedown. Abrasion on top edge of text block, probably to remove a marca de fuego. Very clean and fresh internally, and a fine copy overall. In a blue half morocco and cloth folding box, spine gilt. First edition, second issue, with "Mar Pacifico" printed on the map (see Wagner). This is also the issue of the text with "car" instead of "pro" at the end of the index and with the phrase "a expensas de various bienhechores" preceding the imprint on the titlepage. An outstanding book on early California. Cowan (in the 1914 edition of his bibliography) calls it "the most famous and the most extensive of the early works that relate to Upper California." Palou was a disciple of Father Junipero Serra for many years, and his work is still the principal source for the life of the venerable founder of the California missions. "The letters from Father Serra to Father Palou [provide] interesting details on the various Indian tribes and their manners and customs, together with descriptions of the country....This work has been called the most noted of all books relating to California" - Hill. "Both a splendid discourse on the California missions, their foundation and management, and an intimate and sympathetic biography of the little father-present. Better, by long odds, than the bulk of lives of holy men, written by holy men" - LIBROS CALIFORNIANOS. "[The map] is of interest here because it seems to be the first on which a boundary line was drawn between Lower and Upper California" - Wheat. The map shows the locations of nine missions (of an ultimate total of twenty- one) and also the presidios at San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco. The plate is an allegorical portrait of Serra ministering to Indians. BARRETT 1946. COWAN, p.472. COWAN (1914 edition), pp.171-172. HILL 1289. GRAFF 3179. HOWES P56, "c." LC, CALIFORNIA CENTENNIAL 34. LIBROS CALIFORNIANOS, pp.24, 67. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 208. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 168. WEBER, p.77. ZAMORANO 80, 59.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 25.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Vasorum Lymphaticorum Corporis Humani Historia et Ichonographia

      Siena: Pazzini Carli, 1787 Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Imperial folio. Imperial folio (555x400 mm), [4], 138 pp., engraved allegorical title vignette, engraved dedication leaf within border and 41 plates, of which 14 are accompanying duplicate outline key plates, title a little soiled at margins with library stamps to foot, mounted on stub, light finger-soiling to plate margins, final outline plate enhanced at guard and with paper repair at lower corner. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, spine with 5 raised bands and gilt morocco label. A fine copy, printed on strong paper, the stunning plates in fine (unstamped) condition. ---- Wellcome IV, 73; Norman 1450; Heirs of Hippocrates 1099; Choulant-Frank 315-316; Garrison-Morton 1104; Waller 6295. - FIRST EDITION. Mascagni was appointed professor of anatomy at the University of Siena at the age of 22; in 1784 he submitted to the Academie des Sciences in Paris his Prodrome d'un ouvrage sur le systeme des vaissaux limphatiques. This was followed by the present work, a magnificent production, which gained him lasting fame and paved the way for progress in anatomy, physiology and clinical medicine, since half of the lymphatic vessels now known were discovered by him. His extremely detailed discoveries of naked-eye anatomical distribution of the lymphatics could only be described through illustrations. For this purpose Mascagni hired Ciro Santi, a painter and engraver from Bologna who lived in Sienna until about 1780. Santi prepared 27 drawings and engraved 27 spectacular copperplates and 16 key plates. These depict vessels in some of the finest detail present in anatomical illustration before the advent of photography..

      [Bookseller: Milestones of Science Books]
 26.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        De la France et des États-Unis ou de l'Importance de la Révolution de l'Amérique pour le honheur de la France,

