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        The New Robinson Crusoe: An Instructive and Entertaining History for the Use of Children of Both Sexes [Four Volumes] [2]

      London John Stockdale, Opposite Burlington House, Piccadilly 1788. Four Volumes. Contemporary full calf, gilt cross lines and titles to spine. Slim 8vo 7¼" x 4½" 170; 156; 137; 177 1, [pp]. Embellished with thirty-two cuts and one text illustration, some of which have been hand-coloured at a later date. Title pages to volumes I, 11, IV missing, cracking of lower hinge to volume IV, age darkening to page edges and some margins, corners turned-in and rubbed. Member of the P.B.F.A.

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        Costumes Civiles Atuels De Tous Les Peulples Connus, Desines D'Apres Nature, Graves Et Colories. VOLUME ONE ONLY

      Paris: Chez Pavard, 1788. First edition. leather_bound. Contemporary full brown tree calf. Very good/No Dust Jacket. 5 pages in text. 22 x 17 cm. Seventy-four full-page hand-colored aquatint plates, all with tissue guards. Born in Canada, Grasset removed to France in 1764, serving there as writer, diplomat and publisher with a bent toward Republicanism and enlightenment ideals. Set complete in four volumes. COLAS 1879-81. Plates clean, fresh and bright, raised bands, spine labels in red and green, edge scuffing, one centimeter chip backstrip foot toward rear cover.

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        Two retained letterbooks, containing the private correspondence of merchant and commercial agent Andrew Lambert

      Calcutta, Purnia and St. Helena: 3 May 1788 to 21 March 1798. 2 volumes, small folio. (12 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches). 8 pages of manuscript indices of the names of the recipients of the letters (4 in each volume), 753 pages of letters (319 in vol.I; 434 in vol.II), in two or more hands. The subjects covered by Lambert include family matters (letters to his sisters Mary Ovans and Jane Gilchrist, his brothers Thomas and Charles, his uncle Anthony senior), life in India (his precarious health, social occasions, views on marriage), the political situation in India and Europe, and the wars in India (the third Anglo-Mysore war against Tipoo Sultan of 1789- 1792) and Europe (the French Revolution and its aftermath), but mostly concerning all aspects of trade, within India itself, with England, with China, as conducted by Lambert, a partner in the very powerful agency house of Lambert and Ross, (the indices list 2 letters to Gabriel Gillett; 38 letters to John Prinsep; 21 letters to Jacob Wilkinson; 4 letters to Major Samuel Shaw; 18 to Patrick Heatly; 17 to Richard 'Rupee' Johnson). Original Indian red roan, covers bordered in blind, the upper cover of the first volume with manuscript ink titling in ink "Private Letters commencing 3d. May 1786 / ending - 20 Janry 1792" (one cover detached). Housed in a red morocco-backed box. A remarkable unpublished collection of retained letters offering a powerful insider's view of the development of trade in India in the late 18th century, and an educated and articulate contemporary reaction to the events of the third Anglo-Mysore War. These albums constitute an apparently unrecorded primary source whose importance rests chiefly in the information it gives about the interwoven operations of Lambert & Ross, a major merchant house in India, at the time when the East India Company's monopolies were beginning to come under attack. A widespread network is revealed controlled by a few key figures who continue to do business and prosper enormously against the background of the ongoing operations against Tipu Sultan in India and revolutionary France in Europe and on the maritime routes home. On a micro level, Anthony Lambert (1758-1800), offers insights into his long-distance management of his family (most of whom remained in England), friends and colleagues. He also was aware of the dreadful attrition rate amongst Europeans who lived and worked in India: only one in ten long-term East India Company employees survived long enough to retire to England. A recurring theme is his slowly failing health, with occasional frank and clear-headed appraisals of the gamble he took when he pitted his health against the opportunity of creating an enormous personal fortune. He understood that the key decision was to know when it was time to leave before the damage became irreparable. Anthony Lambert (1758-1800) was born in Berwick-on-Tweed in Northumberland, England. Little is known of his early years in England, but a contemporary obituary (in The Asiatic Annual Register, vol.I, pp75-76) noted that he was not born into money, and that he was largely self-educated. He joined the East India Company as a cadet, arriving in India in 1781, but resigned the following year to pursue a very successful trading career in Calcutta. By 1790, the firm of Lambert & Ross, which he founded, was one of about 15 agency houses which collectively came to rival the East India Company itself in terms of its commercial power. In particular, Lambert was very involved in the setting up of the highly lucrative opium trade between India and China ("To his exertions, the opium trade of India owes its principal support and improvement" [op.cit]), and he fought a successful battle against the restrictive shipping policies of the East India Company ("His judicious and persevering representations to government, contributed in no small degree to induce the East India Company to abandon the old policy in their shipping concerns" [op. cit.]). On a theoretical level he also made a valuable contribution to the economics of the region: the present collection includes a copy of a covering letter (dated 2 November 1795) he sent to Lord Cornwallis with a copy of Henry Thomas Colebrooke's Remarks on the husbandry and internal commerce of Bengal, (privately printed in Calcutta in 1795). In this letter he notes that "it is from the pen of Mr. Colebrooke except the first and third sections of the Chapter on foreign commerce, of which I must take the responsibility". The present collection ends with an unfinished record of letters he wrote from St. Helena in March 1798, on the voyage home. Unfortunately, as he had speculated might be the case, Lambert did not live to enjoy his success for very long: "Mr. Lambert, since his return to England in 1798, had been struggling with the disease which prematurely closed his useful and exemplary life… At Calcutta, where he passed the best years of his life, his memory will long be cherished… He died in the 41st year of his age, at his house, Devonshire street, Portland-place, on the 17th of January, 1800" (op.cit). Some of the key figures with whom he corresponds at length are: Patrick Heatly (1753-1834), born in Newport, Rhode Island, joined the East India Company as a cadet, but quickly transferred to the civil branch, before going into business on his own. By 1785 he was in a position to offer to supply 3200 chests of opium of guaranteed quality, from the province of Bahar, to the Company at a fixed rate. He returned in England in 1788 but the present letters show that he negotiated a deal with Lambert before doing so. John Prinsep (1748-1830), arrived in Bombay in 1771, but resigned his commission in 1772 in favour of the commercial world. Prinsep was extremely successful, and by the time he returned to England in 1788 he was one of the wealthiest Europeans in India. The present letters cover the period when he had set up as an East India agent, and when he was most vocal in his call for free trade. He later served as a Member of Parliament. Jacob Wilkinson (d.1799), another successful merchant: he was elected a Director of the East India Company in 1782. The present letters cover a period after he had returned to London. He died at his house in Bedford-row, London, June 24, 1799, shortly after Lambert returned to England (cf. obituary notice in The Times, June 27, 1799) Major Samuel Shaw (1751-1794), first American Consul in Canton. (see The journals of Major Samuel Shaw, the first American consul at Canton with a life of the author, by Josiah Quincy [Boston: 1847]. Richard Johnson (d.1807) was for a short time British Resident in Hyderabad, a post in which he incurred censure which led to his resignation. He was elected Chairman of the General Bank, Calcutta, in 1788; he retired from the service, returning to England in about 1789. By 1797 he joined the Middlesex Bank in London. He was on friendly terms with Warren Hastings in England: this and other connections would have been of obvious help to Lambert. These letter books offer a fresh overview of Indian history during a pivotal period and are worthy of further study and publication. Cf. M.Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, London, 1979, p. 313, pl. 217, illustrated (a portrait of Lambert by Robert Home)

