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        Benjamin Franklin Presents the Constitution to the Pennsylvania State Legislature; A Nantucket Indian Creation Myth

      Philadelphia, PA 1787 - Newspaper. Pennsylvania Packet and General Advertiser, September 21, 1787. John Dunlap, Philadelphia, Pa., 4 pp., 12 x 18 3/4 in. Pennsylvania's representatives to the Constitutional Convention, including Benjamin Franklin, present the Constitution to the Representatives of the Pennsylvania State legislature. A contemporary report of the end result of the Philadelphia Convention's efforts over the summer of 1787, less than a week after the Convention concluded. "Sir, we have now the honor to present to this house the plan of government for the United States, which has been determined upon by the federal convention. As soon as the speaker had concluded, Dr. Franklin rose, and delivered a letter from the delegates to the house, which being read, consisted of a recommendation to the legislature." (p. 2, col. 4)Reports on the proposal of the Constitution to Pennsylvania. "To the Honorable the Representatives of the Freemen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.your petitioners have seen, with great pleasure, the proposed constitution of the United States, and as they conceive it to be wisely calculated to form a perfect union of the states, as well as to secure to themselves and posterity, the blessings of peace, liberty and safety, they have taken this method of expressing their earnest desires, that the said constitution may be adopted as speedily as possible, by the state of Pennsylvania." (p. 3, col.1).Contains a section entitled: "Origin of the Island of Nantucket. An Indian Tradition." "On the west end of Martha's Vineyard are high cliffs of variegated coloured earths, known by the name Gayhead.The Indians who live about this spot have a tradition that a certain deity resided there before the Europeans came into America." (p. 3, col.4).Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Born in Boston, he originally worked as a printer for his older brother. After moving to Philadelphia, he started his own newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, in which he published his ideas in support of American independence. He was very involved in the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and during the Revolutionary War was appointed Ambassador to France, where he negotiated the important alliance between the two nations. Franklin was also known for his science experiments, most notably with regards to electricity.ConditionNear fine

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        Gründliche Nachricht von der . Stadt Lübeck welche den Einheimischen und Fremden aus unverwerflichen Dokumenten mit aufrichtiger Feder ertheilet wird. 3. stark vermehrte Aufl., hrsg. v. J.H. Schnobel. Lübeck, Green, 1787. 1 Titel, 10 Bll., 546 S. Mit 1 doppelseit. gestoch. Ansicht und 1 mehrf. gefalt. gestoch. Grundriss von Lübeck. Schöner Pgt. d. Zt. mit goldgepr. RSch. (gering fleckig).,

      1787 - Kat. d. SH Landesbibliothek, S. 1107f.- Mit der schönen Ansicht und dem Grundrissplan von Lübeck.- Titelblatt mit zwei hinterlegten Ausschnitten (kein Textverlust), die Ansicht von Lübeck (Sahlmann 4.29) am Falz fachgerecht an das Titelblatt montiert. Gewicht in Gramm: 500

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        [Greek title.] Di Museo, il grammatico, Gli amorosi avvenimenti tra Ero, e Leandro, Tradotti dal Greco originale in latino, ed in versi Italiani da Francesco Mazzarella-Farao

      Napoli: Nella Stamperia di Pietro Perger, 1787 Rare edition of Musaeus Grammaticus' poem, Hero and Leander. Contemporary stiff vellum, gilt stamped spine label, edges sprinkled blue. . Octavo. Engraved frontispiece, signed F. La Marra," full-page engraving on k5v. Engraved title-page vignette, vignette engraving on f7r. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and capital letters. Text in Greek and Italian. Covers worn at fore-edge, some brown spotting to front cover near fore-edge. Old bookplate on front free endpaper. Overall a very good copy Musaeus' work probably dates from the very early 6th century, as his style and metre are evidently modelled on those of Nonnus. The Aldine edition, which Dibdin thinks is the first, has the distinction of being the first book issued from the press of Aldus and the rarest of the Aldine classics. The present edition is not in Dibdin The translator, Francesco Mazzarella-Farao (1746-1821) also translated Vergil, Anacreon, Sappho, and others.

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        [MANUSCRIPT LETTER, SIGNED, FROM FRANCISCAN MISSIONARY FRANCISCO PALOU TO RAMON DE POSADA Y SOTO, THE FISCAL OF THE ROYAL TREASURY IN MEXICO, REGARDING THE QUESTION OF WHO SHOULD BE NOTIFIED WHEN MISSIONARIES TRAVEL TO UPPER OR LOWER CALIFORNIA]