      Londres [i. e. Paris] 1787.. XLVIII, 344 S. Ldr. d. Zt. m. Rückengoldpräg. u. kl. vergold. Wappensupralibros. Gest. Wappenexlibris am Innendeckel, Ecken berieb. Rückenkanten angeplatzt. EA Sabin 13516; Kress B1169 - Brissot de Warville (1754 in Chartres - 1793 in Paris), Publizist und Journalist für den Mercur, war Jakobiner und später Führer der Girondisten. 1791 publizierte er eine dreibändige Nouveau voyage dans les États-Unis de l’Amerique septendrionale. Nach Anschuldigungen Robespierres wurde er 1793 auf der Place de la Révolution durch die Guillotine hingerichtet. - Étienne Clavière (1735 in Genf - 1793) lernte im gemeinsamen Exil in London Brissot kennen, durch den er 1792 kurzfristig Finanzminister im Kabinett der Girondisten wurde. Er teilte deren Schicksal und kam 1793 ins Gefängnis, wo er Selbstmord beging.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
 27.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        An Academy for Grown Horsemen, containing the completest instructions for walking, trotting, cantering, galloping, stumbling and tumbling. Illustrated with copper plates, and adorned with a portrait of the Author. By Geoffrey Gambado

      London: printed for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper and Messrs. Robinsons, 1787. Quarto. (12 1/2 x 9 inches). 12 stipple-engraved plates by W. Dickinson after Bunbury, all printed in bistre. Expertly bound to style in half 18th- century russia over 18th-century marbled paper-covered boards, the flat spine divided into six compartments by gilt fillets and roll tools, black morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, the others with repeat decoration in gilt. First edition of this popular work. Henry William Bunbury was one of the most beloved English humorists of his day. By turning his back on controversial political caricature, Bunbury made a name for himself as a subtle and ingenious social satirist. In this vein he mocked many of the fashions and follies of the age depicting scenes of university life and, in the present work, the antics of horsemen. Lowndes calls this work a "lively and entertaining jeu d'esprit of the pencil and pen." Lowndes II, p.860 (attributing the text to Bunbury).

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 28.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the southern provinces of North America

      London: printed for T. Cadell, 1787. Quarto. 2pp. publisher's advertisements at rear. 1 folding engraved map with routes marked by hand in colour, 4 engraved plans (2 folding) with positions and troop movements marked by hand in colours. Contemporary figured calf, the flat spine divided into six compartments by Greek-key and other roll tools, black morocco label in the second compartment, the others with overall repeat decoration in gilt. A key work concerning the southern campaigns of the American Revolution. Tarleton, the commander of a Tory cavalry unit, the British Legion, served in America from May 1776 through the siege of Yorktown. He was infamous for his brutal tactics and hard-riding attacks. His narrative is one of the principal British accounts of the Revolution, notable for his use of original documents, a number of which are included as notes following the relevant chapters. The handsome maps and plans include "The Marches of Lord Cornwallis in the Southern Provinces...," showing the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware (with routes traced by hand in color); and plans of the siege of Charlestown, the battles of Camden and Guildford, and the siege of Yorktown. Church 1224; Clark I:317; Howes T37, "b."; Sabin 94397.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 29.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London. 1787.. vii,[1],518pp. (including errata) plus one folding map with routes marked by hand in color, and four folding plans, with positions and troop movements marked by hand in colors. Quarto. Three-quarter speckled calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Titlepage lightly soiled, neatly reinforced. Some minor scattered foxing and soiling elsewhere, but generally quite clean. Maps lightly soiled. Large map with repairs at folds; closed tear repaired at gutter margin. A few contemporary notations in text. Still, a very good copy. A standard work concerning the southern campaigns of the American Revolution. Tarleton, the commander of a Tory cavalry unit, the British Legion, served in America from May 1776 through the siege of Yorktown. He was infamous for his brutal tactics and hard- riding attacks. His narrative is one of the principal British accounts of the Revolution, notable for his use of original documents, a number of which are included as notes following the relevant chapters. The handsome maps and plans include "The Marches of Lord Cornwallis in the Southern Provinces..." showing the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware (with routes traced by hand in color); and plans of the siege of Charlestown, the battles of Camden and Guildford, and the siege of Yorktown. HOWES T37, "b." CHURCH 1224. CLARK I:317. SABIN 94397.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 30.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The Seats Of The Nobility and Gentry In Great Britain and Wales In a Collection of Select Views