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        Bibliotheca Classica; Or, a Classical Dictionary, containing a full Account of all the Proper Names mentioned in Antient Authors. To which are subjoined, Tables of Coins, Weights, and measures, in Use among the Greeks and Romans

      Reading: Printed for T. Cadell, London, 1788 First edition. Modern half brown calf over marbled boards. Spine ruled in blind, with title in gilt, new endpapers. Marbled edges. Octavo. Text in double columns (except for the few leaves at the end with classical weights and measures, etc.). Occasional light browning, but a very good copy. The first of a new kind of manual: the rendering of a body of knowledge not easily accessible in any other form into a series of alphabetical articles for the use of those who lack the time or the learning to seek out the sources…Lemprière's is the first specialist work designed as a substitute for, rather than as an aid to, learning…Frequently re-edited and its accuracy has been greatly improved, although its original style, always lively and unusually readable for a work of reference, has been largely preserved. Beyond this, finally, it has one quite imperishable claim to fame. Keats owned a copy, and it was the source of much of his knowledge of Greek and Latin mythology; one can sometimes even see the genesis of his lines in Lempriére's humble but lively prose" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 236).

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        [Beaux illustrés du XVIIIe] Oeuvres de Molière avec des remarques grammaticales ; des avertissemens et des observations sur chaque pièce par M. Bret

      Par la compagnie des libraires associ? Paris : Par la compagnie des libraires associés, 1788. relié. 6 tomes en 6 Vol. in 8 (12,5x21cm). Réimpression de la très célèbre édition des oeuvres complètes de Molière publiée par les soins de Bret (avec ses remarques) parue chez le même éditeur en 1773. Ouvrage illustré du fameux portrait de Molière gravé par Cathelin d'après Mignaud en frontispice du premier volume, de 6 fleurons de titre ainsi que de 33 très fines figures de Moreau Le Jeune. Sans conteste une des plus belles éditions de Molière, parfaitement imprimée. Plein veau blond glacé d'époque signé Bozérian père. Dos lisses richement ornés de fers carnavalesques dorés. Pièces de titre et de tomaisons en maroquin noir. Roulette dorée en tête et en queue. Dentelles dorées en encadrements des plats. Dentelle intérieure. Tranches dorées. Certaines coiffes très légèrement frottées sans gravité. Certains coins légèrement émoussés. Très élégantes reliures et très originales pour une série de Molière, signées de l'illustre relieur Bozérian. Riche ensemble, éminemment désirable. - Par la compagnie des libraires associés, Paris _1788, 6 tomes en 6 Vol. in 8 (12,5x21cm), 6 volumes reliés. - Beaux illustrés du XVIIIe 6 volumes reliés

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        TRAVELS THROUGH SYRIA AND EGYPT, IN THE YEARS 1783, 1784, AND 1785

      Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1788. Second Edition in English. 216 x 137 mm (8 1/2 x 5 3/8").Two volumes. VERY FINE CONTEMPORARY FLAMED CALF, flat spines ruled in gilt, red morocco label on each spine. Three engraved folding plates (views and plan) and two engraved folding maps. Front pastedowns with the armorial bookplate of Penelope Vaughn. Cox I, 235 (citing French edition of 1787); Lowndes IV, 2790; Graesse VI, 389 (both citing English edition of 1787). A handful of paper flaws (one causing a short tear without loss just into text), a half dozen leaves with light marginal soiling (apparently incurred in the print shop), top inch of front joint of second volume slightly cracked, two bottom corners a bit bumped and rubbed, but A VERY FINE COPY INSIDE AND OUT, the bindings lustrous and scarcely worn, the text bright and clean, and the plates all remarkably well preserved. The author's first book, this item is called by Chambers "one of the most exact and valuable works of [its] kind ever published" (Cox quoting Chambers' "Cyclopaedia: or, an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences"). The Blackmer catalogue says that "Volney's popular and highly-regarded work was the result of three years' travels, a good deal of which time was spent in Cairo. His account has never really been surpassed. Volney went to great lengths in preparation, which included a year devoted to exercise and self-deprivation and three months learning the language required in a convent in the mountains of Lebanon." Volney (1757-1820) was a learned man, a frequent traveller, and an important governmental official who was expelled from America as a suspected spy and who narrowly escaped the guillotine during the French Revolution. The present bindings obviously are not notable for their decoration, but they are wonderful examples of attractively executed flamed calf bindings typical of those making up the bulk of country gentlemen's libraries all over Great Britain. The condition of the present copy is nothing short of extraordinary, very nearly capturing the look and feel of the volumes as they would have appeared on their original shelf.

