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        Programma inaugurale in quo peculiarem differentialia investigandi rationem ex theoria functionum deducit.

      Helmstadt: J. H. Kühlin, 1788. An important Gauss manuscript, signed and dated 1800. With Gauss's autograph signature and two geometrical diagrams on front endpaper, and a 12-line mathematical proof in his hand on rear endpaper. Gauss's own personal copy of the inaugural dissertation of Johann Friedrich Pfaff, who supervised Gauss's doctoral thesis and was a close personal friend. This is an important Gauss manuscript, signed and dated 1800 by him, and with a mathematical calculation in his hand relating to orbital mechanics, performed at a time when Gauss was deeply involved in the calculation of the orbit of the minor planet Ceres (see below). "In 1801 the creativity of the previous years was reflected in two extraordinary achievements, the Disquisitiones arithmeticae and the calculation of the orbit of the newly discovered planet Ceres" (DSB). Gauss studied at the Brunswick Collegium Carolinum from 1792 to 1795, and then at the University of Göttingen from 1795 to 1798 (where he formed an intimate friendship with Wolfgang Bolyai), supported throughout by a stipend from the Duke of Brunswick. He returned to his parents in Brunswick on 28 September 1798, where he continued to work alone and without access to a good library. The situation changed with a visit to nearby Helmstedt in October: "I have been in Helmstedt and found a very good reception with Pfaff as well as with the custodian of the library. Pfaff came up to my expectations. He shows the unmistakable sign of the genius, of not leaving a matter until he has dug it out as far as possible" (Gauss to Wolfgang Bolyai, 29 November 1798). Pfaff became the supervisor of Gauss's doctoral thesis, Demonstratio nova theorematis, omnem functionem algebraicam rationalem integram unius vaiabilis in factores reales primi vel secundi gradus resolvi posse, which provided the first rigorous proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra. A doctorate from the University of Helmstedt was conferred upon him on 16 July 1799. "About the middle of December 1799, Gauss returned to Helmstedt again in order to use its library. He was cordially received by the librarian Bruns, as well as by the professor of mathematics Johann Friedrich Pfaff (1765-1825), whose acquaintance Gauss had already made during his stay in Helmstedt in October, 1798. Gauss rented a room in Pfaff's home and furnished it himself, but studied so strenuously and incessantly that the others in the house saw him for only a few hours in the evening. He and Pfaff would then take walks "to the spring and to Harpke." The topics of conversation were usually mathematical in nature" (Dunnington, p. 35). In a letter of 16 December 1799 to Bolyai, Gauss wrote: "I am staying here at Professor Pfaff's whom I esteem as an excellent geometer as well as a good man and my warm friend; a man of an innocent and childlike character, without any of the violent emotions which so dishonor a man and are so widespread among scholars." Gauss returned to Brunswick the following spring, evidently taking with him the present copy of Pfaff's dissertation. The discovery of Ceres on New Year's Day 1801 by Joseph Piazzi was reported in the June issue of Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beföde rderung Erd- und Himmelskunde. The astronomers of Europe raced to observe the new planet for themselves, but without success. Piazzi's detailed observations were finally published in the September issue of Monatliche Correspondenz, which reached Gauss in Brunswick. He immediately began working on the determination of the orbit, temporarily putting aside his mathematical researches. He solved the problem some time in November 1801. The following January, Olbers rediscovered the planet, its position agreeing exactly with Gauss's predicted orbit. "The discovery of the planet Ceres introduced Gauss to the world as a theoretical astronomer of the highest order... It was Piazzi's discovery which gave Gauss the opportunity of revealing, in most impressive form, his remarkable mathematical superiority over all his contemporaries" (Dunnington, pp. 55-6). The mathematical calculations performed by Gauss at the rear of the present volume are difficult to interpret precisely - they were intended only for Gauss himself so naturally detailed explanations were unnecessary. They are titled Determinatur curva per aequationem inter radios vectores...," the determination of curves by equations given in polar coordinates (in modern terminology). Moreover, the calculations bear a close resemblance to some of those eventually published in his Theoria motus corporum coelestium (1809), the mature expression of his work on the calculation of planetary orbits. Together with the dating of the manuscript, the conclusion is inescapable that we have here an early expression of Gauss's thoughts on the determination of orbits, the topic which first brought his genius to the attention of the wider scientific world. As the son of a family serving the government of Württemberg, Pfaff went to the Hohe Karlsschule in Stuttgart at the age of nine, completing his legal studies there in the fall of 1785. On the basis of mathematical knowledge that he acquired by himself, Pfaff soon progressed to reading Euler's Introductio in analysin infinitorum. In the fall of 1785, at the urging of Karl Eugen, the duke of Wurttemberg, he began a journey to increase his scientific knowledge. He remained at the University of Göttingen for about two years, studying mathematics with A. G. Kaestner and physics with G. C. Lichtenberg. In the summer of 1787 he travelled to Berlin, in order to improve his skill in practical astronomy with J. E. Bode. Through the recommendation of Lichtenberg, in 1788 Pfaff was appointed full professor of mathematics at the University of Helmstedt as a replacement for Georg Simon Klügel, who had been called to Halle. New professors at Helmstedt traditionally presented an inaugural essay, printed in the present volume. It deals with the differentials of functions which satisfy functional equations, which provides a new approach to the calculus of logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions. Pfaff presented his most important mathematical achievement, the theory of Pfaffian forms, in Methodus generalis, aequationes differentiarum partialium, necnon aequationes differentiales vulgares, utrasque primi ordinis, inter quotcunque variabiles, complete integrandi, which he submitted to the Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin (1814-1815, pp. 76-136). Despite receiving an exceedingly favourable review by Gauss, its importance was not appreciated until 1827, when it appeared with a paper by Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Über Pfaff's Methode, eine gewohnliche lineare Differentialgleichung zwischen 2 n Variabeln durch ein System von n Gleichungen zu integrieren (Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik, Bd. 2, pp. 347-357). Pfaff's Methodus constituted the starting point of a basic theory of integration of partial differential equations which, through the work of Jacobi, Sophus Lie and Elie Cartan, has developed into the modern theory of exterior differential systems. The present volume is from the personal library of Gauss. It was sold as a duplicate in 1951 by the Göttingen State and University Library, at which time it passed into private hands. VD18 10608788. Pfaff's dissertation is rare: KVK locates copies at National Library of Scotland, Staadtsbibliothek Berlin, Göttingen, Tübingen and Wolfenbüttel only. G. W. Dunnington, J. Gray & F.-E. Dohse, Gauss: Titan of Science, Mathematical Association of America, 2004. 4to (207 x 170 mm), pp [1-3] 4-26, in contemporary plain wrappers, title with ink stamp 'Gauss-Bibliothek'.

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         Les Jésuites chassés de la Maçonnerie et leur poignard brisé par les Maçons. (I- la Maçonnerie écossaise comparée avec les trois professions et le secret des Templiers du 14° siècle. II- Mêmeté des quatre v?ux de la compagnie de S. Ignace et des quatre grades de la Maçonnerie de S. Jean).

      Orient de Londres, 1788, 2 parties in 12, de 4ff.-4pp.-134pp. & 4ff.-172pp., 1 planche emblématique gravée h.t. de N. Ransonnette représentant "le poignard des Jésuites retrouvé dans les ténèbres", rel en 2 vol. cart. papier marbré bleu moderne genre ancien, derniers ff. du 2e vol. rognés en marge sinon bon exemplaire bien complet de la gravure qui manque souvent. (ex-libris Den Danske Store Landsloges Arkiv og Bibliothek) Rarissime ouvrage maçonnique, certainement l'un des plus rares, car en grande partie détruit. En effet, La Mère Loge Ecossaise fut tellement irritée par cet ouvrage qu'elle le brûla le 13 juin 1788. L'auteur y accuse ouvertement les Jésuites d'être les fameux Supérieurs Inconnus et ceci à grand renfort de preuves numérologiques et cryptographiques très curieuses. Transportés en Ecosse par Marie Stuart, les "Adonhiramites" profitèrent des troubles du règne de Charles Ier pour s'infiltrer en Angleterre et dans toute l'Europe. La restauration des Stuart fut bien le règne des Jésuites et ce fut de leur 7° collège "d'Hérodon" que sortit la condamnation de Charles Ier d'Angleterre et de Louis XVI, ainsi que le démontre savamment Grasset d'Orcet dans son étude détaillée de la planche emblématique (cf. "le pacte de famine" in Revue Britannique, Nov. 1890). Ce dernier pense d'ailleurs que l'auteur de cet ouvrage ne serait pas Nicolas de Bonneville mais bien plutôt le fameux Abbé Sicard bienfaiteur des sourds-muets. D'ailleurs l'abbé Le Franc dans la "conjuration contre la religion catholique et les Souverains" distingue très nettement le Bonneville président du cercle social de l'auteur des "Jésuites chassés de la maçonnerie...". Les 2 parties de cet ouvrage sont suivies de la réimpression du très rare texte de Samuel Prichard "Masonry dissected..." présenté comme "le plus ancien Rituel des loges maçonniques en Angleterre", et que la Grande Loge de Londres en 1783 avait refusé de publier. ¶ Fesch col.177, Wolfstieg n°34-808 - Dorbon 5490 - cf. Grasset d'Orcet "le pacte de famine" in Matériaux cryptographiques, P. B.Allieu 1979.

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        CUSTUMALE ROFFENSE, From the Original Manuscript in the Archives of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester: To which are added. Memorials of that Cathedral Church; and some Account of the Remains of Churches, Chapels, Chantries, etc. Whose Instruments of Foundation, and Endowment, are for the most part contained in the Registrum Roffense; with divers curious pieces of Ecclesiastical Antiquity, Hitherto unnoticed, in the said Diocese. The whole intended as a Supplement to that Work. Illustrated with Copper Plates, from accurate Drawings; Taken principally under the Editor's Inspection.

      iv, 266 pages. Engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved title page vignette and 56 engraved plates, some folding. Early twentieth century half calf, gilt over marbled boards. All edges gilt. Folio. First edition. Bookplate of Walter Henry James [2nd Baron Northbourne (25 March 1846 - 27 January 1923), a British peer and Liberal politician] to front pastedown and one other to free endpaper; name of Philip Rogers to endpaper, the well-known Kent author; else a very good, clean and handsome copy. One of the rarest and most difficult titles to find as the remaining stock was largely destroyed by a fire at John Nichols's printing works and warehouse during the night of the eighth of February, 1808.