      Islington [i.e. London]: W.Angus, 1787 [-1815]., 1815. oblong 4to. engraved title & 63 engraved views, each with descriptive leaf of letterpress. A handsome copy in full gilt-ruled deep maroon morocco, t.e.g., by Zaehnsdorf, dated 1896 (some foxing throughout, somewhat heavy on a few plates). Including views of Blenheim, Dalkeith Palace, Holland House, Raby Castle, Cirencester House, North Court House on the Isle of Wight, Lambeth Palace, Beckford’s estate at Fonthill, Wanstead House, Burley, &c., engraved by William Angus after pictures and drawings by Frederick Ponsonby Bessborough, Paul Sandby, Robert Adam, Thomas Malton, Samuel Howitt, Humphry Repton, William Watts, Charles Tomkins, and others. Cox III 178.. Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)]
 31.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London: Printed by J. Nichols, for T. Cadell, 1787.. [4],xxviii,454,[2]pp. including advertisement for the third edition (not present in all copies), plus four folding maps (including frontispiece) and folding plate. Modern three quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, t.e.g. Corners lightly worn. Modern bookplate on front pastedown, early ownership signature on titlepage. Slight offsetting on two pages, else internally clean and fresh. A very good copy, untrimmed. "The third edition, revised and corrected," and important for being the first edition of Coxe's work to include an account of Cook's voyages. As such it contains an important early publication of material on Hawaii. Two chapters of supplementary material added to this edition compare the discoveries of Cook and Clerke with those of earlier Russian explorers. One of the keystone works on the history of Russian America, including a number of narratives of exploration herein published for the first time in English. Coxe spent some time in Russia, working to establish the authenticity of the narratives he had collected. This volume proved an immensely popular work. Three editions were issued before a much expanded fourth was published in 1803. The engraved maps include a general map of Russia, one of Krenitzin and Levasheff's voyage, one of Synd's voyage, and one of Shalauroff's voyage (with an inset of the Bear Islands). Finally, there is a folding engraved view of the Chinese town of Maimatschin. Also included is a "Specimen of the Aleutian Language," consisting of twelve words and numerals 1 through 10. FORBES 134. BEDDIE 1640. HOLMES 107. LADA MOCARSKI 29. HOWES C834, "aa." PILLING PROOF-SHEETS 917. SABIN 17309.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 32.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        AzÈmor ou Tableau des Moeurs et Coutumes du Pays de Solamir

      Paris,: Chez les Libraires Associes,, 1787.. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf, boards rubbed, some chipping to spines. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa.The young Greek AzÈmor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn the ways of government, journeys to Solamir, known only to a few Europeans, and which can only be reached after journeying right across Egypt. Described as one of the most beautiful nations in the world, it has for centuries dwelt in the peace and repose of temperate laws allied with the naturally amiable disposition of the locals. Tiresias comments: 'Je connais un pays dans l'univers, o? les vices rÈpandus sur la surface du Globe n'ont point encore pÈnÈtrÈ. Cette contrÈe heureuse est Solamir'. Enchanted, AzÈmor describes the felicity of the utopian society and proceeds to fall in love with Tiresias's daughter Mirza. The later books chronicle AzÈmor's travels throughout the world before his eventual return and marriage.AzÈmor was published in two volumes in Paris in 1787, the author identified only as "M. de P." However, recent research by Ray Howgego effectively confirms that the author was the French soldier, historian and military tactician FranÁois Jacques Maximilien de Chastenet (1716-82), marquis de PuysÈgur (hence "M. de P."). This attribution is confirmed by a manuscript note inscribed in a single copy of another book by the marquis titled ConsidÈrations sur l'Influence des Moeurs dans l'...tat militaire des Nations ('London', i.e. Paris, 1788) and imprinted 'par l'auteur d'AzÈmor'. The note, inscribed on the back of the half title page, clearly attributes this book, and hence AzÈmor, to Chastenet.Little is known of Chastenet's life except that he followed his more famous father into the army and was the recipient of numerous military honours, becoming marÈchal de France, lieutenant general, and in 1782, the year of his death, commander of the royal and military order of St Louis. He died on 2 February 1782. His books include a study of Chinese military tactics, ...tat actuel de l'art et de la science militaire ? la Chine (Paris, 1773); a tactical study titled Art de la Guerre (Paris, 1748); and a critique of the place of the church in French society, Discussion intÈressante sur la prÈtention du clergÈ d'Ítre le premier ordre d'un ...tat, which was censured by the authorities in 1768. His only novel, a 'roman sans aventure, et Ècrit avec esprit, par un homme du monde', was Histoire de Madame de Bellerive, ou, Principes sur l'amour et sur l'amitiÈ ('London', i.e. Paris, 1768).The book exists only in the first edition and has never been reprinted.Not in Barbier.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
 33.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect

