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        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.

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      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.

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        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 .

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        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.

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      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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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!

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      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.

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        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..

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        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.

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        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).

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        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.

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      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.

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        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.

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      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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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").

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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

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        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.

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        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.

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      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.

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      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.

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        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).

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        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.

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        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.

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        Einige Originalschriften des Illuminatenordens, welche bey dem gewesenen Regierungsrath Zwack durch vorgenommene Hausvisitation zu Landshut den 11. u. 12. Octob. etc. 1786. vorgefunden worden

      München, Franz (1787).. Mit 3 gefalt. Tabellen. 3 Bll., 407 S. HLdr. d. Zt. mit Rückenschild. Wolfstieg 42770; Grolig 167; Van Dülmen 28 - Im Jahr der Erstausgabe erschienener dritter Druck dieser gegen die Illuminaten gerichteten Publikation, einer willkürlich zusammengestellten Sammlung von Originalschriften, die man bei Zwackh, einem Mitglied der Illuminaten, gefunden hatte (vgl. Lennhoff/P. 732). - Leicht berieben. Titel und Falttabellen etw. braunfleckig.

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        AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY. In a series of letters from a preceptor to his pupil. In which the most useful and interesting parts of the science are clearly and familiarly explained

      London, J. Johnson, 1787.. Second edition, 1787, corrected and improved. 8vo, approximately 215 x 125 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, attractive engraved allegorical frontispiece and 19 folding engraved plates, pages vi, (2), 437 including list of terms used in astronomy, (3) - plate list and adverts, handsomely bound in full contemporary straight grained morocco, gilt floral border to covers, &#39;Honoris Causa&#39; gilt lettered on upper cover, gilt lettering and gilt decoration to spine with 5 ornate gilt vases, all edges gilt, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed at head and tail of spine and on corners, upper corner on lower cover very slightly bumped, gilt on spine slightly dull, slight traces of removal of bookplate on reverse of front endpaper, very occasional faint browning to pages, a couple of plates slightly misfolded and protruding very slightly from the text block, text offset slightly on 1 plate, a few plates slightly offset on the text. A very good clean tight copy in an attractive binding. John Bonnycastle (1750-1821) was Mathematical Master and Lecturer in Geography and Philosophy at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. His popular Introduction to Astronomy was first published in 1786 and was still in print in 1822 with a posthumous eighth edition. He was also the author of 4 mathematical text books listed on the final page of this edition. Chapters on the systems of Ptolemy, Brahe, Copernicus, Descartes and on the discoveries of Kepler, Galileo and Newton, plus latitude and longitude, the tides, time, calendar, mensuration and phenomena of objects in the solar system, eclipse etc. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Traité de la Culture du Nopal, et de l&#39;Éducation de la Cochenille, dans les Colonies Françaises de l&#39;Amérique; précédé d&#39;un Voyage à Guaxaca

      Four folding engraved & finely hand-colored plates. cxliv, 261, [1] pp.; 2 p.l., [263]-436 pp.; 1 p.l., 94, [2] pp. Three parts in two vols. 8vo, cont. mottled calf, flat spines gilt, green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Cap-Français: Herbault; Paris: Delalain; Bordeaux: Bergeret, 1787. First edition of this important dyeing and travel book. "The most significant of the [dyestuff] discoveries from the New World was what was first described as the berry or fruit of the nopal cactus, as a result being referred to as grana cochinilla or cochineal. When Cortes and his crew landed in Mexico in 1519, he saw Aztec farmers harvesting the &#39;berries&#39; and was amazed by the colours they achieved using this dyestuff in their clothing. He started shipping cochineal back to Spain and by 1523 had received a decree from King Charles V to send back as much as possible, not least because he could see the potential for taxes... "It was not until the development of the microscope that cochineal could finally be identified by Europeans as an insect...Commercial protectionism by the Spanish was so strong that no one in Europe saw a live female cochineal for several centuries. What was made available was always the dead and dried end product, not conducive to being identified as an insect given that the process of gathering, drying, bagging and transporting it over thousands of miles would have worn away recognisable signs, such as legs, for example, leaving a hard, silvery-red &#39;berry&#39;... "The Spanish were adamant about retaining a monopoly over their finds from the New World, and they succeeded for nearly two centuries by keeping non-Spanish adventurers at bay and making all imports from the Americas go through the city of Seville, to keep a tight control over taxation and distribution. In the 18th century the French sent a spy, Nicolas-Joseph Thiery de Menonville (1739-80), to try to steal the secrets of cochineal farming. He managed to learn how they were produced and even stole some plants containing cochineal insects. By the time he reached Saint Domingue (Haiti) he had lost most of the plants and struggled to establish a colony although he was granted the title of botaniste du roi in recognition of his efforts. However, these efforts finally caught up with him and within three years, before he had been able to send any cochineal back to France, he died of a fever. The Spanish retained their monopoly."-Susan Kay-Williams, The Story of Colour in Textiles (2013), pp. 80-81. The dye produced by the cochineal insect, because of the quality of the red dye it gave, became the second most valuable export from Mexico after silver and the most important red dye in European textiles. Fine set. The handsomely colored plates depict the cactus and the cochineal insect. &#10087; Edelstein, Sidney, "Spanish Red -- Thiery de Menonville&#39;s Voyage a Guaxaca" in American Dyestuff Reporter, 47 (1958), pp. 67-74. Pritzel 9214. Ron, Bibliotheca Tinctoria, 1037-"The book was published posthumously and contains a short biography of the author and the journal of a voyage to Mexico in search of the cactus and its very useful and valuable parasite." .