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        Réflexions sur la formation et la distribution des richesses....

      [Paris?]: [publisher unknown], 1788. 1st Edition. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (220 x 133 mm). [5] 6-136 pp. Uncut in contemporary paper wrappers. Leaves carefully cleaned, some minor remaining spotting and marginal finger soiling, a few leaves with paper repairs of tears to blank fore-margin, pp. 39/40 with repaired tear to upper corner just touching page numbers. Still a very good, unmarked and untrimmed copy. ----Einaudi 5772; En francais dans le texte 165 (citing the work's publication in the Ephemerides); Goldsmiths' 13536; Kress B.1506. RARE FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. Turgot's principal work, first published in 1769-70 in the Ephemerides du citoyen, was addressed to two young Chinamen who, "having been brought to France and educated by the Jesuits, were then sent back to Canton with a royal annuity and the task of maintaining a correspondence on the state of literature and science in China." (Palgrave III, 592). The work is divided into a hundred sections tracing the existence of commmerce to the unequal distribution of land, the diversity of the soil in fitness for production, the multiplicity of human needs, and the advantages of the division of labour. It was read by and had considerable influence upon Adam Smith, and was one of the most important economic texts to be published before Wealth of Nations. Première édition séparée mis à part le très petit nombre d'exemplaires réservés à l'auteur, extrait des Éphémérides du citoyen (1770). Écrit en nov. 1766, il fut d'abord publié en 1769 dans les tomes XI et XII de ce périodique. Édition définitive. Turgot l'a débarrassée des quelques ajouts par trop physiocratiques du trop bien intentionné Dupont de Nemours, qui figuraient dans les Éphémérides du citoyen. Principal ouvrage de Turgot qualifié ''l'un des plus grands économistes scientifiques de tous les temps'' (Schumpeter). Il aborde en cent chapitres diverses questions relatives à la culture, la production, les capitaux, le commerce, la spéculation, les intérêts, etc. Les Réflexions, d'inspiration apparemment physiocratique, n'en sont pas moins profondément originales. Plus développées, elles eussent constitué, a-t-on dit, le ''grand traité d'économie politique de leur temps.'' On n'est pas loin aujourd'hui de les considérer comme telles, et Schumpeter n'hésite pas à les égaler à la Richesse des Nations d'Adam Smith qu'elles surpassent même à ses yeux quant à la structure théorique. (Jean Viardot, En Français dans le texte). Very Good....

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        Méchanique Analitique....

      Paris: chez la Veuve Desaint, 1788. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (257 x 197 mm). xii, 512 pp., including the half title. Later half speckled sheepskin over marbled boards, spine decorated in blind and with gilt-lettered morocco label (rebacked, extremities lightly worn), without the first free endpaper. Interior clean with only little browning and very minor occasional spotting, tiny hole in pp. 449/50 and 471/72 (affecting one page numeral), faint old oval stamp to p.11. Provenance: Ticket of Galloway & Porter Ltd., Cambridge to front pastedown. A fine copy of this important work. ----Dibner 112; Horblit 61; Norman 1257; Sparrow 120; Honeyman 1880; En Francais dans le texte 179. - FIRST EDITION OF LAGRANGE'S FOUNDATION WORK ON ANALYTICAL MECHANICS. Lagrange's masterpiece was an extension on Newton's work on mechanics. In it he moulded theoretical mechanics into a system from which fundamental equations describing the motions of any systems of bodies could be derived. To achieve this Lagrange combined the principle of virtual velocities with d'Alembert's principle. He thereby set down the principle of virtual velocities as applied to mechanics. In his preface, Lagrange draws attention to the absence of diagrams in the book, which he believed the lucidity of his own presentation had rendered superfluous. "With the appearance of the Mechanique Analitique in 1788, Lagrange proposed to reduce the theory of mechanics and the art of solving problems in that field to general formulas, the mere development of which would yield all the equations necessary for the solution of every problem... [it] united and presented from a single point of view the various principles of mechanics, demonstrated their connection and mutual dependence, and made it possible to judge their validity and scope" (DSB). Very Good....

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        Sacred to Cook's immortal name...

      London: circa, 1788. Engraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving is by T. Cook.Coxhead, who wrote the standard monograph on Stothard, gives a tentative date of 1788 and described it as a 'frontispiece of allegorical character, showing a bust of Captain Cook, round which are three naked cupids, and a figure, holding a scroll, pointing to a temple of fame' (A.C. Coxhead, Thomas Stothard, R.A., p. 168).Beddie knew three copies of the print, all in the Dixson collection of the State Library of New South Wales, and she gives the image the nominal title 'Philosophy inviting Youth to the heights of science: allegorical representation with bust of Cook.' A copy of the image is also known in the Nan Kivell collection at the National Library of Australia.

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        Mémoires de Sully, principal ministre de Henri-Le-Grand

      Chez Jean François Bastien. New editionBinders in full sheepskin brown granite. Back with nerves decorated. Parts of titles and volume numbers in red morocco. 4 corners bumped. Friction. A brown spot in the upper tail dish of volume I. Chez Jean François Bastien A Paris 1788 In-8 (12,5x20cm) xviij, 528pp. et (4) 631pp. et (4) 606pp. et (4) 634pp. et (4) 397pp. et (4) 383pp. 6 tomes en 6 volumes reliés

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        Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786...

      Madrid: Ibarra, 1788. Quarto, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, four fine large folding maps and four folding tables; contemporary sprinkled calf, sides bordered in gilt. First edition of the first comprehensive study and the best early description of Patagonia and the Strait of Magellan, then as now an area of strategic and navigational significance. Vargas y Ponce's book gives the official account of the expedition by Antonio de Córdoba on the frigate Santa Maria de la Cabeza, sailing from Cádiz in 1785 with the specific aim of exploring parts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and of determining whether it was preferable to enter the Pacific by way of the Strait of Magellan or by way of Cape Horn. The large folding maps, fine and detailed, are based on observations made during the voyage.Córdoba's exploration of the Strait of Magellan is accompanied here by Vargas y Ponce's summary of the early explorations of the area, mainly from an examination of original manuscripts in the Spanish archives. He discusses various means of navigating the Strait, with detailed sailing instructions, and describes the climate, indigenous peoples and natural history of the region.An Appendix published five years later, and sometimes found bound with the main work, gave an account of a subsequent voyage to the area by Córdoba. A handsome copy.

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        The Life of Captain James Cook.

      Basle, J.J. Tourneisen, & Paris: Pissot, 1788. Two volumes, octavo; contemporary French ex-libris (A. Fr. Miot) and with the nice green label of a 19th-century New Orleans bookseller; contemporary French sprinkled calf, First continental edition of the great life of Cook: this is the scarce second issue, and probably the rarest of any of the editions of this important book. In this issue the title-page has been re-set to include the Paris imprint, and is therefore the first easily available edition for French readers. Much scarcer than the Basle only issue (published by Tourneisen alone), Holmes knew of it only from a doubtful entry in Jackson's catalogue Centenaire de la mort de Cook (Paris, 1879). Some light browning, a little worn at corners, neat repairs to extremities of spine.

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        The Children's Miscellany. . . . Ornamented with a Frontispiece.

      First edition. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1788. 12mo, contemporary red quarter paper spine, marbled paper sides, gilt lettering. Frontis. Half-title present. 13 pages of publisher's terminal advertisements. A collection of eleven stories for children, probably compiled by the publisher John Stockdale, beginning with the first appearance in print of Thomas Day's History of Little Jack and concluding with Peter Longueville's History of Philip Quarll, both unsigned. Osborne states that Little Jack was first published in 1787, but there is no record (ESTC, NUC, OCLC, NCBEL, etc.) of an earlier edition. The History of Little Jack, reprinted countless times, is a classic example of an early instructional tale for children. Little Jack, a foundling, makes his way through a difficult life, joins the navy and travels to Africa and India and returns to a prosperous life in England. It concludes with: "An useful lesson may be thus learned from Little Jack; if our conduct be sober and honest, if we firmly and steadily persevere, without yielding to weakness and lamentation . . . we are likely to obtain a comfortable condition here . . . and may entertain the best founded hopes of perfect happiness in the future." This is the earliest miscellany of literature for children listed in Osborne. Two copies are recorded in ABPC in the past 60 years: in 1970 and 1975. Edges a little rubbed, but overall an unusually fine copy.

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        Voyage Philosophique au Japon, ou Conférences Anglo-Franco-Bataves.

      "Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788. Octavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent Europeans (led by Monsieur l'Ebahi "Mister Flabbergasted") discussing the government and people of Japan.The preface makes it clear that this is not to be regarded as excessively serious. Having studied works as diverse as Xerxes, Leucippe, the ancient priests of Egypt and the Gymnosophists of India, the author decides that the greatest philosopher is Democritus, and that the only useful skill to be acquired is to be unfailingly amused by the foibles of mankind. This position is confirmed in his conference with the Englishman "Thincker" and the Dutchman from Batavia "Wurtzheim." Throughout the mores of Japan and Asia are used as a thin veil through which to satirise French society just before the Revolution.This is a rather scarce work indeed, with just a handful of copies recorded in Britain and Europe. A good copy.