      1787. First Edinburgh Edition, First Issue An Extraordinary CopyUncut, In the Original BoardsBURNS, Robert. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, and Sold by William Creech, 1787.Second (first Edinburgh) edition (first published in Kilmarnock in 1786). First issue, with “Roxburgh” misprinted “Boxburgh” on p. xxxvii in the list of subscribers, with p. 232 correctly printed, and with “skinking” on p. 263, line 13. Octavo. xlviii, [9]-368 pp. Complete with half-title. Engraved frontispiece portrait by I. Beugo after Alexander Nasmyth. With the bookplate of Alfred B. Perlman. Original blue-grey paper boards, uncut. A few leaves unopened, rebacked, chipped and soiled, front joint starting, and three inch split to spine vellum, A few leaves carelessly opened, bookplate and name in ink on front paste-down, small ink presentation inscription on head of title . Chemised within a green cloth clamshell box. Withal, an extraordinary copy of a book rarely found in its original state.Quite rare in the original boards; contemporary or later leather bindings the norm for this key work of English literature. "When Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect appeared in 1786 it was an immediate success. Burns found himself feted by the literary and aristocratic society of Edinburgh, not only for his poetic skills but because he appeared, in Mackenzie's words as 'a Heaven-taught ploughman.' His attractive appearance and his gregarious temperament led him into a life of dissipation and amorous complexity" (OCEL).The copy of Alfred B. Perlman, legendary President and CEO the New York Central Railroad, and respected book collector.Egerer 2. Gibson, p. 5. Rothschild 556.

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
 34.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Travels in North America, in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782 translated from the French by an English gentleman, who resided in America at that period; with notes by the translator.

      London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787. First edition in English. Leather. Very Good/First English translation of Chastellux's vivid account of America during the Revolution. A commander under Rochambeau in George Washington's army, Chastellux stayed on in America after the war to write down his observations of the new nation and its inhabitants. His account is based on his extensive travels, including visits with Washington at Mount Vernon, Jefferson at Montecello, and Paine in Philadelphia. Chastellux enjoyed membership in the Order of the Cincinnati, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, as well as in the Academie Française.. Octavo (22 cm); 2 volumes, xv, [1], 462; xii, 432 pages, and 5 folding copper-engraved plates (two maps, one plan, and two views). Bound in full speckled calf, ruled in gilt, with six-panel gilt-tooled spines, expertly rebacked, with new leather labels titled in gilt. Contents generally unblemished, with some light foxing at endleaves and plates. Reference: Sabin 12229; Howes C324 ("the first trustworthy record of life in the United States").

      [Bookseller: Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio]
 35.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Travels in North-America in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782. (2 volume set)

      London : Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787, 1787-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. London : Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787. 2 volumes. : folded ill., folded maps ; 22 cm. Translated by G. Grieve. cf. Dict. nat. biog., and Mass. Hist. Soc. Proceedings, 1869-70, v. 11, p. 5-9. Watt and Sabin ascribe the translation to J. Kent.<br><br>Professionally re-bound. Fully bound in modern beige cloth with gilt lettering and bands on spine. Tight binding and solid boards. Minor shelf wear. Slight rubbing to boards. Personal library bookplate of James Lorimer Graham inside front board. Clean, unmarked pages. Illustrated. Folding copper-plate engraved illustration at front of each volume. Text block is clean and legible.<br><br>Major General de Chastellux served during the American War of Independence as principle liaison between Rochambeau and General Washington. In later years, he placed on record and published in 1786 his complete recollections of the War. This included a description of his travels in America after the war had ended.<br><br>A bright, clean, and well preserved edition of this scarce set.