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        The Life of Captain James Cook

      London: Printed for G. Nichol and G.G. J. and J. Robinson, 1788. Quarto. (11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches). Half title. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Cook by Heath, unsigned but after Nathaniel Dance. Contemporary diced russia, covers ruled in gilt, expertly rebacked to style, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, gilt turn-ins, dark brown endpapers, marbled edges, modern cloth box. A fine copy of the first edition of Kippis, the first and most important biography of Captain James Cook. "Kippis's book, the first English biography of Cook, was intended to give a well-balanced account of his life from birth to death, including his family and early years, and the capacities in which he was engaged prior to the famous voyages. Cook discharged several important duties while aboard the Mercury, on the St. Lawrence River, during the seige of Quebec. The Newfoundland and Labrador surveys are discussed, and the three voyages are dealt with in great narrative depth" (Hill). In addition, Kippis reprints most of David Samwell's eye-witness account of Cook's death. This account was first published in 1786 and as a separate publication is the rarest of all 18th-century works relating to Cook. Beddie 32; Forbes 149; Hill (2004) 935; Holmes 69; Kroepelien 647; Lada- Mocarski 40; O'Reillly-Reitman 455; Sabin 37954.

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        [ARCHIVE OF CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER PAPERS FROM THE KIRBY FAMILY, SPANNING THREE GENERATIONS, TWO MAJOR AMERICAN WARS, AND NEARLY ONE HUNDRED YEARS]