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        NOUVELLE HISTOIRE D'ANGLETERRE. Depuis Les Premiers Periodes, Jusqu'au Temps Present. Sur un Plan Recommandé par Le Comte De Chesterfiled. Enrichi de Figures en Taille douce, soigneusement gravées d'aprés le desseins de Mr. Wale. Traduit de l'Anglois du Rev. Mr. Cooper, par Le S. L. B. St. Amand.

      xii, [13], 14-208 pages. Engraved frontispiece and five other full-page engraved plates. Recently rebound in half red sheep over marbled boards, retaining original endpapers. First French edition (published in London). Frontispiece has some light colouring; last page a little soiled; short tear in front endpaper; the odd mark here & there; else a very good copy. Rare. Roscoe J85, notes two copies only (possibly one and the same) and calls for only five plates ( the above copy has six).

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        Astronomical Observations made in the Voyages... in the Southern Hemisphere... by Order of the Commissioners of Longitude...

      London: printed by C. Buckton, sold by P. Elmsley, 1788. Quarto, with two large folding engraved maps; a very good copy in later calf. The first major scientific publication based on Cook's first voyage, and the first publication of observations made on the Endeavour. The book is almost never seen on the open market. Such scientific rather than narrative publications were intended for a very small contemporary readership, helping to explain their present-day rarity. Included are two exceptionally important large charts of the Australian and New Zealand coasts, improved from those originally included in Hawkesworth's publication of the first voyage. The work includes substantial contributions: four separate sections print the variations of the compass observed by Cook and his three immediate predecessors, Byron on the Dolphin; Wallis on the same vessel; Carteret on the Swallow; and by Cook on the Endeavour. There is, besides, a section on astronomical observations made by Harrison, the purser for Samuel Wallis; and another on those made by Green, Cook and Clerke on the Endeavour. There are also two important sections of "Deductions from the Observations" of Wallis and Cook, as well as the "Meteorological Observations" of the Transit of Venus made by Green on Tahiti in 1769.Both maps were engraved by the experienced artist James Basire, best known for his engraved portrait of Captain Cook, with the addition of significant technical information. The first is 'A Chart of the Eastern Coast of New Holland, Discovered and Explored in 1770, By Captain James Cook, Commander of His Majesty's Bark, Endeavour', shows the entire coastline from Point Hicks in the south to the very tip of Cape York, enhanced with the detailed track of the Endeavour. The reef on which they grounded is annotated 'On This ledge the Ship lay 23 hours', and many of their observations are also marked. The second map is entitled 'A Chart of New Zealand, explored by Captain James Cook in 1769 and 1770 in His Majesty's Bark the Endeavour', shows both islands with the track of the Endeavour.William Wales, a veteran of Cook's second voyage, prepared the book while he was serving as master of the Royal Mathematical School in Christ's Hospital. He comments that the original papers were given to him as early as April 1778, but 'owing to the imperfect state that [first voyage astronomer] Mr. Green's papers were left in at his death... I laid the work aside.' Wales is more complimentary about the work of Harrison, the purser for Samuel Wallis on the Dolphin, the more so, he writes, because his work was completed without 'the advantage of a Nautical Almanac.' Wales had not only assisted Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne in the publication of the famous almanacs, but had earlier contributed to the two volumes of astronomical observations from Cook's second and third voyages.The first major work of astronomy to study New Holland and New Zealand, collating observations made by Cook, Clerke and Green on the Endeavour, it is one of a highly select small group of first publications about the east coast of Australia. Beddie lists just four institutional holdings in Australia. Provenance: Commander Ingleton, with his bookplate and shelfmark. Some browning and offsetting, affecting the title and a few other leaves.

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        Traité de l'aimant et de ses usages. Histoire naturelle des minéraux. Tome V.

      first edition of this treatise, which appeared as a result of which 4 volumes editorial successive dates from 1782 for the first volume to 1788 for the last case the Treaty of the magnet, which therefore often lacks series.Bound in red full morocco contemporary. Back to ornate nerves. Part of title and volume number in black leather. Triple mentoring net on the boards. Roll on turns and interior. gilt edges. Dominoté paper to gold stars. Rubbed corners.Very nice copy, perfectly connected in a master binding, and exquisitely fresh. De l'imprimerie des Bâtiments du roi à Paris 1788 in-4 (20x25,5cm) vij (1) 208, 368p. relié

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        De la monarchie prussienne sous Frédéric le Grand, avec un appendice contenant des recherches sur la situation actuelle des principales contrées de l'Allemagne.

      Londres, 1788. ____ Première édition. De format in-4, elle est considérée comme l'édition originale. Il existe à la même date une édition de format in-8. Oeuvre maîtresse de Mirabeau, ce grand "reportage" traite de l'organisation militaire de la Prusse, de sa législation, de son administration et de son économie. "Contient un certain nombre de considérations sur la population. Elles situent leur auteur dans le prolongement direct des physiocrates, l'originalité de sa pensée résidant moins dans une théorie générale, quasiment inexistante, que dans la critique farouche des moyens, sinon des fins du "populationnisme". Outre ces considérations et des données statistiques sur les habitants de la Prusse, on trouve dans les autres volumes des renseignements d'ordre économico-politique. Dans les derniers volumes, situation économique et politique de quelques-uns des principaux Etats de l'Allemagne (Saxe, Bavière...)." INED 3190. L'atlas est composé de 10 cartes sur double-page dessinées par Mentelle et gravées par Tardieu et de 93 planches de tactique, et 70 feuillets de tableaux statistiques et économiques (certains sont déjà présents dans les volumes de texte). La reliure de l'atlas est usée avec manque aux coiffes, auréole d'humidité. Portrait gravé et 57 tableaux dans les volumes de texte dont la reliure est très décorative. Exemplaire COMPLET de tous ces tableaux, cartes et planches. *****. 4 volumes in-4 [253 x 194 mm] et un atlas in-folio. [380 x 252 mm] Collation : portrait, (12), XLIV, 522 pp., 6 tabl. / (4), 566, (6) pp., 35 tabl. / (4), 718, 2 tabl., 1 pl. / (4), 560, (4) p., 13 tabl. / (8) pp., 10 cartes, 93 pl., 70 tabl. Veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné, étiquettes de titre rouge et de tomaison verte, tranches mouchetées, reliure de l'époque et demi-basane, dos à nerfs reliure de l'époque différente pour l'atlas.

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        Recherches Historiques et Politiques sur les Etats-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale où l'on traite des établissements des treize colonies & de leurs dissensions avec la Grande Bretagne, de leurs gouvernements avant et après la révolution, &c. Par un Citoyen de Virginie. Avec quatre Lettres d'un Bourgeois de New-Heaven (sic) sur l'unité de la législation.

      Froullé. First edition.Fawn Empire-style marbled sheep. Spine richly gilt with Greek key motifs, roulettes and numerous horn-shaped tools. Title- and volume- labels in lighter sheep. Covers with frame of roulettes. A few corners rubbed. Tear to headpiece of volume 3.  This work was originally conceived as a response to Raynal's Political and Philosophical History and therefore a number of its pages are devoted to picking over and critiquing that work. The present work is undoubtedly one of the most important on the history of the young United States, and discusses the War of Independence, the history of the Colonies, law, the Quakers, the climate, labor conditions, slavery, and son on.Filippo Mazzei was an Italian doctor and horticulturalist who came to Virginia in 1773 in order to introduce the cultivation of orchards (olives, vines, fruit) to America. A neighbor of Thomas Jefferson's, the two became friends and the help and advice he gave Mazzei played no small role in the compilation of this work. Mazzei was a supporter of independence and was tasked with raising funds in Europe to help Virginia. He later left the United States to work in Eastern Europe.The work also includes, among others, the Reflexions rédigées à l'occasion du Mémoire sur la manière dont la France l'Espagne doivent envisager les suites de la querelle entre la Grande-Bretagne etses Colonies [Certain gleanings from Memory on the way in which France and Spain should consider the repercussions of the quarrel between Great Britain and her Colonies] (volume 3, pages 217-282), by A.R.J. Turgot, which appeared here for the first time, and in which Turgot predicted the independence of the colonies. The Lettres d'un bourgeois [Letters of a citizen] are by Condorcet.  Froullé Colle (Toscane) & Paris 1788 in-8 (13x20cm) (4) xvi 384pp., (4) 259pp. (1), (4) 292pp., (4) 366pp. 4 volumes reliés

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        Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland... Volume Second.

      London: W. Stahan and T. Cadell, 1788. Quarto, engraved vignette on title-page; an attractive untrimmed copy in the original boards. An unusual survivor: Dalrymple's "Memoirs" was originally published as a two-volume set in 1771-3, but this so-called "Volume Second" did not appear until 1788, and seems to be very rare indeed (only very occasionally do library catalogues list all three volumes of the work, and we can find no record of a three volume set being offered for sale: it would seem that this additional volume, as is often the case with continuations published many years after the original work, was not often reunited with the original work).As a result, this single volume represents an unusual opportunity to complete Dalrymple's work, and is of particular significance as it prints a fascinating and little known account of detailed 1779 plan for an "intended expedition into the South Seas". As two important and lengthy appendices in this work make clear, Sir John Dalrymple (1726-1810) had been the prime-mover in a plan discussed in Scotland and considered at the highest levels of government, to surprise the Spanish by rounding the Cape of Good Hope, before establishing a base in New Holland or New Zealand with which to harass Spanish ships, in the style of earlier privateers such as Anson.Spain had entered the war between England and France in mid-1779, and several plans were discussed about attacking them in the South Seas. The first one to be seriously considered was this one by Dalrymple, one of the Barons of the Scottish Exchequer, who suggested a privateering voyage in the Elizabethan style that should either sail from the Cape of Good Hope and New Zealand, or from India via the south of New Holland, to make surprise raids on Spanish settlements in South America. Lord Germain, Secretary of State for America was initially enthusiastic, but the plan was eventually rejected in favour of a more overtly military plan, as proposed by William Fullarton (see Alan Frost, Arthur Phillip, p. 106). The most tantalising aspect of Dalrymple's proposal was that he discussed and refined his plan in conversation with none other than Sir Joseph Banks.A reasonably prolific essayist, the Memoirs was Dalrymple's most significant work, first appearing in 1771. The first volume traced British history from the dissolution of Parliament in 1640 through to the sea battle of La Hogue in 1692. Two years later he added an enormous appendix, the form in which most copies are seen. Only in 1788 was this belated "second" volume added, continuing the history until the capture of the Spanish Fleet at Vigo in 1702, but the quarto edition is almost never seen complete in three volumes. Of course, it was only in this belated 1788 volume that Dalrymple was able to include the two important appendices on the South Seas, and it was evidently in order to be able to issue the work as a complete, coherent and revised edition, that this 1790 edition was prepared.Ferguson was clearly baffled by the bibliography of this book, not being aware of the London-published 1788 "second" volume, but noting a copy of the Dublin piracy of this volume only in the National Library of Australia (Ferguson, 31). He also recorded the existence of this complete 1790 edition via a copy in the British Museum noted by the early bibliographer Lowndes (Ferguson, 78, "not seen"). Exact details of which Australian libraries hold which edition are difficult to confirm, due both to the confused publishing history and the proliferation of electronic records. Spine rather worn but sound.