      [Bookseller: SequiturBooks]
 36.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser in Eight Volumes (4 Volumes Bound)

      London, 1787. Leather. Very Good Plus. 502, 522, 511,482 pp. B/w frontis portrait. Each vol. has b/w title page vignette. Subtitle to Vol. 1: "From the text of Mr. Upton, etc. With the life of the author......Printed under the direction of J. Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales." Brown calf covers have inside gilt dentelles, gilt bands and star design on spine with title blocks in red leather on spine. All volumes show some wear at hinges, but in no case is binding compromised. All have lightly bumped corners. Each has a bookplate pasted in fep which has ghosted a bit to ffep. The armorial bookplates belonged to John Goodford. Vol. 1 has penciled bookseller&#39;s notes on fep. The title page to each volume (two per book) states "Bell&#39;s Edition, The Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to Churchill...(over an illustration)...Spencer Vol. **"...(and a caption to the illus.) A beautiful, clean, tight, only lightly aged set.

      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery]
 37.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Traité de la culture du Nopal et de l&#39;éducation de la Cochnille dans les Colonies Françaises de l&#39;Amérique; précédé d&#39;un voyage à Guaxaca, aquel on a ajouté une préface, des notes & des observations relatives à la culture de la cochinelle, avec des figures coloriées

      Cap Français, veuve Herbault; Paris, Delalain; Bordeaux, Bergeret, 1787. Two volumes in two; 8vo. (I) cxliv, 262, [1] pp.; (II) 172 (numbered [263]-436), 64, 14 (numbered 81-94), [2] pp., with four hand-coloured engravings on two folding plates, depicting the Mexican cactus Nopalea and the conchineal beetle. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, green ruled and gilt-ornamented spine laid down over brown calf.* First edition, second (improved) issue of this work published for subscribers and published in Cap Français, Sainte Domingue (present day Cap Haïtien, Haïti). The nopal or "prickly pear" is a member of the cactus family and mainly found in Mexico. The nickname comes from its fruit-bearing nature. The plant is unique for the "cochineal beetles" living on it and their use for creating the colour carmine (used to dye fabrics). For a long time the Spanish carefully guarded the secret behind producing carmine, and had great commercial success by just selling the end product. The Frenchman Thiery de Menonville reached the Oaxaca region in Mexico after a long and very adventurous voyage, disguised as a Catalan physician. He managed to learn the art of planting and raising the nopal on which the insect feeds, bought a large quantity of branches and insects, and succeeded in forwarding them by different routes to the French colony Sainte Domingue, thus breaking the Spanish monopoly on carmine colour production. In writing this book he coincidentally also gave the first detailed written description of this intriguing cactus species. A very nice copy, includes the "Epitre dedicatoire". The second volume contains two text parts omitted from the first because they were not yet made available by de Menonville. The second issue is in fact the first, with a few pages replaced and added following the publisher&#39;s instructions (present in this copy) at the completion of the first edition. Small expert repair to head and tail of volume 1. Old armorial bookplate (of the Russian family Stroganov [Stroganoff]) in both volumes and a small old library stamp on both title pages. A carmine(!) red trace along the length of the dedication page, one can&#39;t help but wonder if one of these insects was used to demonstrate the colour effect here... The fine coloured folding plates show the cactus, its fruit and the "beetle", Dactylopius coccus, which actually is a scale insect or true bug (Homoptera). Early, expertly executed rebacking, nicely preserving the original spine. A very good copy. Horn-Schenkling II, 1218; Pritzel, 9214; Sabin, 95349.