      [Mexico City]. May 24, 1787.. [2]pp. manuscript letter on single folio sheet, written in a clerical hand and signed by Palou on the verso. Left edge a bit worn, apparently removed from a bound volume, small bit of wear on the top edge, else near fine. In a half morocco and cloth case, spine gilt. A document signed by the famed California missionary, Francisco Palou, toward the end of his long career, when he was Guardian of the College of San Fernando. Palou (ca. 1722- 89) was a student of Father Junipero Serra and followed his teacher to California where the two men, in conjunction with other missionaries, labored to build a system of missions in Upper and Lower California. Palou founded Mission Dolores in San Francisco, and was at one time or another the superior of the missions of Upper and Lower California. His historical writings are still the principal source for the life of the venerable Father Serra, and for early California missionary history as well. This manuscript, written in a clerical hand and signed by Palou, is illustrative of the struggle for influence in the Californias between the church and the secular government. In the mid-1780s, Palou became "guardian" of the College of San Fernando, a Franciscan seminary in Mexico City. Pedro Fages, governor of both Californias, often interfered with the passage of missionaries to and from the region. On April 24, 1787, Ramon de Posada y Soto, the Fiscal of the Royal Treasury in Mexico, issued a decree that the Governor should be informed which friars would be travelling to California. Palou, upon learning of the decree, contacted the newly-appointed interim Viceroy, Archbishop Alonso Nuñez de Haro y Peralta, and the Viceroy determined that the only authority which needed to be informed was the "higher government," and not the secular authorities. In this manuscript letter Palou writes Posada y Soto with characteristic diplomacy after having gone over the head of the government official, and informs him of the new order of things. The text reads (in translation): "With due respect and attention I received the Official Communication of the 21st of this month in which you so kindly inform me that it was a slip of the pen to have stated that it was necessary for the Missionaries of this Apostolic College who are working or will be working in the active Missions of New California and Monterey, to have a license from and permission of the Governor of that Peninsula, but that all that is necessary is for that Higher Government and the Guardian of this College to be aware of the fact and to give his permission; with this determination the error contained in the first copy of the Decree of the preceding April 24 is obliterated. I am advised of the explanation, and I shall communicate this information to all those Chaplain Missionaries who serve under your Excellency and Illustrious Self, so that they may commend it to God and pray for health and happy achievements in both governments; and I shall do likewise with regard to all individuals of this your Apostolic College of San Fernando and Mexico." Palou's signature shows his advanced age - this letter was signed by him in 1787, two years before his death at age sixty-six. Documents signed by Palou are rather scarce on the market. An excellent example of his deep and continued interest in the California missions he helped found, and of his guardianship of the independence of church missionaries from secular control. Zephyrin Engelhardt, THE MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES OF CALIFORNIA, Vol. 2, pp.443-44.

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        Memorie di tre celebri principesse della famiglia Gonzaga offerte a sua eccellenza il signor conte Stefano Sanvitale parmigiano. in occasione delle sue felicissime nozze con sua eccellenza la signora principessa Donna Luigia Gonzaga mantovana

      Carmignani, Parma 1787 - In 8, pp. XVIII + 134 + (1) + (1b). Alone violaceo al marg. esterno delle prime 12 carte. Legatura novecentesca in mz. pg. con angoli. "Questa raccolta, preceduta da versi di Bettinelli, di Bramieri e dello stesso Affò, comincia dalle Memorie di donna Giulia Gonzaga Colonna duchessa di Trajetto. L'A. aveva già pubblicata sei anni prima una Vita di donna Giulia Gonzaga nella Raccolta ferrarese di opuscoli scientifici e letterari. Ma questa Vita è sì poca cosa, che si devono considerare le Memorie piuttosto una nuova opera che una seconda edizione. Dalle Memorie di Lucrezia Gonzaga, qui pubblicate per la prima volta, è chiaro, essere stata non meno sfortunata di Giulia nel marito. In vece di un frigido, ne incontrò uno violento in Giampaolo Manfrone juniore, condottiero d'armi della repubblica veneta. Nulla aggiugneremo delle Memorie d'Ippolita Gonzaga, che non contengono alcun che di speciale, e basti notare, che fu questa la terza edizione." (Ugoni, Della letteratura italiana nella seconda metà del secolo XVIII, III, p. 342 e ss.). ITA

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        Vue de la Montagne d'Arion sur une des Tours du Chateau." Ansicht vom Arionsberg im Bagno auf einen der Schlosstürme

      Kupferstich aus Le Rouge "XVIII et XIX Cahier des jardins anglais ..." 1787. 25x39 cm. Nr. 37, XIX. - Pries S. 48 - Lotz 3312 - Brunet III, 998 vgl. - Partie im Bagno mit Blick auf Eiskeller, Gotteskaskade mit Neptun, Pavillon Ravenshorst, Eingangspavillon der Roseninsel und Pavillon Alpen.

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        Vue de la Montagne d'Arion sur L'Illustre Chapitre de Borghorst." Blick vom Arionsberg im Bagno aus auf das Stift Borghorst

      Kupferstich aus Le Rouge "XVIII et XIX Cahier des jardins anglais ..." 1787. 24.5x39 cm. Nr. 38, XIX. - Pries S. 49 - Lotz 3312 - Brunet III, 998 vgl. - Partie im Bagno mit Blick auf die Türme des Chinesischen Salons, Terrassenkaskade, Marmorbad und Turm des Stiftes Borghorst.

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        An Academy for Grown Horsemen, Containing the Complete Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling and Tumbling.