      Various places, including Washington, West Point, New York, and locations in Mexico. 1788-1863.. 144 letters and five official documents, detailed below. Primarily quarto, with a few octavo letters. Documents are larger, on folded vellum sheets. Light scattered soiling, a few small paper losses. Very good. Housed in two custom binders and one half morocco clamshell case. An extensive archive of correspondence from the Kirby family, spanning three generations and three major American wars, with letters from the Mexican- American War, official presidential documents, and correspondence from the Civil War. The Kirbys were a military family, with several career soldiers among them. Most of the archive relates to Edmund Kirby (1794-1849), who fought in the Mexican-American War, and includes correspondence from Kirby to his son and his wife, several of them written from the front lines of the War in Mexico. Also in the archive are letters from Edmund Kirby the son (1840-1863) written to his brother during the Civil War, and several earlier letters written to the patriarch, Ephraim Kirby (1757-1804), who fought in the American Revolution. Edmund Kirby settled his family in Brownville, N.Y., the ancestral home of his wife, Eliza Brown, daughter of Major General Jacob Brown, for whom the town was named. Edmund Kirby fought in the War of 1812 and the Mexican- American War, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel (the certificate awarding him that rank is included in this archive) and chief of the pay department. He would return from the war but die from a disease contracted while in Mexico. The Kirbys had nine children. The archive includes eighty-two letters from Edmund Kirby to his wife, and forty-three letters from Edmund to his eldest son, Jacob Brown Kirby. It also includes thirteen letters from Edmund Kirby (1840-63) to his brother, Reynold Marvin Kirby, written during the Civil War. Edmund Kirby the younger was a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery who fought for the Union. He took a wound at Chancellorsville which resulted in the amputation of his leg and his eventual death. Facing his death in a Union Army hospital, he expressed concern about the welfare of his widowed mother and sisters, for whom he was the sole support; President Lincoln, who was visiting the hospital, commissioned him a Brigadier General on his deathbed, assuring his family a sizable pension. Edmund Kirby the younger's sister, Frances Kirby Smith, was the mother of General Edmund Kirby Smith, who fought for the Confederacy. Contents are as follows: 1) [Kirby, Edmund]: [FIVE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, PRINTED ON VELLUM; FOUR OF THEM SIGNED BY U.S. PRESIDENTS]. 1812- 1849. Four measuring 18 x 15 inches, the fifth 11 x 15 inches. Some light soiling. Very good. Five engraved documents, printed on vellum, appointing Edmund Kirby (1794-1849) to various military positions, illustrating his rise through the ranks of the U.S. Army. Four of these documents are signed by U.S. Presidents - James Madison (1812), James Monroe (1825), Andrew Jackson (1832), James K. Polk (1848). The fifth document is a certificate of Membership in the Aztec Club, a society for officers of the Mexican-American War. Kirby appears to have been elected posthumously, as this certificate is dated two months after his death. 2) Kirby, Edmund: [EIGHTY-TWO LETTERS WRITTEN BY EDMUND KIRBY TO HIS WIFE ELIZA]. Various places, including Washington, Detroit, and Mexico City. 1827-1848. Over two hundred pages. Primarily quarto. Light scattered soiling; a few small losses. Very good. Twenty-three of these letters cover the period from 1827 to 1845, and are primarily comprised of letters sent from western New York and points in the Midwest, discussing his travels and expressing his desire for home and family. He gives Eliza instructions as to the care of the farm and relates news of business dealings and mutual acquaintances. In the 1830s, Edmund was involved in campaigns against the Indians, including the Black Hawk War. One particularly interesting letter written in September 1832 from an army camp on the bank of the Mississippi, near Rock Island, relays news of a cholera outbreak and its effect on an Indian treaty: "The business of the campaign however is drawing to a close & nothing but the distressing prevalence of our old & worst enemy, cholera, will prevent its speedy termination. Since my last we have moved our camp to the west bank of the Mississippi near the spot where the treaty is appointed to be held. ... It has already interfered with the arrangements for the treaty & if it continues may yet do so." He goes on to discuss the progress of subduing the Indians: "The hostile Sacks are subdued. The Black Hawk is a prisoner & will be here probably today. The Prophet...& all their principal chiefs are also prisoners in our hands. The treaty will be held with Keeokuck, chief of the friendly Sacks, those who did not take up arms against us with the Winnebagoes...." The remainder of the letters, 54 in all, cover the years 1846-1848, recounting Edmund's service in the Mexican-American War. Edmund was a paymaster with the army. His correspondence, which consists of letters of about 1000 words about twice a month, is full of rich detail of the circumstances of the army and the occupation of Mexico. Among his correspondence are several letters written from Monterey, where Edmund was invited by General Zachary Taylor to attend the signing of the Mexican capitulation. "The conference was tedious and after all was concluded and the articles signed by the commissioners on both sides and by General Taylor, General Ampudia was an hour in fixing his name to the instrument. We had retired except Col. Davis who says that he sat fifteen minutes at a time with the pen in hand and the sweat rolling off his face in big drops." He gallantly sends home a rose plucked from General Arista's garden. His letters are filled with details of army life and his marches through Mexico, as well as details of Mexican life - women who smoke, fruits in the market, &c.; he often sends souvenirs home to his wife and children - ponchos, sea shells, a Mexican tent, Aztec relics, &c. Writing from Tampico on Feb. 3, 1847, he relates that General Scott is daily expected and says, "The force accumulated in the Gulph & tending towards Vera Cruz is so large that the city & castle of San Juan d'Ulloa must fall before it without any great struggles." Camped before Vera Cruz on March 24, he relates the opening of hostilities: "Three mortar batteries were established however on the 22d instant when Captain Jos. E. Johnston was sent in with a flag & a summons from the General for the surrender of the city. It was rejected in courteous but decided terms. Whereupon our batteries opened at half past four o'clock (22d) P.M. The bombardment has continued without intermission night or day to the present time." He longs for peace and home, at one point writing, "I feel sad...I have nothing whatever to gain by remaining here." He writes of the delays with peace and negotiations, and many other battles and engagements. Several of his letters home are written on official stationery of the Mexican Ministry of War. 3) Kirby, Edmund: [FORTY-THREE LETTERS WRITTEN BY EDMUND KIRBY TO HIS SON JACOB BROWN KIRBY]. Brownville & Washington. 1838- 1844. Over eighty pages. Quarto. Some light soiling. Very good. In these letters, Edmund passes along fatherly advice and news to his eldest son, Jacob Brown Kirby (1827- 1860), who is, part of the time, studying at West Point. Writing to Jake, he reminds him that he bears his grandfather's name (General Jacob Brown who fought in the War of 1812), "& should learn to emulate his virtues, for his name will be an honor to you no longer than you honor it by striving to do all your duties properly." In a letter dated March 22, 1838, he passes along news of the Indian Wars in Florida, including a mention of the opening actions of the Cherokee removal that would become the Trail of Tears: "I have long letters from General Eustis, Col. Lindsey, your Uncle Reynold & other officers in Florida giving sad accounts of the sufferings of the troops. The campaign is over & the war is not ended. The infantry will be left to keep the Indians in check through the summer & the artillery regiments will be sent to the upper part of Georgia & Alabama to the Cherokee country where a large army will be assembled including several thousand militia to compel the Cherokee Indians to emigrate to the west of the Mississippi. Gen. Scott will probably command this army, but I have no desire to join it & do not expect to be called upon to do so." In the years leading up to the Mexican- American War, he discusses the annexation of Texas, and the military and political implications of the impending conflict. On the question of annexation, he writes, "The members from the Southern states will support the measure for the purpose of creating new slave states & thus gaining the ascendency for the slavery interest in the councils of the nation & because they fear that the government of Great Britain which has great influence with that of Texas will compel or induce the latter to abolish slavery. The effect of which would be to weaken the slave interest in our southern states greatly by depriving them of their best market for slaves & by affording a new place of refuge for runaway slaves from the southern plantations. The Northern members will oppose the annexation with all their might headed by that indomitable old patriot John Quincy Adams." 4) Kirby, Edmund, the younger: [THIRTEEN LETTERS WRITTEN BY EDMUND KIRBY TO HIS BROTHER REYNOLD MARVIN KIRBY]. West Point and several other locations. 1860-1863. Over forty-five pages. Octavo and quarto sheets. Light scattered soiling. Very good. Some letters with postal covers. Letters written by Edmund Kirby (1840-1863) to his younger brother Reynold Marvin Kirby (b. 1844), the baby of the Kirby family. Edmund's letters begin from West Point, where he is a cadet training to be an artilleryman. Edmund discusses life at school, family affairs, and his concern for the approaching war between the states. Later he writes of life in camp, and his constant concern about his brother's allowance and expenditures. In a letter dated Jan. 19, 1861, he writes to Reynold that he has completed his examinations and expresses his feelings about the impending conflict: "Only one more examination and then I will don the blue and doff the grey, which I assure you I shall not be sorry to do. We are all looking anxiously for some settlement in Washington. I think that it is time that both parties saw that it is impossible for them to rule, and if they make concessions why all will be right. They are fighting for a more abstract question and it is of little moment to either which gains ascendency. I should dislike very much indeed to fight in this country yet I am determined to use my little influence for the Union. I have seen a good deal of excitement on this subject as you may suppose as we have cadets here from every part of the country." By August 19, Edmund is writing letters from a Union army camp. Stationed along the Potomac, he writes of camp life, noting, "I have very little affection for picquet duty in December." Among others, Edmund would later see action at the First Battle of Bull Run and Malvern Hill, before sustaining mortal wounds at Chancellorsville. Also included in this archive is a letter from Brigadier General Henry J. Hunt, Chief of Artillery in the Army of the Potomac, sending condolences to Mrs. Kirby on the loss of her son. He writes: "We have just learned from the newspapers of the death, from his wounds, of your son Edmund. The news has produced deep feeling throughout this army. It is seldom indeed that one so young with so little rank, and so small a command, has achieved so much. ... [My writing to you] will not lessen your sorrow, but it will be a melancholy satisfaction to you to know that your son is mourned by an army...." 5) Tracy, Uriah: [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, BY URIAH TRACY TO EPHRAIM KIRBY, DISCUSSING THE WORK OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY]. New Haven. Oct. 16, 1788. 1pp. Folio. Old fold lines. A few neat repairs at folds. Minor soiling. Very good. Letter written by Connecticut Senator Uriah Tracy to Ephraim Kirby discussing the work of the General Assembly, sitting in New Haven. "We have chosen Wm. Saml. Johnson & Oliver Ellsworth, senators, we have passed a very benevolent act relative to Africans; & have passed a very long act organizing New Congress, &c &c." Ephraim Kirby fought in the American Revolution and served as a judge later in life. 6) [Burr, Aaron]: [AUTOGRAPH NOTE WRITTEN TO EPHRAIM KIRBY REQUESTING A MEETING]. [N.p.] Feb. 1801. [1]pp. Old fold lines. Minor soiling. Very good. Note written by Aaron Burr to Ephraim Kirby. Burr was in a tie vote with Thomas Jefferson for the Presidency, with balloting to decide the tie slated for Feb. 11th. On the 36th ballot, Feb. 17th, Jefferson was declared the victor. The note reads: "Mr. Burr will be very happy to see Mr. Kirby immediately if convenient to him - if not Mr. B. will make a point of being disengaged at any hour Mr. K. may be pleased to name." Burr may have been seeking legal advice or simply politicking. 7) Worthington, Thomas: [LETTER OF INTRODUCTION WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY THOMAS WORTHINGTON, FOR EPHRAIM KIRBY]. Suffield. Aug. 28, 1803. 1pp. Old fold lines. Minor soiling. Very good. Letter of introduction provided by U.S. Senator from Ohio Thomas Worthington to Ephraim Kirby. Kirby was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as a judge in Mississippi Territory, but fell ill and died shortly after his arrival there. 8) Wolcott, Oliver, Jr. : [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, BY OLIVER WOLCOTT TO EDMUND KIRBY]. Litchfield, Ct. Jan. 13, 1824. 2pp. Old fold lines. Minor repairs. Very good. Letter written by Connecticut governor Oliver Wolcott to Edmund Kirby, acknowledging Kirby's fine qualities but expressing doubt that he will be able to extend any influence to help Kirby acquire a government position. An incredible archive of correspondence, spanning three generations, with particularly nice content relating to the Mexican-American War.