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        Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation of the Laws in the Composition, Dissolution, and Restoration of Land upon the Globe.

      Edinburgh: J. Dickson, 1788. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 1 (1788), pp. 210-304 [2], including 2 engraved plates and extra leaf of plate explanation bound after. Edinburgh: J. Dickson, 1788. 4to (265 x 210 mm). Entire volume: xii, 100, 1-304 [2] 305-336, 1-209 [3] pp., general title with engraved vignette, final errata leaf and 4 engraved plates. Text only very little browned, occasonal slight foxing (mainly to first leaves, the Hutton paper only little affected). Contemporary tree calf, gilt red morocco spine label (hinges cracked but firm, volume label gone, extremities rubbed). [Joined]: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 2 (1790), viii, [2], 80, 244, 267 [1] pp., 1 folding letterpress table and 9 engraved plates (7 folding); Vol. 3 (1794), vii [1], 148, 279 [1], 162 [2] pp., 22 engraved plate (14 folding); and Vol. 4 (1798), vii [1], 39 [1], 87 [1], 222, 121 [3] pp., 12 engraved plates (7 folding). All contemporarily bound in tree calf with gilt-lettered red morocco labels and blue-sprinkled edges. With errata leaf to each volume, but bound without general half titles. Very little browning to text, occasional minor foxing. Provenance: James Whatman (armorial bookplate to front pastedowns); The library of Hugh Selbourne (small ink stamp to titles verso and p.51). A fine set in uniform contemporary binding, printed on strong paper. Completely unrestored, unstained and unmarked. ----Dibner 93; Sparrow 107; Norman 1130 (offprint); PMM 247 (note); ESTC T145935, T145936, T145937, T153067; Challinor 40; Ward & Carozzi 1161. - FIRST PUBLICATION OF HUTTON'S FAMOUS PAPER NOW REGARDED AS THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN GEOLOGY. Hutton's paper was expanded into a three-volume work, Theory of the Earth in 1795, published shortly before his death. His fundamental conception - now accepted as a matter of course, but then entirely new - was the doctrine of uniformitarianism. The formation of the surface of the earth is one continuous process which can be studied entirely from terrestrial materials without cosmological or supernatural intervention (PMM). The paper is divided into four parts: the first demonstrates that the Earth is a unique creation by a divine Creator consisting of core, water, crust and air, all of which in turn are governed by basic powers such as centrifugal forces, light, heat, cold and condensation, all of which keep the Earth in balance; part II deals with the consolidation of strata, refuting the theory of aqueous solution and crystallization, substituting heat and fusion as the relevant processes; the third part investigates land production above sea level, demonstrating subterranean heat is universal and sufficient to achieve uplift; and finally, Hutton rejects catastrophism, and embraces a uniformitarian view whereby processes observable in the present have always been at work in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. "It firmly established the conception of the geological cycle and insisted on the length of geological time." (Challinor p.69). A few other important papers by Hutton are contained in the other volumes of the Transactions. One of the more important is his 'Observations on granite' (presented to members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and published in vol. III of the Transactions in 1794), in which he shares his views on the origin of igneous rocks. "During his field work, Hutton was able to find unequivocal evidence to show that molten granite had invaded the surrounding stratified rock, that is to say it was intrusive igneous rock of younger age than the country rocks. This represents the first demonstration of the class of rocks that we now refer to as intrusive igneous rocks" (M. Brown & P. M. Piccoli, The Origin of Granites and related Rocks, Abstracts Third Hutton Symposium, 1995, p. 1). Very Good.

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        Beschryving van de Pelew Eilanden .Rotterdam, Gerard Abraham Arrenberg, 1789. 4to. With 8 plates: 4 mixed technique (partly stipple-engraved) portraits, 1 large folding engraved map of the Palau Islands and western equatorial Pacific, and 3 folding engraved views. Contemporary boards.

      - Cat. NHSM p. 233; Cox II, p. 302; not in Tiele, Bibl. First Dutch translation of one of the most popular 18th-century books on the Pacific, and the main source of early knowledge of the Pelew or Palau Islands in Micronesia, first published in London as An account of the Pelew Islands (1788). In 1773, the Antelope under command of Captain Henry Wilson was shipwrecked near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group. The crew managed to reach shore, where they were well treated by the natives. They built a small boat from the wreck, in which they reached Macao. They took Lee Boo, the son of Abba Thulle, King of the Palau Islands, with them to England where he made a very good impression. Unfortunately, he soon died of smallpox. The map covers from the equator to 24°N latitude and from 110 to 159°E longitude (from Borneo and the south coast of China in the west to the western Caroline Islands). With a minor stain in the front endpapers, slightly affecting the margin of the first portrait, but not approaching the image. The publisher's letterpress spine label was probably printed on the otherwise blank 2Z4, which has therefore been removed. Fine untrimmed copy with many bolts unopened. Binding rubbed and spine-label torn.

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        Libri quatuor de Imitatione Christi

      S.n. [Pierre-François Didot]. Sumptuous edition printed on wove paper by Pierre-François Didot, decorated with a portrait of the Child Jesus engraved in intaglio by Klauber.Binding slightly later (1800) in full fair calf. Back with five false nerves decorated with double gilded boxes and nets, and irons anchor, a red morocco title piece and green morocco editor. Large golden floral lace coaching contreplats. Lace in the Greek coaching contreplats. All edges gilt.Two damaged corners, lower joint destroyed by worms.Beautiful copy wide-margined, elegantly set in a stylish binding. S.n. [Pierre-François Didot] Paris 1788 grand in-4 (24,5x32,5cm) (3f.) 338pp. relié

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        The works in eleven volumes. To the first volume is prefixed The life of the author, by Andrew Kippis. Bände 1-6 und 8-11 (von 11).

      London J Johnson 1788 - Ca. 420 bis 680 S. je Band. Gr.-8° (22,5 x 15 cm). Leder der Zeit mit Rückenschild, alle Deckel mit goldgeprägtem Supralibros. Erste Gesamtausgabe, "containing credibility of the gospel history; Jewish and heathen testimonies; history of heretics, and his sermons and tracts; with general chronological tables, and copious indexes" (Untertitel). - Der englische Theologe Lardner (1684-1768) ist vor allem für sein Hauptwerk "The credibility of the gospel history" bekannt, Alexander Gordon urteilt: "Of greatest value is his vast and careful collection of critically appraised materials for determining the date and authorship of New Testament books. Here he remains unrivalled. He may justly be regarded as the founder of the modern school of critical research in the field of early Christian literature, and he is still the leading authority on the conservative side" (DNB XXXII, 149). - Der Reihe fehlt leider Band 7 (enthält: "Jewish testimonies" und "Testimonies of ancient heathen authors", Kapitel 1-16). - Leicht gebräunt, etwas angestaubt, stellenweise stockfleckig, Band V fast durchgehend mit kleinem Fleck in der unteren Ecke, die Vorsätze mit Leimschatten in den Rändern, Band II ohne vorderen Vorsatz. Die Einbände berieben und bestoßen, wenige Kapitale leicht lädiert, die Gelenke wie üblich teils etwas rissig und brüchig, aber alle noch fest. Aus der schottischen "Signet Library" (in der "List of subscribers" auch aufgeführt), alle Titel mit handschriftlichem Besitzvermerk am Bund, die vorderen Innendeckel mit Signaturvermerken, alle Deckel mit dem goldgeprägten Supralibros. Bis auf den fehlenden Band gutes Exemplar der seltenen Ausgabe. - Lacks volume 7, otherwise complete. Moderate foxing and browning, some dust traces, lower corner of volume V with small stain, end papers with browning along the edges. Bindings somewhat rubbed and bumped, some hinges a bit weak as usual, but all boards still firmly attached. "Signet Library" copy with manuscript owner's entry on all title pages, signature markings on front inner hinge and supralibros in gold on all boards. *Lowndes 1312. Gewicht (Gramm): 9000

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        Autograph letter, signed, revealing his work for deaf mutes to a critic].[Paris], 20th June 1825[?]. 1 leaf (20 x 12.6 cm). In French.

      - For the author: NBG XLI, cols. 968-975. Autograph letter by the French sinologist and physician Jean Pierre Abel-Rémusat (1788-1832), member of Conseil de Perfectionnement des Sourds et Muets ("Counsel for the Development of the deaf mutes") since 1824. In the letter Abel-Rémusat humbly reveals his work to a critic "Monsieur le Duc": ''J'ai peur qu'il ne vous en paraisse peu digne. Si vous daignez y jeter les yeux, vous saisirez aisément quelques uns de ces traits d'analogie qui m'ont fait trouver tant d'intérêt dans la développement de l'esprit des sourds-muets.''With biographical notes in manuscript in red ink at top of leaf. Right edge of leaf cut short, slightly affecting text. In very fine condition.