      London, printed for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, and Mess. Robinsons, 1787. - Folio (266 x 365 mm). VI, III-XX, 38 pp. With two frontispieces and 21 plates (the frontispiece and 10 out of 11 plates present in two states, both coloured and as sepia mezzotints). (Bound with:) Annals of Horsemanship. Containing Accounts of Accidental Experiments, and Experimental Accidents Both Successful and Unsuccessful [.]. London, for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, J. Archer, and R. White, 1791. XVII, (1), 81, (1) pp. With 15 stipple-engraved plates. 19th-century red three-quarters morocco with gilt spine. Marbled endpapers. First editions of Gambano's droll classics on horsemanship featuring H. W. Bunbury's humorous caricatures: a luxury copy with the rare hand-coloured plates included with the first work. "Geoffrey Gambado" has sometimes been identified with the illustrator, but is also said to have been Francis Grose, compiler of "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" (cf. Riely, "Horace Walpole and 'the Second Hogarth'", in: ECS 9/1 [1975]). In addition to his works on antiquities, satiric essays, and volumes on non-standard words and meanings, Grose (1731-91) wrote "Rules for Drawing Caricaturas: with an Essay on Comic Painting" (1788), and the frontispiece portrait of "Gambado" in the "Academy" bears an uncanny resemblance to Grose, a "stocky, corpulent figure which Grose himself caricatured" (DNB). - The stipple-engraved plates were designed by H. W. Bunbury (1750-1811), whom "Walpole enthusiastically compared [.] to Hogarth. He was the friend of Goldsmith, Garrick, and Reynolds, and the favourite of the Duke and Duchess of York, to whom in 1787 he was appointed equerry. All this, coupled with the facts that he was seldom, if ever, personal, and wholly abstained from political subjects, greatly aided his popularity with the printsellers and the public of his day, and secured his admission, as an honorary exhibitor, to the walls of the Academy, where between 1780 and 1808 his works frequently appeared [. They] are not without a good deal of grotesque drollery of the rough-and-ready kind in vogue towards the end of the last century - that is to say, drollery depending in a great measure for its laughable qualities upon absurd contrasts, ludicrous distortions, horseplay, and personal misadventure." (DNB). - "The Annals of Horsemanship" were later "published with and generally bound with" the "Academy", though always "with a separate title page" (Huth). The "Academy" seemingly wants fol. B1 of the preliminary matter, but was apparently issued that way: as the ESTC notes, "Possibly deliberately mis-signed in order to support the 'missing' portion of the author's preface - see editor's note". - Some browning and brownstaining; occasional edge tears repaired (including a largish tear to fol. M2, the edges of which are more severely frayed). From the library of the late Robert Lionel Foster, Esq. (British Justice of the Peace, d. 1952; his bookplate on front pastedown). Graesse III, 22. Huth p. 52. Lowndes p. 860. Brunet II, 1474 ("singulier ouvrage"). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Shorter Catechism, Composed By the Assembly of Divines, at Westminster, Containing, the Principles of the Christian Religion, with Scripture-Proofs

      Albany, New York: J. Newlands, P. Sim et al, Printed By Charles R. Webster. 1787. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. S Soft Cover. Fair. Published at Albany, NY, 1787. Evans 25030, exceptionally rare. Plain gray softcover, stitched binding, 40 pages. Includes A Scheme of Prayer, beginning at page 36. Covers worn, creased and lightly chipped, probably restitched long ago, contents age-toned but clean with some minor edge chipping and minor dampstaining to upper edges of final few pages, name [Lucy Burn or Burk?] inside front cover.

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        Karte der Magellanischen Strasse von Herrn Don Juan de la Cruz Canoy Olmedillo... und nach den Beobachtungen der Herrn Byron, Wallis, Carteret, und Bougainville

      Vienna:. 1787.. Large map of the Straits of Magellan, with soundings and detailed observations. 26 1/2 x 20" with large margins, copper engraving with period outline color. Inset of Patagonia and the Falkland Islands. Wonderfully detailed map marking the direction of water flow, soundings, mountains & wooded areas on shore, notable landmarks, with names in German, English & sometimes French. Some marginal waterstaining at the far right edge o/w very good condition with a few period folds.

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        Der Richter über den Herrn Schlendrian. Ein eben so komischer Roman, als Herr Schlendrian selbst. Dritte Auflage.

      Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1787. - 3 Teile in 1 Band. 270, (6) SS. Mit Holzschnittvignette am Titel und einem gest. Frontispiz. Marmorierter Halblederband mit goldgepr. Rückentitel. 8vo. Erste Ausgabe dieser seltenen "Blüthenlese anstössiger Gerichtsverhandlungen, betreffend Scandalosa, Sünden gegen das sechste Gebot" (Hayn/G.). Der böhmische Journalist und Schriftsteller F. X. Huber (1755-1814) war Mitbegründer einer Reihe liberaler Zeitschriften. "Für Beethoven, mit dem er seit der Heirat mit Caroline Willmann freundschaftlich verbunden war, verfaßte er den Text des Oratoriums 'Christus am Ölberg' (1803) [.] Seine zeitkritischen Kommentare [.] beeinflußten die Wiener Anhänger des literarischen Jakobinismus" (DBE). Hayn/Gotendorf VII, 179. Goedeke IV/1, 621, 105, 4. Wurzbach IX, 369. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Ueber W. Shakspeare

      Zurich: bey Drell, Gessner, Füssli und Comp., 1787 First edition. Contemporary half calf, spine gilt. . Octavo. Minor rubbing. A fine copy. Very scarce. The first full-fledged German study of Shakespeare. Eschenburg was a prominent critic and literary historian who is particularly remembered for his efforts to familiarize his countrymen with English literature. He published translations of John Brown, Daniel Webb, Charles Burney, Joseph Priestley, and Richard Hurd, but his most notable achievement was the first full translation, in prose, of Shakespeare's plays, published in thirteen volumes from 1775 to 1782. The present very substantial work has long chapters on Shakespeare's life, his contemporaries, the theaters and actors of the period, etc., as well as analysis of individual plays, and the sonnets and other poems.