      [Bookseller: Dieter Schierenberg bv]
 38.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Das Neue Testament Unsers Herrn Und Heylandes Jesu Christi : Nach Der Deutschen Uebersetzung D. Martin Luthers, Mit Kurzem Inhalt Eines Jeden Capitels, Und Vollstandiger Anweisung Gleicher Schrift-Stellen. Wie Auch Aller Sonn

      Germanstown, PA :, 1787. Pennsylvania imprint. Description: 539 p. : 18 cm. Subjects: Bible, N. T. Near fine copy in the original title-blocked leather with raised bands. Panel edges very slightly dust-toned as with age. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. Two metal and leather clasps, one only remains. Head and tail pieces. Ex-libris copy with bookplate attached. Lacks leaf H5

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
 39.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Notes on the state of Virginia

      London: printed for John Stockdale, 1787. 8vo. (8 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches). [4],382pp., plus folding table. Engraved folding map, hand coloured in outline. Expertly bound to style in half 18th century russia over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, flat spine ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment. The first English edition of Jefferson&#39;s famous work. This is the only book-length work by Jefferson to be published in his lifetime, and has been called "one of America&#39;s first permanent literary and intellectual landmarks." Jefferson&#39;s greatest work was largely written in 1781 and first published in Paris, in French, in 1785. Written in the form of answers to questions about Virginia, the book supplies a description of the geography, with an abundance of supporting material and unusual information. As J.M. Edelstein notes: "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." The handsome map which accompanies this edition (but is often lacking), based on the Fry and (Peter) Jefferson map, was not issued with the Paris editions. The story of the creation of this book and its publishing history is an interesting one. It is told fully by Millicent Sowerby in her catalogue of Jefferson&#39;s library, where it occupies some thirty pages in small type. Adams The Eye of Thomas Jefferson 57; Clark I:262; Howes J78; Sabin 35895; cf. Sowerby IV, pp.301-30; Vail 760.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 40.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Thomas Jefferson Notes on State of Virginia First English Edition

      John Stockdale, 1787. US 1st. Hardcover Hardcover. Good. Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia, First English Edition. Printed for John Stockdale, 1787. This is the very scarce First English Edition of this important book! Preceded only by anonymously published in Paris in a limited, private edition of a few hundred copies in 1785. It was the only full-length book Jefferson published in his lifetime. Often dubbed the most important American book published before 1800, &#39;Notes on the State of Virginia&#39; is both a compilation of data and a vigorous and often eloquent argument about the nature of the good society, which Jefferson saw incarnated by his beloved state of Virginia. One of only about 1000 copies printed by John Stockdale. Contemporary leather binding over marbled boards. Original map missing. Instead, it contains rare map from the 1794 edition. Gilt tooling on spine. Corners and edges rubbed extensively. Tightly bound. Interior pages browned. Previous owner writing on front paste down and title page. Housed in beautiful, custom case. Good condition.