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        The History of Edinburgh, From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time. To which is Added an Appendix containing I. A Dissertation on Scottish Music; II. An Account of Remarkable Funeral Processions; III. A Comparative View of the Modes of Living Manners Literature Trade and Improvements of the City, from 1763 to the present

      Edinburgh: William Creech, 1788. Second edition. Hardcover. Good +. Half leather binding with marbled boards, 5 raised bands and gilt tiles on spine. Approx. 10.75'' by 8.8''. Second edition with the sought after copper engraved plates, which are absent from later editions. Edgewear to corners and spine. Xii + 677pp, illustrated with twenty engravings of public buildings, views and plan (frontis, several folding plates). Contents I. An Historical Account of the Revolutions in Scotland from 1093; II The Manners - Learning - Trade - Religion - Prices of Provisions - Discovery of Coal - Public Amusements etc.; III Progress and Present State of the City of Edinburgh.; IV Public Buildings and Establishments etc.; V An Account of the University and Other Seminaries of Learning, and Literary Societies.; VI Legislative and Judicative Assemblies with an Account of their Juristrictions.; VII Political and Military Constituion - Charitable Institutions - Revenue.; VIII An Account of Leith, its trade, Shipping, Manufactures, etc. To which is Added an Appendix containing I. A Dissertation on Scottish Music; II. An Account of Remarkable Funeral Processions; III. A Comparative View of the Modes of Living Manners Literature Trade and Improvements of the City, from 1763 to the present period, etc., etc., etc. Generally very good, but some chipping, tears, marks to plates, a couple of plate have parts missing from the edges (see pictures), previous owners name on front endpapers. Ex reference library with number on spine and within, pictorial & dedication bookplate at front, single stamp on endpapers, first and last page and reverse of all plates. Blind stamp on title page. No other obvious library markings, the inner book is generally in very good + clean condition. ***Heavy and will require extra overseas postage***

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        Dissertation sur cette question : est-il des moyens de rendre les Juifs plus heureux et plus utiles en France ? Ouvrage couronné par la Société Royale des Sciences et des Arts de Metz.

      - Paris, Knapen fils, Madame la Veuve Delaguette et fils, 1788. In-8, broché, couverture papier bleu d'origine, (4), 105 p., (3) p. d'approbation, (4) p. de catalogue éditeur. Rare édition originale, et unique, de ce mémoire composé en réponse au concours organisé par la Société royale des Sciences et des Arts de Metz ; des dix dissertations qui furent présentées, celui-ci est "le plaidoyer le plus généreux en faveur de l’émancipation". La société messine accorda un prix à trois mémoires reçus : celui de l’abbé Grégoire ('Essai sur la régénération physique, morale et politique des Juifs'), celui de Zalkind Hourwitz ('Apologie des Juifs') et cet essai de l’avocat protestant nancéien Claude-Antoine Thiery. Composé avec la participation de Berr Isaac Beer, le dirigeant de la communauté juive alsacienne, Thiéry y fait entendre un son de voix singulier: "Préférant voir les Juifs rester Juifs plutôt que de devenir ni Juifs ni chrétiens, il n’était pas hostile au maintien provisoire de l’autonomie et souhaitait employer envers les Juifs 'la confiance qui invite, plutôt que l’autorité qui commande'. Sans doute, cela était dû au fait que le laïc Thiéry ne partageait pas la vision paulinienne d’une conversion finale des Juifs, qui guidait l’action de Grégoire" (cf. P. Girard, 'Le concours de Metz' in: 'Juifs de France, 1789 à 1860', Paris, 1976, p. 36-39). L’exemplaire est bien complet, à la fin, des 4 pages de catalogue "pour les livres nouveaux qui se trouvent à Paris chez Knapen fils et la veuve Delaguette". (Ayoun, 'Les Juifs de France', n°217. Szajkowski, 'Franco-Judaica', 1646). Quelques rousseurs et brunissures. Couverture lég. frottée, rousseurs. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788. To deliberate and decide on the Form of Federal Government recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, on the 17th September, 1787. Taken in short hand

      New York: Francis Childs 1788 - First edition. This rare volume documents Alexander Hamilton’s heroic efforts to secure New York’s ratification of the Constitution. In September 1787 the General Convention in Philadelphia sent the proposed Constitution to the states for ratification. One of the most contentious battlegrounds was New York. Without its ratification the new nation would be crippled from the outset. Alexander Hamilton, leader of the New York Federalists, laid the groundwork for his campaign by publishing a series of Federalist papers in newspapers beginning in October 1787. But by June 1788 he saw that the effort was in trouble. Hamilton wrote to James Madison, “the more I can penetrate the views of the anti-federal party in this state, the more I dread the consequences of the non adoption of the Constitution by any of the other states, the more I fear an eventual disunion and civil war.” When the New York convention commenced that month, ratification was in jeopardy: Anti-Federalist delegates out-numbered Federalists 47 to 20. An experienced and eloquent courtroom advocate, Hamilton marshaled every argument available to the Federalists. In these speeches Hamilton presents in detail the central themes of the debate: balance of powers, federalism, the bicameral legislature, representation and apportionment, the power of the executive, defense, and so on. This rare volume presents many of the speeches of Hamilton, John Jay and other Federalists, as well as those of George Clinton and the other anti-Federalists. REVISED BY HAMILTON FOR PUBLICATION. “From a letter in the Lamb papers (NYHS) it appears probable that at least Hamilton, Jay and Lansing revised their speeches, though Francis Childs, the reporter, virtually in his preface says that no such revision took place.” (P.L. Ford, Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States). Thanks to Hamilton’s efforts, New York ratified the Constitution by a vote of 30-27. This rare volume represents a pivotal moment in the establishment of the new nation. VERY RARE. Only two other examples (the Streeter copy and a rebound copy with library stamps) appear in the auction records of the past century. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Mémoire sur les Iles Ponces et catalogue raisonné des produits de l'Etna, pour servir à l'histoire des volcans.

      A Paris, chez Cuchet 1788 - DOLOMIEU Dèodat de. Mémoire sur les Iles Ponces et catalogue raisonné des produits de l'Etna, pour servir à l'histoire des volcans. Suivis de la description de l'éruption de l'Etna, du mois de juillet 1787. A Paris, chez Cuchet, 1788. In 8vo; pp.VI,252,2n.nn. con approvazione e privilegio. 1 tavola sinottica "tableau mètodique des productions de l’Etna" e 3 tavole più volte spieghevoli con Ponza, Palmarola e Zanone. Manca la tavola di Ventotene. Legatura coeva in mezza pelle con angoli, tassello al dorso con titolo e fregi in oro, tagli rossi. Ex libris. Prima ed unica edizione di quest'opera molto rara. Moncada Lo Giudice,752: "Prima fondamentale opera scientifica sulla topografia e la geologia delle isole dell'arcipelago pontino con notizie sulle isole di Ischia (e Procida) e sulle produzioni vulcaniche dell'Etna. Di grande importanza le carte geografiche in quanto trattasi dei primi rilievi a carattere scientifico delle isole, mentre le poche carte esistenti erano incomplete o fantasiose". Lozzi, 3785: "Rarissimo". [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Berlin: Bi-Defus Hevrat Hinukh Naarim. 1788. Hardcover. First edition. Later boards. 8vo, 34, 42, 51 pages, 18 cm. In Hebrew. Contents: Shir Ha-Shirim; Megillat Eicha; Megillat Esther. Loewe (1762-1802) was "a Hebrew writer, grammarian, and biblical exegete in the Moses Mendelssohn circle in Berlin. Born in Berlin, Loewe studied under Isaac Satanow and soon joined Mendelssohn's enlightenment movement. Together with Aharon Wolfsohn, he edited Ha-Me'assef, and was a frequent contributor to it. Mendelssohn helped him obtain a position as tutor in David Friedlaender 's household. In 1791, he was appointed principal of the Wilhelms-Schule in Breslau, serving in this capacity until his death. Loewe's major contribution is his introduction and commentary to Mendelssohn's German translation of Psalms, which includes a study on the structure and style of Hebrew poetry and on the history of ancient Jewish music. On the whole, he took an active part in Mendelssohn's Bible translation project, writing, in addition to his work on Psalms, commentaries to Ecclesiastes, Jonah, and with Wolfsohn, the Song of Songs. Loewe was the first Haskalah writer to publish original epigrams in the style of the Book of Proverbs, and was the first to translate the Passover Haggadah into German" (EJ, 2007) . SUBJECT(S) : Bible. Five Scrolls -- Commentaries. Bible. Five Scrolls. OCLC lists 3 copies worldwide (Stanford, Cambridge, Zurich) , none east of California. Title page missing for Shir Ha-Shirim; other title pages present. Handwriting on Song of Song acknowledgements page. Edgewear to boards. Some foxing and staining to pages. Overall Good Condition. (RAB-35-8A) .

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        Catechismo Nautico o vero de' particolari doveri della gente marittima. Tratti principalmente dalla S. Bibbia, e dalle massime fondamentali della Religione Opera del sacerdote Marcello Eusebio Scotti. Parte prima [tutto il pubblicato]. Doveri in generale di tutti gli abitatori delle Città marittime.