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        Remarkable Occurences in the Life of Jonas Hanway Esq

      London: J. Davis, 1787. [2], x, 262pp, contemporary full calf, raised bands, spine in six panels, morocco title label to second panel, remaining panels with central gilt flower and corner pieces. Rubbed, outer joints split and chipped but holding, chipped to spine ends, corners bumped and worn. Title and map slightly browned and offset, occasional pencil marginalia in an old hand, loss of bottom corner to P6 (not affecting text), otherwise internally fairly bright. Folding engraved frontispiece map. The first biography of Hanway, published a year after his death, with a bibliography of Hanway's works. "Hanway, Jonas (bap. 1712, d. 1786), merchant and philanthropist ... Hanway emerged from obscurity through the publication of his adventures in Russia and Persia in An Historical Account of the British Trade over the Caspian Sea (4 vols., 1753). This was the most original and entertaining of all his books and its success prompted him to continue writing for the remainder of his life on all manner of subjects, prompting Charles Wilson to call him 'one of the most indefatigable and splendid bores of English history' ... His mother's death in 1755 prompted Hanway to return to Portsmouth where she was buried, according to her wishes. His brief trip was the inspiration for Hanway's second book, A Journal of Eight Days' Journey from Portsmouth to Kingston upon Thames (1756), to which he appended An Essay on Tea. These works led to a literary skirmish with Oliver Goldsmith and Samuel Johnson, both of whom found Hanway trite and prolix, and his opposition to tea intemperate. Johnson claimed that Hanway had 'acquired some reputation by traveling abroad, but lost it all by traveling at home' (Boswell, Life, 1934, 2.122), but Hanway was largely right about the adulterated beverage that passed for tea in the mid-eighteenth century ... Hanway in mid-life was on the fringe of a very profitable trade, for the Russia Company enjoyed golden hours in the eighteenth century. Russia Company merchants were noted for philanthropy, and it was natural for Hanway to follow suit, but he did so with a zeal and an attention to detail that would make his name a byword for philanthropy ... It is impossible to know to what extent Hanway's philanthropy was motivated by humane or religious concerns (he was a devout member of the Church of England) and to what extent by practical considerations, such as his concern for the 'deep designs' of the French (A Letter from a Member of the Marine Society, 1757, 4), and his conviction that 'Increase alone can make our natural Strength in Men correspond with our artificial Power in Riches, and both with the Grandeur and Extent of the British Empire' (Serious Considerations on the Salutary Design of the Act of Parliament for a Regular Uniform Register of the Parish Poor, 1762, 26). Such arguments prevailed in his writings, and even led him to partial agreement with Bernard Mandeville that 'private vices, in some instances may be deemed public benefits, particularly by increasing the number of people' through illegitimate births... Hanway was buried on 13 September in the crypt of St Mary's Church, Hanwell, after an elaborate funeral designed to advertise the Marine Society's ship school as well as to honour the founder. In 1788 an impressive memorial was placed in Westminster Abbey, the first to commemorate a philanthropist. By the Victorian era he was little known" (ODNB). First Edition. Full Calf. Good. 8vo.

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        Carte Réduite des débouquements de St. Domingue

      Paris: , 1787. Size: 920 × 600 mm Uncoloured, copper engraving. 3 short closed tears to top margin, not affecting the image, a very nice copy. Superb map from Le Pilote de L'Isle de Saint-Domingue et des debouquemens de cette isle… the atlas resulting from Puységur's official coastal survey of the island of Hispaniola carried out for the French government. Just ten years later as a result of the Revolutionary Wars France came into possession of the whole island. A double-page sea-chart with rhumb lines, showing the points of departure from, and open sea-ways of, the northern coastline of Santo Domingo, featuring the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Lower Bahamas, eastern parts of Cuba and Jamaica, and the western end of Puerto Rico. A very nice example of an intriguing and attractive chart.

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        LETTRES D'UN CULTIVATEUR AMERICAIN. (Letters From An American Farmer) - depuis l'Année 1770 jusqu'en 1786

      Paris: Chez Cuchet Libraire, 1787 First Edition of the author's famous first book. A handsome set. Three Volumes. 8vo. Original gilt-decorated mottled calf. "The most complete of all the editions" - Howes C 883. A lovely set with all the original engravings but lacking the maps which were unfortunately removed very early.. 1st Edition.

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        A New, Universal and Impartial History of England

      P> P>, 1787 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A Scarce account of the History of EnglandScarceUndated but late 18th century. Bound in leather with gilt lettering. Complete with index, instructions to the binder and list of subscribers at the rear, as per ESTC N49624A very good copy but in the original binding needing work. With 120 copperplate engravings taken from the original drawings by Metz, Stothard, and Samuel Wale. This books covers the origins of Great Britain, its Revolutions, Laws, Arts Inventions as well as a Chronology of Sovereigns. The author claims to have corrected the errors of historians before him, removed party prejudices and to have produced 'in the most accurate, clear and impartial manner, every thing worthy of being recorded in the Annals of The British Empire' (title page). Condition: The binding is firm. The boards have detached as has the front free end paper. There is wear to the extremities including bumping with some loss to the leather. There is a small paper label to the spine. Internally the pages are generally clean and very bright with the occasional spot or handling mark. There is a light tide mark to the bottom of pages 29-36 but this does not affect the text. There is a 4cm closed tear to the base of the frontispiece. Overall the condition of the book is very good internally and good externally..