      [Bookseller: Yeomans in the Fork]
 41.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London: John Stockdale, 1787. First English Edition. Full Leather. Very Good binding. Octavo. 382pp. Full bound in early 19th/late 18th century calf with red morocco title label on the spine; bit of loss to the head of the spine; front board has been tastefully reattached; two early previous owner names on the title page, one dated 1797 and scratched out in a contemporary pen; general toning and foxing throughout; folding table is present and in good condition but for just a bit of wear to the fore-edge where it extends beyond the textblock; this copy lacks the folding map of Virginia as usual; a very nice though slightly reduced facsimile of the 1787 map is inserted in its place. The only book by Jefferson published in his lifetime. This is edition is preceded by the 1st Edition privately printed in Paris in an edition of 200 copies&#8212;as one might imagine it is extraordinarily scarce&#8212;as well as a French translation by Abbe Morellet printed in 1786. (Sabin 35896; Howes J78; Clark I:262). Very Good binding.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
 42.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      A stunning original ink study by Christophe Paulin de la Poix de Fremenville (1787-1848). This life-like sketch is exquistetly rendered and includes minute details and marvelous shading. Overall this piece is 11.5"x9"Like his contemporary John James Audubon, the Chevalier Fremenville had an adventuresome and productive life. Fremenville was the son of a naval architect.  He chose a naval career after hearing a lecture on Captain Cook's voyages. At the age of 15, Fremenville joined the navy and traveled to Haiti under General LeClerc. While there he discovered the great ray, native to the bay of Port-au-Prince, which came to bear his name.In 1819 he published a book with Thomas M'Keevor called "A voyage to Hudson's Bay during the summer of 1812: containing a particular account of the icebergs and other phenomena which present themselves in those regions; also, a description of the Esquimeaux and North American Indians; their manners, customs, dress, language, &c." which was pubilshed in Londonand Printed by Sir Richard Phillips and Co.By the time he retired in the 1830's, Fremenville had spent most of his life at sea, traveling from Iceland and Russia to Central and South America to West Africa and the Antilles, and drawing specimens of exotic species. He enjoyed much fame in his own day as an antiquary and writer of travel accounts, but he died having produced only one book on natural history subjects, Considerations Generales sur les Moeurs et les Habitudes des Serpens (1842). The drawings that Fremenville left behind were intended for a half-dozen other related works on exotic butterflies, fish, mollusks, snakes, and other reptiles, but these books remained unrealized.Overall this piece is in very good condition with some light foxing and staining.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries]
 43.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Autograph letter signed, to Georg Forster

      Kronstadt,: 26 November, 1787.. Single sheet of laid paper, 232 x 382 mm., folded to letter size, watermark "J. Honig & Zoonen", written in French in a neat and legible hand, signed "G. Moulowsky", noted as received on 1 January 1788; old folds, chipped along inner margin, in excellent condition. An exceptional survival: the Russian commander Grigory Mulovsky writes to Georg Forster informing him of the cancellation of their proposed voyage to the Pacific and Australia.In April 1787 Catherine the Great commissioned Mulovsky as commander of a squadron destined to carry out a voyage to the Pacific Ocean, Japan and the western coast of America. Five ships - four naval vessels and a transport - were to have taken part, with officers and crew recruited from around the world: indeed, one of the driving forces in planning the expedition was James Trevenen, a midshipman on Cook's third voyage, who first discussed his idea with the Russian ambassador in London as an attempt to circumvent the monopoly of the British South Sea Company. Trevenen was so convinced of the reality of his Russian appointment that he did not push to be granted an appointment for which he was being sponsored by Alexander Dalrymple: the Bounty, newly commissioned for the breadfruit voyage.Mulovsky's voyage was openly modelled on the discoveries of Captain Cook and was intended as a Russian riposte to British ambitions in the region, much in the same way that the French had appointed La PÈrouse and the Spanish Malaspina. It is considered very likely that Mulovsky would have visited the new colony at Port Jackson, much like the French and Spanish expeditions: if this had eventuated it would have been an incredible opportunity for Forster to judge the merits of his early essay on Botany Bay, "Neuholland und die brittische Colonie in Botany Bay", published in a Berlin journal in 1787.This expertise was all the more reason, of course, to ask Georg Forster to join the expedition. Forster had sailed as a young man on Cook's imposing second voyage, and although relations between the Forsters and the British Admiralty soured, Georg had forged a career as a Pacific expert, partly because of his firsthand experience, and partly because of his continuing research. He was approached by Mulovsky in person and offered a position as naturalist and "scientific commander" in June 1787; the same month Forster wrote to his friend Thomas Soemmering inviting him to join an expedition which 'will visit England, Lisbon, Madeira, Brazil, the Cape of Good Hope, New Holland, New Zealand, the Friendly, Society and Sandwich Islands, the Coast of America, Kurile Islands, Japan and China - and everywhere our zeal for Science will be left unhindered' (Forster to Soemmerring, 17 June 1787, Georg Forsters Werke, Berlin, 1978, vol. 14, p. 696). Sadly, the hoped for expedition never materialised as the Russian Navy became increasingly immured in war with the Sultan of Turkey. As this letter confirms, the Pacific voyage was finally cancelled in 1787; Mulovsky died two years later during the war with Sweden.The letter is sent from the Russian naval capital Kronstadt, and dated 26 November 1787, old calendar (7 December 1787 in the modern calendar). The letter, written in rather halting French, informs Forster about the cancellation of their planned voyage ('Je suis bien fachÈe de vous apprendre que mon ExpÈdition n'a plus lieu et que par concequand, tous ceux que vous aurez peut engagÈe...'). Mulovsky also comments that he has written a second letter to Soemmering as well, and he stresses that there is no personal conflict behind the cancellation. hoping that their relationship will continue to be amicable.This letter was transcribed as part of the East German publication of Forster's Werke, although it was only located in time for the appendix volume (see Georg Forsters Werke, Briefe 1792 bis 1794 und Nachtr?ge, Berlin, 1989, volume 17, p. 541; the editors remark that the letter only became known to them during the printing of the book). Added to the original letter is a typescript transcription, plus three typescript pages with further research. It seems that these typescripts were prepared by the editors of the multi-volume Werke.See Robert J. King's recent article, 'The Mulovsky expedition and Catherine II's North Pacific empire', Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, 21:1/2 (2007).