      Stamperia Simoniana, 1788. In 8° (mm 182x110), pp. XLIV, 281, (3). Segnatura: a-b8 c6 A-R8 S6 (le c. b4v, S5v e S6 bianche). Legatura in piena pergamena coeva, con doppio tassello al dorso recante titolo, autore e numero del tomo in oro. Lievi mancanze e spellature al dorso e ai piatti, angoli un po' danneggiati, aloni e fioriture nel testo dovute alla qualità della carta, ma nel complesso ottima copia genuina. PRIMA EDIZIONE DI GRANDE RARITà. L'autore nato a Napoli nel 1744, da una famiglia originaria dell'isola di Procida, ricevette la prima educazione presso il Collegio dei Cinesi. L'abilità mostrata nello studio convinse ben presto i suoi insegnanti, nonostante la giovane età, a giudicarlo degno di diventare loro collega. Scelse lo stato religioso per potersi più facilmente dedicare ai propri studi e con il passare degli anni crebbe la sua straordinaria abilità sia come studioso che come oratore. Nel 1779 fu chiamato all'Accademia delle scienze e delle lettere di Napoli e successivamente a predicare ad Ischia e ad Aversa. Con la fama, tuttavia, giunsero anche i primi problemi, legati all'accusa mossagli di &ldquo,spargere nel popolo massime pericolose per la fede&rdquo,. Non potendo più predicare dal pulpito, Scotti ideò un'opera destinata all'istruzione dei marinai: il Catechismo nautico. L'opera era suddivisa in tre parti: nella prima erano presentati i doveri generali, nella seconda i doveri dei marinai e dei capitani di nave, mentre nella terza erano esposti i doveri di coloro che fanno parte dell'armata navale. Nella prima parte, l'unica ad essere stata stampata, l'autore presenta i &ldquo,benefizi innumerevoli di cui la provvidenza ha colmato gli abitanti delle spiagge marittime: insiste sull'obbligo che hanno d'istruirsi nella navigazione e nel commercio, di esercitare i doveri dell'ospitalità, di soccorrere i naufraghi, di prender cura dell'educazione delle loro mogli e delle loro figlie, sì esposte ai pericoli della seduzione nelle lunghe assenze dei loro mariti e dei loro padri&hellip,&rdquo, (Biografia universale antica e moderna, Venezia, Giovanni Battista Missaglia, 1829, p. 158). &ldquo,Destinata originariamente all'istruzione dei marittimi dell'isola di Procida, l'opera ebbe vasta diffusione, anche presso i pescatori di Santa Lucia e i corallieri di Torre del Greco&rdquo, (R. Di Castiglione, La Massoneria nelle due Sicilie e i &ldquo,fratelli&rdquo, meridionali del &lsquo,700, Roma, 2006, p. 130). L'opera, che si rifaceva alle massime fondamentali della religione, nonostante fosse stata completata dall'autore, non fu mai pubblicata per intero per mancanza di fondi. Scotti fu membro della massoneria napoletana, probabilmente dal 1785. Nel 1789 venne pubblicata senza autore la Monarchia universale dei papi, opera la cui paternità venne tuttavia ben presto scoperta e della quale la corte di Roma ordinò la soppressione. Per sottrarsi alla &ldquo,&hellip,tempesta, l'autore dovette vivere ritirato&hellip,&rdquo,, dedicandosi ad una serie di volumi sulla liturgia e sulle tradizioni della Chiesa delle origini. Si dedicò inoltre al commento dei Quadri di Filostrato. Nel 1799 la rivoluzione di Napoli tolse Scotti dai suoi studi. Eletto membro della giunta legislativa, dopo aver accettato con riluttanza la carica, fu esempio di prudenza e moderazione. Ciò tuttavia non gli evitò la sorte che colpì tutti i partigiani della rivoluzione alla restaurazione della monarchia, avvenuta il 13 giugno 1799. Fu imprigionato e messo a morte nel gennaio del 1800. A causa del saccheggio della sua casa di Procida, gran parte dei suoi manoscritti è andata distrutta. Il Catechismo nautico è stato di recente riscoperto e ripubblicato (Procida, 2001) (cfr. R. Salvemini, Introduzione, in: M.E. Scotti, &ldquo,Catechismo nautico&rdquo,, Procida, 2001). Catalogo unico, ITICCUCAME000980 (2 sole copie censite a Napoli e Procida).

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        DISCURSO sobre el luxo de las Señoras y proyecto de un Trage Nacional. De orden superior

      Real, Madrid 1788 - 62 pp. incl. portada, 2 h. blancas. Con 3 grabados en color. Obra rara de encontrar completa, con los tres pequeños y lindos grabados coloreados que la ilustran, se trata de un Discurso sobre el lujo en la moda femenina, sobre la necesidad de crear un proyecto para establecer un traje destinado a las mujeres.En buen estado de conservación. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Catalogue des coquilles de l'ile de Corse.Avignon, Fr. Seguin aînée, 1848. 8vo. Original printed yellow wrappers. Untrimmed.

      - WorldCat (7 copies); not in BMC NH; Junk, Thesaurus (Cat. 278). A very rare, interleaved catalogue listing the shells found on Corsica written by the eminent French naturalist, botanist, paleontologist and macalogist Esprit Requien (1788-1852). Requien dedicated most of his life to the first botanical inventory of Corsica and founded the library of the Musée d'Histoire in Avignon. In 1839 he donated his scientific collection and a large part of his collection of books to the Fondation Calvet, who still run the Museum Requien.Bottom of spine damaged; wrappers slightly soiled. Very rare conchological work on Corsica in good condition.

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      Berlin: Bi-Defus Hevrat Hinukh Naarim, 1788. First edition. Later boards. 8vo, 34, 42, 51 pages, 18 cm. In Hebrew. Contents: Shir Ha-Shirim; Megillat Eicha; Megillat Esther. Loewe (1762-1802) was "a Hebrew writer, grammarian, and biblical exegete in the Moses Mendelssohn circle in Berlin. Born in Berlin, Loewe studied under Isaac Satanow and soon joined Mendelssohn's enlightenment movement. Together with Aharon Wolfsohn, he edited Ha-Me'assef, and was a frequent contributor to it. Mendelssohn helped him obtain a position as tutor in David Friedlaender 's household. In 1791, he was appointed principal of the Wilhelms-Schule in Breslau, serving in this capacity until his death. Loewe's major contribution is his introduction and commentary to Mendelssohn's German translation of Psalms, which includes a study on the structure and style of Hebrew poetry and on the history of ancient Jewish music. On the whole, he took an active part in Mendelssohn's Bible translation project, writing, in addition to his work on Psalms, commentaries to Ecclesiastes, Jonah, and with Wolfsohn, the Song of Songs. Loewe was the first Haskalah writer to publish original epigrams in the style of the Book of Proverbs, and was the first to translate the Passover Haggadah into German" (EJ, 2007) . SUBJECT(S) : Bible. Five Scrolls -- Commentaries. Bible. Five Scrolls. OCLC lists 3 copies worldwide (Stanford, Cambridge, Zurich) , none east of California. Title page missing for Shir Ha-Shirim; other title pages present. Handwriting on Song of Song acknowledgements page. Edgewear to boards. Some foxing and staining to pages. Overall Good Condition. (RAB-35-8A)

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      Parma, ex Regio Typographeo / Stamperia Reale, 1788-1802. In-4 p. (mm. 285x190), 3 voll., p. pelle coeva (restauri per manc.), sottili cornici e motivi floreali in oro ai piatti, dorso a cordoni con ricca decoraz. e tit. oro su tassello, tagli dorati. Introdotta da 3 titoli generali, questa importante raccolta contiene 49 opuscoli (ognuno col suo titolo e adorno di uno stemma) così suddivisi: 26 omelie - 2 lettere - 14 indulti - 2 editti - 1 giubileo - 1 pastorale - 2 notificazioni - 1 circolare. Il primo opuscolo è un?"Epistola" nella quale si legge: ?Datum Romae.. xxI Septembris, Anno MDCCLXXXVIII?; l?ultimo è l?"Indulto.. per la Quaresima" dell?Anno MDCCCII. Vol. I°: cc. 230 (complessive) - Vol. II°: cc. 269 - Vol. III°: cc. 136. Inoltre, in questa edizione, sono stati aggiunti 4 opuscoli: ?Orazioni funebri e discorso sul segreto politico. Opere di Monsignor Turchi, Vescovo di Parma??, Parma, co? caratteri de? F.lli Amoretti, 1796, cc. 91 (complessive). Le orazioni funebri sono: In morte dell?Imperatrice Maria Teresa, composta l?anno 1781 - In morte di Elisabetta Farnese, regina delle Spagne, recitata l?anno 1766 - In morte dell?Infante Don Filippo Duca di Parma ec., recitata l?anno 1766. L?esemplare citato dal Brooks,882bis contiene solo 49 opuscoli e porta, su tutti i titoli ?Parmae, ex Regio Typographeo?. Nel ns. è solo sul primo, i restanti 48 sono della ?Stamperia Reale?. ?L?A., Fra Adeodato Turchi, dell?Ordine dei Cappuccini (1724-1803) fu predicatore famoso alla corte di Parma (1768), precettore dei Reali Infanti e confessore della famiglia reale; dal 1788 vescovo di Parma?. Così Diz. Treccani,XII, p. 455. Fresco esemplare, ben conservato. Su richiesta possiamo fornire l?elenco dettagliato degli opuscoli.