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        A View in Annamooka, One of the Friendly Isle's; View in Ulietea; A View in Matavai, Otaheite (variant title)

      London:: J. Webber,. 1787-1788.. This series of three views are UNPUBLISHED views by Webber. They are monochrome aquatints, a different process used in others of Webber's views. They were not published in either the extremely rare lifetime edition of "Views in the South Seas" nor the more common but still rare 1809 (1820) edition of "Views in the South Seas". They seem to have been bought together by an early collector, one being marked on the verso "3 views L 10" (sterling) in the 1950's.& & 1. "A View in Annamooka, One of the Friendly Isle's" is not directly recorded in Joppien & Smith, but this view with the date of Feby. 1, 1788 is obliquely referred to in the reference notes to Joppien & Smith 3.44b as a lone copy with this publication date in the British Museum, Dept. of Prints and Drawings. It could possibly be recorded as Joppien & Smith 3.44c. & & "Drawn & Etch'd by J. Webber. Aquatinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voy. Vol. I Ch. IV". Printed on laid paper, watermarked. Impression mark 430 x 293 mm, on paper 452 x 308 mm. A little dusty around edges, the top edge with some old creases and marginal tears repaired and a small bit of border added. Otherwise very good. & & 2. [Variant Title] "A View in Matavai, Otaheite". London: J. Webber, 1787. There were 2 earlier etchings of this view, and neither includes the name of "Matavai" in the title. & & Joppien & Smith 3.120c which cites 4 known copies. "Drawn & Etch'd by J. Webber. Aqua Tinta by M.C. Prestel. London Pubd. Feby. 1, 1787 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voy. Vol. II Ch. II". Impression mark 430 x 293 mm, on paper 480 x 333 mm. Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked. A little dusty, with an old crease in lower margin, very good overall. & & 3. "View in Ulietea". This is an intimate view of native life in Ulietea, French Polynesia. The foreground is filled with a native boat, the long bow & stern pieces topped with carved statues and a covered area housing natives, baskets & food. An open sided meeting house is visible on the shore with 5 natives conversing underneath. Joppien & Smith 3.157c. "Drawn & Etch'd by J. Webber. Aqua tinta by M.C. Prestel. London Publish'd Feby. 1, 1788 by J. Webber No. 312 Oxford Street. Vide Cook's Last Voy. Vol. II Ch. VII". Aquatint printed on laid paper, watermarked with a Dovecote. Impression mark 427 x 293 mm, on paper 470 x 335 mm. Very good condition.

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        Observations Fondamentales sur les Langues Anciennes et Modernes

      Paris,: Barrois, 1787.. Quarto, 112pp, bound with two later Hebrew and Arabic grammars, half-title and final two leaves a little chipped, a little foxing and browning yet very good in early nineteenth-century quarter calf (spine scuffed). A rare and eccentric treatise promoting Celtic as the foundation for all languages ancient and modern. The work includes a chapter on Tahiti based upon vocabularies in the voyage accounts of Bougainville and the account of Cook's second voyage published by Georg Forster, who accompanied his father Johann Reinhold Forster on the Resolution.Jacques le Brigant (1720-1804) was a lawyer and keen amateur archaeologist who surveyed and unearthed ancient sites in England and his native province of Brittany. Le Brigant boldly promoted his hypothesis that the ancient language of Brittany was the original Celtic tongue, being composed from pure monosyllabic elements. Yet, like many pioneers of grand historical derivation so fashionable throughout the eighteenth-century, le Brigant went further and expanded his theory to encompass all the languages of the world. The result is an extraordinary book that attempts to prove the common origin of disparate languages including Chinese, Sanskrit and Caribbean, through an admittedly naâve and simplistic process of phonetic comparison. Such speculative theories, so beloved of dilettante scholars such as le Brigant, faced inevitable extinction with the rise of anthropology and scientific linguistics in the mid-nineteenth century.Le Brigant based his phonetic comparisons upon vocabularies from published voyage accounts. The chapter on Tahiti uses word lists from the account of Bougainville who visited Tahiti in 1768, and also from the description by the brilliant naturalist Georg Forster who joined Cook on his second voyage of discovery through the Pacific between 1773-1775. There are two tables for phonetic comparison while a third table compares the spelling of common terms in the texts of Bougainville and Forster. The third table is important given the theory hinges upon phonetic comparison as the etymology of the Tahitian language was not understood. This extraordinary attempt at linguistic and cultural derivation is not hampered by the fact that Polynesian is not a written language. Similarly, the analysis of Chinese and Celtic in this book proceeds with romanised Chinese terms rather than characters (being European interpretations of Chinese words, rather than pure forms).Despite these obvious limitations, le Brigant's enthusiastic optimism is both charming and engaging. The book demonstrates the diverse audience who read contemporary voyage accounts and an esoteric application of fresh knowledge from the farthest corners of the earth. Le Brigant continued to expand his opus, publishing a related text on Celtic origins in Strassbourg in 1779.O'Reilly, 5710.