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        Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini Restitutum, S. PII V. Pontificis Maximi Jussu Editum, Clementis VIII. & Urbani VIII. Auctoritate Recognitum

      ex Typogra[hia Heredis nicolai Pezzana. Collectible - Acceptable. Quarto. Leather 1788. Ex-Library with the usual treatments. Full brown leather with gilt lettering and hand tooled trim. 36 + 404 pages. double columned text, with portions rubricated. Continues with Commune Sanctorum., CXI pages. Some feast day papers, Beatiss Virgiinis Mariae de Mercede, and others. 32 pages Missae Propriae follows. Ribbon tabs. Almost 225 years old, this book has signs of age. Tracks of book worms at the bottom back margins of the first quarter of the book, as well as some back pages.Water lines on a few front pages. Damp soiling to the bottom corners of the last several pages. High quality paper has kep the text and illustrations clean. Outside front hinge is beginning to split. Will require a bit of repair, but well worth the effort. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Vecchio Testamento ... [and] Nuovo Testamento Secondo La Volgata, Tradotto in Lingua Italiana: E Con Annotazioni Dichiarato dall'Illustrissimo, e Reverendissimo Monsignore Antonio Martini, Arcivescovo Di Firenze (22 Volume Set)

      Rome: Per Filippo Neri [e Luigi Vescovi]. 1788. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. F First Edition Thus. H Full Vellum. Good +. Lacking volume 5 of the Old Testament; wear to upper right corner of volume 2 of the New Testament (vellum chipped, with internal erosion to board; some fraying); slight rubbing and chipping to few spine labels; slight soiling, rubbing and minor cracks to covers (chiefly at extremities); slight internal dampstaining, browning and/or foxing (generally to edges and preliminaries). Text chiefly in Italian (with main text in Latin and Italian). Incomplete set of Old Testament volumes (lacking only the books from 1 Samuel through the third book of Kings (i.e. 1st Chronicles)), with a complete set of the New Testament volumes, in both the Vulgate (i.e. Saint Jerome's Latin version) and Archbishop Martini's Italian-language reworking thereof, with his preliminary material (dedications, etc), footnotes, and a few tables throughout. See BMC, volume 2, page 1253, column 10 (citing an incomplete set, dated 1784- 88, printed at Rome; lacking volume 14 of the Old Testament (Baruch); originally printed in Florence, Italy between 1769 and 1781); this set is also dated from 1784 to 1788. 22 (of 23) volumes in all, bound uniformly in full white vellum, gilt-stamped red/brown morocco spine labels, plain endpapers, all edges trimmed and flecked red. Nice, fairly clean and tight volumes internally.

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        Abhandlung über das Kommerz zwischen Seele und Körper. Aus dem Hebräischen übersetzt von Salomon Anschel.

      4 Bll., 63 S. Umschlag d. Zt. Goed. IV/1, 490, 16 (gibt Frankfurt an). - Erste Ausgabe. Aus dem Nachlass herausgegeben. "(An) einen seiner Freunde in hebräischer Sprache geschrieben, worinnen der Verfasser besonders über Leibnitzens System: von der vorbestimmten Harmonie, ein weiteres Licht zu verbreiten sucht" (Vorbericht des Übersetzers). - Rücken leicht lädiert.

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

      J. WebberLondon:: 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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        LA GALATEA. Romanzo pastorale; già tirato dallo spagnuolo di Michele Cervantes dal Signore di Florian, ed ora tradotto in italiano.

      In-16 p. (mm. 170x98), mz. pelle ottocentesca, filetti e tit. oro al dorso, pp. (4),IV,(4),151, in IV libri. "Edizione originale" della traduz. italiana. Cfr. Palau,II,142: "El traductor es Luigi Secreti y su texto solo tuvo una segunda tirada, Basilea, 1799". Dell?opera cervantina apprestò un famoso rifacimento lo scrittore francese Florian, pubblicato nel 1783 col titolo "Galatée, roman pastoral imité de Cervantes". Il Florian riduce a tre, aggiungendovene un quarto, i sei libri dell?originale spagnolo?. Così Diz. Opere Bompiani,III, p. 537. Esemplare ben conservato.