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        View of the English Interests in India; and an Account of the Military Operations in the Southern Parts of the Peninsula, During the Campaigns of 1782, 1783, and 1784. In Two Letters Addressed to the Right Honourable the Earl of *********, and to Lord Macartney and the Select Committee of Fort St. George

      London: Printed for T. Cadell... and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1788. Second edition. 8vo. xviii, (ii), 323, (1) pp. Later quarter brown calf over marbled boards by the French bookbinder Duplanil, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered red label, gilt tooling to the other panels, endpapers and all edges marbled, ownership inscription of Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron to the title page, later book label of a "M. de la Tour du Pin" to the front pastedown. Folding plan of "Order of Battle" showing the arrangement of British troops commanded by Fullarton plus a folding map of southern India by William Faden with the routes of armies led by Colonels Fullarton and Humberston in the years 1782-4 coloured in outline. Subtle tissue repair to a small tear without loss to the title page, an attractive copy. A contemporary account of the British campaign during the Second Anglo-Mysore War against Tipu Sultan by one of the leading soldiers in the army. This copy bears the signature of the fêted Orientalist Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron (1730-1805). After starting his academic career as a classical scholar, he subsequently distinguished himself in the study of Asiatic languages, initially acquiring Arabic before arriving in India in 1755 to broaden his grasp of other south Asian languages. His pioneering work led to the first European translations of the Zoroastrian text the Avesta, into French, and the Hindu text the Upanisads, into Latin. First published a year earlier, this edition with a new preface refuting criticisms of the work printed on different paper stock and with the map of region included for the first time so the work "may be rendered more intelligible"

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        Victorii Pici phil. et medic. doctoris taurinensis ampliss. medicorum collegii candidati Melethemata inauguralia

      Augustae Taurinorum [Turin], Ioannes Michael Briolus, 1788. 1788, 1788, in-8, 1 volume de 4 ff. non chiffrés, 283-[1]-32 pages, 2 planches gravées dépliantes de champignons peintes à la main, basane marbrée de l'époque, dos lisse, compartimenté et fleuronné, pièce de titre verte, triple filet d'encradement doré sur les plats, coupes guillochées, tranches rouges, ÉDITION ORIGINALE. C'est dans cet ouvrage (p. 79) que Vittorio Pico, médecin turinois, définit pour la première fois la truffe blanche de haute qualité, Tuber Magnatum, ou "truffe des puissants", à laquelle sera attribuée, en hommage au mycologue, le nom botanique de Tuber Magnatum Pico ; l'espèce se trouve classée par l'auteur dans le règne animal. L'ouvrage est divisé en 5 parties, il se termine par une lettre de Giuseppe Antonio Dardana adressé à Pico sur certains champignons vénéneux. Les planches gravées par Stagnon sont de très belle qualité. Rare, bel exemplaire. Cachets anciens et étiquette de l'Institut catholique de Paris. Volbracht, MikoLibri, n° 1606 et n° 461

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        The Institution of the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: with the Rules for regulating said Society, and the Methods of Treatment to be used with Persons apparently Dead..

      27 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers (title soiled). Boston: 1788. First edition of what we believe to be the first American work on resuscitation methods. "This fledgling Society [founded in 1786], closely patterned after the Royal Humane Society, was now ready to disseminate the 'rules for the regulation of a Society instituted in the town of Boston for the recovery of persons who meet with such accidents as produce in them the appearance of death.' Their methods included chiefly warming, stimulation by rubbing the skin and by blowing tobacco smoke into the fundament. There is, however, in a short case report, mention of the value of breathing 'forcibly into the mouth, and continue this act until he should recover, or become cold…'."-Huston, Resuscitation: An Historical Perspective, 74. Very good copy, preserved in a box.

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        The Life of Captain James Cook.

      Basil: Printed by J. J. Tourneisen 1788 - FIRST CONTINENTAL EDITION. 2 volumes. 8vo, 203 x 128 mms., pp. xii, 302 [303 adverts, 304 blank]; [iv], 326, contemporary half calf, slightly orange/lemon coloured boards, spines gilt to a botanical motif, morocco labels; fore-edges of binding very slight affected by damp, spines and corners a bit worn, tops and bases of spines very slightly chipped, most of numberng label on spine of volume 2 missing. "There are numerous statues and monuments to Cook in many parts of the world, but the monument erected by Palliser in the grounds of The Vache, his country house in Chalfont St Giles, is perhaps the most significant. It consists of a square plinth, within a square tower, open on all sides, with a lengthy eulogy to Cook inscribed on the four sides of the plinth, beginning with the words 'To the Memory of Captain James Cook The ablest and most renowned Navigator this or any country hath produced'. In 1874 an obelisk to Cook's memory was erected near the spot where he fell, but the best memorial to him is the present-day map of the Pacific, which he did so much to shape" (ODNB). The Analytical Review for September, 1788, reviewing the London edition, concluded with this endorsement: "The language would, probably, in some places admit of a higher polish, but in general it is perspicuous, easy, and natural, and, in our opinion, more agreeable to the standard of classical simplicity, than the verbose, tumid, and highly figurative style so fashionable at present." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Lady's Complete Guide; or Cookery in All Its Branches... To Which is Added, the Complete Brewer...also the Family Physician

      London: G. Kearsley , 1788. Recent rebind in full calf. xxv, 564pp. Titlepage neatly repaired. Page 479 in facsimile. Previous owners' details to front end-papers, front blank and to verso of titlepage. A few marks to and age-discolouration to paper. A pleasing copy. (bs47). 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Good.

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        Discurso sobre el luxo de las señoras, y proyecto de un trage nacional. Junto con Respuesta a las objeciones que se han hecho contra el proyecto de un trage nacional para las damas.

      Imprenta Real., Madrid 1788 - 62 pp., 3 láminas coloreadas + 5 h., 196 pp. Piel con tejuelo y dorados en lomo. Palau 74339. Muy difícil de encontrar en un mismo volumen las dos obras más significativas del intento de proyecto de un traje netamente español, en la lucha contra las modas importadas del extranjero, que provocaban además serios problemas a la industria textil nacional. Se proponen tres modelos femeninos: la "española", la "Carolina" y la "Borbonesa o Madrileña" que se corresponden con las tres láminas que embellecen la impresión. Piel con tejuelo y dorados en lomo. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Institution of the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: with the Rules for regulating said Society, and the Methods of Treatment to be used with Persons apparently Dead.

      - 27 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers (title soiled). Boston: 1788. First edition of what we believe to be the first American work on resuscitation methods. "This fledgling Society [founded in 1786], closely patterned after the Royal Humane Society, was now ready to disseminate the 'rules for the regulation of a Society instituted in the town of Boston for the recovery of persons who meet with such accidents as produce in them the appearance of death.' Their methods included chiefly warming, stimulation by rubbing the skin and by blowing tobacco smoke into the fundament. There is, however, in a short case report, mention of the value of breathing 'forcibly into the mouth, and continue this act until he should recover, or become cold?'."-Huston, Resuscitation: An Historical Perspective, 74. Very good copy, preserved in a box. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        View of the inside of the Royal Exchange, London].

      Published by published & sold by Mr. Chapman, 1788]., [London, - "Finished and Embellished in so exquisite a manner" Copper engraving, proof before letters. A view of the courtyard in the Royal Exchange with merchants and brokers, by Francesco Bartolozzi RA (1727-1815). The lettered version of the print is dedicated to William Pitt.There have been three Royal Exchanges. The first, based on the Antwerp Bourse, was built at the expense of Sir Thomas Gresham in 1565 (the grasshopper on the top of the present Exchange recalls Gresham's family crest). The site was provided by the Corporation of the City of London and the Mercer's Company. Roughly triangular, it is formed by the converging streets of Cornhill and Threadneedle Street. The present image is of the second exchange, built on the same site after the Great Fire of London, designed by Edward Jarman and opened in 1669. Daniel Defoe noted in the 1720s that the Royal Exchange was "finished and embellished in so exquisite a manner", that although it "cost the citizens an immense sum of money", it was money well spent. This too was destroyed by fire on 10th January 1838. The present exchange, still at the heart of the City of London, built to a design by Sir William Tite, was opened in 1845. Heywood's lines about the first Exchange are equally apt for the second: "Not in my life; yet I have been in Venice, In the Rialto there, called Saint Mark's; 'Tis but a bauble, if compared to this. The nearest, that which most resembles this, Is the great Burse in Antwerp, yet no comparable Either in height or wildeness, the fair cellarage, Or goodly shops above. Oh my Lord Mayor, This Gresham hath much graced your city, London; His fame will long outlive him". Image: 377 by 526mm (14.75 by 20.75 inches). Sheet: 400 by 545mm (15.75 by 21.5 inches). BM 1868,0328.300 (original drawing). Thomas Heywood, If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody, part 2 (London: Nathaniel Butter, 1605).

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        Almanach ten dienste der zeelieden voor het jaar 1788. Including: (2) Over het bepalen der lengte op zee door de afstanden van de maan tot de zon, of vaste sterren, ... (3) Van tafelen, ten dienste der zeelieden, en voor al ter bevordering van het bepaalen der lengte op zee, door de afstanden van de maan tot de zon, of de vaste sterren; ...Amsterdam, Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1787-1788. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With three title-pages with woodcut printer's device, mathematical figures in the text, letterpress tables, and 4 large printed folding tables. Contemporary half vellum.

      Bierens de Haan, 4789 (1), 4791 (2), 4793 (3); C.A. Davids, Zeewezen en wetenschap, pp. 188-190; Poggendorf II, col. 1058. First edition of an almanac for the use of seamen in three parts, published by order of the board of the Amsterdam Admiralty by the Committee for the establishment of longitude at sea and the improvement of nautical charts, in which committee Van Swinden played a leading role. The almanac is based on the English Nautical almanac and includes everything that can be of use for seamen, including a separate part on the calculation of longitude at sea and a part with letterpress tables necessary for the calculations.In very good condition, only slightly browned around the margins. Binding worn along the extremities, sides chafed but otherwise good.

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        Kupferstich - Karte, v. ( Don Pelipe ) Bauza nach Tofino de San Miguel aus dem Atlas "Maritimo des Espana", "Carta Esferica de la Islas de los Azores ò Terceras .".

      - dat. 1788, 52,5 x 84 Tooley, Dictionry of Mapmaker, Bd. 1 ( für Bauza ) und Bd. 4 ( für Tofino). - Schöne, sauber erhaltene Karte der Azoren aus dem berühmten spanischen Seeatlas "Atlas Maritimo de Espaba", erschienen 1797 - 1789. .

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        A new abstract of the Excise Statutes:

      8vo, viii(9)-23635pp, contemporary sheep, recently rebound in old-style half calf gilt. A very good copy.Publisher: Sherborne: printed for and sold by the author; and published, in London, by S Smith.Year: 1788Edition: First and only edition: rare. Only the BL copy in ESTC. COPAC adds BodleianInst. of Advanced Legal Studies. OCLC adds no more. Not in Kress, Goldsmiths, Masui or Einaudi.