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        Méthode de nomenclature chimique, proposée par MM. de Morveau, Lavoisier, Bertholet, & de Fourcroy

      Cuchet, Paris 1787 - FIRST EDITION, SECOND PRINTING. Very good condition, inside and out. Contemporary binding with boards slightly scuffed, some wrinkling of pages. Interior is clean and bright with no library or other markings. "The first attempt to rectify the situation [of chemical nomenclature] was presented by [Louis Bernard Guyton] de Morveau in a paper entitled 'Sur les Dénominations Chymiques, la nécessité d'en perfectionner le system, & les règles pour y parvenir' the phlogistonists, however, were unimpressed with de Morveau's recommendations Lavoisier, who was in need of a new nomenclature, recognized the value of de Morveau's ideas" (Denis Duveen and Herbert Klickstein, Proceedings, American Philosophical Society), which led Lavoisier to discuss the issue with a group of the leading anti-phlogistonists. Lavoisier's updated system of rational nomenclature was adopted by the group and by de Morveau, and quickly became popular. Lavoisier's nomenclature has persisted into the modern day with very little modification. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Aufschluß und Vertheidigung der Enthüllung des Systems der Weltbürger-Republik. Nebst eine Bitte an die Leser

      Rom (Leipzig, Göschen) 1787.. 288 S., 1 Bl. Pappband d. Zt. Erste Ausgabe. - Goed. IV/1, 597, 5; Wolfstieg 23408; Kloss 3389; Taute 2711a. - Antwort auf die abfälligen Rezensionen zu seiner im Vorjahr erschienenen "Enthüllung des Systems der Weltbürger-Republik", in der erstmals die Theorie einer Weltverschwörung der Logen zur Erlangung der politischen Herrschaft entwickelt wurde. - Aus dem Besitz von Prinzessin Hermine Reuß (1887-1947), der zweiten Gemahlin des letzten deutschen Kaisers. Mit ihrem radiertem Exlibris auf dem Vorsatz. Das Exlibris zeigt das Obere Schloss Greiz in Thüringen. - Berieben und bestoßen. Titel mit kleinem Randeinriss

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        Grefve Grasses siö-batailler, och krigs operationerne uti Vest-Indien, ifrån början af år 1781 til krigets slut; med dertil hörande historiske anmärkningar: författade af en amiralitets officerare, under des campagner på kongl.

      franska flottan. Sthlm, J. C. Holmberg, 1787. 8:o. 107,(6) s. & 8 utvikbara grav. plr. Ngt nött samtida hfrbd med guldornerad rygg, ljusbrun titeletikett av glättad papp och gula snitt. Titeletiketten ngt skadad och pärmhörnen lite stukade. Författarnamnet skrivet på försätts- och titelblad med blyerts. En förvärvsanteckning nedtill på eftersättsbladet tillsammans med en oidentifierad namnteckning. Enstaka småfläckar. Titelbladet med en del bläckstänk och en bläckplump i övre yttre hörnet på s. 15-16. Solkfläckar i yttermarginalen på s. 65-70 och 82-83.. Carl Gustaf Tornqvist var svensk sjöofficer, men tjänstgjorde i början av 1780-talet i den franska flottan på uppdrag till stöd för den amerikanska frihetskampen. Den franska flottexpeditionen, som leddes av François de Grasse, spelade en viktig roll i det för frihetskriget avgörande slaget om Yorktown, där de brittiska respektive de amerikansk-franska trupperna samlats i slutet av 1781. Efter en gemensam attack av Washington, Rochambeau och Lafayette samt från Grasses skepp tvingades den brittiska överbefälhavaren Charles Cornwallis att kapitulera, och några månader senare skrevs fredsfördraget där England förklarade Amerika självständigt. Tornquist skrev även den första svenska sjökrigshistorien, "Utkast till swenska flottans sjö-tåg", som utkom 1788. "Grefve Grasses siö-batailler" utkom i fransk översättning 1936 och i engelsk översättning 1942

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        Ordenanzas de las armadas navales de la corona de Aragon

      En la imprenta real 1787 - - En la imprenta real, Madrid _1787, In 4 (17,5x22,5cm), (44) 147 (3) 63pp., relié. - Edition originale. Plein parchemin d'époque. Dos lisse avec titre à la plume estompé en tête. Manque un tiers du cuir sur le plat supérieur, également en bordure. Sans page de garde. Bonne fraîcheur du papier. Ordonnances de la marine aragonaise du XIVe siècle. En appendice, les ordonnances de la marine anglaise et diverses pièces relatives à la marine espagnole, notamment des ordonnances du XVIe siècle. (44) 147 (3) 63pp. . La Librairie Le Feu Follet offre aux clients AbeBooks 10% de réduction ainsi que les frais de port vers la France métropolitaine sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 978 EUR. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Lebensbeschreibung Voltaire`s von M***. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt (von M. Truckenbrot)

      Nürnberg, Stiebner 1787.. Mit gest. Portrait von J. L.Stahl. X, 2 Bll., 346 S. Pappband d. Zt. mit Rückenschild. Hirschberg 687; vgl. Cioranescu I, 27327 (frz. EA 1786) und Hoefer XV, 552; nicht bei Fromm. - Erste Ausgabe der ersten Biographie Voltaires in deutscher Sprache. - Hoefer bezeichnet die Biographie als "inexacte et incomplète". Der wahre Grund für die harsche Kritik dürfte aber in Duvernets antikirchlicher Einstellung zu suchen sein, die ihm gleich zu Beginn des Artikels vorgeworfen wird: "Imbu des principes anti-religieux de son époque". - Gering berieben. Frontispiz verso mit Widmung und Namenseintrag.