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        An Historical Relation of the Origin, Progress, and Final Dissolution of the Government of the Rohilla Afghans in the Northern Provinces of Hindostan. Compiled from a Persian Manuscript and other Original Papers

      London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1787 Book. Very Good. Papered boards. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1787. First Edition. Octavo. xvii, 298 pp. Original grey papered boards rebacked in style with beige paper and printed paper label. A very good copy. Charles Hamilton, Esq. An Officer in the Service of the Honourable East-India Company on the Bengal Establishment. The Rohillas, described by Macaulay as "the finest population in India" were military adventurers from Afghanistan who had entered India some 35 years earlier and settled in Rohilkind, a stretch of country between the Ganges and Himalayas on the north-western borders of Oudh. In 1774 Shuja-ud-daula, with the assistance of a brigade of the East India Company&#39;s troops provided by Warren Hastings, invaded Rohilkind, killing their principal chief, Hafiz Rahmat, and annexing the country. This action figured later in the charges against Hasting during his impeachment. Hamilton, a lieutenant in the Indian army, served in the campaign against the Rohillas where he collected materials for this, his first book. He was a noted orientalist, and one of the first members of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta. In 1791, whilst in England, he was appointed resident at the court if the grand vizier at Oudh, but died, aged 39, before he could take up the appointment. A second edition was published in 1788. Cox I, p 256; Bibliography of Afghanistan 2480. "A student of oriental languages, Hamilton was one of the first members of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. During an expedition against the Rohillas of Afghanistan he obtained a collection of Persian manuscripts from which he wrote his Historical relation of the origin, progress, and final dissolution of the government of the Rohilla Afghans in the northern provinces of Hindostan (1787). In the year before its publication Hamilton gained permission to return home for five years in order to translate from the Persian the Hedaya (published in 1791 as Hedaya, or, Guide), a commentary on Muslim laws, for which task he had been selected by the governor-general and council of Bengal" (Oxford DNB)..

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        Summa S. Thomae

      Venetiis - Petri Savioni, 1787 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A handsome example of Charles-Rene Billuart&#39;s version of Thomas Aquinas&#39; Summa Theologae. Four volumes in three, complete. In Latin. Thomas Aquinas (1225 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican priest of the Roman Catholic Church, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy was conceived as a reaction against, or as an agreement with, his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. The Summa Theologae (written 12651274) is the best-known work of Thomas Aquinas and although unfinished, is consideredone of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature. It is intended as a manual for beginners in theology and a compendium of all of the main theological teachings of the Church. It presents the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West. The Summa&#39;s topics follow a cycle: the existence of God; Creation, Man; Man&#39;s purpose; Christ; the Sacraments; and back to God. It is famous, among other things, for its five arguments for the existence of God, the Quinque viae. Charles-Rene Billuart&#39;s adaptation of the Summa, which he completed in 1751, was intended for use in universities. He later also published a compendium. With an attractive engraving of a ship to each title page, as well as a copperplate inscription. Condition: In half roan bindings with marbled paper-covered boards. Externally, sound but with wear and bumpingto extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright and clean but with the occasional spot and handling mark. Ink stamps to front endpapers and title pages. Overall: VERY GOOD.

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        Briefe über Kalabrien und Sizilien

      Göttingen, Dieterich 1787 - 1792.. 3 Bände. Mit 3 Kupfertiteln, 7 (3 gef.) Kupfertafeln, 1 gefalt. Kupferkarte und 2 gefalt. Tabellen. XV, 428 S., 1 Bl.; XXIII, 500 S., 2 Bll. (le. w.); 38 S., 2 Bll., 902 S., 2 Bll. (le. w.). Hellbraune HLdr.-Bde. d. Zt. mit goldgepr. Rückenfileten, 2 farb. Rückenschildern und Grünschnitt. Boucher de la Richarderie III, 47ff; Engelmann 378; Mira I, 87; Schröder I, 172; Marbacher Kat. Nr. 105; Tresoldi 60; Willnat 181, 17/4; vgl. Fossati Bellani 423. - Erste Ausgabe. - Bartels (1761-1850), der spätere Bürgermeister von Hamburg, unternahm nach Abschluss seines Studiums der Theologie und der orientalischen Sprachen seine Italienreise, "wobei er neben archäologischen und kunstgeschichtlichen naturwissenschaftliche, geographische und statistische Studien betrieb" (NDB I, 597). Die Kupfertitel jeweils mit einer Ansicht, darüber hinaus eine Übersichtskarte, Pläne, ein Porträt u. a. - Die attraktiven Einbände kaum berieben, die Rücken gering fleckig. Gering gebräunt und stockfleckig. Fliegende Vorsätze mit Besitzeintrag und Monogrammstempel von Adolph Christoph von Hake (1747-1825; hannoveranischer Militär), die Drucktitel mit Namensstempel um (Von Hake, Hasperde)