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        The Law of Evidence. By the late Lord Chief Baron Gilbert. The Fifth Edition, corrected; With Many Additions; and a Compleat Table to the Whole. Cohen 5055

      The first (and only 18th century) American edition of the classic early work on the law of evidence, truly a pioneering treatise which went far to create evidence as a separate field of legal study and provide it with its theoretical underpinnings. Contemporary sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, rubbed, definite browning and some staining, corners of two leaves torn away (no text affected); crisp. Re-Printed and Sold by Joseph Crukshank in Market-Street [etc.], Philadelphia, 1788.

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        Brief Deductions Relative to the Aid and Supply of the Executive Power, According to the Law of England. In Cases of Infancy, Delirium, or Other Incapacity of the King. Second Edition

      . Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards; a very nice, clean copy. Printed for J. Debrett, London, 1788.

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        Memoires sur les Hopitaux de Paris,

      First Edition, [8], lxxiv, 472pp quarto with half title, 15 fine copper-engraved plates (mostly showing hospital layouts and buildings, some very large, one extending 30 x 22 inches [76 x 56 cm]) and two printed folding tables, near contemporary patterned boards with gilt printed red label, neat red very early stamp in margin of title, hinges very slightly rubbed but an excellent large copy, Paris, Pierres, 1788. Photograph available on request.Blake p.447;Waller 9516; Norman 2061. Garrison-Morton 1600; "Reforms quickly followed Tenon's disclosures of the dreadful conditions prevailing in the hospitals of Paris in the 18th Century.." This epochal report brought to public and professional attention the dreadful conditions existing in Paris hospitals at the time, and outlined various urgently needed reforms, many of which were soon to be implemented as a direct result. Written by one of the greatest of pioneer medical reformers, Jacques Tenon, the work was the result of detailed research, which the experienced French surgeon carried out over many years. As a young student Tenon's first sight of surgery at the Hôtel-Dieu had left a terrifying indelible impression upon him. Operations were performed in the same room in which other patients awaited their turn, who heard the screams and witnessed the anguish of those on the table. His many years of research culminated in a report issued to the Académie des Sciences in 1786, by a committee of eight, including the mathematician Antoine Lavoisier and the astronomer Pierre-Simon Laplace, on the subject of a new Hotel-Dieu. The report so aroused public concern about the lamentable state of hygiene in hospitals that the Academie sent Tenon and C. A. Coulumb to England to study English hospitals and seek new ways of improving the situation at home. During an eleven week tour, the two men visited 52 institutions including a number of London hospitals, infirmaries and prisons, as well as hospitals in Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth. A detailed analysis of the care of the sick was made, investigating many areas of care including diet, attitude towards the patient, hours of meals and treatment. The condition of the water and the institution's water supply was also observed as well as the state of the latrines, stairways, anatomical amphitheatres, operating rooms and the institution's ventilation system. A year after his tour, Tenon published the present seminal report, outlining specific and much needed reform.See, Wangensteen, Rise of Surgery, pp. 369-71; "Jacques Tenon ... was easily the greatest of the early French hospital reformers.. For many years Tenon had been quietly studying the problems and shortcomings of Paris hospitals. His research formed the basis of a report (1786) to the Royal Academy of Sciences by a committee of eight on the subject of a new Hotel-Dieu.. Public concern was so aroused by accounts of conditions at the Hôtel-Dieu and other Paris hospitals that the Academy of Sciences, with the approval of Louis XVI, sent Tenon and C.-A. Coulomb .. to England to study hospitals, prisons, and workhouses and to find ways to improve Paris hospitals. Their journey covered fifty-two institutions in eleven weeks.. A year later appeared Tenon's great Mémoires sur les hôpitaux de Paris, an epochal report (1788) outlining specifics for needed reforms. He made many important suggestions and initiated a movement that forcefully brought the lamentable situation in Paris hospitals to the attention of both the profession and the public. The Mémoires revealed that in the Hotel-Dieu there were often four and even frequently six patients in one large bed.. Tenon spoke of this as a dangerous practice that needed correction; patients with puerperal fever, scabies, or venereal disease were huddled indiscriminately together. He said that the women were more neglected in hospitals than men. Tenon studied the mortality of many of the great hospitals of Europe and Britain and found .. that the Hotel-Dieu in Paris had probably the highest mortality among hospitals. Tenon recommended that surgical wards should not be near the postmortem rooms, that separate rooms be set aside for operations, and for postoperative cases, and that obstetrical beds should not be mingled with surgical beds. He recommended the establishment of wards for the reception and care of patients with contagious fevers. Many of Tenon's suggestions are universally in force in hospitals throughout the world today.. Tenon's broad-based address to the problems served to focus attention upon a number of hospital matters that had gone unregarded., including the need for hospital tables of morbidity and mortaliy, vital statistics, hospital planning, ventilation, sewage disposal, and general hygienic safeguards."

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        Oeuvres de Montesquieu.

      Paris: Chez Jean-Francois Bastien 1788.. Nouvelle Edition Plus correcte et plus complete que toutes les precedentes. Five volumes complete. Vol I, cxl+438 pp. frontispiece portrait, two folding maps, Europe and the World, Vol II, xvi+574pp. Vol III, viii+509pp. Vol IV, 494pp. Vol V. vi+531pp. Half calf and marbled boards, some wear and rubbing to boards, the upper spine extremity of Vol. V has lost a little leather along the gutter, internally very tight, clean, bright. Despite a bit of external wear this makes a very nice set.

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        OEuvres completes de J. J. Rousseau. [1-37]. Nouvelle édition, classée par ordre de matieres, et ornée de quatre-vingt-dix gravures.

      [Paris], 1788-1793. Volume 1-37, note that volume 36 is missing. Almost complete set. Illustrated with 78 plates of 90 (12 are missing). Contemporary full calf. 20 X 13 cm.. The picture portrays the first seven volumes in the series and the condition of the books is representative for the entire series

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        Samlede Skrifter. 14 bind.