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        View of Huaheine one of the Society Islands in the South Seas

      London,: Thomas Martyn,, 1787.. Coloured aquatint, 357 x 525 mm., title supplied in calligraphy; mounted and framed; some general ageing but very good. An attractive example of the famous aquatint by John Cleveley, one of the four remarkable views of the Pacific done after the Cook voyages. Huaheine, one of the Tahitian Islands, was of special interest to Cook, as it was here that he decided to leave Omai. 'Cook negotiated with the chieftains of the island for a suitable piece of land... a garden was laid out, on which Cook tells us "Shaddocks, Vines, Pineapples, Millons and several other articles" were planted "all of which were in a flourishing state before we left the island"...' (Joppien & Smith).Omai's house can be seen in the foreground of this superb aquatint, under construction. The original sketches on which this and Cleveley's other three views were based were, according to the prospectus issued for the prints, 'drawn on the spot' by James Cleveley, the ship's carpenter on board Resolution. When the expedition returned to England in October 1780 his brother James, a professional draughtsman, worked up the sketches into finished watercolours. The final works portray the Pacific islands and their inhabitants in a picturesque and idealised manner, which may have had more to do with conforming to European notions of a Pacific Arcadia than with providing specific representations of the islands as they were. The Resolution and Discovery are shown riding at anchor, and the crew can be seen setting out in long-boats accompanied by traditional Tahitian craft - the artist depicts a moment of great serenity and beauty.Nan Kivell and Spence, p. 68.

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        A List of the Officers of the Army, and Marines;

      London: War-Office, 15th Feb.,, 1787. with an Index: A List of the Officers on Half-Pay; and a Succession of Colonels. Octavo (227 × 140 mm). Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, green morocco label, spine compartments formed by a gilt milled roll, compartments gilt with sun in splendour centre-tool with attractive foliate cornerpieces, three concentric decorative gilt panels to the boards, marbled endpapers, milled edge-roll, all edges gilt, foliate roll to the turn-ins. Corners and spine rubbed, morocco label worn, contents clean and fresh. A very good copy. First edition. Wide-margined, and attractively "presentation bound" late eighteenth-century army list. Highly desirable thus.

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        [NAVIGATION IN THE CARIBBEAN]. [Early Manuscript Report on the Navigation in the Caribbean, in Particular near Isabela, Aguada Bay, Mona Island (Puerto Rico), and Saona Island (Dominican Republic)]

      1787 Handwritten. Very Good. No Binding. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 1787 (entry on the Mona Island is dated "13 June, 1787"). Folio (ca. 32x20 cm). 4 pp. Brown ink on watermarked laid paper. Manuscript is written in a very legible hand; paper aged and lightly-stained, with two neat stab holes in the margins, otherwise a very good manuscript. Apparently compiled for the use of the British mariners sailing in the Caribbean, the manuscript gives a detailed and captivating account of navigation near the coasts of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. There are complete descriptions of the waters of Aguada Bay and Mona Island, and incomplete texts regarding Isabela (Puerto Rico) and Saona Island (Dominican Republic). The manuscript derives from the family archives of Captain George Anthony Tonyn and his nephew, Admiral Charles William Paterson (1756-1841). The manuscript is written with particular reference to navigation and thoroughly marks distances, geographical coordinates of the islands, bays et al., points of good anchoring sites, sea depths and currents, as well as all sorts of supplies available on shore. Thus the note on Aguada Bay starts: 'An open Bay and deep, requires no particular directions, coming from the North and Eastwd. You may round the North point at 1 Miles distance and keep as near the North Shore as you please, you do not get Soundings till you are within a Mile of the Town in 40 faths.' About the provisions on Mona Island: "There are abundance of Wild Bullocks, which the Turtlers who come here occasionally hunt with dogs and shoot, also abundance of Goats which they hunt and shoot in the same manner. Very good line fishing, but no place sits to haul the seine". "Aguada is a municipality of Puerto Rico, located in the western coastal valley region bordering the Atlantic Ocean, west of Rincón, Aguadilla and Moca; and north of Anasco. Mona is the third largest island of the archipelago of Puerto Rico, after the main island of Puerto Rico and Vieques. Saona Island is located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic, near La Altagracia Province" (Wikipedia)..

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        Schriften I-IV

      Georg Joachim Goeschen, 1787 - 1787 - 1791 - 1791, Leipzig, 1791. Very early edition of the Works. Set with 4 title page vignettes after Meil, Oeser & Lips, engraved by Groegory. Original paperboard binding, condition good overall, some rubbing, browning and foxing throughout the set.