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
 44.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Tigre tuÈ en Amerique par S. A. Monseigneur Le Prince de Nassau Siegen

      Vienna,: Jean Jacobe, 1787.. Mezzotint engraving 700 x 990 mm; a fine impression; some wear or tears at blank margins, in very good condition. A rare and very surprising pictorial image of the Bougainville expedition: we have never seen the image before and can find no record of it. Published in Vienna, it is based on a very large painting by Francesco Casanova in the collection of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia as the caption explains ("actuellement dans la Gallerie de S.M. l'Imperatrice de la Russie, il a dix pieds de large, sur huit et demi d'haut"). Francesco Casanova (his older brother was much more famous, but not for painting) trained under Francesco Guardi in Venice, worked in Paris from 1751, becoming a member of the Academy in 1763, and exhibiting at the Salon until 1783 when he moved to Vienna. Interestingly for the history of voyage art, Philip James de Loutherbourg who painted numerous Cook-related scenes and designed a number of the theatrical pieces commemorating Cook was his pupil for a time.This very striking mezzotint depicts an exciting South American scene from Louis Antoine Bougainville's circumnavigation. It shows the dashing Prince of Nassau-Siegen firing from horseback at a jaguar. Several dogs circle the large cat as two others join the fight on horseback. Could the second French horseman be Bougainville? The expedition's ship the Boudeuse is seen to the right of the image. It has been plausibly suggested that the location is the coast of Argentina, where the expedition made landfall before heading for the Pacific.To some extent the prince of Nassau and his presence on the Bougainville expedition represented the French equivalent to Joseph Banks's involvement with Cook's Endeavour voyage. Like Banks the prince cut a dashing figure, was extremely upper-crust, was young, had a retinue of sorts, and an interest in natural sciences. Only performance anxiety at its public nature prevented him having a lot of sex in Tahiti: whether Banks did or didn't all the humorists played this aspect up no end. When the expedition returned to Paris, Bougainville and the prince headed off to Versailles to make their reports accompanied by Aoutourou the young Tahitian who was to some extent under Nassau's wing much as Omai was under Banks's.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
 45.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        A View of the Fort of Lionpoor upon the Banks of the River Goomty

      London: J. Grives, 5 November 1787. Aquatint, printed in two or more colours, coloured by hand to resemble watercolour, by Hodges. 12 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches. 16 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches. A fine print from the very rare hand- coloured issue of Hodges&#39; "Select Views in India", the pioneering work on the architectural and picturesque wonders of India. This fine image resulted from Hodges&#39; 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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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 &#39;Select Views in India.&#39; 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.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
 46.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     562 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     

Copyright © 2018 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.