      S. Poulsens Forlag, 1788-1798. Med kobbertrykte titelblade. Indb. halvlæder med rokoko gulddek. rygge.. Bind 1 med frontispiece. Suhm levede 1728-98 og var en kendt historiker og bogsamler. En stor del af Suhms mindre skrifter og afhandlinger udkom i en samlet udgave 1788-1799 i 16 bind. Deraf indeholder 15. bind Suhms levned ved Rasmus Nyerup, som i 16. bind også leverede Suhmiana, en del førhen mest utrykte småstykker, der fandtes blandt Suhms efterladte papirer. Disse sidste 2 bind mangler her. Bindene er med lidt slid og stød, men fremstår alligevel som et velholdt sæt. (Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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        [Romantic Landscape]

      London: Published by Molteno & Co. No. 132, Pall Mall, Sept. 1, 1788. Etching and aquatint with hand-colour. Lovely contemporary colour. As usual text line is attached on verso of sheet. In excellent condition. Trimmed as usual and mounted on washline background. Mounting sheet is watermarked laid paper. Image size: 14 5/8 x 20 1/4 inches. 16 11/16 x 22 1/4 inches. A charming landscape by Samuel Ireland, the engraver and collector connected with the infamous Shakespeare forgeries. Ireland was a minor engraver and publisher who worked in London at the close of the eighteenth century. He was an avid art and manuscript collector, and many of the works that he engraved and published were after pieces found in his own collection. This romantic continental view is after a painting by David Tenier, which was in Ireland's collection at the time. This image operates as both an example of the picturesque tradition in eighteenth century landscape prints, and as an advertisement and promotion of Ireland's celebrated collection. With this image Ireland presents himself as both a serious engraver and a respected collector. Unfortunately, today Ireland is better remembered for his involvement in the Shakespeare forgeries than for his evocative prints. Over a period of many years Ireland's son, William Henry, sold his father a series of forged manuscripts, which he claimed to be written in Shakespeare's hand. Ireland, who willingly trusted his son, added these forgeries to his collection and presented them in an exhibition to the literary community, who accepted them as genuine. The charade progressed so far that an invented play entitled 'Vortigern', which William Henry had written and presented as a missing work by Shakespeare, was performed at Sheridan's Drury Lane theatre by some of the leading actors of the age. When the hoax was eventually discovered Ireland's reputation was ruined, and his son was disgraced. This print is from the famed Oettingen-Wallerstein collection, which was compiled over two centuries by various members of the royal household. The collection is known for its stunning impressions and the immaculate condition of its prints. Dictionary of National Biography; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections, (Supplement) 2715a

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        A View near Scheveling painted by DeVlieger

      London: Published by Molteno & Co. No. 132, Pall Mall, Sept. 1, 1788. Etching and aquatint with hand-colour. Lovely contemporary colour. As usual text line is attached on verso of sheet. In excellent condition. Trimmed as usual and mounted on washline background. Mounting sheet is watermarked laid paper. Image size: 14 7/16 x 20 5/8 inches. 16 9/16 x 22 3/4 inches. A charming seaside view by Samuel Ireland, the engraver and collector connected with the infamous Shakespeare forgeries. Ireland was a minor engraver and publisher who worked in London at the close of the eighteenth century. He was an avid art and manuscript collector, and many of the works that he engraved and published were after pieces found in his own collection. This romantic view is after a painting by DeVlieger, which was in Ireland's collection at the time. This image operates as both an example of the picturesque tradition in eighteenth century landscape prints, and as an advertisement and promotion of Ireland's celebrated collection. With this image Ireland presents himself as both a serious engraver and a respected collector. Unfortunately, today Ireland is better remembered for his involvement in the Shakespeare forgeries than for his evocative prints. Over a period of many years Ireland's son, William Henry, sold his father a series of forged manuscripts, which he claimed to be written in Shakespeare's hand. Ireland, who willingly trusted his son, added these forgeries to his collection and presented them in an exhibition to the literary community, who accepted them as genuine. The charade progressed so far that an invented play entitled 'Vortigern', which William Henry had written and presented as a missing work by Shakespeare, was performed at Sheridan's Drury Lane theatre by some of the leading actors of the age. When the hoax was eventually discovered Ireland's reputation was ruined, and his son was disgraced. This print is from the famed Oettingen-Wallerstein collection, which was compiled over two centuries by various members of the royal household. The collection is known for its stunning impressions and the immaculate condition of its prints. Dictionary of National Biography; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections, (Supplement) 2715a

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        Dei bagni di montecatini. trattato... firenze, cambiagi, 1788.

      Cm. 28,5, pp. (8) 347 (1). Con 4 tavole fuori testo: veduta generale a doppia pagina delle Terme; una tabella a stampa; una pianta dei Bagni e una grande ""Pianta generale di tutte insieme le fabbriche dei Bagni e campagna adiacente"". Leg. ottocentesca in mezza pelle, dorso a nervi con titoli e ricchi fregi in oro. Piatti e sguardie marmorizzati. Tagli colorati. Ex libris. Qualche macchietta, perlopiù al margine alto di alcune pagine, peraltro esemplare genuino e ben conservato. Edizione originale. Cfr. Lozzi, 2906; De Renzi V (p. 681).

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        Méchanique analitique.

      2 parts. Paris, Chez la Veuve Desaint, Libraire; Philippe-Denys Pierres 1788. With copperengraved vignette. XII + 512 pp. Copy on good paper with a wide margin, weakly browning. Bound in one contemporary full leather binding of marbled calf. Binding nicely restored with a new label.. Grolier/Horlbit 61. Norman 1257.Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736 - 1813), one of the notable French mathematicians of the Revolutionary period, is remembered for his work in the fields of analysis, number theory and mechanics. Like Laplace and Legendre, Lagrange was assisted by d'Alembert, and it was on the recommendation of the latter and the urging of Frederick the Great himself that Lagrange succeeded Euler as the director of mathematics at the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin. The Mécanique analytique which Lagrange had written in Berlin, was published in 1788. In this work, claimed to be the most important on classical mechanics since Newton, Lagrange developed the law of virtual work, from which single principle the whole of solid and fluid mechanics can be derived. The Mécanique analytique summarised all the work done in the field of mechanics since the time of Newton and is notable for its use of the theory of differential equations. With this work Lagrange transformed mechanics into a branch of mathematical analysis. He wrote in the Preface: 'One will not find figures in this work. The methods that I expound require neither constructions, nor geometrical or mechanical arguments, but only algebraic operations, subject to a regular and uniform course.'