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        [ Running Title ] the Following is the New Plan of the Constitution of the United States of America, Upon Which the Convention of all the Most Distinguished Men in the Sates Have Been Deliberating for Several months, and By Which, if finally Adopted

      London: John Nichols for David Henry, 1787. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. [2], [553]-1200 plus index pages. The entire volume offered of the Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle Volume LVII for the Year MDCCLXXXVII Part the Second. An exlibrary copy, with embossed institutional stamp and call number sticker on volume title page, institutional bookplate on front pastedown, and pocket on rear pastedown. Originally 3/4 leather over marbled boards, now with utilitarian modern spine taping with title and labeling (Vol 57, July-Dec 1787 pt 2) and stitched linen hinge reinforcements to both hinges. Index in rear coming detached. Closely trimmed internally with some minor loss to plate titles, etc. Otherwise generally bright and clean internally. The article offered here, which we believe is the first printing of the US Constitution in Britain, is found in 2 parts, on pages 1008-1011 and pages 1110-1112. The constitution is signed in print by George Washington. Individual issue title pages for each of the issues containing the Constitution bound in. Various other articles throughout with plates in the text. A nice piece of American history.

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        The WORKS Of SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. Together with His Life, and Notes on his Lives of the Poets, by Sir John Hawkins, Knt. In Eleven Volumes

      London:: Printed for J. Buckland, et al.. 1787.. 8vo. 1st edition thus (Fleeman 87.3W). 11 volumes.. Period full tree calf with modern respining to style. Boards with a 'tan' appearance; spine color with more a brown hue. Maroon title labels (9 period; 2 modern to style [Vols 8 & 10]).. Period engraved bookplate, in each volume, of "Henry Monteith of. Carstairs". A VG+ set.. NB. By 2 years later, the set was to have expanded to 15 volumes, however these first 11 volumes were issued collectively, with the set being advertised for sale on Tuesday, 20 March 1787. Fleeman quotes correspondence from Thomas Spence to John Bell, of Bell & Bradfute (Edinburgh) noting the division of the print run [one assumes amongst those listed on the t.p. imprint, of which there are 41] & his comment that sales should be brisk as "a very short number has been printed..." [Vol II, p. 1629]. & & Somewhat uncommon on the commercial market; we see only one other at present, and note but 6 auction appearances these past 30 years, with the last occurence being 1999. . Frontis of Johnson in Volume I.

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        The Works of Samuel Johnson

      London: Printed for J. Buckland et al., , 1787. Together with his life and notes on the lives of the poets, by Sir John Hawkins, Knt. In eleven volumes. 11 volumes, octavo (218 × 133 mm). Contemporary dark tan speckled calf, black morocco label, decoration to spines, cream endpapers, sprinkled edges. Engraved frontispiece to volume 1. Spines ever so slightly rubbed, an excellent set. An attractively bound set.

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        TREATISE ON THE VENOM OF THE VIPER; ON THE AMERICAN POISONS; And on the CHERRY LAUREL, and some other VEGETABLE POISONS

      London, J. Murray, 1787.. To which are annexed, observations on the primitive structure of the animal body; different experiments on the reproduction of the nerves; and a description of a new canal of the eye. 2 volumes, complete set. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, 1787. 8vo, approximately 210 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, 10 engraved folding plates at rear of Volume II, pages (4), xix, 409, xiv - index; (4), ii, (2), 395, xiv - index, xxii - Explanation of the plates, complete wih half-titles, bound in full antique leather, rebacked at some time in matching calf, gilt rules and gilt decorations in compartments, gilt lettered morocco label. Covers slightly marked and lightly stained, couple of small chips to leather, corners slightly worn, small stamp of an institute library and the same name written out in ink on endpapers, pale age-browning to prelims in Volume I, occasional pale browning within, occasional light brown spotting, worm track to lower edge of endpapers and half-title in Volume II, small tear to first Contents page in Volume I, neatly repaired with very slight loss on verso, easily legible. Bindings tight and firm. A very good set. Abbe Felix Fontana (1730-1805) was an Italian scientist and anatomist who was known for his studies into the action of poisons on the human body. He was naturalist to the Duke of Tuscany and director of his cabinet of natural history. In 1766 he was appointed professor of physics at the University of Pisa and in 1775, he became first director of the Museum of Physics and Natural History in Florence. He travelled widely in France and England meeting the most famous scientists of the time. The first part of this work on snake poisons and treatments (Volume I plus first 95 pages in Volume II) was first published in Italian in 1767 (Ricerche fisiche sopra il veleno della vipera). It was later enlarged with other medical matters and published in French in 1781 from which first English edition is taken. Fontana's pioneering work on snake poison is "the starting point of modern investigations of serpent venom". Garrison and Morton, page 183, No. 2103; Wellcome Library of Medicine, Volume III, page 37; Waller lists only the German translation published the same year as the English first edition. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        A HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGNS OF 1780 AND 1781, IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES OF NORTH AMERICA

      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.

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        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]

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        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

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        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.

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        COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF ENGLAND. In Four Books

      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 +.

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        LE PILOTE DE L'ISLE DE SAINT-DOMINGUE ET DES DEBOUQUEMENS DE CETTE ISLE.... [with:] DETAIL SUR LA NAVIGATION AUX COTES DE SAINT-DOMINGUE ET DANS SES DEBOUQUEMENS

      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.

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        ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, PASSED IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA, FROM THE YEAR 1681 TO THE YEAR 1769 INCLUSIVE

      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.

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        DICCIONARIO DOS TERMOS TECHNICOS DE HISTORIA NATURAL.

      - 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

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        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.

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        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

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        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.

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        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]

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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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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM RICHARD HENRY LEE TO A YOUNG RELATIVE, GIVING ADVICE]

      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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