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        Les Nuits de Paris, ou Le Spectateur Nocturne

      London (i.e. Paris): 1788. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. 1788-1790. 15 parts bound in beige paper covered boards with black morocco spine labels. Spines slightly browned, light shelfwear. Scattered minor foxing and inexpertly opened pages, plate in volume 1 loose, small old stamps to titles, bookplate in volume 1. 17 plates in all. Though he authored over 200 books, Restif de la Bretonne was most famous for Les Nuits de Paris, his tales of the other side of Paris on the eve of revolution, and his autobiography. Though variously accused of pornography (which, ironically, he had redefined in his 1769 work on prostitution Le Pornographe), and of writing too hastily (he often wrote and composed type for his works simultaneously), his first hand accounts of Paris and her citizens are irreplaceable and hugely influential. Gerard de Nerval hailed him as his ''spiritual tutor." and though the sobriquet "Le Rousseau des ruisseaux" (The Rousseau of the gutters" perhaps wasn't meant as a compliment, it is descriptive. The 15th and 16th parts were written 3 and 5 years after the 14th (which Restif had planned on being the last) and are rare than the rest - the 16th (here lacking) especially so as it was mostly destroyed. Size: duodecimo (12mo). 15 volumes of the 16-volume set. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: History; Literature & Literary. Inventory No: 046304.

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        Analyse chimique de l'eau sulfureuse d'Enghien, pour servir à l'histoire des eaux sulfureuses en général

      (5), de VIII à XX, 386pp. Paris, Cuchet, 1788, in-8, (5), de VIII à XX, 386pp, demi-basane postérieure à petits coins, dos lisse portant une pièce de titre (dos frotté), Première édition de ce traité qui applique la nouvelle chimie française à l'hydrologie. Notamment, les auteurs donnent, après l'introduction, un tableau de synonymes des anciens et nouveaux termes de chimie, la nouvelle nomenclature chimique de l'Académie des Sciences venant de paraitre entre la rédaction et la publication du présent livre sur les eaux d'Enghien. La nature sulfureuse des eaux d'Enghien fut reconnue en 1766 par l'Abbé Cotte, puis cette nouvelle source fut étudiée par des pharmaciens et médecins, mais non des chimistes. Le présent volume forme donc un ensemble neuf de d'observations et d'analyses, Fourcroy étant, avec Lavoisier, un des principal contributeur au renouveau de la chimie française des années 1780. Comme les auteurs l'indiquent en introduction, "Nous avions à fixer d'une manière plus précise l'action des différents réactifs sur une eau chargée de gaz hépatique. Aucun chimiste ne nous avait précédés dans cette sorte de recherche [...]". Les auteurs expérimentations furent l'usage des réactifs (colorants, acides, sels, substances métalliques, chaux métalliques, savon, spiritueux, etc.), la distillation, l'évaporation et analyse des résidus. En fin de volume, on trouve l'analyse des eaux de Saint-Germain-en-Laye et l'eau de Vaugirard. Intérieur légèrement piqûé.

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        The New Annual Register, or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1787.

      Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson,, London: 1788 - 8vo, contemporary tree calf, red morocco label, gilt spine, xxviii, 184, 159, [1], 299 pages. The New Annual Register for 1787 here includes in the pages of its "Public Papers" section the "Plan of a new Constitution of the United States of America, agreed upon at a Convention held at New York," which stands as an early publication of the U. S. Constitution in Britain. Founded by Andrew Kippis (Godwin’s tutor at Hoxton) as a Whig answer to Burke’s Annual Register, this annual compendium of history, politics, public documents, literature, poetry, and criticism for the year had since the 1783 number had its extensive section on "British and Foreign History" written anonymously by Godwin. Godwin gave up the position in 1791, having grown weary of the demands of the job and its limited scope—though as Peter Marshall notes in his life of Godwin, the work "demanded a detailed knowledge of leading events and personalities in Britain, Europe, India and America, as well as first-hand acquaintance with the parliamentary debates. In the next seven years Godwin was therefore to acquire a thorough understanding of contemporary history and politics" (68). See also Jack W. Marken, "William Godwin’s Writings for the New Annual Register." Modern Language Notes. Vol. 68, No. 7 (Nov., 1953), pp. 477-479. This year’s number also includes accounts of astronomical discoveries by Herschel, and the Memorial of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society to the Constitutional Convention, as well as a note from Dublin dated June 19 on the successful tanning of goat-skins and calf-skins for book-binding "in the warm ooze wherein artichoaks, were boiled." Joints a bit cracked but quite sound, head of the spine chipped; a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Voyages de M. le Marquis de Chastellux dans l'Amérique septentrionale, dans les années 1780, 1781 & 1782

      Chez Prault 1788 - - Chez Prault, A Paris 1788 - 1791, In-8 (13x20cm), 408pp. et (4) 351pp., 2 volumes reliés. - Mention de seconde édition, en réalité quatrième édition, mais seconde parisienne chez Prault. La première, selon La biographie universelle de Michaud, n'aurait été tirée qu'à 24 exemplaire à Newport et destinée aux amis de l'auteur, et la seconde serait tout aussi rare, publiée à Cassel en 1785 ; cependant cette dernière serait fautive et pirate, éditée sans le consentement de l'auteur et incomplète (seulement un volume in-12). La publication du second volume de cette édition en 1791 tend à penser qu'elle est la plus complète. 2 cartes et 3 planches dépliantes in fine. Reliures en pleine basane racinée d'époque. Dos lisses ornés. Pièces de titre en maroquin rouge, et de tomaison en maroquin noir. Un manque en tête du tome 2. Mors supérieur du tome I très étroitement fendu en tête et queue. Frottements. 4 coins émoussés. Feuillet manuscrit sur Chastellux contrecollé sur le premier feuillet de garde du premier volume. Bon exemplaire. L'ouvrage constitue un récit de la guerre d'indépendance américaine et un récit de voyage à Philadelphie, en Albany et sur la côte est des Etats-Unis, avec la description de nombreuses villes : Salem, Portsmouth. On considère que c'est le premier récit d'importance sur la vie aux Etats-Unis. Major général dans le corps expéditionnaire commandé par Rochambeau, il assura la liaison, en tant que Maréchal de camp, entre l'état major français et Washington. L'auteur raconte dans son journal ses entrevues et ses amitiés avec La Fayette, Washington, Jefferson. Oeuvre remarquable et d'importance, non seulement parce qu'elle fournit une relation de la guerre d'indépendance contre les anglais, mais également pour ses nombreux récits sur la vie au sein de la jeune Amérique, et sur les relations précieuses que Chastellux entretint avec les grands hommes fondateurs des Etats-Unis. En annexe Lettre à M. Madisson sur le progrès que les arts et les sciences doivent faire en Amérique. NB : Cet ouvrage est disponible à la librairie sur demande sous 48 heures. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] second edition plain sheepskin bindings rooted contemporary. back smooth decorated. parts of title in red morocco, and volume number in black leather. 408pp. et (4) 351pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Voyage en Sicile.

      1788. 8284 DENON Dominique Vivant. Voyage en Sicile. A Paris, de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'ainé, 1788. In 8vo; 2cc. n.nn., pp.248, 1n.n. con approvazionee due carte bianche. Ex copia del British Museum, al verso del frontespizio due timbri in rosso e nero con la dicitura "Museum Britannicum" e "Duplicate for sale". Tavola più volte spieghevole "Plan de Syracuse". Bazzana coeva, dorso a cordoni, ricchi fregi dorati. Tassello con titolo in oro, tagli rossi. Edizione originale. Un intero capitolo dedicato a Malta. Moncada Lo Giudice, 702: "Lo scritto di Denon è piacevole alla lettura, ricco di note sui costumi, affascinante la descrizione delle feste palermitane. L'autore, creato Barone da Napoleone I, fu grande collezionista di stampe, vasi e monete greche, statue, tessuti etc."; Mira I,294. "Il Voyage en Sicile di Denon fa parte di una delle più importanti imprese editoriali del XVIII secolo: il "Voyage Pittoresque ou Description du Royaume de Naples et de Sicile" (1781-1786) dell'abate Saint Non. Quest'ultimo, insieme con Jean Benjamin de Laborde, affidò a Denon, disegnatore, incisore, viaggiatore e diplomatico, la direzione di una squadra incaricata di raccogliere sul posto la documentazione necessaria. Mentre gli architetti Louis Jean Desprez e Jean Augustin Renard e il pittore Claude Louis Châtelet si occuparono dei disegni, Denon fu incaricato di riportare la storia di questo viaggio (1777-1778) nel sud Italia allora ancora poco esplorato dai viaggiatori. Per i volumi del suo "Voyage Pittoresque" Saint Non preferì riscrivere il testo a modo suo, ispirandosi al manoscritto di Denon. L'abate si giustificherà affermando poi che il testo del diplomatico e viaggiatore fu scritto "in gran fretta e con poca cura" e precisando che lui era in ogni caso il finanziatore dell'impresa editoriale, "molto costosa". (Secondo Saint Non il viaggio di Denon e la sua squadra costò più di diecimila scudi). Nel 1783 apparve a Londra la prima parte della storia di un viaggiatore inglese, Henry Swinburne, che aveva viaggiato nel Regno di Napoli tra il 1777 ed il 1780. Laborde, che intanto era stato estromesso dal progetto del "Voyage Pittoresque", si occupò della traduzione in francese e la arricchì con le note, i commenti e i frammenti tratti dal giornale di viaggio di Denon che erano stati eliminati dal Saint Non. Nel 1787 pubblicò la seconda parte del racconto di Swinburne e pochi mesi dopo aggiunse, con la complicità di Swinburne, il Voyage di Denon in Sicilia. Nel 1788 finalmente fu pubblicato da Didot a Parigi "Voyage en Sicile" per M. Denon. Au-delà de la description des vestiges antiques et des paysages, le Voyage de Denon vaut aussi pour le ton naturel et le regard de l'auteur, sa curiosité, son humour, sa tolérance, son scepticisme et son ironie: l'esprit et le sourire des Lumières cheminant à dos de mule sous le soleil sicilien !" Vivant Denon, Voyage au Royaume de Naples, Mathieu Couty (éd.), Paris, 1997, pp. 11-40.

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