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        On the Hindu's. [In: Asiatic Researches or, Transaction of the Bengal Asiatic Society].

      (Calcutta, Printed and sold by Manuel Cantopher, and sold at London by P. Elmsly, 1788). 4to. Extracted and bound in a recent vey nice marbled dark blue paper-binding w. matching gilt burgundy leather title-label to front board. A very nice and clean copy. Pp. 415-431. The seminal first edition of this groundbreaking paper which determined the connection between the Indo-European languages and thereby founded comparative philology and Indo-European studies. "This slim paper read to the Bengal Asiatic Society and published in its "Transaction" marks a turning-point in the history of linguistics and signaled the birth of comparative philology." (PMM 235).Sir William Jones (1746-1794) was an English philologist and judge who was stationed in India in 1780. He is the founder of the Asiatic Society and now famous as the discoverer and propounder of the existence of a relationship between the Indo-European languages. As he was stationed in India, he set out to master the ancient Sanskrit language, among other things in order to study native Indian law codes, which were written in this language. Due to his excellent language skills and his already perfect mastering of Greek and Latin, Jones discovered a shocking similarity between the languages in a huge number of words. By this discovery of the connection between Latin, Greek and Sanskrit, Jones had, without realizing it initially, discovered what was to be known as proto-Indo-European, -the lost mother tongue of almost all European, Indian and Russian languages as well as some Middle Eastern ones. And thus, with this breakthrough work, Jones, for the first time in history, presents man with the fact that there exists one single, ancient, prehistoric language that led to the development of numerous languages in Europe, India, Russia and the Middle East. It was to take subsequent scholars almost a decade to uncover what exactly this language was, but because of Jones' founding of comparative philology, the likes of Karl Verner and Jakob Grimm have been able to do this.The passage, for which Jones is most famous comes from the present work and has gone down in history as the single most important passage within the literature pertaining to comparative philology: "The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists; there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothic and the Celtic, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanscrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family." With these words, linguistics had witnessed a turning-point that was to change this science for ever and that was furthermore to point in the direction of a future understanding of the common heritage that much of mankind possesses. "In 1786 Jones made his epoch-making discovery between the Sanskrit, Gothic, Greek and Latin languages -to which he later, erroneously, thought he could add Egyptian. His clear understanding of the basic principles of scientific linguistics provided the foundation on which Rask, Bopp and Grimm built the imposing structure of Indo-European studies." (PMM 235)

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        La Théorie des Jeux de Hasard; ou, analyse du Krabs, du Passe-dix, de la Roulette, du Trente & Quarante, du Pharaon, du Biribi & du Lotto.

      [No place], 1788. 8vo. Bound in a recent full blue paper binding w. paper title-label to front board. Uncut. A bit of minor soiling to title-page, otherwise nice and clean. 51 pp.. The scarce first edition of this interesting book on games of chance and the theory of probability connected thereto. Huyn's profound study of the possible series and combinations within the mentioned games of cards, roulette, lotto, and various other chance- or hazard-games, is based on mathematical theories of statistics. Among other things Huyn, in the present work, shows that it is impossible to win in uneven games and that all attempts to speculate in these are wrong and prove to be false. As such, "La Théorie de hazard" provides us with an important early contribution to the analysis of chance games and a valuable work of very practical probability theory. The present work stands at the midst of a new scientific approach to games of hazard, which also directly influenced the art and manners of trick-games and tricksters. Apart from the mathematical approach to the subject, Huyn also thoroughly explains the rules of the games and even has observations on the moral aspect of them.The work is very rare and is only found in few copies in libraries world-wide, e.g. only two copies on OCLC. Another edition of the book appeared in 1803, printed in Amsterdam

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        A BIRTH-DAY PRESENT; or, Nine Days Conversation between a Mother and a Daughter, on interesting subjects: for the use of young persons, from ten to fourteen years of age.

      [4], 115 pages. Original quarter sheep over marbled boards. 12mo. in sixes. First edition. Name excised from the head of the title, without loss to text; similarly a piece torn from the front free endpaper; some old worming in blank margins; spine and corners worn; but a very good copy nevertheless of a scarce title. Osborne, page 110, for the second edition of 1789.

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        Öffentliche Erklärung über seine Verbindung mit dem Illuminatenorden. Nebst beyläufigen Digressionen betreffend Hrn. Johann August Stark und Hrn. Johann Kaspar Lavater.

      174 S., 1 Bl. HLdr. d. Zt. Wolfstieg 42783; Goed. IV/1, 503, 26: "Ernsthaft, mitunter auch ein wenig lustig zu lesen"; Knigge 86.38. - Erste Ausgabe. Wie sich aus bisher unveröffentlichten Briefen ergibt, wurde der Berliner Verleger durch Knigge für die Illuminaten geworben. Der von Nicolai auszugsweise abgedruckte Brief eines ungenannten Autors vom 23. März 1782, der `einige sehr wichtige Papiere zu senden` verspricht, ist von Knigge. - Etwas berieben, oberes Kapital bestoßen.

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        Tableau général de l'Empire Othoman, divisé en deux parties

      Dont l'une comprend la Législation Mahométane ; l'autre, l'Histoire de l'Empire Othoman, dédié au roi de Suède, par M. de M*** d'Ohsson, chevalier de l'Ordre Royal de Wasa, Secrétaire de S. M. le Roi de Suède, ci-devant son Interprète, et chargé d'affaires à la Cour de Constantinople. Ouvrage enrichi de figures. Tome premier - quatrième, première-second partie. L'Imprimerie de Monsieur, Paris 1788-91. 8:o. Engraved title,(4),xxxviii,(2),435,(3); (4),573; (4),426; (4),413; (4),415-762 pp. + 6 engraved plates, 2 folding. Uncut i contemporary red paper boards. Green title-labels. Some edgewear. Volume I with some paperloss on spine. Some crackinging in paper outer joints but very firm and holding. Occasional light foxing over all nice and clean. One page with tear in lower margin. 22 x 14 cm.. Volume 5-7 issued later

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