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        The series of four separately issued coloured aquatint views of the Pacific

      London,, 1787.. The complete set of four aquatints, each 440 x 600 mm., handcoloured; a fine set; some very light foxing but complete with full captions (often lacking), mounted and framed. A full set of the four beautiful handcoloured aquatints, prepared from watercolours by John Cleveley after original drawings made by his brother James in the South Seas. Perhaps the most magnificent Pacific marine prints ever issued, they have been described as 'the kind of prints that anyone who travelled with Cook, whether officer, midshipman or able seaman, might want to possess to remind him and his family of the days when he travelled with Cook' (Joppien & Smith).Each of the four images shows Resolution and Discovery at anchor in the Society and Sandwich islands. The settings are ideals of Pacific beauty, and particularly of the moments of contact between the European crews and the islanders; whether it is a peaceful transaction being carried out alongside a beached cutter, or the colour and violence of Cleveley's version of Cook's death in Kealakekua Bay.They are based on designs by James Cleveley, who was ship's carpenter on the expedition; although not formally trained, he appears to have been a proficient artist. After the voyage returned to England in October 1780 his brother John, a professional draughtsman, took the sketches made on the voyage ("drawn on the spot", according to the original prospectus issued for the prints), and worked them up into finished watercolours. John Cleveley was a maritime painter who followed in the tradition established by his father. He was known for his watercolours and his skill as a draughtsman, and it was this renown that led to his being appointed draughtsman to Sir Joseph Banks' voyage to Iceland in 1772 (after Banks' famous withdrawal from Cook's second voyage).These aquatints were prepared in 1787-8. In the process of preparing them for European eyes, the landscape has been tamed and the islanders portrayed in a manner both dignified and classical. The finished works portray the Pacific islands and their inhabitants in a picturesque and idealised manner, which perhaps has more to do with conforming to European notions of a Pacific Arcadia than specific representations of the islands as they were.Rare in any state, this excellent set retains the original captions, which are often lacking.Beaglehole, III, pp. ccxiv; Beddie, 1752-1783; Nan Kivell and Spence, p. 68.

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        NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA (Copy belonging to George Washington's Secretary)

      London: John Stockdale, 1787. First Edition. Hardcover. Other than lacking the map, the contents are complete with some sporadic foxing but generally clean. The hinges are cracked with the covers loose but still attached; about an inch of leather is lacking at the base of the spine with some loss of leather on the rear cover. Overall about Very Good and a remarkable association copy. Contemporary tree calf leather with gilt-decorated spine and a gilt-lettered black morocco spine label; [4], 382 pages. With the folding table of the Indian tribes and the woodcut of Madison's Cave but lacking the folding map, as is often the case. This work had its origins in a questionnaire circulated to America's governors in 1781 by Francois BarbÈ-Marbois, a French diplomat stationed in Philadelphia. Jefferson, after completing his term as Virginia's governor, responded to these questions on 20 December 1781. Realizing that his efforts might interest a broader audience, he continued to expand his manuscript over the coming years. In 1785, he had a handful of copies printed for private distribution, which was followed by a French translation in 1786. The present edition, printed in 1787, is the first published edition in English and the first (and only) book-length work Jefferson ever published. The published Notes remained framed in terms of Jefferson's responses to BarbÈ-Marbois''s 23 questions. Jefferson went much further than the questions demanded, however. Asked "The number of its inhabitants?", Jefferson responded with a 10-page demographic analysis of Virginia. The work contains extended sections on Virginia's economy, slavery, Indians, constitution, and laws. It concludes with 3 appendices: a commentary on the text by Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress; the 1783 draft of Virginia's constitution (which Jefferson proudly declared to be a legal code drafted in "the plain language of common sense"); and the Virginia Assembly's 1786 act establishing religious freedom (entirely drafted by Jefferson, who considered it as second in importance of his achievements after the Declaration of Independence). Church 1189; Clark I: 262; Howes J-78; Sabin 35895; Vail 760. This copy with the ownership SIGNATURE at the top of the first page of text of George Washington Craik who served George Washington as his secretary during the president's second term. He was the son of Dr. James Craik, the first U.S. surgeon general and Washington's personal physician who attended him at his death. Dr. Craik named his son after the president who educated George Washington Craik.

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        Cytherea Dione (shells)

      Christophe Paulin de la Poix de Freminville (1787-1848)Pencil and Pen and Ink studies of shells17 1/2? x 20 1/2? framedLike his contemporary John James Audubon, the Chevalier Freminville 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, Freminville 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.By the time he retired in the 1830's, Freminville 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 Freminville left behind were intended for a half-dozen other related works on butterflies, fish, mollusks, snakes, and other reptiles, but these books remained unrealized.

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